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THE SEVEN SINS OF SOCIETY THE FOURTH
This is the fourth of seven articles i Pride has some admirable syno-
namina and analyzing the reasons I nyms- and many undesirable equiv-
for "The Seven Deadly Sins of Soci- alents as "pretense," "bluff" and
ety, one article appearing in- this "snobbery."
newspaper each day and each shed- I Some men are proud because they
ding a great deal of light on "the I resemble Napoleon, some because
they can write "John D. before their
surnames, some because they are
the fathers of 16 children! Isn't
pride -sometimes the SILLIEST of all
On the other hand men may just
ly have "proper pride" in a family
which they have raised from poverty
to prosperity, or in some common
name which they have made to stand
out in the city directory.
This proper pride is a social sta
bilizer. Once an ambitious man has
been his OWN upllfter, and has ac
quired a certain social status, he will
make superhuman efforts to main
tain it. Such effort is constructive
and for the general good.
But the pride of man is a treach
erous possession. It may act either
as a dynamo or as dynamite.
In business it is .often the -motor
of success, but in the realm of the
affections is may hurl a man to de
struction! In matters of sentiment the pea
cock symbol often becomes handy.
There isa certain style of smart
social club which prospers from one
end of the land to the other.
You'll never find a homely or a
dowdy woman in its room, but you
will discover what becomes of all the
stage costumes which the merchants
purchase for their style show dis
plays. The manners of the women
seen in these places are as conspicu
ous as their jewels and their, furs,
but not of the same standard. There
are no old wives, but many old hus
bands. There are no feminists and
no mothers. The women all run their
motor cars, but they cannot run their
homes. They live in splendid fam
things men arid women live by."
BY WINONA WILCOX
Pride, one of the best known of
the seven deadly sins, is usually con
fused with vanity and classed with
feminine follies. But when we say
"proud as a peacock" we are choos
ing pride's really perfect symbol, for
the gorgeous plumage is worn only
by the male bird.