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The Omaha Sunday Bee.
A PAPER FOR THE HOME OMAHA BEE ttST IN THE WEST TkMT THIS HALF-TONE fades oars to rovm. ( VOL XXXIX-NO. 48. OMAHA, SSIWIUY MORNING, MAY i:. 1JU0. SIXGLtt COPY FIVE CENTS. MODERN MILL OF COMMERCE WHERE SKILL IS THE GRIST Connicr;rfAl Collie Hm Come to Be a Recognised Factor, of Vast Importance in Everyday Business Life Throughout the Civilized World. t Pit I St w 1 7,- 1 if1 . J 1 lr the Shorthato Ieparttte-nt L C.P.ZANER.tO'ToR BuVN1$ tOVtATOft" COLUMSw). OHIO C5 WlT.TEKKlS.rRts. FtRS INSTITUTE Bl RAPIDS. MKH. OF SCHOOL BOOKS CHKAC.O, ILL ., i S -. i t 7 .GEO.SOULE ,PRES..S0iU i ma count , Mtw orleans vo, A", CpmmMIIAL StMsec ,Lsu$ritiC . Kt. H.B.BOYLES -R6I. BYLtS COlLLCtC , OMAHA . KADY-MADE train dispatchers, ready-made station agents, ready-made bank clerks, ready-made private secretaries, rV ready-made bookkeepers ail of these turned out while L V. you wait, and, as a rule, the waiting period la limited to six months. So much for the business evolution brought by the modern com mercial college. Time was, not so very many years ago, when com mercial 8chocls were few, and in those days only the sous and (laughters of well-to-do citizens aspired to collegiate training for business. Such schools were then located ohly in the larger cities, and the cost of attendance was looked upon as being almost pro hibitive, i Hut the world moves, and the commercial school has moved for ward in rythmic consonance with the motion of the earth, so that now, every city, every town and even some of the villages have their business colleges. The forthcoming conventions of the Central Teachers' association and tho Western Commercial School Managers' association, which meet Jointly in Omaha, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 26, 27 and 28, bring vividly to mind what an important factor in the world's work the modern business college has come to be. These conven tionsthey meet simultaneously, but they are two distinct organi zations will bring to Omaha a large delegation of representative business educators of this country. Notable among the visitors will be "Uncle" Robert Spencer of Milwaukee, of Spencerian fame, and Colonel Ueorge Soulo of New Orleans. These are veterans In the work and each occupies a prominent place on the program. The meetings will be held in the Boyles building, dedicated to commercial education, Eighteenth aud Harney streets, and head quarters of both associations will be at tjic Rome hotel. A feature of the conventions will bethe appearance of Miss Hose L. Krltz of New York, who at the present time Is said to hold the world's record for speed and accuracy In typewriter v.crk. Mi'ss Kritz will give demonstrations dally. Anothe feature which will add interest to the occasion is the Brown . trophy conteut. G. V. Brown of Jacksonville, 111., has offered a handsome cup as a prise for excellence in typewriter work. The school winning the Brown trophy shall be allowed to retain it until the next meeting of the association, at which time it shall be returned for another contest. Any school winning the trophy for five consecutive years shall be allowed to retain It as a permanent possession. While there will be many convention sidelights in the nature of entertainment, including among which is a banquet at the Rome hotel given by the Smith-Premier Typewriter company, the real pur je of each of the associations is to transact business for the gen eral promotion of commercial schools and commercial education. The program is elaborate, taking In almost every subject that has a bearing on the main idea. Following the banquet at the Rome hotel, there will be a theater JEROME . HOWARD, Poft BENN Pit pan shorthand CINCINNATI, OHIO 0 ' ..Si t rT .1 ' IN 1UK TELECRAPH ROOIX HISS FRITZ. Champion spced typcwWitcr oPtftToR oyTMtwoRtD rJ l l,il,-J III - OP ITT THE "BTJairTESa TEPARTrtETT ' - v V: ...r.V., V JOHjTIT.GBEGO AUTHOR OF SHOKi hawo- tw York j "B.TWHIIAIIS. capita. int commircial couue ZJa JOPl-lN BUSINESS COLLL6C poplin ,no ALHON T. GATES . pres VVATCRLOO BlJINUS COUtte WATERLOO . IOWA v v-r ai 1 1 HX.BJuAD , pats CENTRAL COMMERCIAL TEACHER' AIJOCIATION PCORlA.IWL fact, that the late secretary of state, John Hay, was a stenographer of the early-day type, as was also F. A. Vandcrlip, ex-assistant sec retary of the United States treasury, and Edward Bok, editor of the Ladies' Home Journal. General Passenger Agent C. S. Fee of the Northern Pacific ij an- factories, etc., and the work a day routine of the business world 1 llved in exact reproduction. Thus the student goes from school to ! office, not as a novice, but as one well seasoned in the work that is to be taken up. Year by year the volume of students increases; ; year by year the scope of the schools expand; year by year new ideas are introduced. Gymnasiums have been made a feature of some of the more prominent schools and colors have been adopted after thi J fashion of the great universities. , The two cenventions will bring to Omaha leading lights In com- : menial education all the way from New York to New Orleans, with. ' especially large representation from the middle-western cities. Type writers by the ton will be on display and pretty stenographers, blue eyed girls, black-eyed girls, girls with raven tresses, girls with golden tresses every type of stenographic beauty, will be in evidence. If the man stenographer, as hereinbefore shown, has through his pot hooks found a stepping stone to future greatness, what of the girl stenographer? She is not likely to become a railroad manager, division superin tendent or general passenger agent; she is not likely to found a great newspaper or to become the guiding spirit of a factory. No. Even the most s&nguine of new woman boosters would hardy slate the girl for such executive place. There is a rising gen- eratlon of bosses coming on. And there'B nothing to hinder her Canada as a high railroad official, and who was knighted by the frQm becom)ng the wlf of one of the bosses-to-be. And meanwhll British in recognition of his services in the industrial development Htenograpnv rem0ves her from drudgery, enabling her the while to of Canada, was once a telegraph operator for the Illinois Central enj the lndependence tnat woman derives from self-suDDort. Go WA.DYER.ctN.Mc,, SMITH PRIHIER TMPCWRiTWl (ft. SYRACUSE.. NMf flarty at the Boyd, where the visitors will see "Peter Pan," as guests other who Journeyed from "pot hooks" to executive prominence. His or the Underwood Typewriter company. Four hundred scats have been engaged probably the largest theater party ever given In Omaha or any other wstern city. Many uninformed persons perhaps have the belief in a vague sort f way that the chief mission of a business college Is to teach short hand and typewriting. True, the pretty black-eyed stenographer, well as she of the golden curls and azure orbs. Is a commercial college product, yet the same is true of the olean-cut, clear-eyed young man who manipulates the telegraph key or who, perchance, enters your deposits on the big bank book back of the frosted window. Not all stenographers, not all telegraph operators, not all bank tellers, not all bookkeepeers are from the college, but a majority of them are today and more will be tomorrow. Time was in the long road is one of the most important in the United States and am- passenger officials he ranks as a leader. Everybody is familiar with the romantic rise of William Loeb and George B. Cortelyou. Some persons of pessimistic trend may shake their heads knowingly, declurlng the while that politics and pull placed Cortelyou and Loeb on the pinnacles to which they have risen. Very well, grant that politics and pull might have sent them lailroad in Chicago. W. C. Brown, the New York Central chief, was a telegrapher in the service of the Burlington in various parts of the west. Later he became general manager, with headquarters In St. Joseph, and upon leaving thai system he took high service with the Vanderbllt lines. Others who have risen Ivow the key to take up executive work are Albeit J. Earling. president of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul; Marvin Hughitt of the Chicago & Northwestern; Stuyvesant Fish, former president of the Illinois Central; Charles R. Hudson, to the front. It is a certainty that politics and pull could not retain president of the Mexican Central; A. A. Allen, president of the Mis souri, Kansas & Texas; A. J. Davidson, president of tne bt. Louis & fan Francisco, besides a host of active railroad officials and others prcmlntnt in the world of affairs. Telegraphy and railroad work groove together so naturally that the two are almost inseparable, and it is easy at a glance to see how the wire is a stepping stone to future greatness in railroad work. Stenography Is an even broader stepping stone, for the man who takes dictation from the "boss," writing the boss' letters day in and Hav nut. has amnle opportunity to grasp ideas. By the very nature their positions for them, because there is work to 'be done and It takes workers to hold high places. In the law stenography has been the stepping stone of thousands of men who are prominent legal lights today. Frank Walsh of Kansas City, for instanre, who within ten years has amassed a for- J tune of three-quarters of a million dollars from legal fees. Mr. ago, when a college educttlon was not legally essential to the jned- Walsh begun life in a most humble manner, fought his way up little teal practitioner, but that time has been relegated Into the scrap by little, worked as a newsboy, became a stenographer in a law office heap of antiquity. Time was, also, when the lawyer simply "read and eventually bloomed out. as a full-fledged lawyer. Here in law" in Judge Somebody's office and then walked over to the court Omaha there are many successful lawyers who used stenography as of his daily employment he becomes skilled In the technique of the house to represent his clients. That method may have answered all a stepping stone. bots' business no matter whether that business be the operating requirements la that day and age, but the world moves and what Telegraphy is also a passport to a bright future. Perhaps it Is of a railroad, a bank or a factory. Or, if it be law, he Is daily en was quite the nroDer thing a quarter century or so ago Is passe In no exaggeration to say that two-thirds of the really bits railwav ex- veloDed in legal atmosphere, and there is no reason why, if he ap- thesa onward days of prosperity and progress. ecutives of this country studied So, there comes the natural deduction that the commercial col- dots and dashes in the early ! part of their career. A general manager or a superintendent who cannot "Jerk lightning" is an exception to the rule. Tel egraphy and railroad operation are so closely allied that they lege is a fixed Institution In the business world of today, and It is a fact that cannot.be treated lightly that the big banks, the big rail roads and other concerns of magnitude are turning to the training school for recruits to fill the places vacated by good old "has beens" "who, with the encroachment of age, are dropping one by one from the service. r What future does stenography or telegraphy hold out to the as- are taken as matters of course, pyrin g youngster? " But, once in a while, teleg- Krom "pot hooks" to the presidency of a vast railroad system Is raphy is the stepping stone a long Jump, but C. M. Hayes Is one man who made it. The name of to great achievement in other Mr. Hayes U well known In railroad circles, not only in the United States, but in Canada also. Nearer borne may be mentioned J. Francis, general pasengor agent cf the Burlington Route, who for many years was a familiar figure in Omaha. Mr. Francis begun his service with the Burlington as stenographer in the office of a division superintendent in Lincoln. James B. Barr, high executive on the Seaboard Air Line, was once a stenographer in Burlington head quarters, this city. He was thorough in his work and his rise was PmViR PS it is not generally remembered now, yet none tne less a lines of endeavor. The late Edward Rosewater, founder of The Omaha Bee, and who left a powerful newspaper and a magnificent building as monu ments toJiis work on earth, be gan as a telegrapher. Sir William C. Van Home, Vhose name is known through ut the United States and Prominent Figures in Omaha Conventions OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CENTRAL COMMERCIAL TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION H. E. Read, President, Lena A. Vogt, Secretary, orlii. 111. G. E. King, Vice President, C. W. Cedar Ha'iida. ja. Executive Committee H. B. Boyles, E. A. Zartman, Omaha, Neh. Omaha, J'il. Cedar taiiliin, la. Ransom, Treasurer, Kunaua City, Mo G. A. Rohrbough, Omaha, Neb. G, OFFICERS WESTERN COMMERCIAL SCHOOOL MANAGERS' ASSOCIATION W. Watherly, President, E. A. Zartman, Vice President, Joplln. Mo. Omaha. Nub. Almon F. Gates, Secretary-Treasurer, Waterloo, la. plies himself, he should not un dergo the natural evolution and become a boss himself. Naturally, with the general expansion of business and the modern way of doing things, the commercial college has grown. New Ideas are being Injected all the while and the Journey from the primitive to the present is being rapidly covered. In the early days of Spencer and Soule a commercial college was simply a school room where penmanship and a few other adjuncts of business were drilled into the cranlums of bucolic students. Now-adays the up-to-date commercial school is equipped with tel egraph wires, make believe into any modern commercial Bchool any day in the week and you will see a bright aggregation of future executives and future executivesses. It Is probable that the late lamented Mr. Noah Webster would disown "executlvesses" as a word, but the descriptive la so apt in its application to the girls who come from business college that it's coinage is perhaps pardonable. Now and then there comes from somewhere this pessimistic query : "Do all commercial college graduates succeed In the business world?" The answer is: "No." Whereat, there may with due regard to eternal fitness be pro pounded this counter query: "Do all theological seminary graduates become distinguished preachers?" ov, "Do all law school graduates develop into supreme Judges?" The same "No" that answer one question simultaneously answers the others. But, a commercial college diploma, while not a blanket passport to success In business life, is beyond question the cornerstone of suc cess, and in the vernacular of the street, "it is up to" the graduate to make the most of bis opportunity. The school simply helps the graduate to help himself and, after all, that class of help Is the best help. With the cornerstone given, the resourceful young man or woman, as a rule, will find completion of the structure of success comparatively easy. After all, life is what the individual makes it. Graduates of Yale and Harvard are sometimes found ringing up fares on trolley tars, yelling "front" from the other side of a hotel counter, or washing dishes in the back end of a restaurant. Education is the stepping stone to success, but no college can Insure the graduate that h's feet will not slip while climbing the steps. The college has power to bulM the track leading to fortune, but It cannot undertake to perennially ballast the track and without ballast no track Is safe. It has been ordained by the Creator"bf the universe that ever individual must furnish his own ballast. Therefore, it Is not good logic to place blame upon the system of college education simply because now and then in Isolated cases a college graduate makes a failure of life. Such failures are in spite of education, and not because of It. t