The schools composing none but young and vigorous males
, previously mentioned, offer a strong contrast to the harem schools.
Curiously enough, "The Old Male
," as he is now affectionately called, became from this moment quite a bosom friend.
In the female nurseries, the young girls of quality are educated much like the males
, only they are dressed by orderly servants of their own sex; but always in the presence of a professor or deputy, till they come to dress themselves, which is at five years old.
There are other and natural causes tending toward a diminution of population, but nothing contributes so greatly to this end as the fact that no male
or female Martian is ever voluntarily without a weapon of destruction.
Then come the males
with spears and arrows and Korak takes to the trees.
But elephants are far from cheap in India, where they are becoming scarce, the males
, which alone are suitable for circus shows, are much sought, especially as but few of them are domesticated.
The females were less numerous than the males
, and liable to much furtive persecution in spite of the monogamy the Law enjoined.
Meanwhile he drove all the ewes inside, as well as the she-goats that he was going to milk, leaving the males
, both rams and he-goats, outside in the yards.
Around the door, from which the drummer still sent forth his thundering summons, was drawn up a formidable phalanx, including several of the oldest members of the congregation, many of the middle aged, and nearly all the younger males
Then the law provided that all born after a certain day should be free, the males
at twenty— eight and the females at twenty-five.
Of these, the Russians take only the small ones, from seven to ten months old, and carefully select the males
, giving the females their freedom, that the breed may not be diminished.
But above, perched each upon its own stone, tall, gray, and withered, more like dead and dried specimens than actual living creatures, sat the horrible males
, absolutely motionless save for the rolling of their red eyes or an occasional snap of their rat-trap beaks as a dragon-fly went past them.