Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE)

 - Class of 1912

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Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE) online yearbook collection, 1912 Edition, Page 97 of 234
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Page 97 text:

only mule has departed this life, the impostor can readily comprehend that it is a great blessing to retain perfect health. If the unfortunate breaks a limb, it is startlingly apparent that it might have been much worse—he might have broken his neck. If his hogs, smitten with the cholera, expire, he should recollect that he still owns some chickens. His consolers have read many articles in the National Poultry Farmer, telling of the vast fortunes which may be accumulated by simply availing onesself of the co-operation of the sitting hen. It is the class who, when adverse circumstances assail themselves, openly admit their falsity and drop even the pretence of cheerfulness. They can still sec that their neighbors should be thankful for their blessings, but when misfortune enters their own private domicile, they act like the worthless watchdog, which stands upon the top step, barking lustily, while the thief enters the house next door, but which experiences imperative summons to other regions as soon as the marauder attempts to enter the structure which the canine was supposed to guard. Doth dog and pretended optimist should be classed with the imitations which do their work well when certain conditions exist but the cause of much vexation and annoyance when adverse circumstances prevail. The remaining class, the self-made optimists, have only themselves to credit with the fact that they have triumphed over their weaknesses and wrong inclinations and by so doing have strengthened their character and will power. The retrogressive elements arc still existent and assert themselves. The average human being finds it extremely difficult to preserve a smiling exterior when his head feels the urgent need of iron bands to keep it from bursting. When appetite is lacking, it is an easy matter to console the disconsolate cook for the failure of her culinary attempts. But the vindictive, contrary inclinations begin to make their existence known as soon as the pangs of real hunger arc felt. At such a moment, it seems as if it required almost superhuman strength to compel the countenance to assume a joyful appearance and to explain that a simple diet of bread and butter is very conducive to the ideal state of health. The benefits derived from surmounting similar petty trials can hardly be overestimated and from overcoming them we achieve the ability to meet larger obstacles and to conquer them. There is no period in this line of development where constant vigilance and untiring effort can be dispensed with, and often we feel as if all our effort at self-mastery was of no avail. Such moments will come to us, no matter what our occupation may be. It is well, at such times, to take a retrospective view of the past and imagine if one can, what his manner of meeting this difficulty would have been several years ago. Such a proceeding cannot fail to encourage the most admired imitation, whose value is much greater than that of the original. This is one of the very rare instances where forgery and counterfeiting should be encouraged.

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(Hif ©ptimist Any Nebraskan would feel his heart leap for joy were he, after a long, solitary journey in a foreign land, to hear of the coining of another former resident of the Golden Rod state, and right gladly would lie strike hands with the traveler whose eyes had lately been gladdened by the sight of our rolling prairies and gorgeous sunsets, and who had recently beheld the majestic undulations of our waving wheat fields and the emerald splendor of our native maize. The simple fact that they had much in common; that both knew of the unlimited possibilities of the region; that both loved the hills and grassy plains, and were familiar with and interested in the occupations of the people and in their welfare, would establish between them a bond of sympathy and mutual association. Close investigation reveals, however, that a similar feeling of relationship exists among persons belonging to one of the most general divisions of mankind. “Race, color, or previous condition of servitude” does not prohibit membership. The only entrance requirements arc a brave heart behind a never-fading smile and a cheerful disposition, or at least the firm determination to become possessed of one. With these essentials as a passport, the applicant may be confident of a hearty greeting from his brother optimists. Since it is the misfortune of the greater part of the human family to be constantly in the melancholy attitude of "viewing with alarm,” an optimist, real or pretended, stands out prominently from the background formed by such of his co-workers as see only the dark cloud and who have no faith in the existence of the silver lining. I have said, an optimist real or PRETENDED. Men of talent, whose minds have conceived new ideas concerning the construction or concoction of new articles, find it obligatory to maintain the greatest secrecy with regard to their conceptions. Even with their rights protected by patent, they experience a great deal of annoyance from the manufacture of counterfeits, which may so closely resemble their own production as to deceive the majority of prospective customers. Some of these imitations are entirely worthless; the majority arc of less value than the original: a small percentage arc of equal worth; and on rare occasions, we find that THE AUTHOR OE THE SIMULATION IS ACTUALLY ENTITLED TO GREATER CREDIT THAN IS THE INVENTOR OF THE ORIGINAL. The same distinctions with regard to variations in quality and virtue are found to be applicable to the different grades of optimists. The pretender that wears a never-fading grin, and boasts of his ability to see the "bright side,” but whose faith suffers a hopeless relapse as soon as trouble comes within range of him, is by far the most common and well-known. It is this species which is always ready to offer consolation to OTHERS who are in despair. If the afflicted one be a Missourian whose



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