By Ray Stannard Baker
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Upon our surplus run all the factories and mills; a little of it gathered in cash makes a millionnaire. But we farmers, we sit back comfortably after dinner, and joke with our wives and play with our babies, and let all the rest of you ﬁght for the crumbs that fall from our abundant tables. ” Oh, I tell you, I waxed eloquent. I couldn’t let John Starkweather, or any other man, get away with the conviction that a millionnaire is better than a farmer. “Moreover,” I said, “think of the position of the millionnaire.
There is nothing strange about great men; they are like us, only deeper, higher, broader: they think as we do, but with more intensity: they suffer as we do, more keenly: they love as we do, more tenderly. I may be over-glorifying the sense of smell, but it is only because I walked this morning in a world of odours. The greatest of the senses, of course, is not smell or hearing, but sight. What would not any man exchange for that: for the faces one loves, for the scenes one holds most dear, for all that is beautiful and changeable and beyond description?
She had recognised John Starkweather and had heard at least part of what I said to him, and the vision of that important man bend- 37 DAVID GRAYSON ADVENTURES IN CONTENTMENT ing his back to help lift the axle of my old wagon was too terrible! She caught my eye and pointed and mouthed. When I smiled and nodded, John Starkweather straightened up and looked around. ” He held on and Harriet turned and retreated ingloriously. John Starkweather’s face was a study! ” I asked him genially. “Never,” he said.