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The Young Mechanic

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Let eveiy farmer wbo has boys provide ,hem a workshop. Yes, let every father avo a workshop, or workrooin, or workicnch, whore the boys inay gratüy their onging tor tools, and satisfy tbeir restess activity for "somothing to do." It should bo made pleasant, attraetive, and coiufortable. Il' room onough, thero should be a.workbonch, and vise, a shaving tooi, and pcrhaps a small foot-lathe, two or three planes, augers of different sizos, a few ohisels, knife, saw and hanimer. For those who oaimot aft'ord tho whole, a part would answer, and those who can, might add othcr tools ; the oost of the tools being but a triflo compared with the advantages gained, ono of which is a real progress in practioal eduoation. It has been said, the best inheritance a man can leave his cbildren is not money to maintain thcm, but the. ability to help and tako caro of thoruselves. A young man who can at any time mond sofa, chair. rocker, harness, or tin ware, set tho clock, repair an umbrella, white-wash a wall, papar a room, and do a hundred other small jobs, will get through the world far more comfortably and thriftily than ono who is constantly obliged to depend on the help of others. Besides all tliis, and greater still, is the moral iníluence of tools in furnishing boys something cheerful to do in stormy weather or leisure hours, and thus weakcning any toinptation to attend those places of diversion which so often lay the foundation of lifelong harm to character.


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Michigan Argus