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The Hanlon-Volters in an aerial trapeze and bar act that came to the Forepaugh show with the prestige of a London Crystal Palace engagement, where they had appeared before her Majesty, Queen Victoria. Thirteen events of Hippodrome Track races constituted Display No. The closing number was a performance in a forty foot steel cage, in which five "Forest-bred Lions and the German Boar Hound Saxon" were put through the pedestal acts, see-saw, leaps over banners and hurdles, riding on bicycle and harnessed to chariot. It was unusual to follow the Hippodrome races with a feature act to close the show; but the erection of the mammoth steel cage while the races were given, and the strong announcement, served to hold the audience in anxious anticipation, for an act which well repaid them.

The silk programme was an appropriate introduction for a circus season opening performance, that needed no apologies. Stranger than liction," the life story of the veteran showman, "Pop" Quinnett, written and published by r'Pop" after devoting some fifty-five busy years to the strenuous profession, has stirred the memory of other old circus troupers to a recollection of events coupled with Quinnett's experiences; one that reveals his superstitions, is related by Walter L.

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Quinnett was on the payroll of W alter L. Main's 25 horse wagon show; all the performers and musicians were contracted for at hotels by the agent, and on arrival of the show Mr. Main would register the names and assign the people to rooms at the conti act hotels; then hasten to the show lot to direct the erection of the show; on the morning of arrival in Reynoldsville, Pa.

Main oiled the troubled waters by telling him to go back and occupy the room assigned to Walter L. Mam and that he Main would take 13 himself. Reference to the featured aerial trapeze and bar performance of the Hanlons in the Forepaugh programme, justifies t aking the reader of these Reviews back to a 31 years earlier date when the Hanlon Brothers were appearing in "Gymnastic Feats of Equilibrium" billed as "The Juvenile Hanlons" on the programme of Nixon's Royal Equestrian Troupe.

An original programme in my possession, is authority for this list of acts by noted performers whose names were valuable additions to any circus or variety show programme through the last half of the 19th Century. Others on the same programme were equally well known stars in circus and variety performances in that period. De Bach the "Revolving Globes on Horseback. Zoyaros, Herr Charlton, Mons. Duvernie and Signor Quaglieni all did equestrian, athletic and acrobatie specialties.

Joe Pentland was billed as "Court Jester. In "Washburn's Sensation", a variety show exhibited at Robert's Opera House, with Indian dances and bow and arrow shooting as the feature; then in "Buffalo Bill" starred in "Last Scalp for Custer. The first real Wild West under canvas, to exhibit in Hartford, Conn. Carver's Rocky Mountain and Prarie Exhibition. Famous celebrieties with it were Hon.

The exhibition dates in Hartford was July 30 and 31, Incidental to the early day Wild West shows, Hartford has the distinction of enjoying circus performances as early in the history of the United States as any of its sister cities; bef ore there was any bridge spanning the Connecticut River, and only a ferry plied between the two banks, Hartford had a circus to exhibit on the water front; an issue of the Connecticut Courant in August , carried an announcement of its coming, which was headed thus: "Ricketts Equestrian Circus, August 16, 18, 20, The names of J.

Ricketts, F. Taylor, appeared in the description of thirteen events that constituted the circus performance; eleven of the thirteen events were equestrian acts, including some difficult feats of horsemanship. Tickets were on sale at Hudson and Goodwin's Printing Office and the admission was one dollar. In the fifteenth year after the Main name had been added to the list of circus organizations, Walter L. Main had advanced through several stages of wagon show ownership, had changed to railroad transportation in and opened the season of with a well equipped 22 car circus and menagerie.

After five weeks of very satisfactory business, the morning of Memorial Day—May 30, —found the show enroute to Lewistown, Pa. From the Tyrone, Pa. A train containing Walter L. Main's circus and menagerie was derailed and piled in a confused mass, five men killed outright, seven men were seriously injured, and suffered more or less injury, over half a hundred horses with other animals were killed, a few of the animals escaped to the wood, fourteen cars were demolished and twenty-five handsome wagons and most of the other equipment of the circus were destroyed.

Walter L. Main's circus exhibitedat Houtzdale Monday. The train consisted of ten flat cars, three stock cars, a combination car and three sleepers, placed in the order named. The flat cars contained the wagons, calliope, and other vehicles, with the caged animals; the combination car had a lunch compartment; sleepers were used by the show managers and members. About two o'clock Tuesday morning the loaded circus train left Houtzdale for Lewistown, where an exhibit was to have been made Decoration Day, and the train was in charge of the following crew, with the engine hauling it: Engineer W.

Suddenly there was a terrific crash and the forward cars left the track, those in the rear with their heavy freight, rapidly piling upon and around them. The engine had became detached from the train and did not leave the track. The heavy laden combination car swung around and directly across the track forming a providential barrier against which the sleepers rushed with a heavy thud and then came to a standstill, the occupants 'receiving a sudden severe jolt, but suffering no further in jury.

Not so well, however, did those unfortunates fare, who occupied the flat and stock cars. These cars, wagons, stock, wild animals and men were thrown in all directions. The scene of the wreckage is beyond adequate description. An awful silence momentarily followed the crash, then the cries of the wounded, a rush of the unrestrained animals, the crackling of timbers, and the hurry to the rescue sounded upon the clear morning air.

It required two hours laborious work to extricate Frank Train from under the heavy wagon and timbers where he lay. Brakeman William Heverly was taken from beneath the mass of debris, and three laborers were taken from the wreek dead. Besides a number of others were injured in the catastrophe, and placed in as comfortable a position as possible. The Tyrone wreek crew was early on the scene and on the work of rescue nobly aided by the circus people. The casualties were as follows: Dead William Heverly, brakeman, Tyrone. Frank Train, treasurer of the circus, Indianapolis, Ind. Barney Multaney, laborer, New York.

Eleven persons were injured. The bodies of the five dead men were brought to Tyrone and prepared for burial at the undertaking establishment of Burley and Graham, Tyrone physicians were early on the scene and furnished all possible relief to the wounded who were conveyed on a special train to the Altoona Hospital. With the exception of the engine and three sleeping cars, the loss of rolling stock and freight is almost total. Altogether 25 show wagons, chariots, buggies and other vehicles were wrecked. Sixteen cages containing the animals of the menagerie, were broken open and the imprisoned beasts were killed, maimed or escaped to the fields and woods.

Main had head of horses; and better never traveled with a circus. The mortality among these is very large, no less than fifty-two having been killed in the disaster. Among the unfortunate animals were some of the most valuable in the show. All the horses ridden by Tony Lowanda, the principal rider are dead.

The escape of wild animals from their cages created great consternation and it was in the midst of danger that the friends of the killed and wounded, went to their rescue. The big manslayer, a ferocious ape, was luckily captured and caged before he could do any damage. One elephant was injured about the hip; the elephant safely withstood the shock. The camels, dromedaries and many of the other animals escaped, but the sacred cows were killed. The most ferociously inclined of the escaped animals were the two Bengal tigers.

One of these was safely captured. The second made his way to the farm of Alfred Thomas. Here Mrs. Thomas was milking the cows, when the tiger leaped upon one of the bovines, killing it instantly and beginning to devour its quivering flesh. The terrified woman screamed for Mr. Thomas who appeared on the scene and shot the carnivorous beast Three lions escaped, one of which was shot and the other two were captured. The silver tipped panther was at large nnt. The skins of the animals being valuable, they were removed from the dead lions, tiger and panther next morning.

Most of the animals are either secured or accounted for. Not to mention the small animals reptiles and birds which have escaped to the mountains and will probably not be recaptured, there remain only three of the larger beasts at large. These are an Australian ant-eater, Australian agontis and a black tiger only three of the species in America. Local hunters are assisting in the search for these animals. The body of William Heverly, the brakeman killed in the wreek, was taken to the home of his parents and afterwards buried in Grand View.

Frank Train's body was sent to Logansport, Indiana, for interment. James Strayer's body was sent to Houtzdale for burial. Efforts were made by telegraph to reach the friends of the other two men killed, Lee and Multaney, but without response. The bodies were prepared here for burial and were interred in Tyrone cemetery at 5 o'clock yesterday evening, services conducted by Rev. The news of the big wreek had no sooner reached Tyrone Tuesday morning when streams of people poured from town to the scene of the disaster.

The roads were filled with vehicles and the morning trains were crowded. All day the spectacle was witnessed by eager throngs. The tents have been erected at the scene of the wreek and there a large share of show people are in camp awaiting the next movement of the unfortunate company. Sixty-five of the show people are boarding at the Empire House now the New Garman Hotel and though the sudden rush has taxed that hostelry to the utmost, all are being well and comfortably cared for.

Main is almost heart-broken over the dreadful affair, not so much on account of his personal loss which is very heavy, as on account of the fearful destruction to life. He has not given his own loss study, and does not furnish any estimate of its probable extent. Others near him and long associated with the show, agree that the probable loss to Mr. Colvin, the assistant manager, W. Fred Aymar, the press representative, and J.

Harrison, the correspondent of the company, is courteously answering the reporter's questions, aver that no definite plans for recouping or disbanding the circus have yet been made, and pending the inquest and its developments, the company will make 1 yrone their temporary home. Their winter quarters are at Geneva, Ohio, and it is altogether likely they will return there to reorganize and again take the road before the season is much older.

Our people express the deepest sympathy for Mr. Main and his friends. The company throughout is composed of excellent people who endure their misfortune with a commendable cheerfulness, forgetting their own plight in their sympathy for their esteemed employer and sorrow over the untimely end of their fellow travelers". The story of the wreek as quoted, was hurriedly gathered by Tyrone Journal for its first issue following the wreek and was not complete in detail as to the plans for reorganization.

Aikin, to equip cars for transportation to replace those destroyed, wagons, cages, and other equipment, and within ten days the remarkable feat of reorganization had been accomplished, and the show gave a performance at Tj'rone, then resumed its advertised route within two weeks after the wreek. The itinerary for the season was therefore laid out to include the South East, with quite a list of Florida towns to get their first view of the Geneva, Ohio, circus, and incidentally to enable the show to make a long season and record late closing.

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George W. Akin was the traffic manager, Walter Fisher was local contractor, Edwin N. John Lowlow, the famous clown, favorite in the Southern States so many years, and a native of Georgia, was engaged as star of the clown contingent and given special publicity as an added attraction to please patrons of the cotton country. Casualties of the rehearsals and opening day, were a broken leg of a draft horse, and one of the chariot horses badly injured in the races.

From opening day until Decoration Day the show exhibited in five states, viz: Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virgiania, Indiana and Michigan, with pleasant weather almost every day excepting a terrific wind and rain storm at Marion, Ind. Bucyrus, Ohio was the Decoration Day stand; cold drizzling rain with business only fair; June 4th and 5th a two day engagement at Cleveland, Ohio, gave the bank roll a healthy boost, and a handsome Shriner's pin was presented to Mr. Main by his brother members, who attended in a body.

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Following Cleveland, the show went East on the N. Central railroad, Erie railroad, and their branches; doing a very satisfactory business, with Conneaut, Ohio, Warsaw, Medina, Pennyan and Ithaca, New York, exceptionally good. White Hall, N. Entered Massachusetts at North Adams on July 7th. At Chelsea, Mass. At Haverhill, Mass. Entering Concord, N. Kingston, N. During the first half of September W.

Gardner made a prospecting tour of the South; returned on September 16th, spent a day with the show and left again to complete details for invasion of the south, including Florida. At Tamaqua, Pa. Princton, N.


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The show reached Norfolk, Va. Wilmington, Raleigh, Burlington, Charlotte, Salisbury, and Asheville gave convincing evidence of their appreciation for a good circus by crowds that would please any showman; Charlotte receipts exceeded the Norfolk, Va. Spartanburg was first on the list of South Carolina towns visited; the date was October 26th, weather discouraging, as both rain and hail at night prevented a prospective capacity house. Only eight stops were made in South Carolina, Greenville was the banner stand of the eight; Walhalla the last town in the state, had not had a circus in eight years, and business indicated a rest of about one generation before they would be ready for another one.

November 5t. Main as a good start for Georgia, in the town of Tocoa; but there was better business in Gainesville, Griffln, Newman and Lagrange; the average however was far below the Virginia and Carolina stands. Opelika was the first town played in Alabama; "rotten," was the unanimous decision of everybody connected with the show; Union Springs, Troy and Ozark followed, with gross receipts for the four, less than Asheville's two performances; the farmers had nothing to sell except cotton, and it was selling at four cents a pound.

Bainbridge, Thomasville and Valdosta completed the experiment in Georgia, and the ledger balance for business done in the state, necessitated purchasing a bottle of red ink. Monday, November 19th, Jacksonville, Florida, drove away the "blues" and gave capacity in the four pole big top at both performances, and a days' receipts that earned the record as banner day for the Southern cities; twelve days in Florida following Jacksonville, introduced the Walter L.

Main Circus in St. Evergreen and Greenville, Ala. From Greenville, Ala. April 15th was the opening date for and Louisville, Ky. Seven weeks of as continuous wonderful business as the most optimistic owner could even hope for, greeted Manager Main up to its Decoration Day stand at Renova, Pa. At East Liberty, Pa. Fairbault, Minn. Fargo, North Dakota, on Monday, July 15th, proved the banner day's receipts for the first thirteen weeks. Webb City, Mo. During the season, the business staff of the Main Circus included such well known circus men as W.

Franklin, who was General Agent, Ralph Peckham doing opposition. Boyd, and other special agcnts of the "old school". Ravenna, Ohio, on June 15th was perhaps the most eventful day of the season from the standpoint of business transactions; all wintering expenses had been paid, and at Ravenna Mr. Main bought what interest had been owned in the show by other parties, and again assumed full ownership and control.

The above awe inspiring announcement was one of the prominent catch lines in the advertising of Sells Brothers for their circus, during the season. In the field of competition for circus business during the seventies, eighties, and nineties, there were plenty of openings for the profession to find employment; a constant demand for new circus cars, wagons, tents and all manner of equipment; and the printing houses that specialized in circus posters had business twelve months in the year, as it required full time operation of print shops in the winter months to be ready for the numerous advance cars and box brigades that began their tours in early spring.

The modern erop of circus historians, in a well edited medley of repititions from the several volumes of the life of Barnum, the Buffalo Bill Wild West literature, and from the carefully compiled route books of the Barnum and Bailey show published by Uncle Charley Andress, when he retired from active circus work, have helpecT to eternize the famous men whose names and records of achievement in the amusement business has been given publicity for many years; but the dozens of circuses and hundreds of experienced owners, department managers, and stars of the profession who did their full quota in creating circus history during the last quarter of the Nineteenth Century, are given very limited mention in the stories of today.

The reason is obvious; the data is not in history form in the public or private libraries; the custom of keeping detailed memorandums, diaries and publishing route books was not so prevalent as among our modern day troupers; men who did keep diaries, account books, photos, programmes, etc. The only reliable data available now, of most of the circuses of that period, especially the medium sized and small shows, is stored in the memory of the veteran circus men who are still enjoying life, and but few of them indulge in writing history, or exploiting their experiences to syndicate journalists.

A number of shows that are seldom ever mentioned by contributors to amusement publications, or by the magazine story writers, were in business continuously for a period of years; established reputations as reputable amusement caterers, and were popular in the sections of the country they were accustomed to exhibit on their annual tours. Butte, Montana, was long the home of Uncle Dick Sutton, and his circus and Uncle Tom's Cabin shows were known throughout the Rocky Mountain and Middle West States through a score or more of years; he died October 2nd, , on the Pacific Coast, and was carried back to Butte, which he loved so well, for his final resting place.

Mat Wixom's wagon show made its home in Bancroft, Michigan, from to Sun Brothers' Circus, although wintering in Georgia, invaded Michigan with such regularity, season af ter season, that they were considered as "Home Folks" in the small towns of the Wolverine State. Canada also had some small shows with well established routes and reputations; the Sam Cole Circus of St. Thomas, Ontario, to , and the Chas. Burch shows, also an Ontario show toured the Provinces from to In the early seventies Montgomery Queen became an outstanding contender for honors among the prominent circus owners of the United States, and continued catering to the show going public up through the late seventies and eighties; his aggressive methods of advertising and ability to battle in opposition, gave Barnum, Forepaugh, Sells Brothers, W.

Cole and lesser lights in the circus firmament food for thought when routing their respective shows. An original souvenir program issued April 20th, , shows that Montgomery Queen's Circus and Menagerie on that date closed a continuous engagement of 42 performances at the corner of Jackson Street and Montgomery Avenue, San Francisco, California. Extraordinary information is gleaned from this fifty-two year old souvenir programme; it gives Montgomery Queen, sole proprietor and director.

Emidy's British Cornet Band was prominently featured, and the official staff was as follows: Mr. Colvin, Manager; Mr. S Cole Treasurer; Mr. Peil, and Mr. Myers, General A. Xathen Austin, Equestrian Director; Mr. Sam Graham, Master of Whip;Prof. Forepaugh, Animal Superintendent; Mr. Erastus Mead, Master of Canvas. Fish given special announcement as "Europe's Favorite English Boundmg Jockey"; the 24th and 25th numbers on the programme were made the big feature acts of the entire performance, given special advertising in advance, and ring announcement detailing each act as a contest unparalleled in bareback riding by the recognized two champion bareback riders of the world.

Fish and James Robinson were the champions announced respectively as the "unapproachable and indescribable and the world vanquishing"; Fish appeared in the 24th number on the programme with Tom Miaco clowning in the ring; then came Robinson with his advertised "Infant Wonder" Master Eugene, who assisted in statuesque riding and the clowning was by Billy Burke.

Memory of these eventful engagements was revived some time ago, when one of my good "Old Timer" pais favored me with a clipping from that unique Southwestern publication that flourished some years ago as "Ka Lamity's Harpoon. When the man cried loud in silk arrayed, "Hold the horses for the grand parade! His pants, and boots, with spurs adorned, Made out his soldier's uniform.

One scarce could think as on they lead, That warrior was as dumb as steed. The elephants followed in their track, With scarlet covers on their back. Each wore a Hindoo on his head, WThose form kept sway with clumsy tread. Their ears oblivious to all sound, Their small eyes fixed upon the ground.

Their great trunks swung from side to side, Their broad flanks wrinkled with each stride. Their huge hind legs it seemed they bore, Much farther forward than their fore. The awkward camel followed near, Led by an Arab with a spear. He chewed his cud with careless zest, That well befit the Arab's dress.

The hump that rose behind the gap, Seemed model for the Arab's cap. With neck drawn in and eyes half closed And noiseless tread he forward goes, While in his silent wake there kept, A motley group that quicker stepped. Each led or ridden by a man, As far as he from native land. Next came a hundred ladies gay, In silver lace on horses gray. Their riding hats revealed their hair, That gleamed with jewels everywhere. While glistening dress disclosed a form Of beauty rare and female charm. With coquettish glance from side to side, They met admiring look with pride, Or tossed their heads disdainfully, At pointed praise or flattery.

Each lady had a consort bold, Arrayed in lace of shining gold. Their horses pranced and champed the bit, And bolt upright the rider sat, With studied poise. Then came a mile of cages strong, Whose ponderous weight was drawn along, By horses proud, whose harness shown, In autumn sun like brilliant stones. They bore the bane of savage men, Their horror, more than battle's din, But now as helpless and as weak, As broken reeds 'neath oxen's feet. The tiger walked his ceaseless trail, And lashed his huge sides with his tail, His muzzle ever sought again.

Each crack for exit from his den. He, alone, in this menagerie, Held desparate hope of liberty, Oh, Royal Beast how like the mind Of man that seeks for things divine!


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    But statistics show a complicated picture. Ideologues have spun the state divorce rate to buttress a host of political causes. Pollster Nate Silver analyzed divorce rates and showed that rates were lower in states that had not passed constitutional bans on gay marriage. Others have noted that liberal states like Massachusetts have lower divorce rates than Bible Belt states like Arkansas. But Alan J. States that have low divorce rates also tend to have low marriage rates. Arkansas, for instance, has the second-highest divorce rate 5. Juries are not sympathetic to fault-finding in divorce cases, even when states divide assets based on who is at fault.

    Arizona and Louisiana allow couples to enter a covenant marriage, which is more difficult to leave. Other proposals give financial Email: aharris worldmag. Hawkins finds little momentum to make divorce law tougher—not even among conservatives and Republicans, he said. Some of the anti-divorce measures have proved inadequate. For instance, covenant marriage has shown negligible success in Arizona and Louisiana, where only a fraction of couples choose covenant marriages and most of them are at low risk for divorce anyway.

    Still, divorce laws are powerfully symbolic because they tell us what a marriage should be, said Robin Wilson, professor of law at Washington and Lee University. Taking adultery and abuse into account during a divorce tells society that marriages should be faithful and loving. And sometimes it should matter to the rest of us, too.

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    Seven years and two kids later, both the Rodarmes are happy to sing the praises of online dating. According to a nationally representative survey out of Stanford, one in four people who started a serious relationship in the last two years met their significant other online. The internet is now the second most popular way for couples to meet, right behind being introduced by friends. And that only counts the millions of people who have found success with online matchmaking, not the millions more who would like to.

    If, as Pat Benatar once sang, love is a battlefield, almost 40 percent of singles now include dating sites in their romantic arsenal. What has caused the explosion in online love connections? Never mind that a Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that these so-called success rates are based at best on questionable statistical tweaking and at worst on nothing at all, the marketing seems to be working.

    For one thing, those who meet online tend to rush down the. It connects you on enough of the basic things— like being of the same faith, having the same values—that it at least makes the introductions worthwhile. Only 28 percent disagree. Christians, in particular, seem to find the idea of targeted, marriage-minded web dating appealing. Part of the appeal, they say, is the compatibility questionnaires that identify the spiritually like-minded.

    But is the positive buzz surrounding web-based romance based on good results or good advertising? Unmarried in his early 30s, he decided to give dating sites a try. He opened accounts at both eHarmony and Match. After dating matches from both sites, he believed he found love with a woman he met on eHarmony. Within six months, the two married. Within a year, they were divorced, even though, J says, he did everything in his power to prevent the split. The biggest problem, from his point of view, was that his wife was nothing like the person she presented online, though it took him till after the wedding to realize this.

    He believed based on the website matching them up and their early. A study conducted by sociologists at Iowa State University found that internet couples go from meeting to matrimony in less than half the time of those who meet via more traditional methods. J believes it was the promise of a scientifically approved partner that caused him to marry more quickly than he otherwise would have. Details like height, hair color, and profession that may not be a big deal to two people who meet by chance often become the basis of rejection. Kathy Rodarme admits she almost fell victim to such bias.

    It connects you on enough of the basic things—like being of the same faith, having the same values—that it at least makes the introductions worthwhile. Earlier this year, ComScore showed double-digit, year-over-year declines for Yahoo Personals and Match. Single people like Kim Bloss of Magnolia, Ark. A professor of Counselor Education at Southern. And that, say critics, is the problem with paid dating sites: They sell a product that is impossible to deliver.

    There is none to very little effectiveness in the matching process. Arkansas University, she fits to a T the profile of those who use paid dating sites—educated, white, in a high-income bracket, and a regular internet user. However, her brief trial with the website PerfectMatch. I saw a special on Oprah about online dating and took the test at PerfectMatch. When I saw my matches, it seemed like they were based more on geography than personality. Sifting through dozens of profiles and continually being drawn to the same type—men who worked with their hands—helped her discover what was really missing in her life.

    This is scarcely the modern view, where for science the unknown is merely the waiting-to-be-known. Still, the paradox of this most impressive of recent intellectual achievements is that it forcefully brings to our attention what we can never know—what preceded the birth of the universe, the origin of matter and the laws that govern it. So too for the phenomena of life.

    For the best part of 60 years, ever since the discovery in by James Watson and Francis Crick of the double helix, the elegant simplicity of that structure has seduced us. We see the genetic instructions strung out along its two intertwining strands, and we suppose that the biological complexities of life might be made knowable. From the mids onwards, the massive onslaught of modern genetics has promised to do just that, culminating in the very recent past with the ability to spell out the full sequence of genes the genome of man and mouse, chimp, worm, fly, and many others.

    But paradoxically, as we now know, the composition of those genomes has turned out to be virtually the reverse of that anticipated— with a near equivalence of a modest 20, genes across the entire range of the complexities of life all the way from the millimeter-long worm C. There is, in short, nothing in the genomes of fly and man to account for why a fly has wings, six legs, and a dot-sized brain and we should have two arms, two legs, and a mind capable of comprehending the origins of the universe.

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