Boy Scouts Beyond The Seas
In the practice of first-aid one boy practised a novel way of dragging an insensible, person out of a house on fire or away from gas fumes. To do this he tied a hand- kerchief over his nose and mouth, and then laid the patient on his back, and with another handkerchief tied his two wrists securely together. Then he pushed his own head through the other boy’s arms so that he had them fast round his neck. He then crawled along on all fours dragging the insensible boy with him.
Scouts Who Cannot See
At Louisville the Scouts gave a big demonstration on the occasion of my visit. Around the hall were stalls showing the work of different troops, and there was a particularly good and interesting series of living pictures, or in some cases waxwork figures by different patrols, illustrating the Scout Law.
One of the most interesting shows was that given by a troop of blind Scouts. A few of them could see just a little, but most of them were totally blind, though their work did not show it in any way.
They did an excellent drill with staves to music played by their own blind band.
They pulled a most exciting tug-of-war, and they exhibited a good show of basket-work, carpentering, raised map-making, sewing, and typewriting, all done by themselves.
They showed by their work that they were true Scouts, and although handicapped by being blind, they did not give way to hopelessness, but they pluckily did their best in spite of the difficulties with which they had to contend.
How Poor Boys Became Rich Pittsburgh is a wonderful place.
A lady who came through it once in a night train said that she now had seen what hell was like, and meant to be very good in future.
Pittsburgh is one of the largest steel and iron factories in the world, and at night, when the great furnaces are sending out their glare on the clouds of smoke and steam, and the chimneys are blowing off blazing gases into the sky, the whole place looks like the inside of a fiery volcano.
But, apart from its appearance and work, the reason why it should interest Boy Scouts is because in Pittsburgh so very many poor ordinary boys have made their fortunes, and have risen to be great and prosperous men.
You have all heard of Andrew Carnegie, the great millionaire, who has done so much all over England and Scotland, as well as in America, with his gifts of libraries and rewards to life-saving heroes.
Carnegie began life as quite a poor boy in Scotland, and went to America as a lad, where he worked as a messenger boy.
Senator Oliver, another steel millionaire, was son of a saddler, and he, too, began life as a messenger boy. One day, when he was a great man, Oliver went down to visit his works on a Sunday. A new watchman was on duty who had never seen him before.
The man would not allow him to enter, and when he stuck to it the man threatened to throw him out; he would not be persuaded or bribed. So Mr. Oliver departed, but he wrote to the superintendent of the mill and recommended the man for promotion because he did his duty so well.
William Q. Brown, who has become a millionaire through his coal mines, was a farmer’s son. He found some coal in the ground, which he took to digging out and selling by the barrowful to the neighbours.