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A Far Country
Winston Churchill V2

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A FAR COUNTRY 

By Winston Churchill 

BOOK 2. 

X. 

This was not my first visit to the state capital.  Indeed, some of that
recondite knowledge, in which I took a pride, had been gained on the
occasions of my previous visits.  Rising and dressing early, I beheld out
of the car window the broad, shallow river glinting in the morning
sunlight, the dome of the state house against the blue of the sky.  Even
at that early hour groups of the gentlemen who made our laws were
scattered about the lobby of the Potts House, standing or seated within
easy reach of the gaily coloured cuspidors that protected the marble
floor: heavy-jawed workers from the cities mingled with moon-faced but
astute countrymen who manipulated votes amongst farms and villages; fat
or cadaverous, Irish, German or American, all bore in common a certain

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