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NOTE that when President Harding says
"Hush!" to the Senate, lest it appear that
, "the executive branch of the Government, which
is charged with the conduct of foreign relations, is
not fully alive to a world situation which is of
deep concern to the United States," he is careful
to convey the impression that at any moment the
"Administration may hatch out a foreign policy
calculated to astonish mankind.
This is but prudence and foresight. When Sen
ator Borah and public opinion pushed the project
of an arms conferencje to the point where it was
inevitable, President Harding and Secretary
Hughes suddenly appeared on. the front seat of the
band wagon ready to take the reins and acknowl
edge the cheers.
Something like that might happen again. In
which casethe Harding Administration must be
prepared to show how secretly "alive" it has been
all along to the "glorious' opportunity of which
circumstances at last permit us to take advan
There is a kind of leadership that consists of
dodging through the bushes and jumping out at
the head of the procession just as the music strikes
That is the kind of leadership President Har
ming seems to find most congenial and exciting.
'" College professors cannot spell, a publisher
says. Is this a plan to supply tho shortage of
teachers from tho surplus ot stenographer?
s A WANAMAKER BRIDGE
1( KOVER WHALEN has shifted his proposed
VJ East River Bridge downtown. The latest
plan is for a Manhattan terminal at Astor Place.
It is obvious that the principal beneficiary
would be Rodman Wanamaker, chum and mentor
ef Mayor Hylan. '
Of course, being of the pure in heart, the Mayor
and Grover Whalen didn't think of that. But sup
pose some one less pure of heart had proposed a
wtfc.OuU.lAM UIIUM thi. nuuiu
sponding benefit on the business at No. 26 Broad
way. Wouldn't Mayor Hylan object and damn
the proposal by calling it a "Rockefeller Bridge?"
The halcn shift of plans is sure to cause the
"interests" to christen the project the "Wanamaker
But that objection is trifling compared with the
great and valid objection to any bridge whatever.
Until New York City has experimented with at
least one vehicular tunnel under the East River
there should be no further talk of a bridge.
A tunnel is relatively inexpensive. Irit is prac
tical to go under the Hudson it is practical to go
under the East River. The tunnel adds to prop
erty values at either entrance.
A bridge, on the contrary, cuts a great gash into
the island. It destroys property values many
times greater than those it creates. It obstructs
north and south traffic.
Every argument favoring the subway in pref
erence to elevated, railroads applies to the tunnel
in preference to the bridge.
These are the real and telling arguments against
the Whalen plan. They should receive full consideration.
i uur jrnot-noie roncyi
(Tfrw Tork Brtnlni World)
By John Cassel
NOW IS A GOOD TIME.
BEING a tranquil Mayor, at the dawn of a
promising year, with no elections to darken
his thoughts or disturb his digestion, why doesn't
Mayor Hylan sit himself calmly down and answer
the challenge of Superintendent of Schools Will
iam L. Ettinger, which is this:
"If you honestly believe that those In high
admlnlstratlvo positions In the Board ot Edu
cation are really part of what you aro fond of
ailing tho 'Oary-Rockofeller ring,' and if you
really bellevo, as you recently stated, that Su
perintendents, principals and teachers are in a
conspiracy to prevent children from progress
i ing through the grades, why not drag theee
violators of a sacred truBt into the spotlight of
publicity by naming them, so that they may be
assured not only of your rovilements but ot
"the scorn of every docent parent in tho com
munity?" No one has professed to know more of the true
inwardness of the "Gary-Rockefeller system" in
the public schools than Mayor Hylan. No one
has talked more about it or uttered more warnings
Here's a lull in politics. And of course the
schools have nothing to do with politics anyway.
Let the Mayor do his cool, analytical best to
turn the Gary system inside out so that everybody
may know at last just what it is and who it is.
Here is a New Year's duty the Mayor owes to
himself and to the people of this city.
We earnestly urge him to discharge it.
Maybe Lord Curzon is making a stand on the
Turkish oil question because he has noticed
that it is ot greatest interest to Charles E.
Hughes, our Secretary of Oil.
Perhaps it is only a part ot a plot to get us
Involved or entangled.
I THE WEEK.
:BT WBATHBR of the wlntar arrived, but
the 8UN broke through to PREVENT a seri
ous FUEL CRISIS. Thursday's cold rain.
felIowed by cold antfonow, recalled conditions before
Mae blockade of three years ago when New York.
. streets were impassable for days.
CHRISTMAS was MERRY. CHARITIES helped
long the CHRISTMAS SPIRIT in lavish style. Tho
OST OFFICE helped too by getting tho HUGE MAIL,
delivered PROMPTLY. Department store records in
dicated a bumper supply ot gifts.
Some said CHRISTMAS was 'WET," others that
it was, "DRY." PROHIBITIONISTS estimated 100
; deaths from POISONOUS HOOCH in tho country's
f week-end celebration. '
i Severe STORMS made OCEAN TRAVEL perilous
t acid many ships are not yet out of danger.
All the world watched bulletins from SARAH
feERNHARDT'S sick bed. INDOMITABLE WILL
.ff.'aaesied to be keeping her alive.
.J , The "WORKERS' PARTY held a convention of ILL
IfTLL. The delegates found it hard to BELIEVE in
W: k,u "WILL HAYS discovered vehement PUBLIC 0PP0-
H $H'fTirN to rtin "nnrrtnn" nf ITatrv ArhitVIo ui.
- aV v wa, w fc at. a vi A AID
latest suggestion, that Arbuckle may direct rather
than act in movie-making indicates that PUBLIC
OPINION proved TOO STRONG tor Mr. Hays.
MAYOR HYLAN mixed Into the Ryan Etttnger row
rer the HALF-TIME PROBLEM. The Mayor re
vamped the "ROCKEFELLER CROWD" charges. He
didn't mention the McCOOEY influence in the seleo-
l tion of supervisors.
COMPTROLLER CRAIO now wants to COLLECT
RENT from President Mezes of CITY COLLEGE.
' Seems strange Mr. Craig didn't try to collect UNTIL
City College sought to collect "mandatory" appropria
tions from the city.
INDUSTRIALLY, the week was featured by tho
PATERSON PLAN for PEACE In the SILK INDUS
TRY, and the action ot Henry A. Dix in TURNING
OVER his CLOTHING BUSINESS to his EM
PLOYEES. Two experiments that differ widely in
At Washington tho BORAH RESOLUTION occu
pied the centre of the stage. "LET THE ADMINIS
TRATION HANDLE IT" is the rallying cry of the
OLD GUARD. Two years ago it was: "DON'T LET
THE ADMINISTRATION TOUCH IT."
AL SMITH and family journeyed to ALBANY after
a BIG SEND OFF here. Albany said "WELCOME
HOME" in impressive style and promises the GREAT
EST INAUOURAL EVER. Mr. Yellowley says it will
be an ARID celebration.
ffival IRISH FACTIONS are playing FREEZE
OUT for possession of the "Irish consulate" office.
"Freere out" described it when the Seat was turned
COUE is comlni; and members of the MEDICAL
PROFESSION are sharpening their KNIVES for him.
HARVEY too is on tho .ocean and may expect CUT
TING REMARKS from "SOULLESS" WOMEN.
JERSEY JUSTICE moved at lightning eneed In ap
prehending the Negro criminal who attacked and
strangled Mrs. Brighum of Orango. Kew York police
are working on the shooting oMittle Teresa McCarthy
KU KLUXERS aro gravely concerned over the
EVIDENCE ACCUMULATING at MER ROUGE.
In splto of dark spots on the horlton, tho YEAR
1923 looks BRIGHT.
ACHES AND PAINS.
The ilethoiitt OhrUHan .Advocate says that the
newt of "Mr. Wilt Bayt'a reinstatement 0 the tin
tpeckable Arbuckle came upon the tweet
erfr of Chrlttmot week Uke a waft from the tewcr."
I shall grow young again in tropic airs,
Putting aside the years and ancient cares,
Lighting my lite where perfumed flowers blow,
While my old world is wrapped in ice and enow!
Ponca de Leon.
-;X''MOOi ana mUsT' parly hut been formed (1 South
nna. . Milk and water hat been the utual Chink
frof, Eintteln It giving Relativity an airing tn the
Orient. Be vitited Japan without a frock coat which
it de rigueur at daylight function!. Twelve were loaned
him by Tokio friendt. One fitted. Be alto borrowed
a tilk hat, but wore it on his hand at the party.
Now the tcientifio sharps say that alcohol can be
made out of the air. It can be made out of a lot of
things. The trouble is to get it after manufacture
Why tantalize t
The Bultan is going to Mecca by the Salt River
Fine partisans arc those Republican Senators who
refused to vote for a resolution welcoming IV. N fcacfc
to health. They must be scared of him.
!7 B "E EUROPEAN SITU AT lOtS HAS Zc
V' 7 ' BEEN GIVEN MOST THOROUGH ANX & T $k r
fMfl MONTHS huOA
From Evening World Readers
WAar kind 0 after do you find mosi ruadmbhP Isn't it the on
fAar ttrt thm worth ot m thoutmnd word in couple ot hundred t
There ia Ana mentel eueroiee end lot 0 eetitltction in trying
ear mueA in tew ward. Take time to be brief.
What Do Yon Mean, "naplilt"
To tho Editor ot The Evenlm Worll:
Residents of Washington Heights
and vicinity served by the West Side
Subway who are wont to grumble in
wardly every morning as they crawl
to Times Square by the "Rapid"
Transit will bo ffrcatly encouraged by
your recent timely editorial headed
Whatever has been the cause of the
long and frequen tie-ups on the
uroaaway-sevenlh Avenue line in the
mornings, tho patience of suffering
subwayites has been taxed to the
limit. Many passengers famed for
their sweet dispositions and self-mas
tery have suddenly undergone trans
formations and have been even over
heard to give expression to most
threatening and most unbecoming
language. Many otherwise punctual
west Elders who still have faith In the
rapldnes8 of the underground transit
system have had to clip newspaper
reports of late to account to their
bosses for their tardiness,
Perhaps some of these bosses (who
KOt downtown by motor car or Long
Island Railway) may see your edi
torial and may henceforth vent their
wrath upon the transit authorities
and not upon the heads ot Innocent
157th Stroet, Dec. 27, 1922.
To tho Editor ot The Evenlns World :
In reply to a letter enUtled
Awakening," by Ex-Soldler. I would
like to awaken or enlighten him a
little. I was a soldier In the war also,
I fought f 6r the good of humanity. 1
wear no uniform now, but am still
enlisted for the good of humanity by
opposing whiskey and light wines and
beers. Whiskey has killed more men
than all the wars of the world com
blned. It has broken up families,
caused accidents, rice, lawless
The alcohol In the whiskey is the
evil. Why take a little of this evil
In light wines and beeraT It only
creates the desire for stronger drink
and greater evil.
Most wets are eelnsh. They cater
to the animal nature. Thoy are op
posfd to Christ Jesus, who taught the
spiritual nature of man.
When our ex-Boldler says that Pro
hlbltlon has created a new typo of
drinker ho forgtsts that God is the
only creator, and that he never
created u drunkard. "He Ih of too
pure eyes to behold Iniquity."
The animal man thinks with his
stomach. Thu spiritual mun with the
mind God gave htm
Clod covernN our Innd. not the wets
and all tho power thero rcnlly Is bo
tones to Clod, and not thu wuts who
are opposed to God.
wide-awake, active America, enlight
ening tho world.
HENRY N. KOST.
Liberty, N. Y., Dec. 20, 1922.
Took It Serlonalr.
To the Editor ot The Evening World :
Tho letter from "Cinodraa"aWed-
nesday evening is tho best joke of
the season. Here's a bird that wants
to bribe Germany Into Prohibition
when his own country is spending
$9,000,000 yoarly to put three or four
stills on every blpck in tho country,.
making a lot of foreigners ride In
automobiles Instead of street cars
and put hooch on sale In all candy,
shoe, delicatessen, furniture and gro
cery stores, as well as In tho 25c
a shot" drug Btores and automobllo
I uaw more drunks Sunday night
on Broadway and young girlB under
tho Influence coming up in tho sub
way than I have seen in five years
Prohibition! Bay whenl
EDWARD F. LYNCH.
New York City, Dec. 27. 1922.
-The Greatest Paradox
To the Editor ot The Evening World:
The greatest paradox In America
to-day is the existence of tho Ku IQux
To think that such a chbue com
posed as it is of bigots of tho most
Intolerable sort, should bo permitted
to operate hero a land reputed to be
the most neacful and law-abiding in
tho world Is Indeed surprisingly
ridiculous, if not tragic. Tho very
thought of It is utterly Incompatible
with the ideals upon which our coun
try Is founded
In assuring the public of the lofti
ness of Its aim, the Ku Klux Klan
has repeatedly advanced its 100 per
cent. Americanism. Its leaders are
endeavoring to appeoso tho public in
dignation against Its Illegal conduct
by contending that only patriotic ends
are sought. How then can we recon
die this with what has recently trans
plred In Louisiana? I refer particu
larly to Fillmore Watts Daniel, one of
The nefarious acts which this seoret
organization has committed In Loulsl
ana should spell Its extermination. Its
objects have been proved to uo csscn
tlally ovtl. It has pandered to race
prejudice whorevor It has made Its of,
fenslvo appearance. It has stimulated
rcllclous hatred and fanaticism. It
has madfl outrageous attempts to
nlmcklu tho Uvea of unoffending In
dlvlduals. It lins Instituted mob vio
lencc. Can thlH contlnuo to bo toler
utrl In tho kuIbc of Americanism?
No expense should bo spared In tho
endeavor to Investigate thoroughly Its
ucttvltica and oxposo every Illegal act
By John Blake
(Ctoprrlcfct. IMS. by Jobs Blake.)
ONE WAY MINDS.
In a world where a great deal of education is haphazard
and acquired indiscriminately it is as important sometimes
to get ideas out of one's head as to get them in.
The most ignorant brain has a great deal in it, but
most of what is there ought not to be there.
Superstition, prejudice, misinformation make up the
mental stock of millions of people, to the exclusion of accu
rate information, tolerance, thinking ability, and all the
qualities that go to make up real intellect.
It may be that woman's privilege to change her mind
whenever she chooses is one of the things that make
women's minds very good minds indeed.
They let go of ideas, as a rule, more readily than men
do, when they discover that the ideas are ill-founded.
One of the great difficulties of teaching adult illiterates
is that they have to be thoroughly untaught before they
can be taught.
Unteaching is much harder than teaching, owing to the
fact that the fourth or fifth rate mind is a one way mind,
holding tenaciously to everything that has been put into it.
Tlie aliens who come to America with open minds ore
quick to learn, and soon become good citizens. '
Those who come with an assortment of ignorance,
acquired in an environment of Ignorance, remain hopeless.
School teachers find many dull pnpils full of notions
that are hard to remove.
These notions hare been acquired from ignorant or
If the pupils can be persuaded to give them, up they
soon become capable of education.
If they have the sort of minds, that let go of nothing,
they might as well be given up. There can be no teaching
No intelligent man consistently holds to an idea when
he discovers that it is ill-founded. If he did we should still
be insisting thut the world is flat, and that the sun travels
around it. We should still believe that sea serpents lie in
wait for helpless vessels, and that to start a day's work on
Friday would insure disaster. ,
What the few discover they must see and learn to
understand, for progress is always made by the few.
Fortunately the many are capable of changing their
minds in the light of new information.
Were it not for that we should still be in the dark
ages. And the man who never changes his mind, or re
linquishes the ideas of his youth, will be a dark" age dweller
throughout his whole existence.
TMrta.1l Ik i- Til c-rAV
OewrigM, ittt (New Tork ftwnWl
Woriaj, Press Pubmnmg Co.
E. W. 0SB0RN
Prohibition was born In America committed by these hooded infidels,
where all good things come from. The individuals responsible for tho
Our blogun should bu a dry, bobor, murder ot the World War veteran
should be speedily brought to Justice
and made to pay the penalty with all
the severity tho law can Impose.
The American people have been al
together too Indifferent and apathetic
about Its activities. The average man
goes about making his living and at
tending to his own business, unmindful
ot the general menace. The crimes of
tho Ku Klux Klan must sop. Other
wise It will eventually become so pow
erful an to be able to resist tho author
ity of the local government under
which It exists and ultlmutcly ques
tion tho power that resides at WubIi-Ingtcw-
From the Wise
There is no good in arguing with
the ineuifable. The only argument
available with the east wind is to
put on your overcoat. James R.
Fine art is thai in which the
hand, the head and the heart go
together. John Ruakin.
say the whole earth and all
the stars in the sky are for re
ligion's sake. Walt Whitman.
LIKE any merchant in a itorc;
Who sells things by tha pon4
Tie deals with scarce perfuncterg
Small pass-keys to the world's Jte-
lie takes dull money, turns and hansM
The roadways to far distant lands.
For, listening, you'll hear him say .
. . and then to Aden and Bom
Or . . Frisco first and then
Across the Rocky Mountains
lAke any talesman in a store.
lie sells but tickets nothing more.
And casual as any clerk v ,
ire deals in dreams, and coHe. it-A
work! . f;
Edmund Leamy, who rhymes alacf
"The Tlckot Agent" In the JanuM'
Harper's, will find somo of his lici
missing from tho reprint above, bf
tho dream 1 all there. f
A Committee of Congress.-
A note relating So affairs of 1897
gathered from an Instalment lnkttf
Juno Atlantic from tho diaries .!
John D. Long, once Secretary of Vi "
How umall the number is of .those
who have complete knowledge ot
any one subject!
This committee, the naval eye and
ear of the House, Is charged' with
the Important matter of tho dry
dock at New York.
It Is fair to say, with entire .
Justice to them, that not mora than
two ot them have anything more
than a general confused notion that
thero Is a dock there, and that'lt Is
out of repair and In process ot re
construction; probably not more
than one haa ever seen it.
Yet the committee Is to pass
upon questions Involving thousands
of dollars and Important methods of
construction, where any error may
be followed by most disastrous con
sequences. And evidence accumulates that, day,
by day, tho average committee-in
Congress grows neither better nor
Example and the Cinema.-
Wo turn to a O.-IC. Chesterton
pago In tho Illustrated London News
to find this:
I think the most raving and .
ridiculous nonsense Is talked against
It Is auggested that no greedy boy
would ever steal apples unless ho
had Been- phantom boys stealing
phantom apples on a gray film. '
Before the Invention of tho Cin
ematograph, no boy ever stole
apples or stole anything.
If a boy brains his brother with
a poker, people say It was wicked
to let him see the pictures.
It would be more sensible to .say.
It was wicked to let him see tho
poker. All this crude criminology In
tho case against tho movies is the
mere appetite of prigs for prohibi
tion. Still, G. iq C. has to fear that tha
cftcap and common movie has de
stroyed something ho knew as a boy.
And that something was the thrill
and mystery of the theatre, casting
the spell which made every play a
Our Fading Freedom.
Looking round about her as she dls
cusses "Tho Land of tho Free," foJ
the' January Harper's, Katherine Ful
lerton Gerould discovers this state ol
Amerloa Is not really a free
country In the old sense; and liberty
Is, Increasingly, a mere rhetorical
' Even now I should shrink from
calling myself unpatriotic; yet the
fact remains that thero aro not the
same things to be patriotic about.
For patriotism Is more than emo-
tlonal adherence In time of stress to
a familiar flag, more than blind nl
loslance to the soil of one's birth.
It Is approval of. understanding
of, deliberate loyalty to one's native
Institutions; and when the thing
that you were consciously faithful
to altars, you can no longer, In the
same way, be faithful.
No man whoae political gospel Is
freedom oan love a country whence
freedom la rapidly passing, except
with tho .Irrational, personal, senti
mental, largely selfish love that
makes us prefer our own roots to
To thd good American, this Is good
To the Antl-S&IoonaUc, it la trea
son. You take your choice according to
Curly Bill and the Tax Deputy.
In bis "When the West Was
Young" (Century Co.) Frederick
R. Bcchdoll tells of the meeting is)
Cochise County, Arizona, betweaj
young Breckenrldge, a sheriffs depu.
ty, and' Curly BUI, a gunman with a
price on his head. Tho young deputy
had been sent out to collect taxes is
a rough region and he would admlrs
to have Bill tide along to help him
take care of the roll. We read:
Curly Bill was a great deal slower
at thinking than he was at drawing
his gun and thye was much fcod
for thought in that bold proposition.
He gazed at young Preckenrldre
for some momenta In silence. Grad
ually his lips relaxed. Smiling, he
turned und addressed tba occupants
of tho room.
"Boys," he cried, "line up."
And when the line was formed be
fore the bnr ho waved his hand.
"This here's the deputy sheriff,
come to collect the taxes In our, end
of tho country; and I aim to help
him do the Job up right." '
Hero seems to bo one of the ira
sons why they speak of "rare old
daya" la the American Occident.
a. Wf A