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The Magpie Sings the Great Depression:
Selections from DeWitt Clinton High School's Literary Magazine, 1929-1942

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Statue of Liberty

By Herbert Alson, '37

The Magpie, June 1937, v. 21, n. 2., p. 82.

Shadows lengthen along the waterfront. Gleams of light are reflected up at her from the water. Another day in the life of "Old Liberty" is drawing to a close. From our vantage point she is just barely visible through a cloak of mist which is beginning to envelop her. Suddenly, while our gaze is focused upon her, her lips seem to impart this message.

"The torch I bear has been the guiding light for many who have sought a haven wherein they might live without oppression and famine. Many came before I did, it is true, but how many seeking refuge will venture to enter this harbor after the ideals I symbolize are gone? (Being a woman, it is only natural that after all these years of silence I should now be moved to speech, and therefore please harken further to my words.) You know that your forefathers fought nobly for me, but being an abstract quality, not easily defined by those who sought me, I was buffeted about but always managed to weather the storm. As they strove, so must we strive to attain the goal of complete liberty, though this is almost an impossibility, man and human nature being what they are. A Utopia of that sort can exist only in Heaven, but I take pride, on looking to the East across the Atlantic in knowing that, no matter what imperfections I may have, I am still the biggest step man has made toward that which distinguishes him from the lower animals and likens him unto God. I repeat, although I may need a bit of remodeling, what with the decay of years, it's too late to change my appearance now without the risk of destroying me completely. When the light of the past shines upon me, I'm not such a bad figure after all!"




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