Public Papers and Letters of Oliver Max Gardner: Governor of North Carolina, 1929-1933

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GOODNESS AND CHARACTER ARE NECES-SARY TO LASTING SUCCESS

ADDRESS* DELIVERED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN ACCEPTING A PORTRAIT OF BENJAMIN RICE LACY

NOVEMBER 12, 1929

In Kipling's address to the students of the MacGill University, he holds up for their contemplation a man with a moneyless ideal.

Sooner or later, Kipling tells those students, they are going to meet that man and the purpose of his address to them is to prepare them for such an introduction. If, at first, they are disposed to smile at a person to whom the idea of wealth does not appeal, whom the methods of such acquisitions do not interest, the poet bids them wait; for soon they will find that "money dominates everybody except the man who does not want money." If they smile at such a man because he is not smart in his ideas, Kipling warns them that "whenever and wherever you meet him, as soon as it comes to a direct issue between you, his little finger will be thicker than your loins. You will go in fear of him; he will not go in fear of you. You will do what he wants; he will not do what you want. You will find that you have no weapon in your armory with which you can attack him; no argument with which you can appeal to him. Whatever you gain, he will gain more."

"I would like you to study that man. I would like you better to be that man, because from the lower point of view it doesn't pay to be obsessed by the desire for wealth for wealth's sake. If more wealth is necessary

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*
The friends of the family of the late Benjamin Rice Lacy, treasurer of North Carolina, gave the portrait to the State. Former Governor A. W. McLean presented it on behalf of the friends, and Tyre C. Taylor, private secretary to Governor Gardner, read the address of acceptance in the absence of Governor Gardner.
This portrait was painted by Monsieur Yves Muller d'Escars.

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