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XXIX. the organizing mind.

There goes through the post-office in early summer an immense interchange of views in respect to summer boarding-places in the country. It is safe to say that in one-half of these letters there appears, first or last, a remark like this: “The man of the house is not very efficient; it is his wife who carries it on.” In one case it was the man himself who frankly admitted the precise state of things to me, and volunteered the following commentary: “The reason is, you see, that it is my wife who has what I call the organizing mind.”

There is a great deal of philosophy in this honest man's admission, and he saw just the point which many of our amateur political economists and labor reformers seem to me to miss. They assume that the hands of man produce everything-clothes, food, and fuel. This may be true in certain tropical countries, where clothes and fuel are almost superfluous, and food is obtained by stretching out the hands and picking a fruit. But the theory certainly becomes false so soon as man has, or needs to have, a more

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