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THE 8EMIAVEEKLY TRIBUNE. NORTH fLATTE. NEBRASKA.
i n the jrpjairr
CHOSEN PRESIDENT OF SWITZERLAND
COPYRIGHT BY WESTERN
TOR OF THE MINT.
B. CLARK, HIS OLD
SIDE PARTNERNQW DEAN OF
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By EDWARD B. CLARK.
N 10 of Washington's humorists do
c7mr clarcd onco upon a tlmo that tho rea
W w son so many nowspapor men arc ap
f. pointed to positions in the United
StatOB trouBiiry is that tho scribes
heart dcslro Is for onco in tholr lives
to get next to a lot monoy. Ono gets
next to much money in tho building
containing Undo Sam's strong box,
but ho doesn't got hold of any great
amount of it, although tho salaries paid aro in a
general way more than fairly comfortable.
Kobort Wlckllffo Woolloy is ono of tho latest
of America's well-known nowspi.por men to bo
appointed to a position In tho treasury dopnrt
niont. As someono olso has put it, Woolloy makes
moro monoy than any other man in tho United
"States, but tho personal dlfllculty is that ho Ib
not allowed to koop tho. procoods of his manu
facture Ho is the director of tho mint, and every
body knows that tho provinco of the mint is to
turn out monoy for tho multitudinous uses of tho
peoplo of thc.sb United States.
Thoro aro not many nowspapor men in tho
country who aro bdttor known than this prosont
ofllclal , of Unclo Sam's government. Woolloy
looks about thirty yenrB old, but ho can add qutto
a number of years on to that and glvu no, lio to
tho dato of his birth. IIo has been a roportor, a
sporttng editor, a managing editor, an editor, and
a writer of magazino articles, and today ho can
pick up any ono of his old Jobs and do it justice,
and if tho whirligig of politics in time shall thrust
Mm forth from tho portals of tho treasury de
partment, ho probably and very naturally will
turn to tread in tho old accustomed ways.
'Tho writer of this has known Woolloy for a
good many years, and worked with him sido by
sldo for a considerable length of time on a great
Chicago dally. Woolloy waB then a sporting edi
tor. Ho Is an outdoor man, who loves tho things
which all full-blooded Americans lovo, and, moro
over, ho knows how to wrlto about them, whether
it bo aa a closo finish on a Kentucky track or a
14 innings "so far" 0 to 0 at tho National leaguo
jgrounds In Now York city. Woolloy lovos sport
for sport's sako, but It must not bo supposed for
n minute that sport over occupied tho major part
of his tlmo.
1 From boyhood until this day the present direc
tor of tho mint has boon a student of sociological
conditions, of economics and of tho ways and
means of legislation to got for tho people what
noms to tho progrosslvo-mlndcd tho things which
thoy ought to havo. Convictions that certain
lines of procedure woro tho right ones to follow,
and a determination to follow thorn, havo given
Robert W. Woolloy many strenuous and exciting
liours during his long newspaper career.
1 It is not necessary to explain to tho peoplo of
tho United States 'what a political ring Is, nor Is
It necessary to explain what an invisible govern
ment is. Cortaln bravo spirits In nowspaperdom
havo boon fighting rings and invisible government
for years, and it has made no difference to tho
courageous ones whothor tho ring was composed
of men of tholr own party, or whether tho In
visible government HkowlBo was tinged with a
partisan color of a huo ordinarily doomed ad
mirable by tho crusaders. Tho director of tho
mint Is a Democrat, but ho has fought Democrats
when thoy were trying to exploit tho peoplo for
Not long after ho entered nowspaper work the
director of tho mint had n "tlmo of It," which '
tcstod his courago and tho sincerity of his convic
tions. 1 nm not golns to mention tho namo of
tho placa whore a cortaln thing happened, but
unquestionably tho sccno of It will bo recognized
by many and tho details will bo romombored by
men who havo not yet arrived on tho bordurs of
Down in tho South, and not very far In tho
South, cither, Robert W. Woolloy was onco
managing editor of n newspaper of promlnonco
In a city of tonslderablo size. Tho chief editor
of his paper and tho mayor of tho town woro
engaged Iti a row, for tho mayor, It was bolloved,
xa conncctou with, a municipal political combi
nation which, as tho editor vlowed It, was far
from being an Institution Intended to benefit tho
peoplo of the community. Finally tho Ho was
passed, and tho Ho is, or was, anyway, a suro
fighting word In cortaln communities.
Ono morning Mr. Woolloy went down to tho
ncwepapor office and found tho mayor of tho town
and hl3 son, each with a gun in baud, holding tho
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The Building la Uncle Sam's New Money
tory, and Below Are Employees Counting
cntlro business offico forco of the newspaper
prisoners behind tholr countors. Tho intruders
wcro threatening to shoot anybody who attempted
to leave. Woolloy had no gun. Ho entered the
office nnd procoodod to address somo remarks
mado up of words ordinarily considered of tho
fighting kind to tho armed Intruders.
Woolloy reached for a tolcphonc, took It off tho
receiver and was laughed at by tho gunmen, who
told him that thoy had cut tho wire. Woolloy
stood thoro with tho receiver in his hand for a
mlnuto whllo rod-hot verbiage was exchanged.
Then Woolloy walked straight by tho two armed
mon nnd went out of tho door, and neither ono
cared or dared to interfere with him.
Later It developed that whllo tho rocolvor was
off, although tho wiro had boon cut, tho chief
editor of tho paper at his homo had taken off
hiB own rocolvor to call up tho office, and found
ho could not got it. But as only ono wir.o whs
sovcred ho heard a largo part of tho conversa
tion in tho office by moans of tho uncut wiro
connected with tho office telephone What ho
heard afterwards was used in evidence, for
court proceedings woro brought.
Now, It Is Just here thnt an ordinary nowspaper
man would havo become disgusted with the pro
fession which he was trying to follow nnd wculd
havo thought that tho wholo world was out of
Joint. Tho mayor of the town and his son were
editors of a rival newspaper. This rival stood,
of courso, for tho municipal ring, and It was
things which appeared In Its columns which had
caused the other editor, Mr. Woolloy's chief, to
put tho Ho In print. Whllo things seomlngly were
still at white heat between tho two camps tho
mayor and his rival editor, whom he was ready
to shoot, or bo chot by, made up their differences,
combined tho two papers, and thus Woolloy, who
had dared everything for his chief, was forced
out, and in tho parlance of the street, was "left
to hold the bag." In other words, Hob Woolloy
stood for right and principle and then lost his
There was a celebrated law case In Kentucky
that attracted world-wide attention. After the
municipal ring episode and Mr. Woolloy had lost
his placo as managing editor, ho became a re
porter and ho handled this case. There camo
down from Chicago at this tlmo two newspaper
mon who slnco have bocorco widely known Eu
geno Hertrand, now of the New York Herald, and
William E. Lowls, the editor of tho New York
Telegraph. Thoy had been sent down from Chi
cago to work on the mattor Woolloy had in hand,
nnd thoy became acquainted with him. They
found out n lot of things about him which ap
pealed to their nowspaper sense. Thoy also dis
covered thnt ho was fond of American sports.
Thoy wont back to Chicago and a short tlmo
thereafter Woolley, who knew nothing about their
interest in him, rocelvod an offor from the Chi
cago Tribune to become a reportor In tho sport
ing department of that paper. Ho went to Chi
cago, and it was not long boforo ho became the
sporting editor of tho nowspaper whoso staff he
From Crucago tho present director of the mmt
wont to New York, and for a long time was em
ployed on tho Now York WorlJ. A little later, as
somebody else has put It, "ho yielded to the toxnn
tatlon of a beautiful fruit plantation in Texas."
Tho fruit was not altogether golden, as far as the
proceeds from tho sale of tho crops wore con
corned, and Mr. Woolley went back Into the nows
Tho annual presidential election
took placo recently at Borne, tho
Swiss capital, quietly and systematic-1
ally ns usual. No speeches and no
advanco campaigning preceded this
important ovent, nnd yet, democratic
Switzerland is unanimously confident
that tho honor of tho presidency has
been conferred upon a man worthy of
Tho president-elect, Cnmlllo Do
coppot, a lawyor by profession and
statesman nnd orator bf repute, Is at
present vice president of tho republic
and head of tho military department.
Ho was born at Suscovaz, near Yver
don, canton of Vaud, on Juno 4, 1862,
nnd started his political career In 1809
when ho was elected member of tho
national council. In 1900 ho becamo
a member of the council of states and
in 1906 ho ndvanced to tho presidency
of that body for tho year 1907 With
his election into the federal council
in 1912 he attained the highest political degree which a Swiss statesman
can look for, culminating, as it does, in the vice presidency and presidency
of the confederation.
The office of president of tho Swiss confederation provides by no means
n lucrative Income, compared with the high-salaried government positions in
this country. Up to three years ago the yearly income of tho chief magis
trate of the republic amounted to $3,000 only, and it was then raised tc
$4,000, which sum is now considered a very good salary.
CLAUDE KITGHIN'S ROOMMATE
tor six montus, wnicn ne nas uescrweu nn
"six eventful months," ho was tho editor of a
nowspaper in a southern town, whoso locality
I shall not give here, because of certain circum
stances connected with tho ense. There it was
another crusade against a municipal ring and
another case of being compelled to edit with a
revolvor in tho hand nnd also to walk with a gun
exceedingly handy. The ring eventually was
broken into bits, but meanwhile Mr. Woolley had
lost his nowspapor.
For a short tlmo thereafter Mr. Woolley was
the editor of tho San Antonio Light in Texas.
Then ho went back to New York and entered
upon a really notable career as a magazine writer.
He was sent on many assignments throughout
tho country for somo of the best magazines in
the United States, and then ho becamo ono of
tho Washington correspondents of tho New York
World,, a position which he held for about two
years. Then again Mr. Woolley turned to maga
zine work, nnd in tho year 1911 ho becamo tho
chief Investigator of tho congressional commit
too appointed to look into the affairs of tho Unit
ed States Steel corporation. This committee was
known as the Stanley committee.
' Because of its wide-reaching effects, it is prob
able that a magazino article entitled, "Tho Plun
derers of Washington," was the most notable
contribution to tho "news and Information of tho
day," which Mr. Woolley over wroto. This artlclo
was preceded by an Intimation that anyone men
tioned and who choso so tcydo might know that
ho had rocourso In tho courts. In other words,
tho Information upon which the article was based
was tested in advance. This artlclo was called
by tho press of the time "fearless." It dealt with
somo of Washington's big bankers and real es
tate men and with a good many officials.
Woolley was writing just ns ho wroto when ho
was attacking municipal rings in smaller towns
of tho country. It Is not too much to say, per
haps, that tho artlclo largely was responsible
for a complete change In tho manner of men ap
pointed to positions of high trust in tho muni
cipal government of tho city of Washington, for
Washington In a way has municipal government,
being under the rulo, of courso, of congress, but
having a board of District commissioners as
In the yenr 1912 Mr. Woolley was tho editor and
compiler of tho "Democratic Text Hook," and wns
chief of the campaign of publicity bureau of tho
Democratic national commlttoo. Ho also com
piled the text book of 1914. His political alTllla
Hons at this time, howevor, nowspapor men be
lieve, did not havo anything to do with his ap
pointment to ofTlco. His efforts along liberal and
progressive lines had attracted tho attention of
Woodrow Wilson. Mr. Woolloy was 'appointed
first as nudltor for tho Interior department, an
office which, dcsplto Its name, Ih under tho control
of tho treasury department. Then ho wnB given
his present position nn director of tho mint. IIo
is filling it.
I am writing this artlclo with feelings of por
sonal admiration and liking, porhnps oven of nf
fectlon, for I havo known Wnolluy for years. Ho
Is a tried man. Ho is ono of tho nowspnpor fra
ternity, nnd after nearly a quarter of u century of
close acquaintance I know that 1 can say that ho
is an honor to It. Robert Wlckllffo Woolloy lives
Just outside of Washington In Fairfax. Vn. It Is
this llttlo town which has possession of tho wills
of Georgo and Martha Washington, and some
parts of the bill of rights of George Mason. It
is a good place for a Democrat of Ht rough' lro-
cresslvo tendencies to live.
Mr Wnollov married Maricuurlto Treholm of
Winchester. Virginia. Thoy havo four children
nil Hri Tho family life Is of tho Kind ac
counted ideal. In tho books Mr. Woolloy Is put
down ns Robert Wlckllffo Woolley. hut nowspapor
mon from coast to coast and from tho Canada line
to the Gulf know him much hotter as "Hob.
Once, during a national conven
tion, Claude Kitchin. Democratic floor
leader of the house, found the hotel3
overcrowded and was compelled to
share -a room with a very nervous in
dividual. "Ho was the most nervous man 1
ever knew," says Kitchin. "For ex
ample, after wo had gone to bed, he
called across the room, waking mo
out of first few minutes' Bleep, and
"Have you got a match in your
"I told him I hadn't, and he called
my attention to the fact that the hotel
was old fashioned and had gas Instead
of electric light in the room.
" 'One of us might get sick In the
night,' he suggested, 'and what would
we do without a light?'
" 'Maybe there's a match In the
box on the dresser,' I said.
" 'That's Just the trouble, replied
ray roommate. 'I looked before I turned the light out, and there waa Just
ono match there. Supposing that one match wouldn't light?'
" 'Why don't you get up and try it, and get It oft your mind I suggested.
"'Ah,' ho exclaimed; 'that's a great ideal' And so he struck our only
match, satisfied himself that it was a good match and went back to bed,
whore ho slept like a log the rest of the night."
EFFICIENT MISS KERF00T
SAFETY FIRST IN ALL THINGS.
"Why do you always carry your umbrella, oven
when it is not mining?'
Rn Komoone else won't carry It when It Is
raining." Pennsylvania Punch Howl.
A MARINE JOY MDS.
Motor Boater (to passenger) Wd you see me
out down that fisherman In the skiff!
Passenger Sure! Say, this la almost as much
fun as autumoblllng.
Twelve billion stamps! This is
the size of last year's stamp business
handled by tho bureau of engraving
and printing in Washington. Yet the
size of the order is not the most im
portant thing about It. The amazing
feature Is this: The entire work of
drawing the stamps, balancing the
separate orders and shipping them,
was carried on under the supervision
of a woman, and, thanks to this wom
an's efficiency, without a single dis
crepancy. Miss Margaret Kerfoot, chief of
the division which fills and ships or
ders to the C4.000 post offices through
out this country, is the efficient wom
an in the case.
She has been working in the bu
reau of engraving and printing for 32
years, and though the figures of last
year's stamp output and her record
breaking infallibility are startling
enough to deserve especial mention,
Bho may, nevertheless, be found any day in her huge basement office of the
bureau's new building on tho Speedway, filling stamp orders with a remark
ablo aversion to error.
Her record for perfection is a matter of pride, not only to herself, but
nlso to Director Ralph of the bureau.
DILL TO PAY OLD DEBT
Tho day Congressman C. C. Dill,
from Washington state, rlBes up In
congress and makes his maiden speech
It's going to cost him 25 cent3, plus
compound Interest thereon for 14
years. Tho congressman, this session's
youngest, has owed that quarter ever
slnco ho was sixteen. His creditor is
Mrs. Fanny Hell, Mount Gilead, O.,
and she has his noto to prove it.
Dill lived on a rented farm near
Frcdoricktown, O. Mrs. Bell was the
wlfo of the owner. On one corner of
tho farm was tho Salem M. E. church,
and ono dny a box social wan an
nounced for Saturday night at the
church. Mrs. Bell asked young Dill
It ho was going. Nope, didn't have the
necessary quartor, he explained cheer
fully. "I'll lend It to you," she said.
"Don't know when I can pay it
back," ho demurred.
"Pay it back when you make your
first speech in congress," she suggested,
ncd drew up the note.
Five or six years later he fell Into the camp of Tom Johnson and becamo
one of his secretaries during his gubernatorial campaign. After the cam
paign Johnson asked him what he was going to do.
"I'm going to congress, ' said Dill.
"All right," said Johnson, "you go out West and piok out some gooS'
growing town and stay there till they send you'
Dill went to Spokane, Wash., and now he is in congress.
The farm lad accepted the money
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