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EIGHTY AND FIFTY.
Why can't you let human beings
alone and let them die happy?" ex
claimed Clcmcnceau in Now York
when the doctors wanted to examine
him. He is himself n doctor by pro
fession and doesn't like to be plod
ded by his kind. Yet the Tiger stood
for the prodding, and after the doc
tor had overhauled him thoroughly
Surely an American child has a
right to his chance of life, liberty;
and pursuit of happiness. Dut if he
is made to work eight or ten hours
a day in a mill or mine or carrying
bundles or performing one process on
one machine, how near is the ever
going to be to get in hailing distance
of any of the sacred three?
the office cat Democratic Darts
R it U
"Two little dogs chased The different elements of society
n black cat like a streak interested in governmental affairs
of greased lightning arc not all marching in the name di
ncross the street and in rection, and a very larfje number
between two buildings in-' of them are somewhat more intcrest-
they declaied him "as fit ns n man of i What is life to the child sticking to an alley' an exchange. "In about ed in the peculiar inaugural eercmon-
dots on veils for hours on end. with- n second tne two little dogs came "--a um uw iy Happen uner
FRIDAY, DEC. 29, 1922
THE NEW YEAR AND THE NEW
Turninc over a new lenf is a trnad
thing, depending on the condition of
me old one. If nothing in written on
the old one, is there not a likelihood
that the new one will serve as poorly
as the old?
If the old is smeared and blotted
and dog-eared, one must be more or
less anxious about the fate of the new
leaf. The individual who gets con
verted every time a now evangelist
comes to town does not long hold the
respect of the neighbors nor the con
fidence of the church officials.
t Now is the time to make resolu
tions for the new year. Everybody
should do it. And the job should be
thoroughly done. It is also the time
to take reckoning of how last year's
resolutions have been kept. Making
resolutions is simple and cheap; keep
ing them is the hard work, and the
The resolutions of this voar should
be stiffer and bigger than those of
last year. And they can be. if the
resolutions of last year were kept
better than those of the year before.
The chances for the new ones are
slim if they were not.
We have a song which laments the
fact that Christmas comes but once a
year. May be there is reason to re
gret that New Year's Day comes but
once a year. Resolutions made but
once a year, and forgotten between
times, arc likely to be cheap stiff.
The New Year season is good for a
round-up of good intentions, but if
these are not renewed every day of
the year and harnessed to good haid
work, they come to little or nothing.
Letting off steam in a grand ex
plosion simply makes a loud noise,
fills the air with white vapor, and
is likely to do a lot of damage. Re
peating your explosions in rapid suc
cession and keeping them closo pack
ed behind n piston head will make
of you a veritable steam engine.
THE ANGLO-JAPAN ALLIANCE
The alliance between Great Britian
and Japan has just bee nrcnewed for
another ycflr. ani' e announcement
was u "aock to nil who rejoiced last
winter in the passing of that alliance
as a by-product of the Washington
Its end was regarded by many com
petent judges as the biggest accom
plishment of the conference, because
it removed an unnatural bond be
tween Europe and Asia and brought
together, in a free and friendly work
ing agreement, the two groat F.ng
Theie is no need, however, to ac
i use cither Iiritnm or Japan of
treachery. The renewal of the al
liance comes about automatically, for
the simple reason that Franco, at
the moment of its expiration, has not
yet ratified the Washington four-
power Pacific tieaty. The fmir-pow
er treaty itself provided for such
a contingency. Japan, thief loser in
the new arrangement, was not asked
to give up her tlaim on IhitMi loy
alty until all four powers had rati
It is leported now from Pans that
th French government, after long
hesitation, is disposed to ratify this
treaty, along with the naval limita
tions pact. Under the circumstances
France would certainly gain nothing
in American esteem by further de
LIFE AND FUEL
A mine disaster like that at Bir
mingham. Ala., the other day attracts
universal attention, but is really a
small item in reckoning the total
Iosb of human life that seems in
separable from the coal industry.
Big losses arc spectacular, but the
little losses are far greater in vol
ume. They go on pretty steadily.
week and month by month, amount
ing to 2.500 or 5,000 a year. And the
death of a miner means as much to
his family when he dies alone, killed
by a premature or delayed blast or
by falling down a shaft, as when he
dies with half a hundred "buddies"
from a big gas explosion.
It is found that besides the ordi
aory cost of digging coal, one human
life goes to the production of every
200,000 tons, not to mention minor in
juries that are accepted as part of
the day's work.
This inevitable sacrifice of life and
limb is something that will be takon
into account more fully some day
than it is now, and in the mining in
dustry and in every other industry
uavolving sptcial danger or strain.
Most of us would worry so much
about the weather if it were not for
thermometers, for then wo would not
know how told it ii or how hot,
That is remarkable, when one con'
siders the life Clemencoau has lived
a life ns varied and strenuous as that
of Roosevelt, and far longer. Possib
ly there is not another man living
who has seen, felt and done as much
as Clemenceau not another man
who has lived for so long a term in
so big and vital a way and expended
so much energy of body nnd mind. Yet
evidently he still has much to spend.
His speaking tour confirms the ver
dict of his physicians.
How docs he do it? Everybody will
be asking him his "secret" of long
life and good health. And maybe
the quizzical old Frenchman will tell
them it is getting up before day
light, or eating onion soup for break
fast, or wearing a black shirt with a
blue stripe, or falling in love, or hunt
He is probably too wise to take
himself as seriously as octogenarianR
usually do, and assuming any partic
ular credit for virile old ag. He
knows that when all's said and done
the reason why one man lives longer
than another and has better health
is usually that he was born with more
vigor than others.
Hygiene and common sense helps,
out adequate food or sleep or any Dack i"10 n streak of greased light-
What is liberty to the child who has
never had a chance to play?
What is the pursuit of happiness?
but that is too cruel a question to
be asked at all.
There is in prospect an amendment
to the constitution guaranteeing to
children such rights as grown-ups are
supposed to have. Supporting it
would not hurt the new generation.
Matrimony also proves that two
can live as foolishly as one.
In the old days martyrs were
burned. Now they are made to dig
People like to be bossed. Look at
the way they submit to the traffic
The small boy's main objection to a
bath is that it has to be repeated too
People who get ahead in the world
are not backward about keeping up
a front .
These flappers might have known
but it is natural endowment that t.hat. bobbcd hoir wouldn't be stylish
counts most. Yet thero is probably
no chance about it Long life or short
life runs in families, and the vigor
that comes as a heritage has been
earned by a line of sensible, clean
"JAIL THE FLIRT."
An Anti-Flirt Association has
been formed in New York City. "Jail
the Flirt" is its slogan. It is hoped
to interest other communities.
One of the chief aims of the asso
ciation is the education of public
opinion so that any woman who is
insultfd or annoyed on the street
will foel It h'i" duty to prosecute the"
offender. The association will retain
its own prosecutor to aid in bring
ing vengeance down on the masher.
It is a moment which should be
pjnsored by decent people every
where. It is natural for a nice wo
man to dread the publicity attendant
upon bringing the offender to justice,
Co-operation is necessary in nearly
everything. You can't even make
love without it.
It is to be hoped that the new Mrs.
Hohenzollern will treat her spouse as
You are never jealous of those
whom you regard as your inferiors.
What has become of the McCor
mick family and their marriage and
Many a man has called a girl a
dream, only to find after marriage
that she is a stern reality.
No matter how illiterate a man
may be, if he has money he can al
ways make himself understood.
About the worst irtsult We ran 5m-
but she should not hesitate. She is I ine is give a negro a safety razor
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she aids in prosecuting the masher,
and will be admired rather than criti
cised for her courage. When she
takes no step against him she leaves
him free to annoy some pet son pei
hnps inoio defenless than her-elf.
doubtful whether the income
for a Christmas present.
We didn't know we had an ulmnr
nerve until the doctor told us we had
spiainod it typewriting-
But. then, you must remember that
we advised you away last spring to
lay in your winter coal then.
tho government is losing by. Some people are sympathizing with
capitalists investing in tax-free bonds the deposed .sultan of Turkey, who
are any gi eater than the sums it is
losing by the issuing of stock divi
dends by the big corpoiations.
The administration is seeking to
stop the former leak by obtaining a
new law forbidding the issuing of
taxfioo M'curities. It has been as
has just escaped from 150 wives.
Another thing the average man
needs is an ash tiny that will be
where he wants it when he needs it.
ning with a big dog chasing them be
tween two buildings. Iifo is like
If you hear an awful smash
It's Daddy's car;
If you hear a frightful crash
It's Daddy's car;
In the alley, drive or street.
It's not safe upon it's feet
Other cars are bound to meet
If you'd be right up to date,
Bump Daddy's car;
If your car will not steer straight,
Jam his fenders that's the fashion,
Rub his paint off then just dash on,
It's destruction's the rolling passion,
Teacher Tommy, how far have
Tommy Just as far as the book is
Bill Spivens says more has been
done for the world by wheelbarrows
than by automobiles.
"Henry Ford is Happy," says Bill
Spivens. "The Kansas boys have got
a Bonus and Henry will get half of
Why in Sam Hill a certain party
in the office wears Woolen socks
over their silk stockings is a mystery,
Amos Tash notes. Just like wearing
gloves over a diamond ring.
Bill Spivens says even a bad egg
will not take offence if you leave it
To be college bred, defines Bill
Spivens. means a four year loaf, re
quiring a great deal of dough, as well
as plenty of crust.
There is no need to worry about
sumed that there is no law for the , au '""K l',!H- """ Y .'" "ut,y
lr.lt...- sin.o th.. si.nrn.m. r-oMit .In-' V"K "- upproimauou ui.i.
chiml stoik dividends nontaxable.
There may be a remedy, however
oven for this. It is pointed out
by a New York lawyer that the pres
ent income tax law, in section 220,
puts a tax of 25 per cent on net earn
ings "beyond the reasonable needs of
It seems quite evident that net
earnings allowed to accumulate as
surplus and then distributed in the
guise of stock dividends are "beyond
the reasonable needs of the business."
It might be worth while to test the
A JUNIOR SAFETY CODE
The child who goes to school gets
instructions in saftey. The child who
is too young to go to school but still
big enough to play in the yard or on
the sidewalk should have his training
at home. Many of those little ones
are numbered among traffic acci
dents right along.
Here are four simple rules which
may be taught the youngest toddles:
Cross the street at cross walks only;
look left, then look right.
Never run off the sidewalk or out
into the street after a ball; slow up I quickly,
and look. I
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mobiles is dangerous, stop it.
Play on the sidewalk, in a lot, play
ground or nrd; not in the street.
a suggestion to parents may no nu- Yo.. have noticed, of mm--
A woman candidate is charged with
buying votes. But whoever heard of
votes being offered for 98 cents?
When a small boy goes to school
with clean finger nails it is a sign
that he has the right kind of mother,
There is hope for Germany after
all. Wilhelm Hohenzollern's book has
had a very small sale in that country.
A New Yourk photographer is to
pick the country's 22 fairest women.
He doesn't care about being popular.
WE TRY ANYTHING ONCE
To develop alertness and poise and
limber up the spinal vertebrae, try
stepping on the soap as you get out
of the bath-tub. Kansas City Chop
per. Darn your hide. Charkes Barker
we'll never believe another thing we
read in your paper.
We can't blame a woman for want
ing to be in style, but the great ques
tion is. how does she know when she
is in style.
A man may be able to get credit
for his good intentions, but he is
expected to pay real money for his
FHIDAY. DF-n Qftjr-
If all the reformers would go to
work there would be a still further
reduction in the wages of unskilled
How do those European nations
know the terms of the Versailles
peace treaty are impossible of fulfill
ment? They have never tried to live
up to them.
There are no good workmen in Eu
ropean politics these days, or their
cabinets would not go to pieces so
Women have equal rights with men
now, but we still have to hear of one
being arrested for failure to support
i her husband.
lenc-n your eiiiuiren irom incur lho0 folIoW9 who t.laim to takc a coU,
earliest play days to toll or tos balk. bath cu.ry mornmg io not live any
run tnoir cuuaien. wagons, mm uo i0K(!r than the r0st of USf
their other plnying parnlled to the qq
street, and not in the ero-s three- One reason for the strength of the
tion. The hnbit once funned will Turks, we suspect, is that they are boons the very boonet onie from my
save many a dash out iuto the traf- willing to offer the most favorable' favorite cartoonUt.
fie terras for oil concessions. I BOB ADAMS
RUDE RURAL RHYMES tt
When each good day is near its
close vv ith old Sol sinking to repose, I :
shut the doors on office life and come
on home to kiss my wife. O when I
pull my weary shoes. I sprawl around
to rest my thews and seize the well
known Journal-News to read good
Edgar Guest, his runes, and grin
awhile at new cartoons. I love to jead
in daily papers of cartoon people
and their capers. I love to scan some
work of Dwig's some prank of Petie
Dink or Jiggs. I gaze with awe on
Jigg's wife Maggie, and thank the
Lord that mine's not naggy. or pity
those who spend their bones forever
keeping up with Jones. I like Bud
Fisher and his line; old Mutt's a
special friend of mine, and Jeff who
wears the hoodoo sign; for be it love
affairs or bets, the worst of it is all
Jeff gets. I hope I'll never see it
slump, that pleasant tale of Andy
Grump. of Minnie with her arms
akimbo of Chester and of Uncle Bim-
bo. It stirs my sympathy and dander
to see the wiles of Widow Zander. I
know a chin is often handy, and so I
sympathize with Andy, but Congress
has some spineless chumps much
worse than any chinless Gumps. This
world so full of sorrow now, with
worry lines on every brow, would be
the pleaantest of place', if grouchy
folfs would crack their faces, if evciy
butcher, baker, grafter would tiy the
medicine of laughter. Of men who
serve their kind and kin the best are
thnn th.it nuike lis irin. Of nil lif.'
the newly elected state officials are
inducted into office. There is also,
of course, quite a numerous body of
people considerably interested in the
appointments to be handed down by
the new officials.
It is therefore almost impossible to
get a fair line on what may be ex
pected of the ninth legislature and
of the administration other than
what has been forecasted in the
newspapers since the November elec
tion. It is true of course that there
are many groups and blocks headed
by people of very nimble minds and
apparently ambitious. However,
those need not be considered as de
liniating what may be expected of
the legislators or the executive offi
cials. One reason is that none of
the various groups or organizations,
business and political, appear to have
even reached an agreement among
themselves, and very certainly none
of the five or six organizations have
reached mutual agreements, unless
it would be said that they have mu
tually agreed to make considerable
noise and cloud the skies with poli
Therefore, careful readers and
students need not be too apprehen
sive that the new administration's
program has been very difinitely
mapped out, other than that Gover
nor Walton and his associates will
enter into the duties before them
pledged to very progressive and
constructive measures. It is very
evident that no particular element
of society will have any peculiar ad
vantage over any other element of
siciety. and those who know the new
governor-to-be the best, known that
he is constitutionally opposed to fav
oritism. Therefore, the people of the
state, especially that portion of them
in full faith with the principles of
democracy and the teachings of Jef
ferson can look forward to the fu
ture for a very sane and powerful
administration of Oklahoma affairs,
al reports to the contrary notwith
standing. The Tulsa World editorial staff has
been invited to join the barbecue
parade and no sartorial qualification
was included in the official notifi
cation. Editor Latta is very greatly
displeased because republican nation
al committeeman. Jim Harris has
been invited to ride in the parade,
but it is presumed that if Mr. Latta
with his red hair and handsome fig
ure may ride alongside of comman
der-in-chief Zack Mulhall, both
adorned with four story white hats,
the World editorial wrath may be
appeased and peace reign in the sanc
tum of the Standard Oil's greatest
Oklahoma will have a statehood
entering congressional delegation
ncxttime, unless we expect the fact
that we have eight in lieu of the
original five representatives. At that
time the democrats had all but one
and the record will be the same ex
cept the seven we have to the re
There nre 1211 RtatTiT
filled within thelVeJ.0bs
and the last . "..luur mntl
aire of nnn!Unt!- ... 3 a 'horl
In nM3 "J "nly .6'7
crop when real cold weather 'Jfj
Our old friend CongreSsman -.
Chandler of the First H,JLi Be?
retire on March 4th and U .,...,
ed by E. B. Howard. The t k
furnished a very peculiar politf
story for that district. r.T'"
defeated the other and been defeated
by the other two times, and it T?
to look like that it will '.bf8iM
statistician to tell when Chandl
ma, ,. n.! IT-.. -i
fcvv0 UUv aim uuwara comes in.
A sort of unkindly newspaper nub.
lished at Oklahoma Citv ,..".
the information that Jack Waltm
-v.... iiuvunu to spend his vaca
tion, but the new governor has al-
ujh oecn a total aDsuiner and it ij
vcij mciy me puousned statement
wan unfnuniliul 11..,, . ..
- m nis cmj.j
auiuvenia wouic enjoy spending ,
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imps iow 01 mem would feel any bet-l
ier uner navmg returned therefrom.
It is reported that Congressman
nce ivuuenson is to be made sup
erintendent of the Five Civilly
iriDes. to succeed Victor Locke, the
nanaaome unoctaw Indian whoae
presence in office has always dis
pleased Senator J. W. Harreld. It i
well known that the senator has beta
trying to tomakawk Mr. Locke ever
since the latter won his distinguished,
position over the very bitter protest
of the senator. Miss Robertson was
a very valliant fighter for the sena
tor's supremacy in politics, and the
fact that she was defeated for re
election gives very much right to
surmise that the Senator would be
very highly pleased to have her
take Locke's place. It is also said
that Harry Gilstrap of Chandler is to.
take care of Locke in the army de
partment. Perhaps all of these
changes would be for the better In
that they would somewhat harmoniza
what is left of the republican party
organization in this state. But real'
ly it matters very little whether har
mony comes along or not. looking
back toward what happened novem
ber 7th. Anyhow we wish Aunt Alice.
well and hope no harm overtakes
the handsome Choctaw even thouh.
he has to return to the army service.
FORMER DURANT BOY IS
KILLED IN PLANE ACCIDENT
At about 1:15 p. m. Saturday, Al-
vin Turner, a young man of Bonham.
Texas was almost instantly killed
half miles west of Leonard, when ht
made a parachute jump from th
airplane of Bobby Jewell, at a height
of about 1,500 feet.
The parachute failed to open.
Mr. Turner was well known in
Durant, having been motion uicture
operator at the Lyric Theatie here
for some time until three monies
ago when he moved to Bonham. Tex.
He is a nephew of Mrs. W. G. Bar-
nett of this city.
RETURNED FROM BEAUMONT
Prof, and Mrs. P. E. Iaird have
returned from Beaumont, where Mr.
Laird hed been delivering a senes
of lectures at the teacher's institute
for that section of Texas. Mr. LaW
was highly impressed with that sec
tion, but says that it does not com
pare with good old Durant and Brr
an county and the state of UKianom..
Jl Happy, 'Prosperous
1923 to You.
We're putting business behind us for a few min
utes this morning to wish you, our friends and
customers the compliments of the season.
Ink cannot express our appreciation for the
business given us in 1922 or for the good woras
spoken in our behalf to strangers.
We want to earn and hold that good opinion you
have of this store through the years to come ana
pledge you an honest effort in that respect.
Again we thank you and hope the New Year
holds for you the treasures you most desire.
The Best Apparel under the Sun at the Most