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“ We can't go abroad this summer,” says Mrs. Twickembury (the “ Christian Register's ” Mrs. Malaprop), “and so we have decided to take a transatlantic journey to California.” Mrs. Twickembury will have many fellow-travelers this season, whether she goes (as she might say) in a personally conductored tour or by the individual travail plan.
One of the big automobile companies announces that it will soon turn out one thousand automobiles a day. If these were parked in New York City, two days' output of the factory would, allowing 6 x 14 feet space for each car, cover entirely with automobiles a vacant lot equivalent in area to the immensely long block inclosed between Eighth and Ninth Avenues and Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Streets. No wonder the railways are congested when they have to carry away such quantities of freight from a single factory !
The lady to whom Shakespeare is supposed to have bequeathed his “second-best bed" is clev. erly pictured in “ Life's ” Shakespeare Number as gazing sourly at her husband through his study door and saying, “What! scribbling again, William ?" " William’s ” beseeching eyes as he gazes at the sympathetic reader appeal to the universal love of a humorous situation.
Many of the games of Kaffir children, as described by a traveler, are just such “nice dirt games " as English children would like to play if only their mothers would let them. This observation gives point to a story about little Willie and John published in "The Pathfinder." “My mother don't care how much I run over the kitchen floor,” said John to Willie on a rainy day when Willie's mother had forbidden the playmates to cross her threshold with their muddy boots. Then Willie said, enviously : “I wish I had a nice dirty mother like you've got, John!"
A man got into a police station in New York City the other day for trying to sell, on the streets, ten-dollar bills for a dollar a piece. He had probably heard the story that New Yorkers are too skeptical to take up with an opportunity of this sort, and determined to test the theory. A friendly policeman arrested him íor delaying traffic before he had succeeded in selling any of his bargains.
Dean Swift's famous sermon quoted in The Outlook April 12 is not the shortest on reco
ecord, a reader says.
He asserts that the palm belongs to the late Dr. Muhlenberg, who at the funeral of Mr. Robert B. Minturn read the text, “What doth the Lord require of thee,” etc., and delivered this sermon: "So did he." This beats the Dean's sermon by eight words.
Apropos of the slang words to which the war has given currency, a subscriber sends these notes: The French soldiers call their small can. non “cigares," the larger ones " pipes; "a bayo
net is called “cure-dents” (toothpick); bullets, “ pruneaux.” Another reader writes that the word “boche," concerning the derivation of which there has been much discussion, is said to have been applied to German soldiers in 1870-1 exactly as now, and that it appears in Zola's celebrated story of the Franco-Prussian War, Le Débâcle" (The Downfall). .
Brantford, Canada, feels that her title, “The Telephone City," is assailed in the tablet recently set up in Boston reading “ Here the telephone was born, June 2, 1875," though Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, the telephone's inventor, apparently sanctioned the tablet by his presence at its unveiling. The Toronto “Globe” says: “The telephone was devised in Brantford in 1874 and made in Boston in 1875.” The instrument's anterior history, our Canadian friends may discover on reflection, is suggested in the tablet's word “born." Why should not Brantford generously make a tablet of its own, inscribed: “The telephone: conceived in Brantford, born in Boston, arrived at full stature in America, and became a traveler thence all over the world "?
Eighty per cent of the best-known players are now acting before the camera instead of before audiences, says Robert Grau in the “ Dramatic Mirror.” Most of these are probably in Los Angeles, where it is said that there are over a hundred companies engaged in producing mov: ing-picture plays.
Tommy Atkins, according to William J. Robinson in “My Fourteen Months at the Front," is
very fond of pets, and finds room for them even in the trenches. “ The Tommies," he says, “keep canaries, rats, mice, dogs, cats, goats, and even pigs, and they will go hungry themselves rather than see the object of their affections want for anything. On the march if they get tired they may throw their equipment away, but I never heard of one yet who would give up his mascot."
The passion for games of chance, says Mr. Robinson, shows itself in a curious way in what the soldiers call “trench pools." A group of ten men who expect to go into action each put ten francs (two dollars) into the hands of some one behind the lines. This money is to be divided evenly among the men who live to get back. “It was the only gamble I ever saw,” says the narrator. " where you couldn't lose. If you came out safely, you were bound to get your own money back, at least." Hardly a gamble.
The American War Risk Bureau has written policies amounting to $110,000,000 for war risks on American ships and cargoes and has earned premiums of $2,200,000. All losses, it is stated, have been paid out of the premiums, and the $5,000,000 appropriated by Congress for that purpose remains untouched.
WHY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NEEDS
MEXICO-FROM THE INSIDE
BY GREGORY MASON
THE GARMENT TRADE AND THE
MINIMUM WAGE AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. HENRY MOSKOWITZ
FOR COMPLETE TABLE OF CONTENTS SEE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 1916
Reg. Trade Mark
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The “ Bramble" is one of our exclu
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MAY 10, 1916
THE STORY OF THE WAR
The German offensive is now well on in its The surrender of the British forces under third month. Major-General Charles Townshend at Kut-el- . In the campaign in Russia in the vicinity Amara in Mesopotamia was not unexpected. of Dwinsk and Riga the Germans report the Elsewhere we comment editorially on this capture, or recapture, of certain Russian event. The surrender was forced by a lack positions, together with over five thousand of supplies and the failure of the relief army prisoners. Increased activity is expected in to force its way to the aid of the besieged this section. forces. The number of men surrendered is about eight thousand nine hundred and THE IRISH REVOLT seventy ; the major part of these forces were QUELLED from India. General Townshend's little army, The disturbances which broke out in Dubthe remnant of the much larger army which lin April 24 were by May 3 all but completely marched upon Bagdad in June, 1915, had quelled, so that the authorities were able to been shut up in Kut-el Amara since last announce that Dublin was almost in its norDecember. Forces sent to their relief, first mal condition and that the disturbances outunder command of General Aylmer and side of Dublin were no longer threatening. later under command of General Gorringe, One cabled account from Dublin states that were greatly impeded by extraordinary floods the number of rebels killed in the insurrecin the Tigris River and the adjacent regions. tion was approximately five hundred and that For a long time General Townshend's position fifteen hundred were wounded. There are had been critical. The Turkish forces in indications, however, that these figures are Mesopotamia were easily reinforced ; while overdrawn. It is commonly reported that the British were far distant from their base most of the men engaged in the revolt were and reinforcement was, as events proved, actually assembled on the day planned for its
beginning without any knowledge of what Nearly simultaneously with the report of was to be done, and supposed they were this disaster comes the news that the Russian simply to engage in parades and reviews. forces in Asia Minor, part of which have Four of the leaders of the revolt were been moving south since the capture of tried by court martial, found guilty, and exeErzerum, are making good progress and have cuted by shooting on Wednesday last. The captured the town of Diarbekr. This is a self-proclaimed Provisional President of the great distance from Bagdad--at least four Republic of Ireland, Peter H. Pearse, was hundred miles--but the Russians' capture of among the four, all of whom signed the Trebizond and their general advance in this proclamation of independence; the others part of the country as well as in Persia make were James Connolly, Thomas McDonagh, further successes, and even the ultimate cap- and Thomas J. Clark. ture of Bagdad, entirely possible.
The futility and unreason of this perfectly From Verdun the news of the week end- hopeless attempt by a very small minority of ing May 3 was distinctly encouraging to the irreconcilable revolutionists to take advantage Alies. Not only were no German gains of
of Great Britain's struggle with Germany to any consequence made, but from day to day raise the flag of rebellion in Dublin becomes we have read of attacks originating with the more and more evident every day. French and resulting in appreciable gains
Not a little criticism has been made in both northeast and northwest of Verdun. Parliament and elsewhere against the alleged
weakness and inefficiency of the authorities Government of Mexico which have been in Ireland under the administration of Au- taking place at Juarez and El Paso. gustine Birrell as Chief Secretary for Ireland. Distinguished as they are, General Scott It is said, with some force, that the officials and General Funston have been virtually knew that the adherents of the Sinn Fein messengers, being restricted almost entirely Association and the followers of the labor to the deliverance of the proposals of Presiagitator James Larkin were drilling, and dent Wilson to the Carranza Government and that they should have foreseen and fore- to the pronunciation of a policy formed at stalled any outbreak. The London
Washington. But while General Obregon has say's :
been ostensibly only the spokesman of CarMr. Birrell never asked why the volunteers ranza at this conference, he is much more existed. He knew it was not to serve against
than that. He is probably the most popular the enemy, but rather to obstruct the Imperial man in Mexico to-day and certainly the most forces. On December 10 he declared, “evic powerful. The one-armed hero of Celaya has dence of their disloyalty is voluminous," yet he succeeded to the power and the glory that were did nothing. If he had any policy other than
Pancho Villa's. He may make and unmake merely drifting, it was to turn a blind eye to the
Mexican history. He himself summed up disloyal movement. The Government persuaded itself that the treason could be overcome by
his present position accurately if he said, as resolutely looking the other way. The Govern
alleged by newspaper reports : “No musical ment's wait-and-see policy was complicated by
instrument ever responded more faithfully to a hide-the-truth policy.
the touch of the master than do the Mexican Mr. Asquith, in the House of Commons on
people to the man of the hour. Just now I May 2, stated that the Government was pre
am the man of the hour.” pared to discuss the conduct of Mr. Augustine
As we go to press it is unofficially reported Birrell, a motion having been made demand
that the delegates to the conference have ing Mr. Birrell's resignation, but on the
agreed to recommend to their respective following day Mr. Birrell's resignation was
Governments that an official agreement be reported.
adopted whereby the American troops shall Throughout this disturbing and dishearten
remain in Mexico until satisfied that banditry ing incident the leaders of the Home Rule
has been wiped out and that the Carranza
any party, and particularly Mr. John Redmond,
government is able to cope with have been earnest and outspoken in their
emergencies ; but it is also rumored that the indignation, while the attitude of the Ulster
Americans will consent to fall back towards leaders has been equaliy vigorous. Mr.
the border and hunt” for Villa only Redmond has declared that in the South of
within a restricted area. But, in any case, Ireland the loyal adherents of the Home
whatever happens, Obregon will bear watchRule party, as compared with the wild and
ing. The chances are that he will gain by impracticable revolutionists demanding a re
any development of the conference. If the public, are at least ten to one.
L'nited States assents to any course of action
pleasing to the Mexican masses, those masses OUR GAME.OF
will give Obregon the credit. If the conferCHESS WITH MEXICO
ence is disappointing to the Mexican people, Three men have been at the focus of the it will be easy for Obregon to shift the blame gaze of every one who has been interested in to his nominal chief, Carranza, and then put the Mexican situation during the past week. himself at the head of a popular movement They are Major-General Scott, Chief of Staff to win by force or otherwise what arbitration of the United States Army, as famous for his may fail to win. diplomatic triumphs over the Indians as for It is significant that as Obregon grows his military victories over them ; Major-Gen- more popular and more prominent, the rumors eral Frederick Funston, the man who cap- of his disagreement with Carranza increase. tured Aguinaldo and the commander of our In the meantime, to be ready for any forces along the border; and General Alvaro outcome of the El Paso-Juarez conferences, Obregon, Carranza's Minister of War, who both Mexico and the l’nited States have eclipsed Villa's glory and lost an arm in the been doing on a small scale what Europe battle of Celaya about a year ago.
These did on a large scale during the first week three men have directed the conferences of August, 1914. Mexican forces are rebetween the l'nited States and the de facto ported moving up toward the border in great