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It's a Poor Policy That Is
Not As Good For One Civic
Board As For Another
The eevett-man school board (one mem
ber of which is a woman) is n<> longor a
new thing and a novelty.
A visit to one of its meetings is re
The lobbyist, as much a part of th* 4
old ward-selected board as the secre
tary’s minutes, is missing.
That is the first indorsement bf th«
new idea presented to the visitor.
And the politicians, too, are conspicu
ously absent.
They have wound up the string' which
they used to pul! with effect, in return
for having "delivered” on election <iuy,
because it is intended by the >ma'! I oard
idea that they will never have further
use for them.
The small board will 'tana the closest
scrutiny and fail to show a red-no^ed
saloonkeeper upon it.
Saloon representation of th*» greate-t
American institution was part of the
ward-selected board that was banished.
The small board meeting is conducted
under the rules of strict business; not
under the rules of booze control, strictly.
To watch it at work one would think
it a meeting of directors of a bank or a
large manufacturing institution.
There is an interest in the matter.'
that come before it.
And they are measured by the stand
ard of their actual moment; not by the
yard stick of peanut politics.
» The schools are not sacrificed; the pu
pils are not sacrificed; teachers are not
sacrificed; public money is not sacrificed
thru the desire of one inspector to get
even with another inspector becau>e he
refused to indorse the gang's choice for
a job.
The people of Detroit may well pat
themselves on the back for the change
they have made in this board from warn
representation to real and conscientious
And the people of Detroit should real
ize, now that they behold the proof of
their mistake in maintaining the old and
cumbersome system for so long, that
their next move is to reduce the size of
their common council down to a point
nearer direct responsibility.
'There is soon to be submitted to the
people the proposition of whether they
want a general revision of their charter.
That they will vote overwhelmingly in
the affirmative is a foregone conclusion, i
Detroit has shown of late that it has
taken its place in the forward march of
And having provided for themselves
the opportunity, there is little doubt that
the people of Detroit will heed the exam
ple and the satisfactory’ results of other
cities and take the steps necessary to a
reduction in the number of the city’s al
Our aldermen are now chosen by
wards, as school inspectors once were.
The people voted their opinion that
one school inspector from every ward
made a board of exactly 14 member- too
many, so reduetd its numbers from 21
to 7, and elected them AT LARGE.
It is a poor rule that does not work
both ways.
It is a poor policy of government that
does not work as well with one civic
board as another.
The Detroit common council, a it
stands at the present time, exposed
to the same influences that the old school
board was.
It is subject to lobbyists who are ef
fective thru long acquaintance with al
dermen whose return to the board for
term after term has been due to the
votes of a sleeping and submissive elec
torate rather than to ability to repre
Politics holds sway in this board as it.
did in the old board of education; it."
standard is the standard of pap and pull .
petty jealousies and personal ambition s .
Its business ability is nil and its meet
ings are jokes.
To maintain it a bit longer than neces
sary is wasteful both of the time of
many of its members and the pdck<»t
boqks of the taxpayers.
Inasmuch as Michigan is soon to go
dry it is no longer necessary to the sa
loon, tho once quite essential to the well
being of that institution.
The watchword of civic progress to
A common council composed of two
aldqrmen from a ward belongs to the back
ages of red tape and clogged municipal
There are some good men on the pres
ent common council.
The majority of these could be retain
ed under the changed system.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 1917
There are some bad men and incom
ipetent representatives on tin present
If we were to cry our eyes out under
! the small sy'tom, we cvuldiLt get any
j worse, but the chances are we would sub
i stitute men for them with a better idea
'of just what is expected of aldermen.
A smaller common council would re
flect the, intelligence and superior judg
ment of Detroit as a fast-growing city
1 taking its place >;p near the top in the
To keep on under the present system
would be a reflection both upon our in
telligence and our nuigment and would
edicate everywhere that our growth is
- rt vise the charter and then, first
1 thing. !(•'.' revise tne make-up of our
What War C osts and
What tho Money Used In
War Is Spent For
| Doubtless the reader, when he picks
up hi> new'paper and sees that the war
| department i> asking for hundreds of
million' <-l dollars, wonders what it is all
1 about.
He can understand the c* '! of raising
anu equipping armies, the cost of trans
porting them. and the cost of giving them
rifle s , nig guns and ammunition.
Hut he is not apt to think how much
more i- necessary, especially when an
army is fighting on foreign soii 3000 miles
away from America.
Here is what some of these appropria
tions mean:
In sending our armies to France, we
are trying to put ju>t as little burden up
on the French people as possible.
This mean.- th. t * very pound of food,
every gun, every 'hell, every cartridge,
will, if possible, be sent “over there” from
our American supply depots.
Somewhere in France at the port of
entry designated for the American army,
this country will have to build big piers
to accommodate our ships.
It will have to erect tremendous ware
bo u.-.£Li- n which--the good- unloaded from
the ships will be stored.
From this port up to the part of the
trenches American troop* are ultimately
to occupy, the t’nited States engineer reg
iments will build a network of railways
to carry supplies and men back and foith.
We can’t afford to cripple the efficiency
of the French armies by U'ing French
railroads. Those must be left clear for
French needs.
It will be the same tiling with automo
| bile road-. We will build our own.
At various points we will have supply
depots near the firing line. We will have
big base hospitals. There will be vast
machine shops in which to repair rail
road engines, artillery of all kinds, auto
trucks of every description, armored cars,
hospital ambulances, airplane motors.
An army of men will be working be
hind the lines, and they will have to l>e
housed. They will be the men who will
handle the supplies and who will work in
those immense repair shops
American industrial cities, created sole
ly for the duration of the war, w ill spring
up at various points in Fiance.
And the bigger part we play in finally
the Germans the vaster will
be the American railways, roads, shops
and warehouses.
These things are a' vital to the war
as the men in khaki ti om-elve*. With
out all the>e preparations be! ind the
lines, the army could not * xist for three
This big building program ha ■- already
l»een started. Regiments of America - ar
my engineers >.re 1 . •* < * : *>
at present.
Once all is .'ccur** a? and *n ship-shape or
der in the rear, once food ar i supeiie and
the other necessarie- can be -en*. forward
in a steady stream, the men in olive drab
will be ready to stop in f o the trenches
and tak** up the bast 1 * for democracy.
From Another Point of View
By C. T. S.
Bureau of lalor statistic- show that
food prices ar*-- on-tie d< cli •. No ■ here
. . . . .
like a similar showing.
m m m
Would the bureau of labor be kind
enough to tip us off to where it buys its
butter ?
• • •
Detroit open the final <n* - today
[with Philadelphia. How- that announce
ment, at ono time, would have caused us
• to sit up and take notice.
• « •
She drops the painted china.
And she drops the sugai J/o -1,
As maids go, -he’s the limit.
And she’s trying to the -oul.
For the Red Cross .'he is knitting
Turning out a sweater which
Will make some soldier joyful;
Now and then she drops a stitch.
Police Commissioner Couzen* and Pro--
[ecuting Attorney .la mowski-have met but
. failed to reach an agreement, further
H».v In the. tthdfOKvorid
Russia will l*e getting into this war
j next.
• • •
Hard l>oiled eggs, wo read, may la*
•• t .
We are in favo r of it.
A Woman Is Even Inconsistent About Apartments. —By Webster.
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THIS DEPARTMENT s maintained to shed the |,ght of futh on the
operators of the advertising faker, the quack and swindler. It
welcomes letters relating experiences with advertisers who have
been unfair in their assertions or promises—who have misled or
duped the reading public. It will pa/ proper recognition to honest adver.
tisers Dishonest advertisers who may be found In The Times will not be
spaced It w>ll print letters deemed of public interest Advice will also
ce given to nvestors. Only signed letters, giving tne writer’s name and
address will oe considered. Names will be printed or withheld as preferred
Address, The Ad-Mirror, The Times. Detroit, Mich.
"Have dark hair anil look young” is the alluring hai* thrown out by
•h< Wyeth i hemical company, of New York; to ca-i h the half dollar' of
h> in* We quo'p Mom a recent a !•. ertisem*- m :n the Free I’.e--
• whi h nfn-m* u# that Wyeth’s Sure and Sulphur compound is in reality
: the old-fashioned sage tea and sulphur recipe of grandmother’- day. "im
;r- -.er} 5;. addition of other tngre ilen*« ' ”Th.' simple mixture can
r>e depended upon to restore natural color and beauty to *he hair.”
The ,«d\ crMsrment i« singularly silent as »o those "other ingredient
[* doesn’t -a a word, for Instance about lead acetate. >e» the I'onnectjcut
sgno-.itural experiment station found that thi - preparation !« ”i weak
* e- ne w.iter alcohol solution of lead are-*-* weh considerable free »ui
; Mir and a m:nu'e amount of sage infusion, wi'h possible tracer of ran
'handin and capsicum.
So here is a concoction masquerading a« a sulphur and sage mixture
-u< h as grandmother was won* to use to ward oT the signs of age when,
* a matter of fact *s mo«* active ingredien* is lead acetate which, at
< r i:ng o the repor* of the t'onnectlcu* experiment s'ation. mak*-* 'he
rem- d> t dang*rous one to use
If sc are to believe the advertisement, a “well-known drugg's* say*
»vervbody uses Wyeth’* >age and Sulphur compound ' For everybod)’-;
-ake we hope th!.« is not true.
This conco* -ion is.also advertised in the News and Journal The Tirre
diseon’inued running it several months ago on the advice of it* chemical
ex per*
Pointed Paragraphs
V.-in : e< ' foo* oo’»« oy* of a
I'* »’ p»op!r would br =aM*flrd if
r ).*-.r or*an.« ranir *mr
\ •* r:i• n *hai i It ng drawn ou’ |
* natural!- narrow
. n ,»o, 'an‘ in many a 1
man lift -*n arridrnt of birth
W' >mrn fr•'‘• i upnt.|y Jump at ron
• ion - rh?»r mt* .ir\v*hin* but alarm
T v ’’ only va »o rr* a h*n out of
.<■*) i t i low bu? *hnb>r
t.'fu rail' von s«r a woman*
•1 ,h d>jrv look 1 1 k«* on*»
Ar r in may intk** hi* mark in
r- world. jt t* ian't alwa>* a
*J 1 - ■ if »b. dav imagin'*
! • dicn;fl**d to h* a hi*ad
•- :.n *-r than a brradmikrr
*>■'*' *h«" ,*t**raa*- man doesn’t
*•* *“itl?•**■! upon to roprnt until aft
<■ h» h*»*’ brrn caught with thr
t . r*-irvt thm? in thr world
r t<i jot rng=»g»d »o a wld
* *-n if hr roally dooan’t
(>• ■ •nail*, a man r*main* in thw
Va*h*-!o b*»'*u«r ho i.« akrpM
.,i « ty > . >f 2 iry of a woman to
, t !:; , K o ahf c,*n*r of a s',
j itcntohilr f*r»l /•h'ap wh»n
. «• > > < *-|fnw rtjr that wouldn’t
iff: t rfn'*. at a «au«ag* fa'tory
In the I)a>*« News
. • n who i* t* l
■ • y. < f th» Amtfiran
• n t- d*\ ''O th#
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.« ■ v -* rrtafj of
• rj,« St*t# • Tho • na*ir*
. M ir t«* M* Hard for mar,-.
< nr* i ; Mi* la and ha* b»*n nor*
4 if. vnr* t -
Mai ard n :»■'« Mr
■ntn not • rhrorat and thr
■i< r r,* k.v»« n ifrloiitutal prnb
>*«*-d . n kn »w !»dar» and
r i r .*>n«.. |(* M»n« » !it|* him
r h rt •rr nftr.n, 111 *ht*h * rrar--
, • l r •>' •n‘ fl< pr'n* ipla* and with
"mti' a' i> rn» r l * h* Kn» >* « from
ta< y* prtannal •\‘p*rlan»» w.a •
t* ; ; k and • ritin? at*«.ut an»J
t * «.*» * h* f.i-n »h*a thr puhltr.
/ - " ‘ my**.- food pr.tdt.o
--•I .* r, rulr IT»' T+ '•!
r r « . * n is kn* sl«
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n ( » r i fns* •r y, x
Scpnrating Man and Wife
Murphy Who waa |t that ram**
! brtwoon K**lly and hi* wlfw*
Hoolwy- Well, at thw flniah it wa*
| • poltrrman —Judftw.
% Ad-Mirror
And Advice to Investors
If The Times Prints It, The Times Believes It
It’s a Crime For Any
one l nder 21 to Smoke
( igarette* In Public
Man rr*rrhant« have been sur
prised *o ‘-arn the provisions of th<*
Cigarefc ;i»- Th*v have thoiigh*
the tr which they could be pur
chafed »>s ’* years m«f»ad of 21.
Th» far* 'rat it Is also a enm** for
anyone under 21 years of ace to
smoke ihe -i in anv public place or
on the .--ee-a and alley*. ,s a
surpris r.it 'o manv. a« »e| a*- *he
section «h h makev *he part% liable
who allow* a minor *o use cigar
ette on h ■> premises
F ;r*h*r rine of the leading law
yem of **.»ern .Mchigan *nfo'm
the writer ihaf under the common
law an' f .vher who found hts son
had acquired the cigarette habit
could sue t merchan* or proprietor
of a cigu .*or** or poolroou; fc»r
damage* .nrj rollec* (f he <nu and
[trove th*' «i|ch a person « <>l*l <ic
rette* • hl» «nn Melding Man
hen thr pru**ian l*n't btj.* v with hit apyln*
Or plo*M for mtird**r throujh a Sw*>dn
Or whrn raujht amid arhominj and hia |v|nj
IT* a a hijhl> moral prr«on, yra Indmd’
Xl hrn hi* mo«t ambition* ru*r* ar* drt^rtrd
And !♦'* *hown that M»r. law to him 1* Junk.
Whrn hi* a»*rrrt rnrrrppond*nro In roJ|rrfe»|
And wr’vr jot hi* rrookrd Irtfrr* by thr trunk.
Mr indulgr* in an r*tra rijhtroua *pa*m
And rjroriatra thf- mw*hod« that wo tjard
And hr ‘how* a *tidd**n wild **nthu*la*m
For th* codr of human ronduot hr * ahuard.
For hi* T* tjton mtnd’a unahl* to drtnrmln*
That a hit of r|*»vrr alruthlnit. on th* Illy,
Th*'ijh it’* rmlnrntly proprr for a Orrman,
|an’f w irkrd for ht* rnrmira to try.
Thoujh hr hold* hlmarif rmponatblr to no map
ftut thr kaiarr, for hi* murdrr* and hi* lira,
Mr rrjard* a plrrr of apvlnj hv hi* forman
With an attlfudr of virtuoua anrpriar.
And «o Uwl«t rijhtroti* induration
Rrrauar ht* for* do thing* that hr ha* dono,
Ar.d faring unlarraal drtrat«t|On
Thr Pruaaian’a lot la not a happy on**'
The Unhappy Teuton
Let the People
Rule and -Write
"Memory Day '
To Mr Editor of The /'tn*’*:
Asa !»üb«cr:b**r to Th** !>♦• ?roir
Tim* I *. I rieslr*' to ,-»>k for th** pub
.I.cation. tn if? nett ia.-ue, ,of the
rnoloseil ao *r'jt'lfs ’hereby to
inform your many r**a<!*»r< that by
ac* of our te sla' ir.- S* pt. to t..-
hr**n deaignated M**mon day.” »nd
devoted to *h»' carinc of our ceme
'*r*« and *h* zrav*.« of our loved
on*’**, in 'hr autumn time
P’ease aid this worthy ra i«e a?
I ham ?ug*e?t.ed
Wrv ?in erely your?,
How We Observe ''Memory
7 o Die Editor ni 7 hr Time*'.
Sept 30 havme been designated
"Memory day by a t of the l*-c
i.?Jat ir#* of Michigan, and devoted
*o raring for *h*- eni**'er'e*. »i liin
the -'a'** and beautifying the grave?
there n with flowers and loving
care it |? becoming -hat »hl* day
be o served by all friend? of our
If i? ruegesfed that the people
meet a’ rheir rpirmten*** u 2 o'rlor,
• > m and ? h** egercipe* be opened
with brief remark? by the pa-'or.
or other select* *1 ?p* ak**r. and so!
lowed hv the reading of a selected
"Memory Ib*y" poem, after which
'he Mernorv !►.*> hymn be « ine
and ’he exerciae* concluded with
the placing of flower? on th- grave.
>f relative? an I friend* not unit
Ml* 'lie rr.Ui" of fl. * W *
kindred are dead or far removal
Memory d-iy." thu j ob-erved. will
awaken a helpful ?erritnent In 'be
comm»inity. and prove a ble*?lnc to
?bo«*“ who observe *he day
A? a people we are becoming 'no
fully devo'ed *o ’ha’ -shi*h i? 1 i*
material in if? nature and effect,
and we need *he purifying and hal
lowing influence* which will come
’o u? tv»ru the observance *>f "Meni
orv da'.’
St .John’ Mich. S p' 27 1 ’ 7.
After Marriage
ll* u?ed to vow he loved the
ground *h* walked on
"The ancestral domain, eh ? "
"Ye? Pretended he lotmJ the
ground ?he walked on and now he ?
trying to mortgage a lot of it.”
Maud Jack i? telling around that
you are worth your weight in gold
Edith Foolish hoy' Who's he
• riling >» to-
Maud Hi? crfdl’or
The Habitual Liar
in it ynmsuros bhi ( k
Author •<( The IIUM1? of I’eraon
-4 adty "Psychology and
Parenthood.” etc.
I Two men were talking about a
thud Said on< *>( them
"Hr i? auch n liar that you mn’l
I believe h woid lit* rays lie distorts
J and exaggerate* evervthing
. "To listen to him you would think
he has don» the tin *t wondertui
I tilings Hut pin him dow uto dates
I and details and you will alwgya uinl
j he is lying.
■\*-t there is no apparent motive
for thi - liha? nn'lim*. >o g iip by
'it Hit man must be diseased ”
I Os a certainty, habitual lying i»
I ef'**n the syiuptom of a disease Hut
it is seldom as motiveless as it may
seem There i? a purpose in it, a!
j belt perhaps a purpose unrecognized
; by the liar hiiu.-cU.
To illustrate let me cite a case
! from recent medical e\peit*n *,
bringing out clearly the basic tuo
tive in much habitual lying
Some month? ago there was com
mut' and t.» a Scot* h asylum for tin
insane a voung man of Ifd. alleged to
have attempted ?uicide. while a pa
• lent in a general hospital
In giving hi? history to the asylum
authorities he stated that he was
the only surviving son of wealthy
! parents; that he had iuu away to
i Canada: that he had enlisted in a
Canadian regiment md had gone
I with hi* regiment to France
I her* h* continued, h. had taken
jT' <rt in several important *-n ,age
ments and bad eventually b-»‘n
1 gi *d He had tlien been sent
I to London to t< eut ••rate, and irotu
! -London to Aberdeen
Hi- ?*r>rv was oherent. circum
atutal. and fold with an atr of
- candor. Hut on investigation it was
l found so be absolutely raise
The ing man had never been in
eithe! Canada or Franc. He w.»*
i not 'he *<»n ot wealthy parents Un
th*- eon:: ary. h* v. .i* the illegitimate
j :on of i servant girl
Hi had l»*en in errand boy and a
(hotel i«. H*. had been unable 'u
hold anv position long On th»* out
br-a« *f th* w u b.i had *r • I to *
i L-t ;n a Hrui-h i.-giuvent, bus had
| been rt j*s ted
l».ier he had managed to secure
: accept an c by moth* r regiua m
H’U f.• was luefll* :**nr and JOsubo:
dinat* other soldiers teased Irm
Ih* n !< b« gan to have convulsive
i attacks
Taken to a hospital, he was found
~Tn* morning with rr, \ n „ of h
i pajama ’ie<i around hu neck This j
ied to <h« belief that he iad tried I
. to kill himself and his committal to
’h» ,t ?> Jum follow • and
V i .n reality h** was neither ?u:
"Id it I nor insane H** wa? merelv a
j victim of hysteria
Hi- convulsions, hi* seeming'
-uicids; ittcuip'. and hi? pathoh’c:
•.'ll lyinz were ail trevt***! in 'hi? and
* • \-i had 'h u o: fr. ir ,»n .1*
, normal cravlmr to attr.u t ittenri<in
| i.nd gain sympathy.
The. were what psyrhologls* * rail
defen-*■ reo 'i tn " and v*>r? d*
zned to beip the poor feli’nw i on
•■♦J. no only from othivr* but from
■ C hi? profound inferiority.
Discovering 111. the attending
jhv *ii un* soon were .irde to *.ut*'
bun b’ j-> < bolngical mean?. lit
' ? sent frnru the asylum with .»
! new po:n» of view and a saner out
Many nahitual ll tr perhsp*' nit.s
1 1 ibltual Lar« are pe-«nn? like tni ß
I'* are inferior? who vaguely
appreciate their mfenorit., sun* or.
■eouivli riep’o.-e ;nd r* «» n‘ ami
’V .opine 'o the oppo«|*e <*xtr*me,
tua!!\ at- ;f» iOr being?
M '/at *h»*A n**»<l I? not ci.ntHninn
! Hoi :ir>d p'im?hmen», bu* pity v J
'oedical treatment
roimw vvmi rn? v itir.?
is 4 * Hnftt'-a rdfrt?n t <<t A then* by
•t » \ rn'tl.in* re?ult ni n ih«* ni n*
• f *o# T'a • f iien >n. which had h**wn
- ro r.ft ■ n'. a' f I<o I 0"0 «• * «•
' " "St perfei t architectural menu
• rr • ar' w n to nil /e.t »ntM.
1 •• flr.t f • *ll ut !f*n Os
I’ l in*v!' van **?« adopted.
•’ Th' \n-er 1 h n and Ct'n**h
? I ** un<!«- Washington ard FI >-
a l l • ' t-'Cian f* e • 'K e ryf York
tr.wn Va
» ttefrrvif «va.« reoi copied by the
Irttf'd States f(irre|
• ac.r t.enerai? ,Xt'Dow»ll frttten
!'rt and M rxW were retieve<l -f
*heir rotmriandg. and order yd | > tn
i I'? 1 - indnlrv »nt>» their
■ ' ndurt a* t hichamauga
!1 1 I \*if" 'i ricernent made of the
I capture • Dual? ’he (i.v*rnm*nt
1 «e»»t ~f Kaperun. bv the Ftr(f!?h
• t?t • Rr Me ama«F»d «"i ml 'Jer
i man Un* at f,r,r.a and piiehed »n to*
ward T^n«
lftia tn a «r*'> h delivered t***f ra
i Die rdrlutin ( ’ anre'lr-r y-ip R>**b* i
mann- M tlrvep dm ared that d»r
, r anv w-« uld pre?*vere in the war un*
• • l*
OM IFdH VliO Tt>Utl Ml Til r.
RnaalAn? ae!r*-d dominating poai
| tlon in the r'arr>athlana
ftournantan? engaged a uat ro-Her*
1 man? 'n tliree batfjea |n Transvlva- j
n ia
Rr fi ah raptur-d afrong redoubt
| n»ar Thfepvai an*' advan- *d Info *i»f.
I t>’an Un*- nl other points
rniMi * mriTifnxxa
F'»id Maa'al Visi unt French
commander of the Rr'tiah home
forr-ea h rn n Ff*nt. Fngland A'i
years igo tods
tier rgra ' U'tnenceau, former pre- 1
■st*-r and t r man* --ea « a leading
n French publl’ life, b'lfn 7A I
! years sgo today.
K *e Ttoijgtaa TVigg'n author of
"R'h..-ra /,f Sunnvbro' U Farm bosh
| in F’Mlad'lphia 8* tear a ago todar
fl'ar xdmiial Tl»'-*ge t{ Wadleigh
If S N retired, born In Ttover, N H .
*5 yeara ago today
r>r I’btlander P f'laxfon, t'ni’ed
| t -'*ate» rr mm I a.«ion*r of education
* rn n M<df ltd c-untv T»nn PS
! yeara ago fodav
Milton N-.tdes, veteran actor and
P a arr'gl t in.rn .n Albion, Mich.. 70
i year? ago tod*v.
■ |
Those* f.onp \«mfß
Willi? 1 wonder why thay have
rrever fried ronacrlptlnn in Rtiaal*.
Hillls Too sfbw |t would take
! ’hem all dav'to draw one riamd nut
of ’he ho* Ruck
A Royal Oversight
That * funny ’* -
"The kalsc-r haan’t announced his
. tnt*-ntion of egttng hi* Christmas
| dinner lo Washington Pitck.
HT carrier fn Detroit. • cent* a week; ef?»w
where, 10 cent? a week H> mail, fi< m
year. Cull Main 4520 Entered at the Host*
ofllce In Detroit as second class mail matter.
The Soap I>ox
(Cop> right, ISHS, by Frank (Tane)
A K°t)d deal of unt*asinß s d has i*t‘en px
j pivshcd over the activities of soap-box
i orators in various American itics, A
soap-box oratm has come to mean an in-
I dividual bui niriK with a desire for self
expression who, lk*inn unabie t f > crowd
I into the newspapers. or hire a hall, or se
cure a pulpit, ui ends a box on the street
I corner and sprays hi> ideas over the
j heads of such of his fellow citizens fus
j maj have the leisure and find the incli
! nation to stop and listen.
* The eleven themes of these unattach
ed apo tics art u uaily those that are un-
I popular or considered for «»ne reason or
j another danKerous, as all the platforms,
: pulpits, and other elevations suitable tor
public -peaking, where the conventional
land popular themes aie treated, seem to
be occupied. About the only place left
; for the earne t soul who believes that
l women should wear trousers, or all banks
turned into lunch counters, or all tramps
!pensioned at the e\pcn>e of the wretches
who work for a Imnyi. i- the soap box.
Let him have it. The soap box is one
Jjf our palladiums. It is a necessity and
i £o«vl thin*:. It ranks alonjr with the
freedom of the press and the I nited
>tate? senate.
i For the rea-on that it is the escape
valve '•for tho>e heady and threateninjf
trascs that invanah»l> generate in the
bo«ly pt litic. If jiras keeps on forming:,
and there’s no outlet, something is going
to break.
If an\ man believe 4 this war is wrong,
that the kr -< r is right, that conscrip
tion i« wicked, that it is perfectly proper
to sink Lusitanias, bomb hospitals, and
enslave Belgians, and so on. it is infinite
ly better that he stand up in the street
ixui say so out loud than that he smother
it in Tils ho-om until he becomes a fit
instrument for ]x>isoning policemen or
burning an orphan asylum.
Ix*t 'em talk! The American people
ire not afraid to hear anything. Wo
don’t believe in suppression. It never did
iny good. It ua ti e policy of czar-rfd
len Fiu-sia and * po cy of kaiser
ridden (lerniany and nfamoub Turkey.
Most of *1 pr* » tit trouble-makers
expatiate on ti e ei-lmes <v f Kngland. But
they've been at it ever -ince I can re
member, and ri pact for (.rent Britain
has been grow ng in thin country .stead
ily. I don't believe the Kngland baiters
ever did any harm Quite the con
The A. p. A orator- who used to thun
der against the C atholic church never
hurt the church any. The suffragettes
who carried “Kaiser Wilxin” banners
never accomplished anything but to raise
lisgu t at them elves. The frenzied
speakers against government and capital
md religion or anything el-e most people
support and believe in, are not injuring
I/c* ’em alone! It is to laugh. No
cause gains by stifling the voice of the
urser. This i< a fir** country', and an
overwhelming, -olid public opinion i« not
to be gained by uppressing the minor
ity but by giving it rope enough to
hang itself.
Os course, no one should be allowed
in incite to crime, to resisting the law, or
to menacing life or property.
Rut opinions are free a.* air. And the
way to make an opinion potent and irre
sistible is to keep it free.
A mun'ryin'in on * \J«l* to ly.ndon found h*
h»<J Inat hU tirpin nn» ‘• ly hn hud a friend
;D tli#* polic#* station, s»<> h»*
*#nt an*i tnlfl him of hi? loaa.
Th«* frl?n<l •*> ir«d him ha
would not |rw\* a ?'nn** un
iurn«*il tintil th** ti'-p.n ha«l hr-t'n
W'hrn *h*» man cot hark to
hla Indrinc? h*> diarov #•; > i! t'i<*
pin on hla drr-«ainc tnhl#* un I
imm*-dlHf**l> «tart*u! off to the
pollro *- ntir>n egaln \< h** uondnd hi* way
along on** eif sh < • principal «iiroe»ts ho aaw <om*
workmen pulling up th< roadway to lay aom*
n»*w g* <pipoH
I ton t trouble- in trike* up anv morn, my lad*,**
hn rrl*'d "I found th* pin ”
Two yoknla w» rn dl ■■■< , i|«dng the* probability*
o -
4 i
i ** ij
Pravloua to war hrraklrVg out a Herman and
Engliahman wrra chatting ovnr
a drink the* po-dhlll*lc of * »r
hnf worn thntr two
rnuntrio'., w f.on th* tinrimn
r*rlalm* and "Why w** rouli
gobble* up England Iwforo
braakfaat ”
"Vary Itkaly," replied fh«*
Englishman, "but thii W what a
long tlm# you would tx> digest-
In* ft
Laugh With Us
of the- C!e»iman* Invading Eng
land Th* ol«l*»r of the- two waa
tn«»'*t e mphalir "in hla ronton
t!on that the* firrman* would
ne \e>r ge-t fhrr*‘
‘And if thoy eln," hr wont nn,
*'whe-n* hr the y going to right *
(iaffe- wouldn't lot >m rnm*
on ‘hla trindon. ane| I b«> main
r'Tt *i fold sqiilro wouldn't
le nd >m hia park.”
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