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V /Esttblisliej 1887 LIGHT-HOUSES OF YOUTH’S CHARACTER The Trait Forming Habits of Youth as They Influence Character Development and Future Prospects in the Life of A 6rowieg Boy The three light-houses of a boy’s character are found in — How he uses his hands, what he does with his eyes, what controls his brains. Doctor Pelton, an Englishman who has given much study as to the causes that make human beings use ful or incompetent, says that, “whether they be rich or poor, nine boys out of ten, between the age of ten years and fifteen years, will show by what use they make df their hands, eyes and brains, about what their future is to be.” He also adds, since be was talk ing to boys: “As one of your sincere friends, I would urge you not to miss the importance of the five yearsbetween ten and fifteen. In the develop ment of your body and brain they are really, in my judgment, the five most important years in your life.” One of the best professional men I krow taught himself, when young, all the parts of a steam engine. It wasn’t his intention to become an engineer, but the practice with the toy engine gave him useful hand training. For years the knowledge lay dor - raant in his brain, when one day, in a technical case, his knowledge of a steam engine was challenged. “I cannot only describe one,’’ was his reply, “but I can handle it.” He was put to test, and although his hands had lost some of the cun ning of early youth, he demonstrated that he knew what he was talking about. That knowledge brought him his present position, which is worth to him not a penny less than ten thous and dollars a year. In modeling clay, fashioning brick, carving wood, setting up and taking down small mechanisms, book binding (a delightful home work), drawing and painting, piano or stringed instrument playing, there is a splendid technical training of hands that time and time again will prove invaluable in after life. One of the easiest tests with which a boy may learn how untrained his hands are, is for him to attempt to thread aNo 10 Sharp needle. A nother test is the correct wrapping of a bundle* Many and many a boy cannot do that, because he has allowed his fingers to become clumsy. Book knowledge is a good thing to have, but, if that is all a boy possesses, then he is one sided. One side of his nature, represented by the important appendages of the boy’s bands is not in service. I may say of the hands and their supportsi the arms, that when they are train ed, they perform five times as much work as the legs, and a boy whose brain works with trained hands, is many times more valuable than the boy who has only brains. Three boys applied to me for a position. Before their comiug I had scattered over a table a number of objects-brass wheels, paper, pens, ink, keys, books, stamps, etc. To each boy I said: “Take a good look at that table, then go into the other room and write on a sheet of paper all you saw — name each object.” Each boy was allowed a full minute to look at the things, and then eent out of the room. The first boy named five objects the seoond boy eleven, and the third boy seven. I chose the second boy for the position, and I have had no reason to regret it. He demonstrated to me in the begining that he had cultivated the power of observation, and I needed a boy at my elbow who was quick to see things. A boy with a quick-seeing power is very apt to have a good memory. Because he looks at things with a purpose, they make a lasting im pression upon his mind. It was necessary for this boy that I engaged to prove one time that I was out of my office at a given hour. He did so in this way: “You left at 10:05, because I al ways look at the clock when you go out or come in. I’m in charge of the office, and you told me to note when people went out or came in. It was raining that day, and you put on your black hat. You never wear a black hat when the sun shines. You carried a package of bank papers in your hand, the outside of the package was marked ‘Merchants’ Loan and Trust.” That a boy should remember everything he sees would be foolish, for much that passes before the eye is trivial to note, but by cultivat ing the habit of observation the eye gradually acquires a knack of re jecting useless things and passing only to the record of the brain that which is worthy of keeping. Close observation is a splendid developer of memory. A school-boy in whom I take considerable interest can walk by half a dozen people on the street, and, when they are gone, accurately describe their clothes and facial appearance. He does not im pertinently stare at people, but he has educated his eyes to take in and register objects, and his memory is almost infallible. In the third light-house is to be found that which controls the brain. I do not find that clever brains, smart brains, quick working brains are of great value in a boy if self control is lacking. The hands may be trained, the eye acute in perceiving, the brain satu rated with knowledge, but if the element of self-control is lacking a fine piece of machinery has been constructed from which the most important part — the throttle —has been left out. Some years ago, through force of circumstances a quite young lad was compelled to become a shoveller of ashes in a pit of a large office build ing. The work is obscure, hot, dirty. But this boy stood to it, and as the weeks passed, stokers and engineers about him began to notice that no matter how bad his surroundings were, this boy had one rule of con duct for himself. Others might smoke, swear, sur reptitiously smuggle in liquor, be late in reporting to duty, or careless in work, but to Billie that made no difference. He had his own line of conduct marked out for himself and he held to it. One day, much to his own surprise, an oiler’s job was of fered him. He accepted. Latter he became an assistant engineer, then engineer. Still later the owners of the building called him out of the pit and asked him to manage it for them. He took off his greasy over rails and dressed like a business man. He knew that building from top to bottom, and he was master of himself. Where others yielded to temptation, he fought it and the world steadily noticed the fighting and conquering. That won him his success, and today not yet thirty, he is not one whit different from what he was when he was an ash boy at fourteen. His hands are trained, and his eye keen. His brain is well stored with useful knowledge, but above all is a will that inflexibly holds him to doing what he believes is right. Any other course he will not take. OUR MOTTO:--“It Is Never Too Late to Mend.* 4 Occasionally one may veer towards the incongruous age of paleozic inspence and ponder profoundly as to their nugatory methods causation, but it is assumed , it was the exordium of the exordium, that is to say, the meandering of the Riverlet toward the debouchure, or vortex of pres ent eventualities. Cataphonics, Catacoustics, and Acoustics were crudely in vogue some thousand years ago, but their prolix difficulties placed an impass able barrier regarding the stability of their fecundity. The science of sound, or sporadic sources of Catacoustics, impli cate the rich the poor and the indifferent exclusively. The vagaries of its abnormal peregrination will at various periods erupt the form of diver sion to averseness, with pussiant emphasis, often causing chaos of em broilment. A new era has dawned upon us bringing with it a new venture in the form of telephonic ideas without the essential wire, the assumed venture will undoubtedly jettison the present adumbration and embrace the dimuinution eircsit, which by the solvency of capacity, and freaks of nature, sheers prolixity into an epoch of further advancement. Music in all its characteristics vageries is chronically and con tagiously involved in catacoustics, from the boisterous din of the grand Lamar’s Orchestra, to the sweet strains of Uncle John’s musical com bination. The word catacoustics apparently chuckles incessantly. Variably a redundance of ebulition occurs e. g. The mechanism of various instruments are as delicate as a watch, their tone preciseness are often inveigled by abrupt pluvious emotions, or by the inclemency of humidity which is so prevalent on various occasions. String instruments like the violin, piano etc, are contagiously af fected, especially the violin. Strive as he may, the violinist cannot keep pace with the weather, —It is the opportune moment for the assumed mu sical critic, he throws his hat into the ring, in similarity to the pitcher in baseball. Each throw is delivered with the intent, viz. the down fall of the enemy, The piano is the most bizarre instrument in the world, altho many people render excellent music on it, comparative few understand its mechanism. Placed on castors, completely isolated, keys exposed to the light in a room of normal temperature, occasionally tuned, you will derive a brilliant array of catacoustics in perpetium. Observe the ventriloquist with his whimsical irregularities he equiponderates the full score of cataphonics volubly. The contexture of to-day’s music has distanded to such an extent that the elacticity has been strained to the vertex. Musique de chanson provides intergal food for thot, while musique de opera contacts a paradox of versatile synchronization. The sound of pleasantry stimulates the system, the sound of averse triviality construes a sequence of infecundity, but by sympalhic permu tation, we can indubitaly expunge the gloomy shadow of immortality by clasping the hand of congruity, sedulously adopting the virtue of equaminity. finally resting on the prolific sea of conscientious intergity. La affaire de Monsieur Horace, versus sound, accouters the em blazonary of rahapsody. Opera Commique so to speak. Vous allez voir Monsieurs. Monsieur was employed by the X Y Z Co., Lis duty was to enter invoices into the Day Book etc. Horace procrastinated alternately, obviously the impossibily occured, monsieur was a-bed when he should have been driving the quill, his occiput wrangled with ex cruciation, his tyupanum heeded not the harsh toned City Hall clock, slowly booming the busy hour of eleven A M consternation held him in a tenacious grasp —de dommager um pen, he gasped with suspiration—qui demeurait a la campagne, —Day dream is one of the City Parks, why not quoth he. Patrolman intuition was busy counting a numerous assort ment of corrosible impressions on his Truncheon, twinty four he smiled an’ the next wan ’twill make twinty foive he concluded. Fate had de creed that the menial of the law, and Citizen Horace shall become ac quainted, the rendezvous was named in de billet fate —Twinty foive sang the protector of the law as he brought down his club on the foot of the absentee —a rendezvous of mon-entente cordiale, sounds of charivari chorused the crowd —Cela ne ma pas plu beau coup, groande Horace as he nursed his wounded foot, —’twas the sound of dissonancy. Adieu Messiers. Stillwater, Minnesota, Thursday. October 14, 1915. After ttye Herhirt I stood in the presence of vengeance, Where Justice lay shackled and mute; And I heard a voice from the Judgment seat, A voice none dared dispute: “To his life weld the fetters of Silence, Blight his soul with a withering ban, And thrust him forth in the wilderness, Forsaken by God and Man.” Into the desert of solitudes Came a Joy from the Long Ago; A presence that binds with a soothig touch The wounds of my bitterest woe. I feast on manna that never fails, And I drink from springs unsought; The gifts of Infinite Mercy, Whom Vengeance regardeth not. Beams the light of a face transfigured. Gleams an ever-beckoning hand Through the mists in the dim gray distance, At the gates of the Spirit Land. And I know while adrift with the wreckage In the reek of life’s turbulent sea. That she on whose bosom I nestled Is waiting and watching for me. When the swarming storm-clouds fasten Their gloom on my wavering sight, When the glory of hope lies shrouded In the darkest depths of night, 1 see in the shadowy distance, That borders the Spirit Land, The radient smile of a glorified face, And the gleam \ f a beckoning hand. Mentor The Science of Sound Scro By the Baron. RIVER FALLS TEAM DEFEATED BY M. S.P. Last Saturday's Contest on Local Diamond With River Fails Team Proved Another one of the Many Interesting and Excit ing 6ames Played with Outside Ag gregations this Season. Yes! The River Falls (Wis.) ball team came, saw, but did not con quer. Far from it. But they put up a game fight against the most perfect team work it has been our privilege to see our boys put up this season; in fact, we had the game all our own way from the start, and would have shut them out if Bergie hadn’t felt sorry for them aDd muffed an easy fiy in the eighth, the said fly allowiug them to tally. Our team was somewhat shaken up, but the management showed their ability in placing the available material at hand. Red did duty in the box and covered himself with considerable glory, issuing one pass* striking out 13, and allowing only five hits in nine innings, and he finished as strong as he began. Carlt was back at first and covered the sack in old time form as well as showing up fair at the plate. Laff held down the second bag and wa 8 on the job all the time. He would be fine as a permanent fixture there- Hans replaced Harry at short and did fair work. Dela covered third base for the first five innings, but it was his off day, and he was re placed by Lovey who showed to good advantage, both in his fielding oad aa a rua getter. was book in right field and cared for all that came his way, the same can be said of Fanny at center, and Bergie at left, with the one exception already noted in the latter case. Wag be hind the bat, was O. K. (he sure has a great wing, a cool head and good judgemnt.) The visitors were for the most part strangers; in fact, the only familiar faces were those of 800, at short, and Anderson at second. Their pitcher was the weak end of the line-up, as he allowed our boys to connect for seventeen safe ones, and passed one; altho he did manage to strike out eleven. Their hitters were absent, if they have any; but even at that it would have taken a born hitter to have gotten next to Red’s delivery. Of one thing we are certain, how * ever, and that is, that we have never crossed bats with a more gentle manly and game bunch of pennant chasers than the River Falls ball team, and we trust that we will again have the pleasure of their company on the local diamond at some future date, if not this season, why next anyhow. Keck handled the indictator and was in rather better form than the previous week; but he seems to have it in for the home team. Perhaps this is all for the best, for it leaves no room for criticism on the part of the visitors at not getting fair play In the tirst, Wasson flied to Laff. Sennen singled to left, and stole second. Deikman fanned. Nelson flied to Fanny.—l hit —0 runs. For the M. S. P., Hans popped to Anderson. Carlt fanned. Laff singled to short, but was caught stealing second. —I hit —0 runs. In the second, 800 aud Fortune fanned, while Dreshler grounded out to second. The home team had about the same luck, Fanny singled to short, went to second on an over throw and stole third, but never had a show to come home. Saxo and Dela fanned. Bergie grounded out to second. —1 hit —0 runs. In the third, Everson received a pass. Anderson popped a foul fly near first base that Carlt got under By Post Nubila Phoebus, Vol. XXIX: No. 11 in pretty style, having to climb the “bleachers” to do so. Wasson fan ned. Sennen grounded out to second. For the M. S. P., Wag’s bunt was a fizzle. Red singled to right. Hans repeated to left. Carlt sacrificed to short scoring Red. Laff fanned. —3 hits —1 run. In the fourth, matters were quick ly finished. Deikman and Nelson were whiffed; and while 800 did manags to make the initial sack on a B—liner” to center, he was caught trying to annex second. The M. S. P. was cleaned up in a similar style, Fanny was whiffed. Saxo popped to the boxman. Dela grounded out to first. In the fifth, Fortune was fanned. Dreshler singled to center and reached second on a passed ball. Everson fanned. Anderson ground ed out to third.. —1 hit —0 runs. For the M. S. P., Bergie singled to left, Wag grounded to second, but Anderson made a slow recovery and overthrew on his return to first, both runners being advanced a base. Red and Hans sacrificed to center both runners scored. Carlt singled to center and worked his way around to third. Laff fanned. —3 hits —2 runs —1 error. In the sixth, Lovey replaced Dela at third. Wasson grounded out to Red. Sennen and Deikman were fanned. For the M. S. P., Fanny poled out a three-bagger to left, but was caught trying to slip over the plate. Saxo singled to short, stole second. Lovey received a pass. Bergie singled to second, and then all ad vanced on an overthrow. Saxo com. ing home. Wag fanned. Red ground ed to third, but Dreshler muffed a nice cbance, the batter going to first while the men on bases both came across the plate. Hans ground ed out to second. —3 hits —3 runs —1 error. In the seventh, Nelson fanned. 800 grounded out to third. Fortune repeated to short. For the M. S. P., Carlt fanned Laff hammered out a two-bagger to left. Fanny singled to center, Laff scoring. Saxo repeated with a double to center, scoring Fanny. Lovey singled to left, Saxo came home, the base runner working his way around on thefts, but was caught trying to make the plate. Bergie grounded out to second. —4 hits —3 runs. In the eighth, Dreshler raised a fly to left that Bergie missed that went for a double and, in stealing third Wag made a wild throw to Lovey that allowed him to come home. Everson singled to center. Anderson repeated to second. Wasson repeated to the same quarter for an out. Sennen’s buDt was a fizzle. Deikman fanned. —2 hits —1 run —1 error. For the M. S. P., Wag clipped out a three-bagger to right. Red singled to left. Wag scored Red, then proceeded to steal second, and, made bold by his success, tried to repeat the performance to third, but Dreshler was too quick for him. Wood replaced Hans, but was fan ned and, Carlt met a like fate. —2 hits —1 run. In the ninth. Nelson fanned. 800 grounded to short, but Wood was a little slow in the pick-up. Fortune grounded out to second and Dreshler repeated to third. Score by innings: River Falls: 0-0-0-0-0-0 0-1-0- 1. M. S. P.: 0-0-1-0-2-3-8-1- 10, Batteries Nelson and Sennen: Red and Wag. Umpire, Keck. “It’s five years ago today, and I’m going to celebrate my wouldn’t wedding.” “Wouldn’t wedding? Wooden you mean!” “No. Wouldn’t. Five years to day I asked a girl if she’d marry me and she said she wouldn’t.” —Philadelphia Ledger.