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6 THE GREEN AND GOLD
we must. His is the hand which feeds us. Cowering at his feet, we
tremblingly carry out his orders, else we starve.
Money! Does anyone fail to recognize and follow him? He daz-
zles and delights us and makes us do disagreeable tasks to gain his
favor. He lures and gleams beyond our blind and grasping reach.
Finally when we have gained him, we find he is dissipated and shallow,
and he and life bore and disillusion us.
Beating time with his feet, snapping his fingers and keeping
time in every limb, Jazz draws us, and absurdly we do exactly as he
does. We zestfully and willingly fall prey to his magic. With him
comes his "best girl," Dance. Twirling on her toes, swaying her body,
and stretching her hands to us, she whirls us into her madcap train.
At night her charm is strongest, and we cannot help but follow one
so beautiful, graceful, and invigorating.
Picnic leverybody knows himj is a Puck, a mischievous merry
fellow, who trips us and pricks us with thorns, puts grasshoppers,
spiders and ants into our food, tips cups out of our hands, and burns
our unwary fingers. We swear at and curse him, and then run after
him, begging him to come back to us, for he is lovable in spite of
Movies' face is handsome, and finely chiseled and molded. His
hair ripples in perfect curls upon his handsome head. Our submis-
sion is completeg he allures us and amuses himself by watching our
rapt and whole-hearted expression of devout worship. He drops favors
into our hands, and we, ever-reaching, ask for more, and smiling
amusedly he gives us more.
Cigarette, festooned in smoke and hung with garlands of green
tobacco leaves, is one of our most popular idols. His worshippers
originally were mostly those of the male sex, but now, females as well
eagerly seek him. The price we pay for his favor is jumping nerves,
weak hearts, diseased lungs, and often he draws us into the ground
itself if his grasp upon us is strong enough.
Joy Ride is a reckless, happy boy. I-Ie fleetly runs to Death and
Destruction, his boon companions, and we follow, trusting in his
guidance. and unaware that his laughter is mockery and his goal our
There is Leisure, a queer person, but lovable and dependable if
we try to understand her. Most of us hate her and make every excuse
we can to avoid her inevitable presence. But, she is always with us,
and try to escape her as we may, it is of no avail. If we accept and
treat her rightly, she is one of the best of our idols.
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THE HHEl':'iN' ANI! HULL! 5
people who worship themg but it does not occur to us that we also
worship gods, even if we do not burn incense to them and lay sacri-
fices at their altars.
The chief of these is the great god Pleasure. Not only in our
own country, but in all countries, by all nations, races, and nation-
alities is he worshipped and adored. After him come the other gods,
but he is the Supreme Being, the Father and Founder of them all.
First let us consider Sport. 1-Ie-is a laughing, curly-headed, big-
chested fellow, whom we would all love to join even if we cannot. He
is a companion and persistent friend to us rather than an idol. Col-
leges, schools, boys, girls, men, and women all flock to his call, leav-
ing other things to be done as best they may. Consider the huge
crowds which gather at prize fights, golf tournaments, baseball and
football games, and know that Sport is irresistible.
Shaking dice in one hand with a glass of beer in the other, and
propping his feet against the table, Betting holds his court. We pur-
sue him even without knowing it. He draws all types of people.
There is hardly any man who does not worship him, even while Bet-
ting shocks him.
Now comes Fashion with highly rouged cheeks, dangling ear-
rings, and painted mouth. She is a flirt, always changing, and vary-
ing as the winds, but ever drawing and fascinating, overcoming
scruples and lack of means. We worship her in spring, summer,
winter, and autumn. Her voice is never still, and tantalizing, she
compels us to go on and on, never leaving us but always leading, and
laughing at us as we stumble after her.
The god "Everybody does it" is responsible for a great deal. He
is a nagging sort of god, persistent, and never still. He urges people
to read the current books and papers. We get the magazines, pictures,
radios, automobiles, because he decrees. His sister, "That just isn't
done," is what in these modern times we would call an "old cat." Her
eyes watch us continually, and she picks flaws in everything. She
causes much trouble in the world as she often antagonizes people to
such an extent that they do just as she tells them not to do. If We
disobey her she ruins us, and if we obey her we are unhappy.
Business comes puffing importantly to the fore. His chest is
swelled with importance. He is constantly chewing a cigar, and a
diamond stud glitters in his tie. We may think he is not a true child
of Pleasureg however, some worship him because they love him.
There are the money-makers, who are his satellites. The greater
majority of us are his slaves and servantsg we bow to him because
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THE GREEN AND GOLD 'I
Mischief, ever among us, is one of the followers of Satan. In fact,
we might almost say that Mischief is Satan. He is unavoidableg we
meet him at every turn, try to avoid him, and are seized and made to
suffer for our folly. His rule is absolute. Not a person, but who
experiences his influence and grasp upon him. Mischief compels us,
and resisting, we proceed to do what we know is wrong.
Strong Drink reels along with a red nose and bleary eye. He is
found in every village and town. He is a pleasant companion for a
while, but one who refuses to take the blame for what he does, and
after his company we feel that he is our worst enemy.
Food, fat and gluttonous, beckons and influences us to become
as he is. I-Ie is another of the great idols of the American people. His
hand points out the road of self-indulgence, and we are only to will-
ing to follow that road.
Is there any one of us who has not felt the powerful and all-
extending influence of Laziness? He is just the opposite of Leisure.
Leisure should be accepted and loved 3 Laziness should be shunned and
abolished. Lolling upon a soft couch, with massive corpulent limbs
outstretched, he lies taunting us. If we do not heed him, we hear his
rude laugh, and if we do, we regret it afterward.
Gang is a "good guy," just a little bit rough, but with a good
heart even of he is apt to do wild things. He draws all men to him. His
following is huge and made up of all kinds and conditions of people.
We follow him unasking, and do as he does.
We do homage to you, oh Pleasure! You beckon, and we fol-
lowg you call, and we give heedg you lead, and we pursue you!
-Gertrude Marsh, '28.
"TI-lERE'S MANY A SLIP-"
Bobby Moore, young, good-looking, and broke, strolled down Fifth
Avenue with a broken heart and an empty purse. His heart was broken
because his girl had "turned him down".
"Bobby," she had said, "I like you a lot, but I'd love you if you
had some money. Go out and earn some, and when you have a few
thousands, we'il take the final step."
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