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Hollen, Stanley (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Volume XII, Number 3 (December 1914)

A fable,   p. twelve

Page twelve

against popular clamor is something of a
hero, even if he is mistaken. It is easy to
be generous at the expense of others, but
acts of this kind will not secure for us an
exalted seat in the New Jerusalem. When
our politicians have the courage to take up
unpopular issues that are right as cheer-
fully as they take up popular ones that are
doubtful, the hour of our redemption is
nigh. We should remember that it is much
more becoming to be modest than it is to
be boastful about our cherished "'idea.'
Let our neighbors monopolize the bouquet
throwing business in reference to it. It is,
generally speaking, the mountebank who
most loudly praises his own wares.
  If the promulgators of the "Wisconsin
Idea" stand for equal and exact justice to
all and against all class favoritism, they
have endless possibilities before them and
they will be the best of the sons of men,.
although they may not always have the ap-
plause of the galleries. If not, they have,
at most but a temporary success in sight,
because no enduring system of govern-
ment can be built on a foundation that has,
the word "injustice" written on one of its
corner stones, no matter how small the af-
fected class may be.
  tf the sentiments here expressed are
iconoclastic or heretical or are too common-
place for your literary project or not ger-
inane, you are at perfect liberty to consign
this letter to the oblivion of the editorial
waste basket, in which venerable recepta-
cle innumerable more deserving things
have found a peaceful sepulture.
                   A FABLE
  Once upon a time there was an Average Undergraduate.
  He was such a well-behaved undergraduate that he refused
to .go out and mix with the other undergraduates in extra-
curriculum activities.
  And he settled back into a bomb-proof existence.
  He spent his last two years in criticising the fraternity
system, the faculty, the head coach, the college periodicals, and
whatever else he happened to think of.

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