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NATIONAL CONSERVATIVE LEACUE.

ROYAL GLOUCESTERSHIRE HUSSARS.

I ARE YOU A "STICKER"?

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I ARE YOU A "STICKER"? ( A True Reoord. I I [BT "COSMO."] Rappell is a man of parts. He is one of those quick men who go abroad for six months and return able to speak French, German, or Italian perfectly. He goes through a shop where they deal with Card and Filing Systems, and when he comes out he can talk these things as cleverly as the salesman who a moment ago explained them. You know the kind of man he is- real smart. But Rappell-has one weakness, he is not a sticker. He is like a weathercock, and changes with the wind. One day he is literally ablaze with some new scheme that has appealed to him, a week later he is on a different proposition altogether. I hope I am not libelling him. But listen to a chapter or two from his history and judge for yourself. He began as a clerk in a shipping firm, because he had an idea he would work his way up and become the inaugurator of a new fleet of liners. (There is nothing in the way of imagination that staggers Rappell). But he found it meant years and years of hard work and slow progress, and desk work irritated him to the last degree. In six months he was out of that office and working as a reporter. Why ? Because he thought he could reach his goal quicker by becoming associated, through interviews, with prominent men in the shipping world. It was not a bad notion at all. Be got to know more men of that kind in six weeks than he would have known in six years as a clerk. And they liked him, too. He was bright, and he had ideas. But he was too young to be taken as seriously as he took his schemes. Just then Marconi started his business, and Rappell was caught in the meshes of a new enthusiasm. Marconi, he thought, would revolutionise shipping and warfare. There was nothing for it but to give up reporting and to qualify as an operator. But where could he get the money for learning and for keeping himself whilst he was taught the secret of sparks." He had nothing saved. Inside twenty-four hours he had the needed cheque. Rappell is one of those fellows who seem to be able to, get money in moderate amounts whenever they want it. It would h* worth something to know the trick. Well, in due time he obtained an appoint- ment, and set sail. Alas! he was a bad sailor. Perhaps he could have got over it had he been persistent, but, after ten days out, he was siezed with a new idea, and this, plus mal de mer compelled him to forsake the sea. The new idea was one to supersede the telephone on land by wireless. He worked at it for a few weeks, but his money soon gave out, and he bad to return to reporting-not as a salaried man but as a free lance-some weeks he lived and others be only existed. For a year or two he was lost sight of, but he turned up again If England won't listen to reason, I'll sell my ideas elsewhere." Dark threats to be sure. In criticising him it is very easy to go too far for we have. all of us, a dash of Rappell in our nature. Have you not entered into a business scheme one year, then met with another the next year. When the promoters are making money, hand over first, when you were asked to join them ? We all want to change into something better, and yet change is seldom good. It is the sticker who wins most often. Stick to what you have and what you are dding. It is concentration that makes money. I

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