Tree Line

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s●, riders, and, above all, with wheelmen, who,▓ refusing to swerve a hair’s b●readth for my convenience, drove me ever ▓and anon into the wayside ditch.The Hollander i▓s, ordinarily, an obliging fellow, and ●in the main the humble workman or pede●strian is fairly treated.Yet that d●istinct line of demarkation between t●he “commoner” and the “upper class” ●is never obliterated.The American laborer may▓ spend some time in the British Isles w

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it▓hout noting this discrimination; he will not b▓e long on the continent before the adv▓antage of his status at home is shown forth in p●lain relief. There is not tha▓t gradual shading off from the professiona▓l man to the coal-heaver that ▓exists in the United States.O●ne can no more conceive of a ▓Hollander who looks forward to a career in ▓the gentler walks of life “beginning at the bo▓ttom” than of one who aspires to the papacy● takin

g a wife.He whose appearance s▓tamps him as of those who live by▓ the sweat of the brow cannot complain of any▓ overt act of oppression.Yet he is early rem●inded that, as a worker with his hands, he h●as a distinct place in society and that he must ●keep to it.Among his fellow workmen, in his o●wn caste, he live