JANUARY -MARCH, 1945
~CA quarterly &V2aa zin pblished by
THE ST. JOHN's LITERARY SOCIETY
Belize, Brits Honduras.
lk By th~ePresidert 4
Why Inerti TheLnaicThe L~over and The Poet By H. E. C. Cain 25 '9tr-rosedBy Leigh Richardson 28
To itle iserBy A. S. Grant 30
ItYear of Publjication
The S J. L. S
The Pen is mightier than the Sword.
J. L. Blackett, F. R. S.A.,JL. C. P., M. R. S. T.
N. A. Lainfiesta Vice-President
E. D. Eusey Secretary
P.S W. Goldson Literary Adviser
H. E. C. Cain Special Correspondent
THE OUTLOOK General Editor:
P. S. W. Goldson
H. E. C. Cain L. I. A. Richardsn
J. L. Blackett N. A fiesta
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VOL. I. NO.
EACH hour, each minute brings continue after Victory has been
the war nearer to its end. -Each achieved.
second anxious, war-weary coun- Here in British Honduras, let us'
tenances brighten as the war clouds not wait until the War is ended bemove farther away from their shores fore we begin working constructietowards those of the enemy. The fore iwokn ntt
ly towards the achievement of P9!."
united heart-beat of the Peace ov- ideals. Let us not waste our ing nations quickens its pace as and energy descanting on What Victory draws nearer and nearer on Should be Done, or What Can be the horizon. For Victory today is done, or What Shall be Done after
synonymous with Peace.'And Peace the War, for it is only What We
is what thenations want. Are Doing now, that is of any imFive, long, terrible years. S o portance. Let us not put off until
long, so terrible that many of us \some future time What we Know can only vaguely tell how and when Ought to be IDone; let us do it. And it all began. Many things have let us not look to the government gone on during those years. Mature for everything, for there are many.
has carried -on its duties undismay- things which we shall only be able ed. Births and deaths, loves and to achieve through our own efforts.
disillusionments, the budding of
youth into early adulthood, have Each individual is posseed of all gone on despite the stress and some God-given talent which can turmoil of war. be developed and used coustructBut many things have changed, ively for the betterment pf the
too. Our ideals, hallowed by the world and himself. Let uspol our blood of countless millions of our talents and build a better British
fellowmen, are loftier, clearer, firm- Honduras. Let us stop saing tb-dt
er. We are determined that these nothing can succeed in this country,
men shall not have fought and died for by saying that, we declare our-'
int vain. We ar resol-ved that we selves incompetent.
shall build the ece with the same With Industry, co-operation and determination and vigour w i t h ingenuity, men have transformed which they wagedt he Wa The barren desert a n d fatless lessons leart in the c War wamps into progressive- t'eif Is;,
shall beused in the tranquil days cities have served nl v -as
of Peace, incentives f o r further achieveAnd we, have learnt a great deal ments; so let it be with us. Let from this War. We have seen that us overcome the apathy of our
until individuals combined into ni- minds and transform the outlook of tions and nations united, the forces our Colony. If we are old and have of evil marched unchecked across tried and failed, let us co-operate the face of the earth. The great with the young and inexperienced, lesson of Co-operation has been the and help them to avoid the misWar's most notable contribution to takes we made; if we are young and the Peace. The nations of the have not yet tried, let us commence
world are already taking steps to with the belief that It Can be Done,
ensure that this Co-operation, will and Shall be Done.
riTHE St. John's Literary Society
began its activities on ioth An Outlook
January 1941, with a group of young men under the present pre- By the President
The underlying aim is that of in speech and action: they end up helping young men to improve their lacking confidhce in themselves. general literary tastes through de- Often they persuade themselves bates, public speaking and similar that they are inferior to those activities, around them. The trouble arises
The Society has had a varied because their thoughts are kept programme during the past four turned inwards most of the timeyears, and after much consideration thay never think of taking the, outit has been decided to publish a look, even when their morbid conmagazine under the caption of the dition prevents their taking the "Outlook." second great step, viz, the uplook.
The name of the magazine has The correct order is (i) the Inbeen chosen from a number of look, (2) the Uplook, (3) the Outmames submitted by members; this look. The self conscious man conlname has been decided upon be- centrates all his energies on wondercause we believe there is a crying- ing what people are thinking about need today for a healthy outlook on him: it is a waste of energy, bethe whole of life. The aim'through- cause as a rule they are not thinkout shall be to aid our readers in ing about him at all. They are too pursuing a balanced way of life: we busy with their own work. cannot devise any new methods, The cure for this self-conscious
for the one great transforming prin- condition would be a widening of ciple has been laid down by the the circle of interests and work great Son of God who became the should be directed towards some Son of Man, to teach man how to definite goal. The more things one live and how to have the right out- becomes interested in, the more look on every problem which may one's thoughts flow outward and arise to darken man's vision of the away from unimportant or imagingood, the true and the beautiful. ed grievances. The Outlook, however, must he Again if there is a definite goal
preceded by a thorough and careful in life what are at first regarded as examination of the inside; a person ordeals will be considered as great must first of all develop the mind opportunities for the final accomand he must learn to control his plishment of the goal set. thoughts: power is the ability to Of course we should be quite sure
- make a change-to carry out a de- that the goal set is one most worthy cision; mind is passive power, but of all our efforts, and it should be thought is active power. of such a nature as to contribute to
Many people fail to make much the good of all men.
progress in life because they are If the mission of every man is to hampered by self consciousness, serve, then Christian service should They are shy, tongue-tied, hesitant be man's ultimate- desire and goal.
THE OUTLOOK 5
We find as we examine our lives, tons of scientific thought and unthat the moments which stand out dismayed. by the tragic tendency are the moments when we have to confuse the lines of good and
done things for others, evil.
The happiest conscience finds Thomas Hardy, swinburne anl
full content only when its, owner others did try to establish a new is quietly Oving joy to some de- paganism as the latest a r t i s t i c serving one. Forgetting our sor- fashion, but their a t t e m p t to rows and disappointments along abolish Christianity did not remove the avenues of kind words, cheerful those evils of which Christianity smiles and courageous attention to alone offered an explanation. those who need such ministrations It is not without significance
tends to keep our outlook healthy that since Rousseau enunciated the and unfaltering. doctrine that human nature was
Man has always had need for a perfectible, the world has seen four
balanced and healthy outlook on major revolutions and six major K the whole of life; but, today, after wars, each fought on a larger scale years of bloody warfare, man's need and with greater intensity than its for this is much more acutely felt. predecessor. The theory therefore Itwould be futile to minimise that man can have the right outthe ravages that the ascendancy of look on life in all its manifestations evil has made on the minds of many and that he can progress along the men. Yet it is not too much to paths of justice righteusness, tinth hope that the Agony of modern and peace without the aidi and
civilisation will enable us to per- direction of the Supreme Being is a ceive more clearly than before the hollow mockery.
meaning and purpose of Christ's Man needs an outlook; he needs
Y advent among men. a right outlook; this outlook will
nineteenth century, has now de- nearly two thousand years ago prived men of a strong and clear signified that the power and wisgrasp of first principles. The great' dm of the Supreme Being had / artists'of the last century, like been brought into this imperfect
Wordsworth, Tennyson, Browning world of blurred vision, and that and Dickens, were so firmly rooted man could only o v e r c o m e his in the fundamentals of Christian natural tendency to evil in so far belief that they could not be shaken as he availed himself of that power by the movement which was aimed and wisdom, thereby experiencing at the overthrowing of the tradition joy in service and an enlightened "
of faith. 'Living in the serene at- interest in the enduring spiritual mosphere of certitude, their out- values. An outlook based on this look on life was completely un- Christian concept of life may hope affected by popular misinterpreta- fo bring to man the n e c e s s a r y
PUBLIC OPINION COLUMN
equipment for meeting successfully ment which must inevitably follow
and overcoming trumphantly the a world return to ways of peace.
aute problems of human readjust- -Public Opinion Column
A RE young men's organizations There are many voluntary-organilike the St. John's Literary So- zations of young men and women
ciety needed in this community?- in the Mother Country. The young ,Read what two of our prominent people join them with enthusiasm citizens have to say on this subject: in order to acquire valuable trainCapt. M. S. Metzgen, M.B.E., E.D., ing.
~It is said that Britain is one of
Information Officer, the best provided countries in the
British Honduras, writes:- world in the matter of Youth OrThe Saint John's Literary So- ganization; and the Saint John's
ciety is starting a mothly magazine Literary Society would do Well to to be called "The Outlook"; and I keep in touch with one or more of
desire to take advantage of this op- these bodies.
portunity to congratulate the of- These clubs, in their spaie time, ficers and members of this organiza- read, play games, hear lectures and tion on the splendid effort they are organize debates. This is a form making to promote the intellectual of indoor recreation that should and cultural kuprovement of the have a general appeal to the amyouth of Belize. bitious youth of any country.
It might be an inspiration to thF'
members of I he Saint John's Liter- S. N. Campbell, Headmaster, Eleary Society to know that at one ij!ezer School, Belize, writs:time the now defunct Belize Literary and Debating Society played a "I have written unto you, young prominent part in Belize in mould- men, because ye are strong." So ing public opinion-by running -a wrote the great apostle ef Love.
library, staging public debates and May your Nventure be crowned .ith
getting prominent people in the -abundant success.
community to give lecttes on sub- The* I' om and much room jects of general public interest. for pamphlets and periodicals in
In England, t h e Boys' Club spreading Knowledge and ChiitMovement has become of national ianity in our City and Colony. We importance. As soon as war broke do need to catch the true ,pirit of out, on the 3rd. September, 1939, Pro Bono Publico. May your ideals the youth of Great Britain demand- and aims be ever to publish truth
ed to play a part in the nation's and righteousness with a right gocd '
war effort. will.
As readers know, no boy or girl Your task requires hope, conis conscritped for service in His Ma- fidence, courage. You will be sure jesty's Forces, and no one under the to meet with hardship and discour.age of fourteen can go into industry. agement; then be strong, look up All, however, are eager to serve. and go forward.
THE OUTLOOK 7
Literary men must be men of One of the stAngest impulses in
vision. Think of the tremendous adolescence ts the. desire to use good that has blessed our world energy and skill in creative output. through small and humble begin- Recreation must provide the outnings. If my memory serves me let of this desire which burns in our
right, I think it was Archimedes, youth. the celebrated Greek mathemati- One of the prevailing ways in
cian, whosaid,-"Give me a fulcrum which a large portion of the youth to place my lever and I will move of this city spend their leisure hours the world." That's a challenge to is-loafing. A short walk in the you, my young friends.' Go forward! streets will lead you to find the Be strong in body, mind and heart. boys and girls parading about, Quit you like men. Stand firm lounging at the corners, joking against ignorance, vice and selfish- giggling teasing, or mr e 1 y ness. sauntering. It is a futile form of
Success to your concerted effort. recreation. -The majority of our AN OUTLOOK SYMPOSIUM homes provides no place for any
The ed for Indoor Recreation form of recreation. Chiefly through TC e ntre relInoor creation lack of space. So the street is the Centres in Belize: Some form of recreation ground of the group of outdoor recreation, such as, foot- boys and girls who must get out of ball, cricket or tennis, may he had the house, cannot afford to go to almostt any evening, but after dark the cinema, and t re is no other only indoor recreation is possible place provided for them. i t is a and desirable. One has only to take tragic waste of human worth wriich a walk along our principal streets we permit. We cannot condemn at night, to discover that there is a these youths when we make no at.. ... these youthis when \\c make no atcrying need for Indoor Recreation
crv s nee. noenandn tractive or alternative pro ision. Centres in Belize. Men, women and th c i i .
children of all ages and de-grees, he cinema plays an important congregate on the street sseeking leisure occupation. The habit of some form of recreation. cinema going is learned in childIn this Outlook Symposium three hood. A common fault of all these ladies of our community who come kinds of recreation is that they into daily contact with hundreds o f f ,ll for no active participation exour boys and girls discuss the need eptin imagination. The onlooker for such Centres in Belize: is a passive recipient.
Leisure should provide the opMiss A. B. Leslie, Headmistress, portunity for the growth of a full Government School, Belize, writes: personality. What have we done
To-day the club movement has to provide facilities for active rebecome a vital factor in most of creation? What have we done to the large cities. We may be a slow- train the innate desires of our boys moving people, but we do move and and girls for the exercise of bodily only a perverse blindness could fail power and skill? What are we doto recognize the present great need ing to make men and women of our of so1ue voluntary organization for boys and girls?--To improve them the youth of this city. in body, soul and mind?
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Physical recreation must intrb- fellows. The young child can play
dluce other values. Mere activity is alone, but he plays best when he is not enough. Handcrafts, hobbies, a member of a group. We can development of talent, training for most of us, if pressed, find some -eye aud ear, reading, drama, and activity to fill our spare moments, last but not least some religious in- but enjoyment will be fullest when struction, create a higher stand- we share it with others. Indoor reard of living. So shall we lead our creation centres meet the requireyouth to go forward to be leaders ments of communal life and allow and useful citizens, the fullest use of leisure hours.
A.J&.45eslie. An asset to any village, town or city, they deserve our fullest sup
SMiss A. J. Palmer, Headmistress of port,
Wesley. InfantSchool, writes:- A. J. Palm., .
"All work and no play makes
Jack a dull boy", is a commonly Patricia Ann is the psuedonym of a accepted saying of very wide impli; lady-teacher, engaged in he train'cations. We all recognize the young ing of adolescent girls Belize.
child's need to play and those of us She writes:who are teachers work through this' Play after work this should need to achieve the fullest develop- be the order of things: "Pl a? yes,
- mnt of the child's natural powers.' but where shall we play?" Well the requirenents of young peo- may that question be askl by the
pie and adolescents differ from those great majority of young an not so of small children more in kind than young folks who find th after in degree: Telaxation from the ar- their hard day's 'voik thi are no -Iduous, sometimes monotonous in means for proper relaxatio. "There al casese ctingduties of the work- is tlfe cinema", some may say.
a-day world is as necessary in who wants to go to the cinema young adults as in growing children, every night or even t nights each Not to admit ts need is to ignore week? Movie-going e everything the qualities of an nature. Not else, grows on and then one to fulfill it along dsable lines is finds to o ror that one goes to leave a void in the yung life not t good film but to kill
which will soon be crowded with e ability to appreciate
undesirable activities, since here, as good drama is dulled by promiscuin the physical world, Nature ab- ous picture-going. It is so much hors a vacuum. The truth of this better to spend the time at heme we can verify any night in the reading. There are many who canstreets of our city where numbers not spend their time at' home readof young boys and even girls, feel- ing because they have no home. At ing a need for recreation, wander any rate no comfortable home where about aimlessly or indulge in acti- they can find a little corner for vities of questionable value. themselves. When we consider the
Man is a social animal. His full- overcrowded homes many of the
est development -is achieved not in. young folk come from we realize isolation but in the company of his more than ever the need for scne
ARCHIVES OF THE SJ. L. S. 9
well organized centres where these means for the- development of the young people may spend an ever- aesthetic sense through musical aping. Even if one could spend one's preciation programmes, group readevenings at home reading it is not ingr- and dramatics. The spirit a habit that should be indulged in o f f a ir play and co-operation, too often. It is not good for any- would be encouraged since compebody to be alone too much-even tition would not be between indiviwith a book. duals btut betweens groups. Many
Dancing is very good exercise, of out problem-children and youth and how much more satisfied pa- would become examples of good rents would be if they were certain behaviour if such centres would be that their boys and girls were en- introduced in Belize. In these cenjoying themselves under proper tres young people could direct their guidance? surplus energy into something conSuch centres would be a boon to structive instead of its becoming, as parents and a blessing to young is often the case with undirected people. They would provide some force, a stumbling block.-P. Awn.
Archives of the S. J. L. S.
Compiled from the Official Minutes.
THE St. John's Literary Society On February 25t the Society
was organized on January roth, presented a Drama, "NEBU LA"
1041, by a grpup of young men un- an S. J. L. S. Production.
der the chairmanship of Mr. J. L. Between July and Decembe;, Blackett, Headmaster of St. Johns 1941, no meetings were bi oWi Boy's School, Belize. to the departure of several Inetx-'
The Aims of the Society as out- bers to Panama and the' TI_ ied lined at that meeting were: Kingdom. When the Society ccn(i) To prontote and preserve in- vened on December 4th, the first tellectual growth in the community. series of Educatidual Papers was
(2) To stimulate mental energy. presented. These original essays
(3) To provide practice in ge- included papers on Philosophy an ner discussions, essay writing, pub- ivalry. lic speaking and debate. On Januaryv,8th, 1942, thefollow(4) To create the right attitude ing officers were elected: J. L.
of mind and to develop the cultural Blackett. President; C. N. R. Pinks, abilities of members. Vice-President, and E. D. Eusey,
The second meeting held thirteen On September 17th, "An Evendays later, featured a debate: The ing With The Poets" was enjoyed.
Pen is Mightier than the Sword. Original Poems included "For FreeThe proposers, Messrs. Blackett and domn" by H. E. C. Cain, "Britain Bennett, President and Vice-Presi- Will Win" by J. L. Blackett, "Ben dent, respectively, lost to Messrs Lomond" by A. S. Grant. The preCurling and Fairweather in an in- sident also delivered a forceful adsteresting contet. dress on Education.
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The November meeting was the lebration was held in Christmas sear's most impressive: The pre- Week. Gilbert (Dick) Fairweather s$dent opened with an address on (R.A.F.), C. N. R. Pinks and E. E. Contemplation, followed by Mr. E. Wallen (Both 'R.C.A.F.), Percival D. Eusey, a first-rate tennis player, Zelaya (Panama) and other mormon Tennis, and Mr. H. Saldano on bers abroad corresponded regularly Reading. Mr. N. Lainfiesta spoke with the Society during the year. on Nutrition and Mr. H. E. C. Cain At the first meeting of 1944, Mr. on The Youth of Today. Mr. W. P. S. W. Goldson with the approYoung led a discussion on the ad- val of the Society expressed a Vote visibility of publishing a magazine, of Confidence to the President. The
Debates held during 1942 inclu- President thanked the members for ded "The Bomber is More Effective their sincere co-operation and enthan the Warship in Wartime" and thusiasm. "We have stuck toge"Knowledge is More Beneficial than ther for three years,"he said, "We Wealth. must never lose sight of our faith."
On January 2I1st, 1943, the elec- All officers for 1943 were re-elected tion of officers resulted in the re- at this meeting. The President aplection of Messrs. Blackett and pointed Mr. H. W. Young, Literary Eusey as President and Secretary, Adviser. respectively, and the election of In February, the third anniverMr. P. S. Hall as Vice-President sary of the Society was infork ally and Mr. H. I-I. Grant as Special celebrated. In March, Messrs. P. Correspondent. The President then Zalaya, G. Gill and T. Belisle deappointed Mr. H. E. C. Cain, Liter- parted for the United Kingdom as ary Adviser. R. A. F. recruits. In March and
On March 19th, R. A. Pitts, Esq., April, the members d i ss ed addressed the Society on The Youth Physical Training and Its benefits, of Belize. His forceful speech ana- and the Emigration of Young Briyzed the various factors influenc- tish Hondurans. ing early manhood. This thought- On June ISth, the Society bade
ful address occasioned a debate, farewell to Mr. P L. Trapp who April 15th. "Is Youth Justified in was departing for Medical School being Proud of Itself?" At thi in the United Kingdom. debate-meeting the Society honour- At the July meeting some news ed the Presidenit on his gaining the from a b r oad was, announced: Diploma of Associate of the Col- genial Dick Fairweather was relege of Preceptors (A.C.P.). ported missing in action; C. N. R.
On May 20th, An Evening of Im- Pinks and E. E. Wallen had receivpromptu Speeches included talks td promotions in the R. C. A. F. on Kindness, School Days, Whole- In September, Mr. H. H. Grant, some Pleasure, Work, Eduaation, Special Correspondent, was transMother and Character. ferred to Punt4 Gorda, and Mr. K.
The remaining meetings of 1943 Clarke to Stann Creek. Mr. P. S. were devoted to series of Educa- W. Goldson was appointed Special tional Papers a n d Impromptu Correspondent to s u c c e e d Mr. Speeches. A formal Chri tmas Ce- Grant.
On October 19th, 1944, a debate N. R. Pinks on his promotion to "Bachelorhood versus Marriage" Flying Officer in the R. A. F.
provided an instructive evening. Sergeant-Navigator E. E. Wallen
In December the me4nbers receiv- was recently shot down, but was ed the sad new's of Flying Officer rescued. (Thank God). Fairweather's death, and attended The March meeting of the S. J. a Memorial Service at St. John's L. S., featured a debate: Classical Cathedral. At the C}ristmas Cele- Education Will, Contribute More to bration touching tribute was paid Life in the Future than Scientific th his memory. Education. Science defeated ClassAt present the S. J. L. S. con- ics by a single vote.
sists of 28 members within the Co- The April meeting will be devotlony and 7 abroad. The members ed to a private Oratorical Contest:
of the S. J. L.S. are proud of its onlyoriginal Essays will be entered. history and are confident that
through Co-operation the Society On January Ist, 1945, the followwill achieve great success. ing members of the Society received promotions in the Civil Service:
S. J. L. S. NOTES H. E. C. Cain, P. S. W. Goldson
(3rd Class Clerks), H. W. Young,
We congratulate Pilot Officer C. (and Class Clerk). Congratulations.
HE St. John's Literary Society ogy, Principles of Education, congratulates its President oi Religion in Education, History of his becoming a Licentiate of the Education, and Methodology in its College of Preceptors (L. C, P.) several branches and a comprehensive survey of the working of EleThe Collegeof Preceptors will be mentary, Secondary, and University a hundred years old in 1946. Education.
The examinntion for the degree Mr. Blackett satfor the examinaof Licentiate comprises the follow- tion in Belize, December 1944. ing subjects: Educational Psycholo/
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-: Requiescat in Pace :aitm
F RANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT is dead. No more will his
genial figure grace the tables of world conferences. No more -will his personality and his statesmanship accentuate the march of free peoples into the bright new world of tomorrow.
UTURE historians, recording these tumultuous years, shall rank
F him leader of a nation and a statesman of the world.
TI'HE high courage of Washington, the noble philosophy of Jefferson,
and the sturdy honesty of Lincoln were united in this man.
TN every national crisis an indomitable spirit leads the people to their
destiny. From chaos, from a mass of scattered colonies, Washington brought forth a united people for whom Jefferson created a philosophy and a purpose. Lincoln forged a united nation when that philosophy and that purpose were being tempered in the flames ki civil war.
NOR his people, crippled by an economic paralysis, Roosevelt
prescribed a swift and an effective cure. For a world, poisoned by hate and war he sought a potent antidote. The Atlantic Charter, and the San Francisco conference shall demonstrate the efficacy of his therapy.
T HE world will long revere the memory of Fraaklin Roosevelt andhis qualities of leadership and simple faith will long endure, an
inspiration to free peoples everywhere.
T ERE reproduced in full is the text of the Commencement Day Address of /2 the Hon. Vernon F. Anderson, M. D., Senior Medical Officer of British
Honduras, to the 1944 graduates of St. John's College Secondary school],
In January, our Senior Medical Officer, Dr. V. P. Anderson delivered an impressive declamation on the inertia that saps our mentality and hampers our efforts and progress. That inertia, we believe, is a deftnite sign of colony-wide inferiority complex occasioned by our education and personal environments. An education that does not embody definite vocational training: An environment that discourages co.
operation, optimism, and idealism, and magnifies both personal and communal difficulties. These are conditions beyond our control now.
but they are hot absolute and permanent and can be converted to ton.
ditions that determine personal and mass success.
Dr. Anderson offers some-aolution.of the problem!
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I AM very sensible of the honour pronouncement of the debt I owe
this opportunity of speaking them-some have been gathered to to you brings me. I shall not 'their long home', others are scatlong detain you. I am informed tered over the face of the earth and that Commencement Day is named even if they could hear it dces not from the fact that that day marks follow that what I say can have any the end of a boy's career as a school- interest tothem or indeed to any boy and the commencement -of his one. Nevertheless, as the years life as a young man or young wo- click out the compound interest of man, in fact, a young citizen. It the debt, it grows greater but it dces is, I think, a very happy name for not grow heavier. If one were to the Day-it is certainly more ex- think Of this, my spoken acknowpressive and more promising than ledgement, as if it were spoken gethe phrase used at my old school nerally then indeed it is of interest, that was called Speech Day-and to those who are interested in eduwhat speeches we had. cation. It is also a measure of the.
What I do remember of those insubstantial recompenses and tenspeeches is that one and all they uous rewards which accrue in time gave Advice-and so I became im- and after how long a time to the pervious to Advice. As a very school-xhasters. The school master,
small boy I understood enough only like other creators-the artist or to know that the speaker could not the architect, must have a propfie- possibly mean me. As I grew old- tic vision. er I joined with other boys as to
who shouldlfirst spot the advice in One of the best of the minor the speech. Thus when I was one poets of our own day, Humbert of the graduating class I had be- Wolfe-has this to say of tlschoolcome "advice.happy". Had I taken master:the advice I should doubtless not
be speaking to you, in fact, I am "I also build-but not -,with stick surprised and shocked at myself at nor stone
being a speaker at a Speech Day. But with the shadowy bricks of inYou may, however, relax, for I am nocence
not going to give you advice and And mortar that the heart has you may the more thankfully hear -- made her own;
this, for by now you know that, to And what I build has neither roof 'our mutual dismay, I have not had nor fencethat can deflect
the training in elocution which is With limits or an end, the visionary part of your curriculum, architect.
When I was asked to speak I
hesitated, but I finally accepted in This is more than the upward anthat I decided that W speaking I guish of the spire
might make a gesture of gratitude More than the vaulting bridge that to my own school-masters and, by all but flies
an extension of the idea, to all It is the consecration and- the fAre, school-masters. My own masters Fallen from afar; it is thevoice that will never know that I make public cries, 'Make the way smooth
WHY INERTIA? 1b
For the feet of the lord of the Biitish Honduras.
world, whose name is
youth.'world, whose name ,, Now do not misunderstand me you. please-I do not think that our
Indeed the school-master must children, or to put it more widely have the prophetic vision-for it is our people, are less deceptive than. he who sees value in this squirming other people. Indeed I would put little beast whom only a mother it more positively, I would say can love and the rest of us, after that given, certain c i r c u inswiftly seeking Divine aid, can at s t a n e e s the educators of best tolerate. It is the school-mas- British Honduras would find this a ter who sees in this unlovely crea- niost stimulating and rewarding ture, he for whom all the treasures field. There are potentials in our of culture were wr6ught; he who is people which I am certain are so indeed the heir of the ages, an em- rich in promise that there is no bryonic personality, a personality, other word for their nonfulfilment a soul which after years of labour than tragic. will repay his efforts-by reacting
to the stresses and s-trains of living Geographically and racially we can take advantage of two cultures
by reactions, by attitudes as deeply can take advantage of two cultures otivated -that they appear in- -we could select the best from stinctive--but which nevertheless each and mould a national life that would male us envied of all the
were motivated after the pattern oun f Crie a he
and in the mould which the master countries of the Caribbean. When made. I spoke so appreciatively of the
We have been speaking generally work of the Fathers I had this of school-mustors-- but now I would thought i mind that they know thlat -after mant ea rs of inhboura
speak specifically of tl'ose masters that -after knyears of labu a
-the masters of St. John's College graduating cIa av(s treir hand of whom I am happy to be the and steps into a community that in guest and for whose work here I a few years wil undo most of their have the most profound respect. work. Year after year the graduaI make the assertion advisedly, tes pass out into this community soberly, dispassionately that only and if my diagnosis of the situation the Society of Jesus, a Society that is correct the Fathers with forebodcounts the fruit of its labours ot ing know that the young men so
couns th frut o itslabort o p Oeful, so brave, ax ll step into a in years, not in decades, nor in ge- opefu so brave, will step into a nerations, can do so much in so un- sea of inertia and a few years favourable an environment. Only these of the young men who cannot escape to other countries like remen and women whose lives are de- escape to other countries like r dicated to a vision beyond reward, fugees from a plague-stricken city beyond financial security, who are will also succumb to this inertia'. oblivious to the hazards of age and Am I correct in my assertion that of failing health, only those whose this community suffers fr m an inhearts are immunized against that hibiting frustration? Whoc can deny sickness which comes from hope that a country without a Press, deferred-only these dedicated peo- without articulate expression of pie can really he educators in opinion, without even the rudimein-
16 THE OUTLOOK
tary or even primitive experiments to our economic plight. I know in arts, without the smallest ad- that the country is in a terrible venture in craft expression, is sick-- economic positfon-that the taxes is suffering from a malignant di- are not sufficient to pay for GoseaseX -vernment-that this year fully one-People come fromabroad and ask quarter of our expenditure must be
-* can I buy something expressive of met from the pockets of the British this country, a souvenir to remind Taxpayer-that, for years we have me ofoa stay amongst pleasant peo- not been able to pay for the servicple--and Belize people are a pleasant es of our school, our hospitals, our people. Can I find something ex- police anddll the other services of pressing a national costume, or na- an orderly Government- I knoqw tive industry, or national craft or that our mahogany forests are neareven a national stupidity-,no, there ly finished and that we have'no is nothing-and often the visitor further obvious resource-but this must feel what a curiously empty also I now believe-that all econolife this community leads., mic theory is delusion and there is'
Let us examine the causes of this only one proven economic fact. I condition. Is its political consti- was in England in r931 when the tution the cause? I am certain it pound went off the gold standardis not. The fact of being political- it wag atime of bitter humiliationly a Crown Coloiiy does not neces- some years later the United States sarily make for hebetude and cul- of America had one-half the goldof tural sterility. I do not deny that the world buried in a hole in the co onial politics may affect adverse- ground at Fort Knox in Kentucky ly the attitude of a people and may and ten million people out of work. blunt autogenous aspiration. But Much gold (or the lack of it) does I assert that the present colonial not therefore mean economic staauspices are-such that we cannot bility. Some years later England shelter behind the statement that it had a tremendous incentive t o is politics that make us what we prove to Hitler that e was i -it are. Indeed lest it be thought that when he made th statement it I am making unfair criticism of our "Mein Kampf"- at the wealth of neighbours, let us think not of their a country does not consist of malively political adventures, but let terial things, of its gold and of its us make a geographical leap and silver, but of the ability of the peothink of countries where certain ple in their work'and of their willsections of the population are de- ingness to work. This is what I barred from full participation in na- meant when I said I believe there tioal life. I do not therefore ac- is one proven economic fact and it cute our political condition of be- is the only thing for which I am ing the cause of the evil-but I will grateful to Adolf Hitler. concede that our political condition Will our people therefore work may have helped to intensify the willingly and to the best of their disease. ability if they have an incentive
Again I am now led to conclude I am sure they will. There are in that our position is not due wholly fact no lazy peoples if they are
WHY INERTIA?' 17
healthy-but they must be healthy told of the mtn who do well at physically, healthy mentally and home. This inferiority conmplee of healthy psychologically. We ar6 Belize is so gnawingly persistent therefore, if my reasoning is cor- that it saps the psyche of the comrect;no worse off as to the phys- munity' and like most cancerous cial basis of our economic future diseases it is concealed. than other countries- we are Is it not time that this communeconomically in the same peril- ity realize that it musr stop apolots straits as the rest of the world. gising for its existence? I implore
We and the rest of the world will you young graduates to reeither siak or swim- we will member that when you work for the not let the world sink for we need greater Glory of God you may work it- and the rest of the world can- as rewardingly in Belize as in New not let us sink-for the world can- York. In fact I believe more repot be a prosperous world-if a part wardingly, for here you will have of it is poverty stricken- in fact the knowledge that you are buildthe poverty of a partimperils the fng up national consciousness and prosperity of the rest. pride- and we all know that there
Let us therefore discount the is no need, to add to national conpolitical axd the economic- they sciousness and pride of New York. 'may be contributory factors but Some of you may deny that
I suggest the root cause of our psychologically this is a frustrated disease, of our negativity is psy- community. You may say-it is a chological. We are in a psycholog- small place but we have a standard ical prison, but here is the of physical life which compares fatragedy- the prison is in our own vourably with other countries-to minds- the physical basis ndlong- which I reply-a community, like er exists- we are our own jailers. a man, needs other bread and wine I am reminded of the lion from the of a different vintage. Can you 'Zoological Gardensof a city of the show me a building that was built A&pican Middle West which es- to serve not only a physical need cape and made for the open.:coun- but also to express a community's try- he had a thousand miles of pride in self-expression? Do you plain and pralies before him-and not realize that it is the useless then he came to a wire fence. and things, the music, the art, the stood up before it and there he was songs, the architecture, the pride captured. So conditioned was he in the beauty of streets and of to captivity that he did not need a parks, of play grounds and churches cage to hold him- he carried his that are ultimately most lasting, prison in his mind. that give satisfaction to the citizen
It seems therefore to me that the and add zest and substance to his graduates will be leaving school to life. ente'a community life that is cap- If you think only of music-how tive and frustrated. In this corn- has it degenerated within living munity bright tales are told of the memory. Of the other things I young men and women who do well huve mentioned they do not exist. abroad- but no bright tales are If you agree that men "cannot live
18 THE OUTLOOK
bread alone" you must agree that Is the life the community offers to this city does n6t live and because a young graduate one such that it does not live those graduates he will grow, in its amenities and amongst you will be considered increase his mental and spiritual
fortunate who can escape from it. stature-does it promise abunBut I insist that it can begin to dantly and in such a way as to live tonight, tomorrow, as soon as awake in him the desire to give you are convinced that the political even more abundantly ? position is no barrier, that no man If not-is the cause political? knows enough of economic possibi- Is the cause economic? lity f any place to condemn it, Is it psychological? and therefore the stagnation is in If it is not political may it be a your minds and you have been con- combination of the economic and ditioned and have conditioned your- the psychcJ( gical?self to frustration then the process Is it true that the ability to work of release begins. You will find the ald the knowledge hel to Nork old Belize is a graveyard of hope, I ultimately the basis (_f wealth and you will find that your genera- of a country? tion can make it a living city. You If it is true, then are the people in can so make it that the St. John's this country willing to k ? College of the future will he edger Is it true that al j:eple -ill work, to see its young men graduate to given an incentive, a goal-scimeplunge into the pulsating life of a thing that satisfis not only the city that has time to work and time belly hut the nind aIl the s ul? to play- -timt to live abundantly- If it is true. is it nct ekar thlerefore, a city that will sow actual physical that that- lhich we lack is an inevidence in its streets, parks, thea- centiv? tres, music, museumns, libraries evi- May it not he true t at we are imdence of people who have ceased pervious to incentives, thle drive
apologising for having been born in of the best that community life Belize-who have responded to its can give because weave continuphysical handicaps as spurs to the ed to blind ourselves to our imagination. If you were to ask powers?
me hew to set about them I would Should we not then cease apologisreply that I would be giving advice ilg for the accident of Fate that but the giving of advice is a malady put us here-and get rid of cur which, as I have said before, afflicts inferiority complex? those who spehk to graduating Only by such anl approach, by a
classes. thorough soul searching cfcrr deI think the most important thing ficiencies can we escape ficm the is not to ask for advice but to pro- bondage which we have forged for pose a series of questions to your- ourselves. I may inform you that self. such a method of self-examination
is a favourite method leading to
The Quesfions may take the fol- cure in psychological clinics and of' lowing form in the old Socratic Me- course I have no need to inform 'hod:-. you that such a soul scarchirg is a
GALES POINT MANATEE 19
technique of so powerfully resolv- fore to comnider that this ceremony ing a character that it is a prepaia- gives them the keys of the citytory to one of the Sacraments. they become free men in a free I would urge the young gentle- community." men of the graduating class thereIN MAY, hundreds of holiday,
seekers leave Belize, invade -: Gales Point
Gales Point, and crowd the poor
natives out. By Mid-May there is MANATEE
hardly a Gales Pointer to be seen.
Everywhere you turn, on the land,
and in the lagoon, there are Biz- boys to get out the gentleman's eans. You find them in the houses things; meaning my things, ofin the shops, im the schoolrooms, in course. the dancing halls, in the doreys and So I was paddled ashore and on the bats. jn short, there are helped with my things up to the so many Belizeans that ymu begin Mission, where I had supper withto wonder if the capital of British my cousin. Supper finished, we Honduras has been transferred to went visiting in the neighbourhood. Gales Point. But inasmuch as all How many people we visited that these Belizeans have chosen Galks night; and all we talked about, it Point as the best spot in which to would be impossible for me to tell spend their holidays, they are, in you sow; but they were many and my estimation, very wise Belizeans. varied. I remember, in particular, But my reason for taking a holi- one old man and his wife and day is to escape from these same daughter whom we greeted. He wise Belizeans for a time, and to was a snake doctor, and, by his own
-.)ningle with quiet, simple village account, seemed to have had in,folk. Therefore I chose the month numerable encounters with those of August for my holiday, when satanic creatures. very few people from Belize are That very day, he told us he had seen down there., been to the Beach with friends, and
I was down there for my usual sat on the ground on a board, from trip, last August, and perhaps this under which a snake had crawled short account of a night and day up between his legs, and for one may give you some idea as to why tense moment he had been in grave it is my favourite spot. danger. But presence of mind on
We entered the lagoon at dusk, his part, and quick action on the sailed across and anchored a few part-of his friends saved him. On yards from the shore. The Captain another occasion, he had been ceased blowing his conch shell trum- searching in the dark along the pet long enough to tell one of the beam of the house, for his pipe, and
20 THE OUTLOOK
had picked up a snake by the head. ears. It seemed to blow right :Presence of mind saved him this through my forehead and into my time too, for as soon as he found brain too, out it was a snake, he crushed the I enjoyed this for a while, then brute in his powerful hand, and got up and strolled around for an when he relaxed his grip, it was a hour or two. I watched the-sun .dead snake that dropped out, rise, low in the sky .on the other
This was a very singular and in- side of the lagoon. It was smiling teresting old man, and it would as only the sun can smile. It sent take volumes to deal with him fully, one golden streak of light across the but that is beyond the scope of this lagoon and flooded the trees and paper; therefore I shall have to houses with a soft and lovely light leave him, though with great re- that was without heat. I shall not great. I remember too, that we attempt to describe it-it is beyond were hard put to it to. find out description-but it was as different what he did eat after he had told from the noonday sun as the smile us all the things he didn't eat. of fovely girl is from the laugh of Also we had to explain to him, a man.
why, after having bought your bit Later that morning came the vilof land, and paid for it cash ,you lage beauties to have their photohad to pay Government a tax on it graphs taken. They were quite every year. He couldn't under- nice girfs, and pretty in a Gales stand it; it seemed as if the place Point way. But they all had that belonged to you, and yet it didn't heavy look on their faces which belong to you. We satisfied him seems to me to be the indelible on that point, however, and then, Stamp Of rusticity throughout the this brave old man, this conqueror Colony. But they were -niceto look of snakes this veteran and survivor at through the lenses of the camera. of the first areoplane's flight over At noon we had a bath in the Manatee, completely startled us by lagoon. Then after the bath, dinsaying that there was one thing he ner; after dinner, siesta. was afraid of in this world, Our Then a trip across the lagoon breath stopped for a moment, and with a middle aged lady and a might have stopped altogether, but girl to pik craboos. We went curiosity brought it back. What across in a doorey, the girl steering, could he be afraid of? "Zoombe," he the lady and I paddling. She was said. "Zoombe?" we asked .Yes, he a very stout lady, but full of fun, said, sending out a shot of tobacco and so we had a joyous time and juice, 'dead pipple'. Well, goodnight made the woods ring as we dashed old man, guess I'll have to leave around picking the craboos off the you for good this time. tree. We came upon little trees
I was awake right early the next upon the ground loaded all over morning. A crisp wind poured in with cocoplums. They looked very through the open doors and win- beautiful on the trees and they dows and without waiting to be were very delicious. When we rebreathed in ran down my nostrils turned to the bridge and rested and tried to get into my eyes and after hours of thorough enjoyment,
I had been eating cocoplums and very gallant, so I looked at the sour and sweet craboos without house, and looked at the girl and stopping ever since we landed: then looked brave and said efcourse From where we sat, we could see I would sleep there, I didn't see Gales Point with the dusk settling anything to be afraid of. slowlyonit. It seemed'mysterious The middle-aged lady said you and gloomy-like with the houses set wouldn't catch her sleeping there; in between the tail palms which especially as the owner had just stood like silent and eternal senti- died. Well, it was very amusing to nels along the whole mile length of see this display of female timidity the peninsula. We could see the and very manly it made me feel, old house of Speare too, twisted too. All you have to remember, I out of shape, and its beams and told them that there was no such
rafters jutting out into space, all things as ghosts, and-; but the bare with a sort of dingy grandeur. mention of ghosts had given them It was hard to gaze across there the creeps and made them want to and not be affected. I could see get away, so we all got into the that the girl was. She turned her dorey and, with the girl steering and eyes away to look at the big house myself manipulating an old crocus on our own side, and to comment sail we made a quick trip across. on it. She said she wouldn't -Philip Phumbles in My Favourite Spot sleep in there overnight, alone, for in British Honduras, an Educational anything, and asked me if I would. paper written for the SJ.L.S. in SepThe fine bracing air made me feel tember. 1944.
British Honduras, my country
What country. with thee can I
ever compare! Statistics
J. S. Martinez (died 1944). -o
THE calculated population of Bri- acres being Belize Estate and Protish Honduras is 63g9 with a duce Co. land. The land, in brief, 4 to 3 count of men to women in is divided thus: private 2,604,200 the North and West. In i94 there acres; Crown land xoo,400; Crown were 509 marriages celebrated. forest lands 2,970,200.
With regard to the death-rate, The several towns of British Hon1153 .or 18.9 per iooo died. This duras do not lie far apart but existpopulation affords a count of 7.3 ing methods of transportation keep persons per square mile. them all five hours or more distant
British Honduras islarger than from each other. Belize to Stann Wales, nearly twice the size of Ja- Creek is 32 miles; Belize to Punta maica and is almost as large as all Gorda is iii miles of sea; Belize is the British West Indies together. ioo miles away from Cayo by road; The land area of British Hondu- a truck travels the distance in from ras is 5,674,8oo acres, 4200,000 5 to 24 hours; top-ranking cyclists
22 THE OUTLOOK
wheel it off inside six hours. From sort of New World French; and the Belize to Corozal is 85 miles of low East Indian struggles with Creole dry land. in deference to strangers, The
British Honduras is a sort of Maya Indian patters in his native rough rectangle having its short tongue. English is spoken in polite epls at top and bottom. circles, so it is not untrue to say
With regard to climate, one may that each British Honduran people onsiderBritish Honduras as divided speaks two lariguages- its own, and wto three parts- the dry low north, English. the damper slightly higher cen- British Honduran schools, or tre, and the wet hilly south. The some 99o of them, are Church northern average is about 77 inches,som99 oth ,ar uc
nrthe central average is about 867 inches schools, subsidized dy Government
inches and the voledo or southern and are grossly understaffed. There
inchs ad te Tledoor outern numerous cases Of 7o or more chilaverage is some I8O inches of rain- -nmerous cases of 70 or more chifall. Our mean maximum summer dren to one Teacher and an assistfall. Our mean maxium summer temperature is 85 degrees, with a ting Pupil Teacher. There are 5 January figure of about 66 degrees secondary schools; Wesley Colege, above O. St. Mitchel and St Johu's College
The peoples of British Honduras for boys, St. Hilda's College and are a blend of nationalities and St. Catherine's Acabemy fo Girls. each people possesses its own All British Honduran children retongue. The negro, who may be ceive instruction in the 3,-. but
teeis no iifl1ensive vocational
anywhere from an African tint to a there is no nsve votna near-milk complexion, speaks a training. pidgin English with words and The imports of British Honduras
pronunciations in many cases trans- for the years 1938- 42 totalled ferred from the Spanish; this SI8,570,oIi and the exports totalltongue and its users are called ed only $7, 839,5q6. "Creole". The Spaniard who may No picture of British Honduran
be a descendant of the grandees or economy would be complete witha blend qf New World Indian and out a full refrence to the wages and Conquistador speaks a peasant salaries of persons engaged in difSpanish; the Carib speaks Carib, a ferent types of eployment.
TYPE OF WORK ETC., BASE RATE OF PAY
Unskilled or casual labour .85-$1. 20 per 8 hr. day.
Stevedores .25 per hour.
Dock labour .20 per hour.
Farm labour $8-$12 with approx. $8 rations per month
Mahogany labour $14-$18" $8 "
THE OUTLOOK 23
Domestic servants $.oo-- $3.oo per week with food, and in
some cases quarters.
Carpenters $1.5o0-$2.oo per day.
Shipright Assistants or ship carpenters $3.oo-4.co per day. Painters $1.25-1-.50 per day.
Delivery messengers and Commercial Clerks (Shop assistants) $4.00o$15.00oo per week.
Senior Commerical clerks $100.oo-0150.o per monthAccountants (Stores) $8oo.oo--4800oo.oo per annum.
ccountants and Senior Clerks (Civil Sexvice) $I8oo.co$24oo.00oo per annum.
Managers (Stores) $1800.o00-S12,oco.co per annum.
Departmental Heads (Civil Service) \$i8oo.cc-_foco.co per annum. Constables and N. C. O.'s S6oo.oo-$Ocoo.oo per amnnum
Teachers (Heads and Assistats) $300oo.oo-$960.co per annum.
Teachers (other) $z72 00oo-$240o00 per annum.
Surveyors $2400.oo per annum.
The cost of living has increased the war dollar buys 60 cents value so alarmingly during the present of the pre-war dollar. conflict that it is doubtful whether
- Sons Of Honduras
N April I8th, Belize Cit ceased public mourning for President
I Roosevelt to welcome heartily its most distinguished airman of the
moment, Flying Officer Charles H. Aiaderson; D. F. C. Buster Anderson left Beiize late in r940 to enlist in the R. C. A. F. By persistent work and valour he has gained steady promotion and has at last earrEd a decoration.
The terrific and spontaneous welcome accorded Buster brought to mind the achievements of Flying Officer Gilbert "Dick" Fairweather, (R.A F.) and Sergeant Cassian Waight (R. A. F.), both "presumed killed" in European operations, and of Rear-Gunner Lester Leslie (R. A. F.), and Sergeant Navigator Edwin E. Wallen (R. A. F.).
To Buster, The Outlook extends a hearty welcome and shares in the pride that British Honduras feels in him and her other brave sons and daughters.
24 THE OUTLOOK
In British Honduras we do suffer from an unwise inferiority complex and it is only by proper Education and intelligent Outlook that we shall ever make any appreciable progress politically, economically, and socially. It is a long, tedious road that we shall travel into Tomorrow, but we shall travel it regardless of cost. This quarter, the President of the St. John's Literary Society offered an Outlook; in the next issue, writing from wide experience as a schoolmaster, he promises a very interesting and comprehensive article on Education, with special reference to British Honduras.
"The, Outlook" does not blame our Educational System or our Environment alone, but realizes that apart from the psychological and the educational factors there are economic factors to be considered, "The Outlook" therefore will bring to its readers a challenging article "Cooperatives in British Honduras." The author does not lay claim to authority on Economics or Co-operatives, but in his article he outlines a strong case for Co-operatives from the layman's perspective, and in view of the fact that Co-operatives have achieved tremendous success in other countries, he believes that with vision and perseverance a great measure of success could be obtained in this country.
During the past five years, hundreds of British Honduran workmen have migrated in labour units to the Republic of Panama, Scotland, and the United States of America. Besides these semi-skilled and unskilled workers, others have travelled to Great Britain to work in munition factories. Several young men, too, entered different branches of His Majesty's forces, as well as the armed services of other United Nations. Two units of young women have joined the A. T. S.
In an article on Migration of British Hondurans, a member of the S. J. L. S. d"cuses fully the problem of absorbing these young people in profitable employment in post-war British Honduras.
The June issue will also include the winning entries in the Oratorical Contest which the Society will hold in April.
We trust that our readers find the March issue interesting and we promise a more. interesting issue in June.
- The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet. At H. E. C. Cain
T H ATbard said*'ell who said they were akin,
For each enjoys a fanciful existence;
Like heathen how they rage and vanities imagineThe lunatic, the lover, and thi poet.
Look, my good man, and you shall plainly see
Hqw closely marked is their affiliation:
Greater poet is there than a inan in love,
And look how many of that entertaining group
That to and fro' in mental treating placesLook you how many are, or have been lovers.
What is it turns a man into a poet,
What is it makes him rise above the level Of dull monotony of words and language
And break forth into song?
What makes him breathe such music?
He sees a lonely house, and at the touch
Of is imaginative mind and keen rhetoric,
That house becomes a fairy habitat;
And through his music and well-tempered phrase,
The ordinary man becomes awe-struck
With the ecstatic beauty of the poet's world.
The layman dreams, and when at last he wakes
To find himself a humdrum traveller
Along the humdrum ways of this a humdrum worldlsf he curses for the fool he was,
Tleso imbecile a lunatic detract his mind
Fro those things earthly, which alone are real,.
To suc maginative -unrealities.
These thin e tells himself--the p ow
Becomes an un his ash ab)se;
Yet in his heart he wises tat such unrealities Could really fill the length and breadth of time.
How good, he thinks, would be a fairy bower,
And he a member of that fairy band,
Living in careless, vain pomposity.
Each day a round of tripping here -nd there, Bedeck'd with flower-wreaths, gaily attired;
Nocturnalballets on the dewy green,
And secret meetings with one's fairy love.
26 THE LUNATIC, THE LOVER AND THE POET
'Dreaming again', he starts, 'What can it be
'That makes me sit and fashion day dreams so?
'Perhaps I am in love, who knows?
'Who but a lover could concoct such dreams,
'And fall before the star-eyed fancy'talk
'Of such a dream-sod idiot?
'I will betake me to some saner sphere,
'Where men are men, and not just weak-brain'd fools
'Who sigh and lose their senses on the oppo-sex.
It is interesting how alike they are,
This trio whom the self-deem'd wise decry:
In truth each other is a part'of each,:
And seldom is one seen-all tIree attend.
For look, ye wise, is not the poet lover?
Else could be fashion rhymes so sweet, Or could he put in such immortal dress
The commonplace and dull things of this earth ?
He loves, and lives a never-eading dream
His eyes are rosy hued, and all he sees
Is tinted with the beauty of his sight.
The world's the garden whence he plucked his rose,
And so the garden is his shrine of shrines.
Upon the plainest Flower he deigns to smile.
For this is his, all this and heaven too,
He is the King, and She the Fairy ueen
Of this great fairy land.
Who would not deem this poor Adonis mad? /
Unless, of course, himself had been in' loveI Who would not think him better domiciled
With others like him in a mental camp?
What lunatic is there, I pray youtell, Who does not rhyme poetic to hi
He thinks hi King, e une
T5 petty trivialities whichtge
Us who declare ourselves more fortunate.
Are they not Kings indeed?
Fed as they are and clothed by our toil and sweat?
We build them palaces, we give them thrones,
And we fee courtiers to attend their needs.
Think, 0 my friend, how they amuse themselves!
Think how they laugh at you who say you're sane:
They pay no taxes, and what work they do,
Should you do that alone, your children starve; Your wife would taunt as only wives know how;
And you would be a vagabond for life.
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Yet you make jokes and mock the other man,
Call him a-lunatic, say he's worse than you.
He neither toils nor spins, not as you do;
Yet in his thoughts his dreams attain such height,
Such beauty, such impossible delight;
That were we wiser than we think we are,
Perhaps we all would find it better far,
To don the amorous poetic lunacy
Of the immortal triple unity:
Thelunatiq, the lover, and the poet.
TRAFFIC RULES OFFENDER
The front bumper of a car turning the corner at the Mule Park from Orange Street hit against the hinder part of a dog which was playing with a companion in the middle of the street. The dog set out at a gallop howling piteously, more frightened than hurt.
'Ah bet 'e gwine kip inna de line nex' time', a bystander commented.
-Contributed by H. E. C. CAIN.
......Month of August, 1944...
Mr. Spence (Collegiate): .... So, it is your opinion-your August opinion, I should say-that the Allies will win ihe war within six months? Mr. Benson (Illiterate): 'Twas my opinion in January, February, March, April, May, June and July, it is my opinion now, and it will still be my opinion ii September, October, November and December.
Mr. Sp (Patiently): If I understand you correctly then, your August opin in December will be that ......
Mr. Ben (Taking up from where the intelligent Mr. Spence left off): ...... Yo re exceedingly dumb, Mr. Spence.
-Contributed by H. W. YOUNG.
On the plains of Hesitationtere lech the bones of countless millions, who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to wait, and, waiting, died.
A man who is good for anything ought not to calculate the chance of living or dying; he ought only to consider whether in doing anything he is doing right or wrong.
What the fool cannot learn, he laughs it, thinking that by his laugh% ter he shows superiority instead of latest idiocy.
If a man neglects education he walks lame to the end of his life and
returns imperfect and good for nothing to the world below.
First written in 1941. This story does not Star-Crossed portray actual incidents or characters, B, Leigh Richardson
THIS is their story-Mary and opposite. Soon the crowd would
Paul's. break up in a pitiless babel of talk,
He sat in the rocking-chair by whistle and s c a m p e r just as he the window that faced the street. knew they did that day. That Day. It was that curious minute between And his thoughts poised then day andnight that comes filled flung all before him. His mind bewith poignant half-thoughts and came a racing film, its sound track resurrected memories, with sixty whirring. That Day, that voice all little eternities of regret and self- came back, clear and startling, reproach. At this minute each day, cruel. his brain paused forcibly for all else The sound track that was his but thoughts of her and fond yearn- mind ran on. Queer, his mind was wings that must ever be stifled. Now sound track and screen. his thoughts g r o p e d out their Now, he was canning" the voice unseen talons and her image was of the judge-its scold, its drone on caught and held before him a fleet- that warm A u g u s t day at the ing second. Then it vanished and special session of the S u p r e in e became a silhouette in repose at the Court. back of his mind. The crowd in "You, Ethan Hall, have been
the street had begun to move about found quilty of a hideous crime: no in the half-dark, whispering and foul murder or spiteful arson is staring. Somebody-a boy, he knew your charge but that does not dehurried by on a bicycle with a clang tract -from the enormity of your and a haunting fragment whistled deed. You have selfishly, deliberfrom "Always." Their song, The ately betrayed your trpsting friends, whispers went on. He knew they your whole community. But it is did. He didn't have to ask what not your friends or your communithey were. He knew what the peo- ty who will suffer -they can only be ple out there on the pipeshank were shocked and sunrise. It is your saying and thinking as they shuf- daughter who must be left, alone, fled and pressed forward, curious, to face the hurting tongues and but pitying. Pitying them, the stares. three of them. Mary and her fath- "Whenever men do evil, they and er and him. ethers pay the cost. Who knows to
The whispers stilled, what shame, what ruin, what sufHe sensed the coming of the men fearing your daughter will be left? in the sudden hush and the surge They tell me she loves you. of the crowd. His thoughts nflrror- "It is not a prison term that will ed them-stolid, slow men, bearing be your punishment for this wrong, their cold, still, silent, white cover- but your remorse, your regret. ed burden between the shuffling It is ...... lines up to the grim closed house He shifted t he sound track
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abruptly and a new voice, trying to debt will be paid in full. Don't be kind, was blurting "Mary-Mary Charge himn interest. G o, visit
-he got seven years, but...." him. Cheer him up-there's so little
Her voice shrilled, "Get out, get time left. Paul...." out, Paul, please Please. Get out, "I wlll. Yes ...." I say. Get O-U-T." The sound track died out. Only
Then both voices blurred into the still room remained, and the one. His voice: "Myv God! she's clock that was clicking cut the dull fainted! Oh......" seconds. His brain whirred to a
A voice that was low and friend- halt empty, exhausted. His eyes ly and wise slipped on to the sound stared at the wall. The minute track. Soothing tones. He kept was passing fast now. He was it there. calm. He could really sum up his
"You see it's like this: You can thoughts impersonally, analyticalnever be permitted to see her again, ly. The doctor w\as right. He had as long as she lives; she has some paid, bought his Forgiveness from queer idea that you have chained Paul, b u t somehow he hadn't her father, caged him. She keeps bought Forgetting. crying out, "Let him out of the And as Paul sat there while the cage, Paul. Loose the chain, Paul. swift seconds brought night he Please. Let him out." Sometimes knew many things. He knew that she shrieks, "I'll kill you, Paul. always atthisminute cruel thoghts "I'll kill myself, too. Let him out." would come and he'd remember Sometimes she even forgets I'm her Mary and Him He knew he'd see doctor. She calls me Paul. Some the stolid men, the curious crowd, part of her memory has been utter- the white-sheeted burden, cold, still ly destroyed...." silent. He knew more than ever
"It's his fault. His fault, I tell now\ he'd pity Mary and, suddenly, you. Icould killhim.... he is.... with the rush of that last second
"Paul, I'mot a parson, but I before night crushed his thoughts, know one thing about people, thathe'd neverstop pitying her, When they do -wrong, something, couldn't stop loving her, because to some force inside the,-'call it soul him pity and love were synonymous if you wish, is twisted and suffers -and he pitied her. to pay back. His force is paying Somehow I know all this is true, back, Paul, ever since the day the his pity, his love, because you see, trial ended and he is buying some- I'm....Paul! thing from you, your Forgiveness.
Paul, my boy, Remorse and Hate Invitation to a Birthday
are the ugliest emotions ever de- Party.
vised and yet they should buy Love,
Forgiveness-the most beautiful. Mrs. Josephine Prindle respectPaul, he has paid long ago and'soon fully requests the pleasure of your he'll stop paying...." presents at her birthday party to
"You mean-die-die?' be held at her residence, on April
"He'll die sooner or later. His -Contributed by H. E. C. Cain.
To Little Sister
By A. S. GRANT
Give ear to truth's instructions, sis- And who is she on whom man's
ter dear, love must rest,,-So shall your charming mind, like The maid who reigns forever in his
jewel rare, breast?
Add lustre to your form;your 'Tis shewith innocence and
beauty too, chastity,
When gone its early bloom, like Who thinks employment always
faded rose right and meetIts fragrance with -its fading never Delighting not to roam about the
She is fed with temperance; clad When in the spring of youth;-your with neatness;
dawning days, With humility is c r o w n e d, and
When eyes of men with pleasure on meekness.
you gaze, Hers is a strong devotion, for shie
And nature whispers too its mean- vows
ing in ,'The friendship pledged to Naomi
Your ear. Beware of men's seduc- by Ruth,
ing words; And in her utterance, m i I d n e s s
Mark well the plunder their per- blends with truth. .
suasion girds. ."
sAlthough from tongue to tongue is
Sure you are for man a life corn- Through love, by her 'tis nver onpanion; ward passed. "s
Not the hired slave of b r u t i s h Such is the maid on whom man's
passion; love must rest,
Not to gratify man's loose desire, For she will be to him a virtuous Bbt to assist him and to recompense wife; His care with tender love and soft And peace anjo are hers throughendearments. ....
Mr. P.'Grenville Tasher a prosaic unfortunately very much unversed in the art and sadly lacking in aesthetics, once engaged himself in con-. versation among a small group of cultural satellites in the lobby of a fashionable Parisienne theatre during Intermission. On being asked whether he preferred Tschaikowsky's "Chant Sans Paroles" to Gillet's "ion du Bal", he pompously replied that he much preferred the latter, but that, in his humble opinion, Libby's Spiced Lunch Tongue steeped in vinegar and dressed with onions was much more palatable than either ..... His was very loudest among the guffaws that naturally followed.
-Contributed by R. W. Young.
'PROVERBS & MAXIMS.
'The Wisdom of Many expressed by the
Wit of a Few"
1. A clear conscience is a good pillow.
2. A fool may ask more questions in an hour than a
wise man can answer in seven years.
3. If you lie upon roses when you are young, you will
lie upon thorns when you- are old.
4. If the sky falls, we shall catJa,.
5. Patience is bitter, but it yields sweet fruit.
6. Prai undeserved is scandal in disguise.
7. Put the flght out, and all women look alike. without pains there ca h be no gains.
You will go most safely in the middle of the road, 10. Young folks think old folks are fools; old folks
know young folks are.
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