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SAFEGUARD THE HOME
NO TIME FOR STUDY. ALL READY li J- Ik I - GOOD CITjZENS ARE. THE BUL WARK OF THE NATION. EDUCATION AND PROTECTION Two Vital Things to Be Considered by THose Who Would See the Greatest Progress and Advancement. Whero Is found the greatest ad vancement and civilization there Is also found among the peoplo the high est type of fealty and love of home. The American homes are the most substantial pillars of the nation's greatness, and in American citizen ship 1b found the bulwark of our re publican government. Whero the home life is ideal, there Is found genuine patriotism which Is always commensurate with the en lightenment and the domestic happi ness of tho people. How important it is then that every safeguard be thrown about tho home, which is tho hotbed where are produced for devel opment all the strength that is neces sary for tho perpetuation of a govern ment and the maintenance of a na tion's greatness. The student who will study Into conditions of tho countries that are continually wrecked by Internal tur moil, such, as Russia and the Central American republics, will discover the homes are far from Ideal homes, and that there is an absence of the love of country that should bo found in tho hearts of its citizens. There is a duty that Involves upon all, and -which is due to the generations growing and to come, The duty is to surround the home with such environments as will make it attractive and develop in the growing youth the highest qualities of manhood and womanhood. Where the people are oppressed by monarchy and feudalism there is no incentive to develop the highest state of home life. In America where all are upon an equal plane and opportunities are open to every citizen,., and where the people are secure in their rights to homes, there is every reason why each one should make the greatest en deavor to found for himself and his progeny a residence place thatwjir be sure from "Intrusion and be an in centive to higher mental and social development. Education is all important and no other country in tho world offers to all such glorious advantages to re ( ceive'enlightenment as does, the Unit ed States. It is important that thev home be located near good schools. Good schools are generally found whore there are good homes and good towns. The quality of citizenship of a community can generally be gaged by the standard of its educational' insti tutions. It Is important to the home builder that the town wherein he is lo cated or which he may reside near, be a progressive place. And the bet ter that this town be, the better will be its educational facilities for tho youth. It is essential to the greatest good of a community that it be real ized by all residing within it that the more wealthy It can be mado, the greater will be its advantages both as to education and otherwise. By sup port to home institutions the home is made better in every way. Patriotic citizens will make it their first aim to be loyal to their own home interests and then their state and nation. One who is loyal to home is generally faithful in the performance of air the duties that good citizenship implies. Cigarettes and Conscience. The man who limits himself to cig arettes shows a smallness of mind. He seems, smitten with some hidden conscience that feels it is not right to smoke; but he smothers it, and with great bravado determines to be a devil of a dog, and take a cigarette. Grata. Living for the Children. Froebel's sentiment "Come, lot us live for our children" rests on a sound philosophic basis. To live for thom Is to call out the noblest impulses of parenthood. And we cannot live for them in the truset sense until we be come familiar with their needs. It is in tho endeavor to meet those needB in the largest way possible that we find our own characters richly recom pensed in strong and well-developed parenthood. We practically become what we are by what we have done or left undone, what we are wllllne or unwilling to do for our children. The principle is universal, and should find its extension and application among children at all times and in all places. Has not the church lost ground in falling to recognize the primary and fundamental place of the child in so- cloty? If so, it is obvious how that lost ground may be recovered. HomI letlc Review. A Mean Thrust. Belle George proposed to mo so beautifully. Noll That's what all the girls say Baltimore American. People Who Are Either Too Busy er Too Indolent for Self-Improvement. That person who takes no Interest in affairs of his fellow men, who falls to keep himself informed as to what Js transpiring around him, 1b far from bqlng olthor progressive or well-in-formed. Theso days "when papers "and magazines are so plentiful and so cheap, thero is little excuse for tho average person not keeping closely in touch with events, nnd particularly keeping enlightened as to what is transpiring that may affect his own individual Interests. One of the great beauties, and an extra6rdlnary privilege of our Amer ican form of gorerpment, is the right of ever citlaen to !take a part in pub lic affairs and particularly in gov ernmental transactions. How many follow .party leaders, porhaps -blindly, and too late find that they mado er rors through not having understood tho situation? How many who are negligent in the study of measures that are brought up for consideration both hy stato and national legislative bodies, and too late find that unwise laws were enacted that directly op pressed certain classes to the ad vantage of others? How many people are gathered In by alluring promises mado in the finely printed literature sent broadcast through tho country for the purpose of exploitation of fraudulent stock companies, Just through not keeping informed as to tho means and methods employed by schemers to entrap the unwary? It is conservatively estimated that each year more than $50,000,000, are taken from tho earnings of the people just through the operations of fraudulent mining, oil, insurance and like con- corns. It would be impossible for the promoters of Buch frauds to exist were the people careful readers of the newspapers and the magazines, the pages of which are filled with ac counts of the doings of "get-rlch. quick" schemes. These days there is every oppor tunity for self-improvement. Rural deliveries carry- papers to the most remote farms, and telephones connect the farmhouses in the average com munity. If the people were only to utilize the means so close at hand, and to take the time to read, and ex amine into such propositions as lnter- Nist them, there would. De less cause or complaint on the part of those who perchance get their "fingers blis tered." It is evident from the success that exploiters of schemes meet with, that the majority of people lack good business Judgment, or .that they are blinded -by some inherent, ganjdillngjde sire. It is always a safe'pian to avoid any Investment that offers more than legitimate returns on an investment, Any proposition that will pay even ten per sent, a year, and .where the principal is secured, can find all the capital that may be required, for its operation, without calling upon tho general public. It is only the uncer tain kind of investments, the ones that are a "gamble," such as mining, and the like, that are most prominent in the advertising columns of the pa pers. The basis on which the promot ers work, is the inclination- of tho peo plo to seek great rgturns for little money. It is the same sentiment that allows numerous establishments lo cated in different parts of the country to dispose of cheap goods at enormous profits through holding out to the peo plo the promise of extraordinary values. The well-informed man will avoid all kinds of investment schemes that are designedvto draw moneyfrom' the pockets of the people, and will also refuse to buy any "pigs in bags," it matters not whether the matter of barter be stocks and bonds or the nec essaries of life. Tough Luck. "Your wife has been ill a long time, hasn't she?" I should say so. Her doctor bill is bigger already than an undertaker's bill would have been." Cleveland Leader. His Dire, Threat. There was determination stamped on his brow. "Refused, eh!" he hissed, snapping his words like the explosions of a motor-cycle. "Then I shall turn on the gas." The beautiful girl swooned. When she recovered she found him sitting in an easy chair reading the sporting news. "Ah, you didn't turn on tho gas after all, did you?" she asked In trembling tones. "Yes I did," he replied coldly. "You you turned on the gas, Har old?" "Of course I did. How could I light It if I didn't turn It on?" And then she asked his forgiveness and accepted him on the spot. Where Babies Thrive. "There's not much danger of race suicide on tho East side, at any rato," said tho Now York slum worker who lives there. "Every time you look, out the window there's a brand now baby on some opposito balcony or fire es-iape." Mickey Finns Big Fire Cracker The explosion that wound up the Fourth of July Celebration on Cooney Island. Two mammoth firecrackers stood in the window of Casey's grocery. They were 12 inches long and proportion ately thick. For a month before tho Fourth of July these gigantic Indicators of en thusiasm had stood in the window liko British soldiers on dress parade, while a predatory spidor hung a filmy ham mock between them and calmly killed his buzzing victims over two powder mines. The firecrackers were the admira tion and the envy of all the boys in Cooney Island. It was seldom that a youthful noseiwasmot "flattened. against the window pane in ardent covetous ness. But the price demanded by Casey for the thunderers was prohibitive, so far as the boys were concerned, and there was not one of them patriotic or courageous enough to invest 25 cents in a single ecstatic explosion. Said Mickey Finn timidly one even ing when he had been sent by his mother to get a quarter of a pound of tea and half a pound of pork: "Mr. Casey, I suppose now, that whin wan o' thim big fellowB wint off it would blow the stars out of tho sky?" his mind filled with blissful thoughts of mighty explosions. Casey slopped measuring out a half pint of New Orleans molasses, raised a monitor finger, and replied: "Micky, my boy, I'd bo afeerd to tell you what would happen if I stood wan o thim big .fellows out on the felde walk and touched the stem wid the lighted end of a Ave cent ciga-ar. The noise would be terrible, terrible, my son. 'Twould make your head ring like an .anvil, and you would see sparks like fireflies. "Would it blow tho house down?" asked the boy in an awed whisper. "No, I don't think it would," said Casey. "It might shake the chimly down and break all the glass in tho In Ardent Covetousness. rlndys in small pieces, and there would be paper in the streets as would fill an lmpty barrel o' flour. Oh, but thim big fellows Is mighty power ful, Micky, mighty powerful. They Zt& . ViaSPM uso thom in China to kill murderers and robbers. They put wan o' thim big firecrackers bechuno tho teoth of a murderer and make him light the fuse wld-his own hand and blow his own hend off. Thim Chinese is mighty crool, Mickey, mighty crool." This vivid description Inflamed Mick ey's desire, which was Casey's motlvo in telling it, for the Incident occurred on tho ovo of tho Fourth, and Casey was afraid that the big firecrackers would be carried over tho national hol iday and remain a loss on his hands. In order to deopen the impression al ready mado upon tho boy Casey per mitted him to handlo one of the twins. Tho boy's eyes had widened to their, utmost capacity when ho was outsldo the window, but now that he could feel the red jacket his hands trembled with the eagerness of pos session and he would have given ten years of his lifo to own it. VTnke it along wld you, Mickey," said Casey, cajolingly. "Thim crack ors wero mado in Chow Chow, in China, for the. Cooney Island trade, and I want to get rid of thim I have on hand before I send another order to Wan Lung, the haythin." "But I have no money," said Mick ey sorrowfully. "My father is goln' to give me three bunches of little fire crackers and a piawheel, but I know he wouldn't buy wan o' thim big fire crackers for me." "Well," continued Casey, "you come down hore to-morrow mornln and. carry in a half ton ot coal for me and I'll give you the big cracker." The next morning Mickey was busy for two hours carrying chestnut coal In a nail keg and dumping it in Casey's collar. Just after noon, with a smile covered' wlth coal dust and a bosom full of chuckles, he received his prize. No grass grew undor his bare feet as he ran homeward, tho precious powder mino clasped to his bosom. Holding the big firecracker aloft as he darted through tho kitchen door, he exclaimed: "Mother, I have It! Ain't it a beauty?" "Well, I don't see anything about it to be makin a fuss over," said Mrs. Finn, who, like most mothers, had no love for fireworks. "Now, don't be brlngln' it nearor to me, as Mickey ran toward her. "I don't want to he blpwn into tho middle o' next week. Throw the dirty thing away! I'm afeered o' me life while you have it in your hands! Now, don't be goln' near the stove wid it! Arrah, ye little spalpeen, will ye take it off the stove? Take it off afore ye blow the roof off the house!" and the frightened woman ran into the bedroom nnd poered through tho keyhole. With tho Treckesgnegs. of boyhood, Mickey exclaimed,' as he lit a match and reduced his mother to hysterics by pretending to light the firecracker stem: "You needn't be afeered, mother. I'll nip it out nfore it goes off." In this si nipje fashion, the afternoon of the Fourth passed away in tho Finn household varied by the boy with oc casional visits to tho neighbors, whom he threw into a panic of fear by pre tending to light tho big explosive. Mrs. Murphy and her three children were gathered around the kitchen table when Mickey placed the lighted mammoth in the middle of the table. Two of the boys went head first through the window, while Mrs. Mur phy tried to crawl under tho kitchen stove. All this excitement affordod the boy a good deal of delight, but he re served for tho evening tho culmina tion of his joy. Ho lntonded to blow his father up as he sat in his chair on tho back stoop. Mickey, thought It would bo an In spiring sight to witness his father fly ing across the back yard and plow ing up the ground with his nose. In order that ho might have an audience appropriate to bo great an occasion, Mlckoy had spread tho nows among all the boys of tho neighborhood, and at nine o'clock 50 boys sat on tho fence surrounding the back yard. Mr. Flnu, tired of tho oxcltoment of the day, had fallen asloop in his rocking chair on tho back stoop, when Mickey lit tho stem of tho big craokor and placed it carofully under his fathor'a chair. The moon shono brightly, Illuminat ing tho grin on overy boyish face. Every ear was strained to catch the faint hissing of tho fuso and overy eye.' intent upon tho sleeping man. Tho fuso burnod itsolf out, and the silence and suspense was doepenlng. Had Fallen Asleep. A minute passed and anothor, ntll Mickey could stand the strain no long er. He reached down and lifted the firecracker from beneath tho chair. As ho held it up In tho moonlight to examine it, a mosquito lit upon his father's nose and tho old gentleman awoke. Grabbing the firecracker from his son's hand ho arose and holding It aloft, he said: "Boys, there will bo no explosion to-night, I'm sorry to disappoint you. I was afeered that Mickey might do some harrum wid that big cracker, so whla he wasn't lookln' this afternoon I took the powder out of it and filled it wld clay. So, you see that the show Is over, and ye may as well go home and go to bed. Thore'U be no more explosions only what I give Mickey wid a shingle afore I turn in. Good night to yo all. Come around some other night whin there is somethln' doin'." ' FOURTH OFtJULY DONTS. - . Don't allow the children to brnd over fireworks which will not "go off." They sometimes do it unexpectedly with unfortunate results to the little meddler. Don't neglect to send for a physi cian at onco in the case of a serious burn, to prevent a posslblo scar or worse still, blood poisoning, from ig norant or improper treatment of the wound. Don't forget to have some remedies for burns at hand. When the skin is not broken by a burn scrape a raw potato, place on a piece of soft linen and use as a poultice. Bicarbonate of soda tho ordinary baking soda Is ex cellent for burns whether the skin Is broken or not. If brokon apply the dry Boda, if unbroken dampen tho soda with wator to make a paste and apply to the spot. Tho pain will be Instant Iy relieved. 0 Don't loavo tho windows of a town house opon if it is to be left for tho day. Stray rockots a,nd sparks may find an entrance. Good Advice. Keep the wound open and send for tho doctor.