"Except In Street Cars One Should Never Be Unnecessarily Rude To A Lady"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: General Falcon of Colombia arrives in New York to buy rifles for Colombian revolutionaries. He takes rooms at the Hotel Español, where Mrs. O'Brien, a blonde, is proprietress. On his first stroll in the city, the general meets a hoodlum, "Spider" Kelley, with whom he goes to El Refugio restaurant, the meeting place of Latin-American exiles and revolutionaries. The general explains his mission and tells Kelley he has $25,000 in bank drafts to pay for the rifles. Kelley says he is a friend of the Secretary of War and can get the guns. After leaving the general, Kelley phones Jimmy Dunn, a confidence man, and tells him to pose as the Secretary of War. Dunn agrees to do so. The next day Kelley goes to the hotel to take General Falcon to the Secretary. The general, who has been conversing with Mrs. O'Brien, tears himself away, but comments to Kelley that the women in the United States are beauties and that Mrs. O'Brien is "one Juno–what you call one ox-eyed Juno." Kelley says, ". . . but you mean a peroxide Juno, don't you?"

Mrs. O'Brien heard, and lifted an auriferous head. Her business like eye rested for an instant upon the disappearing form of Mr. Kelley. Except in street cars one should never be unnecessarily rude to a lady.