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Jonathan and His Continent Rambles Through American Society   By: (1848-1903)

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JONATHAN AND HIS CONTINENT

RAMBLES THROUGH AMERICAN SOCIETY

BY

MAX O'RELL

AUTHOR OF "JOHN BULL AND HIS ISLAND," "FRIEND MAC DONALD," ETC.

AND

JACK ALLYN

TRANSLATED BY MADAME PAUL BLOUËT

BRISTOL J. W. ARROWSMITH, 11 QUAY STREET

LONDON SIMPKIN, MARSHALL & CO., 4 STATIONERS' HALL COURT

1889

All rights reserved

TO JONATHAN.

You have often asked me to write my impressions of America and the Americans, and your newspapers have been good enough to suggest Jonathan and his Continent as a title for the book.

The title is good, and I accept it.

As for the book, since you wish it, here it is. But I must warn you that if ever you should fancy you see in this little volume a deep study of your great country and of your amiable compatriots, your worldwide reputation for humour would be exploded.

However, as my collaborator, JACK ALLYN, is an American citizen, some at least of the statements here set down regarding Jonathan ought to have weight and authority.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. Population of America. An Anecdote about the Sun. Where is the Centre of America? Jonathan cannot get over it, nor can I. America, the Land of Conjuring. A Letter from Jonathan decides me to set out for the United States.

CHAPTER II. Jonathan and his Critics. An eminent American gives me Salutary Advice. Travelling Impressions. Why Jonathan does not love John Bull.

CHAPTER III. Characteristic Traits. A Gentleman and a Cad. Different Ways of Discussing the Merits of a Sermon. Contradictions and Contrasts. Sacred and Profane. Players of Poker on Board Ship. A Meek and Humble Follower of Jesus. The Open Sesame of New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. The Childish Side of American Character. The Three Questions Jonathan puts to every Foreigner who lands in America. Preconceived Notions. Request of an American Journalist. Why the English and the French do not put Questions in their Countries to the Foreigner who visits them.

CHAPTER IV. Types. Manly Beauty. The Indian Type. Second Beauty in the Women of the New World. Something Wanting in the Beauty of Most American Women.

CHAPTER V. All that Glitters is not Gold, especially in America. The Dollar is the Unity of the Metrical System. Jonathan is Matter of fact. How he Judges Man. The Kind of Baits that Take. Talent without Money is a Useless Tool. Boston and Kansas.

CHAPTER VI. Diamonds. How Diamonds are Won and Lost in Tripping. The Sweat of Jonathan's brow crystallized in his Wife's Ears. Avarice is a vice little known in America. Jonathan is not the Slave of the Almighty Dollar to the Extent that he is believed to be.

CHAPTER VII. Notes on the great American Cities. New York. Boston. A Visit to Oliver Wendell Holmes. Washington. Mount Vernon. Philadelphia. Chicago. Rivalry between these Cities. Jokes they indulge in at each other's Expense.

CHAPTER VIII. American Houses. Furniture. Luxury. The Clubs. An Evening at the Authors' Club. An Eyesore. A Wonderful Shot. Bang, right in the Bull's eye!

CHAPTER IX. Society Jottings. Blue Blood in the United States. Fashionable Society. Plutocracy. Parvenus and Arrivés. Literary and Artistic Society. Provincialism. All the Americans have two Family Names. Colonels and Judges. American Hospitality. Terrapin and Raw Duck.

CHAPTER X. Millionaires. A List of the Great American Fortunes. The Stock Exchange. A Billionaire's House. Benevolent Acts. A Democracy Ruled by many Kings.

CHAPTER XI. The American Girl. Her Liberty... Continue reading book >>




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