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HUPP^gji^lll. |U,iipffi II
f LIFE N?(
To the Development of the. City
and County Declares a
|v. National Expert.
Orosvenor Dawe, of Washington.
D. C.. who was hero aiding In the
campaign the week ended for the lo-,
cal board of trade foj*-membership, |
addressed the canvassers and otherB!
as follows at a public meeting:
I caine to this city at the Invlta-1
tlon of Mr. Dudderar. whom I have
known more or less for about three;
years, whose work In Washington.
Pa,, I was somewhat In touch with j
and who ha? also l>een somewhat in;
touch with the work I have attempted
to do as a good servant of my
day. At this Invitation, which
reached me on Tuesday In Wnshlngton,
I Immediately telegraphed him
that I would be hern. He regretted
that I could not get here until 10 i
and therefore would not he able to;
go to the high school. You can't!
keep me out of high school, so I
telegraphed I would be here on No.
3, which would have gotten here at
12:40 last night. 1 sat up and sat
up and sat up, and got here at 2:40
this morning, stilt sitting up. I hud
not a very refreshing journel. hut I
got here on that sitting up tralh, because
I intended to go to the hign
school. 1 visited your high school
of four hundred and fifty young people;
and then I went with the captain
this afternoon to the Linden avenue
school, and I want to tell you
that of all things 1 bumped into in
Clarksburg, and all tliingH that I
might ever expect to como In touch
with In Clarksburg, that Linden ave- 1
nue school will longest stay in my'
memory. When Rurope Is at war,
Clarksburg is In a state of Htrlct neu-,
trallty. I Just took down a list of
the different nations represented in
the Linden avenue school, where mil |
were singing "America;" Rnglish.1
ueruiu.ii, r rencn, iiauan, Austrian.
Irish, Russian, Slavs. Spanish, Tungarlans,
Poles Welch, Assyrians.
Dutch, Jews. Can you boat it?
Linden School IVnised.
I passed through Clarksburg and
stayed here about two hours two
* years ago. I admit that I got at that
time rather an unfavorable impression
of the town. It looked to mo
as It had outgrown itself. It looked
to tne as though you had been thrown
together hit or miss. My memory for
places Is so keen ?if I tell you I
have been In ninety places since last
June, and tell you that I can close J
my eyes and detail the whole lay-out i
of each of those towns, you will understand
how glad I am that I came
back to Clarksburg to get the Im- 1
presslon of 1016 instead of the im- '
presston or Your high school
was not here thpn but you now havej
the finest little school equipment in 1
the form of a high school that I have
seen in a town of this size in a long
time. It is great! Two hundred j
Hk and twenty-five thousand dollars ox|m
pended in order that your youngsters
BflL may be brought up thoughtful and 1
9) educated participants in the affairs
of the next generation. Then in
going to Linden avenue school, and
also seeing the records of other
schools that have been put up in
Clarksburg, and discovering that in
two years this little town, a town of
'only a few thousand people, (or
course leaving Glen Elk independ-.
ently out) has expended one half a
million dollars on education in two
years. It is superb!
Then I went around the town nnd
discovered the various paving ven-'
tures on which you have expended
money, and the efforts you are malting
to keep up with the astounding
growth of Clarksburg, and 1 want
to tell you that you are doing won-,
dere. Between 1890 and l!il9j
Clarksburg increased over five liun-1
dred per cent In population, that's)
, in twenty years, between 1890 and I
"1910 you increased five hundred per
. cent In your population, and you
have not let it get very far ahead of
1, you?you have kopt up with it in
your Bchools. you are going to keep ,1
up with it still more. You are going
'.to do something yet. I believe, to
- nave Elk creek from being a despic-1
able open sewer ail summer long.'
But you have done splendid, under a j
peculiar strain with yhich this town ,
' has ben developed, and I am glar' lj
came back.
When I was here two years ago;
you had worked out that perfectly!
feasible idea of taking a piece of
land and selling lots, and out of the
Tesult of the lots provided for factory
sites?a perfectly feasible idea
*?you had done the selling of the
lots, you had the factor}" sites, but
you had nothing on them two years
ago. I come back In two years and
you have that regton rapidly developed.
You have three or more factories
out there and you have built more
.wisely than you knew, for you pro.Tided
other means for Clarksburg,
which is hedged in among these
hills. You have orovided another
outlet for your strength, and I should
judge, if I draw out the idea, that
In the near future you are going to
work out a plan for a greater Clarksburg.
for you can't continue comfortably
under the present method!
of four or five differnt governments j
under the same area?you are suf-1
fetfng. I should say. from too many
wovernments, too many differences
of opinions as to whether this should
Fjy . bo done or this should not be done.
&' I go down thes treet and in a little
. while I am out of Clarksburg, still
I am in the midst of the fine real-,
dences. I go In an r direction;
and In a few minuuI am out of.
Clarksburg. In this board of trade)
L Si -you will do well to appoint a com- j
mtttee from each of these suburbs
to see tbat if around the table you
fc; -> . could not come to some peaceable so-;
lution of a subject that creates ill.
, .> feelings, but does not need to create'
jEv -..Ill feelings, if you mean well. It
Be. , would be a great thing for Clarksburg,
to be represented of the enltre
f; i population. These are just some remarks
relative to your town that I
F,a , am very glad to mention because, as
I say, my Impression was unfavorable
H| two years ago. My impression today
Bfc , has been very. very favorable.
pL- ft, Now let me emphasize to you a
condition, a national condition that
g&W-la not different rrom that to which
Efcffi&ftfou yourseLves liave been subject,
SVsad I can best do it perhaps by refer
p tirade
! I
ring to that groat man of Wont Vlr-;
glnia, who was burled yesterday,
Henry Gassaway Davis, whom I know
and whom I heard apeak in Morgantown
soroo tliroe or four yeara ago,!
as you know very aged, ninetythroe.
Henry OaBsaway Davis wan
born in liultlmore in 1823. The Dai-'
11 more and Ohio railroad was begun
in 1828. See, It is not nearly a cen-v,
tury yet, only eighty-eight yeara since
the Baltimore and Ohio railroad was
begun. Henry Gassaway Davis was
there us a child to see the ceremony.
Thnt was in 1 828. He spoke of It,
as n little one he could still remember
tho noise and parade, and
Charles Carroll, the last signer of
the Declaration of Independence; the
IaRt to survive all of that wonderful
body of men who dared, as Hancock
did, to write his name large enough
so that King George could read it
Without glasses. Carroll was allv*
in 18 28. Henry Gassaway Davis,
buried yesterday, was there to se>the
ceremony. What did It mean?
it means that two human lives cover
tho entire history of the development
of the most wonderful nation that
the world has ever seen grown tip under
democratic government. Ail this
in?I?jirilP(l in I WO IIVPS. TWO IIVPS
covered the whole history of It, the
doubts, the fears, the discouragements
through which Washington
and all those men went. From that,
time the thirst of our restless people
began. First, out 1o the Ohio; then
farther west nnd finally by we
were on the Pacific coast; In '75 wo
had completed a railroad line across
the whole continent, carving fortyeight
states out of a continent where
we started with only thirteen. More
people now within forty miles of
l'lttshuip than were In the whole;
United States In 1776; four times as,
many people within twenty miles of
New York City as there wore In the
whole nation in 1776. Thirty mil- j
lions of strangers have poured in'
here since 1 820. The marvel of It Is
that thrown together In this way as
we have been that have neverthe-1
less held In the main, true to the
Idea that the men had In 1776, namely.
that the human being as far as
possible, should he luft free to do as
he chooses so long as he does not
Interfere with the rights of other
people. When you realize that Henry
Gassaway Davis In Just his lifetime
had seen more than the whole
history of railroading nnd that ho
had come up to a place where we j
can look over this nation and realize
that It is one of a hundred million of J
beings. Now then Just what
Clarksburg has been doing, other .
[dace* and other states have been j
tlolng, trying to keep up with the
erowth, the rapid developments, try
ng to hold organizations together in 1
the face of streaniB of people coming 1
In; trying determinedly to hold up '
the American ideal, and the fact that 1
we are able tonight to look back over 1
a hundred and forty years In which, 1
notwithstanding the rapid growth In
[ rense, we have still held together <
is an organized system and with the I
mine spirit. <
When I went to the Linden avenue i
ichool this afternoon. I want to tell <
ou thnt iny heart just loved those 1
rhildren. To think that fifteen na- I
HunalltleB?not the "67" varieties <
(we are outside of Pittsburg)?fif- <
e'en groups of children, whose par- i |
?nts have not yet such a high vnlua- 1
Ion of"education as we have. Now, |
ivhen we look upon this school system
of yours, and 1 urge every man
tiere to know more of the school system
of Clarksburg?when you look
it these teachers giving their very
lives, dally expending their forces in
order that those little ones, notwithstanding
their names?Slavs, Hungarians,
Pole3, Russians, anything
you choose to name?your teachers
tire giving their lives, their hearts
and their souls to make them Amori
can. I ask you to applaud Linden
11 venue school! (Applause). That's
been going on in1 all the states. 1
was ir\ New Jersey some few years
n^ro, and I tell you thut seventy-five
per cent of all the children In the
schools of New Jersey are foreign,
and yet sing "My Country 'TIb of
Thee." and they sing It from the
henrt. It is not their country*?'t Is
going to be their country. "Land
Where Our Fathers Died;" the land
where theli fathers died Is 3,000
tulles away from here, but they
learn to say the thing that makes us
as one.
And 1, In Clarksburg tonight, just
here today and gone tomorrow, if I
leuve no other Impression behind. It
Is to stir you men up and ever keep
in mind the tremendous attention to
your school problems "in the town.
In order that these little ones may
be Americans of America, and that
none of you nor your children despise
those foreign countries.?they are the
Americans of the next generation, and
according to the way you teach litem
now, so is tho destiny of Antericun
thirty years from now to be determined.
Last summer I was in seventy towns !
of Pennsylvania, in one of them, Monesscn.
a town you have heard of, seventeen
years old, 1 met a GermanDutchman
on a rented farm in West
Newton. He had raised eighteen children
and they were all alive and with
the exception of one of thorn, all of
them are men and women out in the
world earning an honest living. In
the Bamo town 1 came across an American
family of the third generation,
and the mother was puny and there
were two puny children, that's all.
Ix>ok ahead twenty years and see
which of those families will rule? The
Germans will rule. Now, Isn't it Important,
therefore, that in the educational
advantages that are given to
the young strangerR that come to this
country you should so thoroughly Imbue
them with tho American ideas of
Independence that when they do some
lo power they will dream of nothing
else but America. Where will the
two hp when the eighteen get into
power? ] regret that some of our
families do die out this way. It is not
the fault of God: nor the fault of nature.
It Is their fault.
Good I've of Advantages.
Now, good friends, speaking of snch
things as these, and then coming
around to Clarksburg again you must
bear in mind that anv community that
does not make good use of its advantages
is going to lose to a ocramun
' '< '
r ' * '
ity that has Icbb advantages but, never-'
thelcss, handles then) vigorously. To
prove to you what 1 meat), let me,
draw your attention to a town?
Hrownsvllle, Pa. Brownsville, Pa., a
hundred years ago was greater than
Pittsburg. Will you believe it? it was,
i crossing point and highway for going
to the West, and tens of thousands of
human beings went across the river
to the Golden West at this point, and
iirownsville is still Brownsville, a
little town, and it is going to die still
moro than it has r!ready died, because
It and Couuellsvillc and the towns
that are in the grip of the Connellsvllle
Industry are all going to die unless
they take counsel to themselves. What1
is Connellsvllle? Everybody say*i
I'okc. What is coke? Coal that is
burned through a ceyain process to
Irlve out certain elements, which are
used for smelting iron. In driving outi
jf tho Connellsvllle district these "boo
hives" are 011 every hand and the air
is vitiated In every direction with gas,
smoke and chemicals that come out
jf them. Not a shred of anything
growing green near these "bee hives."
This wastefulness of one of God's
greatest resources must stop, aud it
is going to stop, because tlio byproduct
coke oven is coming to take Its
place, and unlesB the men of Connellsvillc
district get together, fifteen years
from now, thirty years from now. tholr
children are going to perish, unless wo
make sure that these natural resources
do not leave the region. Applied tn j
Clarksburg; 1 am not going into any
local trouble, but this is the heart of
one tremendous, God-given resource,
and you hnvo got tb take common
counsol together to sec if by any
means you can make so great a market
here for that resourco that It can
not be piped away and lost to the district
forcver.,Xow you see that In talking
to you as 1 am Instead of dealing
with little matters, such as are you
going to join the board of trade, 1 am
smiting at the very life of Clarksburg.
I have nothing to do with your
local I rouble, but 1 do say that n resource
found here had betler be used
here to Its full value rather than have
It go away and never get It back. The
same thing holds in relation to you
that holds in relation to the Connellsvillc
district. You have got to take a
broad minded view of the entire situation.
You hhve got to make hay
while the sun shines. You have got
to plan all sorts of things in order that
a native resource may do its uttermost
for you. It is the Hame argument
that 1 have used In the southern
Btates, the same argument that one
could use down there, up to a few
years ago, In relation to cotton. It
is the same argument in relation lo
Birmingham, Ala., whore coal and pig
Iron is exported from Birmingham,
millions of tons of pig Iron in tho
crude state, and nt Chattanooga, Tenn..
thoy will take the pig Iron, rework it
into bath tubs and sell it back to
And West Virginia, blessed as it is;
with wonderful resources.?the Cog
state I believe It is called?is blessed
with wonderful resources. The business
of this board of trade and commercial
body is not merely to booBt.
Nay, don't boost. The business of
you men is to stop and think where
does our business come from? What
is the foundation under it? Is that
foundation sound and Is it going to
endure? Is there any way whereby
we cun make that foundation stronger
and more enduring? What is the
strategy we must work out to hold
our own In competition with other
towns of the same resources and advantages?
That in the business of you
men, and it is a pocketboot argument.
In Glen Elk the wholesalers don't expect
miracles, hut If they know that
down there in such and such a county
Is such and such a population that
ran come right in here comfortably;
that that population is good for so
much output and no more, if they stop
end say. "How can we increase our
output" then they have to say there is
only one way. Make West Virginia
more populous; make West Virginia
better developed, interest oursefVcs in
ot Monday,
A big demons
Giving Foot Devi
onstration a Schc
trouble you, if the
be absolutely no <
e(l to pumlia.se an
A complete o
manently at this s
Scholl's Oomfoi*t <
iight aches and pains, m
n. / nrmfort crivirwr S
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Q^g, Dr. Seboll's 1
Free demonstratit
I0N5 21 and 22?
Correct Shoe Fitfc
We are men
every step to increase industry. Why,'
if Clarksburg Itself were to grow, if
by any moans theso native resources
around here could be used more fully
and overy additional wheel means u
man to look after it. why right here in
Clarksburg is an opportunity for us
to develop. Thence, Glen Elk's men,
A# # ItAtv* ? '"-**** 'I
tui ij-unvc in iiivjii, /caLciua^ oifiiicu
the membership In the board of trade.
It is good sense, so that 1 see this
matter of a board of trade or a commercial
organization In a locality is
all a matter of good, hard judgment..
It is not a matter of getting or giving
a job. 1 have known organizers that
were lit for nothing, therefore, they
wore not fit for that job. A board of
trade Is for community development,.
and having so looked upon it you all,
should tiy to get in touch with every,
move it makes In order that tho judgment
of an entire community may be
brought to bear in the building of a
Limit to litisiness.
You take any business in this town,
dry goods business, shoo business, etc.
No matter how much the shoe dealer
may display their wares there is a,
limit where they can supply Clarks- j
burg with shoes, there, is only just HOj
much trade to be disbursed among the;
Bhoc dealers In this town. You can-i
not dispose of a very greater number,
of shoes In this town than the people;
Itseir will call for. The only hope for
building permanently the general shoe
business In this town is to have more
feet In it, and that holds good in relation
to socks, garters and all the
appurtenances that goes with It. Now,
If the board of trade takes the trouble
upon itself and says to itself our business
is to try to make Clarksburg a
mOBt completely, effective and olllcIcnt
city we can make it, we arc going
to make a Greater Clarksburg. Every 1
one of you depend on a Greater Clarks-!
burg to reap your reward. I am telling
you that a board of trade Is every- j
body's business, it isn't a business to
bo carried?burden to be loaded on
just a few men. "Let George do It!" I
i\ay, ii you icc ucorgc ao u you arc
losing some of your own glory, ljet i
the directors do It? Nay, if you let the i
directors attend to it you arc robbing
yourself of the privilege of feeling that;
"I" helped.
A board of trade for a town situated I
like Clarksburg, hns got to be rcprc-l
sentative of the entire community and
the best men must give their best service
to the board of trade In order that
it shall do for Clarksburg the things,
that are needed and nothing else will
do. The best men must give their,
best time to it. because you find men
saying "I am too busy"; "1 atn too
busy lo look for members." They are
asked to be busy about the things that
keep them busy. Human beings keep
you busy. Therefore, any effort that,
you might make as a busy person to i
bring to Clarksburg groater efficiency,
you are by the very business on your
part creating more business. Any man
In any line of business who depends
on human demands in the city of
Clarksburg belongs to the hoard of
trade and should sign up for a mem-1
borshlp and you fellows that are;
searching the highways and byways1
of Clarksburg must not give up until
you have signed them all. They bo-.
Ions to you. .
Patriotism Essential.
I love America. I hnvo loved1
America eo much that I have not had j
time to attend to making money, but!
when I look out on thiB nation, made
up bo wonderfully and held, up to1
this point, so wonderfully, I feel that^
It Is a marvel of all the age, and yet
look around and you will find a whole
lot to find fault with, because there |
!b no Buch thing as perfect human
organization in a large way. I Bay'
1? it possible wonderful that this nation
held together up to now? Look
into a microscope and you see difficulties
and failures. My mind and.
heart work rather upon tho large
lines. I admire a forest, but I real-1
ly haven't the patience to take a microscope
and Qnd a bug on one leaf.
Now, some people are constituted the
other way, they love to And the little i
thing that Is wrong. If we .lift ourj
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i to Y
Tuesday and We
20, 2/ an
itration of the wonderful Dr. ?
ises. We will have at our store
ill foot specialist from New Yc
iy ache or tire easily, consult
charge and neither will you be
lything unless you care to.
rthopedic department has beer
tore where we carry this wo
living Foot Devices. Wiry si
bth corns and bunions, or foot t
? 1111 A ^ 1 * 1 A C
*:rion root especially 101* ever)'
cot Eascrs arc necessary for
>11 Monday, Tuesday and Wcdr
Livingstone Bros, anxi Clinton,
iters of the Clarksburg Board
heads above pettinesB in Clarksburg !
not go around trying to find fault. (
k..t U-1I-.? t J ?t.i t
wui u/iug IU uviiuvt* mt? guuu unrig.*! . r
about our neighbors; and then from t
Clarksburg look out on (his broader 1
thing, this wonderful thing, why,;t
then we aro going to be thrilled with j I
the thought that I am alive in a your t
so great ns this when the very!
strength of America is being tested !
and the work of over one hundred I
and forty years is being proved. If i
we take the broader view of the mat- s
ter it Is bound to re-act upon us \
right where we live, because bcliev- v
ing America we believe in the small- c
ei tiling that is contained in America, y
CLARKSBURG! Let's look at It S
here: We are plunging into some- n
thing that looks like war and no one t
knows how soon we may be plunged j C
into something that is a strain on g
our diplomacy, in relation to Europe, t
1 see In the papers that they are go- a
ing to open five recruiting places In c
West Virginia, and again we feel the o
summons to patriotism. Why, bless i t
your souls, if wo are going to find i 1
only patriotism as Is displayed in j p
wearing a uniform and shouldering ti
a musket, we have been sleeping on' h
patriotism fjor ono hundred and forty! /
years. I say to njy sons, "Boys, If it
this thing comes to the worst, you h
have as much right to go out and fight h
as any other boys, and you shall go n
with my blessing. If it is necessary, f
but you have no right to go out and h
fight Just one of the few in order v
that the men may stay at home and n
be comfortable and get rich." That a
is a mistake we make when we at- b
tach patriotism to merely fighting. I t
have thought that to fight and to die d
would bo easy, because I have red I
blood in me. I believe that it has y
been easy for men on both sides in t
ihe last four woekB to go out and t
die. because it lifts the little human a
creature out of the pettiness in which n
he lias lived and for the moment puts h
him among the Gods; but that is not y
patriotism only. If we have got to
say to our boys today, "Boys to be 8
patriotic you must volunteer to light a
(and then remember we have only <j
had throe tights since 1776). 1776 i
was a series of skirmishes; 1812 was j]
largely naval, and then the real strug- i
gle was the Civil war. The. Snanish j,
war needed courage to enter the de- a
tention camps. Then how are we to f
teach our children patriotism when d
we have not been obliged in fifty y
years to fight? We have each one of t<
us, right In Clarksburg, to realize j
that patriotism Is more than fight- v
ing. t
To live for thirty, forty or fifty i
'years in the United States and to do b
no evil; to keep ourselves clean from y
mean Intentions to our community, s
is to find ourselves looking for good j
In all and seeking It. That is patriot- j r
ism! (Applause). And there Is B
where without a war and without r
human hate comes the test of citizen- b
ship. It may be necessary, and If e
necessary. Oo<j bless every boy that l
dies to make a free nation remain a
free, but we have got to search out y
hearts and sav to them. "You have ?
got to serve America by living and ?
not dying." j]
Talk about loving America?1 t
don't know?I lovo America, yes, but
in the first place 1 have been all over s
America, but if I started today and
visited one city now and tomorrow
another, and visited one county peat r
in the United States each day It would c
take me ten years to get around the o
United States, and then when I re- a
member there are 60,000 poatofflces v
In the United States, It Is Impossible o
for any one Individual to know the c
United States, but It la possible for y
r-nch individual to know his own t
place. Now then, what Is the an- n
swer to patriotism? I love America, o
yes, I love the daring of the men f
that made It possible for millions to o
come here to be free. I love It. How v
do I love It? There Is only one way g
for mo to Bbow that I love It. It o
is to love my own flesh. This 1 know v
?thnt 1 don't. I regard It as a dream, p
n glorious dream of human liberty I
and possibilities, but I have never t
seen It. You have never seen it. You I
love America. You know the Scrip- s
tures, "11 you soy you love God and I
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JCH 19, 1916.
our F
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idnesday, SEHI
I d 22 WEA!
jcholl's Comfort
during this <Lem- J "E '
irk. If your feet
liim. Tliere will
asked or expe>ct- I
i established pernderful
line of
iffer with foot ANTE!
rouble. We have ' ?
foot ache or pain. fif
Foot Comfort. 1
leaday, March 20, I
309 W. Pike St. \
L of Trade.
?ate you brother, you say you love
loci whom you have never seen and
iato our brother whom you have seen j
here Is not love of God in your!
lenrt." If you say you love America ;
hat you have never seen, and don't j
rvi t?a *i.-i * I
me ? iiiriiMjiirc mm. you nave seen,
hen you don't love America.
Shown Locally.
Now, you are beginning to see what
think about patriotism. Patriotism
s locally shown. It may bo necesary
to fight, but if we love America
ve have got to show It right where
re live. And it is here in conuneriul
organization in the last fifteen
ears of the history of the United
States, the rapid development of comnorcial
organization?there Is three
o four thousand like this one in
Clarksburg?there we find the be;inning
of local patriotism, because
hese men in bettering . themselves
.bout Brownsville, or Connellsville.
ir Fairmont, or Wheeling, or any
ther place on the face of the earth,
hey say to us, "this is my place, I
ink myself with other fellows of this
dace. We love this place, we will1
uake ft something better than it has)
iron." ThuB we show that we aroi
tmericanj and love America, so thnt:
his campaign I hat the board of trade
3 making is a call for patriotism. It;
3 a call to service, to a place that is
learest to you: It is a call oh you to j
ove your neighbor, and the answer
as got to be given by you to these
arious groups In the next; few days,
nd according to the step you tako,
nd I expect there will be some hold ;
ack who could afford to come in,
lie choice is to go by In the next few
If you love it show it by
our acts, and those who make it
heir choice in the negative, no mater
how wealthy they may he, they
re mean, contemptible, non-patrlotlc
aembers of a community that has
argoly helped to make them rich and
.hat they are.
I want in closing to put It more .
trongly than I have. Clarksburg Is
religious town speaking largely. I
lon't mean that it is puritanical, but
moan that there Is a spirit of reiglon
In bhe town. Creeds? No,
am not talking about creeds. There
s a spirit of religion 'In this town, i
nd many of you are trying to answer i
or yourselves, "Isn't there something i
ivine in me?" And you seek it and;
ou llnd it and you kno>v of no bet-1
er way of expressing it than you have j
oined the church. But the town Is i
eliglous, there is no question about i
hat. Then let mo talk religiously. |
have said to boys in high school,
iccause I suppose in the last two1
ears I have spoken to 200,000 high
choo! students in the United States,
remember saying to a bunch of boys
ecently, in a business school in Richnond,
Va., "Boys if you learn to
everence yourself you can do no
mrm to any one. because If you rovrenve
this that God has made, you
mmedintely see that all the fellows
round you were mode by God and
ou must reverence them." Aftercards
two boys came up to me and
xpressed thanks because 1 had
lelped them to see a way through
he difficult question.
Now good friends look at it yourelf,
each of you.
Just a Jjittle Voice.
I am here, conscious of reasons for
overenclng myself. I am; therefore,
onsclous of reasons for reverencing
verybody else that I moot. They are
a divine as I am. I am Just a little
chile here; I am alive, speak, think
,nd act. A few years back when I
an't remember anything; a-few.
eura lurwaru aua x caa i see aayhlng,
but here I am, alive, feeling,
.cting. I look and see that,I am
ne of a great stream that back beore
history Is recorded was made up
f creatures such as I. and I look forward
and I believe that when I am
one creatures such as I will carry
>n the affairs and the destiny of the
rorld for generations probably and
ossibly without end. Then what am
? I am just a little voice, heard beween
two wonderful silences. Beore
I was?silence; after I am gone,
Hence. What then am I to do with
hat little space? Am I to look bkek
' I " I
"eet! |
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i i
over this wonderful stream of humanity
through the ages and And in it
no challenge to me? Am I to look
upon all the struggle that I may be
free In mind and soul, and see that
only I can follow my own desires all
the days of my life and damn the consequences?
Am I to find nothing to
stir me up to bigness? When I realize
that this thing of which I am a
part is itself gloriously big, and as
I look upon the day in which I live
and find that its reason for existence
Is that those back there, each in their
day, did their little bit in order that
this great stream might make power
and volume, then that's why I am
here. I am here to take the things
that have been accumulated by this
wonderful thing, & human being, and
when my voice iB alive and my powers
are with me I have got to add to
that stream or I have been ho good."
Take this little creek that goes
through here; gets into the Monongahela
river, out into the Ohio, then
goes into the Mississippi, and then
down into the Gulf of Mexico. Of
what Is it made? It is made of all
the little tributaries and streams that
come from these hills. These little
streams are the contributing force
that make it. and so it is with this
wonderful, glorious thing, the homan
stream. Names? What do they
count for? Is It necessary to know
the names of the men that died In
the Revolutionary war? .Not at all.
We Inherit their works. Is It necessary
one hundred years from now that
we know the greatest men In Clarksburg?
The thing that settles the value
of each of us is whether in that little
moment between the silences we
strive the best we know how. In
feebleness perhaps, and In some cases
to our utter disappointment, to roako
some little contribution to the stream
of humanity, so that we have until it
loses Itself in the ocean and carries
with It the thing that we have done.
That's the thought above all that
1 want to leave with you good friends
of Clarksburg tonight. You answer
that point?you answer that question
yourself. "What am I doing to prove
my debt to those who have lived before
me? What can I do In order
that those who come after me shall
be more blessed because . I have
lived?" If you will answer that one
thought to yourself, the board of
trade, the school, proper services of
the community Industries and business
earnestness?all these things
will come to you because your eyes
will be open to see that every bit of
work that Is undertaken in sincerity,
and honesty, and that has no dlshpnorable
purpose, is a part of the
contribution to that constantly swelling
glory of the human family, and
you in Clarksburg can be lifted up
into a realm that makes you conscious
of being of some influence as
a part of that great stream of humanity.
?Half an hour after getting a divorce
from Frank Boyd on the
grounds of desertion, Mrs. Boyd was
married to Sam Cooley.
CORAM. Calif., March 18.? *
CFJvery man in Coram, Shasta *"
county, will hold a city office. *
after the coming municipal *
election in April, unless some +
> of the women can bo induced to +
accept office. ' +
1 Coram, once a populous min- +
1 lng camp, is now tho smallest *
' Incorporated city in the state, +
with a population of twenty- *
four, of whom nine are men. +
' There are eight offices to fill,
and C. W- Barker, at present a +
' city trustee, and also justice +
of tho peace,- will not seelc re- +
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