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DIOGENES

New York, July 11, 1905

To the Editor of Harper's Weekly:

Sir, -- I was not surprised to observe in your last issue an advertisement from old man Diogenes, offering his lantern for sale, cheap. Don't imagine he has given up the hunt he has prosecuted for so many years. Not on your life, as boys say. He has merely waked up to the fact that the times are more strenuous, and his lantern is behind the times, and it takes more than a mere light of that sort to find the kind of man he wants nowadays. I happen to know that he placed an order with a certain large firm last week for a search-light of a good many horse-power, to be operated by the latest electrical devices.

I am, sir,
OBSERVING PHILOSOPHER.

- "Diogenes and His Lantern," Harper's Weekly, 12 August 1905


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