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NEW YORK'S MANY DWELLERS IN
MANY years aero, when the forgotten
palmers of today were the young
school tho hope of American art
tiwre wm ait old professor in Munich
wtM used to give point to his definition
of art with this illustration: "Gentlemen."
be wold tmy, "bemity Is relative. For In
stance, no one win hold that the tail of
a ew to a beautiful object In itpelf. Yet,
onjMar how unbeautlfui the oow would
1m without lt"
If the otd man were alive today and
oouM ae New York, he would repeat his
Wtwm.aukiu with extreme doHght; for the
Mew York skyscraper Is a cow's- tall, ln-
. often unlovely and sometimes hkJc
NM H ImVk made a magnificent spec
Nt of this city, which treed to bo
nooning except a forlorn mass of flat tin
rvnte and pauare boxes of -buildings.
Ilnnx ortgHuUly to savo precious ground
n to accommodate Income-producing
imMr bj stealing the air and lij?Mt
tn Wuoe community for Individual profit,
tfce Jcrrxajr mk become something
More now. The 'chances are that without
It today- New York would be many times
mace npvrastbenic than It is, for the
streets of the overgrown place have be
come far more noisy than the busiest
Cratgfct tracks on a trunk line of railroads.
Regard for the welfare of others is not
a iKomtoeat characteristic of the New
York person. He loads a truck with iron
heamr and Jolt It furiously through the
invests. ttUl its clang drown n every human
voice and destroys over' human nerve
within many city squares of Its criminal
Tbe mat thing that the builders and
7 no gory- of elevated and surface rail
roads tntek of to to reduce their noise.
Indeed, choan oqulpmeat and reckless
ranms bend tbeir united qualities to
make tbe progress of each car & medley
of Mdooufi rackets.
If a sfcopkoaper chooaes to advertise
Me wares with bell and bora, thore Is
none to prevent him. There are Hoalth
Board rules and polloe regulations, and
aMermaafc ordinances in tropical rank
noes of growth, for the city is hag-ridden
fcr umttgosted. hastily-framed and proma-tw-olT'mseed
laws; but when a man does
eomeikmg In the pacred name of businosa,
eRed neld be he who would Invoke the
fftatartee against htm.
So. recently the expert accountants of
the Mg Poetomce were driven into mild
nmdnosr by a genius In a shop across the
Jtroet who called attention to his wares
wltli a cornet, which wailed unceasingly
from early morning till late at night. In
Xaaeau street an unselfish firm of elec--tridanc
maintains a pleasant machine
that sends forth a constant clappcring
audible for a quarter of a mile In all di
Obadiah Oldway at the Le wisv and Clark Fair'
The Pioneer From Hoaxville Gives His -Experience Getting to Portland
QAXVILLE. Or.. Sep"t 20. Mr. Edi
tor: I haint had no timo to write
kuely on account of bavin' so much
to do a-geitin ready to go to the Fair. I've
Jwet gt back, and feel protty mlddHn'
tired, mtt I soon it ail. ovorythlng that's
tnore. I reckon. It's protty good.
Y know taxos is high and I've got a
cxneaolve family to look after. I didn't
pee as now I could make ends moot lot
slaoe find tho means to go to the Fair.
X fokt as if I was boln' beat out .of the
money I paid for extra taxes to run the
tniag. mtt it's always darkest just before
tbe dawn, as Shakespeare says, and the
way opened at the 'leventh hour so's me
and Hatmer could go.
It was this way: Hanner. she bad a
broth or back In Missouri as was a old
bach. He nevor married nor nothln' so
Ms expenses wasnH much, and ho'd laid
p about six thousand dollars in one of
tbe banks back thore. when he up and
dlod suddon last Spring.
"WoU, there was some trouble over the
prnporty. which was to go to his four
broth ors and sisters, bein' next of kin, of
which Banner was one. It took quite a
wMlo for the lawyers to sottlc the mattor,
and I'd just about give up all hopes of
cvor seola a con of what rightfully be
wagoa to me and Hanner, when along
oome a lottor sayin as how It had all been
settled, and the lawyers paid, leavln' a
mmdred and four dollars and 25 conts to
Caen of tho four heirs and to jiloase ac
knowledge the lnclosod chock for tho
Since it was a good deal like flndin tho
nftoaay, I says to Haanor, says I, "I reck
on we ought to go down to Portland and
see the Fair, Hanner. We may nevor have
soon a chance ag'in. I feol like I ought to
take a layoff anyhow. I've beon a'workln
pretty hard and I don't feel first rate
sosioway. I feel like I had a fever some
taln hangin around me. I hope I hain't
but a feller never knows when the grim
hand of death Is a-hoverin' over him. to
snatch him nonce."
"Law, Obadiah," says she. "I don't
know when I've seen you lookin' so peart
and well. Why. you're actually gettin'
fleshy this Fall." v
"It hain't always the fleshy people as
Is the healthiest" says L
'But" says she, "you ain't been com-
THIS IIUMAN-MAD E MIRACLE OF HOCK AND STONE."
rections, even above thoother atrocious
noises of that crowded street. Xoar the
City Hall another benefactor conducts
the quiet work of collecting musical rec
ords for a talking machine. In. the hard
ware district a gun merchant once even
established a range where customers could
tost firearms. Street peddlers whistle,
toot, bellow, play harmonicas and even
Jew's harps, ring belis, boat pans, and
even sing snxs.
Of course, the builders are more sacred
than even the rest of the philanthropists.
The first step is always the erection of
a diabolical type of hoisting engine that
puffs like an automobile and clatters like
the donkey engine on a steel cargo steam
er. The next step la usually to Install a
pneumatic riveter, which can smite an
utterly amazing and Infuriating number
of malignantly violent blows In a minute.
Then the steel company comes along and
delivers steel beams by the -simple process
of dropping them violently from the big
trucks to the sidewalk. A few days after
ward the riggers usually Improve on this
by dropping a few beams to the sidewalk
from the structure itself.
Every other vehicle has a gong or a
horn, because It Is easier to frighten peo
ple out of the way by clanging or toot
ing at them than it is to steer around
them. Of course, the factories vie to ceo,
or, rather, hear, which can orect the most
infornal steam whistle. And the unfortu
nate business man who cannot invent or
conduct any distinctive noise enterprise
of his own, makes up for It by unloading
as many of his goods on the sklewalk as
All thte has maflo the skyscraper the
isle of refuge for the;, over-worked and
over-strained New Yorkw, who in kept
"on edge" sufficiently by Ms Inflamma
tory method of "rushing business" with
out being further excited by the million
noises of the street.
Pont in the Himalayan suites of offices,
he may some day be cut off by flro to
perish within sight, but far beyond aid. of
the rest of the world. Or his express
elevator may fall and drop him like a
lump down twenty-five stories Into th
iron pit; but he Is at least In an atmos
phere unpolluted by smoke, gas, guttor
air and clamor. So, each month the Up
top stories of the skyscrapers are bocom
Ing more valuable.
Groundlings and Skyscrapers.
With the rush to the highest offices"
thore has como a sharp division betweon
two clashes of Xew Yorkors those who
dwell on the ground and those who dwell
in the air. Alreadv manv of tho irnatc
In the true skyscraper section are in per-
peiuai ausK. 'jL'ne sun ceased long ago to
trv the lmnafwlhlo inh at choMin tit
tle natural Hrlit Into ihn n
AH day long the only light that comes to
the workers there Is from gas and elec
tricity. On the brightest morning of the year
plalnln' any before and you oat hearty
this mornin.' "
"All right," says I, "have It. your own
way, but I know If I keep on feelln' as I
have for the past two woeks. I'm goln to
be down in Ijed."
"Anvthln-r hut that" . m v
truth of my condition dawned upon hor.
"Maybe we had betted take poor brother's
money and go to the Fair, though I hate
to spend it foolishly.'
Here Becky Ann spoke up, "Grandma,"
says she. "that's just the thing to do.
"Go to the Fair and you'll see onough to
keep you thmkin the rest of your life.
You neod a rest Me and Uncle John .and
Sammy can keep house and see to things."
John, ho pitched in, too, and among us
all we decided It would be best to go.
It always takes a lot of fussin' for wo
men folks to get roady to go anywheros,
and Hanner, she's Just like all the rest I
had Mowed to go Just as I was, but John
trimmed my whiskers and made -me get a
new hat and black my boots before
we started. They thought it wouldn't
do to carry the old satchel we
brought across the Plains with us. so
Hanner packed her things in one of them
things as John said was a telescope only
you can't see through 'em. It's a kind of
cloth-covered box tied up with a iot of
straps, and has a lid to shut clean down
over it If you ddn't fjli It too full. When
Hanner got all hor things In the dorned
affair It was so full that I had to set on
it to make the lid and box hitch .so's I
could strap It down. It-was tho unhand
iest thing to carry I've ever run across.
John he took us to tho depot andf we
got round trip tickets, bein' as we could
got some throwed off the reg'-lar price If
we got'cm that way.
Nothln particular happened a-goln down
only me and the conductor had a little
mlsunderstandln over them tickets. I
told him they was good to come back on
and for him to be careful how herpuncbed
'em. Well, sir, he just looked at me with
contempt and tore a strip right l,off the
bottom of both tickets. I flared up at
that and we was a-havln' It pretty' warm,
when a man as was a-settln Jn the
seat behind us showed me his
ticket and where it said for the conductor
to tear It off. I found out It was all rjght
then and didn't say any more. You see it
wasn't mv fault. I didn't hav mv rari(n
specs on and I hadn't read the directions.
xnere was a awrui crowd when we
got oft to the Portland depot but I
didn't get oxclted like some people
does when they travel. John told me
afore we left home to ask one of them
fellers with blue clqthes and a star oa
i the men in many ground-floor offices turn
on their light when boginnlng work as
, mechanically as they hang up their hats.
And still below. In the vaults and base
ments that cxtond under the streets,
stealing a little ground subtcrraneously
ns the upper part of the building steals
light aerially, are thousands of men who
nevor see even a glimpse of blue sky, and
rarely know any light, except what is
man-made. Indeed, It is not too much to
say that the porters and other workers
In the deep vaults of the skyscraper?.
whoEo homes are In the tenement dis
tricts, never sec more than a handbreadth
of the sky, and no sun at all from one
year to the other.
When IRey emerge from the working
places, they haven't the energy to crane
their necks for the unsatisfactory glimpse
that they could get that way of heaven,
and there is no heaven to see from the
cars that are packed full of other work
where to go If I didn't know, bein' as
that's what thej- nre paid for. So as
soon as we got oft the cars I seen one
of them officers a-lookln' at mo pretty
sharp, so 1 up and asked him, says I.
"Mister, where do we go noxt?1
"Right through that gate." says ho.
and wo follerod the crowd Into a big
building where everybody begun to go
every which way. 1 stoppod to kinder
get my boarln's, and another one of
thom officers come up and says he,
"Movo on there, you're a-stoppln' the
"I'll move on when I got ready," says
I, "but I don't know yet where I want
"Ain't you got any folks." says ho,
pullln' us out to one side a little.
"Yos," says I, "we've got plenty of
folks to home, but I ain't such a
dernod fool as to take the whole fam
ily with me when Hanner and mo
wants to rest and see the Fair."
"You want to go to a hotel, then, I
s'pose?" says he.
"Yos," says I, "that's what we 'lowed
to do. We did talk somo bf bringln'
"Just go along out there." saya he,
interruptin mo. "You'll find tho hotel
men lined -up, and you can take your
Wo done as ho told us, and when we
got outside you couldn't hoar yourself
think. I never heard such a racket in
my born days except once, when one
of the hogs got his heatt stuck fast
in the fence and the whole band got
to runnin' and -gruntin' and tryln to
help him out by the noise they made.
"Law mel" says Hanner, "I wished
we'd stayed to home."
"Keep cool," says I; "I know "what
I tell yo it takes a pretty steady
head to keep your bearln's -with all
them fellers a-yellln' the names of
their hotels In your ears to once.
"Gentlemen," says I, "don't get ex
cited. We're a-goln with one of yo
as soon as we make up our minds
which one. but you're a-tnakin such a
gol-dlnged racket wo can't tell which
At that one feller stepped tip and
laid hands on that there telescope, and
I lammed him one with my umbrelL
"Take that!" says L "Til lam ye to
try to steal ray satchel right out of
my hand In "broad daylight' consarn
"Hit him ag'in! Serves him right!
You don't want to go to his house, no
how," says another feller.
I kinder liked the -looks of this one,
and I says, says I. -"You're a real gen
tleman, mister, but I don't see how
ROUTirWAKD LIES OpTERNOR'S ISLAND.
ers. Neither Is there any heaven to see
In the tenement sections where roof meets
roof In mlle-long monotone. That, pa
thetic figure, the mine mule, has hid un
sung counterpart Jn many thousand New
Over the heads of these workers on the
ground are the lucky ones whose lines a re
cast In the sky offices. Their days are
long, whore the days of the mon below J
mem are snort. Tney have the sun from
the moment that it rises till long after It
has set behind the low hills far west of
the city. Long after It Is dark In the
canyons of the streets their sky parlors
still gleam with Its lingering fires.
A 3Ind Phantasy.
And what a day they have! Under their
eyes is unrolled a phantasy of strucfrires
old Nuremberg. Samarcand, Damascus,
Athens and Babylon la one riot of roofs
and towers, which Is New York thrown
you ever come to be in sueh company
"Why says he, "it's this way. I've
got a 'bus here that'll tako you to a
good, quiet placo out near tho City
Park, where you won't bo bothered
with any of this noise. I'vo got good,
clean rooms, and the price isn't high.
I'll Just take enro of you so's you
won't havo to worry at alL Just climb
In here, and we'll soon bo roady to
Then tho rest of 'em chlppod In with,
"He's got a frame? houso sure to burn
down with you in it He'll tnko you
clean out of town where you can't see
nothing. He's got a one-horse house."
and so forth. Hanner he was a-get-tin'
more excited 'every minute, and
says she, "I don't care If he hain't 'got
but one hoss; it's a good fat one, and
that's more'n I can say of somo of tho
rest of ye. I'm a-goln' with him."
And Jn she jumped. "That's right,"
says the man. "Now, mister, you let
me set your grip up In front and you
get In there with your wife. I'll prom
ise you to tako good care of you all
tho way through."
3o I clumb In beside of Hanner, and
all them fellers kept a-tryln to get
us to get out and go somewhere else.(
vncn we urovo ore. mo ieuer i a nit
hollered out. "That's right old hay
seed, he's a-takln' you back to the
foothills where you tome from!"
"The foothills is a domed sight bet
Jter placo to live in- than you'll ever
have, young feller," says I, and then
our man begun to p'lnt out the big
bulldln's, and it took all of my time
to keepnrack of where we was a-goln.
The hotel was just as the man said,
nice and clean. He told tbe boss that
he had promised to look out for us.
and the boss said he'd see that we had
everything that we wanted, and for
me to come to tho office and ask any
thing I wanted to.
It was too late to go to the Fair that
day, for It costs SO cents to get In, no
matter If you stay all day or If you go in
for Just 10 minutest so we Just set In our
room till bedtime.
Hanner was Just sayin' that she liked
the cookln' better than she thought she
would, when I saw a cat cllmbln' around,
on top of the shed roof below our window.'
"Hanner," says I, "there's a cat Just
like old Mouscr to home."
"Well, If It ain't!" says she. "and
there's another on top of that ash-barrel.
Ain't that Just fine. Obadiah? Seems Just
Uke home, don't it?"
By and by the bos? come to the door
and asked if we didn't want a Hghf Wo
said we didn't caro If we did have one. If
he had one to spare, so he lit a kind of
candlo a-hangin' from the cellln', and
aI4 for ns not to blow it out when wo
went to bed.
After be was gone we talked a spell,
and then got ready for bed, for we knew
we had to get up early If we wanted to
see -anything tho next day. Hanner sha
looked for bedbug . In all .the bedclothes;
for she did not want to get. 'eaa in our
THE nOLDEBS STOLE, BEGGED
together In systemlrss jumble, up-reared
without communal Idea or plan, each sep
arate house the fruit of the whimsicality
or need of the moment.
Yonder high building, is It not a veri
table structure of Egypt's temple-place
of Luxor? It needs no Imagination to see
a temple of the days before Moses in the
great office building filled with trusts and
modern financial schemes, for the Archi
tect who built It spent half a year in
Luxor with cameras and artists to copy
one of the grandest of the tomplos for
the New York skyscraper.
Everywhere, wherever you look from
the high windows of the town, you will
see something that brings foreign or an
cient places to mind. Thero Is Rome,
here Is Bussia; yonder stands Madrid,
south of It rises St Paul's. A Venetian
palace towers above Its sister buildings
In one direction, a Rhine fortress looks
defiantly down In another. These are no
clothes and carry 'em home. She didn't
find any. and I put my money purse In
side the pillar case under my head.
Well, we tried to sleep with that light
burnin. and we Just couldn't "Hanner,"
says I. "there ain't no use of us havln' a
light to sleep by, and wastln the man's
candles this way." So I reoehed up and
blowcd It out I was Jdst dozln' off
when Hanner she fetched me a punch in
tho ribs and, says she, "Obadiah. wake
up. I smell a skunk or nomethln. I
reckon you ought to tell the man. Mebbe
It's In his hcnhoui a-klllln of his
I could smell somethln' peculiar, too.
and so I slipped on my pants and went
out to the man's office and says I. "Mister,
there's a skunk or somethln' out yonder.
I reckon you'd better we about it if you
want any chickens left In the mornin'. I
smelted it after I'd went to bed, and I
thought mebbe you didn't know about it"
"I'll bet you blew out the gas." says he.
and he just went on a run for the room
wo was a-sleepln ln. "Why. "man," says
he. "It's a good thing you told me, or
you d both been dead before mornin .
Didn't I tell you not to blow It out?"
Then he went on to explain the workin's
of the stun and all about It
"Mister." sayo Hanner. "you Just step
out please. 1m a-goin' to get up. I
can't sleep in such a place as this, when
I know I'm llablo to be dead afore morn
in'." "Oh." nys he, "lay still, madame; It's
all right now you know bow to handle It
We'll leave thl3 window open and I'll fix
tbe gas as I go out and there won't be a
partiole of danger any more."
We did manage to go to sleep after a
long while and slept pretty mlddHn well,
except when them derned cats got to
flghtln under our window.
We got up at 5 In the mornin and got
ready so's we could go to the Fair after
breakfast, but I ain't got time to tell
about that now. I'll have to leave that
till next time. Yours truly.
OBADIAH JBVERAT OLDWAY.
Shnrp Medical Practice.
E. 1L Thomas, at tho Indian Harbor
Yacht Club, was commissioned a motor
boat captain who had been Jockeyed
out of a race.
"Between the Swift and tho Dart,"
said Mr. Thomas, "you were pretty
badly done. You were the victim of
sharp practice. You remind me ot a
colored man whoHay 111 of fever. This
colored man was treated for a time by
one doctor, and then another doctor,
for some reason, came and took the first
one's place. Tho second physician made
a thorough examination of the patient
At the end he said: DW the other doc
tor take your temperature?
Ah dunno, sah,' the patient an
swered. Ah hain't missed nothln' but
man watch as yet " i
LOOKING, DOWN FROM THE HIGH PLACES
ON THE AMERICAN BABYLON
AND BORROWED FROM ALL THE PLACES OF EARTir.
fancies. The builders of New York came
together, as did the builders of the other
Babel, from many places and with divers
minds. They stole, begged, borrowed and
adapted from all the places of the world.
Mediterranean palaces of forgotten em
perors, rock castles perched on Viking
fiords, mosques in Arabian deserts, pal
ace's of Khalifas and Kaisers, all were
robbed for something, here and there.
Iioolcd From All the Globe.
Hanging high on dizzy eminences,
where only the birds see them, are re
plicas of Florentine sculptures. Hidden
away in sdq. streets where not one In
10,000 of the hurrying people ever looks,
are gates of bronze and brass copied bod
ily from palace and cathedral doors In
i cities that were gray with age when tile
I Indians still hunted deer where New
York now stands.
! And all this spoil of the art and Imag
ery of the round earth has been beaten
Into shape and made American by build
ers from a thousand cities. Maine gran
ites, Oregon pines, California redwoods.
Pittsburg steel pillars, monoliths from
New Hampshire, cypress from the South
ern swamps, mahogany from the forests
that cover the burled cities of Yucatan,
tiles from Trenton and copper from Mon
tanathat is New York, visible to many
hundred thousands every day, and seen
by how many? It requires more than
eyes to see. But It Is all there to be
Yet this stupendous spectacle, this human-made
miracle of metal and rock Is
enly a frame for the greater pageantry
1 of the living daj
SquarS miles of human life are visible
below. The watcher from the city's tow
. ers sees life and death actually Jostling
' all day long. Here a slght-aocing auto
j stage, crowded with gayly-cktd strangers,
rolls across the path of a black funeral
train; there the folk bound to a fashlon
I able hotel stand aside to make way for
i an ambulance that is carrying a maimed
fivo-dollar-a-week laborer to the last bed
In 'which he will ever He.
Out on the rivor, a squat, ugly sWo
wheol craft pushes her way clumsily past
I white and black steam yachts witn silken
j bunting and snowy awnings.- She, goes so
! close to the great floating pleasure pal
I aces that Morgan, from his Corsair, or
. Vandcrbllt. from his Conqueror, might
I throw a stone to the dingy deck3 of the
ugly thing. There are no bright awnings
on her, no yellow smokestacks, no loung
ing chairs. Her freight Is a great pile of
rough, unpalnted wooden boxes. In them
lie the city's pauper dead, being ferried
across East River by the Charon of Sky
scraper Town to Potters Field.
Steam launches, manned by natty yacht
sailors In white. and blue, push out from
under the city's shore to carry guests to
tho yachts. On their way they steam un
der the Very shadow of the New York
Aphorisms by Elbert Hubbard, Editor of the Philistine
I BELIEVE in' the sacrednes3 of the
human body, this transient dwelling of
a living soul, and so I deem It the duty
ot .every man and every woman to keep
his or her body boautlful through right
thinking and right living.
Genius is only a great storage battery
The man who is satisfied, who has all
he needs and all he wants Is a fit sub
ject for the undertaker.
It Is the part of wisdom for those 6n
sea (and land) to monkey wlh their
ln'ards as little a3 possible.
To have a home a man must build it
himself. Forty houses In a row, all
alike, are not homes at all. (
Civilization Is a matter of business; the
business method is the expedient way
of doing things; that Is to say, the best
And the fact remains that without en
couragemcntsand faith without, tho stout
est heart will In time grow faint and
The world Is run by second-rate peo
ple. The best are speedily crucified, or
else never heard of until long after
they are dead.
Art exists on the' surplus that business
men accumulate. Art literature and mu
sic subsist on the sufferance, patronage
and encouragement that business men
The man only Is worthy- to be called
Educated who Is able to do at least one
useful thing well; who has a sympathy
which is universal, and who Is In the line
Man Is a partial, and probably the high
est specialized, expression of Universal
Energy. If you wish to use the word,
"Over-Soul," "First Cause," "Vital Prin
ciple," or "God" in place of "Universal
Energy,", you are privileged, of course, to
It Is really a question in my mind
whether tho Great Man ever existed.
Seen at an angle across the distance,
so the light strikes on a certain facet
of his being, wo say tho man is bril
liant In his own household he 13
Morgue, where thore are other guests
the unbidden guosts of the Queen of the
All day long the ships come in and go
ships of Englishman and Frenchman and
German, of Japanese and Russ, of China
man and Dutchman. Each sun shines on
the ensigns of a score of far nations.
From the shark-haunted morass coasts of
Central America, from the white Labra
dor, from Australia and Fiji, they come
out of the groat mysterious sea with car
goes scarcely less romantic than the
tales they could tell If only their keel3
and hulls could speak.
The most huge of liners checks her
swift stride suddenly in midstream and
bellows, while a hundred-dollar bargo
with a tarpaulin sail lies unconcernedly
In her path and blocks her headlong flight
toward Southampton till It shall pleas
her barefooted skipper to swing his helm.
Far south a boom shakes the air. Forts
"Wadsworth and Hamilton, twin sentries
over the blue Narrows, are saluting a
warship. Presently its steel turrets loom
j over tne rest ot the distant shipping as
; the "heaving sea-castle" draws proud
; Here is an excursion boat crowded even
i to tho platform around the hot funnels
with merrymakers bound for Coney Is
I land. Its swell almost engulfs three row
boats that are close together, fishing for
something. They are fishing with ropa
ana grnppung-noojc, ana it Is a ghastly
fish that they hope to get They ar
rivermon grappling for a body. The mer
rymakers on the steamer watch the work
for a minute and then forget all about it.
The Federal Iron HantL.
South lies a pretty green island a. queer
place. Indeed, to be among the busy ship
ping and under tho loom of the feverish
skyscraper life. It is Governor's Island,
the headquarters of the United State?
Army. Every little while New York talks
grandly of buying It, and the politicians,
who would dearly love such a plum for
exploitation, epeak eloquently of what a
waste of priceless land Is there.
But only the thoughtless people of New
York are fooled by the talk. Tho Gov
ernment will never let It go. Governor's
Island i, indeed, utterly useless as a
place of defense against foes from with
out But what New York does not think
of the Federal Government does that
so mo day It may bo necessary to stretch,
out an iron hand and grip New York Itself.
The United States has a long memory.
It has not forgotten the Draft Riots and
So, right under the eyes of New York,
tho UnJtod States today is filling In
enough of the harbor to make the island
more than twice as largo as it Is. Ajd
New York, vain of Itself as a peacock,
looks down on Governors Island with
pity as an "anachronism" and never even
wonders why the anachronism Is being
probably considered something else.
He 13 great to us only because we do
not know him. He does a few things
well, but special talent in any direc
tion is purchased with a price. Much
skill, in certain lines means a lack in
other directions. Like a chain, a man's
real strength Is in his weakest partt
r believe that the love of man for wom
an and the love of woman for man Is
holy; and that this love In all Its prompt
ings Is as much an emanation of the
Divine Spirit as man's love for God, or
the most daring hazards of the human
Men deeply immersed in their work,
whose lives are consecrated - to doing
things, who are simple, honest and sin
cere, want no formal religion, need no
priest or pastor, and seek no gratification
outside their dally lives. All they ask
Is to be let alone they wish only the priv
ilege to live, love, laugh and work.
In civilized countries the state protects
tho individual, and then through the
lack of exercise the individual In timo
loses tho capacity to protect himself.
Our forefathers, who wrestled with wind
and storm and dared the elements or
faced wild beasts, or savage men as
wild, laughed at danger. They went into
battle with stouter hearts than we take
to the dentist
The old world may be wrong, but It
cannot be righted in a day, and so long
as a man choose3 to live In society he
must conform to society's usages. These
old ways that have done good service all
these years cannot be replaced by the
Instantaneous process. If changed at all.
they much change a3 man changes, and '
man must change first It Is the man
that must be reformed; not custom.
Nature knows no law of entail; she
does, however, have her law of compen
sation, and this Is the law that holds in
order the balance of things. If a man
accumulates a vast fortune, he will prob
ably also breed spendthrifts who speed
ily distribute his riches; if he has great
talent, the talent dies with him, for h
only Inspires those not of his blood; and'
If a woman be deprived of all her environ
ment for which her soul yearns, quits,
often her children adjust the average by
werkinar out an answer to hes prayers.