Excerpt: ...their phantasies would become realities; but the moving human drama never leads to building; it is raw whisky swallowed to bring oblivion. The moving human drama will live and flourish so long as mankind tolerates the slavery of industrialism. It is a powerful weapon for capitalism; like the church and the public-house, it keeps the ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...their phantasies would become realities; but the moving human drama never leads to building; it is raw whisky swallowed to bring oblivion. The moving human drama will live and flourish so long as mankind tolerates the slavery of industrialism. It is a powerful weapon for capitalism; like the church and the public-house, it keeps the wage-slaves quiet. To-night the conversation in Dauvit's shop turned to the subject of honours. "They tell me," said Jake Tosh, "that you can buy a knighthood, or a peerage for that matter." "Yea, man!" said Willie Simpson, the joiner and undertaker from Tillymains. "So there's no muckle chance o' you getting ane, Willie," said Dauvit. The joiner smoked thoughtfully for a while. "Na, Dauvit," he said, "there's little chance o' an undertaker gettin' a title. You would think na that the man that coffined the likes o' Lloyd George wud get a knighthood." Dauvit cackled. "Honours are sold, as Jake says; they are never given for public services." I am afraid the joke was lost on most of the assembly. Jake failed to see it. It is said that Jake has been known to laugh at a joke only once, and that was when the earth gave way beneath the minister's feet when he was conducting a service at a grave-side, and he fell into the open grave. "Undertakin'," continued the joiner, "is a verra queer trade." Jake shivered. "I dinna ken how ye can do it," he said; "man, it wud gie me the scunners." "Man, ye soon get accustomed to it," said the joiner. "Of course, it has its limitations; ye canna verra weel advertise in the front page o' The Daily Mail, but, man, it's what ye micht call a safe trade." "How safe?" I asked. "Oh, ye never need to worry aboot yer custom; it's aye there. Noo in other lines the laws o' supply and demand are tricky. I mind a gey puckle years syne there was a craze for walkin'-sticks wi' ebony handles. Weel, I went doon to Dundee and bocht ten pund worth o' ebony, and afore the wood was delivered the fashion...Read Less
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