Lighting Ancestral Lamps

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CHAPTER I

An Introduction Our Name

ancestors are from substantial, but not from families with brilliant
records. They belong to the masses. Nevertheless' they were the kind
that chiseled out America." /1

Daniel Webster proudly commented about those of his name. We can
do likewise about ours. Said Webster, "There is a moral and philo-
sophical respect for our ancestors which elevates the character and
improves the heart."

Probably these kind words could not have been truthfully said about
the forbearers of our Name if tile had not held the name of names
above all -- the name of Christ Jesus. None has ever touched the heights
of living as did he. Those of our name had a profound belief in Christian
religious worship long before they came to America. Several of them
were crusaders in the l3th century. The religious trait has continuously
carried down through the numerous generations. It spearheaded the
motive to live up to "Our Name."

Not many months ago, a poor beaten, whipped man went to a mission
on Madison Street in Chicago. A few days later some of his old pals,
asked him where he had been staying lately. He replied, "I've been over
to the mission. Now, I have a new name to live up to."

The poem entitled, "The Men of America" seems quite fitting with
which to conclude this introduction. It is filled with the language of a
stockman. But since many of Our Name are farmers, or closely asso-
ciated with farming and stock raising, all will understand the admonish-
ment of the poet toward continuing and improving our name,

To the Men of America /2

You talk of your breed of cattle,
And plan for a higher strain,
You double the food of the pasture,
You heap up the measure of grain;
You draw on the wits of the nation,
To better the barn and the pen;
But what are you doing my brothers,
To better the breed of men?

You boast of you Morgans and Herefords,
Of the worth of a calf or a colt,
And scoff at the scrub and the mongrel,
As worthy a fool or a dolt;
You mention the points of your roadster,
With many a "wherefore" and ,'when,"
But, ah, are you appraising, my brothers,
The worth of the children of men?


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