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

 - Class of 1919

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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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THE CUCKOO 21 buy you a few flowers and a little present and catch a train here.” With this he handed her a little box which contained a beautiful gold watch on a bracelet and set with tiny diamond chips. “As for Tim being here,” he went on, “I met him on the train. He told me that he was coming here, so we came together. How he happened to be coming, you will have to ask him.” Tim explained that he had been severely wounded and was unable to write, so that was why Maybell had not heard from him. He had received her letters, however, and had gotten the announcement the day before he was sent home. His ship had landed two days ago, but he had not sent her word because he wanted to surprise her. Her father and he reached there just in time for the exercises. Tim’s wounds had been so severe that he was no longer able to light, but had been sent home to help train men for service. He was on a few hours’ leave and must go back to camp that night. Mr. Keifer said that he would go with him. As she watched them go, Maybell thought how but a few hours before she had been so sad and then in the twinkle of an eye all had been changed to happiness and joy. What a wonderful day this last day at college had been ! That night, when she again looked upon the chocolate set, she smiled as she thought of the soldier boy who had sent it. It is needless to say that the chocolate set one day found its way to a table owned by Maybell and Tim in their home next door to her father’s. n.H.s.- ------- An Unknown ffirrn Anna E. Long, ’19. The stars were shining brightly overhead and it was slowly approaching that hour when ghosts begin their nightly lours, that a young man could be seen going down the street of a rather prosperous town, known as Downingtown. This young gentleman was a huskylooking chap, about five feet four inches tall and weighing about one hundred and fifteen pounds. He was a member of the football team of Downingtown High School. This young athlete was very-much envied by the opposite sex, as he had an abundance of those ornaments which most of the girls had to go to a hair dressing establishment and buy, in order to add a few touches to their personal appearance—curls, beautiful brown curls He was well liked both by the boys and girls as he was renowned for his brilliancy and ability to entertain, bur was continually having the wrath of the teachers let down on his curly head on account of these virtues. He was going quietly along when from out of the darkness in one direction came a trolley car, dashing along at a fairly high speed, on its wayr to West Chester. Just at this moment a large touring car was seen coming from the opposite direction. As it approached the Baptist Church it started across the car track, where—just as it was on the track—the engine stalled. Two young men jumped out of the machine and commenced with frantic efforts to push it off, as the street car was rapidly approaching and the motorman did not seem to see the car just a short distance in front of it. The boys, expecting every minute to have the trolley crash into the automobile, tried unsuccessfully to push the car out of its perilous position and to start the engine. So busy were they in trying to move the car that they had entirely forgotten the two fair damsels who were in it. Their shrieks could be heard for quite a distance, and from all appearances seemed paralyzed, they were so badly frightened. Our hero, seeing the fruitless efforts of the boys who had just about given up hope, and also seeing that the motorman did not intend to stop the trolley altogether (although he had slowed down somewhat), rushed to the rescue. The young men were still trying to push the car to safety, but it did not seem to want to move. The trolley was now within 10 yards of the supposedly doomed car when our hero arrived on the scene. The first thing he did was

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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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