A brace of bracers

5 Jan

HOSPITALITY. A story is told in Washington of a well-known senator, who is notorious for taking two cocktails in succession before breakfast. One morning a friend put to him the pertinent question, “Senator, why do you take two cocktails as a custom? Won’t one tone you?” The senator drew himself up. “I will tell you why I take two cocktails. When I have taken one it makes me feel like another man. Well, you see, I’m bound in common courtesy to treat that man; so I take a second.

Penny Illustrated Paper, 5 August 1871, p. 79.


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