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JOHNSON HAS STEPPED ON SOCIETY'S SORE TOE
Jack Johnson, negro "teacher
of physical culture," is fixing for
a fine mess of trouble if he carries
out his declared intention of mak
ing his summer home in the man
sion formerly owhed hy Judson
E Sherman, cotton broker, in the
exclusive Lake Geneva summer
Johnso'n admits he has bought
the hbUse. He will take with him
his white wife, formerly Lucille
Cameron, his "little Jewish boy
friend" valet, Joe Levi, and the
rest of his train of white and col
ored retainers. He will establish
a stock farm.
Residents of the colony talked
threateningly of tar and feathers,
horsewhipping and other forms of
punishment when they learned
who their neighbor was to be.
"TC- is an. outrage," said Mrs.
John J. Mitchell, wife of the pres
ident of the Illinois Trust and
Savings Bank. "I am astonished
that Mr. Sherman should have
sold his- property to a negro. If
Johnson insists upon occupying
the propertyhe will find life very
Mrs. Mitchell's villa is half a
mile away from the place bought
by the negro. The home of Mr.
and Mrs. George D. Runisey is
.only a few doors away.
Edward F. Bosley, who owns a
lake front home, said : "Johnson
should He tarred and feathered if
he intrudes where his presence
would fie" most offensive."
Several years ago when an
agreement was made by 'owners
to sell only to persons approved
by a majority of the residents,
Sherman refused to sign. Homer
A. Stillwell, former president of
the National Chamber of Com
merce, intimated that there might
be spitework in thevdeal.
"It is quite possible that some
tone expects tfr make a lot ' of
money out of the sale of this prop
erty. Johnson prdbably has tttade
a wise investment.''
Residents of the colorty rtiay
contribute to buy the property -at
a large advance over what John
son paid for it.
An option on the Sherman es
tate is held by W. A. Anderspn
a negro attorney. Johnson is said
to have bought the option from:
HERE'S A WARNING
Denver,-Col., Dec 2l Wive&
who would not be Christmas wfd-
ows, heed the warning in the act'
of Kenneth K. Kane, a railway
mail clerk. Do not invite all yoUr
relatives for Christrrias dinner.
"I want to get along; witli
everybody, and I want everybody
to like me. But it makes jne
mighty sore when I think of the
big crowd my Wife has invited to-,
our house for Christmas dinner,''
He then 'arranged all the
Christmas gifts he had received
in the shape of a coffin, lay down
inside the casket of gifts and puM
a bullet through his bain. Hej
. -o -o
A ladder is a long row of holeai
surrounded by sticks.