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Our league has 30,000 petitions dis
tributed among the organizations and
we are endeavoring to get 175,000
names among the registered voters
who are in favor of municipal tele
phone system, with the object of hav
ing the question placed on the little
ballot the coming spring.
May .we appeal to The Day Book
to co-operate with us? It is our earn
est desire that all readers of The Day
Book send their names and addresses
to the secretary of the Penny Phone
League with addressed stamped en
velope enclosed and we will gladly
mail you information on the subject
In closing, I will say that the Penny
Phone League is in this fight to win
and every organization and citizen of
Chicago should lend their co-operation,
and when the council convenes
next October the Penny Phone
League will have grown from the
small, creeping child as they remem
bered it when they left on their vaca
tion to a monstrous, roaring lion,
ready to devour in one crunch any
one or all the multitudes of politicians
and corporations who will dare to as
sert themselves against the rights of
the people. Penny Phone League,
Horace B. Wild, Secretary,
BOALT TELLS OF TRIAL ON BOARD TEXAS
BY FRED L. BOALT.
Vera Cruz, Mex., July 24. A
launch was waiting for me at the
Sanidad pier. In 1t was a slick and
slim young ensign. His hat was white.
There was gold braid on his chest. He
had on white gloves. And he carried
a sword! And all for me!
But I was not proud for long.
Soon I felt very small and very
much alone in a strange world.
For I was taken far out upon the
heaving Gulf of Mexico to a battle
ship than which there is no greater
or more powerful on any ocean a
great, grey battleship which hurls I
don't know how many tons of metal I
forgot how many miles a huge en
gine of death and destruction which
cost you and you and you something
like $20,000 to build.
Whenever now I think of the
"Texas," I think of her, not as a ship,
but as a great floating monastery.
And whenever I think of the officers
of the HTexas," I think of them as
trim and dapper monks of the sea,
living "cloistered lives and knowing
little and caring less about the great
world outside of the navy.
I did not get a fair trial on the
"Texas." I did not expect to get a
fair trial. Yet I cannot bring myself
to feel bitterlv towards the men who
tried mgfojif; iafid edj Jb uoftsmfel
It is simply that these officers of
tne- navy are not my kind or your
kind. They do not think your
thoughts. They do not live your lives.
They could no more get the viewpoint
of a real estate man of Chicago, or a
'druggist of Erie, Pa., or a bricklayer
of Seattle, Wash., or a milkman of
Sandusky, O., than a Martian could.
I was ushered into a smallish room
off a larger one in which the trial was
to be 'held. I found Ensign Richard
son there as big and massive and
tanned as when I had met him under
other and pleasanter circumstances.
But his tight-pressed lips were white.
He looked at me once, but not again.
Through tfie open door I could see
the court convening. There was Cap
tain Albert W. Grant of the "Texas,"
grizzled as to features and apoplectic
as to disposition. He was president
of the court of inquiry. There were
his two associates, Captain Thomas
S. Rodgers, of the "New York," and
Commander George C. Day, both
looking bored. They sat at one end
of the .big mahogany table. At the
other end was Lieutenant Nelson W.
Pickering, who acted as "judge advo
cate" or prosecuting attorney.
Richardson had counsel, Com
mander David P. Sellers. I had none.
It is true that Captain Grant, told
aeflrpwnjavq, counsel, i,J desipeoV