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(Continued from Page One)
is dull. Why, it is too complex, and
too labyrinthine in design. Experi-
ence, superimposed on experience im-
pression over impression. It absorbs
all the interest and ingenuity one has,
to trace out the present moment, and
to discover how many past impres-
sions mar it. We are, indeed, as Plato
imagines, lumps of wax: and when-
ever we hear or think or feel, we
stamp the perception or the thought.
"as I? we were making an impression
with the seal of a ring." The fascin-
ating thing is that we cannot keep. in
mind separately all the different im-
prints; for one tends to obliterate'
the other; but ever at the most odd
times some old forgotten figure shows
itself and we are startled. We cannot
explain it. We are convinced it was
originated, or inspired by God. How
can living be dull when there are so
many old things to recognize, so many
old old friends to appreciate?"
A cursory view of American senti-
ment reveals a soft affection for avun-
cular relationships. "Uncle Remus,"
"Uncle Tonm," and "Uncle Sam" are
the leading examples.
"For the beginning of pride is sin;
And he that keepeth it will pour
forth abomination."
(Ecclesiasticus 10:1 )
* * *
And what is sin? . What is evil?
"Whatever springs from weakness!"
Pride is a backward glance and arises
when one compares himself with that
Which has gone before. lut power
(continuance and increase of Well-
being) suffers one only to aspire. Thus
goodness will not admit of pride.
When, therefore, Gibbon says: "The
best security for discretion is the
Vanity of conciling that we have 'nd-
thing to reveal" ("A Critical' Observa-
tion of the 6th book of the Aeneid"),
does he not imply that discretion is a
sinful thing, maintained by" evil 'de-
vices; and that goodness very bos-
sibly is indiscreet?
Ovid related his multitudinous stor-
ies to me with a simplicity and a
seriousness of thought which was en-
trancing, and he interpolated his text
with meditations such as would make
a statue scratch its head. What a su-
preme delight to find another author
unsophisticated, unconscious of . his
I noted one short sentence of his:
"Nam genus et proavos et quae non
facimus ipsi vix ea nostra voco." (For
as to race and ancestry and the deeds
that others than ourselves have lone.
I call those in no true sense our own."
Metamorphoses XIII:140
It is a prevalent but illogical con-
clusion that one is civilized because
he lives in a civilized community.
More profound would it be to say:
"The community is civilized because
I live in it,"-and the assertion would
be more truthful as well.
A man who sets himself apart from
his neighbors and remains flagrantly
aloof from them because he, thinks
himself too well educated to mingle
with the herd is in pathetic delusion
He imagines he has inherited the
genius of the past, and is in personal

in a moment of transport, and has
himself had to elevate his soul for the
occasion, must he not be bound to sor-
row when 'he sees his creation re-
duced to a printed page or confined
to a public gallery? Must he not'
cringe in pain to see his intimate
idea subjected to the cool gaze of an
uninspired reader or spectator? It is
a natural result that an artist should
believe his work too good for the
world. What did Shakespeare mean
in the 18th sonnet when he said:
"Ntor shall Death brag thou wan-
der'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou
So long as men can breathe or
eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives
life to thee."
On the other hand, what forces
poets to record their thoughts? It is
truly no thing other than a pass,
for fame. The argument" art for art's
sake" is lie. Creator creates because
he must, because his very being
yearns for immortality, because he


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It is highly iiportant if you would be
successful in later years. to keep your,
credit good.
A reputation for promptness in fulfill-
ing financial obligations is valuable in
other ways than securing credit with
your bank or merchant. It's the world's
measure of a man. It is the first thing
looked to in placing a trust with you so
keep that reputation good.
Pay your bills when due if possible. If
it is impossible see the man you owe
and explain the situation to him---but
don 'make excuses too often. Some'
day you may want a greater favor of
h im.
According to your promptness nowThe
will feel like helping you then.
Mlake this pay-up ,week. You'll feel
better about it.
It is highly important in these days of
strenuous financial activity, to keep
your credit good always.

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