A cat’s eye view

More than a full century ago a couple of new characters were introduced to the reading public through national newspapers.

“Archie and Mehitabel” made their debut in 1916. The pair was noted for their social satire and droll witticisms, penned by a fellow by the name of Don Marquis. He was an essayist, columnist, playwright and even appeared in several silents (movies without sound).

Archie was a cockroach, a bard in a former life. He would jump on the typewriter keys to write his missives and ponderings of life. Sometimes he would have to dive into the typewriter’s undercarriage to get away from Mehitabel if she was on a tear.



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