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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 29, 1912, Image 16

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WONDERS OF THE WORLD.
Remember the old-fashioned
book we used to have when we
were kids that told us all about
the seven wonders of the ancient
world and gave us fancy and fan
ciful pictures of the same?
Those ancient wonders were a
useless lot of junk so far as hu
man happiness was concerned.
The Egyptian pyramids, the
hanging gardens of Babylon, the
temple of Diana of Ephesus, the
Colossus of Rhodes and all the
rest of them were of no good to
the common man. In fact, they
represented his sweat and tears.
Popular Mechanics recently
asked 1,000 eminent scholars and
scientists of the whole world to
pick out what they deemed the
seven modern wonders of the
world and here is the result;
Wireless telegraph, telephone,
aeroplane, radium, antiseptics
and antitoxins, spectrum analysis,
X-ray.
Now notice the difference.
After all we do live in a better
world. Instead of our modern
wonders meaning suffering for
someone, they are largely con
cerned with the relief of suffering.
Instead of making vast masses
unhappy, they are concerned with
the well-being of the race.
The wireless telegraph that en
abled part of the Titan ic'spas
sengers to be succored, and the
antitoxin that saved one little
child from horrible death by diph
theria are worth more than all the
wonders of the ancient world.
Both Playing Safe.
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hostelry and asked to be put up
for the night. The landlord no
ticed the man carried with him a
coil of rope.
"What's that for?" inquired the
landlord.
"A fire escape," answered the
traveler. "I always carry it with
me in case of fire, so I can lower
myself through the window."
"A very good idea," said theN
landlord. 'But guests with fire es
capes pay in advance here."
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"You are a fraud, sir!" cried the
indignant patient. "You -guaranteed
your medicine to cure after
everything else failed." "Well, my
dear sir," replied the quack, "prob
ably you haven't trie'd everything
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