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Hr 2 GOODWIN' S WEEKLY.
m town rod and have something to talk about for u L week or a month laten It is not alluring for a H young American to think of joining a machine ft and being tied up for three or four months in a Br roadstead like that of "Vera Cruz, never going HP' ashore, never having eVen a fist fight, or the regu- H lation grog. a Bfe There is no incentive to call at some port and F have the people ask what .country they represent B and when they tell them to be asked if the United Hl States has any more ships save the one they H cume H Our country will have to be known as a sea H power before there will be much anxioty to en- H list in the navy. B The army is better, for in the army some men B have risen from the ranks and won for them- B solves great names. Kf Where there is rib high incentive behind Amer- B leans, they will not seek the confinement of a life H on a ship of war. B They would rather go fishing off the Grand B Banks in a smack. X In the same way the president's plan to enlist B' volunteers to learn the elementary lessons of B army life, will never succeed. Most men are bust- H ness men and the question they ask is: "What's H the use?" It was asked in England year after year, H and when a real war came there was no fair pro- H portion of her people who knew anything of the H requirements and duties of soldiers, while in H Germany every able-bodied man had gone through H at least a year's training. Now it seems that H our people have not as a rule had the best train- H ing, and there are not, by thousands, men H enough to train the volunteers that would flock B to the standard were a war to come. H Why not make it compulsory for all young men B -o have a year's training, say between 18 and F 10 years of age? The boys would be glad to H accept it. g In three years those who accepted would look H down upon those who evaded it. B The effect on the young men would in a single v year make every parent wish to have his or her B sons trained that way. flj But there is a divided authority between the fl states and the central government as to how this B might bo brought about. It is not a difficult mat- B ter Just lek congress undertake to bear half the B expense of these state camps of instruction and B supply the instructors from regular army officers, B fr an army is the exact opposite of the free insti- B tutions of a republic. It is imperial in all its B metliods, and in war it must all be under the B central government. B The course should include the annual man- B euvers where the young men would gain an idea H of how vast bodies of men finally become a raa- B chine to act as an offensive or defensive force. Bl With this done in five years the world would B know that the United States could, on call, muster H some millions of trained soldiers and then our H peace would be certain. Br The Anticipated Western Rush IN a New York paper is a heading as follows: "Less Touring in Europe, 'but increased facili- H ties for reaching nearby islands and the many H playgrounds of the south, where to spend a warm weather vacation at golf, fishing or hunt- ing." H That is good, but the shortest day and longest L night of the year are passed; in a brief few jH. weeks the sun will be coming back in force, H the 'birds Will be singing again, the trees will be BIBl putting on their summer garniture; people will BBBn sin to weary of the south and want a change. BsBBIIIBKL- They cannot 'go to Europe this coming year, MKJBBHBBBkt least not for pleasure; why should they not ftBBHn0 west? E2BBB!xflHBHMy h&ve read as a legend that the waves RBtifHHHHfetly on our west coast; that geraniums bloom in the open air the year round as far north as Astoria, Ore.; they have seen the quotation "where rolls the Oregon," and not finding such a river on the map, have concluded that Oregon must bo a rolling prairie; they have heard of Shasta and Ilcod and St. Ilellens and Ranier, but have put it aside as something of no con cern to people who have seen Jura and Mont. . Blanc. They have heard that there are to be expo sitions in San Francisco and San Diego, and in asmuch as the president has expressed a deter mination to visit those places, who knows but it would be a good thing to visit them in this warring year in Europe? A good many thousands of them will come this way and will learn with surprise that from here it is only a day's ride to the wonders of Yellowstone park, but a day and a half to the Grand canyon. On the way here they will learn some mar velous facts about Utah, of her great lake, of her wonderful canyons, of her mines, of her valleys, of her sunlight, of all the glories that are clus tered within her boundaries. And a good many will stop off and will remain just so long as the facilities for showing them around and feeding them are reasonably good. Salt Lake can take care of them, but outside of the city how are things? There is good bathing at the Hot springs, but nothing else. How are the summer houses in the canyons? There is one at Pine Crest, one above Ogden, and some at Brighton. Are any preparations be ing made elsewhere? How about the road to the Grand canyon and the resting places along that road? There are many idle men here would fain be employ ed. Can not a struggle be made to employ them in a way that, would be sure to bring a return in the spring and summer? Men grow tired of bestowing charity and self respecting men deplore accepting it; but they gladly accept work. Cannot work be provided that will be a blessing to him who gives as well as to those who receive? John Muir IT was queer that John Muir should have died of pneumonia. He must have changed his hab its of late and been sleeping in a comfortable house, and it was too severe a shock for him. It is but five or six winters ago that he was met at the southern end of the pass in Alaska and was asked if he had at last been caught by the gold fever. He answered: "Oh, no; but it has been told me that a new species of fir tree grows beyond the pass and I am going to see if that is true," and in the high Sierra, he saw by the indi cations that a great storm was on the march and would be in full force around the spot he was on in an hour or two. He had long desired to watch the full phenomenon of a Sierra storm in all its majesty and in his mind to measure its tremendous forces, so he at once left his cabin, went out where the tempest would have an unobstructed sweep, and climbed a tree to the height of forty feet and there took up his watch. He remained there for hours and when he re turned to the cabin his clothing was soaked through and his teeth chattering, but he was radiant and exultant over the experience he had enjoyed. When camped alone in a hut in that winter he spent in Yosemite valley, a fall of three feet of snow came one night. He arose in the morning and beat and breasted his way to a waterfall two miles distant just to see if he would not find his waterfall bird still at her post. And she was there, as though Bhe expected him, to extend the courtesies of her habitation to him. The idea of such a man dying in a comfort able .home is uncanny. To us who only knew John Muir, by the rec ords he engraved on the rocks, the lofty heights, the trees, the valleys, everywhere in the wild, he takes on thought a colossal intellectual stat ure. He was a child of nature and the love he gave his wild mother exalted him. He loved to get in the wake of a glacier and tell of all the changes it had made in its long journey, and how nature had covered its trail I With verdure and flowers. ' He roamed weaponless through the wildest and most inaccessible retreats of the mountains, but no wild beast over disturbed him. His theory was that the fiercest of them were friendly when they found a man who wished them no harm and was not afraid, and they were in accord with him. Had he been chained to civilization one of two things would have happened. He would either have beaten his life out in longing for the unattainable, or would have broken out into song that would have been higher and clearer and sweeter than was ever seen before. His pen pic tures of nature are all prose poems. His simple narratives are framed in words that are an enchantment to read. It is said he was a finished scholar, but the truth is they did him little good after he had learned to read and write. It was from his post graduate course in the hills that he drew his wisdom, or rather we should say, that placed his mind in full accord with all that was grand and high in nature and gave him the inspiration to tell what he saw in a diction beyond the com pass of any school to teach. It was from such a soul as his that the sav age's idea of a heaven that would be a never ending hunting ground was evolved. His death is a great loss. California should give him burial in Yosemite valley, near a great rock and near a waterfall near which the birds make their nests and 'beside which the flowers bloom, for if spirits come back to visit the world at times, as some believe, there is where his spirit will come and it is not hard to believe that if one goes there and listens intently they will hear on the breeze something like the rustle of brooding wings. Aaron Keyser FOR forty years he was a familiar figure in this j city. He was the type of business man who J always succeeds. His mind was absolutely prac tical. He had no more imagination than a propo sition in algebra. He reasoned straight from g ' v.ause to effect. If two and two made four, then fl three times two could not be either five or seven, w it must be exactly six. So he uegan his work. , f It could not help but succeed, as it did he ex panded with it. It required help to carry on his problems, so he left the work to other hands, but stood at the helm himself, and thus, while h opening new fields of industry, he gave those I whom his unerring judgment endorsed, a chance, I and thus in a hundred fields he was a providence II to others, so he worked and planned all his life; 1 1 from little he amassed a great fortune and in A. doing that enabled many others to lay the foun- X, dations of fortunes for themselves. Xli In the meantime he became a pillar of strength lij to the community and in many directions his i. work is recognized as a bulwark to the business H' of the state. His death was like his life. With jfifj) constant running the machinery of his physical self M i ran down and stopped, when the work was fin- w I ished. Life's day was done, and he fell asleep. M" Were all men like him, there would be no need ' of courts or laws. Industry would be the rule, exact justice the balance sheet, and'Aiere would K