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apply the ''ley de fuga." I have an
swered that I know he said he did and
that when an officer of the American
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self, I can only Eake.his word for it as
an officer and a gentleman.
As I am on trial before a naval
court of inquiry and also before the
higher tribunal of public opinion, I
want to say that I used the same
method in getting that "ley de fuga"
story that every reputable reporter
uses in getting stories under ordinary
That is, if someone had told me
that Ensign Richardson, of the "Ar
kansas," had said he applied the "ley
de fuga," I would have gone to En
sign kichardson for verification.
But as Ensign Richardson told the
story to a group in "Which newspaper
correspondents were present, I did
him the honor to believe him.
I did not, however, write the story
immediately. Instead, I waited a few
days, pondering. I realized that it tne
story was printed -in the States it
would probably get -me "in bad" with
Gen. Funston. On the other liand, I
am opposed to war. I believe war to
be wrong. I do not believe there can
be any such thing as "civilized" or
And I wanted to show, by example,
what men will do when engaged in
the business of killing other men.
So, after much deliberation, I wrote
the story, but I did not name Ensign
Richardson. Why? Because it didn't
make any difference whether it was
, Richardson or Smith or Jones. All
.these clean, strong, efficient Richard
sons and Smiths and Jones are part
of two great killing machines the
army and navy and whether it was
this small unit or that small unit that
.carried out the bloody work is. a mat
ter of small importance.
And so I wrote the story and sent
it to you.
What came of it I shall -tell you tomorrow.
WANTS POSTOFFICES TO BE
Washington, D. C. A bill that
would pake every postoffice in the
country an employment bureau has
been introduced in congress by Rep.
William J. McDonald of Michigan.
The bill asks for an appropriation
of $2,000,000. Under its provisions
every postmaster becomes a labor ex
change agent and any person seeking
a job, or seeking a person to take a
job may go to the nearest postoffice
and fill out duplicate blanks furnish
ed for the purpose. The application
will be tacked up in the office, and
if not filled within 24 hours it will be
mailed to every postoffice within 10,
In a little inn-near Chichester, Eng
land, there is a room papered with
postage- stamps. One who saw it
says:- "Ceiling, walls, doors, chairs,
tables, picture frames, every part of
the room except the floor is thickly
covered, while from the ceiling hang
long festoons and ropes made of bun
dles of stamps for which there was
no other place. There are fully two
million stamps pasted up."
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