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                                         KEEPING CHILDREN
                                             HEALTHY
                                      CHICAGO, AS OUR NURSES
                                               SEE IT
                                        A SHELTER FOR THE
                                            WAYWARD
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                                     THE LIFE BOAT
Devoted to Charitable, Philanthropic, Health and Soul-Winning Work

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                                                                          CONTENTS
                                                                                                                                         PAGE
Keeping Children Healthy........................._...........................:...._............__......._.........Elisabeth Cole 225 .
Children of the Slums...............................................................................__...................Mildred I. Butler 226
Pray Through.,......................................................_                                                                  B. Starr                                     228
Melting Hearts By Helpful Ministry................................_........................._.............................F. A. Stahl                                               229
Be What You Is (Poem)..................!.....,...........................................:....................................._...........Selected                                 230
Thrilling Experiences......_.._..................................................._........._......_.....__.Eric B. Hare                                                            231
Finding Diamonds in the Making......_...__................_........._..._.......JCeturah Mercer                                                                                     234
Chicago, As Our Nurses See It......................................._._................__.........Mabel Levison                                                                     238
Whisper It Now to Jesus (Poem)......................_..............__............_..................Robert Hare                                                                     239
The Patient, and Not His Disease Only...-...-.-......—...-Dr. Geo. T. Harding, Jr.                                                                                                  240
The Path of Duty (Poem)............_...........,............,.......—..................._...............................G. F. Brown                                                 244
A Shelter for the Wayward and the Innocent.............................Caroliue Louise dough 245
A Day in the Life Boat Home....._..........._......................._...........................Myrtle Foreman                                                                      247
From a Home Girl of Former Years......................................................................._..........................._......                                          247
Ministering to Hungry Souls.._..........................................................—_...................Mildred Skultz                                                         248
From a Life Boat Worker...............................................................................................................................................              249
The Prisoners' Page _.___.......................„...—.........___...._......._._.__....._.........._......                                                                          249
Editorials ........................................................................___...................—....,................................................—............ 250,   251
    A Warfare Against Ignorance.
    News Here and There.


     This magazine is unique in that it occupies a field which is not reached by the
average periodical. The Life Boat carries the gospel of the good Samaritan to the
hopeless, the helpless and the homeless; to the dissatisfied, disheartened, discour-
aged souls on the great ocean of life. Read this number through and your soul
will be fired with a zeal to bless sin-sick humanity. Send in your subscription for
a year, and encourage your friends to subscribe. May we hear from you?


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                    Keeping Children Healthy
                                          Elizabeth Cole




            Give the Children plenty of out-of-doors to make their little bodies strong.



D
            H&*Sf&° ~«=a*<-—a *-                   -•••--'-- _    ...     ~__ -.- •*     -^f^sSsT-us*-*
      O YOU BUY ITcarTof soup just be­              are playing a fine trick on themselves, to be
       cause the can is beautifully decorated       sure, but that is their own lookout. When
       or do you buy it chiefly for the nour­       they explain away their children's indispo­
 ishing well-flavored soup within? Or do you        sitions in this way, they are failing abso­
 choose your friends because of their ex­           lutely in their responsibilities.
ceedingly expensive and attractive clothes,            Children need constant watching. First
or their handsome Greek profiles? The test          of all their weight as babies must be
of soup or friends is proved by something           watched and if they do not gain as they
within,—the externals are superfluous.              should, the doctor must be consulted. If
   Yet, in the everyday test of health we are       they gain abnormally there is probably
inclined to be greatly influenced by the ex­        something the matter with their food.
ternals. To all outward appearances we                 When children go to school this same
are in excellent condition and, unless we          constant watch of weight should be carried
are actually sick enough to go to bed, we          on. With the added strain of school life—
judge it unnecessary to give heed to our           for their little minds are put to new and,
health. In judging children's health, how­         to them, grave responsibilities—the physical
ever, it is really disastrous to be guided         machine must be kept in first-class condi­
by externals. Grown-ups may drag around            tion. Possibly one child will require spe­
and feel miserable, saying, "Oh, it's the          cial attention in teeth, another throat, an­
weather," or "I have spring fever." They           other's ears are weak, others may have fre-
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quently upset stomachs. Such seemingly            where lessons are carried on with plenty of
minor ailments can in later life develop into     purifying fresh air and sunshine.          Rest
serious sicknesses.                               periods and extra luncheons are furnished.
  _In 1923 it was found that about ten per        In the summer he may be sent to a camp
cent of all school children under high            where children, inclined to be sickly, may
school age were underweight. This is a            build up their strength. At preventoria in
critical situation, for mal-nourishment in        some towns and cities, undernourished chil­
children is frequently a cause of tubercu­        dren receive special health supervision.
losis. There are, moreover, according to re­         If the doctor finds that tuberculosis has
cent statistics, 4,000 deaths from tubercu­       actually developed in Tommy, he will be
losis among children of school age every          sent to a hospital or sanatorium where the
year. This means that not only the family         disease, because taken in time, can be cured.
of each child has lost a precious life that          The clinics for frequent examination, with
was not protected carefully enough, but it        fresh air schools and preventoria for special
means also that the community has lost a          treatment, and summer camps for rest and
citizen. And communities can ill afford to        recreation are but a few of the means used
lose their citizens.                              by the National Tuberculosis Association
   Mal-nourishment in children is watched         and its affiliated state and local associations
for in the schools by special tuberculosis        to make children healthier and better able
and public health nurses. When found in a         to resist tuberculosis infection. During the
certain child, Tommy Jones for example, he        past 20 years the death rate from, tubercu-.
is taken to a clinic for a careful physical ex­   losis has been more than cut in half. By
amination. The doctor may discover that           carefully watching the health of our chil­
Tommy is threatened with tuberculosis. In         dren and by not being satisfied with judging
communities where open-air schools have           health from externals we may hope to re­
been established he may be sent there,            duce the rate still further.



                   The Children of the Slums
                                       Mildred I. Butler
                                          Senior Nurse



T
     HE TIME for fresh green grass, for           and fed his-energetic, brain is of such a par­
     blooming flowers, baby lambs, soft downy     entage.
      little chicks—the real month for the           But as always after pleasant- dreams, we
young. I think, too, of the cozy farm homes       must awake to the everyday realities. Where
throughout this land of ours where, as the        am I writing this from? Why, 714..West Van
sun sinks low this evening, many a little tot     Buren St., which is in the heart of one of
will sit on the broad back steps, finish its      Chicago's busiest business and factory dis­
glass of milk, frolic awhile in the warm out-     tricts, "our City Center." I hear constantly
of-doors and tumble into a clean bed to sleep     until I close my eyes in sleep at night the
during the long, quiet, restful night.            steady rattle of the electric car, the whirl
   Now, dear readers, have not I described        of the automobile,—in fact, all the sounds of
what you call "our coming America," those         a modern city's traffic. And with this is the
children who will someday build our homes,        sound of childrens' voices who, through no
build our schools and make our laws? We           fault of their own, are forced to play in the
say we are proud of America for its clean-        city streets, whose anemic little faces show
cut, healthy sons and daughters. We are           this, and where they must constantly dodge
proud to boast that our president was a New       cars, hear the curses of the profane, see the
England boy, reared among the calm, quiet         drunken forms of the dissipated.
hills of old New England and that the rich           Most of these children are from hard-work­
red blood which coursed through his vein?         ing honest parents who are anxious that their
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      A mother and her five children in the heart of Chicago's congested distric   This mother is en-
  deavormg to train her children in the right way.

 children grow up to be strong, true, and nobln,     will keep one of these little ones in the coun­
 but who are forced to keep steadily at work         try in a Christian supervised home for a whole
 for almost three hundred and sixty-five days        month. Will you not do your part, even
 of the year in order to sustain life for them­      though it be very small, by sending us either
 selves and families.                                clothing or money?
   Are we willing to let future America,—               It would touch your heart could you feel
some of them of foreign -parentage and thus          little fingers clasping yours, saying, "Can
getting their first introduction to America's        you send me." Remember Him who said,
ways and customs—spend all their recreation          "Let the little ones come." "She hath done
time on such play grounds when wey wl.oni            what she could," and "As ye have done it
God has given homes in the wide open spaces          unto one of the least of these, my brethren,
and good positions, enjoy these, wondering           ye have done it unto me.*'
how it is that the prisons are overflowing
with young men, insane asylums cannot hold
their inmates and robberies are common on              Noble thoughts and purposes do much to
every hand.
                                                     bring joy and peace to the human heart.
  We here at the City Center believe that fu­        The soul that courageously strives for the
ture America will depend on rightly reared           best things is on the highway to happiness.
and rightly fed individuals. We are trying
                                                         "Be noble, that is more than wealth;
to make clothes and get a few of these ready
                                                          Do right, that is more than place;
to go to the country for the summer months,               Then in the spirit there is health,
when the proper funds arrive. Only $12.00                 And gladness in the face."
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                                Pray Through
                                       Geo. B. Starr


 I
     F clouds of darkness hang heavy and         close to victory. Press harder, longer. Pray
      dense across your pathway, and the form    through. Stay with Christ and the angels
      and face of your Leader are obscured;      of light and the Spirit of God until the joy
  pray through, pray through. It can be done.    of heaven and the strength of God is im­
  Though Satan, the prince of darkness,          parted to you through the righteousness of
  throw his dark shadow across your path­        Christ. Pray through.
  way, over your Christian experience, and so       You are defeated if you decide not to
  cause the future to loom with apparent fail­   pray through. Listen not to the suggestion
  ure and defeat, pray through.                  that "It is of no use." It is of use. It is
     Though your own weaknesses and past         victory and success and salvation. It is peace
  failures seem to spell defeat large, pray      and power and triumph, and blessed rest as
  through. Pray until the darkness breaks        you win the battle. It means deliverance
  and scatters. Pray until out of weakness       ftom all your enemies, within and without.
  you are made strong; pray until the light of   God lives and hears and answers prayer.
  God shines into your heart, and hope and       Prove it. Pray through. Pray until your
  gladness take the place of gloom and de­       hand is in His, until your weakness is united
  spair. Pray through until the heart is         with His strength, your foolishness to His
  cleansed and the power of sin is broken,       wisdom; until you know of a certainty that
  until you know that its hold upon you loos­    all heaven is on your side, and you are as­
  ens. Christ can and is breaking the power"     sured "That they that be for you are more
  of sin and delivering sinners from bondage,    than they that be against you." Pray until
  —life-long bondage. Prove it. Pray through     every shadow of doubt of God's goodness
  until you are on top, and the mists and rub-   and love is banished from your soul. Pray
• bish and sins are beneath you. Pray until      until confidence, assurance and love fill your
  you can spell triumph and victory large*       heart and you are sweetly comforted of
  through Christ.                                God; and assured of His full and free par­
     "Men ought always to pray"—and pray         don of all past sins and failures, and that
  through,—"and not to faint." Keep right on     He puts them away from before Himself
  praying until victory comes. "Ye let go of     and you, to remember them no more for­
  the arm of the Lord too soon." Pray longer,    ever.
  pray through.                                     Believe also that it gives Him the joy
     It is when fighting our hardest battles     of the most loving of all fathers to press
  with self and Satan, with darkness and         you to His heart- of love and whisper in
  weakness; on our knees alone with God, in      your ear the sweet assurances that you are
  the closet or in the woods, that faith is in   His child; a child of faith, a prince of His
  the most lively exercise. Pray and believe.    royal household, and that you and He to­
  Pray in the face of sickness or death or the   gether are more than a match for the com­
  grave itself. Grasp the largest promises       bined powers of earth and hell. -Believe
  and hold them until they are yours in expe­    that your triumph is to the glory and honor
  rience. "Sin shall not have dominion over      of your Mighty Deliverer, as He wishes to
  you." You are to triumph. "All things are      be the Deliverer also of all those who seek
  possible to him that believeth." Press your    Him diligently, who pray through.
  case. Pray through. Listen to no sugges­          Yes, pray through,—clear through. Never
  tion of defeat or failure. Resist the dark­    surrender. The battle is yours, and eternity
  ness. Hold fast your confidence and it will    the reward. Claim the free gift of Christ's
  increase. There is victory for every soul      righteousness as your very own; the gift of
  who is determined to have it. Be sure that     God to you personally. Rom. 5:15-19. Count
  at the very instant that the enemy would       this over carefully. In four short verses
  press you to give up the struggle, you are     this unspeakable gift is offered six times.
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Six times the Lord repeats His offer. Thus         Christ in the city of God. Lay hold of
we are assured that we have the right to           eternal life, "The life that measures with
CLAIM this gift as our own. Unmerited,             the life of God."
but freely, royally given, and we honor God          "Why should the sons and daughters of
by accepting His royal favors.                     God be reluctant to pray, when prayer is
  This is the very "faith that quenches all        the key in the hand of faith to unlock
the fiery darts of the wicked one," and lifts      heaven's storehouse, where are treasured
an impenetrable shield against him, and pro­       the boundless resources of Omnipotence?"
tects the soul from deadly assault.                Steps to Christ, page 99.
  Then pray through, believe through,!—              "There is no danger that the Lord will
clear through to the throne of grace and           neglect the prayers of His people. The dan­
glory; 'til your faith grasps eternal deliver­     ger is that in temptation and trial they will
ance, a standing place among the victorious        become discouraged, and fail to persevere in
redeemed, a home with them and with                prayer." Christ's Object Lessons, page 175.




         Melting Hearts by Helpful Ministry
                                            F. A. Stahl
  [An experience of a nurse in the Amazon jungles of South America as told at the World Conference in
Milwaukee.—Ed.]



O      F THE many things the Lord has done
        for us, I am just choosing one incident
        to tell you at this time. This has im­
 pressed me because the Lord has used the
                                                    that district, and then took out my pen and
                                                    paper and said, "We want seven hundred
                                                    acres of this land." He immediately signed
                                                    the paper and I got the government land
 medical work not only to establish the work,       free of charge.
 but to hold the work and to save the work.            The white people all through those plan­
     After going into the interior of the Ama­      tations became interested in the work done
 zon region, I found out the land was owned         for the savages. Many of the savages be­
 by an English corporation that had its head­       gan to obey the Lord. This angered some
 quarters in Lima. After making it a sub­           of those in authority and immediately they
 ject of prayer, I went to the head man of          set on foot plans to get us to leave that lo­
 this corporation, Mr.- C. by name, and pre­        cation. They went to the manager. He
  sented to him my plans to start a work in         called for me one day and told me that we
'the interior. He said, "This looks good to         would be obliged to cease our teaching. I
 me. Now you go into the interior and select        told him we could not do that. He became
  some land and we will give it to you."            very much angered and paced the room and
     I went to a coffee plantation. After mak­      said, "If you do not leave, 1 will place
  ing it a subject of prayer, I drove to the        every obstacle in your way." I told him I
  plantation headquarters and when I got            had heard this before and the Lord had
  there I was told, "You cannot see the man­        taken five men out of the way. I learned
  ager because he is very ill." I wrote out a       afterward that he had written letters de­
  request, signed my name to it, and sent it        nouncing our teachings. The people receiv­
  up to the manager. As I was getting ready         ing the letters wrote back that these mis­
  to leave, his man came back and said, "The         sionaries must leave at once. When I
  manager wants to see you at once." I was          counciled with our brethren, it was advised
  ushered into his room and found he was suf­        that we should leave there. I felt very bad
  fering with auto intoxication. I began giv­       about the situation. The work was going
  ing him relief and he began to feel better        fine. I had a nice school there. I went
  at once. Then he asked, "What are you              back to the Mission.
  coming in here for?" I told him of our de­            My wife telegraphed me that Mr. C. was
  sire to establish a mission and a school in       going down to visit the Mission. I felt im-
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pressed to go to the village where he and       said, "Get some water." I told them to get
his party would change their saddle horses,     this and that, while I cared for Mr. C. The
then I could meet him and talk to him on        man who was fighting our mission went and
the narrow trail outside the village. He and    got things for me. The patient had a large
his party were supposed to arrive at that       scar on his head. I got out the stones and
place at ten o'clock in the morning. As I       dirt, etc. Mr. C. said, "Will I get over
went toward that point in the road to wait      this?" I said, "You had a close call." It
for that man, I had the assurance the Lord      took me forty minutes and he lay back on
would do something for His work. God            his pillow and said, "I feel like another
has cared for His work and His people. As       man." I said, "You must stay in bed three
I went to that village, I found they had not    days." He said, "I know you do not want
arrived and the villagers did not know when     to wait until twelve o'clock." He called the
they would arrive. I felt that something        manager and said, "Give me that letter."
had happened already. I waited all day.         He talked about the work. The man came
Finally, about six o'clock in came an auto      back and-said he could not find the letter.
with the manager of the plantation and his      He became confused and could not talk.
two secretaries. • I sent word over to find     Then Mr. C. said, "I think that is all right.
out if they were going to continue their        You go forward in the work and we will
journey. Word came back, "Yes." I went          help you." He turned to the manager and
out on the trail. It was night, the man­        said, "Are you willing?"
ager was following. 1 got in behind Mr.            The manager took care of my mule and
C.'s horse. I spoke to the manager and he       wanted me to stay there. But I came back
did not answer. He had said, "I will not        in three days and found he was doing well.
talk to you." I talked fast and told him        He wanted me to stay there that day. I
about the school and the young people and       stayed and that man wanted to know all
that some day I hoped that neighborhood         about the truth. Mr. C. got up and said, "I
would see Christianity. He said, "I will        want to thank you for saving my life again."
see you tomorrow at twelve o'clock." I said,    Then the son came. Then the engineer cap­
"Do you mean at twelve o'clock?" Three          tain got up and said, "I want to thank you
times he said it.' I said, "Good night."        for saving a friend of mine." When I left
   I knew that about ten miles from there       for the General Conference this manager
was a great curve in the road, a very
                                                was also interested in the truth. 1 want to
dangerous path, but I felt the Lord would
guide my mule across that place. I arrived      say this for the glory of God: It shows how
safely across the plantation at the home of a   God uses the medical work to save men and
man and family who had been baptized. I
felt I should take a good road so I could
get over the remaining four miles very            The pleasure that purrs today will scratch
quickly. I woke up at four o'clock, felt im­    tomorrow.
pressed to g.o to the plantation at once. My
host said, "What are you going to do?" I                   BE WHAT YOU IS
said, "I must go at once. I am not going
around by the bridge. I am going to swim                Don't be what you ain't;
                                                           Jes' be what you is.
through the river." He went with me and                 If you is not what you am,
my mule swam safely. I went immediately                    Then you am not what you is.
                                                        If you're just a little tadpole,
to the headquarters and the man there said,                Don't try to be a frog;
"Mr. C. fell over the precipice and he left             If you're just the tail,
                                                           Don't try to wag the dog.
orders not to let you pass." So 1 was                   You can always pass the plate,
ushered in to Mr. C.'s presence. He said,                  If you can't exhort and preach.
                                                        If you're just a little pebble,
"As I was going over the precipice, my                     Don't try to be the beach.
horse went down. I do not know what                     Don't be what you ain't,
                                                           Jes' be what you is.
situation I am in. Take care of me." I                                             —Selected.
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                                  A View of Laguna Beach, California.


                          Thrilling Experiences
                                           Eric B. Hare
                                     Missionary Nurse in Burma
                (Report of talk given at the World Conference in Milwaukee, recently.)



T     HERE were twenty-eight patients in the
      dispensary this morning. Some of them
      had sore eyes, some had sores on their
                                                    onions were very good and so I got an onion
                                                    and put that in my bag.
                                                       When I had finished treating all of the
 bodies, some were covered from head to foot        twenty-eight patients at the dispensary, then
 with sores. Some had stomach ache. They            the people directed us over several miles into
 had all the different kinds of diseases that       the jungle to treat the man who had been
 everybody who lives in the jungles always          stung. We came to a rickety old bamboo hut
 have. I was treating them, binding up the          almost tumbled down. We climbed up the
 sores, washing them out, painting them with        rickety old ladder leading into the hut and
 iodine, giving them doses of castor oil and        there was a man lying on the floor. Imagine
 other remedies when all of a sudden a man          my surprise and disgust when I noticed that
 came rushing into the dispensary saying,           his right arm was torn nearly off at the
 "Ferra! Come quickly." I said, "What is the        shoulder. I said, "Why did you not tell me
 trouble, anyway?" He said, "Somebody has           the truth? This man has not been stung. He
 been stung. Come quickly!" I said, "Wait a         has been murdered." "But," he said, "he has
 minute until I finish my patients and I will       not been murdered. He has been stung."
come to you." Then I thought, What is good          "Well," I said, "whatever could have stung
 for stings? Ammonia is very good, you know,        him?" "Why, an elephant," he said. He had
and so I got some ammonia and put it in my          been training these elephants and the elephant
medicine bag. I began to think, What else is        had objected and passed him off his head and
good for stings? My mother used to rub blue         stung him. They have only one "word for
flag over my bee stings and so I went over to       sting there, so whether it is a bee, or a. wasp,
the house and got a little blue flag and put that   or a pin, or an elephant, it is just the same.
in my medicine bag. Somebody once told me              It was very good that we had something in
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 our bag besides the blue flag Snd onion. By           Another time we were going to hold a meet­
 and by we had his wound nicely washed out           ing and we put up our magic lantern. The
 and strapped up and in a few weeks he was           people all turned out, we were having a lovely
 well again.                                         time, but in those days I was burning acetylene
    We have many amusing experiences, but           gas. I will tell you what it is. You take the
 some are not so amusing as strange. One cus­       carbide (it comes in lumps) and put that into
 tom is very strange indeed to us. It is called     the generator and then when the water drips
 the superstition of the "fry smell." You            on the carbide it makes the acetylene gas. It
know, when the ladies want to fry the eggs or        burns with a very white light but it has a
 want to fry potatoes, they put the frying pan      very bad smell. Sometimes generators have
 o.ver the fire and put the oil in and after the    a habit of getting too much water on those
 oil gets hot they put in the eggs or they put in   lumps of carbide and when they do they go
 the potatoes and then you know a very pleasant      "Doodle, doodle, doolie," and then everybody
 smell comes from the kitchen. That is called       can smell carbide. My carbide generator is
 the "fry smell" and if you are feeling well it     no exception to carbide generators and when
 is very good to smell the "fry smell" because       we were about half way through if3 got too
 then you eat your rice which is very delicious.    much water and it went, "doodle, doodle,
 But if you have a scratch on your finger.or a      doodle," and everybody could smell carbide.
pimple on your face or an ache in your head,         Do you know, the dear people thought it was
 don't you smell the "fry smell." Because if        the "fry smell."
you do you will get sick and you will get              They grabbed off their skirts and wrapped
 "worser and worser until you die." We do           them around their heads, they wrapped their
not believe all these things, but our people in     blankets around their heads and the last we
Burma believe those things all day and all          saw of them they were streaking into the
night.                                              jungle, yelling out, "The fry smell! Look out
    One day I was in the dispensary and an old      for the fry smell." Nothing that we could do
lady came in and said, "O Ferra! Come and           or say could persuade those people to come
look at my baby, she is so sick." We got into       back and see those pictures.
the motor launch and in a few moments we               One time a man came to our dispensary who
were up in a little village and I treated the       had a very sore hand and he said it was like
baby and said, "Auntie, why don't you bring         this: "Four days ago I was cutting bamboo
the baby .down to the dispensary and we will        in the jungle and one piece of bamboo slipped
be able to treat it every morning and evening?      across the back of my hand and cut it. It
Just one treatment won't do it very much            did not bleed very much because I picked up
good. Better come down to the dispensary."          a handful of dirt and rubbed into it and it
   "Well," she said, "I don't mind if I do."        would have been quite all right but that night
She bundled up the baby and got a bundle of         when I was on my way home I smelled some­
blankets and a basket of rice and got' down         body frying chicken and that fry smell got
into the motor launch. You know that the            into my nose and into my stomach and came
motors in these motor launches and motor            up my left side and down my left arm and
cars and all those things sometimes when you        into my hand and it got sorer and sorer and
turn the wheel they backfire and you get a          redder and redder and bigger and bigger. 1
benzine smell, don't you? Well, my motor            can not sleep at night, and I did not know
launch is no exception. This time it back­          what else to ,do and I have come for some fry
fired through the carburetor and it filled the      smell medicine." "What kind of medicine is
little launch full of benzine smell. Dear old       fry smell medicine?" I said. "Something that
Auntie thought it was the fry smell. She            will take the fry smell out of my hand and let
grabbed the baby in one arm, the rice and           me get better." I said, "I have something
blankets in the other, and ran off through the      better than that." So I got some iodine and
jungle, yelling out, "Look out for the 'fry         some cotton, and a nice little lance which I
smell,' look out for the 'fry smell'!" And we       put up my sleeve. I said, "Uncle, show me
never saw her any more.                             your hand." He stuck out his hand and I
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painted it with iodine. Then I said, "Look at opium because he was too poor to buy it and
the little bird over there in the tree," and he too old to steal it. He came there with a con­
looked up to see the bird and I lanced the dition of the bowels such as is common to
boil. You know what happens when you lance those men who are trying to give up opium.
a boil. He saw it all running out into the pus He had such an offensive odor we could not
basin, red and'yellow and green and black, keep him in the dispensary so I put him on a
and he said, "There it goes, there it goes." I    straw heap and we built a little leaf cover
said, "What goes?" He said, "the fry smell."
                                                  over him, and I had to go to him every day
He thought that was coagulated fry smell and
                                                  and clean him and treat him just as you would
said, "Now my hand will get better, won't it?"
                                                  go to the stable. I took a rake and cleaned
I said, "It will." And in a few days he was
quite well and he went all through those away his straw, moved him to another straw
jungles telling everybody he met: "If you heap and built another cover over him. After
 ever get the fry smell go down to that doc­      four days the symptoms were relieved con­
tor at Kammamaung, he has got the last word       siderably but still there was an awful odor
on fry smell." I have often thought I have about that man. I said, "Now, whatever is the
 one degree from the jungles of Burma. My matter with you?" "I don't know what the
 degree is F. S. S., because we have built up matter .is, but my heel is itching. D.o have a
 quite a reputation as being Fry Smell Special­   look at my heel." I went over with a stick
 ists in the jungles of Burma.                    and pulled the blanket off that heel. There
     Some cases are not so strange as they are lying in that filthy condition the flies had
 sad. One day a man implored us to come bitten his heel and the magots had eaten it off
 down and see his wife. He said three days and the bone was sticking out of the heel. "It
 ago she was delivered of a little child and itches on the calf of my leg," he said. "Would
 then he said she had a little fever. "Would you look at that?" And there still further
 you come down and have a look at her? "Sis­      up was a large abscess on the calf of his leg
 ter Denoyer and my wife and I went down in and the magots were wriggling all the way
 the motor launch. The ladies went inside and     through it.       There was an underground
 I waited outside. They were very quiet and channel between the calf and his heel and you
 I said, "I wonder what they have found in could just see the magots racing up and down
 there?" They told me later. The Karen ma­ that man's leg. I have never seen anything
 ternity customs are these: When the child is      like that in all my life and you have got to be
 delivered the mother must lie down beside the prepared for anything when you become a
  fire for seven days. It is hot enough in Bur­    missionary nurse. It was remarkable, but the
  ma without a fire, but this poor woman had       man was healed. We just soaked his leg in
  been lying there for three days. If there is     phenol three days and took one hundred and
 any trace of pain then great stones are heated    fifty magots out of those two sores. In about
  in the fire, dipped in water, wrapped in a       three weeks he hobbled up to the dispensary
  blanket and applied to the abdomen. If the and said, "Thank you, Ferra, I am quite well
  pain is not relieved the cloth is removed from now and I am going home again."
  the stone. If it is not relieved then the stone
  is not dipped in water. If not then, the stone      The surest way to heal your own sorrow
  is made hotter and hotter until the pain is re­  and soul is to endeavor in a spirit of love
  lieved one way or another. And this poor         and helpfulness to comfort another who is
  woman had had a little fever and pain and         bowed down with some weight of woe.
  the stones were applied hotter and hotter until  When Jesus was bearing the sorrows of
  my wife came back and told me that those red      the world upon the cross of Calvary, He
   hot stones had burned right through the          was concerned to comfort a weeping' woman
  abdominal muscles and they could see the         and forgive a dying thief. If we would fol­
  bowels.                                           low Him in a full ministry of service we
     Some cases are not so sad as they are dis­ must learn to lay aside even the weight of
  gusting. One- day a man came who was an our own sorrow by ministering to others
  old .opium fiend. This man had to give up who need our help.—Selected.
                                         THE LIFE BOAT

             Finding Diamonds in the Making
                                        Miss Keturah Mercer
                                     Supervisor, Life Boat City Center
                                     714 West Van Buren St., Chicago
     [This article is a report of a talk that Miss Mercer gave at our Young People's Missionary Volunteer
Meeting at Hinsdale in behalf of a family of children who desire to go to the country for the summer.
Miss Mercer and the nurses at the Life Boat City Center, as well as the children themselves, have been
praying for some time for funds to send the children to the country. About $150.00 were needed to pay
their carfare and their board at $12.00 a month each during two months. So Miss Mercer and Miss
Levison, who is taking charge of the work at the Center for the summer, and the five children of one
family presented their cause before the young people in Hinsdale, and in answer to their prayers the
amount of money needed was raised. As these nurses told of the conditions under which people live in
the city and of the sacrifice that our nurses are making to, in a measure, meet the needs of these people,
hearts were touched and tears were in many eyes. Many offers were made to support this splendid work.
Your contribution will be gratefxtlly received.—Ed.}



T
    HIS City Center was not a very good                  do. And we were just as proud about that
     place when we took it at first. It was              as we could be. They tried for three times
     very, very dirty and it meant hard work             and never had one failure. The parents were
to get it clean and little by little we were             interested in it also. But when the children
given equipment. Now it is different. When               go home and show the results the parents are
the sun shines through the -windows it gives             proud of them. In the homes they do not
a golden glow all through the rooms. The                 have good stoves, but later on we are in hopes
woodwork is painted a light yellow, thus mak­            they can carry out some of these lessons in
ing it cheery. In these rooms are centered all
                         " '<£*#:?1 <v'-.                their own homes.
our activities.      , .- r :j .'.^'•':r^r
   I want -just to "go over" a Vweek'S; .work in            In some of these homes we visit, all we need
general. It changes from time to time'feecause           to do to get them interested is to give them
we-cannot deal with different people at-differ­          literature, have prayer, read the Bible, and
ent .times of the year in the same way; but,             give them a little encouragement. This may
on the whole, this is the -way we do it: - ";•'          result in good, as I will show you a little
   On Sunday morning we go down to the              -\ later. In the afternoon, on Tuesday, these
Clark Street Police Station and conduct serv-;         I same little children come to learn to sew.
ices. We have good results ithere. Sometimes             Some friends sent us cloth to use in making
we get discouraged because there :are a great            aprons. We showed the children how to cut
many who are drunk and do- not. give very                out the aprons and some made little pin-cush­
good attention. Then there are those who are             ions or holders, or something that was simple
not drunk. They do ask for prayer and so it              and easy. But everything is taught in a way
may be that later on after they leave the;               that they could use it on a larger scale.
place they will do better. On Sunday after­
noons we often have to give treatments. There               Dtiring the week for a long time, our Greek
are the patients we have to neglect in the               Bibfi worker held three lessons in the evenings.
morning because of the jail services. But we             She would come Tuesday, Thursday and
have plenty to do at the Center. On Monday            .. Saturday nights. We had four or five adults
morning we may go out and make calls or                  studying the Bible. Many cannot even read
give treatments. It just depends on the cir­             their own language. On Wednesday night the
cumstances that we have to meet. On Mon­                 little boys come for manual training. We had
day afternoon the children come and we teach             our first start in manual training by a doctor
them how to cook simple home dishes. Every               in Chicago giving us $2.00 toward buying a
child must pay a ten-cent fee and whatever               manual training set. The little boys bought
they make they take home. We feel that if                some tools for themselves and made very sim­
they have to pay a little something for what             ple things such as cutting out little animals
they get, they will appreciate it more. And              and making picture frames. They take a
they are real proud of it. For the first time,           great deal of pride in making them. They
a nine-year-old girl baked whole wheat bread             went to the stores and asked for the discarded
and she did as well as almost anybody could              cigar. boxes because the wood was soft and
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  easy to make up                                                                 come. They en­
  with their small                                                                joy the Sabbath
  tools. All the                                                                  School because
  tools .they can                                                                 they come quite
  use are small                                                                   early and some­
  ones, and a lit­                                                                times one hour
  tle saw.                                                                        before time for
     On Thursday                                                                  the     Sabbath
  afternoon we                                                                    School to begin.
  have our clinic                                                                 Then we tell
  and we like to                                                                  them Bible stor­
  have our place                                                                  ies. They cer­
  real clean and                                                                  tainly want to
  nice so we spend                                                               know a great
  Thursday .morn­                                                                deal.
  ing in giving the                                                                  We need a
 place a good                                                                    great many
 thorough clean­                                                                 things to help in
  ing. Of course                                                                 our work.       In
  we clean the                                                                   The Life Boat
 place every day.                                                                Magazine we
 But during the                                                                  have made many
 night, lots of                                                                  calls and told the
 dirt accumulates                                                                people of our
 and we clean                                                                    needs. Many
 every corner on                                                                 times people
 Thursday morn­                                                                  need clothing
 ing. This clinic                                                                there in the city,
 is conducted by                                                                 and especially
 the nurses and                                                                  children's cloth­
 Dr. Hetherington                                                                ing. It just seems
 from here. He         Front entrance to the Life Boat City Center, showing the
                                  Nurses who Minister to the Poor.               that the children
 gives the medical                                                               wear out their
 advice and examinations and encourages diet clothing so fast and we need clothing for them
 and rational treatments. Patients come to our much more than we do for adults. We have
 place for treatments or we go to the homes clothing there now that it would take a real
 and give them. We like to do things in a sani­ dressmaker to make them over. We are go­
 tary way. I don't think it is right to use the ing to enlist some of the church people in
 same towel and sheet for more than one pa­ Chicago in making some quilt tops out of the
tient and when we get our lines all strung up old clothing and some of the waists we can
 with wet sheets and towels to dry, it doesn't cut up to make handkerchiefs. We do have
look very nice. But we encourage the people a lot of them and about two barrels of old
to invite us to their homes to give treatments. shoes. And hats. There are hats that I
It saves us lots of work because we can use do not know when they were made. I know
their towels and sheets.                             they were not made in my life time. But they
    On Friday we do extra work in getting are of very good material. But no one wants
ready for the Sabbath. We like to have the to wear them. Even those poor people have
people around there know we believe in this sense of pride we all have and they won't
preparation for the Sabbath and we make all wear those hats. I am sorry people send those
necessary calls. Then on Sabbath morning things. We give some of them to the little
we visit some of our churches in Chicago and children and they have a great time playing
in the afternoon we have a little Sabbath with them.
School where the children of the neighborhood          Our cash donations have been sent to us to
236                                    TH.E LIFE BOAT
be used in various ways and we always try to        people up in Wisconsin have agreed to take
use them just as the senders want them to be        them for the small sum of $12.00 a month for
used. Many of the sick people we take care of       every child. And I think they will eat up
have so few things to do with and it is easier      twelve dollars worth in a month for they are
for us to have things to take with us. So we        all hungry.
call that our loan closet. But we have not             Our nurses who live in the City Center do
had very much money and have been just as           all the work. We do not hire any of it done.
careful of it as we could be. There are two         All of it we do. There are lots of things we
ways we use the money. We have given the            have to do that most people think they do not
money either outright or bought food and            have time f6r. But we do, and we get pretty
carried it to the families. In the homes we         tired, too. Too tired to cook. I want to thank
give cooking lessons and so we just go to the       those friends here in this room who have sent
store and buy what we need for the lessons          us little dainties and extra things to eat that
and then we go to the homes and can make the        we haven't time to cook. We do appreciate
food. When we give them lessons on cook­            that and we will not say "No" if any more
ing, we give them one things at a time. Some        come, either. We have a number of books
simple vegetable combination that is simple         given to us, but we needed a bookcase so the
and nutritious, but we make enough of it for        Chicago Conference gave us a small bookcase
the whole family. It would not be wise to           and Mr. Hess and his boy carpenters made a
give them anything elaborate. On the 4th of         nice bookcase and it is here waiting for a man
July the children came over and we gave them        to bring it down to us. We have a number
a little treat, showing them how to bake peanut     of books to put in it already. But if you have
brittle. They appreciated that. It was the first    any books to give us, we will be glad to get
time they had ever had candy in our Center.         them, any that are good. We do not want
  We have had donations for window screens.         anything like novels or stories. We don't want
We need them very much. Our janitor will            anything that we need to be ashamed of in
not furnish us screens. Then we have some           any way.
money to use toward sending children out in            I want to speak of two different families
the country. As vacation time came, these           that we have been especially interested in. One
children would begin to ask us if we were           lady was very sick. We were calling there
going to help them go out in the country for a      and took care of her about three weeks, but
few weeks or a month. But if we did not get         she had to go to the hospital. When she came
the money, we could not do it, for we had no        home, she asked us to come to her home and
money of own. Then we prayed about it.              teach her how to cook good food in the right
I believe God has plenty of money and He            way. And she said if we had time she wanted
knows just where this money is kept. Then           us to teach her the. Bible. So we began right
we began to get three Greek children ready          away to give her Bible and cooking lessons.
and the Lord sent us the money when they            When we gave her the Bible lessons she would
were ready to go. The Lord sent the money,          not send the children away, but would gather
but just tried our faith a little bit and we just   them around her and all listened attentively.
prayed about it and asked God about it. Five         I tried to make the lessons simple so .they
dollars was received from a lady up in Wis­         could understand "them. I remember a very
consin and she said to buy clothing for the         por family and during the winter we helped
children. We bought cloth and made dresses,         them many times. I remember one day when
but in all we have received only about $25.00        we went to their home and the children seemed
toward the country fund. About half of this          so happy and on the table they had for din­
I have used in buying clothing for some of the       ner just flour in water, or a paste. We would
children we want to send out in the country.         turn that down ourselves, but those little chil­
Nowadays people are not so willing to take           dren were glad for that and seemed happy.
children into their homes and take care of           Now that mother is keeping the Sabbath with
them any length of time without money. They          her children.
are always afraid something might happen and           Last week one of our nurses came in and
they would be held accountable for it. Some          found her, with the children around her, ex-
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 plaining to them the stories of the Bible in      class there. They have learned many things,
just as easy a way as we could ask. But we         and those children are among the children that
.wanted to teach them all we could, and asked      want to go to the country. We have bidden
her to bring them down to the Center to Sab­       them to pray about it. We were made happy
bath School. We could see that it was on           by the little children coming to us and saying,
account of clothing that she objected. One of      "We did all our work yesterday and are not
 our nurses down there had saved up enough         going to work on Sabbath any more." But
 money to buy herself a new dress and she took     from that time on they kept the Sabbath.
 that money and bought the woman a dress.          Here was a chance to give the little children
 She needed one very much herself, but denied      their first lesson in faith. I said, "God says
 herself in order that the poor woman could        in the Bible if we keep His commandments




        The children of the neighborhood having a class in manual training and sewing at the
                                       Life Boat City Center

have a dress to come to the Sabbath School.         and love Him, He will give us what we ask
When a girl needs a dress herself and denies        for. I know it is right for children to go to
herself and gives it to a poor person, it pays.     the country. We will just pray about it and I
But she said the result} she had seen in having     know you will go." But we have only received
that mother obey God's commands was -worth          $25.00 and we need $150.00. I know that lots
much to her. It was an experience that she          of times these little children have gone to bed
never would be sorry for. The girl said she         hungry.
could go through the summer now without               Now we have brought these little children
the new dress for herself.                          for you to see their eager little faces. They
  Now another family. Miss Misner found             are dependent on you and have prayed about it
a large family of children and an earnest           almost a month now and have often come to
mother who wanted the children trained up in        me and asked me if we have the money to
the best way possible. She invited us over to       send them. I have to disappoint them and say,
visit them. We had a cooking and sewing             "No, I haven't quite enough yet." Then they
238                                  THE LIFE BOAT

would say, "We will have to pray more. May-       think if their prayers are answered, their
be if the Lord doesn't send us out in the coun-   first prayers of faith, it will mean a great deal
try, He will do something better for us." I       to them and their future life.



              Chicago, As Our Nurses See It
                                        Mabel Levison


                epo


S
     OME time ago, about 1918, I was con-         abdomen and showed me a great big wound
      nected with the city work and 1 haven't     and pus oozing out. Of course she should
       forgotten it all these years. It has       not have uncovered it and I told her so, but
been a long time, at least it seems a long        opened up my little grip and dressed it for
time since then, but I find the work is still     her. She seemed very pleased.
 very interesting to me. I have never failed         This same family had about ten children.
 to read The Life Boat magazine.          We      The father is a drunkard, I am sorry to say,
have to give Miss Mercer a vacation and           with this big family to support. But we did
she needs one very badly and so they have         what we could for this family and helped
asked me to come and help with the work           them with the diet. What do you suppose
while she is resting up. I'll not be able to      the mother was eating, sick as she was?
stay very long for I have other work this         Hard fried potatoes. The frying pan was
                                                                  "
fall.                                             right near her" side and a fork in the pan
   It might be interesting for you to go with     and I knew she had been eating them. What
me for a little visit through the slums. I        would patients here do if we gave them
wish I could actually take you. But I             that sort of diet? Well, that is all she had
can't. We visited first of all a family. We       to eat. The children didn't know how to
went to visit a family living in a shack of a     cook and perhaps she did not know how to
building, just one story, unpainted, and the      cook very well herself. We helped them to
windows' turned every which-way. You              get started on the right track about the
could hardly tell which was the door and          eating proposition so that they could cook
which were the boards. But we thought we          some nutritious soup.
would go in and see what was inside. I              As we were walking along the street, I
rapped and rapped, but nobody answered,           looked up and for a minute I shuddered and
I thought it sounded like someone was in-         thought, Was I seeing ghosts or what? No,
side and so I rapped hard, (and I can rap         just enough life not to be' a ghost. It was
hard too) and the door opened of itself and       a man still alive, but that was all. He was
I went in. Of course, I had to excuse my-         pale and thi-n and you would almost think
self for being so rude as to pound the door       that he really was a ghost. But we went to
open because that is what I actually did.         his home and talked to him and found out
Th?re was a mother facing me right inside         he had tuberculosis in the very last stages.
on the bed, sick with a fever, and the chil-      His days were numbered and of course there
dren crowded all around. Three or four of         was not much ' medical attention that we
them were in bed also. The house consisted        could give him, but we thought perhaps
of only two rooms, but a duck and a dog and       we could give him 'something worth even
several other live things were there, all hav-    more than that. We got out our Bibles and
ing a good time. I asked, "What is the            had a word of prayer and left some papers
matter with the mother?" and the children         and tracts for him and his wife.
said, "She has yellow germs." That was a            The last time we went there the man was
new disease to me and before I could turn         gone. He had told his wife, "I do wish
around, she had ripped the bandage off her        those girls would come again. Just tell
                                   THE LIFE BOAT                                           239

thwn I will meet them up yonder."                said she could not stand it to see her chil­
   Well, those experiences are worth while.      dren starve to death. Could you? As I
Surely they.are. We would give everything        look at the last part oj this record it is very
for experiences of that sort. One place I        sad. It says, "The mother was found dead
have in mind, the husband is dead and the        when we came to call. Buried on Satur­
wife is in very poor health and all she has      day." Now, that is the story. The children
to depend on is a fifteen-year-old boy. He       have no one to take care of them.
can't do very much. He gets up early in             Another record. The husband is tuber­
the morning and as soon as he can, he starts     cular and the lady of the house cannot work
selling mottoes and in this way makes a          because she is not strong herself and she
meager living for them.                          has a big family of children. We have a
   How gratifying it is to see some of these     long record of that family. We have given
patients that we can help yield to our treat­    them baskets of food and last winter, 1 no­
ments. We can't reach around and help all        tice coal was given many times to keep them
of them, but we do all we can and some of        warm. But day after day we are trying to
them that we find in bed, if we give them        find the needy ones and help them in every
treatment for awhile, just come right up and     way we possibly can.
find the way to health and then later-on we          We have only given you .a very faint
find them well and happy; then we try to         glimpse, as it were, of the great field of the
 teach them how to live, how to cook and          city of Chicago. But just to walk down the
eat properly and not only do we minister in       street and have the little children come up
a physical way, but in a spiritual way and       and take hold of your hand and say, "Moth­
give them an insight into something that is       er feels much better after that treatment."
beyond this life.                                 "Father stopped drinking." Or perhaps we
   There are many" other families we might        will see a group of little children repeating
tell you about. We keep a record of each          Bible verses and holding little services. That
family we visit and we can refer to them          cheers our hearts, too. We can't all en­
and see just what we have done. Here is           gage personally in this work. Each has his
one. The first time we found this lady was        place in this great field of the world, but
in the Clark Street Police station. And what     just think that there are so many homes
 do you suppose she was there for? Because        that can be made happy by the services that
 she had stolen some dresses and some food.       you make it possible for the city workers to
 She was awfully sorry about this and she         render.


                            WHISPER IT NOW TO JESUS
                                        ROBERT HARE
                           It may be the burden is heavy,
                             Pressing your heart today,
                           And the hope that buoyed your spirit,
                             Is silently drifting away!

                           It may be the thought of your weakness,
                             Shadows the blue above,
                           And the sin that made you helpless
                             Shuts out the srnile of His love!

                           It may be the friendship once cherished,
                             Carelessly passed away,
                           And then in the gloom and darkness,
                             Your spirit has failed to pray!

                           It may be on duty's rough pathway
                             Cheer-lights are growing dim,
                           And your heart has lost its courage
                             In failing to think of Him!

                           Oh, whisper it now to Jesus,
                             Just tell Him your story of grief,
                           His heart of love and kindness,
                             Now offers thee sweet relief!
                                       THE LIFE BOAT




                                                                                                         CLASS
      Top row, reading from left to right: Letha Kepler, Haaken Pearson, Leola Mae Stoner, Isabel Medford, Albert D.
      Atholyn E. Caya, Daisy F. Smith, Floyd D. Kepler, Kathleen Ryan, G. F. Brown.
      Bottom row: Esther V. Pearson, Margaret Smith, Ruth E. Heisel, Mercedes R. Fernandez, Iva M. Steele, Nellie P
      Turner, Irma F. Bidwell, Henriette M. DeForcst.



           The Patient, and Not His                                                                      THERE A
                                                                                            And every spirit has, it
                                                                                             Deeper far percharfbe
                                                                                            And every heart its da
                Disease Only                                                                 Where deathless mem
                                                                                            Their -wreaths of pain


Y
                                                                                             And sadder dreams f
     OU FORTUNATE young graduates                    spite of the example and              •O weary spirit, think
      are entitled to all the happiness we see       teaching of your instructors           Has only dimmed thy si|
                                                                                            And deem not thoui-alo
      shining forth from your beaming coun­          and the preachment of your               From bitter springs b
tenances tonight. . . . The Faculty's ap­            chaplain, there are some               Thy feet have only pas
                                                                                              Where sorrowing mil]
proval speaks well of your character, abil­          among you graduates who                The briny tears that mi
                                                                                              Thy heart may nevei
ity, and training. To receive it, you must           find it difficult tonight not          O pity then, the lips th
have possessed more than ordinary ambi­              to crowd out serious thought             More deeply than thii
tion, courage, industry, capacity, and per­          with such ideas and feel­
severance, and shown a corresponding de­             ings as relate to earning larger wages,
gree -of character development. It now re­           getting finer clothes, and of getting a
mains for you to show, by the life you live,         taste of some of the so-called joys of life
whether or not, under the supervision and            that have been denied you or forbidden
discipline of your school, you have learned          while under training. In this there is noth­
to appreciate what is worth while, and to            ing unnatural, even if regrettable. However,
study for yourselves, and to discipline your­        there are occasions when serious thoughts
selves, so that upon the foundation laid for         and ideals should occupy first place in our
you, you may increase your knowledge,                consciousness. Whether or not one would
strengthen your character, widen your in­            live a life of faith and find pleasure in the
fluence, and multiply your usefulness until          preparation for the life to come, what I have
the joy of your work possesses the soul. To          in mind to talk about this evening has a
attain happiness in this life and a firm hold        very real and practical relation to the life
on the future life, constitutes the highest          one is here and now called upon to live.
kind of successful living. . . .                        Gratitude to the school, to your teachers,
   Experience leads me to believe that in            your fellow students, and to the patient sick
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IF 1926
omack, Vice-President, E. David Fisher, Secretary,' Pearl Vermillion, President, Avis Irene Oyler, Treasurer,
gman, Mabel Misner, Vestabelle Watson, Elizabeth A. Hightower, Esther May Haughey, Alice L. Berglund, Nancy



! OTHERS                                               Dr. Geo. T. Harding, Jr.
grief, .                                 [Address to the Graduating Class of 1926 of the Hinsdale
iftn thine
:erted room,                          Sanitarium Training School for Nurses, Hinsdale, Illinois, June
les ever twine
r wakening hours                      21, 1926.]
 darkening night—
  grief                      folks upon whom you have                 Knew What She Was Living For
  b£st drank                 practised and for whom you
ond the gate;                have labored, is to be ex­            Some years ago I was asked to recom­
SL the well,                                                    mend a nurse to a discriminating patient
is sit and wait,             pected of you. As long as
le there,
et have known,               it is alive in your hearts,        whom I was anxious to please, and selected
 drink                       it will influence your char­       one I could depend upon for ability and
 own.—Robert Hare.
                             acter and conduct; as long         efficiency. My patient reported that the
                       "     as you bear in mind the fine       nurse had become agreeable, that she ap­
           spirit of your school, impulses for good will        peared to know what she was about, made
           arise within you.                                    no false moves, and got along with others.
              Being grateful is a good habit that helps         With only the usual store of technical
           one to get along in the world. He who                knowledge, this nurse thought out in ad­
           recognizes his debt to others cannot be­             vance the work to be done, using her im­
           come very selfish or inconsiderate of his
                                                                agination and planning her work. More
           fellowmen. The grateful habit would seem
           to me to lead naturally to a respect for the         than this, she concentrated her attention
           source of every good and perfect gift, and           upon the work in hand, exercised her will
           prompt one to do all that is necessary for suc­      along the line of her plan, and so accom­
           cess in life. The man Jesus testified as to          plished her task well. To have planned,
           what is of first importance in living by these       and then merely talked about it, would have
           words found in Matthew 6:33:                         made her an idle dreamer. To have had no
             "But seek ye first the kingdom of God,             plan, and then to have busied herself with
           and his righteousness; and all these things          many technical activities, would have made
           shall be added unto you."                            her appear "fussy" to the patient who
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wanted definite things done. That her plan,          along with others. Every nurse ought to
when carried out, enabled her to get -along          know that she must be agreeable to'rier pa­
with others, including the patient, the doc­         tient, as well as able to perform her tech­
tor, her fellow-workers, and the servants,           nical duties in a satisfactory manner.
went along way in making her service satis­             Devoted to a worthy cause, with a definite
factory.                                             plan and a whole-hearted purpose for its ac­
   By her conduct in this case, that nurse            complishment, there are certain things to
showed many of the qualifications essential          which one must give consideration if he
to a successful life. 1 imagine she knew             would live the most successful life. I will
what she was living for; that she felt a              endeavor to discuss several of these things
sense of duty to be something and to do              that are especially important to the nurse.
something worth while. Having learned                       Health Indispensable in a Nurse
how to perform her daily tasks successfully
                                                        Next to a pure heart and sound mind,
by using her intelligence and will in direct­
                                                     physical health stands out as an indispens­
ing her effort, she no doubt appreciated the
                                                     able necessity in the life of a nurse. A
importance of a definitely planned life. I
                                                     knowledge of the laws of hygiene, and faith­
know she has given her allegiance to a great
                                                     ful obedience to them, is of great im­
cause in the earth; I feel certain she had
                                                     portance. A careful husbanding of the
set certain goals of attainment for herself
                                                     strength of youth, and the avoidance of
that were intended to relate her properly to
                                                     those unnecessary transgressions and ex­
the finishing of the work in connection with
                                                     cesses of all kinds which start those in­
that cause she had espoused.
                                                     sidious processes of organic deterioration,
   When a young man or woman has devel­              and thus jeopardize our later comfort and
oped a plan for a useful and happy life, he          usefulness, should be matters of greater in­
will fit into his plan all his relations toward      terest to men and women in their earlier
bis family, his fellow-men, and toward God's         years. There are many still in the prime of
work in the world. As he sees their relation         life who must admit that their diminished
to God's plan of life, his activities, his experi­   health is but the result of the sins of their
ences, his studies, his reading,—everything          youth. Well may the Psalmist say, "Re­
will become more interesting and assume              member not the sins of my youth, nor my
greater value. Stimulated interest and con­          transgressions."
centrated effort will make his work more                Too often, when just within reach of their
effectual and exceptional, and progress to­          goal, men and women are brought to realize
ward a successful life will be inevitable.           that their physical power is no longer suffi­
   The enthusiasm begotten of a lofty pur­           cient for its customary activity, and that
pose in life, of a well developed plan, and          this lack is traceable to what seemed in
the habit of trying to accomplish the object         earlier life an unimportant disregard of the
of one's ambition, makes the possessor more          little things that pertain to health. Often
studious and teachable, a keener observer, a         such persons will then take enforced rest
better reader, a more thoughtful worker, a           and receive the ministrations of others as a
lover of true science, and a better profes­          sort of sanitarium penance to bring them to
sional man or woman.                                 a state of comfort, and if properly instruct­
   A worthy plan and a better sense of val­          ed, will often walk obediently if fortunate
ues, a willingness to work and increasing re­        enough to obtain such a restoration of their
sponsibilities, lead one to search for faith         physical well-being as to render comfort­
and grace and for a knowledge of things              able living again possible. Then it is, when
eternal. One then finds that he does not             too late, that one realizes how great a price
live happily independent of those above him,         he pays, in activities and legitimate pleas­
around him, and below him; that we are all           ures forever denied him, because of earlier
subject to a law of relationship, even as is         indiscretions and a neglect of the laws of
the molecule, the atom, or the electron. Our         health and of right thinking at a time when
success in life depends upon relating our­           an abundance of vitality made such caution
 selves properly to our Maker, and in getting        seem unnecessary.
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          Healthful Thinking Necessary            which can be drawn from in time of need;
     Wrong thinking, — unhealthful thinking; and should remember that most of our
  an important subject, but we must pass it minor physical discomforts can be safely
  by with one brief consideration. In a posi­ ignored or endured until the crisis in our
  tive sense, right—or healthful—thinking in­ work is past and we are able to renew our
  volves a proper mental attitude toward God strength by rest and the comfort which good
  and man and our environment. To under­ food, refreshing sleep, and the satisfaction
  stand and obey the laws of nature, which of a task well done, will secure for us. A
  are but God's laws, is an essential part of sound mind in a sound body, and a plan
  every health plan. In our human relations, of life that preserves these, if faithfully pur­
  the ability to understand our fellow-men sued, will educate for successful service.
  and get along with them pleasantly, is an
                                                        Minister to Soul as Well as Body
  economy of the wear and tear on the phys­
  ical being, as well as a distinct contribution     The patient, and not his disease only,
  to the joy of living.                           must be the first consideration in any suc­
     A proper understanding of the economic cessful or worthy plan for any professional
  law of being producers, and not consumers nurse. More is needed than a mere profes­
  only, of binding in our wants and conserv­ sional Interest, however essential that may
  ing our resources, and living in a manner be. What the nurse is, may often be as
  simple enough to escape intemperance and important and helpful as what she knows
  excessive labors, has a positive health value. how to do. "In treating the patient, do not
  The law of compensation is inescapable; forget that he is a man," says a legend over
  "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he one of the entrances to the Virchow Hos­
 also reap."                                      pital in Berlin. A kind and successful su­
                                                  perintendent of an Ohio hospital for the in­
              The Law of Sacrifice
                                                  sane used to say, ".Give me the good old at­
     There is another law to consider, because tendant who looks beyond the patient's in­
 of its bearing on success in life and pleasant sanity, and sees her as a woman to be cared
 relations with others. It is the law of sac­ for and helped."
 rifice. One can easily think too much of           Jesus ministered unto the sick in a way
 preserving his own health and maintaining that showed His appreciation of the need of
 his own comfort and security for the future, the afflicted soul. Sick folks like to be con­
 and thus may become so selfish in nature as sidered personally, along with their sick­
 to rob him of the interest and sense of ac­ ness; and worldly wise nurses and phy­
 complishment necessary to a successful life. sicians who succeed, appreciate this. We,
 He who lived a most successful life of serv­ who like Paul are debtors to all men, are
 ice during His short career among men, under obligation to recognize the value of
 expressed this law in the words:                the soul, and to consider not only the pa­
    "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a tient's temporary physical debility, but also
 corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, his eternal welfare.
it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth        Just as true education seeks to train man
forth much fruit. He that loveth his life for the whole existence possible to him, in­
shall lose it." John 12:24.                      cluding therefore the future and eternal life,
    Even as the Son of Man came not to be so the full measure of your efforts as
ministered unto, but to minister, even so we Christian nurses will include not only such
expect the nurse to practice her profession. ministrations as will restore to the normal
Who can enjoy the services of a whining, comfort of life, but will go further and in­
grunting nurse, or one who is afraid of her clude an arousing and strengthening of a
patient, or his disease, or of her work? definite hope in the better and future life;
We like the nurse who attempts to serve, and with such a training as you have re­
to face her task with courage.                   ceived here, you should consider yourselves
    All ought to understand the value of as failures unless this feature enters promi­
healthful living in creating resistance to nently into your future service.
disease; in establishing a reserve strength         This does not mean that you will take ad-
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vantage of your contact with the sick to        which might be contrary to their natural in­
force opportunities for impressing sectarian    clinations, but which would win the approval
beliefs upon them. Common sense and the         of an awakened conscience.
best of Christian counsel warns against such      Considering his disease only, the con­
a course. It does mean that in the most         scientious nurse will give the patient the
effectual way, that of example, you will be a   benefit of her highest skill toward a present
channel of light and blessing and hope; and     recovery. One can do this, and still give
that along with enough of precept to reveal     the patient the opportunity to carry away
the guiding light of your own life, you will    the impression that he may repeat his former
do the work of the greatest Medical Mis­        indiscretions and transgressions, and yet be
sionary so well that many will be led to say    freed from their effect upon his health.
of you, as Zechariah says of such a people,        Considering the patient above all, the
"We will go with you; for we have heard         Christian nurse will include in her minis­
that God is with you." Zech. 8:23.              tration that double teaching of precept and
  You will come in contact with many such       example that will lead the sick one to avoid
as the Psalmist referred to when he said:       sowing the causes, and reaping the results
  "Fools because of their transgression, and    which have brought on his present and tem­
because of their iniquities, are afflicted.     porary need of her care.
Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat;
                                                   With such a vision of her opportunity to
and they draw near unto the gates of death."
                                                serve, the Christian nurse will not be con­
Ps. 107:17, 18.
  In such cases, it is not your duty to over­   tented merely to acquire knowledge and
whelm them with the consciousness of their      technical precision with which to combat
past foolishness. It is rather to turn their    disease, but will strive for the fullest de­
minds away from past mistakes, to help          velopment of her character and powers, that
them see the reasonableness of a better         she may know how to sympathize and be
course, and to point them to the Source of      interested in needy human souls, and prop­
help which will enable them to do the things    erly to minister to those in distress.


                            The Path of Duty
                                        G. F. Brown
                             Member Nurses Graduating Class of 1926.



T
    HE western skies are flushed a crim­         Our hopes have vanished with the sinking sun.
       son red,
     The sinking sun sends forth his last       As rising clouds bespeak the coming storm,
        faint ray;                              And sinking sun heralds the close of day,
Vast shadows creep across the eastern sky       We read in ocean wave, and earth, and sky
As comes the twilight of the ending day.        The last great sign of fulfilled prophecy.
The shadows deepen, mighty clouds roll up,      To us they bring a challenge and a task:
The lightnings flash and thunders reach the     They bring a solemn thought to every one.
      ear—                                      When time and opportunity shall end
Dire omens of a coming storm. They bring        Shall we then find our work and task undone?
To us regret and strike our hearts with fear.   We answer, nay. A few more days are left
We loitered in the day of harvest when          So we must fill our place, and while we may,
We should have gathered in the ripened grain.   Give heart and muscle, brain, and all we have
We let the precious hours of labor pass         To make the world the better for our stay.
And heeded not, nor thought of coming rain.     But time is short and we must quickly do
Too late we realize that day is o'er            The work we find if e'er our goal is won.
And much that we should do must pass un­        'Tis not for us to plan a mighty deed
      done;                                     And labor on through years to see it done.
Too late regret and sorrow fills our hearts;    We look about us and we see the woe
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And feel the sorrows of a sin cursed race.        And hearing understand the living power
Once more a hand appears upon the wall            Of Him who pierced the silence of their ear,
Of destiny, and there we see it trace             He healed the lame that he might take with
In words of fire a threat of coming doom,               ease
But though the doom is sure; as on a scroll       The knowledge of His power and His might;
There spelled in fiery letters, we can see        He raised the dead that men might see in Him
Our duty, opportunity, and goal:—                 The source of everlasting life and light
To still the fever in an aching brow,
To heal the wounds and bruises of the world,         So to the Great Physician we must point
To bring the hope that living is worth while       The soul that's burdened and the heart of
When hope has vanished and faith's banners               grief.
      furled:                                      In Him who never failed the broken heart
To help those walk who never yet have stood,       The most despondent may find sweet relief.
To make the faltering step more brisk and          In Him who owns the silver and the gold,
      light,                                       The cattle on a thousand verdant hills,
To bring some joy to those who never heard,        Is found that which no mine of wealth can
And help those see who lack the joy of sight.            buy,—
                                                   Health, happiness, and freedom from all ills.
Still more than this we find in duty's path,       With Him the poor in hovel bare may smile
For that is lost which heals but for the hour;     And wealth can find far more than earthly
Health in its prime must fade and pass away              show:
As fades the beauty of the summer's flower.        With Him the soldier in the trench has peace
The Great Physician as He lived with men           While 'round him terrors like the sea waves
Spake to the blind, and he received his sight;           flow.
But with his new found vision he beheld            To walk as He walked is our goal in life
The One who turns life's darkness into light.      To stand as He stood by the bed of pain,
He spake the word to those who never heard,        And when the day of labor has been spent,
That with their silence broken they might hear,    We'll know that life has not been lived in vain.




                            A Shelter for the Wayward and
                                     the Innocent
                                                  Caroline Louise Clough
                                    Superintendent Life Boat Rescue Home, Hinsdale, Illinois.



                          W
                                 ITH twenty-       best of training, came to us a few days ago
                                 two people        in a very critical condition,—the result of
                                 sitting at the    her own father's brutality. Everything that
                           table three times a     medical science can do will be done to save
                           day and with four-      the life of this dear child who has been so
           :              teen babies in the       terribly abused.
nursery, we have been kept very busy caring           These girls come to us from our own dis­
for this large family, providing proper food,      trict, from Chicago, from nearby towns,
looking after their physical needs and their       from far away cities. They appeal to us for
spiritual needs. The workers at the Life Boat      shelter and protection which we are able
Home are daily face to face with new and           to give. And while they are with us, we
weighty problems.                                  point them to "the Lamb of God that
  A dear little innocent girl, now only seven­     taketh away the sins of the world." Our
teen years of age, was placed with friends         girls enjoy the morning worship hour. They
at the death of her mother ten years ago,          enjoy the time spent in studying the Bible
and has been brought up properly with the          and committing to memory portions of
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Scripture. Their hearts go out to help as           love them dearly. One little fellow whose
they see others in greater need than them­          life lingered as a tiny flicker for weeks and
selves. Sometimes people get the impres­            weeks and then he began slowly to mend,
sion that poor unfortunate girls of this type       just yesterday, after months of faithful care,
are different from humanity in general.             found a happy home and loving hearts and
Sometimes they get the impression that              hands to take him as their own.
these girls do not care for their offspring            We rarely ever have friction in our Home.
because they give their dear little ones            With the many dispositions and nationalities
away. But after years of experience, we             thrown together, this is remarkable. But
find that this is not true. One little mother       every morning our family of girls and little
came to me recently to talk over the prob­          ones kneel down around the family altar
lem of her child. I presented the matter            and pray for the spirit of Christ to be in




 Just a small part of our large family at the Life Boat Home, showing Miss Sanborn, nurse supervisor,
                                       and Miss Foreman, matron^

to her from the standpoint of her own feel­         them and lead them for the day. Keeping
ings and her own desires and then I pre­            our girls in close touch with Heaven drives
sented it to her from the standpoint of her         out the spirit of criticism and of contention
child's future and with tears in her eyes she       in the Home. We find among them willing
said, "Mrs. Clough, do not count me in it           workers, those who are willing to sacrifice
at all. I don't count. It is for the best           to help others. While we are living under
good of my child that I want to decide this         crowded conditions, while .we .have not the
question." These mothers love their babies          advantages of a well equipped, institution,
and they love them so much that they are            yet we try to make the spiiijf-'pf love and oi
willing to sacrifice that love to undo, as far      helpfulness over-balance .our,lack,Jn material
as possible, their unfortunate standing in          equipment.
life. '                                               We have just now in our -Home three
   Our nurses who care for the little tots          elderly women who, we feel, .need us and we
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need them. They seek out the little things        us whose mother died when she was just a
to do that young people sometimes over­           little girl. Her foster parents love her and
look and by their kind and willing spirit,        say that she has never caused them any
are a real blessing to the Home.                  trouble. But friends, just think, her own
  As to our needs, we are always in need          father really thought so little of his own
of money for our expenses and beside, we          daughter as to insult her. It surely is a sad
can make use of gifts of fruit, vegetables,       case.
and other eatables as well as linen for the          Another was called to our attention a
house and for the babies. We have no en­          short time ago. A girl from the country
dowment; we have no regular income. We            came to the city to work and fell in with a
are dependent upon the public and if the          young man and he locked her in a room for
Lord impresses you to give of your gener­         two weeks. Now she is about to become a
ous store, I am sure you will be blessed.         mother.
  If this artl;le is read by any young                Surely if mothers could only realize before
woman in distress or in need of a friend,         it is too late of the experiences that their
we shall be glad to have you correspond            daughters may be called upon to go through
with us.                                          they would try to protect them more.
                                                      We are glad that we can be of help to
 A DAY IN THE LIFE BOAT HOME                       such girls and pray that God will help us as
             MYRTLE FOREMAN                        we strive to work for Him in this place.
        Matron, Life Boat Rescue Home.
   Folks often ask when visiting the Home,
what the girls do to keep busy and happy.            "I am one of the girls who has been led in
I shall try to tell you just a little about our   the wrong path, but I am on the path of God
daily routine.                                    now, and hope you will pray for me so that
   Six forty-five is the hour for arising. We     I may stay there. I got acquainted with a
serve breakfast about seven-thirty. The           good many girls while in the Home and I
girls do the cooking of the meals, the clean­     like all of them. We have worship every
ing, and the general work of the Home. As         morning, and sometimes music at night. I
soon as the table can be cleared and the          think the Lord saw that I was struggling for
dishes washed, we have morning worship.           life and He helped me. Pray for me and my
We try to take up in the morning worship          baby girl that we both may live to be
things that will be helpful to us in our work     Christians."
each day and in after-life. Then comes the
preparation for dinner, which is served about      FROM A HOME GIRL OF FORMER
noon.                                                             YEARS
   In the afternoon, we try to let the girls        "Wish I could tell you how much I en­
have plenty of time for rest and to do the        joyed your visit to my home when you
things they like. Most of them enjoy fancy        were out here. It was a little over twenty-
work and they also enjoy reading.                 twO years ago since I first came to the
   We have our evening meal at five-thirty        Home, hopeless and wishing only for death
p. m., and the evening is spent in a social       for myself and Jhe little one still unborn.
way together. We have quite a busy day.           But after one look into her sweet face, all
   We are always glad to have our friends         such thoughts went away forever. For her
call and are glad to show them our nursery
                                                  I could face anything; for Ijef I could and
of babies and tell them about the work.
We certainly appreciate the gifts our friends     would, by God's help, get up td t^ t°P-
send us, and especially the clothing for the      No, not the top of anything in this world?
babies. The nurses appreciate very much           for this world never forgets such a mistake
the gift of aluminum ware which a kind            on the part of a girl. There was One who
friend sent us.                                   knew it all.
   Some of the cases which come to us are           "Being left fatherless, motherless, and
very sad. Not long ago a young girl came to       homeless at a very tender age, with a small
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chance of starting right, and being betrayed       rifice to keep her mother and sister together in
 by the one who should have been a protec­         our little home. And now with the added
 tion, made it necessary for me to come to         burden of my sister's children, I am still
your Home. The road was a rough one and            keeping on.
 the hill steep, but I can and do leave it to
 One above who is the true Judge. Other
 girls make the same mistake but marry              MINISTERING TO HUNGRY SOULS
happily and it soon seems merely like an                         MILDRED SHULTZ
unpleasant dream. I was not so blessed.                             Senior Nurse
Never shall I forget the twilight evening a            "When thou makest a feast, call the poor,
few days before the one I loved dearer than         the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou
life itself, promised, as we drove slowly           shall be blessed; for they cannot recom­
homeward behind faithful old Nellie, to be a        pense thee; for thou shall be recompensed
real father to my little fatherless child as she    at the resurrection of the just." Luke 14:
lay sleeping across our laps, then a darting        13, 14.
of five years. Then the bright beautiful               These are the words that came to our
morning that I dressed in bridal clothes to         minds one bright Monday morning as we
not only give myself, but also my precious          remembered it was our supervisor's birth­
child, into the care and keeping of one I           day; so we planned at once for a little social
fully believed would do his best to fulfill        gathering. It seemed an opportune time to
his promises. O that I could have looked            invite some of the little neighborhood chil­
ahead just six and one-half years and could         dren to enjoy a good time. The news spread
have seen him dragging that mother and             quickly and in a short time we drew the
child, to whom he had promised so much,             line at twenty-one.
through the courts for one of the blackest         - After due preparation, the little tots came
crimes against childhood any man or beast           over one by one, all clean and neatly
could be guilty of. I think of the eleven          dressed. We played games until all had
hard years between, of faithfully standing         arrived, then lunch was served. It would
by her and now for nearly three years she           have done your heart good to see their shiny
has faithfully stood by her mother, giving         eyes, and hear them say, "We like to come
her nearly all her wages each week to help         to teacher's house." After lunch they con­
keep our home together.                             tinued playing games, and one of the little
   "While at the Home I promised God that           girls gave several readings. When they
if ever I had a home of my own and no               left, not one forgot to say, "Thank you,
little one came to be brother or sister to          teacher."
my baby, I would give some other outcast              It is surprising how quickly these folks
baby a home and be a real mother to it.            learn. One home that had been previously
Before the dark shadows came to our home,          visited and the mother had been taught how
God let me keep that promise by giving me          to make some simple dishes and to study
a darling, fearfully neglected little blue-eyed    her Bible and keep the house clean, was vis­
baby, to love and care for. She was four           ited again last week by us. We found every
years old when OUT home was so cruelly             room tidied up and the children were dres­
broken up. All my friends thought I shou-ld        sed in nice clean clothes. Upon being asked
have given her up, because I was not well,         if they liked to sing, a smile broke over
but again God made it plain that I was to          their faces and they said, "It makes us
keep her. When she was ten, I broke down           happy to sing." The mother and children
completely from overwork. But when the             each sang a song in Spanish and in turn
Lord saw I had suffered enough He just             asked us to sing one for them, which we
suddenly turned things the other way and           did. The mother was so thankful for the
brought my girls home to me. From .that            help she had received and wanted to do
day on I began to gain again. And now it is        something for us. It seems the first thing
nearly three years since we have all been          they want to do after they have been shown
together. My first born makes every sac­           the better way is to do something for some-
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one else. This mother is very much inter­
ested in the new principles of living and
also our health lessons. She saves up ques­
tions from one visit to another about the
things we have taught her and what she
has observed. I surely enjoy visiting these
homes and helping hunt out the jewels.
   We ask an interest in your prayers that
we may be given wisdom from on high to
teach and search out these hungry souls.

   FROM A LIFE BOAT WORKER
             Baltimore, Maryland
"Dear Friends:
  "I am sending in my order early for maga­
zines this time as I have almost all my July
numbers sold. I arn having such good suc­
cess with my magazines and the dear good
Lord is blessing me wonderfully with good
health and such good testimonies. I also feel
the prayers of God's people which is helping
me so much more in my work.
  "Yours for The Life Boat."                               Getting a blessing through selling
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                            The Prisoners' Page

  A PRISONER ENJOYS THE LIFE                       of my temptation and win victory over all
             BOAT                                  against evil."
               San Quentin, Calif.
   "Upon reading The Life Boat, I began to         CATCHING A VISION OF HIS LIFE'S
 feel this way about it:                                       WORK
   "We need it as a source of religious inspira­                  San Quentin, Calif.
tion and guidance for the individual soul; we         "I have just finished reading The Life Boat
need it as a standard for the people.' The Life    and it surely is wonderful how the message is
Boat is the book of ideals holding up before us    going forth and I hope that I may be able to
the standard of truth and duty when our            help with the last closing message to a dying
vision grows dim. It is the book of warning        world.
reminding us when we are tempted to forget            "I know that there is a work for me to do
the inevitable consequences of sin. Also it is     and as long as God gives me strength from
the book of hope and comfort and the book          day to day I am going to serve Him for I
that preaches to sinners. You can open it          like that verse we find in Matt. 19:29: 'And
and on its pages you will find messages            every one that hath forsaken houses, or
straight from Christian people.                    brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or
   "I made my vow today through this letter        wife, or children, or lands, for my name's
to you that I resolve to be the captain of my      sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall in­
soul this day and always to refrain from all       herit everlasting life.'
wickedness. May God help me in this trial             "One thing I am striving very hard to do
2SO                                    THE LIFE BOAT
is to live the life that is pleasing in the sight   and will to God and been filled with the Spirit.
of God for we know that God has a plan for          The third, to be meeting things as God's word
every detail of our lives. The real Christian       directs and especially to treat the unsaved
is one who permits the Holy Spirit to lead          members of the household as the Bible directs,
him into God's plan in everything that con­         which means we are not to resent anything
cerns the life here and hereafter.                  they say or do; but, to return good for evil,
   "God's plans are revealed in His precious        blessing for cursing, and only prayers when
Word, which gives us plain directions con­          we are despitefully used.
cerning every circumstance of life. He has a          "When we have reached the standard to
plan for the peace of our home and the salva­       where God can use us then we are not going
tion of our loved ones. The first condition is      to let the devil have the least bit of a chance
that the professing Christian in the home must      to plant evil in our hearts for we have the
be a real Bible Christian, which means to have      assurance that Jesus will never leave us nor
confessed and forsaken all sin and be born          forsake us and He never goes back on His
again. Secondly, to have surrendered the life       word."




      wu                        EDITORIAL                                        ^J
                      Caroline Louise Clougrh           J. G. Lamson                   *

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                              Editor                  Associate Editor                j
                                                                                           *
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                      Contributors: D. H. Kress, M. D.. J. F. Morse. M. D..      C • -H
                     Mary rauuon Nc.ll, M. D.. C. E. Rice, J. W. Christian       TT 1




A WARFARE AGAINST IGNORANCE                            By giving lectures he has earned $15,000
   Sergeant Alvin C. York, a native of the          which he is using to start a school for the
mountains of eastern Tennessee, is known            boys and girls of his mountain district.
as the greatest hero of the World War.              Some fourteen hundred acres of land have
Every man and woman in this country will            been placed in his hands on which he plans
remember the time eight years ago when              to build a school costing some $250,000.
York, then a Corporal, with a squad of                 Quoting from the-Literary Digest:
seven men, attacked a battalion of German              " 'Sergeant York's new and personally
machine-gunners strongly .entrenched in the         conducted war is against ignorance. What
Argonne Forest, killed many of them, put            he saw of the world after he left his valley
their guns out of action, and marched 132           in the Cumberland Mountains filled him
prisoners back through the German outposts          with a passion for taking some of its worth­
and into the American lines.                        while things back to his home people. Once'
  He came out of the War with the "Con­             he read in a little book he carried with him
gressional Medal of Honor, the French               to the fighting in Europe a very famous and
Medaille Militaire and Croix de Guerre, the         famliar question which took on for him a
Italian Croce di Guerra and the Montenegrin         new meaning. It was "For what shall it
Medaille pour !a Bravoure Militaire."               profit a man if he shall gain the whole
  "After the war, Sergeant York had the             world and lose his own soul?"
opportunity of capitalizing his bravery by             " 'That question, he has since said, kept
appearing on the stage or in the movies, but        ringing in his mind after he had come back
he resisted all such offers because he had a        to America, where all sorts of engagements
higher aim in view—instructing his fellow           at fantastic pay were offered him. Then,
mountaineers in the arts of peace and giving        in his own words, he "remembered those lit­
them the 'book 1'arnin'' of which they were         tle ones in the mountains were struggling
sorely in need."                                    for something greater than money—the
                                    THE LIFE BOAT                                           251
right to become upright and Christian men        land, Wis., are now members of our Sani­
and women." And he decided that the work         tarium family. Mr. Neall is to assist in the
cut out for him in life was to take the bless­   business department of the institution. He is
ings of education into his native hills.         the son of Dr. J. H. Neall, one of our doctors.
   " 'Sergeant York has been laboring on this       Prof. J. G. Lamson and Mrs. Lamson spent
project as steadily and courageously as he       about ten days touring in Michigan, talking at
tracked the German battalion in the Ar-          summer assemblies.
gonne. For eight years he has worked at             Miss Erne James, who is engaged in the mis­
it in spite of discouragement and the neces­     sion office work in Shanghai, China, called
sity of earning a living for his own family.     at Hinsdale. Miss James was visiting her
Once his barn burned and in the fire he          brother, Mr. S. A. James, who is employed
lost his farm tools, his stock of hay and all    in the laboratory of the institution.
but two of his cattle. But he refused to           There were twenty-seven nurses who grad­
accept offers of paying jobs and kept at his     uated from our institution on the evening of
task, with an occasional lecture tour to raise   June 21, and Dr. G. T. Harding gave the
funds for the school.' "                         graduation address.
                                                   Drs. J. H. and Mary Neall spent a few
        NEWS HERE AND THERE                      weeks recuperating at one of the summer re­
    Gertrude Simpson, of Cedar Lake, Mich.,      sorts near Muskegon, Mich., during the month
 visited us recently. Miss Simpson is one of     of July.
our graduates.                                      Miss Kate D. Sanborn, nurse supervisor at
    Pastor A. G. Daniells and his wife spent a   the Life Boat Rescue Home, spent a month
 few days in the institution.                    with relatives in St. Louis, Mo.
    Mr. and Mrs. Butz and Mrs. Norman Wiles,        Miss Mabel Levison, a graduate of the
 missionaries from the South Sea Islands, vis­   Boulder, Colo., Sanitarium, who was form­
 ited us recently.                               erly connected with our Hinsdale Sanitar­
    Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Wood, missionaries        ium, has come to take charge of the Life
 from Sumatra, Java, passed through and          Boat City Center during the summer
spent a few days with us.                        months, relieving Miss Mercer who is very
    O. Montgomery, of Washington, D. C, vis­     much in.need of a rest.
ited us recently.                                   Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Rice left about the first
    On May 10, eighteen students were gradu­     of July for a month's vacation in California.
ated from our Academy here. F. A. Wright            The first edition of the July Life Boat was
delivered the graduation address.                sold out by the twentieth of June. A sec­
    D. D. Fitch, a missionary from Trinidad,     ond edition had to be printed. Our work­
spent a few days with us and told us of his      ers are enthusiastically selling the maga­
work for the Indians in his mission field.       zine everywhere throughout the country.
    I. H. Evans and his wife, of Shanghai,       Large orders were placed for this number
China, stopped over at the Sanitarium for a      before it came from the press. Now is the
short visit recently.                            opportune time to get out among the people
    Mr. and Mrs. G. Emmenegger, missionaries     with this splendid missionary magazine.
Iiuiii Chili, South America, were recent visi­   Write us for information.
tors at the Santitarium. Twenty-two years
ago, Mrs. Emmenegger was nurse in our
Rescue Home.                                           Have you promised the Lord that
    Dr. A. G. Sanderson and wife, from Berke­       you will spend some time this month
ley, Calif., called on us recently.                 in working for others? If so, why not
    Dr. P. Martin Kellar and Dr. Florence Kel-      send for a few copies of The Life Boat
lar, their daughter, Frances Kellar, and War­       Magazine to distribute in your com­
ren G. Harding, the second, of the College of       munity? Send twenty-five cents in
Medical Evangelists at Loma Linda, Calif.,          stamps and we will send you a few
passed our way and favored us with a visit.         sample copies.
   Mr. and Mrs. Virile R, Neall, from Ash­
252                                     THE LIFE BOAT




                             WORN OUT IN PRISON
  Copies of THE LJFE BOAT Magazine after having been passed from cell to cell and read by the
                            prisoners until practically worn out.
     THE LIGHTHOUSE CREW, with headquarters at Hinsdale, Illinois, sends THE LIFE
BOAT into all the large penal institutions of this country. The prisoners enjoy THE LIFE
BOAT and many are led to give their hearts to Christ through its influence. Prison authori­
ties recommend THE LIFE BOAT. A prisoner writes: "The boys who read THE LIFE
BOAT seem to have a different spirit from the others. They are trying to be good to their
associates in prison. Their opinion and attitude is on the right side of every question because
they are under the spiritual influence of THE LIFE BOAT. The LIFE BOAT seems to say
to us, 'When your father and mother or friends forsake you, we will take you up.'" The
prison field is the neglected field in this country. Yet, our Master bids us to visit the prison­
ers. You can be a member of THE LIGHTHOUSE CREW by signing your name here
and donating $1.00 or more. Please fill out the coupon below and hand or -send it in with
your donation.
                                                                     Date...... . ........._....... ....
THE LIFE BOAT,
         Hinsdale, 111.
Gentlemen:
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CREW for this year, as I desire to assist in sending THE LIFE BOAT to prisoners and
other shut-ins.
                                          Sincerely yours,
                                         THE LIFE BOAT                                                23*

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October 3, 1917, authorized April 11, 1919.             your good work. We are living on a farm
                                                        that is not paid for and are putting our girl
        HINSDALE, ILL., AUGUST, 1926                    through school.
        Editor:            Associate Editor.
Caroline Louise dough        J. G. Lamson                  "But the dear Lord heard my prayer. My
                  Contributors:                         sister and I went to town to meet with the
  D. H. Kress, M. D.              C. E. Rice
  Mary Paulson Neall, M. D.       J. W. Christian       Sisters of the Church (Dorcas Society). I
  J. F. Morse, M. D.
        Business Manager: N. W. Paulson                 was impressed to see a lady I had worked
  The Life Boat Is published at Hinsdale, 111., by      for some years ago and ask her for help.
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