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Quotation by H.L. Mencken
Many a time I have seen my mother leap up from the dinner table to engage the swarming flies with an improvised punkah, and heard her rejoice and give humble thanks simultaneously that Baltimore was not the sinkhole that Washington was.
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880–1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Happy Days, ch. 4, p. 66, Knopf (1940).
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