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The San Francisco call. [volume] (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, March 18, 1900, Image 3

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time. Th«s hards of a clock cannot regu
late a labor of love— it's the heart' 3
prompting that governs.
"I think the saddest experiences I had
were in Cuba. Yellow fever carried off sO
many of th*> boys. There was a hospital
especially for the yellow fever cases, but
any number of patients in our hospital
developed yellow fever. I was the only
nurse in the hospital who was not im
mune to yellow fever. I never gave a
thought to the danger or r.hrank from the
yellow fever ea*cs. and fortunately I did
not Baccunsb to it."
Miss Wheeler fays that she nursed dur
ing the yellow fever, although not im
mune, as though It were the usual thing
tar a young woman to leave the comfoiU
and pleasures °' Washington for a life in
c fever stricken cam;*. It wpuld be ira
poMlble to exaggerate her rr.od'-st simplic
ity or the c-fiaim of her soft Southern
accent. Annie Early Wheeler is n.jt par
ticularly.pretty at first sight, lih<>- is "just
so high." and mr black gown makos her
look even more fK-ndcr tlian she really is.
A wisp of light-brown hair frames the
Bensttire fare, that grows en you until you
wonder that you «lid not discover at once
how delicately pretty it is.
Miss Wheeler insets ihet sh* defcTVea
no credit for giving a year of her. .if* to
lh« needy coMlcrs. "I had a father and
brother at the front," she say*, "and that
was my first reason for wishing tc go.
You pf-e, w« are four girls, a.n'i we tan t
«et our mm folks go into danger .without
us. Vcu're all right with a gun. but you
•ant manage a button, can you, papa?"
*nd Miss Wheeler deftly fastened a te
fract'.-r> button O n the uniform that ,>V.':i
ly shows th»- irear and tear of bcryioe,
"I cant get along without Annie." caid
tire generai. who for all his title, "Fls'M
!ng Joe," is scarcely taller than a boy and
as anild-mannered and kindly a gentleman
as ever longed for active service and the
bocm of cannon. "J can't get along with
out one of my girls," he said. "*=ince their
mother was taken away from us."
Then we all looked away until lOn
Wheeler broke the pilence with "Are you
ready for the nrxt oner' The artist
clipped in his plate and Miss Wheeler !ov-
ingly laid her cheek against her father's
head, saying. "I'll cover up the bald ipct,
daddy, dear."
"Do you know." said Miss Wheeler, "the
most disagreeable ordeal that I've b»:en
through since I left home is this quaran
tine fuss. They have fumigated all my
things until they're only fit for the rag
man. All the light things are spotted ani
every bit of silk has been rotted by th?
process so that it tears if you touch it. It
seems to ma that it was unnccPssary.
since they had , never been near the
"You shouldn't criticize the officials; they
know what they are about," answered
General Joe Wheeler, with the true sol
dier's instinct to obey. And like a truo
soldier's daughter Miss Annie Wheeler
"I dread to think of my picture going
into the paper," snid Miss Wheeler. "But
you won't write anything, will you?
There really isn't anything to tell, for I've
not done anything worth talking about."
Other lips told the rest of the story
when Miss Wheeler was called out of tho
room. "Annie Is the most modest girl,"'
said Miss Elizabeth Davis, who has been
visiting in Manila and is traveling with
the Wheelers to her home In New York.
The general and Ms daughter are both
very fond of Miss Elizabeth, although sha
is not a niece, as has been stated. "An
nie says she hasn't done anything, yet
while we girls were complaining of the
Manila heat and dancing and frittering
away our time she was nursing the sick
without even stopping to .rest after her
siege with the yellow fever in. Cuba.
'"Miss Wheeler was the only nurse who
worked entirely without pay. The other
Rtti Cross nurses were all under salary,
but though she lived their life tind did
their work »he never asked for or received
a cer.t. Y'bu know, like most army people ;
V WANT to sceGor.eral Wheeler ; s daugh
ter." She was a littre old lady in rusty
ii black, a bit of crape on bonnet and
sleeve hinting at her story. We helped
her into t"he elevator, and it was a grate
ful "Thank you" with a rich c-oating of
the brogue of Erin that she gave the
We waited outside while the little old
lacy went timidly into the Wheeler apart?
mems. The boll boy caught a glimpse
cf her. "Thai's about the twentieth to
day." ho said. "They all think she's got
some message from their tons. She sees
*em all. too; and lets her other callers go.
Miss Wheeler's a real lady, she is."
"She"s a blessed angel," said the little
ola lady when she came out and a tear
fell on the big bucch of violets that she
brought with her from the flo-aer-laden
"I'm truly afraid of newspaper people,"
laughed Miss Wheeler as she greeted us.
•'They don't bite." reassured her father.
"No, but they write such awful—urn.-exa
ggerations." The idea that Miss Wheeler
could never have come to such a conclu
eion from reading the Sar. Francisco pa
pers was merrily scouted. "Why." she
said, "I've seen two or three accounts in
the papers here of my meeting the Sultan
of Sulu, whom I never saw 3nd never ex
pect to see."
While the artist was busy with his
camera Miss Wheeler *poke of her ex
periences at the front. "It was a sacred
<Juty and pleasure to me." she said. "My
hospital work will always be the sweetest
and saddest memory in my life. 1 fol
lowed immediately after mV father and
Flayed at the hospital in Cuba until he
left for the Philippines.
"There are two Manilas. One is at the
city where youth and pleasure combine
to rout monotony. There are teas and
dinners and moonlight dances on board
the ships. I had scarcely a glimpse of
this gay Manila. There is another Man
ila where the soldiers, sick and suffering,
fight the hattle of life and death. That
was the Manila I knew.
"You get so intensely Interested in hos
pital work that you can stand an aston
ishing amount of hard work. The quar
ters for the Red Cross nurses are a mil©
from the hospital, and the nurses are
driven to and fro when their watch 13
over. Every day the carriage would
have to make extra trips to call for nurses
¦who were voluntarily staying over the<-
pledges and initiates. When a man has
been asked to become n member of a cer
tain fraternity it is known as "spiking"
or "bidding.'.' After he is "rushed" he is
"spiked," then "pledged." and finally in
itiated, when all secret formula is ex
plained to him.
This custom of "rushing" a prospective
candidate is not in vogue in Yale and Har
vard. There the fraternities hold- a con
ference and decide upon the men to be
&?ked to join, and divide the men. Then
an initiation on an extensive plan Is held.
After the new man is sent into the col
lege world with his new emblem, that all
.may become'acqualnted with him and his
colors. ' . .',.* r ' ;
The fourteen Greek letter societies rep
resented at the University of . California
are: Sigma Chi. Zeta Psi, Phi- Delta
Theta. Delta Kappa Epsilon. Beta Theta
Pi. Chi Phi. Phi Gamma Delta, Sigma N'u,
Sigma - Alpha • Kp"?tlon, ' Delta Upsllon.
Delta Tau Delta. Kappa Alpha. Chi Psi
and Phi Kappa Psi. Besides these there
are three fraternities composed of young
women students. They are: Kappa Alpha
Theta. Kappa Kappa Gamma and Gamma
Phi Beta. The clubs are the Bay View,
the German, Belmont and, Golden Bear
and one or two others.
Fraternity- Life at
• Berkeley,
Continued from Page One.
they're not wealthy. There are four girls
and it takes about nil they have-to keep
up their official position. I think it was
just splendid of Anna Wheeler to give her
services gratfa to her country.
"She sny3 she hasn't done anything 1 ,
but she's given no much of her health
and strength that when she sets hom<s
the doctor says she"4 have to spend
weeks in a sanitarium to undergo a severe
and thorough treatment. And yet Anna
WheHer gars' she hasn't done anything.*
Those who know of it appreciate her serv
Down in Alataaia, her native State, that
for twenty years has sent her father to
Congrtss. they are waiting for the annual
visit of Anna Early Wheeler. They aro
coin*? to show what they think of the
daughter of their, lighting Joe.
A Personal Chat With the Daughter of Figting Joe Wheeler

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