8 THE CHARACTER OF RACES

the fool and stick your neck within the noose of a land where all is uncertainty and danger? Is not the city a better place for him that would get much from life P Thither will I go and amass great wealth, and there shall I live in luxury. Always my wife demandeth silks, satins, fine jewels, and costly furniture. She would see theaters and great people, and she wearieth my ears with her cackle of princes and great dames, and dances and din- ners. To the city will I go and fill her with that for which her soul doth crave.”

Now the third son was slow and timid, and was espoused to a maid who loved the kine and the pigs and the making of golden butter. To him and to her there was no sound so sweet as the clucking of a hen who findeth a paltry worm for her chicks. When Plowman, for that was his name, had talked well with his betrothed, he came to his father and said: “The maid and I have no love for new lands, nor yet for cities. It is enough for us that we go once a month to market. We would stay here with you, and keep this good old home of ours. Let my brothers go, and I will buy their inheritance.”

There was still a fourth son of that father, and Seeker-for- Truth was his name. He was a quiet, studious lad, brave yet shy. His mother cherished him because he understood more quickly than his brothers and could be trusted farther. “Stay here, my son,” she said. “Uur hearts have need of you.” But sadly he answered: “Nay, I have read all books that here are found, and have become the School Master’s master. Yet have I only set lip to the goblet of knowledge. Deep must I drink. Then must I find the fountain whence my draft was drawn; from its depths I must raise new truth to fill the goblet for them that follow me athirst. I must fare forth alone, to farther, stranger realms than any that men yet have seen save in their dreams.”

And it came to pass as each one had said. Beyond the mountains in a land of plenty lay the new-made home of Pioneer. And other pioneers settled around him, and they had many sons and daughters. Some of the sons and daughters inherited a richer dower than others, for they had double measure of that