JUSTA THOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
Christmas'is probably -the best
time of the year to look into the
mirror, as it hvere, and be honest
Look for the scars of conflict
with self and many other abuses
resultant from the modern life in
a large city.
With many the annual taking
of stock will be prominent "by the
word failure written on page after
page of our Day Book of life.
But, after all, failures are some
times the best things that could
happen to us. Failure makes a
man careful and studiou.
, It-has been often said the road
to" success is reached through the
One cold day I chanced to meet
Old John Jones, uppn the street,
"John," says I, "How do you do?"
"O," says he, "I'm mighty "blue,
Nothin' much in life for me,
I'm as bad as I can be,
Gettin' weaker every day,
Not much time for me to stay
In this shadowed vale of tears
With its pain and doubt and fears.
No, sir, Bill, to tell you true
Sure I'm feeling mighty blue,"
Little further down the street
Suddenly I chanced to meet
Hiram Hicks all lam&and bent
From a nasty accident.
"Hi," says I, "how do you do?"
"Fine as a fiddle -same to you."
And he laughed until a crick
Stove him up all rheumatic,
But he straightened out and said-:
refining fires of many failures.
Then you have had the pleas
ure all the time of trying. That's
all the world asks. Try !
The world has "been covered
over many times with huge, mag
nificent air castles that never ma
terialized. But who knows or
could rob the builder of the pleas
ure he enjoyed building these cas
tles? Van Dyek says :
"No endeavor is in vain,
The pleasure is in the doing, '
And the- prize the vanquished
gain ,. ,
Is the pleasure of pursuing."
"Might be worse for I "ain't
Down the street went old John
up the air with groans,
Handing out a wad of gloom
With his eyes fixed on a tomb.
Hiram Hicks s'tumped on his way
Caroling a roundelay "
That made every fellow sing:
"This old world's the happy;
Cooler Rain to
night with lowest
freezing; for Chica
go and vicinity ; Fri
day unsettled and
somewhat colder ;
shifting to west -winds
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