Are you interested in having more playgrounds and parks for your children with swings and tennis courts and grass to play on? It would pay you to look into the park bond issue which will be voted on
June 4. More healthy, happy children will be the present generation's best gift to the next, and as the city grows its breathing places and play places grow more limited. The children have a right to play
yes and the grown-ups, too. We should all have a place to get outdoors and maybe listen to the band and eat our lunch on the grass. It'll help Tacoma.
Who will get that -~> in prizes
for the prettiest and simplest
graduation gowns in the Times
VOL. IX. NO. 132.
CIVIL SERVICE THREATENED BY NEW COUNCIL
Everybody is taking a crack at
Tacoma's civil service is getting
bo full of holes that it can't last
much longer, unless the people
make a vigorous protest. '
Now the civil service board is
'going into court to test whether
two more positions can be taken
out of civil service. One Is the
secretaryship to Commisioner
Mills, the other the city store
It would probably be more sat
isfactory to Mills to have the man
In his office to be of his own selec
tion. There doesn't seem to l)e
any reason why the storekeeper
should be exempted.
Hut whether this or that par
ticular office should '"■ taken out
of civil service is Ix-side the point.
The law plainly Kays tlmt only
newly created department heads
should bo exempted. To rail a
storekeeper or a private secretary
a department head is clearly an
evasion of the law.
If the law is defective, it should
be changed, then rigidly lived up
The Times pointed out when
the civil service provisions were
first drawn up that it would be a
farce. It has proved so. ■
With some few exceptions the
commissioners from the first have
been willing to have civil service
lifter they had got the men they
wanted appointed outside civil
The people generally believe m
civil service. The U. S. govern
ment has adopted It very general
ly. Every city In the country >s
' seeking to extend civil service,
not restrict it.
Civil service Is the people's
great guarantee against the
If civil service is abolished, as
some members of the commission
openly hope, we'll see a new army
of city employes with each change
of administration. The new men
are untrained. The service for a
time at least must be less efficient.
Competent men will no longer
seek the city service as a lire
If civil service is abolished, It
opens the way for any commis
sioner to build up a great political
machine, composed of men whose
first loyalty is to him rather than
to the people.
To abolish' civil service means
, go . back to machine rule ■ from
which the people have been striv
ing desperately to free them
selves. . '.: . ■
The matter (Jf the two offices
in dispute is unimportant com
paratively. The principle itself Is
vital to" efficient management of
Will You Help?
. 'Is:. there JS an automobile
owner in town who wants to
' see: those -, old' veterans! ~' of j
Gettysburg j.'• and '■; Vicksburg
walk on Decoration day? 'jgfc
< If not, It Is up to them to
hurry up and offer their ma
chines to'haul the ." boys - In
blue In the jinra«le. t Only 12
machine* have thus far been
offered to the mayor out of
1,000 in town. :It will take
7.", machines. -.■'']■■"• ''" -.■'=.
Not Guilty, Not Tried, Yet
He Lav In Jail For Months
After having lain In jail for
months awaiting trial on a charge
of tampering with malls, Carl E.
Between 18th and 19th.
Only $1 9 800
For the Pair.
Paving Paid In Full.
CALVIN PHILIPS A CO.
California Bldg. Main 22.
FATHER LIFE TERMER, SEES
SON SENTENCED TO GALLOWS
THK I»KATH HOUSE, Michigan
City, Ind., May 23.—When Johnny
Fritts was only 9 he kissed his
papa goodby and Johnny Frittz'
father then went away forever.
Xo, Nelson Fritts <lid not cross
the Km I, Kirer, although you and
I would have chosen death rather
than the journey Johnny's papa
Anyhow, he went nway.
Johnny was M and he had no
father. There was no provider ex
cept tlie mother. She had to work
all day for a hare living, and so
the time went on.
Wonderful things happen In
this world. Johnny Fritts the oth
er day met the father who went
away 12 years ago.
In the death house of the
penitentiary in Michigan City,
Ind. A prisoner for life, the
father left his cell to meet his
Johnny, who is waiting to he
hanged on June 14.
• » •
Nobody seemed to care a rap
about Nelson Frltts' family after
he was sent to the penitentiary.
His wife went out to work.
Johnny Frltts grew up wild like a
weed around the quarries. Nobody
cared. He as old man Fritts'
The neighbors wouldn't let
their children play with him. The
teachers at school scolded him.
Johnny smoked and chewed and
drank. Nobody cared. He was
old man Frltts' son.
He robbed a jewelry store for
$5 to get whisky and tobacco. The
state took notice. And he was
sent to the reformatory.
Johnny had been In the reform
atory one year when he asked for
a parole. He presented a perfect
record. But they turned him
down. He was old man Fritts'
Wallace was released this morn
ing, the case against him having
been dismissed by the district at
Wallace really never did any
wrong. A letter addressed to an
other man of the same name was
-delivered to him. He opened and
found a check for $350, whjch he
cashed. He wondered ai ' his
good fortune, and the next » day
learned who the money was in
tended for and turned it over.
His only mistake lay In not re
turning the letter to the postof
flce, although the right man re
ceived the letter and the money.
Says Wife Was Stolen
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
SAN FRANCISCO, May 23.—
John Martin, society leader. Is de
remlant today in a $100,000 dam
age suit brought by Edwin V.
Smith, a wealthy business man,
who charges that' Martin stole his
The Tacoma Times
THE ONLY INDEPENDEN T NEWSPAPER IN TACOMA
JOHNNY FRITTS AND THE
TRAGIC MEKTING OF FATHER
AND SON IN THE DEATH
At the end of the second
year, old man Fritts' son
;it;:iin asked for freedom. He
had been good for two years,
but they turned him down.
Old mail Fritts' son!
There was no use being good,
when it didn't bring one any
thing. He rebelled and was pun
ished. They placed him in a little
cage, high enough to stand In, but
too narrow to sit in, and made
him stand up in it for eight hours
at a stretch.
Each punishment made him
more defiant, and e<ich defiance of
authority brought more punish
ment. He saw boys paroled who
had been sent there for crimes
more serious than his. He saw
friends api>ear in their behalf. He
was friendless. He was old man
"They turned me down twice,"
he Bald in his death cell. "I had
to do something. I couldn't kick.
And so I picked up—"
And so he picked up an ax and
killed a guard, the symbol of au
A death warrant was tin-
diploma of his criminal edu
cation received under the
auspices of the state of In
WELL KNOWN TACOMA MEN, THEIR WORK AND THEIR HOBBIES
Napoleon made and upset em
pires, but when Wellington
threshed him at Waterloo he
helped to make important Tacoma
On the battleneld, left for dead
was Captain Peter Steward, a
young British officer. Belgian
farmers gathering up the dead
after the battle thought they de
tected life In the Englishman.
They took him home, nursed him
a year and he recovered. He
liked those Belgians, so he settled
there, married a Beglan girl, and
became the grandfather of Father
Pet;er Francis Hylel'os.
And there is the connection be
tween Waterloo and Tacoma.
Father Peter Francis Hylebos
had a twin brother. Francis Peter
Hylebos, and they were the eldest
of 12 children born to a merchant
of Grammount, nestling by the
battlefield of Waterloo.
At seven Father Hylebos start
ed to school. From that moment
it seemed predestined he was to
be a minister. His boyisn fancy
led him to missionary fields. He
wanted to see the lands unexplor
ed, bo his father told him to study
At I* he had passed his engi
neering examinations. As a stu
dent at the University of Ix>uvaln
he met the late Bishop Spauld
ing from America, also a student,
also the later Archdeacon Rear
don of Frisco. They told him of
the great Amerjca.
That settled it.
When through college at 21
Father Hylebog had made up his
mind to come to Washington.
Was liOiig Trip.
It took 38 days to reach Van
couver, coming from San Fran
cisco by boat, with the fare $46
to Portland and $3 over to Van
couver. Boat travel was Riga
then with one ship a year to Se
attle mid tt rout $14 to go from
Olympla to Victor 1-
TACOMA, WASHINGTON. THLMtRDAY, MAY 2:\, 1912.
(By United Trees l«-nsed Wire.)
PEKIN, May 2:!.--An attempt
to assassinate Premier Tang Shao
Yl at dinner in the presence of
President Yuan Shi Kal. wal
made here today by Chang Ping
Lin, a disappointed office-seeker.
Chang Ping Lin entered the
dining room unannounced. With
out a word of warning he drew a
gun and fired two shots at the
premier. Both went wild, and
Chang was overpowered and put
in jail. He blamed Tang Shao
Yl for his failure to get a govern
During the shooting President
Yuan remained seated at tho
JBhn Newsome, manager of
the Newsome Employment agen
cy, 1511 Pacific ay . is under ar
rest and at liberty on $2f> bail on
complaint of Valentine Cal/.e, who
says he was victimized by New
Calze snys he paid for a Job in
side the city and upon presenting
his slip to the foreman was told
there was no work for him. Calze
tried to get his money back from
Newsome, and claims Newsome
knocked him down.
Newßome has been in trouble
before and a movement may be
started to revoke his license.
The "Day Nursery" will receive
no aid from the county commis
sioners aa a body, but the niem
bei'B of the commission will con
tribute to the fund.
J. H. Watkins, charity com
missioner, reported to the county
commissioners and recommended
that. $100 a year be given the In
stitution. Deputy Prosecutor Re
men, however, advised the com
missioners they had no legal
right to appropriate funds for
the nursery and would be liable
for any amounts so appropriated.
AKTICLK XO. 13 —FATHKK HVLKIU**.
The youthful missionary Ike
came secretary to the bishop at
Vancouver and soon was up in
Cowlltx county preaching to the
As the country developed he
broadened his work, taking in
Olympla, Steilacoom, Tacoma,
Aberdeen and the whole South
"There Is not a river from ta«
Puyallup to the Columbia I have
not swam on horseback scores of
times," says Father Hyeboi.
He retired from active i>as-
Everybody's Doing It to Him
While there have been persis
tent rumors that the directors of
the-' Northwestern league, to meet
in Beattle tomorrow or Saturday,
max freeze Tacoma out of the
league or turn the team over to
some outsider and sell off the
choice players, there is little like
lihood either action will be taken.
Jiißt who will get the team or
bow it will be financed is still
unsettled, but that the Rotary
club probably will raise enough
by subscription to keep the team
here is practically certain.
Kd -Watklns Is still trying to
ptf? through his deal to take tue
team over for .$3,000, but will
no^Riaj' old debts.
in the meantime George
Shreeeler is hurrying home. It is
persistently rumored that he has
wired Rotherinel to sit tight un
til he gets here.
Hung Head Down
Half An Hour
.■(United Press Leased Wire.)
*:'?. HALKM, Ore., May 23.— .
■'Harry Cunningham, 12, to
day is seriously ill because of
the tortures inflicted on him
by bis playmates.
W I'is companions tied Ills
liimils behind his hack, placed
'a ' gag in * Ills mouth . and
, hunt; him, head downward,
in a dark cellar for 8O min
utes because lie would not
r join them in disturbing a
I church meeting, or promise
not to give their plans away. .
total duties a year and a half
ago, but he had l«tt his mark on
Buildiug, His Hobby.
That mark Is a congregation of
7,000 in Tacoma and churches
and schools all over this section.
For Father Hylebos was always
Yes, that was his hobby.
Churches at St. Johng, Ch«
halis, Lewis River, Cowliu
Prairie, four churches in Tacoma,
six schools, hospitals—Father Hy
lebos has builded all his life.
ROOSEVELT GETS 31,
TAFT 11 DELEGATES
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
COLUMBUS, 0., May 23. —•"'
Practically complete returns from
Tuesday's primary make it cer
tain that Roosevelt has elected
31 district delegates and Taft 11.
Harmon's plurality over Wood
row Wilson lg about 1 0,000. The
Harmon people admitted today
that they were not certain of con
trolling the state convention.
Supporters of Taft still declare
HOUSE VOTES FOR FREE TOLL
(By United Tress Leased Wire.)
WASHINGTON, D. C, May 2 3. —American ships in the coast
wise trade will be given free use of the Panama canal.
This was determined by the house today when Rep. Doremus'
free toll bill passed by a final vote of 147 to 12 6.
As the bill stands American ships engaged In the coastal trade
are to be relieved of all canal charges, while all foreign owned
ships will pay tolls.
The canal 1)111 proper passed the house 206 to 63. It carries
drastic provisions prohibiting railroads from owning or controlling
directly or Indirectly steamships which would compete against
their land lines. (
He started with a little church
on Division aye. back in the
eighties. It wag on the road con
necting Old and New Tacoma.
Woods everywhere. When small
pox broke out on Pacific aye anc
46 died between 7th and ItO
streets, Old Town quarantined
aud sent Constable Timothy Mur
phy up to guard this road. Mur
phy's son is still doing police duty
at Old Town.
In following his hobby Father
Hylebos went out east of town,
bought 140 acres of land, put a
road into it, now a part of the
road to Milton, and built St.
George's Indian school.
Later engineers came along for
Uncle Sam, surveying. They saw
the school, asked who built it and
then gave the name to Hylebos
■ .<■:■! m-il Indian Tonkin.
Father Hylebos learned the lan
guage of the Indians and became
thoroughly initiated into frontier
Lost in the woods one night he
discerned a twinkling light and
pulled up at a cabin. A call
brought the occupant out. His
last candle also burned out, but
he offered Father Hylebos a
"Why, you are a Catholic
priest," said the host in astonish
ment next morning as he saw the
clerical garb of Father Hylebosk
"Yes," said the fathei, smiling.
"Well, I am a Methodist minst
er," said his bedfellow,
But whether Indian, Methodist
iOlnlster or other brand of human
ity, Father Hylebos was always at
home. That probably helps to ac
count for his success. When he
retired recently and visited the
pope in Rome he celebrated his
25th anniversary as vicar general
of this diocese.
He has been one of the im
portant factors In building up
Tacoma since he b»carae pastor or
St. Leo's church il years ngo.
they will control the state con
vpntloti and *elect" «!*" delegates at
large pledged to the president.
Fight Unit Rule.
Mayor Baker of Cleveland and
State; Chairman Hanley of the
Wilson forces wll oppose any at
tempt at the state democratic con
vention to impose the unit rule
on Ohio's delegation to Baltimore.
i Governor Harmon lost his home
county, Hamilton, to Wilson. ■
No Contest Over
Col. Astor's Will
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
NEW YORK, May 23. —There
will be no contest of the will of
Col. John Jacob Astor.
Mrs. Madeline Force Astor hag
accepted the terms of the will in
a written statement gtgned jointly
with Vincent and Muriel Astor.
It was reported that the Force
family objected because Astor's
will placed restrictions on the re
marriage of his young wife, who
was left (5,000,000 only on con
dition that she remain single.
BOND SEYMOUR TWICE
Mayor Seymour has to have a
110,000 bond. But he does not
need two of them so when two ap
peared at the controller's office
yesterday one was crossed off.
Let's "Cash In" the Attic
and the Basement—
How long since you gave your attic an invoicing,
-How long since you rummaged through that Junk
pile in the basement?
There's a load of things in those places in good con
dition and which might come handy to someone.
You might as well cash in on that attic and on that
Why don't you make up a list and tell others of what
you have to sell, in a Times Want Ad?
Just one cent a word.
So go ahead and phone the ad to the Times Want Ad
Department, Main 12.
Most Everybody Beads
W RATH Kit F< mXX 'AST.
Probably fair tonight and Fri
30 GENTS A MONTH.
(Hi I nil.-.I l*rcNH l.i-iixnl Win-.)
DAYTON. 0., May 2H.— The
death of Wilbur Wright, th« not
ed aviator, from typhoid fever, 18
expected inomentarlly nt his home
here. Enrly today, Orvllle Wright,
bin brother, said:
"Them Is .lust a fighting
chance that Wilbur will survive
the day. The doctors offer one
chance In a thousand only for hia
With aeroplanes nearly as com
mon aa :iui« ill!.-;, with every
city of any size having Its one to
a dozen ninateur flyers, with
scarce a day passing without Its
chronicle of death In the air, It U
hard to realize that leas than nine
yearn ngn two bicycle repair men
of Dayton, Ohio, were the joke of
the town as they tinkered away
at a "flying machine."
sen. .1 In 1»U8.
It wag In 19(13 at Kitty Hawk,
Va., that newspaper correspond
ents heard rumors of two men
who had actually Invented nonie
thinK that would fly and trailed
over the ocean sand dunes like
Indian scouts for hours trying to
catch a glimpse of the first "glid
It wan the Wrights—Wilbur
pnd Orvllle. They were trying to
see if a pair of planes without a
machine would actually float In
air. It did.
In 1905 the first real heavier-*
W ll.ill X WIUGHT.
than-alr machine-driven flying
machines were exhibited by the
Wrights. It was an International
sensation. The despised bicycle
repair men became world-famoui.
They flew In Europe, In America,
were decorated by kings and presi
Having demonstrated their
theory, the Wrlghtß retired from
the exhibition field and left that
to th<> dare-devil bird men who
sprang up everywhere. Sine« then
they have been making aeroplanes
at Dayton and training aviators.
Neither Krotlier Married.
Neither brother allowed his
head to be turned by the applause.
They were still modest, unobtru
sive. Neither was ever married.
Wilbur is 45, Orville 41. Their
father, Bishop Milton Wright, is
still active in church wort"..
To Name Judges
The Times Is now picking tho
judges In the ""iitainara prize
letter contest, and they will be
announced in a few days. More
letters are pouring in In competi
tion for the Times priia of 125 id
gold for the best article on the
Festo and Tacoma in general, and
the judges will have a hard job
picking the best ones.
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