York addresses and they -were the
only newspaper telegrams that got
out of Italy before the government
stopped all dispatches.
Wood won inthe race by a matter
of seconds only, -for neither he nor
any other private individual could get
a line out of Rome by telegraph after
his two code messages had been
The pope was dead and the censor
ship came right at Wood's heels,
drawing the curtain, according to all
precedents and holding up messages
for about eight hours.
The fact that immediately after
Wood's telegrams were filed the Ital
ian government refused to allow any
other telegrams of any kind to leave
Rome is in itself conclusive proof
that the pope was dead when Wood
filed his dispatches. Wood's two
telegrams to different New York ad
dresses were sent at the same time.
One of them reached New York at
2:26 New York time, or 8:26 Rome
time, and the other at 3:55 New York
This shows the possibility of ac
cidental delay because of the Euro
pean war -which Wood's American
methods had to chance even after his
telegram had beaten the Italian cen
sor to the frontier. By sending two
messages Wood got this risk down
to the minimum.
It was the final move in a carefully
planned, operation worked out by
It played its part in assisting the
"United Press and its American train
ed correspondent in Rome to beat the
world on one of the most.momentous
pieces of sudden news in Christen
dom. New York, Aug. 21. The Evening
Sun and the Evening JVorld, receiv
ing United Press dispatches, were the
only New York newspapers which
Wednesday afternoon published the
news of the death of Pope Pius. The
Sun yesterday prints the following:
"The Evening Sun yesterday fur
nished to thousands the news that
the pope was- dead before any of the
other evening newspapers reanzea
that the pontiff's illness was serious
enough to cause grave concern.
"Only one other evening news
paper in the city was able to print
thv tipwr of the none's death at all
yesterday. The Evening Sun printed
the news of tne aeatn in tne wau
street edition, which is on the street
shortly after 3 o'clock: At that time
the front pages of the other news
papers were devoted solely to war
"Striking interest was shown by
the crowds in Park Row in the Sun's
bulletin boards and the throng was
far larger than usual."
By Alice Cameron Voorhis.
Do'st scent the blood-lust in the air?
The War-Beast hastens from his lair
With steady, unrelenting feet,
The War-Beast stalketh put to eat.
Make ready, Woman, blanched with
To feed the Beast so grimly near.
None but thou can'st his feast pre
pare "Bring forth more sons!" Make haste;
Thou hast no time to cringe and pray,
"Dear Christ, let this cup pass away."
The War-Beast grim, unleashed by
Is thine to feed. Go glut his maw. ,
Consider, thou, thy race ill run
If for his meat thou hast borne no
The War-Beastneareth! Go! Prepare,
0 Woman, flesh that he may tear.
TAX ON GAMBLING
Paris. As one means of raising
war funds the government is taking
a percentage on betting at race
tracks. Great crowds' still attend the
courses while the- armies are fight
ing to the north. All betting is done
on pari-mutuel machines.
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