Sunday, January 09, 2005

Key West 1867

Mark Twain on his visit in 1867 observed that Key West's principal business seemed to be providing Fort Taylor's soldiers with liquor from the city's many gin-mills and wrote,

"If I got Key West sized up right, they would receive War, Famine, Pestilence and Death without question - call them all by some fancy name, and then rope in the survivors and sell them good cigars and brandies at easy prices and horrible dinners at infamous rates."

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

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