Cntfjustagm anb iklf Reliance
Emerson said, "Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm,'' and it is
true in every respect.
Since the dawn of history, enthusiasm has been one of the greatest assets known for
the accomplishment of all great purposes. We may possess almost an inexhaustable supply
of knowledge; we may have a consummate amount of skill; we may lie blessed with abun¬
dant riches and endowed with all the virtues and sensibilities necessary to the accomplish¬
ment of a purpose, yet without putting forth the necessary amount of enthusiasm we can
never do to the fullest that which we would like to do. or what we are capable of doing.
Self reliance, coupled with enthusiasm for the work to be performed, assures the re¬
sult. This has been demonstrated in many examples from ancient, as well as modern, his¬
tory. It was these two essentials that aided John Knox in accomplishing so much good.
Had he been ever so pious and learned, he could never have preached the doctrine as he
did, or could never have done so much to bring about the Scottish reformation, had he not
been fired with enthusiasm, and possessed with self reliance, which continually urged him
on to his intended God.
Thomas J. Jackson, known as Stonewall Jackson, could not have obtained his title
had he not put enthusiasm into his efforts. I Neither could he have won the battle of the
Wilderness, one of the greatest in the history of the United States, had lie not had conn-.
dence in himself that "he could do what he willed to do."
The mighty Caesar, and the greal Napol...... could never have performed their daring
acts of valor, and turned defeat into victory/on numerous occasions, had they not been en¬
thusiastic in their cause ami determined to accomplish it.
Peary and Cook could never have sin-mounted the obstacles and dangers of the frozen
North if they had not had confidence in themselves and enthusiasm in their project.
In whatever we undertake, if we wish to meet with success, these two things are cer¬
tainly necessary if we wish to keep pace with others who are probably better fitted for
their work than we are. we must be sure that we are self reliant and enthusiastic in what¬
ever we undertake.
James Bartley Shirley.
Mv doc-tern is to lay aside
Contentsions, and be satisfied ;,
Jest do your best, and praise er blame
That toilers that, counts jest the same.
I've alius noticed grate success
Is mixed with troubles, more or less.
And it's the man who does the best
That gits more kicks than all the rest.
James Wii itch jib Riley.