Suffragettes appreciated the help. Mrs. Keppel Hall of Dayton, Ohio, gave a testimonial for the boys.
The Scouts "were working so hard. I noticed them all along the line, and was interested in them because they appeared to be doing all the work. Even those small boys were succeeding in holding back the crowd whenever they pressed themselves forward," Mrs. Hall said.
Many others noticed the behavior of these young men in a fledgling organization founding just three years earlier.
"Washington and its respectable visitors will not soon forget the spectacle of boys in the uniform that stands for learning the principles of good citizenship actually restraining grown men from acting the part of brutes," Boys Life noted.
Politics did not enter the picture. Police sought aid and the Scouts provided it.
Boy Scouts have fallen out of fashion. Four years ago, Barack Obama became the first president not to attend their quadrennial jamborees and likely will be a no-show this year.
The refusal to allow gay men to serve as leaders has ostracized the Scouts in some quarters but the self-righteous.
But the narrow-minded critics need to know that if they ever need help, the Scouts will be there for them.
Helping little old ladies cross the street is a myth. Standing up to bullies bigger and in greater number is the truth.
Here is hoping that this year's jamboree is the first of hundreds.
Surber's email is donsur...@dailymail.com.