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Michael, Brother of Jerry

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A review from "The Independent," Vol. 94: JACK LONDON left behind him a story of a dog that ought to be for the (inhumanly cruel business of training animals for exhibition purposes what "Black Beauty" was in the allied field of cruelty to horses. It is a crusader's book and deliberately so. Mr. London, in his Introduction, proposes a plan to his readers: "Not one-tenth of one per cent of us will join any organization for the prevention of cruelty to animals, and by our words and acts and contributions work to prevent the perpetration of cruelties on animals. This is a weakness of our own human nature. We must recognize it as we recognize heat and cold, the opaqueness of the non-transparent, and the everlasting down-pull of gravity. And still for us, for the ninety-nine and nine-tenths per cent of us, under the easy circumstance of our own weakness, remains another way most easily to express ourselves for the purpose of eliminating from the world the cruelty that is practised by some few of us, for the entertainment of the rest of us, on the trained animals, who, after all, are only lesser animals than we on the round world's surface. It is so easy. We will not have to think of dues or corresponding secretaries. We will not have to think of anything, save when, in any theatre or place of entertainment, a trained-animal turn is presented before us. Then, without premeditation, we may express our disapproval of such a turn by getting up from our seats and leaving the theatre for a promenade and a breath of fresh air outside, coming back, when the turn is over, to enjoy the rest of the program. All we have to do is just that to eliminate the trained-animal turn from all public places of entertainment. Show the management that such turns are unpopular, and in a day, in an instant, the management will cease catering such turns to its audience." * * * * * Incidentally, it is an absorbing story, much of which will delight every dog-lover that reads it, even though the rest of it wrings his heart. Hide synopsis

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