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In all the records of history one can find but ["w men who h ive so fearlessly worked out their own destinv as R chard Strauss ha", done, or who have had greater faith in their own genius, or greater courage in developing that genius according to the dictates of in- clination. Most men of complex personality do not fear others as much as they fear them- selves; but Strauss fears no one. I find it impossible to believe that at any moment in his career he has questollel or doubted the essential Tightness of his own instincts and ambitions; he would find it easier to distrust the rest of the world th in to distrust himself. Now, this superb conifdence in one's self is the rarest quality in human nature; it is a characteristic only of the truly great. It is strange to think that so many people consider self trust such a dangerous thing; but we cannot agree with them because we believe that by means of self trust we can real ze perfection. Man is his own star, and he must follo w the light ofhs own conscience. Emel son says: il In self-trust all the virtues are comprehended. Free should the scholar- be,—fiee and brave. Free even to the de filiation of freedom, without any hindrance that does arse out of his own const tutiou. Brave: for fear is a thing which a scholar, bv his very function, puts behind him. Fear always springs from ignorance." R. H. R.