Analyzing Character eBook

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of trouble and annoyance in heating apparatus.  Long and hard he thought and conjectured, and studied statistics, and followed reports of experiments, but for the life of him he could not take any interest in any such line of research.  He hated the gases, ashes, soot, smoke, and dirt generally.  Huge rough castings of steel and iron seemed gross and ugly to him, and the completed product seemed coarse and unfinished.  The only improvements he could think of were improvements in beauty of line, in refinement of the design, in added ornamentation, and other enhancements of the physical appearance of the product.  In these he took some interest, but he had the good sense to know that no change of this kind would accomplish what they wished in the matter of going after a national market.


For a while President Jessup waited patiently; then, as the big salary checks came to him to be signed month after month, he began to grow restless.  No result had yet been announced and in his conferences with Lynch, he could not determine that any hopeful progress was being made.  Finally, in desperation, he called his engineers and designers together.  For three weeks he worked with them night and day, studying, analyzing, making records, and computing results.  They took cat-naps on benches in the laboratory while waiting for fires to burn a standard number of hours; ate out of lunch-boxes; and finally, unshaven and covered with soot and ashes, they triumphantly produced a fire-box and boiler which would burn the cheapest kind of coal screenings satisfactorily, with but little supervision and a high degree of efficiency.  This was the best thing they had ever done in the laboratory.  This was the attainment which he had so long desired.  This, properly advertised and handled, certainly ought to revolutionize the steam and hot-water heating business.  But it was not one of Lynch’s brain-children.  However, Lynch would now have an opportunity to prove his value and return to the concern large profits for the amount they had spent and would spend upon him.  At any rate, he knew how to plan and conduct an advertising and selling campaign.

Lynch, intensely relieved by the solving of this problem, the utility of which he very readily saw, threw himself, heart and soul, into the construction of the advertising campaign.  As this work progressed, Jessup began to have some misgivings.  While the advertisements, circulars, catalogues, and other literature were beautiful; while the English in them was elegant, and the form of expression refined, somehow or other, they seemed to lack the necessary punch or kick which Jessup knew they ought to have.  The two big things about the new product were, first, economy of fuel; second, ease of operation and small demand for supervision.  These points were not brought out clearly enough.  They did not grip.  They did not get home as they

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