For that matter, how many other $50 billion companies would have their president put on overalls and astraw hat and ride a donkey around a parking lot That's what we made David do at the Harrison storeto make up for having toldFortune magazine his story about the donkey and the watermelons at thatstore's 1964 opening. Who knows what our competitors thought when they got their issue ofDiscountStore News that week and saw our president sitting on a jackass right there on the front pageSome of this culture grew naturally out of our small-town beginnings. Back then, we tried literally tocreate a carnival atmosphere in our stores. We were only in small towns then, and often there wasn't awhole lot else to do for entertainment that could beat going to the Wal-Mart. As I told you, we'd havethese huge sidewalk sales, and we'd have bands and little circuses in our parking lots to get folks to thosesales. We'd have plate drops, where we'd write the names of prizes on paper plates and sail them off theroofs of the stores. We'd have balloon drops. We'd have Moonlight Madness sales, which usually wouldbegin after normal closing hours and maybe last until midnight, with some new bargain or promotion beingannounced every few minutes. The sobs came thick on each other after that. 176彩票私服 Gone, gone,鈥攕old and gone, Deuteronomy 23:15,16.鈥擳hese words make a statute which, like every other statute, is to be strictly construed. There is nothing in the language to limit its meaning; there is nothing in the connection in which it stands to limit its meaning; nor is there anything in the history of the Mosaic legislation to limit the application of this statute to the case of servants escaping from foreign masters. The assumption that it is thus limited is wholly gratuitous, and, so far as the Bible is concerned, unsustained by any evidence whatever. It is said that it would be absurd for Moses to enact such a law while servitude existed among the Hebrews. It would indeed be absurd, were it the object of the Mosaic legislation to sustain and perpetuate slavery; but, if it were the object of Moses to limit and to restrain, and finally to extinguish slavery, this statute was admirably adapted to his purpose. That it was the object of Moses to extinguish, and not to perpetuate, slavery, is perfectly clear from the whole course of his legislation on the subject. Every slave was to have all the religious privileges and instruction to which his master鈥檚 children were entitled. Every seventh year released the Hebrew slave, and every fiftieth year produced universal emancipation. If a master, by an accidental or an angry blow, deprived the slave of a tooth, the slave, by that act, was forever free. And so, by the statute in question, if the slave felt himself oppressed, he could make his escape, and, though the master was not forbidden to retake him if he could, 119every one was forbidden to aid his master in doing it. This statute, in fact, made the servitude voluntary, and that was what Moses intended. She lighted his candle, while the poor wife, snatching up her baby, burst into screams; and then she hurried down again to see if the waters were rising fast. There was a step down into the room at the door leading from the staircase; she saw that the water was already on a level with the step. While she was looking, something came with a tremendous crash against the window, and sent the leaded panes and the old wooden framework inward in shivers, the water pouring in after it. We're not just looking for merchandising ideas from our associates. Our latest effort is a program calledYes We Can, Sam!which, by the way, I did not name. Again, we invite hourly associates who havecome up with money-saving ideas to attend our Saturday morning meeting. So far, we figure we've savedabout $8 million a year off these ideas. And most of them are just common-sense kinds of things thatnobody picks up on when we're all thinking about how big we are. They're the kinds of things that comefrom thinking small. One of my favorites came from an hourly associate in our traffic department who gotto wondering why we were shipping all the fixtures we bought for our warehouses by common carrierwhen we own the largest private fleet of trucks in America. She figured out a program to backhaul thosethings on our own trucks and saved us over a half million dollars right there. So we brought her in,recognized her good thinking, and gave her a cash award. When you consider that there are 400,000 ofus, it's obvious that there are more than a few good ideas out there waiting to be plucked. A. [Looking calmly round the room.] I don鈥檛 know how many niggers you have got here in Massachusetts, but I should think I had flogged as many as you鈥檝e got in the state. Is a sore in the sight I struck;, up a relationship with a guy named Jimmy Jones at Republic Bank down in Dallas, and heloaned us a million dollars. And, of course, I had tried all along to attract some equity investment fromour store managers and a few relatives. So by 1970, we had seventy-eight partners invested in ourcompany, which really wasn't one company, but thirty-two different stores owned by a combination ofdifferent folks. My family owned the lion's share of every store, but Helen and I were also in debt up toour eyeballsseveral million dollars' worth. I never dwell on the negative, but that debt weighed heavy onme. If something happened and everybody decided to call their notes, I kept thinking, we would be sunk. Your ob鈥檛 serv鈥檛, Thos. G. James.