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first to Last?the Truth: News?Edi l or ?als?Advertisements |J?g?o?_Ui* Audit Bureau of Circulation*. WEDNESDAY, JULY IS, 1921 Owned b> New Tertc Trf>ttne, Ina, a New Torte CerroraUo*. Published dally. 0?den Reld. Presi? dent: O. Vernor Ro?er*. Vlrw-Preetdent ; Helen Kogera Re?d, Secretary; R. F.. Mm field. Treasurer. Addro?, Tribun? Rulidtng. t?* Nassau Street. New Vor*. Telephone. Beekman S000. stmscsrpnov hatrs ? fir man, mrindta? Pontage, IN TR? CNlTS? STATES. One Sbr One By Mali. Postpaid, Teer Month? Month Paily ?nd Sunday.$li,00 $8.0? $!.?? One week. 35o. ?airy only . 10.00 5.0* .85 One week, sOo. f?ui;dey only. 4.00 8-iS .40 Sunday only, Canada. 6 ?0 8.95 .55 FOREIGN RATES IHltr end Sunday....520.00 ?1S.80 $140 Pal!? only . 17.40 8.TO 145, Sunday only . ?.I? 5.13 .88 JBotered at the Posto??? at New fork m Second Class Mall Matter. GUARANTY Yen een enreRase mcmftaedlse advertised In THE TRIBUNE with abaokite safety?for If dl?afl*f?<> Mew result* In any ease THE TRIBUNE t??rae tee? te pay your non? back upon request. N? red ta#?. N<> umbbimo. We make ?ood promptly If the advsrtHer doe? not. MEMBKR Or THH ASSOCtATKO PTO5SS The Associated Press i? esclualtely entitled to the use for ?publication o? *U new? dispatches credited to It or not ettierwise credited in this paper, and also toe local new? of aponuneous ortrdn published herein. All rtftoa of reruhllcatton ot all ?the? matter herein also are reserved. Tax Revision First That a mistake was made when /he tarif? bill was put first and the pax revision measure thereby rele jpated to subsequent consideration now seems as plain to Washington s it has been all along to the coun? ty The tariff as a source of revenue fk manifestly inadequate to meet the reeds of the government. It will help, but the chief reliance must nec? essarily be elsewhere. To put the minor and supplemental ahead of the major and the primary shows a queer disregard of proper sequences. In the second place, the country's industrial welfare more demands a revision of the taxation system than it does new customs schedules. The country, if forced to, could get along with the present tariff. Factors other than those which relate to duties control in foreign and domes? tic trade. Europe is not yet able to dump much goods on us, and will not be so able for some time. In the mean time the excess profits taxes and excessive surtaxes con? tinue to strangle business and to drive capital out of productive and employing establishments. Business is entitled to a chance to get its share of investment funds now di? verted into non-income tax paying securities. It is denied this chance and cannot make plans for future activities, for it does not know what it will be required to pay for money. Every day and week that passes without tax revision postpones the return of good times. In the third place, a tariff is al? ways a source of business disturb? ance. There is wrangling between those who want particular levies and those who do not. There is uncer? tainty as to what to expect. More? over, the tariff lends itself to easy political representation. Already the press which wants the Harding Administration to fail is making the most of the opportunity thrust on it. We hear the old clatter about "in? terests" and the payment of cam? paign debts. The Fordney tariff should not have been reported until after gen? eral tax revision was disposed of. The present debate in the House is doing harm. It should be brought to an $id. This will put nothing back, for it is known that the Senate in? tends to pigeonhole it if it passes the House. It may not be possible to drive through a motion to recommit the bill, but its sponsors would be wise if they would ask for its with? drawal. Reading between the lines of the President's letter to Chairman Ford? ney concerning the proposed oil duty lit is easy to see the President is at a loss to understand why the tariff bill ?vas presented at this time. In this opinion the country, without regard to party, seems generally to share. The responsible Republican leaders should refuse longer to defer to the wishes of Chairman Fordney. He is an excellent gentleman, but his mind, unfortunately, seems of the single-track variety. The Petroleum Duty President Harding's oil duty letter to Chairman Fordney told the latter something he should have known before but apparently didn't. We have the spectacle of the head of a great committee in the House who has not kept himself informed as to the work and policies of other de? partments of the government. The Tribune pointed out when the tariff bill was reported that put? ting a duty on oil would stultify the efforts which the State Depart? ment has been recently making to assure American participation In the development of the oil fields of Mesopotamia and in the Dutch Djambi region, and would be in con? flict with our need for the freest possible access to foreign oil supplies. The President politely asks the House Ways and Means Committee to take note of these facts, and points out that we can't pursue two contrary economic alms. It is vast? ly more important, as Mr. Harding says, "that we develop an abun? dance of resources rather than tem? porary profit to a few producers who ?ep] the pinch of Mexican competition." The duties on erode oil were put - in the tariff bill at the last minute at the insistence ?t? Representative Chandler, of Oklahoma. This gen? tleman is trying to help out some of his oil well constituents on the well known Winfield Scott Hancock the? ory that "the tariff is a?ocal issue." If it were necessary or advisable to develop our domestic oil industry through protection something could he said for tariff taxes offsetting the weight of foreign competition. But America's industry is full grown and we need foreign oil as well as domestic oil. The owners of the Southwestern wells need no tariff stimulus to induce them to bore. Their special interest should not now be put ahead of the na? tion's vital interest in foreign oil developments and in supplementing our domestic stocks with supplies from virgin regions in which all the maritime and industrial nations are struggling to get a foothold. ?JL , , .?._?- . .?? Dual Alliance and League The Anglo-Japanese treaty is to run for a year after notice of in? tention to terminate it has been given by either Great Britain or Japan. But the scope and effect of the agreement have been made a puz? zle by a communication which the two powers sent to the secretariat of the League of Nations, under date of July 7 last. The league is in? formed that so long as the treaty is in force its provisions will be modi? fied by Article XX of the covenant, which requires members of the league to renounce all special agree? ments in conflict with the league charter. Since all members are on an equality and are allied for common purposes, any special compact between two for mutual defence of their rights and interests against a third member is theoretically outlawed. Great Britain is bound to side against Japan and Japan against Great Britain in any case of disputes in which one or the other is found to be in the wrong by the League Council or Assembly. The dual community of interest is thus broken. There can be no easus fecderis against an? other league member as to which either signator may exercise its inde? pendent judgment. Since, also, the covenant provides for treating as a member any non member involved in a dispute with a member, a pledge in advance by two powers to assist each other is a violation of the whole spirit of the peace enforcement sections of the league code, What is left, then, of the dual treaty, unless it is assumed that the League Council will be deadlocked on the merits of a dispute and no judgment requiring joint action to maintain peace can be rendered? - The status of the Anglo-Japanese alliance, therefore, remains clouded. All depends, apparently, on the vital? ity and authority which the league is able to demonstrate. Probably the notice sent to Geneva means only that, taking into ac? count the league's present infirm? ity, Japan and Great Britain haven't yet determined to what extent their obligations as members have super ! seded their obligations as allies. Such a condition of suspended judg ! ment is a menace rather than an aid to peace. It is also one argu? ment more against the renewal of a contract whose implications are so little understood, either by league members or by nations outside the league. Saving Italy From Germany From Rome come reports that the Germans are once more busy in Italy, both economically and po? litically. A special effort is being made at this time to capitalize the apparent alienation of France and England. During the decade preceding the I war German business interests were highly successful in Italy. German banks and industries were firmly es? tablished, and Italy, particularly in the north, was in the way of becom? ing an economic province of Ger? many and the German Ambassador a pro-consul. Italy at the time was a political ally of Germany and Aus? tria, and a condition of dependence existed which patriotic Italians greatly deplored. To-day there is in Italy an under? current of resentment against France and England. The French policy in the Balkans many Ital? ians are unable to understand. And England, even as long ago as 1915, was criticized for the way she used her coal power when dealing with Italy. How Italy's lack of coal is still an important political factor is evident from the report that the Germans are prepared to finance the electrification of the Italian rail? ways and the development of vast hydro-electric plants which would make the Italian railways practi? cally independent of outside sources of motive power and at the same time operate a large number of in? dustrial plants. American business interests not only have long been interested in this electrification project, but also in many others which the Germans are now endeavoring- to recapture, It is possible that Italy may once j more fall under the domination of Germany. Why should not America, an old friend and ally of Italy, do the work? The Italians would rather the work fell to America, but natur ally they cannot be expected to wait forever. It ought to be possible to make use in some way of the debt of Italy to us to assist in this great undertaking. The new Ambassador to Italy has a great opportunity. Hd should be able to do in Italy?the bringing of Italian and American interests together?the counterpart of the work so excellently begun in this country by the Italian Ambas? sador, Signor Ricci. If ho is suc-^ cessful we may be able to counteract the German influence and play an important r?le in international affairs. * ? " .-? The Shipping Triumvirate "I went to the ship owners and ship operators," said Chairman Las ker of the Shipping Board when an? nouncing the names of the three chiefs of the board's executive staff, "and told them they must give us the men we sought for operators no matter how great the loss to them." This method of drafting is as creditable to Chairman Lasker as to the men drafto?. It shows again that when a specific call comes to Americans big enough to succeed in their own business something in them leads them to say: "Here I am. What's to do?" One of the new men gives up $250,000 a year and the other two make similar sacrifices. Here's a spirit that, like faith, can move mountains. The shipping men, who have seen at close hand the weakness of divided control, wanted one-man control. But the chaos is so complete that perhaps Chairman Lasker is right in holding that one man could not do the job alone. At any rate, the courageous men who are indomitably working to create a new great na? tional industry will do their best to make the new system work well. They hear with special pleasure that the trio are to have a free hand? that the business of looking back to see what is permitted is over. To liquidate a fleet of 1,470 ves? sels, which must be kept in operation while being transferred to private management, is a great undertaking. But it can be successfully done. If the Shipping Board sticks to its avowed policy and pays no attention to the clamors of special interests the country will soon have a self-sus? taining merchant marine in which many will take proper national pride. Hyian Finance The opinion that Grover A. Whalen, Commissioner of Plant and Structures and one of Mayor Hy lan's most trusted advisers, fails to make the most of transcendent tal? ents by continuing in the city em? ployment is confirmed by his " re? markable report as operator of the Midland-Staten Island trolley line. Mr. Whalen announces he is a genius as an accountant. In con? nection with the announcement that with a five-cent fare he has been able to make a profit of ,$5,000 he makes a report that might be dia? grammed and hung up for instruction in every school where bookkeeping is taught. Ponzi was a figurer of no mean talent, and so was 520 Per Cent Miller, but Mr. Whalen fairly beats them. The method he follows is as simple as it is effective. It may be called the method of exclusion. If the inclusion of one item would make it necessary to report a loss he excludes it. He allows nothing for interest on $350,000 advanced by the .city, nothing for depreciation, nothing to meet the value of the property he uses, and nothing for the fact that his six months cover four fat months and two lean ones, whereas the next half year will have but two fat ones and four lean ones. Great is Hylan finance and Wha? len is its prophet. His the hand that can make anything pay?at least on paper. The Flying Dutchman The sea serpent is a thing of the past. The hotels at the beaches are able to get all the business they can j care for without it. But in its place ! has come an equally intriguing topic for the ship reporters to discuss with sea captains?piracy on the high seas by ships of mystery. It appeai-s that the Flying Dutch? man is abroad once more. The old Dutch skipper who was returning home by the Cape of Good Hope in the face of obstinate head winds and swore a mighty oath that he would double the Cape if he strove till Judgment Day, and whose bluff | was called by an angry Heaven, has apparently finally rounded the point j and is now somewhere &ff Hatteras. ' But as ancient mariner he nat? urally doesn't understand modern shipping methods or the Morse code. He sails the stormy seas without light or sound and strikes ; terror into the stout hearts of Nor- ! wegian captains. Sea serpents in their day affected the waters off At- j lantic City when it was undry and men of the sea spun their yarns with one foo* on the brass rail and an elbow on the counter uncrooked. Bat the Flying Dutchman, or the Flying Bolshevist, ranges the ocean from the Grand ^anks down. No one has definitely 3een him, but : nevertheless he is a topic of con? versation whenever Jack comes to shore. It is useless to be skeptical. I Did not Maude Adams induce even ! the most blas? to shout that they be. Ifeved in fairies? And if foiriei, why not a phantom ship? There is no Marryat to tell its story, so we soon are likely to hear its film rights have been sold for eovcral billions. Some tales it is useless to deny. Stevenson never claimed that Treaauro Island was veracious, but when he finished it he confidently remarked that if the kids did not swallow it with de? light it would show they had gone rotten since he was one. Navy Sovietism ,_, ? In the French Revolution Captain and Cook Dined Together To the Editor of Tho Tribune. Sir: Apropos of what Quarterdeck has to say in Sunday's issue on tho j subject of Bolshevik practices in the navy, more might still bo related of tho ? French navy in this connection. j The founder of tho French nirvy was j Colbert, tho great minister of Louis XIV. Ho made a servico d'?lito which resulted in attracting tho best blood ? of Franco. They made a glorious rec-1 ord, but by the time of the Revolution nearly all the officers were aristocrats and of course had to flee. j The crews at this timo wore mostly conscripts within the reach of tide| water, who had never been to sea, with j a few fishermen coasters and deep-seaj sailors. According to Admiral Jaurien ! do la Garinc, in his History of tho French Navy, Mr. Daniels's idea of hav-1 ing officers and crew moss together was I actually carried out, tho captain sit? ting at one end of a long table and the cook at tho other, with the crew on ; cither sido. The captain was elected by lot and was changed every other day. Tho English kept such a close block? ade that the ships could get to sea for practice only when foul weather drove the English offshore. The result was that the bulk of the crew were too seasick to go aloft or work the guns. All these causes had much to do with their defeat in battle, but the main cause was lack of discipline. F. M. BARBER, Captain U. S. N. (retired.) New York, July 11, 1921. Caruso Will Sing Again To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: The discussion about the ac? tual or future state of Caruso's voice gives but little idea of the immense in? terest of the artistic world concerning the health of the illustrious singer, as well as the chances we still have of hearing again the golden voice of our beloved comrade and friencj. After conflicting statements of various per? sons, more or less authorized, perhaps the opinion of singers will be found to carry some weight. Let it be said on our behalf that when Caruso returns to normal health he will have recov? ered that voice we consider matchless in the world. Caruso sings with such graceful ease, such facile convenience, his method re? quires so little effort (being the per? fection of tone production), that we do not hesitate to affirm that any exercise of the human machine tires him more than the act of singing. Those who, like ourselves, have been fortunate enough to observe leisurely the ad? mirable method of singing of Caruso (all wrapped up in happy amiability, tranquil and sane health) will declare with us that as long as Caruso will be ablo to put ono foot in front of the other he will sing, and you may be sure that he will sing better than any? body else. JACQUES BARS. Brooklyn, July 10, 1921. Withhold Bonus, Burn Bonds To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: As the Treasury at Washington is in such bad condition as to make tho paying of the soldiers' bonus a hardship, let me suggest a remedy. I think the former service men who feel they have something coming in the form of back pay would be willing to forego their claims if others with just claims would forget theirs. So let's all get together and burn our bonds and eliminate the bonus. That would make former service men feel that theirs need not be the only sacrifice. My salary was $220 a month at the time I was drafted and I bought two $50 bonds while in the service and paid for them at $5 a month. Now I am willing to forget the war and tear up the bonds. No doubt an awful wail will go up from a few, but, for that matter, I saw quite a few soldiers that seemed to feel that way about going to war. I think that the majority will agree there is no special reason why the gov? ernment should hold one obligation so sacred and eliminate another equally just. L. G. New York, July 11, 1921, The Bobbed Hair Girl To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: Your handling of the current flurry of opinions about "The Bobbed Hair Girl" in to-day'* editorial is as level-headed as the opposition would imply the girls are not. We of the shorn locks sorority thank you. Is it amiss in this discussion to ask the head of the large insurance company which has put a ban on bobbed hair women employees whether a correspond? ing order has been issued to their rep? resentatives to cease soliciting insur? ance from short haired women? Tho increasingly large number of self-respecting, self-supporting bobbed hair girls now holding responsible po? sitions will hesitate before turning business toward a firm that use? this flimsy excuse aa a stumbling block to women's progress. RUTH BAER PE-TTIT. New York, July 12, 1921. A Dwindling Group (From The Springfield Republican) The President broke another prece? dent by going to the Capitol and taking lunch with a group of Senators. The list of unbroken precedents must be short enough by this time to be printed in small space. The Conning Tower !iT?pi(Ni:sa BEAWUSTMBNT "Ouslnesf? is bum," s?ghed the young stock broker, Lighting a weed In tho Sprlnir Lake smoker. "fltiMiiv'-.i ?i dead," mon tied the capitalist barber, Trlmmintr a still In tha breeze at Bar Harbor, ?'?lurtincsB is punk," mused the dealer in Hold, Slnklni? ? putt on tlio sixth at Lnko Placid. ftiwineitti In sad?on tho vnrire of stagnation, Now Is the time for a good Imite vacation t O. M. M. In London the other day Sinclair Lewis aald that now that he wan an author?and no longer a journalist? he had to train himself to write ?lowly. Thnt, wo hold, in almost a non-soquitur. We know many journalists who put tho utmost effort, the last ounce of laborlousness, into their work, and who write incredibly slowly. And we know authors who count that day lost whoso I. d. h. doesn't see at least 2,000 Word3 v,' ritten. Eternal Vont h Seeks Lodging; or, la Ponce de Leon in the Audience? (?From Tho Aehevllle fN. C.) Citizen] ROOM and board wanted, by permanent ynunir man, close In preferred. Address J. H. O. P7-3-3 No gambler are we, but we should like to bet a few doubloons against tho crew drawn by Winsor McCay in The American, rowing, ne they must row, with all the oars on one side of the shell. Movie Hymn of Hate Oh, up the river With Jimmie Cloud; Tho movie captions He read3 out loud. DOLLY AND RUTH. Said Mr. Hughes to Mr. Pepys Dear Mr. F. P. A.: Your Mr. Pepys is as sympathetic as tho person who rebuked the breadless French peasants with the contemptuous query, "Why don't they eat cake?" Your Mr. Pepys was "wearied by the sentimentality" of "The Old Nest," and "could not see why tho mother, of ap? parent capability, should fold her hands and say, Life is ended, because her children had left home. Why, me thought, not go to visit one of them?" The original Mr. Pepys, I believe, was similarly bored by King Lear, who tried visiting his married children. The mother in "The Old Nest" does not fold her hands and say, Life is ended. She is brave and busy, but she suffers because the children she loves must be away. She says she does not blame them, she wants them. My own mother is busy and very studious, and her children aro devoted, yet she suf? fers agonies of loneliness. I am afraid you have never been a mother, but I had thought you had had one. Would she find all her sorrows erded if she could visit you in your busy New York for as long as you found it convenient? The tragedy of motherhood Is tre? mendous, eternal, and pitiful even if, it wearies you. It wearies mothers still more to see the children they love and held in their laps, growing up, go? ing away and loving other mothers' children. Your sense of humor is famous, but surely you were not at your best when you advised a lonely mother to go visit one of her children and be happy ever after. In my picture "The Old Nest" I tried to show restraint. The tragedy is not due to villains or conspiracies. As in Greek drama, it is ineluctable fate that wrings the heart, and I claim that my Mrs. Anthon has as good reason for grief as ' Elektra, Medea, Iphigenia or any of them, and is quite as brave, la a treatment of her sorrow illegiti? mate just because it is inevitable as death ? The case with which you toss aside the anguish of lonely motherhood is strange in one who emits about 365 screams of woe a year over the par? turition of a last line and whose suffer? ings in the presence of a grammatical indelicacy exceed those of a woman in travail. Criticism seems to be the only field of activity in which one boasts of his limitations and lack of responsiveness. Elsewhere, deafness, blindness, astig? matism, paralysis, dyspepsia and the absence of the knee-jerk are accounted afflictions. Yours nearly always. Los, Angeles. RUPERT HUGHES, i It still is true that our Mr. Pepys was "wearied by the sentimentality" of "The Old Ne3t"; but it was not his notion that a.mother's visit to her chil? dren would give her sempiternal hap? piness. Shrewd guesser that Mr. Hughes is, although we never have been a mother, wo have had one. If sho could visit us in "our busy New York," the visit itself might not dispel all her sorrows, but it might dull the acuteness of her loneliness. We wish such a visit were possible; and one of the first things | we should do would be to introduce j her to Mr. Hughes, for she would ! know that for nobody in our family had we deeper and more unassailable affection. The tragedy of motherhood is, as Mr. Hughes says, tremendous, eternal, | and pitiful. It does not weary us. I But we felt the tragedy of motherhood | when we were seeing "The Old Nest" i hardly more than when we were hear? ing song3 like "The Picture That Wa3 ! Turned Toward the Wall," "My Mother) Was a Lady," and "Just Tell Them j That You Saw Me." No, the treatment of her sorrow ij not illegitimate; but j "The Old Nest" wearied us just the same. If th? original Mr. Pepys was bored b? King Lear?which might have been so, as his critical sense was almost as fallible as Our Own Mt. Pepys's?he I never, so far as we recall, said a word about it in his Diary. But he said that "A Mid-Summer Nights Dream" was "the most insipid, ridiculous play ever I saw in my life." So, 250 years from now, our statue may be pointed out as that of the mm who was wearied by the sentimentality of "The Old Neat.* T, p. A. IT CERTAINLY WILL BE AGREAT COMFORT TO THF REST OF THE FAMILY ^ Copyright, 1921, New Tork Tribune Inc. I -1 Neglect of Mentally Disabled Soldiers Dr. Thomas W. Salmon Points Out the Inadequacy of Hospital Facilities the Govcrnmenl Has Provided in This State and the Relatively Simple Means of Bringing Relief To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: In testifying before the Senate committee last Wednesday regarding the neglect of ex-service men suffer? ing from mental disorders I apparently gave the impression that the 400 sui? cides in tho whole country among dis? charged soldiers had occurred in New York State. This is not the case, but the tragic consequence^ of neglecting mental diseases, whi^h I wae endeavor? ing to place before the Senate com? mittee, are sufficiently emphasized by New York's own proportion of this bat? talion of young ex-service men who preferred death at their own hands to life. It did not require the training of a psychiatrist to appreciate the necessity of making provision for mentally dis? abled ex-service men. Every one who had sons or young friends in the serv? ice has been struck by the abnormal emotional states which follow the war and interfere with the resumption of peace-time activities. The restlessness, discouragement, depression and irrita? bility characterizing these conditions are familiar to all. Casen for Diagnosis Discharged men who are having such difficulties, but are nevertheless mas? tering them, represent one end of th< scale of post-war mental casualties while the stream of insanity that it now entering hospitals from the metro politan district at the rate of five i day represents the other. Betweei these two extremes lie many problem; in which sympathy and understanding and, above all, the prompt applicatioi of skilled diagnosis and treatment wil determine whether the outcome is t> be a minor mental disorder or one o the grave types of insanity. New York's Need Greatest Few people realize the pitiful inade quacy of the facilities that the govern ment has provided in this state to mee a need that could have been accuratel foreseen while convoys of the mentall disabled were still returning froi France. Lack of hospitals throughou the country is distressing enough, bt in this state it is greatest. I? Chicago an observation hospiti of ninety-seven beds is set aside by th Public Health Service for the receptioi study and classification of mental pz tient?. Boston has a Public Healt Service neuro-psychiatrie hospital < 226 beds at West Roxbury, and, throug contracts, the excellent facilities of tr Boston Psychopathic Hospital are avai able. A special Public Health Servi? neuro-psychiatric hospital of 400 be< ?3 provided in Philadelphia. Ne Orleans has a reception and art obse vation hospital of eighty beds. In this great state, that furnishi a number of soldier? equal to tl Btrength of fifteen divisions, there a no beds at all for the continued ca of mental patients in government ho pit?is, and the only observation facii ties consist of a few beds set apart Fox Hills and the Marine Hospital Stapleton that constitute way statio for patients going through the cour to the nearest state hospital for t insane. For the border line case?t man who needs encouragement, pies ant surroundings and ?killed treatme ?there is nothing, unless he is willi to go to Ward's Island. The nearest hospital for functional nervous dis? eases is at Perryville, Md., and patients from New York must wait weeks or months for vacancies there. Incredible as it may seem, there are no facilities whatever for the out-patient treatment of mental disorders. The State's Profit It is true that the government pays for the care of ex-service men in the state hospitals, but only a little more than half the amount so paid goes for the purpose for which Congress ap? propriates it. The balance constitutes a clear profit of several hundred thou? sand dollars a year which the state makes out of the failure of the gov? ernment to provide for our own soldier citizens. What would we think of s mother who was content to profit bj the misfortunes of her children? Nearly a year ago the Legislature ol New York, moved by a statement ol the actual conditions made by the Di rector of the Bureau of War Risk In surance, appropriated $3,000,000 for i military hospital for mental patient: at Creedmoor. Governmental red tapi prevents the signing of an agreemen which would permit construction to b' started immediately u^on one of th most carefully designed mental hos pit?is in the world. The Sweet bil contains a provision that will solv this problem, but the Sweet bill is no yet law. Means of Relief The relatively simple means of bring ing relief to these men are (1) the cor. struction of the Creedmoor Hospital a soon as the red tape entanglement a Washington ?9 cut; (2) the imm?diat provision of an observation hospiti and clearing house in New York Cit through lease of available buildings (3) the institution of a system of oui patient treatment and community st ?ervision so that men who do not rt quire hospitalizaron may, nevertheles receive aid. The indifference of government off cials has already permitted two built ing? admirably suited for use as obse: vation hospitals to be diverted for oth< purposes. The services of specialis in mental and nervous diseases in tr city who would very gladly help ha? been unobtainable through insistent on the part of the Public Health Ser ice in using its own full-time men : its own way and in its own time to i this work. Broken Men From tiny sources that arose every city block or country hamlet great stream began to gather foi years ago. A year later, in a wave magnificent manhood, it broke throuj the German lines in France and B? gium. To-day the backwash of th wave?a trickle of men broken in mil or body?is still flowing. If a coun or a city ward gave a thousand m to th? war it has mnr not more th ten disabled men who require care the hospitals. Surely the community that helped train, arm and equip a thousand m for battle can give five broken ones t best fighting chance for their liv health or reason that modern seicr and humanity can provide. To-day, far as thei insane are concerned, mer not justiee, is being asked from t government. If this request is den. should not the city and state thra-l selves undertake the task, even with i[ faint chance of future reimbursemes for their outlay, rather than stand bj and see those whom we seat out eajh| lously neglected? THOMAS W. SALMON, M. D., Member National Hospitalisation Committee, American Legion. New York, July 11, 1921, In Defense of High Heel? To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: Your correspondent James R Pitcher objects to high-heeled shoes for women. As a matter of fact, worn? do not have to wear high heels if they do not want to. Their footwear com? both with high and low heels. A g Ian? at any shoe store window demonstrates j that. They take what they want, ana i therefore if they prefer high heels le: . them wear them. It is quite evMent ! that a vast number do want them. Tfce ; "highbred and refined women," to quat? ' Mr. Pitcher, in this country and abroad have been wearing high heels formanj i generations and will undoubtedly con? tinue to do so for many more. A properly designed high heel is ?? ' going to do any harm to the worn?! ?with an aristocratic and shapely fo?' | Such a heel does not, as Mr. Pitfhe: i seems to think, come half-way unde: i the instep. There are some high hee.: faultily designed which do cometo' I much under the instep, but any wotn?i who is accustomed to wearing hig! I heels properly designed will detect th? fault at once and reject the shoe. There 13 a great difference in ??*t Some are long and narrow, while oth? ers are short and stubby, and one W and one height of heel will not ?atisij all women. The woman who is mBCl overweight and the woman whose ankles are not straight would do belt*: to avoid the extreme high heels, i*' they will no; look well and their than will soon lose their shape. But there are vast numbers of worn? who can wear high heeis who f**f" them and who suffer great discomfort in low-heeled shoes. Those who tai? pride in the appearance of their f?: always insist on high heels when th*T wish to look their best. My wife h?? worn nothing but high heel? on h<T shoe? ever since she left school, ?k she r.ever expects to wear any owff kind except when golfing or pUr-1* tennis. And there is nothing ta? ??* ter with her health, either. J. B. WALKEE. New York, July 11, 1921. Unwilling to Learn (From Th? Philadelphia ln?*if*t) Wilhelm of Dcorn has one strap ? authority left which he will not r*H* quish. He has forbidden his third ta'-. August Wilhelm, to take a job with t* movies. The prinee needs the tttors. badly, it is said, but none the less * has yielded to the paternal ??d " imperial will. What would h?T* "*r pened if he had defied it? The former Kaiser obviously h** *? Bourbon habit of learning nothing *** forgetting nothing. Deposed roy?^ cut a .auch better figure earniaf honest living than loafing abo?* casual charity. Bat even in his **" Wilhelm still thinks of a H?hend? as a being ?et apart from o^3**^ men. He feas not pride eno0i^?| meet his fate heroically?only en?wj to feed hi? personal vanity.