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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 27, 1912, Image 15

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NEIGHBORING -t-
The next time you get hemmed in, actually sewed up in a crowd
so that it seems impossible either to go forward or get back, you
can work a trick that if you do it heartily, will open a path along
which you may pass between smiling faces. The only thing it is
absolutely necessary for you to observe in using the formula is that
unless you are sincere and hearty about it, it won't work.
Just say: "Neighbor, will you help me get through?" And
add, if yon wish and it's the truth, "my work requires it."
It never fails,, that word "neighbor" that we have jo nearly lost
from our daily use. It seems to call out an echo of the spirit of the
helping hand it stood for in the long ago, when neighboring was
0 necessary.
'Get together" and boost and' "everybody's doing it now" are
slang, of course, but slang reflects what people are thinking about,
after all.
Nothing else is more expensive. This neighboring revival hap-
1 pened to come up -for discussion when several girls who 'have little
leisure convened to "confabulate," as they call it, during the lunch
hour. Somebody wanted to know what "we," who must be bread
I winners, could do, just -each one her mite, toward the general wel
fare. One said:
t 'It would help a lot to get together the things and people meant
for each other. Here I've been worried to death over some unmoth
'e ered babies, and only just found out about a day nursery with all
sorts of playthings, nurses and good food, where the mother can
leave them while she is at work. Will I get them together? Well, ; 1
will I? (:,
"The lady who gave and equipped and maintains thisday nur
sery didn't realize it needed to be advertised. Lots of things hap-
- pen like that and many good intentions go astray for lack of boost
ing, but if every one of us boost every chance we get, it ought any-
" how to make a dent, don't you think?"
They all did think so and. then it was that Marion, who always
has some queer quirk of an idea and a quaint way of her own in
expressing it, said:
"Let's start a revival in neighboring. Let's guess everyone
1 we meet is as good a fellow as any one of us, until he does something
that proves he isn't., -Suppose we do make a mistake once in a -while,
1 who's harmed by. that?. Pretty nearly everybody is as good as he's
had a fair chance to "be. Lots ofrpeople will think us crazy, but let's
I smile right along and keep on being neighborly andT bet you they'll
get to like it."
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