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  • Butchered to Make a Moving-Picture Play

    From the New York Tribune, April 25, 1914. By Vieux Moustache.

    In days of old when knights were bold
        And pure heroics were the fashion,
    Men’s honor was not bought and sold,
        And wars were waged with actual passion.

    But nowadays we go to war
        For motion-picture syndicators;
    Our armies fight, our cannon roar
        To furnish gold for speculators.

    The public yearns for scenes of crime
        And ceaselessly insists on thrillers,
    And managers work overtime
        Inventing new theater fillers.

    And war is IT. It has the drop
        On Cutey as a money-maker,
    And even Bunny cannot cop
        The cash like films of hell’s half-acre.

    We read of Huerta and his crew
        In scareheads terse and semi-Sapphic;
    Of bloodstained Villa. Yet the two
        Are puppets cinematographic.

    Things are, alas, not what they seem,
        And war, as I have tried to prove, is
    No more a glory and a dream
        But just an adjunct to the movies.