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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 the way. 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 dance masters. o o . PEACE 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 ' more And there's an end of bitter war, When all of us shall have our share Of food and clothes and God's good air, When women cease to think of dress And cost of living groweth less, When all men swear off smoke and drink 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!