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WHISKERS, BAHt FRENCHMEN, MORE RAHS!
WHO WANTS TO EXPLORE WHISKER JUNGLE?
' PARIS ,c3 UNGLE OF WHISKERS".
Here's a slap on the wrist for you, Alfonse, dear, and there's something
coming to you, too, Gaston. The American girl doesn't like your whiskers;
she doesn't like Parisians, anyway, but the be-whiskered, f uzzy-faCed kind -are
just too horrid. So there. It's Miss Alice Brewer, chummiest friend of
Lady Decies, who raps your knuckles that is to say, pulls your whiskers
for you. "Parisians are horrid, silly, simpering, plain, dotty," she says.
"And the whiskers! Well, the humane society of Paris ought to get busy
with razors it's a crime to let them go. To walk on oBis Boulogne is like
walking a Brazilian jungle bushy whiskers, fuzzy whiskers, ragged
whiskers, whiskers to right of you, whiskers to left of you, and not a clean
face in all Paris."
SMILE, YOUSOURFACE, SMILE!
At first theught the order of an eastern mayor to his police force, that
whenever two or more of them meet they must salute and smile, seems a
Can one smile to order; and is a forced smile of any value?
But thinking more deeply, you'll see the order rests on a right philoso
phy. It IS possible to cultivate cheerfulness by will power. The Christian
Scientists have taught us that. They make it a rule to put the lid on anger,
petulance, sourness; and you, can almost invariably spot them in a crowd of
strangers, they're so serene.
The habit of smiling isn't harder to form than the habit of grouching;
and think how much pleasanter it is for others.
Emotions are as contagious as measles. We wouldn't knowingly let a
victim of measles roam at large to infect those, with whom he came in con
tact. Why not also quarantine a chronic grouch?
What we have learned in recent years about psychology brings into
play new laws to regulate human conduct not unnecessarily statute laws
(it is too soon for them) ; but scientific laws, social laws. You'd much
rather have a glad-handed Sunny Jim for a neighbor, a work-mate or a guest
than a bilious sour-faceeven though the latter might be the wiser, the more
efficient of the two.
May we not, then reasonably ask of our public servants that they be
cheerful as well as capable; courteous and good humored as well as efficient?