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With Sunday Mornii\S Eiitlon.
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THURSDAY February 2, 1922
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
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.
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
And says. "My notes should not be
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 now have ceased to hold the
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
"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
"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
* * * *
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,
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.
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
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.)
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
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