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In time these savages developed a crude civilization of their own. They acquired something of the art of building, and when they set about making a new dwelling they had always for models those that had been their fathers’ guides. Accordingly, each new dwelling was made as an immense factory chimney; a few holes were punctured in its sides for light and air, floors were bungled in, the upper half of the chimney was pulled down, and lo! a dwelling expensive, inconvenient, and absurd, but on the line of the “grand old classics” that had been preserved by their “innate nobleness and hallowed by tradition”.

This fable is especially commended to those architects who try to turn everything into a Greek temple.