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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 03, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 15',
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The idea that her child must be
a wonder-child became an obsession
with her. The mother says her pray
er seemed to be answered when her
son astonished the world with his
genius for statistics.
The boy could not learn a living;
there are few iobs for statistical won-
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crimes and of weird performances of
His brother Roy, also a genius for
figures, shared his brother's letter
writing mania, according to the au
thorities. The letters, it is charged,
were scattered through Denver and
some were sent to President Wilson
and other prominent men.
To Mrs. Smith's explanation of
pre-natal influence the eugenists add
their own explanation that the boy
is the offspring of an uneugenic mar
riage. His parents were past middle
age when he was born, and he inher
ited a weak body.
Smith could give the population of
every city in the world over 90,000;
the lengths of all the rivers; the
heights of all the mountains; the
number of miles of railroad; the num
ber of farms and the population by
nationality in each state of the union;
the population of every city in the
United States over 20,000.
Because the letter "S," on a type
writer the police say the Smith boys
used, was out of alignment, they
On addresses on the letters it was.
noticed the letter "S" fell below the
hne of other letters. The police say
t.h same thine- onmirreil on a. tvnfi-
writer used by the Smith boys.
And now the ,Doy who has Deen.
called the "Human Encyclopedia,"
the boy known to possess this re
markable memory, is to undergo a
mind test Scientists, at the in
stance of federal authorities, are
going to decide if the boy with a brain
powerful enough to carry thousands
of figures, is too weak to make him
9. desirable citizens
JEWS TO GATHER FOR WORLD
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Rabbi Stephens 5. Wise
Dr. Wise, noted New York rabbi,
is pne of several Jewish leaders ar
ranging an international Jewish con
gress to outline a world-wide pro
gram of relief for oppressed Jewish
people, especially those in the war
zones. The congress will meet in
Littlei Mary Anderson, Vitagraph
ingenue, was recently married to
Phinny Goodfriend, a cameraman at
the Western studios.
Wm. Gillette, noted stage star,
has signed with Essanay for screen
production of "Sherlock Holmes"
and "Secret Service."
Nobert Myers, Kerrigan's "vil
lain," and J. Francis McDonald, hus
band of Mae Busch, have left the
Universal for the Signal studios.
Ruth Stonehouse, for several years
leading lady with the Essanay stu
dios, has joined the Famous Players.
She is one of the most popular of the
photoplay stars On her way east re
cently she appeared in person in a
number of theaters A