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Military writers disagree as to whcthei
Metz cau be taken, but it will be noticed (
that General Pershing is close-mouthed on
the subject. When lie i.s heard iroin iu that
connection, Metz will have fallen, llis is
to do, and daro to do, not to talk.
Senator James Hamilton Lewis, returning
from the war front, brings the cheery an
nouncement that the enemy's morale is
broken, and with real modesty he carefully
refrains from ussuming any credit for the
breaking thereof. 13ut the Senator knows"-, lie
Oft reiterated statements by both Demo
crats and Republicans tiiat politics must not
be permittod to divert public attention from
the fourth Liberty loan are followed by sten
torian blasts from party leaders which sig
nulize tho opening of a hitter partisan cam
paign. And this almost simultaneously with
the opening of the loan drive. The jewel
of consistency seems to have been lost in
the ofiice-seeking shuffle.
Under tho daylight saving law tne old
time will be resumed on the last Sunday in
October, the 27th, tho hands of tho clocks
and watches to he set back one hour at 2
o'clock in the morning. Since the law stands
until repealed, which is not at all likely,
the time-pieces will have to be advanced
again in 1919, and thereafter on the .same
date as this year. The wisdom oi ihe law
has abundantly proved itself.
The complete unity which binds Canada
and the United States to make common cause
in sacrifices necessary to win ihe war, is em
phasized by the former having inotorless
.Sundays simultaneously with the United
States. At least 90 per cent of the gasoliuo
used in Canada Hs' supplied by the United
States. Therefore'.* Canada showed its un
selfish patriotism by promptly adopting this
country's plan to conserve the supply.
The only Germans now remaining in the
..St. .Mihiel salient are those who are sleeping
in the vast cemetery set. apart for their dead,
left behind them in their hasty exit. Nor
?will the more than 20,Olio live Germans the
?^"victorious Americans sent 10 the rear bo
" allowed to scatter flowers on the. graves of
" their dead comrades, as they will ho kept
busy rebuilding the waste places in France,
as an earnest of the complete work of restora
tion, tho cost of which Germany later will
have to pay.
Representative Fess, to whom has been
intrusted the task of overthrowing the Demo
cratic majority in ihe House at the Novem-*
ber elections, say.- the Republican issue is
"Victory on the field. No compromise." Mr.
Fess, inadvertently and unintentionally, h..s
told the whole truth about the G. <>. P. cam
paign. The Republican issue really is "Vic
tory in tho field," but it is in the Held of
politics, and nol of Franco, as they would
lead the country to believe. Otherwise they
would have heeded the presidential injunc
tion to adjourn politics.
If, as the Manchester Guardian asserts, the
- Kaiser got exactly the flat refu ul lie wanted
in President Wilson's rely to the Austrian
.peace note, then everybody, except the Guar
dian, ought to be satisfied. The Guardian's
- dissatisfaction is the one discordant note in
the*chorus of approval which greeted tho re
jection of tho advance of the central powers.
? "Why It should advocate temporizing with
them when thf-y already know the sole terms
upon w" ich the allies will be willing to talk
' peace must be added to the recent news
paper mysteries.
Before this country entered the war Henry
Ford's pacific altitude was a matter of com
mon knowledge. After wo entered the
struggle, it changed completely, and no one
has given more whole-hearted support tc> the
administration in its efforts to mobilize all
of the country's resources to win the snug
gle. Since he became a candidate for I'nited
States Senator from Michigan, Mr. Ford has
Veen njorcilessly criticized for his former
. pacifist sentiments. Recently lie made reply
to his critics with a'statement that much of
.... the alleged antiwar opinions accredited to
him in the past was greatly distorted. This
statement, it Is said by close political ob
j a$rvera, haa reacted in his favor and gained
him many new supporters. Furthermore, tho
stir created over the publicity of the huge
campaign funds expended by Truman H. New
berry to secure tho. Republican nomination
has so changed the complexion of tho raco
as to strengthen greatly the chances of Mr.
Ford's election.
A Limit Upon Taxation
SI All LTAXEOUS with the passage by tho
House of the $8,000,000,000 revenue bill,
camo the announcement from the Secretary
j of the Treasury that the administration feel's
that it would be unwise to raise any part
! of the $7,000,000,000 which the War Depart
ment has asked for in order to finance its hew
army, by additional taxation. This means
that the Senate will not be called upon to
amend the pending bill for the purpose of
increasing the return and tho administra
tion is convinced that the limit of taxation
has been reached, for tho time being at any
It is a fortunate circumstance that the
government takes this view of the fiscal
pioblcm, and that it makes its position very
clear on the eve of another Liberty loan
campaign. It will not be an easy thing to
roll i^o.000.000.000 or $6,000,000,000 in gov
ernment securities this fall. Nobody who is
acquainted with the business structure of the
nation imagines that it will. Hut it will bo
fai easier than it would if the administra
tion had suddenly decided that $9,000,000.
000. or, perhaps, $10,000,000,000, had to
be raised from taxation instead of $8,000,
000,000. Nothing would more completely
demoralize the coming Liberty loan cam
paign than an announcement that tho Sen
ate would have to reach out for another
$1,000,000,000 or $2,000,000,000 in taxes.
Air. McAdoo undoubtedly realizes this, and
has given tho country the assurance that
it. has nothing to fear on that score.
There is another phase of this matter
winch should not be lost sight of. No coun
tr> 'he history of the world ever under
took to lay so gigantic a tax as that now
being legislated upon. Great as America is ?
and rich as she is, this tax will weigh heav- I
ily upon her. and before an extra load is put |
upon the people, it would be the part of wis- ,
dom to wait and see if the present burden i
can he borne. Tho experience gained dur- !
ing the coining year will be valuable to Con- j
gi ess in its consideration of future revenue
legislation. !
A War I'rico Upon Cotton
I '11l'j I'ederal government, by one process
1 or another, has fixed the market price of
every basic commodity in the country, with
tho single exception of cotton. Wool, steel,
copper, wheat, leather, coal, oil and other '
resources vital to the prosecution of the war, ?
ha\o come within the range of government i
price control. Some of these interests volun- j
tarily surrendered their price-fixing power; |
other were l'orccd to submit to this extreme i
government regulation
At I.ist cotton has been reached on tho
list of necessary war products. The Pres
ident is about to name a market prico for !
the now crop, now being picked. It may |
bo assumed that the President's price will be
below that now prevailing in the cotton mar
ket. If he did not regard' tho price now I
governing market transactions as inflated,
there would be no excuse for government
intenontion. Only two situations ever jus
tity such action as is now proposed. The
first is an excessive price and the second is
a price that it too low. Nobody even al
leges that the cotton price of to-day is too
low. it is higher than it has ever been in
the history of the industry, perhaps, aud
it has mounted to that figuro by reason of
war's demands.
When the President sets his limit upon
cotton prices, therefore, he may be expected
to reduce it to a much lower level than now
pievajls. '(his will inflict a degree of loss
upon the South. But it must be assumed
that the President will not reduce the price
to a point where reasonable profits will dis- 1
solve. The growers must be encouraged,
ami not discouraged, to raise overy bale that
it is possible for their acreage to produce,
and tho President and his advisers must
not lose sight of the enormous risks involved
in cotton production.
The South will consent to the fixing of
the market price of cotton, if it is fixed upon
a fair and equitable basis, but it will protest
it" it is not allowed to make a decenl living
out of its greatest crop.
Politicians Confronted by Facts
VV7J1LX President Wilson asked the country
..VY to adjourn politics during the war, he
v.as prompted by the highest considerations of
patriotism. Tho rank and file of both parties
recognized the wisdom of the appeal, and
frankly voiced their approval or his attitude.
It was hoped that party leaders would unre
servedly make similar response. Sorry to say
this has not been true of Republican leader
ship. I pon several occasions thev have in
jected needless partisan discussion into the
consideration of measures in both branches of
< on gross. With a view to influencing the com
ing elections, they have endeavored to create
the false impression that the Republican party
has been more consistent than the Democratic
party in supporting a program of vigorous
prosecution of the war. They have even gone
to the extreme of intimating that the Presi
dent sought sinister party advantage when
ho made the request that politics be ad
journed. They have done everything possi
ble to nag the Democrats into partisan dis
V> ithout falling for their scheme, Chair
man Scott Ferris, of the Democratic Congres
n?*'l Campaign Committee, has effectually I
taken the wind out of their argument of su
perior patriotism and loyalty to the admin
is*ration in its* war program by issuing a ,
statement comparing the records of the two'
parties in Congress upon war measures, in
which the showing effectually disproves their
claims. With tho true facts thus presented,
the Republicans are placed at a decided dis
advantage in any partisan appeal they may
now make to obscure the one and only issue
in which the voters of tho country are chiefly
Io meet the expenses of the Federal gov
ernment, the American people before the
*var had to raise about $1,000,000,000 of
revenue annually. For at least a generation
1 l!l,: <loM! ol war, they will have
'' 1 '"'so """"ally a sum five times as great.
Since a large proportion of this sum will
"ave to go t<, paying the interest on the public
1 ' Jl : on,-v Method by which the individ
' r can lighten the burden of taxes
be is to boar is to invest his present and
!,re "ftvlngs in Liberty bonds and war
?ngs stamps. The Interest received from
these Lccuritics will represent clear gaiu
with which to meet hie tax obligations. Thoso
who fail to iuvest in these gilt-edge lntereet
beurlng securities* will have to pay tho full
amount of their taxes out of their earnings,
whether of personal labor or invested capi
tal. Hence, to the extent that one Invests
in thes government securities, will ho not
feel the effects of the higher taxation.
What has become of the amateur strate
gists who not long ago were busily engaged
in tho formulation of plans guaranteed to
bring victory, and in blatantly telling Foch
what he should do if he really wished to lick
the Germans? In recent weeks their silence
has been so intense as to be almost painful.
Foch has hit the enemy at every vulnerable
spot iu tho west, tho east, the north and
the south. Nowhere lias he been permitted
to rest, and to-day he is staggering under
the repeated blows. The Foch strategy has
proved the most brilliant of the war, and
his battle plans the only ones that could
have brought about such marvelous successes.
No wonder that tho mahogany-desk generals
have fallen into disrepute and their iunoc
uous desuetude promises to continue until
peace has been declared.
An Amsterdam dispatch says that tho Ger
man press is "holding a veritable witches'
Sabbath of mutual recrimination" as a result
of the receut peace note. This is tlie result,
it is now openly admitted, that it was in
tended the note should havo on the allies.
Instead, the Teuton nations are doing all of
the wrangling while the allies havo been
more closely knitted together iu their com
mon determination to enforce a righteous
peace by tho sword. Another case of the
weird workings of the German psychology.
Again President Wilson's bignes3 of heart
has led him to exteud clemency to three
soldiers under sentence of death by court
martial. One of them slept at his post of
duty in France, one of the most serious of
military crimes; the others had been found
guilty of deserting from their training camps.
Strictest disciplinarians may find fault with
liis commutation of their sentences, but in
the hearts of such a people as this the qual
ity of his mercy must meet with quick ap
That son of Premier Clemenceau who led
the first regiment into 8t. Mihiel evidently
is a worthy scion of the "Tiger of Frauce,"
whose fiery determination has been one of the
glories of the republic.
Description of the minority in Congress
as "real patriots" does not line up with the"
record which shows Republican obstruction
to practically every war policy and plan
favored by the administration.
It may be only a sample of congressional
humor that the bone-dr>? prohibition rider
was attached to the agricultural "stimula
tion" bill.
Alfnlfn, Jrnni'i!
There was a time when beefsteak on the table
was a verity.
And toothsome loin at 30 cents was really not
a rarity;
Quite often, in the days beforo
Tills so unsympathetic war,
I've eaten chops for tea.
Or eggs, no lesB than three?
Ah me!
Before the Hohenzollern overmeasured his
To conquer thinking people by the force of in
I used to go somewhere and eat
No end of inexpensive meat;
I used to Bhlp-Ahoy
Two pounds of sirloin joy?
O Boy!
Four years ago a porterhouse was ordinary stuff
for ine?
A foot-square cut two inches thick was never
quite enough for me.
I used to punish ham and eggs
Like some young boy with hollow legs!
I loaded to the neck
And never cursed the check.
By heck!
i But when the IIunsnake hissed, and from the
swamp there popped the German's head.
It started?pardon!?merry war! (To
General Sherman said!)
And now no reasonable shop
Can sell me eggs or steak or chop!
Egad. it strips my jeans
To order stale sardines
And beans!
But 1 should worry! . . If it helps to hang that
Ilun barbarian,
I'll get along without my meat and be a vege
And over verdant meadows skid
As Old Man Nebuchadnezzar did!
I'll bet my old straw hat.
Fresh hay will make me fat, .
At that!
1 may not eat my fill of meat, but that Is not
j I'd rather ship my chuck abroad and feed myself
I'd rather let them send my chop
To boost the khaki over-top
Fit for the fight, and so
To make our boasting foo
Eat crow!
ote wnai
Charcoal Kph'n Dnily Thought.
"When a man done made all de kin' o' fool
wid liisse'f he knows how," said Charcoal Eph,
ruminatively, "dey'B alius some one hangin'
aroun' t' show him a new way. Try a pickle,
Mistali Jackson."
Backwater never runs very clean.
many cooks spoil the broth."
>>o Wonder.
"V know." said the Fellow Who is Skeptical
Bccauso Ho Thinks It's Intellectual, "I never
could swallow that story of Gideon putting a
whole nation in panic and flight just by throw
ing lighted lamps into the midst of an %rniy.
Now whadda y* think there was just in lighted
lamps t* make an army run?"
"That's easy," said the Practical Porson.
"They thought the Standard Oil Company was
after 'em!"
O l<'or 'I'lla( l?xtra Hear!
"Dear S. O. writes An Admirer (feminine
hand, O Boy!), "how do you writ> all your
verses? Do you have to work hard at them or
do they come swiftly to you in tho stilly hours
of night?"
Dear Child, the only thing that copies swiftly
to us In the stilly hours of night is an Alarm
1 Clock!
Health Talks by Dr. Wm. Brady
llotv Chittenden ICconomltcd.
(Copyrlcht. 191*. by National Natvspuwr Sarvlos '
Professor Chittenden la 0110 of tho great an
Viorlties on the subject of nutrlliou. Ho wrote
a book entitled "Physiological Economy In Nu
trition." lie luul suffered from obstinate so
called "rheumatism" of the knee and ho thought
that regulation of his diet might do sonic good,
lie adopted a diet in which the amounts of all
the fool elements were considerably reduced,
but particularly tho proportion of protein (meat,
ogtf white, llsh, owl. cheese).
The knee got well, and the professor also got
rid of "slek headaches" and "bilious attacks."
lie wrote: "There was a greater appreciation of
such food as was eaten: a keener appetite and
more acute tast? seemed to be developed, with
u more thorough liking for simple foods."
Bead that quotation over at least three time**,
and read it slowly and thoughtfully, you food
wasters. It is a great sermon in thirty words,
and conveys more to the inind than muuy a
sermon three columns long.
Chittenden lost about fifteen pounds weight
and thereafter tho body weight remained sta
tionary. He spent two months of the nine
months in which he followed the restricted diet
on an outing at an inland fishing resort, part of
the time rowing his boat six to ton miles in the
forenoon sometimes ugainst bean winds (without
breakfast), and with "much greater freedom
from fatigue and muscular soreness than In
years past on a fuller dietary."
The experience of Chittenden was similar to
that of Sylvester Graham, the apostle of vege
tarianism. In *>29 this man advocated modera
tion in the use of a diet consisting of vagetables.
I Graham bread (made of unbolted flour), fruits.
I nuts, salt, and pure water; tho diet excluded
j meats, sauces, salads, tea. coffee, alcohol, pep
per and mustard. Here is a note from a fol
i lower of the Graham system:
"The first three months of my experience on
the Graham diet I lost twenty-flve ;-ounds of
flesh. The neighbors assured me 1 should die
of starvation ? in fact my demise from starva
tion was reported In the next town. Hut my
appetite Increased and my health was Increas
ing, and In a .short time my headaches, colds,
eostlveness and rheumatism left me altogether.
I overcame a tendency toward a hypochondria- I
cal and gloomy stale of mind. These ailments
have not since returned, although 1 have been i
much exposed to wet. and cold."
All of this Is as far from iho foolish notion
of "eating as much as you like" and Inking a
pill afterward as is the equator from the poles.
(lurnt Ions nttd AnMiTcrn.
madder or Kidney Trouble or Something.?I
wish to get a good prescription for bladder or
kidney trouble with which X have been troubled
for some time. 1 will give you the symptoms
and you can just incloso the prescription and if
it helps me 1 will be glad to pay a reasonable
sum for your trouble . . .
Answer.?I'len?,? re rid the instructions care
fully. It. Brady cannot cons'der ..^quests for
diagnosis or treatment of individual cases. It
isn't a question of compensation, for the pub
lishers attend to that. It Is beeauso the doctor
lacks the power of second thouch', and in a
case like yours he is unable to know, without
examination, whether it lr kidney troublo or
bladder trouble or something else.
flow to Get. in on the Fourth liberty T,onn.?
Smoking is becoming too great a luxury for a
man earning under sixty a week, and if you can
tell me how to break off I'd lll;e to do so.
? ?. n. m
Answer?Send a stamped addressed envelope
for instructions, and invest the savings in the
fourth Liberty loan.
Killers for Pat Folks? I have tried hard, un
der the prod of your aecusiition. to eat less and
grow thin, but I am attald I choose the wrong
things to eat. There must be some foods that
? aiisfy the sense of a^netuc or hunger and yet
do not overnourish Won't you list such foods
for the benefit of us fat faiks who .sincerely de
sire to reduce? H. L
Answer.? Here are a number of fillers to cheat
that overgrown appetite that proves the undoing
of the oh"": lettue*. tomatoes, celery, string
beans, spinach. asparagus. cabbace. "radishes,
cucumbers. "t gr-'ens. dandelion greens, cauli
f.ower. sauerkraut. egeplant. Swiss chard,
grapefruit. >m?-?ns oranges, cranberries, straw
berries. gooseberries, pineapple, peaches, can
taloupe. on:--ns?, carrots, squash, turnip, dams,
oysters, appiev bran bread. gelatin, skimmed
milk, buttermilk, tea and coffee ar.d co'.d water.
Foods for Diabetics? Will you please give a
list of foods, particularly vegetables, which con
tain the least starch or sugar, for use In the
diet of a diabetU MKS. I*. P. O.
..... .M K>. p. P. O.
Answer.? The foil 'icing have comparatively
small quantities of carbohydrate?approximately
."i per cent- Celery, tomatoes, ?cauliflower, saue.r
k-.iut. spinach, "lettuce, cucumbers, cabbase,
radishes, string beans, asparagus, beet greens,
endive. Brussels sirouts. rhubarb. Among fruits,
ripo olivets, grapefruit, lemons.
Wars Won by Women.
Chairman Mitlannl 'Woman's liberty Loan
When Secretary McAdoo called tiio women of
America to do their part in financing th* world
be reminded them that, while battles were won
by men, wars were won by monev, and ho said
that the money necessary to finance the war
couid not be raised without the aid of women.
Their response as an organization reaching
into every State and county nrid city in the
I'nited States, and their subscriptions during the
second loan almost reached the billion mark:
in the third they reached far above it. and for
the fourth it Is expected that tin- women's sub
scriptions will equal the two combined.
Women generally do not handle large sutns
of money, but an army of them?literally an
army?hold a large percentage of the liftles and
one.hundreds of the third Liberty loan.
Women with small savings? too small to in
vest In high-class securities?for the first time
in their lives can now go into the market of the
world and purchase for what ilioy have, much
or little. Mio finest holdings under the sun.
Liberty bonds are a first mortgage upon our
country. They art! secured by all the land and
all the buildings and all il?<3 wealth?minerals,
coal, water power and timber?everything that
in under ground a.ul on top of it. Our Indus
tries are pledged, and our activities, and all
that we are and all that our children will be, are
part of the solemn undertaking that is security
for the payment of J.ioerty bonds.
Hut the excellence of I.iberty bonds as an
investment Is only an incident in the real busi
ness of their sale. Uuying our country's paper
is a pa'riotie service, and a woman's service to
her country in time of war Is service to all that
she holds dear; service to the man in the
trenches, to the sailor on the sea, service to the
second lino of defense to all who till the soli
and dig ilie coal and build tho ships, and the
thousands who walk the accuslometlpat h. main
taining the standards of our cverycTay life,
Buying Liberty bonds la a service to all the
thousands?among them so many, many women
? who say the prayers and uplift the spirit and
keep ideals of national need and person il honor
before our eyes, those of the second line of de
fense, those, who keep the home fir us burning.
What does anything matter to our girls?the
mothers of the future?when the potential hus
bands and fathers are under arms in a foreign
What can we gKo that is not already given
by the youth that has marched out of our
homes'.'? Copyright, lDtS.
News of Fifty Years Ago
(Prom tho Itichmond Dispatch, Sept. 24, 1SC8.)
Xot less than twenty-five stores and ware
houses are being built on Twelfth, Thirteenth
and Fourteenth and Cary Streets, all for im
mediate occupancy by business firms. Kvidenco
of prosperity for tho present and optimism for
the future.
J. B. Wortendyke, the original inventor of ma
chinery for the manufacture of paper twine and
who is now extensively engaged in tho business
at Goodwyn, N. J., has leased the Manchester
paper mill, formerly owned by Hobiiison &
Fairbanks, and will run It for the exclusive
purpose of making paper for his twine factory.
The "Boys Circus" at '.lie corner of Seventh
and Marshall Streets, is the latest sensation
among the juveniles of Richmond.
Broom straw will sell in this city at from
S to 12 cents per 100 pounds, according to qual
ity. Any quantity of it can be sold to the manu
facturers. Another factory is soon to bo es
Congress met at noon yesterday. There were
no Democratic members present in the House.
Doth houses held very short sessions and ad
journed until October JO.
A shooting affair occurred at Fayettevllle, N.
C., on Saturday last between Hobert Winship
Stcdman, son or W. A. Stedman, and W. II. Mor
row, Deputy United States marshal, In which
both were killed.
In the Surratt case yesterday the first Indict
ment ror murder was nolle prosequied. On the
second Indictment for conspiracy tho defense
entered a plea that It Is barred by tho amnesty
proclamation. Pending discussion of tho point
raised, tho nourt adjourned for the day.
Past Deputy Grand Sire IS. II. Fitzhugh, of
Richmond, represents the Grand Lodge of Vir
ginia In tho National Grand Lodgo o? Odd Fol
lows now 1$ session in Baltimore.
Nation/)] Problems Discus.scd for Headers of Tlio Times-Dispatch by
Authoritative Writers?A Daily Uilitorial Feature.
Autlior of "L'aUer I'Klccn l-'Iuca," etc.
l**or 1.900 years every crisis in his
tory lias been regarded by eoiiic as
heralding the second advent of Christ.
Repealed disappointments. instead ol
discoura>-n>g ur discrediting these
prophets, seem to have Increased their
number and Influence. Never in the
history of the church have so many
people claimed that the advent of
Christ was near, even at the door, as
at the present time. Many highly re
spected Christian leaders have been
swept off .their feet by the belief in
the immediate, visible appearance of
Christ to take up his reign on earth.
The amazing variety of Irreconcil
able timetables derived from history
constitute one of the curiosities of
man's faith mingled with folly. The
folly of setting; dales for the manifes
tations of Coil is proven by the many J
mistakes which good men have made. |
When Jesus failed to fulfill Jewish I
expectation of a visible kingdom, with j
Jerusalem as the capital, llis follow
ers expected Him to return at an early I
date and finish His work. The
Apostle 1'uul In his early writings
hoped for the advent of Christ during ,
his lifetime. Augustine, early In the
fifth century. Identified the millennium ,
with the history of the church on earth.1
This view has been generally ao- i
cepted by both Catholic:, and i'rotes-,
la ii 13.
in spite of this fact. Individuals have'
arisen from time to time teaching that
Christ was coming a second time to
end the old order and to Inaugurate I
the new. lllppolytus, a Roman bishop,
s< t the date in ihe year r>00 A. D. lit
the latter middle ajtos. Abbot Joachim
declared the :igc of the Spirit would,
begin in the year 120'> A. L>. The year
passed as &0Q A. IV had, without "any
dim iiiRUlshing event. Then .Uelchior!
llofmann taught that Christ would
appear and establish his kingdom with
Htrassburs as the New Jerusalem. j
Through the centuries many dates'
have be?Mi set by men claiming io know:
the secret of the l.ord. During ihe'
Napoleonic wars Adain Clarko wrote
hit; famous commentaries on the lilble, I
completing his work after Waterloo.:
lie wrote In illiguit: "Within the last
twenty years the battle of Armageddon
has been fought a't various places, ac? '
cording to our purblind seers and
self-inspired prophets! At one time 1
it was Austcrlitx. at another Moscow. >
at another Leipsic* a lid now Waterloo!'
Thus they liavo none on, and will go
on. confounding and being confounded."!
Commenting on Revelation xx. 4, he
said: "It has long been the Idle ex
pectation of many persons that the
millennium, in their sense, was at,
hand, and its commencement has been
expected in every century sine the i
Christian era. It has been fixed for
several different years during the
short period of my own lift! 1 believe
those predictions to bo vain, and I
have lived to !.ec thorn such." With
these statements a iar^e majority of
bti.ileal scholars past and present;
agree. Thu thousand years from which'
millennium is figured la a myat|c num
ber. and never should be taken liter
William Miller net the dato for the
end of the world in 1843. Later lie
revised his calculations, setting Oc
tober 22, 184-1, as tho time for Christ
to come. Pastor Itussull declared the
coming of Christ was spiritual, ami
that it occurred lit 187-1. lie also an
nounced that an age of universal
peace would begin in 1914. If. L. Kaw
son. of London, predicted the end of
the war between July and December,
1U15. and the end of the material
world December 3 or 4. 1017.
Theso repeated failures make evi
dent the fundamental error of those
making such predictions. Tho literal
fulfillment of the predictions of the
Hebrew prophets is out of the ques
tion?the most that can be expected la
the carrying out of the broad outlines
of the general program In which they
agreed. Instead of special Judgments
on Assyria and Uabylon, Jesus taught
the universal law that punishment loi
luws wrongdoing. "The wicked shall
be turned into hell, even all of the
nations that forget God."
l.et ua freely admit that the early
Christians were mistaken about the
character of Christ's return. They be
lieved in a Hat earth and In human
slavery as a part of the established
social order, and In submission to
rulers even such as Nero. The prin
ciples of the New Testament teach
democracy, but it is possible to take
a few texts and prove that autocracies
are ordained of Clod. As the ancient
Hebrew and Greek, in which tho Kcrlp
tures wero written, must l.e trans
lated into the modern languages In
order to bo read, so also Oriental
modes of thought and expression must
be restated u< cording to tha modern
methods of utterance. Figures of
speeclj must not bo taken for literal
expressions of fact.
To every thoughtful student of his
tory it is increasingly evident that
Cod uses evolutionary processes for
the accomplishment of Ills purposes.
The Spirit of Christ must progres
tivcly dominate all life, social as well
as individual, until all of the insti
tutions of society, the family, the
9<-hool. the workshop and tile state
shall bo governed by the principles of
Christ. Cod Is working out Ills pur
poses through ni<>n who follow the
teachings of Christ. Tho kingdom of
the world will become tho kingdom of
our l?ord, not by a startling miracle,
but by the obedient efforts of Ills
loyal followers This is no time to
Indulge in theological vagaries or rc
llg!ous obsessions.
There is a sinister side to thlB pro
posed catastrophic ending of the pres
ent world order. Those accepting
this view are unwilling to fl?5ht tha
enemies of civilization. Let Huns do
tlielr worst. th? end of the world i?
at hand, is their thought. Hlackets
and conscientious objectors do not be
lieve in resisting evil.?Copyright, 151$.
Voice of the People
l.eltrm must islve (lie name and ad
tfrritn ul the ?rlter. Aouic ?\IU uul be
yiiulUlietl 11 writer ?<? rvgueal*.
IntlRnin fur ItrclntrAiita.
To the Kditor of The Tlmes-Dlspatch: |
Sir,?rAftcr witnessing a rather try* I
Inn exp< rienoo of ;i citizen on tnc
street: the other day. It occurs to inc
that the \V..r 1 >cpartm?tn could have
provided a moro conspicuous d'.'t-iKna
tion for tho idctk who have registered.
The incident was t>\;tt of a man wa.!k-'
iug along Broad Street, being stopped
l?y throe or four oMicera who demand- j
ed that he sliovv his registration card. j
A person hurrying to catch a railway
train or anxious tu keep an appoint*
mnii promptly, is considerably inoon- j
venienced l>y being ordered to draw out
a pocket book arid show up a registra
tion card ev? ry block or two. It should
seem that a button would prove a. ti:nc
and labor saver.
Richmond, Va., September ID. ISIS. j
. Appreciate* Mop Service.
To the Editor of The Times-Dispatch: '
?Sir.?Permit me to tell you how the
map service of tho war region, appear
ing each morning, is beint; received
by myself as well as my friends. It
. Is proving an innovation that the gen
1 eral public duly appreciate*. With the'
j aid of the maps, it is; possible to read
i the war nev.s with a broader under
i standing. While it is true tho greater
i number of readers of your p;?p?-r have |
! studied geography duriiiK their life,
I the majority or' them have forgotten
' much in the intervening years and 1
know of many who hadn't any con
ception of the location of Archangel
when tho American for es were landed.
Recently, when the siene of war was
moved to the Macedonia region, very
few people had any idea of the loca- j
tion until afforded that opportunity!
through the map on the front page of.
The Times-Dispatch. Permit me to!
I thank you for the feature which I am j
certain is appreciated by a far greater
army of readers than you are privi
leged to hear from.
Wytheville, Va., September IS, 1918.
Knlvincr n Mar Problem.
; To the Kditor of The Times-Dispatch:
Sir.?A gentleman from a Middle
j West city has just told me of a scheme
| beint; set on foot by two largo fac
! tone* in his city, which plan, if adopt
! ed by such factories and business
houses of Richmond as can see their
way to it. I think would go a long
way towards the solution of the war
labor problem. .
These two factories. T am told, are'
| establishing half-day hours for women
! workers and askinar particularly for
| the service of middle-aged and mar
I ried women.
There are in Richmond many wives
j with small families which require, their
! attention at home every day in the
! week, but not every hour in the day.
I and many of them doubtless would wel
come an opportunity to do a half a
day's work outside and thus earn sotne
? money and at the same time aid their
Information Bureau
Inqtilrlea rrr-'rillnd nlnioul nn? topli1,
exeeptlnK Oil Irani ntid r.iedlcjil nnli
JectH. are nnawerod free. all In
quiries nrr nimvrrril directly by per
tonal letter n nclf-iiridrcaxcil. ?tnmtied
envelrpe l? required, Adilreai Tha
Times ? l)i*p/ilc!i information liurcau,
It icli uiottil, Va.
A l.op;nI <|tie?tlon.
Reader. Richmond.?This bureau does
not undertake to answer le^al fineries;
but it is suggested that you report the
circumstances to the qunrtermaster
general's office. War Department.
Washington. D C.. for advice as to tho
proper course to pursue.
(General Peralilng'* Kellglon.
P. P. 11., Covington.?General Per
shing is a T'roteatant, a communicant
of the Episcopal Church, though tho
claim has been made in a leading Pres
byterian paper that he la a member of
that faith. Probably he changed his
membership from one to tho other,
hence tho confusion.
Tlie llrltish Position.
Inquirer, Hopewell.?In a speech de
livered In the second year of the war,
the Drltish Prime Minister said: "As
a result of the war, we intend to es
tablish the principle that international
problems must be handled by free
negotiation on equal terms, by fiee
people, and that this settlement shall
no longer be hampered or swayed by
tho overmastering distatlon of a gov
ernment controlled by the military
casto. That Is what 1 moan by the de
struction of vthe military domination
of Prussia?nothing more, but nothing;
country by helping to eolve one of the
most difficult of the now problems. It
seems to txio that this plan is worth
trying and I daresay those who try
it will llnd that a day's work done by
two women will bo Just as well done.
If not a little better, ua if done by ono
Richmond, Va., September 21, 1S1S.
Books and Authors
Many different kinds of war nove's
have mai'.e their appearance during
tiie lust four vears, but "A Dreamer
I'nder by I" <j. Hurre!. whlcn
1! D'ltton Co.. put>lish<<l tins
Wf-i'k, olfer.i still another v.iri?-t?.
There lias been hitherto nothing quite
like it. The effort of th^ author has
been to present tli<- world war in tho
terms of an individual inward exper
ience, The central character, the
"Dreamer." Is tak?n through the train
ing of Kitehener'a army and through
many months of war, tintll he ciin
fight no more. Hut throughout bin
course Ik followed as a mental and
spiritual experience and development.
NVverthelesa. there are many realistic
s enes and happenings. but In them
the author's purpose is less to describe
their material .u-pects than to depict
th'-ir influence upon his chief char
acter and tho man's reaction under
"The Hoom With the Tassels," by
Carolyn Wolls ? ?iuorge II. Doran Co.),
is a novel combination of the ghost
storv and the mystery story. 'Die in
vestigators of a haunted house find
themselves confronted with a modern
crime for which the supernatural seems
t ho only feasible explanation. They
encounter th^ ciranse happenings for
which the house has gained an un
savory reputation: and then to the fear
of ghosts is added the horror of mur
der. In the midst of a gay tea party,
two members of the company, who
have have already received ghostly
warning, die as the clock strikes four.
A very modern detcctive and a fasci
nating little imp called Zizl, unravel
tho mystery and discover the ma
chinery of both gho&ta and murder,
fastening the guilt al last on the only
member of the party whom the reader
did not suspect. Miss Tell's ingenuity
here linds ample scope, and the atmos
phere of tho uncanny is admirably
??Father, Take Sly llnud."
The way is dark, my Father! Cloud on
Is gathering thickly o'er my head, and
Tho thunders roar above me. See, I
Like one bewildered! Father, take my
And through tho gloom
Lead safely home !
Thy child!
The day goes fast, my Father; And
tho night
Is drawing darkly down. My faithless
Sees ghostly visions. Fears, a spec
tral band
Encompass me. O Father! Take my
And from the night
Lead up to lipht
Thy child!
The way is long, my Father! And my
Longs for the rest and quiet of tho
While yet I Journey through this
weary land.
Keep me from wandering. ^Father,
take my hand;
Quickly and straight
Lead to heaven's gale
Thy child!
Tho path Is rough, my Father! Many a
Has pierced me; and my weary feet, all
And bleeding, mark tho way. Yet Thy
Bids me press forward. Father, tako
rny hand;
Then, safe and blest,
Lead up to rest ?? S' *> iv?
Thy child!
The throng is great, my Father! Many
a doubt
And fear and danger compass me about:
And foes oppress mo sore. 1 cannot
Or go alone. O Fat her! Take my hand,
Through the throng
Lead safe along
Thy child!
Tho cross Is heavy, Father! I have
It long, and still do bear it. Lot my
And fainting spirit rise to that blest
Where crowns are given. Father, take
my hand
And, reaching down, i
Lead to the crown 'i
jil'hy child! t
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