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THE BRUTE ANDFHE MAN , - ;
There Is a Great Lesson for Every One of Us in the Case
of John H. Patterson, Pitileis Captain of Industry,
Who Rose Into the Human Man at Dayton.
like most of us, John H. Patterson -of Dayton was two personalities.
As the official head of the National Cash Register Co. he was the
strong; capable, remorseless captain of industry a Napoleon of Big Busi
ness, rushing pitilessly over all obstacles, destroying everything that
crbssed his path.
And Uncle Sam prosecuted and convicted him, and sentenced him to
a year in the jajl at Troy. Ohio.
Whereat the world was satisfied and said: "Serves him right!"
Then came catastrophe theawful flood in Ohio, leaving death, de
struction and human suffering in'their wake.
Throwing off the habit of the captain of industry, John H. Patterson,
the MAN, --stepped forth and all that tremendous energy, that forceful
executive abilityand wonderful capacity for doing things, were exerted for
the welfare of others.
Andn'ow there goes up a prayer to the president that John H. Patter
son be pardoned and saved the ignomy of a term in jail.
. ' For those who saw -nothing to admire in the keen, selfish, remorseless
captain of industry, who scrambled to industrial and financial success oh
the prostrate forms of his competitors, now see much to admire, and even
toove; ih- John' H. Paterson,1 the MAN. '
So it" is with most of us. There is much good in everybody and its
enemy is Selfishness. There is much happiness for all of us in living and
doing for others. . '
And man rises to his noblest estate when he forgets, self and serves
humariity for the love of his fiind and the joy of service. t -
If man only knew, he can easily have the love of his fellows, or their
hatred. What we give 'the world, the world gives back to- us and with
And whatever may be the fate of John H. Patterson now, we imagine
the joy in .his heart that has come from service id humanity, has1 overcome
the fear of that prison .sentence for he feels the good he has done as a
He'll be happy yet if the awf ul flood of the Miami valley washed away.
tb selfishness of the mere striver for individual success and rescued from
that "wreckage John H. Patterson, the man and brother.
i There is a lesson here for other money-mad captains of .industry.
o o . .
There is a story told of a dispute in
which a-boisterous, ill-bred fellow
callecTliis adversary no gentleman."
"I suppose you, think yourself one?"
was the reply. "Certainly I do," an-'
swered the bully. "Then," said the
other, "I "am not offended that you.
don't think me one."
Miss Oaisie Irving, writing in "The
terland," says one of the funniest
letters ever sent to her was from a.
little girl,- and began: "Dear Miss Irv
"ing I do love you so. Will you send
ea picture postcard? I think you
;so like my mother. She is in a lunatic
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