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The Earning Capacity

Be prompt in everything.

Take time to consider, but decide positively. Dare to go forward.

Bear troubles patiently.

Be brave in the struggle of life.

Maintain your integrity as a sacred thing. Never tell business lies.

Make no useless acquaintances.

Pay your debts promptly.

Shun strong liquors.

Employ your time well.

Do not reckon on chance.

Work hard.

John Donough, whose name is as familiar to every child of New Orleans as that of Washington, attributed to the conduct which resulted from the following precepts, all his success in life: In fact, so much, did he value them that he ordered them cut on his tomb stone.

Remember that labor is one of the condi tions of existence.

Time is gold; throw not one minute away, but place each to account.

Do unto all men as you would be done by. Never put off till to-morrow what can be done to-day.

Never bid another do what you can do for yourself.

Never covet what is not your own.

Never think any matter so trifling as not to deserve notice.

Never give out what does not come in.

Do not spend, but produce.

Let the greatest order regulate the actions of your life.

Study in your course of life to do the great est amount of good.

Deprive yourself of nothing that is neces sary to your comfort, but live in honorable simplicity and frugality.

Labor, then, to the last moment of your existence.

Many men of to-day have given sterling advice to young men and women as to how to improve their working equipment. To W. L. Park, Vice-President and General Manager of the Illinois Central Railroad, is attributed the excellent advice, to cultivate the study habit. Commenting upon this, the Chicago Record Herald said: "This is good advice, not only for railroad men, but for every worker. The man who studies constantly the principles that apply to his work will produce better results than the man who goes along doing things as he has been taught to do them, and he will also pro gress mentally. If, further, he studies how other workers in his line do things, he will become an expert.

"There is a belief among the uneducated that education is a magic acquisition, obtained for a lifetime by a college or technical school course. But the habit of study throughout life marks the progressive from the unpro gressive worker, whatever the educational start.

"The educational bureau of the Illinois Central is intended to aid by study men who do things. Such a bureau might well be cre ated by every corporation. Study combined with practical work is the order of the newer technical education. It has produced admir able results in Germany, and is coming rapidly into favor in the United States." Another railway company, the Rock Island, issued a bulletin to its employes asking each one of them "to incorporate himself at a cap ital in accordance with his salary, and make himself as valuable as other investments rep resented by an equal capital.

"Say you earn one thousand dollars a year," says the bulletin. "At four per cent, that is the yearly interest on twenty-five thousand dollars. In other words, the com pany capitalizes you at twenty-five thousand dollars, and willingly pays interest on that sum for the use of your energy and faculties.

"You are thus capitalized for just about what a modern locomotive costs. You may not have as much pull, but you ought to have as much push. Remember that the locomo tive can't add figures, nor run a typewriter, nor select and compile statistics.

"You can last a lot longer and run a great deal further than the best engine ever built.

"Most of all, you can make yourself con stantly worth more, while the locomotive is never worth a cent more than it was the day it was built.

"It rests with you. Make your thousand dollar valuation climb to fifty thou-1 sand dollars, to one hundred thousand dol lars, to five hundred thousand dollars. Select your food with care. Treat decently the body on which your mind depends for its strength and sanity.

"Above all, feed your mind. Read, study, and observe. Like the engine, you can't do your work unless you stay on the rails and keep where the boss can find you.

"Just remember that no call-boy ever found an engine in a saloon dive, or other place of that sort." The factors, then, that earn money, are superior to money itself. Indeed, a skillful man who has guarded his health, and has a proper perception of the use and value of time, is richer than money can make him. He is capable, at almost any period in life, of in suring himself against misfortune; in fact he may consider himself wealthy, not in great possessions, but in the skill with which he can maintain himself in the working world.

Youth is preeminently the storing-up time of life. It is then, if ever, that the essential pleasures of life may be learned and accepted as a permanent possession. With them, life is a richer possibility to the end; without them, it is a catastrophe. A man is limited in the extent to which he can shelter, feed, and clothe himself ; but he need not be limited, except by his own choice, in the treasures of art, of books, of friendship, of ambition, of all the possessions, in fact, that are beyond price.

The blessings of poverty have been over sung, but the pleasures of life that are possi ble without great wealth have never been ex aggerated.

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