My kind of loyalty is
loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders.
The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the
eternal thing; it is the thing to
watch over, and care for, and be loyal to;
extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become
ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and
Monarchies, aristocracies, and religions ... there was
never a country where the majority of the people were
in their secret hearts loyal to
any of these institutions.
The perfection of
wisdom, and the end of true
philosophy is to
proportion our wants to our possessions,
our ambitions to our
capacities, we will then be a
happy and a
political and commercial morals of
America are not merely
food for laughter, they
are an entire banquet.
"It was not altogether a matter of the lavender
trousers, nor yet the straw hat with its bright silk band. The change was
somewhere, far in the interior of Henry. But there was no cakewalk hyperbole in
it. He was simply a quiet, well-bred gentleman of position, wealth, and other
necessary achievements out for an evening stroll, and he had never washed a
wagon in his life." - Stephen Crane Our Negroes in
America have several ways of
themselves which are not found among the whites anywhere. Among these
inventions of theirs is one which is particularly popular with them. It is a
competition in elegant deportment.
They hire a hall and bank the
spectators' seats in rising tiers along the two sides, leaving all the middle
stretch of the floor free. A cake is provided as a prize for the winner in the
competition, and a bench of experts in deportment is appointed to award it.
Sometimes there are as many as fifty contestants,
female, and five hundred spectators.
One at a time the contestants enter, clothed regardless of expense in what each
considers the perfection of style and
taste, and walk down the vacant central
space and back again with that
multitude of critical eyes on them.
All that the
competitor desire of fine
airs and graces he throws into his carriage, all that he desire of seductive
expression he throws into his countenance.
He may use all the helps he
can devise: watch-chain
to twirl with his fingers, cane to do graceful things with, snowy handkerchief
to flourish and get artful effects out of, shiny new stovepipe hat to assist in
his courtly bows; and the colored lady may have a fan to work up her effects
with, and smile over and blush behind, and she may add other helps, according
to her judgement.
the review by individual detail is
over, a grand review of all the contestants in procession follows, with all the
airs and graces and all the bowings and smirkings on exhibition at once, and
this enables the bench of experts to make the necessary comparisons and arrive
at a verdict.
competitor gets the prize
which I have before mentioned, and an abundance of applause and
envy along with it. The Negroes have a name for
this grave deportment-tournament; a name taken from the prize contended for.
They call it a cakewalk.
"In the US cotton states,
after the war the Jew set up shop on
the plantation, supplied all
the Negroes' wants on credit, and at the end of the season was the
proprietor of the Negro's share of the present crop and part of the next one.
The Jew is being
legislated out of Russia.
The reason is not concealed.
The movement was instituted because the
Christian peasant stood no chance against his commercial abilities.
The Jew was always ready to lend on a crop.
When settlement day
came, the Jew owned the crop; the next year he owned the farm.
In the England of John's time
everybody got into debt to the Jews.
enterprises into his hands.
The Jew was the King of
Commerce. He had to be banished from the realm.
For like reasons,
Spain had to banish the Jew 400 years ago, and Austria a couple of centuries
ages Christian Europe has been obliged to curtail his activities.
If he entered upon a trade, the Christian had to retire from it.
If he set up as a doctor, he took the business.
If he exploited
agriculture, the other farmers had to get at something else.
The law had
to step in to save the Christian from the poor-house.
Even bereft of
employments the Jews found ways to make money.
This history has a most sordid and
practical commercial look.
Religious prejudices may account for one
part of it, but not for the other nine.
Protestants have persecuted Catholics - but they
did not take their livelihoods away from them.
persecuted Protestants - but they never closed agriculture and the
handicrafts against them.
I am convinced that the
persecution of the
Jews is not in any large degree due to
the Jew is a money-getter. He made
it the end and aim of his life.
The Jew was at it in Rome. He has been
at it ever since.
His success has made
the whole human race his enemy.
You will say that the Jew is everywhere
People told me that
they had reasons to suspect that for business reasons, many Jews did not report
themselves as Jews.
strongly of the opinion that we have an immense Jew population in America.
I am assured by men
competent to speak that the Jews are exceedingly active in politics." -
Mark Twain 1899
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