Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1943 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
TALE OF WILLY GEE AND
A COCOANUT TREE
New York, Dec. 23. Hark to
the story of WillyGee, who went
toseaonacocoanuftree. But for
the good ship Fexton Hall, of
Willie's story that would have
But it wasn't all. For the sim
ple reason that Willy Gee is the
luckiest pickanniny on earth or
Capt. Parker of'the Fexton Hall
is the greatest liar.
The Fexton Hall is a British
freighter. She ran into a hurri
cane in the Caribbean. The storm
was a terrific one ashore. The
sea was dotted with tree branches
and bits of lumber.
Among them was a tree and
Willy Gee. Capt. Parker trained
his glass on the peculiar ,craft and
its skipper. Willy was waving a
feeble hand. The captain put-his
ship about and in ten minutes
Willy was on board.
Hot soup was poured into
Willy until he was a normal lit
tle colored boy. All he had on
when picked up was a flannel
shirt and an American motto but
ton reading: "Kiss-me; Fin ster
ilized." Willy told his story to the ship's
news reporters when the Fexton
Hall reached port today. He said
all he remembered of the hurri
cane was a big wind that lifted
him up and sailed him into the
ocean. The tree lit near him and
he climbed ashore. There were
two ripe cocoanuts in the
branches, and on these Willy had
lived three days when rescued.
POVERTY LED FATHER TO
Curfew, Wash., Dec. 23. Be
cause his wife and three-year-old
daughter were starving, Edward
Stoddard, a homesteader on Tor
eda creek, is being sought as a
The Stoddard family was fac
ing absolute destitution. Crops
had failed on the littlehomestead.
The husband and father was sick
and unable to work.
Stoddard and his wife brooded
over the cheerless Christmas they
were to have. There would be no
"toys fpr the little daughter. There
would not be even food.
Wednesday the last food in the
house was put on the table. Stod
dard's daughter ate some of it.
She immediately fell to the floor
in convulsions. Jn a few minutes
she was dead. A pancake which
fell from the table was eaten by
a dog. He died.
Stoddard left the mother weep
ing over her child. He said he
was going to town for a coffin for
the little girl. Since then he has
Twenty men are searching for
him. He is believed to have
Here's a chance for Uncle Sartt
to put his face behind his hand.
and grin. Bulgaria suggests that
he be umpire because he's a party
of "culture." Whoopee !
Brown A hian whom I have
known for five years cut me to
day, Jones Who was he?JBrown,