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fa* Patron vmm umrmy jobs wn tho v. m. pomm
fcifltlss tIW Food and Dairy Commissioner
fill VlfUanc* Oommlttss of ths Association of Amerl
m adrarosars in protecting tbs public from sdvsrtlsln*
■lda, Any raadsr having a grievance against an adver-
Cfa these oolumns will confer a favor by promptly
parting the same to the publisher
i "An ounce of prevention ii worth a pound of cure.”
If' With which fact in mind, the citizen* of Detroit should be found co*
Etftontiilf with a will today in cleaning up Detroit, front and back, in the
Hfcßgri, and bear in mind, UNDER THE PIANO, ALSO, bo to speak.
P ll This CLEAN-UP DAY idea is a fine thing for any city in many more
■nyi than one.
Jt iort of a kick in the shins to the careless propeitv
■Mtßcr wont to stop with cleaurfig up the front and neglecting the back.
| Beauty in front is deep if the alley is full of garbage and
pghhiili and a breeding/place for germs.
| Clean-up days are not only beneficial for the cleaning that is done,
M|t serve, also, to awaken the citizen to his responsibility and to point
MVt for him that he has been selfish in the use he has made of his back
■ftrd and his alley.
* A man’s own yard and a man's own alley are more than his own
(fbneral. though he paid for them and possesses the abstract.
L They may mean the funeral of a neighbor's baby, or of the neighbor
a Germs bred on the premises are by no means domestic in their habits
fhpd are no respectors of lot lines.
P*' Clean-up days are once more a good thing because whether the ci*i-
Nfcm be a property-owner or not; whether he has an alley to clean or not.
>ha is impressed by what is taking place about him: impressed by contem-
Sjplation which reveals to him that his own health is a consideration, and
becomes convinced of the IMPORTANCE of his own health, both to
%taaelf and society.
In waiting until this late hour to take up the subject of clean-up day
<ln column, this newspaper has timed itself with the object of getting
Attentive hearing for a CLEAN-UP DAY suggestion.
assume that you have finished in the backyard and in the alley
More picking up this newspaper.
And, by the way. let us compliment you on the thoroughness with
which you did your part.
We see all rubbish piled off by itself; all old tin cans packed in
|amls; all old paper jammed away and all the ashes in boxes; all ready
for the wagon.
By the back gate we perceive, from sight of a galvanized-iron garbage
‘tan with a close fitting top, that you are an intelligent, a loyal
public-spirited citizen.
If it is your next door neighbor’s y*rd that we see, and that welcome
sign to germs, disease, death and fire, out in the alley is yours, put the
down at the coming period and GET OUT THERE AND GET BUSY.
At any rate, hfere is our suggestion:
If you HAVE cleaned the backyard and the alley, KEEP THEM CLEAN.
The spirit in which you entered into the clean-up crusade of a day,
Mmm fine, but the same spirit should be your’s THE YEAR AROUND.
It’s nice and refreshing and puts joy into a man's life once a day to
welcome the baby from its bath in fresh, spotless whites and a dash of
%tae or pink, and to hear it lisp: “See, how dean!”
There is a great deal of the same kind of a treat for the eye in gazing
wpon a clean backyard or alley.
But Weary Willie’s annual bath comes under the head of nothing for
to be inspired over.
It conveys nothing like proof of reform and a desire to live always
closer to the laws of hygiene.
So while clean-up day will leave us looking better and will make con
ri!tions better for a while, all the benefit that is possible to be derived from
'lt will not be derived unless, in addition to this being olean-up day, it be-
ii : A largo enough garbage can to answer the purpose between collections,
Mts nothing compared to what drugs and the services of the doctor cost.
It is as easy to lift its cover, dump the garbage and cover it again, as
it, ii' to dump garbage in the alley and let it scatter the length of your
'back fence.
A barrel costing 15 cents will serve for a year to hold cans and papers
that will litter the yard or alley unless there IS a barrel.
A box for ashes complete the simple outfit, enough of which outfits
?#auld mean a clean Detroit back and front EVERY DAY IN THE YEAR.
They would mean; also, a Detroit comparatively free of germs and
sf*m-carrying flies; a healthier Detroit, and therefore a more prosperous
vad a happier Detroit. I
| Vs . Let’s all get together and enlist in a “CLEANER DETROIT THE
ttAR AROUND” crusade.
Nip Plot To Kill King.
MONTPELIER. France, May 5.—A
plot to assassinate King Alfonso of
Bpaln when he comes to France to
{felt President Poincare was disco?
•rod here yesterday.
A Spanish anarchist was arrested
fßd two other men and a woman are
itu Attacks Duke With Knife.
MANHEIM, Germany. May 6—A
pr or km an armed with a knire attacked
Cfrmnd Duke FTiederich of Baden, as
k# was leaving the railroad station
frith his consort yesterday afternoon.
Tbs grand duke threw off his assail*
•at and was not harmed.
Osgar Cleverly Saves a Historic Film by His Presence of Mind By Condo
'■ 11 TIT IF"" cs^saasrM
!j j ■
Fire Injures Twelve.
SHERIDAN, Ind., May s—Twelve
persons were Injured and damage eetl
mated at $160,000 was don# by a fire
here yesterday afternoon. The in
jured were members of the bucket
brigades which were fighting the
flames until help from Indianapolis ar
rived by special train.
Daughter Blesses Greek Queen.
ATHENS, Greece. May 6. —A daugh
ter was born yesterday to Queen
Sophia, making the fifth child in the
royal household. The others are:
Crown Prince George, born in 1690;
Prince Alexander, born In 1893;
Prince Paul, born in 1901, and Princess
Helen, bom in 1896.
Editorial Page of The Detroit Times
Timet W'unhu.ijtuii H auuu.
Metropolitan Bank BitiUhny.
Fairchild. agricultural explorer in
charge of the office of seed Htid plant
Introduction of the United States De
partment of Agriculture, wants to In
terest farmers and
PASSION PYult growers of
FRUIT ttie United State*
CULTIVATION in the production.
on a connmriui!
scale In this country, of the tumors
passion trutt. a table dellcac) which Is
common to South America, the \Vest
Indies. Australia, S> uth Africa and
several other countries.
The passion fruit, whose scientific
name Is pas?l-f!ora. is a delicious fruit,
which has a taste resembling that ot
the grape, but which usually grows
as large as an ordinary peach. At
present It thrives in the open only in
tropical countries. Mr. Fairchild has
hopes that there can be developed i
variety of the Xruit which will be
hardy enough to withstand the climate
o' the south* rn half ot the United
States To fruit growers who are In
terested In experiments Hlong tills
line ho has suggested the crossing of
the “.May pop.” a wild relative of the
passion fruit, which grows in flic
southern states, with the finer varie
ties of fin* passi flora, which now grow
only in the tropical countries If a new
hardy variety ran be developed
through the process of crossing, the
pioductlon of pßsslon fruit on a com
mercial scale, with Its sale 6n the
markets of the United States, will he
made possible, and perhaps the build
ing up of anew fruit growing industry
will result.
• • •
The passion fruit Is eaten as are
i grapes, and Is also used considerably
'in many countries in the making of
ices and fruit salads, in the VN est
Indies, the eoimtiles of South Amer
< lea. Sbuth Africa.
FRUIT Australia and New
USED FGR Z.-alund the fruit la
SALADS now raised in the
open and sold for
table purposes. Experiments have
shown that the South American va
rieties can he grown In the open In
• southern California. It Is Mr. Fair
child's hope that through experiments
which have been started both by gov
ernment experts and by fruit grow
ers It will be possible to grow- passion
fruit throughout practically all the
states south of*the Mason and Dixon
j In some countries the growing of
passion fruit in greenhouses has be
come a profitable industry. A few
years ago, when Mr. Fairchild was in
Edinburgh. Scotland, he was sur
prised to find that there the passion
fruit Is grown profitably In green
houses. Since that time the govern
ment has distributed plants of the
South American varieties to a number
of men owning large private green
houses and Interested In plant breed
ing. The fruit can be grown In green
houses only when It Is artificially pol
linated. Pollination In the open, as Is
generally known. Is brought about by
Insects and bees traveling from one
blossom to another. In greenhouses
j this process has to be done with a
camel's hair brush, which exports say
. From Another Point of View
Lots of people go out for pleasure on Sundays, while others ride motor
• • •
There’s reason in ail things, with the possible exception, perhaps, of
a desire to spend a second summer in a tent. Os course, it’s different,
when the person is a bug collector, but even then he ought to be able to
get all the known varieties following any rain.
0 • •
Screen not the fly by omitting screens.
0 0 0
Speaking of progress: A man in New York is reported to have solved
perpetual motion and we, ourselves, discovered, down town, yesterday, a
strawberry shortcake with strawberries in It.
* • •
A Texas paper says in its crop report: "The oat crop is and it isn’t."
In connection with which may we be permitted to ask, w'hy so and w'hy not?
• • •
Old man Diaz may have decided not to return to Mexico, or may be
indulging In target practice.
• • •
In Germany a tango dancer has been sentenced to six months in prison,
and it strikes us that Germany has about the right idea of tango time.
• • •
France last year imported American coal, valued at $126,755. France
must have the same make of furnace as ours.
• • •
British lineoleum exports to the United States last year amounted to
* • •
Indicating with the rest of statistics that over here we are stepping
around some.
• • •
Exchange: "Alex Marble, formerly of this place, now of Chicago, is
spending a few days with us, viewing old scenes." Alex tips the scales
at 300. ’
• • •
In town, in other words, looking round.
• • •
Detroit, 2; Chicago, 1.
• • 5
(Note to foreman: Please advise compositor correct as written.)
What the Government is Doing
is quite easy w hen the process Is un
• • •
Luclt Sam is now prepared to fur
nish Information on the construction
of modern, sanitary buildings for the
housing of all kinds of live stock and
poultry, but up to the present time
Congress has not
WANTS provided any bu-
BETTER re.iu with money to
BUILDINGS collect and dissem
inate information
on the construction of modern .and
safe buildings to be used for human
habitation or for commercial or in
dustrial purposes.
This fact was brought out during
the past week by Richard l*. Hum
phrey of Phllade , phltn / who has been
in conference wi % .'lUviais ot various
bureaus of the interior department, In
which he was formerly enrolled as a
structural engineer in the technologic
branch of the g»*ological survey. Mr.
Humphrey was in charge of the struc
tural materials investigation of the
technologic branch under the direc
tion of Dr. Joseph A. Holmes, now
chief of the bureau of mines, at the
time of the San Francisco fire, when
tie was sent to the Pacific const to in
vestigate for the government the be
havlor of \ minus structures and struc
tural materials under the conditions
of earthquake ami tire.
The waste of structural material Is
one of the worst wastes of natural re
sources, according to Mr. Humphrey.
In his opinion, the great need of today
Is the encouragement of the construc
tion of buildings which are proof
against fire, earthquake jtomado aJid
flood. A building which Is fireproof
and well constructed. Mr. Humphrey
"points out, is likely to be strong
enough so as not to be afTected by*
tlood, earthquake or tornado. Speak
ing of the need of disseminating In
formation on methods and materials
which will bring about better build
ing. Mr. Humphrey said:
* • •
The government should take a
leading part In the better building
movement, and direct the people how
to construct safer buildings In which
to live and work. An excessive loss
of structural mu-
LOSSES DUE terlal today Is due
to fire. Govern-
TO FIRE. ment Investigations
show that /the
present loss through fire waste Is
more than $1,000,000 a day. Fire loss
per capita In the United States is
higher than In any other country In
the world, running from $2.50 to $3 50
a year. In Europe It is approximately
one-eighth as much. This means that
when the fire loss in this country
amounts to $300,000,000 a year, and
most years It Is much more, seven
eighths. or $262,500,000. of this amount
can be saved annually if our build
ings are as nearly fireproof as those
tn Europe are.
“Since 1904 congress has appro
printed money for restricted investi
gations of structural materials for the
use of the government. This work
was first carried on In the geological
survey, and Is now done by the bureau
of standards. I hope that the time
will come when these Investigations
can be broadened out so that they
will cover both structural materials
and method* of construction of pri
vate building to be used for all pur
poses, lucludlng residences, factories
and office building* What is needed
i* something in the way of a standard
method of constructing which will
bring about more substantial building
and will make oui cities sate from the
danger of lire and tornado.
• • •
“tactically all the buildings de
stroyed in the recent* tornado In
Otnalirt would have been unscathed If
the> had been substantially con
structed. The loss In tire In *San
Francisco was
NOTABLE $160,000,000, and
almost any city of
INSTANCES, the* Tnited States
is subject to suffer
similar loss from tire at almost any
time. W hat we need is proper en
couragement of better building from
the government, better building codes
from cities, and thorough enforcement
of building codes. The trouble is to
day that if one citv enacts a good
strong code some business Interests
will go to another city and construct
factories and buildings where* the
laws are loose. The saving of life
and the protection o;’ property, how
ever. should be the important tonsid
eration always, und 1 should be in
favor of a federal law governing gen
eral construction, bo that the putting
up of inflammable buildings could be
put at an end. 1 believe that after a
few more such catastrophes as those
which occurred at San Francisco aud
Omaha there will be general recog
nition of the need of some federal
law to govern building construction."
t .
Politics and the-
Japanese Question
♦ . —♦
The more the anti-Japanese agita
tion is studied, the more clearly It
appears that Mr Wilsons cautlefts,
moderate, diplomatic gpurse was ad
mirably. adapted to the situation. The
president most circumspectly refrain
ed from seeming to coerce the
sovereign state of California or to. in
terfere in her domestic afTalrs. He
appealed to the Californians
selves, asking them to suspend judg
ment until It could be determined
exactly what they, uoi only as Cali
fornians but as Americans, ought In
exact Justice to do or to refrain from
doing In order to conserve a treaty of
the Untted States—their own treaty
—with a friendly nation.
Asa result of this moderate tone,
combined with the delay and second
thought that has come with more ac
curate knowledge of conditions in
California. It seems likely that the
cause of sanity will prevail and that
some reckless politicians will be dis
credited. Partisan politics, It has
been assura*stopß at the water's
: **dge, but the ;jv»!I T les represented by
Governor Johnson stops at nothing.
A sensationalist and a demagogue of
ruthless tendencies he revealed him
self to be In the late campaign, and
now It appears that he and the
coterie assoeikted with him have had
I the hardihood to use the anti-Japanese
agitation as a popular issue In outer
to attract a following. This Js to
drag the flag Into the mire of politics
When the people of California and
of the nation begin to appreciate tha
enormity of this sort of conduct, the
verdict that they will render will
cause Johnson and his. luckless
demagogues to pause. California has
rights with respect to her lands, and
the dividing line where her rights be
gin and where the treaty guarantees
end may b« difficult to determine.
That is a problem for serious deliber
ation and sober Judgment, and Cali
fornia will undoubtedly he protected.
At the same time the nation has clf ar
rights and Californians, especially
those In authority, also have responsi
bilities. Nothing could be so con
temptuous a disavowal of those re
sponsibilities as a wanton and un
patriotic efTort deliberately to em
broil the country with a friendly na
tion or to seek to embitter the peo
ple of a friendly power.—Philadelphia
Public Ledger.
A Better Crop.
“Why don’t you raise something on
that vacant iot—potatoes, for in
stance, or beans?’’
“I am raising good cltiiens,” said
the owner. “Don’t you see those boys
playing ball?’’—Kansas City Journal.
“I had a poet on one side and a mil
lionaire on the other”
“What did you talk about?’’
“I talked to the poet about money
and to the millionaire about the in
tellectual life.’’ —Life.
A Trifling Error.
The typesetter “raised" the contri
bution made by the Woman's club
to the new hospital a little too muen
in our last Issue. Instead of $250,00U
it should have been $25. —Harrods-
burg, Ky., Leader.
nnilorii-llkr rrrlntln*. So fuss and
no feathers Th*» plain, neat kind that
look' riant. Tlmea Printing Cos., 1$
John R.-st. Ph. Main 143S or City 13*5
He’re All A-fish In ’
Pop sez that this world we live in
Is one big flshin’ pond
An’ we’ve all been flshin’ fer somethin’
Since th - time the first day dawned.
He sez some are flshin’ fer trouble,
An’ others are flshin’ fer fame,
An - the banks of life are alive with girls
A-flsbin’ to change their names.
He sez the grafters are flshin’ fer sukers,
Newly weds are flshin’ fer bliss,
Ministers are flshin’ fer souls to save.
The lover to hook a kiss.
He sez the vain ones are flshin’ for compliments.
The bums are flshin’ fer booze,
The nabobs are flshin’ fer diamonds and things,
The poor for food and ahues.
He sez that we re at It all of the time,
A-flshln’ fer what we wish,
So, wen I’m not really a-flshin’ fer fish.
I’m flshin’ to flsh fer fish.
"'Let There Be Light”
The prosperity of this country de
pends upon the Interests of all of us
aud cannot be brought about by ar
rangement between any groups of
persons. Take any question you
like out to the country—let it be
threshed out in public debate—and
you will have made these methods
This is what sometimes happens:
They promise you a particular piece
of legislation. As soon as the legis
lature meets, a bill embodying that
legislation Is Introduced. It Is re
ferred to a committee. You never
hear of It again. What happened?
Nobody knows what happened.
I am not Intimating that corrup
tion creeps In: I do not know what
creeps In. The point is that we not
only do not know, but It Is inti
mated, if we get inquisitive, that It
is none of our business. My reply
is that it is our business, and it Is
the business of every man In the
State: we have a right to know all
the particulars of that bill s his
tory. There Is not any legitimate
privacy about matters of govern
ment. Government must. If It is to
be pure and correct In Its process,
be absolutely public In everything
that affects it. I cannot imagine a
public man with a conscience, hav
ing a secret that he would keep from
the people about their own affairs.
I know how some of these gentlemen
reason. They say that the influences
to which they are yielding are per
fectly legitimate Influences, but that
If they were disclosed they would
not be understood. Well, I am very
sorry, but nothing Is legitimate that
cannot be understood. If you cannot
explain It properly, then there Is
something about it that cannot be
explained at all. 1 know* from the
circumstances of the case, not what
Is happening, hut that something
private Is happening, and that every
time one of these bills gets Into com
mittee, something private stops it,
and It never comes out again unless
forced out by the agitation of the
Monday, May 5,
press or the courage and revolt of
brave men in the legislature. 1
have known brave men of that sort.
1 could name some splendid ex
amples of men who, as representa
tives of the people, demanded to be
told by the chairman of the commit
tee why the bill was not reported,
and who, when they could not And
out from him, investigated and
found out for themselves and
brought the bill out by threatening
to tell the reason on the floor of
the House.
Those are private prosesses. Those
are processes which stand between
the people and the things that are
promised them, and I say that until
you drive all of those things into the
open, you are not couneetedwith oyur
Government; you are not represent
ed: you are not participants in your
Government. Such a scheme of gov
ernment by private understanding
deprives you of representation, de
prives the people of representative
Institutions. It has got to be put
Into the heads of legislators that
public business Is public business.
I hold the opinion that there can be
no confidences as against the people
with respect to their government,
and that It Is the duty of every pub
lic officer to explain to his fellow
citizens whenever he gets a chance—
explain exactly what is going on in
side of his own office.
There is no air so wholesome as
the air of utter publicity.
Indignantly Denied.
I see by your paper that you have
published in the Duncan news depart
ment what you called a dance at my
house, and the statements made are
entirely false. True, we had a few ol
our neighbors to spend the evening,
and some pups from Duncan came en
tirely without any invitation
ever, and when they camftfclbey were
given to understand that they were
not wanted. —Thornbury (Ont.), Her*

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