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in. I'm accustomed to a larger life
and I can't s$and this narrow shut-in
feeling." Her cousin replied, ".You're
really just finding out how narrow
your life has always been. Now -is
your chance to enlarge it."
Life is what we are alive bo. There
are women very much alive to the
department store and the matinee, men
alive only to business and girls alive
only bo frivolity and flirtation. Now
let these women move to Smithville,
where there are no department stores,
and these men lose or get too old for
business and these girls get too old
to be frivolous and too homely to flirbj
and what is there left but an empty,
life. They might as well be dead
they aro dead. "I do not sorrow
much," said a philosopher, "over
what men suffer as over what they
miss." Think of living a lifetime with
an empty mind. There are men and
women three score and ten who have
not admitted a single new thought into
their lives since they were twenty.
And a single thought can revolutionize
a life.
There were two twin boys born on
a farm on the Kennebec. They did
chores and went to the district school
until fourteen. One day after school
a teacher had a fifteen-min,ute talk
with them and put the idea of studying
Latin and going to college into their
heads. He set them on fire with am
bition and the next day they begin
Latin. They had to leave school and
cut the winter's wood, but while chop
ping they declined the nouns, con
jugated the verbs, and read the Latin
reader from start to finish. I have not
time to give the account in detail but
one of them, who is still living, says
"that fifteen minute talk took us from
the farm, sent us through college and
made me an educator for thirty
years." This education was not
necessarily away from the farm, for
they came back to that and one now
reigns at Lake Mohawk rich in years
and in honors, a friend of peace and
one of the most, zealous of American
The mind of Christ. Charles Dar
win hiul it seaching ior God and His
ways among created things. We can
almost say of him he has created for
us a new world. Yet he was an
invalid. He says of himself, "If I
had not been so great an invalid I
should not have done nearly so much
Louis Stevenson was also an invalid
and had to live most of his life in far
off, lonely parts of the world. Hear
his own account of what might be
called his conversion: I remember
a time when was very idle. I have
no idea why I ceased to be so. Of
that great change of campaign which
turned me from one who made a busi-
ness of shirking into one whose busi
ness was to strive and persevere,
itfseems to me as though all that had
been done by someone else. I came
about like a well handled ship. There
stood at the wheel that unknown steer
man whom we call God."
Here you are, young people, start
ing out on this voyage of life like a
well^freighted ship laden with mighty
powers and possibilities. There is one
thing neededa pilot! A masterhand
on the helm, a master mind to guide
your thought. Take the Christ as the
captain of your salvation. For you
know not the"[untraversed path of the
sea and without him will surely make
shipwreck of life.
Does Christ make life hard? De
prive you of liberty and peasure?
Make it impossible to make money?
Does His way lead to sacrifice and
death? You do not want to? You
would rather do what suits you better?
You know an easier way, a short cut
that gets there just the same? You
will cheat the preacher? That reminds
me of a boy in the Central high school
in my brother's room. He read a
novel during study hours and was not
found out. Upon being dismissed he
ran through the halls in high glee and
bragged to the janitor: I read a
novel in school and Heard did not
find it out!" That janitor is a phi
losopher. He deserves a chair in the
institution. He replied, "You did
not cheat Heard, you cheated your-
Or it is like a small black bear kept
for a while in a box eight feet long.
When placed in a large den he selected
for himself a strip of ground just the
length of the old box and day after
day paced up and down that scanty
space as if still confined. That bear
was cheating himself. It took weeks
for him to realize the largeness of his
liberty. And some men and some
Christians never do. God has set us
in a large place. "Why, we're rich,
we've got the earth." More than that,
we have a vast outlook into space.
When you go home tonight look at
the north star. The light that you see
tonight left that star fifty years ago
and has been traveling day and night
ever since at the rate light travels,
186,000 miles per second.
When Amanda Smith, the gifted
colored woman, heard a Methodist
bishop preach on the vastness and
splendor of the astronomical universe
she said: "It makes me dizzy, but
I'm glad I've got such a mighty
Father." Think of the mind that
planned and the power that brought
into being all these things and then
think of the mind of man, greater than
any fact of science because capable
of taking it inand you have some
Princeton High School Students Upon Whom Diplomas Were Bestowed.
Top row. left to right: Edith A. Johnson, Ida May Schmidt, Henry E.
Lenz, Norma Van Alstein. Bottom row: Sarah E. Schumacher, LauraE.
Mitchell, Gladys L. Neumann, Marguerite A. Byers.
conception of the spiritual privileges
of every child of God.
"Yes. you'ie rich
It you're a tramp it, tatters
While ihe blue &ky bends above
Ynu gnz ueavlv all that matters
You've got God and God is. love."
Who would think of remaining a
tramp in tatters after the light of this
great truth breaks upon him? Don't
cheat yourself!
Let the mind of Christ be in you if
not for your own sake then for the
sake of the world. The context will
tell us just what the mind of Christ
wasor just what Christ was minded
to do in a particular case. "He who
being in the form of God thought it
not robbery to be equal with God, but
made himself of no reputation and
took upon himself the form of a ser-
vant." And this is the particular
definite reason "wherefore God hath
highly exalted him"exaltation
through service.
If for your own sake you do not
care for this gospel, if it does not
appeal to you, if righteousness is no
longer worth while on personal
grounds, yet here is a fact we cannot
denythe fact of a sinful and suffer
ing world that needs righteous and
serviceable men more than it needs
anything else under heaven.
Our president has well said, "It is
more important that rich men should
conduct their business affairs decently
than that they should spend the sur
plus of their fortunes in philan
thropies." In this scripture we have
an incarnate Christ or the way God
acts when he becomes man and the
way man should and will act when
the spirit and thought and purpose of
God rules in his life. What this world
needs is an incarnation of the spirit
and thought of Christ in business and
social and political life. It needs
men whose own lives have been en
larged by the apprehension of the
mind of Christ and who have the
courage and daring to apply Christ's
thought to the affairs of daily life.
To illustrate exactly what I mean
by the practical application of the
mind of Christ to the life of the world
take the aocount of conditions In the
state of Pennsylvania, where there is
a law that none under sixteen years of
age shall work in the mines. Dr.
Peter Roberts, by his own investiga
tion, found 6,000 boys under sixteen.
Mr. Owen R. Lovejoy, among a group
of twenty-two breaker boys, found
one nine, four were ten, two were
eleven, six were twelve, three were
thirteen years of age. Sixteen out of
twent-two were under fourteen and
employed in violation of the law. As
Mr. Lovejoy tells us, "These little
fellows work nine hours a day over a
stream of coal which pours out a
cloud of dust so thick the light can
not penetrate it. They are responsible
for the separation of the coal from the
slate and rock depending often
entirely upon the sense of touch.
They have to endure the incessant
deafening roar of gigantic machinery,
the stifling heat of summer, the bitter
blasts of winter that sweep the moun
tains. The boss stands with his stick
or piece of coal to prompt to duty
when the natural playfulness of
children breaks out. Their hands are
cut and crippled and hardened by the
rough sharp edges of the coal. They
must learn to control the nausea
caused by swallowing large quantities
of coal dust and by the feeling that
one's throat and lungs are never
clean!" Think of the monotony and
the hardening effect of such a life upon
a boy of nine or ten!
Or'go with Chas. B. Spahr to the
cotton mills of New England, or with
John Brooks to the mills of the south.
They describe conditions "where
troops of children, many under twelve
years of age, who are dragged from
their beds in the early morning, fed a
meagre breakfast and rushed off to
the mills rubbing their eyes, where
they work amidst the roar of machin
ery eleven hdurs a day. Their homes
are narrow, dirty, ill smelling sties,
on the edge of a marsh. They are
pinched and broken waifs, sad eyed
and wistful." Sixty per cent of all
the workers of the cotton mills of the
south are under sixteen years of age.
In North Carolina sixteen per cent are
under fourteen, 20,000 in all the mills
of the south are under twelve.
Ask the managers "Why they are
employed?" and they will answer, "To
compete with other mills, to keep up
the profits and to meet the demands
for cheap goods."
Ask the coal barons and they will
say, "Business is business" and talk
of divine rights, and back of it all is
the voracious appetite of the stock
holders for dividends.
Now apply the mind of Christ to this
condition. What is his thought about
children? "Take heed that ye despise
not one of these little ones, for in
heaven these angels do always behold
the face of my Father." "It is not
the will of your Father that one of
these little ones should perish."
"Whoso shall cause one of these little
ones to stumble it were better for him
that a millstone were hanged about
his neck and that he were drowned in
the depth of the sea."
These words we have wilfully sinned
against in our greedy use of the prof
itable labor of immature children.
When they have burned themselves
into our moral consciousness we will
"see in our coal fires the burnt out
lives of children" and will look
forward and realize the fact these
breaker boys and these 20,000 bobbin
girls of the south are to be among the
future fathers and mothers of the race.
When by such awful violation of the
natural laws of God it is proved that
we have hanged the millstone of utter
extinction about the neck of the Anglo
Saxon race we will understand the
strict practicality of the words of
If I had the time I would like to
show in detail that in these mills and
others and in our great steel industries
there are few men at work over forty
five years of age. Asked "why?" a
well known superintendent frankly and
bluntly said, "It is all true. The way
we rush things now makes it neces-
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sary to get a batch of men, work them
out, and then get a fresh batch."
Apply to these and like conditions
the thought of Christ regarding man.
Learn from Him that real practical
"brotherhood" means "loving one
another" as I have loved you," and
how absolutely certain would all this
injustice and oppression cease.
The application of the mind of
Christ to business and politics and
society must come by way of public
opinion. Public opinion is the
dynamic of society. But public
opinion must be enlightened and
steadied and rescued from the mob,
and made safe and righteous by being
brought into contact with the mind of
To the members of the graduating
class: I now come to the chapter of
advices. Do you want any more
advice or are you loaded to the brim?
First, guard yourselves against the
hardening process of the spirit of
pure commercialism. God has given
you a material world to conquer. Do
not let it conquer you. Man is to
make money but money is not to
make man.
Near the close of the civil war a
man on the train was saying to his
companion, I hope this war will hold
out six months longer then I can retire
from business and live on my
income." A woman sitting behind
him, overhearing the remark, addressed
him, "Sir, I had two sonsone was
killed at Gettysberg and the other in
the wilderness." Then her indignation
getting the better of her, she slapped
him first on one cheek and then on the
other. Then the men in the car
hustled him out into the next. The
love of money will dry up the
fountain springs of manly tenderness
and sympathy and leaye one with the
heart of a Judas.
Second, I would have you become
leadersnot necessarily reformers or
missionaries or ministers or ministers
wives, though both are needed in some
quarters. The leader is not the one
who talks loud or "writes in red ink,"
nor the one who leads the procession
any more than tne boy is leader who
runs ahead of the band. The real
leaders are those who come in contact
with the source of power and become
the servants of that power. I would
have you incarnate the life of the great
master teacher in the business, politi
cal and social life of the town in
which you live. At the foundation of
all is the influence of the home. There
is a true American aristocracy. There
is one throne before which we bow the
knee and the queen on the throne is
the queen of all manly heartsthe
American woman and mother!
Set for your ideal a home in which
is the culture of ennobling and elevat-
ing art and literature, the society of
which is clean and decent, where
religion holds its place, and in which
love reigns, and God, for God is love.
Third, guard against a temptation
you are certain to meet when you seek
to realize your'highest ideals and to
fulfill the visions of your soul.
We have acquired a modern habit of
speaking the word "puritanical"
with a curl of the lip and an accent of
contempt. Some Chicago leaders went
to the republican state convention at
Springfield, 111., the other day. They
pointed their fingers and cried, "Puri
tanical!" and at their beck there was
incorporated into the platform a
"personal liberty" plank.
It was the same influence that
gathered at the convention of the
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democratic party of the same state and
raised the cry, "Puritanical," and
there was incorporated into the demo
cratic platform a "presonal liberty"
plank. Listen to the story of the angel
as told by the new poet of the Yukon:
"An angel was tired of heaven, as he lounged
in the golden street,
His halo was tilted sideways and his harp lay
mute at his feet.
So the master stooped in his pity, and gave
him a pass to go
For the space of a month to the earth world,
to mix with the men below.
A Siren beguiled him, mocked at his
heavenly scruples and this was her
We have outlived the old standards we have
burst like an air-tight thong
The ancient, wornout, Puritanic tradition of
Right and Wrong.
The master feared for his angel and called
him back to bis side,
For oh the Siren was skillful, and oh the
angel was tried.
And deep in his Hell sang the Devil, and this
was the strain of his song:
The ancient, outworn, Puritanic tradition of
Right and Wrong."
So the world will cry at you as
Joseph's brethren cried at him, "Here
comes the dreamer!" But continue to
make your vows unto God as young
Lincoln made his when he saw a red
faced burly auctioneer selling a come
ly young mulatto woman, who stood
trembling upon the block. The girl
looked into the eyes of a lot of human
sharks. "Step right up and examine
her, gentlemen, if you wish, brawled
the auctioneer. I never have any
secrets from my customers." And
the strong pure soul of Lincoln
writhed in moral anguish at the ugly
sight. He looked up into heaven and
as he tells us later, in silent determin
ation breathed out his vow: "Great
God if I ever have a chance to hit
that thing I'll hit it hard." "And the
Almighty God never forgets the
splendid vows of uncalculating
A Calif ornlan's Luck.
"The luckiest day of my life was
when I bought a box of Bucklen's
Arnica Salve," writes Charles F.
Budahn of Tracy, California. "Two
25c. boxes cured me of an annoying
case of itching piles, which had
troubled me for years and that yielded
to no other treatment." Sold under
guarantee at C. A. Jack's drug store.
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ago. Freer and Glendorado.
Good Service in Princeton and to all
adjoining points. We connect with the
Northwestern Long Distance Telephone.
Patronize a Home Concern.
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Princeton, Minn.
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First National Bank I
of Princeton, Minnesota.
Paid up Capital, $30,000
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Loans Made on Approved
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T. H. CALEY, Vice Pres.
J. F. PETTERSON, Cashier.
Princeton State Bank
Capital $20,000
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Interest Paid on Time Deposits.
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of Princeton, Minnesota.
Capital and Surplus, $34,000.
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Princeton, Minn.
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