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A Book of Cheerful Rhymes. 

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Copyright, 1906 


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—the boy who discerns 

He can never be "it" 
Until he develops 

Some "git-up-and-git. 

Acknowledgments are hereby made to the pub- 
lishers of Life, Success, Saturday Evening Post, 
Woman's Home Companion, St. Nicholas, Chris- 
tian Endeavor World, Young People's Weekly, 
Youth's Companion, and other periodicals, for their 
courteous permission to reprint the author's copy- 
righted poems which originally appeared in their 


TN presenting this book of cheerful counsel to his youthful 
friends, and such of the seniors as are not too old to ac- 
cept a bit of friendly admonition, the author desires to offer 
a word of explanation regarding the history of the making 
of this volume. 

So many letters have been received from people of all 
classes and ages requesting copies of some of the author's 
lines best suited for the purpose of engendering a sense of 
self-help in the mind of youth, that he deems it expedient to 
offer a number of his verses in the present collected form. 
While he is indebted to a great array of bright minds for 
the prose incidents and inspiration which constitute a large 
portion of this volume, he desires to be held personally 
responsible for all of the rhymed lines to be found within 
these covers. 

It may be especially true of advice that "it is more 
blessed to give than to receive," but it is hoped that in this 
present form of tendering friendly counsel the precepts will 
be accepted in the same cheerful spirit in which they are 

The author realizes that no one is more urgently in need 
of good advice and the intelligence to follow it than is the 
writer of these lines, and none cries more earnestly the well- 
known truth — 

Oh, fellow men and brothers, 
Could we but use the free 
Advice we give to others, 
How happy we should be ! 

While the title of this book and the character of its con- 
tents make it obvious that it is a volume designed primarily 
for the guidance of youth, no one should pass it by merely 
because he has reached the years of maturity, and presum- 
ably of discretion. As a matter of fact Time cannot remove 
any of us very far from the fancies and foibles, the dreams 
and dangers of life's morning hours. 

Age bringeth wisdom, so they say, 

But lots of times we 've seen 
A man long after he was gray 

Keep right on being "green." 





The life partnership. When to begin. Foresight. " Boy Want- 
ed." The power of mind. "Couldn't and Could." Selfmade 
men. " Deliver the Goods." 


Genius defined. Inspiration and perspiration. "Stick to It." 
Genius and patience. " Keep Pegging Away." Examples of pa- 
tience. "The Secret of Success." 


What is a fair chance? Abraham Lincoln. Depending on self. 
" Myself and I." The importance of the present moment. " Right 
Here and Just Now." Poverty and success. " Keep A-Trying." 


Precocity. Starting too soon as bad as starting too late. The 
value of health. " Making a man." The worth of toil. " How to 
Win Success." Sharpened wits. " The Steady Worker." 


Wasting time. "The 'Going-to-Bees !'" The possibilities of one 
hour a day. "Just This Minute." The vital importance of prop- 
erly employing leisure moments. " Do It Now." 


The value of smiles. "To Know All is to Forgive All." Hope 
and strength. "A Cure for Trouble." Carlyle on cheerfulness. 
"The One With a Song." Pessimism as a barrier to success. "A 
Smile and a Task." A profitable virtue. "An Open Letter to the 


Practicality. " Hank Streeter's Brain - Wave." Self-esteem. 
"The Valley of Never." Opportunity and application. "Yender 



The value of little things. Sowing and reaping. The power of 
habit. " ' I Wish ' and ' I Will.' " Jenny Lind's humble begin- 
ning. Canova's genius. Present opportunities. " ' Now' and 
' Waitawhile.' " 


Heeding the sign-post. The value of guide-books. "The 
World's Victors." Good books a boy's best friend. The danger 
of knowing too much. " My Boyhood Dreams." Reading and 


Are you the boy wanted? Money and success. " On Getting 
Rich." Thinking and doing. Life's true purpose. " The Mother's 


Lincoln's Birthplace ..... 
Patrick Henry Delivering His Celebrated 


Whittier's Birthplace 

Watt Discovering the Condensation of Steam 
Longfellow's Birthplace .... 
Garfield as a Canal Boy .... 
Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin 
Washington and Lafayette at Mount Vernon 


Facing page 23 





LJO, my brave youth! There 's a "Boy 
Wanted," and — how fortunate! — 
you are the very boy! 

Who wants you? 

The big, busy, beautiful world wants 
you, and I really do not see how it is 
going to get on well without you. It has 
awaited your coming so long, and has 
kept in store so many golden oppor- 
tunities for you to improve, it will be 
disappointed if, when the proper time 
arrives, you do not smilingly lay hold 
and do something worth while. 

When are you to begin? 

Oh, I sincerely hope that you have 
already begun to begin; that is, that you 
have already begun to train your hand 
and head and heart for making the most 
of the opportunities that await you. In 

Nothing is impossi- 
ble to the man who 
can will. — Mirabeau. 

You will find poetry 
nowhere unless you 
bring some with you. 
— Joubert. 

Things don't turn 
up in this world until 
somebody turns them 
up. — Garfield. 


Work has made me 
what I am. I never 
ate a bit of idle bread 
in my life. — Daniel 

In the blackest soils 
grow the fairest flow- 
ers, and the loftiest 
and strongest trees 
spring heavenward 
among the rocks. — 

Without courage 
there cannot be truth ; 
and without truth 
there can be no other 
virtue. — Walter 

fact, if you are so fortunate as to own 
thoughtful, intelligent parents, the work 
of fitting you for the victories of life was 
begun before you were old enough to 
give the subject serious consideration. 

"When shall I begin to train my 
child?" asked a young mother of a wise 

"How old is the child?" inquired the 

"Two years." 

"Then you have already lost just two 
years," was his serious response. 

Oliver Wendell Holmes, when asked 
the same question, said: "You must be- 
gin with the child's grandmother." 

But no matter what has or has not been 
done for you up to the present time, you 
and I know that from now on your future 
welfare will be largely of your own mak- 
ing and in your own keeping. If you 
will thoughtfully plan your purpose as 
definitely as conditions will permit and 
then learn to stick to it through thick and 
thin, your success in life is quite well 
assured, and you need not fear that at the 
end of the journey you will have to say, 
as does many a man while retrospectively 
viewing his years: 



O'er life's long and winding pathway, 
Looking backward, I confess 

I have not at looking forward 
Been a genuine success. 

What is there for you to do? 

Everything and anything you can do 
or care to do. You are to take your pick 
of all the trades, professions, and voca- 
tions of mankind. Look about you and 
note the thousand and one things now 
being done by the men of to-day. It will 
not be so very long till all of these men 
will be old enough to retire from active 
service, and then you and the other boys, 
who in the meantime have grown to 
man's estate, will be called upon to per- 
form every one of the tasks these men are 
now doing. Does n't it look as if there 
would be plenty of honest, earnest, whole- 
some toil for hand and head in store for 
you as soon as you are ready to undertake 
it? You cannot wonder that the busy old 
world is ever and always hanging out its 
notice — 


"Wanted — A Boy." How often we 
This quite familiar notice see. 
Wanted — a boy for every kind 
Of task that a busy world can find. 


Vigilance in watch- 
ing opportunity; tact 
and daring in seizing 
upon opportunity ; 
force and persistence 
in crowding oppor- 
tunity to its utmost of 
possible achievement 
— these are the mar- 
tial virtues which must 
command success. — 

Work is the inevi- 
table condition of hu- 
man life, the true 
source of human wel- 
fare. — Tolstoi. 

People do not lack 
strength ; they lack 
will. — Victor Hugo 


You cannot dream 
yourself into a char- 
acter; you must ham- 
mer and forge one 
yourself. — Froude. 

The truest wisdom 
is a resolute determi- 
nation. — Napoleon. 

While we are con- 
sidering when to be- 
gin, it is often too late 
to act. — Quintilian. 

He is wanted — wanted now and here ; 
There are towns to build ; there are paths to clear ; 
There are seas to sail ; there are gulfs to span, 
In the ever onward march of man. 

Wanted — the world wants boys to-day 
And it offers them all it has for pay. 
'T will grant them wealth, position, fame, 
A useful life, and an honored name. 
Boys who will guide the plow and pen ; 
Boys who will shape the ways for men ; 
Boys who will forward the tasks begun, 
For the world's great work is never done. 

The world is eager to employ 
Not just one, but every boy 
Who, with a purpose stanch and true, 
Will greet the work he finds to do. 
Honest, faithful, earnest, kind, — 
To good, awake; to evil, blind, — 
A heart of gold without alloy, — 
Wanted — the world wants such a boy. 

No, the world does not insist that you 
are to accept a position and begin work 
with your hands at once, but it wishes you 
to begin to think right things. "As he 
thinketh in his heart, so is he." What 
you think will have much to do in deter- 
mining what you are to become. 

The mind is master of the man, 
And so "they can who think they can." 


This influence of the mind in thus 
shaping the man is very well set forth by 
James Allen, who says: "A man's mind 
may be likened to a garden, which may 
be intelligently cultivated or allowed to 
run wild; but whether cultivated or 
neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. 
If no useful seeds are put into it, then an 
abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall 
therein, and will continue to produce 
their kind. Just as a gardener cultivates 
his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and 
growing the flowers and fruits which he 
requires, so may a man tend the garden 
of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, 
useless, and impure thoughts, and culti- 
vating toward perfection the flowers and 
fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. 
By pursuing this process, a man sooner 
or later discovers that he is the master- 
gardener of his soul, the director of his 
life. He also reveals, within himself, 
the laws of thought, and understands, 
with ever-increasing accuracy, how the 
thought-forces and mind-elements oper- 
ate in the shaping of his character, cir- 
cumstances, and destiny." 

So it is not too early for you to begin 
to think bravely and resolutely and hope- 


Where boasting 
ends, there dignity be- 
gins. — Young. 

Impossible is a 
word found only in 
the dictionary of fools. 
— Napoleon. 

I am in earnest. I 
will not equivocate. I 
will not excuse. I will 
not retreat a single 
inch; and I will be 
heard. — Garrison. 


While you stand de- 
liberating which book 
your son shall read 
first, another boy has 
read both. — Dr. John- 

Dost thou love life ? 
Then do not squander 
time, for that is the 
stuff" life is made of. — 

When passion is on 
the throne, reason is 
out of doors. — Mat- 
thew Henry. 

fully upon the life you intend to live, and 
to cultivate the mental and physical 
strength that shall help you later on to 
put your good thoughts into permanent 
good deeds. Certainty of victory goes 
far toward winning battles before they 
are fought. The boy who thinks "I can" 
is much more likely to succeed in life 
than is the one who thinks "I can't." 


"Could n't" and "Could" were two promising boys 

Who lived not a great while ago. 
They had just the same playmates and just the same 

And just the same chances for winning life's joys 

And all that the years may bestow. 

And "Could" soon found out he could fashion his life 
On lines very much as he planned; 

He could cultivate goodness and guard against strife ; 

He could have all his deeds with good cheer to be 
And build him a name that would stand. 

But poor little "Couldn't" just couldn't pull 
All the trials he met with a sigh ; 
When a task needed doing, he could n't, he knew ; 
And hence, when he could n't, how could he ? Could 
If you couldn't determine you'd try? 



So "Could" just kept building his way to success, 

Nor clouding his sky with a doubt, 
But "Could n't" strayed into the slough of Distress, 
Alas! and his end it is easy to guess — 

Strayed in, but he could n't get out. 

And that was the difference 'twixt "Could n't" and 
Each followed his own chosen plan; 
And where "Couldn't" just wouldn't "Could" 

earnestly would, 
And where one of them weakened the other "made 
And won with his watchword, "I can!" 

By reading between the lines we can 
infer from the foregoing that what the 
world really wants is men — good men. 
But the world is old enough and wise 
enough to know that if it does not train 
up some good boys, there will be no good 
men, by and by. "As the twig is bent the 
tree is inclined." "The child is father 
of the man." 

So the world simply wishes to inform 
you, here and now, that it will count on 
your assistance as soon as you have had 
sufficient time and opportunity to pre- 
pare properly for the many chances it 
has in store for you. It notifies you in 
good season of the important use it hopes 


I wasted time, and 
now time doth waste 
me. — Shakespeare. 

Weak men wait for 
opportunities, strong 
men make them. — 

Give me insight 
into to-day, and you 
may have the antique 
and future worlds. — 


When I don't know 
whether to fight or 
not, I always fight. — 

What is a gentle- 
man? I '11 tell you: 
a gentleman is one 
who keeps his prom- 
ises made to those who 
cannot enforce them. 
— Hubbard. 

When one begins to 
turn in bed it is time 
to turn out. — Wel- 

to make of you. It does not wish you to 
be confronted suddenly with a life prob- 
lem you cannot solve intelligently. You 
must be so well equipped that you will 
not make life a "fizzle." 

A "fizzle," as defined by the diction- 
aries, is a bungling, unsuccessful under- 

Life is, or ought to be, a splendid 
undertaking. Some make a success of it ; 
some make a "fizzle;" some make a sort 
of half-and-half. Every one who lives 
his or her life must make something of 
it. What that "something" is depends 
very largely on the individual person. 
Heredity has something to do with it; 
environment has something to do with it; 
yet we like to think it is the individual 
who has most to do with the finished 

All men are to some degree "self- 
made," although they are slow to admit 
it except in instances where the work has 
been well done. 

The loser declares it is Fate's hard plan, 

But the winner — ho, ho! — he 's a "self-made" man. 

It is unfair for the loser to blame 


others for his deficiencies and delin- 
quencies. No one's reputation is likely 
to suffer much lasting injury as long as 
he keeps his character unspotted. What 
others may say of us is not of so much 
moment; the important question is, "Is 
it true?" 

Of strife others make us, we 've little to fear 

Because we can surely defeat it; 
Few persons get into hot water, 't is clear, 

But they furnish the fuel to heat it. 

On the other hand the winner is 
ungrateful when he credits to his own 
ability the help and good influence he 
has derived from his associates and his 
surroundings. No one lives by, to, or for 
himself, alone. A great man adds to his 
greatness by generously praising those 
who have aided in his advancement. 

We are, most of us, selfishly slow to confess 
How much others aid us in winning success ; 
But the Fourth of July and the oyster must see 
What failures, without any crackers, they 'd be. 

This timely notice telling you what the 
world is going to ask you to perform is 
as if you were told to prepare to take 
an extended and important journey. It 


When I found I 
was black, I resolved 
to live as if I were 
white, and so force 
men to look below my 
skin. — Alexandre 

Impossible? I 
trample upon impossi- 
bilities! — Pitt. 

When all is holi- 
day, there are no hol- 
idays. — Lamb. 



Let 's take the in- 
stant by the forward 
top. — Shakespeare. 

I have generally 
found that the man 
who is good at an ex- 
cuse is good for noth- 
ing else. — Franklin. 

I feel and grieve, 
but, by the grace of 
God, I fret at noth- 
ing. — John Wesley. 

would require some time for you to pro- 
cure a trunk and a traveling-bag and to 
select wearing apparel suitable for the 
undertaking. Then, too, you would need 
to study maps and time-tables so as to 
select the best lines of travel and to make 
advantageous connections with trains and 
steamships. Furthermore, it would be 
for your best interests to read books de- 
scribing the countries through which you 
were to pass, and to learn as much as pos- 
sible regarding their peoples and cus- 

As a matter of fact you are preparing 
to start on an extended and important 
journey. You are going out into the big 
world, by and by, to do business. You 
are going into partnership with the 
world, after a fashion. You are to put 
into the business your honesty, industry, 
integrity, and ability, and in return for 
your contributions, the world is to be- 
stow upon you all the honor, fame, good- 
will, and happiness of mind that your 
manner of living your life shall merit. 
The world is only too willing to bargain 
for the highest and noblest and best prod- 
ucts of the human mind with any one 
who can 



The world will buy largely of any one who 

Can deliver the goods. 
It is ready and eager to barter if you 

Can deliver the goods. 
But don't take its order and make out the bill 
Unless you are sure you '11 be able to fill 
Your contract, because it won't pay you until 

You deliver the goods. 

The world rears its loftiest shafts to the men 

Who deliver the goods. 
With plow, lever, brush, hammer, sword, or with 

They deliver the goods. 
And while we their eloquent epitaphs scan 
That say in the world's work they stood in the van, 
We know that the meaning is, " Here lies a man 

Who delivered the goods." 

And rude or refined be your wares, still be sure 

To deliver the goods. 
Though a king or a clown, still remember that 
you 're 

To deliver the goods. 
If you find you are called to the pulpit to preach, 
To the grain-fields to till, to the forum to teach ; 
Be you poet or porter, remember that each 

Must deliver the goods. 

We can sing away 
our cares easier than 
we can reason them 
away. — Beecher. 

Trifles make per- 
fection, but perfection 
is no trifle. — Michael 

Anxiety never yet 
successfully bridged 
over any chasm. — 





"Y"OU hope, and perchance believe, no 
doubt, that when you have a full op- 
portunity to show the world what sort of 
timber you are made of that it will look 
upon you as being a "genius." Almost 
every boy cherishes some such aspiration. 
And why not? Such a trend of thought 
is to be encouraged. It is proper and 
commendable. We would all be geniuses 
if we could. 

The world admires a genius. If he is 
the genuine article it seeks his autograph, 
prints his picture in books and news- 
papers, and when he passes away it is 
likely to build a monument over his re- 

And can we all be geniuses? Some 
say we can and some say we cannot, quite. 
Some say geniuses are born and some say 
they are self-made. 

When Mr. Edison, the famous electri- 


True merit is like a 
river, the deeper it is 
the less noise it makes. 
— Halifax. 

We know what we 
are, but not what we 
may be. — Shake- 

Vacillation is the 
prominent feature of 
weakness of character. 
— Voltaire. 


Conduct is 
fourths of life. 


three - 
— Em- 

We must not yield 
to difficulties, but 
strive the harder to 
overcome them. — 
Robert E. Lee. 

Through every 
clause and part of 
speech of a right book, 
I meet the eyes of the 
most determined men. 
— Emerson. 

cian and inventor, was asked for his 
definition of genius he answered: "Two 
per cent is genius and ninety-eight per 
cent is hard work." On another occasion 
when asked: "Mr. Edison, don't you 
believe that genius is inspiration?" he 
replied, "No! genius is perspiration." 

This definition of genius quite agrees 
with that given by the American states- 
man, Alexander Hamilton, who said: 
"All the genius I have lies in just this: 
When I have a subject in hand, I study 
it profoundly. Day and night it is before 
me. I explore it in all its bearings; my 
mind becomes pervaded with it. Then 
the effort which I make the people are 
pleased to call genius. It is the fruit of 
labor and thought." 

Helvetius, the famous French philoso- 
pher, says: "Genius is nothing but a 
continued attention," and Buffon tells us 
that "genius is only a protracted pa- 

Turner, the great landscape painter, 
when asked how he had achieved his 
great success, replied: "I have no secret 
but hard work. This is a secret that 
many never learn, and they do not suc- 
ceed because they do not learn it. Labor 


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is the genius that changes the world from 
ugliness to beauty." 

"The man who succeeds above his fel- 
lows," says Lord Lytton, "is the one who 
early in life clearly discerns his object 
and toward that object habitually directs 
his powers. Even genius itself is but fine 
observation strengthened by fixity of pur- 
pose. Every man who observes vigilantly 
and resolves steadfastly grows uncon- 
sciously into genius." 

"Am I a genius?" 

Now that you have asked the question, 
why not carefully think it over and deter- 
mine what the answer should be? Have 
you patience and determination? Are 
you cultivating the habit of sticking to 


prim little postage-stamp, "holding your own" 

In a manner so winning and gentle. 
That you're "stuck on" your task — (is that 
slang?) — you will own, 
And yet, you 're not two-cent-imental. 

1 have noted with pride that through thick and 

through thin 
You cling to a thing till you do it, 
And, whatever your aim, you are certain to win 
Because you 6eem bound to stick to it. 


All your Greek will 
never advance you 
from secretary to en- 
voy, or from envoy to 
ambassador; but your 
address, your air, 
your manner, if good, 
may. — Chesterfield. 

'Tis the mind that 
makes the body rich. 
— Shakespeare. 

To read without re- 
flection is like eating 
without digesting. — 


I learnt that noth- 
ing can constitute good 
breeding that has not 
good nature for its 
foundation. — Bulwer. 

To acquire a few 
tongues, says a French 
writer, is the task of 
a few years ; but to 
be eloquent in one is 
the labor of a life. — 


To be proud of 
learning is the great- 
est ignorance. — Bish- 
op Taylor. 

Sometimes when I feel just like shirking a task 

Or quitting the work I 'm pursuing, 
I recall your stick-to-it-ive-ness and I ask, 

"Would a postage-stamp do as I 'm doing?" 
Then I turn to whatever my hands are about 

And with fortified purpose renew it, 
And the end soon encompass, for which I set out, 

If, only, like you, I stick to it. 

The sages declare that true genius, so called, 

Is simply the will to "keep at it." 
A "won't-give-up" purpose is never forestalled, 

No matter what foes may combat it. 
And most of mankind's vaunted progress is made, 

O stamp ! if the world only knew it, 
By noting the wisdom which you have displayed 

In sticking adhesively to it. 

Genius has a twin brother whose name 
is Patience. The one is quite often mis- 
taken for the other, which is not strange 
since they resemble each other so closely 
their most intimate friends can scarcely 
tell them apart. These two brothers usu- 
ally work together, which enables the 
world to tell who and what they are, for 
whenever either of them is employed 
singly and alone he is hardly ever recog- 

One of these brothers plants the tree 
and the other cares for it until the fruit 
is finally matured. The tree which 

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Genius plants would never amount to 
much if Patience were to grow tired of 
watering and caring for it. There are 
weeds to be kept down, branches to be 
pruned, the soil must be looked after, 
worms'-nests must be destroyed, and 
many things must be done before the 
fruit is ready to harvest. 

If Patience were to refuse to work at 
any time the whole undertaking would 
prove a failure. But he does not. He 
performs his plain, simple duty, day after 
day, year after year, until, after long 
waiting, there is the beautiful fruit at 
last. It looks very pretty, but it is not 
yet quite ripe. Pick it too soon and it 
will shrivel up and lack flavor. But 
Patience has learned to wait until the day 
and the hour of perfection is at hand, 
and lo! there is his great reward! 

The people say: "See this wonderful 
fruit that grew on the tree which Genius 
planted !" But Genius, who is wiser than 
the multitude, says, "See this wonderful 
fruit that grew on the tree which Patience 

Patience and perseverance are the 
qualities that enable one to work out his 
problems in school and his larger prob- 


Life is not so short 
but that there is al- 
ways room enough for 
courtesy. — Emerson. 

A man's own good 
breeding is the best 
security against other 
people's ill manners. 
— Chesterfield. 

Common sense 
bows to the inevitable 
and makes use of it. — 
Wendell Phillips. 


Above all things, 
reverence yourself. — 

To Adam, Paradise 
was home; to the 
good among his de- 
scendants, home is 
Paradise. — Hare. 

To give happiness 
is to deserve happi- 
ness. — Rosseau. 

lems in the big university of the busy 

Toil holds all genius as his own, 
For in his grasp a strength is hid 

To make of polished words or stone 
A poem or a pyramid. 

It has been very truly said that if we 
will pick up a grain a day and add to our 
heap we shall soon learn by happy ex- 
perience the power of littles as applied to 
intellectual processes and possessions. 

The road to success, says one of the 
world's philosophers, is not to be run 
upon by seven-league boots. Step by 
step, little by little, bit by bit; that is the 
way to wealth, that is the way to wisdom, 
that is the way to glory. The man who 
is most likely to achieve success in life is 
the one who when a boy learns to 


Men seldom mount at a single bound 

To the ladder's very top; 
They must slowly climb it, round by round, 

With many a start and stop. 
And the winner is sure to be the man 

Who labors day by day, 
For the world has learned that the safest plan 

Is to keep on pegging away. 

"AM I 


You have read, of course, about the hare 

And the tortoise — the tale is old — 
How they ran a race — it counts not where — 

And the tortoise won, we 're told. 
The hare was sure he had time to pause 

And to browse about and play, 
So the tortoise won the race because 

He just kept pegging away. 

A little toil and a little rest, 

And a little more earned than spent, 
Is sure to bring to an honest breast 

A blessing of glad content. 
And so, though skies may frown or smile, 

Be diligent day by day; 
Reward shall greet you after while 

If you just keep pegging away. 

The Chinese tell of one of their coun- 
trymen, a student, who, disheartened by 
the difficulties in his way, threw down 
his book in despair, when, seeing a 
woman rubbing a crowbar on a stone, he 
inquired the reason, and was told that 
she wanted a needle, and thought she 
would rub down the crowbar till she got 
it small enough. Provoked by this ex- 
ample of patience to "try again," he 
resumed his studies, and became one of 
the foremost scholars of the empire. 

After more than ten years of wandering 


Self-respect, — that 
corner-stone of all vir- 
tues. — John Her- 

This, then, is a 
proof of a well-trained 
mind, to delight in 
what is good, and to 
be annoyed at the op- 
posite. — Cicero. 

There never was so 
much room for the 
best as there is to-day. 
— Thayer. 


A healthful hunger 
for a great idea is the 
beauty and blessedness 
of life. — Jean Inge- 

A laugh is worth a 
hundred groans in any 
market. — Lamb. 

There is no real life 
but cheerful life. — 

through the unexplored depths of the 
primeval forests of America in the study 
of birds and animals, Audubon deter- 
mined to publish the results of his pains- 
taking energy. He went to Philadelphia 
with a portfolio of two hundred sheets, 
filled with colored delineations of about 
one thousand birds, drawn life-size. Be- 
ing obliged to leave the city before 
making final arrangements as to their dis- 
position, he placed his drawings in the 
warehouse of a friend. On his return in 
a few weeks he found to his utter dismay 
that the precious fruits of his wanderings 
had been utterly destroyed by rats. The 
shock threw him into a fever of several 
weeks' duration, but with returning 
health his native energy came back, and 
taking up his gun and game-bag, his pen- 
cils and drawing-book, he went forward 
to the forests as gaily as if nothing had 
happened. He set to work again, pleased 
with the thought that he might now make 
better drawings than he had done before, 
and in three years his portfolio was 

When Carlyle had finished the first 
volume of his "French Revolution" he 
lent the manuscript to a friend to read. 


A maid, finding what she supposed to be 
a bundle of waste paper on the parlor 
floor used it to light the kitchen fire. 
Without spending any time in uttering 
lamentations, the author set to work and 
triumphantly reproduced the book in 
the form in which it now appears. 

"How hard I worked at that tremen- 
dous shorthand, and all improvement 
appertaining to it! I will only add to 
what I have already written of persever- 
ance at this time of my life, and of a 
patient and continuous energy which then 
began to be matured within me, and 
which I know to be the strong point of 
my character, if it have any strength at 
all, that there, on looking back, I find the 
source of my success." Such is Charles 
Dickens's testimony to the value of stick- 
ing to it. 

One of the clever characters created 
by the pen of George Horace Lorimer 
says: "Life isn't a spurt, but a long, 
steady climb. You can't run far up hill 
without stopping to sit down. Some men 
do a day's work, and then spend six lolling 
around admiring it. They rush at a thing 
with a whoop and use up all their wind 
in that. And when they've rested and 


A man is rich in 
proportion to the 
things he can afford to 
let alone. — Thoreau. 

There is one thing 
in this world better 
than making a living, 
and that is making a 
life. — Russeil. 

A man must be one 
of two things; either 
a reed shaken by the 
wind, or a wind to 
shake the reeds. — 


There is nothing at 
all in life except what 
we put there. — Ma- 

He is, in my opin- 
ion, the noblest who 
has raised himself by 
his own merit to a 
higher station. — 

A page digested is 
better than a volume 
hurriedly read. — 

got it back, they whoop again and start 
off in a new direction." 

Says the poet, James Whitcomb Riley, 
"For twenty years I tried to get into one 
magazine; back came my manuscripts 
eternally. I kept on. In the twentieth 
year that magazine accepted one of my 

The eminent essayist, William Math- 
ews, tells us: "The restless, uneasy, dis- 
contented spirit which sends a mechanic 
from the East to the South, the Rocky 
Mountains, or California, renders con- 
tinuous application anywhere irksome to 
him, and so he goes wandering about the 
world, a half-civilized Arab, getting the 
confidence of nobody, and almost sure to 
die insolvent." 

The boys who stick to it, and the men 
who stick to it, are the ones who achieve 
results. It does not pay to scatter one's 
energies. If a man cannot succeed at one 
thing he is even less likely to succeed at 
many things. Just here would be a good 
place, I think, to tell how Johnny's 
father taught him 

One day, in huckleberry-time, when little Johnny 

"A M I 


And half-a-dozen other boys were starting with 

their pails 
To gather berries, Johnny's pa, in talking with him, 

That he could tell him how to pick so he 'd come 

out ahead. 
"First find your bush," said Johnny's pa, "and then 

stick to it till 
You 've picked it clean. Let those go chasing all 

about who will 
In search of better bushes, but it 's picking tells, my 

To look at fifty bushes does n't count like picking 


And Johnny did as he was told, and, sure enough, 

he found 
By sticking to his bush while all the others chased 

In search of better picking, it was as his father said ; 
For while the others looked, he worked, and thus 

came out ahead. 
And Johnny recollected this when he became a man, 
And first of all he laid him out a well-determined 

So, while the brilliant triflers failed with all their 

brains and push, 
Wise, steady-going Johnny won by "sticking to his 


He that can have 
patience can have 
what he will. — Frank- 

Thinking is the 
talking of the soul with 
itself. — Plato. 

A man who dares 
waste an hour of time 
has not discovered the 
value of time. — Dar- 




T F you just get a chance? 

Oh, certainly, it would be unfair 
for us grown-ups to expect you, a mere 
inexperienced youth, to win without giv- 
ing you a fair opportunity. 

But what is a fair opportunity? 

Opinions regarding what is best for the 
making of a boy differ greatly. Some 
assert that a child born with a silver spoon 
in its mouth is not likely to breathe as 
deeply and develop as well as one that is 
born without any such hindrance to full 

Kind parents, a good home training, a 
chance to go to school, influential friends, 
good health, and some one to stand be- 
tween you and the hard knocks of the 
world all serve to make a boy's surround- 
ings truly enviable. Under such con- 
ditions any boy ought to win. Yet some 
boys have won without these advantages. 

Abraham Lincoln was born of very 


There is nothing 
impossible to him who 
will try. — Alexander. 

The winds and the 
waves are always on 
the side of the ablest 
navigators. — Gibbon. 

He that studieth re- 
venge keepeth his own 
wounds green. — 


The two noblest 
things are sweetness 
and light. — Swift. 

The wise prove, 
and the foolish con- 
fess, by their conduct, 
that a life of employ- 
ment is the only life 
worth leading. — 

The world belongs 
to the energetic. — 

poor parents in a very crude cabin. Some 
years later the family passed through a 
long, cold, Indiana winter with no shelter 
but a shed built of poles, open on one side 
to the frosts and snows. Even when a 
cabin took the place of this rude "camp" 
it was left several years, we are told, with- 
out floor, doors or windows. His biogra- 
phers inform us that here in the primeval 
forest Abraham Lincoln spent his boy- 
hood. His bed of leaves was raised from 
the ground by poles, resting upon one side 
in the interstices of the logs of which the 
hut was built, and upon the other in 
crotches of sticks driven into the earth. 
The skins of animals afforded almost the 
only covering allowed this truly misera- 
ble family. Their food was of the sim- 
plest and coarsest variety and very scarce. 
Here Mrs. Lincoln died when Abraham 
was nine years old, and her lifeless form 
was placed in a rude coffin which Abra- 
ham's father made with his own hands. 
The grave was dug in a cleared space in 
the forest and there Nancy Hanks Lin- 
coln was buried. Many months passed 
before it was practicable to secure a 
preacher who, when he came, gathered 
the family about him in the woods and 


spoke a few words over the mound of sod. 
When fame had come, Mr. Lincoln used 
to say that he never attended school for 
more than six months in all his life — in no 
spirit of boastfulness, however, like many 
a self-made American, but with a regret 
that was deeply felt. While a boy he 
worked out his sums on the logs and clap- 
boards of the little cabin, evincing the 
fondness for mathematics that remained 
with him through life. But even amid 
his dark isolation some light found its 
way to his slowly expanding mind. He 
got hold of a copy of "Aesop's Fables," 
read "Robinson Crusoe" and borrowed 
Weems's "Life of Washington," filling 
his mind with the story of that noble 
character. One night after he had 
climbed up the pegs, which served as a 
ladder to reach his cot, which in the more 
finished condition of the cabin had been 
placed in the attic, he hid the book under 
the rafters. The rain which came in be- 
fore morning soaked the leaves so that he 
was compelled to go to the farmer from 
whom he had borrowed the book and 
offer to make good the loss. That un- 
philanthropic neighbor exacted as its 
price three days' work in the corn-field, 


He who hurts oth- 
ers injures himself; he 
who helps others ad- 
vances his own inter- 
ests. — Buddha. 

He that sips of 
many arts drinks of 
none. — Fuller. 

There is a higher 
law than the constitu- 
tion. — William H. 


He that has no 
cross will have no 
crown. — Quarles. 

A strenuous soul 
hates a cheap success. 
— Emerson. 

All that is great in 
man comes through 
work, and civilization 
is its product. — 

and at the end of that time the damaged 
volume came into the youthful Abraham's 
absolute possession. It was a long way 
from those rude surroundings to the 
presidential chair in the White House at 
Washington, but "with malice toward 
none, with charity for all, with firmness 
in the right, as God gives us to see the 
right," he made the journey to the glory 
of himself and the American people. 

What a fine demonstration of the power 
and efficacy of self-help! It is quite 
enough to convince any boy that there is 
no difficulty he cannot overcome when 
once he has formed an invincible partner- 
ship between 


Myself and I close friends have been 

Since 'way back where we started. 
We two, amid life's thick and thin, 

Have labored single-hearted. 
In every season, wet or dry, 

Or fair or stormy weather, 
We 've joined our hands, myself and I, 

And just worked on together. 

Though many friends have been as kind 

And loving as a brother, 
Myself and I have come to find 

Our best friends in each other, 


For while to us obscure and small 

May seem the tasks they bend to, 
We 've learned our fellow-men have all 

They and themselves can tend to. 

Myself and I, and we alone, 

You and yourself, good neighbor, 
Each in his self-determined zone 

Must find his field of labor. 
That prize which men have called "success" 

Has joy nor pleasure in it 
To satisfy the soul unless 

Myself and I shall win it. 

Dr. Arnold, whose long experience 
with youth at Rugby gave weight to his 
opinion, declared that "the difference be- 
tween one boy and another consists not 
so much in talent as in energy." "The 
longer I live," says Sir Thomas Buxton, 
another student of human character, "the 
more certain I am that the great differ- 
ence between men, between the great and 
the insignificant, is energy, invincible 
determination, an honest purpose once 
fixed, and then death or victory. This 
quality will do anything in the world; 
and no talents, no circumstances, will 
make a two-legged creature a man with- 
out it." 

Says an old Latin proverb: "Oppor- 


Ability and neces- 
sity dwell near each 
other. — Pythagoras. 

The only amaran- 
thine flower is virtue. 
— Cowper. 

The secret of suc- 
cess is constancy to 
purpose. — Beacons- 


The only knowl- 
edge that a man has 
is the knowledge he 
can use. — Macaulay. 

What sculpture is 
to a block of marble, 
education is to a hu- 
man soul. — Addison. 

There is a sufficient 
recompense in the 
very consciousness of a 
noble deed. — Cicero. 

tunity has hair in front, but is bald be- 
hind. Seize him by the forelock." 

When Thomas A. Edison went out into 
the world to make his way, he had 
received only two months' regular school- 
ing, but his mother had early impressed 
upon his mind the thought that he must 
atone for his lack of school training by 
developing a taste for reading. His biog- 
raphers tell us that the "Penny Ency- 
clopedia" and Ure's "History of the Sci- 
ences" were in his hands at a time when 
most boys, having become acquainted 
with stories of adventure, look for mys- 
tery in every bush and resolve to become 
pirates and Indian fighters. There are 
many stories of his early acuteness. One 
relates how when a boy of twelve or 
fourteen he was employed in selling 
papers on a railroad train in Michigan, 
and upon receiving advance news of a 
battle of the Rebellion fought at that time 
he secured fifteen hundred papers on 
credit, telegraphed the headlines to the 
stations along the route, and sold his wares 
at a premium. It was after this exploit 
that he conceived the idea of starting a 
daily paper of his own. Securing some 
old type from the "Detroit Free Press," 


he set up his establishment in a car and 
began the publication of the "Grand 
Trunk Herald," the first newspaper ever 
published on a train. He also installed 
in the car a laboratory for making experi- 
ments in chemistry, and both his news- 
paper and his experiments flourished 
until one unlucky day when he set fire to 
the car with phosphorus. This was too 
much for the conductor who promptly 
threw the young editor and scientist 
with ail his belongings out on the station 
platform, and in addition boxed his ears 
so roughly as to cause him to be ever 
after partly deaf. But misfortune could 
not dampen his ardor. His lack of 
schooling was more than atoned for by 
his grit, ambition and studious habits. 
With the possession of these qualities 
and the disposition to make the most 
of spare moments, this famous physicist, 
chemist, mechanician, and inventor has 
done more for himself, and more for 
humanity and the advancement of civili- 
zation than any of the college-bred work- 
ers in industrial sciences during the last 

"Yesterday's successes belong to yester- 
day with all of yesterday's defeats and 


The only failure a 
man ought to fear is 
failure in cleaving to 
the purpose he sees 
to be best. — George 

The secret of suc- 
cess in life is for a man 
to be ready for his 
opportunity when it 
comes. — Disraeli. 

He needs no tears 
who lived a noble life. 
— Fitz James O'Brien. 


I don't think much 
of a man who is not 
wiser to-day than he 
was yesterday. — 
Abraham Lincoln. 

Hurry not only 
spoils work, but spoils 
Ufe also. — Lubbock. 

I cannot hear what 
you say for listening 
to what you are. — 

sorrows," says a present day philosopher. 
"The day is here! The time is now!" 


"If I 'd 'a' been born," says Sy Slocum to me, 

"In some other far-away clime, 
Or if I could 'a' had my existence," says he, 

" In some other long-ago time, 
I know I 'd 'a' flourished in pretty fine style 

And set folks a-talkin', I 'low. 
But what troubles me is there 's nothin' worth 

A-doin' right here and just now." 

"Them folks that can dwell in a country," says Sy, 

"Where they don't have no winter nor storm, 
And the weather ain't ready to freeze 'em or fry, 

By gettin' too cold or too warm, 
Have got all the time that they want to sit down 

And think out a project so great 
That it 's just about certain to win 'em renown 

And bring 'em success while they wait." 

Says Sy, "Folks a-livin' here ages ago, 

Before all the chances had flown 
For makin' a hit, would n't stand any show 

To-day at a-holdin' their own. 
Good times will come back to our planet, I 'low, 

When I 've faded out of the scene ; 
But it hurts me to think that right here and just 

Is a sorry betwixt and between." 



At that I got tired a-hearing' Sy spout, 

And says I, "Sy, you like to enthuse 
Regardin' the marvelous work you 'd turn out 

If you stood in some other man's shoes; 
But while all your 'might-'a'-been' praises you 

It 's worth while recallin' as how 
That no man on earth ever does the first thing 

That he can't do right here and just now!" 

Jean Paul Richter, who suffered 
greatly from poverty, said that he would 
not have been rich for worlds. 

"I began life with a sixpence," said 
Girard, "and believe that a man's best 
capital is his industry." 

Thomas Ball, the sculptor, whose fine 
statues ornament the parks and squares 
of Boston, used as a lad to sweep out the 
halls of the Boston Museum. Horace 
Greeley, journalist and orator, was the 
son of a poor New Hampshire farmer 
and for years earned his living by type- 
setting. Thorwaldsen, the great Danish 
sculptor, was the son of humble Icelandic 
fisher-folk, but by study and perseverance 
he became one of the greatest of modern 
sculptors. In the Copenhagen museum 
alone are six hundred examples of his art. 

Benjamin Franklin, philosopher and 


Honest labor wears 
a lovely face. — 

I am a part of all 
that I have seen. — 

If it is not right, do 
not do it; if it is not 
true, do not say it. — 
Marcus Aurelius. 


A thing is never too 
often repeated which 
is never sufficiently 
learned . — Seneca. 

Any man may com- 
mit a mistake, but 
none but a fool will 
continue in it. — 

As a matter of fact, 
* man's first duty is to 
mind his own busi- 
ness. — Lorimer. 

statesman, was the son of a tallow-chand- 
ler, and was the fifteenth child in a 
family of seventeen children. This would 
seem to go far toward proving that it 
is no misfortune to be born into a home 
of many brothers and sisters. Lord Ten- 
nyson, too, was the third child in a family 
of eleven children, all born within a 
period of thirteen years. They formed a 
joyous, lively household, amusements 
being agreeably mingled with their daily 
tasks. They were all handsome and 
gifted, with marked personal traits and 
imaginative temperaments. They were 
very fond of reading and story-telling. 
At least four of the boys — Frederick, 
Charles, Alfred, and Edward — were 
given to verse-writing. 

John Bunyan, author of "Pilgrim's 
Progress," which is said to have obtained 
a larger circulation than any other book 
in English except the Bible, was a tinker. 
Linnaeus, the great Swedish botanist, 
and most influential naturalist of the 
eighteenth century, was a shoemaker's 

George Stephenson, the English en- 
gineer and inventor, was in his youth a 
stoker in a colliery, learning to read and 



write at a workingmen's evening school. 
Sir Richard Arkwright, inventor of the 
spinning-jenny, and founder of the great 
cotton industries of England, never saw 
the inside of a school-house until after 
he was twenty years of age, having long 
served as a barber's assistant. 

John Jacob Astor began life as a ped- 
dler in the streets of New York, where 
his descendants now own real estate 
worth hundreds of millions. 

Shakespeare in his youth was a wool- 

Thousands of other examples might 
be mentioned to show that lowly birth is 
no barrier to lofty attainment. It has 
been truly said that genius ignores all 
social barriers and springs forth wherever 
heaven has dropped the seed. The grand- 
est characters known in art, literature, 
and the useful inventions, have illustrated 
the axiom that "brave deeds are the ances- 
tors of brave men," and, as Ballou has 
told us, "it would almost appear that an 
element of hardship is necessary to the 
effective development of true genius. In- 
deed, when we come to the highest 
achievements of the greatest minds, it 
seems that they were not limited by race, 


Books are light- 
houses erected in the 
great sea of time. — 

Civility costs noth- 
ing and buys every- 
thing. — Lady Mon- 

Cheerful looks make 
every dish a feast. — 


Character, good or 
bad, has a tendency 
to perpetuate itself. — 

Do not hang a dis- 
mal picture on your 
wall, and do not deal 
with sables and glooms 
in your conversations. 
— Emerson. 

Pray for a short 
memory as to all un- 
kindnesses ■ — Spur- 

condition of life, or the circumstances of 
their age." 

So we see that it is something within 
the boy rather than conditions about him 
that is to determine what he is to become. 
A boy with a good mind with which to 
think and a determination to do, is pretty 
sure of doing something worth while. 
The whole world knows that so much 
depends on whether or not the boy culti- 
vates a determination to 


Say "I will I" and then stick to it — 
That 's the only way to do it. 
Don't build up a while and then 
Tear the whole thing down again. 
Fix the goal you wish to gain, 
Then go at it heart and brain, 
And, though clouds shut out the blue, 
Do not dim your purpose true 

With your sighing. 
Stand erect, and, like a man, 
Know "They can who think they can!" 

Keep a-trying. 

Had Columbus, half seas o'er, 
Turned back to his native shore, 
Men would not, to-day, proclaim 
Round the world his deathless name. 


O P P O R T U 


I T Y 

So must we sail on with him 

Past horizons far and dim, 

Do to-day thy near- 

Till at last we own the prize 

est duty. — Goethe. 

That belongs to him who tries 

With faith undying; 

Own the prize that all may win 

Who, with hope, through thick and thin 

Keep a-trying. 




T EARN to do, without overdoing. 

Too much striving for success is 
as bad as too little. 

Bishop Hall says: "Moderation is the 
silken string running through the pearl 
chain of all virtues." 

"You have too much respect upon the 
world," Shakespeare tells us. "They 
lose it that do buy it with much care." 

Do not cram books into your head un- 
til you crowd pleasant thinking out of it. 

A moderately informed man standing 
firmly on his two good legs is a much 
superior man to the wise professor who 
is unable to leave his bed. 

"What is a man profited, if he shall 
gain the whole world, and lose his own 
soul?" And what does it profit him if he 
shall become a multi-millionaire and lose 
his health of mind or body? 

Success that costs more than it is worth 
is failure. 

If you will not hear 
reason, she will surely 
rap your knuckles. — 

The only true con- 
quests — those which 
awaken no regrets — 
are those obtained over 
our ignorance. — Na- 

The occasion is 
piled high with dif- 
ficulty, and we must 
rise high with the 
occasion. — Abraham 



If you want to be 
missed by your friends, 
be useful. — Robert 
E. Lee. 

The man of grit 
carries in his presence 
a power which spares 
him the necessity of 
resenting insult. — 

If you would create 
something you must be 
something. — Goethe. 

Make haste slowly. Be ambitious but 
not foolish. 

Learn a few things and learn them 
well. He who grasps much holds little. 
Upon investigating the fund of informa- 
tion possessed by a great many young 
persons it has been found that the mat- 
ter with it is the "smatter." 

Herbert Spencer says the brains of 
precocious children cease to develop after 
a certain age, like a plant that fails to 

"Those unhappy children who' are 
forced to rise too early in their classes 
are conceited all the forenoon of their 
lives and stupid all the afternoon," says 
Professor Huxley. "The keenness and 
vitality which should have been stored 
up for the sharp struggle of practical ex- 
istence have been washed out of them by 
precocious mental debauchery, by book- 
gluttony and lesson-bibbing. Their fac- 
ulties are worn out by the strain put upon 
their callow brains, and they are demor- 
alized by worthless, childish triumphs 
before the real tasks of life begin." 

Carlyle's words upon this subject are 
worth remembering: "The richer a na- 
ture, the harder and slower its develop- 


ment. Two boys were once members of 
a class in the Edinburgh Grammar 
School: John, ever trim, precise, and a 
dux; Walter, ever slovenly, confused, and 
a dolt. In due time John became Baillie 
John, of Hunter Square, and Walter be- 
came Sir Walter Scott, of the universe. 
The quickest and completest of all vege- 
tables is the cabbage." 

We all know that there is a happy 
medium between too much preciseness 
and slovenliness; between laziness and 
an unwarranted degree of mental activ- 
ity; between ignorance and an intellect 
ground to an edge too fine to carve its 
way through a hard world. 

"It is now generally conceded on all 
hands," says Professor Mathews, "that 
the mind has no right to build itself up at 
the expense of the body; that it is no more 
justifiable in abandoning itself without 
restraint to its cravings, than the body in 
yielding itself to sensual indulgence. The 
acute stimulants, the mental drams, that 
produce this unnatural activity or over- 
growth of the intellect, are as contrary to 
nature, and as hurtful to the man, as the 
coarser stimulants that unduly excite the 
body. The mind, it has been well said, 


Manners must 
adorn knowledge and 
smooth its way through 
the world. — Chester- 

Many men owe the 
grandeur of their lives 
to their tremendous 
difficulties. — Spur- 

The least errot 
should humble, but we 
should never permit 
even the greatest to 
discourage us. — Bishop 


The most manifest 
sign of wisdom is con- 
tinued cheerfulness. — 

Men are born with 
two eyes, but with 
one tongue, in order 
that they may see 
twice as much as they 
say. — Colton. 

The important 
thing in life is to have 
a great aim, and to 
possess the aptitude 
and perseverance to 
attain it. — Goethe. 

should be a good, strong, healthy feeder, 
but not a glutton. When unduly stimu- 
lated, it wears out the mechanism of the 
body, like friction upon a machine not 
lubricated, and the growing weakness of 
the physical frame nullifies the power 
it incloses." 

The foundations for a splendid work- 
ing constitution are laid during boyhood. 

You are laying yours now. 

Is it to be a good, firm, durable foun- 
dation that will stand through all the 
years to come? Or is it being built of 
faulty material and in a manner so care- 
less that in the by and by when, at great 
pains and expense you have built your 
life structure upon it, you will find it 
untenable or so unstable that it will re- 
quire a great share of your time and atten- 
tion to keep it patched up so that you can 
continue to dwell within it? 

Are you playing and working with 
moderation or are you so thoughtless that 
you sometimes, in a single hour, inflict 
wrongs upon your health and your con- 
stitution, the sorry effects of which you 
cannot overcome during your lifetime? 

It may be possible that you are studying 
too hard at school. 



I know that there are many who will 
smile at the suggestion that the average 
American schoolboy sticks too closely to 
his books, but I am sure that such is fre- 
quently the case. 

Sometimes the boy's parents and teach- 
ers are eager to have their boy "show off" 
to the best advantage possible. They 
urge him, crowd him, compel him to 
develop as rapidly as he can. In their 
eagerness to secure results they employ 
the formulas that require the least pos- 
sible time for completing the important 
task of 


Hurry the baby as fast as you can, 
Hurry him, worry him, make him a man. 
Off with his baby-clothes, get him in pants, 
Feed him on brain- foods and make him advance. 
Hustle him, soon as he 's able to walk, 
Into a grammar school ; cram him with talk. 
Fill his poor head full of figures and facts, 
Keep on a-jamming them in till it cracks. 
Once boys grew up at a rational rate, 
Now we develop a man while you wait. 
Rush him through college, compel him to grab 
Of every known subject a dip and a dab. 
Get him in business and after the cash 
All by the time he can grow a mustache. 

Method is the hinge 
of business, and there 
is no method without 
order and punctuality. 
— Hannah More. 

The greatest hom- 
age we can pay to 
truth is to use it. — 

The elect are those 
who will, and the non- 
elect are those who 
won't. — Beecher. 



Much talent is often 
lost for want of a little 
courage. — George 

The crowning for- 
tune of a man is to be 
born with a bias to 
some pursuit, which 
finds him in employ- 
ment and happiness. 
— Emerson. 

No one is useless 
in the world who 
lightens the burden of 
it for any one else. — 
Charles Dickens. 

Let him forget he was ever a boy, 
Make gold his god and its jingle his joy. 
Keep him a-hustling and clear out of breath, 
Until he wins — Nervous Prostration and Death! 

A sorry picture, is n't it? No doubt it 
sets forth, in an extreme manner, the evils 
that arise from crowding a child into 
boyhood, and a boy into manhood; still, 
no one who observes carefully will doubt 
that such wrongs are constantly being 
committed by hundreds of ambitious 
parents and well-meaning teachers. 

Yet, I think you have little to fear along 
the lines of over-study. You must train 
your mind to grapple with tasks while 
you are young, for if you do not begin 
now you may not, later on, be able to 
summon that concentration of thought 
that is necessary for winning success 
along any line of endeavor. 

"Difficulties are the best stimulant. 
Trouble is a tonic," says one of our wise 

"He that wrestles with us strengthens 
our nerves, and sharpens our skill, our 
antagonist is our helper," says Edmund 
Burke. "This conflict with difficulty 
makes us acquainted with our object, and 



compels us to consider' it in all its rela- 
tions. It will not suffer us to be superfi- 

Life is a grind ; a sorry few 

Are blunted in their aim, 
And some are sharpened, keen and true, 

And carve their way to fame. 

"Don't take too much advice — keep at 
the helm and steer your own ship," says 
Noah Porter. All of which is very good 

The boy that the world wants most is 
the one who will think for himself at the 
same time he is hearing words of wisdom 
from others. A boy who tried to follow 
all the advice given him would probably 
find himself unable to do anything at all. 
Everyone and everything seems eager to 
give him the short cut to fortune, as I 
have endeavored to set forth in a bit of 
nonsense rhyme which I call the secret of 


"How shall I win success in life?" the young man 
asked, whereat: 

"Have push," replied the Button; "And a purr- 
puss," said the Cat. 

"Find out the work you 're sooted for," the Chim- 
ney-Sweeper said, 


The fewer the 
words the better the 
prayer. — Luther. 

Next to excellence 
is the appreciation of 
it. — Thackeray. 

The great are only 
great because we are 
on our knees; let us 
rise up. — Proudhon. 


Next to acquiring 
good friends, the best 
acquisition is that of 
good books. — Col- 

Never suffer youth 
to be an excuse for in- 
adequacy, nor age and 
fame to be an excuse 
for indolence. — Hay- 

The greatest man is 
he who chooses with 
the most invincible 
reason. — Seneca. 

Just as the Match and Pin remarked: "And never 
lose your head." 

"Aspire to grater, finer things," the Nutmeg cried. 

The Hoe 
Said: "Don't fly off the handle," and the Snail 

remarked: "Go slow." 
"Be deaf to all that's told you," said the Adder. 

" 'Mid the strife 
I 've found it best," remarked the Heart, "to beat 

my way through life." 

"Select some proper task and then stick to it," said 

the Glue. 
"Look pleasant," said the Camera; "And tied-y," 

said the Shoe. 
"Have nerve!" exclaimed the Tooth. The Hill 

remarked; "Put up a bluff!" 
"And keep cool," said the Ice, whereat the young 

man cried: "Enough!" 

The right-minded boy will be thought- 
ful but not so much absorbed that he is 
unable to take in the educative, uplifting 
sunshine all about him. 

Sharpen your wits as the woodman 
must sharpen his axe, but counsel mod- 
eration. The woodman who would stay 
at the stone and grind his axe all away 
in attempting to put a razor edge on it 
would be deemed very foolish. 

Of course you will be, you must be 


thoughtful, for as Ruskin says: "In gen- 
eral I have no patience with people who 
talk about 'the thoughtlessness of youth' 
indulgently. I had infinitely rather hear 
of the thoughtlessness of old age, and the 
indulgence of that. When a man has 
done his work, and nothing can in any 
way be materially altered in his fate, let 
him forget his toil, and jest with his fate, 
if he will, but what excuse can you find 
for wilfulness of thought at the very time 
when every crisis of fortune hangs on 
your decision? A youth thoughtless, 
when all the happiness of his home 
forever depends on the chances or the 
passions of an hour! A youth thought- 
less, when the career of all his days de- 
pends on the opportunity of a moment! 
A youth thoughtless, when his every ac- 
tion is a foundation-stone of future con- 
duct, and every imagination a fountain 
of life or death! Be thoughtless in any 
after years, rather than now, though, 
indeed, there is only one place where a 
man may be nobly thoughtless, his death- 
bed. Nothing should ever be left to be 
done there." 

But whatever else we may forget, let 
us remember that it is not work, but over- 


Self-conquest is the 
greatest of all victories. 
— Plato. 

Sloth, like rust, 
consumes faster than 
labor wears, while the 
used key is always 
bright. — Franklin. 

My liveliest delight 
was in having con- 
quered myself. — Ros- 



The great hope of 
society is in the in- 
dividual character. — 

No thoroughly oc- 
cupied man was ever 
yet very miserable. — 

The habit of look- 
ing on the bright side 
of things is worth 
more than a thousand 
pounds a year. — Sam- 
uel Johnson. 

work that kills. Exercise gained through 
good, wholesome work is the greatest life- 
preserver man has yet discovered. 

"I always find something to keep me 
busy," said Peter Cooper in explaining 
how he had preserved so well his strength 
of mind and body, "and to be doing some- 
thing is the best medicine one can take." 

The ones who live the longest and best 
lives are the cheerful workers, those who 
find a good excuse for liking the task that 
comes to their hands. The greatest joy 
and the truest success do not come to the 
idler, nor the one who overworks, nor 
yet to the one who does things by fits and 
starts, but to 


Whene'er the sun was shining out, Squire Pettigrew 
would say, 

"Now 7 , hurrah, bo} r s! it's just the time to be a- 
making hay, 

Because, you see, the sun 's so hot 't will cure it 
right away !" 
Then all the mowers kept right on a-mowing. 

But when a cloud obscured the sun Squire Petti- 
grew would shout, 

"Oh, now 's the time for working while the sun 
is blotted out, 



A cooling cloud like that will make our muscles 
twice as stout !" 
And that 's the way he kept his men a-going. 

Hence, little did it matter were the weather wet 

or dry, — 
If sunshine rilled the valleys or if clouds o'erspread 

the sky, 
He 'd always think of something which he deemed 

a reason why 
'Twas just the time for him to keep a-work- 
But, now and then, or so it seemed, the reasons he 

would seek 
For working on, were quite far-fetched and faulty, 

so to speak, 
But, oh, they were not half so "thin" as are the 

many weak 
Excuses lazy people give for shirking. 

Nothing of worth 
or weight can be 
achieved with a half 
mind, with a faint 
heart, and with a lame 
endeavor. — Barrow. 

The strong man is 
the man with the gift 
of method, of faith- 
fulness, of valor. — 




"TF I had the time!" 

Yes, indeed! Time is a very neces- 
sary factor in the doing of things. Time 
is money. Money is capital. Capital is 
power. The one who is in the possession 
of the most power and uses it to the best 
purpose has the best chance for winning 

Other things being equal, the boy who 
devotes an extra half-hour every morn- 
ing or evening to the study of the forth- 
coming day's lessons will get on better 
than his classmates who do not thus men- 
tally fortify themselves. 

So in the world's big life-school, the 
man who finds time to think about and 
to study the tasks and duties that confront 
him will make a better showing than the 
ones who thoughtlessly and in an unpre- 
pared manner blunder into the work that 
is before them. 

"If I had the time!" 


Not only strike 
while the iron is hot, 
but make it hot by 
striking. — Cromwell. 

The greatest work 
has always gone hand 
in hand with the most 
fervent moral purpose. 
— Sidney Lanier. 

No true and per- 
manent fame can be 
founded except in la- 
bors which promote 
the happiness of man- 
kind. — Sumner. 


The greatest men 
have been those who 
have cut their way to 
success through diffi- 
culties. — Robertson. 

One has only to 
know the twenty-six 
letters of the alphabet 
in order to learn every- 
thing else that one 
wishes. — Duke of 

Strength is like 
gunpowder; to be ef- 
fective it needs con- 
centration and aim. — 

That is the sorry cry coming from the 
lips of thousands of unhappy persons of 
all classes and ages. But the saddest 
feature of it all is, that they have the time 
and do not know it. Or, if they do know 
it, they still go on trying to deceive them- 
selves and others by repeating the same 
old, threadbare excuse the world has 
always offered as the reason why it has 
not made the progress it should have 

Now, my boy, stop a moment and hon- 
estly think it over. Have n't you the 
time? Is n't it the disposition to make 
the most of your opportunities that is 
lacking? How much time did you waste 
yesterday? How much time are you go- 
ing to waste to-day? 

Let us not lose sight of the sorry fact 
that in wasting an hour we suffer a 
double loss and commit a double wrong. 
We not only lose that particular hour, 
but we are suffering a moral weakness to 
impair the strength of our life purpose, 
which will result in making us more 
likely to waste other golden hours yet to 

And what is a wasted hour? This is 
a question well worth considering. Mo- 


ments spent in bright, healthful, joyous 
play are not wasted. "All work and no 
play makes Jack a dull boy." It should 
be remembered, also, that "All play and 
no work makes Jack a dull shirk." 

We should play with the same keen 
zest with which we should work. We 
must not work all the while; we must 
not play all the while. Good, vigorous 
play prepares one for the enjoyment of 
work; good, vigorous work prepares one 
for the enjoyment of play. Those who 
dawdle in a listless, half-and-half way 
find no joy in working or playing. 

It is an error to think that play cannot 
be made to serve a good and useful pur- 
pose. Give one boy a knife and a stick 
and he will produce only a lot of shav- 
ings as the result of his whittling. Give 
another boy a knife and a stick and he 
will carve out some object or invention 
of use and beauty. Give one man leisure 
and he will produce nothing or worse 
than nothing to show for his wasted 
hours. Give another man leisure and he 
will master some trade or profession or 
theme of study that will make him of 
happy worth to himself and the world. 

It is not the lack of time, but the lack 


Success treads on 
the heels of every right 
effort. — Smiles. 

The creation of a 
thousand forests is in 
one acorn. — Emer- 

That is the best 
government which 
teaches us to govern 
ourselves . — Goethe. 


The chains of habit 
are too weak to be 
felt till they are too 
strong to be broken. 
— Dr. Johnson. 

Wise evolution is 
the sure safeguard 
against a revolution. 
— Roosevelt. 

The more honesty 
a man has, the less he 
affects the air of a 
saint. — Lavater. 

of the will to improve our spare mo- 
ments, that keeps us from going toward 
success. We mean to do great things 
some time, but we have n't the will to 
begin to build just now. We prefer to 
belong to that great host of procrastina- 
tors who are known as 


Suppose that some fine morn in May 
A honey-bee should pause and say, 
"I guess I will not work to-day, 

But next week or next summer, 
Or some time in the by and by, 
I '11 be so diligent and spry 
That all the world must see that I 

Am what they call a 'hummer'!" 

Of course you 'd wish to say at once, 

"O bee! don't be a little dunce, 

And waste your golden days and months 

In lazily reviewing 
The things you 're 'going' to do, and how 
Your hive with honey you '11 endow, 
But bear in mind, O bee, that NOW 

Is just the time for 'doing.' " 

Suppose a youth with idle hands 
Should tell you all the splendid plans 
Of which he dreams, the while the sands 
Of life are flowing, flowing. 



You 'd wish to say to him, "O boy! 
If you would reap your share of joy, 
You must discerningly employ 

Your morning hours in sowing." 

He who would win must work! The prize 
Is for the faithful one who tries 
With loyal hand and heart; whose skies 

With toil-crowned hopes are sunny. 
And they who hope success to find 
This homely truth must bear in mind: 
"The 'going-to-bees' are not the kind 

That fill the hive with honey." 

"Lost, yesterday, somewhere between 
sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, 
each set with sixty diamond minutes. 
No reward is offered, for they are gone 
forever." How clearly these words of 
Horace Mann set forth the experience of 
thousands of persons, day by day. 

Channing tells us, "it is astonishing 
how fruitful of improvement a short sea- 
son becomes when eagerly and faithfully 
improved. Volumes have not only been 
read, but written, in flying journeys. I 
have known a man of vigorous intellect, 
who has enjoyed few advantages of early 
education, and whose mind was almost 
engrossed by the details of an extensive 
business, but who composed a book of 


God sows the self- 
same truth in every 
heart. — Alicia K. 
Van Buren. 

Are you a shep- 
herd, or one of the 
herded ? — Edmund 
Vance Cooke. 

There is a destiny 
that makes us broth- 
ers. — Edwin Mark- 


If thou art a man, 
admire those who at- 
tempt great enter- 
prises, even though 
they fail. — Seneca. 

No one is free who 
is not master of him- 
self. — Shakespeare. 

A thought may 
touch and edge our 
life with light. — 

much original thought, in steamboats 
and on horseback, while visiting distant 

The thought recorded by Jeremy Tay- 
lor is well worth remembering, that he 
who is choice of his time will also 
be choice of his company, and choice of 
his actions; lest the first engage him in 
vanity and loss, and the latter, by being 
criminal, be throwing his time and him- 
self away, and going back in the accounts 
of eternity. 

The plea, "If I had the time," is well 
met by Matthew Arnold, who says: 
"And the plea that this or that man has 
no time for culture will vanish as soon as 
we desire culture so much that we begin 
to examine seriously into our present use 
of time." 

"Oh, what wonders have been per- 
formed in 'one hour a day,' " says Mar- 
den. "One hour a day withdrawn from 
frivolous pursuits, and profitably em- 
ployed, would enable any man of ordi- 
nary capacity to master a complete 
science. One hour a day would make an 
ignorant man a well-informed man in 
ten years. One hour a day would earn 
enough to pay for two daily and two 



weekly papers, two leading magazines, 
and a dozen good books. In an hour 
a day a boy or girl could read 
twenty pages thoughtfully — over seven 
thousand pages, or eighteen large vol- 
umes, in a year. An hour a day might 
make all the difference between bare 
existence and useful, happy living. An 
hour a day might make — nay, has made 
— an unknown man a famous one, a use- 
less man a benefactor to his race. Con- 
sider, then, the mighty possibilities of 
two — four — yes, six hours a day that 
are, on the average, thrown away by 
young men and women in the restless 
desire for fun and diversion." 

There is little excuse for continued 
ignorance these times. If one's time is 
spent at a point remote from institutions 
of learning, or his days are so occupied 
that he cannot avail himself of their ad- 
vantages, he can be a pupil in an ably 
conducted correspondence school, that 
most worthy of educational means 
whereby the youth in the isolated rural 
home, the shut-ins who by force of cir- 
cumstances are prisoned within narrow 
walls, the night-watchman whose leisure 

comes at a time when all other schools 


Nothing is too high 
for a man to reach, 
but he must climb with 
care and confidence. 
— Hans Andersen. 

Men exist for the 
sake of one another. 
Teach them, then, or 
bear with them. — 
Marcus Aurelius. 

Do good with what 
thou hast, or it will 
do thee no good. — 
William Penn. 


One great cause of 
failure of young men 
in business is the lack 
of concentration. — 

Better say nothing 
than not to the pur- 
pose. — William 

Diligence is the 
mother of good luck. 
— Franklin. 

are closed, the seeker after knowledge of 
any kind, at any time and at any place 
reached by the great governmental pos- 
tal system, can be brought into close 
touch with a great fountain of learning 
and inspiration of which one may absorb 
all he will. From this time forth it will 
ill become any man to say that he has no 
chance to acquire an education, or that 
he has no opportunity to improve upon 
the mental equipment he already pos- 
sesses. Instruction is within the reach of 
all. The schoolmaster is abroad as he 
has never been before. Wherever the 
postman can deliver a letter, in cottage 
or mansion, in the closely packed tene- 
ments of the city or in the remote farm 
homes reached by the rural free delivery 
routes, there the trained college pro- 
fessor makes his daily or weekly visits, 
giving his "heart to heart" talks with 
each of his thousands of pupils. He is 
with the boys as they follow the plow, 
the men who go down into the mines, the 
girls who serve at the loom and the lathe, 
pointing out the way that leads, through 
self-help, to happiness. 

It is more true to-day than ever before, 
that "they can who think they can." 



The means are more nearly at hand if 
one is determined to try them. Nothing 
but the spirit of procrastination can keep 
man or boy from setting about it to help 
himself toward better things. When to 
begin is the stumbling-block in the way 
of most persons. There is but one time 
when we can do anything. That time is 
NOW! To delay a year, a week, a day 
may prove most unfortunate. Indeed, 
trouble lies in the way of those who are 
disposed to defer the doing of their duty 
for even 


Whene'er he faced a task and knew 

He should begin it, 
He could not start to put it through 

For "just a minute." 
And, though the case demanded speed 
He could not move just then; but he'd 
Be ready for it, yes, indeed! 

In "just a minute." 

His purposes were out of rhyme 

By "just a minute." 
The whole world seemed ahead of time 

By "just a minute." 
He could not learn to overhaul 
His many duties, large and small, 
But had to beg them, one and all, 

To "wait a minute." 


One to-day is worth 
two to-morrows. — 

My young friend, 
do you know that 
there is but one per- 
son who can recom- 
mend you? Who is 
that, sir ? Yourself. 
— Emerson. 

Think before you 
speak. — Washington. 


There are people 
who do not know how 
to waste their time 
alone, and hence be- 
come the scourge of 
busy people. — De 


It is better to be 
alone than in bad 
company. — Washing- 

Gold is good in its 
place; but living, 
brave, and patriotic 
men are better than 
gold. — Abraham Lin- 

In manhood he was still delayed 

By "just a minute." 
He might have won, had Fortune stayed 

For "just a minute." 
But at the end of life he railed 
At "cruel Fate," and wept and wailed 
Because he knew that he had failed 

By "just a minute." 

If we make a careful study of the lives 
of the world's great men and women, 
we shall find that their distinction was 
achieved by making the most of their 
spare minutes. The ordinary, common- 
place, and inevitable tasks of life and the 
effort required to make a living are re- 
markably similar in the daily experience 
of most men and women. It is what one 
does with the remaining leisure moments 
that determines his individual taste and 
trend, and eventually gives him such dis- 
tinction as he may attain. It is in our 
leisure hours that we are permitted to 
follow our "hobbies," and it is in them 
that our truer selves find expression. 
Many of the greatest men in the world's 
history achieved their fame outside of 
their regular occupations in the spare 
moments of time which most people 
think are of no serious use. Marden 



wisely observes that "no one is anxious 
about a young man while he is busy in 
useful work. But where does he eat his 
lunch at noon? Where does he go when 
he leaves his boarding-house at night? 
What does he do after supper? Where 
does he spend his Sundays and holidays? 
The great majority of youth who go to 
the bad are ruined after supper. Most 
of them who climb upward to honor and 
fame devote their evenings to study or 
work or the society of the wise and good. 
For the right use of these leisure hours, 
what we have called the waste of life, 
the odd moments usually thrown away, 
the author would plead with every 

Watt learned chemistry and mathe- 
matics while working at his trade of a 
mathematical-instrument maker. Dar- 
win composed most of his works by 
writing his thoughts on scraps of paper 
wherever he chanced to be. Henry 
Kirke White learned Greek while walk- 
ing to and from a lawyer's office. Elihu 
Burritt acquired a mastery of eighteen 
languages and twenty-two dialects by im- 
proving the fragments of time which he 
could steal from his occupation as a 


Politeness and ci- 
vility are the best cap- 
ital ever invested in 
business. — P. T. Bar- 

Let none falter who 
thinks he is right. — 
Abraham Lincoln. 

The truest test of 
civilization is not the 
census, not the size 
of cities, not the crops; 
no, but the kind of 
man the country turns 
out. — Emerson. 


Inherited wealth is 
an unmitigated curse 
when divorced from 
culture. — Charles 
William Eliot. 

The wisdom of na- 
tions lies in their prov- 
erbs, which are brief 
and pithy. Collect 
and learn them ; they 
are notable measures 
and directions for hu- 
man life; you have 
much in little; they 
save time in speaking, 
and upon occasion 
may be the fullest and 
safest answers. — Wil- 
liam Penn. 

Experience keeps a 
dear school, but fools 
will learn in no other. 
— Franklin. 

blacksmith. Hundreds of similar ex- 
amples could be given in which men 
have achieved distinction by improving 
the odd moments which others waste. 

And you, oh, my boy! when you have 
reached the age where the world has a 
right to expect that you will begin to 
prepare yourself for the work that is be- 
fore you, lay hold, I beseech you, of 
these "spare moments," and weld them 
into a beautiful purpose that shall make 
your life a joy to yourself and to all who 
shall come within the zone of your influ- 
ence. Do not fail to improve the mo- 
ments because they are so few. The 
fewer there are the more the need of im- 
proving them. Do not procrastinate, do 
not put off, do not defer the work of self- 
improvement till a more favorable time. 
Know that with the coming of every 
opportunity you have a duty to perform. 
That you must help yourself whenever 
you can, and that you must 


If you have a task worth doing, 

Do it now! 
In delay there 's danger brewing, 

Do it now! 




Don't you be a "by-and-byer" 

And a sluggish patience-trier; 

Don't flinch, floun- 

If there 's aught you would acquire, 

der, fall over, nor fid- 

Do it now! 

dle, but grapple like a 

man. A man who 

If you 'd earn a prize worth owning, 

wills it can go any- 

Do it now! 

where, and do what 

Drop all waiting and postponing, 

he determines to do. 

Do it now! 

— John Todd. 

Say, "I will!" and then stick to it, 

Choose your purpose and pursue it, 

There 's but one right way to do it, 

Do it now! 

All we have is just this minute, 

Do it now! 

Find your duty and begin it, 

Do it now! 

Do all the good you 

Surely you 're not always going 

can, and make as little 

To be "a going-to-be"; and knowing 

fuss as possible about 

You must some time make a showing 

it. — Dickens. 

Do it now! 





T ET us suppose that you must go into 
*** partnership for life with some other 
boy, as the world is about to go into part- 
nership with you, would you not wish 
him to have, first of all, a cheerful dispo- 

Has it ever occurred to you that the 
world entertains the same thought regard- 
ing yourself? 

It is easy to understand why a partner- 
ship, the members of which pleasantly 
pull together, is more likely to thrive than 
is one wherein they are always complain- 
ing of each other and sadly prophesying 

The world, as your partner, will be 
toward you what you are toward it. 

Smile, once in a while, 

'T will make your heart seem lighter ; 
Smile, once in a while, 

'T will make your pathway brighter ; 


Joy is not in things, 
it is in us. — Wagner. 

Money is good for 
nothing unless you 
know the value of it 
by experience. — P. 
T. Barnum. 

The day is immeas- 
urably long to him 
who knows not how 
to value and use it. — 


It is a maxim with 
me not to ask what, 
under similar circum- 
stances, I would not 
grant. — Washington. 

Next to virtues, the 
fun in this world is 
what we can least 
spare. — Strickland. 

I resolved that, like 
the sun, so long as 
my day lasted, I 
would look on the 
bright side of every - 
thing. — Thomas 

Life 's a mirror ; if we smile, 

Smiles come back to greet us ; 
If we 're frowning all the while, 

Frowns forever meet us. 

"As you cannot have a sweet and 
wholesome abode unless you admit the 
air and sunshine freely into your rooms," 
says James Allen, "so a strong body and 
a bright, happy, or serene countenance 
can result only from the free admittance 
into the mind of thoughts of joy and 
good will and serenity. There is no phy- 
sician like cheerful thought for dissipat- 
ing the ills of the body; there is no com- 
forter to compare with good will for dis- 
persing the shadows of grief and sorrow. 
To live continually in thoughts of ill 
will, cynicism, suspicion and envy, is to 
be confined in a self-made prison-hole. 
But to think well of all, to be cheerful 
with all, to patiently learn to find the 
good in all — such unselfish thoughts are 
the very portals of heaven ; and to dwell 
day by day in thoughts of peace toward 
every creature will bring abounding 
peace to the possessor of such thoughts." 

Says Robert Louis Stevenson: "A 
happy man or woman is a better thing to 
find than a five-pound note. He or she 



is radiating a focus of good will ; and his 
or her entrance into a room is as though 
another candle had been lighted." 

"It is a fair, even-handed, noble ad- 
justment of things, that while there is 
infection in disease and sorrow, there is 
nothing in the world so irresistibly con- 
tagious as laughter and good humor," 
says Dickens. 

Give but a smile to sorry men, 
They '11 give it, bettered, back again. 

Bovee very truly says, "The cheerful 
live longest in years, and afterwards in 
our regards." 

"I have gout, asthma, and seven other 
maladies," said Sydney Smith, "but am 
otherwise very happy." How often those 
with whom we meet are sorely afflicted 
and yet their cheerful faces do not betray 
their troubles. They are too considerate 
of our happiness to sadden our minds 
with their woes. Those whom we deem 
fretful without sufficient excuse, if indeed 
any excuse justifies the habit of fretting, 
may be much more sorely afflicted than 
we think they are. There is a world of 
sympathetic truth in that old saying 

Ideas go booming 
through the world 
louder than cannon. 
Thoughts are mightier 
than armies. Princi- 
ples have achieved 
more victories than 
horsemen or chariots. 
— Paxton. 

Method is like 
packing things in a 
box; a good packer 
will get in half as 
much again as a bad 
one. — Cecil. 

If it required no 
brains, no nerve, no 
energy, no work, 
there would be no 
glory in achievement. 
— Bates. 



It is not what one 
can get out of work, 
but what he may put 
in, that is the test of 
success. — Lilian 

There is only one 
real failure in life pos- 
sible ; and that is, not 
to be true to the best 
one knows. — Canon 

Confidence imparts 
a wonderful inspira- 
tion to its possessor. 
— Milton. 


If I knew you and you knew me — 
If both of us could clearly see, 
And with an inner sight divine 
The meaning of your heart and mine, 
I 'm sure that we would differ less 
And clasp our hands in friendliness; 
Our thoughts would pleasantly agree 
If I knew you and you knew me. 

If I knew you and you knew me, 

As each one knows his own self, we 

Could look each other in the face 

And see therein a truer grace. 

Life has so many hidden woes, 

So many thorns for every rose ; 

The "why" of things our hearts w r ould see, 

If I knew you and you knew me. 

"If a word will render a man happy," 
said one of the French philosophers, "he 
must be a wretch, indeed, who will not 
give it. It is like lighting another man's 
candle with your own, which loses none 
of its brilliancy by what the other gains." 
Another wise writer says: "Mirth is 
God's medicine; everybody ought to 
bathe in it. Grim care, moroseness, 
anxiety — all the rust of life, ought to be 
scoured off by the oil of mirth." 

Orison Swett Marden, than whom no 
man's golden words have done more to 


make the world brighter and better, says: 
"We should fight against every influence 
which tends to depress the mind, as we 
would against a temptation to crime. A 
depressed mind prevents the free action 
of the diaphragm and the expansion of 
the chest. It stops the secretions of the 
body, interferes with the circulation of 
the blood in the brain, and deranges the 
entire functions of the body." 

"Do not anticipate trouble," says 
Franklin, "or worry about what may 
never happen. Keep in the sunlight." 

One of our present day apostles of the 
gospel of cheerfulness tells us that worry 
is a disease. "Some people ought to be 
incarcerated for disturbing the family 
peace, and for troubling the public wel- 
fare, on the charge of intolerable fretful- 
ness and touchiness." 

The boy whom the world wants will 
be wise, indeed, if he includes in his 
preparations for meeting the years that 
are before him — 


Trouble is looking for some one to trouble ! 

Who will partake of his worrisome wares? 
Where shall he tarry and whom shall he harry 

At morning and night with his burden of cares ? 


The most important 
attribute of man as a 
moral being is the fac- 
ulty of self-control. — 
Herbert Spencer. 

Self-control, I say, 
is the root virtue of all 
virtues. It is at the 
very center of charac- 
ter. — King. 

In the long run a 
man becomes what he 
purposes, and gains 
for himself what he 
really desires. — 


I owe all my suc- 
cess in life to having 
been always a quarter 
of an hour before- 
hand. — Lord Nel- 

The period of 
greenness is the period 
of growth. When we 
cease to be green and 
are entirely ripe we 
are ready for decay. 
— Bryan. 

Prepare yourself for 
the world as the ath- 
letes used to do for 
their exercises; oil 
your mind and your 
manners to give them 
the necessary supple- 
ness and flexibility ; 
strength alone will not 
do.— Chesterfield. 

They who have hands that are idle and empty, 
They without purpose to build and to bless ; 

They who invite him with scowls that delight him 
Are they who shall dwell in the House of Distress. 

Trouble is looking for some one to trouble ! 

I '11 tell you how all his plans to eclipse: 
When he draws near you be sure he shall hear you 

A-working away with a song on your lips. 
Look at him squarely and laugh at his coming; 

Say you are busy and bid him depart; 
He will not tease you to stay if he sees you 

Have tasks in your hands and a hope in your heart. 

Trouble is looking for some one to trouble ! 

I shall not listen to aught he shall say; 
Out of life's duty shall blossom in beauty 

A grace and a glory to gladden the way. 
I shall have faith in the gifts of the Giver; 

I shall be true to my purpose and plan ; 
Good cheer abounding and love all-surrounding, 

I shall keep building the best that I can. 

"Give, O give us, the man who sings 
at his work!" says Thomas Carlyle. "Be 
his occupation what it may, he is equal to 
any of those who follow the same pursuit 
in silent sullenness. He will do more 
in the same time — he will do it better — 
he will persevere longer. One is scarcely 
sensible to fatigue while he marches to 
music. The very stars are said to make 
harmony as they revolve in their spheres. 


Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, 
altogether past calculation its powers of 
endurance. Efforts to be permanently 
useful must be uniformly joyous — a spirit 
all sunshine — grateful for very gladness, 
beautiful because bright." 

Have you a cheerful member in your 
circle of friends, a cheerful neighbor in 
the vicinity of your home? Cherish him 
as a pearl of great price. He is of real, 
practical value to all with whom he comes 
in contact. His presence in a neighbor- 
hood ought to make real estate sell for 
a bit more a square foot, and life more 
prized by all who partake of his good 
cheer. He greets the world with a smile 
and a laugh — a real laugh, born of 
thought and feeling — not a superficial 
veneer of humor the falsity of which is 
detected by all who hear it. "How much 
lies in laughter," says Carlyle. "It is the 
cipher-key wherewith we decipher the 
whole man. Some men wear an ever- 
lasting simper; in the smile of another 
lies the cold glitter, as of ice; the fewest 
are able to laugh what can be called 
laughing, but only sniff and titter and 
snicker from the throat outward, or at 
least produce some whiffing, husky cach- 


Poetry is simply the 
most beautiful, im- 
pressive, and widely 
effective mode of say- 
ing things, and hence 
its importance. — 
Matthew Arnold. 

In all things, to 
serve from the lowest 
station upwards is 
necessary . — Goethe. 

To do nothing by 
halves is the way of 
noble minds. — Wie- 


Whatever your oc- 
cupation may be, and 
however crowded 
your hours with af- 
fairs, do not fail to 
secure at least a few 
minutes every day for 
refreshment of your 
inner life with a bit 
of poetry. — Charles 
Eliot Norton. 

Nothing of us be- 
longs so wholly to 
other people as our 
looks. — Glover. 

Our greatest glory 
consists, not in never 
falling, but in rising 
every time we fall. — 

ination, as if they were laughing through 
wool. Of none such comes good." 

Do you like the boy who in a game of 
ball is whining all the time because he 
cannot be constantly at the bat? 

Is n't the real manly boy the one who 
can lose cheerfully when he has played 
the game the best he possibly could and 
has been honestly defeated? 

Nothing is ever well done that is not 
done cheerfully. The one with a growl 
spoils whatever joy good fortune may 
seek to bring him. The man with whom 
the whole world loves to be in partner- 
ship is 


The cloud-maker says it is going to storm, 

And we 're sure to have awful weather, — 
Just terribly wet or cold or warm, 

Or maybe all three together! 
But while his spirit is overcast 

With the gloom of his dull repining, 
The one with a song comes smiling past, 

And, lo! the sun is shining. 

The cloud-maker tells us the world is wrong, 

And is bound in an evil fetter, 
But the blue-sky man comes bringing a song 

Of hope that shall make it better. 


And the toilers, hearing his voice, behold 

The sign of a glad to-morrow, 
Whose hands are heaped with the purest gold, 

Of which each heart may borrow. 

The one who thinks the world is full 
of good people and kindly blessings is 
much richer than the one who thinks to 
the contrary. Some men live in a world 
peopled with princes of the royal blood; 
some in a world of want and wrong-doers. 
Those whom we distrust are likely to dis- 
trust us. To believe a man is a man helps 
to make him so at heart. To think him a 
rascal is a start for him in the wrong 
direction. The world smiles at us if we 
smile at it; when we frown it frowns. It 
is the armor of war and not that of love 
that invites trouble. He who carries a 
sword is the most likely to find a cause 
for using it. The man who remembers 
it was a beautiful day yesterday is a great 
deal happier than he who is sure it is 
going to storm to-morrow. 

Though life is made up of mere bubbles, 

'T is better than many aver, 
For while we 've a whole lot of troubles, 

The most of them never occur. 

In the thousand and one little every- 


A noble manhood, 
nobly consecrated to 
man, never dies. — 
William McKinley. 

It is easy finding 
reasons why other 
folks should be pa- 
tient. — George El- 

Sympathy is two 
hearts tugging at one 
load. — Parkhurst. 


What folly to tear 
one's hair in sorrow, 
just as if grief could 
be assuaged by bald- 
ness. — Cicero. 

Be at war with 
your vices, at peace 
with your neighbors, 
and let every new 
year find you a better 
man. — Franklin. 

Give us to go 

blithely about our 
business all this day, 
bring us to our resting 
beds weary and con- 
tent and undishon- 
ored, and grant us in 
the end the gift of 
sleep. — Stevenson. 

day affairs of life the man who is disposed 
to take things by the smooth handles saves 
himself and those about him an endless 
amount of worry. The pessimist is an 
additional sorrow in a world that holds 
for all of us some glints of sunshine and 
some shreds of song. It was of one such 
sorry soul that I penned the lines — 

He growled at morning, noon and night, 

And trouble sought to borrow; 
On days when all the skies were bright 

He knew 't would storm to-morrow. 
A thought of joy he could not stand 

And struggled to resist it; 
Though sunshine dappled all the land 

This sorry pessimist it. 

Occasionally we meet a person well 
along in years who has not yet acquired 
sufficient wisdom to understand that with- 
out some of the elements of a storm in the 
sky we could never look upon that most 
marvelously beautiful spectacle — a rain- 

Without hunger and thirst, food and 
drink would be superfluous; without 
cold, warmth would lose its grateful 
charm; without weariness, rest were of 
no avail; without grief, gladness would 


lose its delight. The thoughtful, thank- 
ful soul will keep the lips from complain- 
ing and the hands from wrong-doing by 
always supplying them with 


Keep a smile on your lips ; it is better 

To joyfully, hopefully try 
For the end you would gain, than to fetter 

Your life with a moan and a sigh. 
There are clouds in the firmament ever 

The beauty of heaven to mar, 
Yet night so profound there is never 

But somewhere is shining a star. 

Keep a task in your hands ; you must labor ; 

By deeds is true happiness won ; 
For stranger and friend and for neighbor, 

Rejoice there is much to be done. 
Endeavor by crowning life's duty 

With joy-giving song and with smile, 
To make the world fuller of beauty 

Because you are in it a while. 

"Of all virtues cheerfulness is the most 
profitable. While other virtues defer 
the day of recompense, cheerfulness pays 
down. It is a cosmetic which makes 
homeliness graceful and winning. It 
promotes health and gives clearness and 
vigor to the mind ; it is the bright weather 


Teach your child to 
hold his tongue, he '11 
learn fast enough to 
speak.— Franklin. 

There is no use 
arguing with the in- 
evitable; the only ar- 
gument with the east 
wind is to put on your 
overcoat. — Lowell. 

A young man can- 
not honestly make a 
success in any busi- 
ness unless he loves 
his work. — Edward 


There is a great 
deal more to be got 
out of things than is 
generally got out of 
them, whether the 
thing be a chapter of 
the Bible or a yellow 
turnip. — MacDon- 

The boy who does 
not go to school does 
not know what Satur- 
day is. — Babcock. 

A faithful friend is 
a strong defence, and 
he that hath found 
him hath found a 
treasure. — Ecclesias- 

of the heart in contrast with the clouds 
and gloom of melancholy." These words 
from the writings of one of our sunniest 
philosophers are worth much gold to 
one who will ever keep them in mind. 

Sydney Smith says that "all mankind 
are happier for having been happy; so 
that, if you make them happy now, you 
make them happy twenty years hence by 
the memory of it." This being true we 
should do all in our power to turn men 
from gloom to gladness; from the shad- 
ows to sunshine. With this purpose in 
mind I have written 


Brother — you with growl and frown — 
Why don't you move from Grumbletown ; 
Where everything is tumbled down 

And skies are dark and dreary ? 
Move over into Gladville where 
Your face will don a happy air, 
And lay aside your cross of care 

For smiles all bright and cheery. 

In Grumbletown there 's not a joy 
But has a shadow of alloy 
That must its happiness destroy 
And make you to regret it. 
In Gladville we have not a care 
But, somehow, looks inviting there, 


And has about it something fair 

That makes us glad to get it. 

'T is strange how different these towns 

Of ours are ! Good cheer abounds 

In one, and gruesome growls and frowns 

Are always in the other. 
If you your skies of ashen gray 
Would change for sunny skies of May, 
From Grumbletown, oh, haste away; 

Move into Gladville, brother. 

The three things 
most difficult are, to 
keep a secret, to for- 
get an injury, and to 
make a good use of 
leisure. — Chilo. 





"LTITCH your wagon to a star!" 

Such is the advice Emerson gave 
to ambitious youth. He meant well, no 
doubt, and indeed, his words are all right 
if taken with a pinch of salt. A boy 
should dream great dreams, of course, 
but he ought to set his dream-gauge so as 
to have it indicate a line of endeavor it 
will be possible for him to follow. 

"Hitch your wagon to a star," 
Sounds eloquent, of course, 

But it might prove more prudent, far, 

To hitch it to a motor-car, 
Or a steady-going horse. 

The type of boy the world counts on to 
do it the most lasting good is the youth 
that does not permit the wings of fancy 
to carry him so far into the blue empyrean 
that he cannot touch the solid earth with 
at least the tiptoes of reason. 

As Wingate truly says: "There is no 
use in filling young people's minds with 


The talent that is 
buried is not owned. 
The napkin and the 
hole in the ground 
are far more truly the 
man's property. — 

That which some 
call idleness I call the 
sweetest part of my 
life, and that is my 
thinking. — Felsham. 

We must learn to 
bear and to work be- 
fore we can spare 
strength to dream. — 


Training is every- 
thing. The peach 
was once a bitter 
almond ; cauliflower is 
nothing but cabbage 
with a college educa- 
tion. — Mark Twain. 

Success comes only 
to those who lead the 
life of endeavor. — 

The most certain 
sign of wisdom is a 
continued cheerfulness. 
— Montaigne. 

vain hopes; not every one can make a 
fortune or a national reputation, but he 
who possesses health, ordinary ability, 
honesty and industry can at least earn a 

If you are striving to be a level-headed 
boy you will understand that if you keep 
your eyes fastened on the stars all the 
while you are likely to overlook a thou- 
sand opportunities lying all about your 

Let 's not despise just common things, 
For here 's a truth there is no dodging, 

The bird that soars on proudest wings 

Comes down to earth for board and lodging. 

Some of the poets and others advise 
you to aim at the sky or the sun or some- 
thing of that sort, for by so doing you will 
shoot higher than you would if you aimed 
at the ground. 

I would advise you to aim directly at 
the target you wish to hit. Don't shoot 
over it or under it; shoot at it. 

Dreaming great things is good but 
doing simple things may be better. There 
ought to be, and there will be more 
dreams than deeds, just as there are more 
blossoms on the tree than can mature and 
ripen into perfect fruit. 


We shall always have to divide our 
attention between the things we can do 
and the things we should like to do. 
Dreaming is an interesting pastime but 
we should not devote too many precious 
moments to 


"If" this or that were thus and so, 

Oh, would n't it be clever ! 
But "ifs," alas! won't make it so 

Though we should "if" forever. 
Yet, while "ifs" cannot help a mite, 

We 'd all be less contented 
And life would hold far less delight 

"If" "iffing" were prevented. 

When the time arrives for a boy to 
cease dreaming and to begin doing he 
should seize upon the highest duty that 
comes to his hands and waste not a mo- 
ment in dilatory uncertainties. "Thrift 
of time," says Gladstone, "will repay you 
in after-life with a thousandfold of profit 
beyond your most sanguine dreams." 

Hopes are good, but patiently worked- 
out realities are better. Hope is for 
to-morrow. Work is for to-day. The 
hope that lulls one into a dreamy inactiv- 
ity, with the promise that all will be 
well, whether or no, is sometimes a hin- 


Wisdom is oft- 
times nearer when we 
stoop than when we 
soar. — Wordsworth. 

Our business in life 
is not to get ahead of 
other people, but to 
get ahead of ourselves. 
— Babcock. 

Have the courage 
to appear poor, and 
you disarm poverty of 
its sharpest sting. — 


Hope is the real 
riches, as fear is the 
real poverty. — Hume. 

Small pleasures, de- 
pend upon it, lie 
about us as thick as 
daisies. — Jerrold. 

Go after two 
wolves, and you will 
not even catch one. 
— Russian. 

drance in the path toward success. We 
must not succumb too fully to 


Hope 's a magical compound 

To increase our strength, we 've found, 
It can charm our bars and barriers all away. 

With its impulse, which we borrow, 

We can always do to-morrow 
Lots and lots of things we never do to-day. 

Hope is the architect but brawn is the 
builder. An architect's most elaborate 
design for a mansion, on paper, cannot 
protect one from the elements as well as 
can the crudest little cabin actually built 
by hands. Those who spend much time 
in dreaming wonderful plans and waiting 
for a ready-made success to come and 
hunt them up may be interested in learn- 
ing about 


Hank Streeter used to sit around the corner grocery 
A-telling of the things he 'd like to do ; 
"But, pshaw!" said Hank, "it ain't no use to tackle 
'em before 
Fate settles in her mind she '11 help you through. 



And 't ain't no use to waste your time on triflin' 

things," said he; 

In all God's crea- 

"The feller that secures the biggest plum 

tion there is no place 

Is the one that thinks up something that 's a 

appointed for the idle 

winner, so, you see, 

man. — Gladstone. 

I 'm waitin' for a brain-wave to come." 

"The men that make the biggest hits," so Hank 

would often say, 

"They ain't the ones, or so I calculate, 

That get their everlastin' fame a-workin' by the 


No, sir ! They sort o' grab it while you wait. 

Let us endeavor so 

They spend their time a-thinkin' till they strike 

to live that when we 

some new idee 

come to die even the 

That 's big enough to make the hull world hum." 

undertaker will be 

"And that 's my plan for winnin' out," said Hank; 

sorry. — Mark 

"and so," said he, 


"I 'm waitin' for a brain-wave to come." 

And there he sat a-waiting: in the winter by the 


In summer-time he sat outside the store; 

And, while his busy neighbors all about him worked 

and throve, 

He just kept on a-talking more and more ; 

Labor is the genius 

Kept on a-getting poorer, and, while time it hauled 

that changes the world 

and tacked, 

from ugliness to 

Hank had to make a meal off just a crumb, 

beauty, and changes 

Till death it had to take him, — caught him in the 

the great curse to a 

very act 

great blessing. — Opie 

Of waiting for a brain-wave to come. 




I have seldom 
known any one who 
deserted truth in 
trifles that could be 
trusted in matters of 
importance. — Paley. 

There are many 
echoes in the world, 
but few voices. — 

Consequences are 
unpitying. — George 

The man that 's born a genius, — well, I s'pose 
he 's bound to win, 
But most of us are born the other way ; 
And, after all is said and done, the man who pitches 
And works, — well he 's a genius, so they say. 
If he can't win a dollar, why, he tries to earn a 
If he can't have it all he'll capture some: 
For doing just the best we can is better, every 
Than waiting for a brain-wave to come. 

But it is to be remembered that the 
youth who does not think well of himself 
is not likely to do well. "Ability, learn- 
ing, accomplishment, opportunity, are 
all well," says Mathews, "but they do 
not, of themselves, insure success. Thou- 
sands have all these, and live and die 
without benefiting themselves or others. 
On the other hand, men of mediocre tal- 
ents, often scale the dizzy steeps of excel- 
lence and fame because they have firm 
faith and high resolve. It is this solid 
faith in one's mission — the rooted belief 
that it is the one thing to which he has 
been called, — this enthusiasm, attracting 
an Agassiz to the Alps or the Amazon, 
impelling a Pliny to explore the volcano 
in which he is to lose his life, and nerv- 



ing a Vernet, when tossing in a fierce 
tempest, to sketch the waste of waters, 
and even the wave that is leaping up to 
devour him, — that marks the heroic 
spirit; and, wherever it is found, success, 
sooner or later, is almost inevitable." 

The youth who will start out in life's 
morning with a well-defined idea of the 
goal he wishes to gain, and who will keep 
going in the right direction need have 
little fear that his journey will finally 
end in 


The city of Is sets on top of a hill 

And if you would learn of its beauty 
Take Right-Away street and keep going until 

You pass through the gateway of Duty. 
But some miss the way, though the guide-board is 

And leisurely wander forever, 
Sad-hearted and weary, down By-and-By lane 

That leads to the Valley of Never. 

If you start in the morning and follow the sun 

With a heart that is earnest and cheery, 
The way is so short that your journey is done 

Before you have time to be weary. 
But wait till the day is beginning to wane 

And then, though you rightly endeavor, 
You are likely to wander down By-and-By lane 

That leads to the Valley of Never. 


They who wish to 
sing always find a 
song. — Swedish. 

Whoever in the 
darkness lighteth an- 
other with a lamp, 
lighteth himself also. 
— Auerbach. 

Every year of my 
life I grow more con- 
vinced that it is wisest 
and best to fix our at- 
tention on the beauti- 
ful and good, and 
dwell as little as pos- 
sible on the dark and 
base. — Cecil. 


A little integrity is 
better than any career. 
— Emerson. 

Habit is habit, and 
not to be flung out of 
the window by any 
man, but coaxed 
downstairs a step at a 
time. — Mark Twain. 

Sweep first before 
your own door, before 
you sweep the door- 
steps of your neigh- 
bors. — Swedish. 

When we come to observe life very 
closely we learn that the law of recom- 
pense is always in operation, and that 
when all things are considered, one man's 
lot does not seem so much better or an- 
other's so much worse than the fortune 
of those about him as a superficial glance 
might lead us to think. Says Hamer- 
ton: "I used to believe a great deal more 
in opportunities and less in application 
than I do now. Time and health are 
needed, but with these there are always 
opportunities. Rich people have a fancy 
for spending money very uselessly on 
their culture because it seems to them 
more valuable when it has been costly; 
but the truth is, that by the blessing of 
good and cheap literature, intellectual 
light has become almost as accessible as 
daylight. I have a rich friend who 
travels more, and buys more costly things 
than I do, but he does not really learn 
more or advance farther in the twelve- 
month. If my days are fully occupied, 
what has he to set against them? only 
other well-occupied days, no more. If 
he is getting benefit at St. Petersburg he 
is missing the benefit I am getting round 
my house, and in it. The sum of the 


year's benefit seems to be surprisingly 
alike in both cases. So if you are read- 
ing a piece of thoroughly good literature, 
Baron Rothschild may possibly be as 
well occupied as you — he is certainly not 
better occupied. When I open a noble 
volume I say to myself, 'Now the only 
Croesus that I envy is he who is reading 
a better book than this.' " 

There is many a boy who is quite sure 
the neighbor's boy has an easier time and 
a better prospect of success. Grown-ups, 
too, are frequently of the opinion that 
they could do so much better if they were 
in somebody else's shoes. Between the 
success which others attain and that 
which we achieve, we can very readily 


When the other fellow gets rich it 's luck, 
Just blundering luck that brings him gains, ' 

But when we win it 's a case of pluck 
With intelligent effort and lots of brains. 

The country boy is sure that if he 
could get into the large city where there 
are more and greater chances for doing 
things he would make a great success. 
The city boy is quite as certain that if he 


If you wish success 
in life, make persever- 
ance your bosom 
f r i e n d , experience 
your wise counsellor, 
caution your elder 
brother, and hope 
your guardian genius. 
— Addison. 

Calmness is a great 
advantage. — Her- 

Man becomes 
greater in proportion 
as he learns to know 
himself and his fac- 
ulty. Let him once 
become conscious of 
what he is, and he 
will soon learn to be 
what he should. — 




Men must know 
that in this theater of 
man's it remaineth 
only to God and an- 
gels to be lookers-on. 
— Bacon. 

It is no man's busi- 
ness whether he is a 
genius or not; work 
he must, whatever he 
is, but quietly and 
steadily . — Ruskin. 

The talent of suc- 
cess is nothing more 
than doing what you 
can do well, without 
a thought of fame. — 

could get out into a country town where 
the competition is not so fierce and where 
there is more room to grow he would do 
something worth while. In discussing 
this subject, Edward Bok says: "It is the 
man, not the place that counts. The 
magnet of worth is the drawing power in 
business. It is what you are, not where 
you are. If a young man has the right 
stuff in him, he need not fear where he 
lives or does his business. Many a large 
man has expanded in a small place. The 
idea that a small place retards a man's 
progress is pure nonsense. If the com- 
munity does not offer facilities for a 
growing business, they can be brought to 
it. Proper force can do anything. All 
that is needed is right direction. The 
vast majority of people are like sheep, 
they, follow a leader." 

For the solace and enlightenment of 
those who think they are the victims of 
an unkind fortune and that conditions 
are better elsewhere I herewith offer 
Deacon Watts's remarks concerning 


"This world is full of 'yender grass,' " says Deacon 
Watts to me ; 


"When I 'm a-mowin' in the field, the grass close 

by," says he, 
"Is short and thin and full of weeds; but over 

vender, why, 
It looks to me as if the grass is thick and smooth 

and high. 
But sakes alive! that ain't the case, for, when I 

mow to where 
The grass I saw from far away looked all so smooth 

and fair, 
I find it 's jest as short and thin as all the rest, or 

And that 's the way the things of earth keep on a- 

foolin' us ! 

" 'Bout every day you '11 hear some man com- 

plainin' of his lot, 
And tellin', if he 'd had a chance like other people, 

He might have been ! He 'd like to know how he 

can ever win 
When all the grass that comes his way is all so short 

and thin. 
But over in the neighbors' fields, why, he can 

plainly see 
That they 're in clover plumb knee-deep and sweet 

as sweet can be ! 
At times it's hard to tell if things are made of 

gold or brass; 
Some men can't see them distant fields are full of 

'yender grass.' 

"I 've learned one thing in makin' hay, and that 's 
to fill my mow 


Be not simply good, 
be good for some- 
thing. — Thoreau. 

Progress depends 
upon what we are, 
rather than upon what 
we may encounter. 
One man is stopped 
by a sapling lying 
across the road; an- 
other, passing that 
way, picks up the Hin- 
drance and converts it 
into a help in crossing 
the brook just ahead. 
— Trumbull. 

Greatness lies, not 
in being strong, but 
in the right using of 
strength. — Beecher. 



With any grass that I can get to harvest here and 

Great is wisdom; 


infinite is the value of 

The 'vender grass' that 'way ahead is wavin' in 

wisdom. It cannot 

its pride 

be exaggerated; it is 

I find ain't very fillin' by the time it 's cut and 

the highest achieve- 


ment of man. — Car- 

Hope springs eternal, so they say, within the 


human breast: 

Man never is, the sayin' goes, but always to be, 


So my advice is, Don't you let your present chances 


A-thinkin' by and by you '11 reap your fill of 

'yender grass.' " 




"HpRIFLES make perfection, but per- 

■*■ fection is no trifle." The saying 
is old but the truth is ever new. 

It is the little things that count, day by 
day, in the forming of character. The 
way in which we employ our moments 
finally becomes the way in which we em- 
ploy our years. 

As a matter of course every boy will, if 
he can, do some big, beautiful thing out 
there in the years to come. But it is a 
foregone conclusion that every boy must 
do a vast number of little things before he 
shall do the larger things. The "trifles" 
are always at hand waiting to be done, 
day after day, year after year. And it is 
the way in which a boy does these little 
things that gives him the standing he 
holds in the estimation of those with 
whom he is intimately associated. 

"As the twig is bent, the tree's in- 


It is ours to climb 
and dare. — Frederick 
Lawrence Knowles. 

Oh, sweet is life 
when youth is in the 
blood. — Denis Mc- 

Down in the busy 
thoroughfares are boys 
the world shall know 
some day. — Samuel 
Ellsworth Kiser. 


To him who presses 
on, at each degree new 
visions rise. — Julia 
Ward Howe. 

To doubt is failure, 
and to dare, success. 
— Frederick Law- 
rence Knowles. 

It's nothing against 
you to fall down flat, 
but to lie there is dis- 
grace. — Edmund 
Vance Cooke. 

clined." A habit is easy to form but hard 
to break. Yet the strongest of habits are 
formed just a little at a time — a small 
strand is added each day until there is a 
mighty cable that cannot be broken except 
by a mighty effort. If it is a good habit, 
its strength makes it all the better! If it 
is a bad habit, its strength makes it so 
much the worse. 

Where is the boy who cannot see the 
fallacy in such illogical reasoning as this : 
"Now, I will be careless while I am 
young so that I may be careful when I am 
older. I will remain ignorant and poorly 
informed while I am a boy, so that I may 
be wise when I am a man. I will bend 
one way while I am a twig so that I shall 
incline in another direction when I be- 
come a tree. I will do wrong things while 
my character is being formed so that I 
may do right things when my habits be- 
come fixed." All such reasoning is very, 
very foolish, isn't it? And yet there are 
some illogical youths who deem it will be 
easy to have one character and disposition 
as boys and quite a different one when 
they come to be men. By some strange 
hocus-pocus they hope to be able to sow 
a crop of "wild oats" and later on reap 



a harvest of good wheat. It cannot be 

Any farmer's boy will tell you that "as 
ye sow, so shall ye reap." When the 
farmer wishes to harvest wheat he does 
not sow oats. When he wishes a crop of 
potatoes he does not plant gourds. He 
has learned that what he plants in the 
spring he will harvest in the autumn. It 
is equally as true of life. That which 
we sow in youth we reap in our maturer 
years. We must not try to deceive na- 
ture and our own consciences. We shall 
get back from the years what we give to 
the years. 

The boy who early gets into the habit 
of doing things right is pretty sure to go 
on doing them so all his life, and with- 
out much effort on his part. The will 
is strengthened by exercise in the same 
manner as are the muscles. We learn to 
do easily that which we do often. 

The youth who says "No" to little 
temptations will, later on in life, be per- 
fectly able to say "No" to temptations 
of any size. And how many a man's 
career has been made glorious simply 
because he learned, while a youth, to 
say "No" whenever his moral conscience 


Do it right now and 
do it well. — John 
Townsend Trow- 

Condemn no creed! 
Dig deep beneath the 
sod and at the root 
thou 'It find the truth 
of God. — Alicia K. 
Van Buren. 

It is adversity, not 
prosperity, which 
breeds men; as it is the 
storm, and not the 
calm, which makes the 
mariner. — Melvin L. 


The slow long way 
may be the best. — 
Nathan Haskell 

He who lifts his 
brother man in turn is 
lifted by him. — John 
Townsend Trow- 

As the twig is arche- 
typal of the tree, so 
childhood builds the 
ladder up which man- 
hood climbs. — Mel- 
vin L. Severy. 

told him it was the thing he should 
say! How true are the teachings of the 
wise moralist who tells us: "A very little 
word is 'No.' It is composed of but 
two letters and forms only one syllable. 
In meaning it is so definite as to defy 
misunderstanding. Your lips find its 
articulation easy. Diminutive in size, 
evident in import, easy of utterance, fre- 
quent in use, and necessary in ordinary 
speech, it seems one of the simplest and 
most harmless of all words. Yet there 
are those to whom it is almost a terror. 
Its sound makes them afraid. They 
would expurgate it from their vocabulary 
if they could. The little monosyllable 
sticks in their throat. Their pliable and 
easy temper inclines them to conformity, 
and frequently works their bane. As- 
sailed by the solicitations of pleasure 
they are sure to yield, for at once and 
resolutely they will not repeat 'No!' 
Plied with the intoxicating cup they sel- 
dom overcome, for their facile nature 
refuses to express itself in 'No!' En- 
countering temptation in the hard and 
duteous path they are likely to falter and 
fall, for they have not the boldness to 
speak out the decided negative 'No!' 


Amid the mists of time, and involved in 
the labyrinthine mazes of error, they are 
liable to forget eternal verities and join 
in the ribald jest, for they have not been 
accustomed to utter an emphatic 'No!' 
All the noble souls and heroes of history 
have held themselves ready, whenever it 
was demanded, to say 'No!' The poet 
said 'No!' to the sloth and indolence 
which was consuming his precious hours, 
and wove for himself in heavenly song a 
garland of immortality." 

"No" might seem to be but a mere 
trifle of a word yet the boy who learns to 
say it on every right occasion has already 
conquered many of the foes that are 
likely to beset him along life's pathway. 
Every boy should cultivate his will until 
it is strong enough for him to depend 
upon it at all times. With the proper 
amount of will he is sure to have suffi- 
cient "won't" to resist all the tempta- 
tions that wrong may offer him. 

In developing a strength that enables 
him to say "No!" to wrong things a boy 
becomes strong enough to say "Yes!" to 
right things. His "I won't!" with which 
he meets wrong suggestions engenders 
his "I will!" toward the wholesome and 

All that we send 
into the lives of others 
comes back into our 
own. — Edwin Mark- 

The greatest, strong- 
est, most skilled is he 
who knows how to 
wait, and wait pa- 
tiently. — C HARLES 
the Ninth. 

The man in whom 
others believe is a 
power, but if he be- 
lieves in himself he is 
doubly powerful. — 

Willis George 




One forgives every- 
thing in him who for- 
gives himself nothing. 
— Chinese. 

Not in rewards, 
bat in the strength to 
strive, the blessing lies. 
— John Townsend 

It makes consider- 
able difference whether 
a man talks bigger than 
he is, or is bigger than 
he talks. — Patrick 

commendable undertakings in which he 
should be interested. 

When a boy has learned to say, and 
to feel the strength that is in the words, 
"I will!" he ceases to make use of the 
words, " I wish," for his will is sufficient 
to make his wish a living reality. And 
what a world of difference there is be- 
tween the involved meanings of the 

" I WISH " AND " I WILL " 

"I Wish" and "I Will," so my grandmother says, 
Were two little boys in the long, long ago, 

And "I Wish" used to sigh while "I Will" used 
to try 

For the things he desired, at least that 's what my 
Grandma tells me, and she ought to know. 

"I Wish" was so weak, so my grandmother says, 
That he longed to have someone to help him 
And while he 'd stand still and look up at the hill 
And sigh to be there to go coasting, "I Will" 
Would glide past him with many a shout. 

They grew to be men, so my grandmother says, 
And all that "I Wish" ever did was to 
dream — 
To dream, and to sigh that life's hill was so high, 
1 06 


While "I Will" went to work and soon learned, 
if we try, 
Hills are never so steep as they seem. 

"I Wish" lived in want, so my grandmother says, 

But "I Will" had enough and a portion to 

spare : 

Whatever he thought was worth winning he sought 

With an earnest and patient endeavor that brought 

Of blessings a bountiful share. 

And whenever my grandma hears any one "wish," 

A method she seeks, in his mind to instill, 
For increasing his joys, and she straightway employs 
The lesson she learned from the two little boys 
Whose names were "I Wish" and "I Will." 

"Trifles" are the beginnings of things 
which finally develop into all that is 
worth while. 

The acorn is a trifle, yet within it is 
hidden an oak tree, and a whole forest 
of oak trees. The tiny little brooklet is 
only a trifle yet it flows on and on till 
it becomes a mighty river. 

The first rude little pencil sketch made 
by the child that has an inborn love of 
drawing is but a trifle, yet it may be the 
beginning of an art career that shall 
brighten the whole world. 


No man doth safely 
rule but he that hath 
learned gladly to obey. 
— Thomas a Kempis. 

By varied discipline 
man slowly learns his 
part in what the Mas- 
ter Mind has planned. 
— Nathan Haskell 

It is a ridiculous 
thing for a man not to 
fly from his own bad- 
ness, which indeed is 
possible, but to fly 
from other men's bad- 
ness, which is impos- 
sible. — Marcus Au- 


Yet with steadfast 
courage that rather 
would die than turn 
back. — Nathan Has- 
kell Dole. 

One thing we must 
never forget, namely : 
that the infinitely most 
important work for us 
is the humane educa- 
tion of the millions who 
are soon to come on 
the stage of action. — 
George T. Angell. 

In every sincere and 
earnest man's heart 
God has placed a little 
niche where the poetic, 
the spectacular, and 
the legendary hold full 
sway. — Willis 
George Emerson. 

The first few lines written by the em- 
bryo poet constitute but a trifle, yet with 
a word of encouragement it may some- 
time be followed by songs that shall make 
all mankind happier and better. 

It was just a trifling incident that de- 
veloped one of the greatest vocalists the 
world has ever known. We are told that 
Jenny Lind, at the beginning of her life, 
was a poor, neglected little girl, homely 
and uncouth, living in a single room of 
a tumble-down house in a narrow street 
at Stockholm. When the humble woman 
who had her in charge went out to her 
daily labor, she was accustomed to lock 
Jenny in with her sole companion, a cat. 
One day the little girl, who was always 
singing to herself like a canary-bird, 
"because," as she said, "the song was in 
her and must come out," sat with her 
dumb companion at the window war- 
bling her sweet child-like notes. She was 
overheard by a passing lady, who paused 
and listened, struck by the trill and clear- 
ness of the untutored notes. She made 
careful inquiry about the child and be- 
came the patroness of the little Jenny who 
was at once supplied with a music- 
teacher. She loved the art of song, and 



having a true genius for it she made 
rapid progress, surprising both patroness 
and teachers, and presently, became the 
world's "Queen of Song." 

How trifling was the incident that 
brought about, by a happy accident, the 
development of the genius which slept in 
the soul of the sculptor Canova! A su- 
perb banquet was being prepared in the 
palace of the Falieri family in Venice. 
The tables were already arranged, when 
it was discovered that a crowning orna- 
ment of some sort was required to com- 
plete the general effect of the banqueting 
board. Canova's grandfather, who 
brought him up, was a stone-cutter, often 
hewing out stone ornaments for archi- 
tects; and as he lived close at hand, he 
was hastily consulted by the steward of 
the Falieris. Canova chanced to go with 
his grandfather to view the tables, and 
overheard the conversation. Though but 
a child his quick eye and ready genius 
at once suggested a suitable design for 
the apex of the principal dishes. "Give 
me a plate of cold butter," said the boy; 
and seating himself at a side table he 
rapidly moulded a lion of proper pro- 
portions, and so true to nature in its 


The generous heart 
should scorn a pleasure 
which gives others 
pain. — Anonymous. 

Neither education 
nor riches can take the 
place of character, yet 
we can all get as much 
character as we want. 
— Patrick Flynn. 

A teacher who can 
arouse a feeling for one 
single good action, for 
one single good poem, 
accomplishes more 
than he who fills our 
memory with rows on 
rows of natural objects, 
classified with name 
and form. — Goethe. 


A good conscience 
expects to be treated 
with perfect confi- 
dence. — Victor Hu- 

Build new domes of 
thought in your mind, 
and presently you will 
find that instead of 
your finding the eter- 
nal life, the eternal life 
has found you. — Jen- 
kin Lloyd Jones. 

There is no power 
on earth that can en- 
slave a man who is 
mentally free ; no 
power that can free a 
man who is mentally 
enslaved. — Patrick 

pose and detail as to astonish all present. 
It was put in place and proved to be the 
most striking ornamental feature of the 
feast. When the guests, on being seated, 
discovered the lion, they exclaimed aloud 
with admiration, and demanded to see 
at once the person Who could perform 
such a miracle impromptu. Canova was 
brought before them, and his boyish per- 
son only heightened their wonder. From 
that hour the head of the opulent Falieri 
family became his kind, appreciative, 
liberal patron. Canova was placed under 
the care of the best sculptors of Venice 
and Rome and became a grand master 
of his art. 

But it may be truthfully said that 
every boy does not possess some latent 
genius, waiting to be discovered by some 
one who will foster and develop it. 
Then there is all the more need of mak- 
ing the very most of the small talents 
one may possess. One need not be a 
Canova, or a Shakespeare, in order that 
he may become something worth while 
to those with whom he dwells in close 

Every nook and corner of the world 
is waiting for the fine characters that 



are to make it a pleasant place in which to 
dwell. Blest is that household, however 
humble, in which there are bright, 
manly, truthful, kind-hearted boys, ever 
ready to make the hours brighter, 
and the home dearer, by their tender 
thoughtfulness of those about them. 

Are you going to win the admiration 
of the world, by and by? 

Have you already won the admiration 
of that little, all-important world that 
now lies just about you? Does the 
mother, or father, or sister, or brother, 
who knows you best, hold you in the 
highest esteem. If you do not win the 
love of those who know you so well, how 
can you hope to be loved by the world 
which can never come into such close 
and tender relations with you? 

Do not wait for some big event out 
there in the years to come. Begin just 
here and now, by seizing upon the 
"trifles" that lie all about you. The 
great wall of solid masonry is not put 
into place all at once; it is laid patiently 
and carefully, brick by brick. So man- 
hood must be built a "trifle" at a time 
until a character is established that temp- 
tation cannot totter to the earth. 

He who is plente- 
ously provided from 
within, needs but little 
from without. — 

Write it on your 
heart that every day 
is the best day in the 
year. No man has 
learned anything 
rightly, until he knows 
that every day is 
Doomsday. — Emer- 

Do not sing with a 
too exact correctness. 
Put in personality. — 
William Tomlins. 


Tyranny is always 
weakness. — James 
Russell Lowell. 

If we see rightly 
and mean rightly, we 
shall get on, though 
the hand may stagger 
a little; but if we mean 
wrongly, or mean 
nothing, it does not 
matter how firm the 
hand is. — Ruskin. 

It is better to hold 
back a truth than to 
speak it ungraciously. 
— St. Francis de 


And every boy ought to thank his 
lucky stars that he does not have to wait 
for some special occasion to offer itself 
before he can begin to develop the traits 
that shall waken the warmest regard of 
those about him, and bring to his own 
sense of well-doing the reward born of 
all virtue. This very day there are many 
"trifles" strewn in his pathway. If he 
shall make the most of them, larger op- 
portunities will be vouchsafed him. The 
one important consideration is whether 
he is ready to begin to build at the pres- 
ent moment, and to utilize the splendid 
"trifles" all about him, or will procras- 
tinate till such time as he can by some 
great sweep of action, establish his repu- 
tation all at once and full-born. If he 
has decided on the latter course he 
should be moved to give the most earnest 
and serious consideration to the startling 
differences that exist between 


Little Jimmie "Waitawhile" and little Johnnie 

Grew up in homes just side by side ; and that, you 

see, is how 



I came to know them both so well, for almost every 
day , 

I used to watch them in their work and also in their 

Little Jimmie " Waitawhile " was bright and steady, 

But never ready to perform what he was asked to do ; 
"Wait just a minute," he would say, "I '11 do it 

pretty soon," 
And tasks he should have done at morn were never 

done at noon. 

He put off studying until his boyhood days v T ere 

He put off getting him a home till age came stealing 

He put off everything, and so his life was not a joy, 
And all because he waited "just a minute" when a 


But little Johnnie "Now" would say, when he had 

work to do; 
"There 's no time like the present time," and gaily 

put it through. 
And when his time for play arrived he so enjoyed 

the fun ! 
His mind was not distressed with thoughts of duties 

left undone. 

In boyhood he was studious and laid him out a plan 
Of action to be followed when he grew to be a man ; 


It is ever true that 
he who does nothing 
for others, does noth- 
ing for himself. — 
George Sand. 

The artist who can 
realize his ideal has 
missed the true gain of 
art, as "a man's reach 
should exceed h i s 
grasp, or what's 
heaven for?" — Ed- 
ward Dowden. 

Keep but ever look- 
ing, whether with the 
body's eye or the 
mind's and you will 
soon find something to 
look on. — Browning. 


Great hearts alone 
understand how much 
glory there is in being 
good. To be and 
keep so is not the gift 
of a happy nature 
alone, but it is strength 
and heroism. — Jules 

And life was as he willed it, all because he 'd not 

His tasks to be neglected, but would always do them 


And so in every neighborhood are scores of growing 

Who, by and by, must work with tools when they 
have done with toys. 

And you know one of them, I guess, because I see 
you smile ; 

And is he little Johnnie "Now" or Jimmie "Wait- 




f\F what value is this book to you? 

Perhaps there is more involved in 
the answer to this question than a careless 
consideration of it might lead one to 
think. Shakespeare says: "A jest's pros- 
perity lies in the ear of him that hears it, 
never in the tongue of him that makes 

So it is that the value of advice de- 
pends not so much upon the giver as it 
does upon the one who receives it. 

Emerson has observed that he who 
makes a tour of Europe brings home 
from that country only as much as he 
takes there with him. This same truth 
holds good in the reading of books and 
in listening to sermons and lectures. He 
that has not eyes with which to see, will 
see nothing. He that has not ears with 
which to hear, can hear nothing. 

A sign-post indicating which road to 


Courage is a virtue 
that the young cannot 
spare; to lose it is to 
grow old before the 
time ; it is better to 
make a thousand mis- 
takes and suffer a thou- 
sand reverses than to 
run away from the bat- 
tle. — Henry Van 

He needs no other 
rosary whose thread 
of life is strung with 
beads of love and 
thought. — Persian. 


Truth is a cork ; it 
is bound to come to 
the top. — Willis 
George Emerson. 

He who will not 
answer to the rudder 
must answer to the 
rock. — Archbishop 

It is not erudition 
that makes the intel- 
lectual man, but a sort 
ofvirtue which delights 
in vigorous and beau- 
tiful thinking, just as 
moral virtue delights 
in vigorous and beau- 
tiful conduct. — Ham- 


take to reach a certain destination surely 
ought to be of great value to a traveler 
in a strange land. If the traveler, hav- 
ing failed to cultivate the habit of ob- 
serving his surroundings, passes by the 
sign-post without seeing it, or if he reads 
its directions and says to himself: "I 
think I know better; I shall reach my 
destination by whatever road I choose 
to travel," then the sign-post is of no true 
use to him. Not that it is not a good 
sign-post. No, the sign-post is all right ; 
it is the traveler who is wrong. He must 
go his own way and, perhaps, journey 
far, and fare sadly before he arrives at 
the place he seeks — the destination he 
might have reached pleasantly and in 
good season. Franklin tells us that ex- 
perience is a dear teacher but fools will 
learn from no other. 

Now this book which you hold in 
your hand is only a guide-post, or per- 
haps we had better call it a guide-book. 
It is intended for the use of the boys of 
our land and all other persons who are 
not too old or too wise to learn more. 

Every boy is starting out on a long, 
interesting, and tremendously important 
journey. It will lie mostly through a 



strange country and is a journey which 
must, in a very large sense, be traveled 
alone by each individual person. There 
are many partings of the ways; many 
perplexing forks in the road. 

The thoughtful boy will ever feel 
called upon to ask his highest under- 
standing: "Which is the right road for 
me to take?" He will not carelessly pass 
by the sign-posts without learning what 
they have to tell him, nor will he forget 
or refuse to be guided by their instruc- 
tions and admonitions. 

If a sign post says: "Danger! Go 
Slowly!" he will govern his movements 
accordingly. If the sign-post says : " Rail- 
road Crossing. Beware of the Engine!" 
he will not blindly plunge ahead with- 
out waiting to see if his course is clear. 
He will understand that many others 
have traveled the way before him and 
have learned by experience that it is well 
for all to take heed and do as the sign- 
post directs. 

This life-long pathway upon which 
every boy is starting is a winding, intri- 
cate, interesting way, and many there are 
who turn into the wrong roads that are 
ever leading off from the main-traveled 


Gi ve what you have . 
To some one it may 
be better than you 
dare to think. — Long- 

There are men who 
complain that roses 
have thorns. They 
should be grateful to 
know that thorns have 
roses. — MaxO'Rell. 

I think the best way 
of doing good to the 
poor is not making 
them easy in poverty, 
but leading or driving 
them out of it. — Ben- 
jamin Franklin. 


Those who bring 
sunshine into the lives 
of others cannot keep 
it from themselves. — 

There is a certain 
sweetness and elegance 
in " little deeds of 
kindness," and in let- 
ting our best impulses 
have free play on com- 
mon occasions. — Jo- 
seph May. 

The school of the 
intellectual man is the 
place where he hap- 
pens to be, and his 
teachers are the people, 
books, animals, plants, 
stones, and earth round 
about him. — Hammer- 

track. It is the purpose of this volume 
to serve as a guide-book for the boy who 
desires to reach Happiness and Helpful- 
ness, Prosperity and Splendid Manhood 
in the most direct and efficient manner. 
At every turn of life's way it will warn 
him from the blind paths that would 
bring him, by the way of Idleness, Care- 
lessness, Ignorance, and Extravagance, to 
the unfortunate land of Failure, of 
Broken Hopes, and of Life Misspent. 

"A word spoken in due season, how 
good is it!" In these pages over which 
your eye is passing are spoken the words 
of a large and distinguished company of 
the world's best and wisest men and wo- 
men. Emerson says: "Every book is a 
quotation ; every house is a quotation out 
of all forests, and mines, and stone-quar- 
ries, and every man is a quotation from 
all his ancestors." 

"In the multitude of counsellors there 
is safety." The value of well-selected 
quotations to serve as finger-posts to 
guide us day by day is thus set forth by 
the great German poet, Goethe: "What- 
ever may be said against such collections 
which present authors in a disjointed 
form they nevertheless bring about many 


excellent results. We are not always so 
composed, so full of wisdom, that we 
are able to take in at once the whole 
scope of a work according to its merits. 
Do we not mark in a book passages 
which seem to have a direct reference 
to ourselves? Young people especially, 
who have failed in acquiring a complete 
cultivation of the mind, are roused in a 
praiseworthy way by brilliant quota- 

And if it shall so happen that some 
word or sentence or sentiment contained 
in this book shall rouse in a praiseworthy 
way just one boy — the very boy whose 
thought is dwelling on these lines at this 
very moment — all of this labor of love 
shall have been abundantly rewarded. 
For just one boy roused to his best efforts 
can grandly gladden his own home circle 
and, perchance, the whole wide world. 

"Why, the world is at a boy's feet," 
says Burdette, "and power, conquest, and 
leadership slumber in his rugged arms 
and care-free heart. A boy sets his am- 
bition at whatever mark he will — lofty 
or grovelling, as he may elect — and the 
boy who resolutely sets his heart on fame, 
on health, on power, on what he will ; 


Heroism is simple 
and yet it is rare. 
Everyone who does 
the best he can is a 
hero. — Josh Billings. 

One of the dearest 
thoughts to me is this 
— a real friend will 
never get away from 
me, or try to, or want 
to. Love does not 
have to be tethered. 
— Anna R. Brown. 

In all situations 
wherein a living man 
has stood or can stand, 
there is actually a prize 
of quite infinite value 
placed within his reach 
— namely, a Duty for 
him to do. — Carlyle. 


To have what we 
want is riches, but to 
be able to do without 
is power. — George 

Let every man be 
occupied in the high- 
est employment o f 
which his nature is ca- 
pable, and die with 
the consciousness that 
he has done his best. 
— Sydney Smith. 

Of course I know 
that it is better to build 
a cathedral than to 
make a boot ; but 1 
think it better actually 
to make a boot than 
only to dream about 
building a cathedral. — 
Ellen Thornycroft 

who consecrates every faculty of his mind 
and body on ambition, courage, industry, 
and patience, can trample on genius; for 
these are better and grander than genius." 
The past is gone forever; the present 
is so brief and fleeting we can scarcely 
call it our own; in the future lies our 
larger, better hope of a happier civiliza- 
tion. Not the men of yesterday, not the 
men of to-day, but the men of to-morrow, 
the boys, are the ones who are to make 
the world right. They are 


Hurrah for the beacon-lights of earth, — 

The brave, triumphant boys ! 
Hurrah for their joyous shouts of mirth, 

And their blood-bestirring noise! 
The bliss of being shall never die, 

Nor the old world seem depressed 
While a boy's stout heart is beating high, 

Like a glad drum in his breast. 

Ye wise professors of bookish things, 

That burden the souls of men, 
Go trade your lore for a boy's glad wings, 

And fly to the stars again. 
Nor grope through a shrunken, shrivelled world 

That the years have made uncouth, 
But march 'neath the flaunting flags unfurled 

By the valiant hands of youth. 


Oh, never the lamp of age burns low 

In its cold and empty cup. 
But youth comes by with his face aglow, 

And a beacon-light leaps up. 
The gloomiest skies grow bright and gay, 

And the whispered clouds of doubt 
Are swept from the brows of the world away 

By a boy's triumphant shout. 

Of the multitudes of boys who are to 
become the world's victors, he will suc- 
ceed best who earliest in life learns care- 
fully to observe and to appreciate the 
character of his surroundings, and to 
build into the structure of his manhood 
the high and abiding influences that come 
to his hands. As one of our great 
thinkers given to deep introspection has 
so impressively said, life, itself, may be 
compared to a building in the course of 
construction. It rises slowly, day by 
day, through the years. Every new les- 
son we learn lays a block on the edifice 
which is rising silently within us. Every 
experience, every touch of another life 
on ours, every influence that impresses 
us, every book we read, every conversa- 
tion we have, every act of our commonest 
days adds to the invisible building. 

Plenty of good, wholesome play and 

The most enviable 
of all titles is the char- 
acter of an honest 
man. — Abraham Lin- 

An act of yours is 
not simply the thing 
you do, but it is also 
the way you do it. — 
Phillips Brooks. 

Always say a kind 
word if you can, if 
only that it may come 
in, perhaps, with sin- 
gular opportuneness, 
entering some mourn- 
ful man's darkened 
room like a beautiful 
firefly, whose happy 
convolutions he cannot 
but watch, forgetting 
his many troubles. — 
Arthur Helps. 


Not in war, not in 
wealth, not in tyranny, 
is there any happiness 
to be found — only in 
kindly peace, fruitful 
and free. — Ruskin. 

You must help your 
follow-men ; but the 
only way you can help 
them is by being the 
noblest and the best 
man that it is possible 
for you to be. — Phil- 
lips Brooks. 

The humblest sub- 
scriber to a mechanics' 
institute has easier ac- 
cess to sound learning 
than had either Solo- 
mon or Aristotle, yet 
both Solomon and Ar- 
istotle lived the intel- 
lectual life. — Ham- 

healthful recreation, every boy needs and 
must have if he means to round out a 
fine physical and moral development, but 
idleness and indifference, evils that creep 
into the hours that are given up to some- 
thing that is neither work nor play, must 
never be tolerated. "The ruin of most 
men dates from some vacant hour," says 
Hillard. "Occupation is the armor of 
the soul ; and the train of Idleness is borne 
up by all the vices. I remember a sa- 
tirical poem, in which the devil is rep- 
resented as fishing for men and adapting 
his baits to the taste and temperament of 
his prey; but the idler, he said, pleased 
him most, because he bit the naked hook. 
To a young man away from home, 
friendless and forlorn in a great city, the 
hours of peril are those between sunset 
and bedtime; for the moon and stars see 
more of evil in a single hour than the 
sun in his whole day's circuit. The 
poet's visions of evening are all compact 
of tender and soothing images. They 
bring the wanderer to his home, the child 
to his mother's arms, the ox to his stall, 
and the weary laborer to his rest. But 
to the gentle-hearted youth who is thrown 
upon the rocks of a pitiless city, 'home- 



less amid a thousand homes,' the ap- 
proaching evening brings with it an ach- 
ing sense of loneliness and desolation, 
which comes down upon the spirit like 
darkness upon the earth. In this mood 
his best impulses become a snare to him; 
and he is led astray because he is social, 
affectionate, sympathetic, and warm- 
hearted. If there be a young man thus 
circumstanced within the sound of my 
voice, let me say to him, that books are 
the friends of the friendless, and that a 
library is the home of the homeless. A 
taste for reading will always carry you 
into the best possible society, and enable 
you to converse with men who will in- 
struct you by their wisdom, and charm 
you with their wit; who will soothe you 
when fretted, refresh you when weary, 
counsel you when perplexed, and sym- 
pathize with you at all times." 

Books are the voices of the dumb, 
The tongues of brush and pen ; 

The ever-living kernels from 
The passing husks of men. 

It is from good books as well as from 
living personages that boys will receive 
much of the good advice which they 


The man who tries 
and succeeds is one 
degree less of a hero 
than the man who tries 
and fails and yet goes 
on trying. — Ellen 
Thornycroft Fow- 

Oh, do not pray for 
easy lives — pray to be 
stronger men. Do 
not pray for tasks equal 
to your powers, — pray 
for powers equal to 
your tasks. — Phillips 

To know how to 
grow old is the master- 
work of wisdom, and 
one of the most diffi- 
cult chapters in the 
great art of living. — 
Henri Frederic 


If instead of a gem 
or even a flower, we 
could cast the gift of 
a lovely thought into 
the heart of a friend, 
that would be giving 
as the angels give. — 
George MacDonald. 

What must of ne- 
cessity be done you 
can always find out, 
beyond question, how 
to do. — Ruskin. 

When I hear people 
say that circumstances 
are against them, I 
always retort: "You 
mean that your will is 
not with you!" I be- 
lieve in the will — I 
have faith in it. — 
Elizabeth Barrett 

must follow in order that they may make 
the most of life. Life is too short for a 
boy to investigate everything for himself. 
There is much that he must accept as 
being true. He has not the time to 
follow every road to its end and ascer- 
tain if the sign-posts have all told the 
truth. Strive as we may we are still de- 
pendent for much of our information 
upon the hearsay of others. No one per- 
son can begin to know everything. 

Every thinking boy clearly understands 
that he knows much more to-day than 
he did a year ago. And he has good 
reason for thinking that if he shall re- 
main among the living he will know 
many things a year from now that he 
does not know to-day. To live is to learn. 
Hence it is that youth should be modest 
in the presence of age, for silver hair and 
wisdom are more than likely to dwell 
together. No youth should think too 
lightly of his own mental endowments 
and his fund of information, neither 
should he permit his very lack of knowl- 
edge to lead him to think that he has 
acquired about all the secrets that nature 
and the great world have to divulge. 
Every boy should be cool-headed, clear- 


headed, long-headed, level-headed, but 
not big-headed. Should he become af- 
flicted with a serious attack of "enlarge- 
ment of the brain" it is more than likely 
that when he has reached the years of 
soberer manhood he will look back with 
a sense of good-humored humiliation to 


I remember, I remember 

When I was seventeen; 
I was the cleverest young man 

The world had ever seen. 
The universe seemed simple then, 

But now 'tis little joy 
To know I don't know lots of things 

I did know when a boy. 

I remember, I remember 

This old world seemed so slow; 
I'd teach it how to conquer things 

When once I got a show! 
'T was such a charming fairy tale! 

But now 't is sorry play 
To find how hard I have to work 

To get three meals a day. 

1 remember, I remember 

The things I planned to do; 

I meant to take this poor old earth 
And make it over new. 


If you do not scale 
the mountain, you 
cannot view the plain. 
— Chinese. 

There is no substi- 
tute for thorough-go- 
ing, ardent, sincere 
earnestness. — Dick- 

To leave undone 
those things which we 
ought to do, to leave 
unspoken the word of 
recognition or appre- 
ciation that we should 
have said, is perhaps 
as positive a wrong as 
it is to do the the thing 
we should not have 
done. — Lillian 


Those who can take 
the lead are given the 
lead. — Arthur T. 

When a family rises 
early in the morning, 
conclude the house to 
be well governed. — 

Duty determines 
destiny. Destiny 
which results from 
duty performed may 
bring anxiety and per- 
ils, but never failure 
and dishonor. — Wil- 
liam McKinley. 

It was a most delightful dream ; 

But now 't is little cheer 
To know the world when I am gone 

Won' t know that I was here. 

This somewhat overdrawn picture of 
human conceit and egotism holds a lesson 
for each and all of us. He who knows 
it all can learn no more, and he who 
can learn no more is likely to die igno- 
rant. There are guide-posts all along our 
ways which if heeded will direct us to- 
ward the very destinations we should 
reach. And nothing else is so full of 
suggestion and inspiration as is a good 
book. In it we can enter the very heart 
of a man without being abashed by the 
author's august presence. 

When quite young, the poet, Cowley, 
happened upon a copy of Spenser's 
"Faerie Queen", which chanced to be 
nearly the only book at hand, and be- 
coming interested he read it carefully 
and often, until, enchanted thereby, he 
irrevocably determined to be a poet. 
The effect this same poem had upon 
the Earl of Southampton when he first 
read it is worth remembering. As soon 
as the book was finished Spenser took 
it to this noble patron of poets and sent 


it up to him. The earl read a few pages 
and said to a servant, "Take the writer 
twenty pounds." Still he read on, and 
presently he cried in rapture, "Carry 
that man twenty pounds more." En- 
tranced he continued to read, but pres- 
ently he shouted: "Go turn that fellow 
out of the house, for if I read further 
I shall be ruined!" 

Dr. Franklin tells us that the chance 
perusal of De Foe's "Essay on Projects" 
influenced the principal events and course 
of his life. The reading of the "Lives 
of the Saints" caused Ignatius Loyola 
to form the purpose of creating a new 
religious order, — which purpose even- 
tuated in the powerful society of the 

Dickens's earliest and best literary 
work, the "Pickwick Papers," was begun 
at the suggestion of a publisher of a 
magazine for whom Dickens was doing 
some job-work at the time. He was 
asked to write a serial story to fit some 
comic pictures which chanced to be in 
the publisher's possession. 

While yet a mere boy Scott chanced 
upon a copy of Percy's "Reliques of An- 
cient Poetry," which he read and re-read 


Laziness travels so 
slowly that poverty 
soon overtakes him. — 

It is faith in some- 
thing and enthusiasm 
for something that 
makes a life worth 
looking at. — Oliver 
Wendell Holmes. 

Blessed is he who 
has found his work. 
From the heart of the 
worker rises the celes- 
tial force, awakening 
him to all nobleness, 
to all knowledge. — ■ 
Thomas Carlyle. 


Nothing that is ex- 
cellent can be wrought 
suddenly. — Jeremy 

Character is cen- 
trality, the impossibil- 
ity of being displaced 
or overset. — Emer- 

A good book is the 
precious life-blood of 
a master spirit em- 
balmed and treasured 
up on purpose to a 
life beyond life. — 

with great interest. He purchased a 
copy as soon as he could get the neces- 
sary sum of money and thus was early 
instilled into his soul a taste for poetry 
in the writing of which he was destined 
to attain such eminence. The transla- 
tion of "Gotz von Berlichengen" was 
Scott's first literary effort and this work, 
Carlyle says, had a very large and last- 
ing influence on the great novelist's fu- 
ture career. In his opinion this trans- 
lation was "the prime cause of 'Mar- 
mion' and the 'Lady of the Lake,' with 
all that has followed from the same crea- 
tive hand. Truly a grain of seed that 
had lighted in the right soil. For if not 
firmer and fairer, it has grown to be 
taller and broader than any other tree; 
and all nations of the earth are still 
yearly gathering of its fruit." 

Thus we see how much there is in 
life for those who observe their sur- 
roundings, who read the directions on 
the guide-posts, who study the guide- 
books and who are wise enough to re- 
ceive and to utilize the advice and sug- 
gestions that are everywhere offered 
them, and which their reason tells them 
are good. 




u B OY Wanted " 

Are you the boy? 
If you have carefully read and di- 
gested the foregoing chapters you have a 
pretty clear understanding of the sort of 
boy the world prefers for a life partner. 
You have learned that you must 

Ask no favors of "luck," — win your way like a 

Be active and earnest and plucky ; 
Then your work will come out just about as you plan 

And the world will exclaim, "Oh, how lucky!" 

In studying the history of the lives of 
successful men we are constantly being 
impressed with the thought that they 
make the most out of their surroundings, 
whatever their surroundings may be. 
They do not wait for a good chance to 
succeed; they take such chances as they 
can get and make them good. We very 
soon learn that 

Resolve to cultivate 
a cheerful spirit, a 
smiling countenance, 
and a soothing voice. 
The sweet smile, the 
subdued speech, the 
hopeful mind, are 
earth's most potent 
conquerors, and he 
who cultivates them 
becomes a very master 
among men. — Hub- 

They also serve 
who only stand and 
wait. — Milton. 



Two things fill me 
with awe : the starry 
heavens above, and 
the moral sense with- 
in. — Kant. 

The realities of to- 
day surpass the ideals 
of yesterday. — 

The person who 
considers everything 
will never decide on 
anything. — Italian. 

The ones who shall win are the ones who will toil ; 

The future is all in our keeping; 
Though fortune may give us the seed and the soil, 

We must still do the sowing and reaping. 

We learn, also, that one may achieve 
a full measure of success without ac- 
cumulating much money, and may ac- 
cumulate much money without achieving 
success. "Mere wealth is no more suc- 
cess than fools' gold is real gold," says 
one of our wise essayists. "Collaterals 
do not take the place of character. A 
man obtains thousands or millions of 
dollars by legal or illegal thieving, and 
society, instead of sending him to prison, 
receives him in its parlors. Men bow 
low when he passes, as in the fable the 
people bowed to the golden idols that 
were strapped on the back of a donkey, 
who was ass enough to swell with pride 
in the thought that all this reverence was 
for him. The man who puts his trust in 
gold and deposits his heart in the bank, 
and thinks money means success, is like 
the starving traveler in the desert, who, 
seeing a bag in the distance, found in it, 
instead of food which he sought, nothing 
but gold, and flung it from him in dis- 
appointment, and died for want of some- 


thing that could save his life. The soul 
will starve if gold alone administers to 
its needs. Better to be a man than merely 
a millionaire. Better to have a head and 
heart than merely houses and lands." 

It is along such lines of thinking that 
I offer these thoughts 


Get riches, my boy ! Grow as rich as you can ; 

'T is the laudable aim of each diligent man 

Of life's many blessings his share to secure, 

Nor go through this world ill-conditioned and poor. 

Get riches, my boy ! Ah, but hearken you, mind ! 
Get riches, but those of the genuine kind. 
Get riches, — not dollars and acres unless 
You thoughtfully use them to brighten and bless. 

Get riches, not such as with money are bought, 
But those that with love and high thinking are 

wrought ; 
Get rubies of righteousness, jewels of grace, 
Whose brightness Time's passing shall never efface. 

Get riches! Do not, as the foolish will do, 

In getting your money let money get you 

To steal life's high purpose from heart and from head 

And prison the soul in a pocket instead. 

Get riches ! Get gold that is pure and refined ; 
Get light from above ; get the love of mankind ; 
Get gladness through all of life's journey; and then 
Get heaven, forever and ever. Amen. 

Nobody can carry 
three watermelons un- 
der one arm. — Span- 

When men speak 
ill of thee, live so that 
nobody will believe 
them. — Plato. 

The great high-road 
of human welfare lies 
along the old highway 
of steadfast well-being 
and well-doing, and 
they who are the most 
persistent, and work in 
the truest spirit, will 
invariably be the most 
successful ; success 
treads on the heels of 
every right effort. — 
Samuel Smiles. 



He overcomes a 
stout enemy who over- 
comes his own anger. 
— Greek. 

Stones and sticks 
are flung only at fruit- 
bearing trees. — Per- 

Let every man be 
occupied, and occu- 
pied in the highest 
employment of which 
his nature is capable, 
and die with the con- 
sciousness that he has 
done his best. — Syd- 
ney Smith. 

The wide-awake boy will see the ad- 
vantage of carrying in his thought these 
words of Lavater: "He who sedulously 
attends, pointedly asks, calmly speaks, 
coolly answers, and ceases when he has 
no more to say is in possession of some of 
the best requisites of man." 

The man of words and not of thoughts 
Is like a great long row of naughts. 

"There is a gift beyond the reach of 
art, of being eloquently silent," says 
Bovee, and Caroline Fox tells us that 
"the silence which precedes words is so 
much grander than the grandest words 
because in it are created those thoughts 
of which words are the mere outward 
clothing." To speak to no purpose is as 
idle as the clanging of tinkling cymbals. 

A thoughtful man will never set 
His tongue a-going and forget 
To stop it when his brain has quit 
A-thinking thoughts to offer it. 

"If thou thinkest twice before thou 
speakest once," says Penn, "thou wilt 
speak twice the better for it." 

It is this matter of thinking, of con- 



sidering, of weighing one's words and 
deeds that compels the moments, the 
days and the years to bring the success 
that some mistakenly think is only a mat- 
ter of chance. 

It is this habit of careful thinking that 
is going to make you remember that you 
owe it not only to yourself to make your 
life the truest success you can, but you 
owe it to your family, your friends, your 
enemies — if such you have — to the whole 
world with which you are in partnership, 
and to the stars above you. 

But above all others there is one who, 
either in spirit or in her living presence, 
must ever and always be near to you, and 
for whose sake you will — God helping 
you! — stand up in your boots and be a 


Boy, your mother's dreaming; there's a picture 

pure and bright 
That gladdens all her gracious tasks at morning, 

noon and night; 
A picture where is blended all the beauty born of 

A view that takes the whole of life within its loving 


It :: 8n un contro- 
verted truth that no 
man ever made an ill 
figure who understood 
his own talents, nor a 
good one who mistook 
them. — Swift. 

The great successes 
of the world have been 
affairs of a second, a 
third, nay, a fiftieth 
trial. — John Morley. 

Be what nature in- 
tended you for, and 
you will succeed ; be 
anything else, and you 
will be ten thousand 
times worse than noth- 
ing. — Sydney Smith. 



Choose always the 
way that seems the 
best, however rough 
it may be. — Pythag- 

Courage consists, 
not in blindly over- 
looking danger, but in 
meeting it with the 
eyes open. — Jean 
Paul Richter. 

She 's dreaming, fondly dreaming, of the happy 

future when 
Her boy shall stand the equal of his grandest fellow 

Her boy, whose heart with goodness she has labored 

to imbue, 
Shall be, in her declining years, her lover proud and 


She 's growing old ; her cheeks have lost the blush 

and bloom of spring, 
But oh ! her heart is proud because her son shall be 

a king; 
Shall be a king of noble deeds, with goodness 

crowned, and own 
The hearts of all his fellow men, and she shall share 

his throne. 

Boy, your mother 's dreaming ; there 's a picture 

pure and bright 
That gladdens all her gracious tasks at morning, 

noon and night; 
A view that takes the whole of life within its loving 

scope ; 
O Boy, beware! you must not mar that mother's 

dream and hope. 



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