Random Quote: "How he faced death the records do not say; but I know, for I knew the soul of the lad. Within the breast of that pale youth there dwelt a lion’s heart. He held his own life and reputation lightly. He sided with the weak, the ignorant, the unfortunate, and his strength and influence were ever given lavishly to those in need... So here’s to you, Steve Crane, wherever you may be!"
- Elbert Hubbard eulogizing Stephen Crane in the February, 1897 issue of Philistine magazine. But Crane was alive, having survived the sinking of the Commodore off the coast of Cuba several weeks earlier — in fact, Crane was already turning the experience into the famous title-story of The Open Boat and Other Stories. Crane was notoriously hard to track, or to talk down: the previous April he was in Greece, covering the Greco-Turkish war; the next April he was back in Cuba for the Spanish-American war; the next April, suffering from the ailments which came from such a pace, he was making out his will. He died shortly after, aged twenty-eight. - Steve King, Today in Literature