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Our parents may ask some things of us which may at
the time be yery unpleasant for us to do. but remember
this — ^if we obey as dutiful sons and daughters, the re-
ward will come, and I am so glad to-day for the little I
tried to say and do, to please them. It seems to be one
of the best things I eyer did. I remember when I was a
lad of about twelve summers, the Fourth of July had
come and my twin brother and our elder brother Nicholas
(G. N. Waid) were expecting to go to Meadville, to see
the grand old celebration. Our father, however, told us
in the morning that he wanted us "to hoe corn that day,"
AVe knew Avliat that meant. The cornfield adjoined the
road, and as the boys passed l^y they would frequently
call out, '"Are you going to town to-day V'' If we replied,
it was generally in the negative. We felt sad during the
forenoon, but, as the longest day has an end, night final-
ly came, and to our surprise, our gloom had all passed
away with the day. and we spent the evening with our as-



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sociates as cheerfully as ever. It proved one of the bright
spots in obsdience. Father did not always keep us at
home to ''hoe corn:"" we had privileges enough. And I
have often thought we learned more that day than we
would had we gone to Meadville. It not only made a
lasting impression on us. but a good one.

You may ask: "How did you learn V Well, we had
time to fJiiiilx as well as iroi'k, and we did hofli. It is
said — ^thinking makes a great man; but fhiukiiiij, alone,
did not build the Pyramids of Egypt nor the AVash-
ington Monument; it took vork. And it is well for us
not to forget it, for we so frequently have to associate one
with the other, if w^e wish to make life a success.

Youth! Perhaps you are encompassed with the same
atmosphere of comparative poverty the writer experienced
in his younger days, and are even now standing at the
foot of the ladder, anxious to rise. If so, I confidently
recommend you to take along with you the princij^le of
Economy, which is the poor man's friend, a friend that
will never " go back on him,'"' for it is expectation
realized. It is that forethought of the present which
provides a surplus for the future. It is the equali-
zation of things — not spending a day's wages for a single
meal, then being compelled to go without the next two.
Do not act mean or miserly, but save when there is a pos-
sibility of doing so. Economy in time is labor not only
in earning the dollar, but in the spending of it. Live
within your income, if possible, and do not have it said
at the end of the year that you are in debt unless misfort-
une or sickness has overtaken you. Better have some-
thing left to begin the next year with ; and remember the
advice of Polonius to Laertes [HaniJci] :

" Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft' loses both itself and friend.
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry."



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If you have not been in the habit of doinof this, beofin
noic ; better begin hite to do good than not to begin at
all; and if you are young in life start out right, remem-
bering what is written: For flic c/uJdrcii onglif iioi fo
lay up for flic j)a rents, h/if flic paroifx for flic cliildrcii
(2 CoK. XII: 14). It not only takes industry but proper
economy to bring this about. If you buy what you do
not want, you may soon want what you cannot buy. Our
supposed wants often cost us the most money. Tlic



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