The Story of a Wonder Man: Being the Autobiography of Ring Lardner

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Chapter 20
Dan Boone's Joke

ONE of the traits or characteristics for which the writer has been noted in recent years is dignity, self-possession. Only the other day I was complimented on this by no less a personage than Mr. Charles M. Schwab.

"Lardy," he said in his enchanting southern drawl, "you certainly have a lot of poise."

"Yes," I replied lightly. "Three are at home and one is away at school."

But at the time of which I am now writing, I was so playful and "flighty" that it had never occurred to me to enter a vocation where solemnity and composure were deemed essential and it was a shock to me when my good friend Daniel Boone suggested that I go into politics.

"Lardy," he said, "why don't you run for an office?"

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