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iho announcedracenjly that she was
going to take a little stroll from her
home, at 214 W. 85th street, to San
Francisco. Also that she -wanted to
hire a guard and manager an ath
letic young man who liked "walking
and didn't mind a jaunt like that
And she camplained that she hadn't
been able to find one.
It pays to advertise. As soon as
Miss Mason's complaint broke into
print, applications for the job began
to pour in at the rate of 100 or more
She soon found a man to suit her
and after a few more hundred ap
plications by letter, by telephone, by
telegram and in person, she began
to feel annoyed. She says now she
may leave New York earlier than she
expected, just to avoid the rush.
It's going to be a strictly vegetar
ian trip. Miss Mason won't eat meat
or drink coffee or tea, and will do her
daily 25 or 30 miles on two meals.
"People eat too much," she says.
And her trip is largely in the nature
of a missionary work. She wants to
show what can can be done by a wo
man who doesn't use up all of her
energy just digesting food. She eats
fruits, vegetables and nuts, but
doesn't believe in raw food except for
people who live a very primitive life.
Miss Mason will be accompanied
by a maid, as well as her "manager.
But she won't insist on the maid
walking all the way.
She is distressed by many of the
letters from men who want the job
of managing her and her-trip.
"I would like to hire them all," she
says, "for mostf them seem to need
employment, But what could I do
with lt000 men I'm not doing ny
Gen. Coxey stunt."
DIAR, OF FATHER TIME '
I wonder if if is generally known
that Christopher Columbus was real
ly on his way to Japan when he dis
covered America. Marco Paslo,. al
though he was never in Japan, was
so struck by the glowing description
of the country related by the Chinese
he had met during his Eastern trav
els, that in 1275 he wrote to a friend
in Genoa telling him of the "Isles
abounding in gold and pearls." Two
centuries later, this letter was read
by Columbus and so fired his imag
ination as to lead him to set out on
that voyage of exploration which
ended in the discovery of America.
The commencement of European
intercourse with Japan, however,
dates from 1542. when three Portu
guese adventurers were driven onto
the Japanese coast The Portuguese
were kindly received by the natives,
and an arrangement was entered
into whereby a Portuguese vessel
was to be annually dispatched to
Japan laden with merchandise. A
few years later, the great apostle of
the East, Francis Xavfer, and a num
ber of Jesuit priests, sailed to Japan
and were enthusiastically received
and all ranks and classes quickly em
braced the Catholic faith.
For 40 years Catholicism was
triumphant in Japan, but in 1587 the
dict for the banishment of the mls-
"sionaries was published. This was
followed not only by the expulsion
of foreigners from the country, but
the enactment of a law, rigidly ob
served for two and a half centuries,
that no Japanese .should leave his
country, and no foreigner permitted
to land therein. Down to the 19th
century, therefore, Japan has prac
tically been an unknown quantity to
the rest of the world.