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"If the Mirror Told True"
By Nell . Brinkley
Copyright, 1(17, International News Service.
New Gravitation Theory Is Vaves
in Ether. Push All Bodies Together
Declares She Doesn't Heed to
Eat, for Spirits Would
n Provide Life.
Princess Khan Oola has gone on
a hunger strike.
$ince ner "st Friday afternoon
she has refused to eat anything ex
cept a few oranges, which she brought
with her. She has turned down a num
ber of tempting dishes prepared es
pecially for her.
"Why should I eat?" she demanded
in a half audible jargon. "It isn't
necessary for me to live on food. The
spirits will supply me with life."
Brought before Chief-wf Detectives
Maloney she told a different story,
however. She said that her creed for
bade her to eat the same dishes as
other races. '!I eat only what I cook
myself. I never eat meat, fish or
grease of any kind. The spirits don't
allow me to." ''
- - Declines to Buy Food.
Although given permission to send
out and buy any kind of food she de
sired, she declined to do so.
"I don't know what we can do
with .her," Chief of Detectives Ma
loney said, "unless we fix her an
apartment in the matron's department
and let her do her own cooking and
housekeeping. I for one don't believe
in this forceful feeding."
Police declare the princess' method
o obtaining her patrons' jewels was
revealed to them Saturday afternoon.
When a patron' came to her home,
1612 Cass street, for free consulta
tion, she asked for a sacrifice to of
,fer up to the spirits. - The dearest
thing a person possessed, she said, al
ways made the best sacrifice. The
sacrifice, of course, was destroyed, she
said. When the patron came around
again and said that no benefit had
resulted, she always would ask for a
larger sacrifice, saying that the spirits
were not satisfied with the first of
fering. Through this method, police
believe she has taken from Omaha
people jewelr, valued at about $10,000.
Nearly 100 rings, many set with dia
monds and other precious stones were
sejzed when officers raided h' r mystic
parlors. Trunks of silk dresses and
other valuable trinkets were found at'
her home and many other offerings
and sacrifices of her patrons to the
spirits and mystic conjurers.
She admitted that she was nj or
dinary fortune teller. At times she
said she held a school for fortune
tellers, where anybody with the price
could learn the inner workings o. the
Many of Omaha's best clairvoyants
were initiated into the secret myster
ies and received their start by attend
ing her school, she said.
For $500, a very reasonable price,
she said, she would teach the en
tire business, secrets and all, to Chief
of Detectives Maloney, who was
closely questioning her on her
methods. '
"I don't need any fortune telling
games to make money," the chief re
plied. The code used so successfully By
the princess in securing greater sacri
fices could not be deciphered by the
police. It consisted of a box of in
dexed cards with different scrawls and
Money taken, by Princess Khan
Oola, otherwise Mrs. C Q. Mitchel
tree, was not for her own' benefit,
she told officers. It all was sent back,
she said, to a society in India.
It was all the fault of her husband's
brother, Jess Mitcheltree, that die was
arrested, the princess declares. She
asserted that Jess also dabbled in the
hidden mysteries, but was far from
having good patronage, because he
sometimes kissed his feminine clients
as part of the ceremony.
Jealous of her business and because
she refused to gWe him money, Jess
called upon several of her patrons, she
said, and told them that she was a
fake- , - - ,
Line WithAnother
r Rgal Good Show
- Spicy burlesque, the kind that titil
lates through your system ' and
emerges therefrom in a series of
hearty laughs is yours if you will only
journey down to the Gayety theater
this week where Jacobs & Jermon's
"Burlesque Review" is holding forth.
If Harry K. Morton was the only one
in the show, it would be worth seeing.
liut there are forty others, some good
to look at and the rest good to
listen to. '
( Newoesa vibrates through the
.' whole program. Aged songs are
taboo, except in one scene of special
beauty where old southern "darky"
songs are sung. Novel dancing num.
bers are prolific, the educated feet of
Harry Morton tattoiing out many a
good sample of fancy stepping. And
. last, but not least, there is no pretense
at a plot. Instead, there are twelve
refreshing, including the pan
tomime presentation of "The Apple of
igns, wnicn oumDer scores a tri
umph. .
Zella Russell m a woman who can
and does play the piano. She has a
specialty number that is better than
many an act on a higher-priced cir
cuit, she surgs a new movie show
song and a catch? ditty about Mr.
- Mormon Man which are winners. Her
piamstic offerings are classical pieces,
well rendered. There ' nothing
i.bout her act which a church deacon
cojnd not applaud.
Flossie Eve. cue, a choici chunk of
t. rightly girlhood, sings and dances
her way into the hurts of the au
dience. Julia de Kelety has a way
about her that is winning and also
a very good voice, rich and powerful,
As to the chorus girls, it would take
a sicrn ccnsoi indeed to find fault
with them. Their portray.', of seven
art pictures captivated the audience
last night., ; r; - .
Comedy has t3 clever exponents
it Harry Morton-and Danny Murphy,
There is rea. t.rt in Morton's manner
ot making laughs, whether it be his
acrobatic dancing, keel, satir or
queer clow.iishness. Mjrton and
Murphy have a "bab ' act" with Zella
Kussell which is a scream. Too.
there is a lot oi fun in Murphy s im
personation ot an Hawaiian queen,
"TTTTIAT would you see there! Would you, -when you slipt up
YY on the shining oval and "peekt" around the gilt edge to
glimpse the pretty face there, see a pussy, do you think,
looking back at you? Let's sit down and talk plain out.
Would you see a cat? . Are you one, if the mirror only told
true? When any one, most specially a man, says some kind thing .
of another girl or woman are you the girl who cannot let the pretty
thing lie, but must pounce on it and pinch out its will o'-the-wisp
life? For a nice thing said of a woman is a delicate thing and lifts
its head shyly. All the unkind things grow like scratchy, hardy
weeds and spread through all the by-waya of the world for every
one to see. You must remember that. That all the loveliest, most
needed things are fragile and easy to lose or kill. That the coarse,
rough things that we do not sigh after spring alive quickly and are
- egee
Charge Eastern Colleagues
With Using Steam Roller in
American Society. '
That the New York civil engineers,
holding the balance of power through
superior representation on the board,
of directors are piloting the steam
roller over the western engineers and
are running the American Society of
Civil Engineers to suit themselves is
the contention of the Nebraska branch
of the national, organization, which
met in Omaha Saturday. The local
engineers are real peeved at their
eastern colleagues and intend to take
steps which will prevent the eastern
ers from ruling the society in the fu
ture. , .
Up to this time the national organi
zation has been known as the New
York Society of Engineers. But after
the meeting of the board of directors
next summer the local men assert that
it will be called by its proper name.
The members of the organization
took luncheon at the Commercial club
and then were taken to Council Bluff s
in automobiles. There G. L. Campen,
superintendent of construction of the
Heynes elevator, demonstrated how
concrete elevators are built. The
unique feature of the whole thing was ,
tne manner in wnicn ine lorms are
raised and at the same time kept per
pendicular. ' .
The most interesting feature of the
afternoon was the inspection of the
Union Pacific bridge. W. L. Brayton,
chief engineer of the railroad, showed
the visitors over the structure, the
thing that impressed the out-of-town
members was the way the old bridge
is being taken down. Ordinarily such
bridges would be moved on a tempo
rary foundation and then taken to
pieces in sections. In this case the
foundation has been done away with
between spans and the old spans -supported
by the new structure by means
of levers. .- , ,
R. A. Wilson took the members
through , the electric light plant and
laid emphasis on the construction of
the new tunnels. Some unique en
gineering features are to be seen in
connection with this work. Among
them je the cutting of steel sheet pil
ing at a depth of twenty feet below
the surface of the Missouri by the use
of the oxygen-acetylone flame.
At the business meeting which was
held at the Fontenelle after the ban
quet several matters were brought be
fore the organization. It was. unani
mously decided to allow the student
civil engineers of the country to form
local societies. : i
: In Business for Assault
Mrs. Mayme L. Plummer has
brought suit against Peter B, Buller,
her husband's partner in the grocery
business at 1914 Lake street, for
$6,000. '
Mrs. Plummer alleges in her petition-that
Buller, who also ''rooms
with the Plummer family at 1912
Lake street, intimidated, assaulted
and attacked her while she ha an
infant child in her arms and threat
ened her w-th personal violence if she
refused to do his bidding.
Says Germans Retire Not
From Necessity, But Choice
London, March 4. The Frankfurter'
Zeitung's correspondent at the Franco
Belgian front is Quoted in a Reuter
dispatch from Amsterdam as saying:
"The strong can do what the weak
dare not. That we are able to hold
the Somme front if we desire our in
comparable warriors have shown the
world. If we now vacate a small
strip of this front we obviously do
so only because we want to and not
because we must. This confidence
at the front in what our commanders
order should, strengthen the confi
dence at home that what appears to
be a retreat may be a prelude to un
doubted advances."
Alaska Railway Measure
Rushed Through Congress
, Washington, March 4. An emerg
ency appropriation of $3;000,000 to
conti.iue work on the Alaskan rail
way was rushed through ti e senate
and house in a few minutes tonight.
It originally had been incorporated
in one of the regular supply meas
ures, which 'ailed of enactment.
to the Hue and gold can
when you ask for
for Cakes, Fruits, Salads, Pea tries.
Dnteru, Ice Creams, Hot Choco
lates, Jello, Gelatines and Candy.
- St ymr Grocers- -
Then you will be aura to get tenn
MALLQ Is a wonderful help tn
making ok s icings sauces dee
serta puddings, pies, doughnuts,
salad dressings. Rosea dainties and
hundreds of goodies.
Met Has aafttlal yea ass seer sees'
te SwllawH lfa
time wulbMoawligbt and fluffy like whipped
eraam. It weufeln toe Walte-Stoseisoot.
- tessly wjilts. Nought) aradere f aeterf .
ts ears b taefet ea ITMSftm MALJA
Study the recipe boea wMeb sense with
aeery eMr-ery oee or two HALLO radpek
Yoa wilt erica!? realise what a dahtty toss
ytedaet this Is fraa Juatene taste.
Yosr greeer. tee. has HALLO and wn
Sail yoa of Its sewlims asd how saaay avilss
en alresdr sting it.
White Stokes Co Ine.
Chicago, IB.
as haVd to tramp out as Trouble's shadow. ' And anyone knows
what a robust companion he is. Pinching to death the brave little
leave of a gracious word said to another is only a habit, one of
'those things you catch when you live too long on a boarding-house
veranda with nothing to do; so the. next time someone who is
striding -along with you says a splendid thing about someone else
who is not there, even if you don't believe it, remember that all
the mirrors in the world might suddenly begin to get back the image
of the thing you are most like and don't be what is called a "cat!"
So agree and smile 1 And see how good you feel inside right after.
or a Sundae, or a - refreshing glass of; Ice .Cream . ;. ,
. Soda wiU be delightful and you won't feel weary
' and all fagged out when you go home, "v :-
Jv' '.'" Be sure it is . .
"Leading fountains throughout v V
N ' this" entire territory serve it. .
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We hate a cheer recipe look called "Fifty . - '
Si and One Ways of Serving Harding's UtAPmQlfCSAMmi
Ice 'Cream." yAsk for It at the Fountain.
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The mystery of mysteries in sci
ence is the attraction of gravitation
that very force of nature that is the
most familiar to us all I
It seems strange that the most fa
miliar -thing in the world should be,
at the same time, the most inexplica
blebut so it is.
In order to see clearly wherein the
mystery consists, let us first consider
what gravitation appears to be. It
is gravitation that gives the property
of weight to all bodies. If there
were no gravitation we could float
like thistledowns, and infinitely bet
ter than thistledowns; for they, too,
are finally brought down by gravita
tion. It is gravitation that brings a can
ion ball eventually to the earth, no
matter how swiftly it may be pro
jected. The faster it starts the farth
er it will go, but during every second
of its flight it drops the same dis
tance vertically toward the earth,
whether the speed imparted to it by
the powder is 500 or, 3,000 feet per
second. Gravitation acts on a mov
ing body exactly as well as on one at
rest. '
It is gravitation that curbs the mo
tion of the moon and keeps it in an
orbit of which the earth is the active
So, too, it is gravitation that gov
erns the earth in its motion around
the sun, preventing 1 it from flying
away into boundless space.-' Astron-
I omy shows that gravitation acts be
tween an tne pianets ana an tne stars
and controls their motions with re
spect to one another.
Now this mysterious force appears
to be an attraction, as if there were
elastic cords connecting all the bod
ies in space and tending to draw them
together. But space, as far as our
senses can detect, is. empty. There
are no elastic cords and no physical
tronomical bodies, or between a fly
ing stone, or cannon ball, and the
earth. How, then, can there be an
attraction? In order that a body
may be attracted or drawn thtre must
be something to draw it. Gravita
tion does the trick, but completely
Slides from us the mechanism
through which it acts. We can dis
cover no. mechanism at all.
When an unfortunate teroplanist
drops from his machine at a height
of a thousand 'feet he begins at once
to fall toward the earth as if it were,
pulling mm; dui now can u.iuii u IE
has nothing to pull with? You may
think at first sight that it is the. air
which' acts as an intermediary; but
that is not so, because the earth and
the moon "pull" upon one another
with a force equal to the strength of
a steel cable 500 l.iiles in diameter;
but there is no air, and no other tan
gible thing in the open space, 240,000
miles across, that gaps between the
moon and the earth.
Then , gravitation exerts the same
force at every instant. No matter how
fast the falling aeronaut may be de
scending at any moment, gravitation
will keep on adding speed as if he had
just started. Disregarding the slight
retardation produced by the resistance
of the air, he will fall sixteen feet in
the first second, forty-eight in the
second second, eighty in the third
second, gaining thirty-two feet in his
velocity during every second after the -first,
From a height of 1,000 feet he will
come down in about eight seconds,
and will strike the ground with a
velocity of about 256 feet per second.
From a height of 10,000 feet he would
fall in about twenty-five seconds, and
would strike with a velocity of 400 feet
per second, f
The same kind 'of calculation can
be "applied to the gravitation between
the earth and the moon. If the moon
were not in motion across the direc
tion of the earth's "pull" it would fall
to the earth in about 1 16 hours.
Now,, to return to the mystery, how'
is this force exerted? Is it really a pull
as it seems to be? The answer to
which science is tending is that instead
of being a pull, gravitation is a push; -iri
other words, that the falling aero
naut is pushed toward the ground and
the moon is pushed toward the earth.
On the face of it one might think
that nothing was gained by this
theory, because it seems as impossible
that a push should be exerted with-,
out a tangible connection as a pull.
But the clue is found in the supposed
properties of that invisible, in tangible,
all-pervading medium called ether.
This, to be sure, is explaining one 1
mystery by another, for we know
nothing about the ether except that it
conveys the waves, of light and elec
tricity,. butat any rate, it affords a
conceivable explanation of gravitation.
I have no space to go into this ex
planation, which has recently been'de
yeloped by Dr. Charleh F. Brush, but
an idea of its nature may be formed
from the statement that it regards the
ether as being filled with a peculiar
form of waves, and that material
bodies may intercept these waves in
such a way as to be pushed toward
one another on account of the dim
inished effect of the ether waves in
the space between the bodies. - 1
Benieneed ft Boyhood Friend.
When they went to school together they
called each other Jim and Al. But wjien
they met in the Wyandotte county district
court recently It was Judge A. J. Herrod
and James Sexton, confessed bank forger.
The Judge looked down 'from the bench
at the prisoner, who fumbled -his hat and
looked at the floor. Jim had admitted- to
Al tnat he had forged the name of Daniel
8tumpf to eight checks he oashed. at the
Commercial National Hank, Kansas side.
"Ten years on each count," the Judge said.
They turned to lead Jim away. Al looked
up froia his docket. '
"Make 'em run concurrently," he added.
"Ten years is a long time, you know." Kan-
city oiar.