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THE CURSE PASSETH ALONG
And now the British press is sadly giving us the good points of the
lately deceased Duke of Sutherland, next to the Czar, the greatest landlord
of all Europe.
His rent roll covered a sixtieth of all Scotland and large portions of
Shropshire arid Staffordshire. He was a good landlord to the tenants who
worked his 1,358,600 acres for him, blessed in his allowances for poor har
vests, divine in the quickness with which he made repairs, "an excellent
type of the hereditary aristocracy." And probably "perjured himself like
a gentleman" when he came to make his tax returns.
He got all he had by being the eldest son of his father, and he hands
it all down to his son, who also gives signs of being "an excellent type of
the hereditary aristocracy" which got its land titles, 'way back, by force,
or the favor of royalty's harlots. .
We can believe that Sutherland was a fine landlord and a worthy citi
zen in every respect; but he 'was a curse to England, and to humanity at
large, and he is permitted to hand the curse along to posterity.
, It is computed that one-thirtieth of one per cent of all the population
own two-thirds of the United Kingdom and that less than twelve per cent
of all the land is owned by those who occupy it.
We have a demonstration of the effects of such a condition right before
us in Mexico. Ignorant and abject the average Mexican -may be, but he is
dying for that part of the land which nature and God intended him to have
Man is a land animal. Land is the basis of bis existence, and of the
existence of everything which he creates, or fashions, rather. British land
lordism is simply a cornering of existence under grant by "divine right,"
and if- that corner is' not broken by some such measures as Asquith and
Lloyd George propose, it will finally be broken after the Mexican fashion.
The world can little afford to mourn any man who holds millions of
acres by the chance of primogeniture, and there are signs that the world
will not for long permit any man to do that by any hook or crook.
THE OLD VETERAN
When the collar round your neck
Rapidly becomes a wreck;
When your cuffs grow limp and
Double up as if with cramp;
When you feel as if a line
Of steam pip.e ran down your spine;
When you feel that mad and cross
That you'd like to pinch the boss;
When you long with all your soul
For a trip up to the Pole;
When you do not care to eat,
Cannot sleep because of heat;
There's a reason for it. See?
"He has a heart of gold, a grip of
iron, and a will of steel." "Humph!
He must be a man of mettle"
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