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And the men-the new men in the works, this Saturday, he took a different path home were just like her. When David Pritchard had a path that lay through the park where congrebeen a young workingman, he went off in the gated all the work-worn men, the failures, the morning in a third-best suit with his luncheon shiftless, the cynics, and the railers against fate. in a parcel under his arm. But these workers Only two weeks previous, he had regarded these bumptious, new hustlers—when you saw these idlers with impatient contempt. Often, them starting off to work, you thought they as their querulous plaints reached his ears, he were bank presidents. And when they came had a wild desire to grab hold of them and back, they were just as immaculate. What a shake them into activity. He had wanted to world—what a world this was!

yell at them, “Stop bemoaning your fate! Get For a whole week, David Pritchard sat off and up and work! Make the world give you what regarded the factory that had been his aim you want!" every day for twenty years. In that week he learned a good many things about the Winthrop V ET now, as he caught snatches of conHardware Works that he hadn't known before. I versation, it came to him with driving In that week he learned, too, what it is to go force that he was just like these men. For about with a heavy heart that grew heavier almost two weeks he too, had lived in a realm with each passing day. He learned what it is of past accomplishments. Day in and day out, to smile, to rejoice in Helen's good fortune, to he had let a grievance get the better of him, had feign enthusiasm before his wife, when all the let it sap the ambition from him and make of time he was inwardly sick with too much him a sour, mean thing. gnawing.

He looked down at his feet and noted how he Another Monday morning came around, and ambled along, almost aimlessly. What had as he made his way to the brownstone house, he become of his firm stride, of his erect carriage, was surprised to find someone else sitting in his of the poise of his head, of his clear gaze? In accustomed place.

less than two weeks he had aged years. At “Well-why-Holden! You too?"

forty-five he was an old man just like these “Me too."

spineless creatures of the benches. "When?"

How could he ever have let himself believe “Saturday. Just found a slip of paper telling such a thing? Why he, himself, knew dozens of me my services were no longer required. There men who were just accomplishing things at fifty! was a note, however, which suggested that I At fifty, old man Winthrop had seen his first work in some other factory for a while and re big factory take form. At fifty-why, most of turn here in about six months.”

the really big statesmen, builders, writers, had

achieved their greatest triumphs at fifty. It "TT-M," grunted David Pritchard. “Kind was an age of victory--not of failures!

IT suggestion. More than I got. I was Would he be a failure at forty-five? Would just told to get! Ah, Holden, if old man Win- he fail Helen at her wedding? Would he be throp knew what was going on. That's always tortured by the knowledge that his only child the way. A man works all his life to build must look back on the greatest moment of her something big for his sons, and when he dies, life with a pang of hurt? Would he give that they run it promptly to ruin."

self-assured Robert a chance to reproach her "You said something then, Pritchard! But with the fact that her father had let her go all the same I didn't expect such a raw deal from without a proper outfit, without a big wedding, Junior. I can't help thinking that he always without sufficient money to prove that she had was sort of decent about things.”

not come to her husband quite penniless? “Decent?" David Pritchard almost shrieked And Evie? Would he have to subject her to the word. “Do you call it decent to fire men hardships all over again? Now, when she was who have worked for you a lifetime? Do you all worn out with years of worrying, of saving, call it decent to throw a man out after he's of pinching to pay for the house, would he have given his best years to make you rich? That's to make her start all over again? Perhaps they what he's done. I can't see anything decent in would have to mortgage the house and take in that!"

a roomer or twoAnd so, with a renewed recital of grievances, He couldn't! He couldn't. It wasn't right. the second week of David Pritchard's inactiv. He wouldn't have it so. There must be a way ity began to wear away. And then, one night out. He'd find a way out! If he had to battle just as he had recalled with a sort of pang that against a whole world; if he had to get things he wouldn't be able to give Evie fifty dollars by sheer force; if he had to step over everything

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money. The firm's he would get what he “You've broken all records in the short time sending me to Buffalo wanted! He would you've been here. Nothing would please me

for a few months. I'll wring it out by every

more than to give you the position. But ... I

send you more from effort known to man. David Pritchard drew himself erect.

there." He'd show that up

“But—but Dave. start Winthrop! He'd

What about Helen? show him whether he could put him out by just You know they are planning to be married in —firing him.

just about two months." There flashed across his mind a picture of "I'll be back. Don't you worry. Our Helen himself at thirteen-fighting with the leader of won't go to the altar without me. I'll send her an opposing gang. He could hear himself gasp some money to buy things, too. Now”. ing for breath, delivering blows that grew “Dave, do you know you've never been weaker and weaker while his assailant gained away from home in twenty-" in strength. And then he saw the other mem- "I know. I know. But it can't be helped. bers of his opponent's gang coming toward him, Now be a good scout, old lady. Don't make it and out of sheer frenzy he delivered a blow that too hard for me to go.” all but killed in its fury.

Arrived in Buffalo, he made his way to the He was up against the wall then. He was up Winthrop Hardware Works No. 3, and nosed against it now. Well-by Heaven!

about for an opening. He knew that he could David Pritchard did not go back the next day not apply for a position where too much would to sit with Pat Holden and talk about the old be asked about his previous experience. He days. Instead, he went to the bank and drew must start where the pinch for help was most two hundred dollars.

acute, where a ready arm would be welcomed “Evie,” he said to his wife, “Here's some

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A GREAT Roman prefect who was banished from the Imperial City by
A Vespasian and spent the remainder of his life, seven years, in the

country, said: “I have passed sixty and ten years upon this earth, but I have lived only seven of them.”

When Myron T. Herrick, the United States Ambassador to France, was asked the secret of his success, he replied: “First and foremost, I would say that the good health I got on the farm was the foundation of the equipment for my activities and whatever measure of success I have been able to achieve. The open-air life in the field and forest which instilled life and energy in me should have their just recognition as coming before all else.”

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D ENRY WARD BEECHER, who reverenced nature because it revealed 11 to him the unseen God, gave us in his "Star Papers” and “Eyes and Ears” unforgetable proofs of his love for her and his belief in Mother Earth as the unfailing source of our health and happiness.

The majority of the men who have made American history, who have put America in the forefront in every line of achievement, have been country bred. Do not forget, you successful men who have come from the country, that the secret of your staying-power came out of the soil, out of the healthful outdoor exercise, out of the sunshine, the pure air, the freedom from restraint in your play; that the very chores you were obliged to do in your boyhood, which you looked upon as terrible drawbacks to your happiness, contributed something to your present success; that your handiness with tools, the very muscle and initiative you developed in being compelled to make your own sleds, go-carts, toys and other things which are supplied ready made to the city boy, have had much to do with your all-around ability, your quickness of eye, your resourcefulness in planning and conducting your great business to-day.

THE country not only furnishes stability, power, stamina, virility, but

it is a great cure for morbidity, for all sorts of human ailments. It has : a wonderful healing and rectifying influence on the whole nature. In the country we breathe in beauty, peace, health, masterfulness, at every pore. It is the laboratory in which nature makes men. It is the workshop in which she not only generates native force, but in which she conducts a vast system of human repairs and rejuvenation.

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to know?” thundered the professor, the Irrelevant,” devouring its contents raven depositing his book on the desk with a sudden ously through his great tortoise shell specta

bang. cles, and bending over it till he brushed the For a moment I was too embarrassed to reply. pages with his flowing white beard.

Here was the great Gopherwitt actually talking I had good reason to be agitated, for I had to me. Was I able to rise to the occasion? I come all the way from America for an interview opened my mouth, but no words were forthwith Professor Gopherwitt, the world's greatest coming; but as the professor stared at me withprophet and philosopher; and he had agreed to out a smile, I finally managed to stammer, give me exclusive information regarding the “Professor Gopherwitt, you are known-you trend of the times and the future of the human are known as the greatest living authority on race. Such information from Professor Gopher- the future. Now most of us are interested in witt, I reflected, could not fail to be of universal the future, even if we haven't your knowledge

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