Full text: The little review (12 (1926), 1)

tion than do the officials of the subway twice daily) yet though 
the feat may be ever so unparalleled in history, the subway per 
forms its diurnal miracle often at the expense of human comfort, 
safety, and at times, even of modesty. For to transport its herds 
of passengers the subway must pack them into the cars like so 
much breathing meat, and at 
project them through the bowels of the metropolis. Thus when 
the train lurched forward, the passengers lurched backward, 
and upset the young man in the leghorn hat, who in turn had 
lurched against Miss Craig, forcing her to tread on Mr. War 
burg’s foot. “Excuse us,” said the young man raising his hat 
most politely, and “Certainly. O posolutely!” replied Miss 
Craig. Mr. Warburg’s horn rims, however, balefully rose over 
the edge of his newspaper, and he said, “Who stepped on my 
foot?” But such incidents although occurring with almost pain 
ful regularity are of slight importance, and Miss Craig turning 
to her friend Miss Williams and fanning herself the while with 
a pretty pink handkerchief, said that it was very overcrowded 
in the car. However it is an observation as true as it is useful, 
that human beings can suffer in mass much more than they would 
ever be able to endure separately. Crushed as they are in the 
subway to a jelly of wobbling protoplasm, the discomforts of 
overcrowding are overcome by the general resistance of the 
group operating as a unit. “Yes. And it’s perfectly suffo 
cating,” Miss Williams agreed, but when Mr. Warburg, having 
gloomily stared at Miss Craig for several minutes, disappeared 
at last behind his paper and Miss Craig had made a 
Miss Williams said, “O don’t make me laugh. I’m hot enough 
as it is.” A moment later, however, blonde wisps of hair were 
fluttering beneath Miss Williams’ hat. For the train now being 
projected through the tunnel at a prodigious velocity had 
assumed a function similar to that of a plunger in a high pressure 
pump. The air thus being compressed by the blunt face of the 
speeding train, is forced within through every opening and inter 
stice. This naturally creates a violent circulation of air inside 
the cars, which breeze, being augmented by fans playing 
draughts of cool air on the heads below them, the heat entails 
only a 
among those in transit. “In these hot summer days try Nodoreen. 
Harmless. Effective. At all Druggists.” But Miss Craig had

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