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AMMUNITION MAKERS ARE CLAD
DUMBA MUST LEAVE
By Dean Halliday.
South Bethlehem, Pa., Sept 14.
Bethlehem is crazy with joy that
Dumba must go!
For the firstllme In weeks the 10,
000 Austrians and Hungarians of the
total of 17,000 men employed in
the Bethlehem steel mills are breath
ing with easy hearts!
With Ambassador Dumba gone out
of America, they say there will be no
more threats of dire punishment be
cause they are willing to make shells
to fill the contracts worth millions
that Charles M. Schwab has made
with the allies.
"We must live," declares Karl
Zboski, an underforeman in Number
Four, the plant here which turns out
shrapnel cases. He is laid up with a
"There are no other jobs, and for
the sake of our daily bread we are
willing to make shells for the allies.
Shells yes, that may kill our own
brothers and fathers! But is it our
war? Did we wish it? Will it help
our lonely, broken-hearted mothers
and sisters if we quit our jobs and
starve because the men at home are
being slaughtered with the shot and
shell we make?
"My countrymen are loyal to the
old country; only 5 per cent of them
here are American citizens," declares
D. B. Csentericz, trustee of the first
Hungarian benefit society of South
Bethlehem. "They would go home
and fight now if they could. Can
you blame them, though, for being
happy tonight because President Wil
son demands that Dumba leave?
"Dumba should not have meddled
in South Bethlehem; he has tried to
make fools of us; we want to be left
alone. We want to work that we
may not starve.
"Weeks ago a man came here. He
asked if we were loyal. If we would
quit our jobs to help Austria? He
spoke as a friend, but we .Hungarians
stuck our tongues in ourcheeks and
kept quiet. Was he an agent front
the Austro-Hungarian embassy in
Washington? We do not know. Who
can say now? But we were suspic
ious. Some of us sent that man a
message and he left town that
"War we do not talk about it!
Our jobs are good we only talk
"Threats? Yes!" exclaimed George
Zybovosky, president of the Mag
yar bank. "For weefts now the Aus
trians working here have been trou
bled by reports scattered broadcast
that if they did not stop making
shells for the allies, they would be
put in prison and, in some cases, be
executed as traitors if ever they dared
return to their country!
''Most of the men here want to re
turn home after the war The" women
folks will need them then. But what
can they do here except work in the
"Pay us our wages and we will quit
making shells!' the men say!
"But Dumba, or Austria, they
would not do that. Instead they only
threatened through the newspapers
Officials of the steel company have
no comment to make on Dumba's re
call, but tonight there are more smil
ing faces on Third street than have
been seen in weeks. "Dumba," the
meddler," is going and Austrians and
Magyars are drinking one another's
health. They are loyal, yes but "the
war is not of their making!"
LAW WANTED FOR NEW JUMP
Rodman Law, human fly and self
styled D. F., is wanted by the police
for a new kind of jump. Not off any
of Chicago's skyscrapers, but off hi
Pat (to his pal) Tell me, Rooney,
how do yez tell the age of a fowl?
Rooney By the teeth.
Pat But a fowl has no teeth?,
Rooney Shure but Oi have. ,