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FROM THE MAGAZINES., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909
FROM THE MAGAZINES.
QUAMFIPATIONS OF THE AMBRI"CAN POIIO-ICIAN. The political candidate of to-day must possess unlimited courage, ignorance of fatigue an-j a cast-iron throat. jt is particularly the rule when a man runs for' the 'highest" office in the land that he must swing into all sections "of the country, showing himself to the voters and telling t n e*pa personally his vl.ews pjt \he 'situation, and his plans for remedying it, for, did you ever near of "a situation just'prior to election that did not need remedying?—" Metropolitan."
You have hounded mc well, my Lady 'Lafe, You have beaten and biased and Birt ever I stayed mc amid the strife To turn yqn a You may cozen mc there and trick mc here — Your way with a soul long since— But I'll mock before I'll plead, my dear, And I'll bOast before I'll wince. Why, think you, to make mc a captive, ■ cowed ? That day that you slay, I swear I will kiss my finger tips to the crowd And jest with the headsman there. —iheodosia Carrison, in "Ainslie's Magazine."
MR. RQPKEF_*_,LER''S MEMOBjIES.
Mr. John D. Rockefeller is more intimate than, he has been before in tfhe instalment of his "Random Reminiscences," which appears in tbe February issue, of' the "World's Work." He, refers In particular to the influence of his home, and especially hi- mother' 9 ideas of discipline, on his early life. His mother, he confesses, was a good deal of a disciplinarian, and upheld the standard of the family with a birch switch when it showed a tendency to deteriorate. "Once, when I -was being punished for some unfortunate doings which had taken place in the village school, I felt called upon to explain after.' the whipping had begun that I was innocent of |he charge. 'Never mind,' said my mother, 'we have started hi on this whipping, and it will dp for the next time.'"
WHY WOMEN TEACHERS WILL NOT DO FOR BOYS.
The wnnt of understanding on the part of the woman teacher naturally causes the boy to rebel; if this male instinct is not aroused he falls into ways of feminine thinking, and will devolve into a useless man. " In the former case the boy remains indifferent to his lessons, and a barrier is established for all sympathetic relations between pupil and teacher. She is nothing but "an old girl" in his estimation, and this Is the ending of any training for earning a living he can get from that school. Every boy should be taken away from feminine influence at fourteen years of age. We need to adopt some of tho ideas and customs of the aborigines. Boys, real boys, are little savages, and they need initiation into life through virile surroundings.—William Lee Howard, M.D., in the" "American 'Magazine." " * _TEST 'WANTED. " " Society seeks men who can serve it. We want help, the help of the strong, the sensible, and the unselfish. Tbe age is crying for men—civilisation wants men who can save it from dissolution; and those who can benefit it most are those who are freest from prejudice, hate, revenge, whim, and fear. Two thousand years ago lived One who saw the absurdity of a man's loving only his friends. He saw that this meant friction and faction, lines of social cleavage, with ultimate discord; and so he painted the truth large, and declared that we should love our enemies and do good to those who might despftefully use us. He was one with the erring, tlie weak, the insane, the poor, and be was free from prejudice and fear. He was a man set apart, because be had no competition in matters of love. If we can imitate his divine patience arid keep thoughts of discord out of our lives, we, too, can work such wonders that men will indeed truthfully say that we are the sons of God. i There isn't much rivalry here—be patient, generous, kind, even to foolish folk and absurd people. Do not extricate yourself—be one with all, be universal. So little competition is there in this | line that any man, in any walk of life, who puts jealousy, bate, and fear, behind him can make himself distinguished. | And all good things shall be his—they Will flow to him. Power, gravitates to tlie man who can use it—and love is the j highest form of power that exists. If ever a man shall live who has infinite power he will be found to be one who I has infinite love.—Elbert Hubbard in the "Cosmopolitan."
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
English is not a cut-and-dried arrangement of words that one can learn as I a Frenchman crams history for an examination, but it is flexible, changing and adaptable. There is English for the 1 slippered ease and cosy comfort of one's own fireside; there is the 6tyle of speech suited to the glittering and unifornAd j function of fashion; there is the English of the pulpit, ot the stage, of the. platform, and not by any means one everlasting, unchanging, correct form of speech, with Avhich oue must make love, deliver an oration, advertise for a cook, and tell fairy stories. ! Perhaps no sadder consequence of this conception of language as a fixed, hard process can be instanced than what may be called, "fine English," fine English being, in short, inappropriate English. The very best examples of this are found • among those whose manners are modelled upon cuts in fashion magazines, and small books on "Don't." To such people an author is a "literary gentleman," a "drummer" is a "commercial gentleman"; such people do not go to law, but they "institute legal procedings"; they do not go to a doctor, but they "consult a medical adviser." All this lies deeper than language. It is affectation; it is vulgarity. You may carry this principle as a measuring rod and use it on the next ! man or woman you meet, and it will gauge them fairly well. The worn.-ii of superficial elegance of language, whosP speech is a sandwich of expletives and French phrases, is very probably lacking in simplicity of manners and morals. , The man of high-falutiri speech is very often a man of the same quality of thought. It is only hard to make people believe in simplicity of speech, for the reason that they distrust the foundation of simplicity of speech, viz.: simplicity of life. Sp long as fine feathers attract attention more readily than the restraint of simplicity, just so long shall we have bombast and loudness in lanI gua_e instead of quiet force.—Price Collier in "The North American Review-''
FROM THE MAGAZINES., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909
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