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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
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Keeping Children Healthy
Give the Children plenty of out-of-doors to make their little bodies strong.
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-
226 THE LIFE BOAT
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
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
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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Geo. B. Starr
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
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.
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.}
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
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
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!
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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
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
THE LIFE BOAT 241
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
:erted room, Sanitarium Training School for Nurses, Hinsdale, Illinois, June
les ever twine
r wakening hours 21, 1926.]
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
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
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.
HE western skies are flushed a crim Our hopes have vanished with the sinking sun.
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
Caroline Louise Clough
Superintendent Life Boat Rescue Home, Hinsdale, Illinois.
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
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
"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
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
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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 *
Editor Associate Editor j
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
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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
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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.
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WORN OUT IN PRISON
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prisoners until practically worn out.
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Lady Attendant Zff Tears Experience
TheLlfeBoat George L. Pfeif er
An Illustrated Monthly Journal Devoted to Phone 40 South Washington St.
Hbudale 275 HINSDALE,
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HOW SHE HELPED
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rate of postage provided for in Section 1103, Act of
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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
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