Signs of the Times

[Arnold Hodgkinson, in the National Motorist, San Francisco, California]

House-cleaning time is with us again. Out of doors every nature is very busy putting her finishing touches to the general work of cleaning up preparatory to coming out in her new spring dress of green leaf and budding flower. The snow and the rain of the winter have united to wash the face of all nature, while the wind, in increased velocity, continues to search out and remove the dead limbs and the remainder of last year's leaves from the trees to make room for the new. . . .

After this "shaking up" and "shaking down" which the wind gives to nature at least once a year, we remark upon the lightness, the freshness, and the cleanness of the atmosphere and upon the exhilaration and buoyancy we feel as a consequence. We emerge from the close confinement and crampiness of the winter; we take a long full breath of fresh air, and immediately we experience a feeling of new courage and vigor. . . .

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April 18, 1931

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