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f DARKEST DAYS Southeastern Nations Seek Aid in Vain, Says Balder son. PAPER WITHOUT VALUE People Fail to Realize Money Lacks Govern ment Backing. I By JOHN LLOYD BALDKR9TON. Vienna. Jan. 20.?When two hun dred million people In a continent are starving and freezing, there la plenty of "human Interest" mate rial for a reporter who cares to in vade the plague sone. For three or four hundred crowns he can get ? very bad lunch that will keep him alive, and he need suffer no unusual discomfort?if he pays. He cgn pay. for he buy? ,a hundred crown? for 80 cents. The people In Austria can't pay. A doctor gets ten crowns for a visit: if he puts up his prices he can't collect his bills; a workman rejoices In a wage of forty crowns a week, four times what he got before the war. And with his weekly earnings he can now buy?one egg. ? It took the American people a \ t ry long time to wake up to what was going on in Europe in 1P11 and 1911 and 191?. They did wake tip?just in time. Another th-ee months and they would have ? been too late. ?"altare Threatened. Agam we are Europe's only hope. Civilization looks to us now not to preserve certain countries fiom being dominated by an autocratic tyranny directed from Berlin, but to prevent the destruction of the progress o? Z.uW years and the extinction of Eu ropean culture. America does not re alise what is goinK on now. any more _than she realised in 1914. Will she wake up in time? It li not Bolshevism that is the trouble over here. Bolshevism is an t ffeet. not a cause. Bolshevism is s?v i ious enough, it may conceivably overrun all Western Kurope. But, if it due:?, the soil must be ready to re ceive It. only starved, bankrupt and hopeless countries will welcome -ed armies: the best defense against L? nine is to let Poland. Austria and the others get back to work. The industrial population which makes up in Austria more than hs.f the total must have work or die. It cannot work unless the factories have raw materials to work with. They cxnnot pat the raw materials unless America sends them over on credit Look to America. The peoples of Austria and Hun gary, of Poland and Csecho-Slovakia. Rumania and the Ukraine, Jugo slavia, the Balkans. Soviet Russia, and the border states of the Baltic. Finland and far-away Turkey, are lookinu across the Atlantic to the land of gold and plenty, of sym pathetic hearts and honest officiais, to bring help and set everything ? right. These lands thrcughout South ? ast.rn Ivi rope have sunk into an economic Dark Age. I'ea.-ants and work ingmen cajin'-t rid themselves in a year or two of the conception that paper Issssed ay their government is good, or will '>e. They tend to blame everything on high price.- rath*;!? than on worthless paper money. Some day even the most Ignorant will realize that paper is i?aper. and then they will sell Koods only for other goods. r* commencing the "economy of barter" which has been obsolete for several centuries. Bar terint: between Individuals is already comn-on in all sti icken countries, es pecially where conditions are worst, in Austria and Poland. ComDseree Colon deeded. I* is clear to the most superficial visitor her" that a comrnereial union between the o!d parts of Ihe Austro 1 lunesrlan monarchy is necessary if they are evor to recover. None of the new state? are self-supporting, all need commodities produced by the others. ? ?Alicia produces oil and timber. li* henna and Silt sia used to pro\ ide coal, sugar and hops. Hungary and Jugo-Slavia were once able to ex port foodstuffs, while Austria had a big paper industry, rich iron ore de posits and a large iron industry', and I her factories turned out locomotives, cat?, agricultural implements. Free trade between these now In dependent units would enable normal economic life to be resumed. / At Teschen. for instance, the Poles and Catecho-Slovaks maintain a*med guards across the provisional fron tier line, which runs right thrcugh the famous coal mines. Many of the mniers" cottages nre in Poland, while the mines where *h-y ought to work are in Boh?*nia. Each side is jealous and suspicious. Rifles often go off. Result, no work and no coal. And both Poland and Bo hemia cry aloud to the world that they are freeling, and ask coal from C.ermany. from Kngland. even from the United States. (Copyright. ItM McClure Svndi 1 cate.) ARTS CLUB PLAYERS IN CLEVER PROGRAM I_ Arts <*lub Players presented to a delighted audience Friday nicht at the Little Theater four one-act plays as * ? benelit performance for the Smith i'ollepe fund. Smoorhness of action and perfect interpretation of their lines characterized their work. ?'The Grill," by George WoodnifT Johnston, promoter of the plays. gave the member? >.f the cast their best opportunity. Preceding the second play Frederick H. Glllett, of Massachusetts, Speaker of the House, spoke in behalf of the drive. la Sir fonan Doyle's "Waterloo" the character work of Finley Hayes as "Th* Straggler." the last member of the Royal Scots Guards, was excellent "Will o' the Wisp," a fantasy, gave Mis? Edith Ooode an opportunity, as the dump girl, to display her talent for pantomine, a severe test of ability. In the concluding play. "The Little Supper." by Philip Moeller, the situ?. (Ion gave Mia* Anne I ves. as Dubarry: Walter Beck, as Pierre the lover, and Theodore M. Hardy, as the king, al most equal opportunity. The char acter work of Alexander Wood burn, as '?amor ? black boy. page to Coun tess Dubarry. and Col. James Mid winter. Royal Scots Guards, also de serves speci?! mention Stage settings were designed by Mrs. ? Alie? I? U Ferguson. T. W. H. A. to Gire Dance. The T. W. Hy A. will give a colonial dance next Saturday at the ?Ik?' Hall, on H ?treet. between Mlnth and Tenth northwest, at S BILL PROPOSES "BLUE" SUNDAYS FOR D. C. h. !'. A "blue" law which would prohibit all unntnaaiary work In th? District on Sunday, force' all persona who did necessary work on that day to take one day of rest In the seven, and close jail places of amusement, has been In? produced In the House by Repr?senta it ive Henry W. Tem?le, o? .Pennsyl vania. Temples bill would make It unlaw ! ful for any person to perform unneces ? sary labor or pursue any trade or , secular business, or to? employ any < other person for that purpose "on the ILord's day. commonly called Sunday." ; The operation on Sunday for secular Ipurposes of any "dancing saloon, thea ter, bowling alley, or place of public assembly or amusement where ?ports !are carried on for such purposes," would also be made unlawful by the bill. ! Violators of the proposed law would ?be subject to a nne of from to to 150 for the first offense and to a fine of from ?5 to *3?0 and imprisonment of ifrom one to six months for a second offense. 1 'The Temple bill was referred to the ; House Committee on the District of Columbia. New York Brewery Makes Beer for Prescriptions ?Vfw. York. Feb. 14. ? Beer con taining S per cent alcohol Is now : being made by Bowler's Brewery, at ' Amsterdam, N. Y.. it was learned j to-day, for consumption upon doc tors' prescriptions. Other breweries will resume the , manufacture of beer. William ?. ? Hirst, counsel for the New York I ? State Brewers' Association, said, I ? whenever the demand by ptaysl- j clans, through a sufficient number ? i of prescriptions, will make It prof- j j itable. Beer can be manufactured | and distributed under provision? of 1 the Volstead enforcement act and ' after a government permit has '. been secured and a bond filed. Profiteering Charge Off, Fair Price Officer Quits ?1 I. ? ' Baltimore. Feb. 14. ? Followln I'nlted States District Attorney Sam uel K. Dennis' refusal to prosecute l'olito Commissioner Kdward F,, 1 Uurke on charge** of sugar protit*et ?Ing. despite the belief of Cnited States I Commissioner J Frank Supplee. Jr.. j that enough evidence had been oro : duced to warrant holding Burke, W. H. ! Killlan. Federal fair price commi* Moner had refticned tu a letter to ?Attorney General l'aimer in which he said: ' I have given nearly Mx months to t?ii?* work without compensation and I do not feel Just i lied in giving morei o* my time in a hopeless endeavor." Commissioner Burke is in the retail grocery business. - Memorial at Christ Church. The memorial window ? ecent'y installed m Christ Church. 62? f? ?.-treet southeast, will be b'essed at ? the eleven oVlock mass this morn j ing. The window, which is a memo? liai to the men of tne larish who , served in the world war. contane a life-siz*' fidine of CfcriM and ia | inscribed w-ith the ?Tarda "Come L'nto Me." ? CHARGE ALLIES DESERT-FRANCE Gen. Petain Says Politics Leaves Nation to Battle German Menace. faced th*t France today stands ? lone against the German menace ?nd Is compelled to keep the watch on the [trilli.- alone?an overwhelirrlng task." Marshal 1-?tain, former commander in-chief of the French armies r.i.J right-hand man of Centralissimo Foch, mad? this statement today in which he drew a pessimistic picture of the intcrnation.'ii situation. He made the Hat assertion that, France has been deserted by her allie* in the task of averting .the revival of the German menace. "France is obliged to maintain a large army." said Marshal Petain. 'She cannot afford to introduce limited military service, as was first suggested. Our country must submit to the heaviest military ex penditures because we have been forsaken by cAir allies. "Germany still constitutes a gr?~ve danger to France owing to the fact that France's security la not guar anteed by the treaty of Versailles. "The league of nations might have given her the assurance of future tranquillity and safety, but political dissensions- have caused the league to fail and that means the complete failure of the Peace Conference." Petain refused to commit himself as regards th? allied extradition demand which led to the present ! crisis with Germany. , "That." he ?aid, *'i? a question upon which I cannot disclose my 'opinion. A soldier must obey, keep | silent and sacrifice whatever per sonal opinions he may have." Thomas to Lecture At City Club Wednesday The following members were elected to the City Club at the last meetinK of the board of governors: William H. Beard. Dr. G. S. Barn hart. A. L. Bliss, W. A. Crawford. IO. If. Cheer. Charles W. ('lagett, Julian P. Dodge, Q. L. Drennan, J. I). Kasan, jr., Sigmund Ehrkh. Irv ing S. Hall. K. I.. Huffman, Frank K. Johnson. M. Frank Keating. Her bert B. Mose?. A. K. Parker, Vergne K. Potter. G. K. Robertson, Burdelt Stryker. J W. Talbot. P. A. S. Thropp. William M- Terrell. J. D. Thompson, l'ere A. Wllmer. At next Wednesday's luncheon the srjfak.r will be Lowell Thomas, war correspondent *od traveler, the only civilian correspondent who was with Allenby and the British forces when they entered Jerusalem. Postpone West Point Exams On account of the prevalence of influenxa in many sectiors ? f the country, all candidates for We.? t Point are B?l?g nutifle-1 that ti e 192ft examination for entrain <? to thv I'nited States Military Academy has been postponed * from Much 2 to March 1?. DESCHANEL TO SPEND ! FKEELY DURING TERMj Paris, Feb. 14.?The handsomest uniforms seen In France ?Ince the d*y? of Louie XIV will be worn by the "flunkies'? of the Elys?e Palac* during Paul Deschanel's regime. It was learned today. The outrider? will wear white buckskin breeches, patent leather top boots, gold ' braided dark blue coats and silver embroidered waistcoats, -the outfit? to cost $iu>i each. President-elect Deschanel because of hi? persons! riches will be the first man In France's "White House" able to uphold the French tradition? of splendor. The retiring president. XI. Poincar?, had difficulty In keeping up those traditions be cause of th? increased cost of liv ing. M. Falllere? Is the only presi dent reputed to have been able to ?ave something for the rain)? da>v .while M. Loubet has been living in J modest circumstances ever ?Ince his retirement ?nd frankly ?ays that he cannot afford to ride In a taxicab. CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT RESIGNS TTHACA, N. Y-. Feb. M.-Dr. 3. G. Scluirman, president of Cornell Uni versity for twenty-elfin years, today tendered, his resignation, effective In June. Although Schurman pave no particu lar ^aus? for his action he stated that. In his opinion, "It Ih beneficisi and salutary to irreal institutions, whether government, business or edu cational, that there should be fre quent.changes in the office of the ex ecutive." "I may mention also," Schurman said, "the personal consideration that releaos m*? from the university will set ine free for other dutlee I much desire to attend to." Schurman %as head of the first jl'nlted ?States commission to the Philippines ajad during the second Halkan war was minister to Greece and Montenegro. No possible succes sor has been mentioned. De Neale Will Direct Employment Service j George c. DeXeale. of New York. ? was appointed director of the Cltl jiens Kmployment Service by Commis sioner I-4>iiis Brownlow' yesterday (afternoon. He wan recommended h y ?the local trade organizations to suc ceed John O'GiiriiiHftT resigned. 1'ntil Mr. De Nenie'arrives hin desk will be taken by Director George I* Price. The executive committee nnnoimced by Commissioner Urownlow follows: Harry King, J. II. Henderson. I^eon ?riman, George S. DeXeale. Krank R 'Jelleff. Mark I-ansburgh,1 E. ('. Gra iham, W, J. Kynon, and another yet to be named by the Washington Board of Trade. Auftista County Richest. Wayneeboro. Keb. 14. ? Aut lis* a County.' accord i ? ? to the report of Virginia's auditor of public ac I count.?*. is not only the riche*? ?of the fifty-one counties of the commonwealth with ita ll.1o1.tW worth of tangible property, but Is first in horses, mules, sheep, hogs and fan?ins; implements. Aucusta'x realty | Is worth $11.836.7'?' and ?fee sent ttLSm more into the State treasury in 1?19 tran sne drew out. Her bank deposits i pass the tl.oOu.iKMi mark. 4F The Young Ladies' Shop - 1113 G STREET N.W. The Newest of Spring Dress ?in? TRICOTINES TRICOLETTES TAFFETaAJS GEORGETTES AND SERGES. Dresses that are the latest in fashionable spring wear. Beautiful materials of the most popular colors in r?lain and embroidered ef fects. They will give one .the satisfaction of knowing one's silhouette is attractively correct. They would be wonderful values even at their original price. The Values Are Up to $49.75 SPECIAL PRICE, v ?35* Spring Suits in Advance Modes You can save from $15 to $35 on your Spring Suit by taking advantage1 of this offering. Beautiful Spring Suits of' Serge, Tricotine and Gabardine in both plain and embroidered effects. Beautifuljy lined with silk. Origi nally priced to sell at almost twice this special price? 7K IS THE SPECIAL PRICE Originally Priced Up to $79.50 m '? ? D! ? ? We S j v? You 2S<% Because We're Out of the High Rent District ?I 3rd Week Finds Greater Values Than Ever in Our February Sale "?If Big Savings on Furniture Mean Anything to You, You Won't Fail to Attend This Great Sale. Easy Credit Terms. ?Piece Fumed Oak Living Room Suite February Sale Price Liberal Credit Terms ? One of the wonderful values of the February Sale. The aalt, raaalale ef a rafc ?taallall? ball? faaae? ... Takle, wttk a???ea?ri.i ?rawer a*, aa ?rr..a?lf. Aral ??fkfr Saw He?*?r Ara?. rhatr. ? a a a a r ? I I ? ? . a a m? are far saa ar elte trieii.. This Attractive Fumed Oak Table and Lamp for Gas or DectricirT L $127S NationX This 9-Pc. Solid Oak Bedroom Suite Consisting of a wdl^onstructed Dresser and Chiffomier with large piale miroT?, white rnainel Bed, golden oak cane-teat Chair aad Rochar, Sprint, Mattres. aad a pair of Pillows. February Sale Price. .t.. $8475 This 8-Piece Kitchen Set 98 C The World-Famous Pathephone ?With the Sapphire Bau Point If yon enjoy good music you wiD appre ciate the Pathe Pathephone. It reproduces the works of the masters with lifelike hdelity. Special Pathe Pathephone As illustrated, and 5 Donble-Duc Records?10 Selection?. February Clearance Price, $49 .25 Clearance Sale of Couches ?We are discontinuing a lir * hare marked prices re? - : All Sample and Odd Rockers ?To be closed oat in this great February Sale. ?This is an oppor tunity to buy a fine Rocker at small cost. $$.50 Rockers, $2.98 $8.50 Rockers, $3.98 $10.00 Rockers, $5.75 Proportionate Redactions on Other Rockers Heavy Garranixed Ash Can 25 Inches High $2-39 Sacrificing Odd Dining Chairs and Bedroom Chairs and Rockers We have a few odd chairs left and these hare been marked at a fraction of their worth. The lot includes golden oak and walnut dining chairs and gold < en oak and mahogany . bedroom chairs and rockers. Prices range from 98c to $4.98 307 7th St. 633-635 ? St.