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Mr. Ford's Page T HE story is told of a man named Jones who, with others, was shipwrecked. They were hoping to be saved bv mam strength at the numps. keeping the hulk afloat. To stimulate their energies, they began to ask one another what they were pumping for, and one by one each man named the dearest object in his life. One man was pumping that his aged mother might not be deprived of her only son; another, that hit wife might not be a widow ; another, that his children might not be left fatherless. .At last the question came round to Tones "What are you pumping for, Jones?" And Jones replied, "I'm pumping for Jones." In a way Jones was right, and in a way he was wrong. Every stroke of his arm at the pump was for others as well as himself. Every gallon of water he ejected from the leaky hulk bought an added chance of life for his companions as well as himself. Every strain of his muscle which he thought was solely for Jones, was for Smith and White and the rest. He could not keep his part of the deck afloat without helping to keep the whole ship afloat. They all came safely ashore, but the man who saved least was Jones. A man may work as selfishly as he pleases ; he may rule out of his mind all thought or intention or desire to do something for someone else, but he will find in the end that Nature has tricked him : he has not been permitted to live for himself alone; his very works of selfishness have been made to serve oth ers; he has only deluded himself, robbed himself of the higher and more satis factory rewards which come from includ ing the good of others in one's own good. Suppose a man should deliberately set out to be absolutely selfish, the benefactor of none and the beneficiary of all. He could not do it. There is no possible system upon which he could organize his life in total selfishness. He could not keep a cow, without serving the cow by milk ing her. He could not raise enough grain for his own needs without serving the seed in its life destiny and opening the very soil of the earth herself to a fuller expression and value. He could not breathe without delighting the cells of his lungs and making his very blood glad. A man who would be absolutely selfish would have no outlet but to lie down and die, and even then Nature would outwit him, for she would take the very materials of his body and distribute them in one form or another to the plant world. Everyone knows, however, that there are selfish men in the world that is, men who arc selfish in their intention. They don't mean to help anyone else. They would not go out of their way to advance another's good. They may even flatter themselves that they arc going through life on the narrow gauge line of "Every man for himself, and the devil take the hindmost." But they arc simply the dupes of a fallacy. The baker may bake bread and have no other motive than his own profit. Vet others are fed bv his bread, but he is not himself fed by the sense of hav ing helped his fellow men. The farmer may till his land with no thought in his mind but the money profit of it; the thronging cities arc supplied just the same even though the farmer has been cheated out of a finer harvest than can be cut with a scythe. The surgeon may go home hugging his fee, but he has saved a home from dis ruption by the saving of a threatened life. A manufacturer may invent and administer and expand his business, with no other con scious object than to amass a great fortune, but he is providing jobs for workmen; lie is really working for his workmen, although he doei not realize it. He would get a double profit if he only knew that secret. . We cannot do anything which br,. igl iis the right to live, witfl out extending some sc. vice which help, oilier, to live. Narr people may think that they tan. but wise old Nature lets thm vW uith the idea even while it is being disproved. There was a man in a Michigan village who always voted against public improvements, especially against adequate fire pro- Mitt'11 Hi TTHENEVER Nature sees ff a man who fancies he is "putting over" his own inter ests regardless of anybody else, she plays a trick on him. She lets him go on thinking that his selfish game is succeeding, but all the time she is seeing to it that his very selfishness is serv ing other people. The selfish man is selfish in his own mind only; there is not a thing he can do to advance his selfish interest without somehow doing something for someone else. The selfish man is robbing him self shutting himself out, cutting out the very best part of his reward. Some day, when all his selfish plans are matured, he will wonder why he finds no pleasure in the achievement. It will be because he has robbed himself of a cer tain wealth which every man may get from his work. A selfish man can DO many things; he can RECEIVE very few. tectum. The thttt came when he constructed som valuable buildingi which held an inflammable Mock. Then lie demanded of the village, that as his enterprise redounded t the commercial importance of that place, lire protection ought to be provided for it. He wanted it only for himself, but in order to give it to him, it had to he given to all the residents. But that man did not have in his own heart the satisfaction of knowing he had made every other villager's home safer. A man may be selfishly concerned for the protec tion of his own children from disease, but he cannot quiet that concern without providing for town sanita tion, pure water, healthful school buildings and public health rules and when he achieves these for the protection of his own children, he will discover that he has given them to every other child in the community. Pumping is the weariest work in the world when it is done for Jones alone; and if it is for Jones alone, the time will come at the shriveled end of his life when he will wonder if it was worth the effort. The things we seek for ourselves alone dry up and lose their flavor sooner than any others. In 999 cases out of a thousand yes, in all but one case out of a million, the person who is "tired of life" is not tired of life at all, but tired of living solely for himself. The action of life upon us, if we have the least wisdom to react to it, is to draw us out of ourselves into a sense of human unity. Here is a big, crude, selfish hulk of a boy. His motto is "Get." There is something almost barbarous in his self centeredness. Human society is as yet an unborn idea with him. Mankind, if he visualizes it to his mind at all, is but a collection of beings who possess some thing which he must get for himself by hook or crook. He is an initial product of nature, the raw material of humanity, a man in the rough. Then Nature wakens him to love a girl, a girl who attracts him perhaps he does not define it by her unselfishness, by her regard for the rights and feel ings and interests of others. Ah ! he is no longer the self-centered cub that he was; he finds himself thinking day and night of some one else, and planning ways to please her. Nature has divided him into two, enlarged and amplified him, widened the bounds of his humanity. But even that love may be tinged with the desire to possess, so when he has won the girl, Nature sends him a babe. He is now divided by three. Perhaps in time he may be divided by four or five. He is no longer working for himself, he is working for a family. He sees other men through his own experiences and gradually widens his sympathies and in sight his sense of humanity-at-large. That is the strange arithmetic of na ture: it multiplies bv division. It is the good which we cut in two and share with atiothef that doubles in value and brings good to us. A man cannot be unselfish without serving himself best. "He that loscth his lite shall find it." The young man meets this problem at the very threshold of his active life. What work shall he choose? What shall his life motto be? What shall be the reward he seeks? He will find at the very outset that the work which promises him most is that which serves most people. If he sets out to serve him self, he will be his own paymaster, and he will be restricted to pay ment in the worthless coin of his own selfish spirit. It is just there that selfishness loses. Gain it ever so much, it misses (he very element which gives value to gain. Sonic gains arc very hitter : tin y arc like heaped-up ashe ; they are flavorless and colorless beforl they arc well in hand. They have not the stamp of social approval on them, and lacking that stamp they are counter feit and worthless. Jones saved his carcass. He lost his character. Thereafter it little mattered what he gained or lost until he had retrieved that first imperishable wealth. A booklet containing selected articles from thit page will be sent to any address, upon receipt of two cents in stamps to cover cost of mailing.