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SEEKING THE BEAUTIFUL
It is universally recognized that you cannot make a silk purse
out of a sow's ear, but the trouble with us is that we do not realize
how much use can be made of things we despise or undervalue. -
Ever notice the wife at home making little knick-knacks for her
company room out of odds and ends? Just wonderful what the
little woman can do with almost nothing, isn't it?
Well, some day American cities are going to realize that it is
possible to do just the same- thing with properties they neglect.
They are going to achieve beauty where it was never dreamed of
Look at Montreal. Rising out of the midst of the rocky island
is a peak of volcanic origin some 700 feet above sea level. But the
Canadian metropolis converted it into a park Mount Royal with
winding roads through a primeval forest, and at last you come out
on top and have a glorious view of the vast city, the St. Lawrence,
and the mountains miles away. It is a piece of wild nature set right
in the heart of a smoky city.
Or look aNToronto. A deep ravine runs through part of the
town. Did they make a dump out of it? Or fill it up with ashes?
Not much ! They filled in part so that they could construct a boule
vard down there, running through the overhanging bushes and
trees-. It is now a unique driveway.
Or look at New Orleans, which we usually consider behind
American cities in progress, rather than in the van. Its residence
streets in the new city are wide. The car tracks, of course, run in
the center, but the city has made a grass parkway on both sides of
the tracks for about 15 or 18 feet and also planted palms and mag
nolias, parallel with the tracks. The result is a continuous stretch
of green beauty.
And what these cities can do, others can. It Ts simply a ques
tion of making use of opportunities.
IT WAS SAFE
The captain of a merchant ves
sel gave an Irish seaman his spy
glass, of which he was very proud
and told him to clean it carefully.
Pat metnvith an accident during
the cleaning, and went to the cap
"Captain, will yez tell me if a
thing can be said to be lost whin
one knows where it is?"
"Lost when one knows where
it is ?" said the captain. "Why, of
course not How foolish you are,
"Well, sor," said Pat; "thin yer
spy-glass is safe, for it's at the
bottom of the sea."
A young bamboo plant just
emerging from the ground looks
much like a stalk of asparagus,
and in Japan these young shoots
are highly prized as food. j