"Rich man's ice in summer, poor man's ice in winter" (1899)

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Thu Jan 20 20:06:35 UTC 2005

"Mr. Dooley" will be the character in Finley Peter Dunne's wonderful
sketches.  I have also seen this thought attributed to Bat Masterson,
who, after his gunfighting days, became a sports-writer on a NYC


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bapopik at AOL.COM
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2005 3:24 am
Subject: "Rich man's ice in summer, poor man's ice in winter" (1899)

> Last one tonight. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (pg. 630)
> has  "early
> 20th century" for "The rich man has his ice in the summer and the
> poor  man
> gets his in the winter."
> ...
> ...
> ...
> _MERCURY'S  LONG DROP; One Degree Below Zero Recorded Yesterday.
> WAVE SEEMS BROKEN  Decided Rise in Temperature During the
> Afternoon, and a
> Further Moderation Is  Predicted for To-day--Charitable
> Associations Kept Busy
> Relieving Distress, and  Demand Will Be Even Heavier--Many Find
> Work Shoveling Away
> Snow. Merry Sleighing  Parties. Busy Dispensing Charity. Brought
> Work for
> Many. _
> (http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?
> The Washington Post (1877-1954). Washington, D.C.: Jan 3,  1899.
> p. 3 (1
> page):
> ...
> Mr. Dooley's theory of equalization of all things, by the process
> of which
> the rich man gets his ice in summer while the poor man gets his in
> winter, is
> being thoroughly appreciated by the poor of Washington during the
> present cold
> spell.

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