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Franklin barrett <?r Philadelphia is pmhahly Hie largest and most successful goldfisher in the United States. He started raising goldfish in a l>owl in his baywindow, as a side line to spinning . silk cord in a factory. Now he lias / a huge glass extension going up at Ik the rear of his stone aquarium house, /A and his annual output is worth Ifl $25,000. (loldflsh raising. Mr. Barrett I fl maintains, is an ideal fad for the \ B amateur. It calls for eare. hut it \ has big rewards, both in money and \ * in pleasure. In the spring breeding \ ' season the fish must be watehed \ most carefully and match-making among the proper varieties attended to. For instance, you start with the ordinary carp (or, at least, some Chinaman did). You catch all the albinos and inbreed them till you get the particular shade of red ? < scale that we insist on calling gold, eki, Then you notice whether any of them have queer tails, and stomachs like a theatrical manager, or no back fins and a head like a pug dog, or just pop eyes. If they have, then you've got the beginnings of a Kyukin or Fantail, a Kanchu or Lion-Head, a Demekin or Telescope, instead of a plain ornery goldfish called a Wakin. When the eggs hatch, after attaching themselves to certain water plants with which the aquariums must be provided, the first thing is to see that the father and i ? 1 % II hen llie water in one pond ilries n/> the little walhing-Jish does not complain. He jnst hoists his bach fringe atul does the Jish tvalk to the next pond. tin* mother fish, uml for the matter of that all elderly relatives, are rigidly segregated from the young hopefuls. For, if there is one thing that a goldfish likes in the way of food, it's a juiey little offspring. The A ] THE demand for the trained business woman is far in excess of the supply, and no profession offers a better and more pleasant opening for the woman who has the ambition, courage, and selfreliance to start a business than the public stenographic. But the successful business woman who would compete in this popular vocation must bring to the undertaking all her executive ability, tact, and determination to succeed, backed by some capital, to obtain financial returns. Aft,?r riULliv vpfirs' f?Yn*?ri?nr?o n? n stenographer, during which I hud climbed to positions of trust, drawing good salaries. I realized that there was wanting the further promotion and independence to which I aspired?attainable only in a business of my own. When ambition enters into one's calculation, failure is weakened. 1 was ambitious enough to want to branch out on my own account. To the average would-be public stenographer, an imix>rtant consideration is the amount of capital necessary to equip an office. This does not require a large outlay, for a better and more complete office outfit can be added after the Goldfish at $ By KENNETH w is languid beastie with llie ingenue eyes 'milled a ribbonlail calico telescope Demn, obtainable in white, blaclt, blue, or red. children themselves must be provided with several million daphna!, or minute water crustaceans. Later they graduate into the meat-eating class, and indulge in some special food, suoh as amerjap, which Mr. Barrett makes out of dried bullock's blood, beef, cereals, salts, a little lime, and desiccated shrimp. From June till November Mr. Barrett has thousands of little goldfish, with all possible varieties of tails, scales, colors, ana litmus, in nis aozen outdoor miiKS. Tlic Rure.st Goldfish Is Blue IN one particular pool he is busy breeding the rarest of colors into his goldfish ?blue. The process, roughly, is to mate the sealeless fish that he has produced with a sealed variety that has spotted or calico markings. The sun does the rest. This year is to see his greatest triumph as a breeder, the production of something far more wonderful than his HumanHeaded Ranchu.?the goldfish that is worth a thousand dollars. "Here it is," says Mr. Barrett, as he brings up a gray blob of a wiggler from the bottom of the pool. "This fish will turn blue in six months. At the end of the third year it will grow a hood like its daddy. And then I'll have the first Scaleless Blue Lion-Head." That it will be "some goldfish" you may judge from a glimpse of King Bul-bul as lie wabbles through the water of his hot Business You C Executive ability, tuct, delormi go far toward putting your 01 business has begun to grow and its success is apparent. With a small sum I had accumulated, I looked around for a suitable location, and leased an office in one of the largest skyscrapers in Birmingham, Alabama, paying one month's rent, $12.50, in advance. I bought a six-by-nine rug for $8. For 1000 Apiece MACGOWAN /. Mf KPlli This is a hooded Jingertail variety of oranda?naturally, since its mama was a Ryuliin and its papa a Ranchu. house pool more or less head downward, g Swimming near here are a few a little like 1 him, some with the lion head or hood, V some with the pudgy body, some with a t silver or copper sheen as wonderful as his \ gold. For there is none with just his c luster, his corpulence, and his perfectly s marvelous head. When you hold him in t your hand you feel "cheeks" that are just t like the smoothest flesh; and when you 1 look into his blinking little eyes you are fade to face with the forehead, chin, and cheeks of a ridiculous little cherub. King Bul-bul is five years old now. He has only half a dozen peers in the United States, and he's worth a thousand dollars. The Fish that Walks b.v Himself 'T'HE walking-fish is one of the many odd varieties outside the goldfish family which Franklin Barrett has acquired. He calls this one Billie Bounce. Billie's front fins are so strong that he can support himself in an upright or normal position when tossed upon the ground. His gills stay open instead pf collapsing when dry, as with all other fish, and he is thus en, aided to breathe well enough to maintain life until he can flop himself into another pool of water. Before Mr. Barrett knew of all of Billie Bounce's habits, he loft f him in an uncovered tank, and came c into llie aquarium building one morning j to find Biilie's pool vacant and the fish a itself down eellar. In his native Indian a Ian Start for $2 ; S ination, atul a little capital j, vn name on your office door. v $22.50 I secured, second-hand, a $50 oak h desk which had been used very little. I I then purchased a brand-new typewriter s for $105, on terms, and several boxes of a stationery, envelops, eto? which averaged t about $3. For two straight-back oak ri chairs, a small hook-case, desk-chair, and r an oak hat-rack?which I was fortunate dime, Billy conveys himself to a fresh pool when his previous habitat dries up. Billie is already a movie star. Who buys these things? Well, v Mr. Barrett is a wholesaler mostly. \ He sells to dealers, who sell, in turn, \ to private collectors and to ladies \ who want a real touch of color 1 against their futurist wall-paper, i I Men like Barrett, and some of the I smaller dealers, do a thriving husiI ness with the commoner brands . I in stocking large estates. In the /aay-ume millionaires iikc w> imnK about ponds full of living gold, and at night they rest tranquil in the faith that there is nothing like a Carassius auratus for devouring mosquitos. The consequence, of course, is the high cost of goldfish. Eggs, which may or may not hatch and which may or may not conceal a LionHead, bring from ten to fifteen dollars a thousand. The ordinary red [oldfish, ranging from the size that Willie ieeps in his bowl to ten inches in length, irings a paltry $2 at its best. But most of hose new gray jellies out in"the tanks are vorth frorti $35 to $50 right now. And if >ne of them displays even so much as a peck of blue on his tail, up goes his price o a hundred dollars. Give them a chance o get their growth, and the sky is the irnit. Of course, Mr. Barrett is very respeet ; iSmr Mr. Uarrett made iI; therefore let it (him for a Jish. You can hare a little human-headed Ranchu in your bowl for $1000, cash down. ul about the matter, and not at all inlined to boom home industry. But he ust can't help giving the impression that. . man who builds n chicken coop as a first id to fortune is an unenlightened piker. 00 nough to get from a man going out of lusiness?I paid $10. The installation of 1 lectric lights and a telephone cost $8.50. . )n the door I had my name done in good tyle, costing $1.50. This reminded me hat I would need business cards, so I had ome made showing only my name, busiiess, and address; but the printing and he texture of the card were good. To put my business before the public . as the first and hardest step. To do his 1 not only had to solicit friends, but o go among strangers. Any business is ard to begin, but work is a powerful lever a the face of obstacles and disappointicnts, and perseverance will triumph, starting in the building in which I was aoated.l left one of my cards in each office. At the end of the first year I had forked UD a Drettv pood stenmrranhin lusiness. It has grown yearly, and, while have had to work hard to attain my ueeess,?and although many annoyances nd discouragements are interwoven in he warp and woof of the every-day busi- . less life,?I have never regretted opening j ay public stenographic office. M. T. H., Birmingham, Ala.