ancestors are from substantial, but not from families with
records. They belong to the masses. Nevertheless' they were the
that chiseled out America." /1
Daniel Webster proudly commented about those of his name.
do likewise about ours. Said Webster, "There is a moral
sophical respect for our ancestors which elevates the character
improves the heart."
Probably these kind words could not have been truthfully
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
of living as did he. Those of our name had a profound belief
religious worship long before they came to America. Several of
were crusaders in the l3th century. The religious trait has continuously
carried down through the numerous generations. It spearheaded
motive to live up to "Our Name."
Not many months ago, a poor beaten, whipped man went to
on Madison Street in Chicago. A few days later some of his old
asked him where he had been staying lately. He replied, "I've
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
stockman. But since many of Our Name are farmers, or closely
ciated with farming and stock raising, all will understand the
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?