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The Passing of "Faithful
The thousands who will visit Estes
park in the_ Colorado "Rockies next
summer will' not see "Faithful Scotch."
For "this famous collie of \u25a0 a fa
mous master has gone where. the good
dogs go. •. \ \. '\u25a0' . '..'-,
Scotch's master — or rather the friend
and companion whom he worshiped —
is En os A. Mills, knpwn. in» this coun
try, and abroad as the guide to . Long's
peak, nature' student and enthusiast,
government lecturer on forest preser
vation and author of "Wild "Life on the
Rockies"— of which" one of the chapters
not ieast,intorestlng. is devoted to the
doings of. "Faithful Scotch." ' •
'Mountain climbers come from ' all
over the world to ascend Long's peak,
a 'picturesque; mountain of over 14,000
feet, Just this side of the Continental
divide. Mr. Mills has been the guide
of this mountain for more 'than .20
years and out of the . situation have
grown the little rustic hotel- and log
cabins of Long's Peak inn, where go
the^ climbers, to begin the ascent.
Of this little : rustic inn Scotch was
no less the host than hlsrmaster. He
welcomed' the # ' corning and sped the
parting guest. Ho escorted the climb
ers to the trail up t the peak. He re
ceived the returning, fishermen. He
kept" the burros on the other side of
the brook., -He stood between the
coyotes*and the inhabitants of the
chicken yard.- He played football with
the guests after dinner. \u25a0\u25a0'<\u25a0\u25a0
No matter how dogmatically the "in
stinct" school of scientists may assert
that animals do not reason, Scotch had
a "mind of his own and used it— as
any one could see who had two eyes.
A catalogue of his exploits would fill
a book.
For examplo, when Scotch was but
2 years old a pack of coyotes made his
life miserable. He, went 15 miles and
brought back another collie. , That
afternoon the two dogs played as neat
a game on the coyotes as ever was seen
and taught them their lesson, for all
time. That, night the visiting collie
returned home.
a strapping young woman,
accustomed to mountain climbing, in
sisted upon' ascending Long's peak
alone. Guide Mills assented, but sent
Scotch with hbr. The young woman
got to the summit safely, lingered too
long and got caught In the darkness
and a storm.
When she went wrong on the down
ward trail, Scotch, who knew overy
Inch of the peak, did his best to get
Iter buck. Hut the woman wan obsti
nate. Scotch stayed with her on the
mountain, ! kept her ' warm and saved
her life. She was rescued at daylight,
slightly frostbitten, but otherwise all
right. When the rescuers ' arrived
Scotch gave a yawp of disgust and
dashed off home for some breakfast.
Once Scotch misunderstood his orders
m<i unflinchingly faced death in carry
ing them out — as lie understood them.
The San Francisco Call.
His master sent him back on a wilder
ness trail .in winter to find a lost
mitten.' Twenty-four hours later in
the bitter cold his anxious master, after
12 hours of desperate climbing, found
Scotch lying on the mitten. lie thought
he had been told to. guard the mitten,
not to- bring It back! ,
The manner of the passing of Scotch
is at once a pang and a consolation.
Death by accident is always cruel be
cause seemingly needless. But lie died
in doing what he thought was his dyty.
The sin of sins In a forest country
is to leave fire, and the first duty of
the man who finds lire in the forest is
to put it out. Scotch knew this as
well as any one — many an incipient fire
he had put. out with his feet and many
an alarm had lie given.
This Bprlng Scotch paid a visit to
the road menders, and, as fate would
havq'it, he arrived just at the moment
when tlie men hud taken shelter from
a dynamite hlant. . His vigilant oye
detected the smoke of the burning fuse.
He barked the alarm and dashed to the
He arrived just as the blast ex
ploded. He was struck on the head
and chest. Death was lnatautaiu-ouu.—
Our Dumb. Animals.
One on the Teacher
Teacher (to dull boy In mathematics):
You should bo ashamed of yourself.
Why,, at your age George Washington
was ft surveyor.
Pupil: " Yes, sir j and at your age ho
was president of the United States,
—Ladies' Home Jounr.il.
A Nation's Wealth
A nation's wealth consists not of its
rich cities, its Jinn buildings, its large
forests, its mines, its exports, its army,
its navy, nor even of its finances. The
real wealth of a nation consists of the
people who compose it and of those
who aid in that nation's support. The
citizens of a country, are, the nation's
most valuable assets..
| The diameter of a nation and of its
government depends -entirely Upon the
people of the country. General Grant
once said, "The stability of this, gov
ernment and the unity of this nation
depend solely on the cordial support and
the. earnest loyalty of the people." The
people are the nation. They who up-_
hold the government, who do their. duty'
to their country and themselves are
the "sovereigns of the nation.
If the citizens aro corrupt the gov
ernment will bo corrupt. The corrupt
ibility of. the nation . depends entirely
on the people. The morals of the citi
zens determine the decency of the, gov
ernment. Men who seek office for what
they can get out of It 'are " not good
citizens. Political "bosses," immoral
politicians ... susceptible .to temptation
and. citizens' who take no interest in
the government do not constitute the
wealth of a nation. Instead they aid
in a country's derogation.
Since the days of early Greece, graft
ing,, has been, the scourge; of ail gov
ernments. Today it is even more evi
dent than it was a thousand years ago.
Grafting leads to the downfall of a
nation's citizens and of its govern
ment. It Is the forerunner of ruin and
degeneration. a good government la
made by citizens who have the welfare
of the nation at heart, who do not week
office for pecuniary gnin and who are
proof against the wiles of political
"bosses" and the temptations of yellow
Bold, the scourge of mankind. These
citizens are a nation's greatest wealth.
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