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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 12, 1913, Image 15',
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able to find a woman willing to mar
ry him. In April of 1912 he induced
a third pretty Frankfort girl to be
come his wife. Immediately after the
marriage he took out $20,000 insur
ance on her life. The first year's
premium cost him $1,000, which was
part of the money left him by his
The Frankfort police had resolved
to keep -their eyes on this wife. Un
known to Hopf they learned of the
insurance and they also made the
discovery that Hopf was trying to
buy ."germs fresh from huma
Germs, this 20th century poisoner
calculated, would leave no poison
clues. So when his wife took vio
lently ill they arrested him.
Hopf's confession that he nad
given his wife cholera germs follow
ed. The woman is still ill and per
manently broken in health, though
she may live.
The police say Hopf's father would
give him no money, while his mother
was weakly kind to him. They sus
pect that Hopf made his mother a
widow so that the father's mother
would pass into her easy hands. Then
they say that Hopf needed a large
sum of money in 1911 and that his
mother conveniently and suddenly
died, leaving him $6,000.
All of Hopf's money went into high
living. He was one of the best
fencers in Germany.
THE PREACHERS AND THE CIRCUS
Very many of our troubles are due to our misunderstanding of one an
other. We are given to setting up our own standards and arbitrarily con
demning our fellows who don't live up to them, when, if we thoroughly un
derstood conditions and environment, we would find justifiable provocation,
or perfect excuse for the acts we refuse to condone.
Take, for instance, Mr. W. E. Burlock's Wild West Circus. It is a
perfectly moral circus, and yet when it proposed to show at Oregon City,
Ore., on Sunday, "the better element" arose to put it down, with vigor and
arms." Gov. West threatened martial law and went to Oregon City with a"
At this point Gov. West, his guard, a body of preachers, a bevy of law
yers and the show people got together. To "the better element" it appeared
like a general round-up of the devil and his forces, including the lawyers,
and annihilation of that circus was the mildest result expected. But there
was a genuine effort to understand each other, with the result that the
circus folk agreed to attend church Sunday evening and the governor and
the ministers agreed to attend the circus on Monday. Nothing was left to
a possible misunderstanding.
It is a plan that might well be carried out to the promotion of peace
and progress on other occasions.
Nothing will sooner change a man't attitude toward a situation than
putting him in the other fellow's place. It is the way to soften or eliminate
prejudice and to encourage charity and the viewing of things in a broad
way. Those Oregon City ministers are going to like circuses, and those
circus people will, very likely, find that it is a good thing to go to church.
What might have been a bigoted fight resolves itself into a matter of
Such a transformation is possible in most all our affairs of life. The
other fellow wasn't born of parents like yours, he wasn't raised as you were
and his entire life has been unlike yours. It is not wonderful that he does
not view things as you do. Don't try to drive him without understanding