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MARCH 31. 1919
Hope Springs Eternal In the Hobble Skirt
By T. E. Powers
Agent for Washington
I Do Not Believe It la a Proper or Feasible Plan.
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MONDAY. MARrir 31. 1919
Crucifixion in 1919
We Shudder at What Was Once the Commonest
Display of Human Brutality.
You read on the first page of The Times the other day
the story told to the London Daily Express by a woman who
has just returned from Russia, in which she said that she
had seen Bolshevik soldiers crucify more than a score of
"Ukrainian officers. The soldiers had been captured from
General Korniloff's army and were then nailed to trees.
Despite all the horrors to which we have become accus
tomed through four years of human slaughter this news
develops an additional shudder, and we ask, "Where will
man's inhumanity to man stop?"
There was a time in the world's history when the sight
of human beings nailed to the cross in all directions was
much commoner than the sight of crows or weasels nailed
to barn doors in our country regions.
To every man living now within civilized lands the
word crucifixion has a deep and intense meaning. For
the noblest spirit that ever came to earth was made to die !
this vile, painful, and shameful death for the saKe oi ouier
While it is true that in America we have progressed
beyond the point where we nail our fellow men to the cross,
we have not progressed beyond the age of superstition,
race hatred, AND STUPID, WILLFUL REPETITION OF
Perhaps it is well, therefore, as this Russian atrocity
furnishes the occasion, to remind the people that crucifixion
HAS NOTHING WHATEVER TO DO WITH JEWISH
CUSTOMS OR JEWISH PUNISHMENT.
Crucifixion was the punishment inflicted by the Ro
mans. And on that dreadful day on Golgotha, when the
light of the world was put out, the execution was the work
of Roman soldiers, and the punishment was the invention
of the Roman mind, inflicted by Roman authorities.
The Romans reserved the punishment of crucifixion for
those upon whom they meant to inflict a peculiarly shame
Slaves that had been guilty of stealing were crucified.
The idea was to terrify the other slaves with the sight of
nails driven through the hands THAT HAD STOLEN
THEIR MASTER'S PROPERTY.
It was not customary to drive nails through the feet,
although that was done sometimes.
When it was done it proved unusual ferocity on the
part of the soldiers, who, under a commanding centurion,
acted as executioners to the Roman authorities.
When crucifixion is carried on in the Roman way the
cross is in the shape of a "T" a cross-piece of wood fast
tened on the top of another piece. The cross is not high;
the feet of the victim are but a few inches above the ground.
The weight of the body is supported upon "a piece of wood
fastened like a spar to the shaft of the cross at half height."
Without this support the hands would tear and the body
It is impossible to conceive the agony which such a
death involves. And it is absolutely beyond the power of
man to conceive of the heroism required to go through this
dreadful suffering and to refuse the drugged wine that
would have stupefied the brain and brought death shortly.'
The dreadful invention is arranged so as to prolong
the death agony to the last degree. In the case of men of
very rugged constitutions and lacking in sensibility, death
has even been postponed fcr days, the victim actually sleep
ing upon the cross and dying, ultimately, of hunger and of
thirst, combined with intense pain.
It is strange and painful to think that in the world at
this date even in time of war people should be so degraded
as to wish to mutilate and torture a human being in this
way. But our horror at such a shameful deed should cause
us to look into ourselves, question our own conduct when we
strangle a woman or electrocute a man doing more quickly,
1 but just as SHAMEFULLY the criminal work of destroying
the life that we cannot create.
And there is in this reported crucifixion another and a
There is the death the most painful, the most horrible in
every detail of shame and of agony. And yet the memory
of One dying upon the cross to save others turning His
eyes resignedly and bravely toward the sky, is the founda
tion of the greatest movement for human betterment ever
seen on this earth.
With that scene in their minds, religious men in the
Dark Ages turned bloodthirsty savages to Christianity
AND LAID THE FOUNDATION OF MODERN CIVIL
IZATION. With that scene in their minds thousands and tens of
thousands of men have laid down their lives for what they
believed to be right.
Delicate women and children were fed to the wild
beasts, and when the door opened they saw not the animal
advancing to seize them, but in the air above them a pic
ture of that death and of that face upon the cross.
There was in the inspiration of that Divine death, a
power that destroyed the Roman empire, that civilized the
nations, beat back savage hordes, penetrated forests in
America, turned thousands of men to lives of self-abnegation,
of charity, of teaching, and of good example.
(Contiaued la Last Column.)
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Beatrice Fairfax Writes of the Problems and Pitfalls of the War Workers
Especially for Washington Women
SOME days ago a young Eng
lishman wrote to this column
his views on the murh-dis-cussed
topic. He contended that
girls were flighty and "dancing
mad." and he wished they would
return to the more substantial at
tractions of our mothers and
Quite a number of American
girls have replied to our young
English friend, and some of them
recent the aspersions bf levity
that his letter would stem to cast
One girl, in a very spirited letter,
gives her experience in trying to
be kind and sisterly to a soldier,
who, through infirmity, was de
barred from dancing. Her letter
is as follows:
Mic Trlnl to Be Kind.
MY DEAR MISS FAIKKAX:
Allow xno to say a few words to
"The Britisher" through, your col
umn What I wish t- say may at
ppar at first unfriendly, hut if 1
reads aKain ho will see what 1
mean between the linos.
Not so very Ion? ago while a
dance was in full swing I turned f-,
an English soldier sitting alon and
tried to start a conversation, whieh,
to my mind, should have proved ii-te-sMng
to the young hero. Hut
Instead of accepting my company
he turned and said: "Why do you
waste your time on me when yov
have been asked to dance Just
twentv times since you first started,
and, truly. I object to you neglec
lug your friends." And I. feeling as
if some one had dashed a cold
bucket of water in my face, simply
bowed and left him.
After thinking the matter over, I
again returned to him and attempt
ed to speak to him once more after
1 had gnen a fair amount of my
time to my friends, but again I m:
with a curt dismissal, and felt just
tv ice as bad as I did before.
GIRLS WHO DO NOT ATTRACT MEN
Now. Mr. Britisher, can you blame
some girls for keeping: their place
when they meet with such dis
couragement? I hIbo am not one of thoso butter
flies, but have a fair amount of
friends among the wounded boys of
America. WHITE HOPE.
It seems to me, in spite of the
apparent rudeness on the part of
the young soldier, that it was just
a case of wounded pride, that made
him dismiss my kind-hearted cor
respondent. The boy was getting- adjusted to
his cruel handicap, that of being
lame and, having to sit, while
other young people were dancing
and having a good time. This is a
pretty stiff dose in the beginning
and I daresay the young man in
addition to being physically inca
pacitated for exercise, did not rel
ish himself in the role of an object
of commiseration, on the part of
an attractive girl.
Of course, he was "wrong," and
perhaps he was feeling a little bit
ter, but he'll get over that in time,
and thn big and humane thing to
do, just now, is not to mind it
when crippled soldiers display a
"tantrum" or two. Just keep on
being good to them! Heaven
knows, they have done enough for
us, and if pain, or a physical han
dicap, makes them a little uncer
tain at times, we ought not to re
An IriMhmaa Say.
DEAR MISS FAIRFAX
Horo are a few remarks from an
old IriBh "Tarheel" bachelor, forty
five years old, who has had his heart
beached on lonely shores three
times, once by c. widow, twice by
You tell "Britisher" that all the
brainy and accomplished peers of
Edith Carvel do not live in
Bllghtle," but are to be found all
over the United States. I know lots
of such girls in Dixie.
You have a difficult Job, but I
often wish I had It, as my heart
goes out to those in trouble. But
neither yourself nor any heart sur
geon can do me any good Finis is
written on my three affairs. One
made me a neurasthenic. Only God
and a few kind-hearted people and
exercise of my will power kept
Finis from being written over me.
I've learned some real wisdom in
the last few years and really feel
as though I could help and lead
people when they are In real
trouble. D. F. R.
This gentleman's kind offer to
play "bodyguard" to girls who
would like a kindly Irish Catholic
for an escort, I am sorry to say I
can't "pass" on; but, as has been
said many times, while you are all
at liberty to talk your troubles over
in this column, it is impossible to
forward any letters or make any
Answer "Discouraged Mother."
DEAR MISS FAIRFAX:
May another mother say a word
to the "discouraged mother" whose
letter I happened to see In The
I couldn't help putting myself In
the place of the little girl, "aged
twelve, though she looks and acts
like sixteen" which means that
r.he Is treated accordingly, away
from home, though to her family
she is still scarcely more than a
She Is talking to four boys, when
her brother approaches, and he
"tries to persuade her to come
home." From my memory of broth
ers. I cannot believe he was very
diplomatic. She refuses to be hauled
off like a truant schoolboy, so he
leaves her. and goes home to tell
mother. When she comes in she is
roundly scolded and "kept In the
house ever since, as punishment"
Now, of course, the mother Is fol
lowing an Impulse to keep her from
cheap sentimentality which is
right. But how will she learn to
distinguish, except by experience?
Why shouldn't she make friends
with the right kind of boys? One
of the quickest ways of judging
them is to bring them Into her own
environment. If mother would only
be a Ilttlo diplomatic have a little
party for them now and then!
Make them feel at home. It will be
hard at first. The family may have
to put up with somo noise and in
convenience, but how much happier
and safer the little girl will be.
Why can't brother take her out oc
casionally, to the movies or a
party? Teach him to be courteous
and considerate of her, make her
appreciate her new dignity.
No one understands the change,
the girl least of all. She is no
longer a child, scarcely a young girl.
At this trying time, above all others,
she needs forbearance, and gentle
ness. Don't drive her away. Don't
hurt her. Don't nag. Turn over a
new leaf with her. Try to see
things from her side. There is
nothing but eifc'ht years of un
happlness ahead, for her and for
you, unless you do. Poor baby! I
feel so sorry for her! I was once a
"black sheep" myself. My misun
derstanding family really "gave me
up" at a time when I undoubtedly
was a problem, due to mismanage
ment. I'll never forget my apprecia
tion of the wise aunt they sent me
to, who made the world all right
again. ANOTHER MOTHER.
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By EARL GODWIN.
Senator Kincr of Utah uroDOses an acrent to rerreRpnt
Washington before the committees, of Congress. He pro
poses mat ne be a ten-thpusapd-dollar man, and that he be
paid by the business men of tho city.
If the Senator has given this proposal much thought, I
would like to get an analysis of his mental processes, as the
idea seems altogether out of the Question to me. at least.
Washington already has three agents to plead its cause be-
iore congress, tnree Commissioners, appointed by the Presi
dent. Most of their work, as nnTTirnissirmnrfi T srinnil gov
is in getting up estimates for Congress, sending them to
Congress, pleading with Concressional committees to annro-
ipriate in accordance with those estimates, and then sitting
on tne anxious seat while Congress bores into the estimates
and mangles them. Just what more an agent can do I can't
But the main fault I find with Senator King's proposi
tion is that it in no way strikes at the root of our main trou
ble. We want legal representation in Congress and a local
self-government, and we will not be a truly Americnn city
until we get it. The idea of men who can afford to hire a
ten-thousand-dollar agent getting all they want from Con
gress while the folks who can't or won't hire an agent suf
fer is NOT exactly my idea of the way to run things in the
National Capital. And I really don't believe it is Senator
King's, either. He is a regular, uDriarht. outsDoken. hard
hitting American citizen, and if he lived here and couldn't
VOTE he wouldn't be needing an agent. He would be out
working to get a voice in his own government as hard as
ever he worked in his life.
H EARD AND SEEN
Ye Ed. received a wonderful cake
full of creamy atuff from HERMAN
GASCH this week. Thanks, Herm,
JIM WRIGHT, GUS KARGER
and CARL RUTH, who have been
Old Point Comforting for a few
days, have returned.
HILLEARY OFFUTT was seen
eating a cream puff Monday.
I have similar dope of ISADOR
GRANVILLE HUNT is jpst go
ing around envying Earnest
Coolidge because Earnest can wear
red ties. Granny just loves purple,
but a certain young lady objects to
a purple tie says it is not in keep
ing with Granny's complexion so
uranny manfully desists.
I am glad to see that Judge Har
dison in the Police Court dismissed
the charge of insanitary conditions
brought against a certain little
artist-studio-chocolate drinking joint
that three Washington boys started
in an alley. Ever since these boys
started this thing to help them
selves along in their art studies they
have been actually persecuted by
various inspectors, and I know
whereof I speak.
The main crime seems to be that
they sell chocolate and gingerbread
by candle light. Also they were
looked on with suspicion because
they were up an alley. I wonder
what some of our officials would
do if they were suddenly put to work
in a city like Paris where artists
are supposed to live in garrets and
Wild Animals I Have Known.
Got a circular from ED SCHMIDT
a while back telling me that there
was a herd of buffalo for sale, and
a whole lot of other wild animals,
such as kangaroos, deer, and geese.
The prices were too high for me,
much as I would like a pet herd of
buffalo. The lowest thing on the
list was a Canadian goose for $50.
Wild animals are eroine ud. Ten
years ago HARRY SCOFIELD and
a friend bought a wild cat for $7.50,
with collar and chain thrown in.
They were planning to givo it to
ED PADGETT for a present
Ed sent it back right where It
came from, and Harry and his friend
thereupon sent it express collect to
MORRIS BILL BAILEY.
I understand Mr, Bailey still has
it. At the present prices for wild
animals that wild cat mu3t be a mint
Problems Arise Daily.
E. W. MACD0NALD. of 1233 H
street n. e., now gets me all worked
up over this one:
Ann was married when she was
eighteen, and on her nineteenth
birthday a sop was born. Now when
the son was a year old Ann was 20
years old, which made her 20 times
as old as her son, and on her 25th
birthday she was just 5 times as old
as her son, and on her 30th birthday
she is only 3 times as old as her son,
and on her 40th birthday her son is
20 years old, which only makes her
twice as old as her son. Then how
long will the son have to live before
he is as old as Ann?
What is that artistie (?) thing
behind the new Interior Department
The Truth About Alvin Davis.
Being a daily reader of your
"Heard and Seen" Column, it would
be greatly appreciated if you would
give a little pubb'city to the fact that
I am NOT the Alvin Davis who was
indicted by the grand jury a few
days ago for robbery.
My name seems to be a rather
common one in Washington and a
great many people have taken it for
granted that I was the highwayman.
About two months ago a notice
of the marriage of one Alvin Davis
was published in the papers and the
next day I began to receive con
gratulations. A week later the name
Alvin Davis appeared in the death
notices and my parents began to re
ceive condolences. Now an Alvin
Davis is arrested for burglary and
I have begun to be the victim of a
great many foolish questions.
In spite of the above I am still
alive, single, and not a highway
man. Yours very truly,
ALVIN M. DAVIS.
712 12th St N. E.
And therefore happy. Ed. note.
What's Doing; Where; When
Meetinr Consumers League, at home of
president. Mrs. V. Everlt Macy. 1785 Mass
achusetts avenue northwest. 4 p. m.
Lesson on Homemalclns; At Wilson Ngr
mal School. Eleventh and Harvard streets
northwest, by MUs T. E. Miller, of the
Department of Agriculture. 7:50 p. m.
Illustrated Lecture "Jerusalem. The
Holy City," by Prof. Mitchell Carroll, at
New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Thirteenth and H streets northwest. 8: JO
Lecture Dr. Francis J. Hemelt. of
Catholic University. St. Anthony's Parish
Hall. Brookland. 8 p. m. Topic. 'The
Rehearsal "Star-Spangled Banner
Chorus." Immanuel Baptist Church. Six
teenth street and Columbia road north,
west. 8 p. m. Percy S. Foster will direct
Address Reuben Fink, war correspon
dent, "The Jewish Questions Before the
Toace Conference," Poale ZIon Socle'y,
Central Savings Ilank Hall, Seventh and
I streets northwest, 8 p. m.
Meeting Human Welware Assoleatlon,
assembly hall of T. M. C. A.. 1738
street northwest. Herbert Quick will
speak. 8 p. m-
Meetlng Mid-City Citlsena' Association,
inos Seventh street northwest, 8 p. m.
Address by Fred T. Dubois, former Sen
ator from Idaho.
Dancu Vermont Club, Powell School
building. 8 p. m.
Lecture "Foods from Group 3," by
Miss Chlnn. of Department of Agriculture,
Room 80, old Museum, Ninth and B streets
southwest. i:l p. m. Public invited.
Addresses Edward N. Hurley, chairman
Unlttfd States Shipping Board, and Sec
retary Wilson, of the Department of
Labor, assembly room of National Press
Club, 9 p. m.
Smoker Toung, Men's Hebrew Associa
tlon. Jewish Welfare Board. Eleventh
street and Pennsylvania avenue northwest,
8 p. m.
Uterary program Lunbar and Arm
strong High schools. Metropolitan A. M
E. Church. 8 p. m.
Film exhibition "Fit to Win," official
film of the United States Public "Health
Service, before National Capital Dental
Society. 1333 H street northwest, I p. m.
Tea Wlnthrop Club will entertafs
alumnae and former students qf Wlnthrop
College. 1822 I street northwest, 8 to
Meeting Florida State Society. Wilson
Normal School, Eleventh and Harvard
streets northwest, 8 p. m. Mrs. Smltn
Gordon will speak.
Meeting The Columbia Heights Cltlsens'
Association. St. Stephen's Hall. 301T Four
teenth street northwest. 8 p. m.
College students' night Presentation of
"My New Curate." by Oonsaga Colleg
Players. In College Theater. North Capitol
and I streets northwest. 8:1S p. ra. Direc
tion of the Rev J Charles Davey, S. J .
vice president of the college.
Crucifixion In 1919
(Continued From First Column.)
It is dreadful to think of those men nailed to trees and
tortured by other men. But even their dreadful deaths will
not be wasted if the thought of them can turn our minds
now to a vivid realization of what that heroic, beautiful
Soul suffered for the sake of men unworthy of Him nine
teen centuries ago.
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