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EVENING LEDGBR-PHIIiADEIiPHIA. TUESDAY, BEdEMBER 1 lMfc
it, and Wil
liam Allen White
shows how in
evitable the result
wasJn "Who Killed
Cock Robin?", an
article of extraor
dinary interest in
this week's issue of
TUB HATIPMAt, YTBSKZ.V
CHILD WRITES PLEA
FOR FIREMAN PAPA
Mary Doran Asks Chief to
Send'Him Home for
HER QUERY AN ARGUMENT
Mary Dornn hns nddrtsseil. to Hha chief
of the bureau of Flro a communication In
volving a subject of personal Importance.
)9fnjr youthful, "olsht years past," an slio
proudly ndmlts, Mary's oxporlenco ns n cor
respondent In a brlof one, unit nha doea not
edhcre at nil times to accepted formalities
in her lettor-wrltliig-. But belwr feminine,
MIRK Dornn "wants what Rha wants when
sho wants It," and "ho mnkeii known hor
wants In query form.
Chief Murphy, belnB masculine ami a fire
man of twenty-two years' experience to
toot, mny popularly ho regarded as lacking
In sontlment. At nny rate, ho haw permitted
Miss Doran'o latter to obtain publicity, It
may bo that communications bearing upon
tho subject of Miss Doran'a missive seldom
find their way' to the chief of the Uurcau of
fire. They may be looked upon by tho
eltlten publto of Philadelphia as none of
Its business. Such letters may bo puerlto
In composition and of no concern whatever
to n. busy, workadny world. Hut their
rqrlty must be taken as oxcusa for their
publication and In extenuation of Chief
Murphy's action. JIo promises proper
atonement In hi reply to his little corro
Atlss Doran's letter roads;
Dear Mr. Chief My papa Is a fire
man, lie Is on Englno 20. IIo has
' been a fireman for ten years. I ntn
eight years old and I havo two llttlo
brothers. Wo. wont papa home for
Christmas. Ho Is always at tho flro
house and wo only seo him once In a
while. We luivon't had him homo with
us on Christmas that I can remember.
Sometimes ho comes In for dinner while
wo are at school, so we don't sea him
llko othor llttlo girls do their papas,
You aro the chief. Can't you let us
have papa homo with us when Christ
mas comes just llko tho othor llttlo
girls In our street? It don't seem Ilka
Christmas ought to bo without pnp.i.
Ho Just hurries In and goes right out
again and rover has time to play with
vs. Wo want him to seo aur tree and
havo dinner with us and all that.
Won't you let him homo for Christ
mas Just this once 7
Staybo you havo llttlo girls of your
own and know how much thoy like to
-navo you, homo on Christmas. I llko
presents and candy, but oh I I'd rather
liavo papa homo with us just this ona
Chrlstmaa than all the rest. Please,
hjef, won't you do It?
760 Do Kalb street, West Phlla.
There Is Mary's letter. It waa received In
Bis morning's mall by Chief Murphy. Mary
has Worded It with such childish nnlveto
that ho must be nn adamantine fireman
who would not answer IIh slmplo appeal.
Chief Murphy Is a stolo on duty, Ho In
human, however. There Is a father'n heart
tinder his fireman's uniform and there In
something besides formality In his makeup,
as the men of tho Klro Ilureau know by
experience and contact.
It a only among those cltlsens who tko
no Interest In the bureau, save when they
need It to protect their lives or property
from fire, that -Ignorance of the department
and the conditions therein prevails.
Little Mary has done what those cltlsens
In their apathy have not done. She wants
to know why her father, Juit because ho Is
a fireman. Is not permitted to bo hor
father in tho same sort of way as the fath
ers) of other llttlo girls who are her neigh
bors and playmates:
And Christmas Is coming. It Is a holiday
for family reunion In tho homes of those
other little clrl.-v and has been aa far back
04 their memory goes, nut Mary's retro
spection oho s only eight years old. to
bo sure, but In all of that span the little
homo on Do Kalb street has never once been
brightened by tho presence of Hoseman
Doran, Mary doesn't understand why a big
jtur una t-niiaueipniu mages Its nremen
work twentyfpur hours every day when men
. to all other Holds of employment are allowed
time to bo with their little girls and boys.
So In her Juvenile quandary she puts
the question fairly up to the man she holds
responsible, "Mr. Chief Murphy."
An older person might 'act differently.
H mlght raise tho question of the right
of a fireman to have family ties. Or, having
Mt up a household, why should ho remain
In tho Ilureau of fire at all? thereby con
cluding that ut this Christmas season, or
at any other time, in fact, it la not proper
to consider Philadelphia nremen or their
Dut again obtrudes In tho lines of Mary
Doran letteranother feminine trait: She
obstinately persists In asking for what tho
dislren, and she appeals for tho granHn- of
CITY SWEPT BY FIRST HEAVY SNOW OF THE SEASON
WIRES FIRE COUNTRY HOME
Electricity Blamed for Blnio In Resi
dence of Mrs. E, K Rowland
Many engine companfes In tho suburbs
groped nnd skidded about Iho country
roads today looking for the residence of
Mrs Kdwan! K. Itowland, which cnughl
on fire from crossed electric wires.
Tho quick work of serMhls, wllh assist
nnco from the chemlcn! wigme of tho
Wayne Klro Company eventually extin
guished the flro afler about lioob damage
had been caused.
The Itowland homo Is known an nockrose
nnd Is how occupied by Mr. and Mrs. H.
Oeorgo Ilrook. Among others entertained
at Itockrosa was Dr. Conslnntln Dumba,
former Ambassador from Austria-Hungary.
Mr. Itowland died about a year ago.
Cop on Scent of Brandy Thiers h
winbted, conn., Deo. I. TMti
lapped tho casks at tho still of Rmiji
.. .,., una arew cfr m
vAtlnna nt a.1.4... 1A .... i " .1
. ... .... ..,m, nllu koi "Wayw.v-l
the load. Constables suspect "cam.. ..,3
dieted to strong drink." but admit n3
a good deal like 'looking for a neMti M
a hay mow," nM,
Looking townrd Indcpondonco Hnll from Wnnliington Squnro through the mixture of rain nnd snow.
that wish to tho person In whom sho bo
Haves tho power of comptlanco Is vented.
Ho sho adds to her original request n
postscript In which sho pleads fur "Just
To her Infant heart that ono Chrlstman
Day with "Papa" means, nn sho writes,
moro than tho tree, moro than tho in on
ants. It meann Christmas Itsolf. Bho
doesn't know that In flfty-ono other Amerl
can cltlen the firemen nro today enjoying
moro hours of liberty than urn granted in
this "birthplace of liberty." Hho doosn t
know that In nearly forty of thoso cltlen
the firemen of tho same rank ns Honamnti
Doran rccelvo moro pny for lean work than
hor father and tho 800 othor fathom In tho
ranks of the lluroau of Klro. They don't
teach those facta out In Ht, Agatha's Hcliool,
where Mary and her thirteen-year-old slstor,
Itoso, nnd hor brother. Daniel, now twelvo
years old, aro pupils. Many persons older
than '.Vary aro Just beginning to rcallxo tho
trUth of theno conditions and nomo havo
appealed to tho Mayor and to Councllmon
to better them.
MATOJl SMITH A FATHER
Mayor Hmltli in n father. Ho hns a llttlo
daughter. Her nnmo In Elizabeth and sho
Is about Mary's ago. Tho Mayor nnd Eliza
beth will probably enjoy Christmas together
In tho Hmlth country resldcnco at Glennlile,
Mary's father has spent nil tho ChrlntmaH
dayn that Mary can remembor nt tho station
of his company.
' IIo la now located nt tho station of Knglna
Company No. 20, on Tonth street north of
Market. Tho men of tho Flro Ilureau nro
aerklng to bring about n changn In tho work
ing hours of tho scrvlco, coupled with n
snlary reorganization, that will permit them
to havo moro tlmo with their families thnn
tho threo ono-hour meal periods that now
comprise tho dally nllownnco until tho sixth
consecutive day arrives and brings Its twon-ty-four
hours off duty.
Mary Doran, youthful nn sho Is, knows
what hardship thin nyntem has wrought In
tho house of thn fireman-parent. It Isn't
llko home, nnd naver Is tho unllkoncsa morn
accentuated thnn at Chrlstman. Hho hns
never written to Chief Murphy beforo and
her letter In somowhat lacking In ltn nd
dress and language. Dut her sincerity Is
unquentloned, nnd It may appear that In
addressing Chief Murphy she wnn mlssend
Ing her letter.
Thoro Is a possibility that Mary Dornn'n
letter would havo reached Its proper des
tination It tho superscription had read: "To
tho citizens of Philadelphia."
CHILD SAVED FROM FIRE
Mothor Roscuos Ono, Forgets Second
In Smoky Kitchen
Desire to navo her slx-mnnths-old daugh
ter Itoilo from probnblo suffocation during
n II ro nt her homo, 1G41 Smith Orkney
street, caused Mm. Evn Millar to forgot
Jounlo, another daughter, threo years old,
who wns In tho kitchen.
After reaching tho street Mrs. Miller
renllzod that tho othor child was In danger
nml shouted for help, District Detective
Cohen, who wan passing, groped hl way
Into the house nnd carried tho girl out.
Bho wns uninjured. The lire, which wns of
unknown origin, caused a loss of J300.
Mil ' rnT
1 Suggestions j
1 for Men I
BANG! AND BURGLAR
SEES AURORA BOREALIS
HouBcholder, Awakened, Hurls
Chair and "Vaudeville Act."
Cornea to Sudden End
All that Joseph Lynch needed to mnkc tho
robbery of tho homo of John Mcduugh, nt
3438 Hurley streot, ns theatrical nn his
histrionic serffilbllltlcn seemed to roqulri nn
a stringed orchostrn. With that nml nn
audience It would havo been n vnudnvllln
Lynch, according to McOnugh clnttereil
and, banged nt tho rear kitchen window
for 11 vo mlnuten last midnight beforo ho
finally jimmied nn entrnnco. Then, with n
bag of heavy, rattling, clinking burglar
tools nnd porno bngs, for loot, ho tip-toed
Into tho dining room. Hero wnn where
tho stringed orchestra wan needed to ac
company tho vaudfivilllan entrance with n
crescendo pllnk, pllnk. pllnk, pi Ink. Mc
Rough awnkoned, lay In bed uimtulrn tho
whllo wondering, ho nuyn, nt tho violence
of tho first winter ntnrm. Then ho heard
iioIsch of breaking dlnhen nnd the jlammliifi
nnd bnnglng of buffet drawers mingled with
tin motallla Jnngllng of silverware.
Mcflough, In hln night clothes nnd hnrn
footed, .picked up a nmall chair nnd Sneaked
As Lynch was making an exit through
tho hack window, tho chnlr struek him on
Iho back of tho hend. IIo ntudled tho
aurora Jiorenlln nml believed ho knew
something of thn procenslnn of tho equi
noxes by the tlmo tho police nrrlvrd from
tho Front nnd Westmoreland rtrcetn sln
tlon. Mnglntrnto H'rlgloy this morning held
Lynch without ball for court rllherwnra
nml Jewelry worn found In bin pockets.
Home of which had been taken from another
house In tho block whero .Mr!oiigh lived,
itccnnllng t thn police. Lynch said ho wn
thli ty-four yenrn old mid lived nt ir.0 Went
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