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REFUGEES LAND HOME TELL
OF THRILLING TIMES
New York, Aug. 12. Throwing
kisses to the Statue of Liberty and
singing "America," refugee Ameri
cans arrived in port today on the
Holland-American liner Potsdam
from the war-torn countries of Eu
rope. All had experienced difficulty in
getting to Rotterdam and Boulogne
Sur Mer and many lost everything
but the clothes they had? on.
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Keen and W.
H. Howard, all of Boston, told a
graphic story of the call to the colors
"Paris went wild," said Keen.
"Frenzied people marched through
the streets. When the call to the
colors was announced waiters who
were reservists threw off their aprons
and rushed to enroll, leaving food on
the tables and waiting patrons. The
city was paralyzed by withdrawal of
men from their usual occupations
and crazy for war.
"Even before the mobilization -'we
had an awful time trying to get large
bills cashed. Restaurants refused to
accept them. All of the boulevard
cafes were closed, the authorities
fearing that in their enthusiasm the
crowds might throw chairs, spoons
and chinaware around.
"We left Paris on the last big
refugee train and left all our bag
Dr. and Mrs. George C. Fahy of
New Haven considered themselves
the luckiest of any of the refugees.
Mrs. Fahy was in Paris while her
husband attended a convention of
dentists in London. She left Paris
without baggage, got to London,
rushed into a hall where Dr. Fahy
was delivering a lecture, and the two
left at once for Rotterdam. The den
tist wore his dress suit across the
channel. It was all he had.
Washington. Additional reassur
ing advices were received today by
Sec'y of War Garrison as to the sit
uation of Americans in Germany. He
had not been definitely advised that"
the German government had prepar
ed to provide special trains to trans
port Americans out of Germany, but
he said other nations had done this
and he would not be surprised if, Ger
many took the same step.
London. Headed by Dr. John H,
Finley, commissioner of education of
New York state, representatives of
the American 'citizens' committee
planned to leave here today for Ger
many to assist Americans stranded in
the kaiser's country. They will go
by way of Holland and under the aus
pices of the Red Cross Society.
Paris. With appeals for aid still
being received, the American em
bassy up to today, .bad distributed
$35,000 among 5,500 Americans
stranded and without funds in the,
ROADS NAME REPRESENTATIVES
W. L. Parks, vice president of the
Illinois Central, and H. E. Byrum,.
vice president of the Burlington sys
tem, have been appointed, it is said,
to represent the roads at the coming
The employes will next name two!
representatives and the four will,
then select two independents to rep-i
resent the public. If the four cannot
agree on the others they will be"
chosen by the United States Board
All members must be named with
in thirty days after the signing of the
arbitration agreement This was
signed Aug. 3.
A clergyman was arguing with a
friend of his on the desirability of at
tending church. At last he put the
question squarely: "What is your per
sonal reason for not attending?"
The gentleman smiled in a quiet way
as he replied, "The fact is, one finds
so many hyprocrites there." Return
ing the smile, the clergyman said:
"Do not let that keep you away t
there is always room for one more."