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Hick’ry Nuts
by Frank Monroe Beverly

Out on the slopes in the autumn weather,
Where grow the hick’ries slender and tall,
Where leap the squirrels from bough to bough,
And chatter defiance to the bluejay’s call,
Nuts ripen in October dun,
Alternate flecks of shade and sun.

Down through ravine in song and laughter,
The glad brooklet ripples, as seaward ’tis bound,
While rattling through branches the ripe nuts are falling,
Anon they are bounding, then roll o’er the ground,
And in the pools, both glassy, clear,
The shadowy trees inverse appear.

Out on the hills caw the crows loud, noisy,
And thin haze-clouds skirt the autumnal sky,
And pale falls the sunshine o’er hill-stretches wide,
The whirring of wings goes cuttingly by,
And from the heath the fall birds pipe,
October’s here and nuts are ripe.

Joel Chandler Harris
by E. J. Sutherland

Again Death has stooped and chosen
The purest flower;
Beneath dead summer’s bosom sleeps
A man of power.
The heart of him has ceased to beat
To the rhythm of Youth!
Soft fall the tears along our land –
Tribute of our South!

Sad, sad, sad is the moan that falls
Out the lips of man;
Sweet and tender every thought
Comes without a ban.
Lonesome nods the Little Boy’s head,
Sadder, sadder still;
Out of the gloom and sorrow calls
The lone whippoorwill!

Weep, weep, weep, ye sons of Adam!
Slowly sing thy song!
Gone, gone forever is the hand
That made thy heart strong.
Yet he leaveth weighty lessons;
Learn them one by one.
Let Youth and Hope come back again –
Nay, he is not gone!

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Hopeful Comrades

For some unknown reason, we have failed to receive a single issue of a paper by an S. A. J. A. editor since our last issue. We feel slighted, or that something is wrong with Starring, Pearson and the rest of our Southern editors. We hope to be more fortunate in the future, however.

Altho the Southern bundle has not arrived, the Editor has had plenty of amateur journals to read. We have just got our name in print, it seems, for papers from all over the country creep in occasionally to steal us away from our weary everyday tasks, and make us feel that, after all, there is something in a. j. It makes us feel like shouting. There have been so many and such good papers that have arrived, that space will not permit an extended comment on each.

Suffice it to say that, if those received are a faithful index to a. j. journals, we feel like we have something and some people worth while. They were without exception a fine lot of papers. We acknowledge receipt and extend our thanks to the editors of the following:

The Literary Gem, July and August, C. A. A. Parker, Editor.
The Olympian, July, Edward H. Cole, Editor.
The Watchout, July, J. B. Atkinson, Editor.
The Cynosure, September, W. C. Ahlhauser, Editor.
Pianissimo, September, Victor J. Singer, Editor.
Swift’s Weekly, July 8 to September 30, inclusive, E, B. Swift, Editor.
The Owl, September, H. H. Pickrell, Editor.
The United Amateur, August, W. F. Schubert, Official Editor.
The Gothamite, August, W. F. Schubert, Editor.
Amateur Times, September, W. J. Clemence, Editor.

We hope to be favored with future copies of these excellent papers. Other editors are requested to place our name on their mailing lists. We shall be glad to reciprocate.

Editorial Scribblings
by E. J. Sutherland

We notice that politics of all kinds are rife in the National. This is as it should be, but we desire to admonish the members who take part in the discussion of such subjects to be very careful to not lower the standard of a. j. to mere partisan squawking such as we sometimes see and regret in the present-day newspaper. We would keep a. j. for a. j., and steer clear of anything that does not concern a. j. in the highest and purest sense. The experiences of the past present sufficient exemplifications of the uselessness and injury of such carelessness.

Why don’t the Southerners organize some state associations? It seems they could accomplish such a venture in several states, and consequently increase and augment the uses and interest of a. j. We have several examples in the North and West of what state organizations can and will do, and we can see no valid reason that such should not be the case in the South, We have the material; we have the territory; we have the stimulus – then why not the organization? Several states have enough members in the Southern to start with. Virginia has 11, Tennessee has 7, North Carolina has 9, Texas has 7, and the others only need an enthusiastic leader or two. Stir yourselves, lads and lassies, let’s get in the “band-wagon,” anyway, even if we can’t hold the reins.

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The Virginian
An Amateur Journal

Elihu J. Sutherland, Editor, Tiny, Va.

Subscription… 10 cents per year.

Short Mss. on literary topics, poems and history solicited.
Address all communications to the editor.

Exchange desired with all editors.


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