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A (HI n cx c J TO AUBUSTYBREEN-DI CAPTAIN U.5.A.M.R.C MWWa V REGISTERED 7 H iP american forestry association felffl . $W ; By JOHN DICKINSON SHERMAN. NEXT to well-equipped and thoroughly up-to-date railways, transportation means good solid wagon roada. Even in normal times the economic value of Such roads is well nlKh'. incalculable, but in a period of armed con flict victory or defeat may depend upon the condition of the common highways. All this is well known. And yet, though far-seeing men have for some years been urging the good roads movement upon the people and some progress has been achieved, our highways In general still remain among the worst In the world. Albert J. Beveridge. I think that I shall never see A poem as lovely as a tree A tree whose hungry mouth Is prest Against the world's sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day " And lifts her leafy arms to pray; ' A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins In her hair; . v Poems are made by fools like me. But only God can make a tree. ' Joyce Kilmer. . If you want to build a road, let the people plant memorial trees along that road and your project Is a success. Charles Lathrop Pack. : Thus come closer to the Great Tree-Maker. Plant memorial trees in honor of the men who gave their lives to their country in honor of the men who offered their lives. Rev. Dr. Francis E. Clark. -w.--' W : i -vV Roads end trees for remembrance! Victory highway In honor of America's fight ing men in the great war! Roadside- planting of trees in memory of their Individual deeds ! It is n truism that the economic and moral fiber of any community Is shown by the condition of its highways, (ilve the community the right kind of roads, schools, churches, factories and banks and the other signs of advancement will 'soon be In evidence. Memorial roads! What more fitting monument can we build In honor of our heroes? Permanent roads dedicated to them! How can a community better commemorate their achievements? And all these memorial road planned and built as parts of a great system of victory highways victory highways that food may move from farm to city and manufactures back to the farm! that the way of the children to the school house may be made ?ay; that the defense of America against armed force may be certain. Victory highways that not only serve the na tion's needs but delight the people's eye vic tory highways beautified by roadside planting of American trees and shrubs and flowers. No walls and gates. and arches with their suggestion of something closed and set apart, but memorial trees and groves ind little parks and wayside camps for the American traveler and food tree for the birds. To Abraham Lincoln have probably more me morials been erected than to any other man. Which of all those memorials Is most Impressive most fitting? Consider now the Lincoln high way as It is and as it Is soon to be. ' The Lincoln highway Is an object-lesson of what Is find whit Is to be In a memorial road. More than 3.000' miles In length, It runs east and wet through tho heart of America, with glaat noilh and south feeder highways. Joining the At lantic and the Pacific. It traverses 11 states. Fifteen millions have been expended on It In the tast five years. Already there are nearly 400 miles of concrete and brick and paving and more than 1,000 miles of macadam. It Is In operation from end to epd. . It carries an endless procession of Americans in their own automobile. The year round It Is dotted with freight trucks. At .this very moment the federal government has tinder way on the Lincoln way across the continent an exhibition train. It started-from Washington, and from CJettysburg. PaM the route Is over the Lincoln way to, Pittsburgh, Camden and Bucyrus. O.; Fort Wayne, Ind.: Chicago Heights, III. ; Clinton. Cedar Rapids and Marshall town, la.; Omaha, Neb. J Cheyenne. Wyo.; Salt Late City, Utah; Carson City and Ely. Ner finally dropping down the Sierra Nevuda to Sac ramento, Cal.. and then to San Francisco. This train consists of 00 motor-vehicles of the types employed by the motor transport corps In the conduct of the winning of the war. In addition, accompanying this train are several other branches of the United States army sen-ice, in cluding representatives of the engineer corps, with antiaircraft defense trucks and searchlights, and certain specially detailed observers who will make an intensive study and report to the war department on road conditions. The trip Is being made for both military and educational purp'. Including: An extended performance test of the several standardized types of motorized army equipment used for transportation of troops and cargo ond for other special military purposes; the war department's contribution to good roads movement ; demonstra tion of the practicability of long-distance motor post and commercial transportation and the need for Judicious expenditure of federul governmental appropriations In providing the . necessary high ways. So much for the Lincoln highway as n means of transportation a transcontinental road link- tng tho United States by states. Consider now the Lincoln way as n beauty spot and a me morial, not only to the Oreat Emancipator, but to the heroes who followed his example and won the freedom of the world In the great war. The roadside planting of the Lincoln way la In charg of the fJeneral Federation of Women's Clubs. This organization has a membership of 2,500,000 members. It has a state federation In every state in the Union. Mary K. Sherman, chairman of the conservation department of the general federation, has secured a comprehensive planting plan for the way. This plan has been worked out by Jens Jensen, a noted landscape engineer of Chicago. In general It provides for the planting of trees", shrubs and flowers Indige nous to the locality. For example, blue prints have been made for the planting of the way, through Ihe ISO miles of Illinois. These prints give all necessary details kinds of trees, shrubs and flowers . for each locality; suggestions . for grouping each. The clubs of the several states through which the way passes will see to it that the plant'ng I done. Many clubs In other states will plant memorial miles on the way nnd In addition carry, out the same plan In application to Lincoln way feeders In their own states. Features of this roadside planting of the Lin coln way by the general federation are memorial trees In honor of Individual heroes; groves, foun tains, cnnrplnx places, along the road: fruit and nut trees for the birds and a bird sanctuary from ocean to oeean.. For ten years America has been spending from $200,000,00(1 to $300,000,000 a year for highway construction ond maintenance without national pjnn wltitout relation to the broad needs of the country a whole and with little co-ordination of effort between states. After spending over $2,000,000,000 In n decade, we are, broadly speak ing, ns far from n proper connecting system of radiating highways In the United States ns ever. The latest government figures show a total highway mileage In the United States of 2.457 334 and of this total, even after the tremendou expenditures noted, but 12 per cent, or some 200, 000 miles, have received any attention whatever and these Improvements are scattered In 4S states, In a loose and' utterly Ineffective way, over va rious sections of our entire 2,500,000 miles. Now the time for national action .has arrived. Thus the time Is ripe for roads and trees for remembrance. The United States Is going to ex pend $r00,000,000 In the next few years on a na tional highway system of interstate arterial routes. It only remains to be seen what agency of the federal government Is to have charge of the construction. If the department of agricul ture tind the state highway commissions do the work, the government and the states will share the expense, half nnd half. If n highway com mission Is established by congress to t have charge of the work the share of the states will ba apiortioned In order that states like Nevada, Wyoming and Arizona shall not be too heavily burdened. As to the feature of memorial trees, this Is also the chosen time. Public sentiment turns toward the idea. Kvents all over the country forecast n general memorial planting. The American Forestry association, of which Charles Lathrop Pack Is president, has Issued a call for memorial tree planting. It is registering all memorial trees and giving certificates of reg istration; also Instructions for planting. Itev. Dr. Francis E. Clark has called upon the Christian ' Endeavor societies to plant memorial trees. Georgetown university remembered Its war heroes at Its one hundred nnd thirtieth . com mencement by planting 54 memorial trees In honor of Its heroic dead. To euch tree was af fixed a bronze marker, of which n sample Is given herewith. To the next of kin goes a duplicate of the marker. "My boys made a wonderful reputation for this country on the battlefields of France," says Dan iel Curter Heard. "I say my boys because I be lieve that there were boy scouts In every Ameri can division that participated In the wa. The boy scouts' slogan Is, 'Once a scout always n scout.' A plan that we are taking up Is the planting of trees as memorials for our heroes. This Is being done in some parts of Long Island ami should be done In all sections. After the tree has been planted a small tablet should be placed on It bearing the name of the man who made the supreme sacrifice, and when and where and how he was killed and his branch of the service." Many victory highways to be planted with me morial trees are under way throughout the coun try. The National Defense h'ghway, between Ithindensburg nnd Annapolis, Is Maryland's con tribution. New York Is planning a Koosevelt Memorial highway from Montauk Point to Buf falo. In Ohio Col. Webb C. Hays has offered to give memorial tablets on memorial highways In Sandusky county, and William G. Sharpe, former ambassador to France, will do the same for Lo rain county. The poem by Joyce Kilmer, who gave his life for his country In France, Is most touching. What Is more lifting than a tree for a memorial? .We may attain the most magnificent effects In stone and bronze. Compare, them with a permanent road enduring as the Applnn way, built 22 cen turies ago and shaded by the Maryland tulip poplar or the Engelmann spruce or any other of our magnificent American trees. The glimpse of an Estes Park road In the Itocky Mountain Na tional park shows nature's way of beautifying n highway. Consider how the trees on guard add the crowning touch to the Washington monu ment, ., HER AUNT'S PIN By JACK LAWTON. Daisy May thought him a very nice young man as he seated himself at her side in the trolley. It was the only vacant seat In the last car going to the city and though Uncle Dexter was emphutic In advising against entering Into conversation with strangers, Daisy May found herself unequal to snubbing this pleasant young man's polite advances. He had been so kind about adjusting the window to Just the proper opening and had offered his paper with Immediate self-effacement. Daisy May regarded him furtively ns he pretended to read. He was not much, older than herself, she thought, and had a frank, open countenance.- "More robberies," commented the young man. "Ever see anything like it? Regular 'holdups' everywhere, can't be safe walking down the street." He Hashed a sunny smile at her. "Better hold on to your purse when you reach the city," he admonished. "I will," answered Daisy May. "Uncle Baxter warned me about that. Not that they'd get much money," she adi'ej laughingly. She had been commissioned to take two diamonds to the city to have them reset in a ring. The ring was to be a gift for herself, but this palsy May did not know. She snapped the tassel ed bag to gether and rode on for some time In silence. But the young man's eyes were upon her, she felt them con sciously. When he offered his magazine she accepted It with a remorseful smile. How utterly unreasonable to suspect every stranger of thieving motives. The usually tiresome trolley trip passed by as If on happy wings. Daisy May was regretful that at Its finish she would see the young man no more. His regret was evident. With suc ceeding miles his gay spirits vanished and he grew sadly serious. "I suppose," he suggested tentative ly, "there'd be no such luck as meet ing you occasionally on this same train." "I do not," Daisy May severely In formed him, "continue acquaintance with persons to whom I have not been Introduced." The young man relapsed promptly Into the depths of despair. Daisy M"uy opening the bag a little later for a last precautionary glance at Aunt Cynthia's pin, gave a quick startled cry, the pin was not there. In troubled haste she turned to her moody companion. "My diamond pin Is gone," she mur mured. "You saw It In my bag a few moments ago, did you not?" The young man looked deliberately Into her excited face. "I saw 'nothing In your bag," he In sisted. Daisy May gasped. She had been so sure that he had. The conductor com ing along at that moment was made aware of her distress. Carefully, cushioned seats and floor were examined. The pin was not to be found. , The young man obligingly entered Into the search. Daisy May sat per plexed and baffled. "The diamonds were very valuable," she said hopelessly, "and the pin was not my own." , Surrounding passengers arose, shak ing their wraps and overcoats. "Pins sometimes fly about", they said. An Italian nearby vlndlcatlngly turned his pockets Inside out, offer ing his coat to be searched. But the nice young man made no examina tion of his clothing, silently returning to his seat and paper. "Your coat please?" the conductor demanded, "the pin may have become fastened upon It." But the conductor did not shake out the coat's folds. Instead his hand passed Into a deep gaping pocket and when he drew It out again the gleam ing pin lay In his palm. , Daisy May leaned tensely forward while the young man's questioning eyes never left her face. "Thank you," she said at last quiet ly, and took the pin. The conductor bent over her. , "This man should be forced to ex plain how the pin came to be In his possession," he said. But Daisy May smiled. "It really does not matter," she re plied, "the young man Is with me." When the conductor had gone her seat companion turned toward her. "Why did you say that?" he demand ed. "Why should you try to shield me when you believe I am guilty?" "I know that you are not guilty," Daisy May said slowly. "I would know that you were not, against all evidence. Do not ask me to explain why. I be lieve In' you, that's all." The young man stooped to pick up a gray ball of a glove which had rolled beneath the seat. He gave It to her. "You threw the pin out of your bag probably when you opened It to get this." he said, "and my wide gaping pocket caught the thing; but after all this, you've got to learn to let ma know you better. . ' "When I first looked Into your face I said to myself: There's the one girl In tha world for you, Jack Tem ple.' And your believing In me like that, 'against all evidence,' 'against all the world,' I might say, proves that I was right." "All out," called the conductor. And two happy-faced young people passed down the steps. Beauty is a Blessing .to every woman, but good health is vitally important Attention to liver, kidneys and bowels will improve beauty and health. 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