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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3?. 192!
Owed, by New Tork Tribune, Inc., a New Tork
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4ml; O. Vernor Roger?, Vice-President; Helen
Roger* Re?d. Secretar?': R. B. Majtfieltl, Ttwaaurer.
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herein also are reserved.
Under the skillful pilotage of Sec?
retary Hoover the Harding unem?
ployment conference, composed of
representatives of employees, em?
ployers and of the general public,
has agreed on recommendations.
Those now steadily at work are
asked to lay off a day or two a week
and give the unemployed a chance.
Next it is urged that extensions and
repairs of plants be now made.
Thirdly, as far as is possible, that
goods be manufactured and stored
until there is a revival of a normal
It will not be claimed that this
program will work miracles. In the
main it recognizes the truth that
only gradually will business find a
way out of the wilderness. But the
program will do some good. Here
and there employers and employees
will be stimulated into action, and
the example will be catching.
The main thing is to convince
manufacturers and merchants who
for six months have endured a suc?
cession of shocks that the bottom in
prices has been-reached. The way
prices have tumbled since spring
seems to leave no doubt. When there
is a rise, even a slight one, buyers
will not need to be exhorted to re?
stock empty shelves. Selfishness
will work for the general interest,
and not against it.
The great power of organized
labor has so far been thrown against
breaks in the wage scale. This, of
coarse, is to the advantage of union?
ists who have kept their jobs at
war wages, while at the same time
getting the benefit of lowered living
costs, and to the disadvantage of
the great mass of workers, who are
forced to meet labor competition.
Talk of the class war! The real
class war is not between employers
and employed, but between different
kinds of workers!
Fairness has demanded a more
equal subsidence of the wage rate.
But union leaders, playing on preju?
dices and emphasizing half truths,
have successfully bamboozled vic?
tims?have made many believe that
a hundred days of employment at
$8 a day brings more money home
than three hundred days at $5.
About all that can be expected in
the way of a juster division is the
job diffusion suggested by the Wash?
But the recommendations propose
no permanent cure?are defensible
only as emergency measures. Wages
can be kept up and prices at the
same time kept down in no other
way than by increasing the product
of each labor unit. Should the prac?
tice of laying off deaden desire to
labor diligently it would in th* ??id
be most harmful.
Harvard has gone back to old prac?
tice. Marks are to be made public.
Students will be graded in six
groups: Highest distinction, high
distinction, distinction; high pass,
pass and low pass. Flat failures,
which irate professors used to class
as E or F, will be kept for the pri?
vate information of the student and
In the days of A, A., B + , B, etc.,
there was often lacking incentive to
aim higher than the minimum. Many
men who could do much better mere?
ly sought to avoid too many Ds.
Some few worked for high marks,
but the stimulus which comes from
a ?t>mpetition rnd publicity and which
p helped make prowess in athletics so
much desired, was lacking in aca?
demic fields. Many men who would
rather perish than be called slackers
in athletics were willing to dodge all
but the bare necessities in studies.
The new system should develop
many a latent ambition. The knowl?
edge that their fellow classmates,
and even the world at large, may
know just how they stand in their
studies will have a potent influence.
Not only will the family receive the
list of marks?a list that often lacks
significance and is glibly interpreted
by the ?tudent?but all his friends
may know just how he stands. He ,
will see that that "dumb-bell" from ?
Dedham stands ahead of him, and i
that he himself stands well above j
his friend who he used to think!
waa pretty clever. Perhaps in the
finals he will be able ?to outdistance
the crack student in his group.
It is interesting that this public
marking returns at Harvard upon
the recommendation of the Student
Council, which is the- undergraduate
body for the consideration of the
j best interests of the college. This
body felt that open grading would
J lead to a higher standard of scholar?
ship. It would also make it possible
I to give credit to men burdeued with
i extra-curriculum duties, and to call
I attention to those who just escaped
The Grand Graft
And yesterday on the stand before
the Meyer committee was Edward
P. Hughes, former police inspector
and close friend of Commissioner
Enright. Mr. Hughes has been con?
ducting recently a private detective
agency, furnishing pier protection.
"You have done, a large and re?
munerative business," remarked Mr.
Brown. "Yes," easily replied the
former policeman, "I've done a
pretty nice business/' So nice, In?
deed, that when the books of Allan
A. Ryan & Co. were examined it
was disclosed that the stock dealings
of Mr. Hughes aggregated $105,000
In the old days Tammany preyed
on saloonkeepers, gamblers, push?
cart men and women of the town.
But supplies from these sources be?
came meager and they were left for
Tammany's small fry. Grand graft
was better. The opportunities pre?
sented by the building industry, by
the capture and sale cf motor vehi?
cles and by the collection and dis- i
tribution of $40,000,000 a year for j
guarding piers were illimitabje. ;
Great is the grand graft. If |
Tweed knows what goes on great
must be his regret over neglected
chances. He built only one $25,000,
000 courthouse. Now each year
money to double this amount regu?
larly flows in.
And all tire time John F. Hylan
has not had the slightest idea of
what has been going on.
Speaking of the whispered discus?
sions of whether it is safe to blow
down the muzzle of the peace trea?
ties, the ever-faithful David Law?
rence remarks concerning the reser?
vation program which is favored :
"These tactics are curiously like
those followed by the Republicans
when Woodrow Wilson submitted the
Treaty of Versailles."
But with one striking difference.
Messrs. Harding and Wilson are dis?
similar. Mr. Wilson scrapped his
treaty because denied the exact form
of ratification he demanded. Is Mr.
Harding likely to imitate him in
this? Should a majority of the Sen?
ate attach reservations to his treaty,
would he forthwith kill it? Some?
how we can't see Mr. Harding play?
ing so unreasonable a r?le. Nor can
any one else. Mr. Harding not only
asks the consent but would have the
advice of the Senate. Are there res?
ervations which a majority of the
Senate seriously believes are needed?
If there are such they should be pre?
sented and matured. The President
and his Secretary of State are not I
men of cement minds, and the de- j
liberate judgment of the Senate i
would have, as it should, great ?
weight with them.
Knowledge that it is not safe to
take for granted that Warren is an- ?
other Woodrow is a doubt that is
present at the Washington private
conferences. It jumps out, a dis?
turbing guest, as often as Senator
"Pat" and "Br'er" Carter think they
have arrived at a plan.
Down Gloucester Way
If the vote in the Gloucester Con?
gressional district gives a fair test
there is no indication that the Har?
ding Administration is unpopular.
Colonel A. Piatt Andrew, Republi?
can candidate for Congress in the
6th Massachusetts District, on Tues?
day defeated his Democratic oppo?
nent by a three-to-onc vote. This
was an even greater percentage than
that of last year, although the total
vote cast wa? much smaller. Colonel
Andrew received 76 per cent of the I
ballots. Last year the Republican ;
candidate received only 75 per cent. I
The fact that this victory was,
achieved by a man comparatively >
new in Massachusetts politics and in
the face of a campaign of insistent
criticism of everything Republican,
both local and national, suggests
that Wilsonism is still remembered. |
Not even sanguino partisan? had j
expected such ample majorities as '
were accorded in Massachusetts on |
Tuesday and in New Mexico ten
days ago, and the result weakens
faith in the actuality of the reaction
which some newspapers have said
Why One Man Did
To take aid.to the injured and to
prevent a second tram from crash?
ing into a railroad wreck near
Xoonan, Tex., William J. Redd, a
Marine Corps reservist, swam a
swollen river four times.
Asked why he so promptly plunged
in, he raid he remembered only two
things: First, if he failed to stop:
the second train and passengers
were killed his mother would be dis?
appointed; and second, that failure
on his part would be "a reflection on
the Marine Ccrps." j
Why do heroes do what they do?
It is seldom highfalutin ideas about
human brotherhood or allegiance to
mankind as a whole, but because the
standards of nome family or other
group arc imbedded in a man's
bones. Yet not a few, ?vome rating
themselves extra intelligent, speak
of devotion to a family as a super?
stition and patriotism as a crime.
It is reported from Paris that
Miss Cecilia Beaux, one of the most
accomplished of our portrait paint?
ers, has been publicly saying there
that. America has no national art.
We are too young, it seems, to have
a school of our own, and for many
years must continue to go to France
for inspiration. These are mislead?
ing assertions, and it is unfortunate
that they should have been made be?
fore the International Art Congress,
to which Miss Beaux is a delegate.
The quasi-official status of a body of
. this sort sometimes gives to the pro?
nouncements of its members a sanc?
tion and a reverberating effect they
do not invariably deserve.
What is a national art? The critic
who conclusively defined it would
work a miracle, for different nations
give it a different significance. In
Italy, during the Renaissance, it
meant a widespread burst of ai^tistic
energy, strongly influenced by the
patronage of the Church. In Spain
art was an imported luxury, only
nationalized, rather late in the day,
by a handful of brilliant painters, I
Zurburan, Murillo, El Greco, Velas?
quez. And, paradoxically, the great?
est of these, who might almost, be
said to constitute the Spanish school,
Velasquez, dowered his nation by
realizing his own ideas. He points
to the core of the whole problem.
Personality is the central source
of every national school. Italian art
is the art of a Bellini or a Titian, a j
Raphael or a Michael Angelo; Ger- j
man art is the art of a D?rer or a j
Holbein. In the Low Countries it is ?
a Rembrandt or a Hals, a Rubens or j
a Van Dyck, who stands for the na?
tional background. In England it is
Hogarth or Reynolds. France is the
only country whose art ha? been na?
tionalized through alliance with the
state, and if academic solidarity and
discipline have occasionally been
justified of their children it is never?
theless true that the outstanding
masters of the school have tri?
umphed through sheer personal
power, from Claude and Poussin
down through Watteau to Ingres,
the Romanticists, the Barbizon men
and the Impressionists. Briefly, a
national art connotes the ministra-1
tions of intensely individualized '
men, and there our very youth, per- !
haps, has caused us to develop an
impressive number of remarkable
Stuart and Copley affirm the fact,
despite their allegiance to eigh?
teenth-century English tradition.
Once we come down into the modern
era, pausing on admirable painters
like Sully and Morse, we encounter
some of the highest types to be j
found anywhere. Inness, Wyant and
Homer Martin are among them, pio?
neers in a landscape school that has
never lost its vitality and distinc?
tion. Winsiow Horror appears, as
racy a painter as ever lived. John
La Farge enters the field, painter of
landscape, flowers and the figure,
mural decorator, designer of stained !
glass, a kind of universal genius. ?
American art produces men of im- ?
aginative power like Elihu Vedder, i
Albert P. Ryder and Abbott Thayer. J
It adds to the painters of Venice the i
greatest since Turner, William Ged- j
ney Bunce. In creative originality j
it can claim Whistler, in technical
virtuosity Sargent. It has had a !
Saint-Gaudensin sculpture; in archi- '
tecture men like Hunt, Richardson j
and- McKim. But we need not mul- I
tiply names. We have cited as many I
as are necessary to enforce the point
that in our own time, as in the past, ?
a national art is indicated in the
emergence of gifted men from a na?
There are two matters in which \
our school, as a school, can still ?
profit by crscreet contact with '
French art, the matters of form and !
composition. But even the weakness !
of our rank and file runs the risk of
falling into a deeper pit if it leans
too confidently on the arid, cut-and- i
dried formulas into which the Salon j
has lapsed. Moreover, with all our j
deficiencies on our heads, it remains i
true that almost any exhibition of j
miscellaneous American art to-day ?
will exhale an atmosphere of energy,
freshness and sincerity not to be ?
surpassed abroad. We are second to
none in abundance of mediocrity. |
There are quite as many dull and
stupid painters in the United States
as there are ir Paris or London. But
the proportion of men of talent is ;
just as encouraging here as there. .
In landscape painting we are mag
nificently in the van. This is not a !
matter of patriotic sentiment; it is !
a matter of demonstrable fact.
Nowhere do we meet more fre?
quently than among commentators ?
on American art "a certain conde- ;
scension in foreigners." The Eng
fish and the French are fond of :
patronizing us. Before the Ameri?
can meekly kisses the rod he ought ;
to run through a Salon or a Royal :
Academy. Then let him ask himself |
if we are really so far,behind in the
making of a national art. If he con?
siders the only relevant test, the one
which we have outlined above, he
will admit that an American accent
in painting exists; that it is unmis?
takable, and that it gives us a place
among the nations not to be lightly
A. Aagustu? Healy
It was the proud distinction of A.
Augustus Hcaly to have been "the
father of the Brooklyn Institute of
Arts and Sciences" and for twenty
five years president of its board of
Brooklyn's Institute is one of the
city's most justly prized possessions.
As an instrument for community
betterment and true culture it has,
perhaps, no counterpart in any other
Mr. Healy's heart was wrapped
up in the Institute. He gave to it of
his means and talents without stint.
The Brooklyn Museum, a worthy
second to the Metropolitan Museum
of Art, owes its excellence in large
measure to his benefactions and to
his admirable selective gifts. It will
always be associated with his name.
Mr. Healy'3 deep concern with art
and letters was the fruitage of a
well rounded life. A native of
Brooklyn, a graduate of the Poly?
technic Institute and a member of
Plymouth Church, ho. crossed the
river to make his fortune in the hide
and leather district which old New
Yorkers knew as the Swamp. He
made a notable incursion into poli?
tics as an independent Democrat
when he was appointed by President
Cleveland Collector of Internal Rev?
enue for .the Eastern District of
New York, in spite of the bitter op?
position of Senator Hill.
The greater city will regret the
passing of a sterling citizen whose
interest in the things that enrich
life and his effective support of
? them are worthy of emulation. ,
John Spargo Sanguine of the Out?
come of Russia's Evolution
To the Editor of The Tribune.
Sir: In your issue of September 21
you published an editorial criticizing
the reply of Secretary Hughes to the
request of the Far Eastern Republic in
Siberia for representation ut the
Washington conference. May I be per?
mitted to state that this editorial
manifests a curious lack of under?
standing of the reai problem? I sus?
pect .that the explanation lies in the
fear, expressed in its concluding para?
graph, that czarism is likely to be re?
stored in Russia, that we are likely to
be confronted with a "future Russian
Empire as bad as the old one, or even
worse." I confess that I do not see
the slightest reason for anticipating
any such outcome of the evolution of
Russia. The restoration of czarism
seems to me to be quite as unthinkable
as1 the permanent continuance of Bol?
As one who has taken a keen in?
terest in the subject of our relations
with Russia, 1 was delighted to read
the reply of the Far Eastern Republic.
In particular, 1 welcomed the announce?
ment of the doctrine that "the protec?
tion of legitimate Russian interests
must devolve ao a moral trusteeship
upon the whole conference."
No nobler doctrino than that has
ever been enunciated by any nation. You
say that it "will doubtless be welcomed
by the Soviets." This may well be
true, for after all the Bolshevist
r?gime has managed to last so long,
partly at any rate, because it has more
or less vigorously expressed the new?
ly awakened Russian consciousness of
nationality. This is admitted by prac?
tically every competent observer, in?
cluding the most bitter opponents of
It may be, and probably is, true that
the Soviets will welcome this doctrine;
it is equally true that it has been en?
thusiastically acclaimed by all those
Russians who are leading the struggle
against Bolshevism. This I can assert
as an unquestionable fact. There is
not one among the well known leaders
of the democratic anti-Bolshevist
forces who would hesitate to express
his unqualified approval of the doc?
trine and his profound gratitude to
Secretary Hughes for enunciating it.
Moreover, nothing could better serve
to defeat the efforts of the Bolsheviki
to create in the minds of the masses;
of the Russian people the feeling that]
"capitalistic America" is harboring sel?
fish and sinister designs against
Russia as a nation.
May I add to this brief word of dis-;
sont from your editorial a brief ex?
pression of my opinion that the position
taken by Secretary Hughes is the !
logical outcome of a realistic apprecia?
tion of the fundamentals of American '
foreign policy? There could be no
graver menace to the. cardinal ob
jectivcr, of our historic and traditional!
foreign policy than the intrenchment ;
of Japan in Eastern Siberia. With the I
utmost friendship and good will for
Japan and an earnest desire to see ?
her piosper as a nation, and with a
full recognition of her ri^ht to aspire j
to the leadership of Asia, 1 neverthe?
less believe that it is of fundamental;
importance for the peaceful develop?
ment of the world that Siberia remain,
and be rapidly and extensively de- ;
veloped as, a center of Western, non-i
It is even more important to the
United Slates than it is to Russia
herself that the immense stretch ofl
territory between central Europe and |
the Pacific seaboard be maintained
under the sovereignty of a single
Western state friendly to America, as
the new Russia cannot fail to bo.
Old Benningten, Vt., Sent. 27, 1921.
Blessings of Civilization.
(From The Cotutnhia State)
Bolivia is an uncivilized place. The
proof is that in some parts the natives
scoop up oil out of the ground In buck?
ets. Any other country would have a
place like that entirely surrounded by
garages and country clubs.
The Conning Tower
IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
IK V. SCOTT KITZOKRAIjD mai> bbbn
HKNFIY WAIJtSWORTH LONG KWI,L,OW.
Maiden! with the glistening eyes,
Wherein belladonna lies,
Lamping, vamping all the guys!
Thou whose locks, as black as tar,
Once outshone the vesper star
Waved and bobbed and darkened are!
Standing, with erotic feet,
At Broadway and Warren Street,
Kid, I'll say thou'rt pretty sweet!
Perhaps Mr. Woodrow Wilson and
others questing surcease from unset?
tling worries don't read poetry because
they want i-.lcep, and poetry is a stimu?
lant. Imagery excites; and to be con?
vinced of the insomniac power of a re?
frain, readers have only to revert to
the days and the sleepless nights of
"Can ever dissever my soul /rom the
soul of Edna St. Vincent Millay."
Three girls arrived in San Francisco
Tuesday, having walked from New
York. At least they said so, but we
don't believe it. No mention was made
of the message from the Mayor of New
York to the Mayor of San Francisco.
Wonderment always has been ours
as to what these inter-mayor messages
arc. In all the stories we have read,
about them we fail to recall the word?
ing of one such message.
Plough Turns Up $35,000? Herald
In bonds mostly. If it only had been
in shares there would have been a good
wheeze in it.
THE DIARY OF OUR OWN SAMUEL PEPYS
September 27?Up early enough, and
read all the publick prints, and saw
how Mr. A. Brisbane writes of the
pleasure and serenity of being sixty,
i albeit he is not yet fifty-seven; and
other matters. To the office, and did
mj' stint, and so to a billiard room, and
"played many games of kelly pool with
I R. Kirby and D. Marquis and H. Dixey,
j ho very droll, and B. Braley and R.
? Irvin and F. Steele and others, und
did not win one game, it being all luck.
So home for dinner, where my cozen
Elsa arid her daughter Margaret, and
wc to see "March Hares," highly
comickall and well acted, and so home
and read in Miss Edna Ferber's "The
Girls," exceedingly line as far as I have
read, with the best picture of Chicago
ever I saw drawn.
28?Up, and to ride in my petrol
waggon, but the elevator broken, so
that I must leave my car and ride in
the underground railroad, where I met
C. Gaige. To the office, where all day,
and to see T. Masson on my way home.
Touring in his motor-car, the Blue
Swallow?named, conceivably, for a
drink-of grape juice?Old Jay House of
the Philadelphia Public Ledger writes
that he was in a collision in Tuscola,
111. ''When we took stock of the
wreckage," writes Jay, "my motor
vehicle had a splintered running
board, a bent axle and a deflated tire.
Tuscola has a population of 3,410.
Within three minutes 3,400 persons
were on the spot." Proving the acu?
men of our recent observation on the
Overheard at "March Hares."
"You know Boccaccio."
"Ruthie and the rest are reading it.
They got it down at the seashore."
"By the way, by whom is it?"
"By Decameron, I think; it's some?
thing like thi3, only more so."
"No, I think it's by Balzac; anyway
it's like his style."
"Yeh. What's all this about anyway?
Wake me up when the show's over, will
Among our regrets is one that we
didn't steal the bathroom that was part
o? the suite we had on the Leviathan
in March, 1918. It would have solved
our housing problem, as it was larger
than any flat we ever have lived in.
Although your face, so suitors say, has
Helen's beat a mile,
Although they come from near and far to
see your dazzling smile,
Although you're clever, bright and gray, al?
though your eyes .ire blue,
Somehow [ have decided that I shall not
It may be that 1 do not like the way you ?
dress your hair, !
It may be that your golf i:j vile, your tennis ;
It may be that when things go wrong I
find you're apt to frown?
And then again it may be that you always
turn me down. . MYR.RIL.
Our forecast for the w. s. was based i
on carelessness to note that the teams ;
play a nine-game series. Revised j
forecast: It will go to seven games, '??
the Yanks winning.
As October 10 will be Fire Preven?
tion Day, coutribs hereby are warned
that on that day The Conning Tower j
will print nothing that will test the
inflammability of the Hudson River.
Candor in Atlanta: "Usacuba is the j
finis of cigar smoking?smoke them.
Add Barber Shop Music
G. A. II.: "Singe Me to Sleep, Moth-1
er, Singe Me to Sleep"; "Darling, I
Am Growing Bald."
M. M.: "Heaven's Blessings Without;
Number Falling Go.itly on Thy Head."
Charles Israel: "Tha Partfng Cam? !
Too Late"; "After the Bald."
And why not "Tha Litlicr That Never
Came" and "A Little Bit Off the Top"?
Branches, of course, might be opened
at Barberton, Ohio; Shaveriown,'N. Y., t
and Razor, Tex. P. P. A.
IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME THEY wX)RK THeIbaTZTdowN
NEAR THE GOAL. .
Copyright, 1921, New York Tribune Inc.
As the indifferent children of the
late Lord Whern gather at his inter?
ment under the wet autumn yew trees
of a Wiltshire churchyard, let us ob?
serve and become acquainted with
them. They are some of the principal
characters in Michael Sadleir's
"Privilege," a story of England to-day,
"born of the strange allurement of
passing greatness, and setting an
imaginary love dream against the
tapestry of the changing and the
turbulent times." "
Harold, the new Viscount Whern, is
handsome, a fine figure of a man, as
he holds his silk hat over the grave,
but soft, with lips too full, indicating
that the rugged cruelty of his father,
"Black" Whern, has turned in him to
a selfish sensuality. He wishes the
damp and windy obsequies to end
Quickly, so that he may get back to
the abbey, and to his whisky and his
Michael, the next in line, regards the
scene with contempt?contempt for the
corpse, for the parson mumbling over
his prayer book, and for the absurd
surrounding gravestones. No pretense
of grief is on Michael's fine, pitiless
brow, but there is much pride of caste
emphasised in his cool, thin lips and
his straight, patrician figure. A
worthier heir ,than Harold, the book
says, intractable though he is.
Anthony, the youngest son, is twenty,
languid and falsetto, a collector of
jade, and addicted to black pajamas
with scarlet belts. He is a scent-user,
and his elegance is revolting, but with
his fair hair, long pale face and his j
graceful postures he blends "with the?
sadness of the day." Anthony is J
sound, it is said, though delicate. \
Mary, who is eighteen, shows in |
her demure and impassive features ai
gentle persistence which promises in ?
later years to become a bigoted'
fanaticism, and Richard, who tells the j
story of the family, and who is the]
most pleasing of them all, has a]
withered foot, a sympathetic outlook'
on life, and a human way with women.!
The other mourner at th?3 ironic ter?
minus is Monica.
Monica is brilliant, magnificent, ar- |
rogant and beautiful in black, her j
golden hair . "flashing like a bird in
flight" under the brim of her small, !
defiant hat. In character she is loose
and fearless, and when she strikes the j
shoals of prudery her head is high j
and her smile is bright. To her father's ;
funeral she has brought from London
a nasty little man whose pseudonym ;
is "Flim"; and after we return to the ?
abbey from the churchyard we can i
hear her shouting to him over the i
balustrade: "Where the hell are^
you-? Do you want me to wake j
the dead?" . . . She is smoking a
cigarette in a long holder.
Having met the offspring of "Black"!
Whern at his burial rites, you may ?
care to know what Mr. Sadleir causes \
to happen to thorn in the pages of
"Privilege." In case you do, the novel
will not disappoint you. It is a co-1
hcrent recital of plausible and agit?t-;
ing incident in The lives of persons i
not commonplace, but believable, urg- ,
ing no lesson, its author says, in his
"apologia," but telling a tale of in?
dividuals who are at once "of their
own age or of any age." Its style is j
honest, though eloquent; its affecta?
tions are infrequent; and you will find
few speeches in it that are not the
credible conversation of its partici?
pants. You may be surprised at some
of the things they do and say, but
Mr. Sadleir's persuasive manner in?
* * *
Of course, one would omit from the
catalogue of the characters of "Privi?
lege" the most interesting and the
most, evasive. TI1?3 is Barbara, the
whilom Lady Dawlish, who loves and
? marries Michael, and who also loves
and marries Richard; the author says
j that he is sensitve of criticism of
j Barbara's behavior because she is so
1 loyal and so chaste in Chapter VI and
so otherwise in Chapter IX, now an
imperious queen, then a yielding sweet?
heart. He thinks that she would act
that way, however, since he sees in
her a touch of the divinely wanton,
lacking which touch a "woman is but
an incident in a roan's life and pos?
sessed of which she is the most pas?
sionate disillusionment of his experi?
ence." Barbara is warm and she is
good and beautiful, but her ideals are
human rather than moral. Whatever
i prejudices you may have had against
clubfeet as a handicap to romance are
dispelled by scenes between Barbara
and the crippled Richard, so real are
they ?in their amorous detail. One
wonders why Mr. Sadleir made one of
Richard's legs shorter than the other,
unless he did it merely to show a diffi?
cult performance in characterization.
* * *
"Black" Whern's progeny finish some?
thing after this fashion: Harold
fourth Viscount Whern, is murdered
: in his own demesne by the brother 0!
a girl he had seduced. Michael, fifth
Viscount Whern, kills himself aftei
he learns that his wife is in love witt
hia brother and after his pol?tica
career has been ruined by his sister":
betrayal of England to the Central Em
pires. The hostile Mary and the effemi
n3te Anthony fade vaguely into the ad
vertisements at the back of the book
Monica, the vivid female of the family
preferring her Austrian he-man t
Great Britain, is isolated in Ireland
a welcomed pariah; while Richard th
incomplete is to be seen at the en
in a hotel in Florence, outstretchin
his arniB to Barbara, whose hair hang
loose and importuning. "Dick," sh
whispers, as she parts the curtain;
* * *
Mr. Sadleir suggests in the^forewoi
to "Privilege" that he thinks it ui
necessary that people In books shou
speak in language which rings trul
He believes that an effective appro:,
?nation is better than a disjointe
breathless series of dashes and ii
terrogation marks, stenographic, pe
haps, and cognizant of no subjec
and no predicates. How, for instanc
could the barbarian Ben Hecht
Theodore Dreiser improve these r
marks of Monica as, nestling amoi
her cushions, she glances at her wri
watch and rings for Valerie, her mai<
"Valerie," she says, "I have to be
the Berkley in an hour. Why didi
you say it was so late? I'll wear t
gold and blue, and I want a bai
. . . I'm going to Covent Gard*
with the Lambourncs. ...
away, Dickie; I'm as naked as E\
Blow in during the interval if you
Placing the Blame
(Prom The Providence Journal)
"Gambling blamed for fall of mar
And the gambler most responsible
an exile in Holland who convinced h:
self that he was betting on an ab
lately ?rare thins, j.
; League of New York Artists' Secre?
tary Replies to Cecilia Beaux
j To the Editor of The Tribune.
Sir: As managing secretary of the
j League of New York Artists, Inc., a
! society composed of more than 3,000
I American painters ar.i sculptors, I
I wish to take exception to the ideas
expressed by Miss Cecilia Beaux at
j the International Art Congress in
! Paris and reported by you in an As
I sociated Press dispatch yesterday.
That "America will have to find its
i chief inspiration in Holland Italy, and
! especially in Franc?," is an absurdity
| ? infinitely increased by the fact that
| American artists, as artists, have no
| delegation at the present time in the
I International Art Congress.
In view of this particular artist's
j remarks it is pleasing to American
ears to hear that the French and other
j nationalities represented at the con
| ferencc had agreed that the specimens
of American art they nave seen in
? dicated a national school already es?
tablished in this country.
This is not only true, but the Amer?
ican people have now begun a move?
ment to clear the way and make free
the exposition of all developments in
the arts and crafts. They are demand?
ing the new notes as soon as they can
get them and the absolute freedom of
the artist in exhibiting his work, that
nothing may be lost to the honor and
glory of their Republic.
To-day our oncoming artists are
technically as proficient in almost all
departments of arts and crafts as were
the men of any period of design his?
America is now turning her attention
to the recording of her achievements
in art. Architecture has taken a new
lien on life, and no longer relic? upon
the design of the past. American en?
gineers, true artists, have surmounted
the highest plane in human achieve?
ment, and have long since placed
America foremost in civilization.
American artists are and should be
thankful for ths traditions of Euro?
pean countries, but ?t must not be for?
gotten that we have our own tradi?
tions as well. Such men as Robert
Fulton, Samuel F. B. Morse and many
others were artists and gave to th?
world the steamboat, the submarine
and the telegraph. Others of lesser
distinction have contributed their share
to the civilization in which America
From the cloud of the World War
just concluded America emerges with
head erect and with face toward th*
future. Th? great spirit of ad i
is still in the veins of American
artists, and the urge to create ha? ?o?
manifested itself in full force.
The National Academy of Design and
the Art Students' League present
schools of art instruction which Amer?
ica may well be proud of. It is no
longer necessary for the young student
to journey to Europe for instruction.
As sure as there is an American
Declaration of Independence the League
of New York Artists, Inc., will function
as a league of American artist? and
fight the intrusion of foreign ideas and
uphold the traditions of our own coun?
try and reflect our native environment
Art is a great national asset and on?
of the most potent mediums for th?
consolidation of our people which is ?*
manifestly needed to-day.
JULIAN BO VES.
New York, Sept. 27, 1921.
A Moving Problem
(From The Baltimore Swi)
A refermer says he will move h?aW?
and earth to enforce prohibition. rh*
real problem, however, is to find so??
way to move the Bahamas.