MISSOURIANS ABROAD. 313
Major General John J. Pershing.
By Ivan H. Epperson.
To review the achievements of Missourians outside the State,
to inform Missourians at-home, has this series of articles been written.
The tales of these twentieth century wanderers are as interesting and
valuable as the narratives of those Missourians who were the Pathfinders of the West and the Founders of States in the nineteenth century.
Missourians are a pioneer people. To settle new lands, to push
through forest and over plain, to traverse mountains and explore
valleys, has been their spirit. This spirit exists today as strong as
in 1804 when Lewis and Clark explored the West. To-day, however,
new channels direct its force. On the field of war and in the field of
letters, on the floors of legislatures and in the recesses of the laboratory,
in gubernatorial chairs and in editorial and business offices, are now
found the forces that draw the Missourian abroad. As his fathers
generations past heard and answered the call of the Plains, the Coast
and the Rockies, so he responds to the new call of duty coming from
the North, East, South and West, and beyond the Seas.
Contributing his bit to the nation and the world, the Missourian
abroad is playing well his part. He has won fame in his work
and his achievements in peace and war entitle him to high rank.
When known so well abroad, his name should sound familiar at home.
The Royal Colonial Institute of London, England, devotes a portion
of its valuable publications to achievements of those who to-day are
building the great British Empire. Men in all walks of life are
included. To make known to Englishman and Australian, to
Canadian and South African, the lives of their men of fame is the
purpose of that Society. To knit the English at home with the British
abroad is its aim. To perform a similar service for Missouri, to
justly herald the deeds of those who are reflecting high credit to the
State of their birth and rearing, is the purpose of Missourians Abroad.
Representing one field of action, the science of war, stands Major
General John J. Pershing. Born and reared on Missouri soil, his
achievements are significant.
Mr. Epperson has pictured the life of this Missourian after careful research. Data not printed before has been obtained from the many
friends of General Pershing.
The manner of presentation is purposely popular. In a later
number of the Review, Mr. Epperson will take up the story of Arizona's
late Governor, George W. P. Hunt, born and reared in Randolph
county, Missouri.—The Editor.