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Page 30 text:
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.
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 31 text:
REAL friend is one who is sympathetic, encouraging and reliable. He is one to
whom a person feels he can go for real comfort, help or inspiration without being
laughed at or talked about when his back is turned. A friend shares pleasures as well
as troubles. He encourages another when he is on the right track, turns him to some-
thing better when he is on the wrong track and brings him out of the depths when he
is in despair. But friendship's greatest service is to understand, to sympathize and
Sometimes it seems that a person's best friend is his dog, for that animal wistfully
watches his master leave in the morning and eagerly awaits his return in the afternoon.
He seems to understand perfectly when his master is happy or downcast. His simple,
quiet way of offering sympathy may be more comforting than useless and meaningless
words. Everyone needs friendship. Without it a person soon sinks into the depths for
lack of encouragement and sympathy.
Not only in times of trouble, but also in times of success, one needs a friend. A
little encouragement accomplishes considerable when a fellow is just starting up the
hill of achievement. A friendship may give the man on the hilltop courage to climb
the next hill, even though he slip back into the depths between the climbs.
The best way to be sure of having friends is to be one. What kind of a friend
are you? Are you merely an acquaintance, or are you one who knows enough of life to
be able to understand others' feelings, failings and successes and to sympathize
a -ELIZABETH PARSONS.
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