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The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, November 24, 1916, Image 2

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2. ; Selak That thy way may be known uPob Earth, thy
among a,
nations. Lett the people praise Thee, O God; let
Then shall the Earth yield her increase; and God,
even urr own
the Earth shall fear him.
From the 67th Psalm.
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ThisHoyt Precious
Giftr- " "
N AN qvcnlng of thin week It occurred
to a man, sitting nlono In un upper
room, that Thanksgiving duy was
right tit bund. So ho bestirred his
mind to consider those things for
which un Amorlcnn might sensibly
offer un gratitude to God.
lie reflected that across tho Atlantic inllllonH
of human beings wero at thnt very moment en
gaged in tho drendful tnsk of killing other human
beings with every Invention which Ingenuity and
skill could bring forth from tho laboratories of
science and the workshops of Industry.
In other lands nt that very moment tens of
thousands upon tens of thousands of helpless
folk feeble, aged men and women, mothers with
babes clinging convulsively to their breasts, little
children sobbing In terror, n vast army of tho In
nocent nnd tho anguished wero enduring tho ex
tremities of exposure, of hunger, and of despair
ns thejf (led from their wasted farmsteads and
burning vlHuges, escaping from tho pltltess cruelty
of savage men only to Ho down to Buffer and die
under tho pitiless skies of God In tho winter and
tho bitter storms.
At that very moment moat drendful war hid
Jmlf tho world In the blackness of Its darkness
and from that horrid cloud rained destruction
upon unhappy Europe upon her ancient capitals,
upon her pleasant cities, upon her villages, her
Holds, her temples, her treasures of art,' upon all
tho accumulations of a thousand yenrs of genius,
of learning, of Industry, of skill nnd of patient
advancement of tho happiness and tho civilization
of tho race of man,
So ho that considered nil this wickedness that
was being done under tho buh, thlH drunken dnnco
pt death nnd hell above the fetid corpses nnd tho
multitudinous graves, this awful nightmare of In
describable woo and wrath, snld In tho bitterness
at his heart that no God ruled over bucIi n mnnlnc
world and thero was no thanksgiving duo to tho
Giver of Gifts thnt were not good, but overyono
Altogether ovlt.
And when tho man had mndo nn end of his
thinking, Us went and stood In a window nnd
looked out upon the evening, because It was fair
to see. t
Ho how In vision nt thnt Instant tho vnstness
Df tho republic nnd tho multltuda of tho good and
linppy folk who llvo under tho shelter of Its
strength. He reflected how brief a tlnio had thus
magnified tho works of our pioneer fathers and
our pioneer mothers, those brnvo and stmplo men
nnd women whose names should never bo men
tioned with nuythlng but profound gratitude.
And to this American, glad with n great prldo
In tho deeds of his people and tho story of his
country, and grateful to the Goodness which has
giddcd and Bbcltcred his fathers and his folk,
lifted up his eyes to the night, to tho quiet stars,
to the brooding Immensity above, nnd said In his
"Thank God that I mri an American t"
And, citizens, thnt Is tho ono outstanding,
splendid fact for which ench one of us should
Soberly und most gratefully thank God on Thanks
giving day this year.
Tho finest thing you possess or ever can pos
sess Is Just your American citizenship. It la
neither noccusary nor becoming, on this clay or
loo any other day. to cheapen this birthright of
ours by brag or spioadeaglo declamation.
nut It Is highly becoming on this Thanksgiving
May to feel a deep grutltudo nnd a mailly pride
in this herl'nge.
And mi we llnnly believe you do feel.
. Wo ull hear It repeated that patriotism Is a
thing of tho past; that our peoplo have become
commercialized; that the masses have no deep
rooted loyalty to tho country; that our rich men
put dollars above tho obligations of their citizen
ship; thnt our poor folk euro ltttlo for tho Ideals
of free government; that wo Americans aro de
cadent In tho virtues nnd valor which marked
our fathers. .
Thnt Is not true.
If thero bo nny power In the world which plots
war against us Americans nnd promises Itself vic
tory over us on tho assumption of our dccndcnco
In loynlty, that power will find how terrible was
Its mistake when our country calls her sons to
bnttlo In her defense.
Wo have, It Is truo, In our capacity as a col
lective people, left undone things thnt should
havo been done nnd done things which should
hnvo been left undone ; and thero Is more truth
than there should ho In much that Is Jeerlngly
snld' by thoso who hato us.
Wo acknowledge that much of our politics of
fends common decency.
Wo see, hero nnd thero, painful ovldenco of cor
ruption among lawmakers and oven among tho
judges, who should know only justice nnd In
tegrity. Wo see rich men who do betray their country
and foul tbctr hands and soil their souls with
most Infamous dealings and most shameful
Vo "see Americans who do put the dollar abovo
every consideration of right and duty, abovo tho
claims of our common humanity.
But while these things aro true, It Is truo also
that tho heart and conscience of tho American
people, tnko them as a nation, are sound nnd
fnuo nnd wholesome.
Tho blood of our fnthcrs still runs In tho veins
The most responsible cducntlonnl
position In Pnnnmn Is held by Miss
Jessie Daniels, principal of Balboa
high school. All tho students of tho
graded schools, except that at Gatun,
come under her jurisdiction nnd she
hns proved herself to be n powerful
link connecting thoso serving under
the Isthmlnn government with all they
havo left nt home.
Miss Daniels is young for her re
sponsible position and una n prepos
sessing personality, ns well as execu
tive ability. She first went to Pana
ma to "visit a Bister who was married
to ono of tho zone officials nnd, feel
ing a desire to tench, sho took n posi
tion In the graded schools nt Ancon,
where sho tnught for n time before re
ceiving her promotion. Sho is n daugh
ter of Andrew Daniels of Cnnton, O.,
nnd wns born In the city made famous
as tho residence of the martyred pres
ident, William McKlnlcy. Sho received
her education In the high schools at Canton and tho Western Iteservo uni
versity, graduating with honors to spare.
The new building for the Balboa high school is not yet completed, duc
when it is it will compare favorably with any In tho States. Ik is being con
structed of cement, tho Bnmo ns was used In tho construction of the famous
locks nt Gntun and elsewherd along the Cnnnl nnd will cost more man $ajv,-
000. It Is of pure Spanish type, with n patio to bo filled with rare plants and
flowers, nnd into which everyone of tho classrooms win open, uniy ennuren
of American citizens are permitted to enjoy gratis tho educational benefits
of the school, but more than 200 students have enrolled in the new Institution.
deed seem to slumber lu the soft bed of long
enjoyed peace nnd security. But let wnr come
against the land nnd no man need doubt thnt that
spirit will spring up instantly nwnke.
We can rightfully be grateful thnt It hns fallen
to our happy lot to llvo In this most wonderful
of nil 'nges and to be citizens of this most wpn
derful of all the nations.
Let your hearts swell with Just pride as you
contcmplnto your country, so august, so splendid,
so renowned In tho earth.
Look upon your flag as It streams Its bright
folds yonder nbovo your heads with proud and
linppy eyes. Remember how honornble Is Its
story, and forget not how mnny thousands of
bravo and good men died thnt It might wnvo yon
der, the ensign of n free people.
Tell to your children the story of their fore
benrs, of those men nnd women who, nmld tho
wilderness and forests thnt stood where now
stand mighty cities nnd stretch cultivated farms,
erected, with hardships and endurance nnd most
heroic faith and valor, tho noble edifice of out
republlcnn liberties.
Spenk to them of Bunker Hill nnd Vnlley Forgo
nnd Saratoga nnd Yorktown, nnd of tho great
Declaration thnt most fnmous Charter of Hu
man Freedom.
Tell them to thnnk God for their fathers' and
mothers' hardihood nnd courage, for tho wars
they fought, for the victories they won.
Toll them to snTuto their flog with high and
proud hearts.
Toll them to thank God this Thanksgiving day
thin they are Amcrlcnns.
And then do you soberly, gratefully, proudly
thnnk God yourself that you uro on American,
Oh, dear and mighty motherland, whnt better
gift or moro to bo desired could Gqd glvo than to
bo born nnd to die, strong Dnughter of Liberty,
between thy shining feet I From the Chlcngo
Bcthmnnn-Hollweg, chancellor of
of tho German empire, Is n prodigious
worker. lie has vigorous health and
n tough, wiry body, and few men can
spend mor'c hours a dny at n desk. At
seven o'clock overy morning ho taKes
n rldo of an hour In the park. Then
follows the simple German breakfast,
and the long day's work begins Imme
diately after that.
But the day's work is with him a
rather Indefinite expression, according
to a writer In tho Century, for ho
often returns to It In the evening, and
is sometimes kept nt his desk till mid
night. He Is so absorbed In his work,
nnd has withal so little liking for
public functions and ceremonies, that
his critics have sometimes seized upon
this fact to blame him for being
something, of a recluse nnd showing
himself too seldom in public. In fnct,
the chnncollor hns never utilized the
spcctnculnr possibilities of his posi
tion to ndvertiso himself and thus strengthen his hold upon the people. Ho
never even goes to theaters and concerts now, but ho did nllow himself beforo
tho wnr tho occasional treat of a concert of good classical music.
At tho wnnrnl nrmv honflntinrtors In tho wist vhoro ho hns Rnnnt much
of his time since the wnr begnn, In order to keep in close personal contact
with the kaiser and the military authorities, his labors aro less arduous.
Thero ho hns time to visit the troops along the front. Such outings are no
less a pleasure to him than to the soldiers, with whom ho Is very popular.
of their sons. Tho spirit of tho nation may In
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In tho pursuit of Villa and his laudlts through
tho arid regions of northern Mexico tho United
States troops truvorsod a region whoso only vege
tation Ib the barbed and forbidding cactus. To
any but p. cowboy or a trained plainsman of tho
Southwest, inhabitants themselves of tho "cactus
belt," this plant seemingly hns nq tnord value than
tiio veriest weed, but it may well bo thnt it mny
prove of grout vnluo to tho troops In tho absence
of water, fodder, or even food for humnu beings.
In tho punhlvo expedition thero nro many cow
punchers of tho "cactus belt" serving ns scouts,
and in tho cowboy and tho Indtnn of the South
west tho Jowly cactus has its greatest admirer, for
they know what a game struggle for llfo this plant
hns to mnko against an uulavcd desert soli. Even
their ponies and cuttle nnd tho poor beasts of tho
desert know of these uses of tho enctus for wntcr
nnd fodder, snys tho Now York Herald.
There aro some thousnnd varieties of this mon
strous vegetable family, not co'uhitng tho 300 va
rieties of the ngavo, or century plant Incorrectly
Included by mnny in northern Mexico. Tho va
rieties of tho yucca pnlm and nil other forms of
vegetation known to tho arid region hnvo tho same
fuculty of sucking up from tho soil every drop of
tho all too little moisture In it nnd storing it up in
tficlr tough nnd leathery leaves nnd roots.
Of the mnny varieties perhaps tho most remark
able Is that member of tho family known to thoso
schooled In desert croft as tho "water barrel." This
plant is shaped somewhat like a beer keg nnd is
about tho same size. Through nil tho years of Its
growth it has been sopping up what moisture tho
famished enr(h contained and retaining it. It Is tho
nolo reliance of desert dwellers lu time of drought,
nnd tho troops, far from water holes and with wii'
ter Hcarco, may yet ho obliged to drink from It
The "water barrel" is tapped by slicing oft tho
top with n sword or machete nnd pounding the
pulp until tho water contained in it wells up into
tho snucor thus formed. The pulp Itself Is pure
and the water stored In It Is llkcwlso puro nnd re
freshing. Not nil tho water-bearing cacti aro ns gracious to
famishing man, howovcr, as tho "water barrel," for
most of them hnve protected themselves against
tho maraudings of thoso who would drink and llvo
by Imparting a bitter tasto to tho water they con
tain. Tho "poyote" especially, which abounds in
the plains and deserts of Arizona, has n trick of
discouraging depredations upon It, for Its plump
nnd Juicy pulp secretes n bitter and poisonous
, In the Inst dozen yenrs scientists hnvo Interested
themselves in tho study of the enctus for its possi
bilities ns food, fodder nnd economic by-products.
Dr. Leon E. Landone, foremost lu the study of this
desert plant, several years ago conductod extenslvo
experiments in Los Angeles to ascertain tho valuo
of tho thornless enctus ns an article of food for
human beings. In an effort to provo Ids conten
tion that It contains food properties suflldent to
enable n man to work 18 hours n day, ho nnd his
two secretaries for two weeks lived on a dnlly diet
of tho leaves and fruit of tho enctus, tho former
being served green or fried .and the latter either
raw or cooked. Whllo tho "cactus squad" sur
vived the experlenco nnd professerto havo en
Joyed their novel diet, it Is a fnct that tho cactus
never has attained the popularity of a filet mlgnon.
In the whole vegetable kingdom probnbly thero
Is not another plant family having so many dif
ferentiations of form as tho cacti, For It Is pos
sible to llnd among them species that crawl and
creep like vines, other than stand erect In a slnglo
unbending ntnlk, like u green living monument of
tho desert ; still others thnt nro rooted to tho spot,
with their highest growth close to tho ground nnd
bearing almost no rcsemblnnco to usual forms of
vegetation, and others, again, that branch out In
thick unblooinlpg branches.
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Having already lost a leg in tho
service of the allies, Lieut. Theodore
Mnrburg, Jr., of Baltimore, son of thof
former American minister to Belgium,
applied to tho state department for n
passport In order to return to his post
as an officer of tho Royal British avi-
ntiou corps. His application was re
jected on tho ground that ho bad for
feited his American citizenship.
Lieutenant Marburg has been in
this country since last April, when ho
returned to recuperate from his
wounds, which wero received whllo ho
wns flying over the German lines in
France. He wns accompanied to this
country by his bride, who wns Bar
oness Giselle do Vavarlo of Belgium.
Young Marburg, who Is twenty
two years of age, had met tho bar
oness shortly before tho outbreak of
the war, whllo his father was still
representing tho United States at the
court of King Albert. Tho young man
had been at tho front only a month when ho wns wounded. Ho was ordered
into active service on November 0, and on January, 1015, was assigned to tho
Itoynl British aviation corps. At the time wnr wns declnred he wns n student
nt Oxford university, England.
Renr Admiral Thomas B. Howard,
who retired recently, had held many
of the most Important posts of the
nnvy on both sen nnd lnnd.
Admiral Howard Is proud of tho
fnct that ho owes his naval career to
a compact ids father mndo with Grant
when tho two went to war in 1801. If
either failed to return from tho war,
tho survivor pledged himself to watch
over thoso left behind.
Captuln noward raised his com
pany, and was killed, with most of his
men, in n rail rot,.! accident on his way
to the front.
After tho war Grant Interested
himself in Howard's two sons. Ono
was sent to West Point. The other,
Thomas B., received nn appointment
to Annapolis. When ho graduated
Grant sent him n sum of money.
"Buy wliii'. you will," ho snld. 'Tvo
been a boy at graduation time and I
know how mnny things you'll need."
Ono of Admiral Ilownrd's most cherished possessions today is the sword
ho bought with Grant's money, nn npproprlate purchase for a military "grad."
In tho service, Howard lias been known ns n strict disciplinarian, bat ho
hns never fulled to win tho affections of his men in whatever post ho has
served. Whenever ho changed ship an avalnncho of requests flooded tho navy
dopnrtmcut from tho men who hnd como In personal contnet with tho admiral
und wished to follow him.

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