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Page 29 text:
HE person who said, t'Good books are good friends," was entirely right. Books can
teach us many things. Books on travel can show us the beauties of other countries
as well as our own. Books on the lives of great men can show us incidents which oc-
curred in the lives of other people. Monthly magazines tell us of contemporary affairs
in our country and in other countries.
" The "Royal Road to Romance," written by Richard Halliburton, is one of the
best books on travel I have ever read. In it are vivid pictures of many countries
he has visited. He tells of the dangers encountered in climbing the Alps, of taking
pictures Qagainst the lawj of the Rock of Gibraltar, and of outwitting the police
and keeping the pictures. Through this book I learned of the places I should like
to Visit if ever I go to Europe. Another book on travel which gives a more complete
picture of the nature of people is the book, "Will Rogers."
I Will Rogers was a man who liked to joke with everybody. He knew that the way
a person takes a joke reveals a great deal about his nature. One incident in Will Rogers'
trip 'around the world showed the nature of one of the great personages of the world,
Edward VIII, when he was the Prince of Wales. Rogers called him a good sport because
he could take a joke. Both of these books tell about interesting places and people, as do
many of our monthly magazines, but I mention especially the Reader's Digest.
The Reader's Digest is a magazine from which a person can learn, in a language
easily understood, of the happenings in all parts of the country. This magazine includes,
also, reviews of current books. It brings impressions, opinions and pictures of things
interesting both in this country and abroad.
I believe that these two books and this magazine have taught me a great deal about
travel, people of other countries and the happenings of the day. If I were to select
three titles which I have most enjoyed, I should name, without hesitation: i'The Royal
Road to Romance," "Will Rogersv and "The Reader's Digest."
Page 28 text:
A 11936 STUDENT TOOKS
ARCOUND I-IIM I
AM seventeen. I have reached the age when my own little town should be a matter
of interest to me. And it is, when I stop to think about it. But there are many ideas
abroad that confuse me.
Men talk of war. I cannot understand why we should have war, why thousands
of young men should die and thousands of hearts be broken merely to glorify one leader
or to enrich one nation. Nothing good can come of war. It is nearly twenty years
since the great World War, and today there are hungry children and jobless fathers
who are suffering because men were blind enough to think that by war they could find
peace. When business and industry are ruined by war, what peace can man find in
empty pockets and crying babies? What peace is there in families whose fathers are
killed, whose brothers are crippled? What peace has been gained when man can forget
so quickly the hell of war and be eager again for blood?
There are many things other than war that I find hard to explain. I cannot under-
stand the flounderings of governments and governors, except that I see now how weak
and futile they are in comparison with the idealistic conceptions I once had. I
But as I have lost my faith in our so-called "important" people I have found an
ever-increasing delight in knowing the people around me. To me the greatest thing
in our existence is beauty, especially the beauty of silent companionship. True, there
are persons who bore us, disgust us and hurt us. But there is something in every human
soul that is wonderful and something in every person that is beautiful. It is fascinating
to watch people, to wonder what they are thinking and to imagine their histories.
Perhaps it is fortunate that our thinking is done privately. '
This delight of mine in people is one that the world has always known. I have
another love that is just as old. I love the stars, the trees, blue-shadowed snow, the wind
-all this wonderful world that God has lent us. Maybe it is because I'm only seventeen
that the Hrst star can make me feel so queer. Perhaps, when I am older, I wonit care
to watch the moon over the pines. Maybe I won't write poems about the first robin or
laugh because I'm so glad the sun is shining. Maybe I won't. But I can be glad
now that such things delight me, and that I have all my life before me in which to
see new sights, to hear new sounds and to find new interests.
The sun rose
Bright and glorious
Out of the morning.
In dark oblivion
Into a dreary sky. .5
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Leaves are like men
Who live on this great earth,
They turn their backs on threatening storms
To dance in glee and mirth.
In spring they come out fresh and green
New to the ways of life,
By summer time they are full-sized
Half through this world of strife.
But Autumn is their mardi-gras
They gain the height of glory.
Before the icy winds begin
They'Ve almost told their story.
In youth they swing with grace and ease
And nimbly whirl around,
But in their age, like us, they shake,
And die upon che ground.
Through bluet fields the cattle pass,
Leaving the violets in the grass
Inviolate and all alone
Except for blossoms white as foam.
Grey horses plow a copper field,
To make its russet treasure yield
A barley crop or golden corn,
For later colts or calves new-born.
The ploughboy whistles like the lark,
Hailing the spring from dawn to dark.
The horses like his merry tune,
Recalling clover dells in June.
Along the river lies cowslip gold,
As if I-Ieaven's floor had grown too old,
And cracking near the weakened edges
Had dropped bright pieces on Earth's sedges.
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