Newspaper History presents media sourced from a United States newspaper dating back 108 years.

  • Improved Facilities

    From the Evening Star, July 31, 1915. By Philander Johnson.

    Inventive genius undertook
        To make our labors lighter.
    The oldtime way mankind forsook
        For methods much politer.
    With speech and print we made in vain
        Our protests and predictions,
    So now a cannon’s mouth we train
        To utter our convictions.

    Unto the future of the race
        We turned with deep reflection,
    And bade eugenics take the place
        Of natural selection.
    Such problems are dismissed offhand
        With confident elation.
    You simply press a button and
        Exterminate a nation.