As it should be

To reach the foot-plate as a passed fireman is an accompishment that thousands have tried at and failed-failed through indolence, through fatigue to pursue,failed
through loss of hope and interest,failed because the flower
appeared above the beds ready to be grasped. To those who
have so far surmounted the difficulties we would say,Let the success which has attended you in the ascent stimulate you to energetic aspirations, and rest not until the topmost round of that Jacobs ladder of progress is reached.
( Engine-Driving Life )