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Photos by Ewing Galloway
^^hich Speed Is Yours?
by Garret Smith
// |’m planning to spend a year in
I Europe next month,” the dean of
I the bar of one of our eastern
states told me on the eve of sail
ing for a Mediterranean tour. He laughed
at my look of surprise. “You’re thinking
of the fellow who remarked that he
spent a week in the country one Sun
day,” he said. “I don’t mean I’m going
to be so bored that a month’ll seem like
a year. There’s big difference between
time that drags because you’re tearing
yourself to pieces with boredom or worry
and time that lingers pleasantly because
you’re packing it full of new experiences
and ideas.”
This veteran lawyer, still in active
practice at eighty-three, hit on a way of
beating a game that most of us think un
beatable. As we mature we all become
painfully aware of the speeding up of the
years. We resent it bitterly. The desire
for long life, the longing for eternal
youth, are universal human passions. In
childhood each day seems endless. To
youth a year stretches out in a limitless
vista. But with middle age, day, week,
month and year run together at ever
increasing speed. As an old farmer once
said to me, “I don’t more’n git dressed
Monday mornin’ than it’s time to take
my Sattadav-night bath.” Why this
tragic acceleration of our brief life cur
rent? Can we stop it?
Dr. Alexis Carrel in his thought
provoking book “Man, the Unknown”
offers a scientific explanation and cure.*
Hedefines two kinds of time. One is solar
time, an unvarying standard to measure
outer events. The other is inner time,
which marks the physical and mental
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changes within ourselves, the time by
which we unconsciously measure our
While solar time moves on at a steady
rate, our inner time, that is, the rate of
change in our bodies and minds, varies
continually. The young child grows per
ceptibly each week. Days are packed
with new words, new games, new explo
rations of his world. Sober sun time
seems a slow thing to this racing tempo
of his. It becomes only a little less so dur
ing adolescence and college days. Then
bodily development slows through mid
dle life. The mind tends to become fixed.
New ideas and concepts are met less and
less frequently. Sun time races past inner
time faster and faster.
It’s like a man riding a passenger train
at sixty miles an hour and overhauling
a long freight pounding ahead at a
steady thirty miles. The freight seems to
the passenger to be standing still as he
shoots by so fast he can hardly count its
cars. Then, as the passenger train begins
to slow down for the next station, the
freight seems to be going faster. Slowly
the freight gains, until at last it outraces
the passenger train. But the freight,
which is sun time, hasn’t altered its
steady pace. It is only the passenger
train that has slowed.
Is it possible, by taking thought, to
restore for our maturer years some meas
ure of the lingering and apparently end
less golden days of childhood ? Dr. Carrel
believes we can do it by acquiring men
tal habits that will keep our inner time
speeded up, keep the passenger train
running at top speed to the end, so that
the freight can never overhaul us. Bodily
change is only part of our inner time.
The important inner-time factor in later
life lies in keeping our minds receptive,
alert, active and interested in life.
When the body reaches maturity the
power of the mind should still be grow
ing, with its height still far ahead. Jus
tice Holmes was writing Supreme Court
decisions in his nineties, at the very sum
mit of his mental vigor.
We can’t all speed up our inner time
by Mediterranean trips. We don’t need
to. Two young suburbanites of my ac
quaintance once took similar, rather
monotonous jobs in the same city office.
Brown kept his nose in his work, doing
it faithfully and well. Jones, though
equally efficient, managed to find time
for hobbies, social life, civic affairs, good
books, plays, music. In inner time Jones
lived three days to Brown’s one. His
activity also kept him alert and physic
ally fit. Both men are fifty now. Brown
still has the same job and is an old man
waiting to be pensioned. Jones is still a
young man and is manager of the office.
He has his eye on the presidency of the
company and cherishes no notion of re
tiring for thirty years yet.
The earlier in life we form these active
mental habits the better chance we have
of beating the clock when it tries to
speed up on our maturing years. Balance
your hardening arteries with avocations,
your declining metabolism with social
and civic activities, your halting cell
growth with reading and conversation
and travel. Fill your days full. Match
each gray hair with a new idea. Speed up
the true time of your inner life. Live long
by the day and let the years go hang.
Snatches -
A fine American patriot, Andrew
Furuseth, slipped out of life the
other day. He was called the Ahe
Lincoln of the sea. He fought for
safe shipping and the develop
ment of American shipping for
something like sixty-five years.
He had a philosophy for this so
called machine age:
"Safety depends on men. Skilled
men are better than the best of
machinery. If they want safety at
sea, they must maintain and raise
the standards of the men who
work the ships. Skill is the su
preme thing in civilization.”
w m m
If history repeats itself, Tiah
Devitt, the author of “Tall^
Twelve,” in this issue, will have a
busy time today. A few weeks ago
we ran another tale by her called
“Camera Face,” which was also
illustrated by a cover photograph •
ofa lovely girl. Itwasthelovestory
of one of those charming young
things whose beauty, in adver
tisements, helps to sell everything
from cigarettes to steam shovels.
The appearance of the story
and the cover shattered Tiah
Devitt’s Sunday calm in a way we
never expected. “Sunday,” she
wrote us, “we had telegrams from
Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago,
Baltimore and Cleveland, and all
day the ’phone rang frantically
— mostly calls from unattached
males who wanted to meet the
model on the cover.”
There’ll never be a surplus of
the pretty-girl crop! M.
Poe« >
Tall Twelve 4
Tko Loro Story of a Drou Modal (
lllintratod by Jolot Gottlob
Destiny’s Daughter, p«n hi ?
An EttHIny Soriol of Intriyva and Romania
by James Warner Bellah
lllintratod by C. C. Baal I
Which Speed Is Yours? *
Dm Your Innor Tlmo Bun Fort or Slow?
by Garret Smith
Baby Mine a
Pictures lor Parents to Troaiuro
by Paul W. Kearney
The Tact It Takes 14
Or, How To Bo Charming
by Emily Post
Stranger than Man 10
WhHo Elophants Aron't Boally Whltol
by Carl Kulberg
Keep That Throatline Young! 11
Practical Suggestions lot Doing It
by Martha Leavitt
Drawing by Major Folton
Immortal Appetites 11
Somuol Johnson Drank Too All Night!
by Kathleen Masterson
South Sea Savor is
Jon Hall Doscribos Now Tahitian Dishos
by Grace Turner .
The Boss I'd Like it
by Robinson Peale
Howlers 13
Soiociot by Cecil Hunt
It Happened In — n
Historical Facts You Probably DUn't Know
Is That So? u
by R. W. Dawson
Before You Plan a Home! 13
Ton Important Things to Know
Animalgrams IS
by George Hopf
Corot Photograph by Howitt, Koono f Patston, inc.

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