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Reply to Mr. Thomas Common (S570: 1899)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: Untitled reply communicated to The Eagle and the Serpent issue of 15 October 1899; printed, with Mr. Common's rejoinder, on page 136. To link directly to this page, connect with:

Extracts From Our Correspondence.

    I really have nothing more to say, as, after reading Mr. C.'s reply [in No. 6 of E. and S.] I am still quite as much in the dark as ever, on the two essential points:--(1) How are the superior persons in the entire population to be discovered,--and (2), How, when discovered, are they to be put in the position of rulers over the less superior persons. On these essential points Mr. Common says not a word. --Alfred R. Wallace.

    In answer to the above: The superior persons must discover one another themselves, and by furnishing mutual assistance, in preference to exercising universal benevolence, they must put themselves in the position of rulers over less superior persons. --Thomas Common.

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