WATER that fills a bowl to the brim generally slops over. If it does not, some one jostles the dish, or breaks it altogether. Somewhere between the earliest settlement and the hour when the people of New England responded to the call for the preservation of the Union, the crania of the composite Yankee was brimmed with wisdom.
If the shrewdest critic of us all were not uncertain as to the meaning and value of human experience, he might tell us exactly when this event occurred. Should I register a Yankee guess, I would say somewhere in the generation following the Revolution, and only after the aforesaid composite figure had suffered serious setbacks. However this may be, Yankee astuteness no sooner reached the brim than it slopped over and was dissipated.
We are all familiar in these days with the use of graphs or diagrams to illustrate the rise and fall in the prices of commodities, weather conditions,