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What Salary Should a Competent Credit
Man Receive? Truly the above is a heartrending question and properly waken him to recognition of credit work the editors can conceive of a deep personal inter- as a specialized branch of mercantile pursuits. est in such a problem, even if unexpressed, by To set an arbitrary standard for the compensaevery toiler in the credit profession. It has long tion of an up-to-date, keen, progressive credit been a bone of contention, open or secret, between the abused credit manager and the
man is obviously impossible. In such houses as cold-hearted head of the house for years
have recognized the value of detailing their beyond reckoning. When that happy day is in credit management to one man, his remuneration sight which establishes a definite standard of is for the most part generous. Some wholesale salaries for different duties and offices in the houses, leaders in their particular fields, are, we mercantile ladder, then will the Credit Manager are told, paying salaries of $7,500 to $10,000 a come into his own.
year. Department stores, which in recent years Certain firms seem to believe that the supervi- have so rapidly increased their charge business, sion and collection of accounts is properly a side are reputed to pay from $2,500 to $5,000, this issue of the bookkeeper's or head clerk's duties, latter figure being somewhat exceptional, it is not perhaps realizing that this patient individual true. Many of these houses, wholesale and retail, has about enough troubles of his own in get- are in constant search for every available means ting his trial balance from the cash already en- of information to aid their credit men and neglect tered on his books without further consuming no opportunity to try out any plan which seems his gray matter in devising plans to accumulate of value. even more items on the credit side of the custo- In brief, it would appear from outward indimer's ledger leaves.
cations that the days when a firm thought that Some heads of houses do not seem to differen- the $15-a-week clerk should shoulder the respon tiate between routine bookkeeping methods and sibility of their accounts and protect them by the personal elements of fine judgment entailed some rare intuitive method not yet explained, in in the opening and satisfactory conduct of a new addition to his regular day's stunt on the books, account. “I know personally every desirable cus- is rapidly passing Specialization was never so tomer and what each of my accounts will stand necessary as in these days and never so indispensfor,” says the boss and his dictum has to stand able as in the credit profession, and specialists, pat. This species of employer is generally so whether in medicine, engineering or in mercanblind to the finer points of credit safety that affairs must be recognized as such financially. two or three hard financial jolts are necessary to
Gems of Thought. "There is no habit so powerful as the habit of the strong man as the instinctive love of of care for others," writes Sir Gilbert Parker,
life. The normal man must take care of othauthor of the "The Weavers," and there is ro
ers beside himself in order to be happy.” habit which is more representative of higher "Fortune befriends the bold."-Dryden. civilization. The higher man rises from the "Never leave that 'til to-morrow which brute, the greater in his altruism, the niore you can do to-day.”—Franklin. developed is his unselfishness. Civilized man "Success makes success as money makes realizes that one's life is not independent of money."-Chamfort. the lives of others, that one's happiness is "Make yourself necessary to everybody.”— achieved only through the help, the sympa- Emerson. thy, the companionship of those among whom "Ability is of little account without OPone lives. The strong man realizes that lie portunity.”- Napoleon I. can do far more work in the world than that “Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, involved in merely taking care of himself, and putting off a hard one generally makes and it is his nature to take care of others, it impossible.”—Mason. especially his own family. It is his greatest "To-day is your opportunity-to-morrow comfort and his greatest encouragement to some other fellows.'”_Fielu. feel that his labor protects and comforts "He who ceases to grow greater, grows those who are dependent upon him. The hab- smaller.”—McKenzie. it of taking care of others is as old as civil- "Every man is the architect of his own ization and as deeply engrafted into the soul fortune." - Alexander.
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Dr. Scott has approached this study of public speaking with a full knowledge of what has been written on psychology and with fund of original information. While all this scientific knowledge is presented with special reference to the practical needs of the public speaker, it forms a definite contribution to the literature both of psychology and of public speaking.
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Mr. Gregg and Mrs. Colton, being almost of one age, become fast chums, forming a friendship that gradually ripens into love, but is not realized by either of them until the return of the Judge, who denounces both, but who regrets his hasty temper immediately.
The young artist soon departs for Paris, where he becomes one of the greatest of artists. Ten years pass and by chance he hears that the old judge is dead. He then returns to Maryland, but on arriving finds that Mrs. Colton is also dead. After a lapse of many years he meets the son, Philip, who has grown to be a fine young man and who is soon to marry a noble little woman.
If you want to read an ideal book, full of purity and strength you cannot read a better one than this beautifully told story. FRANCE OF TODAY. By Barrett Wendell. Published
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Mr. Wendell in his very interesting book has endeavored to set forth the impressions of France made on him during the year when he was a lecturer at French universities.
The eight chapters, bound into three hundred and seventy-nine exceedingly interesting pages on_France-its Universities, its Structure of Society, The Family, The French Temperament, The Relation of Literature to Life, The Questions of Religion, The Revolution and Its Effect and The Republic, and Democracy-were given as lectures at the Lowell Institute, Boston, in November and December, 1906.
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Mr. MacGrath's latest book, "The Best Man." compiles three of his best short stories. The novels show that love always finds a way, even though an irate father does all in his power to avoid the inevitable.
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