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THERE will be an examination on the Tuesday before Easter, 1900, for 10 or 11 scholarships at Harrow School. WHY.—Mr. Harold Spender, the Alpine climber, in his book on the High Pyrenees, recently published, tells of an unexpected climax to one of his feats.' With two companions he had scaled one of the most difficult peaks, and descending, found refuge from the storm and night in the chalet of a goatsherd. The three men, half-frozen, and exhausted with the long and terrible strain, but glowing with triumph, crouched before the fire. Thegoatsherd's wife a dull old woman, stood looking at them silently for a while, and then pronounced a single word:" Pour- quoi ?" (Why ?) Spender declares that he and his companions looked at each other with an expression of surprise on each face. They had risked health and strength and life itself. "Why?" What had they gained? There was no answer. The one word struck like a blank wall across their consciousness of useless struggle and suffering and danger. The snow fell outside, and the mist shut out the hills. They did not talk to each other. Each was asking himself Why There are other heights in the world beside those in the Alps, which men try to scale to as little purpose. The man who gives his life to the gathering of millions, which he never uses or. enjoys; the young wife who spends her husband's hard-earned wages in aping women of fashion the girl trying to force her way into the stylish set of her town, dressing and entertaining beyond her means; the college boy who is struggling to show his manliness by leading the fast men of his class—all are climbing barren heights, at the top of which is neither profit nor honour. Most of us have tried some of this Alpine-olimbing in our day. It would have been well for us if some honest soul like the goatsherd's wife had stood in our path with the word, "Why?"—Youth's Companion. ,I t.: J

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