To those who may raise the objection that the title of this book is not quite in keeping with the heading of the opening chapter, I would merely observe that the title is meant to strike a polite average between the first and last post of observation, and is therefore not the cowardly evasion that it might at first sight appear. I may add, in further explanation, that it is intended to be a quotation from the last verse of the famous song, and not the first verse - a distinction which many will appreciate. In the last verse the singer claims one gain as against several losses, but sighs in doing it, as well he may; for, though length of memory in another may have some value for the general public, it must always be but a shaky compensation to the possessor for the shortness of wind which buys it. Nevertheless, the long-winded and the short-memoried may be glad to read of the be-haloed days of yore, when Plancus was Consul and the grass grew green on the top of the hill; while the short-winded and the long-memoried may not be sorry to conjure up once more visions of forms and features which were once familiar but which have long since passed on ahead.
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