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surprises,, and one of 'the "biggest in
theatrical history . is the play,
"Grumpy." Played in England by
Cyril Maude and his company, it was
a flivver. After two of Maude's other
plays had failed, to -draw here, he put
on "Grumpy.""""Iia$t week it broke
all records for- .Wallack's
Weber & Fields have gotten to
gether jjgain as the stars of a show
of their own. They open in Chicago
NATIONAL DEBTS OF EUROPE PUT MORTGAGE
. OF $300 ON EVERY BREADWINNER
BY HERBERT QUICK
The national debts of the world
now amount to forty-two billions of
These national debts have increas
ed twenty per cent within the last ten
They have doubled within forty
WiLSON AS "FIRE LADDIE"
President Wilson as he would look
in. .fireman's uniform.'
"Minneapolis,. Minn- President Wil
soil, can "hop" the hook and ladder
trucks any day now and make ,the
"run" with the fire laddies ithafeels
like it, Sot he's, just been., elected to
honorary nieniberhlp!by the Minne
apolis. Vetera'n Firemen's Association.
His e'lectloit .followed his adventures
at Pass Christian, Miss., last month,
when he. assisted in extinguishing a
midnight fire. He had charge of a
volunteer bucket brigade.
Mrs. Edith W. Pierce was recent
ly appointed street inspector in Phil
Five European countries now owe
$21,944,000,000. It is a mortgage on
every bread winner, amounting to
$300 if we count one bread winner
to a family.
There are securities in sight seek
ing a market now in Europe alone'
amounting to four billions of. dollars.
The British public "debt exists, m
the form of bonds called 'consols."
These bonds have sold since Decern
ber 1st at less than 72 cents on the
dollar, This is the lowest price iir
about eighty years.
The French public debt exists-.in.
the form of bonds called "rentes."
French rentes sold In early Decem
ber at 83.35 the lowest price ever?
In the second week of December
twenty millions of Canadian govern
ment bonds were offered on the Lon- '
don market four per cent . bonds.
Only seventeen percent of them sold.
. , No wonder! .- . ' . -
The average yearly income' of a
. family in Italy or Russia is from .$150
:to $175. The cost of living Is' "higher
"than" ever before. ' In fact, ten cents
or more out b every dollar earned is
taken by the government for these
unholy debts and more is de
manded. No wonder that there is more of
discontent and .unrest than ever be-
fore in all the nations of the world.,
The wonder and perhaps the pity
is that there are not rebellions, in
surrections and uprisings everywhere.