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A Plea For Old Cap Collier
by Irvin S. Cobb
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From the American author, humourist, and columnist who lived in New York and wrote over 60 books and 300 short stories.
The basic reason, the underlying motive, lay in the fact that in the schoolbooks of our adolescence, and notably in the school readers, our young mentalities were fed forcibly on a pap which affronted our intelligence at the same time that it cloyed our adolescent palates. It was not altogether the lack of action; it was more the lack of plain common sense in the literary spoon victuals which they ladled into us at school that caused our youthful souls to revolt.
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