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H 4 GOODWIN'S WEEKLY
B lie could' cry out that the senate had nullified all his efforts at Paris.
H He could pose -as a martyr and go to the country for indorsement. An
H agreement with the senate would have taken away all his ammuni-
B Nor did the contingency that the Germans might reject the treaty
H justify his course. The covenant of the League of Nations would re-
H main even after the rejection. It was the covenant rather than the
H treaty that called for change. The treaty, relating as it did to
H boundaries and reparations was, for the most part, a European affair.
H It was the covenant, not the treaty, that fastened upon the United
H States vital and fateful obligations.
H In his efforts to keep the treaty from the senate the president
H acted like an angry schoolmaster trying to play even wi'th a pupil. He
H permitted it to be published in Europe and his own aides in Paris fur-
H nished copies of it to banking houses in New York. When Senator
H Lodge went to New York he was subjected to Wall Street ridicule
H because he and his fellow senators had not been able to get possession
H of the treaty.
H The war waged by the president on the senate has become a scan-
H dal to the whole world.
H SPEEDING TO DEATH.
IF a promoter of sports should come among us and promise, for a
consideration, to stage an exhibition in which at least three of the
Hl performers should be killed, We would lift our eyes to heaven in pious
H horror and fold our hands in attitude of prayer. Then, perhaps, we
H would display the stormy indignation of the truly upright and drive
H the murderous-minded man from our midst.
H Whenever a promoter engages to stage an auto or motorcycle
H race such as that which was run at Indianapolis last week he virtually
H contracts to kill anywhere from one to a dozen persons. And when
H the public countenances such contracts it enters into the bargain.
H We express our wonder and horror that when Rome was in its
H prime the public clamored for gladiatorial combats and that the
H imperial rulers acceded to their pleas . We are appalled when
H history tells us that the spectators, seated in the coliseums, cooly de-
H " cided the fate of a combatant by turning thumbs up or down. We
H hotly contend that such inhuman monsters are detached from us by
H nearly twenty centuries of refining civilization, and if one presses
H home the argument that we are just as brutal as were the men and
H women of Rome in the times of Tiberius, Claudius or Nero we basti-
H nado our accusers with bad words.
H Sometimes, when in our holiest of holier than thou moods, we hurl
H the lightenings of annihilating disapproval on benighted Spaniards
H and Mexicans for their bull fights. Usually it is the bull that is slain ;
H seldom the bull's antagonist. Sometimes a horse is ripped open and
H his steaming entrails are scattered about the arena. Could anything
H be more brutalizing? Could anything be more degrading?
H When the arrangements for the contest at Indianapolis were com-
H pleted it was a foregone conclusion, practically speaking, that some-
H one would be killed. Barney Oldfield, master driver, was a sure
H prophet. He predicted almost to the second the average time that
H would be made on the track. He also predicted that there would be
H casualties. The public expected the casualties and were in nowise
H deterred thereby from attending the stupendous combat of gladiators
H going out to challenge Death. And while the racers competed with
H Death the spectators waited avidly for catastrophe. They did not
H hope for the death or injury of anyone, but in their souls was a morbid
H readiness to observe whatever blood-letting, bone-shattering disaster
H fate might decree.
H Their morbid desires were somewhat appeased when r e of the
H chariots overturned and a pilot was instantly killed a id his. tne-
B chanician's skull crushed. But that was but insipidity itself compared
H with a crash that immediately succeeded. A car skidded from the
B track into the field. The gasoline tank burst. The car became a
JH flaming juggernaut. Two men were pinned under it and cooked to
HB death in a leisurely fashion before the eyes of thousands of spectators
H who forgot, for a time, to watch the speeding charioteers. A mere
race lost its fascination. The vision and nostalgia of sizzling human
beings was much mcre alluring. ) i
We invite our readers to educe tho moral arid be prepared' when
the next race of that kind is proposed for Salt Lake. ;
President Wilson made Rome howl and it scared him. yt
We read that New Yorkers want better lights and better morals '
on Broadway. That means that they will get better lights.
Mexico wanted to pass its troops through the United States in
bond. They must have been "pickled."
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