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The Law of Supply and
Demand, As an Alibi, Is at
Times Some Overworked
Bread it up.
Lot veil that cost at one time nine
cents are now 13 cents.
Half loaves that coat at one time five
cents are now seven cents.
You must not blame the baker.
He is in no way to blame.
Fleur which cost him $5.50 a barrel
one jear afro costs him now sl2 a bar
The baker is really our friend.
He ought to be charging us something
like 19 cents a loaf.
The price of flour is based, theoreti
cally, at least, on a shortage of wheat.
The shortage of course, actually
exists—that is. outside of the grain ele
Meat is higher today than it ever was
Hogs on the hoof are selling near S2O
a hundred.
Beef is costing 10 cents a pound off
the block.
The retail dealer is not to bla?re.
Meat is high because grain is h gh.
Grain is high because grain is scarce.
There is always grain ENOUGH t)
feed stock and fatten stock when prices
are high because grain is scare;.*.
Pork and beef and all other meats are
high, theoretically, at least, because the
supply is low.
will be able to buy all the meat you want
at these high prices.
When you hsve been told by the pack
ers or their newspaper mouthpieces that
such and such a piece of meat is so
much higher because there is so very
little of it to be had. did you ever gi
into a meat market and find them out
of it?
Did you ever go into a meat market,
at any time since the cold storage people
have had the consumers of this country
by the throat, and meat has been so all
fired scarce, and have the butcher say
to you:
“I am very sorry, but on account of
the shortage of meat, we have been sold
out of everything since 9 o’clock this
That is to say. there is always enough
meat to go around at the price that is
defended by the explanation that there
Is not enough to go around.
Shoes are high because leather is
acarce. but there are plenty of shoes to
be had at the high price.
Potatoes are high because potatoes
ore scarce, but there are plenty of pota
toes to be had at the high price.
Seed potatoes are high because seed
potatoes are scarce, but there are plenty
of seed potatoes to be had at the high
And so on and so forth, ad infinitum.
We Do If We Are
Worms; We Do Not If
We Possess Backbones
We have just this minute finished a
diacussion, the subject of which was
•‘Our Form of Government.”
We discussed it with a man whom we
know to be very patriotic.
He was for the participation of the
United States in the war as an ally of
Great Britain, France and Russia long
before war was declared.
He has not enlisted, but says he would
In a minute if he considered his services
needed by his country.
We do not blame him for not enlisting,
nor do we consider it Any reflection that
he has not enlisted, because he is a hus
band and a father and is needed at home
by those who have first call.
This man is most likable, personally;
• fine citizen ; occupies a responsible po
sition in the community and all that.
Nevertheless, we learned in our dis
cussion with him that he does not believe
hi the very dearest thing we have in
this country—-the very thing for which
the blood of the Colonists was spilled
lie does not believe in a representative
government as the Colonists intended it
to bo.
' We were listening intently and with
ft!] duo roopoct to this good citizen s line
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 191 <
of argument, touching several matters,
when of a sudden he remarked:
“We must stand by our representa
tive in congress.”
“Always?” we queried, startled.
“Most assuredly,” was the reply.
“Why?” we asked.
“Because it is our duty to do so,” said
“On what theory?” we asked.
“Because we elected them to be our
representatives and we ought to sVnd
by them.”
“We ought to if we are angle worms.
We ought NOT W. in the broad manner
in which you have set down the obliga
tion. if we possess backbones,” we as
“Why do we have representatives?”
he asked.
“Not for us to represent; to represent
US,” we replied. “You have the horse
before the cart: you have waited for the
car to get started before cranking it,”
we added. Then we added further:
“As we understand our form of gov
ernment, the people of a ward elect and
pay an alderman to sit in the common
council and represent them. The aider
men do not elect and pay the people to
sit Tn the common council and represent
their aJdermen.”
“I do not follow you.” said the other
side of the debate.
“For instance,” said we, “do you favor
“Yes,” he said
“Well,” we suggested, “you shouldn’t;
at least not as yet. because your con
gressmen haven’t voted for it.
“Upon your theory of representative
government, you have no right to be
either for or against conscription until
congress has voted for it. Your theory
is that the people are the governed.”
There are many, many of us deluded
as is our good friend in this very impor
tant particular.
George Washington. Thomas Jeffer
son. Abraham Lincoln and others had an
entirely different conception of the thing.
Doing: With Less
•Those who must are. somehow,
learning to do with less, and the result
is a gradual turtailment of consump
tion,” says the distinguished economist,
Theo. H. Price.
' The question, finally is not as to
what those who must dd, because those*
who must simply must; nor as to what
the rich do, because the rich can get
along. But between the poor and the
rich is the vast majority of the Ameri
can people. How much will these peo
ple curtail to meet war conditions?
Call these last mentioned the middle
class and we do hate that w’ord “class
properly—and it can be said that by as
much as they deny themselves luxuries
and near-luxuries by so much will they
help the people who “must.” In the
cost of one luxury is the price of maybe
a half-dozen necessaries, and modem
war is waged with and upon the neces
saries. Like those who must, the aver
age patriot must somehow learn to do
with less.
What will you curtail?
From Another Point ot View
By C. T. S.
Detroit is 25th in a list of 47 naval re
cruiting stations.
• • •
Bet we lead ’em all. tho, in flags and
automobile banners.
• • •
Potatoes, you know, were much cheap
er in the days when a man blushed if he
had a patch.
• • •
The president of Hamtramck and three
members of the common council are
charger! with keeping their saloons open
on election day. And there is a chance
of convicting them. It happens that tho
justice of the who will try them is
one official out there ho is not a -aioon
• * *
“ftemhardt f? Improving “ says a head
line. There you are again; it seems to l»e
only the really good actresses who im
prove. Tl\e bad ones, somehow or other,
• • •
A woman and a boy were killed and a
little girl is dying as a result of having
l»een run down by automobiles Thursday.
Justice, however, has been swift and sure.
All of the drivers have l>een compelled to
make statements.
• • • ,
A German empress has sold her dia
mond necklace to help finance the war.
That’s right where Germany appears to
lie getting it generally.
• • •
The D. U. R.’s W eekly Take One is
strongly patriotic this week. Consequent
ly it is inspired to advocate something on
the order of more skip stops to skip.
• • *
When our police DO land a crook, the
crook turns out to lie a policeman.
Life’s Darkest Moment.
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THIS department la maintained for the purpose of dragging the ad
vartlaing faker in on ‘*th* carpet” and placing hie aaaartlona and
promises under the glass of truth. It welcomes letters relating
experiences with advertisers wherein the eagle on the dollar falls to
fly home “with a dollar's worth of goods.** It pays proper recognition to
honeet advertisers. It does not spare dishonest advertiser* who may be
found In The Times. It will print the letters which appear moat applicable
In preserving the integrity of advertising and protecting the advertising
reader, Only signed letters, giving the writer's name and address, will be
considered, The name will be .prlpted or withheld *• preferred. Addreoe
Ad Mirror, The Times, Detroit, Mich.
~ c * * HOW Ml'-h.
1 rea<§ wtth much tntsrest what you hat tn nay In regard to the
Coatnca Magaxin* I submitted to tr* editors two poem* about Ysb 1.
191" It *ll threa «««ki before I received a reply, which stated that
while the poems were not suited to their magazine he (the assistant edi
tor! wa* not returning them with the u*ua! rejection elip
Me "begged" to oner a luts'Ki.n that with a little editing ant
re-tjpin*" he no doubt could find an editor who would accept them, and
if I would send Mm It hs wotild be glad to do this He wa* to have It
per cent commission if ths poems we r e sold for more than 111 snd If for
less, nothing
I thought that If there was a chance of getting 11110 for two short
P'.ems it ought to he worth |1 to try him nut. I wotjMn t he out mu h
And altho I thought It odd for a magazine to advertise for manuscripts.
I promptly remitted the dollar.
In a few daya the editors acknowledged receipt of the money. I
sent In three more poem* th» nett dav They wrote hark for another
dollar 1 again was prompt with a remittance. They acknowledged re
celpt In a few days I might sar that In th • letter, however, they ad
vised tn# to hsndla the selling e r d
Now. all this occurred about t s e fi-st of March. That is the ;g*» I
.have beard from them I have beg ,n to think that no doubt It Is the
What would v i advise
rio you know whether th»v do a* »h*y say they will or not*
What do you kne w as t<> thc;r reliability *
Ftcspertf ully,
fPlease withhold nam* >
As the Ad Mirror pointed out recently In this department, the Cosmos
Magazine In September Issued a number two by four Inches, containing
14 pagea of which only one was advertising
The con'ents comprised several semi highbrow effusions
The editors occupy three small offices in a cheap office building In
If would appear from your experience as well aa that of other patrons
of this vest pocket publication that the editor* are more concerned In
their manuscript brokerage business than In ♦heir "magazine.”
We have never heard that they WERE reliable.
You have already favored them with considerably more credulity than
the average contributor.
You should have "balked” sooner.
The Ad Mirror wlabea to call af'ention *o the fact that Its criticism
of Thursday was NOT In reference to the ROGER J SULLIVAN furniture
company, which sella from Its warehouse No 24 Howard at . but to a con
rern of similar name operating at No 134 M.chigtnave
The Ad Mirror makes this statement because a number of persona
have confused the two firms despite the fart that they are not in any
way connected, and deeplte the fart that the Ad Mirror made NO reference
to the ROGER J. SULLIVAN company
The Hectic Four Flush
The navy depar’ment 1* in a sta***
of feverlah activity Newspaper
That exactly describe* 11. Fever
Chill* and fever. Chill* among rh*
men who really know the »ituat;on
Fever Among the other* who hav*
accepted re*ponslblht> for national
Jefen »e and h»\e n**gler'«-.] e\*r>
measure nece.mary for carry ir.g on'
the responsibility. . . . Fever with
hallucination* on the part of *he
{uhllr. Hallucination* th«' we are
really prepared, halluclnv.on** tha'
"man for man and g in for gun our
navy i* the beat in the world.” hal
luclration* tha* old hulk* are first
line battleship*; hallucination* that
American gunnery ha* «o developed
from lack of practice that a gunner
can hit * periaenpe at four thousand
>ard* with a three-inch shell, hallu
cinatlon* that our port* are protect
ed. that *hlp* which will not be fin
lahed until 191 f» are actually afloat,
that there are plenty of officer* ana
men for the fleet now on the wean,
•hat gun*, shell* and airplane* <an
he built overnight, that *i| that 1*
nere**ary for pat rolling the roa*'
and destroying enemy *'ihmar.n«*
I* to commandeer a mob of private
motor boat* arm them with Fourth
of July rannon. and turn (hem loose j
And Advice to Inventor*
If Tb* Time* Print* It, The Time* Believe* It
• nder amateur commanders, and
finally, that. If war cornea, some mi
raculous Inventor, a super Erlcswon.
•ill rise with a Jule* Verne machine
to d*«troy the product of year* of
patl*»n* labor by the mechanical gen
i'i* of Germany!—Collier's.
"What d.d you *ay Prof Idpry'a
!»•• • t invention
\ muzzle for b'lmble bee* ”
"Rut they don't *t!ng from tha*
cud ”
"So he found out when he at*
tempted so muzzle them.”- Judge
The Old Gardener Says >
Parsley la easily grown wh*n
once started, hut the seed* are
ezc#-e«ilngly tardy In sprouting
Soaking the aeed* over night will
help, but It la still better to
place them In a wet cloth bag
after they have been soaked a
few hour*, the bag then being
burled in the ground for three
or four daya. They will gemi
nate much more rapidly aft* r
being dug up an i planned in the
garden row*
\ Wanted Invention
!>y Webster.
The Keep Well
Houß*»m|TP* in th«» kitchen mar
be called upon to play almoftt an
Important a part
in the present
war as the men
In the trenches
I Food makes the
|elnews of war
Now Is the time
to begin to econ
omiie in the use
of foodstuffs.
Food 1* the fuel of the human
body. The kind needed in order
tha» the body may do lt» work
bread, rice. /•*** rM tfther oereai*.
sugar, flour, potatoes, fat, oil. but
ter and the like
The chief building food* that ire
needed to rebuild body tissues are
meat, eggs and milk
The body also needs mineral salt*,
which are beat aupphed In mi'k,
fruits and green vegetables.
The economical housewife makes
up her mind *hat she needs h *f >rr
going out to market. She then h i'*
nil that she needs for the day. It
Is a »as»e of time and money to tun
out to buy before every meal
It is important to grt food that
gives the moat strength f<r the
least money. The housewif* shout-l
sl«o utilise the left overs.
leftover cereals can be used
for thickening soup A meal can
be made from left-over meg; com
bined with some fresh vegetable,
Haln. substantial wholesome
meals, well prepared and properly
served, will do the most good.
Peas, heans. flah and cheese git*
the same nourishment to ihe bodv
as meat and at less cost.
One can save money by buying In
and butter ran usually oe bought
quantities Flour, sugar, cereals
cheaper In quantifies Buy as much
of the week's supply at /me lime us
you can afford,
T T. U — " What cause* balls’
Suggest a reliable treatment.”
Bolls are due to skin Infections.
A vaccine is sometimes use 1 in ad
dltlon to attention to th« general
health, Including the bowels, and
the local traatment of Individual
Pointed Paragraphs
Bom* people are entitled to noth
nig'. ah<l gef ff
F**w men care to be a* gnod or
na had a» they arc aaid to be.
It la wonderful what a lot of kiss
ina a little mouth ran do.
Troublemakers are a* plentiful a«
f caremakers are srarre
The average man would rather
pay |lO for a flahing outfit than S5
for p*>w rm'.
There la nothin* better than a
woman and nothin* wors-»
than a bad one.
It requires a lot of will power
for a *lrl of 25 to art aa If she
didn't care to get married
Any man ran get along with any
woman all he has to do la to let
her have bar own way.
The easier It la to pump a man
tli* law* the Information you get
out of him la worth.
A (girl of It pretends to know a
doi more than a woman of .10 will
admit aha know*
There seems to h# a yellow' streak
in human nature that alwaya make*
It wan* to ahlft responsibility
The Road to Success
it. annittuTou ihitr
Author of '*Th« ftlddla of Person
ality.' ‘ l’»y chology and
Parvnthcod.” etc.
Here la a letter that 1 particular
ly commend to tbe attention of
young men. It was written many
years ago by a man of real genius
the novelist. Robert Louis Steven
Stevenson was so singularly gift
e<] that the plota of aoine of h's
i est novels and stories shaped
themselves in his mind while re
slept They came to. him in the
form of most dramatic dreams
And, In his waking moments,
writing novels was to him an easier
matter than writing letters la to
many people.
Yet listen to bla ovm picturesque
and most suggestive account of bow
this result was brought about.
"All thru my boyhood and youth
I was known and pointed out for
the pattern of an Idler; and yet I
was always busy on my own privrte
end, which was to learn to write,
*T kept always two books in my
pocket, one to read, one to write
In As I walked mv mind was busy
filing v hat I aaw with appropriate
w ords.
“When I sat by the* roadside 1
would either read, or a pencil and
a penny version bock would be In
my hand, to write down the #ea
t ires of the scene or commemorate
some halting stancss
"Thus I lived with words And
what I then wrote was for no ul
terior use, it was written con
sclously for practice.
"It was not so much that 1 wished
to he an author tho I wished tha;
too as that I had vowed that 1
would learn to write That was a
rroflclencv that tempted me . . .
"Whenever I read a hook or a
passage that particularly pleased
me, 4n which a thing was said or
an effect rendered with propriety
in which there was either some con
rpicuous force or some happy dls
tmetion in the style. I must m
down at once and set myself to
ape that quality .
"1 was unsuccessful, and I knew
It: and tried again, was again un
successful. and always unsuccess
ful. But at least In these vain
lout* I got some practice In
rhythm, in harmony, in construc
tion and the coordination of parts ''
Thus, you see. nun of genius *l>o
he was. Robert l/ouls Stevenson
served a long apprenticeship Can
tt be doubted that this apprentice
ship was an absolutely tndlspensa
Me factor in the development of his
He traveled to success by no ea«v
road, 1n no limonsrne of learning.
The road he trudg’d was the road
al hard work But it was a rond
he trod willingly The work at
which he labored so hard was work
v. hlch he raelly enjoyed doing
This is the lesson his letter
U aches.
Every man who would succeed
must travel the road over which
Stevenson passed the road of pu
tient. earnest labor accomplished
in a spirit of enthusiastic, never
failing interest.
1««2 -Oov*rnor John Winthrop ob
tained for Connecticut a charter, with
amps* prlvllr r «._ from Charles It
Provisional *'>\ ernrnent ea
-1 tahllaherl in M<m»chu«,tt, w.?h Hl
m .n Rradafreet aa g vcrn'r
1775 <len»ral Putnam arriv**! at
Concord. Ma aa having r!dd*> n hfs
horse about 100 miles In J» hours
1791- -Henry Hurrjen. lav*nt>>r of
the horseshoe machine, born In Hcot
land I*le<J at Troy. N. Y.» Jan 19
I**l Partial deaf ruction and
'abandonment of the Norfolk niv>
yard by t'nlfed Slates f reea.
IHI Macon. Oi, was orniptnl by
T'ni"n forcea
1*99 Prince Charles of Hnhensol
|ern-Si*marln*en elected lioapodar of
1*74 Rtlhoa. which had been be
! sieged by Carllata. relieved by Mar
! ahal Concha
11*9 Announcement of the be.
! trothal of Orand Duke Ntcholaa fra
cently deposed from the Ruaaian
throne, and Trlncea* All* of He«ae
119* President McKinley signed
tha resolution# of congress, an d an
ultimatum to Spain was cabled to
Minister Woodford.
W A It.
British driven from a trench and
two crafera about Tprea
British at K ut-e|-A ma ra reported
to he In critical condition.
French took by storm German
trenches on both aides of the Meuse
at Verdun
Cardinal Parley of New York
horn In County Armagh. Ireland, 7S
years ng<> today
l»tila Mann, well known sA-inr of
Mie American etsge. bom In New
York city. HI years ago today
liaaisl Cheater Pret-*h u»> »f lit*
foremoat American acu'ptora, horn at
Ktater S If 9i years hk ■ today.
Jamea f> Theian. t'nlfed States sen
ator from California, horn In San
Francisco. M year* ago today
Pr A .gust lloch. noted New York
pathologist. born In Basle. Swit«*r
lan<l. !'♦ years «jr<* today.
Pa' If Bancroft, shortstop of the
Philadelphia National league haaehal!
Iran h< rn at Sloui city. la . 29 years
ago today.
Making Ip the Taw
Oeorgle had a small dog and wn*
summoned before a magistrate bo
cause the do* had no license
(Jeorgle claimed It was a pup. Hut
evidence was called, and Georgia
wna fined and told he must get a
license or glre up the dog. Wb**n
Georgia raise home he told his fath
rr about It:
"I don't understand It. dad. They
had me up last year and the yes'
before, and each time I said the
same thing and they let me and
Rim off Now they fine me I think
tomehody has been fooling with
the law ” —ljAdt**' Home Journal.
Bf earner tn Detroit, § cents a week; els*
where, 10 cents a week. By nfall. |S a
year Call Main 4620. Entered at tbe Post
offlee tn Detroit as eecond class mall mattar
There would never be a hot dispute be
tween intelligent persona if they would
stop to define their terms.
Most quarrels are over the meaning of
It looks now as if there were a serious
difference of opinion among Americans.
1 here s a deal of loud talk, red fares, de
nouncing, and name calling, but when
you comp to sift the matter both vocifer
ous sides mean about the same.
Suppose we define. Let u a cool off a
moment and see what we are talking
W hut is a pacifist ? There are many
varieties. The Kind that throws Mr.
Roosevelt into a conniption, the kind that
General Wood and Mayor Mitchel objur
gate, amid loud and prolonged applause,
is the timid, cowardly, bloodless person
who wi 1 let you pull his nose and say
thank you. They won’t fight because
they are afraid. They are mollycoddles
and milksops.
Perhaps such creatures exist. I do
not know any personally, still it is con
ceivable that they exist. But if so their
number must be extremely small, and
they surely are insignificant; why waste
wrath on them? Why shoot at canary'
birds with howitzers?
1 here are those also who call them
selves pacifist* because they believe that
the ul’/mate aim of all governments
should be peace. In that sense I sup
pose every man outside the insane asy
lum is a pacifist. Nobody wants war per
se. Even Germans claim they make war
only to secure peace.
On the other hand, there are no mili
tarists in this country, if we mean by
the word the desire to institute here the
kind of military system they have in
There are those, however, who think
we ought to be military enough to resist
invasion or an unjust attack upon our
*hips at sea, or any other attempt by a
foreign government to force us to do
what we do not conceive to be right.
And in that sense almost every human
being in the Tnited States is military,
even Henry Ford and Mr. Bryan.
The trouble is we love to pose and to
gain, applause and to be looked on as
grand and fearless and patriotic, and we
want to defy somebody and make a big
noise generally. Al) of which is a bit
Also it’s apt to become nasty, when
we accuse those who differ in emphasis
or policy from us as traitors, cowards,
or German spies. ThereV a lot of dirty
work can be done under the cloak of
My own position Is that while ws
should take reasonable measures to in
sure the safety of our country and its
citizens, and be intelligently prepared to
resist any assault that may be made ujv
on us, it’s vastly more important that
we should do what we can to establish
an orderly Work! Government, removing
the armed force from the separate
countries and placing it under control of
an international court, as this is the
only imaginable way in which wars can
be made to cease; that this is the true
American idea, since it is the one in
practice among our states; that if we
moved toward this the war-tom nations
would gladly follow our example; that
no conceivable project could do so much
good to the human race; that the wor’d
is ready now for this as never before,
and that, while the patriotism of ou*
people is assured and needs no inflaming,
it is vitally necessary to create an en
tnusiasm for humanity, for the disarm
iment of the nations, for the establish
ment of tho Federation of the World,
ami for putting a stop, once for all, by
common sense and organization, to the
curse of war.
A returned vacationist tells of bwing In a
country store when a little girl entered with an
egg in her hand.
“Olre me an egg's worth of tea. plearn,” she
said to the storekeeper. "An' ma says you might
weigh out an egg’s worth of sugar, too. 'cause
the black hen la cluckin' and' I'll be up again
In a minute."
"flee that man over there’ He is a bombas
tic mutt, a wind Jammer nonentity, a false
alarm, and an encumbrance of the earth ”
"Would you mind writing all that down for
"Why in the world—"
"He's my huband and I should like to use it
on him some time."
“It took a long time to deride the election"
"Yea," replied flenalor florghum. "it aeema
that vou've got to stop and hold an Investigation
of nearly everything at tha present tima."—
®-’ • ■ b Star.
Think Clearly
(Copyright. 1116, by Frank Crane)
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