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karvtn i.to *-c raserred.
No German Sea Law
In his reniarks on Thursday to tbe
delegates to the Washington con?
ference Elihu Root said:
"Wc cannot justify ours
?ppara';:;c without souie dcclarat on
that wil] give voice to the humanc
opinion of ti.o world upon this sub?
ject, which waa the most vital, the
most heartfclt, tho most stirring t >
the c - and to the fceling of
the peoj le o all our countries of
anything that occurred during the
late war. 1 ("cvl to the ii'-Pth of my
hrart that tl e man who was respon
siblo for sinking the Lusitania com
mittcd an act of piracy. 1 know that
n'l my countrymen with whom I have
had intercour e feel the same, and i
fhouid bc ashamed to go on with this
conference without some declaration,
some pronouncement, which will g vc
voice to tht fceling and
opporl the ullization of
th? opinioi ol mankind in the es t..b
t of a rule which will make it
pla '. to ;::i the world that no man
can c ' ich an act agniu v. ith
oii* being stigniatized as a pirate."
Mr. Rool is not an excitable per?
son. His habitual discourse has the \
coolness of thal of an cminent law
*yer. lt was no small or negligible
issue that aroused his fervor. He
saw dangi i f an adjournmentof the
conference without a clear charac
terization of the quality of the act
that sent the Lusitania to the sea's
bottom and tumbled her passengers
and crew into the ocean.
Whether or not it is possible to
use subrnarines as commerce dc
j&troyers and at the same time re
jSpccI international law is an argu- :
iible question on which men may dif
fer. Bul that the law must be re
(Bpected under all cireumstance3 is i
itot arguable. lt must be made plain I
that "no man can commit such an
act without being stigmatized as a
And the welcome assurance comes
that no shadow of doubt is to re
rnain. One of the things that the
Paris cuiifcrence slrangely failed to
do is to be done. The five great na
"ions whose representatives aro as
semblcd at Washington are not to go
io Germany for their sea law. And
no nation will long dare to rofuse
adherence to the Root resolution.
Well Worth the Money
Our neighbor ''Tho Times" ap-^
pears to be unduly exercised over
the large sums of money spent by
tho colleges on athletics. "The i
Times" regarda these expenditures
as not only excessive, but barmful ?
,to the undergraduates. It speaks
darkly of "undisguised commercial-1
ism" and "concealed professional-!
ism." It views with alarm the fact ,
?that only winning teams will attract
the crowds willing to pay for ad- :
As far as "undisguised conimer-1
clalism" is concerned there is no
differenee between ohurging gate I
reeeipts for a football game and
gate receipis for an undergraduate
performance of a play by .-Esehylus
or one of Percy MacKaye's captivat
mg masques. If college boys, either on
ihe gridiron or on the stage, can give
m worth-while performance. people
ought to be willing to pay to see it. ,
"Concealed jirofessionalism" exists
only in a few colleges. and these
have got such bad repute because of
it that they are giving it up.
College athletios ave as mt
part of colleges as class work, and'
contribute in due proportion to the
training of young men for the busi
ness of life. Furthermore, they cre
ate a rampant spirit that could
hardly be attained by debating
teams or i mateur theatricals.
The college boy is enthusiastically
ror his football team, and that helps
:.,i to be for his college. Whether
he is a player or a cheer leader, or
just one of the students, be gets I
vrought un 'i > high pitches of ex-1
titement a* every game. Excite-j
ment is good for the young.
Good football teams cost money.
of course. but tlie money is well
mpeni. Any one who has observed
tbe recent drives for more salaries ,
for college professors knows how
much more readil^ the money
flowed into the fund.l'of the schools i
.'...:'. liad g< od teams. Thus athletics
)rovcd of direct benefit to class-;
Furthermore, if the college ilself
.vants a good football teani and is
.villing to pay the price It will have
t. The judicious "Times" may
jrieve, but it will not be able to do
inything about it.
Tho true Boies Penrose was per
iaps little known outsidc of a lim
ted circle in Washington and in
Pennsylvania. ln the rest of the
jountry?especially in the West?
i legend about bit33 had taken rool.
He had been envisaged?after the
noving picture fashion?as a states
3131!) with horns and hoofs. a brutal
representative of what was most
nercenary and offensive in politics.
Mr. Penrose himself contributed
:,enerously to create this illusion.
rhere was a marked sardonic strain
n his character. Unlike most
Americans and nearly all politicians,
he liked to appear worse. than he
was, rather than better than he was.
Hc belonged to a distinguished fam?
ily in Pennsylvania, was graduated
svith high honors from Harvard Col?
lege and was a man of learning a3)d
intellectual force. But hc had an
apparent disdain for the opinions
and conventions of his own social
group. It pleased him to do things
which seemed to detach him from
his natural associations. Hc culti
>ated a reputation which classified
him with thc "lowbrows" and the
"roughnecks" and made his name
t synonym for anti-idealism in
The senior Pennsylvania Senator
was a cynic, but. a cynic with keen
intellectual judgirient and ;i sense
:>f humor. Hc laughed al the hypoe
risies of others. Ho felt Lhat hc
:ould afford to do this. perhaps. be?
cause hc lived in a state in which
protestations of virtue were unnec
KSsary to political success. Since hc
served his sta?e cttectively at Wash?
ington its people vc3'e willing to
averlookvhis parade of devotion to
lhe seamier traditions of Pennsyl?
Mr. Penrose became a powerful
factor in thc beriato in national
party management, not because hc
accepted and defended these tradi?
tions, but because hc iiad the talent,
mental equipment and energy of
character to forge to the front. He
was not a mere municipal boss grad
aated to the Senate and awkwardly
out of place among ils activities. He
was the 33iost influential leader in
that body since Aldrich. But he
despised show and the appeal to thc
gallery, lie preferred to uso his
power bchii3cl the scencs.
Though not a prepossessing pub?
lic ligure nor a leader of thc first
rank, he, nevertheless, stood very
high among those who have con
trolled policy i3i Congress for the
last two decades.
French Vital Statistics
This year's French census 3iatu
rally reflects French sacriiices in tlie
war. There has been an actual dc
crease of more than 200,000, despite
the fact that Alsaco and Lorraine
have been restored to France with a
population of about 1,800,000. The
number of persons killed was slight?
ly greater than ths population of
those province3, and, besides this,
the war reduced tho birthrate for
3nore than half the decennium. Ex?
eept for the war, thc French popula?
tion, leaving AIsace-Lorraine out,
would probably have increased about
This gives France no cause for ex
ultation nor for consternation, but
rather for persistence in the thought
ful consideration which for many
years past she has been giving tothe
subject of the birthrate, with a view
to effecting its increase up to the
standard of other comparable na?
tions. Her chief consolation and
encouragement may be found in the
obvious fact, notably demonstrated
during the WorTd War, thaf a declin
ing birthrate \s not accompanied by
a decliile of the physical, mental or
snoral stamina of the people.
That China's hopes will be corn
pletely realized is, of course, not to
be expected. Certain elements among
the Chinese, carried away by theii'
enthusiasm, have been led to envis
age a China revivified and complete
ly independent as a result of this
Slowly they are beginning to un
derstand what has long been appar?
ent to those who have watched
the conference in preparation?that
while China will emerge stronger
than she went into the conference
she will have accomplished only little
beyt nd laying her case before the
world a33d paving the way for a bet?
ter understanding of her problems in
the future. In other words, the most
that can be hoped for by China is the
evacuation of Shantung, greater tax
ing power on imports, the reafhrma
tion of the open door and an under
taking vf the powers not to endeavor
to force any further concessions
from her. This is something. It is
much better than nothing; but it
will, of course, disappoint all those
who had hoped for a new and liber
It is only fair to state that were
China mistress in her own house it
would be easier to make her further
concessions. Until she is strong
enough to stand by herself the na?
tions cannot go far in signing
treaties which imply the need of en
' forcement of certain provisions by
: the Chinese government.
But. China ia started on the right
road. She is on tho way toward a
i brighter future, ln proportion as
! she cleans her own house she may
fexpect further assistance from ihe
, rest of the world. ln the past there
has been lno nuich interference with
! her internal affairs. These can best
be straightened out by herself,
In her frmoign affairs the Wash?
ington conference, however far short
it falls of her hopes, marks a dis
tinct advance. Another time she
will fare still better.
The Dog in the Manger
It is perfectly plain to all intelli
gent citizens that Mr. Hylan will
never be able to put any of his trac
tion plans into execution. Whether
he approvcs of the Transit Com?
mission or not, it. is here. lt is a
legal body, charged by tho Legisla?
ture with the duty o\' working oul a
comprehensive transil scheme for
Xew York City. This duty it is
bound to discharge.
Naturally, if cannot accept plans
which not only conflict with its own
bul make impossiblc the adoption of
any uniform .'ind complete transil
system. Mr. Hylan's transil activi
ties, therefore, accomplish no result
, save wholly to block all progress.
A discussion of tlie wisdom of a
. city government thal is cxercised
j partly from the City Hall and partly
from Albany is not pertinent.
. Enough to say that the final author
' ity in traction matters rests with the
Legislature. Thia authority 1ms
'been exerciscd. Mr. Hylan has no
means of thwarting it without
changing the law, which hc i im
potent to do.
\*> hy, thi n, does he continually de
visc one plan after another, all in
direct conflict, with the unification of
transit which has been undertaken
by tlie state-created board? Hc can
accomplish no possible improvemcnl
by so doing. His legal advisers
surely know that not one of his plans
will be adopted by the Transit Com
I mission. This fact must by now
have begun to dawn even upon Mr.
I Hylan. Delay, and more delay, and
, final stagnation wil! be tlie sole out
come. Meanwhile the population is
jswiftiy outgrowing existing transil.
If Mr. Hylan is really desirous of
doing something for the people who
elected him there is a way. it is a
way that wil] sacrifice none of the
! credit for which be hungers so in
; satiably. lt will not even necessi
i tatc the abandonment of his five
He need only meet the Transit
Commission and harmonize his plans
wil! tlie plan they are seeking to
I carry out. There is no disposition
on tbe part. of any of tbe members
of the commission to rob him of
-. glory. What they want is to give
the city better transit, and to do it
; as soon as possible. They would
! gladly welcome him as a co-worker.
I Indeed, v,e feel sure that they would
| name one of their branches the John
| F. Hylan tunnel if by so doing they
l could escape his constant inter?
If there were the most remote pos
sibility that Mr, Hylan could build a
single ts-ansit line without the com
mission's approval hc might at least
make a little political capital among
his followers out of his taetics. But.
there is no such possibility. His
present course will not enable him to
do anything constructive, and it will
prevent the commission from doing
anything whatever. It is merely the
attitude of the dog in the manger.
None but George Harvey has so
far deigned to answer the question,
"What does a delegate think about
in a closed session?" He alone has
had the courage to admit that dur?
ing the interminable translations at
international gatherings ho has been
so bored that he has taken to writing
letters to his friends.
History does not tell us how other
delegates to great conferences spent
| their time at sessions, and we
, have therefore generally accepted
! the conventional idea that, being all
i statesmen, they were necessarily sol
; emn men, and, being solemn, they
| were likewise grave, and their grav
' ity and importance displaced their
' more human qualities. We think, for
example, of the signers of the Ver
i sailles Treaty very much as we think
( of Ben Franklin and Thomas Jeffer
; son?as having all the frigid attri
( butes of schoolbook heroes and lack
ing entirely those little human
. touches that we moderns possess.
j The same is true of earlier confer
! ences. There is something almost
. sacrilegious, for example, in the
i thought of Washington making a
fuss abcut his wig or Jefferson draw
j ing pictures of sailboats while the
; terms of the Declaration of Inde
; pendence were being discussed. Was
Ca?sar ever known to laugh or Moses
to be late?
From writing letters in an open
, session to drawing pictures in a
closed session is only a short step.
Wlo, with pencil and paper before
him and a long-winded speaker dron
ing, could resist the temptation of
: making sketches? The telephone
booth habit of drawing lines on any
; unoccupied space of the wall is due
, only to the presence of a pencil. So
also the artistic urge while carrying
; on a dull conversation at a desk
i when pencil and pape^are handy.
Why suppose, then, that this habit
is not shared by delegates at confer?
ence,';'.' Is il- unnatural to imagine
Mr. Balfour drawing pictures of
submarines as his speech is being
put into French, or Admiral De Bon
shading battleships? And what
could be more fitting than for Sena?
tor Lodge to bo making little
sketches in 1 ho most approved Gau
' Still Leaves Legitimate Field of
Action; Piracy Justly Brandcd
i To the Editor of Tho Tribune.
Sir: Your excellent editorial of tbis
morning on "Real Subtnarine I.imila
I tion" cstnblishes some of the grounds
i for believing tho American propositions
I for rcgulation of submarine warfaro (o
bo sound and practicable. Still other
things may properly bf '-nid in this
To thc objection that the submarine
's not ndnpted to thc work of soizuro
.?nd search of commercial vessels and
cannot as n rule place thc pasaenp; ?>
; and crew it: sal'ety before sinking such
n vessel tho simple answer is that no
provision of international Inv, roquires
Die submarine to I > ?* the cxclusive
agency r atlacking forcipen commerce.
All formi i methods <>'?' doing so, undei
dccenl and human conditions, rcmain
;i( tho >i po :il "' nny wnrring powev.
Furt In r, even inder 1 hc proposed re '
strictions lhe submarine would be far
from helpless. She would still have:
tho iic;iil lo .inU vessels refusing tn
obcy hor command to hall, and ii3c.3n
bers of her crew could lake off the
captain and other hostaj3r.es from any
non-convoyed vessel and hold them ,-ih
isccurily for the safetj of members of
thc subtnarine crew detailod to sci c,
destroy or huvj ovcrboas'd guns, amimi
nition and other contraba33d article?.
Her agent; could then smasb thc
' wircless and so disablc (bc machinery
; of thc vessel ;is lo delay her movc
! mcuts and thus increase thc chance of
' her capture by any cr?fl xa|>ablc of
taking her into port or placing her
passengers and crew iti safcty before
! sinking her. She could make prisoners
: of at least :. limited number of mili
I tary leaders or other important per
sot3ages f0vmd on board thc vessel. Un?
der some circui3istances she could corn
pol the vessel to proceed at slackcncd
Speed to a ?'.3:1 able place for efTectiiif,'
her completc capture by an adequate
The provision lhal submarines disre?
garding thc principles of humanity and
sinking trade or passenger vessels oe
cttpied by civilians shall bc held to be
piratical craft and their officers, if cap
tured, summarily hanged would be ef?
fective in more than one way. By p!ae
ing thc brand of explicit outlawry upon
those C33gaged 30 this crimhial type of
submarine warfare it would isolate tbei
otTending nation from tho moral sup- '
; port of the r.eutral world nnd cottdemn
her in advaticc; nor could she find any
I plausible defense which could placatcI
jan adversc scntiment throughout thc
I world and even among; hor own people.;
j Further, lmowledgc not only of the j
I danger, but also of the stigma and in-:
famy of thc. service, thus officially es-1
tablishcd, would render it difficult for;
lior to obtain officers and seatnen forj
illcgal submarine service. Morcovcr,!
evc3i thc most powerful nation cannot I
be absolutely certain of winning a war I
in which it is engaged, and there will;
be '.? e deterrent from unlawful con-;
duct in the knowledge that if it losrs \
lhe war an inevitable condition of peace
will be the delivcring up of all subma-,
rine captain? guilty v\' international
piracy, as defined in the proposed regu
lations, to ;?? certain and shameful
death, together with such government
officials as shall have been responsible
for ordering 1he illegal mode of war?
Without doubt. ii would be much bet?
ter for the world if subtnarine warfare
I could be entirely eliminated, and still
I better, imsneasurably so, if war itself
could be made eternaliy imposaible, as
will one day be tho case. But until
| the world has advanced to thia higher
! point it is clear that the American pro
| posals for limiting submarine warfare
j and barring the wholesalo murder of
' non-eombatants are of real valuo and
| capable of at least greatly mitigating
I the evila and horrors of naval war.
JAMES F. MORTON Jr.
New Y"ork, Dec. 30. 1921.
To the Editor of The Tribune.
Sir: Your editorial on cancellation
of our war lonna to Europo was very
timely at:d logieal. It will probably be
necessary to educate public opinion on
that question, einco very few aeera to
realize the injustice of exacting full
payrnent of the loans, which, as you
pointed out, were far below normal in
It seems the least we could do in
justice would be to cancel the interest
until, say, 1925, and reduce the princi?
pal to the equivalent purchase value in
The conference at Washington has
been making fine progress toward dis?
armament and peace. It would surely
bo an aid toward woidd peace and eco?
nomic stability to also reduce the
moneybag fortifications which at pres?
ent isolate this country and paralyze
foreign trade. L. E. S.
East Orange, N. J., Dec. 31, 1921.
The Stop Watch in Court
To the Editor of Tbe Tribune.
Sir: It took forty-five minutes, ac?
cording to "The Paper for People Who
Think," and fifty minutes/according to
the palladium of "Truth?First-to
Last," for Mrs. McCormick to win her
divorce decree. These sporting events^
should be recorded more accurately,
and it is to bc hoped that stop watches
with split seconds will be used in fu?
If we are out for world records let'6
make *em snappy! HIGH LIFE.
Bagdad-on-the-Subway, Dec. 30, 1921.
A Full House
'From The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
As guests at the wedding of the Prin?
cess Mary will be the Kings of Spain,
Belgium, Norway, Italy and Denmark.
In fact, about all the'kings that are
left in the deck.
M ERELY EXPLANATORY
Neither by strategy keen nor ass.iult
Have we achieved the command of
Peace-loving persons, when portly,
Fagerly into the saddle of power.
All too familiar to us is this height,
Memories of it. are pregnant with
If wc wail hoarsely nnd long at our
Know all attempt.**. at repression
(Voice in the crowd: "Gosh, is HE
Simco33 Stylites, the popular saint,
Built him a tower nnd sat on its
Never was heard to give voice to j
No printcr clamored: "Hcy, speed]
up the copy!"
Never obsessed by a rhymo he'tl Cor
Simcon sat there nnd grabbed all
Nobody wrote that his column was'
Nobody asked him: "Who said you
could cdil ?"
Would we swap place? Oh, kiddo,
you said it!
Not in the least as a conqueror comes
Tramp we a parapel recently left;
Hailed by no Hylanesquc rtifflc: of i
Only tbe roars of tlie lately bcrcft.
Here in a most unexultant of state.,;
Wo are now placed by a hcartlcss
Signed by our boss and endorsed
by tbe fates. '
Morbid and blcak is the weird that
w drec i
Chased like a coon l.o lhc top of
Ours not tlie chair that one recently
Ours is the task, if so long we sur
Simply to guard it and keep the firc?
For a real huluorist, soon to arrivc.
Wc're the hiatus; the slop-gap.
This here young Dutch boy, who,
stupid but good,
riirust his small self in a hole in
Lest a slight Icak should give birth
to a flood.
Bowing politely?we stick in the mud.
Dropping into pros? with a uigh of rc
ief, wc proccd to muse with our
icusins, t.iir? wholly unemployed, on
he hoodoo that kecpi a man away
'i'om real trork theao days.
Still, we comfort otirsrlvps wuh the
bought that a night city editor doesn't
ook any funnicr?-stranger might bo a
iclter word -ai a. column conductor
han Mr. Hearst does ns n sr-lf-appoint
m1 ally of the French.
Wheyi for cnlightenmcnb 1 thirst
On problcma of tho day,
1 read llia words of Mr. Hrars'
And think 11m other way.
The city might start the New Year
irightly by inviting representatives of
he police and of tlie bandits' union
-o a conference on tiie limitation of
In Sympathy for .Mr. Hays
Yes, we are going to run it for
eight months or less, and if we c?n
stand it, it does seem as if you should
be able to.
Suppose you do miss him? Think
of the way we feel and rcfrain from
adding to our dolor.
If you must tell some one how
futile The Tower has become tell
?ur bosu. We know it already.
F. F. V. isn't our attempt to boast
of a ppurious ancestry. They're the
only initials we've got.
A man bo handicapped can't be ex?
pected to see much mirth in the fact
that Mr. See is an optician and kin
Good Iimericks have grown so rare
that we hereby declare a permanent
closed 6eason. You can't tend the
good ones through the mails, anyhow.
We esteem the customers almost
as fervently as we abhor labor; but
don't, oh, deeply venerated, tsend
stamps. Whatever we don't use
within one week after its arrival
won't be used at all.
But if you must send stamps, don't
affix them to envelopes. Soaking
them off is tedious and very damp.
A veteran columnist is. we imagine,
i person at whom the rest of tho of?
fice has stopped shouting: "Pretty
// the column. be not gay,
Raise no loud protesting cry.
Loyally we shall obey
(lf tlie column be not gay)
When enforcement agents say
Even Towers must be dry.
(If the column be not gay)
Raise vo loud protesting ery.
lf prohibition's hosts can only make
the New Year as arid as they hope,
the submarine question may settle
A bruised mid-seetion drives us to
ask if it won't be all right for a couple
of days to drop our nickel in tha slot
and then climb over the featherweight
After all, you might expeet thab a con?
cern whieh calls ths things you sit t>n
in its cars "cushions," wvuld ckristen
its turnstiles "featherweight."
After having worked our way so far
it seems only polite, in view of our
present mental state, to wish all the
A happier New Y'ear. F. F. V.
HE'LL HAVE TO CUT OUT HIS OLD ASSOCIATIONS FTRor
C3opyritjht, li'.:2, New Tork Tribune Inc, *?\kj> 1
More Truth Than Poetry
By James J. Montafue
To tlie inflammable and dptimistic
imagination tho title of "Three Lov?
ing Ladies" (The lloughton Mifflin
Company) is likely to provc a false
promisc. There is nothing of the
robustiously physical to be found be?
tween these chasto covers. Tho affec
tions of Susic, Chips and Dicky Ful
ton, respectively the wifo and daugh
tcrs of a humorously philosopbic Brit?
ish general, stationed in a grubby
English scaport, will never spur the
censor to action. Compared with the
burning flappers who heat, if they do
not illumine, our up-to-thc-minute
literature, these three are. decidedly
ntild amateura of the ainatory. One
loving lady imparts moro thrill, of her
sort, to a single chaptcr of "Tho Sheik"
than does this trio to an entire novel.
? si* ^
Chips, the eldest daughter, loves her
father's aid, a particularly upright and
detestable person. Dicky, hor junior,
cntertains a tcpid passion for the poor
until an eligible rich man comes aiong.
Susic, the mother. loves herself and
correct conversation. General Fulton
seems to love thera all, which is no
mean achievesnent. There are many
and shrewdly depicted minor charac?
ters, including the son of a war
millionairo, whose dialcct, polished
and disemvoweled by a course at Cam
bridge, is an unparalleled etymologi
cal curiosity, Nobody does anything
specially noteworthy in the story. Life
flows logically, with marriagos and
births and a kind of a descrtio'n, eon
cluding in a correct!y climactic re
habilitation of the parted family. Yet
there is a distinct flavor to the quiet
tale. If it is not strong liquor it is
at least a pleasant and sound light
wine for tho mind. It may be doubted j
whether the book will claim a large
army of readers; but it is a fair guess j
that it will remain pleasantly in the
memory of most of those who do read
it. It is essentially a resnemberable .
thing, if only for such occasional bits '
as the quietly satirieal General's ob- j
sei'vations upon life, love and ladies, j
with special reference to his immedi
* * 9*
"Very few women," *ays General
Fulton to hia wife (who wonders what
on earth he means) "know how to go
on as they meant to begin. . . .
They meant to begin with Carnival and
to end in Lent." Which, as a con
tribution to the philosophy of mar?
riage, is not without its merit.
The authoress of "Three Loving
Ladies" is, as set forth in full upon
tho cover, the Honorablo Mrs. Dowdall.
Thia idea of ornamenting literary
achievements with one's titular emolu- i
menta haa always appealed strongly j
to me, and I never could understand j
why it has not spread to other lines |
of artistic endeavor, such as sculpture
or motorcar manufacturing. Suppose
that the recognized leader of the auto
world, even though he be an American,
received hia due meed of recognition
from an appreclative England; who
then could resiat the temptation to
own a Sir Henry Ford?
One thing to be said of Dr. Thomas
Dixoa is that, unlike many historians,
he can write of the "Lost Cause" with
the cold neutrality ? of an impartial
judge. Though one of the most senti
mental of the unreconstructed, he al?
ways follows the Socratic injunction,
hearing courteously, answering wisely,
considering Boberly and deciding with?
out prejudice. The above enco3niums
are the result of reading a page in the
doctor's biography of John Brown,
which is cntitled, oddly, "The Man in
Gray"-?a page which tempts one to
atudy the entire book, ?o soon as he
has finished some fiction reported at a!
little distancc below.
Dr. Dixon, being of the South, natur
ally regards ti;" moldering body and :
marching soul of the old Ossawatomie '
with suspicion. To John Brown ar.d
'Uncle Tom's Cabin" he attribute3 the :
unfortunate Civil War. Yet, in con
sidering tho character of the wild- i
?ycd and bloodthirsty hot-gospeller of j
Abolition, he is able to write thus
imiably of him:
"Brown had been a habitual liar
from boyhood. In his speech, made on
the cve of his death sentence, ho. lied
in every paragraph. Ile lied as he
iiad lied when he grew a beard to play
tho role of 'Shubel Morgan.' He lied ?
is he had lied to his victims when pos- \
ng as a surveyor on the Pottawatomie.
He lied as he had done when he crept
through the darkness of the night on
his sleeping prey. He lied as he had '
;icd a hundred times about those i
grewsome murders. He lied for his
Sacred Cause. llo lied without 6tint!
ind without reservation. Ho lied with !
such conviction that he convinced him- '
sclf that he was a hero?a niartyr of i
human liberty and progress.''
A Good Story
To the Editor of The Tribune.
Sir: I want to cxpress my appre
liation of that really admirable gem '
of humor and covert satiro that ap
peared in your issue of this morning
an Hirshfield's 101 per cent American
history. It gave me a continuous \
laugh from start to finish, and I feel j
a personal sense of obligation to the '
writer for the amusement he furnished
lt doesn't seem to me exactly fair
that Ding, Briggs and Grantland Rice,
mirth provoking as their lucubrations j
unquestionably are, should get all the
bouquets that are thrown in your di
rection. Pass mine along to th? con- i
tributor of tha Hirshfield article, whose j
genius scintillates ns brightly, though |
perhaps not with tho sustained bril
liancy, of the trio mentioned.
Aiso it seems to me that a word of
approval would not be amiss in recog
nition of tiie corps of accomplished
writers who mako the editorial page
of Tho Tribune a marvel of wit, wis
dom and,. brilliancy and of solid good
sense and sound thinking on all the
questions of the day. C. O. Y.
Milford, Pa., Dec. 30, 1921.
[The story of Hirshfield's 101 per
cent Americanism was written by
Robert B. Peck in collaboration with
Citizens' Budget Apathy
To the Editor of The Tribune.
Sir: Will your readers who have
been interested in the public libraries'
lack of funds for new books and re
pairs welcome a resninder that for
several months last summer cituens
were invited by the Board of Estimate
to cxpress their interest in the budgets
and that several public hearings were
held where citizens might have ex
pressed interest in library appropria?
Not a baker's dozen, or half a bak
er's dozen, citizens appeared at budget
hearings while there was still time to
affect allowances for 1922. Belated
tears help almost as little as crocodile
tears. Now is the time for citizens in?
terested in the public benefits which
a $351,000,000 budget can buy to organ
ze for timoly open-eyedness to public
business this coming year.
WILLIAM H. ALLEN,
Secretary Committee on Non-Parti
New York, Dec, 30, 1921.
By Way of a Grievance
1've heard that literary 1
Who do our writii / f
Achieve their bravest, finest
By using a thesaurus.
When they are stump?d to "find a
They go thecauras glear g,
And presentiy turn up a bird
That nicely fits their ir.eaning.
For -words I frequently am stuck,
Whic*h makes me fuss and
And that is pretty sorry
When one is in a hurry.
I turn ray torn thesaurus o'cr
By force of ancient habit,
Which does not help me any mor?
Than?so to speak?a rabbit.
It's filled with words. ar.d nicl
Like "corm" ar.d "calibra
Fine lovely words I wish T knew
So I might use 'era later.
As through the indices 1 run,
All sorts of words 1 re:id of
But never do I f;nd the
I have especial need of.
They say the devil wrote a book? i
A method necessary,
As he believed, to help him hook
The guileless and unwary.
And, as it was his wont todo,
The work he placed before us.1
And I'm convinced this tale was]
Tho book was a thesauru?.
Her Own Fault
Germany ought not to complais <"?
the depreciation of her mark?. She *"*.??
tho first country to scoff at the v?'u<
of ecraps of paper.
Since we have been sampling rr.oon
shine we begin to understand why lita
on our satellite ha? lor.g been extinct
As a guaranty that she has n?
thought of tightir.? for lands to b?
occupied by her Buperfiuous populi
tion, Japan has sent for Mrs. Margartt
(Coryrlsht by Jaiv.?? J. Montmrue.)
As to Alimony
To the Editor of The Tribune.
Sir: In this mornir.g's Tribnne
Sheritf Knott is quoted as advocatini?
the abolition of "The Alimony Clafci
in the Ludlow Street jail. There is one
way in which it can be ac:"omplishe<i
effectively. That is by destroying th?
root of the alimony evil?camely.
If there were stringent lawi f">r"
bidding divorce there would be few*r
hasty marriages. The sanctity ""?
marriage and the home would be *"?'
stored. \Ye would not have so -33?n>
of those fly-by-night marriages, "tvnK*1
happen in most cases because of ?
temporary infatuation and also be?
cause the contracting par-.ies kw**
they always have the divorce court ?5
a ready resort.
Destroy the marriage state, ?nd 7**
destroy the very heart of civilizatioa
destroy divorce, and the country W*''*
get rid of a disease which is sloW
but surely dragging the world iV"*
to a state of moral ccrruption. Th***'
are anti-saloon, anti-s-moking, *1"1
this and that leagues, but I have v****
heard of an anti-divorce Imi*!^*
ALLEN F. HETHERINGTOH'
Xew York. Dec. 27, 1921.
( From Tha Scin Francisco Bul'.'ti*)
Boston dry chief attcnds a wet &*'
. ner. But think of all the wet thi?f?
; compelled to attend dry. dinntrt*.
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