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Sr. was Speaker of the Legislature
1771-1775. His father, Benjamin
Wentworth, was a member in 1724,
and Benjamin's father, Ezekiel
Wentworth, was a member in 1711-
1712. His father, Elder William
Wentworth, who was the first
Wentworth to come to this coun-
try, signed a Combination for
Government at Exeter, N. H.,
July 4, 1639.

Two brothers of Mr. Thayer's
mother were legislators, Paul
Wentworth in New Hampshire
and Moses Wentworth in Illinois.
One of his great uncles, Samuel H.
Wentworth, was a member of the
Massachusetts Legislature, and an-
other, "Long John" Wentworth,
was a member of the Illinois Legis-
lature as well as Congressman
from that State and Mayor of
Chicago.

On the paternal side of his ances-
try, Mr. Thayer's grandfather,
Calvin Thayer, was a member of
the New Hampshire Legislature
from Kingston.



William J. King.

William J. King, representative
from Walpole, i.s a native of Ireland,
born September 10, 1862, son |of
John and Mary (Hartnett) King.
His education was secured in the
public schools in Ireland and in the
school of experience in this coun-
try, to which he emigrated in 1881,
spending the first two years, after
landing, in New York City, and
then locating in Walpole, N. H.,
where he has continued, and has
been actively engaged for most of
the time in the paper and pulp
manufacturing business at Bellows
Falls, Vt., across the Connecticut
from the town of his residence, but
has of late been principally inter-
ested in Investments, Insurance
and Real Esate. For the last thirty



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209



years or more, he has been an active
member of the Republican party in
his town, in which party lines were
long closely drawn and sharp con-
tests were the order of the day.

He was elected to the legislature
from his town for the session of
1895, when he served as a member
of the Committee on Claims ; was
for six years a member of the
school board, has served three vears




William J. King

as a selectman and was re-elected
for two years at the recent town
election, is moderator of the town
meeting, was a delegate in the
Constitutional Convention of 1918-
20, and has been an active member
of the present House, serving as
Chairman of the Committee on
Roads, Bridges and Canals and as
a member of the Public Improve-
ments Committee.

Mr. King is a Catholic and a
member of the Knights of Colum-
bus and the Foresters of America.
November 25, 1888, he was united
in marriage with Annie Dower of
Rochester, Minn., who died May 5,



1898. They have had two sons:
Chauncey A., born February 19,
1893, enlisted in the U. S. Tank ser-
vice in the World War, and died in
that service, and John W., born
September 25, 1889, now in the
wholesale paper business in New
York.



William J. Callahan.

Among those who may properly
be termed veterans in legislative
service, is William Joseph Calla-
han of W T ard One, Keene, who is
serving his fifth consecutive term
as a member of the House. He is
a native of London, England, born
March 26, 1861, son of Daniel and
Helen (Pilkington) Callahan, and
came to America with his parents
in August, 1869, locating in
Charlestown, Mass.. where he at-
tended the public school until 1871,
when he went to work with the
Boston Green Glass Bottle Co.,
whose factory was located on the
old Medford turnpike, and in the
following year went with Foster
Bros., operating a glass factory in
South Boston, continuing till 1874,
when he removed with his parents
to Winchendon, Mass., where he
attended school a few months and
then entered the employ of N. D.
White and Sons, cotton manufac-
tures, where he learned all branches
of the business, and at the age of
17 was second foreman in the spin-
ning department. In 1878 he en-
gaged with the Murdock and Fair-
banks Wooden W r are Co., remain-
ing with them till they sold to the
Wilder P. Clark Co., with whom
he continued till April 14, 1885,
when he lost the fingers of his
right hand. May 7, 1887, he re-
moved to Keene, N. H., and entered
the employ of the Beaver Mills,
remaining with the plant, under
successive managements, for more
than 30 years, until, in 1919, he was
appointed by Gov. Bartlett a Fish



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and Game Warden, which position
he now holds.

Politically Mr. Callahan has been
actively indentified with the Repub-
lican party. He has served as
selectman in his ward and as a
member of the Keene City Council
for two years. In the legislature
of 1913 he was a member of the
Committee on Education, and in
1915, 1917 and 1919 was chairman
of the Committee on Labor, and
was the father of the weekly pay-
ment bill passed at the latter ses-
sion. This year he serves on the




William J. Callahan

Insurance and Liquor Laws Com-
mittees. He introduced and earn-
estly supported the anti-divorce
bill, which failed of passage. His
record for attendance is surpassed
by that of no man, he having been
absent but a single day in the en-
tire five sessions. He was also a
delegate, and a frequent and force-
ful speaker in the last Constitution-
al Convention. He served as^ an
Assistant Sergeant at Arms in the



last Republican National Conven-
tion at Chicago.

Mr. Callahan is a Roman Catho-
lic in religion, has been for forty
years a member of the A. O. H.,
is a P. G. C. R. in the Foresters of
America, in which he has held of-
fice for 25 years, and a member of
the Elks, Eagles, Moose, and Pa-
trons of Husbandry. November 25,
1891, he married Nora Agnes
O'Connell. They have four chil-
dren living, three daughters and
one son, Francis Elkington, who has
been a page in the House for the
last two .sessions.



Ralph W. Davis.

One of the new members who
has come prominently to the front
in the House of Representatives,
this year, is Ralph W. Davis of
Derrv, who was born in that town,
June'28, 1890, son of Albert A. and
Ella F. (Fellows) Davis. He re-
ceived his preparatory education in
the famous Pinkerton Academy in
his native town, and graduated
from Dartmouth College in 1913..
Taking up the study of law he at-
tended the Columbia Summer Law
School, and the Yale Law School
in the class of 1918, and is now
in practice in the office of John
R. McLane of Manchester, though
retaining his residence in Derry.

Mr. Davis is a Congregationalist
in his religious affiliation, and a
Republican in politics. He served
in the U. S. Navy in the World
War, enlisting as a fireman in May,
1917; was promoted to Ensign and
discharged in 1919. He is active in
town affairs in Derry ; is a trustee
of town trust funds, president of
the school board of the Adams
District, and Secretary of the Derry
Board of Trade. Chosen to the
House at the last election, he was
appropriately assigned by the
Speaker to service upon the Judi-



THE LEGISLATURE



211



ciary Committee, to which duty he ber of the Soldiers' Home Corn-
has given his best thought, though mittee, Roads, Bridges and Canals,
keeping in close touch with the and Ways and Means, the latter
progress of all important measures being one of the most important of



before the House. Though one of




Ralph W. Davis

the younger members, he has taken
an active part in debate on the
leading questions that have been
up for consideration, and his argu-
ments have been both vigorous and
effective.

He is a member of the xAmerican
Legion, the Thornton Naval
Veterans, Patrons of Husbandry
and the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity.
He is unmarried.



Martin L. Schenck.

The town of Tamworth is ably
represented this year in the House
by Martin L. Schenck who was a
member in 1915 from that town,
serving on the Committees on Mili-
tary Affairs and Roads, Bridges and
Canals. This year he has had a
larger field of service, being a mem-



the House Committees, and em-
bracing some of the ablest men in
its membership.

Mr. Schenck is a native of
Flemington, N. J., a son of Peter
Courtland Schenck, a great grand-
son of Major John Schenck of the
New Jersey line in the Revolution-
ary Army, and a graTidson on the
maternal side of Thomas Harris of
Elizabeth, N. J., a soldier in Col.
Jeduthan Baldwin's regiment of
Artillery, who served seven years
in the Revolutionary War. He was
educated in the public and private
schools of Trenton, N. J., served




Martin L. Schenck

two and one-half years in the
Union Army in the Civil War, in
the Army of the Potomac and in
Grierson's Cavalry division of the
Army of Tennessee, and saw service
in three border states and all the
.states of the Confederacy except



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Texas and the Carolinas, un-
der Generals Meade, Grant and
Sherman. After the war he was
engaged in surveying, landscape
architecture, and in the silk trade
in New York. In the former capa-
city he mapped and diagrammed
many cities and towns, from New
Jersey to Illinois. For the last
twenty-five years he has been a
farmer in Tamworth, his home
being the house built by Maj. Jer-
naial Gilman of the 2nd N. H. Con-
tinental Infantry, who led Stark's
advance at the battle of Trenton,
and after the battle of Princeton was
presented with a horse by Thomas
Jefferson. He saw Abraham Lin-
coln in the White House and has
shaken hands with every president
from Grant to Wilson. He is an
Episcopalian, a Republican, a
Mason, Son of the American Rev-
olution and a member of the G. A.
R. He married Sarah E. Ward-
well of Salem, Mass.



Stephen W. Clow.

Hon. Stephen W. Clow, repre-
sentative from the town of Wolfe-
boro, is not new to his present
position, having served in the same
capacity back in 1893, when he was
a member of the House Committees
on Industrial School and Military
Affairs. He is a native of Wolfe-
boron, born April 2, 1855.

He was educated in the district
school and at the famous Wolfe-
boro and Tuftonboro Academy, and
taught school for some years in
early life. He has always resided
in his native town and is one of its
most prominent and public spirited
citizens, taking a strong interest in
all measures for the promotion of
the public welfare. He is engaged
in farming and lumbering, and
owns and operates a saw mill and
box factory, doing an extensive
business. In religion he is an Ad-



ventist and politically a Republican.
He has served the town many
years as a selectman and Carroll
County six years as Commissioner.
He was a delegate in the Constitu-
tional Convention of 1902, and a
member of the Executive Council
in 1919-20, under Gov. John H.
Bartlett. In the present legislature
he serves on the Committees on




S. W. Clow

Appropriations and State House
and State House Yard.

Mr. Clow is not only the largest
real estate owner in Wolfeboro, and
heaviest taxpayer, but is also the
largest individual employer of
labor, and has been especially ac-
tive in the development of the sum-
mer business in that region. Fra-
ternally he belongs to the Masonic
order, being a member of Morning
Star Lodge, No. 17, and of the
Eastern Star. On April 17, 1881,
he married Carrie W. Canney who
died June 10, 1919. He has two
daughters and a son, the latter
being Dr. Fred E. Clow, a promi-
nent physician of Wolfeboro.



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213






Jessie Doe.

The citizens of Rollinsford, a
town ordinarily Democratic by a
safe majority, honored themselves
and rendered the State good service
in choosing Miss Jessie Doe as
their representative in the House
this year. Miss Doe is the daugh-
ter of the late Charles Doe, long
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
of New Hampshire, and Edith
(Haven) Doe, born February 21,
1887, the youngest of nine children,




Miss Jessie Doe

six of whom are now living. She
was educated at Berwick, (Me.)
Academy and the Oilman School,
Cambridge, Mass. Her father died
in 1896, and since leaving school in
1907, she has remained with her
mother on the 75 acre homestead
farm in Rollinsford, to whose man-
agement, and the care of her mother,
her life is primarily devoted. She
is equally at home in the kitchen,
parlor, the garden or the field, in
reading Plutarch's Lives for her
mother's diversion, or riding the



hayrake for her own. Her "career"
thus far has been along the line of
general usefulness, rather than
special service ; yet she is interested
in matters that concern the public
welfare as well as the home life.
She is secretary of the Red Cross
Public Nursing Association of Rol-
linsford and South Berwick, is a
member of the Berwick Woman's
Club, which she has served as vice
president, and chairman of the
Philanthropic Department, and was
chairman of the local Woman's
Committee of National Defense
during the late war. She is an ar-
dent nature lover, and an active
member of the Appalachian Moun-
tain Club, and has tramped with its
members many a mile, both sum-
mer and winter, over the ranges of
New Hampshire, Vermont, Massa-
chusetts and New York, and during
the coming season hopes to explore
the Katahdin region in Maine. Her
camera goes with her to the top of
every mountain peak, and she has a
fine collection of landscape photo-
graphs.

Miss Doe is non-sectarian in
religion and a Republican in poli-
tics. Her committee assignments
in the House were Public Health
and Forestry, and to the work of
each she gave close attention. She
spoke and worked for the moving
picture censorship bill, as well as
for the woman factory inspector
bill, and against the bill to relieve
women from jury duty. She was
much interested in the proposed
constitutional amendments, and
took part in the futile campaign
for their adoption.



Clarence B. Etsler.

Rev. Clarence Bartlett Etsler,
prominent member of the Clare-
mont delegation in the House this
year, is a native of Gowanda, N. Y.,
born March 17, 1877, son of Edward



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and Ellen (Bartlett) Etsler. He
graduated from Gowanda Academy,
and subsequently taught in that in-
stitution. Taking up the study of




Rev. Clarence B. Etsler

law, he graduated L. L. B. from
Cornell University in 1900, and
practiced the profession for a time
at Hornell, N. Y., but soon aban-
doned the .same and went into
educational work in the Philippines,
teaching English in the island



schools for three years. Returning
home, he pursued a course in The-
ology at St. Lawrence University,
Canton, graduating in 1907, and
entered the Universalist ministry,
his first pastorate being with the
"Church of the Good Tidings,"
Brooklyn, N. Y. In 1914 he was
called to the pastorate of the First
Universalist church of Brockton,
Mass. Upon the entrance of the
United States into the European
war he obtained leave of absence to
enter the military service of the U.
S. government, where he continued
till 1919, when, having been honor-
ably discharged, he accepted a call
to the First Universalist Church in
Claremont, where he continues in
a most successful pastorate during
which the attendance and member-
ship has been largely increased.
He is a vice president of the Clare-
mOnt Ministers' Union, an Odd
Fellow, a Mason and Chaplain of
the Claremont Post of the Ameri-
can Legion.

Mr. Etsler was assigned to ser-
vice on the Judiciary Committee,
to whose work he gave close at-
tention, and for which his legal
training well adapted him. On
December 9, 1920, he was united in
marriage with Alice H. Scott of
Claremont.



A SONG OF SPRING

By Maude Gordon-Roby.

The Earth — a sanctuary — sweet and higher
Doth waft her fragrant incense to her King.

The Trees — cathedrals of a feathered choir —
Are vibrant with the song "the dumb shall .sing."

The Sky — God's Garden — flames with tongues of fire
As morning stars in holy anthems ring.



And Man — who goeth forth until the evening-hour —
Doth loose the sandals from his feet, and bow his head.

"The Earth, the bird, the star sing of Thy power;
O God, forgive my silent lips!" he said.



NONXHALANCE

By Margie-Lcc Runbeck.

Through my white curtains

I watch you

Come swinging through the hedge,

And as you leap upon the porch

Whistling,

I run upstairs and hide.

Oh, very innocently it happens !

For you must not know

flow I wait all day

To hear you calling me

Eagerly, a little frightened

For fear I am not there.

Quite carelessly I start down the stairs,

Humming calmly.

When you bound up to me

And crush me into a corner,

I look surprised at the clock

"Oh

Are you home early?
Surely it isn't time yet!"



INSPIRATION

By Leonard Bronner, Jr.

Flaming Torch of God Divine,

Inspiration, O be mine !

As the lightning flaring fierce

Doth the storm's blackness pierce,

As the scarlet of the sun

Blazes ere chill night doth come,

As a spark from heavenly fire,

Burn an instant ! Then expire.

Burn an instant! Light my mind!
Purge it of all thoughts unkind !
Temper it as steel for fight
With true courage, Holy Light!
As a fire that hath died
Leaves its ashes purified,
Cleanse my soul ! Divine Fire
Burn an instant ! Then expire.



216 THE GRANITE MONTHLY



THOUGHTS ON THE COLORS OF NIGHT

By Lcighton Rollins.

1 — A line of storks
With ridiculous legs
Are sailing lazily
Across the flame sky
Of sunset.

They are grey-blue,

As the night strokes gently

The face of the earth.

My tired eyes lose

Them in bewitching

Aster flowers, that seem

To dance like

Harlequin Elves

Before me.

My beloved,

She will tell me of the night.

My eyes are weary

Of color and form,

And I close them,

Content, if I never open them again.



(The Beloved Speaks)
2— "Master, the earth
Is large and shaggy,
Even the blue-black shadows
Cannot make it beautiful.
The tiny flowers
Last but a short time
And die,

The sunset fades,
And night like a pool
Of black pearls
Awaits us.
The storks

Are drifting to the ground,
Brown and grey,
Without promise of shelter,
Neither the shadow
Of leaves

Nor the friendship of marshes
Shall protect them."



THOUGHTS ON THE COLORS OF NIGHT 217

3— "The dark-
Sounds neither
As rustling

Nor the touch of water
Upon earth,
But as
Black velvet

Sweeping over a marble floor.
This, O, Master, is the night,
So filled with
Lisping thought,
And yet so lacking
In all-
Save a sense of space."

A — "The stars have

Pricked the mantle of the sky

With tiny shafts of light.

The songs of stars and birds

Are shining things

That bless the bestial world

In reflected color of the wings

Of humming bird.

Oh, Master,

Even with the steel of cruelty,

And the soft enticing flesh of evil.

The world gows

More lovely

And pulses with the sense

Of spirits

Winged and daring,

Flying rapt in radiancy,

Through the dark of night

Even to the dawn."



BOOKS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE INTEREST



Eleven of the best short stories
that have come thus far from the
pen of Richard Washburn Child,
once of Newport, New Hampshire,
have been collected by E. P. But-
ton and Co., 681 Fifth Avenue,
New York City, into a volume of
387 pages, recently issued. Its
title, "The Velvet Black," is also
that of one of the included stories,
but applies equally well to the
whole collection, which is one of
tales of terror, of the night time,
of mystery, darkness and f rightful-
ness. One of them, • "Heliotrope,"
probably is known to more people
than is anything else which Mr.
Child has written, for it has been
made into one of the most popular
motion pictures of the day. Its
fitness for this use, however, does
not discount the fact that it is an
admirable piece of literary work-
manship. In fact, almost all of the
stories here gathered between book
covers show their author at his
best in the achievements of his
craft. For reading one's self to
sleep at night the volume is not to
be recommended, but for clever-
ness of plot, variety of situation
and sustained holding of the at-
tention, few books of the year
equal its contents.



Like most of the highly popular
stories issued by the Cosmopolitan
Book Company, New York, after
serial publication in some one of
Mr. Hearst's magazines, "Find the
Woman," by Arthur Somers Roche,
has been filmed with huge success.
Not having seen it upon the screen,
we do not know whether or no the
moving picture heroine visualized
successfully the charm of Clancy
Dean as created by Mr. Roche's



typewriter and the brush of Dean
Cornwell, the illustrator of the
book; but if she did, we have miss-
ed something in not viewing the
picture. It turned out that Clancy
Dean did not photograph well; so
her dreams of becoming a movie
queen were shattered. But in quite
another, and much more interest-
ing way, she reached, in a marvel-
ously short time, the very heart of
the great cinema industry, and there
plucked the flower of true success
in the form of a wholly desirable
husband with a million dollars, a
high social position and a good
stiff backbone. In the beginning
Clancy was a stenographer in Ze-
nith, Maine, near Bangor, Mr.
Roche thereby paying a tribute to
the Pine Tree State which we be-
lieve New Hampshire better de-
serves.



Very interesting in itself and as
a .symbol of endeavor, is Number
Two of Volume One of "The Scrip,



Magazine of



Undergraduate



Verse, Published by the Dartmouth
Poetry Society at Hanover, New
Hampshire." Its editor-in-chief
is Walter B. Wolfe, a frequent and
welcome contributor to the Gran-
ite Monthly, and among the mem-
bers of the Society New Hampshire
is represented, we note, by Frankln
McDuffee of Rochester and Lincoln
H. Weld of Grasmere. This is
said to be the fir.st undergraduate
magazine of verse printed at any
college in America, thus giving a
further desirable distinction to
Dartmouth ; which distinction is
magnified in our professional pub-
lisher's eyes by the fact that The
Scrip has been able to pay its
bills out of its subscription receipts.



BOOKS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE INTEREST 219

To a composite of the various and whose presence is pleasing to those

creditable publications issued by who would like to see Dartmouth's

the boys at Hanover these few college library as ample and as

pages of poetry add a flavor that appreciated as is its gymnasium,
otherwise might be absent and



THE LIGHTS COME ON

By Arthur J. Bcckhard.

Upon a hill that rose above New York,

As some great rocks leap from the seething sea,

I stood and watched the city's yellow dusk

Assume the quiet dignity of night.

Great, somber buildings loomed grey through the haze

And frowned down on me where I stood, engulfed

By the unceasing murmured roar that rolled

Across the Park toward me, like the fog.

What did it mean — that never-ending throb?

Where were those whirring motors bound, that they

Should hurry so? What force behind it all

Urges us ever on and on and on,

When sweet Oblivion holds out arms

At once so welcome and so welcoming?

And then the lights came on ! You, standing there
Beside me, held your breath and clutched my arm.
To us had come the meaning of the lights.
No words. I needed none. Enough your hand
Upon' my sleeve to tell me of the thoughts
And dreams shared by us both. We, silent, gazed
Upon the stabbing spangles of Night's cloak.
And then you spoke. "It's getting late," you said,
"We must be going home." The lights, your words,
The pressure of your fingers through my coat,
Answered in full all that I'd asked to know.



EDITORIALS



The many readers of this maga-
zine who have expressed their
interest in the prize offered by Mr.
Brookes More for the best poem
published in the Granite Monthly
during 1921 will like to read, we
feel sure, the piece of verse to
which was awarded the prize given
by him for the best contribution to
Contemporary Verse in 1920. The
judges of that contest were Robert
Frost, our former fellow citizen of
New Hampshire, Professor Kath-
erine Lee Bates of Wellesley col-
lege, who is acting * in a similar
capacity in the Granite Monthly
competition ; and Professor John L.
Lowes of Harvard. Their choice
for first honors was the following
poem by Sara Teasdale, entitled
"May:"

"A delicate fabric of bird-song

Floa's in the air,
The smell of wet wild earth

Is everywhere.
Red small leaves of the maple

Are clenched like a hand,
Like girls at their first communion

The pear trees stand.
Oh, I must pass nothing by

Without loving it much,
The rain drop try with my lips,

The grass with my touch ;
For how can I be sure

I shall see again
The world on the first of May

Shining after the rain?"



Mr. More recently has purchased
an estate at Hingham, Mass., not far
distant from the land held by his



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