"It is just as foolish to get a big head over the idea of your intelligence as it is your pedigree. Nine times out of ten your parents earned the wherewith to furnish you the former and the latter you had no hand in making; and furthermore, many pedigrees will not bear digging over very thoroughly, for fear a pleasant family fiction may become a disgraceful fact."
"Local Matters," The Journal and Republican, Lowville, Thursday, March 19, 1903, Vol. 44, No. 17, p. 5.