MYOB, Says the Editor

Pity the editor of the Skidmore Standard. He often reprinted items from an exchange that complained about readers’ tendencies to criticize the paper but refuse to provide the editor with news. He sometimes felt the need to chastise the local community for various things, too. We see that he added gossip to his list in the August 9, 1901 edition:

It is peculiar how wealth is measured in different localities. In one of the eastern states a man is measured by the size of his barn. Another is measured by the number of head of live stock they own. Again there are those who are measured by bank stock, notes, mortgages, bonds, etc. One of the wealthiest men of which we have any knowledge has a small farm, is widely informed on matters of general information. He has an estimable wife, several children, out of debt, attends church and to his own business and is a model citizen. His word is always good, he is happy and he makes others happy who come in contact with him. One would be with him a whole week and not hear him brag on anything he has or on what he does. — Live Stock Indicator.

Another way to be happy, even if you do not possess dollars in an unlimited quantity, is to ‘tend to your own business and leave the affairs of others to themselves. Speak a word of encouragement to the down-hearted don’t tell them your troubles and leave all little unpleasant affairs that your neighbor might happen to be connected with, go unmentioned. But if you want to make all the trouble you can, make the rounds daily and tell all you know with a little imagination thrown in and you will reap a scandler’s reward.

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