To impress upon the youth and young man the necessity of utilizing to the utmost every opportunity for educational advancement is now, as it always has been and is likely to continue, a well nigh impossible task. Pleasure, rather than profit, is the leading desire at this period of life, the time when the mind is most receptive of new impressions and ideas and when proper cultivation would produce most beneficial results in both a practical and intellectual way.
Is it always to be thus? There are indications in various sections of the country that educators and also industrial leaders are awakening to the importance of changes in the present educational methods, whereby the youth will be given practical instruction along industrial lines, in this way overcoming the lack of incentiye on the part of the youth himself. This will probably meet with opposition from labor unions, the leaders and members of which, with few exceptions, have yet to learn that fundamental principle of industrial economics: - That educated and skilled labor will always command a higher wage than will the un-likled and uneducated, and that the large problem is to remove the competition of the latter class by universal education.
The magnificent results in this line now being realized in Germany, and the rapid progress of that country in industrial supremacy, affords am-ple evidence, if any be required, that youth should be given to industrial education. The relatively small proportion who have the means and the inclination for higher technical education, are amply provided for. It is those who now terminate their school life with the grammar or high school, totally lacking in the skill for any special work, that need consideration and it is encouraging to note that the subject is likely to be given the attention which its importance demands.
The "Model" telephone which we briefly announced in the previous number, is rapidly nearing completion, so that deliveries can be made at an early date. We can say without hesitation that this telephone will, so far as efficiency goes, be in every way satisfactory. It will operate over a line of at least 150 yards, and the number of inquiries already received leads us to believe that it will be one of our most popular premiums. Many of our readers have places about the house which could be connected with a pair of these instruments, thus saving many steps. It would take but little time to get the four new subscribers necessary to securing a pair. Try it.
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The first five numbers of Vol. I, November, 1901 to March, 1902, are out of print, and no new orders can be received for same.