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LORDS

All the human race loves a lord--that is, loves to look upon or be noticed by the possessor of Power or Conspicuousness; and sometimes animals, born to better things and higher ideals, descend to man's level in this matter. In the Jardin des Plantes I have see a cat that was so vain of being the personal friend of an elephant that I was ashamed of her.
- "Does the Race of Man Love A Lord" (included in $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories)
House of Lords
July 1907, London England
Photograph by Sir Benjamin Stone.


"Among other honors heaped upon me by Englishmen was that of being photographed in parliament. I am not a member of parliament. But neither am I a member of congress. Has any fellow-American suggested that I should be photographed in congress? No! I blush to say they have not. And yet here is an honor that might without risk to bestowed on any great man. However, it was not bestowed upon Washington, Jefferson or Lincoln. When I saw that photograph, with the mother of parliaments in the background and realized my advancing years, I said to myself, 'here are two noble monuments of antiquity--two shining examples of the survival of the fittest.'"
- quoted in the Boston Daily Globe, May 1, 1910, p. 56 in an article titled "His Camera Craze."



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