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FEE! ARE AWKWARD
Great Many English Womon Are Pigeon-Toed. Neighbors From France Declare They 8houtd Have 8chool for Teach ing of Foot Deportment—Hob ble Skirt Blamed. London.—The Englishwoman would be the most graceful woman in the world if she could only graceful management of her feet This, In effect, was the verdict of a party of Frenchwomen who visited Hyde Park, and who apeared to derive considerable amusement from watch ing the awkward way In which the English women in the penny chairs placed their feet "Maladroit," "gauche," were a few of the criticisms overheard expressed In tones of varying intensity. It was noticed that the ladies sitting in the row—the objects of these com ments—were apparently all unaware the criticism their feet were learn the I of causing. Though not, perhaps, the usual habitues of the park, they were most ly well dressed women, wearing the customary "hobblo" skirts and the rather conspicuous shoes of today, which are made In various shades of leather to match the stockings. One of London's leading teachers of dancing and deportment later In the day said that most English women need a course of "feet discipline." "It Is another example of the danger of adopting a fashion set by a foreign country," she said. "The 'hobble' skirt—the present mode—was evolved by French costumers to suit French women, and Frenchwomen are re nowned the world round for their graceful feet. "English women hastily adopt the fashion without thinking that, prac tically for the first time In the history of fashion, the feet form a conspicu ous part of the tout ensemble. There are no crinolines or loose plaited bell skirts to hide them. "Beyond a little drilling In the man agement of her feet which she gets In the hobbledehoy, short skirted period of her life, the English woman Is never taught the necessity of graceful control of her feet. "Now comes suddenly this tight skirted vogue and her feet are re vealed In all their pigeon toed or sprawling awkwardness. Not all of them, of course, for some English women are naturally graceful from the top of the head to the tip of the toe. "English women are fully aware that the new skirt makes smart shoes and atocklngs absolutely de rigueur, but they forget that smart shoes and stockings draw special attention to the feet and make It equally compul sory that they should place them gracefully." FLY SPREADS n EADLY GERM Or. Fiexner and Aid of Rockefsllsr Institute Discover Disseminator of Infantile Disease New York.—Experiments carried on tn the laboratories of the Rockefeller Institute of Medical Research have demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that the virus of Infantile paralysis Is carried from the sick to the well by the common house fly. It had been really understood the poisonous element of the disease Is transferred from those suffering from It to persons brought In contact with the patients; also that healthy persons carry the virus from the sick to the well. But In thinly settled sections of the country the disease has spread in a manner that could not be accounted for by any of the foregoing means of transmission. This led to the ptclon that the common fly was the carrier, and resulted In experiments which have been and are still being carried on by Dr. Simon Fiexner. di rector of the Institute, assisted by Paul F. Clark, Ph. D. 8U8 WOULDN'T GO Ocean Liner Is Held While Porter In Taxi Speeds to 8hlp With Wealthy Woman's Lingerie. New York.—Miss Elenor Spang, > wealthy unmarried woman, who owns ■ bouse In Washington and another In Paris and who recently has been a guest of the Hotel Plaza, was booked to sail on the Kronprinz Wil helm. For several days past she overseen the packing of her 15 trunks by her French maid, Celeste, who un derstands little English, placed some of her lingerie In a suit case to have by her In her cabin. When It came to packing her fish ing Implements—for Miss Spang Is a great flsherwoman—she told Celeste to "leave out the longest reel." Celeste thought she meant the "lingerie." When Miss Spang arrived at the ship, accompanied by Max Thompson, assistant manager of the Plaza, she found on looking over her baggage that the suit case containing the lingerie was missing. She became panic-stricken. No, It was absolutely Impossible for a lady to sail under such conditions, those things. What should she do? Sailing time was only 20 minutes away. Thompson dashed to a 'phone, called up a porter at the Plaza, gave bad She had She must have TOAD AIDS DISTRESSED ROBIN How the Two Divided Reluctant Angle Worm la Graphically Described— Bird Got Its Share. Bridgeport, Conn.—A big red robin Wood avenue bit off more than It could swallow. Perhaps It would be more accurate to Bay that It tried to swallow more than It could bite off. Cock robin In looking over a fine big lawn for ble breakfast fell upon what looked tohlmllkeagoo^meaM^a on AUSTRIAN EMPEROR NOT DYING. fhAtfC/S efasEP/fZ Zmperar , yCAujfna Æi .. % '■A' m . a ■ PI! ; V IENNA.—Reports that have been sent broadcast to the effect that Em peror Francis Joseph has been attacked by senile decay and is nearing his end are vigorously denied by those close to the veneruble ruler and seem to be disproved by the Emperor's continued activity of mind and body. Ha still Insists on attending personally to state affairs. WILL FIND Child's Curved Spine Often Es capes Doctor's Scrutiny. Dressmakers' Measurements Disclose Defect When the Tima for Any Effective Treatment of Trouble Has Passed. Chicago.—"If your child has a back ache and your doctor can't cure it, send for the dressmaker; she knows more than the doctor about crooked backs." Such la the advice given by Prof. Henry D. Thomas of the Northwest ern University Medical school In a lecture to the members of the Chica go Visiting Nurse association at the Wesley hospital. "In the cllnlo records there are the histories of 4,000 cases of bowed-legs and 3,000 cases of scoliosis, or curva ture of the spine, which were treated lif the last ten years," he continued. "In the cases of spinal trouble the dis ease began when the child was from three to eight years old usually. "No one knew anything of the dis ease in many cases until the child was old enough to go to the dressmaker. Then It Is too late for any effective treatment. The girl's mother—girls have 76 per cent, of the cases-r-never sees It, the family doctor overlcp.ka It, and not until the dressmaker be|dns to do some measuring does thej de formity appear. Once started, process continues with terrible fects. Illjjl "The number of children who a^B| from this disease is very large ^Kff estimators state that It Is as hl^H CO per cent.; others place the as low as two per cent. My own ^H(| latlon, based on an examination r^HR WITHOUT THE lnstructlons where to find the WKW case, and ordered him to rush to the Twenty-third street subway line 'n a taxi. taxi to meet the porter on the Jersey side. Then Thompson begged the captain to hold the ship. The captain agreed to wait five minutes—no more. At four minutes past the hour for sailing no taxi was In sight looked as though Mls3 Spang would not sail. But exactly at 10:06 the cab come in sight. The porter sprang out and heaved the suit case over the rail, and MIsb Spang Balled. Thompson dispatched another JAPS WILL EAT FROGS' LEGS 8tudent Returning Home From East ern College Takes Jumpers Along for Breeding Purposes. Storrs, Conn.—Kemao Inonya, a Japanese student who has just celved his diploma from the Connec ticut Agricultural college here, Is on his way back to Japan, carrying with him. carefully crated, a dozen of the largest and best specimens of bull frogs he has been able to gather from the ponds In the surrounding country. It Is his Intention to use them tn the propagation of the species In hls na tive land, where the frogs are small and not edible. re to get a drink of fog. The robin seized the head of the worm In Ite bill and began to pull and swallow at the same time. The worm began to back water Immediately and would have pulled the hole In after It The robin, how ever, had a gooa grip end a tug-of-war followed. The robin danced around and tried to brace Itself for a steady pull. The worm stretched almost to the breaking point And yet after several DEFORMITY school children In Chicago, Is thret per cent. My examinations, however, were made without removing th4 clothing, and so the real figures may be higher. "Sometimes the curvature Is con genial; sometimes It comes from rick etts; often the position which a child assumes In school Is the cause. The child has a slight deafness in one ear, an astigmatism In one eye too slight to be noticed, or perhaps Is simply weak. Sitting all the time In some crooked position day after day and year after year will develop a good case of curvature. "The only way to effect a cure Is to begin the treatment early. Hence mothers, family phyatcians and nurses should examine children very careful ly, and especially carefully when tha child complains of some weakness or shows signs of being always tired." HENS LAY AN EGG EACH DAY 8mall Flock of Rhode Island Reds Make Remarkable Record— Owner Has No 8ystem. Wallace, Ida.—Twelve eggs a day, seven days In the week, for twenty eight consecutive weeks Is the record of twelve hens kept in the center of the Coeur d'Alene mining district. Only in the iast few days, when one of the number began to sit, was the record spoiled. tnd ter 5St rell of KUt I8t in ig. IS 's lid barn, their feed selected scraps from the table With these they have pros pered and with dock-like regularity have furnished a neat Income. Eggs in Wallace during the months past have ranged from 25 to 60 cents. Fig ured at the low price, the twelve hens made a gross earning in the twenty eight weeks of $49. MARRIAGE ENDS BABY r ATS Owner Marries Waitress, Who Is Not Fond of Children and Prefers Families Without Them. Brockton, Mast,.—Brockton's famous "Baby Flats," built exclusively families with babies, will hereafter be rented to babyless tenants, says John Hill Bartlett, the owner, whoæ venture had resulted In ex-Presldent Roosevelt sending him a personal letter of com mendation. Two years ago for Mr. Bartlett nounced that he saw no reason why families should be barred from tene ments because they had children, years ago he married a waitress. Now be says he renounces hls former opin ion of babies. A Mr. Bartlett does not express him self as opposed to babies, but Mrs. Bartlett frankly admits she prefers families without them. the robin or follow its tall back Into the hole. It stood pat. The robin was in Just as awkward a position because it couldn't let the worm go. Each had a hold on the other. He looked around beseechingly for help. A hoppy toad, one of the first of the season, who was out grub bing, having enjoyed the tug-of-war from the start, made a bee line for the contestante and neatly bit the worm In two. The robin flew off with the «I THE / '• j Gaeeery to FUN J >v-' ; ■Jfe : 4, m ■ f ' ■ A Vr to! ■ ■ ■ CO. YC/?£J3/YAA' Mf/tRY r /?A//Y£Y n y "ih COA'CA'BJJA/AA' ÄrEDmBD b. CLARK 4 HE return to America of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas I.ongworth after their honeymoon trip abroad gave to Representative Henry S. Boutell, Republican, of Chicago, an oppor tunity to have considerable fun at the expense of the Democrats. It Is known of course that one great political party looks to Thomas Jef ferson as the apostle and prophet of the simple democratic life, and knowing this, Mr, Boutell, who ap parently had been reading some ancient records, tried his best to undermine the "simple life" pedestal upon which Thomas JefTerson stands. There were some people apparently who thought that Mrs. Longworth, who Is ex-President Roose velt's daughter, might return from her honeymoon trip abroad, where she was treated In a measure like a royal personage, in a frame of mind in which pride was dominant and that she might have lost some of her American simplicity. Representative Boutell made a speech which of course did not have Mrs. Longworth for Its central oubjeet, but he In troduced matters by saying that she would return to America, Alice, but the same modest, unassuming daughter of the president that M was her wont to be." Mrs. Longworth came In to Mr. Boutell's speech only as an Incident of discourse, the Republican representa tive's main Intention being apparently to attempt to re fute the statement made by Representative Wheeler of Kentucky that the Republi can party under present ad ministration waa introduc ing "truculent sycophancy •nd flunkeyism" Into our Intercourse with representa tives of foreign powers. The Chicago Republican looked at the Democ racy's Mississippi chieftain (now a United States senator), then turned hts eyes to the then sub chleftatn. Champ Clark of Missouri, and said: "I wish to read a few words of Thomas Jefferson." The chieftain looked more than à bit startled. "1 read from the 'Complete Writings of Jeffer son,' by Ford." went on Mr. Boutell slowly. "It appears from this letter that Adams was just about to go as a business agent of Jefferson to London, and after giving him several commis sions, he writes: '• 'One further favor and I am done; to search the Herald office for the arms of my family. I have what I have been told were the family arms, but on what authority I know not. It is possible there may be none. If so, I will with your assistance become a purchaser, having Stearne's word for it that a coat of arms may be purchased as cheap as any other coat.' "So here we have the founder of the Democratic party Just dabbling, as it were. In syncophancy— not very truculent as yet." There was no quick recovery on the part of the Democratic members from this blow, which, while directed fair at their Idol, hit them hard In glancing. Finally, Mr. Sulzer, the Elast Bide itatesman, recovered sufficiently to ask In what year It was- that Jefferson had commissioned a man to buy the coat of arms. On learning that It was In the year 1771, Mr. Sulxer said, with an Intonation that showed he had found a grain of comfort In the thought, "That was five years before the revolution." The New York representative's consolation morsel apparently was not big enough to go round among his neighbors with an appreciable share of each. ' It was a bit hard to learn after many years that the man who wrote the Immortal document beginning with ringing words about equality had been trying to buy something which would go to show that he was a trifle "more equal" than his neighbors; and the blow was like unto that of a bludgeon, because it was shown that the supposedly Impeccable one had more than Inti mated that a counterfeit coat was as good as a genuine one If only it were nobly emblazoned. The Republicans had a rare time of It over the Democratic discomfiture. When 't comes to fun the galleries are gloriously nonpartisan. The humor of the thing was to the people aloft well worth the knocking of a prop from the third presl-' dent's pinnacle. Things might not have been so altogether bad for the cause of Mr. Jefferson and his house disciples if Mr. Boutell had been content to stop, for everybody recognizes the weakness that all human nature—even that sternly simple type—has for crests and other family gewgaws. "Yes." said the Chicago man, "It was five years before the revolution. Now, Just before the revolu tion. on August 26. 1776, the great founder of the Democratic party, the Introducer of 'truculent sycophancy' Into our national administration, wrote to John Randolph from Montlcello urging a reconciliation with Great Britain, and In that letter be uses this expression: " 'I am sincerely one of those who would rather be In dependence on Great Britain, properly lim ited, than any other nation on earth, or than on no nation.' '' The last five words of this Jeffersonian pro nouncement It would seem. If language means anything, point to a desire on the part of the Virginian Democrat that the colonies should have ft "not Princess . ! 09 Wffij j, ■ : ; / 2 ( ' tt£/i/?r j. SURELY MAN OF MANY JOBS Brltlsh Postmaster General Can Not Bo Bald to Be an Idlo Individual. Tho British postmaster general Is what Londoners call a unlvereal pro vider, a regular department store of i *L . V! rH k, ' - y is. - pfc\ ;; Hilf * ÏE C0JYG/?£33A/ASY At/£> MAS, •wtna-fAwir' lx K A -*> / <? SI <s> ■ s; lm> «J* ■K moMAs an ownership cable of kind connecting them with one of the over-the-sea powers. As Mr. Boutell put It: "It seems possible that, having purchased bis coat of arms, Jefferson feared that on the declaration of independence and the establishment of a republican form of government It would not be an available asBet. and so he hoped that dependence would continue." The memory of this speech dwells In congress. It was Intentionally light, but It drove home the lesson that frailties of a certain kind are not confined to members of any political party. When In the future an American citizen dies as the result of eating adulterated food that has been an article entering Into Interstate commerce, a coroner's Jury will be Justified In bringing In s verdict of suicide. In order not to be too hard on the deceased, the Jury may give the cause as carelessness, but whichever of the twain the ver dict be, the "recently died" will be held responsi ble. The pure-food bill which passed Congress is a strong measure. Proir to its passage it was the cause of more misunderstandings, more sus picions and of more abuse of men and measures than was any other which congress thought it worth while to consider. Representative James R. Mann of Chicago piloted the bill through the house. He was ex pounder and exhorter, and during the greater part of four days he held the Interest of the seasoned members as a school teacher holds the Interest of wide-open-eyed children to whom tales of a hither to unknown are told—and it was tales of the hitherto unknown that Mr. Mann told to tho Washington-gathered children of a larger growth. For amazement and curiosity, for interest and indignation there was no scene of the winter in the big hall of congress like unto that enacted while the Hyde Park representative set forth his wares in bottle and In box and gave his colleagues full knowledge of the indigestible and poisonous stuff that the stomach of the American had been taking to its own all the years under the sacred names of food and medicine. The house has upon most occasions the saving grace of faking things In part humorously. Joke saves many a situation, assauges anger and disarms the man whose tongue under stress of temper becomes a sharp weapon. There were few Jokes during the discussion of The subject was aB deadly A the pure-food bill, serious as were some of the "food" products dis played on the Chicago representative's desk. Once In a while the gravity was relieved by a quip, but as a matter of fact the Joke of the thing waa of the past—a huge Joke, If a grim one, cracked by food preparers and medicine manufacturers at the expense of the stomachs and the livers of the American people. Mr. Mann told of an American firm that had been importing rotten—yes. rotten—eggs, which, after treatment with boric acid, were sold to candy-makers and cake-bakers. Mr. Gaines of Tennessee expressed gratitude that the Imports did not get into eggnoggs. The laugh was faint Every member was thinking of the candy and the cake and stomachs of the child multitude. The half has never been told In the public prints of the food frauds which Representative Mann disclosed in the time—often extended— alloted to him to press this bill to a Some of his exhibits were ground "coffee" made of roasted beans, oats, pilot bread, charcoal, red slate, bark and date stones; cinnamon made of passage. In, take care of your savings, sell you an annuity, a postal order or a for eign draft. Invest your spare capital in a nice little government bond and pay a weekly pension to your aged mother or aunt. He carries letters and other mall matter, transmits telegrams, cable pany business for every sort of par cel, from a halfpenny packet up to shipments of eggs, dressed poultry and fresh fish. He collects all the worn copper coins for the British treasury. He has factories for making hls supplies and an electric central station ot nls own In London for lighting hls offices, bringing the current through bis ca ble ducts. .vhole pepper made of tapioca and lamp *oa made of walnut shells ' and oxide, sawdust ; black; and a thousand and one other forais adulterated c< In a thousand and one ways. The drinks were worse. From the exposition made In tile house—and lu this subject an Interest deeper than any draught that he had ever taken was shown by every member—It would seem I hat the man who leadH a friend to the bar and asks what he will have gives his friend no choice, for the bartender will set out what the spirit moves, and It seldom will move a pure spirit. The members of congress learned by formulai presented, bearing (he name and address of deal ers, that skim milk masquerading as cream Is a deception of babe-llke Innocence compared with the "pure domestic" and "lino Imported" whiskies and cordials which are set forth for the damnation of a drinker's stomach If not for the damnation of his soul. The hope may he expressed, possibly without lncurlng the charge of vindictiveness, that In tills case the curse returns to roost behind the bar. To Representative Henry T. Rainey Is due large ly the fact that the bones of John Paul Jones rest In the land for which lie fought. It was the Illi nois Democrat who first took up the matter of the search for the commodore's remains and who started tho investigation which later made General ____ Porter's work possible. Mr. Rainey never has been given credit In full for his share of the labor, for modesty has held him silent. < Congress at the outset did enough to discourage ten men of ordinary en ergy from carrying on thi quest for anybody's bones Mr. Rainey refused to b* gibed out of his purpose, and although he could not Induce his colleagues to take him altogether seri ously, he followed the bent of his belief In other direc tions and now John Paul Jones rests at Annapolis. The Illinois member In troduced a resolution pro viding for the finding and for the removal to Amer ica of the Scotch sailor's remains. The resolution called for an appropriation of $10,000 to pay the expenses. Then the fun began. The mockers In the house declared that the commodore was burled deep In a cemetery under million-dollar buAness structures on the Rue Grande Aux Belles or on the Rue des Ecluses Saint Martin or on aeveral other rues which they could not pronounce. Congress In Its humor had the aid and Jocose correspondents, who saw the rare jest In the bones search and made the most of it. And here recol lection brings a blush of contrition to the cheeks of one who followed In the train. Members said and correspondents wrote that the French doubtless gradly would allow their business palaces to be un dermined and toppled to ruin on the payment of $10,000 of Yankee cash, If Yankee cheek, the representatives said, aided by French politeness, could accomplish the purpose of building demolition, there would be small chance of separating Jones' bones with any certainty of Identity from those cf the French sleepers In tha old cemetery. One scoffer suggested with flue Irony that there might be a bit of the original Scotch skull left, and that Sidney Smith's rule might be applied to make positive the Identification. Mr. Rainey was undisturbed. He was not even moved to surrender when suggestion was made that if the $10,000 were sent over to some French grave digger he would find the old sea dog's bones and prove their genuineness If he had to tattoo the sailor's autograph in the tibia of the left leg to do It. Ü 1 msm, I -*> JjcArrffjo/t It was two years on the way, but the last laugh came, and it was Mr. Rainey who had it. His colleagues made amer scorning, and belated word of contrition for their scoffing and their anoi.ier Jester of the past writes THE COLDEST PLACE ON EARTH What is said to he the coldest place on the globe Is the region of Verkholeltsk, Siberia. . Here Is a convict station, hut during most of the guards are year no feded to keep the prisoners from run ning away, for In the more severe portions of the winter no living creature can remain in the open, and during (he three most severe months, when the temperature sometimes falls to 86 degrees be low zero, no one dares to venture out for than a few moments at a time. Ordinary steel tools will snap like glass, and unseasoned wood becomes almost as hard as steel. When one breathes a powder like the mors very finest snow falls at one's feet. It Is said that there are less forms of insect life here than elsewhere In the world, and some of those found are not found elsewhere, seemingly having been crested especially to Inhabit such a frigid region. Some of the signal-service officials declare that most of the severe cold waves that the North American continent have their origin in Verkholenak. The wind blows a perfect gale almost all the time, and that discomfort, added to the low temperature, would certainly make this pleasant place In which to spend the winter. sweep across a very un No Help. A St. Louis traveling man, making hls first trip through North Dakota, woke up one May morning to find the ground white with snow. "For Heaven's sake," he asked the hotel clerk, disgustedly, "when do you have summer out lu this country?" "I don't know," replied the clerk, "I have only been here 11 months."—Success. any human personality at all. When he thought of hts own functions, he said, he was appalled by them. In bis official capacity he is responsible for more property than -anybody else In the United Kingdom, employs far more people than any Individual or corporation (212,364 at the last re port), prosecutes more malefactors every day than the public prosecutor, and sends out ever k more, ,-innln.