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PAGE FOUR THE PURPOSE AND AIM OF ELKDOM IN BRIEF By Brother Walter A. Coughlin Of Butte, Montana, I,odge No. 240--Now theManager oI Film Stars and Publicity Man of Hollywood. Written especially for the Elks reunion at Catalina Island for the convention of the California Elks with Loug Beach Lodge 888 acting as host to the visiting brothers. Every true Elk strives for the hap- piness of America, the crucible of civ- ilization and the hope of the future. All Elks know the early beginning of our order, how the early "Jolly Corks," in looking into the habits of the Jr, lks, found the animal as being timorous of doing wrong, avoiding all combat save when fighting in defense of the female, the helpless, or the weak, or the young. So well did the characteristics of the animal fit the aim and the purpose of the order that its name was adopted for the new order "The Elks." 'thus was born the "Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks," and it had its birth in primitive humbleness with- out the blare of loud acclaim, with- out power, and without wealth. Today it is the largest of its kind in cxist- ence, and the most powerful. The roster bears the names of men in every walk of life--the brightest and the best; men who are the kings of the earth. Kings because they are men, and the treasure of the kingdom is the wealth of their manhood. it seems as though in the founding of the Elks a special providence co-op- crated, for greatly has our country the urgent need today of Loyalty, Patriot- ism and Fidelity, which our order ex- emldifies. It is our duty to be loyal not only to our friendships, ba~t to our citizen- ships as well. Foremost in our every thought should be our country and its perlnanency. To the student of governmental af- fairs it is known that at this moment, impending evils assail our land and its people, which require the determined and united efforts of all Elks and citi- zons to subdue. I speak of the grow- BY availing yourself of our skin treatments and massages, you pre- serve your beauty. They insure a clear skin and healthy, becoming color- ing. Complexions need attention. "Charmingly Different" ST. CATHERINE HOTEL BEAUTY PARLOR Phone for Appointment ing tendency of the disregard for the laws of our state and of our nation. What we need is a more profound and sincere respect for the spirit of the law, and increased fidelity to it. The end sought nmst come by education, not by force. The school house on the hill is the ark of the convenant. The boys and girls therein are the founda- tion of humanity and civilization. That we may enter into the proper respect of the law, we nmst know the law and understand its meaning. It is the accepted idea of a great major- ity of people that the law as it exists today was founded upon the moral law. That is not true. The earliest sources of all law was custom, and our com- mon law is the outgrowth of that cus- tom, inltncnced by equality and good morals, and improved by legal fiction. Another nnconscious error which we labor under, which some complain of as being the cause of our present clay strife and contention, is directly clue to the accnmulation of great wealth by one class and the poverty of another class. This, too, is an absurdity, and the great unseen forces that divide men are rite selfsame as yesterday. Not dollars is the fault, but ignorance and selfishness arc the troublemakers of the world ; the unhappiness of the world. Let us improve the one and abolish the other, that we may stand united upon the very foundation on which Elkdom stands--the brotherhood of true anct upright men, with love for one another, Civilization Comes High Look back over the few brief years to the stormy (lays of 1918, and at the price we paid for civilization. From far across the blue Atlantic came the call for help, and we answered in a hurry, with the flower of our manhood and our dollars, to the hill need. Our recor,l "Over There" will write our names in the tablets of our temples in gohl for all of time. '/'he spirit of our absent brothers will be with us always, and serenely they look back and whis- per: "It was worth it, and we'd do it again." They put up a good fight, and they won. We are left to carry on where they left off. The courage to live a true and upright life makes every man a hero, with himself at least, which gains for hint the honor and the respect of his fellow men. The absolute rights that we enjoy are our religious liberties, and the right to use our property so not to in- terfere with another in the use of his own. That is our great American lib- erty in its fullest sense, which we a~ Elks and Americans enjoy in this land of plenty, and we are especially blest here in "Marvelous -California." Our rights extend only to the point where another man's begin, and our first right is to our country. That is to render obedience to our established law. Otlr second duty is to improve the standards of our citizenship. It may be that the man or men who do these things have not yet arrived, but I think that they have, and I think that they have gathered for a common purpose on this Island of Catalina, to carry out that purpose. America is that great seething cru- cible of civilization where all the tribes of the earth and the various races are being melted and refornted by the everlasting fires of God. The real American is only in the crucible as yet, but when he comes, and come he will, he will be the re- finement of all the metals, the fusion of all the races, the supper-man--the real Elk. The Elks who follow the teachings of our order, which every Elk is in conscience bound to do, is that man now, and to the other man is the fitture beam of the distant star. The star is distant. It lies afar acrossthe swamps in which reptiles creel); past mountain ranges, upon whose icy slopes and smnmits only the vultures' shadows fall; past districts vast and far isolated domains, where the footprint of man has never troJ; far beyond the tempestuous ocean; for beneath the mighty blue waters, where the rattle of sunken and broken ships only break the silence. I shall nod at- tain it, or shall you, but we never in one lifetime attain ore' highest ideals. Life is a training school, where, out under the shining stars, we nntst learn our lessons one by one, and when we leave it all behind our nantes will be written for a lasting time as trne and upright Elks. 'Chat is a lasting some- thing greater than gohl--it is our right for having lived, and what is sweeter to leave behind than a heritage of I, ove ? It is the duty of Elkdom to relieve humanity of distress, not alone of dis- tress of htmger and of nakedness, but the distress of ignorance attd of crime and oppression as well. It is the duty of all good citizens, as well as Elks, to do everything within our power to obtain the l'~eace and the happiness of our nation, :\merica--the birthright of our great order, and let us not forget to be an American and an Elk. MICROSCOPIC PLANTS TURN SEA TO MILK By Science Service Washington, Sept. 20.--Plowing for miles through a milk-white sea was the tmusua] experience of the steam- ship Trontolite off the coast of Peru, near latitude 11 degrees south and longitude 78 degrees west, as reported by Captain A. G. Cameron to the Hy- drographic office of the United States Navy department. This unustlal phenomenon occurred at night, and, according to the Hydro- graphic office, is accounted for by the presence in the water of myriads of tiny plants constituting the micro- plankton, in the present case consist- ing mostly of the genus Trichodes- minn,, which caused the coloration. In the account of the voyages of the famous scientific ship Challenger is a reference to a similar experience, when the vessel "passed through water full of ntinute alge gleaming like particles of mica." DOING A GOOD WORK Private California industry is coining to the rescue of the farnter (luring the present dearth of power in an unsel- fish manner. The California & Hawaiian Sugar Refining Corporation has turned over to the Pacific Gas and Electric Com- pany one complete turbine which sup- plies 2iX)0 horsepower. The turbine is one of four in the half million dollar power house at the company's refinery at Crockett, California. The move by the refinery people has been widely comntended throughout California by civic officials and agri- cultural leaders. The refinery officials stated yesterday that the farmer would be supplied with refinery power as long as it is required