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L Age Records Show an Average of Fifty Ysars for Performance of the Masterwork. Ey IV. Si. Newman Borland.' HE "sun. mum bunum" or a mnn's life who shall say when or what It Is In any Riven case? It becomes almost a work of supererogation to attempt to designate any single act or performance as the one mot valuable In any man's career. Reiliicpd In ihu u 1 1 1 ,? r . It Iw.ciinips after all. Ollly the ex- H I presslon of an Individual opinion, savo in those striking in I stances in which by gci.al consent a certain achieve- ment Is recognized as the man's greatest work. No one would deny that in "Paradise Lost" Milton attained me highest expression of his mentality, that Wellington achieved his greatest fame when he won the field of Waterloo, that Bacon's "Novum Organuai" Is his greatest accomplishment, and that "Don Quixote" exceeded anything else that Cervantes ever did. In other life-records one act may appear equal to another at different stages In the man's development; or to one observer the Influence of one deed may far outweigh that of another, and contrariwise. This difficulty has been exceedingly hard to overcome, and without any at tempt at dogmatism, but with the earnest desire to ascertain the truth as far aa may be possible, has the decision been made In the disputable records. Having been arranged in this manner, the records give an average age of fifty for the performance of the masterwork. Kor the workers tho average age is forty-seven, .ind for the thinkers fifty-two. Chemists and physicists average the youngest at forty-one; dranmtists and playwrights, poets and Inventors, follow at forty-four; novelists give an average. of forty-six; ex plorers and warriors, forty-seven; musical composers and actors, forty-elgat; artists and divines occupy the position of equilibrium at fifty; essayists and reformers stand at fifty-one; physicians and surgeons line up with the states men at fifty-two; philosophers give an average of fll'ty-four; astronomers and mathematicians, satirists and humorists, reach fifty-six; historians, fifty-seven, and naturalists and jurists, fifty-eight. As may be noted, there is a re-ar-rangemtnt of the order at this time, but the thinkers, as before, and as would naturally be expected, attain their full muturity at a later period than the workers. The corollary Is evident. Provided health and optimism remain, the man of fifty can command success as readily as the man of thirty. Health plus optimism read the secret of success; the one God-given, the other Inborn, also, but capable of cultivation to the point of enthusiasm. The Century. ? The Man and His Job f1 OOOO-NIOHT TO LAV. The lonu Bray beach with Its ipur of Turks Sprinkled with pearly spray, Villi a (nee upturned to meet the iKy Is wooing li,u last uf Uiij . And the stormy waves tnrt up their hands And echo tiii-ir tuiuitniii: try. . , Ami sen-urn ol ewe liiu .1 ''' nvaru A home to ll.cir iic&li Uu-y lib eries the r.iml, the waves, O lioklon ilnv "Leave us not.' the III Ids, "I.otivo us lll.t But "Jlush my chl.di.n.' ni'1' "For now 1 nu.-.t fepe J uv.ay The Innclv trnvel!r lews hi" '''ra'1-,. And lu iHithid in tin- il:ivs I "-i 11 And tin sun Im J, down X Wt 11 "OooJ-iilKlit," she inuiiiiuu, nlKlit." And her str'nirlnu Wits of red and K'M illifce tin- fkv wllh n lilnry iKlil. And pulls hlvlu'a v 1 1 across ii r m ., "Uuuil-nlglil," Kilo says, fco-jd-nir"'- And the Ik-'ithomo keeper folds h' IvinJs, "Diar tiod," he mui nun low. "Pnv the i lilldien throughout lli' nujiH Wlioin'tlie wave tots to and tro. And lo! as tha enrnost keeper prays, There (jlemns a radlnni Imht And cjr,d'8 lump to snide his . I.IKlrcn sale Is shining- tluoub'li the night. One by one the stars peep out. And the ocean n-iP-ois their UcM. And the sands and tho sea and the Mru and men , , .,, .. Cry, "GooU-nlght, O world, good-nil,!. All nltjht Ion from tho lighthouse tower Flushes a steady light, .,.. And God's own Ihtiip. the mn"n. una "u Are wutchlng on earth to-night. So fenr not orenn. nor birds, nor man, Kor Cod will mnko nil Hint's "Kin. And with perfect trust In him ore "", Murmur, "Liood-nlslit, good-intm. ono 'A aonoc A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE Part of the Story of the Eoy Who Rode on the First Train. D o oc Mary K. Maule in St. Nicholas. inr-ifti ... only person now living that was on tho Mohawk and Hudson on its nrm my with passengers over the road. "Well, as 1 sulci, we had a terrible time getting started, but at last we got off, and then it did seem to me as if we fairly flew. 1 had never felt any thing like it. There were big while stone mile-posts all along the road, and It seemed to me that 1 no sooner would set through dodging one than 3 the sun, am;lncr would come by. Oh, it wns 1 araud rldlne-. 1 teil you! "A man by the name of Jervls John D. Jervls, I think it was was chief en gineer, John Hampton was the fire man, and John Clark, the fellow they called 'resident engineer,' acted as con ductor. They didn't have a regular j conductor. I remember that they filled up tho boiler when we started, but at what they called the 'half-way house' we had to stop at a ink and take on water to carry us throagn. 'By the time we'd left ilia half way house the was getting right down to her work, and It did look to me as If we were going at a terrible speed al though I guess about eighteen miles an hour was the best time we made. "I saw some of the passengers turn pale and clutch their seats like grim death when we rounded the curves; and others of them, solemn old fel lows, looked at each other and shook their heads, as If they knew that going at such a rate as that was almost wick etd, and that they surely were tempt ing fate. But 1 wasn't a bit scared. The faster we wnt the belter I liked it. The engine couldn't go too fast to suit me. "People all along the way ran out to look after the train as dumbfounded as if it had been an airship or a comet, and the horses and cows and pigs and chickens '00k to the hills, bawling and qr.awklns as If they thought the very fiends were after them." 30 u O D o OE3m I 'A ! I . Ey Herbert J. Hapgood. man cannot serve two masters, neither can he hold down two Jobs at the same time. When the firm Is paying for your whole time, It s not fair to divide your attention be tween your regular work and a side line. Every idea which comes to von should h pntevtuined and developed so as to H I benefit your present employers. I I once knew a man who attempted to carry on a small I mail order business while filling a responsible position with a large corporation. He spent his evenings devising new schemes and perfecting his follow-up system. The side line required more attention, perhaps, than he had originally piopored giving to it, and at last he found himself sitting up late into the night mastering the details of his new business. A man cannot work all the time, and it only naturally followed that his regular ofiice duty showed the effects of his overworked brain, resulting from I insufficient rest and recreation. What Is more, before many weeks he found ( that his mail order business was encroachlni; on hjs regular office hours, and he gave much time to It that practically belonged to the company which was paylne; him a salary. Aside from the Idea of Justice in the matter, It is unwise for the best in terests of both parties concerned for an employe to try to keep two fires go ing at one time. Most men get pretty busy getting wood for one fire, but when they try to furnish the fuel for two fires, their energy pnu originality is taxed bejond the bounds of human capabilities. New York Commercial. There is a boy In New York, who but wait a minute, he isn't a boy any more, come to think of it, he is ninety four years old, and that Is hardly a boy, is it? But he was a boy once, and a lively, healthy, hustling boy he was, too, away back in the early 'ISO's, and he did something that no boy had ever done before, and that no boy will ever do again for he was the first boy that rode on the first train in America. His name was Stephen Smilh Dubois, and he was just as loud of lun and ex- I'VE CAUGHT NO FlSIf TO-Dw Al. T1UI.W lrm 11. .1.1... 1, X' aTinhinz went: v For lines tliev. found some hits 0f itr; for hook some pins thee !, They mieled in the goldfish globe iutt, hnlf a day, V lnle Haby 13ear just waited tcJ im i , they would say. wt After they'd fished a lent?, long titae uH I Bobby Bear, I wish ' lou d go away, elear Jiahy Bcar-I , you'll scare the fmh." "Dcy isn't nny fish, " said Baby Bear "for vpsterduv. ' w I was af'aid you'd hurt 'em, so I froj ', oil n-.vi "n St. Nicholn. AMONG GIRLS. "Does she know her to talk to?" "No, only o talk about." Smit( get. A MISINTERPRETATION'. '1, The Peddler "Peaeh-es!" One of the Spinsters "Flatterer!" Brooklyn Life. ONE ON HUDBY. "What is an able seaman, ma?" "A man who can stand any number of, schooners." New York Press. A COUNTRY SCHOOL. Through Co-opcratlon It Has All The I Advantages of a City Institu tion, I The country school, with its 111 i paid, incompetent teacher and its few dull and uninterested pu;)lis, Is a t'.i:3g of the paa lu .Magnolia TownsMi, j Putnam County, 111. Magnolia Town I chip Is the smallest towr.sl Ip In WA j nols, and the people who live there) ' are not rich, but they have Intelligence AN APOLOGY REQUIRED. "Young man, you rescued my wife from the water." "I bes pardon, sir. I thought It was your daughter." Judge. -i.J-1 OBSTACLES. I "You would be a good danler but for two things." "What are they?" "Your feet." Baltimore American. citement, and of going to places and 1 enough to tee the wisdom of co-oper-seelng things, as boys are today. In atlou, and so, Instead of a number of the autumn of 1S31, after the crop 1 little schools with an incompetent P :--:! Significance of Mind Ey Eenjamin Kidd were harvested, and he had in his pocket the money he had earned as a farm hand, he thought he would give himself a 6rcat treat. So he put his little bundle on a Btlck over his shoul der, and started to walk all the way from Providence, Saratoga County, up to Albany, to visit his uncle. He was fifteen years old then, and a forty mile walk was nothing to his active young limbs. Ho had been living on a farm, and the sights of Albany kept him at a lev er heat of Interest for a week, at which teacher and no equipment, they have ; one big consolidated school with all i the advantages of ihe city school, be tides a course of study specially adap- , ted to rural needs. It costs the ma 11 ted to rural needs. It costs them a llttlo more than the old school did, i but they have sense enough to seo j that there Is no better way to spend ; money than on the education of their 1 children. i As a site for this school John Swan- ; ey, a faimer in moderate cireum-t-t.inces, contributed, savs "World's time he felt ihat he would have to start 1 Work," twenty-six acres of well wood- TRUE BOTH WAYS. "The die is cast!" hissed the Til lain. Then, shaking their gold locks, the chorus bounded on. "It seems," the critic murmured, "that the cast Is dyed, too." New iork Press. tv 1 0 1 n 3 Elevator Man "Flftlethstory. Far' as we go!" I'ncle Hiram (getting out) "Gosh, Mandy, that conductor forgot to collect our fares. Come alonj, quick! We're a dime in," Bosto Transcript. SEEKING INFORMATION. "Whither away?" asked the cam paign manager. "To Join the society of psychic re search," answered the candidate, "to Bee whether I have a ghost of a show." Washington Star. i t 1 JL t :: :! T has been my experience to be able to study animal in stincts and animal lntelllger.ee, both in the lower and high er anlmaU, in many conditions, for a period now extending over more than twenty years. Deep and lasting, on the whole, has been tho impression left aa to the results of animal instinct. Nevertheless, it yields place to a deeper feeling as to the character of the enormous interval which separates the highest example of animal instinct from even a simple act of intelligence. The most permanent result of my own studies in animal capacities has been a gradually increasing convic tion as to the as yet unlmagined significance of mind in the further evolution of the universe. But I think that a first step toward a truer appreciation of the almost Inconceivable potentialities of mind In the future is a clearer per ception of the difference which marka off its higher manifestations from even tho most remarkable examples of animal instinct. The Century. : ! The Definition i Of a Railway Ey Ceorga H. Post. ELL, what Is a railway? A railway, as we understand it in the states. Is a railroad, which for the purpose of the issue of a lot of new securities must find a way, so we call it road. We build railways because the people who live in tenitory where they are cot, pray for them, clamor for them, and say that ihe railway would be the greatest bless ing that could come their way, but when the railways are built, and they have derived all the blessings that come with them, they are the worst things that ever happened. Tho principal uses of the railway is to furnish bfllco seekers with something to howl about; agitators with a topic for unlimited conversation, and everybody with something to try to beat. The motto of politicians in dealing with rail ways is, "Soak it to him." on his return ourne. He did not In the least mind the prospect of the '.ong walk, but when he mentioned the mat ter to his uncle, he was told that If he would remain a little longer his tincia would take him on the trial trip of the new railroad then ueing built, and which was the greatest experiment that had ever been uudei taken in that part of the country.' What boy could possibly resist the opportunity to ride In n brand-new In vention that was the talk of the wholo country, and which, moi cover, it was predicted, would run away or blow up, or go over into a ditch at the first trial! "The name of the engine was tho 'De Witt Clinton,' but somebody called it the 'Brother Jonathan,' and It was afterward known as the 'Yankee,' I suppose on account of the English en gine being called the 'John Bull.' "It was a pretty funny looking little contraption compared to what locomo tives are now. It stood high and spind ling, had a straight, small smokestack and the boiler was about as big as a kerosene barrel. Behind the engine there was a tender. Just a sort of a platform on a truck, and on this were two barrels of water, a couple of bas kets of fagots, and an armful of wood. Behind the lender were the coaches, hooked together by three links. Did you ever see an old fashioned stage coach? Well, these coaches were made Just like them. Regular stage coach bodies, placed on trucks and supported by thorough braces with a "boot" at each end for baggage and four seats Inside, each holding three people, two seats lu the middle, and one on each end. There were five coaches that day, and all of them were packed full when the train finally got started, so there must have been something like seventy-five people aboard. "All the 'big bugs,' and dignitaries of the whple Etate were there. I reck on no boy ever rode In more distin guished company. Most of them were directors of the road, senators, povern ors, mayors, high-constables, editors and aU sorts of celebrities. Many of them were old men, even than, and most of them were middle-aged or over while I was the only boy on the ex cursion and I was only fifteen. That's by say that I know that I am the j ed ground, and accordingly the instl j tution Is now known as the John i Swaney Consolidated school. The ; building and equipment cost $10.0vO. ! On the grounds Is a barn for the horse that draw the children to school from a distance of three or four miles. ; Two wagons are used for this purpose, and though the Illinois mud in wet I weather is of the best quality, they : have never been known to miss a i t l ip or to be late. Thus civilization ' advances lu spite of mud. The cost Is about nine cents a day for each , child. One of the abandoned school bulld- lugs which stands Just at the edge i of ihe twenty-six acres has been re modeled as a teachers' home, at a cost of $300. This was done without cost of the district, thre'. or four farmers beaming the expenses. The teachers pay them $9 a month rent and have a housekeeper, while the domestic science teacher In the school outlines the dally menu. Of the four teachers In the school the principal gets $100 and the three others $i;o a month. The curriculum covers a high school as well as a com mon rchool course, and the science course includes agricultural training. Just adjoining the campus is a sub expeiiment station of the Illinois Col lege of Agriculture and the pupils of the Consolidated School have the priv ilege of observing the work here. HOW IT HAPPENED. "Mr. Scribble, how did you happen to write this wonderful work, so pal pitating with human heart interest?" "Oh, my butcher was dunning me very hard for something on account, and my landlord wanted his rent." Kansas City Journal. THE ANXIOUS FATHER. Emily (playing "house") "No. I'll be mamma and you'll be papa.ind little Ben and Bessie will be our babies." Willie (after a moment, anxiouily) "Ain't it about time to whip th children?" Tit-Bits. Mrs. Gladstone's Divinity, At a reception held in a great hall in England some years ago Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone were honored guesta During the evening It happened that Mr. Gladstone was in a gallery direct ly above the place in the parquet "hero Mrs. Gladstone was chatting v i ll some ladles. In the course of t:.eir conversation a question arose v.uich the ladles could, not settlo satisfactorily. Finally one said: "Well, there it One above wTlo knows all things, and some day He will make nil things plain to us." "Yes, yes," replied Mrs. Gladstone "William will be down In a minute' and he will tell us all about it" Phip adelphia Ledger. THE POOR MILKMAN AGAIN'. The milkman was boiling over with indignation. "And you mean 'to say my milk don't look right?" he snapped. "WW, lady, this can of milk is a picture." "Ah, yes," laughed the keen house wife, "a fine water color." Chicag News. THE SAME THING. "You have advocated a great manr reforms." "Yes," answered the statesman. "Yet you are now silent. Are yon discouraeed?" "No; I'm not discouraged. But th audiences seem to be." Washingtol Star. CHANG INO HIS ORDER. "Mas your order been . taken? asked one of the waiters. "Yes," raid Mr. Welbrpke, "fifteen minutes no. If it isn'tMJ late. j though, I'd like to change it.'' o ciiauje your oruer, sir: "Yes, If you don't mind, I'll change It to an entreaty." Chicago Tribune. .In 1907 the world produced 8,988 OPO.OOO gallons of petroleum. ' ' INVENTION. "Now that we have an airship." isalrt the progressive man, "what will be tho next important invention?'' "I don't know," answered the un- enthusiastic person, unless .11 some method of enabling the ma who is running the ship to know e actly what it i going to do." Wash' lngton Star.