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Gothamites Still Fall for the Bunk of "Magic"
MEW TORK."Oom, the omnipotent." has fallen afoul of the district attor-
V% hey again. The law seems to have an unkind, materialistic lack of sym-
pathy toward this particular psychic who in flowing purple robes sat in his
home in West End avenue and coaxed
dollars from the credulous.
"Oom" has before been in the toils.
In appearance he looks like the flap
pocketed, silkshirted, pomaded parlor
Us X%J^i cobra of the prewar days. He is a
devil with the ladles who go in for the
i cosmic urge, the assorted purple vi-
-m "W\ unv orations, astral eccentricities, soul
^"jVIl^ harmonies, luminous personalities, and
the rest of the weird sisterhood of
psychic catch words.
There are many of these spiritual
magicians who are to be prosecuted on crude, impolite material criminal
charges. One in the Bronx collected a tangible five-dollar bill the other day
from a worried and credulous woman who was persuaded that her purchase
of a "cryptic name" would protect her son, who is an army aviator, from
The arrest of the dapper "Oom" and of several others has shown -New
York that it has not progressed so very altitudinously above the cultural
level of savage magic. The amulet has less potency than in the days of
-Alexander Trallianus, yet there is still a good market for it.
Isaak Walton Coppers Lan Bi Alcoholic Catch
welkin rang right merrily upon the Isle of Joy, some hun-
dred feet or so off the. shore of Lake Calumet. It was but one o'clock
of a Sunday afternoon, and already there were many good fishermen and true
absorbing the good cheer and other
things that were to be had, for a price,
within the fishermen's lodge. James
D. Vorak, mine host, counted his
shekels and grinned.
A muddy sloop grounded on the
sandy shore. Two fishermen stepped
"We're hungry andthirsty," the
"Welcome to our city," said mine
host. "All's well here. Plenty to
drink and not a cop in sight."
Thirty-five minutes after three and 71 men and a few women were
betaking of Mine Host Yorak's hospitality, when up spake the fishermen of
Tthe muddy sloop.
"You're pjnched," they said.
"You bet you are," chorused 12 other, fishermen, displaying police stars.
Joy departed from the isle. Several fancily dressed young'men departed,
also via the lake.
The lake's trusty mud held. The fancily dressed bucks stuck tight till
hauled out by the grinning coppers. Boats were requisitioned and an hour
later 76 men and four women were lodged In the Kensington police station,
'One of these was Yorak, who was charged wijh selling liquor without a
license, operating public nuisance, and contributing to the delinquency of
children. The a -i were charged with being inmates of a public nuisance.
Gallant Old Skipper and His Sixty Young Girls
W YORK.The skipper of a well-known tug was seen hanging around
Battery at a very late hour the other night. He strolled up and down
and occasionally went Over to the Eastern to gargle his throat and have a
.^,^~v confab with Hoboken John. As this
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Riverside Drive Attracts Visitors in New York
MEW YORK.Riverside drive is.the mecca for visitors these beautiful days.
Its delightful, shady walks are crowded with strangers, both civilians and
men In uniform, who represent every nation in the scrap on the side of the
allies, while the drives stream with
-vehicles of all descriptions from the
flivver to the big sightseeing cars, all
come to view the picturesque Hudson
.river and get a glimpse of the foreign
warships. This' spot is one of New
York's most beautiful avenues and few.
If any, thoroughfares in America sur
pass it in natural beauty and attract
iveness. The charms of the scenery
have been enhanced by the landscape
gardener and the roadway, as it now
exists, is a triumph of engineering
skill. Yast sums have been expended in its construction and maintenance..
Long before the Revolution this portion of Manhattan was occupied by the
suburban residences of wealthy New Yorkers, and the banks of the Hudson'
were dotted with country villas and estates. In most cases these homes were
so situated that when the drive was opened they either had to be removed to
make way for the roadbed or were set so far back as to be entirely off thai
Tripoli In History.
Early In the eighth century Tripoli
was conquered by the Arabs. In 151n
It was taken by Spain and la 1551 i
^was conquered by Turkey and held
long time. While a Turkish posse*
aioo Tripoli was a resort of pinto
and at different times several Euro
pean powers sent fleets te bombard
Its capital. The United States made
war on it In 1801-06. In 1011 war
broke out between Italy and Tripoli,
regarding the rights of Italian citterns
4n Tripoli. An Italian array landed l-
skipper was seldom seen
jg*jj r^^^C^S/^f^^Y^Sst about after
P imP. r~ fSJLAL "regulars at th Batter an Sout
Ferry was thoroughly aroused.
Bobby Peach, the clam sage of
South street, and the Battery Dolphin
held a conference and 'lowed as how
sumpln' was up, while Joe Mury, the
Battery's family policeman, shook bis
head and said maybe Captain was
going to sow some wild oats in his old
age. So Bill Quigley just went right
up to Captain and asked him how about it. Just like that. "Can't a man
have a date with some girls without you fish gettin" all het up about it?"
demanded the skipper.
"Girls!" gasped Bill. /'Girls! Ain't one enough for an old barnacle like
.you? How many y'gonna meet, anyhow?"
"Oh, 'bout 60," replied the tugboat captain, complacently.
That was too much for Bill. He went away and told the rest of the bunch
and a close watch was kept on the skipper.
"Guess the pore or feller's lost one of his -oarlocks or sumpin','* sighed
Bobby Peach, sympathetically.',.
Then the girls showed up. Sixty of them. And they all cried, "Hello,
Cap! Greetings, skipper!" Then they climbed aboard the old man's tug and
sailed out Into the night.
The explanation is that they were all Red Cross nurses (and pretty ones,
too), living on Ellis island while awaiting transportation to France. Some-
body had given th& a theater party and Captain was delegated to see
that they got back the island, the regular ferrythat most frivolous of
vesselshaving broken down.
hours,ethe curiositydof theh
Tripoli aad in February. 1912, the
Italian parliament passed a bill annex
ing Tripoli. In October, 1912, a treaty
was signed by which Turkey ratified
the annexation, and since then Tri
poli has remained an Italian posses
Boat davits for seagoing vessels that
an American man has invented resem
ble long cranes that lower boats Into
the sea at a safe distaace from a ves
f or from one listed to the opposite
THE TOMAHAWK, WHITE EARTH. MINN.
Street Scene in Nancy.
the former capital of
Lorraine, which was left to
France' by the Treaty of
Frankfort In 1871, and the
chief city behind the sector which the
American troops took over from the
French, is of historical interest, writes
Mme. Marie de Perrott in the New
York Tribune. Illustrious at the time
of the dukes of Burgundy, their last
scion, Charles the Bold, came to a mis
erable end there. Thence the three
last "Roman emperors" went to be
crowned In Yienna. In 1914 another
German emperor, Kaiser Wllhelm n,
believed that Nancy would fall three
days after the hostilities began and,
according to his habit, was already
dressed for the parthad his face
made up, like) the actor he is, for a tri
umphant entry. But he had reckoned
without the defense of i the Grand
Couronne, arid above all without the
Indomitable will of a nation.
As I write I see once again before
me the panorama I know so well. From
the Plateau Haye there lies before me
a view of a long stretch of close roofs,
towers, spires, churches, high iron
frameworks. This is Nancy itself,
united to Its suburbs by secluded,
shaded avenues. In the distance
sparkles the lake of the Seille, which
forms a boundary, for it is German
today. To my right gNdes softly the
Moselle, no longer dashing impetuous
ly through rough mountains and thick
woods, but as far as Metz and Co
blenz bordered by vineyards, already
ao famous in the Rome of old, where
big clusters of purple or golden grapes
reflect In the water their color and
light Close by the small River Ame
zule, a tributary of the Meurthe, Is
dominated by the abrupt hill of
Amance and the woods of Champenoux,
where so many of our brave dead are
lying, for this was the theater of the
first German attack in 1914.
Burial Place of Dukes.
All those who have visited Nancy
before 1914 will remember its churches
and public monuments. The ducal
chapel, one of the gems of the world's
architecture, has been, ever since the
eleventh century, the burial place of
those proud rivals of the kings of
France, the dukes of Burgundy, whose
great ambition "was to become rulers
themselves and make of France and
Belgium one kingdom. The great
French revolution dragged their bodies
from their leaden coffins to put them
Into the graveyard, but the restoration
of 1814 gave them back their legiti
The last 40 years and the annexa
tion of Alsace-Lorraine by Germany
have bestowed upon Nancy, which was
left to us, great Importance. It has
taken moreover a literary cachet, as
well as one of elegance, and become:
the Intellectual brain and the center of
spiritual Influence of eastern France.
Its faculties, grouped In Independent
bodies deserve their honorary title
and are real universities, attracting
students from all parts of the world.
As to the professors, their renown far
surpasses the narrow boundaries of a
provincial town, hi province, as we dis
dainfully call all that does not belong
Its industries, also, until the great
war, were in a most flourishing state
most of the manufacturers and work
men of Metz and Strasbourg took up
their abode here after 1871, proudly
styling themselves emigres, to show
that they had left their homes to avoid
German rule, bringing with their skill
and activity, great prosperity to the
former capital of Lorraine. I remem
ber as a small child during the siege
of Strasbourg playing sometimes in
the sheltered garden of a brewer at
Schlltighelm, and was much pleased to
And, twenty years or more later, that
he had Installed a brewery at Nancy
on a really gigantic scale. Cabbage
pickled in salt, which is national
dish of the Alsatians, is fabricated
here for the whole of Alsace and is
sent all ever Europe.
Noted for Many Arts and Crafts,
Embroidery and the making of boots
and straw hats keep thousands of
hands busy In Nancy, which central-
izes the work of the villages and ham
lets surrounding it. Before the war
the yearly export of boots and shoes
amounted to over $4,000,000, divided
among 25 manufacturers. They were
of a common variety, sewn by machine,
generally with nailed soles, and were
almost solely destined for export But
the chief industry of Nancy Is the mak
ing of straw hats, which once flour
ished all over Alsace, and after our
defeats migrated to Nancy.
In the town itself, as I saw during
my late visit most home workers are
employed at making hats, while the
large factories often employed as
many as 3,000 work peopleand two
thirds of these were women. This
trade, of which Nancy has the monopo
ly In France, has been a great loss for
Germany, especially for the Rhine and
Saar provinces, where, strangely
enough, most of the towns continue to
work for Nancy. The plaits, however,
which serve-to make straw hats, are
quite an industry in themselves. In
their raw state they come chiefly
from China, and are sent to Italy and
Switzerland for the bleaching process,
whence they are imported into France.
England, which is the chief intermedi
ary, yearly imported half a million
Ions of plaits. But even here Nancy
was making great progress before the
war, and with groups which had
formed in Lyons and Caussade was
trying to make herself independent of
both England and Switzerland.
Straw Hat and Printing Press.
The trade of straw hats gives rise to
many others, for Nancy, after having
received the raw material, turns out
every kind of hat trimmed and ready
for export, and for this accessories of
all kinds are needed. What struck me
most when I walked through the large
workshops were thousands and thou
sands of bell-shaped hats, put one into
the other, forming Immense pyramids.
It was the Panama hat, the light,
white head cover which is so'great a
favorite and almost endless In Its
wear. These hats In their primitive
state are the product of the Bourbon
palm or latania, and are sent by the
republic of Ecuador. The dressing of
the Panama hats is one of the great
industries of Nancy, and it is all the
more important at the present time
when our women have been compelled
to take the place of men, for this Is a
light Industry, well within their pow
The printing works of Berger-Lev
rault form one of the most interesting
features of Nancy. They are famed
not only all through France, but I may
say the world. Here is the printing
done of almost all the branches of the
French government and the proprie
tors are the publishers for the minis
tries of war, finance, police and many
other departments, for which they pro*
vide millions of copies.
Happiness That Satisfies.
Happiness is never more real, more
satisfying, than when founded on clean
heartedness. The possessor of a clean
conscience sees more beauty in the
world around him, because he looks
through clearer eyes. He has faith in
his friends, because it is so easy for
the one who is straight himself to be
lieve the same of others. He gets the
best out of life because he unconscious
ly attracts It
Right living, by whatever name you
may can it has Its own reward right
here on this earth of ours.Girls' Com*
Camp Firs Hints.
A camp fire for cooking will burn
with a steady glow If a small bag of
charcoal is added to the wood after
It has good start One successful
camper builds his fire in a small trench
about 18 Inches long and a few Inches
wide and deep. Two flat stones placed
across the top for the frying pan and
kettle give an even heat Meat pota
toes, corn and apples can be roasted
by holding them over the flre on the
ends of green, pointed sticks. An old
newspaper Is useful in starting the
flre, and plenty of matches should Be
at hand.World's Chronicle.
American Efforts in Great War Are
Lauded by British Official
By SIR FREDERICK E. SMITH. Attorney General
We in this country realize the immense contribu
tion America is making to the fighting forces of thej
allies and we are glad Americans are here now to see!
the spirit of the British and the sacrifices they are pre
pared to make.
Never has that spirit stood higher and never havei
the.British been more resolute to maintain the struggle,)
even for twenty years, in order that democracy might!
win and Germany be shattered.
Undue and excessive expectations were entertained!
regarding the speed with which the American contri-i
bution could be got ready. I never had any illusions on this point. Amer-
ica was called upon to do in one moment a task a hundred times greater
than any nation in the world's history has been called upon to accomplish..
Never has a nation undertaken such commitments or flung itself more
thoroughly into its task.
The very fact that we have with us in this war the sons and grand-
sons of men who fought in the great 'struggle between the North and the'
South is a source of encouragement and a precious consolation. It isi
well that Englishmen and Americans should be brought together. They,
should create a warm friendship, as their differences are only superficial.
It is worth at least something that the Anglo-Saxon races, the lega-
tees of a precious civilization, should make an imperishable friendship.
If that is the result, then even the shipwreck of this terrible war will not
have been entirely for nought.
Ill Health Brought to Millions of People
by Lack of Vegetables
By EDWIN P. BOWERS. M. D.. Phynul Culam
It is notorious that in this land of plenty and reckless exploitation
of natural resources there should benot thousands but millionswho
don't know.the taste of a green salad or succulent vegetable, or a ripet
orange or grapefruit from one late summer or autumn to the next. Their
winter-time conception of a vegetable is a boiled potato or a ..can of
Hundreds of hotels, thousands of boarding houses and scores of thou-
sands of familiesignorant of the fundamental meaning of a "balanced!
ration"hold that peas or rice or beans arc "vegetably" enough to accom-
pany a dish of pork or beef.
They ignoreif indeed they ever knewthe fact that rice is a carbo-
hydrate, a starch product, almost identical with the potato or bread they
already haveand that peas or beans are a sort of vegetable meat hash,
containing 22.85 per cent of protein (a nitrogen product, like meat)
and 52.36 per cent of starch.
And all the while these millions are suffering from the lack of essen-
tial mineral saltslime, potash, iron and other elements that enter
largely into the composition of bones, teeth, nerves and other cell struc-
As a consequence we Americans have the most rachitic bones, the
softest, poorest teeth and the most unstable nerves of any civilized people.
A perfect set of teeth is hardly to be found in a child, and among adults
they are less frequently met with than are molars among hens.
Vitamines, too, those unanalyzed and indefinable but tremendously
important substances that contribute so much to the general physio-
logical "tone" of the body, are missing if lettuce, celery, apples and other
uncooked vegetables and fruit are missing from the dietary.
But most of all the "hay"the bulk, made up of the fiber and cellu-
lose of vegetablesis lacking when vegetables and foods, low in actual
food values but rich in water, are lacking. This is the chief reason why
the American is the most constipated biped on earth.
Merely Cutting Down Courses in No
Sense Lessens Food Consumption
By HARRIET CULVER
Keturning again and. again, as we must, to the subject of conserva-
tion, we find that, after all, we are returning rapidly to the norm.
The period of fads seems to be passing and the wheels are slipping,
if not back into the old ruts, at least back where the going is smoother.
There's the matter of the course dinner, for instance. The elimina-
tion of superfluous courses seemed the most patriotic thing imaginable
a few months ago and the hostess who dared to serve a one-course dinner
instead of three or four courses was dubbed at once one of our most
patriotic of women.
But now even the government sees that merely cutting down the
number of courses in no sense lessens consumption, but does, as a matter
of fact, really increase the consumption of the very foods we are trying
hardest to conserve.
Our soldiers may have a penchant for hors d'eeuvres, but the govern-
ment commissariat countenances no such frills, and we presume that
they eventually become contented with their restricted but substantial
So, when wishing to ape government simplicity, we also cut out hors
d'eeuvre, what do we do Show our patriotism By no means. We make
a still greater demand upon the substantial which the government sorely
needs a monopoly of in so far as is possible.
It has been shown that small course meals actually increase the con-
sumption of meat and wheat by 30 per cent because restricted meals do
not so readily satisfy and thus extra portions are called for.
Let us, then, if we would be up and doing in true copybook style,
go back to the courses that dally with lobster and terrapin and duck,
game and sea foods, because by so doing we will be lessening our demand
for the staples which the army most and will have. We will bo just as good
patriots as we were before the war and we'll be steadying market condi-
tions as welL
Besides, we all have a weakness for a varied diet anyway, tnd itfi
oomfort to know we can indulge our palates ad lib., ao it wore.