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THE SALT OF THE EARTH .
If you've ever tried to entertain ode, yau ,know a presfdent-SOMg
RESPONSIBILITY. . '
Imagine, then, what the fusing crew must have" thought over in New
York the other day when Woodrow, finding a little time at his command,
quietly took a companion by the arm and stole away for a walk by their
lonesomes. ' A
They strolled up to Grant's tomb. Of course, he'd seen it "before,-1-maiiy's
lie time. But it made it a convenient goal, the walking to it was
good and the head of the nation had a really fine time, just watching the
folks pass by' until some fiisser found out who he was and spoiled the llt-jf
tie adventure by insisting upon ceremony.
Which suggests that Wilson is a very unusual type of person, don't you
think? When have we had a president so completely given over to the work
of his office, so little concerned with the pomp and the frills so keenly,
human in his interest; in folks and yet so inflexible and relentless in his;
moral courage? We don'tf believe his head has been swelled a bit by thei
honors of his job, but it's clear that his conscience is getting bigger everyi
There has been almost two and a half months of Mm as president
now a new man, coming to a new job in a new way with eyery eye watcE-i
ing for blunders. How calmly, self-confidently, yet not in the least boast-i
fully he took hold. Read his message to congress? Of course, since that"
wis the human way. See the senators in the captol and talk to them
about the public business as man to man? Why, certainly; what else is the;?
president's room in the capitol for?
And so on, from step to step, each step sure because carefully thought
out. To see the self-reliance of it all you'd thhik he'd been at that -work all
his life. i
Not many mistakes, either, considering the number and variety of the
moves he's made. Bob LaPollette, trusty watch dog, has barked a warning
or two. Assuming that Bob's right, the marvel is hot that there have been
breaks, but that they've been -relatively so unimportant and so few.' We've
no license to expect perfection in a president, and of late our experience
had been falling so short that this efilciency df Woodrow's seem by cpntrast
almost uncanny. ,
Frankly, we'd be tempted to distrust it if he weren't proving so real a lit
tle "d" democrat. You know, that kind of democrat Is rare; mighty rare;
but when you get one you get the salt of the earth.
o -o ,
WOEFUL WORDS WISE GIRL
Of all sad words,
With doleful sounds,
The saddest are,
"No game Wet Grounds."
"L'm to be queen of the May, ma.
I'll take no chance, I guess:
Grass may be wet cold I may get,
' With red nose and distress,
Me for my dannel union suit
Under my regal dress."