Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta
Miss Lanna Long. Lonely Club Worker, -Found Her Itomance While Helping Others to Find Theirs And Should the Government Really Have a Marriage Bureau to Help Bring the Right Pairs Together? How One Series of Experiments Has Actually Worked. arloara Craydon I WANT a wife anfl I want her quick. They're EcarccMn Texas." This was the line in one of hundreds of letters recently received by the mayor of New York.' But it "might have been sent to the mayor of any city. The lonesome are everywhere and mayors look like good marks for.appeal. The other day someone said to the mayor of big city that the unrriated had some rights and that the-government really ought to establish A. bureau.of it n Marriage Bureau, if you like. Why should a3 important ft thing as marriage be left either to chance or to the activi- ties of selfishly commercial maters? Maybe this may turn-out to'be R big idea. But meanwhile, there are the lonesome and something Bought to be done. Something really has beer. done. I'erhapa there is.the germ of .1 great solution in it You never can lell. Anyway let my explanation of the new '.den conic by wp.y of the facts. The facts carry us to New York. "The Loneliest Place" "It is the loneliest place in the world if you never meet congenial people: people of your own tastes and says Miss Lanna Long. Miss Long was the loneliest person in lonely New York, according to her statement of feelings, when alons came a struggling young artist, like herself, the possessor of n voice, whiuh his teach- ers called good: herself, lie was a .Granger, one of the grt.it surging, restless, am- bitious toilers of New York's groat army of over Miss Long left her home in Chicago last win- ter to come to New York to study. But in spite of her musical ambition, life did not satisfy. She was lonely. One cannot live by music alone, this young and beautiful woman told herself. How was one to make friends, the sort of con- genial companions, the proper kind of people in a great city like New York? Miss Long often asked herself, as thousands of young students and artists and toilers had asked this question More her. Then one clay Miss Long chanced to read a printed appeal from the war camp community Krvice for volunteers to "entertain the soldiers sailors, and make others happy." And the old answer that has time and again come to unhappy people, made itself known to Miss Long, to "iivo in tte happiness of those you ttake happy." Singing to the Lonely "By singing to the soldiers and sailors And making them forget any feeling of loneliness or homesickness, I may forget my own reasoned Miss Long, as ihe climbed the stairs with her music roll and asked to enlist in the army of volunteer entertainers last winter when thousands of men in uniform were passing in and out of New York from the battlefields of France and the camps about New York. iMiss Lohg'King at a big clubhouse for en- listed men. She was young, and she was good to look upon, and her singing voice -seemed-to carry something of the feeling of sympathy she held for those boys away from home. At any rale, this kinship of spirit touched their as few singer's had done. She was an instant success. She was encored time and again. (The war camp community sen-ice begged her services at many big entertainments following her sue-, cessful debut. Miss Long believed that her search for the heart, the throbbing life centre of that g.-cat city, promised well. Then Miss Long was asked to sing the leading role in some tight musical comedies the war camp community service decided to put on for the en- tertainment of the men on a larger-scale. And this is how it chanced that Fate or Cupid, or whatever agency it was that interposed in behalf of this lonely young artist, came on tht rcene, as the artists say. Miss Long had undertaken to make others happy.' She was beginning to reflect this happi- ness. Then carne the lUllcr with his bantonc. Mr. Haller, too, hail been lonely, ever so flonelv since he had been discharged from the army. For more than a year he had been in training at the aviation army school at Lung-Icy Field, Va. Loneliness Leads to Love He was ambitious, too, and that is the reason he decided to come to New York and study music. "If I Minnenpolis, and the little church dioir where I UFCI! lu ting, I shall never get be- yond such singing youngi .Mr. Ilallcr ur- Bueil with himself, nut Mr. Ilnller found New York n great big, noisy, unfcciing place. More than once he risked himself the question: "Is it worth just as many other young- students in their moments of homesick.icsr. themselves. Often his thoughts wardered to the old home town where his.friends were where there a touch of human sym. palhy in one's life, and more than once he waver- ed'in his decision to remain in the big lonesome town. Then ho met Miss Long. Winter dad drugged into spring, and the ynr camp community service had decided, through the- lessons it had learned of making happy in itsjuidst, that just as much could be accomplished for young strangers who came to New York, not tho-ic who had belonged to Uncle Sam's army, but those who belonged to the big army of students, breadwin- ners and artists, who sought careers and inspira- tion in the lirtbalomah atmosphere of New York. So under the direction of interests and tastes were the same, they found. "I find life much more interesting since I be- gan singing at these ventured Mr. Ilal- Icr one evening. "I find I 5m much happier said Miss Long, and she revealed it in her looks. Then Mr. McGuffcy's ambition to make .these community centres a place where young people, under the proper auspices, could meet and be- t-ome their first tangible success. Mr. Haliur and Miss Long announced their engagement. Many well-meaning persons Jiavc from lime to lime tried the experiment of starting "Lonely to banish loneliness from New York. But an understandable reason too, thoy failed. No one wanled to go to these clubs, ticket- ed "I'm lonely, so I came." "The- old time social worker, or the middle- >ScO woman ,who has made a failure of her life, therefore believes she can make n success of the 'lives of others, do not figure in our saiil Mr. McGuffey, "Our hostesses and chaperons Hi all these parlies arc young women, women who can enter into the spirit of these affairs, and sec 10 it that the young people who come have lime. 1 believe the community centre will answer the cry of the lonely in a big city like New York where there nro thousands of unattached young men and said Mr. McGuffcy. It surely does look as though it might do just what Mr. McGuffey predicted for it. Pilgrimage to China's Holy Mountain Carl Haller, Who Sang for the Lonely, Then Heard the Answering Voice. entertainer direc-torj numerous community cen- tres were opened nil over New York, in halls, in vacanl theatres and in where playa and ilnnr.r-3 and athletic entertainments were given, the neighborhoods houses, students' quarters, lodging houses and dubs, and especially the interest of boarding was enlisted .to direct the steps of lonely young people, in. New York lo these en- tertainments. Tiic Lonely Clubs took hold.. Centres "Many successful liavQ told me that thc-ir fircf. ten years ill New York were let) years ioal out of their said Mr. McGuffey, "just because they had no friends, and had no way of meeting the right kind of people." Miss Long and Mv. Haller sang for many of these community affaire. They remained after their sinking and danced with the other lonelics. They found themselves becoming less lonely. Their CHINA'S Holy Mountain, Tai-shan, is 35 miles from Tsinanfu, the capital of the province of Shantung. It is probably the oldest sacred mountain in the world. Pilgrims worshipped on it 2000 years before Christ, and the annual pilgrimage still takes place in Kebru- aryiand March, as many as pilgrims mak- ing the ascent daily. Chair bearers carry pilgrims up the slopes of Tai-shan and back in a day. The chair is unlike nny other chair uicd in China. It is peculiar '.3 Tai-sV.ar.. One man.walks in front and one be- hind.- a slronK ovcr clle der thus suspending the pilgrim. Each chair had four men, so that they might be The men ir, the Shantung district are larger than the men in southern China. One powerful head Kuido was 0 feet 5 inches tail, and, though sneak- fine almost no English, was quick to understand am! WOB most kind and courteous. Strange to say, the chair bearcri (ire not of the religion of those who worship i" the Tai-shan but arc Mohammedans, who have long held thiu'con- cession. The ascent ia very steep. A hero arc 6000 slepa about 15 feet wide, a remarkable piece of en- gineering done by the ancient-Chinese. A deep ravine, cascades, rushing watsr, great pines ami gnarled old cypresses add to the wonder and beau- ty of the accent. The first of the gateways to the old temple, third of the Gates lo Heaven, was like a vision In the clouds. This seemed to bo tho top; but after passing through it another ascent confronted the pilgrim. Here he climbs ;i wind- inn "IC ICIIIP'C nt 'no very etommit, from which was seen ono of .the finest views in all China's Holy Land. The very poor pilgrims, nnd they are tha great majority, mount on foot- Some of tho most de- vout crawl on their knees. Chinese women with their small deformed ftct wearily drag them- selves up the steps, while luxurious natives arc borne in vichly ornamented palancjuins. In olden times emperors and members of their court, who worshipped and sacrificed here, were carried in this fashion. Tho temples arc filled with presents from tho emperors of the various The largest tcmplu ia dedicated to Yu-huang, Taolst Emperor of the Sky. Another was built to honor tho mem- ory of Confucius and contains a copy of the famous image of China's greatest philosopher nnd sage. At the top, near the, cliff from which religious fanatics used to throw themselves; (n such num- bers that tha authorities had to guard the'place with a high wall, ig a stono monument inscription, "This marks fho Confu- cius stood and felt the smallncss of'tho'world be low." Confucius, Menciua nnd Loa-tze were'all born during Hie Chou dynasty, trie longest dynasty the history of China, lasting from 1123 B, Q, to Then came Shih Hwnng-tl, tho Chinese 221 'lho Branding of the Chin dynasty, from which'China takca her name) China remained an empire, for 2000 year' This emperor built tho great wall to keep out tliii following dynasty of -Hart, I'rince Han set tho example at offering sacrifices at the tomb of Confucius in Chufou, which ig in SliantuiiL' province not far from Tai-shan. Here Confuciu sva.s horn, lived nnd was buried. Ilia descendant' the Duke of Kung, still lives in Chufou and has been able to forbid a foreign railroad to dcltle f.o sacred a place. Tho magnificent, tciuple in Chufou is the finest in .China. It is in a park of stalely cypresses' Tablets marking tha resting placo of the great Confucius. Confucius taught loyalty, faithful, riess, sincerity, simple, honest precepts for relation of man to man. Chufou is also tho burial place of the son of the famous'cmperor wlio built the great wall--. and who had birds embroidered on the uniform< of civil officials, and beasts of prey on of military offktrt.