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THIS MAN'S HEAD IS WORTH MILLIONS
The Russian government would
give much to identify this man a
member of the most perfectly organ
ized secret revolutionary body in the
world which nowls- plotting to over
throw the Muscovite oligarchy.
We will call him "S-S." To use his
name would be to put on his trail, the
Czar's secret police, the spies who
have been particularly active in the
larger American cities in recent
"These men and women of my
secret society who pass one another
in the street with a look of under
standing," said "S-S," "are the boys
and girls of 1905 the bloody year
who watched their fathers and moth
ers and elder sisters slaughtered, im
prisoned and subjected to those
nameless horrors with which old
Russia is grisly. Their sires still rot
in nameless dungeons, or lift appeal
ing palms to the bleak northern
heavens .asking 'How long, O Lord,
"Now the young ones have grown
up and old with hate. Soon they
will give answer to those Uf ted palms.
We leaders are having trouble to hold
them in check, to prevent a prema
"We are going to free Russia, the
terrible, beautiful land, from the
grasp of the last stronghold of abso
lutism on European soil.
"Some morning the cocks will
crow for a red morning in St. Peters
burg, in bloody Moscow. On that day
the heedless, heartless masters will
know the meaning of stark fear."
If that red morning ever comes as
"S-S" predicts, the Czar's military
household will know the features be
hind the disguised head of the man,
"The boy was playing in the street
and didn't see the auto."
Now, a hopeless cripple, he lies in
pain, in a hospital.
He played because he was a boy,
and it's a boy's right to play. He play
ed in the streets because, for miles
around, that was the only place where
he could .play the street or the side
walk; and the street was wider.
The city wasn't poor. It had money
enough to make fine boulevards on
which its privileged citizens spun
along in pleasure. Also money enough
to own a fine city hall and a preten
tious courthouse and great parks
quite a way from where the poor folks
Many of its citizens dodged taxes.
A goodly number pocketed incomes
they didn't earn. There was not much
skimping of money on the pastimes
of the rich grown-ups.
But "the boy was playing in the
streets and didn't see the auto."
And the geat, busy, wealthy city
didn't see the boy.
The city had better wake up.
Some of the new coats are almost
as wide as are the short capes.