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POTASH AND PERLMUTTER AT THE PEACE CONFERENCE (COPYRIGHT, lOlt, BT THE MeCLURE NEWSPAPER SYNDICATE) BY MONTAGUE GLASS niu?trat?i by albert levering This Victorv Libertv Loan I Syndicated "The way some people is actios about Chi? here Victory Loan. Maw ruai." Aim Potash remarked one momm~ in April, "you would think that they vu all presidents of a first national bank and that this here Car ter JL. Glass has already made a big ; overdraft and if he don't like the Tine of credit they are giving him. be should be so good as to take hie ac count somewhere* else, y'understand. ~ "Them name people probably think that investing their money in any securities bearing interest at less than 1* per cent per annum is so to speak the equivalence from giving money "to orphan asylums and hospitals, un derstand nxc." Morris Perlmutter said. "We already give them Liberty Loan schnorrers 1200 towards the expense of their rotten war' they probably say. 'and still they ain't satisfied.' "* "And at that they don't mean noth ing by it." Abe said, "because there is a Whokr lot of business men in the United States which couldn't even give up the family housekeeping money every week without anyhow saying to their wives: 'Here take my blood, take my life. What do yon want from me anywayT *" "Maybe they do and maybe they don't mean nothing by it. Abe." Mor ris said, "but it would be a whole lot esater far this here Carter J. Glass If everybody would act as his own Victory Bond s.ik*man and try to sell himself Just one more bond than he has really got any business buy ing. y^understand.** would be a whole lot easier for this here Carter J. Glass. Mawruss, but it would be practically impossi ble for pretty nearly everybody else.'* Abe remarked, "which human nature is so constituted. Mawruss. that the only time a man really and truly uses totM high class, silver tongued salesmanship on himself is when he is trying to persuade himself that it is all rlsht for him to do something which he know* in his heart it is dead wrong for him to do." "Well, at least. Abe. in this here Victory Loan campaign, every man should ought to try to put himself in the place of the salesman which Is trying to sell him some of these Vic tory Bonds." Morris continued, "so we would say for example lhat you would be a Victory Bond salesman. Abe. and you are calling on a feller which he i* a pretty tough proposi- I tion in such matters by the name of. j we would say for instance, Abe Pot- j ash." "Why don't you make the feller! which the salesman i? supposed to ! call on a really and truly hard boiled egg. hv the name, we would say for Instance. Mawruss Perlmutter?'* Abe asked. "Which when you put np to j me a hypocritical cay. Mawruss. j why is it you must alwaya start In i by getting insulting already?*' "What do you mean getting insult- I lng?" Morris ask??d. "I am only put- j tins something up to you for the i sake of argument not arguments." "Well then why not be perfectly \ neuter and call ?he touch proposition . which the Victory Bond salesman is ; visiting #*omebodv by the name of a competitor like l^on Sammet for in- j stance?** Abe suggested. "Because I am trying to make yon put yourself in the place of the Vic tory Bond salesman who is trying to sell you bonds,** Morris declared. "Put your own self hi the place of the Victory Bond salesman." Abe ex claimed. "which if yoa want to give me any hypocritical cases for the sake of argument* Mawrasa. I have seen the way you practically snap the head off a collector for a chari table fund enough times to appreci dnring the first Liberty Loan cam paign ahould ought to have set up such a strong antiseptic in their sys tem. that they wonld be immune to all other Uberty Bond campaigns, no matter if such campaigns would continue until there was God forbid a fiftieth Liberty Loan already." "Some people never even got so to speak Jabbed the first time.- Morris observed, "and the way they avoid a Liberty Bond aaleaman. Abe. you lion people in the United States, Abe." Morris said, "and if they all bought one $60 bond y*understand. it would make the Victory Loan Ave billion do!la.'*, whereas thia here Carter J. Glass is only asking for four billion, five hundred million." "Well, to my mind, he's acting too modest. Mawrusa." Abe went on, "be cause if we expect Germany to raise the f^rst five billion dollars of her in demnity with nothing to ahow for it bonds ahould ought to completely lost his memory, Abe," Morris declared. "Evidently such a feller, if someone starts a conversation about the war is going to say: 'What war?' and when it is reminded to his memory that as recently ago as last November the papers was printing every day col umns and columns about the war which wss going on in Europe, he would probably say: "Oh, that war! I thought that war was already a thing , the saSiPsanjaan sa^s, I'll b? wRh m a mi Han't? ate how you would behave towards a Victory Bond salesman, so go ahead on the basis that you are the tough proposition and not me.** "A charitable fund is one thing and this here Victory Loan another." Mor ris said. "I know it is." Abo agreed, "but at the same time. Mawruss, a whole lot of people feels that if ever they give a couple dollars to an orphan asylum, they practically got vacci nated against future attack* of the same complaint, and if three years later the collector for the orphan i asylum calls on th?-m again they say: , 'Why 1 already give you two dollars for that orphan asylum. What did ; you done with it all?' And I b?t yer j that just as* many people considered | that the JGO bond which they bought would think that such a salesman was a sort of Liberty Bond Typhoid Mary and would infect them tight wads with a disease where they were liable to break out all over with cou pons or something." "As a matter of fact, Mawrusa. that's jiwst the effect which a Liberty Bond salesman should ought to have on the right kind of sitson." Abe said. "Which while 1 don't mean to say that making a good investment like buying of a Liberty Bond should ought to be considered as a disease. Mawruas. it should anyhow be in fectious and should ought to spread so rapidly that everybody in the United States could say they had it to the extent of at least one $30 bond of the Victory Loan." "But there is over a hundred mil hut the promise that she would have to raise five billion more every two years till the whole indemnity was paid, understand me. how much more should we raise over here with the promise that it is going to be paid back to us in a few years with in terest at the rate of 4 3-4 per cent per annum. Why under them conditions. Mawruas. any American which would refuse to buy a Victory Loan bond should ought to be considered as ap plying for German sitsonship papers and should ought to be exported to Hamburg where his adopted fellow sitsons is getting frisked by the Ger possess and ain't getting so much as man government for every cent they a receipt to show for it." "For that matter, an American i which refuses to buy Victory Liberty of the pa^t.' And also probably he J might even ask: 'Tell me, was there ? many people hurt?" " "Well, if some folks has got such j short memories like all that, and is j only affected by what they have read ! in the paper* at the latest the day i before yesterday. Mawruss." Abe said, j "why not have the Victory Liberty j loan salesman approach them on the j basis of what is going on now in J Europe. 'You are asked.' such a salesman would say, "to inv?*t your! money In a first class A number one j security, backed by the United States ; government and bearing interest at ' the rate of 4 3-4 per cent per annum, and that is the very least you could do for your country when you con sider that ripht now.' the salesman would cay. and he should practice in advance to make his voice sound tragical, 'right now your uncles and my uncles is making peace In Paris with all the strength of language which they've got in their system-* " " 'Yes, Mr. Sitson,' the salesman should go on to aay. 'the government is only asking you to invest in inter est bearing cash money, so to speak, and what for a sacrifice is that com pared to the suffering of your father in-laws and my father-in-laws which is bravely standing larynx to larynx in the battle area of the peace con ference while the air is filled with French, Italian. Greek, Jugo-Slob and Polish remarks. You sit here in your comfortable home while the flower of our experts and college professers is exposed to all kinds of coffee and ci gars. Ain't you ashamed to be doing nothing but buy bonds when old and feeble men like most of the American peace delegates is battling with French waiters. French taxicab driv ers, French hotel service and French laundry lists, giving and receiving no mercy, y'underbtand, and you should thank Heaven that your own country has been spared the horrors of hav ing on our own soil this here Peace Conference which is now raging in Paris, understand me.' " "That would be anyhow an argu ment," Morris admitted. "But with these here Victory Liberty bonds, it shouldn't ouj?ht to be a case of first come first servo. With only four and a half billion dollars worth of Vic tory Liberty bonds for sale, Abe, 75 per cent of the people of the United States should ought to be going round looking as sore as fellers that sell tickets in theater box offices, and when anyone asks 'em why, they should say: "Ain't it just my luck. 1 put oft buying my Victory Liberty bonds till April 12rd*. and when I got round to the bank, there wasn't one left.' Yes. Abe; instead of Victory Liberty bond salesman having to go about visiting customers, y'under stand. they should ought to have lux urious fitted-up offices and it should ought to be a case of when the cus tomer arrives, the Victory Liberty bond salesman should ought to be playing auction pinochle or rummy with tw:o other Victory Liberty bond salesmen. Then when the customer says is this the place where they sell Victory Liberty bonds, the sales man says: 'I'll be with you in a min ute.' and makes the customer stand around without even offering him a seat until the salesman gets through playing two more hands. The cus tomer should then make out_hls own application, v'underotand. have the exact change ready and close the door quietly when leaving, and that's the way I would sell Victory Liberty bonds if I was the government." "That's the way you even try to sell garments." Abe commented. "Because." Morris continued, evad ing the challenge, "it is my idea that J it is a privilege to !>e allowed to buy ' these here Victory Liberty bonds and i before anyone gets that privilege. Ab*. j he should be made to prove that h?"> j has done something to deserve it. Yes. Abe. instead of a man wearing a button to show that h?* has bought Liberty bonds, he should ought to go j before a notary public and make j oath that he has given up his quota to all Red Cross and I'nited War R?- i fief drive? and otherwise done every- I I thing he could do to help win the' war and if he couldn't fl?ht in it, | y'understand. and then and only then. Abe, he should be given a button en titling him to buy Victory Uberty bonds under the conditions I have stated." "But Jokinr apart. Mawruis. and talking business not poetry, under-1 stand me." Abe asked, "do you ac tually think that this here Victory liberty loan would be all taken up by them methods? To my mind. Mawruss. it would I*? a whole lot better to look the horse straight in the teeth, y'understand. and take it as settled that a lot of people which has got the money to buy bonds would go round saying that they would be very glad to buy bonds if they only had the money, y*under stand. To such people. Mawruss. I would remind them a cam that r war. even when you win it. ain't a cash in-ad van re proi*?sition. In fact a war ain't even a C. O. P. proposition. Wars is paid for on the installment plan. Mawruss. and while this par ticular war is over. understand me. the bill has still cot to l?e paid. agJ If such people won't lend the govern ment the money t? j?ay for the war. the government would have to do what the German government is go ing to do to the German people?in stead of touching them for it and paying it back they would frisk them for it and not even say much obliged* y'understand." "At that. Abe. I ain't worried ? whole lot about the result of this Vic tory- liberty loan." Morris said. "When all is said and done. Abe, tba American people love their country.'* " I know they do. ' Abe agreed, "but also Mawruss. there is a whole lot of fellers which loves the;r families and at the same time don't lose no sleep nights because they ain't providing for them as they should ought to do. So to them people I would say:, 'Which would you rather have it aa a souvenir of the war. Victory Lib erty bonds or tax bills?' Also. Would you sooner be paid interest or would you sooner pay interest?' "In other words, Abe. you would threaten 'em into buying bonds.** Morris observed. "Only when it's necessary. Maw russ." Abe concluded, "and that wouldn't be in the case of one-thou sandth of one per cent of the entire population. b?*cause the groat major ity of the people thinks the way f do about their money: The govern ment let me make It. and the gov ernment letj? me keep it. and if the government would soonei' bocrom- part of it instead of taking it all. Ma? russ. that's only the government n good nature, m-hich nohodv should presume too much on gond nature, Mawruss. Am I right or wrong?" LOOKING BACKWARD There were amateur actors galore in Washington about forty >-ears ago, and a number of them afterwards bccamc noted profes sionals. Dramatic associations were formed in all sections of the District, and it was a popular fad of young men and women to join them as \both active and "acting" members, the latter term meaning that they would be given opportunities to display their thespian talent before audiences of varying size. There were many public halls here then equipped for amateur I theatricals, among the number being Odd Fellows Hall on Seventh j street, between D and F. northwest; Forrest Hall, in old Georgetown; i Odd Fellows Hall on I.ighth street southeast; Nletzcrott's Hall, on Pennsylvania avenue between Ninth and Tenth streets northwest; St. Joseph's Hall, at Fifth and H streets northwest; Potomac Hall, in South Washington; St. Peter's Hall, southeast, and others. Annlrur* of I.odk Aao. ^ Many of the youthful actors and actresses of long ago have passed on to the great beyond, but occasionally I meet a white-haired man or woman, who as a rollicking youth or ruddy maiden two score years ago. played the part of hero or heavy villain in some ancient drama, or essayed Shakespearean roles. I recall some who preferred the i parts of comedians and "black-faced j artists," as negro minstrels were j designated at that time. The dramatic schools here we?e in fact schools of acting as many of them were directed by men In the profession. Notable among these or- I ganizations were the John MacCul-1 lough Association, the John T. Ray mond Association, and the I^awrence Barrett Association. Charles B. Hanford made his debut as Marc Antony in Julius Caesar with the Uwrencp Barrett Dramatic Asaociation of this city many years ago. The same association also gradu ated Charles I*. Frailey, who after wards became a noted actor on the professional stage. Wilton Lackaye. who latterly gained added laurels by his impersonation of Svengall in the film production of Trilby, performed in amateur the atricals in this city many years ago. Robert Downing, the well-known tragedian, was also a member of TVaahington dramatic schools. Giles Shine, another Washington amateur, became famous on the professional stage, as did his brother Thad Shine. Giles afterwards became the l^adln? support of Stuart Robson when he played "The Comedy of ' Errors." Giles taking the part of one of the two Dromios. He also supported Robert Manteli later In Shakeapearean roles. George Palmer, who became famoua in comedy parts and. as a negro minstrel la the Wb. graduated as a profes I sional from the John T. Raymond Dramatic Association of East Wash ington. Judge Frederick I*. Siddons, of the District of Columbia Judiciary. "Was a Washington amateur years ago and played in English comedies with Charles W. Darr. now a popular lawyer here and formerly president of the John McCulloch Dramatic As sociation. Other Washington amateurs were the late Arthur B. Anderson, of the Geological Survey: Marlon Dorian, now a Paris representative of the Victor Talking Machine Company: the late Thad K. Sailer, John Twee dale, Capt. Harry Shannon and Col. Barry Bulkley. Give Performance. Soon after the opening of Albaiigh's Opera House, now Poll's, a group of amateur thespians gave ? a perfor mance there for the benefit of the Home for Incurables. Of this group, whose performances became the event of the fashionable world of Wash ington in 1887, but few are left. Col. Barry Bulkley being one of the sur vivors. Their repertoire included such four act standard comedies as "In Honor Bound." "Sweethearts." etc. In this group were Miss Katie Beach, the late John Sidney Webb. Miss Painter, daughter of Uriah Painter; Miss Har er. daughter of Representative Hart er. of Ohio. The leading lady was Miss Alice Riddle, daughter of Albert Riddle, formerly IJ. S. District Attorney here and sister-in-law of Henry E. Davis. The leading men included the late Maj. Pierre Stevens, Havord S. Nyman, Barry Bulkley and Mr. Webb. One of the distinguished accom plishments of Washington amateurs was the production of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" under the management of W. H. Baker, during the entire week at the lime of Garfield's inauguration, about thirty-eight years ago. The young Washington thespfans played to capacity houses at old Odd Fellows Hall, Seventh street between D and E streets northwest, the site now occupied by the magnificent I. O. O. P. Temple. In conversation with my old friend. Charlie Darr. we recalled the piping days back in the 'TO'r and Ws when as very young men we participated in the amateur theatricals of thosi days. He. as president of the MacCul lough Association, and I. as president and director of the John T. Raymond Association. Mr. Darr. who was a dashing and handsome young man, essayed the role of hero, while I was usually cast in the part of heavy villain. Mr. Darr referred to St. Peter's Dramatic Association of Capitol Hill, and its capacious hall on E street between Third and Fourth streets southeast. This organization was very popular and its entertainments were patronized by the elite of East Washington. HumoroDM Side*. There were some humorous sides to the amateur theatricals of the good old days of yore. About 1878 the travel lust took possession of some of the young actors and a company was formed to give performances In nearby Maryland and Virginia towns. The company was given the name, "Washington Troubadors," and George Palmer was made manager. It was decided to give the first out of-town show at L?aurel, Md., to be followed by one at Annapolis. After the company's thrilling, almost tragic experience at Laurel, it was never heard of again as an organization. Reaching that town, the gay trouba dors assumed the air of elegant aban don characteristic of the professional actors of the old school. They se cured the best rooms at the hotel and prepared to take Laurel by storm. Flaming posters announced that there would be "a whirlwind of fun and frolic" that evening at the town hall. The troubadors had hired a perfectly innocent orchestra of Ger mans before leaving Washington and agreed to pay the musicians after each performance. Unfortunately for the theatrical company the good citizens of the Maryland town had in mind former experiences with aggregations of ama teur actors, so when the hour for the opening of the theater arrived but few persons moved toward that structure. The Washingtonlans occupied the dressing rooms behind the stage, and the business end of the troubadors took charge of the box office and the ; ^ ^ M - ? . . . - entrance doors. In the meantime the hotel mananerrjent prepared the bill of expenses to be presented to the box office at 8:30 o'clock as prear ranged. and the owner of the hall was on hand to collect the rent. When the hands of the clock reached S, the time for opening the pct forinance. there were less than fifty persons in the audience, and some of them held free passes. Manager Palmer glanced at the small num ber of nudltors through a small hole in the curtain and was tilled with dis may. The hired and perfectly innocent orchestra players were playing the opening overture when Palmer rush ed ba? k to the dressing rooms and cxclaimed: Hoane Mas Kmpt.r. "I-adies and gentlemen, we are up ! against it. The house is empty and we are confronted by several big bills." While Palmer was making his little speech a member of the company who had visited the ticket office came run ning up almost breathlessly with the alarming information that the pro prietors of the hotel and the hall, backed by constables, were at the i box office clamoring for the money due them. The members of the company were thrown into a panic. They seised their belongings and still clad in stage cos tumes escaped through the rear doors and made a wild race for the nearby woods. Another act of the drama in real life was being enacted in the front part of the playhouse, while the amateur actors were "beating it" towards Washington. The constables seized the meager sum that had been taken in at the box office, and then proceeded upstairs. The musicians, uttcrty unconscious of the situation were playing "Silver Threads Among the Gold." then a brand new song, when the irate creditors descended upon them. One law office went quickly be hind the scenes, only to find that the real debtors had flown. As there was nothing to seize in the dressing rooms the constables proceeded to the audi torium and lined up the musicians, six in number. "Pile * up your instruments in the middle of the hall," commanded the chief law office. "We shall hold them for the debts due these gentlemen * (pointing to the hotel man and hall proprietor). The leader of the orchest/ra pro tested that the troubadors wer also Indebted to them for their services. The law officers were obdurate and took possession of bass drum, cymbals, violins, snare drum, and "GOTT MIT UNS" NOW WITH US Thin ia the Hun coat-of-arma and *Gott mlt Una** (God with Um) Inscription on the prow of one of the German I -hoots ju?t brought to thin country nnd an chored at Brooklyn Nnvy Yard. the brass instruments. Then the un fortunate musicians boarded the next train for Washington. The case was adjusted later, I wa.i informed, and the musicians recovered their instruments, while the actors were required to settle the debts on installments, or a* George Palmer ex pressed it, on the excitement plan. Hugo Worch, the music dealer at 1110 G street northwest, was an ama teur actor of Washington in the *70's. He was a student of Shakespearean plays and gave several recitals. I recall one of the recitals vividly, as I was Mr. Worch's support. ,-aw.s .. ? Bv CAPT. J. WALTER MITCHELL w Refore a larcc audience in n?id Fol low? Hall, Kiphth street southeast In 1^7*5. ho recited "Man Was Made to Mourn." - On that occasion he was made up as a venerable sage with | long white hair and whiskers, and i was clad in a Ions white rolwv I was then president of tho John T. Raymond Dramatic Association, and ] took the part of the young wan derer. Some of the first productions of the j John T. Raymond Association were , given in McOauley's Hall. Pennsyl vania avenue between Second and Third streets southeast, and at Wash- j ington Hall, near the former. Both I halls arc still intact. A trying-out place, for original I dramas, comedies and sketches by local association* was St. Klizabeth's Opera House, the playhouse con nected with the Government Hospital for the Tnsane on the heights over looking Washington from the south east. I'nder the direction of the late Dr. Clodding, then superintendent of the hospital. the opera house was equipped with all modern accessories. The lighting system was as Rood as that of any theater in Washington, while the property room was supplied with "props" for any character of performance from a one-act sketch to a four-act drama. Played for Insane. On one occasion when the John T. Raymond actors were booked for an evening with the unfortunate .nmates of the hospital, we presented two com edies that had been written especially I for the organization and the occasion.! One was "The Major and the Judge." , the other "Green as Grass." depicting a countryman's first visit to a circus. George Palmer played the part of the seedy major in the former play, while my brother Tom was the sedate but] needy judge. In the midst of the play there was introduced a rather exciting! episode that was not on the program. J The "major" was besecchinR the "Judge" to yive him something to cat as he was starving. he declared. "What about the tint of peanuts I gave you two weeks ago? Have you eaten all of them?" the ? judge" was saying. Suddenly there was a com motion in the audience and a big man arose and walked to the stage. The actors at first believed he was a mes senger frdm the hospital authorities, and halted their dialogue. "Well, what is it?" Palmer asked. "I am from down below." the man said, "and I can't sleep for the bad spirits. They are bothering me." "He's a drunk." Palmer whispered. "It is alcoholic spirits that are bothering you/' Tom said, "and you must get off the stage quick." At this interesting juncture several brawny attendants and guards rushed I to the stage and seized the burly In truder. who prove to b*? a madman who had temporarily evaded hi? keep er while siting in the audience. One severe winter about forty-two years ago when there was much suf fering among the poor of the Dis trict, the John T. Raymond Dramatic Association determined to give a benefit performance at Odd Fellows Hall. Navy Yard, to provide Christmas dinners for the destitute families of East Washington. A drama was writ ten for the occasion under the title. "Dots and Dashes; or ]/)vc Across the Continent." Tho?e In the Cast. Among those in the cast as I re call them were Will Crown, as the hero telegraph operator; ?ZoorRo Palmer, as a negro comedian; Thomas ( A. Mitchell as a trappor-scout of the Wild \\*est; Ed Forsyth as an army officer commanding Fort Mope; 1 was cast as Ven Sudder. villain; while the women who took part were j Mrs. William Moccabee, Mrs. Eliza beth Swartwout and Mrs. May C. Mitchell. The prologue was laid in Washington, while the main action was in a far Western State. The hall was crowded to its rapacity and it looked as if the fund would be large enough to carry Christmas cheer into a number of homes of the poor in the East End. The business arrangements had been entrusted to a club of young men who had ostensibly banded together to al leviate human suffering during the long, hard winter. The club in turn selected as treasurer a gay young man about-town and placcd him in charge of the box office. This young fellow, it seems, col lected a galaxy of wild young men. I and taking possession of the funds I proceeded to hire a vacant store. I which they stocked with beer and I other intoxicants, with plenty or | ?"eats" and "smokes," and proceeded j to make a hilarious night of it. When the conditiop of the finances ! was investigated the following day it was found that there was barely money enough on hand to buy a Christmas turkey for one family. There was some talk of prosecuting the young man in question, but the idea was eventually abandoned. Rioted Performer. When lieorge Palmer entered upon his professional career, he was so J much impressed with the drama, "Dots and Dashes." that he carried the manuscript, etc., to New York with him and the play was later sent out on the road and is reported to have made a decided hit every where it was presented. Meigs Par ham, now * veteran Wash ington guide. like George Palrmr h 1 camo n not 04 performer *n nr;rn| 1 rninstn4iy. which was thr vot'M' for J a number of year* following the civil j war. The late Gcor;o Graham. n'm> ! a Washington amateur origin all v. i made a country-wide reputation as a .blackface comedian. The- funniest organization of local | smateur actor? was known as the j "skates." The members had club j rooms on Four-and-a-half street j near C street. and on occasions thev ga\e what w? re termed "ostravn ganza* of the Skates." These pet - I forma noes wound up with a grotesque dance but more ofim in a free tight. J Towards the last days of this a?= : soriation it? sessions were held in th" ! topmost liall of the Odwni Ifall Huiid : ittg. corner of Four-and-a-half sttect 1 and Pennsylvania avenue. I The organization eventually came i under the suspicion of Sergeant of ' Police liombnrdv. of the Sixth pre cinct. and the sergeant reported hi< susmcions to Unt .lolin Kcll\ fath^i . of Headquarters I>et<-ctive Kd. Kelly j The lieutenant. ?ho then coin marded the precinct, authorized Serc?. Lombardy to pull off a raid on the ??Skates." and with a detail of police men he proceeded to the vicinity of <>deon Hall. D. L Rico, now of ?f?e National Tribune, was a cub renortcr I at that time and accompanied the ' blue-coated raiders. ? Sergt liombardy, who is the p^s ? sessor of a deep baas voice, led the | officers to the top floor of the build ing in gumshoe ailence. He heard j auspicious noisea in the hall ?here the "Skates" were supj>os? ?1 t?b< solemn conclave. Ix>mbardy jrave three raps at the outer door. The inside sentry made response by asking who sought to in terrupt the solemn proceedinas. 'We are initiating candidates." the sentry asid. Sorgt. 1 x>m hardy, who h??d heard the sound of dice lieing thrown in a crap game, responded: WIM Scramble. "Yea. I've been listening to Ihc rat tling of the diy bones." "It's the police, boys!" velb-d tw sentinel and the "Skates" made a wild scramble to escape. But th^ police got them all. and when the ease was called in the Pobce Court, a colored lawyer aet up the plea that Sergt. 1x>mbardv and his men had Interrupted a sacred session of the Independent Order, Sons and Daugh ters of Moses. He suggested that the policemen should l?e censured for in terrupting the solemn rites of the fraternity. " 'Solemn rites' is s new name for the old gambling game of craps." Judge Miller said. "The prisoners may continue their sacred session^ at lbs workhouse. SUtv dais