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a profit of 180 X 2/3 cents, or $1.20 a morning. Then the Sunday customers, each one of which cost three and a half cents and sold for five cents, brought single gain of one and a half cents. The Sunday route had 250 customers, hence a profit of $3.75. With four of these Sundays and usually 26 weekdays, the monthly profit amounted to approximately $50. Of course, this is theoretical, and some little money was lost by moving of customers, and so on.
"The management of the route was easy if you had a system. My system was always to see that my alarm-clock was reliable to ring at 4:30 a.m.; to see that papers were delivered in good condition; to keep the route collected to date; to pay my bills regularly and to keep watch for any customers moving away and for new ones coming. Not unimportant is the fact that an early bed hour was essential or else you would be inclined to doze in school and at other places where sleepiness is a deficit. Such things as I did, sometimes, namely, to go to a party and return just in time to change my clothes for papers, were bad for my physique and mentality. If you did keep reasonably early hours there was nothing better to make you sturdy and to make red blood run in your veins. I never felt better than when I was doing the work and then to feel that you were able to depend on yourself for money at the time and that you were laying aside money for college expenses was most gratifying.
"Besides what I have mentioned it gave to me a good business experience in bookkeeping and finance. Very helpful to me were the acquaintances which I cultivated with so many families, and their differences taught me many things about people in general.',
Suggestions for Girls
These four suggestions for girls who live in the country are made by Miss Rose and Miss Van Rensselaer of the New York College of Agriculture:
Canning Fruits and Vegetables.—Read Farmers' Bulletins Nos. 175 and 359* Department of Agriculture, Washington,