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511 > Page 511 of Compromises of life : and other lectures and addresses, including some observations on certain downward tendencies of modern society / by Henry Watterson.

Appendix ceeding events, and the repeated outgiving of others be- sides Mr. Carnegie, Dr. Hale, and Professor Peabody, whom the Pittsburg Press trots out as witnesses to its own homilies, which are admirable, being little more than iteration of what was said in these columns. So- barring the duello-does not the writer of this article think that he owes us an apology Alas and alack the day! We set out to defend our- selves against a false accusation in a mock court, with the purpose of being facetious. We meant to say a lot of smart things of the Smart Set, and, indirectly, of our esteemed contemporary, the Pittsburg Press. The words refuse to come to us. We do not mean to be mawkish, but the dead face of that young man lying there in the Casino at Newport comes back to us, and, his father's friend and schoolmate, we cannot make light of it. To say truth, no sensible man could care anything the one way or other about the Smart Set. The Four Hundred must be to such an one a matter of total indifference. As to the Courier-Journal, it spoke out a little indignantly, perhaps-somebody gaffed it, and then it struck out-and perhaps it has regretted it ever since because it started so many foolish pens a-going. The Pittsburg Press must not only apologize to us, but it must revise its judgment. Honest indignation, sometimes aggressively - never unthoughtedly - ex- pressed, we own to; effervescences-impossible! How could a man, sprung from the ranks and yet able to do any kind of work on the force, from "legs" up-how could a cold-nosed dog, with a life-time of newspaper experience behind him-how could a writer, jealous of his parts of speech and using the blue pencil at three and sixty as he used it at three and thirty-how could such a person "effervesce" 5 ''