American Notes By Rudyard Kipling








































































































































 -   The man made me out to be an
idiot several sizes more drivelling than my destiny intended, and
the rankness - Page 9
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The Man Made Me Out To Be An Idiot Several Sizes More Drivelling Than My Destiny Intended, And The Rankness Of His Ignorance Managed To Distort The Few Poor Facts With Which I Supplied Him Into Large And Elaborate Lies.

Then, thought I, "the matter of American journalism shall be looked into later on.

At present I will enjoy myself."

No man rose to tell me what were the lions of the place. No one volunteered any sort of conveyance. I was absolutely alone in this big city of white folk. By instinct I sought refreshment, and came upon a bar-room full of bad Salon pictures in which men with hats on the backs of their heads were wolfing food from a counter. It was the institution of the "free lunch" I had struck. You paid for a drink and got as much as you wanted to eat. For something less than a rupee a day a man can feed himself sumptuously in San Francisco, even though he be a bankrupt. Remember this if ever you are stranded in these parts.

Later I began a vast but unsystematic exploration of the streets. I asked for no names. It was enough that the pavements were full of white men and women, the streets clanging with traffic, and that the restful roar of a great city rang in my ears. The cable cars glided to all points of the compass at once. I took them one by one till I could go no further.

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