Letters From These Hard Times William Ritchie

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LESSONS FROU THESE HARD TIMES. William Ritchie Presents Some Very Timely Opinions On How Young Men Might so Conduct Conduct Their Affairs in Times of Plenty, Plenty, so to be rn Good Shape When Depression and Dullness Struck Business. N LAST Sunday afternoon William ir prominent man- id a most inter- O N LAST Sunday afte: Ritchie, one of our p ufacturers,deliverei esting address to the young men of our city and especially the mechanics, at tbe Y. M. C. A., on the subject, "Lessons Prom These Hard limes." Many points of interest and good hard facts were brought out and the address proved one of the best ever listened to by Hamilton's young men. In substance Mr. Kitchie said: of ol an no no th wl Rfti t "He becometn poor that dealeth with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent diligent maketh rich." He that gathereth in summer is awise i ;;but he that sleepeth in harvest is a u tbai;causeth shame.' Tbe days passed bave been days of or- .nizations and days of progress; bnt midst this universal progress, Lrd times Jhave come upon us. e have' trade ard labor •ganizations almost without num.- er, yet for want of concentration, the bor of these bodies has been, in a great easure, wasted; but the power which lould be wielded in tbe direction, of ettering their interests by the workers the United States is Immense; but in rder to render it ayailable, all such ls- ues as political or national economy ust be set >side and every effort dl- ected lo attain the one great object— le good of the workman. One of thelbesi plans by which labor an better itself is by a manual training chool. A school of this sort should be perated In connection with our high ;hool, for;book-knowler)ge and a trade o hand in hand. In a training school he sludent has the advantage of good ools and willing as well as capable intruders, intruders, and the result must be much etler than the DECAYISG APPRENTICESHIP ystem. Time wonld be saved to our oys forjtbey would be given a good and ubstantial trade education in lut little more time than would be spent .t an apprenticeship. Labor unions hould see that men are put into the chool board favoring ihese ideas. Liberal education gives us men with rained faculiles and a comprehensive mowledge of facis: a firm grasp ot irlnclples and a vision which Is almost irophetlc—men of generous and tolerant plrlts and of lofly Ideals. They arc more valuable than gold and silver and more needed than armies and navies. ilence we'shonld ever labor for building nstllutions which will do so much for the elevation of onr workmen. state of affairs by which It it think then and a .he of often glass my stick on the just To and render not for t». BH« share of tbe production of labor, the workman himself must become a capitalist. capitalist. Ifl»e thinks he cannot do this let him look at the shops o< our city. All the proprietors were poor boys. For a long time Owens, Lane & Dyer and then Long, Black & Allstatter were tbe only shops In our city. Now we hate the Mies Tool works, Bentel A Mtrgcdant, Deuscher's, Hooves, Owens ft Bentici- Ier, Bobn * Reniscnler. Tbe Gordoi Steam Puwp works Bender Bra*., SKI- Ier A B*nnlnghof*n and numerous other establishments. How did they all make their start I By saying dollar*. There Is scarcely a mechanic in Haaill- ton In th* last sevsn years, who could not ban laid away IB s«»e building association association on* dollar per week. I»*w that we«ld ha»* •*•« tots »t awM* these hart tin**. If a. mllll** meehaam* wo*M tt that I* tk* UclMd States la sevea jwn iMy wwsld b* nitteri *f M in

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  1. Hamilton Evening Journal,
  2. 20 Jan 1894, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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