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Lilja, Edgar D. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Vol. 28, No. 3 (December 1923)

Editorials,   pp. 52-53

Page 52

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                                                                L.  T.  SoGARD
                                L. T. SOGARD
OUR NEW              This issue marks the beginning of
DEPARTMENT           a new department in the "Engi-
                     neer"-Extension Notes-the de-
velopment of a plan of co-operation between the engi-
neering students and faculty of the University Exten-
sion Division and The Wisconsin Engineer.
  We have thought, for some time, that, in our failure
to establish contact with the large number of men pur-
suing engineering studies through the University Exten-
sion, an opportunity of service to the University and
State was being neglected. The faculty of the Univer-
sity Extension has long felt the need of their students
for a publication, like the "Engineer," which would
serve as a unifying medium of their student body.
  Co-operation with the University Extension Division
need, in no way, effect the general make-up of the
  Our policy has been to avoid material of a highly
technical nature and to print only those articles which,
though engineering in character, have been written in
a - we hesitate to say "popular" manner, but perhaps
that best expresses our thought. With this fact in
mind, we believe the addition of the new "Extension
Notes" department will make the magazine as valuable
to the engineering students of the University Extension
as to our present group of readers, and in no way will
affect the general policy or make-up of the publication.
  Co-operaton with the engineering Extension men, a
majority of whom are actively engaged in engineering
work, will open up a wonderfully rich and diversified
field from which material for publication may be drawn.
  Viewing the scheme from every angle, we are much
impressed with is possibilities and have every confidence
in its successful operation.
  Wisdom is the result of experience, observation, aged
THE APPEAL OF       A tiny grave beneath the Christ-
THE CHRISTMAS       mas snow, a lad of i6 dying of
SEAL                tuberculosis, and his mother and
baby sister waging a hard but winning fight for their
lives in the grim battle with the great white plague,-
the picture comes to the Wisconsin Anti-Tuberculosis
Association from a far nothern county, where a free
chest clinic was recently held,-yet pitiful as the story
is, there is a hopeful note,-the hope of recovery for the
mother and the little girl, who are now being properly
cared for in a Wisconsin public sanatorium, with every
chance of winning their battle.
  Fifteen years ago the entire family would probably
have been wiped out; then there were no free chest
clinics, no county sanatoriums, no public health nurses,
no medical inspection in the county schools, no open
air classes. But fifteen years ago the Wisconsin Anti-
Tuberculosis Association was born, and with it the
first Christmas seal, and today all these things exist,-
the result of the unceasing fight waged against disease
by the little red and green stamp which has come to
be associated with the activities of the Christmas season.
In I922 alone, i,o9i lives were saved as the result of
this fight. Fifteen years ago when the Christmas seal
made its first appearance I07.7 people out of every
ioo,ooo in Wisconsin died of tuberculosis. Year by
year the deaths have been decreasing, slowly but surely,
until in I922 there were only 1,807 deaths, a rate of
67.I for every ioo,ooo population.
  Yet the work of the seal is by no means over; health
education must still be carried on. Great strides in this
direction have already been made, but not until the
message has reached every home in Wisconsin and
taken root there can the work be thought completed.
During December of this year, the Association again
conducts, as it has for the past fifteen years, its annual
sale of Christmas seals. Once more a great cause asks
for your aid. Will you help?
  Books are the best of things, well used; abused,
among the worst.
                         RALPH WALDO EMERSON
(Concluded on Page 64)
            Died October 26, 1923
Gone-though his work, still fresh in mind,
Gives hope to faltering mankind.
Weak as a reed that's blown by gales,
Yet swift as a thought all set with sails.
Nature decreed him short and bent,
Yet beauty of mind on him she spent.
Some might have cursed what fate had done-
He only smiled, with his face to the sun.
Feeble the flesh of that gnarled form,
Grappling the problem of lull or storm.
To him all science, no accidents.
He tore the truth from the elements.
Ever and ever for facts he strove,
Hurled bolts of truth with hand of Jove.
Gone-brave little man! He heard the call.
Gone-to the One who can tell him All.
Volume 28, No. 3

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