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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ... across a framed photograph of President McKinley, which was signed "Yours truly, William McKinley, July 16, 1897." It was one of the hundreds of such photographs signed by every president, and it had fallen into the hands of the junkman. Hicks bought it, had it reframed and hung it in his room. He spoke of the picture frequently and told how President McKinley gave it to him ', when he visited him at the White House. 3 _. "An old friend of mine from boyhood up," /-"_,'-' ' he would say, as if he were on the closest-J ' ' terms of intimacy with the president. From time to time he added other photographs to his collection, but put up none but pictures of prominent men. As soon as a picture was hung, the pictured one became the long-time friend of T. Marmaduke Hicks. He was popular in the boarding house. In addition to being good looking and lively he had an emphatic way of speaking, using many gestures to make his point, which in almost every instance concerned himself, and never hesitating to exaggerate to make himself heroic. He was skillful at this, and usually managed to have an element of truth in what he said in case any one disputed him too harshly. He was an adroit fiatterer and paid particular attention to the ladies, talking to them and fussing over them; and they to the last one pronounced him a most charming young man and sang his praises wherever they went. He would let an old lady bore him for an hour with a quavering story of her troubles and pains and aches, if he thought she would say a good word about him sometime. And she always did. When he was talking, and saw an expression on the face of one of his listeners that betokened doubt or even incredulity, he immediately shaped his...
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