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-THREE: The targets of James Larkin Pearson’s version of the Fool Killer in the January of 1911 issue:
*** The Government Printing Office, for its extravagant waste, which is STILL infamous.
*** Jackleg lawyers who gave the rest of the profession a bad name. Pearson depicted them as lecherous villains trying to ravish the blind female embodiment of Justice.
*** Horace Fletcher once again. Fletcher’s “health plan” which consisted of thoroughly chewing one’s food was still a popular fad.
*** People who were throwing themselves into the craze to own and pilot airplanes as they were coming into wider use. Many of these unskilled wannabes wound up just getting themselves killed in spectacular accidents.
*** “Fashionable” Preachers, whom the religious Pearson and his Fool Killer bashed for making a great deal of money off of pretending to be chasing away the Devil.
*** People who smoked or chewed tobacco.
*** Fashion-setters and fashion chasers alike.
*** The “hateful, high-flyin’ hags of saw-ciety” for thinking themselves fit to look down on the rest of the population.
Among the Fool Killer’s pithier remarks this time around:
“All great truths were hooted at somewhere along the line.”
“It is human nature to cuss a fellow while he lives and throw flowers on his grave when he dies.”
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.
FOR MY LOOK AT JOE MAGARAC, THE STEEL MILL VERSION OF JOHN HENRY AND PAUL BUNYAN, CLICK HERE
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