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THE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, NORTH PLATTK. NK1IWMCK.
By OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
THE land of sunshine and of song!
Her name your hearts divine;
To her the banquet's vows belong
Whose breasts have poured its wine;
Our trusty friend, our true ally
Through varied change and chance;
So, fill your flashing goblets high,
I give you, VIVE LA FRANCE!
Above our hosts in triple folds
The selfsame colors spread,
Where Valor's faithful arm upholds '
The blue, the white, the red;
Alike each nation's glittering crest !
Reflects the morning's glance,
Twin eagles, soaring east and west:
Once more, then, VIVE LA FRANCE !
Sister in trial! who shall count
Thy generous friendship's claim,
Whose blood ran mingling in the fount "
'That gave our land its name,
Till Yorktown saw in blended line
Our conquering arms advance,
And Victory's double garlands twine
Our banners! VIVE LA FRANCE!
O land of heroes! in our need
One gift from heaven we crave
To stanch these wounds that bravely bleed-
The wise to lead the brave !
Call back one captain of thy past
From glory's marble trance, '
Whose name shall be a bugle blast
To rouse us! VIVE LA FRANCE!
The (tattle of Lafayette, presented to
Honored by All
SEPTEMBER 6th !s the 107th an
niversary of the birth of the
great French soldier who was
America's friend in her hour of
Lafayette was a mero boy of twenty
when he left his young wife In France
and at his own expense came to this
country and presented himself to con
gress and offered his services where
they would bo best suited for the
cause in hand.
Lqfayette received his first Impres
sions of the American strugglo for lib
erty while he was stationed at Metz.
Undoubtedly he was led to apply to the
American commissioners at Paris,
among whom was Franklin, through
f his recollection of the loss of Canada
to France. It was at the same time
that he, an aristocrat, began to under
stand the common people. Certainly
from the first moment of his landing
In America until the end of his days
he was most, democratic In his deal
ings with all men.
When he appeared before Franklin
and Deane and desired to offer hl3
sword to America ho was dissuaded.
He was told that, in the first place,
(here was no ship to take him, and to
that he answered that he would char
ter a vessel himself and at the sumo
time supply It and also take any com
munications the commissioners had for
Won Commissioners' Sanction.
There was no other answer to a per
severing, courageous and generous
young soldier than to accept his offer.
He gladly embraced the opportunity
to .lend his aid and also invited sev
eral other dashing young Frenchmen
to accompany lilm.
Ho was as good as his word, and in
aue time lie anu ms snip arriveu on
' this sldo of the Atlantic. Congress
...read with Interest his recommendu
t!ons from Franklin, and they agreed to
the single proviso in his offer, which
was that he, on, account of his posl
' tfou, -was to receive the commission
ns a general olllcer and he was to be
free to answer any summons of his
king. But at the sumo time he stipu
lated that he was to serve without
It was about the middle of April,
1777, that the young nobleman urrivi'd
In South Carolina, and it was in July
that congress gave him his commls
slon as major general, nltbough he wus
then some weeks less thun twenty
years of age.
Placed under the personul care of
wnsuingion, uie greui voiuiuuuuer m
chief soon became attached to the
young ofllcer. The fooling of ndmlru
tlon was mutual, and Lafayette until
the day of his death regurded his men
tor and friend as the greatest Ameri
Gladly Gave His Services.
From tlio first ho wns convinced of
the Justness of the American cause,
nii.i v '-t for it as If it were his
France In 1900 by tbe achool children of America, standa In tba court of the Louvre.
It la the work of the aculptor Bartlett.
own. Ho not only served without pay,
but actually lent assistance to tho
struggling colonies out of his own pri
vate means. In all, he advanced about
$140,000 to the American cause, and
in those days that was an immense
sum of money.
Less than two months from the day
ho received his commission he was
In command of a body of troops in the
army that engaged the British at the
battle of the Brandywlne. The Amer
icans numbered In all about 11,000 ef
fective troops, although their total
number was about 15,000, while the
British confronted them with nn army
of 18,000 trained men.
Then, on September 11, 1877, when
he had just passed his twentieth birth
day, young Lafayette, a tall stripling,
1757 LAFAYETTE 1834.
received ills baptism of tire. He
received more than that, for one of his
legs was so badly wounded by n bullet
thMt he hud to be carried to Bethle
hem, where ho lay for weeks, attended
tenderly by the Moravian sisters.
For a time Lnfuyette wns under Gen
eral Sullivan, and he saw much hnrd
service. When the Ithode Island cam
paign was drawing to a close and
D'Estning's lleet and 4,000 French
troops were withdrawn, It becume evi
dent to those who thought on the sub
ject that the patriot army was In a sad
quandary. It needed supplies and it
needed assistance In men, and it need
ed the alliance of a powerful nation.
It was true that the badly clothed and
sadly supplied little straggling army
of tho colonists could hold out for a
long time; but It "was evident that
help was needed If a peace wns to be
signed that would guarantee their lib
Lafayette was one of thoso who saw
that tho patriots must Jiavo help. He
had been absent from home and his
young wife for two years, and he asked
for a leavo of nhsence to visit France.
Toward the end of the yenr 1778 he
returned home and congress, although
It wns poor in resources, did prove It!
gratitude by ordering Franklin, ther,
American envoy in France, to have d
sword made and presented to the dls-
tlngulshed young soldier.
Made Victory Sure.
Lafayette returned again, and thlf
time France sent over an army and,
what was more valuable, a fleet to co
operate with it, and with these new
forces. in tho field against her the Brit
ish began the final chapter of the war,
After the war Lafayette visited thq
United States nnd was everywhere re
ceived with welcoming hands. '
Townrd tho evening of his, life tin
great Frenchman was in need, having
lost his property and having been oth
erwise deprived of his patrimony. It
was at this tlmo that congress voted
him money and lands, which he sold foi
$100,000, and at tho same time invited
him to revisit tho scene of his youth
His tour of tho country lasted four
teen months, during which period he
visited each of tho then twenty-fout
states, and in every town and city he
wns the object of a splendid welcome.
He died in France in 1834 and there
was general mourning and many trib
utes to his memory In the United
The present war has caused his name
to be Illuminated again, for once more
France and America are fighting a com
mon foe, but this time tho country
which France helped to free Is return
Ing to assist her In freeing tho world
Lafayette True Republican.
Tho republicanism of Lafayette as
tonished two continents In his day and
set the chancellories of Europe by tho
ears. It abides still as an Inspiration
to the world In these days of tho
Buttle for Liberty. The man repre
sented In his youth the struggle for
the highest Ideals of our country nnd
in his mnturer years ho became nn em
bodiment of the struggle against tho
greed of the nun. The hero of Brandy
wine, whose vision was prophetic, was
also the foe of Prussian militarism. As
tho "Prisoner of Olmutz" his spirit
was not broken when he enme to us
after having suffered the indignities
nnd cruelties heaped upon him by tho
Teuton. Were he living now ho would
be ns ardent ngnlnst the Hohcnzol
lerns as he wns ugalnst George III of
Whole World Turns to America.
In the providence of God und by the
light of our loynlty toward tho orig
inal convictions nf liberty and humnn
Ity upon which we have founded wo
are today with gnruered wisdom nnd
with stored wcnlth and with disci
pllned strength standing In the vortex
of universal waters ns at once tho
lighthouse of hope and tho anchor of
liberty for all tho world.
Paying Nation's Debt to France.
Nenrly a century and n half hnvo
passed since France and America Inst
fougljt side by side. It is Inspiring
to any American to realize that we nro
now paying -In part at least the debt
we owe to this glorious people who
sent Lafayette when we sorely needed
Wni. .. .
"Thcro was a dog," fiftld Daddy,
"who never deserted her master and
when both thought they would have to
glvo up tho other something happened
to save them for ench other.
"Tho dog was named Stick To It,
That may seem to bo a very funny
namo for a dog, but Just tho same it
wns a very suitable name.
"Stick To It was called for skort
Stick, and for many months sho fol
lowed her master through nil sorts of
dangers and battles and troubles. When
great guns roared Stick's cars
only went up nil th Btrnlghtcr and sho
wntched her master, or sometimes car
ried messages for him.
"And so sho received tho namo
Stick To It, for nothing wns too dread
ful for tills plucky, bravo fox terrier.
Sho was willing to stand anything
her master had to stand, and sho un
derstood, too, In her dog way, that a
great many hard tilings had to bo
stood and suffered for tho sake of
things which mndo people and children
and nations and even dogs happy 1
"One day her master was hurt. Oh,
how Stick felt. She did nil sho could
and was tho greatest comfort In tho
world. When her master's compan
ions had other tilings to look after
for they had had to leavo tho master
for tho tlmo being In a hospltnl to get
well, Stick was always by his sldo.
A llttlo companlpn and comrade was
Stick, In danger or In trouble, and
too In tho happy days they had known
and which they would know again.
"But they went bnck again whero
tho great guns roared and again Stick's
master was hurt not badly but ho
had to leavo to bo taken to a hospital,
and this timo Stick was hurt too.
"Poor Stick was so lonely nt first
without her master nnd tho master
so lonely without Stick that when
"Stick To It, You're Rightly Named."
Stick's Injuries were better she wns
allowed to spend tho days with her
master, and nt night to sleep on the
end of his bed.
"And so after a tlmo they both got
well again but the doctors said they
had both been bravo and had won
great distinctions and now they must
rest nud go home again.
"How happy they were to still have
each other tho master and the faith
ful dog and somehow they both felt
better for having risked great dangers
they felt a great deal better.
"It was not long after thnt when
a little girl fell Into a narrow river In
a part which was way above her head
And Stick went in after her.
Stick's master had gone off to town
for that day, and Stick was alone,
Oh, what a time she had trying to
pull out the little girl. She wns so
frightened that she tried to pull Stick
under the water with her.
"And many a tlmo Stick thought
there was no hope for either of them
when nt last she got hold of her shoul
der with her good Btrong teeth so that
tho child couldn't get hold of her, nnd
sho pwnra with all her might and main
to the shore.
"It wasn't a long distance, but oh
what a struggle Stick had I
. "When the little girl got over hei
fear and her excitement she told every
one about Stick and how she had strug
gled when she had been so frightened
and had tried to drown them both
No one wns surprised, for they knew
Stick was tho brave dog of the bravo
master. But Just the same Stick later
on received a medal which sho wore
on her collar.
"That didn't mean so much to her.
but what did mean n great deal to her
was when her master held her llttlo
brown and black head between his
two big hands and said, with
strange sound in his voice that was
very much llko a child's voice when
there was going to bo funny watery
tears afterwards; 'Stick To It, you're
rightly named. Yon'd stick to any
thing to suvo anybody's life. And
you'ro the best, pluckiest, bravest llt
tlo dog in all the world I'
"And oh, how happy Stick To It
was, for when she wns called by her
full namo sho knew that her master
was especially proud and pleased with
"So Stick To It became very justly
a' real dog heroine 1"
"I Is" Was Good.
"I Is,' began a small student.
am," promptly corrected the teacher.
'.'I am the ninth letter of the alpha'
tber," finished tho boy. Boy's Life.
Know How to Use Facts.
Simply to know facts Isn't wisdom
we nro not wise until we know how
to use facts.
(Special Information Sorvloc, United
This Ordinary Wash Boiler, With a Wooden False Bottom, Is Good Enough for
AS HOME CANNER
Department of Agriculture Re
duces Essential Principles
to Simple Terms.
FULL INFORMATION ON WORK
Small Children Grandfathers and
Grandmothers May Be Efficient
Soldiers In Service of Nation
Anybody who can do good house
work and who will make a serious ef
fort to master soma essential details
can bo a successful home eanner.
Of course, good sense and more than
ordinary enre must bo exercised, and
certain definitely demonstrated prin
ciples must be adhered to.
It Is not necessary to discuss thoso
principles hero. The United States
department of agriculture has reduced
them to simple terms and printed them
in plain language. Full printed Infor
mation on canning may bo had from
the department of agriculture by any
who care to ask for It both general
Information and specific information
on particular fruits and vegetables. In
addition to that, the department of
agriculture, has nn army of home dem
onstrators, cxperts-ln canning, who nro
anxious to glvo practical, first-hand in
struction, nnd one of whom Is within
reach of practically every housewife In
the United States.
Operation and Equipment
The operation Is simple. Means of
Instruction are adequate and easily
available. The equipment Is neither
expensive nor hnrd to find. An or
dinary wash boiler with some strips of
board at tho bottom is as good a can
ning boiler 08 can be found. There is
no equipment required In canning be
yond tho ordlnury articles to bo found
in tho nverngo household.
Tho things that must not bo so read
ily dismissed Is the duty of everybody
to see to it that all fruits and vege
tables not required for Immediate use
shall be canned nnd carried over Into
the winter, to Increase tho food supply
of a world that, for some tlmo to come,
cannot bo very far from the verge of
There is, as everybody knows, a
shortage of available labor for food
production. All people cannot do all
tho kinds of labor that are necessary
to produce food. But hero 1b an op
portunity for those who cannot plant
and plow, Harvest and gather Into tho
garner an opportunity to make avail
able large quantities of as good food
as there Is in the world.
Housewife as Director.
Probably the housowlfo, In most
cases, will have to bo tho director of
the canning operations. But, In most
cases, sho will not havo to do all, or
oven the greater part, of tho labor. In
most of tho processes of canning, boys
and girls oven comparatively small
boys and girls can bo efficient help
ers, Old persons grandmothers who
have ceased to bo active heads of
houses and grandfathers who havo
long since retired from business can
do excellent work In helping along tho
canning operations can render ns real
and ns efficient service to tho nation
ns their stalwart sons who are growing
food crops or making munitions of
war or building Kblps.
and the War
States Department of Agriculture.)
Club In Every Home.
Thcro might very well bo n canning
club In every house. In a few cases,
of course, tho club must consist just
of tho husband nnd tho wife. But, In
the great majority of cases there will
bo a largo membership florae boys
and girls, a grandmother or a. grand
father, or both. And it could be made
a mighty interesting organization, be
cause, In tho first place, It would be
a military organization fighting for
tho freedom of the world. Think of It I
Mother as tho general In command,
directing a campaign against tho
kaiser, and all tho other members of
tho family constituting units in the
army, ench with a particular and im
portant duty. A thousand times you
have wished that you could have
fought besldo grandpa when, he was n
soldier in a great war. Here is the
chance. Three generations fighting
shoulder to shoulder on tho right side
of tho greatest war tho world has ever
MORE CANNED GOODS
First Step Get jars and tops,
clean them, and havo them
ready for use.
Second Step Have new rub
ber rings rendy to put the seal
on your canned products.
Third Stop Conveniently ar
range canning outfit and other
A determination to save food
and help your country, coupled
with a plentiful supply of fresh
vegetables and fruits, if care
fully managed by safe nnd sani
tary methods, will give results
that are successful and satis
fying. Bulletins containing direc
tions for canning, preserving,
jelly mnklng, drying and other
conserving methods will be sent
freo on request to tho United
States department of agricul
Get down to cases cases of home
A row of filled preserving jars Is n
good defense against winter.
Sterilized, scaled, saved tho three
"S's" of home canning.
S. O. S. Sterilize on Btovc another
wny of saying "boll thoso Jnrs of fruits
nnd vegetables so they will keep per
Tho useful life of a preserving Jar
filled In summer, ready by fall, emptied
In winter hungry to save more food
next spring nnd summer.
A wooden false bottom in a home
canning outfit is a raft that keeps lots
of pcrlshablo food from being lost.
An ull-round good thing for the na
tion a rubber ring on a preserving
A fourth floor apartment Is n fine
placo to produce a canned garden.
Persons of every level should can,
tho family In tho top flat as well as
tho dweller In the bungalow.
You don't need even a foot of earth
to raise a canned garden In fact the
less dirt the better In homo canning.
The colors of thoso Jars of canned
and preserved products put n service
emblem In your kitchen.
Brighten tho corner in that kitchen
closet with canned beans, fruits, ber
ries. When tho skin has been subjected to
a blow, .tako n llttlo dry starcl.,
moisten It with cold water and lay it
on the Injured spot. This will prevent
tho skin from discoloring.
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