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Mail Tribune 100, April 2, 1921, Continued

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

April 2, 1921, Continued


The American Legion ball of last night lived up to the prediction that it would be one of the most enjoyable and largest attended social affairs for months past. The number of people attending this April Fool dance was 850, and with the wearing of paper novelty caps by the men, the throwing of confetti and the novel decorations, the occasion took on a carnival atmosphere. After 10 o’clock, until 1 a.m., when the affair was over, the merry makers danced in inches of confetti lying on the Natatorium floor. The Ford Sedan, given away by the legion, went to J. C. Murray, linotype operator on The Mail Tribune staff.


H. G. Wells first emerged on the literary horizon as a spinner of scientific fairy tales. He made a name as an English Jules Verne. The second installment of his Saturday Evening Post series, shows that he has never lost the faculty of fanciful exposition, and his “salvage of the world” might be termed a frank return to his initial manner.

In this second installment the author of “New Worlds for Old,” unifies and elucidates his cosmic system into a United States of the world. Civilization is to be saved, not by a League of Nations, but by an obliteration of all nations and an amalgamation of all races and all nations, into one super-nation.

The essential clarity and sanity of the author’s intellectual processes emerge sufficiently toward the end of the article, for him to pause with the query as to whether or not, what he has said is merely rubbish. As a romantic speculation it isn’t, any more than the Arabian Nights or Grimms Fairy tales, but as a practical program for serious application today, it is; and unless we are much mistaken, will be so considered by the public at large, if the public at large consider it at all.

Mr. Wells isn’t a freak. He possess at once the most versatile and penetrating intellect, in the literary world of today. But he is essentially literary, he is primarily the artist, and the reconstruction he seeks to accomplish, must be evolved not in the world of imagination, but in the hum drum world of reality and fact. His error lies, we believe, not in his analysis; which places the ills of today upon somewhat artificial national distinctions, largely the product of an antiquated tradition and imperfect educational system, but in his assumption, that such distinctions can be easily removed, and that an entirely new and revolutionary political concept can be accepted overnight.

The United States of the world is coming some day — perhaps in less than a thousand years. But the event is so remote, that one believes Mr. Wells could better devote his talents today, to working out practical methods of feeding the world, as it is, rather than in transforming it into what in this century at least, can never be.


The public market this morning was a fairly good one with plenty of meat and eggs, and a goodly supply of dressed chickens which proved popular and sold early.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com