The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Part 1: Essays, Sketches, and Letters

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Author: Artemus Ward

1.18. An Honest Living.

I was on my way from the mines to San Francisco, with a light puss and a hevy hart. You’d scacely hav recognized my fair form, so kiverd was I with dust. Bimeby I met Old Poodles, the all-firdist gambler in the country. He was afoot and in his shirt-sleeves, and was in a wuss larther nor any race hoss I ever saw. ("All-fired," enormous, excessive, a low Americanism, not improbably a puritanical corruption of "hell-fired," designed to have the virtue of an oath without offending polite ears.)

"Whither goist thow, sweet nimp?" sez I, in a play-actin tone.

"To the mines, Sir," he unto me did say, "to the mines, TO EARN AN HONEST LIVIN."

Thinks I that air aint very cool, I guess, and druv on.

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Chicago: Artemus Ward, "1.18. An Honest Living.," The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Part 1: Essays, Sketches, and Letters, ed. Paine, Albert Bigelow, 1861-1937 and trans. Townsend, R.S. in The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Part 1: Essays, Sketches, and Letters (New York: A. L. Burt Company, 1916), Original Sources, accessed April 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CQEXKQAGSXXNWC6.

MLA: Ward, Artemus. "1.18. An Honest Living." The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Part 1: Essays, Sketches, and Letters, edited by Paine, Albert Bigelow, 1861-1937, and translated by Townsend, R.S., in The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Part 1: Essays, Sketches, and Letters, Vol. 22, New York, A. L. Burt Company, 1916, Original Sources. 25 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CQEXKQAGSXXNWC6.

Harvard: Ward, A, '1.18. An Honest Living.' in The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Part 1: Essays, Sketches, and Letters, ed. and trans. . cited in 1916, The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Part 1: Essays, Sketches, and Letters, A. L. Burt Company, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 25 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CQEXKQAGSXXNWC6.