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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 10, 1912, Image 26

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' By -Fred Schaefer.
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Some years ago a gentlerinof
fensive stranger landed on this
terrestial sphere with no. luggage
but a notebook. Since -then "he has
tarried with us, pussyfooted and
unobtrusive as a Japanese,, spy,
picking up information and knit
ting his intellectualtrdw over the
incomprehensible things " so dif
ferent from those on . his , own
planet. Tins was Mr. "Skygack
from Mars. It is, however, not
clearly known how long he will
continue his earth study of earth
beings at their earth work's, nor
how he will get back- tp-Mars
when he concludes to return. It
will probably be by the",same
means'by which he arrived, un
less by chance he came as a me
teorite. We have conceded that ' Mr.
Skygack is harmless. His cher
ubic countenance, however, has
proved to be very irritating to one
of our friends, Adolf. The sight
of Mr. Skygack aggravates
Adolf. Mr. Skygack is really one
of the trifles of life and Adolf
makes a mistake by noticing him.
Adolf can't get used to the ap
pearance of Mr. Skygack's cala
bash, which is covered with a fuzz
like a bath towel. Adolf is some
times very brutal towards him,
but Mr. Skygack is invulnerable.
Like the Phoenix, he smilingly
rises when )-ou light a fire under
Snooping is Mr. Skygack's on
ly fault. But that is because he
has difficulty observing our eti
quette . We can't tell him better,
because his language is not ours.
It is a shrill, barbaric tongue that
sounds like clipping finger nails.
It's about as musical as the crack
ling noise which you hear in
some telephone receivers. Few
can communicate with him intel
ligently, although one day a gen
tleman carried on quite a conver
sation with him by filing a saw.
Mr. Skygack is experiencing
the same'difficulties as did Gulli
ver among the queer creatures .en
countered in his travels. We
must be very puzzling to him. For
instance, when we refer to a "Big
Smoke," how is he to know
whether we mean a forest fire,
Jack Johnson, Pittsburgh or a
nickel cigar. Our every action
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