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A Plea For Old Cap Collier

by Irvin S. Cobb

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From the American author, humourist, and columnist who lived in New York and wrote over 60 books and 300 short stories.

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The basic reason, the underlying motive, lay in the fact that in the schoolbooks of our adolescence, and notably in the school readers, our young mentalities were fed forcibly on a pap which affronted our intelligence at the same time that it cloyed our adolescent palates. It was not altogether the lack of action; it was more the lack of plain common sense in the literary spoon victuals which they ladled into us at school that caused our youthful souls to revolt.



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