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LACONICS

(THIRD EDITION)

HANFORD LENNOX GORDON

HOLMES BOOK COMPANY

Los Angeles and San Francisco

California

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Entered in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C.
in the year 1913, by Hanford Lennox Gordon

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PREFACE.

For years I have made a practice of keeping notes of such thoughts and laconic expressions as I deemed worth preserving. Out of the mass I have now sifted and arranged the contents of this volume with additions.

There are not many thoughts in this book that have not been expressed by others in some form. I have aimed to prune and improve, and have perhaps produced a few hybrids.

"Though old the thought and oft expressed,

'Tis his at last who says it best"-Lowell.

I have followed the advice of Horace
Misce stultiam consiliis brevem.

I have quoted often-perhaps too freely-from my "Indian Legends and Other Poems."

In this edition I have added many apt quotations and have given credit therefor.

Los Angeles, Cal.
September 1, 1913,

Hanford Lennox Gordon.

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