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A CITY OF SPACIOUS LEISURE.

I we::t to New York and found it a city of spacious leisure. My first experience of this strange fact was in a 1 ,xestauri;-:t. 1 ordered lunch, a modest little lunch —some fried chicken, aa ice, and a. cup of coffee. It took 10 minutes to get the chicken, seven more minutes intervened between the removal of its bones and the comir.g of the ice. Then I. had six minutes in which to digest the ico before I got the coffee. This is the ordinary procedure in American hotels and restaurants. .The Americans themselves like it. They smoke cigarettes after ordering their meals, and a cigarette of two between each course. Only a people in love 'with .'leisure-would eat in such a fashion. In England, and in Belfast, you go into a man's office to transact business, you transact it and then go. Something very unpleasant would happen to you if you stayed. In America you transact your business, and •then your host shows you round his premises, takes you somewhere to lunch, 'exhibits the most interesting things in •his neighbourhood to you, and , then •presses you to stay on with ,him and ex•plain thoroughly the Irish question, ■with- special reference to Ulster and Home Rule. This is partly due to the fact that the Americans are a much more hospitable and social people than ;the English; but it- is also due to the American's contempt for time. He realises, as the Englishmen never does, that the clock and even the sun are onade for man, not man for them.

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A CITY OF SPACIOUS LEISURE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8805, 27 February 1914

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A CITY OF SPACIOUS LEISURE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8805, 27 February 1914

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