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The spirit that has tamed this continent is the spirit which says, "Press on." It appeals, not so much to men in the mass, as to individuals. There is only one way for mankind to go forward. Each individual must be determined that, come what will, he will never quail or recede.

RESS ON! Surmount the rocky steps,


Climb boldly o'er the torrent's arch;
He fails alone who feebly creeps,

He wins who dares the hero's march.
Be thou a hero! Let thy might

Tramp on eternal snows its way,
And through the ebon walls of night
Hew down a passage unto day.

Press on! If once and twice thy feet
Slip back and stumble, harder try;
From him who never dreads to meet
Danger and death they're sure to fly.
To coward ranks the bullet speeds,
While on their breasts who never quail,
Gleams, guardian of chivalric deeds,
Bright courage like a coat of mail.

Press on! If Fortune play thee false
To-day, to-morrow she'll be true;
Whom now she sinks she now exalts,
Taking old gifts and granting new,

The wisdom of the present hour

Makes up the follies past and gone;
To weakness strength succeeds, and power
From frailty springs! Press on, press on!

Park Benjamin


We all have a philosophy of life, whether or not we formulate it. Does it end in self, or does it include our relations and our duties to our fellows? General William Booth of the Salvation Army was once asked to send a Christmas greeting to his forces throughout the world. His life had been spent in unselfish service; over the cable he sent but one word-OTHERS.

HIS is my creed: To do some good,


To bear my ills without complaining,

To press on as a brave man should

For honors that are worth the gaining;
To seek no profits where I may,

By winning them, bring grief to others;
To do some service day by day
In helping on my toiling brothers.

This is my creed: To close my eyes

To little faults of those around me;
To strive to be when each day dies

Some better than the morning found me;
To ask for no unearned applause,

To cross no river until I reach it;
To see the merit of the cause

Before I follow those who preach it.

This is my creed: To try to shun

The sloughs in which the foolish wallow;

To lead where I may be the one

Whom weaker men should choose to follow.

To keep my standards always high,

To find my task and always do it;
This is my creed-I wish that I
Could learn to shape my action to it.

S. E. Kiser.

Permission of

S. E. Kiser.


"We must_all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately," Benjamin Franklin is reported to have said at the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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There is a deceptive glamour about mere bigness. Quality may accompany quantity, but it need not. In fact good things are usually done up in small parcels. "I could eat you at a mouthful," roared a bulky opponent to the small and sickly Alexander H. Stephens. "If you did," replied Stephens quietly, "you'd have more brains in your belly than ever you had in your head.”

IT is not growing like a treetter be;

Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,
To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere:
A lily of a day

Is fairer far in May,

Although it fall and die that night-
It was the plant and flower of Light.
In small proportions we just beauties see;
And in short measures life may perfect be.

Ben Jonson.


Edison says that genius is two parts inspiration, ninety-eight parts perspiration. So happiness is two parts circumstance, ninety-eight parts mental attitude.

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Kep' his spirits jest like wine,
Bubblin' up an' "feelin' fine!"

"Feelin' fine"-I hope he'll stay
All his three score that-a-way,
Lettin' his demeanor be

Sech as you could have or me
Ef we tried, an' went along
Spillin' little drops o' song,
Lettin' rosebuds sort o' twine

O'er th' thorns and "feelin' fine."

From "Tales of the Trail,"

E. P. Dutton & Co.

James W. Foley.

DEY'S JES' TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE "Know yourself," said the Greeks. "Be yourself," bade Marcus Aurelius. "Give yourself," taught the Master. Though the third precept is the noblest, the first and second are admirable also. The second is violated on all hands. Yet to be what nature planned us to develop our own natural selves-is better than to copy those who are wittier or wiser or otherwise better endowed than we. Genuineness should always be preferred to imitation.


EY'S jes' two kinds of people dat inhabit dis ol' earth: Dey ain't de high or low ones for dat's jes' a fact of birth;

It ain't how rich or poor dey is dat sets de two apart, Tho' lots of folks is fooled dat way when money's won their heart;

'Tain't even what de preachers say about de bad and good Dat makes de downright diff'runce if de matter's under


De one ting dat divides 'em-nothin' else don't count a bit

Is wedder folks is genuine or only counterfeit.

De first ones is de real kind, dey allus ring true blue; Don't have to be suspicious dat such folks is foolin' you. De udder kind is hollow tho' dey may look like a saint; Dey's all de time pretendin' to be somethin' dat dey ain't. Give me de man dat's jes' hisself an' I will know his worth, But I don't like de udder sort round my part of de earth. Anonymous.

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