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THE YOUNG SOUTHERNER
Conducted by Louise Threete Hodges.
“The Young Southerner Department of The
Golden Age is designed primarily to entertain and
instruct young Americans, and by suggestion and
otherwise to direct their energies in such channels
as will aid in developing them into sturdy, self
reliant, sane, patriotic citizens.
As a stimulus to careful observation and diligent
study along wholesome lines, and as a means of de
veloping literary talent, it is the purpose of The
Young Southerner to afford opportunity to young
Americans to give expression to their impressions
of things they see around them, and of what they
have learned from books. Writing for the pleasure
and benefit of others will, it is believed, prove an
incentive for each to do his or her best, both in
the matter of acquiring knowledge and in giving
expression to it.
With true Southern hospitality, The Young
Southerner will welcome contributions from broth
ers, sisters and cousins of every section—north, east
and w’est, as well as from comrades of the fair and
As to the character of the contributions, the field
is wide and the subjects manifold. But it is desired
and intended that whatever appears in the columns
of The Young Southerner will be inspirational;
shall point to high ideals, tend to broaden knowl
edge and to the development of highest Christian
While The Young Southerner will be devoted
mainly to the interests of young people, it is not
intended for them exclusively.
It Is Hoped That Older Persons,
young in heart, will find pleasure and profit in its
columns. And it is not meant to confine the contri
butions to young writers. The co-operaton of pa
rents, teachers and all the Abou Ben Adhems is
Now, a word to young contributors: If you can
Avrite a good short story of fiction, if you have a
bit of personal experience out of the ordinary, if
you know of some humorous incident that you can
skillfully weave into a short sketch, if you can tell
a thrilling story of travel or adventure or clothe an
incident of history in an interesting dress; if you
can tell a story of farm life or of some unusual in
dustry or of an American institution, if you can
describe some picturesque bit of natural scenery in
which America is so rich; in short, if you have im
agination or good eyes and ears, look about you and
you can find material for many interesting stories
suited to the wants of The Young Southerner.
If Possible, Get Out of Beaten Paths.
Select a subject that you know something about
or can learn about, study it in all its phases, then
write with the best of your ability and be sure that
The Young Southerner will be glad to hear from
Os course, you know there are certain rules you
must observe in the preparation, the technique, of
Write on one side only of your paper. Write as
plainly and neatly as you can. If you wish to use
a nom-de-plume, place that at the end of your man
uscript, but put your real name and full address in
the margin at the upper left-hand corner of the first
page. In the upper left-hand corner place the num
ber or approximate number of words in your man
There will be a corner in The Young Southerner
for correspondence, and bright, intelligent letters
will be welcome. But don’t let your letters be a rep
etition of “I go to school and love my teacher very
much.” Os course you love your teacher, if she is
lovable; but there is nothing particularly interest
ing in that fact. Make your letters brief and let
them tell of something that will be of general in
terest. Cultivate individuality. Don't try to imi
tate some one else.
The Golden Age for March 1, 1906.
For the entertainment of the younger readers, The
Young Southerner -will be glad to have contribu
tions of puzzles, enigmas, conundrums, etc. Each
contribution of this kind must be original and ac
companied by full answer.
At no time in our country’s history has there been
more serious efforts on the part of educational
forces in our centres of learning and among the
cultured classes to stimulate study along the higher
planes and to cultivate aesthetic taste in literature,
music, painting and all those things that speak for
higher culture, than at the present. But side by
side with this intellectual alertness is a condition
which reveals a darker picture.
At a recent meeting of the Southern Association
of College Women, some interesting and almost ap
palling statistics, compiled from census returns,
were read as to the illiteracy of white children in
Georgia and other States, particularly in the rural
That large numbers of children, as shown by sta
tistics, are growing up without school facilities and
with no sort of stimulus for acquiring even a rudi
mentary education is a fact that calls for thought
and action on the part of all ivho feel an interest in
the future of our young people and in the welfare
of the country.
If parents cannot or will not provide for the edu
cation of their children, then the State should take
the matter in hand and see that these children have
a chance to prepare themselves for the duties and
privileges of citizenship.
That children who grow to maturity in illiteracy
will be handicapped through all their future lives
no matter what their vocation or environment may
be is a fact to palpable that the statement is a
We, of the Southern sections particularly, have
of later years become so accustomed to writing and
talking and hearing of our unprecedented material
resources and development along industrial lines—
so used to looking on the bright side of our future
that we are in danger of overlooking some condi
tions that menace the symmetry of our advance
That the illiteracy referred to is not the result
entirely of poverty is ’shown by statistics, since the
per cent, of illiteracy is much greater in some sec
tions than in others in proportion to the per capita
Whatever the cause may be, there is need for in
vestigation and for the application of a remedy.
Speak well of those about you, or speak of them
not at all. Silence is better than evil speech. There
are few’ persons that have not some good qualities,
so look for the good and keep your eyes resolutely
closed to the unlovely. You will thus create about
you an atmosphere of good will that will make you
a desired companion and will make not only others,
but yourself, happier.
Kindly speech, a genial manner and a show of
interest in what others are trying to do, cost noth
ing but a little time and, maybe, a little effort, but
they go far toward making the world a good place
in which to live.
One great value about thinking about others is
that we thereby get a rest from thinking about our
selves, which is the chief cause of personal unhap
piness. The less a man thinks about himself, the
happier, mathematically and inevitably, he is bound
to be. To love somebody, to help somebody, even
to worry over somebody, is far more cheerful busi
ness than to be shut up to “his majesty, myself.”
He that ruleth his spirit is better than he that
taketh a city; and she that looketh well to her
house, than the founder of many clubs.
What Is Progress?
“Progress is an upward, onward
Motion toward perfection’s goal,
Through the body’s realm of action
To the birthright of the soul.
From the pen where falsehood fattens
To the hall where princes meet,
’Tis the crushing out of evil,
And the curbing of deceit.
’Tis the searching out through science,
Os the truths by God designed,
Fruits of well directed labor
To bestow on human kind.
’Tis a fight for human freedom
And the sacred rights of man
Waged in many an iron conflict
Since the march of time began.
From the oriental tyrant
And the serfs by greed oppressed.
To the reign of law and order
In republics of the West.
’Tis an onward, upward effort
In the cause of human right,
Toward the minimum of darkness
And the maximum of light.”
I have seen a copy of the new paper The Golden
Age, and see that you invite letters from young
I wish to be among the first to respond to your
generous invitation, and hope to have my letter in
the next issue.
There are many things that boys and girls might
write about that would be of interest to one an
I am just beginning the systematic study, of the
poems of Sidney Lanier. His “Song of the Chat
tahoochee” gives, I think, a beautiful picture of
obedience to the call of duty. I had a view of the
river a short time ago, and I confess the stream
itself did not impress me nearly so much as did
the beautiful poem that Lanier wrote about it.
I hope to see in The Young Southerner many
letters from boys and girls. But I must not make
mine too long. MARY LEE MARTIN.
I am glad to publish Mary Lee Martin’s letter,
and to see that she knows the value of systematic
study. lam sure she will find many beauties in the
poems of Sidney Lanier. Will not other boys and
girls tell us of what they are doing, or hope to do?
L. T. H.
Should you, being in Russia, wish to do the mar
keting, you will have little trouble in finding the
various shops, even though you are a stranger who
can neither speak, read nor write the language.
The shopkeepers of Russia use the “picture lan
guage” so to speak, to make known their where
abouts and to advertise their wares.
The outer walls of the shops are covered with
crudely painted pictures of the various articles for
sale. The butcher shop has pictures of meat of all
sorts and kinds depicted with such fidelity that
even the wayfarer may read as he runs; coats and
trousers point the way to the tailor shop; the varied
articles of women’s wear are unblushingly displayed
in pictorial form; fruit, vegetables and the entire
stock of the green-grocer are painted “large as
life and twice as natural.” Thus it w’ill be seen
that the Russians have not departed altogether from
the primitive ways of their forefathers.