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The Inventions of the Idiot

John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922)

00:00(1/13) 00 - Dramatis Personae00:00
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1. 00 - Dramatis Personae
2. 01 - Chapter 1: The Culinary Guild
3. 02 - Chapter 2: A Suggestion for the Cable-cars
4. 03 - Chapter 3: The Transatlantic Trolley Company
5. 04 - Chapter 4: The Incorporation of the Idiot
6. 05 - Chapter 5: University Extension
7. 06 - Chapter 6: Social Expansion
8. 07 - Chapter 7: A Beggar's Hand-book
9. 08 - Chapter 8: Progressive Waffles
10. 09 - Chapter 9: A Clearing-house for Poets
11. 10 - Chapter 10: Some Electrical Suggestions
12. 11 - Chapter 11: Concerning Children
13. 12 - Chapter 12: Dreamaline

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"It was before the Idiot's marriage, and in the days when he was nothing more than a plain boarder in Mrs. Smithers-Pedagog's High-class Home for Single Gentlemen, that he put what the School-master termed his "alleged mind" on plans for the amelioration of the condition of the civilized." This humorous story by the editor of Puck magazine describes how the Idiot sets out to improve the lot of civilized man through his inventions - the lot of barbarian man already being well tended to by missionaries and other do-gooders.