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IT'S A FINANCIAL MORE THAN A
LOVE AFFAIR, IT SEEMS
Just live a movie. That was the
comment today on the strange things
that have happened to John Colfax
during the past fortnight.
Two weeks ago he was a poor,
dying wanderer, living in a North
Side rooming house.
Today he has several thousand
dollars in real cash, has much more
promised to him and he is the hus
band, but only in name, of a New
York society girl.
,The lady mentioned in connection
with the case is said to be Phillipa
Hartley of New York. According, to
the story passed around, Miss Hart
ley, to follow out the provisions of
the will of her rich uncle, Carleton
Hannan of Bombay, India, must be
married within three months of his
He is said to be near the end now
and, to make sure of getting the mo
ney, Phillipa is said to have journey
ed to Chicago, where the stranger
was picked as her husband.
One of the provisions of the unique
wedding is said to be that Colfax was
chosen only with the understanding
that, as he was suffering from heart
disease, he can't live much longer.
MAYOR TO NAME SCHOOL BOARD
MEMBERS AFTER ELECTION
Mayor Thompson will appoint new
school board members after the April
election, he indicated yesterday.
Terms of seven have run out The
mayor has delayed because some
some anames he sent the city council
were rejected. After April ballots are
counted the mayor expects a council
that will co-operate with him.
Hearings of school bills were on at
Springfield yesterday. Outlook now
is school board will be empowered to
buy land, but the law of today, by
which the city council holds a check
on sales of school land, will not be
changed. Tenure of office for
teachers is getting a favorable hear-
UNIVERSAL TRAINING MEASURE
UP TO NEW CONGRESS
Washington, March 14. Pres.
Wilson's message to congress, called
in extraordinary session April . 16,
will be sharply militant.
Defense measures such as the
country has not been called upon to
furnish since the Spanish-American
war will be urged for immediate con
sideration and prompt action.
Universal training promises to be
the biggest sensation facing con
gress. Pres. Wilson and Sec'y of
War Baker have sent out an appeal
for "thoughtful public opinion upon
the needs and wishes of the country"
on this "radical departure from the
military traditions of the country."
In answer to the plea, newspapers
are found thus far to favor about
five to one adoption of some uni
versal training plan.
But, according to military' author
ities here, the newspapers are "far
ahead of the people" on the question.
Telegrams and letters from the
''folks back home" show strong aver
sion, to any compulsory universal
service or training.
This registration of public opin
ion is being carefully compiled and
will be consulted by the president be
fore he addresses congress "next
month. It is probable he will not
recommend the adoption of any spe
cific plan, but will strongly urge
"some training measure."
RETURNING DIPLOMATS WILL
TRY TO PREVENT WAR
Copenhagen, 'March 14. Return
ing envoys and consuls from America
will try honorably to avert war be
tween Germany and United States.
They will advise Foreign Sec'y Zim
merman that Mexican negotiations
were a mistake.
These statements were made by
members of Count Von Bernstorff's
party just before leaving for Berlin.
Bernstorff appeared old and care
worn when h left,