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MRS. DELEHANTY TELLS HOW A CLEVER EAST
SIDE SINNER OBEYED THE PURE FOOD LAW
New York, Dec. 23. "I see by the
papers they are studyin' up whit our
children buys for soda," observed
Mrs. Delehanty, "but DID you hear of
yesterday's disturbance in Hester
street? No? Well, this was the
way of it.
"Judas Livinsky, shufflin' an' poor
as he" looks, can sell you a handful of
everything from his pokey little shop.
He is a good man an' a plain' dealer,
but don't pull his beard.
"Yes, tubbe sure, he has outwitte
more tnan wan nereaoouts, Dut us
his birthright to know how.
"I, for wan, was sorry when an
other fruit-an'-all dealer settled him
self next door, an', between ourselves,
Livinsky's fingers crisped themselves
with rage. The stranger's name was
same is easier spelled than spoke. So
we all called Mm 'Georg,' for short.
"A good man hcwas, no doubt, but
without the look of one.
" 'You've no call to be-frettin', Mr.
Livinsky,' says I, seein' the man was
" 'I guess yiss,' ' he says. 'Me, I
know Greeks. Big worree! Customer
all go away. It Ilk that in old country
" 'Then,' says I, givin' an advice
where none was asked, 'bein' honest
is the only hope. The dear kndws, It's
easy to get lost in one's own crooked
ness.' "A blind man could see that Georg,
the Greek, brisk an' smilin' beside his
new cads, would get the most of the
trade at first. He was handin' sips of
soda free an-friendly to a dozen chil
dreri, an' behind him, if you'll believe
me, was a row of new fangled fau
cets, where Levinsky only fished his
bottles from a"box of ice water. Lux
ury beui' all but a .habit these times, I
knew in my mind not a child round
about but would go dry for the 'sake
of drinkin' in style at the last.
"It bein' warm weather with work
plenty an' steady; all the children
carried their pennies to Georg, the
Greek. The pity of it riz up an' struck
me in the eye,. Livinsky bein' such an
"Pretty soon I heard how Livinsky
threatened to have the law on his
neighbor. Georg, the Greek, said
nothin', but a still tongue hides its
"A day or two after the board of
health came, tubbe sure, but it was
to Livinsky's they came, bein' tele
phoned (if you believe mfe' that the
misfortnite man kept his soda syrups
In milk cans.
" ' Mrs. Delehanty,' says Livinsky
to me next day, him fair tremblin'
with rage an' excitement at the same
time, 'I say to you, Mrs. Delehanty,
that villain he sell poison to children.
I say you stay here an' see. I send
for the inspector.'
"Did I wait? I did. Could I do
less than sit with the poor man in his
7'It was the health inspector, badge
and all. The three of us stepped our
selves Into the Greek shop.
"His front window was piled with
fruit an flowers, but behind that,
rows of children sat suckin' their
penny sodas with yellow straws. The
inspector took two smells an' wan sip.
"Ugh!' he says, makin' no offer to
hide his opinion, "what do you mean
by peddlin' stuff like this? Don't you
know the law?' he dsks Georg.
" 'Yiss, sir, yiss says the Greek. 'I
publicate that ver good law all the
time I sell. Look!'
"An' there, if you'll believe me,
hung on his soda fountain was the
"'Soda, 1c a glass. Highly adul
o o "
Our minister to Siam is named
Sweek. Siam's new minister to us 13
named Phyra Prabba Karavongse.
Horse on us!