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THE GLORY OF THE AMERICAN RE
The Science of Government
The Hope and Dependance of the Human
The Establishment. Growth and Develop
ment of the present conditions of mankind:
and the causes of the prevailing uneasiness
amon£ the people.
The reasons for lite present unnatural,
financial and social differences ainonj}' the
peoples and nations of the world: and the
changes and required remedies to produce a
more equitable and desired condition.
By ORLANDO BELKNAP POND
(All rights reserved)
In presenting this work to the public I
am mindful of the fact that I am treating
great subjects in an unusual manner. I
realize that they are subjects of vital con
sequence to the nation, and concern the
entire human race. They must, however,
if we attain the highest degree of effort in
the active affairs of the world and secure
the best results for mankind, be treated,
not necessarily in the usual manner, but.
in order to formulate correct rules of action,
with a comprehensive view and a right
It is because I believe mankind, through
a misconception of its own situation, has
been, and still is. pursuing wrong lines of
action to accomplish the greatest ?ood.
and secure the best results for the entire
body that I have undertaken the great
work involved in these delineations.
Mankind as far back in the ages as any
of us can penetrate actually started its
career, and lias been, and still is, continu
ally kept upon wrong lines of activity and
The reason man started upon such lines
was because he failed, through ignorance
or otherwise, to grasp the true and great
purpose of the active efforts of human life.
The individual man stands in the great
complex affairs of peoples and nations as a
single atom in a mass of atoms that consti
tute the whole world of human beings upon
the earth. Herein man failed to grasp the
true end desired, and the great purpose in
volved in the conduct of active affairs
world-wide in extent that developed upon
him as a fellow being to direct in the in
terest, not of the individual, but for the
whole human race.
The great provisions nature has made;
and adapted for the use of its creature man
could never have been intended for appro
priation as a right by a few for their in
dividual special designs and purposes. They
must in reason have been intended to .serve
the individual only in the sense, and only
to the extent of his personal and natural
requirements as a social being in a state of
But in no sense can I admit of an, in
tended purpose of an individual right to
appropriate the subject matter of such ac
tivity, and the resources of the earth for
his own use and benefit at the expense of
others apart from, the greater body of hu
manity. The great purpose and the true
design, as I comprehend them, are intended
in the created provisions of nature to serve
the whole body, the entire mass, that is,
each and all the people without distinction]
This as I comprehend the subject matter,
must be the ultimate end and purpose in the
evolution of man's efforts.
The fact that some men are endowed
with greater intellectual and physical ca
pacity than others does not imply that it
was the intended purpose that this greater
capacity should be used in a manner sub
versive of the rights and privileges belong
ing to each one and all the others for per
sonal ends. It seems to me that this fact
confirms the position here taken; and that
there is a higher, a nobler and a grander
purpose involved, which will eventually be
attained. That some men are so endowed
leads me to conclude that this greater ca
pacity was intended as an equipment for
the righteous task of serving the people and
nation, not for personal ends; but for the
purpose of conducting the active affairs in
such a manner that equitable conditions
would everywhere prevail.
But mankind in its entirety has failed to
grasp this conception of its «jreat obligations
to each other and has adopted the concep
tion of the personal or individual self as
distinguished from the universal or com
munity lights and interests. The truth is
mankind has kept its eye all the time on
the wrong side (if the shield, and thus far
has utterly refused to look on the other
side, the right side: and in the meantime
the individual, the personal few have ap
propriated the gold to themselves.
The other side has been taken up in the
work hen; prepared for public considera
tion. Tt is perfectly understood by me that.
in treating the subjects considered, I have
taken in many respects unusual positions
and treated the subjects discussed generally
in an unusual manner. This has been done
in the hopes and with the expectations that
in treating the matter in that form, it will
lead us to the true principles involved and,
herefore, to the right lines of active efforts,
and. thereby, secure a more equitable con
dition for the people. A condition that
must in the nature of things be ultimately
It lias been my constant aim and effort
to discover the true and correct principles
of active life in the economic relations of
the people, and so present them to an in
telligent public that there can be no mis
understanding. This I have endeavored to
do regardless of the effect upon the many
erroneous principles now adopted as sound
and which are everywhere practiced by
And while T have exercised great care
to be fair and candid in wery statement,
and t<> avoid all misleading discussions and
fallacious arguments, T have neither fa
vored nor excused any of the existing or
ganizations for the course they have pur
sued in the active affairs of the nation. I
have on the contrary, attempted to show
the actual position they occupy, and the
real part they take, and have taken in the
development of the present conditions in
the world of active effort.
When any new and decided changes of
systems and methods of action as in the
work here developed ai-e presented and ad
vocated, no matter in what department of
life they must necessarily, and in fact do.
encounter the prejudices of those who have
been schooled in, and followed the older
systems and methods of activity even
though they actually see the baneful re
sults that follow such methods.
Prejudice, which is generally an unrea
sonable adherence to some fixed mental con
ception of things and their relations to con
ditions, is one of the most difficult elements
in the nature of man to remove. Prejudice
and superstition in this respect are very
much alike, for both grow out of is'noranc'e
of the fundamental principles involved. We
must, however, before we can make the
progress in the world that considers the
most perfect economic relations of peoples
and nations overcome our prejudices and
supplant our superstitions.
"I SHOULD SMILE"
Mrs. Austin had asked her husband many
times to varnish the kitchen oilcloth. Fin
ally, in desperation, he donned his overalls
one Saturday afternoon and went at the
job. They were very careful to stay off
the floor on Sunday, but on Monday rnorn
ing it had not dried a bit,
"Something: is certainly wrong with that
varnish, George," said Mrs. Austin in dis
may. "Where did you put the can?"
"I set it back on the cellar shelf," replied
George absently, as he looked up from the
Mrs. Austin disappeared, but soon re
turned with the can in her hand. She stood
in front of her husband in ominous silence.
He looked up at her inquiringly.
''Well, George Austin." she exclaimed as
she held the can toward him, "can't you
read? Do you know what you've clone?
You've varnished the kitchen oilcloth with
pure Vermont maple sirup!" — Puck.
Aii English foreman in one of the tex
tile factories wns in the habit of having au
apprentice heat his Inneheon for him. The
other day he called a new appreentice. ''Go
down stairs and Vat np my lunch for me,"
ordered the foreman. The boy—a typical
young Anterican with no knowledge of
cockney Knurlish —- obeyed with alacrity. He
was hungry. Ten minutes later the fore
man came down, lie also was hungry.
''Where's my lunch?" he demanded. The
boy gazed at him in amazement. "You told
me to eat it np and I ate it," he stated.
"I didn't tell yon to heat it up!" roared
the irate foreman. "I told yon to 'eat it
np." "Well. 1 didn't heat it np." main
tained the youngster, stoutly. "I ate it
A prospective bridegroom made his first
call on his future bride in company with a
marriage broker and while in the parlor
waiting for the appearance of the family
the broker drew the young man's attention
to a glass closet containing a handsome
".Just look at these things," he said.
"You can see how wealthy these people
"Hut is it not possible that these arti
cles were borrowed for the occasion," in
quired the suspicious young man, "so as to
give an appearance of wealth?"
"What an idea!" answered the agent re
provingly. "Who in the world would lend
Pat walked into Ihe postoffifice. After
getting into the telephone box Ik; called a
wrong number. As there was no such num
ber the switch attendant did not answer
him. Pat shouted again, but, received no
The lady of the postofflce opened the door
and told him to shout a little louder, which
he did, but still no answer.
Again she said he would require to speak
Tat got angry at this, and, turning to the
lady, said :
"Begorra, if 1 could shout any louder I
wouldn't use your bloomin' ould telephone
A zealous policeman caught .1 cab driver
in the act of driving recklessly. The officer
stopped him and said:
"What's yer name?"
"Ye'd betther try and find out," said
the driver peevishly.
"Sure, and T will," said the policeman,
as he went round to the side' of the cab
where the name ought to have been painted ;
but the letters had been rubbed off.
"Aha," cried the officer. "Now ye ll git
yersel' into worse disgrace than ever. Yer
name seems to be oblitherated."
"You're wrong'" shouted the driver tri
umphantly. " Tis O'Sullivan."
The lady visitor at one of the base hos
pitals greatly annoyed some of the patients
by her persistent questioning —and "asked
for" some of the answers- she received.
''Did you ever kill a German?" she asked
a wounded Tommy.
"Why, missus," he replied, "the mat
tresses we sleep upon are stuffed with the
whiskers of the Germans I have killed!"
They sat in the gloaming; the moon
beamed at them, the nightingale sang, they
could hear the grass mown and they saw a
pert rosebush wing at a sweet william, and
if you want to know what else they saw
and heard, buy any old love story.
"Don't you sigh for sympathy sometimes
when things go wrong?" she whispered.
"Do you never experience a longing for
"Sometimes," he answered. "When I
order a steak."
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