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LETOLD GLORY FLY
Duffy Ignored Boat's Command
to Lower Colors.
CHEMUNG SUNK BY TORPEDO.
When Captain and Crew of Thirty-four
Got Into Small Boats, Flag Was
Snapping In BreezeThey Pulled
Away From the Side of the Doomed
Liner With It Still Flying.
New York.Captain John Duffy,
stockily built, square jawed, weather
tanned, was among the first of the 274
passengers who came ashore from the
French liner Rochambeau. Until Nov.
28 the captain was in command of the
American steamship Chemung On
that day a torpedo from an Austrian
submarine sank his ship in the Med
iter/anean off the coast of Spain.
The captain was not at all dismayed
by his experience, and he said that he
would take out another vessel just as
soon as he could get one. He has
made several trips to Archangel during
the war, and submarines do not scare
him a bit. Until he goes to sea again
the skipper will be at his home, 237
East One Hundred and Sixty third
"The Chemung went down with her
flag flying," said the captain as he re
called how he refused to obey an order
of the Austrian commander to stiike
"We were out fiom New York with
a general cargo and off the Spanish
coast in the Mediterranean when the
submarine came along," Captain Duffy
&aid "A shot across our bows was
the signal for us to stop, and we did
We had been on the lookout for ul
marines, and for this reason we did
not lose any time in hauling up the
-signal that we veie stopping"
In response to a signal from the
submarine Third Officer Jacobsen row
ed to her. carrying with him the ship'-'
papers The commander was for ar
resting the skipper, but apparently he
was satisfied with the destitution of
the steamer Moreover, he was placat
ed by Jacobsen's statemeut that the
captain was a good sort of man.
The submatine commander signaled
for the flag to be lowered, but the
skipper paid no attention He and
his crew of thirty-four got into small
boats, and the flag was snapping from
the staff as they pulled away from
the side of the doomed liuer.
"We were hardly out of range when
the submarine opened fire on the Che
mung," the skipper continued. "She
attempted to sink the ship by shell
fire, but as this had apparently no ef
fect and the ^essel continued to ride
high out of water the commander sent
a torpedo into her. She sank within
When the Chemung went down the
submarine circled about and picked up
the two small boats. Lines were pass
ed by the submarine, and for two
hours she towed the boats toward the
shore. Then the Spanish steamship
Salvadore Giner came in sight, and
the men on the submarine cut the tow
line, and a few seconds later she had
dived beneath the sea.
WIDOW TO GIVE AWAY LAND.
^JfWill Donate Building Site to Any Cou-
S**\\ pie Who'll Live Near Her.
Paterson, N. J.Mrs. W. E. Wester
ly velt, a lonesome wealthy widow, eighty
years old, has offered to give free a
tract of land to any young couple who
will bnild and live in a bungalow
alongside the new house she is having
constructed outside the city. In her
opinion city life is not good for young
married persons because there are too
many movies and other attractions to
draw their attention from the home.
Mrs. Westervelt Is interested in reli
oils work among young people and is
moving from her house at 18 Church
street because she believes that a coun
try life is the "best one to lead for
health and happiness. Her offer was
made known after'church services the
other night, and it is expected she will
have many applicants for the building
SEEKS CROESUS' WEALTH.
Professor Butler Will Dig For Treasure
Buried In Sardis.
Peekskill, N. Y.Croesus, king of
Lydia and the world's first great finan
cier, escorted a committee of his sub
jects through his palace one afternoon
in February, 77, and afterjlie commit
tee had looked at Croesus' heaps of
gold one of the visitors, the first muck
raker evidently, said it was wicked that
any one should have so much wealth
and that something was going to hap
pen. It did. Half an hour later most
of the big mountain overhanging Sar
dis buried the city, and when the earth
quake was over Croesus' wealth was
buried below mining depth.
Professor Howard Butler of the de
partment of art and archaeology in
Princeton university announced that he
was going over to Asia Minor very soon
to resurrect the buried treasure. In
1900 Professor Butler headed an expe
dition to Sardis, and, though he found
only bronze statues, his excavations
were of great scientific worth. His de
cision to return was made following
the receipt of a message at his home in
Croton Falls sent by Consul George
Horton at Smyrna, which asserted that
Professor Butler's'old excavations were
unharmed notwithstanding war opera
HE "MINES" MUSHROOMS.
Expert Uses Deserted Coal Mine
Farm With Success.
Morgantown, W. Va.The queerer
the place selected for a 'mushroom
garden the finer, it seems, is the
growth of this popular table delicacy.
The last word in a mushroom farm,
however, is such a garden placed in
the depths of a deserted coal mine,
hundreds of feet below the ground.
Not far from Morgantown there is
located this old coal mine, known as
the Pittsburgh coal seam, in Pennsyl
vania and West Virginia. Theodore F.
Imbach, an assistant in the state agri
cultural experimenting station at Mor
gantown, obtained a permit from the
owners of the property. He encamped
on the first level and made chemical
analysis of the rocky soil.
He found it was rich in moisture and
its constituents exactly those needed
by edible fungi for their quickest and
most luxuriant growth. He therefore
started a mushroom farm and found
the spot was ideal for his purpose.
This "mushroom muie" makes large
shipments weekly to the city markets
HELPING THE IMMIGRANT.
Los Angeles Plans Methods of Practical
Los Angeles, Cal. Fifty thousand
clubwomen of Los Angeles are co-op
erating with the Federal Immigration
Commission and the school board in
initiating new standards of education
for the foreign population. Instead of
teaching the alien patriotic hymns he
will be instructed how to call a doctor
in an emergency, talk to the corner po
liceman and similar usages.
The first step will be the opening of
eighteen night schools for the foreign
population. The general movement is
the outgrowth of a-social survey made
of the city under the direction of the
State Commission on Immigration and
Housing, the first scientific analysis of
the kind made by a western city in this
country. The new night schools will
be maintained the year round.
WHITE MICE SET- FIRE.
But Then They Give Alarm by Scam
pering Over Sleepers.
New York. Some practical joker
turned loose twelve white mice in a
Brooklyn stove As a result there was
a fire T\vel\e families were hurried
to the stieet, and oue man was nearly
The first floor is occupied by James
Uigsbv, a cigar dealer. He slept in the
iear of the stoie. When the mice,
scampering across beds, awoke sleep
eis women screamed and van into the
balls Somebody outside heard the
\ellimr and summoned a policeman. It
as hen the fire was discovered Rigs
lj WJK found unconscious He was
ieu\ed by Dr Harper of the Brooklyn
hospital The file did $300 damage.
The police believe mice gnawed a box
of matches in the cigar store.
COLONEL HAS A FIRE TRUCK.
New Apparatus Allays Oyster Bay's
Fear of Incendiaries.
Oyster Bay, N. Y.Fear of incen
diarism which has filled the residents
of this section for the last few months
resulted in the putting into service by
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt and other
wealthy men of a modern fire truck.
The machine is guaranteed to make
the steep run up Sagamore Hill in rec
ord time, and the new apparatus gives
Oyster Bay the best fire protection on
f.ong Island outside of Brooklyn.
There have been many disastrous
dres on the estates of residents of the
north shore recently. Among those
who joined Colonel Roosevelt in con
tributing toward the new fire trtck
were W. R. Coe, C. K. G. Billings,
Stuart Blackton, Colgate Hoyt and
Mortimer L. Schiff.
And Still Eggs Are High.
Charleston, W. Va.Elossie Is the
tame of-a Rhode Island Red hen owned
jy L. P. White, a farmer of Birch Run.
Tanawha county^ She has laid an egg
very day for two months, each of
vhich ismuch lafger than the ordinary
gg. The last and largest of these
neasured eight and one-half inches the
ong way around and seven inches in
he other largest circumference. Flos
tie is less thanon* year old.
TO GUARD RICH ESTATES
Vincent Astor, Frederick Vanderbilt
and others In the Organization.
Poughkeepsie, N. Y.Warren Delano
of Barrytown, Colonel Archibald Rog
ers of Hyde Park, Tracy Dows of
Rhinebeck, Herman Livingston of
Greendale and Thomas Hunt of Cler
mont, as directors, filed a certificate of
the incorporation of the Upper Hudson
The.purpose of the society is to
guard country estates of wealthy New
York men against burglars. Among
the leaders in the society are Vincent
Astor.x Robert P. Huntington, Freder
ick Vanderbilt, William B. Dinsmore
and John I. Roosevelt.
Arrangements have been made to en.
gage detectives and watchmen. The
formation of the society is the result
of the burglaries last spring, which cul
minated in the killing of a burglar on
Astor's estate by detectives. Most of
the wealthy residents of the county
have placed their silverware in safe
deposit vaults and are using plate.
The society will "co-operate with lo
cal, county and state officials" to en
force law and offer rewards for the ar
rest of criminals.
BOY SIX YEARS OLD IS
Child With Unusual Mental Pow
ers Discovered In Findlay
Findlay, O.A child wonder, with un
usual mental powers, has been discov
ered in the first grade West State
street school by Miss Helen Gaskill.
He is Master Roy Pork, aged six,
son of F. L. Fork, well driller, resid
ing on Franklin avenue. While bright
in all his school work, the youngster is
a prodigy in mathematics.
He knows the calendar by heart and,
although given the most severe ques
tion with regard to days and dates,
never makes a mistake. If you tell
him your age he can tell in a second
the year you were born, and if you
give him the date of your birthday and
ask him what day of the week it comes
on he replies at once, correctly and
His abilityeanfiot be attributed to
mental telepathy, for in many in
stances he tells the day of dates in
last year's calendar, which, when you
look'them up, you find are right.
Although not customary to teach
children the months and abbreviations
of months, Roy had them mastered
when he went to kindergarten, and
the remarkable feature is that he was
He is also lightning fast in problems
which deal with addition and subtrac
tion of the calendar, and catch ques
tions are easily solved.
LEPERS IN REVOLT.
They Refused to Leave Havana Hos
pital For Another Home.
Havana.The lepers of San Lazaro
hospital revolted when the officers of
their institution tried to transfer them
to Mariel, and it was several hours be
fore they agreed to leave.
When the inmates raised a flag say
ing they would be removed only by vio
lence the health officers hesitated, hav
ing heard rumors that the 174 lepers
had arms and would use them.
After a promise had been given that
they would be removed to a new hospi
tal now being built as soon as it is fin
ished the lepers entered the ambulances
prepared for them, many of them weep
ing as they went. There is a report
that more than twenty of them escaped
from San Lazaro during the parley.
GIRLS, HERE'S JULIA!
He Wants a Wife, but Name Bars Him
Boston.A. Julia Shepard, a pros
perous farmer of Decry, N. H., is un
able to find a wife at home because or
his middle name, so he has come to
Massachusetts to look for one. Re
cently he was "looking them over" in
"I am twenty-seven years old, am
making good money' and wish to have
a real home,**" he said to a reporter
there. "If there is a girl who is look
ing for a man like me I would be glad
to have her write to me."
HER 105TH BIRTHDAY FEAST.
Mrs.- Bennett Entertains Three Gener
ations For the Holidays.
New York.Mrs. Alice Bennett, who
celebrated the hundred and fifth anni
versary of her -birth in her home In
Brooklyn recently was somewhat tired,
but not so much that she did not cele
She carried out her daily routine of
life and then had dinner with her son
and daughter, seven grandchildren and
five great-grandchildren. All except
Her daughter live out of town and were
her guests in Brooklyn over the holi
fAULAM) MlMEAfOLlB. MINN.. SATURDAY:
*hr~a i County Jail Empty.
Jefferson City, Mo. There is not a
in the Cole jail. The last pris
oner was discharged recently. Accord
ing to the records of the-jail,, this is
the first time in seventy-five years that
has been without an occupant. As a
rule there are from five to twenty-five
risoner in the jail, and at this time
of year it usually is filled.
WOMEN RUN TOWN
They Hold All the Offices In Uma
TOOK CHARGE FIRST QF YEAR.
Executed Campaign Cptfp Which Left
Men GaspingElected Mayor, Four
Members of Council, Recorder and
TreasurerAil New Officials Are
MarriedPromise Many Reforms.
Kansas City.Woman has come into
her own in Umatilla/Ore., says the
Kansas City Times. Umatilla nww has
a woman mayor, fou'r~|ouncil women,
a woman recorder and a. woman treas
urer. They went into ofllce Jan. 1.
The only thing left for the men is the
office of town marshal, and he or she
is appointed by the mayor. The men
are hoping for the best
A campaign coup which has left the
men gasping swept the women into
office. It was not until 2 o'clock the
afternoon of election day that the men
realized the women had a ticket in the
field. Down at the town hall, where
the destinies of Umatilla are shaped,
the politicians laughed at the "rumor."
It was a joke. The smiles vanished
when the ballots were, counted, and
the men still are wondering just how
The women won't tell. They won't
say whether it was "framed" at some
sewing circle, bridge club or church
social. All they will say*is:
"Now we're going to show the men
what a strictly business and econom
ical administration really is."
E. E. Starcher, who was running for
re-election to the mayor's office, was
defeated by his wife by twenty-eight
votes. All efforts to interview Mrs.
Starcher have failed. However, after
a conference in the kitchen Mrs. Star
cher came to the door and gave out
"As yet the women have nothing to
say as to their future policy or as to
why they desired control, but from the
best information we are able to obtain
-they were dissatisfied with the past
administration, claiming inefficiency
and a general lack of business ability
so far as the running of the city was
Umatilla is a railroad town. All
morning election day the women re
mained at home, busy with their daily
duties. In the afternoon they put on
their bonnets and began a whirlwind
campaign. They met the trainmen in
the yards as they came-In from their
various runs, buttonholed them and
carried them off to the polls. Despite
the fact that Mr. Starcher is chief dis
patcher at that place, he did not swing
the labor vote.
All of the officers are married. Out
of a possible 200 votes 174 were cast
The defeat was decisive.
GETS LICENSE ON CREDIT.
Has the Time, the Place, the Girl, but
Macon, Ga. Simon Cox had the
nerve and the girl, but not the money
to get married on.
Cox took his troubles to Attorney Hu
bert F. Rawls, who stood him in good
stead in city court a few months back,
and Rawls agreed to stand good for the
Together Cox and the attorney went
to the ordinary's office, and after ex
plaining things Rawls got a license for
Cox and Miss Ella Hardy of East Ma
"I'll pay you in a few days," Cox told
the ordinary as he walked out of the
office with the license in his hand.
TRAIN ROSS HOLDUP MEN.
Mail Carrier Beaten by Thieves When
Hook Snatches Letter Bag.
New York.Alfred Lorenzo, a Yon
kers mail carrier, notified the police
that a pouch filled with registered mat
ter had been saved from two thieves
by the projecting hook on the mail car
of an express train used to take mail
bags on thefly,which grabbed it from
his hands as the train flew past at
forty-five miles an hour.
Lorenzo was at the depot putting the
pouch in position on a small crane for
the train to take it. Two thieves beat
the mail carrier on the head. He held
the pouch tightly far above his head.
Presently the train came along, saved
the situation, and the robbers fled.
CANT FIND ANY POOR.
Utopia (Flushing, N. Y.) Hasn't One
Person Who Is In Need.
New York.Utopia is just nine and
seven-tenths miles from Manhattan.
It is sometimes called Flushing.
In this Utopia is a Jefferson Demo
cratic club, which looks after -h
wants of the poor in its vicinity
around Christmas. C*^
The members contributed $1^500, and
a committee was appointed to hunt
out the needy that they might be sup
plied with holiday baskets!
The committee, after "investigating,
reported there were no needy in
Flushing, and the Democratic club bas
$1,500 on its hands with which it
doesn't know what to do.
:%Fifty-cent Offer For *11,000 Gems.
New York.An offer of 50 cents for
$11,000 worth of Brazilian diamonds
was the best Washington Force could
obtain. He admitted stealing them
from the steamer Vasari last week, the
New York police say. Disgusted witbr
failure to find a buyer, he left the
gems in a laundry and wrote the com
pany. He is held in $5,000 bail.-
OALSLKRY 13. 1917
Former Diplomat Prefer. That Money
Should Go to His Wife.
New York.Charles H. Sherrill, min
ister to Argentina when Mr. Taft was
president and organizer of the great
preparedness parade here, has refused
to accept $100,000 bequeathed to him
by his mother-in-law, Mrs. Sarah Bar
ker Gibbs, who died last May, leaving
$564,720 to Mrs. Sherrill. His declina
tion became known when announce
ment was made from the state comp
troller's office that an official appraisal
had placed the net estate at $885,940.
Mr. Sherrill told a reporter over the
telephone from his home in Sixty-fifth
street that while he was deeply moved
by the bequest he preferred that it
should go to the^ residuary estate and
become part of his wife's share.
The former diplomat seemed to feel
that it was a thing of no consequence
to look $100,000 in the face or faces
and then turn a cold shoulder.
"It really wouldn't interest any-
body," he said of his refusal. "I don't
like to discuss it it's rather too per
sonal for discussiou. I simply felt that
I'd rather have the sum go into the
residuary estate and revert to Mrs
Sherrill." ALL TRANSIT LINES IN
NEW YORK GREATLY TAXED
REFUSES FORTUNE LEFT CHINESE HAVE PLAN TO
BY HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW R|D HOUSE OF GHOSTS
City Traffic Increasing at Rate of r,
More Than 100,000,000
gers a day and the "L" 1,014,883, a to
tal of 2,214,506, according to a state
ment issued by the Interborough Rapid
Public Service Commissioner Whit
ney estimates that city traffic is in
creasing at the rate of more than
100,000,000 annually. More than 325
miles additional of'subway and ele
vated lines are being built.
In 1872 a total of 138,722,196 passen
gers were carried, or 147 rides during
the year for each person in the city.
In 1882, the first year of the "L," 250,-
510,832 passengers were carried, or 215
rides for each person in the city. In
1906, the first year of the* suby
836,661,200 were carried, or 298 rides
for each person.
Under the caption of "Struggling to
Keep Up With New York" the Inter
borough officials say:
"Each year the problem of handling
the millions of New York traffic grows
increasingly difficult The struggle is
hard, not to anticipate the city's fu
ture needs, but merely to keep up with
the present. Extensions of transit fa
cilities, no matter how rapid, do not
seem able to keep pace with crowds
In September the subway carried a I
daily average of 1,069,000 passengers.
By November this average was in
creased to 1,199,000 daily.
"All this traffic, too, it should be re
membered, was on lines designed orig
inally to care for 400,000 passengers
"Always it is the same story. No
matter how fast rapid transit lines are
built in New "York city, the transporta
tion needs of the population seem to
keep ahead'of them."
LEFT FORTUNE TO SERVANT.
Relatives of Dead Woman Fight the
*Carlyle, 111. Kate Mulcahy, gray
haired and rheumatic, is heir to an es
tate between $100,000 and $200,000, left
by her mistress, Mrs. John McCabe,
but relatives of the dead woman are
going to try to break the will.
Kate served Mrs. McCabe forty-one
years. Mrs McCabe's husband was a
prosperous physician when Kate came
to work for them. He died, leaving lit
tle property. Kate left for a time, but
Mrs. McCabe's urgent pleas caused her
to return at a financial sacrifice.
Mrs. McCabe said Kate should be the
sole heir to the mistress' property if
Kate would stick by her till death.
Then oil was struck on the McCabe
property, making Mrs. McCabe the
richest woman in Clinton county. She
kept her promise to Kate just the same.
Dog Stars In Motion Pictures.
Carlisle, Pa-^Bill, bank messenger
bulldog and pet of Carlisle, will go
down in pictorial history to future gen
erations. He is starred in a motion
picture drama performing his daily
task of carrying the hotel deposit to
the bank and returning with the pass
book. Among other popular tricks that
have been filmed is that of smoking a
ENDS LIFE IN UNIFORM
JSew York.Jilted on his return
from the Mexican border, Ezra
B. Naylor, Jr., a New York na
tional guardsman, put on his fall
uniform, plugged all crevices in
his room, turned on the gas and
threw himself on bis bed, with
bis former fiancee's picture, and
died. On a table was tbe letter
giving him his release and telling
him another had supplanted him.
Urg a Nove Metho
.^r^TuSJSES: Renter Wor on Ol Plac Re-
Ta W Haun
From American Legation.
Washington.A legend has gone
around Peking that the American le
gation is haunted that the shade of an
officer who lost his life during the
Boxer massacres of white men in 1900
is in the habit of occasionally visiting
his old quarters in the legation, greatly
to the discomfort of the occupants.
This aroused considerable interest
among the Chinese in Peking. Their
own spooks, being daily or rather night
ly companions, do not excite much at
tention. But a foreign ghost is quite a
new thing. A Chinese gentleman named
Hsu Nai Hsuan has taken the matter
seriously to heart and has felt moved
to write to the American minister ex
pressing his sympathy for the affliction
which the legation is undergoing in the
matter of a haunted room.
He says that experience has shown
in China that the way to rid a house
of ghosts is to remove the roof of the
building, leaving the interior of the
room exposed to the sun and air for
some tens of days, after which the
roof may be restored and the ghost will
no longer frequent the place. Mr. Hsu
said that he .humbly offered this sug
gestion, "as foreigners may not be fa
miliar with the proper method of han
dling ghosts in China."
If congress, says the Tokyo Adver
tiser, is asked to appropriate a sum for
the reroofing of the legation at Peking
the American people will now under
stand what it is all about
IN HOUSE OF MYSTERY
veals Apartments None
Chicago.At 3624 Ellis Park is an old
three story frame building that was a
home when Ellis park was a woodland.
For the last eight or nine years, in a
remodeled form, it has been an apart
A few days ago a carpenter, tearing
away old planking to build a porch,
broke through a wall and made discov
eries which made 3624 Ellis Park a
house of mystery.
Between^ the_jgecond aodjhirdfloors,
he found a hidden apartment, of which
not even John Chamales, new owner of
the building, knew. Carefully Frank
Wilder, the carpenter, entered through
the hole he had made in the wall.
He found a complete set of rooms
running from the front to the rear of
the building. The walls and ceiling
were unfinished. There were no win
dows and no visible means of exit.
There was a small table in onw corner
with a few dishes on it and aa old cop
per lamp. Rusvt covered, but with a
fryingw pan of ancient days still on it,
corner seemed to indicate where the
mysterious occupant of the mystery
chamber had slept.
A piece of wire between two walls
served as a hanger for an old coat.
Over everything was a thick layer of
In hunting for an exit Wilder came
upon a panel in the wall fastened with
a hinge, two big iron hooks and a bar
that fitted into iron clasps. It opened
upon the staircase and so matched the
paneling that it was invisible from the
SAYS HE BURIED GOLD.
Old Man on Way to English Workhouse
Tells of It.
Corning, Cal.Mrs. T. L. Barkle of
Newlyn, England, in a letter to her
son, the Rev. T. J. Barkle of this city,
states an old man named Kempe, who
came from California less than a dozen
years ago, was found on the verge of
starvation and taken to the workhouse.
Among the old man's effects was found
nearly $5,000. This was all made in
California, and on the way to the
workhouse Kempe said he had buried
about $2,00Q in California in a hole
five feet deep, but never could find it.
Little is known of Kempe except that
he was a miner in California and re
turned to England eleven or twelve
Somewhere in the mining district of
California a hag containing $2,000 is
PRIZE DOG SAVES MASTER.
Barks an Alarm When Auto Pins Dr.
Hair Against Garage Wall.
Bridgeport, Conn.Dr. James E.
Hair, widely known In this country
and Canada as a dog expert, probably
was saved from death by one of his
prize pets when the automobile he was
cranking shot forward and pinned him
against the wall of the garage.
The barking of the dog brought
neighbors, who found Dr. Hair uncon
scious. He was severely bruised in the
lbdomen, but Is expected to recover.
Apparently he had thought the engine
neutral and had started it without set
ting the brake W
Shot at Movie Picture.
Hammond. Ind.Patrons of the
Lyric theater were thrown into a panic
here when John Sebastian, a foreigner
whipped out a revolver and killed the
villain, who was choking the beautiful
heroine-In the movie. The shot pune
tured the arch fiend's breast "He was
choking the lady." said John, as a po
liceman led him away
UO PER YEAB.
REBUILD A VILLAGE
Erect Group of Houses In War
AMERICANS HELP IN WORK.
Cornerstone of First Building In Vitri-
mont, France, Laid by Ambassador
SharpMrs. Crocker Is DonorMen
Not Fitted For Military Service Do-
ing Construction Work
Vitrimont, France. This village,
which, like its neighbor, Gerbeviller.
was destroyed early in the war, will
have the honor of being the first vil
lage reconstructed in France, and this
is due to American enterprise,
the cornerstone of the first group of
houses having been laid by the Amer
ican ambassador. William Graves
Mrs. William H. Crocker of San
Francisco, who has furnished the
WILLIAM GRAVES SHARP.
funds for reconstruction, was unable
to be present, but was represented by
JIlss Daisy Polk of San Francisco,
who is superintending the work.
Old men and youths unfit for mili
tary service are being employed on the
building operations Miss Polk's task
is not without difficulties such as
often confront American building con
tractors. She has had her first strike
in the last week, that of masons, who
sought higher wages, but she succeed-.
ed in settling the matter.
The cornerstone laying was an event
in Vitrimont. Grouped about the
ruins and the foundation of the first
structure were the inhabitants and sol
diers on leave of absence.
Leon Pobe, mayor of Vitrimont, and
M. Mirman of Nancy, prefect of the
department of Meurthe-et-Moselle,
spoke, thanking the American people
through the ambassador for their gen
erous initiative toward the rebuilding
of the ruined places of France.
Replying, Ambassador Sharp said he
was gratified especially that in addi
tion to providing substantial homes for
the people of the village, all the money
for the construction of the buildings
will remain among the people who so
sorely need it
NEW BELL FOR COLUMBIA.
Old Locomotive Clanger to Pass at 1918
New York.Columbia students, who
have hurried to chapel for two years
upon the clanging of an old locomotive
bell, will have a university bell at the
1918 commencement for the first tune
since the old Columbia college build
ings at Madison avenue and Forty
ninth street were deserted twenty years
ago. The new bell is to be the class
gift of '93 on the occasion of its twen
The new bell will weigh in the neigh
borhood of 2,000 pounds and will be
mounted over the portico of St. Paul's
chapel. It will strike the hours, and
in addition will be used as the chapel
.Samson Has Modern Counterpart
New York.Samson, who carried off
the gates of Gaza, has a modern coun
terpart hi New York. Massive bronze
valves from beneath tbe surface of
Cooper square, each weighing 500
pounds, have been carried off by some
strong man. Since they are of no value
for any purpose except water gates
there is a mystery problem worrying
the detective bureau.
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HARVARD MEN 3MOKE $
LE83 AND READ LE83 4
Cambridge, Mass.A decline in
the^minor vices of Harvard men
is indicated by the annual figures
by the Harvard Union. In the 8
last year Harvard students have
smoked fewer*cigarettes and ci- $
gars and have played billiards
and pool less than they did a S
year ago. Curiously enough, the
3 reading habits of Harvard men $
& slumped last year. In 1915 $1,- 8
$ 325 was spent for reading mat- S
4. ter in 1916, $1,292.