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What Is A Woman To Do?
Briefly, my problem is a very old one, merely that of a woman who has long suffered from intense loneliness and heart-hunger. My greatest need seems to be the love and companionship of a congenial man.
Should Girls Pay?
If you are going to strike at the very core and gist of the whole matter of feminine subserviency, girls, you must pay your own way.
Over And Over Forever
It is not aristocracy, but artificial aristocracy; not nobility, but humbug nobility; not the real superior class, but the non-superior, privilege-maintained class, that democracy threatens.
A Successful Woman
Any woman can be successful, as this woman is, if she will learn the art of ADJUSTMENT. For better than a billion dollars it is to be adjusted. Better than having everything just as you'd like it, is to like things just as they come to you.
Fried Chicken
The chief high worshipful of the United States Food Research Department, Mary E. Pennington, now takes the stand and deposes that FRIED CHICKEN is bad for us. That is to say, fried chicken that is fresh killed.
Learn Thanksgiving From The Have-Nots
The President has proclaimed the annual day of Thanksgiving. Possibly that comes to you as a joke. What have I to be thankful for? you ask, and then begin to run over the list of your grievances. But go and see the have-nots, and maybe you will learn something, if you are not a hopeless whiner.
George Washington, Gentleman
The most significant thing about George Washington, it seems to me, that fact about him which our young folks would best note and imitate in him, is that he was a GENTLEMAN. After all, the finest compliment we can pay any man is to say he is a gentleman. Not that he is a spurious gentleman, an idler, a spendthrift, and a dandy, but that he is a real man, and gentle.
Freedom And Knowledge For Women
Freedom without knowledge is a curse. To leave a child of six without guardianship would be criminal, because he has not knowledge enough to keep out of danger. Hence a thorough system of education is recognized as essential among people who wish to live in a democracy.
The Written Examination
Not long ago a little girl of thirteen, in one of our public schools, tried to take poison because she dreaded the examination set for the next day. She was rescued by her companions. Also a student in the University of Pennsylvania committed suicide because, as was discovered by inquiring among his fellow students, he was of an extremely nervous temperament and was repeating his second year's work as a result of having failed to pass his examinations.
There Are Others
A good part of all you do is done by others. To all your righteousness, and all your weakness and wickedness, others contribute a large share. The criminal has some truth when he lays the blame on others. The banker might as justly place the credit for his prosperity to others.
Real Greatness
Greatness often comes from accident or favor, and if this lifts us above the multitude it should carry with it the realization of greater responsibilities on our part toward others.
Happy Drugs
If there be such an Evil Spirit, he no doubt considers the HABIT-FORMING DRUG his bright particular masterpiece. For such drugs have produced more misery to the square inch in humanity than any other agency.
The Unfrocked
To one class of men society seems peculiarly unjust—to the unfrocked. The man who leaves the ministry, no matter how conscientious and sincere his motives, is always looked upon askance. We persist in regarding him as if he' were tainted with the flavor of desertion and disloyalty.
Meaning Of The Woman Movement
Very few of those engaged in the movements of modern feminism, or of those opposed, realize the depth, the tidal resistlessness, the cosmic character, of the force which is, now quietly and now with turbulence, bringing women into even higher prominence in our civilization.
Theory And Practive In Bringing Up Children
The trouble with most of the theories of child training is that the child is supposed to be located in the middle of a forty acre lot, and to be attended by three all-wise angels, who work in shifts of eight hours each and who unerringly know always just what is, the matter and precisely what to do.
Unnoted Heroism
The world is full of unnoted heroism. That is the best kind. Spectacular heroism is always a little tainted. The man who stops a runaway horse in the city street, or the man who dives and rescues a drowning woman, or the soldier who dashes forward in the face of death, does well; but there is a. better type.
There is no better business, no nobler nor more helpful to mankind, than housework. And it is one of the curious quirks of the times that while we rank "home" alongside of "heaven," call it the sacredest word in the language and all that, we set housework or home-keeping down as one of the least desirable of occupations.
Fear Kills Talk
The joy of talk is to say what you please. Any restraint upon the free expression of whatever pops into your mind kills conversation. Conversation becomes a bore when people are saying what they are supposed to say. Then it is no more the free mingling of souls, for each is posing. It is dress parade.
Lincoln, Democrat, Servant Of All
It is rather unfortunate, in the interests of clear thinking, that the two leading political parties of the United States take the titles of Democrat and Republican. It makes it difficult to speak of democracy or republicanism without leading some of your auditors to fancy that you mean one of the two great job-hunting organizations.
A $5,000 Flea
I see by the papers that Alfred Charles de Rothschild of London is said, on the authority of Edmond Perrier of the French Institute, to have paid $5,000 for a specimen of a rare variety of flea—one of the kind which is occasionally found in the skin of the sea otter. The flea is to be added to Mr. de Rothschild's entomological collection.
Shall She Tell Him?
I am nearly thirty. Some years ago I forgot, for a brief time, that I was a woman, and being unhappy, restless, and extremely foolish, I lowered myself to sin. I did not fall utterly, but in my indiscretion I stained my soul.
The Undying Credulities
Almost all of our Christmas customs are survivals of heathendom, though made beautiful by the spirit of the Christ-Child. The religious feeling is the property of certain minds, of a limited number, even among church folk; but superstitions are in every mind. Some people are religious; all people are superstitious.
The Unbeliever
Unbeliever—Certainly! Why not? The sun-rise is only one of those things everybody takes for granted. You have perhaps seen it a half dozen times. From that you reason that it takes place everyday. But I doubt if the sun rises when there is no one present to see it. Would a theatrical company go on with a performance if every seat in the house were empty?
When The World Woke Up
John Fiske calls the thirteenth century the glorious century. In H. L. Chamberlain's recent volume is a list of some of the wonders of that time. I condense them here, to give the reader a bird's-eye view of that century, in which the world woke up.
The Unknown Future
The only reason why fortune tellers may be tolerated, together with gypsy seers, dealers in premonitions, and forewarners, is that they lie. If they tell the truth occasionally it is by accident. The one thing we can never know, the eternally inscrutable region, is the future.
The New Nobility
There will always be a nobility and a commons. Democracy does not operate to level all people to one grade. It creates distinctions as sharp as those of the old world systems. There will be as great a difference between a noble and a vulgar person under democracy as there is between a duke and a stable boy in the artificial class scheme of England.
Word Pictures
TRY to realize words, especially the strong, vital words. One way to do this is to create by your imagination a picture that shall express the word. Make your own cinematograph show. Learn how to entertain yourself a little by your own fancy and you will not be so helpless—dependent upon other people and outside things for amusement.
DANCING is the oldest art in the world. It is the primeval form of self-expression. It is peculiarly the form in which youth shows forth its joy. When grandfather is pleased he smiles. When the boy of six is pleased he jumps up and down, spins about and capers; i. e., dances.
The Pond Of Vanoise
AT Romille, near Fougeres, in France, there is a pretty pond, the pond of the Vanoise it is called. From twenty leagues around they used to come there to drown themselves, says the Paris Figaro. The pond of the Vanoise attracted the candidates for suicide, as if its placid waters exercised an evil spell. In vain the place was watched. Every day or so a body was found.
A Wonderful Sinner
YOU have doubtless read that recent story of the woman who lived for seven years in the back office of a lawyer because she loved him and could only love him unlawfully; lived in her mean quarters as a prisoner in a cell, just to be near him, foregoing all the world for him, until one day he died suddenly in her arms, and all their secret joy perished in a moment of shame and death.
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