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Widnley -Keenig's Army Captain Father Had
tj rrimw imirujnens te KjUlae
i Him in Far Alaska
iTANLEY KOENIG, "book baby"
nd tiny gloDe-wewer, ----
Lnt for honors aa "pnysic-Hjr -
nived or rir:
Wale, new xeur ye
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te a dreary Wyoming army pest,
i blesk Alaska, in meuniinuu
Aritserland, sunny France or ro re
m3c old Italy, Stanley has. pro pre
retted from cooing infancy te prat
T babyhood with only his father
J. piled old army "striker" s
And "the book."
la result he is a living example
J the fallacy of the axiom that a
fther cannot also be a "mother
te bit en
Today Stanley is physically per
fect and above the average mentally,
ilthoegh net a "mental prodigy."
He never has been ill a day or
teitd Ms father the less of an
'He obeys promptly and without a
He sleeps soundly and eats the
rimple feed put before him.
Ue "Daddy,' Mud Plea
and His Hebby Herse
He loves te make mud pies and
ids his hobby horse.
And he adores his daddy, Captain
f. F. Keenig, U. S. A., who took
Aim te Alaska when he was six
iwathi' old, and after eighteen
ffcenths there, westward te all parts
f America, and te the high spots
f Europe, with temporary real-
Icsees in France, Italy and Switzer-
He's Just a normal, happy, un
lually healthy child, is Stanley, who
lit never had a mother's care, but
he has found in his father's con-
tint companionship a substitute
rhich has done him no harm, but
lather made of him as nearly per-
Ittt a child as could be desired.
And in addition te this he is one
f the most traveled young men oil
Ywng Stanley has built snowmen
Fert Seward, and, crewing and
ivinf his chubby fists in glee, been
tiwn across the Alaskan snows be
i learns of Eskimo degs: he has
Ben lest in Paris; he has been en
imps in Switzerland with his
ither, his fat little legs toiling hard
keep up with "daddy," as they
liked through the steep streets of
the quaint villages; he has played
under sunny Italian -skies, his eyes
wide as he watched the gay throngs
of people in the towns, his hands full
of flowers as he wandered in the.
country, or a tiny shovel and pail
in his hands as he sat en the shore
industriously digging tunnels and
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has sailed the
"Boek of Infant's LVimHiik." That
book hi Kwcnrs by iind thnt book Stan
ley lives by.
Thesis of Novelist
Disproved by Facta
"ITnve you rem! 'Tliis Frpcdem'?""
kel Cnptnin Keeniif, meditatively,
"les? Wi'll, then ,n knew that it
attempts te prove that children cnonet
be breuKht up properly without n
mother's love and care. And thnt that
is just what I enn prove isn't true.
But still it rather scares me nemetimes
te think of Stanley being nlene e much
without either his mother or his father,
because, of course, I nm nwny all day at
"As seen as Btnnley gets up in the
morning, he wnkri me," continued the
captnin. "I dres him and then I go
bnck te sleep until brenkfnst. Wp hnve
breakfast together he usually sits en
my lap ut we cut."
"I come home as seen ns T ran in
the afternoon about five and I nm
with Stanley until he gees te bed at
Mx. Six? Why of course nix ! What
time would veu epict a )c)v of
four te go te bed? It isn't nt nil te
Infant Breaks All Known
Rules in His Raising and
Has Toured Europe
prodigy." "He speaks only Enfllsb,"
added Cnptnin Keenig as if it is un
usunl for a four-year-old boy te knew
only ene Inngunge. "When we were
traveling Inst summer I was careful
thnt he be taught no ether language. I
learned four nt ene time, but I ahall
net let Stanley de that."
Captain Keenig was born in N"ew
Yerk City in 1802. His father, new a
retired physician living in Italy, always
was fend of travel, and took bis son
with him en his trips through France,
Italy, Germany and Egypt. Yeung
Keenig attended school in nil these
places, and while etill young, became
an expert linguist. Dr. Keenig could
certainly net say with any degree of
truthfulnexs, "My son is net nt all pre
cocious," because when he wns fifteen
his tutors he received nil his early
education from tutors hnd prepared
him for Columbia University.
In 1011 when he was nineteen yean
old, he was graduated with the degree
of Bacheler of Arts, and in 1012 he re
ceived his degree of Master of Arts,
Had Thrills Galore
in Wartime Germany
There was no thought of entering the
army then Mr. Keenig became one of
a group of six college men who were
taken by Jehn Clntlin, of New Yerk
City, and scientifically trulned in de
partment store management.
After he had finished his training
with Mr. Clnflln he was sent te Tncema
as advertising mnnagcr of a department
store thcre and later became assistant
te the general manager.
Then Mr. Keenig's particular bubble
of life, which hnd always been colorful,
and gay with the reflections of varied
interests and pleasures, expanded, grew
dark and wns streaked with the vivid
brilliance of ndventure and love and
war and death.
In November of 1014 he went te
Europe te Germany where he re
mained until May, 101C. Presumably,
Mr. Keenig was doing free-lnnce work
ns a reporter but n few tee many meet
ings net quite secret enough, several
telephone calls overheard, and he was
expelled from the country ai a apy
"Hew did that hnpren. Captain Koe Kee
nig? Were you a fepy?"
"I said n 'spy suspect.' " this with a
Sent out of Germany, he returned te
America and for a Bhert time wns again
cenectcd with his old firm in Spokane,
In 1010 he enlntcd in the Twentr-
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Stanley and his
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Captain Keenig is of the army; his little firt lieutenant here is of the
caves which the gently lapping
waters only tee seen destroyed.
Straight and sturdy is Stanley,
with deep-set gray eyes and soft,
red, rather pouting lips, which part
slowly as he leeks at you with
steady gray eyes and then smile
And smile until his nese wrinkles
up and his eyes twinkle, until his
fat little cheeks have as many dim
ples as his hands I
Epidemic of Influenza
Ceat Htm Hla mother
The youngster was born in Les
Angeles October 5, 1918. In Decern
ber of the same year Captain Keenig
was sent te Fert Russell, Wyoming,
te take command of the fort, and
Immediately upon I his arrival there
his wife became til. It was influent
navy. Their pat hs never part, however
Z??!! Wl- .."LP!? P'" that ye den'r
..u dud jiiui'ii in uuure HiiH iiinu. "" 'um.il iiimur rarin,. fn. i.n.i.-an
Twe weeks after her illness began
Stanley was left motherless, and
Captain Keenig assumed the double
duties of fatlier and mother.
It was in April that Captain Keenbjr
wns ordered te Fert Scwnrd, te fake
chnrge then, and te Fert Sewnrd he
He was net en reculnr hourly duty,
and se thorn were ninny hours he could
devote te his (.en.
"IIe slept n let," id the eaptnln
Incenienlly, when nked hew he man
nijeil te tnke euro of the bnby.
With only bN erdeily te nsslst him,
Captnin KoeiiIl' timl. um of Stnnle.
prepiirwl all his fmi(Unml enred for the
quartern in wliicti they lived.
And te Cnptnin Keenlic the most val
uable thing in Alnnkn wn net the geld
nuggets or the silver mines. Just about
the meat precious thins In the whole
of Alaska was a small book labeled
' "!"."'' nutjieiltatlvely but net
in ii ijtt
n??'S.'i,',Ji,,Bi8 hi' supper at five thirty,
ilien I gire him liN bath nt.d pit
1 in t.. bed. I nhnjs Iuim. drtssni 1 ,,
nii.1 put him te bed, uml 1 nlwnjs will.
1 '"ever allow any one ele te de that
untn he enn de it hinmelf.
Unby Llkea the Zoe
if "Daddy" Along
Mnnle's three erent tnva in Hf- ...i
. Piny with the kiddle car '
fu-n Infantry, with hlch he lu been
Wen Les Angeles Girl
After He Entered Army
t'nntnln Keenig's marriage te Kath
leen Kavanach. of Us AtiBrles, took
pane the enr following bis enlibtment.
Jllsi Kiivnnugh wns known throughout
the Wet for her golfing ability, as she
held the championship 0f Colerado, of
eiiu ihi-kii mm oilier I'n tern eltlnu
ri'i i .i-..
te se te the Zoe, plily with he ki, fe Zl I An . rn T "",1 v. ..
nlul he allowed te creen Infn J u.i , m. i. : i. . " .i.i."' ',""...,'rc"re' TnB
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hi" father instead
erlb by himself.
And his life is being regulated dlf
fercmly rein thut of his father when be
n a chilil.
"There U nothing precocious about
Stanley,' .entradlpts the fnUier. "He
U physically perfect, but his mentality
is net greatly above the average. I de
net approve of proeeeloue children, and
I aball telt that Stanley M aet a
. ni-i-iwiff m ins "i rmu tins uoel; of 'Infnnt Feed.
mc lie snld (.erleusly. "nn,l that told
nie vilint Stanley Mieuld ent. I wns
with him constantly as my duties would
allow. He wits such a geed bnby he
never cried during the nleht. nml ,n
he went te sleep he would net wuke un.
1 have never lett nn beup'u uin.n kI.
cause of the boy. and he has nam beea
111 a day in his life."
When Captata Kelgpra, trlmj
back te the States, his son was two yean
old. Part of the ncit year they spent
at Edgewood arscnnl, part of Balti
more. And then Captain Keenig was
ordered te Washington.
There he ltvea at 2025 Tilden street,
with Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Itebey, who
have a small child about Stnnley's age.
There are cook, maid and nurse te
tnke enre of Stanley in the daytime,
and in the morning and nt night, he has
Trlpa Through Europe
Are Baby's Vacation
And for three clorleus months last
summer he hnd his Dnddy nxtry day a
they traveled in Irnnce, Itnly and
"We went en n beet a big beat,"
Stanley confided with charming direct
ness, the dimple Hashing in nnd out as
he looked up with thnt trusting smile
nnd, putting out a pudgy finger, patted
the visitor's hand as he added, "I 'a
you" in indcseribable childish tongue.
"What does you de Sunday's?" he
queried, changing the subject with in
fantile rapidity. "My daddy takes ma
te the Zoe te see the nephant 'n the ani
mals." "I should like te go te the Zoe some
time," snid the visitor.
And the bend of friendship was tight
ened nnd sealed, an the owner of the
finger stated bravely and briefly. "Pic
nic in the park. I show you anlmnls."
"My dnddy has a horse," continued
Stanley, who places everything and
everybody who has any relation te hi
father in the circle of glory which sur
rounds his "daddy." And since hie
daddy has n horse it was quite evident
that te him any one who did net have a
horse was quite outside the pale.
" 'N I have a horse tee upstairs in
th attic a hobby horse."
One Werd Frem "Daddy"
and Stanley Obeys
Stanley moved closer te IiN father
and grasped his sleeve firmly with both
hands ns his father started .te leave.
His baby eyes looked straight ahead
for If he looked at "dnddy" he would see
the leek which meant "obey" nnd there
wns nothing in the world Stnnley want
ed te de mere than disobey and :ling en
te his coat. Se he looked down thought
fully at the smudge of dirt which show
ed just below the brief leg of his khaki
trousers and continued te held en.
But he let go slowly at the "Stnnley,
you must go and play new. Dnddy
His god hnd spoken and hard ns it
was te obey there wns no choice, se ha
walked slowly up the steps, a hand
waving n wistful geed-by.
Probably the t-ecret of his rather per
fect behavior is his yielding nlmest with
out question te his father's slighest re
quest. A friendly little chap, he is always
surrounded by ndmirers nnd during hla
travels has made many friends, but he
is unspoiled, nnd his whole -hiwrted
ndoratien of bis father hns simplified
the ever troublesome "de's" and
"don'ts" of cnrly life.
He even cnts unquestleuingly what
' his father places before him.
Feeding Problem Was
Acute in Europe
"Getting the proper feed for him in
Eurepe Inst summer wan quite a prob
lem." Miya Cnptnin Keenig. "In Paris
it was impossible te get n simple dish
lilte enttueul. First von li.-nt in hnve
' a permit nnd then a written order from
the head waiter te the chef in fact it
was quite ii fent te get any oatmeal at
all nnd I had te give up in dcpalr. Se
1 fed Stanley omelet for breaicfnst.
omelets for luncheon nnd omelets for
"When we were In Switerlnnd h
I hnd te live mi gent'n milk and Mnelc
bread fur four dins, lie could net
drink boiled inilU I was afraid fh
I cow's milk wns net healthy, se the
, child li.nl tn dnnl; pmt'' milk nnd ent
, J 1st regular pendant's black biend
"1 had one espeiUncc thnt win nmus-line-
anil almost tragic." continues
I Cnptnin Keciiik. "I had jusi pit off
the runs xpre-'s at n frontier Mnttnn
te sec seinetliiiiK ubem the customs ex
change. " 't'eme en, Staiiti-.' I snld,
nnd n ached out te take his hand
I but theru wiih no Stanley.
'Avcz-eiw vn le petit enfnnt.'
I demanded of n mnn Htntulhij near,
hut with nn indifferent nhruit he signi
fied his complete injutificntien of what
I wnH driving at nnd walked off. I tried
te iiH-einble mv Spanish oentmliiry and
I asked nKaln, this time in Spanish. But
'no ene had seen the "Criuturn."
i "I went back into the vempaittnant
te get mj baggage se the tram would
j net leave with it while I was hunting
Stanley and there he wns curled up en
' the nitf fast nslecp. He hud never left
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Keeps Twe Families
Happy by His Choice
"The whole thing is till". Mild Cap
tain Keenig brier). ".Mnnv person
think it is unusual thnt n mnn IhhiM
tnke cnie of his child by himself but
I want Stanley with me. I don't want
te giu hint up te any etip else.
"And, nnywny," he ndded, "I am be
tween two tires. Beth bU grandpar
ents want him. My wife's fnmlly are
ithwi.vR writing nnd nfking mu te bring
Btnnley te them or let him spend just
a few months ith them. And, of
course, mv fnmlly nre just ns anxious
te Iiiim! him as Mrs. Kavanngh Is se
there you nre. If I let her hnve him
my fnmlly would neter spenk te me
again, nnd If I gave him te my fnmllv
te tnke care of, she would never speak
te me ngniu.
"Se I Muill just keep him myself."
And te Stunley, that young here
worshiper, this ia the most satisfactory
arrangement in the world, and the only
cloud en his aoriaea la the faet that Me
daddy caa't stay hose as play tjftj
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