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Why They Wore Armor

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To such a pitch of exasperation did the practice of using buttons in the 6hirt drive the men of the iniddie ages that they adopted the plan of wearing brass or steel armor, fastened together with metallic bolts. The popular idea that men wore armor in order to fight in it is manifestly absurd, since no man could possibly have fougbt when incased iu half a hundredweight of metal. Arinor was worn solely in order to avoid the worry of shirts with missing buttons. There were distiuct advantages connected with the chain steel shirts. When one of these garments came honie on Saturday night from the washerwoman, the owner could feel reasonably certain that the metallic clasps at the neck and in the bosom were all in their proper places, for no washerwoman could have succeeded in detaching thera without the use of a cold chisel. If it did so happen that the washervvoman's husband had been run over by a 6teain roller while wearing a steel shirt belonging to one of his wife's customers, and one of the metallic fastenings had thereby been injured, the customer in question could not accuse his wife of negligence and demand to know why she failed to keep his shirts in proper


Ann Arbor Argus
Old News