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?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.
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
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
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?
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
; 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
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
The Conning Tower
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
"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.
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
The report of the Secretary of tht
Navy recommends thnt the Naval ?Ur
College be transferred to '-?
He gives the follow; - .- ?
? 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.
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*

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