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BY “DOCTOR” VAN His Cure of Shell Shock Cases in France Astonishes Physicians. NEVER STUDIED MEDICINE Sergeant Accomplishes Wonderful Re sults in Treatment of Patients Suf fering From Nervous Afflic tions—Says He is Not Hypnotist. Paris. —“Doctor” Van isn’t a doctor feally—that is, he has never been in side a medical school. He is not a com missioned officer, either. Two ditys after war was declared in America he enlisted in one of the cities of the mid dle West and came over as a private. He is a sergeant now. His experiences —driving an ambulance first, and after that in the front line afid then in vari ous camps in France until he was sent to a base hospital as a patient—would fill several diaries, if he keeps such things, which I doubt. But there are a great many men in that base hospital who owe their re turning health to him after they had been in bed for weeks, and even months. , % He was out of bed only a day or so himself when he came across two boys In one of the wards who had been in the hospital since April. They had been shell shocked, and in all those months, from April to September, they had grown scarcely any better. Asks Leave to Try. “Captain,” Sergeant Van said one morning to the doctor in charge of the ward, “do you mind if I see what I can do for those men there? I think I may be able to help them out a bit if you don’t mind.” “Oh, go ahead, Van,” the captain agreed. “Do anything you blame please.” Next morning on his rounds the cap tain stopped beside the bed of the first of the two men who had been shell shocked. “How’s it coming this morning, boys?” he asked. “F-f-fine, sir,” was the answer, a lit tle unsteadily given, perhaps, but the captain did not notice that. He sat BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR ADMIRAL SIMS g&S>: •>. ■; Cs3BBBB y\ ' m inn This shows what the boys of the navy think of Admiral Sims. It is a birthday cake that was presented to the admiral*with the very best-regards of the men. GOING TO WED? SURE! "Gobs” Merely _ Waiting to Be Mustered Out Tired of Being Single and Now Want to Marry and Settle Down. Quantico, Va. —American maidens who have been worrying whether your “marines would pop the question when they Cf-rae home, stand “at ease.** A canvass of marine barracks here at Quantico, where 10,000 men have been waiting their chance at the Hun, made by a reporter for Leatherneck, the camp paper, shows that 90 per cent of the single men intend marry ing when they are discharged. How’s that for good news? “We’re tired of being single. We want to marry and settle down,” is the concensus of the replies. These marines, many of whom will be discharged when the president de- CHINESE WOMEN PAWN GEMS 0 ——— Slant-Eyed Beauties Buy Diamonds on Installment Plan and Then Hock Them. San Francisco—“ Alla same white women. Just hock dlimond. Whatta malla?” Yip Shee, Lee So and Lan Sook, Chinese women, residents of. San Francisco’s oriental quarter, lisped the foregoing, following their arrest on a charge of embezzlement by bailee preferred by the Brilliam Jewelry com pany. Then they told their story. De sirous of setting off their charms they purchased diamonds valued at $1,200 from the jewelry concern, agreeing to pay on the installment plan. Then the need for ready cash was experi-. enced by these three slant-eyed beau ties. A local pawnshop got the gems. Yip Shee, Lee So and Lan Sook spent the money. Then came the police. A strong and fireproof artificial stone is being made in the Philip pines .from beach sand and volcanic tufa. down on the bed and looked at the boy in amazement. Those were the first words he had spoken aloud since the day he came to the hospital, uncon scious, five months before. At that moment Sergeant Van hove into sight from the diet kitchen. He had a plate of milk toast —a plate the boy in bed followed with an Interested gaze. .* “Beg finrdon, sir,” Sergeant Van said, saluting..“but I must ask you to wait until my patient has had his breakfast before you talk with him.” The astonished captain allowed him self to be waved bed to the nearest chair and watched in amaze ment tlie hoy devour the toast. His hands shook so from shell shock that he could scarcely manage it, but he was propped up ami fed himself, with every appearance of keen interest in his food. The <lay before the boy had not been able to swallow anything but liquid food, and he couldn’t have held the spoon. The captain beckoned Sergeant Van to the end of the ward. “Did you do that?” he demanded. “Yes, sir,” admitted Sergeant Van. “How in blue blazes” —began the captain and paused for lack of words. “I’ll show you if you like, sir.” HEAD HUNTER IN AMERICAN ARMY Paris. —The most remarkable pa tient in Base Hospital No. 35 is a Moro Head-Hunter, who turned up in France six months ago with a com pany of American soldiers who had just come from the Philippine Islands. His name is recorded as Philipo Mo reno, and his home as the Philippine Islands. No one suspected him of hav ing a remarkable record until his story came out one day after a chance meet ing with the colonel in charge of the base hospital to which he was taken from the front. And this is how it happened: A Red Cross searcher hearing of a man suffering from five bayonet wounds who had just been brought into Base Hospital No. 35, hurried to Claris the national emergency no long er exists, are fitting themselves for good jobs that will permit them to wed. Evening business classes are be ing held at the Y. M. C. A., and ex perts are explaining everything from bookkeeping and shorthand to soil cultivation and dairying. The training the men have under gone admirably fits them for Car riage. There isn’t a marine in the service who doesn’t claim to be able to wash his clothes whiter than any woman can ever get them. Every man can mend and press his own clothes. And as far as being “handy about the house,” why, most of them can open a can of tomatoes with a toothpick and drive a nail with a feather duster. The Swiss federal council has de creed the adoption of 24-hour time for railroads and other institutions un der government control at a date yet to t be determined. > Ohio "Victory Girls” to Earn $5 Each for War Kenton, O. —This city has an organization known as “Victory Girls” and its membership con sists of some of the most promi nent young ladies of the city. Each has pledged to earn $5 for war work funds. To aid the girls Mrs. Caresia Ohman has opened an employment bureau at her home, and the young la dies are going to do real work for their money. No Loafing In Elyria, O. Elyria, O.—The “work-or-fight” or der in this city is here to stay. There will be no letup in the order, accord ing to Mayor Jones. “If a fellow comes here and wants to work, he is welcome. There is plenty of work for him to do. If he comes here to loaf, there is no room for him in Elyria. Yes, the work-or-fight rule will be en forced, war or no war/’ “I would like,” ordered the captain. So Van showed him, though the doc tor couldn’t quite make it out at that just what Van did. He stroked their heads a little and massaged their yiroats a bit, and all the time he talked to them in the quietest voice In the world. Ten minutes after he be gan the boys were asleep, naturally, without a tremor in the bodies that had been nerve-wracked for weeks. The doctor looked at Sergeant \an helplessly and left shaking his head. Two weeks later Sergeant Van held a clinic before a major general of the medical corps and several majors anil still more captains and lieutenants— all men of reputation in America as doctors. r Jiwo of his subjects were the men over whom he worked that first morning. They came into the clinic, clear-eyed and straight and ruddy as athletes from the field. They passed tests that the doctors couldn’t pass themselves. Since then the shell shock cases have been in Van’s hands. The doctors shake their heads and wonder. In the camp and the hospital they call him the “hypnotist.” “It isn’t that I hypnotized them at all.” he will tell you. “I just tell them that they are bigger than their nerves, and that they can control them If they really want to. And I show them how. They believe it.because I tell them it is so. and then, you see, they are well.” But the doctors continue to wonder and say that Van has discovered the first really successful treatment for shell shock. his bedside with fruit and an offer to send home any messages he might wish delivered. The man, unusually big and dark, accepted the fruit grate fully, but assured her that he would be well enough himself to write soon to his sister, his only living relative. Sings Weird Songs. And he kept his word in spite of the five bayonet wounds which healed so rapidly that all the doctors of the hospital marveled at the remarkable constitution of the dark-skinned man. The patient was soon convalescent, and the first place he visited was the Red Cross recreation hut. Someone was playing the piano, as usual, and during the afternoon one of the mem bers of the sanitary corps sang one of Burley’s negro songs, “Deep River.” Philipo offered to sing the song In the’* original anil astounded his audience with a weird version full of minor notes and harmonies that made shiv ers run up and- down susceptible backs. And thereafter the Filipino insisted ot entertaining gatherings In the rec reation hut each afternoon with wild songs and curious chants and recita tions. Some of these were very spicy tales indeed of the underworld and its denizens, and finally the Moro waxed confidential and began telling tales of the wilds of the Philippine Islands and the days when he had hunted heads. The colonel of .the hospital, attract ed by the reports of these seances, dropped In one afternoon to listen. “I don’t believe lie’s a Moro at all,” he announced. “He’s too tall. I served in the Philippines and I never saw but two Moros as tall as that man.” Just then the Filipino came up and saluted the colonel. “Excuse, sir,” he said in his broken English. “Perhaps you remember me? I know you in the Philippine Islands.” “By George, I’ll have to take it nil back,” admitted the colonel. “He’s one of the two men I was speaking of. He comes from the head-hunting tribe, all right. He became very much attached to one of our soldiers, who taught him English. But I never ex pected to meet him in France or wear ing the unlforfti of an American sol dier.” RENO REPLACED BY ATLANTA Capital of Georgia Now the Greatest Divorce Center in the United States. Atlanta, Ga. —Atlanta has supple mented Reno as the greatest divorce center in the country, is the announce ment made from the bench in superior court by Judge John T. Pendleton in dismissing the divorce jury. “Reno, a little town out in Nevada, formerly held the . record for di vorces,” Judge Pendleton • told his hearers. “But this record has now been wrested from Reno by Atlanta. And Atlanta has no close competition. We will continue to outrank Reno just as long as Georgia divorce laws re main so lax.” Women Husking Corn. Rantoul, 111. —A survey of the corn fields of Illinois by air shows many women have gone out to help in the corn husking. One of the aviators here reports seeing hundreds of wom en doing their part to save tlie crop. PRAYER SAVES HIS LIFE Soldier Is Kneeling When Shell Rips Hole in His Steel Hat and Wounds His Heed. Uniontown, Pa. —The fact that he was kneeling in prayer saved the life of Private John Quarrick, Jr., of this place. A letter from the soldier in France says that he.was saying his prayers at the side of his cot when a German shell tore his tent to pieces, ripped a hole in his steel hat and in flicted a slight wound in his head. “I probably would have been killed had I been in a standing posture,” he said. New War Chest Record. Bellefontaine, O.—Figures have been prepared by the county war chest committee in Logan county which show that the contributions made to the community war chest shortly before the war ended averaged $8.58 per capita. This is thought to be a record for patriotic giving in a country county. Even a big pain may be acuta, THE WASHBURN TWIES, WASHBURN. WIS. 1-—American marines entering the Forbidden City In Peking on Thanksgiving day to celebrate the signing of the armistice. 2—Soldiers and sailors of the revolutionary government on guard in the courtyard of the im perial palace In Berlin. 3 —Workmen removing the protecting sandbags and boards from the Vendome column in Paris. NEWS REVIEW OF CURRENT EVENTS Spartacans Start Civil War in Berlin and Many Fail in Street Fighting. EBERT GOVERNMENT UPSET? Disorders in Other Parts of Germany —Trotzky Makes Himself Dicta tor of Bolshevik Russia—Prog ress of Peace Conference Paris—America Mourns Roosevelt’s Death. By EDWARD W. PICKARD. Believing themselves now strong enough to overthrow the Ebert govern ment and gain control of Germany, the Spartacans, led by Llebknecht, last week deliberately provoked civil war In Berlin. First they seized the ar senal and munition plants at Spandau and armed themselves, and then pro ceeded to attack the government build ings. Sanguinary fighting ensued, for the Ebert crowd was determined and was supported by many of the return ed soldiers. Some of these were posted on the Brandenburg gate and at other strategic points with machine guns, grenades and flame projectors. After several hundred persons had been killed and piany wounded, It was announced that the government forces had maintained the supremacy and had large bodies of troops concentrat ed just outside the city, ready to enter it. The chancellor, addressing great crowds outside his palace, bitterly de nounced the Spartacans for their “rascally behavior and insane policy” and promised that they would be sup pressed. At this point the independent, social ists jumped into action, taking advan tage of the crisis, and tried to force out the Ebert-Scheidemann crowd. A new revolutionary government was proclaimed, composed of independent socialists, with Ledebour, Liegmann and Tiek in control. This naturally did not satisfy Llebknecht, and he was said to be continuing his efforts to in stall a government of his own choos ing. His followers were in possession of the royal stables and of police head quarters. Chief of Police Eichliorn, who is one of them, had ignored his dismissal by the people's commission ers. Radek, the bolshevik emissary from Russia, was advising the Sparta cans. Dispatches coming as this is written say the Spartacans were being strengthened by the accession of some of the troops and were holding the principal points in Berlin; that Gustav Noske, commander in chief of the Ebert government troops, was prepar ing to call new forces in to attempt to regain control of Berlin, and that a violent reaction by the more conserva tive elements was expected. There were reports that the civil war wiTs spreading to other parts of Germany and that violent uprisings were disturbing Bavaria and the Rhen ish provinces. In Munich and Bruns wick there were strikes and riots in cited by the adherents of Liebknecht, stores being pillaged and several per sons killed. The main strength of the Spartacans, however, is in Berlin. If any government can hold out until the national assembly has met and de termined what the future of Germany shall be, it may be recognized by the allies as competent to enter into the peace negotiations and sign the treaty. That, of course, is its immediate aim, and that is what the Spartacans are fighting against so strenuously. —te— The military commission of the al lies sent to Berlin in connection with the carrying out of the terms of the armistice got mixed up in the ruction and, seeking protection, persuaded General Harries of the American army to raise the American flag over the Hotel Adlon, where the members were sheltered. A street mob threatened to storm jthe building if the flag were Hot lowered, and at the demand of the Ebert government this was done. In dignant patriots are assured by offl PAID DEARLY FOR VICTORY France for the First Time Makes Pub lic Her Losses During the Great War. Casualties n the French army, ex cluding colonial troops, up to Novem ber 1, were 4,762,800, according to offi cial figures made public by the French high commission to correct conflicting reports hitherto published. Men killed in action or dead ot wounds numbered 1,028,000, and to cials at Washington that if the press reports are correct the Germans were well within their rights and’-that Gen eral Harries acted injudiciously. The war is not yet formally ended and the allies have no more right to raise one of their flags in an enemy city than would the Germans to fly their Colors within the allied lines. —— It begins to look as if Russia is to be left to her fate and to be called on to wbrk’ out her own salvation or relapse into barbarism under the semblance of rule of the bolshevik!. Japan has an nounced that most of her troops will be withdrawn from Siberia, Great Britain declares that she will send no more men to Russian territory and that those now there are being re called, and there is no reason to be lieve that the United States will in crease her forces there. Indeed, some of our senators and congressmen are openly demanding that the Yanks be brought back from Russia at once in stead of being left to fight the bolshe vik armies in the snows of the Arch angel region and along the Siberian railway. , . Although they are still making con siderable progress in the Baltic prov inces and have captured Riga, from which the allied and German troops withdrew, the bolsheviki have not been doing so well toward the east. The Omsk government of loyal Russians grows stronger and asks recognition by the allied 1 nations, with the right of representation at the peace confer ence. The Siberian and other factions have joined with it, asking Admiral Kolchak to accept their support for the salvation of Russia. The bolshe vik government is having internal troubles, and a story came from Co penhagen to the effect that "Trotzky had quarreled with Lenine and ordered his arrest, declaring himself dictator. Lenine, it is said, sought to effecf a coalition with the moderates. * The conflict between Germany and Poland over the province of Posen may be settled without further fight ing, for the two governments have opened negotiations for a peaceful un derstanding. But the Ruthenians, at latest reports, were determined to re cover Lemberg and had surrounded that city, which was defended by a large force of Poles, including a divi sion made up of women. The Poles were driven out of Vilna by the bolsheviki, the defenders be ing without cannon and short of car tridges. The bolshevik troops at once began a massacre of the civilians. The Polish soldiers retreated to Lana varova, where they were disarmed by the Germans and sent to Bialystok. There they were robbed by Germans and started for Polish territory. Paderewski and Pilsudski are still trying to get together to form a gov ernment for Poland, knowing that dis sension must end before the allies will help. —fc— President Wilson' returned to Paris from Italy, where he probably accom plished much in clearing up the situ ation concerning the disputed territory on the east coast of the Adriatic. It is said that opinion in Italy on this mat ter is divided, many of the people pre ferring to have peace rather than to insist on possession of the land that the Jugo-Slavs claim. It is likely a compromise can be reached in the peace congress without great difficulty. Premier Lloyd George being de tained in London, the preliminary con ferences of the premiers and foreign ministers of the four great powers in Paris went over to this week, but Mr. Wilson had an important informal con ference with Premier Orlando of Italy and the representatives of Japan. President Poincare named the fol lowing as the French delegates to the peace conference: Premier Clemen ceau, Foreign Minister Pichon, Finance Minister Klotz, Jules Cambon and An dre Tardieu, high commissioner to the United States. The French have sub mitted to other delegations a program for procedure by which the peace con gress would take up matters in this order: A general agreement for the creation of a league of nations; the setting up of new independent states growing out of the w’aiu; the assess ment of damages and Indemnities and manner of payment; the conclusion of peace treaties with the central powers. The treaties, it is plain, must wait un- this total must be added 299,000 listed as missing and given up for lost, mak ing a total of 1,327,8000. The number of wounded was 3,000,- 000, with 435,000 listed as prisoners. Three-fourths of the wounded have recovered, either entirely or at least to such an extent as to be fit to work again. Slightly less than 700,000 are abso lutely unable to work. The French government estimates that the total number of unfit and pensioned may finally be between 800,000 and 900,000 til recognizable governments have been established in the central nations. If this were too long delayed it might be come necessary for the allies to step in and help,, though probably this would be done only as a last resort, and the United States might decline‘to have any active part in it. The British government, it is under stood, will urge that some kind of a general peace settlement be the first business of the conference, one of the important reasons for this being that it would permit an early demobiliza tion of the army. Just now this is a serious matter for England, for last week there were many noisy demon strations by troops who want to be re leased to return to civil life. The crews of the mine-sweeping trawlers also protested, and it was announced that hereafter the work of these men —mostly fishermen —would be done by volunteers. That no punishment was inflicted for the open breaking of dis cipline by the British soldiers is one of the significant signs of the times. In the United States there is similar dis content over the slowness and poor system of demobilization, but so far there have been no demonstrations. fe Secretary Baker’s pacifist soul is finding expression anew these days as the Yanks return from overseas. In various cases there have been efforts to organize receptions for these men in their home localities before their de mobilization, so that their friends can see them parade and show them in a body how their gallant services are ap preciated. Among these the case of the Blackhawk division and Chicago was notable. But the secretary of war seems to fear that such martial dis plays as are asked would tend toward militarism. He does not say so, but that is the way it looks. —Sa— A jury in Judge Landis’ federal court In Chicago did a good job last week, finding Victor L. Berger, Adolph Germer, W. F. Kruse, J. Louis Eng dahl and Rev. Irwin St. John Tucker guilty of sedition and disloyalty under the espionage act. The congressman elect from Milwaukee and his Socialist associates were active throughout the war in their efforts to obstruct the government’s war program, and they now face terms in a federal prison and heavy fines. It may be that Berger will not be permitted to take his seat in the next congress, though this is un certain, owing to his appeal from the verdict. lBl The allies are planning to mitigate the rigors of the blockade of the cen tral powers in order to let in food, not for the Huns, but for Poland and the people of the Balkans and certain sec tions of Rpssia. Partial surveys of the food situation show that these re gions are near starvation, the shortage of bread, meat and fats being especial ly serious. Most of the fats must be supplied by America. The German ves sels required to send food to Europe will be available before long and Mr. Hoover, who is directing the relief work, is doing all in his power to hasten the supplies so sorely needed. —fe— All other events of last week were overshadowed, so far as America was concerned, by the death of Colonel Roosevelt. Believed by his countless admirers to be the greatest American since Abraham Lincoln, he is admitted by those who disagreed with him to have been unexcelled in courageous patriotism and zeal for the welfare of his country and his countrymen. To eulogize one whose remarkable quali ties and achievements were known to all the world seems superfluous. His passing evoked the sincere and univer sal grief of men and women in every rank of life. No pomp and circum stance marked his funeral —none was needed, for his glorious place in history and in the hearts of his fellow citizens is secure. —!*— Another mighty good man passed away last week —Maj. Gen. J. Franklin Bell, commander of the department of the East. He was a West Pointer and had a distinguished career of forty years in the army, in the course of which he saw much fighting in Indian campaigns and in the Philippines. He trained the Seventy-seventh division for the war in Europe but was not physically fit for service at the front. men. The returns are not complete. The losses among the native troops coming from French colonies or pro tectorates were 42,500 killed or died of wounds, with 15,000 missing and very probably dead. The number pen sioned after wounds or Illness was 4,000. The total killed or dead of wounds, missing and unfit for work is between 5 and 6 per cent of the French popula tion. The number of dead is smaller than had been supposed. jamsiiQß THE PUNCTUAL PARROT. “I am punctual,” said the parrot. “I am glad yon are if it is a nice thing to be,” said the canary bird. ‘‘lt is a very nice thing to be,” said the parrot. ‘‘lt is most extremely nice —otherwise I wouldn’t be such a thing.” ‘‘l see, I see,” said the canary bird, blinking his little bead-like eyes. “I know you see,” said the parrot. “Well, it was very wise of me and nice of me,” said the canary bird, chirping cheerfully, “to say that I was glad you were it if it was nice to be. I didn’t know what to say at first, or which thing to say first. ‘.‘l thought of two things. I might have said, ‘l’m glad you are if it is a nice thing to be— ’ ” “That is just what you did say,” the parrot said in a shrill voice. “I know it,” said the canary bird. “But I w r as going to ndd that I could have said something else if I had not said that.” “It sounds a little mixed-up,” said the parrot. “It’s not If you will listen,” remark ed the canary bird, putting his head on one side. “I will listen,” said the parrot. “I might have said that I was sorry you were such a thing if It were not a nice thing to be. Because I didn’t know whether you were glad or sorry you w’ere whatever you are—punc tual.” “Now I understand,” said the parrot. “You were being a very wise young bird. Well, I am glad I am punctual. And punctual is a word which means on time. “I am on time in everything I do. I believe in being on time, in fact.” bird, “how you are on time in every “ Allie, Allie, Get Up!” thing you do—for when you are on your perch you eat and often shriek or talk, and you sleep there, too. Time isn’t your perch, is it?” “Time,” said the parrot, “is some thing you don’t understand —any mpre than you understand what it meant to be punctual.’*' “That’s right,” said the canary bird. “I don’t understand, so you might as well explain.” These two birds were in their sepa rate cages and before they continued their talk they each had a little meal of seed and a drink of water. “I will explain,” said the parrot, af ter a moment. “When a creature is on time we mean that the creature has arrived or is jready for what he is going to do at the time he said. “Now, there are some folks who will say at night, ‘Oh, I must get up early tomorrow morning!’ But when morn ing comes they are sleepy and they decide they don’t care if they are a little late. “Then there are others who are meeting friends and they will say, ‘What is five or ten minutes? I don’t mind if I’m a little late. I’d rather keep my friend waiting than be kept waiting myself.’ “Those people don’t care about being punctual—that is, they don’t care about being on time —or, in other words, they don’t care about doing things when they should do them. “I do. I eat on time —when I have hungry time! I sleep on time —when I have sleepy time! And I get up In the morning on time. “But I won’t let the mistress be late. J see that she is punctual. Do . you know how?” “How?” asked the canary bird. “I call, ‘Allie, Allie, Allie, get up, get up, get up!’ and she obeys me" “That is when you are shrieking in the morning?” asked the can*ry bird. “Yes.” replied the parrot. “Well.V can see, then, how you make her punctual,” the canary bird replied. “I couldn’t wake her up with my sing ing, but your voice is loud and shrill.” . “it is,”* answered the parrot proudly. Very Convenient Geraldine was staying with her aunt One day, as they were'tlslting the town’s poorer districts, Geraldine no ticed three rather untidy children playing in front of a house and re marked about it. “There are ten children living in that house and only one mother to care for all of them, so she cannot al ways keep them as clean as mothers who have only one or two to care for,” said her aunf. “Ten?” asked Geraldine. “Ten? Why, they can have a party without inviting anyone!”' Making Your Own Circle. Do not sit down and grumble be cause there is a charmed circle into which you are not Invited to enter. Instead, make your own circle. Join hands with another girl who does not seem any more popular than you are. Add another who hus come a stranger to the city and is without friends. Be fore you know it, you will have a lit tle circle at which outsiders will be looking with longing eyes, wishing themselves with you.—Girl’s Compan ion.