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About The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 5, 1916)
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The Pass Keys to Opportunity
BY HERBERT KAUFMAN
When you feel blue see red. Despondency is a signal to battle. The fight
won't stop running against you while you're running away from it. All con
tests, even war, are determined by will. The farthest reaching weapon won't
serve a wobbler.
.Nature forces every creature and thing to compete for survival.
The sapling that can't push into the sun dies under the shade of sturdier
trees the herd obeys the brayest buck the best type shoves to the front.
There are only two classes leaders and followers; you belong in one or the
other and through your own decision.
You surely didn't expect that any place-holder would step down and out
because you aspired to his post.
All jobs are plainly marked; pay the price and take your pick.
You can't drive a bargain while the demand for success exceeds supply.
Meet the market or deal in a cheaper one.'
But don't reduce your, ambition without first calculating your available
funds; you aren't broke 'til your heart breaks. N
Keep believing in yourself and we'll come round to your way of thinking,
provided vanity has not filled your imagination with counterfeit abilities.
Rights are permanent merely so long as shrewdness and competence
Except in those countries which subscribe to the privileges of birth, wealth
and eminence regularly shift to strength and genius.
It is impossible to estimate who will have the most ten years from now,
because we cannot guess who will do the most or what forces he will employ
in the achievement.
The bootblack at the corner may have sired a Napoleon of finance; it
is not improbable that your scrub-woman's son shall give orders where she
now takes them. .
Time alone can tell if that patch-sleeved office-boy of yours will succeed to
control of the concern which you plan to reserve for a kinsman.
Most of the Presidents of these United States and its industries sprang
from obscure and handicapped surroundings.
America mainly serves masters who once served hardship and hope.
Strugglers ' are credulous, eager and investigative; those who have not yet
found themselves are most apt to take stock of changing conditions.
It's a tremendous asset to have lived close to the mass to understand their
attitudes and to have shared their needs.
It enriches experience with fundamental facts and only those who know
the multitude viewpoint can deal with it.
Minds are testing laboratories in the period of un-success., Originality has
freest swing when it is not curbed by routine tasks.
You've tried one pass key to opportunity and it didn't fit but what of
that? The rest of your brain is an unexperimented key-ring.
Keep trying them and unexpected doors may open to you.
Few great men have gone straight on- to a goal. .
Your trials and disappointments can be matched in a thousand careers
now tongued by tradition.
You were either too big or too little for your last undertaking. Confidence
knows your real size and will finally prove it. .
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Tomorrow is a promised land,
Upon whose shores you'll nev
Time, master of the years,
Before Tomorrow's reached.
The utmost now this is the
Do what you can . while yet
Decide your course and then
Postponement is a weakling's
Delay will not reduce the debt
You owe yourself it must be
Else other men will seize your
And Destiny will put you
The spendthrifts of the clock
Your daily chance dies with
The Strangers in Our Midst
YOUR grandfather ran a boarding-house and so do you. If germs were
the size of buffaloes, the infinite herds now victualing on your vitals
would require several states as big as Texas for a grazing ground. No
one can estimate how many millions of 'em call you "Home."
But we know that within twenty-four hours after the pioneer disease
bringer locates favorable quarters and settles in your anatomy, offspring
begin to appear in batches of millions. Even in health there's a multitude of
dormant germs scattered over your person simply waiting until local condi
tions are satisfactory for business-
Fortunately they can feed only on dead matter. One authority describes them as
"the good angels of nature, constantly reorganizing constituent materials in other
words, messengers of life as well as death."
And to think that old Noah went to his grave convinced that he carried only two
of each living creature aboard the Ark!. Why, by the time the voyage was over
there was a coccus aboard for every drop of rairi that fell in the forty days.
But Noah wasn't alone in his ignorance the doctors themselves didn't know that
microbes existed until the last century. Pathology really dates from Virchow's amaz
ing discovery (in 1850) that man is a community of living cells. Then Pasteur came
along and demonstrated that the cells had friends and enemies, since when medicine
has accomplished more definite results than in all preceding centuries.
No malady is hopeless after we find the causes. Give the microscope a little time
think what has been done in half a century and despair of nothing.
Profit anclLoss andDuty
NO PRESIDENT can accomplish more for
America than its own citizens will permit.
The team demands a Captain; the Captain
must have the confidence of the players it's his
function to plan courses of action and coach their
The man about to be elected Tuesday will find his
purposes thwarted, his ideas handicapped and his
wisdom discounted if the majority of the people do
not, for the next four years, continue their present
interest in National aff airs.
Campaign excitement and consistent citizenship
are two distinct matters.
The successful candidate will not be able to put his
policies into sufficient practice if he is not sym
pathetically supported throughout his entire term of
Your ballot is a solemn promise that you will do all
that lies within your power to promote and fortify
the principles you indorse at the polls-
You are not fulfilling your pledge to prosperity or
posterity by merely indicating your preference of
The privilege of the franchise is predicated upon
the assumption that you will remain loyal to your
vote, respond when called upon to defend and extend
the measures which your party chief considers es
sential to progress and security.
The White House job grows increasingly difficult.
There are 48 states in the Union and each is peculiar
in its problems. The immediate necessities of one
coast strikingly differ from those of the other.
We are theoretically divided by boundary lines
actually by climate, natural resources and racial pre
ponderance. Here is an area of farms and there a stretch of
factories. Some districts are solely industrial, oth
ers depend upon their mines; the territory that pro
duces the raw product antt the section which trans
forms it into articles of commerce, however distant
they may be in miles, are side by side in practice.
East and West hold divergent views from each
other and neither can agree with North or South
upon the most vital local procedures.
Other occupations and surroundings are opinion
moulds; every man, inevitably biased by vocation
and investments, instictjvely weighs values on selfish
We compete strenuously with each other and the
rivalry is incalculably beneficial, but we must never
forget interdependability the relation of the link to
the chain and the super-position of the chain.
There are certain enormous institutions, organ
izations and bodies of workers in whose fortunes the
community is deeply concerned, but the interests of
no one type of business or set of men can be as im
portant as sound government.
Nations cannot score without sacrifice hits; the
game itself takes precedence over individual records.
When the Republic wins, so does every part of
the continent; the opportunities that enrich specific
groups are indirectly shared everywhere.
When labor has a fat purse it likewise carries a full mar
When farmers are making money, so are merchants in
In hours of peril there is a universal willingness to stand
, We are equally obligated to common sense, personal ad
vantage and patriotism to support certain broad principles
Every road leads to the National highway and branches
from it. There is one big path along which we must all
travel the path of duty.
If we keep it clear and guarded, prosperity will always
manage to get around.
Now put your political convictions on the stand and give
them a thorough cross-examination then VOTE RIGHT.