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THAT TANGO THING!
By Gene Morgan.
The tango is a highly popular dis
ease. It secures its victims by a fly
ing low tackle and ever afterward
clings to the feet
The infectious dance was born and
bred In the Argentine Republic, in
the capital city of Bow-Knees Aires.
One day it crawled aboard a banana
steamer, bound for New York. The
boat swayed to phonograph music all
After evading the customs officials,
the tango germ got to Broadway. In
a few weefcs the fever had spread
the length and breadth of the coun
try, and when Wilson was sworn in
last March, he became president of
the United States of Tangoraania.
But if old President Monroe had
ever dreamed a thing like the tango
was coming out of South America,
he never would have written the Mon
roe Doctrine, either words or music
Brazil gives us coffee, Peru gives
us Lima beans and Mexico gives us
Hades. But they never did anything
to us like Argentina when she let
loose that hoof-teaser.
A tired man-about-town can leave
the tango teas of Broadway far be
hind and hie himself to some sylvan
dell where all is peaceful. He watches
the sun sink from the porch of the'
summer hotel and is about to recall
a poem about it when
Boom! Biff! Plankety-plank-plankl!!
A two-cylinder local orchestra has
begun to rampage.
The tired city man finds that the
dining room has been turned into a
ragging ranch. All the simple coun
try youths and lassies are busy im
proving the tango and removing the
rust from rustic.
If the astounded city goof should
flee to some mountain recess he .will
find that the tango has preceded him.'
The sturdy mountaineers are risking
their dignity, necks, eta, to dance on
dangerous cliffs. Even the bumble
bees- are doing it m droves, and the
mountain beasts have taken it np in
preference to the grizzly bear.
On ocean liners, on trains, on"
azzas and on the slightest provo-t
cation the tango is being did. AH the
87 varieties, such as the dream tango,
the drag tango, the Frisco tango, the
rowdy tango, the tea tango, the flat
heeled tango .and the woozy tango
are being tangoed In defiance of the
press, pulpit, police and moss-coated
o o .
By Berton Braley.
When all our monuments are dust,
When there's an end of every trust,
When aviation's safe and sane,
When bankers cease to work for gain,
When justice and the law agree
And get along in harmony,
When strikes and lockouts are .no
And there's an end of bitter war,
When all of us shall have our share
Of food and clothes and God's good
When women cease to think of dress
And cost of living groweth less,
When all men swear off smoke and
And there's nobody in the clink,
And life no more is grim and glum,
But glad as the millenium,
When all the racial rancor's fled
And love sets every heart aglow,
When all the Mexican are dead
Then thereU be peace in Mexico!