Cover Story: The New American Samaritans

It's a serious, stern, responsible deed, To help an unfortunate soul in need, And your one reward, when you quiet his plaint, Is to feel like an opulent, careworn saint.

—Clarence Day

THE American view of charity has altered considerably since the kindly Mr. Day wrote Life With Father. To many, his notion seems oldfashioned, more closely allied with the times of the original good Samaritan than with the thrust of contemporary society. Charity, the fundamental decency of one man helping a less fortunate fellow, seems hopelessly out of date in...

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