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  • The Children’s Army

    From the Albuquerque Morning Journal, February 4, 1915. By Elias Lieberman.

    No tune of tootling fife,
        No beat of the rolling drum,
    And yet with the thrill of life
        The hordes of children come,
    Freckled and chubby and lean,
        Indifferent, good and bad,
    Bedraggled and dirty and clean,
        Richly and poorly clad,
    They come on toddling feet
        To the schoolhouse door ahead;
    The neighboring alley and street
        Resound to the infant tread.
    Children of those who came
        To the land of the promising west,
    Foreign of face and name,
        Are shoulder to shoulder pressed
    With the youth of the native land
        In the quest of truth and light,
    As the valorous little band
        Trudges to left and right.
    Creed and color and race
        Unite from the ends of the earth,
    Blending each noble trace
        In the pride of a glorious birth.
    Race and hate and the past
        Fuse in a melting heat
    As the little hearts beat fast
        To the stir of a common beat,
    A fresher brawn and brain
        For the stock which the fates destroy
    Belong to the cosmic strain
        Of American girl and boy.