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VIRGIN ISLANDS OF U. S.; WHAT THEY ARE LIKE
THEY HAVE BASIN
BIG ENOUGH FOR
OUR WHOLE NAVY
BY MAURICE BECKER
(Famous \ni York Artlal Who l» Vloiiing Our New Po*tM'ssl<»n« in
tlif West Indus In IN-vcrilx* 11..in for Itully Turn's lUmmli-ih.)
ST. CROJX, March 15, 1917.—What is there la tliis
"land without a country" that has just come under
the sheltering wings of the American eagle i
What are the neople like in these Danish West
Indies, which, when tliese lines reach you, will be
formally a part of the American nation, under the
title "Virgin Islands of the I'nited States"*
leading in Ciorn the eanei'ields.
"Let Qeorgta do it!" is the order of the day.
I i- ilonkej ami his wife MM ui.ni * luomt valuable anwW
in Ilii-so partn.
They may trudge along for mile*, jet it. nwer will occur
to Urn Virgin Inlander to get off the Monkey aud offer his
wife a M-Ht.
Sho may |a Mfforteg from elephantitls, like the woman in the
picture. Thai's a dIaMM that makes the feet and legs swell to enor
mous proportions. It Is common in the islands. Uut that makes no
difference Friend husband keeps the neat.
Everything, from a drinking cup to a pile of cane, is carried on
the head in those islands. The people are "headstrong." A woman or
• child "ill walk for miles and miles, erect, with a load on the. head
that it would trouble an able-bodied American to shoulder.
In the distance 1 have sketched a susar factory.
They call them factories here, but they are generally Just clumps
Of shaky buildings with some barrel* and a little rusty "machinery.
The Mhiklm today have a manter. if not a country. Mo
In llniiiilton .larkwin, a neum school teacher, wlioiu I liuve
Interview e«l.
lie li.i- oruani/id the in-..;;...-. Into >■ union, and in this
way lie lion made the ciuie mowers pny 10 U> 15 cents a day
for I«Im»t in thp fields.
North 34th & Mason
North 45th
sssHT /ft//
To relieve congestion upon the thru Point Defiance cart
we have put In service so-called "tripper" cars —one oper
ating to North 34th and Mason, the other to North 45th.
We have observed that patrons who might be carried
to their destination by the trippers will let them go by and
wait for the thru car.
The tripper service will fulfill its purpose If those who
can reach their homes take advantage of this extra service.
It has occurred to us, however, that the reason may be that
uome of our patrons are not familiar with the various streets
and terminals along the Point Defiance line, and for their
benefit we have given above a map of the line showing the
names of streets upon which we operate and the two
"tripper" terminal* at North 34th and Mason and North
46th.
7 acoma Railway and
Power Company
I (Sine here to lc-nrn the an
swers to these iiuestions for read
ers of Thu T.iroina Times, and I
find liere a most nmaziiiK combi
nation of ifal ttntttgit value
with little economic, worth, of
medieval local color with modern
decorations.
I find tllHt till"! i;r<Mi|> of is
lands i-«iiil;iiiis h :\n .it l.'iiil
lockol iNOiln ca|>al>lo of sliul
tciinif Hio rntlni 1 iiitnl
Slates navy, untl tluit It looks
out on ilio most illi.-i i route
IwtwtH-n |iiin|if uml tlie l';m
amu cjiiuil.
"""'And I find that the natives are
mostly ncKroos of little education.
Who work for a mens«r pittance
and do without the most common
necessities of life, mich as they
are regarded in the United States.
"VOTM FOR WO.MKN" would
bring an empty stare In this land
without a country. "WORK FOR
WOMEN" iH the motto here.
I have shown this in a typical
scene sketched on the highroad
Saturday, April 7, 1917 THE TAOOMA TIMES— Pago Two.
Sick benefits have been established, unions in the United States
and Denmark helping with contributions.
The union now owns a second-hand ambulance which does ser
vice as an ambulance, and Is trying to acquire another.
Heretofore it wns customary to dump a sick field worker into a
planter's donkey curt, with a little straw, and drag him miles over
the rough roads to the hospital. Many died on the way.
Jackson i . (lie negroes' idol. They look upon him as the Irish
dock workers ragsrd Jim Larkiu.
"Only fiod Almighty cuuld have sent him!" the wife of one of
the poorer paid cane workers told me.
Prices went up as soon as the field workers' w«rges advanced, so
The Double Squeeze
BEACH ™ EDHAMI ° ■ 1 "'
(('ontinlMMl From Our l*«st Kmum
CHAPTER IV.
At Hea.
An unshaven, hialinveled young
man, hatless but otherwise
completely dressed, down to
his shoes, turned over on the bed,
opened his Micky e.w»s, then cloned
and dug his fists into them to dis
sipate the heaviness of tin- Mil .
He tried vainly to moisten his
parched lips with his swollen
tongue.
A peculiar taste in ills mouth he
couldn't label. To one whoKe lips
had never "known the taste of
ll(|iior," it was indescribably bad,
nauseating.
Hut the Hindi that rose from
Home part of his clothing he rec
ogul/.ed. It was stile liquor!
A shudder of disgust passed
through him. He now took a sec
ond Invoice of the taste in his
mouth and classified It as "dark
brown." lint not yet could he
tiring hU logy mentality to take
up he trail from effect back to
cause.
Mis bed next attracted his at
tention, it ,was narrow—much
| like a shelf with a wooden Hide
to prevent one's falling out. Tue
furniture of the apartment or cell,
whatever it was, all tethered to
something permanent, were at
first unfamiliar to him.
It was the aperture admitting
the light that helped him to fix
ii room and its location. Thlsi
round opening to the outside
world was a bull's-eye of thick
glass. Ah ho Btared through the
circular window on to the gray
nen8 —nothing more —there came
a loud thump, Instantly followed;
by a stinging sound, as if pebbles,
had been thrown against the glass,
fiercely. Then water ran off,'
leaving the bull's-eye flecked with;
drops.
His mind bridged the gap be
tween present predicament ami
wast experience.
Secure in this conclusion, he
brought himself to a sitting pos
ture on the edge of the berth, and!
looked about the stateroom. There 1
was a suitcase of real leather oa j
the bunk under the porthole. He!
was positive that he had never
seen It before. Turning it round,
he found on the end. In black let
lerinß. the inscription:
S. W. .IAMKS
New York
"S.-W.-J-a-m-e-s?" he question-1
cd. He recalled all the Jameses
he had ever heard of. There was
no "8. W." In the list.
Mechanically he tried the bag
to see ir it was locked. It opened,
displaying a complete assortment
of everything necessary, with the
suit he had on. to enable him to
make a respectable appearance.
The thlnrs had been carefully se
lected and they were all new. But
there wasn't a srran of writing to
tdentifv their owner.
This turned his attention to his
own means of Identification. Put-
Miwr his h»nd In his pocket. h»'
drew out four envHones. Three of
them were tAdrmwert to S. W.!
•'•mw. Hotel languor*, New York.
Cltr.
Two of the envelopes contained
bill"—one an "account rendered"
from a liquor rtoaler for $<?7.2. r>:
the other a hill for clears and cig
arettes amounting to $23.50. The
third was a letter from (lie steam
ship agents of the Matuburd Nine,
reading:
"Dear Sir: We have booked you
for passage from New York to
Xaples on the 9. 9. Colonta, nailing
from pier foot of West Thirteenth
tt., N. R. We have assigned to you
cabin C 39, on the ttalou deck and
have arranged that you are to have
it entirely to yourßelf.
"We be« to tall your attention
to the fact that, owing to the tide
on the day of departure, the Co
lonia will Hail at 1 o'clock In the
morning, Oct. 7."
Hto gold watch was ticking in
the pocket of his vest. Attached to
it was a narrow black silk ribbon
—the useful portion of a watch
fob—the solid gold baseball, sur
mounted by two tiny crossed bats
of platinum, emblematic of the
World's Championship—that was
missing.
Robbed! was his ftrst thought,
and he searched in his trousers
pocket for the cash which he had
with him—less than ten dollar*.
Me found many yellow-backed
bills. Five hundred dollars!
In any sudden lapse into uncon-
Rciousnesfl the first facility to give
way Is the memory. So. also, in
returning consciousness the mem
ory has a trick oftentimes of be
ginning where It left off or of
seizing upon some one thing In
particular to locate Its bearings.
The slight of the five hundred
dollars Immediately brought to
mind what had happened before
the long, dreamless sleep just end
ed on the ship. This money —or
five hundred dollars just like It
■■—was lying on a table In a suite
of rooms in the Bolmont-Strat
i worth hotel. He was about to
| come into possession of It—all
, for Blgnlng a contract to report
;the World Series on behalf of the
Transcontinental Newspaper Syn
dicate, Metropolitan Tower, New
York City.
He sat down again upon the
berth to puzzle it out. beginning
with the letter from the syndicate
—It wbr on engraved stationary,
ho remembered. The secretary.
Walter Noble, gave him as refer
ences three .well known New
Yorkers.
But the letter had come, spe
cial delivery, on Sunday—the day
after the rhamptonnhlp was cinch
ed—and reply was requested by
I PANTAGES
"A Bachelor Dinner"
PATHICOLA
KOI II OTHKK AOTB
MXX. VKHNOX C.tHTLE IX EPI.
HOIIE NO. 2, "PATHIA"
Steamers Tacoma and
Indianapolis for Seattle
I.*«v» Municipal Dock, Taro
ma, 7:15, 9:00, 11:00 a. in.; 1:00.
3:0». 6 »». ".no. >:0« p. m •
l^eavn Co I man Dock, Seattle,
7:90. 9:00. 11:00 a. m.. 1 :Cl. 2:00.
SCO. 7:00. »:15 p. in.
Fastest and Finest Mpumeri
Klcht Hound Trl|» Daily.
f. S. JOM-:s, \uriii.
rfflep* Municipal Dork. M. 3MS
they really are little better off than they were before.
Their chief food still is corn meal ("cuckoo"), okres and salt
fish.
There baa been some improvement, but compared to their fel
lows in the British and French islands I have visited, the blacka of
St. Crolz are In a pitiable condition.
telegraph on Monday. Anyhow,
i what need was there of references,
he had ai-gued, when he couldn't
!lo»e! For he was to receive five
; hundred dollars on the signing of
Uhe contract and two hundred dol
lars every day he turned in a
!story.
No, he couldn't lone, and he
'could m;ike thirteen hundred dol
jlars at least —nlnetseen hundred
!at most. Yes, he had looked up
jon it as "very easy" money and
had kept his own counsel, not even
confiding in Trls Ford, because of
the reixirts in the newspapers that
the National Commission was to
'prohibit the players from writing
for the papers; certainly all those
who hadn't contracts.
There was a day's delay in
Noble's coining over, he recalled.
JThe secretary of the Transconti
nental S\ndtcato had come — he
'rubbed bis heud In bewilderment.
|When was It? How long had he
jslept? Yesterday—it must have
[happened yesterday—last night I
j Ho remembered that he had
gone to the BflJmont-Stratworth
!aml tlie clerk at the desk knew declined, of course, because he
thim—had seen him play. He didn't drink. And then? Mr. Noble
I could repeat his words: "Mr. Noble had said, walking over to the tele-
Is expecting you—go right up to phone: "Wise man — wish I
Suite 1142." didn't," and had added: "I'll or-
Ho had go up up, had been admit dor you a soft drink."
ted to the parlor of a suite, andl (Continued In Oar \e\t Issue.)
Bride Grieves for Husband,
Bankers Madness" Victim
I lti:i»i:iil< X ORKRIIRKMAV /tSn WIKII
(S|i.'i ial to 111- Times.)
KANBAB CITY, Mo., April 7.
—Mrs. Frederick W. Oberhelman.
lirlde of a day, is grieving today
lover the death of her husband,
| said to have been a victim of
"banker's madness."
For five years Oherhelman wag
• paring teller of the Security Na
tional bank here. Suddenly he dls
-1 Bgpsafvd, Bank officials said they
I missed- $2.",000.
had met a nice young fellow, ob
viously a gentleman, who greeted
him cordially. This Mr. Noble not
only knew baseball and ball play
ers, but they had friends in com
mon, go they had enjoyed a very
nice chat —all before the contract
was produced.
The contract —it bad the name
nf the Transcontinental Newspaper
Syndicate printed in, he was sure,
fie had read it very carefully, and
the terms were precisely what had
(>een offered him. While he was
reading it. he remembered, Mr.
Noble had taken from his bill case
without any flourish five hundred
dollars. Ho cnuld remember seeing
the money lying on the tnble, the
bills folded over once.
The bills in his hand now were
folded once!
But something was going wrong
with bis memory. It had been
spinning the tale of events without
effort, but suddenly it had begun
to fla?. Shute had to prod it.
" What was it Mr. Noble had said?
Oh, yes "I'm going to have a
drink. What'll you have?" He hart
in a week, Oberhelinan returned
with the money. C. S. Jobe, presi
dent of the hank, said It was a cage
of "banker's madness" from con
stant handling of money and Ober
bninian was given his job again.
Oherhelman and Miss Orhj Crav
ens who were engaged, married.
Eighteen hours later, the bride
went house hunting. When she re
turned Hlie received word her hus
band had shot himself in a hole
(From Last Night's Pink Edition.)
KIND WORDS 1
CLUB 'I
Goodbye, Bill Hohenzollern, and God bless you.
Prank Hawes, county road sui>«rvlsor for the first district, after
getting a good look at all the soldier hoys, out American Lake way,
is making good roads lor Hipiu as fast as he ran, they say. Hawes
liven three miles .south of Spanawuy.
How's this for a constitution for the Kind Words rluh:
"Your kindness is only exceeded by your good looks! *r
Got a better one? Well then, let's have it.
Mike, tho shoe-shine kins of Pacific aveiwe, is strong on th»
kind words, lie has tho s-inile that won't come off. He lias a lot
of signs tacked upon his wall, like this one: "We aim to please; If
In a hurry, tell us." Also he has a good-sized American flag draped
on his walls.
A fair exterior is a silent recoiiiinrmliitlon.—l'liMiiiN Nyrus.
Theodore Brent, the h.imltoinp vice clKilrninn of the federal
shinping hoard, is a man who taut be misled. He doesn't heliove
those yellow pine men when they tell him Doußlns fir can't be used
for shipbuilding. Douglas fir is 0. X., s;iys Brent.
CAPERTON RULES~~
U. S. FLEET ON
GUARD IN PACIFIC
The stM-ond of tliwe arti
ckvt lelliun iil'oiii the ti en hi
i'uiiiiii.ii:i| of lin li- 4am's
three naval units —the Atlan
tic, Pacific ami Asiatic fleets.
When in the. spring of ISOB,
war was declared with Spain, the
president KPnt ordns to every
naval vessel to com filtrate In the
waters al>out Culm, and the bat
tleship Oregon, tlii'n Just com
pleted, made her remarkable mv
around South America, through
the Straits of Magellan, and
reached the fleet in time to take
part in the naval operations. Ac
companying her was the little
Kimboat Marietta, with Lieut.
William B. CkpertOß in command.
Ills fi-.-ii in I'liimiiiu Iris
NtllHlU'l- veNM'l Ml'iMlllll WilS
oven mm•!<• remarkable than
the inn of the Oregon, tlioii^li
It was lost sight of in the ar
rival of (he new .mil (at that
time) bin battleship.
Caperton "got there" then, and
he has been "KCttitifc there" ever
since. No man in the navy, per
haps, has had more varied and
more important work to do than
Caperton, and his reputation for
"getting there" still stands.
A native of Tennessee, born in
IS.'if), Cuperum was graduated
from the naval academy in 1875.
lie wax commissioned ensinn on
Aug. 3, 1877. and made his first
cruise In the Hartford.
Mo served in every grade and
lon many ships, all over the world.
reaching the grade of rear admir
al Feb. 13, 191.1. When, on July
29, 191 fi, Rear Admiral Cameron
Mc.Rae Wimtlow retired as com
mander of the Pacific fleet, Ca
perton, then commanalnß the
cruiser squadron of the Atlantic
Fleet, was appointed to succeed
Here and Elsewhere
An Olympla tailor had to Ix'iit
a hasty retreat out of a German
cobbler's, shop Friday aCternoon
when he asked for an BlfHrt
sole and French heels.
Ask Bill Feline— HE KNOWS.
Olive Branch Cigar and News
Stand, Hotel Donnelly. adv.
Hays Itehiii siicco<-<!s San I old
Martin as editor-in-chief of the
Tahoma, the high, school's maga
zine, a.s Martin is a member of
the 0. A. R. and is expecting to
be called out.
Hot Cross Hun- every (luy.
Duenwald's, 1112 Broadway, adv.
For the first time in history,
the Stars and Stripes were float
ing over the Canadian parliament
liulldings. By this act Canada
wishes to express its gratification
oror the recent actions of the
U. 8.
Cat flowers and floral work,
ilinz, florist, So. 7th and K. -nlv
Japan welcomes I', s. Into the
war, is the news that comes from
the sunny east.
Nearly 300 innrriaße llceu'-es
were issued in Chicago Friflay,
after rumors had been floating
around that the war would place
a ban on marriage licenses.
liiiiiiicr nn<] Cotton <-11-is«-—Re
and up. .Palace Hardware Co.,
1511 PacHic aye. adv.
One tlMHiaand Commanrhe In
dians have offered their services
to President Wilson.
Lumber, Sash, Door*. Keystone
Lbr. Co. adv
ilicbalis h«ld a patriotic par
ade Friday night to honor the
Chehalls boys who have voiun
te.»>r«vl for the navy.
It is miiiiu nil for anyone to
have booze in their baggage, rules
Judge K. E. Hardln of Belllng
ham, when he fines two men $450
for having two quarts-'ln their
possession.
Waller Berg Hlh<t. Co., -lUA
Dernlce Bldg. Main 2237. ud*
1. 1...11.H, Bajf?, Cbehalis youth,
him, and became an admiral—ono
of the three In active command of
the three American fleets.
( a|H'r(on's most recent job
in the navy was the landing;
of an nrnxil lime ai Port nil
I'rime, Hniti. "to t .if >itp or
der aii-l protect life mil prop
erty." on rrosldi'iit Wilson's
oi«i«'r.
Admiral f'uperton's specialty in
the navy is ordnance, lie is one
of the heat ordnance experts Un
cle Sam ever had. From ISS7 to
18S'.» he was inspector of i teel at
a steel works in Pittsburg; from
1889 to IS9I he was secretary of
the steel inspection board at
Washington.
He was with the naval force at
Vera Cruz, when the navy took
possession.
lias enlisted in the Tacoma C A..
R. band.
Ixilmi city council pas*e« ordi
nance prohililting utterances and
actions of disrespect against the
V. S. or the U. S. flag.
"Hilly" Ityan, well known wa
terfront worker, died Thursday
iat one of the local hospitals.
l>rs. Thomas, Osteopaths, Fidel
ity bldg. adv.
Marie Xpsb, proprietor of Mm
Clyde hotel, was. eharced with
violating the dry law by Deputy
I'rose.cuting Attorney Thompson
Friday.
Stool nets are licinu 1 plncpil la
the Boston harbor, with an open*
ing only at Fort North channel.
Dr. Cozza, dentist. 201 Provi
dent. aOv.
Cli.nh- H. Wax, who fimired
in the Rae Tanzer-Oliver Onborn*
case, Is released l>y order of John
C. Knox. assistant U. S. attorney.
Oregon officials are on their way
to New York with extradition pa
pers to get him.
Chicago Dentists. Dr. Mark,
Mgr, 1124 ty Pac. ay. adv.
Cuba iimv •■• i •<• (Jermnn ships
that are in the harbors of that
country.
COMMKRCIAT. BINDISRY *
PHINTINW CO. M-.in 417. adv.
Central Tabor Connrll' rntem to
request all Washington congress
men to vote against the universal
military training bill. '
Eorest 111
S- Vr
Furnace «nd Rang* Coal
Harrison Bros. Co.
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