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difficulty and crossed the room. The two gripped hands. The captain coughed. “Now that 's settled,” said he; “we return to my question—what 'll we do with him? What can he do?” Rick's heart was overflowing. “Anythin’,” he burst out. “How about helmsman—we rate five.” “Would you—Ban?” asked Rick. “Well, I ain’t had no steam gear in my hands fur some time. But I might catch on again. I'd like ter.” “I’ll tell you now.” Bullard's voice was very businesslike. “Hartley, you take him on your watch from now in, and show him the tricks. Then I 'll see Bolles when we reach the dock. If Hoag shows he can handle her, and if he's agreeable—we'll fix it up. Now you get out, both of you, and get some sleep. Find him a bunk, Hartley. Get some clothes from the steward—you remember Greene?”

“Yes, sir, thank ye, sir. Good night!”

The captain's weather-beaten face crinkled into a smile as Ban's right arm assisted Rick through the doorway. He had been young Once, too.

AWAY up in the eyes of the Arrowdale, two dead-tired young bodies rolled into adjoining berths. Sleep came almost instantly to Rick; but as he hung between consciousness and oblivion, something dug him in the ribs. “Hey there!” he whispered. “I aimed t” come back fur you, Ricky; but that Hamlin, he soaked the matches—” As sleep stole softly over his aching limbs, Rick's mind played with half-forgotten words. What was it—about judgments, good judgments? No-‘‘judgments good and righteous altogether—more to be desired— more to be desired than gold, yea than much fine gold—sweeter also than—” But Rick was asleep.










THE WATCH TOWER this month has two duties to perform. One of them is a matter of business, reviewing the year that has become history. The other, and jollier, is that of starting the New Year. Shall we refuse to let logic rule us, and begin with the second?

Very well, then—and thank you!

We of THE WATCH ToweR have no patience with folks who say: “Oh, I'm tired of this New Year business! What 's the use making such a fuss over it? The first of January is n’t different from any other day!”

Of course, they are stating a fact—as far as the dictionary goes. January 1 is just a day and a night, one turn-over of the whirling planet on which we live. But facts are not

all of life; no, sir—and ma'am! Facts are not even the best part of life. Dreams and hopes are the best part of life. Friendship

and good will are greater treasures than dollars that you can count and weigh. Every cheery “Happy New Year!” is a contribution to the world's wealth. THE WATCH TOWER wishes you all a Happy New Year. We know well enough that 1922 will bring trouble to some of us; that it will not have 365 days of pure joy for any of us. Its history will contain some unpleasant facts. But WATCH ToweR hope and WATCH ToweR courage will rob them of power to harm us, and will make us masters of our fate. Happiness thrives in the sunshine of the mind. We welcome the New Year, because it gives us a new start. And, you know, it really does look as though the group of months that we choose to call the New Year is going to see a measurable advance in the work of getting things straightened out after the years of

4 Review of Current Events

By EDWARD N. TEALL destruction. The spirit of progress is in the air.

Is New Year's Day worth while? If it is not, THE WATCH TOWER is n’t worth while, ST. NICHOLAS is n’t worth while—good wishes are n’t worth while. And you “know the answer” to that! So–

Here 's the happiest of Happy New Years to every one of you!

P. S.–It 's good American to be happy.


WHEN Lloyd George said that the Limitation of Armament Conference might be the greatest event in nineteen centuries he meant, of course, to compare its possibilities with the influence that the birth and life of Christ has had in the world. And he spoke with an exact sense of values. If the Conference fulfilled its high purpose, it would mark the beginning of a new era in the world's history —not in any fanciful or theoretical sense, but with the same practical effect on the development of mankind that the Christian era has had in contrast to previous ages of man's existence. As this is written, the Conference is young, but a wonderful start has been made. Secretary Hughes's program of naval limitation has proved to the world that America means business, and the response, especially in England and Japan, the two other nations directly concerned, has been encouraging. China has submitted an Open-Door program that gives the conference something definite to work on. While there are many possible sources of trouble, the fact is that in making so businesslike an opening the Conference has already gone far toward success. When this WATCH ToweR reaches you, the work of the Conference may be finished, and you may know its record and outcome. But the Conference, whatever the degree of its success, has proved—as the League of Nations has also done in its own way—that the rule of reason has not wholly perished, and that mankind can do much to control its own fate in the world.


Even if the Conference should be a failure,

Congress has worked hard. Its tasks were tremendous. Industry had to be restored, the war mess had to be cleaned up, new laws had to be passed, and a fresh start made. Some critics assert that Congress has not done as much as was promised; but fairer critics admit that every reasonable expectation has been met. Even the Congress of the United States of America can not undo in one year what war did to us in several years!

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the calling of it will be always a glory of our Government and a credit to our people.


HAVE you ever had to move away from a town where you had lived a long time? If so, no doubt before you left you went around taking a last look at the familiar scenes. So let us look back over 1921.

The year just ended has added a full chapter to history. It has been a difficult year, but it has seen us a step or two farther along the hard road that had to be traveled after the Great War in Defense of Democratic Civilization.


IN this country we have entered upon a new Presidential term, with a new Administration in office. In his inauguration speech, President Harding notified the peoples of the world that America had hatred for no nation, friendship for all; that she loved peace, had no desire for conquest, and would take care of herself while helping others all she could. America has lived up to that pledge in a way to make us all proud of our country.

The Pilgrim tercentennial anniversary marked a mile-stone in our history. There were disasters, such as the Pueblo floods and the one at San Antonio; also, the wreck of the great dirigible ZR-2, with loss of many lives. The year was marked by the existence of unemployment problems, but Mr. Hoover's conference suggested practical remedies and a constructive program. There were many strikes, and a vivid threat of a great tie-up of the railroads, which happily was averted. The process of deflation—that is, of getting things back to a normal basis, particularly as to freight rates, prices of the necessaries of life, and wages—was carried on with less trouble than might have been expected. The two most impressive events of the year, for America, the observance of Armistice Day with the burial of our Unknown Warrior and the assembling of the Conference on Limitation of Armaments, are discussed in separate articles.


THE year 1921 has been one of the most critical in all the world's bistory, for Europe. It has been a possibility that the whole European system might go to smash. While the war was on, the nations went blindly ahead, piling up debt and thinking only of one thing—the winning of the war. Since then, there has always been the chance that the whole of Europe, exhausted and facing bankruptcy, might be engulfed in waves of anarchy. But Europe has carried on, and to-day, perplexing as her problems are, it is clear that she will come through without ruin of her civilization. There have been many changes in the form of government, many new states have been created; but the problem in the coming years will be one of repairing, rather than of creating a new system.



ENGLAND has had a hard time of it at home, with unemployment and strikes; but she has stuck to the old way of recognizing the laws of nature, that you can't eat your cake and keep it and that you have to pay for what you do; and she has “carried on” with pluck and perseverance sure to win out in the end.

Her greatest difficulty has been with Ireland, and the conferences with Irish statesmen were watched with interest by all the world. When this was written, no definite conclusion had been reached, but the south of Ireland appeared willing to give up its dream of a republic and accept the position of a dominion, like Canada. Ulster, in the north, was obstinate, fearing that it might be asked to submit to rule by the south.

It seemed as though the solution of the problem would be a dominion government for all of Ireland, with separate provinces in the north and the south, each taking care of its domestic affairs, like one of our own States, but meeting together in a central government like our Federal Government at Washington.


GERMANY protested, all through the year, that the reparations bill was more than she could possibly pay. She met the first instalment, but as the second came due, it began to look as though she might prefer to go through a business failure. She had less unemployment than other countries, but her workers were very poorly paid. She was striving to get foreign trade. France was pretty prosperous in business,

but was worried about the possibility that Germany might be plotting another invasion of her territory, and anxious to arrange guarantees for her defense for the future. France made a treaty with the Angora Turkish Government, which seemed to promise more comfortable times in the Near East, though there was reason to expect a protest from England, whose relations are with the other Turkish Government, at Constantinople. Spain and Italy had labor troubles. In Italy the Fascisti, or Nationalists, and the communists did some fighting. Spain had troops in Morocco, fighting the Moors in her “sphere of influence.” In Russia, the rule of Bolshevism drew toward its close. Persons of optimistic nature began to think that the day of true government by the people and for the people was near at hand. Terrible famine and sickness swept the land. There, as well as in Austria and China, American relief work was carried on through the year.


JAPAN's story for the year centers about her part in the Washington conference. China also sent a delegation. In Japan, the prime minister was assassinated because of his modern and liberal ideas. The whole situation in the Far East is part of the story of President Harding's wonderful Conference.


THE year 1921 saw a notable chapter added to the history of the League. Its World Court was elected. It helped solve many international problems, among the Baltic states, in Central Europe (the Balkans), and—especially—in Silesia.

The Silesian decision was a most unusual thing, separating political arrangements from those of business and industry. Certain privileges were given to Poland, and others to Germany. The Germans protested. It will be extremely interesting to watch this experiment work out.

On the whole, it was a great year for the League. The League may not be permanent, but it has at least been one of the most interesting and profitable experiments ever made. The work it has already done has been a mighty factor in the return of peace in the world.

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BETWEEN the two Armistice Days, of 1918 and 1921, there had been a great and regrettable change in the spirit of America— at least, so many people thought. It seemed to them that the exaltation of the earlier date had given way to forgetfulness of what we had fought for and abandonment of the high ideals that ruled in 1918. But on November 11, 1921, it was made clear to every doubter that Armistice Day had lost none of its meaning for this nation. From Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon, and from Canada to the Gulf, every town and city joined in a tremendous national tribute to the men who died for freedom. It was a most impressive manifestation of American unity, not a day of sorrow. It was a day of solemn rededication of this mighty people to the cause for which it has always struggled; and its memory can not fade, its influ

ence can not die, so long as American hearts beat true to our ancient standards. The four Armistice Day pictures selected for this month’s WATCH TOWER would of themselves tell the story for future genera

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