THE YOUNG MAN OF THE PERIOD.
The “ Hawkeye ” gives this good advice to the young man of the period : Remember, son, that the world is older than you are, by several years ; that for thousands of years it has been so full of smarter and better young men than yourself, that their feet stuck out of the dormer windows ; that when tliey died the old world went whirling on, and notone man in the ten million went to the funeral or even heard of the de h. Be as smart as you can of course. Know as much as you can without blowing the packing out of your cylinder haeds ; shed the light of your wisdom abroad in the world, but don’t dazzle people with it. And don’t imagine a tiling is simple because you say it is. Don’t be sorry for your father because he knows so much loss than you do ; remember tlie reply of Dr. Waylaud to the students of Brown University who said it was an easy enough thing to make proverbs such as Solomon wrote : “ Make a few,” tersely replied the old man. And we never heard that the young men made any. Not more than two or three anyhow. The world has great need of young men, but no greater need than the young men have of it. Your clothes fit you better than your father’s fit him ; they cost more money, they are more stylish, your moustache is neater, the cut of your hair is better, and you are prettier, oh, far prettier than “pa.” But. young man, the old gentleman gets the biggest salary, and his homely, scrambling signature on the business end of a cheque will drain more money out of the bank in five minutes, than you could get out of a ream of paper and copperplate signature in six months. Young men are useful, son, and tliey are ornamental, and we all love them, and we couldn’t engineer a picnic successfully without them. But they are no novelties, son. Oh, no, nothing of the kind. They have been here before. Don’t be so modest as to shut yourself clear out, but don’t be so fresh that you will have to be put away in the cool to keep from spoiling. Don’t be afraid that your merit will not be discovered. People all over the world are hunting for you, and if you are worth finding, they will find you.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, 16 October 1879
THE YOUNG MAN OF THE PERIOD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, 16 October 1879
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