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I once came across a passage in a work of fiction published in 
"Harper's Monthly Magazine" wherein a character's "repentant soul" was 
likened to a daguerreotype plate that had been "wiped clean."  Although 
I read the passage from a volume in my own library, I cannot, for the 
life of me, find it again.  Today's passage, found in an article about 
American periodicals, is a similar, brief and wonderful analogy.
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From an article titled, "Our Leading Journals, with Some Account of 
Their Beginning" by W. T. Coggeshall, in "The Ladies' Repository" 
(Cincinnati) Vol. 16, No. 8 (August 1856) pp. 481, paragraph 5:

   When holding one of the New York daily papers, the American can 
realize the force of a description by Rev. Dr. Adams, that "the 
newspaper is a daguerreotype of the whole world--its warrings and 
diplomacies--it buyings and sellings--its parturitions and its dyings--
a real microcosm--the world made smaller, held in the hand, and brought 
under the eye; . . . . ."


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Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     
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08-01-98


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