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Short Talks With The Boys.
My son, I heard you speak of
your father the other day as "the
old man," and of your mother as
What's the imatter that you can't
refer to then as your father and
Suppose your parents should
speak of you as "the kid" or "the
fly." You'd soon beoin to think
you were born in the wrong family.
TLhe son who is ashamed of his pa
rents ought to be ashamed of him
suti)pose their ways are old
(ashioned, and their grammar aI
little off, and they (lon't feel like
keeping uip with the fashions of
the day? Not one father or moth
er in ten had the advantage you
eIijoy. Forty or fifty years ago
they walked three or four miles
to a country school to pick up a
little learning, while now you
are talking of going to col lege.
Thliey began poor and have toil
ed and labored and saved for their
childreii. You just remember that
things have greatly changed in
this country. Years ago a calico
dress was seen at church far oft
ener than silk. Men went to meet
ing clad in homespun. The rule
in most houses was for the chil
dren to stand up and eat. The
biggest pieces of pie went to fath
er and mother, and children were
not allowed to sit up until 10
o'clock at night, or to argue a
queston after the head of the fami
ly had decided it.
My boy, don,t 1t6' any foolish
notions into your hea(d. If your
father is old and gray and bent
if your mother is trembling and
weak anl has no car e for the friv
olities of this day, it is toil whieh
has brought these, (lays of hard
work and nights full of anxiety
that their children might be spar
ed the same slavish life. Where
they wore blue-jeans you have
broadcloth. Where they ate jo.hnny
cake you have sweet cake and pie.
Where their mode of life and forc
ed economy preventedI them f'rom
enjoying society, amuitsements or
b)ooks, julst th ink hiow you make
the shillings fly, and( what is offer
ed to interest and amuse y u
Now let's have a word( to say
about economy. I.'ve b~een right
among you, and I. know that you
want this, that and the other, and
'"want it bad." Up) to the time
of the war if one of tha~ boys of
that (lay had a dime to speCnd for
F~ourt~h of July, he thought him
self well fixed. The b)oys want
about five dollars apice uowadays,
and that's all gone b~efor'e nioon.
If we got a new book it was con
sidered a great piece of extrava
ganee. The lad who had cash
enough to walk into a panoramic
exhibition, buy a pair of skates,
or treat himself to sweetmeats
was looked upon by the rest of us
as Jay Gould.
I'm saying that you shouldn't
have money andl use it, but right
there is a vital point. Be sure
that you really need what you b~uy.
Ask yourself if it will pay ! Mon
ey is the wheels on which the
world moves. Acqnunire the habhit
of throwing it after every novelty
brought out and you'll by and by
have a second hand museum and
no cash to run it.
I dislike a stingy boy, but when
I see a lad planking his nickels
down at the desk of a savings
bank I know that he is one of (he
future men who is going to build
our railroads and do onr whole
sale business. There'sa big differ
enco between being stingy and
being economical. The richest
men of America are liberal in
giving to churches, Asylums and
to the unfortunate, but they never
waste, They don't indulge in tfing
or that simply because they haY
money to pay for it.,
Now, if you ure about fifteen
years old you've got a sneaking
idea into your head that it's a big
thing to use an oath occasionally.
You never made a greater mistake?
It is true many men who use
more or less oaths, but I would
like to have you find me one who
isn't ashamed of it ! It's a mean
habit, for it is a habit. I know
you can point to the greatest men
in the land and prove that they
spit out oitths, but that's no rea
son why you should follow suit.
There isn't a swearer in this coun
try who doesn't feel a quiet satis
faction in sitting dowfn to converse
with a man whose language is
clean and pure. There's nothing
manly in using an oath. Swear
ing is about the first thing vou
hear from the lips of a drunkard
or fool. 4ven a heathen can an
Now, don't get the ilea that I
Want you to he too good. Th
too good boy is a nuisance. IIe
was born to be an ang(el, but they
forg-ot, to spike on the win..
(No to the circls? ( ertainly! 1
know t here are people in this
worl who look upm a eircis as
the n1-- t- t hinlg to :a visit from, old
atan him-elf, but they ought to
hiave l ivedh forty years' . ago. If
you were my byd walk you in,
show Volu everv animid anl curi
osity, and thien we'd take a reserv
ed seat and1( see the circus. When
a man haiIi:s trainedl a horse or muln
0or dlog to obey him with amlinost
humnu in itelligenect he has prov~xed
'to you the practi cal value of pa
tience andb perseverance. E very
shiade of mieni will otopj on1 the
street to see a inanlh lift, or to watch
a jum111p1ing- inatch. Then why dle
prive you of t he( sight. of the per
formance Ior'( 1 an a thlete, w ho has
spentt years to hring1( his strength
and agility to perfection.
Wouild I take you to the theat
tr'e? To a good play--yes ; to a
Buf falo Bill b~arn -stormning hurrah
-no. Five plays out of seven are
healthy in setmn, andl point a
moral so plainly that even a child
canU Catch on.
I want m~y boy to rub against
every day lif'e a little while he is
a boy. It he has the idea that a
huintet's life is full of juicy buffa
lo steaks and victories over griz
z/les I'rn goinhg to senid himii inlto
the woodIs for ai weekc to live on
woodchutck meat, cairry a coIld inl
is head and he jumi 'd out of
his boots the first time an owl
hoots. If he asks fr money I'm
.oing to give it to him but I want
Lo sit down of a Saturday nioht
ud see how lie Spent it, andI showj
[p- Some of his foolish bargains.
[C lie wants to sail the hounding
billow I know of a lake captain
who will take him on, a trip from
Detroit to Saginaw, and itf he can't
ure him in jurt one voyage no
I)ody else need try.
Sit down and talk to your boys
as6 Vou would youri' brothier. Don' t'
bulldoze because you happen to be
his father and have the bulge on
him. Argue and reason. Dont ex
peCt to make assertions and have
hin Iswallow them as gospel truths
IInless 4 haV 'backing. 'each
him what to avoirl and what to
cultivate nd turn him loose for a
while. I f lie se(ks the; good he
has the riIht illstillets; if" lie rnils
after the ha(d, don't walk him into
the woodshed for a polndintg until
you have asked yourtselft if doesn't
come natural by that failing.-M.
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1AVE_ YOU HEARD
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Dry Goods Iotse
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