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as weapons of the new wild life, what we check, the instincts we starve, were these in comparison with the the desires we strive to bury? Or, as staggering revelations for which our Mr. Stuart P. Sherman is so obliging young friends are indebted to Jung as to put it, in his quaint perversion of and Freud? With the announcement the school-girl's Freud, that all the of those discoveries or, at any rate, miseries of the world are caused by explorations, the guardian elders of self-control?

self-control? Because," they natuthe wall, we may as well recognize, rally go on, "if that is so, we are with surrendered the fortress. There was, you. The desire of the eye, and the maybe, just one chance by which they joy as it flies—that is what we are might have escaped: they should have after. Far be it from us to dispute hidden as deep as possible their shat your delightful theory that life is untering discovery that nothing in the restrained self-expression, that the moral life of man matters a straw when suppressed wish is the root of all evil, put beside the terrific power, depth, that the only right way of living is to and range of the unconscious-the want what you want when you want it, submerged, the inhibited, the frus- and see that you get it in full measure. trated instincts and energies of the Thanks very much; now we know individual man. But they did not

But they did not exactly where we are." attempt to hide their knowledge; they Here, then, so far as the educated proclaimed it. And we are now begin- and conscious minority, the children of ning to realize what it means as high "nice people,” are concerned, is our

“ explosive in the region of personal situation at the moment. And we behavior and of social ethics.

have to realize that for ourselves and You show the young inquirer, torn them it amounts to the most serious with unaccustomed pain at what he is crisis of the spirit that the modern being let into, that down among the world has met. Moreover, we have sweetest and finest and most serene done next to nothing in the way of appearances of the world we inhabit positive preparation for it. The last

. there is a mass of fierce and malignant generation, as we can see now, wa poison growths. He (and much more concerned almost exclusively with its she) asks in amazement what all this own release and with giving its children may mean. And you reply, 'as those the immediate benefit of that release; incredibly pompous Freudians are and, as a consequence, the elders have busy replying, that all, or nearly all, very little to offer the young people in the woes of this miserable society that this day of unlimited challenge. has us in thrall spring directly or by the strangest obliquity out of needs

§ 6 and desires which the social conven- In the meantime certain things are tions compel us to cover up, to sup- altogether and distractingly clear, and press, to clamp down.

we shall be inviting disaster if we try “So,” says our young friend, now to overlook or minimize them. I name thoroughly aroused, "you mean us to only the more obvious and immediate. understand that all the repulsive First, it has to be admitted that with things we see and hate are the positive the end of the war, accompanied in and inescapable results of the impulses America by the defiance of the prohibition law, we have entered upon a stage find means of helping the young to marked by an immense loosening of conserve such a valuable possession. the rules understood as governing the conduct toward one another of well

87 bred youths and girls, young men and Secondly, it is plain that the road women. My impression is that, apart of recovery cannot be made without from the raffish idle-rich fringe, which thought and concerted effort on the is the same in all countries, the loosen- part of those in authority, more par

, ing has gone further in America than ticularly the executives of school and in England, more especially as regards college. No longer is it possible to the behavior of young people coming regard the coeducational institutions from homes that heretofore have oc- as organs of the social body which will cupied a marvelously favored place in run of themselves without the constant the scheme of things. If this impres- application of inventive thinking. sion is accurate, the main reason, I The simpler communities of the past suggest, is to be found in material are speedily vanishing. Over-stimulaconditions—in the greater wealth of tion is a characteristic not of the great the United States, the social opportu- city alone, but almost of all modern nities afforded by modern residential life. It has to be counteracted in all neighborhoods, the manifold influences the available ways that are creative of the automobile. We must suppose and self-fulfilling; and we need no that the recklessness and vulgarity will strong imagination to realize that the in due course be corrected by the varied stimuli which cannot be regrowth of a healthy public opinion moved become not diminished, but among the young people themselves. intensified, when interpreted, as in Otherwise there can be no mistake these days they tend to be, by enthuabout what is to happen: America siastic instructors who have penemust suffer a disastrous decline in trated just far enough into the Freudstandards, and in so doing will sacrifice ian jungle to give a dangerous point one special national asset of inesti- to the report of their findings. The mable worth. There is no feature of challenge is thrown down to the whole American life which to the English body of teachers. So far, it must observer is so delightful, so distinctive, be confessed, they have been among and so charged with social good as the the most nearly complete victims of the natural comradeship between youths system that is lamentably failing: the and girls, carried on beyond school culture mill, the dead uniformity, time into the years of maturity. It is the doing of all things together, saying the simple truth to say that many an or singing the same phrases and tunes, English parent, weighing those desir- making the desert of standardization able things of life in which his Ameri- from which the only escape is lawlesscan friends have a clear advantage, has ness, as the English judge said that often found himself rating this achieve- getting drunk was for many unfortument of the North-American peoples nates the only way out of the hideous as among their best gifts to civilization. industrial city. Yet, undeniably, it America to-day is in danger of throw- is upon the teachers that the task is ing that away. Surely its elders will laid of building the roads to a freedom that shall be not arid and negative, do you know? Have you ever tried but rich, varied, and creative.

it?” For any sympathetic elder, look

ing on, it is impossible to miss the 88

evidence that reveals, beneath the Thirdly, we must put ourselves recklessness and frivolity, , a resolute straightly up against the fact that, as search after reality. Well, it had to regards all convention and simple ac- come.

The search will mean many ceptance of rule and tradition in belief bad falls, and, as any one may see, a and personal conduct, the past is past. terrible amount of perplexity and It was in Ibsen's day that the younger suffering. But the young people will generation's knocking at the door not be turned aside, though they may sounded ominous. They are not yet be helped along. Perhaps the knocking now; they are taking all best tribute we may hope to earn from positions by storm. The old standards them, as they set out on their journey, of right and wrong, of proper and im- or as they bang their heads and hearts proper, even of ugly and beautiful, against the rock, is an acknowledge they decline to take on trust. They ment that, at any rate, we did not have, apparently, done with hearsay lie to them or rig up any bogies along and make-believe. They ask: “How the track.

"I Who Love Beauty”


I who love beauty,—the ascending grass,

And the mysterious patience of the moon;

An autumn sunset over a hushed lagoon;
The wonder of a lake that gleams like glass,
And the deep brown of mountains, mass on mass,

In the full moment of a lavish June;

Slow shadows in the melting afternoon,-
Too well I know how dreams like these shall pass.

Ah, soon, too soon, the miracle shall fade,
And life be done before the apple shakes

Its blossom from the tree; and sad men go
From this wild pageant and this bright parade
With feet reluctant and a heart that aches.

Do greater glories wait us? None may know.

White Dreams


Drawing by Henry C. Pitz




TRS. HENDRICKS was as Anita 's a nice child, but she does live a

nearly annoyed as her habit- long way out."
ual good nature would per- "She does,” agreed Mr. Van Deyn,
mit. She tapped her plump, briefly; "and she walks very, very

slippered foot on the floor of slowly. Also, she is somewhat heavy; the veranda, and achieved what was but, then, so is Sam.” for her a very creditable frown.

"Van, that's most unkind." NeverIt's too bad of Ralph; it really is," theless, she smiled down at the handshe said. "I was counting on him to some young man on the step below take Anita Clark home in his car, and her. “Now you run along, and ask he has n't put in an appearance. To Miss Ellie Rose as nicely as you can cap the climax, she 's succeeded in while I speak to Sam.

while I speak to Sam. And, mind, if twisting her ankle so that she can you make love to that unsophisticated hardly walk, and there is n't a rig or dear on the way home, the next time I taxi to be had; I 've telephoned all have a party I shall most carefully

What am I going to do, Van?” neglect to invite you to it." "Why not ask Sam Banks?" sug- "I shall come, anyway,” he assured gested young Mr. Van Deyn. "He her, cheerfully. "And how could I lives out that way, and I'm sure he 'll make love to Miss Ellie Rose or any be delighted to oblige you."

one else, when—"

He left the senMrs. Hendricks made a gesture of tence unfinished, but the look in his impatience.

eloquent brown eyes spoke volumes. “Oh, Van, do be sensible! You Despite her comfortable forty-five know Sam always waits for Miss Ellie years and her comprehensive knowlRose. Who'll take her home if I edge of Chester Van Deyn, Mrs. ask him to drive Anita?"

Hendricks found herself blushing. "I.” Mr. Van Deyn swung his "I 'm ashamed of you, Van,” she straw hat up against his breast, and told him, severely. “I believe you

'd bowed toward his hostess with exag- make love to your grandmother. Run gerated courtliness. “'I,' said the along now, and see to it that you be

. poet, ‘I will, and you know it.' I 'll have yourself for half an hour.” She take Miss Ellie Rose home. Or do held out her hand to him, and he anything else within my power to brushed it with his lips. erase the frown from that fair brow, "Good night, lovely lady. My most lovely Katherine."

grateful thanks for a delightful eve“Would you, really? Van, you are ning. And be sure to wear that spiffy an angel. You don't know what a blue gown the next time I come to tea. load you've taken off my mind. I go to serve your pleasure, as always.”


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way they talked about the weather

and the possibilities of a drought and And so it was that Miss Ellie Rose the superiority of the horse over the found herself walking home with automobile. On the way home they Chester Van Deyn through the young discussed the party and compared it June moonlight. She had often days with the last affair of the kind. Miss dreamed of walking with him Some- Ellie Rose usually did most of the times when he had passed her house in talking, selecting the topics with a company with some young girl, his gentle consideration for Sam. He had fine head bent low in that deferential not the gift of fluent speech. He was way that was peculiarly his, she had content to agree with her, and to put wondered what it must be like to be in a word now and then, just enough with him; she had tried to imagine to prevent the conversation from herself in that other girl's place. She becoming a monologue. There was had even carried on extended conver- nothing very exhilarating about Sam sations with him in which he asked either as a conversationalist or otherher interested questions about her wise. He was very kind-hearted and favorite flower and color; they had generous, and Miss Ellie Rose dediscussed books and pictures, and she pended on him as a friend; but he was had told him all about her admiration not her ideal of a lover. She had her for Jane Austen's works.

ideal. He was handsome and deboMiss Ellie Rose had never had a nair and courtly. He had brown eyes, sweetheart unless one counted Sam -Miss Ellie Rose had often seen them Banks, and Sam was stout, middle- described as soulful,-thick, brown aged, and red-faced. Of course he hair, inclined to waviness, above a had not always been middle-aged, but noble brow, and white, even teeth. he had always been stout. Regu

Regu- For a very long time he had existed larly, twice a year, he asked Miss only in her imagination; and then, Ellie Rose to marry him, always in the somehow, he had gradually become same words:

personified in Chester Van Deyn. "Well, now, Elie Rose, don't you Van Deyn was all of the things that think we might get married, you and Sam Banks was not. In addition, he I?And regularly Miss Ellie Rose was popular and much sought after. refused him, always in the same words: Agreeable and personable young men

“I am so sorry, Samuel, but I do were not numerous in the little town, not love you. I hope I may always be while there were many pretty girls. your very good friend."

He seemed to like them all; without “That 's all right, Ellie Rose,” Sam question, they all liked him and showed would say; "that's all right."

it, some of them so plainly that Miss And then they would go on for Ellie Rose felt them to be just a little another half-year, until Sam felt forward. She did not want to be moved to ask the same question again. uncharitable, but it was surely not Sam always took her to the garden quite—well, not quite nice, to loiter parties and church sociables and musi- about the post-office until a young cales; she and every one else accepted man appeared, and then hurry out just his escort as a matter of course. On in time to meet him on the sidewalk.

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