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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 27, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta BEST NEW YORK (The Cleverest American Paper, the New Yoii Sun Refers to Harvey O'Higgms as the Sue cessor to Washington and O. Feature Article Tells His Story. L H OHIGGINS i brilliant onus Can ullaq Jauin ill'tt to Sen lork and bo came one.of the most -famous writers of short stories and special articles n America, has just been paid the unusual honor of htultigr a and a half .In the New. York Bun (the most distinguished new spaper In to him. ThO article is Illustrated and it refers to Sir, O'TIigslns in' tho highest terms of praise as the successor to and O. Henry I Tore are somo extracts: Tills romancer of New York real Itles'wrote one story that helped to tsiHtle a railroad strike, another that served us a campaign document, a third that won as "the best 'American short a fourth that heciiihB. one tho most successful plays of its season, and many that :liave; interpreted New York to New Yorkers Washington Irving was the first hlstoriogiapher of "Yoik then came O. ;Henry, and. now there Is Harvey O'Higgms, the man who stories. The special qualification of Harvey O db a historiographer of iJ-Jew- York, is 'his special knowledge ;cf tho" Irish. York'ceased to be the city -ot the Knickerbockers it be- came the.-city of the Irish. It pro- duced the greatest Irish population, by way-of T311is Island, of any of the alien admixtures in', the beginning the' influx of. 'the nations inlo this melting, pot. The Irish were the f! 'st ingredient in immigration- his- -tory in the making of the city. .The rlrish madu the East Side. Th? Irish made Tammany Hall.. The Irish made many of the Institutions Ithat arc at the hottom-of the organ- ized city of to-day.' Then came the Slav and They displaced the Irish on tho Kast Side. The 1 Irish swarmed -icross the city old Greenwich VII- and it Is in that settlement of ittio Irish that most' of Harvey lO'IilggJris's stories .have root. A Focest Author LA O HIGG1NS S Irish a to do with the or construction, of New Yorlt. afccy O'Htggina. They are romances of the average. He has written more Uian a hundred in he lias been building up 8. reading public. Several of them have had peculiar aptness in cur- rent events and have helped to make history. One of them has come to the stage. Harvey O'lliggins is more than a kind of prose laureate of the exiles of Erin, of the poor servant girl, the hod carrier and the day laborer, the oK7 washherwoman and the night watchman, the team- etcr and tho policeman who has been is the man who wrote "The Beast and the Jungle" with Judge.'lien Llndsoy; the Mormon polygamy exposure with Senator Frank ,1. Camion; who liaa studied end written of a broad range of In- terests, and wiiose Irish romances, written In tin; interims of his books UP.d his are the most cnllghl- iMiod and illuminating studios oi the ]riah in America thai have come to print. Vet there are tew people who know Harvey O'Hitfgins. Hi.s long cherish- ed triumph of modesty has been that lie ia the only author whoso 'picture iitifl not'got into the papers. Nor is it easy to interview him, for he lives and worlts somewhere in the wilds of Now .leraoy in summer, and in winter' he betakes himself to a work- room in town, and only his publish- ers know the secret; but just at this lime, with his piny, "Tho at the-Hudson Theatre, it wn.s pos- sible to ehoo'so the date and the like- ly hour and-finfl.hlm at '.ho theatre. He is a quiet, good humored, pipe smoking, lake .life "osy kind a man: tail, Innk' and broad shouldcr- f..i t t0 the clothes liei am! n. "direct, human sim- plicity to tho wuy he meets situations or people, and'there Is boyish hu- mor along with (ho care linos in his clean graven lace, find a likable touch of Uio cmlfilcal In Hie blue cyos lie turns upon, you. Of Irith Dcictfnt URK Ini Irish, he admitted O lm IiiHh onlv on my fathoi a side, vi ho cimo Jrom Dublin Mj mother wng a Stephenson of kanca ahlro, England. '.They niet -and ried Jn Ontario; O Htfcfflna born ami brought up In Canada, and wenj, to collea-o there, he came to New i ork to mako his ftilj of di earns of (he cltj to look at It througli a 'OJ'H ojes His first 'Don o'-Dycama, be-: fore he 1 taken to Irish love stories came out of this'Jiierlpd, lie went to his home town with Arthuri the author of "Iiedney..McGraw." and Jie to college to the proUnulal Stilnprtt the poet And vhtn tie Across Me Farlane in a .SYe'Btr Thirty-fourth ntreot boarding house and found jount, Sti ingrer here and to join forces, the three ifidg from Can' ada Pt-t up 'n a (lit near Greenwich -Village." three took "pot luck" together, rbnied tho flat In common worked iltj larked dreamed and .struggled up. to recug- nition toeeth'cr' and, touch and friendiih p to this da'i They nung together past all he lief: and when diie 'of: thorn rriarrleu md the others itcourtlnir, the brldo brought 1 to Honey moon ani.1 the' sweethearts were'duly relotceil'over; th s help-) to expla'n Harvey Q II i "gins s Irish stories foi the TIS his and out of th6 ht-rn ne Mibcrhood of lniB Irish ecttlo-ncnt "ml tie of hdn in interc t and Hie Jo mnl Pi the moninr wnlka dov n qu imt old -streets tho news pnpei F dug up all dmno came sone part of the local rolor ind the intimate knowledge of tvpes ind problemo that underl e these tales Mr 0 Higffins re lated this vith ious leluotanre and an unreasonable 'avoidance of in- te estinc. details in rcferr ig to called Ilorejmoon Hat __ fhc story I HKo best of all he admitted. "The Honeymoon fcHat" IT was in these dajs of The Honeymoon Flat that Harvey w is, grinding out copy for e papers He had on a paper in; Canada, ;and ho foimd a market for special stories in the Sunday papers. wrote Up every- thing from Chiualov n to Harlem .d then" I went' on the telegraph aesk of T daily until I had some words with the "editor and he-told me I could not write re- lated Mr OHlbgina an appre- c'a rc 'lat I soon went back to: newspaper work. At that I; managed'to'makfl a. living writing English. "I Used to go doun to the fire housefj in the course of m> new spaper work fascinated with, the; life of' the fire houses..and tho yarns oE-the1 men; and one .day F'scnt lire story-'to .ihe. Youth's Compmion It was accepted and I iisked-to send .more.of IBS'same kind. But when'I sent tho ics I had -the-bailors 'of.-the Com- saying they were too excit- ing' for the youthful, public and're- turned, them: forthwith.' There was some sort of a- rule of the. Youth's Companion: against bloodshed and. sudden death. So I sent the stories :tq" Scrlbncr's Maga- zine, and Scrlbiier's published Ihem end many more; which finally came forth in a-' book called .Smoke Eaters.' I had a. fireman friend down he Greenich, Village and even when T-moved out of the neigh- borhood I used, to go. down to see, him. The general .public liked my fire stories well enough, but In. the fire houses they "wore not thought of much importance. 'One1 of the men of department in speaking of the nnk to this fireman friend1 of mine, ;aid that he 'didn't; think-much of it.' Said he: literature. It is just what any fireman1 knows. That book was not. written by a real author. Some fireman wrote it. In the same way Harvey O'Higglns came in touch hi his newspaper work with the Police Department, with Tammany, with" tho underlying nn- of things constructed in Now York when New York, became the city ot the Irish; conditions which he has Got forth in "Tammany's Tithes" with tragic force. And any man on the force might same criti- cism of "Tammany. Story Settled Strike ar arid Mr." O'HtffRlns, that 'Tammany's' Tithes' was reprinted as a..campaign document in a fight .against. Tammany, but I am sceptical of that, because I never suw the reprint. Another .of- the stories, 'The Hired had a cu i- ous rccotrnition.. About'the time that It was printed in Coilior's there was a strike on tlie Canadian Pacific Tlnlhvay. A meeting of-" the traffic1 (managers of Trunk iway of was calle'J lo- take: measures lo avert 'a .similar Otffl-i culty with their .employes; At this: meeting thn general auperfntcndent of the road spoke In favor of" a cer- tain policy toward the men, of which his hearers expressed doubts.' he said at tho end .-of the argument. T have probably "hot -inade-'iiiysell very clear. I'll send you copies of an article that -states the. case hs I seo ft.' And in, a I'cw days ho sent them copies of Collier's with 'The Hired Aliin' marked. .That la'tho kind of criticism tlmt makes short story writing seem .worth, whjlc. But tho point where Harvey O'HlR- fflns cornea closest to the heart of hh nnhlip IR not In his study of Irishmen in the various .phases of American life, In of Irish womankind. Who has.written of tho women of the basement's the servant, girl, "with .choeUN ptfll as fresh pinlta 'from of poncgal of th? old woman of pots'and pans, with, "hef comic Irish face" and h'er homesjck panff Ireland, but Harvey, O'HiffBlns? :'And who but ho has found the signifi- cance of that apclnl fnctori thfl Irlnh molhftr of thn tdnepipnts In the Ing of tho fate pt mo; Pen Pictures rs Who- Surround tfce Kaiser EARL ROBERTS' GREAT RECORD Recalled by His Appointment a> Commandcr-in-Chief of Overseas Forces. Tlie Men Who Have Made Modern Germany th% Pow- erful Nation It Is. Bethmann Hollwegg Pnnc Henry of Prussia, Von Buelow, and Others. "I IMPERIAL Germans 1m natl fKe_ Chancellors Bismarck, the ,in-j comparable was a, statesman; i Capnvi and Hohenlohe, soldier aid courtier Bulow was aj diplomat Eethmanr JToiiwegg, since 1900 the steersman of the Empire's destinies, is a philosopher. Four years hardly afford an ade- quate basts for historical judgment of "a Premier's capacity, but Or. Theobald-van Bethmann Hollivegs's Chancellorship haa been uncommon- ly barren of promise ever of emerg- ing from egregious mediocrity into the Inspiring- light of an epoch. Yet it would be far beside tho mark to charge the Sage of Hohen- iniiionrwlth utter lack of statesman- ship 'qualities. Modest and retiring by nature, .there is nothing of the flamboyant in his make-up. He lias undoubtedly achieved many a vic- tory by methods more spectacular contemporaries at home and abroad arc accustomed to shun. He is, above all, thoroughly sincere and honest. His Influence is always on the side of moderation. Tho trieks .and traits of the professional politician and diplomat are" beneath him. His Serene Prince Max- imilian Efftin zu Furstcnberg-, a Ger- man-Austrian grand seigneur and multi-millionaire, is the. power be- hind the German throne. No man rivals his influence in exalted quar- ters. Few have ever enjoyed tlie confidence of "William II. to tven an extent. Himself .of ancient noble lineage, Prince FurEt- cnberg is the one subject whom Kaiser treats as an' equal, niid his counsel haa been known to prevail over that of Chancellors .'md Min- isters or are to be seen in. protusion in the study, at the marble palace In. Potsdam. Tho -ippressor J who divided up this- ilohenzollern's I mii'sl Von Kocelef X the niniizing propaganda carried on by tho German Navy I.cofiic convprsion o{ own realm Into French provinces JB ns ,n poets into a rare said to th Crowu's.rrince's mo- AS all tho world knows, Karl .Huberts, vvlio has just boon ay- pointed GonmiiiiMler-in-CliioE cf. the Overseas forces fhfc Einylre. is an Irishman. He was uorn in Gawnpore, the son of tter.cral Abraham Roberts ami Isabella, daughter oE .Major Dunbury, of Uio Sixty-second foot. Whether ills mili- tary genius was inherited is. there- fore, a nice question. He was edu- cated at and later on went to tho military school at Sandhurst, Af- terwards he way to tile TJen- gal Artillery as second lieutenant. A3 a mcro stripling ho saw service throujriiout the Indian Mutiny, tak- his part at the siege of Delhi and at tlie relief both Lucknow and Cawnnore. On one occasion lie had a horso shot under him, an expe.rler.ce that, wan twice repeated In later veai'E, and on scVeral occasions ho was mentioned At the cldsa of the war, Mhough a youngster, he was a major. In tho VbwMii ,111 c raf T gn ht lie ri I and Lusha i Expedition he won hip colonelcy in '1878'his Christmas present Uio "ft or 0 fico ta rxik or general. Winning the Victoria Cross BFl Ol "Li these the Kaiser us Ambassador, is ,3ssentinlb of modern method and iiit Of view. The German 1 mha at London under tits prediccKSDl's Prince Hatzfeldt and Count Wolff- f "letternich, was almost .a hertnitnse, years it socially non- j existent. Many students ot the psy- j chology oC Anglo-aerman tension j it to the fact .that .ths ivirfi betweaii the German Kmbassy in botulon and the great thought moIdlnET circles of British; life and j society has long beon out of war! ins order. 1'rince Lichnouski findiiib 1 be wives down, proceeded to piu ihem up. Forthwith he: set hlmseU T, task of moving about ;and of soe- UK and knowing people.' Tubllc opinion rulos In 'England, and ho conceived It his business to H fear, ond .hits straight thoj is cherished that the appointment of shoulder when he has something to say.; Although Conservatism and Government are boon companions and; traditional bedfellows in Ger- many, the party takes the powers that be unhesitatingly to taslt when necessity, demands. Von Heydebrand is the .man who" applies the lash on these occasions. He seems to expand to tho stature of a grenadier as he advances to the fray; Prince Bombard von Buelow, fourth Chancellor of the German Kmplre, relinquished office on July 14th, 1900, lint the actual date of his political demise was November 17th, 1908.- It-was on that flay that, he undertook his fateful journey, to Pots- dam in the Ynidst of tho "Kaiser provoked by the Dally Tel- egraph Interview, to extort from his Imperial mnalcr u pledge of "greater reserve" in. the discussion and con- duct of tho nation's affairs. The Im- perial Gazette proclaimed that the Kaiser had assured the man with tho of his "continued confi- but Buelow actually lay in extremis from the moment he riult hlti chastened Sovereign's presence.. Throughout his long career tho ffofl- duss1 ot fortune lavished her caprici- ous smiles on so faithfully that ho same to bo known'as Bern? hard Lucky. His rise in dip- lomatic service from an humble tacheshlp to tho Foreign Secretary' tjis warm favor of the Kaiser, his extended tenure of the Imperial Chancellorship, his 'aucrassivc rtova- tlons td Hit rank ot-couut and prlnco, a dlDlomnt of stereotyped ahtl lim- ited experience, denotes ii; return to the conditions under which German Foreign Secretaries wt-ro more clerks to more exalted superiors. .Von Jasow has been in tho diplo- matic-, service' seventeen years, 'but only the Ambassadorship at Rome, .vhich he occupied for four years, gives a line on his nnpauHies, He represented', Germany In Italy at a ilicate poiiod. Von Jagow's mission was to act tho part of -mediator between Ger- many's Austria and Italy, one of whom owns, tho other covets. Trieste The Triple Alliance was ex- piring in two or threw years, ami Austrinn-HftHan differences needed to be if not composed, If Urn pact wore ,tp bo worth re- writing. 'Von'Jagoiv undoubtedly did his fj.ll share" to-brine nbcniVnn atmo- sphere in Rome'which matte it pos- sible for the Mantuls di Han Oiuliailo to declare, in tones 'which did not lack sincerity, Ifiut the Triple Al- iiiincc waa still tho keynote of Italian lore'en policy. .v Sul retjuent cyontc have snown that the reconciliation was more apparent than reaU General Von dcr Goltz main armies operitt- Vj Inc agalnM. Russia are com- manded Slarshal General von dcr Qoltz, He was of the beaten army in'modern history, Ktllsse and Lnle Biircns. as- guir.ed abroad to have burled Goltz Pasha's reputation. But tlltCorcnl opinion provallti at, the airman Qcnornl Slolfc -Von tier teop in touch with those' whp make I. He accepted invitations to ad- dress public dinners the Royal Society, tho Lord Mayor, and tho Chambers Commerce; and em- braced the opportunity oC the Kaiser's birthday dinner of the Ger- man "colony" in London to 'discuss its mission and the ambitions ho cherished for it. Supported by a particularly brilliant consort, tho ess Mechthilde Lichnowsky, nee Countess Arco' von und 'zu Zhmebergr, lie caused it to be that tho oil-important social phase. oC diplo- matic life was lo him a thoroughly _l obligation, and that he pur- posed living .up to It. The Prince is 53 years olfl, and 13 the head of a Silesian family pf indent aristocratic' lineage, with i! i'he son of a Prussian general cavalry, hr. himself began life as a soldier.'.irid was a brother officer of the present Kaiser in the Life Guard Hussars- William II. has always taken a lively interest lii'-tho oaroera of men who were with him at the university and in the aj-m'y. inrgc estates .at Kuchelna, and Gratz. [Us mother was a Princess Crojr. G GENERAL JOFFRE 3NT. JOFFRE, tho chlef of the French a. distinguishod .mllltax-y engineer, famous for his roads and' bridge's, but only o'ho year's service in tho field, when he was at the head oE "tho Second Army Corps at Lille. He Is sixty-two years and left the Poly- technic Schopi as a cadet to serve in the Franco-Prussian war, .-sharing -hi the defense of Paris. In 1302 he went to Africa to build French military roads from the Senegal to. the Niger. Jn' 1897 'he was In Madagascar or- ganizo the naval station .-at PJogO: Suarez. Since 1901 be Friincc, in the iMigineerlnsr depart- ment of the Ministry 6C War, as gov- ernor of Lille, as, division commapder pf .Paris, and finally as commander of tho Second Army Corps at .Amiens. has undoubted geniusjn I' K 1S fro Sepoy, who was attacking him his fixed bayonet, and had I not the fellow and disposed of his op- ponent lie must hnvi! been killed. An instant later I descried in tho two Sepoys making off with a stand- ard, which I determined must be re- captured; so I rode after the.reUeis and overtook them, and whtlo wrenching the stuff out of the hands of one, whom I cut down, the other put his musket close .to my body and fired. Fortunately for me the piece missed fire. I carried off thi? stand- ard." His Famous March JS70 Roberts mnde the march Kabul to. Kandahar that will be forever associated with his lame, not merely as a military, feat, but because of the laatihg peace with, Afghanistan that haa followed. In the course of the Afghan campaign Roberts was mentioned in despatches not fewer than twcnty-threo an honor almost without parallel In modern British military history. The Burma campaign and the South'Afri- can War added to Ills laurels as a aol- dler, and it has been said by hostlla critics that ho was one oC the handful at British generals who camo oiit of South Africa with a better military reputation than ne 'entered it., Since hid reputation at the beglnhihg of the. war was the nighcst In the Empire, the force of this praise will be ap- preciated. Thia "little red-faced as Kipling cr.lla him, has been publicly proclaimed by the Kaiser, himself no mean Judge, as. tho "ab- lest poldlcr of hts time." From Wll- llani II. he received the decoration of the Red Eagle, botntr the-first non- German to be thus and In explaining his action the Kaiser com- pared ablest .military" (jenluaea of the and declared him to be the greatest of to-days ;