The whole American nation is, in some sense, under a paralysis of public sentiment on this subject. It was said by a heathen writer that the gods gave us a fearful power when they gave us the faculty of becoming accustomed to things. This power has proved a fearful one indeed in America. We have got used to things which might stir the dead in their graves. CASH FOR NEGROES. 朋友的姐姐2线观高清 In a quiet, darkened corner a girl was lying on a bier, a girl of the Brahmin caste, all in white, veiled by a transparent saree. By her side an old man, a bearded patriarch, seemed to wait for someone. Then another Brahmin came out from a little house, carrying the fire wherewith to light the funeral pile in a little pot hanging from his girdle. The two old men took up their burthen鈥攕o light that even to them, tottering already towards their end, it seemed to be no weight. They made their way cautiously, so as not to tread on the [Pg 305]sleeping figures strewn about the street, going very slowly in devious zigzags. A dog woke and howled at them; and then, as silence fell, I could hear again the dying sounds of harmoniums and tom-toms, and the clatter of the games. I always wanted to be the best retailer in the world, not necessarily the biggest. In fact, as I said in thatarticle thirty something years ago, I've always been a little bit afraid that big might get in the way of doinga good job. Of course, being this big has some real advantages. Until we reached a billion dollars, a lot ofsuppliers and vendors just ignored us way out here in the Arkansas outback. For years, some supplierswouldn't even call on us. Now, of course, we're too big to ignore. But being big also poses dangers. Ithas ruined many a fine companyincluding some giant retailerswho started out strong and got bloated orout of touch or were slow to react to the needs of their customers. For all the press about Wal-Mart being at odds with small towns, I am positive that we are mostwelcome in almost every community where we do business. That's partly because of our economiccontribution. But it's also because we go out of our way to instill a sense of community involvement in ourstore management and associates so that they'll be even better citizens. We know that some of our storemanagers do a better job at this than others, and it's a constant effort to make everyone work oncommunity involvement. We already have community scholarship programs and matching charity grantprograms, but we're working hard every day to improve the ways in which we give back to thecommunities we're in. If we ever let our sense of being hometown merchants slip too far, we run the riskof damaging what we think is a unique relationship with our customers. Whether a servant be born in the power of an Israelite, or whether he be purchased from the heathen, the master is to bring them both into the covenant.