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v VHU mv uihln n u Twin Sisters' slope ICilS-.TlPlV . HjIHmJ !EaffiatriV X tf V '
In the Bncky Mountain Nnttoiint Park
Hides the December moou lu blue-
To light the Old Year out, tho New
Tahosa "Valley In tho Mountain
All rimmed about with lofty snow-
Is dazzling with new-fallen snow; ltd
Brims over with the sllv'ry radiance.
Across Tahosa Valley looms Longs Peak,
"King of the ltockles," with Its tow'rlng crown
Atop Us monstrous, dark, grim precipice
A-glltter in the Hood of silver light.
Behind me rise The Twins to tlmberllno,
Recumbent In silhouette as If carved
By tho chisel of tho Master Sculptor
A part nnd parcel of a perfect wholo
Planned by tho Master Architect himself.
Perfected through the ages by Ills will
Tlmt.wlth sheer beauty makes the henrt to ache.
The hours pass on. The moon sinks and Is gone.
Myriad stars that blaze like beacon fires
'Take up the watch the weary moon has quit
The Old Year passes out; comes In the New
Without a souud, a token or a sign.
There Is no hint of life. Can it be true
'The sun will shine again and day come back
And life leap In tho glad green spring once moro
And Time grant unto us another year?
.And now Is staged with ceremonious pomp
The recurrent miracle of tho dawn
In setting worthy of tho Master's art,
With glories worthy of the glad New Year:
Behind Tho Sisters grows n pearly glow;
Tho King's o'ertopplng crown glows ruby red;
Low-lying clouds In Tho Pass to the south
Aro shot with gold; the sky-line of the pines
Against their glory stands raggedly out.
Tho rim of u great golden disk thrusts up
Above the silhouetted Sisters' crest.
Deer, Meadow, Meeker, Lady Washington,
Buttle, Lily and Estes Cone change white
For rose tints. Wooded slopes doff blnck for
Tho Sisters, ns the sun mounts In the sky,
Call back their shadows from tho Vnlley floor.
A breeze wakes up nnd dances forth to help
Tho trees shake off their burd'nlng robes of whlto.
A crested Jay tilts In a shelt'rlng pine.
A snowshoe rabbit goes sedately past
And makes tho first murk on the untrncked snow.
Across Tahosa Valley smoko goes up
nine ehlmney-smoko that tells of kindled hearth,
With family nstlr and life nnd love I
And there stands' Longs unchanged, unchange
able! Now I know glnd spring shall come again,
Summer time, harvest time, nnother year.
And so Is born to us this glad, New Year,
Nineteen Twenty-threo Anno Domini
"In the Year of Our Lord," tho Son of God,
Who taught man, "Do as yo would bo done by,"
Who died upon tho cross to save mankind.
There Is an old saying nnd wise: "Lot the dead
past bury Its dead!". Its wisdom, however, lies
largely In what It really means rather thnn In what
It actually says. For burial does not mean both
burying and forgetting. And it should not. What
tho udugo menus Is this:
"loot's turn over u new leaf tin New Year's day,
302.1, and try to make a better looking page than
wo did In 1022!"
There Is said to bo "no new thing under the
Bun." Certain It Is that we are digging up records
nowadays that show human nature to have been
about the same In 4,000 15. C. that It Is now. So
doubtless man has been making New Year's reso
lutions ever slnco there was nny New Year's day,
And doubtless he has been breaking them Just as
regularly. And doubtless tho cynics and the pes
simists and the professional jokers have been
laughing over the performance through the ages.
Nevertheless, this recurring New Year's pep
lormnnco Is a lot moro than merely the material
for a Jest. In fact, It Is one of tho things that
keeps "nllvo tho faith In human nature and the
hope that tho world la progressing year by year
toward better things.
Thero are, of course, many foolish people who
llvo only to ent, drink and bo merry. And there
ore tho predatory ones, who tako what they wnnt
If they can get It. Rut most people bollovo In
a future llfo and aro always trying, often vaguely
And half-unconsclously, to llvo the kind of a life
that seems to them fit to survive. Hence their
I New Year's resolutions. Many a man In his heurt
(on New Year's day would bo, with Itobert Brown
Ono who nover turned his back but marched breaat
Never doubted clouds would break,
Never dreamed, though right, were worsted, wrong
Held wo fall to rlao, are baffled to tight better.
Sleep to wake.
The poet speaks truth. Frovhtencc has so cre
ated man or evolution has so shaped him, If you
prefer to put it that way that there Is no greater
spur to his soul than the Incentive of the un
achieved. Always' the unaccomplished that seems
worth whllo challenges his ambition, his courugc,
Man has already accomplished much on this
earth so much that he has now n vision of whnt
his goal should be so much that ho Is now nblo
to see how fnr he has fallen short of reaching that
gonl. And no ago has been so well equipped to
movo on to that goal as this present age. Never
has the incentive to the achievement of that gonl
becjn so strong. For man cannot stand still, no
must press onward to tho gonl or fall back nnd
loso much that he has gained. Failure to reach
the gonl emphasizes the Incompleteness of nil
that has been accomplished. And this shining
goal Is nothing loss thnn tho message of the sea
son: "Peace on earth, good will to men."
Prnctically this means tho reformation of human
nature. And the reformation of human nnturo
means nothing less thnn tho world-wide applica
tion of precepts of Christianity to tho Affairs of
Christianity wns blamed for not preventing tho
great war. It has since been blamed for not pre
senting tho industrial strife and the economic Ills
nnd other evils that have nfllictcd the world. Per
haps tho best answer in brief to this charge Is tho
utterance credited to George Bernard Shaw:
"Christianity has not yet been tried."
It Is a noteworthy fnct that during the Inst year
men of affairs, speaking from the viewpoint of
business nnd not that of religion, linvo publicly
dcclnred that In ttie application of the teachings
of tho Gospel lies tho ono cure for the Industrial
Ills growing out of world-wide economic warfare.
Somo of them have gono so fnr ns to declare that
nothing but a sincere acceptance of CJirlstlnnlty
can save society from utter ruin nnd civilization
from n complete collapse.
It Th not contended by them that Christianity
contains a pnunccn that will nt once euro nil In
dustrial nnd economic Ills. They know that no
such panncen exists. They ndmlt that Christian
lty does not teach economics ; does not Instruct us
to production and distribution; does not, In short,
t forth n system of Industry In nny form or
Bhnpe. They start from' u different busls and
their reasoning Is nbout like this:
Christianity, however, does set forth n mornl
formuln that can bo npplled nt nil times to all
systems. This mornl formula Is an nctlve solvent
of wrongs under nny system. Its nppllcntlon can
cure the defects of nny system, not so much by
chnnglng tho system ns by changing the nttitudo
of men townrd one nnother.
Practical Christianity would not tolerate Injus
tice of nny kind. With Injustice of nil kinds ban
Ishod from tho affnlrs of men nnd nations existing
economic and Industrial systems would cither re
model themselves or would bo cast aside. In short,
economic regeneration would come nbout us a by
product In connection with tho lnrger mornl re
generation of mankind through the acceptance of
Christianity. For In tho Inst analysis tho faults
of systems have their sourco In tho hearts of men.
A stupendous undertaking? An Impossible
vision? Well, thoy ask, what other courno Is there?
The converse of tho proposition has been trle'd to
tho uttermost. And where Is tho world? Appar
ently civilization, lu this Twentieth century Is fac
ing the great crisis.
George Washington, 183 yenrs ngo, us America's
'first president, proclaimed America's first notional
Thanksgiving day. And his prenmblo declares:
"It U the duty of all uatlona to acknowledge
tho Providence of Almighty God, to obey Ills will,
to be grnteful for Ills benefits, and humbly to Im
plore Ills protection and favor."
As everybody knows, George Washington was
no llnr. So that when he wrote these words he
wrote them because he believed them.
In short, the United States of America wns con
ceived nnd established In exactly the spirit set
forth In Washington's words. Tho nation of his
tlmo was a Christian nation. Its sense of de
pendence upon God wns very real because of real
ization of perils past and dllllcultles to come. It
saw the guiding nnd protecting hand of Provldenco
In the past. It hoped for a continuance of guid
ance nnd protection of Providence In overcoming
tho problems nnd dllllcultles of tho future. For
America was then n child among the nations nnd
Its way to maturity looked long and perilous.
America hns now come to thnt maturity. And
ho Is n dullard who cannot see the hand of Provi
dence In our national history since the beginning.
In the 1311 years slnco George Washington's first
Thnnksglvlng proclnmntlon America hnB accom
plished much. It has made Its mnturlty rich nnd
powerful. Today America stands tho wealthiest
and most favored nation of the globe so rich and
so favored thnt a pre-war prediction has come
true: America hns emerged victorious and tin-i
harmed from tho Grent War nnd without a friend
nmong the nntlons of earth. America Is too1
wealthy, too powerful, too resourceful, too well
able to move on townrd Its destiny without "en
tangling alliances" to pleaso tho rest of the world.
America Is so favored that It must hovo n enro
lest In Its complnccncy It thanks God It' Is not
as other nntlons nre. ,
It Is true Amerlcn Is not ns the Turk, who Is
pounding on tho gates of Europe, with oil tho as
surnnce of n victor who nsserts thnt he has wiped
out past defeat by present victory nnd demnnds
new opportunities for crimes against civilization.
It is true Amerlcn Is not ns the Bolshevists In
Russlu, who nppnrently nro growing rather,
stronger thnn wenker, seeming to gnln strength
from the ruin they have wrought, nnd parade their
Red Army ns an object lesson to tho nations of
Yet America sadly needs to tnko heed of tho
Eleventh commnndment, "Love ono another." And
it needs n Twelfth commandment, "Thou shnlt
not profiteer." For tho profiteer, It hns been said,
"takes the Eighth commnndment by the throat,
knocks the Tenth commnndment on the hend and
treads the golden rule under foot." And ns for tho
Ten commandments handed down from God nt
Mount Slnnl It Is Increasingly evident thnt it Is
the tnsk of tho good citizen and tho church and
tho press to build up tho mornl manhood nnd,
womanhood that Is suffering alarming deteriora
tion. There nro many who believe that In acceptance
nnd practice of prnctlcnl Christianity Ho Ameri
ca's only hope of emergence from the greed nnd
lawlessness of 1023, Anno Domini.
In this connection the progress of a movement
begun In the United States by "Christian Business
Men" will doubtless bo watched with Interest by
In somo American city probably Detroit will
bo held early In 1023 tho first convention of tho
Federation of Christian Business Men's clubs.
Probably 100 clubs In the principal cities of the
country will be represented. "To search out nnd
upply tho laws of God In nil commercial relations
between ourselves nnd nil men" Is tho stilted pur
pose of tho federation. All members ngreo to mnke
tho golden rulo fundamental In their commercial
dealings. The clubs reserve nt nil meetings a chair
for Jesus Christ, ''tho unseen Guest," whom tho
members acknowledge to be their "directive hend."
At u recent conference In Kansas City, Mo., dele
gates were present representing clubs In Knnsns
City, Now York, Philadelphia, Lincoln, Neb., Tulsn,
OUln., ,8t. Louis, Wheeling, W. Va., Oticngo,'
Rochester, N. Y., Cincinnati, Columbus, O., St.
Paul, Minn., Jacksonville, Fla, Columbia, Ua, and
(Copr for Thti Dpirtmnt Supplied y
th Amtrlctn Lfton Nw Service.)
BLIND MAN MEETS OLD BUDDY
Drltlsh Hero, Here to Attend Inter-
allied Veterans' Convention, Recog-
nlzes Voice of Former Comrade.
Although ho Is totally bllnftv Cnpt.
William Appleby of Great Britain was
ono of tho most
to the Interallied
tion co n v o n 1 1 o n
which mot In Now
Orleans In conjunc
tion with the
was especially hap
py when Uio dole
gntloti of war
heroes ntoppod In
Capt. Wm. Appleby Indlonnpolls on the
way from New Or
leans, for only a fow minutes before
his arrival there he had mot, by strange
coincidence, a man whom he had' not
seen nor henrd of for twenty-two
yenrs, but who wns in hts regiment,
Lancashire Fusiliers In 1000, and who
wns, born only ten miles from him In
England. Captain Appleby recognized
him by his voice.
As Alfred Ernest Evans, an Indian
npnlls engineer, wulkcd through the
train ns a member of tho Indlonnpolls
committee to welcomo tho heroes, he
wns stopped by an Englishman who
nsked his name.
"My name, sir, 1b Evans," ho replied.
"Alfred Evans, of tho Lancashire
Fusiliers?" he wns nsked.
"Yes, sir. Who nre you?"
"Cnptnln William Appleby, your
former regimental commandor."
And then they begun, busily recall
ing Incidents of tho South African
battles they fought together In 1000.
"I recognized Mr. Evans' volco the
minute I heard It," the English horo
Captain Appleby lost his sight In the
second battlo of Yprcs. lie has nlso
been wounded 20 times. Ills pretty
nineteen-year-old daughter Olga, his
constant companion nnd his "eyoB"
since be lost hlB sight, accompanied
him on tho American trip.
GUDE IS AN EXPERT OARSMAN
Washington (D. C.) Legionnaire, Car
ries Off Junior, Intermediate and
It takes years to produce a good
anrsmnn, rowing experts clnlm, but
Grunvlllo Gudo, a
Washington, D. O.,
member of the
won ono of tho big
gest nntlonal con
tests after ho had
been rowing only
six weeks, thereby
establishing a prec
edent In the sport
Gude won the
oventB In one after
noon with only
short Intervals of rest between races
at the Middle States' regatta.
Tho Washington Legionnaire la at his
best In the sculling races and Is ex
pected by his buddies to win a national
championship ono of these days.
RADIO OUTFIT FOR HOSPITAL
Oovernment Institution at Colfax, la,
Equipped With Bet Provided by
Members of Auxiliary.
Patients In the United States Got
irnment hospital 75, at Colfax, lu., are
enjoying dally, and nightly, all the
good things which como through the
air from many brondcastlng stations,
with a largo rndlo outfit women of the
American Legion auxiliary have pro
lonted them. Aud disabled veternns
who nre nt tho Bellcvuo Vocational
ichool nenr Omaha, Neb., are taking
delight In a saxophone, a set of bolls-,
i trombone and a cornet, presented by
tho same auxiliary the Department of
Nobraska to complete their orchestra.
In tho Iowa hospital, In which there
re many Nebraska boys, each bed hns
been fitted with a receiver, so tho pa
tients may listen In nt any tlmo, nnd n
magna vox has been Installed in each
corridor sr that alt In the rooms off
the corridor can hoar nil the programs.
The Nebraska women nlso havo sent
boxes to the disabled veterans In hos
pitals In Iown, Nebraska, Kansas nnd
Missouri, nnd at Denver, Colo., and
Fort Bayard, N. M.
Qavo Funds for Playgrounds. '
After spending two years In acquir
ing funds for n clubhouse, tho Ameri
can Legion post nt Mungum, Okla., de
cided tho children of the town needed
a playground worso than tho former
serVlce men did n clubhouse. Accord
ingly, the Legionnaires obtained an
elght-yenr leaso on a plot of ground
and used tho fund they had been so
long In collecting to purchase play
BEST INFORMED LEGION MAN
Columbia (8. C.) Committeeman Up
on All Hospitalization and
"The beat informed American Legion
member In this country on nil ques
tions dealing with
t ll o w ii v Alvin
RA Owsley, Legion
v o m m n nder, de
scribes Joe Sparks
of Columbia, S. C
n e wl y-appointed
chairman of thu
The ability of Mr.
Sparks to co-opcr-ntc
with the United
Stn tos Veterans'
bureau was also named by Mr. Owsley
,as one of his strongest recommenuV
tlons. Mr. Sparks' work as Legl;
liaison representative at the hendqu
ters of the Fifth United States Veter
nns' bureau district has drnwn nntlon
al attention to such an extent that
Legion headquarters has received a
Hood of telegrams from the North nnd
West urging his appointment since tho
During Mr. Sparks' term the Fifth
district was rated moro than 02 per
cent efficient, the highest of nil 14 dis
tricts. Out of n totul of 2,000 pntlents
In cx-servlco hospitals, 2,100 veternns
havo been rated totnl temporary dis
utility and -100 claims are being adju
dicated. Although Mr. Sparks was well over
the draft ago, he served ns n "buck
private" In the Fifty-seventh and Third
Pioneers during the World wnr. Mr,
Sparks was born In Laurence county,
S. 0., tlilrty-suven years ago. Later
he went to Columbia, where he got a
Job as a nuwspaper reporter. Ho was
city editor of the Columbia State, ono
of the most lnlluentlul newspapers In
the South, when he enlisted.
Returning from the nrmy, Mr. Sparks
became connected with n lnrgo Now
York llfo Insurance company. Ills
work with the Legion has been In At
lanta and In New York.
THAT WELCOME COOKIE JAR
Recent Addition to Hospitals, Provided
by the American Legion Auxiliary,
Is Welcomed by Veterans.
If you imagine for a minute that the
veterans In the military hospitals
throughout tho country don't appre
ciate tho cookie Jars which tho Ameri
can Legion Auxiliary established re-
The Hospital Cookie, Jar.
cuntly, Just note the expressions on tho
faces of theso three ex-soldlers.
Theso veterans are from tho Govern
ment hospital at Kansas City and tho
National Military homo nt Leaven
worth. At the present rate of con
sumption, patients from these two hos
pitals will have eaten In tho course of
a year cookies which If placed sldo by
side would extend 12 miles. Snmo
NEED OF PHYSICAL EXERCISE
Director of Legion's Americanization
Commission Cites Reasons Why
Many Were Disqualified.
Most of tho physical defects which
disqualified almost n quarter of tho men
examined In tho army draft could havo
been prevented by adequate physlcnl
education programs, according to Gur
Innd W. Powell, director of tho Amer
ican Legion's Americanism commission.
A prominent medical authority
mnkes the following statements on tho
subject of draft disqualification, ac
cording to Mr. Powell:
"1. Heart disease could be prevented
by proper strengthening of the henrt
through physical activities, removal of
physical defects such as had tonsils
nnd Infected teeth. 2. Mulformntlon
of the limbs may be prevented to some
extent by propor physical activities.
3. Defective vision oftentimes could bo
prevented by exercise. -1. Underslze
would not exist In ninny cases If there
were physical nctlvlty nnd propor In
struction In regard to nutrition, prep
aration of food and the like. C. Hernia
undoubtedly in tho majority of cases
would bo prevented by tho development
of abdominal muscles. 0. Instruction
lu care of tho feet and selection of
shoes will prevent n large proportion
of fiat foet."
A Little Hint.
ActorWhat' are tho rates at this
Clerk Throe dollars up. In your
case three dollars down. American