Good Neighbors

In proverbial wisdom it was said, "He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth," and from the standpoint of experience of good neighbors, "Better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off." The conclusion is, "He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace."

The era of castles has gone by. We see their ruins now, with remains of bastions and crenelated towers, and deep amid fallen stone and rubble the "pit," in the chill and darkness of which prisoners used to languish. Once, dwellings had to be walled and fortified, but now people may live in glass houses, and lawns are unwalled from the highway. Windowpanes and flowers are protected by general consent. So much have we gained in neighborliness and consideration of the rights of others that by a natural reciprocity our own right are respected.

Our Gratitude in Stone
June 1, 1935

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