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WS make (food promptly If the advert ?wer doe? not. > Our V^guard in France If war wore a s< ?ence puro and simple, fought only by machines and statistic?, the proposal to carry the American flag to the firing line in Europe would he an absurd and empty act. It would not l>c as absurd, to be sure, as the advent? ure of a certain young French boy, the Marquis de Lafayette, who in his nine? teenth year, with a handful of companion?, nailed to offer his sword to General George Wiashington. A fairer parallel would be the 0,000 French regulars who landed at Newport, Rhode Island, in 1780, under command of General Rochambeau, sent by the French government to aid the strug? gling Revolutionists of America. Yet just as it is impossible to overesti? mate the moral support which young Lafayette gave to American patriots in their darkest days, or the significance of the Rochambeau expedition in the last year of tho war, so it would be difficult to exag? gerate the moral value of our flag at the front. It would mean least of all the few rods of trenches we could take over. It would mean, first and far above all else, that America had enlisted for the war; that to the list of German enemies was row added a fresh nation of one hundred million people. Save in money, this nation's weight in the war cannot be made largely effective at once. The point above all else to make clear is that we arc, in fact, coming. Our flag in the firing line of Europe would be only a symbol. But in war symbols still eount, and count vastly. There may well be darker days ahead of the Allies than any they have yet known, as dark as any In tho worst years of our own war of lib? eration. The final te>t of courage has but just begun. What we urge and demand ll that by every resource in our power we ?signal our approach and display to the world that, late as we come, we come with every ounce of energy and will at our command. Instruction for Incipient Gardeners If any city-bound individual, young or old, desires to take a whack at the high cost of living by tilling the soil he need not be deterred by ignorance. The only requisites -mil be a little time, a lot of energy and a back lot, or some soil on the roof which may be made into vegetable beds. Park ("omm?ssioner Cabot Ward has Issued orders to the Burean of Children's ?School Farms to assist in the cultivation cf all a\ai!ab!i* snare in his jurisdiction. Also the New York Botanical Garden has arrange! various courses of instruction in gardening, at which the aspiring may a? quiro healthy exercise and knowledge at the same time. Some instruction will be ally for .school teacher?, who may pass It a1 ? H i boped than may be many pupils in these if instruction, of all ages. The amount of foodstuffs which will bo raised la Manhattan won't trouble the comn . .ally, or tre? mendously enrich tin* community larder. Nevertheless, there are outlying sections of the city where there is much tillable land, notably in Quotas and Richmond, and the habit of cultivating it is a mighty fOOtl ene to encourare. " i he Man with tho Hoe"" ought to have respect paid to hin a.* a useful and honorable- member of the ??eommunity which he would not acquire a* "the Man with the Golf Sticks." Mobilizing Business Women The members of the Long Island 4'ouncil of Women'*- Club?? huv?- taken a practical vay of developing their usefulness in en ? of war. Mostly ?WMM. with family tie and duties, and ?o ???barred from euch ac? tive service as nursing, they have decide. to try to keep "business running as usual," no far as they may. They hnve sent a formal communication to the Merchant.-?' Association here, ashing permission to visit the establishment-? of members while the employs-? are still at work, in ord'-r V> learn Bador the direction of the regular workers all that CM bl taught them. Thus, ir. ca??- U M BMB v.? re called out there wonld lie gTou pa of women, ready trainiM, to ?step into their job?! an-d.carry on the work. It is manifest from the expsrrience of Europe that there will be much which Women not only may but must do ?ahen war tgsggeg. Replacing men In mercantile and I ishnsats will be an impo- i ???*-*. i' ??, if tb<- fut-1 ?re BSaluS bij* drain? on the /nan poSPSff of the 'country. This plan of the ?Gong Island women Is valuable in that it puiT-os?-* to lessen the shock to the business commu? nity which would result from the sudden taking of many men for military -service j without providing adequate substitutes.! It is a kind of preparedness which would : cost little and save much confusion and loss to tho community. Taxing Billboards Tho proposal to empower municipalities to tax signboards and kindred advertising devices and the business of bill posting, embodied in a bill recently presented at i Albany by Assemblyman Marsh, is an old ? friend. Various art societies and munici-1 pal improvement organizations have long' advocated it, not only as ? means of rais? ing revenue, but as an effective way of re? ducing the billboard nuisance. Then; is ample precedent for the enact? ment of this legislation in tho experience of European cities. In many of them out? door advertising has been regulated and tasad by the authorities, and tho scheme has been notably successful. It has proved no mean revenue raiser. The public has been protected from flaring, sensational signs, which cannot by the remotest h of inragination be deemed to fan? ??ven a city landscape. The official regulatton in some of these cities has gone so far ai to indicate or outline the char acter of posters to be used, and the quality ha? been raided distinctly, with probable benefit to the advertisers, even if they are not permitted to nronop?-lize space, as is the custom in our cities. it is to be hoped the bill will be passed. It deserves to become law both as a prac t ieal and aesthetic means of relief from bill hoard excesses. Between Arras and Soissons On the basis of such information as comes to us from the official communica? tions of the French, British and German armies, the situation in Prance at the present time would seem to be about this: ! The period of rapid advance by the Allies following the (?erman retreat has come to an end. To-day the new front extends from Arras, through the environs of St. Quentin to the Oise River, along the O.se River to a point opposite La I*'?re and then straight south to the Aisne above Soissons. Along this line advances are being made at some points. Thus, the British are slowly pushing a little nearer to Cambrai and to Le Catelet, while the 1 rench are still making considerable gains between the Oise and the Aisne, but a glance at the map will show that these gains are merely incidental to straighten? ing the whole front and are made on points where the German resistance has been n.nit- protracted than elsewhere. To-day there is only one considerable salient left in the Western front between the sea and the Argonne, and this is be tween I.a Fire and Craonne, which is itself half way between Laon and Rheims. This salient has become the most interest? ing point on the whole line, because after all the ultimate German purpose will be disclosed in the German decision in this legion. We have here a high plateau, covered with two forests- those of (,'oucy and ?if St. Gobain. The Forest of Coucy bas been largely evacuated by the Ger? mans; they still hold that of St Gobain. Southeastward of the Forest of St. Gobain there it a '.alley through which pass the road and the railroad from Soissons to Laon, and then more high ground?the fa ? mous Craonne Plateau, on which Napoleon unsuccessfully attacked the Prussians more than a hundred years ago. If it is the German purpose to stay on ximately the present line they must hold to. St. Gobain and the Craonne Pla and these- plateaus will be the key? stone of that great arch of their front be? tween Nieuport, on the North Sea, and Verdun, cm the Mease. So far they have clung to the outskirts of this position t?-. is]y. retiring here far more slowly than elsewhere, but this delay is due to the fact that the roughness of the country enables small detachments to linger; and ?lespite all current reports they have not. been and do not now* seem to be in any ?langer of being enveloped. We shall doubtless hear of other retire? ments between Boissoni and Laon, until ih.' line reaches the Craonne Plateau, from which the French are at BOOM points up? ward of Uve miles distant still. But these ??re wholly incidental. So far the German retirement remains successful, and the German front i- rapidly assuming a form that may be Cor a long period of time permanent. .veen Arr;r ? 'he present ?line is at least thirty-live miles shorter than th<* old, and t] H ing should relea I 160,000 men. To judge from the reports, practically all the short? ening as been taken up on the Uritish front ?that is to say that the French ?ill hold approximately the same num? ber of miles that they did before, while British line, which has been straight been shortened at least ; twenty-five miles. A good deal of mis? apprehension ha? arisen as to the relative amount of progr?s-- of the French and the British armies. The fact leems t-> be that the permanent German line was fixed only a few miles from th? old British front, while it was many miles from the old French front facing the N'oyon salient. Thus, the British troops have lieen held up less than t'*n miles on an average fr??m their ? ! [rosition?, whi'e th" French must be over twenty mile?, and perhaps twenty I five miles, ahead at some points. But thin ' i:i not due to the relative rapidity of mo-.e | ment on the part ?if the French arxl of the j Britiah armies, but jnirely and simply to i the fact that, the second (?erman line is only a little behind tho British front. A alow, methodical advance and a de liberate, organized retreat have been | on. They are f'.llowing the natural '? of event?. Neither has be? n marked by m y utaxpected dorelopasenl <.r by ?iriythinj-r Mint StSgSJS t M intirrup Mon of lb?? Oenwn plan m> far. It may be another week before the line is straight fcncd out between Craonne and La Fere, but this will be only a detail in the gen? eral scheme. What is more intere-sting to watch now is whether there- will be any retreat on the German part from before Arras and about La Bas?x<5e. This is sus? pected by many observers and indicated in the ?--cneral situation. But beyond this there is nothing that can be said at the present time. Exactly the same sort of pause hap? pened a fcxv days after the Battle of the Marne and during the period in which the (rermans were taking a position from ?? Oise to Um Argonne, behind the Aisne and aero.? s the Champagne. British Sea Power and Politics There is nothing new in I.ord Beres furd's complaint that the work of the British navy is undone by the Foreign Oilier. Some of the bitterest critics of the late government were above all dissatisfied with the restrictions imposed upon the fleet, and especially with what they con- j ceived to be the inadequate manner in which the blockade of tho enemy's ports and coasts was enforced. There were signs O? uneasiness among them as soon as it ? wai learned that Mr. Bal four had sue-, ceeded Viscount Grey and that Tx?rd Rob- ? ert Cecil was to retain his office in the new ministry; and since it, is now manifest that there is to be no radical change in the gov I nmrent's naval policy it is inevitable that ; the repressed indignation of these disap printed critics should suffer a new ex- , ptofrion. Por nothing short of a complete change ! could ex'cr sa'isfy them. They hold that, inasmuch as the conduct of a blockade is essentially a naval affair, it should bo left 1 entirely in the hands of the navy. They resent all interference by the Foreign Office and the Board of Trade; they depre-; cate all agreements with neutral traders; they even insist that if the government had been from the first a little less tender in their dealings with neutrals the war WOtjld probably be over by now. Lord Emmott made a pertinent answer to such critics when he said that a war wen in utter disregard of the interests and rights of neutrals would be a moral victory j for tho enemy, since it would in effect be a ] triumph of the true German spirit. The First Lord of the Admiralty added, morc over, that had some of the policies so eager? ly recommended been actually adopted Great Britain would inevitably have been obliged to go to war with everybody. The most reassuring passage in Sir Ed? ward Carson's speech, however, was that which dealt with the relations between the Foreign Office and the Admiralty. He de? clared his department had no complaint to i make and recognized that the present | policy of the Cabinet was the only possible ' policy; moreover, the First Sea Lord had told him that he knew of no other system except that now in force which could be used to bring pressure to bear on Germany. This assurance should suffice to silence those who have insisted that the fleet has been hopelessly crippled by the politicians. For whatever popular credit they have gained has been due entirely to popular confidence in the navy, and as long as dis? people are satisfied that the navy is work? ing in harmony with the Foreign Office and that Sir John .lellicoe approves of ?the present policy, the grumblings of such critics as Lord Charles Bercsford and Mr. Gibson Bowles will cause comparatively Utile uneasiness. Wild Life Seizes Its Chance i Prom Th? Detroit Journal ? Bird life in Italy and Southern Frame ha?; never been ao plentiful, in the memory of living inhabitants, as it. i? new. In Britain there has been a noticeable lii'-rea^e in guch animals as lield mice, hare? and otters. From :i have come ?tories of wolxes which liared even to attack detachment? of soldiers, lrom Africa, reports of devastation by lion?. I*, ii plain that the humbler creature?, of the earth are taking advantage of mankind's i oiu equation on the business of war. They multiply, move back into region? once their home?, but long rhandoncd, grow bold'-r and more defiant of the great enemy. All thi? has eons about in leas than three year . What might not take place if a world xxar Were to last for ten years? We hr.xe all how the xvreds soon take possession of u de? serted Held, haw xvrak growth-? hasten to : occupy land that has been lumbered over, and how, in time, the original occupants, if 1 given opportunity, come back fxnd crowd out ? the interlopers. It would be that way in the of animal life. Where man has quit the | soil or is too busy to watch H with jealousy, lit is the smaller creatures nrhieh t rs( make ? encroachments. Tl e larger creep in more cautiously. But once in, their challenge ??= more routngcou I, their going more reluctant. i The increase of bird* end mammals siaee j the war began shea i o what a little dit ?tance I away is the realm of | i Uwaj there is a lowlier life ready ta march in as man ; walks out, prepared instantly to seize oppor? tunity that develops out of huniarnt-. ! sionate activities at srlf-dctruction. The Battle of the Oise 'Now glorj to 1 Lord of Vie ?ts, from whom all glorie? nri! \nd glory ?o our sovereign liege. King Henry of Navarre! '' King Henry hath a theasaad knights, A theasaad knights sad ?rue. 'And all ?he land is golden And all the rky is blue. THe great blue banner of the I.ord. who watched and fought ai 1 ??U ?. ; "Now let there be the merry sound of music and of dance, Thrjugh thy cornfields green and sunny vine?, O pleasant land of Fran. King Charlemagne, King ?'harlemsfrne! Forever rings ?.he great refrain From Rove unto >>'??;, And through the burnt and blackened -one Ho ride?, ? ho makes the sun hi? throne, And we are men ?.gain! We, who sa long havi' borne the yoke, Have seen h.m riding through the smoke, Along the crimson Aisne! "For our Qod hath crushed the tyrant, our ?iod hath raise-d the ?Ir.ve, And mocked the counsel of tha win?? and the valor of the brave." And to the? ea?'. Along the (Mee, Where small 1'ierre Shall BOlaah and play, W hi re dips the v? s 1 ?<???? n tola Krrr. *?Ve sixx? white .Ic.mr.e com?? riding there, A glory in hrr hair! KARL SlaMON's'ON. Republican or Cossac \KT*.at Napoleon Really Said and Moral To-day To the Editor of Tho Tribune. Sir: Kindly permit me to correct the rer in sshich one of Napoleon's memo remarks - as well, let me ?ay, prophec if. regularly quoted in American papers. great Corsican never said that Europe Ta? s?me day bo Cossack. What he ?aid is "Dans un riccle. l'Europe sera ou en re lique 00 Cosaque." Everything at present points to tbe "r? liqae," ihank God! As for the Cossacks civilised part of Europe would a thou 'mes prefer to have them to-day than barbarian Germans. Our great Uttrl (the author of the far dictionary 1 was right to a fault when, ii admirable book, "Etudes sur l??s Barbarr |s* Moyen-Ace," he deplored that the sple Roman civilization of old had fallen a to the same barbarians whom your won ful editorial, sir, in The Tribune of Marc has so perfectly pictured and character Tho only Carman* that are worth having Mviag are the Jews, and we know how have been used by the German Kultur. The fondest hope that we Frenchmen Englishman are nourishing to-day is that 1 Slavism may crush and destroy Pan-Gcrr ism forever. Skobeleff, speaking one da some frieniis, one of whom I was, in Adri, pic ?lhTS), said: "Remember, f-entlemen, Germany is our mortal enemy; the da*, leckoning will come, must come. .So God w CBA1LE8 E. RIVIE1 Ottawa, Canada, March 87, 1017. Breasts. Yellow and White To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: EL D. Kissen-jer in a letter to Tribune of March M professes to bel that Germany stands as a bulwark aca the Cossack and the Mongol. Let us assi for the sake of argument that it does. W has tiermany done? Could the Cossack the Monjrol do more than violate a ?ol< treaty, ravish women, bayonet bab slaughter old men and women, fir? on 1 Cross ambulance? until their units withd the symbol to avoid its being made a tari CTUCify prisoners, burn precious librar destroy cathedrals, ?ink hospital and re transports, rob civilians of provisions ( nshed under charity and destroy neul shipping, with the loss of non-combat lives, and endeavor to incite a war of Mosl against Christian? Nor have I mentioned the Armenian a*r< ties, suffered if not approved by Germa where hundred? of thousands of innoc< people were slain and the women subjected versa than death; where men, women t children wero chained together and thro into a lake to drown; where houses Wi filled with wretched ereatures, a cordon guards established,- th? buildings set on 1 and those who ventured forth Main by 1 soldiery. What shall we say of those all of Kultur who marched the regiments, mt up in part of Turks and in part of Armenia t-> places where trenches had been prepai as if for man?uvres, and where the Tui krocked their comrades in arms on the he und tumbled them into tho waiting ?rav i ot even according them the merry of a n ball? Mr. Kissenger ?ays that he is afraid tl ?ur babes may "lie upon a yellow broas The writer would prefer that our childr he upon a yellow breast beneath which be ? warm huir?an heart and whence they wou draw the milk of human kindness, rather th have them recline upon a white hi which they might imbibe the yello-.v pois< sf Prussian hate and the venom of Intel perate conceit. BRANDON BRINSMATD. Williamstown, Mass., March *J?S, 1017. Keep Our Troops at Home To '.he Editor of The Tribune. Sir: It was something of a surprise to re; in the editorial columns of The Tribuno March L'l the ill-advised project of sending division of our army to the Western frei Immediately on the outbreak of hostilities, would tseern that the experience of Enfriar n losms*? a large part of her regular esta lithmeat early in the course of the war, ar thereby losing her most valuable means f< training new armies, might prove to be i warning in our own case. True, with Eni land it was unavoidable; not so with u The necessity for the vast increase of oi prisent land forces demar.r'.s the utilizatio for training purpor.es of every experience ? flicer and man we have, and, with the Bi cessity for a constant p-uard on our Mexica herder, the depletion of our meagre trainin force by twenty thousand m?n would be d? plorable. U. A, I? or- Monroe, Va., Marrh if, 1017. "A Gift to France" ..? Editai of The Tribune. Sir: The members of the Fatheric.-* I in] dren of Franco are doing exactly the wor Urged by your correspondent, M. H. Strci*. i t?.-?lay's issue. Over ttttfiSt tmS already be?n subscribe?: ?ach subscriber has assumed the indi vidual care of a Frenen child, with whom h< corresponds, or with its moth-r, if the chili ? yoUBg. Thousands of Ainenrans havi ?i.:-, and then ands more will help savi for """ranee the children whose lathers havi mads the "(rand ?acrifiee*' for the liberty ?. <>f the whole world. LUISITA LELAND, rosan of New York Conunlttee an? Secretary of the National Committee, Thi Fatherless Children of France. ? Fork, March *.'7, 1017. The Need of a Pledgr ; To the Editor of The Tribun??. Sir: 1 wouhl like to draw the -attention of '?? S true i?i Americans -nho have been Criticising th<* loyalty pledge wlneli ua? nr I b.? the Mayor's Committee of National Defence to the fact that if they ami a (Treat many -nore of our unworthy Americans would ?how some real red-blooded 1776 .?pint there , would be no orrasion for tb<? rest of us re? minding the President of our rightful ebli? ' gation?. At a time when so many pro-4.erman pa are heckling th.? President eontinu ? it not proper for all true Americans | to ?how their loyalty and devotion by some act or other, thus counteracting the dastardly artions being perpetrated daily by the afore talil J'K WITT DUMVILLE. York, March M, 1017. EataUsafah a Civic Guard To the Editor Of The Tribune. Sir: What do you think of the idea ef forming a civic Kuard, which in the ??.er,t of tho National Guard being called from the city could Kuard public buildings, etc. There are thousands of able bodied men likr myself, over forty, hut most entrer to do their bit, who would be ple??ed to offer their services. We could Ret into condition by drilling under an <? ?.penenred officer in ?orne nearby armory, ami acquire useful knowledge ?>t rifles and machine gun?, which, in th?. sf troubu arising, mlghi *.ro\e ef ? ..? -.. our city. Any information poaalbl? would b? appreciated h? I lUI'l.r.S; G. HoPTon'. | New Vork, March 2?, 1017. "The Shame of It" Continuing Comment of Tribune Readers Upon the Removal of "General Wood- Spile% p?n Scheming and Blows from Behind with One Dissenting Voice To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: All really patriotic Americans will si ?crib? to your editorial of to-day on t shsmo of General Wood's humiliation at t hands of tha Administration. The call I the militia, coincident with tho stab at t country through the order to General Wc was cunningly designed to cover the en? mity of the act-a slap at the country's tai Is this the President's reply to the cou ley's cry for patriotism? Is the nation's ai to be palsied by xvithering blows from belli ?ielivered at tho bravest and noblest suppoi crs of the country's honor? CHARLES PAUL BROWN. New York, March 1'7, 1917. Could Spite Go Further? To the Kditor of Tho Tribune. .?Mr: I cannot tell you how delighted I xv th.s morning at your leading editorial, "II Shame of It." I xvas in Fnglcnd in November after tl outbreak of the war. and in Iaondon the dt General Roberta's funeral took place. Ken have I seen a greater tribute paid to any ma and it was not only because he ?vas a gr?-: soldier or because he was much beloved, bi most of all because he had given prophet advice, which, if it had been followed, prol :Tilx- no war would ever have been declare. Il uns England'.?, "contemptible little army that led the Kaiser on. General Wood '."or years has been doing th same service to this country, and up to th past winter his prophetic advice and wor have been moro abused and ridiculed tha heeded as they should have b-en. I hav? no tho honor of his acquaintance?I only wish might have; but I have heard him talk, an? a more sane plan for ?the defence of one' country was never uttered by any man, an? to think that, after the work he has done after the cooperation he was ready to givi to the splendi'l preparedness that Mayo Mitchel has under way in behalf of New York from this most important post in the great .-ommereial city of the world he is re moved?"for the good of the service." Thi; is a time whan partisanship is supposed t< have ceased, and we have only one thought "our country," and yet just at this time hit removal takes place! A nice example the Administration has furnished. Could spite go further? J. W. ? . New York, March 27. 1917. The Country Cannot Permit It To 'he ?Editer of The Tribune. Sir: You are to be highly congratulated upon the remarkable freedom of your edi? torial policy. In these times of stress it sat? isfies a real need--a clearing house for the unbiassed sentiment of all sides concerned itl that which is every loyal American's busi? ness, the part which the I'nited States i? shortly to play in the decision of the pres? ent world's crisis. You give credit when credit is due; you offer advice where it is i eeded; you throw light upon and criticise hady"?you are doing your duty to the public and to the country. The value of your leading editorial to-day, "The Shame of It," can never be estimated. It is an eye-opener, a great laSBOB, showing the country it?; needs and pointing out the v ay to all loyal eitiMBB, II spells defeat for tho inefficient bureaucra.;. j.? Washington it uncovers the political dry rot that in ? out the very heart of the nation. It spells ?? of the old American spirit tfliat is bound to spring up. through its publication, when the public, who have lain dormant, trusting in their servants, shall learn the tru-h and demand action. I cannot conceive of an administration, no ( rratter how weak or senseless, estimating the j average intelligence of its people upon such I a low level as to alloxv them to put any less ?'?irceful construction upon its disgusting acts thai has The Tribune to-day in this particu? lar case. It looks to me like a purely arbi? trary and wilful stand on the government's part in utter disregard of the people and the rational xvelfare. Just a polite political boost, calculated to safely get rid of the worrisome intruders who are loyal enough to t nil fault with the executive inefficiency. The country cannot and will not stand for this sort of thing. She need? human dyna? mos to direct the flow of her power. She needs them to feed the currant of loyalty. patriotisa, sacrifice, action, from the highest to the loxvest throughout the nation. She has no use for mere lights, satellites, who BQCk Bnd eraste instead of produce and direct that xvholesome, manly current of Americanism which is longing to stand and tight for the cleanness of civilization as arrayed against the "barbarians" who threaten every God fearing man, woman and child on earth to-day. Let the Administration wake up to Its privi? lege, its duty. America will stand behind it ?:i a nan. Let it ?lo away with these schem? ing, jelly-boned politicians who ?re sucking its xery life blood. Call tried and true pa? triots to the colors, men who have been tried ?Mid DOt to ?nd wanting in their country's ser x ice. t'all Roosevelt; call Goethals; call Fiske; ?tall Taft. Call Schwab, ?ramp. Ford, Du Pont and ?Sanadora. Gall Edison, Wright, (urtiss end Maxim. Call together the countless num? bers of industrial leaders, capitalists, scien? tists, citizens, who have offered their all to the United States in case of war. Call the country's young men by means of a universal military training bill. Call the laborers, the women; mobilize the country as a military, industrial, social, governmental unit. Give Americans, under able leaders, a chance to dc something for America. Sacrifice is the keynote of all true spirit. Sacrifice politics for unity, pride and com? fort for efficiency and action, personal aims and safety for national honor. Don't sacri? fice a Wood for a few personal feelings; real Iv give him a chance, put him x=-here he be? longs for the country's sake. Don't sacrifice the nation for a handful of petty, scheming, incompetent and wilful men. Rise above them. Let us have real spirit, real prrparedness, real power, followed by real action. Throw it in the face of these ten thousand under? mining pacifists who are marching on Washington, spurred on, many "of them, by German agents and propaganda, to trample our noble flag in the mire of dishonor. Throw it in the face of the world, proclaim it against barbarism, for humanity, civilization, God. Let us indeed have union at home, power abroad, self-respect in our hearts. Let Amor? ?o? and Americans live. I. R. DIQUE. New York, March 27, 1917. The Gratitude of a Reader To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: II WM with tiie sincerest pleasure and gratitude that I read your article of even date, '"The Shame of It," and thought xvhat the public ?really owed your valuable paper lor such an editorial. Can't a man, whether he be an officer in our army or navy, or whether he be a civil? ian, speah his mind in regard to such a vital en as preparedness? Does he have to be reprimanded by a superior officer, i**bmim in position by appointment only, M(j ,^. not by qualifications? Does Aclmlria T\tt\Z record in the navy show Incompeteoey? jv^ Major General Wood's record In th? ana* show incompetency ? A thousand t?maa \^ N. L, C.UJGAX. Derby, Conn., March 27, 1917. The Most Unpatriotic Pape, To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: I read The Tribune daily. If n ^ not tragic at this time in our coruatTy*, n_. tory, jour paper would be far mor? huaorea? than any comic supplement that. ha? er?, come to my attention. You would no doubt be gTeatly ????ajj,,. if you were to be told that The Tr.k-n, I the most unpatriotic paper in rJi? i*,-.,^. States at the present moment. I do not?, cept tho "Staats-Zeitung." At s tiro? ?a-h? you should endeavor to.bind national Mctj. rr.ent together, you publish cditoriali i*j_ M that in to-day's paper, "Th" Shame of It," d?. nouncing the Administration as I hat? ctrtt heard it denounced by a socialist or an u. archist. All of this in re General W004 The na?vet? of The Tribune 11 ?m?_1iif. Has it occurred to the editorial staff that th? Administration might have had iom? rood reason which for military reasoni it did r.? xvish to tell to the public for taking th? ??. tion it did toward General Wood? prob?, bly the thought has never dawr?.,) upon y0? but why not at least give the AdminUtrttio? the benefit of the doubt? You have .?aid that the pacifist? ?Mi, and weaken the country. Is It nut tru? ?hit by such editorials as th? one in to-d??'i paper you, with all your frothy talk ttxat patriotism, do more to weaken th? Admin? istration and to divide public sentiment ?_?_ ten thousand pacifists? We have this Administration, harenl w?? Well, then, let us abide by it In tins?? ?f need, whether wo like it or not, and keep tl? country united. You know nothln? ?bent the reasons the Administration had for it? actions toward General Wood. Therefor*? keep still about it! At leant until yon d? know whereof you speak. An editorial lit "The Shame of It" inclines one, after ?11, t? the belief that The Tribune is backed by Ger? man finances and German propaganda. This is an appeal for you to come to y?* senses. The nation needs you! (??t patriota? yourself, in the true sense of the word-sn, then go about advising oihers. PRO H??NO PI'BUrO. New York, March 27, 1917. A Moral Breach To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: Hardly anything can be ?id ?bout the orders from Washington shifting; or military commander?. That act ?tiflei tl! speech; it is as a thrashing 'o m who hix? stood boldly for generous preparednen t*. riefend ourselves against ?'ermany'? ??*?"???? sion. It means a loss 1 , and it i? certain that Amor not forgtt thi moral breach of the Administration. THEODOR!- Minifl Brooklyn, March 17, lfl7. White-Heat Tru'li To the Editor of The Sir: Glorious, glorious work yon "The Shame of It" I hav? riad, and it is the cruwnmg truth of ti*??. many xvhite-hea: truths you have ?po?n r? cently. H. New Yorla, March 27. 1117. Alliance with England An American of the Vintage of 1631 Applauds the Proposal To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: I have read the letters by "An Amcri can of the Vintage of K?"0" and Martia Leon ,-.rd, both having for their subject the quej ?ion of an Anglo-American alliance. I am B direct descendant, in the eightl generation, of Captain Roper Clapp, wh' came to tahis country from Devonshire, Eng land, m 1680. (">n my mother's lid? I am th? groat -grandson of Colonel Eiisha Hop kins, of Rhode Island, who fought i-iourWai for Independence. One of his bro hers wai Stephen Hopkins, a signer of the Declaratio of Independence, an?! his other brother wai Commodore Esek Hopkins, of the earl;. American navy. It is my solemn conviction that an sllisnci with (?reat Britain is not merely desirablt but absolutely necessary for our own safety Wo should go into this war on the side o! Cue Entente Allie?, binding ourselves not tc moke a separate pence, and in this way se cure guaraatees from them that they will nol lilhk"' peSCe illiiependent of US. Our great danger lie? in Germany coming to terms with the Entente while we remain Outside. Should this happen, Germany will *trike at u? the instant her fleet is free, and if ?he overcomes our fleet she will hol?l us up for an indemnity that will stagger the world, It make? no difference if Germany be de? feated by the Entonte. In such case she will b.> even more dangerous than in victory, for ?he will he |n desperate tioed of money. Even if the demobilisation of <,ermany's fleet be insisted opon by the Entente as one of their of peace, Germany could strike us be ? re soch demobilisation. An alliance with ??reat Rritain and our en? trance into the war on the side of the En t-*nte Allies would secure us from this dan Ijer; but in that ca?e we ?honld aadoretond I ha' *?e must play our part m the war to the utmost of our ability, for there is no such thing as obtaining something for nothing in this world. B. C. < LAPP. i No relation of ex-Senator ?lapp.i Maaasfoao, K, J , March 27, IIJ7. A Volunteer's Quandary To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: Will The Tribune or ?orr.e of Its read? ers kindly advi-c the writer as to opportuni? ties for service to the country at this time1 I believe there are many unmarried men ?ike myself who wonld appreciate a little detailed mlvice from exports ns to how and Where they can be of most sen ire during this crisis n-i?l when and where they should pn themselves for making arrangements to enter upon such duty. To state my own case: I am a Spanish war veteran, but have had no military ex? perience except tho six months' training I received under regular army officers as a private in a New York volunteer infantry regiment. I am a grailuatn of one of the best secondary schools in Massa.-hui'tt? and | ot the New Y.?rk University Raw School.' Have praet-sed law. taUghl school for a bri?'f period? been n sewspapsr reporter, h??l som? mer'iMii i.-isl ??id <-or*ir-*?r??iiil .? -. |a?-1-1,? nr?? nu>?' |j in the printing linei, ? little experience, in farm work in my youtli ai.d mn familiar | with th? general use of common tool?. I am very slightly pas*, military age. but in sound h"alth atwl of fair physique; have good teeth and eat and prefer plain, coarse food. I do not care to permanently enter the mili? tary service, but I think that perhaps I am fitted for some form of duty xvhich is more important and exacting than -imple police duty as a private in the home guarr**-/ GENUINE AMERICAN. Brooklyn. March 26, 1917. A Stake in the Soi! To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: Now the farmers xvant experienced laborers to help with farm work. Farmers ! are like a hen setting on more eggs than it can cover. It is rather too much to expect o' laborers that they xvork three months a' year as farm workers and cast about for some other kind of work during the other nine months. A man cannot live twelve months on the work of only three. Is there a remedy for the ''aimers' troubles? Turre may be. If farmers would offer an on ?ortunity to workmen to live permanently in thi farmers' regions, perhaps both farmer and workmen could manage to cooperate in attaining n result beneficial to both. How is B workman to be induced to stay in a region v.here he cannot establish a home nor earn < r.ough to live on during the year? Suppose that a farmer xvould enter into a contract with a workman by which the latter ?vould become entitled to a piece of land at the end of a term of years as part of his pay, doing x?ork for the furmer as required, for wages, meantime, so many days a week, ami having a right to cultivate the piece of land : el- apart for the workman's use the other days; the farmer to provide a dwelling and such articles for household use as would be necessary. Ry this plan the workman would be nnchored, so to speak, to the farm. While not working for the farmer he could work for himself, either cultivating his own patch or working for others. E. R. DODGE. Nexv York, March 'J:!, 1!?17. Relief for New Albany I'o ?he Editor of The Tribune. Sir: May I ask that you give space in the columns of The Tribune to ihe following tele :-."'a; ? just received by me from the Citisena* Relief Committee of New Albany, Ind., de-' serihing th- plight of that SBSSJI city as a result of the vi.-itation of the tornado of: three days ngo? "Our ?i?y helplees in face of tremendous' ?Jisaster. Tornado killed thirty-seven, wound ? d ?."xernl hundred, made twenty-five hundred homeless, cnused $1,000,000 damage to homes and factories. Every business man trxing to restore normal conditions, but burd?n *oo great for this commun.!y alone. In ?ins terrihle disaster oto have no hesitation in urging your consideration of financial help in raising ISMjNf needed by tue Red ( rois to carry on relief work. Any sum you may care to send will be thankfully received." In addition to sending a personal contribu? tion, I nm taking the responsibility of making public thia private appeal, in tha hope that among the many generous citizen? of thi? cit> th?*re may be some who xxill feel impelled to aid in meeting the emergency caused by the disaster at New Albany. Contributions nia) be made directly to | V. Knight, treasurer <>f the ? 'miens' Relief Committee, New Albany, Ind. LEWIS A. CONNER, M. D. i New York, .March 27, 1917. To Abolish Militarism A Suggestion from Australia ss to th? Terms of Peace To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: The militarism which It is en?ti*! to abolish is the distinct pr. C 'riff of ***** landed estate owners, ar.d if their la".'- '? tnken their power for evil is gone, or, ?t iT events, so lessened os to be r.egligihl?. Therefore I suggest that the whol? of'?* landed estates in Germany po??eti?d bf ? owners from th.? Kaiser SOWBWsroVWat??< exception possibly of a very few aersi ?<f joining each house on which they WPj grow potatoes ?nd cabbage?, ?hall b? tteSi and afterward divided into farms of from ?* to fifty acres each, according to nsrorsl '?"? tility. These should be let to eulUb'.e tenant?, I? tahly of German nationaJi'y, on less? ISSW nable only on neglect to flair! ?m* "?* *? the tenancy and tho payment of ?S '??P rent. ,. In this way s peace loving pop jl?ti?n """**?? b? ,-reated and maintain-??!, ovur *&?*"*? *J present military leaders ?mold ha? ?? losaos and who would frW terOOt insist that their - - - " *?**" ?royed by any fu* '-" " '' "?J ^ The rents paid would soppljf su"h ? ce **' annual return a? would pay ? * **?*??*??? B gigantic international loan, WMSS eo raised immediately that Inveeteio **_*_2? tues were | it they oesM * J without fail a fitting income on their m m"nts. , ???)! The money so obtain?d won'd render n p ?ihls to con.p??'i*a'r- ail th" r\lliod P'op" M? the material inj iriei h " '??? ?,n "?9',^ it is no' without possibility that f ( plus would remain as might be u?*.?'J ploved in lessening I - tm9*_J_\\9i neutral nations by th? ' ' r ?,,?, 1" the Jai - ' :1iuthe-?" loted other blatant Hons, such as ?-? preacher? sad swollen heeded proi would form a eloss who migM b* q ignored. ?itic? ?"" A little more knov ? Ige of ? F T0>*?\! tfa re, ? ss they are B0\W*~J_TS lasare important aid from '?? ? .?.?-a* pie other than the higher r-.:l?"-**T ' who will gladly help to -? ' r? *f_J,^ future rfskS BlSSisSf to those tlMj "? are experiencing. . , as This kr.owle.ige might he ^"'""Z,* Herman people by authortati* e me? ^ briag dropped m that country fro^ range aeropian-v J'MEN *\ , J"i? ft? mbOT Of the Legislative ? ounC, South Wales. Sydney, K. B. 1 ? F**- -~" m" French Book, at the Pubhc Lib?** To the Editor of The Tribune. ^ Bin The writer would Ilk? ,lV. h ?> the cause of the very inedeonste t ^ partment In the Fubli, LUMOfJ ?* Heond Street. KoW York. ^ The excuse that the war P-"**'**"" 0f4n* chase of the works of our WB?*33 a.? Loti, Borres, i ' ' f, b, bs?jf a? these \<>i> autl ' works ar? - .,.,^-a-/. Brontano's, Seribnert end ota? i ^ ^ ., the Kiench re?.??<?** '?' taont ?_,__ M?? I? there any pro l.ermiin inSu.nc. ^ ^ ?ible? . j Now York, March 1U, WO?