Foibles of the Bench by Henry S. WilcoxFoibles of the Bench by Henry S. Wilcox

Foibles of the Bench

byHenry S. Wilcox

Paperback | February 5, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. Vain Display. Every creature takes delight in exhibiting itpelf. With what pride the peacock struts and displays his fine plumage. Likewise the Sioux chief fringes his head and spinal column with feathers. The Pharisee made long prayers in public places to be seen of men. For this reason the women deck themselves in all the colors of the rainbow. Behold the Shanghai rooster how he strides and flaunts his red comb to dazzle the hens of his flock. The bejeweled monarch in his robes of state acts on the same impulse. Some wear rings on their fingers, others bells on their toes. The snake rattles his tail, and the danseuse her anklets. Here one enamels and plasters the face to present a smooth front, and there another is tatooed with the images of birds and animals. From the frozen zones to the tropical islands of equatorial seas all forms of life, human and animal, are engaged in decorating themselves. Even plants at certain seasons of the year put on blossoms of the most attractive colors to draw to their breasts the insects that bring the fertilizing pollen. The painter points with pride to his picture. The fisherman exhibits his string of fish. To be observed men bravely endure the greatest perils by land and sea. It is this passion that makes heroes and martyrs. Even tyrants don themselves with blood-stained garments and usurp the thrones of power to attract the admiration of mankind. I do not condemn this passion. It has its proper place and uses. The acrobat may stand on his head for the amusement of the assembled audience, but it would not become a surgeon to assume such a position while performing an operation. A Court of justice is not a circus and the judge should not try to play the clown or act as ring master. None of his energy shou...
Title:Foibles of the BenchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:30 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217212565

ISBN - 13:9780217212564