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THE BANQUET The Banquet will be on Thursday evening, the 7th, at 7:15 sharp. Price $3.00 per plate. If you don't get three dollars' worth of food and entertainment, we will buy you a perpetual seat at the Hippodrome. There will be something doing all the time. These who were at Chicago will need no further inducement. Informal dress will prevail, that is for the men.
We suppose and know that it is useless to attempt to dictate what the ladies shall wear, but any man caught in his black spiketail or a "boiled shirt" will be sent to the bastile in charge of the Sergeant at Arms.
THE VALUE OF ATTENDANCE Playing a lone hand is a lonesome occupation. Don't forget that an ounce of FRIENDSHIP is worth more than several tons of LOGIC. The Convention promotes friendship, opens the way for business, enlarges your field of activity, fosters a spirit of good will and stands for the "square deal." The only way to get acquainted is to be on the job.
Knowledge Is Power. We learn from others. Every man knows something that we do not, no matter who he is or where he comes from. Moreover, we are never too old to learn. To use a slang expression, it is all up to the individual. We get out of these things in proportion as we put into them. Come to Cleveland and benefit yourself and your neighbor by both taking out and putting in,
\\e also extend a most cordial and earnest invitation to the officers and members of the National League and The Western Fruit Jobbers; to producers, state and national departments, railroad officials and all persons interested in the apple, either directly or indirectly.
Second-- The good City of Cleveland will welcome iis all most rorally. The keys of the city will be delivered to our keeping.
Third-GENTLEMEN, DONT FORGET THE LADIES! Хо real man will leave his wife at home. It would be a crime. Without them the Convention would be a desert and life would lose its zest anii purpose. Think it over. Why should Mary stay at home while George goes out to see the sights? Let's be fair in this matter. We believe iu the “square deal." Ladies, we welcome you thrice over. You are expected. Don't even discuss the matter with George. Consider it setiled and come.
A TOUCH OF KINDNESS
And buffeted and chilled you as you strove,
The power to see the way and aim and move,
Gave you a shelter from the bitter blast,
- Susan Coolidge.
If Necessary, Stay Home From Church
To Read This
Badges-Apple Exhibit As usual, we will use the slot bar badge with the name and address of the member or guest inserted. This means a large amount of work. To save our time and your time, let us know in advance who will be there. Give us the initials and surnames of your representatives and your guests. These badges will then be prepared in advance and will be ready for you upon arrival. There will then be no unnecessary waiting. This will be of great assistance all around. Return Post Cards will be sent you in due time for this purpose. Therefore, when you receive those cards, fill them out and return at once.
APPLE EXHIBIT This is a very important feature of the Convention. It should be more important. EVERY MEMBER HAS A RESPONSIBILITY IN THIS MATTER. LET US REALIZE IT AND GET BUSY.
Some sections have always been unusually well represented, notably the Middle West (including Michigan), Canada and the Southern Group. The New England States, the Box States and especially the great State of New York, have been far behind. New York has made a sorry showing, without any excuse whatever. This year the Box States are coming to the front and we are assured of some excellent exhibits from that territory.
New York and New England need to arouse themselves. It is easy to exhibit. Anyone can do it. You do not have to raise the apples yourselves, nor do they have to come from a single orchard. Only a few of each variety are necessary. It isn't the work that deters. ALL THAT IS NEEDED IS A LITTLE INTEREST. Don't leave it for George to do. YOU do it.
The governing rules, classes, prizes and special notes appear in this issue. Save this copy for reference, and if you want further copies of the rules, write the Secretary. We will also be glad to send them to anyone you may suggest. Send us the names of possible exhibitors.
Each year has shown an advance over the preceding one. we shall look for the largest exhibit we have ever held. Give us your co-operation. LET EVERY MEMBER MAKE IT A PERSONAL MATTER.
As Ed Howe Sees Life When a man is defeated, he makes as disagreeable a noise in explaining it as a mule does when he is lonesome.
In country town society, when a young man calls on a girl, he resents it if the girl's mother comes into the parlor; he may even ask why so many a re present. And the girl plainly shows her humiliation because of ma's bad manners.
The Issues of Life
What is Worth While
In the February Spy we published Walter Malone's splendid poem on "Opportunity". If THE SPY never did anything else, that one act justified its existence and repayed every effort put upon it. So many requests came from all parts of the country and from both members and non-members for the issue containing that poem that it was quickly exhausted, and we promised to republish it at an early date.
It will again be found in this number.
By special permission we also give below two interesting letters which are self-explanatory. Dr. E. P. Lowe, New Orleans, La.,
Dear Doctor-In compliance with my promise, I enclose you the copy of Walter Malone's poem entitled "Opportunity", which was the subject of our conversation and my quotation at the Chapter last night. It is in a little soiled condition, due to the severe handling of myself and quite a number of friends who were delighted at the beautiful sentiment and practical philosophy, and the consoling and hopeful message which it conveyed.
Should you have occasion to write the author, renewing your College days' experiences, I would like you to mention how this little copy came to you and to say to Mr. Malone that his message has done some good, not only to the writer, but to some of his friends, in the way of giving courage and hope for the future. With expressions of my regard, I am
GEORGE W. DAVISON.
Dear Sir and Brother-Your kind letter containing Malone's beautiful poem receiveil with thanks. I had never seen the poem before, but I knew of Malone's poetic genius. This beautiful literary gem has undoubtedly warmed the heart of many a drooping spirit. Had he never done anything else, this little poem is sufficient to hallow and bless his life. I shall take great pleasure in writing my old college friend and telling him of the appreciative reception his splendid sentiment has met at the hands of strong, earnest and sincere men. With sincerest regards, I am
E. P. LOWE. April 19, 1913.
Over and beyond all other things in life the issues of the human heart are supreme. Men sometimes try to delude themselves into the belief that they are without sentiment: that logic and reason and judgment and cold calculation have raised them into some superior atmosphere where they no longer need the touch of inspiration and kindness to light them on the way. But it is only a delusion.
We are pilgrims on life's short road, exploring the great unknown together. We travel in the sunshine and the storm, sometimes by green fields where the way is level and hope's bright star is ascendant, and sometimes up the rugged paths of disappointment and through the swollen streams of discouragements. Through all of these experiences from the cradle to the grave, and in all men, the human heart is practically the same. It is filled with sentiment. It loves, it cries out for friendship and reaches up its arms to hope. It grows heavy with care and burns beneath the hasty thrust of enmity and wrong. It bows to discouragement and responds to encouragement. The boundary line between success and failure is a hair line with faith on one side and doubt on the other. Both are a matter of sentiment. They lie in the heart and not in the head.
The human heart, therefore, is the great issue of life. It outweighs all else. He who touches it to action, banishes its distrust or sorrow, or who fills the "other fellow" with new courage, greater hope and a noble inspiration, and who in any way brightens but a single day, carries more riches to the other shore than a millionaire leaves here.
Thank God then for the right kind of sentiment, and give it free rein.
In Walter Malone's poem there is dynałnic force enough to move the world. It rings true. It speaks to the heart. It leads the way “o'er moor and fen, o'er peak and crag Read it.
BY WALTER MALONE.
When once I knock and fail to find you in;
And bid you wake and rise to fight and win.
W'ail not for precious chances passed away;
Weep not for golden ages on the wane!
At sunrise every soul is born again.
Laugh like a boy at splendors that have sped,
To vanished joys be blind and deaf and dumb;
But never bind a moment vet to come.
Though deep in mire, wring not your hands and weep;
I lend my arms to all who say, “I can!" lo shamefaced outcast ever sank so deep
But yet might rise again and be a man!
Dost thou behold thy lost youth all aghast ?
Dost reel from righteous retribution's blow!
And find the future's pages white as snow.
Art thou a mourner? Rouse thee from thy spell:
Art thou a sinner? Sins may be forgiven :
Each night a star to guide thy feet to heaven.
Heavy Membership Gains
Tied For First Place On June 1st, the Association had a membership of 514, or just 30 more than last year at the same time. We want to bring the total membership up to 550 by August 1st. It is easy. A little interest, a little work, and the deed is done. The Membership Committee are hustlers. Chairman Hile and his co-members are on the job. Give them your assistance. Team work wins.
The following firms, individuals and banks have been duly accepted by the Executive Committee since April 12th.
REGULAR MEMBERS A. Bennett & Co., 105 Park Place, New York, N. Y.; Ennis-Brown Co., 110 J St., Sacramento, Cal., H. A. Edgar, 208 Third St., Bay City, Mich., J. & H. Goodwin, Young's Hotel, Boston, Mass.: Sheriff Street Market & Storage Co., Cleveland, Ohio; Kingman & Hearty, Inc., 20 N. S. F. H. Market, Boston, Mass.; W. H. Robbins Co.. Greensburg. Indiana ; Wayne County Driers & Packers Fruit Co., 145 Railroad St.. Rochester, N. Y.; Charles S. Simpson, 68 Colborne St., Toronto, Ont. ; California Fruit Distributors, Sacramento, Cal.; Stinson & Martin, 233 E. Jefferson St., Louisville, Ky.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS Pajaro Valley National Bank, Watsonville, Cal.; Butler Banking Co., Hood River, Ore.; Broadway Trust Co., 92 N. Broadway, New York, N. Y.
These names are credited to the following persons: E. N. Loomis (2); John H. Hile (2); W. L. Wagner (2); Loma Fruit Co. (1): James Sheehy (1); C. L. Randall (1): A. C. Blair (1); E. W. J. Hearty (1): W. M. French (1); E. II. Shepard (1); R. G. Phillips (1). The race is close and there is an even chance for all between now and jugust 1st. Don't stand on the side lines and watch this little contest, but pull off your coat and try a short sprint yourself. New members will be credited to the old member whose name is signed to the recommendation clause.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT It will be noticed that eleven men only are responsible for the 14 new members received since April 12th. This means that there are jus: 489 old members whose names do not appear on the honor roll above. If all of those 489 would get busy, just think what would happen! This is another case of not allowing “George" to do it. George is a hard working boy, but he must not be allowed to kill himself at an early age. Gize U-S 1 BOOST. BE 1 BOOSTER. THEN WATCH THE RECORD CLLIB.
WELCOME HOME The Association and its officers extend a most cordial welcome to the new members, in the full assurance that the relationship will prove both pleasant and profitable. We shall look for you at the Convention. Come to Cleveland and get acquainted.