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plumacher2 - Mr. Plumachcr of Maracalbo. SOME stories, like...
Mr. Plumachcr of Maracalbo. SOME stories, like certain wines, improve improve with age. The following haa stood the test of many, many tellings: tellings: The United States Consul at Maracalbo, Maracalbo, Venezuela, is Mr. Plumacher. He is a large man. who dresses in ample, comfortable comfortable wh.te clothing and speaks with a superb German accent. He has been Consul at Maracalbo for something Hke a quarter of a century. Administration haa suoceeded administration. Harrison has (Ousted Cleveland and Cleveland haa ousted Harrison, yet Plumacher runs on forever. Whyf Thafa the story. Over and over again Plumaohers successor successor has 'been appointed, say those who know, and has packed up and set off for Maracalbo. Over and over again Plumacher Plumacher haa received bis successor with the greatest politeness. " Ah, xo you are der new OonauL Delighted Delighted to know you. Do-morrow Do-morrow Do-morrow I geeff vou ae keys of .der Consulate and dell you vot you must do. But to-day to-day to-day it is doo late. Ve dake a teedle valk. And the " leedle valk " invariably leada to the cemetery. Plumacher casually points out a grave-It grave-It grave-It Is tbat of So-and-So So-and-So So-and-So So-and-So So-and-So very nice man-excellent man-excellent man-excellent Consul held th Job seventeen days then yellow fever four hours-poor hours-poor hours-poor fellow! Another grave very tasteful. That of Mr. What's-his-name-Aff What's-his-name-Aff What's-his-name-Aff What's-his-name-Aff What's-his-name-Aff What's-his-name-Aff What's-his-name-Aff pointed Consul at Maracalbo by Abraham Lincoln. Lasted a week. Malarial fever. Very sad case. Another . . " But say," objects Plumachers successor, successor, eyes bulging out of his head. " what kind of a Joint la this? " "Oh, very pleasant, extremely, pleasant." pleasant." answers the permanent Consul. " Delightful if you gan geep alive. Look here Iss der grave of Smith Consul in '73 worst rase of yellow fever in der history of Maracalbo but vofs der madder? madder? To cut a long story short. Plumachers successor Invariably takes the next steamer home, and Ptomaoher still reigns supreme aa United States Consul at Maracalbo. Maracalbo.

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 13 Sep 1908, Sun,
  3. Page 47

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