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MANNERS AND CONDUCT IN SCHOOL AND OUT

BY

THE DEANS OF GIRLS IN CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOLS

The gentle minde by gentle deeds is knowne; For a man by nothing is so well bewrayed As by his manners.

SPENSER

ALLYN AND BACON BOSTON NEW YORK CHICAGO ATLANTA SAN FRANCISCO

COPYRIGHT, 1921, BY FANNY R. SMITH.

Norwood Press J.S. Gushing Co. Berwick & Smith Co. Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

FOREWORD

"The supreme business of the school is to develop a sense of justice, the power of initiative, independence of character, correct social and civic habits, and the ability to coƶperate toward the common good." Dr. Frank Crane.

How do you develop correct social habits, the habits of a gentleman or a lady?

You develop correct social habits just as you develop correct habits in playing ball, or in swimming, you discover the rules; then you practise, practise, practise. A good general rule is, Do what a kind heart prompts; for,

Politeness is to do and say The kindest thing in the kindest way.

We earnestly hope this little book may help girls and boys to become happier, more agreeable, and more effective citizens.

THE DEANS OF GIRLS, CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOLS.

MAXIMS OF CONDUCT

Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us dare to do our duty as we understand it.

LINCOLN.

Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.

EARL OF CHESTERFIELD.

Do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

FRANKLIN.

The secret of success is constancy of purpose.

DISRAELI.

Evil communications corrupt good manners.

NEW TESTAMENT.

Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever; Do noble things, not dream them, all day long; And so make life, death, and that vast forever One grand sweet song.

KINGSLEY.

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As to be hated needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

POPE.

In vain we call old notions fudge, And bend our conscience to our dealing; The Ten Commandments will not budge, And stealing will continue stealing.

LOWELL.

GREETING

Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy.

Emerson.

Girls, the word lady should suggest, ideally, a girl (or a woman) who keeps herself physically fit, her thinking on a high plane, and her manners gentle and winsome.

Boys, the word gentleman means, ideally, a fine, athletic, manly fellow who is an all round good sport in the best sense, and who has manners that do not prevent other people from seeing how fine he is.

THE STREET

Remember this, that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.

Marcus Aurelius.

1) If you are well brought up, girls, you will not loiter on the street to talk to one another; much less to boys. Street visiting is taboo.

2) Boys, a gentleman does not detain on street corners a girl or woman friend. If he meets one with whom he wishes to speak more than a moment, he asks permission to walk a little way with her. During the moment that he does detain her, a gentleman talks with his hat in his hand.

3) You know that a boy should lift his hat or cap in recognition of a girl or woman acquaintance whom he meets on the street. But perhaps you don't know that the same courtesy may well be offered to a man, and must be, if the man is walking with a girl or a woman.

4) To spit on the street or sidewalk is likely to endanger the health of others, and to make you seem vulgar and "horrid." Use your handkerchief.

THE STREET CAR

Immodest words admit of no defence, For want of decency is want of sense.

Earl of Roscommon.

1) Avoid rushing ahead of others to secure a seat in a street car, or to secure any other special advantage. Some one must be last; why not you? If advancing out of turn is necessary, a little deliberation accompanied with, "I beg your pardon," or "Excuse me, please" will most quickly and pleasantly open the way; otherwise, respect "the line... Continue reading book >>




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