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THE TRACES OF SAVAGERY IN US
The brute -is alive in all of us.
The same feeling which influenced the vestal virgins of ancient Rome
to turn "thumbs down" signaling the death stroke for the defeated glad
iator exists in different degrees of strength in each and every one of us.
You may lift your eyebrows in doubt or shrug your well-padded
shoulders, or exclaim, "But I am different!" but you are not different save
in the height of the polish civilisation has given you.
Somewhere in your make-up the bruite lies, dormant perhaps, but
nevertheless it is there.
You rea,d a few days ago perhaps that Johnny Kilbane, featherweight
champion, fought a 20-round draw with Johnny Dundee. Critics said both
boys were "fast," but lacked a "knockout punch."
The crowd at the ringside, some 14,000 in number, howled in derision
as the scientific little fellows pecked away at each other; they demanded
a knockout. The beautiful ring science of Kilbane in avoiding the blows of
his opponent and his lightling-like jabbing did not satisfy the brute craving
of the mob.
Zbyszko and Le Marin wrestled before a packed house and when the
former secured the cruel toe hold upon his adversary', the crowd as one man
yelled, "Break his leg!" They thirsted for the snapping of bones and the
moans of a strong manias the splintered ends tore flesh and muscles. They
cared nothing for the feats of strength, agility and cleverness. The brute
cried for blood.
It is the brute that cries, "Kill the umpire!" at the ball game, or
chortles with glee as the master of play is laid low, perhaps with a frac
tured skull, when struck down by a thrown bottle. N
We rant over the cruelty of Spanish and Mexican bull fights, yet how
many of us delight in witnessing a dog or a cock fight where death is the
It is the brute-ascendent when children pull the cat's tail or tie tin
cans to a half-starved dog, or rob the nests of fledglings. It Is the developed
brute which later encourages the lashing of prisoners, confinement in the
"solitary," or perhaps the more refined torture of bitter word or sneering
Don't you believe the Brute exists m you? Think this over the next
time you see some human or some animal suffering and find the answer in
HE WAS CAME
"So you think you would make a
satisfactory valet for an old human
wreck like myself, do you?" said the
ld soldier to the applicant for the
position of body-servant. "You know
I have a gla"ss eye, a wax arm, and a
wooden leg that need to be looked
after, not to mention my false teeth."
"Oh, that's all right, colonel,' said
the applicant, cheerfully. "I worked
five years in the assembling depart
ment of the motor-car works, and
there isn't a machine on the market
that I can't take apart and put to
gether again with my eyes shut'
Light is life. Light is healtH. Light
is a physician. Light is a beautifier.
There is no vitality or healthful
structure without light. If you're go
ing to move soon, get a lightTiouse.
Musical auto horns have got the
taboo in Paris. Courts say horns are
for the alarm, not the amusement,
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