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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 20, 1912, Image 9

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Selfishness and vanity, they say, were the ruling passions of!
'Rev. Clarence Richeson, the Massachusetts murderer. N
Aren't those the passions which in degree rule all of us. Take
selfishness out and with it go greed, arrogance and uncharity to
which vanity is the hand-maiden.
All the lower traits of human character are but the children
of selfishriess and vanity nurses them, waits on them, develops them.
There is no evil under which man suffers but it can be traeed back
to selfishness".
Selfishness and vanity come as naturally to every one of us as
to that Massachusetts- murderer, andthe great lesson for early child
hood, early manhood and for maturity is the golddnrule. Do we
teach it? .Or dowe teach that acquisition for oneVself means
success ? . ,
Richeson possessed youth, talent and fine persdnality. Society
did all it could to develop his vanity and selfishness and "by them he
was finally overpowered. His record would be exactly duplicated in
.thousands of, cases under like circumstances and environment.
Practice and systematic development if persisted in will positively
pervert the Character in a vast number of cases; and" Richeson's
case is truly a Jiornble object lesson. ,
Let us keep the golden rule written plainly on our mental1
-o o
I took my motor boat last fall
And wrapped it up. with care,
Each part of it, both large and ,
Was polished up for fair.
I paid an expert ninety bones
To clean and' fix the hfng,
And then I said, in joyous tones,
' - "She'll run right off next
So when I got her out this year,
My boat was staunch and
sound, s
Save that she leaked and wouldn't
- steexs
And always ran agrqiind;
Tht cylinder was clogged some"'
The motor lay .down flat,
But she's in perfect order now,
Aside, I mean, from that.
The batteries aren't suc,ti a much,
She needs another screw,
She has an inefficient clutch,
The pump is ailing, too.
What say the blithe repairing
And -such like clever ducks?
They say, "We'll make her run
again '
For just twohqndred bucks!",

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