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JANUARY 8, 191B
THE NATIONAL DAILY
EDGAR U SHAW, J-unilsher
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TUESDAT JANUARY f. JI.
Plausible Words Mask Public
But Congressmen Must Know That Public Robbery Will Be
Politically Costly From Now On.
It is proposed by legislation introduced in the House
and the Senate to permit private individuals to exploit the
public wealth, taking over lands belonging to the people,
developing under private ownership the oil wells, coal-mines,
potassium, sodium, and other mineral wealth now belong
ing to the public subsequently peddling out the public's
own property at extortionate prices, to the public.
We assure Congress that however plausible the wording
of such measures, however pliable the so-called political
economists that indorse them, the public will not tolerate
any longer this kind of robbery and will punish those guilty
Any man fighting to steal "public property now would
dp well to get all he needs in one lump. The people will not
give him another chance.
The little men, small oil producers and others, say that
the bill in the Senate should be entitled "A bill to give the
public property to the Standard Oil." The little, men are
anxious to get their share of the plunder as long as distribu
tion is to take place.
There should be no distribution to little oil men OB big
The people should keep their property, develop it for
themselves, sell it to themselves at a fair price, any profit
going into the public purse.
,- No honest man will deny that Government exploitation
and development of "coal, oil, phosphate" and other under
ground treasures would be more efficient and economical
than private exploitation.
It is notorious that private individuals, in the develop
ment of oil lands and coal mines, operate most extravagant
ly and wastefully.
One man of small capital finds the well, produces the oil,
sells it at a low price to the big trust that absolutely dic
The oil is badly stored, often in open vats. Evaporation
causes loss of a large part of the gasolene at present so much
Much oil goes to waste from wells not controlled, de
veloped by incompetents.
Coal mines are incompletely and inefficiently worked.
Could you imagine anything more preposterous, more
outrageous than a paragraph from that Senate bil which
suggests that private exploiters
"Have the right to enter by legal subdivi
sions any quantity of vacant coal lands of the
United States within any State of the Union not
otherwise appropriated or reserved by competent
authority, not exceeding TWO THOUSAND
FIVE HUNDRED AND SIXTY ACRES, upon
payment to the receiver of not less than $10 per
acre for such lands where the same shall be situate
more than fifteen miles from any complete rail
road, and not less than $20 per acre for such lands
as shall be within fifteen miles of such railroad."
A great oil concern can send prospectors on the land
belonging to the public, trained men, backed up by special
information supplied by the Government itself.
It can locate the oil and coal belonging to the people
and appropriate both.
Then it can take from the people their own land, AT
TEN DOLLARS OR TWENTY DOLLARS AN ACRE
and sell to the people at extortionate prices hundreds of mil
lions of dollars' worth of oil, coal, and other products taken
from the people's land.
Forty thousand officials, statesmen, red tape artists of
all kinds, are pleading economy. s
You are told not to feed your children wheat, give
them corn, and let the wheat go abroad.
You are told to have your meatless, wheatless, eatless.
Ir- and all other kinds of davs.
We suggest that the Senate and the Government of the
United States have a few days free from DAMFOOLISH
NESS and graft.
And let the grand national economy begin by KEEPING
TOR THE PUBLIC WHAT BELONGS TO THE PUBLIC
and exploiting for the public and selling at a fair price to
the public, the coal, phosphate, oil, gas, potassium, and so
dium under ground.
If a man from the largest idiot asylum on the planet
Mars should escape, come down to the Senate and read this
"bill he would say without any question: "This is the spot
on earth where I belong. Let me in, show me my seat."
P. S. We again remind the Congress of the United
States of this fact. '
You are trustee for lands belonging to the public, and j
these lands are known to control great lakes of oil and de- j
posits of natural gas.
On lands adjoining, private corporations are pumping
but the oil and the gas INCLUDING THAT BELONGING
TO THE PEOPLE ON THE GOVERNMENT LANDS.
You are supposed to be "conserving" the people's oil
and gas and private monopolists are actually pumping it
out while you conserve it.
Wouldn't it be a good idea to put an end to THAT par
ticular nonsense? Try to imagine that you are working
for the people and see what will happen.
Editor and Owner
Punishment Is Sure to Err
By Winifred Black
A GIRL who is out of a job
came to see me jeblerday.
Just as she was lealng the
house the postman came. He
brought me a letter from another
girl a girl who hasn't alwajs been
just what she should be. She was
out of a job too.
The first girl told me that the
reason she couldn't keep a position
is because she is too good
' "This is the third place I've
lost" said the first girl "because
I wouldn't go out to luncheon with
"The one before that I lost be
cause I wouldn't go out joy riding
with the head of the office and
Just before that I left .1 good place
because I wouldn't sit in the pri
ate office and let the manager
hold m hand while he told me
how little his wife understood him
I don't see what 1 in going to do
about it "
The girl who hasn't always been
juft what she should be writes that
she can't get a job because she
hasn t alwas been good enough
Kvery time I try to get honett
work, she writes, "they ask me
where 1 worked last and that set
I can I gie a reference, nnd
there must be something about mj
looks, for they alwai ask me a
great mauy questions, and then
tend me away without the chance
"What am I going to do? I want
to be decent. 1 want to work to
earn an honest living, hut no one
will let me. Do ou call this
Fair just kind reason
ablewhat words the ar and
how little the teem In mean
bometimeb and this seems lo be
one of the times.
To judge from the evidence in
this particular case, it might seem
to a foolish person that neither a
good girl nor a girl who wants o
be good has a chance in the busi
Do you lelice this, honestly.
Do you believe it, decent Busi
I don't 1 know too many busi
ness women who arc carninjr an
honest Ming, honestly, to beliec
a word of it.
Some of the business women I
know are as good as gold, and
some. 1 haven't a doubt, arc as bad
as bitter medicine
Business women arc so much
like society women that ou
couldn't tell the difference between
them, if it were not for their
What do von do when ww hire
a dressmaker to come and make
Taking Out the "Ail
mmw iifc IP
over last winter's frocks?
Do you ask for reference as to
her moral character or do you just
ring her up on the 'phone and say:
"Are you the woman who made
over Jlrs. Brown's green dress?
If jou are what days this week
can you come to me? "
When ou engage a cook do
jou cross-question her about her
personal affairs? Or do Jou Just
try to find out whether she knows
how to broil a steak and what to
do to get a roast on the table at
the right time?
What ou want Is someone to
do the work jou are going to pay
them to do, and not someone to
bet an example In morals.
When a man employs a woman
to work In Ills store or his shop
or his office he is little concerned
ah to what her morals are, have
been or will be so loug as they
don't Interfere with the work he
pas bcr to do.
Ah a matter of fact, no practical
business man Is much concerned
except for the fact that the aver
age business man has probably
discovered in the way of business
experience that a woman en
grossed In her own personal af
fairs isn't likely to be a woman
who will do his work well
Efficiency Is what the average
business man looks for and in the
long run It's- what he gets Yes.
be strives to secure this very thing
when he discharges the girl wno
thinks he's trying to make das
tardly loe to her If he Rood
humoredlv gies her a knot of
violets now and ten when she's
bee nulre about doing some extra
work for him Or when he re
fuses to engage the girl who looks
ho much as If she had "a past"
that the very office buy grins fur
tiel when he ppens the door for
, Are ou going out to look for
I a job Inda. Uuslness Girl
What can ou do This Is the
How well can ou do It? That's
And the third is how dead !n
earnest are von to keep ou doing
It just as well as you can?
The good girl who is out of a job
is out of it because she's a vain lit
tle person who likes to start a flir
tation and then hasn t sense
enough to stop It before It gets too
The girl who has not always
been just what she should be Is out
of a Job because she's thinking too
much about herself, and not
enough about the Job
'Copyrlslif 11 b Stwrrvr Irstur btrv
lc .rrt llrl'iln rights rttmed I
Spending Money Is a
SOME time ago, in response to
a -number of. letters, I
wrote an article for these
columns on young men and money
spending the latter in connection
with the girls the young men were
It is a subject which evidently
deeply interests all young men and
all young girls. Since the article
was published I hare heard from
most of them1.
AH the letters are Interesting.
But to me the most Interesting
things about them are these facts:
Most of the girls think alike
Most of the joung men think
The opinions of the1 girls and of
the young men radically differ.
To illustrate this I quote two
letters one from a girl, the other
from a Jong man. Each says
what many other correspondents
say, but says It better and more
briefly than most Here is the
young man's letter.
Dear Miss Jordan:
A lot of ui have read your
article about taking out the girls
and spending money on them
Thank you. What ou say Is all
right. But I wish ou would em
phaslze one point a little more
Pleae make It clear to girls
that a fellow Isn't necessarily a
tlght-wad If he stops spending
money for a few minutes. You
see, when we'e spent all we've
got we can't go on spending, can
My roll Is gone by Tuesday
night. That's why I don't see my
girl again till Saturda
Here is the fitting companion to
that letter. It is one of many that
have swept over from Brooklyn:
Dear Miss Jordan
About that question of spending
mone on girls, I have, to say this.
The great trouble Is that most
boys think thej've got to spend
money on us not a little, but a
lot It's a tradition with them
They think we don't respect them
If they're not burning up their
salaries before our ejes They
think the most popular man Is the
All that Is not so Girls have
a contempt for a fellow who Is
throwing away his money like a
fool. But bos think It's so- and
that makes It so, for them What
they need Is a little common sense
But girls can't teach men com
mon sense until they've married
However, these two letters will
help many others, for they really
hold the solution of the problem.
That is n problem, and a big one,
every girl and every oung inas
The young man's position Is
,He is starting out in life. He s
earninjr, say fifteen dollars a week.
Of this he pays eight for his room
and board and two dollars more
for carfare and laundry expenses.
That leaves him Ave dollars for
clothes, luncheons and such neces
sary incidentals a doctors' and
dentists' bills. These expenses
are Inevitable. He must meet
them first. Of his fifteen dollars
a week he has very little for
amusements and for the entertain
ment of his friends.
Now, the entertainment of his
friends, in moderation, is a legiti
mate and a necessary expense.
It should have Its place In bis
budget, and It does. The mistake
he makes is the position he gives.
He puts it toward the head of
the list. It should go toward the
end He should do his entertain
ing after he has paid all his regu
lar and Inevitable living expenses.
One of the wisest bovs I know
has what he calls A Fun Fund
He keeps a little bank. Into which
he drops his superfluous dimes and
quarters. These are not numer
ous It takes a long time for them
to amount to five dollars. When
they do. he takes them out of the
bank, credits himself with five dol
lars for entertainment, and draws
on that little fund until It Is ex
hausted Sometimes it lasts a month He
goes In for the simple pleasures,
such as car and bus rides and an
occasional twenty-five-cent boat
Won't Break Bale.
Sometimes, to quote his own
words, he "blows" most of It In
one festive eenlng at the theater.
In an event, when It Is gone, he
entertains no more until he has
saed another five dollars He
simply "sinks below the surface,"
to quote him again, and flocks by
himself until he Is once more sup
plied with a, "fun fund."
"Of course," he added, "there
aren't many girls I know well
enough to tell that to. But my
cousin and one other friend knew
about It, and I've got a standing
invitation to spend the evenings
with them when I'm strapped If
I do that, they're the first girls I
entertain when the fle dollar
fund looms up again!"
"Don't ou ever break the rule?"
1 asked, with deep interest. "I
mean, don't jou ever, in emer
gencies, break Into the bank be
tween times, or borrow from vour
other funds'" He shook, his head.
Get' Acquainted Wittt Some
A Little Dissertation on a Food Topic With Some Xdvietr M t1k
Wilting Which Camouflage as Treat
, . ' . By EARL GODWIN: - -
Washington ought tp he a place to huy fish, cheaply,
because it has the Chesapeake bay and the ocean right.af th
ddor.. " " .' -
.However, "some of the highest -prices in America" awr
paid for fish right in his town and considerable of the fault
lies with the person "buying the fish and paying he price. V-
Kight NOW people here are suffering a bit of fisher
man's graft) because' Washingtonians .are. determined. t
ask for TROUT. The fisherman, is bringing a iittle fish
called WHITING to town and the fish peddle is- camou
flaging i thunder the undeserved name of WfNTEE TROUT
"' There is no such thing in the heavens above, the earth
beneath, or the waters under the earth as a Winter Trout
Even the thing which Washington eats as "a salt-water
trout is a weakfish or squeteague o something. of ..the sort.
People have g&no to market from time- irnbemorial; and
asked for trout, trout, trout,.and the insult istb'at jrf'Lucul
lus himself dffered Washington one of his, Helicately cooked
and, flavored turbot as a trout he would "Bell Itou? as. jl
turbot NEVER. - -.,. ,
The Bureau of Fisheries has in the past-TrtTered to the
public the names of fish, neglected by;the buyer but better
in many an instance than any of the overwbrked fish that
we all know, so welltand buy so frequently. Also thVbureau
has punctured a lot of fishermen's bubbles. for-the benefit of
Washington. I recall the day on which "Potomac -shad wan
being sold at a high, price under the fake name -of Delaware
shad. ' - . '
The bureau published the fact thatthcre-had beentno
shipments of shad 'from Delaware points. Unless the shad
had .walked "overland from the Delaware- riygr tbg. general
publio was being bunked, as usual. "- - -r v
Just at this present moment, I amTtold by thedfficiala
of the Bureau of Fisheries, fish is 'Scarcer and higher than
at other times. This is the off season1 in'fishing. In Feb
ruary, however, the "general fish .supply will make a differ
ence in the Washington fish market andJ.haVe reason, to be
lieve the Bureau of Fisheries will be ready to give i.o the
public the names .of some fine food fish which the public
should ask for ten thousand times a day if necessary so as ta
create a demand.
The Young Womea'a Christian
Association has done the proper
thing In sending out notices warning
young women against coming to
Washington In the face of the present
high price or rooms.
Is opposed to closing the schools to
save fuel. The schools are about the
only places wherein some of the poor
little Kids can Keep warm.
THOMAS GRANT sent me In the
same envelope a list ot members of
the Chamber of Commerce and a bal
lot for tonight's election of directors
and I can't tell one from the other.
United Statements of America.
The headline gives the name ot the
new organization founded today in
this column. Membership la strictly
restricted to Washingtonlans who
have fallen into the habit of "Usulng
statements." The first nomination
for membership is that of CHAHLES
J. COLUMBUS, secretary of tho RE
TAIL MERCHANTS' ASSOCIATION.
More', a hatful of talk about Con
ductor 705, pilot of car 127, on the
Fourteenth street line that la, he
was on that car at 10:30 p. m. Pe-
cember 6, wnen J. BK.tusi tiunai
spied blm and nominated him aa the
The streets were slippery and
everything was strictly operating
against pleasant street car traffic,
but Conductor 705, wiu. a handful of
From the Public to the Editor
WFRF YOU ONE OF THEM?
WfcKfc IUUUnrur ,nL""
Here's An Excites: Story of An
Exciting Ride With One of Mr.
King's New Motormen.
Washington. D. G. Jan. 4, 1911.
Mr. Arthur Brisbane. Manag-er. Washing-ton
Times, Washing-ton. D. C
Dear Sir I have read with Inter
est remarks in your paper about the
W. R. & E. railway service, and. being-
a sufferer, can corroborate most
eerytMngT ou have written, and If
you will allow me to, I ant to con
tribute an account ot a npy"" i
while It Is fresh on my mind.
1 board a Drookland car at Ktioae
Island aenuo and North Capitol
street about S:1S each morning. Thl
morning the car I caught waa In
charge of an Inspector, who acted as
motortnan fr8m the pit at W street
to Fifteenth and O streets, he having
taken the car In charge after the con.
doctor had appealed to him, the con
ductor being afraid th.-U loss of life
might result if the molorman who had
car In charge to the pit was left In
From remarks I heard the conduc -
tor make and from information I se
cured from passengers, the motorman
did not even slow up for the curve at very near every block from Parle road
North CapitoL street and Michigan to U street, and the car line haa not
aenue. and scattered passengers all met the emergency, as'tney run the
over the car Fortunately, the cat cars one and two blocks apart In
did not leave- the rails. He alo ran stead of half a b'ock. When a ear
by the pit where car is changed from starting at Park road reaches Irving
overhead to plow. It u there the street It Is full, and it therefor
conductor appealed to the Inspectoi passes the remaining blocks until the
stationed at the pit (business section Is reached, and the
The conductor said the motorman citizens of streets aa fur south aa
had never tried to ruii a street car be- Euclid have to n.alk to Irving street
fore, and had bn sent out this morn and still farther north l.i order to
Inc with no prellmtnar Instruction" catch a car at all, a distance of seven
Jle Knew nothing whatever about blucks
opiTAtlnK earn I Awaiting at tlon t am
The car was one of those with longl A ours trul
seats on either side with passengertl B. W tlUUUEB.
transfers and a mind1; full of rcu-r
.bles, never crumpled: '..'
"Stand sideways in the aisle.1 he
chirruped, "everybody needs tat
"Hold your breath, boyg, you'll
take lei space."
"Gentlemen "must NOT sit elthar
la ladles' laps or In the aisles."'
That was some of the smshia
of Conductor 705. He m ONE mas
who took the passengers away from
their ordinary, peevish attitude. I
talu nff tnv hat tn an v m,1A whA
can run a car these slippery and
crownea nignu ana retain aa xnuca
pure good nature as does Conductor
Chamber of Commerce
-Election of Officers.
8 p. m.
J. TL MARTTV. SIY7 Rnvnth
northwest, says there isnt a perfect
ly iranx oramsuc cnuc in aii Wash
ington. I heard an old. colored woman.. aa
she lugged off some free coal from
the Post's charity fuel bureau, say:
"Thtsh yer MIstah Ned McLean
sho' am de greates' man in de vrorl
ceptln' Abraham Linkrum."
Peked thre and four abreut In a
(center, with platform and stops
ouui oucicoaaus tm KS&iaL.aJl,J&wS
of humanity, and some stana toward
safeguarding the Uvea ot the public
noma oe taaen. u not oy the vr. K.
& E. Co., then by Government opera
Uon. Tours truly,
J. H. SIMPSON.
210 Winder Bulldlnr.
WAITING FOR THE CAR.
A Few Thoughts That an Irata
Citizen Had When He CoaMat
Get One to Stop For Hira.
2SI1 Sherman Ave. N. W. City.
January 4. 181$
My Dear Mr. Brisbane.
Editor The Washington Times.
Having been a "clttien" of this city
j for quite a few years, and been really
among us. and noticing that you flgnt
for the right. I wish, to teif you of the
dellghtfut situation In the morning on
the Eleventh street car line between
the hours of 7.30 and S. Tn altnatlnn
In a nut shell Is tfhls: Tho ooculatlon
Jof that section of the c'y haa In-
creucu in suck n v&ieni as to max
the traffic so large as to All a car at