Where were you in 1900? In a smarter classroom, that’s for sure.

In today’s paper, they had an article about the hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas in 1900. They printed excerpts of news stories published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 105 years ago. Not only are they similar to what we are hearing today about Katrina, they shocked me to the core of my being in regards to the grasp of grammar that these old-timey people possessed.

Suddenly the building gave a great lurch, and we all sprang upon the two beds…the greatest calamity…The sufferings of the people became acute…The situation was frightful…Shotgun rule under the guise of martial law has certainly deterred the human buzzards and the perverted amateur photographers…Just how many persons have been killed for looting the dead is not known. No one cares. Their friends are ashamed of them and make no criticism.

What do they say, newspapers are written at the 3rd grade reading level? Jesus, thems were some smart third-graders back then there.


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