1881: The Missing Link

A good many of the Western papers are terribly excited over a bit of news just arrived in Europe from Sangoon. The most radical and freethinking of them crow over the fact as well they may in the interest of truth – as though the thickest, and hitherto most impenetrable of the veils covering Mother Nature’s doings had been removed for ever, and anthropology had no more secrets to learn. The excitement is due to a little monster, a seven-year old boy, now on exhibition at Sangoon. The child is a native of Cambodia, quite robust and healthy, yet exhibiting in his anatomy the most precious and rare of physical endowments – a real tail, ten inches long and 1½ thick at its root! This original little sample of humanity – unique, we believe, of his kind – is now made out by the disciples of Darwin and Haeckel […] Read More

1852: The Lost Arts, A lecture, by Wendell Phillips,Esq

NEW YORK TIMES, December 2, 1852 Mr. Phillips began by buttering up his audience a bit: “perhaps the most popular feature in the character of our country is self conceit. Not many years ago we voted ourselves the most enlightened nation on the face of the earth, and we yet believe we are the “model republic”. And so afraid were we that this idea would die out, that we set apart some days in the year to keep up the national feeling. And this is not confined to us. It is the characteristic idea of the age.” The problem that Mr. Phillips begins with is a problem for every age and certainly for today. We have voluminous records and evidence from the past that are mostly disregarded because we don’t believe that peoples of the past were sophisticated enough to have made accurate reports. If the world stands, this […] Read More