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Colonel Ingersoll said, in Chicago the other day, that he hated a dignified man, that he never knew one that had a grain of sense, that such men never learned and were constantly forgetting something. Mark Twain says that dignity is no more the sign of mental strength than a paper collar is the sign of a shirt. Here is where we agree with Bob and Mark. A man who ranks as a dignified snoozer and banks on winning wealth by playing on dignity is in the most undignified position of anyone we know, and we are sively acquainted. Dignity does not draw. It may answer in the jlace of intellect for about twenty minutes, but after that it fails to get there. Dignity works all right and s expected in a wooden Indian or a drum major, but any where else it is no good. Colonel Ingersoll may be wrong in the matter of future punishment but he is solid on the dignity question. Dignity works all right in a man who is worth a millioru and whose suspenders have just busted, but that is about the only place. We know whereof we speak. At one time we, also, thought that to live on a salary we should wear a cold and haughty look and borrow somebody elses soap, but we have gotten over that. We recovered anc began to be convalescent three days ago. Let us therefore have some higher aim than to look as though we were a silver plated senator from Nevada. Let us study to aid humanity and try to find out the best market for all wool knowledge. Let us strug gle to keep the world moving, even if, at times, we do get into positions otherwise than pretty. In this way we will get over the ground - we may do if after the manner of the gentle camel, but we will be there and will have pitched camp and retired for the night, while the dignified gent falters by the wayside. Works, not good clothes and dignity, are the great hailing sign. Do not hesitate to surmount an obstacle simply because in so doing you will not appear as graceful as a gazelle. If you are continually stopping to pull down your vest, brush back your hair, and shove your hand in the front of your coat, you will be left, and will not arrive at the merrymaking until After the Ball.


Ann Arbor Argus
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