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Rejoice—and be thankful.
“Water lilies for me.”—Chatin, Chicago. No cabinet-makers wanted. —W. H. T., Cin.,o. Real friendships last forever. Nothing can disturb them. Fingy Connors and Norman E. Mack are in the discards. Ohio still continues to flourish as the mother of presidents. Bryan may be elected United States senator from Nebraska. Some fellah pinched a neigh bor’s clock. Stealing time, eh? Bede’s Budget is now published in magazine form at 5 cents the copy. That story by the brilliant Did dv ought to have been entitled: Didhe? Two more holidays are near at hand —Christmas and New Year’s. Cheer up! “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.”—W. J. 8., Fair view, Neb. m. “Was I hit —or did the voters sandbag me?” — E. Y. Debs, Terre Haute, Ind. “I am still the owner of my postoffice address.” —T. L. Hisgen, Springfield, Mass. “Be good and you will be lone some.” Be bad—and you will be more lonesome —here. Every time the State Board of Control meets the rumor foundry is kept working overtime. It is generally sometimes once in a while impossible to tell whioh way a landslide is going to slide. The present governor of Mis souri will join the ranks of the common Folk after Jan. 1, next. A beneficial publication to read is the Technical World Magazine. It ranks among the best for use ful knowledge. Come agam, Anglicus Start something—and thereby add to the gaiety of nations and the glory of Old England. I H —l The president of the local Chau tauqua Cirole is a hustler. Mem bership in this organization is now at a premium. Joseph Medilt Patterson has put out another book, the Sins of So ciety. The poor idle rich are catching it on all sides. One of the boys in the print eats about two quarts of pebbles during the course of a year. No wonder he is as solid as a rock. “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” repeated by a pupil of German pioolivities: “The ghost is willing but the meat is weak.” One of the local lads is talking of becoming a train butchei or newsy. Only qualification neces sary is to be an accomplished short-change artist. • Paper is now being made from corn stalks. Instead of being wa termarked it will probably carry corn-tassel emblems in the corners for identification. The First Grader who obtained a nice check suit sometime ago is now wearing a striped one. He evidently believes in a change of style occasionally. SIDE LIGHTS &FEEI A compauy has been orgauized for insuring forests against fires. A popular insurance plan would be to insure frenzied financiers against being sent to prison. The wild beasts in the African jungles will probably all wish they had gone into the circus business when they hear of the American invasion into their “midst.” Gov. Hughes of New York is known in slaug vernacular as the “Human Feather Duster.” He certainly made the dust fly the right way all right, all right. A fellow who went out the other morning mumbled at breakfast: “Me for loway where the guys own the restaurant in the state pen—if I get pinched again.” One of the newcomers inquired at breakfast the other morning if there was any butter. A dark skinned neighbor replied under his breath: “Yas sah, in de re frigeratah, down staihs.” ' Taft will have 321 votes in the electoral college. Bryan 162. The majority for Taft is 159. Taft’s majority of the popular vote is ap proximately 1,350,000. A oase of “keep the change, professor.” Everybody is throwing bricks at Mr. John D. Rockefeller these days. It is a terrible thing to be a billionaire aud enjoy the luxury of employing regularly more than 1,600 high-priced lawyers. But luxuries of that kind come high. A son of Darwin, the scientist and biologist, proclaims the theory that plants and flowers are ani mals. He says they sleep, awaken, breathe and feel. Well, there’s no denying the fact that the creep ing ivy can run —around the house. One of the guards was heard to remark: “1 am going to give Blank a ride in the patrol wagon this afternoon.” A little while af terward Blank was observed com ing back from court—a slip in his hand and a stiff frown upon his Jib. That $29,000,000 fine levied against the Standard Oil Co. is a dead one. The Cirouit Court of Appeals has denied the application of the Government’s attorneys to reopen the case. It was only a trifling matter anyway —to the Standard Oil Co. This institution contains one prisoner not anxious to escape — that’s Ole, the thrush. He regards his cage as being his castle—and woe to any one whom he thiuks is endeavoriog to deprive him of it. This once wild bird has become so tame he will eat crumbs out of anyone’s mouth —prying open the lips with his bill. And it came to pass in the Ides of November that one Eugene of the surname of Debs also joined the backsliders—not the landslid es —for when they came unto the place where the votes were count ed—they were found to be fewer than last time—alas! Verily par lor socialism and Vox Populi poli tics—like oil and water—do not mix. A prominent resident here says he dines daily at Sherry’s in New York—having taken a course in absent treatment. He says it is easy when you get used to it. “Just work your imagination,” he said the other day—“the rest is easy ” Yes, the rest is long, no doubt —waiting. Why not work yourself out of the place on the absent treatment theory, Brother? The President’s Annual Report. Anolher year of Chautauqua work and study, our eighteenth, is brought to a close. In review ing this period the president will touch lightly upou past events concerning the work of the circle, dealing with what has beeu ac complished and attempted, and offering a few suggestions that he hopes may prove of benefit to all concerned. The year now past has been a most notable one in the history of the Pierian Circle. It may be said without fear of contradiction that the range of subjects presented, covering in scope the fields of art, science, history, literature und debate with attendant intelligent discussion thereon, is unequalled by any oth er society with a like environ ment. The program presented at each meeting dealing with one or more of the subjects previously men tioned has been of great educa tional benefit to every individual member of our circle. The dis cussion following every paper has been full and free, being a feature to be encouraged and maintained. The work of the past year is rendered conspicuous by partici pation of several members in the production of a successful min strel show given in the chapel for the benefit of all connected with this institution. As the initiative was taken exclusively by mem bers of the circle it is fair and right that its success should be credited to the circle. Equally worthy of mention is the splendid program presented at the close of the first quarter when the Warden honored the circle with his pres ence and won from him words of praise and encouragement. These two examples of our work are oited from many that were merit orious and are mentioned to pro mote further efforts along this line —a more sustained esprit de corps being essential to a high de gree of success. The ever present question of maintaining a full quota of mem bers is one of the most perplex ing as well as vexatious problems that confronts the president. At the beginning of our last year the membership was 30. By reason of discharge, parole or personal reasons the membership fell to 18 —the cirole losing at this time several of its oldest aud best members. In spite of the earn est efforts of the officers of the cir cle and the enrollment of many new members it was several months before the membership rose above 25. The number to day on our ro'ls is 27. It is well understood that a larger membership is desirable as it increases the interest of our meetings and affords a greater field from which to secure volun teers in time of need. In justice to the president and committee on membership it should be re membered to their credit that they have reported favorably on all ap plications for membership where the applicant could furnish some proof of his ability to deal intelli gently with subjects suitable for presentation before the circle. It must be evident to all that only by enforcing some test as to men tal equipment can the standard of intellect now present in the circle be maintained in the future. In stances of men who thought they possessed the necessary qualifica tioas and who, after admittance, proved signal failures, are equalled by those who, possessing only such education as they acquired in this institution, have by earnest effort, application and study made good and ha/e geuuine gratitude for the privilege granted ns to assem ble heie as a literary society. This educational side of the society’s work should, in the opinion of the writer, be broadened and strength ened. While this recommenda tion may not appeal to all with equal force it must be remembered that it is by the union of many motives and aims that make our meetings interesting and instruct ive to every one. It is because of the uncertain character of mental equipment possessed by applicants that the membership has not been increas ed to 36, which is the limit per mitted. A belief that a compara tively small membership with an even average in mental calibre and attainment is much more desirable from every standpoint lhan a larger circle having a greater pro portion of members unable to as sist or appreciate the necessity <?f maintaining a high standard of literary excellence, is one that has the unqualified support of the Warden and is, I believe, shared by a majority of our members. It is with much pleasure that the president testifies to the valu able assistance and unfailing sup port given him by the vice-presi dent and secretary in all matters wherein co operation was essential to successful accomplishment. It is also a pleasure to remember with expressions of praise and gratitude the important duty per formed by our worthy critics. The president is not unmindful of their aid in making our meetings a suc cess and herewith extends his deep and grateful appreciation of their work. This report would be incom plete without a proper acknowl edgement of the cheerful and un selfish contributions made by our musical members at our meetings that have added so much pleasure to our programs. We express the hope that this feature will be con tinued and strengthened. The inteiest of our Warden in the successful accomplishment of the Chautauqua has been a source of encouragement to all members of our circle and it is with much pleasure that the president bears witness to his indebtedness to the Warden, Deputy Warden and As sistant Deputy Warden for their support and hearty co-operation given him during the past year. In conclusion, sincere thanks are tendered the members of the Pierian Circle for their cordial support, and the president’s last word is to express the hope that the coming year may prove equal ly pleasant, profitable and enjoy able, as the one how passing into the depth of Pierian history. The Pr» side nt Running Away From Life. To fight life’s battles one must keep close to the firing line. Pain, sorrow, worry, and trouble must be vanquished at dose range. They must be conquered; they cannot be ignored, they cannot be deserted. Running away from self is running away from life. It is as foolish as trying to dodge one’s shadow. A man cannot get a divorce from himself; he might as well realize this and make him self as likeable a companion for himself as he cau. Thousands in the world today are seeking amusemeut, travel dis traction, and change of scene; not new wisdom to cure a wound nor new strength to bear it, but mere ly gome way to deaden pain. They are seeking not peace but tempo rary oblivion, not self-conquest, but self-forgetfulness. They are taking emotional chloroform, which, like all opiale3, has a dan gerous reaction. The swiftest eugine in the world cannot carry us away from a grief that holds our very heart in its close, deadening pressure. No matter how rapidly the rtito* stones are whizzed backward, we paunot escape the pain. It is still with us; it is snuggling close by our side and is eclipsing all the beauties of life and nature around us by its dull, insistent note. The magic spell of musio may carry us for a little out of our selves, may temporarily fill our hearts with rest, calm, and peace, may silence the voice of conscious ness of a forsaken duty or an un conquered pain; but unless the musi? inspires us with the wine of new purpose, the vital impelling courage to act as we should, it has been no real help. If we could pack our worries and anxieties—those restless imps that feed on our happiness and starve our souls —in storage with our furniture, before we set out on a travel tour, change of scene might be of real value to us, before a mental refreshening and a moral re-birth. But if our worries are going to camp out in our state room at night, and loom so large before us that they shut out our view of the Alps and darken the skies of sunny Spain—why, we really might as well have fought the battle out at home. Society is another of these by paths to mental oblivion. We might imagine that six nights a week in evening dress would, of itself, banish our sorrow or stifle our secret grief. But what is the use of it all if, when the evening olothes are removed, we find our selves still in the unremoved strait-jacket of memories we would give aught in the world to escape forever? There are times when we must just stand still and face life as it is. If our sorrow be inevitable we must bear it bravely so that we may bear it easier. If we <jan get salvage or hope from the wreck of failure we are lessening the loss. Fighting may help; flight nevpr. Our environment is so largely the radiation of our individuality that we can never truly desert it. Pun ning away from life is merely a coward’s useless alibi. —Ex. Nature’s LaW of Justice (Continued from page one.) There are many objections that are raised to the doctriue of Reincarnation, for instance, ft is frequently asked: “If we have been here so often before, why don’t we remember our past livesV” The physical brain does not reincarnate, that only belongs to one life; but thru this brain the true mao, the soul works, incarnatiou after incarnation. The personality, John Doe, does not rein carnate; but what does reiucarnate is the individuality, the immortal thinker, which ensouls John Doe. The charac ter with which John Doe came into the world has been wrought out by this indwelling Ego, which is the true man. It has bad many a past life, in mauy lands, under many civilizations. When John Doe dies —as we call it— that is when the soul throws off his outermost covering that character en dures, and is the richer or the poorer, the nobler or the baser, for its last ten ancy iu the physical body. The soul or thiuker of John l)oe remembers, and his memory acts as intuition aud conscience. A highly developed man has not to learn that it is wrong to tell lies, he knows it. He has not to learn that it is wrong to steal, he knows it, without having to go thru the unpleas ant experience this time of beiug put iuto prison for theft. He has not to learn that it is right to be kiud, and loving and unselfish, be knows it, for it is the fruit of his past. John Doe can so train himself that he rati recover many memories of his pa6t lives, by living a pure life, and by daily aspiring to live in his soul con sciousness. He must realize his true seif, not as something outside of him, but as himself, and his personality as the instrument which he, the soul uses. The training is slow and difficult, but there comes a time when flashes from the past will illumine his lower con sciousness; until,, iu time, he realizes fully his heritage, and henceforth, his life will be lived for Eternity, and not for fleeting Time. A. H. T. San Francisco, Cal.