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Friday, January 23, 2009

A Look at the Past

In doing some research today, I came across this snippet in an 1889 newspaper:

"Into how many classes is mankind divided? Six; being, enlightened, civilized, half-civilized, savage, too utter, not worth a cent, and Indian agents."  (Did you notice that was seven divisions?)

It goes on to say that "enlightened nations are those which have the most wars and the worst laws, and produce the worst criminals."

I'm not sure what "too utter" is, have to agree that some folks aren't worth a cent, and pity the Indian agent of that time if that was indeed the general opinion of the time.

We have come a long way.

Another item in this paper, reporting news from a nearby town: "We are still tormented by the two talking pests. They seem to grow worse and heaven only knows when it will end."

I don't know if that paragraph was a mystery to the readers of that time, or some reference to people everyone knew. Odd, since I've only read positive remarks in this paper.


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