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6 > Page 6 of Address of Mrs. Cora Wilson Stewart before the Southern Educational Association, Houston, Texas, December 1, 1911 / Cora Wilson Stewart.

any of its forms, whether it be petty thieving or legalized graft. For this trait alone, his development would mean much to a world which so much needs men, honest men. "'IMen who., the lust of office does not kill; Men whom the greed of office cannot buy: Men who possess opinions and a will; Men who can stand before a demagogue And scorn his flatteries, without winking; Tall men, sun crowned, who live among the fog In public duty and in private thinking The pride of the mountain child has militated somewhat against his higher development, as well as against his pres- ent welfare and comfort. Alms he will not accept, even when confronted with dire straits of poverty and suffering. Well did the author of "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" conceive this trait in the character of little June Tolliver, and well did he conceal John Hale's charity to her under the guise of a payment of a debt for her father's coal lands; for had he presented her as accepting charity knowingly and willingly, his characterization would have been both unjust and untrue. An example of this pride was wit- nessed recently by a teacher in a mountain district school in one of the poorer sections. The teacher, wishing to in- culcate a lesson in charity, and to instill into her pupils the true Christmas spirit, announced that the school would close with a Christmas tree, from which gifts would be dis- tributed to the poor children, and to the poor alone. The announcement was received without comment or demon- stration, but when the hour arrived for a distribution of the gifts, all little hands were folded and every child sat with eyes blazing with indignation, and lips set with deter- mination; and sweets and fruits and glittering toys, so tempting an appeal to childish hearts the world over, were promptly and positively refused, for not one would confess himself in a class more dependent than his neighbor. The mendicants of the nation, if mendicants it must have, will have to come from the low lands; the pride of the mountain child will save him forever from that class. The originality of the mountain child has provided more than one author with a cherished theme, and has led a read- ing public into a new and delightful field of literature; and 6