Pebbles on the Shore

Author: Alpha of the Plough (Alfred George Gardiner)
Published: 1916
Language: English
Wordcount: 61,993 / 172 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.9
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 389
Added to site: 2004.06.30
mnybks.net#: 7950
Genre: Essays
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rain, who sits there croaking like a night owl or a tenth-rate journalist. My Dismal Jemmy is not to be exorcised by argument. He can only be driven out by a little sane companionship.

So I turn on a light and call for one of my bedside friends. They stand there in noble comradeship, ready to talk, willing to remain silent, only asking to do my pleasure. Oh, blessed be the name of Gutenberg, the Master Printer. A German? I care not. Even if he had been a Prussian--which I rejoice to think he was not--I would still say: "Blessed be the name of Gutenberg," though Sir Richard Cooper, M.P., sent me to the Tower for it. For Gutenberg is the Prometheus not of legend but of history. He brought down the sacred flame and scattered the darkness that lay on the face of the waters. He gave us the _Daily Owl_, it is true, but he made us also freemen of time and thought, companions of the saints and the sages, sharers in the wisdom and the laughter of the ages. Thanks to him I can, for the expenditure of a few shillings

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