CHAPTER XVI
NOT TOO LATE TO DISCOVER AMERICA

IT IS one thing to show the average cultivated man or woman that ancient America had a high civilization. It is another thing to get him and her to entertain the thought that this civilization was possibly indigenous, developed here without any help from other continents. In fact, so deep-seated is the pro-European, pro-Asiatic bias which our Plymouth Rock, Mount of Olives background has carved into our very souls that the chief concern of many laymen, once they have acquired a smattering of information about Maya and Inca and Aztec, is to decide to what particular part of the European-Asiatic world they shall attribute the seed that blossomed into Aztec and Inca and Maya.

Nor is it enough for them to choose among the Chinese, Sumerians, Phenicians, or Egyptians. It has become a favorite pastime with amateur archæologists, and even with pseudo-professional archæologists, to create lucubrations ranging from an imposing hundred-thousand-word volume down to a "twostick" letter to the newspapers "proving" that redskinned humanity in America would never have got

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