Signs of the Times

[From an editorial in the Summer Gazette, lowa]

We are about to witness the annual transformation of the world by the hand of nature. Spring is upon us, and soon we will look out on hills verdant with green pastures and budding trees. New life is in the making. We are at a period in the work of nature from which we are able to learn a great lesson. We are wont to allow a feeling of idleness to creep over us during the early days of spring. The warm sun, the balmy air, water trickling from its ice-fettered prison, the return of the birds, their throats swelling with songs of happiness—all tend to lull us into dreamy listlessness from which we would fain withdraw ourselves.

Spring is when we should put off this feeling rather than take it on. The ever increasing activity of nature about us should instill into our hearts nobler ambitions and a yearning for better deeds. Instead of shirking our daily tasks, we should master them with a greater thoroughness than ever before. Like the trees, and flowers, and birds, we too should begin a new life, and thus glean from nature the lesson that is meant for us.

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May 12, 1928

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