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The Tomahawk. [volume] (White Earth, Becker County, Minn.) 1903-192?, June 12, 1919, Image 5

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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
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
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"
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
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'
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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'*
[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"
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
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.

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