Th Ford International Weekly
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THE DEARBORN PUBLISHING CO.
HENRY FORD, President.
C. J. FORD. Vice President.
E B FORD. Secretary-Treasurrr
Twentieth Year. Number 35, Tunc -(. 1-M
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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
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
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!
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
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.
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