NEW YORK LETTER
New York, -Jan. 20. New York's
new system of police "lamp alarms"
had a fine testing-out a few nights
And the servants in a palatial
hom on Park avenue had a fine
scare, followed by a swell job of
And there wasn't any cause for
the alarm and the scare and the sub
sequent manual labor except an
imaginative -woman "seeing things."
It was about 8:30' of a misty,
moisty evening when the telephone
rang in the home of Mrs. Richard
'Cambrill, 30 Park avenue.' The
housekeeper answered. Mrs. Cam
brill was dining out
"Are you having your roof re
paired?" asked a woman's voice.
The housekeeper replied in the nega
tive. "Then there are burglars on
your roof!" said the voice, whose
owner explained that she lived across
the street and had for some time
been watching two men on the roof
of the Gambrill home.
A hurried consultation was held
by the housekeeper, the butler, a
couple of-footmen, some maids and
a cook or two. None of the male
members of the corps Was inclined
to visit the upper stories and see
what was doing, so the butler passed
the buck .by calling up the police.
In that very neighborhood nice new
green lamps, on corner posts, have
just been installed as police signals.
The desk lieutenant who got the
alarm received it with job and
switched on the green glow. In a few
seconds every lamp in the precinct
was flashing. In a few seconds more
a policeman had telephoned head
quarters, gotten the address of the
threatened premises and was dashing
thitherward. In his "wake came a
flock of reserves and reporters from
A pale but dignified hutler admitted
the army of rescue. Large, muddy
boots tramped over Mrs. Cambrill's 1
thousand-dollar rugs and up her mar
ble stairs. Nothing was found on the
top floor. The skylight had not been
tampered with. It was opened and
nothing was found on the roof: The
large muddy boots tramped through
the house and found nothing.
At 9:30 p. m. a housekeeper, a but
ler and some footmen and maids were
still busy endeavoring to erase the
traces left by the army of rescue.
They were weary and somewhat
peevish. But the new lamp alarm
had been tested and it had worked
DIARY OF FATHER TIME
When you sight in a draught and
sneeze two or three times, some one
will probably inform you that you
are catching cold. The Germans usu
ally say "good health" and similar
wishes are expressed by others.
Sneezing now, however, does not
seem to create such a hubbub as it
did thousand of years ago.
I remember, a long time ago, it was
believed that men never sneezed
more than once and then promptly
died; all were therefore ordered to
make some salutatory exclamation
after another had sneezed. The, cere
monies attending the sneezing of the
king of Monomotapa show what a
national concern was the sneeze of
the ruler. Those who were near him
when it happened saluted him in so
loud a tone that those in the ante
chamber heard it and joined in the
acclamation; in adjoining apartments
they did the same until the noise
reached the street and spread
throughout the city.
When the king of Sennea sneezedL
his courtiers immediately turned
their backs upon him and loudly
slapped their right thigh.
On the eve of her marriage a.
young girl was very pensive. "To-!
morrow," she said, "Reginald will
conduct me to the altar. "There,"
she added smiling, "his leadership:
will end!" I
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