Slade had to kill several men—some say three, others say four, and others six—but the world was the richer for their loss.
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Often the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.
The odd superstitions touched upon were all prevalent among children and slaves in the West at the period of this story—that is to say, thirty or forty years ago.
I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
I once heard a grouty northern invalid say that a coconut tree might be poetical, possibly it was; but it looked like a feather-duster struck by lightning.
A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape.
I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the gentle reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass. If the case be otherwise, I beg his pardon and extend to him the cordial hand of fellowship and call him brother. I shall always delight to meet an ass after my own heart when I shall have finished my travels.
Oh—go on, I'll take a breath or two—I don't know where I am, I'm all at sea.
Every one knew he could foretell wars and famines, though that was not so hard, for there was always a war, and generally a famine somewhere.
He was sunshine most always-I mean he made it seem like good weather.
The trouble with the world is not that people know too little; it's that they know so many things that just aren't so.