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THE MILLIONAIRE HOBO
J7DWIN BROWN, millionaire clubman *-"' and philanthropist of Denver, is known all over the country as the "millionaire hobo," because for a year he donned the garb of a vagrant, took the last cent from his pockets, and started on the road, just to see what sort of treatment a penniless, hungry and homeless man, in search of work, would receive.
He found that in spite of Salvation Army homes and Rescue Missions, there was absolutely no spot in any of these buildings where a man without a cent could lay his head. He had to be arrested even to be allowed to sleep in the "bull-pen," the harboring place of inebriates, dissolute characters and hardened drug
fiends. He was forced to spend the night on a narrow wooden shelf, surrounded by an almost unbearable stench of foul air, listening to the ribald pleasantries, the curses and quarrels of the other inmates. It is Mr. Brown's idea that the city should provide municipal lodging houses for the accommodation of strangers stranded there and that these houses should be run on humanitarian principles. He believes that in every city except New York, ninety per cent of the homeless men are not real hobos but men out of work. He describes the New York municipal lodging house a model of its kind. IF Mrs. David Brainerd * Spooner had been present at the building of the Tower of Babel, she might have rendered good service on that somewhat celebrated occasion. Among all that confusion of tongues, she would have been able to understand 54 at any rate. For Mrs. Spooner is one of the foremost lin guists in the world, and understands that many languages. Mr. Spooner, to whom as Miss Elizabeth S. Colton she was married but a short time ago, has almost as great an understanding of world-wide speech as herself. He is the saa n t who discovered the casket believed to contain the bones of Buddha, in Peshawar, India, in the summer of
1910, one of the greatest discoveries known to modern archaeology. This casket was presented to the King of S i a m. Mrs. Spooner has traveled extensively over the Far East, in India, Egypt, and elsewhere. She belongs to several learned bodies of the Old World. Mithridates King of Pontus in the first century, B. C, is accredited with having been able to speak twentyfour languages, the number of races over whom he ruled. Thus Mrs. Spooner has command of more than twice as many different languages as had this famous and bril- / liant king of the anc ient world. She has the "gift of tongues" to an extraordinary degree.
WILLIAM R. HARR is
** ranking Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice in Washington. There are three Assistant Attorney Generals and the great bulk of governmental prosecutions fall to the lot of these three. William R. Harr has recently been engaged in two of the f'-deral prosecutions that are of most interest to the ninety millions. These are the tasks of bringing to justice those parasites upon a modern civilization who make their living in the white slave traffic, and those misguided enthusiasts who have sought to further the cause of labor by the use
lations of the national banking laws, and many others. Mr. Harr is thirty-nine years of age. But a few years ago he was a stenographer and before that a printer. He is a native of the District of Columbia and has never cast a vote and has no constituents. H i s B advance has thereW fore been entirely ■9 aside from politics. His case is, in fact, f an instance of the opportunity the government service offers to those young men, who have only their own native ability and inherent good sense and judgment to further their advancement.
This first he has so worked out in the last two years as to guarantee an ultimate federal card index of all members of the underworld so arranged that the federal government will always be aware of the movements of all of its members. Yet these cases are but a part of the work of Mr. Harr. Great numbers of cases come to him from the different departments. He handles, for example, all peonage cases, immigration cases, vio
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his abilities. n EE VICTORIA with its cluster of inds is still to the eye a paradise the Dark Continent. When the traveler through the framework of forest gets his first glimpse of it, he sees a marine landscape in which the wave tops seem whiter if anything than the new fallen snow, far whiter than the wave crests in mid-ocean, because they rise and fall in a sea of turquoise finer and more brilliant than the blue. The Sesse Islands in this lake are a specimen of Nature's jewelry. "Studded" best expresses the way in which they have been set in Victoria, like emeralds, with their crowns of verdure in bush and tree, of a green so pure, so real, that the first sight of it makes a picture never to fade from the memory.
THE SCOURGE OF THE AFRICAN JUNGLE. The tsetse fly (Gtossina Pat pahs) that spreads the terrible sleeping sickness, for which there is no cure.
FATAL PLAGUE THREATENS WHOLE WORLD
The nearer view of the Sesses makes you instinctively think of the voluptuousness, the abundance of the earth, so large and so perfect are the flowers, so very lavish is the profusion of tropical adornment—not a sign of sorrow, a picture all
life—all peace reflected in the rays of the African sun. But the Sesse form a charnel. Death is upon them.
This is a land of silence. The laugh of the child is unheard, the chant of Baganda women so full of cadence comes no more over the waters. The bark hut villages that for centuries sheltered the finest types of the African races are rotting ruins. Hyenas prowl in the junglecovered fields where the banana and cotton once flourished, while the birds of variegated plumage—the African birds of paradise—flit here and there amid the groves.
Why this desolation, this absence of all that is human? Because of a fly which carries in its beak the thing that is the tiniest murderer known to the world—a murderer that never fails to kill its victim—whose life means certain death wherever it lives. The men with the microscope who can tell you of the birth, the growth, the habits and the danger or benefit of a microbe or parasite, the world's greatest experts in knowledge of disease-breeding and disease-preventing, have gone into the African jungle
and swamp to find some way by which this invisible man killer may be driven from its victim's body. Years have they been working with every scientific appliance known and every drug that might be efficacious, but today they have found no way to prevent this insect from injecting the death-dealing parasite into the human blood.
Yellow fever has lost the mystery of its origin. The tiny worm that causes the "laziness" of the poor white of the South can now be shown on the lan
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tern screen attached to the intestinal walls and sucking blood. This is revealed by the rnicrophotograph. Many genn diseases have been brought under partial or entire control. The exact cause of tuberculosis is now known; yellow fever has been subdued by destroying the mosquito; the hook worm can be destroyed by medicine, but this African death thing has a charmed life. It lias wriggled through the arteries of a half million people, not only black, but white. On and on it goes, further and further into the body by the blood canals, until eventually it arrives in the spinal cavities. The surgeon's needle has drawn the spinal fluid from thousands of sleeping sickness suspects, also tapped the arteries. Sometimes not a trace of the thing could be found in the blood—but floating in the spinal ducts millions of them were actually discovered by the power of the microscope.
Out of a hundred thousand negroes living in the Sesses less than a thousand were left on the islands alive when the British medical service took charge of them, and sent them to the detention camps which the British colonial doctors