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Explanation Of American Inquisitiveness

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Ueorge Jacob Holyoalce writes in the Co operative News: Some travelers have reported disparagingly of American inquisitiveness. A stranger beitig besieged with questions of a very personal nature, seemed to me a yery natural thing in a country of widely-dispersed settlers. So many are far away from centers of news that they have a craving for it others neyer know. The stranger is to thema peripatetic newspaper. His objoct in coming there, his destination, the place where he first at out, the plaoa which t has left, alt imply new nf'ormatioD. He know.s sooiething which is unknown to the inquirers, and they want to know what it is ; it is partly curiosity and partly neeessity. There is sooiething stirring there. The craving for news is a passion of the settler's condition, and tke habit of acquinng it dings to him when he is in a position to obtaia information otherwise. The saturated English traveler from populous cides, where news is heard from a thousand tongues, is too apt to forget that the isolated have parched minds and thirst for details. The splendid school system of the country causes a much higher average of intelligence than we have in Kngland. I frequently heard young ladies of 15 or 18 years of age speak fauiiliarly and intelligently of public questions, cite the names. recall the record, describe the capacity of public men with an accuraoy of judgment which would be thought unusual in ladies in hngland of mature age. Where general intulligence reselles so high a leve!, persons of distinguished attainmenls are less conspicuous than they are in a nation where the majority are ignorant. Where the many know littlc, a person whose knowledge reaches only tbe standard or mediocrity has a chance of being oonspicudu, ;i!id a paraon of oidinary attainments is eminent. But it implies a higher gtate of progrew when the majority are well informed, than wheie otily a few are so. In America there are a million villas to a single mansion. This implies a far bigher average of comfort than where there are a thousand great houses and a million horas.


Ann Arbor Courier
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