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life and Death in New York’s Little Italy
flirew YORK.—One of the most interesting spots in this city is the new
JW “Little Italy” in the east side of Third avenue, embracing from One Hun
vCwd and Sixth to One Hundred and Eighteenth streets. In this section the
wealthy padrones, hurdy-gurdy barons,
f bootblack kings and tonsorial counts
have their abode. The only excitement
TONY for the residents is an occasional mur*
CU'PADOm der, maybe a *uneral or two a day and
perhaps a bomb explosion at night.
SPacheR* Otherwise it is a quiet, peaceful spot
c*Ruc- to live in.
“ During the day the streets are
lined with hand barrows, the fire es
v capes crowded with children and bed
• _ covering; the stores are small and all
the cellars are given over to coal, ice,
ighoemaking and spaghetti foundries. The vendor with his barrow at the curb
met hy the small storekeeper putting most of his goods on the sidewalk.
pTltJs leaves a narrow lane for passers-by. When a store isn’t given up to
groceries, bakeries, saloons, drug stores and the growing of spaghetti it’s a
paak. The banks are a great feature of “Little Italy.”
The Italian housewife bargains at barrows or store doors for the family
.supplies. Usually she pushes along a baby carriage to carry home the
provender. The baby carriage to “Little Italy" is what the automobile is to
as chorus girl—it’s a luxury. At dusk you get the fumes of cooking garlic
v 9H*3 then come the toil-stained men from the trenches and dark figures push
nos street pianos, who disappear inside the houses to get on the outside of
She unsavory odor. After the meal everybody retires to the street for the
v air. Then the fireworks begin.
Although the police frisked every man in "Little Italy” some time ago
y, safl took away about 9,000 pistols, stilettos and other weapons, the supply is
set exhausted. Maybe the storekeeper down the street did not come across
■ben he was tagged by the “Black Hand.” Just to show him how badly they
■anted the money they place a bomb under his store window and blow out
the front of the building. Over in the next street there is a little shooting
ar stabbing affray. Perhaps a vendetta, or maybe a triangle love afTair.
After which “Little Italy” goes to bed. Then comes the funeral. Ah, the
funeral! It is the only real enjoyment the Italians seem to have.
Remarkable Catch of the Jacksonville Police
JACKSONVILLE, FLA.—Police activity, which leaped to 100 per cent effl
3 ciency here recently after sharpers who had been preying almost unmo
Stoeted upon northern tourists managed to fleece two Jacksonville residents,
xosalted in a remarkable catch the
t.*30u:T afternoon. Inspector Joseph A.
Sbaorot, head of the detective bureau
stf the New York police, and one of his
Stoger-print experts, Sergeant William
S. Haley, were arrested and taken to
ike city Jail. There is strong reason
ato suspect that the two added to the
* enjoyment of a brief vacation by pre
steiallng to be confidence men for the
benefit of the local Sherlock Holmes
nquad which assembled at the pier to
taspect passengers arriving by steam
tlrip from New York. In the slang of the detective world, the New York
Often “made” the local detectives on sight. They kept their faces turned from
' Ike sleuths. They slipped past with guilt in every move. They became much
guiltier in conduct when assured that the local detective force was following,
Shadowing them.
They did not register at any hotel, but moved about on the porches and
lit the lobbies, eying every man who looked as if he had money and might
Jibe parted from it.
When luncheon time approached they decided to bring the adventure to
4sa end and pretended they were about to close down on a prosperous-looking
pan whom they had followed with theatrical evolutions from a hotel.
Heavy hands fell upon both and gruff voices announced that they were
er arrest.
“Why, I am a New York newspaper man down here on a big society
1” said Inspector Faurot.
'Tell it to the cap,” was the unfeeling reply.
“You’ve made a big mistake,” Sergeant Haley blustered. “I am a travel
P* man.” j
“Very old, that traveling man stuff,” one of their captors commented.
They were marched to the station in the jail building and Joked their
jsaptors into wrath all the way. Arraigned in front of the police official on
i£a.ty, Inspector Faurot waited until he had been charged with “loitering,
jsaspicious actions and probably a bunco steerer.” Then he announced him*
Animal Keeper in Central Park Gives a Party
< _
SEW YORK.—When Cabot Ward, park commissioner, looked over the bills
submitted by Keeper “Bill” Snyder, for food for the animals in the Cen
tl park menagerie he lost his usual coolness and spluttered something'
about investigations. The cause for
the excitement was an Item in the bill
which called for $19.50 for 13 quarts of
a well-known brand of whisky.
“Bill” was called into the office to
l explain why there was no item for
vichy on the bill, and who were the
participants of the “party.” The head
keeper told the commissioner that
since the “party” several of the keep*
ers had shown signs of dissatisfaction
and jealousy because of the meager
amount of the beverage which had
been their share, and that only through accident. It appears that during the
extreme cold wave which hit the city Hattie and Jewel, the two elephants,
»nd Smiles, the rhino, suffered with chills. In order to relieve the three star
. hoarders Keeper Snyder decided to hate the “party."
When Hattie filled her trunk with the first quart of the fiery liquid and
j spoored a little into her mouth the strange taste annoyed her, and in the
< rpattering which followed several of the assistant keepers were drenched in
. £beir favorite brand. It only served to whet their appetite.
By the time the second and third quarts had been placed before her she
ksad cultivated a taste for the whisky and the keepers were disappointed.
Sfewel and Smiles acted as if they had been raised on the Demon Rum. Four
•' Quarts were given to each animal and the siege of cold was successfully
• pdthstood.
(Problem of Short Skirts Is Worrying Toledo
r)LEDO, O.—Toledo policemen are startled at the stupendous task that
has been set them through the ordinance prepared by Councilman Stan
fey Kryzsniak to the effect that women wearing skirts (on the streets) higher
than three inches above the ankle are
ia be punished by fine and imprison
■ laent. Since the idea was published in
! Khe newspapers it has not perceptibly
: sJttected the fashions of the girls and
They should worry, it is said, see
tag that first the policeman will have
ta determine whether they are more
i (ban mere girls, which is no easy mat
v Ust with collars higher than the chin
and bats that cover the eyes, and,
saeondly, the officers of the law will
iuswe to be astute students of anatomy in ascertaining whe»e the ankles are
before they attempt to make an arrest.
It Is argued that some women are very high ankled, and with the high
jwfcifce shoes or those of gray suede, Mr. Kryzsniak may have to obtain a
ivaoad of specials to do the work.
SurvIvorWatched WarSecretary
on Deck After Explosion.
Seaman Rogerson cf the Hampshire,
Last Man to Set Eyes on Field
Marshal, Tells How Only Rafts Could
Be Launched In Slough Sea—Ship
Suddenly Went Down Head First.
The last man who saw Lord Kitch
ener alive was Seaman Rogerson, a
survivor of the Hampshire, who ar
rived at his home near London from
the Orkneys, and describes in the Daily
Mall how the field marshal died.
"Of those who left the ship and have
survived,” said Rogerson, "I was the
one who saw Kitchener last He went
down with the ship. He did not leave
her. I saw Captain Savill help his
boat crew to clear away his galley. At
the same time the captain was calling
to Kitchener to come to his boat Ow
ing to tbe noise made by the wind and
sea Lord Kitchener coaid not bear
Walked Calmly From Captain’s Cabin.
"When tbe explosion occurred Lord
Kitchener walked calmly from the cap
tain’s cabin and went up a ladder on
the quarterdeck. There I saw him
walking about quite collectedly and
talking to two officers. All three were
wearing khaki and had on no over
coats. Lord Kitchener was calmly
watching the preparations for abandon
ing the ship, which were going on In
a steady and orderly way.
“The crew Just went to their sta
tions, obeyed orders and did their best
to get out the boats, but that was Im
possible. Owing to the rough weather
no boats could be lowered. Those that
were got out were smashed. No boats
left the ship. What the people on
shore thought to be boats leaving were
“The men did get into the boats as
they lay in their cradles, thinking as
the ship went under them the boats
would float. But the ship sank by the
head, and when she went under she
turned a somersault forward, carrying
down with her allVioats and persons in
Sank With Ship.
“I do not think Earl Kitchener got
Into a boat. When I sprang to a raft
he was still on the starboard side of
the quarterdeck tulkiug with his offi
cers. From the little time that elapsed
between my leaving the ship and her
sinking I feel certain that Earl Kitch
ener was on deck at the time she sank
“I got away on one of the rafts, and
we had a terrible five hours In the wa
ter. It was so rough that the seas
beat down on us, and many of the men
were killed by the buffeting. Many
others died from the piercing cold.
“An overpowering desire for sleep
came down upon us. To keep this
away we thumped each other on the
back. The man who went to sleep
never woke again. When men died it
was just as though they were falling
asleep. One man stood upright for five
hours on the raft, with dead lying all
around him, and one man died In my
“As we neared the shore the situa
tion grew worse. The fury of the sea
dashed our raft against the rocks with
tremendous force. A number of men
were killed In this way. I don’t quite
know how I got ashore, for all feeling
had gone out of me.
"My belief Is that the Hampshire
struck a mine, which exploded under
her forepart. It could not have been
a submarine In such weather, and an
Internal explosion In one of her maga
zines would have ripped her apart It
was hard luck coming to such an end
after going through the battle of Jut
land unscathed. We led the Iron Duke
Into that uctlon and sank a German
light cruiser and two submarines, but
did not have a single casualty our
selves, although big shells rained Into
the water all around us.”
At Telephone at White House After
Judge Wescott Spoke at St. Louis.
During the demonstration for Presi
dent Wilson which followed Judge
Wescott’s nominating speech in St.
Louis a telephone wire connecting the
convention hall with the White House
switchboard was opened.
The president, Mrs. Wilson. Secre
tary Tumulty and others of the White
House party listened In. The applause
and cheering could be heard very
Recruits •‘62,370 Pounds” Stronger.
After fourteen weeks of military
training in the open a company of fif
ty-six recruits of the United States
marine corps learning the ropes at the
recruit depot at Port Royal. S. C.. in
creased its pulling power from 202.1!im
pounds to 204.508 pounds, an increase
of 02,370 pounds. Tests were made
with a dynamometer, which automat
Ically registers the exact number of
pounds pulled by each muscle group of
the body.
White Flag, It’s a Boy.
White flag floating from mail clerk's
home In Brazil. Ind., as his train whiz
red through was to notify him it was
a boy.
General Gorgas Heads Commission
Sent by Rockefeller Foundation.
The International health board of
the Rockefeller foundation has consti
tuted a yellow fever commission con
sisting of the following: General Wil
liam C. Gorgas, U. S. A., chairman:
Dr. Ilenry It. Carter, clinician (of Unit
ed States public health service): Dr.
Juan Gulteras, elinicinn and general
adviser (bead of public health service
of Cuba and authority on yellow fever);
Dr. C. C. Lyster, clinician; Dr. Eugene
R. Whitmore, pathologist: Dr. William
; D. Wrlghtson, sanitary engineer; Har
ry IL Wakefield, secretary.
To undertake this work General Gor
gns has obtained leave of absence
from the United States army for four
The commission sailed recently on
the steamer Almirauie for a trip
to various points in South America
where yellow fever is still supposed to
exist. Its purpose will be to gather
Information and report upon the feasi
bility of a campaign for the complete
eradication of the disease wherever it
Is still to be found.
The commission will go first to Ca
racas, Venezuela, and then to Colon,
Panama. Crossing the Isthmus, it will
gall down the west coast of South
America, stopping at various points,
especially Guayaquil, Ecuador, one of
the chief points where yellow fever Is
still prevalent.
The commission will sail around the
south coast of South America and then
stop at various points in Brazil. Par
ticular Investigation will be made of
conditions In Manaos, Pernambuco and
Bahia, In Brazil.
The opening of the canal has
wrought radical changes In trade rela
tions. Countries and ports between
which there has been little or no ex
change are to be brought Into close
Pestholes of Infection that have been
relatively harmless because of their
Isolation are going to be on or near
the world’s highway of commerce and
It is recognized by sanitarians that
If the infection should once be Intro
duced Into the orient, with Its dense
population of nonimmunes, the ill re
sulting from It would be Incalculable.
The opening of the Panama canal
thus calls for n new sanitary map of a
large region affected by the canal and
for a new sanitary program to meet
the changed conditions.
General Gorgas, who was called by
the International health board into con
sultation on this subject, was asked
what be regarded as tbe more urgent
of the sanitary needs arising out of the
Panama canal and what, if anything,
might be undertaken with promise of
definite and lasting results. He replied
without hesitation, “The control of yel
low fever.”
Prior to the work of Reed and
the army commission in Havana yel
low fever was regarded as one of the
great plagues. The discovery of Reed
made the control of the Infection possi
ble. So far as our own country Is con
cerned tbe faDgs of yellow fever have
been drawn. Its eradication from Ha
vana removed the chief source of our
In the countries south of us, how
ever, It Is still the source of constant
anxiety. The coast of Brazil, the Ama
zon valley, the Caribbean region and
the west coast of South America from
Peru to Mazatlan, Mexico, are subject
to Invasion at all seasons.
Threatened by Luis de la Rosa, the
Bandit Leader, For Weeks.
San Ygnacio, where the latest raid
by Mexican bandits took place, with a
population of 200, is on the Texas side
of the IUo Grande, about thirty-five
miles south of Laredo and about forty
five miles north of Fort Ringgold, near
Rio Grande city. Laredo is the near
est railroad station.
The town Is a supply point for farm
ers and ranchmen In a remote region
of Zapata county.
San Ygnacio and also Zapata, the
county seat of Zapata county, had been
threatened for weeks by Luis de la
Rosa, the bandit leader of the states
of Tamaullpas and Nuevo Leon. These
towns are opposite the state of Tamau
llpas. There Is a ford at San Ygna
cio, but the Rio Grande In that region
Is not fordable at this season of the
The last Important raid on the Big
Bend region at Glen Springs took
place the first week In May, when a
band of Mexican bandits descended
upon the night encampment of a small
body of United States troops. In the
fight that followed four Americans
were slain.
SlDce that raid a few minor forays
have kept the guardians of American
soil uusy In the Illg Bend country.
Bakers May Appropriate $300,000 For
Publicity Campaign.
The price of bread Is to lx; Increased
Bhrougbout the country. President
Burns of the National Master I'.ukers’
association told the annual convention
at the bakers at Omaha. President
Bums advocated the raising of a fund
of $300,000 for educating the public to
the necessity of Increasing bread
In his address to the convention
President Rums said the prices must
be Increased because flour and every
thing used by bakers had increased
from 30 to 90 per cent since the last
increase in bread prices.
Togo, Japanese Admiral, Modes!
In Tastes, Say Tradesmen.
Butcher, Baker and Barber Unite In
Saying That the Japanese Nelson Is
Firm Believer In Simplicity—Trims
Own Beard and Pays 25 Cents For
Hair Cut.
Tokyo.—Don't imagine that a Japa
nese newspaper man is a back number
because he appears at ceremonial
functions in an early Victorian Prince
Albert and a derby hat or that he Is
unenterprising because at the same
ceremonial functions he is chivvied
about by the police like a naughty boy
Admiral Togo, the victor of Tsu
Shima. is the most taciturn man in Ja
pan. He has never been interviewed
He never speaks about himself.
Except that they see him in a rick
sha occasionally with his brass bat
on when he is going to the palace, the
public of Tokyo knows nothing of the
Japanese Nelson.
So when the Ivatei Zasshi, a popular
monthly magazine circulating among
the middle classes, wished to get an
article on the private life of Admiral
Togo they sent a bright member o 1
Photo by American Press Association.
the staff out to Interview the count’s
butcher and baker and candlestick
maker, his barber and fishmonger and
the man at the corner, and by paying
particular attention to the amount ot
his monthly housekeeping bills they
were able to arrive at the conclusion
that the hero is a man of Spartan sim
First comes the man who keeps tit
sake (spirits) shop.
“I hear,” he says, “that the admiral
never complains of the food that he
finds on his table and that he eats the
same food as his servants. I get nc
orders for sake nowadays and only
send in some soy (sauce) and miso (a
curd made from beans and eaten foi
breakfast) of the commonest quality
occasionally. My monthly bill is nevei
more than To cents and sometimes un
der 50 cents. I am ashamed to ask for
payment, the bill is so small.”
The greengrocer, a “young student
like man,” is afraid to divulge very
much, but finally says:
“The things I sell to the Togo family
are of the same quality as those I sel
to my humblest customer. When the
early fruits come in I always offer
them, but they are seldom bought. The
simplicity of the admiral’s life Is aston
ishing. It would he great rudeness for
a man like me to comment on a god
like man like Togo. M^v monthly bil
amounts to 75 cents or so.”
The fishmonger: “I have been al
lowed to enjoy the custom of the Togo
family for many years, and there has
been no change in the orders I get
Most officers when they return home
from sea will soon be known by the
special orders they give to the trades
men around them and the Increased
activity of their kitchen. There is nc
special dinner for Admiral Togo when
he returns after an absence. The life
he leads is absolutely below the stand
ard for so great a man. No wonder
that the people regard him as a god.
My monthly bill is insignificantly
The butcher: “Admiral Togo’s moat
order Is very smalL When he enter
tains guests he orders from some res
taurant Occasionally 1 get an order
for his excellency’s table, and for the
rest the meat he buys is generally for
his favorite dog. I believe the dog
gets more meat than the master ”
The barber: "I am called to the ad
tnlral’s house twice a month, except
tvhen he goes to the Imperial palace
\Vhf-n that happens I am called in oven
If it is only a week after his last hair
cat IIis hair is cropped short less
than an Inch long, with scissors lie
cuts his own heard in the shape of a
heart, and sometimes it is done verv
clumsily, but he will not allow me to
towch It He speaks to me rather kind
ly. but on the whole he Is taciturn In
bis parlor there is not a thing which
can be called an article of luxury He
gives me 25 cents for each hair cut ”
All the tradespeople expressed sin
New York Official Dispels Idea
Words Cannot Be Mastered.
Assistant Education Commissioner
Says Three Months of Real Work
Are All That Is Needed to Make Any
Person of Ordinary Intelligence *
Fairly Good Speller.
Albany, N. Y.-“Can we learn to
spell?” the state department of educa
tion asks, and an essay on the subject
by Charles F. Wbeelock, assistant
commissioner of education, is issued
by the department showing that spell
ing may be easily learned. The state
is to have a big spelling bee Sept. 12
on the state fair grounds at Syracuse.
“In almost every community there
is found a considerable number of per
sons who are poor spellers and who
are thoroughly convinced It is impos
sible for them ever to learn to spell,”
Mr. Wbeelock says.
“The fact is that, while there may be
now and then a person who cannot
spell because of some mental defect, in
the great majority of such cases per
sons holding the belief that they can
never learn to spell are mistaken re
garding their own powers. As in ev
ery other field of endeavor, the one
who starts out feeling to a certainty
that he is going to fail is in a fair
way to have his expectations realized.
“It seems to the writer that it is
time for some one to come to the de
fense of the poor old English language
which, while it is not perfect by any
means, is still not so perfectly awful
and terrifying as many writers would
have us believe. It is possible to paint
a fearful picture by simply referring
to the words supersede, exceed, etc.
“How is it possible ever to master
the spelling of a language where such
things are printed? When, however,
we become aware of the fact that it is
necessary to learn as individuals only
four of these seed words, namely, su
persede, exceed, proceed, succeed, and
that all the others end in cede, the
whole group is mastered without seri
ous difficulty.
“Another group that is often referred
to as being beyond the capacity of the
ordinary intellect is that containing ie
or ei, but the backbone of the difficulty
in this group is easily broken by the
old rhyme (or rime if you prefer):
Write I before E except after C,
Or when sounded as A,
As In neighbor and weigh.
“The boy or girl who will thoroughly
master this rime and who will then
learn as an individual the words that
seem to have neither rime nor reason—
either, seize, counterfeit, forfeit, sur
feit, sleight, weir, leisure, height,
heifer—will have no further trouble
with the combination ie or eL Cer
tainly it does not require massive in
tellect or extraordinary effort to master
this group, which is so often used as an
insuperable difficulty of English spell
“A large proportion of the errors of
the ordinary high school pupil is made
up of failure to drop the final e, of fail
ure to double the final consonant in de
rivatives, and of failure to note that
the adjective termination is ful not
full, all of which are matters that re
quire for their mastery no special gift
of intellect, but are easily within the
reach of the ordinary fourteen-year-old
“The reason for the spelling of refer
referring, reference, once thoroughly
understood, will make it impossible to
misspell these words thereafter. It re
quires only ordinary intelligence to ap
predate the difference between hoping
and hopping. The student who has
been fortunate enough to have been
well taught in Latin will find real de
light in accounting for the differenei
between such words as emigrant and
immigrant, in explaining why there are
only one s and two c’s in desiccate, Id
the reason for the double letters in bi
ennial, centennial, Mediterranean, in
nocent, innocuous and in accounting
for special features of hundreds oi
other words. It is possible for a spell
ing lesson treated in this way to be
come almost as interesting as a story
by Sherlock Holmes. The detective in
stinct finds here abundant opportunity
for exercise.
“Of course it must be understood that
after all the classification of words and
the disposal of difficulties by groups
there will still remain till and until
separate, syzygy, phthisis, catarrh,
hemorrhage and many other like dis
agreeable complaints, which fortunate
ly are for the most part infrequent anc
are to be dealt with only when neces
eary A list of 200 or 300 of these ter
rors would include all that one would
need to consider, and certainly it is not
beyond the capacity of the fourteen
year-old pupil to master 200 or 30C
hard Words. Five words a day would
make 100 words a mouth, so two oi
three months at this rate would deal
them all up.
“If you have acquired the notion that
the difficulties of spelling are insuper
able get the notion out of your head at
once. If you have been led to believe
that you lack the particular brain cell;
In which are stored the proper arrange
ment of letters In words get rid of tha
notion too. You should enter at one
on the job of convincing yourself t at (
you can do it, and remember alw y-1
that there is no royal road t0 '!
edge. Persistent hard work Is the only,
Bure way to success in any field,
about three months of real wor' ■
all that is needed to wake
of ordinary intelligence a fan y £
speller of English.”

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