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nest. A friend accompanying him had climbed a closely adjoining live pine and suddenly saw — and heard — the distant parent eagles flying swiftly to the rescue. He called out the danger, and as the huge ferocious birds drew nearer, he threw all his weight on the branch nearest the nest and swung it over. Sanford desperately clutched at it, it held, and he was saved, but not before he had thrown fluttering to the ground a squawking eaglet.
It should be mentioned here, that it was not from home life that the boy ran away to sea, but from boarding-school, where he was preparing for college. And in later years his only son evidently inherited his love of the sea; for as a young naval officer he was aboard the squadron which Roosevelt sent around the world in 190810.
Knowing the father's devotion to his son, it is pleasant to recall my last sight of them, fishing together in a shady New England brook, and enjoying the silent communion of kindred spirits.
MARY G. ELLINWOOD.
but this seemed innocuous. Neither N. H. nor Vt. could ever inspire me as they do Robert Frost and Calvin Coolidge, and I was so discouraged by Mass. and Conn. that I scuttled past N. Y., N. J., Pa., without stopping. Thus I happened upon Del., which brought me a vision of Und., and then the real masterpiece came bubbling into my mind:
A young lady of Wilmington, Del.,
They look fine, but,' said she,
Now this poem is obviously superior to the other, for Cupid with his Darts and Hearts has the musty smell of the valentine, mortal enemy of the limerick, and the fifth line, which is the real test, just as the fifth act has been said to be of a tragedy, is certainly inferior to mine, not only because there are fewer abbreviations and because John Jacob Astor had already figured in a limerick that you would not be willing to print, but chiefly because it is an ephemeral poem that can live no longer than the fame of the Astor family, while my theme is eternal. Eternal, yes, unless you are prepared to argue that the day will soon dawn when young ladies will no Long. Del. Und. or any other.
H. CARRINGTON LANCASTER.
An amorous M. A.
Does n't cast for his health,
But is rolling in wealth — He's the John Jaco — B. H.
I was shocked by such judgment, for I had supposed that the masterpiece of this genre was written by myself and published in Life about 1903. This is said with all modesty, for I was merely the 'lyre' – spell carefully, printer – ‘on which the spirits played,' as you will agree when you read how the thing happened.
I was shaving one day when a student at the University of Virginia and, to while away the moments of scraping, tried to imitate a limerick that had just appeared in a college paper, something about Fla., which rimed with Ha. — as good a rime in Fla. or Va. as it is in Boston. I started running through the states in order to receive inspiration from the Atlantic seaboard. Me. might have helped me: -
There was an old maiden of Me.
Sometimes, on very cold nights, we have dreamed it — the nightmarish tramp, tramp, tramp of unnumbered poets, as they prepare to storm the editor's Bastille. Here's matter worth considering. DEAR ATLANTIC, —
Your magazine has many pseudo-enemies. They are the writers of the poems which you have sent back 'with regrets.
This vast army of disappointed poets have an unanswered question rankling in their hearts: Why did the Atlantic Monthly return MY poem, and print another not half as good?'
There must be some reason I have never dreamed of, for my poem was from-my-heart sincere, and had a lilt.
I know this — that, were you to publish a brief article on some such subject as 'A Specimen Rejected Poem, giving the reasons for its non-acceptance, many, many hundreds of would-be, ‘rejection-slip' poets would buy your magazine instantly.
May I send you two of my returned poems for the basis of such an article?
THE FONT OF LIBERTY
BY WILLIAM P. GEST
The first General Assembly ever held course may count the laws for himself. in Pennsylvania, by the law passed He will find that (perhaps injudiciously) at Upland in 1682, required that 'the I have omitted joint and concurrent laws of this province, from time to resolutions, in which our children would time, shall be published and printed, be equally interested. that every person may have knowledge At a time when 'capacity producthereof; and that they shall be one of tion’ is regarded as the great desiderathe books taught in the schools of this tum, every well-wisher of his country province and territory thereof.' Here must be interested in the widening by this 'fit and wholesome ordinance, scope of legislation, and the increased passed with the providential circum- activity of our legislatures. spection of the Quakers, it was con- We stand at the threshold of a New templated that not only lawyers but Liberty. Liberty now consists in the even children should be drilled in the voluntary subjection of the will of the statutes from infancy; and in our happy citizen to law:State ignorance of the law excuses no
Naught nobler is than to be free; one, because under the Upland Statute
The stars of heaven are free because such ignorance cannot exist.
In amplitude of liberty Moreover the whole body of our Their joy is to obey the laws. Pennsylvania legislation probably does This sentiment must be politically not exceed 41,736 Statutes. The last true (I say nothing as to its physical Legislature passed only 451 new Acts. truth), for the poet was seriously conSo that our children by reading, say, an sidered as Laureate. Webster stated act a day (omitting Saturdays and Sun- the principle more prosaically in his days, and a moderate vacation) can Charleston Speech. ‘Liberty,' said he, keep abreast with current legislation; “exists in proportion to wholesome and, by reading four additional, or a restraint.'. total of only five a day, can readily It follows from this that the more catch up with the past Statutory Law laws we have, to which to subject our of Province and State in about forty- wills, the freer we are. The New Libtwo years, when they will be properly erty then is not merely a liberty reguprepared for a review of Federal legis- lated by law; it is a liberty created by lation. I do not guarantee this esti- law. Let us examine the elements of mate, but anyone contemplating this our New Liberty. VOL. 134 — NO. 4
which is addicted to religious reading
will no doubt instantly recall the enFirst. — We find that at its founda- comium which the Shakespeare of tion lies the prohibitory principle. Divines passes upon spinach by classGovernment being founded for the ing it among the articles of a robust general welfare, it follows since the days diet: ‘And he that hath a sickly stomof Plato that the good citizen must be ach,' says Jeremy Taylor, 'admires at encouraged and the bad citizen re- his happiness that can feast with cheese strained. This is most evidently so in and garlic, unctious brewages and the a democracy, where each member has low-tasted spinage.' willingly committed his well-being to I do not, however, insist on spinach the State. It is a wrong, therefore, to as the only safe and prudent substitute. our neighbor not to restrain him in It may be that the majority of the proper bounds. In the words of the American people prefer parsnips on acgreatest of the humanitarian poets of count of their high value as a nutrient the last century, —
and antiscorbutic (and certainly to
bacco is neither of these). So, let the . . Where we disavow Being keeper to our brother, we're bis Cain.
fact be determined by a general vote
and the crop be limited accordingly. We may congratulate ourselves that Yet in spite of these obvious facts, the smooth and satisfactory progress in 1922, in the United States, we had of the newest and greatest application under tobacco 1,725,000 acres, which. of this principle points and paves the yielded 1,324,840,000 pounds of toway to its extension. The inclusion of bacco (not all of the best), equal to an Prohibition in the Federal Constitution allowance of one pound a month for has gone far to make the United States every man, woman, and child in Contia general legislative unit, in which the nental United States. Think of 1,725,rule of the majority, or even of a minor. 000 acres in a Christian land smokity, may now be given full play. ing to Heaven, like the plains of Sodom!
It is hoped by many that the prohibi. And think, again, of 1,324,840,000 tion of tobacco in every form may be pounds of tobacco converted into the next step. Indeed it is difficult to 1,324,840,000 pounds of arrowroot and understand why, with liquor, we did distributed among the undernourished not also do away with 'the sooty hand- children of our land! maid of the vine.' Let us take a moment The tobacco habit, moreover, though to show that such restriction is, in now more widespread, insidious, and fact, more logical than that of liquor. continuous than drunkenness, is com
It is especially to be noted that to- paratively recent. Man had been the bacco is very exhausting to the ground, slave of wine since the days of Noah and the economical use of our agricul- our second universal fallen ancestor. tural lands in the face of an increasing I follow tradition, and disregard the population demands that they be put suggestion of the Higher Criticism that to more productive crops — such as there were really two Noahs — a dry arrowroot and spinach, both of which Noah and a wet Noah. The Noah — are recognized as nutritious; spinach our Noah, he of the water-wagon — indeed, on account of the iron which it was, according to this theory, bonecontains, may be ranked as one of the dry, and depended, he and his family noblest of tonics.
with him, for months on water alone. That large proportion of my readers Understand me: I emphasize the evi