The Galleon, Volume 2, Number 2, March 1926 Page: 30
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Reflections While Shaving
The act of shaving has always
been a sacredness to me. In my
esteem, it ranks higher than
the Saturday night bath; al-
though it happens more fre-
quently and does not cover so
much territory, speaking from
the standpoint of square mea-
sure. It enables a man to com-
mand the respect of his fellow
as well as respect for himself.
The increasing popularity of the
shave shows that man is coming
more and more to adopt and ap-
preciate the clean smooth shav-
en face as a standard.
Many men fall asleep while in
the barber chair. Now this is
one thing I cannot understand.
I spend the time I am there in
reflection. I review the happen-
ings of the day (I always get
my shave late in the afternoon)
or choose some topic to think
I find this very helpful, for
when I get up from the chair, I
am in a pleasant frame of mind
and go home with a feeling that
the day has not been spent in
vain after all.
I remember when I first
started this series of reflections.
It was on a stifling hot summer
day while I was being shaved.
The lather was cool and plea-
sant and the barber was a ton-
sorial artist. I began to think
what a blessing it was to have
such a thing as a barber shop.
What a nuisance a long trailing
beard would be on a day like
that. I reviewed rapidly the his-
tqry of the world and picked out
the greatest civilization that
flourished, and thought of the
effect of shaving upon their
people. The Greeks were a clean
shaven race; they loved life and
art. Look to what heights they
arose. The Romans, who loved
war and conquest were also of a
race who practiced shaving. Try
to picture a Roman gladiator
with a flowing beard. Napoleon
compelled his soldiers to shave;
and look at the marvelous effi-
ciency of that army and the na-
tions it conquered. What would
have been the result if our
American soldiers in the World
War had never shaved? Yet in
the time of Peter the Great the
Russian army was a bearded
host. It never accomplished any-
thing until Peter started his re-
form. Was not Peter the great-
est benefactor the Russian peo-
ple ever had ? He made it a pun-
ishable offense to wear a beard
in his kingdom. He changed the
customs of his country as no one
has ever been able to do. There
is a story of Peter, that says he
stood at the last gate of Mos-
cow with an enormous pair of
scissors and cut off the beards
of the men as they passed out.
Perhaps he wanted a good hair-
cloth sofa. I know not what his
real motive was. There were
some of my reflections on that
Later, I began to find it a
pleasure to sit in the barber
chair and think. Just to be tilt-
ed over in the barber chair
with the refreshing lather upon
my face seemed to stimulate re-
flection. This may - sound un-
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