"Anyway, today we're making about two and a half million Wal-Mart shirts, and we've gone from 90employees the week Mr. Sam called to 320 today. And we know where it comes from. EveryChristmas, we give our employees Wal-Mart gift certificates."There's no charity at all involved in this program, and, in fact, I'm proud to say that it benefits us atWal-Mart in a very direct way. Every job we save creates another potential Wal-Mart customer who'snot worrying about where his or her next dollar's coming from. They have a job, and we have acustomer. So we all come out ahead. Farris was one of our early success stories, and since then we'veworked out all kinds of Buy American deals with small and large manufacturers, including FieldcrestCannon, 3M, Sunbeam, Mirro Foley, U.S. Electronics, Kentogs, Capital-Mercury, Mr. Coffee, Lasko,and Huffy. It was the period of my mental progress which I have now reached that I formed the friendship which has been the honour and chief blessing of my existence, as well as the source of a great part of all that I have attempted to do, or hope to effect hereafter, for human improvement. My first introduction to the lady who, after a friendship of twenty years, consented to become my wife, was in 1830, when I was in my twenty-fifth and she in her twenty-third year. With her husband's family it was the renewal of an old acquaintanceship. His grandfather lived in the next house to my father's in Newington Green, and I had sometimes when a boy been invited to play in the old gentleman's garden. He was a fine specimen of the old Scotch puritan; stern, severe, and powerful, but very kind to children, on whom such men make a lasting impression. Although it was years after my introduction to Mrs. Taylor before my acquaintance with her became at all intimate or confidential, I very soon felt her to be the most admirable person I had ever known. It is not to be supposed that she was, or that any one, at the age at which I first saw her, could be, all that she afterwards became. Least of all could this be true of her, with whom self-improvement, progress in the highest and in all senses, was a law of her nature; a necessity equally from the ardour with which she sought it, and from the spontaneous tendency of faculties which could not receive an impression or an experience without making it the source or the occasion of an accession of wisdom. Up to the time when I first saw her, her rich and powerful nature had chiefly unfolded itself according to the received type of feminine genius. 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Married at a very early age, to a most upright, brave, and honourable man, of liberal opinions and good education, but without the intellectual or3 artistic tastes which would have made him a companion for her, though a steady and affectionate friend, for whom she had true esteem and the strongest affection through life, and whom she most deeply lamented when dead; shut out by the social disabilities of women from any adequate exercise of her highest faculties in action on the world without; her life was one of inward meditation, varied by familiar intercourse with a small circle of friends, of whom4 one only (long since deceased) was a person of genius, or of capacities of feeling or intellect kindred with her own, but all had more or less of alliance with her in sentiments and opinions. Into this circle I had the good fortune to be admitted, and I soon perceived that she possessed in combination, the qualities which in all other persons whom I had known I had been only too happy to find singly. In her, complete emancipation from every kind of superstition (including that which attributes a pretended perfection to the order of nature and the universe), and an earnest protest against many things which are still part of the established constitution of society, resulted not from the hard intellect, but from strength of noble and elevated feeling, and co-existed with a highly reverential nature. In general spiritual characteristics, as well as in temperament and organisation, I have often compared her, as she was at this time, to Shelley: but in thought and intellect, Shelley, so far as his powers were developed in his short life, was but a child compared with what she ultimately became. Alike in the highest regions of speculation and in the smaller practical concerns of daily life, her mind was the same perfect instrument, piercing to the very heart and marrow of the matter; always seizing the essential idea or principle. The same exactness and rapidity of operation, pervading as it did her sensitive as well as her mental faculties, would, with her gifts of feeling and imagination, have fitted her to be a consummate artist, as her fiery and tender soul and her vigorous eloquence would certainly have made her a great orator, and her profound knowledge of human nature and discernment and sagacity in practical life, would, in the times when such a carri猫re was open to women, have made her eminent among the rulers of mankind. Her intellectual gifts did but minister to a moral character at once the noblest and the best balanced which I have ever met with in life. 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I checked my watch; itwas already pushing 10 a.m. "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. 鈥淒amn,鈥?I said. I checked my watch. 鈥淲e鈥檙e going to have to haul their drunk asses out of here infive hours.鈥? Caballo was still talking. He had already absorbed Marcelino鈥檚 death and was back to obsessingover his race. 鈥淚 know Manuel Luna won鈥檛 come, but I鈥檓 hoping Arnulfo will show up. Andmaybe Silvino.鈥?Over the winter, Caballo managed to put together a nice pot of prizes; not onlywas he kicking in his own money, but he鈥檇 also been contacted out of the blue by Michael French,a Texas triathlete who鈥檇 made a fortune from his IT company. French was intrigued by myRunner鈥檚 World article, and while he couldn鈥檛 make it to the race himself, he offered to put up cashand corn for the top finishers. "We never finished up until about twelve-thirty at night, and we'd all go out for a beer except Mr. In the early days, it wasn't anything like what it's turned into now, which is the largest, most raucousstockholders' meeting in the world. But it was different. After the meeting on Saturday, we always had aspecial event. One year it was a golf tournament, which is not all that unusual, I guess. But another yearwe went fishing on Bull Shoals Lake. And another year we took everybody on a float trip down SugarCreek. The wildest event I remember was when we all went camping overnight in tents on the banks ofSugar Creek. That was a real fiasco. Remember now, these are a bunch of investment analysts from thebig cities. Well, a coyote started howling, and hoot owls hooting, and half of these analysts stayed up allnight around the campfire because they couldn't sleep. We decided it wasn't the best idea to trysomething like this with folks who weren't accustomed to camping on the rocks in sleeping bags.