Newspaper Page Text
Uncle Sam Wants Foreign Trade Investigators
OJ ASHINGTON.—Young Americans afflicted with wanderlust, who have a ™ speaking acquaintance with Spanish, German or French, will be given an Opportunity to travel at good pay if they can satisfy the bureau of foreign and -, _domestic commerce of their ability V (50Y DE ^1 to investigate and report intelligently ( (lOJ E5TAD0JI on *oreiBn trade conditions. The most • " extensive campaign ever undertaken at one time will be under way soon after the beginning of the new fiscal year in July. These investigations will be aimed at the newer and more undeveloped markets lying well outside the fight ing zone, especially those in South America, China, India, Africa and Australia. Twelve different lines are to be investigated. The difficulty the bureau has experienced in getting suit able men for its foreign investigations illustrates the lack of trained men for foreign commercial work, which has so often been called to the attention of Americans in the last year. There are plenty of men capable of sizing up market conditions in any part of their own country, but there is a different story to tell when a man is wanted to study the prospects of selling goods in foreign countries. For South America, for example, the bureau wants men who can speak Spanish; who understand their particular line weii enough to learn the essential facts so necessary to American exporters, and who, when in posses sion of these facts, can write them up in clear-cut, logical, convincing fashion. 8uch men are scarce. For investigations in the far East a foreign language is not essential, although extra credit is given in the examination for a knowledge of French, German or Spanish. Playing for High Stakes in the Court of Claims THERE is a government firing line where firing is almost constantly going on. No blood is spilt, but interest is intense always, for it is shooting for money—big money. Long shots predominate. It is in a queer place for a firing line—in a former art gallery. In other words, the old abode of the Cor coran gallery, Seventeenth street and Pennsylvania avenue, now houses the United States court of claims; and there nearly every day of the court's sessions eminent counsel endeavor to score a bull's-eye and thereby win for themselves and their clients coin of the nation in sums all the way from a few thousands to many millions of dollars. It is a mighty absorbing and always alluring game because, as a rule the^ stakes are high. Competitors are numerous because, if a hit is made, the pay'is sure. At the present writing some $90,000,000 (in fresh crinkly notes of Uncle Sam worth 100 per cent of each 100 cents) are involved. That is, cases are now pending in the court of claims calling for $98,730,115.70. A judgment by the court of claims, unless reversed by the United States Supreme court, is as good as cash. It follows that the prize of prizes in legal circles today Is some sort of a fairly well substantiated claim against the United States government. Innumerable such claims are discovered and made. The cases now pending number more than 10,000. Needless to say if all or any considerable part of this $98,000,000 is paid it will come out of the United States treasury—i. e., out of the pockets of the people of the United States. Therefore, on this firing line the people have their representatives, the same consisting of an enormous staff of attorneys retained upon salaries by Uncle Sam. Nominally their chief is the attorney general, but the attorney general in person is engrossed with greater matters —the construction and enforcement of the greater laws, particularly the anti trust laws. He has very little time to devote to “routine.” The gentleman in actual charge, therefore, is the “assistant attorney ^general in charge of the defense of suits against the United States.” Under the present administration this gentleman is Huston Thompson of Denver, former classmate at Princeton of President Wilson. Mr. Thompson holds one of the many big submerged jobs in the government service. Insists United States Pay Him Thirty Cents SOME years ago the crew of a government revenue cutter gave an entertain ment, and, according to custom, assessed the cost of the affair among those aboard. Each man’s share was taken from his pay. One young man was not in sympathy with some feature of the entertainment and objected to having to pay his share. It cost him only 30 cents, but it was the principle of the thing. He began to write to the assistant secretary of the treasury, who had charge of the revenue cutter service, and demanded justice. That was about seven or eight years ago and the man has averaged about two letters a week ever since. He numbers his letters, and the last one numbered seven hundred and something. Two or three years ago he resigned from the revenue cutter service and is now living in New York, but he is still after his 30 cents and the establishment of a great principle. When 'Charles Dewey Hilles was an assistant secretary of the treasury he sent the iman his personal check for 30 cents in the hope that it would end the long correspondence, but it did not. The man promptly sent back the check, saying that he did not want the money, but justice, and that the 30 cents must come from the government itself. And so the correspondence goes on with no sign of ever letting up. *. I Where the Government Takes Tremendous Chances AFIRE occurred recently in one of the detached buildings of the bureau of engraving and printing, which, fortunately, was confined to its place of origin and to a comparatively small damage. The building is used in part as the rag laundry, where the cloths which are employed in wiping the printing plates are washed. Though of brick walls it is far from being fire proof, and the fire department was fortunate in confining the flames. Only the detached situation of the structure enabled it to check the blaze. The fire did Immediate damage of about $20,000. The actual loss to the government, however, was heavier by the delay of the work In printing money and stamps, which cannot pro ceed without the cloths, for the treatment of which this department is main tained. The engraving bureau is well equipped in the new main building, but it is compelled to use some of the old parts, and in this respect the situation is much like that of every other branch of the government. There is scarcely a department that has not some part of its organization housed in a flimsy, fire-inviting structure. The government never Insures and indeed it would have to pay some rather high rates if it did seek insurance on the ordinary commercial basis. Many of the “risks" of the public service equipment are decidedly bad, and considering the values dependent upon the conditions in which the departmental work is done the United States is taking alarming chances of disaster in its regular routine. HOSTESSES ROBBED AS SHE FIXES HAIR ^ Young Girl Is Credited With New Way of Gathering Jewel* In New York. _ Mount Vernon, X. T.—A young wo man who has a new method of robbery Is being sought by the police of this city, Xew Rochelle. White Plains and Yonkers. She is a very pretty girl, about twenty years old and expensively attired. Her method of obtaining jewels, hand bags, purses and anything else of value, which has been the same in all places, is explained by Mrs. Edgar B. Davis of 134 Eleventh avenue. Mount Vernon. While the Davis family was at lunch eon the girl called at their home and introduced herself as a friend of Fred Goodell, a cousin of Mrs. Davis, who lives in Bridgeport, and said that Good ell had sent her to Mrs. Davis to wait there until he called with an automo bile and they would go for a ride. She declined an invitation to partake of the luncheon, but asked if she could go to a bedroom to dress her hair. Mrs. Davis sent her to her own room and returned to her meal. Half an hour later it was discovered the girl had fled and that Mrs. Davis had lost $250 in jewels from her bedroom. In each place the girl represents that she is to wait for some relative of the family who is to call for her. HORSE IS SOLE HEIR TO $42,707 LEGACY No Other Pets Found to Enjoy Comforts Ordered In New York Woman’s Will. New York.—The appraisal of the es tate of Mrs. Edith Rogers Gellatly. who died on July 17. 1913. at 34 West Fifty-seventh street, and who was the wife of John Gellatly, an insurance broker, shows that while she left the Income from stocks valued at -$42,707 for the care of her horses and dogs, the only animal she owned at the time of her death was a horse at White Plains, appraised at $700. In making the bequest Mrs. Gellatly directed that upon the death of her pets the principal of the fund and the unused income should be used by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in finding homes for ani mals and in preventing cruelty. Mrs. Gellatly. who was the daughter of Columbus Rogers, disposed of an in dividual estate of $5S0.704 net. and a trust fund of $702,201, set aside for her in her father's will. She gave $1, 160,271 to her husband and SS0.920 to her sister, Ella A. Rogers. HELD UP BY BEAR. Cub Refused to Move Until Auto Went at Top Speed. Ogdensburg. N. Y.—David Barber, a traveling salesman, was held up re cently by a cub bear near Loon lake while driving from Malone to Saranac Lake. Barber thought the bear was a dog. The animal sat in the middle of the road and refused to move out of the path of the automobile. Mr. Barber alighted from his car to see what was the matter with the ani mal. lie approached close enough to see that it was a bear and then re versed his direction. He hastily jump ed into his car and speeded up the en gine, the noise of which so disturbed the bear that it ambled off into the bushes. “I wasn’t afraid of the bear, but I didn't want any extended inter views with Mother Bear,” said Barber. MONEY MACHINE FAILS. It Would Not Work After $5,000 Had Been Paid For It. Peoria, 111.—Isaac Deutsch and Myer Katz of West Frankfort. 111., near here, are facing trial on a charge of operating a confidence game brought by Anton Sorehych of Depue, 111., who claims Deutsch and Katz sold him a machine to make $20 bills, he paying them $3,000 for the outfit According to Sorehych, the machine was to be operated by placing a $20 bill in an aperture and turning a crank. Scores of duplicate certificates came forth. Three thousand were “made” in two weeks. Armed with a shotgun, he is said to have guarded his machine for three days after the men left He then discovered the device would not work without more bills and brought suit BEES STING WOMAN TO DEATH Attacked While Taking Honey, She la Killed Before Aid Can Come. Ravenna. O.—While trying to take honey from a beehive, Mrs. Elizabeth Kline of Rootstown was stung to death. She went to the hive without the customary protection of gloves and a veil and began lifting the boxes of honey from the hive. The bees attacked her and before •he could escape she was stung fatally on the face, neck and hands. Cow Adopts Colt. Greenville, Pa.—J. S. Brown, a farm er near Conneaut lake, says a short time ago a mare owned by him died after giving birth to a fine colt The colt was fed on a bottle for a time, and when it was strong enough it was turned out with a herd of cows for ex ercise. One of the cows had lost a calf, and the animal immediately adopted the colt Bossy and the colt are now inseparable. JUST FOR WEAR. The fabric of this suit Is navj serge, showing a smart short coat with shoulder cape and a skirt cut with square patch pockets. JUVENILE FROCK. For young girls is this gown, so charming in its simplicity. The ma terial Is white marquisette set off with novelty fillet lace. HER ROSE TREE. For everyday wear is this hat of black ■straw, the top crown banded with two toned ribbon and a pink rose bush. Costly Economy. "The secret of saving money U econ omy, don’t you thinkI asked of the sad faced little man on crutches, adja cent to whose home I had Just moved. Wc had been making our acquaintance through a common subject of Interest The little man sighed. "Perhaps,” he said rather sadly, “but one must al ways be careful in selecting those things on which it is best to econo mize.” I waited attentively, knowing that he had something on his mind which he would feel better for telling. “My wife,” be resumed, “wouldn’t let me sprinkle ashes on the path and steps at our home for fear I would track some of It into the house and In jure the carpets. “I slipped on the top step, broke my leg. and it cost me $34(1 for doctor s bills, besides $42.1 thus far in loss of salary. This would have paid for new carpets in every room in the house and left enough for an extended vacation for my wife.” And I thought from ills tone of voice that the last idea appealed to him rath er strongly.—Judge. Gasoline Once Despised. It Is Interesting to note how n despis ed and perhaps, for the time, a barm ful byproduct may develop into the chief product of an industry and n shortage seriously affect the general comfort and economy of our lives. Just now gasoline is an everyday ex ample. In the time of the early coal oil lamp many dangers lurked in the poorly refined oil, and every effort was made to increase the yield of high flash kerosene and remove for this reason gasoline from the oil. This gasoline was then little more than a waste prod uct, to be disposed of when possible or thrown away and allowed to evaporate or even run Into the rivers with the re sulting danger of fire. Now all Is changed, and the utmost effort of the chemist and engineer Is called for to devise means of increasing the yield of this despised byproduct at the expense of the higher boiling fractions In the crude oil.—Metallurgical and Chemical Engineering. Did His Best. The young politician was as obliging as possible, but there was a limit to his possibilities. When the reporter asked him wliat his wife would wear at the mayor's reception he assumed a confidential air. “I'll tell you just as much as I know myself,” he said. ‘‘Last night she told me she should wear white. This morning at breakfast she said she'd decided on her rose colored gown, and when I said goodby to her she had spread a gray one beside the rose col ored on one chair and her black lace beside the white on another and was taking something else out of the closet. If her hair hadn't caught on a hook as she turned round I might have been able to tell you more.” The Elusive Fly. Any one who has tried with out stretched hand to catch a fly cannot fail to have noticed its wonderful alertness in escaping. “One reason for this,” explains a naturalist, “is the fact that the fly was watching the movements of its would be captor out of all or most of its 8.000 eyes. An other reason for its rapid retreat is that, Instead of seeing one hand com ing toward it, the fly would have seen at least 7,500 hands all looking alike and all moving down upon It in the same direction. A third reason of the fly’s nimbleness is its ability to vi brate its wings nearly 700 times in a second and to travel through the air at a rate of a mile in two and a half minutes or twenty-four miles an hour.” A Mild Protest. “Breddern and sisters,” said Parson Absolom Jonsing as he surveyed the scant covering of the bottom of the contribution basket, “Ah wouldn’t say a wuhd to 'sinuate that any one of yoh was stingy, but Ah has got to admit that yoh all is mighty thrifty, tryin' to get to heaven foh about one ten-bil lionth of a cent a mile.”—Brooklyn Ea gle. Tha Perfect Figure. "John, clear,” queried the young wife, glancing up from the physical advice magazine she was perusing, “wliat is your idea of a perfect figure ?” “Well,” replied her husband, “.$100, 000 may not be perfection, but it's near enough to satisfy a man of my simple tastes.”—Chicago News. The Philippines. The actual land area of the Philip pine Islands is about 140,000 square miles, equivalent to New England, Jcew York and New Jersey. The area of the Philippines is somewhat less than that of Japan proper, which has an area of some 100.000 square miles.— New York American. Pewless Churches. There were no pews in the churches of Scotland before the reign of Charles j I., and people who wished to be seated while attending services took stools with them. For the evening service the parishioners provided themselves with their own candles. m -- Highly Polishsd. “Mr. Sinnick is very polished, Isn’t her “Very! Everything he says reflects on some one.”—Boston Transcript Tiresome. “Don’t you hate to have a man tell you the same story twice?” “Yes; especially if it’s the one that 1 told him.”—Boston Transcript Discontent is the want of eelf reli ance.—Emerson. - .. -4 “ !\ A Letter From the Sky By SARAH BAXTER Mine. Beukard. the wife of Major Benkurd o£ the ——ill regiment of the line of the French army, was in the habit of approj dating any good look ing second lieutenant whom she could induce to be attentive to lier. One day a young lieutenant, I.ouia Detaille, reported at the garrison for duty, and the moment Mme. Beukard saw him she determined to appropriate him. lie was a rosy cheeked boy scarcely out of his teens and before his departure to join his regiment had proposed to and been accepted by his cousin, Delphine Dumont. Mme. Ben kurd was double his age and liad lost whatever beauty she ln.d possessed. The lieutenant desired to give ali his spare time to writing love letters to his sweetheart and had no inclination U> devote himself to the major's wife. Unfortunately for him, he was too young, too . unsophisticated to know the danger of refusing advances from such a woman and frankly told the lady that he was engaged to a girl he dearly loved and had neither time nor inclination to devote himself to her. Mme. Benkard's eye flashed, but De tallle's eyes were modestly cast down at the time, and when he ventured to raise them he saw a sympathetic smile. “You dear boy!” she exclaimed. “Tell me all nbout her. Is she dark? Is she fair? Is she very young and does she love you as you love her?” Disarmed. Detaille became garrulous about the girl ho loved, and before the end of the interview madame had got her name and address. Detaille had not been in garrison a month before Germany declared war upon France and French troops were rushed northward into Belgium. Be fore his departure, while there was yet peace. Mile. Dumont received an anon ymous letter warning her against her lover, who was devoting himself to the wife of one of the officers. Mme. Beukard, after listening to De taille’s rhapsodies concerning his fian cee, did not relinquish her grip upon him, and so marked were her attentions to him that he fancied her husband was becoming jealous of her. Besides, he had become suspicious of her. As soon as he came to a halt on his way to Belgium he wrote her a letter which was designed to set himself right in the matter, putting in writing what he had told her—that he had a sweetheart to whom he was devotedly attached and had no interest whatever in any one else. This lettter he copied and inclosed the duplicate in a letter to his sweetheart, explaining why he sent it to her. The epistle to lime. Benkard he sent first, and it reached her in due time. By the time he dispatched the one to Mile. Dumont the Germans were push ing the French back upon Paris. The courier who carried the mail was cap tured by the Germans and was sent to the headquarters of the German army. Meanwhile the anonymous letter which was written by Mme. Benkard to Mile. Dumont bad reached the lat ter and nearly broke her heart. She was too young and innocent to know the difference between the work of a friend and a fiend and supposed the warning had come from one who did not wish to see her injured. She kept her secret locked in her breast, where it burned and burned until it seemed to her that she could endure it no lon ger, but she did not write to her lover reproaching liim for having so soon forgotten her. At first Detaille thought nothing of this, for every day there was a battle, and as for mails, if one came through from Taris it was not likely to be distributed. For a time after the war opened Par is was attacked by dirigibles, which sailing over the city, dropped bombs upon it. One day when considerable damage bad been done by one of these air craft, a street gamin who was gap ing at it with more curiosity than fenr, sawkslowly circling down toward him through the air a bit of paper. It fell near him, and be tricked it up. It was a letter. The gamin, not being able to read the superscription, showed it to a gendarme, who read, “Mile. Delphlhe Dumont, No.-Hue-, Taris,” and handed it back to the gamin. Now. the boy was not bright enorgh to make a guess as to where the letter came from; lint, thinking to mate a few sous, lie took it to its address. When Mil*. Dumont heard that a boy wished to sec her with a letter she went to him and on seeing it and reading the superscription asked him where he got it. “From the sky, mademoiselle,” was the reply. The girl had never seen the writing before. Tearing open the envelope, she found a letter addressed to her in German and bearing the signature of a lieutenant In the German aviation corps and an iudosure addressed to her in her lover’s handwriting. The latter she opened feverishly. It was the duplicate of the one Detaille had sent to Mine. Benkard and which had been captured by the Germans. The letter inclosing it read ns follows: Dear Mademoiselle—I send bombs down on your city in the line of my duty. It gives me pleasuro to send also to you per sonally a letter the nonreceipt of which may have been troubling you. Delphine ran upstairs to n glove box where she kept her pin money and. se lecting a gold piece, gave it to the boy, who looked at it hi wonder. A few days later Delphiue received ; word that her lover had been brought ' to Paris wounded, and she nursed him back to heultb.