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fellow before him, and mentally called other on the man before him. Finally the stage-director a fool. “You are re- he turned his face toward the desk, sayported for insubordination," began the ing shortly: “That's all." manager slowly, noting Sam's powerful “Do I hold me job ?” asked the other. biceps with respect; “have you anything “I do n't see why not,” was the terse to say ?”

rejoinder. “Good-bye.” "She got along all right; she done That night, as Sam left the theater fine," was Sam's irrelevant rejoinder. with thin Tilly Westover tripping along

"She? Oh, that thin Westover girl. by his side, he was handed a small packYes, I understand she acquitted herself age neatly done up and inscribed with with credit. The line not only served his name. He put it in his pocket, but as an explanatory link, but caught the at the first electric-light the couple came house the way she gave it. Now that is to, on their way to the “L” station, Sam the idea,” continued the manager dream- halted and bade Tilly turn her head away, ily, “catch the house every time you can” while he hastily undid the package. Tilly —then, pulling himself together with an being only human, found it hard to comeffort, he resumed: “You know, Sam, ply, but did so. Later she lost her temper for the sake of discipline the scene-shift- because he refused to tell her what was ers must be held in check. Now you

in the white paper. He paused. “What was the use ?” Sam bantered and put her off. “Wait he reasoned wearily with himself; "the till we're spliced, Tilly,” he said, "then girl had saved the show virtually, and no secrets shall come between us twain." the man fancied the girl. He himself with this rudely transposed sentiment had been under a nervous strain for weeks from a class of novels with which her from cares incidental to this immense future husband was familiar, Tilly Westproduction, and its highly successful over was obliged to be content. opening had lifted the strain but to leave When Sam got home, he sat down, and him world-weary and bereft of vitality. lighting a five-cent cigar with a great But he pushed on. “You know you might flourish of match, and much apparent have caused serious trouble last night.” satisfaction, drew forth the article from

Sam rested first on one foot and then its paper wrapper, and proceeded to apon another, but said nothing.

ply himself to the cause of Tilly's wrath “You see,” continued the stage-man- with corrugated brow that contrasted ager lamely, “you see-hang it, man, strangely with the complacent smile that have n't you anything to say? "

lurked in the corners of his mouth. “Nothin', Mr. Squires, only you see it At daylight he laid down his gift. The was this way; I seen Tilly's chanst an' pallid, northern sun of winter rising stepped in wid me bluff. She's me languidly sent a shy shaft of light into the steady now for fair, an' she says if I'll shabby little room which lingered on an hunch up a bit on me grammar she's English grammar, on the blank page of won fer life. You can 't win a girl wid- which was written in a broad, sweeping out doin' somethin' fer her. I done all hand: “From your friend and well-wishI could.” And Sam relapsed into tender er, Charles Squires, manager of the reminiscent silence.

theater, New York city." Mr. Squires leaned back in his office

HELEN C. BERGEN CURTIS. chair, and shutting one eye, fastened the New York City.

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Charles H. Grant's “Nearing Port." English critic in a personal letter to us ob

UR ART feature this month is “Nearing served, the greatest poet of democracy of our describing this picture the well-known author, that his really great poems could be circulated Mr. George Wharton James whose delightful by the millions throughout the land. They paper on Mr. Grant and his work appeared would achieve a great work for democracy. last month, says:

During the wonderful humanitarian renais

sance in England, which extended throughout “Nearing Port' is one of Mr. Grant's most the second quarter of the nineteenth century popular and at the same time, happy efforts. and turned the face of the government toward After a long and prosperous voyage this sturdy democracy and economic independence, ship is nearing.port. The sailors are happy, achieving the passage of the Reform Bill and the weather is auspicious, the breeze is good. the repeal of the Corn Laws, one of the most Some of the men are aloft clewing-up the top- potent factors in the battle for freedom and sails, others in are out on the end of the flying- justice was the impassioned poetry of the day. jib boom taking in the jibs. Everywhere are Ebenezer Eliot, Gerald Massey, Charles evidences that the ship is reaching home. Mackay and Thomas Hood contributed in a There is a general clearing and cleaning up positive manner to the cause of freedom, and that she may present as good an appearance even Lord Bulwer, at least on one occasion, as possible. In the mid-distance is a steamer came so compellingly under the spell that he outward-bound, the effect of the one heighten- penned one of the most graphic and thoughting that of the other. The sunshine strikes inspiring pictures of the death-dealing influence the sails of the ship, casting shadows one upon of commercialism that we have in literature. another, while the blue sky in the back-ground Some thoughtful friends have urged us to is flecked with large fleecy clouds, full of wind give our readers from month to month one or and sunshine that so cheer the heart of the two great poems of progress from the masters. home-coming sailor. Photographs of this pict- Though THE ARENA does not publish original ure of Mr. Grant's occupy honored places on poetry, we have after mature deliberation the walls of many men noted for their seaman- decided to give our readers a series which ship, such men as Sir Thomas Lipton having shall embrace each month one or two of the highly commended its author for the life, great poems of the foremost prophet voices power, vigor and skill it displays."

of democracy, and this series we have opened

by special arrangement with Mr. Markham Edwin Markham's Great Poem, “The

by the publication of his fine poem, “The LeadLeader of the People.'

er of the People,” and have supplemented it HE POET is one of the chief agents in

with a few stanzas dealing with the mission the ethical or spiritual forward march of America, taken from his notable creation, of man. He appeals to the imagination and “The Errand Imperious,” in which, after stimulates the emotional nature to its pro

describing England, Russia, Germany and foundest depths. The imagery he brings the “elder kingdoms by the Midland Sea,” before the mind lives in the heart of the people he pictures the august mission of the great as a fruitful seed which in time germinates,

Republic—the mission which it is the duty of buds, blooms and ripens into rich fruition. each, in so far as lies within his power, to seek In our day we have a multitude of verse-writers

to realize. but unfortunately very few poets; scores of

“THE LEADER OF THE PEOPLE." men and women who can string words together so that they yield a pleasing ryhthm

“Swung in the purpose of the upper sphere,

We sweep on to the century anear. and convey perhaps lessons of value, but which

But something makes the heart of man forebode: are wanting in that stamp of genius which is There is a new Sphinx watching by the road! the hall-mark of true poetry-imagination.

Its name is Labor, and the world must hearOf our true poets of the New World Edwin

Must hear and answer its dread Question-yea, Markham is in our judgment easily the pre

Or perish as the tribes of yesterday.

Thunder and Earthquake crouch beyond the gate; mier. Certainly he is, as a distinguished But fear not: man is greater than his fate.



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Give to all mortals justice and forgive:
License must die that liberty may live.
Let Love shine through the fabric of the State-
Love deathless, Love whose other name is Fate.
Fear not: we cannot fail-
The Vision will prevail.
Truth is the Oath of God, and, sure and fast,
Through Death and He holds onward to the last."

“But hearken, my America, my own,

Great Mother, with the hill-flower in your hair! Diviner is that light you bear alone,

That dream that keeps your face forever fair. Imperious is your errand and

sublime, And that which binds you is Orion's band. For some large Purpose, since the youth of time,

You were kept hidden in the Lord's right hand.
You were kept hidden in a secret place,

With white Sierras, white Niagaras-
Hid under stalwart stars in this far space,

Ages ere Tadmor or the man of Uz.
'T is yours to bear the World-State in your dream,

To strike down Mammon and his brazen breed, Tofbuild the Brother-Future, beam on beam;

Yours, mighty one, to shape the Mighty Deed.
The armed heavens lean down to hear your fame,

America : rise to your high-born part!
The thunders of the sea are in your name,

The splendors and the terrors in your heart.”

Copyright, 1903, Rockwood, New York.



For one will come with Answer—with a word

Dr. G. Cooke Adams. Wherein the whole world's gladness shall be heard;

R. G. COOKE ADAMS, who contribOne who will feel the grief in every breast, The beart-cry of humanity for rest.

utes a valuable paper to this issue of

THE ARENA on “State-Owned SavingsSo we await the Leader to appear,

Banks,” is not only a physician of international Lover of men, thinker and doer and seer, The hero who will fill the labor throne

reputation but he is a close student of political And build the Comrade Kingdom, stone by stone; science and economic advance whose extended That Kingdom that is greater than the Dream personal investigations and thorough personal Breaking through ancient vision, gleam by gleam, familiarity with public-ownership and operaSomething that Song alone can faintly feel, And only Song's wild rapture can reveal.

tion of natural monopolies entitle his views to

special consideration. Thrilled by the Cosmic Oneness he will rise,

Dr. Adams was born in Sydney, New South Youth in his heart and morning in his eyes; Wales. When fifteen years of age he was While glory fallen from the far-off goal Will send mysterious splendor on his soul.

articled to the City Engineer of Sydney under Him shall all toilers know to be their friend;

the Municipal Council for a period of five Him shall they follow faithful to the end.

years. He remained in the service of the city Though every leaf were a tongue to cry, 'Thou

two years after his apprenticeship had ended. must!'

Later he served as engineer in the general He will not say the unjust thing is just. Not all the fiends that curse in the eclipse

service, engaging in many important municipal Shall shake his heart or hush his lyric lips.

and government-owned utilities. The last His cry for justice, it will stir the stones

notable work entrusted to him was the new From Hell's black granite to the seraph thrones! Earth listens for the coming of his feet;

system of sewerage of Sydney. The hushed Fates lean expectant from their seat.

He had early become interested in general He will be calm and reverent and strong,

sanitary advance and determined to study And, carrying in his words the fire of song, medicine and surgery. Accordingly he enWill send a hope upon those weary men, A hope to make the heart grow young again,

tered the Sydney University and from there A cry to comrades scattered and afar:

went to London and Edinburgh, where he Be constellated, star by circling star;

took his degrees in medicine and surgery. lies of the nation will soon find it to their interest to control that nation for the exploitation of the people, and thus become the chief fountain-heads of political corruption, graft and the lowering of moral idealism in the individual, the city, the state and the nation.


Though Dr. Adams has taken a deep and intelligent interest in political and economic problems, the greater portion of his time has recently been given to the study of cancer. The rapid spread of this disease in Australia called for scientific investigation, and to this subject he has been devoting much time during recent years.

One of the most thoughtful papers we have read on this subject appeared from his pen in The Empire R iew London, for March of this


and was entitled “Cancer Research in Australia.” In this contribution Dr. Adams holds that “cancer is not due to a bacterial or parasitic origin, but is a constitutional disease due to a specific or malignant virus originating in the blood," "in the form of an unknown chemical constituent which, for the purpose of description,'

he terms “malignic acid.” “This constituent Photo. by Melba, Melbourne, Australia.

is capable of gradually becoming virulent

under certain bad climatic, hygienic, dietetic DR. G. COOKE ADAMS.

and social conditions of life.”

He holds that “the principal dietetic factors Later he came to Canada and from there to in the cause of cancer are sugar, beer and althe United States.

cohol, and the principal hygienic factors During all this time he had taken the deepest forests, whose dropping foliage, decomposing, interest in the happiness, development and produces stagnation of water; drainage; well-being of the people, making a close study overcrowding, and poor food." of political, social and economic conditions He believes that “cancer is a preventable in Australasia, England, Canada and the disease and the absolute cure is only to be United States. In Australia Dr. Adams was found in the means for preventing its exciting for several years intimately associated with causes and completely removing them." the political leaders. For many years he was

He also holds that "the sanitary indigenous the family physician of Sir Edmund Barton, foliage of the following natural orders: myrthe first prime-minister of the commonwealth, tacea, lauracee, coniferæ, exerts a specific inand at the invitation of Sir Edmund and Mr. fluence in rendering the native-born populaDeakin, the present prime minister, he sat tion of the countries where they grow almost with these gentlemen in the House of Com- immune from cancer. The Australian Eumons when the Federal Bill passed its final calypts, belonging to the myrtaceæ, exert the reading

greatest influence in this direction. He has served as Hon. Surgeon to the Aus- He holds that “Mulyptol,' a eucalyptus tralian Naval Forces for some years and has oil obtained by means of a scientific preparathus become deeply interested in the proposed tion from various species grown in Australia, navy for Australia.

possesses a specific action in arresting the Dr. Adams is a strong believer in public- pathological progress and process of malignant ownership and operation of public utilities, disease," and that "all'internal and local his studies having led him to the same conclu- treatment of a poisonous or irritating nature sions arrived at by the majority of the more should be absolutely avoided, more particuthoughtful, unprejudiced and disinterested larly such local treatment as the X-Rays and men and women who realize that private cor- Finsen's Light, as they are likely to set up porations operating the great natural monopo- secondary conditions around the site of lesion."


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