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MUNCIE,,IND."A m\ COLORADTimes BROOKLYN, Uncle Sam May Bust the Famous "Flim-Flam" Trust thriving county seat on the White and Fork rivers, where orators lawnmowers, authors, carriages, congressmen, and agricultural implements are made." One other industry has Muncie of which its chamber of commerce remains modestly reti cent. It is the home, according to the department of justice, of the "flim flam trust." Now that one William Collins has been overtaken by the authorities at Phoenix, Ariz., Chauncey Stilson, "Spike" Sullivan, and Hugh McGowan are in the toils, and Elmer Boucher, ar raigned before United States Commis sioner Foote in Chicago, the story of the "trust" may be revealed. Boucher is said to have been a "tout" for the "trust," and said to have gained half a million dollars by fake fights at Muncie. He is a brother of Sidney Boucher, now held in the Marion ccmnty jail in default of bond as a suspect in connection with the operations. Hundreds of prize fighters have dropped "dead" in the ring, crimson streams gushing from the mouth, and as many easy marks have parted with rolls of dough to escape, panic stricken, on the first train in any direction. And the "dead" ring gladiators grinned as they rose from the mat and spit out the bladder that had contained sheep's blood while the "rubes" of Muncie split the spoils and rearranged the setting for the next "big city guy." Chicagoans have gone to Muncie to bet on the 4fsure fight tipped off to them in a hotel bar and forfeited their greenbacks to keep them from being held as "accessories to murder" when one of the fighters dropped "dead"their name is legion. The "trust" has flourished in Muncie for ten years, a federal officer said rcccntlv The "trust," though known far and wide in the sporting world, was ap- parently unknown to the authorities until the post office inspectors investi- gated complaints of the unauthorized use of stationery of a big business con- Hiking Maids Start Out to "See America First" DENVER.Equippetdawithtaocanteen, thing" in a prize lunch enough for one meal and a pistol each, but withou cen money, Miss Henrietta Smith and Miss Anna Collins of 328 East Eighteenth avenue, left Denver the other day on one of the longest tramps ever undertaken by WfEETrttL: ASIF THEY vWEICHEO KTOH' xO two men, let alone women. Dressed in khaki riding suits and leather puttees, the two left for Kan sas City by way of Limon on the Pioneer trail. They will walk through most of the large cities of the East, including St. Louis, Cleveland, Indi anapolis, New York and Boston. Thence they will hike south along the east coast of Florida, make tracks along a southern line to California and up the western coast to San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Thence they will return to Denver. The walk is to be one purely of adventure, sightseeing and experience. Instead of paying their way and taking life easy, as most persons would do on such a trip, they will earn their way as they go by working. The girls say they are able to do most any kind of work, from washing dishes and waiting on tables in restaurants, to milking cows and pitching hay. Any money they make above expenses will be turned over to soldiers' hospitals. The girls says they will make the long journey. "Anyway," the young women declare, "we'll do it or wear out 18 pairs of shoes trying." Up Among the Birdmen and a Good Deal More Safe O SPRINGS, COLO.Miss Helen Dowe, an artist on the staff of Denver and prominent in Denver art circles, has accepted a position as lookout for the forest service and will spend the summer on Devil's Head mountain. It will be her duty to re port forest fires in the surrounding area of 7,000 square miles, which in cludes Pikes peak. Miss Dowe is the first woman lookout to be chosen for this im portant work in the Colorado-Wyom ing district. Theodore Shoemaker, supervisor of the Pike National forest, followed the lead of California for estry officials in choosing a woman for the place. Miss Dowe's duties have already begun. She will spend the days between daylight and dark in a ten-foot square observatory at the top of the mountain, which is 9,348 feet high. The lookout station is inclosed in glass, so that she can sweep the forests In every direction with a high-powered telescope. The summit of Devil's Head mountain Is rocky, and the last 150 feet of ascent must be made by ladder. It will be necessary to bring up supplies to the cabin where Miss Dowe will live by pack mules for a distance of one and a half miles. Miss Nina St. John of Ottawa, Kan., with whom Miss Dowe spent several summers, will be with the Denver girl during the season. They will have a comfortable cabin several hundred feet below the lookout station. The Devil's Head region will be patronized largely by tourists during the summer, according to plans of the forest service, and the responsibility of the fire guard will be thereby enhanced. The two girls should have a joyous summer, provided they are congenial. They will live In a new world which has many strange beauties all Its own. Caveman Makes Off With a Widow in Her Nightie N. Y.It was "Tarzan" night in Sterling street, Brooklyn. The fires of caveman love were burning in a forty-flve-year-old heart. Mrs. Helen C. Waterman, twenty-five, a widow, was clad In the silken folds of a nightgown. A face peered In the win dow and a big fist crashed through the glass. So said Mrs. Waterman to the police. The midnight bells were ringing as the more or less young Lochinvar went into the westwindow. Posing in the titular role of "Tarzan" wai John E. Carey. When he got to the jail he was charged with abduction, burglary and attack. Miss Maria Gaffney of Brooklyn testified: "Shortly after midnight Mrs, Waterman was in her nightgown in my house, preparing to retire. This fellow, Jack Carey, put adhesive tape on the glass of the west window and then knocked It in. He Is a manufacturer of surgical instruments for the eye, ear, nose and throat He had one of the instruments with him. He pointed It at Mrs. Waterman and she thought It was a revolver. "He informed Mrs. Waterman she would have to marry him or he would take her away. He bundled her into a taxicab, and when she asked an inno- cent bystander for aid, Carey Informed the man she was under the influence of liquor." Miss Gaffney reported the kidnaping to the police. Detective Mulvey, posing as a prospective customer, found Mrs. Waterman a prisoner of Carey, still, in nocturnal attire. "I lent the woman my raincoat and took her and Carey to the FHtbush station," said Mulvey. "She toid me Carey had threatened that if she did not marry him he would keep her In seclusion." Carey, arraigned before Magistrate Folwell, was held to $3,500 bail. DANZIG, THE TOMAHAWK, WHITE EARTH. MINN. POLAN One of Danzig's Finest Streets. which by the peace treaty becomes an Interna tionalized city and the outlet for Poland to the Baltic, Is thus described in a bulletin issued by the National Geographic society: Picture a far north Venice, cut through with streams and canals, equipped also with a sort of- Irrigation system to flood the country for miles about, not for cultivation but for de fense a city of typical Philadelphia streets, only with those long rows of stoops made of stone and highly deco rated and jutting into the roadway in stead of on the sidewalks, and you catch but a glimpse of the composite Danzig. As a city of churches Danzig vies with Brooklyn its crooked, winding streets suggest those Boston thorough fares of cowpath derivation and were Its grain warehouses more modern the visitor might believe himself in Minneapolisthat is he might until he heard their namessuch as Golden Pelican, Little Ship, Gray Goose and Milk Maidthen he might look about for some popular resorts of New York's Greenwich village. In no other German city Is medie val architecture to be found in such variety and preservation as in Danzig. Conspicuous both in Polish and Ger man history, Danzig was one of the four principal centers of the Han seatlc league, while not far up the Vis tula is Marienburg, capital of the Teu tonic Order of Knights, which flour ished in Danzig. Ancient Art Works Intact. Physically, Danzig escaped many ef fects of the reformation. Even in her famous St. Mary's church, one of the largest Protestant edifices in the world, covering an area as great as the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, are to be found reliquaries and manuscripts, embroideries of Roman, Byzantine and Gothic designs, treas ures in precious metals, stones and ivories, and a noted collection of vest ments. Among its art works is the fa mous "Last Judgment" of Hans Meal ing. In appearance almost as much like a fortress as a church, bringing to mind Luther's militant hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," the church has been called "one of the most German things in Germany." In many ways it suggests the Prussian militarist spirit. From the vaulting, for example, projects one of Napoleon's cannon balls. But the Danzig visitor needs no In direct Intimation of militarism. The city was one of the most strongly for tified places In the now shattered Ger man empire. To the east and south of the city older defenses were sup plemented in recent years by a score of bastions. Along the Vistula, on which the city lies, to Its mouth at Neufahrwasser, four miles away, stretches a line of forts. In addition three sides of the town could be In undated by the garrison. Quaint House Architecture. Streets are lined with ornate old houses of the Hanseatic period, crown ed with high gables, often profuse ly ornamented. Balconies overhang the strflfets and in spite of the impedi ment they offer to traffic, many of the elevated stone porches still re main. Gargoyles grin from ancient walls. Vistas abound. There are many old water gates. One of these, the Hobo Tor, is fashioned after a Ro man arch. Another, the Kran Thpr, with each successive story projecting farther than the one below, looks like the leaning tower of Pisa. Danzig's beginnings are not known. Poland, Denmark, Pomerania and Brandenburg held It at various early times. In the fourteenth century it came under the sway of the Teutonic knights. Not long afterward It be came one of the four centers of the Hanseatic league. With the decline of the league it allied Itself with Poland, retaining most of its rights as a free city. It had a flag derived from the red and white emblem of the league, employing the red as a field upon which were three gold crowns, ar ranged vertically. Separation From Poland. Russians and Saxons took the city and the score or more neighboring vil lages it governed in 1734. When Po land was partitioned, four years before the American colonists signed the Dec- laration of Independence, Danzig was separated from Poland and 21 years later Prussia gained possession of it. Again made a free city by Napoleon, It passed once more to Poland then back to Prussia In 1814. Danzig became the capital of West Prussia. Government and private docks were located there. Shipbuild ing and the making of munitions were Introduced and amber, beer and liquors were other products. Its granaries, built on an island, were erected when It was the principal grain shipping port for Poland and Silesia. Danzig is a little farther by rail northeast of Berlld than Boston is from New York. Its population In 1910 was about that of Columbus, O. WELL EQUIPPED BY NATURE Simple Explanation of Remarkable Ssnse of Hearing That Is Pos sessed by the Owl. It Is held by naturalists that In order to capture its prey the owl must depend even more upon Its sense of hearing than upon its sense of sight. The tufts of feathers that dis tinguish the short-eared and the long eared owls are, of course, no more ears than they are horns. The true ear of the owl is a most remarkable organ. The facial disk of feathers that gives the owl Its characteristic ap pearance serves as a kind of sound ing-board or ear-trumpet to concen trate the slightest sounds and to trans* mlt them to the orifice of the true ear, concealed in the small feathers behind the eye. Even in the barn owl, which possesses the least com plicated arrangement of this kind, the orifice of the ear Is covered by a re markable flap of the skin, while in the other species there are striking dif ferences in the size and shape of this orifice and its covering flap on the two sides of the head. The exact way in which owls utilize this elaborately specialized apparatus has still to be discovered. Water in Wood. All wood contains more or less wa ter even the driest wood known con tains two or three pounds of water to every 100 pounds of weight. Absolute ly dry wood is unknown, for the heat needed to obtain it would dissolve the wood and convert It into gas and charcoal. A Swiss authority on the character istics of wood believes that a suffi ciently powerful and perfect micro scope would show that the ultimate wood cell is composed of crystals like grains of sugar or salt "and that thin films of water hold the crystals apart, yet bind them into a mass. A good microscope shows the wood cell and reveals its spiral bandages and its openings and cavities, but no Instrument yet made reveals the ulti mate crystals that, as many believe, do exist and that would explain why water cannot be expelled from wood without destroying the wood Itself. New York Sun. Justice to Franklin. Philadelphians love to set forth the fact that there were written two ef the most notable literary achievements of the world, the Declaration of Inde pendence and the Constitution of the United States, both of them remark able for fine literary quality, for pre cision of statement, for lucid presenta tion of facts, for logical arrangement. But It is possible, so It has been unkindly suggested, that they do not always remember that neither of these Important productions was written by a Philadelphtan. But to anyene who may make a suggestion it may with justice be said that the "Auto biography" of Franklin, one of the few great autobiographies of the world, was written by a Philadelphian, and also his "Poor Richard," and other world-famous works. Putting the Clock Ahead. How times have changed. The old fashioned girl who used never to sit up later than nine o'clock has a daugh ter now who Just starts out at nine o'clock for the evening.Boston Tran script. American Navy Needs 358,000 Sailors Effectively to Man Its Ships By CAPT. W. A. MOPFETT, U. S. S. Mississippi The American navy has accomplished marvelous things, even since the armistice. It has been maneu vering constantly and training its men, and it is in such a high state of efficiency that it could go into battle tomorrow or any day as easily as you or I could go to a tea party. Nevertheless this great ocean machine is in dan ger. The reservists are getting out. The enlisted strength on many vessels has been reduced. Impor tant units will have to be tied up at the dock unless there is some reliefand the relief rests in congress. The authorized strength of the regular navy is 138,000 men. The navy's estimate of its need is 358,000 men. It cannot be effective with a lesser number. But the last congress adjourned without giving us the authori- zation for this number. The navy must not be handicapped. If it is all the money spent for Liberty bonds and all the money that will be pledged to the Victory loan will go for naught. The United States must have a navy to back up its ideals. Peace must not dismantle the navy. And this is the problem Chicago and the middle West must solve. We Gave You the Diadem of American Citizenshipand Then Left You'* By U. S. JUDGE CHARLES F. AMIDON. North Dakota [In sentencing a North Dakota preacher convicted of disloyalty.] You received your final papers as a citizen in 1898. By the oath which you then took you renounced and adjured all allegiance to Ger- many and to the emperor of Germany, and swore that you would bear true faith and allegiance to the United States. What did that mean? That you would set about earnestly growing an American soul and put away your German soul. That is what your oath of allegiance meant. Have you done that? I do not think you have. You have cherished everything German and stifled everything American. You have preached German, prayed German, read German, sung German. Every thought of your mind and every emotion of your heart through all these years has been German. Your body has been in America, but your life haa been in Germany. If you were set down in Prussia today you would be in harmony with your environment. There have been a good many Germans before me in the last month. They have lived in this country, like yourself, ten, twenty, thirty, forty years, and they had to give their evidence through an interpreter. There was written all over every one of them, "Made in Germany." I do not blame you and these men alone. I blame my country. We urged you to come we welcomed you we gave you opportunity we gave you land we conferred upon you the diadem of American citizenship and then we left you. Premier Lloyd George vs. Northcliffe, With a Forecast of the Future By J. L. GARVIN, Editor London Observer The chief significance of the prime minister's declaration in the commons is that it marks him out as not only the nation's leader of new causes of peace and progress after Armageddon but probably the world's leader as welL We must remember what an incomparable advantage Brit- ish political conditions give in the long run to any man who achieves personal supremacy. Long after Wilson has ceased to be president of the United States or Cleraenceau to be French premier, Lloyd George in all likelihood will not only play the same part as he does now but will be more and more recognized as the strongest statesman of his time. If the league of nations is to be a living and working reality, if the world is to be saved from war before the lapse of another decade, Lloyd George, in our view, will have to do more than any other statesman to develop the league and to avert calamity in democratic affairs. It is about as certain as anything in the future can be that if North- cliffe continues the controversy on personal lines such controversy would mean the end of Northcliffe as a proprietor of syndicated newspapers. Legislation would be introduced and carried putting an end to multiple proprietorship of the opinion-making powers of the press. "It Is Hard to Find Words to Paint German Portrait Black Enough" By JOHN BURROUGHS Such a fighting machine as the Germans turned out the world never before had seen. The tread of their armies seemed to make the world tremble. But lacking moral force, lacking a worthy cause, bent only on murder and arson and pillage, void of enthusiasm for human weal and human rights, they had no sustaining power, and went to pieces on the moral purpose of the enemy as the waves break upon the granite rocks. An empire in ruin is what we now behold, The vulture devours its own vitals. It is hard to find words to paint the German portrait black enough. Let any fair-minded, cool-headed man sit down and, try dispassionately to think of the deeds they have been guilty of in this war, and see if ha does not grow hotter and hotter the longer he thinks. There are still 70,000,000 Germans all unrepentant In a few gen- erations there will be 100,000,000 of them, and they will not have changed for the good one iota. Their porcine propensities and unscrupulous char- acter will remain unabated. They an of the earth earthy. They wallow in materialism they have ceased to produce literature, art, music or philosophy they nave run all to materialism for the past two or three generations, and to expect any radical change in them is to espact the Mtpent to walk npright*or to forget to use its fangs.