Boston Sunday Post (Newspaper) - January 27, 1907, Boston, Massachusetts
IJOSTON SUNDAY POST, JxVNUARY 27, liX)7
Poor Old Eoiiine! Hard Lines, These
HUNT FOR A REALLY BAD BOY
Arlington Pastor Pins His Faith on Future of “The Gang”
A rhainpion o2 tl'f boy” luis arisen
111 tho Rov. JamoH Voaines, reeior of St. John'.s Episcopal Phuroh. Aiiin?ifon.
Mr. Veamcs has hail ycar.s of < \p« riencc with hoys. Ho has receivod lott. is fmni all part.s of tho world from sncee.-sfnl mon, who, until he put them on tlie ri;lil path, were cousiflerisl iiicoi i igiljl»-.
He iias cMime to the fonolu.“ion fliai the thorouKhly had hoy :.s lare.
During his work the Rev. Mr. Veam-'S has eneountered all kinds of hoys. h..\s of all degrees of badness, hut can r- < al! only one ca.se where any hoy with whom ho Tuts had associations wiis si>nt to l iie reform scliool.
‘Tn dealing with youth.” sa.'s the clergyman, ''Ihreo thing.s aio ne<H>s.n v -an optimi.'^tic view, patience ami a rj ii ,t of comradeship.
Friendship What Counts
“lioyhood is a .susceptible period Impressions are best rcceivcfl and lastingly held,” ho fold a Sunda.v reporter. “The point is to get close to the l)oy and win his contidence. Jt is Irmiid-ship that help.s. U isn’t preaching so much as comradeship that give.s one an almo.st unconsciou.s inlluence with the boy. lioys learn he.-1 by ahsori>tmn.
‘T have the greatest pos.sible faith in giving a hoy a fair show. A goo<l many people think that when a hoy rcaclif:S the ago ot adolescence he is morally had, P,nt it does not follow, for a good deal of the tnrhnlence is due to the devtdopment of hi5 physical nature at that period.
“Roys are gregarious. They get together whenever possible. They group at this corner or that, and If you leave these tioys to themselves they will go to the had; hut get the.se same hoys In a cluh and they can be guided, they can be heljied.
‘T have attempted to get boy.s from the streets and to amuse them, giving them a chance to learn without their hardly knowdng it.
Change Was Rapid
••[ hud a gang of boys on Pleasant street, who were outwardly tough, rough
Snapshot by Post photographer during one of the coldest days of the past week, showing how some of the tens of thousands of horses employed in Boston’s streets fare during bleak mid-winten The horse In the middle, In
particular, wears an actually human expression of discomfort and misery. No apparent effort is seen to protect the horse at the left of the picture by blanketing.
Peril of City Pavements That Is Costing Money and Horseflesh
Tlioy .nro going to try a new kind of street paving and the poor horse will pay the penalty.
For the hast dozen ycar.s and more new paving ban been tried almost, annually. and ov'cry new one seems worse than all tho otiiers on the horse.
AViiiter on the roughest pavements means a liard trial on the draught and c.irriage animals, hut every new pavement seems more slippery than its predecessors.
'The lato.st news from the pavin.g dep.u’tment is that Trcmont street, from Boylslon street to Scollay square, is to have a new surface just after the winter officially leaves.
Ritiiluhic pavement it is called, but in reality it is said to 1)0 little more than the oid-time asphalt, w'hich, before it has had time to cool and set, is strewn with line iTurhcd stone and then rolled in.
For six years, at the corner of Park and q'remont streets, the expressmen and drivers of public and private carriages liave hurled maledictions down on the city otticiahs ev'cry time that a light rain or frost covered the wood and a.'-'phalt paving of that corner.
i^.'t vything that .seems to he an improvement. over tiie old .style method of itavir.,”; the business .section ha.s been liiefi from time to time by the powers that hf' at City Hall.
When Ruts Were Frequent
The cart wheel luts of the coimtrv
roads existed a few years ago in some 01 the ovitlying- sections of the city. That was when the eliptical .stone was believed to he the best material where traffic- was lieaviest.
Bill in wet weather the cart roads would become mired, while in the heart of the city the uneven paving caused by the use of cobblestones ruined the hoofs of thousands of horses.
Then came the era of macadamized roads, when the city took a hand and built mile after mite with the material that old Peter MacAdam, the famous Scotch roadbuilder, recommended as the best possible groundwork for a surface that would W'ear like iron, so he said, but this was before the advent of the automobile, now being blamed for the ruin of the macadamized roads.
As fast as the macadamized road replaced the ruts of the outlying section, cut granite block.s took the place of the round cobbles in the city streets, and for many yeai's were looked upon as the Ideal material for a pavement over which heavy loads w’ere carted. Besides saving the hoofs of the horses, they were laid so as to enable the horses to get a grip on the pavement with the shoe calks.
Wanted Less Noise
Then the cry of the merchants, store-keeper.s and occupants of office bullding.s went up to the effect that they could not stand the noise caused by heavily loaded wagons rumbling over granite.
A.sphalt w'as next tried and later wooden block pavement came, six years ago
this winter, when owners of horses from every section of the city complained bit-terl.v of the fearful conditions during stormy weather, winter or summer, at the corner of 'I'remont and Park streets.
As an experimenr, the paving department decided to put down v/ooden block paving on one half of tlie street, directly in front of the cross walk where Park street joins Tremont.
All of the drivers who use that section of Tremont street have claimed that no relief came through the substitution of wood for asphalt, as both brought about equally (leacherous footing for horses when rain turned the dust on tho combination pavement into a coating of slime.
Eight montiis ago it was announced by the Mayor that arrangements had been made to pave AV.ashington street with wooden blocks from Kneeland street to Adams .square.
Immediately came protests from hundreds of drivers, and a few of the master teamsters, who felt that the lesson that they had received at the Park street corner was sufficient.
On the other hand the owners of the great retail stores felt that as slippery conditions would occur only occasionally, the general public would be best serv’ed with the use of the seasoned blocks, as the streets could be cleaned more readily, and better, and the pavements would be practically noiseless.
The Mayor took this view of the matter, and the paving went along as orig-
inally intended as far as Milk sti’eet, where the subway work interfered.
It has lieen suggested that Milk, a portion of Water and congress, Kilby and other streets of that section of the city he paved witli the same kind of blocks that have boon laitl on Washington .sireet, hut the master teamsters will raise a loud protest for the sake of their horses if this is attemp >d.
R. S. Brine, Jr.. viee-president of the R. S. Brine Fonipany, one of the largest trucking concerns of the city. Ihink.s wooden blocks better than a.-iphalt hut
The Wood Is Better
‘‘The wood block paving laid on Washington street is certufnly far better than asphalt when the results of a year’s work in the trucking husine.ss is figured out,” he said.
“The w'ood is apt to he dryer and
give the horses a better footing than would psphait at any time, hut, like the latter, it is hound to become covered
with a scum even if a light rain falls
in winter or summer, and when horses are struggling with heavy loads they are pretty certain to come to their knees and .suffer injury.
“No senslDie-minded teamster or driver will pass over asphalt while he has a heavy load, as there is no grip at all for the horses if they once begin to slip.
"It the matter of paving the streets was left to the master teamsters—I nican the streets of the business section, of course—there would he nothing but
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granite paving blocks used, these to he ] ¡n wet or icy weather T cannot see
set on the firme.st of foundations, so that there would noj he any chance of the street si'ttling or becoming uneven.”
Managei- Rol)inson of tlie Boston Cab tTimpany had this to sa.v;
“Th.ough we have in use on the city streets more horses than any other concern in the city, we have had nowhere near :is much trouble this winter as in the past.
Drivers Avoid the Spot
“Th.e spot at the corner of Park and Tremont streets has been a place to bo avoided by all cab drivers for several years, but if they are going to provide something better I certainly am interested to find out what it may be and what relief it will give the horses.
where there i.s any difference between the wooden blocks and asphalt.
Likes Granite Best
“For my part I would like to see the city authorities go hack to the old style granite block paving.”
"There hav'e been very few complaints this year about the slippery conditions of Tremont .and Washington streets, for at the slightest sign of too smooth going the sand teams of tho city get to work to save the hor.ses all the trouble that they can,’’ said Superintendent of Streets Doyle.
“I suppose that we will always have the horse trouble with us, hut with the new block paving the trouble is greatly reduced, and at the. .same time the people doing business along Washington
“While the weather is dry, I believe * street have sent in letiors in which
that there is no pavement that could serve the purpose of the hacking and light driving of the city to better advantage than the wooden block pave-ing, but the comfort is often over-balanced by what the men and horses have to stand on the days when scum gathers on the street.”
D. S. Woodbury, another of the master teamsters, said; “It has always been a source of strains, cuts and bruises to workhor.ses. When a man gets three or four ton weight on his wagon going along the asphalt and a tug comes, one or more of the horses are going down on their knees and become injured.
' Under the same conditions of hauling inch.”
they have pjraised the noiseless and clean pavement.
“Other points in lis favor are that It is both cheap and elastic, and seems to wear better even than granite, at least that was declared to be the case at the corner of Park street.
“The United States Agricultural Department, hearing that the pavement had been in constant use here for a period of nearly six years, sent two experts on a few months ago.
“They gathered data and then began their investigation. They found tluit in the six years’ use the blocks had worn down only one-eighth to a quarter of an
LOST COIN CHECKS TRAFFIC
Old Woman Lost Only a Dime, but the Street Was Blocked
GREATEST PHILANTHROPIST IN ALL EUROPE
Rhe wn.« .a. little old woman with a coar.«e shawl wrapped around her 1 shoulders and a knitted headpiece known j as a nubia, on lier head. Bending over, she peered about the asphalt pavement . in total disregard of the dangers from passing traffic on lower Broadw'ay.
‘T..ost anything. Indy?” asked a policeman.
“Ye.c. sir,” slie answered, “some money.”
’Phe hluecoat looked at her W'orn old face for a moment and then he, too, got busy. A newsboy joined In the hunt. Thesently several citizens w'ere participants. A street car .stopped, and then another, q’he driver of a liig truck pulled i rip at the curb, clamherod down and he- | came another searcher for the lost coin. Sevt'ial minutes passed. There was a I partial blockade of the street, and then i the policeman picked up a dime from Its re.sting place on the street car track.
"Is this part of it?” he asked. .
“Ves. .sir,” answered tlio old woman joyfully; "its all of It.”
An exclamation arose to the pollce-man’.s lips, a. laugh ran ainong the bystanders, hut it stopped at the glad look in the old w'oman’s eyes as she reached her gnarled hand for the little eoin. 'I’he politeman cheeked the half
WINKED AT BY THE BISHOP
One Small Burst of Profanity Necessary to Start the Western Stage
T.ADY ST. HETAER,
Sinca the death of Baroness Burdett-Coutts l..ady St. Heller, the oldest daughter of the late Kleth Stewart MacKenzie
formed utterance and solemnly escorted Seaforth, Is now considered the great-
o the curb. The ears / . .n ..i. ...
est philanthrxiplst of Europe.
Her two daughters by her first marriage to the late Lord Stanley of Alderley arc
rattled on. the big truck swung on its ! w.iy and the policeman stood .silently at ids past. Xo one thought to jihe, no one tliouglit to .swear after that look of joy that came into tho old W’oman’s eyes as 111. lost coin was restored.
NO NEEDLESS WASTE
I'lK' goUilish in the little aquarium had tlirivm (luite well until a few week.s after I lin y had Ih*“m intruHted to the care of tin* new maid, wlien tliey were found 1 f'i-hl.v lloating almost on their hacks.
I •■iianiet.” called the anxious mispress, “ha\e you givet\ the fi.sh any fresh water
• X'l'. ma’am.” answered Harriet; "they liaien’l drunk the »i la.si month yet.”
A VERY ECONOMIC DUCHESS
Duchess Vicky of Coburg Proves Herself a Good Housekeeper
water i gave them
Mrs. St. John Brodrlck and Mrs. All-husen, both of whom inherit in no .small degree their mother’s gift.s of sympathy and charm. Since the death of Lord St. Heller, his widow has devoted her.=eif with even greater energy than heretofore to the poor and the suffering.
In connection with l.ady SI. lleliers
Harley street salon, a talc is told which illustr.'ilt^. rather aptly her lady.sh?p's penchant foi inviting to her hon.se anyone of notoriety. A famous wit wa.s
asked to go to an Interesting murder trial. He declined however, .«aylng, “If the man’s eondi rnned It wM he pain-,
fill. If he’.s relea.sed, why then I'll me t
him at Lady Jeunc’sl”
Ethelbert Talbot, now bishop of Central Pennsylvania and for years the bishop of Wyoming and Idaho In the early days of that region, gives many an anecdote In his entertaining book of reminiscences, “My People of the Plains.”
One occasion the bishop was due to preach at a certain town on the prairies of Nebraska. It was in the spring and the mud was up to the hubs in places. Already it was growing dark and the lights of the village which the bishop was trying to reach seemed still a long way off. He became a little nervous lest he should be late for his appointment. Just then they encountered a mud hole, and the .stage coach stuck fast. The driver laid on the lash, but In vain; the horses would not move. The bishop was on the box with the driver, who was getting desperate. Unable to stand it any longer, he turned to the bishop and said;
‘‘Do you see those wheelers looking back at me?”
"Yes, Harry. What does that m'ean?” "Bishop, you know I have always tried to treat you right, and I respect yonr cloth. But do you say you want tô preach in that there town tonight?”
"Of course I do. ITarry. Why don’t you whip your horses?”
“Whip ’em. bishop! Ain’t T been .a-whlppin’ ’em? But I’m bound that I’ll get you there or bust. What do you say, you must preach there tonight?”
"Of eour.se I must.”
"Well, bishop, I ask it just once. You see, the.se horses are useil to my style of talkin’ to ’em. I know it’s a bad habit, and 1 know it’s wrong, but will you please give me a dispensation just thl.s one time? If you will, 1 11 get you there or bu.s;. \Vhat do you say, bishop?"
"Well. Harry. 1 suppo.se I 11 have to. Fire away this one lime.”
Harry ripped '»ut an oath and the horses gol down on their liaiiiic’ne.«. eleareil the mud hole and landed the hi;-hop in town jiu t In time lo keep his appointment.
COBURG, fan. 2C.—Duchess Vicky Is easily the best housekeeper among royal dames in Europe. Almost daily she goes marketing with a few ladles and gentlemen of her court and not infrequently she carries some tit bit or other purchase home in her own royal hands, wffille her attendant.^ and servants are alw'ays loaded with goodies. The other day she purchased an especially appetizing fresh ham, but the price of 25 cents a pound nearly took her breath away.
The duchess makes It a practice to visit her kitchen daily, and not Infrequently she assumes command either in the roast, vegetable or pastry kitchen, and makes some kind of a dish her husband or a favored visitor Is particularly fond of.
While everybody loves Vicky, the cook’s assistants and the scullery girhs stand in great awe of the little royal lady, since she examines the vegetables most clo.sely and is able to detect a defect in wa.shlng up more readily than any one else.
The other day .she discovered several black ‘‘eyes’’ in a potato, made ready for the table. "Good gracious.” she cried, "if the duke had seen that potato he W'Onld have raised no end of cain. Let me have your knife, girl, and I'll show^ you what real potato peeling Is.” And she did. did Vicky.
HOW CARNEGIE IS
AWAKENED EVERY DAY
SMITHS BY THE THOUSAND
London Directory Overrun by Men of This Historic Name
SEIZES $300,000 TAPESTRIES
P.-VRIR, Jan. 26.—Sixteen tapestries, valued at ¡fcSoo.íKK), .sold by a, descendant of Count Bertier do Sanvigny. the famoii.s friend of King Louis XVI., who was decapitated at the time of the French revo-jiutlon, were ree.ontly seized by the French government, hecan.se the head of the fa-mou.s family, who is now an officer of tin* French army. Inul .sold them tn a dealer for nior<> than l.oi'q.hi'h franes. The tapestries were presented by thr* nnfovtnnate King lo the grandfather of tho present holder of the tilli*, and (ho trreneh go\-< iT.incnt now claims them a.s national propert>.
MR. ANDREW CARNEGIE’S LIVING ALARM CLOCK. THE PIPER WHO AWAKES THE FAMOT'S MILLIONAIRE EACH MORNING.
It Is the piper's duty to play beneath Mr. Carnegie’s bedroom window each morning, and thus awaken hi.s master. He also plays during certain meal.s, ’Phis was the duly that Harry Bay, the famous Cleveland baseball player, wans asked to perform by Mr. Carnegie, hut he refused.
LONDON, Jan. 26.—If you have a friend called Smith In London and wish to find him, the natural course Is to consult the London directory. But a glance of the 1907 edition of this colossal volume just issued shows that to look for any specified Smith is like looking for a bottle in the Atlantic Ocean.
For the great Smith cl.in occupies no fewer than 11 closely printed pages of the grand total of 468(1 in tho volume, exclusive of advei’tlsements, a volume about as big as a .small man can comfortably lift. There are 110 William Smiths, 43 Thomases, but only 10 Sidney Smiths.
The Jones clan comes a had second with five pages. Bibical names arc well represented. There are 36 Jacobs. 23 Moses. 19 Eves, 1.8 Abrahams, 16 Adam.«, one Esau. There is no Lot, but several Lots and two Lotzi s.
Ar^.ong "color” names there are, as usual, plenty of Blacks, Browns, Greens, etc.. and as well one Blue and one Carmine. In the "trades” list there is one professional bottle cleaner, one smoked salmon factor, two slate pencil makers and tiT) receivers of wrecks at the various ports.
(Photo by Siegel.)
REV. JAMES YEAMES.
Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Arlington, champion of the "bad hoy.”
A TRAMP’S IDEAL WIFE
liFBLIX”. Jan. ‘26.—tramp in giving his opinions about a wife, state.s ihat she .should he an ali-inoniul woman, "ho-tweeu -10 and r>0 years, not liandsome. hut ternperat . If theic's any drinking to he done." he says. “I can see to ti nt. ¡.She should he able to walk 20 raiies a, Idai'. and Ix* good at lieggiiig (lotatnes and jitottl s. and also at ballad singitig. She j sltouhl not mind wlia! tlie puhlie said, ' .and should he .able to ligld a round or two to help her husband wlieii iu action.”
KAISER’S PORTRAIT BEDAUBED
BERLIN. Jan. 2«.—What will be, regarded by the authorities as a serious case of lese majeste has taken place at Czempin, near Posen, w’here the jiCople arc in a state of exasperation as the result of th(* decree ordering tho German language to he used in the schools in teaching religion. The chih of the* shooting society was stickcd, and the portrtiils of tlic Emperor and Empre.ss destroyed. The eyes and ears of the imperial couple were cut away, and the rest of the can-vase.s covered with mod.
A CANDID AVOWAL
‘Do you think you will he able to convert the masses to \uur way of ijiinking?”
“My friend.” aii.swercd .«5<*nato;* Sor-giiuui, "ton uTin.\’ of in' statisinen arc. r.i'.’ing our .itjer.'ion to i* u.v< iling Ih.e masses wh.<*n w* ougiit to h** ing lo keep fi om backsliding oarseh. e.s.”
boys. I remember that at first these boys would turn out the gas, pitch things out of the windows, and raise w'hat they called a ‘rough house,’ hut at the end of two years there was a marked difference. 1
‘‘At the time of closing for the summer the hoys w’ere neat In dress, clean and , gentlemanly. So great was the change in their appearance and manners that it was difficult to recognize in them the boys I had gathered from the streets.
"Sometimes you are tempted to think that there is no use in trying to do good foi’ this or that had hoy. but I have seep some of tliese fellows turn out to be ,tlie , best of men. ’I
"People think and say that the hoys , who throw snowball.s and break tilings | are coming to a bad end. But who didn’t throw snowballs and get into some trouble- or another when he W’aa a hoy? Boys who throw’ snowballs never think of what the action Is going to result in. The he.st thing to be done is to teach them self-control.
"It i.s the fool things that lioys do without thinking that get them into trouble.
"In a clubroom a boy will occasionally raise a disturbance. It isn’t much use to try and punish him. Convince him that, he is hindering Olivers from enjoying a good lime and that is about all t’nat is j needed for him to quit.
"You may have to repeat things over and over again to do it. As the mother of John Wesley said to the father after he had continually asked the hoy to control himself; ‘Why, you said that 13 times liefore he stopped.’ ‘Well,’ replied the father, ‘if 1 had said it only 12 he would not have stopped.’
"Every summer we take a gang of hoys out to camp wdiOP*. probably fur ! the first time in their lives, they never ' liear an oatli or a foul word spoken. Fsually a nninlier of Harvard men are. witli tile hoys and tlie hoys cannot lielp but locome better, not from any preaching but simply from tlic impressions re- j ceivcd.
"!Maniml training lias proved a great help. too. Nothing has done more to im- . prove the worst hoys than that. A hoy must he doing something. He likes to cix^ato. j
"My enthusiasm began when other«. ■ hearing of the good times we had in our j Sunday school, wanted to come in. Sunday school is all right and good, hut ' the cluh is a very fine supplement for the cah'chisni.
"Among the hoy.s in our club here now are some who come from the verj' best and richest families. 1 say to them sometimes; ‘1 don’t sw why you come here when j on have everything you want at home.’ They an.swer; ‘Well, it is the Iioys iiere,’ illustrating how much boys y* ani for companionslup.
"Tiicrc ale very few really bad boys. Thor*“ l alled i ii<It* have* been made wo by the unfortunate cirenmst.aiices of tlv^ir lives. I'cople spc*ak of all bad hoys as had. hut that is wor.sc than sayin.u that all iieoplo are invalids hecuuso sonje .Uc ini alids.
‘GiNo tlie ‘bad hoy' a chanvc and he v.iii turn out all right.’’