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Elmira Asks
Hearst Curb
Presbyterian Organization
Appeals to President to
"Remove Menace"
Common Council Is
Urged to Take Action
Resolutions Adopted Unan?
imously After Careful
Consideration of Matter
(Special Dispatch to The Tribune)
ELMIRA, N. Y., June 9.-Demanda
that both local and national authorities j
take steps to curb William Randolph
Hearst and his publications, "The New
York American" and "The Evening
Journal," as a war measure, were made
here to-day by the John A. Robinson
class of the First Presbyterian Church
of this city.
Instead of the customary Sunday les?
son, the class, which has a total enrol?
ment of more than two hundred men,
including Mayor Harry N. Hoffman, and
forms one of the most representative
and influential groups in this city, this
morning devoted the period usually
given ovei to Bible study to a careful
consideration of the evidence in the
case against Hearst and his papers.
The class returned its verdict,
"Guilty," without a single deterring
voice. This took the form of two res- j
olutions, one calling on the Common
Council here to act favorably on the
anti-Hearst and German press meas?
ures now before it, and the other peti?
tioning President Wilson to use his
powers to remove Hearst's sting. Both
documents went through unanimously,
while class members further expressed
their feeling in applause.
Council I'rged to Act
One of the resolutions provides for
the appointment of a suitable delega?
tion to attend the session of the Com?
mon Council at which the Hearst ques?
tion will be considered. This commit?
tee, according to C. N. Ellis, freight
agent here for the Pennsylvania Rail?
road and president of the class, will be
announced later.
The local resolution follows:
"Whereas, There is a resolution
pending before the Common Council of
the City of Elmira, condemning the at?
titude of the Hearst papers toward
this war, and the publication of Ger?
man papers, and,
"Whereas, in our opinion these
papers are a menace, to the morale ot
i..vr people behind the lines and a help
to the enemy, it is therefore
"Resolved, That this body, the John
A. Robinson Class for Men of the First
Presbyterian Church, of Elmira, New
Y->rk, do hereby petition the Common
Council of the City of Elmira to pass
these resolutions now before it as a
help tovard the unhampered prosecu?
tion of the war against Germany;
further,
"Resolved, That a suitable delega?
tion from this class attend the session
of the Common Council when these
resolutions are to be considered and a
copy of this be sent to the clerk of the
Common Council."
Appeal Made to President
The resolution addressed to Presi- j
dent Wilson is similar to a measure
recently adopted here by an Elmira I
G. A. R. organization. It reads:
"Whereas, proof has been laid before :
1hc John A. Robinson Class which, in
its opinion, shows that 'The New York
American' and 'The New York ?Tour?
nai,' published by William Randolph
Hearst, by their attitude toward the
war are hindering the full and vigor
i us prosecution of the war against
Germany and have been a help to the
c?ii!"> of the enemy; and
?'Whereas, in the opinion of this
body, German papers published in Ger
n.an are also detrimental to the cause
of freedom for which America is fight?
ing; it is therefore,
Resolved, it is the sense of this
body that these paper; are highly un?
patriotic and a help and comfort to the
enemy of our country; further
"Rpsolved, that we respectfully peti?
tion the President of the United States,
through th<> ample powers reposed in
him, to take what he may consider
proper steps to remove the menace of
these papers from our midst during the
period of the war; further
"Resolved, that a copy of this resolu?
tion be forwarded to the President o?
the United States."
After the class had finished its open
ing exercises and routine business th?
Rev. T. Johnson Bolger, pastor of the
First Presbyterian Church and teache:
of the class, announced that Richarc
Marlowe, Elmira attorney and fathe
of the anti-Hearst resolution rocentl;
offered in the Common Council, wouli
? ?.air
"Mr. Marlowe," said the pastor, in?
troducing the lawyer, who had been in?
vited to address the class by Mr. Ellis,
"has made a htudy 01 German propa?
ganda In this country since long be?
fore we entered the war. He has some
thing? to tell you."
Mr. Marlowe spoke for half an hour,
quoting fr-.m Hearst editorials and
tracing the development of Hearst's
Americanism from the sinking of the
Lusitania to the mutilation by "The
New York American" of the President's
Memorial Day proclamatipn. The class]
jcave him close attention and frequent?
ly applauded.
Then Dr. R. R. Chilson, local physi?
cian, presented the resolutions. In of?
fering the measure calling on the Pres?
ident to act against Hearst Dr. Chilson
?aid:
"Thin is just the same as a resolu?
tion passed by the G. A- R. here, but
if it's good enough for them it's good
enough for us. We cannot improve on
it one whittle."
Both measures went through in rapid
order. The action of the Robinson
class, it was said here, probably will
do more to convince the council that
public sentiment here demands imme?
diately action against Hearst than any
single event since the fight against the
publishers of "The American" and
"The Journal" first began here.
Included among the members of the
class are such men as C. F. Carrier,
president of the Cronk and Carrier
Manufacturing Company; former Coun?
ty Clerk Otis A. Leonard, L. J. Baird,
superintendent of the Railway Com?
mercial Training School here; Ran?
e?me T. Lewis, general manager of the
American Bridge Company, and H. S.
Chapman, president of the Field Force
Pump Company. E. K. Bottle, of the
American Sales Book Company, is sec?
retary of the Robinson class.
Agents of Hearst
Try to Distribute
Papers in C aid well
CALDWELL, N. J., June 9- Hearst
agent? descended upon Caldwell yester
day. They cam* to attempt to distrib
ute Hearst newspapers in this city fol- '
lowing the announcement of all but '
one of the local newsdealers that they '
would no longer htndle those papers.
Caldwell citizens, meeting on the
town commons last Tuesday night, '
unanimously voted to use all lawful
means to prohibit Hearst newspapers
from this city. A committee was
named to ask the newsdealers to cease
Belling Hearst publications. Only one
dealer declined to do as the committee
requested.
The Hearst agents, loaded down with
Hearst newspapers, took their stand
yesterday in front of the newsstands
which had quit handling those papers.
The agents loudly proclaimed that
Hearst papers could be bought from
them, if not from the local dealers.
One Hearst man sought to enlist the
services of Alexander Waugh, nine
years old, who was selling "The Sum?
mit Progress" on the main street of
Summit. The Hearst agent thrust a
dozen copies of Hearst's "New York
American" under the boy's arm, in?
structing him to go sell them.
Within four seconds young Alexan?
der had them torn up and scattered
over the street.
The boy's father, Richard J. Waugh,
pilots troop transports out of New
York Harbor on the way to France.
He was told of his son's act the mo?
ment he stepped off the streetcar last
night. On the way home he stopped
at a store where they sell baseball
paraphernalia.
Cranford, N. J.,
Militia Burns
Hearst Papers
Continued from pa*?? 1
: the newsdealer to suffer a financial
\ loss. But by Wednesday we expect it
i will not be necessary to buy up Hearst
papers in order to insure the dealers
! against a loss. By that time we be
i lieve Cranford will be thoroughly edu
? cated regarding Hearst newspapers."
Elizabeth?atriotic
Body Denounces
Hearst Newspapers
j ELIZABETH, N. J., June 9.-4The
j Elizabethtown Chapter, Sons of the
; American Revolution, one of the most
'- influential branches of that organiza
' tion in the state, unanimously adopted
resolutions at its annual meeting
i last night denouncing William Ran?
dolph Hearst's "American" and "Even?
ing Journal," and further terming the
purchase of either of these papers "a
highly unpatriotic act, and a help and
comfort to the enemy of our country."
It was also resolved that copies of
this resolution be sent to both the
United States Senators and all of the
Congressmen from New Jersey.
The resolution was introduced by
President Harry F. Brewer, a lawyer,
of this city, and was seconded by the
Rev. Dr. Frank A. Smith, pastor of the
Central Baptist Church and chaplain of
the chapter.
"Give the man reading either 'The i
American' or 'The Journal' one good !
look," said Frederick D. Hahn, of Ro
selle, N, J., in urging the adoption of
the resolution, "and he will either
throw away the paper or else tuck it
into his pocket. Men reading these
papers are wise enough these days to
know they are under suspicion."
President Brewer announced that
several New Jersey Assemblymen had
expressed the intention of calling the
attitude of Hearst and his papers
toward the? war to the attention of the
Legislature at its next session.
It also was reported nt the meeting
that the chapter's efforts to have Mayor
Victor Mravlag of Elizabeth bar Get- :
man-language papers from circulation
here had been unavailing. The Mayor,
who is Austrian by birth, said that he
had no legal authority to take such ac?
tion.
Exposure of Hearst
Pro-Germanism Led
To Ban in Santa Fe
SANTA FE, N. M.( June 0.? One of
the principal reasons why Hearst pub?
lications, magazines as well as news?
papers, have been barred from Santa
? Fe was an exposure of Hearst methods
| published in this week's issue of "The
| New Mexico War News," the official
I organ of the New Mexico Council of
\ Defence.
The citizens of Santa Fe have quit !
reading Hearst publications, and the
newsdealers have ceased handling
them. Local Americans assert that !
much of the credit for this, or the I
blame- all depending on the viewpoint I
-should be given to the "War News."
It was within a few hours of the ap- '
pearance of this week's "War News" ;
that Santa Fe decided to read no more !
of its news in Hearst newspapers. j
The "War Newr." laid stress upon
the fact that tho ttate of New Mexico \
went over 60 per cent over its Red ,
Cross quota. Then it published Presi
dent Wilson's Memorial Day proclama?
tion as the President wrote it, and as
Hearst's "New York American" printed
it with the prayer for victory omitted, i
And lastly the "War News" had this
editorial:
LIMIT IS REACHED
Since war vas declared in 1914
Herr Wilhelm Randolph von Hearst ?
and his great publishing enterprises
' have done many things which
showed the moBt vindictive hatred
of everything Jritish. Since our
j own country entered the war in
j April of last year these same forces
! and influences have continued to
j show a trend that is not only anti
i British, but rro-German and un
; American.
: The limit of his audacity appears
' to have been reached in the work of
j his "New York American," in its
i issue of May 12, in editing tin Presi
i dent's Decoration Day proclamation.
| Just how this was done is &hown
! elsewhere in this issue. Note that
! a document ringing with true Ameri
| canism is converted into one such
| as must have plinsed every Germun
? sympathizer.
? Huge Bonfire of
"Americans" Held
In Plattsburg
PLATTSBURG, N. Y., June 9.?
There was a huge bonfire of "New York
' Americans" in front of the Postal
| Telegraph office in Marion Street this
? morning, John Carmody, a resident
j of the city, being responsible for it.
i He started-in at the railroad station
j when the early, morning train arrived
i and took "Americans" from every new?
| boy ?long the street from the station
to the heart of the city. The boys joined
I a group about the fire in a war dan<*?.
Fight on Hearst
Papers Sweeping
Western States
_ i
"San Francisco Journal"
Quotes From His Edito?
rials to Show War Views
| Los Angeles Aroused
i
i Prominent Club and Red Cross
Auxiliary Bar "The
Examiner"
i SAN FRANCISCO. Cal., June 9.?
! The anti-Hearst sentiment, which is ;
: sweeping the West, has assumed |
formidable proportions in this city.
? In Los Angeles yesterday Hearst's j
I "Los Angeles Examiner" was branded
: as disloyal and copies of it were pro
! hibited from one of the leading busi
i ncss and professional clubs in the city
' and from the headquarters of the Red
| Cross auxiliary of the First Methodist
? Church. j??)
j In Santa Fe, N. M? <Sc day before
I all newsdealers quit handling Hearst
papers at the earnest suggestion of
the New Mexico Council of Defence.
Excerpts from Hearst
In San Francisco, "The San Francisco
Daily Commercial News" publishes, as
part of its leading editorial, these ex?
cerpts from Hearst newspaper edi?
torials:
"Whether the Lusitania was
I armed or not, it was properly a spoil
! of war, subject to attack and destruc
j tion under the accepted rules of so
! called civilized warfare."--New York
! 'American,' June 6. 1915.
"Particularly do we deplore the
j sentiment that has been fostered
I against tne suomarinc. We are mak
| ing a terrible mistake in the senti
? mental opjection to 'submarine' war
! fare." . San Francisco 'Examiner,'
April 14. 1917.
"This enormous loan (the Anglo
French loan) is to be used directly
in prolonging the dreadful war that
is wasting the health and strength
of the white men of civilization."-?
New York 'American,' Sentember,
1915.
Germany's Wish
"Germany wants to make peace, |
and has offered surprisingly liberal
terms . . . Peace could be de- I
clared in thirty days on terms fair j
to all if the United States would de- :
cline to supply arms and money for
further conflict." -New York 'Ameri- I
can,' September, 1915.
"The Belgians have only them
selves to blame if they are the vie- |
tims of war. They have wished to
play the heroic part. It is not for
us Americans to pay the expense of
Belgian heroism."?San Francisco j
'Examiner.'
"We trust we shall not be misun?
derstood when we say flatly that it I
is impossible to fight intelligently for j
any such vague generalities as we
have had submitted to us as cause
for war."-Printed in the Hearst pa- I
pers.
The editorial adds:
"Ever since the war began between i
decency and indecency, between the I
remnant of feudal savagery and pr?s- !
ent-day civilization, the camouflaged
newspapers in the Hearst string have
i contained articles subtly calculated to
make it impossible for the United
States to be a real and effective ally of
Great Britain.
"Hearst has consistently and continu
? ally tried to poison the public mind in
' order to cripple Great Britain by pre
j venting cooperation between us and
? England and France.
j "Consistently and continually, and in
I a thousand and one devious and under
1 handed ways, he has attacked England
and supported anything that might
make a racial or religious difference
between England and Ireland acute, and
! incidentally weaken the Allies and
j strengthen Germany.
"Openly and without any regard for
truth and decency he has attacked
Japan, and so strong has his propa
I ganda grown that on his head and on
I the head of the politician weaklings in
? our administration at 'Washington,
I rests the blame if our own boys are
shot with ammunition taken by the |
Germans, with the consent of venal
Bolshevik officials, out of Vladivostok." j
Worst Has Come Out
"The hypocritical, snarling, lying i
and treacherous worst in Hearst has I
come to the front, true to form.
"Has any one forgotten McKinley? I
"Hearst represents in its most de- I
veloped form destructive journalism.
"James Gordon Bennet published
'The New York Herald.'
" 'The Herald' has been, in season
and out, American. 'The Herald has
been 'patriotic' 'The Herald* has al?
ways been truthful.
"Both papers represent their pro?
prietors, and the character of the i
newspaper depicts the character of ?
the man.
" 'The Herald' stands to-day as the '
' best exponent of a constructive press. ;
"The death of James Gordon Ben- |
net spells a national as well as a
world loss.
"We will not carry the comparison
any further."
? Kultur to Go Up in Smoke
(Special Dispatch to The Tribune.)
BOSTON, June 9.?A mammoth bon?
fire of discarded German textbooks
on Boston Common probably will be
the principal part of Boston's "safe
and sane" celebration of Independence
! Day this year. The vast cremation
! was suggested by former Mayor John
: F. Fitzgerald after the school commit
; tee at its last meeting voted to banish
the books from the public high schools.
To-day the suggestion was taken up
at numerous clubs throughout the city.
Superintendent Dyer of the public,
schools approves of the idea and has
offered the former Mayor all of the
books for the illuminated display of
German Kultur.
HOW CIVIL WAR VETERANS OPPOSE
HEARST
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FRENCH ADVANCE IN PIC/
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Wilson Calls
lor Prayer on
Memorial Day
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taa unk k? ik fisKnii raiaaiia!
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This i3 the way that Hamilton Sleight Post, No. 20, G. A. R., of Pough
| keepsie, N. Y., is fighting William Randolph Hearst. The poster above, which
! is being displayed in Poughkeepsie store windows, shows "The New York
| American's" version of the President's Memorial Day proclamation, from which
! the prayer for victory was deleted.
The Grand Army post's comment on the exhibit reads:
! "These are the words that were stricken from the President's Memorial
I Day Proclumation :
"'?beseeching Him that He will give victory to our armies as they fight
for freedom, wisdom to those who take counsel in our behalf in these days of
dark struggle and perplexity, and steadfastness to our people, to make sacrifice
to the utmost in support of what is just and true.'
"Will you support a paper that gives large space to Hearst and strikes
these words from the President's proclamation?
"They were not, as claimed by 'The New York American's* representative,
crowded out by want of space.
"Note the space given to Hearst in the column at the left of the proclama?
tion."
When a Feller Needs a Friend - ByBRiccs
________-_._.
Letters to Mother May Save |
Boy Slayer From Death Chair
Correspondence Shows Paul Chapman's Career of "Vaga?
bondage" to Have Been Spent at Work and as
a Member of the Y. M. C. A.
_ . ;
By the theory of the uncompromising i
prosecution which landed him where he
is to-day1?at sixteen a condemned mur
derer in the Sing Sing Death House?
ten months of rubbing elbows with the
world sufficed to make of young Paul
Chapman a dangerous criminal, a
"killer."
, For ten months, his jury was told,
Paul had been nothing more nor less
than a boy hobo. At fifteen he had in- i
sisted on striking out for himself. He j
had travelled a good many hundreds of |
miles, sometimes working, sometimes j
not. Inference was clear that he must
have seen considerable of the seamy
side of life before his sixteenth birth?
day when, travels abandoned, he pre?
sented himself at his mother's home in
Brooklyn. He was ragged and dirty
then.
This period of Paul's career has al?
ways been something of a mystery,
save to those who accepted it that his
ten months away were months of ap?
prenticeship in crime. With all the re?
sources at his command, District Attor?
ney Lewis of Kings, who personally
prosecuted :the boy, appeared unable to
find a "record."
But there is a record of a substantial
sort which covers, at any rate, the first
six months of Paul's absence?a record
that . comes distinctly into point and
which yet may play a big part in the
fight to save the youngster from the
chair.
Keeps Promis? to Mother
During those six months Paul faith?
fully kept his promise to his mother.
Twice every week, sometimes thrice
sometimes oftener, he wrote to her, and
if the character of the boy may be
judged by the tone of his letters, then
certainly he could not have been alto?
gether vicious. They were good long
letters, for the most part, clean and
manly letters, brimming with the spirit
of self-reliance that had moved Paul
to try to make his own way. Always
they began with "Dearest Mother," and
at the end it was always "Your loving
son"?frequently after that an ambi?
tious "Mr. P. Chapman."
The letters show that Paul worked
steadily during the time he was writ?
ing them; that he lived in decent places
and kept decent company; that he was
determined to be fully self-supporting.
Between Cue lines o? some can be read
the boy's never-forgotten grief over the
death of his brother.
Harold, the brother, died in a sana?
torium at Liberty, N. Y., a few months
before Paul left home. Paul had beer
at the funeral and had not felt it un?
manly to cry, for the brothers had beer
very close despite the five years' differ
ence in their ages.
It was in a letter written on April 28
; 1917 (when, in line with the StatJ'i
theory of his transition, Paul mus'
have been materially hardened by hi?
experiences), that the boy revealed hii
pet ambition.
Remembers Mother's Birthday
Paui, incidentally, had rememberei
his mother's birthday and had Just sen
: her a ?5 bill out of his scanty earning:
to be spent for a present of her owi
| selection. This is what he wrote:
"Dearest Mother:
"I received your letter yesterday
i morning and was very glad to hear
from you. I am glad that I could
I send you a present, Mother, because
it is about the first time that I have
earned the money myself. I have
decided that I will stay away until I
can earn $100, so ?"-hat when I come
home I wili nave something to put
in the bank for a rainv day. Before
I come home, mother, I am going to
Liberty and make brother's grave
look beautiful. Poor brother, he cer
tainly had a tough time of it, and I
hope and pray that there is a place
where good souls, such as his, can
have peace and haprunss ror the pain
and sorrow they huve endured here. '
"It will take me some time to save, :
Mother, but I have made up my mind
that I will come home better than
when I went away, so that people
cannot say: 'Well, 1 always knew he
was no good, and this proves it.' I
am not going to disgrace you any
more, Mother, dear. I am going to
start saving this pay with $10."
"Disgrace" Greatly Magnified
The "disgrace" he had brought on
his mother had been greatly magnified
by Paul. His chief offense had been
his dislike for school, and a consequent
habit of playing hookey which had
eventually brought a visit by the truant
officer.
Paul hadn't run away from home.
He went with his mother's full knowl?
edge and consent. Physically he was
almost man grown, and his whole object
in starting out seems to have been born
of his desire to get outdoor work. Ho
didn't like the thought of offices and
desks and books. He wanted to work
with his hands, and neither in Brooklyn
nor New York had he been able to find
the sort of job he was after.
Bridgeport, Conn., was his first ob?
jective, but his first letter came from
Philadelphia and explained the shift in
his plans.
"I didn't stay in Bridgeport," he
wrote, "because it was too tough. I
went to Philadelphia on the 8 o'clock
train. I arrived at 10:30 P. M. I have
a fine room with a nice, clean German
lady. The room is clean, with running
water and gas light. It costs $2 a
week. Will look for work Monday."
Paul found work quickly enough nnc
after that the letters came in a steadj
stream. The first one was dated De
cember 16, 1916, and another followe<
it to Brooklyn a day or two later. Al
ready Paul was experiencing a touch oi
home-sickness.
Gets Job at $7 Week
"I am very glad to hear that Mrs
Strickland fixed Harold's grave," hi
wrote. "Believe me, I didn't knov
when I was well off. Philly is a nie
town, but give me old N. Y."
In the Tiext letter Paul announced h
had a night job with the Adams Ex
i press Company, drawing $7 a week an
managing to live. Then he switched t
j the Pennsylvania Railroad and move
! up in the world. His pay rose to $1<
? Out of the $10, he told his mothei
j $4.50 went for board and lodging, pre
i vided by the road.
"I had dinner and supper to-day an
I it is rude, but wholesome food," Pai
; wrote, just before Christmas. "Th
j bunks arc hung from chains attache
to the ceiling. It is a regular cam]
j It is clean and neat. Each person hi
; two army blankets and clean sheets, pi
? low cases and towels every day. Ever;
? body has to take at least one bath
i weck. I get paid every two weeks.
i expect to work here two or thr<
' months, then I will go and visit you.
| have to get up at half past five, ha'
' breakfast at six and then work uni
j 12 m., go to work at 1 p. m. and wo:
: till 5:30 p. m., then have supper ai
I sit around, then go to bed."
Gleanings from Other Letters
Here are some gleanings from subs
j quent letters:
"This is a pretty rough life, but
' like it. I am getting along fine. I ar
I sorry you had to spend Christma
j Day alone, but I didn't fare mac
better. When I come home thing
will be better."
1 ? ? ?
"I am very sorry that you did nc
' want me to work on the railroai
| but it is not dangerous work at al
All I have to do is to load and ut
' load the mail and baggage from th
; trains at Broad St. station. Pleaf
j do not worry, Mother. I have mad
a few nice friends" here. They ai
boys about my age, but you have 1
be twenty-one years old to work >>*r
?
Shoes and Ships
And Sealing Wax
Returned From a Fishing Trip
It is more than tempting, doubtless.
When returning homeward, troutless,
After whipping most persistently the
Jersey brooks and streams,
To spin with great vivacity
Regardless of veracity
The legends and the sagas bold that
every angler dreams.
But our stories piscatorial,
Though vivid and pictorial,
Describing high adventure with a
truthful air and gay,
Are bound by stern convention
And deserving of attention,
For we never pull that yarn about "the
one that got away.
We will lie with much avidity
About the great rapidity
With which we yanked the troutlets
from a certain shady nook.
And we'll perjure our immortal soul
Quite blithely and with chortle roll
Out fictional statistics on their size
and how they look.
But we scorn one fabrication
That's existed since creation,
One hoary bit of perjury, so haggard,
worn and gray.
When Jonah left his seasick whale
He must have told that self same, tale
About the great proportions of "the one
that got away."
? ? ?
In these days of strain and stress it
is pleasant to run across an incurable
optimist, in which connection, gentle
or otherwise readers, make the ac?
quaintance of Julius Lesser, of 1503
Park Avenue. He is ninety-four and
has just taken out his first naturaliza?
tion papers. Mr. Lesser expects to
cast his first vote on or about his
ninety-sixth birthday.
And speaking of optimism, there is
also the German manufacturer in the
United States, who, in 1915, according
to Major Wallace J. McNab, of the
British war mission, was only too
willing to make supplies for the Brit?
ish troops.
"I told him that I wanted his best,"
says Major McNab, "and reminded him
that each garment would bear his
name. We insist on that.
" 'Sure,' he replied, 'you shall have
the best possible, for presently they
will all be captured, and then my
friends in Germany will say, "My,
what fine goods Max is still mak?
ing!"'"
? ? *
There is one man in New York who
really needed the recent eclipse. He
is the chap who stands at 125th Street
and Lenox Avenue with a big telescope
and ladles out popular astronomy at 10 j
cents a throw.
Only on fine nights he stands there. ?
He stakes his reputation as an almanac
on the statement that there have not
been half a dozen fine nights in the
last three weeks. That is, nights that
he would call fine. A little cloud may
be no bigger than a man's hand, but if
it gets twisted up with Saturn's rings
or spoils the shape of Arcturus or
blots ou*: the valleys of the Moon, it
is an unlucky cloud for the astronomer.
So if there was anybody who prayed
that it would rain on Saturday, the
astronomer prayed hard against him,
and won. He needed the eclipse badly
in his business.
Of course, he put his price up on
Saturday. As soon as the shadow
began to appear on the face of the
sun the fare was 25 cer.ls.
I am supposed to be twenty-three.
. . . Write soon, mother, but don't
send me any more money as I don't
need it."
* ? *
"Please don't send any more
money, Mother?please, for I don't
need it now. ... I was think?
ing of trying the navy again. Ill
see about it after the 22nd."
"I am getting along pretty well and
expect to be home in a couple of
months. I stayed at the camp New
Year's Day and read and played
checkers."
? ? *
"I have left the Penn R. R. and
am working for the Du Pont de Ne
mours Company at Carney's Point,
New Jersey. . . . Write soon,
mother, as I look for your letters as
Harold must have when he was
away."
"The explosion was not near us,
thank God. ... It seems to me
that we are paid merely to be on
the job and be careful. ... I
don't make any money to save here,
but still I can pay my board and pay
for my clothes and have a few cents
for myself."
* * ?
Joins the Y. M. C. A.
' Thii is just to let you know that
? have joined the Y. M. C. A. and
that you can send my mail there. I
am well and feel fine."
"I am not taking my life in my
hands as much as you imagine. If
you could see the place you would
change your idea of it.I
like the work and the people I work
with are pleasant and respectable."
"I certainly do enjoy the Y. M. C.
A. I get a shower bath and some
exercises every morning, that is the
best part of it. . . . Don't be
anxious about me, mother."
"I've got some constitution, moth?
er. I am twice as strong as when I
came away and I am developing fine.
I weigh about 170 pounds and am
taller than ever. This life seems to
agree with me, for I am as fat as I
was before I started to grow. . . .
P. S.?No bath this morning. It's too
cold."
"I am sure that you will be proud
of me when I return. I am going to
get in some place and work myself
up. ... I expect to finish my
education when I return. I hope that
I shall be able to make it easier for
you."
? ? ?
Paul's correspondence was uninter
! rupted until summer came and he
'< found a new job as a civilian employe
i at Camp Meade, in Dolaware. It was
| then, really, that his wandering started.
! Two Men Wounded in
i Mysterious Shooting
?Man Who Took Them to
Hospital Disappears Dur?
I ing Confusion
j A touring car drove to the New York
! Hospital last night and two men were
! lifted out and taken into the hospital
by the chauffeur and another man, who
said tha men had been shot. In the
confusion the man ran away, leaving
the chauffeur.
According to the story told by the
driver of the machine, he was driving
on Hudson Street soon after 9 o'clock
when he heard several shots. At the
corner of Perry Street he was stopped,
he said, and the two men were put
into his car by several others. He
was told to drive to the hospital.
The two men in the hospital gave
their names as Charles Mongolli,
twenty-three years old. a clerk of 9
Commerce Street, suffering from a
bullet in his stomach, and Charles
Madden, twenty-six, of 622 East 136th
Street, shot in the left elbow. Mon?
golli was in too precarious a condition
to talk and Madden appeared to be in
I * atiinnr
Roosevelt Has
Erysipelas Attack;
Tour to Continue
He Arrives at St. Louis and
Cancels All Social
Engagements
Has a Slight Fever
His Condition Is Not Serious
and He Will Complete
Schedule
(Special DitpatcH to The. Tribune)
ST. LOUIS, June 9.?Theodore Roose?
velt is suffering from erysipelas in
the left leg, but will keep his engage?
ments to speak in this city to-morrow
in Indianapolis on Tuesday and Bloom
ington, Ind., on Wednesday. All social
engagements in these places have been
cancelled.
Colonel Roosevelt, accompanied by
Mrs. Roosevelt, arrived here early this
evening from Omaha. The only indi?
cation that he was in other than his
usual good health was a alight lame?
ness as he walked unassisted through
the train shed to his automobile. He
was driven to the Jefferson, where
after a conference with George H.
Lowe, local chairman of the Nations!
Security League, and a few other? he
dined in his apartment and retired
early. To-morrow he will remain in
retirement, leaving only for his speech
on "Americanism" in the Coliseum in
the evening.
Diagnosed as Erysipelas
Until this morning it was not be?
lieved that the indisposition from
which he has been suffering since his
arrival in Chicago Friday night wat
anything more serious than a recur?
rence of the old Brazilian fever from
which he has suffered intermittently
since his "River of Doubt" exploring
trip.
This morning at St. Joseph, Dr.
George H. Coleman, of Chicago, diag?
nosed the difficulty as an erysipelas of
the knee, ?tie tnen had & iow fever.
and on Dr. Coleman's advice remained
in bed on the train until he arrived
here.
At the hotel this statement was
givan to reporters by Colonel Roose
velff
"I have an attack of erysipelas in my
left leg which has brought on a fever.
At Chicago I had a fever. As I had to
cancel all these speaking engagement?
in February I was very reluctant to
cancel them again unless it wa3 ab?
solutely necessary, so I got Dr. George
H. Coleman to come along with me.
Hopes to Make AU Addresses
"I intend to make as many of my
scheduled addresses as possible, and I
hope to be able to make all of them."
The engagements cancelled for to?
morrow included a luncheon with rep?
resentatives of the National Security
League and an address to a group of
army officers' wives organized for war
relief work.
Colonel Roosevelt's appearance in
St. Louis is at a time v/hen a well
organized effort is being made to
nominate none except 100 per cent
Americans at the fall election5. llore,
as in Milwaukee, there is a large pro
German anti-war group that has been
most active. Colonel Roosevelt has
been anxious to assist in the fight on
this elsment and for that reason is
determired to speak here.
Dr. Coleman said tonight that
Colon?l Roosevelt's temperature is only
slightly above normal and that there
is no reason for thinking that hi?
programme as modified cannot be car?
ried out.
? a-?
Melville Stone Flays
Disloyalty as Crime
_
Melville E. Stone, general manager
; of The Associated Press, speaking in
; the Forum of the Church of the As?
cension last night, declared the door of
! opportunity is open for the editor of
to-day if he will only realize his op
: portunities.
"If the editor be disloyal, however,"
I added Mr. Stone, "no punishment is too
1 great for him. If he is editing a news?
paper for sport, to serve his own ends
or as a plaything, he deserves your
contempt. If he has a proper view of
j his responsibilities, then he is worthy
of your highest regard."
-a
Religious Fanatics
Said to Store Food
i
WASHINGTON, June ?.?Govem
\ ment agents are investigating reports
. that a certain religious sect," believ*
' ing that the end of the world is near
and that only members of the sect will
[ continue to live, is advising its mem?
bers to store up great stocks of food
and other materials. Some publica
: tions of this sect recently were barred
from the mails because they contained
disloyal matter, and action may be
; taken to forbid circulation of I'.tera
! ture advocating food hoarding. Indi
! viduals are subjjct to prosecution un
? der the law forbidding food hoarding.
Plan War on Silk Thieves
The railroad administration's em?
bargo against silk shipments, because
of silk thieves, has caused the Mer?
chants' Association to cooperate with
the police department to put an end
to the evil. Inspector Laney, of the
Detective Bureau, has assigned a do*?a
detectives to the task and the depart?
ment is considering the introduction
of an ordnance to compel all drivers
or helpers on trucks to obtain a license
to engage in the work.
Commissioner Lahey is of the opin?
ion that there should be two men o?
each truck, under instructions never w
leave the vehicle completely unguarded,
lie points out that this custom is fol?
lowed by express companies with gooa
r?. suits. The increased cost of 8Uch.*
measure, he says, should be borne oj
merchants.
WHEATLBSS DAT.
WAR SAVING STAMP CAMPAIGN.
CAMPAIGN FOR BED CKOS8 WA?
NURSES.
CHILI) HEALTH CENSUS.
Krw admto.lon to the A^?;?nH,H,J'^?^A?W
ur?l HUtory. Van t ?rtlwul I 'ara ""**?* *"^
lea? Museum of Sjtfety anil tl* Aauirtuia.
Naw Wmltlng rally, dur Hall ??*. ?g^ ??
MUnlotiary ctir.Mcr of ??"?? I'mbyXeritu IB*? "*.
New York City. Hotel A?U>r. Il? ??_ r-h^?,
I'uWU- i-oiuwt. U?dor the ausolrte of ?- -
Cnlwralty, unta-rali?' ?reen. si?, ?a-,_
NaTy rou*lc.?l f?.?T?l. MtrUouollUii ?w?
MeatVns of the Ohio Society of New York.
A-.urrl? 8 p. m. ? , _
Ment?as of Cnli*d Stau? Na??l "?*?
Mv?; BtlUne?, S 30 p. B.

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