life has been devoted to helpfulness. He has, to be sure, made a million
dollars or more with the Meccano toy which he invented. He is now a successful
business man, known in many countries, and honored wherever he is known,
but his spirit of helpfulness has permeated the whole business organization
which manufactures and sells
He is the boy who, as he walks along the railroad track, can explain to the other boys just why the bridge over the creek is built the way it is; why the big girders that form the span are bolted together just the way they are. He is the boy who understands what the gang of men who are working like a swarm of busy bees on the big sky scraper in the city are doing. He knows the principles of structural work and when the other boys want to ask questions about why this is done so, and why something else is done in another way, then the Meccano-wise boy is the boy who can answer the questions, and because he knows, he becomes the leader. You might name Meccano the "educational toy," but that is too big a word and does not sound interesting. You might nick-name it the "Self Help" toy, but even "Self Help" does not sound interesting, until you get big enough to understand the hardships and problems of life. However, every boy knows what helpfulness is, and the Boy Scouts are learning to do one good, helpful deed every day.
For that reason a boy cannot do a more helpful deed or anything more worthy of a good scout than to tell every boy he knows about Meccano and teach the other boys how interesting and helpful it is; how it instructs them; how they, too, can learn the principles of mechanical, electrical and structural mechanics for themselves. Every Meccano boy should be interested in helping every other boy get a Meccano outfit for himself. The motto of Frank Hornby is the motto of Meccano-"Be Helpful, Build on Sound Principles; Do Everything the Right Way-then though you may have to wait, you will know that you are building for the future, and that you will deserve to succeed. Build right now, with Meccano, and Meccano will teach you how to build right in the future."