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done has been due to the kindly In
fluence of my friends. They have
urged me to try more difficult feats;
have criticized me in a well meaning
way when I hesitated in attempting
something new; have praised me
when I won.
It means a great deal for any one
to enjoy staunch friends, who are
always waiting to cheer one up a bit
when things look blue and the strug
gle doesn't seem worth the effort.
For that reason, girls, I advise you
to cultivate your friends. When they
advise or criticise you, don't spurn
their interest, for you can depend on
it that what they say is intended for
your good. Naturally, you will not
refuse their praise, for praise is al
Many a time I have been in doubt
as to some course of action, per
haps in my swimming, and I have
asked the advice of some friend. I
have always found something in the
reply to lift me away from the ten
dency to doubt myself. It is the fin
est thing in the world to listen to the
cheery talk of a friend.
Not every one will be your friend.
There are persons with hateful, ugly
dispositions who will be jealous of
you if you have gone very far in your
career; ii you have done something
worth while. It is in combatting the
effect of this antagonism that your
real friends are of greatest value.
Their confidence in you will create
a sort of protective atmosphere
about you; will help you forget the
slurs and attacks of petty humans.
I remember one instance when the
confidence of my friends helped me
immensely in winning a race. I had
entered tie quarter-mile contest, at
Lafayette, Pa., on the Schuylkill
river. At that time, of course, I had
developed enough poise and assur
ance to carry me through public con
tests. I was no longer bothered by
a haunting fear of vague bogies, but
one is never sure of the outcome of a
room and was waiting for the call, 3
several of my girl frfiends came up
"We believe you will win, Dorf
ner," they said, smiling cheerily.
I can't tell you how inspiring that
was to me; how good it made mc -feel,
for I knew they meant just what
they said and would be "pulling" for
me while the race was on.
I made the start with a glad heart
and swam with all the power that
was in me. Not only that, but with
additional power the knowledge
that friends were watching me with
confidence in my ability to win. I
did win. I made it in 7:57, a mark
I have since lowered to 7:05. I was
happy to win, of course, but I was
still happier for the confidence of
At San Francisco on the last 4th
of July I was one of the girls in the
lQO-yd. national championship dash.
Eastern and western swimmers were
in the race.
Some new friends I had made said
to me, "If the,east wins we hope you
take back the prize."
That was kind and cheering of
them. It so happened that I won the
race, although all of the girls were
close behinime at the finish. It was
a good contest.
After it was ail over, Agnes Hue
fa er, a Philadelphia friend and also
one of thts swimmers, threw her
arms around me and said, "Oh, Olga,
I'm so glad!"
Her pleasure in my winning was
just as pleasing to me as the victory.
It was just another example of the
influence of friendship.
You are fortunate indeed if you
have good friends to assist you in
your conquest of fear.
If you have and are succeeding in '
conquering your own doubts,' don't
forget to be a friend to somebody
else, who may be having a weary
struggle with all the bafflfng worries
that must be overcome on the way
When I came out of the dressinel