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PASSING OF USELESS PARKS
British Government Has Done Well in
Converting Vast Tracts Into Areaa
Since William the Conqueror first
laid waste to a smiling countryside to
make a deer park, and forbade com
mon men to hunt in that great tract
he called his "New Forest." millions of
acres of fertile English k?nd have
served no purpose useful to the-? ra ce.
The nobles of medieval times, and their
children's children after them, loved
above all things the chase, and they
paid scant heed to those beneath them
who sought to draw their living from
the soil, if there were room for doer,
and foxes, and hares, and moor and
marshland for falcons to soar above,
or gentlemen to shoot over, they did
England was prosperous and secure.
Many years ago her governments defi
nitely abandoned the Idea of making
the land self-supporting. The seas were
safe to British commerce, and none be
i'sred the time would come when the
nation's" needs would compel the use
of pleasure parklands. The country
grew old gracefully, and enjoyed It.
It was not decadent, only too well con
AH this the war has changed, and
. for the better. Britannia still rules
the waves, but beneath the waves lie
unseen terrors, menacing the nation's
commerce, its food supply, Its very
life. The nation cannot trust its sea
borne trade now. It must utilize every
possible means to provide the neces
sary sustenance for its armies, and for
those who supply the fighting men.
And the British government rises to
Before the war Lloyd George fought
long and well to compel the breaking
up of old estates, to make possible the
cultivation of land long idle, to gi?e
the laborer a chance at the soil. Ile
failed, for the British are conservative
by instinct, and the old way seemed
easiest. They have learned their les
In three years past the British gov
ernment has taken over outright no ,
less than 1,000,000 acres of British soil, ,
purchasing some, renting more. It has, .
indeed, found necessary the establish- ,
ment of a great department to handle ?
this work of national regeneration. It j
ls a great change, and one that should ,
not be regretted. The English which ,
makes peace will not be the England of j
Its fathers, but a^better one. less at- j
tractive. It may be, to tourists, lesa
beautiful to look upon externally, but, ?
surely, far more of an Inspiration to ita ,
neighbors which travel, In company, 3
?he road to real democracy. i
Beyond Writer's Power.
Coningsby Dawson says, in telling ol '?
his disinclination to keep even a note
book after he went to the front, though <
he had been a professional writer : 1
"One has a strange feeling about I
books when he is in the immediate 1
presence of death. I remember an i
anecdote of a great Swedish writer I
which partly Illustrates my mood.
The watchers by his bedside thoughl :
he was dead. Suddenly he raised him i
" 'Now I could write,' he whispered.
They were his last words.
"In the light of my experience ai
the front I know what he meant. The
petty personal problems which we
cloak in words and call literature
seem so ignoble a presentation of men
and women who are planned for im
mortality and live in an Infinite world.
I went to France fully intending tc
keep a record of what I felt and saw
there. I soon found that what I felt
and saw was too grave to put on pa
per ; I cheapened myself In my own
eyes in the attempt."
A government press censor was talk
ins: about the German press censor*
"We found on some prisoners, re
cently," he said, "the German censor
ship's latest prohibition. Prominent
among these was an order to the press
not lo mention under any circumstnee
the growing use in Germany of dog
flesh for food.
"That prohibition reminds me of a
story-a story that may contain a lot
."A German prisoner," the story runs,
was rebuked by a sergeant for the
sloppy way he was feeding and look
ing after some Red Cross dogs.
" 'I guess you think you know a lot
about dogs.' the sergeant sneered.
" 'Yes. sir. that's right,' said the pris
oner, 'for let me tell you, sir, I've been
cook in a Berlin restaurant for the
last two years.* "
"That great railroad president waa
once an office boy."
"I venture a guess," observed Mis?
Cayenne, "that he felt much more se
cure and Important when he was an
office boy than he docs today."
A Gone Case.
Katherine-I saw him flirting with
a girl last month, and he's a married
Kidder-Well, that's always the
way. If a man gives a girl the least
encouragement she'll marry him.
A Cold Night.
"Did you put the cat out, JohnT
"No." came the resolute answer. "1
Joined the S. P. C. A. today. Ifs against
my principles to do anymlng so cruel."
His Pa-Well, Earlie?
Earlie-Does a mill race come under
the head of aquatic sports?
?X MARY O?Ii^iSOMER.
At last the Irish setter puppies had
their eyes opened ; lovely blue eyes they
had and their heads were so smooth
und soCt. Their ears were long and
their hair was of a wonderful red
brown shade, long and also very soft
They looked very much like their
mother only much, much smaller.
They were tiny and they cared more
about sleep than anything else in the
Adventures might be all right later
on, but for the present sleep was the
most glorious thing. They would fall
over each other and any way they fell
they would go sound asleep. Such
strange positions as they got into when
they slept, but as long as it did not
bollier them the mother let them alone.
"My beautiful puppies," she said to
herself us she looked at them. When
they nestled very close to her she look
ed out of the window of the tool room
in the barn where their home was for
the present and thought :
"I wish I could always keep my pup
pies safe in here and away from the
world and dangers."
Then she would look out of the win
dow again and once more down at her
puppies and she would think of the dog
shows where they would win prizes,
for they were perfect, very perfect and
they were her own puppies!
But they seemed so safe and sleepy
now and she hated to think ahead of
ill the troubles that might come to
them. They might be sold to people
svho didn't love and understand ani
mals, but she didn't think of thut long,
for she knew her mistress would be
rery, very careful-she loved the pup
After a time the puppies were almost
frown up and in a little while after
;here was great excitement The pup
pies did not understand it, but the
mother did. She had been to many
a dog show and how many prizes she
iiad won ! She could never count them
for she really couldn't be bothered with
idding and such things-she wanted
to watch her beautiful grown-up pup
pies! For she could hardly believe
that they were no longer babies.
"We're going to the show," she whis
pered to them, "that is what all the
excitement means. We're going to win
ribbons and prizes, my beautiful ones,
and our mistress will be so happy and
The next day they went-the whole
family of puppies and the mother.
The judges were looking at all the
flogs. "This Irish setter family beats
them all," they said. And each grown
up puppy and the mother won prizes.
They received the best ribbons of all
and how delighted their mistress was,
to be sure.
"Now," said their mother, "you will
Qot leave me, for you will come to
other shows at other times. I have
The Puppies Were About Grown Up.
tried to keep you beautiful and well
?md so has my mistress. Now she is
so pleased that you won prizes that she
will not think of giving you away."
And though the puppies were almost
grown-up they nestled close to their
mother as though they were very young
and said, "We're happy that there are
dog shows, mother, if it means we will
not leave you." And they barked their
Crowds stopped to look at them and
tiny copied their mother and stood
and looked as she did. And when their
mother heard the people say how fine
she was they noticed she wagged her
tail, so they did the very same thing
when people admired them !
When some of the dogs snarled and
were cross the Irish setters looked at
their mother as if to say,
"People won't want to look at them
If they're cross."
But their mother answered, "You
can't always blame them, my dears, for
every dog hasn't the kind mistress that
we have ! And if a dog is cross, very,
very often it is the fault of the master
or mistress." So the puppies who were
almost grown-up barked more joyously
than ever when their mistress came
back to them!
Furnish Your Own Incentive.
Do not walt for others to supply the
Incentive you need for doing your best.
There are young people who fancy
they cannot even get up In the morn
ing without being called, and they car
ry the same attitude into all the work
of the day. See that you ask as much
of yourself ns anyone else can possi
bly ask of you. Have the highest
standard of achievement. Do not
wait for something outside to spur you
ou to reach it. Let your own realiza
tion of what you might be and what
you ought to accomplish, furnish the
Good Effect of Citizens' Battis
With the Snow.
Gave Slacker an Opportunity to See
Himself as Others See Him
Also Helped Realization of
What War Means.
:By GEORGE E. BOV7EN, of the Vigil
It took a lot of backache and blis
ters and frostbite to clear this snow
bound western world of drifted ob
struction, making it safe for travel,
secure for the daily affairs of life.
Those two great January storms
created a desperate situation-one
that had to be met and overcome.
Everybody suddenly had the same
idea-a strong shovel, a willing heart
and a cheerful disposition.
There was nothing else to do.
We had to be free.
And we were.
Every patriot in the middle west
who had a shovel and a backbone got
ouc and used them.
Lot line.*- didn't count, for we were
fighting a common enemy.
The shoveling spirit thrilled us, en
masse-no one stopped to be saluted
or introduced-no one stopped to
theorize-no one claimed exemption or
superiority. We just asserted our
right of way-and dug it.
So? here is freedom-to go or come.
It was a great lesson in united ac
tion, a convincing example of the soli
darity of human interest, a reassuring
experience in loyalty to the cause of
common welfare. It was an American
The slacker was thoroughly un
slacked when he saw his neighbor
shoveling off his walk.
It was a worth-while storm.
Men met each other in these neigh
borhood trenches with a new expres
sion In their eyes-a new feeling in
Over the wfcite-blocked barricades
of snow, head high and miles in length,
they were seeing those reddened, sand
bagged walls in Belgium. Seeing loyal
bayonets shoveling humanity's way to
freedom through storm-crushed Flan
ders. Seeing braver patriots than
themselves struggling manfully against
Alpine avalanches of steel and bliz
zards of fire, that the home-paths of
mankind be not obstructed forever by
any brutal drifts of hate or selfishness.
The roar of the Arctic terror these
neighbors knew when the storm broke
upon their unpreparedness was ns
nothing to the scream of shelfs and the
thunder of artillery they are hearing
now in those trenches across the sea
and in their souls.
They have realized in a small, blood
less way the meaning of war-war that
is a perpetual offensive storm, instead
of an occasional one in January.
When men meet in these snow
trenches of the West, liiere's only one
comment: "We've got to help them
And they mean it-as they meant
every shovelful of snow they threw out
of their paths of peace and content
Some great blessings come thickly
Big Storm Recalled.
Just thirty years ago In January,
the worst storm in the history of the
United States weather bureau raged
over the central West, taking a toll of
more than 200 lives and killing thou
sands of farm animals. "Old-timers"
assorted there had been a storm of
equal, if not worse proportions, in 1SS0,
but there are no definite records on the
first storm, and it is known to have
boon more locally confined than the
"great storm of 'SS." The storm origi
nated in Nebraska and extended to
central Iowa and Wisconsin eastward
and to the Montana linc on the west.
The temperature was about freezing
when the storm started, but by the
next morning it had dropped to H4 de
grees below zero in South Dakota.
Grand Forks, N. D., reported a tem
perature of fi2 degrees below, while at
Sioux City, Ia., it was 2S below. Near
Mitchell, S. D., a firmer and his son
were unable to reach the house five
rods distant before the boy was frozen
How They Lived in Early Days.
Men and women who are com
plaining that the increasing cost of
food staples is making the purchase
of some luxuries beyond their means
should read the account o^ the priva
tions which the people of medieval
England had to suffer, notes a corre
spondent. They lived without sugar
until the thirteenth century, without
coal until the fourteenth, without but
ter on their bread until the fifteenth,
without tobacco until the sixteenth,
and potatoes until the sixteenth,
without tea, coffee and soap until
the seventeenth,, without umbrellas,
lamps and puddings until the eight
eenth, without trains, telegrams, gas,
matches and chloroform until the nine
Pigeon a War Hero.
The feat of Napoleon's A D. C., who
galloped up with a message In the
press of battle, and being asked : "You
are wounded?" replied, "Pardon, sire,
I nm dead," and fell lifeless, has been
equaled by an army pigeon. This
pigeon flew home with one of its legs
shot away, only to fall dead on the loft
floor. But its message, almost driven
into its body by the shot, saved the
lives of '.lundroils of men.-From the
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