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RED LAKE NEWS
A newspaper devoted to the interests
of the Red Lake Chippewa Indians.
MONTHLY, SEPTEMBER 1 TO JULY 15
Subscription 75c a year
Entered as second class matter Septem
ber 1, 1912, at the postoffice at Red Lake,
Minn., under the act of March 3, 1879.
Address all communications to
RED LAKE NEWS, Red Lake, Minn.
DOUBLE STANDARD OF PATRIOTISM
Dur.ng the war men proved themselves willing
ani eager to submerge their private interests in
behalf of the nation's welfare, but with peace de
clared the old soif-interests are quick to assert
themselves at any cost.
This weakness is not monopolized by any one
individual but is characteristic of our social point
of view. Our patriotism of war is high, noble and
self-sacrificing, but our patriotism of peace falls
far short of this high standard. Is war, then, neces
sary to bring out the heroism of human nature
and does peace mean an irremediable sinking to
mediocrity and self-interest? If this is true, it is
a pity beyond compare.
War may have more dramatic heroism than peace
and offer more thrilling opportunities to snatch
victory from the jaws of death, but peace demands
a patriotism more exacting and sustained than war.
But as a society we have not been sufficiently
"trained to see the" fields of heroism lying all about
us in the business of the every day.
We aro quick to recognize the difference be-
tween George Washington and Benedict Arnold
in times of war, but are we so responsive to the
ways cf right and wrong in civic life? Men who*
were supremely loyal during the war do not hesitate
to profiteer in peace upon the people's needs and
men of unquestioned fidelity in the crisis do not
hesitato to make the proverbial "barrel" more
eloquent in their behalf during a political campaign
than the appeal to their moral and civic character.
And yet the heroism of peace is always so close
at hand that we are prone to overlook it. Every
street car making its way through the crowded
thoroughfare, every railroad train rushing into the
night, every home where the mother sacrifices con
stantly for the child, every pick or shovel, axe or
scythe wielded in the sweat and ache of the com
mon day, gives witness to a human courage that is
incessant and that never fails.
Peace demands the capacity for honor and loy
alty to supreme aims even as does war. This is
the ideal to which we must rise, if democracy is
to be worthy of a great future. The great question
is not whether there is peace or war, but what do
we do with our peace or war. And the high patriot
ism of peace must be taught and cherished, if vic
tory is to bear its perfect fruit.
On the evening of Fpbrn3T-y--Sthv-SuperhYtewtlent
Hall in an address to the students assembled in
chapel, drew attention to the necessity of cultivating
strength in the formation of proper habits. It was
a splendid, practical talk, and was as follows:
Every one of you students who have reached
the age where you can think rightly have a well
defined idea that you would like to attain success,
honor, influence. In fact, all young people have
this idea. But practically 90 out of every 100 fail
because they lack the backbone to overcome diffi
culties, the hard things which present themselves
on the way. And why is it a fact that so many
dodge the difficult things as they come up? Because
it is the easy way.
Judging by my own experience when I was a
schoolboy, the first thing that occurred to me in
the morning was a intricate problem in mathe
matics, science or translation, which I found diffi
cult to handle, or some knotty question concerning
my work. In order to solve the problem or master
the lesson it would take a couple of hours or
more, while it would take but a few minutes to get
my parents or a teacher to help me out. To yield
to the latter method was mighty easy to resist
and do the work myself was hard. It follows that
the surrender to obstacles and hard work is the
general rule and successful resistance the excep
tion. However, here and there you find boys and
girls who do overcome obstacles, and who keep it
up in nearly everything that presents itself to them
and who triumph over difficulties. In these students
we recognize masters, those who acquire the con
quering habit, and we find this class of students
rejoicing in their strength, which comes from re
Habitually mastering difficulties places a student
on a sure road to overcome all obstacles in what
ever vocation he engages, and the large majority
of fellows who weakly yield when difficulties arise
are the very material on which the conquering man
builds. There are two ways to deal with hard
things: One is to give up, yield to that lazy feel
ing give up mathematics on account of the study
being hard pass your lessons up generally, and
give up a fight which would have placed you at the
top because it took too much effort. Follow this
line of surrender for a year or so and wliere are
Just examine #our backbone, test your mind,
your moral strength, your conscience also. See
how your whole capacity for achievement has been
weakened until you are incapable, probably forever,
like the great mass of lunk heads that you see
It appears to me that a boy or girl with any
sense at all will first try the other way, which
is to tackle the difficulties as they come and be
their master instead of their servant. Master the
problems or knotty questions in your school work
and realize the joy of victorysee how strong you
will be for the next day's work. Master those hard
things faithfully until it becomes a habit. Then see
how strong your mind has become, how you jump
ahead in your work, how you grow to be a master
instead of a nonentity. Try this habit of honest
effort commence right now this obstacle-conquering
habit, and if it fails you then go back to the weak
method of surrendering to difficulties and take
your place with the great mass of people who ac
cepted defeat for being helpless, as this helpless
habit begins early and it grows. It commences
by dodging responsibility, with a desire to unload
your work onto someone else by never doing a thing
that is not required of you. Never broaden your
mind by study or proper reading, but just drift
along. In time you will wonder why other boys
or girls are getting to the front whire you are in
Your mind may have become so stunted through
laziness, and lack of ambition, and inability to think
right, that you lay all the blame for your failures
on your teacher, your department, your school, for
you -will not have enough discernment to know
that it is absolutely all in yourself and you alone.
So, students, cultivate strength, determination
rather than weakness, and in time take your places
"Th^lnlTcblnpahy of the strong men and womenthe
world's helpers of today.
Miss L. Olive White was absent from her duties
for a few days on account of a case of the small-
The introduction of peyote into
this reservation and its use within
the reservation is forbidden by law
under penalty of imprisonment for
not less than 30 days. A reward of
$5.00 will be paid to the party or
parties furnishing information lead
ing to the conviction of any violator
of the above law.
L. P. ECKSTRUM
Plumbing, Steam and
Hot Water Heating
320 Beltrami Ave. Bemidji, Minn.
pox. She was determined to have folks believe
it was just chickenpox and to prove it to the doctor
she presented him with a nice chicken feather.
Several changes have been made at the agency
hospital: Cordelia Needham succeeds Isabelle Beau
lieu Josephine Lawrence, Gertrude Head Charles
Jourdain, Frank Mason.
Supt. Cross made a business trip to Bemidji
and also to St. Paul during the month.
The Cross Lake Indians have been doing quite
a bit of hauling while the ice is good.
The Cross Lake logging camp crews finished their
hauling for the winter and have left.
Mr. Hawley, our chief clerk, left for Casper,
Wyo., the 22nd of March. We all wish him the
best of success in his new position.
The Little Rock Farmers club has been hauling
hay for Charles Ward, Guy Stand, Simon Spears,
John Prentice, Charles Mason, Bazil Maxwell, Joe
Boxer, and Keniew Sumner. They have also been
helping Peter Pierre and Bazil Maxwell haul manure
to their fields. The club has also hauled lumber
for As-sin-e-wuh-beak and helped Bah-be-dway-we-
dung clear land for a new field.
Omar. Gravelle recently made a business trip
John G. Morrison, Jr., returned a few days ago
from Washington, D. C, where he has been on
Nathan J. Head returned from Washington, D. C,
where he has been for a few weeks on Red Lake
Dr. L. L. Elliott and mother spent a day visiting
relatives and friends here. Doctor is now located
at Warroad, Minn., and has a good practice. Their
many friends wish them success.
Mrs. Wm. Hertage returned from the logging
camp where she spent the past month with Mr.
Work will start on the bridge at the outlet as
soon as the ice goes out of the lake. Road work
will start about the middle of April.
William Isham, who has been forest ranger for
the past three years, has accepted a transfer to a
similar position at Nett Lake, Minn.
Curtis A. Smith, who has held the position of
farmer at the farm station, has resigned and in
tends to start farming on his wife's attentive allot
ment in the Northwest Angle, near Goodridge, Minn.
Louis Gurneau and Solomon Blue are the only
families living near the farm station at present.
Alex Gurneau, Sr. and Mr..Goddard have been
busy working on the "Chippewa" boat.
Mr. Barker and Miss Chimzar made an agreement
one night to play a game of tennis at 6:30 the
next morning. The next morning dawned dark and
drizzly and a heavy rain was falling at the ap
pointed time. Both of the contracting parties
claimed that they were on the spot at 6:30 but
neither was seen by anyone, so we will have to
go on guessing whether or not they were there.