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ployment agency but as a place where hungry men may come and eat; where
tired men may sit and rest; and where troubled men may tell their needs.

"This is no church, no hotel lobby, nor is it a flop-house; it is a
spot where men can feel free to come and find immediate aid. I am proud
of the fact that help is instantly given with no prolonged investigation.
This present location, which I recently acquired, is ideal because it is
convenient to the greatest number who might seek aid. Being near the
harbor and only a few blocks from the heart of the city, I am able to
help men in all walks of life. I plan to redecorate the Mission and ex-
pect to be able to secure a smaller adjoining room for use as a kitchen."

I explained the purpose of my interview, and he readily responded:
"I will be glad to share whatever material of value I can furnish.

"I will tell you the story of my life in one sentence. I was born
in Alabama, reared in Tennessee, an Oregon exile, a Virginian by adoption,
a Kentuckian by permission, an overseas chaplain, and a Floridian by mi-
gration. But I have stayed, and not gone north in the summer; I have
stuck or maybe I am stuck, perhaps both.

"My father and mother married shortly after the War between the States,
and reared seven girls and three boys on a farm. All learned self-support,
self-respect, and self-control. We owned our own home, and helped father
pay for it. I made the last payment on it one year after his death in 1904.
You know it is easier for thrifty parents to rear a large family than it is
to rear a small one—that is, it used to be, and I believe it is yet. It
should be the ambition of every young married couple to have 18 children.

"The Sales for several generations have pointed with pride to lawyers,
doctors and preachers in their ranks. The pastor of the First Methodist


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