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Penrose Inaction n Confession of Guilt
NO MORE serious charge has over been
mn.de against an American of Senatorial
rank than that leveled at Senator Boles
Penrose by tlio editors of tho North Ameri
can. Ho Is accused of acts that would
Invalidate his right to represent tho people
of Pennsylvania In any capacity whatever.
Penrose Is alleged to have been ono of threo
subscribers to a fund of $193,000 to dobaitch
Mayor Reyburn, to havo used tho United
States Banking Department to squeeze Rey
burn through the banks carrying his paper,
to have adjourned tho Catltn commission In
order to avoid giving' testimony before It,
to havo controlled tho Commonwealth's
officers of Justice with a view to presenting
or withholding whatever ho wished from the
If anything could possibly be fouler than
such deeds It Is the manner In which Penrose
betrayed tho men most closely associated
Instant action Is demanded of Penrose. If
ho allows the charges to pass without imme
diately instituting criminal proceedings It
must bo construed as a confession of guilt
and a mnrk of cowardice. Tho burden of
proof now rests upon him. If ho has a shred
of honor left ho will uso every power under
heaven to vindicate his bedraggled name.
Tho charges are made by responsible per
sons. Penrose must realize that no man
with such a terrific. brand on his brow can
be allowed to sit in the I'nited States Senate.
No ono is concerned now about tho Vares,
whom he so shamelessly betrayed; but every
decent citizen is deeply concerned for tho
name of Pennsylvania and tho honor of the
supreme legislative body of tho nation.
Fair Play for the Fair Sex
THE carefully organized and vigorous cam
paign on behalf of women's suffrage Is
certain to produce concrete results in this
city. - Now that the bizarre aspect has worn
away and unillumlned ridicule has shot its
last snaft. there remains only the education
of the rank and flle of tho voters to ba
This will be accomplished much more rap
Idly than ovon the most sanguine Imagine.
Men will accord full civic rights to women as
coon as thoy realize that there is no Just
reason for withholding such rights. Women
are no longer asking for chivalry, but for
equity. The voters of the city and the Com
monwealth will give fair play to the fair sex
as soon as they know the rules of the game.
Boston's Opera Embargoed
BOSTON, like Philadelphia, Is to havo no
simon-pure, native, mado-ln-Europo
opera this winter. Wbilo tho big Opera
House opens its doors to glorified, operatic
"movies," Eben Jordan, the principal pock
etbook, as well as founder, of the enterprise,
announces that there will be no more opera
there till the European noise ceases to com
pete. The excuse given Is not very Impressive.
In splto of war, the Metropolitan Company
goes on with Its season and seems llkoly to
lack only a few singers of Its usual quota.
The contingent of women Is Intact The
French and German singers the lesser part
of most companies have been drawn on
very lightly by the conscriptions.
The real fact of the matter is that tho
Boston company, like many another, has
been losing money. The Kings nnd Kaisers
of Euroso have supplied an excellent excuse
for economy. Tho embargo on opera Is on.
Penrose Filled With Laughter
THAT tho Vares are not so acute In men
tal vision as the excellent gentleman who
delights to use them Is probably true, al
though they have been known also to have
the benefit of Harvard-trained Intelligence,
Realizing how honorable Penrose ha3 been
In furthering their Interests, no doqbt the
Vares will exercise every influence they pos
sess to secure his election to the Senate.
They will bq glad to hava to Washington a
friend who can be relied on when In a good
humor. What's a stab in the dark now and
then between friends? Besides, a taciturn
man must have some things to laugh at cow
Doubtless Mr. Penrose will receive an over
whelming majority in South Philadelphia,
Col, Wattersan Still Undisciplined
A DELICATE problem In statesmanship is
.presented to President Wilson at this
moment. The news of hla reconciliation with
Colonel Watterson hardly precedes tho ar
rival of a Louisville newspaper which con
tains the following rara bit:
rieneeforward let htra be called The
Aeaursed Kalter WllheJra the Damned
who, like the Devil and Bonaparte before
him, wilt live immortal as the Father of
Lies and Lying, his agents In the Seal ami
in the counsel of the name murderous and
bloody kidney. Let them enjoy while they
may the riot of vandalism; but their doom
Is before them; they await their Waterloo;
when the wwd Hill ring around the qui
varae. "To hell with tha Hohenzollerns and
So far we hatn't heard that the President
has revoked his proclamation of neutrality.
Didn't hs and the Colonel discuss the war?
Belgium's Case Against Germany
THii story of ! lgiurn"s dipluma'io struggle
for the rr - rvuii- n ' h.r neutrality is
now placed clrarly birre the wirld by the
publication of tt c, P. Ulan "Gray -ok, ' de
tailing the Governments pre-beljurn com
munications. Summarized, the $se is ax-
actly as it was believed to have been by Im
France promised explicitly to regard the
neutrality of Belgium Germany was notified
of that guarantee. Germany professed to
have secret Information that Franco was In
sincere and would not keen her pledge Ger
many proposed that the Kaiser's forces bo
allowed to pass peaceably through Belgium
to attack France. Belgium replied that to
accede to such a proposal would "sacrifice
tho honor of the nation." Belgium appcnled
to Franco and Great Britain to help preserve
her neutrality If need should arise. Tho Ger
man Imperial Chancellor took tho position
that military strategy was more Important
to Germany than the keeping of International
contracts. Great Britain called upon Ger
many to observe tho neutral rights of Bel
glum. Germany Invaded Belgium, and on
August 4 Belgium appealed to Great Britain.
Franco and Russln, as guarantors of her neu
trality, to como to her aid.
Tho result is now well known. Little, Inno
cent Belgium, having no qunrrel with any
European nation, Is laid prostrate by the
horror of war. No clearer case of vicarious
suffering has ever been recorded by history.
Brumbaugh a Constructive Force
THE next Governor of Pennsylvania must
bo a man of Independent nnd construc
tive capacity. With such questions as local
option, tho reorganization of the State High
way Department and the elimination of boss
rulo looming up, Pennsylvania cannot afford
to havo a Chief Executive who has not
proved himself a master in the art of public
Doctor Brumbaugh's fitness Is not doubted
by any ono who knows his. record In Phila
delphia. Besides being tho Superintendent of
Education, he co-operated with every move
ment for higher citizenship and a better so
cial order, lie was a firm supporter of the
Blankenburg administration, and as an un
paid member of the City Recreation Board he
did more than any other citizen to provide
breathing spaces and recreation centres, both
for children and adults.
No vested interests or political organization
considerations have ever deterred Doctor
Brumbaugh in his work for the children or
for the general public. If a thing were right
nnd needful nothing else mattered. Such a
man possesses tho qualifications needed In
Harrisburg during the next four years.
Celebrating the Death of "Gentle Annie"
YEARS ngo It was tho "gentle Annie." But
who now throws such nn epithet of de
rision at the electric motor vehicle? Tho
problems of speed and ondurance have been
meeting rapid solution, as tho convention of
tho Electric Vehicle Association of America
In Philadelphia this week testifies.
Firmly established, the electric auto Is mov
ing on from considerations of heredity to the
question of environment. The delegates are
taking up such matters as Insurance, legisla
tion, garages, traffic, good roads and the
Tomorrow night, however, they cap their
conference with tho celebration of tho 35th
anniversary of the discovery of tho incan
descent lamp. And Edison, the discoverer of
the bulb as well as the "sleepless life," will
Tearing Holes in Military Theory
THE only conclusive outcome of the w ar so
far sems to be the scrapping of old-time
strategy. The 42-centlmetre siege guns and
the submarine have torn terrible holes in
"Immobile defenses." which Is a martial
name for forts, have gono by tho board. Ex
cept for a few days when tho Germans had
not yet brought their big new guns to bear
on Liege, the strongest of fortifications have
collapsed like stucco before tho tno-and-a-half-ton
projectiles from those 42-ccntlmetro
mouths. Tho destruction has been so com
ploto that, on the one hand. It has raised
rumors of a now and terrifically powerful ex
plosive, and, on the other, put an end to fort
bulldlng. The disaster that the submarines of both
Germany and England have brought to tho
great vessels opposed, to them had been an
ticipated. Naval men llko Sir Percy Scott
had decried the dreadnought, prophesied Its
failure, and ndvlsed the construction of great
flotillas of lnoxpensivo planes and submarines
instead. The war apparently has proved
them right. And now the United States
Navy Department announces tho proposed
strengthening of our under-water fleet.
Other People's "Pork"
IT HAS been suggested that tho failure of
Philadelphia to secure necessary Federal
buildings during the tenure of Senator Pen
rose at Washington is an indication of the
supreme patriotism of that gentleman, who
would bo guilty. In no circumstances, of log
rolling or taking a share of the "pork barrel."
It Is a pity that the Senator should have
had such conscientious misgivings about se
curing for this city buildings whtch are pat
ently and obviously necessary, but should,
on tho other hand, have been quick and apt
in voting favorably for $50,000 postofflces in
the villages of Wyoming and other States,
Ilising Temple of Man
WHAT a queer world! Prayers and now
tier, rifles and Bibles, churches and bat
tleships, forts and Seppelins all mixed up in
ono heterogeneous mass of conflicting meth
ods, passions and convictions.
It would seem that the angels themselves
would bt confused or amused, while all the
devils of hall clap their hapda In fiendish
From a higher viewpoint the earth must
resemble the materials of a vast building
scattered In many directions, awaiting some
roaster bniWer to bring them together.
It is a source of consolation to believe that
out of these seeming contradictions will ulti
mately rise the Temple of Man. Any build
ing in process of construction looks discour
aging to those who hava not seen the Archi
The Panama Canal reopens tomorrow. How
sliort Culebra's pky little promjnenc.
General von Moltke Joins the ancient and
voluminous order of German generals slain
by the war correspondents-
Senator Norris cornea to PeaHsyjyania to
speak agalast Psnros. How his Republican
colleagues love that man!
As a geod jaasy people must bo thinking,
the Rsyburn affair may put tho final toueh
to the tragi-eomedy of "Pesrose and Pen
sank." Keeping the umbrella and the rubbers
handy, all the eame it is possible to venture
the prediction thai ludiin summer is really
upon us. Xet the red man, was ever treacherous.
Sonic Thoroughbred Americans at a Wedding Festival Tho Adventure of Young
" Charley" Taft Former President Sure the Republican Parly Will " Come
Back" if Given Half a Chance Believes in an Independent Judiciary.
THOROUGHBRED Americans, tho Taftsl
They came here In force last Saturday to
see Robert Tnft nnd Martha Bowers mar
ried. There were Henry and Horace and
William. Charles P. was absent for some
good reason, but ho was represented by mem
bers of his family. There wore, of course
representatlcs of tho four families espe
cially Interested In tho nlllanco the Tafts,
Hcrrons, Bowerses nnd Wilsons, and they
were all happy, especially the two young
folk who were nil the world the one to tho
other. The bride nnd groom wero daughter
and son of Bowers and Tnft, comrades at
Yale years ago, anil this was the little ro
mance that lent a special charm to tho
Of course, the most eminent, If not the
most conspicuous, member of tho Taft fam
ily on this occasion was William Howard
Tnft, who used to llvo In the White House,
and ho behaved In tho propcrest manner.
Among the ushers there was "Charley," who
wore knickerbockers when he first came to
Washington nnd who Is now one of tho finest
16-year-olders In the land, and biding his
tlmo until he can follow his older brother's
most worthy example. "Charley" has a his
tory and, although tho story has been told
before probably, It Is worth telling, again Just
now. On the day of the last Inauguration of
a President he reached Washington after his
father had started on his Journey to Augusta,
and, having nn hour to wait for tho next
train, he went to the White House, sent in
his card to tho new President, told him that
ho was Charley Taft and had simply callod
to wish him a successful administration.
That wns a wonderfully nlco thing for him
to do and showed his true Americanism and
that he possesses all tho spirit of tho dead
game sport that his distinguished father is.
It Is the office and tho country tho man Is
only the representative of tho people, a tenant
at will, as Joe Jefferson so beautifully de
scribed himself, sitting upon the fragment
of a broken wheel down at his home In
Louisiana. "Wo are but tenants," said he.
"Let us assure ourselves of this, and then It
will not bo so hard to make room for the
THAT Is the way "Charley's" father
thought and felt about It. Ho played tho
game straight, and, whatever his disappoint
ment with his friends, ho looks out upon tho
world with clear eyeB and clean hands, con
tent with his lot tho best loser that ever held
a hand In national politics. Horaco, who is,
next to William, the most human of tho
Tafts, says that the former President is per
fectly happy In his now home and with his
now duties In New Haven. Of course, ho Is
no such teacher as Horace, who has been In
tho business since 1890 24 years, but ho Is
doing his work well and getting better every
day. Ho Is not like a certain other American
statesman, who, according to Kermlt, does not
like to attend either a wedding or a funeral
because he cannot bo the groom In ono case
or the corpse In tho other; but Taft fills his
place and a high placo among the other sov
ereigns, esteeming himself no better than the
humblest, though ranking with the best. This
has always been his way. If ho had not been
so "easy," If he had only listened to wise
counsel, If ho had not trusted overmuch In
the good Intentions of tho Inventor of the
happy phrase, "Dear Will," It might havo
been different, but It would not have been so
steadily Interesting and he would not feel
today so conscious of his own rectitude of
conduct. He will not talk about It even now,
but his friends nover see him that they do
INTERVIEWING THE STATUES
Rain and wind and sleet and snows had
left their imprint on his bronzed features.
There was a metallic ring in his voice.
"To tell the truth," said George Washing
ton, ns ho clambered down from his pedestal
In front of Independence Hall, "this statuo
business isn't what it's cracked up to be.
You've got to stand still or sit still. If you
shifted from one leg to tho other or turned
your head it would causo talk and oh, yes,
you want to know my opinion on some things
In particular and the European war In gen
eral Genural von Kluk," added the Father
of His Country.
"In my time, while wo Indulged In nature
studies, we made the Hessian fly or Is it
'fleo now it's a bit difficult to keep up with
the vagaries of grammar. When in tho
course of human events no, that's wrong at
this point of the interview. To tell the truth,
I haen't been following the war any too
closely. We had a little war, but It was big
enough to give us liberty, and now you can
run for office, get divorced or edit newspapers,
but you're sUves for all that. You may bo
free-born Americans, but you have to listen
to music If you dine out; you have to hang on
straps If you want to get home; you have to
do as your wife wants if you want peace."
Mr. Washington gazed up and down Chest
nut street, deserted and lonely
"Were I so Inclined I could tell you tho
story of how I threw a dollar across the
Potomac River," resumed G. W. after a w hile.
"but you would retort that money went fur
ther In those dajs. I did not chop down my
father's cherry tree. History does me a grave
wrong. It was my uncle's I did tell the
truth, however, and wns walloped for It."
"Did that cure you of telling the truth?"
The Father of His Country climbed back on
his perch, evidently disconcerted by the ques-
"I must decline to be heckled in the midst
of a political campaign and when the Presi
dent has asked us to be neutral."
And as the first faint orange rays of early
morn shot Into the eastern sky there came
Intoned across Independence Square:
"What does the 'D. CV Stand for after
Washington? Daddy of His Country," and
the statue resumed Its rigidity, a cold gleam
In Its eye and a historic pose to its back.
From Collier's Weekly.
If Pennsylvania re-elects Senator Penrose
next month, it will be hard to believe that there
e much of the spirit of regeneration In that
State- Naxt to Cannon and McKinIe, who ars
tunning for Congress in Illinois, Penrose is the
rnot conspicuous of the old discredited leaders
ot tho Republican party who are now offering
a conspicuous target to the discriminating
voter. Penrose Is not merely reactionary. In
the present mood of public opinion, with the
unaucufctomed economic conditions which wo
face, the Republican voters of Pennsylvania
might be forgiven for standing pat Rut Pen
rose has perpetuated In Pennslanla, ever
slme Quay died, probably the mot odious po
litical machine in the United States. Aside from
any political or economic lMue, this machine,
with its booze affiliations, creatos a moral Issue
which no sincere voter can dodge.
How to Defeat Penrose
From the New York Evening; Post I Rep .
Although the Peni lwnla Progressives are
maintaining that a vote for Palmer is a vote
for Penrose, and th f Illinois that a vote
for Sherman 13 a voto for Sullivan, the inde
pendents in these 8f it? i I be well advised to
vote for the old party opponents of the two
bosses They Inevitably have the best chance
not wonder at his saving sense of humor and
MR. TAFT does not think tho Republican
party Is dead; ho docs think that tho so
called progreslve movement Is fading away,
nnd that tho G. O. P., when rid of certain
Incumbrances, wilt como back refreshed and
strengthened by tho hardships and misunder
standings through which It has passed. Ho
hns no political ambition thnt has not been
fully gratified and ho Is not looking to any
thing like leadership; but ho believes In tho
principles of the party and that a man will
bo found who will lead up tho hosts out of
their present wandering In tho wilderness.
Ho bases his hopo and belief In what has
happoned slnco tho Democrats camo Into
power, and bolloves that, after a fair trial
with undisputed control of both tho oxecu
tlvo and legislative branches of tho Govern
ment, tho people will realize that the largest
prosperity of tho country will bo served by
tho restoration of his party to power. Ono
of the finest things about hla course since
ho left tho Whlto House Is thnt he has not
Indulged In any captious criticism of his
successor In office, but, on tho contrary, has
on frequent occasions and whenever tho op
portunity presented Itself spoken with warm
approval of tho President's courso In big
things In his management of his party ma
jority In both houses of Congress, for K
nmple; In such success ns hns attended tho
pacification of Mexico; In his splendid de
termination to avoid any entangling alliances
In the present warring situation In Europo;
In tho cloverness of his olTlclal papers; In
the pcrslstenco with which ho has pursued
his policies, not that these policies, In Mr.
Taft's opinion, are economically sound, but
because tho President Is keeping his head
and asserting his leadership.
T MIGHT havo bcon something llko this If
Mr. Taft had driven his team In tho samo
lnoxorablo way; tho difference was that ho
did not havo the same sort of team to
drlvo, and in a number of vital instances
thoy would not even follow. There wero
Aldrlch and Cannon and Penrose, for Illus
tration, who wero not In very high favor at
ono tlmo with the Taft Administration, and
who wero much distrusted by their party
associates, but who were really tho only In
struments available for work tho President
regarded as necessary to tho public welfare;
and to them nnd their likes he was compelled
to resort when ho wanted to do essential
things. Tho fault was In tho party, and not
In the Prcsldont, and the party Is paying for
It today in a way that has caused widespread
distress In an army of tho politically unem
ployed. Mr. Taft, howovcr, does not re
proach any one. Ho has a fino sense of
humor and only 'laughs it off when any of
the mourners como in from tho streets to
say they aro sorry.
R. TAFT will be hero nearly nil of this
eek, attending tho American Bar As
sociation. Ho believes that, whatever tho
political complexion of tho Administration,
tho courts should bo kept clear of tho hust
ings and that the Law should bo abovo tho
Mob; that party reasons should not control
In the appointment of men to tho bench; that
character and learning and experience and
a senso of Justice should determine tho fit
ness of those who sit In Judgment, and not
party or section or pull.
R. TAFT Is Jealous above all else of the
character of tho Judiciary. His Judicial
appointments were almost invariably good.
They wero in no Instance political appoint
ments. Ho can speak now on tho subject
without fear of misunderstanding his mo
tives, as ho Is out of politics.
In Lady Morgan's "Memoirs," tho writer
describes a compliment paid to her by a
Dublin street singer, who expressed his ad
"Och, Dublin City, thcrc'3 no doublin.
Bates lvery city upon tho say;
'Tls there you'll see 'Connell spoutln",
An' Lady Morgan makin" tay;
For 'tis tho capital of the folnest nation,
Wld charmln' plsantry on fruitful sod,
Foightln' like dlviis for conciliation,
An' hatln' each other for the lovo av God."
The six of hearts was known formerly as
tho "graco card." The legend says that in
1688 one of the Graco family, of Courtstown,
Ireland, equipped a body of soldiery to assist
King James. William HI offered large re
wards if Grace would Join his new party,
but the indignant Jacoblto wroto on tho
back of a card: "Tell your master I despiso
his offer." Tho card was the six of hearts.
No one knows whence came the Impres
sion that the hair of Judas was red. Middle
ton In his "Chaste Maid of Cheapsido," 1620,
makes one of the characters say: "Sure that
was Judas with the red beard." Dryden, In
"Amboyna," has this: "There's treachery In
that Judas-colored beard." and In an epi
gram Jacob Tonson spends of a man having
"two left legs and Judas-colored hair." Rosa
lind, In "As You Llko It," says: "His hair is
of the dissembling color," to which Celia re
plies: "Something browner than Judas'.''
Charles II of England was known as tho
"mutton-eating King." The Earl of Roches,
ter made this phrase famous In hla mock
"Here lies our mutton-eating king,
Whoso word no man relies on;
He never said a foolish thing,
And never did a wise one."
HUM OF HUMAN CITIES
However so-called "Rig Business" may
have profited from the corruption of Amer
ican city governments In the days when rich
franchises were to be given away, It Is now
making a firm stand for better city govern
ment. In some places It Is taking a leading
part in tho revision of city administration
to becure not only more efficiency but more
The Board of Trade of Springfield, Mass.,
has Initiated a movement for a new charter.
A commission of 100 is drafting tentative
schemes of betterment after hearing and
dlsousslng various proposed reforms. The
commission alms to settle upon two or three
charters carefully worked out in nil details.
The City Bureau of Municipal Research U
aiding in the work
It is known that the research bureau's
experts lean strongly toward the commls.
ston form of government, so that It may ba
assured that s,uch a charter would be rec
ommended for Springfield, possibly with the
city manager attachment that is the latest
development In this country. Commission
government continues to make progress. The
National Municipal League makes the state
ment that on June 1. 1914, there were 327
cities and towns of 2000 population or over
that have changed their govcrnmtnt to the
new commission type first adopted by Gal
veston The cmmis-djr i c manager varia
tion, of which Dayton is the most notable
exponent, made considerable headway last
year, though mostly among small cities.
Many curious suggstlors are already
coming lo Ono proposes that the names of
the candidates on the ballot be arranged In
circular form so that no one shou d havo
any advantage over another by standing nrsi
on tho list. A suggestion of more prac
tical nature is to follow the method of sev
eral newer charters and print a njJmHomM
different ballots In each of which the namen
of the candidates are arranged In a now
Even so conservative a force as the Spring
field Republican Is behind tho new charter.
Though It decries tho so-cal ed "rati Ileal sm
of tho commission form of charter it dmUs
that "many of those most Interested In charter
rovlslon feel strongly that It Is almost jm
posslblo to secure cfile ent city fovmanrnt
with tho present machinery, r'ly because
of tho defects in tho machinery "self and
partly because of the dimculty of find
ing tho right men for office, "the old
fashioned machinery Is rotolned, tho city has
only ono possible means of salvation, and
that is for tho citizens to take n real in
terest in practical politics and to Pjay t"i
irame early nnd late. It is not complaints
Shot count but votes, and any program hat
docs not Involve going after tho votes might
as well not be undertaken.
VIEWS OF READERS
ON TIMELY TOPICS
Contributions That Reflect Public Opin
ion on Subjects Important to City,
Slate and Nation.
To the Editor of the Evening Ledger!
Sir-Doctor Brumbaugh's promises are tno
same made by Pennypnckcr before wo elected
him Governor, "I have never known a boss i and
never shall." but before his term expired no
had to swear to the people of Pennsylvania that
tho Capitol at Harrisburg cost only 3,000,ow,
when ho knew It cost nenrer J12.000.000.
Our present Governor In his campaign
Bpeoches guaranteed us good roads, and now
Doctor Brumbaugh admits that the roads In this
Stato aro In a terrlblo condition, and that he,
wnnls to give us good ronds (provided they will
Your editorials, "The Hands of Esau, aro
fine; they tell us tho corrupt political organiza
tion of Philadelphia nnd Pennsylvania are
manipulating their private gains through cor
rupt Councils, and In another column you Btate
that same corrupt political organization has
pushed Penrose- to the front for United States
Senator. Did not tho same corrupt organization
push Doctor Brumbaugh to tho front for Gov
ernor? When two sticks aro pulled out of the
corruption pot at the same tlmo, Is there any
difference In tho flavor?
Sure Doctor Brumbaugh's friends aro paying
for his campaign expenses. Will he deny that
McNichol, tho Vares, Penrose and tho HVe are
not his friends? Would It not bo policy for the
voters to stop and think? "F."
Philadelphia, October 16.
THE TAXPAYER'S CHOICE
To the Editor of the Evening Ledger:
Sir "Tho Hands of Esau" articles have
awakened an Interest In this city that must bo
appreciated by men of all political amilatlons,
regardless of parties, for tho manner In
which the bipartisan machlno is being X
rnyed by your able editor of the Evening
On its completion it should be published in
pamphlet form and placed In every voter's
hand in tho city, that they may see the light
as they havo nover before seen it, and know
the absolute truth, that heretofore nevor has
been so Justly nnd fully exposed.
Tho worklngman pays tho taxes. Ho can
remedy tho evil, wherein lies the curse.
Philadelphia, October 17. J. A. W.
EVENING LEDGER CARTOONS
To the Editor of the Evening Ledger!
Sir May I tell you what I consider one of
tho most valuable features of your paper? I
think the dally cartoons on the first page tell
their story very effectively. Tho ono published
tonight shows In an amusing way how futile
Mr. Plnchot's candidacy Is as a meanB of de
feating Penroselsm. But the burden of Pcn
roseism Isn't very amusing to those Pennsyl
vnnlans who are learning more and more about
It through your ndmlrable news and editorial
columns. RANDALL BAKER.
Philadelphia, October 15.
SUFFRAGE FOR WORKING "WOMEN
To the Editor of the Evening Ledger!
Sir I havo been surprised that among tho let
ters congratulating and thanking you for your
stand on woman suffrage there Was none from
the real working women of the city. But I sup
pose we wero all as backward as I was In ex
pressing the real thankfulness we must feel for
any help toward that very necessary end polit
ical equality with the men beside whom we
work. ADA BYRNE.
Philadelphia, October 14.
THANKS FROM TOE BELGIAN CONSUL
To the Editor of tht Evening Ledger:
Sir Thanks to the help given by the press l
Mrs. Hagemnns, myself and our co-workers in
our efforts toward the relief of Belgian des
titute noncorr.batants. Tho response of the pub
lic has been prompt nnd generous.
Please accept our most sincere thanks for
your very effective and liberal co-operation.
Consul General of Belgium,
Philadelphia, October 19.
MRS. BLANKENBURG'S COMMENDATION
To the Editor of the Evening Ledger:
Sir Your advocacy of equal suffrage Is a
great encouragement to the friends of tho
cause, and especially so to the pioneers, of
which I am one.
LUCRETIA L. BLANKENBURG.
Philadelphia, October 19.
EDITORIALS ON "w OMEN'S SUFFRAGE
To the Editor of the Evening Ledger:
Sir It Is with no little satisfaction that I havo
read your tccent editorials favorable to equal
suffrage. BERTHA LEWIS.
Philadelphia, October IS.
FORCES THE PEOPLC TO FIGHT
From the Kansas City Stir.
The saloon will not let the home alone; It will
not let the church alono; It will not let the rural
neighborhood alone. Into the peaceful precincts
of tho home, the church, the farm It pushes Its
immoral influence. Law enforcement and the
conduct of elections aro its special prey. Us
dollars are Klven recklessly to corrupt tho law
and to debauch the election. Truly It will not
let us alone. It has forced the people to fight
it for the protection of every principle and
every Institution they hold In respect.
The exodus of nn American polony of
artists from Paris to London by reason of
the war suggests the question of the neces-sits-
of their having been in Paris at all.
We are told that the right "atmosphere"
for the most effectlvo study of the arts does
not, exist here in our own good land. This
liut some day there will come a body of
nloneers who will take upon themselves tho
task of creating this "atmosphere," who will
convince tho traditionalists that this feature
of the situation was more alleged than real.
For centuries we have been taught that
tho most worthy scholars secured their at
tainments under conditions that wero with
out natural advantage and that in some
cases the conditions reached the torturous
stage. We have become almost convinced
that training or education Is a most incom
plete process if It lacks those elements of
opposition that tend to strengthen both char
acter and ability. ,.... , ,
And yet in the arts the trend seems to be
away from "Made in America."
Perhaps it is true that American cJtles are
too well versed In sanitation for Latin Quar
ters to thrivo In them. But It Is quite pos
falble that we can furnish fields and woods
and rivers as beautiful as those which cer
tain unkempt and putrid artist-patronized
corners of Europe provide.
The foreign education idea Is not conducive
i can- The viewpoint Is changed and signs
I i n.ti.iru nf tha caste svstpm i9rm,,t h..in
UI1CI ,ll" -- .,... ....u ,,vi
Traditionalism becomes a religion and
often such a one as to make u, jouth lie In
the dead past rather than in the live present.
m.A . fionnfit Y crunrvrnv-itilin II. L.hi.j
Atrua uk m-wT -" owoiiyuttuij uuiueu
The Woes of Poverty
"I asked for bread," moaned Poverty, .ll
-..t . tn hronJtffljil food " ' ""''l
Which proves that thlngB are na bad nJ
as they were during the Stone Ago.
Heel Lovo ,
Hor eyes are soft and filmy,
With a sweet, romantlo haze,
And yet I fear she'll kill mo ,
With her ways. ,
The lovellght glimmers brightly
In her tendor, azure eyes;
All day she sings, and nightly 1
How sho sighs.
For the hero of the ditty
That sho sings, and of tho plot
Sho Is dreaming what a pityl
Knows it not. ,
Though sho looks upon him dolly, '
Ho Ignores her In his fomo,
Goes about his business gaily, ,
What a shame 1
I was onco her only hero,
Sho had sworn to lovo ma true,
But my hopes aro now at zero,
, I am blue.
For today tho greatest factor
In her dreams, Bho says with pride,
Is a motion-picture actor,
Darn his hldot
XNo mews At AH t
Cahln dlsnatch navs that tho Alllna
gaining nt the centro. Just llko our most
esteemed ox-Prcsldont and othors wo wot of,
Tho Star Boarder Speaks
"What aro 'viands,' Mr. Jones?"
"Things wo don't get at this boardlnr
house, Mrs. Thinly
"If Adam's marriage to Evo was only
trial marriage, would ho have gotten his rib
At the Opcry House
"Heavens!" shrieked tho heroine, "I atn
"Lot's go at once, James," whispered thi
lady from Manayunk, "I ain't goln' to watch
no disrobing act."
"Wo arc certainly In luck with our new
cook. Everything Is perfect tho soup, tho
roast, tho vcgetanics, tno
"But tho dessert was mado by our still
(Lured Into taxlcab and robbed of ?740. Headline.)
Lo, tho City of tho Quaker that Is sneered at
for Its sloth
Is displaying wondrous progress and an
It Is branching out bo quickly now that if It
A sudden chnngo New York will lose Its
Tho gunmen Gotham boasts about we've had
'cm, to our grief,
And now wo havo tho spendthrift crook, the
Now nil wo need to make us like the vaunted
Aro bombs and many rioters to fill the Jails
"He Is ambitious to go to Congress."
"That's not ambition, thafs hallucina
tion." Not a Bit Neutral
Tho Briton Tho sun never set on Great
Tho Gorman No, tho good Lord is afraid
to trust her in tho dark.
This is Just How It Happened
Mr. Smurr and family while on their way
to tho fair last Thursday had a tlpover and
a badly brokon buggy, cnused by tho horse
getting frightened at the warning of an auto
that wished to pass on too narrow a road,
and again Sunday, while he was driving one
of the same horses it got cranky, jumped out
of the road, ran around a tree, taking the top
off another buggy, then ran up a bank;
smashing things up generally. Charlotte,
Fill your coal bin whllo you may
Winter will bring sorrow.
Coal that costs six plunks today,
May fetch eight tomorrow.
How They Got Married
"Was It a case of love at first sight?"
"No, first ask."
A Dire Threat
"Your boys were In my apple tree again
yesterdny," obherved tho first suburbanite.
"IT ycu say anything more about It,'' de
clared tho second ditto, "I'll send you the
Too True, Alas!
If wo could marry our Ideal, how unhap
py we would be!
Short Blue Ladies Not Lot
LOST From an automobile on Reed City's
streets, long gray ladles' coat. Finder please
notify Herald oilice. Osceola, Mich., Her
nld. A Sliding Scale
"And what Is tho price of tho machine?"
asked the novice.
"ft all depends," said tho old agent. "First
settle on what you're going to allow for the
old machine, add that to the catalogue price
of the new ono and you havo It."
"Distinguished looking man, Isn't he. I
understand ho writes for the magazines '
"So Mae has thrown him over."
"Yes, he spelled her name with a Y."
THE BABBLING FOOL
The babbling fool dares whero wise men
Tho fact that a fool nnd his money are soon
parted proves the philosophy of the fool.
"A fool at 40 is a fool Indeed," but a wise
man at 40 doesn't exist.
All men aro fools. We're too polite to
mention the ladies.
"Fools are my theme,'' wrote Lord Byron,
who loved to sing his own praises.
To lle In a paradlbo of fools Is better than
In n purgatory of tho wise.
"Fools rush In where angels fear t
tread," thus carrying off the good things ot
A fellow of Infinite Jest Is moro populaf
than one of finite grouch.
A Joke in tho paper Is worth two unsold.
A standing Joke Is one which is not copied
by other papers.
"There's nothing new under tho Bun," said
King Solomon, And the court fool queried!
"Where didst thou hear THAT, oh King?"
A Joker who tells a twice-told tale is
caught Jeater, If he is found out.
A pun is excusable If we don't let It
happun too often.
Wo know a Joke which was carried too
far wo saw it In the Melbourne Argus wlth
out credit to its author.
Adam was the first Joke, only he dldn'l
know It until Eve broke tho news to him.
The only tett of gravity is humor sala
Carlyle, who wns more attracted by th
former than the latter
The saddest sprctacle In tho world is
woman telling a Joke The second saddest
a man Joking at woman's lack of hun"r
When a Scotchman 6ees a joke he nsJ
time to waste to see it. ,