National Geographic : 1918 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Paul Thompson THE SOAP-BOX ORATOR AND HIS AUDITORS In no other city does the sidewalk Demsthenes thrive so well as in New York, and in no part of New York so well as in Madison Square. He is always against things as they are. His doctrines are those of the Bolsheviki, and his remedies, would undoubtedly be worse than the disease; but he always commands an audience and never passes the hat. what is called New York's politics, stories of graft and the like, are but the froth and foam which fleck the waves of the city's life, while beneath runs a deep cur rent of progress and public spirit, which takes form in carefully conceived and splendidly executed health laws, in a school system that has accomplished won ders, in a water system surpassing any thing of its kind on earth, and in a hun- dred and one other ways not quite so dramatic as the printed stories of its poli tics and graft, but none the less full of human interest. THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Along with many other cities, New York long since learned that a vast ma jority of the children who attend public schools do not go to college afterward.