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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... jet of smoke into the air, and began monotonously: 'Chains on a Southern woman? Chains?' I know the lady that wrote that piece." He suddenly gathered himself up for some large effort. "I can't recite it as she used to, but"--And to the joy of all he was interrupted. "Gentlemen," said one, throwing a cigarette stump Into the fire, "that brings up the subject of the war. By the by, do you know what that war cost the Government of the United States?" He glanced from one to another until his eye reached the wearer of the pearl, who had faced about, and stood now, with the jewel glistening in the firelight, and who promptly said: "Yes; how much?" "Well," said the first questioner with sudden caution, " I may be mistaken, but I've heard that it cost six--I think they say six--billion dollars. Didn't it?" "It did," replied the other, with a smile of friendly commendation; "it cost six billion, one hundred and eighty-nine million, nine hundred and twenty-nine thousand, nine hundred and eight dollars. The largest item is interest; one billion, seven hundred and one million, two hundred and fifty-six thousand, one hundred and ninety-eight dollars, forty-two cents. The next largest, the pay of troops; the next, clothing the army. If there's any item of the war's expenses you would like to know, ask me. Capturing president Confederate States--ninety-seven thousand and thirtyone dollars, three cents." The speaker's manner grew almost gay. The other smiled defensively, and responded: "You've got a good memory for sta-stistics. I haven't; and yet I always did like sta-stistics. I'm no sta-stitian, and yet if I had the time sta-stistics would be my favorite study; I s'pose it's yours." The wearer of tbe pearl shook his head. "No. But I like it. I like the style...
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Cable was one of the greatest and most celebrated Southern writers of his day. He helped lead the Local Color movement of the late 1800s with his pioneering use of dialect and his skill with the short-story form. A Southern reformist, Cable faithfully depicted the Creole way of life during the transitional post-Civil War period.
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