The Warriors eBook

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Men in that time a-coming shall work and have no fear
   For the morrow’s lack of earning and the hunger-wolf
     anear.

And what wealth then shall be left us when none shall
   gather gold
To buy his friend in the market, and pinch and pine the
   sold?

Nay, what save the lovely city, and the little house on the
   hill,
And the wastes and the woodland beauty, and the happy
   fields we till
;

And the homes of ancient stories, the tombs of the mighty
   dead;
And the wise men seeking out marvels, and the poet’s teeming
   head;

And the painter’s hand of wonder; and the marvellous
   fiddle-bow;
And the banded choirs of music:—­all those that do and
   know.

Far all these shall be ours and all men’s, nor shall any
   lack a share
Of the toil and the gain of living in the days when the
   world grows fair
.”

FOURTH

Good workers are trained in the home, the school, the shop, the wider world.  Every home is an industrial establishment.  In it go on the industrial processes of cooking, cleaning, sewing, washing; the care of silver, glass, linen, and household stores; the activities of buying food and clothing; the moral responsibilities of teaching and training servants and children.  If any healthy member of the home is excused from at least some form of active work, he will inevitably be a shirker when he grows up.  Cannot almost all the problems of human training be run down to this:  How to teach a child to work?  If he can work, he can be happy; but if he does not want to work, he shall never be happy.  No work, no joy, is the universal dictum.

This is the great hardship of the children of great wealth:  they are not taught to work.  To avoid this difficulty, in two very wealthy families that I know, the boys were even obliged to darn their own stockings and mend their own clothes.  One young hopeful once tore his clothes a-fishing, and mended his trousers with a scarlet flannel patch!  Some mothers do not allow their little girls to go to school until their beds are made up and their rooms in order.  Other equally wise parents have tools in the house, and allow the boys to do all the repair work, the daughters all the family mending, or to care for the linen; the boys to put in electric fixtures and bells, and keep the batteries in order.  Queen Margherita of Italy, Queen Elizabeth of Roumania, Queen Alexandra of England, and the Empress Augusta of Germany are all women who have been from their childhood acquainted with simple and practical household tasks.  This principle is a right one and underlies much after-success.  Each child should, first of all, have a mastery of home-tasks.  Then, whether on the prairie or in the palace, he is free and independent.

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