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One day I was listening to some conversation upon this
subject when an American student said that for some time - Page 510
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One Day I Was Listening To Some Conversation Upon This Subject When An American Student Said That For Some Time

He had been under sentence for a slight breach of the peace and had promised the constable that he would

Presently find an unoccupied day and betake himself to prison. I asked the young gentleman to do me the kindness to go to jail as soon as he conveniently could, so that I might try to get in there and visit him, and see what college captivity was like. He said he would appoint the very first day he could spare.

His confinement was to endure twenty-four hours. He shortly chose his day, and sent me word. I started immediately. When I reached the University Place, I saw two gentlemen talking together, and, as they had portfolios under their arms, I judged they were tutors or elderly students; so I asked them in English to show me the college jail. I had learned to take it for granted that anybody in Germany who knows anything, knows English, so I had stopped afflicting people with my German. These gentlemen seemed a trifle amused - and a trifle confused, too - but one of them said he would walk around the corner with me and show me the place. He asked me why I wanted to get in there, and I said to see a friend - and for curiosity. He doubted if I would be admitted, but volunteered to put in a word or two for me with the custodian.

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