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Conducted by WILLIAM LEAVITT STODDARD
An Investor's Dream
DECIDED that I would become an investor and that I would begin by buying a bond.
Though only two
was getting Christmas time. Why would it not be a good idea to buy a bond, just, a baby bond, for my small son? years old, he could not, of course, understand the full significance of bondownership. But it would do both him and me good for him to possess a real investment, and as time went on we could study investment problems together. I grew quite enthusiastic.
Away uptown I hesitated before the window of a branch office of a famous house that sells bonds all over the world. I noticed that one of the gentlemanly ond purveyors was at leisure, and I walked in.
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said. "I might die
Deeper and deep-
"I am sorry," replied the salesman.
"Something in bonds," I said. "For yourself?" he inquired politely. "Yes-in a way," I replied. "What Would you suggest?"
"We have some very good first-mortage public utilities," he said. "If you vill only give me an idea"
HAVE taken space to describe this figment of the sleeping imagination because, upon careful consideration, it seems accurately to picture a very common experience. Often this experience is represented to us by an inquiring reader who says, "How can I educate myself about investments?" Or by readers who, revealing that they own a considerable property, show by their inquiries that they have never taken the
This, of course, was impossible. One pains to inform themselves of the ele-
ments of investments, not to say of
I checked an impulse to say, "You hoot first." But I must have said somehing like it because he opened a drawer his desk and took out a set of circuirs and charts and began to expound.
There is no royal road to expert learning in any field, particularly in the investment field. Nor is there any short cut. Reading, study, discussion, experience these are the things needed to give one even an approach to familiarity if one would avoid the mental confusion which attacks him who first ventures into this realm.
HEREUPON there ensued one of the
most confusing half-hours of my fe. I kept my eyes fixed on his face hile he talked, somewhat atoning by y attention for the lack of intelligence hich, had he been less earnest, he ould surely have observed.
He spoke of long and short term nds; of bonds with and without cerin features which he called "convertiHe mentioned tax-free clauses, d in this connection named several ates in which I, a resident of Rhode land, had absolutely no interest. "I on't live there," I told him. He went iskly on to inheritance-tax matters. But I may not die in Rhode Island," I
Then, as the reader must by now have guessed, I woke up.
Reading and good reading-on investment problems is available today at little cost of anything but time. Metropolitan daily newspapers run well-edited financial sections. These departments, not omitting the advertisements, should be read. Some weeklies and several monthlies have more or less adequate financial articles and columns of comment. In addition, there is a fairly large and comprehensive literature about investing and investments.
Those who live in the larger cities can
We are far from advocating that the schools and colleges should "teach investments." If they perform their tasks well, they are already giving instruction in the very fundamentals of investment when they teach economics, business, and law. But we strenuously advocate courses in investing and investments for the adult man, whether in business or out of it, whether rich or poor. Such courses can be carried on at any time, at any place, under self-instruction. And no one knows when the knowledge thus attained will be worth many times the effort needed to acquire it. W. L. S.
STRANGER who had been in a small town but a few days lost a very valuable dog. He went to the newspaper office and wrote an advertisement to be run that night offering a twentyfive dollar reward for the return of the dog, Evening came, and no paper appeared. Finally, anxious to see his "ad," he went down to the office of the newspaper, and found only the janitor there. "Isn't there going to be any paper this evening?" he inquired. "No, suh," replied the floor-sweeper. "No paper today. Ev'body's out huntin' fo' dat dog."
"Nah!" the street orator is quoted as saying in London "Opinion." "Any more interruptions and I finishes upleavin' yer ignorant of the 'orrible times in which yer lives."
The London "Times" recently printed the following personal:
WILL THE GIRL IN GREEN who was selling flags near the Arcade in Bond Street on Wednesday accept the sincere apologies of the man for the gauchery he committed? His only excuse is that he was carried away by a very charming personality.
In the issue of the next day an answering personal appeared:
GIRL IN GREEN will accept personal apology in same place Wednesday, 11 A.M.
A landmark placed in the little town. of Ogden, Kansas, by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey is the starting-point for all surveys and boundaries in the United States. All Government surveys are made on that basing line, probably because that is the geographic center of the country.
An average of nearly 500 cups of coffee per person was consumed in this country during the past year.
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EXPERIENCED nurse maid wants position. 8,179, Outlook.
HOUSEKEEPER, willing to make herself generally useful. Thoroughly competent to manage a home and servants. Exceptional references. 8,177, Outlook.
HOUSEMOTHER- Refined middle-aged woman, teaching and matron experience, ten years in one position, wishes institutional matroncy. Excellent references. Address American Protestant, 8,172, Outlook.
By the Way
According to press reports, traffic conditions in Cleveland, Ohio, have come to such a pass that school-children wear metal identification tags similar to those worn by soldiers in the World War. These tags are to aid the police in finding the parents of children injured in crossing streets.
POSITION as chaperon or housemother for school or institution by cultivated. traveled woman, who understands the problems of youth. References. 8,174, Outlook. READER to invalid or group. graduate. 8,176, Outlook.
Lady settlement worker (to roughlooking immigrant): "So you came over in the steerage? How interesting! You know, I never would have suspected you were a college man."
SHORT time ago we printed a twenty-seven-word sonnet. Here is one in twenty-two words:
A recent survey of newspaper syndicate services showed that there are 184 standard comic strips being used by dailies all over the country. The most
popular comics are furnished with the A
quips in the balloons translated into all languages for foreign consumption. The leading syndicates employ "gag men" at enormous salaries to prime the authors of these strips with so-called "wisecracks."
Restrain Despair, Fore'er
Dull care, And ne'er
Perhaps even this is not an irreducible minimum.
UNIVERSITY graduate desires position companion-secretary. French. Excelent references. 8,171, Outlook.
YOUNG college woman, nursery gover ess, near New York. Reference. Outlook.
TO young women desiring training in the care of obstetrical patients a six months nurses' aid course is offered by the Lying-l Hospital. 307 Second Ave., New York. Ala are provided with maintenance and give a monthly allowance of $10. For further par ticulars address Directress of Nurses.
CHRISTIAN home of refinement and et ture is available for one or two small children in widow's home in Seattle, Washington Prefer girls of pre-school age. I can give the best of training and real mother love to chil needing such. Reasonable rates. Highest references. Address Mrs. N. E. B, Hunter Blvd., Seattle, Wash.
Though it will be unwelcome news to the moralists, we must report that research shows that the busy bee is shortlived. After being hatched out in the summer months, he wears himself out, rubs his fur off in patches, grows rheu matic in his joints, and dies of old age by the sixth week.
According to the Chicago "Tribune," "The dead man left St. Louis Tuesday to walk to Dayton."
meat-packers are very much concerned about the abuse of the term "hot dogs" and want al newspaper editors to slash all references to that popular name. The packers don't care what other slogan is developed as long as the "hot dog" is a dead dog. "Red hots" is becoming a preferred term. The chief objective of the meat-packers is the cartoonist's pencil. They don't want to see any more of those cartoons depicting a dog entering a meat-grinder and emerging as a string of frankfurters.
Abe Martin says: "The Lord must have his hands full these days helpin those who 'er helpin' 'emselves."
Can you solve the following enigma? Answer next week.
I am a word of letters three,
From source of hopes (though mixed with fears)
I'm changed into a source of tears.
Answer to last week's puzzle: "Civic."
The Week: Pages 419-425
The Prison Revolt at Folsom
WILLIAM L. ETTINGER, JR., Advertising Manager
WALTER THALEN, Circulation Manager
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THE OUTLOOK, December 7, 1927. Volume 147, Number 14. Published weekly by The Outlook Company at 120 East 16th Street, New York, N. Y. Subscription price $5.00 a year. Single copies 15 cents each. Foreign subscription to countries in the postal Union, $6.56. Entered as second-class matter, July 21, 1893, at the Post Office at New York, N. Y., and December 1, 1926, at the Post Office at Dunellen, N. J., under the Act of March 3, 1879. Copyright, 1927, by The Outlook Company.
DIXON MERRITT HAROLD T. PULSIFER
ERNEST HAMLIN ABBOTT, Editor-in-Chief
From Publisher To You
HE Six Questions propounded to Governor Smith of New York in this issue are the outcome of our Mr. Merritt's tour of the South. Unquestionably, they voice the queries most people want Mr. Smith to answer. They are asked here with the utmost good humor and without ulterior motives. O far as can be ascertained, the
majority of the people of New York State consider Mr. Smith an able administrator and an excellent Governor. A President, nevertheless, faces problems which a Governor does not. Most Americans would like to know what are Mr. Smith's views on the National issues with which these six questions are intimately concerned. Sooner or later, he will answer them. In any case, the questions themselves clear the air.
EADERS of The Outlook will be glad to hear that, beginning in January, several new writers and features will be added, and the number of pages in each issue therefore increased.
'OR instance, we have thought for a
long time of treating music with the greater consideration which it deserves. With the advent of the new year, Eugene Bonner, composer, musician, and critic, will give us every week a page of his criticisms and reports on music both here and abroad which will afford us all a most intelligent view of a subject too much neglected.
IN addition, we will have new views
on poetry and finance and-this is our secret so far-a series of original tales for children, drawn from sources hitherto untapped and possessing the extreme merit of genuine reality. We haven't been so amused and interested in years. We wish we could have printed one in this issue just to show you what they are like.
However, next year is close at hand. We will give you one hint. They aren't written by anybody and never have been.
F the other things in prospect which the larger magazine will make possible we will speak more at length in the next issue. Suffice it to say here that they are all intended to make The Outlook of increasing service to you as an intelligent reporter of the world as it is today.
Francis Profus Bellamy
e Prison Revolt at Folsom
under such conditions that the type of
T is no new thing for desperate desperado who is always willing to lead
criminals with liberty in their minds and, as they look at it, with little to e, to form and try to carry out a plot escape. This is one of the explana
a forlorn hope in a fight for liberty finds
ns back of the recent incident at the Isom Prison in California. Add to s the fact that, as we are informed, it is long been the practice to send the gs of the convicted underworld to Foln, which is regarded by criminals as ir worst possible fate.
A telegram received by The Outlook CH
m its Pacific coast correspondent just this issue is going to press states that break had evidently been planned for nths, and that, despite all devices of dern prison discipline, quite an arhal of weapons of various kinds had en accumulated by the prisoners. ly merest chance the changing of > repository for the master keys-preated the break from being successful, which case a thousand escaped crimds might have created a reign of terror roughout the countryside. Governor Young, of California, is edited with the statement that, to his owledge, a break at Folsom has been red for at least a dozen years—ever ce the prison began to be badly consted.
As was seen in the almost successful ot for an outbreak from the Tombs ison in New York City about a year o, and as was also seen in the escapes the desperado Chapman from the lanta Federal Penitentiary, there is thing so wild and reckless that it will t be undertaken by prisoners who have en able to possess themselves of arms d money.
December 7, 1927
This tragic event, which will probably d in the execution of several of the spirators on a charge of murder, uld be taken as a warning, not only prison authorities and legislators, but the country at large, for such things ppen most often when crowded condins in prisons exist, and there is far too ach of this evil, not alone in Califor■, but throughout the country. It is
Better prisons and an adequate number of them provide one means to forestall revolt.
Chicago's Right to
HICAGO cannot be enjoined under
matter is likely to come up for further debate.
This is not merely a National, but also an international question. Canada has rights on the Great Lakes which the United States is bound to respect. These are not involved in this particular decision, but they will have to be considered ultimately in our treatment of the whole subject of plans for inland waterways.
Chicago's drainage canal is not, and cannot be, a local issue.
Safer and Saner Flying
ing water, as it is now doing, through LIFE insurance is a cold, hard busi
the Chicago Drainage Canal from Lake
ness. It issues policies and fixes premiums on statistics, not on sympathy or enthusiasm. Accident insurance in particular has in every policy a somewhat grisly valuation of every lost digit or limb and evaluates the sum each dollar of premium entitles the payee to receive for everything from a hurt thumb to a deadly wound.
There are two main reasons for opposing the drawing off of this water. In the first place, as we have had occasion to report, the use of this water enables Chicago to empty its sewage into the Illinois River, and thus to make of that river what amounts to an open sewer. But besides that the drawing off of this water has lowered the level of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron to the injury of navigation.
So, when we find that insurance companies now recognize aviation as a proper field for their activity, we know that, like railway and motor-car travel, flying is no longer a sport or a desperate occupation, but part of the world's business. Not long ago an aviator who asked for accident insurance was politely refused. Now, we are told, policies will be issued to pilots and passengers flying on regularly scheduled aircraft between established airports in licensed aircraft in charge of licensed pilots.
On the other hand, it is urged that the right to divert water in this way is essential for the development of our inland waterways.
Mr. Hughes finds that, although Congress has not directly authorized the diversion of water, it has conferred upon the Secretary of War the authority to regulate the diversion; and that it is under that authority that Chicago has acted. The entire control of the diversion, Mr. Hughes notes, remains with Congress. Therefore in Congress the
The restriction is a sound and reasonable one, and it will have its effect in discouraging "stunting" and "barnstorming" in favor of well-ordered and well-executed flying.
That the margin of safety in the air is growing is shown by a statement from the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics that, while there was one death to every 244,443 miles flown by naval airmen in the year ending July 1, 1924, there was in 1927 up to the same date one death to every 868,484 miles flown. It is facts like this that make air-accident insurance under reasonable conditions now