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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 20, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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back io the people and told them of
his discovery.
' But, alas, the sorrows and burdens
of years had dulled the comprehen
sion and they did not understand
what he was telling them.
He did not give up in despair, how
ever, but patiently told them over
and over again his message, until at
last some of the younger ones under
stood and they in turn helped him to
deliver the message of deliverance.
At last after much patient arid lov
ing labor the people were aroused.
They wakened the sleeping giant
and never before was there such a
conflict in that land.
The giant Greed and giant Labor
fought desperately.
The people watched anxiously the
outcome of the bitter conflict and
many times almost gave up in de
spair. But their brave Giant seemed to,
renew his strength and went at the
conflict more desperately.
Greed had' many slaves eager to
help him but where the salvation
of humanity is at stake there the
victory lies'.
Giant Labor at last won the vic
tory and no more in that land did
the Stranger see that dark despauv
ing, shadow in the faces about him.
Dr. Richard Root Smith, one of the dear folks who have been up at
Battle Creek, Mich., considering the perfect man, the perfect woman and
the consequent super-baby, has made a bad break by- declaring that "the
woman, slender and thin, so favored by fashion now-a-days, is but a der
fective variety of the best physical type."
Woman, now-a-days, is slender and thin not because fashion favors it,
but because she hates to be fat.' Nor is the slenderness at all reliable evi
dence of defect, notwithstanding this Root Smith person's opinion. On the
contrary, athletics and Outdoor pastimes have been conducive to slender
ness and to physical strength. Let Smith "feel the muscle" of some woman
whose slenderness strikes him as being evidence of physical defect.
But "the best physical type" probably lies somewhere between the fat
and the lean. Our master painters' ideals of the physically perfect woman
were women of slender proportions where delicacy meant beauty, with a
nice plump covering of meat located where it would best express physical
ability. There are neither shoe-string nor stall-fed effects about any of
these ideals, and the connoisseur can view these masterpieces with the same
complacency with which he approaches a dish of roast pork there's 'lean,'
if you like lean; and fat, if you prefer fat, but the extreme of neither.
Certain it is that no doctor can safely pass upon a woman's figure and
correctly list her defects. The apparently perfect fat one may have gall
stones and the apparently defective thin one muscles to make the doctor
take4he- count in the first round.
And if this Dr. Smith's ideal is a fat woman, he should be warned that
he's headed his eugenics straight into the Slough of Despond. Woman may
be willing to do her part toward promotion of human perfection, but she
will not put on fat in the cause; not if she knows herself, and she surely
thinks she does! !
Father (to his old friend's pretty
daughter) Goodbye, ' my dear! I
won't kiss you I have such a cold.
His Son (with alacrity) Can ,1 do
anything for you, father?
Professor Can anyone tell me
what the Milky Way is? Archie
Please, sir, I don't, know what it is,,
but r think it was caused by the cow.
jumping over the moon!

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