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Hundreds Get Last Glimpse of "Hoosier Poet" Who Died
Saturday Night as Result of Second Paralytic Stroke;
ffuneral Service Will Be Held at His Home Tuesday;
Riley Was One of Few Who Made Poetry Pay.
U. In- r Instead of preparing for the prac
to th i tlce of Iaiv. as his father wished, the
son turned itinerant sign painter. For
10 years he roved through the Ohio
valley, painting signs on fences. He
had the trick of the brush and pencil
and cleverly drew sketches illustrating
the virtues of merchandise. He was
naturally musical and shono as a fid
dler in the villages at which his party
stopped at night. He played for dances
and at concerts in country hotels. He
wrote rhymes, which sometimes found
their way into country newspapers.
Hecnme a XevrMpnpernian.
He led this cheerful, free and easy
life late in the 70s. then he took em
ployment as a reporter on a newspaper
at Anderson, Ind. In 1877, for the pur
pose, as he said, of proving that he
could write poetry of value, he perpe
trated the Poe hoax which for jears
was a literary sensation. He wrote
I diana today paid tribute
-- memory of James Whitcomb Riley,
the Indiana poet who died Saturday
n 'ht as a resell of his second stroke
of paralysis. Ttie body lay in state
at the Indiana capitol building from
S oelock this afternoon until 9 oclock
tonight and hundreds of people passed
bv to get a last glimpse of the great
IToosIer poet."
Gov. Samuel Ralston, In a letter to
Henry E:tel of this city, brotherinlaw
of the poet, asked that the body lie
In state at the capitol. The letter
wfc.ch met with a favorable response
from the poefs relatives, follows:
James T hitcomb Riley was loved
-w )i nnstnlA j-i fryAtnr.r, a m TT-4 K Tift
other man. In an exceptionally ten- i poem in the style of Edgar Allen Poe.
der sense the people of his native state j which he gave the characteristic title
J. 1AU1UUI1C. auu H tS UUC1CU IV 111C
public as a hitherto unpublished prod
uct of the genuius of Poe. One of the
stanzas was:
"Leonanie anpels named her.
And they took the light
Of the laughing stars and framed her
In a. smile of white.
And they made her hair of glooms
Midnight and her eyes of bloomy
Moonshine and they brought her to me
In the solemn night.
In some quarters the poem was ac
cepted as genuine; in others it was de
nounced as a fraud. After the contro
versy had wased for months Riley
He Read His Own Verse.
In the early 80s he began writing
verses in "Hoosier" dialect for the old
Indianapolis Journal. He sent some
of his poems to Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow and they received his
praise. A volume was published and
"the Hoosier poet" began to win a
public He was an excellent reader of
j his own dialect verses and for the fol
j lowing 15 years, or until 1898. he made
tours or tne country, appearing in pub
lic with great success both alone and In
association with the humorist. Bill Nye,
who was his Intimate friend.
Publication of books of poems year
Telt and believed that he belonged to
thm and hey mourn bitterly mourn
hl passing
"As goiernor of Indiana, I am anx
ious that the people be afforded an
opportur.it to show the high respect
In which they held the man and I am
therefore to suggest that his remains
bo allowed to lie in state in the ro
tunda of the capital."
Present arrangements are for the
funeral services to be held at the home
Tuesday morning. These will be pri
vate and simple In accordance with
wishes of the poet.
Made Fortune From Poetry.
James 'Whitcomb Riley, born of the
middle west, sang the joys, sorrows,
fancies and humors of Its folk, largely
In Its own dialect. The world was so
touched by his inspiration and the real
Ism of his homely symbols that he was
one of the few, that, devoting their
lives to poetry, gained a fortune.
.air Kiiey was peculiarly sensitive as Teteran of the Spanish-American war.
to the advance of age and evaded in- arrrved here Sunday aboard the steamer
guinea aa w uio ua.it; vi -j.o -si m uul
the most accurate information avall-
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THIS picture shows a group ot Mexican bandit-. o;i their way to join Pancho Villa to help him keep hi3 boast to the ef
fect that he will be dictator of Mexico within 30 days. From all corners of Mexico similar band? are reported moving
to join the famous bandit leader.
Hoosier Sweet Singer Sleeps;
Harp of "Jim" Riley Is Still
Best Beloved Man in Indiana Passes Away in Big House on Lockerbie
Street; Wrote of Fields and Brooks and Things As They Are;
Was the Typical Hoosier; Body in State at CapitoL
IS harp ia stilled. The Hoosier
sweet singer will sing no more
of the fields and woods and run-
after year brought Riley a fortune and i niT.o- hmnt, ah T.inno mm., m.
wide recognition of his literary genius. . - " , ,. . , k.,,., ... ,
In 1902 he received the degree of 'lay for the b?st boved an ln
master of arts from Yale university and I Hoooierdom. James Whitcomb Riley
in iu4 tne university or Pennsylvania hai gone to sleep to awaken In the
T-and of Elsewnere," of which he
and would tell them stories of Little
Orphan Annie and the Gingerbread
Home on Lockerbie Street,
The Riley home on Lockerbie street,
set back among the maples, was wor
shiped as a shrine by all Indiana. To
go to Indianapolis and not drive out
past the Hoosier poefs home would
be like soing to Mount Vernon without
ang so sweetly iTioitin- Washington s home. No one
, ., ., ... ! disturbed him with calls except his
In many ways Jim Riley was the I closest friends for it was an unwritten
ln1fol TTnrkelT HantlA -a1tll"tl VtA 1 1.1 JV thai tViA rrn naa via a V. .
aV'inn ror,a.na5?i50SerMUiid J inK effeminjle. great yet unaffected, J"red ?mong his books and reveries In
at J. o.OOO for a site for a public II- I " . . . ,, . .' .. the cool library of the big old fash-
rugeu dui. a pokshcu aS a i-uurnej. ,oned house Wlt ,he vjnes and flowers
he was the perfect product of a state . and sugar mapl-s for a setting. His
wnich stands for sincerity and for I nearest neighbors were the most en
conferred upon him the degree of doc
tor of letters. Indiana university
conferred the honorary degree of LL. D.
on him In 1907.
In July, 1911, the poet presented to
brary and school administration build
Sever Married) Loved Children.
Mr Riley never married but he was
a lover of children, whose spirit he
divined so intimately, and of family
life. Many of the last years of his life
he spent quietly at his home in a se
cluded section of Indianapolis.
Indiana Society To Have
Riley Memorial Service
A Riley memorial service will bo held
by the El Paso Indiana society. No
date has yet been arranged for the
memorial service but W. H. Case, presi
dent of the club, will name the com
mittees soon for the service.
It will be held in one of the churches
of the city and will be open to the
public There will be a. sketch of Riley,
readings from his poems and the play
ing of Riley's poems set to music
The Indiana club had arranged to
have a Riley night the first meeting to
be held this fall and the memorial
service will be held instead.
led people in the Hoosier capital.
UI1HE wu j-eujiie, i ...Cj i.c Thev new Rilev Wh-n nn n.irh
Running through his writings is a borly house wife baked a good batch
note of loneliness which gives them i f gingerbread or another made a
aaa -H,r -Tim- TMi,r : ! mountain of pumpkin pie (they call
lonelv for he lived much alone with " PUDKin pack inerj) sne rolled i home of hls bovhood
his books and his dream children and "" " "Lr " les- e "ur " Melody of the Meadow.
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11.31. AhltCJ O V..L11 JU
after rhat he always called the onei
perfect day of his whole year. Once
he drove ln his automobile to Green
field, his old home, and there received J
ths homage of "his children." j
I.Ike Lincoln.
To Indiana Riley has always been ;
what Abraham Lincoln is to Illinois. ;
It was not his fame, which spread i
beyond the seas, nor his wonderful
works, but the love which comes first
in the minds of all Hoosiers. They
are as jealous of this love as a be- '
Irothed lover or the mother for the j
first born. The world may Ring "Jim" j
Riley's songs and cherisn his gems but J
Indiana claims his love for her own. '
This has been so since Riley first J
toured the state lecturing, singing his
homely songs of Hooslerdom and lov- I
ing little children. I
It was characteristic of New York
; ?nd the east that it awakened to the
fnft that th wnrlil harl a npnr TTat
I only after the great men of England
bad acknowledged him Hut Indiana
ucu Known nim xor wnaL ne was since
he first struck the Ivric lyre and made
the whole world listen.
The Tie That Hindu.
Hoosiers who have been exiled have
never lost their love for their home
state and Riley's writings have done
more than any other thing, save only
the old home ties, to bind the exiles
to their native etate There is no diG
lovalty in this love for they love their
i adopted state no less because they
! 'o e their home state more Just as a
man loves his own home more because
te retains with deeper love, the old
lilk Undergarments
The woman of stjle and retmempnt wears s k un
dergarments, and thoe who hae wurn t1 -se a T
hke creations lonj; have learned b x i ,t to
innt upon "Xiafpira Maid" Move Sk bca ie
the texture of this wonderful fabru is so gi ft
and finely oen that the naturahy faful
lines of the figure are retained. Pniember
that it is the little details that make or mar
a style, and remember also, that tbse gar
ments are modeled with a skill that e'ltr nates
the slightest suppstmn of "ba;r:rm' -s T i re
fore, your gown- will fuiiy express te sty'-inve-ted
in their designing hen n ' ru cvr
"Xiapara Maid" undergarraent-s. hji- wU'-in
formed, coiirteons salesladies will . rpla n why
they are superior.
Finished with a
French band top either
plain or hemstitched.
Per suit. $2.95 to $3.50
tily trimmed with
Val lace and ribbon.
A beautiful garment.
Per suit $5.50
Plainly tailored top.
Reinforced under-arm
shield. Come in white
and softer shades of
pink and sky. Each
BLOOMERS t match
vest d- nb J abo e.
Reinfnnfd r rot eh.
Elastic band at wa-st
and knees. Each $1.95
Trimmed tn dainty
Valenciennes lace.
Come in both p.rk
and white. Each $2.95.
SOLE Trimmed in
Valenciennes 1 a.c e
with plain French
band top. Prices range
from $135 up to $2.50
Call in the store tomorrow and ask to be shown
these tremendously popular garments.
1 his "An Old Sweetheart of Mine" is
page out of his life. Having no family,
he adopted the children of the state as
New York. July 24. Richard Ebbett.
a.ble indicates that he was born In
""Should you ask his age." one of his
friends said, "he would answer: This
aids of 4".' and leave you to mess
.which side"
He Was No School student. 'several letters asking the military to
The POet "was the Son Of Reuben A. I return fh RwnrH h was nrflpretl seld
Elley. a lawyer and political speaker ! and deported from Ireland. He said
St. PauL He said he was deported from
Ireland where he had made his home.
Ebbett said his home at Oldcastle. Ire
land, was rifled by the British authori
ties May 20. and a Malayan sword
which be had obtained in the Philip
pines was taken away. i
He said that alter he had written i
Ileanlted I.ove.
This great love was requited by the
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his own and poured out from the ful- j famous man of Lockerbie street. He
ness of his heart all the love of little
children which welled up from that
great fount of love. And his love
wis ot lost upon the children of
HnoslTdom for they worshipped Riley
as the god of childhood.
Received "Ills Chililrrn."
Each year, when his blrthdav anni
versary arrived, he recened a flood of
post cards from "his children." ae he
loved to call them, crowds of fluffy
frocked little ones crowded about the
homj on Lockerbie street and wor
shipped at the shrine of their patron
saint. Riley would smile in his sad.
sweet way, pat the little curlv heads
save the proceeds of his poems for
j ear to build a library that the poor
wno lived along Pogue's Run and m
the shop district might lite with the
groat writers as he lived with them
in his library where the morning sun
poured in through the high window
wph Its box of verbenas and petunias
nndding In the breeze. Once each
vear. on his birthday, he would have
his easy chair placed on the veranda
and, all afternoon he would keep the
court of love as his little subjects
poured past reverently, fingers In
Riley's writings are filled with the
melody of the mellow autumn and the
fresh spring as it is in no other place
than Indiana. He has caught the lilt
of the meadow lark across the freshly
plowed field and his lyrics breathed
the softness of the harvest moon. His
word pictures are of the rail fences
pith their angles overgrown with
goldenrod and the daisy fields nodding
in chorus to the symphony of the west
wind. His lute poured forth liquid
notes which were always true and he
caught the spirit of his state as did
Wordsworth and Byron their own land.
Sabconsclnns Impressions.
TVhen he was a boy swimming In the
' Ole Swimmin Hole." a young man
painting these eame fences with patent
mouths and faces shiny with too much i medicine signs and riding from place
soap. At the close of the day Riley
who swarmed around his easy chair would sigh as he watched the sun set
A Narrative of Everyday Affairs
M? Tkeir Married Life
of Greenf-eld, Ind. The boy could not
be brought to the dull routine of school
days, but he was wise in the lore of
streams and fields. His mother, who
was Elizabeth Marine before her mar
riage, was a writer of verse and Riley
ln later life attributed some of his im
practicability to her.
he was put aboard the St. Paul when
that vessel sailed from the other side.
Helen Meets Her Mother In Cleveland
HtO-t-.v had never remembered rhe night was breathless Helen lay
workins so hard as she had to 1 ,n her "pPer berth and never closed her
get Winifred rcadv to -o west ' ?ye-s' The rattle and rumble of the
bet .tmi.rea rcauy 10 o west .train which was usuxllv so snothmir
100 Rooms of Solid Comfort
Hotel Savoy, Overlano. and Stanton:
vprvthintr new. strictly modern: can't
be beat for price; $3.50 week up. Adv.
Gives a Rule For Success
No. 47 of the series.
"Success will come to jow, my friend,
Nol at one leap, but by degrees;
So put a curb on rvhal you spend.
Don't waste your coin each whim to please."
Those who make money fast often lose it as quickly.
Slow and steady wins the race, nine times out of ten.
"Thrifty Alexander's' career is only typical of that
of thousands of successful men who are wise enough
to avoid speculation and who save while the saving's
for the summer. The dresmakcr had
teen at the house for three days mak
ing little dresses and Winifred had
worried Helen continually, for at
every hot day she seemed to droop a
little more, and Helen was afraid that
site would not be able to get the child
away before she became really 11L
Warren reassured Helen, although
he was worried and It was with re-
kept her awake, and the heat was ter-
Helen had never dreamed that she
could not get a lower berth, but a
convention of some kind was taking
place in New York, and the best she
could get was an upper.
By the time the train rolled into the
(rand Central she was cross and al
most eirk. fane felt illtreated. too. for
alter Que reflection sne hail decided
mat a i
not have
to place on a patent medicine wagon,
"Jim" Riley absorbed the spirit of his j
sion that he gained and one that he
probably never knew he possessed un
til he started to write when the melodv
of the meadows and the brooks and
fields poured forth from his pen like
liquid music
Sad, Sweet Smile.
When his hand was stilled by the
"stroke." he said he would ne-er write
again for he feared It might not be
atuned to his heart. He did consent i
to dlcate a sentennial poem but it '
was not the Riley who wrote of old. j
He was patient and lovable to the end
and. as the bodv lies ln state todav in
, the capital of his beloved state. I can i
I see a ad. sweet 6mile on the face of i
tfla f.i.ln.. cnfAr :
".11m" T711AI' Hln font llic anmca !
live on in the hearts of "his children."
Los Angeles and return S35.00
San Diego and return S35.00
San Francisco and return 845.00
The Calif ornian
(Daily at b":45 a. m.)
City Ticket Office 206 No. Oregon St.
Defective wiring in the basement of
the new i K. Waterhouse apartment at '
j-ii i-l .mssouri street, is Deileved to
lief on both sides when everything I just as well have taken a rest and
few dajs more or less would I ae caused several residents to run
e mattered, and that she might ! r?r. tll?'r "es Saturday night at S 30 i
A. rwiueat for our new fre booklet. "Banking by Mall" eoirtea
with It no ctllgatlon to op;n an account. All we aak la an oppor
tunity to explain clearly why your savings iLoull earn 4 percent,
and why yo-ir money will be absolutely safe If sent by mall to
this Institution. Ton may hay occasion to thank in for this
Write to-day, and ak for r New Booklet.
El Paso Bank and Trusl Company
a Guaranty Ftead Bank
was finally ready and Helen and Wini
fred had departed on the sleeper for
Helen met her mother on the morn
ing of a rainy day, the coolness of
which was welcome.
"Can't you possibly come out for
Just a few days, Helen?" her mother
had asked earnestly. "You look pale
and tired yourself, and the change
would do you so much good."
Helen thought longingly of the little
country town, the quiet doctors houeo
wnere nothing was hurried, the pros
pect of a real rest, but she shook her
I couldn't, mother, I promised War
ren I would be back.
'Warren would be the first one to
ell you to stay if you would send a
I know that, but It wouldn't be
fair -
"Not for a few days?"
"No. mother, much as I would like
to come, and you can't know how much
I really want to come. I don't think I
ought. I don't approve of wives who
leave their husbands alone In the city
at any time, and Warren needs the
rest as much as I do."
"When are jou going to take a vaca
tion?" "Later on in the summer Warren
con get away for two weeks, then I
rhall go with him."
An Invitation.
"Can't you both get out here?"
'I don't think so. dear I don't be
like Warren would wan to some so
far. Rut you and father must come to
Jhe city this fall when Winifred comes
home. Just think, she is going to start
in school."
Helen's mother looked proudly down
at her small granddaughter.
'That is." Helen went on. "If she is
good and drinks lots of milk and gets
fat and rosy We can't ha-e any thin
Utile girls going to school, can we,
I'm not thin," Winifred protested.
us tne not uays. tney make me so
choky "
Helen exchanged looks with her
"She seems to droop at the first hot
spell," she explained mder her breath.
"V. arren and I could hirdlj wait to
get her out here with you"
It certainly agrees with her. and
you know. Helen, how glad we arc to
have her"
lelen had left that night for New
New lork. The rain had stopped and
returned the latter part of the week.
nne nopea uiat warren would appre
ciate her efforts to be with him, but
he probably wouldn't, he hadn't been
particularly thoughtful of late.
Helen got off the train with the
crowd and relinquished her bag to a
porter It seemed warmer in New York
than it was in Ohio, and everyone
looked wilted. In spite of the fact that
Khe had powdered her face, she could
feel little epots of perspiration gather
under the hair on her forehead. This
fact did not make her any more com
fortable and by the time she saw War
ren in the crowd she was so tired and
hot that she could hardly take an
other step.
"Wnrren CunKnten.
"You look fagged out." Warren said,
taking her bag from the porter. "Sup
pose you had a bad night in the
Helen smiled a little wearily and
followed him outside, where he piloted
tur into a taxi
Had the car here to meet you and
had a blow out just as I started. It
was too late to go back and wait to
hare the shoe changed, so I came right
Helen lay back on tne cushion and
let the cool air fan her hot cheeks,
then she turned to Warren. "Where
are we going, dear?"
"Going to take you somewhere cool
for lunch."
"Oh, Warren, I couldn't eat a thing."
"Got one of your headaches, I sup
pose." ' Yes. I have, dear I couldn't eat a
"Did you have any breakfast?"
"Just some orange juice."
'1 thought so. Xo wonder you have
a neadache. You'll just have a decent
lunch and then I'll take you home and
you can rest. Tonight we'll take a
spin in the car and go to some roof
harden It's great to have you back
osain, even if you were only gone for
only three days."
ilelpii was cooler when they reached
the little restaurant, and she let War
ren order what he wished. A fan was
whirling near her, and when the waiter
brought her some Iced bouillon she
realize! that she was hungry. For I
t.ie firt tune she saw the tired look
i" .ir'tn e es as she smiled at him
across th. tiMe After all. how glad
sie w .s to be back with him, and at a
c lesti'm of h' about the trip she be
K'n to tell m everything in detail -roririrlit,
116, International News
ast columns of smoke were seen
coming up from the basement shortly
arter the alarm was turned in and it
?ra" "ecess?.r for firemen to carry
v r.Ear1 out of the apartment.
airs L.. p. Kepley had a narrow es
cape from the smoke Damages be
lieved t- be more than 1200 were
caused by the fire.
- ?ilaiF w,,th be,ns a fugitive from
a train carrilnir a nnmk.. -
T,mo Louisiana to California. Sidney I
Jones, a negro, was arrested Sunday
1fHn,?Sn,J,,?.lr '? heM " the cily
jail. Jones, it is said, w as , n route
h?;ough the city with a number of
other laborers on contract with a .-on- '
the official in charge of the train ,,. ,
pears for him. '
Camp Furniture, Leggings, Belts, Scabbards, Base Ball
Goods. Everything in fact in the sporting goods line.
W e extend a cordial welcome to the National Guardsmen
Arrested as they walked out of the
Emporium Dry Goods store at Oregon
and Overland streets. John Rice and
Willie Marshall, two bo s were
docketed on charges of shoplifting
Saturday afternoon at the police sta
tion. In the possession of the two boys
were found a pair of shoes, two purses,
four cheap rings, two handkerchiefs
and a necklace.
On Our
Pink and White
Cocoanut Cream Bar
15c the Lb.
Try Our Fresh Peach Ice Cream
So that the furniture, rugs and puturcs all melt toeth.r r- Lar-
monious picture. It rests and soothes the tired nres.
210-212 N. Stanton .St. phones 205-206.
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On Sale Every Friday.
Limited 10 Days.
If Yoa Are Going East Ride the
"Sunshine Special"
And Save a Business Day.
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