The Auburn twins were daughters of Mr.
and Mrs. Jim Smith. They were lovely girls and very few could
tell Annie from Carrie. They were in the same teen-age group
that I grew up with.
Mr. Smith was a very unusual man and
highly deserved the name “Honest Jim.” Notwithstanding he was
a good businessman, he made the fourth venture before he fit
perfectly – a square man in a square position. In turn, he
invested in the grocery, dry goods and farming business and
finally when past middle age, he secured a position to travel
for a wholesale dry goods company in St. Louis, in Western
territory and he made a wonderful success from the very first.
Honest man that he was, he brought all
his savings above personal and family expenses back to Auburn
and paid 100 cents on the dollar to every one with whom he had
made legal settlement for less. There was a real man. He was
my Sunday school teacher and I only recall one thing he taught
me in the class: “Repentance is Godly sorrow for sin and a
determination to turn away from it.” That is the best
definition for repentance I have ever heard. But the lesson in
sterling integrity he taught me by paying 100 cents on the
dollar after legal settlement had been made has had a lasting
influence on my life. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Smith were:
George, Will Carson, Annie, Carrie (the twins) Maggie and
Bessie. Sorry I do not know how many of them are living and
where. Mr. Smith and father were warm friends and he was a
fine patron of Auburn College. How I rejoice to recall to my
own mind these outstanding men of my boyhood and pay tribute
to them. “No man liveth to himself,” and we all have
influence. May we ever exert it for good as these men did in
the long ago.