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Dan. Marble: A Biographical Sketch of That Famous and Diverting Humorist ...
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Page 98 - York, who kindly requested me to read and correct it, equip it with prologue and epilogue, procure for it a favourable reception from the manager of Drury Lane, and make Murray or Constable bleed handsomely for the copyright; and on inspecting the cover, I found that I had been charged five pounds odd for the postage. This was bad enough — but there was no help, so I groaned and submitted. A...
Page 233 - No mistake, Polly. I know very well how it all came about. That fellow, Sterritt, keeps the meanest sort of liquor, and always did — liquor mean enough to make a man do any sort of a mean thing. I have always said it was mean enough to make a man steal, and now I have a practical illustration of the fact ! " and the poor old man burst into tears.
Page 32 - BELAY. To make a rope fast, by turns round a pin or coil, without hitching or seizing it. BEND. To make fast. To bend a sail is to make it fast to the yard. To bend a cable is to make it fast to the anchor. A bend is a knot by which one rope is made fast to another.
Page 227 - IA cross old woman came next, and whose look would have given any reasonable man the double-breasted blues before breakfast ; alongside of her was a rale backwoods preacher, with the biggest and ugliest mouth ever got up since the flood. He was flanked by the low comedian of the party, an Indiana hoosier, ' gwine down to Orleans to get an army contract ' to supply the forces then in Mexico with beef. " We rolled along for some time, nobody seemed inclined to
Page 227 - I'm sorry," says Dan, as he knocked the ashes from his regalia, as he sat in a small crowd over a glass of sherry, at Florence's, New York, one evening, " I'm sorry that the stages are disappearing so rapidly ; I never enjoyed travelling so well as in the slow coaches.
Page 233 - ... know very well how it all came about. That fellow, Sterritt, keeps the meanest sort of liquor, and always did; liquor mean enough to make a man do any sort of a mean thing. I have always said it was mean enough to make a man steal, and now I have a practical illustration of the fact!" and the poor old man burst into tears. "Don't be a child," said his wife, wiping away the tears.
Page 233 - A little of the soothing system operated upon the Judge, as such things usually do ; his extreme mortification was finally subdued, and over to Sterritt's he went with a tolerable face. Of course, he had but little difficulty in settling with him — for aside from the fact that the Judge's integrity was unquestionable, he had an inkling of the joke that had been played. The Judge took his seat in Court-, but it was observed that he was sad and melancholy, and that his mind frequently wandered from...
Page 228 - Well, sir, it ain't anything else. A man that's got sense enuff to toller his own cow-bell with us ain't in no danger of starvin. I'm gwine down to Orleans to see if I can't git a contract out of Uncle Sam to feed the hoys what's been lickin them infernal Mexicans so bad.
Page 232 - I feel much better than I expected to feel after that frolic of last night.' " ' Ah, Judge,' said she, reproachfully, ' you are getting too old — you ought to leave off that business.
Page 232 - Ah, Judge," said she, reproachfully, " you are getting too old — you ought to leave off that business." "Ah, Polly ! what's the use of talking? " It was at this precise instant of time, that the Judge, having put on his overcoat, was proceeding, according to his usual custom, to give...