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. V igi zsnngs uuc t&e Stars . I or fame who scorn such opportunities aa I.ight brings out the stars, means I our really successful men would have pi irsoverance, self-confidence, improved improved. They don't want to begin opportunities, in a word, character. It as others have at the foot of the ladder, is only by reflection thatl we derive a just but half way up. "Men who have iiade appreciation of the value of persever- a name through great opportunities ance when we see how much can be ac- have been those who have made' use of complished in any given direction by the smaller ones and turned them to ac1 the man or woman of but average count all through life. George Wash ability, who resolutely perseveres in the ington became "The Father of His cause of action adopted as the ruling Country, "Abraham Lincoln the "Great purposes of their lives. We then ar- Emancipator, "Geo. Dewey the "Hero of rive at a just estimate of the value of Manila Bay," Luther BVbank the perseverance as a factor in success. "Plant Wizard," Thomas Edison the The old fable of the hare and the tor- "Great Electrical Inventor," through tonse ;only exemplifies a truth which great opportunities we would say, but if we are all ready to admit, when we you would study their lives you would once stop to admire those stupendous find they used the every-day opportuni- works of nature and art which proclaim ties of early life, and finally, when in us uncertain tasks, the triumph of greater ones presented themselves, they Perseverance. All of the performances were able to take advantage of them. Finally character, the sum total of all our virtues, is always the brighter star by contrast with the difficulties and bar riers we have overcome in the building. The real material out of which our of human art at which we look with praise or wonder are instances of the resistless force of perseverance. It is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, ,the elements level the moun tains or the constant dripping of water characters are forming are the hourly wears the hardest stone. occurences of every day life. Every How many who have won well nigh claim of duty, the employment of each i imperishable fame in the world of litera- minute, the daily vexations or trials we ture, art oy science, owe all their great- called upon to bear, the momentary de ness to persevering efforts? There were cisions we must make, the contact with ; hours of despondency when Shakes- sin or sorrow, all these and many more penre thought himself no poet; as small and as constant are the stones, jtaphael no painter, when the greatest so to speak, go to build the great minds doubted the excellence of their structure, character. There is a differ ' happiest efforts. How many of those ence between character and reputation. whom the world calls Great can say Character is what a man is, reputation witri Isaac Newton that whatever they may Ji'ave been able to accomplish more than ordinary, has been solely by virtue of perseverance. From childhood to old age, such men , as these knew no such word as fail. De feat only gave them power; difficulty only taught them the necessity of re doubled exertions, dangers gave them what he is thought to be; character is within, reputation is without; character is his real worth,-reputation his market price. The full measure of all the powers necessary to make a man or woman are no more a character than a hand full of seeds in an orchard. Plant the seeds and tend them well, and they make an orchard; cultivate the powers courage and the sight of great labors and harmonize them well and they will inspired in them corresponding ex ertions. It has been said by shrewd ; observers that successful men owe more to their perseverance than to their nat ural powers, their friends or environ ments. Go to the business men of worth and influence and ask who shall have their confidence and support, and they will tell you "men who falter not by the, wayside," who toil on in their calling against every barrier; whose eyes are "upward" and whose motto is excelsior. Self-confidence helps to bring out the stars. By self-reliance is not meant self-conceit; the two are widely different. Self reliance recognizes the problems of life And calmly concludes it is able to meet them. . Self-conceit on the other hand knows nothing of the difficulties it has to contend with and feels above taking advice. - It has been said, God never intended that strong independent beings should be supported by clinging to others like the "ivy to the oak." The difficulties, hardships, the trials of life are positive blessings. They teach him self-reliance just as by wres- make a noble character. Character is the grandest thing man can live for. It is to have worth of soul and wealth of heart and mind. He who has this aim lives to be what he should and to do what duty requires. Sum it up as we will, character is the great end or goal of life, and this truth sublime in its simplicity and powerful in its beauty is the highest lesson of re ligion, the first that youth should learn and the last that age should forget. When we see one who has pushed on through great difficulties and ever seemingly insurmountable obstacles to success, we realize the great truth "Night Brings Out the Stars." Virgie May Cortjm. "Amibition." "Teach yourself to despise ambition it is one of the meanest of passions. " Does j this soupd altogether inappropriate as my first quoted word. Even girls ac tually seek for the hidden meaning of words ! My own little observation ana ex perience must belong much to school life. What does our continual struggle after high per cent tell ? What does our tling with an athelete who is superior to anxiety for rank in class tell ? Fvery us. We increase our own strength and flush or frown, every grave or wicked learn the secret of his skill. jf we have self-reliance, all dif ficulties come to us as Bunyan says of temptation, like the lion Sampson met. ' The first time we encounter them, they roar and gnash their teeth, but once subdued, we find a nest of honev in them. Don't rely upon your change of expression on the the school girl's face does not always reveal pure knowledge-seeking. Blue-eyed Mary has beclouded December school-month because her arithmetic, 65 per cent., is less revealing of work accomplished than brown-eyed nor the name of your ancestors. Thousands have spent the prime of life in vain hope of help from friends and many have starved because they had a ricli father. . Bely upon the good name which is made by your own ex ertions and remember the best friend you have is self-confidence. Help your self and heaven will help you, should be the motto of every man in the world, who would carve his way to success. - It is an old saying: He who has lost confidence in self can lose nothing more." Improve your opportunities. We can conceive of no spectacle better calculated to lead the mind to serious reflection than that of an aged person who has misspent a long life, and who, when standing near the end of life's journey, looks back over the long years only to recall opportunities unimproved What a different course would he pur sue, would time but turn backward in his flight and he be allowed to begin anew. But regrets are useless, save when they awaken in the minds of youth a desire to avoid errors and make the most of his or her oppor tunities. Many fail in life from the lack of appreciation to properly dispose of their opportunities. friends Jennie's boasted 100 per cent, in their JNOvemoer reports, now much gen uine heartache, how much joy loss, how much weeping during school years come through these relentless per cents! Why? Do you ask? Not for at tainment or non-attainment usually, but some one else outstripped the suf ferer iu high percentage. Schoolgirl amibition includes at least one other. Is it fair? Does amibition give added womanli ness, gentler thoughts of human-kind, greater selfishness? When some girl spoke to a woman whose lifo had been ambition-consumed, she said: "Spell my answer 'no' to each of these ques tions in large capitals." Watch if you will the arithmetic suc cess of 05 per cent. Mary. She may find her zenith in as wide a love-world as 100 per cent. Jennie. We're just guessing, but teachers say schoolgirls do guess as often as boys say, "I don't know" even when it is a question of ambition. However beguiling amibition may be as advice, when one rumagos for his toric, literary, political or social ex amples, wo find only disastrous results. Nothing more subtracts from no bility of character than continual com parison with other people. Why should it matter if all the world eclipses us in The most unsuccessful men are usually any particular work, if we have done those who think they could do great things if they only had the opportunity. But something always prevented them. They know how to get riches, honor or fame, but they lacked opportunity. There are scores of young people all over the world who want to gain riches I our best? Is work for work's sake ambition? Let us remember amibition includes at least two. The very word satisfies the suspicion that to be ambitious one must be eager for world recognition. Psychologists tell us aspiration ought to blot out ambition. Tin's would mean self-perfecting through motives sup posed to belong only to the world of the divine. Contrariwise, others say, let's think of facing life's every day wagework J l every uay Dusiness problems, every day, so-called, success forces. That means amibition's reward for the pres ent; but may not even this present be the briefest of brief periods in real life advancement? Taking a Diogenes' search of the looking backward variety, we find these names: JUary Queen of Scotts against England's "Good Queen Bess;" Na poleon against the Duke of Wellington Hamilton against Burr; Brutus against Csesar. With our home glimpse we see a na tional regret in the personal ambition which took Alexander Hamilton from the earth-view of America's Beau Brummel. What availed Hamilton's brilliant in tellect, his wise statesmanship, his ir reproachable private and public record? What profited Burr's subtle, graceful brain expression, his irresistible mag netism, his exquisite personality, his wonderful social popularity? Turn to the last scene of his world career; hear him call for his country's flag. Was that death scene a tribute to ambition or patriotism? England gives one of the few instances of excessive feminine, world-recognized amibition. Sombody has said to flatter a woman one must know her most ap parent weakness and insist upon the op posite virtue. Elizabeth's strong mind craved the recognition coming from beauty and its conquests. Mary Queen of Scots, the admira tion and homage called by character and brain influence. Did either enjoy her own realm? Why? May not even a schoolgirl sus pect ambition's corrosion? Alas! for the variety of Christian charity under the sun! Does it seem that a woman should wish supremely love for love's sake? These two remind that the "happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history." With all Bonaparte's world-renowned ambition, his eagerness to cope success fully with war magnates, he could feel and express pettiness of character. Whatever may be said of the mutual attitude between him and Wellington, each cherished deeply the wish to out strip the other in the race world-as signed war laurels. Our oft-quoted "Every hero has his Waterloo, " not only recalls Napoleon's final defeat in fight ing tactics, but recalled a picture of the beautful Josephine, with the hopeless ness of VV hen he falls, he falls like Lucifer, never to hope again Let us draw the curtain, remember ing only Napoleon's splendor of will. ' 'Brutus, as you know, was Cesar's an gel. "Are we covetous of that kind of an gel? We cannot fail to echo also Brutus' "Lowliness is young ambition's ladder" and make our own applied response, "Always Iam Cassar!" Witness the ways and means of these two men, and because of a common wish in their self-seeking, Ca;sar, the masterful, perishes. "The noble Bru tus hath told you Cajsar was amibi- tious" Ieadsto the only fact, greatly worth while in Cajssr's life the love of Antony. But for Antony what would be Ca;sar's fame in the world? Death. death and nothing but death in every sight and sound. Sacrificing other lives to his ambi tious projects, his own life went out by sheer brute force true sequel, yet Antony. "His life was geutle and the elements so mixed in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, 'this was a man.' " On amition's roll we find the names mostly of warriors, politicians, possibly statesmen. Marshal representatives from Russia, Greece, Germany, any where memory carries you,, what re ward has one's efforts? In pure genius, innocent of ambition, are such names as Beethoven in music; Longfellow, Shakespeare, Mrs. Brown ing, Goethe in poetry. Hawthorne, Thackery, Hugo, Tolstoi in literature; Raphael, Velasquez in art. All these are immortal, all these worked for love love of art or love of human kind. Riley's "Aud this is Fame" ex presses m happy fashion, ambition s outcome as viewed through the eyes of poet, who is strongly fascinatingly human. Another American poet says: What is ambition? 'tis a glorious cheat, ' Praise .when the ear has grown too dull to hear All things but love, when love is all we want; . i And close behind comes' Death, anil ere , we're aware That even these 'unavailing gifts are ours, He sends us stripped and naked to the grave." Rebecca McKinsis. PLEASANT HILL. Beautiful weather this week, no rain. Mr. Howard Forester visited friends near Troy Sunday. Many from here attended church at Whiteside Sunday. Mr. Ihos. Clark visited friends at Whiteside Sunday. Mr. Pugh and family attended church at Whiteside Sunday. Mr. Elias Callis was the guest of his brother, James, Sunday. Mr. Andie Johnson visited friends near Whiteside Sunday. Miss Elizabeth McDonald attended Sunday school here Sabbath. Mr. Herman Carter, of Old Repub lie, visited friends here Sunday. fnenus near V hitesido were guests of Miss Carrie Callis Saturday. Many from here attended the singing at Whiteside Saturday evening. Mrs. Henry Callis and son were the guests of Mrs. Lucy Shore recently. ir:.. ai -n . . i .. iuiss Aua -uumaiston ana brother spent a few days at Elbridge last week. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Carmack were the guests of Mr. Walter Carmack Sunday. Those on the sick list last week were Dr. J. J. Arnold and Mrs. Henry Callis. Lona Litchford, of Union City, was the guest of her sister near here last week. Mrs. Dell Callis and daughter spent several days last week with relatives at Harper's Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Callis spent Saturday night and Sunday with rela tives near Reelfoot Lake. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Fitzgerald were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. For ester one night last week. Miss Callie Wade and brother, Clif ford, from Nuriiber Seven, were guests of their aunt here Sunday. 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