Monday, 24 October 2011

A sort of larger Glasgow

      So that was my first impression of New York, gained in a few brief hours: splendid women on the go, but nothing else out of the ordinary, for the town itself was a sort of larger Glasgow — there were no sky-scrapers then — and chiefly remarkable for being paved apparently with peanut shells, which were sold by swarms of urchins and crackled underfoot wherever you turned, even in the lobby of the Astor House

Flashman and the Angel of the Lord, p.153, Harper Collins, 1995.

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