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The Tearless Children of Japan
By Mary Gay Humphreys.
44«T"^OR God's sake, stop that
■-^ crying." To hear this good
a. missionary English in a
ne^t of Japanese houses —and Japanese
houses are so thin that everything the
neighbors say is easily heard—was
.startling. In four months we had never
heard any scolding or seen a child
punished.
This unusual event proved to be one
of those international households not
uncommon in the East. It was the
Anglo-Saxon half of the child that
roared and tyrannized over its sub
missive Japanese mother. His Eng
lish father had bought him a bright
blue ulster with brass buttons. In this
he strutted up and down Negisha
Mura, bossing all the children of the
quarter. A plainer instance of hered
ity and racial traits is rarely seen.
No one was more shocked at John
Tashira san than O Tara, the little
niece of our maid, O Yen, "The Hon
orable Miss Dollar." Even when O
Tara had the toothache she smiled
through her pain.
'Bad boy," said O Tara. "His
rudeness-to-Honorable-foreign-lady-is.
Evil-matter-to-reepected-ears - of - the
Augustly-Honorable-one is," with great
dignity, and bowing her little head
down to the floor.
Even Japanese babies are popularly
supposed never to cry. This comes
pretty near the truth, for the land and
all there is in it seems to be theirs.
In any country where Shintoism or
ancestral worship prevails, the chil
dren are bound to have a good time.
A son is necessary to carry on the
worship of his parents and to keep the
ancestral fires lit. If a man has not
a son, he adopts one or takes another
wife. If a woman has not a son, she
knows what to expect. Polygamy
finds its excuse in religion. Japanese
girls are by no means so highly valued,
but, as can be seen, they work into the
general scheme. Children being a re
ligibus necessity, their place Is fixed.
Supplementing this is the natural joy
of parents in their own progeny and
the sense of possession.
Curiously enough, pampered as they
are, the children are never caressed.
The Japanese regard kissing as vulgar,
animal and unsanitary. Even foreign
children would willingly give up be
ing kissed in return^for never being
scolded or whipped.
When a Japanese child is born every
body brings it gifts. Fish and eggs
are the proper presents, particularly
eggs, on which the family probably
subsists until satiety sets in. On the
third day it is named, and goes to the
temple to be blessed by the priest.
Girls are generally named after some
flower or fruit, as "Ume," plum blos
"THOU SHALT NOT SWEAR"
Queer Devices Are Resorted to by Men Who Want to Quit Profanity.
: THOU SHALT NOT TAKE :
: THE NAME OF THE LORD :
: THY GOD IN VAIN. :
Signs like this and similar advices
against profanity began mysteriously
to appear in some Chicago street cars
and public places several weeks ago.
Their origin was unknown, and while
the local campaign against swearing
was not apparently carried on by any
particular organization, it was evident
that somebody had become interested
in it. It transpires now that it is the
Western movement in a crusade start
ed by Rev. Roland D. Sawyer, of Mas
sachusetts, who has a liberal supply
of "don't-swear" cards, and who is
distributing them to the outmost cor
ners of the earth, in the hope that he
•will raise the morals of mankind.
Can profanity be abolished, or, at
least, better regulated, by the card
method?
The late Charles Hoyt had a scheme
for disposing of "the cussing man." He
showed, in one of his plays, a "swear
ing room." It was in the best place
In the world for such a thing—the
waiting room of a railway station.
When the individual could no longer
brook the insolence of the baggage
man, and when the ticket agent firmly
refused to tell when the belated train
would arrive, he went into the swear
ing room out of hearing of the others,
and when a blue light was seen through
the glass door it was obvious that the
cussing man was busy.
But at best, this was merely isolat
ing profanity. Rev. Roland D. Sawyer
hopes to do more. He hopes to obliter
ate it.
One comment common in the books
of Englishmen who have done Amer
ica the honor to skate through the
country hastily and then write it down
ad impossible, Is that Americans swear.
Even Rudyard Kipling noticed it, and
in his incisive "American Notes" con
stantly harped* on the fact that the
average American seems Incapable of
THE aiRUS'TEAST*ofDOLLS
som, or "KiKu, cnrysantnemum. ijoya
are nicknamed, as "Eltaro," "glorius
big one," or perhaps "Saburo," mean
ing No. 3, the third boy.
A baby wears layers of those long
easy slips we know as kimonos, which
cover its feet and its hands. Conse
quently, it has no cause for crying
when it is dressed. Even the poorest
baby has its daiiy hot bath. Hot in
Japan means 110 degrees Fahrenheit,
a temperature that gives even a grown
person a lively recollection. Its head
is shaved, with the exception of a
small tuft, until it is three years old.
One of the few repulsive sights In
Japan is the number of sore-headed
children seen on the streets. These
sores are not allowed to heal, the the
ory being that in this manner all the
evil humors of the body are expelled.
When a baby is a few weeks old, it
is strapped on the back of one of the
younger children and sent out into
the streets. When our children are
being cradled and sung to, the Ja
panse baby is beginning its education.
This seems to explain that expertness
of the Japanese nation which within
fifty years has become a world power.
The children of the poor play in the
streets and the temple grounds, and
every third child has a baby on Its
back. This makes no difference in the
games. The children play battledoor
and shuttelcock, toss their rice bags,
run, jump, and even walk on stilts
with the last born nodding its helpless
head or perhaps fast asleep, its face
tinned upward and head lying back
on its bearer's shoulders. As the baby
gets older it takes an interest in all
that is going on, and dally adds to its
stock of knowledge.
Children are carried in this manner
until they are three years old, and
have their dolls strapped on their
backs. Thus entertained and with
plenty of company, a Japanese child
has very little cause for complaint.
Indoors the mother performs all her
household duties with the baby on her
back. Our manner of carrying a
child In the arms seems very wasteful
of time and strength to a Japanese
mother, who keeps her arms free and
cares for her baby at the same time.
Meanwhile the baby learns to cling
with its toes and fingers like a little
animal. It unconsciously learns what
its elders know, and the precocity of
the Japanese children in taking care
of shops, in selling, and carrying on
that exercise of mental shrewdness
which farmers call a "dicker" is the
astonishment of every foreigner.
Every boy and girl in Japan has
the same birthday, regardless of dates
of birth. These the whole country
unites in celebrating.
The girls' birthday is called the
"Feast of Dolls," and takes place on
March 3. On that day all the dolls
of the family for generations back are
brought out and ranged on a red cov
ered shelf. Among these are the em
peror and empress. Little lacquer
tables are put before the dolls, and for
three days food is served to them. A
tremendous amount of visiting goes
on, and the streets are filled with gaily
dressed children going to see one an-
out several oaths. One man, a pros
pector out West, won his admiration,
for the oaths came smoothly from his
lips "like clotted cream from the mouth
of a Jug," and Mr. Kipling got a vivid
picture of this prospector, alone with
a mule on the Bannock City trail,
swearing, swearing, always swearing,
getting through three sentences with-
Without stopping to consider the
language that made Billingsgate fa
mous, or the poverty-stricken Tommy
Atkins with his one adjective—in fact,
feeling a little above the to quoque—
it may as well be acknowledged that
the English have found a true bill. The
sad thing Is that It isn't considered
serious. Tet there is probably a time
in the lives of even Americans when
swearing gives the thrill of sin.
How Sawyer Stopped It.
This was true anyway in the life of
the Rev. Mr. Sawyer. He was born
in Kensington, N. H., Jan. 8, 1874, and
inherited the lot of the average New
England country boy. He worked, he
went \to the common schools of the
town, and later to the high school at
Exeter, and he earned his high school
education by walking to and from
school each day—eight miles. He left
school to work; on the farm and In
the shoe shop he did his share, and
was probably no worse than his town
mates.
In the summer of 1894 there came to
town a young preacher, and the boy
was converted to religion. ' He was
"convicted of si*," of course, else the
conversion had not been the violent
wrench it was.
But when he cast about in his mind
to see what was the onus of sin which
had suddenly been removed he could
find nothing but the sin of Drofanity.
An innocent, hard-worked, clean
minded New Engfish farm boy often
has the experience of being unable to
name the offense of which he has been
convicted at times like this.
"I had been with older boys," says
Mr. Sawyer, "and they got me to
swearing." Of course, it was simply
village "smartness."
But the conversion stuck, and as he
realized that he had really committed
THE ST. PAUL GLOBE. SUNDAY, JANUAEY 10, 1901.
Little <Japs
at pi-ay
oiners uoiis, ■■ ana biuu-iub »" uauuj
and rice cakes. At the close r r of the
festival the/dolls are carefully?packed
away with new additions to thej|rcora^
pany. -1 ;.!;U'":.'?^i'^^'''''■•■*":"<-*;*■■- ■•'..■■'■ ■
There is a common belief that if
dolls have : enough, companionship, '.in'
time they will acquire souls/; Q Tar»
had a bare" polled . doll, which she .
cared for tenderly. >Eaeii day she
bathed its eyes in hot water. !> J.-.'":
"Wherefore, - O Tara," I asked, "it
lias eyes, : but sees not." '■'■■'■'. i'■ • ;..- \.
"No, Auffustly HonofaTJte r foreign
lady. But "If . O. '. -Tara. loves enough,
baby see.". '■:.-"* :I:',::,'.iU->i^.' ■■■ !■' '
The boys' birthday is May 5, ; and
is called the "Feast of Flags." i'Sacred
to the boy is the carp-, the fish ---of
greatest strength and courage. j. It
alone can . leap waterfalls.;^nd travel
up stream.'- The country bristles with
flag poles, and from each "wave bril
liantly colored 1 paper r fisbl ''These fish
are made double, and "ffie wind en
tering the wide mouths swell them out
until they seem to be swimming in .the
air. Each pole will have half dozen
fish of different hues, and the color
effect of this forest of 'gay ..masts
viewed from * some friendly * hill is one
of those beautiful results that this ar
tistic people know so well how to pro
duce. .^>«> ~-
The children enter into almost every
a mortal sin, had broken one law In
ten, the sin assumed serious propor
tions. The next discovery was, of
course, that made by the traveling
Englishmen—that the sin was so com
mon in th»3 country that it attracted
no particular attention.
The conversion meanwhile was stick
ing so hard that a year after it occur
red Mr. Sawyer entered the so-called
"lay college" at Revere Beach, Mass.,
to study for the ministry. He graduat
ed with his class in 1898, and was at
once called to be associate pastor of
the South church in Brockton (Con
gregationalist).
Now one of Mr. Sawyer's best-mark
ed characteristics is personal initiative,
and it has borne tremendous fruit. He
went home to Kensington and found an
old church In the town out of use.
He persuaded the trustees to allow him
to use it and held meetings there.
The First Pledge.
It may have been remembrance of hla
own sin hunt and Its result—it may have
been the first chance an abiding resolu
tion to attack the great American sin had
had —what he did was to formulate a
simple pledge not to use profanity, and
he got several young folks in Kensington
to sign these. The form of the original Is
interesting. It reads:
: I, the undersigned do :
i hereby resolve to use no more :
: profane language of any kind or :
: strong adjectives of any kind. :
: May the Lord help me to keep :
: my resolve. •
: (Slyned) ;
: Witnessed by Roland Douglas :
: Sawyer. j
: May the Lord help her to keep :
: May Jesus help her. •
: Virgin Mary bless her. :
Meanwhile he was doing work In the
same direction In Brocktoa, which is a
comparatively small factory town, and
was a swearing town. The originality of
the work and Mr. Sawyer's success in it
attracted the attention of other Brockton
preachers, and the Baptist minister ask
ed Mr. Sawyer to- lecture against swear
ing in the Baptist church. This was done,
and the spreading of the anti-swearing
movement lias begun.
form of Japanese life. When the moth
er goes to the temple to pray, she
brings home gifts for the children.
Many of the temple grounds are like
a continual fair, with toy and candy
booths and open air entertainments.
Japanese toys are innumerable and
cheap. One sen is a half cent. Ten
rin make one sen; many of these toys
The young preacher was licensed at
Quincy, Feb. 21, 1899, and was ordained in
the South church March 13, 1900. The fol
lowing July he received a call to Hanson,
and accepted it, because it was a small
church and would give him the time to
carry on his crusade and also to study
at Boston university for two years. In
3898 he married a girl from his own town.
Miss Mary L. Palmer, of Kensington, and
he now has two children In the Hanson
parsonage.
By way of carrying on his crusade, Mr.
Sawyer resolved to imitate the methods
used by two successful Northfleld evange
lists. They had discovered that the ordi
nary man fights shy of the conventional
tract, and had printed the briefest appeals
on colored cards, with a catch phrase on
one side and their little sermons on the
other. These had been found to work
well.
They had been cleverly done; some of
the catch phrases were simply irresisti
ble. One reads: "How to have beautiful
feet," and the recipe is: "Go tell some
sinner of Jesus, for Paul says, 'How
beautiful are the feet of them that
preach the gospel of peace,' " with some
pointed remarks added. The card is
smaller than the average transfer check
of the street car.
Mr. Sawyer got out a bunch of similar
cards. He handed them to men who swore
on the street, and who took them some
times under the impression that they
were tickets. He got out stickers, and
when he read a newspaper -In a train,
put on his sticker as he finished, and
passed the paper up to the engineer or
fireman a» he passed in the station. He
put cards into papers for the hospitals.
Friends were interested and helped
pass them out. and bought them at the
rate of a thousand. A quarter's worth
would go a long \fay.
The cards were neither offensive nor
priggish. They laid stress on the useless
ness of profanity, on the sin, on the dis
courtesy to persons who heard and whose
feelings might be wounded.
And soon a surprising fact was devel
oped. The people In* general were not
wicked, reckless, nor even consciously
profane. All they needed was to have
their attention called to the fact that they
swore, and they were glad to cease.
They Apologize.
"I have known of but two Instances,"
said Dr. Sawyer lately, "where profane
recipients of cards have shown anything
like resentment.- Usually they apologize
for having sworn, or else slink out of
sight in sort order."
The movement was no sooner under
way than there was a demand for more
and more striking literature. Then be
gan an amazing activity for Dr. Sawyer,
which is still on the waxing hand. His
little study in Hanson is literally heaped
and piled with the various forms of
tracts, cards, pledges and stickers. Tet
they are only samples; there are literally
hundreds of forms of printed matter.
The most striking are the large cards.
"They were prepared to stick up in
places where profanity is heard." said Dr.
Sawyer. "Groceries, where men and
The <sirls are taught
ARTISTIC DECORAJION
cost no more than one rin. Here Is
O aru, or Honorable Monkey. He
is of red cotton, concealing a bamboo
spring. Press the string and he runs
up a pole. This costs 2 rln. A box
of soldiers, samurai in full armor, costs
9 rin. . ';; .„■ ':•' '. ■.::> r
One of the simplest toys -is the
"Tombo," or dragon fly. Imagine two
pieces of wood, shaped like a T. The
upper bar is daubed with color. By
twisting the lower piece and suddenly
letting go, the toy darts into the air,
dipping, rising, hovering. in its rapid
motion looking like a dragon fly, and
making the same humming sound.
The children, too, are '. in the temple
grounds imitating their parents' devo-«
tipns by shooting prayer arrows, "tir
ing" rolled up prayer papers, as our
children throw spit balls, piling up
votive stones, and sending paper pray
er boats, touched off with a match, to
burn on the temple ponds.
Hair is to the Japanese almost what
the toga was to the Romans. The gun
trigger style of hair dressing for men
has gone down before Western civili
zation. The boys wear their hair short, '
and a shock of hair is to the little boy
what breeches pockets are to our chil-
boys sit round in tho evenings to talk,
shops and factories, towns —where we
have been able to get ordinances passed
against swearing—school yards, where lit
tle boys swear—they have been found
useful in all sorts of places.
"One girl who works in a shoe shop in
Brockton asked for a card to tack up
over her bench. She said the foreman
swore a good deal. Two days later he
had occasion to find fault with the girl
at the next bench and swore at her. She
pointed to the card and the foreman apol
ogized to the girl who owned It. I un
derstand that he hasn't cursed since In
her presence."
By March of last year the work had
crystallized. Hundreds had signed pledges
not to swear, some of them volunteering
to fine themselves when they slipped up
and to send the fines in to further the
work. The amount of backsliding may be
imagined when Dr. Sawyer says the work
has paid its own way, in spite of the
enormous amount of printing represented.
It was in March 1902, that the first anti
profanfty league wag formed in Hanson,
with the founder as secretary. The or
ganization was made just close enough to
hang together, and loose enough to as
sure peaceful existence. •
There was instant call for leagues in
neighboring towns, and tha work has
grown In two years until there are now
12,000 members", who have signed pledges
In forty states, two territories. Canada,
Scotland, England, Ireland. Switzerland,
and South Africa, and an auxiliary socie
ty in London.
President Roosevelt has given unauali
fied approval to the work. Rev. John L.
Withrow, is the president of the league.
The movement is still spreading.
Some of the tiny tracts are interesting,
and the stories are good ones. One of
them was made the subject of illustra
tion by Judge. It is of the tramp, who
told the woman from whom he asked money
that It was for liquor he wanted it. "Rum
is a curse," said she. "That's why I drink
beer." said the tramp. "Good Lord!"
shrieked the old lady, "don't you know
that is a curse, too?" "Yes, mum, but it's
a mild sort of curse, like 'Good Lord.' "
Part of the work is the procuring of the
preachment of sermons from the pulpit.
Over 200 have been delivered. Another
part is conducting, the campaign so as to
attract the attention of the secular press.
In the hunt for publicity today, free ad
vertising is a shy bird, but the methods
of Dr. Sawyer have brought it down.
Over 200,000 pieces of "literature" have
been distributed. "It is usually easy to
get permission to stick the cards up in
factories and stores," said Dr. Sawyer.
"They often say they don't mind, but it
will do no good, and no harm. It always
has its effect, however."
One town in Massachusetts has passed
an anti-profanity ordinance, and large
cards giving warning- of the danger of
arrest and fine are furnished by the
league, and are tacked to telegraph poles
throughout the town. Another town in
Nebraska has joined the Hat, and more are
now considering it.
A chief of police In Brooklyn, on taking
office, announced publicly that ha would
dren. All the girls wear their hair In
the same way until they are married.
Even little girls require a hair dresser,
for nobody but a professional could
master the intricacifs of the Japanese
coiffure. It is to preserve this that the
little pillows of wood and paper are
used to sleep on. A greater sacrifice to
vanity can scarcely be conceived. It Is
I'd under the nape of the neck and
s stonier each hour. The boys
have cotton pillows,
c children all dress like their eld-
There are no "baby clothes." At
n a girl gets her obi, or sash, which
j her a hump-back look, but is
te Japanese what diamonds are to
Westerner. Only little girls and
geishas wear gay kimonos. A bevy of
little girls together in their flower-like
kinomos with long-winged sleeves la*
like a flock of bright-hued birds.
Dressed for any function their faces
are painted dazzling white and red.
This is not to deceive. Paint is frankly
a. decoration.
Another mark of girlhood is the red
petticoat. It Is an oblong piece folded
around her and crossing in front. Now
she begins those pigeon-like steps 'of
the "Three Little Maids From School."
This is to keep her skirts together and
rot show her, ankles, for in all Japan
there is not a. stocking. At the race
course I have seen the knees of high
born young girls disclosed by the rude
wind. When the girl marries, she gets
a white petticoat and changes her style
of hair dressing.
But child life is not all play. Th«
streets are full of school children, with
their bags of books. But imagine the
boon. All Japan speaks softly. The
children do not scream and yell even
in play, and never in four months did
I see a quarrel or fight. Teacher is
held in such respect that until recently
the children in reciting turned their
backs, It being rude to stare him in
the face.
In the Orient the children study
, aloud. This is to make sure they are
studying. As there is no alphabet in
Japan, the children have to commit
as a starter 3,000 Chinese characters,
a mental effort which makes the for
eigner understand the nimble, facile
minds of these people.
The education of the boys and girls
take different directions. That of the
girl is to make her the accomplished
servant of the man. If she Is ill. she
must conceal it. She must always
be well and willing, have a smile on
her lips and her hands free to serve
Instruct the officers to arrest for pro
fanity as well as for drunkenness and the
air of the. shoe city became at once less
sulphurous.
The work is all volunteer, but It is be
ing- done in hundreds of directions steadi
ly. It is. of course, entirely "on the
nide." Nobody devotes his whole time to
the crusade; it isn't necessary. Hence
the mysterious cards in Chicago.
Among the many anti-swearing pledges
is this money-saving scheme:
• ■"•
CURSE CARD. :
: Being desirous of breaking :
: myself of the detestable habit of :
: swearing and feeling the need :
: of
: A CONSTANT REMINDER :
: to assist me in this determina- :
: tion, I promise to wear, carry. :
: post in some conspicuous place. :
: or otherwi.se make such dispos- :
: al of this card, that it shall con- :
: tinually remind me :
: NOT TO SWKAR. :
: Further, if I break this resolve, :
: I will for any and every oath ut- :
: tered, pay a fine of :
: FIVE CENTS :
: to be sent to the publisher of ;
: this card and used for publlca- :
: tion and distribution of antl- :
: profanity literature. :
• .. .*
Among those who fee] that their swear-
Ing Is nothing but a habit, this card may
be used with excellent effect. Says a
business man: "My office mate swore;
he promised to desist if I could help him
break, the habit! • • • I posted the
card over his desk. The first night I got
25 cents, and he has not sworn since."
"Our method." says Mr. Sawyer, "is to
send out 'arrows,' as we call them, swift
ly and silently home, to let them sink
deeply into the heart, avoiding discussion
as much as possible. In that we hope
to arouse public feeling to such an ex
tent that profanity printed or spoken will
not be tolerated.
"As it Is, people in general seem to
think it is smart, and moreover a manly
attribute to heroes. For instance, one of
the men who sent Us encouragement at
our big Boston meeting last Sunday was
quoted as becoming victoriously profane
on the field of battle. He was apparently
applauded, and he never denied it.
"Swearing at the president of the
United Skates seems to be winked at and
laughed at. President Roosevelt was
sworn at by a mad cycler at Oyster Bay,
and people only laughed, while Mark
Hanna sent a telegram to Roosevelt say-
Ing. 'The vote is blanked clnge.'
"I've got two little girls, 2 and 4 years
old. When they are near the age of this
young woman they won't be reading nov
els full of profanity. They'll be with me
on a trip across the continent In a gospel
wagon, playing while I preach against
swearing."
Mr. Sawyer is getting a lot of mail from
all parts of the country. Recently Georee
Francis Train sent him this:
She is taught to sew and cook, to
make herself attractive by playing the
samisen and koto, and to execute, what
she thinks, is singing. She must be
skilled In the involved paths of Japan
ese etiquette, to go through the tea
ceremony, the "O Chan Yu," the
foundation of all elegance and to ar
range flowers according to her text
books and rules —a beautiful accom
plishment which makes our bou
quets seem barbarous. She does not
dance. Geishas are paid to do that.
Both boys and girls must write well.
Hand writing ranks as a virtue ia
Japan. This they do with a brush In
vertical lines that read backward. The
boys' studies are more like those ol
our Western world. Chinese is their
Latin, and English our French.
American text books are used. They
have athletic contests, tugs of war, and
grotesque races in which two bo3 r9
are tied by the legs. There is an an
cient contest known as "Taking the
Castle." There are two bamboo
towers covered with paper ovor twelve
feet high. These are besieged by op
posing parties with wooden balls. In
side are bowls filled with burning
fluid. The castle that takes fire flrsi
wins the game for the besiegers. In
the end there ia a glorious bonfire for
both sides.
But the chief thing taught to every
boy is loyalty and devotion to the
emperor. Ask any boy what Is the
dearest thing in life and he answers.
"To die for the emperor." This la
the secret of the bravery of the Japan
ese soldiers. It was a Japanese
mother who, when her only son was
brought home dead from the battle
field, smiled and said, "Then he wai
able to be of some service."
At the theater this loyally is prom
inent in most plays. A celebrated
play is "The Troubles of the House
of Date." The lord is a little child.
His playmate is another child, his
subject. A rival faction seeks to
poison him. A box of candies i 3 sent
as a present. The child knows hla
duty and calmly eats one, dying that
the trick may be exposed and hla
lord's life saved.
In the long winter nights the chil
dren sit around the brazier of coals,
which is the Japanese hearth, and lis
ten to stories of the children's god,
whose name Is Jiza. When the chil
dren die they go to Jiza. Jiza wears
a kinomo, with long sleeves, and when
the goblins are after them they run
and hide behind these sleeves. Here
are bits from a hymn to Jiza:
"Poor little soul, your life was brief
indeed."
"So soon were you forced to make
the weary journey to the Maido."
"Trust in me; I am your father and
mother in the Maido."
"Father of children in the region of
the dead."
"And he plays with them and takes
them in his arms."
(Copyright, 1903, by Mary Gay Hum
phreys.)
"Dear Citizen Rev. Roland D. Sawyer,
Secretary Anti-Profanity League, Hanson.
Mass.: In spf-aking of my ancestors 1
used to say; 'I had a revolutionary sir*
and a continental dam;' then, to check
mate this vein, X would add: 'I waa sired
by the revolution and damned by th«
people.' And in my travels around th»
world, speaking of Holland, I referred to
the towns of Rotterdam. Amsterdam.
Schiedam, and gthur dam places In Neth
erlands. These dams useu to bring down
the house with laughter, but I found I
could not even joke on damnation without
being profane.
"When H. W. Beechers Y. M. C. A.
sent me a check for $150 to lecture ore
my travels in the Plymouth pulpit fly«
decades ago, I was criticising our mis
sions and the English missions in China
in plain words, when some one in th»
gallery yelled out: "You are a dam llart'
I looked up, and said, without any ex
citement: 'So am I.'
"When abolition was red hot, befor*
Sumter was fired into. I heard Wendell
Phillips In Fam-uil hall create a sensation.
After Impeaching the old Bay state for
allowing Burns to be taken back South,
he closed with: 'God damn the stale of
Massachusetts.'
"After the audience recovered from It*
sensation of horror It applauded him. I
have utilized this Incident again.st swear
ing and also the 'Shovel and Tongs' way.
I have reproved club and shop swearers
by asking if they would do It at the head
of their table in the presence of wife and
children. There is another form of vul
garity in using words as close to profanity
as possible—by gosh, gol darn, etc., with
a dozen variations. I have mailed your
circulars and printed matter to my daugh
ter. Mrs. Train Oulager. Minerva lodge.
Stamford, Conn., where she always keeps
a room for me, to show my 8-year-old
grandson, George Francis Train ttulager,
and have him learn them by heart.
"Can you not get your nun-swarloi
precepts In sehoolbooks':
"You are doing a gnat work to stofr
almost universal vulgarity."
It Seams Too Bad.
What did Madam Sewem say at th«
convention?" asked the Hrst dressmaker.
"Why, I didn't hear quit.' all she said.
The chairlady announced that Madam
Sewam would make some fitting remark*.
but some one else rut in and said if she*
was to be held up as a pattern for other
speakers it would be a waist of words. I
was right on the skirts of the crowd, and
was trying to edge in, and there was %
terrible bustle all about me, and them
Madam Sewem got up and exclaimed that
she could trim an.vone who chose to de
bate with MLt. and all the time the othar
woman was inserting a word or two am
she could, but anybody could see she de
served a basting and that she was golna
to get it, and I wish I could have hear*
it. but I missed the best part of It."
"Why; couldn't you hear all that wu
said?"
'Not exactly that, but I got a stitch
in my side and Tost the thread of the re
marks. '' —Judge.

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