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There are two olasses of humanity who live as beasts - the very
poor and ignorant, the very rioh and sophistioated.
I am having read to liEI Hilaire :aell.oe 's •'Life of Marie Antoinette".
::Belloo desoribes sooial conditions existing in the court of LoUis the
15th of li'rame. \\!hen the Xing was approXimately sixty years of age he
took to himself his last mistress - a conmon woman - a prosti tu.te. :a:e
took her into his court and, in spite of all her native VLllgarity, slle
mingled freely with the nobility and with ecclesiastics of high and low
St. Simon is his Memoirs describes life in the court of Louis the
14th and of the regent after him. Immorality, vul.gariti' aud obscenity
were so prevalent as to make Versailles little more than a glorified bagnio.
A. few days ago all the newspapers of llew York Oity, emepting two,
made a great display of the reports of the trial of a yoq lawyer who
had been indicted for ju.ry-brib:tne. ~ t~ newspapers whioh did not
npla:J u:p" thls story were awned by a very wealt~ .. man. The aocu.sed attor.tl.Ely
charged. that thil man, this newspaper owner, was oauing him to be prosecuted
in ord.er to put him out of the way before he should di~e, to the pu.blio,
in:to.rmatiOD. snd evidlmoe oonoern.ing the sexual :tnmorallQ' o:t hi• t:hiu::L :proset.Ju.'••