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510 > Page 510 of Compromises of life : and other lectures and addresses, including some observations on certain downward tendencies of modern society / by Henry Watterson.

Appendix dicating a tolerably genuine brand of the wine of truth and soberness-we have the right to ask-that is to say, if we were speaking seriously and not facetiously, we should have the right to ask-why that in the editor of the Courier-Journal, a rather old hand at the bellows, and therefore so reasonably familiar with the world at large and its passing events as to be hardly capable of surprise at anything, should be pictured as effervescence, which in Mr. Carnegie, Dr. Hale, and Professor Peabody-men of scholarship and business, who have had scant opportunity to attain a knowledge of the wickedness and frivolity of the times they have lived in should be heralded as the Ultima Thule of delibera- tion and wisdom The matter respecting the Smart Set, the Four Hun- dred, to which our Pittsburg contemporary goes out of its way to refer, appeared in the Courier-Journal nearly a year ago. It was germane to a dreadful, heart-break- ing tragedy at Newport. Knowing the parties and the facts, we drew the line if not at murder, at least at sui- cide. Having said what seemed needful to be said, we passed to other scenes and other events. The journal- ist, like the actor, is a creature of the moment, the merest abstract and brief chronicle of the time, who, dying, leaves no copy. The editor of the Courier-Jour- nal is not a crusader; he is a journalist, instinct with the sense of life, and the reflection of its currencies, per- haps a little instinct with the love of truth, assuredly not, as the career of the Courier-Journal will show, a lover of strife, or sensations. He was born in what is called society and grew up in it at Washington and New York, living in it somewhat later on in London and in Paris and even-he has no reason to blush for admitting it-at Newport. All that he said in what he wrote of the Remington tragedy he personally knew to be true. Every word of it has been more than vindicated by suc- 510