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Do you not find something thrilling, some- necessary act. Many animals and birds and thing that stirs your imagination, in those insects and fish have eyes that see only a two words, far horizon? Are they not like a short distance compared with the limit given call, like a beckoning to something beyond to our sight; but for all practical purposes, the commonplace, the trivial, the every-day? their eyes are far-seeing enough. So, doubtA call to things far off, but still attainable? less, if our eyes were like theirs, we should A call you want to follow, that will lead you manage quite nicely. But there would be no to where air and earth meet, where the sea far horizon! ends in a line of gold, where mountains march Our mind, too, has its far horizon. And mysteriously, where sun and stars appear perhaps it is for the joy of the mind, rather and disappear.
than for purely practical reasons, that our Our land, our America, is a land of far eyes can see a hundred miles and more, can horizons. On one side she looks out across the see the strange far things as easily as the near Atlantic, on the other across the Pacific, and and usual ones. you may ride for days through her immense Having, then, an eye that takes the disprairies or her deserts and see the horizon tance and a mind that can see before and recede distantly from you, far and wide in- after, not hampered by the bourne of time deed. Her mountains lift you far upward, and place, it is well for us to make sure that and from their splendid tops you see a still we give ourselves the full benefit of such magfarther horizon, and beyond what you can nificent possessions. It is well to live with see it still stretches, horizon beyond horizon, both the eye of the body and that of the mind and all America! Surely the spirit in you upon the far horizon; we need to feel the springs up when you gaze, and your eyes sweep of immensities; we need to interest fleet over miles of cultivated ground or miles ourselves in things that extend beyond the of wilderness, and you know that it is your narrow scope of our own close environment. own country on which you are looking, a land You, in whose hands lies the future of of great spaces and mighty extents, a land America, you who will so soon be men and that calls to the imagination.
women, have thrilling possibilities before Probably we could get along very well in you. For to-day, as never, perhaps, before our business of living if we were able to see in human history, the far horizon widens and only a few hundred yards. We could per- shines magnificent. Lifting your eyes above ceive what we needed to see, and we could the circle of your immediate needs, you can see whatever we saw in time to avoid peril or let mind and heart reach out to the farthest to get our required food or to perform every limits of the world. For you are to be not only citizens of America, but citizens of the the every day things, are linked up with world, in the sense that America is likely to world duties and great, everlasting things. play a great and generous part in the world, For the far horizon begins right where you as great, as generous as it lies in you to be- are. You are forever on its rim, as well as come. If you are content merely to look at looking outward toward it. And this is the the small circle of your home town and to amazing and satisfying thing about life, that remain within it in what you do and think; it links up with all other life. If you follow if you are content to make your particular the links, if you look for them and let them business the limit of your interest in the affairs lead you, there is no limit to the distance of America; if you confine your notion of re- you may go, to the interesting things you sponsibilities as a citizen to what is of value will find or can do. The wonders of the world to your locality rather than to what is of value of science make their start right in the home to your country, then you lose the far horizon; kitchen, where miracles are constantly in and in so far as you lose it, it is lost to America progress. The magic of art begins in a picby that much.
ture on the living-room wall, in the hue of a Local pride and local ambition are excel- curtain, or the shape of a vase. The vine on lent things and belong in every person's life, the house, the butterfly hovering over a if it is to be a full and useful life. You can daisy, are the first link connecting you with not spend your day with your eyes on the the endless, alluring horizon rim of nature. gleaming blue of whatever far horizon. But You can see, if you choose, merely a pot boilthe immensely important thing, it seems to ing on the fire, a bit of painted canvas, a few me, is never to forget that the horizon lies leaves against the brick, or you can lift your beyond, and that it, and not the little ring head and look far out to the mysterious horiclose about you,
your true measure of zon, ready with all its adventures for you. sight and opportunity. The difference be- The big thing in life is to remember that tween a statesman and a politician is that life is big, and that you are yourself fit for the first allows himself the fullest breadth of its bigness. Vastness is outside of you, but outlook possible when working for his coun- it is measured by the vastness of your own try; that he seeks the greatest good, not the spirit. The more you realize the far horizon small profit; that his eyes are on the future, surrounding you, the more you develop the as (well as the momentary present; while horizon within you. And that is a glorious the politician is interested only in the im- thing to do. Nothing seems to me so sad as mediate result, and is eminently willing to those lives which grow more and more sacrifice the larger good for a local issue. shrunken with the passing of time; lives that He cares only for what is within reach of his have turned from their opportunities, centerown hands. America is not America to him, ing on the small circle close about them unit is merely the particular village, town, or til they have lost power to realize that all city where he happens to reside. We need that is really worth striving for is beyond fewer men of that type, and more, many them, marching afar in purple and gold, more, who serve their country with their where their near-sighted eyes and neareyes on some far horizon, however close they sighted spirit can not see it or feel its appeal. may stick to particular questions.
Such people have cramped themselves into And even as you will wish to look at Amer- a hole too small for them, but they have ica, and yourself in regard to America, with shrunk at last to fit the hole, and the hole a far-reaching eye, so will you wish to look itself has been growing smaller. For there at your own life.
is a law that insists that what
gins to Life can be cramped down to small things shrink shall go on shrinking-just as that and close constructions, or it can find its which broadens and grows shall somehow way to wide spaces, where the soul and the contrive to keep on growing. And what a spirit of you have free play. You are given pity to have been given eyes to see the fargreat possibilities. You can look out from the off golden glory, and a mind that might lead mountain on a great and varied landscape you to the companionship of great and beauor seascape, crowded with all imaginable tiful things, and never to have looked and things. Do not stay in a back yard. There are never to have enjoyed! a thousand paths leading away from it, and a There is a tyranny in what is close by that thousand are not too many for you to take. is compelling, unless you guard against it Over the hills of the world they go, each a carefully; no doubt of that. What is in your wonderful way. All the little home duties, own yard seems so generally more important than everything that lies beyond. What leave her pressing duties. Mary sat at the concerns you at the moment appears more feet of the Lord. For her, the wide horizon valuable and more pressing than those far- shone, and in her it spread a glory. off, divine events of which Tennyson sang. Those who sacrifice the far horizon for the You have, as we know, only so much time, small circle lose too much. The country no more and no less. Things near at hand whose citizens know it not will be a small must be attended to, days are crowded as it country, however great its stretch of miles. is, and you are interested in what is close by. It will be a country of small souls, and out
All very natural. Crowding events and of such no mighty structure can be built. To near-by things will have their place and their lose the far horizon is to lose the immortal importance always in your life. But do not issues in life, to shrink and dwindle into dust. let them become tyrants. Do not let them Rejoice in your clear, far-seeing eyes, and persuade you that they are sufficient for a let them gaze their fill on distant and splenfull human life in a marvelous world. Do did views. Be glad that you can look far, not be like those who, dwelling at the foot of and that you have a mind that can move a mountain, never find the time or feel the widely forth, taking in your whole great call to climb its sides and to look out from country, taking in the world itself, leading its white peak upon immensities. Be of those you on to work far beyond the daily, neceswho climb with joy and enthusiasm, at what- sary task, to labor for generations yet to ever sacrifice of daily, pleasant affairs or come and for issues transcending the ordipressure of what appears to be compelling nary.
nary. Don't hesitate to use yourself generduty. You owe the mountain duty, too. ously, for you are fit for generosity, made for You owe that far horizon, waiting for your it, made to reach to the uttermost horizons eye to see it, duty. Precious things in you that sweep to the very stars of heaven. are called out by the mountain and the hori- You young people, boys or girls, are apt to zon, things that you must cherish and de- be athletic, to join in school and college velop. Do not let them be tyrannized over games, to race, leap, and extend yourselves. by other things, even though these, too, are That is it, to extend yourselves. You know precious.
the delight of a swimming or a running race, In the story of Martha and Mary, it is of the swift contest in tennis or in basketMary who is commended. It is Mary who ball, when you do all that in you lies, and finds time to climb the mountain; or, to put more than you had thought was possible, in it differently, Mary knew that the greatest some happy crisis or breathless period. That thing in life must not be neglected at what- is the far horizon, that is what you will do in ever cost to lesser things. Martha was oc- life, if life is to be rich and fine and joyful for cupied, and usefully occupied. So much so, you, and if you are to be fit citizens of this that it did not appear to her possible to land of far horizons, our America.
THREE SIMPLE AND DIRECT DESIGNS BY GARDNER TEALL
BOOK-PLATES FOR BOYS AND GIRLS
By STEPHEN ALLARD
THERE was once a boy who cared so much his own boy and himself, but for other childfor his books that he decided that he wanted ren and their fathers and mothers. He is some neater way of marking them as his own still so interested in the subject, indeed, and than by writing his name inside their front so sure that every book-loving boy and girl covers—for his handwriting, like that of would get pleasure out of owning a personal some other boys and girls I know, was not plate, that he is sitting down to write this particularly ornamental. He thought that article all about what he has learned from other book-lovers (he had already begun to collecting thousands of labels from all parts call himself that) must have had the same of the world. desire, and he remembered vaguely that he Let me say that I do not fool myself into had seen somewhere a book with a pretty la- thinking that any growing boy will be more bel inside, with “John Jones His Book," or interested in book-plates than in dinnersomething like that, printed on it. His plates; and he is likelier to know a deal about father and mother did n't seem to under- ship-plates, boiler-plates, etc. For this reastand, so he went one day to the public library son, and because book-plates are so often and asked a bespectacled assistant, who confused with book illustrations (which are really looked like a book-lover too, if she printed with the book and in its text), it seems could help him. She immediately took well to emphasize the following definition: down two finely illustrated books which she A book-plate is a printed label, bearing a persaid would tell him all about the subject. son's name and a decorative design, which is And this is what he learned in the course of pasted inside the front cover of a book to dean afternoon's excited reading:
note its ownership. Just as a boy may carve There are decorative printed labels de his initials on the handle of his umbrella, or signed individually for book-lovers to paste put around his dog's neck a collar on which into their cherished volumes; and these are the words, “John Jones's dog," so he may labels have been in use by grown-up folks as paste into each book in his library a booklong as books have been printed. Some of plate, with some such wording as, “This is the most famous artists of the past and the John Jones' Book," or, "John, His Book," or present, moreover, have made such designs just plain “John." —and they are called "book-plates."
We all know it is unnecessary in this day Now it happens that this particular boy and age to stimulate any child's desire for (particular in both senses) has grown up, ownership. The overdeveloped instinct to even to the extent of having children of his get as much as you can, on the part of nations own. But in spite of having very many im- as well as individuals, has, indeed, brought portant things to do, like making a living, mankind to a sad business of war and waste. and keeping the bugs out of the potato- But when it comes to things of beauty and patch, and getting Sonny off to school on time, cultural things, pictures and books and he still loves his books and still gets a thrill gardens, pride in possession is perfectly legitiof pleasure from putting his own personal mate. And the book-plate marks, as nothing book-plate into each newly acquired volume. else can, the book-owner's pride in possessing He has even designed a good many of these his library. This is its first reason for being. labels for his friends; and he has a printing. But in addition to this, it is useful in preventpress-right in the parlor—on which he oc- ing books from straying away from their casionally prints book-plates not only for rightful owners. Umbrellas, as every one