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tell an eloquent story of what a man
thinks of an efficient body.
I saw a little shaver at my training
quarters some time ago. He was
puny and chicken-breasted just as I
had been at his age. But that boy
was a comer.
When the other boys offered him
a cigaret he pushed it aside in a su
"Ritchie never smoked," I heard
him say; "and I'm going to be like'
"What, you!" jeered the others.
"Listen to the shrimp, will you
, , )
thinks he's going to be a fighter!"
And they yelled their derision. I told
that youngster that I, too, had a
chicken breast and spindling legs at
He had two things in his fayor:
He didn't smoke cigarets, and he
didn't let the other boys, older and
bigger ones, push him aside. He had
a strong-will spirit, and that's what
counts most. He didn't even flinch
when they ridiculed him.
Smoking in my estimation is more
injurious than drinking for boys.
They start it earlier and the poison
sinks into their very bones. Later the
"smart" kid starts drinking; when ha '
thinks he has got to have men's
weaknesses to be a man.
But it is only weakness which cop
ies weakness. Boys who want to be
top-notchers can't afford vices.
I have reached the top of my pro- (
fession because I kept my body clean
all the time, not periodically. It's the t
same in school, in business and the'
I am lightweight champion of the
world because I kept my mind fresh, !
my body hard and my will protected !
from the habits which dethrone am
Any boy who does that is bound to
succeed, to make good at what he'
sets out to do.
This is my advice to the boy who !
If you are in an office all day get up
early and take a good walk before"
going to work. Of course you can't '
do that if you stay out late at night.
Exercise before an open window for )
10 or 15 minutes anything that ex
cites the muscles and makes good red !
blood. Breathe deep. Take tepid,
baths every morning and gradually
change to cold water. They make
you alert. Join a gymnasium if you .
can. And sleep with your windows
For the boy who attends school: .
Nothing better than a long, brisks
walk in the morning. Eight full hours '
of sleep in an airy room. Make it j
airy even if Dad has to take the roof ,
off the house, for plenty of oxygen J
is absolutely indispensable to health t
and vigor. Not enough parents seem j
to realize that. T
Just prior to my last big battle with
Rivers I was in the open 24 hours of j
the day for six weeks; walked, ate
and slept out in the fresh air. It is j
the greatest conditioner that I know 3
For all boys: j
At the right age plenty of good,
hard work in the open. The boy who j
shirks work is robbing bis muscles-