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by Hal Coffman. : : :
tiik nr.E: omaha. Tuesday. iiECEMnER 21. ini:.
lly JANK M'liEAV.
What Is life? The minstrel plays it
On a reed of sweetest strain:
"Life Is song, that wakes to music
Joy or grief or depths of pain.
Nature trills it In her bird rails.
Croons it in 'her tunefnl rain."-
What if life? The mystic sees It
In his crystal: "Life is fate
Lurking Just around the corner,
Coming early, coming late.
Laws are fixed and fate Is changeless:
Watch the stars and dream and wait."
What is life? The man who Hed It
Gives hia answer, and he saith:
'Life is love, a hand that beckons
Through the dusk, a long drawn breath
And a kiss whose warmth we carry
Lingeting with us into death."
The Bargain Counter
By BEA TRICK FAIRFAX.
All through Hfe most of us accept sub
stitutes for the things we really want.
We Justify ourselves to ourselves !y
saying that we enn't have what we
want, and o we might as well take tho
next best thing. We fill up our minds
nnd hearts with Idle vanities and feed our
souls on empty shells and excuse our
MOlves by paying we do this In order to
attain contentment. What wc really do
attain In lltered up and useless lives
from which opportunity Is shut becn'use
there is no room for her and from
which growth is excluded, because . we
force an unnatural development.
There are some of life's gifts for which
there ts no possiblo substitute. For love
there can he none. N'or for honest work,
tfruth and honor, and high Ideals, and
friendship, and appreciation of beauty,
and religion, and ambition, and a hu
morous conception of one's place In the
universe, coupled with a sane sense of
responsibility, must be in every life that
is to be fine, and big. and constructive,
and happy. Nothing else will take their
place. There Is nothing "just as good"
as sympathy and understanding nothing
else will equip you for love or friendship
nothing else will make you so lovable
or so worth living with. .
Na one can cheat you but you. your
elf. You never have to accept substi
tutes for the things you really want: you
never have to take the next best thing
feaartead of your own high desire. Then
way do you do It? pecause you are too
Bnnatlent to waif for tho consummation
OX your wesirew wcauw jruu mio 1
much a doubter to believe life will give'
you the opportunity to attain what you
long for; because you are too ready and
willing to take the opinion of any
one as to what is a worthy amMtlon
Instead of holding to your own concep
tion of It; finally, because you are too
lasy to work for the fulfilment of your
ambitions or too easy-going and weak
willed to formulate clear ambitions for
any of these four reasons, you take the
first thing that chances to be offered in
stead of striving and struggling for what
you really want, and what your nature
needs for Its fulfilment.
Consider the ease of poor, abused love.
How many women marry the man they
love or any one of the dosen or so men
somewhere In the world who might come
up to their ideal? Eleanor adores Dick.
Dick marries Lucille. ' Promptly then
TUeanor rushes Into an engagement with
Kohert and marries him partly because
he Is afraid of an empty life, partly to
prove to the people who might suspect
her of an unreciprocated affection for
Dick that they are wrong, partly to show
Pick that she Is attractive to some man
and partly because she craves love and
imagines that she Is getting "something
Just as good," or tho next best thing to
what she really wanted.
What happens? Eleanor ha no love
to give Robert. Bhe cheats him: she
cheats herself; she denies herself and
rho man whose greatest mistake and
crime la nothing worse than loving where
he cannot Inspire love, a chance at real
happiness.' If Eleanor had waited, a love
greater than the fancied or real one she
felt for Pick might have come Into her
life. Bhe might have found contentment
in work. Bhe would have left open for
herself a chance at happiness. But no!
Blindly and Quickly she must seize upon
the next best thing to what she really
wanted. And with the Image of one man
In her heart she cannot make herself
happy with or give happiness to another.
For love there is no substitute love.
Take the case of ambition. Suppose
you long to be a great singer. Suppose
you have the equipment in ability and
temperament and even opportunity pror
vided you will work arid earn and deserve
it. But the road Is long and hard and
means deprivations and difficulties to
be overcome. The goal la far away. Right
at hand lies a certain competence In a
chance to sell Insurance. You take the
easy path of salesmanship, although In
your heart there is one great vision that
blots out everything but the one thing
fear of work.
You have assurance that you could
hardly fall as a singer provided you
would work. But you are laty. You as
sure yourself that an artistic career is
uncertain at best and you become a
mediocre salesman (who will never have
to starve. It is true) but, who, with heart
and Interest centered elsewhere, will be
most unlikely to climb to any position of
responsibility In your company. And all
your life you sneak away to hear great
singers and rouse yourself with a start
from dreams of what might have been If
you had been willing to wait and work.
And now for work the saving grace of
humanity. Is there anything "Just as
good" as that? Is a ''cinch" or a "snap"
or a dishonest get-rich-qukk scheme or
a Ife of idle luxury gained through ac
cident of birth or In some mercenary
way to be compared with It? The only
"next best thing" to work is more work.
There Is nothing "Just as good" as a
chance to make a place for yourself In
the world or to prove your ability and
strength SJid fine iiicnlalil j .
uj.poso you drift into some occupa
tion where by going through a quick
routine every day, by making the mo
tions of attending to business you ran
manage to get on. Will this profit you
anything? Most doldely not. You may
make a living and keep a foothold on
earth. But you won't grow. Your power
to . meet and cope with situations wilt
not be cultivated. You will simply putter
along at your task.
For love and ambition and work for
any of the big realities of life there la
nothing "Just as good."
. I don't believe In Idle repining. K
you long for a college education and pos
itively cannot manage to get It, don't
whine don't sit around and feet that
life is empty. Get an education. It may
not be the one you wanted, it may not
be Just as good. Don't offer it to your
uclf as a substitute but set about learn-.
Ing all the things you want to know.
Find out what it Is you want to learn
and learn it.
It won't matter much whether you get
your .education In college halls or st
night school or out of a course of read
ing at home.' The name doesn't count.
The point get what you want an edu
cation. Don't Just till up your life with
humdrum interests and try to forget
that you Wanted to ge to colloge. It was
to learn you desired. tVell then you can
Eleanor, who loves Dick and Is not
loved by him is not cut off from all
love unless she hastily marries a man
for whom he does not care.
Editorial for Women
"Old Wives for New."
By DOROTHY DDL
Js a woman of 66 too old to Interest
hor 6u-year-old husband?
A dentist in New York City says that
she is. He has forsaken his wife for a
little paaches-and-cream girl, and he ex
cuses himself by asserting that his wife
is too old for him, yet they are both
the same age.
Of course in cases of errant fancy one
excuse la about as good as another, and
any old reason goes for a man wander
ing from his own fireside, but. In reality,
the question of whether a middle-aged
woman la older than a middle-aged man
is one purely of temperament. The rec
ord In the family Bible has nothing to
do with the case, for there are both men
and women who are senile In the cradle,
and children at 70. '
It cannot be denied that the general
Impression prevails that a woman la
older and less attractive at a given age
than a man ia Perhaps this was true In
the past, when women bore many chil
dren, had few domestic conveniences,
worked like galley slaves in their homes,
and when they had little education and
no outside interest to keep their minds
stimulated. Under such conditions women
faded early and became atrophied both
in soul and body.
But such is not the case in these days,
when life has been made soft and easy
for most women, when the ear of their
persons has become a religion with them,
and when the average woman reads more.
travels more and studies mora than her
husband does because she has mora time
As men get along toward middle life
they are apt to slump. They grow care
less about their personal appearanoe,
They hate to dress up. They narrow down
to a few Interests and have little con
cern about any subjects other than their
business, the stock market and politics.
Worse still, in only too many cases, they
become egotists who will talk of nothing
As a woman approaches middle life she
U In such deadly fear of being shelved
that she puts forth every effort to make
herself agreeable and attractive. Bhe
dresses as well as she possibly oaa. she
Joins study clubs, she keeps up with
every movement and caa talk on any
subject. More than that, she cultivates
tact and adaptability, and studiously
seeks to make herself agreeable, for well
she knows that the feminine Tommle
Tucker must sing for her supper.
Tha truth is age has gone out of fash
ion with women. Nobody know how old
Ann U, but the one certain thing is that
she is as young as her husband.
No want ad ever found a lost reputa
We can always discover the taints on
the other fellow's mone.
It U hot cfl n that a wife can plate
lor hujband and her iiiuther-tn-law at
t the same time.
As an Asset
By CHARLES F. THAVING, LL.D.
President Western Reserve University,
Mental concentration is a uniting,
quickening and vitalising of all the
forces of reason devoted to a singlo end.
It Is thinking to a point. It is summon
ing knowledge to aid thinking, demand
ing thinking to enlarge one's reasoning,
requiring reasoning to arouse feeling and
commanding feeling to hold the will reso
lute. Its foes are diffuaeness, discursive
ness and Indolence. Dlffuseness is the
playfulness of Intellectual youthtfulness.
Indolence is a mental Indifference which
may or may not be recreative.
The support of mental concentration
are enthusiasm, interest, desire for
achievement, health, strength of will.
Mental concentration needs all natural
buttresses. For the mind, at almost
every stage, likes to wander. It prefers!
tha picturesque to the logical, the emo
tional to the rational, the passive to the
The will Is, however, to nail the mind
close and hard down to Its thought. The
heart is to prompt the mind to rejoice
In deflnlteness or fixedness, even If it be
hard for a time. The conscience Is to be
convinced that only by close devotion
can worthy results be secured. Health
is to be amply sufficient to fill up all
the exhaustions made by long continued
In such a concentration the mind finds
forces of which it had not been conscious.
It seems often to create new forces. It
raises itself to the nth degree of power.
It gts Its second wind. Its slow-moving
feet become wings.
It runs with the chariots, not with the
footmen, and it does not become weary.
The spirit of the very gods seems to fill
Its being. Its sight becomes Insight. It
calls out the Intellectual reserves. It
discovers the truth of the remark of Wil
liam James that each of us has re
sources of which he does not dream.
Under tha force of mentsl concentra
tion great achievements are consum
mated. Its lack spells Inefficiency and
failure. Its possession is victory. Thus
Jamas Russell Lowell wrote his poeraa
Thus Lord Kelvin made his great die
coVeries and inventions In many dlverss
fields of human effort. Thus the great
est of modern states achieved. Of Glad
stone, Moris? says (Life I. W6): "Ha was
never vary ready to talk about himself,
but when asked what ha regarded as his
master secret, ha always said, 'Concen
tration.' "Slackness of mind, vacuity of mind,
tha wheel of tha mind revolving without
tilting tha rails of tne subject ware In
supportable, ttuch habits were of the
family1 of faintheartedness, which ha ab-
; herred. Steady practice of Instant, fixed,
I effectual attention was the key alike to
j his rapidity of apprehension and to his
' I'owerful memory.
"Toll Mas his native element; and
taeugu lie (nun. I himself possessed of
many Inborn gifts, he was never vis. ted
by the dream, so fatal to many a well
laden argosy, that genius alone does all.
There was nobody like him when it came
to difficult business, for bending his
whole strength to It, like a mighty archer
stringing a stiff bow."
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aiip 1,'hnnlrnnmi Anil SVStemS of edUCS-
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lie did not Invent the open-air treat
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land. systemallsed and worked out with
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faculty of the Teutonic mind, by Brehmer
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street cars and trains. And althoagh
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