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THE WASHINGTON TIMES, SUNDAY, MAY 18, 191&.
m f S IS t; . H .1 2 4 ? it (i 1? H fa r n b a II S. RAILROAD 11 HEAD HAS WORLD'S LONGESTBEA bull drilling down the street a men- . . tal picture of a procession of blue .coats 700 strong following behind him ' ' flashes across your mind if it chances to be in Washington. A policeman suggests pistol play, a club, rough handling and probably , 1 a blackjack. When you see a police- ' i man, you sense that he is as strong ' as the force of which he is a unit. I There is a fascination about a plainclothes man when he flashes Yard. It is in this country and police headquarters is in Washington in the new Hurley-Wright building, corner of Pennsylvania avenue and Eigh teenth street northwest. It is known as the Secret Service and Police Section of the Division of Operation of the United States Rail road Administration. The lengthy title is not too long, for Uncle Sam's chief policeman has a bea: 250,000 miles long. William J. Flynn holds down this ( job. No. he doesn t police the entire The Days of Real Sport -;- Copyright. 1919. by tha Tribuns Association. -:- By Briggs WAR GARDEN PAMPHLET ARRIVES IN CAPITAL a ponce oaage mat tnrms you. He- i beat. He has 20.000 assistants whom 1 hind that silver star or badge, as the he details to specific lines. case may be, you see romance, deeds ' stick to the Railroad. of daring, mystery and masters j Like the hobo, the" train "roBber, the The bigrress of New York suggests : hold.up and tne freight burglar, to nunc-' lorce so great inai ir sm.ggers you. New York has a force of 11.000. ! And Scotland Turd. Scotland aYrd sugegsts a police whom they deotc their attention, they stick to the railroad tracks. Police precincts in Washington cover a few blocks. Chief Flynn, as foicc so great and so all-inclusive 1 ncad of the biggest police force in that you feel you are never beond its pale, if you happen to be abroad. ' Scotland Yard has a force of 17.000 By A. CLO YD GILL. . : men- t. . ,fc ,. . . . , ,, , T--,,i. But there is another police force, Vhen somebody yells "POLICE' , reater than that in New York city. and you sight a blue-coated "harness greater than that known as Scotland I&l HSL gt m 1 Your Most Precious Assets Are Your Eyes Guard Them With Careful Attention SPECIAL FOR MONDAY AND TUESDAY Shell frame, fitted with best lens&E. Special n-M Eyes Examined Free By Our Specialist We cut and grind our own lenses on the premises (in our moders factory KAHN OPTICAL CO. 617-619 Seventh St. N. W. Bet. "F" and G St. Opp. IT. S. Patent Office the world, has divided his' beat into sixteen precincts. They cover States instead of city blocks. "William G. AIcAdoo. formerly di rector general of railroads, first con ceived and put into operation the idea of a national police 'force. On assuming control of the opera-' tion of the roads, Mr. McAdoo dis coered a big leak. Millions of dol lars" worth of freight were being stolen annually from the railroads. Even a substantial increase in freight and passenger rates would not relieve the situation to any great extent. He discovered that the 144 railroad systems he controlled had 144 police departments. They were working in dependently. If a thief carted away a few loads of freight for which the road had to make good, the police got busy. In many cases they succeededin keep ing the thief away from that par ticular road, but they merely forced him to plunder a road 'in' another State. They did not follow him. MeAdoe-' Theory. Mr. McAdoo believed there was "a co-operative plan by which the po lice forces of the various lines could be co-ordinated in such a way that if a thief stole from a road in Cali fornia the railroad police in Maine would be waiting to nab him should he put in his appearance there. "William J. Flynn, formerly head of the Secret Service of the Treasury Department, that romantic organiza tion which protects the President, catches counterfeiters and during the war did its share of spy hunt ing, was invited by Mr. McAdoo to take charge of the railroad police. He was given broad power in or ganizing his force, with the result that today it is the largest and best paid police unit in the world. Most. of the men in the force were employed as police. agents by the va- m wmmmmmw:mwmmmmmzmmmmMmm&MmpmitMmm3m - oh Sio-tfAr! ) 7T 1 -"IS IT --.," . "" " t?0 HOO-o. I - . ... .. : -.--- - C'MON. OV6P- ) K0UtJ' 7 maws -s-jze) J . 1 "The War Garden Victorious," the memorial edition written to make permanent record of the work of tha Soldiers of the Soil, has arrived in Washington, and copies have been presented to various Cabinet mem bers, officials Interested in food con servation and to libraries. Charles Lathrop Pack, president of the National War Garden Commis sion, wrote the book, which has manr illustrations. The "Washington mem bers of the commission arc Fairfax Harrison, P. r Claxton. and John Hayes Hammond. Mrs. John Dickinson Sherman. th woman member, is now touring the country organizing- the work of the United States School Garden Army. Tra.de Supplied by A. EBERLFS SONS, Inc., 718 7th St N.W. General Electric Fan I GXWM -5t-rT f J JHf BSff&5C3Bgk 1 1 fit Look Ihr'thelhurth&w in the&ecder&WifwLow rious railroads before the roads passed under Government control. When the police took charge, the police units of the various roadi were grouped under thirty ranks and titles. The classification has now been re duced to five ranks chief of police, inspector, lieutenant, sergeant, and patrolman. Salaries Are Good. Attractive salaries have brought many good men into this service. The salaries of chiefs range from $3,500 lo $4,000 a year. There is a chief of 'police, for each of the 144 foads under Federal con trol. There is an inspector in charge of '.he sixteen precincts or districts. He is a special representative of Chief Flynn. He is also in direct and con stant communication with the re gional director of railroads in his dis trict. Has the new police force been on the job? Heroare some figures which speak for themselves: .- 1 Between April 1, 1913. and March 31, 1919, there were 15,828 This Thief Had a Grudge Against College Choir; Stole Graduation Music DURHAM, N. C. May 18. A thief broke into a church here and stole 175 pieces of music to be used at the local Trinity col lege commencement early in June. The thief .evidently had heard the choir practice and you can guess the rest many classes. Some steal only whiskey, cigarettes and tobacco. Others confine their activities to clothing and shoes. There is- another class that specializes rn the "heavies," and uses wagons and trucks to haul away the loot. The "heavies" will break epen a arrests car of high-priced merchandise or hardware valued at thousands of dot lars. They have been most active, however, with automobile accessories. Thieve Oprn I7 Sell Ioot. Chief Flynn tells of a case -where The courts committed 2.364 to jail 1 in,e.ves slo,e a car l0atl or automobile or reformatories, and 2,433 cases were J tires. Some time later they opened made for freight robberies alone. A surprising fact is that more than 6,000 of them were railroad employes. During that period more than 10.000 were convicted, the total penitentiary sentences amounting to 3.271 years. ALTERNATING CURRENT Buy the Fan That Is a REAL Fan The G-E Whiz is a real fan not a toy. It has all the quality and durability of the other well-known General Elec tric types of larger srze. It is a 9-inch, single-speed fan.. of sturd' construction and has created a heavy demand that makes early buying a mark of wisdom. G-E. Fans are sold by the B H Everything for the Motorist The Store for Things Electrical w. Or From Any of the Following Dealers: Bliss Electric Company, 420 12th sL n.w. Gramm, E. C, 1408 Eye st n.w. Brooks Company, E. F., 813 14th st. n.w. Jones, George Wellacc, 1414 Park road n. Camnbell. Josenh D.. 2203 14th xt. n w. M(vpm F!o,-H-,V Ckn 1tL 1 it . r , r , v.w-.. w.V,, -,w, ana Sl5 nw Capital Electric Company, 1525 14th st n.w. Parezo & Co., George W. 808 9th st. n.w Chipman Electric Company, 510 10th st n.w. Rau, John C 524 12th st n.w. Rcpetti, Joseph S., 149 B st. s.e. Rudolph & West Co., 1332 N. Y. ave. n.w. Scharr Electric Co., H. I., 711 13th st n.w. Silverberg Electric Co., 1012 E st. n.w. Taylor & Company, J. E., 1324 Eye st. n.w. Ullman, Samuel, 1778 U st n.w. Warfield '&. Sanfdrd, 910 E st n.w. Clark, F. L., 1242 Wisconsin ave. n.w. Collif lower, L. R., 2918 14lh st. n.w. Dauber, C. W., 2011 H st n.w. Evans & Bro., O. R., 720 13th st n.w. Ernst, E. C, 604 5th st n.w. Glascox Electric Company, The Frank, 1405 14th st n.w. Patronize The Dealer Nearest You dismissed, suspended or paroled. Property stolen by these offenders nmnuntnrl In 1? 17(1 nflfl Of thi I amount 51,750.000 worth of the prop erty wan reepvered. This was far in excess of any previous experience of the railroads. VctiTr In April. Chief Flynn has received report during' the past week from eighty two railroads shwintr their activi ties during the month of April of this year. There were 346 arrests during that month, and of this number .T.IS were employes of those lines. Most of those arrested in April have already been tried. There have been 598 convictions. -Sentences aggregated 156 years in the peni tentiary and 123 years in jail or in ! reformatories. The amount of property stolen by those arrested was S42.000. Of this amount $32,000 worth' of the prop- ' erty has been recovered. ! Fines assessed for the month of j April aggregated about $6,000. gl "We are glad to Fee a falling off I in the number of employes convicted I of stealing from their roads." says j Chief Flynn. "Of course, we do m- tend to reduce it to a minimum.'' ff WhUkey Thieve Busy. i Whiskey thieves -have been giving i the railroads operating in 'dry' H i States considerable trouble, and many j person's have had temptations offer i ed them who otherwise would not j have gotten into trouble r j "In 'dry' States." Chief Flynn ex- I j plains, "the whiskey thief will break j h I open a parcel if he believes it con- I tains whiskes-. When he sees it does H not. he casts it aside and moves on.) not molesting the articles it does con- "tain. j "Along come? a nlembcr of the train crow or possibly an outrider. I I He .sees thai the package had already ( j been oponcd and thinks to himself, i (Well, tome of this stuff hn:i alreadv j,bcen stolon: I'll juts take a bit of' .- j what is left.' ' "Scores of men have yielded to' : temptation of thi." kind. Snm we) ? havp caught, others have got away g ' with it." ! Of recent months thieves have been 'directing their attention to the theft of penny mileage books. Numerous . s cases of this kind have been handled j'by the department. The mileage is - ! almost the same as '-ash It ran be 1 1 used anywhere and is easily disposed . of through a "fence." , Freight Thleven Clever. Bl Chief FIvnn finds that freight car thieves are the most crafty and cun- . ninpr cf s.U criminals i T ' '"Wo havis increased the hazard.1 of . m ' this class so that we hope to cut d-n - the annual loh? by millions." Chief ' Jj'riynn smjs. "Already there is a, marked decrease in ihe number of cases against employes. Thcv are daily becoming more wary of our new , department. "We are working hard to impress on the railroaa employe mat nc should protect tho company's prop erty, not steal It. "In some cases the employe has worked hand-in-hand with the pro fessional freight car thieves" ThTf Ate freight ijf thievp ." a tire store and did a flourishing business, selling the tires as "sec onds." The railroad police interferred and a part of the "loot" was recover ed. Silk thieves have been operating In recent years in all parts of the coun try. They will make a haul in one State, get away with the stuff, dis pose of it to a "fence" in another C!.. i i j . chile, na nunureas or miles awav fwho had made away with SI. 000,000 1 worth of silk . Chief Flynn tells of a recent case whore railroad employes were in volved. It was that in which two Pullman conductors were, collecting railroad tickets from passengers and keeping them. It was on a line in New York. . ' The tickets would be mailed to "fences" in Providence. It. I., and re-J sold at greatly reduced prices. The! gang pulled down about 510,000 be fore the game was broken up and the conductors and their confedera-j ates were arrested. j V. S'. Courta Big Aid. Chief Flynn Is finding "that the! Federal courts are a great aid. In I many cases where the amount in volved is more than $100. he takes advantage of the fact that the roads arc under Federal control and has them tried before a Federal judge. "Vi'rt have found that good sub stantial sentences are usually ob tained In Federal court and for some! reason or other, the thief's knowl- J edge that his case may be tried be- fore a Federal judge has a deterrent effect on him," says the chief. Many of those arrested by the ral road police force are boys. In mosti cases they are sent to reformator Some are paroled. In his remarkable organization! Chief Flynn has the . whojehearted support of W. T. Tyler, director ofi the division of operation of thej Railroad Administration and the as-i sistani director. J. H. Young. COOKIXG WIXS FHEEDA3I. 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