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WEEKLY OUTLINE STUDY OF
"JUSTICE TO THE MOUNTAIN" CURRENT HISTORY
In a recent issue [August 29, 1917] The Outlook disposed of the long contention
over the name of The Mountain in line with BY J. MADISON GATHANY, A.M.
the cavalier judgment of Dr. C. Hart Mer
riam, whose argument led to that of the HOPE STREET HIGH SCHOOL, PROVIDENCE, R. I.
United States Geographic Board. Had the
editors seen that mass of evidence, which Based on The Outlook of April 17, 1918
included a petition of a congress of repre
sentatives of all the Northwestern Indian Each week an Outline Study of Current History based on the preceding number of The Outlook will
tribes, they would hardly have offered be printed for the benefit of current events classes, debating clubs, teachers of history and of English, and
Whistler's “ I am not arguing with you, the like, and for use in the home and by such individual readers as may desire suggestions in the serious
I am telling you” as the attitude of those study of current history,—THE Editors.
advocating the change of the official name.
This, following, is their argument : [Those who are using the weekly outline should Reference : Page 609.
Rainier is the name of an English naval not attempt to cover the whole of an outline in any Questions:
officer who fought the colonies throughout one lesson or study. Assign for one lesson selected
1. According to The Outlook, what is the the Revolutionary War. He never saw The questions, one or two propositions for discussion, and only such words as are found in the material “ at least one redeeming feature" of the
Mountain nor was identified with it in
any assigned. Or distribute selected questions among
hanging of Praeger? What does this fea way. George Vancouver, who gave hís different members of the class or group and have ture suggest to you? 2. How is it possible
name to it, was not the discoverer of The them report their findings to all when assembled. for a person to be a real traitor and not a Mountain. Robert Gray, an American, and Then have all discuss the questions together.] legal traitor? What changes, if any, would
two Spanish explorers saw The Mountain you suggest in the legal definition of two years before Vancouver arrived. VanI-INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
treason? 3. Discuss how
think couver's maps, carrying the name, were A. Topic: “ Force to the Utmost.” Government should deal with seditionists, promptly published by Great Britain to Reference : Pages 614, 615. disloyalists, traitors, and spies. 4. Do you
further the purpose of King George to apQuestions :
think any person should ever be hanged by propriate to the crown all this Northwestern 1. What is the purpose of the military a mob? Tell why. 5. Do you think Ameri country. Vancouver is distinguished in hismasters of Germany? Can you present can lawmakers should respond to the will
tory for a vicious and unreasonable hatred proofs of President Wilson's statement of of the community more quickly and more
of Americans and for his dishonorable their purpose ? 2. For what reasons can frequently than they do? Illustrato. 6. Does efforts to discredit and rob them of the fruits "the ideals of justice and humanity and this lynching affair represent the spirit of of their enterprise and toil. (See Greenhow's liberty” play no part in Germany's pro America? Discuss the meaning of the “ History of Oregon," page 256.) gramme? 3. If Germany should effect her spirit of America. 7. You will enjoy and
The name Rainier, which he bestowed, purposes, what would America be compelled
was fixed to The Mountain twenty-five years be greatly benefited by reading two books to do? What would you have to do? 4. What by Henry van Dyke: “The Spirit of
ago by the United States Board of Geoled President Wilson to say that America America " (Macmillan) and “ The Ameri
graphic Names, acting at the behest of a must use" foree, force to the utmost, force
United States Senator at a time when the canism of Washington " (Harpers). without stint or limit”? 5. Write an edi
Indian name was in almost universal use. B. Topic: Cartoons of the Week. torial of two or three hundred words on
The Senator lived in Seattle, and his only Reference : Page 611.
interest in the matter was to work harm to Germany, taking for your title " By Their
Questions : Fruits Ye Shall Know Them.” “6. The
1. Discuss the events in current history
a town which years before had taken as its
own name the name of the mountain in the following_books lend weight to President
that serve as the background for each one Wilson's Baltimore (Force) Speech: "Face
immediate presence of which it stood, but of these cartoons. 2. Do you think the
which town had suddenly become a lively to Face with Kaiserism,” by J. W. Gerard
cartoonist in each case has done well in (Doran); “The Soul of Germany,", by naming and drawing the cartoon? Give
competitor of the Senator's home town. T. F. A. Smith (Doran); “The United
Seattle openly gloried in the achievement 3. Rename each cartoon and tell
at the time, nor has it ever denied the truth States and Pan-Germania,” by André Ché
why you selected the names.
4. Can you radame (Scribners).
of this charge, made ten thousand times. suggest a proposition for discussion which
A feud resulted which survives to embarrass B. Topic: A Conflict of Racial Ideas would include the subject-matter repre
a new generation. By agreement last year Reference : Pages 627, 628, 632. sented by all of these cartoons? Discuss
of all parties, expressed through a legislaQuestions :
the proposition. 5. What lessons for every tive memorial, indorsed by every news1. Dr. Vesnitch tells us that races which American and for the United States as
paper in the State and the great newsrepresent“ the spirit of conquest and au a Government do you see in these car
papers of Portland, Oregon-the newstocracy " and other races that “ represent toons?
papers of the now great city of Seattle the spirit of liberty and justice ... have
taking the lead in most generous fashion
III-PROPOSITIONS FOR DISCUSSION been in opposition for twenty centuries.”
the Geographic Board was asked to change Verify this statement, beginning with the
(These propositions are suggested directly or indi the official name. The Board refused. The appearance of the Cimbri and Teutones rectly by the subject matter of The Outlook, but
action was taken at a secret executive (Germanic tribes) in northern Italy, 113 not discussed in it.)
session attended by but twelve members of B.C. 2. Does history prove that the Ger 1. In a democracy there is no time when
the Board, several of whom had not been mans “ have never brought freedom to public criticism is out of place. 2. America
present at the open hearing and knew nothother nations "? 3. From this article what has done all that could justly and reason ing of our case. At this secret meeting and do you learn about the ideals and practices ably be expected of her after a year at war. under such circumstances Dr. Merriam of the Serbs? 4. How much interest have
3. President Wilson has not judged the made his plea for "sustaining the previous the German rulers had in the creation and
purposes of Germany severely enough. action of the Board.” Three of the twelve preservation of international law? Why
voted not to sustain that previous action. so? 5. Trace the influence of Great Britain,
Our appeal, indorsed by former British France, and the United States upon public
(All of the following words and expressions are Ambassador James Bryce, Theodore Rooselaw and the cause of right and freedom.
found in The Outlook for April 17, 1918. Both velt, Charles F. Lummis, Bailey Willis, 6. Excellent books : “ Modern European
before and after looking them up in the dictionary or Herbert Quick, John Oliver La Gorce, History,” by C. D. Hazen (Holt); “The elsewhere, give their meaning in your own words. of the “Geographic Magazine," and scores German Empire between Two Wars," by The figures in parentheses refer to pages on which
of men like that, is now to the peoR. H. Fife (Macmillan); “ American Di the words may be found.)
ple of the United States. The question is, plomacy,” by C. R. Fish (Holt); “Dra Empire, disillusionment, misprize, right- Which name the beautiful and descriptive matic Moments in American Diplomacy," eous force (615); Celts, civilization, im name the Indians gave it, or a name beby R. Page (Doubleday, Page).
portunate, ikons, hate (627); republican, stowed in hatred and sustained only in
profanation, incarnate, the Druids, cata jealousy and hatred, “a blot on the whole II-NATIONAL AFFAIRS
clysm (628); naturalization, custody, dis Northwest”? Will the people of Tacoma A. Topic: Is Lynching a Good Way to semination, reprisal, reaction, seditionists,
have to change the name of their town if Fight Germany? disloyalists, traitors, spies (609).
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Justice to The Mountain" (Continued) ships, buildings, parks, the world around, adopt this name because of its sonorous beauty alone, is that which gave the word to the world, the meaning of which word it is—The Mountain—to stand forever as the one thing on earth denied the lawful right to use it—its own name? Which name for this “ most majestic natural monument on earth,” located in the State called Washington—which name (Peter) Rainier or Tacoma (The Mountain)?
S. W. WALL,
JOHN MUIR MIS QUOTED
Human memory is a treacherous thing, particularly when it ventures to quote, second hand, words uttered many years ago by a person now dead. These remarks are called forth by a short article entitled " A Friendly Act," by Mr. W. H. Hamby, who quotes Mr. John Vance Cheney as his authority, published in The Outlook for January 30, 1918. In this article John Muir, telling of a night spent in the mountains by a crevasse where steam was escaping, is made to say:
In the night I dozed, and waked to feel something warm on my face that did not feel like steam. I did not stir, but opened my eyes very slowly. It was a grizzly bear licking my face !
Now Muir never had any such experience as this, and never said that he did, unless joking, and he rarely, if ever, joked in this way. He was a great talker, and loved to tell of his experiences in the wilderness, but he was a truthful man, not given to drawing on his imagination. Having known him for many years, and having been with him on various field trips in California and Alaska, I have heard him relate more than once his experiences with bears—of which, by the way, there were only two. These he published in his book entitled “ Our National Parks."
The article referred to in The Outlook gives another second-hand alleged quotation from Muir, concerning a bear encountered by him when picking berries. As published in The Outlook the story runs :
You know what acres of blackberries grow up in the mountains. They were ripe, and I waded into a patch to help myself. There was a scuffing noise fifteen feet away, and I saw an old grizzly also helping himself. His method was to reach out and rake in an armful, eating berries, tops and all. That old grizzly looked at me in a way that snggested I was an intruder, a trespasser, committing a willful misdemeanor.
I returned his look in the friendliest sort of way, trying to convey to him the impression that I had no thought of intrusion ; that I admitted the berry patch was his, but in passing had merely stopped to taste a mouthful of berries—and that I was going on in a minute.
"I did," smiled John Muir, "in less than a minute, for he did not seem to get my impression, but started to gather me in with his next armful of blackberry vines.”
By comparing this very inaccurate statement with Muir's own description the incident (“ Our National Parks," pp. 174-177), it will be seen that the distance between Muir and the bear was not fifteen feet, but “a dozen yards or so;" that the animal was not a grizzly, but a cinnamon (a color pase of the common black bear); and that, instead of attempting to gather him in “ with his next armful of blackberry vines,” it gazed at him for a short time and then withdrew in a dignified manner.
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