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What We See Shows What We Are.

What We See Shows What We Are.

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A keen-eyed ew England observer, of ageneration ago, in telling of the drinkingcustoms which prevailed in his earlier days,spoke of the frequency, in those times, of delirium tremens even among persons of the"better class" in the community. As anillustration in this line, he mentioned a fatherand a son, living next door to him, who wereoften thus carried away by their appetites,and whom he was sometimes called to assistin controlling, when the members of theirfamily were unable to manage them. " Andit was very singular/' he said, " to note thedifference in the two men, when they had the'horrors/ The father was a genial, jollyman; and he always saw monkeys in hisvisions. He would laugh till the tears ran27
28 SEEIG AD BEIG.down his cheeks, as he pointed out thedancing monkeys with their cornstalk fiddles,which were all about him in his visions.On the other hand, the son was morose andsullen ; and when his brain was excited healways saw Spaniards coming to murderhim, and devils ready to torture him. Eachof the men showed what was in him bywhat he saw at such a time/' And in thatdiscriminating suggestion the ew Englandobserver declared a truth that has its appli-cations in other realms than that of visionsand dreams. In all that one sees as he looksabout him in the world as it is, there is moreor less of an indication of what the observeris, in his character, his characteristics, histastes, and his aspirations.Three men were accidental companions ina journey along the Pacific coast, including avisit to the Yosemite Valley. All three hadthe same scenery before them, but no two of them saw the same things as they looked outon that scenery. One of them seemed tosee nothing but sheep pasturage, or its lack.SEEIG AD BEIG. 29He was all the time talking of the possibili-ties of raising sheep on the hill-sides and onthe plains traversed by the party. He provedto be a Pennsylvania wool-grower. A secondone was mentally measuring the big trees,
and was indulging in calculations as to theamount of timber which one of the red-woodforests would supply, and as to the time andcost necessary to bring that timber to a mar-ket He was found to be a lumberman fromMichigan. The third man was constantlydrawn away from the attractions of the scen-ery by the observed peculiarities of his travel-ing companions, and of their guide, and othe persons whom they met in their journey-ing. othing in inanimate nature couldcommand his sustained interest, in compari-son with human beings. He was a Christianworker from the East, who cared* more forpersons than for things.Yet farther on in their journeyings thosethree tourists met two other travelers, whoagain had other sights to see in that whichwas common to all, yet which was singular to30 SEEIG AD BEIG.each. One of the two new observers saw onlybeauty in the natural scenery, and picturesque-ness in any group of living personalities ; theother was on the lookout for signs of formerlife, and of ancient days, and of naturalchanges in the country about him. The onewas an artist ; the other was a scientistAnd just what was observable in those fiveobservers on the Pacific coast at that time,might have been then noted among otherobservers elsewhere; as, indeed, it could benoted everywhere at all times, where menwho observe are intelligently observed. Thedesert Arab sees nothing of natural beauty

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