Does he speak
In the science fiction of the era, Mars was often depicted as a vastly older planet with the remnants of a once-glorious civilization, now in its dying days, but whose inhabitants (if they still existed) were intelligent and wise beyond the measure of man. (On the other hand, Edgar Rice Burroughs created a Mars of both futuristic science and a variety of fairly savage, feudal societies.) In the comic item in the Herald, we seem to have the wise survivor of the dying society, speaking a logical language, since in the quip, the Martian speaks Esperanto.
No word on how they might have learned Esperanto on Mars. It was a little too far for an Esperanto pamphlet to go.
An Optical Blunder.The man from Mars wanted to see New York from the most favorable point of view. So they took him up on the Singer Building.
He looked about him with great interested. Then he looked down.
“It seems to be raining in the streets below,” he said, in the purest Esperanto.
The man who understood the language followed the stranger’s gaze.
“No,” he said, “it isn’t raining. Those are not umbrellas that you see—they are ‘Merry Widow’ hats!”They may have Esperanto on Mars, but apparently they don’t have Merry Widow hats. Is that how we will know them as an advanced civilization?
And the man from Mars made a note of it.
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