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GUARANTY Von ?m* pcrefia?? merchandise advertised In THE TRIBUNE with absolut* safety?far If iSItiatlif.le? tton multa In any cue THE TRIBUNE obran? te?? t? pay your money baca upon rxiUKl. No n>d top?. ?o quibbling. W? make good promptly If the ?dvfrtUor does not MIMBKR OT T?TB ARSOCIATTT? rRBFW The Aasodatod Pre?? la exclustrely entitled to th? uso" for rep?blica! Ion of all news dispatches credited to It or not othejvtao credited In this paper, and air? ?:<? local news of tphntanaous origin published herein. All rishts of repuMlcation of all other autttet herein also are referred. Peace Day Both houses of Congress having passed the Knox-Porter peace res? olution, and Vice-President Coolidge and the Acting Speaker of the House having affixed their signatures, the resolution will to-day be placed be? fore President Harding for final action. April 6, 1917; November 11, 1018; July 2, 1921?these are dates that will be impressed on the minds of young American;; for generations to come. They will be symbols, though the public mind to-day is not cen? tered on what will occur at Raritan and few will stand at attention as the curtain descends on the war. A practical as well as a mercurial peo? ple, we know that the war in fact ended long ago and are not much in? terested in a sweeping away of its legal remains. But only the superficial will be de? ceived into thinking this inattentive ness signifies indifference to*the war itself. As time presses on and the years give perspective the great^con ?ict, in the nobility cf its issues as : well as in the cheerfulness of its sacrifices, looms larger and larger. We have been permitted to be par? ticipants in great matters. And as j the President signs his name he can j do so with the knowledge that he acts \ as the representative of a nation i which has no reason to feel ashamed ' of its acts, and which, if a like need ' should send its summons a second ' time, would do again that which ? dt did< _________ Fair Play Winning With the railway employees con- j tinuing at their posts, and with dis- j cretionary power placed in the hands i of a committee of five, the outlook ; is bright that a railway strike will ? be averted; that as the railroad men joyfully accepted decisions which put \ wages up they will yield to one j which says that changed costs of | living and fairness to a public which | pays the bilis not only warrant but j demand a small decrease. Congratulations may be justly ex- i tended to the railroad men. It is true that fair play requires accept? ance of the cut. But men are men, j and in an eager, pushing world, J where it is the habit to look after one's own interests without too nice a regard for the rights of others, it is a notable thing to have great j masses of men exercise self-restraint. | The railroad worker thinks, and what is even better he is not deaf to appeals to his sense of justice. Thus, he is armed against the solici? tations of professional agitators who fatten on trouble. In the present conditions he realizes he is a passen? ger in a common boat and that he cannot escape a wetting if he rocks it. The Retreat From ismid The recent fighting on the Ismid front in Asia Minor has been fol? lowed by a Greek evacuation of that city. ?uch a move by Constantino was not unexpected. It has two merits from his point of view. If he renews his offensive against the Nationalist Turks he will naturally deliver his main blow much further south?either toward Eskishehr or toward Afium Karahissar, Ismid is on his extreme left flank and is of little vaYne to him for offensive pur? poses. By abandoning it he also leaves +.he road to Constantinople open to the Kemalists. Ismid is only about fifty miles east of Scutari, and the | two are connected by the main line j of the Constantinople-Bagdad rail- ; road. It would suit Constantine per- '< fectly to have the Kemalists advance toward Scutari and thus threaten the Allied occupation of Constanti? nople. At present there is a state of truce between the Allies and the Angora government. A neutral zone has been laid out east of the Bosporus and between the Black Sea and the Bagdad railway. If the Kemalists overrun it, yielding to a desire for plunder or to instigation from Mos? cow, the Allies will be drawn into war again with Angora and may have to call on Constantine to protect the straits and the Sultan's capital. An emissary of Tino's is reported to have told the Allied representatives that the Greek army would occupy 0 Constantinople if thy Nationalists threatened it. There is another element of dan? ger in the Constantinople area. That is WrangeVa former Southern Rus? sian army, which was transported to GallipoH after the Red forces broke into the Crimea. These troops, num? bering about 80,000, were taken care of by the French government. But a few months ago the French grew weary of feeding them, and they are said to be infected with Bolshevism. Nothing would please L?nine better than to seo them go over to the Kem alists. Constantine has his back against the wall in Asia Minor. Ho is play? ing his own hand against both the Turks and tho Allies. If he can em? broil them he has everything to gain and nothing to lose. He may, in fact, be able to intervene at the right moment and make satisfactory terms with the victor. The Allies need a long spoon in supping with either Tino or Kemal. They are handi? capped by tho fact that they are trying to impose their will in the Near East with insufficient military forces. Chief Justice Taft In his extended career William Howard Taft has filled four con? spicuous official places?judge of a Federal circuit court, Governor Gen? eral of the Philippines, Secretary of War and President of the United States. And in all save one he has served with great satisfaction to the public. And for clear reasons. It would be difficult to conceive of a person with a mind more impartial than Mr. Taft, or better fitted to listen intelli? gently, without prejudice or precon? ception, to a contradictory debate and to decide its issues justly; hence his high repute as a judge. Nor are there many among us more soundly human in sympathy or more warmly protective in the desire to help fel? low creatures; hence his notable success when called on to start a backward people, preyed on for cen? turies by an ignorant tyranny, on the upward path. Nor has there been in recent public life an Ameri? can more loyal or more instinctively a believer in team work; hence his great value when he was Secretary cf War and was the right arm of President Roosevelt, who was not averse to making decisions, in the management and application of im? portant policies. If as President Mr. Taft found himself to some degree out of his ele? ment, it was largely because of his possession of the very qualities of open-mindedness, catholicity and lack of stubborn dogmatism which have made for his great usefulness in other fields. If advancing years permit, Mr. Taft may be counted on to be a Chief Justice of the United States up to the standard of the most illustrious of his predecessors. He is learned in the law, is in hearty accord with the bearing of our institutions which have weathered the tests of time, ir, a firm champion of what may be called progressive juridical science, and is happily free from that intel? lectual dogmatism, akin to the vice of theologians, that has led some emi? nent judges to seek to over-systema? tize the law?to dehumanize it by treating its doctrines as absolute and unbending. Mr. Taft has such tact and good humor and has so unconquerable a spirit of fair play that he is greatly beloved by his fellow citizens. These gifts and this character may not be the first ones sought for in a Chief Justice, but even the most eminent judges are none the worse for having them. With Justice Taft as modera? tor^ it is probable that not a few as? perities that mar the harmony of the celestial chamber, the consulting room, will be softened, and that not quite so often in the future will the court divide five and four. Interstate Road Rules The evil of diverse highway laws and regulations in adjoining states is emphasized by the present bickering between the New York and New Jer? sey authorities. New York arrested a New Jersey automobilist who was driving in compliance with the laws i of his own state but in some respect i violated those of the state he was I visiting. Since then numerous New i York drivers have been arrested in I New Jersey in the way of reprisal. Under the reciprocity arrangement drivers qualified under the laws of 1 one state are permitted to drive In the other for a certain number of days in each year. Now, it is mani? fest that to require the driver to be in all respects qualified under the laws of the state he is visiting would debar many from going out of their own state. There are, for example, differences in age limits, so that a driver licensed in one state might be debarred from the other. Again, in rural New York no operators' li? censes are required or issued, while they are required in all parts of New Jersey. IL would be a hardship to penalize a man who drove from ! Westchester or Rockland County j into Now Jersey because he did not j possess a license which he could not j obtain. ' It seems time for the authorities of the states to pot together and to | agree cither upon identical laws in the various states or upon a system pf reciprocity under which each ? / j state shall, in the languago of the | Constitution, give "full faith and ! credit to the public acts, record? and | judicial proceedings of every other state." This does not mean that each state shall recognize and accept the highway regulations of its neigh? bor. But certainly the spirit of the provision should be respected. A citizen who complies with the laws of his own state has some right to expect not to bo treated as a criminal the moment he crosses an artificial border. Getting Together President Wilson vetoed the army appropriation bill last March be? cause Congress had refused to ac? cept Secretary Baker's judgment as to the sum which ought to be spent in 1921-'22 on the army. The Sec? retary asked for $699,275,000. Con? gress gave him $346,000,000. Rather than take this sum the Wilson Ad I ministration put on the incoming j Congress the burden of passing a ! new bill. The veto blunderbuss had a recoil. When Congress repassed the bill it reduced the total it carried to $328,000,000. Mr. Wilson and Mr. Baker contributed to economy, there? fore, in spite of themselves. Secretary Weeks isn't satisfied with the provision made for a fur? ther swift reduction of the enlisted j strength of the army. Mr. Baker j had tried to circumvent Congress's ? retrenchment plans by over-recruit j ing. He enlisted more men than | there were appropriations to main j tain, thus saddling deficits on the ! Treasury and making trouble for his | successor. But Mr. Weeks has a I better case. He finds an army on I his hands which it will be difficult to I reduce to a strength of 150,000 men ! within the next three months. Men ' who enlist sign contracts legally I binding on them and which are at least morally binding on the govern? ment. The Secretary estimates that the natural expiration of enlistments will take care of only half the re? duction which Congress expects to see made. Thus, he doubts whether it will be practicable to effect the total reduction without summary dis? missals, involving bad faith to the enlisted force. ? But because of this_ embarrass? ment President Harding didn't see fit to veto the army bill. Congress had a good motive in ordering the reduction, and he does not imitate his predecessor in not playing fair. The President is frank enough to recognize the merits of the action taken by Congress. But by meeting Congress more than half way he may be able to avert part of the inci? dental mischief threatened. Possibly enough enlisted men whose contracts do not expire may offer themselves for discharge to avoid a deficit in the army pay account. But if this j is not the case Congress will un? doubtedly willingly provide for the remaining temporary surplus, as the President says he will advise it to do. Courteous cooperation smooths out many difficulties. The army has unfortunately now to suffer from the fact that under the Wilson-Baker regime no such cooperation was sought or wished for. The Bent Truth Francis P. Bent, formerly Alder- j man from Mayor Hylau's district, | ? and now on the city's pay roll, ar> he j ? works as his honor's publicity agent, ] has made a discovery. He reveals the horrid truth as to i the paternity, birth and adolescence J of the Meyer committee. It appears it originated in a foul and fetid con? spiracy of the traction interests. First, they bought Governor Miller ! by subscribing $580,000 to his cam i paign fund. Then they brought for ; ward Senator Meyer and elected him ! so he might be readily at hand when | needed. Not satisfied with these i iniquities, the next step was to re? cruit a force of bandits to range up ? and down the streets of New York, robbing and shooting, so as to give color to the charge that the Police Department had broken down. In? cidentally, the "interests," not the in? nocent G rover Whalen, filled the courthouse site with ashes, induced the Mayor to become amanuensis to i ! Hettrick, gave Brindell entry to the i City Hall, und so on down the series . of events which led to the appoint- i ment of the Meyer committee. New York will, of course, be duly j grateful to this spokesman of the ; Mayor. He also is a friend of the ; people. Only the black of heart will suggest that his revelations are in j the nature of Bent truth. He has identified the miscreants. Now let! us all be up and at them ! A Voice for Beauty Dr. Ralph Adams Cram, whose: voice is for beauty, declares that ugliness rules us, both in the "ma- : tcrial and psychological spheres." ' Conceding the point as to things physical, why drag in psychology? In its newer phases it is a young and tender science and has never sat to a photographer. No modern explorer within the realm of the ? mind has brought back pictures. Dr. Cram would restore the old | chapels and monasteries in their old integrity, to serve as sanctuaries, so ! that once again, to uso his phrase, "beauty may be lir.]:, d with life and art given back its true perspective." From the standpoint of human ; habit Dr. Cram is doubtless right, i To practice an automatic smile is i tho right beginning to make in dis? pelling depression, and a beautiful environment stirs many to higher act and thought. But is it true, as Pr. Cram and so many of our latter-day despondents arc fond of declaring, that ugliness rules US? In spite of all these critics, who take a melancholy pleas? ure in despairing of tho world, prob? ably there nover was a time when it would be possible to demonstrate the beauty of so many lives. Stories of crime and ugliness and unpleasant? ness fill the press, but it is the ex? ceptional that is news. How about the other side of the picture? One who is looking for heroism, for self-denial, for genuine char? acter, even for beauty of average architecture, which is Dr. Cram's specialty, and for all those miracles of life and color that give to the world its interest and charm, will surely find what he is looking for to-day, more so than at any other period. Never has mankind given as good account of itself as in the era in which we have lived. Bombing Test Success _ A Triumph for Airplane Scouting? Three-Plane Navy Essential By Quarterdeck From tho bombing of the Iowa sev? eral important facts were deduced. The attacking planes were required to lo? cate the "enemy" within a sea area 200 miles long and 100 miles wide? 20,000 square miles. Tho test was severe, yet the naval air force, small as it is, aided by two army "blimps," sighted and reported the Iowa within two hours. The radio communication between the navy planes and their base and with one another appeared to be per? fect. This was a triumph in itself, nnd it is believed that the planes would have discovered and reported the Iowa with? out the aid of the "blimps"?In fact, they may actually hnve done so. The radio returns from the mother ship, Shawmut, will tell the story. The next success was the concentra? tion of twenty-five of the twenty-seven naval airplanes within an area of 20,000 square miles off the coast in about four hours. Surely we need no further proof of the scouting value of air forces against a hostile fleet. Eighty bombs were dropped from heights varying from 4,000 to 6,000 | feet. There were two direct hits and at least eighteen bombs fell within a distance estimated at seventy-five feet from the Iowa, It is fair to say that tho Iowa presents a target of about one-third the area of a super-dread? nought. A modern capital ship, in other words, would have been seriously menaced by large bombs. False deductions from these tests must be avoided. In many respects the conditions greatly favored the bombers. The "enemy" did not fight back. But the samo may bo said of our practice with great guns. The percentage of direct hits was small- 2y2 per cent. But the percent? age of hits with great guns in the battle with Cervera's fleet was only if per cent. Air forces can use smoke screens and gas screens in war. And they can drop ruines, depth bombs and torpedoes as well as contact bombs, They have many strings to their bow. The art of bombing is new. A good telescope sight and a plan of stabiliz? ing the plane are needed to secure greater accuracy. These improvements will soon be forthcoming. There is no room for narrow minded ncss or bad temper in discussing the value of air forces in war. Overstate? ments and exaggerations on both sides ? must be avoided. It is not a case of the army against the navy. It is not a caso of tho airplane against the dreadnought. For the present both are needed. And the submarine i? aeeded as well. These three foices must all i bo utilized. Upon these three planes and among these three distinct and necessary forces the money available for tho navy must bo expended. It is an economic and national question. In conclusion, it is of the utmost i importance to encourage the personnel ; of the army and naval air forces. They j are engaged in a brave and patriotic service to their country. We must givo them a chance to show what they can do. The navy has always been pro? gressive. It must continue to progress. Safe and Sane Plying To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: More power to your campaign for safety and sanity in civil aviation! The public is at last awakening to tho consciousness that to fly is not of it? self dangeroin, but that the danger comes when irresponsible, fly-by-night pilots operate uninspected, poorly maintained planes. The HS-2 type of seaplane has flown for nearly 1,000,000 miles without casualty of any description to passen? gers?a record that automobiles may well envy. In addition to rigidly insisting on tho "safety first" creed with our pilots and mechanics, we are building up at our school a corps of mechanics who [ on completion of their courses will ? go forth as advocates of the newer thought in aviation?straight, safe flying, without stunts. Back un General Mitchell. He has the right idea! HUGH D. M'KAY. New York, June 30, 1921. As to Submarine Piracy To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: In your issue of the 24th Bertrand Shadvvell, of Chicago, sug- j gests that German submarine crews may have mutinied, killed their of- j fleers and turned pirates. Seems rather far-fetched. Judging from their,records during the war, wa, there any necessity for killing their of ?etrs or for '?turning" pirates? MASON F. FERRIS. Paterson, N. J., June 30, 1921. J Cvnlclsrn; or The Sour Grnpea of Wrath Over tho river, Women and men, Over to Jersey, And buck again. Rush for tho ferry, Rush for the tubo, Hush for your seat Like a bally rube. Many a headacho, Many a frown, And Sunday papers AU over town. W. KAYE. How cither of the gladiators, as the slang phrase goes, slept last night wo 1 don't know. We aro not cvu.n faring to Jersey City, and we don't care who loses the fight; yet the very thought of those brawny battlers tossing about wide-eyed kept up, wo predict at tho hour of yawning to press, vigilant all last night. If M. Carpentier lands on Mr. Demp sey frequently, it may become evident t) tho latter why ho is called the ap? parently plural name of Georges. TWO HEARTS THAT BEAT AS ONE [From the explanatory note] By GEORGE BERNARD SHAW v (Who shares with Maeterlinck the reputation of beintf the only intellectual deeply versed in the science of pugilism). Special cable to Universal Service The wonder is that none of the copy j readers referred to him as Georges ! Haw, "The World learned last night," learned The World night before last, "that an earnest effort is being made to induce Mrs. William Randolph Hearst to stand for public office in America the way Lady Astor did in England." Even to the point of em? ploying the British "stand" instead of the American "run"? "Standing" for office, in America, is a legitimate use, sometimes. Frinst, we ?stood for Mayor. Virtunlly sta? tionary. THE DIARY OF OUR OWN SAMUEL PEPYS June 30?Drove to my office in the rain, and not without skill, neither; and at my desk till late afternoon, and so to II. Harrison's and had a bath, and with him to Mistress Alice Miller's to dinner, and Miss Ruth Hale there, and wo nearly made a wager of $1,000, and I am glad we did not, forasmuch ; as I should have lost, and I have not; so much money. Much talk of this and that, and H. Broun told of a piece of writing by Ralph Block, and how he spoke of abstract sculpture, which II. said he knew not the meaning of, and quoth I, it is sculpture fashioned not of concrete. Talk then of more frivo? lous matters, such as the motion pic? tures, Mistres3 Alice having just cornel home from Hollywood, and told howl she had met Charles Chaplin and lik? ing him greatly. So home at midnight, and drove Clarence Day to his house. July 1 ? No tall: of aught but the I fight, all asking me what I think, but nobody caring what I think, and truth to say, my only conviction is that Mr. I Dempsey will win in the sixth round i So I choose not to go, albeit twice ij have been bidden, but had liefer spend the day upon the courts. Early up, and bought a fine suit I hope to make a brave show in, and two costly era-1 vats for J. Wise the cotton merchant,; for his birthday. At my stint all day,! and so to Mistress Helen'3 for dinner, and at White Plains the night. BAD ADVICE Sir: In an Evening World fight story I see that Jack is brooding over the fact that he was badly advised during the war. lie feels that he should have geno, for ho was really wild to go. I, too, more than once was badly ad? vised. A Second Lieutenant once ad? vised me to place my machine gun in a position that was obviously under direct observation from the enemy lines. ^Another time I was advised to visit Amiens without a pass. SCOTTY. The Conning Tower cannot under? take to answer telephone calls this afternoon concerning the progress of the fight. We shall not know the re? sult ourself until evening, and all our 'secretaries will be at tho ringside. And, ar, elsewhere forecast in this Amphi? theater of Asteism, Deinpsey will win in the sixth round. The Forehanded Mr. Hearst [From yesterday's Philadelphia Public Ledger] Wc sec by the Sunday morning edi? tion of The New York American, which reached Philadelphia at noon yester? day, that Dcmpsey won the fight. The number of rounds was not given, but v/c assume more detailed information will appear in Monday's edition of The American, which should reach Phila? delphia 3omo time this afternoon. If M. Carpentier's famed politeness stays with him, he is likely to land on Mr. Dempsey's jaw with an "Ex? cuse my glove." The Felonious Linotyper [From The Stamford (Conn.) Advocate] There is ample room in the reetory for the accommodation of the murder of boys that will be received, and cap? able tutors will give instruction. "To those of us who are familiar with the wireless telephone," says an editorial co-slave, "one cf the most as? tonishing things is the way in which it reproduces the human voice." To those of us unfamiliar with it, how? ever, it comes like?to coin a phrase? a bolt from the blue. Our athaletic young man said yes? terday that he was overjerred that Oitle was going to cover the fight for The Woild. Dcmpsey or Carp, Dempsey or Carp; We don't care which of 'em hits tho old scarp.* * Slang ii>r toboggan. F. F. A. GROWN SO LONG NOW IT WILL NEED A SCYTHE Copyright, 1021, New York Tribune inc. OO??S He^Tvood Broun -,-. "Your discussion anent the scarcity of children's books (there are plenty for grown-ups) seems particularly apro? pos for me just now, having volun? teered to amuse children in a state hospital one afternoon a week," writes N. S. G. "It is rather difficult to know just what to go armed with, as the ages of the children there vary so from week to week and I sometimes find not a single familiar face. Having fallen down on Ernest Thompson Seton and others that I thought could not fail to interest them al!, I finally thought I had reached a brilliant solution in thinking of the perennial Alice in Won? derland. There were four children of varying ares to be amused that day (not counting the babies)?Gerald, thirteen, six months in hospital with a complication of diseases; Jimmie, in a wheel-chair with heart trouble; Agnes, smiling, but tongue-tied, recov? ering frcm double pneumonia, and Ruth, a blood poisoning victim. "At about the middle of the third chapter Jimmie wheeled himself and chair off without a word. At the end of the chapter I stopped and asked the others how they liked it and if they understood it. "Gerald remarked condescendingly that 'it was all right?he got most of it.' Ruth, when pressed, admitted she would rather play games, and Agnes kept on saying nothing -smilingly. I decided that 'Alice' must bo a chil? dren's story for grown-ups." "Apropos of Mr. Horace Liveright's ? inquiry of Tribune readers regarding j the names of books for children," j writes Charles Morris, "I suggest the ; following: The Slowcoach, E. V. Lucas; j Anne's Terrible Good Nature, Lucas; I Pepper and Salt, Howard Pyle; Ad j ventures of Robin Hood, Howard Pyle; | Jim Davis, John Masefield. "I read these to my children several I times. They have this merit (.not al | ways found in children's books) that j the father can also enjoy them, so that I reading them comes to be a pleasure I and not a duty. For Legion Athletics To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: Why is it that the American Legion, with its enormous membership of strong, young men, is so inactive when it comes to athletics? Until re? cently I was a member, but I wanted to play soccer football and couldn't, so I discontinued my membership. Seriously, the Legion ought to go into athletics us it went over the ? top. What post, may I ask, is about I to organize a soccer team? I'd join immediately. ADAM WILSON. New York, June 29, 1921. Archie's Father (From "My Brother, Theodore Roose? velt," by Corinne Roosevelt Robinson, in Scribnar'a Magazine.) As we passed the table at the head of the staircase [in the White House] the telephone bell on the table rang, and with spontaneous simplicity?not ringing a bell for a menial to answer the telephone call?he picked up the I receiver himself as he passed by. His face assumed a listening look and then a broad smile broke over his features. "No," he said. "\'o, I am not Archie. I am Archie's father." A minute passed and he laughed aloud and then said: "A!! right, I will tell him; I | won't forget." Hanging up the re? ceiver, he turned to me half-sheepishly lbut very much amused. "That's a good "It is unfortunate that more good men do not, or can not, write for chil? dren. It seems to me that a child's literary taste for good books can be cultivated in this way* and quite un? consciously." It seems to us rather too much read? ing for children is chosen on the basis of giving them things they ought to like rather than books they are going to enjoy. Taste can take care of itself in time. The chief thing is to get them interested, and the greatest risk with young readers is to bore them in the beginning. This is tho very worst found;;!ion for literary taste in later life. Eagerness must como first. With? out that discrimination is worth noth? ing. During the week just past no parent ought to havo had the least difficulty in selecting reading for his children. The news concerning the training of Dempsey and Carpentier has been profuse enough for every need. But on the whole it has been a little disappointing. Until the advent of Shaw the literary flavor was lacking, and even Mr. Shaw seemed eager to imprests his views by sheer dogmatic assertion rather than eloquence or logic. Mr. Dempsey's literary style is rugged, but it lacks the virility which we found in The Autobiography of Jess Willard. Phrase makers have been rare. "The orchid man," which was ap? plied to Cr.rpentier by some Boston sporting writer whose name we can't remember, is rather fetching, but not quite as captivating as "the golden smile" and "the abysmal brute," which were produced at Peno. And, greatest lack of all, there has been no one to write as Robert Welles Ritchie did in Reno concerning the things which lay beyond the ring. With the gong about to sound, we find terrific difficulty ri getting even within hailing distance of any literary theme. In spite of the published opin? ions of Battling Levinsky and Bernard Shaw, it looks to us like Dempsey. joke on any President," he said. "You may have realized that there was a lit? tle boy on the other end of.that wire, and he started the conversation by say? ing, 'Is that you, Archie?' and I re? plied, 'No, it is Archie's father.' Where? upon he answered with evident disgust: 'Well, you'll do. Be sure to tell Archie to come to supper. Don't for? get.' 'How the creatures order one about!"' he quoted from our favorite volume, Alice in Wonderland, and pro? ceeded to run at full speed down to the breakfast room. Certain Trouble (From The Los Angele? Times) The project for an American acad? emy of poetry and song will not mate? rialize without seme friction. Neither would the institution be maintained without more controversy. If it were just a clearing house for poetry it Would bo easier; but even that might furnish argument. There is such a dif? ference of opinion as to what really constitutes poetry. There is a large school willing to admit as poetry any? thing which has neither rhyme nor rea? son. Others who follow such purists as Bryant and Longfellow insist that real poetry must have both. Poss?blv it would be best to compromise on a home for bards and let them tilt before a non-partisan committee fo? admis? sion. Even a hall of fame for piwc? might start a ?ghi. ! Sea Engineer's importance Major Factor in Steamship Opera* tion?Master of Machinery To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: I read with mingled amazement and amusement the letter by "Old Ship? master"?very old, I should judge, per? | hap- a reincarnation of some skipper of Phoenician days, who gloried in rul? ing his Tyrian galley-slaves with a ropa of thongs. The art of navigation is the sama now as it was hundreds of years ago* ! The celestial bodies still retain their place in tho heavens as of yore, de j viating not from their appointed i course. My grandfather, who was a j shipmaster, could navigate a modern | vessel without requiring to go to school | to learn anything new, but an engineer ? who cares for his profession and wishes I to march with the times must be for i ever studying tho new inventions and ! improvements that from time to timo : emanate from the fertile br?in of the ? inventive though (according to "Old : Shipmaster") despised engineer. In ? modern times the shipmaster comes up | the ladder from quartermaster through ! the successive ratings of deck offices ] to master, just as the engineer officer graduates from the stokehold to tha engine-room and its chances of promo? tion. Any one visiting a modern engine?, 1 room must be amaze.', at the knowl? edge a marine engineer must have ta ; understand the intricacies of its mani? fold and complicated gear. The deck officer requires no such knowledge, t think the millionaires and people o? leisure, not to mention more humbl<i citizens, would wish "Old Shipmaster" anything but well should ocean trans ation revert to the motive power and mentality of galley-slaves. Whern but for the engineers who designed them and the engineers who run and ? repair them would the "greyhounds* ; of the Atlantic be? Are the engines : in these liners or any modern ship | "minor parts"? Is the steam steering ?gear a minor part? Engineers are noi only "starters" and "stoppers" ? they ?must be skilled in their profession ta i keep a modern engine doing its duty, ?SON OF ANOTHER OLD 8HIP I MASTER. Brooklyn, June 29, 1921. Blaming the "Old School" To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: May I say a word or two about the "condition of mutiny" mentioned by "Old Shipmaster"? If we ran ships after the fashion advocated bv ; this relic of a bygone day we would i have a riot on beard ship from one end | to the other. Who started the seamen's union* land all the other unions? Who matt? i the La Follette law possible? I would ! like to say that these ??odern adjunct? to the American merchant marine are the direct outcome of the policies ad? vocated by this "Old Shipmaster." The strict and small-minded master and his assistant, the "bucko mate," did the work that aroused the long suffer ! ing reaman and his "friends" and ?saddled on us a set of marine laws | and restrictions that all but choke oif the little discipline remaining on our ships. The "Old School," of which this shipmaster :s so proud, was a mean o?d school that starved sailors and made serfs of free men. We are entering upon a new era and tl engineer is here to stay. Whether he will eventually command the v< lepend?nt upon his ability, remains to be seen. The new shipmaster wi ', ? to take his departure from the old ideas if he is to maintain his mastership. THROTTLE VALVE. New York, June SO, 1921.