Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the many facets of Fool Killer lore. FOR PART ONE, INCLUDING THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT, CLICK HERE
PART FORTY-ONE – Lore: This month a Rodman Gun was added to the Fool Killer’s growing arsenal of weapons.
Targets in the November of 1910 issue of James Larkin Pearson’s Fool-Killer:
*** People engaged in the literal buying and selling of votes in the midterm elections.
*** German scientists at Nuremberg (which in 1910 had none of the associations we make with it today) who announced successful tests with a remote-controlled ship. A small, crewless boat had been controlled wirelessly from up to 18 miles away. Even firing and reloading weaponry had been set up mechanically. The tests were set to move on to larger ships next.
*** The “Ass-ociated Press” as Pearson and his Fool Killer always called it, for the way it was overhyping the birth of a calf to Official White House Cow Pauline Wayne.
*** The United States government, for “saving money” by decreeing that flags at federal buildings would now be sown to repair holes rather than being replaced with new flags when a hole developed. The Fool Killer did this specifically in comparison to the millions spent on each new battleship.
*** Christian leaders who thrived on division and on branching off with their own separate denominations.
*** People who slavishly followed the changing fashions in clothing, especially women who bought the new Chanticler Hats with roosters on them.
*** “Pious” religious people who looked down on the poor.
The pithiest remark by the Fool Killer this month was “Love is life’s loan, marriage is the note for it and babies are the interest.”
As I always say, it’s fascinating to read this old publication and its odd mix of viewpoints – even the ones you disagree with.
I WILL EXAMINE MORE FOOL KILLER LORE SOON. KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATES.
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