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John Barleycorn - Jack London

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by Jack London (1876-1916)


It all came to me one election day.  It was on a warm California
afternoon, and I had ridden down into the Valley of the Moon from
the ranch to the little village to vote Yes and No to a host of
proposed amendments to the Constitution of the State of
California.  Because of the warmth of the day I had had several
drinks before casting my ballot, and divers drinks after casting
it.  Then I had ridden up through the vine-clad hills and rolling
pastures of the ranch, and arrived at the farm-house in time for
another drink and supper.

"How did you vote on the suffrage amendment?" Charmian asked.

"I voted for it."

She uttered an exclamation of surprise.  For, be it known, in my
younger days, despite my ardent democracy, I had been opposed to
woman suffrage.  In my later and more tolerant years I had been
unenthusiastic in my acceptance of it as an inevitable social
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