If I am antiquated enough for an autobiography, perhaps I may be aged enough to avoid the criticism of being an egotist, when I state that some years I delivered one lecture, “Acres of Diamonds,” over two hundred times each year, at an average income of about one hundred and fifty dollars for each lecture.
It cannot be gainsaid that civilisation has been thework of a small minority of superior intelligences constitutingthe culminating point of a pyramid, whose stages, widening inproportion to the decrease of mental power, represent the massesof a nation.
The depreciation further impoverished the people.
Its own Thought coming to Itself, suggestive of its disparagement, thereby to enhance Its happiness!
The fisherman was seized with an irresistible impulse to purchase the chest, and having a small silver coin of not more value than a silver penny, said to himself, "I will try my fate, possibly it may contain something valuable; but if not, I will disregard the disappointment;" ordered it to be conveyed to his lodging, and paid the price demanded.
This news occasioned general consternation, and gave new cause to lament the loss of Codadad, who had signalized himself in the former war against the same enemies.
A man need not shoot himself in order to commit suicide: he need only neglect the proper means of sustenance, and he will soon die.