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Charles Edison, Wizard's Son,
Found "Working for Father"
Real Job to "Make Good"
Only Twenty-seven Years Old, Ha's His Father's First
Assistant, and Chairman of the Board of Direc
tors, a Position Which He Has Earned by Hard,
When Some One Laughingly Charged Htm With "Having It
Prettg SoW Because He Was "Working for His 0 dMan,"
Be Only Smiled, but Thought "I Wish He Could Put in a
Few Days Working for Thomas A. Edison."
By Marguerite Mooers Marshall.
I A you one of tho boya 'who aro planning to ask fathor for a JobT
WL' r ,UT0 yu 11,0 ,dca tnat ft n'cc, gentlemanly war of doing noth-
" Inff will .1 .1 .M1.Hnt. . 11 i ...
"o "... w w uu vuiovii uj iuu imiurnui payrojlf
Are you convinced that "tho Governor" ought to take caro of you
With a "soft clnoh," closo to tho top of tho ladder?
men ii win pay you to read tho experiences of
Charles Edison In working for HIS father, Orand Old
Wizard of American Industrial science And tho other
typo of young man, tho ono who la afraid that working
for father will cramp his stylo, who decides to leave tho
business or profession which bla fathor has hoped wist
fully to seo carried on for at least anothor gonoratlon
under tho old name this excessively Independent youth
will do well to read how successfully ond harmoniously
father and son may work together In enterprises as
elaborate and Important as thoso conductod by Thomas
is in the current Issue of the
American Magazlno that Thomas A.
Kdlson'a first assistant, the twenty-
l siven-yMir-old Chairman of his Hoard
of Directors Ms son Charles writes
tj v Hum rruriuiiK lur laiucr mcann
ia ins .unison ramuy, anu, inciden
tally, gives tho first family portrait of
our greatest living Invontor.
Too see, somebody laughingly
charged Charles Edison with having
, It "pretty soft" becauso ho was work
ing for his "old man."
"I smiled." observed Edison Jr., "but
I Just wlshod he could put in a few
days working for Thomas A. Edison!
Td like to hear Iris opinion of the
' 'softness' of the Job when he gut
through. And It wouldn't mako any
difference whether he went tn as my stand on your own foot and earn
"A contrnct is a contract ami
must bo lived up to. Even from the
point of view of wtralght business, It
Pays In the end.'"
"Of course. I could always go to
my fathor for advice and he would
give It to mo. Hut so far as ray fcij
Ing that tho relation botween us af
fected my ntnndlng In tho company,
I mlfrbt as well have been worklm;
for Charles M. Schwab, or anybody
else. Fothc has no patlonco with In
efficiency. If I hndn't made good af
ter a fashion ho would havo tired mo,
and If ho hadn't. If ho had lot mo
stay Just because I was his son, I
Mbould havo had a sort of contempt
""As It Is, I would rather be Thomas
Edlnon'n amuloyco than nnybody
else's. And I think that plenty of
other young men would gladly work
for their fathers If they, too, could bo
mire of being treated as an employee."
Then young Mr. Edison diagnosed
noma of tho more frequent causes of
the failure of the fathcr-and-son re
lationship In business. "Usually two
things ore wrong with your father as
an employer," he says. "Ono Is that
he is likely to Jot you havo things
'pretty soft,' tho other Is that ho will
not treat your Ideas and nuggostlons
with too respect ho shows for those
of other men. You are atiU his little
boy to htm. Anyway, he knows you
haven't any experience. Ho didn't
let you get away I .So he treats you
with patronizing Indulgence."
Therefore, advises Charles Edison,
don't lot your father give you your
Ilrst Job, Show him that you can
.father's son, either.
"I know my father doesn't care to
have his relatives working for him.
And It Is up to those that do to try
harder than tho other employees to
" make goodf Instead of being Jealous
of me when I went Into our business,
, I think the other men In tho company
" pitied me. They knew I wouldn't
havo It 'soft from my father and I
haven't. Hut he has been mighty
squaro to me.
1 think that Is ono of the chief rea
sons why I do work for my father
because ho docs not mako any dif
ference In his business treatment of
, me on that account."
Apparently, tho two cardinal prin
ciples Involved In working for Thomas
A. Edison are common sense and com
mon honesty both rather UN-corn
men, when It comes to that!
"I remember tho first Job ho gave
nit when J came to work for him,
records his son. "Of course I want
ed to mako a good Knowing; but
when he asked me to llgurc tho cost
of some disk records my heart sunk.
I-was an electrical engineer, and this
seemed to me a Job for an account-
ant. Hut when I told hint so be
looked up sharply and said:
"All It takes Is common hcnse.
Just plain common sense!'
"Well! I didn't say anything
.morel I tackled tho Job und I found
?he was right.
"Of course I think ho Is the finest
i'boaa In the world. For one thing, I
have never known him to do a dis
honorable thing, 1 have even known
' him io do things that seemed foolish
-to me, .at the time, In living up to his
' word or to a contract. For Instance
fa year or two ago wo contracted to
.sell some materials to a firm nt n cer-
(tain price. Ilcforc we could deliver
the goods prices rose enormously. Ho
.much so, In fact, that the buyers
themselves realized that we would
lass money, and offered to puy a
..higher figure. I wns all for accent-
t'lng their offer. Hut was my father
wIlkngT I should say notl He said
your own living In somo other man's
etttaltllshmcnt before yuu enter his.
Ho will havo Infinitely more rctvct
for you and your opinion.
As for special favors given by father,
Edison's son observes succii&tly: "Tho
curso of tho soft snap has ruined
plenty of lino young follows. I know
ono chap who really had lots of abil
ity, but his father offered him a desk
Job that involved only nominal work
and ho took It becauso It meant u
good time. Well, he woke up ono day
to find that tho business was on tlio
vcrgo of bankruptcy. Ho was five
years out of college and bad to begin
all over, a grown man competing with
boys at n boy's wngus."
Another disastrous case of son
working for father cited by Mr. Elli
son was that of tho young man whoso
mother Insisted that ho bo punned
ahead faster than ho deserved. Thut
situation was terminated by the
father and omplo)cr "llring" both IiIh
son and his wife.
"It Is a stimulating thing to work
for Thomas A. Edison, no matter who
you are." sums up tho son of Edison.
"In thu few years I huvo worked for
father I am only twunty-hoven now
ho has never tried to bully me. He
is tho big boss. Hut he is not a
tyrant. And neither has ho molly
coddled me Just bfcauso I am his son.
Thanks to him, tho problem of 'work
ing for father' has been solved satis
factorily In my case. If other fathers
will treat their sons In business ns ho
has treated mo It will settle tho same
problem tor thousands of other yuung
One Ton of Meter Jewels.
ONE twe of sapphires was ustM
during tho year 1017 In ono f.io-
tory where the Jfiwolh-d bearlnss
of electric iiU'tors are mude, nays tiio
Etectrlcal Experimenter. The jewels
arc purchased In the rough and nro
put through finhming and drilling
processes which requlro a degreo of
skill comparable only to thut of an
Paris Designed Coats for Fall Wear
MODELS SHOWN BY LEADING FASHION ARBITERS IN THE FRENCH CAPITAL.
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YOU can lead u horse to w titer, but his drivar wants to drink
Which is the reason why a soda pop bottle floating on tho
raging blllowa In a horso trough at Ifi.'th Street nnd Eighth Avenue
wasn't discovered until to-day. It had apparently been tossed over
boad from tho decks of two leagues which sank last week.
Tho soda pop bottle contained a mpsssigo frot'i ono of the birds
who wua sunk befuru a rescue rift of exemption blanks could reach
There was no pop In the battle, but an examination by Ilertlllon
ImUcatcd that the flavor had been lemon. An indentation on ono side
showed that somo umpires wore among thoso lost.
"The American boat Major leagues was stink In mld-fasoii off
the Itiizzberry Islands. Diselplino excellent and crow stood by their
contracts to tho last, l'rotectlns convoy of lawyers failed to savo
craft, which was sunk by either a linker torpedo or a Wilson mine.
"Only lives lost were two bleacherltes who hid eaten ball park
sandwiches a few minutes before. They sank like anchors. Won't
inlBs 'em, as they werionly fiO cent fans.
"Frankfurters In hot dog sandwlchoa b.irkwl 'l wish I was safe In
a shipyard' as tho boat folded up like a trick davenport. Some ball
players floated oft ou exemption blanks and were rescued.
The Housewife's Scrapbook.
HE housekeeper who desires to
By William Addison Lathrop.
(D; PomlMloo of Drttton 1'dblUMrn Omiaj.)
IN tho long summer afternoons, and In the cool twilight, old drandpa
Holdcn used to sit upon tho bench beside tho door of his vine clad cot
tage, his old dog at his feet, ond look out over the broad expanse of
ocean before him and dream of tho days when he was a stalwart fisher
man among his fellows. His fellows! All gone now Silas and Martin
and Reuben and tho rest he was tho last of them all and yet It seemed
but ycatordayl Eighty years didn't scorn long when he looked back.
Mary, his little motherless granddaughter, who lived with him In the
cottage, would come and light his pipe for him, and they would sit, her
arm about him, and watch for the coming of Jacques big, strong, hand
some Jacques, who loved Mary and whom Mary loved. Indeed, thcro was
no secret about It, and they were waiting only until Jacques could sav
enough to buy his Ashing smack, and he had almost enough now. Jacques
would como along tho beach and stop at tho cottage and loavo the choicest
of his catch for them. Grandpa would Insist on taking tho fish on the
flimsy exouse that he alone could clean them properly, and bustle Into the
cottage, winking nt Jacques as he went. Grandpa was not so old that ho
had forgotten that lovers like to bo alone.
And moonlight nights, when Mary
and Jacques strolled along the beach,
he would come to the door and follow
them with his eyes for a moment,
as though to assure himself that no
ono had carried them off; then he
would chuckle, rub his hands In sat
isfaction, look at the sky and shuffle
off to bed.
Sometlmcs'hc nnd Mary went down
to tho landing when the boats sailed
In tho morning; and often they were
there, with the other folks of tho
village, when the boats returned.
One morning Grandpa came down to
tho landing and told the fishers that
they better wait a wlille before set
tlwr out; for his discerning old eyes
had seen something In tho sky that
he didn't like. I)ut Jacques and the
rest of tho hardy young fellows
laughed goodnaturedly at his fears
nnd sailed away, leaving Grandpa
shaking his wise gray head and
tapping angrily with his cane.
Tho fog came down upon tho sea
nnd the chore llko a veil, and great
waves beat against tho rocky coast
nnd tho landing. Men looked Into
each other's faces and could only
walk tho shoro and blow the fog
horn, to which there was no answer.
And tho women tho wives and the
sweethearts could only sit and wait,
nnd mme wept, for that was their
The boats never came back. And
many days Mary walked tho beach,
peering across tho waters for a sight
of her Jacques, who lay upon a
floating spar, a hundred miles from
any shore. Long after they knew
old men of the village used to nail
away In a "rescue" ship, anchor In
some hidden covo and smoke their
pipes In gloomy altenco until It was
tlmo to return to the anxious women,
for whoso sako they sought what,
they knew they could never And!
And thon ono night as they sart
beforo the driftwood flro In the cot
'tagc, Grandpa told Mary tbtt
Jacques and his ship wcro only mem
ories. She roso and stood a moment,
wild-eyed, and then sank In a heip
at his feet.
"Oh, Daddy," sho sobbed, "Jacques
must come!" The old man tenderly
lifted .her face In hla hands snd
looked deep Into her eyes and aho
hid her face upon his breast.
Mary, slowly disengaged herself
from the old man's arms and with
bowed head went down to tho beach
and looked across the waters along
the pathway of tho moon. Surely that
was Jacques who beckoned and
opened his arms to her! "Yes, yos,
Jacques, I am coming to you!"
She found the llttlo boat and
pushed out nnd threw away tho oars.
Jacques would guldo her! Down and
down tho pathway of tho moon sho
drifted further and further from tha
shore nearer and nearer to Jacques!
And thon there was only tho path
way of the moon across tho Illim
Many, many days Grandpa used to
hobblo down to the shop with his
old dog and look across the waters.
Then he would slowly turn away and
retrace his steps very fccblo and fal
tering mey were now and the oil
hope had fled Grandpa and the other dog followed on behind.
By Mrs. Vernon Castle
Good Ship Major Leagues Submarined
Sensational Details of the Disaster That Befell the National Sport Craft on the
Baseball Sea Pithily Told in an Official Report That Floated Ashore in a
Pop Bottle Crew of the Torpedoed Craft Showed Excellent Discipline,
Ihe Men Standing by Their Contracts to the Last And the Flavor That
Had Been in ihe Official Report Bottle Was Lemon.
BY ARTHUR "BUGS") BAER.
"Sixteen hard boiled bloaclicrltcs refused to leave craft until
handed rain checks.
"In tho Ilrst rush for tho lifeboats seven umps wore spiked In tho
cars. There was no excitement outside o fthe peanuts boy short-changing
a customer who was going down for tho third lime.
"J)on't forgot to feed the canary bird.
servo vegetables with good
flavor purchases nil garden
produco frum tho vegetable peddler
who grows the vegetables. If this
Ir Impossible, sho selects the market
dealer who secures fresh produco
The cartful housowlfo w 111 wnsh
every egg before she uses It. Fruit
should 'nlso bo -washed well before
When hubby brings home a mess
of froahly caught fish you can scale
them wry quickly if you Just dip tho
tUa Into bolllns water for a minute, used for chowder or eoup.
Hero Is a good way to use leftover
potatoes: To half a cup of corn meal
add a cup of water, one teaspoon salt.
out tcanpoouiful of fat ami boll five
minutco. Heat one egg and add half
a cup of milk and half a cup of
mashed potatoes. Add this to tho
corn meal nilxturo and Ix-at well.
Uiko In a greased catvtcrolc in slow
oven until done about 30 minutes.
If thcro are niachlno oil stains om
the garment you havo made, liquid
ammonia will speedily remove them.
Stage Gowns Only for Wear
Behind the Footlights
Heforo cooking a fish remove all
unedlblo portions. Theso would e
wasted at the table nnd they can be
MANY women maKe tne misiaxo
of attempting to copy charming
(flU,B jwim lut WC4 ...
vate life. You must remember that a
stage gown Is usually a part of an
ensemble, which has been harmo
nized und attuned In Its various notes
by an expert. Often an actress her
self has had llttlo to say about a
frock In which sho appears Immense
ly attractive. A trained nnd expert
eye has dovtsed It to suit her per
sonality, the fixed nnd Invariable
surroundings of the scene, the color
ings of tho pconcry and stage set.
tings, tho frocks of other women
who approach her. and tho effect of
certain lightings which are alwnys
tho same at certain moments. Thus
a gown which seems charmingly art
istic and even beautifully modest In
a stago scene might, If worn In a
drawing room amid accidental and
Incongruous surroundings, become a
shriek of Inartistic nnd inharmonious
horror. This Is no exaggeration. I
have seen ninny such Instances. I
cnll one, par example, to mind.
In a scene in a dramatic play where
tho action occurred In what was sup
posed to bo an English drawing room
of tho Tudor time, a young girl with
biond hair tho Ingenue-appeared In
a frock of whlto satin, relieved with
ccrlso In rnthor a striking way. In
tho dimly lighted sccno. where thcro
was a background of dull oak and
routral tinted tapestries, and where
the pcoplo with whom sho wns
grouped wcro cither men In evening
dress or women In dark gowns, care
fully chosen to comploto the color
scheme, the young girl In tho white
and ccrlso was a lovely figure. Tho
frock did exactly what It was In
tended to do, ii maue nor tno one
note of color In a sombre scene. Also
undoubtedly tho note was kept from
becoming too strong by tho clover uie
of stago lights.
A girt friend who witnessed the per
formance with me, said: "That Is the
most lovely frock I ever saw, and that
girl Is Just my coloring. I ahull bav
a frock exactly llko It."
I warned her that perhaps such
frock wouldn't look exactly the amo
under all conditions. A few nights
later I saw her wear It. Sh0 was In
a brilliantly lighted drawing-room,
where many people were convcrslng
wlth ono another nt not more than
arms' length distance. Hesldo her
stood a woman with whlto hair
charmingly attired In a gown of soft
pastel tints, and a young girl In a
sweot frock of pnlo pink. My friend
In her white nnd cerise lookcU like I
can only describe it on0 way a .per
fect explosion of garish color.
And so, when you see a particular
ly fetching llttlo frock, or a wonder
fully stunning gown on tho stage.
nnt I"1,.11 d"lr ' CP- . "Di
nnd hesitate" beforo putting your
money into materials, and bo quite
sure OU can WMlr lt (,no coop
well as tho style), for take my word
ror it, nine times out of ten you will
be disappointed in tho rffect, even
hough you may feel your stylo to bo
tho same as tho actress who wore it
on the stage. Tho chances are fiho's
r.T "S 0,1,1 coIor' ewo she
CAN'T wear It off tho stage.
IOPjrW,l.iais,t,Tt1 IMI Ujndlct,, In)
A PERSON OF DISCERNMENT.
A QUAKER had got hlmsolf into
troublo with tho authorities,
and a constablo called to escort
him to tho lockup,
"Is your husband In?" he inquired
of tho good wifo who camo to tho
"My husband will seo thee," sho re
plied. "Como In."
The officer entered, was hidden to
mako himself at homo, and was hos
pitably entertained for half an hour,
but no husband appeared. At last bo
"Look here," said ho, "I though you
said vour huslmn.l wrnM n r, '
Ho has seen thee," was the calm
uui uu uiu noi jiko tny lock,
uu a sung auoiocr way,"-JTIu