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Helpful; Encouragement; First Impressions

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A number of years ago Booker T. Washington, the extraordinary black leader, was walking along Forty- second Street in New York, from the terminal to the hotel, carrying a heavy suitcase and a heavier valise. Suddenly a hand took hold of the valise and a pleasant voice said, "That's a heavy load, brother. Why don't you let me help. I'm going your way." Washington resisted, but finally allowed the young man to assist him in carrying his burden. For several blocks they chatted like old friends until they reached the hotel. "And that," said Booker T. Washington years afterward, "was the first time I ever saw Theodore Roosevelt."

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