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The Jimmyjohn Boss and Other Stories - Owen Wister

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The Jimmyjohn Boss and Other Stories

By Owen Wister

To Messrs. Harper & Bothers and Henry Mills Alden whose friendliness and
fair dealing I am glad of this chance to record

Owen Wister



Preface

It's very plain that if a thing's the fashion--
  Too much the fashion--if the people leap
To do it, or to be it, in a passion
  Of haste and crowding, like a herd of sheep,

Why then that thing becomes through imitation
  Vulgar, excessive, obvious, and cheap.

No gentleman desires to be pursuing

What every Tom and Dick and Harry's doing.

Stranger, do you write books? I ask the question,
  Because I'm told that everybody writes
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