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UNCIE SAM HAS MEN, MONEY, FOOD-CAN HE GET THEM ACROSS?
r ridging Atlantic
War's Big Problem
BY MILTON BRONNER
WASHINGTON. D. C, March
18.—Ships are the bridge over
which every American soldier,
American rifle, American air
plane, American tank and Ameri
can guv must pass to France.
They are the bridge over which
every pound of food for our
armies and our allies must pass.
And the German submarines
are blasting away at the piers
and spans and arches of that
bridge. They are destroying fast
er than we and the allies an- re
placing. They bank over 6,un0,
--000 tous of precious vessels last
year and only part of this was re
This year—lF THE GKK
HANH DO NOT UICRKAHK
TIIKIIt RATE OF DKKTItI t .
TlON—they will profcaMjr
■till exceed rrplsi-eiiieiiti-i.
Ann-ilia wIU build more
ships than she ever did lie
fore, and I-.iiiclm.iiil will do
her t.i-.i. hut that will not be
enough. ship cargoes will
liave to be saved somehow,
One result Is that America will
have to curtail Its production of j
war material because It can't get
the stuff across the ocean as
rapidly as it is turned out.
These conditions not only ac
centuate the world's lack of ship
ping, but show that tho Europe is
filled with battle fields, the real
place* where the war is to be won
or lost are the 122 American
yards, where a world's record In
.shipbuilding must be made.
The ship carpenter, the ship
Jriveti-r, Is more Important than
"the soldier ln the trenches.
Now what about shipr,.
Wilson la Anxious.
The other day your correspond
ent was asking for some figures
from John E. Barber and Frank
Lord, assistants to Chairman Hur
ler of the shipping board, when
the door of their Inner office
opened and a pleasant baritone
"Is Mr. Hurley in?"
Barber and Lord jumped to
The visitor was tho president Of
the United States.
He was Informed that Hurley
was over at the British embassy
In conference with Earl Rending,
British ambassador and lord high
commissioner, who evidently
wanted to know about ships too.
PIN THIS UPON
Warns women against cut
ting coma and says they
lift right out.
Because style decrees that wom
en crowd and buckle up their ten
der toes in high heel footwear
(hey suffer from conn, 'hen they
cut and trim at these painful pests
which merely makes the corn grow
hard. This suicidal habit may
cause lockjaw and women are
warned to stop It.
A few drops of a drug called
freezone applied directly upon a
sore corn gives quick relief and
soon the entire corn, root and all,
lifts out without pain. Ask the
drug store man for a quarter of
in ounce of freezone, which costs
very little but Is sufficient to re
move every hard or soft cam or
callus from one's feet.
This drug Is gummy but It dries
in a moment and simply shrivels
up the corn without Inflaming or
even irritating the surrounding
tissue or skin.
Shipbuilding Goes On Night, Day
HHIFM7II.MXG EVER STOPS! At this plant on the snlf roant a night shift takes up the task of
baUdlng Uncle Sam's brides across the Atljuitir, when the day a'lift leaves off. This photo shows
tlw> whole works In full operation witli tho lights reflected ln tlie midnight waters of the gulf.
Barber told me the president
was a frequent visitor to the of
fice. He Is keen about the ship
ping situation. And that is hope
ful for this country, because
wherever the president goes to
make inquiries, the men witli the
woTk in hand go stepping on their
toes and at high speed. It's tlie
Wilson way of doing business.
Well, once more, what about
The plain truth is that a
first survey of tlie »ituotion is
disM|>|N>inting. We have been
at wur 11 months and tlie
total pen Imi lion of ships for
the Bnierueiiry Meet Corpora
tlon is as follows:
Two contract steel ships of
K.HOO deadweight lons each*—
total 17,«0tl tons.
Seventy-two steel ships,
which b.i.l been started for
private purchasers, were re
quisitioned iind completed for
almut IH.-..0110 tons.
The sum total of new ships is
only slightly In excess of half a
But the shipping board—the
organization that runs the ships
: after they are built -Is operating
more than this. It repaired and
put into service for our army 22
si-i/ed German and Austrian ships
witli a total of 182,.*55 tons.
It also repaired and put into
service for the army, but operated
by the navy. IS seized German and
Austrian ships with a total of
In the way of requisitioned
ships, 131 have been launched, of
which, as already stated, 72 are
complete and In operation, and 72
keels have been laid for other
Of the new contract ships, ln
addition to the two completed, 5
have been launched and keels
have been laid for 283 more.
At the outbreak of the war
Great Britain was the greatest
maritime nation in -the world,
with 22 million tons of ship*. It
will surprise most people to know
that we were second, with 8,600,
--000 gross tonnage.
But while we were great users
of ships, we wen- not great build
Great Britain normally built
j 2,000,000 tons, and this dropped,
under strep* of war, to as low as
560.000 in rut;. Then England
suddenly woke up to the sub
marine danger. This year the
greatest .-hlpbulldiug nation in
the world hopes to turn out
125,000 tons per month. The
largest we built in normal times
was 615,000 tons per year. For
the year ending July 1 last, we
built about 800,000 tons.
And then, suddenly, in the
stress ot civilization's great need
America attempted to produce
this enormous program:
No of Total
j ShpiS Tonnage
Composite -~>H -jot.ooo
SI.H .-..-.!• :i,ina .<.:'< in
Wood, i-.iiiipl.-li- 07 aSM,IMK)
Wood (Fleet cor
nishing in a
rhinery) 1A H6.000
.ships to have
elsewhere) . . 208 1,045,000
Total 6»« .-.,181,100
tioned, «l eel
ships »9!l 2,771.ft«3
lira ml total ..1,380 8,25:1,033
The estimate of costs of ships
• thus contracted for la over $1.
I The Emergency Fleet corpora
tion has been authorized by con-
Monday, Manh 18, l«ia-THI TACOMA TIMES-Page Two.
Doings of the Duffs
gress to spend to date $1,039,-1
000,000, of which $1,090,000,000 i
has been actually appropriated. |
Congress on June 15 and October c
1, 1917, made appropriations of ah
quarter of a billion each for con- |
structlon of new ships. i
On the same dates allowed *
$350,000,000 for the purchase of
requisitioned ships and $35,000,- •
000 for construction of shipyards;
$150,000,000 was allowed fori
purchases of ships. $5,000,000 for •
operation ot ships. $30,000,000 i
(or the Fleet corporation capital.
Of this vast allowance, wiich ,
makes the corporation the great- ;
est single owner of ships in tlie
history of the world, there had I
lieen spent up to January 31 last, |
$27,21 7,909.« l for shipyards, |
$149,735,854.57 for requisitioned
ships, $103,186,089.45 for con
tract ships and $7,434,203.93 for
the machinery to go into ships.
In addition to keeping 122 ship
yards busy, the corporation made
direct purchases from over 700
lumber mills, 50 steel mills and
100 manufacturers of ship ma
And now what does Chairman
Hurley say, Chairman Hurley who
Is supreme in power and who says
if be fails the fault will be his
Here is his answer to a straight
question: "I don't like to make
predictions that may fall. I be
lieve we have got this huge ma
chine going and that beginning in
midsummer tlie curve of produc
tion will take a decided upward
"I do not look for as .many
ships in the first half of the year
as I had hoped. Bit let roe put it
this way: what we produce in the
first three months of 1918 we'll
double in the next three months,
and in the last six months we will
more than double our production
[in the first six months."
Government reports 42,170,000
acres of winter wheat sown, larg
est acreage in history, but under
conditions not as favorable as last
year. . Jj4 .
A Swedish physician, Dr. Carl
Kling, has discovered a serum for
scarlet fever which reduces the
death rate from 70 per cent to 17
OLD FOLKS NEED
Salts, calomel, pills act on
bowels like pepper acts
Enjoy life! Don't stay bil
ious, sick, headachy
Get a 10-cent box now.
Most old people must give to
the bowels some regular help, else
they suffer from constipation.
The condition is perfectly natural.
It is just as natural as it is for
old people to walk slowly. For
age is never so active as youth.
Tbe muscles are less elastic. And
the bowels are muscles.
So all old people need Cas
carets. One might as well refuse
to aid weak eyes with glasses as
to neglect this gentle aid to weak
bowels. The bowels must be kept
active. This is important at all
ages, but never so much as at
Age Is not a time for harsh
physics. Youth may occasionally
whip the bowels into activity. But
a lash can't be used every day.
What thesbowels of the old need
Is a gentle and natural tonic. One
that can be constantly used with
out harm. The only such tonic is
Cascarets, and they cost only 10
cents per box at any drug store.
They work while you sleep.
Tom Should Have Asked It Its Age First.
The First "Robiuk" Sure Started Something.
A leading Tacoma lawyer tele-1
phoned The Times Saturday aft
[ernoon, warmly commending The
| Times' first-page editorial of that
jday urging that Mrs. Hilda Cus-
I ter not be prosecuted further for
he knidaping of the Beal baby
| last week.
"It would be inhuman and ab-
Isurd for the state of Washington
to hound that woman any longer,"
he declared. "Plainly, she was
driven to the deem simply by
thwarted mother love and with
no malice whatever. She did the
babe no harm, and it is safely back
ln its home. Its father does not
want to prosecute. The prose
cuting attorney ought not.
"I am looking for not criminal
practice and no publicity, but if
that case is going to be pressed
and the woman needs legal de
fense, my services will be at her
Reports of 41 railroads covering
practically the whole country, In
dicate that 85,000 pounds of meat
costing $50,000 is being saved an
nually In railroad dining car serv
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A single application of
usually relieves skin trouble
The moment Resinol touches itching, Rninol Ointment., h r«ImI
burning skin, the suffering usually *£
The ikm rapidly loses its angry-look, tha _■__*\r _ . ____ pim.iw, mtam
eruption clears awSy, and in a surprisingly —* rouftintw, nop dandruff,aad
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short time skin-health is restored. It acts %„,.„_„* t„ T ,„_„.____*__,<.*_,
evenmorequicklyifaidedbyßeiinolSoip. burn*, etc. Sold brill dmtfista.
STARTS RECRUITING !
(Halted Prr«. lamaoA Wire.)
SAN FRANCISCO, March 18.—
l/ord Robert lnne:; Ker of tho
Irish guard started recrult'ng men
for the British aviation service
"Men between the ages of IS
and 22 years with college educa
tions make the best aviators," he
announced. "Thirty years is the
maximum age limit for tlie Brit
ish flying service.
The parsee is a unit of dis
tance made use of by astronomers.
It is equal to 20,000,000,000,000,-;
000 miles, and is the distance
traveled by light In three and one
DIES IN SEATTLE
(Special to The Times.)
SEATTI.K, March 18.—In the
death here yesterday of Dr. Carl
ton Hnbbel Parker, dean of the
school of business administration
at the University of Washington,
the county has lost one of its
lending authorities on labor con
Dr. Parker's death was caused
by heart disease made acute by
overwork. Coming to the north-
I west last October as strike medl
!ator for the war department, he
is said to have aided in settling
26 actual or threatened strikes.
Next month Dr. Parker was to
hnve gone to England as the
Washington representative ln the
American delegation which will
study war conditions and eco
nomic problems first hand.
He is survived by a widow, two
sons and an infant daughter.
Citizens of Tacoma
SEE WHAT SEATTLE PEOPLE
CITIZENS OFFER I 111
LIBERTY LOAN CAMPAIGN
University Professor Volunteers Services and
Business Man Will Donate Use of Automobile
Offers of volunteers who wish to give their services to aid
the third Liberty Loan campaign are pouring ln upon the
Washington state central committee at Its headquarters in the
Central building. Heading the list is Prof. Vandeveer Oustls,
ot the University of Washington, who has offered his efforts
In any capacity that may be deemed advisable by the commit
tee. Another offer carrying the use of an automobile was re
reived from A. E. Parker, of the H. W. Sumner Company, Smith
building. Mr. Parker is willing to take his automobile and
visit the towns or communities In the county for the purpose
of organising the bond flotation work.
Send your name to Elmer Dover, General Chair
man, and he will advise you how you can help. A
General Publicity Committee
RAISE IN PAY FOR
United I'reaa Leaned Wire.)
CHJCAOO, March 18. —About
25,000 employes in the various
plants of the International Har
vester Co. received notice today
that on April 1 an Increase In pay
of approximately 10 per cent will
be granted. It la the sixth wage
increase during the last two and
a half yeafs.