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'THERE'S A DIFFERENCE, BETWEEN FAIRY'
TALES OF NOW AND THOSE OF YESTERYEAR
, BY JANE WHITAKER
One of the laws of compensation in this world is that when we are de
prived of one, tiling we are given another.
It is no longer fashionable to read fairy tales ' like Jack, the Giant
Killer, and Little Red Riding Hood, and Little Jack Horner. They are sc
childish, don't you know?
But we are given fairy tale3 of the twentieth century order" that really
are a greater test of credulity. Tales of the poor boy who became a mil
lionaire by hard work and honesty.
And .the strange part of it is that if you should ask the average man ii
he really believed a wolf talked to Little Red Riding Hood or any of the
other tales we believed in childhood, he would laugh at you, but tell him
about some "department store king" or "steel prince" who started in as a
poor boy, and by hard work nd honesty made his way to the top, that
same man will swallow bait and sinker and never dream it is not a fairy tale
Yet a little common senBe reasoning will prove that no man by hard
work combined with honesty can become a millionaire. It is impossible
to earn millions. It is almost impossible to accumulate thousands by
hard work and honesty.
Millionaires are milhonafres because of the hard work Of others. And
if tfiey were honest and paid an honest price for that hard work -they
couldn t be millionaires. More money ,
is (joined in the slave market than in
the wheat pit
Take the poor boy who starts, we
will say, in the stockroom of the de
partment store. If I wera writing
fiction and not facts, I would say he
started at $10. As a matter; of fact
he starts anywhere from $5 to $7.
Let us say that still by hard work
he is made a salesman after he is
familiar with stock. He will then be
paid anywhere from $7 to $12. And
he will be, given his first insight into
the vast possibilities of making a
fortune out of the profit of labor.
Still endeavoring to pretend thaH
we believe in the twentieth-century
fairy tale, let us say that by hard
work and honesty he is promoted
the next step to assistant buyer.
He will here be given his first les
son in jealousy of the man above him
and ponder his first intrigues on the
road to success. But we want to be
lieve in him and so we will say he
is still working hard and is still hon'-
,est He is made buyer. .
' ' It is here that credulity fails us.
he must throw honesty into the dis
card. He has to make a showing at
the end of theyear. He must work
the employes under, him harder than
ever he must cut expenses. He
must drive hard bargains when he
buys, and thus affect the wages oi
the workers who produced the goods
He must do these things which are
not honest, or he is a failure as a
buyer. His promotion ceases and he
goes down again. v
What is the. use of following him
further? We could watch him all the
way up. Watch himlose every fine
instinct of human brotherhood.
Watch him become a mere machine
.that grinds. Watch him save himsell
at the expense of those who work
for him. Watch him become a snob
bish thing that believes itself great-,
er than its Creator but what is the
use? We are no longer credulous.
Perhaps it is a shame to. endeavoi
to shake belief in the twentieth cen
tury fairy tale. I don't know. I nevei
thought children should be permitted
to believe in Santa Claus after they
As a buyer, if he is to" be a success, I
reached the age of reasoning foa