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"The Man of
Remarkable Claims Mide
' by Horace Fletcher, 1 this
World Famed Authority on
Foods and Feeding and Ex
ponent of Eatinfl Rightly.
By FREDERICK R. TOOMB5.
"If all persons so lived as to have
normal digestions, crime would prac
tically be eliminated."
SUCH was the astounding state
ment of Horace Fletcher. . the
world famed authority on foods
. and feeding, made to the writer
In bis last interview given before bis
departure for Europe. The originator
of the system, revolutionary in the
world of matters dietetic, known as
fletcberism or fletchorlzlng, does not
consider his claim as to the elimina
tion .of crime to be at all sensational.'
He" Is habitually and characteristically
retiring and conservative in his words
and thoughts. As a patient disciple of
moderation and founder of the new re
ligion of "d'etary righteousness"' Hor
ace Fletcher offers logical arguments
and cold facts ' to substantiate his
I talked with til in f r several hours
in his sitting room in the Iliijj. model
tenement Xo. 1. in New York's tragic
east' side, 'where this kindly souled.
gray hrlml hn!i:ai:itaii;r.i ha chosen
to dwell in 'preference to his costly
marble palace. Prilazrio Saibajte. on
the (ir.Mid rnual, l:i Vc:;I. e, a palace
800 years old.
"The eCect of a nation's food on a
nation's minds." .said Mr. 1'letcber. "Is
.too easily as-ertainnble to be under
estimated. Wlilie I have never made a
point of miming arbitrarily what a per
son should or should not eat, I hare
spoken and writteu as to hew and
whoa and bow much to eat. Persons
who overeat in their consumption of
meats become mentally different from
those who eat normally or who depend
chiefly or wholly on vegetable forms of
diet. Large, abnormal quantities of
meat as diet are for savagery. They !
create an unuatural condition of mind
HOKACK FI.KTCIIEK BREAKING THE KKCOKII OX A STRENGTH
TESTING MACHINE AT YALE UNIVERSITY.
and so lead to a state In which crime
is more readily committed.
"The respective careers of the Indian
tribes of the Pueblos and the Apaches
- afford an illuminating comparison. The
Apaches were notorious as devastators,
warlike ravagers. merciless slayers.
They were most ravenous eaters of
"The Pueblos were borne builders,
dwelt in established villages. They
worked Industriously. They tilled the
soil, a peaceful agricultural people.
. and their tribe exists today In mate
rial numbers. The Pueblos have al
ways been moderate In their eating.
Consuming very little meat, they have
subsisted for generations on different
kinds of grains and other vegetable
"In Japan during the Tokogawar pe
riod of about 300 years the simplicity
of the diet and life of the nation
found marked reflection In the crim
inal records of the country. The mod
erate diet, consisting chiefly of rice,
Deb and fowl, was responsible for the
practical elimination of crime as a se
- rloiis factor in the economics of the
country, as witness that in one year
In a total population of 30.000,000
people only 8,000 cases of criminal ac
tivity were brought before the au
thorities.'.' Those, 8,000 cases were principally
of tbe minor class of crimes, known as
' Overeating' Lowers Morality.
"' Mr.'lfle'tclier went en to state that
nations and tribes that indulge im
moderately In foods and gorge them
elve with meats produce the largest
number of criminals compared to -to-aV
p0paUtlon d. exhibit a lower
toVw,?? moramy generally. Their
U taArT'' 13 Proportionate-
? otner untries.
Hot necessarily -' HU arfmi
he sollm .wT?. nor a,w.,
: bjr impfope'r. diet PS,Pnced
from the blight of ot.m'
, of eating In an improper manner, in'
man coses there may be an interme-
: diate stage produred from which. In
turn, actual crime may result. For
. Instance, intemperance as to alcoholics
- may result from efforts to overcome
tbe effects of improper amount of or
improperly digested fiod' I 'row this
Intemperance or Intoxication criminal
How He Would Eliminate
Crime by Proper Dieting
.and Cure Intemperance by
Drinking Vital Economic
Side of His, Campaign.
acts readily spring, as authenticated
prison a ud. police court records con
Booze In the Form of Bncf.
The poisoning of mind and body,
hence the intoxication resulting from
overindulgence In meats, is very sim
ilar In the last analysis to that occa
sioned by alcoholism. It Is what Mr.
Fletcher describes as "taking booze in
the form of leef."
According to his philosophy, there is
as much evil lu "food drunkenness'
as there is In alcohol drunkenness,
r'or lustance. he states that "tbe body
throws off the effects of alcohol drunk
enness much easier and, more -quickly
than those of food drunkenness, and
in the latter form of intoxication the
dangers from uric acid are probably
greater than in the former."
But the rcider should not assume
from the foregoing that the great au
thor of "The A B Z of Our Own Nu
trition" and "The New Glutton or Epi
cure." etc.. is an exponent of vegeta
rianism. "I do not subscribe to the
many isms." he smilingly told the
writer. But he is an opponent; of all
immoderation, whether the food be
the best or the most injudicious in the
world. He subscribes to the following
It isn't what one eats; It's how one eats.
There is not p thingr which cannot be
eaten if It 13 eaten rightly.
There should be no restriction on the
eating wti8tsoevlr. This is not a fad at
all. 1 simply bt-Ueve in following what
nature indicates. If nature gives us
rrindinff teeth they are to srrlnl with.
When I am hungry I know that nature
Is telling me to eat. When I am thirsty
I drink. When one Is sleepy the logical
thins is to go to sleep.
There is no slavery like the slavery of
habit. The thing- is to strive to follow
nature as closely as may be and you
can't go wrong. Eat only when you are
really hungry with a natural, not ii forced
or stimulated, hunger. And If yoa crave
meat eat It, but don't overeat, and eat It
I Eatins rightly Is to cease eating when the
appetite ceases to call for food; to masti
cate thoroughly, chewing the food scores
of times if necessary to mix It so eom-
I pletely with the saliva that It will be
swallowed in semifluid, practically invol
untarily; to get all the taste out of liq
uid food; to stop eating the minute the
saliva stops flowing freely.- resting your
appetite before it gets tired; to eat only
when you are cheerful, for you won't di
gest enough to make it worth while.
Don't eat when you are sad or when
you are ; mad. but . only when you are
glad you are alive. And that is all of
fietcherizihg.', ', . " " . .. ' -
"Cure Intemperance by Drinking."
Mr. Fletcher makes another startling
assertion one that has a well defined
relation, moreover, to the influence of
diet In crime. He says:
"Whisky can be taken in seemingly
harmless form and in such a manner
as to cure . the craving for drinking in
excess, thus promoting temperance."
The food scientist relies on the ef
fects of holding the fluid in tbe mouth
to thoroughly insalivate it, so that the
muscles governing the swallowing im
pulse will sooner or later send it down
tbe throat automatically-or Involun
tarily. ' "It will be difficult -without actual
demonstration," says Mr. Fletcher, "to
convince the advocates of total absti
nence that any whisky can be taken in
a seemingly harmless form, bat It is
true that thorough insallvatlon of beer,
wine and spirits until disappearance by
involuntary swallowing robs them of
their power to Intoxicate, partly be
cause appetite will tolerate but lit
tie.. ' V--: ' ; , .'.: -". '
"As a matter of fact, whisky taken In
this analytical way is a sure means of
breaking' up desire for It, and it la an
excellent protection In drlnkng as. well
as eating. Many of our test subjects
have been steady and some bave been
heavy driukers, but persistent atten
tion has cured all of them of any de
sire for alcohol, and in time it surely
to complete intolerance of It.
I-,-1'1" al" true--that, ' taken In the
totA. K(itea the refuses to
mi, -IPs and thimble-
ftils or th.. na 81P9 an0 thimble
Sre 1 a ,q"ld! then only on
habit is the best oossthii . eP'curean
temperance." P Mb,e ln"nee of
to insufficient mastication
I larJ of " teaching nna warnlnga Tfl
UJpetlte Mr. Hetcber attributes mostj
of the dietary evils of the hour In all
lands. He pronounces tbe late Premier
Gladstone's rule of "chewing every
mouthful thirty-two times" as based
on false theory. "The number of times
food should be chewed varies accord
ing to the nature of tbe food. Thirty
two t hews might do for some sorts of
pabulum, but others might require
300 or 400 to prepare them for involun
tary swallowing." ,1
Saving Millions For the Public'
The -tremendous campaign Mr.
Fletcher is waging against Interna
tional dietetic profligacy has a vital
economic fide. Under bis system the
amount eaten by the individual Is so
nneh less In amount and cost pnd the
lucrease of the efficiency of the Indi
vidual is so markedly Increased that
all classes of persons can add to their
usefulness while reducing the cost of
Hying. Owing to the thousands of per
sons following the teachings of "tbe
roan of many chews" today It Is esti
mated by a recognized statistician that
Mr. Fletcher. In enabling them to cut
down their food bills 40 to 60 pvr cent,
has brought about a saving if over
$20,000,000 a year In the United States
alone! And his propaganda has spread
wider proportionately In foreign coun:
tries than in America because of his
long residence In Italy.
Another competent statistician is
authority for the statement that more
than 200,000 families are saving from
a dollar a day upward as tbe rosult of
the practice of Mr. Fletcher's teachings.
This estimate was made more than a
year ago, and the number is Increas
ing In geometric ratio.
Students of political economy are
amazed at the possibilities of fletch
erlzing as a contributor to the na-'
t Ion's good. When nine Yale univer
sity students. Messrs. Bauer, Edwards,
Lagerqnlst. I.awton, Mltke, Parmelee.'
Heeds. Taylor and-'Weyman, were
formed Into an eatiug club to test Mr.
Fletcher's claims that he could in
crease their physical endurance
through proer mastication, many pro
fessors scoffed. Yet at the end of the
test period Irving FIsber. Th. 1)., pro
fessor of political economy at, Yale,
wrote a voluminous report. In which
he said. "Our conclusion In brief Is
that Mr. Fletcher's claims are justified.-
Ten Benefits Obtained.
Demonstrations at other institutions
In England. Belgium. Italy and Amer
ica have shown conclusively that Mr.
Fletcher's teachings produce unmis
takably the following results:
First. Reducing half of the former cost
Second. An increase of 60 per cent to
200 per cent in physical endurance.
Third. Immunity from sickness and
"that tired feeling."
Fourth. Suppression of craving for al
Fifth. Suppression of morbid desires.
Sixth. Restitution of nerve soundness. ,
Seventh. Elimination of various . poi
sons from the body., natural purity.
Eighth. Progressive recuperation of
muscular and mental tone In those al
ready past middle life who had begun to
decline, renewing youth and' memory.
Ninth. Renewal of'-' native assurance,
confidence and ambition. - '
Tenth. Optimism and happiness instead
of pessimism and unhappiness.
A Gentleman of; the World's School.
Theodore IJoosevelt has said that
"our greatest national physical asset
Is our national health." No man Is do
ing as much to' put American health
and happiness bonds above par as the
discoverer of fletcherlzlng this man
who persistently refuses to consider
financial return for himself to le im
portant. Quite remarkable, quite un
believable, one might say, for a re
former to. be laboring purely for re
form and not with motives of gain.
Yes, quite remarkable until one meets
this unassuming gentleman of the
world's school, who has lived without
losing his Ideals, who uses his wealth
and talents and time to uplift not only
the poor, but the rich as well, and
whose one weakness is a kind heart.
The personality of Horace Fletcher
is a greater force than any of his
teachings, any or all of bis books or
his theories, for all of these are but
outer manifestations of his personality
and character. ; They are but frag
mentary testimonies of the spirit
which actuates him in dwelling in the
diminutive rooms of the Phipps tene
ment, giving free Instruction in ltviiag,
with lessons In hope, to the stricken
poor, white his silk cushioned gondo
las swing idly in : the tide at their
moorings beneath the marble balconies
of the Palazzo' Saibante, on the Grand
canal.' - '
Making a Rare Lettuce.
Mrs. Francis G. Newlands, niece of
Ward McAllister and wife of the Ne
vada senator, has succeeded In grow
ing a rare lettuce In the garden of her
country home near Washington. The
lettuce is very bitter, and as a salad it
is a delicacy to the cultivated taste.
Mrs. Newlandft Imported the Beed
from Italy, and she is one of tbe first
to grow thia variety in America. " Tbe
Xewlands occupy the estate which
formerly was tbe home "of John R.
McLean and later was owned by Ad
miral Dewey. Mrs. Newlands person
ally, directs all work In the extensive
garden; Here she grows a large vari
ety of herbs. She has cnt the garden
In two with a low wall of loose stones,
which now is covered with vines of
wild roses, honeysuckle and ivy.
A Parasol Like an Awning.
One of the latest and greatest oddi
ties in parasols has a modified fiat top,
like oriental models, and cut In one
with each gore is a proportionate lam-brcquic.-
which, joined together at the
seams, falls down to- tbe depth of sev
en or eight, Inches and is trimmed
with fringes an inch wide. As the
parasol is opened and held tip for use
one Tecognizes the suggestion : of an
awning somewhat, and no doubt It;
protects the eye and eompUriDii ad-1
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FISH TO FIGHT MOSQUITOES.'
The Government Importing Top Min- j
. nows Into Panfma Canal Zone. ' " I
The United States government Is Jm-!
porting fish into '.tic . Pnnnma, cotial
zone now to rat up the mosquitoes. '
Therse fish i-elon UH bo group broad
ly known as top ntniiiws. so called
from their habit ofdliig at or near
the' surface of " the water, for .-.which
the trnrture of their nioutli and habit
of saitniuiug. with a large pnrtJM of
tbe back out of water, adapt them.
This habit,' in.' connection . with their
small size; is of especial value, as-it
enables them t secure their food by
pursuing it across .rfaiits and masses
of signs over y.-hlch' thrre Is only a
thin film of water.
They swim in great school:;, are very
small, never over one ami a half Inches
lon. and are found in stagnant, slug
gtsli and running water, eilher fresh
or brackish. The absence f malaria
in Barbados bus been attributed to the
presence of these tlsh. by their destruc
tion of the larvae of the malaria car
Good Luck Rings.
A man stood on a lower Broadway
corner with a box of good luck rings.
They were horseshoe nails made into
rings, bright like silver, glittering 'In
the sun. It was amazing the number
of people who went up and bought
these rings of th man. fitting tlicm
tarefully on their fingers, paying for
them, walking off with them, turning
them this way and that to mini Ire
them.' though their price was o!y a
1 "Do you make your living selling
them?" asked a woman, who bongtt
a very fetching one for ber third fin
ger. . 5
"Yes, madam." said he.
"There. must be n lot of superstitious
people In New York." said she. "if a
man can, make bis living by selling
horseshoe nai! rings nt a nickel apiece."
"There are. madam." said he. New
York Press.. .. . ..
A Hint to Travel.
Weary Walker-What! Don't look
like a sailor? Why. I've been follow
ing the sea for thirty years.
Farmer nnycrop Well, you keep
following H for, thirty years more,
and perhaps you'll catch up with It
few York Life.' - .
If you have a -sudden chill It. yon
have' colic, cramp or diarrHoea-4-d&n't
wait a minute. Take a teaspoonf n
of Perry Davis", Painkiller Jn half a
glass of hot water, or, milk. You'll
be on the road to quick recovery.
Have this tried -remedy on hand for
Immediate use. .Being prepared is
Jialf the , battle. New size bottles
25c, also in 50c size. - j
: When the stomach fails to perform
its functions," the bowels become de
ranged, the, liver; and ' the , kidneys
congested causing numerous diseases.
The stomach and liver must be re
stored to a healthy condition and
fchamberlaln's Stomach and Liver
Tablets can be depended upon to do
it. Kar.y to ink' and mora clTVrtivo.
l ... v-rj
pold by all druggists, v
Its all rififfit to start:
a hot fire in the
My! Oh My! Why
Do it in the Summer?
Cook with Gas
Cheap, clean, safe, COOL,
Gas Range Installed $13.50.
Peoples Power Co.,
it'd Ilie judgment, of ui;iuy .smokers!
that Lewis' Single Binder 5 cent cigar;
equals m quality the best 10 cent, cigar. -
... To. . .
The Burlington now runs '
electric lighted limited
trains from Chicago, St.
Louis, Kansas City and
Omaha to Pugct Sound
points, and . is the only
line running through
trains to the
Trains from all Burling--.
. ton route stations con
' nect with these through
: trains. No change of
, trains - required : to ' the
official entrance, Yellow
stone - park at Gardiner.
No matter where yon .
' are going this summer
I think I ran be of as- .
- - sistance in planning
your tour. ..
F. A. RIDDELL,
Agent, C. B. & Q. R.R.
all sizes and styles, plain, enameled or tile, at prices from
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cent cheaper than many so - called special prices of our
competitors. Come in and see for yorusclf.
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n ,, ' " ,. ... '. "V '"" " " t" t
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Our prices arc just the same as during the past
12 years and the portrait alone would cost you
Our Work is Known to be
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And to have this large one to keep yourself is
just the thing.
Get them now while it lasts.
Opposite Harper House.
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. - I
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Have been sold by us for the
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