It is a high aim to help boys fill up their leisure hours and make such use of them as will count for their future happiness and advancement. In doing so, however, I believe that we should follow the inclination of the boy.
One of the greatest privileges is to discover boys to themselves and to help them find that for which they are best fitted. In reaching them we must hold out the prospect of increasing their wage-earning capacity. For this reason there should not only be more illustrated and popular practical talks in the Association buildings, but in shops and business houses.
Correspondence schools employ large forces of men to solicit students through personal interviews. Should not the Association also do more of this, which in all our work has proved the most effective way of reaching men?
That all educational work cannot be made self-supporting must be emphasized. No college students pay the full cost of their instruction. Many of them pay less than one half of that cost. In some state institutions they pay none. Why, then, should we expect working boys to do that which we do not require of the man who is favored and who could easily pay the full price for college training?
We must have endowments to develop our educational work.