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13 .r Mt Awing KANSAS CITY STAR) at1,5a5 all (Times. TM! MOINTNO Walt Of TN? STAII. ESTAKISHED OCOPTII. 1931, 111 Vottl..1.1AM R. NOON mill m TH2 gsteaks CITY STAN COMPANT. Owner and Publisher. IM Address All Letters: Till KANSAS CITY STA. KANsAll C1TT NO. ---- Briscsnmon RATtsNOrning, Evening end Sunday 'thirteen papers a week) delivered by a carrier in Kanms City. 15 cents a week 68 cents a month By mail postage prepaid in Minaouri and Kansata. 15 cents a week: elsewhere tn the United States and United Stain PomessiOns. SO tents a week; In foreign countries, 65 cents a week Entered Rs second clam matter at the posteithee In Kansas City. MO.. under the Act of Witch S. 1879. Publication offices, Eighteenth street and Grand avenue ------ MrtIntt OF Tift ASSOCIATrn PUSS. rb Associated Press exclusively Is entitled to the use for reproduction of all news credited to it or not otherwise credited in this paper and also the local news published herein AB rights of publication of special dispatches are also reserved 1....10 A Porract rot Smote CortesFor 11 to 14 paces. 2 cents: 16 to 22 pages. 3 cents: 24 to 28 oases. 4 cents: 30 to 34 pages. 5 cents; 36 to 42 pages 6 cents: 44 to 48 Pages, 7 cents: 50 to 58 pages. 8 cents; 60 to 66 pages 9 cents: 68 to 72 Pages. 10 cents; 74 to 80 Pages. 11 cents. -- , During December, 1939, the net paid circulation of 'rho Star was as follows: Evening (daily average) 310 900 Morning (daily average) .314 256 Sunday (average) 326 064 Weekly Star (average) 443 133 TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 1540. C NOW FOR THE ELECTION. In its frantic last minute efforts to bolster up the City hall front and get ready for the election the machine councilmen (Charley Clark, Ruby Garrett, Al Phillips et al) have called another man from virtual retirement to front for the boys. This time it is Charles S. Keith for mayor ' although the council's election of a mayor is Illegal according to the acting city counselor. - But the time is short and something had to be done. The people's campaign behind a strong chapter-and-verse platform is heading for February 13. : Mr. Keith goes into the office with no experience in municipal affairs. But the machine council will provide the experience. It ; might have been awkward to get a vigorous : and experienced man who might really have : given the boys some trouble, as Bryce Smith threatened to. All they wanted was a front to show the people on election day. ; The situation at the City hall of course : hasn't been changed. The same crowd that 4 stood for all the waste, extravagance and corruption is still in charge. It can hardly be assumed that Mr. Keith , or anyone else would be so naive as to expect - to marry the machine in the hope of reforming it. This is clearly a pre-election move. It should be plain to everyone by now that the -1 machine boys have attended the grab and be- ' damned school for so many years that they don't know anything else and can't learn anything else. They made it plain that the word "reform" was out when they turned Mayor - Smith down on the strongest and best pro.' posal of his career. r After months that the machine record has been paraded before the whole city, after the indictment and conviction of most of the heavy thinkers lot the old organization, after disgust has spread all over Kansas Citystill the little crowd of would-be bosses is playing politics with recitations from the Pendergast textbook. And the book doesn't say anything ; about reform. In fact it doesn't even have a ichapter on what to do after you have been : exposed from top to bottom. The first time the master teacher faced a situation of that , kind he had to plead guilty. - So-now it is on to the campaign. with the , machine boys working away behind their front , men, Charles Keith and William Drennon. . They go into battle on the old record. . Against this kind of desperate propping and patching the people of the town are marching for a show-down. They know what they want and have said so in the United Cam' paign committee's platform. It pledges itself to strict adherence to the charter and to nominate candidates of the same mind. It promises to nominate candidates who will be pledged , . to the selection of a trained city manager of 7; experience and proved character, to a strung city financial policy and to an aggressive expansion program for the whole city. To meet such a clear-cut, single purpose drive the council has its own machine record and its own responsibility cited in plain Ian., guage by the United Campaign committee. The issues are clear and the election is only ' three weeks away.. Those Depressing Blackouts. , Every correspondent who goes from one of o the warring nations to a neutral country Invariably comments on one thingthe lift to his spirits in getting away from the deS,4 pressing night blackouts into cities that are gay with lights. In this favored land we read of the blackout regulations in England. Prance and Germany, and they make little impression. But evidently to the people who live in these countries they are one of the real hardships of war. To go out at night 17 and stumble along black streets, to see taxis , L crawling with headlights shrouded, to .-find .1., restaurants with windows covered so as not to let a beam filter throughau these ex,. periences are calculated to dampen the most - exuberant soul. A few generations ago our ancestors got along with lanterns to guide them at night and thought nothing of it. But the present generation is accustomed to something dif- . ferent and only when people are thrust back A into the darkness do they appreciate how much the lights of a city contribute to the y sparkle of life. 4' ' Retreat? Not Omar Bundy! The death of Maj. Gen. Omar Bundy tecalls the words attributed to him at the battle of : Chateau Thierry. The Allies were retreating be before the last great German offensive and . Word came to the Americans to retire likewise. "Retreat hat" General Bundy was said to have exclaimed. "We've never been taught al howl" p. Another version, more restrained and more probable, has it that Bundy sent a polite note of regret to the French at his inability to fol... low their orders because "none of our soldiers would understand their not being asked to do whatever is necessary to change a situation which is humiliating to us and unacceptable In our country's honor. We are going to counterattack." General Bundy never confirmed either ver THE Lion of the episode. But the fact remains that the 2d division did counterattack, and scored the setback which was a part of the counterattacks that became the turning point of the war. Usually general orders must be obeyed. But in this case Bundy had a better understanding of the situation than his superiors and his move was successful. Whatever the message he sent to the high command It has been dramatized Into one more of those ringing phrases of American history, along with "Don't give up the ship," and "Damn the torpedoes, go ahead." Art intelligence test conducted by a California educator shows that people who use their brains have a good chance to keep them working in good shape as they grow older. And there's plenty of material lying around today to furnish the best sort of workout for the average brain. Gov. EARL K. LONG is using the state legislature Jn a special session to help along his own campaign for nomination in Louisiana, but we suppose his defense would be, 'Who's running this state, anyway?" EDITORIAL CORRESPONDENCE. BY THEODOR! C. ALFORD. (Chief of The Star Washingio BIM.) The hesitancy shown by Congress and the administration to grant financial aid to Finland in its hour of greatest trial reveals quite plainly the Borah spirit of isolationism still pervades the national capital. It might be called also the spirit of Jim Reed of Missouri, which brought about the defeat of the League of Nations twenty years ago. But wherever the genesis, even back to George Washington, the fact is that the spirit of isolationism was never stronger than it Ls today. Representative Burdick of North Dakota has expressed a prevailing sentiment in Congress. He favors the Finnish loan provided it will not get this country into war. Finland probably has not an enemy in Congress, and certainly Russia has no friends. But still Congress holds back, fearing that a loan to Finland might set a precedent for later loans to Belgium, Holland or some other small country in danger of invasion, and the end might be involvement in the war. The little man who many years ago operated the cigar stand in the Kansas City courthouse well expressed the attitude of Congress on Finland. in speaking of a citizen much publicized for his bigheartedness: "Yes, he will give you lots of sympathy, but no money." the cigar stand proprietor remarked. As recently as two years ago President Roosevelt was preaching to the country about Its responsibilities to the rest of the world in opposing dictatorships and in tfie preserving of democracies. The first jolt to this new deal internationalism came when the house tobk up the Ludlow resolution for a constitutional amendment to require a popular vote before this country entered a war. The long-deferred action was brought to a head shortly after the Japanese sank the Panay in Chinese eters. Except for the pressure brought by the administration the Ludlow resolution, an expression of pacifism, might have been adopted by the house. As it was the resolution was defeated only by a narrow margin. With the corning of war last September, the spirit of isolationism reasserted itself even more strongly. The result was the administration's surprise move, putting in the revised neutrality bill a warproof cash-and-carry provision to keep American shipping and citizens from the trouble zone. The subsequent conference at Panama steered by Sumner Welles of the state department, providing for a 300- mile safety belt around the two Americas. was another reaction from the sentiment in this country to keep out of Europe'setrouble, and to keep Europe's troubles out of the western hemisphere. Before the United States entered the World war it gave no financial aid either to the Allies or to the small nations. The Allies floated loans in this country, taken up bY private subscriptions. Large gifts were made for Belgian relief. But Congress voted no financial assistance. Yet the United States was drawn into that war, but for other reasons. Since the last war this country has been made more conscious of the entangling effects of international loans. The Johnson act to prevent foreign governments which had not paid their war debts from floating loans in this country, was a natural reaction from a popular belief that the American army follows our investments. The people had seen some of this dollar diplomacy in the Latin-American countries. The strongest arguments advanced on behalf of a Finnish loan today is that the small country now fighting for its independence was the only country that has continued to make payments on its war debt. So international debts may cause varied reactions in this country. The fanner is beginning to feel the effects of the Johnson act, and the British policy of buying only war necessities in this country in order to conserve their exchange. An embargo has been placed against the purchase of American tobacco, apples and other products. Wheat exports are reduced. Cotton has been purchased in large quantities, but the buyers have been slow to move it. The experience of the American farmer is expected to be quite different from what it was in the World war. and the boom conditions starting In 1916. There are many reasons for this, but one main fact stands out: the Allies must restrict their purchases in this country because they do not have the credits. GOD IS THY REFUGE. , The Eternal God la thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and be shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy themDeuteronomy riff, 27. SIMIAN PIONEERS. From a National Geographic Society Bulletin. Rhesus monkeys, most Useful of an animals to medical research workers in the study of such diseases as Infantile paralysis, tuberculosis and leprosy, proved last year to be good pioneers. In an effort to obtain the animals more cheaply for research in America, a number of these "jungle folk" were taken from their native India to Santiago Island, half mile off San Juan. Puerto Rico. Within less than a year nearly 100 monkeys have been born in the colony. RENAMED DESSERT. Pram French restaurants have changed the name of the demert "Charlotte Rue" to "Charlotte Ftrilandalse." KANSAS CITY TIMES. TUESDAY. JANUARY 23. 1010: READM THE CURREAT MAGULSES. ORSON WELLES ALWA YS 1-1 AS BEEN AT LEAST PHENOMENAL,. IT SEEMS Two Writers in the Saturday Evening Post Trace the Prodigy From In. fancy to 24Time Describes Lauritz Melchior at Home on a Merry FA7eningFurther Reports on Hit ler's Von Brauchitsch and America's Myron Taylor. THE prodigy known as Orson Welles, who has apparently become such a pain 'in the neck to screen and radio stars. never toddled as an infant, but strode. Such is the impression we gather from an article in the current Saturday Evening Post by Alva Johnston and Fred Smith, who report that Orson escaped kindergarten by either feigning or having appendicitis. In the hospital, it seems, he was annoyed by the baby talk of the staff, and when one of them asked him if he were a Boy Scout, he exclaimed: "Yes, I'm a Boy Scout. I'm an Elk. I'm a Moose. I'm anything. For heaven's sake, give me the ether!" And you wonder why they didn't make more effective use of the ether cone when they had the chance. "Orson was an old war horse in the infant prodigy line by the time he was 10," say these writers. 'He had already seen eight years' service as a child genius. The I-knew-lumwhen people in the Orson Welles circle recall vividly that at 2 he talked like a college pro. fessor and looked like the mysterious Dr. Fti Manchu. Devout people were Inclined to cross themselves in the presence of the eerie little being. Some of the oldest acquaintances of ORSON WELLES--"AT 2 Mt TALKED LIKE A COLLEGE PROFESSOR." Welles have been disappointed in his career. They see the 24-year-old boy of today as a mere shadow of the 2-year-old man they used to know. "Orson was at Madison, Wis.. in 1925 because P. G. Mueller, a psychologist of that city, was specializing In the study of fate-marked babes. They would shout tow' at him and then, 'Answer quick. What is the first thing that comes into your mind?' and he would reply, The seventeenth article of the Code of Hammurabi or 'Was Voltaire right when he said that the adjective was the enemy of the noun?' or something along that line. According to Orson's guardian, the boy had decided that psychology was a fake science and was experimenting on the psychologists in order to prove it. "There are different estimates of Welles. One school regards him as the most important influence in the theater today; another regards him as an upstart with a wonderful bag of tricks. As an actor he has been called everything from 'a whining sea cow' to a coming Richard Mansfield. Some of his admirers think he has scattered himself over so many departments of human activity that he is not likely to achieve first rank in any of them. "Hollywood put its seal of approval on him last summer by handing him the ittest contract ever given to an outsider. It is safe to describe him as the smartest and busiest boy at 24 in the country. "Welles was educated on the come-and-getit system. He had rarely been inside of a schoolroom before he made an attempt to reform the schools of Madison. During his childhood he educated himself chiefly by cross-examining his parents and other adults. To this day he has not mastered all of the three R's. He can read and write, but cannot cipher. He has not much more than enough arithmetic to enumerate his fingers. If he has to add simple figures, he writes 1. 2. 3, 4. 5, 6. 7, 8, 9 in a column from the top to the bottom of a sheet of paper. Then he writes the figures to be added alongside of the corresponding figures in the column. Then, by prolonged labor, in accordance with some system of his own, he arrives at a result of doubtful accuracy." ' The writer adds. however, that, whereas ignorance of arithmetic permits waiters to add, with impunity, 200 or 300, per cent to Orson's bill in New York night clubs, in the higher brackets his love of the beautiful comes into, play; "he has a fine aesthetic feeling for big round sums. RKO, which hired him to make pictures, and Campbell's soup, which hired him to do radio shows, do not consider him a mathematical idiot. The soup nays Welles more than $5,000 a broadcast; RKO pays him 6150,000 a picture, plus a percentage of the gross." MU limn. In the event that Hitler is gathered to his Aryan fathers by unnatural causes, such as a bullet between the eyes, Goering (Hitler's own choice) is not likely to be the next Fuehrer, for assassination might be the starting point for revolution, and in that upheaval the Nazi bigwigs would fade out. That is the way Kurt Grossmann, writing in January Living Age, views the possibility. The logical successor of Hitler would seem to be, at this time, Col. Gen. Heinrich Alfred Hermann Walther von Brauchitsch, commander In chief of the German land forces. "a member of the nobility who, by virtue of extraordinary flexibility of mind (for a soldier) . good luck and perpetual warinetts has escaped the fate of Gen. Werner von Fritsch and former Chancellor Gen. Kurt von Schleicher, both of whom were eliminated by the Nazis as men of dangerous ability and excessive intelligence." Von Brauchitsch "plays safe, and he has the not altogether likable trait of covering all his bets. It is for this cautiousness, rather than for any qualities of spectacular leadership or of administrative ability, that there is sotto rote conversation in cafes that, Should something distressful occur to the Fuehrer, he would be a likely candidate as head of I junta government, with the possibility thereafter of becoming another Von Hindenburg in a democratic Germany. Grossman says: "Militarily speaking, Von Brauchitsch is an officer in no way comparable to Von Hindenburg, but he is molded in the same tradition, he has an impressive physical facade, and he commands popular support as well as the respect of the upper classes. Like all the Junker class, he is a die-hard monarchist, but he sees in the lunatic ex-corporal with the magical voice a God-sent means to an endthe destruction of Vrsailles and the resurrection of the German army. "ThRt the colonel genersl, who destroyed the resprettible Polish army in three weeks, elm e persuade himself of Hitler s omniscience in they,. ."111111tt, ,,,:-",0,,:,t,0. , ',',:',Z,..',..',,.::!;,:;?;;;:zyof ';;::,,t:,:,,:,,,;, ,rt,.;,:,;,,.,...; .7., it$ , .... , pattrft, present scheme of things is the secret of his eminence. Unlike most men of his training and background, he readily dismisses the chancellor's personal history of childhood frustration, the picture of the flophouse orator by night and the postcard peddler by day. He probably believes that in the moves of the onetime Vienna panhandler and ex-corporal are the incalculable operations of divine Providence. This no other consequential officer of the Reichswehr can bring' himself to believe; lip-service, yes, but not much for Adolf. "Together with his sincere respect for Hit. ler, Brauchitsch has the enormout advantage. In the present setup of Nazi opportunists and megalomaniacs, of being a rather dull fellow, inclined to self-effacement. Not given to strutting, and with no interest in Nazi bloodand-soil gibberish or 'Aryan' abracadabra, he has had the energy to consolidate every advance and to become more expert in his field, the vital one of major tactics. "It is commonly said of Von Brauchitsch that he has no political deftness, but this is an egregious boner. He has demonstrated an exceedingly subtle brand of political dexterity in selling himself to Hitler and his coterie. while remaining persona grata to the Reichswehr high command. That scarcely anyone has perceived this acrobatic number doesn't detract from the fact that he has not fallen from the tightwire and lost his lifeor ruined his career --as did Schleicher, Von Fritsch and Von Blomberg. ROYAL DANISH GUARDSMAN. In a vivid drama of the blissful home life of the "gargantuan, Jovial tenor, Melchior. the Metropolitan's Opera's leading Tristan, Siegmund, Siegfried, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Tannhauser," Time magazine presents the following picture: "In an apartment in Manhattan's high-ceilinged, eminently respectable Hotel Ansonia, twenty-odd massive, military-looking Danes sat around a barrel of Danish beer. They toasted King Christian X and many another in glass after glass of clear, burning aqvavit (88 proof liquor distilled from potatoes) . After every glass of aqvavit, they downed a chaser of beer. "At one point in the evening someone produced a rifle, suggested that they celebrate the good old days with a good old-fashioned shooting match. Carried by acclamation. The hotel corridor made a fine shooting gallery, with a homemade target set at one end of it. It was all carried out in military style. One Dane stood sentinel at the elevator door, warning back passengers with a white flag. As the rifle banged, horrified hotel guests cowered in their rooms, bellhops scurried for cover. Several bullets hit the target. Nobody got shot. It was one of the most successful meetings the New York chapter of the Royal Danish Guard had ever had. "Next morning, the jovial host, a 225-pound onetime Danish guardsman named Lauritz Melchior, felt that things had, perhaps, been carried a little too far. His wife took pieces of cake and candy to the neighbors, assuring them that such a thing would never happen again. The neighbors allowed themselves to be placated. For Mrs. Melchior is very persuasive. And Lauritz Melchior is the world't No. 1 Wagnerian tenor. "Tenor Melchior is not averse to wassailing, but he takes his Wagner straight. After dinner on Wagner nights he calls for his roomy car and is driven with his wife, Kleinchen (Little (Pie), to the stage door of the Met. t I t 4,1..;, 1 t )9.1 ,' !AMITE MELCHIOR-AS THI YOUNG SIEGFRIED. He climbs the creaky stairs to the prrrno tenore's dusty dressing room, fumbles ar)und among the costumes of Richard Crooks and Giovanni Martinelli for his own raiment of deer skins and knightly robes. He washes himself in an antiquated, marble-topped washstand, glowers at the dead flies in the basin-shaped chandeliers and applies his grease paint. In exactly twenty minutes he is dressed as the young Siegfried, his noble paunch encased in a deer skin, his stubby gray hair covered with a luxuriant blond wig. Thus accoutered. he lights a big black cigar and trun- dies down to the wings. where the waiting Kleinchen inspects him from top to toe. sees that his massive legs are properly powdered and that his hunting horn is in place. - At the murmuring strains of Wagner's prelude, Melchior throws away his cigar and clears his throat. Kleinchen smiles and murmurs her parting salute: Bois und Beinbruch (an old German good luck greeting meaning May you break your neck and your legs'), and the great Laurits Melchior bounds youthfully on to the Metropolitan's aged stage." MAN OF Mtn INTERESTS, For mare than two score years. Myron Charles Taylor. recently named by President Roosevelt as his "personal representative' at, the Vatican, was one of the most powerful figures of the American business world. Yet, according to the Pathfinder Washington). he never had a single, permanent career. Nominally, he was a lawyer, but he practiced law scarcely at all. He made most of his millions in textiles, but his name is seldom identified with that industry today. Best known to the general public as the former head of the United States Steel corporation, he was a steelmaster for only ten years and is no longer , active in that field. The Pathfinder continues: "The fact that Taylor's work has covered so many fields is not only a tribute to his many-sided abilities but also the evidence of a peculiarly impersonal quality in his character. He never seems to have loved his work' as the traditional American businessman so often does. He has, in fact, formed few deep attachments of any kind. "A big, handsome man with deep-aet green. ish eyes. a slit-like mouth and a heavy, deter. mined Jaw, Taylor values dignity highly. His manner D4 es formal as his taste in dress, which almost invariably runs to dark blue . .: .., .: 4 .... .. , , ,',,,,...,' . ' . , i. 1''' 1 c t : ''..'N . . .. ,.. 4., ' ' ',-,L1 --::::::: ,i ,:'- t " -r : ?:,i, ,....,t ' ;f.:',,1 ....',,,li":''. 1 1:1,,r0Affs..,::....,....:77.7.':.8.,4,,,;,..-,'''k:C,'''''......e.:. 1. '...;:.,.,,,,,,:...:,..,....,,,,,,,:.. ' '0x ;f4 1 . ....' 40:: 1., ' ;, ',;' ' . , , , 5.4.).5,, r5y , . i . ,,, r , , - , i , -4 '' 5,.. ?:. - - i , 'IA :2', !,;4)'!' - 14 , k: '5 I . ..';','"-:'' .' :,:)E-5!! :::' . ) - ' 1 ? , t ,, , .. ' . t :5:;,t1, , .44 logh.. , .:.:5. 1 :f ..:. ;::: : ,,,, -'::::::' '':-:::-.':. :':::::':!:;::.'j'i . 55:::;:.: 0 - 1, ::--- i : -..,:::::::.--x:;:k5-.::,4,;::,,,,AtN:4,tt."44K411, , . suits and high stiff collars. Few of his moelates are his intimate friends. He married the former Anabel Stuart Mack of New York. They have no children. "Even in the many man's pleasured he has undertaken. Taylor seems to find no very lasting enjoyment. He has shot grow on Scotland's moors. yachted, collected Italian art and tapestries. He has a large home on New York City's East Seventieth street, a country estate at Locust Valley. N. Y, and a Villa near Florence, Italy. His long periods of residence in that country. during which he has had several private audiences with Mussolini, were undoubtedly an important considertion In his selection for the Vatican post. "The one hobby that seems really to interest him is genealogy; for five years he was prem.. dent of the New York Genealogical and Biographical society. The walls of his office are covered with coats of arms and family trees, in the midst of which are two autographed photographsof Mussolini and Franklin D. Roosevelt." IN KANSAS CITY FORTY YEARS AGO. From The Times and The Star January 23. 1900. The controversy Over whether the city ticket shall be nominated by ballot primaries or by convention finally has invaded the Democratic ranks. The Republicans have been favorable to the primary method and now the Democrats are talking about giving up a time-honored custom and say they will hold ballot primaries. J. B. Shannon, a leader of the Democratic faction, declarea himself in favor of ballot primaries and R. L. Gregory, a Pendergast man, says, "I am in favor of ballot primaries and I think we ought to name our mayor in that manner." John F. Kennedy"Jack Kennedy, the quail hunterreputed train robber who has escaped many trialshas lost his last legal appeal and must serve his 17-year sentence In the Missouri penitentiary. The Supreme court has decided against him in his appeal. The Young Men's League of the First Congregational church in Kansas City, Kansas, will stage an innovation in church work by starting a gymnasium in the basement of the church. "The churches must come to this feature sooner or later," said the pastor of the church. The Missouri and Kansas Telephone company has sold million dollars of the company's bonds authorized at the November meeting when the company's capital was increased. A new switchboard has been installed which does not require the subscriber to ring a bell when he wishes to get "central"when the caller takes the receiver off the hook it will serve the purpose. Work on the toll lines Is going on. The Hey. Mother Superior Anastasia is dead at St. Joseph's convent, Lockport. N. Y. She was 75 years old. She was mother superior of the Sisters of St. Mary of the United States and Canada. Last September she celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of her novitiate. The bodies of the two men lynched at Port Scott, Kas, Saturday night were brought to Kansas City last night and will be buried in Kansas City, Kansas, at 10 o'clock tomorrow. The Rev. Stephen H. Northrop, pastor of the First Baptist church, will conduct the funeral ceremonies., The big circuses are trying to make a "combine." From Columbus. G. comes the news of an agreement between the Sells Brothers, James A. Bailey and W. W. Cole, which tends to culminate in "one big circusthe greatest on earth." The first game of the Jackson County Basketball league's schedule for the season was played at the Y. M. C. A. gymnasium last night. The Tiger five outclassed its rhals, the K. C. A. C. Diamonds, winning 23 to 4. The Tigers were Pachel, Funk, Ricksecker, Ashley, Bradshaw. The Diamonds were Masher, Thilenius, Burnett, Harris and Cook. The poultry show which ended last night at Convention hall was visited, the records show, by 20,000 persons. The expenses of the show were about 97,500. The prize winners were Marie C. Higgenbotham, Mary A. Franklin, Naomi G. Smith and Ellen D. Fulmer. More than 1,000 club women and their - friends laid aside their household and social duties to co-operate with the big reception given them by the Manufacturer's association. The success of the WQMPWS movement was due to the untiring efforts of Mrs. Fannie K. Bristol, assistant secretary of the association. The opening address of the co-operative meeting was made by W. J. Berkowitz. Mrs. Noble L. Prentis also addressed the meeting. To prevent the spread of the smallpox epidemic the Metropolitan Street Railway 'company today issued orders for all cars on the line to be fumigated with sulphur. Each car will be given three fumigations. The house of Dr. P. T. Dedman. dentist, at 918 Forest avenue, was entered and robbed last night while the family was absent. The thieves got away with silverware, diamond pins, gold rings and bracelets. LABOR BOARD BIAS. Editorial Opinion of the Pittsburgh Press. A labor board trial examiner gives money to a witness in a case being heard by him. The labor board's chief trial examiner admits he said that companies accused of violating the labor act had "two strikes" on them before the hearings opened, and that he considered himself to be prosecutor, Judge and jury in board trials. A labor trial attorney wrote that a ease he was handling would be "a grand time to club the A. P. of L." Another attorney conveyed to the examiner how he would like him to rule on questions arising in the trial of a case. These and simillar examples of the gross bias of the labor board and its agents have furnished sensations in the house investiga. tion of the bodyand the end is not in sight. But already, we believe, it has been proved beyond ' contradiction that power- to accuse, prosecute and try should not rest in the same handsand that when it does justice is kicked out the window. ' "ELEPHINTS A-PILIN" TEAK." In Burmese Jungle Machinery Bas Not Yet Supplanted Anima lT. Kerr Ritchie in Asia Magazine. In the torrid heat of the Burmese jungle, little brown men, naked save for a loin cloth and armed with puny axes, tap at the loot of a towering 150-foot forest giant. As their blows gradually begin to have effect, the men become more prudent, because low groans and more sinister cracklings issue from the stricken tree trunk. A final glint and slight thud of steel against the tough wood and the mighty tapering mass slowly falls, amid terrific fracas and deafening crash. Then suddenly dead silence, and one can almost hear the sigh of neighboring teak giants awaiting the inevitable. The fallen timber is cleared of branches; then the trunks are sorted out by elephants and hauled to the nearest tributary of the Irrawaddy. U the timber is still green It may remain piled on the banks for another three years before it is formed into rafts. It is only when it is thoroughly dried that it can be rafted downriver past Mandalay to the sawmills of Rangoon; for green teak will not float, When the era of machines began, everybody declared that the day of the elephant had passed. Internal combustion engines, wire cables and machinery were going to render elephants as ridiculous in the jungle of Pegu Is are horses in the streets of London. The tractors came. They got swamped in the bogs during the rainy season, and young palm trees sprouted from radiator casings in a few short weeks of jungle onslaught. They crashed in the dry beds of nullahs amid jagged rocks. And, although there was always someone to look after elephants, only experts could manage tractors, and these men often fell ill and died in this fever-ridden waste of Burma. Hereabouts the rusty skeletons of tractors are objects of curiosity, and today, as yesterday, the elephant remains the lord of the industry of teak. BETWEEN. 1,018 is the vessel of fate; life 11 vast cress: The sky above green-blue and the water bits, green. Where man is the victim of destiny's wont The narrow and treacherous passages betIvett, I 'grappled the deck of I bright little scum" Afloat A moment more end I MIght bAr been gone; s Sailing due West to meet the horizon, 1 lesgn My soul is green-sUppered with a blue sont:t1 on. VIOLA CIARANtt 8 ' MISSOURI NOTES. Times do not change so much after it Only names and methods. In most of Missouri the young folk, and many older one; now are finding their fun these winter eve, rings in holding amateur contests in which groups or single persons vie for the pcitcl offered for the most entertaining number. These gatherings, according to Older toik differ very little from the oldtime "literanies' that used to be an important part of country social life. TWEEN. ----4 ------ tate; lira a vast atilt n-blue and the water bite. I !tim of destiny's Bailing Datherous passages 'mien, of a bright little aaubott t more and I might hos meet the horizon. I lebrh. Ippered with a blue bobt1;, s Vao Ls Osainfal.-- . URI NOTES. sange so much after sit ethoda. In most of too folk, and many older one; eir fun these winter eve. mateur contests 1 at which ersons Vie for the prize ost entertaining niunbet according to older Isi. k 1m the oldtime "literaries' important part of country .., Cunt ;; monies now has !site esident in the "literaries 711 the same. "Literariee. to i t the schoolhouse, and et Her !oh a gathering was sche4, , is di : did up the chores early, banC t, , m wagonbed for the chi'. of scked wool comforts shut her If across the hills to the aril metimes the snow would coPit Right acro,ss the peach soli 1issouri parlance, but those hint n't mind that. she -- ltas roa vismNa. air I 11 the discomfort of the the nto the warm school room now the meeting began, litIth drot mber telephones were not yea' ery home, and when lam piarl ihbors there would always liori Pt the community to he Gra Holt siiii1 dent would call the ss. a cc ! would ask for volunteers can, mber. There seldom vas ican lunteers. Grandpa Sheri. tha1 th Missouri, used to sae hes trown can learn more long del in anyone I ever beans of. to Id learn the whole Const i. prii af the United States with wit; blinker." Susie's favorite ;,or used to send raptures over ztee s recited: colt as the snowbut I fell ketcom heaven to he'd." - r isham and Walter Under. I play ready. There was which they gave over and a It was about a Negro filched a watermelon and D" red over the theft. 'Chile, vvi tor would say sadly, "you 411, !al a watermelon onless it sits 7ou'll know it's ripe." Lal WORLD PROBLEMS. - the , I in earlier years, was the I of entertainment at these me notable debaters were de. am ssotui, and at these weekly I I aid solve world problems, rar o decide which orator had fin t solution. - cot , pill i and Uncle Ben Meek were ( cclaimed debaters in their tio s of these two are to fill I tinutes with fiery oratory, qui I spellbound at the flow in ' they had prepared their lea but one night neither had an attle of wits. However, the fib I a debate, so the subject rai fly: "Resolved, That it is n a long time than a short di the battle of words went in; let 1 shouted dramatically, his we i emotion, "the ham should th e it has boiled all the life ha i ham on to boll"--his voice Et( 1; was struck with earnestt the done off and put it . Then we eat the done off ook some more! Friends, th lone eaten off it by spellsr ro, and Uncle Ben arose. The oratory which flowed from sti een equaled on that school- Pr . With dramatic gesture dr I thy of a gateman, pleadintr to n, he raised his hand and !nds, that ham" ' he timekeeper, and Uncle "My friends," he shouted, fist drawed!" And so won es It could be announced after bl nent had subsided.' Those all the old-timers agree. " were events to be looked i membered for many days. g h simplicity of the events that pular, and there was good p' dty that lasted through the GORDON HUDEISON. ,OOR RESEARCbt. 3'1 I kes," created by exploding on the bottom of the Atlan- c ird, during the next month 0 ition about the oceans mud n ti arth's crust on which they t: s new type of research into I ean basins were announced headquarters of the Na- v and metal E 1 ,ocfac' t:eoctatimlirt:c unconsolidated sIrth:oliogtelleodt: 1 shgeme It efr earth ,s t ieved to range in thickness miles. The wotk will be t Maurice Ewing of Lehigh : be sponsored jointly by the 1 sic society and the Ocean- 1 is of Woods Hole, Mass. millinmommilliiiillelIMIEMIEmonnoll ' ( o P , I n - , .. I brand mow Piano fon, , ) , lonTlity , 1 if interested. Brand :1 . rand pianos of a well In rich mahogany! In walnut, $7 monthl), !' artage charge). . c ) left for this oiler. ( , EMCItIS mS38 mt. , ( 10SiC COr , Coni 1 MMMP, The master of ceremonies now has lain the place of Mr. President in the "literanet,, but the ideas are the same. "Literarier usually were held at the schoolhouse, and cm the evening when such a gathering was scheo. uled, the farm folk did up the chores early, piled hay in the farm wagonbed for the chi'. then to sit upon, tucked wool comforts about them and drove off across the hills to the entertainment. Sometimes the snow would be streaking "straight across the via orchard," in rural Missouri parlance, but those earlier day folk didn't mind that. - A TIME MR VISITING. - It was worth all the discomfort of the journey just to go into the warm school room and visit before the meeting began, 'nth friends. You remember telephones were hoe then installed in every home, and when font folk met . their neighbors there would alwaye be a lot of news of the community to neat and relate. h to IZ Iler t is dtt Land, at tit her arrin coPY some she g has air bl the I now drobl year.' plane p3rt. Gruel Hoes, with a con cantn ironic that hes Clem to he pritn with horse zled colon When Mr. President would call the as. sembly to order, he would ask for volunteers to contribute a number. There seldom sat any shortage of volunteers. Grandpa Sheri. dan, down int South Missouri, used to gay: "That there Susie Brown can learn more tint poems by heart than anyone I ever beam of, Ill bet you she could learn the whole Consti. tution and bylaws of the United States with. out ever turnint a blinker." Susie's lavoritt was the one which used to send raptures over her listeners as she recited: "Once I was pure as the snowbut I fell-- Fell like a snowflakefrom heaves to bell." Then Weldon Crisham and Walter Under. wood always had a play ready. There was the memorable one which they gave over and over "by request." It was about a Negro youngster who had filched a watermelon and his father was grieved over the theft. 'Chile, the black-faced actor would say sadly, "you shouldn't never steal a watermelon onless it goes punk. Then you'll know it's ripe." soLvt THE WORLD PROBLEMs. - The debate, even in earlier years, was the most popular form of entertainment at these "literaries." Some notable debaters were de. veloped in rural Missotth. and at these weekly meettigs they would solve world problems, with local Judges to decide which orator had contributed the best solution. - Uncle Joe Hudson and Uncle Ben Meek were the most widely acclaimed debaters in their section. When one of these two are to fill the five allotted minutes with fiery oratory, their audience sat spellbound at the flow of words. Usually they had prepared their debates carefully, but one night neither had any ideas for the battle of wits. However, the audience demanded a debate, so the subject was chosen hurriedly: "Resolved, That it is better to boil a ham a long time than a short while." Forth to the battle of words went Uncle Joe. d00,A. "Friends." he shouted dramatically, his face wreathed with emotion, "the ham should be eaten on beiore it has boiled all the life away. Now I put a ham on to boil"--his voice In rising crescendo; was struck with earnestness. "And we eat the done off and put it back to boil again! Then we eat the done off and place it to cook some more! Friends, that ham has the done eaten off it by spells! Time was called, and Uncle Ben arose. The sparkling burst of oratory which flowed from his lips had never been equaled on that schoolroom floor before. With dramatic gesture and eloquence worthy of a gateman, pleadine for a vital question, he raised his hand and shouted: "My friends, that ham" "Time," called the timekeeper, and Uncle Ben's face worked. "My friends," he shouted, "and me with my fist drawed!" And BO WOO the decision when it could be announced after the roar of merriment had subsided. Those were great days, all the old-timers agree. and the "Ilteraries" were events to be looked forward to and remembered for many days. Possibly it was the simplicity of the events that made them so popular, and there was good fellowship and lo3alty that lasted through the years. GORDON HUDIISON. OCEAN FLOOR RESEARCIi. ,, Little "earthquakes," created by exploding time bombs of TNT on the bottom of the Atlantic ocean, will record, during the next month and a half, information about the oceans mud deposits and the earth's crust on which they rest. Plans for this new type of research into the make-up of ocean basins were announced recently from the headquarters of the National Geographic , society. Geologists and physicists have no accurate knowledge of the thickness of the soft, unconsolidated material that lies under the oceans, covering the earth's "ribs," but it is believed to range in thickness from 600 feet to 734 miles. The wotk will be in charge of Prof. Maurice Ewing of Lehigh university, at d will be sponsored Jointly by the National Geographic society and the Oceangraphic institution of Woods Hole, Mass. ..M11. ONLY A FEW LEFT! ante et one. you would 4 RENT ( III a brand nay Grand Piano for $R 1 u 11011TIILY 'I (1 Do Not Waltif interested. Brand new Baby Grand pianos of a well known make. In rich mallogah7 $8 monthly; in walnut, $7 monthlY (plus small cartage charge). Only a few left for this oiler. r(( I"? JEMCO 5" IS Wahmt Mum. 'MOW CO' ( ((rifii,,,A1,, LI f. H 0 , , ( ( Do (( II: $e 1 (, (1311 , 'I Dra;, sate An Lath; the f I a me a! and I got ran I first coup( plate: Col tion1( At quiet msid, kath and floor. lb striel insta less ( Evi NV ere the 1 hand steel Is the u rouni swirl stead Prim dyed touel He "N tol said, brini II II go his pUZ2 Ur yest I be cote of mor the thre Don win sho' Wat ben to t wit' mir "I hor unt tur trie wit rigl lad agE cot thE rt. del thE tht bu: ocy, ttu He ou' W8 881 wr thi op sti th I da gi( tni ' da he tfl tEE It, 1 r

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