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The Bridge Builder
An old raan> traveling a lone highway.
Came at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm deep and wide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
For the sullen stream held no fears for him.
But he turned when he reached the other side,
And builded a bridge to span the tide.
"Old man,” cried a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your streng^th with building
Your journey will end with the ending day,
And you never again will pass this way.
"You have crossed the chasm deep and wide.
Why build you a bridge at eventide?”
And the old builder raised his old gpray head:
*XJood friend, on the path I have come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet will pass this way.
“This stream, which has been as naught to me.
To that fair-haired boy may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim—
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him.”
—Miss Will Allen Dromgoole.
Anything that contains an eternal ruth
will never grow old. The poem reproduced
above has been copied thousands of times
and yet it is new because it inspires one to
a realization of the high qualities of life.
We have the picture of an old man
bridging a chasm after he had crossed,
knowing that he would never need the
bridge for his own use but having in mind
the youth who would follow the same
In order to carry out the truth of this
poem we do not have to have the identical
experience and literally build a bridge.
There are millions of w’ays in which we
-can live up to the taching of the poet.
Governor Aycock was not a schoolboy,
and yet he founded the public school sys
tem on a sound basis, knowing that fu
ture generations of boys and girls would
pass along that way and need the facili
ties of an education. Dr. Pasteur did not
expect to be bitten by a mad dog and yet
he worked untiringly to perfect a serum
to prevent people from going mad. Other
'we could name in which the extent
-sacrifice for posterity has been
marked with distinction.
The extent of the success of the life of
an individual will ultimately be measured
by what contribution he makes to the
well being of the people who are to follow.
This does not necessarily mean that the
man who leaves millions in order that his
son may be a useless drifter and leach, is
One of the greatest things a man can
leave to posterity is the influence of a
true and wholesome character. Not all of
us can start educational systems or in
duce serums to prevent death and disease,
but it is within the power of all to leave in
their wake the wholesome remembrance of
a self-sacrificing life.
A good cure for the “spring fever” at
tacks of recent days would have been
some work in the garden, but inclement
weather has caused a delay in starting
home gardens for this year.
With the fewest exceptions everybody
can grow a garden. There are some peo
ple, however, who do not have enough
initiative to get their garden plowed, to
say nothing of planting and cultivating
For the person who has a substantial
income and is able to buy everything his
famUy needs, there is little use for a gar
den, because the more he buys the great
er the farmers’ and grocerymen’s market.
iBut, on the other hand, there are hun
dreds of families who are looking to the
government for sustenance, and it is es
pecially this class of people that need to
The man who gets started on time is
the one who is likely to have a good gar
den for his eagerness to work in the dirt
is evidenced by his early start.
March is the month to get started on a
garden by planting potatoes, onions, peas,
and several other desired vegeta
bles for ewiy tiWe we.'
month for planting the bulk of the gar
den with sudi vegetables aa com, beans,
tomatoes, cabbage,'and others. ' p
It is a commendable step the rdief agen
cies took during the past two years when
they prescribe that all rural famihes on
relief rolls must make honest efforts to
produce food or be cut off from further
the first line of which reads, “The Holy Bible,”
and which contains four great treasures.
By BRUCE BARTON
^ NORTH S
i MONDAt im
Dogs and Laws
The most recent legislation cbncerning
dogs is an act to compel everybody to have
their dogs vaccinated against rabies. The
measure has its good points and its weak
While we are in sympathy with any
thing that will minimize the danger of be
ing bitted by a mad dog or contracting ra
bies in any way, it seems that the law is
going to be just as hard to enforce as
some other statutes relating to dogs.
For many years we have had a law pro
hibiting people from letting their dogs run
at large, and yet there is at least 200
stray canines in Wilkes county, this state
ment being based on information and be
lief. We have a law requiring a certain
amount of tax to be paid on each dog and
we believe we are safe in saying that
there are hundreds of dogs not even listed
Stray dogs recognize no boundaries or
geographical lines of any kind and enforc
ing dog laws presents a big problem. In
urban centers efforts are made at times
to kill a number of stray dogs, but the
supply continues to increase.
If all worthless and stray dogs could be
kiUed the problem of rabies epidemics
would be largely solved, especially if dogs
owners observed the vaccination act. Peo
ple who have dogs they care for do not let
them run all over two or three townships.
They keep them up or in good care. It
is the stray dogs that are common car
riers for robies.
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wrhat may turn out to. be tie
most eignificaiit news'of recent
years Is the announcement from
Germany that means have been
dereloped for driving motor cars
with Illuminating gas and wood.
One type of truck now widely
used, it is reported, uses gas dia-
tllfed from wood. It carries wood
In a rear compartment, and Is
said to cost SO per cent less to
operate than If driven by gaao-
llne. Other cars have been quick-'
ly and cheaply adapted to use
illuminating gas instead of gas
oline, a tank of gas being car
ried in place of the gasoline
tank. Also there have been de
veloped new types of steam-pro
pelled automobiles, using a va
riety of fuels, while a new sta
tionary motor for farm use can
he operated on coal dust, vege
table dust, dried leaves or pul
There never has been any
question in my mind that the
problem of the future supply of
petroleum was no real problem
at all. The time will come, when
ever It is economical to do so,
when we will again get our pow
er from vegetable products.
I hear from other sources that
aviators have not abandoned the
idea of steam engines instead of
internal combustion motors for
I may not live to see it, but
soma day, I believe, men will fly
around the world between sun
and sun, with steam-engines pro
pelling their planes at a height
of ten miles.
Judas Maccabaeus’ record falls between the
Old and the New Testaments and is told in de
tail in the books which formerly were printed in
the Bible in slightly smaller type and called the
Alexander the Great was kind enough to con
quer the world at one of the easiest of all dates
to remember, 333 B. C. When he was asked, “To
whom do you leave your kingdom?” he answered,
“To the strongest” In the division which follow
ed, Palestine was under the domination of Ptol
emy, who ruled Egypt. He caused the Old Tes
tament to be translated into Greek. The ancient
Hebrew was no longer a spoken language and
most of the Jews who could read at all read
In the subsequent redistributions of authority,
Palestine passed under the dominion of a Greco-
Syrian dynasty. Antiochus Epiphanes endeavor
ed to unify his little empire by instituting a
kind of emperor-worship, or worship of the state.
Many thousands of Jews accepted this bastard
form of idolatry, including most of the priests.
But there was one aged priest. Mattathias, who
revolted and withdrew from Jerusalem, taking
with him his five sons, Jochanan, Simon, Judas.
Eleazer and Jonathan. Even that retired coun
try village was not secure from the invasion of
the new paganism. To his horror, the old priest
saw one of his summer neighbors come to render
the detested worship, a priest of God leading him
in the new idolatry. Full of wrath, the old man
killed both the idolater and the priest, and he
and his sons fled to the mountains. There they
rallied a band of revolutionists. They gathered
strength till they were able to meet the armies
of Antiochus in open battle, at first with no
faintest hope of winning but only with the de
termination to die fighting for God and their
Never was a truly noble cause more valiantly
defended. In 166 B. C., Mattathias died, but hot
until he had seen the struggle on the high road
to success. He counseled his sons to make
Simon their political leader and Judas their
captain, and they did so.
What followed is brilliant indeed. In 164 B. C„
Judas actually defeated the imperial armies and
captured Jerusalem. The temple was cleansed
and rededicated, and the worship of God re-es
tablished. For more than thirty years the broth
ers fought their good fight, establishing again
a Jewish dynasty in Jerusalem and making it
possible for Jesus to come to a people who still
worshipped the God of Abraham. Judas was
killed in battle in 161 B. C.
CJODDUXG all wrong
One of the troubles with mod
ern youth, as I have often re
marked oefore. Is that they have
too much done for them and are
not thrown on their own re
sources early enough or emphat
ically enough. They grow up ex
pecting society to provide a soft
cradle for them to east their
way through life.
That is why I applaud the re
fusal of the New York State
Commissioner of Education to
order a school bus to make a
half-mile detour to pick up one
thirteen-year-old boy. Any boy
of thirteen who is not a cripple
or an Invalid ought to be able to
walk half a mile to the bus stop,
remarked Commissioner Graves.
The first school I ever attend
ed was more than half a mite
from our house. I was under five
when I began to walk to and
from school. In my grade school
days it was a mile walk each
way; when I got to high school
it was a three-mile walk. No
body had ever thought of provid
ing free and easy transportation
for schoolchildren in those days.
We didn’t get even free school
books. And we grew up with a
pretty clear idea that anything
we got out of the world bad to
be paid for, with money or with
INQUIRY to all
I would like to hear from any
body who knows of an actual in
stance of anybody who has re
ceived money from the Federal
basto or cotto4 or ieors or hi^
or iriitot. wkb haft sot ||r0pto»
ly boen In the bnsliMtrm
Ing those tblhgs. '
Every little .. while somebody
tells or prints a story of'some
man getting a check from Uncle
Sam who has never been engag
ed in the line of agriculture for
the control of which the money
was paid. Those have always
seemed like fairy tales to me. I
can believe almost anything a-
bount the stupidity or eareloss-
neas of Government employees,
this or any other government,
but these yarns have strained
They have come to the front
again by a statement made In
all seriousness by an eminent
historian, James Truslow Ad
ams, who told of three* such In
stances. Chester Davis, the AAA
administrator, came out with a
prompt denial. I have no doubt
both men believe they are right.
It would be a real public service
to get at the facts.
I would like to hear from any
reader of this column who can
furnish the name, date, place
and amount of any such pay
ment to any individual who was
not entitled to it under the law.
FOOD sky high
Costs to city folk of the prin
cipal articles of food have gone
up 34 per cent In the year end
ing last month, the Department
of Commerce reports. Eggs are
up 80 per cent, meats 41 per
cent, dairy products 29 per cent,
and so on.
I don't know how much of this
increase has filtered back to the
farmers who produce the food
stuffs, and how much has been
absorbed by middlemen on the
way from farm to consumer, but
I feel certain that city people
won’t tolerate much higher pric
es. Salaries and wages for the
general run of city dwellers have
not increased in anything like
that ratio, many not at all.
If Government would turn its
attention to the cost of distri
bution of food prodnets the cost
of living might not rise so fast.
ENOOURAOEMENT . . to caidtal
I think the most encouraging
news of the past fortnight has
been the announcement that two
great corporations. Swift & Com
pany and the Pacific Gas & Elec
tric Company, are about to offer
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to Investors more than $100,-
000,000 of new securities, to pro
vide additional capital and re
tire higher-cost bond issues.
This is a clear sign that some,
at least, of the big industrialists
have got over some of their fear
of the future. If these new issues
are readily sold, it will indicate
that capital is beginning to come
out of hiding. If that sets in
motion a general movement of
capital into industry, then it
will be safe to say that the back
bone of the depression has been
It takes more money than the
Government can raise to set the
wheels of industry running and
keep them oiled. Once money Is
assured of a chance of fair
profits, it will go to work.
Bennes, Brittany, France, Mar.
21—Six persons were killed to
night in the wreck of a giant
French naval seaplane which
crashed in flames near Brest
Wilkesboro, N. C.
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The “manager” of Oliva Dionne, father of
the quintuplets, trying to persuade the On
tario government, as guardian of the babies,
to do more, financially, for the rest of the
lamily, says “Mr. Dionne was bewildered about
Bverythlng when the babies were born.’’ It
seems quite credible.—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
In a single week recently, Huey Long re
ceived more than 64,000 pieces of mail. His
clerk must envy the New Englander, who has
to shovel out only during the winter season.—
It is intimated that the old Republican ele
phant has been so well trained that It knows
Ita cue to lie down and play dead.—Washing
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