Death of Strayer and Brainerd

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! at-, prob-' I i sur-r.un.luiK proin-iii' resi-(I'-niial buried-l"iiaa News Writers Mourning Loss of Two From Their Ranks; Reporter's Son Is Injured By J. H. Lilly. FECIAL DI&T1TCB TO TUB BXQ11BII. Washington, January 20. Louis W. Strayer,. Washington correspondent of the Pittsburg Dispatch, turned in his last "copy" last night. "Lou" It was Juat like him told the telegraph operator operator to sound "aO'Vand go home before he became snowbound by the bllszard. Lou" went home to take his daughter, Martha, to the movies. This morning at 0 o'clock hla lifeless body Was lifted from the wreckage of the Knickerbocker Knickerbocker Theater. Mr. Stayer admittedly was one of the most able of th corps of Washington correspondents, and surely was one of the few really beloved, tie dled-probably dled-probably dled-probably he was kilted Instantly-binding Instantly-binding Instantly-binding together his home lies, because It fitted him well. It wus the- the- last act-you act-you act-you may. say crowning act of a newspaper newspaper reporter. "Lou" excuse this calling him "Lou" but if you knew him you'd violate form and do It, too, was firm of all a reporter. He used his legs, buttonholed the evasive, and took notes with a pencil and pad, the sumo j as his lesser fraternity did. First, he was a reporter, but he was a ronfl- ronfl- ln"t. adviser and counsellor of Con- Con- ItZTrlllT'' Cei memb" Attended Akron Schools. He was born in Princeton, 111., May 4, 1868 54 years ago and enough years t0 have his head partly bald and fringed with gray. He removed with his parents to Akron, Ohio, in 1881, learned all he could In the Akron public schools and was graduated graduated from high school there In 1885. Then he began "nosing" for news. Hu sta-yed sta-yed sta-yed In" Akron as a reporter until 19W. when he felt the urge of a larger field and went to Pittsburg. Hs worked for a number of papers there a reporter, city editor and news edl- edl- tor, until 190S, when the olJ Gazette now the Gaiotte-Times Gaiotte-Times Gaiotte-Times sent him to Washington as Its permanent representative. representative. A few years later the Dispatch took him nd kept him until last night. One of his feats while with the old ! one of tne leading correspondents Gatette was conducting a party ofi1" ability and accomplishments. He schoolteachers throuch Europe as I boen here many years, and was guests of his paper.. ,ne author of a number of books pub- pub- "Lou" leaves two - daughters. His wife died a number of years ago. Martha, the eldest, was his "pal" at the movies. She was taken out shortly shortly after the roof of the theater collapsed, collapsed, with serious injuries. Two sisters and a sister-in-law sister-in-law sister-in-law sister-in-law sister-in-law also survive. survive. Mrs. J. C. Person and Mrs. O. A. Patterson, both of Washington are the sisters. Miss Emma James, ot AKfb"n7 Ohio. Is (tiu'slstcr-ln-law. (tiu'slstcr-ln-law. (tiu'slstcr-ln-law. (tiu'slstcr-ln-law. (tiu'slstcr-ln-law. ' Esteemed By Tellows. ' - The affection In which his fellow reporters held him was demonstrated j Further grief to reporters was caused In 1909 when he was elected to mem-1 mem-1 mem-1 by the Injury to Hugh Nesblt, young bership In the Gridiron Club, the last i son of H. B. Nesblt. one of the eorre-rung eorre-rung eorre-rung for a Washinsrton newsoaDcr ' spondents of the Kansas City Star. He man. The honor In which they held him was shown in 1916. when he was elected President of the club. At his death he was Chairman of the Music Committee. At the last dinner of the club "Lou" was the mainspring and the Jovial spirit. President Harding was there. Ko was Arthur James Balfour, dean of the diplomatists of thc wdrld. So were all the principal delegates to the armament conference": members of thc Cabinet; a few of the Senators ant "all the best minds." It was thc most successful dinner in the club's history. "Lou" was an Intimate of the late Senators Philander Chase Knox and Boies Penrose, of Pennsyl- Pennsyl- van I a. He accompanied Senator Knox on all of his campaign lours. Many nights they stayed together at the Senator's home at Valley Forge. Frequently both of these men almost almost of the last of the "elder statesmen," statesmen," called for his counsel. He enjoyed enjoyed the confidences of every worthwhile worthwhile official In Washington. One of his particular friends was James W. Faulkner, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, who has covered every national national polltlcalfcorivention for years. On his frequent visits to Washington, "Jim" and "Lou" were Inseparable. In all pf his letters to Washington, "Jim" never failed to ask about "Lou" and that was mutual. CcrUun vain men writo their own epitaphs. It is given to few to make appraisals of themselves. "Lou" did that; but did it unknowingly. When Ben Allen, Washington corresp'ondent of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, was killed In Portland, Or., in September. September. 1919. while on President Wilson's special tour, "Lou" wrote g tribute. He and Ben had occupied Joint offices for ten years; had fished and tamped and argued together. At that time "Lou" wrote this for the Plain Dealer because he could not keep not from It, and substituting "Lou" for "Ben" it seemed" to bo the fairest thing to let "Lou" say tills of himself; "There never was a squarer, fairer, bigger-hearted bigger-hearted bigger-hearted fellow lived than Hen Allen. He was clean as a hound's tooth. His ideas of honor would meet the acid test . He enjoyed the con fidence of the most prominent men In -is,,... -is,,... j ... poimcui me ng mil one oi mem ever accused him of having violated it. He was a regular man, with a big heart and a wide sympathy and always ready to help a fellow being. "Ben Allen was nn upliftcr by nature nature not a professional who parades his virtuous ideas, but a man who believes believes In square dealings and practices it. There was nothing sordid or low In -his -his nature He left a host of friends i who will mburn his deuth with all sincerity sincerity and who for muny years to come will remember- remember- him as a Teul man among men one of. the noblest snd most generous fellows who ever walked the earth. "Will Cherish Memory." "Ben has gone, but has left behind him a record of love and good-fellow good-fellow good-fellow ship, which will follow him into the ' Great Unknown.' Young . reporters, pany struggling for recognition In thilr chosen profession, not only will seek.to0f owner-Imitate his writing and hi Industry ' hp but will emulate h's ethics, old friends who struggled by his side will shed a ; lho irar ui nm paaamoui win oimmiiij, In their memory his youthful cnth'i sliiHins and his fnlth in humanity. "Gone he is, but never will he be forfiottcn. The ferryman will always grant safe passage for such as lie." In addition to "Lou" the capital 'corps of newspaper men lost another I co-worker co-worker co-worker In the theater disaster in j the person of Chauncey C. Dralm rd, Washington correspondent of the Brooklyn Dsily KiiRle. Mr. Brainerd was not so well known ss Mr. Strayer, especially in the Middle Middle West. He was ranked, however. lished under a nom dc plume. He was Vice President of the Gridiron Club at the time of his death. Mr. and Mrs. Brainerd were killed in the accident. They were wont to puss several months each year in the North Woods, and last rrlght. because of the bllszard, they wore high boots And the roughest sort of clothes. His dress of a lumberjack caused difficulty in Identification. Identification. - . Thus the colony of newspaper men " the,e"mta' mournlnB1 th,c, l0 01 two of the b unrest stars In the lour- lour- nalistlc firmament. Was not Injured seriously, so could be ascertained to-night. to-night. to-night. far as ! Had Charge of Bureau. New York, January 29. Chauncey C. Brainerd. one of the victims of the Knickerbocker Theater disaster In Washington, had .been In charge of the Washington- Washington- Bureau of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle since 1911. He had been employed by that newspaper newspaper continuously since 1889, when J he became private secretary to the late St. Clair McKelvay, its editnr-in- editnr-in- editnr-in- editnr-in- chlef. Later he became a reporter und then successively, was copy reader, assistant city editor, city editor for ten years and for a shorter period assistant managing editor. When the peace conference assembled assembled in Paris, he had charge of his. paper's special news service and recently had written accounts of thc Washington arms conierencc. Mr. Bralnard was born In New York City, April 1C, 1871. He volun- volun- leered In the war with 6paln and was a veteran of the Twenty-third Twenty-third Twenty-third Regiment, National Guard, Brooklyn. He was a Mason and a member of the National Press Club and the Columbia Country Club, both of Washington. His wife, whom he married in 1903 and who died with him, was Edith Rathbone Jacobs, of Mt. Vernon, Vernon, S. Y. They had no children. r . foreign the of competition, from section. been cal ti-rior, ti-rior, finest sco-tion. in which of It instead ing. its "gay Dr. were working but more the Marine the descriptions he j hajr i ' mUo I nd was nativ us, him. aide

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  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 30 Jan 1922, Mon,
  3. Page 11

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