Our Movie Made Children

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CHAPTER XV
MOVIES IN A CROWDED SECTION

"THE street, the sidewalks swarm with people, pushcarts stand along the curb; their proprietors hawk their wares to all passers-by. In the store windows bordering on the street is a bizarre assortment of dry-goods, cheeses, condiments and liquors, and from open doors issue a host of smells even more provocative. People elbow each other for passage along the sidewalk, while others pause to bargain loudly with the pushcart peddlers. The shrill notes of a hurdy-gurdy are heard down the street, and from somewhere overhead in the solid block of six-floor tenements comes the strident noise of a radio out of control. A street-car clangs its way along among the pushcart peddlers and their customers, and a moment later an elevated train roars by overhead. The traffic lights change and from another direction a heavy truck drags along, scattering the dust of the street in its wake. The boys in the street at their game of ball give way before it, but in the ensuing traffic are able in some way to continue their play. Through a nice judgment of distance and a dexterity in traffic born of long experience they continue their game--even though at the risk of life and limb. Such is the street world to

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