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THE GROWING PASSION FOR SERVICE
When Theodore Roosevelt refused to quit, but made his speech
with a bullet in his breast, the world was thrilled. The incident was
thrilling. Heroism always uplifts. The man who serves in the
face of death serves in two ways by the task he performs, and by
the example he sets.
But Roosevelt stood on a high place and set his copy. That
same day old Jim Flannery, 68 years old, was tending his railway
crossing in Syracuse, N. Y. A runaway taxicab struck him. He
clung to the machine, was carried along by it, bruised in hands, back
and arms, and saved from death as by a miracle. A crowd gathered,
surrounding him and offering help and conveyance to a hospital.
Old Jim Flannery heard a train approaching, broke through
the crowd in spite of failing strength, and waved the train through!
The heroes are not those alone who get on the first page in the
Billy Rugh's sacrifice of his life in the name of service thrilled
the world. Billy gave his lame leg that the surgeons might take its
skin for grafting on the body of a young girl who Was so burned
that she must die unless skin-grafting were resorted to. "Skin
for skin, all that a man Jiath will he give for his life." So say the
scriptures. But Billy Rugh gave up his skin, and his life with it
for a girl he had never seen. Well did he deserve all the tears of
admiration the world shed for him.
But in Mason City, Iowa, about the same time, people came
forward to give great patches of skin for a similar operation there.
They too had the passion for service. Their service was not so
spectacular, but it was inspired by the same altruism.
The queen of Bulgaria is serving in the hospitals in the war in
Turkey, as a nursej and clad in a nurse's garb. Many a wounded
man may have his temperature taken, and his wounds dressed by
a queen without knowing it. The queen will, no doubt, be better
satisfied if he does not know it. She has the divine passion for .ser
vice. In spite of the Beckers and Tammanies, the Black Hands, and
all the things of Greed and Crime that stare us in the face by day
and night, the world is growing better.
Crime is loud. Altruism is only occasionally heard. But it is
as universal as the sun's warmth!
New York. Governor Hadley,
Missouri, seems to have first cajl
on place left vacant by death of
Vice President Sherman.
Westerly, R. L Rep. George
Herbert Utter, former governor
of Rhode Island, died at his home
after Jong illness.