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ETSY ROSS is no myth—
so maintained Levi L.
‘ Alrich during his life, and
so says Emma B. Alrich.
his widow. The Alriches
were editor and associate
editor of the Public Rec
ord of Cawker City, Kan.,
for 35 years (1883-1918).
B
Mr. Alrich died in the year 1917.
“As I could not lift the forms alone,
and everybody was ‘gone to war,’ ”
says Mrs. Alrich, “I was obliged to
close UuSlaess.
“The statement was made in the
National Tribune, Washington, D. C.,
that ‘the story of Betsy Ross and the
flag is a myth.’ I want to get the
refutation of Mr. Alrich before the
public. I shall send a copy to every
historical society in the United States.
The Kansas D. A. R. state convention
took it up and indorsed it and placed
it in their records.”
Mr. Alrich, in the Civil war, was
a member of Company B, Baker’s Cali
fornia regiment (Seventy-first Penn
sylvania infantry). Mrs. Alrich is
senior vice president of the National
Woman’s Relief Corps. Alarlc G. Al
rich, their son, is past division com
mander, Sons of Veterans of Kansas.
Mrs. Alrich has printed a pamphlet
with the title, “History, Not Myth,”
which contains her husband’s “refuta
tion” mentioned in the foregoing.
Airs. Alrich’s pamphlet begins thus:
» “The statement recently made that
the story of ‘Betsy Ross and the Flag
is a Myth,’ aroused a feeling that I
would not be loyal to the memory of
my late husband, Levi L. Alrich of
Baker’s California regiment (Seveaty
tirst Pennsylvania infantry), who en
listed May, 18G1, and took part in
15 battles in 18 months, unless pub
licity was given to his response to the
same remark several years ago.
“Born and reared in Philadelphia,
Pn., he improved the opportunities
of research, in the State Historical
society; the records of the Friends’
meetings; also of the Holland Society
of New York; the latter in the de
scent from Jacfl) and Peter Alrich,
Dutch governors of Delaware, under
Peter Stuyvesant of New York.
“In 1808, when frequenting places
of Information, lie met William J.
Canby, who had the only genealogical
tree of the Canby family In America;
beginning with Thomas Canby, who
came from Thorn, England, in 1685.
which has on it all of ids 16 children
and their descendants down to
1868. one Susan Canby, married a
Peter Alrich, who was the paternal
grandfather of Levi L. Alrich, while
Susan was the maternal grandmother
of William J. Canby.
“Tills tree is tangible evidence that
William J. Canby is not a myth; and
Chinese Compliment
In China, if one desires to express
high compliment of a person, the
right thumb Is stuck up above a closed
fist. T'/ extend the little Anger,
though l« to suggest that the person is
beneath contempt. When the Chang
sha man refers to his fellow citizens,
lie always resembles a patient about
to have his thumb bandaged. Long
t>efore Yale established the “Yale in
<3ilnu’’ college In Changsha, the city
from his Quaker training not inclined
to perpetrate a lie on the public, when
he in 1870 prepared a paper on the
Flag which he read before the Penn
sylvania Historical society, also told
the story, not from tradition, but as
told by Mrs. Ross to Mr. Canby.”
Then follows the refutation, among
the papers of Mr. Alrich, as he used it
on previous occasions. It contains the
following:
“A myth exists only in the imag
ination. Is Betsy Ross a myth? Did
such a person live, and did she make
the first Stars and Stripes which we
now reverently speak of as ‘Old
Glory’?
“It is recorded that some time be
tween May 23 and June 7, 1777,
Commander in Chief George Wash
ington. accompanied by the committee,
Robert Morris and Col. George Ross
(a relative of Betsy) called on her,
and there after consultation, in
structed her to make the Flag. The
American congress i esolved, on Sat
urday, June 14, 1777. ’that the Flag
of the United States be 13 stripes
alternate red and white, that the
union be 13 stars, white on a blue
field, representing a new constella
tion.’ This was substantially the
design agreed upon by the commit
tee and made by Betsy Ross.
“But who was Betsy Ross? Her
maiden name was Griscom. Elisabeth
Griscom, born In 1752, of Quaker par
ents, Samuel and Rebecca Griscom.
Samuel was a descendant of Andrew
Griscom, who brought the first cargo
of bricks from England, of which this
famous house was built. Elisabeth
married John Ross, an Episcopalian,
and for this awful misdemeanor she
was expelled from the Friends’ soci
ety, and becoming an Episcopalian,
with her husband, worshiped In the
Old Christ Church, only a short dis
tance from her home, and where the
pew she occupied (No. 12) is still
marked to designate it as hers, as is
also her grave in Mount Moriah cem
etery, beside her husband, Claypoole.
General Washington also worshiped in
the same church, and his pew is also
marked, and both are shown today.
“Two children were born to John
and Betsy Ross, one Zillah dying tn
infancy. The other was named
Eliza. Ross died when a young man,
his widow being at the time of the
episode twenty-five years of age. Ross
was an upholsterer, his widow con
tinuing the business, was so occupied
when the committee called upon her.
Widow Ross married Joseph Ash
burn, who was devoted to the cause of
the young republic, and was cap
tured by the British and died in Mill
prison at Portsmouth, England. Dur
ing his Imprisonment he told a fellow
prisoner, John Claypoole, his story
was closely related to America, for it
was here that many of the firecrack
ers which formerly announced the In
dependence day celebration were
made. Among the great men who have
been among Changsha’s chief products
was Gen. Tseng Kuo Fan. whose co
operation with “Chinese Gordon” was
largely Instrumental in putting down
the Taiping rebellion.
Healthy Complexion Assured.
Martha was a pale little wife whose
white cheeks Indicated her listless con-
about a wife and child in Philadelphia
“Claypoole (with 215 prisoners) was
placed on board the ship Symmetry
and was exchanged on reaching Amer
ica. He sought out Mrs. Ashburn,
who was so favorably Impressed with
him, that they were married, May
8, 1783. Five daughters were born
to them, one, Clarissa, married a Wil
son, and succeeds*! mother in the
Flag making business.
"The original number and street of
the Flag house was 89 Mulberry
street; but Mulberry was changed tv
Arch. The numbers began at the
Delaware river, alternating on north
and south side of the street. In
1856 the present system of number
ing in all cities .‘.riglnated in Phil
adelphia, giving 100 to each block
(or square, in local parlance of that
city), the Flag bouse becoming 239.
The writer lived below the old house
a short time before the new system
of numbering was adopted, when
Mrs. Mund then kept a tobacco *.tore
In it, and refused large sums of
money for parts of the house as
relics.”
Then follows “William J. Canby’s
statement”;
“It Is not tradition, it is report from
the lips of the principal participator
in the transaction directly told, not
to one or two, but to a dozen or more
living witnesses, of whom I am one,
though but a little boy when I heard
it. I was eleven years old when Mrs
Ross died in our house, and well re
member her telling the story. I have
the narrative from the oldest of my
aunts, reduced in writing in 1857.
This aunt, Mrs. Clarissa Wilson, suc
ceeded to the business of making Hags
which had been exclusively held by
Mrs. Ross, and she continued to
make for the navy yard and the
arsenals for many years until, being
conscientious on the subject of war,
she gave up the government business,
but continued the mercantile business
until 1857. Washington was a fre
quent visitor at my grandmother’s
house, before receiving command of
his army. She embroidered his
shirt rutiles and did many other
things for him. He knew her skill
with the needle. Colonel Ross, with
Robert Morris and Central Wash
ington, called upon Mrs. Ross and
told her they were a committee of
congress and wanted her to make the
Flag from a drawing, a rough one,
which upon her suggestion was* re
drawn by General Washington,
chiefly because the stars were six
cornered, and not five cornered. I
fix the date to be during Washing
ton’s visit to congress from New York
when lie came to confer upon the af
fairs of the army, the Flag being, no
doubt, one of these affairs.”
dition. Her husband worried about
her lack of bloom till Cousin Helen
came from the East for a visit, Mar
tha Improved wonderfully with bright
companionship. Her husband was not
slow to express his gratitude to his
wife's cousin. “Helen, you can’t imag
ine how much good your visit has
dor.s Martha. She looks ten years
younger.” “Well, I am so glad. Cousin
George,” Helen bubbled. “And If she
keeps or using that rouge I’m leaving
her she’ll always have that healthy
complexion, like mine ” —Exchange.
33 GOOD TALES H
of the _
@a B CITIES 0 H
Chance Makes Corsetmake? of Writer
——
OAKLAND, CALlF.—Charles Norris,
editor and writer and husband of
Ktithleen Norris, the novelist, spoke
recently before the Oakland Literary
club. “When I was working for a
certain publisher fifteen years ago,”
Norris said, “there came into my
bunds a story entitled ‘Blue Pearls,’
contributed by a young woman under
the pen name of Gladys Ethel Olney.
"As soon as 1 read the story I
knew it was the work of a genius. De
lighted beyond words with my find,
I took It to the other members of the
staff, who were just as enthusiastic*.
“Then somebody blundered. The
manuscript was mixed up with some
others and was sent back to the au
thor with the fatal blue rejection slip.
I moved heaven and earth to locate
the author of ‘Blue Pearls.’ But I
Texas to Send Two Blantons to House?
TpORT WORTH, TEX.—Texas has
the unusual spectacle of sister
and brother running for congress.
Morever, the brother asserts his en
emies are trying to hurt his sister’s
chances for election; the sister says
her enemies are trying to keep her
brother down. The woman Is Miss
Annie Webb Blanton of Denton. The
man is Congressman Thomas L. Blan
ton of Abilene.
Miss Blanton at present Is state su
perintendent of Instruction in Texas,
and she Is given credit for living
made good. She is the first woman to
hold the office.
She aspires to succeed the'late Lu
cian W. Parrish, congressman, who
was candidate for tl»e United States
senate and was fatally Injured In
an automobile accident while cam
paigning.
In her speeches Miss Blanton bits;,
vigorously defended her brother’s sen
sational career In congress. - For her
self, she delcares that she will make
the soldiers’ bonus her greatest object
if elected.
“If you do not want the ex-service
men Co get this bonus, then do not
vote for me,” she advises her audi
ences..
She has one opponent In the race.
It’s Only Emily’s Love That’s Dead
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CHICAGO.— Miss Emily Moll, eigh
teen, of 5122 lyeavitt street, is no
undertaker.. In fact, she is proprie
tress of a Sheridan road beauty parlor
and herself one of her own best ad
vertisements. But she is an expert
on funerals.
In the last two days she has at
tended her own funeral twice. She’s
scheduled to go through the “agony”
again today. The “schedule” has been
arranged through obituary notices re
cently published. Both “funerals”
have been highly successful except that
there has been a lack of a corpse,
mourners, minister, flowers and every
thing else “funereal.” Even her mother
has given up the task of watching her
daughter greet the mourners as they
arrive.
“Just the Wife of Dudley Field Malone”
NEW YORK. —Marriage has wrought
little change In the feminist view’s
of Doris Stevens, erstwhile suffrage
picket and now the wife of Dudley
Field Malone, former collector of the
port. Miss Stevens, formerly of Omaha,
and her husband have returned from
a trip to France and England.
As to her name, Miss Stevens has
decided that save for occasional social
purposes she will not adopt that of
her husband. The cause of this, she
said, is not that she Is so proud of
her maiden name or that she considers
it a matter of vital Importance, but
because she believes the change in
name hinders the freedom of thought
and conduct of both parties to the mar
riage contract.
“If I become Mrs. Malone,” she
went on,” every political move I make
and every opinion I express reflects to
some degree on my husband. If he
holds different views from mine, which
is certainly his privilege, why should
he have to suffer because of the
similarity of tiitme? Also, If we should
support two different political candi
dates. for example, my work would be
discounted with the remark, ‘She’s
only remembered the pen name of Ol
ney and so my efforts were in vain.”
After delivering his address Norris
left at once to catch a train. After lie
had gone a shy little woman who gave
her name as Mrs. Gene O. Wlerk ap
proached the hostess.
“Where has Mr. Norris gone? I
would like to tell him that I am the
writer of 'Blue Pearls,* ” the woman
said. “The rejection of the manu
script, w’hich I considered the best of
anything I had done, was the death
knell to my hopes of authorship.”
The crowd gathered around and lis
tened as Mrs. Wlerk unfolded her tale
of girlhood hopes and disillusionment.
“When the manuscript of ‘Blue
Pearls’ came back I figured I was a
failure as a novelist and had betier
go to work and learn some business.
I never wrote another story,” she
said. “I learned the trade of corset
making. Eventually I married.”
Norris was notified of the discovery
of “Gladys Ethel Olney” and wired
that he would return to Oakland to
“take Airs. Wlerk In hand in hopes
of reawakening the spark of genius
that may be dormant but never dies.”
• Mrs. Wlerk takes the affair with
quiet resignation and continues to con
duct her corset shop.
State Senator Guinn Williams of Deca
tur, who Is conducting an active cam
paign.
Miss Blanton said she would not run
for congress If the widow of Parrish
sought the honor. So, when Mrs. Par
rish announced she would run, Miss
Blanton promptly withdrew her name.
After a few days Mrs. Parrish decided
not to enter the contest, so the state
school superintendent threw her bon
net Into the ring to stay.
Miss Blanton’s great-grandfather
fought in the Texas war for independ
ence. Her mother’s father, W. G.
Webb, was a general in the Mexican
war; her own fndier fought in the
confederate army.
Miss Blanton is a graduate of the
University of Texas and has studied
at the University of Chicago.
Yesterday a man approached Em
ily’s home. He stepped to the dour
Emily answered the summons of his
knock.
“Howdo," said the man. “I’m ‘Mr.
Goetz.’ I came to attend your sis
ter Emily’s funeral. Tou bad, isn’t
it?”
“That’s awfully nice of yon,” she
smiled. “Only—you see I’m Emily.”
“Mr. Goetz” almost collapsed. He
was invited to rest until he regained
his composure. While wondering If
he should report the case to Sir Ar
thur Conan Doyle, Emily answered
four other knocks at the door. “Mr.
Goetz” heard her say:
“No, thanks, we don’t need any
monuments.”
“The corpse requested that np pic
ture be taken.”
“Oh, my, yes, we have a cemetery
lot.”
“Pay for an obituary notice? Not
while I’m alive.”
Then Emily explained what It was
all about. She asserted a jilted suit
or had sought revenge by printing
obituary notices for Emily after he
learned her love for him was dead.
Nlng Eley, attorney for Emily’s
father, Is chasing the suitor.
<3HALL RE"jrai, A -i
TAlrt HY W
MAIDEN (
vyfoE j
just the wife of Dudley Field Malone.’
“The best example of this that 1
have ever seen was at the time of the
picketing In Washington. A number
of women who would willingly have
died for the cause were unable to take
their place in the picket line because
to de so would involve publicity, which
might easily mean' the dismissal of
their husbands from the public offices
which they held.”
Miss Stevens says she would not
be surprised to see the return of a
matriarchy some day. At present It
requires a super-woman to be able
both to build up a home and to main
tain a public career.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 1922.
,Copy for This Department Supplied by
the American Legion Newe Service.)
LEGION WOMAN,MOTHER OF 21
Mrs. Jacob Caranek, Healthy and
Happy, Holds Record Among Pro
ducers of Americana.
Mrs. Jacob Caranek, who runs a
ueat little grocery store in New Or-
leans and therein
sells butter and
eggs, bread,
meats, canned
corn and maybe
the necessities for
making those de
licious Southern
pecan candies, is
also cha in p ion
mother of the
American Legion
Auxiliary. She Is,
at least, until
some one comes
«l ong who Is the mother of 22 children.
Io beat Mrs. Caranek’s 21.
A child had come to Mrs. Caranek’s
houst? each year for 21 years when
America entered the World war.
Which of the 21 was dearest to her
she herself could not tell, but when the
two eldest boys, Joseph and Louis,
went away to war the large Caranek
family was cast Into shadow. “What
else should I do?” Mrs. Caranek ques
tioned. “They are Americans and
tneir country needs them. If It is a
duty to raise children. It is right to
make them love their country.” But
when Joseph and Louis came home—
Joseph served overseas with the Rain
bow division and fought in four big
battles, while I.ouis fought in and
around Camp Beauregard—the little
grocery store could scarce contain the
joyful celebration.
Mrs. Caranek came to America when
she was fifteen years old, leaving her
native village of Petravice in Czecho
slovakia. She is forty-seven years old
now and her husband is fifty-eight
The youngest child is six years old and
the oldest twenty-eight. Mrs. Caranek
has been to but one motion-picture
show in her life and she left before
that one was over. She works from
five in the morning until ten at night
In her grocery. And she hasn’t a gray
hair and has never been sick but once
and enjoys life.
NAMED FOR THE COMMANDER
Legion Member Pays Honor to New
Son and the Leader of the Ameri
can Organization.
Since the first time that America
had a war, babies have come Into the
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world named for
a .great or favor
ite general. The
namesakes of
Gen. George
Washington are
still numerous;
those of Robert
E. Lee and U. S.
Grant are going
strong into the
second generation
and there are not
a few John J.
Pershing Smiths
and Joneses to vie with the less recent
Deweys and Teddy Roosevelts.
One service man of the American
Legion has, however, started the nam
ing of babies after the national com
mander of the Legion of the year in
which the child was born. The first
on record is young Hanford Morris.
Atlanta, Ga., born a few days after
Hanford MacNider, Mason City, la.,
was elected national commander of
the Legion. His father, Albert R.
Morris, is a member of Atlanta post
No. 1 of the Legion.
Recently an ex-soldier of Chicago
went Into court and asked to be al
lowed to drop his middle name, which
was unpronouncable, he declared. The
court gave permission and the service
• man, an enthusiastic Legionnaire,
chose the name of Legion to accom
pany him through life.
Legion Post Stages “Movies.”
To satisfy curiosity-hounds, the
Hollywood (Cal.) post of the American
legion stages a “model movie” every
week. This saves wear and tear on
the nerves of the people in Movieland,
and at the same time gives tourists
a view of how movies are made. Real
reel directors, cameras, and stars are
used in the model exhibitions—but the
Legion does the work.
Consider “Star” Flag an Insult.
The Idea, conceived by the W. C. T.
U., of putting star flags in windows of
homes where no liquor is consumed. Is
protested by an American Legion post
In San Francisco, composed entirely
of newspaper men. The Legion men
claim that the liquor star flag is au
atrocious plagiarism of the service
flag of war days, and that It is an in
sult to all former service men.
To Halt “Fake” Money-Raising.
In an effort to stamp out the sale
of publications by ex-service men who
allege that the money derived is go
ing to be used for the benefit of sick
and wounded ex-service men, the
American Legion national offices have
warned its 11,000 posts not to sanction
any sale of periodicals until the
Chamber of Commerce or some like
civic organization has first approved.

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