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er and miner's helper, I started West: land of ours. How well I have sucbecame
prospector, miner and ceeded singly and alone, few know, for special correspondent for the Omaha outside of my old friend and companBee from the Black Hills; was made ion of the Black Hills, Thomas F. Chief of Scouts for the Black Hills Walsh, who fought Indians with me in Rangers in 1875 and later appointed 1875 and 1876, and who, unfortunately Chief of Scouts by General Wesley for the boys, died about a year ago, leavMerritt in the Sitting Bull campaign ing over sixty millions, no man has put of 1876 and after acting as courier and up a dollar towards my expenses even correspondent for the New York Her- in reaching the boys, and Tom Walsh ald at the close of the campaign I gave me one thousand dollars, every joined the man known as "Buffalo Bill” dollar of which went into prisons and and played the leading part in one of reformatories, and because he especially those nightmare, blood and thunder charged me not to mention it, I have monstrosities that has caused so many
never until now. wild, reckless, impulsive boys to run The best boys on earth are in jail, and away from good homes to become fit in the reformatories, and nine-tenths of subjects for the penitentiary or reform- them are suffering for other people's atory.
sins; cuffed, kicked, abused and misFive months of this was enough understood, led astray by environment for me, especially when I realized that and hardened criminals, many bigI was not only ruining boys but ob- hearted boys are ruined unknown to taining money under false pretense. themselves until they are caught and
Then came mother's death. I saw detained. my sweet, Christian, tired mother dy
Listen to this from a genius in the ing a martyr's death after a long, hard Charlestown, Mass., prison, after lisstruggle for her children. This was the tening to the story I've just written. first great sorrow that came to me. This appeared in the Prison "Mentor"
Before she died she asked me to make for January, 1911. her a promise, and I said I would; she said: “Then promise me that as long as
TO “JACK CRAWFORD." you live you will never taste intoxicants and then it won't be so hard to leave
By Petronius. this world and to leave these two little
Jack Crawford, you did put it right; sisters in your keeping.” And then and “We played the coward's part”; there, I promised God and mother, and
When we were called upon to fight
We showed a craven heart. when ordered as a boy tenderfoot to
We might have won a ribbon white, drink, I have looked into the muzzle of A medal on our breast, a gun and in the face of a "bad man,"
If we had fought a manly fight
And done our very best. and said: “You can shoot, and you can If we had kept the promise made kill me, but you can't make me break To mother, and cared not
What “others did" or "others said"a promise I gave to my dying mother.”
If we had stood and fought. The intemperance of my father had Ours could have been perennial youth, deprived all my brothers, sisters and At three-score four, like yours,
If we had fought sides with the truth myself of an education, and had caused
And followed not sin's lures. my mother's heart to break, and here But here's to you, Jack Crawford, man, you have my principal and special reas
Scout, poet, lecturer
Your sharp reproof was dearer than on for trying to reach the boys for
The praise of flatterer; over thirty years and more, especially We know a MAN, when we see one, the unfortunate behind prison bars and
And would shake hands with you,
Who, 'gainst all odds, fought bravely on, in our reformatories all over this great And to YOURSELF were true!
And this extract from a three page and besides being right, he had the write-up of my talk in the same paper: right of saying what he did say in that
“Comes ‘Jack,' however—Capt. Jack, way, inasmuch as he, of all men, never if you please, (and if you don't, he played the coward's part
. So his words doesn't continental)-comes
went home, and Capt. Jack commanded
the absolute clearsightedness of every "Jack,' I say, and makes the red corpuscles tingle and riot in our anatomy! when our hearts were receptive to the
soul here; the psychological moment, Capt. Jack is one of them fellows that puts ye on yer mettle,' and he hits (and without hurt, without sting.”
unvarnished truth, without wincing, hit US) straight from the shoulder, and yet, and yet-instead of closing
And now to get back to the boys in our eyes a la Jeffries, he opens 'em! “Did you catch 'it?' Verbatim it
the Reformatory and to fully illustrate sounded like this: 'You've played the do in my poor humble way. Read the
what I mean and what I am trying to coward's part, boys! And Capt. Jack's voice wasn't purring and soft-like following from “The News, Hamilton, when he said it, was it? In fact, there 0.," where I talked to the “Boy Scouts”
last April: was a quality of quasi-harshness in that big, broad voice of his, otherwise so
At the Rahway, N. J., State Reformwarm, that
up and down your atory five hundred boys fifteen to twenspine and tickled the marrow in your ty-five years of age, after listening to bones in a peculiar way-even today him the second time, did what never we would feel it. And who of us would was done on earth before. "Boys," hesitate to choose those clean, clear, said Superintendent Frank Moore, as open, frank and heart vowels of his, Capt. Jack concluded, “while you are rather than lisping, soothing liquids ? wiping the tears from your eyes I want
“Notice his eyes—the fire in them, not to see how many real heroes there are the smouldering fire of a half extinct among you. Liquor has put most of you volcano, but the leaping flames of the here, and I want every Boy Hero before eyes of a prophet of old, as he bellows to raise his hand with me and forth his accusation! And each burn
swear, 'God helping me,' never to touch ing word accentuated, as it were, and intoxicants from this day on forever;" driven home, with broad hammer and practically five hundred hands strokes, gestures of hands and arms, went up. Capt. Jack jumped to his and that leonine mane of his nodding feet and said; “Boys, I want every approval—the whole suggesting Jupi- mother's son of you who held up your ter flinging thunder and lightning from hands, to write me a letter or even a Olympian heights: "You've played the postal card. Tell me you mean it, and coward's part!—but say, where was the will keep your pledges, and to every sting? or hurt feelings?
boy who writes, I will send my picture, “Behold, the “ gentlemanly looking an original poem and my autograph. bunch of outlaws' didn't gasp for And to the boy writing the best letetr, breath nor mercy, nor get ‘huffed, nor a copy of my New Book and Poems fidgety; nor cuss, nor swear, at the with an original poem.” boldness of Capt. Jack. Not a bit of it! And in one week there came over But the “gentlemanly looking bunch of four hundred letters.
four hundred letters. Capt. Jack read outlaws' understood and took those a few and had to stop, so overcome was words as gospel truth; took them at he with the heart fult and soulful recitheir full meaning and purport, fully tals of these unfortunate but big-heartconvinced, beyond the faintest doubt or ed boys. attempt at cavail, that ‘Jack' was right; Then starting South to fill his chau
tauqua dates, he sent the letters to a organization ever heard of. Boy Heroes friend and asked him to take them they will be in reality, for they will home and have his wife, who is inter- pledge themselves against intoxicants, ested in this line of work, go over them cigareets and yellow literature, and the and select the winner of the book. Here boy who is true to these pledges will be is a portion of the friend's letter to a real hero indeed. Some boy organiCapt. Jack:
zations have been afraid of me because
I insist on telling my temperance story “Dear Captain Jack:
on all occasions when I am talking to I have never felt so unprepared to do boys, and if I can get four hundred out a task in my life as I now feel about of five hundred boys most of whom writing you concerning these letters. are looked upon as criminals to make Mrs. Robinson read aloud to us a half such a pledge, it is my business and dozen of these letters, when I begged God's business that I keep on, and so I her not to read any more, for I was shall as long as I live." completely overcome.
I shall also have Boy Heroes organThe following night she read some ized on the outside, who will pledge more, having in the meantime read themselves to the same and more. They them all, between four and five hun- will be pledged to take these boys by dred, and was so stirred by the situa- the hand as they come out of the Retion that I had to use a great deal of formatory and prisons and help them effort to keep her from taking them and to keep their pledges, to secure for starting for New York with a deter- them employment, and not be ashamed mination that she was going to find to associate with them. And while I someone who would finance you in a live and have a say in this boy organiway to enable you to spend the rest of zation, there will be no selfish grafters your energy in work of this kind. We connected with it, and absolutely no are all a unit in feeling that if there salaries outside of those who work as was a chosen messenger to any partic- employees. In the mean-time, I want ular class, that you are the one in such
the opportuuniuty to earn sufficient work as you did at Rahway, and cer- money to keep my family pot boiling tainly there never was in the history of while I am helping the boys, and everythe world, a man whose record and per- one who contributes any sum of money sonality combined, can compare with for my work among the boys, will be you in reaching this class. I took the given an accounting of every date filled letters to her to select the prize winner, to his or her credit, and in this way
I but she absolutely refuses to consider see the realization of my happiest and the letters from that view-point. She oldest dream. For feels, and we all feel that the future of a number of these boys has been “I'd rather find a wayward stray and help
him to his own, largely placed in your keeping, and that
Than entertain the angles at picnic round something must be done to enable you the throne." to give these boys further consideration by letter or otherwise. C. W. R.”
And now for the “Boy Scouts of
America." "Hallelujuh !” said Capt. Jack to a The first thing a real soldier thinks news reporter. "Supt. Frank Moore of when he gets up in the morning is: has named my boys The Boy Ileroes. I what duties am I to perform to-day? will add of the World, and I shall, as And the first thing a real "Boy Scout” soon as I return to New York, go out thinks of when he gets up is “What to Rahway and start the greatest boy good act can I perform to-day? I
wonder if I can help somebody's moth- pocket-book, for she had got a check er across a dangerous crossing, find a cashed in town that day for $50. lost child and take it to its mother, slap She said cooly, “All right,” reached on some little newsboy on the back who the right side of her saddle, pulled may be stuck with his papers and who her six shooter out of the holster, levis helping to support an aged mother, elled it at the fellow's head and fired. report to the humane society or the He let go the bridle and ran, leaving police, some brute who is abusing some his hat on the road, while Eva put her more intelligent animal ?"
spurs to Dandy, her horse, and gal
loped to the Fort. I was away on a Wear a smile that's worth the while, scout, for Victoria was on the war
Keep sweet, be on the level, Obey and pray, and that's the way
path then, but my Mexican man, Jose To win, and beat the devil.
Baca, rode back three miles, found the
hat and took it to San Marciel and the Now these are the first duties of a deputy sheriff soon located the tramp real "Boy Scout" and the criticisms of and arrested him; but when Eva came the movement on the ground of its be
into court and heard the fellow's story ing too military are made by people and read a letter from his wife, who who are opposed to this great move- was sick and hungry, she refused to ment, or who do not take the trouble prosecute. However, this is an illusto investigate, nor does it stand for tration that it is best to be prepared war, and men who prepare men for war on tramps who want to rob boys for war, are men like Grant who you. God bless the “Boy Scouts” and said “Let us have peace.” Mr. Carnegie the "Boy Heroes” of the world, and in is only assisting us, the real warriors closing I don't think that anything I as peacemakers. And if war should could say will so appropriately illuscome in spite of us, and Mr. Carnegie trate my sentiments than the following and The Hague and arbitration, it is verses written on the fly leaf of a book we, the old fighters and the “Boy I sent to a very dear friend who wrote Scouts” who will be prepared for war,
me saying that if I had less poetry, and ready, as were our warrior daddies and more business horse sense, I would since the Revolution, to go out and die be better off in “this world's goods," for our country if need be, while the and he is an editor, too. great majority of the Peace Congressmen would stay at home, as they did
TO "A. L. W." during the war, amassing fortunes and
Dear friend, I guess I must confess
That I am just a broncho Jay, clipping coupons.
With no pretense of business sense Strict discipline and obedience to or
And hence the losing game I play. ders are essential in all boy organiza
But after all the world is small,
And no one else can play my game, tions, but there is no drilling except for Yet spite of all the wealth of "Wall" the development of mind and muscle
Six feet is all, we all can claim,
"When we gang hame." and the practical use of fire-arms: Every boy and girl should be trained in God knows what's best, I'll leave the rest the use of fire-arms. My two daughters
To Him who doeth all things well,
And while I live will freely give could shoot almost as accurately as I The story He gave me to tell. could before they were ten years of age For devil's imps and devil's shrimps and one day my daughter Eva, who
Have tempted me, but found me game,
I've stood their scold, refused their gold rode six miles alone every day when I'll fight them without fear or shame fifteen to school, was held up on her
Till I gang hame. way home by a tramp, and while he
And tho' I'm strong, it won't be long held her horse by the bit demanded her
Till I must answer death's tattoo,
Lines with the lilt of a brooklet, verse with
the swing of the wave, And roundelay, like dawning day, penned
to the weak and the brave, Cheer for the soul despondent, strength for
the wavering heart, Sweet solace deep for those who weep,
bereft, in the shadows apart.
Wee'l, I'm nae so far behind ye,
Then trust and wait, and work while you wait;
That dream will come true, be it ever so late; For the battles you've fought, and the sorrows you've borne
Are but steps up the ladder you are climbing alone.
Ah, work and just work and keep struggling on,
For the darkness will scatter, and soon 'twill be morn; Then you'll look all about, and be happy and glad,
And thank God for each battle and struggle you've had.
For life's deepest meaning lies hidden so deep
We' scarcely can know till we struggle and weep, Till we put forth our might and strain every nerve,
Then we come to her meaning and find it is love.