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CONSTRIBUTING EDITORS PAGE Dr. Frank Crane Half Luck - Half Me Dr. Frank Crane OAV ALL you please aboni the reigii of law, pooh-pooh at lurk, and jiish tnsli at hoodoos: the fact remains thai one of the chief elements in success is chance. Men have made fortunes, won bat tles, Achieved fame and captured wo men's hearts, because things happened just right. A bad inn of luck has not only broken men at cards, but il has kept men from beinu: elected to the presidency, ruined business men's ca reers, thwarted (lie schemes of diplo mats and lost kings their thrones ami now and again their heads. Even in the pie of all-lawful science, fickle Lady Fortune has pml a vigorous finger. The Watts boy watches his grandmother's kettle and stumbles up on the biggest idea of the nineteenth century — the steam-engine. Newton observes a falling apple and discovers the law of gravitation. The vulcaniza tion of rubber, the master secret of this rubber age, was due to an accident. And Champollion guessed — just plain guessed — Hie meaning of the Egypt ian hieroglyphics. So, \t 's all luck? Not at all. Il V about half luck. The other half is — the alert mind. Luck is the pitcher; the alert mind is the catcher. The formula for success is half luck — half me. All the good fortune in Iho world will be of no use if 1 am not wide ax^aki , and do not £rab the ball when it is thrown. Also, not all my skill and wit will avail if chance does not something my way. To say "Whafs the use? It's all luck" is wrong. It is also an error for one to imagine he can win the game ol ? success with mathematical certainty. The truth lies between. The Law of Luck AND NOW, here enters a curious * fact, to wit: that there is law in chance. Luck has its laws as accurate as those of mechanics. One of the strangest things, and one of the most undeniable, in the world, is the law of averages. There is no way to tell if I am going to throw double sixes at one eftSl 61 dice; but in a thousand throws, double sixes will come about so often. Great business enterprises, the in vest incut of billions of dollars, and al together our most important concerns, are based upon I his apparently shill ing sand — the law of averages. The great life insurance companies are as solid as the government, so they say; CONTENTS COVER DESIGN —JACK LONDON . Drawn by E P. UPJOHN HALF LUCK - HALF ME - Editorial FRANK CRANE 2 THE CAPTAIN OF THE SUSAN DREW . . . JACK LONDON 8 Illustrations by John () Todahl THE DRAMA OF MY LIFE . ... IVAN NARODNY 5 MUKDEN: "THE BLOODY SUNDAY": KKONSTADT Illustration hp Wilson Knrcher HYSTERIA IN CHILDHOOD .... H. ADDINCTON BRUCE 6 LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT NUMBER 15 X a J IH sssPl A bbbP^H (■ SBBBBBsi Indoors and outdoors—in homes, offices, stores and factories —on streets, trolleys, autos and boats — everywhere in every town, every body can now have electric light. This, the fulfilment of Edison's dream, is made possible by the economy and lasting endurance of the Edison Mazda Lamp This lamp gives twice as ffPV Wiring Costs Less, Too much light as the best of earlier jj| =| Ekrtric-wirittK today costs lamps—«|d at one-fifth less /ej\ less than it used to and dis- Co**« / 1| \ turbance and marring , of walls It makes electric light as sen- / *A \ are avoided, sible for the cottage or the little / EjJ \ store as for the mansion or the / rtjwjffcfy \ AH these economies make big office or factory. / If \ electric light "the light uni / 111 \ versa l " —more light, whiter More Light —Lower Cost I l||y J aiu , , u . tu . r h^t for everybody The economies of Edison V mj>yC[)M / because everyone can now af- Mazda light and improvements f o ,-j j( in lighting company servicegive m y~'^ you as much electric light to- If you are now using elec day for a dime as you could buy tricity, put Edison Mazdas in the same twenty-five years ago for a dollar. sockets and compare results. *lf your home or place of In mi ness is not wired. fin<! out today from j-<nir light- J^PUP^I ing company or any electrical dealer how little this wiring will cost and ask IwltJmfM^i ioi the best styles and sizes ol Edison Mazda L; s (<>r your special needs. vOfSffV) General Electric Company This Symboloo all Tbe Guarantee of Ediioo Mazda Largest Electrical Manufacturer in the World Excellence on rartons Gocds Electrical Sales Offices in all Lartfe Cities Lamp Agencies Everywhere i 380S I'tilex* Yor prnfll l>> i'n|\ 'ertiving, flu , n<lvcrti«pr losee. and they reel upon the truth thai while any one life is tiable to 'jo oui :ii an\ i ■ ■ ii hour, ye lin twenty thousand cases deaths can be calculated with scientific accuracy. The railway business can be conducted at ;t profit, because an aver age number of people arc sure to do what no one of them is at all sure to do. When tin , eighi o'clock train pulls out from Chicago lot , Omaha, for in stance, il is about so full, 350 days in ihe year; the passengers come from all corners of the world, moved by the most diverse and erratic influences; few or none of them have taken tiiat train before. Any given day tte huge de] ailment store in the city contains about a cer tain number of customers, each one of whom is wholly a ivcr agenl and only dropped in upon a whim; yet, these thousands of whims make a dependable law, just as a thousand frail hemp fibres make a strong rope. And the same thing is true of the little cigar stand on the corner. (I refer, of course, to the law and not to the hemp rope.) The moral of all this is that the suc cessful person is not the one who ha* "a sure thing." Setting aside the privi leged classes, who can not he said toAe playing the game at all. the rule is yyiMt success comes not to the alert man nor to the lucky man. hut to the alert man who knows how to seize advantages. Success is imt a mathematical prob lem. It is ji game. That is why it is bo interesting. Opportunity Keeps Coining HPII KKE is do greater bosh than to say *■ thai opportunity comics but once. Opportunity keeps coming with that etrange regularity of the law of Aver ages. Ami success is not only a game, but a great ami noble game. I*nt into it all your conrage and prudence) judgment and daring, be a fair winner and a good loser and the game is worth the playing. But — success is only a game; it's only a by-play to life. They who fake it too seriously make a great mistake. It is such mistaken mortals that commit suicide when they fail in business, or at least turn sour when they fail. But a man never mips life rightly until he has reached a plane of thought and feeling where he doesn't, in the bottom of his heart, really care much whether he is rich or | nor, famous or obscure. All thai is a name. The real business of life lies elsewhere and con sists in enjoying ( tod's good world, tast ing the pleasure of helping men, dis covering and following the truth, and doing useful and joy-giving work. In these things there is no luck. All is pure and perfect law and certainty. To be a success in money-making and "getting on," one must not care too much. Then the hand is steadier, eye truer. Play the game then. Be a good sport, and laugh when you lose, and wish the winner well; and don't be over-proud when you are successful, remembering how much luck had to do with it; and don't forget that alter all the real busi ness of life, that which makes a man Immortal and "a little lower than the angels," can be done quite as well by a failure as by a success; indeed, often better.