Downingtown High School - Our Year Cuckoo Yearbook (Downingtown, PA)

 - Class of 1919

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THE CUCKOO 23 problem of this nature is to remove the causes for the jealousy. Such a task is difficult, but possible. If it is attended with success, reconstruction will progress smoothly and many wars may he prevented. However, reconstruction involves more than the points already discussed. Men of the future will have to be well trained and efficient. This can be ac- complished only by a compulsory education system throughout the world. Only trained men can grasp the meaning of the recent war and the problems arising from it. Future generations will be called upon to complete the stupendous program of reconstruction. If they succeed, the world will be “made safe for democracy.” ahr Dmptian Pauline Starner, ’20. In a front-line trench, “somewhere in France,” Jack Burke and Eugene Morris sat talking in low tones. Everything wras quiet, as in the lull which precedes a storm. And, indeed, a great storm was brewing—a great storm of battle. The boys of the 19th Division were waiting w'ith bated breaths—waiting for the command to send them “over the top” into “No Man’s Land.” It was for this reason that Jack and Eugene, two of the most lively boys of the regiment, were speaking in subdued whispers. Jack Burke wras the only child of a wealthy widow. Previous to the war he had lived with her in their beautiful Southern home along the Potomac. When the call for volunteers to fight for democracy, and to avenge the wrongs of Belgium, came, Mrs. Burke, although all her hopes were centred in Jack, cheerfully gave him into service for his country. Eugene Morris, on the other hand, except for a few distant relatives, was alone in the wrorld. His mother and father had died while he was still young, leaving him in the hands of strangers until he was able to take care of himself. Then had begun a struggle for existence, but by great perseverance he had gradually worked himself upward, until at the opening of the war he was holding an important and well-paying position. But now, although success seemed ready to be grasped, he had renounced all his opportunities in order that he might help “Uncle Sam” teach the Huns a lesson. When Jack and Eugene had met “overseas” they had been mutually attracted to each other, and had become comrades; but now the nearness of death had drawn them into closer relationship than ever before. Jack was telling about his home and mother, and had made Eugene promise to notify his mother should he be among those w-ho would fall in the fight. He in turn promised to notify Eugene’s only living relative should anything happen to him. Just then the fatal command was given, and with a cheer the “boys went over the top.” The drive was over. It had been successful, but oh! with what a loss! The air was rent with the groans of the dying, while many had already gone into the Great Beyond. Among the latter was Jack Burke. He had laid down his life for his country. The Red Cross workers were already hard at work, dragging to safety those who wrere in need of physical aid, and easing the last moments of those mortally wounded. Among those brought to the emergency hospital was Eugene Morris. He had been among the first to reach the enemy’s trench, having been spurred on by seeing Jack fall; but just as victory was within reach he had been knocked down by a shell, exploding almost at his feet. The lower part of his face was shot away, and he certainly was a terrible sight to behold. As soon as he was able to be moved, he was sent back to the base hospital. When Eugene had sufficiently recovered his strength, the surgeon told him of a plan by which his face could regain its former expression. If he would give the doctor a photograph of himself, by grafting skin and necessary joints from other portions of his body, it would be

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'i'i THE CUCKOO to take the fair one from the front seat into his strong arms and place her in safety on the sidewalk. Then he rushed back, clasped the other one to his bosom and carried her to a place out of danger. All this only took a very few minutes. Our hero saw that he still had time to help save the machine, so back he went and with one push of his mighty arm shoved the automobile out of the path of the street car. The occupants of the machine had not had time to say a word in those moments of anxiety, but they at last found their voices and thanked the young man who had saved their car and the lives of their companions. The young ladies showered words of thanks and praise on this modest young man, much to the qjiagrin of their es-scorts. With sighs of relief they all climbed into the machine. The boy with those fascinating curls went on down the street and the auto-mbile went on its way. The Downing-town High School students did not know that they had in their midst a really, truly, living hero, because modesty had kept him from ever speaking of that act of heroism. •D.H.S.- -— Urnmatrurtton John E. Heffner, ’id. At the present time the whole world faces the immense task of reconstruction. This is the natural outcome of the recent war, the greatest of all history. Reconstruction requires the cooperation of every nation and for this reason is of a complex nature. In order to carry out a reconstruction policy the world will have to be rebuilt on new standards. These standards fall under three main heads—social, political and commercial. If a comprehensive survey of the question is to be made, each phase of it must be given due consideration. Formerly the caste system was in vogue, particularly in Germany, Austria and Russia. In these countries the lower classes were in a virtual state of bondage and, therefore, supreme authority was vested in the high nobility. Central Europe was in chaos. With such a state of affairs civilization could never advance. A great war between the armed forces of autocracy and those of democracy was inevitable. When the war finally did break out the Central Powers advanced toward the Allies with mighty forces. Time after time they were hurled back and finally they were forced to surrender. Our victory in the war has demonstrated conclusively the inefficiency of any autocratic form of government. Henceforth all mankind must be put on an equal basis. In this way social equality will be an ultimate effect of the war and nations will recognize the fact that “all men are created free and equal.” Only a century ago it was a common practice for nations to ally themselves secretly with other nations in order that they might secure territory by unlawful means. We now know that Germany was guilty of such a procedure. The Hohenzollerns, by intrigue and secret diplomacy, planned to conquer the whole j of Europe, if possible. Now that the German plots have been revealed, all nations look with contempt upon such “secret crimes.” The war has taught us that secret treaties, designed to disturb the political status of the world, are a menace to mankind. In years to come all treaties and diplomacy shall be openly exposed to the deliberations of a world league. Consequently, the political policy of all nations must be altered so as to conform with the principles of democracy. All territorial acquisitions must j insure the safety of the world. The cause for most wars is jealousy. ! Not infrequently this jealousy is the direct outcome of commercial disputes. Commercial competition becomes so keen that jealousy is aroused among the various nations concerned. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, England. France and Germany have sought to outstrip each other in this respect. This was one of the underlying causes of the war The only remedy for a

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24 THE CUCKOO jossible to mold his features to resemble those on the photograph, thus making him look the same as ever. Eugene was now to face one of the greatest temptations of his life. Among the papers he had taken from his dead comrade’s body was Jack’s picture. Why not give this picture to the surgeon and thus have Jack’s features molded on his face? He could then go back to Mrs. Burke, masquerading as her son. and thus spend the rest of his life in ease and at the same time save Mrs. Burke the sorrow that the knowledge of her son’s death would cause her. All night long he had debated this in his mind, but when morning came he had decided He had chosen the easier way. The operation was more successful than the surgeon had dared hope, and not the old Eugene Morris, but a new Jack Burke, sat or lounged in the convalescent ward. But during the time he had spent in the hospital the armistice had been signed, and on account of his wounds Eugene was among the first to go home. He was half inclined to give up his mad plan, but all his bridges were burned, and he could only go forward. Meanwhile the news of her son’s death had come to Mrs. Burke, and she had suffered greatly. Imagine, then, her surprise when Eugene, whom she took to be Jack, came home! Eugene thought this repaid him for his deceitfulness, but as time went on and Mrs. Burke lavished so much care and love on him his conscience smote him, and one day he confessed all to her. He told her how Jack had fallen nobly among the foremost, and leading up to his own wounds, he told her how he had deceived her. At first Mrs. Burke could not bear the sight of Eugene. But after a time she realized how she would miss him should he go away. So, as she was now alone in the world, she forgave Eugene and they lived as mother and son until her death. nnb thr Unriter {Otrrlrsfl By W. On a small ranch in New Mexico, | about one hundred miles north of El Paso, lived Ned Nester. his father, mother and sister. He was a boy about 16 years of age; his sister Grace was two years younger. War had been threatening with Germany and the people in the West were very much excited about reports of the work of spies in the blast. One morning Ned and Grace started to El Paso for the mail. They rode splendid horses, as their father was fond of fine horses. They rode all day, and, having covered 50 miles, they stopped at a rancher’s house for the night. This rancher was a friend of their father and owned thousands of cattle. Ned did not like this rancher, but did not know why. The rancher’s father and mother had come from Germany. They were rich and no one knew why they left their native country and came to America. The house and barns were made large and strong. The cattle had the best P. H. grass and water in that part of the country. Their cowboys were better fed and clothed than those on the other ranches. They had many visitors, whom no one knew, and also gave banquets to their neighbors. Their name was Strauss and they were respected by the people. The next morning Ned and Grace started for El Paso, arriving there about 5 o’clock in the afternoon. They stayed with their friends named Howards, who had a son of Ned’s age, named Gilbert. Gilbert and Ned were very good friends and talked until late about German spies in the East. The next morning there was great excitement in El Paso, as news had come in the night of the declaration of war with Germany. Ned and Grace got the mail and started home. That night, when they arrived at the home of Mr. Strauss, they were asked for all the news. When they told of the declaration of war significant glances passed from one member of the household to another. The son, Osmond, said

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