Signs of the Times

Topic: New Year

[From the Reporter and Chronicle, Two Rivers, Wisconsin]

It is a strange thing what importance January 1 assumes to most of mankind. ... There will be nothing unusual to mark the day, the weather will probably be just about the same as on the winter days preceding and following it; the importance will lie wholly within our own minds. But it will be of very real importance, nevertheless, even though to the birds and beasts, and to people who have that sort of attitude toward the world about them, it will just be another day.

It will be important because, as of common consent, when we tear the last leaf off the old calendar and begin on the new we feel as if we had reached a point of survey—a place from which to look both backward and forward. We check up with ourselves what has happened in the twelve-month gone, and what is to be expected in the twelvemonth to come. And such a check-up is always important—as important to the individual as to a business, and perhaps more.

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December 28, 1935

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