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The British Labor Movement,
ARTICLE 5.
Workiniclass Education
rlaaaea in operation and in addition
insists in the setting up of local labor
clas-'es in which its graduates fre-
LOKDON-At the present time two qucttttr serve as instructors. There are
;..... BOW about 300 of these classes in
campaigns are enuorseu uv me oiu
ish Labor Movement with respect to
improved working-class educational
standards. One is for democratization
of education in general with the totai
elimination of illiteracy as its first
objective, and the ultimate aim that
lack of money or social standing shall
not prevent anv boy or girl from re
ceiving university traning, if he or
she desires to pursue studies to far.
The other campaign directed at the
immediate nccossitv rather than the
future ideal, is the one now receiving
the most oniphnsis. Tt is the work
which is being done by correspondence
classes and trade tutor schools and col
leges to train men and women of the
present generation fr -executive pe
tition in the labor movement of today.
Of the organizations cow engaged in
training their students to be more ef
ficient workers in the labor mov
ement the Labor College at London,
Rr.skir. College at Oxford, and the
Workers' Educational .Asroeiation,
which penetrates all sectiens of the
countrv. are easily the most important.
There are fundamental differences be
tween each of the three but they arc
identical in their aim of making cheap
and uncontrolled educational facilities
available to the adult working class.
Ruskin College, the oldest, of the
three mentioned, was founded in 19:1
for the purpose of providing education
in the social sciences for working-class
students and it is interesting that the
establishment funds were originally
provided by two Americans, Mr. and
Mrs. Walker Vrooman. From the be
ginning Ruskin College has maintained
an absolute independence of outside
eentrol which makes it a landmark in
the history of education. Courses crj
chosen and methods of tuition regul
ated by the discretion of the fncultv
alone. The college 'is a successful ex
periment in the field of academic
freedom. But because of this stoutly
maintained independence Ruskin Col
lege is subjected to a fire of hostile
criticism from two quarters. Those
who believe that education and edu
cators should be under the control of
capitalist boards of trustees regard
it as a dangerous tool or revolution,
while those who are wholehearted rev
olutionists continually criticize Ruskin
as not sufficiently class-conscious in
its teaching.
The latter argument is never ad
vanced against tlie Labor College in
London, formerly kn wn as the Cent
al Labor College. This institution was
established in 1909 by groups formerly
affiliated with Ruskin College which
had come to believe that the latter
Lad become too academic and "neut
lal". Founded expressly to fill the
need of an educational institution
different parts of (ireat Britain (most
ly in South Wales) with an averaga
membership of thirty to a class. These
local classes are endorsed and support
ed by the local unions of the railway
men and the Walsh miners in the same
manner :(s the parent Labor College
is backed bv the national unions. Im
portant work has also been done by
the governing council of Ruskin Col
lege by summoning conferences at
which special industrial problems are
discussed from the working class view
point. Lectures are given frequently tt
both colleges bv leaders in various
phases of the labor movement.
Also ol very great importance m
Uritish working class education is
the organization known as the Work
ers' Educational Assotiation (W. E
A.l founded bv a small group cf
trades unionists and cooperators in
1003. The W. E. A. consists of about
'!300 small groups of workers affiliated
into ?oo branches. It is under the
governance of joint committees of
labor men and representatives of the
facilities cf different English and
Scotch universities and through cor
respondence and tutorial classes has
to some extent thrown open the edu
cational resources of Great Britain to
the working classes; A striking feature
of the W. E. A. is that the subjects
on which Instruction is given are those
subjects which the working class mem
bers decide for themselves they want
to study. not ou those subjects
which educational authorities think
the work'rs ought to study.
The result of this organization his
boon the formation of adult classes all
over England, There are about 1.00
members of the W. E. A., all of
their from the working class. While
the Association has no official con
nection with the Labor Movement it
is serving not only to educate but to
quicken the social consciousness of
the working class. The W. E. A. backed
by the labor movement, is at present
urging state adoption of an advanced
educational program of which the
first resolution is "that the brqad
principle of free education through
all its stages, including that of the
University, be adopted , and including
a demand that labor shall haw direct
representation on all educational gov-
trning bodies.
The importance of working class
education is now -generally recognized
by the British (Labor Movement, and
big developments in tins line may be
looked for during the next few vears.
Them has been a great revival since
the war, a Scottish Labor College
uu the lines of the London Labor Col
lego has been established in Glaseow
and others are in contemplation, as
soon as finances permit. In addition,
so great is the influence of labor in
t lie British government at present, it
is not uulikelv that state aid will in
the social structure, and it must face
them or sink into oblivion. The bour
geoisie are having rough sailing these
days. The storm signals are becoming
more and more numerous, presaging
an ultimate social tempest that will
rock the capitalist State to its very
foundations. The Y. W. C. A. is simply
noting the signals and is running to
cover. Safety first. The industrial pro
gram was adopted, and the first vice
president, a daughter of old Jay
Gould, of Wall Street fame some years
ago, promptly resigned, thus displaying
lovaltv to her class.
t
And now comes Henry Chamberlin,
director of the new Chicago Crimo
Commission, and deposes that criminals
are using "business efficiency' me
thods in the practice of their, profes
sion, in which they are aided by crimin
al lawyers and crooked politicians,
and practically admits there is no rem
edy. How marvellously perfect is tho
capitalist system!
. (. .
The news has filtered out of Wash
ington that the IT. S. Government has
served notice on its Allies that if an
immediate concerted movement is not
made to open up trade with Russia it
wffl act independently. Getting hungry
for trade, eh! The bourgeoise of Amer
ica must have markets for their sur
plus in the near future if they are
to avoid an unpleasantness that they
dread. Perhaps they have waited too
long. Our "noble ally." England, has
not been so busy suppressihg the Irish
rebellion that she couldn't spare the
time to pre-empt the Russian trade.
She didn't wait for the consent of her
comrades in arms, but followed her
usual policy of getting while the get
ting was good. When it comes to
securing , trade the English bourgeois
i;- "all to the mustard."
A resolution has been introduced in
the lower House of Congress to im
peach Louis Post, Secretary of Labor,
(he outgrowth of n scrap between the
Departments of Justice and Labor.
Kverybody seems to be wearing their
fighting clothes these days. Even tho
politicians are unable to work in har
mony. The Presidential candidates are
rruthing but exemplars of the Golden
Rule. They are accusing each other of
duplicity and lavish use of money. The
hopeful sign is that the great mass of
the people are paying no attention to
them notwithstanding the columns of
advertising they are getting in the
newspapers. And, best of all, the work
ers are evidencing their discontent
through the only avenue available
the strike.
: O-
Who Are The Criminals?
studies at Ruskin or the Labor College
in London.
0
Ruminations of a Rebel.
teaching nothing but revolutionary
. ; 1 . ... ,1... TnV.ru- r'.ill.ur,, tins rrnnn
iry ahearV enr thiir deair-iv-tr vftW--w-w'ti- wmiritn n rn
.l....Mn.,M. in tnen rafinil art- nnauQiniiY UllllUie lO laive u
and teaching and it holds as consist
ently as do the I. W. W. to the first
clause of its constitution, which reads:
"the college to be based upon the
recognition of the antagonism of in
terest between capital and labor."
In, spite of this gulf between tho
procedure of the two colleges they are
both integral parts of the labor mov
ement and each derivos its financial
support at the present time from trade
union contributions. On the govern
ing council of Ruskin College are
found officers of the Weavers' Union,
the Northumberland Miners, the Amal
gamated Society of Engineers, the
Cooperative Union, and the General
Federation of Trade Unions. The Labor
College is owned and controlled en
tirelv bv two radical and vcrv power
fnl unions the South Wales' Miners'
Federation, and the National Union of
Railwaymen. The general opinion in
the labor movement is that in spite
of the sharp differences in the two
institutions there is room and to spar-:
for both; that the Labor College pad
nates do invaluable work in stimul
ation and strenthening the industrial
bide of the labor movement in pre
paration for the advent of the Social
ist state, and that the Ruskin College
graduates arc not less valuable as
educated men and women fitted for
constructive leadership iu general scr
vice under that state.
By Perle Doc
deaut)Watte ' tie
As might bo expected the curriculum
of Ruskin College is much brosder
than that of the Labor College, which
pays little attention to anything but
straight Marxian Socialism and its off
shoots. Marx is in no way minimized
at the former institution, but his teach
ings are there regarded as a phase
rather than the center of economic and
industrial historv. At the Labor Col
lege everything is subordinated to
turning effective propagandists. Rus
kin is as careful that its graduates
should remain in tho- labor movement,
but aims to fit every student for tho
full realization of his possibilities rath
er than to make him merely an agi
tator. In bringing about tue over
throw of Capitalism the Labor College
will be the more effective of tho two.
In insuring that Socialism, once es
tablished, is maintained in Englund
Ruskin will do tho best work.
At both institutions the number of
students in residence is no crltorlon of
influence. Each college has about
thirty boarders mostly maintained on
scholarships by the supporting trade
unions. The Labor Collego also has
about sixty day students and plans
to open a dormitory for worn ja
boarders. Ruskin has recetly opened
its Womens' Hotel, and counting
the new women trade unionist students,
has thereby increased its student roll
to forty. The full-time courso nt
each collego takes two years.
A large part of the influence of
both institutions conies from the cor
respondence .lasses conducted by tho
C'tllcgo facultios with groups of work
ers in various sections of the country
for negligible fees. Over 11.000 men
and women hav taken advantage of
the correspondence classes offered by
Ruskin as against tho 000 odd gradua
tes of the college. The Labor College
By Tom, Clifford.
The judge who presided at the trial
of Comrade Benjamin Gitlow just
couldn't forbear expressing his thanks
to the jury in returning a verdict of
guilty. He has probably warmed tho
"bench" so long as to be incapable of
seeing any other side to a proposition
than that which will safeguard the
interests and perpetuate the rule of
those on whom he is dependent for his
lob. From his viewpoint the instit'i
tions erected by the bourgeoisie arc
the final word in civilization nnd no
opposition thereto is to be count
ciety and propose a change in the in
onanccd. Anyone who has the temerity
t question the present status of so-
i . rests of the common weal is adjudged
a dangerous character and promptly
consigned to a penal institution. He
knows nothing but the law, and his
mental obliquity makes him a stranger
to "horse sense." No thinking man
has any respect for a judge these
days, for they know he is on the bench
to interpret the law in conformity
-with ruling class interests. Being either
a fool or knave, it is impossible for
him to administer real justice. One
may charitably excuse the stupidity of
the jury, hut only contempt can be
expressed for a man who poses as an
intellectual and manifests all the
characteristics of an ignoramus. This
particular judge runs true to form in
his fulsome laudation of the assininitv
(displayed by tho twelve bonehcads
who decided Comrade Gitlow was
guilty of idealism. The courts of to
day arc a screaming force. Don't be
lieve it f Ask any lawyer who dares
express an honest opinion.
The Y. W. C. A. convention, which
convened in Cleveland last week gets
all "het up" over a pfmphlet issued
by big business entitled "Will the
Y. W. C. A. Cooperate or Will It
Antagonist" It appears that tho con
vection had under consideration an in
dustrial program which contains do
mnnils obnoxious to the "plutos" and
the organization is wained thnt favor
able action on the same will be follow
ed by the withdrawal of tho financial
Hupport hitherto so generously given.
Well. well. Another sign of the break
ing up of tho old order. Hero Is nn or
ganization created by the bourgeoisie
for the express purpose of drawing a
red herring across the path of tho
working class by diverting their
minds from tho consideration of ma
terial problams to tho contemplation of
the joys coming to them in the "sweet
after while" evidencing a disposition
to refuso to oboy orders. Of course it
is rank ingratitude, but prolongation
of its oxlstrnce seems to make the now
departuro a necessity. The bourgeoisie
arc utterly nnnhlo to grasp the fact
that in tho ovulation f society nothing
stays "put." The Y. W. C. A. finis
itself in the midst of revolutionary
, , - -m
preac
trines that were "dangerous". He was
declared to be an "undesirable",
and the courts adjudged him a crimi
nal. Who committed the crimet Was
jndges who convicted the Christ to
it Jesus i or was it the lawmakers and
capital punishment?
Three hundred years ago Galileo
was sentenced to life imprisonment for
saying that the earth moved round the
sun. Who were the criminals? Galileo?
or the lawmakers and judges who
condemned this gicat scientist and
teacher to prison?
In 1092, at Salem Massachusetts,
a dozen or so ;oor old women were
swung upon tin gallows, convicted by
the courts of witchcraft Who com
oiitted the crime? Did the lawmakers
nnd the prosecutors and the judges
who sent those women to their denth
commit a crimet
Up to I860 in the South the ruling
class declared it a crime to teach
slaves to read and WTitc. Who wero
the criminals? The men and women
who defied that law? or the law
makers and judges who solemnly de
creed education to bo a felony?
Today Eugene Debs lies in jail for
criminal. Not Galileo, but his judges
trying to suppress a revolutionary
truth. It was the southern slave hold
ers, forbidding education to the black
man, who had the criminal intent.
Eugene Debs, and Roger Baldwin, and
Rose Stokes are not criminals. It is
the lawmakers, trying to out law new
ideas, it is the judges, trying to shield
a criminal robber class by putting
honest men in jail, they are the real
cu'prits.
TWO VIEWS.
By Scott Nearlng.
Soviet Russia is under the ban. The
American Eagle is screaming her note
if triumph to the clouds, All is ended,
according to tli papers, and soviet
ism is cast iever into the outer
darkness!
Just a moment, please, before the
decree is made irrevocable. Note this
dispatch from the correspondent of
The Manchester Guardian in which he
describes the work -that the soviet
government is doing for its children
nursing mothers are the object of
special care; they are still assisted as
the precious child grows older; then
there -are children's palaces with fa
iiiiii nun
The Black Sheep.
fhapt. XXVIII.
The Home of the Spirit
Jack cashed his check and paid his
bill at the boarding house after which
he left the mining town of Mullen and
mane his .way ia thc direction of Couer
D' Alane Lake, where he knew that
Collins and Rudolph awaited him. The
distance before him was about sixty
five miles down the river and he de
cided to walk it and study the country
at first hand. It was in reality a new
world to him. It was the books made
rcnl.
The trail over which he travelled
ran along the mountain side; it was
not a road; wheeled vehicles could not
pass over it. It was a short cut turougu
the mountains, used by the prospect
ors to get to their claims. These men
hauled their provisions to their little
mines real or imaginary, on thtir
backs or on the backs of horses, mules
or burros. This mode of transportation
neded but a narrow trail and such it
was. It went up and down and in and
cut among the rocks and ledges, down
thru wooded ravines and up over bar
ren ridges and at this time of the
vear alternately thru banks of snow
"and dark evergreen forests. It was a
region or tue pruiuunui-oi
silence,
citifies for recreation and education; hardly the chirp of a bird broke the
af ; ness. ' he DOV nan a ic-cuug t.-y
then there are the reorganized schools
and the colleges and universities, all
designed to prepare the Russian child
for future usefulness. All of these
measures Russia has adopted in the
two years following the revolution,
and she has done them despite the
war. despite the blockade, despite the
immanence of destruction. In her dark
est hour, Russia was busy caring for
children.
Nineteen hundred years ago an agi-
fnu, .. ,,..!.., Ia n prnfia until he
tied doc- .. .
Now for the capitalist nations that
haye been seeking to blot Russia out
of existence one of the first acts
in Great Britain and France, after
war assumed serious proportions, was
to let down on the work of education,
In the United States, during the years
from 1915 to 1918, when the cost of
living came near to doubling, teachers'
salaries, according to an estimate re
eerily published by the United States
10 per cent. With this increase, thoir
commissioner of education, rose about
average salary was 680.04, making
their average monthly salary about
$53.
These figures lead to some inter-rest-ng
reflections ou the relative re
wards given to teachers and to thoso
employed in certain other lines of
activity. The railroad wage, commis
sion, in its recommendations for wa;;c
bore. It wis a stop descent the trail
continually doubling upon itself in
such a jnay that one had to travel five
miles for two. On this the snow was
deep but the trail had been broken
by a company of prospectors who had
proceeded him. He felt slightly tired
and not a little hungry for he had
eaten no lunch and he had not stopped
to calculate how much farther it
would be to the next town. He sat
down by the side of the trail on a
fallen log and used about twenty minut
es to note what he had seen in -a little
book which he kept in his pocket for
that 'purpose. It was while engaged
in this work that he noticed a
crackling of dry twigs nnd a swaying
of brush and then to his surprise right
in the trail not more than a hundred
and fifty feet from him stood a,
magnificaut bul elk. It was ' tho
first elk he had ever seen. He sat
motionless noting its every movement
until it left the trail and dissaporared
into tho woods. Forgetting that he was
hungry and far from the nearest hu
man habitation he now left the trail
and followed the monarch of the wild,
wishing that he was the possessor of
a camera and under his breath telling
the auburned haired girl who was
nearly two thousand miles away all
that he might learn about the habits
of this noble beast.
He noticed that tho elk made its
way against the wind and at the same
i. . ;,, -in unmeasured mi
m.n.ltv filled with grandeur and time down the ."lope. It was evident
-v - .
beuly. '
At every turn of the trail lie nei
es of the service, suggested wages of
loss than $700 per year for only two
clashes of employes "messengers an I
attendants" and "section men."
New York city, where teachers snlarios
are comparatively high, the elementary
school teachers receive practically tho
f-amc wages as butchers, chauffeurs,
clerks, waiters, etc.; few of whom re
quire anything like the period of pre
paration for thier work that is dem
anded of teachers.
A recent report shows that in the ter
ritory centering about Cleveland and
Chicago, head bakers receive $363 more
per year than teachers; blacksmiths
receive $890 more, and machinist
$1,138 more. ?!qual discrepancies ap
pear if tho salaries of teachers are
compared with the incomes received
by those who are engaged in other
professions. Insofar as a financial
return can serve as a deterrent or as a
stimulus to enter a profession, the
United States is doing everything
possible to discourage young men and
women of ability from entering the
teaching profession.
Spceiul provisions for expectant
mothers t Maternity insurance t Child
ren's palacest They exist here only
opposing war. Roger Baldwin has suf
fered the prison cell for refusing to ,n most rudimentary form.
coviei miasm rowarus tnose
bea conscript. Who are the criminabt
Is it the men and women who today
lie wretched behind the grntcd door
for thoir conscience' sakot or is it
the law makers, and the prosecutors,
and the judges, who declare. such mon
as Debs and Baldwin to bo felons?
Who brand such women as Kate
O'Hnre nnd Rose Pastor Stokes as
criminals?
Ts not a government thnt commits
such acts a criminal govcrnmentt Is
not every government official respon
sible for such acts a eriminnlt
who
produce children. Capitalist America
rowards those who produce wealth. In
tho long years that are ahead in the
estimation of the future which system
will stand highest the one that pro
duced steel rails and textiles, or the
ono that produced ment
Two views of life are contending
for supremacy in the world one
places the emphasis on profit; tho
other on service. In one view it is
property that is sacred, in tho other
it is humanity.
Never yet have men drawn blood
Not Jesus, but Pilate was tho real fm stones.
"The Mediumship of Farmer Riley".
By S1)NEV FLOWER, LL. D.
has a large number of correspondence forces that arc making for a chatge in
This is a book of eixty lanre magazine pages, in which
is related in detail the observations of the author during a
two weeks' stay at the home of the medium, Jamos Wesley
Riley, better known ns "Fanner Riley," near Muircollus, Mich
If you have ever asked youreslf the question, '-'Does man live
beyond the gravel" a perusal of this book may perhaps assist
you in the formulation of an intelligent answer. The book is
is interesting as a romance. In his investigations Mr. Flower
nguny odliercs to a program which absolutely precludes all
possibility of physical agewcy in the production of the man
ifestations.
8ent, post paid, for COc.
TOM CLIFFORD. Publisher.
V 3617 Fulton Road, Cleveland, O.
with things of which he had read in
books. Some of these he recognized
at sight and they helped his mind to
understand others of which the books
had not spoken. Literally he roamed
thru the pages of the book of eternity,
i. book not written by men but traced
by the fingers of Truth upon the stra
tified rocks of thc earth's crust. It was
as if Pluto in his restless moments
had raised these strata from the deep,
in order that men might see and
read the wondrous story of this earth's
1 l-n.1n4-rl
yre-uuman ages, wueu yMjiuuiv .
Cieaveu uir mi ami v...v - -v
crawled in steaming swamps.
lie walked as in a trance, forgot
tink everything for the time being
but the wonders which obtruded them
selves upon his sight. Occasionally
he wished that George and Herman,
Collins and Rudolph could be with him,
be thought that they would bo as
enraptured as he. In this he was mis
taken. This was the home of his spirit
not theirs. These mountains, crags,
rocks, ridges, ledges, ravines, woods,
and all they contained were food to
the soul of" the naturalist; they wero
merely interesting to his friends whose
souls" fed on social problems and
phenomena. Even as the social pheno
mena which he had observed had in
terested him but they had never called
him in a wav that these natural phe
nomena called him.
It had snowed the night before he
had left AInllon and in. thoso windless
mountains the snow piles itself up on
every twig and branch to a consider
able height causes all nature to appear
like sculptured down. The mountains
and woods were clothed in an almost
ethcral beauty giving to the boy's mind
asthetic as well as scientific food. No
wonder then that after he was a milo
on his wav he forgot the minors at
Mullen the stories of strikes and bull
uens of gunmen and hired thugs, of
the lewd viciousness of bar keepers
and thc dwellers of tho redlight. These
belonged to a strange world as far us
he was concerned. Industrial life was
In bim bii al'.cn world. He could mako
himself at home in it when necessary.
In a wav that a Chinaman mav feel
at home in America; but given the
opportunity the Chinaman will go
back to China and the Americans goes
back to America and the spirit of
back to America and the spirit of
i'oming thrill when he buried himself
in thc vastness of the Couer D 'Alain.
Ho was thc natural, it would be bet
ter to say the nature loving instead
of thc industrial type.
Thc warm winds from the Pacific
ocean came up the valley and slowly
but steadly melted the snows. It was
as if monstrous invisible hands slowly
but steadly rolled back thc vast white
blanket from the depths of the canyon
up the mountainside. Slowly but
steadily the stately evergreens sh.d
their silvery down and stod out iu
vondrous beauty against their alabast
er environment. Here and there on the
mountain side hung great white banks
of fog like titanic gnosis endeavoring
to embrace the mountains. Tho skv
was over cast with the soft grov film
of clouds thru which the sun occas
ionally shot a beam of golden light
Illumining these great ramparts of
nature which divide tho continent,
geographically ns well as climatically
Tho trail over which he passed ran
along the liver sometimes very near
it and then again up over ridgea which
took him a couple of hours to climb.
hvcT and anon he would pass n des
ertcd cabin near which would bo
found a tunnel or shaft more or less
caved in and dilapidated. Thoso
wore monuments to the lost hopes of
tho prospectors; that raco of mining
plonoors who spend thoir all in delving
after ovory little mineral trace in the
hopo of finding a mine which will
lift them out of the ranks of common
men nnd enthrono them in tho scats
of tho mighty. On several occassions
he turned from bis trnil and wnndored
Into those tunnels not in tho hopo of
finding .what tho prospectors might
nave over looaod in trio wav ot minor
uls; but rather to find out in what
particular ' formation these mon
hoped to discover mines. In what nart
icular rocks men so persistently sought
thoir fortunes and lost thoir substanco.
While on this strnil for the tirao beini?
he lost all idea of seeking a job or
getting an education in school. He was
in school now and Naturo, the master
of masters, was teaching him some of
his most wonderful secrets.
At six thirty in tho morning he had
started and now it was late in the
afternoon upon a long mountain slope
Ho was lit roust six thousand feet
above the vnllov as he stood on tho
crmt of thc ridgo of the Inst back J
ly anxious to got out of the deep snow
and into the open timber. It did not
go very fast as it had to wade woll
up to its knees and Jack plunged thru
the soft saow almost un to his hijs.
Oc.eassionally tho big bull would stop,
sniff the air as if it scented danger.
It would even double on its tracks and
walk back up the slope a distance of
a hundred feet or more and then
resume its downward course. Jack was
in hopes that this beast would join a
herd somewhere in the woods below
but when he reach the snowline and
he open wocds there was no way of
tracking the elk and what was more
night overtook him. It now occurred
to him that he had lost the trail even
if Le should climb the mountain again
ho was not sure -that he could find
it as ho would not he able to follow
his own track in thc dark. He realized
that he was lost. There was nothing
to do but camp for the night.
He found a place between two fal
len trees which he could cover over
with bark and make himself a hut. He
broke off a lot of fur boughs and
arranged them in thc form of a bod
under this bark shed. He now gathered
a pile of wood and bark in front of
his rudoly constructed shelter whoso
side walls were fallen logs and started
a fire of bark and pitchwood and
settled down for the night. He was
quite oblivious of the fact that he
had had no material supper and that
he was not likoly to have breakfast
the next morning. By tho light of the
fire he wrote in his note book an im
aginary letter to thegirl infej
Dakota. It was for him an unusual
offort and he composed it slowly and
methodically in a way that he would
not have written to her if ho had
considered this to be a real letter.
''My Dear Miss Anderson", he
began, "we have only met twice,
you don't even know my nnmo and I
only know your father's name. So
you see it is not really proper for me
to write to you or for you to write
to me. Be that ns it may if you were
in my position tonight you would
want to write to some one and natur
ally you would write to tho one of
whom you thought most frequently.
Vou would doubtlessly write just whit
yon would fool and if we always did
that we would always write wonder
ful letters. We often feel wonderful
things but we don't writo them and
we don't say them because we believo
wo are the only ones who feel such
emotions. And because we think wo
are alone in out feelings it is so
bard to become acquainted with each
other. So in this letter which you will
never see I'm going to throw off tho
brakes and let 'or slide.
First I must tell you where I am
and how I came to lie here (no I'm
not in prison) 1 am lost. Not lost in
the religious sense I hope altho I'm
near a fire of my own kindling. I am
lost in the woods. It sonndp romantic.
docs it notf How did it happent I
s-hall tell you. I have been at work in
S-lic mines for a while and decided to
go back tj tho little cabin by tho lake
aad spend tho rest of the wintor with
my friends. With this in mind I un
dertook a sixty mile journey on foot.
It is a wonderful walk thru a wonder
ful land. Evei since morning my mind
has drunk from a perpetual fountain
of wonders which I shall not stop to
describe for I have noither time, light,
or material with which to write a
book Besides no words of mine could
do justice to tho undefilod work of
nature. I could only wish that you
wore with me and could have soen
what I havo seen then I know you
would feci as I feel us I lie upon
this b"d of fir boughs between two
fallen trees covered over with a roof
of cedar bark an1 by a pitch wocd
ffro.
How did I get lost? It is very sim
plo I was sitting on a log writing
down Biniething about a peculiar ledgo
of rock when a big oik crossed tho
trail just ahead of me. Of course I
was curious where ho was going nn-T
wiiat he would do, so I followed him.
1 noticed that he was going against
tho niwd. I Bupposo that ennles him
to doctect his eneminos and, I a'so
noticed that ho stopped sovoral times
nnd looked back He may have booa
awnro that something followed him.
It also may be duo to his wild in
si n et of self preservation These an
imals know their enemies and tho
ways of their .enemies. I followed him
until darVnc's overtook mo and so
hero I am.
0 yes, I 'II find my way out. This
Mtcr will not e found amongst my
bones. I know that I am on the weKt
ids of thn mountains and I also know
that ovory rivulet flows Into a crcok
and every crook flows into a river and
(Continued on page 4.)

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