Reasons of the Most Conclusive Character
“He was pressed to take a cocktail to remove certain cobwebs that were supposed in some manner to have fixed themselves in his throat . . . Reasons of the most conclusive character were produced for his partaking of gin cocktails, gin slings, gin punches, gin and bitters, and gin straight . . . but Jack turned a deaf ear alike to all these tempting offers.” Robert Greathouse: An American Novel by John Franklin Swift. Published by Carleton, 1870.