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WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH
YOUR WILL POWER
I We take groat pleasure in re
;? producing Ihe following article
Jby Itiifsi'll H. Conwoll from the
? April number of the American
[Magazine. Is is us full of meat
las an egg and siioi)ld I"' rend
jby every man ami hoy in the
;' land:
} Then) has boon altogether ton
much talk about the secret of
Buccecs. Success lids nosesrel.
1 Her voice is forever ringing
through the marketplace ami
crying in the wildumoss, und
tlu< bunion of her cry is one
woril ? will. Any normal young
man who bears, anil heeds that
cry is equipped fully to climb
to the very heights of life.
The message I would like to
leave with the young inen and
women of America is a menage
I have been trying humbly to
deliver from lecture platform
and pulpit for more than fifty
years. It is a message the ao
curancy of which has been nf
II rmed and reaffirmed in thou?
sands of lives whose progress 1
have been privileged to watch.
Aha'the message is this: Yourj
future stands before you like ?.
block of iihwrought marble,
You can work it into what you'
will. Neither heredity, nor en
vironmeut, nor any obstacles
superimposed by man, can keen
you from murching straight
through to success, provided
you are guided by a linn, driv
iug determination, ami have
normal health and intelligence.
Determination i:i the battery
that commands every road of
life. It is the armor aguiusl
which the missiles of adversity
rattle harmlessly. If there is
one thing I have tried peculiar,
ly to do through these years it
is to indent in the minds of tin*
youth of America the living
fact that when they give 117'/
the reins ami say "Drive!" they
are headed toward the heights, j
The institution out of which
Temple University grew wan
founded thirty years ago oa
proBsly to furnish opportunities
for higher education to poor
hoys and girls who are willing
to work for il. 1 have seen
ninety thousand students enter
its doors. A very large per?
centage of these chine to Pili ill
delphin without money, hut
tiruily detei mined to gel an ed
ucution. I have never known
one of them to go back defeat?
ed, Determination has tin'
properties of a powerful acid;
nil shackles melt before it.
Conversely, lack of will pow?
er is tin; readiest weapon in the
arsenal of failure. The most
hopeless proposition in tin'
World is the fellow who thinks
that success is a doorway
through which he will soino
time stumble if he roams around
long enough. Some men seem
to expect ravens to feed them,
the cruse of oil to remain inex?
haustible, the(ish to come right
up over tho nidi? of the boat at
mealtime. They believe that
life is ji series of miracles. They
loaf about and trust in their
lucky star, and boldly declare
that the world owes them a liv?
ing.
As a matter of fact the world
owes a man nothing that he
does not earn. In this life a
man gets about what lie is
worth, and ho must render an
equivalent fur what is given
bun. There is no such thing as
inactive, success.
1 uriiing Points In Young Men's Lives
My mind is running buck
ovei the stories of thousands of
hoys and girls I have known
ami known about, who have
faced every sort of a handicap
and hiivu won out solely by
will nud perseverance i.i work?
ing with all tho power that God
had given them. It is now near?
ly thirty years since a young
Knglish boy came into my of?
fice. Ho wanted to attend the
evening classes at our univer?
sity ami learn oratory.
"Why don't you go into the
law!-" I linked him.
"I'm too poof! I hiivn't a
chance!" he replied, shaking
his head sadly.
1 turned on him sharply.
"Of course you haven't a
chance,'' I exclaimed; "if you
don't make up your mind to
it!"
The next night he knocked at
my door again. Iii? face was
radical ami there was liejit of
determination in his eyes.
"I have decided to I.Dine a
lawyer," ho said- and, I knew
from tho ring of his voice that
In- ntout it.
?Many times after he hocnnie
mayor of Philadelphia lie must
have looked buck <>n that de?
cision an the t?rhing point of
his life.
1 am thinking of a young
Connecticut farm lad who was
given il|> by his teacher as loo
weak-minded,tp learn, lie left
school when he was seven years
old ami toiled on his fatli.-r's
farm until he was twenty-one.
Then Bontething turned his
inind toward the origin ami de.
velopmont of the animal king?
dom, lie begun to read works
on zoology, and, in order u> en?
large his capacity for under?
standing, went hack to school
ami pieked up Whore he left off
fourteen years before- Some?
body said to hJm: "You can got
to the top if you Will!"
lie grasped the hope ami nur?
tured It, until at last it com?
pletely possessed him. II" en?
tered college at twenty-eight
and worked his way through
with the assistance that wo
were aide to furnish him To?
day he is a respected professor
of zoology in an Ohio college.
Such illustrations 1 could
multiply indefinitely, of all tie
boys whom 1 have tried t" help
through college I cannot think
of a Bittgle one who has failed !
for any other reason than ill
health. But, of course, I have
never helped anyone who was
not first helping himself. As
soon as a man determines tile
goal toward which lie is inarch?
ing, he is in a strategic position '
to see ami Reize every thine; that
will contribute toward the end.
Practical Advice to Ambitious Voting
People.
Whenever a yohhg man tells
mo that if lib "had Ins way" lie
would be a lawyer, or an engin?
eer, Or what not, I always re
ply:
"i on can be what you will,
provided that it is something
ttie world will be demanding
ten years hence."
This brings to my mind a cer?
tain stipulation which the am?
bition of youth must, recognize.
You must invest yourself or
your Irionoy in n kiwioi tlYnmii'/,
You must select an occupation
that is titled to your own
special genius ami to some ac?
tual want of the people. Choose
as emiy as possible what your
life work will be. Then you
lain be continually equipping
yourself by reading ami Observ?
ing to a purpose. There arc
many thing which the average
boy or girl learns in school that
could bo learned outside jllSl hs
well.
Almost any man should he
able to become wealthy in this
land of opulent opportunity.
There are some people who
think that to he pious they
must be very poor and very
dirty. They are wrong. Not
money, but the /<<>> of money, is
the root of all evil. .Money in
itself is a dynamic force for
helping humanity.
In my lectures 1 have borne
hoa-vily on tho fact that we are
walking over acres of diamonds
and mines of gold. There un?
people who think that their for?
tune lies in some far country.
It is much more likely to lie
right in their own. back yards
or on their front doorsteps, bid?
den from their unseeing eyes.
Most of our millionaires dis?
covered their fortunes by simp?
ly looking around thorn.
Recently I have been investi?
gating the lives of 4,043 Amer?
ican millionaires. All but
twenty of them started life as
poor hoys, and all but forty of
them have contributed largely
to their communities. But alas!
not one rich man's son out of
seventeen dies rich.
Will Power Your Greatest A>sci.
But if a man has dilly-dallied
through a certain space of
wasted years, can he then de?
velop the character?tho motor
force?to drive to success?
Why, my friend, will power can
not only be developed, but it i*i
of'on dry powder which needs
only Hie match Very frc.jnent
ly I think of the life of Ahm I
ham Lincoln?that wonderful j
man! -and thank Uod tiiat 1
was permitted to moot him.
Yet Abraham Lincoln develop,
ed the splendid sinews of his
will after ho was twenty-oiie.
Before thai he was just a rov?
ing, good-natured sort of n
chap Always have 1 regretted
? hat 1 failed to ask him what
special circumstance broke the
chrysalis of his life and loosen?
ed the wings of his will.
Many years ago some of the
students of Templeiheld a meet?
ing in u building opposite the
Bo I lev lie Stratford Hotel. As
they wore leaving the building
they noticed a foreigner selling
peanuts ,in the opposite curb.
While buying peanuts they got
to talking with the fellow and
told him that anvi.no could ob
lain mi education if ho wasi
willing to work for it. Kager
ly tin- poor fellow drank up all
the information he could get.
Il>- enrolled at Temple and
worked his wny through, start?
ing with t he elementary studies,
lie is today on eminent practice
ing physician in the national
capital.
often I think of an blTleo
clerk who reached a decision
that the ambitions which were
stirring in his soul could he
realized if he Could only get an
education. He attended our!
evening cL.s.ses and was grad?
uated with a It. S. degree, lie
is now the millionaire head of
one of the largest br?kerugi;
houses in the country.
"Where there's a will there's
n way!" Bin one needs lb use
a little comm.ohso about
necleoting the wny. A general
may determine to win a victory,
hut if he hurls his troops across
an open licit! straight into the
leaden sweep of tin- enemy's
artillery ho invites disaster and
defeat. The best general lays
his plans carefully, and ad?
vances Iiis troops in the wilt
that will besl conserve their
strength and limtibiir. So mlisl
it mau plan his campaign of life.
No man has a i iglit, either
for himself or lor ol hers, to he
tit work in a factory , or a stoic,
or any where else, unless ho
would work I here 11 om choice
money or no money -if he had
the necessities of life.
Ihm LiinK Ibi Von livpeel Opportunity
"As a man thinks, so he is."
says the writer- of 1'iovorbs;
hut as a man ad justs himself,
so really is be, after all. One
great trouble with many in
dividual.-! is 111 ill they are made
up of all sorts of machinery that
is not adjusted, that is out of
place; no belts, on (he wl.Is,
no lire under the boiler?-hence
no steam to move the merchant
ism.
Some folks never take the
trouble to si/.e themselves up
to lind out what they are titled
to do?and 1 hen wondui u h
they remain way down at the
bottom of the heap. I remem?
ber a young woman who told
me that she did not believe she
could ever be of any pitticilltir
use in the world. I mentioned
Itudbzeii things thai she ought
to ho able to do.
?? If you only new yourself,"
I said, "you would set yourself
to writing. i'bu ought to be an
author."
She shook her bead and smil?
ed, as if she thought I was
making fun of her. Later, force
of circumstances drove her to
take up the pen. And when
she came to me and lold me
that she was milking three
thousand dollar;: a year in liter
ary work, and was soon to go
higher, I thought buck t? Ihn
time when she was u poor girl
making three dollars a week be?
cause she failed accurately to
estimate herself.
There is a deplorable tendency
among many people to wait for
a particularly favorable oppor?
tunity to declare themselves in
tin; battle of life. Some people
pause for the rap of opportunity
when opportunity has boen
playing a' tattoo on their
rosonalt; skulls for years.
Hardly a single great inven?
tion has been placed on the
market without a number of
men puling forth the claim thai
they had tin- idea first?and in
most case;, they proved the fact.
in Kap?
[Continued "ii prfgo I.)
FIELD DAY EVENTS
Big Stone Gap Wins in Field
Events. Base Ball and
Volley Ball in Afternoon.
The Annual Moot <if the litter
scholastic Athletic Association
of Wise County was successful?
ly held at this place Saturday
instead of being held at Hast
Stone (Jap us per the regular
schedule, on account of not
having suitable grounds at tho
latter place. The Hold events
took place in the forenoon, in
which Bit; Stone Gap was the
winner in practically every
cotilost, New records word set
for Wise County by M?llina; of
Hig Stone Qnp,*in the too yard
dash and hurdle race. The
east end Of Wise County was
only partly represented, with
the exception of Norton, and
consequently points on a few
events were forfeited to Big
Stone < lap without any compe?
tition. ??n a basis of 5-3 1
points on each event the local
liigli school reached a total of
C.V, Appulnchiti, 7; Norton, 0;
Wise, 1 ; KtiSt Stone < I lip, 1.
We give below the scores
made by different schools in the
athletic contests on Field Day:
Shot Put -Mullins, Hig Stone
(lap, Bessie, Norton, ".12;
I,. ISrown, Appalachia, '17.
Basil Ball Throwing 1>.
Urowii, Appalacliin, 305; Pow?
ell, Hie; Stone I lap, 28t>.
100 Yard Hash Mullins, Big
Stone (lap, first with 10.1) Sec
mills'; Powiill and Ctirues,of Hie;
Stone < lap, second and third.
Illuming Broad Jump ?Mul?
lins, Hij; Stone (lap, 18;?; Dow
ell, Big Stone < lap, is. i: Wil?
liams, Knst Stone < lap, I Oil;
Hurdle ittiee Mullins, Big
Stone Gap, UI.OJ D.iw.ll, Big
Stone ( lap, I I; I'ollv, Appala
chiii, 15.
,lligh .Iiiinp Nine points were
given to Dig Stone (lap in this
event, there being no compete
lion.
220 Yard Dash?Points for
feiteii to IIik Stone Clap on ac?
count of no competition.
Itoh i y I{nee Tit is was also
forfeiteil to Big Stone I lap.
Half Mile Run?Curnea, Big
Stone ( lap, 2:17; Cohen, Norton,
second; llitcliins. Wise, third.
VOLLEY BALL GAME
Not ion vs. Bij> Stone Gap.
At :! o'clock the volley ball
game took place between Nor?
ton ami Hig Stone (lap, which
was no doubt the closest and
liest game played here this
season. For awhile it looked
as if t he I lap girls would cap?
ture tlio game, but Norton by a
strong rally finally won out,
talcing three out of live periods.
BASE BALL GAME
Appaiachia vs. Big Stone Gap
tin account of an insutlicient
number of players from the
east end of Wise County ap?
pearing hero to play the west
end it was decided Appaiachia
ami Dig Stone (Jap should play
the base hall game. This wan
the last ami best event on the
program and the players wore
greeted with a large attendance.
The Dig Stone flap hand added
much pleasure to the occasion
by furnishing splendid music
all during tin- afternoon.
Appaiachia again successful?
ly defended their title as cham?
pions of Wise County by do
fcating the home team in an ex?
citing contest by a score of 7 to
4. The main feature of the
game was the pitching of Kelly
and Cress, who established a
strikeout record by punching a
total of 112 batsmen, Kelly get
ling 18 of them to bis credit.
At several stages of tho game
Kelly retired the side by strik?
ing out three men in order. ?>n
account of Lane's sore band,
which was injured in a game
previous to this, Appaiachia
stole bases at will, which count?
ed heavily in the scoring. Kor
live innings both sides battled
hard for supremacy only to be
tied up. Appaiachia opened
j the sixth inning with lsom hit?
ting to left for three bases.
Wakin walked hut Holly fan
tied, Ciphers came to tho rod-1
cue with u iiit to right Hold j
scoring Isoni and Wukin, and
scoring n minute later himself
on a passed liall. They also
scored three more in the seventh
when Lane muffed Collier's
third Strike and then threw wild
to first. Collier stole second
and third and scored when
Lane fumbled Kelly's assist on
Brown's grounder. Brown
then stole second and third and
later counted oh another pass:
ed hall. In tho ninth Kelly re?
tired the side by fanning Col
lior, Cress and Brown. Here
Big Stphe started what looked
to ho a genuine rally in then
half after two men were out.
Kilbo?rne singled to right.
Baker bit to left for two liases
scoring Kilbourno, but Onrnes
ended the fray by swinging
t h r. o times.
following is tabulated score
of game:
A ITAbAOIII \
Player*: All I! II PO A K
Ii. Ilrown. tili .,.61,1,1? n
Long all . ..II 3 :t 3 1 ii
Wftktii. lb :t I a 7 0 i)
Polly; ss . :t i a ?< o I
Ciphers, e I 1 lit t 1
t'lilliortsmi, ri" I II I 1 ii 0
b. Itrown, If to ii ii a ii
Collier, ef I I 0 ii ii ii
i n 1.1- i 0 ii n a i
Total It I 7 Ii 3J 7 :i
lib, STUNK HAP.
Player? All K II PO A K
Maker, !l. . :i (l 1 I 0 0
farms, all ?"? II <i n 3 0
I'leenor, lib . 3 I e a 1 o
Mulliiis, ss. I I 3 I ii 0
1.11110, o . I ? 1 in 1 I
l.llc, .1 . S ,1 I U t? a I
Kelly, ii :l o 0 3 II 0
Martin, rr .' :i o n e 0 a
Kllhoumo.lf .11 1 inn
Total . . ell l .". 27 I r>
IniiliiKH I "J 11 i ?"> Ii 7 8 '.'--It II K
Appnlaciilu a 1 *> n i) ;l :t o (> 7 (I ;i
Ulg si.'lie O ii n 1 ii I ii 0 t t .-. r>
llaiicrieH?I ...->.in.l i Iptiern; Kelly ami
I .aue
Slruek out |>y Oo-s. I I: Kelly, IS.
Ilas.-on ball? olt Urea*, I; Kelly 1.
Three b is., lilt Isom
Tuo lose bit - Isom. bane rtiul llaker.
Parent-Teachers' Association
Organized at Bij< Stone
Gap.
A praiseworthy movement
deserving of the heartiest sup?
port and co operation of every
tax-payer m Big Stono (lap is
that of the I'arent-Teachers'
Association which was organiz?
ed Friday afternoon, May 13th,
at the school building, (hi ait.
count of the change in the date
after the nbtit.f the meeting
was published in the Post,
I here was not as large attend?
ance as was desired, still it was
fairly representative of the pro?
gressive element of the town.
Prof. A. .1. Wolfe opened the
meeting with a few appropriate
vein irks in support of tho
desirability and need of such
an organi/.at ii in.
Mrs John W. Chalkloy was
elected Chairman, pro tern.
Tilt! Association was original
ly Mrs. Chalk ley's idea und was
iul vacated .by her in a talk at
the patrons' open meeting in
September, seconded by Mrs. D.
1'?. Savers, hut nothing came of
it at the time. Recently, how.
ever, the matter has again been
agitated and it lias seemed that,
some such organization was
imperative, in view of the
growth of the school which now
has an enrollment of seven
hundred pupils.
Mrs. Chulkiey made d short
talk and then called upon Mrs.
Savers to explain more fully
what the Association hoped to
accomplish, and to tell of what
she knew of the work of similar
organi/.at ions in her home state
of Ohio. Mrs. Sayers was fol?
lowed by Miss Nell VanQorder,
of tin- High School Department,
who spokeof the crying need of
a (let 'together movement
among patrons and teachers
and of the isolated way in
which teachers are compelled
to work as regards their
patrons.
" Teachers need co-operation
more than any other class of
workers," Miss VauQ order Stat?
ed, and she went on to say that
one object which she hoped
would be accomplished was the
appointing of Visiting Com?
mittees, changed every month,
and composed of mothers rep.
resenting till of the dllferent
rooms who would really visit
the school regularly and also
visit the homes of tho pupils.
Tho election of officers follow
i ll, each in turn, being made
unanimous. Mrs. ?. B. Sav?
ers, President, Mrs. John \V.
Chalkley, Vice President, Mrs.
Malcolm Smith, Secretary.
A wiser choico of officers
could not have been made. Mrs.
Savers, besides being well in?
formed relative to this move?
ment, has groat oxecutivo abili?
ty, abundant tact, is an en?
thusiastic and progressive
patron of the school and is in?
terested heart and soul in tho
betterment of school and homo
conditions in Hig Stono Gap.
She will tie ably seconded by
Mrs. Uhalkley, who has made a
study of the liest and most ap?
proved methods for the botter
mont of school conditions dur?
ing her frequent visits to Hich
inond, Virginia, and who, as
the wife of a member of the
Hoard of Trustees, with a small
BOO in the primary, is vitally
interested in the school.
Mrs. Smith is also vitally in
torcsted in the school and is al
ready Secretary of Hovornl im?
portant organizations iu town,
which she serves ably and well.
A wise suggestion, which
ne t with general approval, was
that of electing an Advisory
Board ol twelve representative
patrons from different sections
of thi' town to serve during the
fiscal year. As the selection of
! lo se ladies was felt lo bo n
matter requiring grave con?
sideration, a Committee wasap
pointed to proparo a list of
names to present to tho Assoia
tion for consideration at its
next meeting. Mrs. J. L. Mc
Corniiek, who is President of
tho Womans' Civic League,
was appointed Chairman of; this
Column lee, with M iss Nell Van
i lorder and Mrs. A. J. Wolfe.
Mrs. Sayers asked for more
tune before appointing tho
Standing Committees for tho
year, 'fliese Committees are as
follows: Interor Decoration,
S nutation and Health, Press
{Publicity), Truancy ami Tardi?
ness, .Membership, Visitiug
< Home und School).
Al least one teacher will be
appointed on each of these
i loinmittnea, Mrs. Sayers stated.
I'be rogular monthly meeting
of the Association will bo held
on the last Wednesday in each
month, as this seemed to ho tho
most convenient date for both
teachers and patrous. Tho
meetings will continue to bo
hold in the school auditorium.
As it was urgent that another
meeting beheld before tho close
of school to complete the or?
ganization, it was decided to
call l bis meeting on Wednesday
afternoon, May 17th, at half
past three, when it is hoped
that there will be a largo and
enthusiastic attendance of
pat rous from all parts of tho
town, whether they have chil?
dren in school or not, since, iu
any event, they are tax-payers,
ami therefore interested in any
movement'for the good of tho
community at large. Get To?
gether is the sh gan of tho Par?
ent. Teachers' Association, since
'it is solely by co-operation that
all we hope for can be accom
I plished.
Proceedings Of
Town Council,
The Town Council mot on tho
Uli inst., for the transaction of
regular monthly business.
A contract was ratified bo
tween the town and T. G. Mor?
ris, permitting him to tap tho
water line passing through his
land for the purpose of secur?
ing a supply of water for house?
hold ami domestic purposes.
I'he board of arbitrators ap?
pointed to settle the controversy
between the town and C. S.
Carter, with reference to dam
ago to the town's machinery,
awarded tho town$31100, which
amount was accepted; as it was
agreed the amount awarded
should be final.
The matter of making tho
town assessment for tho current
year, was referred to the Fi?
nance Committee, with power
to act.
The mayor was authorised to
have bridges within the town
limits, painted, where it wub
necessary.
Council adjourned to moot
the lirst Tuesday in Juno.

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