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first to Last?the Troth: New?-? Edl- j torials?Adrertisetnent* M-naN>r of ,'.e Audit Bureau i>f ?'ir.-utaUatia TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2t. 1920 Owned ?nd puMUtied Uaity by New Tirk Tribun? '- . ? Nun Te? Corporation 0*?1en Raid, Vreel V-rr.er RofCT*. VlM. Prcaldant ; Hilen tlottn Roll. Secretary: it E MmaxliI Treaaurer. Aditreaa. Trlbuo* Bulldins, !'.4 Namu Sue*-, N?V T?rk. Teltphoo?*, Bcekntt: 300". j ?SrBSCRlPTlON RATTS?Ry aalt, tnclodlni rasure. IN TE? t MTU) STATKS. tint 'Sit One By M?lt. Poatpald. Year. Month?. Month. T>al> ??-?I ?sond?.$12 0? 1*0? ?ID? one *????.. ?c. fatly only. 1*?? ?I? .15 On? ??k. 30c. ?lint?? mo. ? ?j? s.as .??? ?un-Jay ?:. y, Canada. *0? 3.35 .54 I'nRElG.N RATES nafly and Sunday .$?:? e? $11.*? $3.? nalli onl*. K 40 sri II? ?unday only. 9 73 5.13 .?? Entered at th? PosioCnra at Sen tor? ?a S??s?nd Class Mali Hat tar, GUARANTY Y?s can ?urcha-i? merchandise advtrilMd In THE TRIBUNE witi) abMluta safer?for if dlttatltfae ?en result? In any cast THE TR'BUNE auarantre? t? aav your meney bac? uhh r??u??t. N? r?< tan*. N? quibbling. We make "?*?>?! promptly If the -dv'rtiser doe? not. MEMBER OK T?T7E ASSOCIATED PRESS e Aa? alad Pre?? is ?ciuslrely entltlexl to tha ?>? for republlcatlon of all n?n?i dispatch?? ,---.? ted to II rr n it otherwise credited In -.liL? p?p?r, ? tha local new? of .ipuntaneuui orlftn putj t -i herein. A rlthta of republlcatlon of a'.l other aa'.ter 1 erein alao ara referred. Mr. Enright's Motions Considering the fact that no crime , wave whatever existed officially un? til a few days ago, Mr. Enright is tc be congratulated on the furious ne s with which he is now rushing ..; ?und. Detectives go speeding about the city in squads, suspicious characters are rounded up by the dozen (how Mr. Enright does love ?arrests"!), vacations are ended, 769 more policemen are demanded, and, generally, the motions of police ac? tivity go round and round at top speed. But does Mr. Enright think, does Mr. Hylan think, that any consider? able results can be achieved by such sudden eleventh-hour efforts at ref? ormation? Does either of these gentlemen think that the public can be led to regard these acrobatic I stunts as adequate to correct the demoralization-of several years'! It; took a generation to get politics and graft out of the force before. Can ; * be eliminated now by a few ex irders issued by the very man who undermined this labor of years? The citizens of New York are not to be deceived by such boating of the air. The sources of po?c? efficiency and inefficiency are too well under? stood through the lessons ?if painful The honestly and ef- ; organized force which Vrthur Woods turned over to his ucc - or was the product of years a buiiding. Morale was its .. ?; -? ; -, And morale can he se cured only by consistently striking down the grafter and the man with a and rewarding the individua! on I That was the heu. system. By this policy d the trust o? the force, iiled pirit that en nk with th,; crack fight coi ps if he world. The Enright system 'was exactly ? revers t. By the last statements entenant Horton it was "pull ?one '.hat counted " The results rehearsed in The Tri' impaign. Able, efficient men. letectives of the fo ? ver inimportant posts ; sec . their places. The le /?' the force wae never at so Individually there is as ? .'tal in the force as ever. m dares act save with an to mysterious influences at ? < only guess. Under .???:. conditions the number of police ? n placed at Mr. Enright's dis il is of small importance. ford could be ?ioub'ed and not ease its efficiency a particle. Not he i umber of policemen on duty, >| tut their spirit, their trust in the faith of their superior officers, \ h knowledge that if they play the straight they can forget every ? influence, however power? ful, aro the things that count. It Mr. Enright, by and with Mr. approval, who shot the ? ? t?, pieces. I!, is inconceivable it can be rehabilitated under ? heir rule?even assuming that they mow sincerely desire an efficient police in place of the demoralized ;?ody of their making. The Haytian Findings " ? ? in Hayti h-tve been ?eared of ?the charge of killing discriminately." Such a harge was out of harmony with the ? ?Corps, with its high reputation foi discipline and ? - ? ..7i ?soldiers yield ?<? passion and ferocity only under 'he tm.ri exceptional circumstances. The Naval Board of Inquiry finds that only two 'unjustifiable homi ide " were ?committed and that only rious acts ut violence von- chargeable to the n.arine per? la all these i a the of fenders were tried by court*martial ?ration ia/s extended over more than four thil showing is creditable, atf.er than the reverse, considering th? trying character of the service. V:e ident Dai said Ifl r.o complaint to make. Ion arid that it v.iii continue, Th? '.'?tU:c ?native elementa neem to be dissatisfied ehi?fty with th? civil ad minsstratkm, which is regarded by tiuhM m unsympathetic snd nagging. Kecentiy the -salaries of th? Presi <kttt and -Hber official? w?r-re held up as a means of forcing assent to a ruling: ?f the American fiscal con? troller. 'The occupation, at first a forcible one, has been sanctioned by a treaty ' which, many Haylians believe, was ? imposed on the Haytian Congress j against its will. The treaty runs ' for ten years and may be extended i for ten years more at the option of j either signatory. We may stay in ! ? Haytl for fifteen vcars. What the I country wants to know is whether | ! the treaty is being lived up to by - our civil representatives as well as | by the occupying forces. To make i the intervention tolerable it should ; be pursued in full accord with the ; compact and show results beneficial i to both Hayti and to the United States. The Best Peace Insurance The highly inspiring response on Sunday afternoon in the Metr?poli- j tan Opera House to the appeal of ; Mr. Hoover and his associates for I funds to save the destitute children ! of central and southeastern Europe ; is a fitting beginning to the nation-! wide effort to raise $.33,000,000 for! the relief work which has been un-1 dertaken. When dire human want raises sup- j plicaung hands let us thank God that America is still America and j remembers no enemy. If there is j an American spirit which it is good to foster and which constitutes the ? true glory of the nation, it is the generous one that recognizes the ; mandate to give anywhere and J everywhere when there is need. We j have been accused of being a senti- j mental people; let us rejoice over the ; accusation if sentiment keeps our j hearts soft, and our pockets open. During the last twenty-five months | we have talked much of peace and j how to lay its foundations. One can ; fr-ino no firmer basis than a con? spicuous demonstration that when a ca . comes ?.o am and lift up Amer? ica springs to help. We speak of insurance against war. Can a bet? ter policy be written than by apply? ing Christianity? It will not l>e easy when the 3,500,000 children that we would succor reach man's estate to confuse them into thinking America is their enemy. The sure ?t way to get rid of the burden of armaments is to remove the likeli? hood of weapons being used against us. Leagues and agreements are well enough, but the Hoover fund and things like it are worth inore than all the documents and formal treaties of amity. So give to the Hoover fund not j only to satisfy the claims of pity,; not only to enlarge your own soul, but also because probably for every do!-; lar given, you and yours will be able j to keep a hundred hat else would go for ships and cannon. Mr. Wilson in Washing on Mr. Wilson's decision to live on in Washington after March -1 does vio? lence to> come precedents, but it will' .-rem the sensible and proper thing lo the general American public, that likes its ex-Presidents and wishes better advantage could be taken of their experience and talents. As a writer Mr. Wilson has a world of activity before him. His material is largely in the form of j official documenta on file in Wash-1 ington. O.-ily i'*, living there can he have convenient access to this. A. public prejudice that demanded his complete withdrawal from the scene would be silly and highly unfair. As a matter of fact, American sen? timent wishes there was seine way to make public use of ex-Presidents. Proposals to have them become Sen? ators for life has met much popular support. Of course this is impossible. except by the unanimous consent of the states, because of the unamend aole provision of the Constitution that all states should have equal rep? resentation in the Senate. But the fact that the proposal is regularly made is significant. Whatever is or is not done, however, to provide a fitting status for our ex-Presidents, there will be cordial approval here and now for Presi? dent Wilson's making his home in Washington as long as residence there meets his needs. As an Amer ican private citizen he will possess ' an unchallengeable right to choose his domicile and to exercise such in? fluence'as his follow cith'.ens- in their individual capacities wish lo accord to him. Defective Submarines In his official confession to the Naval Committee of the House Mr. Daniela supplies us with proof that our submarine forces aro fatally de? fective, This condition is as aston? ishing as it is inexcusable. Admiral Grant, In his recent testi? mony on the conduct of the war, told of the unseaworthiness and weak? ness of our submarines in 1'Jl'i and of his vaii i to arouse the Navy Department or the General Board tp Intelligent action. Like all other elements df preparedness, to call attention to the matter the Ad? ministration regarded impudent. Confirming .Mr. Daniels'? tardy ac? knowledgment, there have been un? official reports that not one of our bull! r building is even approi Imately up to the stand? ard nf the U boats used by the tier mutin in the World War. In April, 1917, Admiral Sims and' the late Ambassador Page told the Navy Department that the Germans , Wtsn winning the war by the use | of submarines alone. Denpite the Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow, over? whelmingly superior as it was to the German High Seas Fleet, submarines ?ringle handed were cutting the Al? lied communications so completely that England was facing starvation! Thus for four years?if not longer ?the vital importance of submarines should have been known to the Navy Department, and yet it has failed to supply the navy with a single up-to date U-boat! The responsibility for this astounding neglect is with the Administration. It is admitted that a modern navy must operate not upon one but upon three planes. After eight years this Administration continues to demand hundreds of millions for the surface fleet alone, despite the fact that this fleet is unprotected from attack from above and from below. Our navy as a whole is, therefore, a one-plane af? fair, as weak in the elements of at? tack as it is in the elements of self defense. Terminals and Motor Trucks "A fair and full trial for the mo? tor truck in terminal service" is the subject.of an editorial in The Engi? neering News-Record. It points out that the 100,000,000 tons of less than-carload freight passing through the terminals are not only slowly moved hut absorb an inordinate share of the railroads' gross revenue. In Cincinnati there has been devel? oped a system of interchange by em? ploying motor trucks with demount? able bodies, which has resulted in striking economies and speed in load? ing and unloading freight cars. With this demonstration or successful service it 1-? believed the time has come $o connect the motor truck with existing terminal plants. "En? gineers," says The News-Record, "have directed their attention for increasing terminal capacity to elab? orate and costly improvement. Is it not their duty as practical econo? mists to avoid these tremendous costs and first develop to the utmost a method that promises large results with little capital outlay?" A fuller recognition by the rail? roads of the importance of the motor truck as an adjunct, and not a com? petitor, would help railway income. There is fear among railways that the advent of the motor truck im? plies a loss of business to the rail? ways. But such a loss does not necessarily follow. There is ac? knowledgment of this in the remarks of Colonel Charle- D. Hinc and E. F. Williamson before the Federal Highway Council transportation committees recently and in the ad? dress of Daniel Willard before the Mechanical Engineers last week. They concede the motor truck may financially strengthen the railway carriers by creating feeding lines. In terminal operation it seems pos- ; sible to improve the service without adding to the plant. The suggestion of The Engineering News-Record seems extremely timely in this re? gard. A system that has proved its , efficacy in Cincinnati, a large ship- ' ping point, ought to bo applicable elsewhere. The Puritans On December 21, 1G20, three hun? ched years ago this day, the May? flower came to anchor off Plymouth, and the Pilgrims waited in the .storm and wet for a chance to go ashore. In honor of this arrival, an event destined to have large effects in this and other lands, many things in the way of eulogy and others ?n the way of disparagement are this week being said and done. On the one hand, wc nave the painting of pictures of superhuman virtue, and, on the other, caricatures that pre sent the founder? of the new starr as about the meanest of man? kind. For it is the fate of the Puri? tan to be judged with no detached or impartial spirit. Few are neu? tral in thought or word concerning him. He is much admired or much detested. At present the greater volubility see; ith the non-admiring. We do . ?retend to have kept a oom? ph cord, but our eye has fallen on u. ?east a thousand recalling? of the case of the sea captain who was fined in Boston for kissing his wife in public, on his return from a perilous voyage. A close second come indignant, references to Salem witchcraft, and : oast s to the Pilgrim Mothers as heroines because compelled to live with the Pilgrim Fathers. The story of th?: exile of Anne Hutchinson and of the persecution of the Quakers 's refold with zest. The ancient widow who "usually sat in a convenient place with a little birchen rod in her hand and kept little children in great awe from disturbing the con? gregation" is drawn out of her ob? scurity. Likewise, the ordinances against, whalebone in bodices and rings in cars. Likewise the joy ex? pressed by Jonathan Edwards ovei 7 he place to which the ungodly went in after life. Then there is the pitiful tale of the woman who, be? ing convinced that she had no hone of salvation, drowned her child be? fore it. was ba] I. :ed to be sure i hi would have ?1 i company. One ?'.???hi i'. thai I lie i un never : hon^ and no one evei . ?led in the Pun? tan land as it la.s oppressed under a pall of Indigo. The laws thai interfere with the dispensation of beverages is laid to surviving Puritan influences, and the defense that the first factofflj ? building in Plymouth wa? a brewe.'i and that the Puritans may be said to have invented rum are ignored, j The "blue law" scare is so diffused j that there is not time to be fair or | accurate. So great is the determ'- ? nation to convict Calvinism that in i many circles it is scarcely safe to | mention that when John Knox visited John Calvin at Geneva the'one John j found the other John playing .it j bowls on a Sunday afternoon. So the legend grows that the forebears of New England were an impossible folk. ; One can imagine the men of the shovel-crowned hat, if they could ' hear all the present clatter, relax? ing their supposed rigidity of coun* '? tenance and smiling a little at it. It is true they tried to regulate with exactness, but when in the flesh they sadly realized they did \ not much succeed. The Hebrew prophets did not have a harder time in keeping the Israelites from relapsing into Canaanitish ways than did the cleri I cal rulers of Massachusetts in pre j serving the purity of their flock?. I New England, which first firmly [established democratic government, I invented representative government in the modern sense and adopted tiie principle of popular education, de? serves some praise-from mankind, but ? not on the ground that the Puritanism of the books or of scat? tered incidents was ever dominant in its .life. Tammany Responsible To the Editor of The Tribun??. Sir: I have been a reader of your very good newspaper for many years, and like it because it has always been very liberal and progressive. I say this as a regular Republican. The time has come, it seems to me, for your paper to take a permanent stand against the corruption ^oing on in New York City. It is apparent that the city has been turned over to the criminal element to loot and plunder. The people 'iave lout confidence in the District Attorney's office and tho Po? lice Department. Crime is rising high cr and higher every day. The Hylan administration has fallen down. H has been ignorant and incompetent. The District Attorney's office has fallen down. The Police Department ha? fallen down, All due, in a very large measure, to their domination by the corrupt influences in Tammany Hall. Things arc worse now than during tho balmy days of Van Wyck and Crokcr. Life and property are no longer safe. If thr newspapers that arc free from Tammany's corrupt influences do not help the law-abiding citizens, I can see very clearly that something will be done by these law-abiding citizen.; to protect themselves. E. G. CARTER. New York. Dec. 17, 1P20. A Volunteer Patrol To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: I know that when a man pos? sessing Judge Otto A Rosalsky's judg? ment advocates the formation of a vigi? lance committee of 25,000 citizens in New York City the situation is in? deed serious. If such a committee is formed I wish ' to volunteer at least four hours of my time out of every twenty-four for pa? trol duty or any other work that would be of service ta the City of New York. In the organization for which I work I can recruit from thirty to fifty men who have seen military duty and who could bu trusted in work of this kind. .Such a vigilance committee conducted :n a businesslike way would certainly be a strong advertisement for law and order in New York, and would do much toward counteracting the detrimental publicity that has been spread around the world by unchecked crime. It is time for a showdown, time to see how many people really have a feeling of pride and love for the (.'it;, of New York and, living hero, really c:\rc enough to come forward and volunteer their services in making it one of the finest and safest places in the world in which to live. To-day tinder the existing con? ditions, where men, women and chil? dren must live in terror, it certainly is not. With a reliable citizen armed with a .45 placed i:i the center of every block ?n New York City, day and night, this reign of terror could he exterminated in ten day.s. LAKE II. SMITH. Brooklyn, Dec. 18, 1920. An Open Letter to Mr. Hoover To t'lr Editor of The Tribune. , Sir: While it is heart-rending to know that any children should be in a ?starving condition, I cannot under- j stand why it, i.? incumbent upon the American people to supply the funds for food for German children bo long as the Hohcnzollern family have millions of marks, according to recent news? paper accounts. We aro told that the former German Emperor has sixty ser? van?.; in his household and that his in come is sufficiently large to enable him to enjoy much luxury. We have also been informed that the German nobility and those Germans who made huge profits during the war are able to pay large sums for food and are1 patrons . of expensive restaurants, of the thca I ters and of other places of amusement. j Under these circumstances I cannot but feel that it Is the duty of the German people to feed their own children and it is inn first duty to sec that our own chi'dren and the children of our allies who were attacked by the Germans are fed and housed, MAUD NATHAN. ? York, Dec. 17, 1920, I he Profiteers' Paradise ? ??.? Un Philadelphia Inquirer) The trouble with the readjustment of business on a nuno basis Is that the conscienceless rascals who ben<;fited i ,..st from outrageous profiteering lipped away v, it h the game and left '.. r< ni business man holding the bag. It is this chao who, to a large ? ittent, will suffer the loss, and the discouraging feature of the situation it; that n spineless Department ??f Juo tlce hua muile it impossible to put the Irresponsible nhoeuti in?.; workur in | a position where he will have to dis-i gorge. ?-???il The Conning Tower EXCULPATION Boss, you have now and then printed My 3ometime8 excessively anapes tiferous verse. ; Excuseit if modestly hinted You might have done worse. You might have pulled more of that jazz (yours Excepted) at which we have often? times winced j Concerning the various azures Now modish, as frlnRt: | 1 got the blui>n. Life ain't worth liTin'. Guess I'll Just lay down and die? I 'Cause every day'U be Sunday by and by. They've made this land a nawful smear, u sad and dark brown smooch? An' 1 thought they'd done their darned? est when they took away our hooch! I got the blues. I said?-you heard mel Besides, it ain't no new?l Everybody's got 'em?got the doggone Blue Law blues. . Dassent drivn the flivver; Dassent kiss my wife; Fall into the river? Dassent save my life; Dassent cut a caper; Fillums blooey, too; Can't even read the paper? 'Cause the law's went blue. ?aincc mine is the complex Terentian, I scrawl for the mime; And freiuiently also?a fact which 1 scarcely need mention? 1 bust into rhyme. And yet I have never been guilty Of wasting a stamp In sending insomniac monickers lilty Your way, as frexamp: There was a bally drummer, And he banged a wicked drum?? 1 Baume analg?sique Bengue! He banged it all one summer For to save the Bowery bum? Baume analg?sique Dengue! And as he whanged the leather In foul or festive weather? Baume annlgesique Bengue! \ Ho muttered, "Let 'em guy me i And my little drum, for, hlime, I put it over E. Millay!" Not me for that stuff or the Mai: Street b'gosh, , Or appropriate places and other rue tosh? And that's why I thought I woul i write to your Nibs That I thanked God 1 wasn't like othe contribs. C. A. It is likely that Mr. H. Bell Brown anil what a. lot of Christmas card:-; h must have had a hand in the wort ing of! helped the Hotel Metr?poli Denver, which announces that it i "Eminently Fireproof." When Prof. Broun's offspring, voci about Santa Claus, hoped she woul bring him a kiddie-car, he may hav been influenced by The Cot? Angeh Times, which speaks of "Cartoonb Briggs and her laughable pictures." The Diary of Our Own Srmuel Pep} Decomber 18 ? To the armory, ar played tennis, with poor success hi great enjoyment, and so home, ar drove my wife in my petrol-waggon I ?onkers, and thence to the Lotos Clu where was a fine dinner to G. Ade, ar I sate between Will Hays and Melvil ?atone, which was pleasant, an<l tl speeches were short and good, a ra: thing, But the loudest laugh cat? when Mr. Chester Lord said some tv had saiii that the recent election wi not an election, but a census. But 1 ?ii?l not tall who the wit was. And M Hays recited a poem not his own, ai ?lid not say who wrote it. And M John Gavit told how ho asked a mi seeking a reporter'!? position to write story about the first loose brick 1 might see, and how the man wrote wondrous tale: which I doubt grcatl forasmuch as he never told who tl man was, nor whether the tale w printed. And I thought if G. Ade h been a.s poor a reporter m :,.i-< you: days as any of these men, he sti'l wou be lunching at Burcky <fc Milan's Chicago instead of having these ho ours. Met Mr. Lewis Hind, and rallie?! me at having bought the la cop> of Calverley'8 Poems to be had the town; and Mr. R. Oglesbv, w i ' . " chided mo for recommending "Ma Street." 19 Up and took Mrs. Eliza Gale a her daughter for a ride, they beari the cold with merry fortitude; and I to A. vSamuels's, and drove him to Yc kers with me to call for my wife, a Mistress Helen ??ave us tea and cake and so to the city again to C. Gaig tor dinner, and he gave mo a demijo of cider to carry home. 20?Lay late, my eyes paining, am wondered whether I should go blii like .Samuel Pepys, and so to the offt ? but low in my mind and full of gn pity for myself. Home, and found | fine trombone-flute Edna Ferber ht sent me, and played it with scant sk The occupant of the chair heard h ! coming, ?she looked over one shoul? I without turning her head.?From '"I Lizard," by Rita Weiman, in The S j t vepost. Another contortionist heroine. I ! lesa, porhapn, she <iid It with the ! of a mirror. j ?-r The cashier whom he knew wo i cash his check had gene home.?1 .Sun. I "Whom will cash this check?" "I will," said Cyril, for It was deed him, Query Baron Ireland's?to dram editor: Why not. interview Ben-An brothers, Bon and Where? If the Commissioner wants to < i cover more about, the crime wave might borrow tin- Hired Man's line he Tavern," and put the ?question ?.In? force. Thus: "What kind of a night is t (inyway T . . . Who's doin' all | shootin'?" i_ a* F. P. A RUN FOR HELP, THE DAM'S BUSTED! Copyright. 1910, New York Tribune Inc. 'Ach' on Recruiting Houses ! A Query and the Explanation of .he [Var Department | To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: On November 11 I wrote to the i Secretary of War as follows: j 'As I passed by the recruiting station in Fifth Avenu?' opposite Madi Lson Square yesterday I was amazed to ; seo painted along the lower edge of the reci ?ting house; which stood on wheels: 'Bossert houses, the logical way of house building, followed by the Brooklyn address of the concern ? that sells these h? uses "I cannot. Imagine for an instant I that yon have knowledge of the way , in which the government recruiting ] stations an* used to advertise a busi ness concern, because i cannot believe it possible that the United States would stoop to advertise Mr. Bossert's houses ? because he furnished it with these 1 trundle carts free of charge, and I am, therefore bringing this outrageous impropriety to tour notice in order that a atop may be put to this practice." This morning I received the following i letter: "War Department?, ^Fhe Adjutant General's Office, "Washington, Nov. 23, 1920. "Dr. Reginald H. Sayre, M West. Forty eighth Street, New York City, N. Y. "Dear Sir: Your letter of November 11 to the Secretary of War relative to ' the advertisement of 'Bossert Houses' i on certain recruiting huts in New York | City has been transmitted to this office i for reply. A report of this matter has j been received in this o'Uce from the ! recruiting officer in New York. This i report in part say?: " There was never any written agree j ment entered into with Bossert & Son concerning the building or use of these ? houses, and it was our suggestion that if Bossert & Son would build these 'houses for us the?, would bo permitted : to have their nam? 7 and business ap ? pear on each house. That, however, ? was not construe;! as beint?; the con l sideraci?n Mor which the houses were \ built, as Bossert & Son simply agreed : to assist the New York recruiting dis i trict to the extent of building these 1 houses for us. and in annreciation o) i their action this oflic suggested th it they take space on each of the house: | and advertise the fact that these house; were "Bossert Hoi:.-..."' "Appreciating your interest in th? ! army, I am, very respectfully, "P. C. HARRIS "The Adjutant General." My amazemi'iit ,at reading ?ver th?. ' signature of the ?Adjutant General o the arm-- that this indecent outrag? had been suggested by the recruitin?, j officer in New York was on'y excecdei ? by the indignation I fe't that a persoi I so incapable of appreciating the com ! m:>n decencies of ?if- should he plaoei : in a position of authority where he hai tho opportune of hugiiliatintj the gov eminent by making it appear that, i either was an 'he verge >f bankruptcy and therefore could not afford to hu: recruiting slati*na, and had to pay fo th':m in advertising the builder, o thct those in the irovernmerit emplo wc*'0 so corrupt that they were uain rovernnient. property to advertise concern in which they themselves wet pecuniarily interested. j It is a fortunate thing that Congres ' some years ?go passed u law prohibit ! ing the use of Vu United State? Ha for advertising parp?se? or we ehoul probably have our War Department al lowing tho bunting manufacturer t piace his name on the white stripes of ? Old Glory, The man at the toj? is responsible tor the actions of his subordinates and ; his caliber is usually to be judged by '? the conduct of those under him, and '? that any recruiting officer would dare j to commit a sacrilege ?ike this without j feeling that it svould b- in harmony; with the wishes of his chief is ?neon- j ceivable, and I trust that the people j of this country, when this outrage is called to their attention, will raise! their voice? in protest at such a dis? graceful procedure and compel the re? moval of t'e incompetent who is now | at the head of the War Department and! who tolerates such indecencies. REGINALD H. SAYRE. New York, Dec. 18. 1920. The Salvation Army Girl | To The Editor of The Tribune. Sir: Under the caption "Tender Tympana" J find the man unprincipled ? enough to condemn the lassies who stand on the principal thoroughfares :; throughout the city, in all kinds of j weather, for the benefit of the poor, 'the Salvation Army g-irls '' They use a tiny bell at this season to attract: ; passersby, and because of thin method of a 'aining results he state.-; that it is unnecessary noise added to oar al ready noisy city. When our soldiers needed nourish? ment and a cheery word on the battle? fields, these brave women went, out to them under shell fire to comfort them. They were tl ive complaining abuut the shriek Tino din of battie. What is the tinkling of a bell compared to noisy battle? Perhaps if he were one of the desti? tute orphans to benefit by these col lections he would undoubtedly think differently. My advice to him is to try to eliminate his grouch, not the noise. 0. E. FITZPATRICK, New York. Dec. ?*>, 1920. The Regulation of Automobiles To the Editor of the Tribune. Sir: The efforts of most estimable per? sons toward regulations of automo? biles would he humorous if they were \ not so nearly tragic. If His Honor! the Mayor really wants to do some- ; thing toward the regulation of auto? mobiles and the death toll they are talcing so regularly would it not be wise 'ar him to regulate :he garage? If New York had a police ordinance; that forced the garage owner, whether the garage were a storage or service garage, to turn in the number and identification of every car that is in his garage, unless the owner of that, cm were able to present evidence that that car had been reported within a month to the police, and if it were nee-I tssar fur the garage men to turn in o certificate of the mechanical condi? tion of each car housed in his garage. it would do away with the necessity for the present inane palie- inspec? tion and it would do away with the joy riding by chauffeurs and other unau? thorized persons. A time clock system of the entrance : and loaving of each car from the ga? rage, with a penalty for the garage owner if that time clock system were not enforced, with a subsequent re? port eaeh month to the owner of the i storage and used time of that car, would ?I? away with the indiscriminate running that so many privately owne?! jars at present aro used for. It aoems to me that on this basis -??une sort of more intelligent handling of motor cars in New York City could b? developed. R^M. VANDV IT. New York, Dec. J?, 1920. ? The Naval War Coll ge Evidence A?ainsl Removal l-om Newport to Washington Recited To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: During the last year thr citi /.ens and clergy of Newport, ir.c!u<hng Bishop Perry, brought charges against the Secretary and Assistant Seci of the Navy for permitting vei creditable methods In trying to run down cases of vice In are doubtless informed ?'- to the :ir cumstances. This Is only one of the causes of the friction between ti e :c?c netary of the Navy and the ?S locality. The report of the Secretary of tht Navy recommends thnt the Naval ?Ur College be transferred to '-? He gives the follow; - .- ? others: ? I ? Th?? crowded coi Newport training stati sequent necessity u. College for training puro This is a direct t ol tacts. The training ?stal on Coasters Harbor Island ill the buildings on that Island are The training station is now 01 ? d dington Point. I am told thai ern is room for about 5,00?"i mo e (2) It is also state College buildings are accommodate the ciu ?j. This is ?ciother misstttemen? i * The buildings are entir? " for the present size of tl ty members a year. 3) The Secretary state | port that he had been c<?? ? the removal of the co'.le;: war but that this was interi the war. T''is ?9 another misstat? i as the following w??! show: Captain Hill recomm? War College be transferred ' ington. This was refer?.*.: '? ? ' ? Secretary to the general board. Tlio general ' board r? that the War College be ?not ferred to Washington. This recommendation of the general board was approved by the Secretan of the Navy - Mr. Daniel'; Il 1916 The Secretary of the Navy tl ? n re? ferred the matter to the president of the War College, Captain W. L Rodgers. It was re tu ne ? wi recommendation that the War I be not transferred away from Newport The matter was then referred to the planning section of the Navy Depart? ment in 1919. The planning made an exhaustive examination of all the arguments and documents in the case and recommended that Newport was the mopt suitable location for th? War College and that it should re? main theie. One of the documents consi lered '? 5 he planning section was ? 'rom Admiral Mahun to t of flie War College in 1910, giving al! the reasons why the War ( o?ei/t* should be separated from the Navy De? partment and recommending thst it should not be removed. A CITIZEN OF NEWPORT. Newport, Dec. 13, 1920. "Die Fact Remain* iFroi.x T'te tndianupoti* ,Ve? Tho Senators who are invest the coal situation are finding out ?> good many things that other peopl? suspected, just as other investigntor have found out such things, but what good does that do as l.*ng as the cofc" men are determined to keep prices op*