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THE PUBLIC FORUM
THE HOME OF THE BRAVE.
By James Austin Murray.
Everywhere de flags is flyin',
But to home de folks is' sighin';
I know it ain't no holiday,
Fur dad an Tom are goin away.
Yep! Tom has got new soldier
But where he's goin no one
And evry night when supper's done
Pa goes away an' takes his gun.
Sis seems so awful busy, too;
Gee! Dat's sayin' a lot fur Sue;
She jus' sits an' sews an' sews
Nuthin' else but nurses' clothes.
Mummy knows they're goin' away,
But never asks a one to stay;
I know when she's alone she cries,
'Cause there is red around her
n' mornin's 'fore de last bell rings
We marches 'round de yard an'
While teacher or some eight-grade
Pulls up our dandy flag way high.
I know there's war! I want to go!
But I don't want to let ma know;
Some mornin' when he soldiers come
I'll sneak away and take my drum.
WOULD SERVE COUNTRY. To
day I went to one of the army re
cruiting offices to enlist in the army.
The examining doctor found me in
good condition, but, noticing some
marks on my arm, he asked what
they were. I told him I had the mor
phine habit, so he turned me down.
I had thought if I enlisted that I
would be cured in their hospitals be
fore going to a camp, as the same
happened to a man I know in Canada
who is now fighting for the British
I suppose there are a lot of men
the same as I, who would enlist but
jor the habit the.y.have, I know that
most people who have never known
or seen a friend who used morphine
imagine that any one who uses mor
phine is bound to be an almost total
wreck. I would like to know how to
get cured (without going to jail), so
I could serve my country. J. B.
CLEAN-UP WEE K. This is
"Clean-Up Week," which is intend
ed to be a week of strenuous effort
toward getting rid of the dirt and
rubbish that have been piling up dur
ing all the winter months.
"Clean-Up Week" also means an
enthusiastic beginning of a whole
summer of clean up effort. It means
that we will not quit the job when
the seven days have gone by. It
means that we are going to clean up
and keep clean all the time.
Yes, "Clean up and paint up" is to
be the slogan in Chicago from Evans
ton on the north to the Indiana state
line on the south. Mayor Thompson
has issued his proclamation to that
effect, and from April 23 to April 30
Chicago will have such a going over
as it has never had before. In his
message to the people of the city the
mayor urges them to keep in a clean
and sanitary condition their homes,
places of business and all premises
owned and occupied by them. Clean
up, scrub, paint anchwhitewash. Also
remove and destroy all rubbish on
your own and vacant lots nearby. Let
air and sunshine into your homes
and places of business. Plant win
dow boxes and gardens. All depart
ments of the city will co-operate with
the people in this work.
As to the paint-up side of the cam
paign, while it may have no direct
bearing on the health of a commu
nity, yet it has a distinct value in any
scheme of community betterment. It
is hard to make a dingy neighbor
hood look clean. Painting homes
removes dinginess, makes them
bright, clean and attractive. And at
tractiveness stimulates cleanliness..
It is along these lines that the
"Paint-Up" j2lan is an. imuortant jpart