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Some time ago a Denver daily paper made some comments on what was either an abnormal temporary condition or a gross error of statistics in regard to masculine mortality in the state of Colorado. The Journal editorially noticed them, in what was intended as a semi-facetious way, remarking on the possibility of the Centennial state becoming in the future an "Adamless Eden" and suggesting as the only possible explanation the contiguity of Utah with its polygamous traditions of the past. It scarcely seemed probable at the time that the tone of the article would permit of its being taken seriously, but such seems to be the case. It has traveled over two continents, and though slightly disfigured is still in the ring. The Journal has in this repeated the experience of Mark Twain, who found that he could not in the most innocent and transparent way play hob with the
AN UNAPPRECIATED JOKE. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(17):1093. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460430029011
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