OCR Interpretation


New-York tribune. [volume] (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, September 02, 1917, Image 42

Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030214/1917-09-02/ed-2/seq-42/

What is OCR?


Thumbnail for 6

Persons Active in Army,
Political and Scientific Circles
Flowera for General Wood
MAJOR GENERAL LEONARD
WOOD'S cars tnust be burning
theae daya, for his transfer lo
the lort Riley command from the South -
castem Departmenl haa brought him no*
aaaroas boii while reviviag the
\ :i section of tbe press
thal ha ha racked by tbe Ad
Major General Leonard Wood
Sl
rainiatral on because of his preparedness
views and other I way? of making
bitnself ki
v . - neral Wi od waa born at Win
chester. N. H.. on October f?. 1860. He
was graduated from Harvard in 18S4 with
(v!.> legree of M. D., later obtaining an |
LL. D. fr m Harvard, Williams and the'
University ? t Pi ni aylvania. His entrance
Ir.to the army was in 1886, whon he was
gppointi . tant Burgeon, and later cap
\xx\n 'geon. He Berved as
t.rieadier general in the ?panish-American
Wr I a long aeriea (if mili?
tary | ? ard diplomatic posts. He
was military <;? v? rnor *>f Cuba from 1890
to 1902, wl ' vernment was trans
ferred to 1 ?i Rapublie; Governor
af Moro provinci I to 1906; com?
mander of the Philippines Division from
j . ? ,, 1908; Bpecial Ambassador to tho
Argen! ne n 1910; chief of staff
. Army from 1910 to
j..i ; |, ? : ril ' 1914 he was made com?
mander ? f the Department of the East.
and was transfenred by the Administra
tion last March to the command of the ]
Southenstern Hepartment.
"The chnnge comes as a pninful surprise
|0 all ihose who nre trying hard to belleve
that the Administration is at last awake lo
the fact that 'it's wnr we're in. not poli-j
: ica,' " says "The Hoston Transcript." re-i
ferriag to the wteat aaova to Port Rihry.,
"He is being punished for Plnttshurg." j
?oya "The Man.n Daily Telegraph," which
julds:
"For praBaradaesa talk and ileeds, for hi*
araraiaga aa his (raajaeat public appearances ,
la tha eeBBtry t<> awaka io peaaible Baeaaeea
BBd get ready to light, to pet ;n tho right
mental i<s well as posaible phyaieal attitade
to take up arms should thfl BBed develop
puaiehed because ear adflaiBiatratioa *?? ? I
peaee a.lministrnt.on Bl that time and whiit '
I n.r.ar.i Wo.i.l was doiag ao a jiatnot and j
*s ,:r. enlightened -oldicr with the full eon- .
!:i!er,ce of the public was readerlag Hti inci- |
deatal political aerviee ta the Eaatera He i
publieaaa whe adopted preparedaeaa and j
military fore-handedness us campaicn doc .
ti pe, He bbbbI be made te fed, so all1
other BOldiera might yer it, thut even in
tiraea ef peaee a aoldier ia nol a eitisea and
thal even a major general may not raise his
voiee in araraing or injnnction ti> the people !
be aervea, fiom whom hc apringa."
While the papers which oppoee his trans
fer largely view the change as a further
demotion, "The New York Herald" WOB
dera if a "Wesl Point diqoe" isn't behind
the move. "Some West I'ointers," darkly
deilares "The Herald." "have never for
given Major General Wood for proving
himself the best chief of staff the army
has had; for Major General Wood came
into the army as hundreds of thousands of
Americans are now coming into it?not j
through West Point."
A more novel explanation and suggestion [
is that of "The Nebraska State Journal,"
which reminds that "the United States has
never had a war which did not make at
least one President. Washington, William
Henry Harrison, Jackson, Taylor, Grant
and Roosevelt sufriciontly lllustrate the i
fact."
Accordiogly, says this paper, which even !
2eea Herbert Hoover a Presidential possi
bility:
"There is a disposition to look about for
the Preaident whom the prf.ser.* war is to
make. The first prospect, of course, araa
Rooaevell arith hia rlar. for a speetacular
volunteer army to ha?t?n to France. The
aending of thr regular army instead, with a
Bl ir. command who has shown himself j
a poor press apent, has for the time being
iet Mr Rooaevell back without puttirp any
ore in h i plaee.
'*'. anwhila an army of nearly a million
men, including miktia with the drafted
HH being orpani7rd in the I'nited
Statea, jrel no .-;pn appeari of the cmrrpence
of a political beaeflciary of rnlitary "pera
tions.
"In th* refusal of 'he Tresident to ap
point political penerals and in the changrd
nature of war, il it poaaible that this war
may r.ot make a President'.' That may de
pend 01 how V.nR the war laata, ar.d how
grea* a part our armies rinally V:-Hy ln lt."
The tribute to General Wood'fl ahihty
ifl ger.eral, even in those papers which
SCOUt the idea that the Administration ia
"getting ever," arith the aoldier for want
ing to "sandbag" the whole War I>epa?-t
ment. "He may be expected to accept hu
fate philosophically, and proceed to give to
this government the very hest service of
which he is capahle in Kansas," says "The
Dayton Journal." "That would be equally
true if ho had heen ordered to the Sand
wich Islands or to Seward, Alaska." Hut
"the intimation that the Administration
is hounding (Jeneral Wood is foolish. Kor-1
gct ill" advises "The Savannah Morning
News." "That a hue and cry should he
raieed . . . is. however, not, justified,
hy the circumstances that he has made j
good in the South," adds "The Columbia |
States," which further maintains the like-1
lihood the Administration is acting wisely, |
thus:
"One of the newapapers of Hoaton, elnm j
l?nt in protest againat hia tratiafer. obaervea j
in a paragraph. 'The Mulrlle West will
?hortla hcar that there ia h war on,' and,!
for all we know, that la preeiaely the reaaon
thal hns eontrolled the War Department in
aending this tine soldier to Kan?aa. If hia i
apleadid achievemrnt hua been . i the
awakening of the South, one may suppoae
that the government is utilizlng thia ability
whieh he poaaeaaes in so large a mesaure
|| par'a of the eountry where it is most
needed.
"At any ruti , it mtiy be aaid that the ,
pawBBBpera, iddieted te the habit of going
off hnif eaeked whoaevei Gaaeral Wood re
reivea nn order, are totallv ignorant of the
mativea of the Wnr Department. lt dooa
nat opcratc ia these times on the plan of j
making (ieneral WooH or any other offiecr
romfortable, and General Wood hinr.self ia
the last man who would wish either his con- \
venienee or bil pleasure con.aulted. That
he hna made plain in a few concise. vor.ls
more than once "
The Crocker Land Kx
plorer and His Rescuer
D(
plorer." ll the way most of us
think of him, hut "Donald B. MacMillan,
toacher," is the way he is listed in "Who's
Who in America." Both classitications
are correct, for the teaching (though there
are few who know it) has occupied ten
years of his life, and the explorations nine.
This last expedition, undertaken to prove
or disprove the existence ef Rear Ad?
miral Peary's Crocker Land, has claimed
four of those nine years. Now he has
reached civilr.ation again, and will make
hi.- official report to the American Geo
^raphical Society, which sponsored i'nd
partially finariced the expedition. He ha
Irotight back the news that Crocker Land.
diecovered hy Peary, is but a miragc?a
?v.irage so real that his own party arai
deceived hy it for four days. But in spite
bt thi- disappointment, the t.rip was a i-uc- j
ceia, for other things came of it, among
them valuahle mineral discoverie.-., which
may prove of use in the war. As enthusi
astic as ever, the cxplorer announcc.< he
i? ready for his next adventure.
MacMillan was horn in the quaint old
t',.-hing village of Provincetown, out on the
end of Cape Cod, on November 10, 1K74.
He was graduated from Bowdoin College,
and in IfMO took a year's poet-gradliate
vork lt Harvard, getting his maiter'l d"- ,
pree. He was principal ef I.ovi Hall '
S.-honl. N'orth Corham. Me., from IfcfiH to
1900, when he was made head of the clas
aical department of Swnrthmore Prepara?
tory School. Leaving there, in l'.'O.I, he
went to the Worcester (MfltBB.) Academy,
where he tnught for five years.
Thun the fever of cxploration seired
him; he joined in I9M the Peary Arctic
Club North Polar expedition, and in 1910
was a member of the (abut I.abrador
party. In li'll be asvoted hims.df to
ethnologicnl studies BCBOng the K.siiuimaiis
of LahradOT, and tWO years lat<-r under
took the leadership of the Crocker Land
Expedition.
MacMillan is unmarried. In liH.1 came
tl.e report of ihe engagement to IfiaaB
Marie Peary. Kear Admiral I'eary's OBUgh
ter, bttl i< was immediately denied.
? ? ?
DK BDMUND OTIfl HOVEY. who
headed the lvlief expedition sent out
in .luly, nuf>, to rascue tha Craekat Land
party nnd who has just returned tfl Maw
York again, spent his two years in the
r.orth in absolute ignorame of the prog
reaa of the war. He left, two months
cfter the sinking of the I.usitania, and it
was not until he r.-ached Godhavn, on his
bomeward trip. that he learned the I'nited
States was in the COnflict,
Dr. Donald B. MacMillan
?Preea llluatl <?'-.*? F?rv.r*
When he -tarted out in .luly, 1915, he
expected to be cne three months; but it
was Septemher before he reached Ktah,
where the MacMillan party had its hase.
His ship, the George B. Cluott, had heen
caughl in the lee In North Btar Bay. The
* -..>i.'^h\x-. *
Dr. Edmund Otia Hovey
entire party spent the winter at Ktah,
cut off from communication with the out
side world except hy means ol* a soi.-mo
graph, irhich regiifc red an earthojuake,
"M.mewhere in theAvorld," in M^rch, 191b\
Dr. Hovoy, who la curator of geology
in tho American Museum of Natural His?
tory, was born at New Baven, <'onn.,
Septeml.er 1">, 1862. He was graduated
from Yale it. 1 sh4. reeeived his Ph. D. in
I88g ind in 1890 studied at the University
of Heidelberg. He araa a school principal
i'. Ifinneaota from 1884 to 1886, when
he returned to N'ew Efaven aa assistant
in the mmeralogical laboratory of Shef
held Scientihc School. A year there was
followed by four years ;is principal of
tho Waterbury High School. In 1892 he
had charge of the afiaaourl mineral oxhihit
at the Chicago Exposition. In 1894 he be
eame aaaiataat curator in the ^cological
department of the N'atural History Mu?
seum, and in 1910 was made curator. He
has published many geological papers in
tcchnical journals and is the author of
several volumes on volcanic disturhances
and earthquakes.
A Yeteran Kditor Comes
to Town
N'KW VORK laat v.cek entertained
Colonel Henry W. Watterton,
fanaoua editor of "The I.ouisville Courier
f Journal" and known variously as "Light
Horae Harry," "Henry of Navarre" and
more popularly plain "Marse Henry."
The fact that this was Colonel Watterson's
fifty-third annual visit to New York, and,
incidentally, Goney Island. made it memor
able as well as interesting.
The important facts af his career, which
has been varied and pieturesque, are
pretty well known; for his has been a
prominent figure in politics as well as
journalism, and the light of publieity has
been turned upon him and his utterances
with spontaneous frequency.
Colonel Wattersoi. is 77 years old, hav?
ing been born February 16, 1840, in Wash?
ington. On account of defective eyesight he
I was educated chiefly by private tutors. He
Iserved la the Clvil War as a Confederate
itafl officer and chief of scouts in
| General Johnson's army. His newspaper
; career began in 18o8, when he joined the
i staff of the Washington "States" as re
1 portor and editorial writer, subsequently
' becoming editor in turn of "The Demo
icratic Review," "The Ghattanooga Rebel"
and "The Republican Banner." His next
! venture was the managemer.t of "The
i Louisville Journal," which, with W. N.
Haldeman, he consolidated with "The
Courier" and "The Democrat," in 1868.
under its present name, "The Courier
Journal." Disagreement between the
owners of the paper in June of this year
threatened his control, but the Colonel
won out.
Colonel Watterson opposed William
Jennings Bryan in his candidacy for
President in 1896, but in 1900 "The Courier
' Journal" gave him lukewarm support. In
1908. however, what he called "the free
silver heresy" being "as dead as African
i slavery" in the Gnited States, he became a
warm supporter of Bryan.
In an editorial in support of Wilson for
the Presidential campaign in 1912 Colonel
Watterson said: "In a contest between
three tickets headed. respectively, by Taft,
Roosevelt and the Devil "The Courier
Journal," being a daily newspaper and
unable to take to the woods, will perforce
1 be obliged to support his Satanic majesty."
The next year he was quoted in an mter
; view as saying: "The chances are all in
favor of the success of the Wilson admin
istration. He may prove one of the favored
| few of destiny. He is a lion indeed among
'the tamer animals of the political jungle
with which he has to deal." Speaking of
Colonel Roosevelt, upon the same occasion.
he remarked: "He has reached the top of
the hill. Krom now on he will go down on
the other side. I do not think he will ever
again be formidable as a candidate for
President."
Colonel Watterson last April thus
tersely expressed his views of the war in
a battle-cry submitted to the American
War Slogan Committee: "To hell with the
Hapsburgs and the Hohenzollerns!"
Marse Henry has never used tobacco in
any form, it is said. He is a light eater
and a sound sleeper; and. when on duty. a
strict teetotaler.
Among the several 1 ooks he ha.s written
or compilcd are "Oddities of Southern
Life and Charactar," "The Spani4
American War," written concurreetj.
v.ith the events, and "Compromiia, af
Life," a conrtpilatior of his leetyaaa
r'idrrases and editorials.
The Leader of Anti-Con,
scription in Canada
rpHK Right Honorahle Sir Wilf^
i Laurier. C. C. M. G., D. C. L,Lf,
D.. K. C, ia the most picturesque figura^
Canadian political hfe. and one of thi 1*.
of the old school of "silver-tonguei." j^
day at the age of seventy-six he u ^
leader of the Liberal party and araaai
him rages the conscription controvtra,
He il the standard bearer of the Qaeh.
Natior.a'ists and of the anti-conscriptiaj,
ists of Canada.
Born in 1841 in the village af St. J^
Quebec. he is the only French Car.adja.
who has ever become Premier of Can?4
Sir Wilfrid held the offW of Premier froej
1896 to 1911. Educated for law at McGt'.;
College, Montreal, and a* one ',m? edjtj.
of a French paper publiahed in Queber,
Sir Wilfrid Laurier
From / hr Chriettan *r\rrrt if-ai'r^?
he entered public life in 187! as a member
of the Quebec Assembly. In 1874 he ?i<
returned to the Canadian House of Corn
mons.
He was the first colonia! premier to be?
come widely known in the mother counrry
pnd his trip to England, at the time of th*
Queen's Jubilee. in 1897, was the occaswt
of the tirst entry of an overseas pri?
minister into the official councils of Graj,*
Britain. Sir Wilfrid araa given an i.m*.
regal reception in Fnglar.d, and. besida
being created a knight of the Order c'
Michael and (ieorge, he had a number ri
extra wiitials added to his name by tht
universities of Oxford and Cambndge. L'
he should sueeeed in reconcilmg the
I.iberals of Western Canada to his vien
cn conscription he stands a good chancecf
again beeoming Premier.
"Farmer Jim" Ferguson Awaits Trial for Impeachment
The Daniels-Navy League Row
^w \i-. ING ' ?? university tbe
egii atures, Gov
" officiala and
5 latter frequently includ
? a new sport.
I? thi M Wi ? ? ne, where state
. ipoi leg>
i . their support
, . ? several vol
111 the BUbjed of
to Bai! I ? . I ?irulties."
> . te thi !'??! ? al legi lature
. . v. ??? ? v halving salai iea ai
I not te mention a
, who i* withholding
jhe . iyi two months' aalaries on a
technicality. Mi ouri professora bave
also ^c<-n daya when pay checks did not
peem ? ' paper money,
and the tra : of political persecutionmight
!?. ., to many other state
icho '. . ' ' ? ' thal of Texas.
For the ultimatc backfire that was
boand to I l ranl and preju
uir,,,l , ? -. ? ??< ring with reasonahle
m ent < state
Uuivei ? I rived in Texas. al
least. Governor Jamea E. (Karmer Jim)
Fergu on there i I ' ial for impeach
, . ? ,*e of tbe State I.eg
.^latu-. elaborated
from thirl al chargea placed
. ? him l v l peaki r of the House F.
0. Fuller.
All of which will doubtless cause some
bta.d membera of the many "fosailiBed"
college fac the land to riae np
a,,d ask f r nine 'raha for Texas, with
much of tbe same enthosiasm to be found
rmong a BtuderM mob hauling away some
professorV woodshed for a midnight bon
fue. Aad the response is likely to be ?
j ? (.ne, tOO.
T
cx.ts Got I ired OI 1 Ier
I leadatrong Governor
lt would hardly be fair to call tbe spe<
t r I erguaon the "Sulser of Texas,"
though fourteen of tbe twenty-onc couate
ln the impeachment chargea concern the
??0 , ? and only tne university
Uatters. Nor can his threatened removal
be Bttributl . wholly to university mat?
ter-, high-handed aa has been his actien
toward thi . hing institutions
rf higher learning. It is probably aaarar
to truth to aay thal Texas haa got tired of
i haadstrong, unreaaonable but very in?
teresting i oi Governor. Says "The
Ifontgomery Advertieer'V:
?Tbe Goveraor'fl traubla nrreai* te be
abieflj due to tbe aUbbot&nfcss and toolish
refusal to sign the appropriat'on hill for the
maintenance nf the I'nivr.aity of Texaa uti
!e*s the rcjfenta of the univeraitv ahouM re
sipn. No illepal BCta were eharged apainat
those in eharpe of the univrrsity and iione
excepti act< .'f palitieal natore were alleged
BgaiBBt them. While this was the prirne
eanae of Gaaerner Pergaaon'a present diffi
the Impeachment ehargea were based
upon anTenaivea of a different nat.ire and
equally reprehenaible in a chief exeeutive.
The Governor, who wenl Into offlee as the
poor man's friend, was proved te ho n- linan
rial Juggler who handlcd ib* atati fund to
the adaantage of -. hnik wh.rh he eontrolled
nnd rinannal transactiona ef H doubtful
nature ln eonneetion with thia bank wete
n ? ,:> I arainst him."
H
nw His Nntoriety Hai
Developed
Perglison'a rise to hts present state of
?.nteresting notoriety has occurrcd entire
Governor James ?. Ferguson
Pkate ai Pa Tbomn
ly lince 1914, when he left his duties as
president of the TempJo Statl Bank to he
(ome candidate for Governor. Al that
time. aceording to "The Dalias Morning
News," he was scarccly known outside of
his home town. He gained the nomination
--which meant his electiofl for tjovernor
of the state on the Dcmocratic ticket on
I plntform dedaring "hands off" his pol?
icy toward prohibition. though he was by
:io means an anti-prohibitionist. Follow
ing his nomination he wrote the party's
j.iatform at EI Paao, defeating a plank
Pgalnst national prohibition proposed hy
Senator Joaeph W. Bailey.
His first administration as fJovrrnor
;an along harmoniously. His campaign
for reajlectien developed controversies,
however, with the result that charges
sgainst his campaign fund and other
tinancial dealings were puhlished by his
Opponentl a? paid advertising. After
being reelected the (iovernor rollected
apologiei from his opponent and damagei
to the extent of 17,500 from "The San
Antonio Express" because of the charge<
made.
The university quarrel hroke when the
(Jovernor demanded, requested or suggest
rd that. President Vfaiaon of the Univer?
sity of Texas dismiss certain members of
<be faenlty. His difticulties increased
measurably on February 14. 1917, when
old eleetion charges and new questioning
regarding his handling of state funds
were raised against him. On March .'i a
resolution calling for his impeachment
was introduced in the state Legislature.
The investigating committeo reenmmend
cd "critici.-m," but not impeachment. But
when he vetoed the entire appropriation
for the main university and tho medical
school, the whole state went "loco mad,"
and on August 1 Speaker Fullcr ealled
upon the House?the Legislature then
.'oing in special session?to consider the
matter of impeachment proceedings.
Some of i lis Rrplies Were
I ruly Classic
Some of the Governor'a remarks bear
ing on his fight against the university are
t lassic. Asaerting that he was engaged
in I "death struggle," he was asked on
rhe stand if it was not true that he wa^
a member of one ot the Creck letter socie
ties which he had been sneer.r.g at.
"I don't know," he replied. "Some of
the members invited me to become an
bonorary ,)r oraary member of an apple
pie society, and they came over to the
rr.ansion and gave me the hunger high
sign.
"That high-tor.ed stuff at the utuver
?ty ain't doing the people any good."
>ome of his gems continue. "They've got
l ghty girls over there doing domestic
economy work, an I I'II bet I can take any
of 'em and they can't preserve a c#n "f,
reaches so it will keep five days. . . .
The university prnvidcs ton much favnr
itism for too few people."
He wanted, aaj i "The New York Even
mjr I'ost," gasping at his audaeity, to
make certain that the professora would
work for their pay "eight or ten hour.
a day. like the Governor and the judges"
and be wanted one old servant. paid by
both university and the San Antonio
School Board, "to be booted oul if he had
been there fifty years."
He warned tbe regents that if they
"didn't clean up out there I would use
my constitutional authority to jret some
i ne who would," and he made it clear that
tleanlng up included the removal of Presi
oenf Vinson, who has recently eonie from
Austin College, whieh Kergu-on callfl "a
first-class preachers' school."
A
Hrlitional "Ron-mots" for a
' Sr-lf \\ illerj Governor
And "The KanSBfl City Star," ealling
him "an ignorant, self-willed Governor,"
citea further educational "bon mots":
''H? referred to the injaatiee af tnxins: tbe
puhlic to pay h few men, the faenltv, far 'he
'unholy spiee sf eatabliahing an edaeatiaaal
hierarehy.'
"II* araa aske.l if he thoucht il u*s nq-hr
to diaebarga membera of the faeulty, wirh
nit hearing an.l without roa^on, uho hail
heen there for tweatj jreai -. and h* replledi
'I had 8 njrht to hoot them out'
"He ^pokf of several nicinber. r,f th*
faealty ba 'tm JeBusea,' and told th* preBi
deal of th* university if he-did not diaebarga
Certain men there would be 'th* l>i{rgesi hear
figrht ever pulled off in Texas.'
"Aaked wby he diaflaiasad e*r*am raea, he
sani: 'I don't hav* to ri\* reas..ns. I am
Governor of Texas.'
"One of t:>.. disBBiaaed regepte has iaaued
a pamphlrt demuncing the Goveraor, in
which he say-: 'To eall this thimble
ri^einp. swa^Keritip, BWaahbaekliBg liov
ernor a rommnn jrarden liar arould he
greafleat lattery.'"
Wood as a Source of Food
ln their efl'orts to UtiliXB every coi
able form of food the Germans have lat<>ly'
been tryir.g expenments with wood, upon
which dogs and sheep have been fed. Hirch
wood was chosen as being the most nrnm
ising. It was prepared by beir.g pulpod in
B paper mill. The pulp v/as then mlxed
with other foods, aad given to the ariimals.
Aa regarda both digeatibility and nutritivel
value the results are .-aid to have 1 een al
tsfactory, ar.d it is thought that pulped'
b;rch wood might be mixed arith ? ereais
for mai.ing bread to the extent cf IS jer
ccr.t.? Chambers's Journal.
F m "4HE official report made public last
j week by Secretary Daniels to the
efTe.-t that the exploelon at the
Mare Island Navy Vard in July, in which
five persons were killed and more than
thirty injured, was the result of a "de
liberate act," bringa up ifresh the feud
"Drat the Navy League! I'II do the
knitting myself"
From Thr St. Louit Poet Ditpateh.
brtwoen the Sccretai y of the Navy and
Navy League.
ln a recent statement the league de
clared that an investigation was being
blocked by the influence of the labor in?
terest-. Ii. consequence cf this criticism,
or iseumption, Mr. Daniels issued an
erilcr barring officials of the league from
r,aval property. and annoimced that the
navy would not aceept donationa for its
men from the league. Aa reported in the
pre--, Daniela arrote Colonel Robert M.
Thompson, president ot* the League: "The
chief service which you can render to the
r.avy ia to re.-ign at once." Mr. Thomp?
son tbereupon toesed back another bomb
in the .-hape nf an offer to resign if the'
Saeretary alao would get out?making it
unanimoui, as it were.
The Navy League ia a civihan organi?
zation formed some twelve years ago to
work for enlargement and improvement
of the navy. Its membership includes
many former or retired naval ofticers.
Nine out of ten of the members. Mr.
Daniels admitted, according to the papers.
are patriotic citizens domg a gocai work.
Cermany has a navy league, ealled the
"Flottenverein," and England also has
amateur assistanta to aid its "senior ser?
vice."
Lditorial ( omment Rreaks
About F.ven
The American press has taken up the
matter and editorial comment is about
evenly divided as to which party in the
controversy ia most deserving of censure.
The faet 'hat Mr. Haniels has already
come In for a ereat deal of eritici.-m and
ridicule is not forgotten by the editors;
while on the other hand the protagonistfl af
the Secretary point to the fact that the
country is at war, and note also that .
Colonel Thompson ischairman of the board
of directors of the International Nickel
Company, which, it is claimed, has been
protitir.g by munitions contracts.
The judicial mlnded "San Francisco
Chronicle," after some intimations of dis- ?
esteem for Mr. Daniels, goes on to say:
"Man is pron" to error n' the sparks to fly
upward, and the country would condono al
moal anything m*an whi.-h Beeretary Pan
iels mtijht say of th* audacious pr*sll^*^, of
the l*a?ue.
"Bat when he ~o*s further and order', if
tbe dispatehea quote h:tn correctly. that no
offir^r nr icaraan of th* navy shall rceeive
;iny comfor' whi^h reaehea him through the
IcagBfl h< 2oe; enf:rely too far. . . ,
->. itever h*ip my organiaatian ean render
ahould h* promptly aerepte.l, rejrardiea^ of
what th* president of the leajru* nnd th*
Seeratarjr ef the N's-.w thinb ef eaeta ether."
Forced to Abandon Profits,
"7hey Are Sorr'"
Harping on the alleged "profiteering"
of Colonel Thompson and hn asaociates,
"The Columbia Record" says:
"ln ether words. Secretary I?ani*N ha*
forced Colonel Thompson and his fe'iow ?)j
rrctor= of th* International Niekel Company
and his BSSeciatCfl 'ii th* Navy LeagUe to
tfive up millions of dollars of war pro:ita.
N'aturally, they ar* sore; r.atural'.y, they
arould like ta disrredit Daniels; naturally
thej ".ould li'ae to see him reaign."
This editorial would appear to have
I een "mspired." as ita exact wording ap?
pear- also ia whole or in part in "The
Shreveport Times" and "The Wisconsin
State Journal," as well as a number of
other papers.
\l hat Dewey I hought of
Secretary Daniels
"The Jacksonville Times-l'nion" re
minda its readers that
"Admir.-i Dewey aaid th*t Beertary Dar
*!, wa* the beal Secretary of th* Vr,-y the
rouatry had hai in rr.ar; yeara."
"The San Antonio Kxpress," "The
Newport News-Press," 'The Charleston,
News and Courier." "The Florida Tbbb>
Union," "The Richmond Times Dispateh"
and other Southern papers are a'w
strong for the Secretary. "The Sprinf
field Republican." in referring to the o.l
cial report of the Navy Department,
thinlta that Mr. Daniels is "fully vindi
cated"; ami "The Portsmotjrh Daily
Chronicle" says that "the omeers of the
Navy Leajrue are in mighty poor businta
when they direct an attack Igaiait thi
honesty and eflaCieney of the navy at Mi
time."
Of another mind is "The Chicago Tr?
ane," which thinks that?
"Saeratary Daaiela's nw wi*h th* Na?
Leaguo vv uld l.? unfor'unate at any ta?.
but it is partirulariy unfortunat* at a tai
when we want to hrintr our navy up t*
hiirhes*. atandarl of efficiency.
"We thmk he should pull him^elf '*?
g'ther, ? ".] res-r.d *he ordera ajrai."--' "'
Navy Leagae."
A "Seriouslv Damaged" Reputation
For Accuracy
"The Portland Oregonian'' remindl tt
raaderi that
"Secre'arv ['amela's denur.na'ion of tha
Naw Leagae waald have had more na'fkt
if' hia r"rutit;on for BCCBIBef bid r.ot bBBI
senoualy danaaged |r pre% io'j? i-erbal ea
counters. I'.-op! . dsoount wha'ever he a?fl
' ? tauae he say, It '"
Failing to Measure L'p to
1 he Rrquirements
A long !ist of allagad suppressioni ?
cases where the Navy Department hH
been supposed at fault is cited by "Tb*
Salt Lakp Herald-Repubheait." "??
Wheelmg Intelligencer" refer* to the tB
empetent head of tha Navy Department.
uhile "The Utica Press" points to &
"generally entertained opinion that ?
[Daniela] does not measure up to th* r*"
(Miirements of his present position." 'w
Cincinnati Times-.S'ar'' treats the aaa
matter somewhat lightly. remarktng:
"There is one eircaaaataaee ?a?tl w0tt
indieate t'na? tne Navy l.eague ia not *
tirely at fault. Mr Daniela haa be?n
unabla
to get aleag vith *ny cuiltan who haa
??".
to do with naval affaira. And hia landlah
b-r laatlacta and his North I'arolinw
political methods hava made him b P**
deal of a joke to the men vaithin tha ?? ?
itself
"But the navy, which mi not creat** ar
Mr [latt'cla, has irone ahead and hai ?*"?
nobly in ita appointed taak So ?hat _^
fer^nce does it make' Vr Danitll ****!
over hia chronie mal de mer. aa it *'r*',v|
having a a"??d time, and doesn't ft{ 1*
vaav aa mueh aa he did -^
-So. a yoh-heave-ho, and a ao?l? ?f fW
julcel" 4

xml | txt