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

 - Class of 1919

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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 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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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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