d for politicians.
Law-making was a pastime of the people; nothing pleased them more.
Singular fermentation of their humor, they even had laws forbidding
dangerous speed. More marvelous still, they had a law forbidding
smoke! They forbade chimneys to smoke and they forbade cigarettes
to smoke. They made laws for all things and forgot them immediately;
though sometimes they would remember after a while, and hurry to make
new laws that the old laws should be enforced--and then forget both
new and old. Wherever enforcement threatened Money or Votes--or
wherever it was too much to bother--it became a joke. Influence was
So the place grew. And it grew strong. Straightway when he came,
each man fell to the same worship:
Give me of thyself, O Bigness:
Power to get more power!
Riches to get more riches!
Give me of thy sweat that I may sweat more!
Give me Bigness to get more Bigness to myself,
O Bigness, for Thine is the Power and the Glory!
And there is no end but Bigness, ever and