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JULY 13, 1906
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ON THE FRONT OF A PIANO
An Open Confession
The editor of this department is in
receipt of a letter from a reader in
Tennessee, who writes as follows:
"I have read your poems of child
hood with great interest and pleasure,
and the tender sentiment and apparent
knowledge of child character con
tained therein makes me bold to write
and ask your advice. I have a son
sixteen years old, and ho is the prido
of my life. But he does not take an
interest in his school work. Ho pre
fers roaming the hills and fishing in
the river near here. He is not in
clined to work, although he helps me
whenever I ask him. What
would you advise mo to do?"
Tho writer is the boy's mother, and
we would give a great deal to be of
assistance to her. But we freely ac
knowledge our inability to help her.
Every now and then we run across
people who know all about raising
boys, but as they never had any boys
of their own they are unable to point
to any practical results. Theories
about raising boys are as thick as
cranberries in a New Jersey swamp;
but practical knowledge is hard to
find. If a boy wero the same kind of
a boy every day in the year the matter
would not be difficult, but the trouble
is the boy is a different sort of In
dividual every day.
As a puzzle the average boy beats
the Sphinx seven furlongs in a mile
dash. He can Invent more ways of
tho moral sticks out like a sore
Tho author of this department is
tho father of a boy who Is approach
ing his eighteenth birthday. Just as
soon as wo can ascertain by experi
ment just how a boy should bo raised
wo will bo more than glad to make
our knowledgo known to all the world.
turned him down and went home.
"Mergenthaler was in despair. Fin
ally ho managed to Interost a couplo
of men who know nothing about
printing, but who had money to burn.
Thoy advancod tho necessary fnuda,
and within flvo years of tho tlmo our
officers turnod him down Mergentha
ler's machines wero on tho market
and the factory unablo to keep within
seeing distance of its orders.
"I think it's safe to say that If our
officers had advanced the money when
Mergenthaler asked for It wo would
have had millions in our treasury now,
and wo wouldn't be paying 10 por
cent assessment a woek to enforco
tho eight-hour day. -It's a pity that
wo uiu umo printers didn't nave a
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ited. We could, however, write a book
of huge sizo about what not to do.
Glvo the boy a fair chance. Make
him feel that in father and mother
he has a couplo of true friends who
will stick to him through thick and
thin. Convince him that father and
mother are comrades who rejoice
when ho rejoices ,and mourn with
him In his disappointments. Don't
nag him because he is careless. Don't
growl at him when ho wants to know
things. Don't chuck him off into tho
attic room and exhaust all the pretty
tilings in fixing up his sister's room.
Get next to him.
"Boys will be boys," but they will
bo gentlemen, too, if given half a
Wo realizo that we haven't given
this mother much satisfaction, but it
Is because wo ' do not understand
boys. We don't believe anybody else
ever did. Talk about wonlan being
tho "eternal question!" She isn't one,
two, three, with a boy.
The writer agreed with tho Tourist.
divided his remaining dollar with him
and bid him goodbye. And whilo
pondering over tho bit of history re
lated by tho passing friend, thero
camo a whistle up tho tube and the
man running tho linotype declared
that if ho didn't get some copy mighty
soon ho was going to turn off tho gas
and go home.
A Little Bit of Printer History'
The other day an. old time printer,,
getting into trouble than any fiction a comrade of the author of thig de
partment in tiiw old days- or." menu
Insures you an instrument of the high
est class, representing the combined
efforts of three generations of the
world's most noted piano builders.
THAT'S NOT ALL
Tho price is lower in proportion
to quality than any other really gen
uine high grade piano in existence.
, Write for catalogue and name of
.your nearest agent to
HENRY & S. G. LINDEMAN,
.140th St. and 5th Ave., New York,
- U. S. A.
writer ever dreamed of.' He cau make
more 7 noise, more dirt and more
troyJLde than an army with banners.
He is a mystery greater than the con
stituent parts of lightning.
The man who is tho proud father
of a sixteen-year-old son is never so
careless as to give advice about, rais
ing boys. The training that would
make one boy a success would bring
another to ruin. You must study the
boy, experiment with him, and trust
largely to the inherent manliness of
the boy himself. Unless he is to
tally depraved and we have never
yet seen such a boy he will respond
to sympathy. Tho trouble with most
boys of sixteen is that they are given
to understand that they are too big
to play and too young to, associate
with their elders. As a result he
hikes out to entertain himself, the
result being that too often he gets
into mischief. If he plays with small
boys his father makes fun of him. If
he asks his father questions about
science, or business, or politics, the
father looks up from his paper and
says with a scowl: "O, you are too
young to understand such things.
Don't bother me."
Then the boy goes out and wanders
around the street and usually gets
into bad company.
Perhaps the best training a boy
could have would be parental example.
But that is often woefully hard on
the parent It is a whole lot easier to
tell tho boy what he ought to do than
it is to show him by example what
he ought to do. We have grave and
serious doubt about tho efficacy of a
father's advice against the use of to
bacco when the father has to remove
his pipe from his mouth in order to
As a rule the boy, if given half a
chance, will turn out all right. If his
home Is made more attractive than
the streets he will remain at home.
JHe will naturally turn to goo J books
instead of bad ones, but it 13 difficult
to make him believe a book is good if
composition, dropped in on his way
to the northwest, to spend the sum
mer months, and an hour was pleas
antly spent in talking over the "good
old times" and recalling the printer
comrades of the old days. And whilo
the "tourist" was talking he recalled
a bit of history not generally known
even to the craft, and probably never
heard by the general public.
"Why, we can remember as late as
1887 and '88 that we used to stand
around after '30' was in and laugh at
the Idea of anybody Inventing a ma
chine that could set type," said the
Old Tourist. "Remember how wo
used to spend our wages like princes,
and feel secure in the thought that
there would always be work at the
case? Fifty-five cents a thousand in
Butte, forty-five in St. Louis, Cincin
nati and Chicago, and work always
waiting for you when you drifted in.
Well, all of a sudden Otto Mergen
thaler brought his machine out, and
there we were dumped without re
course, so to speak. In five years
every daily paper in the country was
set by machines, and every machine
took the place of four hand men. Now
the linotype manufacturers are roll
ing in riches.
"And we printers could have had
millions in our international treasury
If we hadn't been so sure that type
would never be set by machinery.
Mergenthaler went broke -before he
had his machine perfected, and try as
he would he couldn't get another dol
lar. So he thought ho would take the
printers into his confidence, thinking
that they would be more interested
than anybody else. He called our in
ternational officers together, showed
them what he had accomplished, and
told them he needed less than $12,000
to complete his machine ai " get it
ready for the market. The officers
looked his model over thoroughly and
One, two, three, four, five
Mighty glad that I'm alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten
July Fourth has gone again,
And my fingers are all hero i
Ready for another year.
One, two to my surprise,
I have still a pair of eyes. " x
And I'm happy to declare
I've my usual stock of hair.
True, I'vo blisters by tho score
But tho wonder is that more
Do not on my form appear
I'll do "better, come next year.
One, two -ye; both ears on,
Though once ona of them' waa-gone.
True; one's frazzled pretty bad,-,
But 1t' on, and I am alad., "
All my teeth and all mj torn M"
Still here, but I ruined my 'ototbefc
'Twos a great and glorious day,
Spent in quite the Bawie old way.
"What month in the year do you
like best," whispered Miss Gladiolus
McSwat, as tho hammock swung to
and fro in the soft moonlight.
"They change every year," said
"Pray, explain," whispered Glad
iolus. "Some of them have five pay days,"
exclaimed Willister, thinking, with
sorrow, of tho confectioner and florist
bills duo In a few days.
Most self-made men act like it
The Lord loveth. a cheerful loser.
Things won by chance are usually
lost by carelessness.
Men do not rise to God by step
ping on their neighbors.
A woman can never understand how
a man can use so many pockets.
Men who wait? for inspiration us
ually hunt for the soup kitchen.
It Is easy -to be liberal with the
money that other men have earned.
A mother always feels cheated if
another discovers her baby's first
Corrupt politics is caused" by tho
lack of interest on the part of the
Our idea of good nature is to bo
able to smile and look pleasant when
one has a toothache.
Too many men lock their good na
ture up with their merchandise and
carry their troubles home.
A great many people are starving
because of money wasted in tall spires
and stained glass windows.
It is a good thing for a man that
the authorities do not tax him on the
then decided that Otto was a crank value set upon a worthless dog by the
land his machine impractical. They baby of the housenoiu.
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