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Feats of Strength Performed by Motorman
If there is any man in this country
who lias reason to believe that Motor
man Frank L. Greene of the Uroadway
Columbns avenue line, New York,
should he separated from his self-given
title of champion lightweight strong
man of the United States he is yet to
he heard from. Motorman Greene has
been waiting three years now for a rival
claimant of the title to show up, but
none has appeared.
With as little ado as possible he has
been comparing his record with those
held by other strong men, only to dis
cover in the end that he outclasses them
all. He thinks, however, that there may
possibly be some chap in the backwoods
whose prowess has won for him the
same title. If such be the case Motor
man Greene wants to meet this chap
and decide once and for all who's who
and why.
"It's this way," says he in his mild
manner. "I'm not the- kind to strut
around like a peacock. I'm just an ordi
nary working man, as you see, work
ing i nours a day and indulging in a
ittle strong play on the side. Every
nan I've met is proud of his strength,
mil I'm particularly proud of mine, al
hough I'm not all puffed up about it."
iaiurauy endowed with a strong
frame, although not a large one, and
well knit muscles. Motorman Greene as
a boy had a line foundation upon which
to build a powerful physique. He was
bom in the village of Iiddington,' Me.,
117 ears ago, and later moved to I folded
Center, where his father and mother
still lie. Cutting logs in the Maine
woods and living outdoors the jear
round gavehim his strength.
lie went into the lumber camps when
a young boy, and hard work with the
saw and axe soon gave him a physical
development which won him praise
among the woodsmen. He believes that
one of the secrets of his strength is the
lact mat lie lias taken good care of him
self, and that he is temperate in all
things, not using either tobacco or
liquor in any form.
Each car he makes it a point to
spend a portion of his vaction with the
old folks at Ilolden Center. Last fall
while on one of his periodical visits he
treated the townspeople to a few exhi
bitions of his strength, which drew the
residents for miles around. In one feat
he matched his strength against that of
a heavy work horse and held the animal
in its tracks. In another event he lifted
clear of the ground a horse and two
men, the combined weight being 1,850
This latter feat required the erection
of a special staging. Greene stood upon
a platform and grasping a bar attached
to the end of a chain which was passed
down around the load he gradually lift
ed the horse and two men off the
ground. Whenever Greene goes to
Ilolden Center he gets a rousing wel
come. As he expresses it, "They all
gather around to see what Henry
Green's son from New York is to do
next." Nevertheless, it's mainly for
Ilolden Center and his father and moth
er that Motorman Greene wants to get
his strong man title.
"That's the only reason I want the
title to please the folks back home," lie
says. "You know how it is in those
small country towns how every one
talks about the sons and daughters in the
big cities. Well, ou can imagine how
proud Dad would be to saunter down
street some day and say to the old gray
hcanU around the postoflice, 'Well, boys,
ou didn't think jou'd live to see the
day when old Henry Greene would be
the father of the champion lightweight
strong man of the United States, did
ye? Yep. just heard this morning my
son Frank's been awarded the title.'
That would tickle him to death."
Ileforc coming to New York Greene
was a conductor for live jears on the
Koston cars, Unc night he was lifting
nearly a ton of dead weight in the
Chelsea Youim Men's Christian Asso
ciation when the lloor began to crack
and sway under him. ft was only
through extreme dexterity in releasing
and shifting the weight that he prevent
ed an accident,
In Hoston Greene arranged a meet
ing with Norman Taylor, a well known
professional weight lifter of Waltham,
Mass., and the Waltham man was
obliged to hand over the palm to his on
ponent after the evening's work. Greene
lifted a dead weight of 2,o:i5 pounds.
composed of five casks of sand weigh
ing t.5(l() pounds, two iron dumbbells
weighing 100 and L'25 pounds and a
man weighing about 150 pounds.
While off duty in New York Greene
has taken part in a number of informal
contests at the rooms of the New York
Railways Association. At one of these
contests he lifted 11 fellow workmen,
whose combined weights were estimated
to be 2,250 pounds. After performing
this test he lifted a car wheel with his
teeth. These strong stunts, as Greene
calls them, won him the admiration of
his fellow workers and they have re
peatedly urged him to compete with
some of the professional heavy weight
Another feat of Greene's is to lie on
his back and raise himself to a sitting
position, carrjing with him a 00-pound
dumbbell under his head. That this is
no ordinary feat may be judged from
the fact that it is nearly twice as much
as is required by the police department
in similar tests of candidates for ap
pointment on the force. Greene's lec
ords for pullups is IS times and for
pushups, 10 times, both of which are
excellent showings.
Greene weighs only 1X5 pounds.
Ohio Olllciuls Support Claim of Or
gnnl.ed Labor.
Docs "American S'timilurri" Moan
Nine Ont.s a Week for Kduca-
tion, Hooks mid Music?
Columbus. After investigations by
the state industrial commission that body
declares it costs Ohio working women
$7.04 to live in decency and comfort.
The investigation vas limited to females
over 18 j ears, native Americans, and
"those having the American standard of
living." Only women living away from
home and earning less than $12 a week
were surveyed.
To maintain the so-called "American
standard," these women spend an aver
age of $7.04 a week, divided as follows:
Food and shelter, $:i.!)G; clothing,
$1.1)1 ; laundry, 12c; car fare, 20c;
health. 25e; recreation and amusement,
;t4c; fruit, soda and candy, 8c; educa
tion (books, papers, music, etc.), !)c;
church and charity, lie; stamps and sta
tionery, 5c; association dues, 2c; insur
ance, 10c; gifts, lllc, and incidentals,
To reach these conclusions, 20 cases
were suryejed in Cincinnati, 117 in Cleve
land, 12 in Columbus, and 10 in Toledo.
The average income of the women in
vestigated is: Cincinnati, $8,111; Cleve
land, $S.2:(; Columbus, $8, and Toledo,
Living expenses in the four cities run:
Cincinnati, $8.22; Cleveland, $8.25; Co
lumbus, $7.!)!)! Toledo, $7.71. In Cin
cinnati the woman worker has a weekly
surplus of 12 cents over living expenses;
in Toledo 10 cents surplus; in Colum
bus 1 cent deficit, and in Cleveland 2
cents deficit.
Worcester, Mass. Numerous confer
ences between the Consolidated Street
Railway company and representatives of
tlic Amalgamated Street Car Men's
union has resulted in wasje increases that
will total $75,000 a ear. The minimum
for first-) ear men is raised from 211 ot
25 cents for the first six months and
from 24J to 20JJ cents for the second
six months. Second-year men are in
creased from 20 to 28 cents, .third- car
men from 27 to 2!) cents, and fourth-year
men from 2SJ4 to :i()J4 cents until De
cember 1, 1015, when the rate will be
further increased to 111 cents an hour
for a nine-hour day.
After nine hours the men will receive
single time for the first hour and time
and one-half thereafter. Sparc men, ac
cording to the agreement, are guaran
teed an hour's pay when they report for
Conductors and motonnen on the
Springfield division have secured a new
schedule for overtime work. Wages
for miscellaneous employes has been
Washington. A writer in one of the
local papers makes complaint to the pub
lic utilities commission that street car
men in the nation's capital do not get
sufficient sleep. The complainant sas
the men employed by one of the com
panies go to work at 0 a. m. and make
two or three trips known as "office" and
"school" runs. They are then relieved
about 10 or 11 a. m. and return about
:i .:i( or I p. m., working until 12::io or
1 a. m , and again reporting at 0 a. m,
The commission is asked: "Do )ou
think that a man who is required to
work until 1 a. in is properly rested to
rise at 5 a. in. in order to take his car
out at 0 a m, and yet perform his duties
in a careful and courteous manner?"
The two street car companies in this
city are unorganised, but extra pay is
awarded these workers as a holiday
present that is, if receipts reach a cer
tain figure. Last ear each worker in
one of the companies received about $20.
All IMni.
"There's some mistake about this bill,"
said the departing guest. "You told me
)our rates were five dollars a day."
"So they are," said the genial hotel
proprietor, "but that's just for 'having
vour name on the register. Rooms and
board arc extra."
Lexington, Ky. The Street Car Men's
union and the Kentucky Traction and
Terminal company have signed an
agreement, effective until June HO, 1018.
The wage scale is made on the basis of
service, and runs from 17 to 21 cents per
hour for motonnen and conductors on
city cars and 20 and 21 cents on intcr
urbans. The company refused to con
cede the union shop, but it is agreed the
unionists have a right to wear their
union button at all times.
New Haven, Conn. All danger of a
strike of New York, New Haven &
Hartford railwa clerks was removed
with the settlement of the most impor
tant emestion, involving the right of
clerks to appeal from decisions. The
new rule provides that all grievances,
except those involving competency, ma
be taken to the general superintendent,
who shall appoint a committee, of which
he may be a member, to hold a hearing
and make final disposition of the mat
ter. The rule is similar to the one now j
in force between the company and its
engineers and firemen.
The clerks are members of the
lirotherhood of Railway Cleiks, affiliat
ed to the American Federation of Labor.
Negotiations have been pending for over
two months because of a list of 10
grievances submitted. G. W. W. Hanger,
of Washington, appointed mediator by
thc United States department of labor,
assisted in adjusting the dispute
As a rule New York people arc
very bidable. They obey all sorts and
kinds of signs implicitly, without in
quiring who places them or why they
are there, especially during business
hours and in business districts.
Two men were discussing this at
times admirable trait with differing
opinions as they stood fust west of
Hroadway on Forty-second street. One
said the people used discrimination in
their" obedience to signs and the other
said they did not.
"Tell you what I'll do," said the lat
ter. 'Til draw; a circle in chalk on
the sidewalk right here, write inside
of it 'Keep out of this circle,' and bet
you a dollar that more than 90 per
cent of the passers in whose direct
path the circle lies will turn out rather
than cross it.
The bet was on and the man drew
the circle, marking it boldly and clear
ly. Then they withdrew into a door
way and took up their watch, paper
and pencil in hand to check the pass
ersbv. The limit had been set for H00
passing both ways and in direct line
with tlic chalked circle. Such a small
number on such a busy thoro'ughfare
did not keep them waiting and count
ing for long, and when the tally had
been completed the man who gave New
Yorkers credit for being discriminating
turned to his companion and said :
'Guess I collect on that. I wo hun
dred and sixty-eight looked at the cir
cle and went out of their way to avoid
crossing it, but the rest marched over '
it as though it were not there. 1 rue,
some of them did not appear to see it,
but others did and gave it not the ,
slightest heed. I win on the specific
proposition by a narrow margin, but
as a general proposition you're pretty
nearly right."
Only $1.60 a month for a
Good Night's Sleep
DO you realize how much of your worry arises
from uncertainty over money fear that your
income may be cut off, fear that your family may
not have food and clothing? We can not guar
antee your present income, but we can promise your
wife $1 ,000 in case of your death, if you will pay
us only $1.60 a month (age 25). For $3.80 a
month (age 25) we can do that and also promise
you $1,000 in twenty years, payable to yourself.
If this appeals to you at all, do something! Inquire
today of Jewell and Jewell, General Agents for
!)e Union Central Hilt
Hindrance Company
Offices for rent in magnifi
cent Home Office BuiMine.
Low Cost to Policy -Holders
I'lob.ibly Not.
"I believe a man should be master in
his own house," said the newly married
man. "There can be onl one head in
a f amil , and I mean to be it."
"That's a very good idea," answered
his friend, who had been married more
ears than the other had lived. "A very
good idea indeed. Have you spoken to
our wife about it?"
"I see ou're teaching your wife to
play golf. Is she an apt pupil?"
"Oh, she doesn't care for the game at
all. I'm merely teaching her the rudi
ments, so I can discuss the game with
her when I come home from the links."
The .'Minimum Wage.
Adopting the recommendation of the
conference, the Washington State indus
trial welfare commission has fixed $9
per week as the minimum wage for
chambermaids and "other hotel help,"
while the recommendation for $11 per
week for waitresses was rejected, and
another conference will be called soon
to further consider the problem. E. W
Olson, chairman of the commission, is
sued a statement saing conditions foi
waitresses vary to such a degree that
further consideration will have to be
given to fixing their compensation. A
minimum of $7.50 a week for all minors,
male and female, employed in hotels or
restaurants was adopted.
To inspire his son. the National
Guardsman had read aloud the report
of the new class at the United States
Militarv Academy going into camp on i
the banks of the Hudson.
"If ou had our choice, son, said
the father, "wouldn't you like to go to
West Point?"
"If I had my choice, dad," replied the
son, "I'd liketo be atMontauk Point,
Rockaway Point or Point Pleasant just
about now."
Whereupon father crumpled his paper,
seeing that there was no hope.
Fi am the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
It was the first straw of summer
Made white by the sun;
I looked for another
There was but one.
The oung man who wore it
Was angrily eyed,
Hut he openly bore it
With obvious pride.
With that sign of summer
The weathercock ceretl
And the exquisite drummer
Looked hot in his beard.
I thought of my own hat,
A prett conceit,
And. ah! but the groan that
Went up from the street.
It was the first straw of summer
At eighty degrees,
And he beat us all to it
As slick as you please.
He left us few comforts,
But still there was one
He was, for a venture,
The weather man's son.
Sea uml Sunil l'asK'l.
The sea is gray where it films the sand
And green where it meets the sky;
It is white as snow where the sailboats
And blue where the sun is high.
The sand is silver above the tide
And sparkles in the sun;
It is like dull brass as the waters pass
And gold where the tide has run.
Maurice Morris.
Phone West 113 CINCINNATI, 0.
Itori'owctl Finery.
The wedding party was moving down
the aisle, and as tire bride passed a
woman friend sitting with her husband
whispered : "She's wearing a veil loaned
by her grandmother. Isn't it a beauty?"
"It certainly is," replied her husband,
"but just look at thewhite waistcoat the
bridegroom is wearing. He borrowed
that from me."
"It would be well for people to un
derstand what peroxide of hjdrogen will
do and what it will not do," remarked a
dentist just after extracting two old
roots on which a large abscess had
formed. "It is one of the best, if not the
very best, antiseptics we have, but it has
no healing qualities. Many people imag
ine that it will lical a sore place in the
mouth, yet that is just what it will not
"I have just injected peroxide and
water into the cavities in the gums from
which I extracted those roots. I did that
lo destroy the pus that had been left be
hind by the abscess. For that is the use
of peroxide. It unites chemiealh with
the pus and kills the germs that make it.
Hut this is all that it does And if ou
continue to use it you will retard the
healing instead of hastening it Peroxide,
improperly used, has injured almost as
many mouths as it has benefited. The
sore place in our mouth is clean now
and 'all it needs is something to keep it
clean' while nature heals it. Peroxide
will iiot tlo that in fact it will retard it."
Tlw dentist then prescribed a healing
waslj. There are many such on the mar
ket, jmt an one having a tooth pulled is
foolish to select his oyni.
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