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First to last?the Truth: N>w<>?Edi? torials?Advertisements ?lenber of the Audit Rureau of Cln-utatlone. SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 1921 Owned by Nrw T<-rk Tribune. Inc.. ? New Totk ! K>rpor?tlcm. Ptabltahtd dully. Ogiten Rf 11. Freel : der.t; G. Terror Rofrr?. Vlre-Preetden! . Ht>n Roff? Rild. Sf.Tft.ini: R T. Maxfleld. Treasurer. Adrfreaa. Trtrnme Rullrtlnc. !14 Naeeau Streut, New Tetk. Tcleptoes*. Br*kin*n SOO?. StTlSCTirrTJON RATE? ? TJt m?ll. mcludHi? ' Poeute. IN THK UNITED STATE >. OTIS Rtt One i r.r Mill. r-wTpsM. T??r Months Mor.t!. : D?lh in I Sunday.$12 00 $?.0? $1.0? | On? ?fok. 30e. Dally ontj . 1? 00 1.00 .11 FuLday only .". 4 ?0 135 M\ funday only, Canada. ?00 3.3S .55 rORKlON KATES Pally in.i Sunday. $2? 00 $13 5? 1140 Dally only . IT 40 It* 1.4.', Sunday only. ? ;s 1.13 ?? fttered at U>? 1 ?toffl-? at New Tort u Beoood CUs* Mall Matter. GUARANTY v?u etn purchase nierchandls? a-lvenlifd In THC TRIBUNE with abaoluto ??faty?for If dlesetUfao llen reeult? In any cm* THE TRICUNE guaran? tees to pay veur money hack uoon rraueef. Ne re? >r- Ne guibbllng We make good prejT.ftly H lha adyertlsfr do? ?et. MTMBrTR OF THE ASSOCIATTT> PRESS The AsjoclA'eri Tree* la exclualreiy entitled to the u>e for republloatlon o? all newe dlapatohee credited to It or not otherwise credited In thin piper, and a'no the local new? ef apontaneo-u? ?Hill rulihahfd herein. ? A'.l rishTs of repuhlli-atloo ' of all other matter fc*.ein aleo are rtaerretl. The World Congress At first talk was merely of a dis? armament conference; we get some? thing bigger and better. It wears the gracious aspects of a world con? gress?a general parliament to con? sider the whole international prob? lem and to sharpen an ax to strike at the roots of war. Under the wise and developing leadership of President Harding and Secretary Hughes this country and the world have been wooed away from the wrangles that marked the proceedings at Paris and wrecked for a time the great hope of man? kind. But the work is to be taken up where it was left unfinished. The banner which fell, partly be? cause intrusted to incompetent hands and partly because rashly pushed forward when minds were engrossed, by the details of a par? ticular peace, is afloat once more. The President meant something when, preceding his election, he spoke of his purpose to promote an association of nations. Step by step, stone by stone, removing the results of past mistakes, a new foundation has been firmly laid. It is not easy to keep language in due restraint when speaking of the masterly skill of Secretary Hughes. It will be noted that the call for the conference is not only broad enough to make germane a discus? sion of the whole international prob? lem, but that the invitations go out to only four nations. With ourselves i there will be a plenary council of ? five. Most wisely is the conference thus select. The power of the world is at pres? ent with five, not with ten or twenty or fifty; and as the only way to secure peace is to link power and righteousness it follows that only the nations thus doubly endowed are properly summonable. Germany and Russia are not summoned because of lack of one of the essentials of eligi? bility a?id Brazil and Argentina be? cause of lack of the other. Neither wickedness nor powerlessness is en titled to make vital decisions. It is good to have the five nations made by events the trustees of ! mankind openly face their responsi- ; bilities. No good has come from ; schemes which have disregarded: facln. Such a facing of responsi? bility, of course, implies no purpose to abuse power. On the contrary, i every nation must know that if its cause is worthy it is sure of justice.; The program sketched by Secre? tary Hughes is pertinent to present conditions. It is also in accord with the deepest Americanism. What was the Republic founded for? Not merely to safeguard our own people, but to be an example, we hoped, to the world. When we were weak we r.tood apart to give our nation a chance to mature. Now that we are \ full-statured aloofness is contrary to American ideals. We have always wished to have our light shin?. A proselyting spirit urged us on to our great experiment, and America's in? fluence, with few fallings away, has gone to promoting peace organiza? tions, to harmonize international law, to establish arbitration and world court?. What the conference will be able to achieve, of course, cannot be pre? dicted at this time. It may be a: - turned that it will not :.erk to ret up a systematized international estab Hshment. This is not to be regretted. As the spirit counts for everything and na? tional liberty of action must be pre ? served, the peace pledges inter r changed may well be kept in whole? some indefiniten?ss, with no precise agreement except as to disarmament. Three Musketeers at Odds The Three Musketeers are at odds, as we expected. Major I.a Guardia, who proposed to Judge Haskell and .Mr. William M. Bennett that they compose a ticket, of their own, is un? willing to play anything but first f:dd!<\ Mr. Bennett insista that he is the one to draw that bow?the one lo tV Mayor. He threatens to break away entirely from Athos and Porthos and go it alone in the Re? publican primary unless they accede to this ambition. Hearst and hi? agents are trying tbeir best to bring the three together to the und of launching them, on September I'.i, as nominees for 1 Mayor, Comptroller and President of' the Board of Aldermen, in the order numed above. And Tammany stand? on the side lines cheering. i Why? lias it never occurred to i the Three Musketeers? It has to the; decent people of New York who are! determined to put an end to Hylan ism in November. Tammany and Hearst Know Counsel in chief of the joint legis? lative committee has thrown up his' hands and asked permission to sus-j pend, for the time being, his ex? amination of Mayor Hylan. The one man above all others who | should know the exact financial j status of the city?the one man who, ? in the light of the municipality's straitened circumstances and the '. requirements of these years of re-; construction, should have a plan of retrenchment and economy?has a blank mind. Three days' patient in torrogation has demonstrated that ! the head of the greatest single busi- j ness corporation on earth is pos- j sessed of only the vaguest conception ] of it. Three days' fair and consid- ; erate questioning leaves the proud. City of New York exhibiting the ' spectacle of a minus sign for a chief i magistrate. What has been suspected by the many and known to only a comparatively few during the last forty-four months of this adminis- j tration now stands as a fact in the ! whole world's eye. Poor John Hylan ' is to be pitied, not jeered. He does ? not know and never will know "what ; all the shooting's for." So Senator Elon R. Brown must ] turn from the Mayor to the Mayor's enemy, the Comptroller, to obtain the ? facts necessary to the laying of a predicate for charter revision. Over I and over again poor John Hylan,: when pressed to explain, among other j element?is of this city's government, ? the purposes of the Sinking Fund ! Commission, requested the investi- ? gator to turn to Mr. Craig and to j others for the information sought. He was not trying to evade his in- ? terrogator. Of that we are con? vinced. It took from Tuesday to Thursday, however, to convince Sen? ator Brown. It was too incredible that any man occupying the impor? tant position of the witness on the stand could be so pitiably stupid, so lacking in imagination. In the unintentional exposition, however, of the fact that poor John Ilylan is to be pitied and not jeered Senator Brown achieved a triumph for the people of New York. In those three days of the committee's open sessions he demonstrated why Tam? many and Hearst desired Hylan's election four years ago and why ' they will go to any length to foist him upon New York for a second term. They have done and can do with him as they will. Can that be doubted in the face of the week's revelations? We think j not. What can't be done with a man j who lacks wit? What can't be done j with a man who, after having sat as j chairman of a commission for forty- ! four months, is unable to describe the purposes for which that commis-1 sion exists? What can't be done with a man, who with the whole world retrenching and seeking to re? construct itself, says, with reference to the suggested reduction of the tax burden upon us, "It can possibly be reduced in the cost of supplies and the. like of thaV'? What can't be done with a man who, when called upon to point to some department where the number of employees could be reduced says, "I am not prepared to answer that; I cannot answer that until wc get into the budget"? What can't be done with a man, who, in these times of deflation in every phase of human endeavor, public and private, says, "I am not in favor of reducing the salaries of employees and per diem men"? Anything, wc say, can be done with such a man. And Tammany Hall and Hearst know it. Bolshevists Still Bolshevists Sinister is the statement of Maxim Litvinoff, the representative of L?? nine, who has been negotiating at Riga with the representatives of the Hoover organization. He says, or comes close to saying, that while the Soviet government will permit the outside world to re : luve its victims, it will insist on di ' rectittg the work and will not toler ! ota anything that it. pleases to re : gard a? interfering with the internal ' ? ' political affairs of Russia. This violates not only the spirit of the pledge of the Soviet govern? ment to keep its hands off, hut re ' fudintcs the letter of the agreement signed by Litvinoff while its ink is ; ?-til! wet. The Bolshevists still seem controlled by Bolshevist moral prin? ciple? and keep no promises except v.hen convenient. The causes of Russia's misery are ; political. A bajjjd political system I brought economic collapse and eco i nomic collapse brought starvation. No one has a right to expect any material amelioration of conditions : until there is a political change. As ! long as Leninism laste will recur j the ?scenes now witnessed in the i Volga region, where the line of the ? flight of hunger-maddened peasants ' is marked by the bodies o? dead chil i dren. Succor from the West will cave a few, but will lifth? stay the J great horror. To provtnt the relief expedition having political effect La mipo Bible. Relief agents may :-eaI their lips, hut their presence will speak for it :-? If. It will say: "We are from hinds whose p-ilitics differs from yours, and we have plenty." There. will be a propaganda of self-attest? ing fact, and no abstention from speech can neutralize its influence. The Bolshevist leaders know this. Hence they would have relief control in their own hands. They would buy subservience by doles of food in? trusted to them, and at all hazards keep the Russian people from con? tact with Hoover agent.--. Governor General Wood General Wood's acceptance of the post of Governor General of the Philippines shows that the lust for service and work is still strong with cur greatest colonial administrator. He is to continue his strenuous life of invaluable service to his country, instead of finding ease in a coll?ge campus. The University of Penn? sylvania will los-c by his absence, but this loss will he the country's gain. It is characteristic of General Wood that he elects to remain in a distant land, engrossed in laborious details as he struggles to uplift a backward people and to make firm the founda? tions of their civilization. General Wood has never stopped to count the cost when his duty was in question. Whatever his personal feelings, whatever his hopes and ambitions, he buried them if they ciashed with his duty. The country has had proof enough of this. And new again he has answered duty's call. America needs him in the Phil? ippines; and so do the Filipinos. This is enough. It is true that he had tentatively agreed to head the University of Pennsylvania. It is true that this post would have brought him honor and comfort in his remaining years. But none of these reasons counted for much when asked to make a decision. During his former administration he pacified the Moro tribes. He built fchools where there had been stock? ades. He won the confidence of the people of all the islands. He came distrusted because an American. He left loved by all and hailed as a benefactor. To-day General Wood finds un? done much of the work he had start? ed. The framework of sound gov? ernment developed by himself and Governor Forbes has been weakened. Eight years of Wilsonism have left the Philippines in such a serious stage of demoralization that Gen? eral Wood saw he had no right to refuse to stay. It is no cheerful task, this?to re? turn, after fifteen years, to find good work broken and to have to rebuild from the foundations. But this stout-hearted man never yet has asked for a cheerful or an easy job. Ho has accepted uncomplainingly whatever has fallen to his lot to do. His old spirit of service still sur? vives. His philosophy always has been that what mattered was not so much the nature of a job but how you did it. Having endured the heartbreak of being forbidden to go abroad when his foot was on the gang-plank, he found solace in mak? ing his training camp a model, and has applied to other disappointments a similar simple prescription. Sugar-Coated Literature Why are so many hooks published to-day dull, and what is it that com? pels us, almost against our will, to read books thnt wc know beforehand are dull? Not that there are not good books being published; quite the contrary; merely that, amid such a multiplicity of them, the poor vic? tim, with a limited time at his dis? posal, is so often led astray. Recently The London Times, in commenting upon this fact, said that "Bord Crowe, at a dinner given in his honor, defended English litera? ture against the charge of decadence. He did not, however, say anything of its dullness. Most of us, looking around us for new books, too rarely discover entertainment.'' This is due, quitq likely, to the ad? vertising faculty which so many dull authors possess. Many of the world's best books have thus been passed over during the author's life? time because, so to speak, he did not know how to shout his wares. Mr. Charles Haskins, of the l'eace Com? mission, gives an illustration of lit? erary acumen in the case of Mr. Keynes's book, The Economic Conse? quences of the Peace, now so rapidly being forgotten, but which at the time of its appearance, a year or so ? ago, achieved a very large sale. Mr. Haskins says of it: "Economic' anal? ysis is not what most people like to read, and in order to get the book read he wrote some preliminary mat? te r which purported to describe the jetting ?nd the personalities of the Peace Conference." In other words, if you wish to make your fmnnce popular, sugar coat it with person iilities. Even to the superficial observer it if comparatively easy to pick out | those authors who have developed | this lucrativo technique. Mr. Wells i has it. in abundance. Before his his ; tory came out wc were greeted with preliminary alarums that would : have made the great Barnum green ? with envy. Walt Whitman practiced it, but never quite succeeded. He was handicapped by his period. We have , better machinery now. We have ! Zane Grey weeks and Harold Bell j ? Wright drives. Given an author of j '\ moderate intelligence and a capac- [ ity for hard work, one who ha?? been j ; through the eighth grade and can read and write, and put him in the hands of the publicity experts?and there you are! Baron 3yng Canadians must be pleased with : the prospect which opens before them under the leadership cf the bravo figure whom on Thursday last I they inaugurated as their Governor! General. The British government ; could have selected no representative with surer access to the heart of the Dominien than the man who led the i .snns of the Maple Leaf to imperish- ; able glory on the battlefields of France?Julian Hedworth George, ! 1 Baron Byng of Vimy. The people of the United States ; have an imagination for such men as the new commander in chief of! the nation across their northern bor- ? der. They know the new Governor * General's record as a soldier and they know the story of Vimy Ridge ; ?a tale which will never die. He may be certain that they welcome his coming to this side of the Atlantic ? and that their good wishes aro his. ] ; _nj:?? A Call for Scoutmasters - Citizens' Appeal in Behalf of Fifty I Leaderlcss Troops To the Editor of The Tribune, Sir: Our attention has been invited j j to the urgent need for volunteer ? ! scoutmasters in Manhattan. We are i | reliably informed that, at the normal ? 1 rate of increase, there will soon be j .fifty leaderlcss scout troops in this ] borough. Such a situation would re- ' fleet very gravely on the civic respon- , ! sibility of the community. Rut we be- i Heve that once the need is known it | will be met. The duties of a scoutmaster are not i arduous, and are generally confined to! lone evening a week. Such duties bring I n man into close touch with boys at | their most moldable period. To help ; in the making of future Americana is . ! a national service, calling for rod- ? I blooded young men of high character ? 'who know what boys are like and who ! like boys. Incidentally it trains the scoutmaster in handling others. Every employer recognizes the value of such ; experience. College graduates, or men with good ? education, and e:c-officers and service ? | men cf the army and navy between the ? ! ages of twenty-one and thirty-five, are j particularly qualified to serve as scout-! ?masters especially if they are out-of door men or athletically ' inclined. | WhatevM technical training is required ! I will be supplied free of charge. This is not an appeal for money. It is a call for men. Those interested are urged to write j the scoutmasters' committee, Room 302, 56 Wall Street, New York City, which will gladly furnish all details. John II. Finley, Frank L. Polk,' Morgan J. O'Brien, William Bar- ; clay Parsons, R. Fulton Cutting, Irving T. Bush, Frederick Roy : Martin, Robert P. Perkins, Edwin J, Merrill, George Haven Putnam, Robert W. do Forest, Philip J. Mc Cook, Albert Shaw, Harold I. Pratt, | Charles E. Hughes jr., Joseph H. Choate jr., Robert drier Cooke, \ Edwin F. Gay, Cass Gilbert, Frank- ', lin C. Hoyt, Samuel S. Drury, Henry L. Stlmson, George W. Wicker sham, Franklin Remington, John H. Iselin, Daniel C. French, Charles P. Howland, Charles Dana Gibson, Committee. ! New York, Aug. 11, 1921. "Cold Turkey" Treatment To the Editor of The Tribun?. Sir: I read with indignation the : j remnrks accredited to Dr. Alfred C. j Prentice in regard to what lie ralis ' the "cold turkey" treatment of drug i addicts, meaning, it seems, instant and ! complete withdrawal of the drug from j i those afflicted with the drug habit. 1 Dr. Prentice says he has "never seen or heard of a case where a patient had died or was seriously affected by ?complete withdrawal of the drug to I which he was addicted," and further i states that he has made a study of drug i addiction for twenty years. I am a graduate nurse and have worked for many years for physicians j treating drug addiction. I have seen ? patients die In the most horrible agony , from instant withdrawal of drugs.1 Those who did not die outright had to | he watched constantly to prevent them' from committing suicide. The agony | of those poor sufferers under this "treatment" i ".) was awful. If Dr. Prentice has never heard of a death] under this treatment let him read the accounts of the madhouse conditions 'which prevailed a week or two ago I when the narcotic squad rounded up dozens of these unfortinate? people. I would rather lieg than nurse cas?s for any doctor who uses the instant ? withdrawal treatment, as it is cruel I and inhuman to treat fellow human ?beings thus. Many citizens are asking what this narcotic squad know:* of ? 1 drugs or drug addiction, if there must be a "round-up" let it be* under the, administration and ministration of . fcomc well known ;.n.i acknowledged ; authorities on drug addiction. There is, at present, no known eure for the drug addiction disease, and tint 1 some physician more wise and clever ! than we have yet heard from discovers a cure these poor creatures snould ' not be hunted aiiti hounded like friend? less dumb anima's. Such treatment I will never effect a cure and ?houlJ arouse the indignation of all humane people. REGISTERED NURSE. : New York, Aug. 11, 1021. Nothing New (From 'Ihr Washington Star) Suggestions of taxes on automobile.'; are undoubtedly practica1, but they ?have long ?ince censed to convey any impresilon of originality. The Conning Tower The Groaning Board Sugar cured ham with a candied yam la the sort of thing I fond of am. Glac?s I fancy and parfait;- I love Srumoni's the fondest thing I'm of. f NOEL. Say, if you ever der?ied me veal, I still could make u right good mea'. M. G. W. And now the Police Department has discontinued the issuance of the list 07' automobiles report?-'?! stolen, possi- j hi*, because of the recent increase-? j thirty-five cars one day last week was ? the record?in thefts. If that is the; reason, we think it is a poor one. It used to cheer us a lot to read ?the list ; and to realize that never was there a car of our make stolen. Slang names nominated by Flaccus: Be Peep and Guy of Warwick. Self-indulgence (The Regrettable Tile of F'rankie avd\ Johnny, as M. R. W. thinks Dr. 1 Frank Crane would have written it.) ? Hot on the heels of Self-Indul- '? gence comes Crime. Vice, has its Victims, and Im-j morality its disasters, by the story of which every thinking man and j woman can improve their lives. A tale that rends the heartstrings; of humanity is the story of Frankie, ? who paused in her life of wicked-: ness to strike through the heart with | a deadly bullet the man she thought had loved her with all his heart. There is no Love, no true Love j that, if it is strong, cannot be sanc? tified by the Church and com munity. Exiles from the law of i men and women as He created them are outcasts from the laws of; morality. Frankie's defense was that "He \ done her wrong." Yes, truly, "He done her wrong." He wronged lier as a woman can ? only be wronged. He led her from I the little town in Ohio, where she j filled her parents' ?ea.-ts with joy. j But that she did not regret. In fact, she rather liked it, which ; is her besetting sin, showing the I depths of depravity that are so hoi- j low that they no longer leave room j in the mind of the victim for a knowledge of Sin, Morality, Right, '? Wrong. There was only one end to such) a tragedy, a bullet. Self-indulgence precedes Crime. Murder follows inevitably Im? morality. "Every one knows," writes Dolly ! Madison in the esteemed Evemail, "the i Leidys were irnne too well pleased ! when their youngest son formed an j alliance with the Wideners." It was ? news to us, coming, as you might say, 1 like a bolt from the bine. Yet was | ?' Carter who used proudly to sing to his bride, Misa Fifi Widener, "My Mother Was a Leidy"? Hymns of Hate The girl who makes Me shriek, "Oh, Lordie!" Is Nell. She calls Her flivver "Fordie." K. M. ? * * 'Ymn of 'Ate Sir A. Quiller-Couch Is a knight I hate; He uses dis Associate. OI.D FRANK SIBLEY. Conning Tower Of fir?*'. * * st A bird I love Is F. P. Sibley; Though yesterday He stayed ad liblv. It ?s a graceful compliment the make? up man of The Albany Knickerbocker Press pays the bride, when, over the story "Mr. and Mrs. Elbert II. Oliver arnounce the marriage of their daugh? ter, Miss Ruby Elizabeth, to William R, Fenner, of Castleton," he places the head "Pittsficld Girl Wins." THE DIARY OF OUR OWN SAMUEL PEPYS August 11 At my office all the morn- | i'ig, and read how the Mayor answered] the questions put to him by the Meyer ! committee, and there wore many things he did not know; nor could I see why hn should know them all. Knowing tr-ose t bines would not, methought, make, him a good Mayor, nor doe-? ig? norance of them make him a bad one. With J, Hutchison to the courts, and he beat me, and so home to dinner, and home all evening and early to be ?. i'J L'p by times, and to the office, and so there at this and that ail the day, and to Mistress Alice Sullivan's j for dinner, and to H. Ross's to play at tenis. If the athaletic young man is in the audience, we wish he would advance to the platform and tell us that he saw in Printer's Ink that Charles Ford had joined the Arnold Joerns Company. Society News Mrs. Elliott Sh< pard is in Alsace-Lor? raine, Traveling by motor ear instead of by train. officials whom its members think are neglecting to enforce the law. ?Emporia Gazette. "'Whom are you?' said Cyril." What Mile. Suzanne's impre? ions r.?id speculations about, America aiv |j something not yet known, but the thoughts of her, as Longfellow nearly said, are Lcnglen thoughts. And Miss Kleanor Cross, who plays That There Frcn?*i Girl at forest itlll? ibis afternoon, will lead the. American tholr in singing "Thtre'd a Lcnglen ?frail." F. P. A. TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE Copyright. 102*. New York Tribune Inc. Boofys BV Heyjvood Droun A. S. M. Hutchinson's new novel, If Winter Comes, is hereby nominated for your list of novels which should be read. "You have been writing from time to time about books for children," says X, "and this morning you mentioned a name which brings back to mind some which you have not recommended, although they were extremely enter? taining to the small boy of thirty years ago. The name which brings these books back to mind is Anthony Comstock. "I regret that I cannot give you anything like a full list of the books which he has apparently banished from the youthful library, since I was able to get hold of only two of these, a:iu 1 can remember the title of only one, the justly celebrated Only a Boy. "Since your II. 3d is still a very smali boy, while the youngest of my three is ten, you may be sufficiently :r.y junior never to have seen these fas? cinating pamphlets; if so, on your ac? count you owe a debt of gratitude to Anthony Comstock, as I do, because of my three boys and because of H. 3d and all other boys; I believe that re? forms need fanatics and that Com? stock was as unable to injure the hon? est and valuable part of our literature as he was able, to completely destroy this base and vile part; a part so base and vile that if you should publish this letter I would be obliged if you would withhold my name, because I am not yet old enough to admit in pub? lic that I have even seen these books." We owe Comstock nothing. In de? stroying base and vile things he cre? ated more destructive forces in their stead. "Withhold my name," writes our friend X, still ashamed because he read Only a Doy thirty years ago. Filthy words don't begin to stick like shame, and Comstock was among the men who helped to propagandize shame. He spread the belief that words could be set into magic formula; potent enough to drag people to hell. We never read Only a Boy, but it. was still ?7oing in our day, and we heard other boys discussing it in whispers. From what we heard we were as terri fleil of that book as if it had been a devil. It was forbidden and mys? terious, end Comstock and all his help? ers dignified the little dirty book by th? ni?lense, that it was a menace to an entire generation. Once a candy butcher offered to sell it to us. He talked out of the side of his mouth and he might as well have blown brimstone in our face. We felt as if we must make a decision in the next thirty seconds between damnation and salvation. We knew perfectly well that the thing would blast our entire futur?* life, and yet curiosity as to the exact nature of this extraordinary destructiva force almost overcame our fear. Ont of cowardice we shook oui head, but if we had our life to live over again the choice would be reversed. Even in those days to have read the book would have gone s?)ine distance in convincing us that its reputed power for evil was overrated. As it was, we vent on for years believing in the demoniac possibilities of words en? ideas. We believed that there were things in the world too terrible to b?f mentioned. It is our fervent hone thai I!. 3d will be able to skip thi: stage of development and that wher he comes to Only a Roy, or its like it will not seem t?i him sonid ?non slrous threatening thin?-, but ,iust 6 little old last year's dirty book. "1 am now quit* convinced," write-. . Conrad, "that you have really no cor ' rect conception of tragedy, and that ; you are unqualified to judge the works ! of Eugene O'Neill. In a recent article I you wish that every young American ?playwright ha?l seen the Dempsey ! Carpentier fight and go on to say i 'tragedy does not lie in the fsct that , man is small and helpless in the hands of fate. The trag'c fact is that man ! is good enough to win in his inspired moments. He can ?ock fate, but he cannot down it.' "Seriously, is this not awful bunk? In the first place rocking fate with a , right hook to the jaw during inspired i momenta is only a gesture, and a ges? ture is not life, but merely an in j finitesimal part of it. Therefore, how | can a gesture be tragic?*' , At this point we must interrupt to ! indicate a conflict in opinion. Man i lives by gesture. AH the moves by I which we hang on to the world while it ; whirls are gestures. "Further," continues Conrad, "the ! creation of a great gesture depend? ?upon the creation of an excepticna ; character, and immediately, as nij ; former professor would ?ay. you have i ? false position. "Camille,' 'Tosca' an' | all the plays of Sardou are made o I such spurious stuff. On the cthe: i hand the heroes of Gorky a:i<! Haupt 1 mann, Andreyev and O'Neill are a! small and helpless in the hands o f?tc. Carpentier was romanee, Demp .soy was actuality. Carpentier, th | petted son, went down to slow num : bers and cheering, but he was still th? ; legend. Too bad that he could no win! Much pathos. But had the crude ' disliked, misunderstood, inarticulat Dempsey fallen before his rivai, tha would have been a tragedy of life- no the fact that he lost, but the sudde realization that fate had once agai manhandled him, leaving him broker deserted and bitter. Carpentier wa too artificial, prosperous and approv to be tragic. He could not lose. H had, of course, a will to win, but coir pared to Dcmpsey's sullen, delibera'? deep founded determination it wu mean. Here you had Owen Dav; versus the very pith of the drama." Rudely interrupting again we mu? take an exception and state that at cording to our observation c Dempsey he was the most cheerfi heavyweight who ever went into a bi fight. Nor will we abandon our cot tention that there is a difference bi tween tragedy and ten-pins. This di: tinction, of course, is not unknown I O'Neili or he could hardly have writtc "The Emperor Jones" or devised t! fine gesture which surrounds the clo ing moments of the death of the sail* in "Bound East for Cardiff." And hi Conrad forgotten that in the origin version of "Beyond the Horizon" tl final scene was on the road to the t< cf the hill up wiiich the hero wi crawling when death overtook hin Gesture is universal among mankin It has nothing on earth to do wi greatness of character. It was a ge trre for Conrad to write his letter ai a gesture fcr us to print it, particular since he continues: "As for reviews of O'Neill I confe I find some of them almost coi ie. . . . You are conscious of t extraordinary quality of the. man, y are attracted by the racinesa of 1 dialogue and you are fascinated by t fine characterization; -ct, damn it. y 1 wish that he would not be so hopeles If he would only do morality then* in the O'Neill manner! But after ; ? you cannot be expected to apprecij realism, for hasn't the good Lord been pood to you and are you not a darling of fortune?" We ma;, know nothing of O'NelH, but here at Ia3t Conrad has ventured upon a theme concerning which we are en?* of the best informed persons in America. A darling of fortune! The dentist said i* wouldn't hurt; the ceil* ing in the kitchen has just fallen down; p.nd all the other players in the game advised us to call hm! Only under protest, 'hen, do we print the mistaken Conrad's parting fling: "However, keep going, Mr. ?ioun' For ,--o long as- you are able to tickle the ribs i f conservative '"'is:ness men. miscellaneous Carol Kernicotts sr,<l envious young socialist confr?res with one and the same wise crack you will earn your pay and have the grand and giorious feeling of worrying about the income tax. Stie'c to your jo'ces and don't make the mistake of Mr. W. by becoming aloof and didactic. And never, never, be serious."' Kostcr & Bial's To the Editor of The Tribun". Sir: In your issue of August P S, H., of Emmitt.sburg, Md., calls for a brief sketch of Koster & Rial's one? time famous restaurant. My recol? lection is this: Kostcr & Bial were originally beer importers with an el tablishment in the basement of the Tribune Building. Then they cprned a concert h til on West Twenty-third Street, between Fifth and Sixth ave? nu? s. Rut as n pianist and composer of dance music Rudolph Bial was more farm if than hi? restaurant. His compositions were published by E. S. Schuberth ?v. Co., then at 2?, ?'nion Square. One day Mr. R in and played a new composition, anJ when lie had finished playing Mr. Schuberth exclaimed: "Immense!" !'? turned out to be immens?, too. for it sold like hot cakes. It was the famous "Baby Pn!ka," on which he res? ized a fortune and which enabled him to erect a big concert hall on Thirty . fourth Street, west of Broadway. It became so successful that Steinway Hall and Chicltering Hal! went cut of business. Their restaurant was the rendezvous , of such pianists as S. R. Mills, J. K. Patterson, Joseffy and Durege. When Rudolph' Rial died his cc-nie:: hall and restaurent d.ci ;:i-:-o>t automat? ically with him. GEORGE FENTRH 5. New York, Aug. 11, 1921. Jamaica in Payment To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: In a;i editorial a few deys ago you advanced the id?*a that Great Rritain might give us the Island of ?lamaica in part payment of her debt. You mentioned several arguments in favor o% such transfer. An-i you in timated that there seemed to be r.? ?eascn why it should not be made. May I suggest that you see what the Jamaicans themselves think about it? They would be parties of some interest in such a transaction, and it seems to me that their views ought to be given some consideration. Why don't you ask the opinions of a few representa? tive Jamaicans? Then ask them why they hold such opinions. JOHN P. GRAY. Mystic. Conn., Aug. 11, 1921. What Kills Poiaon ivy> To the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: ? would like to ask, through your paper, what will kill a poison ivy vine. My family has been in the country nnd all of them have befn poisoned. G. ROBINSON, i New York, Aug. 11, 1821.