LESSONS FROM AN UNFINISHED BUILDING

Near my home there has stood for several years a large unfinished building. When the structure was ready for the roof. the building inspector had decided that it failed to conform to the given specifications, and ordered it torn down. The foundation, he declared, was insecure, the walls were not plumb; in fact, the entire construction from start to finish was defective. The order to tear it down was followed by a protracted period of litigation, and entailed on the owner much financial loss.

In this incident there was food for thought, and I endeavored for my own edification and enlightenment to read and apply to the best of my ability and understanding this "sermon in stone." Here was an imposing and stately building, one which to the unskilled and unpractised eye of the novice seemed perfect and symmetrical in every detail; but, subjected to the careful and rigid examination of the artisan trained in the finer points of his calling, it was found to be so insecure as to necessitate its being razed to the ground; and the trying and expensive litigation above referred to followed.

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HONESTY
September 4, 1909
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