lower in the scale

See: inferior
References in classic literature ?
I came to the conclusion that I was a fool, lower in the scale of intelligence than even the police of the modern romancer.
How often I have wanted to say to white students that they lift themselves up in proportion as they help to lift others, and the more unfortunate the race, and the lower in the scale of civilization, the more does one raise one's self by giving the assistance.
The world, and Miss Maxon is of the world, will look upon you as a terrible creature to be shunned--a horrible monstrosity far lower in the scale of creation than the lowest order of brutes.