The Tyler Daily Courier-Times. (Tyler, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 220, Ed. 2 Sunday, May 9, 1926 Page: 1 of 6
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By ARTHUR BRISBANE
"If a house be divided against, itself, that house
cannot stand." St. Mark,"third chapter, 25th verse.
"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."
That last line also is from St. Mark.
This picture is not to amuse, but to make men
think—especially, the numerous able men WITH
POWER, held back by doubt from what they might
The brain of man, as everybody knows, consists of
two separate lobes or compartments, each complete in
itself. As nature has given us two eyes that we may
see after losing one, two ears that we may hear if one
becomes deaf, so nature has put insode of each skull
two separate brains. The right lobe cnotrols the left side
of the body, the left lobe controls the right side of the
When a man in middle life suffers an apaplectic
shock in the EIGHT lobe of the brain it is the LEFT
side of his body that becomes naralyzed, and vice versa.
Ours is a curiously, marvelously organized brain.
One side of it talks. If an adult loses the power of
speech through injury to one side of the brain he never
can speak again. But a young child thus injured can
teaeh the other half of the brain to talk.
Languages that we learn are piled above each other
in te brain, as it were, like plates en the shelves of a
china closet. An English professor of Latin, injured
by a splinter entering the brain, was never again able
to speak English. But he could talk to other professors
in La'in- tiie "LATIN DEPARTMENT" of his brain
han not been hurt.
That seems unbelievable to many not familiar with
the anatomy and the working of that strange machine
'inside the human skull, the white, ivory, temple of
Most extraordinary of all machines constructed by
Providence for the protection of its creatures is the hu-
UNIT aDd * 18 m°St P°WerfUl When lt Work* as a
h* °}áJ7Íah Writ6r °f Pr0Verbs knew ^ when
he decided that he would praise the Lord because "1
am fearfully and wrongfully made."
The greater and more useful the thinking machine,
when it works harmoniously and in order, the more
harm it can do when out of order.
A sewing machine may go wrong and it matters
little; it is different when the steering knuckle of a big
automobile breaks or the wheels of a powerful locomo-
tive go off the track.
So with the brain of man. A powerful brain, gone
wrong, working for evil with all the force that might
have been devoted to good, has often proved itself a
calamity in the history of men, before and since the
days of Nero.
This picture of the head of "EVERY American
CITIZEN" is intended for the average of us. Many see
dimly and uncertainly the good whieh is before our eyes.
The brain of a man is often "A house divided against itself." There is
HOPE, painting rosy pictures,, and1 FEAR, for seeing- disaster.
Most of us stand still, because we listen auternately to HOPE AND FEAR.
One says "GO,' the other says "WAIT, be careful." We stagnate in uncertain-
ty, and the end of life finds us still hesitating, WAVERING, neither going nor
coming, staying about Where we were o figinally.
As with an individual, so with a NATION. There is absolutely nothing to
fear except OUR OWN FEARS. Nothing is wrong except WITHIN OURSEL-
VES. Let the optimistic side of your brain imitate the humorous little "JOY"
gentlemen in this picture, get rid of fear and gloom, THEN GO AHEAD.
We see only'too clearly the evil* the POSSIBLE
TROUBLE, which is 95 percent imaginary. And we
hesitate, like a little boy afraid to go ujt a dark stair-
sase turned back by things are NOT THERE.
It is with-many of us as; in the poem about the
i ¿tie road that says "go" and the little house that says
that we imagine upon it.
We want to 00 because the road of ambition and
cause we are afraid of' the road, afráid of the things
future possibilities invites us. We want to STAY be-
The little man says, "I would branch out for MY-
<r-'£LF and get for my wife and my children OUR
SHAfau of the marvelous prosperity that is with us, but
I am afráid to take a risk. Something might go wrong;'.'
The big man, whose fortune is one grain of sand
in the gigantic national prosperity, says "I,should like
to enlarge, have more factories, employ more men,
chánge more idle dollars into active dollars, create
greater demand with wider publicity and supply the
demand, but I am not QUITE SURE,"
There are the taxes, THE UNCERTAINTY, there
are the possibilities of European troubles.
The fact is that we are afraid of our OWN PROS-
PERITY. Everything has gone ifcarvelcusly to help
his nation. We are at peace, we have the world's gold
upply, more than any nation ever had. We have
'ealth that has not even been touched, not one-tenthT
not one-hundredth part of it.
Most important to the little man is the fact that a
mere residence, A CITIZENSHIP IN THE UNITED
STATES today' is worth in itself what would once have
been considered a fortune.
A man working with a pick a id shovel in the
(Jni'ed States earns more money, twice oyer, than is
jpaM to a member of the French Chamber of Deputies
. We have shut out immigration wd give those that
Wave got : r foly i.iside our borders what is a monopoly
of its privileges not only in the field of exploitation and
development, but in the*humbler field of dailv work. ,
In ancient days a man who could call himself a
"Roman citizen" was fortunate. Often he ate the bread
of charity supplied by the state, and, at best, in spite
of the fine sounding words, "Roman citizen," he
' i mounted to little.
Here AT HOME the American citizen has unlimited
mobilities, opportunities and SURROUNDING PROS-
PERITY «iich as the world has never dreamed of.
Everything worth while, of course, means work."
The ravens feed Elijah, but they don't feed everybody.
But no American need envy Elijah. The kind of food
the ravens brought him wouldn't satisfy an' American
mechanic by, a long way.
This picture has a practical lesnon for most of us.
A majority of failures are due to tack of ENERGY.
You don't expect an autpmobile to go' without gas or
spark. You don't expect the locomotive to pull a load
if the boiler is full of cold,water. A
You can't; expect a man to get anywhere in this
world if he isn't able to "get up steam."
But failure has come to men that did posses energy,
but laoked DETERMINATION. You .have seen two
men in the street. One turn to tfc« right, the other Varas
to the left. They bump *n*o **1* other. Simulttmeoiuly
.both turn the other way and bump again. Finally one
itands still, the other goes around him, both apologising
Many of us spend our lives wavering from side to
side, thus divided is like a corporation with two Mil
of stockholders, eaoh owning fifty per cent of the stook,
and not agreeing on anything. In such a case they feo
to court and the court orders the whole thing thrown
out. Those that have the mbst confidence bay in the
concern, run it their way. After that IT GOES. It
would be fortunate for many with a brain divided
against itself if some judge oould take possession, ren-
der a decisoin and give one side or the other full control.
Be an optimist, not a "bear" on Amerioa. An op*
timist has a thousand chances for success. Hope and
confidence are to achievement what rain is to a crop.
Whatever you do, DO SOME DEFINITE THING.
Merely THINKING ABOUT IT leads to nothing.
The worst that can happen is failure, the best that
can happen in this land of golden opportunities is be-
yond the dreams of imagination.
Dr. Johnson, when he announoed the sale of the
respectable brewery that his friend Birs. Thrall inher-
ited from her husband, told the gathering that he was
not selling a mere brewery, but "the potentiality of
growing riCh beyond the dreams of avarice."
Even he didn't know what was offered , when
Thrall's brewery was put up fdr sale. For that is now
the. Bass's Ale Brewery, that since Johnson's day has
earned millions upon millions of pounds for its owners.
No man can tell what will be the future value of
a good thing in the United States.
Get your BUSINESS. Get yourself A PHOE OF
Attend strictly to what you possess. Make REAL-
ITY, and not merely HOPING, a part of your posses.
"ÍOn Remember that same Samuel Johnson's statement
about words and deeds, which he put in the preface
his dictionary, and borrowed, perhaps, from a
known saying in India:
"I am not so lost in lexicography as to for
words are the daughters of earth, and that t
the sons of Heaven."
THINGS ACCOMPLISHED tell the ston
sermons, ideas, become real THINGS when pu
or otherwise put into the minds of many r
are otherwise les than nothing.
Be sure that ¡vour thought and your w
forv in actual DEEDSi, Make up your mind
particular thing that interests YOU, then go
and ATTEND TO IT. Don't lei black gloom
yon from your purpose. And do not be afraid to
w^th creavMtv to the whispers of fancy, and pu
with eagerness the phantoms of hopo."
Everything that, men have acoomplised was at first
only a hopo, "a whisper of fancy," a vague idea, made
reality by HUMAN WILL.
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McDougal, H. A. The Tyler Daily Courier-Times. (Tyler, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 220, Ed. 2 Sunday, May 9, 1926, newspaper, May 9, 1926; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth178091/m1/1/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.