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I THE OGDEN STANDARD-EXAMINER THURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 16, 1920.
I Inside Story of a Diplomatic Tannest in the Far East j
I One Who Helped Straighten Out Tangle Tells
How Sultan Proved Embarrassing Guest
of American Representative in Cairo
Bv LIEUT. NEGLEY FARSON, R. A. F.
I A GREAT Balkan statesman has Just
L giv?n us his reminiscences Written
as they were, after the smoke of the
world war had cleared away, they stand ns
a classic In the "I tokl you so" form of
literature, and pointedly remind one of .lip
oid Swedish proverl), 'You ran always pick
the winner .niter the nice."
And, ns all correctly written reminiscences
should, they leave with you the Impression
that their author must have been .a great
man. In this case he was.
I mention this because In following his
example I am sure that I am committing no
breach of diplomatic etiquette in revealing
to the world the secrets of a certain dinner
party in Cairo that nearly caused an open
rupture between the two great friendly
Powers Great Britain and America As T
was fortunate enough, lr a modest way, to
be of assistance In clearing up this incident.
I feel that I am free, and In a rood position,
to Give the true account of what actually
Fiad L, the present Sultan of Egypt, Is
the eighth ruler of the dynasty of Muham
med AM. who, appointed Governor o.' Egypt
In 1S03. made himself absolute master of the
country by force of arms In 1111. The till
given to Muhammod All and his Immediate
successors was the Turkish one of Vail or
V'.ceroy, which was changed by the Imperial
firman of June 12, 167, into the Persian
Arabic of the Khidew-Mlsr. or as more com
monly called tin- Khedive.
Riie and Fall of Ismail I.
Ismail I . father of the presen' Sultan, was
recognized as Khedive by the Imperial Hattl
Sherlf of February 13, 1841, issued under the
guarantee of the five European Powers.
B. a firman Issued .Tune 8. 1873. the Sul
tan o' Turkey granted to Ismail I. the
rights hitherto withheld of coneludlng com
mercial treaties with foreign powers and of
Ismail I. did not play up to form, and in
1879 he was forced to abdicate under pres
sure of the Pritish and French governments.
On December 8. 1914. a British Protee
torate over Ezypt was declared, and on llw
ifxt day a proclamation was issued learn
ing Abbas Ililmi and conferring the tlt.e
of Sultan of Egypt upon Hussein Kami'.,
the eldest living Prince of the family of
Mi hammed All.
In 1917 he died, and October 9. 1917 the
p.-ent Sultan. Ahmed Puad Pasha. G C
R.. succeeded '.o the thrcne at the re.-.son-.'itlc
ago of 49. This British Protortora
was recognized by Prance. Russia. Belgium,
Greece. PortugjJ and the United States, and
under Its wise and beneficent guicuec
Fuad I., remembering the unhappy errors
of his predere---rs. has ruled as all crcil
Sultans should, with the result that Egypt
has had prosperity such as she has never
known In modern history. If he has inher
ited any of the warlike spirit of the orig
inal Muh.'jmmed Ali he prefers not to shot
it, but has been content to occupy his
crnato palaces of Montaza. Ramle-h arid
ethers; to maintain his racing stftnles and
to carry out his official duller In th" man-
B cr suggested by his advisers. England,
H with her sagacious respect for the religions
H and Institutions of the lands she occupies
H accords him the greatest dlgn'ty in ber
1 had occasion to witness an excellent
H inrtanee of this deference paid to a oupp"
H throne In the summer of 1918 when I was
I a patient 'n the Ras el Tin military hos-
H pital at Alexandria. During my stay the--
H we were inspected bv nearly all the dig-
H nitarles who visited the city, among whmi
B v. ere Gens. Boyle. 'Bull" Allenby mow 'h"
HBSH High Commissioner of Egypt) unci Sir
HBVH Reginald Wlngnte. then the High Commi'-
HBSH Blotter. For all these notables both th hos
HHVH pl'al and ourselves were scrubbed and
HBVH placed In immaculate order for their officii
HHVH Inspection; but these preparations -vere as
HHVH naught compared to that which we under
went to meet the approval of the Sultan.
A perfect orgy of cleansing was indulcel
in. until we actually felt embarrassed to be
ill In siti h a spotless place. And on the morn
lllg of his Visit, to show a full and thriving
hospital, nil iralkinn patients u:crc put hack
tr hri!. where In long aconized rows we
Swatted the pleasure of his Highness. It
was n mnrk of signal esteem, and one I
shall never forget, as T was forced to give
up a luncheon engagement I had for that
day at the Union Club in Alexandria!
Dressed I. the red tarboonh and khaki
uniform of an officer in the Egyptian army,
the Sn.tan. followed by his lmposlnc staff,
strode to my s.ck bed.
"Vous ete." blesse. M'sleu?"
"Ah oui. Votre Hnutesse "
"Ah. oui. Votre Hnutesse"
"J'espere nue vous serai mlcnx bicntol."
"Ah, oui. Votre Haul esse."
He Impressed me as an extraordinarily
kin 1 and human potentate, who. In that
blistering beat, was suffering from too much
As Egypt Is undrr the British Protectorate
the position of the leading foreign diploma:
accredited to the Sultan is of a necessity
extremely amh.rcunus nnd a species of hybrid
official, f cross between the diplomatic an 1
consular service. Is the way in which the
problem has been solved. These officials,
carrying water on both shoulders, have the
title Consul General nnd Diplomatic Agent
At the tl.ne of whlcfi I write the repre
sentative of the United States of America
in this nfTVe was Hampson Gary, now the
United Sv-ires Minister to Switzerland.
Through no facl! of his own. this able diplo.
mat was to discover that his position could
have 'fs disadvantages and be fraugh4 with
One of the prime requisites for an Ambis
sador abroad Is having the nbiUty and the
finances with which to entertain lavishly,
and In particular to provide good dinners.
And it was n the excellent repast he laid
before the Sultan In November. 191S. that
Mr Gary unwittingly trod upon the toes of
the British llon in the residency across the
Clouds of Political Unreit.
At that time the political unrest that broke
out In 1919 was bimlng to smoulder among
the Egyptian NStfonallsta mid ail realised
IhaJ we Mood upon the verge of great trouble
with the natives. The Mohammedan Uni
versity of El-Azhnr at Cairo was responsible
for most of this discontent, as from Its
mosque protected portals emanated most of
the fierce antl-Brltlsh propaganda that was
so disturbing the followers of the Prophet.
And not dcriring to make any move In the
Cist that could be construed as an act
asalnst the precepts of Islam, the British
were restrained from taking any steps to curb
this baleful Influence. In fact, so tolerant
was the British administration toward this
institution that I had often heard hlcrhly
placed British army officials complainlnc
lhat the political service did not seem to he
even aware of the mn.tor part taken by th"
students of this school In the agitation
against the British rule throughout the en
Having rome from Russia, where durtnc
the revolution I had seen this same type ,.f
conceited holf baked student plsylng about
among the peasants with a lot of wild polit
ical theories in much the same marner an
inorart chili would carry an exposed candle
through an open pr-vder magazine. I mt
at once !n these popeyed students of El
Azhar the same dnngerous. Ignorant con
ceit and reallvd acutely the truth of the
saying that a little knowledge is a dangerous
Also having served nearly a year with the
British army In Egypt, and witnessed the
splendid qualities of English rule there. I
sympathized with the Colonel of a Gurkha
regiment, who discussing El-Azhar said to
'" i ,
m with bitter emphasis: "If they'd Just let
mo go in there with about two hundred of
my men . . we'd cut the heart right
out "t all this bally agitation."
1 don't know, c course, but I think thv
Upon the night ho nnd the honor of enter
taining the Sultan Mr. Gary must have
h irbored much the same strong sentiment.
The Consul -General and Diplomatic Agent
had no ulterior motive In asking the Sul
.in to dine with him other than to extend
the rnurto-y of an official but nevertheless
excellent dinner, and as one of the Sultan's
chief duties is the eating of such dinners
he accepted with alacrity.
Native in Wild Demonstration
Unfortunately the half-witted intelligence
of the El-Ar.har students saw In this dinner
the recognition by the United States of
America of "Egypt for the Egyptians." their
sir fan of the moment, and a few moments
a'ter the arrival of the Sultan the street
In front of the agency was packed with a
howling mob of natives, screeching in a
babel of Arabic and broken English.
The. British Residency is on the diagoni'
corner from the American Agency, and Sir
Reginald Wingate nnd his staff, as u conse
quence, could not help but hear all that
Hok place In front of the abode of th
.American olllclul. f
Mi Qary realised this, nnd when the cries
cf Diwn with the English! Egypt for the
Egyptians!'1 and "Long live America''
reached his ;i? tooln-ihed ears his appetite
abruptly got up and left. He saw that he
had made a diplomatic "bull"; the presence
of the Sultan in the American Auency at
such a time was a mlstakev It was obvloua
that he could not ask theVsultan to leave,
and the S :ltan. daintily tiltlvatlng with his
prawns a la Gropple. appeared in r.o hurry
to depart. On the contrary, he showed a
pc'lte lndifferer.ee to what Was taking place
outside: that was his host's affair. In pleas
ing French he exchanged the customary
bon mots with blsi beautiful hostess.
The excitement In the street outside ln
cerscd in violenco untlL rinding that he
war. too choked with emotion to be able 'o
willow even one prawn. Mr. Gary decided
'.O have the mob removed pleading mie
i xcuse, he succeeded In reaching tho te e-
""-one and there summoned the native po
'Ice. Thepe spindle-shanked worthies, arriving
upon the scene, were promptlv swallowed in
line crowd and the uproar continued with
M itters bad reached u fearful contretemps
wh.n Mr. Gnry thought of tho lire brigade.
this was summoned If there Is one thing
tr it the native Egyptian loathes on tho
outside It Is water.
The city o Cairo's fire flsrhtcrs galloped
up. resplendent In their brass Roman hel
mets. The long hose was unrolled and a
Nrara of water descended upon the na
tives. It PJ-vcd the night' With howls of
execration the bedraggled students of El
Azhar nnd their converts dispersed to their
respective homes, and Mr. Guy and the
Sultan were left to continue their dinner
The Sultan appeared o,ulto unmoved, but the
representative of the United States of
America could not fall in with his mood.
He knew that within forty-eight hours
Downing Street ar.d Washington would be
bubbling with discussion over what had
taken place lor him the Incident meant the
beginnlns of reams of embnrrnsslng official
explannMon and stiff correspondence.
But Mr. Gary, as I have remarked, was
an oble diplomat, he knew the art of throw
Inc up BtraWB to see which way the wind
blows' And the next day, at tho sundown
Hampson Gary's Plight Due to Demonstration
b Natives That Threatened to Set
British Lion to Roaring
"Stand up" at Shepheard's bar, the Consul
sought me out. After explaining the hap
penings of the previous evening he stated
that he had been instructed to ascertain how
much Importance the different Englishmen
in Cairo atfarhed to the incident It was
f.om the manner of their reception of the
affair that Mr Gary must take his cue for
"Come over to the Turf Club," said the
Consul "Wo will feel their pulse."
This Is where I played my modest par:
In assisting to clear up the incident.
"Good evening. Mr. So-and-So," the Con
Mil bowed to a thirsty planter or civil ser
v re official," let me Introduce you to Mr.
X .'' The Consul then bowed to me and
gave the faintest flicker of a wink.
I would shake hands with Mr. So-and-So
and then, looking at the Consul, say in a
dry voice. "I say. let's have a drink."
"Certainly," would repiy the Consul to me.
"Won't you Join Us. Mr. So-an l So?"
And Mr So-and-So Invariably would'
We would then sit down on the old Rh'
iiosreros hide divan under the head if th
( ape buffalo, and either the Consul or I
v.ould casually remark. "Extraordinary.
HftJI I " ' ! PLr,
HAMPSON GARY .
(S) y CLIHOlH&T .
what a row those glpples' made In front of
the Agency last night, wasn't It?"
' R.i-nther." was Mr. So-cnd-So's answer.
Then we would pry ourselves loose from
him and Inve gle the next Mr. So-and-So to
have a drPik; whereupon we would diplo
matically lead the conversation to last night's
"Ra-ather" seemed tn be the correct and I
universal response to our leading question
and the Englishman's talk upon the sub- W i
Jec'. usually stopped with that one word 'B
The End of a Diplomatic Day.
Acting as a buffer state for the Consul's H
conversation I found that I was consuming &
an Inordinate amount of whiskey and sod.a, S
so my part of the conversations became S
smaller and smaller as the time, and the
various Mr So-and-Sos. passed by And H
finally, to m sincere relief, he announced
that we were dirough for the day. ejjjj
Driving back to Sherihenrd's the cool breeze
rrvied me somewhat. "I think our mission
was a dud." " I declared, 'all that you could
get out of them was 'ra-ather.' "
He smiled. "That was enough. It wasn't 1
what they said, it was the way they looked I
nnd the way thej said it that I wanted to I
see." Then he looked nt me and laughed, 1
"They're a great race, aren t they? 5
"Tha's a fac'." said I I
"Listen, he said rerlously, "when dealing K
With Englishmen and England here's a litUe I
bit of poetry you ought to remember: I
If England was what England seems. H
"And not the England of our dreams. M
"But only putt-, brass and paint. I
"How tiulck we'd chuck her but she ain't." jjffi
"That'a -i fac'," I said approvingly
'gharry' pulled up nt Shepheard's.
"Com on.' said the Consul "I think 111 take 1 H
you up to your room; you had better He W
down for a bit " t H
He smiled, ' This diplomatic life is wearing tjtt
you out." H
H Sizing Up Babe Ruth in Comparison With Other Diamond Giants 1
I By CHARLES F MATHISON
' I -'HE first glimpse of the six feet two
inches of bone and muscle known
to the baseball public as Babe Rutn
gives an Impression of tremendous powe
Tiie looc fitting baseball uniform, while o
i certain extent hiding hie mutcular de
velopment, does not entirely conceal the
pawerfully copsttucted frame of the uret
ol batsman In the history of tho Ameri
can national game.
As he wnlks toward the home plate,
swinging the largest bat in use wl'h the
eae lhat a fairy queen might wlng a
feathery wand, one observes lhat the out
sdera mechanically walk to the limits ol
the field and await the explosion The long
f rms. oig nanas ana neavy snouiuers ar"
H noticeable as he takes his place within the
bitsman's lines and waves his bat men
H pclngly at the by no means cool or confident
H pitcher. If Ruth wore his hair long after
ibv fashion of Sgamson pVcvlous to that
H rtrong man's meeting with Delilah, 'he first
1 female barber, and if the ball player's hugt
H torto were draped a leopard's skin
garments and his hands armed with a war
club of antediluvian formation he would
tl row into the shade any of the giants of
o'?. mythical or
, When Ruth Smite the 3sJI
It Is when Ruth's bat swishes tnroug'n
the air to meet the approaching ball that
the amazing power of the man is disclosed
It the wooden weapon hits the the
H spheroid speeds away as though discharged
H ftom a Big Bertha, and seldom do the ftcld-
orb have the good luck to get their hands
on it Never did Thor with his maric
fslidgehHrnmer deal more terrific blows than
does Ruth when his bat .smites the ball,
i Ar-d when ho misses, his 205 poum'a, after
D Stirling about like a dancing dervish, strike-.
tne ground with a Jolt like a steel glr.lcr
I slipping from the chains at the eleventh
With small doubt It is the terrific strain
on his joints following the mt.sslng of tho
ball that wrenched one of Ruth's knees and
has served to handicap him in hi.s effort to
nr.ke fifty home runs during the season.
Despite his great height and bulk, Rutn
II lii a fleet and able outfielder and a speedy
Lase runner. This is a Quality seldom pos-tse.-sed
by ath'.eles of his size
In watchinc Ruih at bat the conclusion
is Inevitable thai the forre with which he
dri-es the ball depends largely on the wide
twin? permit ted by his long arms and
height and by tho application of every
ounce of his bulk to the Mow rliverod to
the ball. Not only Is this fact driven homo
by the home tun driver of Ruth, hut it 1?
substantiated by the facts of history as
lurnlshed by the batting records of the past
A iM of battlns champions of the National
League shows that only two undersized
players held the honors. These were Willie
Kreler of Brooklyn and Hugli Duffy of
Keeler, who was known a3 "Wee Willie,"
never welched more than 135 pounds, tood
5 feet 3 Inches, and used a bat about the size
of a potato masher. Yet the little chap, who
had an eye like an eagle, conslst'-ruly hit
the ball tn those parts of the Held where
the .I fenre wss thinnest "Hit 'em where
they ain't' va Kceler's motto, and it en
abled htm to K id the league In 1S97 with
At2 and nKaln in 180S with .307.
Keeler was not famous for homo run
drivee but he was successful in tapping the
leather over the heads of the inflelders and
not far enough to be caufht by tho out
fielders. He also made a specialty of bunting tho
toll and beating the throw to first Con-
Mderlng bis size. Keeler was one of the most
remarkable hitters In the history of base
ball. Hugh Duffy of Boston was no taller than
Keeler. but was stockily built and wciKhed
about 160 pounds. He was the battlnc
champion In lS9t with 438.. In addition to
being a heavy nnd consistent hitter ho W3S
a crack outfielder.
Paul Radford of Providence, Bobbv Lowo
of Boston and John McGraw of Baltimore
comparatively speaking were little fellows
All were good hitters, but none ever led
his leacue with the stick.
Among the Giants of early baseball days
who achieved fame with the club was James
L White known as the Deacon, who played
with Chicago, Boston. Buffalo and Detroit.
He was an angulur. wiry chap, six feet tali
and had a penchant for sending swift,
vicious grounders shooting toward third. He
was o left nanded hitter and he seemed to
chop the ball with the end of his stick and
drive the ball to left. He seldom hit to right
White had the distinction of being a mem
ber of two Big Fours. The first was com
posed of A. G. Spalding. James L. White
Cal McVey and Ross Barnes who were with
Boston In the National Association. 1871 to
1875. but Joined the National League at
Chicago in 1876.
The second Big Four was composed of
Dan Brouthers, Deacon White. Jack Rowe
and Hardy Richardson, who first played to-
..!,.. I O a a if re ra 1 n H n'aird 11 1 1 T r h ! P H hV
Detroit in 1SS5
The nearest approach to Ruth in size and
style was Dan Brouthers, who in his prime
stood 6 feet 2 inches, weighed 220 pounds
and hit left handed Brouthers was es
sentially a line hilter. whereas Ruth sends
the ball soaring BO high and far it seldom
comes back, nor can it be found.
In tho early days of the game, when
Brouthers could call for a low ball, bctwoen
the belt and the knee his low line drives
were the dismay of outfielders. If the ball
wa3 hit midway between the position? of
centre and right the greatest speed of field
ers In an effort to close in on the flying
sphere uas unavailing and a stern chase to
the fence was their task
Brouthers led the league in 1SS2 with
367. and in 1883 with .350. while in Buffalo.
He led while with Boston In 18S0 with 373.
and in 189?, while with Brooklyn, ho tied
for first place with Cupid Chllds of Cleve
land with 3.1 V
Anton the Picturesque.
No more picturesque player than Adrian
C Anson ever brandished a hat at tho
pitcher He was 6 feet 3 Inches tall, weighed
130 pounds In good condition. With yellow
ish, closely cropped hair, ruddy complexion,
and arrayed in the dark blue uniform, white
stockings and ov erwhelming nnhdenco char
acteristic of the Chlcagos of the early 80s,
Anson, usually referred to as the Big Swede,
was an imposing figure- Ho also was given
State Richer by $4,000,000
EUGENE M. TRAVIS, State Comptroller, Kj
reports In his July pamphlet of the M
New York State finances that a Fed- K
eral trust fund amounting to $4,014,520 may
revert to the State's coffers in the next B
few months. This loan, called the United H
States DeposP Fund, was originally created Hj
out of surplus revenues which the United
States distributed to the several common- mm
wealths In 137 The total amount appor-
tfpned was ?2S 101.644. of which New York's HK
chare Is the above-named sum This share IRi
has since been held In trust, the annual In- M
t rest, now exceeding $150,000, being used for IKj
educational purposes. IK
The Comptroller says in his pamphlet that rjl
In ycars gone by the management of the
fund w-as vested In county loan commls- jam
irs who n i l'- many unwise and reckless eS
Investments In real estate and mortgages, em
and It was not until 1910 that the Comptrol- pSffi
ler was authorized to invest the funds In
securities. Since then the total amount ay
loaned on these mort cages has been reduced KSf-
from 11.818,199 19101 to $570,306 .1920, . At Oft
present mortgages to this amount are still jffij
outstanding, although each year a number
are either paid or assigned, until about Bx
$4,000,000 is now invested in salable munlc
ipal securities bearing a profitable rate of
New York and about two or three other H
States have been the only commonwealths J
who have preserved this trust fund Intact. flfJ
Recently the Government authorities recom- Cd
mended that this Item of indebtedness be
wiped off the books, but the necessary legls- gjf
latlon to accomplish this has not so far pro- lz
vided for the cancelling and return of certifi- Hj
cates of indebtedness which the Emplro ffil
State Issued to the Federal Government. To w
ccrrect this and to expedite the necessary mi
details incident to completing the gift to tho W
State Comptroller has written the Fed-
eral authorities urging that final action be 1
taken as early as possible. ajff
to line hitting. He hatted right handed and
usually drove the bail with terrific speed be- faf
tw een or over the heads of the inflelders. He
led the National League batters lour times
1879. 1881. 1887 and 1SSS. ,
It Is noticeable that champion batters who J
havo led their lcnsues, frequently In per-
centage, have not been successful in the ac- '
cumulation of doubles triples and homers. f
Although Ruth has now made a greater i
number of home runs than any major league
batter he has yet to stand at the top of hi 3
league in batting percentage. 1
Buck Freeman, whose twenty-five home I
runs were th first mark at which Ruth
aimed, never led in batting, and Ld William
son, who was credited with twenty-seven
home runs in a season never was batting
On the other hand. Ty Cobb, who has been
the batting champion of the American
League twelve times, has never attracted Wm
mui I- attention for 'one drives. rW
John Wagner of Pittsburg, who led tho
National League in batting eight time?, was , . '
r.ot noted as a lone distance hitter Wagner
. 1 1 a 3irikinp tlrrure Six feet tall and built
on the square rigged plan with oroad
xbouldcrfl. long arms and large hands, he
seemed to get a sweep at the ball with a
lnrge bat that made trouble for the fielders
every time he swung. Wagner also was bow
legged, hut he was a great short stop, and
few grounders got away from his clutches
Wagner was champion batter in 1900 1903
1904. 1906, 1907. 1908. 1909 and 1911.
Cobb first led the American League in 1907,
and in every succeeding year except 1915' 1
when he was nosed out by Trls Speaker.
Cobb Is a six footer, but rather slenderly M
constructed, his weight being 175 pound
He has a remarkable batting cc and ho is
a crack outfielder.
All of the great hitters of the past were
big men 6 feet tall or more and welghln
close to 200 pounds Examples were RoBtr
Connor. Mike Kelly. Abner Dalrymple t.i
Dclehanty. ,Ilni O'Rourke, George Gore Dave
??; .TiP af''11, Pte BroWRl" Napoleon i
Lajolo and others.
Therefore it appears that weight, nelen'
strength and a quick eye are required In the
making of a champion batsman. t
eLegag 1 Jmm