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JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY

BY GEORGE H. HOPKINS
June 7, 1882

When quite a lad his mother had given him directions as to some marketing for the table, and he was to send up the articles at once. He was busy, or thought a little delay would be of no account, so waited till he came for dinner and brought them himself. Soon as he met his mother he saw that he had made a mistake, and as a penalty offered to pay for the articles from his little pocket store. She rose from her seat, stood tall and commanding, and replied, "John, it is not money I care for; it is the formation of your character; that is forming every day by every act; you would hot treat your employer with such disrespect for his wishes; you shall not your mother. Your mother is grieved that a son of hers could be so negligent of others' plans and wishes. I wish you to correct all such habits. I do not want you to weave any such traits into your character. " At another time when John had been giving au account of some adventure she thought he put in several things that detracted from the story, and explaining it to him, said: "You must not open your mouth and let everything run off your tongue as it pleases. Choose what you will say—do what you will do. Do as much as you will do, no more— never drift. A human being must direct his tongue, as well as his feet, to be a power. " At one time his mother was correcting him for some little fault. He turned as he went out the door and said, "But, mother, I only do it once in a while.

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