Miss Dixie was at this time away, and two or three short extracts from letters to her may be given:鈥? I know one thing for sure. We certainly changed the way retail works in this country. And when I saywe, I don't mean just Wal-Mart. Some of the fellows I told you about early in the book, like Sol Priceand Harry Cunningham and John Geisse, deserve a lot of the credit too. The whole philosophy haschanged in the retail business because of the quality discounters, of whom I believe we are the very best. 鈥榃ell, love, I and our boys returned to Anarkalli. I did not feel lonely. I went to bed under the swinging pankah; and was ere long wrapped in repose. O what a startling waking at about 3 A.M. What an uproar!鈥攚hat a fierce sound of struggle breaks on the silence of night,鈥攖he call for help鈥攖he whack of blows,鈥攊t reaches Babu Singha鈥檚 ears at the Banyans, and brings him in haste from his bed,鈥攂ut not till the conflict is over. I start up, and am at the window in a minute; but the moon has gone down; there is only starlight; nothing can I see, though much can I hear. I recognise the loud, manly voice of G., our Christian bihisti. I think that he is catching a thief, and that the thief has the worst of it. Of course, boys and men come running. I hear a call for rope,鈥攜es, certainly a thief must have been caught. 北京福彩pk10十名走势 I know one thing for sure. We certainly changed the way retail works in this country. And when I saywe, I don't mean just Wal-Mart. Some of the fellows I told you about early in the book, like Sol Priceand Harry Cunningham and John Geisse, deserve a lot of the credit too. The whole philosophy haschanged in the retail business because of the quality discounters, of whom I believe we are the very best. Thus, Pro and Con, they entertain'd and rejected their Fears, 'till after Midnight; and then their wavering Apprehensions were turn'd into a substantial thorow Fright; for they heard at the Drawing-room Door, which open'd into the Garden, a Noise of breaking open; which made them presently conclude it to be some of the Traveller's Companions, who, because he could not let 'em in, being fast lock'd up, had betaken themselves to this forcible Entry. 鈥楶resently the dear old Missionary, Mr. Rudolph, appeared. The 鈥減ardah鈥漑27] lady, on seeing a man, hid behind an arm-chair. But when I told her that it was 鈥淩udolph Sahib,鈥?the old lady said that he was her father, and that she would make her salaam to him. I hear that the Begum is almost a Christian, and she can read. Wrapped in her chaddah, she walked with me to church, and stayed through the service. I was close behind her. When it was over, I managed to say a little sentence to her in rather better Hindustani, 鈥淭he Lord Jesus Christ is here; He gives blessing.鈥?The Begum gave a sound of assent.鈥? THOMAS JEFFERSON, EARLY WAL-MART DISTRICT MANAGER, HIRED FROMSTERLING STORES, LATER. OPERATIONS MANAGER: Here I was, as if I was born again: This was a new Life to me, and very little fitted the Shape of my Rural Fancy; for I was wholly form'd to the Country in Mind and Manners; as unfit for the Town, as a Tarpaulin for a States-man; the Town to me was a Wilderness, where, methought, I lost my self and my Time; and what the World there calls Diversion, to me was Confusion. The Park, Plays, and Operas, were to me but as so much Time thrown away. I was a Stranger to every-body, and their Way of Living; and, I believe, my stiff Air and awkard Mien, made every-body wish to remain a Stranger to me. The Assembl猫es, Ombre, and Basset-Tables, were all Greek to me; and I believe my Country Dialect, to them, was as unintelligible; so that we were neither serviceable nor pleasant to each other. Perhaps some or other of the Company, either out of Malice to expose me, or Complaisance to entertain me in my own Way, would enter into the Praise of a Country Life, and its plentiful Way of Living, amongst our Corn, Dairies, and Poultry, 'till by Degrees, these bright Angels would make the Ass open its Mouth, and upon their Demand, tell how many Pounds of Butter a good Cow would make in a Week; or how many Bushels of Wheat a good Acre of Land would produce; Things quite out of their Sphere or Element: And amongst the rest, the Decay of the Wooll-Trade is not to be omitted; and, like a true Country Block-head, grumble against the Parliament, for taking no better Care of the Country-Trade, by prohibiting Cane-Chairs and Wainscot; by which means, the Turkey-work, Tapistry, and Kidderminster Trades were quite lost; and in them the great Manufacture of the Nation; and not only so, but perpetual Fires intail'd on the City of London. Thus I, one of the free-born People of England, thought I had full Privilege to rail at my Betters. Sometimes, and in some Places, perhaps, Part of the Company, who knew a little of my Bookish Inclinations, would endeavour to relieve that Silence which the Ignorance of the Town laid upon me; and enter into a Discourse of Receipts, Books, and Reading. One ask'd me, If I lik'd Mrs. Phillips, or Mrs. Behn best? To whom I reply'd, with a blunt Indignation, That they ought not to be nam'd together: And so, in an unthinking, unmannerly Way, reproach'd the Lady that endeavour'd to divert and entertain me; she having that Moment been pleased to couple them. By this Blunder, Madam, said Galesia, you see how far one is short, in Conversation acquired only by Reading; for the many Plays and pretty Books I had read, stood me in little stead at that Time, to my great Confusion; for though Reading inriches the Mind, yet it is Conversation that inables us to use and apply those Riches or Notions gracefully. That, trusting in his Son, obey'd his Lore, To be the stubborn Unbeliever's Pain, 鈥淏ob,鈥?she said, after a few moments, looking down at the baby, and holding it anxiously, as if she feared it might slip from her mind and her fingers, 鈥淚 have a favor to ask of you.鈥? 鈥業 have not yet heard whether dear Mr. Bateman has recovered. I have written to him to-day. My letter will not cheer him, but he must know facts. Blindness is no benefit. We want light and air. Do you know, dear, that we felt our church dreadfully close,鈥攜es, for years and years. The cause was obvious to us ladies. The doors and lower windows were often opened; the upper windows never! It was troublesome to get at such high ones; so year after year the bad air, which came from breath, ascended, and had no vent. Last Sunday, after my earnest protest, the windows were opened, and we breathed pure air! Newberry, a big variety chain that was having some problems at the time, so I asked him if he knewanybody, and he told me about this guy up in Omaha named Ferold Arend. He was Newberry's districtmanager and head of merchandise for the whole Midwest, so Bud and I flew out to see him. We talkedhim and his wife into coming down and looking at our operation. I know one thing for sure. We certainly changed the way retail works in this country. And when I saywe, I don't mean just Wal-Mart. Some of the fellows I told you about early in the book, like Sol Priceand Harry Cunningham and John Geisse, deserve a lot of the credit too. The whole philosophy haschanged in the retail business because of the quality discounters, of whom I believe we are the very best. And somewhere along the line, these folks stopped short of setting the goals and paying the price thatneeded to be paid. Maybe it wasn't the Cadillacs and the yachts, maybe they just decided it wasn't worthit. But whatever it was, they just didn't stay close enough to their business, they sort of chose to get overon the other side of the road.