The Life and Adventures of Maj. Roger Sherman Potter eBook

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And I would have you consider, sir, that several of my friends, (and they are no small men,) have said it might do to try me in the next presidential contest.  And as you are a discreet man, pray keep before your eyes how easy it would be with a salary of twenty-five thousand dollars and the edgings, to shuffle off such a trifle.  Consider it well, sir, and you will not let your anxiety interfere with my prospects, since I am now a man of mark, and shall at least get a foreign mission, for the vast services I have rendered the party.  And I will share the income with you, if my children go supperless to bed.”  The major continued in this manner, pleading his poverty with the landlord, until he so excited the goodness of his heart, that he not only regretted having resorted to law, but actually dispatched the official to his attorney with orders to forthwith stay proceedings.  He also accepted the major’s word of honor for the forthcoming of all demands; and, indeed, would not be content until he had dined at his house, and recounted the many deeds of valor he had performed while in Mexico, which he did over a bottle of old Madeira.

CHAPTER XXXII.

Which describes what took place when the major returned to the saint Nicholas; with an account of how he got into debt at the Astor, and various other things.

It was early evening when the major came exultingly into his parlor at the Saint Nicholas, and after quenching his thirst in a nicely mixed beverage, for the day was excessively warm, said:  “And now, young man, I own I have not done much for you yet; but you must not be discomfited, for there is a good time ahead, and I begin to esteem myself no small diplomatist.  Indeed, if you had seen how I accommodated myself to that affair with the Astor, which threatened to overthrow all my prospects to-day, you would have seen, sir, that I am not a man to build castles in the air.  No, sir, I hold the advantage gained over the host of the Astor in the light of a victory gained over my enemies.  And though my private affairs are somewhat loose in the joints, what matters it, so long as I stand square in the public eye?  Private affairs are private affairs, and I hold it good philosophy that they have nothing to do with a public man and his usefulness.”

The major here commenced to recount, taking considerable credit to himself as a diplomatist, how he got the advantage of the landlord.

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