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threatened, for a time, to be the most heart-rending catastrophe of the war.
That evening, when Billy climbed stiffly out of the automobile in front of the “News-Herald” building, he saw familiar faces awaiting him. Among them was his mother, Phineas Wetherby, and Mr. Morgan. They were radiant. Billy's mother hugged and kissed him. But Mr. Morgan's greeting was a hearty hand-shake. The party went up to the “News-Herald” office. Mr. Morgan was rattling out orders as he went:
“Kelly, bring a chair for Billy! Mr. Pitts, write a careful account of Mr. Wetherby's invention. Goodness knows,
it is costing us enough money! The 'NewsHerald' has bought it. Mr. Moore, a good story, please, on Billy's behavior in the hydroplane. Now, Billy, my boy, you can have anything you wish in the way of a career.
What will it be, college, mechanics, travel, a medical education, what?”
"If you please, Mr. Morgan, I'd like to go to bed first," Billy pleaded. “Then I want to stay on at the 'News-Herald and become a reporter!”
Mr. Morgan looked triumphantly at Billy's mother.
"I told you so !" he exclaimed.
The pennies, little children, which you so gladly gave,
And now the war is over, what will that money do
Early in the morning of January 6, readiness to serve, together with his Theodore Roosevelt was “mustered ability and his tireless energy, made out." In the words of a favorite him a leader of men. Hating insinquotation of his own, he had "fought cerity and cowardice, he set for all the good fight," and was ready for men, in his own conduct, an example "the crown of glory."
of honesty and courage. The facts of Theodore Roosevelt's Theodore Roosevelt—soldier, sercareer need not be recited here; and vant, and leader, good citizen and to present in detail its lesson would fearless President of the greatest of be needless. Every boy and girl in nations, the world respected and adAmerica knows them both.
mired him, but America-loved him. Theodore Roosevelt had armies of Beside the names of Washington and friends, and regiments of political Lincoln on the American roll of enemies. Reluctant to begin a fight, honor must be placed in letters of he never shrank from one when it be- glowing gold the name of Theodore came his duty to fight for right and Roosevelt-American. justice. And he never did less than Of those who pay the last tribute his honest best.
of respect to the strong man who deAs an officer of city, State, and parted from this life on the sixth day nation, Theodore Roosevelt the of this year, none can do him greater "Teddy" of millions of Americans honor than it is in the power of young had always one ideal: he strove al Americans to pay to his memory by ways to be the best and most useful studying the story of his life and enAmerican that Theodore Roosevelt deavoring to prove in their own lives could possibly be.
the worth and beauty of the lesson he That was the secret of his power, gave us all—the lesson of true Amerithe explanation of his success. His canism.
with a load of returning soldiers, was PRESIDENT WILSON IN EUROPE
passed, and the men stood stiffly at attenThe train that left Washington at mid tion on the decks. But as soon as the renight of December 3, 1918, did something quirements of military etiquette had been
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PRESIDENT WILSON ABOUT TO SAIL ON BOARD THE GEORGE WASHINGTON
that no train had ever done before. It fulfilled, they broke ranks and waved and carried the President of the United States cheered with true American fervor. It over the first stage of a journey to Europe, was a splendid farewell. and on December 5, the President's ship, On the voyage the President was kept the George Washington, a former Ger in close touch with Washington by wireman liner, dropped down New York bay less, and was also supplied by radio service and put out to sea on this historic voyage. with up-to-the-minute news from Europe. What a sight it made! The great
The great Day after day he worked, preparing steamer, decked with flags, was preceded speeches for European audiences, and put. by Vice-Admiral Mayo's flagship,—the ting the finishing touches on his peace battle-ship Pennsylvania, which kept that program. But, busy as he was, he found position all the way across, a position of time to attend, unexpectedly, a "sing" held honor and some danger, because of the pos by the crew of the ship. sibility of contact with floating mines, On December 7 the fleet encountered a and convoyed by a fleet of destroyers. severe storm, and on December 10 it
As the George Washington moved down passed the Azores. Off the coast of France the bay and through the opened anti-sub it was met by a squadron of war-ships, and marine net at the Narrows, guns boomed, on December 13 the President landed at whistles shrieked, airplanes flashed over Brest. Here, by the way, another precethe water, and from the shores came cheer dent had been broken by the establishment after cheer as the people bade the nation's of an American port on foreign soil. head God-speed. A transport, coming in On his arrival in Paris, the President
was greeted by throngs which outdid, in ment, and Premier Eisner, of Bavaria, numbers and enthusiasm, even the joyous were in opposition from the start. The outburst of "Armistice Day." It was the leaning of Bavaria was toward separatism greeting of the French Republic to the --that is, toward a breaking up of the United States of America.
empire into disunited states. Ebert repreThe program included conferences with sented the more wholesome tendency to Prime Ministers Lloyd George, Clemen strive for preservation of unity and the ceau, and Orlando; Christmas with the reorganization of the empire, or rather troops; a visit to London as the King's conversion of it into a republican form of and the nation's guest; a tour of the war government. torn parts of France; a visit to Rome; and In Berlin the danger of Bolshevism was return to Paris for the opening of the strongest. Karl Liebknecht, representing Peace Conference on January 10 or 11. the extreme of radicalism, organized a
The boys and girls who read the story counter-revolution—an opposition to the of the President's visit, from day to day, revolution which had overthrown the Imhave surely seen history in the making! perial Government. There were riots in
Berlin, and Liebknecht's forces, called the AS TO GERMANY
Spartacus party, showed alarming strength. The only thing in Germany that stood On December 7, according to the news still long enough, in December, to be reports, Ebert was hailed as the first presistudied satisfactorily through the TELE dent of a new German republic, and a naSCOPE was the army of occupation. On tional assembly was called for. reaching their stations in the Rhine Valley, On December 11 Foreign Minister
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Photographed from a drawing THE GERMAN ARMISTICE COMMISSIONERS IN MARSHAL FOCH'S CAR 1. Marshal Foch; 2. Admiral Wemyss; 3, an American delegate: 4. General Weygand; 5. Matthias Erzberger; 6. General
von Gundoll; 7, General von Winterfeldt: 8, Count Obendorff
the French, British, Belgian, and Ameri- Solf resigned. He had held that office becan soldiers settled into position with fore the armistice, and had been continued pleasing steadfastness. But beyond the in it by the Ebert Government. neutral zone all was confusion.
The more reasonably inclined elements Premier Ebert, of the Berlin Govern- in Germany regarded Solf with some dis
trust because of his connection with the In fifteen months, from April, 1917, to Imperial Government that had plunged the end of June, 1918, the war had cost the country into ruinous war. When they us $13,222,000,000. A large part-nearly seem to be winning, the Germans are arro half-of the money was used for purposes gant and boastful; defeated, they turn with of permanent value, such as the building suspicion upon those who have led them. of ships and shipyards, the enlargement of
The Prussian Guards pledged support the Navy, and the construction of army to the Ebert Government until a National camps and buildings. Many millions of Assembly should have been convened and it, borrowed by the Allies, will return to should have legislated a new form of gov us with interest. ernment for the country.
Here are some of the facts embodied in On December 18 a congress of German the report: On June 30, 1918, the naSoldiers' and Workmen's Councils trans tional debt was about twelve billion dolferred such power as they had to the lars, and this was increased, by the Fourth People's Commissioners (the Ebert Gov. Liberty Loan, to about nineteen billions; ernment), pending the organization of a the Government lent the farmers, in the National Assembly to be convoked, it was year ending September 30, $118,528,000; reported, December 29 for the election of the sale of War Savings Stamps, up to Noa president of the German Republic. vember 1, had brought into the Treas
This is the story of December's devel ury 834,000,000 dollars, and the secreopments in the history of the German tary hoped the sale of stamps would be people, as far as it can be dug out of a continued in peace times, to encourage mass of cloudy and conflicting news re thrift and give the people a more direct ports. We do not gi
antee either its
share in the operation of the Government.
accuracy or the correctness of the conclu More than eight billion dollars had been sion, which seemed to be that Germany lent to the Allies; more than three and was going to follow the course pointed out one-half billions had been collected in by self-interest and that the menace of taxes, and the nation had raised in LibBolshevism might be passed.
erty Bonds—well, a number of billions of
dollars that any member of our class in UNCLE SAM'S TREASURY
American patriotism can name. In December Mr. McAdoo rendered his Every one who owns stamps or bondslast annual report as secretary of the treas and there are mighty few of us who have ury. The next report will carry the sig not invested in Uncle Sam's future!—will nature of Mr. Carter Glass, appointed by read, or re-read, with pleasure this parathe President after Mr. McAdoo resigned. graph from the report: "The payment (Mr. Glass proved his merit as a doctor of into the Treasury of vast sums in war finance, and his mettle as a man, when taxes and from bond sales and the transthe Federal Reserve Act was being made formation of our varied and complex ecoand passed.)
nomic life to the supreme task of winning