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

 - Class of 1919

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THE CUCKOO 25 that the United States should have had better sense than to declare war on Germany, who was prepared for war, while the United States was not. When Ned and Grace arrived home late the next afternoon with the mail they told the remark of Osmond about the United States declaring war. Their father said: “No American should say anything like that.” In the fall the neighbors were requested to come to the Strauss ranch for the round-up and branding of the cattle. Ned and his father helped in the round-up and his mother and sister in the house helped to prepare the meals. It lasted about three weeks. One night Ned couldn’t sleep, and got up and went outdoors to walk around a bit. He slept in the bunk-house with the men, although it was a better place than a good many poor homes in America. While he was out walking around he happened to look up at a tower on the house and saw a pole rising out of it. He watched it for a short time and saw someone pulling on a rope and he saw four wires rise to the top. One end of the wires was fastened to the roof and ran up to the top of the pole. He did not know what to think of it until he thought of an article in a magazine of secret wireless stations in America used by German spies to send messages to Germany. He went to bed and when he went home after the round-up he told his father of what he had seen. His father thought he had imagined it, and did not pay any attention to it. He told Grace, and the next time they went for the mail they slipped out of the house and saw it. When they got to El Paso they hunted up a Ranger named Billy Dixon. This Ranger had joined the United States Secret Service at the beginning of the war and had been hunting for this wireless station. He rode back with Ned and Grace and took two pack horses, carrying some boxes tied to their saddles. When they arrived at Ned’s home he asked for the use of a small cabin which was not in use. He took the boxes off the horses and opened them. They contained a wireless set and he set it up in the cabin. That night he caught a strange code message which was sent by some secret wireless station to the one at the ranch of Mr. Strauss. In a week he got fifty Rangers and made a raid on the Strauss ranch and captured several spies who lived in the tower. No one knew what would become of the Strauss ranch until one day a man rode into Nestor’s and gave Ned a letter. When Ned opened the letter he found that the Strauss ranch was given to him by the Government of the United States for his help, in capturing the spies. A glutting arip Loweu, H. Fisher. It was on a bright October Sunday that a party of five of us left Downing-town by automobile for a gunning trip to the mountains. We had all our luggage strapped to the running board of the car. This included our clothes, shoes and shotguns. We also took two large white and brown setter dogs with us. These slept on the floor of the auto for a greater part of the journey. Just before dark we arrived at a town called La Porte, which is the county seat of Sullivan county. The roads were very bad at this point, as they had had some snow a week previous. On this account we thought it advisable to go no farther. As we would have had to go deep into the mountains to find any game worth while, we decided to stay at the County Seat Inn for the night. The following morning (Monday) we proceeded to Franklin county, where we had been hunting the previous seasons. We made the trio without mishap and arrived at a small town named Rox-bury just in time to do justice to a good supper. This town is situated at the foot of a large mountain. Back of this mountain are several other mountains which have very narrow valleys between them. The town has a population of about three hundred people and has one hotel, at which place we stopped. A great

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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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THE CUCKOO number of the men are in the lumber business and go far back into the mountains to cut timber and haul it each day. As everyone was tired that evening, we all retired eaily. All arose early the next morning, and after a hasty breakfast set out with dogs and guns into the mountains. Soon we separated, three going in one direction and two in another. That day we saw no pheasants and no turkeys and were greatly disappointed. The following day was Wednesday, the opening of the rabbit season, so we decided to hunt rabbits. We found rabbits plentiful, but turned our attentoin to shooting woodcock. We had some great sport, as they would not fly far when scared up. No one seemed good enough a shot to hit any, no matter how hard he tried. In the afternoon we came to a covey of quail. We succeeded in getting but four out of the lot. It was great fun to watch the dogs when they would come near a bird. As soon as they smelled it. their tails would straighten and their bodies become stiff, pointing towards the bird. They would stand in this position until someone came to their aid. The following day (Thursday) was spent in the mountains hunting pheasants, but no luck, as usual. The natives said the pheasants seemed very scarce that year, due to so many enemies. That day, while crossing from one mountain to another, three of us came to a stream, knee deep with water and about 25 feet wide. We could not jump across, as there were no stones, and the nearest bridge two miles away, so we decided to wade. Everyone was wet up to the waist. We built a fire and dried our shoes and clothes. When we went to put on our shoes every pair split, as we had gotten them too near the fire and driven all the oil out of the leather, making it ery brittle. That evening we were informed that some wild ducks had stopped on a dam nearby. The next morning we proceeded to the spot and had some fine shooting. We succeeded in getting but one, as all the rest flew too high for shot to take effect. The remaining days of the week we hunted very little, but played pinochle at the hotel. We all left for home on Sunday, shortly before dinner. We had enjoyed the week’s outing very much. We hope for another trip soon, with more game to hunt. — -D.H.S.- — Jlalriut John E. Heffner, ’19. Andy Brown and his parents lived in Bristol, a small town situated in the western part of our State. Andy’s father was not in the best of health, and for this reason he was unable to work. As a result, Andy was compelled to leave school at an early age. and secure j employment in Bristol’s only manufacturing establishment, a large shoe factory. Here he obtained a position as office-boy. With the money thus earned he was able to support his parents comfortably. However, Andy was not destined to remain in such a position for any considerable length of time. He studied at evening assiduously, and in this way mastered the rudiments of knowledge. His perseverance and diligence won the respect of all those whom he met. In addition, he proved to be a capable office-boy. All of his friends predicted a brilliant future for him. During Andy’s second year with the firm the sales manager resigned. The firm was literally swamped with applications for the position, and, at last, they decided to hold a competitive examination. Andy had been anxiously awaiting such a chance, and decided to try for the position. He received the highest mark in the examination, and duly became sales manager. In this position he served the firm to the best of his ability. Andy was now holding a responsible

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