The Luck of Roaring Camp Susy: A Story of the Plains

The Luck of Roaring Camp Susy: A Story of the Plains

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The Luck of Roaring Camp Susy: A Story of the Plains

The Luck of Roaring Camp Susy: A Story of the Plains

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A series of designs -- suggested, I think, by Hogarth's familiar cartoons of the Industrious and Idle Apprentices -- I remember as among the earliest efforts at moral teaching in California. They represented the respective careers of The Honest and Dissolute Miners: the one, as I recall him, retrograding through successive planes of dirt, drunkenness, disease, and death; the other advancing by corresponding stages to affluence and a white shirt. Whatever may have been the artistic defects of these drawings, the moral at least was obvious and distinct. That it failed, however, -- as it did, -- to produce the desired reform in mining morality may have been owing to the fact that the average miner refused to recognize himself in either of these positive characters; and that even he who might have sat for the model of the Dissolute Miner was perhaps dimly conscious of some limitations and circumstances which partly relieved him from responsibility. "Yer see," remarked such a critic to the writer, in the untranslatable poetry of his class, "it ain't no square game. They've just put up the keerds on that chap from the start. . . ."

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