What's really worried me over the years is not our stock price, but that we might someday fail to takecare of our customers, or that our managers might fail to motivate and take care of our associates. I alsowas worried that we might lose the team concept, or fail to keep the family concept viable and realisticand meaningful to our folks as we grow. Those challenges are more real than somebody's theory thatwe're headed down the wrong path. Some friends who knew her best in India have been requested to jot down their recollections, and have most kindly responded. Certain 鈥榮ide-lights鈥?upon what she was will be best thrown by quotations from two of these papers as to the beginning of her Indian career. We hear in these days many a careless sneer levelled at attempts to convert the Heathen, at the uselessness and fruitlessness of such efforts. Nothing is easier than for a man, sitting at home in his luxurious arm-chair, to flout those who go forth into heathen lands. And there is a certain trick of seeming common-sense in the arguments used, which sounds convincing. So much money spent, and so many lives sacrificed,鈥攁nd for what? Half-a-dozen converts, perhaps, in a dozen years, some of whom prove in the end to be faithless, while others are very far from being faultless saints. Is the result worth the outlay? As companies get larger, with a broader following of investors, it becomes awfully tempting to get intothat jet and go up to Detroit or Chicago or New York and speak to the bankers and the people whoown your stock. But since we got our stock jump-started in the beginning, I feel like our time is betterspent with our own people in the stores, rather than off selling the company to outsiders. I don't think anyamount of public relations experts or speeches in New York or Boston means a darn thing to the value ofthe stock over the long haul. I think you get what you're worth. Not that we don't go out of our way tokeep Wall Street up to date on what's going on with the company. For the last few years, in fact, a groupcalled the United Shareholders Association has voted us the number-one company in the U.S. based onour responsiveness to shareholders. That to our Art, Mankind their Ease shall owe; 亚洲 欧美 日韩 一区 An attack of ophthalmia in her eyes, which must have caused much suffering, is made light of in her letters; and in the same passing manner she alludes to a fall, whereby her face was turned black and blue. The main point in connection with this accident seemed to her to be the kindness and sympathy shown by Batala people, when she went to visit them, and the fact that nobody smiled at her discoloured and swollen features. Although the plan of living with Mr. and Mrs. St. George Tucker was at no time regarded as a permanent arrangement for the remainder of Charlotte Tucker鈥檚 life, yet it actually lasted six years. For about eight months from September 1869 they all remained at Wickhill. In 1870 they removed to Windlesham, in Surrey; and in the following year, 1871, they again moved to 鈥榃oodlands,鈥?at Binfield in Berkshire, nine miles or so from Reading, and only about two and a half miles from Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton鈥檚 home, Firlands, near Bracknell. Charlotte had, therefore, from that time not only the interest of her little nephew and two little nieces in the house, but also of her sister Laura鈥檚 children within three miles. The companionship of a very favourite brother and of his affectionate wife, together with these little ones, work among the poor, writing, and many other occupations, made her life still a busy and a bright one. Most meetings are held in some hotel ballroom in a big city, and are pretty quick, formal affairs with thereading of the minutes and the passing of a few shareholder motions. A lot of them, I understand, are heldin places like Wilmington, Delaware, where the companies are incorporated, in the hope that a whole lotof people won't show up. We took the opposite approach. We figured we were already out of the wayenough to discourage anybody from coming, but since we wanted to encourage folks to attend, wescheduled a whole weekend of events for them. We invited folks down from New York, Chicago, orwherever. They paid their own way down and back, but we really showed them a time.