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Page 1 of Mountain Life & Work vol. 01 no. 1 April, 1925

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April, 1925. Southern Mountain Life and Work Page 1 INTRODUCTION The highlands have always spoken to those who had ears to hear, spoken of mystery and ancient sorrow, of loneliness and strength. Nor have the highlands been without their in- terpreters. Kephart, Campbell, Raine and others have done highly significant service. But more often the senti- mentalist and sensa- tionalist have had their way, misinterpreting the mountains to them- selves and to the can public. It is further to be noted that a true inter- pretation of the moun- tains uttered years ago may misinterpret the facts of today. A woman writes: "I wish the mountain people might be left in their pristine simplicity." That wish is likely to be fulfilled, only when we forbid a Sears-Roebuck catalog to enter a moun- tain home, and forbid a Ford to creep up a dry creek-bed; only when we forbid a mountain man to get a winter job at Middletown, or a mountain boy to go to the "public works" at the rail-head. The so- WILLIAM JAI!?ES HUTCHINS, D.D.,-B.A., Ya'_e, 1892; D.D., Oberlin, 1920; D.D., Yale 1921; Ober~in Theol. Sem., 1895; Graduate Union Theol. 1896. Pastor, Bed- ford Church, Brooklyn, N. Y., 1896-1907. Professor of Homiletics, Oberlin Grad. School of Theol., 1907-20. Pres- ident, Berea College 1920- called, often miscalled goods of civilization are borne in every jolt-wagon that works its way up Big Hill; and Twentieth Century ideas are carried in the head of every girl, who at vaca- tion time rides home from some mountain school. The mountains need constant rein- terpretation to them- selves and to the world. Again, every moun- tain worker needs, longs for, intellectual com- radeship with others. "Are my methods of work archaic? Am I working so as best to foster the self-conscious- ness and efficiency of the public school system? What `program for the mountains' can claim and compel my enthusi- astic adherence?" Our Editors have been promised the co- operation of the fore- most students of the mountain problem. They believe that this magazine may become a present day interpret- er of the mountains to themselves and to the country;.and an organ of inquiry, investiga- tion , instruction t o the hundreds of mountain workers who are willing to make needful sacrifices, but do not care to die as the devotees of "misguided loyalties." We wish the new enterprise Godspeed. WM. J. HUTCHINS

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