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gradually undermined, till thcvarclinalry
Flattery, when used injudiciously, skill
fully mid insidiously winds itself, parasit
io like, about one, and drawsaway the life
currents tiM there is no strength or vitali
The force of an individual is also weak
pned by depending on the ability of oth
ers. One must be self-reliant, conquering
all obstacles, and he will possess a char
acter of flrmncssfnnd strength.
In the vain struggle for fame, houoraud
wealth, the desire for character is praise
worthy; but its attainment should not be
the main object in view, but rather the
outgrowth of the purity, nobility and
grandeur of our life. Such characters
yut-live all others, and while a stroke of
the hammer lays waste the beauty and
symmetry of the sculptors work, a true
character is imperishable, and gathers
beauty through all eternity.
It is evident that there Is an element in
the human mind which, if not cultivated
or restrained, will have a tendency to al
lure it into a phantom that will make its
career unpleasant and unprofitable. How
many at the present time are not content
ed. They are always longing for some
thing : they know not what. It may be the
beauties and mysteries of Nature; or the
wealth, honor, pomp, or iipplnu.se of the
world. Perchance it may bo that " labeled
fountain of immortal youth. Something
at most beyond their immediate reach.
This yearning Is manifested in altyclass.
cs of society; from the humbie peasant to
Muny Home circles arc made unhappy
Many discords are made in society by
discontented minds. The person that is
content with his surroundings, ever cheer
fill when adversity comes, is in possession
of one of the richest treasures that can be
obtaiued. If we are not contentod and
have the mind free from all longings and
desires that we have not the power to
gain, we cannot be happy.
The majority of mankind in every vo
cation, who are prosperous, influential
and happy, are those who yield to their
fates. Truly it lias been said: "Life is a
great drama ;"and every human being is an
actor. Let each of us do our parts well.
While gathering up the fragments of
knowledge here, let us ever strive to sudy
well the lessons given dy the great Teach
er. May we be contented in our own
spheres; never trying to grasp something
beyond our reach. Kcmemhcr content
ment is a precious jewel. A gem of
'Tit content nuiiitM silver chord1
That Hurt thuxu licnrts of ours,
In plain und Mmplu u orris
with ft high nnri nobler powur.
"J'N commitment Unit ahull give,
In a world of xtrlfu,
IMctiHurcs while we Ue
In every wulk or life.
I). C. V.
""Wo have an extreme susceptibility of
mind, an inordinate craving, an ambition
in our thoughts, in our desires, and in the
movements of our imaginations, yet when
wo come to practicaPlife, when trouble,
when saerilice, when efforts are required
for the attainment of our object, wo sink
into lassitude and in activity."
"To crush the growing intellect by
cramming it is not the way to uuike schol
ars though it may be the way to make
E. P. Wiin-w,E.
"Whoever had qualites to alarm our
jealousy had excellence to deserve our
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