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It all came to me one election day. It was on a warm California
afternoon, and I had ridden down into the Valley of the Moon from the
ranch to the little village to vote Yes and No to a host of proposed
amendments to the Constitution of the State of California. Because of
the warmth of the day I had had several drinks before casting my ballot,
and divers drinks after casting it. Then I had ridden up through the
vine-clad hills and rolling pastures of the ranch, and arrived at the
farm-house in time for another drink and supper.
did you vote on the suffrage amendment?" Charmian asked.
/>"I voted for it."
She uttered an exclamation of
surprise. For, be it known, in my younger days, despite my ardent
democracy, I had been opposed to woman suffrage. In my later and more
tolerant years I had been unenthusiastic in my acceptance of it as an
inevitable social phenomenon.
"Now just why did you
vote for it?" Charmian asked.
I answered. I answered at
length. I answered indignantly. The more I answered, the more indignant
I became. (No; I was not drunk. The horse I had ridden was well named
"The Outlaw." I'd like to see any drunken man ride her.)
And yet—how shall I say?—I was lighted up, I was
feeling "good," I was pleasantly jingled.
/>"When the women get the ballot, they will vote for
prohibition," I said. "It is the wives, and sisters, and
mothers, and they only, who will drive the nails into the coffin of John
"But I thought you
were a friend to John Barleycorn," Charmian interpolated.
/>This edition includes:
- A complete biography of Jack London
/>- Table of contents with directs links to chapters.