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Poverty a Disease Jin
Jlbn or ma I Con dition Need of Cheerfulness, Self RelianceSuccess the Divine Destiny of Man. Cy Orison Swett Marden, Editor of Success. I LARGE part of the poverty of the world is a disease, tbe result of centuries of tad living, bad thinking, and of Bin ning. We know that poverty Is an abnormal condition because it doAt not lit any human being's constitution. It con tradicts the promise and the prophecy of the .divine in man. There are Tlenty of evidences that abundance of that is good was man's inheritance; that, if he claims It stoutly and struggles persistently toward it, he will gain it Man was Intended to harmonlte with the best thing In biro, not with the worst with the divine and not with the brute. -Every man is pos sible king, and the coming man will be one.' We retipect and honor people who are poor because of ill health or mis fortune which they can not prevent. There Is no disgrace in unpreventable poverty. The dlBgrace Is In not doing our level best to better our condition. "What we denounce Is preventable poverty, that which- is due to vicious living, to slovenly, slipshod, syntemless work, in idling and dawdling, or to laziness, that poverty which Is due to the lack of gumption, or to any preventable cause. But you will say that gumption itself is a gift like any talent, that It Is born with one; that a man is not to blama if he does not have ambition enough to spur him on to something higher, or the energy to Improve his condition. But these qualities are cultlvatable In every normal person. The fact is that a large part of the poverty of the world Is due to downright laziness, shlftlessness, an unwillingness to make the effort, to light for a competence. It does not matter bow much ability one may have, if he does not have the inclination and the energy to use It it will atrophy. Laziness will ruin the greatest genius. It would kill the ambition of an Alexander or a Napoleon. No gift or talent Is great enough to with stand it. The love of ease has wreeed more careers than anything else eicept dissipation, and laziness and vice usually go together. They are twins. There are certain traits of a strong character which are incompatible foundation stones in strong characters. We often find them largely devel oped in the man who is poor In spite of all his efforts to get away from his poverty; who is the victim of misfortune and disasters which he could not control; but the man who Is poor because he has lost his courage, his faith in himself, or because he Is too lazy to pay the price for a competence, lacks these qualities, and is so much less a man. He is a weak character compared with the man who has developed powerful mental and moral muscle In his energetic, persistent efforts to 'gain a competence and to make the most of himself. When you make up your mind that you are done with poverty forever, that you will have nothing more to do with it that you are going to erase every trace of It from your dress, your personal appearance, your manner, ixrar talk, your actions, your home, that you are going to show the world your real mettle, that you are no longer going to pass for a failure, that you J.ave set your face persistently toward, better things, a competence, an independence, and that nothing on earth can turn you from your resolution, ' you will be amazed to see what & reinforcing power will come to you from this Increased confidence and self-respect You will be wonderfully helped by the encouragement and the great stimulating force which come from the consciousness of Improving one's condition and getting1 on in the world. ' Kesolve with all the vigor you can muster that, slnco there are plenty of good things In the world for everybody, you are going to have your shnre, without Injuring anybody else or keeping others back. It was intended that you should have a competence, an abundance. It Is your birthright. You are success organized, and constructed for happiness, and you should re solve to reach your divine destiny. Thousands of people in this country have thought themselves away from a life of poverty , by getting a glimpse fit that great principle, that we tend to realize in the life what we persistently hold in the thought and vigorously struggle toward. s 11ULU Lilts 1 U.I Get Power By James Linn Nash. HE primary purpose of the American Society of Equity Is to protect the farmer, but this Is' not its sole object. Tho organized farmers are not merely to fight their own bat tles. They are to help the great mass of the American peo Die to secure more general equitable conditions. In Beek- Pr L Hliig to obtain better returns for their Investment of capital II and labor they are not to force. the poor to pay more for 'I the necessities of life. Rather they are to assist them In sect'; ihS loou ana Clouting ui wiwer ruio qu-i:iuu uui, the middle man wi'.h his fat profits. Product are to go directly from the rnnmimer to the rfodueer. bo far aB possible. The A. S. E. has formed an alliance with the American Federation of In the esiauiisnmeni oi aisirmuiuiK smuuus wum? uui piuuun umj uo sold by the farmer to the consumer without the Intervention of a third party. Such distributing BtatiOus are already in operation in Chicago and other plac es. ' According to the plans outlined, tbe activit Ics of the society are to have a stlH wider scope, extending beyond the mere control of tire marketing of the fiulU of tho soil and touching many phases of the nation's jiolltlcal aud econ omic life. Once thoroughly organized tho farmers of. the stote. with tPn mil lion votes would be a political r-ower Irresistible, a power before which the politicians at Washington and at the many little Washington throughout tho country would bow. Whn the farmers wanted laws enaeted congress and the legislatures would be quick to respond, for It would not be the confused and faint cry of Individuals scattered on Isolated farms over the lonely prai rie but the full-voiced and4unlted cherus of a body of men who know what they want and are not slow in demanding It From the World To-day. What Could He Say to That? "Confound it, cried the angry hus Innd, "any old thing appeals to you If It's only cheap!" IHa bargain hunting wife grimly l:.l!.-.l. pcti't forget," flie sarcastically re-v.-.i k: 1. ."t!:at you yo-irs'if are one of ,. v i ! it ' istic lnv Sinn nts." R IlltZi O JTLU.il IU Labor ant) the. two are co-operating j Getting a Good Start. "Do I understand you to Bay," In quired the Boston maiden, "that yxa believe in early niRrriagesJ"' "Sure," replied the Cliic.iro jrlrl, "the . earlier tho. oftener." I'hiUukr Iihla Tien. Throe riotorlous hut uetc. dressed "in Mark (.. ! rel'i -ill.-. 1 us ! '!".' ; in t' , ) "I thltA ( s, t. l-o, i!ii t!; l:l.s. w it t'lry i'i) ( , . .0 t C'V'Ulhl.S i f ! ; ! (,', : APPLES (Dy "Will UnoVrnentri nn opple tree Kdt a Oumo of comely Bcemlng, With her work uorj tier knee. And her great eyes Idly dreaming. O'er the harvent-aiTes lirlglit, C'ntne her l)uland' din of reaping; iVtr to her, an Infant wltfht 1 liroiiBh the tangled grass was creep ing. On the branches lont and hlch Anil the great green apples growing. Rented alio, her wandtTinK eye. With a retrospective knowing. "Thin" she mill, "the ahelter la. Where, when gny and raven-headed, I contented to h hia. And our willing hearts wera wedded. oca on I0E30I I0E30I THE LOST SHIP MARIGOLD. OOE30I XOE30E "It was last June that we steamed out of Ran Francisco harbor," said Dick. "The Firefly, as you know, is quick rtinner thinks nothing of fif teen knots. We struck out In tbe, dl rection of the FIJIs and stayed there couple of weeks, all being very new and Interesting to me; but Blr Harry had been there before me. " 'Now,' said Sir Harry, after we had stayed a while, 'what do you say If we strike for Valparaiso aud visit Pltealrn Island on the way? I have a fancy to see these curious people.' "Of course I was delighted and away we went Pltealrn Island, as perhaps you know. Is a lovely little dot, lying fifteen hundred miles south of the linn and nvar two thousand from South America. It Is seldom visited, and the arrival of a Bhlp" there Is an event of great rejoicing. Well, we got along swimmingly for about a week, when we experienced some uncommon ly rough weather. Of course we took tt philosophically enough; but when it came to the breaking of a blade of our screw, we felt that it was piling on the agony. In addition to being blown out of our course, we didn't get Ble-hf of th aim for five days. Such things, however, don't last forever, and when it cleared up and our cap tain could use his sextant, he gave our latitude as let me see: I've got it down In my pocketbook. Yes; here it Is as 33 degrees 24 minutes south, 132 degrees 15 minutes west. I re member noting It down particularly as Sir Harry and myself were curious to know where we were. Next morning I heard Sir Harry's Tolce shouting cheerily outside my stateroom: " Dick, I say, get out here. There's an Island lying east of us which the cantaln savs isn't on the chart. Just think; we're dlscovereis!1' "Sure enoueh there was the Island four or five miles off, looklg as pret ty as a picture. " There are people on it!" exclaim ed the captain. "As we got nearer -the Bhore Bir Harry and I kept our telescopes to our eyes. Some scores of natives had collected upon the beach and were watehlne our annroach. Before we could make out much about the people, we could plainly see, half a mile in land, a village of houses, some of them evidently wooden ones and painted. others .made of mats and poles, ai among the Fljls. " 'That looks uncommonly like civ llizatlon,' said Sir Harry. 'Can you catch what sort of dress they wear? Seems to ma that they have clothes on down to the feet, anyway.' "By this time we had got. to the beach- and jumped on shore, and if ever I was staggered in my life I was then. Twenty paces in frOrit of us, and the same distance In advance of the crowd we saw at first, stood four of the queerest, the quaintest, the most nondescript figures. Oue bad" on a mantle reaching about to his knees, once evidently gaudy, but 'now faded from age and patched. The legs were incased in boots of untanned leather. A long white beard fell from a pleas ant looking brown face, while pn the head was a leather slouch hat with broad brim. , ', "The next was a 'well proportioned, black bearded young fellow, In a short mantle of faded silk. This one held bis hat In his hand, and it had a long ferXlier in it ' At his hip hung a sword In a curiously chased sheath. "May I be struck dumb and para lyzed on the spot, If the old fellow with the brigand boots didn't amble up and say, with a Chesterfleldiim bow: .', " 'May It pleae your woTshlu? to go with us and taste of our clpT ' You are right welcome to this Ijand We will entreat you well, for I fcuthlnk me ye do come from thaland of Eng land, of which our forefathers Bpake. We are right glad that ye have come, I warrant you. Suffer us to conduct you unto our homesy " 'Yea, prithee, falit sirs, we entreat you,' chimed In the other three. "We stopped befoieone of the most pretentious cottages, ll here we were net by two fc-male9 fohe mi l He aped Jiame Elizabeth Marl tin, tho other a plrl of eiilileen or 1 he d.ur.e was like tnali-s, bat the your., so, Ahiy liunln. ' I tl.'.erly ;v y vas a ver-fh-, fi.'tihiric i k t:n!r nn 1 ItaMi durliy be:iii".' eyes. rn-y lipn, t ''I- " - - ' ! U ufe f- " ' bi GROWING. Carleton.) "I-nucWrn worda and pl o' n"h, Iinif are chanted to grave; t-nnviM)r. Sorrow's win. Is have- swept to an!l Manv a blossomed hope fnnwi'. Th'ind'T-heiuJs have hovered u ei-- Storms my rath have chilled and enaa eJ. . Of the bloom my gny youth bore, m , Some lias fruited more hua laa -u. Thm ,.i .i,- her buby wrestled, Smiled on her tu fntlitr's fyi'. Anil imlo her bosom nestled. Hnlf the wife's and half the mother's. "Still the beat la left," said she: 1 have learned to live for other. 30E30I 30EXOO XOE30I IOOOI lono tlon to which we responded, tbe fair Amy being flanked by Sir Harry on the one tide and Master Marigold Thom son, the young fellow with the dandy doublet and bose, on the other, while another lady was similarly cavallered by myself. "It was a sight for the gods to see our worthy captain hobnobbing and carrying on animated conversation with the bucaneers at the other side of the table. I could see, too, that Sir Harry - was making his way In ' the good graces of damsel Amy, much to the perturbation of Master Marigold Thomson. "Sitting In the shadow of a patri archal palm, Master Martin told us the traditional history of the island, sup ported by the extraneous evidence of several articles, one of them a volume bound in black leather with silver clasps. This proved to be a bla-k- letter edition of Edward IV.'s Bible, printed upon parchment nothing elae would have stood the wear and tear and thumbing of centuries. This, he told us, was the only book on the isl and and from it he and all I saw around me learned to read. "Besides the Bible, Master Martin showed us a manuscript book, 'a ship's log, much blurred, and rendered illegi ble by sea water and extreme age, but from which I made these extracts: The xxj of Awgust we enter ed the streyghts called Magelllanes Streytes, the xxilj of the same year we arrived at an Hans where we' had great store of fowles which could not flye, of the bygness of geese; we kylde in lesse than one day above three thousand of these lowles, and victual ed ourselves thrwly with therq. Tbe last of September being a very foule night, and the Beas sore growne. we lost the general's shlppe and the Elizabeth running to the eastward to get the shore whereof we had sight the vij of October, falling into a very dangerous bay full pf rocks; and there we lopt company of M. Drake the same night and ambush brake out and set upon them, and before they could recover their bote and get her on floto they hurt ail of our men very 6ore with their arrowes John Bruer, John Marten, Thomas Flud. treat Nele, a dane, llttel Nelo a fleming. Jonn Gripe, John Mariner, ' Gregory Rayment, escaped, their wounds and were cured. here we do live unto this daye In greate peace and plentye. and In aniitie with ye natives. Seeing that much time hath panned without B.VIie Of shlD or re0ll nil anvo Thomas Find have taken unto them selves wives wherefrom they have children, by which we are much hol- pen. I do thynke we shall brines all in ye fcare of Gorlde. . JOHN THOMSON, , Captain of ye Marigold. At yo Hand of Malilna. this 25th dav of December (Xmas) Goddes son bis daye, as I recon, In the yere of our lorde fifteen hundred eighty-three, V years have we bene here. God save Her Majostzle.- J. T. "So -things went from -day to day. til. , we lived more on the Island then wj did on the yacht Before we had been there a week I could toll that Sir Harry was' 6nug' in the meshes of the dimple god.' Whllo 1 was potting wild duck upon the creeks Sir Henry was making love to the fair Amy. Of courpe this- didn't escape the notice ot Master Marigold Thomson. One evening as we were lying in our hummocks smoking. Sir Harry began to talk. 'Dick,'- said he, 'did you ever Bee girl like that? So simple, so art less, so innocent, such a beauty, so unlike those sophisticated, artificial, hothouse exotics one meits in a Lon don drawing room ! By Jove! I've a good mind to do It.' " 'What does the girl say to it?" 1 said. " Tomorrow I mean to sk her," slfihed Sir Harry. 'I don't think I'm mistaken in the result." ' "But Sir Horry need cot have wor ried as. to the outcome, f.r on the following; d..y sli asked him. It seemed that tin re was a cu'.tom cm t V lBl.-ind that the fi:f.t mV.i who soiidit Hie hand of a nialdrn hi mHrrlaco was UMialiy fiveu the preference; If st.e refused ),!, however, the was com-p'-ilwl to f.,k aimih.-r lover ati.l j.n , to ! Y,m )Kj.i, ,....).. !: v ay t: v I-.. ,.. .,s ;, :i Martin's daughter, hut i. for Sir Hurry. Ueclar "'I hat evening after dinner I comfortably at rolling along the moon lit bench smoking a cigar-. About hundred yards to my right I saw Hl Harry and Amy. They were strolC aloiiR aa cose as lovers near where fringe of myitlo ran down alrno-t tl the edge of the water, when whan, came a Bound out of the laurel thl-ket' The next momont the air was stanii with a masculine groan and a femlnhu shriek. ' I ran oni found Sir Harry on th snnd and Miss Amy tugging away at the arro that, had lodged In big back. So I slipped his arms out of the sleev of his cont and waistcoat, ripped eft the back of his shirt and undercloth Ing, wont to work on the flesh around the barbs, and brought out the arrow. A few minutes after h had bwn hit I had be plastered up you know I always carry enough plaa. ter in my pocketbook to fix up a regl. ment. Amy's shrieks had brought th old man and the old woma, and i hundred of the villagers. The.' canw running up with lights and 'r.-vin. with that melancholy cadence which la the distinctive mark of barbaric min, as if their hearts would brenw "Morning rose with Amy still hnv. ertng round his bed, when news w brought in of another calamity. Marl gold Thomson had besn found with hli Drains danhed out, at the foot of th highest coast bluff on the Island. Nobody ever knew who fired that arrow. If they knew, tbey said noth ing. Poor Marigold was brought In dead. He was covered with flowers and we burled him with true grief, true tears. 'And so ndcd, after three hundred years, the last descendant of John Thomson, captuln of the Marigold, whr .; had passed through Magellan's straits H with Sir Francis Drake, and brought his ship safe to land on an Island la tbe south seas. a 'Oh, the travesty of fortune.' Push ' that decanter this way, and light an other cigar. Tomorrow I shall have the pleasure of Introducing you to Sir Hany and Us inland ' bride." Saa Francisco Argonaut. RUSSIANS LOVE LIGHT, And Candles and Electric Light Mai Their Dwellings Bright as Day. All the entertainments and functions to which we went, whether private or public, were extremely well done. Rus sians dearly love light, and on these occasions mado their houses as bright as day with a profusion of candles as well as electric liht Masses of flow ers, notwithstanding their rarity In such a rigorous climate, ' decorated every availablo place, and the staircas es were lined with footmen In gorgeous liveries. Although many of the houses were very smartly furnished with all that money could buy and modern art suggest, they Ftruck me ns lacking In the real refinement and true artis tic taste that one bpcj in Tails: but he French are born connoisseurs, and think of little else than artistic com fort. In those days the average Russian drawing room was sup'.'rlur to the or dinary English one. If there was t lack of inincrlntitioi), there was also aa absence of tawdrlncss, which contrast ed favorably with the overcrowded London room, where, at that time, the esthetic and Japanese craze reisncd supreme where evenly balanced struc tures of paper fans, liberty silks and photographs were thought decorative, n6t to .speak of labyrinths of tiny ta bles, cha.h-9 and screens. I was pre pared to eiifTer a gre;Ht den! from the cold, but found, aa in 'most northern countries, that tlm houses were heat ed to suffocation,' and. the windows were rarely opened, a smnll ventilator . being thought quite Ktifticient. litis slang assert that all foreigners bring so much caloric with them that tti''y do not feel the cold at first : This m-ij be so, but there ls.no doubt that the." feel the want of air and tha stuffiness of the rooms, w hich dries up the skin nd tckes away the ai petite I-Yora "The nliiliilsceiict'S of Lady Il.indo!i' Churchill," In the Century. " Dinging Bait. Tho boy wr.n'ca noma worrits fr bait. He ht.-O iselocled a piotiii.-ii.? spot, a sandy and lowly knoll, but though he had been dl:;i;lii? now 1a fifteen minutes nut a Fiiij-.le worm h"J his ppadc In: ned up. "H':re, t.iiiiiy," snld nn oM artj'er, "take this c hit nit of soap ninl make a quart or two of r.iopMni-- The boy broti-ht tl.r suds, t man sprinkled t li tu ovr the and then he In Ms turn la nan t' It v. as amazlns. lien- here; the before bad not found a Flii..lr v tho oil man now (!i- o-.i '. d i in dozens. "Vou can find woims '.vct where, sonny," said tho old man yu;l wet tho cnnnid v;t!i '! first. The fo:i-1. :4 rlranH Ib-ri. in)' r m if tie same us iho.u n,i! a: o ot h da t!i" same 1 'la id .Illtl! id. la 1.