In Rememberence Of Flag Day

In “The Fourth in Salvador,” O. Henry wrote a short line appropriate for consumption on Flag Day:

“You can’t appreciate home till you’ve left it, money till it’s spent, your wife till she’s joined a woman’s club, nor Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on the shanty of a consul in a foreign town.”

The entire piece is a cute, albeit ambling and casual story of a Fourth of July celebration in Salvador by one, Billy Casparis, and a small band of American sojourners, including a Brit game enough to join, who inadvertently save a revolution. Read it if you have time.

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