Doctor Samuel Johnson, that eminent pragmatist, never took off his shoes and danced on a wire. Had he done so, he well knew, he would have given any alert dog the opportunity of pontifying of him, as he once did of a dancing canine. "The wonder is not that he should do it badly, but that he should do it at all." Fearful of becoming the butt of such quadrupedantry, the wise Dr. Johnson abjured wires, seldom removed his shoes.* Not so cautious was Roger Fry, proclaimed...

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