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The White Monkey
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By JOHN GALSWORTHY
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dinal O'Connell of Boston in dedicating a Catholic church near the gates of Harvard University. The Cardinal had said: "Some centuries ago, some of the great schools of Europe, like Oxford and Cambridge, forgot their duty to their mother." Of Harvard, the Cardinal had said that, if she "had the old faith of Christ for which she was sup
JOHN JAY CHAPMAN He rebuked a Cardinal
posed to have been erected, her influence would be tremendous, and we [i. e., the Roman Catholics] would be the first to gather round her. . . . This temple of God represents the whole truth, the real truth. . . . Life can dispense with every other sort of half truth. So much for Harvard's boasted advantages."
Mr. Chapman called the Bishop's attention to "the customary silence with which such statements by Roman prelates are received in America. It is thought unkind and subversive for any Protestant to resent the claims made by the Roman curia, or even to call attention to them. The outspoken purpose of the Roman Church is to control American education." Later in his letter, Mr. Chapman referred to the election, some years ago, of a Catholic (James Byrne, of Manhattan) as one of the seven Fellows of Harvard. "Under present conditions of Protestant speechlessness, the presence of a Roman Catholic on the governing board of a non-Catholic college or school makes it impossible to discuss the great issue frankly."
With one exception (Owen Wister, of Philadelphia), the Harvard Fellows demurred at Mr. Chapman's identification of their colleague with "the outspoken purpose of the Roman Church." Ralph Adams Cram, Boston architect, Protestant, wrote to Mr. Chapman: "Will you . . . state explicitly where and when the Roman curia, or any other official body of the Roman Catholic Church, has declared it to be its 'outspoken purpose' to control American education? . . . I do formally chal
lenge you to show cause for maki your amazing statement. For my ow part, I deny it explicitly."
Last week, Mr. Chapman answere Mr. Cram: "I refer you to the histor of the papacy. . . . Let us look about a We see the Roman Catholic Church every branch of its discipline, whether in its universities, seminaries, school monasteries, convents or in the paro chial commands that are read aloud in its churches, openly drilling its adher ents into contempt for American insti tutions and especially proclaiming it intention to control our education.. With regard to the Board of Fellows of Harvard... I call your attention to the fact that Bishop Lawrence has not yet noticed my letter."
At Kansas City, Mo., Henry L Doherty, public utilities man, speaking of selecting new executives for his extensive enterprises, declared: "I don': know why it is, but we always have better luck with Western men. Once in a while an Eastern university graduate makes good, but not so often. Approximately 90% are products of the schools of the Middle West or West."
To the Biological Department of Columbia University, Manhattan, at the opening of the fall term, came a new teacher. Her last name was Rockefeller. Pressmen investigated, wrote stories about her, for it was found that she was Miss Isabel Roockefeller, grandniece of John D. Rockefeller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Percy A. Rockefeller, of Manhattan.
Patrolman Patrick Powers, of Madison, Wis., found a man on his back porch at midnight. The man ran; Patrolman Powers cried, "Halt!", took a shot in the dark, killed Peter M. Posepny, Wisconsin University undergraduate. A jury acquitted Patrolman Powers of murder. Thereupon, the Daily Cardinal, Wisconsin undergraduate paper, published an editorial allegedly written by one Wesley Dunlap, of Salt Lake City. "We should like to see the police force tremble in its boots at the approach of a student. We should like to see terror thrown into their hearts when the word 'student' is mentioned."
There was trouble. Leaders of nine campus organizations declared the editorial misrepresented student feeling. The Cardinal board went into conclave. The Rev. Pastor Hengell of the university chapel declared that atheism and anarchy were abroad in the university and this was but an outcropping thereof. It was the kind of writing that led to the assassination of President McKinley, the arught Pastor Hengell. Said he "shlay it not lead some youthful studentng with a grandiose complex of mocles & heroics, to assassinate a Madison poli .ceman?"
George Eastman, Kodak King, disbuted his stock holdings in the Eastin concern, retaining only enough to able him to participate actively in its nagement. The aggregate worth of se shares ($15,000,000) he divided as llows:
To Rochester University, $8,500,000. To Massachusetts Institute of Techlogy (M. I. T.), $4,500,000.
To Hampton and Tuskegee Institutes, ,000,000.
Said Mr. Eastman: "I am now upird of 70. I would like to see the sults from this money within my reaining years."*
At London in the High Court of Jusce, King's Bench Division, before Lord istice Darling and a special jury comosed of men and women, was heard a ise legally described as Robinson v. fidland Bank, Limited. It was a civil ction, but such were its ramifications at it involved the nephew of Lieutennt General His Highness Maharaja ir Pratrap Singh, Maharaja of Jammu nd Kashmir, a single state in the orthernmost part of India. Said The imes:
Great writers have sometimes sought to aint the underworld. Not the most daring mong them put upon canvas scenes more evolting or more despicable in the coldlooded and sordid vices they display than everal which the evidence in this case has lepicted. The cynicism of most of the charcters in the drama provokes laughter, but t is laughter of amazement and of scorn. There is something ludicrous in this naked arade of greed and of obscenity; and the redominant impression it leaves in minds not squeamish over common frailties is that f unmitigated repugnance and disgust.
Some time in 1919, the Maharaja of Kashmir decided that his nephew, Raja Sir Hari Singh, should go to Europe for a visit. To pay his expenses, nearly $4,000,000 was given to him.
Upon this European trip, Sir Hari took with him his aide-de-camp, one Captain C. W. Arthur, whose duty was to safeguard him from danger in all its forms. This position, virtually an appointment by the British Raj, calls for a man of incorruptible honor with the highest sense of duty.
The visit to the Royal Family over, Sir Hari remained in London for a short time before crossing over to Paris to disport himself. In this brief interval, he succumbed to the wiles of a certain bewitching Mrs. Robinson. Apparently, however, the Raja did not treat his lady-love with the liberality that she had expected. Therefore, according to the evidence given at the trial, she became implicated in a plot.
In a certain bed, in a certain hotel, in a certain part of Paris, Sir Hari and
*Mr. Eastman's public benefactions already include $5,000,000 to establish the Eastman School of Music at Rochester University, a total of $11,000,000 to M. I. T., the donation of a complete dental infirmary free to everyone in Rochester (TIME, March 31, MUSIC.)
"Maudie" Robinson were comfortably settled when who should burst into the room but a man who said he was Mr. Robinson-and, as Gilbert said, "here's a pretty how d'y'do." The upshot of the incident was that the young Raja, frightened out of his life, as Lord Darling put it, was forced to part with two cheques for about $750,000 each in order to prevent divorce proceedings which would most certainly implicate him as corespondent and have incalculable repercussions back home in Kashmir.
Later, upon the advice of his solicitor, Sir Hari stopped payment on one of the cheques, but the other was cashed. One Hobbs, a reprobate solicitor, received the unstopped cheque and deposited it in the name of Robinson in a London Branch of the Midland Bank. Later, he withdrew the money, gave Robinson $125,000, divided the remaining $625,000 among the plotters.
In this year of grace, Robinson sought to recover all the money which had been deposited in the Bank, suing that institution for negligence in turning over the money to Hobbs without his authority upon the authority of two forged cheques. Alternately, he claimed damages. But the Bank affirmed, and was upheld by the Court, that Robinson to them was merely a fictitious name and that it was, therefore, entirely within its rights in returning the money to the depositor who represented himself to be Robinson. Furthermore, the Bank de
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clared that, in point of fact, as the money belonged to a certain Eastern Potentate and was forced from him by duress, Robinson's claim could in no way be maintained.
At this juncture Lord Birkenhead's bleary eye caught the words "Eastern Potentate." As Secretary of State for India, he knew the name of this man, realized the significance of its publica
"Since the fall we are none of us innocent"
tion, and, acting well within his rights, he asked the court to withhold the Potentate's name. The Potentate then became "Mr. A" throughout the proceedings of the case.
It developed during the trial that Captain Arthur, the aide-de-camp, was a party to the plot, that he had sold his birthright for $200,000. Hobbs, the man who had handled the money, retained for his share another $200,000 for "professional services rendered." One Newton, who had impersonated Robinson in the bedroom scene because Mrs. Robinson had a very low opinion of her husband's physical beauty, also received $200,000. A Mrs. Bevan who "decoyed" the aide got $25,000 and the Robinsons received $125,000, which the male Robinson paid over to the female, and started divorce proceedings. It was at first represented that $125,000 was all that had been received; this sum was also divided among the six plotters. Sir John Simon, K. C., acting for the defense, suggested that $25,000 was Mrs. Robinson's share, inferring sarcastically that she was the most deserving.
Lord Darling here interposed: "But do the deserving always get most money?" (laughter).
Lord Halsbury, who conducted the case for the plaintiff, Robinson, was forced into a difficult position. As Lord Darling outlined in his summing up,
Robinson was not a party to the plot but, once the conspiracy had taken plac he claimed "all the benefits." Said the learned Judge: "I cannot conceive tribunal of the King's Bench, above all allowing him to come into court and claim a part of the proceeds of a theft"
But Lord Halsbury declared, during the argument about costs, that "Robine son is entitled to say he has been found innocent."
Retorted witty Darling, so often cen sored by his colleagues for his levity: "You are never found innocent, but not guilty. People use words so loosely. Since the fall we are none of us inno cent."
Judgment was entered for the de fendant (Midland Bank) with costs amounting to about $150,000.
The case was over, but the sequel had yet to be written. The case was such that the Public Prosecutor could not possibly wink his eye at it. Several arrests were made: Captain Arthur who had fled to Paris (he fought extradition on the ground that the plot had taken place in Paris and that the British Courts had no jurisdiction over him); Hobbs, the solicitor, whose trial began; several others, unnamed. The Robinsons and Newton were put under police surveillance.
But at this point the Home Secretary bumped his nose, legally speaking, against a brick wall. It would be impossible in a case conducted by the Crown to conceal further the identity of "Mr. A." Lord Birkenhead, not without some pressure, was finally persuaded to sanction the publication of Sir Hari Singh's name.
In New York, the legal world has been exercised by the statement of one Meier Steinbrink, that "many of the Supreme Court judges in Brooklyn and Manhattan are lazy." Mr. Steinbrink, in a published interview, went on to say that many of the judges were "not worth $1,700 a year as law clerks instead of the $17,500 they are receiving as judges." It was at once proposed that the Brooklyn Bar Association investigate these charges, but Edward J. Byrne, its president, stated such an investigation would be futile as "laziness was a relative term and nobody was competent to determine what laziness was."
Hours of Labor
Pending an appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court, the twelve-hour day is said to be practically eliminated from the railroads of the country as a result of a decision just handed down in Chicago by the U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals of the Seventh Circuit in a test case brought by the Government against Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R. The case was brought on the complaint of the yardmasters that the twelve-hour day for yardmasters was contrary to the Hours of Service Act limiting the hours of railroad employes to nine,
A NEW PRIZE FOR A DISTINGUISHED
In the belief that the
Theory of Wages
is of exceptional importance, and that constructive study of it should be stimulated, a Committee composed of
PROFESSOR J. LAURENCE LAUGHLIN, Chairman
PROFESSOR JOHN BATES CLARK
HON. THEODORE E. BURTON
PROFESSOR EDWIN F. GAY PROFESSOR WESLEY C. MITCHELL
has been authorized by Messrs. Hart Schaffner & Marx to offer in 1926 a cash prize of
Five thousand dollars
for the best original treatise on this subject
THE Committee places no restrictions
upon the scope, method or character of the studies submitted beyond the requirement that they make genuine contributions toward our understanding of the problem. Emphasis may be laid upon analysis of the economic principles underlying the determination of wages, upon the conditions which set maximum and minimum limits to the prices paid for important types of labor, upon quantitative studies of the factors involved, or upon any other aspect of the problems which a writer can show to be significant and upon which he can throw new light.
The prize will not be awarded except for a work of high merit. Contestants are not
limited to any country; but the manuscripts must be in English. This offer is entirely separate from the annual competition in Classes A and B of the Hart Schaffner & Marx prizes elsewhere announced.
The ownership of the copyright will vest in the donors, who will arrange for the publication of the book.
Competitors should inscribe their manuscripts with assumed names and in sealed envelopes give their real names and addresses, together with degrees, distinctions, or positions held.
Inquiries concerning the competition may be addressed to the undersigned. Manuscripts should be sent on or before October 1st, 1926, to
J. LAURENCE LAUGHLIN