When I was a boy not ten years old there came into our part of the country (as was the custom in those days) an old-fashioned religious revival. Everybody was more or less stirred up as to the future. I can remember my father talking with one of our neighbors, a prosperous farmer, a man who had in material things lived a good life, but who never was religiously inclined. My father had been arguing that if we did about right here we should live and remember, know each other and be happy in the future. The part of their conversation that made an impression upon me and started me to thinking (I might say it was the beginning of my ideas and outline of the future) was this neighbor's final summing up: "I tell you, Dan," he said, "there's nothing in it. It's all bosh and nonsense: when you're dead, you're dead, just like a horse!"
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