Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Artist--Old School]
“There is a lot of talk about Barre still being wild and bad. I do not think it much different from any other place. People are much the same everywhere. Maybe there are more nationalities here, more mixed-up. But still they are men and women and children, and not no different one from another. I read in a book once about this young man, a hunted man he was. And he came to this peaceful village like a village in a dream. There was a little white church over the town, and a graveyard beside it. The boy had never seen such a quiet place of peace. And all the people had pleasant faces. To read it would make you want to go there. Well, he asked a woman if the folks there were not kinder and happier and more lawful than in other places. She answered him: 'No. I think they are much like all people everywhere. We have men who like to much drink; we have girls who get babies without being married; we have people who steal and cheat and lie. Just like anywhere in the world.' She accepted that — as we all must accept it. There are still the fine people too.
“That is how I feel about Barre and the people of Barre. It does not look like that village in the book. Ay, it may look like the opposite, as you know. But the people here are the same as there — or anywhere you go. No worse or no better, on the whole. That is another lesson it takes the years to teach.”