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Eccentricities Of Genius Eccentricities Of Genius

Eccentricities Of Genius
Alfonso Quanturnernit Dowdell, Frumenti, Ohio, writes to know something of the effects of alcohol on the brain of an adult, being evidently apprehensive that some day he may become an adult himself He says: "I would be glad to know whether or not you think that liquor stimulates the brain to do better literary work. I have been studying the personal history of Edgar A. Poe, and learned through that medium that he was in the habit of drinking a good deal of liquor at times. I also read that George D. Prentice, who wrote 'The Closing Year,' and other nice... Essays - Post by : Betty_Cleveland - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 2871

To An Embryo Poet To An Embryo Poet

To An Embryo Poet
The following correspondence is now given to the press for the first time, with the consent of the parties: Wm. Nye, Esq.--Dear Sir-I am a young man, 20 years of age, with fair education and a strong desire to succeed. I have done some writing for the press, having written up a very nice article on progressive euchre, which was a great success and published in our home paper, But it was not copied so much in other papers as I would like to have saw it, and I take my pen in hand at this time to write and ask... Essays - Post by : revenue4u - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 3209

To A Married Man To A Married Man

To A Married Man
Adelbert G. Grimes writes as follows: "I am a young man not yet twenty-two years of age. I am said to be rather attractive in appearance and a fluent conversationalist. Three years ago I very foolishly married and settled on a tree claim in Dakota we have three children, consisting of one pair of twins and an ordinary child, born by itself. We are a considerable distance from town, and to remain at home during the winter with no company besides my wife and children is very irksome, especially as my wife has never had the advantages that I have... Essays - Post by : cdarrington - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 2038

A Goat In A Frame A Goat In A Frame

A Goat In A Frame
Laramie has a seal brown goat, with iron gray chin whiskers and a breath like new mown hay. He has not had as hard a winter as the majority of stock on the Rocky mountains, because he is of a domestic turn of mind and tries to make man his friend. Though social in his nature, he never intrudes himself on people after they have intimated with a shotgun that they are weary of him. When the world seems cold and dark to him, and everybody turns coldly away from him, he does not steal away by himself and die of... Essays - Post by : pneuma - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 2899

A Powerful Speech A Powerful Speech

A Powerful Speech
I once knew a man who was nominated by his fellow citizens for a certain office and finally elected without having expended a cent for that purpose. He was very eccentric, but he made a good officer. When he heard that he was nominated, he went up, as he said, into the mountains to do some assessment work on a couple of claims. He got lost and didn't get his bearings until a day or two after election. Then he came into town hungry, greasy and ragged, but unpledged. He found that he was elected, and in answer to a telegram... Essays - Post by : sphead - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 3132

All About Menials All About Menials

All About Menials
The subject of meals, lunch-counters, dining-cars and buffet-cars came up the other day, incidentally. I had ordered a little breakfast in the buffet-car, not so much because I expected to get anything, but because I liked to eat in a car and have all the other passengers glaring at me. I do not know which affords me the most pleasure--to sit for a photograph and be stabbed in the cerebellum with a cast-iron prong, to be fed in the presence of a mixed company of strangers, or to be called on without any preparation to make a farewell speech on the... Essays - Post by : vgreen - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 1418

Two Ways Of Telling It Two Ways Of Telling It

Two Ways Of Telling It
I remember one sunny day in summer, we were sitting in the Boomerang office, I and the city editor, and he was speaking enviously of my salary of $150 per month as compared with his of $80, and I had just given him the venerable minstrel witticism that of course my salary was much larger than his, but he ought not to forget that he got his. Just then there was a revolver shot at the foot of our stairs, and then another. The printers rushed into the stairway from the composing room, and to save time I ran out on... Essays - Post by : Dan_Schulz - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 1590

Daniel Webster Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster
I presume that Daniel Webster was as good an off-hand speaker as this country has ever produced. Massachusetts has been well represented in Congress since that time, but she has had few who could successfully compete with D. Webster, Esq., attorney and counsellor-at-law, Boston, Mass. I have never met Mr. Webster, but I have seen a cane that he used to wear, and since that time I have felt a great interest in him. It was a heavy winter cane, and was presented to him as a token of respect. This reminds me of the inscription on a grave stone in... Essays - Post by : stelios - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 936

The Poor Blind Pig The Poor Blind Pig

The Poor Blind Pig
I have just been over to the Falls of Minnehaha. In fact I have been quite a tourist and summer resorter this season, having saturated my system with nineteen different styles of mineral water in Wisconsin alone, and tried to win the attention of nineteen different styles of head waiters at these summer hotels. I may add in passing that the summer hotels of Wisconsin and Minnesota have been crowded full the past season and more room will have to be added before another season comes around. The motto of the summer hotel seems to be, "Unless ye shall have feed... Essays - Post by : ram133 - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 850

Street Cars And Curiosities Street Cars And Curiosities

Street Cars And Curiosities
There is an institution in Boston which the Pilgrim Fathers did not originate. That is the street car. There is a street car parade all day on Washington street, and a red-light procession most of the night. People told me that I could get into a car and go anywhere I wanted to. I tried it. There was a point in Boston, I learned there were some more relics that I hadn't seen. Parties told me where I could find some more fragments of the Mayflower, and an old chair in which Josiah Quincy had sat down to think. There... Essays - Post by : lppierce - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 1325

Answering An Invitation Answering An Invitation

Answering An Invitation
Hudson, Wis., January 19, 1886. Dear friend.--I have just received your kind and cordial invitation to come to Washington and spend several weeks there among the eminent men of our proud land. I would be glad to go as you suggest, but I cannot do so at this time. I am passionately fond of mingling with the giddy whirl of good society. I hope you will not feel that my reason for declining your kind invitation is that I feel myself above good society. I assure you I do not. Nothing pleases me better than to dress up and mingle among... Essays - Post by : jrc2003 - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 997

She Kind Of Coaxed Him She Kind Of Coaxed Him

She Kind Of Coaxed Him
I never practiced law very much, but during the brief period that my sheet-iron sign was kissed by the Washoe zephyr, I had several odd experiences. I'm sure that lawyers who practice for forty years, especially on the frontier or in a new country, could write a large book that would make mighty interesting reading. One day I was figuring up how much a man could save in ten years, paying forty dollars a month rent, and taking in two dollars and fifty cents per month, when a large man with a sad eye and an early purple tumor on the... Essays - Post by : Frans - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 2436

Venice Venice

Venice
We arrived in Venice last evening, latitude 45 deg. 25 min, N., longitude 12 deg. 19 min. E. Venice is the home of the Venetian, and also where the gondola has its nest and rears its young. It is also the headquarters for the paint known as Venetian red. They use it in painting the town on festive occasions. This is the town where the Merchant of Venice used to do business, and the home of Shylock, a broker, who sheared the Venetian lamb at the corner of the Rialto and the Grand Canal. He is now no more. I couldn't... Essays - Post by : Trinity - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 2085

A Letter Of Regrets A Letter Of Regrets

A Letter Of Regrets
My dear Princess Beatrice--I received your kind invitation to come up to Whippingham on the 23d inst. and see you married, but I have not been able to get there. The weather has been so hot this month, that, to tell you the truth, Beatrice, I haven't been going anywhere to speak of. At first I thought I would go anyhow, and even went so far as to pick out a nice corner bracket to take along for a wedding present. Not so much for its intrinsic value, of course, but so you would have something with my name to it... Essays - Post by : Tammy_Mauldin - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 1061

No More Frontier No More Frontier

No More Frontier
The system of building railroads into the wilderness, and then allowing the wilderness to develop afterward, has knocked the essential joy out of the life of the pioneer. At one time the hardy hewer of wood and drawer of water gave his lifetime willingly that his son might ride in the "varnished cars." Now the Pullman palace car takes the New Yorker to the threshold of the sea, or to the boundary line between the United States and the British possessions. It has driven out the long handled frying pan and the flapjack of twenty years ago, and introduced the condensed... Essays - Post by : janpro53 - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 3394

Roller Skating Roller Skating

Roller Skating
I have once more tried to ride a pair of roller skates. That is the reason I got down on the rink and down on roller skates. That is the reason several people got down on me. That is also the reason why I now state in a public manner, to a lost and undone race, that unless the roller-rink is at once abolished, the whole civilized race will at once be plunged into arnica. I had tried it once before, but had not carried my experiments to a successful termination. I made a trip around the rink last August, but... Essays - Post by : raymond - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 3175

The Snake Indian The Snake Indian

The Snake Indian
There are about 5,000 Snake or Shoshone Indians now extant, the greater part being in Utah and Nevada, though there is a reservation in Idaho and another in Wyoming. The Shoshone Indian is reluctant to accept of civilization on the European plan. He prefers the ruder customs which have been handed down from father to son along with other hairlooms. I use the word hairlooms in its broadest sense. There are the Shoshones proper and the Utes or Utahs, to which have been added by some authorities the Comanches, and Moquis of New Mexico and Arizona, the Netelas and other tribes... Essays - Post by : alan57 - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 2539

A Bright Future For Pugilism A Bright Future For Pugilism

A Bright Future For Pugilism
The recent prominence of Mr. John E. Dempsey, better known as Jack Dempsey, of New York, brings to mind a four days' trip taken in his company from Portland, Oregon, to St. Paul, over the Northern Pacific. There were three pugilists in the party besides myself, viz. Dempsey, Dave Campbell and Tom Cleary. We made a grand, triumphant tour across the country together, and I may truthfully state that I never felt so free to say anything I wanted to--to other passengers--as I did at that time. I wish I could afford to take at least one pugilist with me all... Essays - Post by : donben - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 1521

The Sedentary Hen The Sedentary Hen

The Sedentary Hen
Though generally cheerful and content with her lot, the hen at times becomes moody, sullen and taciturn. We are often called upon to notice and profit by the genial and sunny disposition of the hen, and yet there are times in her life when she is morose, cynical, and the prey of consuming melancholy. At such times not only her own companions, but man himself shuns the hen. At first she seems to be preoccupied only. She starts and turns pale when suddenly spoken to. Then she leaves her companions and seems to be the victim of hypochondria. Then her mind... Essays - Post by : rdlynch - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 2218

Petticoats At The Polls Petticoats At The Polls

Petticoats At The Polls
There have been many reasons given, first and last, why women should not vote, but I desire to say, in the full light of a ripe experience, that some of them are fallacious. I refer more particularly to the argument that it will degrade women to go to the polls and vote like a little man. While I am not and have never been a howler for female suffrage, I must admit that it is much more of a success than prohibition and speculative science. My wife voted eight years with my full knowledge and consent, and to-day I cannot see... Essays - Post by : aeyates - Date : October 2011 - Author : (edgar W. Nye) Bill Nye - Read : 755