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THE EVENING STAR.
With Sunday Mornii\S Eiitlon. -*? ? WASHINGTON D- C. THURSDAY February 2, 1922 THEODORE W. NO YES... .Editor The Evening Star Newspaper ComV?ny Buninmn Offlrp, nth at. and IViiinjlT?nl? A?? Nr-V York Offlnv 131 N??MU St. Chicago Officp: Tower Rulldfng. European Office: ltt Resent St.. London, England. Tlie Evening Star, with the Sunday mornta* rdltfon. i< delivered l>y carriers within tba city at 60 cents per month: daily only. 43 centa per month; Sunday only. 20 cents per month. Or der* may lie sent t>y mail, or telephone Main f.000. Collection Is made by carrier! at the end of toach month. Kate by Mail?Payable In Advance. Maryland and Virginia. Dally and Sunday. .1 yr., $8.40; 1 mo., 70c Pally only ] yr.., $6.00; 1 mo., 50c Sunday only 1 yr., $2.40; 1 mo., 20c All Other States. rv.iTy and Sunday 1 yr., $10.00; 1 mo., R5c Daily only 1 yr., $7.00; 1 mo.. 60c Sunday only 1 yr.. $3.00; 1 mon 23c Uncle Sam as Half-Promisor. In defense of repudiation by Uncle Rani of his obligation as half-promisor in respect to payment of the 3.65 bonds it was urged in House debate that the act of 1874 did not provide specitleally what the proper propor tional appropriation by Uncle Sam should ln>. Of course, that is true, but Controller Downey decided that tile ait of 1STS filled this blank in tiie pledge of the faith of the United States l>y inserting :">U per cent, and that immediately the United States became a promisor of half payment of the funded debt and a guarantor of payment of the other half. * Until today Congress has caused its action to conform in this matter to the authoritative decision of the con troller of the Treasury. It will un lawfully reverse that decision and re pudiate a lawful obligation, if, bound as promisor to pay 50 per cent, it l>ays only 40 per cent. For, if it can reduce this legal obligation at all. it can avoid the obligation altogether. It it can lawfully reduce the propor tional appropriation to which the faith of the United States is formally 1-iedged from .">0 per cent to 40 per cent it can reduce that proportional appropriation to 1 per cent or to a fraction of 1 per cent, and thus, while technically making a proportional con tribution, in effect Uncle Sam will impair and destroy the obligation of his covenant. The words of Controller Downey's decision on this point follow: 3. By the organic act of June 11, 1S7S. the portion to be provided by taxation on the property and privi leges in the District was declared to be per cent and the portion to be apportioned out of the funds of the United States 50 per cent, and that has ever since remained and now is the law. 4. The liability of the United States to the holders of the 3.65 bonds is. therefore, that of a guarantor that one-half of the principal and inter est of these bonds will be paid out of the revenues of the District de lived from taxation on the property and privileges in the District, and that of a promisor that it will pro vide for the payment of the other half by appropriations out of the Treasury of the United States. I have, therefore, to advise you that under the "act making appropria tions to provide for the expenses of the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1914. and for other purposes" (37 Stat.. 938), payment to be made during said year of interest on and sinking fund for the payment of the funded debt in question should be made within the limits of the amount appropriated for said purpose with moneys withdrawn from the Treas ury of the United States by the treasurer in accordance with section 2 of the act of March 3. 1883 (22 Stat.. 470). and 50 per cent thereof charged to the revenues of the District of j Columbia and 50 per cent thereof! charged to the amount appropriated for the expenses of the District from the moneys of the United States, and the money so paid should be ac- ] counted for accordingly. Clear the Gutters! Tt seems a reasonable suggestion that the street gutters be cleared, that the may run freely to the sew ers instead of forming pools as deep as shoetops are high. In casr? of a rapid thaw or heavy rain, either of which is likely, the water, even though it get to the sewer inlets, might over tax them, and flooding would be the fnte of cellars and basements. Of course, householders, paying taxes for one reason that the streets shall be kept (li ar and safe, f*el that the Dis trict government should get the snow out of the streets and open the gut ters. And so it should. And the Dis trict government is doing all that is humanly possible with the facilities that Congress has put at its disposal. This is an unusual time, and citizens might help themselves immensely by helping the government in this case. The gutters should be opened. It is your cellar and much of your goods are stored there. You and your friends have to "puddle" across the streets and through pools of snow-water, and a little of the effort commonly put into neighborhood gossip if translated into shirt-sleeve work would soon clear! the gutters in every neighborhood. J It is upon Congress that this city r.,?- i .f'legislation. But some of the statesmen on the Hill fail to Kivt- ii.. .Nation's Capital the same sentimental consideration they would be moved to extend if it were in reality their own home town. In pressing its claims as a winter resort, Washington may be permitted 'to remark that it is having one of the most remarkable winters on record. The P. C. citizen cannot vote, but lie is recognized as a good hand at shoveling snow. Now for Ratification. ^ith the treaties and agreements gi owing nut of the conference on the limitation of armament and far east ern questions completed, or on the way to completion, world interest now centers on what disposition the United States Senate is likely to make of them. The world was a good deal shocked when the Senate refused to ratify the treaty of Versailles, but it knows now, if it did not know before, that under the American Constitution the Senate has equal responsibility with the executive for International agreements to which this government Is A part}*, and that the signing of a treaty by plenipotentiaries does not give It validity nor make It binding upon the American people. Vbat bains understood, tt- win- be recognized that v't is not only the right but She duty of tVie Senate to examine careftilly the conference compacts which will be submitted to tt shortly by President Harding. Responsibility boars equally upon eaph indrvidual senator and he must aviV'e at decision as to his vote by the pi>ipce?8e.s of his owji Intellect and by de?p searching of liis own heart and his own con scletice. No one can relieve him of thla responsibility. Partisan politics, const 'derations of party solidarity, do not # roperIy enter in. No senator has a right to vote for the treaties be cause1 they were negotiated under a repiubl ican administration, nor has any ?enat)i * a right to oppose them for that r?ason. It is fitting and proper that each senatiV should take into account pub lic sentiment in his own and other states a*, to the desirability of the treaties, At, as an abstract proposi tion, the j/fcople. have a right to have their goveil'ment conducted in the way they wilit it. But even public sentiment oanvot relieve a senator of tlnal responsibik 'ty for his vote. This Is a republican form of government and a senator ii a representative of his people, not ad. agent. Lacking a "solemn- iffcifiidwv' ai* issue, he must be guided by what his judgment tells him is beat?best for the nation, not necessarily best far the political party to which he belongs, or for his personal political fortunes. So the eyes of all mankind will turn to the Senate and its best hopes will center there. It ia a solemn hour in the history of the world, as civilisa tion stands at the parting- of thv ways. No one pretends to believe that the conference agreements are with out flaws or that they were arrived at without national self-intereet hav ing to be consulted and placated by concessions. But it is believed by the great masses in thi9 and other lands that they represent the greatest single step ever taken in the direction of bet ter understanding among nations and in the prevention of wars. The conse quences of their rejection would be so appalling that the world is not willing to contemplate it; as a possibility. District Water Supply. Gratitied as The Star would be to enjoy a distinction which Rep resentative Johnson of Kentucky seeks to thrust upon It, the facts in the case preclude it from posing as the District's foremost champion in the well fought fight for an adequate water supply system for th<* National Capital. That honor?and it is one which may well be proudly borne? should and will be accorded to the District water department. From the outset of the effort to arouse the gen tlemen on Capitol Hill to an appre ciation of a most serious menace to the health and security of a com munity for whose well-being th?iy are responsible, that office has. with ad mirable efficiency, presented the ttuth as to a dangerous condition of affairs to the public. It has been TWe Star's modest privilege to report tlfc? warnings and opinions of that office in its news columns and to comment upon them editorially. With its status as an auxiliary in the fight frankly established. The Star Is prepared to face Representative Johnson's accusation, that "Congress and the people of the District of Co lumbia are not treated fairly by the local press" in the setting forth of the facts as to the water supply situation. If. may be that, as Representative Johnson says, in commenting upon the capacity of the lone aqueduct which today supplies the National Capital, The Star should have meas ured, as Representative Johnson meas ures, the gallon-per-day capacity of the pipe line in "maximum" rather than "maximum safe" capacity. It may be that, in urging a plan which was conceived by highly competent authorities and which bears the stamp of congressional approval, a plan which Insures an essential beginning to any adequate water supply system for the District by leading water from Great Falls to the District, The Star has beguiled its friends in Congress and without. It may be that in asserting time and again the grave danger to ashington of a break in the single antiquated con duit?the constant use of which pre cludes inspection or repairs?it has ( been placing "the demand for an | additional water supply solely and en- j tlrely upon the theory that the water I system had reached its limit of sup I ply." It may be ho. But le*a obscure logic and more persuasive eloquence ! on the part of the gentleman from Kentucky would toe required to win either The Star or those who read its ! columns to any such opinion. In the sum total of Representative Johnson's observations on the water supply item of the District appropria tion bill The Star is inclined to rejoice frankly. The Important fact that he has been persuaded to an appreciation of the urgent need for an adequate congressional appropriation carrying forward the water-supply project sat isfactorily offsets the superfluous pro testation that he is inclined to dis trust his co-workers of the local press. If the present car fare is to be permanent, an appeal might as well be made, in the Interests of passengers who object to counting copper cents with cold angers, for the coinage of an eight-cent piece. The privilege of retaining capital ships is perhaps attended, it may be hoped, by some curiosity as to what anybody wants with them. The soviet government in Russia has collaipsed, but Lenin and Trotsky are so situated that they manage to evade investigation. China occupied so large a portion of the map, geographically speaking, that she sees no reason for being further overlooked diplomatically. Big Out the Fire Plug*! All Are hydrants?Are plugs most of us call them?were buried in snow during last Saturday's blizzard. This increased the city's fire risk during snow week and the danger is still great. "With a large part of the equipment of the Are department out of serrloe, with miles of uptown and cross streets nearly impassable or ex tremely difficult of passage by motor vehicle* and with hundreds of flr% plugs bidden in snow heaps, honft-, fceepers should exercise extraordinary caution in the matter of fires, lights. rutJbish and inflammable material. Directly after Uie Are plugs disap peared ber?eath the snow the tire de partment communicated with the street-cleaning department and the work of digging out the plugs and clearing space about them was un dertaken. This work has released the hydrants, in the crowded and busy sec tions of the city. The theater trrag edy and the need of shoveling and carting stiow out of the down,town 'main wayj have kept the street-'tlean tng department working at high pressure. The work of uncoverl fit; the fire plugs goes on as fast am the street-cleaning department can. push it and the (shrinking snow has tjxposed the tops of many plugs. i?i districts of the city into which the operations of the street-cleaning department have not yet been car ried a little cO-operative neighborhood eflfoBt would ease the situation and reduce delay in case of fire. It would be (the work of but a few minutes for the neighbors, or a few of them, to diK out the fire iHug at their corner or tfci their square. A little civic uplift spirit or community service ex pressed in terms of a snow shovel woulcl be an excellent thing. Politics and the Law. 1 Vacated for the bar, and partial to 1 the opportunities and preferments ot'j the law. William S. Keoyon was di vert! il to politics and succeeded there. He now returns to the law. in tfie capacity of one of its interpreters, and ,no doubt of his success there exi.-Jts. tils Iteal attainments were a fa<#or in his political success and his po litical attainments will become n factor In his judicial success. William H. Taft's earliest aspira tions -*rere for service on the bench. He^ too, was diverted to politics nnd JieM Several political offices before lVachfcns the bench. At last, realising htis ambition, he had settled himself fitr life work when a return to poli tics was pressed upon him. II? yi tided, succeeded, and has now ije tui"ned to the bench at the twad of the highest court of the nation. diaries E. Hughes had no tJujui-'ht of a political career when hy hung out Ibis shingle. But his success at the lur suggested him for political office. He yielded to inducements^ suc ceeded in politics, accepted Uieu an appointanent to the bench, succeeded there, i Returned to politics and is suc ceeding there the second time. Verily* "the republic is opportunity," and tho se who qualify for imblio serv ice and improve their opportnnities have evpry reason to be pl?ise?l -with the recognition that comes to them as an expression of the gratftude and confidence of those they serve. Dangerous Bridge. The safety of the Calvert Street l-ridge is in discussion. It seems never to have been out of discussion. A bridge should be above suspicion, und this particular bridge is not only under suspicion, hut it has been pro nounced unsafe by competent men. Tliere has been tinkering with it. reg ulation of the rate of travel over it and1 limitation of loads. A bridge of' this .kind ought not to be allowed to stand. Should it break down, carry ing man. women and children to death in a horrible form, there would be in-' dignatiori' and inquiries and inquiries*, and investigations and investigations. J Investigations do not bring back tlve dead and &re sorry consolation to t'/ie bereaved. 4,Iere is a dangerous brii/ge in the National Capital' What are th.> governing authorities going to do about it? As an evidence that he is boing taken seriously, Mr. Cox is now re ferred to by his democratic associates as "James Middleton" insteaid of "Jimmie." It is freely conceded that Cc<ngress manages the affairs of the nation bet ter than it does those of the District of Columbia. Uncle Sam has first-rate "iiploma tists. but may need the services of a | plain, ordinary bill collector. Every new investigation arouses a mild curiosity as to what has become of a number of predecessors. News of starvation fn Russia does not include any reports that Lenin is losing weight. SHOOTING STABS. nr PHILA^'DEB JOHNSON. Pride of Performance. One form all egotism takes. Each loves the special noise he makes. The songbird lifts a note divine. The crow says, "Ain't I cawing fine:-' The zephyr through the treetoip sings. The North Wind then his roaring brings And says. "My notes should not be missed. I am the champion soloist!" Unwelcome Suggestion. "Will you leave politics poorer than when you entered it?" "That question," said Senator Sor ghum, "Is In no wise pertinent. I have no Idea of leaving politics at all, owing to the fact that I have r.ot been able to save up enough money to live without working." Jud Tunkins says that a snow shovel has the advantage over a golf club inasmuch as you don't have to hire an instructor to show you how to use it. Kings. Kings now have ceased to hold the fame That they enjoyed in days of yore. But just the same, in a small game, I'd like to meet 'em?three or four. Intellectual Impulse. "Charley is taking a great deal of interest in literature," remarked young Mrs. Torkins. "What makes you think so?" "He talks in his sleep of hand books." "I wants to be an angel." said Uncle Eben, "but after what I has seen of aeroplanes, I don' desire to be obliged m -'?nnrimgpt -yit nojwngak" Kind Words for the District As Paring Knife Is Wielded PROMISE Is made by Repre sentative Martin B. Madden of Illinois, chairman of. the House appropriations commit tee. that the National Capital is to be liberally dealt with, as a matter of national pride, by Congress. H?* says that "everybody in the United States wants to see the capital of the na tion maintained at the highest pos sible standard. They are proud of the city of Washington and look upon it as belonging to them. They have part ownership. "All the people of the country are Interested in the capital." he con tinued. "We. as the chosen repre sentative's of the American people and in our own rights, are interested 111 the capital. We give conscientious consideration .to its needs. "Personally, I am very deeply in terested in the District's welfare. When I served on the subcommittee in charge of considering the appro priations for the District there was 'not one activity that I did not know about thoroughly. I took the trou ble to investigate each and every one ?schools, streets, parks, water sup ply. sanitation. I am still as deeply interested as then. * * * * "I am also interested in the welfare *?f the people who are ergaged in the "work of conducting thi. municipality. L want to s??e them given proper and i jadequate compensation for their em- ! | ploy men t. The reason that nothing is i (Carried for them in the way of an ; increase in the pending District ap propriation bill is because we have under congressional consideration the reclassification bill. which covers the employes of the District govern ment as well as other federal em ployes. Wo are hoping for early passage of that measure. The con sensus of opinion is tha.t it will shortly become law, and will meet the needs of all those now in the District of Columbia employ, as well a^ those who will be employed in the future. "The disposition throughout Con gress is to be fair and decent and to build up the capital. We recognize that the District of Columbia is just as much a part of our constituency as any city in our home districts. Though we are not elected from the District, our home constituents are part owners of the District; we all have a common duty to legislate for the National Capital?there is no sec tional feeling about that. Our thought must be national. * * * * "We have a problem confronting us that demands economy. The revenues are inadequate to meet all the de- j mands. Good business, under existing conditions, dictates the wisdom as' well as the necessity of keeping with- ' in the revenues. If we expect to sue-i i ceed in the future we must not do what other nations have made the j mistake of doing?spending reckless Jv without regard for where the (money is to come from. We must bal ?ance the expenses with the revenues.) rWe are making an earnest effort and intend to do just that. While this con- ! ?lition exists it is not the desire to \ jiegleet, hut the necessity to ecotto rjnize which bas compelled reductions !in the appropriations asked for the i f?>i strict. "In the scheme for keeping the city ' of Washington up to the highest ; Ustandard are involved improvement #>f streets, development of the sewer- j fcige system, adequate provision for -schools, and the building of a safe and sufficient water supply for L'ncle Sam's' business plant and for the people i clustered around the seat of govern ! ment. In fact, we are visioning all I that is necessary to make the city [complete. 1 feel sure that no part of the city's growth will be neglected because of indifference, or lack of interest on the part of those charge'd with the duty of supplying the fi nances needed by the District." * * * * But those kind words "butter no parsnip**," because, as Representative R. Walton Moore of Virginia empha sized on the floor of the House, the chairman of the subcommittee in bringing in the District bill boasted that "it is the smallest in amount" and as Representative Moore said, "represents the most drastic reduc tions by the budget bureau and by the committee on appropriations that we have thus far encountered or are likely to encounter." That the appropriations committee took the budget bureau recommenda tions as the maximum amount that could be appropriated for the District was also stressed by Representative Moore, and quoted from the report of Chairman Davis of the Nuhcommittee which framed the bill: "\Vith but a single exception have the committee recommended an appropriation in ex cess of the (budget) estimates." and that was for a mere $700, the report further saying: "In rto other instance have they exceeded the budget totals. On the contrary, there are but few in stances where the appropriation pro posed is riot well below the budget's proposal." * * * * The point emphasized by Repre sentative Moore is that the budget bureau made eliminations and reduc tions totaling $2,625,337 from the esti mates of requirements filed by the District officials, and that the com mittee on appropriations took these estimates, reduced by the bureau in that manner, and proceeded to cut them severely. "The bureau's esti mates were $2<>,88X,000 plus," he said, "and we have here from the com mittee a bill carrying only $20,397, 000." One single item .that was approved even by the budget bureau, when it cut drastically, was $3,000,000 for an additional water conduit to safeguard the entire government establishment and to protect the capital against danger of a water famine. Even Representative Ben Johnson of Ken-: tucky. who for years has opposed much legislation sought for the Dis trict welfare, and who is a member of the subcommittee of five which framed the District appropriation bill, said this conduit must be built. Hr* insists also that there is a crying need for more street improvements and other public works. * * * * Chairman Madden has said very plainly that it is the necessity for economy and not a desire to dis criminate that has reduced the amounts which it is proposed to spend in the District next year. Against that statement stand the fig ures put into the Congressional Rec ord by Representative Moore and the statement by Chairman Davis of the subcommittee that the District ap propriation bill has been cut more drastically than any other. Economy seems to be most pressing when the District needs are being considered, and the cold facts arc that though members of Congress say they art* interested to make the Na tional Capital the most beautiful city in the world and most thoroughly maintained?in fact, they are prone to severely criticise any shortcoming in maintenance?these favored days for the District seem always to be put. on the waiting list. EDITORIAL DIGEST To Be or Not to Be?At Genoa. 1 A writer in the New York Herald ! reports that " an honest difference of i opinion"t in the administration is de- ! laying* decision in the matter of American participation In the eco nomic conference at Genoa. To some extent the press reflects this divided opinion, hut for the most part popular sentiment fs strongly insistent upon our going- in. What the final decision will be "is the biggest question now before us," the Charleston (S. C.) News and Observer (democratic) thinks, because the Genoa meeting is an effort "to lay the foundation for the reconstruction of. Europe," and so long as the United States holds back "the whole plan hangs by a hair." For. the Springfield Republican (independ ent) agrees, "the fate of the confer ence undoubtedly rests with the t United States. If this country is [either hostile to it or merely luke warm and dilatory, it is doubtful whether it will be held." and the Richmond News-Leader (democratic) believes that without American par ticipation it is "almost certain to fail" if it is held. "If we are not to be represented." the Brooklyn Eagle (independent democratic) insists that the adminis tration "say so frankly, in order that Europe and the world may know what to expect and make plans ac cordingly." The decision is just as important at home as it is abroad, furthermore, for in the opinion of the Nashville Tennessean (independ ent democratic): "Every American farmer who wants a market for his grain and cotton and cattle and hogs; every manufac turer who wants a marfcst-for his surplus product; every wholesaler and retailer; ev^ry farm laborer, me chanic and clerk has a vital interest in the Genoa conference." In a recent address on the coming meeting,, Lloyd George made an ap peal "to all rulerd of 'men who have the opportunity to determine it, to go there in the spirit of peace, and peace shall ensue." The British pre mier's words are "general," but "they are addressed particularly to the United States," comments the Roch ester Times-Union (independent); they are in fact "a challenge to us to do our part in the great work of world reconstruction." That challenge must be accepted, in the view of the majority of American papers. Our participation at Genoa is "absolutely imperative," the Ithaca Journal-News (independent) declares, for the Reconstruction of "interna tional commerce and finance" or "a solution of the exchange problem" without the United States as a con trolling factor would, the Buffalo Times (democratic) believes, be "an impossibility." Not only would it be "un-American in spirit and unworthy of the Amer ican people" to "remain snugly at home" when "Europe so much needs our presence and counsel," as the New York Herald (independent) sees it. but aside from "the fundamental humanities involved," the Lynchburg (Va.) News (democratic) is convinced that "good sense and sound judgment and a proper regard for its own wel fare" demands that the United States take part. As a matter of fact "we cannot afford to remain out of this conference," the Florida Metropolis (Jacksonville, democratic) maintains, for not only have we "nothing to lose by participating," but, as the Okla homa City Oklahoman (democratic) points out, we have everything to gain,* since; "With America in the position of creditor of a great part of the ^wprld she is particularly interested in the solvency of the world. She is vitally concerned with the. problem of re storing the economic stability of all war-stricken nations.- At a confer ence where these things are to be discussed and meajmrastaken to solve them, it' is important that the United States be *repfedehted." However, while "all are agreed," as the Tacoma Ledger (independent) ob serves* "that Xlkfr-ottiact* sought in the suggested conference are not only highly desirable but absolutely es sential" so far as tiurope is con cerned, the Manchester Union (in dependent republican) wants "to be shown where <?ur country fits into this thing." "If it were solely a ques tion of meeting to discuss plans for the economic* rebuilding of Kurope" the New York Times (independent democratic) would concede "power ful reasons why the I'nited States should be represented," but if the Genoa conference "is to be more political than economic the President is well advised to make sure of his ground before advancing a step." "Until Kurope shows a disposition to help herself" the Kalamazoo Gazette (republican) feels that "nothing of value can be expected," while our re fusal to join may prove an incentive to her "to put her house in order." Ihe Hello Boxes. Washington, encouraged by its suc cess with loss difficult problems, has started a campaign to ventilate tele phone booths. Good, but not enough. These coffins which incase the stenog rapher during minutes snatched from lunch tinn- 'need cooling as well as airing. There should be at least one telephone book for every ten booths. Kaeh should have a blackboard with chalk and small sponge, so that those who can't remember the number can keep a record and yet avoid defacing the walls. The possibilities for re form are endless. Research fails to disclose the why of a telephone .booth. The theory seems to he that it is small in order to save space and insure privacy. As a matter of fact, it is common to see two or three little airtight booths in the corner of am empty room in which more space might well have been spared. Once inside, the vlcUm assumes that by shutting the door he will have privacy. The door sticks. He slams it. A bundle dropa Perspiring freely, he reaches for the change. The light is dim. He fumbles for the coin slot and drops his nickel on the floor. Bending to pick it up. he finds there is not enough space. Hav ing painfully retrieved the nickel, he endeavors to get "central." liy the time he gets his number he is in sympathy with the man who recently rode twelve miles on horseback to beat up an operator. Is civilization a success? No won der that thirty Americans who re cently gloomily collaborated reached the conclusion there Is grave doubt.? New York Tribune (republican). Kvery child comes Into the world endowed with liberty, opportunity and a share pf the war debt.?Roch ester Times-Union. China might as well keep the door open, as the second-story workers would get in their work if it were ciosed.-^-Columbia (S. C.) Record. With America dry and with 20.001, 000 surplus women in Kurope the thirsty bachelor doesn't know which way to turn.?Hartford Times. Keynote inquiry of the agricultural conference: How are you going to keep 'em down on the farm when everybody's down on the farmer?? Richmond Times-Dispatch. The object of Europe's present con cern is not the production of syn thetic gold in Germany, but the supply of sympathetic gold In Amer ica.?Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. "Germany Is Getting. Democratic." says a headline. That1 story must have been set afloat by France to prejudice the Hardin? administration against Germany.?Greenville (S. C.) Piedmont. Girls in Dixie wear longer skirts, smoke fewer cigarettes and drink less hootch, says prominent sociologist. The north must be a terrible place.? Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Arthur Griffith is now presiding at the "Birth of a Nation," in connection with which the events are so stir ring as to make the other Griffith green with envjr.?Vto vobIo Stas, OFFICE ROOMS FOR RENT International Building FORMERLY INTRASTATE HUx;. 1319-1321 F St N.W. 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