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paredness programs then developing.' He
was made executive secretary of the Navy
League in Chicago and initiated the
huge Preparedness Parade in that city
in 1916. He served as assistant to Captain (later Admiral) Moffet in expanding
the personnel of the Great Lakes Naval
Training Station from 4,000 to 40,000
men, holding the rank of lieutenant in
the Naval Reserve.
His term as Lake Forest's Mayor expiring in 1917, Brother Lewis was called
to Washington to assist in organizing a
clearing house for the work of patriotic
societies who were eager to help the Government. From 1917 to 1919 he wa.s
executive secretary of the National Committee of Patriotic Societies, acting as
liaison officer between these groups and
the Government departments.
When war was declared, Brother Lewis
was part of the staff of the "Four-Minute
Mer?' and the morale division of the
Army. He wrote the handbook for Liberty Loan speakers at the request of the
Treasury Department and led a group
of speakers about the country to stimuBoN VOYAGE
late the sale of Liberty bonds. He later
Doctor and Mrs, Lewis snapped on shipboard
became director of the savings
during their most recent Atlantic crossing.
of the Treasury, being in charge of
had 45 students at the time. When he Thrift campaign for the sale of war savresigned seven years later the student ings stamps. In the Treasury he served
body numbered 130. It was during these under Secretaries Glass, Houston, and
Academy days that Brother Lewis turned Mellon.
dramatist and stage director and saw his
Among his cherished letters is one
work presented in Chicago theaters, "just from Secretary David F. Houston, South
once" to use his own words. With all this Carolina '87, in reply to Brother Lewis'
he still found time to organize the North desire to retire. In it Brother Houston
Central Academy Association.
says "I should regard your resignation
The years 1913-14 found him traveling 3s an irreparable loss to the Treasury.
in Europe, making studies of educational In justice to the Treasury and perhaps at
methods in England, France and Ger- the risk of injustice to you, I am venturmany, as well as sensing the forces that ing to express the hope that you will rewere rapidly heading Europe into World consider your conclusion to retire in the
War I. Upon his return to this country fall and to remain at least until next
in 1914 he lectured widely on the war's spring."
backgrounds. A year later, he was elected
Later, the United States Chamber of
Mayor of Lake Forest, with no salary Commerce, wishing to create an educabut with all the problems associated with tional service for advising local chambers
that office, including the "volunteer fire in school building programs, student
health and similar matters, asked Doctor
The same year he enrolled in the pre- Lewis to head the work. In that capacity
tor at Illinois College, serving in that
post from 1900 to 1903. Until 1906 he
occupied a similar positit)n at Lake Forest College. Lake Forest Academy then
chose him its Headmaster. The school