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 - SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 1908. dome las' night, an'...
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 1908. dome las' night, an' when I thinks 'bout It, it seems a pity dat t had tuh wake up," Tho old man sat with his eyes half closed. The expression oh his face was wtBtful and a sigh came pathetically. Ho nooded drowlBly and then shook himself, sitting up stiffly. "Clare tuh goodness," he said, "I inoB' went tuh Bleep."—St Louts Globe Democrat. r BARON WHO INVESTIGATED AMERICA FOR THE KAISER, Baron Van Polenzo, a German court, dignitary was deputed by Kaiser WITjelm to .travel In. this country and study American character, American resource and American ability. "You know," said Pqlenzo to a friend when ho started 1 out, "If we must fight the Americans it's better to know them thoroughly beforediand." And now, Polenz, having looked upon us when we are red, findB that we aro only half bad, and that the other halt is good, very good. Baron Polenz has now returned to Berlin and has made his report. In tire first place, he wants us to fight for our lives. He says: "The more I saw* of America, the I symapathlze with our German Jingoes, but I do hope that the Unit- e d States may some day be forced to fight Tor her very life. The victory over decrepit old Spain was far too easily mtn. The national heroes that unpleasantness set upon the public pedestal never went through the flre- baptism of real danger- and real mls- ory. As a consequence, Jingoism and empty bragging are more alive than ever." But' Polenz finds that even our ten- dewcy to empty bragging is only the enlarged and greatly developed char- 1 acteriBticsi which have descended from the oak forests of Germany and the bog lands of Holstein. In many tilings, however, Polenz finds us altogether admirable. Of our tendency toward expansion he. says: "Unless I am very mistaken about the temper, the ambitions and the political destiny of the Americans, 1 their admirable talent for assimilation and for attracting other peoples and countries will result in the annexation of Canada, Mexico and all the neighboring island world. Already they have achieved commercial and industrial supremacy In Mexico. It seems to be the mission of the United States to create an empire, radically different from any Europe ever produced." After saying all these goods things about us, Von Polenz tears aside the veil of benevolent criticism and dips his brush in black paint: "The vagaries and tomfooleries of the sm'art set, so called," he writes, should not be regarded as typical. The Newport set, which has been crlticsed so much, is not American at all, but international, being made up of board of trade men, speculators, sportsmen, fashionable beauties and similar characters, belonging to an unrecognized class of leisure. Among eighty millions of people, notable for abundant mental and physical health. is no mo! l}ls personal honor and superior dilligence this handful of semi-mad men and mad women is too insignificant for mention. "There are snobs of course, loads of them—those democratic airs every true American delights in -cannot conceal the fact that an aristocracy is forming slowly but surely. The Sunday newspapers in Baltimore, St. Louis, Washington, Chicago and other great cities make a speciality of printing coatsof-arms. The woman who I can exhibit the portraits of two grand- fathers thinks herself far better than tile lady who is only sure of one. And those marriage contracts between dollars and foreign titles, ere they not the essence of organized snobbery? "American young men are singularly de well bred, for tne obvious reason they dis are brought up with the girls and un- der the influence of women of refine- ment, education and energy. Ger- man young men ill compare with their de American brethren. How could they seeing that they receive their social education at the beer table"? thu "That a people boasting of so many grand and epoch-making works in the line of engineering, allows its streets .too and public works in general to rosem- mil- ble those of ill-manased Oriental com- In munitles is no less a disgrace than a fat- puzzle to th'e foreign observer^ most of the great American cities are anything gits short of prototypes of slovenliness and filthy habits. They have splendid hos- yuh pltaiB, the medical profession is of the the highest character in the United yuh States, yet the mortality Is far above an' what it should be." Vou Polenz windB up his interest- and ing report with a flying volley of har- a "The Americans have made more in- ventlons. than any other nation; they 't have taught Europe, the whole world, mil- how to live uetter and more com- as fortable lives, how to save time and health, but for themselves don't know de how to live. bet- "Tbey have not yet discovered the finds -real relation between money-getting man and 1 money-spending. Wholly absorbed with the production of material wealth, thy havo not given culture a do chance. a "Real culture needs two things, to which the American allows neither off. himself nor to others—time and con- des cehtratlon. "America will probably never pro- use duce a Florence, Genoa, Venice, Nur- emerge or Welmor, but I am free to De confess that Chicago's packing houses night St. Paul's and Minneapolis' flour mills, an' Pittsburg's steel works, Buffalo's Nlag- Work ara Falls power-house and the but York Stock Exchange are institutions such as the world has nr *•- fore."—New York World. . , V one such as the word has never seen be- no

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  1. The Hutchinson News,
  2. 08 Aug 1903, Sat,
  3. Page 10

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