soldier of fortune like John Smith
Men are tentdwellers.
Today they settle here, and tomorrow they have struck camp and are gone.
We are strangers and sojourners, as all our fathers were.
This instinct of the camper has stamped itself upon American life and thought.
Venturesomeness, physical and moral daring, resourcefulness in emergencies, indifference to negligible details, wastefulness of materials, boundless hope and confidence in the morrow, are characteristics of the American
It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that the “good American” has been he who has most resembled a good camper.
He has had robust health — unless or until he has abused it,--a tolerant disposition, and an ability to apply his fingers or his brain to many unrelated and unexpected tasks.
He is disposed to blaze his own trail.
He has a touch of prodigality, and, withal, a knack of keeping his tent or his affairs in better order than they seem.
Above all, he has been ever ready to break camp when he feels the impulse to wander.
He likes to be “foot-loose.”
If he does not build his roads as solidly as the Roman
roads were built, nor his houses like the English
houses, it is because he feels that he is here today and gone tomorrow.
If he has squandered the physical