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 - rays', writes a correspondent of the Washington...
rays', writes a correspondent of the Washington Post. I captured there a iw linos' from the pen of Bret Hnrto nont one of the many discomfiting ex- sriencos Incident to consular positions, s'related to me by the consul. Of a Stuml's manifold trials, none are more ' 'ttth-prpvoking than the demands upon l,cr.edulity and sympathy—otherwise purse—by the tramp abroad. Some time '"> year a beguiling applicant by tho _ ae of Fowler (Fowler at Bristol, but having many aliases) went the rounds )f the consulates in Great Britain. At Bristol he so far worked upon tho sympathy of the consul as to shortly make timself the hero of some lines, which , , i were sent along tho consular circuit as a note of warning. , (of Upon the lines reaching Glasgow the ^following Characteristic comments wore ent by Bret Harte: fl'fli acquainted with affliction, ohloflyin tho f,-^> form of fiction, as It's offered up by jfvf strangers at tho consul's open door; i; And! know all kinds of sorrow that relief 'Would try to borrow with various sums, from six-ponce upwards >to a penny more I lk i n ' -u And I think I know nil fancy stylos of active ..mendicancy, from the helpless Irish soldier who mixed In our country's war; And wholuld In Llbby prison In a war thiit s. - wasn't hls'n, and I sent book to tho country—that ho never saw belpro. • $ know the wretched seaman who was tortured 4 , by a demon daptuln till ho Hod in terror „ * with his wages In nrroar; '-And I've given him eufllolent. to ship as an efficient and active malefactor with a \ gentle privateer, * ... , 1 know the wealthy tourist who (through accident the purest) lost his letters, •watch and wallet from the cold deck '<• oomlng o'er: I heeded that preamble and lent him enough to gamble till ho • won back nil •bis money on "a cold deck" here ashore 1 tholr their be F have tiottts bought for mothers and :•, babes.—that wore another's—and j Husbands who not always con ; . claimed as theirs alone: Bit I've come to the conclusion that for ethical confusion and Immoral contribution :I have little left unknown! jjflnt I cover, never, never! In beneficent en~ deavor fall into tho wicked nicshea by the Saxon Fowler spread; In4 it 6ecms to rao a plhtol used judiciously *' at Bristol would have not too prpinaluro- ly brought this matter to a houd 1. t

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 20 Apr 1886, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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