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THE WASHINGTON TIMES, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY '14,
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Frldar, February 14, 1913.
WHERE PUBLIC SENTIMENT STOOD.
From time to time when the popular election of
Senators has been under discussion, opponents of the
proposition have been wont to insist that there was
no real popular demand for it; that the movement
in its favor was factitious and artificial, with no real
backing of public interest and concern.
This was the particular reason which Senator Root
has been heard, time and again, to put forward.
With that large air of confident authority which vests
the views of the New York Senator with whatever
of convincing force they have, he insisted upon this
attitude. It was just foolish waste of time to submit
a proposition that aobody in particular favored, and
that when placed before the people, fairly examined
by them, and at length acted upon by the legisla
tures, would be rejected on its merits!
Just in order that the record may be kept straight;
just to reassure anybody who, at some future time,
may be in danger of mistaking oracular assertion for
profound wisdom, it is worth while to observe that
in a very few weeks the popular election resolution
has been indorsed in fourteen States, has been de
feated, as we recall, in only one, and is likely to be
reconsidered and ratified in that one.
JUDGE KNAPP'S GOOD WORK.
Justice Martin A. Knapp, head of the Court of
Commerce, has not been a popular or appealing fig
ure in that capacity. It would be quite senseless to
pretend the contrary.
On the other side, it would be unjust and inde
cent to deny to Judge Knapp full credit for the re
markable measure of his public service as chief of
the mediation board under the Erdman law. He and
his equally efficient associate, Prof. Neill, have never
yet failed, we believe, to prevent a strike when 'their
services have been called in for the purpose of dis
covering a meeting ground for employers and em
ployes. Their record is a truly remarkable one, and
their successes have established a "new understanding
of the proper relations between organized labor and
Whatever may be thought of Judge Knapp as a
judge of the Commerce Court, and whatever may
be the future of that bench, it would be a grave mis
take to permit Judge Knapp to be lost to the work of
administering the Erdman act. He ought to continue
in that post as long as he is willing to give the
service. When he was head of the Interstate Com
merce Commission, he was exofficio a mediator.
When he left the Commerce Commission, the law
was changed to continue him, though a circuit judge,
as head of the mediation board. And if any further
change shall overtake his official status, there should
be readjustment of the law so that he may continue
the great work he has been doing to conciliate dif
ferences in the labor world.
thoughtful citizens view with nothing less than con
sternation. The character of Mexico and its people negative
the idea that we can enter the country with an
army and after a short campaign come away. It is
estimated that it would require 350,000 men at the
lowest estimate to pacify the country once we became
engaged, -as would very likely happen, with com
batants of all factors brought together by hatred of
a common enemy. Such a campaign would cost
thousands of American lives and hundreds of millions
The outlook is simply appalling, and while no
American would shrink from an expenditure of either
blood or money which national duty and national
honor or the cause of civilization and our interna
tional policy force upon us, every sensible man will
demand that, before embarking upon so abhorrent a
program, every resource be exhausted to avert the
This country is to be congratulated that at such
a moment of extreme gravity in its international
affairs there has not yet become evident in the Ad
ministration or Congress a single trace of the jingo
ism that led to the Spanish war.
If we must go into Mexico, we will; but it will
be done in deep appreciation of all that such a course
involves or may involve. V
THIS & THAT
Wttk Sometimes a Ltttie of the Other
THE WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION BILL.
EDISON AT WORK.
Edison at 66 February 11 devoting his birth
day to his laboratory, at work to solve the elusive
question connected with some new invention, is not
unique in his enthusiasm, his devotion to work nor
the youth of his spirit. The scope of his accom
plishments and the frankness with which he shares
his efforts and his aspirations with the people com
bine to make his figure as a worker stand out above
No American of present times manages to con
ey more typically the idea of the field in which
he works and the vitality that attaches to intense
interest in the work than Edison does. Edison has
completed more than three score years, but declares
that he feels himself not over twenty-five. He looks
into the future of tinie as he seeks the secrets of
electricity with the conviction of many more years
Edison should have these years. Rising each day
with keenest zest for his problems, he ib an inspiring
embodiment of the joy of work and its reflex on the
man who has heart and soul in it. Activity of this
sort is no burden. It is the dynamo. Worry, anxiety
and plodding in a rut weigh down.
It is the rare man who makes strides in the field
of invention and research as years go on. But there
are thousands upon thousands who should know the
life that comes from work into which they throw
themselves with belief and interest in the accomplishment.
Indications are that the workmen's compensation
measure, on which a vast amount of effort has been
expended, will fail of passage this Congress. It has
been forced into a bad situation in the end-of-the-session
jam, because its opponents have been able
to maneuver it there. There is yet hope for it, but
mighty little confidence.
If this measure fails, it will be occasion for gen
uine regret. In the first place, it applies to the whole
subject of injuries in industry, the doctrine of so
ciety's general responsibility. That is scientific and
inevitable. It accepts, tardily it is true, the conclu
sion that, no matter whether technical negligence of
employer or employe is responsible for the accident,
the result of a worker's disability must be the loss of
all or part of his services. From some source, there
must be provision to care for him and his dependents.
Whether it shall be provided through charity or
through a frank acceptance of the burden as -an obli
gation of the industry, it is at length a charge upon
The measure now pending in Congress is prob
aly the most generous toward employes that has
been made law in any part of the world. It has the
ardent support of the vast preponderance of organ
ized labor, but is bitterly opposed by a small section,
almost entirely in the South. Its opponents have
made very plain that they have most inadequate un
derstanding of the measure, and that they are unduly
suspicious of the purpose of those railroads that are
willing to have it become law.
There has been a curious line-up of protagonists
and antagonists on this discussion. Most of the oppo
sition -to the bill is Democratic, and it comes in large
part from men who would naturally be expected to
be heart and soul for such a program. They have
insisted, of course, that this bill is a dangerous one;
a means for depriving the injured workman or his
heirs of rights that are now assured to them. It
would seem that this view had been amply refuted,
but the men who maintain it are none the less in
sistent that such legislation shall not pass.
Herein the liberal Democrats are giving an ex
cellent illustration of the basic differences between
them and the Progressive party. The Progressives
are in favor of such legislation as this, because they
have a large social purpose to serve, a broad social
view of the means by which to serve. The Demo
crats who oppose this bill, professing to be just as
advanced, arc in fact unable to appreciate the condi
tions with which they must cope. Whether intending
to do so or not, they are making the fight for the
ambulance-chasing lawyer and the shyster claim
agent. The injured man and his family see their
real, substantial interest in the passage of the
A glance through exchanges Indi
cates that others are having as much
trouble as we are to pull something
new on the suffrage question, though
they don't all know It. The opening
Bag of our suffrage contest Is printed
below; but It isn't the winner, by any
means. The prize for the nest giggle
will be two seats for any theater In
town, though reserve the privilege
of withholding the reward If no worthy
wheeze be submitted. Contestants are
not confined to the hike anything
touching on suffrage is eligible.
SUFFRA-GEM NO. 1.
By CHEAT CHASE.
Suggested name for the suffrage
hikers who marched 10 minutes and
then quit: The suffrage pikers.
We hate to see things go to waste.
The "Post" calls tho Government's lat
est prosecution of the Coal trust ex
cuse us, the so-called alleged Coal
trust "the most far-reaching suit yet."
when they might have made a scorch
ing tilt by referring to It merely as "the
Government's long suit." This way, of
course, the hit Is ours.
Don't be sarcastic.
TJOH I S- Xj.'I IF B ! ut By MAURICE KETTEN
Champage-BIue Eyes, Presumably.
(Prom the "Times.")
She was a winsome girl of nineteen,
blond' of complexion, with golden hair,
sherry-red lips, and a bonnle blue eye.
Automobile "borrowers." from now
on, will be rewarded with prison terms
or heavy fines; but the miscreant who
takes typewriter erasers continues, to
go unpunished. A typewriter eraser Is
the Easiest Thing in the World to"
Lose barring, of course, quick tempers
and JB umbrellas. Were we sitting as
Judge the eraser thief would draw a
sentence second only to that of the
Man Who Has Seen the Play Before.
Accomodations for In
augweek are bringing ridicu
lous prices, despite the com
mittee's assbrances to the
contrary. If you doubt this,
go out and try to get some.
Seats on the reviewing
stands are going, and most
of them gone, at ?5, and they
aren't worth it WHY NOT
A SAFE AND SANE INAUGURATION?
"So far as the civic committee is con
cerned." says Chairman Harper, "the
parade could start today." That isn't a
bad idea. If it starts today there might
be some chance of its reaching a given
point by noon of March 4, as sUpuIated
In the bond.
THE LATEST COAL TRUST SUIT.
REASON ENOUGH FOR HESITATION.
Mexico comprises about 750,000 square miles,
being almost as large as the whole of that part of
the United States lying east of the Mississippi river.
It has a mixed population of about 15,000,000, less
than 20 per cent being white. According to late
statistics, a little more than 40 per cent is of mixed
breed and a little less than 40 per cent Indian.
Probably 75 per cent is illiterate.
The country is sparsely settled over large areas,
is mountainous and difficult of access, making ideal
conditions for guerrilla warfare. The climate in
many sections is mild, the soil productive with little
tilling, thus giving support to a rude people who
can get along with a minimum of work and spend
the better part of their time on the warpath fighting
for and against the government or pillaging those
who have been fortunate enough to acquire a little
This is the country and the people among whom
revolution and virtual anarchy now bring the United
States face to face with t possible duty which all
The anthracite combination, once having en
grossed, through monopoly, the power to do so, has
overreached itself, with the result that it has the
Federal Government once more on its trail, with a
new litigation under the anti-trust act.
The prices that have been charged for coal the
past season, together with the difficulties of securing
supplies, have aroused intense hostility toward the
interests that control anthracite. Whatever may be
the technical defense against the Government's
charges, there is a widespread opinion that, on the
merits, on the essentials, the anthracite combination
is one of the very worst in the country. Whether it
be viewed from the standpoint of its labor's pay and
conditions, or the prices it exacts from patrons, it
has need of defense.
In the case, recently decided, involving this com
bination of coal and railroad interests, the defendants
claimed a victory, at least in part. But the Depart
ment of Justice does not choose to regard it in that
light. Rather, it finds that further actions are neces
sary to enforce the Sherman law rule against all the
operations of the combination; and it is now insti
tuting these additional proceedings.
It is well known, now, that when, early in the
Roosevelt Administration, there was serious danger
of the country being deprived of heat and power by
reason of a tie-up in the anthracite region, Mr. Roose
velt made tentative arrangements to take possession
of the mines and operate them under trie control of
the army on the ground of absolute public necessity.
It would seem that, having been brought to the verge
of so revolutionary a procedure as that the anthracite
barons would have learned wisdom, and appreciated
the necessity of keeping in long-distance telephone
communication with public opinion. They have not
done so, and that is about all that need be said in
explanation of the present renewal of the Govern
ment's war against them. i
No; After Today It's the Excise BilL
G. S. IC: From the shunting around
it gets, you might almost call It the ex
ercise bill, mightn't you?
The charges and counter-charges in
Charleston are reminiscent of the un
loaded gun calling the aeroplane unsafe.
To davidharum it, there's as much hu
man nature in Charleston as there was
In Springfield, if not more.
Charleston, by the way, with the
bribery thing and the mining fuss, con
tinues to bat .MO in the Front Page
League, despite vigorous competition
Confound It, Kow Do WE Know?
G. 8. K.: Tell me something: Is
there any connection, d'ye think, 'twixt
turkey trot and Galllp-oll?
A. B. n.
There we go splintering a resolution
for the sake of a palsied wheeze! It
has been the policy of thlB straggling
stipule to avoid mention of the turkey
trot, both on general principles and be
cause we're sick of seeing It In print.
And now we have to start all over
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Conquests of Constance
Bw Aim Wo9dmmrd
T HE making of a husband out of a mere man is not a sinecure; tfs
I one of the highest plastic arts known to ctvtUxatton.
The hardest part of proposing is not telling a girl that you love her,
but having to tell her WHY, at least once a day, forever afterward.
Staying out of a flirtation may be the wiser course, but getting out
of one is a great deal more interesting and exciting to most men.
For the McComb's Club: "The Times."
(From the "Times.")
'With the brilliant pc-int little more than
three weeks awa. aunragr headquarters,
liyi F treet. Is a hui little place.
"After reading of Mr. Patten's fine,'
saH Hugh S. Fullerton, In the Chicago
Tribune, "we suggest that. In Justice, If
Bandit Webb Is caught, he should be
called "naughty boy!' "
And the Cash Register trust, found
guilty on all counts, we hct will get an
Rr. Dr. Hawxhurat. quoted In the
"In defense of Falls Church, where I
hae lived for thp last twenty-live
years, and whore I have served as
mayor, I will say that the addreys made
by Representative Hefiln there last Sun
day didn't make any Impression. My
wife hasn't recovered from some of the
things he said yet."
It socms to be settled that his name is
plain Woodrow Wilson, so there's noth
ing to do but sit back and wait for him
and Riley Marshall to arrive.
Another One Heard From.
Should you ask ME, I hold the view
That May and Hclolse are YOU.
We should "remember the Maine," of
course, although it is not unlikely that
some Mr. Taft, for example would pre
fer to remember the Utah or Vermont.
Some say economy and some say not.
It's a Dem-erratlc House.
G, I. K.
Alas! all the single women seem to be trying to gel married, and
the married women trying to get single nowadays; and it's difficult to
say which are having the hardest time of it.
Strange how time flies when a man is trying to kiss a girl and how
it hobbles along when he feels that she is expecting him to propose
A flirtation is like a maze: a man goes into it just for curiosity, and
then keeps going round ana 'rouna, trying to nna some way out, wnnout
cither jumping the fences or calling for help.
The trouble with the people who seem to have everything they want
m this life is that they always have so many other things that they
DON'T want, including dyspepsia, embonpoint, divorces, nerves, sub
poenas, and scandals.
A man's idea of being strong-minded is to find out what side of an
argument his wife is on and then take the other side, fust in order to
keep it from sagging and preserve the unities.
The "love-letter" of the average bachelor should have a place of
honor in the Bureau of Arts and Crafts.
OWN in a southeast Kansas
town, relates the Kansas City
Star. lives a rather simple
minded youth by the name of
Bill Bcaslcy, whoso facility In con
tracting small debts at tho local stores
Is only equaled by his success In evad
ing their payment. One day recently,
however. Bill made the mlstako of
showing some money before one of his
creditors, and after the hard-fought ar
gument which followed the money was
handed over to the storekeeper. "Now,"
said Bill, sadly, "we're square, and I
want a receipt. Make it legal, bo you
won't be after me again."
And here Is the receipt which 3111
proudly exhibited to his friends:
"To Whom It May Concern. Greet
ing: All men know by these presents,
habeas corpus and nux vomica, that
Bill Beasley don't owe this firm noth
ing and ain't going to. (Signed) John
Her Kind of Dates.
N'?5 that girl?"
J V. The barber pointed at a hand
some blonde who passed the
"Well, she makes more dates than any
other girl in town."
"Yes, she works In a calendar fac
tory." And the barber went on shaving
TRIO of professional story tellers
were In a cozy corner of the
club spinning yarns. Brown
had lust told a most unbeliev
able story and the other two glanced at
each other questloningly.
"Well, I assuro you, gentlemen," said
Brown, "If I hadn't seen It myself I
should not have believed it."
"Ha h'm well," said one of the two
doubtful ones, "you must remember, old
man, that we didn't see It." Tit-Bits.
. I HE alot machine) phones."
I prophesied Constance, "is due
J, to chase" tba pubjlc phone
switchboard operator girl into
the Once Waa class, along with the
Dodo-fowl. Not today, nor yet tomor
row, maybe. But it's eomln'. A talk
of 'steen minutes in a cash-box phone
costs only a. nickel. An afterward you
don't have to face the central that's
sgaybe been lls'nln to your goo-goo
"In the meantime," I suggested, to
shift her thoughts from the blank fu
ture, "who was the next victim?"
"Wrong plug in the wrong rack, bey?
I'm. wise. Til teU my troubles to the
ashman next time. Let's seer The one
that came after the one before waa the
Literary Guy. He sure had me goto,
too. While he lasted. But. he didn't
last That's the trouble with literary
guys. Money's the only thing that lasts
forever. An I guess Utterchoor an
Honey ain't been properly Introduced
yet. Dl'monds has the call on Ditties,
an' Brokers on Bonds an' SImoleons
on Souls. A 13.90 taxi-spin has a nickel
subway ride backed against the ropes
an screamln for help.
"But he made a sure-fire hokum hit
with me at the start. I gnesa because
he was dlfTrent. He was a spindlln
chap, all eyes an string-tie an low-tide
collar an clothes that didn't show good
team work. You know the kind. He
told me I had a smile like Moan Eleex-
er. whoever that gent may have been.
"An' he wrote a pome about me. too.
It was all about the 'laughter of the
day' being In my eyes, an' things like
that Think of It! Me with twenty
four hours of ha-has in my lamps! It
didn't make much sense, but I'd never
had a pome written about me before,
not being a breakfast food or patent
soup. An' it caught me In the vanity
"He had me goln for a spell. But
poetry and spaghetti at thirty a throw
can't fill a young gyurl's trustln heart
forever. Besides, he was dretful jealous.
Couldn't see the point of my Joltyln"
along the fat old NIght-an'-Day Banks
that blow in here for phone calls. Ife
guyed then waist lines an slcyplates.
An when I told him evry surplus inch
of their belts waa made up for by a wad
of yellow bills the same slse, be couldn't
see the sweet logic of a fifty-Inch sur
cingle. Well, I began to get sagacious
that I'd wiggled up wsy out of my
class. An' folks can't stay out of their
class forever. Soon or late they've Just
getta flop back where they belesg.
"But the wind-up came when he took
to rlngia' in other folks' poetry on me.
There was a chum of his he waa always
quotln from. A Hibernian gentleman. I
guess, from the monaker. He was
named O'Markyam. An' one day in a
bllxsard my Literary Guy springs a line
on me from that sasae Irish Shakes
peare,, that goes.somethin like thist
" 'Oh. fill the cup an In the fire of
spring- your winter garment of repent
"Kow. apart from the fact that I'd
as soon think of drinkin' wine from a
pall as from a" cup. 'what d'ye think of
the nerve of a man advising me to
make a bonfire of my winter clothes
when I haven't even bought the first
stitch of my spring outfit? I saw then
the kind of married life I'd lead with
him as a pervider; an the tussle rd
have to go through to get the price of
a single ready built dress out of him.
An' I saw it was time to ring the little
belt But I made the'inolder as gentle
as T could. An' I says, with a. patient
" 'You'll never be rich, perhaps, hut
you're so famous already that they're
named a summer resort after you.
"He was kind of pleased, at that, till
T told him the name of the' place was
Marblehead. Then we Just walked slow
ly out of each othera lives."
"What became of hlmT I asked.
"Oh." Connie replied. "He's all right
He ain't a literary man any more. He
got a Job.
Wfutt'son the Program in
Here's a Book
"The Mother Book. ' by Margaret
Sangstcr (published by A. C. Mc
Clurg & Co., of Chicago), does not deal
with tho physical aspvet of maternity
or the direct responsibility of the
nursery, but more widely with those
Issues which present themselves in
the course of the life of a married
woman and mother.
While there Is some wonderfully sago
adIce to be found in the chapters of
this volume. It Is more or less conceal
ed in the intricate mass of theoretical
and philosophical views. Illustrated from
time to time by more or less applicable
personal experiences of the author.
Distinct causes of happiness and un
happlness arc shown by examples all
too obvious and many of the little
troubles and perplexities which beset
the path are straightened out. Whlls
almost too comprehensive In Its scop,
and lss forceful In its message be
cause of the haphazard arrangement
of the chapters, most mothers will find
much of Intimate interest in "The
The following . Masonic organizations
win meet tonight: Lodge St John's.
No. 11. Royal .arch, chapters High
priests' convention, "election, and busi
ness. Eastern Star cnapters-TUkoma,
No. 12: Cathedral. No. U; Friendship
Tho following I. O. O. F. organizations
will meet tonight: . Lodges Central.
No. 1. and Phoentx. No. 5S; Metropo
lis. No. 16. business. Rebekah degree
Dorcas Lodge. No. 1. fieixe work.
The following K. of P. organisations
will meet tonight: Lodges Syracus
ians, No. 10. esquire rank; Rathbone
Superior, No. 29. Pythian Sisters
Rathhone Temple. No. S, valentine
The following National Union councils
will met tonight: National. No. 447;
McKlnley. No. 992r Georgetown. No.
The following Red Men's organisations
will meet tonight: Seneca Tribe. No.
11: Mlneola Tribe. No. H; Idaho
Council. No. 1.
National "The Red. Widow." 8:1S p. m.
Belasco ."Ready- Money," 8:15 p. m.
Columbia George Evans' Minstrels. 3:15
p. m.; polite
vaudeville. :i p. m.
2:15 and 3:13' n. m.
Academy African hunt pictures, after
noon and evening.
Casino Vaudeville, afternoon and eve
ning. Cosmos Vaudeville, afternoon and eve
ning. Gayety New Behman show. 3:15 and
8:15 p. m.
Lyceum Btuy Watson's show. ?:15 and
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