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Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, Novelist, Praises American Slang
Special Officers Gurlan and Stalidt
or tne i. r. T. battled their 'wayp
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p Police Restrain Men From Finisti?
ing Job She Had Well 3jA
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II run umo uui-urr
Aldermen Considering Ordi
nance Compelling Use of
Device in Case of Fire.
Advocates of Ordinance Have
n Put It Through Gradually
U' and Deftly.
Thcic Is now bcforo the Committee
on Buildings of tho Board of Alder
men tlio druft of tin ordlnanco which,
If enacted, will cost the owners of
resldcnco and other buildings a total
of at least $45,000,000.
1 fc Tho projected law lias !een ap
proved by the Board of Standards and
Appeals. It will compel tho Installa
tion of a safety gas cut-off device
outside of every homo and other
building now standing or to be built.
The ostensible aim is to protect
flrcmcn from gas by having nn out
side valve by which they can shut off
the gas before entering a burning
building. But the gigantic profits to
be derived by the manufacturers of
the device may lie seen In tho fact
that there is a total of about 150,000
buildings In New York. There aro
about 1S5.000 one-family dwellings,
90,000 two-lamlly dwellings, 108,000
tenements and ordinary apartment
housqs, more than 3,000 hotels and
eievaior apariracni nouses and a
largo numlier of loft and olllco bulld-
Ongs. factories, warehouses and other
The cost of installing a ono and
a half Inch valve for the small house
would bo $100. For a larger house
theio would bo required a two-Inch
Naive costing $135. For still larger
houses valves costing $180 and $225
would be required, and for very big
buildings a vahc costinr $300.
The estimate of $4',, 000,000 for tho
entire city is, therefore, a minimum
4Bnc. Tho nctu.il costs would be far
Kieater. Wherever there are tenants
the costs would be indirectly charged
by the owners upon them.'
The scheme to feist this device upon
the owners of every building in Now
York has been put through gradually
and deftly.
The Hist move was taken In 191 f
when an amendment to the Building
Code was adopted providing that
every building thereafter erected and
also every existing building except
jesidence buildings should have a gas
Khut-off outside tho building.
But no device was approved by the
City authoiilics until 1920. On March
18 of that year John K. Healy made
an application for approval of his
safety value. On May 11, 1920, the
Board of Standards and Appeals for
mally approved his device. Ilealy's
application was made by him as an
individual. He Is, however, con
-jpcted with tho Fire ant Gas Ap-
Mlance Company, the olllres of whien
are In tho otlices of the West ingho use
Klectrlc International Company, No.
1C-5 Broadway.
Tho original i (-solution of tho
Board of standards and Appeals re
questing the Corporation Counsel to
draft an ordinance for submission to
tho Board of Aldermen excluded pri
vate dwellings from the list of build
ings which were to he equipped with
J JBte device. On May 17, 1921. a mo-
' Von was made that the Installation
be put in and maintained by the gas
companies. This was defeated by a
vote of 5 to 3.
Then on June 3. 1921, the report
was amended so as to include "all
buildings heretofore or hereafter
Some months later on Nov. in,
1921 tho Board of Standards and Ap
peals adopted a resolution approving
a gas cut-off device of tho Arthur K.
McLean Company, Inc., plumbing
contractors, at No. 271 West 125th
Street. Hcaly's device and that of
this company are tho only two that
have received approval.
Tho ordlnanco now before the Board
of Aldermen Imposes a penalty for
failure to lnstal a gas cut-off device
Alderman Burdenhas introduced an
amendment excluding from tho oper
atlon of tho proposed ordinance all
buildings having not moro than flf
en sleeping rooms and occupied by
o or three families.
w il?e
To Die To-Night, Murderer L:n
joys Phonograph in Sing Sing
.fjawienre Kubal, sentenced to
ectrocuted In Sing Sing prison tonlcht
for t,ho murder of Mrs. Mlnlo S. Uart
lott, wealthy widow of West Ilemp-
sieaa, L. j., lociuy requested that
Phonograph do played In front of
cell In the death house.
The warden allowed a phonograph
he brnnirht to his roll nml i.i,iii
peared to find keen enjoyment from tho
I KUDai una previously requested a
fiarmonlca, but this wa.i refused him
jor icar no mignt srrip the metal from
U and do Injury to himself. Hr hns
made two attempts to commit sulfide
py handing himself with bedclothes
rom the to opf his cell door.
sces vixcn.vr stoh ron ai.-
i,r.(ii:i n.incriov
Vincent Astor was made n defendnnt
.o-day In ii suit for $30,000 by Frank
7orsaro, former tenant of property
wned by Astor Ht Nos 230-232 West
oriy-iixth Mreet. Corsnro nllegcs he
0 leae of the proper!) but won
ijMUd on iUy 1 Jst.
liayo to take a
trip to the j totes ctpry
wooft to liraah np
my vocabulary."
thy on si nn e Is
nlmost a definite
language, and It most
lo kept up to date"
"In another genera
(ion tho fluent use of
"The KiiRllsh public
schools provide, most
"Ilecaiise of the sub-
"Many of onr words
l like ypnr
clever slang villi be a of the new slant; now
social asset In all . and It is no longer quite at ease when he
titles tii jotir nioticH are In vogiic l"ro bo- swings , h mean pen'
and 'Yon snld a mouth,
fill tremendously."
tho Englishman is
cause of the popular.
Ity of English books."
tinged with inltrnrlty."
hears an Americanism.'
Cheerio! American Slang Is Far Better Than England's;
Mr. Wodehouse, Past Master of It in His Stories, Says So
He Awards Palm to This Country for Invention
of Expressive Colloquial Phrases Says Mod
ern Girl Is Slangy and Slang Is Human.
By Roger Batchelder.
riappers, slang Hllngcrs, antl
purlsts, and you, Indies and gen
tlemen, who occasionally let tho
tongue slip and say "I'll tell tho
world," or something equally
open to criticism when Injected In
the traditional conversation of the
drawing room, cheer up!
No longer need you assumo nn
nlr of bravado if you don't care,
nor quiver with remorse If you
do. For your champion Is at
Slang is hot stuff; It is nccept
ublo in the best circles of England
and tho United States, and ac
cording to the present indications
the social lion or the feminine
"life of the party" will be forced,
In the next generation, to bo ablo
to use clever, original slang at
just tho right moment, If ho or
she Is to remain a social leader.
These assurances of the re
spectability of "the vernacular"
come from l'clham arcnvllle
Wodehouse, English writer, who
Is known to the United States and
England as the master of slang.
Every page of his books and short
stories has a dozen examples; his
heroes and heroines say things
which, according to the standards
of old, they shouldn't.
"Humor is the basis of all
slang," declared Mr. Wodehouso
yesterday in his suite at the Al
gonquin. "That Is why this coun
try excels in the invention of
clever words and phrases. Amer
ica laughs and smiles perpetually,
and her colloquial expressions
Iwnr witness to that fact."
"Then you prefer our slang to
"Absolutely! Rlght-o! It is
much moro expressive."
"Kor example?" I suggested.
Mr. Wodehouse reached for an
other of the half-dozon pipes
which lay on the tablo and filled
It. Then ho thought for a moment.
He Is a tall, well-built man
and appears to be shall we say
"about thirty-five?" He might
be called a "typical Englishman"
nt first glance, or when ono hears
his decided accent. But his cor
dial manner, his enthusiasm when
speaking, the sparkle of his eyes
as ho delights his hearer with a
dry, humorous remark, take him
from any specific category.
"Typically Wodehouse" that
better doscribes htm.
"Take money, for Instance." ho
said suddenly. "In England we
have only 'dibs,' 'splosh and
o'gobllns.' No one knows where
they came from. Here you have
a dozen expressive words."
And he named these: "Dough,"
"mazuma," "roll," "rocks,"
"kale," "wad," "cush," "Iron
men," "long green," "beans,"
anil "borrlcp."
"As a matter of-fact," he con
fided, "I have to take a trip to
tho States every so often to brush
up my vocabulary. If I'm away
n long tlmo It gets rusty. In
England, you know, slang seems
to go on and on. Tho change
from 'Cheero' to 'Cheerio' was
quite an Innovation for us.
If we had Invented 'I'll tell tho
world" It would have been cur
rent for years. Hut, six months
afterward, American Inventive
ness had brought 'I'll Inform the
universe' and other variations,
with you slang Is almost a defi
nite language and It must be kept
up to date."
Blangy," ho replied, "but It her
remarks aro clever they are per
fectly acceptable anywhere. I
presume that In another genera
tion the fluent use of clever slang
will bo a social asset In all
classes. Tho war has given it
"Von mean that the words and
terms were Invented during tho
war?" I asked.
"To a certain extent. It Is par
ticularly true of the Flying- Corps,
for Its members brought back
many technical slang phrases
which have come into common
usage. For Instance, there is
'getting your wind-up,' which
means 'getting rattled." Tho old
music halls of London, which are
now almost a memory, were for
merly the chief sources of collo
quial expressions. Heard on the
stage one night, they would be ail
over London the next day. Tho
public schools provide most of the
new ones now, and It Is Interest
ing to note that they are no longer
tlngod with vulgarity, but are
more dignified and of a hlgl'tr
"England is adopting many of
your terms. Ten years ago, if
one of my books was first printed
In this country, I had to rewrite
It before It would be intelligible
to tho English reader. To-da,
however, principally becauso of
the sub-titles of your movies, and
also from the wide circulation of
O. Henry and other writers, the
Englishman is quite at ease when
ho hears an Americanism. On the
other hand, many of our words
aro in vogue hero because of the
popularity of English books and
Mr. Wodehouse confessed that
ho had favorites in the vocabu
lary of slang.
"I like 'He swings a mean pen,'
and 'You said a mouthful' tre
mendously," ho said. "Our most
happy word. I think, is 'blotto,'
though an Englishman is always
at his best in terms of address. If
he calls a friend 'Old bean, on
Monday, It waul never do to ic
peat It on the next day. Tues
day It would be 'Old egg' and
Wednesday would undoubtedly
bring forth 'Old crumpet."'
Mr. Wodehouse forgot all about
the regular interview for a mo
ment and burst forth, "I want to
tell you about tho race horse Mrs.
Wodehouso owns. His name Is
Front Line, and since we benight
him at Hunt Park he has won,
carrying 13 stone 3 a record
and came in second last year In
the Caesarewltch "
Then we talked about sports for
a time, and I found that the au
thor liked American football, but
much preferred Kugby
"Now to sum up." I suggested,
"what do you think of this 'slang
wave' which seems to bo upon
"There Is nothing demoralizing
nbout It," he said seriously.
"Slang Is awfully human, and tho
fact that It Is acceptable shows
that wo are all the more human
than we used to be. It is a good
sign nnd a wonderful thing, In my
And as I left the room I thought
I would try an avowed Anglicism.
"PIp-plp." I ventured.
"So long," smiled Mr. Wode
"Isn't It ns popular in Eng
land?" I nsked.
"Out modern girl u
A moving van had to bo used to re
move four largo whiskey stills and a
quantity of alcohol. Jugs, bottles nnd
other paraphi-rnnlln usfd In the manu
facture of hooch from Uip rear of a
garage at No. 1" Jackson .Street,
Patiolman William KVnvhi was pn."
Ing the garage wh n h- hint-lied tin
odor of hooeli In tlv making The
seizure was the retail.
1. Klght-o.
2. Leg It.
3. .Slug a slop.
4. Toodle-oo or Pip-pip.
E. Shall we stagger forth?
6. Sir Philip had a most ghastly
thirst on.
I was possibly a Uttlo blotto;
not whiffled, perhaps, but
Indisputably blotto.
8. Tha'.'s a fruity scheme.
9. I would just hang round In
the offing, shoving In an
occasional tactful word.
10. I'll slang her In no uncertain
Has 31 Typists
In Year, Boasts
New Hiring Plan
Herrick, Self-Elected Beauty ENpert,
Tells How HE Picks
(Special from a Staff Correspondent
of The Evening World.)
WASHINGTON, March 23. Rep
resentative .Manuel Ilerrlck, the
bachelor member from Perrv Oitv.
"1. You said It.
2. Heat it
3. Slam a cop.
4. So long.
5. Shall we run along?
G. Sir Philip's tongue was hang
ing out.
7. Possibly I had a small edgo
on; not really stewed, but a
few sheets to tho wind, at
any rate.
S. That's a rare idea.
9. I would just stick around,
handing out a happy thought
now and then.
10. I'll hand it to her straight
from the shoulder.
Okla., who gained notoriety by
staging his own beauty contest sev
eral months ago, lost his way In the.
downtown section of tho city Tuesday
night and appealed to Lieut. Plem
nions at Police Headquarters for
"location." After getting tho desired
Information Herrick entertained a
score of detectives and newspaper
men on lmw to secuie. stenographers.
He said he had employed and fired
thlrty-onu stenographers In tho last
car. Some, he explained, were dis
missed because they were not atten
tive enough to business, and others
for personal masons which ho did
not care to discuss.
Telling his audienco he had evolved
n, new and original plan to solvo tho
help problem In his office, the bacho
lor memlier from Oklahoma said:
"I insert an advertisement In the.
dally papers for a stenographer with
out giving my namo or address.
When tho nnswers flow In, I summon
nbout six at a time and after consid
eration select four.
"No. 1 Btatts on Monday, No. 2 on
Tucsdny, No. 3 on Wednesday and
No. I on Thursday. On Friday I do
clde which one to employ, and on
Saturday 1 notify tho lucky onu alio
has been selected."
Asked what ho thought of Wash
ington lieautlcs, the Representative
said ho "could talk volumes on that
"Hack whero I como frpm," ho
said, "It Is entirely different In re
gard to the women folks. You don't
Bee tho flappers and vamps parading
tho streets theie as you do here.
None of them for me," he emphati
cally declared.
HELD IN $12,500 BAIL
FOR $500,000 THEFT
Trticklnir Mnnnvrr Im1lctr.il With
Two Wrttnw Kmplnyrea.
George A. Robinson of No. 1059
Union Street. Ilrooklyn, manager of a
trucking concern at No. 31 Moore
Street, Manhattan, was held In 12,C0O
bull In the Court of General 8eanl(nn
to-day undor nn Indictment charging
that he la one of three who stolo J500,
000 from the exporting firm of Alex
ander & Iiuldwln, Nq. 82 Wall Street.
The other two licensed an- Cnrl A.
Dunn and Richard Kretztner, formerly
manager and cashier, respectively, of
the firm. They lire held In 150,000 boll
each. It Is alleged that the manager
uiel cashier got the money In the form
of checks Illegally given to Robinson,
wlio deposited the money In his account.
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"Slang Is awfully
human, and lis nccep.
Imiro shows wo are
more human than wh
used In be."
Grand Central Station at 7.30 o'clock
this morning to where Miss Mlrmie
Heller, twonty years old, .a stenog'
raphcr of No. 20 Wlllanl Street, wa,
holding on to Rocco Cavello, twentyi'
an auto mechanic, with one hand anil
walloping him on tho Jaw with her,..
disengaged bunch of digits, BcrcamT,Iw
Ing the while. 'OTtnt.
Men about tho pair were trying to""
tnko tho matter out of the hands of jJJ
the young woman, and the timely ar-
rival of the cops doubtless saved vjgfe
Rocco from a severo manhandling, . m
Heforo Magistrate Corrlgan, in York-,f!
vlllo Court, Miss Heller said that.-
Cavello Jammed Into her from behind Ji
In tho rush to the downtown local rott
and laid handt on her and wns other., ;j-f
wise disrespectful. "sJi
Magistrate Corrlgan ordered Co
vello fingerprinted and held until1' Sf'
Saturday for Investigation. Tho man
claimed that ho did not know why,,','
the girl had slapped him. "
VhEN he gets this big . jp
one n tie nct ts a tliyi
lucky strike for him.
When we discovered the
toasting process six years ago,
it was a lucky strike for us.
Because it's toasted the
Lucky Strike Cigarette has a
remarkable quality, impos
sible to duplicate. The deli
cious Burley flavor is
scaled in. Try it today.
Cunrantced by
1 . o
income m m Aran
(A.n n. Annual
Audit tltl)
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