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national and Imperial questions. There widening sphere of activities, is adapted is no meddlesome activity, but there is to modern conditions and to world polidiplomatic use of the resources of his tics. Old ideas of diplomatic intrigue
exalted station and social prestige. and racial aggression are passing away, • Peace was made with the Boers on mag- and a new sense of community of in
nanimous terms, because he thought that terests is felt by progressive nations. the time had come for a suspension of Napoleon III. was a crowned intriguer; barren warfare. Under two administra- Gambetta was a tribune of democracy ; tions he has shown his faith in con- Cavour had an enthusiasm for national ciliatory processes in Ireland. Military unity ; Bismarck completed the work of reorganization was a miscalculated fail- Frederick the Great; Gladstone was the ure until he took it up; and it became world's most conscientious citizen. Eda definite policy when the report of ward VII. is an equally characteristic Lord Esher's commission was issued. man of his time. He represents the When Mr. Haldane's scheme for the modern idea of the responsibilities of creation of a new system of home defense power, and that is more potent than any was exciting only languid interest, it mediæval theory of sovereignty by divine was the King who imparted a powerful . right. He is the central figure of a system impulse to it by inviting the Lords Lieu- of social and political order, and he has tenant to a conference at Buckingham set an example of personal service for his Palace. The settlement of the railway country and for the world, of keeping faith controversy was due in no small degree with nations, and of promoting a neighto his personal influence with the Chair- borly feeling of peaceable fellowship man, brilliant as was Mr. Lloyd-George's outside the Empire as well as within it. management of a difficult affair ; and it He has increased the dignity and preswas not until the seven years' armistice tige of the Crown until the destinies of had been concluded that there was pub- nations are powerfully swayed by a single lic knowledge that he had been helpful will; and the Kingdom is not less settled in averting a calamitous struggle. He in its constitutional order from his silent stands behind his Ministers in grave activities, and a world pulsating with emergencies and assists them by timely the free competition of the progressive hints and judicious suggestions to the forces of Western civilization is more right men, and the reinforcement gen- peaceable, conciliatory, and reasonable erally proves irresistible. He cannot be in consequence of his diplomacy. He deprived of opportunities for free action knows that he has resources and opporby the settled order of constitutional tunities for supremely useful work, and, practice, and there is no risk of the recognizing moral obligation, he does it development of absolutism when his quietly and effectively. persistence is held under restraint and On the human side the King may be he is indifferent to the issues of party said to have been specially trained for politics. The King is able to work in this work, which has been inherited with his own way because he is screened from the Victorian traditions and is a portion observation. The cymbals are not of the practical business of reigning. sounded either at Court or in the press. His career is a study of the evolution of In place of self-advertisement and undis- character. While his mother was writcriminating laudation there is wise reti- ing state papers in seclusion he touched cence. Etiquette protects him against the world on every side and became thoughtless discussion, and it is not con- intensely human. In place of the Tailor sidered good form in society to talk King, preoccupied with etiquette and about him. The newspapers are dis- ceremonial, there is a master workman creetly silent, and there is no dazzling in a progressive world ; and so human glamour from publicity to blind his sub- is he that he can confer Knighthood jects. They trust him, and no safeguard upon a workingman and invite sturdy is needed against irresponsible power. John Burns to Windsor as an honored
The King's personality, with its at- guest to meet the German Emperor. tractive charm, restrained force, and
BY GEORGE CAREY
FIRST PAPER THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF INVESTMENT
O a very large majority of the inextinguishable spark of imagination
readers of this magazine there bethought him of the dried gourds that
arrives a day when it becomes hung upon vines here and there about necessary to decide upon the disposition the rocks. With a sharp stone he hacked of a surplus sum of money. Such sum off the neck of a gourd, and, filling it with may have accrued either from the labor water, he carried it up to his cave. His of brain or hand, or from inheritance. comrades examined the rude vessel covThis surplus should not be allowed to etously, but were too stupid to imitate remain idle even for a single day. the craftsman. Next day he cut off the Wisely directed, it may prove a more neck of another gourd. The first, howpotent earner than its creator. Limited ever, was sufficient for his own wants. opportunity within the sphere with which Therefore he loaned the second gourd the latter is familiar makes it imperative to a neighbor, and as consideration for that he seek other fields wherein his the loan the latter agreed to fill both surplus may work and expand to his gourds and bring them up to the cave at further profit. For the workman is now nightfall. Soon this skillful workman the prospective investor. His mission had fitted out the entire tribe with water is to select that form of investment best gourds, exacting as interest upon his suited to his peculiar needs and expe loans tribute of berries, fish, and roots. rience.
Presently the tribe, delighted with his There are to be found in the diction- cleverness, threw the reigning chieftain, ary few more significant words than the a foolish old fellow, over the cliffs and noun “investment.” It is fraught with elected the gourd man in his stead. The important meaning for the present gen latter was probably the earliest type of eration and for posterity. An under- investor, or one who loans his surplus standing of the principles which underlie earnings to others for a considerathe science of investment has often tion. marked the line between poverty and To-day the investor is the fountainprosperity. The study of this science head of world development. He turns is fascinating as well as profitable. It the dream of the inventor into useful suggests a delightful play of the imagina- reality. He furnishes the sinews of tive faculties while at the same time material progress by helping with his demanding the exercise of shrewd prac- savings to shape and complete great ticality.
enterprises. This is the side of investThe business of investment dates back ment that must appeal to every person's to the first glimmer of intelligent thought imagination. But before he may exeramong human beings. Investors prob- cise that very pleasing faculty with wisably existed before the birth of intelli- dom and profit, he must for his own gible speech. In a now obsolete primer safety drill himself in the rudiments, at of political economy there used to be least, of investment value. It is his duty related this anecdote concerning a primi- towards himself and society at large to tive tribe of cliff-dwellers. At night, learn the rules whereby he may distinwithin the caves which they had scooped guish between good and bad investments, out of the rocks, these shaggy wild men and to adhere to these rules in their suffered from thirst. But they dared not selection. If he does not do this, the go down to the water-hole after dark man with a surplus is no longer an infor fear of savage beasts. Finally, one in vestor, but has degenerated to the plane whom must have burned the divine and of the speculator who helps create noth
ing; who is, in fact, content to profit by increase in market value, under normal the actual destruction of value. Every conditions." business man is, of course, an investor, These principles are fundamental. since previously accumulated savings They should be applied to the selection are involved in his business. But to the of any form of investment whatsoever. management of that business he brings Yet they need not be regarded as absoa special knowledge. Thus equipped, lutely rigid, but may, like the Constitution he may, in anticipation of relatively under present-day construction, be intergreater returns, legitimately assume risks preted to suit cases and circumstances. that should be shunned by one who for For instance, a security which could be the sake of a fixed income intrusts his purchased with wisdom by a shrewd and savings to the control of others.
well-informed business man might be The prime object of this and succeed- wholly unfit for a trust estate or a ing articles is to aid by suggestion the woman. comparatively inexperienced investor to Having in mind the three cardinal distinguish between sound and unsound points to be considered in all investsecurities. To-day each provident citi- ments, i. l., safety of principal, readiness zen is offered countless chances to make of convertibility, and income, the investor his money work for him, or literally to will wisely go to his banker and, stating give it away to unscrupulous promoters his own peculiar circumstances, will whose assets consist entirely of enticing consult the latter as to the advisability words. Each day his mail is filled with of his investing in bonds, or stocks, or advertisements and circulars setting mortgages. It is impossible for the forth the attractions of innumerable average investor to decide conclusively bonds, stocks, mortgages, home sites, upon all points of merit and demerit and mining ventures. In the attempt to without expert advice. He would not sort and classify this chaotic mass con- think of attempting to conduct a lawsuit fusion and bewilderment must necessa- unadvised, or to diagnose a disease. rily arise in a mind absorbed by habit in Perhaps it may be his first experience in some special field of work.
investment matters. The writer knows In a small Western town there lives professional man, a teacher, who at the to-day a young widow whose husband, a age of thirty had never taken the trouble physician, died a few years ago leaving to comprehend clearly the difference her a home and some $40,000 in life between bonds and stocks. He never insurance. It so chanced that this read a financial paper or report, and had young woman was wholly unfamiliar with not the remotest acquaintance with infinancial matters. A friend of her hus- vestment values or how to measure them. band, a man destined to become later a Because of his ignorance he missed a great financier and world-builder, called golden opportunity to increase his savings upon her. To him she confided her materially by buying when substantial perplexities. Then this man, simply, and proven securities were low, as they as great men speak, made clear to her are to-day. He felt ashamed to learn the essential principles of investment. from his banker that a bond is a promise Doubtless he was all unconscious of to pay at a given date, the consideration laying down rules. Yet this is what he for the loan being a fixed rate of interest, said: “Mrs. Blank, you must place your while a stock represents the right to, or money where the safety of your prin- equity in, what remains of earnings and cipal is assured. That is the first assets after the claims of the bondholders consideration. You should also be able have been fully satisfied. to exercise control over your principal, It is purposed in this series of papers that is, to convert it, or at least a part of to discuss those classes of investments it, into cash with readiness should occa- open to moderate savings. These insion arise. Finally, we must find for clude steam railway bonds and stocks ; you securities that will return the largest the bonds and stocks of public service possible income consistent with the first corporations, such as street railways, two requirements, and that promise to both urban and interurban, gas, electric
light, and water companies; National, and appraises his assets as to intrinsic State, and municipal bonds. No attempt value and marketability. If collateral is will be made to suggest the purchase of offered to secure the loan, it is scruti. any particular kind of investment as nized with the utmost care. Usually a being superior to another. Final de promise is exacted that the margin of cision in such matters lies between the collateral over and above the sum adinvestor and his banker, or should do vanced be kept at an agreed level during so. But there are points of difference the life of the loan. Should the latter that may be advantageously set forth. be unsecured by collateral, the banker It is sometimes far more difficult to usually demands that the note be indirect your idle money into the best and dorsed by one or more responsible permost profitable channels, compatible Every possible effort is made to with safety, than it is to earn that money guard the principal. The question of by daily business operations with which return is entirely a secondary consideraone is entirely familiar. What to buy tion. Interest rate is determined by the and what to sell ? When to buy and relative security of the loan and condiwhen to sell ? And why? These are tions of the money market, just as in the questions which no man may presume to case of the yield on a bond for the answer positively. Yet experience has payment of which tangible corporate established beyond argument certain property is pledged. The banker is, of principles for the guidance of judgment course, acting in a fiduciary capacity in in the estimate of values.
that he is investing the money of bis The care that should be exercised in depositors. The law compels him to choosing an investment may be well exercise care. Why should not the illustrated by the steps that a bank presi- individual investor do the same for his dent takes before making a loan. He children and himself ? inquires into the borrower's general In a succeeding paper the general standing in his community, financial and differences between bonds and stocks otherwise. He examines his accounts of the investment class will be discussed.
BOLEY, A NEGRO TOWN IN THE
BY BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
OLEY, Indian Territory, is the search of“ better homes, larger oppor
youngest, the most enterprising, tunities, and kindlier treatment."
and in many ways the most inter- It is a striking evidence of the progesting of the negro towns in the United ress made in thirty years that the presStates. A rude, bustling, Western town, ent north ward and westward movement it is a characteristic product of the negro of the negro people has brought into immigration from the South and Middle these new lands, not a helpless and ignoWest into the new lands of what is now rant horde of black people, but land-seekthe State of Oklahoma,
ers and home-builders, men who have The large proportions of the north- come prepared to build up the country. ward and westward movement of the In the thirty years since the Kansas negro population recall the Kansas Exodus the Southern negroes have Exodus of thirty years ago, when within learned to build schools, to establish a few months more than forty thousand banks and conduct newspapers. They helpless and destitute negroes from the have recovered something of the knack country districts of Arkansas and Mis- for trade that their foreparents in Africa sissippi poured into eastern Kansas in were famous for. They have learned
through their churches and their secret of different places, and invariably reorders the art of corporate and united ceived the same reply, “Oh, they have action. This experience has enabled gone back!” I remembered the expresthem to set up and maintain in a raw sion because it seemed to me that it Western community, numbering 2,500, condensed into a phrase a great deal of an orderly and self-respecting govern- local history. ment.
One cannot escape the impression, in In the fall of 1905 I spent a week in traveling through Indian Territory, that the Territories of Oklahoma and Indian the Indians, who own practically all the Territory. During the course of my lands, and until recently had the local visit I had an opportunity for the first government largely in their own hands, time to see the three races—the Negro, are to a very large extent regarded by the Indian, and the white man-living the white settlers, who are rapidly filling side by side, each in sufficient numbers up the country, as almost a negligible to make their influence felt in the com- quantity. To such an extent is this munities of which they were a part, and true that the Constitution of Oklahoma, in the Territory as a whole. It was not as I understand it, takes no account of my first acquaintance with the Indian. the Indians in drawing its distinctions During the last years of my stay at Hamp among the races. For the Constitution ton Institute I had charge of the Indian there exist only the negro and the white students there, and had come to have a
The reason seems to be that the high respect both for their character Indians have either receded—"gone and intelligence, so that I was particu- back," as the saying in that region islarly interested to see them in their own on the advance of the white race, or country, where they still preserve to some they have intermarried with and become extent their native institutions. I was absorbed with it. Indeed, so rapidly all the more impressed, on that account, has this intermarriage of the two races with the fact that in the cities that I gone on, and so great has been the visited I rarely caught sight of a genuine demand for Indian wives, that in some native Indian. When I inquired, as I of the Nations, I was informed, the price frequently did, for the “natives,” it of marriage licenses has gone as high almost invariably happened that I was as $1,000. introduced, not to an Indian, but to a The negroes, immigrants to Indian Negro. During my visit to the city of Territory, have not, however, “ gone Muskogee I stopped at the home of one back." One
them everywhere, of the prominent“ natives ” of the Creek working side by side with white men. Nation, the Hon. C. W. Sango, Superin- They have their banks, business entertendent of the Tuliahasse Mission. But prises, schools, and churches. There he is a negro. The negroes who are are still, I am told, among the “natives” known in that locality as “natives” are some negroes who cannot speak the the descendants of slaves that the Indians English language, and who have been brought with them from Alabama and so thoroughly bred in the customs of Mississippi, when they migrated to this the Indians that they have remained Territory, about the middle of the last among the hills with the tribes by whom century. I was introduced later to one they were adopted. But, as a rule, the or two other “natives” who were not negro natives do not shun the white negroes, but neither were they, as far as man and his civilization, but, on the my observation went, Indians. They contrary, rather seek it, and enter, with were, on the contrary, white men. “ But the negro immigrants, into competition where," I asked at length, “are the with the white man for its benefits. Indians ?"
This fact was illustrated by another “Oh! the Indians," was the reply, familiar local expression. In reply to “they have gone,” with a wave of the my inquiries in regard to the little towns hand in the direction of the horizon, through which we passed, I often had “they have gone back !"
occasion to notice the expression, “ Yes, I repeated this question in a number so and so? Well, that is a white