His ignorance and fanaticism are mere spots on the sun! cried Minnie. And now, as she spoke, her voice was stronger, and she raised her head from the cushion. "In his presence the Scripture phrase, 'A burning and a shining light,' kept recurring to me. How poor and dark one's little selfish self seems beside him!" Castalia found her three guests chatting in the twilight; or rather she found Mrs. Errington holding forth in her rich pleasant voice, whilst the others listened, and threw in a word or two now and then, just sufficient to show that they were attending to the good lady's harangue. In Rhoda's case, indeed, this appearance of attention was fallacious, for, although she said "Yes," and "No," and "Indeed!" at due intervals, her thoughts were wandering back to old days, which seemed suddenly to have receded into a far-distant past. An avid art collector, Weissberger buys only what he has room to display on the walls of his home and office. For the past 30 years his chief hobby has been photography. He has published two volumes of his work 鈥?Close Up (1967) and Famous Faces (1971). Although he has never taken a photography course, and never uses flash, he captures the essence of his subjects through his rapport with them. "I have discussed the possibility of doing a photo book of children I've taken around the world," he notes. "And now, of course, I have enough photos for a second volume of famous faces." One other aspect of the Wal-Mart culture which has attracted some attention is simply a matter oflifestyle, but it is one that has bothered me ever since we began to be really successful. The fact is, a lotof folks in our company have made an awful lot of money. We've had lots and lots of millionaires in ourranks. And it just drives me crazy when they flaunt it. Maybe it's none of my business, but I've doneeverything I can to discourage our folks from getting too extravagant with their homes and theirautomobiles and their lifestyles. As I said earlier, I just don't believe the lifestyle here in Bentonville shouldbe much different than what would be high moderate income in most other places. But from time to timeI've had a hard time holding back folks who have never had the opportunity to get their hands on the kindof money they've made with their Wal-Mart stock holdings. Every now and then somebody will dosomething particularly showy, and I don't hesitate to rant and rave about it at the Saturday morningmeeting. And a lot of times, folks who just can't hold back will go ahead and leave the company. 亚洲 欧洲 小说 自拍 We gotta be real strong in lingerie.' Times had been hard, and some of those underthings were prettyragged."So when Charlie and I laid out that store in Bentonville it became only the third self-service variety storein the whole country and the first in our eight-state area. Maybe nobody here knew it, but it was a bigdeal. We've got our first ad from the July 29, 1950,Benton County Democrat on display today down atour Wal-Mart Visitors Center. It's for the Grand Remodeling Sale of Walton's Five and Dime, promisinga whole bunch of good stuff: free balloons for the kids, a dozen clothespins for nine cents, iced teaglasses for ten cents apiece. The folks turned out, and they kept coming. Although we called it Walton'sFive and Dime, it was a Ben Franklin franchise, and that store took off just like Newport had and turnedinto a good business right away. It really was an A-l store for these parts back then. I've not been prepared for a many things as have happened after all these years. But I'm ready to meet 'em when they come. "We were on a trip, driving someplace, and we were talking about the high salary that Sam was earning,and about all the money and benefits that he was paying the officers of the company in order to keep histop people. He explained that the people in the stores didn't get any of those benefits, and I think it wasthe first time I realized how little the company was doing for them. I suggested to him that unless thosepeople were on board, the top people might not last long either. I remember it because he didn't reallyappreciate my point of view at that time. Later on, I could tell he was thinking about it, and when hebought it, he really bought it."It may be true that our skirmishes with the Retail Clerks and some other unions along thewayconstruction unions at our building sites, and the Teamsters at our distribution centershelped hurryalong our thinking in this direction. The unions, who don't seem to like our company muchmaybebecause they've never had any luck organizing uswant everyone to believe they're the only reason we'veever done anything good for any of our associates. The truth is, once we started experimenting with thisidea of treating our associates as partners, it didn't take long to realize the enormous potential it had forimproving our business. And it didn't take the associates long to figure out how much better off theywould be as the company did better. This little room is so stuffy with more than two or three people in it! said Castalia.