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Finland is known to most American boys by the remarkable Finnish runners, such as Nurmi and Ritola, who have visited our country. Yet Finland, like most countries, has a great past. It maintained its language, customs, and nationality under years of Russian rule. Its climatee is rigorous. The soil is not rich but the people are great.
Finnish literature is valuable for its rich stores of natioal poetry. Longfellows' "Hiawatha" is in style an imitation of the Finnish epic.
The Rotary Club of Helsinki sent us a beautiful polished stone for our lodge. The nations of the world do not seem to consider trouble or expense when the opportunity arises to express friendship for the United States. The stone from Finland is an evidence of this. Shall not the boys of the United States meet this friendliness with an equallly friendly response?
Photograph from Frederick Simpich
[Photograph of Helsingfors, Finland shows a crowd of people along a harbor]
HELSINGFORS, FINLAND, CAPITAL OF THE NEW REPUBLIC OF THE NORTH
Like the peoples in the sister republic of Czechoslovakia and Poland, the Finns are anxious to cast aside the Swedish name of their Capital city and have it known henceforth as Helsinki. With its fortress, Sveaborg, Helsingfors has a population of nearly 200,000 and is the seat of a famous university.
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