This article originally appeared in Vol.1 No.6-7 (1936-37) of Pioneer Magazine

A story of gratitude and forebearance as told by the diary of a young Cornell student who met his end in the Canadian Wilds.  (Reprint from “Office Force,” October, 1911) 

A few months past in the wilds of Canada a young man but recently graduated from Cornell met a sudden and untimely end. There was a pathetic side to this life that must appeal to every human heart. In the morning of his youth, aided by gracious friends who foresaw the possibilities ahead of him he was able to work his way through college and acquit himself, with honors. He left no name behind him for great things accomplished, but among his effects after his demise was found a paper in his own handwriting, which bore the caption “My Guide/’ Stop but a moment, young man, and ponder what a splendid life this young man had lived, and contemplate what possibilities were clipped short by this untimely end.

After all, if he had lived for years up to his”Guide” and accomplished nothing more, it were well worth his while.

-My Guide—

“It shall be my aim to respect my country, my profession and myself. To be honest and [air with my fellow men, as I expect them to be honest and square with me. To be a loyal citizen of the U. S. A. To speak of it with praise and to act always as a trustworthy custodian of its good name. To be a man whose name carries weight with it wherever it goes.

“To base my expectation of reward on a solid foundation of rendered; to be willing to pay the price of success in honest effort; to look upon my work as an opportunity to be seized with joy and made the most of and not as a painful drudgery to be reluctantly endured.

“To remember that success lies within myself, and my own brain, my own ambition, my own courage and determination, to expect difficulties and force my way through them; to turn hard experiences into capital for future struggles. 

“To believe in my proposition, heart and soul: to carry an air of optimism in the presence of those I meet; to dispel ill-temper with cheerfulness kill doubt with a strong conviction and reduce active friction with an agreeable personality. 

“To make a study of my business, to know my profession in every detail; to mix brains with my efforts and use system and method in my work; to find time to do every needful thing by never letting time find me doing nothing; to hoard days as a miser hoards dollars: to make every hour bring me dividends, increased knowledge or healthful recreation. 

“To keep my fortune unmortgaged with debts; to save as well as earn; to cut off expensive amusements until I can afford them; to steer clear of dissipation and to guard my health and body and peace of mind as a most precious stock in trade. 

“Finally, to take a good grip on the joys of life, to play the game like a man; to fight against nothing so hard as against my own weaknesses and endeavor to grow in strength a gentleman—a Christian.” 

“ So I may be courteous to men; faithful to friends, true to my God, a fragrance in the path I tread.’” 

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