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Convenience meals. Welght llftlng. Joggi ng. Sadler Keeping In shape was not Just a fad, but an Integral part of students' lives. Work study Jobs often Involved helping other students. Scott Thompson helps Korl Stu. Work study experience could help students decide whether or not they were Interested In the type of work their maJors would entail.
A work study job did several things for a student and the university. And third. During the academic year. When a student applied for financial aid. Six hundred dollars was the minimum amount of money offered for CWS.
CWS was the only one of the financial aid programs which had no limit. Individual supervisors determined the actual pay rate. Criteria for getting a CWS job were the same as for other campusbased aid; that is. On the average. CWS employees spent twelve to fifteen hours a week at their jobs. A maximum of 40 hours a week or eight hours a day existed. After receiving CWS. Graduate students and upperclassmen had first choice of jobs in their chosen fields or requested areas.
The main reason for. According to Sebald. The work-study job request forms were sent to all colleges and departments in the spring. At that time. The CWS employees were not paid out of the individual departments. CWS was an effective way of lessening the heavy financial load of students.
Rudy Ringe shows freshman Ed OhlweUer how to determine the health of a young salmon. Ohweller assists researchers on fish population surveys. Both locations required constant maintenance, trash clean up and general care. But night. I had a score of 59 and a sore back but it was a different way to spend an eventheir nights were filled with fun. Students found the movies an enjoyable ing While some students entertained and relaxing way to spend a couple of hours with friends or someone special.
The themselves at movie theaters or recreation University Four. The Micro Theater. Moscow Mall. There they could relieve their allowed students to view many foreign and checkbooks and wallets of an extra dollar re-released movies. ASUI Productions pro- or two. They en- the pressures of school. Such America's current hits. Students also found institutions as Gambino's specialized in they could enjoy a night out with their Italian delicacies.
These sports Greek styled tacos and Cavanaugh's and. The Moscow. University Inn-Best Western furnished an appropriate dining experience to impress any date. And like the restaurants. In fact they played different types of music every night. Other bars were famous gathering places.
One establishment Sit-n-Soak. With the university in town students could attend university sponsored and associated activities such as the Palouse Performances.
It was not difficult to find something to do any night of the week. But often students spent their nights with the television. A Gambino's fishbowl. Photo b y D. One way to get wet without getting soaked was to spend an evening absorbing suds at Sit n ' Soak. The beer and hot tub shop provided the perfect get away for Brenda Pabst and Gene Nelson. Oyster's was a good place to meet new people. Be It spring. The spirit and ent husiasm of some Vandal fans could not be restrained. Even under a coat of paint.
It was easy to teU this man was a Vandal. The transformation began at pre-game functions. After having found the best possible place from which to view the game. Not only does it intimidate the other team but it shows spirit. The fight song. The melodic 1-D-A-H0. Participation in half-time events by the fans was almost as great as participation during the game.
The band played its part in Vandal spirit. The tuba section. They were so mad! They drove it around once before they figured out what we had done and then it took them I 0 minutes to peel all the tape off.
It intimidates the heck out of them. I mean. Amoebasizing someone was the process of chanting the theme from Jaws while forming a tight circle around the victims. Changes may be purely mental for some but very physical for others. Faces could be seen painted half-yellow. Others were content with waving yellow pom-poms or blowing obnoxious noisemakers.
After the game. The beer once again flowed as easily as Eric Yarber moved on the field and the topic of conversation cosisted of game highlights and memories. Soon the Mr. Hydes would assume their former identities and by Monday. Jekyll would once again roam the campus Sue Perry 0 Idaho students were not the only loyal fans at Vandal games. Supporters from all over the Palouse came to cheer on the home team.
Fans explode with excitement at a Vandal basketball game. The fans had much to cheer about as idaho defeated Idaho State There just wasn't enough of it. The lack of parking space had an effect on a wide range of students. Two types of parking permits were available. A blue sticker. The core. Sticklers for sticker colors.
Cars caught without a sticker could be fined or Impounded. Building and next to the Buchanan "There are times when it's easier to get Engineering Lab. When I pay that much for a permit. I ex- to park near the dorms. An added frustration was the fact that it will get better.
Tho1,1gh it seemed trivial to some. Off-campus students who usually parked in the SUB lot often dealing with the lack of parking found it was found it crowded with cars bearing WSU an increasingly frustrating problem.
Forced to find other parking places. A dilemma presented Itself for students arriving too late to campus; most of t he choice parking spaces were taken. Thus off campus parking spots became a premium. Bumper to bumper parking spaces were a common site In the SUB parking lot. Due to the shortage of zoned parking. All too often. Coordinating parklng stickers and parking lots was a hard thing for new students to learn.
Kimberling A lack of available parking spaces forced students to park IUegally. The result: a S6 ticket. Some students tried to outsmart the traffic cops by parking Illegally for Just a few minutes.
Tutu argued apartheid was a dehumanizing and oppressive system which entrenched white superiority in a nation which was 72 percent black. Rossouw agreed there were problems in the areas in which Tutu had alluded.
Photo b y R. Leon Sullivan. Figueiredo Paolo. William Broderick. One case involved David Chenaiwa. One person asked why apartheid was discussed as being unfair to blacks. The idea should have. Much to the chagrin of many students. In addition to the debates and discussions. The symposium on South Africa marked the 56th year of the event. It was held in honor of Sen. William Borah and was funded from a grant by Salmon 0.
Levenson and who's goal was. The Rev. Leon Sulllvan spoke In favor of transferlng power from the white minority government of South Africa to the black maJority.
Bohn David Chenalwa. Leah Tutu. Photo b y B. But it was more than just sound. The SUB rocked with the sounds of young amateurs competing while professional jazz musicians brought down the house with nightly concerts in the Memorial Gym. Although the university has hosted a jazz festival for the last 18 years.
The name was changed after a S Hampton's goal for the endowment was to expose young jazz musicians to the kind of jazz professionals only a top-notch. We want to see the right thing happening with the youth. Skinner agreed. In the festival's early days. The three days of the festival were filled with the music of college. Competing students were judged in three areas - vocal. The wide participation contributed to the festival's success. Skinner said. Competing schools traveled from all areas of the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
North Dakota. In addition to Hampton. Diane Reeves and her trio started the week with a free evening concert in the Memorial Gym. The following evening. I 00 jazz enthusiasts were wowed by vibraphone master Hampton. Anita O'Day also sang. The proceeds from the 1. As the stage lights faded and the performers loaded equipment onto buses to return home. The campus was left reeling with the memories of America's music - jazz. Over 2.
Liddy's speaking style was claimed by some to be more speakers to laser-charged rock entertaining than factually accurate. Kicking off the entertainment year was Less than a week later. Gor- ed in for Moscon VI. The two-day annual don Liddy. FBI adventure novels. According to Busby. Fielding questions concerning everything A dreamy art show rounded off from foreign policy to his childhood ex- September's entertainment sceen.
Liddy impressed students while Moved to make way for the Life Science annoying a few. Others were flabbergasted addition. A combined College of Art and Architecture faculty show and graduate art preview Uve theater requires actors and actr esses to memorize one kfnd of Unes and to wear another.
GUbertson Among the top exhibits was John. It was stitched and wrinkled in such a way so as to give it an aged look. Michael Wilson's Self Portrait.
The display's red. From October through the end of the semester the entertainment spotlight fell upon several talented musicians. On campus. Sponsored by more music for Moscow. Children performed many of the parts In the play. After Trull unsuccessfully attempted to get the audience to sing along. During the concert. Everybody Wants to Co to Heaven.
Much to the enjoyment of the audience. The focus of musical entertainment turned to Washington State University where two well known groups performed at the close of the month. At the concert Metheny performed music The fall semester started off with a bang when ex-Watergate conspirator G, Where the shadows shiver to sleep - Joseph Huber - Tongues of Fire (Vinyl.
Gordon Uddy spoke. The Falcon and the Snowman. This was the second time in three years the progressive jazz group played in this area. Incorporating an expensive laser light show into their concert. According to band member Graham Russell. After the musicians had come and gone. Three theater productions provided participating students a chance to act while giving spectators a real treat. Kim Lenz played the lead role of Regina Giddens.
Her performance was critically acclaimed by several reviewers. In November the hills of the Palouse were enlivened with the Sound of Music. Opening exactly 2 5 years after the original Broadway premiere. Director Ed Chavez used innovative set and costume techniques.
The all-volunteer orchestra. The use of local child actors also made the event refreshing and enjoyable. The final fall theater production was the December debut of Shakespeare's comedy. A Midsummer Night's Dream. In the Ul production. Sara Emory. A reckless Bryan Adams brought down the house, when the Canadian-born rocker played the Beasley Performing Center spring semester. Lewis and hls band performed In Pullman second semester.
But when the curtain went up and the lights came on. Emory and the other children played their parts perfectly. Second semester was highlighted by more dance. The duo also did some dancing of their own. As part of its "Celebration ' Jazz Festival. Sullivan, rock concerts. Jazz Festival '85 provided three days of big-name jazz entertainment in late February.
Highlighting the festival was an all-star concert featuring Lionel Hampton Freddie Hubbard. Stan Getz. Hank Jones. Ray Brown. Michael Carvin.
Anita O'Day and John Poole. Hundreds of high school and university jazz students were also on hand to perform free of charge. And the sounds they played made students want to get up and dance.
All residennt hall members were invited. The live rock band U. Bryan Adams set Pullman on fire from the moment he stepped on stage in January. This concert promoted his newly released Reckless album. March brought the talent of Neil Diamond to Pullman. And although students were out of town due spring break.
Diamond also sang many of his older songs. To top off the rock year. REO Speedwagon teamed up with Survivor to turn the wheels round and round. The center literally shook with excitement during the concert. The shaking was caused perhaps due to the high volume rock of both bands. He highlighted Mom's Weekend activities by joking about such old stand-bys as his age and parenthood.
Celebrating his 80th year in show business. Burns gained recent recognition due to his role as God in the movie Oh. Some knew how to make us laugh. Kelly Gibbons 33 spikes home a winner as she led the volleyball team into the playoffs.
Possessing an record, basketball fans and Chris Carey 21 were equally disappointed. In sports, Vandal athletes ran the gamut of mountain highs to valley lows and everything in between as Idaho teams finished first and last. For Idaho, the year was a boon to women's sports. The women's basketball team earn ed a b e rth in the NCAA tourney, while the volleyball team made the conference playoffs for the first time ev e r.
For the menit was primarily a year of valley lows as the basketball team limped home with an record and the football team 's hope for a conference crown faded early. But then the injuries hit. The Vandals lost four key defensive players and two offensive players before their first game. Scott Katz. Frank Moreno. Tom Hennessey. Mike Johnston and Steve Jackson all fell early in the season to serious injuries - all of which required surgery.
Faced with an unneeded burden. Erickson had to move people to different positions and start with less experienced players. Another pers6n who found himself in a new position was sophomore Scott Linehan.
Linehan was expected to fill the shoes of former quaterback Ken Hobart who had moved from the Idaho program to the professional football ranks. Scott Unehan 10 displays the form that earned hlm the startlni quarterback lob for the Vandals.
So with Linehan at the helm. Erickson said before the game. Erickson's words held true as the Vandals were whipped by the Titans in temperatures ranging around I 00 degrees in Santa Ana. The Fullerton game hurt more than the Vandals' pride as Linehan was injured in the. Sprinting up the sldellnes. Eric Yarber I moves upfleld. Yarber's speed and a giJJty made him an asset to the Vandals all s eas on long. Eric Yarber. Erickson was faced by the evil that haunted all football coaches.
Coming home to open the Big Sky Conference season was not a pleasant thing for Erickson and troops as the Montana State Bobcats brought their own air-show to the Dome. With Sloan replacing Linehan at OB. Idaho led throughout the game. But when the fourth quarter arrived. Idaho saw its 2 lead slip and ultimately lost the battle With their record falling to I Conference Oregon State Beavers invaded the Dome.
Still plagued by injuries. Erickson said. With Linehan returning to the starting lineup. Now in BSC play. In front of The game also marked the end of kicker Tim McMonigle's record setting. During the ISU game. Football Team. Nelson Washlnton, Steve Jackson. Marlon Barrow. Andrew Smith. Boyce Bailey, Darby Lewis. John Smith. Grea Smith, Dan Coueto. John Pleas.
Blalne Bennett. Nolan Harper, Ron Crkk. Shawn Nilsson, John Howpte. Lance West. Rob Werner, Mike Ponce. Larry Nelson, Dan Johnson. Dave Youna. With half of the seasor. Idaho traveled to Spokane. With Idaho Governor John Evans in attendance. Idaho dropped its third game in a row 5 to the prospective BSC member.
The offensive squad spent more and more time on the bench as the defense strunled t o hold Its ground. Ridir 1g a three game losing streak. Overcoming a shaky first half. With Erickson's troops taking their first conference win. With the Vandal team be. The first step in that quest was hosting the Idaho State University Bengals in the Dome for the first time in four years. The Vandals downed the Bengals This led to the Idaho's final game of the season versus Boise State with the winner of the game holding on to the Gem State Trophy.
Idaho traveled to Bronco Stadium hoping to pull out a win. With the help of Linehan. Yarber and tight end Scott Auker. Jeff Corey 0. Vandal offense battered at the front wall of t he Eastern Washington University defense.
Cashing in the man can spend his whole life searching for a golden girl of his dreams. He might envision a woman whom he could sweep off her feet. But for Ron Oliver. What Oliver found was 16 Colden Girls that kept him on his toes.
Last fall. Oliver became the first permanent male member of the university's dance team. To accomodate Oliver and one other male. But that wasn't the only change that took place within the team. I realized it would be much easier to just start a completely new dance group. Under her direction.
One of the biggest complaints about the Colden Girls dancers was that many of their routines looked similar. The Vandal Dancers used their newly hired staff to organize routines for five performances during the winter. The dancers did not perform at any football games. Boice said. The dancers were very well received at all performances.
But applause and appreciation weren't the only rewards. The Vandal penses. The belonging to the team. We practiced anywhere where purchasers could offer from three to seven hours a to donate money to the week. Some of those expenses According to Boice.
The change to the Vandal Boice said that most of the Dancers is something that money was spent on dance takes a little getting used to Paul AILee 0 especially when you don't have a lot of money to catalyst for the Vandal spend.
Chris McCullough, Shawn Righter. Linda KolskJ. Vandal cheerleaders raiDed support for Trumbo and his team, excltlnc the fans as well as the players.
Duane Broom cets a Uttle help from a megaphone at the Nevada-Reno basketball game. Frates Creative dance routines were choreocraphed for the Dancers to perform at halftimes of football and basketball games.
The main focus was on diversity and innovative dance. Frates The Dancers underwent a drastic change l. Pam Messerly, wearing one of the new costumes, performs at a home basketball game.
Support from the cheering squad urged the Vandals to victory and psyched up the crowds at cames. And the Vandals' bench strength was found In the form of Robin Jordan 30 who subbed at the outside hitter position for Lau ra Burns I I many times during the season.
N eme Cant 14 goes up for a smash In a game against Portland State. Although the Vandals won t he opening game of the PSU match.
As it turned out. Although the Vandal spikers began the season. Oregon State 0. Montana Texas Tech Brigham Young 0. Washington State And leading the way was interim head coach Bradetich. A graduate of the Ul and former Vandal spiker herself. Bradetich both played and was an assistant coach for three years under the woman she replaced. Amanda Gammage. Gammage left in for. Gammage's hiatus proved to be more than just a one year leave of absence: it wound up being permanent.
Just prior to the November MWC playoffs. Gammage resigned her position. To top off the year. Bradetich was recognized for her outstanding efforts by being named the Conference's Volleyball Coach of the Year. Yet as fine a I season as Bradetich had. And she didn't have to. She had a group of I 3 players and the support of a particular.
Shoup Hall adopted the Vandal volleyball team as its own special project. The spikers often received roses compliments of Shoup Hall on roadtrips. Members of the hall attended all home games and as many away games as possible and top-ped off the season by hosting a dress dinner with the team in October. Ivlng on the court. Kelley Neely 24 tries to save a hit while her teammates Julie Holsinger 22 and Kelly Gibbons 33 ready themselves to assist the Vandals' setter.
Despite Neely's effort. Phot9 by P. Kelly Gibbons. Julie season matches. A conHolsinger and Michele Laub. But as fine a season the offensive category. Frazier led the Vandals in digs. And with junior Kelley average kills per game. The diminutive setter was And for their efforts. Holsinger was third on the throat Neely. Although she ble for setting the ball up to sat out the spring volleyball her teammates. And 1. Neely proved to be a successful setter.
For the volleyball team. They also advanced to the league's post-season playoffs for the first time. But still one pre-season goal went unrealized. Bradetich recalled. And as well as we did this year. I'm sure we'll be even better next season. I can't wait" she said. Janlne Peard 34 and Julie HolsInger 22 block a volley. Despite having six new players and a new head coach. Volleyball Team. Julie Holsinger. Joyce Sasaki. Kelley Neely.
Melinda Yarns. Head Coach Pam Bradetlch. Michelle Laub. Robin Jordan. Nellie Gant. Shelly Carter. Emlly Ross. Janlne Peard. Jenny Frazier. Laura Burns. Assistant Coach Beth Johns. Janlne Peard 23 spikes the ball back over the net.
The spike helped save the volley and led the Vandals to a 3-o match win. But for the Vandals it was close but no cigar. After completing the regular season with a record and finishing second in the conference.
In addition to the Vandals the top three teams in the conference - host Portland State University, Montana State University and the University of Montana were also invited to the playoffs. In the opening round of play. By tripping MSU in the playoffs. Jer ome. Following the MSU triumph.
The loss to the Vikings gave the Vandals a season ending conference record and a overall. Thus the Vandals. But all was not quite over. Portland State. And for a time. I'd say our chances are ," she said. The Vandals did not receive an at-large berth. Despite the heartbreak at not getting a crack at nationals. The Vandals' second place finish was their highest placing in the history of the conference. I don't think the other teams in the conference expected us to go this far.
That's a huge. Server Kelly Gibbons prepares to blast home a point. Diving on the floor to make a save. Nellle Cant 14 struggles to keep a rally allve. After beating Montana State In the playoffs. Idaho fell to Portland State. For awhile you were doing just great. Then you felt like you had literally hit a wall and by the end of the race you felt near death.
The term hitting the wall was a misleading concept. Ul women ' s cross country coach. Experts contended a runner hits the wall after running approximately 20 miles. Norris said distance had nothing to do with it. When running.
By the end of the race. It was during the body's transfer from glycogenburning to fat-burning that the wall-hitting effect occured. It was hard to tell when the body stopped burning glycogens and began burning fats. And like a rainbow. The women's team consisted of seven members each running 5. I miles ; the only event run at a cross country meet. Sophomore Tom Bohannon pushes himself uphill as he leads the Vandal team to a slxth place finish at the Seattle Invitational. Bohannon finished ln 12th place ln a time of over the 8.
Perhaps the top reason the Vandal women harriers were a nationally ranked team was due primarily to the effort of one of America's best cross country runners - Patsy Sharples. But perhaps her top honor came in May Entering the fall season. Norris admitted no " one" person could ever replace Shaprles. Kurt Messersmith. Chris Schulte, Michael Contreras. Andy Harvey, Tom Bohannon. Coach Scott Lorek.
AlthoUifl Tylor led the field for a while. At the Inland meet. Idaho runners captured the top three positions. Women 's Cross Country Team. Patrlda Monnle's father stands by for support and a few words of wisdom.
Janet Beaudry. Lisa Tylor and Pam Paudler. For three of the runners. The women won their first meet. Beaudry captured the event with Paudler taking second and Crang third. But the team lost some depth too. The following week. The highlight of the Mountain West championships. But Norris' biggest thrill came when Tylor rallied to a seventh place finish by turning in her best performance of the season.
Because of their ranking in the top three in the MWC finals. Utah in midNovember. At the meet. At the Big Sky Conference finals. Scott Lorek. Since The male harriers. According to Lorek. Thus the fall season was a transition for both teams. The women overcame the loss of Sharples while the men continued to build for the future.
In the n perfect unison they marched onto the field. Their hearts beaterratically as adrenalin pumped into their blood. Their ears strained in anticipation of the cue that would set them into motion. They stood there for what seemed an eternity. The nervous tension was gone and in its place was the enthusiasm and excitement of performing.
The feverish workouts had resulted in cool precision. The V andalettes were on the job. Performing with the Marching Band during pre-game and halftime shows at football games. The Vandalettes were not an exclusive club; a genuine interest was all that was required for membership. We didn't have tryouts. Once on the team. For their attendance and effort. To earn the credits. Vandalettes were required to learn routines quickly and be able to perform them accurately.
You had to be able to learn fast. Urbush said. According to another team member. Susan Simpson. This put a lot of pressure on the dancers. Team member Heather Huetting said the pressure she faced was sometimes almost too much to handle. I said. I felt about an inch tall. Sharon Sprague concentrates on the routine she ls about to perform.
The Vandalettes practice anywhere from flve to e! He cou ld go anywhere but he stayed here. Others added that Bukvich was fun to work with because of his sarcastic sense of humor. Reasons why women initially joined the Vandalettes were varied.
Bukvich said many joined for fitness and to keep active. Another incentive to join was the many trips that the group went on. And Trlsha Wrtcht awaits the cue which will spur the Vandalettes to action.
The Vandalettes achieved a different effect with their new uniforms. Matt Haskins 34 showed his frustration In a bit more of a physical fashion. Men's Basketball Team. Webster's Dictionary defines it as.
And why not? It's been a very frustrating year. Happiness through service to the community. Hospitality and happiness. Happiness and out-of-door exercise. The amusements of life as aids to happiness. Happiness and friendship with the young. Happiness and the sense of usefulness offered by the church. Happiness and the restful side of music. Happiness and the artistic side of life, That machines reenforce manhood and double influence and increase wealth.
How tools increase comforts and conveniences. Tools are the milestones of social progress. Contrast between the eighteenth century and the nineteenth incident to machinery, 6. The machine releases man's body from drudgery. By bringing leisure, the machine brings oppor- tunity for culture. Invention has diffused art and increased the beau- tiful. The heroism of the inventars. The folly of those who say that machinery has cursed laboring men. Great tools that cannot now be used, because of the rudeness of the working classes.
The new impetus that will come through the new tools when society is more intelligent. The redemption of society to be more and more through the increase of physical aids to manhood. The hunger for the beautiful. Beauty long concentrated In the palaces and gal- leries of the rich.
The new diffusion of the beautiful. Beauty as a revelation of inner strength. The order of the fine arts and the mission of each. Ugliness and the old Greek and Hebrew life. The common people and the squalor of the Middle Ages. The common people and the new era of the beau- tiful. The arts in the homes of the poor. Christianity and the beautiful. The relation between the beautiful and daily life. Every good man knitted in with the interest of his fellows.
Contentment assumes that " all's well with God's world. Hope the atmosphere in which ambitions fly. The time element in happiness. The depression of great men groundless. J The depression of the reformer, — Elijah.
History the true judge. Unrecognized elements of hope often overlooked. Ji As to the so-called ignorant classes. Perhaps they are at the point in develop- ment that demands drill in the industrial vir- tues.
Perhaps they are by work hardening the nerve and brain for the next generation's scholarship. Perhaps the very sufferings of the criminal classestare medicinal. When we have done all thkt we can for the poor, have we a right to believe that that which we cannot prevent may be God's way of develop- ing sensitiveness and delicacy of nerve in a generation that must have its strength in- flected toward delicacy?
How the very sins of bad people are oftentimes overruled for a higher form of good. In God's world, for wise men, always the best glimmers through the worst. Happiness and the sense of God's personal care. The influence of the thought " God cares for me " on the heroes and the reformers. The inexpertness of childhood, maturity, and age. The world physical controlled by some being, Lincoln's "silent partner" in society's upward march.
The vastness of the universe and the loss of the sense of individuality. The overemphasis of physical law. Man's unhappiness and the sense of loneliness in the universe. How fixed laws become flexible and give a place for Providence. The woes and sorrows of mankind and the need of a leader. The sense of God's care as a fortress and defence. Defeat and depression impossible if God cares for you. Man unsatisfied because each new achievement dictated new struggles.
Happiness and immortality. All the city went forth to meet the king and brought him with shouts to his own city. Afterward when every man had returned to his own house, the king went into the palace to receive reports from his servants and Jo give presents to those who in his absence had guarded the royal interests.
To the faithful officer who had kept the frontier the king gave a sword; to his own minister he gave a wedge of gold ; the queen received a pearl and some silken stuffs ; last of all came the young child Comfortas, whom the king loved as he loved his own life.
And because the boy was to be sent to a far-off proviiice, that he there might learn to depend upon himself, and gather strength for ruling others, the king gave to his youngest son the costliest present of all. Calling Comfortas to his side, the king placed in his hands a small casket. Having reached the appointed city, the boy opened his jewel box to behold not gold and rubies, but only a few browntseeds with some shrunken roots and bulbs.
At first, Comfortas was angry, but afterward he began to ponder what these things might mean, for he knew that some secret was hidden here. But while he mused, his heart began to burn within him, for he felt that through him his father sent a gift to the people of that impoverished land. He saw the seed swell, aching with its sheaf; he saw the roots go toward vineyard and orchard ; he saw the acorns become oaks, to which came birds and beasts and weary men for shade and shelter ; he saw the people go with shotds toward threshing-floor and wine-press, while cara- vans came from distant lands to exchange their gold for his corn ; and so he and his people passed from poverty unto plenty.
So Comfortas looked about him to see how he should plant his talents and how he should grow his gifts. And knitting his brow to the daily task, he grew strong through labor and struggle and self-reliance.
But all this time Comfortas knew not that his elder brother was growing weak and effeminate, dwelling in the palace and doing easy duty at home.
Among them are the quest of gold, the quest of love, the quest of truth and useful- ness ; and above all, and crowning all, the quest of goodness and of God. To each of these high pursuits there is always and inevi- tably joined the quest of happiness. Man is no mere pleasure mongerer; duty is always higher than delight.
Nevertheless, the quest of happiness has a certain divine sanction, in that whoever in his pursuit of gold, offices, and honors moves along a divinely appointed ftath, of necessity achieves another quest, and finds himself in possession of happiness. The uni- versality of the quest, also ; the fact that this instinct for happiness is as deeply embedded in man's nature as the instinct of life itself ; the inner glow that accompanies all right conduct; the restlessness that follows all.
God has ordained that every act of obedience to His laws lends strength and resonance to those chords that vibrate joy. Life is a school; labor and sorrow, victory and defeat, toil to- gether as teachers, but happiness is the gradu- ating point. Even of Him whose name is above every name, it is said, that for "the joy " that was set before Him He endured His cross. If righteousness, therefore, is the su- preme end and aim of Ufe, happiness is the reward thereof.
Literature is the story of life. What the great books give us, therefore, is the story of the quests of man. Jason's fleece is the story of the quest of gold. Homer's Helen gives us the quest of love. Sir Galahad is out on his quest of goodness.
Job's quest and Paul's is the quest of God. But the Bible opens with the story of a man who is out upon the quest of happiness, and closes with an outlook upon the noble spirits who have suc- ceeded in that quest.
Moving along a wrong path in pursuit of his happiness, our father, man, lost his first paradise ; in the vision of a new Eden, that he is to enter, John beholds man moving along a path that leads to a hap- piness that is perfect, to peace and prosperity all undisturbed. His rest. But God's world is one world. If happiness is the reward of righteousness there, it should bless the children of rectitude here.
The life is of more importance than the life work. Therefore happiness is a pursuit to be followed as tirelessly as the pursuit of wisdom or of wealth. He who seeks to do God's will. The art of living justly and kindly with one's fellows, then, is not more important than the art of maintaining for one- self the sense of joy and victory over life's troubles.
The duty of self-denial is not more imperative than the duty of delight. What ripeness is to the orange, what sweet song is to the lark, what culture and refinement are to the intellect, that happiness is to man. As vulgarity and ignorance proclaim the neglected mind, so fear, unhappiness, and misery publish the neglected heart. The intimate relation between happiness and all strong work impHes the duty of happiijess. As the gloom of his dungeon steals the color from' the hero's cheek, steals the Hght from his eyes, and lends a pale and sickly hue to the one plant that may spring up amidst the shadows, so depression takes the nerve out of man's arm, takes the edge from his intellect, robs the heart of its hope and the life of its victory.
For that reason earth's greatest achievements in art, in industry, in Uterature, and in religion represent the achievements of those in whose heart happiness has bubbled like a little spring. It is often said that one of the characteristics of great work is the ease with which that work is done, — as when some author writes his chapter before breakfast, as when some artist finishes, his landscape before luncheon, or completes his study of saint or angel between sunrise and sunset ; but another sign of good work is the happiness the worker experiences in fulfilling his task.
Ask the author which is his best paragraph, and he will always mention the one into which he poured the most of passionate delight. Ask the poet to read his favorite lines, and he will always select the verses that were written in hours when happiness and the joy of the work swept through the heart with all the brightness of warm sunshine. That his work may be the stronger and the mor?
Whatever event, therefore, lessens man's happiness may lessen his usefulness and weaken his work. The vandal who entered the Uffizi gallery left a gash in the canvas, left a crack in the vase, left a stain on the marble; and be- holding a face seamed with care, and furrowed with frets and anxiety, we remember that an enemy has wrought this injury.
Not by chance, then, is the love of happiness woven into the very fibre of man's being. The heart must sing while the hand works, if good work and permanent is to be done. Of necessity, now, as in that far-off era, the morning stars must sing together, and all the sons of God shout for joy. Hence the proverb, — Happiness is the grace that man says to his God.
For ages past society has floundered in the wilderness, but now has come an era when the pilgrim band dwells on the borders of the Proinised Land. What the fathers de- sired to see, and died without seeing, has come at last, — the era when happiness is to be all but universal. Isaiah and Virgil ioth foretold a Golden Age when joy should move like an advancing flood over the earth. If that Golden Age has not fully come, we can at least say that if all are not happy, all ihay be happy.
Once man was a drudge, little better than a serf and slave. Now tools have redeemed man from drudgery. The average family has eighty slaves working for it day and night, — slaves that never tire, iron slaves that ask neither raiment nor food nor rest. Were our eyes opened, we would behold the angels of the invisible forces standing beside each working- man, multiplying his stroke and stride.
Once man was so poor that day by day he prayed for his bread. Now foods and fruits and grains have become so cheap that what yes- terday was a luxury, known only to the table of the rich, has to-day become the necessity of those formerly called poor. Once the poor boy hungered for wisdom, but found the door to the library and school closed.
Now no child so poor but that his feet may freely cross the threshold that leads to lecture hall and library; while the new presses, through innumerable books and magazines and papers, are sowing the land with the good seed of uni- versal knowledge. Gone also the old medise- valism; the newer religious thinking has swept away the old scholastic rubbish, made Chris- tianity a reasonable faith, and clothed it with sweetness and light.
Man has sought out many comforts and conveniences ; he has increased his wealth; diffused among the many, treasures that once were confined to the few ; lessened the hours of labor ; mul- tiplied the opportunities of wisdom ; halved the vices ; doubled the virtues ; and made good will an atmosphere in which rich and poor, strong and weak, alike do dwell. Indeed, opportuni- ties have become so equal that every day we behold some man who began his career in a peasant's hut, who has climbed to the topmost round of the ladder of usefulness and success.
Society has placed a thousand obstacles in the path that leads to the poor-house, the jail, and the gallows ; while for the first time in nmn's history the youth finds open all paths that lead to the schoolhouse, the gallery, the library, and the church. Democracy has vindicated itself in the gains of the common people. Our streets are not paved with gold ; but surely that era is golden in which wisdom, peace, and happiness have become possible for all classes and conditions of men.
Happiness, however, is not universal. Strangely enough, the generation that has toiled so long and so successfully upon its looms and its ships, and has so perfected its arts and industries, is now toiHng upon the art of making itself miserable. Witness the devel- opment of the new science of pessimism.
K' rSV Hmy Cynics are reviving the old thought that life's richest possession is the possibility of suicide. God hath fitted up for. For some Wordsworth or Ruskin neither seventy years nor seventy centuries are long enough for the enjoyment of the feast of good things that Nature spreads. Yet the materialist wishes to reduce this earthly palace to the dimensions of a hut, urging that life's tears outnumber its smiles, tl;at its sorrows outnum- ber its joys, that the reasons for dying are more numerous and weightier than the rea- sons for living.
Every day the moral teacher meets at least one pessimist, who exclaims, " I am tired of life. I believe in annihilation. When I die, that will be the end of me " ; to whom there is but one honest reply : " May that wished for end be not far off. When one of our lecturers returned from a tour through the cities of our land, a friend asked him how he knew when he was impressing his audienc. Many have forgotten that happiness is half in the soul within, and half in the circumstances without; just as wis- dom is one-half in the educated mind that reads, and half in the page of the great poet or essay- ist.
Something wrong in the heart within ex- plains the discontent of those who dwell in cottages ; that inner discord also explains the restlessness of those who dwell in palaces. Pessimism is an enfeebling parasite, that finally destroys happiness and good cheer.
On the funeral cards of many others besides James Thompson might have been written the poet's lines of hopelessness and despair : — " Weary of erring in tliis desert life, Weary of hoping hopes forever vain, Weary of struggling in all sterile strife, Weary of thought that makes nothing plain, I calm my eyes and calm my panting breath, And pray to Thee, oh, ever quiet Death, To come and soothe away my bitter pain. Man's mood must needs reflect the books and philosophy he reads. The great minds, from Homer and Paul down to Shakespeare and Browning, have without exception been the children of exultant joy as well as genius ; and every statesman and jurist of the first rank of greatness has been an pptimist, sane, sweet, wholesome, healthy, and happy.
All these giants have maintained the sense of victory over life's troubles, because they were con- scious of their enormous intellectual and moral reserves, and felt themselves to be fully equal to any emergency. Ignorance, however, and weakness are pessimistic because of their scant resources of knowiedge and of courage. Indeed, pessimism is intellectual mediocrity, confessing itself unequal to its task, and exalt- ing that confession of weakness into the dig- nity of a cult and a creed.
This youth was the child of special good fortune. Yet this man spent twenty years trying to convince himself that life is a tragedy; that there are more crows in the field than larks that sing ; more sheaves of wheat that are blighted than sheaves garnered; more vines black- eiled with parasites than vines heavy with clusters ; that the sweet babe should curse the day when it was born ; that the youth and maiden approaching the bridal altar should ask the organist to play some funeral march ; that the essential heart of life is evil; that man's career is a tragedy ; that if another straw were laid upon the world, the universe would come crashing down in ruins.
The youth that insists on imitating Solomon in his deeds will at last end by echo- ing Solomon's lament in his death, " vanity of vanities ; all is vanity. Let him first love Nature's laws, for he who would have a friend ijaust show himself friendly. Our gen- eration will do well to close the pages of its prophets of despair, and reopen the world's great books, all of which are written by the prophets of hope and optimism. For multitudes, unhappiness begins with doubt and questionings, Out of uncertainty and bewilderment comes " the eternal note of sadness.
A man's strength is in his quietness and certainty. As Augustine said, " The soul was made for God, and is restless until it finds rest in Him. Uncertainty as to the way back home, breeds hesitancy, and hesitancy ends in sorrow and helplessness.
Matthew Arnold sings the helplessness and misery of these questioning and disturbed souls : — " Who wander between two worlds, one dead, The other powerless to be born, With nowhere yet to rest my head. Like these, on earth I wait, forlorn. Many have sat at the table of each philosopher in turn, and, ban- queting there, have been fed on Apples of Sodom for Apples of Paradise; and for the wine and nectar of the gods have had the bit- terness of gall.
Hours there are when earth reels beneath man's feet, when he wanders forth in the darkness and the storm, under skies that send ice-hail and fire-hail; and in such an hour, with infinite sadness, the brill- iant Clifford exclaims, " The Great Companion is dead!
If the sculptor, toiling upon a statue that he knew was to be placed in a dark niche, where its beauty could never be seen, comforted himself by the thought that the gods would see good work, remember it, and understand, how much more does man need the faith that final recognition awaits all good work, either here or there. Therefore, recog- nizing that unhappiness comes through doubt, every wise man will exclaim with Words- worth : — "Great God!
I'd rather be A Pagan suckled in a Creed outworn, So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn ; Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea, Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.
Many have forgotten how to rest. Modern civilization is very complex, competition is fierce, and life is full of fret and fever. In a kind of frenzy men rush through the weeks, not living life, but simply consuming it. The trains are never still, the fires in the factories never go out ; even at midnight the thunder of com- merce is heard upon the street.
The commer- cial spirit so dominates our era that many are mere patent, animated machines, doomed to wait on bales of goods and tend their bonds and books. An age of telephones and rail- ways, when industries are highly specialized, when the modern newspaper is as large as an ancient book, involves high-pressure brain ac- tion. The nervous excesses of to-day are responsible for much unhappiness and depression.
If to-day we note the number of man's, inter- ests and the range and scope of his emotions and sympathy, we see that the modern citizen lives more in a single year than did his ances- tors in a score of years. Modern education, too, is increasing the tension.
Before the boy is sixteen years of age he is expected to -be a master of two or three languages, to have studied carefully a score of sciences, not to mention the arts, literature and history.
Rising up early and sitting up late, parents stimulate ambition in their children. In the Republic only eight Presidents can be chosen in a generation, and there are eighty milhons of people ; and yet, daily, every schoolboy is told he may yet rule his nation or his state.
Education has become an irri- tant. It excites, when it should soothe. Knowl- edge no longer is sedative. To these feverish stimulants are added the financial prizes that have excited our people, and strung theih up to the last point of nervous tension. Forgetting that culture comes from knowing dne subject well, even the women have taken all knowledge for their province, and by forming innumerable classes, have come together to "study" and "club"- and worry themselves to death.
What won- der that the generation has dull eyes, muddy cheeks, and sleepless nights! How inevitable the depression, gloom, and unhappiness that has overtaken multitudes! The sense of failure, also, and the memory of opportunities that have been forever lost, are other sources of unhappiness. Yesterday, rightly used, lends power and inspiration for to-day; still a neglected yesterday journeys forward, and casts a dark shadow over a to-day that might have been successful and happy.
All the schoolbooks hold the story of the statesman who failed Completely in his first speech in the house, and who afterward rose above the memory of that failure and won the admiration of meri who once despised and afterward followed him as leader. Unfortunately this tendency reappears in many men who drop out of school in their teens, and in early man- hood waken to discover and bitterly regret their mistake. It is not too late for them to correct the error. The evenings hold several hours of leisure ; the libraries are full of books, and in front of them are all those years when earth's greatest scholars have harvested the richest treasures of wisdom; and yet the memory of that one mistake seems to paralyze the will, and they go forward with bitterness in the heart, miserable by reason of their sense of impotency and helplessness ; and these un- happy ones are a great army.
In trade and commerce others suffer misfor- tune and iinancial defeat. In middle life they lose their ambition, reflect that they are now on the downhill side of life, and that it is not for them to attempt too much ; and so go drifting through the very years when other merchants 'are achieving their greatest vic- tories.
Thus a single early error, a mistake of judgment, or one dramatic sin, overshadows and darkens the entire Ufe. These are the prisoners not of hope, but of memory : they journey forward, dragging the chain from which they are impotent to escape; and all this breeds discontent, destroys happiness and the sense of victory.
Old failures, like old garments, should be cast away, and forgotten forever. If to-day the hail cuts and mars the leaves on the tree, the tree toils on, knowing that another spring it can push off the scarred leaves and grow new ones.
For those who are disturbed by the memory of lost opportunities and early indiscretions and sins, Christ's word of wisdom still holds, " Let the dead bury their dead.
Hap- piness is behind no man. For the worst man, happiness and success are always in front, lying just behind the horizon. With others the sense of failure is related to to-day's work, and also unto the morrow.
Not that which is highest and best in the nature goes into the tool, but oftentimes that which is lowest and least deserving of praise.
Yet how shall the youth know for what he is fitted? The soul is a mechanism, with innufmer- able wheels and escapements, and its divine In- ventor did not accompany the mechanism with a handbook of illustrations, and directions for its use. Our schoolrooms boast many teach- ers unique for their wisdom and knowledge of human nature.
Has any teacher ever arisen, wise enough to call his pupils before him and say. Nature ordained you for the plough, and you for the hammer and saw, and you for the book, and you for the market-place, and you for the rostrum. What sym- pathy should be felt for men unhappy, and cursed with the consciousness that they are moving in the line of greatest, not least, resist- ance!
Beecher left a lecture upon the " Wastes of Society" through these misfits and wrong choices. What if a farmer should harness greyhounds together, and plough with them? What if racing on the track was to be made by oxen?
How should they know? By their blunders, mostly. There are men on the judge's bench, holding court, who would have made excellent farmers, and not a few men in forge or mines, who would have made excellent citizens; but they are all mixed up like a keg of nails.
I think I do not err when I say that one-half of the energy of Ufe is badly applied, and that too which is adapted for the superior functions of human life. For all men, generally speaking, happiness begins with health. The slightest disturbance of nerve or brain involves despondency. Indeed, mental depression is the danger bell that Nature rings when the brain is over- wrought.
When a man daily consumes ten ounces of blood and nerve, and daily produces but nine ounces. Nature uses despondency to inform him that he is on the road to the hospi- tal or the insane asylum.
Every ache and pain sounds some note of warning and alarm. The 1 Lecture on the Wastes and Burdens of Society. This fact tells us that the people have not yet learned that the first requisite to great work is the development of skill in carrying the body so as to maintain the perfect health that alone makes happiness and creative work possible.
For most people the time has come when sick- ness ought to be a form of personal disgrace. Sir Walter Scott did indeed write " The Bride of Lammermoor" while suffering daily paroxysms of pain, lasting several hours ; but there has been but one Sir Walter Scott.
If we search out the secrets of a happy life, we shall find that the sense of victory begins with the belief that happiness and tranquillity are possible, despite untoward conditions. In the natural realm plants are largely influenced by soil and climate.
Wheat grows in black loam, not in blazing deserts ; oranges and pine- apples ripen in tropic warmth, not beside arc- tic icebergs. Yet to the soul it is given to reign lord over all outer events. As Samson's swelling muscles snapped his cords asunder, so it is given to man to cast off the tyranny of circumstances, to smile at storms, to laugh at disaster, and stretch a sceptre over defeat and death itself.
Dwelling in the desert, Moses becomes a scholar. Mobbed, stoned, and flogged, Paul smiles on the very hour when he fronts the executioner.
Alexander Stephens was an invalid, and made himself an orator. Bee- thoven was deaf, yet wrote glorious symphonies. Phillips Brooks stammered, but he became a great preacher. Fire LP) burn, nor water smother, nor blows coerce the unyielding will. Young Daniel, passing through Godless Babylon, with no smell of fire upon his gar- ments, tells us that it is given to every youth to pass through the great city without marring the bloom upon his cheek or losing the inno- cence in his eyes.
There is no station so low, no occupation so humble, no neighborhood so bad, no temptation so severe, but that the soul may ride victorious over its misfortune. An English author writes of a flower show, held in the tenement dis- tricts of London by the poor costermongers. All the violets, roses, and gera- niums grew in the confined boxes that hUng on narrow windows in ancient rookeries, sur- rounded with the grim and soot and filth of forlorn alleys.
Wrestling with such surround- ings, these blossoms came into a brilliancy that won universal admiration. A princess opened the exhibit, and a lord of England presented the prizes.
How glorious this victory of the flowers! It tells us that happiness and the sense of tranquillity are surely possible for men made in God's image, — men who patiently wait, and persistently Where the shadows shiver to sleep - Joseph Huber - Tongues of Fire (Vinyl to do God's will in the place that He hath appointed for His children.
The sense of victory over life's troubles begins with the confidence that God cares for man. Contrariwise, unhappiness comes when man thinks himself buffeted about by fate and circumstance. That man can never be cast down who believes that his Father is doing the best He can for each one of His earthly children.
The poor and friendless are com- forted by the thought that the God who cares for insects and sparrows has time to care for all who are His. If twenty years ago the reign of natural law threatened the belifef in special providence, broader study is recovering faith. How wondrous the modern looms whose lesson is so seldom recognized!
And behind all the laws and forces of Nature stands God, the divine designer, working now in dark colors, and now in colors of glowing light, concealing His pattern, even though for the weaver the threads are heavy with tears. What design He is working out, only those who stand behind the veil can know. With trust in Him, tranqifillity again will come. God's bow of hope rides resplendent in man's storms.
Even the blackest clouds are shattered with soft sunbeams, and at last God's sympathy and love will dissolve all our grief and woe. If God cares for man, theii life is wheat in the shock, and the angels of His Providence will lift those flails called troubles, and beat out the golden grain.
If God cares for man, then man is gold in the rock, and adversity must lift the hammer, and temptation chisel away what is wrong or superfluous. Faith flies, and reason follows slowly after. Happiness comes through the sincere accept- ance of the temperament and task that God has appointed.
Man cannot add one cubit to his stature, or make one hair white or black, and he is also impotent to alter his birthgifts. Before we were born our fathers chose for us. Try as man may, he cannot alter that choice, though in trying he can break his heart. The eagle was built to soar and see, the lark to soar and sing. Neither troubles itself about the size of the other ; by not troubling, both are happy.
If the eagle has the advantage in size, the lark makes it up in singing ; and this law of compensation holds in men, called great and small. Many destroy their own happiness by fretting over the gifts bestowed in the cradle, naming their task obscure and their duties petty. But what has size to do with sort — bulk with values. That watch is small, but costs hundreds of dollars ; on the other hand a clock bulks large, but you can buy it for a dollar and a half. And on a great rock, another man, with a bucket of whitewash, paints, in letters ten feet high, his advertisement.
Is the en- graver's task petty, because his letters were small.? And is the advertiser's work great, because the letters bulk large.? The Matter- horn itself is not made out of huge masses of granite, but out of flakes of mica that are most minute. Size has nothing to do with the value of work.
The contribution of a one-tal- ent man is just as essential to society's prog- ress, just as praiseworthy and as immortal, as that of the ten-talent man; and until men ac- cept the appointed gift, task, and temperament, happiness is impossible.
Others associate happiness with exalted position and dramatic events. But life does not ask for emergencies and critical moments; it does ask that common duties should be lifted up and made splendid by a quiet and beautiful spirit.
It is with great characters as with great pictures. Millet's " Angelus " does not present some great general, or hero, or martyr, at that moment named an awful crisis. The "Ange- lus " includes a potato patch, a few brown clods, a large rake, with two peasants in humble garb. These peasants, however, have accepted their task and their temperament. When the evening bell rings, in beautiful resignation and in happy hope they bow their heads in gratitude to the unseen Father.
And the happiness in their hearts appears upon the faces in the moment when the light of the setting sun falls upon them with heaven's own tender benediction.
For a heart gentle and sweet can flood with spiritual beauty the anvil, the yardstick, the plough, until all tools and tasks become sacra- mental and divine. Happiness falls unseen like the rain and dew: it" comes not in the flood that can only waste and destroy. One of the secrets of happiness is found in the habitual emphasis of pleasant things, and the persistent casting aside of all malign ele- ments. Men make their own world. We have read of a horticulturist who could not walk through a flower garden, and see a rose-bush covered with blossoms, without searching until Jie found at least one blighted leaf.
There are men who cannot look upon a great picture without scrutinizing every inch of the canvas for some light or shade to criticise, and after- ward they recall only the blemish. Yet there never was a tree so beautiful that it did not have one broken bough. There never was a book so wise but that it had one untruth or over-statement. Even Helen's brow held one little blemish. Scientists tell us there are spots on the sun. And what if the boy overlooked all the sweet blossoms, and peered around the roots until he found some weeds, wild grass, and toadstools?
Going into the country on an October afternoon, men bring back the maple boughs, aflame with gold and scarlet. Strange that many who are wise toward the forest should be so ignorant toward the world of hope and happiness.
Some there are who go forth to business in the morning, and give all that is best in life and thought to their com- petitors in business. Returning home at night, they do not bring some incident that represents wit, or heroism, or justice, or generosity; they rather return jaded, fretful, querulous, and critical, remem- bering only the disagreeable things. Passing a pasture in the autumn, one may see the horse with mane and tail that has become one LP) mass of cockleburs, collected in passing through the meadow.
Grasping the forelock of the horse, the farmer's hand must have been pierced with a thousand blood-pricks. Striking example this, of men, who go through the days to return home at night laden with mental burs and moral thistles.
What a misrepresentation of God's world! What skill in selecting malign ele- ments! Surely an enemy hath wrought this injury, and lent this black color to the uni- verse! Yet this is God's world. All will yet be well. Man must wait and hope. Because God is doing the best He can for all, in the very darkest hour of life, happiness and tran- quillity are possible for all alike. Alas for those who pass through life, selecting the one unfortunate event of the day, and lifting it up that gloom may overspread all the hours.
Happy the disposition that rejoices even when the cloud stands upon the horizon, waiting for the moment when the cloud may be shattered with sunshine, or thinking of God's angels that in that cloud will ride homeward when their day's work is done, and good has been brought forth from seeming evil. The maintenance of the courage of the future, and the strengthening of the sense of victory, are in themselves the forerunners of that victory. He who anticipates and fore- casts his failure, has failed in advance.
He who has done the best he can, has a right to be as happy in the hope of ultimate triumph as though he was already enthroned amidst that triumph. If the ehild disappoints the parent, it is his privilege to look forward to the day when the very mistakes, immaturities, and even sins of that child will under the influence of a tireless solicitudelike the bent bow, soon spring the soul back toward integ- rity. It is given to the reformer, saddened by life's cruelty and cunning, to anticipate the time when his reform will be successful, when the weak will be too strong to be oppressed, and the strong too just and generous to oppress the weak.
A wise householder, who in winter sits beside his blazing fire, sometimes draws his chair closer to the hearth, with the feeling that the very darkness and wildness and fury enhance the sense of peace, comfort, and security of the home within.
For every good man, also, there is a covert in time of storm. For him there is a door opening into the realm of silence and tranquillity. Happiness and the sense of victory over life's troubles are his portion forever. While timorous souls cower and fear, he has and can keep the sense of God's approval and the foresight of final victory. Knovjing that the elder brother would have the throne -when he was dead, the king began to cast about how he should provide for Comfortas. Before his plans were fully ripe, an unexpected peril arose.
One morning a messenger brought the king word that the insurrection that he thougld was quelled forever had broken forth afresh, and he hurriedly made ready for what was to be his last war. By noon the king was on the march, by night his palace was far behind him ; but even while he was giving orders to his officers, his tlioughts were in the palace with Comfortas.
And in his dream two beings with sliining garments stood beside his couch and asked him for the charge over the child Comfortas. The first one was named the Angel of Success and Pleasure : " Give the child unto my care : I will give him health, such health that the fruits will never pall on his palate. I will give him wealth, so great wealth that he will never want for gold. I will give him fame, so great fame that the people will stand before his hous,e and shout when he appears.
I will make the people his slaves, so that all who work with tfieir hands shall build palaces for him, aitd those who travel shall bring him the fruit of their labor, and those who carve shall build a throne beautifi'tl enough for him to sit upon, and those who sing shall amuse him that he may sleep, and those who speak shall stand about to praise him, and all his people shall burn incense before Comfortas, and his nostrils shall be filled with the sweetness thereof.
And afterward, the Angel of Sorrow lifted the veil from Ker face, and the king saw her as one dissolved in tears, and stretching forth her hg. I will touch his gold and make his wealth poverty. I will 7nake him eat the bread of sorrow. I will pull down the house that he builds and send fierce winds to assail his little bark. I will sink the ship that he loads. When he walks, I will niake his burden heavy, and yea, -when he hath won a good name, I will raise up enemies who will 7nake black marks on the white page of his life-story.
And at last, through days of struggle and nights of tears and prayers and efidurance, he shall wax great and be our burden-bearer, and become a king strong enough to bear the world itself upon his shoulders. The Angel of Success loves him not, and because it is the easier way, she 'vbill give the child whatever he cries for, and with his pleasures she will rear a monster of selfishness with a heart of marble ; but for the great love I bear him, I will make him suffer.
The genius of our world is the genius of the schoolroom, the lecture hall, and the library. The world is God's college, life is for growth, all events are educational, and all work toward culture and refinement. It fol- lows, then, that trouble and adversity are among the divinely chosen teachers.
If the soul was built for happiness, then happiness must be possible, despite trouble and sorrow, while at the same time these troubles become positive helps to happiness, and ministers of good cheer.
For if joy can lend refinement to mind and heart, suffering is a teacher that has even greater skill. That which success can- not do, failure and adversity easily accomplish.
Suffering is an alchemist, refining coarseness, transmuting bad into good, changing pride into modesty, and selfishness into sympathy. This principle gives a sound foundation for a right theory of happiness. Thus, steel is iron, plus fire. Tools are trees plus the gashing axe. Statues are marble plus a chisel whose every stroke makes the sparks fly. That which lets the flashing gold out of the quartz is not the soft shining of the sun, but the crushing power of the stamp mills.
The bronze doors of old cathedrals are all of hammered handwork, and character is hammered out on the anvil of ad- versity. Supreme manhood is raw human nature plus the troubles and temptations that chisel out character. Wine is through the crushing of the grapes ; and joy is a fine spirit, distilled often from bruised affections. Sin and selfishness dig deep furrows in the face. Then suffering comes in, to iron the lines smooth. From Paul to Livingstone what heroic leader hath worn soft raiment?
What Luther or Lincoln was reared in king's palaces? It is wresthng against the wind that works tough- ness into trees, and gianthood into men. Even Christ, who brings glad tidings of great joy, passed through the uttermost of pain on His way to the uttermost of pleasure on the world's throne, of universal love and influence. No chastisement for the present seemeth joyous, but rather grievous. It is, indeed, the man who washes the lenses of his eye with tears, and' walks in a way that is bright with forest fires, that is promised the throne and sceptre of man- hood and happiness.
Optimists and Christians should stand for mental breadth, and not " make believe " and play there are no troubles. Not by philosophy can adversity be exorcised and sowed out of the universe. One form of folly is to always drag the corpse into the banquet ; another is to seek to overcome suffering by denying its "exis- tence. In India, when cholera broke out upon the Ganges, the medical commission, with their microscopes, showed a leading Brahmin the germs of cholera in the waters of the river.
The Indian priest decHned to lend his assist- ance to the commission, and affirmed that he could kill the microbes with the greatest ease.
When the governor-general asked him how he would do this, the Brahmin took the micro- scope, and dashed it into fragments on the stones beneath his feet; this method of con- quering troubles, however, cannot be elevated into the dignity of a system of religion. To say that there are no troubles or sufferings in life is to become philosophers of mist and moonshine. To define sorrows as figments of the brain de- stroys intellectual integrity. To ignore trouble. The world's heroes, immortal in their influence, have all bought their precedency through their heroic victory over trouble and suffering.
In retro- spect the great crisis hours of life were not the soft, easy hours, but the hours when they grappled with enmity and tyranny, and temp- tations that sought to bribe them from the path of duty. In retrospect these troubles are seen to have wrought sweetness, culture, and the higher manhood in these heroes, as frost turns acid into sugar, and sweetens the crisp juices of the autumnal fruit.
The universality of trouble is suggestive. That which comes to all other men, what indi- vidual would wish to escape for himself. In the story the Wandering Jew breaks his heart because he cannpt die. The great re- formers died, the great jurists, the poets, the artists, yea, the Angel of Death laid hands of consecration upon the Son of Man Himself ; therefore the Wandering Jew felt that he could not endure the thought that what all others had experienced was denied unto him.
What deeply thoughtful man wishes to avoid for himself, or for his children, the long-refining process that is so picturesquely outlined in the story of the poet Job? T' yvn 5 that story or accept it, God, who loves His children enough to make them suffer, will see to it that we pass through the tutelage of sor- row. The story of that olden-time sage is the story of all mankind. Man plants vineyards and orchards, multiplies his flocks and herds, builds his house, surrounds himself with chil- dren and friends, grows soft, selfish, and luxu- riant, says to himself.
Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years, take thine ease ; eat, drink, and be merry. Then misfortunes, like robbers descending from the hills, over- whelm the flocks and herds. Later the thun- der-storm darkens the horizon, and the tornado topples down the surely builded house. Re- verses that no one could have anticipated, over- take the man, and the fortune of a lifetime melts like the dissolving snow : enemies arise, to undermine reputation, the skies rain obloquy and cruel Where the shadows shiver to sleep - Joseph Huber - Tongues of Fire (Vinyl soon happiness is poisoned at its very spring.
Are these events mere dreams, or are they real, solid as paving stones? We can- not be mistaken. Dark is as real as light, sor- row is as much a fact as joy. Adversity must be reckoned with as we reckon with gravity. The sturdy mind and the brave heart will calmly face these facts, and, facing them, search out their hidden meanings, asking no intellectual anodyne for paralyzing the higher faculties and feelings.
Wise men will found their theory of Ufe not simply upon health, success, and good fortune, but will make that philos- ophy include all those facts, named trouble, adversity, and defeat.
At the outset, there- fore, let us confess that our world holds cloudy days as well as bright ones, thunder-storms as well as days of peace, snow-drifts as well as purple clusters, sand wastes as well as fruitful gardens. No man has discovered the secret of uninterrupted good fortune. A frank and full admission of these- facts will do much to help us search out the higher uses of trouble and suffering as ministers to joy and happiness. The frontier lines of ignorance will begin to recede when we consider that the capacity for pain in any creature gives its place in the scale of life.
In the animal kingdom, scientists have found that the mvfsic of the fields began with the fear and the pain of birds. Threat- ened with danger, the lark in its alarm struck its first note. Slowly these words of warn- ing were developed into the liquid music of the nightingale and the melting rapture of the hermit thrush.
In man, also, happiness be- gins with sensitiveness. Now sensitiveness is first delicacy of nerve, and later, fineness of mind and heart. Suffering is the inflection of a large, complex, delicate, and Godlike nature. If coarseness and rudeness suffer little, refinement suffers much. Stretch a few silken threads named an. Men there are who are so imbruted, and whose nerves are so coarse that nothing short of a tornado could rouse the sense of God's presence and power ; and even then the cyclone only sends them to the storm cellar.
Recently a woman lecturer told her audience that she had not suffered an ache or a pain for ten years, or through that time known a single fear or worry.
Her experi- ence is fully equalled by that of the paving stones in the street. Could these granite blocks speak, they would tell us they have never had an ache or pain. Alas for those who have lost all power to weep with those who weep : all these can never rejoice with those who rejoice! Ours is a world where the purity of a little child, the dignity of an old and wise man, the glory of a June morn- ing, or the beauty that blazes in the burning bush makes a sensitive heart to ache with joy.
The very possibility of this joy, however, carries with it a possibility of sadness, in the hour when the sympathetic heart looks out upon the sor- rows of the poor, and the struggles of tenement house populations, the sorrows of orphans, the invalided, and heart-broken.
If we move downward and away from that throne where infinite Intellect and Sympathy dwell, we see that the capacity" for suffering grows steadily less and less.
When we stand at the very bottom of the scale of organized life, and look upon the worm or the jellyfish, we stand at the point of vanishing suffering. The Crustacea is so near to nothing that it feels not the knife tTiat divides its parts. Higher, the insect of a day is open to the acci- dents of one day.
Birds have few fears, dread- ing only the snake and the hawk. The lark feels no remorse for yesterday, no fear of food failing to-morrow, and no apprehension of death whatever. Indeed, when death comes for the beasts, it comes for the most part quickly and painlessly. The tortoise secretes its shell, and though the tlows that fall thereon be many, its aches are few, — as few as the pains of the stoic or the scientist who has sufficiently hardened the heart.
But a truly great man or woman stands at the summit of the animal creation. He unites within himself the bee'fe skill in hiding, the beaver's skill in building, the bird's in nest- lining, the squirrel's in harvesting the fruits of the summer against the needs of the winter. But if all the nerves that make possible pleasure, and all the muscles that carry with them the possibility of use and beauty that have been contributed by the rest of the world are gathered in that focal centre named man's body, does it not logically follow that all the possibilities of pain for all the rest of the animal creation are also focalized upon his single person?
Once the thousand-fold possibilities of melody in a pipe organ are cre- ated by the organ builder, the like possibility of a thousand discords comes in also. How can the capacity for happiness increase with- out the capacity for suffering increasing also? This vast metal mechanism named the soul, with nerve lines running out into land and sea and sky, carries with it not only the possibility of an infinite range and variety of pleasures, but also infinite possibilities of pain.
From the moment that man was made in the image of God, and all things were placed under his feet, suffering as a teacher became a necessity. As man journeyed away from birds and beasts, he journeyed away from their ex- emption from trouble and pain.
Peter, ignorant, rude, and undevel- oped, could sleep sereriely in the garden of Gethsemane, and so slept the birds in the boughs above Peter's fate, and the fox in its hole hard by. But that Divine One who spake as never man spake, sweat as it were drops of blood. And the coarse painlessness of Peter proclaimed the few chords in his nature. The very intensity of anguish in the other, through sympathy with the world's ignorance, pro- claimed the Saviourhood of the other. This explains why God is the great sufferer, having infinite inflections of gentleness and sympathy, — God, who will not break the bruised reed ; God, upon whom men can cast all their cares, since He careth for them; God, the world's bur- den bearer ; God, having infinite compassions toward His ignorant and sinful children.
As men go upward toward Godlikeness, as they increase in love, wisdom, and helpfulness, they go toward the possibilities of sympathy, and therefore. If a man will debase and degrade himself to the beasts' level, and cut the nerve-cords along which pain comes in, he can lead a painless life.
The experience of multitudes to-day, substantiates this statement. And there are others who make it a rule never to read anything about the world's sorrows or wars or misfortunes, and by averting their eyes and closing their ears have made them- selves believe that there are no troubles in life.
And for such people there are none. But the law of compensation is wprk- ing. In choosing this deliberate exemption from the world's battles, they must expect also to be exempt from the joy of the ulti- mate victory. They must expect to come in after death unrecognized, unwaited for, and unloved, while the knight-errants of God's poor, who have not only recognized the wrongs of society, but have attempted to right them, will come in like Walter Scott's hero, while all the hosts come out with banners and with trumpets to meet and greet him.
The fact is, therefore, that the susceptibility to suffering argues man's nearness to God. How suffering to-day ministers to a future happiness, will be the more clearly seen, if we review the sources of suffering. Near- est to our thought are those whose origin is of a physical nature. Many, through no fault of theirs, are born to ill health. Heredity dooms them to weakness. Every moment they must guard their strength. Some weakness of nerve that was in the ancestor, reappears in a de- scendant.
Whence came the face and feature.? From those fathers whom we never knew. In a humorous hour James Russell Lowell once commented upon a new portrait of himself, and said that he had seriously thought of taking out a patent upon his profile, but examination proved that his facial angle had been selected by his grandfather. If heredity sees to it that like produces like, sometimes the law seems harsh, and it cer- tainly is fruitful of suffering.
Pessimists make much of the cruelty of the law of heredity, and superficial minds have wholly misunderstood the principle.
One hundred years ago the Swiss soldiers went abroad as the for- eign mercenaries. After years of service these regiments returned from Constantinople and Rome and Paris, bringing grievous blood diseases with them. Physicians said that within a hundred years these diseases would destroy that people. The three generations have come and gone.
What is the result? The Swiss people are as healthy as any race in Europe. Nature took the poison drops of blood and spewed them out, and put the sound drops of blood and particles of nerve out at compound interest. This scientific principle was stated hundreds of years ago, when God was de- scribed as making the sins of the fathers descend unto the children of the fourth gen- eration, then passing the tendencies to disease out of the system.
But what about health and intellect and beauty, showing mercy unto thousand of generations of them that love me? It seems, therefore, that physical suffer- ings that come through heredity are only in- cidental and temporary ones.
As a matter of fact heredity is God's automatic device for seeing to it that bad men cannot seriously or long entail their errors upon their descendants.
Physical suffering in others is through acci- dent or ignorance or want of skill in carrying aright the body. Some by overzeal in office, street, or study stretch the cords so tightly that they give way. Love and self-sacrifice make others to be the martyrs of ill health. Many a father in his zeal to accumulate a competence for his children, that they may have all the advantages of school and college, of leisure for travel and refinement, overtaxes his health, and goes down.
But what father would not suffer for a httle time, name to-day, if the happiness of his children is to be multi- plied in the many to-morrOws.! Thence- forth, invalided, her vary sweetness and pa- tience in the sick-room have made her very spirit seem like a shrub that, crushed, exhales the richer perfume.
Greater love hath no one than this, that a man or woman lay down the Ufe for the beloved one. And the happiness that she feels within is a thousand-fold more intense than that of the woman who lives for herself only, and who lives in perfect health.
The heart and its affections also open up doorways through which troubles can enter, Whoever rears a home altar, and surrounds himself with loved ones, opens doorways for pain. Doubling joy involves the possible doubling of sorrow. When the parent rejoices because the child comes through the doorway of the cradle, he must remember that he may be called upon to weep when the child goes. And this principle must sober the bride and the groom as well.
He who goes astray as husband doth not himself suffer so much as does the wife who loves him ; while if the wife err, it is the husband's heart which will break For the prodigal son, pain began when he came to the husks and the swine ; while suffering be- gan for the father in the hour when the boy first began to drift away from him.
Affection pro tracted that agony through long years until the prodigal came to himself again. Friendship itself is an exchange.
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