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HOBOES DECORATE POTTER'S
FIELD MEMORIAL DAY
Chicago's potter's field the burial
place of those who have gone under
in the struggle for existence will be
decorated fittingly for the first time
in history on Memorial Day.
The International Itinerant Work
ers' Union of America, otherwise
known as the Hoboes of America, has
arranged to decorate the graves of
all the unknown who lie in that
nameless burial ground.
It will be the first time in the his
tory of Chicago that the graves of
those who died paupers ever have
been honored with a decoration and
the ceremony will be unique.
Furthermore, the flowers will be
placed over the graves by men who
are jobless, poverty-stricken and up
against it so badly that they them
selves do not know where their next
meal is coming from.
Chicago Local No. 2 of the Hoboes'
Union has made all arrangements for
the day and the administrative work
will be in the hands of A. H. Teffre,
the local chairman, and Al Hoffman,
secretary of the local.
The idea of decorating the graves
of potter's field originated with Jeff
Davis, international president of the
"As conditions are today," said
Davis, "we of the hobo element would
be placed in paupers' graves if death
were to come upon us.
"It is our duty, as members of the
working class, to remember and pay
homage to such of life's shipwrecks
as have been so unfortunate as to be
buried in potter's field.
"Among the unknown dead are
wealthy sons who have gone astray,
runaway girls and a vast number of
men, more sinned against than sin
ning, who found themselves unable
to compete with the present indus
"I look upon those graves and
think of those who occupy them as
soldiers of industry shot down "by an
unjust judge helped out by technical
laws which mean nothing except to
the lawyers, and I blame the un
thinking mass of the people for the
martyrdom they suffered."
Rome. An up-to-date tourists'
hotel is being built on lip of crater of
New York. Peculiar looking box
left at babies' hospital contained baby
two hours old.
Atlanta, Ga. A. T. Pate opposes
wife's divorce suit, claiming that lit
tle black dog was allowed to sleep in
daughter's bed while she had tosbare '
Madrid. Navy pensioner, 75, lived
month on olives. Won $200 wager.
Will start olive grove.
Boston, Mass. Local fire depart
ment rescued two incendiary spar
rows. Birds fired nest by investigat
ing business end of match.
MISS PANKHURST MAY HAVE TO
London, May 19. Suffraget lead
ers admitted today that Miss
Christabel Pankhurst and other
militants will probably have to leave
Paris to escape deportation.
Since May of last year, Miss Pank
hurst has lived in Paris, from where
she has edited and directed publica
tion of the Suffragette. Lately other
suffragets have gone to Paris because
of trouble with the British govern
ment. England cannot demand the extra
dition of Miss Pankhurst and other
militants under the existing treaty.
The foreign office can represent, to
the French government, however,
that a band of conspirators against
the United Kingdom were being har
bored and the French would warn the
women to leave. It is said Miss
Pankhurst has been given a tip that
she. wfll be asked, to leave France
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