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THE WOMAN WHO UNDERSTANDS
"Is this the little woman that made this great war?" was Lincoln's greeting to Harriet Beecher Stowe. Often a woman is responsible for events by whose crash and splendor she herself is obscured. Often too she shapes the career of husband or brother or son. A man succeeds and reaps the honors of public applause, when in truth a quiet little woman has made it all possible has by her tact and encouragement held him to his best, has had faith in him when his own faith has languished, has cheered him with the unfailing assurance, “You can, you must, you will."
OMEWHERE she waits to make you win, your soul in her firm, white hands
Somewhere the gods have made for you, the Woman Who Understands!
As the tide went out she found him
The soul of him close to her heart-
And there in the dusk she cried to the man,
Broken by Fate, unrelenting,
Scarred by the lashings of Chance;
Bitter his heart-unrepenting—
Hardened by Circumstance;
Shadowed by Failure ever,
Cursing, he would have died,
But the touch of her hand, her strong warm hand,
Standing beside him, filled with trust,
"Win!" she whispered, "you must, you must!"
Helping and loving and guiding,
When, tossed in the storm and stress of strife,
Watching and guarding, whispering still,
This is the story of ages,
This is the Woman's way;
Wiser than seers or sages,
Treading Life's path, wherever it leads-
The men who win are helped by her!
Somewhere she waits, strong in belief, your soul in her firm, white hands:
Thank well the gods, when she comes to you—the Woman Who Understands!
From "The Quiet Courage,"
Stewart & Kidd Co., Cincinnati, Ohio,
Everard Jack Appleton.
Business and the world are exacting in their demands upon us. They make no concessions to half-heartedness, incompetence, or plodding mediocrity. But for the man who has proved his worth and can do the exceptional things with originality and sound judgment, they are eagerly watchful and have rich rewards.
Yoyees a fellow down;
YOU say big corporations scheme
To keep a
They drive him, shame him, starve him too
God knows I hold no brief for them;
Still, come with me to-day
And watch those fat directors meet,
"In all our force not one to take
The world is shabby in the way
It just endures him while he works,
And grumbles: "What a clutter's here!
And out he goes. It says, "Can bread
The men come swarming here in droves,
Yes, life is hard. But all the same
Its grudging makes the prizes big;
Don't ask to find the pathway smooth,
The plum-tree will not come to you;
The eyes of life are yearning, sad,
She says, "Oh, there are men enough,
IF I SHOULD DIE
St. Clair Adams,
A man whose word is as good as his bond is a man the world admires. It is related of Fox that a tradesman whom he long had owed money found him one day counting gold and asked for payment. Fox replied: "No; I owe this money to Sheridan. It is a debt of honor. If an accident should happen to me, he has nothing to show." The tradesman tore his note to pieces: "I change my debt into a debt of honor." Fox thanked him and handed over the money, saying that Sheridan's debt was not of so long standing and that Sheridan_must_wait. But most of us know men who are less scrupulous than Fox.
IF I should should come to my cold corpse and say,
Weeping and heartsick o'er my lifeless clay-
And you should come in deepest grief and woe-
If I should die to-night
And you should come to my cold corpse and kneel,
And you should come to me, and there and then
I might arise the while,
But I'd drop dead again.
JUST BE GLAD
Misfortunes overtake us, difficulties confront us; but these things must not induce us to give up. A Congressman who had promised Thomas B. Reed to be present at a political meeting telegraphed at the last moment: "Cannot come; washout on the line." "No need to stay away," said Reed's answering telegram; "buy another shirt."
HEART of mine, we shouldn't
What we've missed of calm we couldn't
What we've met of stormy pain,
We have erred in that dark hour
When our tears fell with the shower,
Were not shine and shower blent
With His own.