THE WEEKLY EXAMINER
SAN FRANCISCO
THURSDAY MORNING
Excerpts from PRATTLE:


A Transient Record of Individual Opinion
By Ambrose Bierce


“No snakes in the Klondyke? That shows ‘twas god’s plan
to give to the snake better sense than to man.”
There is a genius up in Juneau whom it would pay some newspaper owner to catch and put at work. He is already sending news, and under date of August 3 relates that some of the ingoing gold-hunters, disrelishing the Canadian customs officers, threaten to “ignore” them,” peaceably if possible, forcibly if necessary.” Among the several and various blessings which the Creator has bestowed on Man without, apparently, depriving Himself of anything the power forcibly to ignore has not hitherto been counted. It was Coleridge that invented the word “ignore”; if not incommunicado he will please have the goodness to hand up a decision as to what he meant by it. The notion of ignoring by force and arms reminds one of the Irishman who treated a constable with silent contempt by knocking him through a plate-glass window.”

Contributed by: Charlette Sause
source: THE WEEKLY EXAMINER, SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY MORNING,Page 7, 03/17/1897
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