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dragging them with us that we have
our present turmoil.
After all, why should it be so much
more difficult to oust eight or ten
kings and princes than it was to oust
68 teachers last June, or than it is
to oust a thousand self-respecting,
efficient working people any day of
Are these scions of royalty really
made of purer clay than the rest of
mankind? Have they a higher or
der of mind and are they more effi
cient workers? I'trow not, but much
of the world still clings to these an
cient superstitions. Ida L M. Furs
man, 4465 N. Kildars Av.
AT THE HOBO COLLEGE.
"Jack Lait will speak to hoboes"
that was the line that aroused my
curiosity; 1 became anxious to see
and hear the man who so severely
criticized the Hobo College; so after
my daily task was done I loitered
around the loop, for I "had a few
hours to spare.
I finally decided to take a slow
walk west on Madison. I passed the
barrel-house row and saw the "wash
tubs" filled with beer on the bar,
each guarded by a bum. It was
probably that class, or the stage
tramp, that inspired Mr. Lait to write
as he did of the hobo.
I realized the injustice which had
been done to the Hobo College after
I reached there, for the members,
while they did not all wear white lin
en' collars, were clean and did not
have the appearance of "stew bums."
I saw some of them readings oth
ers smoking and discussing the top
ics of the day; there was a mixture of
nationalities, but the spirit of broth
erly love was manifested. I noticed
an Englishman, a German and a
Russian discussing the war without
getting into a scrap; some one but
ted in to change the subject. "Jack
Lait will lecture here tonightf" He
read from the blackboard. "Oh! will
tie?" said the Englishman. "No, O.
Henry, don't you see it stands on J
the blackboard?" said the German.
They all seemed so good-natured.
Miss O'Reilly recited some beauti
ful poems composed by a wandering
poet She surely held the attention
of the hoboes who had filled the hall
by this time. At the appearance of
Jack Lait she was forced to quit, for
he was being cheered, given a hearty
welcome by the men whom he had
No -wonder-' he was nervous. I
-don't know whether he put on a
make-up for the occasion, but there
was not such a great difference in
the appearance of him and most of
the others. I presume he noticed it,
for he called his hearers "gentle
men," but how he watched the door.
Every time a hobo entered he tight
ened his grip on the gavel, which he
seemed to hold for protection.
I don't knqw whether the hoboes
learned much about O. Henry, but I
am sure they learned enough about
Lait to amuse them. You are tOibe
congratulated, you who are members
of the Hobo College. Rev. Tucker
and Mr,. Walsh jle'serve your appre
ciation. Stick "to them. H. E.
WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WAL
LACE. Last Sunday night, while
walking down Randolph street my
attention was attracted by a poster
and barker: "Come right up. Lec
ture by a man who has been there.
No fiction, but fact"
My curiosity was aroused. I read
poster and newspaper clippings:
"Dan H. Wallace, ex-soldier of U. S.
and a Texas ranger, shanghaied into
the British army."
I entered and listened to his talk,
which was hot with hatred, excited
to the boiling point, intermingled
with slang and refinement and Eng
He, had served at France, GallipolL
etc.; advocating anti-race prejudice,
organizing a League of Humanity
and expounding hatred of Britain, a
love of France, and especially Ger-