The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, December 14, 1920, Image 8

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Grime in U. S.
Beats Europe
Investigator Tells Why "Tolerant
America" Is Plagued With
Murders and Thefts,
Neither the Police of London Nor Parle
Would Be Able to Cope With Crime
In New York or Chicago, Say
Raymond B. Foidlck.
New York. Tolerant Amcrlcnn cities
are overrun with criminals ton greater
extent than metropolitan districts In
Kurope and neither tho police of Lon
don nor of PorlH would be able to cope
with crime In this city or Chicago, ac-,
cording to Raymond II. Fosdlck, who
made public statistics complied for tho
bureau of social hygiene.
"Tho pollco of an American city are
faced with a task such as European
pollco organizations havo no knowledge
of," said Mr. Fosdlck In giving stntls-"
tics from one part of his forthcoming
work on "American Police Systems."
"Tho metropolitan pollco force of Lon
don, with all Its splendid efficiency,
would he overwhelmed In New York,
and the brigade do sureto of Paris,
M'lth Its ingenuity and mechanical
equipment, would fall far below the
level of Its present achievement If It
were confronted with the situation In
Mr. Fosdlck discusses the relation of
heterogeneous population in America
to the crime rate, and concludes that
preponderance of crime In this country
Is augmented by unassltnllatcd or
poorly assimilated races.
We Condone Violence.
"It i must not bo supposed, however,
that our foreign nnd colored popula
tion Is the solo cause of our excessive
crime rate," continues Mr. Fosdlck, "If
the offenses of our foreign nnd colored
races were stricken from the calcula
tion our crime record would still grent
1y exceed the record of western Eu
rope. With nil Its kindliness nnd good
nnture the temper of our communities
contains a strong strain of violence.
We condone violence nnd shirk Its pun
ishment. .
"As to tho fact of our excessive
criminality the statistics furnish star
tling evidence. London in 1010, with
n population of 7.250.000, had nine pre
meditated murders. Chicago, one-third
the size of London, In tho same period
hnd 105, nearly twelve times London's
total. In 1018 Chlcngo hnd 14 more
murders than England nnd Wnles. In
1010 the nmnmber of murders In Chi
cago was almost exactly six times the
number committed In London.
"In 1018 New York had six times
4 more homicides than London, nnd ex
ceeded the total homicides of England
and Wnles by 07. This contrast ennnot
bo attributed to the.pcoullnr conditions
In London Induced by tho wnr. In each
of tho yenrs from 1014 to 1018, Inclu
sive. Now York had more homicides
than occurred In London during any
three-year period previous to the aut-
brenk of tho wnr in 1014.
"Statistics of this kind could bo mul
tiplied nt length. In tho three-year
Airship Hangar
View of tho Immense, airship hangar thut has been erected on Langley
field, Va.
Town of 800 Packs Up
to Move 10 Miles Away
EUIsvlllc, MIbs. If you don't
llko the location of your town
mora tho town.
So say the 800 Inhabitants of
Kohay, Miss. Some of tho build
ings nro now on wheels and oth
ers will bo loaded on flat cars
and carried over a logging road
to n slto ten miles north of tho
present location.
Futuro Has No Terrors for Him,
Cincinnati, O. Bernard Parrochnl,
cellist with tho Symphony orchestra,
Is back In town and will devote his en
tire tlmo to his art, for he's had n
good tlmo for n year, Ho's spent $24.
BOO of the $25,000 ho Inherited, and he
spent It all seeing Europe, Parrochnl
will not havo to worry ubout the fu
ture, however, for $180,000 Is due him
when he becomes sixty-one years old,
Ave years heuce.
period 1010-18. Inclusive, Glasgow had
S3 homicides; Philadelphia, which Is
only n trifle Inrgcr, had during this
snme period 281. Liverpool nnd St.
Louis nre approximately the same size ;
In 1015 St. Louis had 11 times the
number of homicides thnt Liverpool
had, and in 1010 eight times the num
ber. More Burglaries Here.
"Equally significant Is the compari
son of burglary statistics between
Great Britain and the United States.
In lOin. for example. New York city
had approximately eight times nsmnny
burglaries ns London hnd In the same
period. In 1017 New York had four
times as many burglnries ns London.
In 1018 the burglnries which tho police
reported In New York were approxi
mately two and n half times those In
"While war conditions ntulnnhtniiiv
served to heighten this contrast they
were by no means entirely responsible
for It; In 1010 New York city had
more burglaries than occurred in all
Englnnd nnd Wnles In 1011. 11112 nr
1018. Chicago In 1010 had 582 more
mirgiurios man London; In 1017. 8,450
more; In 1018, 800 more nnd In IHIO.
2,140 more.
"Even more stnrtllng nre the stntls
tics of robbery. In each of tin.
yenrs from 1015 to 1018, Inclusive. Now
Y,ork city had from four to Ave times
more robberies thnn occurred In nil
England and Wales In any one of the
live yenrs preceding the war.
Dickens often ncted- In private
Prisoners of
Reds Go Crazy
Many of Captives Returned to
. Germany Are Sent to In
sane Asylums.
Curie Their Flag and Denounce Coun
try for Not Exchanging Them
B,000 Remain In Russian
Prison Camps. '
Stottln, Germany. Every contin
gent of German war prisoners ar
riving here from Russia contains n
number of ragged, unshaven, haggard
men who have been made insane by
suffering during rauny months In Rus
sian prison camps.
In three weeks the German govern
ment sent 200 of men to In
sane asylums nnd sanitariums for
treatment. A few hnve spells of vio
lence and during these periods must
bo kept under guard, but the majori
ty present a listless, woe-begone
aspect. They look about with dull,
at Langley Field
50,000 Former German Officers
Are in Bad Way.
Many Compelled to Toll at Hard Labor
and Others Try to 'Exist on
Small Pensions.
Berlin. Many of the 50,000 former
German otllcers discharged slnco tho
signing of the armistice have Joined
tho grent urmy of unemployed In Ger
many, a few have gone to work ut
hard labor, nna others are trying to
make small pensions pay for tho ex
pensive necessaries of mere existence.
Ofllcers belonging to old, aristocratic,
once wealthy families, nre in no bet
ter situation than their comrades who
relied for a living on their army pay.
They hnvo long since disposed of
most of their personal property, and It
Is not uncommon to see one onrln
to some foreigner n family helrloi.m
This :iL'f-pound tuna llsli. cuugni ntr
Sun Diego, Oil.. Is the largest ever
taken In California waters. It Is a
ycllowfln tuna; u variety seldom found
so far North. Hook and line were
used In catching It.
Not a Houn' to Be Kicked Aroun'.
Bowling Green, Ky. An nutomobllo
belonging to Ed Cutitrlll was the chief
factor In n unique trade. .John Har
ris owned nn old mare nnd n surrey,
also the best "possum" dog In Wnr
ren county. Cnntrill gave MeJ car for
the horse and buggy and the privilege
of hunting with the Harris hound
during the coming season.
unseeing eyes, or sit quietly weeping,
unconscious of the fact that they nre
home ngnln. ,
The families nnd friends of the In
sane soldiers are allowed to ereet
them and to give them food and
clothes befpro they nre sent away for
Curses His Own Flag,
Nearly nil the prisoners exhibit the
most Intense bitterness not only to
ward Itussla, but toward tho Germnn
government as well. One of then.,
who had lost a leg and an nrm, nnd
who, It was learned, had been tnken
prisoner early in the war and has
been confined In many Itusslnn prison
enmps, shook his flst nt n Germnn
flag when he nrrlved, nnd cursed hbi
country, his people, nnd all other
countries and peoples.
"To with Germany 1" he shout
ed. "That Is not my flng nnd Ger
mnny Is not my fntherlnnd."
Ht then turned to the other pris
oners und, pointing to his wounds,
"This is what Germany hns done
to mo. This is whnt n kindly fnther
lnnd hns permitted. Why didn't they
exchnnge me? Becnuso I hnvo only
one leg nnd one nrm? I lost them
lighting for Germany nnd nil the
thanks I've had for It were tho rot
ten years In a Itusslnn prison."
Tell of Their Sufferings.
Tho prisoners generally agreed they
had been unablo to secure proper
medical treatment in tho Itusslnn
camps, and thnt their food had been
very bad. .
At the close of the war there were
250,000 Itussluns In Germany. The
Germnn government estimates that
not more than 5,000 Germans will re
main in Husslan camps this winter.
Before tho Husso-Pollsh hostilities
begnn tho Russians were being re
turned rapidly, but It Is now estimnted
at least 200,000 Russians are still In
Germnn camps, 00,000 of whom nre
the troops Interned when they crossed
the oust Prussian frontier during tho
Polish offensive.
The Germnn government has ex
pended .'10,000,000 murks for transpor
tation of Russlnns home, and 00,000.
000 murks to bring Germnn prison
ers out of Russia.
for enough money to pay a grocery
The wives and sisters of somo of
these men have gono Into tho shops,
where they earn H50 niarkB n month,
a sum a guest at any of tho Interna
tional hotels frequently pays for a sin
gle menl. The widow of a colonel
killed nt the front Is supporting four
children on n pension of less than 700
mnrks a; month,
Former soldiers, nnd pnrtlculnrly
the wounded, whoso pensions nre In
ndequnte to supply them with food,
havo been hard hit. Day und nlirht
they may be Been stnndlng on the
streets with cap In hnnd, begging or
selling mutches. They still wear their
uniforms, or parts of uniforms, and
somo of them, to Incite pity, exhibit
their wounds.
A party of Aiiic'ricnns walking down
Unter den Linden one night snw a
former soldier stagger nnd fnll to the
pavement, unconscious. City phvsl
clcns said be had fainted from hunger.
i tofrionT it vuiufl xnvvu union
"Wo're sociable and friendly," sold
Mr. Wolf to Mrs. Wolf. "Wolves care
for their mates. They don't pick out
a mate and then quarrel with her right
away. No, they car for her and they
like to be with her. That Is why they
have picked her out In the first place,
and they don't change their minds,
"If we hadn't loved our mates In the
first place we wouldn't have chosen
them, nnd If they hndn't loved us they
wouldn't hnve chesen us.
"And so we're sociable and wo don't
go off our own ways like some crea
tures do.
"There nre some animals who go off
by themselves such a great, grent deal.
"And when I say that we love our
mutes whom we pick out I menn thnt
I love you, Mrs. Wolf, and so do other
Mr. Wolves love their mates."
"And so do their rentes love them."
snld Mrs. Wolf, In a voice which
seemed to Mr. Wolf to be very sweet.
"And we go about together nnd hnve
such a good time." said Mr. Wolf.
"I'm a better fighter than you arc,
Friendly and Sociable.
which I should he, for n Mr. Wolf
should be stronger thnn n Mrs. Wolf.
"But you're n good fighter, too.
"And' we go off on mnrketlng parties
together. We go for cattle. Calves
and sheep we especially like."
"Yes," agreed Mrs. Wolf, "and you
help me pick out the choice bits. And
wo have such a good time together.
"It Is true that wolves are all so
ciable, too. We travel In big num
bers. "For animals that hunt so much
we're ns friendly and sociable n lot
as you could find.
"They say that we do grent harm to
the farms and ranches, and yet they
find It hard to get even with us. Yes,
we're smart, we're smart nil right.
We're cnlled Mr. nnd Mrs. Gray
Wolf and our friends nnd relatives
who go on great hunting nnd mnrket
lng parties with us are all Gray Wolf
"There are some of the cousins who
are like us but whose colorings are
n little different and t'-ey are known
ns the White Wolf family, the Red
Wolf family, the Black Wolf family,
and we travel In many parts of the
"We used to be somewhat more fear
less thnn we nre now, but now we have
to be cnreful.
"There Is no scope In being fool
bnrdy. We must be more cnreful for
there nre men nround at many times
who carry guns, for they nre trying to
protect their rnnches nnd their farms.
"That Is quite easy to understand
but It Is also ensy to understnnd thnt
we will go to the markets or the farms
or the rnnches whore we get the best
N "And when we nro brought to bny,
we nre brnve. We will fight nnd our
grent Jaws can do much harm.
"Yes. we will fight n grent and
glorious and magnificent fight at
least that Is what a wolf thinks of It
"But come, dear Mrs. Wolf, we must
Join the others. They are all waiting
to go marketing. Night time Is a fine
time to go, too.
"Formers and ranchmen nnd their
helpers nre more npt to nnp nnd sleep
"We go, you see, when we enn' do
the' best marketing, Just ns people go
marketing In the, morning . when they
think things nre best becnuse every
thing hns Just come In fresh and
they can have their pick.
"But we're sociable for nil our hunt
Ing nnd our fighting nnd our market
lng In the markets where there are
"And I love my dear Wolf mnto and
If anything happened to her my old
wolf heart would bo broken. So I
hnven't. such n hnrd henrt ns ono
might think If one Judged from tho
number of cattle I have killed."
"And I feel the same way," snld
Mrs. Wolf to her mate.
Happy While His Pants Last.
A school teacher who had some
methods of her own gave her boys
three buttons each, snylng: "I wnnt
you to think of the first ns represent
Ing life, the second liberty and the
third happiness. You must each bring
back the three buttons In three days
and tell me whnt they represent."
On the appointed day she asked one
pt the younger pupils why he didn't
turn In the buttons. "I ain't got 'eni
all," he sobbed, "Here's life nnd lib
erty, but me mudder wfiit un' seweo
happiness on me pants."- Boston Trnn
A. POSTSCRIPT written to ttie story
- of suits is due Just now and may
be briefly written, slnco the story Itself
was not a long one this scuson. There
bus been grent uniformity of styles nnd
considerable variety in detnllsif fin
ishing, and the points that distin
guished suits nt the beginning of the
season proved to be very populnr, so
thnt there hns been no good reason for
running after strange gods. Now thnt
tho season Is over, nnd designers nro
turnlnir their nttentlon to soring, we
nre not likely to find nny stnrtllng In
novntlons In winter styles.
Tho two suits pictured ure found
nmong the liberal quotn of fur-trim
med models thnt hnvo made up a
part of nil representative collections.
The Milt at the left Is one of the few
thnt have shown themselvesi Independ
ent of the vogue for coats reaching al
most to the knees. There are a few
models that keepvit company, so that
It is not wholly audacious, but they
are very becoming and good In style.
The coat shown In tho picture has em
placements, of fur nt each side of the
Hats That Smile At Winter
IN A GROUP of lints for llttls girls, It
Is not without Intention thnt a
plain felt Is plnced nt the top; for of
nil millinery for children, the hand
some heaver or felt, with ribbon trim,
holds Its own ns always nbove criti
cism nnd ulwnys appropriate. These
beavers and felts, plain as they are.
come In an unbelievable variety of
shapes nnd endlessly Ingenious ribbon
trims, nnd In all needed sizes nnd
colors. They nre hero and havo been
for many yenrs nnd nre ns certnln of
return ench year as the seasons nre.
Occasionally one comes ncross a model
that hns n llttlo additional embellish
ment besides the ribbon bund or sash
nnd In those pictured there Is a flat,
stitched band of felt about tho brim
edgo. But even these lovely beavers and
felts have rivals In pretty hnts of vel
vet, ench enhnnclng tho virtue of tho
other. Just below the felt hnt, at tho
left there Is shown a delightful bonnet-like
shape with soft crown of vel
vet. Its brim Is mndo of ribbon. The
velvet side-crown Is gnyly embroid
ered nnd ribbon Is looped nt the side
with long ends falling. Little misses
are much dressed up when they wear
front and back, with two large buttons
set In the spuces between the fur
pieces nnd a generous shawl collar.
The long girdle ofr the material Is fin
ished nt the ends with barrel-sliapcd
ornaments made of the fur. Squirrel
skins were chosen for this suit's trim
ming and the gray velvet turban cov
ered with massed sprays of uncurled
ostrich In gray looks well with It.
The suit at the right reveals n Coat
a little longer thnn the average, with
n plain nnd fairly wide skirt. It Is
u fine model for a matronly wearer,
with Its straight coat nnd lino of cloth
covered buttons from wnlst to neck.
These buttons reappear nt the sides
where the coat Is split, and add to the
general trlmness of this suit. Populnr
furs for suits Include seal, moleskin
squirrel, short-haired fox, Australian
opossum nnd beaver. Another feather-covered
hat suggests that velvet and
feathers are not outrivaled" by any
thing else for wear on the street, and
here a velvet-covered toque mnkes the
background for much uncurled ostrich.
pretty head coverings of this descrip
tion. The hn nt the right n simpler
nnd Is ulso made of velvet. Two colors
nre used for it, tho brim I" n lighter
tone thnn the crown, nnd a sash of rib
bon finishes It.
A charming hat at the bottom of tho
group Is nn amusing miniature made
like hats for grownups. It Ih also
made of velvet with sectlonnl crown
nnd has an upturned brim split at ench
side. Silk cord edges the brim nnd
outlines the seams In the crown and
bright motifs In silk embroidery help
the gaiety of tho winter senson. No
wonder Its smnll wenrer Is so plensed
with life In general-and her hat In
particular. It Is a clever piece of de
signing In which the means used for
developing maturer liendwenr havo
been perfectly adopted to childhood.
Hats ns elnbornte as this look best
with plnln. ennts and It happens that
coats for girls are plnln this season.