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Judge Card has put a quietus on the recount farce at the court house and
stopped the expense to the county of the foolishness started by Attorney
George Thompson who was disgruntled that the people passed him by in se
lecting their men for justices of the peace.
It is probably natural for men generally to imagine there must be some
mistake if they fail to get more votes than the other fellow in an election. But
if the people have to go to the expense of a recount for every such disap
pointed aspirant it will keep them busy paying election expenses.
The recount showed one thing clearly, however, and that is that there
needs to be some very material betterment of the quality of election officials.
In the 15 precincts reconvassed there was hardly one in which there were not
mistakes made on every candidate. This is setting a standard of inefficiency
that it would be hard to beat.
Main* of the election officials to begin with did not know really how to
count a ballot. Most of them were unused to clerical work and were not only
slow but inaccurate.
The pay given fur election judges is sufficient to get good men. Under
the system of putting in ward politicians because of political work done it is
not likely that the efficient men will he selected, however.
The recount indicates that there should be a change in the system, that the
election judge and clerk should be compelled to show some measure of pro
ficiency in the job which he takes. It might be well to establish a sort of civil
service for election officials and compel the selection of those on the eligible
With the present record before them politicians who run for office will
be more certain than ever that they have not had a square deal and there is
likely to be increased clamor for recounts in the future union something is
done to insure better counting than was done in the last election.
It is n good wager that none of those Chicago girls who publicly announce
that they'll marry no man whose income is less than $5000 is worth marrying.
The girl who marries for a money consideration is a fool, viewing it from a fin
ancial standpoint. There's usually more money to be made in the tenderloin
This is a suggestion so strong as to be shocking to some people. But the
preservation and progress of the l-ace demand strong treatment. How mighty
are the difficulties in fighting race suicide, in striving to arouse a public con
science and combatting our growing domestic and social evils with such a con
siderable proportion of the mothers and daughters believing that the sole aim
of girls should be to marry and that the highest success of such aim is to se
cure marital conditions under which the girl can avoid motherhood and use
fulness in most other particulars!
A LOT OF MEN
We note with delight the announcement of Chas. S. Barrett, head of the
farmers' union, that that organisation comprises 3,000,000 members, and that
more than half of all the American fanners are paid-up members. It seems
to be about the strongest union in this country. Three million men are a
very, very large number of men. It beats all "standing armies out of sight
and not over a half-dozen nations on earth could turn out such army on
any provocation. Indeed, there are several nations that are pretty strong and
thrifty on not over 3,000,000 of general population. Yes sir, Mr. Barrett, 3,
--000,000 men, farmers at that, are a biglot.
Three hundred men in the grain pits dictate the prices of wheat, oats,
corn and pork products. Three dozen men at Elgin dictate the prices of but
ter. Three thousand storage men throughout the country dictate the prices
of eggs and farm fowls. Three successful gamblers dictate the price of cot
ton. Three hundred speculators dictate the prices of wools.
Yes, you bet, 3,000,000 fanners are a big bunch of men —to be dictated to!
Certain elements in the navy department are a bit hysterical over the
discovery that it costs $215 per ton to build a battleship, under the 8-hour
system, whereas the former cost was $177.
In matters like the 8-hour limitation, the minimum wage and mothers'
pensions there will always be people blind to everything beyond the points of
their noses. The almighty dollar is right at that point and shuts out their
view of anything else. To such, a system that does not directly return a per
cent of dividends for immediate deposit at interest is worthless and wasteful.
That better citizenship pays, and that increased ability to spend means more
spending are propositions hopelessly beyond the realization of your standpat
On the heels of the salary boost in
Tacoma comes the announcement of a
straight reduction of salaries of every
city employe in Chicago of 20 per cent.
A lot of people will feel more safe
when the police accomplish the task of
confiscating air rifles owned by irre
sponsible Tacoma youngsters.
The county accepted bonds of incom
ing officials yesterday for $232,000, the
premium on which the people must pay,
which is quite a vivid object lesson
boosting the idea of the city commis
sion that the people should put this pre
mium into a sinking indemnity fund in
stead of the coffers of the bonding com
Now Seattle wants logged off lands
replanted to trees. If there was less
talk and more work on Washington's
logged-off lands it would be better.
It is a fit time to inquire, What about
the prosecution of Wood, head of the
Wool Trust I
New York telephone companies are
trying blind girls in their exchanges
with satisfactory results. Maybe they
editorial Pa^e of cCfie Citconm Cimes
are as good as the deaf and dumb sort.
Her labor commissioner reports that
South Carolina hasn't one child under
12 years of age out at labor.
"Save your pennies" is what Rocke
feller told the school mams who visited
him at Tarrytown, Thursday last. John
didn't know that that's all they could
save, or else he was giving them a spe
cial warning against another rise in
Ohio tries to care for 10,000 crazy
people in her asylums.
Shan't believe that Dr. Littlefield of
Seattle has created germ life until he
does it after cutting off them whiskers
Posse and bloodhounds are out after
a Utah editor who offered $5 prize to
any one who'd answer "Why do we rub
price marks off the Xmas gifts we send
and always hunt for 'em on those we
receive t" The entire population of 11
counties brought in the correct answer.
Let father do the Easter shopping
THE TACOMA TIMES.
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OUTBURSTS OF EVERETT TRUE
By the Junior Office Boy
n. y., Jan. 4. —gee, there come
near being an awful time down
on one of the steambote piers
over in hobucken
it all happened because french
•men is so temperamental
there was one frenchman by
(.he name of mr. Blooay whose
sailing on a steamer with his wife
also there was anuther one by
the name of mr dufarny whose
wife was sailing, but he wasent
mr. defarny after he put his
dame on the bote he had to go
up town for a while, and he was
going to get back to give her a
farewell smack on the gangway
but he got stuck in a terrifick
blockade, and when he got back
to the pier the ship was just go
ing to pull out, and they would
ent let him go aboard
se he stood on the dock and he
looked up and he see a dame
standing at the rail waving her
being very near-sited, he thot
it was his wife, and he throwed
a large number of kises to her
but it wasent his wife, she was
looking for him down at the oth
er end of the ship
the lady he was being so nice
to was mrs. blooay, and her hus
band was standing beside her
she says to him, alfonse, v, no
is that fat monster throwing
kisses to me
so alfonse he took a look, and
his temperament got very violent
he shook his fist at mr. du
farny, and when mr. dufarny seen
a guy standing with his wife and
shakiag his fist at him, his tem
prament also became excited
just then they found they had
to hold the boat a few minutes
for some high-priced passenger,
and they slipped the gangplank
mr. blooay come running down
it, and mr. dufarny went running
pig, says mr. blooay, and he
"Maybe!le, you girl friend has
"It will paag, Tom."
"Why do you girls hate to ad
mit that another girl has fine
"It wouldn't be becoming In
this case to appear too enthusias
tic. I loaned her that hair."—
Detroit Free Press.
Will Know Utter.
"What does that young man do
for a living, my dear " asked the
"I don't know, mother. I'm
only engaged to him." —Detroit
slaps mr. dufarny on the ear
rat, says mr. dufarny, and Tie
gives mr. blooay's necktie a ter
just then their wives come
dashing down and the mistake
was cleared up,
which being the case, they beg
ged 10 thousand pardons of each
other, and mr. blooay kissed mr.
dufarny on the eyelash, and mr.
dufarny kissed mr. blooay on the
neck, and there you are
being a frenchman is quite ex
citing, but not very dangerous
MR. SKYGACK FROM MARS
JOSH WISE SAYS:
is that of Dea
The deacon de
clares he will
not Invest in
any more gold
th' same are en
Not a Queen.
"Wornbast says he got his din
ing room set with 5,000 coupons,
and his parlor set with 4,000
"Have you seen his wife?"
"She looks like he might have
gotten her for about 15 coupons."
Telling a woman she has pearls
in her mouth Isn't going to cure
her of wanting some for her neck.
More Ways Than One.
"Is It really true that cham
pagne bleach people's hair?"
"Well, rather. I've seen lots
of people made lightheaded L>>
A Husband's Choice.
"George, before we were mar
ried you used to bring me flow
ers nearly every day."
"Well, I can bring you flow
ers today, for that matter; but if
we do I'll have to cut out that
new asparagus." — Louisville
Observing Gent—Pardon me,
madam, but your hair is coming
Lady (turning)— Mine?
Observing Gent —I think It Is
your's, madam.—Boston Tran
As in Wall St.
Doctor—Well, how is the pa
tient this morning?
Sick Broker —Fine, doc. My
temperature slumped three points
last night, bu( rallied this morn
ing and now is above par.
The Same Old Mtoi-y.
Aviator (to young assistant,
who has begun to be frightened)
—Well, what do you want now?
Assistant (whimpering) — I
want the earth. —Lippincott's.
Mr. Justwed—■Well, dearest,
how did you like the play?
Mrs. Justwed —Quite true to
life; they changed servants !n
every act. —Judge.
No; this is not Bernhardt'e
farewell tour. She expects to
come across as long as we do.
Too Far to Ask.
"There's one thing about as
tronomy that puzzles me."
"What's that "
"How the astronomers learned
the names of the blame stars."
Few of Them.
"Before I was married a |20
bill looked like a two-spot."
"Now, by George a one looks
like a miracle." —Chicago Tri
"What punishment did that de
faulting banker get?"
"I understand his lawyer charg
ed him $40,000." — Louisville
PHONF S Circulation UepC Mala 18.
PHfllMrS «n-ul»Uon Wept. M»I» 13.
I llV#llLivJ Editorial Dept. Main 794.
OFFICE77O-778 COMMERCE fc>T.
UIT ROLLS ON" DESPITE ALL OUR
WAILS AND WOES, CARRYING US ALL
W. S. Gilbert once wrote a poem called "Ode to
the Terrestial Ball, by A Miserable Wretch." It
began, "Roll on, tliou Ball, through soas of inky
space!" and wound up by rehearsing the poet's vari
ous woes, adding "Never you mind! Roll on!"
A note by the author gave the reader the informa
tion, "It rolls on."
The Times is about to begin the publication of a
great series of articles by Herbert Quick based on
the fact that the terrestial ball —the carth —still
rolls on in spite of all our wails and woes. It rolls
on, carrying us all with it. What an air ship it is!
What a vayoge it is bound upon! How important
to you and your children, to me and my children,
and to every soul now living and yet to live are our
relations to this great spinning ball, the Good Ship
Mr. Quick lias scored a great triumph in this se
ries,- which The Times believes is the biggest feature
any paper will have this New Year season, or prob
ably in all the year. He is not often humorous like
Gilbert, but he handles world problems with a verve
and snap that will keep a tired workman away from
his supper, or cause a busy woman to forget her
work while her irons cool. And while he carries or
dinary folks with him in the sweep of his thoughts
and the dash of his statement, he challenges the phil
osopher to pause and consider his logic.
This series deals with such things as the future
climate of the earth, the best part of it for homes,
now and in the future, the problems of moving from
one part of the Good Ship Earth to another, the in
termingling of races, conservation of soils, forests,
mines and water, what races will possess the earth
Seven absorbingly interesting articles are entitled
"Seven Perils of Humanity." And it is characteris
tic of Mr. Quick's Marching logic that he regards
the white race as one of those perils.
The articles begin with the Jan. 7 issue of The
Times with an article entitled "We Are All in the
You want to make good and don't know how to do it?
That's rather a commonplace cry.
The main thing is just to get out and go to It,
oNt sit around idly and sigh.
You'll never get far in the game, as I view it.
Unless you get busy—and try!
You want to be WELL—yo uare weary of ailing
The world is all going awry?
The best sort of cure for that manner of faiing
Is penty of sunshine—nnd sky!
You want to be well—then forget all your walling;
Just go and get busy—and try!
You're wanting a girl since the day that you met herT
The same simple rule will apply.
Indifference, some people say, U much better?
Well, I think that some people lie!
The manner of getting a wife Is to get her;
Just cut out the dreaming—and try!
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