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Evening capital news. (Boise, Idaho) 1901-1927, May 14, 1916, Image 19

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Thing Needful for Young America
The Wonder, Despair and Pest
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By His Grace the Duke of Manchester
Written Especially for This Newapaper.
HERE are two excellent phrases in the Bible which
' could be taught In America with excellent results.
The parents should be taught "Spare the rod and
•poil the child." and, if necessary, by carrying out'this
rule every child should be taught this Commandment,
"Honor thy father and thy mother." These two should
be framed and hung each side of the "God Bless Our
Home" in every parlor.
The American child is the wonder and despair of all
Europeans, and an incomprehensible pest to Orientals. I
am not for a moment suggesting that it is not of the first
importance to allow a child as much healthy liberty as
possible, or that it should not be encouraged to develope
its individuality, but intelligent discipline is as necessary
for the comfort of the child as for the comfort of its elders.
This world is a crowded place, and getting more
crowded every day, and there is no room in it for any
form of unbridled license. If there were room for each
person to have the road to himself or the sidewalk
there would be no necessity for traffic regulations.
The child of any nation has sooner or later to learn to
consider to a greater or less extent the feelings of others,
and the difference between America and elsewhere is that
they seem to start the teaching later.
Now, this is an unkindness and an in justice to the child,
for it is increasingly hard to learn as we grow older. The
pangs the youth suffers who has had the adulation of its
elders, and no restraint, when it goes out into the world
tnd finds that its impertinences, far from being thought
»mart, are viewed with an extreme and if necessary un
somfortable resentment, must be intense.
1 am not advocating return to the old Spartan discipline
of the seventies and before. In my father's time he and
his sisters and brothers were not allowed down to dinner
till they were grown up, never sat in the presence of their
parents without being told to, and were taught to put up
with what was handed out to them. Believe me, it was no
round of luxury.
► In my time such indulgence as maintains among even
English boys was unimaginable, and my father never
dreamed of sparing the rod. Would to goodness he had
lived long enough to complete the education.
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The Tragedy of an
Ill-bred American Boy.
Manners are a simple thing to acquire when one is
young, and sometimes impossible later. The motto of
Winchester College is not only about five hundred years
old, but it is also true. "Manners Makyth Man."
Manners are the traffic regulations of social intercourse.
Everybody has got to learn them or have a smashup or
fall foul of the police traffic squad. Isn't it far better to
learn it on the quiet country roads of youth than in the
middle of the city traffic of grown up life?
Goodness knows. 1 am not advocating turning boys into
smugs or girls into prigs. Nor do l believe iu crushing
out individuality in children, but it is possible to gently
smooth off the corner of a child's rambunctiousness where
in the case of a young man it needs a chisel and hammer,
j I remember as a small boy going with my mother to call
on a lady in New York who was a great friend of hers.
The lady had a son. a bright, pleasing lad of about twelve,
and she w T as a widow. My mother told nr- he had a play
ful habit of running at ladies and pinching them, but that
this time she was ready for him. And so it proved.
The moment he saw us come into the drawing-room he
uttered a hoot of joy that sounded like a train coming out
of a tunnel and bore down on my supposedly defenseless
mother. He never quite got there; there was a twinkle
•nd six inches of hatpin were interposed between joyous
Jimmy and his victim.
Less than half an inch of it was enough to halt Jimmy,
and I never shall forget the look of pained surprise on
his face before it fell open to let out a noise like a yacht
Riren gone mad. Little Jimmy was no quitter, though,
and the next time my mother called he kindled a nice hot
fire under the sofa where the two ladies were sitting. No
one was hurt, luckily, but the sofa.
I took great pains afterward when I returned to
America next time, some twelve years later, to find out
what had become of him. Well, it appeared that Jimmy
had a sensitive nature—one of that kind that doting
mothers think shouldn't be thwarted; so, to spare him
the degradation of mixing with common boys who didn't
understand him, he was educated at home until it was
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Granddaughters.
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of His Children.
Is This Youngster Being
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The Old English Idea of Not
Spoiling the Child by Sparing
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time for him to go to college. Then
he went to one of your great colleges,
than which there are no greater insti
tutions anywhere, and what they did
to James w-as a pity.
Now, as T have said, he had
perience in horrid rude fellows,
James took it hard.
no ex
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Naturally the
harder he took it the harder he got it.
and it ended in his taking to drink,
and he died of red juice at the age of
twenty-three. Of course. I don't cite
this as a typical American boy; far
from it.
But I give it to illustrate
what may be the result of lack of
early discipline.
Some years ago there was a lot of
excitement about hazing in American
colleges and ragging in the army here.
While it was all no doubt very repre
hensible, I could not help having a
sneaking sympathy with the hazers,
and 1 could not help noticing that the
hazed was nearly always a boy who
had been brought up at home. It
was
being applied where the
trowel would have done earlier, before he had begun
to set.
In my experience the duration of ragging and hazing
is entirely a matter of how you take it, and the boy who
takes it well is not the undisciplined boy. There is noth
ing that breeds consideration in others for your feelings
as much as having consideration for the feelings of others.
1 need not say that this, like every other theory, can
be earned too far, and I have seen cases where a boy who
afterward became a man. as boys will, was so busy work
ing on the theory of "you scratch my back. I'll scratch
yours.' that he wore his finger nails away, so to speak,
and had nothing left with which to scratch for a living.
Still, as a general axiom you may take it that you will
catch more flies with honey than you will with vinegar.
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The Cricket Field Just Before a Game Between
Eton and Harrow.
For Many Long Years the Famous English Schools of Eton and Har
row Have Been Looked Upon as the Nursery for Training
the English Gentleman.
The average healthy boy is and should be as lively and
mischievous as a flea, and is singularly uncomplex. His
moral attributes we carried low ; later they often rise and
are located in the head and the heart, but during boyhood
mostly his emotions are centred in his tummy, and the
Beat of his conscience is contiguous to the seat of his pants.
And, arising out of this, we come by easy stages to
know it is our duty to prevent either from getting torpid
and especially the conscience. Directly the boy's con
science goes to sleep, or, as I believe, even dozes, wake
it—stir it up—and there is no better conscience rouser
than the good old-fashioned trunk strap or its equivalent.
I am told the barrel stave is used with excellent re
sults in parts. The means to the end are immaterial;
what is essential is that the end should be reached (or
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otherwise dealt with).
One thing more. One word of warning to the inexperi
enced spanker. Never embark on your pions task in a
jlemper, or you will do more harm than good. Children,
above all other animals, have a deep rooted instinct about
justice.
They will take, remember and profit by a licking given
for just cause clearly understood, but woe to the father
®r school master who smiles on a thing one day because
he himself is feeling good tempered, and the next day
grabs a cane when he's mad, and gets to work. He is
laying up for himself trouble in the future and doing the
boy no good.
For all the above reasons I call upon the manhood of
America to arise in their might and by unearthing the
long disused hickory twig, restore to the American
home that peace which is the inalienable birthright of the
Anglo-Saxon father, and rouse that conscience in the boy
while it only drowses, which, if allowed to sink into coma,
may one day suffer the fate of the suddenly roused
somnambulist.
Naxt Week the Duke of
Manchester Will Write
Another Article
"How Sentiment anti Scieacs
Are Upaettinn
nf the Survival
nr,
Nature's Law
of the Fittest"
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