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THE GARDEN ISLAND, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1921
Issued Every Tuesday
I S LA N D
KENNETH C. HOPPER
Managing; I'M i tor
SEPTEMBER 20, 1021
DIM YOUR LIGHTS
Have you ever run jour ear into a ditch
at night just because somebody else's head
lights were so bright that you couldn't see
where you were going? Did you ever force
someone else into that said ditch or blind
liim so that he nearly ran right into you
with your bright lights? Of course you
know that your lights have never bothered
anyone else, but "ain't it a shame" the way
those other thoughtless peoples' lights have
glared at you and me?
In the last few months a large majority
of the people who drive on this island at
night have got into the habit of dimming
their lights when they approach another
car. It is a very simple thing to do, to reach
down and turn on the dimmers, and it may
prevent a bad accident.
Even a very selfish person should be will
ing to put on his dimmers. A man blinded
by some car's strong lights is just as apt
to ruu his own car into the more bril
liantly lighted bus as he is into a ditch. In
fact most of us are more apt to hit the oth
er car than the ditih. It is very elemen
tary pcychology to reason that if you drive
a little too far to the right' you will get into
the ditch ami trouble. If you stay at a safe
distanse from the ditsh, when you can't see
It, the chances are that the oilier fellow will
give room anyway. He may be a bear for
turning his bright lights on you but he won't
want to smash his car into yours just the
There are a large majority of motorists
who are willing to meet you half way on
this proposition. But they are most awfully
afraid, most of them us that they we
will go a little more than half way. It is
a rather foolish feeling to turn on the dim
mers, look ahead and see that the other
fellow hasn't met you half way and turned
on his own. get mad and turn your bright
lights back on him and just as you do it see
his dimmers come on. The poor fellow prob
ably had a hard time finding his dimmers
on the dash find telt worse than you we
did when he couldn't respond promptly.
Anyway, this dimming habit is a good
one. It will probably save many an accident
if we all practice it. Let's keep it up.
A sober and informed British financial
writer has b:?en making a survey of the Unit
ed States as it stands today, compared with
the position which it held, or was thought to
hold, directly after the armistice. He puts
the case as it was put by apprehensive Eng
lishmen in 1!1S. The financial scepter had
completely and forever passed from London
to New York. America would rapidly pro
ceed to drive British merchants out of the
great .markets of the world. The American
mercantile marine would outpace and under
bid the English in all parts of the world. It
is not necessary to fill in the details of these
Cassandra prophecies. They were used in Eng
land to depress or alarm; they were echoed
in the United Sates to add, a trifle unneces
sarily, to our national complacence.
Nearly three years have passed, and what
fio we see? America is indeed the chief place
of resort for world credits, but her triumph
ant invasion and conquest of neutral mark
ets has not come off. Our foreign trade is
shrinking instead of expanding. And in Con
gress the old notion persists, and is being
embodied in a tariff law, that we are unable
to compete industrially or commercially with
foreigners, and must cower down protected
by a high customs barrier. There is nothing
in this of the sighing for more markets to
conquer. As for our new fleets of merchant
men, they are mostly tied up or are operating
at a loss or are in litigation, the whole great
original project being now declared by the
chairman of the Shipping Board to be little
better- than an illimitable wreck. We need
but refer to that high-flying venture in for
eign commerce and banking, the severe em
barrassment of which has been a drain on
our financial resources and a consequent
cloud over the stock market for the past few
What are the reasons for these failures in
our high and confident undertakings? The
main ones, no doubt spring" from general
causes the depression and financial disloca
tion that have spread over the entire earth.
But here is a special reason for the disap
pointment that has overtaken our hopes of
three years ago. We went at our accustom
ed tasks too jauntily, too light heartedly,
with too overweening a confidence in a word
too ignorantly. We were not willing to learn
from experience. For acquired skill we thot
to substitute energy and dash and no end
of money. We were going to show the
world things it had never dreamed of in its
slow-coach philosophy. Our merchant ships
were to sail every sea and ride at anchor in
every harbor. Foreign trade and an estab
lished and profitable marine were easy en
ough to get if we only went after them with
loud hurrahs. Why talk of the need of mil
lion, of learning from those who had been
in the shipping business on a great scale for
generations? Wc were going to improve
everything and succeed in everything by mere
boldness and by drawing freely upon our
colossal resources. But, somehow, as all
know at present, the experiment into which
we gayly flung ourselves turned out to be a
rather ghastly failure.
There is no need to labor the moral. It
glares from the sorrowful experience. There
is no substitute for knowledge. Plans and
methods which it has taken other nations
years of patient effort to work out cannot
be duplicated overnight by a swift turn of
the American wrist. We see now that we
have to go at the business from the ground
up; feel our way prudently; not to be too
'proud to learn from those who know. The
possibilities which seemed so glittering three
years ago are still within our reach. But
they cannot be attained at a jump and a
whoop. We have got to toil and sweat
" and rack our brains, as others have done be
fore us, in order .to win the prize. World
dominance in finance and trade is not some
thing to be snatched at hastily and gredily.
It will come, if at all, only after long and
intelligent endeavor. It is not a kingdom to
be taken by violence or suddenly by storm.
This seems like a bitter lesson, but never-the-less
it may be ultimately a good thing for
Americans that they have learned it thus
early. New York Times.
Here are some extracts from "Toots'' that
have a punch to them :
Few of us are willing to hear both sides.
After the ball is over off come the shoes.
A business organization is of men not of
If you treat some men courteously they
think you are easy.
When a man begins to take re-unions ser
iously he's getting old.
Everyone has some love for truth in the
other fellow if not in himself.
When we have too much to do we usually
neglect the most important things.
Bet on the "talker" for the first heat, but
put your money on the doer for the race.
Competition may be the life of trade, but
dishonest and ignorant competition 'kills
The ideal waiting job is that of the man
who plays the bass drum in a symphony or
chestra. Some weeks he only gets one thump.
There can be no beauty without some ugli
ness, just as there can be no mountain with
out a valley.
, We pay men in proportion to what they
can do, and that is the way we should esti
mate the value of labor and money saving
With shoes selling in Russia at 300,000
rubles per pair the heads of large families
would feel somejvhat discouraged were it not
for the fact that the ruble is really of less
value than the paper it is printed upon. A"
man in Russia goes to the store with a wag
on load and brings his purchase home in his
A Britisher has expressed the opinion that
the world needs a new bible. If the major
ity of the people knew more of what was in
the old one the world would be far better
off than it is to-day, and it would be easier
to settle the great economic questions that
retard progress and burden the world with
a great, needless, burdensome and expensive
Notwithstanding that the bicycle craze
passed away a number of years ago the out
put in 1010 was valued at 12,277,:511, show
ing conclusively that there are still thousands
of people so lazy that they prefer to sit
down and walk.
There are sixteen eggs in storage for every
inhabitant of the United States. This means
that there are 1,710,480,000 eggs out of cir
culation, some of which are liable to be a lit
tle stale before they reach the consumer.
A headline in the Literary Digest declares
"America the Most Religious Country on
Earth." That's rather rough on the others.
llieeuville (S.C.) Piedmont.
M. F. MORGAN
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