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hlow the King of
"Wireless" Wiretappers
Relieved One of His
Victims of $50,000
in Just Six Seconds
d t/r
I"Old Stone-Be Sure You Get it Right!"
N EW YORK.-Money flashing in big
wads; hoarse voices calling bets, cl
telephone bells ringing; messen- fri
Bers dashing hither and thither; tele- gii
graph sounders clicking; excited i
groups circling about bulletin boards; \ai
everything in a tense yet subdued Ide
hubbub as John J. Felix hurried I
through the smoke-laden atmosphere an
and thrust $50,000 into the "Cashier" He
window of a fake poolroom to bet on ma
ake horse nn e
tapping scheme. It took In actual tine
just six ticks of the clock for a talon- the
like-hand to reach through the "Cash- it.'
ier" window, grab the $50,000 and jerk mt
the notes back to the other side of.. bal
the partition. That was the last that fir"
Felix ever saw of his money.
It was the afternoon of February 6, do
1905, when this famous bet was made. it?
The poolroom was very close to the sit
old Fifth Avenue hotel, and it was ap
fitted up to play the plausible, pool- Ti
room part in a most natural and con- an
vincing way.
Felix was a manufacturer of musical to
instruments, with a place in East
Thirty-first street, just off Fifth ave- se
nue. He was a man who took an in- hE
terest in observing the various meth
ods by which an opinion on a hazard at
might be backed with money. Some- el
how Felix's predilection for paying hi
attention to pastimes of chance be
came known until it reached westward tr
through Thirty-first street to the vi- ti
cinity of Broadway, where men of rap- tl
id-fire gambling tendencies congregat- h
ed. It also became known at the same fi
time that hidden in a secret compart- tl
ment of the Felix office safe were 50 t
$1,000 bills, "just aching to be taken t'
S out for a walk," as the Broadway i1
gamblers and crooks put it. I
AT THE corner of Fifth avenue and a
Thirty-first street, four o'clock,
February 5, 1905-the day before the f
$50.000 was grabbed by the talon-like t
hand of the fake "Cashier"-an im- c
maculately groomed and garbed gen- 1
tieman gave his mustache a final pull I
and a pat as he mentally closed all
the details necessary to properly ap
proach Felix and acquire the $50,000.
Tracy entered the Felix offlice the
quintessence of urbane suavity. Pro
fusely, yet not fulsomely apologetic,
and in crisply polished phrases, he in
troduced himself as one who had met
Felix in a "hazard parlor" and had
been attracted to him by his sports
manlike bearing. Passing by he had
noticed the manufacturer entering his
place of business and had recalled him
at once. It was impossible to with
stand the temptation to renew ac
quaintance, so he had made bold to en
Felix was really glad to meet Tracy
-or Mr. Charles J. Tompkins, as the
"king" styled himself for this ven
ture-and you needn't smile in a sar
castically superior way to see how
easily the clever crook wormed his
way into his victim's confidence.
Tracy, just as he was saying good
by at the door, turned in a most casu
ml way and expressed a polished regret
that Felix did not have the time to
learn of a magnificently good and
"mure thing" that had been imparted
to him by a gentleman "on honor" not
'to divulge a single part of it. Felix
had the time and insisted that he had
It. He was already captivated by
Tracy and was eager to discover how
dhe might become an associate of his
(tIsitor. This was the "sure thins:"
"You see, Mr. Felix, there's a very
close friend of mine, a very close ho
friend indeed, who is in a position to "k
give advance information connected jut
i, h horse racing. He can't give the
r.formation a long way ahead, you un- -
derstand, not any more than you and boy
I can give it. That's only a guess or wh
an opinion when it's given that way. thr
He gives, or can give, positive infor- lips
matio ; tetM VtSbW e t4
f-beford anybody else getsl!" fl"
I look through Felix as he uttered the
the words "before anybody else gets
it." The "king" saw at once by the on
intent expression of Felix that the en
bait had caught the fish at the very hit
first nibble: He went on: He
'""eD back here, won't you, and sit cat
down while you tell me more about an
it?" said Felix eagerly, for he saw pos- th
sibilities in the preface that strongly
appealed to his interest in hazards. St
Tracy went further back in the place
and sat down near the safe in which ,
reposed the $50,000 he was destined
to get. m
"There isn't much more to say-1 it"
see you about understand it all now," hth
he said. th
"Yes-I see-how it can be done." "1
answered Felix with comprehensive 4
earnestness and a bettor's gleam in N
his eye.
"Of course," purred on Tracy, "it k
Smay not seem to a great many that pt
the scheme is exactly square. But b
then you know, Mr. Felix, the whole
- horse racing game is not square. My t
j friend is the soul of honor in all other w
things, Mr. Felix, but in this one mat- b
) ter he avers that it is only paying
i these race-track-poolroom sharks back s
Sin their own coin. And I think I h
pretty nearly agree with him. A num- G
ber of stock broker friends of mine g
d are in on the scheme and are already
ý, making a good bit of pocket money e,
e from it, giving my friend who re
e tards the information a decent per- a
1- centage for his trouble. I'd like you 1
1- to meet somef of these brokers, Mr. d
II Felix. What do you say to a little
Ii1 walk right now. I'll introduce you as
p- one of us, and they'll be quite free
0. with you. To prove it, just say laugh
ie ingly to them 'Retarded Information,'
o- and you'll see them nod and wink t
c, their knowledge of what you are talk
n- ing about. There is not the slightest
st reason, Mr. Felix, why you shouldn't
Id be a very rich man in a very short,
s- while."
td -
is RIGHT gladly Mr. Felix went with Mr.
m Tracy-Tompkinstothe Fifth Ave
h- nue hotel, a few blocks distant. Off
ýc- one of the main corridors was a suite
n- 'of stockbrokers' offices. Tracy pulled
a key from his pocket, opened one of
cy the doors and ushered his companion
be within. It was a genuine stockbrok
ýn- er's office, all right. Felix didn't know
sr- it, but the broker and his clerks had
)w gone for the day. They hadn't the
uis least idea who Mr. "Tompkins" was.
The key he used was a "skeleton."
ýd "I have a little cash I might try
su- on this scheme," said Felix to Tracy
ret as they shook hands in parting. "Sup
to pose I meet you tomorrow and bring
,nd it along. If the thing looks good I'd
Led like to go in it."
not "Surely, Mr. Felix. surely," said
!lix Tracy, with his breezy, well bred
iad smile that was so captivating, "just as
by you say. Try it out tomorrow. I in
ow tend to use the system myself. Watch
his me grow-as to pile. We'll go to a
g:" poolroom right near here. I'll have
one of the clerks in the Fifth Avenue I
hotel broker's office keep at the tele
lphone wire connected with the pool
rcom. Soon as my friend at the track
opens the regular telegraph wire and
retards the information so that lie
can apprise us over the broker's wire
of the winner the clerk in the office
will call me up at the poolroom and 1
I I'll know how to place my bets. And.
as I stated before, I'm bound to win.
You see how?" "
SEXT day --a fatal $50,000 day for
1 Felix--he met Mr. Tompkins and t
was escorted to the "nearby pool I
room." It certainly had all the mark t
of the genuine betting rendezvous.
Everything was going on just as it as
going on in poolroomns where there are
Sno "wire-tapilng" schemes afoot. f
It seemed that "Mr. Tompkins" had
hardly time enough to walk from trt
"'("ashir s" window to the side of
Felix before the "telegraph operator"t
announced in a loud voice, "RIollins
by wins'" Instantly Tracy was sur
reunIltd by a group who congratulated
him. "Fine tip," and "Put us wise
next time." were the comments. Felix
saw Tracy later hand in his "ticket"
to the ''"Cashier" and receive a verita
ble mountain of gold certificates in re
turn. At least they looked likte genu
ine money. The fact is, a few of the
outside bills were the regular notes is
sued by Uncle Sam's bureau of en
Felix felt an instant envy to think
that another had got such a great haul
of money that should have been his
-at least he should have won as
much. lie had cleaned his office safe
of its $50.000 and it rested against his
beating heart In the inside pocket of
hi.s waIstcoat. Another race started.
A number of bets were made by en
standing around. They seemed ts,
all right. The men went through the F
regular betting motions and it all
looked proper to Felix. Some of he
men pulled away fair sized "rolls"
when the result was announced. 1
T 1E telephone bell jingled again r
"Mr. Tompkins is wanted ght a
away," called the telephone attend nt. s
Tracy fairly leaped to the booth. el- i!
ix followed him close, determined not I
to miss anything this time. ut d
popped Tracy, so quickly that .lix a
well might have wondered how he ad
time to get anything over the le- I
phone. s
"What's the horse? What's ;the o
horse?" he urged of Tracy as the
"king" went on a hop, skip a d a t
jump toward the "Cashier." t
"Old Stone-be sure you get it ight 1
-Old Stone," snapped Tracy. ny' d
body in the room could have ard v
what he said, although he eat C
through the pretense of '>
lips clo05 t04 g
nfer g ag toward the
the "poolroom."
Tracy stopped at the w ow
ond, tugging at his pocket
en his wad. Felix couldn't wa for
him, although the tip came from him. n
He planked his roll of gold c rtifi- c
cates down in front of the wi dow f
and then thrust them through into t
the hand of the "Cashier." g
"Fifty thousand dollars on Old ti
Stone!" C
He stood to win $500,000 o the a
wager! h
Felix was afraid the size of the bet l
might cause the proprietors to refuse s
it. He need not have been nervous. A
ticket was thrown to him. For the V
first time he thought of having beaten b
"Mr. Tompkins" to the window.
Where was Mr. Tompkins, anyway?
Nowhere in sight.
"Hurry call came for Mr. Temp- t
kins-he had to go," said the tele
phone attendant, and Felix noticed he
had his overcoat and hat on. h
"Funny he didn't stay to bet on
that last race," said Felix in a puzzled tl
way. "He had a pretty sure tip, I
bet on it."
"Oh. Mr. Tompkins is a true sport,"
said the attendant. "He figures what
he don't get today he'll get tomorgow.
Good day. That's the last race: I'm d
going home."
Felix waited until the "telegrapth op
erator" called out, "Summertime
wins!" You know how he felt and
acted. Figure out how you wuald n
look in the "movies" if it mUddeily tI
dawned on you that you had lost $50,
000 in six seconds. But come to think
of it, no one can figure it out until he P
actually loses it. Felix looked forthe tl
"Cashier" and he had gone. He turted n
round to ask the "operator" a ee
tion and he was gone. By the time he a
wheeled about again the bettors were
gone. b
RACY had a very good 'tart, for the tl
I instant Felix placed his,$50,n00 in it
the window, he left the room by a a.
back way, and opening a door behind
the "Cashier" that active rsetelg of fi
bets handed him the full Peljl rofl; a
Down to police headquarters.'hr. d
irned Felix. They threw out the 6 r
"Big" Lawson, one of Tracy's.et
P associates, fled to Australia, whee
still is. After a hunt of
V months they caught the "king."' ev
was tried and convicted. Y. t
a think that this properly ' e p
' chronicle. Not at all. It.oaly
the strange part of it. Tranc' I~
7 money and a good lawyer'. Jj
Y his case to the court of "
> New York state. I
g And a decision of thida ii
d bunal released the "King of a
Wiretappers." Why, and hi
d cause Felix clearly intenhd 4
d as much as Tracy did. t
L5 come into court with clan
n- "It pays to be a predatdry I
:h said "King" Tracy as he
a free man upon the '
re the ourt of appeals' GeciaII, ..
The Following, Taken From Unwritten
History, Proves George Washing
ton Was Only Human.
On the afternoon of October 14.
1766, George Washington stepped into
the private office of his good Philadel
phia friend and dentist, Silicum Stra
dies. 'Twas an elegant fall afternoon
and Chestnut street was alive with
colonial damsels out in their new furs.
"Good-day, friend George," quoth
the dentist, as he finished polishing a
long, wicked-looking spear and picked
up a gleaming crowbar.
"What brings you downtown thus
early?" pursued Stradles, as he laid
down the crowbar and picked up an
eight-poun1 monkey wrench. "Noth
ing wrong with the teeth, I trust?
And he put down the monkey wrench
and picked up a bone-handled iron
mallet weighing it carelessly in his
"I beg pardon." said George Wash
ington, rather nervously. "What did
you say?"
"I say, is it your teeth that brings
you here this beautitul day?" said the
dentist, as he put down the mallet
and picked up a pair of gas pliers.
"No, my feet," said .11r. Washington,
with a forced laugh. "Ha. ha, Silicum,
my feet brought me here, to be sure.
Well. I am glad to have seen you, I'm
sure-I must go now."
Outside on the pavement he held his
hand to his aching jaw and murmured
guiltily: "Ah, well, just one little lie
in a lifetime won't do any harm, and
mayhap the historians will never get
hold of it."
Remarkable Find in Welsh Cave Has
Thrown Much Light on Life of
the Long Past Centuries.
In a recent lecture in the Old Coun
try, Prof. W. J. Sollas, told of a cave
rich in palaeolithic relics in human
and animal skeletons and implements,
situated near Rosali, in the Gower pen
insula in South Wales, and is known
by the name of Paviland cave. The
discovery there, said the professor, of
a painted skeleton, long known as the
"Red Lady," had rendered it famous.
Recent investigations showed that this
skeleton was the remains of a member
of the tall upper palaeolithic race.
The bones of the animals, most of
them extinct, were in agreement with
this conclusion, the most abundant be
ing the horse, cave bear, bison, rein
deer and rhinoceros. The mammoth
was less common. The implements in
cluded objects carved out of mam
moth's ivory, ivory rods, awls and
bone inarrow scoops, and
o :n
hi an was the most westerly out
t f the race in Europe.
Wife's Allowance.
The abysmal ignorance of a great
majority of married American women
concerning the simplest facts and
forms of business is amazing and pa
thetic. Before showing a high school
girl a cook-book and teaching her how
'to make pie we would show her a
checkbook and teach her how to make
a deposit. You have insured your life,
we trust, in favor of your wife; but
have you explained to her what she
should do with the money if it should
fall into her hands-what sort of in
vestments to make; with whom to con
sult; how to check up a bank pass
The best beginning for such an edu
cation is to give your wife-at once
a fixed allowance, whatever portion of
the family income reasonably belongs
to her for her personal use. There is
no more reason that a wife should ask
her husband whether she may have $2
with which to buy a pair of gloves
than there is that he should ask her
whether she will please see that the
beds are made and the dinner cooked.
If a wife cannot handle her own pin
money intelligently, what is the use
of leaving her life insurance?-Phila
delphia Saturday Evening Post.
No Lack of Mustard.
It was an inconvenient time to want
mustard-Sunday at an hour when all
the delicatessens in the neighborhood
were closed.
"Still it is not so bad as if it were
pepper or salt or vinegar we need,"
the woman said, "because we can get
mustard at the drug store."
When the man went out to see
about it, sure enough she was right.
Mustard in any quantity desired could
be obtained at the corner drug store.
"We have to keep it for plasters,"
the clerk explained. "Notwithstand
ing the advance in medical science
and new-fangled methods of treating
disease, hosts of people still pin their
faith to the homely mustard plaster as
a panacea for all fleshly ills, and no
druggist can afford to let the stock
run out"
Economical Handling of Salt.
The salt harvested in the Saline
valley of California is now transported
to Swansea, the nearest shipping
point, 26 miles away, by means of an
overhead tramway, which was recent
I: completed at a cost of $500,000. The
material -I conveyed in buckets, and -
the hourly capacity of the line is 20
tons. A very interesting feature of the
line is the fact that the downpull of
the buckets as they make a descent
3f the mountain is utilized in rasing
the buckets over the next grade. Salt
bas been mined there for years, but
the amount of the product has been
limited to the local consumption, as
the expense of getting the salt to the
shipping point by mule power has
been prohibitive.
Days-of-the-Week Sale Should Be
Made Profitable, and the Social
Side Need Not Be Altogether
Left Out.
All during the winter there must be
money-mnaking schemes to be carried
out by guilds, ladies' aids and clubs in
order to carry on the great amount of
charitable work that must be done.
With conimpetenit chairmen this days-of
the-week sale ought to bring in a good
ly suni. The ideas are Imerely sug
gE 'tive andi ninmay be enlarged upon and
planned to quit the conditions and in
dividual preference of those in charge.
Ifave a booth with everything per
taining to wash day-wash aprons.,
clothespin aprons, clothespin bags,
washtubs, boilers, washboards. clothes
lines, clothespins, soaps, washing pow
der. blueing, clothes baskets, etc.
Ilave everything a housewife wants
for ironing day-ironing boards, irons,
stands, holders, honie-nmade holders,
fine starch, bees' wax, ironing board
slips, polishing irons. etc.
Wednesday's booth .should have
everything for mending day, such as
needle books, stocking bags, buttons,
button bags, pincushions, papers of
'pins, needles, thread. darning needles,
darning cotton, darning balls, etc.
Make Thursday the reception day,
arranging this booth as a reception
hall, with a good, live committee in at
tendance. Have a book for the guests
to register their names and addresses
(for future use). Serve refreshments.
Introduce strangers and appoint a spe
cial commitete to look after the back
ward ones.
Let this booth be suggestive of
sweeping day. Have plenty of dust
caps, dust bags. dusting cloths,
brushes, brooms, dust pans, dusters,
large colored aprons.
Let this booth be a regular bakery.
Have your friends bake various things
for you to sell, and have on sale all
such articles as will sell readily, such
as pies, cakes, cookies, doughnuts,
bread, baked beans, candy, salted nuts I
and popcorn (popped on the spot. if
jA band of strolling singers and for
tune tellers will help swell the cof
sum, but it w a or a rea ea o
fund, and I a sure that the men and
boys will app eciate it, because their
love of pies is proverbial.
The girls futynish the pies and the
men buy them, for only pie and cof
fee are served for refreshments. Any I
kind of amusement may precede the
eating of the ples. It is just for a nov
elty and the invitations maye be is- .
sued on cards shaped like the quarter a
of a pie. Any man who speaks of the '
kind of pie "that mother used to 1
I make" in comparison to the ones con- I
sumed should be subjected to a fine.
For Storing Stockings. I
One woman who lives in a small i
apartment devised a splendid scheme u
for storing stockings. She tacked tape ,
around the inside of the bureau drawer t
at intervals, iaking each loop large c
enough to hold a neatly folded pair of t
stockings, says the Woman's Homejv
Companion. By placing her husband's %
stockings on the left side and iter own t;
on the right, silk stockings at the front
and old ones at the back, each pair I
could easily be slected without dis- p
turbing the other contents of the u
aP b
This Elaborate Theater Cap of Gold fr
and Pearls is But an Adaptation be
of the Eastern Turban.
How to Have Ipright Eyes. al
It is natural for women to have it
brights eyes and only unnatural causes i'w
make them dull and wanting in ez*l is
pression. p
"Ill health is the main cause of lack- al
lustre eyes, while late~ houres, want of or
sleep and using the eyes in a bad lvi
- - -
Novelty Table That Will Amuse Sn;al
Patient Who Is Inclined to Be
Somewhat Fretful.
Those who have the care of 'hild
Invalids anll have ditlihculy v ihen it irs
medicine time or feediing tinme. In:y
e like to know of the "wonder" 'al>e.
It plays its part as a coaxer in titnes
of trouble from the interest it arouses.
It is made of white ellnameled wood,
with square top and legs. but covered
e wit hi the mtost remarka hle white oil
d cloth cover, with aninials and birds
in colors pasted on its sides Pur
thermore. on the top of the taible is a
clock whose face is constiinit w"atch
. ing for the hour when it is tine' for
.the good things to be served, and its
Sface is so like that of the raan ;I the
dI ituei that they surely must he broth
ers!' Then, the very bottles are r
esting, for they havi' faces iin their
corks with Iunice calls above them.
. and comfortable paper ares tlded
i across their bulginr g siti'se .. wi'hIi
great forethought the inventor has ar
' r
S For Sick Child's Bedside.
h ranged for two sets of faces and arms
so that, no matter on which side the
s nurse sets the bottle, the little medi
f cine friend is still watching the wee
invalid. Then there is a tiny doll girl
nurse, with blue-striped gown, collar,
P- cuffs, apron and cap, just like the big
nurse who is doing the real work in
the sickroom, whose business it is to
stand right by the bottles and see
"qidk get we Q .0 their
1I there are some funny little drinking
r ducks which look just like the real
pond ducks, but have hollow backs to
hold the liquid for the wee thirsty
- one. Odd little food carriers also go
r with the table, and it is great fun to
3 eat chicken jelly from a little wooden
- tub or to eat tiny toast squares out
of a little glass coal bucket. But
all the little table has to offer helps
amazingly to pass the time and fur.
nishes mother and nurse food for
never to be forgotten stories.
Use of Cretonne.
The flowered cretonnes, particular
ly those in a Dresden pattern, are be
ing used for all sorts of articles to be
used as appropriate presents. There
are collar boxes, little cabinets con
taining three drawers, powder rags
covered with the fabric and every ar
ticle one can think of in connection
with the household. One powder rag
was square at one end and pointed at
the other. At the square end there
was a slit in the chamois skin into
which was fitted a little box of talcum
powder. The powder was to be rolled
within the rag and fastened with a
snapper on the reverse end.
or excessive light. tend not only to
take away from their brightness, but
to do them permanent injury.
In the case of Ill health anrd sleep
lessness it is not always easyv to effect
a speedy c'ore, but most people can
avoid keeping habitual late hours,and
also reading, writing or sewing in a
bad light.
Careful attention to a suitable ar
rangement of light when working or
reading has much to do with the
brightness of the eyes. The light
should fall over the left shoulder it
possible. It is an excellent plan to
shut the eyes for five minutes two or
three times during the day, especially
if one is troubled with insomnia or It
it is impossible to sit with the light
falling in the right direction.
The use of belladonna and other
powerful drugs to brighten the eyes
should never be indulged in. They
will at first certainly have the desired
effect, but if used frequently will in
evitably cause blindness.
All of Chiffon.
A famous dressmaker has evidently
been borrowing his ideas from some
early Victorian picture book, for his
latest achievement has been a dance
frock for a debutante made entirely of
wide chiffon flounces, frill upon frill
from hem to waist, more frills on the
bodice and a trio of narrow ones to
form the short sleeve. The finished
effect is, however, Iarticularly soft
and becoming, and worn with silk
stockings and black velvet aIppers
with black ribbons crossing the instep
is quite smart and original looking,
with a suggestion of old world grace
about it that yet contrives to be well
out of the realm of the "fancy dress"
variety of the "ball costame."

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