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Bruce Herald, October 29, 1901. “The wreck of matter and the crush of worlds” is from Addison:

The stars shall fade away, the sun himself
Grow dim with age, and Nature sink in years;
But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth,
Unhurt amid the war of elements,
The wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds.

The general tendency of this blog is anti-nostalgic, but I’ll own that I wish I lived in an era in which wisenheimers in cheap diners garlanded their snappy patter with bits cribbed from Addison.


  1. Did I miss the memo that it’s national dental week at the Hope Chest?

    Apart from that, I don’t entirely understand what happened in this story. Was it just that the diner’s gold tooth fell out while he was eating? Or is the implication that the tooth was in the sandwich?

  2. Gold tooth was a holdover from better times, when he could afford expensive luxuries like gold teeth.

    • What I don’t understand is why he didn’t just yank it out and sell it sooner. Why wait for it to fall out in his sandwich?

  3. I can’t speak to that: I’ve never had a cavity.

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