National Geographic : 1919 Mar
And Edison, watching it burn, still smiled FIRE broke out at night, some years ago in the factories of Thomas A. Edison; and before the engines could prevent it certain great buildings costing hundreds of thousands of dollars were destroyed. From his window Mr. Edison watched the flames. He was an old man, even then, nearing his seventieth year; and his associates feared what the effect might be. As they watched him they were amazed; for Edison looked at the ruins of his buildings and actually smiled. He smiled. Itwas only buildings and machinery that had burned. His bus iness was saved. For he knew that the business consisted not of buildings and machinery, but of his own gen ius, and the men whom he had gath ered about him. A business grows when the men in it are growing Business is men; and men are what their training makes them. For ten years the Alex ander Hamilton Institute has been the Ameri can institution that has proved its power to train men for the larger positions of executive responsibility. This advertisement is addressed particularly to the chief executives of industries. Of the men who have enrolled with the Institute more than 13,000 are corporation presidents,and over 11,000 are managers. These men enrolled first for their own advantage -for the broadening of their vision thru contact with an institution which has on its Advisory Council such men as: Advisory Council Frank A. Vanderlip, President of the National City Bank of New York; General Coleman du Pont, the well-known business executive; John Hays Ham mond,the eminent engineer; Jeremiah Whipple Jenks, the statistician and economist; and Joseph French Johnson, Dean of the New York University School of Commerce. But these presidents and managers enrolled, also, as an example to their associates. For they knew this truth - that the way to make a business grow is to en courage the growth of the men who are that business. Said the President of one great corporation : " When I learned that some fifty of our men had de cided to take up the Modern Business Course and Ser vice, the stock of this company rose several points in my estimation." Every man is paying for this Course whether he knows it or not Thousands of men are paying for the Modern Busi ness Course and Service without knowing it-paying in the retarded progress of their business, if they be executives-paying in years that might yield larger results, and larger incomes, if they be subordinates. Send for this book A 112-page book "Forging Ahead in Business," has been prepared for free distribution to executives who want to see their associates make steady growth; and to every man who wants to make the years of his active life yield a maximum instead of a mini mum return. It is free: send for your copy now. Alexander Hamilton Institute 62 Astor Place New York City Send me "Forging Ahead in Business "FREE Name Business Address Print here Business osition "Mention The Geographic-It identifies you"