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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, January 01, 1903, Image 19

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these young souls to their care, will demand the same souls
at their hands.
The Indian Advocate.
It is not safe, says-the Working Boy, to trust people who
are habitually inaccurate in their work. Even with the best
intentions in the world, they become dishonest. Before they
are aware of it, the habit of inaccuracy extends to their state
ments. They do not take pains to be thorough in anything
they uudertake, even in clearly expressing the truth.
These people never carry much weight in a community,
however honest in principle they may be, because no reliance
can be placed on their words or work. You cannot depend on
what they tell you. If they are superiors, they are discred
ited; if they are at the bar, the judges always take their state
ments with some margin; if they are in business, they soon
get a bad name for inaccuracy. In fact, whatever those peo
ple do, they are placed at a disadvantage because of their hab
it of inacuracy.
There is a great difference between going just right and a
little wrong. These victims of inaccuracy did not start right.
They failed to realize that what is put into the first of life is
put into the whole of life.
A pebble in a tiny stream will turn the course of a river,
so the seemingly unimportant habit of inaccuracy has kept
many a man from success by changing the current of his life.
Accuracy, doing things to a finish, is one of the most im
portant lessons that can be taught a boy, because there is a
moral quality at stake. The whole character is often under
mined by the unfortunate habit of inaccuracy Men whose
ability would have made them peers in their communities,
have become nonentities, and their careers mediocre or total
failures, simply because they were allowed in childhood to
form the habit of half-doing things, and making half or ex
aggerated statements.

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