Following the Equator: A Journey around the World - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER V

Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.-- Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar.

W EDNESDAY, Sept. II. In this world we often make mistakes of judgment. We do not, as a rule, get out of them sound and whole, but sometimes we do. At dinner yesterday evening-- present, a mixture of Scotch, English, American, Canadian, and Australasian folk--a discussion broke out about the pronunciation of certain Scottish words. This was private ground, and the non-Scotch nationalities, with one exception, discreetly kept still. But I am not discreet, and I took a hand. I didn't know anything about the subject, but I took a hand just to have something to do. At that moment the word in dispute was the word three. One Scotchman was claiming that the peasantry of Scotland pronounced it three, his adversaries claimed that they didn't--that they pronounced it thraw. The solitary Scot was having a sultry time of it, so I thought I would enrich him with my help. In my position I was necessarily quite impartial, and was equally as well and as ill equipped to fight on the one side as on the other. So I spoke up and said the peasantry pronounced the word three, not thraw. It was an error of judgment. There was a

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  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 12
  • Chapter III 27
  • Chapter IV 44
  • Chapter V 56
  • Chapter VI 63
  • Chapter VII 72
  • Chapter VIII 80
  • Chapter IX 89
  • Chapter X 101
  • Chapter XI 107
  • Chapter XII 114
  • Chapter XIII 118
  • Chapter XIV 131
  • Chapter XV 137
  • Chapter XVI 143
  • Chapter XIX 167
  • Chapter XX 175
  • Chapter XXI 183
  • Chapter XXII 193
  • Chapter XXIII 203
  • Chapter XXIV 211
  • Chapter XXV 220
  • Chapter XXVI 232
  • Chapter XXVII 238
  • Chapter XXVIII 250
  • Chapter XXX 268
  • Chapter XXXI 274
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