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/•etecT neADiN^^fi OUR FIRST NAVAL HERO. The first naval hero of the U. S.— now almost forgotten—was Jeremiah O'Brien, a Maine man, whose racial descent is indicated by his name. He commanded an American vessel in the first naval battle of the Revolu tion, which was fought near Machias, Maine, on June 12, 1775. Some little time before an English schooner, the Margranetto, was at Machias, and a number of the people of the town, led by Jeremiah O'Brien and Benjamin Poster, conspired to capture it. The attempt was successful, and, with O'Brien in command, tlu: .Margranetto made a voyage to the Bay of Fuudy. An English schooner and tender were sent out to look for the Margranetto, and, when O'Brien returned to Ma chias, he found them awaiting him. The first naval battle of the United States was fought then and there, and O'Brien and his men added the schooner and tender to their prizes. A SIGN OF A THOROUGHBRED. Nothing is so unmistakable a sign o£ good breeding as a quiet, self-pos sessed manner. The De Croy family of Belgium, one of the oldest and most distinguished of Europe, evidently "sets great store!' by this air of tranquil poise, as is the custom of the men of this family to present their brides with bracelets with the words, "Du Calme," set in diamonds on the gold circle, a perpetual reminder of what is expected and required of the women of the De Croys. This calm air is not for use only when life runs smoothly. The test of it is in the trying moments when events conspire to try the soul and test the courage. It was the distin guishing trait of the old French aris tocracy in the days of the reign of terror in tht French revolution. His tory has no more thrilling, inspiring chapter than that which depicts the gallant bearing of the nobles of France, men and women, in the pris ons and on the scaffolds. Perhaps, however, it is more a test of character and training to maintain this air of quiet poise in the smaller, daily contretemps of life, as when the maid drops the china, or the dressmaker fails to deliver the new gown in time for a party, or the street car goes without stopping for your signal. A smiling acceptance of the large or small troubles or annoyances of tffe is a sign of the thoroughbred. DEATH OF FATHER LA TOUR. (A Sad Actuality at the Battle of the Marne.) Here's a true and touching story From the verdant vales of France, Drenched in brave blood, reeking gory Since the German host's advance In that outhouse, near the village Wrecked by war's relentless hell, Hemmed all 'round in death and pill ago, Here, Oh France! your bravest fell! Captain Glover, in Death's embraces, Far from Kerry and loving care, Feebly scans those pitying faces With a hankering dying stare. Comrades brave, I fear I'm dying, Cold and feeble grows my frame, Nothing's gained by death defying, Bring a priest here in God's Name!" All were silent, well they knew it, Close the Kaiser's Army stood. And to get a chaplain through it From the chapel near the wood, Was a task so fraught with danger For the courier and the priest, That the bravest, boldest ranger Dared not venture in the least. At some distance from the speaker, In a blood-soaked cloak of France, Wounded too, and growing weaker All from death's approaching trance Lies a young and heroic creature, With the stamp of all that's best On each finely moulded feature, His identity all unguessed. Iio! the Frenchman turns to beckon Courage born of Faith sublime Aids his fleeting strength to reckon He'll reach Glover's side in time. "Brother in Christ, shall I absolve thee? For a priest of God am I, It was He saw fit to call me To your side before you die." The Atheist doctor of the hospice All unbending bars his way, "None of your superstitious service Can his pain or ache allay! Don't press forward to disaster. You can't help him in the least! Mindful now, or death comes faster!" Then spoke up the soldier priest: "Why, frail form of God-built plaster, Why lament o'er moments, brief As the moments of myT Master, When He pardoned the dying thief? That peace of soul the dying hail As dew to the drooping flower! What if my efforts do curtail My last remaining hour?" Just this reminder of God's truth— No further resistance was met, Up from the ashes of misspent youth A flicker of Faith creeps yet. Some few moments—all is over. Side by side and ha*d in hand, Heroic priest and gallant Glover Pass away to a fairer land. Such was the ending of Fatfcer La Tour, A mother's brave only born, Seldom the greatest ^heroes, I'm sure, Our medals and crosses adorn! We'll boast of our men refusing to yield. We'll sing of our martyred dead, Yet, the bravest man, on or off the field, i sWas he\ tfce iorrnr*f teqfcuj. FOR THE FAMILY. glEANiNGSj^i Wayside. "Z_0 No more will morning's bugle call To trenches damp and bare No more, the sprightly footstep fall In the chapel at Saint Hilaire No more at morning's mass adore The mystic bread and wine No more on bended knee implore At Mary's sacred shrine. For the noble soul was taken Up to heaven's broad expanse, Where no martial sound can wakes, Nor ye trumpeters of France Recall his soul to action. From that Fort beyond the stars, To resist some cruel faction In its greedy game of wars. -William S.NeUan. FOOD PIRATES IN DAYS OF THE REVOLUTION. In the Revolutionary War the rec ords show that butter sold in the market at from $2 to $3 a pound, flour at 1120 per hundred weight and green peas at from 20 to 25 shillings per half peck. Samuel Adams, one of the Massa chusetts delegates to Congress, was asked $100 for a hat and $300 for a pair of leather breeches, $125 for a pair of shoes and $1,600 for a suit of clothes. Penury and famine threatened the masses. Those who had food held on to it, refusing Co sell except at exorbi tant prices. Thousands of the well to-do stored their grains and other provisions, hiding them from the gaze of the general public. Benjamin Franklin's only daughter, Sarah, wife of Richard Bache, writes her husband May 25, 1779, as follows: "I should have begun by telling you that as soon as the bad news came from Virginia (the invasion by the British) they raised the prices of ev erything. Many families yesterday went without bread, not a bit to be bought. I hope the regulation will have a good effect, but cannot kelp feeling a little frightened about it." WHAT WOMEN EARN. "The minimum wage legislation is an attempt to make employers pay their employees more than they earn." This statement embodies a wide spread opinion that women workers in industry at present are paid what they earn, and that the purpose to fix a legai minimum wage is simply a measure to compel the employer to dig down into his charity fund and make a present to certain employees of a subsidy beyond what they are worth to him. That this common opinion, like many others of the same class, is without foundation in fact may be seen from the two following considerations: first that no minimum wage law in existence, or ever seri ously proposed, required any employ er to keep in his employ for a single hour any incompetent worker or any worker who is not worth the pre scribed minimum to him secondly, that secrecy and chaos have charac terized the wr.ge scales of women work ers: consequently that no standards have been observed in fixing women's wages, and the assertion that women are paid "what they earn" is a com bination of words without a ray of in* telligible meaning. If wage legislation undertook to compel an employer to hire or keep in his employ, at the rate of $8.50 a week, a woman, who was worth only $8.00 a week to his business, there would^ be legitimate ground for com plain. But no such compulsion is pro posed. It may very well be that there are women workers in some estab lishments, who will never be compe tent employees in that particular line Many women enter millinery shops, who have no native capacity for the work. Will the minimum wage law come along to the milliner and say to him: "You must pay these girls, who have no sense of color and who never will be able to build a hat. enough to pay for their room, board and cloth ing, a sum which investigation reveals to be in the neighborhood of $8.50 a week?" By no means. It says to him gently: "You must not keep mis-fits in this shop. Yonder sturdy lass, who is mystified by questions of form and color, and to whom you rightly grudge $2.75 a week, can quickly learn to operate a power sewing-machine in the garment factory across the way and will soon be receiving $2.75 day!" One of the best features of wage regulation is that it calls atten tion to the mis-fits in industry—and that is the first step towards system atic vocational direction, by which workers will find the jobs for which they are fitted, and employers will be rid of the burden of chronic incom petents. There Is a general impression that wages and earning are now correlat ed by some mysterious power, so that woman workers get substantially "what they are worth." All investiga tions reveal the fact that there are no standards whatever in the fixing of women's wages. In competing estab lishments in the same city, experi enced women employed in similar tasks, turning out the same daily amount and value of product, are found to be receiving widely varying rates of pay. This astonishing varia tion in the rates of women's wages has been commented on in every sec tion of the United States. The Uni ted States Bureau of Labor Statistics, in its Summary of the Report on the Conditions of Woman Wage Earners (1915), has this to say: "When it comes to the question of earnings, the lack of standardization seems to reach its height. In the main, the women were wholly unor ganized and seemed to have no idea in regard to wages beyond taking what they could get. The determin ing factor seemed not so much what their services were worth or what the industry could afford, as the Individ 418! i!f!k\ver'}5 attitstte. upon. llio mat ter. With some employers the lowest wages a woman or girl could be in duced to work for decided what she could get." The same general facts are noted by the New York State Factory In vestigating Commission (1915) as fol lows: "There are also great differences in wages for work that is apparently the same. Some firms pay consistent ly 25 per cent more than their rivals tor similar operations. For instance, in one wholesale candy factory no fe male packer receives as much as $5.50 a week, nor any hand dipper as much as $8.00. In another estab lishment of the same general type, the majority of women workers in such lines exceed these rates." The requirement that employers pay experienced adult women work ers as a minimum the cost of decent subsistence marks the introduction of reasonable standards into the hith erto chaotic realm of women's wage rates. The rule of thumb is to be su perseded by the rule of reason in de termining "what women earn." Rtv. E. V, O'Mara. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY. When Yankee Doodle came to town Long and long ago— The King's men laughed him up and down, Gave him a name that fits a clown— Not long they mocked him so— 'Twas Yankee Doodle Dandy Who laid their colors low. When Yankee Doodle went to sea Upon another day, He faced more fear than mockery— His guns repaid their courtesy Who jeered his feather gay— 'Twas Yankee Doodle Dandy Who taught them what to say. When Yankee Doodle goes to France. As so today he goes, The spirit guiding his advance Is as some God-directed lance Straight driven at his foes, O Yankee Doodle Dandy The land that loved you—knows. —Theodosla Garrison, SMILES. (Written for The Catholic Bulletin, by Dr. James Henderson.) A fool set out with a load of smiles, He peeped in windows and sat on stiles They say strode the road and shout ed a wild: Smiles for sale for man and child, Old tame dames and the pouting prudes charge two prices for brainless dudes." By night he'd sold them, kit and all, Some high priced and others small, \nd many he'd given complete, away. A fool never haggles about his pay But he was rich when he laid his head On the pallet he chose to call his bed. The fellow who trundled the kit next day A wise guy was, who plugged for pay, And the dudes and prudes, the kids and all Gave wide berth as his wares he'd call Which proves of course when the job was done, The fool was by far the wiser one. HUSH-A-BYE BABY. (As Francis Thompson Migfht Have Written it.) Blanch-amiced, roseal nursling, pine In coracle terrene, Afloat on the aerial hyaline, Moored to the dominant pine, Xot where its pennoned umbrage spans, With auspice large and halycon boon, Its suppliant visitants, But where, intemperably higher, In its immitigable culminance, Do battailously importune Solstitial fulgenees and spilth of fire, Or argent rondure of the plenilune Perdures in its abashless oculance Reck not their too obstrusive suit, But still in you the bruit Of threne sursurral, lachrymosal plain. That on those dolorosa! eyes Elysian euphrasies Their mystic, chrismal anodyne strain. Ele will your chasmed fears And uncanonical litany of tears Provoke the lord o' the chambers of the air Immeditatably To loose the couriers now upcurled Within their closured, lethargied lair, And bid them fly Rampant along the margent of the world. Then will your coracle, keel-even, Begin to trepidate And gently lean, Then oscillate And so precipitously careen To land you in the nurseries heaven Or ever the teaent arboral astrain Wi' the surgent craft and tempested amain, Rives, and, precipitated, Of To yon abysmal bed Yoir and your coracle, sweet Tnno cence, Retriveless gravitate, O'erfreighted by the weight. Gratuitous weight of my magnilo quence. —C. P, in FortnigWo Reotam* THE BUSINESS DEAD. Persons who have made a study of the records of business mortalities re port that a drug store which lives eight years, lives longer than the aver* age enterprise in that line. Most jew elry stores succumb in a little less than eight years. Clothing, shoe and furniture stores have run their course as a rule, inside of the seventh year. The average grocery store does but yU ?hUy tie Iter. 1—f 1—~t THE CATHOLIC BULLETIN, FEBRUARY Part of these failures are to be blamed upon mismanagement. Part of them are due to the cut-throat com petition which the American people have thought it good to encourage. But probably most of this heavy dam age to individuals and economic loss to society can be charged to want of forethought and caution in starting business. Men will not go into a bleak, unin habited region and open a grocery. But they will do what amounts to the same thing, start grocery stores in a city district already supporting too many other stores of the kind. They will try to get small towns which pro claim their poverty interested in jew elry. They will blandly enter into a struggle for the division of the drug trade when, by the exercise of a little shrewdness, they can find districts where the trade is sufficient to pro vide a comfortable livelihood and does not have to be divided. Failures help surviving competitors. But they help society not at all. They destroy the sense of enterprise, break the spirits of small investors, add re cruits to the army of the discontented. There would seem to be a place in the world for special investigators who will study business situations and' set down accurately on paper the chances investors have there to do well. —Detroit Journal. WHEN MARY PLAYS. When Mary's finger-tips prelude Her simple little first "etude," The room around her disappears Vanish the children with their play. The various deeds of workaday The humdrum noises hie away And all the sweetness in my ears Is tuned to old-time love and tears! There is a magic in these slim. Swift, undeveloped hands, to dim The present. Back her music brings The charm of faded fooleries In days of lost delight and ease— Gay-dancing ladies, lads on knees Before then. But the pain that springs, As when a Uird at twilight sings! So sweet she plays, her mother's heart Seems finally to break apart, Its crystal ravishment to cool, And all its separate pieces fly Like silver raindrops through the sky Meeting and melting tenderly Again in one bright, brimming pool!— She stops—and now it's time for school! —Dorothg Leonard. "BEYOND THE ALPS." Sir Frederick Pollock used to tell this story of a dilettante society: The qualification for membership was that the candidate had been met in Italy by the proposing member, but once it happened that a candidate was elected who had been met at Avignon. The error was discovered, and the society proceeded to vote "that, in the opinion of the society, Avignon is in Italy." This, however, seemed a ticklish precedent to establish, so they gravely laid their heads together and solemnly resolved in a further motion "that, in the opinion of this society, Avignon is the only town in France, which is in Italy." NEQRO WIT AND WISDOM. When thou seest the palm-tree the palm-tree has seen thee. What the child says, he has heard at home. Not to know is bad, not to wish to know is worse. If the dog is not at home be barks not. If you know the beginning well, the end will not trouble you. To love the king is not bad, but a king who loves you is better. Without fingers the hand would he a spoon. The frog enjoys itself in water, but not in hot water. He who wishes to blow oat his brains need not fear their being blown out by others. There are people who place a basket on your head to see what you carry. Night is the queen of shades earth is the queen of beds the sky is the king of sheds the sun is the king of torches. The song of the stomach Is hard to bear. We go quickly where we are sent when we take interest in the journey —Copt Burton's Compilation. TEN "I WILLS." I will study the language of gentle ness and refuse to use words that bite and tones that crush. I will practice patience at home lest my testy temper break through unex pectedly and disgrace me. I will remember that my neighbors have troubles enough to carry without loading mine on them. I will excuse others' faults and failures as often and fully as I ex pect others to be lenient with mine I will cure criticism with commen dations, close up against gossip and build healthy lives by service. I will be a friend under trying tests and wear everywhere a good-will face unchilled by aloofness. I will never gloat over gains, but amass only to enrich others and so gain a wealthy heart. I will love boys and girls so that old age will not find me stiff and soured. I will gladden my nature by smiling out loud on every occasion a&d by outlooking optimistically. PREPAREDNESS. "One day, years ago, an engineer of a fast express, as he rounded a bend suddenly saw, a short distance ahead a freight wreck on the track next to s own." writer Dr. M. J. 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WHOLESALE 215 Washington Avenue No. Minneapolis Tel. Nic. 1473 Center 1473 HEMSTITCHING WE *ILL DO YOUR HEMSTITCHING and PLEATING CLOTH COVERED BUTTONS THE PARISIAN SHOP 418 PEOPLES BANK BUILDING Phoce Cedar 6879 SEWiftG MACHINES Sold on Easy Terms—Machines Rented and Exchanged. HEMSTITCHING A SPECIALTY SINGER SHOP, 29 East 6th St.! Cedar 5380 T. S. 83102 no time to slow up there was uot a moment to think. In a flash the en gineer pulled the throttle wide open and yelled to the fireman to duck low. The terrific nmpetus of the express knocked the wrecked cars from the track in splintered debris and the train was brought to a stop a half mile on the other side. As the pas sengers crowded about the engineer, one asked him how, in such a moment of crisis, he could think quickly enough to make and act upon the only decision that could have saved his train. He replied, 'I did not think. I did not have to think. I had often thought of such a possibility, and I made up my mind ten years ago just what I wrould do if such a situation ever arose. When it did come, I acted instinctively.' This is the kind of preparedness that is needed for the supreme battle of life." THE SQUIRREL'S ARITHMETIC. High on a branch of a walnut A bright-eyed squirrel sat. What was he thinking so earnestly? And what was he looking at? The forest was green around him, The sky all over his head: The nest was in a hollow limb, And his children snug in bed. He was doing s problem o'er aad o'er— Busy thinking- -was he: How many nuts for his winter's store, Could he hide in the hollow tree-? He sat so still in the swaying bough You might have thought him asleep. Oh, no he was trying to reckon The nuts the babies could eat. Then suddenly he frisked about, And down the tree he ran. "The best way to do, without a doubt, Is to gather all I can." LEGEND OF LIMERICK. Once, after many years of the most patient labor, a young Italian rested from a task that was well done. He had made a set of bella of the most exquisite tone possible, and he felt that his time had been wisely spent. For a long while he refused to part with them, for they seemed to him almost like living things. To sell he said, would the sanio wmmtm U Y E S I E O Y INSURANCE Securc for your MOTHER, WIFE, DAUGHTER or aged FATHER a Monthly Income See M. J. DILLON. Cen. Mgr. about it Minnesota Department PACIFIC MUTUAL LIFE INS. CO- OF CAL 1605 Pioneer Bldg. St. Paul, Minn LAUNDRIES X. W. Cedar 588 Tri-State 21111 THE ELITE LAUNDRY CO. Launderers, Dyers & French Or Cleaners For Prompt Service Try Us 152 Aurora Avenue, Cor. Rice Street MILK AND CREAM Health isWealth Then Protect Tour Health by ordering Pasteurized Milk from ST. PAUL MILK CO. Successors to Casey Milk Co. Indorsed by St. Paul's leading physicians and inspected regu larly by the St. Paul Health De partment. 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The price was a goodly sum and the young man, finding it impossible to separate himself from his beloved chime, built a little villa near the convent, where he could hear the Angelus struck morning, noon and night. He had no living relatives and few friends,' for he was of a shy, retiring disposition. There he hoped and prayed to spend his remaining days. But the beautiful and restful seclu sion of which he dreamed was not to be his. Italy became involved In a great feudal war, in which he found himself engaged before he was aware and when peace was restored a sad change had come to him and his prospects. His money was gone, and the home on the Lake of Como was his no more. Most painful of all, the convent was a wreck, having been razed to the ground in the con flict which had devastated the region. All that could be learned about the fate of the beloved bells was that they had been carried off to some for eign land. Then the artist—for he was as true an artist as if he had painted a mas terpiece at which the world wondered —left the spot where he had been so happy, and became a wanderer, al ways searching for his bells. The thought of them never left him. Dur ing the day he could hear their sound above the roar of the city's streets at night it haunted his dreams. He was looked upon as a vagabond, and children ran from him in fear. His hair and beard grew long and white, and he leaned upon a staff. In time he became known as "the question er" for he was ever seeking news of his treasures. He asked but' one ques tion: "Where are the bells of Lake Como?" Nobody knew, and so he wandered on. One day a sailor told him that in Ireland there was the most wonder ful chime ever made by mortal man. "Then they may be mine," answered the wanderer "and I will go and find them." After great' trials and tong delays he reached the mouth of the Shannon, and took a small boat for Limerick. 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The air was soft and sweet, the bosom of the river shining with bright ripples, and the lights of the city were reflected in its depths. Suddenly from the tower of the church the An gelus was heard, and after the triple strokes the air was alive with the music of a sweet and silvery clangor. The boatmen stopped rowing and list ened. Happy tears tilled the eyes of the old bell-maker, for he knew his search was over. In that peal he heard the voices of his dead-and-gonf beloved, and in a few moments lived again a long life. He was in such an ecstasy that he could not utter a word, but his lips were moving in the An gelus prayers and his heart, was speaking, though his lips made no sound. When the rowers raised their eyes the old man was dead, and on his face was the most beautiful smile, they declared, that they had ever seen. The Angelus laid been hi passing bell. A SECRET. .. A writer in an exchange tells u how he learned the secret of the grea strength and vigor of the oak tree. He says he was once crossing a sand: tract of land where oaks grew when he wanted something to swing in lib hand, and seeing a little oak tree about ten inches high, stooped down to pluck it up. "it looked like an easy mark," he tells us, "but my easy, though quick effort was resisted. I had to stop and try again. Then it was that the secret of the strength of the oak was suggested to me it gets well rooted first. In its own way the oak makes a great deal of this part of its career—the rooting process. That is where it learns to defy ?lorm and tempest." In this story of tin oak there is a lesson for boys and girls. Until they are thoroughly root ed in right principles, high aimr, splendid ideals and purposes, they can never hope to have true, worthy char acters, and that is whai every ehlld of nod is socking.