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Inability to Solve Numerous
Murder Mysteries Stirs Po
lice and Public.
LONDON, Feb. 20.—Were it wartime
now the propaganda factories of Berlin
would be turning out for home consump
tion thrilling and reassuring tales of dis
rupting crime wares rampant in staid ©ld
England. Since it is not wartime Ger
\many, it is to be presumed, pars slight
attention, but the British press screams
the disgrace in black columns of type and
all England's writing to the papers the
ories as to the whyfor and schemes for
of crime.
development of crime." says
■T Star in blackface type, “as in war.
R countered sooner or later by defenslre
“At present the authorities in this coun
try are concerned to find a means of
making the holdup of postofflees and
banks too dangerous to be profitable.”
Sir Neville Macready, chief commis
sioner of police, lays the crime wave at
the doors of young men discharged from
the army who hare no occupation but are
entirely familiar with firearms and are
generally against hard work. On the
same day. however, that Macready gives
his theories regarding the reign of un
bridled crime, another column contains
his announcement that it has been de
cided not to arm the mounted police with
“A revolver is a very tricky weapon.”
reads the paragraph, which explains the
reasons for this decision, “and in the
hands of an inexpert or nervous con
stable would be far more dangerous to
the general public than any single crim
inal. Sir Neville Macready is on s%ind
lines in advocating greater restriction
on the carrying of firearms."
Thev do things politely over here.
There have been one or two fatalities
thus far in the bank and postoffice hold
ups. but there have been many more
eases where the bold young ex-Tommy
has walked in with a gun and walked out
again with a bag of money, and no traces
lilt. The police departments fret under
such conditions, and the public asks
questions, for in this compact and closely
patroled country unpunished crime is
something that startles th® average com
placent householder. It isn't done. The
police always get their man. They always
have. What's the matter with the po
To an American, who hag observed that
a large part of England looks upon Amer
ica as a broncho-busting, six shooting,
lynch-law territory, all of it. or almost,
wild west, this sudden prominence here
of the “holdup man" is amusing. One
gathers that bank robberies and such
were considered things tba* couldn't pos
sibly happen in a well-regulated country.
But there is a more serious side of the
question. There have been some dozen
murder cases in which the guilty man
has not been identified, unsolved, and
apparently nnaolvable mysteries, all. This
is even more epochal in England. The
police of the entire country have bad a
record for tracking down murderers that
has made a murder without conviction so
rare as to qail tremendous press and
pubile attention.
Several attacks upon women have been
made In England's compartment trains.
The murder of a nurse, the goddaughter!
of Florence Nightingale, in a railway
carriage has stirred the nation to such
a depth that suggestions have even been
made for an adoption of the American
plan of railway coaches, where, it is
pointed out, a woman can ride for five
days across the continent in perfect safe
ty. In all seriousness it can be said
that when Englishmen are so stirred by
an event as to suggest chancing the
.small railway compartments which they
love for a long, single compartment.
American coach they are showing real
Newspapers of the last few days have
listed “do” and “don’t" advice to women
traveling, such as:
“When possible occupy compartments
marked for women only.”
"Do not get into a compartment occu
pied by only one man."
“When possible avoid compartments In
which all the passengers Bre men, as
passengers may alight at various s'ta
tlons and leave you occupying the com
partment with a single roan.”
Were the items of advice not made
serions and necessary by recent events, j
and had the situation not become such
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LONDON, Feb. 20.—“ Where are you
going for your holiday?
“Do you want bracing up? -
“The Hotel Aurora is now attracting
the elite of five continents. Special
vacuum rooms for eastern visitors. No
extra charge for hot water bottles.”
So does the Evening Standard vision
hotel ads of the future, all because Prof.
G. H. Bryan, in his presidential address
to the institute of Aeronautical Engi
neers, said:
“In a few years' time we may expect
to see a large hotel at the north pole,
frequented by thousands of trippers by
airplane and airship, and a large fortune
awaits the photographer who starts busi
ness up there.”
Says the Evening Standard:
“The day may come when Boss C. En
tral Heating will swoop out of the United
States and. with the millions of the Uni
verse Hotel syndicate behind him, on
him, in front of him. and all over him.
will plant hotels on Greenland's icy
mountains and inflict an ‘excellent cui
sine’ upon the north pole.
“Os course, north pole holidays would
become the craze with fashionable so
ciety, and the candid novelist of the fu
ure would have to convey his heroine
to the extremities of the world. As fol
lows :
“ *Gertr de, daintily stepping over a
orouehifig penquin. advanced into the
glacier lounge of the Hotel
Outside, in the eternal night of the
frosty, sunless solitudes the ptarmigan
were twittering softly in the bergs."
The Standard doubts if all America's
steam beating would turn the pole into
a summer resort. The “modern novel,”
of which the writer gives imaginative
excerpts, closes with touching scenes
wherein Gertrude, the bride, confesses to
Ronald that two of her toes dropped off
last uight, but she's “having a ripping
honeymoon” just the same.
that women actually are becoming afraid
to travel alone, the “do" and ' don't” lists
would be amusing. But there is no
amusement in a situation, however
strange such warning may sound, iq
which the average woman has come to
fear even the train guard when lie steps
: into a compartment in which she is rid
ing alone.
There is no intention here to picture
England as crime-swept and a terrorist
district, such as those we've ro-ently read
about in Russia and central Europe. But
( the unpunished, undetected crimes have
become so frequent as to startle England
and give good reason for the varions pre
cautionary measures which are getting
such free discussion.
Princes of Church
Ask Raise in Pay
ROME, Feb. 20. -The Giornele and Italia
says that the cardinals living in Rome
have asked the pope to raise their sal
aries. arr they can not make both ends
meet, owing to the Increased cost of
With the exception of the papal sec
retary of state, the chancellor of the
church and the archpriest of St. Peter's,
the cardipals, it is pointed out, receive
only what is called a ’’cardinal's dish,"
amounting to 21.500 lire Cnormalir
$4,085) yearly, plus 2,000 lire (normally
S3SO> for privy expenses. At the present
rate of exchange this amounts altogether
to |1,775 less than received formerly.
Musicians Put Ban
on Suggestive Jazz
BOSTON, F®b. 20. —Jazz music is to be
toned down sr, as not to offend City Cen
sor John M. Case.v
The official guardian of the city’s roor
als beamed with delight when he re
celved this communication today from
the Boston Musicians’ union:
“Suggestive movements pr exaggerated
jazz playing for dancing will not be
tolerated by the Boston Musicians’
150 Refugees Saved
by Breeches Buoy
LONDON, Feb. 20.—The former Ger
man steamer Gregor, with 200 British
refugees from Odessa, broke adrift from
a vessel having her in tow and grounded
near Taiyios. according to a Lloyds dis
patch from Constantinople. Ono hundred
and fifty persons were rescued by Use
breeches buoy.
Minds Break Down After Long
Brooding, Recruits Dazzled,
He Avers.
NEW YORK, Feb. 20.—People who be
lieve in spiritualism believe because they
want to believe, because they have what
the late Prof. William James of Harvard
called “the will to believe.”- This con
clusion is strongly stressed by Prof.
Joseph Jastrow, a noted psychologist of
the University of Wisconsin, who deliv
ered a series of lectures In New York on
“The Revival of the Belief in Spirits."
Addressing a large audience In
Genealogical hall. Prof. Jastrow followed
up his attack on credulity with an
answer to the arguments and deductions
of Sir Oliver Lodge, a noted example Os
“the will to believe,” as Dr. Jastrow sees
it. He rebuked Sir Oliver in downright
fashion, charging him with abuse of au
thority as a scientist.
“It is far less the facts than the
tendency to find in facts proof of beliefs
cherished for their emotional value that
spreads belief in spirits,” he said. "Many
persons believe not by virtue of the evi
dence. but. in spite of the absence of it.
Many a sincere believer in spirits tells
you that he has studied the matter for
years and years, was at first a skeptie.
and then was won over by the wealth of
experiences not otherwise to be explained
as facts. What happens is that the
strong resistance to such beliefs w-hb'h
all disciplined minds have, because such
beliefs the system of science
upon vAiloh rests modern civilization,
breaks down.
“Quite as commonly believers are re
cruited by the blinding effect of pres
tige. A few great names are found in
indorsement of spiritualism, and al
though the overwhelming majority of
equally eminent men of the same call
ing strongly deny spiritualism and op
pose its vain pretensions, nevertheless the
crowd is apt to follow the few. These
secure the public ear because their mes
sage appeals to the will to believe, and
the sober aad for the most part silent
custodians of science are ignored.
"The will to believe, the sensational
discovery that science Indorses spirits,
the prestige of eminent n urn’s sio-h are
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the forces that prevent the common sense
of the intelligent public*f:om asserting
Itself. There are thus two problems to
consider. The one Is the actual status of
the evidence and the views of competent
judges as to its value, and the other is
the ready credence given to conclusions
that have an emotional appeal. To weigh
the evidence requires attainments not
out of the ordinary so far as the phys
ical manifestations are concerned. To
present any behavior of matter as evi
dence of supernatural force is merely to
conclude from the ignorance of the ob
uerver that telepathy, spirits or the black
art is responsible for the seeming su
pernatural occurrences, when as a mat
ter of fact the observer is merely ignor
ant of the technique of the trickery em
ployed or is lacking in knowledge of
human psychology.
“Iloudin, a magician of two generations
ago, tells an opposite story of an ’ex
hibition be gave before Arabs in North
Africa. He announced that he could
make a box light or heavy at will. His
principal accessory for the trick a
powerful, concealed magnet. With the
electric current on the box became
heavy. When the current was switched
off it became light. At one moment a
,child could lift it. The next moment a
strong man couldn’t budget it. The next
night he varied the trick by announcing
that he could take away a man's strength
and then restore it . After the first
demonstration (the magnet being used
again, of courset the Arabs fled from
the tent in. fright, exclaiming that the
box trick was merely a trick, hut re
moving a man's strength was black
magic. Here, obviously, was the will to
believe. The tr!"k is always the same,
but the interpretation of it makes the
"You know about magnetism and
would know that Houdin’s tricks were
just tricks. The Aral* observers, ignorant
of magnetism and willing to believe in
bigek magic, instantly suspected the
dread supernatural. Let a savage hear
a concealed phonograph and he would
easily be convinced that its voice was the
voice of spirits.
“in these trying days we need a great
awakening of rationality. Quite as Lin
coin said, that a nation can not live half
slave, half free, so It la true that a mind
can not live its best life half enslaved by
superstition aud pseudo-science and half
liberated hv logic and scientific wisdom.
It. Is in the interests of social sanity
that an attempt should he made to re
store a calm, reasonable attitude toward
problems of this kind. Ki r a scientist
to use the prestige lie acquired In one
calling to spread doctrines without
scientific standing in a different sphere
is an abuse of authority.”
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