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Peeps at People   By: (1880-1947)

Peeps at People by Robert Cortes Holliday

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PEEPS AT PEOPLE

ROBERT CORTES HOLLIDAY

PEEPS AT PEOPLE

BY

ROBERT CORTES HOLLIDAY

AUTHOR OF "WALKING STICK PAPERS," "BOOTH TARKINGTON," "JOYCE KILMER: A MEMOIR," "BROOME STREET STRAWS," ETC.

WITH PICTURES BY WALTER JACK DUNCAN

[Illustration]

NEW YORK GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY Copyright, 1919, By George H. Doran Company

Printed in the United States of America

I WROTE A BOOK SOME TIME AGO WHICH WAS DEDICATED TO "THREE FINE MEN." THIS IS A SMALLER BOOK. THEREFORE, I DEDICATE IT TO TWO FINE MEN:

EUGENE F. SAXTON CHRISTOPHER MORLEY

[Illustration]

These little what you call 'ems, with the exception of the opening one and the concluding ones, all appeared originally in the Saturday Magazine of the New York Evening Post . They are reprinted here by the courtesy of the editors of that otherwise estimable newspaper. For permission to reprint the opening paper The Bookman is to blame.

CONTENTS

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EVEN SO! OR, AS YOU MAY SAY, A PREFACE 13

I THE FORGETFUL TAILOR 19

II TALK AT THE POST OFFICE 23

III AS TO OFFICE BOYS 28

IV A CONQUEROR'S ATTACK 32

V THE CASE OF MR. WOOLEN 36

VI WHEN THE TRAIN COMES IN 41

VII AN OLD FOGY 44

VIII HAIR THAT IS SCENERY 47

IX A NICE MAN 50

X NO SNOB 53

XI EVERY INCH A MAN 59

XII HIS BUSINESS IS GOOD 65

XIII A NICE TASTE IN MURDERS 71

XIV IDA'S AMAZING SURPRISE 74

XV NOT GULLIBLE, NOT HE 77

XVI CRAMIS, PATRON OF ART 81

XVII BARBER SHOPS AWESOME 85

XVIII MUCH MARRIED STRATFORD 88

XIX A HUMAN CASH REGISTER 92

XX IT STANDS TO REASON 94

XXI A THREE RINGED CIRCUS 96

XXII SNAPSHOTS IN X RAY 100

XXIII BACHELOR REMINISCENCES 103

XXIV A TESTIMONIAL 107

XXV FRAGRANT WITH PERFUME 110

XXVI WOULDN'T LOOK AT HIM 112

XXVII CONNUBIAL FELICITY 114

XXVIII A FRIEND, INDEED 116

PEEPS AT PEOPLE

EVEN SO! OR, AS YOU MAY SAY, A PREFACE

I knew a man who used to do some writing, more or less of it articles and essays and little sketches and things like that and he went to another man who was a publisher. (I know all of this because it was told to me not long ago at a club.) And he said (the first man) that he would like to have published a book of some of his pieces. He hadn't done much, if any, writing for a number of years. Matters had been going rather bad with him, and he had lost more than a little of his buoyancy. The spark had waned; in fact, it was not there. (This he did not say, but so the matter was.)

Anyhow, he did say that this collection of material had about it the rich glow of his prime, that it was living with the fullness of his life, that as a contributor to these papers and magazines he had (or had had) a personal following decent enough in size, that the book, by all reasoning, ought to go far, and so on. The volume was published. It was called no, I have forgotten what it was called. However, I heard that it got a very fair press, and sold somewhat.

Then, in about a year or so, round came the man again to the publisher with another batch of little papers. He had aged perceptively within this time, and matters had been going with him rather worse than before. No, he hadn't been able to write anything lately... Continue reading book >>




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