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Published evenings except Sunday by
Telegraph BolMlag, Federal S«uare.
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a year in advance.
"When God calls you, be reads/ to 90:
and if you haven't courage ask God to
give it to you, and He will.
—D. L. Moopt.
PROPOSAL of the State Depart
ment of Agriculture to supervise
and inspect the operations of all
creameries and other places where
dairy products are made in Pennsyl
vania is altogether in accord with the
needs of the situation. Right here in
Harrisburg we are having an example
of neglect along this line. It is no
body's particular duty to inspect milk
stations and creameries lying without
the city limits so, except when
emergency arises, they are left largely
to be regulated according to the care
or carelessness of their owners or
managers. Consequently we have, as
a result of the dirtiness of a few such
places, a large number of cases of
typhoid fever and every ice cream
dealer and maker in the city to some
degree is under suspicion.
Blameless dealers, as well as those
who have knowingly or ignorantly
used contaminated milk in the manui
lacture of ice cream, are suffering in
a business way for the carelessness or
recklessness of the few. and hundreds
of people are denying themselves an
ordinarily healthful and delicious
form of food because they have no'
means of knowing the good from the
bad. In this respect it is a question
■whether or not the Health Department
is justified in holding back the names
of those to whom the disease outbreak
has been traced. The interests af
fected are so extensive that it seems
hardly fair to let the innocent suffer
with the guilty.
These periodical outbreaks of
typhoid, due to impure milk, are all
preventable. Inspection not only of
creameries and dairy product factories
is necessary, but of the dairies them
selves. This latter the municipal
authorities and the State Livestock
Sanitary Board do to a very limited
degree. Their forces for the work
are wholly inadequate. The duty rs
distinctly that of the dairy- and food
division. No hue and cry of the
farmers—such as went up when the
Harrisburg milk standards and in
spection measures were adopted—
should have ar.y weight with the
Dairy inspection will be good for
the farmer, although he will protest
against it. It will make the careless
milk producer careful, raise the gen
eral standard and increase the pop
ularity of milk and milk products—
but what is more important, it will
safeguard the public health.
The dairyman who lets typhoid
germs find their way into the milk he
sells is as great an offender as though
he let arsenic get into it, and he should
be dealt with accordingly.
'•America," said Senator Lewis to his
colleagues, "has not one friend among
all the nations of the world. She has,
offended all of them during this war."
Now, as a Democratic Senator, we
would like Mr. Lewis' opinion as to just
how all this offending came about and
just how far the present administra
tion's foreign policy is responsible.
WE wanted to begin where her
father and my father left off."
That is the explanation of a
Chicago boy in court the other day
charged with paying for the furnish
ings of an expensive .flat, in which he
and his bride since June resided, with
money from his employer's cash
There are hundreds like him. All
up and down the land are the wrecks
of what might have been happy homes
had not brides and bridegrooms want
ed to "begin where father left off."
The happy home is oftenest that
which had a humble beginning. Meals
taste better from a pine table that has
been paid for than from mahogany
boards covered with fine linen that
belongs to somebody else. True love
is sufficient unto itself: it needs no
expensive trimmings to make happi
ness. A rag carpet that is within the
means of the purse is more agreeable
to the foot than an imported rug
bought on credit.
Father and mother started poor—
and they botst of it. You start poor
and are so ashamed of it that you
try to hide your condition behind the
false front of elegant appearance.
But you fool nobody. You are not
making as good a bluff as does the
little one-story village store building.
Its board front made to look like a
■second floor with windows and cur-
t«lns ridiculously fashioned by the
crude brush of a rural artist. Your
friends are savins: "Why how can
they afford It?" or "The So-and-Sos
are certainly living beyond their
means." Tour friends know. You
can't fool them as easily as you can
The family that starts in debt sel
dom has to pay income tax. The man
lives beyond his means need not wor
ry about a will. Many a young wife
who started beyond her mc;.m to-day
as a widow is doing plain and fancy
sewing if she is not strong enough to
"take in washing."
It is a fine thing to take your bride
to a beautifully furnished home, if
the furniture' has no mortgage on it.
It is pleasant to have the nest well
feathered, but have you ever noted
that birds are happiest when they are
building their homes a twig at a time?
Furniture bought in bulk never has
the same meaning as that purchased
piece by piece, out of money hard
Live just as well as you can afford,
but don't try to "start out where
father left off.'' unless you can do so
without giving hostages to future
j prosperity.
ALL sensible persons will agree
with the State Board of Health
in its decision to close the
schools of the pupils under sixteen
1 years until September 29. Dr. Dixon's
| statement accompanying the an
' nouncement of this ruling indicates
i that the commissioner does not take
j kindly to the criticisms of those who
objected to Sunday schools being
; closed to all pupils, even adults, but
! his prompt modification limiting the
application of the mandate to persons
j under sixteen shows that he is fair
minded and desirous only of acting for
the public good.
It must be remembered in consider
ing the action of the State Health au
thorities that they were confronted by
unprecedented conditions. They had
no experience by which they could be
guided. They acted quickly to meet
an emergency. The wonder is not that
a few inconsistencies crept into the
regulations, but that there were not
more. It were far better that the
quarantine be too rigid than too lax. ■
THE escape of Robert Fay, former
German army officer, sentenced
:o Federal prison for eight years '
after having been found guilty of
loir.b-plotting, is received by Wash
ington with amazing calm. There is
small evidence of active governmental
interest in the investigation that ought 1
to be made without delay. There have
Wen evidences of laxity in this prison
management before. This latest de
velopment indicates a very grave con
dition. Unquestionably, Fay had out
side aid. The suspicion arises that he
must have had inside assistance as
well. If so, the government has a
traitor in Its service.
Fay was no common prisoner. It
was Important that he remain an ex
ample of the vigor with which this
type of criminal is hunted down and
punished by the United States when
he offends against the national laws.
The Department of Justice did its part
well, but the law has been thwarted
and the government made a laughing
stock by some person or persons, to
the apprehension of whom the whole
police machinery of the United States
should be devoted if necessary.
FIFTEEN thousand troops have
been ordered home from Texas.
This is good news. The men
are needed at home more than they
are at the border. But it may be
asked why all of the troops to return
are made up of voters from States
which the Democratic campaign man
agers have listed in their "doubtful"
columns? There is more than a sus
picion that politics is figuring in the
activities of the War Department and
that Secretary Baker is using his
powers in the hope of adding votes
to the Democratic column in Novem
It is certain that a vast majority of
the soldiers who cast their votes at
the border will repudiate the adminis
tration. They have had opportunity
of observing its short-comings first
hand. They have grievances that are
real and that can be wiped out only
by the marks they will make on the
ballot in November. But by sending
back a few regiments here and there
from States that are regarded as
doubtful the situation may be changed.
At all events the administration has
all to gain and nothing to lose in
those districts. The effect on the men
left stranded along the border for
political purposes is not difficult to
THERE was a time, not so many
years ago, when the name of
Patrick Calhoun would have
been recognized on paper in any bank
in Pennsylvania for almost any
amount he cared to endorse. He was
rated at one time worth 214.000,000.
Last Saturday he was declared a bank
rupt and told reporters that his entire
worldly possessions were summed up
in one five dollar bill.
Calhoun, aged 60, is a grandson of
the famous statesman of that name.
He was born of wealthy parents, but
his father's fortune was swept away
and he arose to great wealth largsly
through his ability to make profits
from railroad and trolley organizations
and consolidations.
Calhoun's activities ranged from
Georgia to New York and from the
Atlantic to the Pacific. He lays hi*
downfall to the San Francisco earth
quake and the destruction It wrought
to the street car system in which he
was heavily interested. But the truth
is that he would have weathered that
storm had he not been mixed up in
the Abe Ruef scandal. Then his pres
tige waned and his fortune shrank
rapidly. He could have withstood the
ravages of an earthquake, but public
opinion proved a greater force.
The Days of Real Spor 6y BRIGGS I
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By the Ex-Committeeman
The old sign of the windmill is once
more marking the rooms in the Spoon
er building in Market Square made
historic by the occupancy of the
Democratic State committee during
invariably unsuccessful campaign. The
bosses of the Democratic State ma
chine have moved the main works
back to Harrisburg from Philadelphia
and Market Square will be the head
quarters of the reorganized, discour
aged Democracy of Pennsylvania for
another campaign.
It is interesting to recall that one
of the counts in the indictment against
the Democratic leaders who were guil
lotined by the reorganization crew was
that while Harrisburg was supposed to
be headquarters the real headquarters
was maintained in Philadelphia, which
was stigmatized as the location of all
political ills. Vet. under the domina
tion of State Chairman Roland S. Mor
ris the whole headquarters was moved,
bag and baggage, to the Quaker City.
Now it is back again.
—The headquarters are in the same
old rooms and the old sign of the
wind mill has been taken out of the
loft, cleared of cobwebs., brightened
by the gilt of some early contributions
and set swaying by predictions of
"big gains" for the Democrats.
Warren Van Dyke, former secretary
of the committee, who gave up a nice
place in the internal revenue office in
Lancaster, to become secretary again,
stepped into the offices this morning
and took up the burdens in his usual
cheerful style. Mr. Van Dyke will be
at the headquarters daily and will keep
things moving business like.
—Joseph F. Guffey, who was made
acting State chairman when State
Chairman McLean heard the war
trumpet sound for Mt, Gretna, came
here last evening from Pittsburgh and
took charge of his corner of the mill.
Mr. Guffey is the division and other
chairman of the Allegheny end and a
pleasant gentleman who is something
of a predictor if not of a prophet. He
solemnly said last night that he ex
pected great gains in the Democratic
vote in Pennsylvania. Mr. Guffev Is
going late to-day toward Shadow
Lawn to see the first of the shadows
fall when President Wilson is notified
to-morrow. Mr. GufTev will snend a
couple of days here each
ably more than did Mr. Morris in the
days of the great in-gathering of
shekels from the prospective office
holders. He will have branch mills at
Philadelphia. Scranton, Pittsburgh
and other places and will be pretty
—The new chairman's first confer
ence was held here last night on the
occasion of Congressional Candidate
George Harris' dinner to the foremen
of the Democratic working gangs in
the Seventeenth congressional district.
The Democrats are engaged in the
biennial occupation of defeating Con
gressman Focht, which is always easv
to do in September, but one of the
gigantic tasks after the Lewisburg
man sets started in November. Mr.
Harris had the men here from six
of the eight counties. Huntingdon was
not represented for some reason and
he represented Fulton, his home coun
ty. The conference was a great suc
cess as tfiere was a good dinner and
Mr. Guffey was most impressive.
—Carl Zilinziger. the architect who
figured considerably in recent suits in
Philadelphia following the Reyburn
administration, is once more in the
city service. He is a transit drafts
—The Philadelphia Democratic
leaders will not have a special train to
go to the notification of the President
to-morrow. They will go on ordinarv
trains and it is expected that promi
nent Democrats from the eastern part
of the State will accompany them.
—The annual Grangers' nicnic at
Williams Grove appears to have heen
nroductive of the annual Cumberland
County Democratic row. Some of the
leaders appear to have fallen out
—Although State speakers could not
attend the Williams Grove meetings
this week the attendance of Republi
can voters was large and County
Chairman J. W. Kline, of the Cumber
land county committee, says that he
never knew better 'spirit among the
Republicans who gathered at the pic
—The town of Ambler Is getting on
the map aeain. Now there is a fight
over eligibility of a former postmaster
to sit in town council.
—Preparations for registration days
are being made all over the State and
it Is expected that there will be the
biggest registration in four years.
Statements covering the rights of the
' Pennsylvania guardsmen in the Fed
eral service to vote at the November
election and the manner in which the
vote shall be taken, together with in
formation for all election officers, will
be issued from the office of the Gov
ernor next Tuesday. It will contain
the opinion of Attorney General Brown
to the Governor, together with con
siderable information regarding the
methods to be followed. It is also
understood that it will provide for the
selection of commissioners to take the
of the troops and point out a
way for their compensation. The state
ment was to have been issued to-day.
but Mr. Brown has desired to make a
further study of it.
James I. Blakslee, Fourth Assistant
Postmaster General and former secre
tary of the Democratic State commit
tee. is to be the chief speaker at the
annual convention of Pennsylvania
postmasters to be held in this city on
September 12. It so happens that
immediately following the postmasters'
meeting the Democratic State com
mitteemen and leaders will all be here
to listen to the Democratic State can
didates get the shock of their lives in
the form of notifications.
—What we favor is an eight-hour
day for the railroader's wife.
—The slim silhouette is to be stylish
this year, which means more hard
work for the hookers-up-the-back
—lt looks as though the plain,
common people will have to organize
for self-protection.
—That six cent bread report was
bad enough, but the rascal who start
ed all this talk about six cent sodas
must have some sort of an alliance
with old Demon Drink.
—The President now takes credit
for hurrying up the naval program.
But who hurried up the President.
Denmark may be inclined to put
enough of a price on those islands to
compensate her for the embarrassment
she suffered at the hands of our L»r
Cook.—Washington Star.
i„J . Ji 1 be .,*?° occas '°n for believ
iV.&V * he allles ar £ having things
Sntn iL u 1 ! ° n e Eastern front
until \on Hindenburg experiences his
first serious illness. Post.
whi,r?.^ hinKt i 0n » rit * r says that the
w ?. ue " cuse and grounds are it*
better kept condition than thev have
re .J. n " ears - 11 is refreshing
to find one thing on which the adminis
tration apparently is not open to criti
cism.—Minneapolis Tribune.
Master of Proportions
An eager young teacher was review
ing the Sunday school lesson in a mis
sion church in Brooklyn. The subject
WHS Moses and the bush that burned
without being consumed. The boys of
ten or twelve had been greatly in
terested in the story and were now
eager to expose their knowledge.
An.swers followed her question with
the rapidity of a machine gun.
"Now. Harry, it's your turn."
"lessum," was the confident answer.
"Tell me what there was about this
binning bush that was different from
any bushes that have burned since."
Tht boy knew—you could tell from
the snapping of his eyes—but he
paused to formulate his words. "Why.
ma'am. >ou see this here bush it
burned up—but i» didn't burn down!"
The teacher could not have explained
it better herself.—Youth's Companion.
Compensations of Life
The injustice of society in distribut
ing its rewards is exactly equaled by
its injustice in inflicting punishments.
By Wing Dinger
The kind of boob that gets my goat.
And makes me mighty sore.
Is he who drives his golf ball for
Two hundred yards or more.
Then follows with an iron shot.
That makes him throw a fit.
Because Just off the green, the ball
Lands in a deep sand pit.
j He tries his Jigger first, in vain.
And then he tries his cleek,
And then his trusty mashle does
He in his golf bag seek.
And with this club it takes three
To get him out his fix.
He sinks his ball on the next stroke
And says, "Give me six."
DENVER has municipal bathing
beaches and bath houses. Why
not Harrisburg? In view of the
interest in this subject here the Tele
graph reprints part of an illustrated
article by Edgar C. MacMechen, in
September issue of Physical Ci'lture.
It follows:
"Five years ago Denver awoke to the
fact that because it was at the foot or
the Rocky Mountains was no reason
why it should not have bathing beaches
just as healthful, as delightful, and
even more convenient than those of
the Eastern cities. Though they might
lack the music of the slow incoming
breakers they could enjoy as they bath
ed the inspiring sight of two hundred
miles of snow-clad mountains—some
thing of compensation. Denver has
beautiful parks and talented architects
and men of vision and presently the
scheme of bathing beaches in the parks
took form.
"The lakes in Denver's parks were
formerly depressions In the dry soil of
Colorado. Nowhere did the early arriv
ing pioneer find a drop of water ex
cept in the river beds. But when the
melting snows of the mountains were
diverted by the enterprising men who
took up the rich lands at the foot of
the Rockies and carSied a hundred
streams of melting snow out over the
plains, it became an easy matter to
create a lake wherever there was a de
pression. As Denver grew the lakes
within the city limits were chosetj for
parks, so that to-day this city has a
wonderful system of beautiful parks,
usually with a lakelet as the center for
its plan of landscape beauty.
"Finally came the Idea that these
lakelets might furnish bathing benches,
and almost over night Denver became
an inland bathing resort. Its beaches
and pools are now attended by one
hundred thousand bathers a month.
"Chicago has Lake Michigan. Salt
Lake City lies on the edge of an in
land salt sea. The mountains of Colo
rado shelter innumerable hot mineral
springs. But Denver, metropolis of the
great arid region of the Far West,
has fewer natural advantages for a
bathing resort than any large city in
"The dryness of the atmosphere there
is such that every lawn, every tree,
every flower has grown where buffalo
grass and cactus were native; where
soft and pleasing vegetation lives only
by virtue of ceaseless irrigation. In
two weeks' time, without irrigation,
grass and flowers would burn to tin
der under the blazing sun, yet no city
has more beautiful lawns or more de
lightful shaded avenues.
"Probably John Elltch, the husband
of the famous woman who gave Den
ver Elitch's beautiful gardens, was the
first to appreciate what a bathing
beach would mean for Denver. He
rented Berkeley Lake, the center of
Mr. Walker's sixteen hundred acre
alfalfa farm and for several years had
row boats and some crudely built bath
"Four years ago the city began the
construction of a bathing beach and
bath houso at Washington Park.
"A public bath house, built at a total
cost of eighty-seven thousand dollars
a year or two before, had given the
public a taste of the bather's Joy. This
proved to be an Immediate success, and
has an average daily attendance of
one thousand at the present time. An
outdoor pool and bath house at Lin
coln Park had been built for the chil
dren in a poor section of the city at
a total cost of four thousand, four hun
dred and ninety dollars.
"These successes were so pronounced
that Mayor Robert W. Speer, who had
Inaugurated the movement, decided in
1311 upon the creation of real bathing
"The lake in Washington Park had
no outlet. An irrigation ditch that
passes from the Platte river along the
eastern edge of the city, wa3 turned
through the lake to give a constant
change of water. From the bed of
Cherry creek sand was hauled and
spread upon the lake bottom and shore.
A cool, concrete bath house in mission
style, with three hundred and flfty
two steel lockers for men, and one
hundred and forty-eight for women,
was built at a total cost of ten thou
sand dollars. A men's pier and a wo
men's pier were built.
"During the summer of 1912 the
beach was formally opened. Then the
park authorities, under whose direc
tion the work was done, drew a long
breath and awaited developments.
They came with a rush. From the
first day there was never a doubt as to
| the popularity of the beach,
i "Under the municipal operation the
: beach has always been self-sustaining,
and this summer is earning enough
money to pay for more space and lock
er room without devoting taxes to the
purpose. The very dryness of the ell-
SEPTEMBER 1, 1916.
mate which makes the creation of arti
ficial lakes a necessity, is a most po
tent actor in drawing bathers to the
"When the Washington Park beach
first opened, the theory of the city au
thorities was that all accommodations
should be free to the public. No charge
was made for suits, lockers or towels.
It was found by experience that the
bathers would use far more than their
just share of the service under this
condition The beach was then placed
upon a self-sustaining basis. Adults
were charged ten cents for a bathing
suit, five cents for a locker and two
cents for a towel and soap. Children
were furnished suits for five cents,
and the boys were given a change room
in the basement where they could check
their clothes without charge.
"Not one complaint was registered
against the new system and the city
maintains, from the proceeds, two
guards, a janitress, two counter at
tendants and a washer. Every suit,
after use, is boiled, run through three
waters and sun dried.
"Of the total number of bathers
three out of every four have their own
bathing suits. A bather walking or
motoring to the beach, clad in his bath
ing suit, and covered by a raincoat,
is not n.n Infrequent sight in Denver.
"In 1914 the operating expenses at
Washington Park beach were one thou
sand. eigat hundred and sixty-four dol
lars. The receipts were two thousand;
two hundred and sixty-eight dollars.
In 1915, a cool summer in Denver, the
operating cost was one thousand, seven
hundred and fifty-four dollars. The
receipfs announced to two thousand and
sixty dollars.
"During the one week preceeding
July 4th, 1916, the receipts amounted
to four hundred and fifteen dollars, in
dicating the increasing popularity.
With the surplus expected this sum
mer.' hot showers will be added to the
cold now at the beach.
"Berkeley Park beach, at the western
limit of the city, was built in 1913, at
a cost of eight thousand, two hundred
and fifty dollars. The owner of the
surplus water and the adjoining land,
at his own expense put in an outlet
for this city lake. In its capacity the |
bath house is the same as the Washing- ;
ton Park beach. With progress in
ideas the double-pier plan at Washing- j
ton Park has been abandoned or a 1
single pier at Berkeley. The city has j
let the bath house out as a concession, j
but prices are the same as at the
Washington beach. The purpose is to ;
keep a record of the two methods for
"This summer a boys' beach was '
started at Cooper lake, where a play
ground attendant acts as guard, and i
has charge of a tent where the boys j
change their clothes."
Is Blease to Come Back? j
(Baltimore American)
There Is a break in the monotony]
of the political news from Down
South in the early report from the j
gubernatorial primary held in South
Carolina on Tuesday. It was a three
cornered contest for the Democratic
gubernatorial nomination and Cole
L. Blease was in the running. Undtr
the South Carolina law a candidal
for governor must obtain the nomi
nation by a majority vote—a plurality
will not put him in running. Blease,!
according to the early reports, has a |
plurality over either of his opponents
but not a majority of the whole vote I
cast. It will, therefore, be necessary
to hold another primary two weeks
from Tuesday, in which the contest
will be limited to Blease and Gover
nor Manning. As to whether there is
to be a comeback of Blease it all
depends upon how the Cooper vote
swings in the secondary primary.
It is already in the demonstration,
however, that Blease is not numbered
with the dead ones. There are. quite
apparently, a good many South Car
olinians who believe that Blease is
about the right kind of gubernatorial
timber. His particular stunt, it will
be recalled, was setting the prisoners
free. According to the published
statements, the South Carolina pen
itentiary was no tight-locked iron
cage when Blease was governor. An
other characteristic of the governor
who was and who may come back is
his highly colorful language. Possibly
his linguistic methods have toned
down. If there is to be a comeback of
Bleaselsm perhaps it will be a tamed
and chastened Bleaseism.
[Questions submitted to members of
the Harrlsburg Rotary Club «nd their
answers as presented <<t the organiza
tion's annual "Municipal Qulz."l
What was the School Budget for 1915-
Abetting (Clpt
To a few privileged persons the
State Forestry Department gave a
first exhibit of its new forest
flre film in a Harrisbi rg theater
the other day. To say that it
is a "thriller" is puttinK it mildly. The
two-reel motion picture of a forest
fire that actuallv burned was taken In
May on the Mont Alto Forest by the
Department of Forestry in co-opera
tion with the Vltagraph Company of
America. The scenario was written
by two of the State foresters, all the
actors in the picture, with one excep
tion. are men of the Pennsylvania For
estry service.and every scene of the pic
ture but one office sceno was staged bv
the Department in Pennsylvania. Not
an inch of the two reels is faked.
• • •
The picture Is a story of forest pro
tection in Pennsylvania as it is and as
it might be. The first part shows
present Pennsylvania conditions. The
picture opens with a lone ranger in a
high treetop. looking over a vast
forest area in tire season. Rangers
are few, and no money is available for
modern steel towers, so the ranger
adds to his effectiveness as much as
he can by using high trees for obser
vatories. While the ranger is in the
tree a camper some distance away
breaks camp and starts for home. He
does not extinguish his camp fire
properly, and, to make assurance dou
bly sure, he throws his cigaret butt
into the dry leaves and passes serene
ly out of the story. But his work goes
on just the same. The camp fire
spreads, the cigaret does its duty no
bly, and in a few minutes half a moun
tain side is blazing. The ranger sees
the smoke, and. hoping that he can
handle the situation alone, goes to the
fire but finds it far too much for one
man. And he is five miles from the
nearest help and there are no tele
phone lines. He runs to the forester's
office, a rough shack at the edge of the
settlement, and arrives exhausted.
The forester hurries out for help, and,
in the course of an hour more, man
ages to get five men. With this inade
quate crew, and with scarcely any
tools but axes, they start for the fire,
now a raging conflagration, with a sin
gle team, and over the roughest of
mountain roads. They realize that the
hours between the time the fire started
and the time of their arrival on the
scene have given it a tremendous ad
vantage, but they attack it gamely
nevertheless. Time and again they
win a little ground only to lose it be
cause they are too few to guard what
they have gained. The fire sweeps
past their defenses time after time,
and they are forced to fall back and
start all over. After three days of the
severest and most disheartening kind
of work rain mercifully puts an end
to the fire—after half a township has
been devastated.
• • •
The second part is a picturization of
[the modern firefighting system Penn
sylvania might have. Money makes
the difference. The picture opens with
a ranger on a steel tower equipped
with a telephone. The camper has
been educated to be careful with fire
in the woods. He extinguishes his fire
properly, and empties his pipe ashes
in damp mineral soil. But accidents
will happen, and sparks from a burn
ing house in the forest start a fire.
With his binoculars the ranger sees
it almost at once, and telephones its
direction to the forester. Reports are
received from the other rangers, and
the fire is located at the forester's of
fice without the stirring of a foot.
Help is summoned at once by tele
phone. and in little more time than it
takes to tell it twenty men are on their
way to the fire on horseback and in au
tomobiles, equipped with modern
tools. The roads they traverse have
been transformed into real highways,
and as a result of efficient methods
all along the line the men arrive at
the fire while it is still small. Be
cause of their adequate equipment
and number there are no "flarebacks"
this time, and in a very few hours the
fire is over and the men are on their
way home. And the final contrast is
that only twenty acres are burned in
stead of several thousand.
• * •
Many exciting incidents occurred
while the picture was being taken. A
miniature whirlwind came up a few
minutes after the fire started, and the
flames traveled over the tops of the
pines in the nearest approach to a
crown fire the South Mountains have
seen for many years. Several of the
men had narrow escapes, and one,
who was forced to run through the
flames, was unconscious for several
hours. The camera man, in an effort
to get a near view of the fire from a
wagon, was almost encircled by flames,
and was forced to run for his life. He
succeded in getting a "close-up" of a
narrow escape of part of the fighting
More Valuable Than Gold
The manifest of the Deutschland'a
cargo, which was made public Mon
day. at the Baltimore custom house,
showed no gold, but a million and
three-quarters pounds of crude rub
ner. bar nickel and crude tin, which
is interestingly significant as to Ger
many's situation and needs.
The Kaiser does not need gold, is
probably as well, if not better, stocked
with that commodity of barter as any
of his opponents, and at least has not
suffered such a diminution of his ante
bellum supply as have the others. But
even gold is valuable only for what
It can buy, and the Kaiser's store of
gold counts only so far as it may serve
his needs.
Moreover there were no foodstuffs in
the Deutschland's cargo pockets, not
even concentrates which one might
suppose the German ingenuity would
devise were the pressure of starvation
as great as some would have the world
believe. Raw materials for manufac
ture into machines and ammunition of
war occupied every available Inch of
space, and the Bremen, should she ar
rive safely in an American port,
would duck under the waiting cordon
outside with a similar cargo.
Not merely the achievement of the
Deutschland as a blockade-runner, but
the character of the cargo she carried
hack affords the evidence of the inef
fectiveness of the allies' fleet as a
means of crushing their enemy.
Philadelphia Bulletin.
Our Daily Laugh
RINGS. *3* a vY r
They tell me fLI
she has seven en- V™
gagement rings. Ha B»c2l
Yes. Life j s a
\ merry - go-round
Jones: I havj
to be In by eleven
o'clock. Ho W
about you?
Smith: Oh.
married too.

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