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Bloomington Indiana Student (Newspaper) - January 1, 1889, Bloomington, Indiana
The twi anal student. 63 Vania and Arkan Eab has Given him a wonderful capacity for practical executive work. When the work in Arkansas was provided for by the legislature of that state or. Branner was unanimously recommended by Tho Mem Bers of the u. S. Geological Survey As the most suitable person to take charge of it. Perkins. Written for the 8tud�nt. Perkins sat at his desk. He was a graduate of the Law and yet a Man of Leisure. It was three o clock in the afternoon and Perkins was Reading a newspaper. The Sun was making Bright lines on his Brussels carpet. Clients with Perkins were the exception rather than the Rule hence he had nothing to do but read newspapers. Quot it is All a lie and How in the world these everlasting lies get into print is boy pc me Quot cried Perkins. Quot great fortunes made by men who started out poor. Marvelous successes won by men who began life unknown and unthought of and Merit does it they say. There in t a Day that i pick up a newspaper but i see something about a fellow they re All bowing Down to who has come up from the crowd of miserable poor. And what does it Why Pluck they say. No i Don t believe a word of it it s All just Chance that s what it is for i have been plodding along for two solid years and it has been fearfully Down Hill work the whole miserable time and i be about reached the Point where i am ready to sell my chances of future Prosperity to the first bidder Quot and Perkins threw Down with a wonderful air of disgust the paper which chronicled a Success that had called Down upon poor newspaper men such a torrent of abuse. Quot yes and the worst part of it is Quot continued Perkins Quot that humanity at Large seem to think it positively necessary for a Man to be born in a Cabin in order to succeed in life. Everybody that writes a Book must put in a character who has worked his Way to Fame from nowhere. There s that fellow Over in England who wrote a Book with himself As its hero telling How he Rose from the common people to be prime. Minister of England. Wonder if Pluck and Merit did that Well i give it up. What is Ever going to become of me i Don t know Quot and poor Perkins ended up his Soliloquy by Tilting himself Bank in his chair resting his feet in a Comfort promoting position in in other chair leisurely lighted a Cigar and suppose ably continued his ruminations hich a Looker on would readily have guessed from the various contortions which at various intervals took Possession of his not ill favored countenance. Perkins was t born in a log . He never worked on a canal boat. His father was t a Wool stapler nor a shop keeper nor a tallow Candle maker. He did t spend his youth ploughing hard ground. He did to while in school Surprise his teachers by a wonderful show of intellect. In fact he had nothing in the world to class him among those future great men who would be extolled As having risen to greatness by their own unaided efforts. In fact Solomon Perkins was t especially remarkable for anything except being an Apt hand at spending his father s Money always getting into trouble because he had t the Resolution to keep out. Everybody seemed to think he might do Well if he would Only try and yet they never expected him to try. Nobody Ever found any fault with him especially or if they did they usually ended up with a of Perkins is a Good fellow. He Means that was where All the trouble Lay. Intentions Are Well enough if there s Only a Little Pluck behind them and that was what Perkins lacked. I believe when he started to College he made some wonderful resolves about what he was going to do and they say he did do very Well for about a month. Perkins fully intended to succeed his father As a political hero and he would find his mind wandering from his Book in fond anticipation of How his wonderful speeches would set the world on fire some Day. Perhaps he would do More than his father had done with his wonderful bursts of rhetoric and unanswerable arguments. He would travel through the country in a special car and people would flock to the stations to catch a glimpse of him As he passed through
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