Quotation by Bret Harte

I reside at Table Mountain, and my name is Truthful James;
I am not up to small deceit, or any sinful games;
And I'll tell in simple language what I know about the row
That broke up our society upon the Stanislow.
But first I would remark, that it is not a proper plan
For any scientific man to whale his fellow-man,
Bret Harte (1836–1902), U.S. author (FRANCIS BRET HARTE). The Society upon the Stanislaus (l. 1–6). . .

Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. William Harmon, ed. (1979) Oxford University Press.
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