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The sum of all scientific knowledge forms a Network of Facts and Principals, which properly understood, will guide you to the TRUTH in every field of inquiry.

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on All Knowledge A course of six lessons by mail or in class will enable you to always choose the correct point of view on every subject and thus go far towards sy:tematizing your thoughts and guiding your judg. ineat.

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VOLUME VII NO 9.

SEPTEMBER 1907

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THE man who has plenty of bounce in him

can't be thrown down to stay down. The harder he falls the higher he will rise on the rebound and the deeper he will sink his hooks into new opportunities.

Deliberate with caution and act with precision; Our inheritance is the accumulated knowledge yield with grace and oppose with firmness. of past generations. Be vigorous in initiative and have strong faith

The real troubles in this life are the ones you in yourself—these are the little things that help to make the man of power.

never see, but only feel. One of the big factors in success is constancy

Remember it is always the small things in life of purpose.

that are important in forming the greater. Some people have good advertising ideas but A wise man reflects before he speaks-a foollack the ability to put them into successful opera- ish one speaks and then reflects on what he has tion.

said. The business man that has the knockout wallop is the man who has learned to recognize and

The mind and body will be made healthier by

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will make a fire burn brighter. The mind must be sheltered from prejudice and fed with facts; to digest these facts it must Good business generally means good advertisbe warmed and kept active by intercourse withi ing. Advertising cannot be too well done; one other minds.

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Judicious advertising will benefit any business. ness by sudden dashes. Permanent success is

"The seeds of genius are scattered to the four won by holding on.

winds—some may perish among the stony places There is no difference between knowledge and of the world, some be choked by the thorns and temperance; for he who knows what is good and brambles of early adversity, yet others will now embraces it, who knows what is bad and avoids and then strike root even in the clefts of the it, is learned and temperate. But they who know rock, struggle bravely up into sunshine and very well what ought to be done and yet do spread over sterile birth-places of all the beauotherwise, are ignorant and stupid.

ties of vegetation."

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women

A great share of the crookedness in business The greater the obstacle, the stronger some can be traced back to where the young man just men feel. This confidence has been acquired by entering the commercial world did not possess conquering the small difficulties. The very fact the backbone to say “Excuse me" when asked to that they have been pushing ahead, fighting their do what he knew to be wrong.

way upward, braces their nerves, energizes their

ability, calls out renewed power, and they center If the brain has been decently cared for-each

the fray to battle like giants. added year of age gives greater mental force, therefore, there is no excuse for the man who

The young men

and

who say “I says he is "not doing as well as he might do or

haven't the time to devote to study," should read as he ought to do."

the life of Dr. Scheilman, the German explorer

of the ruins of Troy, who acquired a thorough There are many old advertising men who won- knowledge of the English language-mastered der why youngsters, newly graduated from re- French, Dutch, Spanish and Portugese, after arliable advertising colleges, know so much more riving at manhood and while actually engaged about the profession than they do. They can't in business. He says: “I never went on an erfor the life of them see that the latest and new- rand, even in the rain, without having my book est ideas are instilled into the brain of an adver- in my hand, and learning something by heart; tising student; they are traveling along in the and I never waited at the postoffice without beaten path doing the same thing the same way reading." By taking advantage of the smallest each day, while their more progressive competi- fragments of time this man made an enviable tors have a dozen different ways of doing the name for himself and is well known on two same thing

continents.

Thomas Alvin Edison
The Man to Whom the World Is Indebted for Seven Hundred and Eleven

Electrical Devices

can

America can be proud to number among her the Megaphone, the Sonorous Voltameter, the people the greatest inventor in the world—a man Tasemeter, the Carbon Rheostat, the Aerowhose productions will benefit mankind forever. phone, his Phonometer, his Harmonic Engine, He has revolutionized the world of science and the Motograph Receiver, Etheric Force, the given it control over a power so great that the Electric Light, the Megaphone, the Kinetoscope human mind cannot fully fathom its scope and

and other scientific devices and instruments too the further discoveries to which it will undoubt- numerous to mention. Nor have his labors edly lead us.

ceased. While sixty years of age he is still at In this present day at the height of the greatest work, as enthusiastic and persistent as ever. activities the world has ever known, we

For a true pen picture of Mr. Edison we must without hesitancy refer to Thomas Alvin Edi- describe him as a man of medium size, of pleasson as the most ingenious man of the age. ant mien, with fair complexion and silver grey Through indefatigable work, he is mitigating hair somewhat lined with streaks of brown. His the labors of man and bringing the far ends of features are kind yet firm and expressive, emour vast universe into closer proximinity every phasized by deep, keen, brown eyes overshadday.

owed by full, heavy brows. He is socially inA dangerous substance that none could touch clined and enjoys conversation with people inwithout death and that men of science believed terested in his inventions. There is in him a would ever remain a master, was conquered and

decided leaning toward the humorous; and he is made a servant by the power of his brain. He

much absorbed in his home and family. made it yield three things most needed in the The adage that "the truly great man is alwork-shop of man—heat, light and power. ways modest" is exemplified in the characterisThe wonderful devices he was able to give uis

tics of Mr. Edison. He repulses personal notothrough this victory are all the more wonderful riety. On one occasion in his early life when because he rarely had a precedent to guide him. asked to participate at a public dinner he deHe conceived and he created. Quite knowingly clined decisively, saying: “One hundred doldid Professor Barber style him “The man of lars would not tempt me to sit through two hours herculean suggestiveness; not only the greatest of personal glorification.” He does not believe inventor of the age, but a discoverer as well; for in the conventionalities of life, being exceedingly when he cannot find material with the properties simple in his tastes, and finds more comfort in he requires, he reaches far out into the regions his laboratory and acid-stained garments, workof the unknown and brings back captive the req- ing like any other hard-working man would uisites for his inventions.'

work, than he does at social functions in evening Few people stop to think in how many differ- attire. He openly repulses personal notoriety ent walks of life his incandescent lamps are serv- and aptly says: “A man is to be measured by ing us. Each person sees only the uses to which what he does, not by what is said of him. they are put in his own individual community. Though that our reader may gain no wrong imIf he lives in the metropolis, he needs but touch pressions we will state that at the proper time, a button to have the light flood his room. He when better appearances are requisite, he is alcan then step to his window and look down upon ways equal to the mannerisms of the day, cara thoroughfare as light as day. No more beauti- rying himself with an air of studiousness and ful picture could please his eye than a birdseye culture that is so suggestive of his noble charview of the city at night. Only the seaman acter. knows what a boon the billion candle-power bea- To give a brief summary of the life of con light upon the ocean is to all who must Thomas A. Edison, starting with the round, rosy, traverse the sea at night. Five thousand feet chubby-faced, laughing baby and leaving him below the earth's surface the miner enjoys the in the position of great power and eminence bright rays of Edison's incandescent light; and that he holds to-day, we must view him first as this is only one of his many productions.

a child of unusual activity, digging caves and Of equal and even greater value are the many erecting little plank roads in his childish pastime other inventions produced by this great mind, at Milan, Erie County, Ohio, where he was born, and used profusely in sciences along profes- February 11, 1817. sional and mechanical lines.

At the early age of twelve he evidenced his We are indebted to him for the Stock-ticker, enterprising spirit as a “train-boy" on the Grand the Quadruplex, the Phonograph, the Electro- Trunk Railroad. He sold figs, apples, toys, Motograph, the Telephone, the Telephonograph, magazines and newspapers and the entire in

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