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The complete works of Brann, the iconoclast

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Pages: 198

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: William Cowper Brann

Excerpt from book: of decency or justice remaining in the human heart, I can come precious near making that pseudo-sacrosanct institution tuck its flea-bitten tail between its hinder legs and flee unto the mountains of Hepsidam, where the lion roareth and the whang-doodle mourneth for its first-born. Sweet Christians, if you want peace, I prithee go cork yourselves. KENTUCKY'S DEGENERACY. BY VEKDANT GEEEN. The startling announcement has reached us that Hon. John G. Carlisle, ex-Senator, ex-Secretary of the Treasury and ex-Democrat, has " repudiated " his " Old Kentucky Home," and is now, from all accounts, a full-fledged Greater New Yorker. In justice, and to her everlasting credit, let it be said, Kentucky assumed the initiative. Now, if some menagerie will only claim some more of our degenerates, Kentucky might be able to shake out the folds of her disgrace, and look tolerably respectable again. Kentuckians, of late, are inclined to doubt the authenticity of Bobby Burns' famous democratic declaration: " A man's a man for a' that." On one occasion, at least, they have found him to be a beast of prey, a moral leper, a foul, contaminating, loathesome toad, and his name is W. C. P. Breckenridge. This, Carlisle's nativity, sheds no tears for him: yet it was not always thus. For lo! these many years, she loved him with a mother's fond devotion, and not until his presence endangered her respectability, did she cast him off. It was she that watched over his tender youth, guided his budding manhood, but lost him in ma- turer years, and could only stand sponsor at the thresholdof the bar while he consumed a large proportion of a distillery output. The indefatigable devotion of Carlisle's constituency is unparaleled: it is safe to say, since the world began. Through all his vicissitudes they n...  

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