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7 - "THE LONESOMEST PLACE ON EARTH" ''
"New York fs the largest city in the country, but it is the most lone
some place on earth."
Thus spoke 16-year-old Hazel Deane, the pretty girl who, in despair
I of finding honest work and friends she could trust, recently took poison.
I "I was so tired and so lonesome," she explained, when her life'had been
I saved, "I just gave up." .
. The largest qity, the city with the most folks, and. still the lonesomest
place on earth! If you've ever been a stranger in New York you know it's
Every city is lonesome to the stranger within its gates. The larger,
the more people, the. Ipnesomer. Alone in the wilderness, you have for
companionship the treesj the birds, the stars; and you feel safe. But in
the desert of' the city you are surrounded by human hyenas and you don't
know what; voice to trust. ' f
In the cjty'the good and kindly people have their own homes and their
own set, to whfch they speed when the toil of the-day is ended. They're not
used to the neighborly-ways of the country or town. If ybu approach them
they think you are forward, maybe criminal. They have lost the .fine art
of unaffected human fellowship. Their hearts are encrusted with sus
picion and reserve. , - '
How to thaw this reserve, how to get folkri to know each "other just as
folks, is the"problem which Jthe city will have to learn if it would have the
finest human' values.. ' '
The city sells entertainment. It sells excitement. If has abounding
marts for the Bale oj everything in the list of human needs excepting this
one greafeneed" of human fellowship, which cannot be sold; which must
be given away, else it is spurious.
The desert of the city needs life-saving oases, Not places wherp you
can be preached at, patronized, studied as an insect' under a microscope;
but centers of 'natural fellowship; centers of democracy.
The city that makes you feel lonesome is the city which is losing its
DIARY CIF FATHER' TIME
Four' thousand years"ago there
were toys In the" shape of 'water car
riers and kneaders of bread. Today
there- are toy motor cars and aero
planes. Instead of the minature bow'
and arrow beloved by the boy of the
middle-ages, the youngTiopeful of the
20th century arms .himself with a toy
atojomaticpistor. Mechanical toys,
however, are no new thing A very
popular toy with the children of an
cient Greece was a wooden doye,
which flew. In the middle ages the
church, was extremely severe with
makers of scientific toys; a speaking
and -walking doll invented ty some
genius being condemned by the
church as possessed of the devil and
smashed, while its maker barely es
caped with his UfeV At the time of
Louis Xm p? France sand-toys -were
very popular;' one' in particular con-
sisting of a-little boat, on which the
men who formed the crew were made
to row it by means of shifting sand.
In1 the 17th and i8th centuries all
moving toys were wonderfully'intri
ca,te and were certainly never made
to be touched by childish hands. It
was a French sailor who 'fought at
Trafalgar who, was the first to make
cheap and simple mechanical toys,
the forerunners of the gentlemen of
tin who doff' their1 hate and the little
carts, -whose wheels set in motion the
arms and legs of-the driver. - -