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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 16, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 12',
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SPARROWS AND MEN
BY LIVY S. RICHARD
One day, as I was visiting in a cosy
home in a suburb, we were disturbed
during dinner-by; a commotion out
side. It seemed as if atf the birds for
miles about had suddenly alighted on
my friend's front' lawn and were en
gaged in a contest to see which
could make the most noise.
Literally hundreds of sparrows
were there, jabbering and fluttering
their wings. Plainly a panic was on
My friend looked up. "I thought
so," he said. Far above a hawk was.
He went in, got his rifle and blazed
away. He didn't hit the hawk, but
he scared him. Mr. Hawk "beat it"
for parts unknown and had hardly
passed out of sight before the bird
panic was over.
"But why," I asked, "did the scared
SHE IS BACK AGAIN
"I wonder if that girl knows how
"I think not Somebody has to
teach her every year.'
little sparrows pick your lawn as the
site of their demonstratiqn? Was it
accident or have you a pull?"
"No, it's not by accident. This has
happened before. There are only
two lawns on our street where the
sparrows seem to expect a welcome.
You see, in Jhe winter, our children
and the children in that other home
make it a practice to feed the birds
with crumbs. I reckon the birds
must know we're their friends."
How human-like of those spar
rows, I thought. When all is well,
no piety, no gratitude, no reverence
for the All Kind Father from whose
bounty come the crumbs upon which
But let danger threaten, and how
quickly' we seek a higher help.
One point of difference, though, I
wish to emphasize, and it is the main
point of my story.
Among the sparrows, of self-help
there was none. It took the man
and the rifle to scare the hawk
away. By no stress of unaided ef
fort could the frightened little birds
have repelled an onslaught by the big
But the hawks which threaten men
are mostly of their own shape and
size. A Rockefeller or a Morgan can
eat no more, lift no more, weigh no
more, stripped of his privileges, than
you or I.
You remember, possibly, the story
of the western bully and the dwarf;
how, in a combat, the latter said:
"God made some men big and some
men little, but Col. Colt, thank God,
We have today a surer equalizer
than a Colt revolver. It is the ballot
box. By it we can put any human
hawk out of power to harm or.
frighten us if, instead of jabbering
together in a panic near some place
where we have once had crumbs, we
decide on a program and vote it
That, too, is rehgion in action