Monday, October 29, 2012


A Hundred Years Ago

Helen Choate Bell (1830-1918), quoted in Paulina Cony Drown, Mrs. Bell (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1931), p. 61 (on the presidential election of 1912, brackets in original):
'Do you not think it is a disgusting spectacle, two fat bawling men [Roosevelt and Taft] giving each other the lie all over creation and screaming to be President?....I wish the two fighting cocks would now leave town, then we would have the hose turned on and everything all cleaned up and take the cotton out of our ears and get back to where we were.'
Plus ça change, plus ça reste la même chose.

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