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are and we do not draw these payments and therefore, we have to
work for what we get or starve. "Work makes a person happy. There is nothing that shines brighter than one good Indian who has put his education and good work to the purpose of uplifting his race. The time to act is now for when you get older it will be too late. I want to tell you of a boy, whose father contracted financial obligation which he could not meet. Death cut him down all too soon. The boy saw a beautiful farm pass out of the hands of his par ents. "What did he do? There was a high school five miles away. To it he rode every morning for one year. "Winter's snow and canyon winds could not keep him at home. He was not afraid of work at home. He had learned its value. Cultivation of soil had not retarded the cultivation of his intellect. His power increased as he expended honest efforts. The next year that boy was selling papers to the people who live in a small city not very far from where he was born. He attended a normal school during a part of the day. By thrift and industry he earned the material means, often scanty, which enabled him to receive graduation at the end of the prescribed cousre. "Will that young man be of worth to the boys and girls he now teaches? We think so. Through hard work he built up manhood, a safe-guard to himself and to his state. Another boy had several positions he could have obtained for the asking. "Would he take them? No. It is a known fact that he threw away opportunity after opportunity, and resolutely and posi tively refused to work. In addition he demanded his parents food, clothing, and some spending money. He was lazy and good for noth ing. In spite of advice and admonition, that boy went to a county jail serving his time for stealing things which he converted into cash with which to obtain things for selfish pleasure. Can we afford to lead that kind of life? No. "We cannot afford to be lazy, we must have something to eat. The manhood which the first boy possesses is the only way that will carry us through this world. Therefore, "Honesty is the best policy." Boys and girls, let us realize the fact that we are living in an age of progress and history-making that upon our shoulders rests the destiny of our people and the solution of the so called Indian pro blem. Think of it! My friends it is up to you and up to me to go out 13.