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DO YOU WEAR A MASK?
Would you dare to have your wife peer behind YOUR mask?
Would you dare to give your friends a look at your real self?
Perhaps yott-vcensured the wife of that New York chemist who de
serted him in horror after an accident had destroyed his likeness to a hu
Two years ago there was an explosion in his laboratory. Burning acid
was thrown into his face. It burned and seared. There were weeks in
hospitals with bandages. Life remained, but even the doctors shuddered
as they looked on the ravages caused by the terrible accident and they
sent him out in the world with a mask
His wife had been warned not to look. But, as he slept, her curiosity
prompted her to lift the veil she ran, shrieking, terrified, her soul shriveled
r by the terrible transformation which had changed the face she loved to a
mocking travesty upon humanity.
There are transformations more horrible than those behind the mask
of the New York chemist. There are distortions more horrifying than those
which drove away the devoted wife.
Many try to hide the scars upon their souls behind a mask. Some seek
the diviner surgery which heals and restores.
There is the youth who thoughtlessly todayis "sowing wild oats" not
knowing that his midnight orgies, his vagrant iasons, his gay marauderings
are leaving a scar and burning out of "his heart the chivalry, the desire for
decency, the 'appreciation of goodness.
Some day, as he stands at the side of an innocent girl at a marriage
altar, he will put, on the mask in an effort to keep from her eyes the de
formations which would shock and drive her away, sobbing, horrified and
There is the man who lets greed and selfishness eat their cancerous
way into his soul. Generosity and a feeling of kinship for his fellow-man
are wiped out. He, too, may put up his mask, perhaps a gilded one of gifts
to formal charities or to libraries but a look behind that mask would drive
away all who look.
The woman' who lets-jealousy and envy creep into her heart, who sac
rifices the love of children for the tango or the cabaret, who, lets her desire
for gaudy dress replace her interest in her home these, too, wear masks
so flimsy that the slightest breeze may lift and leave exposed the horror of
Some there are who show such vigor pf soul that the scars of youth
But it is dangerous this playing with those emotions which wreck
If you have pity for that chemist, bereft of wife and -friends, condemned
to go through life avoided and terrible, look inward at yourself and be sure
that you will not soon need a mask to blot out the horror in the eyes of those
The "Sockless Sawyers," about . club. The youths decided to wear san
fifty young men of Sheboygan, Wis., dais without the 'customary'socks un
have organized the latest fashion til September 1, 1914.
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