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THE HERO OF THE STORY AND TWO OP HIS SMALL CHUMS, JEWISH BROTHERS FROM RUSSIA.
(Copyright, 1903, by Thomas Q. Vlsk.)
t 1 HEESE it, Araby, Polack, Russky,
I I Italy!" cried the gold-capped
I aa I lr n, . o f tt Iho wnmon find chil
dren's detention room In the
Ellis Island Immigrant receiv
ing station. He accompanied his words by
an energetic wave of the hands, and a
dozen laughing boys and girls tell reluc
tantly away from his coat tails and legs.
Then the man turned to the visitor.
"Lively brats, ain't they these adopted
kids of Uncle Sam?" he queried.
"Yes," agreed the other, "they're as full
of mischief as the native born."
"Umph!" grunted the keeper, "they're a
Jf"ai sight worse, and all the hundreds who
-a$ass through the island every day In the
year are Just like 'em. They keep this bit
of land filled with trouble."
He looked around the great room, lighted
by a dozen windows, until, in a far corner,
and high over the heads ot the 200 occu
pants of long, low benches and gaudily clad
L groups, standing patiently alongside ban-
dana-covered baggage, he beheld a boy
swinging by his heels from one of the wire
cots suspended fi'om the wall.
"Look at that youngster," he said. "He's
been here three months he and his mother
waiting for his sister to get out of the
hospital across the island, where she's been
having all the ills that American boys and
girls are heirs to. She started in with
measles the day she landed and since then
she' had scarlet fever, mumps, chlckenpox
and what not one after the other. In the
meantime that boy and his ma have been
kept here, though they've been passed for
landing, for it's a rule to detain healthy
members ot the family until the sick ones
are ready to go ashore with them. Nearly
all of the youngsters you see sprawling all
around are here for the same reason. That's
why I say Uncle Earn Is their foster father,
because eventually they'll get safely
"Well, that kid he's from Naples, his
daddy, in the detention room for men
across the hall, says has been making
more trouble for me than a half dozen
Yankee boys could think of all togsth.T.
He started in the second day he was here
to carve up that little black-eyed Araby
o-lrl over there, because she wouldn't let
Sfhlm kiss her, and I not only had to take
'away his pocketknlfe, but I had to separate
l LB IWU IIHHUriB, w uu "lie yuuuuiuB vmvm
other over the heads with their fists for all
they were worth. Next diy the bov tried
to whip all the other boys at one and the
same time, with the result that I was
compelled to pull him out from under a
pile of small bodies representing every
country in Enrope and a few in Asia. I
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(Continued from Third Page.)
nnd reproached him in
r wavtd his
once a day." to tell mothers of the good news.
He left the room, returning in a fow "They all show wonderful love for their
minutes with a halt dozen stolid looking fathers," said the keeper. "Look how the
men behind him.
men are letting the kids crawl all over
them and pull their hair and whiskers."
tugging at my arm an hour or so later.
"What do you want, Italy?" I said.
" 'Please, sir, he answered all these
children are very polite, although you
wouldn't expect It 'I'm going to be' "
forted until sleep overtook her because her
doll, in falling, lost the bigger part of Its
face. Poor little girl, it was a great loss
to her, because It was her first doll. Sines
then she and her older sister have been
"George, dear, how could I send a
kiss across the ocean by the wireless tele
graph?" "A kiss, my love? That's something of
a puzzle. No doubt It could be launched
all right, but would it get there and get
there intact? Of course if it flew too high
the four winds of heaven would be apt to
snatch it up and whirl it anywhere save
In the right direction. And then again. If
it dipped low it would catch a briny flavor
from the ocean that would ruin it for all
commercial purposes. I'm afraid, my dear,
that science can't grapple with this prob
lem just yet. Of course It wouldn't do to
give fuur A i sb iu dig. marcuui iuu oaa. u.u.
nnin in f 1 1 1 i m i hit nanmnfii in itm a , 1 1 -
ing might object to this. You must either
wait, my love, or send your kisses by mail
prepaid, with a stamp Inclosed for re
turn." "Thank you, dear. I was sure you
would know all about It. Cleveland Plain
Shrieks and shouts from the center of sharing the tatter's doll between them and
the room hurriedly drew the keeper thither, lavishing all the love on It that any two
where he was instantly surrounded by two little American girls possibly could,
tearful womon and their dozen offspring, "The only plaything that the boys seem
equally divided. For full five minutes he to have In common with our youngsters
listened to their chattering, then he led when they land is the pocketknlfe, and
one of the gaudily clad mothers and her this Is exhibited lu all states of Imperfec-
chlldren to another section of he room tlon. The girls don't bring over a toy of
and seated them on a bench. After he any sort not even ' a miserable rag doll,
had helped bring up the family's bundles. Fact Is, I've gathered from my talks with
he returned and took up the Interrupted their mothers that their daughters never
talk. l;new about dolls in the old country.
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Into It to buy a lead pencil. He ottered ma
one made In New York, and when I asked
you suppose dip
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or dirt or things to
Clean, Frtth and Fragrant.
THREE GIRLS FROM THE OLD WORLD ON THE RIGHT. AN ARAB, IN THE CENTER A POLE
AND ON THE LEFT AN ITALIAN.
thought that would settle him, because he "That boy said. 'I'm going to be a good "But there's one game that all the chll- "Araby Russky, Polack Italy. he
received such a good licking, but It didn't, citizen And he was so much In earnest dren seem to know-rlns-around-a-rosy shouted pop-dad - f adder!
Fact is, he's a born fighter and he's like that I'm willing to wager that he'll make No one has to each them hat no matter On the Instant a bundrod
the proverbial flea-you can't get your good his words. Why, he's actually begun where they hall from. Let a shipload of towards he men, and those whose fathers
finger on him until if. too late. Why. he's punching the other boys because they won't boys and girls come Into this room and, were In the group shouted and laughed I as
all around the place at bis own sweet will, take oft their caps to and salute the little before they've been here half an hour, they they scrambled around their parents legs
and how he manages It. I don't know. Just American flag that he got for a Christmas mill be dancing around In circles and sing- and held on to their hand, as they moved
when I think he's safely locked In this room present." Ing In their native tongues the same song towards their wives. But the others, openly
I'll discover that he's mlsslug and. on Th guide paused to reflect. ihat your babies and mine sing when they showing their disappointment, sought the
searching for him, find him over with his "Maybe the missionaries didn't mean it aim tneir playmates gamer in vne i.uuK wpir-w.r.r ..u .ut.-. .
father entertaining the men with his Ital- to have that effect, but the tree that they room or the yard and play mat gooa oia sort oi irouDie-ana reproa
Ian songs, or in the dining room stealing had here Chrletmas has stirred up a lot game of 'rlng-around-a-rosy.' " childish Jabber. The keepe
hunks of rye bread, or over at the hospital of trouble for me. That tree was in- i ne Keeper iookcu n iu nnn-n. .........
trying to get in to see his sister. He's directly responsible for the squablle I've "Time to let In some of the fathers to "Next," he said, kindly; ("next In a
the ringleader In all sorts of mischief, and. Just settled. Near as I could make out, It Bee their families," he said. "We let "em minute," and Immediately tho little face.
T toll von he keens me earning mv monev." beean over an attempt of one of the daugh- In In batches for ten or fifteen minutei brightened and little legs scampered away
The keeper grinned as he saw the boy. In ters of one famllr to steal a doll from
an effort to scramble down from the bunk, the daughter of the other woman. Every
miss his footing and sprawl lgnominlously girl here got a doll from the tree, but
on the elate floor. Then, as the lad picked many of them have since tried to become
himself up and, despite the evident hard mothers cf larger families, with the re
tumble, walked away with a swagger, meant suits that their days and their mothers
to show that he wasn't hurt, the man days and my days especially have been full
spoke admiringly: of trouble.
"He's a plucy lad and a bright one. Dur- "But that tree has showed me one thing
Ing the time he', been here he', managed how quickly and easily the children of all
to pick up a good deal of English and he nations even the roaming Arabians take
can make out pretty well what I say to up with American ways. Until Christmas
him. One day not long ago I told him day the boys had never played with mar
about our president and he seemed much bles had never seen 'em, so far as I can
Interested. The next dy he came up to And out but an hour after they had re
me and, half In Italian and half In English, cetved their bags of marbles, along with
made me understand that he's been think- other gifts of apples, orange, and candle.,
ing very hard about what I'd .aid abo-it they were playing with them Just like a na
the president, and he believed he'd like to tlve born would. And the girls well, the
be president some day. When I told him dear little things seemed to understand
that he couldn't because he'd been born In what the doll, were for the minute they
Italy, his face fell and he seemed much saw them on the tree, and when they were
disappointed. handed around the first thing they did was
"In order to make him feel better I've to clasp the china babies to their breasts
taken quite a famy to him I tried to ex- and croon childish lullabies to them In
plain that, although he couldn't be presl- fifty different tongues. They also stood the
dent, he could be many other things, and dolls on their heads and critically examined
I ended up by saying that the best thing the clothes, Just a. my little daughter
he could be was a good citizen. He asked does. And whenever one of the girl, has
me to explain what that meant, and I did happened to break her doll. It has almost
as best as I could. In the middle of the broken her heart, Just as with my little
talk I was called away by something and giri. Why, that mite fr -ai Poland cried
forgot at out the boy until I found him all day yesterday and wouldn't be com-
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