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Excerpt from History of the Pennsylvania Railroad Department of the Young Men's Christian Association of Philadelphia Twenty-three years ago the second, and as it proved to be a successful, effort was made to organize a Pennsylvania Railroad Department of the Young Men's Christian Association of Philadel phia for the betterment of railroad men along physical, intellectual, Excerpt from History of the Pennsylvania Railroad Department of the Young Men's Christian Association of Philadelphia Twenty-three years ago the second, and as it proved to be a successful, effort was made to organize a Pennsylvania Railroad Department of the Young Men's Christian Association of Philadel phia for the betterment of railroad men along physical, intellectual, social and spiritual lines. The results show the wisdom of the move ment. Men of all grades in the service are vastly advanced along those lines; and the public as well as the Company have been the beneficiaries. The work of the Department has been carried on by men, women and youths in the employ of the Company, or dependent upon employes, encouraged and assisted by the corporate, executive and administrative officials both in their official and personal rela tions to society. These years of persistent, consistent, honest endeavor have shown such a personal and civic advancement that it is deemed advisable that an epitome of the history of the Depart ment be compiled as an evidence that the work has not been in vain. There is a deep-rooted popular prejudice that a railroad corporation is soulless and cannot occupy a place in the moral and intellectual advancement of society by reason of the fact that it is in law a ficti tious person. N o greater error can exist in the mind of man than is embraced in that prejudice; any mind desiring to clear itself will by seeking truth find that whilst the legal definition will apply to the corporation per se, it does not apply to the administration of cor porate affairs, which is conducted by real, active, feeling, intelligent persons of the same flesh, blood, sinews, nerves and souls as are pos sessed by all other human beings, and that they do not deviate from the straight path any more, if as much, as other real persons in any other line of human endeavor. This compilation will show that the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and its employes do work in the direction of a better and higher civilization, and that the results of their work compare favorably with the work of any other class of people aimed to achieve the same desired results. This narrative does not make prominent specific doings of individ nals, nor yet emphasize any one or more of the specific activities of the Department, howsoever meritorious they might be, but it doesoutline the progress of a movement to do honor to mankind by aiding in the application of the principles of Christianity to the everyday work of life. A few persons are named out of the many thousands who have been actively engaged in the Department, not because they are entitled to specific mention above and beyond their fellow-workers, but on account of their being typical of the movement itself. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.


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Excerpt from History of the Pennsylvania Railroad Department of the Young Men's Christian Association of Philadelphia Twenty-three years ago the second, and as it proved to be a successful, effort was made to organize a Pennsylvania Railroad Department of the Young Men's Christian Association of Philadel phia for the betterment of railroad men along physical, intellectual, Excerpt from History of the Pennsylvania Railroad Department of the Young Men's Christian Association of Philadelphia Twenty-three years ago the second, and as it proved to be a successful, effort was made to organize a Pennsylvania Railroad Department of the Young Men's Christian Association of Philadel phia for the betterment of railroad men along physical, intellectual, social and spiritual lines. The results show the wisdom of the move ment. Men of all grades in the service are vastly advanced along those lines; and the public as well as the Company have been the beneficiaries. The work of the Department has been carried on by men, women and youths in the employ of the Company, or dependent upon employes, encouraged and assisted by the corporate, executive and administrative officials both in their official and personal rela tions to society. These years of persistent, consistent, honest endeavor have shown such a personal and civic advancement that it is deemed advisable that an epitome of the history of the Depart ment be compiled as an evidence that the work has not been in vain. There is a deep-rooted popular prejudice that a railroad corporation is soulless and cannot occupy a place in the moral and intellectual advancement of society by reason of the fact that it is in law a ficti tious person. N o greater error can exist in the mind of man than is embraced in that prejudice; any mind desiring to clear itself will by seeking truth find that whilst the legal definition will apply to the corporation per se, it does not apply to the administration of cor porate affairs, which is conducted by real, active, feeling, intelligent persons of the same flesh, blood, sinews, nerves and souls as are pos sessed by all other human beings, and that they do not deviate from the straight path any more, if as much, as other real persons in any other line of human endeavor. This compilation will show that the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and its employes do work in the direction of a better and higher civilization, and that the results of their work compare favorably with the work of any other class of people aimed to achieve the same desired results. This narrative does not make prominent specific doings of individ nals, nor yet emphasize any one or more of the specific activities of the Department, howsoever meritorious they might be, but it doesoutline the progress of a movement to do honor to mankind by aiding in the application of the principles of Christianity to the everyday work of life. A few persons are named out of the many thousands who have been actively engaged in the Department, not because they are entitled to specific mention above and beyond their fellow-workers, but on account of their being typical of the movement itself. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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