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THE SCRAP BOOK.

Vol. I. MAY, 1906. No. 3.

MARK TWAIN'S IDEAL GENTLEMAN.

On the arms of the Prince of Wales are the words Ich dien "I serve." Thus he who stands next to the English king expresses in terms of service that gentle and knightly rank which is typified by his high position.

Speaking to a New York audience a few weeks ago, Mark Twain made passing reference to the communications which he receives from strangers who ask for his counsel or advice. "Here is such a request," he said. "It is a telegram from Joplin, Missouri, and it reads: 'In what one of your books can we find the definition of a gentleman?' I have not answered that telegram," he continued. "I couldn't. It seems to me that if any man has just, merciful, and kindly instincts, he will be a gentleman, for he will need nothing else in this world."

Taking from his pocket a letter from William Dean Howells, the speaker went on:

"I received the other day a letter from my old friend, William Dean Howells Howells, the head of American literature. No one is able to stand with him. He is an old, old friend of mine, and he writes me: 'To morrow I shall be sixty nine years old.' Why, I am surprised at Howells writing that. I have known him longer than that. I'm sorry to see a man trying to appear so young. Let's see, Howells says now, 'I see you have been burying Patrick. I suppose he was old, too.'"

There was silence. For a short time the great humorist and humanitarian stood there apparently oblivious to his audience, reminiscence working in his heart. Then, with spontaneous eloquence, he delivered the following noble tribute, which must rank among the loftier expressions of democracy Mark Twain's conception of an ideal gentleman:

"No, he was never old Patrick. He came to us thirty six years ago. He was my coachman on the morning that I drove my young bride to our new home. He was a young Irishman, slender, tall, lithe, honest, truthful, and he never changed in all his life. As the children grew up he was their guide. He was all honor, honesty, and affection. He was with us last summer, and his hair was just as black, his eyes were just as blue, his form just as straight, and his heart just as good as on the day we first met. In all the long years Patrick never made a mistake. He never needed an order; he never received a command. He knew. I have been asked for my idea of an ideal gentleman, and I give it to you Patrick McAleer."

The Latest Viewpoints of Men Worth While

Stuyvesant Fish Says That Americans Are Wasteful, While Pastor Wagner Praises Our National Character John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Professor Fagnani Discuss Joseph's Corner in Corn Thomas F. Ryan Holds That Opportunity to Win Wealth is Necessary to Industrial Progress Andrew Carnegie as the Financier of Spelling Reform With Other Opinions of Representative Men on Questions of the Time.

Compiled and edited for THE SCRAP BOOK.

A PLEA FOR THE HIGHER ECONOMY.

Unnecessary Waste is the Crying Evil in All Our Business Administration, Says Stuyvesant Fish.

"The Higher Economy" is the theme upon which Stuyvesant Fish, the well known president of the Illinois Central Railroad, discourses in the Arena for March. Mr. Fish is a solid figure in finance. His idea of economy is not parsimony, but thrift the prevention of waste. The higher economy, he points out, is needed in the household, in the state, and in the management of corporations. First, he speaks of waste in the household:

No one will question that our people are spendthrifts, earning money freely and wasting it to such an extent as to make it proverbial that what is thrown out of our kitchens would support a frugal people in almost any country in Europe.

Conditions in local, State, and Federal government are much in need of reform, continues Mr... Continue reading book >>


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