BY J. MARVIN NICHOI.S,
I—.Magellan* Of The Air.
JI—What Is America?
HI—The American Farmer.
IV— Passing Of The Forests.
V— Cost Of The “Silent Letter.”
VI— The Young Man In History.
VII— History Of A Face.
VIII— The Nation’s Nerve Center.
IX— That Great American Problem.
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I—Magellans of the Air.
That was a triumphal march across
the country when the World Flyers
took their jaunt around the world.
Who ever dreamed that these pioneers
of the air wauld circumnavigate the
globe, each in a machine having a lift
of 2,615 pounds, and driven by a 400
horsepower engine? And these Magel
lan* of the air flew at the normal
rate of eighty miles an hour! This was
a mighty feat, and yet it is the ful
fillment of a dream had in the long
ago. The truth is, the idea of circum
navigating the earth by the air route
is 120 years old. A Belgian aeronaut
made such a proposition to the Euro.'
pcan scientific societies in 1804. It
was Guillaume-Eugene Robertson who
proposed a huge aerostat for an air
voyage around the world. He was
laughed at as are all pioneers in some
mighty scheme. But now since it isi
clone, since the dream has come true,
we are throwing garlands at their
II. What is America?
The other day a celebrated British
journalist declared: “You must disa
buse your mind of the idea that there
is an American people as we under
stand ‘people’ in Europe. If you took
the whole population of Europe, mix
ed it ina mortar, added a certain fla
vor of Africans, Asiatics and the
like, crushed with your pestle, and
scattered the results thinly over the
continent, you would have something
The question naturally arises:
“What is the American people?”j
There could be no clearer answer than
when Professor Balch, of Baker Uni-J
versity, said that it includes, first, the
“Colonial Stock,” estimated by census
officials at 44,000,000 people descend-'
ed from ancestors in this country prior
to 1790. Second, it includes the “Early
stock’, now some 10,000,000 derived
from immigration between 1790 and
1850. Third, the “Later Anglo-Saxon j
Stock”, some 9,000,000 consists 'of
those who have come to use since 1850
from England, Canada and other An-'
glo—Saxon countries, together with
their descendants. These groups to
gether constitute some 63,000,000
. If there are only 63,000,000 real
Amricans—those to the manor born—
the question stares us in the face:
Who are the remaining more than for
ty millions? Will they prove an ulti
mate blessing or a menace to our
III. The American Farmer.
On every hand we hear that the
American farmer is on the verge of
ruin. A wail of pessimism stalks out
of every farmhouse in this goodly
land. And it is said that the boys and
girls are deserting the old farm and
seeking the white ways of our con
gested centers. Most of this wail rises
among professional politicians—men
who would make personal gain out of
social and economic unrest.
The Country Gentleman, after the
most thorough investigation, has this
to say: “The farmer today is far bet-1
ter ofF than he has ever been before, j
To be sure, some seasons hit him pret
ty hard, but that is true of the mer
chant and the manufacturer as well.
Adversity is in no way partial. But
considering the farmer’s condition
now, his wealth, his comforts, his
pleasures, his opportunities for educa
tion and the enjoyment of life—in
these respects the farmers of America
are now far ahead of any of their pre
decessors. And not only that, but, as
a rule, they are much better off than
a large per cent of their city broth
Hi is; brings to mind some remark
able facts. In Kansas, recently, the
professor of sociology in the Agricul
tural college, completed a survey of 97
farms, farm families and farm homes.
In making' the survey a mail route
was taken at random, and the farms
along this route—good, poor and in
different—studied closely. Here are |
some of the tilings disclosed: Practi
cally every farmer on the list owned
a car and found the car to be necessary
and helpful to his work; of those 97
homes, 75 had musical instruments,
pianos, organs, talking machines, vio
lins, etc.; 88 homes had daily news
papers, besides numbers of farm jour
nals and other periodicals; the aver
age hours spent by mothers in resting
and reading were 1.38 per day in sum
mer and 2.45 in winter; an average
of $36,91 a year was spent for school
ing, with many of the children in high
school and some in colleges; an aver
age of $10.12 a year was spent for re
Perhaps the most striking thing re
vealed by the Kansas survey was
that none of the ninety-seven families
were poverty stricken. Many farmers
\w re hard hit and forced to economize
hut in all experience,” as has been
"ell said, “where there is always
enough to eat and wear, and work
enough to keep idleness away, there
will be found happiness”. The farm,
all o'er this country, is enjoying its
measure of prosperity, and is a good
place to live.
I\ . Passing of the Forests,
Germany has at least acted wisely
in one thing-—she has doubled her for
est production in a hundred years.
She has wisely used scientific meth
ods in managing Iter forests, and at
the same time imported enough lum- j
ber to allow her forests to grow' and
expand. There is a different story told
of the United States. Original forests
have been reduced from 5,200 billion
board feet to 2,200 billion foard feet.
It is alarming to know that the re
maining forests are only able to grow
about one-fourth of the amount of
If these facts are true, certain con
clusions ought to make us pause. In
25 years, according to certain author
itative estimates, the population of
the United States will be 150,000,000.
On the present basis of timber con
sumption, this country will need 7&
billion hoard feet each year to meet
the demand of 1950.
Where will we get the timber?
That's the problem! In the twenty-five
years we cannot grow the trees to
satisfy the demand. When 1950 gets
here, our entire supplv will have been
cut. Then we will be face to face with
a timber famine of h ugeproportionB.
V*. Cost of the Silent Letter.
This is an age of statistics. There
is a wizard in figures for most every
field. And now comes the statistician
who figures ou£ the “cost” of silent
letters in the language. It opens up a
new field in economics. It costs as
much to print a silent letter as it does
to print the spoken letter. The wizard
declares that if we were to strike out
from out printing bill the silent letter,
and England. And we might add, that
40.000.000 would be saved to France
if the cost of superfluous words in our
beloved America were stricken out, it
might be enough to pay the national
VI. The Young Man in History.
The enthusiasm and power of young
manhood have been felt in every gen
eration. One needs but to review the
biography of the past to appreciate
the place of the young man in history.
It will be interesting to know that—
At the age of fifteen
Victor Hugo, presented a poem to
the French academy.
At the age of sixteen
Bossuet hejd spellbound all who
listened to his eloquence; Leigh Hunt
was a prolific writer of verse.
At the age of seventeen
Michael Angelo had ap lacet in the
palace of Lorenzo de Medici; Mozart
had enraptured the German court;
Chateaubriand had won his commis
sion; Alexander Hamilton commanded
the attention of his country, and
Washington Irvin had the readers of
the Morning Chronicle on tiptoe.
At the age of eighteen.
Charles Spurgeon was the pastor
of a congre(ration; Zwingli was a pro
found student of the New Testament;
Grotius had issued his “Marcianus
At the age of nineteen
Bach was organist at Amstadt;
George Washington had been made a
major; Bryant had immortalized him
self in “Thanatopsis”; the steam en
gine was taking form in the brnin Ot
.Stephenson; Galileo was close to the
secret of the vibrations of the lamp in
the Pisa cathedral.
At the age of twenty
Robert Hall swayed the multitudes;
Alexander ascended the throne: Web
er was writing symphonies; Wallace
had thrown himself against the arbi
trary authority of Edward I.
At the age of twenty-one
Beethoven had ^enrolled his name in
the music world; Wilberforce was in
parliament; Mazzini was a prisoner
At the age of twenty-two
Alfred began one of the most mag
nificent reigns England has ever
known; Hempden was in Parliament;
Savonarola had won his deathless
name as a saint; Algernoh Sidney had
dared antagonize Cromwell; Rossihi
was without a peer in the realm of
music; Schiller had written his “Rob
bers;" Richelieu was a bishop.
At the age of twenty-three
Rubens found his exalted place in
art; Browning had written "Paracel
sus”; Richard Gagner stirred the
world with his “Lohengrin”; White
field was preaching in the Tower
Chape! in London; Bailey had written
“Festus”; Arthur Hallam had stirred
the very soul of Tennyson.
At the age of twenty-four
Bismark was captain of the Kings
Cavalry; Alexander had taken Thebes
and crossed the Hellespont; Dante was
distinguished as a soldier and a poet;
Ruskin had written his "Modern
Painters”; Rutledge was a Colonial
orator; Scipio was commanding Ro
man armies; Sheridan was the author
of “The Rivals.”
At the age of twenty-five
Aeschylus was the great tragic poet
of Greece; Xavier was lecturihg on
Aristotle; Coleridge had become fa
mous in his “Ancient Mariner”; Hubs
was stirring the world's religious
thought; Southey had already burned 1
more verses than he ever published.
At the age of twenty-six I
Robespierre was defending Frunk- '
lin in his onslaughts on the ignorance
of his day: Roger Williams had stir- I
red the intolerance of all New Eng- i
land; Turner had been enrolled in the
academy; Mark Anthony was lionized
At the age of twenty-seven
Daniel O’Connell had begun his ca
reer as an agitator; Correggio had I
his commissions to execute /rescues j
which made him famous.
At the age of twenty-eight
Wordsworth was an author of note;
Warwick was distinguished as a sol- !
dier on the borders of Scotland; Han-j
nibal was startling all Rome by his
daring conquests; Bacon was the lead-j
ing counsel for the (|ueen; Napoleon!
had revolutionized Europe.
At the age of twenty-nine
Lord John Russell had become the
great reformer in Parliament; Milton
had written his “Comus"; Arminius
had s< t Germany intellectually free;
Cromwell had begun his mighty ca
At the age o* thirty
Reynolds was Knglan i’h greatest
portrait painter; DeVinci dared to say
“I will undertake any work in sculp-;
ture, in marble, in bronze, or in ter-1
ra-cotta—likewise in painting 1 can 1
cio as well as any man, be he who he'
VI. History of a Face. 5
A close student of human nature
can look at your face when you are
fifty and tell you what you have done
and what you will do again, given
the same opportunity.
Someone has said that the face is
the show window of the soul. The
other day we read that if your shel
ves are stocked with cynicism, hatred,
malice, greed, misgivings, doubts and
fears, then your face will reveal these
wures to the person with whom you
come in contact. If your soul is wrap
ped up in the sunshine of life; if you
carry in stock faith, confidence, tol
erance, charity, love—then at fifty
your face will attract, inspire and en
Some happy spirits, living in the
zone beyond the fifties, say they are
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iving the happiest days of their lives.
Phe secret is, they had prepared to
ive before they reached the fifties.
Pouching all this, there is a wonderful
ittle happening on record. It is said
hat Ilenry Ward Beecher spoke to
wo ragged newsboys, huddled in a
•orncr on a cold night. “Aren't you
*rribly cold?” he asked the hoys. "We
were until you came,” replied one of
he boys. Beecher’s face changed their
VIII. The Nation’s Nerve Center.
“If America doer, not remake her
’ities," says one, “they will unmake
tiere.” If you want to grapple with a
i>ig problem, there’s one for you. The
’•apid growth of our cities r amazing.
In far less than a century, they have
grown from 4 per cent to be now more
than one-third of our total population.
In 1820. 4. per cent of our nation’s
population was in the cities;; in 1840,
3 1-2 per rent; in 1800, 16.1 per cent;
in 1880, 22 1-2 per cent; in 1890, 90
per cent; in 1900, oevr lit! 1-3 per
rent. In 1910, the ration was making
its usual rapid upward trend. The very
latest shows that the cities in the Un
ited States are increasing in populn
ion 7 1-2 times as fast as the rural
districts, according to the 1920 count.
Add to this the erstwhile ever-in
creasing tide of alien population and
vou’ve got a question that throws its
shadow over every other perplexing
problem of the age. The future of
America rests with her cities. They
ire our national nerve centers—and,
for that reason, our storm centers. No
man can love a country whose tongue
fie does not know and whose institu
tions he does not. revere.
Throughout the history of the world
the city has always been the dynamo
whence comes our national thought
and life. From these centers, like blood
from the hi art a nation’s vitality
flows through all the arteries of its
moral, intellectual and commercial be
ing, Corrupt the pent up blood at these
centers and you poison the whole sys
tem. And shall we say it? It may be
(NOTE: Dr. Pierce is president of
the Invalids’ Hotel, Buffalo, N. Y., to
which for 50 years past chronic suf
ferers have been coming for special
ized treatment from all over tho U. S.
A., Canada and foreign lands.)
Will Undo Much Evil
By Dr. V. M. Pierce
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and having had opportunity to ob
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hat this great country of ours has
?onc stark wild over the nntassing of j
fortunes. The head of the house drud
fes to build the fortune and the sons
learn the art of wasting it. At last it’s '
■from shirt sleeves to shirt sleeves.” 1
ft is barely possible that we arc cruci- *
ting ourselves on a cross of gold. At
least wo have lost the art of the sim
ple lffe .An Englishman of culture and
prestige, having journeyed far in this
land, returned home with the verdict:
The American ideal is the million
aire.” How far wrong was the English
man’s judgment ?
I\. That Croat American Problem.
Just at this time we hear much
about the incoming tides front foreign
shores. No little is said about Ameri
canizing the un-Americanized. "The
Croat American Problem" has become
the shibboleth in sonic quarters. A
little study of facts will show that the
laborer front foreign shores
Contributes 25 per cent of labor in
slaughter and meat industries.
Hoes '-10 of the bituminous coal
Poes i-8 per cent of all the work in
Contributes 5*10 of all labor in cot
Makes 10-20 of all the clothing.
Manufacturers more than half the
Builds 1-5 of all the furniture.
Makes 1-2 of all the collars, cuffs
Turns out 4-5 of all the leather.
Makes 1-2 of all the gloves.
Refines nearly 0-20 of all the sugar.
Makes 1-2 the tobacco and cigars.
G EORG K W ASH IN G TON’S
FAREWELL TO HIS MOTHER
Two days before George Washing
ton's; departure for his inauguration
as first President of the United j
States he went to Fredericksburg to j
nay what proved to be his last visit to
his venerable mother. .On coming into
her presence he said:
“The people, madam, have been
pleased, with the most flattering un
animity to elect me to the chief mag
istry of the United States; but before
I assume the functions of that office
I have come to bid you an affection- j
ate farewell. So soon as the public
business which must necessarily be en
countered in arranging a new' govern
ment, can be disposed of. I shall hast
en back to Virginia, and—"
Here his mother interrupted him
“You will see me no more,” she said;
“my great age and the disease that is
rapidly approaching my vitals, warn
me that I shall not be long in this
world. I trust in God I am somewhat
prepared for the better. But go,
George, fulfill the high destinies which
heaven appears to assign you; go my
son, and may heaven’s and your moth
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