University of Massachusetts Amherst - Index Yearbook (Amherst, MA)

 - Class of 1891

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Page 69 text:

Phi Sigma Kappa. Pi Chapter. JUNIOR. A. Gr. Eames. SOPHOMORES. G. B. Willard, G. M. Tyng, Elliot Rogers. FRESHMEN. J. H. Gregory, D. P. Harvey, L. W. Smith. (41)



Page 70 text:

An Obstacle to Progress, " If the earth is small, America is large, and the Americans are immense! " fUCH is one of the opening sentences in a recent work on America by one , ,. of the most acute of French observers, who throughout his work makes evident everywhere how stronglj ' the over-weening self-pride of our country- men impressed him. This should afford wholesome food for reiiection to every American. Do we as Americans have too great an opinion of our country and of ourselves ? It is a fact, well known to all perhaps, that the natives of every country hold a sufficiently good opinion of themselves. Even the Chinaman, whom we look upon as unfit to mix with our people and whom we pass Acts of Congress to exclude, when at home, dwells in the " Flowery Kingdom, " the " Celestial Empire, " and looks upon those unfortunate enough to be born else- where as " outside baibarians. " Fortunate is it, no doubt, for the spirit of patriotism, nay even for individual human happiness, this characteristic of thinking well of ourselves and that which pertains to us. It is only when we allow our self-satisfaction to blind our eyes to the possibility of anything bet- ter, to make us slow to look aromid us for it, or even to receive it when we see it, that this characteristic becomes undesirable. Are we as American citizens, farmers and agricultural students, open to the charge of being too conceited, too apt to remain satisfied with things American, and to think there can be no need of studying the ways and methods of other countries ? Fortunately we have among us a considerable number of cosmopolitan minds; we have, too, natives of all countries; we are not therefore, likely to stagnate or to remain in ignorance of the world about us : but the average American f ai ' mer or farmer ' s son is slow to conceive or to admit new ideas. Yet how should we expect anything different when only a very few years since one of our national representatives was heard to exclaim in the halls of Congress, " what do we care for abroad ? " Is not the spirit displayed according to the storj by the Boston lady in heaven, between whom and a friend still on earth telephonic communication had been established and who in response to a query as to how she liked it up there, replied in effect that it was all very well but ended, " it isn ' t Boston you know, " a spirit far too common not only in that city but also in the states of which it is the commercial center ? Not long since the secretary of one of our leading Agricultural Societies was heard to remark after thanking an exhibitor for a contribution of some rare and certainly most excellent foreign beans and grains to the display : — " They are no doubt very fine, but the American farmer is loyal to his own beans. " Yes — " loyal to his own beans, " — " stuck in his own ruts, " — do not these phrases (43)

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