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Th Ford International Weekly TfJE DAJL30lt? J N BE PEN IB NT fubUk$d h THE DEARBORN PUBLISHING CO. Dearborn, Michigan HENRY FORD, President. C. J. FORD. Vice President. E B FORD. Secretary-Treasurrr Twentieth Year. Number 35, Tunc -(. 1-M The price of subscription in the I "tilted States and its possessions is One Dollar a year; in Canada, One Dollar and Fifty Cents; and in other countries Tw Dollars Single t. ypy Five Cents. Entered as Second-Class Matter at the P t Office at Dearborn, Michigan, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Cause for Merriment THE peculiar reports from Siberia. as much under a veil as to developments as the Darkest of Africa ever was. leave a certain doubt as to Japan's aims and her actions. One of these reports is that Japanese regimes tl have become affected by the doctrines ot the Bolsheviki. whom they are fighting, and that some of these units are so badly rotted by seditious doctrines that they will not operate against their foe. At the same time, it is reported that Japan dare not withdraw these units because of the effect of their preachings on the population at home, suffering from high prices, food shortage, and from the after effects of a severe panic. Among distressed urban popula tions, Bolshevistic doctrines might gain a strong hold. Japan's dilemma is peculiar. Her government, partly democratized but only very partially, rests on a theocracy, a type of governmental idea extremely stable while it prevails, but incapable of being bolstered if it starts to wane. For the ignorant, for persons im perfectly educated in economics. Bolshevism is the rainbow leading to the pot of gold. It has the allure of all panaceas. In the degree that Japan has progressed too fast, which is in an enormous degree, she is susceptible to Bolshevism. Unlike America, inhabited for the most part by persons whose political experience goes back over generations. Japan is a modern industrial state in habited by persons of no political experience or very little. They are likely to believe that they can achieve the millennium by mass action. We worry about the spread of Bolshevistic doc trine here, but with very little cause. On the whole, though not so greatly as the English, we doubt words and prefer performance, and words weigh less with us daily. It is the Japanese who should be troubled about the doctrines of Lenin. They have not the years of political experience that teach that acts and not prom ises are the hostages of performance. One Artist's Method IS AX interview in Xew York a few d ago, a great, a nation-wide favorite was asked whi h of his hundreds of pictures had proved the most popular. He answered the question readily and with Ul any doubt. Then he was asked which of his pictures he considered his own best work. He smiled and an swered again: "The one I am going to ! tomorrow. It is the one for which I have been preparir g all my life. It should be a great picture. I shall put all my best work into its making. I shall rise in the morning with the happy thought of its beginning in mind. the one I am planning to do tomorrow, will be my best picture." - The interviewer thought himself very fortunate in deed to have happened in at such an auspicious time, just on the day when the thought of preparing for the great masterpiece was uppermost in the artist's thoughts, so he followed up the question with another. "And, Mr. So-and-o, what is the theme of this big .v.rk to be commenced tomorrow? What is the dream ; so long a time that is to be put in black and white U morrow ?" There was a surprise awaiting the questioner. "Why the thing I am going to do next is always the rue thing. It is always to be the biggest thing I have ever done. That is the way I work." So many successful men, these days, arc giving ad vice about their methods for sure success that it seems this man missed a chance to point out the moral and remind the other that he was giving out an important rule Fin the big man realized, of course, that those to whom a moral has to he pointed out. the lesson will do no o-d. Then was the rule! There, it seems, was the mark ot the successful attitude for achievement: to put one's wh le sell into each piece of work as it comes along to be done, da by day. Every picture by this artist 's i be hts betl jrel He puts all his long life of experi ence into the job on hand; it is the consummation of all his skill, all his dreams and plans, and includes the lasl mite of added mastery of touch. psc. and charac ter gained throughout the whole tint has gone before ren the day previous and the picture jjlSt C mplcted. It seems a pretty good rule for life, if) :' ie3 Of any other phase of our endeav. rj to put the '-le of our being, all that we represent, all our experience into the job on hand: to make the w rk we are Ufl I re taking the crown of our achievement. ! After all. who ran be sure that he will do another piece of work after the day's task is finished? One may even be called be fore the affair then under way is completed. No matter whether the work on hand consists in selling a pair of socks, plowing a furrow, or painting a picture, the thing can be done in a whole-hearted way to insure the satisfaction of the doer. One can work so that each thing completed is the best the workman ha ever done : and that alone makes life in itself worth while. One may work with the spirit that each day will find him accomplishing things in the best way he knows. It will, as far as his life and ability go, represent the best that he can do he can do no more. And that much he owes to his best self Too Mueh Is Expected EUROPE echoes to the crash of cabinets, each one falling on its own particular grounds, but all for the same reason in the end. Europe, to put it crudely, is a mess. Xo cabinet, not all the cabinets and statesmen va the world could disentangle her troubled countries for a decade, and the people expect action and relief immediately. So cabinets fall. Xobody in the United States can point a way out; in fact, there is no easy way cut. With the best of good will, a long, hard road must be traveled to po litical and financial stability. Few of the nations have even set foot on this road. They are gambling in im perialism, aggression, or Utopias. There is no value in these any more. The world is too much on its boam ends for any elaborate experi ments; they break down of their own weight. Europe is too weak for major surgical operations. Time, patience, simple measures, rational living and good sense are the only cures. But peoples, half a dozen years from happiness and prosperity, are impatient. They set up figures and smash them. They ask for miracles and get none. Years will pass before simple men by simple meant even start to build from war's debris the stable and prosperous homes of nations. "But It's the Style, My Dear! 99 A LADY'S clothes are a delicate subject for com ment, and in speaking of them there is less and less to speak about, daily. It becomes more and more evident that women dress for other women and not for men, as has been hinted for many generations. The clothes must please women, or they would not wear them. They hardly please men The increasing display of the varieties of the femi nine composition is not immodest, or at h ast not neces sarily so. Modesty, in clothes, is not in the eye of the beholder but in the intention of the wearer and none is so bold as to say what the intent inn in any individual case may be. Ordinarily, one suspects it is just a desire to follow the fashion. What the harried man objects to is not the cxhibi tion of too much, but to its intru i n .it inopportune times. He cannot but look and tdmift at times when he does not in,the least wish t do io A mani life is in compartments and it is irritating to have tin stuff in the compartment marked "distraction," overflow into the one marked "business." Eventually, familiarity will bring quietude, and about that time fashion will find women in severe, nun like garb. Common Sense Not Wanted THE German elections swung to the Right and th Left, and the Center caught it hot and heavy Th Right and the Left are burning causes everywhere with watchwords and loyalties, with new lamps for old with the historic battle cries. They are fighting cauH The (."enter stands for such dismal things as law arrj order and industry and thrift, for make haste and build soundly. It is not inspiring. It nas n trumpet calls. The Right and the Left win all th battles, but the (enter wins-the war. In Germany, government of moderate men, none expert, not all sincere and not all honest, has been facing impossibilities. They have worked hard and done wonders, fighting reactionaries and Reds, dicker ing with their victorious foes. They compromised, they evaded, they indicted hard hip. of necessity and through inexpertness ; while th parties of the Right, out of power and with no responsi bilities, pointed to the good old days of rich Germany and those of the Left, who would not co-operate pointed to bright suns just over the horizon. Voters, suffering, dazzled, turned either way from the government and voted for hope. Misery always votes for hope, but realization waits behind the dull sloga ns of the Center, law and order, industry and thrift, make haste slowly, and build soundlv. The Stork Flies Low IN EXGLAXD, doctors and nurses are working time, and the country is not scared a bit. Their time is booked weeks ahead, for the epidemic shows no li is of abating, and England rejoices. The epidemic is of babies, boys and girls, hope:'.:! subjects of the British Crown, and it is now proudly announced that the birth rate has reached pre-war levels. Treaties may hang fire and cabinets may shuffle, strikes may rage and industries go to pot. but England has recovered. In London alone, in eight weeks, births were 1,442 more than the corresponding weeks in 1910, and though London is a large city that is not an inconsiderable number of babies. An interesting point i that there is a disproportionate number of boys, the male of the species far outrunning the female. This is especially important to England, where the loss of a million young lives during the war further increased the always alarming excess of women over men. It is a not unusual, and wholly unexplained phenomenon that often follows wars. The best guess is that it has something to do with war-time foods. Whatever is the cause, it is especially gratifying to England, and if Lloyd George could connect his gov ernment with the increasing birth rate he could re main in office as long as he wished. Not as an Investment S ALES of Polish bonds in the United States h-ve reached surprising levels considering the nature ci the paper bought. They are a dollar issue, b specially attractive interest, pledging the credit or t new nation staggering under a heavy load of debt, ft exchange fearfully low, its industries disorganized, and engaged in a desperate war Iglinsl a powerful enemy. As an investment, these bonds can hardly be said to exist. What they do evidence, is the depth and stftflg of feeling which Americans of Polish nativity SIM descent have for the land from which they sprang. The buyers of the bonds do not consider them as n vest ments ; they consider them as something just shcrt 0 a gift, a gift in which there is a chance for rera) ment. It is their contribution toward the realization of the ideal which has lived in Poland for centuries liberty for Poland. They arc not alone, of course, in their sentiment. ' nher nations of even less credit find buyers, even bondl of the Irish Republic which only hopes to getting their quota of purchasers. These pw not especially interested in getting their money They wish to see their aims achieved, and if finally get returns from their investment their joy will be in the fact that success has crowne causes, and not in the dollars that come hoB.