Wit, Wisdom and Foibles of the Great: Together with Numerous Anecdotes Illustrative of the Characters of People and Their Rulers

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Funk & Wagnalls, 1918 - 689 Seiten
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Seite 283 - ... may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it...
Seite 209 - When I was a child of seven years old my friends, on a holiday, filled my pocket with coppers. I went directly to a shop where they sold toys for children ; and, being charmed with the sound of a whistle, that I met by the way in the hands of another boy, I voluntarily offered and gave all my money for one.
Seite 211 - I have made it a rule,' said he, ' whenever in my power, to avoid becoming the draughtsman of papers to be reviewed by a public body. I took my lesson from an incident which I will relate to you. When I was a journeyman printer, one of my companions, an apprentice Hatter, having served out his time, was about to open shop for himself. His first concern was to have a handsome signboard, with a proper inscription. He composed it in these words: 'John Thompson, Hatter, makes and sells hats for ready...
Seite 348 - I am a military hero? Yes, sir; in the days of the Black Hawk war I fought, bled, and came away. Speaking of General Cass's career reminds me of my own. I was not at Stillman's defeat, but I was about as near it as Cass was to Hull's surrender ; and, like him, I saw the place very soon afterward. It is quite certain I did not break my sword, for I had none to break; but I bent a musket pretty badly on one occasion.
Seite 266 - Yours of this date, proposing armistice and appointment of Commissioners to settle terms of capitulation, is just received. No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.
Seite 209 - I did not understand him, till I felt my head hit against the beam. He was a man that never missed any occasion of giving instruction, and upon this he said to me, " You are young, and have the world before you; STOOP as you go through it, and you will miss many hard thumps.
Seite 209 - I, he has paid dear, very dear, for his whistle. When I see a beautiful, sweettempered girl married to an illnatured brute of a husband, What a pity, say I, that she should pay so much for a whistle.
Seite 283 - Caesar had his Brutus — Charles the First his Cromwell — and George the Third — [" Treason " cried the Speaker ; " treason ! treason ! " echoed from every part of the house.
Seite 309 - We don't want to fight, but by jingo if we do We've got the ships, we've got the men, we've got the money, too; We've fought the Bear before, and while Britons shall be true The Russians shall not have Constantinople.
Seite 18 - He wore a black velvet coat lined with satin, purple trousers with a gold band running down the outside seam, a scarlet waistcoat, long lace ruffles falling down to the tips of his fingers, white gloves with several brilliant rings outside them, and long black ringlets rippling down upon his shoulders.

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