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years; any jury you could get, any since. He'll be eligible — ALSBERG'? dozen men picked at random
They had turned one page and were His brother repeated the words half way down the second before Boynthoughtfully after him. “Any jury ton raised his head from above the book. picked at random?” All right — 'I think we need n't go any farther. we'll pick 'em; enough to show what I think I see your point.' I mean. Got a telephone book? It 'Let's see what we've got, then: won't be a perfectly fair sample, but one odd-jobs man; one truck farmer it'll give us an idea. Here, I'll read – he may get off, it's just a chance the names off.
if we get him; one garbage man's He turned to the A's under West helper; one you don't know; one Brookins. ‘ABRAMS, ADAMS, ADAM- delivery-wagon driver — What'd you SON —
say about him? I've got him checked “There's a good place to stop,' Boyn- twice.' ton interrupted the reading. He spoke 'I said I'd asked Breck to discharge good-naturedly with an obvious desire him because of the way he got orders not to insist on his triumph. ‘Any one mixed. If he is n't feeble-minded — of those three or all of them. Adams 'He won't be too feeble-minded to and I have played chess together for remember that — you can bank on his years. And Abrams –
having that much mind; nor too feeble'Abrams the one that writes the law minded to get accepted, either, so long textbooks?'
as he's outside an institution. You see 'Yes. He was at the State Univer- what it comes down to. That's what sity when I was, and ever since - brought me down as fast as I could
‘Ever serve on a jury yourself?' travel. I did n't know anything about 'I'm exempt. As a teacher
this town, but I knew what towns full 'It's ten or twelve years since you of retired lawyers and bankers and prodid any teaching.'
fessors and cultured classes generally “Teaching is my profession, though, are always like. Look at Boston! and naturally — He saw the applica- Rottenest city government - You tion of the question and was silent. would n't think now of what I said a ‘What does Adams do?"
while ago about going off for a visit for 'He's a doctor.'
a while? It's just till we'd have time to "That exempts him. Adamson? get our hands on some clues and get
'He's retired now. He was formerly in first with them. When you're up counsel
against a combination like this — 'Exempt then.'
Professor Boynton got to his feet. He read off three more names. At His face was suddenly as old as his the end of the next three, he got up and gray hair. He swallowed hard before moved his chair over to his brother's. he spoke.
'It'll be quicker to run down the 'No,' he said. He stood looking down page and check the exceptions. Know into the fire. 'It's Helen I'm thinking AGNEW? — ALLEN, A. R.? — ALLEN, of, of course. She's just at that age — R. N.?— ALLIGER?'
But no! Whatever I've done -' 'Alliger? I don't know any Alliger – ‘But it's what you have n't done! Oh yes, he does odd jobs. He brought Good God, Ed, if you'd done anything me some fertilizer once.'
to him 'And you probably objected to the 'I don't mean that,' Boynton said. price and he's had it in for you ever For a little while he resumed his con
templation of the fire. “What I mean of your other friends were coming over.' is this: all my life I've prided myself He stopped, waiting for his brother on being a good citizen. If I have n't to answer, but Boynton said nothing. been - He paused. “Since I have n't I think I'll duck out before they been, to take the consequences of not come. I've a meeting in town I ought being
n't to cut if I can help it. . . . But I'm ‘But you could n't have turned the glad! You know that. I'm tickled to thing — not single-handed.'
death. I could sit down and cry, just 'I could have helped. In a place as out of plain relief. You'll say good-bye small as this, if I'd set the example – to Cara for me, won't you? And the He stopped: the telephone, which had next time you get accused of murder or been quiet longer than at any other arson or kidnapping – time in the day, was ringing again. But Professor Boynton, though he 'Cara's gone upstairs, I think. I'll held his brother's hand longer than was answer it.'
usual with him, did not respond to the I'll answer it! The less you talk, the joking. When he was alone, he went to better. If it's anybody trying to get a one of the bookcases and took down statement out of you — He went out from it a little shabby brown-bound to the instrument. Inside the study, his volume and turned its familiar leaves. brother could hear the quick bark of The passage he turned to he could have his responses.
repeated as well without the book as 'Hello. . . . Yes . . . Yes . . . No, with it: he can't come just now. This is his No free man shall be taken or imprisoned brother. ... Yes. ... Yes. What! or dispossessed, or outlawed, or banished, ... What's that? . . . Yes, I got or in any way destroyed; nor will we go upon
him, nor send upon him, except by the legal judgment of his peers. ...
The telephone book was still open on There was a long listening silence. the desk. His eyes went from the page Then the receiver crashed down on the in front of him to the checked names on hook and Charlie came back into the its list — to the names of the garbage study. His face was queerly mottled man and the odd-jobs man and the with red and his teeth ate at his un- driver of the delivery wagon. steady lower lip.
““His peers!”' Boynton quoted un‘God's good to you, Ed! The widow der his breath. ““By legal judgment of got up when they were n't watching her (my) peers.” The color flooded his face, and got hold of something she thought even to his rim of gray hair. “My suwas whiskey. She's just made a state- periors! The men I've left alone at ment in expectation of death. She Runnymede!' threw the brick herself — came round He was still holding the book befrom behind you. He'd been chasing her tween his fingers when the doorbell with a knife the night before and that sounded and he went out to let in his was her answer. It was a Judge Some other peers — the recreant barons of body telephoned. He said he and some West Brookins.
MEMORANDUM FOR A SUBWAY STATION
BY CHRISTOPHER MORLEY
SEE her, then — this perfect perfect city,
A little grain of innocent harmless haste
And brisk ambition. Then it swells and rots,
Puts down its fiery tendrils in the mind,
BY AGNES REPPLIER
matter of in that what he said of his
SOME years ago I wrote to a friendly he is a scholar), and in the names of author — who also chanced to be a his readers, all claim to this inheritstylist — a protest against one of the ance. When he substituted a bald simwanton assertions in which his soul de- plicity for a rich and masterful idiom, lighted: 'It is n't true, and, what is he signified his assent to the impovermore, you knew it was n't true when ishment of our national speech. There you said it.' To which the answer came are some among us who think that if back prompt and clear: ‘Must I ex- Americans cannot read the King James plain even to you that it is not a ques. Bible, they had better learn to read it. tion of what I say, but how I say it?' Men and women without the tenth
Yet that man was an American, and part of their schooling have succeeded should have felt with the rest of his in doing this. Its heroic wealth of countrymen that what he said was a monosyllables, which exceed those of matter of vital import to a listening — any other English masterpiece, should or an inattentive — world; but that lighten the reader's task. To underthe fashion of the saying was negligible stand the precise significance of every provided he made his meaning plain. word is not essential. To love the
A language long employed by a deli- sight and the sound and the glory of cate and critical society,' says Walter them is part of a liberal education. Bagehot, ‘is a treasure of dextrous fe- There is no liberal education for the licities.' To ask from it nothing but under-languaged. They lack the aveintelligibility is to rob ourselves of de- nue of approach to the best that has light as well as of distinction. It is to been known and thought in the world, narrow our magnificent heritage of and they lack the means of accurate English speech to a bare subsistence, self-interpretation. A heedless clumsithe only form of voluntary poverty ness of speech denies the proprieties which has nothing to recommend it. and surrenders the charm of interIt is to live our intellectual life, if we course. Chesterton says that Saint have one, and the social life we must Francis of Assisi clung through all the all have, upon a rather shabby assort- naked simplicities of his life to one ment of necessary words, when we are rag of luxury — the manners of a court. rich in our own right, and can draw at “The great attainable amenities' lent will upon the inexhaustible funds of grace to his mistress, Poverty, and our inheritance.
robbed her of no spiritual significance. A professor at the University of The attainable amenities of manner and Chicago, who recently published an of speech, the delicacy of the chosen ‘American translation' of the New Tes- word, the subordinated richness of tone tament, turning it into language 'intel- and accent — these gifts have been beligible to the American ear,' surren- queathed us by the civilizations of the dered in the name of scholarship (for world.
With a 'treasure of dextrous felic- it. In the one case you gain facility, in ities' always within reach, frugality is the other case you get mere looseness.' misplaced and unbecoming.
The phrase "security of intention' Nineteen years ago Mr. Henry James has the shining quality of a searchlight. gave as the Commencement address It clarifies and intensifies Mr. James's at Bryn Mawr College a matchless argument in behalf of the coherent paper on ‘The Question of our Speech.' culture of speech. He probably never He did not approach this many-sided heard the American language at its subject from all its angles. He did not worst. He was by force of circumstance link the limitations of the ordinary aloof from the more furious assaults American vocabulary with the slovenli- upon its dignity and integrity. ‘Amurness of the ordinary American pro- rica’ he did hear of course. It is uninunciation, and the shrill or nasal sound versal. Also ‘Philadulphia.' He says of the ordinary American voice. He he heard 'Cubar,''sofar,' 'idear,''tulledid not seem to be deeply troubled by gram,' and 'twuddy,' — for the decithe fundamental unconcern which phering of which last word he gives himmakes possible this brutalization of self much credit. But the compound language. If he regretted the content flowers of speech which bloom on every ment of too many American parents side of us were lost to him because of with the 'vocal noises,' unmoderated his limited acquaintance with the prodand uncontrolled, of their offspring, he uct of our public schools, and with the laid no emphasis upon the content cultural processes of street, workshop, ment of the same parents with the few- and office. From this rich array we ness and commonness of the words at can cull many blossoms which he must their command.
have been happy enough to miss. But for the vox Americana, 'the poor ‘Whaja got?' •Wherya goin'?' 'Waja dear distracted organ itself,' and for say?' 'Hadjer lunch?' 'Don' leggo of ‘formed and finished utterance,' he it!' "'Sall I can say. “Na less'n fifty pleaded earnestly with the Bryn Mawr cents.' 'I yusta know ’im.' 'Wanna students, and, through them, with the g’wout?' All of which blendings sugnation at large. It was to him incom gest the fatal ‘Dom-scum' of the prehensible that a people ‘abundantly greedy chaplain in Daudet's story of schooled and newspapered, abundantly the Three Christmas Masses. housed, fed, clothed, salaried and The overworked American r has intaxed,' should have, in the matter of truded itself upon all observers; but speech, so little to show for its money. some have failed to notice the whimThe substitution of ‘limp, slack, passive sicalities of the letter g, which absents tone for clear, clean, active, tidy tone,' itself from its post at the end of certain was typical of a general limpness and words, as 'goin' and 'talkin,' only to slackness which nullified the best re- force an entrance into the middle of sults of education. “The note of cheap- others, as ‘ongvelope.' An Amherst ness — of the cheap and easy — is professor has informed us that the especially fatal to any effect of security word girl may be rendered — according of intention in the speech of a society; to locality — as gal, göl, gûl, göil, geöl, for it is scarce necessary to remind you gyurl, gurrel, girrel and gûrl. All of that there are two very different kinds these variants he heard on the tongues of ease: the ease that comes from the of the native-born. The No Man's conquest of a difficulty, and the ease Land of the immigrant he has not venthat comes from the vague dodging of tured to invade. That the child of the