Signs of the Times

[From Public Opinion, London, England]

General Smuts, in the course of a message to the Students' Congress at Durban, said: "In your discussions, in your debates, learn those habits of high courtesy and chivalrous fairness which will stand you in good stead in after life, and which will raise the tone of our public life to a higher level. Make public life sweet and fair and attractive. Do not let us sink in our politics to a level which makes public life a pain a deterrent to those who truly wish to serve their country. ... There is a culture of the spirit, as there is a training of the mind. And a nation, like an individual, can only realize its real self through this higher culture of the spirit, which shows itself in an instinctive sense of fair play and true sportsmanship even under the keenest provocation."

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February 11, 1928

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