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MICHAEL, BROTHER OF JERRY 

FOREWORD 

Very early in my life, possibly because of the insatiable
curiosity that was born in me, I came to dislike the performances
of trained animals.  It was my curiosity that spoiled for me this
form of amusement, for I was led to seek behind the performance in
order to learn how the performance was achieved.  And what I found
behind the brave show and glitter of performance was not nice.  It
was a body of cruelty so horrible that I am confident no normal
person exists who, once aware of it, could ever enjoy looking on
at any trained-animal turn. 

Now I am not a namby-pamby.  By the book reviewers and the namby-
pambys I am esteemed a sort of primitive beast that delights in
the spilled blood of violence and horror.  Without arguing this
matter of my general reputation, accepting it at its current face
value, let me add that I have indeed lived life in a very rough

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