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Let Us Have Peace!
IT HAY be dial Senator Borah if right in declaring
thai the Tr t$ ailles without the League
of Nations is "a militaristic document. " Senator Wil
liams may not be far from accurate in his character
ization of the new treaties as "an ignominious and
inglorious po-tvript to American war history.' But
all this is crying over spilt milk.
Congress and thr COtU try face prosing tasks in
connection with the economic rehabilitation of America
and the world." The people are a thousand times more
concerned at this time with the tremendously vital
issues to be decided in the immediate future by the
Disarmament Conference, than with sy politics or
the revision of history.
Let us honor the fallen, succor the needy, cheer
the brave but for heaven's sake let us get on!
A Costly Port for Business
THE movement for a lakes-to-ocean waterway via
the St. Lawrence Kiver should be helped by recent
revelations as to the use New York makes oi her
virtual monopoly as a seaport. In the Meyer com
mittee hearings, it has been brought out that profiteer
ing and graft implicating both city officials and steam
ship companies have been practiced on a colossal scale
in the matter of pier leases. Over and over it is shown
that Tammany officials have been enriched through
connection with firms favored in the original letting
of the piers that they miiiht sublease them at an ad
vance of 100 per cent or more.
That New York is a very costly port to do busi
ness in has long been known to shippers and that
plain 'graft" has had much to do with this costliness
hai been more than -uspected. But even to taxpayers
hardened to exposures of this sort the recent testi
RKM v in regard to the cost of policing the piers given
by Major George Y. Knight, formerly in charge of
Army Traffic Service in New York, caused a rude
shock of utter amazement. He testified that the cost
I I ier DOlici g il i a $30660,000 in 1917; $33,850.
000 in 1918; $41. f. 10.000 in 1910; $35,850,000. in 1920.
This year, he said, basil his estimate on the number
of men emplo d and Uv prevailing wage, it will be a
little less, but only "on account of the slump in ton
nage." The municipal police department budget allowance
t H : - year is $Js.349.4o7. SO it has cost the Federal C,.,y
ernment and private interests much mrc to guard the
piers than it does to police the entire city. War emer
ge: es may account for some of this stupendous ex
pe -.re. but the burden was actually increased after
the armistice. And this burden, of course, is imposed
on New York commerce, and the country' commerce
pitting through that Mtygate, M top of the actual and
very e nstdcSTtble loaf from thefts and fires, as well as
the scandalous profiteering in pier leases
One curiously illuminating item in this policing cost
IS, despite the fact that dodging and circumventing the
desperate and cunning N- w York wharf rat is rather
a man-sied job for its danger, difficulty and exposure,
many veterans of the city police department, pensioned
for age and disability, are engaged in it. drawing
half -pay from the city and whole-pay from private
The Bombed Battleships
IT IS going to be hard to convince people who have
no interest in steel production or armament manu
facture or in perpetuating the provocation to war (and
naval or military promotions) which big navies really
constitute, that the day of the dreadnought has not
ended in view of the sinking of the battleship Alabama
in the bombing tests oflf Tangier Maud. Aviation en
thusiasts declare that their most hopeful predictions
have be v r ;rmed, pointing out this latest demon
stratum oi the deadliness of the airplane as a weapon
The thing men. despite the limited means at their
ehsp,.sal. have practically proved to I certainty that
thev i'.u: -ink ain arhip afloat. In fact, the con
cilium I- now inevitable that the heaviest armor-clad
ecl i it the airman's mercy when he rains high
splosh 61 upon it.
In the case of the sinking of the Osfricsland, it will
be reme-n be red that the naval experts tried to throw
cold water on the value of the experiments made off
Hampton Roads. They protested that the bombing
airplanes were favored by conditions wholly unlike
those prevailing in war time, when a battleship might
do some shooting on its own account. There may be
some reason in this; but it can no longer be denied
that armor-clad: are extremely vulnerable to overhead
Within the last few months, boys who had never
before tried to sink naval vessels, and working against
the mossbacks. succeeded in sinking every sort of
craft at which they had chance. Our new super
dreadnoughts cost $40,000,000 each and the airship that
sunk the Osfries'and cost $23,000. The bigger the
battleship the easier it is for an airplane to sink her.
We could build 1,800 airplanes for what the Massa
chusetts will cost. In war. perhaps ten of these air
planes and 20 men would be lost in sinking a battle
ship with pr. bably J.(XK) men a battleship that took
three years to build sunk in a few minutes.
What use is a battiohip, anyhow? This is one big
question that the Disarmament Conference will have
to take into account.
Mirachs Do Happen
MORE than ordinary food for cogitation is of
fered by the marvelous recovery of the Rev. Dr.
Daniel A. Poling, associate president of the L'nited
Christian Endeavor Societies of the World, whose back
was broken in an automobile accident near Worcester,
Massachusetts, some three months ago. He is now
able to walk about and on the road to complete re
covery, although at the time of the smash in which
he was hurt it was at first thought that he had been
killed and later that his injuries would cripple him
More than that, it is related, on the authority of
eyewitnes.es. that he was virtually called back from
death to life by his wife who, despite the protests of
bystanders, flung herself beside what seemed the life
less corpse of her husband and for 15 minutes kept
calling on him to come back, bending her entire thought
to the work of reviving him, until at last she was re
wareled by the fluttering shut of the opened eyelids
and the sighing of the unconscious man.
"The hair on the back of my hand is miracle enough
for me," said Wr it Whitman, "and a mouse is miracle
enough to stagger quintillions of infidels." It is all
very well for the cynical and sophisticated to insist that
miracles are impossible; but facts speak louder than
opinions. Despite his compulsory recantation, Galileo
could declare that the world did move.
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"It Must Succeed!"
Tins, irmritlnf to ft VYkkhassi Sseed editor 0f
London Times and Lord NorthcliftVi right h
man. is the sjnsjaj that the powerful NorthclifT
has adapted in reKard to the Disarmament OmiJ2l
In a WffU interview. Mr. Steed went on to
the calling of the conference is "the moat '
::::.. n i u..
- J awTsrrnracnt m the histon
of mankind." This is one reason why it must
ceed. The American and British peoples must asawt
succeed because "it is so vital to humanity the world
over that its failure would mean world disaster"
As to how the KnRlish speaking people hall score
the tremendous victory for humanity which an agree
mcnt for the limitation of armaments tyookj mean
Mr. Steed is luminously specific. Quoting i speech h
Lord Northcliffe at Vancouver in which h, said "V
must disarm our minds before we can reduce our
fleets." the great British editor declared: "If
British and the American delegates approach the con
ference with a sense of concordant good will, without
prejudice or prepossessions, taking care to know all
the facts, ready to consider them dispassionately and
ready to give each other the benefit of any doubt that
may arise, it will succeed."
Voicing the belief that President Harding and Sec
retary Hughes are already animated hy this essential
spirit and that delegates from other nations must re
spond to the influence of the favorable position in
which it places the United States, Mr. Steed voiced the
tremendously encouraging impression gathered in the
course of his American tour that "even in quarters
which consider themselves anti-British" in California, in
the West and Middle West, as well as in the East,
"there is I keen intuitive feeling that if the conference
succeeds it will be because the representatives of the
English-speaking peoples trust and Mtppoti each other
from the beginning to the end." In Finland, the
masses of the people, he affirmed, are animated by the
That this broadmindedness shall be expanded and
emphasized on both sides of the Atlantic il therefore
of the utmost importance.
New Use for Poets
THE University of Michigan is this year offering a
novel attraction to its students. They will enjoy
the advantages of personal contact with a re al live poet.
President Burton "believing that university students
should get something immeasurably greater and more
valuable out of a college course than all that text
books and lectures offer," has arranged to have Robert
Frost, the New England "poet of the common life,'' ac
cept a fellowship in poetry with a salary . t S?.1".
The arrangement is an ideal one for Frost. He wi !
not have to conduct any lectures or classes; just living
in Ann Arbor according to his own fancy in perfect
freedom and shedding upon the students, so to speak,
the light of his countenance and the inspiration of his
splendid personality. He will not even have to ful
fill an equivalent of the English poet laureate's func
tion of celebrating academic glories and traelitions on
occasion. In President Burton's own words: "the
poet will simply be a lovable human being, unhampered
and unharrassed." And the popular Tre" fore
sees "how this freedom from worry and routine duties
will tend to inspire him to do his greatest work." That
was also probably the idea of giving the laureate a
butt of malmsey.
We live in a utilitarian age. The utilization as
by-products of what used to be considered waste is
one of its marked features. An old-fashioned notion
regarded the poet as fulfilling his chief end m life
when he wrote poetry; but hereafter all the sweetness
and light, the grace and beauty generated in the proc
ess will not be left to be distilled out of his writes
by chance readers or partial critics contemporary or
posthumous. It will fall on freshman and sophomore,
junior and senior, alike, as he mingles with the bo
and the co-eds while they meander in academic sha es
New luster will be taken on by gridiron and baseba
diamond. Lyric grace will deck the campus an
"exams" will take on true epic qualities.
We remember, of course, that both Longfellow an
Lowell did much of their best work while acquittm,
themselvea of the duties of Harvard ProffSrt
What a fine thing it would have been tor Ko
Burns if this new sort of fellowship had been M
. . i.. Thomas
I dinburgh! Yet there is the awtui cxamp.e u. -
Bailey Aldrich who, in mid-career, was
freed by the
bcqut of an admirer from any care abo.it pic
publishers or public-and who wrote never an
line worthy of his genius I Still the experiment
that will be watched with interest.
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