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SAYS GOOD MANY CHURCHES
SHOULDBE WIPED OUT
Denver, Col., March 18. "Amer
ica is over-churched. If some provi
dential hand could sweep over the
country and carry off about one
tenth of the churches that exist, it
would be a merciful dispensation.
The number of churches is too far in
excess of the number of men who are
willing to go into the ministry."
Dr.. Robert P. Coyle, who, on June
1, resigns his pastorate of the Cen
tral Presbyterian Church to go to the
Pacific coast, today outlined his im
pressions of his 14 years' ministry
"The day is coming when the
Protestant churches -will -be one," he
added. "Sectarian prejudices no
longer hold ground with the educated
and creeds are slowly dying.
"In the coming milleninm, where
church unity has been established,
there will be but one church to a dis
trict say of 2,500 or 3,500 persons.
The poverty of churches today is
caused by the fact that there are .too
many of them. You go into a small
place of 3,000 .and find five or six
struggling churches where one could
enjoy prosperity and amply satisfy
the religious and social needs of the
WANT YOUNGEST "LIFER" IN
THE PEN TURNED FREE
Herman Coppess, the youngest life
prisoner ever behind the walls of the
Joliet penitentiary, rammed his hands
deep into his pockets and emitted a
loud whistle today when told that
Gov. Dunne, had been appealed to to
have him paroled or pardoned.
"Gee that'd be fine," grinned the
fourteen-year-old youngster. "I'm
fifteen next Wednesday and that'd
get me out in time for my birthday."
Herman was forced to shed short
trousers and don regular convicts
garb when he went behind the walls,
convicted of killing Mrs. Manny
bieep, a farmer's wife, and her two
children, near Elgin, April, 1913. He
has been employed as a runner for
Prison Chaplain Patrick.
Jack Robbins, associated with Up
ton Sinclair in the "Last Chance
Boys' Club," visited Herman here and
last night wired Gov. Dunne asking
that the boy be freed. Robbins said
he found a farmer near Big Rock, 111.,
who said he would care for the boy.
Gov. Dunne is in Scranton, Pa., to
day, but will be" asked to act when he
returns to Springfield.
BOLD BANDIT STICKS UP BRIGGS
HOUSE ONE SHOT
A lone bandit entered the Briggs
House shortly after 2 o'clock this
morning, robbed the cash box of
$150, tried to rob the safe and, after
being foiled, shot down William
Strumer, the assistant manager, and
Strumer was talking to Philip D.
Greenwood, the night clerk, when
the bandit entered. The intruder or
dered them to throw up their hands.
Then he grabbed the cash box. Wal
ton McClure, a bellboy, saved the
safe by delaying the bandit's game
The bandit took fright at the en
trance of two people and ran out
firing shots at Sturmer. Outside the
bandit leaped into an auto and es
caped. Strumer will recover.
SUFFRAGETS GET IN WRONG
London, March 18. Suffragets
who tried to address King George
and Queen Mary while they were at
tending a matinee at the Palladium
were ejected after they had showered
the royal box with "votes for wo
men" literature. The audience hiss
ed them and vigorously applauded
the king and queen.
Lilian Russell is honeymooning in
the West Indies. Lily shouldn't use
all of the Indies, this time. There
may be many more happy weddings
in store for Lily, and there are not
too .many new places left for Lily to