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SOMETHING THE MATTER WITH THE LAW
"There's something the matter with the law, maybe."
It might seem that only an extraordinary cruel punishment could wring
such an admission from the head keeper at uttdlow street jail, New York.
Jail keepers don't wear their sympathies outside their clothes.
Yet the case of Henry Weinbaum. which called forth this strange com
ment, is not as extraordinary and unusual as it ought to be.
Weinbaum is, or was, a clothes presser earning $12 a week, and supporting
himself, his wife and four children. The wife died, and Weinbaum was con
fronted with the problem of looking after his four little ones and at the same
time being away all day at his work. He managed it somehow for a few months
and then got a new mother for his children on the only terms open to him —
But there are beauties in the marriage and divorce system which some
times appeal as strongly to the wives of poor devils like Weinbaum as they
sometimes do to the adventurous entrapperx of millionaires.
The clothes presser's new wife soon complained that the children made
too mucli work, and demanded that they be put in a public institution. The
father refused, and the wife left him and his little ones and promptly applied
to court for $4 a week support and a judge granted her plea.
The *4 a week might have been so many millions so far as the man's ability
to pay went. The other day he was arrested, his arrears, with costs, amount
ing to si'DT.KS. Ite was sent to Ludlow street jail, and the prospect of his ever
paying the *207.88, to say nothing of being able to look after his children, is
The head keeper of the jail thinks there may be something wrong with
the law when it can imprison a man like this for reasons like these.
FARM AND CITY WORKER
The report of the department of agriculture as to farm wages tends, at
first glance, to discourage the back-to-the-aoil movement. The average wage
of the hired man of the farm is $18, with board, of the hired girl of the farm
approxinmtely $22, with board.
These figures of money look small, standing by themselves, but at least
two other features are to he considered in duscissing the advantages of farm
employment over city employment. There is a whole world of significance in
those words "with board". City "hoard" costs high, not only in cash for bed
and food but for doctors' bills. The man or woman who works and sleeps in
the vitiated atmosphere! of the city, eats cold storage meats and more or less
ancient vegetables finally, without escape, has to pay more than the person who
labors in the fresh air and consumes fresh foods. Not one in ten city workmen
probably figures on this, as he goes along, but he surely realizes it when the
years pile up on him and his loss of efficiency forces itself upon him.
The second feature which we have in mind is that the farm Worker has less
opportunity to spend the earnings, thus earning more by saA'ing more. Heady
opportunity to spend usually means more or less waste, to poor or rich, and
back of oppoi*tuuity to spend very often gets a worker into the habit of saving.
The farm worker at $18 or $22 is not overpaid but he or she certainly has ad
vantages over the city worker that are finally to be considered in cash which the
city worker does not possess.
THE GOLDEN GEESE WILL SQUAWK
The robbery of the people by the express companies, as particularly dis
closed by the investigation of the Wells Fargo, in California, where the com
pany has been regularly gouging out 200 to 400 pel cent, is a matter that
should "hold the boards". If there is to be a serious attack upon the high cost
of living, the public; eye should fasten right on the express companies and the
statesmen who are expected to deal with them.
But, first thing, you are going to hear some whining in behalf of "the
small stockholders" of the express companies. This mock sympathy will come
largely from a few families of rich \vh« are the large stockholders, of course,
and should not at all influence action.
There is no business in this country, save perhaps that of saving souls,
that is deserving of or justified in taking 200 to 400 per cent. In truth, if we
are to get equality of opportunity in higher degree and a higher order of in
dustrial justice, we've got to level down to reason and fairness the 200 to 400
per cent cinches, regardless as to whom we pinch therein.
The police sent home 58 youngsters
Saturday night, which indicates they
mean business on the enforcement of
the curfew law.
Governor Hay hates to start an elec
tion contest, but his political bosses are
clamorous for him to do it to give them
a chain'e to do some political juggling
to put him in despite the will of the
It is a good time to keep hands off
the recall and not to to tampering with
this weapon of the people. Any abuses
attempted by the enemies of the recall
will remedy themselves in time.
Wilson won't tell anything. Teddy
won't tell anything. Somebody get up
a chess tournament before we go mad
Dr. Albert Abrams, Chicago, an
nounces a new way to give up your ap
pendix without surgical operation.
Calls it spondylotherapy. Sounds al
mightly like spondulicks, the old way.
Dr. Margaret Goettler, a suffragette,
declares that a diet of fruit will kill
thirst for liquor. Now just watch the
barkeep omit the cherry and orange
from the cocktail and put in the Han
Wyoming adopted equal suffrage
'way back in 1869. She was short on
girls and offered every inducement.
editorial Pao,e of €fie Cacoma Cimes
The Balkan war may not spread to
all Euroue, but the Balkan cholera may.
Sec. Knox seems confronted by the
alternative of turning down trade with
Russia, or the Jews who want to visit
Russia. Maybe Philan will duck it.
London authorities are rigorously
drawing the line against sensual danc
ing on the stage. High time!
New York city's budget for 1913
contains $36,700,000 for her schools.
Some kingdoms are run on less than
that, but what the New Yorker needs
most of all is education.
Is it proper to serve young onions at
an afternoon tea 1? asks a reader, Miss
Polly Mac Jones. Will some of our
readers who can still afford tea please
answer. We're stumped.
By fixing Panama rates to compete
with Suez, Cousin Bill Taft ties a nice
bowknot in the lion's tail. But with
riots in the Commons, the lion isn't
worrying so much about the tail end of
"What," asks Dr. Carrell of the
Rockefeller Institute, "is the differ
ence between a dead seed and a seed
that produces a large tree? We don't
know." Well, Doc, here's a pointer.
You buy the dead seed through reading
one of those blamed seed catalogues.
THE TAPPfIIA TIMES.
"Curiosity Is rife in Beeleysport
as to who it is puts a glass of cider
an' a piece of mince pie on th'
horseblock front o" th' city hall
fer Town Marshall Hickory Blud
geon every night. Whoever th'
lady is, she knows his weakness."
It will cost $193,047,24G to rim
New York's municipal business in
the fiscal year 1913.
Only Tolerable Copious
Copious rain is falling in this
Motion. In adjoining counties rain
is not so copious.—Brighton (111.)
Jack Johnson has an offer to ro
The Wilsons—Just a Plain American Family
THE PRESIDENT-ELECT'S HOME ON CLEVELAND LANE,
PRIUCETON, n. J.
Uy Oliver P. Newman. V,
PRINCETON, N. J., Nov. l»ri-
Dld you ever live in a small town
If you did, or do, you know what
I mean about good, wholesome
neighbors, who would sit up
nights when you had sickness In
the family, run in hurriedly at
(i o'clock in the evening to Dor
row an extra half dozen spoons
for unexpected company and in
other ways conduct themselves as
plain, unassuming, democratic,
Well, that's the kind of people
the Woodrow Wilson family are.
They are a typical American
A GENTLE TIP FROM TOY LAND.
to Russia, but the Uuited States
district attorney in Chicago won't
ilet him. The U. S. d. a. must be a
The farm lands and buildings
of the south are valued at $S,
--971,000,000, an increase of jj,
--000,000,000 in 10 years. The in
crease alone is about five times
the capital of all tho national
banks in the United States.
The American apple brings
higher prices in European restau
rants than home-grown fruit does.
Only four years more till the
next presidential election.
New York Telephone Co., as an
inducement to operators to re
main in its employ, offers a bonus
of $25 at. the end of two years'
service, the amount increasing
each year until the tenth, when
the bonus is $100 for that year
and each thereafter.
The Greek army's full dress
uniform, we see by the pictures,
inchuli's a short skirt. The fatigue
uniform, we take it, consists prin
cipally of tights.
"Why don't men and women
flanw alone?" asks Dr. J. D. Jones
of the school board, We'll bite,
doctor. Why don't they?
"Marriage," says Edna Good
rich, who is one of the ox-Mrs. Nat
Goodwins, "seems to be a game of
Rive and take." Edna just can't
keep her mind off alimony.
'household—no snobbishness, no
pretense, no "airs."
The morning after election, as
the ice man dropped off his wa
gon to deliver Ice to the Wilson
bungalow. Miss Jessie Wilson
happened to throw open the win
dow of a second-story room.
tions!" cried the ice man, waving
"Wasn't It fine?" called bacK
Miss Jessie. She and the ice man
are old friends.
In the excitement of the elec
tion, the fact that the people
have chosen a president out of
father—How is it son, you
don't have any money the day
Son—Well, dad, it ain't my
fault; It's all owin' to other peo
Last year Canada built 339
vessels, measuring 27.73 C tons
and valued at $1,148,000.
There are tugs on the Great
Lakes that are larger than some
of the men-of-war in Perry's fleet
As Good Nnturcd ns Taft
Harry Morelnnd has been hob
bling around on crutches. A few
days after he had bat tod his left
shin with a hammer, causing a
knot about the size of a football,
that kind of a home has been
overlooked. It ought not to be.
It shows that Woodrow Wilson Is
a typical American. He knows
the life of tho average American
because ho has lived it.
"I know the pinch of the high
cost of living," he said in one of
his campaign speeches, "because
in my family we have to practice
the little economies of every day
existence in oTder to make both
And so, while democrats have
been jollifying and shrieking
their heads off from one end of
the country to the other over the
great victory, the chief figure in
it all has been counting his pen
nies to figure out how he and his
family are g 'ng to meet the in
creased personal expenses that
have been laid upon him.
You have probably heard that
Wilson is to stay on as governor
of New Jersey until March 4, and
that it is because he wants to
complete the reforms started un
der him. That is one reason,
but there is another —he cannot
afford to resign.
President-elect Wilson does
not even own his little home In
Princeton. He lives in a rented
house. Except for a few thou
sand dollars he saved an presi
dent of Princeton, he has no
wealth or property. And he lives
not In one of th» magnificent
houses with spacious grounds of
which there are so many in the
university town, but In ■ a bun
galow, on an unpaved road in the
edge of the village—Cleveland
lane, which has a sidewalk only
on one side, which reveals six
Inches of mud when it rains and
which Is very badly lighted at
Tuesday, Nov. 19,1912.
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OFFICE— COMMEKCK ST.
I cow kicked him on the same ten
der spot. The whole affair al
lii-ost made Harry mad. —Little
Hiver (Kas.) Monitor.
There are 2,15t,r>70 miles of
Habile road in the United States.
Siperti figure that the loss
'Hrough light loads, due to poor
"nhdition of the roada, is more
Mian $1,000,000 a day.
There are 17,2 51 Ynle gradu
ntf*S living. New York city has
tjid greatest numbor, 2,5. r>2, New
Haven is seoond with 1,300, and
Chicago third, with C 42.
A Litllo Girl's Perplexity
A little girl climbed on her
father's knee and said:
"Papa, was it a wise person
who said: 'The good die young'?"
"Yes," he replied. "I suppose
ho must have been very wise."
"Well, 1 the child replied, after
thinking it over for a time, "I'm
not so much surprised about you,
but I don't see how mamma man
aged to get growed up."—Knox
m *" i**^*^ *^ Jl^ Srl^ /"* f*' *" 0 .^k £y*f^Lf^y\
I have heartened your soul for battle, I have turned your face to the
I have stirred your blood to a seething flood with many a valiant lay),
I have made you songs of conflict and slogans to lead you on,
1 have chanted you forth to victory when all of your hope was gone.
You inarch to the beart of songs I sing, they comfort your sleep at
And yet you call me a weakling soul because I do not fight!
If I go forth to the battle field and join in the conflict there,
I am only one of a thousand men who does his little share;
But the songs I make in my sheltered tent as I toll with brain and
Are the breath that fans the fighting flame in the hearts of a thous
And, though I take not to the field or stand in the battle line.
The word that carries the warriors on to victory is mine!
I have lifted your souls from fell defeat to battle again—and win;
I have sounded a clarion call or faith amid the fighting din;
What matters it if my hand is weak when I make ten thousand
By the thrill of a magic chant of words and the rhythm of a songt,
I keep the private's courage high, the captain's eyes alight—
And yet you call me a weakling soul because I do not fight!
Do not postpone the opening of a savings account simply
because of the smallness of your first deposit. All things, you
know, must have their beginning. The big things of today were
little things of yesterday—Remember, we receive deposits as
low as a dollar.
4 o/o BANKERS TRUST CO. BANK 4 o/o
BANKERS TRUST BUILDING, TACOMA, WASH.
The Bank of California
Capital and Surplus $16,300,000.00
Ban Francisco Portland Tacoma Seattle
The Bank of California Building, Tacoma.
Home Vnusual "Ads"
"If you like your vitals well
seasoned, try us," advertises a
New York restaurant keeper.
Ad, offering a motor car: "This
machine Is being disiHJßed of on
account of bad health."
In the Mexican Herald: "Nice
room to lPt, beautifully decorated
with German couple."
Milwaukee ad: "Promising in
vestment for a man who can af
ford to lose $2,000."
A Chicago jeweler advertises:
"Spoons and forks are now con
sidered an important "factor In
one's table appointments."—Bos-
Kiasiug a girl "on her photo-
Trying to scare men from kiss-
Trying to scare girls from let
ting men kiss 'em.
Trying to dodge a lift; insurauco
Playing a banjo.
Mollior Wtix fn
Aunt Liza ranie up the walk
and said to her small nephew:
"Good morning, Willis, is your
"Sure she Is," replied Wil'lia
truculently. "D'you s'pose I'd be
workin' in the gardeu on Satur
day morning if she wasn't."—»
Ladies' Homo Journal.
That talk is cheap she used to
But now she sees it puts a kink
In one's bank roll:
For she, poor soul!
Once met a friend and stopped to
While riding in a taxicab.
There Isn't a doubt that this fact
It calls for a lot of grit,
To stick, sometimes, till the bafr
But any old dub can quit.
—Detroit Free Pre»s.
"There's one peculiar thing
about that Balkan war cloud."
"It burst just when wo needed
What has become of the old
fashioned politician who didn't re
turn the big contributions?