MASSACHUSETTS TOWN SHAKEN BY TRAGEDY WHEN YOUNG BOYS PLAY "WILD WEST" -- WITH A REAL RIFLE:
Daniel Wallbaum (shown here)
was shot in the back of his head by a playmate yesterday. He died half an hour later in his mother's arms. It happened in a field near the sandpits of North Everett. A group of boys -- ages 9 to 12 -- grabbed a .22 rifle, two air rifles and some Indian gear and decided to transform the area into the Western plains. Wallbaum was not part of the original group, but he tagged along. They told him to go back home, but he wouldn't. Then, tragically, the group decided to "try to scare the Wallbaum boy," according to today's Boston Daily Globe. One of the boys, Wesley Hanson, fired the rifle toward Daniel, not thinking he could do any harm. Just before he fired, Danny ducked behind a bush. The boys thought nothing of it, until they saw people rush toward the bush. The boys ran over and "found Daniel lying on the ground unconscious and with blood streaming from a small hole in the back of his head."
Danny was 12 and about to enter the sixth grade at Horace Mann School (shown, one of many schools named after the famous educator)
. The paper says he was "a great favorite among his classmates and playmates."
Wesley talked about the shooting with a reporter:
"I didn't know that I had shot him and I wouldn't have fired the gun for the world if I had known it would hit him. The first I knew a crowd was running toward the bushes and when we got there I saw Dannie lying on the ground bleeding from his head. Then I don't know much that happened after that.
Police think it was an accident. Before Daniel was killed, another boy was hit three times in the wrist by bullets from an air rifle.ROOSEVELT CONTINUES HIS BLUSTER:
Some are still chuckling over President Roosevelt's remarks on Tuesday to a group of fishermen from Gloucester and Provincetown. Not surprisingly, he praised the men for their hard work. He reportedly said:I am giving you a lot of advice without knowing much of your calling, for I was brought up in a cow country and worked hard from the hurricane deck of a bronco.
His upbringing was, of course, in New York -- hardly "cow country." And the bronco? Today's New York Times reminds readers of a comment by Roosevelt biographer Murat Halstead
that the president was "never fond of bucking broncos."
The Times, in an editorial, says the nation needs more than mere "hard-working men," something Roosevelt cherishes. The times wants more of what Matthew Arnold calls "sweetness and light." The paper says, "Lincoln had this quality, which our great and good President deplorably lacks."JUST ANOTHER REMINDER OF HOW HARD IT IS TO BE A CATCHER:
Boston of the American League defeated the Detroit Tigers yesterday by a 5-4 score in 12 innings. Although much was written about the exciting game -- which was won in relief by Cy Young -- one sentence drew a second glance. Her it is: "Detroit had two catchers put out through SPLIT HANDS through FOUL TIPS." Ouch. Appropriately, one had the last name of PAYNE -- which would be Fred Payne
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