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THE SUMMARY 1883 1921 {BubUstirD iileebls bs ano for tbr 9nmatet( of tbt^etugorb &tatf KeformatorB at Clmfra, |l. Editor: A. R osenfeld E lmira , N. Y., M arch 19, 1921. The purpose ef T he S ummary is to provide a cleau and truthful history of sontemporary eveuts, and to faithfully reflect the best thought ef the time, without regard to particular parties, sects, or creeds. Its constant endeavor shall be to uphold the excellent, to condemn the bad In all things that come properly within its sphere as a newspaper. In debatable topics discussed by its contributors T he N ummary disclaims raapansibility, but leaves open questions to the good sense and honest eonvietions ef its readers. MAKE BELIEVE <|irRYING to counterfeit character is like trying to make a success of passing spurious coin. The agents of life’s secret service are ever on the lookout for the man who is attempting to pass as genuine currency when he is an imi­ tation. If you cannot beat yourself, how in the world are you going to beat the other fellow? Your type is an indi­ vidual mark, and you will leave your true impression where- ever you go. The difficulty with most men today lies in the fact that they are trying to get a hundred cents worth of life out of a fifty-cent piece. They are trying fo get past conditions which demand a net cash value for all life’s business and social dealing. With a smile of mock security in their shrewdness they are constantly hitting the rocks of dis­ appointment and blaming circumstance for their failures. The man who is counterfeit and trying to pass as genuine is like the fellow who believes he can escape the penalty of living. Death is not more relentless and sure of collecting its reward than the law of compensation is in making every man reap as he sows. You get out of life just what you put into it. If you are a counterfeit you cinnot expect to have the genuine. If you are a liar you cannot expect people te believe you are truthful. If you are a cheat you cannot look to folk to believe you are square. Your stamp of worth is marked plainly in your every-day conduct. Deceiving all the time is out of the question in the scheme of things. Moments of temporary satisfaction may come to the counter­ feit, but never permanent happiness. How pitiful it is to see the fellow who believes he can be harmful to everybody and not get a little harm thrown his way before the battle of life is finished! He has got himself believing that he can cheat and not be cheated, that he can do about as he pleases with his neighbors and business as­ sociates without getting a setback in return. ‘‘As you meas. ure to your neighbor he will measure back to you ” has no place in the counterfeit’s line of thought. He does not know that the law of compensation works twenty-four hours a day •very day. When vou do not play the game fair with all your fellows you are putting yourself in the counterfeiter’s class. If you return frowns for smiles you are dealing in debased currency. When you use falsehood to repay truth you are handling spurious coin. The orenuine is the only medium exchange that life will accept in payment of personal debts in return for the good things it gives out. When you use the “queer” you “queer” yourself; and your reward will be in proportion to the amount of the bad you “float.” It has been said, and with some truth, that you cannot treat everybody alike. However, nobody has ever made the statement that you cannot treat all men squarely. Living true to the ideals which have been proved right is giving everybody a square deal. The man who is true to himself is never false to others. Men have their likes and dislikes, but these alone never did another man an in jury. It is only when we begin to apply the law of counterfeiting that we harm others. We try to make them take what we ourselves would not receive. Stop counterfeiting and handle the genuine. LENT AND EASTER I^ H E Lenton season was fixed by a decree of Gregory the Great in the sixth century as beginning with Ash Wednesday, and continuing forty days, Sundays not being counted, ending with Easter. The number of days was in' j commemoration of the fasting of Christ in the Wilderness, of Moses on Sinai, and of Elijah. Ash Wednesday gets its name from the fact that, in Gregory’s reign (590-604) ashes that had been consecrated on the altar were taken by the priest and sprinkled on the heads of the people, saying: “Remember that thou art dust and must return to dust.” During these days the members of the Roman Catholic church are required to fast. The Episcopalian church likewise observes it, but does not require its members to fast. The Passion week is now pretty generally observed by not osly the Catholic and Episcopal Churches but Protestant churches in general. This year Lent will end March 27th on Easter Sunday. There was some difficulty among early Christians as to the time for the observance of Easter, and in order to settle the macter the Council of Nice (A. D. 325) decreed that Easter should be celebrated the first SunJav after the first full moon following the vernal equinox which always falls on March 21st, the first full moon following may be the night of the 21-22, and the Sunday after may be as early as March 22nd. But a whole lunar month less one day, may pass after the equinox before a Sunday following a full moon, so may be as late as April 25th. WAITING FOR YOU ^OME where under the great canopy of Heaven there ii a faithful soul who awaits the day of our tmancipatkn with a longing known only to those who have waited and watched, counting the days, hours, and even the minutei as they are ticked off by “Father Time.” It may be a Mother who waits for her boy; it may be a sister who watch, es for brother’s home comint,r; perhaps a daughter’s heart will be gladdened by ‘daddy’s’ return; the loving wife in prayer that the day speedily come; or may be it’s a sweet­ heart who longs for the man of her choice. But whoever it is, the suffering of the person has been greater than yours, and their faithfulness should inspire firm determination on the part of each man here that God, being his helper, he will not again bring such misery into the life of his loved — Clipped, exchange unknown. ones. VISION ^JTHE human mind dreams of a fairer world than that one it knows; among us are men and women endowed with vision, and insight more penetrating and more sustained; to their libeia ed spirit, the world unfolds a farther prospect. Earth clothes itself for them in radiant vesture, mute form* are speaking presences, mysterv of life resolves itself into meaning; to them is granted the moment of illumination, and gifred further with shaping power, they are able to re­ create in enduring forms. They are the seers, the artists, and the poets. & M ( i« th me ity foi all fv. 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