October 19, 2010


I recall well how it impressed me to learn that, by boys' law, every new top had to have a license burned into it with a red-hot nail, and that no strange boy on the prowl for loot, however black hearted, would venture to grab a top so marked.  That discovery gave me a sense of the majesty of the law which still sustains me, and I always take off my hat when I meet a judge -- if, of course, it is in any place where a judge is not afraid to have his office known.

--H. L. Menken, Happy Days (1880-1892)

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