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The Plum Tree

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Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 72,310 / 209 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 580
Added to site: 2007.01.26 15899

"A novel, peculiar and entertaining book."--Vice-President Fairbanks.

"'The Plum Tree' impressed me as containing a valuable political lesson."--Ex-President Cleveland.

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t it of the agent of their purchaser until they had deposited it beyond the possibility of substitution--he must see them "deliver the goods."

My father was defeated. He saw that, in politics, the day of the public servant of public interests was over, and that the night of the private servant of private interests had begun. He resigned the leadership into the dexterous hands of a politician. Soon afterward he died, muttering: "Prosperity has ruined my country!"

From that election day my interest in politics grew, and but for my mother's bitter prejudice I should have been an active politician, perhaps before I was out of college.

Pulaski, indeed all that section of my state, was strongly of my party. Therefore Dominick, its local boss, was absolute. At the last county election, four years before the time of which I am writing, there had been a spasmodic attempt to oust him. He had grown so insolent, and had put his prices for political and political-commercial "favors" to our leading cit



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