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t?nt to Last?the. Truth: News?Edi? torials?Advertisements l sfwnber of de Audit Bureau of Circulation? ': WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1920. % _ ? - ? Owned ?nil published dully by New Tork Tribuns toi. a New York corporation. Ogdtm Reld, Preel ^K-.t; O. Vemor Rogen, Vlce-President: Holen aAMers Reld. Secretary: F. A. Buter, Treasurer. Andres? Tribune Building, 154 Nassau Simu. New \orSi. Telephone. Itceknian 3000. St-BSaUrnON RATES?By MATU Including , ^??.1*?, IN TUB VNITKD STATES AND | CANADA; One SU One *; .. Year. Months. Month. . fully and Sunday.$10.PO f:. 00 $100 j Dally only. ,\0d 4 00 .75; S.:nrtay only . 3,00 l.:>0 .80! BtUMaj OOry. 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Now once more there are doubt and uncertainty. What has brought the disappointing change? What force has neutralized the labors of the compromisers? ? Another veto of ratification has apparently come from the White House, the headquarters of no-com? promise. By grapevine or other means of communication the Demo? cratic Senators have been told to ? draw away from the parleys, and they have obeyed. A determination to be free men and free Senators is not yet dominant on both sides of the Senate chamber. _The country wants the treaty rati? fied. The world wants the treaty ratified. In no quarter is there de? sire to have the peace settlement postponed until next year. Except the small group of irrec oncilables, almost no one outside the White House would have the treaty question a campaign issue. Senator Lodge, it is true, has ex? pressed a willingness to go to the country, but this is second choice with him. His preference, as his votes attest, is for ratification with reservations. Moreover, Senator Lodge controls no vote except his own. He is no master and does not pretend to be. He ?3 but one among ninety-six Sen? ators, and neither exercises nor at? tempts to exercise dictatorial power. Petitions for the ratification of , ihe treaty appropriately now to the I White House. There is the trouble source. It is time to give stubborn? ness a much needed rest and vaca? tion. No man or set of men may claim to possess a monopoly of wis? dom. The existing situation is pre? posterous. The country asks action, and at once. Following Roosevelt (?r?at was Theodore Roosevelt's ability to think ahead. The gift was displayed in the editorial article yesterday republished by The Tribune on "The League of Na? tions," written by him on January 3, 1919, which was awaiting revision when the final summons came. At that time no draft of the covenant had appeared. The news |from Paris was a fog bank and Through It the President's tamed correspondent shtd no light. But the main things Colonel Roosevelt ;gaw. After a year of debate the country has arrived in judgment ?bout where he was. The period of aloofness he saw wai over. America could not if the would go back to her isolation. So our departed friend and safe adviser favored assumption of world ?Aligations. But not to the extent of taking part in every petty war. \ America was to reserve her influ? ence for big matters and act on her wn judgment. As to the league's organization L?ur seer said it should begin with Mid center in the league of the Hies which fought and won the reat war. He had no patience with who wanted the unworthy to taken at once into full fellow |p and who weakly shrank from Citing* ft peace ?f justice. Finally? he saw what would be probable defeet? of th? league ?he divined the President's course. foresaw truths made dim by Ja of words and rhetoric He foil of proper scorn for effort? [substitute formulas for deeds? to do real international not merely to talk about it. He sensed wherein the ident was deficient, as event? disclosed, living there Is no reason to doubt that the voice of Theodore Roosevelt would be emphatically raised for the ratification of the treaty of peace with about such reservations as have been prepared. The Tragedy of the Radical There is one factor making for the present mental state of the radi? cal which prows wholly out of what is now past and which yet bears an important relation to his or her present point of view. We think an appreciation of it is necessary to an understanding of the radical mind of to-day that sees only gloom all about, that has no faith in any existing processes or institutions and that clutches at anything as a for? lorn hope. That factor is the unfortunate failure of the radical to share in any of the generous and high emo? tions of the war. We do not mean to argue the morals of the war or the right and wrong Of such emo? tions. All we are stressing is the vast difference in mental and emo? tional experience between those who were swept into the war and those who were not. The black side of war is great enough, heaven knows. But it has its noble side as well, a side of splendid, unselfish enthu? siasm, of cooperation, of sacrifice unequaled in other generations. The evil of war all shared. The shadow of its tragedy and awful ness fell upon the whole land. But it was the good fortune of all who conscientiously believed in the righteousness of the war and its necessity that this shadow was lit with unselfishness and an enkindling devotion. Such great emotion can? not leave a human being unchanged. We do not believe that war trans? lates men into higher creatures? any moro than it makes them devils. We should, at a guess, say, rather, that it intensified all their emotions and especially deepened their faith in individual human nature. If it destroys their hopes of an immedi? ate realization upon earth of their ideals, of a perpetual peace, of internationalism, of universal broth? erhood, it intensifies their faith in the potential Tightness and decency and glory of human nature, man by man. Now, neither the extreme radical nor the neutral, nor even the half? hearted?who for some of the many reasons, racial or social, were not moved by the war?shared these emotions and the intense hour of life that war is. We think much of current radical psychology is due to this fact. The present pessi-, mism of the radicals and the paci? fists, for example?leading them to lose faith in all existing processes and institutions and to reach wildly for any, to them, strange and novel means, the Christian religion, for instance?is largely due to this dif? ference in experience, we suggest. These aloof ones were present throughout the war. They may have done their share in its work. They were unquestionably moved and grievously moved by its horrors. They missed, however, all its com? pensations. They have read and heard and may think they under? stand the noble emotions of war. But they were not part of those emotions. For better, for worse, they never can gain that experience. That is their misfortune and the country's misfortune, for it sets up within our borders a group of peo? ple, often high-minded and finely intcntioned and of much intellect? ual capacity, who stood outside the stream of our national life at its most desperate and stirring hour and will, of necessity, misunderstand and be misunderstood for the rest of their lives. That is, we con ? ceive, the true tragedy of the i radical. Largess for the Interborough The Hylan-Craig plan (if this I vague proposal may be called a plan) 'for the city's acquisition of the sub? ways says that the city shall physi ' cally value the lines; that new secu ?rities to the amount of such valua ' tion shall be issued, with the city ' guaranteeing principal and interest. Where would the city get off under \ this? In a ditch, with pockets | picked. The Interborough securi i ties owners would receive more than they ever invested or now expect to I get?enough to dry up all the water j in the company's stock. We are not j in the confidence of the owners of ' Interborough securities, but venture j to predict, if the Hylan-Craig plan were put into legal form and the | offer described submitted, that they j would dance with joy and that the stock market would see a great boom in tractions. What is the physical or replace? ment value of the Interborough's property? What is the present dol? lar worth of its real estate, its power houses, its cars, its rails, and of the parts of the tunnels which were dug with its money? It is possible to make a guess. In 1914 the physical property of the New York Railways (surface linos) was valued by public authorities at $86,000,000. An investigation just completed indicates that it would now cost $140,000,000 to duplicate the property. The advance in labor and material cost? accounts for the great increase. Similarly, the re? placement value of subway property has been enhanced. The Tribune has no disposition to accuse the Mayor and the Comp? troller of being under tho control o? the Interborough. Their amazing plan is born probably of nothing worse than sheer ignorance or of a desire to play politics. Nevertheless, the facts are as in? dicated above. To pay the Inter? borough present worth would mean to give the company perhaps $100, 000,000 more than its investment. The subway contract, though the Mayor and Comptroller do not seem to know it, provides a cheaper way to purchase. The city, after ten years, may take over the operation of the lines at cost, plus 15 per cent. What the city would do with the white elephant following acquisition is another matter. It could not under present conditions by the fod? der of a five-cent fare keep it alive, and would be compelled to make tax? payers contribute to the ration. But into this phase of the subway prob? lem it is not necessary at this time to go. Mr. Mann Slips Again James R. Mann has come to the front again?this time with a pro? posal to prevent summary action in the Berger case. Mr. Mann even goes further than that. He is not only opposed to excluding Berger when he appears to present his cre? dentials, but is also opposed to un? seating him at all. The Chicago Representative made many blunders when he was the Republican leader in the House. He was out of touch with the American spirit. He wanted the United States to soft pedal on the question of sea rights in the hope of avoiding war with Germany. Before the war, also, he had obstructed military prepared? ness. His many aberrations cost him tho confidence ' of his colleagues. When he claimed the Speakership nomination in 1919, having had it in 1917, he was set aside for Mr. Gillett. Experience seems to have taught Mr. Mann nothing. He doesn't give his reasons for wanting to see Ber? ger seated. Possibly they have something to do with the theory that the House ought to accept the recent verdict in the 5th Wisconsin Dis? trict. The House held that Berger had disqualified himself for mem? bership. The district dissented from that judgment. Has the district the final say? Wilkes and Bradlaugh were sent back to Parliament by stubborn con? stituencies until Parliament let them in. But Wilkes and Bradlaugh were standing out for liberty of political or personal opinion. Neither had ?been found guilty in a court of hav? ing obstructed the operation of a war measure or of having violated the provisions of a sedition act. Berger failed his country in a ?crisis. He was lacking in patriotic duty. Men of his stamp have no ?place in Congress. The Constitution ?leaves either branch free to purge 'itself of members whose qualifica? tions it disbelieves in. The House : doesn't believe in Berger's, and no 'contrary view on Milwaukee's part | ought to shake its conviction. I Mr, Mann's predisposition to faulty 'judgments cannot save Berger. It is ?fortunate for the Republican House organization that the ex-leader's vagaries can no longer reflect on its ! capacity to distinguish sound from ?unsound leadership. The German Millstone The revelations which are continu? ally being made of William IPs in i firmities, pettiness and general In competency speak for themselves as an indictment of the efficiency of the ?monarchical form of government. Yet there are some Germans who ?haven't yet been able to see the ?point. Grand Admiral von Tirpitz is one of these. In his "Memories" he tells a harrowing tale of incompetency on the part of the Imperial and Royal Government. It failed completely, he ?says, in its pre-war diplomacy and | in its conduct of the war. He nar? rates with bitterness the story of his own gradual alienation from the Kaiser by men who had the hitter's ear?especially by Bethmann-Holl weg. He describes the Emperor as surrounded?up to the time he al? lowed a partial military dictator? ship to be set up by Ludendorff?by weak and fawning men, courtiers rather than statesmen or soldiers. Tirpitz naturally regarded his own exclusion from leadership as one of the irretrievable blunders of the war. Yet he writes, with a sort of hold-over reverence and conviction, of the power and might and effi? ciency of the old Prussian monarchi? cal system. He also excoriates the German Socialists and radicals for breaking away from that system. Here is a flat contradiction be? tween theory and experience. The Prussian royal houso produced a Frederick the Great, who was pos? sibly in many ways the most compe? tent man in tho Prussia of his time. It produced a William I, a ruler of limited talents, who had the good senso to surround himself with men of far larger caliber?Roon, Bis? marck and Moltke?and to give them a free rein as administrators. But at the greatest crisis in German and Prussian history a pinchbeck imita? tion of Frederick the Great hap? pened to sit on the throne. He couldn't divest himself of the the? atrical r?le which he had been play? ing in peace. Nor could other men wholly crowd him off the stage. Germany's fortunes remained, there? fore, tied up hopelessly with the per sonal failings of the Kaiser and with the traditions of personal exercise of power by the ruling monarch. The German monarchists always used to speak pityingly of the weak? ness of the democratic systems of France and Great Britain. But Tirpitz's book and Ludendorff's book are both filled with laments at the shortcomings of the German govern? ment and envious comments on the greater war capacity of the British and French governments. The Brit? ish democracy put Lloyd George into power. The French democracy finally chose Clemenceau as its leader. And in the political field, which was pre? eminently the Kaiser's field?both Tirpitz and Ludendorff admit that Lloyd George and Clemenceau ex? hibited energy and statesmanship f ar superior to those of any leader whom Germany was capable of pro? ducing. Democracies are more inherently powerful in war than most of their critics imagine. They take short cuts to a dictatorship when a dicta? torship is needed. Germany couldn't take any short cut. The Kaiser and his prerogatives stood in the way. Not meaning to say so, Tirpitz and Ludendorff, nevertheless, do say, in effect, that the rigid Hohenzollern type of government was one of the greatest war handicaps under which Germany suffered. We wonder if the apothecary who filled the prescriptions written by Cary Grayson also got the Navy Cross. Back to 1890! Old-Fashioned Virtues Will Solve All Our Problems To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: It seems to me that the chief cause for the present state of unrest is the number of harebrained theorists that are continually being sprung upo? the public by so-called thinkers. The world is to be saved by soviets; the world is to be saved by interna? tionalism; the world is to be saved by a scientific distribution of free food. Nearly every week we are introduced to some new way of saving a long suf? fering world. But now comes the ban? ner scheme of all. The world is to be saved by having women enter the trades?just like men?thus doubling the number of workers and making it possible to have a four-hour day! Why not put the children to work, too, and make it a two-hour day? 1 am surprised that a reputable au? thor like Georgo Weston should have joined the growing army of theorists. The only things that this world wants I are work and thrift and a general ; practice of the other old-fashioned ', virtues. If all would simply get together I and act the way that people acted back i in 1890, for instance, the world's prob ' lems would be solved within six months, i and we wouldn't have to train women ' to do work for which they can never be fitted, either by art, nature, literature or experience. COMMON SENSE. Plainfield, Conn., Jan. 5, 1920. The Guinea Pig Test To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: Charles Hanson Towne states in ; his letter which you publish in to ' day's edition of The Tribune that ; guinea pigs thrive on wood alcohol and | they never die from the poison. Ho also goes so far as to say that they | abominate cherries. I do not prettend to know as much about these rodents as Maurice Maeterlinck knows about bees, but I have a certain academic ; knowledge of this subject, and 1 think I that Mr. Towne is wrong; The domes j ticated guinea pig belong to the caw, lor couies, genus. The aper?a, or rest I less cavy of Brazil, is closely related ? to it. (Encyclopedia Britannien, elev I enth edition, Volume V, Pago 587.) ! In a series of experiments which were I undertaken on the Island of Onckotan ? by Professor Ludwig Todesschweiss, the French scientist, several years ayo, it was found that only eight out of 300 rodents survived the effects of wood alcohol. There is a much smaller spfici"s (Do lichotis Balinicola), without the charac? teristic black band above the tail, which inhabits the salt plains of Ar? gentina. Perhaps Mr. Towne had this species in mind when ho wrote his letter. All the eaviida? (rodentia) family will devour cherries, but will not touch olives. I still claim that these rodent.; may bo used in testing cocktails. MARCEL STEINBRUGGE. New York, Jan. 3, 1920. The Profitable Hen To the Editor of The Tribuno. Sir: I have been reading a few of the letters In The Tribune regarding tho cost and selling price of eggs in this day of high prices, and I give below actual figures for my own "back? yard flock" of fifty hens for the month of December, 1919: 60 hens laid in tho month 52 dozens of eggs at $1 a dozen. .$52.00 500 pounds of feed at $4.20 a hundred . 21.00 Profit over cost of feed alone. .$31.00 In the good old days, say, twenty yearn ago, the same number of eggs would have figured out about as fol? lows \ 52 dozens of eggs at 80 cents_$15.(i0 500 pounds of feed at $1. 5.00 Profit over cost of feed alone.$10.00 According to those figures, the profit in producing eggs to-day is almost three times what it was long ago. And yot It is a fact that farmers and small poultry keepers have given up tho business In very largo numbers, because, they say, "feed costs so much there is no profit In keeping hens." ARTHUR P. FAIRF1ELD. Hanover, N. H, Jan. 2, 1020. The Conning Tower Footlight Motifs Gladys Caldwell in "Iolanthe" None shall keep my pen from praising, In an unrestricted style And in euphemistic phrasing. All the splendor of thy smile. I the flame, and thou the taper; I the tide, and thou the lime; I the pen, and thou the paper; I the poet, thou the rhyme; I the laurel, thou the glory; I the flute, and thou the theme; I the reader, thou the story; I the slumber, thou the dream. Gladys, lest thou makest fun of What is printed here above, Let mc tell thee thou art one of Only fifty girls I love. "When a man pays a speculator $10 for a theater ticket," says Mr. Sam H. Harris, "it is impossible to make him think the manager is not In on the deal." We don't believe the manager is in on the deal; but until it is possible to go to a box office and buy a good seat for a successful play tho public is going to be skeptical of the manager's sincerity when he says ho is trying to serve the public. If a man is willing to buy a l seat at the box office two months or three months ahead he should be al? lowed to do so. "We are sold out to March 1," says the treasurer. "Give me a seat for March 2," says the purchaser, "None on sale," says the treasurer. Just why tickets should not be sold at $10, or $40, apiece, we cannot see. The sugar folks, the landlords, tho res? taurateurs, the paragraphers, get what? ever they think they can for their products. If there were 6,000,000 per? sons who wanted 150,000 newspapers every morning, would the price remain at 2c.? Not unless the newspapers could print 6,000,000 copies. And the capacity of a theater is limited. Rome night 8,000 persons may want to 3ee a I play playing ata theater whose capacity is 782. In a perfect world, the price would remain constant; but in a p. w. there would bo no poor shows, and enough good ones to go around. . . , In a p. w., also, there will be no ama? teur economist, like us, whose ratiocina? tion, in a single paragraph, is as un? stable as a bowlful of jelly. The Diaryof Our Own Samuel Pepys January 3?Lay late, and did arrange my books in the new cases, which are come. But it takes more time than I had thought it would, forasmuch as [ find myself opening books I had not looked into in many years, and read? ing for an hour; so it consumed all the day, but I enjoyed it greatly. To ,T. Toohcy's in the evening, and played at cards till late, and won a small sum, albeit H. Ross taunted mc with my inability to win, saying he could play better than I, albeit he lost what it would have taken him six months in the army to get. 4?Up, and placed the rest of my books in order; and my little cozen Aline to dinner, and I took her to skate, which she does prettily and i bravely. To H. Swope's to dinner, it beinc; his birthday, and Kate and Marjorie there, than who none I love better to see; and II. did ask us Dr. Crane's questions on general informa Con, but who wrote "The Greatest Thing in the World" I did not know, nor ever had heard of. Nor can I find out aught about it in any book I have. 5- -Very cold, hut up early, not hav? ing the hardihood to let my wife rise and close the window. Clara, our new handmaid, is the first ever we ; have had that cooks the bacon as : long as I like. At the office all day, and in the evening with my wife to hear "Iolanthe," full of delight I found it and thralled again by Miss Gladys Caldwell. ? Also Miss Edwards very good, albeit she [ should not say "laws" when she means j "law"; and Mr. Peacock should learn correctly the words In "When Britain Really Ruled the Waves," nor should ho say "intwaloctua!." Home, and had a beaker of milk, and to bed. 6?To the office, and payed somo in? surance premiums, which left me without any money at all, and depressed. At my desk all dav, and home to dinner. This is growing to be the. land of the free, untrammeled, and dangerous "Red" and the home of the brave, dauntless De? partment of Justice agent. I nm Younir Happiness grows like grass bent-nth my feet, Happiness "flows like a girdle from my warst, i Happiness runs like a bluck dopt at my side! To remember the lyric path that we ' have | traced. When I die, lensh a swift dog to guard the grass, Lest It follow me into tho earth. Then put a girdle across my lips To catch my mirth. HlLPKOARDH) Ft.ANNKR. Rupert Hughes's verses, written at the ago of 7, were necessarily less mature than thoso (first printed in this Peristyle of Prosody, b. tho w.) by Miss Phyllis Duganne when that gifted young woman was only 12. Her poem began Oh, little town of Scltuate You are my native town. If I grow up to be an author You will be of great renown. The Great Connecticut Refinement He had a broad face and a waist that was ample, Which nhook, when he laughed, like a gela- i tino sample. L. O. B. * * * He had n broad face, and (in language meticulous) His diaphragm throbbed to reactions ridicu? lous. A. 1?. T, * ? ? He hnd a broad faca and a front elevation Vrbruting responsive to each cachinnalion. C. T. Hoot. Many a subway door ad verti?os its nympathy with tho unrest. You know . . . THIS DOOR NOT WORKING. F. JP. A. GIVE THE AMERICAN BLUEGRASS A SHOW irVmvrlrht. 1920. Now York Tribune too.? Boor\s In spite of Oliver Lodge, Conan Doyle, Maurice Maeterlinck and others who would chart for us, with some de? gree of definiteness, the land beyond death, James Branch Cabell has come closer than any of the rest to ex? pressing the feeling of immortality which is in most of us. We are re? ferring to the chapter in "J?rgen" called "Tho Brown Man With Queer Feet," in which J?rgen, the hero, is threatened with extinction by a char? acter who may be Fate or what not. "None the less," says J?rgen, "I think there is something in me which will endure. I am fettered by cow? ardice, *I am enfeebled by disastrous memories and I am maimed by old fol? lies. Still, I seem to detect in myself something which is permanent and rather fjne. Underneath everything, and in spite of everything, I really do seem to detect that something. What r?le that something is to enact after the death of my body and upon what stage I cannot guess. When fortune knocks 1 shall open the door. Mean? while, 1 tell you candidly, you brown man, there is something in J?rgen far too admirable for any intelligent ar? biter ever to fling into the dustheap. I am, if nothing else, a monstrous clever felrow, and I think I shall en? dure, somehow. Yes, cap in hand goes through the land is the saying, and I believe I can contrive some -trick to cheat oblivion when the need arises," says J?rgen, trembling and gulping, and with his eyes shut tight, but even so, with his mind quite made up about it. "Of course, you may be right, and certainly I cannot go so far as to say you are wrong; but still, at the same time" "Has your column space to shelter some remarks from one driven by hon? esty to admit that he is both provin? cial and a motor salesman?" writes C. Hewitt Cheney. "Last night, seated behind a group of three metropolitans at the play, I got the full benefit of a conversation about Cabell's 'J?rgen." Tho central figure was a tall person? age, possibly a celebrity, as his friends gave him the sort of attention that suggests an upspoken 'Cher Ma?tre,' and ho wore a beard which may be Imagist or Futurist. His voice echoed with the fine freedom one ascribes to the tea lion's roaring. 'J?rgen,' quoth he, will be suppressed by rural Amer? ica. It is too great and too bold a work for the darkened American mind to grasp. It is too subtle and too lovely. The crass Puritanism of the West, the Middle West and the South will squash it. The small-town Y. M. C. A. will functftn against it. Oh, he moaned, when will light break on this benighted land? Here is a work of art as great as Remy de Gourmont's 'Night' in tho Luxembourg and a gang of corn-fed school teachers and people whose standard of literary art is made up from 'Harper's' and 'The Satur? day Evening Post' will tread it under foot. Outer America, he shuddered, is too pure! "Taking ono consideration with an? other, this person seems to be the type of thinker among tho intelligentsia that does more harm to tho production of litoraturo in tho United States than any other. Lotting pass the insult to Mr. Cabell implied by comparing his excellent volume to the stale, stained glass drivel of tho de Gourmont tale, it is almost time that the New York wit woko to tho fact that outer America liken, roads and demands unmoral art In letters. Soma of the magazine pub Hcywood Broun lishers have recognized it. The order lists of Western and Southern book? stores proclaim it to the heeding eye. Eventually, say about 1940, it may reach even the American short story writer. And, in my flitting to and fro, I am led to wonder more and more at the New York mind, as represented by essay? ists and talkers. Does the inhabitant of Manhattan really think that the readers of Memphis and Denver clamor for the Good, the True and the Beauti? ful? In the course of the last month I have talked about 'J?rgen' to a dozen booksellers in small cities of the West and South and in no place have I found the excitement against it that seems to be current right here between Green? wich Village and the Harlem River. And in no other center have I heard tho book's salacious features (if they are salacious) so discussed as here? to the pitiful exclusion of its wit, its fantastic qualities and its occasional beauty. New York, which takes Amy Lowell and Kreymborg seriously, hasn't so much wherewith to reproach Grand Rapids when it comes to gaping at mountebanks and sniggering over bare legs. I grow more and more inclined to the belief that tho largest collection of the Menckian Boobus Homo is to be found here and not in Moline, 111. Fur? ther, I wonder if my neighbor in the Imagist beard who decries 'Harper's' and 'The Saturday Evening Post' as ! purveyors of warranted pure and senti? mental mush ever reads those publica? tions? Or isn't he taking his last lady dinner partner's word for something? I have lately seen, in both, tales rather more ironic and sharp than the average i artful Greenwich Village sheet puts ? forth?and I don't think the moral con 1 tent of Mrs. Gerould, Mr. Hergesbeimer, I Mr. Steel and Mr. Beer has much to ? do with life as the New York wit | imagines it desired by the virgins of Detroit, Cheyenne and other points j West. Still, as I sighed above, New i York can learn. It may get converted j some time or other. In the manner of ; Mr. Wells, one imagines Mr. Mencken the Jast to succumb. One fancies him ! dragged to the Altar of Knowledge still hissing, 'Pishposh, Yokel and Boobus | Americanus" under his breath and still | convinced that W, Allen White is the i idol of Western America." "Perhaps," writes Sparkes, "you'd like to know what a Communist reads after he reaches Ellis Island. I lamped in a bundle of books addressed to ! Stocky Max and lying in a pile of bag? gage on the immigration station ferry these titles: 'The Abounding Ameri ! can,* 'Selections From the Spectator,' j 'Julius C?sar,' 'The Merchant of Venico,' | 'Summer,* by Edith Wharton and 'Th? j Business Letter Writer.' " It is also interesting to know, per | haps, that no "Reds" were ever deported j from Gilead, but, for that matter, there ? was no bomb in Gilead. A Prayer for 1920 ! To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: May our next President be non partisan. May ho fill his Cabinet with business men of brains. This my prayer and only prayer. L. LENGYEL, New York, Jan. 4, 1930. Our Parting Words (From Tho Washington Pott) Beat it, 1919, you peace faker, pro? hibitionist, Bolshevist, strike agitator, destroyer of exchange, sugar profiteer, wood alcohol fland. bankrupt, hypo crlta and universal knocker! $100,000 Professorship In U. S. History Given English Lord Announces Dona* tion at Luncheon of the Sulgrave Society At a luncheon given in his honor by the Sulgrave Institution at the Law? yers' Club yesterday Lord Glenconner announced the donation of $100,000 by Sir George Watson, a great British manufacturer, for the establishment of a traveling chair in American histor> in the various universities of the United Kingdom, the purpose being to cement the friendship between the two English-speaking peoples. Lord Glenconner, who is a famous Scottish peer and is the representative of the Anglo-American Societv, the British branch of the Sulgrave Insti? tution, also stated that plans for the tercentenary memorial exercises of the journey of the Pilgrim Fathers *o America are almost completed. The celebration will begin in London May 1. John A. Stewart, who presided, also announced that Dr. Booth C. Davis, president of Alfred University in the State of New York, had given six scholarships for British boys and girls. Lord Glenconner declared that he did not believe a "hard and fast legal contract in the nature of a league of nations" between the United States and Great Britain is necessary, "unleia we are suspicious of each otner." A dramatic scene occurred when in answer to Lord Glenconner s question whether an agreement between two friends was necessary the guests, which included Alton B. Parker, Jan i s M. Beck, Samuel Gompers and Coli ne George W. Burleigh, sDrang to : ?. : ieet and shouted: "No! No! No!" In speaking of the chair in American I history endowed by Sir George Watson, ; Lord Glenconner explained that il i wouid not be limited to any one uni , versity, but would be removed nom i one to another of the seats of lean) | mg and the best minds of the Engl -.-. ; speaking world would be uskcd to con ; duct the studies. He discussed also the charge I Great Britain had and was conducting an extensive propaganda system in this country and declared that the tnglish goverraent had paid "not on? penny" for such a purpo.-e, adding that English lecturers and writers who have come to the United States have been paid by American organizations Both former Judge Alton B. Parker, who is chancellor of the Sulgrave ! Institution, which takes its name from I bulgrave Manor, the ancestral home of George Washington, and James M. Book spoke of the harmony between the two. nations and assured Lord Glenconner that it would continue to exist. Moret?n rrewen, M. P., who is in this country on the same mission with Lord Glen? conner, also spoke. The present plans of the tercente ; nary celebration, as explained bv Mr. btewart, provide that the celebration will begin in Great Britain in May, where it will continue until tat? in Ju:y. when the American and English dele? gates w,ii visit Holland, especial? Layden, where the Pilgrims beg?? their iourney. On August 5, in a chartered ?hip. the American, English, and Dutch delegate* will leave Plymouth for Provincetow?. Mass., where the celebration will be continued, to conclude in Richmond, Vs.. some time m September. Colonel Burleigh, chairman of th? committee on international hospital? ity, announced a dinner at the Hotel Astor, ?eburary 22. to Vice-Pr?sident inomas R. Marshall, and the ambassa? dors from Great Britain and Holland ? French Housing Improve* More Hotels Available for Tour? ists, Says Paris Official ?-P?RI.S' Jan- 8?Housing difficult?? in Pans are being overcome and the not?is are no longer overcrowded. *0iC.ordin? to a atatoment by the president of the Private Hotel Associa ?on, from 86 to 60 per cent of <*? room of hotele in the organis?t??!' ?re*uOW *v*U*bl?, both in Paris and in the provinces. A few hotel? >t"> occupied by the government will b? re ???sed from control soon. It will be P0S?? to aeoommodate from 80.00?? to 60,000 tourists in tho uear future.