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CTBLICAN
AN INDEPENDENT PROGRESSIVE JOURNAL
TWENTY-XINTH TEAR
16 PAGES
PHOENIX, ARIZONA, MONDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 23, 1918
1G PAGES
VOL. XXIX., NO. 214
THE
REP
At (g
li
RUSSIA YEARNS
TO IGI HER
FOB DIGNITY
Patriotic Men Take Her
Cause to Paris Scatter
to All Parts of Globe
Long to Have People
Everywhere Know Her
Heart Is Honest A Lone
ly Nation
PARIS, Saturday. Dec. 21. (By the
Associated Press). Prof. Paul Milu
koff, leader of the Russian constitu
tional democrats, and foreign minister
in tho cabinet of Premier Lvoff, which
was formed after the overthrow of the
imperial dynasty, has arrived in Paris
with Nicholas Schebek, former Russian
ambassador at Vienna, and four other
Russians, represcntaing the various
political parties, exclusive of the bol
sheviki and the extreme left of the
social revolutionaries. The Russian
leaders say they have come here for
the purpose of interesting the entente
powers in the restoration of order in
Russia, so that a government may be
formed which will reunite Russia and
win recognition from the world powers.
The party left Kiev three weeks ago
and traveled to Paris by way of Odes
sa, When Professor Milukoff left Kiev
the Skoropadski government, he said,
was hard pressed, because the Ger
mans never had permitted General
Skoropadski to organize his own army,
and the Ukrainian force was small
lfter the German troops withdrew.
Professor Milukoff said General Sko
ropadski never was popular with the
Ukrainians, because he advocated an
independent Ukraine, while the public
largely desired a united Russia. Ex
tensive agrarian movements also have
ncen directed against Skoropadski, the
.nnstitutiona.1 democratic leader added,
and it is likely that the general has
been overthrown.
Denikine Has Government
In the meantime General Denikine.
former chief of the Russian general
staff, has established a government at
Yekaterinedar, which Professor Milu
koff and his associates say they hope
to see develop sufficient strength to
unite all the moderates in the Ukraine,
and eventually to merge with the gov
ernment of General Kolchak at Omsk,
Siberia, into central government,
pledged to the preservation of Russian
unity.
ithcr members of the Russian mis
sion now here are Vladimir Gurko, a
rotlier of General Gurko. who former
y commanded the Russian southwest -
' (Continued on Page Two)
NEWS EPITOME
IOSEIGN
Virtual ultimatum is handed to Ba
varia by Germans.
Russian casualty list is close to 10,-
000,000 men.
Status of Russia is awaiting arrival
of Wilson in England.
Russian voluntary delegates arrive in
Paris to learn fate.
German empress is said to be near
death from heart trouble.
Allied flag is three stripes two white
and a blue.
President Wilson spends many hours
with wounded in hospital.
DOMESTIC
Bartlett planning tour of North Pole
by airplanes.
Inquire into reasons why Piper was
allowed to commits suicide.
Ex-Ambassador Page expires at
Pinehurst.
Inconceivable wealth of the nation
shown in reports.
All food restrictions in public eating
places are removed.
. Mongolia arrives in New York with
soldiers and officers.
LOCAL
Dr. McNaughton tells of Armenian
Syrian suffering - from Turkish
atrocities in Asia Minor.
Inventor plans to locate big plant for
manufacture of hospital apparatus
in Phoenix.
Medals for gallantry in action are
awarded three Arizona officers by
Belgian ggyrnmant.
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PLANES TO BE USED
IN POLAR STUDY BY
EXPLORER BARTLETT
Aero Club of xlmerica Announces Plans Expedition to
Start North In June Flora and Fauna to be Preserved
for Later Investigation Smaller Aircraft to Go Ahead
and Establish Base for Seaplane Discoveries Expected
NEW . YORK, Dec. 22. An expe
dition to be led by Captain Robert A.
Bartlett, noted explorer, will be sent
to the Polar regions next June, to sur
vey the North Pole by airplane, ac
cording to "announcement here tonight
by the Aero Club of America. The
plan, it was said was conceived by
Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary, dis
coverer of the pole.
The purpose of this expedition which
it was said would be the most com
pletely equipped ever sent out, will be
to "explore, survey and photograph
the unexplored parts of the Arctic re
gions, and establish the extent of non
existence of land or lands in that re
gion. It is also intended, according to
the announcement, to explore the upper
air and the bottom of the Polar basin.
Results of inestimable value to the
United States and to science surely
will be obtained from this expedition,
said the announcement, which added
that the club would raise $250,000 to
finance the trip.
"The North Pole has ben discovered,
but the major part of the work still
remains to be done," the announcement
states. "Both "Admiral Peary and
Captain Bartlett want to do a great
deal of scientific research in the Polar
basin, of which over 1.000,000 square
miles remain unexplored and they
would want to have a laboratory on
the ship where the flora and fauna
from the ocean bottom would be kept
until the return of the expedition.
Little or no data has been obtained
from the bottom of the Polar basin
and no meteological curveys have been
made in the Polar region."
To Leave U. S. In June
"Asserting that "with the co-operation
of the leading geographical and
scientific bodies assured," it is planned
to have the expedition leave the United
States next June, the announcement
continued:
"There are six weeks of fair weather
in July and August, when, even in the
Polar regions, it is seldom lower than
sixty degrees above zero. The plans
are to have a ship go to Etah, about
WHY WAS PIPER LEFT
TO COMMIT
Republican A. P. Leased Wire
MUSKEGON, Mich., Dec. 22. That
Milo H. Piper, who last night ended
his life by hanging himself by his
waist belt and collar, in a cell at the
county jail here, where he was held on
a charge of killing Miss Frieda Weich
man, had for some time contemplated
suicide, is tlje belief of the authorities
here.
This assumption is based by police
on finding a brief note pinned to the
dead man's underwear, seemingly
written while Piper was in, Hamilton,
Ontario. It read:
"Dear Mother, Father and Brother:
Thanks for all you have done for me.
Take good care of Hilda and Choppy
(Piper's wife and three-year-old son).
As you or I must go, let it be. me.
Good bye all. I am not guilty. Milo."
. What Piper meant by the words,
"you or I must go," has not been
determined. At the bottom of the not
writen on a piece of paper such as is
used in tobacco cans, were the words:
"This dope comes from Hamilton." It
is this notation that leads the authori
ties to believe Piper wrote the words
before being brought here from Hamil
ton. They also point out that no lead
pencil or means of pinning the note to
his underwear had been left in the
prisoner's cell.
At the coroner's inquest, which will
he held tomorrow. Coroner Balbirnie.
stated today, an effort will be made to
determine why Piper was left un
guarded long enough to permit him to
hang himself. The cell, it was learned
today, was left unwatched for two
hours before Piper's body was found.
Today
SUICIDE?
six hundred miles from, the Xortn
Pole, in June, when the ice is suf
ficiently broken to permit the ship to
cross Melville Bay. The ship would
carry a large seaplane or land air
plane, for the final flight across tho
top of the earth, and for exploration
of the unexplored Polar regions, as
well as smaller planes for the scouting
flights..
"Immediately upon arrival at Etah. a
base would be established and while
awaiting for the ice to break up further
north, to permit the ship to go as far
as Cape Columbia, the small seaplanes
would fly to Cape Columbia and es
tablish a base there for the large plane
which is to be used for the flight across
the top of the world, from Cape Co
lumbia on the American side, over the
Pole to Cape Chelyuskin, on the Si
berian side, and for exploration of
long distances.
Planes to be Used
"For the six weeks after the middle
of July, when the weather conditions
are best for flying in the. Polar regions,
the large plaae, as well as the small
planes, will be put into service and
the important work of the expedition
will be done."
Asserting that only one-seventh of
the earth's surface has been accurate
ly mapped, and two-thirds only map
ped from rough sketches, officials of
the club stated that by use of air
planes it would be possible to do in
twenty years what would require 200
years by usual methods.
Captain Bartlett, who will lead the
mew expedition, commanded the
Roosevelt on the Peary Expedition.
While captain of the Karluk. which
was crushed in the ice in January,
1914, he led the 17 members of the ex
pedition to Wrangel Island, then
crossed over to Siberia with one Es
kimo and returned with a relief party.
He was also commander of the Mac
Milkin relief expedition, and last win
ter was commended by Secretary
Daniels for his extraordinary achieve
ment in taking the ship Favorite out
of the ice from Halifax.
3 KILLED IN SNOW. STORM
EL PASO, Tex.. Dec 22. E. H. Ro
jawski and D. Vickets were seriously
injured early today, when the auto
mobile in which they were riding was
struck by a Santa Fe train at a grade
crossing, two miles north of El Paso.
Two hours later, at another grade
crossing a mile away, an unknown
Mexican was instantly killed by an El
Paso and Southwestern train. Both
accidents occurred during a blinding
snow storm which swept this section.
FRAU WAGNER DYING
MUNICH. Saturday, Dec. 21. Frau
Cosima Wagner, widow of Richard
Wagner, the great composer, is dying
at Beyreuth .
STATUS OF RUSSIA
PEACE MOTHS
AWAITS PRESIDENT
LONDON, Dec. 21. (Saturday)
The whole question of Russia is under
serious consideration by the allies,
Reuter's agency learns from an au
thoritative British source. No plan,
however, has been formulated " and
nothing can be settled definitely, until
there has been an opportunity to dis
cuss the mater with President Wilson.
It is fully realized on all sides that
the Prussian problem is one of the most
urgent and important that if to be
dealt with, and it is hoped that during
President Wilson's stay in London It
may be found possible to discuss it
with a view to prompt action.
There have been numerous alarmist
reports recently, relative to the size
of the bolshevik army, but figures
quoted so far are considered exaggera
tions. The actual fighting strength
is probably not much over 200,000 or
300,000. Discipline has been intro
duced, but only by means that are far
more tyrnannical than anything known
under the old regime.
In the Kuban district. General
Alexieffs volunteer army, which since
his death has been under the command
of General Denikine, is maintaining a
valiant fight against the Germans and
bolshevists. A provisional government
has been set up there and numbeis
among its members moderate politi
cians such as Scrgius Sazonoff, for
mer ambassador at London; M. As
troff and M. Stepanoff, social demo
cratic leaders; and others identified
with that party. Support has been
given the moderate social revolution
aries. The allies are in touch with this
government, which possesses a thor
oughly efficient army of at least 100,000
men, and a British military mission
has been sent to inquire into the mili
tary position there.
In the Don district is another anti
bolshevist government. Here General
Krasnoffs army is operating under
the political control of M. Harlamoff,
a moderate social democrat. This
government is in close association with
the Kuban government, and both work
with the provisional government in
Crimea, with which they are in close
agreement. In Ukraine the situation
is very complicated.
There is reason to hope the policy
followed by the allies will promote
unity between these various govern
ments in southern Russia, all of which
repudiate tyranny and bolshevism and
whose one objeot is the restoration -of
order ia tho country.
Hooray! Lid's
Off! Pass the
Butter Please!
WASHINGTON, Dec. 22. Regu
lations restricting the use of bread,
meat, sugar, butter and cheese inv
public. eating places, which have
been in effect since last October 21,
were ordered rescinded today by
the food administration, effective
tomorrow.
This order, it was explained, is a
further step in the replacement of
specific food regulations by a gen
eral appeal for increased conserva
tion of all food, to the end that the
United States may meet its pledge
to relieve the distressed civilian
populations in Europe.
In announcing the withdrawal of
the regulations, the food adminis
tration notified public eating places
to be ready to assist in putting
into effect any specific measures
which may hereafter become nec
essary through developments in
world relief.
D NORTHCLIFFE
Says More Correspondents
In Europe Than Ever
Believes Their Presence
Will Foster Good Rela
tions Republican A. P. Leased Wire
PARIS, Dec. 21 Saturday Lord
Northcjiffe, chairman of the London
headquarters of the British mission to
the United States, and England's
greatest publisher, tonight gave a re
ception in hpnor of American news
paper correspondents in Paris. It was
at this function that American writers
received an invitation to be the guests
of the British government, during
President Wilson's visit to England
Lord Northcliffe said the gathering
of American ir-wspapermeh in Paris
was the greatest ever seen in any Eu
ropean country, "and lie was'sure their
visit would have great influence on the
relations between the American and
Europe&n continents.
President Wilson, Lord Northcliffe
added, would have the greatest welcome
ever given a ruler, when he goes to
England. He pointed out that England
had suffered more than the United
States during the war, because she had
been called on to supply France with
many things. Therefore the corre
spondents would find a shortage of
numerous things when they went to
England.
The British people. Lord Northcliffe
continued, had been obliged to submit
to rationing without exceptions. The
newspapers had been more fortunate
than some of these in other countries,
because they had been more careful in
conserving raw materials. Neverthe
less they had been obliged to reduce in
size to one half that of 1914.
The speaker-said a warm friendship
had grown up between the British and
American soldiers, who had fought to
gether at the front, and this fact cer
tainly would afford a basis for the de
velopment of closer relations between
the two foremost nations of the world.
President 'ilson. Lord Northcliffe
said, was a man of infinite courage, and
had not hesitated to break all American
traditions in entering into the war. He
said he was glad the president was' go
ing outside London and into England,
to Manchester, for instance, which peo
ple ha dsuffered most from the Ameri
can civil w,ar, because they were de
pendent upon the supply of American
totton, but yet had remained constant
in their friendship for the north. There
the president would see the real Eng
land, for London was no more Kngland
than New York was America, The 1
speaker concluded by saying he was
certain the president's visit would do
immense good.
E
. COPENHAGEN, DeCj 22. The
Frankfort Beitung, a copy of which has
been received here, says the former
German empress will hardly live to see
the new year. Her ailment, heart dis
ease, has crown considerably worse
during the past exciting weeks. Pre
viously, for several months, she had
suffered from the effects of a stroke
of apoplexy.
The condition of the former empress,
effect on her husband, who also is seri
efect on her husband, who also is seri
ously ill. It is feared that his ear
trouble will spread to the brain. His
nervous condition is bad. ,
A dispatch from Amerengen, Hol
land, last Friday, said former Emperor
William was able to walk about the
castle grounds that day, after having
been confined to bed for several days.
The disptch added that he appeared
to have recovered from his chill, and.
that it was understood his ear trouble
hadtieen greatly alleviated.
AN IMPERIAL ROBBER
BERLIN, Dec. 22. (By the Asso
ciated Press) The newspaper, Abend,
charges that the Austrian archduke,
Leopold Salvator, former imperial
master of ordnance, cleared twenty
million crowns on army contracts. The
archduke according to the newspaper,
supplied the government with dried
vegetables, for which he was paid from
100 to 200 per cent more than the mar
ket price. His contracts for three
years, the Abend says, totalled foxty
flvc mil lion, -crowns.
EHTDmUie YJUKEE
KB I PIS
1
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THOUGHT
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Two English Hosts to
President Woodrow Wilson
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f. ' V
King George (left) and Lloya George.
While the former will be the official
host, it is the conference with the lat
ter that will have the greater signifi
cance. Lloyd George is the British
premier.
alliedTlaSle
BE WHITE Affi) BLUE
PARIS. Dec. 22. (By the Associated
Press) Tho allied maritime council
decided today that its new flag would
be hoisted for the first time on Aus
trian merchantment in the Adriatic
beside the Italian flag.
Dr. Silvio Crespi, minister of food,
discussing the action of the council
said:
The new flag consists of three hori
zontal stripes, with top ami bottom
white and center blue. This tonnage
in the Adriatic will be used chiefly for
relief work. There are also a hundred
thousand tons of Austrian merchant
ships in Spanish ports which will he
treated like those in the Adriatic. Half
of these ships probably will be en
trusted to Spain and huTf to Italy, pro
visionally, the idea being that the
countries in whose territorial waters
the merchantmen are, or those in
closest proximity, shall act as trustees
for the entente.
"Thirty thousand rrtore tons of Aus
trian merchantmen in the Black Sea
also will be taken ovr by Italy, while
an additional 311,000 tons in various
northern European ports will be di
vided between England and Fiance.
"The same rule is to be applied to
2,500,000 tons of German merchantmen,
spread throughout the world. All.thesc
enemy merchantmen ultimately will
be divided between the allied powers
and the T'nited States in a ratio which
will be decided by the peace confer
ence." .
In inter-allied circles the decision
of the maritime council is considered
one of greatest importance, as it is
the first step toward intranational coiir
trol of shipping and freights, and in
some circles is regarded .even as the
beginning of the foundation of a league
of nations, as it gives to the world a
new flag of the allied maritime council.
to be flown alongside that of each of
the allied countries. -
o
LeG Fir Wur I
COPENHAGEN, Dec. 22. (By
the Associated Press) Russia's war
casualties total 9,130.00 men, ac
cording to a telegram received here
today from Petrograd. Of this num
tfsr 1,700,000 were killed.
The disabled men number 1,450,
000, while 3,300,000 other soldiers
were wounded. The Russians taken
prisoner total 2,500,000.
Estimates of the Russian casual
ties in the war, made last week by
the Russian information bureau di
rector, A. J. Sack, in New York, fig
ured tho total at "not less than 8,
000,000 men, of whom 3,000,000 were
killed and about 1,0C0,0C0 disabled
for life."
Figures compiled by the Cologne
Gazette and published November 25,
placed the total German casualties
at more than 6,000.000. Of this num
ber it was estimated that about 2,
000.000 wer killed.
The French soldiers killed in the
war, according to a statement made
in the French chamber of deputies
on December 20, by Lucien Voilin,
a socialist deputy, number 1,400.000.
Italy lost 500,000 men in killed or
died of wounds. A statement to this
effect was made in Paris, December
21, by Salvatore Barzilai, a former
member of the Italian cabinet, who
accompanied King Victor Emma
nuel on his visit to the French
capital.
The British army official losses
in killed total 658,704.
AUSTRIA LOSES 4,000,000
GENEVA, Dec. 22. (By the Associ
ated Press) The casualties of the Aus-tro-Hungarian
'armies from the begin
ning of the war to the end of May, 1918
wereslightly over 4,000,000 according
to official statistics received today from
Vienna. Eighteen Generals out of 310
were killed.
: LIFT EMBARGO ON BEANS
JUAREZ, Mex., Dec. 22. American
consul E. A. Dow today announced the
removal, by Ihe Wa-shington govern
ment, of the embargo on the importa
tion into the United' States of vanilla
beans, cocoanuts and oil cake. Export
of these articles through the Juarez
gateway has been forbidden for some
months, on account of insufficient
shipping, facilities la the United States.
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Cheers Individual Wounded Takes
Each by the Hand Is Recognized by
New York Traffic Officer Wishes
I All a Merry Christmas As Possible
Intended to Spend an Hour, Remains
Over Four London Is On Qui Vive
for Visit Rome January 3.
In Surf For 10
Hours; Believed
Drowned; Saved
Republican A. P. Leased Wire
GUERNEVILLE, Cal, Dec. 22.
Miss Lucilie Armstroff, a school
teacher, was swept into the ocean
yesterday -west of this town, while
photographing the surf. Nina and
one-half hours later her apparently
lifeless body was found on the
beach and brought to Jenner a
nearby village. Heedless of assur
ances that his task was hopeless, a
village character, known only as
"Filipino Joe." succeeded after sev
eral hours effort in restoring the
young woman to consciousness.
Physicians here said Miss Arm
stroff would recover. v
WASHINGTON, Dec. 22. Resources
of the national banks of the country
on November 1, the date cf the. last
call, aggregated $19,821,404,000, Comp
troller of the Currency Williams an
nounced, today. This not only was a
new hiKh record, but was an increase
of Jl,777,79Ct,000 over the total shown
by the call last August 31.
The resources of the national banks
of the United States, Mr. Williams
said, exceed the combined aggregate
resources of "he national banks of
issue of England, the Dominion of
Canada. France, Italy, the Nether
lands. Norway, Sweden, Denmark,
tfapan and Germany as shown by
their latest available reports.
Mr. Williams also said that the na
tional banks' resources were only one
billion dollar less than the combined
resources of all state and o'.her banks
and trust companies in the country,
as shown by their reports of June
1917. and that in the past five years
the growth of -the resources of the na
tional institutions had been greater
than the increase which took place in
the preceding 2T. years.
During the present year, the comp
troller's report said, only one national
bank in the entire country had failed,
a small institution in California. This
was declared the best record since 1S70.
Returns from the national banks on
November 1, Mr. Williams said, as
compared to those on last August 31.
showed: Deposits $13,051,000,000, an
increase of $1,165,000,000.
Loans and Discounts Increase
Loans and discounts 10.097,000,000,
an increase of $603,000,000.
Capital, surplus and undivided prof
its, $2,315,000,000, increase $33000,000.
Bills payable and rediscounts, $1,
567,000,000, and increase of $273,000,000
the borrowings being principally on
Liberty bonds and certificates of in
debtedness. The total holdings of United States
bonds, including Liberty bonds and
certificates of indebtedness, amounted
to $3,156,000,000, an increase ot $700,
000,000. The circulation of all national banks
November 1. was $675,000,000, an in
crease of approximately $1,500,000.
The lawful reserve held by national
banks with federal reserve banks, was
$1,101,000,000, a reduction of $12,000,000,
and the excess of reserve held over the
amount required was $69,000,000, a re
duction of $3S. 000,000.
Cash in vaults and due from federal
reserve banks totalled $1,S03,000,000,
an increase of $131,000,000.
Mr. Williams said the increase in
resources is widely distributed
throughout the nation, the country
banks showing a material increase in
every state except Nebraska. Kansas,
Ohio and Illinois, and in these the
decrease was small.
o
SECRET!
DOH'TTELL'SH!
WITH THE AMERICAN ARMY OF
OCCUPATION, Saturday, D"C. 21.
(B'ythe Associated Press) Here is a
guarded army secret, concerning the
president of the United Stajes, for
publication in the United States, but
not in France. The story has been
passed by the army censors and con
cerns the welcome that is being ar
ranged for President Wilson at
Christmas tide.
The army is arranging for president
and Mrs. Wilson a Christmas tree, as
a surprise, and also the most gorgeous
collection of German souvenirs yet
gathered by the American army of oc--i
cupation.
The souvenirs include officers' gold
and steel helmets, anti-tank gun shells,
swords, iron crosses and the like.
Passes good throughout the third
army area for President and Mrs.
Wilson were issued Saturday by the
provost marshal. President Wilson's
pass is numbered 500 and that of Mrs.
Wilson ia 606.
WLWLl
SEEN !N REPORT
ROME, DeS. 22. (Havas).
President Wilson will arrive in
Rome on January 3, according to
an announcement made today in
the Italian newspapers.
PARIS, Dec. 12. ( By The Associated
Press) President AVilson today visited
the Red Cross hospital at Neuilly, where
he shook hands individually and talked
with 1,200 badly wounded Americans,
for the most part survivors of the Cha
teau Thierry action. He spent more
than four hours in the hospital, visiting
every ward and stoping at every bed
side. Later he visited the French hos
pital val de Grace.
Speaking of his experiences at the
American hospital, the president said:
"I went through the American hospi
tal at Neuilly with the greatest inter
est and the greatest satisfaction. I
found the men admirably taken care of
and almost without exception in excel
lent spirits.
"Only a very few of them looked real
ly ill. and I think that their mothers and
their friends would have been entirely
pleased by their surroundings, and by
the alert look in their eyes, and the
keen interest they took in everything'
about them.
Stays 4 Hours Instead of One
"I am sure that they will gn back to
their loved ones at home with a new
feeling of joy, alike in their recovery
and in the fine service they have been
able to render."
Going to the American hospital, with
the expectation of remaining an hour,
the president found four hours all too
short, as he felt that he could not leave
without speaking with every man. and
he expressed regret only at his inability
to clasp the hands of every American
soldier in France.
The president looked tired and worn
whin the ordeal was finished, for not
withstanding the cheerfulness of the
men. and the care which they were re
ceiving, there were many affecting cas
es in the wards.
When he came to one very badly
wounded, the president sat on the edge
of the cot for a moment, and asked
where he was from and how he hud
been wounded. He admired his war
career and decorations. Noticing that
many of his wourds were in the leg. the
president asked: "Why have we here
no men wounded in the tipper part cf
the body?"
"Men who are wounded above the
waist are not here: they have gone on,'
answered the soldier simplv.
Meets N. Y. Traffic Officer
One of the men the president came
to, stood proudly erect with medals on
his blouse, and one arm outstreached
in an appliance for restoring its use
fulness. He looked suggestively like
a traffic policeman on duty.
I'm glad to see you look so cheer
ful," said the president.
"You have seen me many times be
fore. Mr. President," responded the
soldier. "I used to be a traffic police
man at the Grand Central station.
Don't you think I look natural?"
The president laughed softly. It
probably was the only merry moment
he had in the hospital.
Another strapping fellow gave his
name as Private Wilson.
"I am proud to know I have a name
sake like you." said the president.
"It is a very honorable name. I on!y
tried to do it proud," responded the
soldier.
One soldier had. lost both legs by a
shell. "I am thankful they did not get
an arm," he said cheerfully.
More than 6,500 wounded Americans
from the battles around Chateau Thier
ry have passed through Neuilly hospi
tal. The 1.200 remaining are the most
serious cases, whom miracles of modern
surgery are rebuilding to resume their
places in civil life, though some will
probably .never leave the hospital.
The president abstained from atten
dance at church in order to make the
visit. He was accompanied by Mrs.
Wilson and Rear Admiral Grayson, and
was met .at the entrance by che com
mandant and his staff. But he made it
plain that he wished no ceremony.
"I just want to go in and visit the
boys and have a chat with them," ho
said.
Beginning with the first ward. the.
president went down one side of the
room and Mrs. Wilson the other, stop
ping to chat here and there with the
wounded and grasp a hand for a mo
ment or say a word of cheer and en
couragement. The president, himself,
where it was possible, took the hand of
every man, saying: "We hape to have
you back soon with us." Or "I wish
you the best of luck and a speedy re
covery." So the president went from ward to
ward, always asking each man's name,
and saying something intimately per
sonal. As he left each room he turned
for a moment, and said:
I wish you boys as mej-ry a Christ-
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