Each of us, when our day’s work is done, must seek our ideal, whether it be love or pinochle or lobster à la Newburg, or the sweet silence of the musty bookshelves.
July 6, 1895: American short story writer William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. O. Henry, coined the term “banana republic” and is best known for his twist endings. In a bid to escape being jailed for embezzlement, he skipped town 118 years ago today, leaving Houston for New Orleans. He was caught, but ended up publishing several stories from behind bars.