Education: Anti-Schmutz

Alarmed at the rate their children were devouring lurid tales of jungle kings and spacemen, parents of Bremen, Germany, hit upon a novel scheme for ridding the city of Schund (trash) and Schmutz (smut). Any child, they announced, who turned in four comics would get one small classic in return; any child with 25 comics would get a big book. By the end of two days last week, the kids had turned in 55,000 comics, made such a dent in Bremen's supply of Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and Gulliver's Travels that the city sent out an emergency call for more.


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