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Confessions of Well Known Citizens, Their First Valentines. Chicago Tribune, Feb 1900
ST. VALENTINE'S day. for all Its. pagan origin probably can claim more devotees the world over than any other day In the year and assuredly there Is no other mitered father In all the calendar like the good Bishop Valentine. The patron saint of all true lovers his dio cesans are as many as there are darts In Cupid's exhaustless quiver There are neither high nor low In his bishopric and rich and poor are alike his followers. The cheapest token carries as much sentiment as the most costly and there are as many heart throbs In a valentine for a penny as in a hand-painted treasure bearing a verse from a poet laureate Nor are all valentines foolish as some soured grumblers of the harder sex assert. Except those coarse caricatures In the comic class -which mainly serve as cowardly vents for a splenatlc nature the best emotions of the human breast find expression In the thoughtful selection of the gift and the delicious anxiety and anticipation with which it Is sent on Its nameless hlntful nay Its least intimation is of a friendship that bethinks itself of the absent and if it often serves to -ell the admiration of some timid swain or modest maiden the sentiment. If shrinking is not shameful and he Is a nobler boy and she a sweeter girl for its entertaining. Perhaps In only one scale of life does St. Valentine ever lack for devotees among those whom ears and habits of affairs have -carried beyond the wakeful dreamland of youth In which life Is all in the present and every anticipation has its fountain In the heart. Men and women as they grow old and engrossed in those domestic cares for which St. Valentine stood sponsor seem to forget the das when they were watchful of whom they met Jest the wrong person should be their valentine or peeped under the pillow In the morning to see if the kindly BB5oir sEi inoxoF SELECT BRITISH CLASSICS. I was a clerk In the book store of "W. \V Barlow at 121 Lake street and of course w were supplied with valentines galore Among the many purchasers a young mat who Is now one of our prominent Board o Trade men made a fine selection of the not paper filled it in. and sent it to bis" best girL I remember bow I envied him his faculty o composition and wished I could do likewise and feel as satisfied over It as he looked. But of course I must send a valentine. S I decided to send a fine gift book to my young lady friend sending it by a boy messenger expecting to hear of its receipt in a few days But judge of my astonishment when a sister of the one to whom the book wa sent called on me and demanded an explana tlon for sending her sister such a book could not Imagine what the trouble was when sh told me her sister had received a fine copy of a work on physiology and was angry about It. One can Imagine my feelings I was mor than provoked and explaining the facts to her I Immediately be gan to hunt for the culprits who had. pla ed this cruel hoax on me. The. messenger boy had been Intercepted by some of my roguish friends and then the change was made. After they had enjoyed their fun the gift book was returned to me and then found Us way to the young lady for whom it was intended. A short time after I enlisted for the Mexican war and the next Valentine day found me Inside the lines x f Mexico. Perhaps the first valentine I ever received 1 do not remember there were so many and they were all sopret- ty But one of the Dr. Julia earliest I never have Holmes Smith forgotten. In my X mind. at least its colors have not faded nor Us delicate tracery grown coarse. I will not attempt to describe It for mere words could do only Injustice to er tV. P0110"0 y It's moMtrous rude to be 80 low "f i"7 such a day The fellow so exceeding rtupld- Of all days In the year you know. Hart-there he I -O' th. dearCnpWf OLD-TIME ST. VALENTINE'S ILLUSTRATION From an original edition of Hones' Every-Day Book of th date of 1830 owned by-the Rev. J. S. Stone. D. D. rector of St James' Episcopal ChnrchT too bad. He entered all smiles and seated himself beside her. He was one of those abnormal men who seek not sympathy but laughed and at that I broke down and cried at the top of my lungs. The. mother petted me. and when I got my breath back and took with the sentiment and language so that It would be regarded as a welcome word of cheer. I was careful to expres the. thought that we wished her to feel at home among us. and pledged myself to do all that I could to make her life a happy one the wife of our pastor. The endeavor to say a. kind thing had a vast deal to do with ay boyish life for having written the assurance I felt bound to live up to It. The lady was pleased to acknowledge the effort and for many years the reply was treasured and kept. Professor James says that If you reel rood do something good. If you only give a seat to a woman In the street car. and thereby form the habit pf goodness. That little note X sent was In accord with that great principle.- and so I am willing to unfold this trivial personal account as an Illustration of a great psychological and moral truth. Really. the birds have mated so many times and the fated prosaic things have come on so thickly John Vance Cheney since I received my Librarian of first valentine that Newberry Library. the memory of It Is lost obliterated T am quite sure however that the sender was gentle and fair and I can well believe that her misslye gave me a thrill that tingled on until the daffodils and bluebirds took the fol lowing- March with beauty perhaps longer. .1 cannot say. Would I could for your sake and far more for my own. Since pleasures arc too f w Why low the old sweet thlnn. Though sweeter prove th newT I am getting to be an old man Mr. Farsoa Is 45 years od and It Is so long since I received my first valentine that I have for gotten all about it. John Fan on. V ALE -yXE'S Vale tine. and. grumblirsot l1c1OUS nt. liWalJi mod t Uf devotee& years YOllth.tn do stlc were person.should kindly' I S nlTION OFSELECr I I 'II 0. we or setecUO"Dot In and.sent hfsIbeStgfrL' of I. 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