The Motley Book: A Series of Tales and Sketches

J. & H.G. Langley, 1838 - 190 Seiten

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Seite 83 - ... his lank gray nag with such fury that many sober people thought he had lost his wits and was hunting for them on horseback in this distracted manner. At night, what with drinking gin-slings and brandy-and-water at the bar to encourage the vagabonds that stood looking wistfully on — talking red-hot Hickock politics to groups of four, five and six — and bawling applause at the different public meetings he attended — he presented at the close of the day's services such a personal appearance...
Seite 102 - Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them : behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.
Seite 102 - O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
Seite 79 - THERE is a particular season of the year in the city of New York, when ragamuffins and vagabonds take a sudden rise in respectability ; when a tarpaulin hat is viewed with the same mysterious regard as the crown of an emperor...
Seite 84 - Hickock gentry and the Bill Snivel men. " If dandy Hickock gets in," says a squint-eyed man with a twisted nose, " I've got a rooster-pigeon — I'll pick his feathers bare, stick a pipestem in his claw, friz his top-knot, and offer him as a stumpcandidate for next Mayor." "Can your rooster-pigeon spell his own name. Crossfire ? " asked a tall Hickock street inspector. "If he can't, you'd better put him a quarter under Bill Snivel. It would be as good as an infant school for him ! " "I think I'd...
Seite 85 - ... couple of ragamuffins in the mob, who had been carrying on a little under-dialogue on their own account, now pitched into each other in the most lively manner, and after being allowed to phlebotomize each other very freely, were drawn apart by their respective coat tails, and carried to a neighboring pump. The battle by no means ceases at the going down of the sun ; for, besides the two large assemblages to which we have before alluded, there is in each ward a nightly meeting in some small room...
Seite 49 - I'll renounce you for industrious subjects. Ant. Your grace speaks like a worthy and tried soldier. Gas. And you'll do well for one that ne'er tossed pike, sir.
Seite 81 - Esquire, with the laudable purpose of discovering in an authentic way, what were that candidate's habits of dress. A manuscript report of his ingenious observations, it ia said, was circulated freely among the members of the committee. No copy, that I have learned, has ever found its way to the press. As every one knows, the advent of an election creates a general and clamorous demand for full-grown young men of twenty-one years of age.
Seite 83 - Flapdragon had likewise succeeded in being appointed chairman of a single Committee, viz. — that on chairs and benches. He attained this enviable elevation (the performance of the arduous duties of which drew upon him the eyes of the whole ward and the carpenter who furnished the benches!) through the votes of a majority of the Committee of five — one of whom was his brotherin-law, and the other his business partner. The casting vote he had himself given judiciously, in his own favor. Fahrenheit...
Seite 84 - ... with a green box planted in front of the one in the centre, and an officer with a staff at either end. The small piece of green furniture thus guarded is the ballot box, and all sorts of humanity are every moment arriving and depositing their votes. Besides the officers, two or three fierce-looking men stand around the box on either side, and challenge in the most determined manner every suspicious person of the opposite politics. " I challenge that man's vote," says one, as a ragged young fellow...

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