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If you could go back to the days of your youth,
Whose glories you often declare,
You'd doubtless awake to the unvarnished truth
That they weren't so remarkably fair.t
You'd fret at the hardships you .had to endure, x .
And' the greatly praised "old-fashioned..way" -Would
strike you as clumsy, unhandy and poor, '
And you'd long for the life of .today. ?v . '
If you could go back to the days long ago, T
When life was "so simple -and Jkind," " v -J"' ,f ? .
You'd think that the trains were distressingly slow -
And the street cars were badly designed; ' '"y.-
You'd find that the past you have talked of so much k . '
Was not quite exclusively gay,
. And you'd long for the luxuries; cqmforts and-such, ' v' 1
Which fill out your life of today. 3 '
If you could go back to the "Old Fashioned Folks" J
Of whom you so frequently prate, . .""
You'd find that their clothes and' their thoughts and their words,
Were .those of a "time out of date, ' ' "
You'd learn &at the folk of the old days, in sooth,
Were formed out of commonplace clay
As we are and .then, in the days of your youth, -
You'd wish 'you 'were living Today. -
, , One of President Wilson's favorite
j ways of answering a question is to
recite a limerick, of which he knows
9a large number, many of his own or
"his daughters' composition. Asked
how many he knew, he once said:
" I don'b.know, but'the.other night
when ,1'Coudln't get to sleep I began
saying over all I knew, -thinking it
would putsme to sleep. I counted
as I went along and was in thettear-i
ties when I dozed off." A '"
In New -York one day during the
campaign Governor Wilson was, ask
ed is he was going to a peace con
gress dinner at -which President Taft
was to be present. He replied:
"No, I'm not like the man so benight
ed, Who didn't know when he was
But went to the party and ate
just as hearty , ,
As If she'd been really invited."