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this end. The Association is now pro- In other words this wider vision moting vocational guidance in school finds exercise while the Young Men's and community. It is seeking to fit Christian Association with its investround pegs into round holes.
ment of $125,000,000 in great buildAt one time, the social program of ings in the United States, is reaching the Y. M. C. A. consisted in creating countless thousands of men at a time a social atmosphere in the building when they need it most. At the San and supplying wholesome entertain- Francisco Association, for instance, ment and recreation. This part of the every fourteen seconds of each tensocial program has not decreased, but, hour day a young man or boy with a rather, is being multiplied many fold. purpose enters the doors of its Golden However, the Association has awak- Gate Avenue building. This is only ened to the fact that it is not sociabil. what happens in practically every city ity alone, but society that is involved of any consequence in America. Many in its social program. One Associa- of these men come to meet an emergtion expressed this idea by conducting ency in their own lives. The Assoa summer non-equipment type of As- ciation seeks to meet the emergency sociation work in twenty different in- in the wisest possible manner, through dustrial centers, giving athletic, social educational classes, recreational activand moral emphasis, but more than ities, social environment, entertainthat, calling into its program every ments and moral and spiritual stimagency which was interested in phases ulus. It goes further than this and of community life.
seeks to place within the purview of The Legal Aid Society taught in the people of the community the great dustrial people, and foreigners in par- need of preventive measures, through ticular, what they ought to know instruction given to the adolescent, about American laws and customs. through parent training, and by a The Pure Milk and Ice Association vision of the revolutionary need of gave lectures to mothers of children, child welfare. and supplied life-saving materials. The "Y" has taken the far view in The Associated Charities sent visiting its boys work program. Gladstone nurses with helpful propaganda. The said: "As go the colleges, so goes the Playground Association used vacant nation.” The Y. M. C. A. has said: lots which had been cleared by the “As go the high schools, so go the boys of the community. The Y. M. colleges.” The “Hy Y” movement of C. A. conducted twilight games, gave the Young Men's Christian Associamoving picture and stereopticon lec- tion and the American Standard Protures in the evenings with attendance gram for Boys are being recognized running into hundreds of thousands. as the most constructive programs for
They covered in the range of this physical, social, moral, and spiritual program, disease prevention, health development that the country has ever promotion, thrift, patriotism, child seen. Many high schools have been welfare, higher standards of home transformed by the “Hy Y” movement life, and the great fundamental vir- which is made up of self-governing tues which are, after all, their own groups of high school boys with high reward. At the noon hour in shops purposes and ambitions for themselves and factories in scores of large cities and their associates. tens of thousands of men get their In like fashion the student movefirst real revelation of what play ment in the colleges and universities means. In the City of San Francisco takes into consideration the multigroups like this can be seen playing plied influence of the college graduvolleyball, indoor baseball, and other ate. It also takes into consideration games during the half hour of the that intellectual development alone noon luncheon period, thus creating may make of a man only a clever an appetite for wholesome recreation. devil. For many years the student
tion and the men's Christiaovement of
Who shall say that by the accept- With higher social aspirations came ance of the Young Men's Christian better understandings and better wages Association by the American Rail- and better living conditions and less roads as their welfare agency they discord, fewer strikes, and more satishave not taken the biggest possible faction in all respects. The history of step for a better balanced personnel the Y. M. C. A. is full of illustrations and for mutual understanding ? Great like this of the emergency type of railroad presidents have stated that work leading out into something much the Y. M. C. A. is one of the major more significant. Those which I have factors both in safety in travel and in mentioned are meant to be merely the unparalleled advance of the great illustrative.
Would you know the kind host in the house of delight?
With a garden, where amethyst moss fringes beds
And where millions of blossoms lift proudly their heads.
But the house of delight among these is not found.
Now this brings to your mind little knowledge, I trow,
Come with me to the plains of the west, wild and free,
Where the blue and the gold of the sky dance in glee.
Are the hosts? Is the house of delights but a hut?
Sit you down, I'll explain; see that Navajo there?
His hut rude? It is founded on song and on prayer. He a heathen? God grant that a heathen I be,
If this home is a heathen abode which we see.
There was never house builded, with incense as sweet
From the felling of log, to the kindling of fire,
Should a post slip its place and a cross word be spoke
Soon the whole is a ruin of ashes and smoke.
Where the Medicine Man sprinkles meal from a bowl
"To the East, to the North, to the South, to the West, I now scatter this meal that peace here may find rest.
That this house be delightful, the four posts are blest
With meal from my bowl, that true love fill each guest
May all who here enter, as friend or as foe,
Every figure on basket or blanket speaks rare
O, brave Navajo Indian, come build me a home
Shall be sent forth all white and all quivering with peace; That my house be delightful; that love may increase.
Forgive me for treading where daring fools tread.
In rich blessings unnumbered, though known to so few,
In most humble contrition I bow before you.
Let us pray that our country, so favored and blest,
E came upon it unexpectedly, hailed us. He was about thirty, that ranger's cabin in the heart dressed in the regulation uniform of
of the Oregon Sierras. Riding a ranger, his lean face bronzed and back to camp after a morning's hunt hardened by wind and sun. my Indian guide and I were making “Light and look at your saddle," he our way down a heavily-wooded hill, called, holding open the gate. when suddenly the timber gave way As he stood there, I read hunger in and before us was a level meadow, the man's eyes—the hunger of one eight or ten acres in extent, on the long denied comradeship with his edge of which was the cabin.
kind. Smoke was coming from the chim- "Get down, both of you," he inney and even at that distance I had a sisted. “It's about dinner time. And, feeling that a woman lived there. I say,” he went on eagerly, detecting my guessed it by the flower-bordered momentary hesitation, "how would walk, by the dainty window curtains fresh venison and gravy, muffins and tied with ribbon, and, more than all home-made jam and coffee with real else, by an indefinable home-like air cream strike you?” about the place that only the delicate “It strikes me below the belt," I touches of a woman's hand may give. answered. And I signed the Indian to
We were about to ride by, for it put up the horses. was nearly noon, when the cabin door T he ranger led the way to the opened and a man stepped out and house, opened the door, a boyish grin