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Page 507 of Compromises of life : and other lectures and addresses, including some observations on certain downward tendencies of modern society / by Henry Watterson.

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Appendix a hundred thousand dollars to sustain a contest for a seat in the Senate of the United States; how long shall it be-the press already defending the Four Hundred -before our public men shall become but a race of Medician princes, without the learning or the arts of Florence, and the Presidential chair itself a simple com- modity, to be knocked down to the highest bidder The writer of these lines has always stood for the decent, the stable, and the orderly in govenment and life. He has grown gray fighting to defend the altars of public credit and private honor. He would no more cast a stone into the stagnant pool of a corrupt social fabric just to see the scum rise to the surface than he would do any other perilous and unclean thing. He was drawn into this present contention not of his own choice. Yet, if he had to make his case before his Maker, he would humbly represent that the time has come when some voice loud enough to be heard should be raised against an increasing evil, having its centre in the thing called by a most equivocal courtesy the Four Hundred, and hope to be forgiven, in the event that his voice provoked a single echo in response. STILL HARPING ON MY DAUGHTER! Courier-Journal, June IO, 1903. The Pittsburg Press, following in the wake of those melancholy yet belated Danes of daily journalism, who are saddest when they sing, as in truth are those that hear them, is still, as our old friend Polonius observes, "harping on my daughter," the particular daughter in question being the Smart Set, so-called the Four Hun- dred, of odious if not of blessed memory. From a long, double-leaded, double-column leading editorial, pert, 507

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