Yup. I think so, too. --susan
Susan K. Harris
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Sent: Friday, March 5, 2021 9:26 AM
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Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] Hod-carriers and Presidents
I responded to Clay individually instead of to the list. I think Twain is referring to Irishmen. Any other thoughts?
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From: Clay Shannon <[log in to unmask]>
Date: 3/5/21 10:05 AM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] Hod-carriers and Presidents
In "THE TREATY WITH CHINA: ITS PROVISIONS EXPLAINED" (https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gutenberg.org%2Ffiles%2F33077%2F33077-h%2F33077-h.htm&data=04%7C01%7Cskh5%40KU.EDU%7C1723341f56374eec183008d8dfebaf35%7C3c176536afe643f5b96636feabbe3c1a%7C0%7C0%7C637505550639912152%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=D%2Fiq%2B2Pm30cvEcCb7fQBW2hAvYqcUzFw%2F62sf%2FjGhDc%3D&reserved=0), Twain wrote this:
I have seen dogs almost tear helpless Chinamen to pieces in broad daylight in San Francisco, and I have seen hod-carriers who help to make Presidents stand around and enjoy the sport.
Was there some special reason Twain connected hod carriers with the making of presidents? He meant electing them, I assume, but why them more than anyone else? Was there a common phrase at the time that mentioned hod carriers and presidents?
- B. Clay Shannon
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