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THE EVENING STAR,
With Sunday Morning Edition.
WASHINGTON, D. C. j
WEDNESDAY March 22, 1922
THEODOBE W. NOTES Editor
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The Playground Report.
The report of the Department of
Labor on the playground facilities of
Washington, made after a careful sur
vey of the situation as it exists today,
is necessarily soniber-hued. The sur
vey served to establish the fact that
the National Capital is today shame
fully backward in the matter of pro
viding adequate facilities for the
healthful and secure recreation of its
children. It demonstrated that with in
the neighborhood of 125,000 young
sters in Washington, the existing play
grounds can accommodate but 15.000.
It pointed out the inadequate equip
ment with which the existing play
grounds are supplied, and emphasized
the fact that, owing to the inevitable
overcrowding of the children, full
benefit cannot be derived even from
such equipment as is available.
The report?drawn up by experts
familiar with playground facilities in |
progressive, self-governed communi
ties?emphasizes the urgent need for
a change of attitude on the part of
those responsible for the healthful de
velopment of the District children.
Nor is the darkest part of the story
told in the reciting of the truth as to
the immediate shortage in play
grounds. Bad as the existing condi
tions are, under a continuation of the
current policy of Congress, they
threaten shortly to become very much
Worse.
A large proportion of the existing
playgrounds are not owned' by the
District. They are located on ground
temporarily loaned for the purpose by
private owners, pending the time when
these owners may advantageously dis- J
pose of their property. Washington is
a rapidly growing community. Dis
trict real estate is becoming increas
ingly hard to find and easy to sell.
And already the number of play
grounds has been materially reduced ]
as a result of the natural disinclina- j
tion of private individuals to assume,
at a heavy cost to themselves, an
obligation which should properly be
borne by the community and the na
tion. It would seem to be inevitable
under existing conditions that this
process should continue in the future,
and that Washington, as it grows,
should annually find its loaned play
grounds reclaimed for uses more ad
vantageous to their owners.
There is but one obvious cure for
the indicated condition. The District
must be permitted to secure an ade
quate complement of playgrounds,
held in its own name. Every process
of logic would indicate the advisability
of obtaining them promptly, while land
for the purpose remains available.
Maine and November.
Both sides express satisfaction with
the Maine result. Chairman Fess of
th? republican congressional commit
tee thinks it is exceedingly good for his
Bide, while Chairman Rouse of the
democratic congressional committee
finds in it nothing but encouragement
for his side.
While well entitled to their feelings
of comfort, the republicans should not
assume that the figures argue full in
dorsement of their course in office, and
that the combination that put them in
office still holds, and will show itself
again in November.
It will be safer to assume that the
voters of Maine refused to take snap
Judgment on the dominant party; that
they decided to wait until the work
of the congressional session was com
plete before bringing it under full ap
praisement at the jjolls.
The situation in Congress cannot
be concealed. The body is behind with
its work. Factionism is active. The
i ecord to date is not creditable to the
party which stands high for discipline
and accomplishments.
But there is time to remedy the
matter. If the republicans will stop
fighting one another and close ranks
for lighting the enemy, they can make
a record which will pass examination
and give them another Congress.
But there is no time to lose. April
is almost here, and midsummer should
show adjournment day in sight. The
sooner, therefore, all faction shindys
are called off, and the responsible
party on Capitol Hill gets down to
cases, the brighter will be the Novem
ber outlook for it and the country.
Whether March goes out like a lamb
?r a lion,now makes but little differ
ence. The question now before the
public Is whether April will be able to
come in like a ton of coal.
A treaty is subject to reservations,
but not mental reservations.
Capital Progress.
The monthly meeting of the Board
?f Trade last night was a forum in
which many important subjects relat
ing to capital betterment were dis
cussed by citizens and by members of
the city's common council, generally
called the Congress of the United
States.
Representative Focht. chairman of
At House District committee, said
many helpful and encouraging things.
He applied a picturesque and apt
epithet to that shaky and antique
structure which spans the deep, wide
valley of Rock creek on the line of
Calvert street. He called it a "rattle
trap" bridge, and expressed the con
viction that it is unsafe. He expressed
public opinion when he said that it
should be replaced by a bridge strong
enough to bear the traffic of today and j
such traffic aa would be offered It I
for some time to co/ne. He urged con
solidation of the two traction systems.
That is a consummation devoutly to
be wished and a consummation which
i it is hoped may soon be to the advan
[ tage of both systems and the great
I benefit of the public.
Mr. JTocht criticised the people of
Washington for being too modest and
too shy in pressing the just claims of
j the capital upon the attention of mem
bers of Congress. The criticism will
; be taken by our people in good nature
I because it is deserved. We have long
. been conscious of this fault, but it is
'a fault which with the permission of
the membership of Congress we will
correct.
It was urged that the House ap
prove the pending provisions for the
[acquisition of the Klingle Ford, Piney
Branch and Patterson tracts as sup
plements and links in the park system
of the capital. A representative of the
Baltimore and Ohio railroad, the first
to send a train into Washington, told
of a campaign to present to the people
of its territory the claims of Wash
ington as a magnet for tourist and
other kinds of travel. Washington is
all that and something more, and it is
a good thing to educate the rest of
America to that idea.
Representative Edmonds and others
discussed the Edmonds model insur
ance law, which may prove of great
usefulness to the capital and serve as
a model for states that have not ad
vanced to so high a conditijn of civili
zation as we have. The desirability of
a law to compel those few inhabitants
who are recalcitrant in the matter to*
clear the snow and ice from the side
walk in front of their property was
clearly set forth, and the value and ap
propriateness of having a model auto
mobile camp under or close to the
shadow of the. great dome was made
plain. AH these things ought to be
"put across." and with the proper
push on the part of our people and the
friendly co-operation of Congress they
will come to pass.
Incidentally at this meeting of the
Board of Trade and its worthy and
distinguished guests a compliment was
paid to The Star which causes this
paper to make a deep metaphorical
bow. The gentlemen present saia
some pleasant things, and adopted
similar resolutions thanking The Star
for its efforts to secure paving for
those streets where so many of our
taxpayers have been stuck in the mud.
Army and Navy Reduction.
President Harding has caused it to
be made known that he will view with
grave concern the reduction of the
naval and military strength of the na
tion below the margin of safety for
adequate defense and preparedness.
He thinks that the pending proposals
in the House for Army and Navy per
sonnel do fall below that line. He is
the commander-in-chief of the Army
and Navy under the Constitution, and
while it is the unquestioned right of
Congress to make the appropriations,
and the right of Congress solely, sure
| ly the counsel and advice of the com- j
j mander-in-chief are worthy of con
j sideration by the legislative branch. |
The President has pointed out that
| the naval cut proposed will utterly
dislocate the international agreement
for limitation of naval forces reached
at the Washington conference, by dis
turbing the ratio among the nations
party to it, as fixed by the treaty. It
now seems assured that the naval
limitation treaty will be ratified, fol
lowing favorable action on the four
power treaty, and will take its place
as an important integer in the ad
mirable structure for peace and eco
nomic advantage erected by the con
ference.
Will not the House assume a grave
responsibility in virtually nullifying
the effectiveness of that treaty, so far
as our own protection is concerned,
by destroying tlie ratio through legis
lation? It is to be borne in mind that
the weakening of the effect of the
treaty will not disturb the other
parties to the treaty; Great Britain
and Japqn will see to it that their
naval strength is maintained to the
full extent permitted by the agree
ment, while the United States will be
placed in a position of distinct disad
vantage.
It is no argument to say that the
four-power treaty carries assurance of
peace and thereby warrants minimized
naval strength. The four-power and
other treaties minimize the possibili
ties of war. but do not eliminate them,
and the United States must not be
placed in a position as an inferior na
tion in point of defensive ability if
war should come.
A secret understanding evading or
adding to the terms of a treaty might
be more easily arranged if political
power were not llke\y to shift fre
quently and unexpectedly. A secret
understanding with a retired official
or an administration that has passed
into history would be only a private
conversational reminiscence.
Scientists find it difficult to under
stand why Col. Bryian should take the
trouble to denounce Darwin, who is
not in a position to exert any political
influence whatever.
The ability to keep a secret was
formerly a matter of pride. At pres
ent a diplomat is expected to meet a
still severer test and not have any
thing to keep secret.
Like the man with the street piano.
Lenin is willing to play any kind of
tune that a financier audience is will
ing to pay for. .
' John Barleycorn evidently thinks
he can accomplish something if he
can manage to get back into politics."
. . i
Coal Strike Order Issued.
Apparently the die is cast, and 600.
j 000 bituminous and anthracite coal
miners will go on strike at midnight
March 31. That this industrial con
flict could not be averted is a poor
commentary upon the much-vaunted
practicality and common sense of
the American people, and discourages
the hope that a way may soon be
found for adjusting differences be
tween employers and employes with
out the senseless waste involved in
strikes and lockouts.
It has been apparent for some time
that the strike was almost inevitable.
. Both the' mine owners and the miners
[have seemed to want it to come, and
instead of seeking avoidance have
rather placed obstacles in the way of
all efforts to bring about an adjust
ment. In this circumstance, the pub
lic will remain neutral and can afford
to suspend judgment for the time
being, at least.
While this is the first time in the
history of the mining industry that a
general strike involving both the hard
and soft coal mines has been ordered,
the prospects are less alarming, from
the standpoint of the public, than they
have been on the occasion of some
other strikes. There is no danger that
domestic consumers will suffer from
lack of eual before next November,
and the stocks on hand are estimated
to be sufficient to last industry for
three months, unless there is a notable
increase in activity. The production of
non-union mines will add to the sup
plies in sight, so there is no reason to
apprehend a serious coal shortage un
til well along in July, at the earliest.
But the fact that there is no danger
of immediate suffering makes the
strike but little less deplorable. The
losses, direct and indirect, will be
enormous., With OOO.DOO miners added
to the ranks of the unemployed the
effects will be felt in every factory, on
every farm and in every mercantile
establishment, and returning pros
perity will suffer a serious setback.
The railroads, just staggering to their
feet after a long period of prostration,
will be hard hit, and their withdrawal
from the market as buyers will be felt
all down thi^ line. Their equipment
which ought to be carrying coal will
stand idle during the period of the
strike, and will be inadequate to meet
the demands when mining is resumed.
It the strike is prolonged until re
serves are exhausted there will lie u
coal shortage next fall and wintyr.
The government, taking the view
that public safety was not immediate
ly involved, did not push to the limit
its powers of intervention. But those
powers are in reserve, with possibili
ties which never have been fully ex
plored. and it is to be assumed that
they will be brought into action if the
strike is prolonged to a point to im
peril public safety.
Blobs and Chaos.
The farmers are adjured by their
leaders to vote for congressional candi
dates this year solely Willi regard to
the interests o( agriculture. Inter
rogate aspirants for either House or
Senate on the subject, and pledge]
support only to those who pledge
themselves to jKiIicies assuring the
farming industry good profits. Never
mind about where they stand on other
questions. Make sure of them on the
agricultural question.
The wage-earners are adjured by
their lead*?? '1 ? sjoport only those
candidates t " : t-.< or Senate who
pledge thi'ii, i 1'. ? to bear labor in
friendly mind i:i ease of election.
The capitalists are warned by their
leaders that if they do not stand to
gether i:i support of candidates for
seats in the Sixty-eighth Congress hav
ing the interests of capital at heart
they will deserve any unfriendly legis
lation that body may enact.
The wets are advised to remember
the eighteenth amendment and the
Volstead act. and vote only for candi
dates who if elected will keep light
wines and beer in view, while the drys
are warned to watch the wets, and
support only those candidates who
agree to keep their faces set against
the drink traffic in all its forms.
And so it goes. Class legislation
seems to be the only wear this year. :
What sort of Congress would that be,
and what sort of record would it make,
composed in this way of blocs, and
pledged to act on the bloc system?
How much more substantial would its
work be than that of a child building
with blocks Santa Claus had left at
the previous good old Christmas time?
Democratic senators desire to dis
turb the careful punctuation of the
treaty by inserting interrogation
points.
The announcement that spring is
here does not provide against bul
letins later on to the effect that the
fruit crop has failed.
One of the saddest features of un
employment is the large amount of
propaganda talent left over from the
war.
SHOOTING STABS.
BT PHILANDER JOHNSON.
The Gentle Spring.
The gentle spring is here, we know.
Although a little cold or snow
May touch it comically.
But winter's end has come at last.
It's proved by calculations vast
Made astronomically.
The world again is overjoyed
By reasoning science has employed
To prove emphatically.
By methods to the expert clear,
That spring in theory is here?
Though not climatically.
1 Unreliability.
"Don't you think the office ought to j
seek the man?"
"It ought to," assented Senator Sor
ghum. "But. unfortunately, you can't
train an office as you would a blood
hound. It's continually getting on the
wrong scent."
Jud Tunkins says you can't always
put implicit faith in public opinion.
A large number of men who say prize
fighting is wrong are invariably found
applauding at the ringside.
Disproportion.
The systems which today control
The heat supply sec-m funny.
The more they do not dig the coal.
The more I dig for money.
The Privileged Ones.
"The middle class of citizenship
usually has the hardest time," said
the economic investigator.
"Yes," treplied Mr. Chuggins. "The
man whose status in the scale of
wealth is midway between the private
car and the flivver is the only one who
can't keep touring so as to spend
every summer in Florida ^nd every
winter in Maine."
I
"It's natural," said Uncle Eben,
"foh a man to think well o' whut he's
doin" hisself. The party dats playin'
de fiddle hones'ly believes music drives
away dull care, but de neighbors
mos'ly don't agree wif him." v
i
Needed: Bridge at Little Falls
To Replace Old Chain Bridge
INFLUENCED by the fact that
Army engineers have reported
the Chain bridge across the Po
tomac river, a couple of miles
west of Georgetown, structurally un
safe, and impressed by the need for
a modern bridge on this main high
waj' connecting the National Capital
and the south, Chairman Focht of
the House District committee has
promised early and favorable action t
upon a bill which has been pending
during the last two Congresses, au
thorizing a new bridge.
The fact that automobilists have
taxed the Chain bridge far in excess
of the capacity originally intended, I
and the further fact that with the
building of an improved highway on
the Virginia side, which will multiply
the number of motor cars crossing this
bridge are reasons why strong pres
sure has been brought to bear upon
Chairman Kocht and other members
of the House District committee.
Because a very considerable pro
portion of the products sustaining
the city of Washington come over
this bridge is another reason?the
increasing weight of these vehicular
loads, many of them on large motor |
trucks, daiiy taxing the bridge far in '
excess of the strain it was designed
to carry, when it was built in 1874.
* * * *
Representative R. Walton Moore of
Virginia, whose district is connected
with Washington by this bridge,
across which comes milk and fruits
and vegetables for Washington con
sumers, and raised in his district, in
troduced in the Sixty-sixtli Congress
a bill looking to a new bridge, which
| was favorably reported on March 8,,
Pj20. It directed the District Com
missioners to investigate the condi
tion of the Chain bridge and if they
found that it was necessary for a
new bridge to be erected they should
have plans prepared for such a
structure.
The report pointed out that the
Chain bridge was built in 18,4. nearly
fifty wars ago. It was designed for
a distributed load of seventy-live tons
per square foot, or a concentrated
vehicular load of six tons. To meet
the present requirements, brought
about largely by the heavier vehicles
used in modern highway transporta
tion. it is necessary that the bridge
carry a vehicular load of at least
fifteen tons, or two and one-half
times the present .carrying capacity
of the.bridge. The bridge has there
fore become structurally unsafe for
modern tralllc. the report says, which
necessitates a new bridge, plans for
which the Moore bill authorized.
It appeared also from hearings held
by the District committee that sound
ings and investigations must neces
sarilv lie made in order to determine
the character of the foundations be
fore an \exaot location can be made
judiciously, ami this investigation
also is prerequisite to drawing the
plans, as well as for determining
the character of the structure that
necessarily will be built. It is noted
that the committee sanctioned the
expenditure of $2,500 for this pre
liminary investigation.
* * * *
In the present Congress, on April
11, 1921, Representative Moore again
introduced this bill, which failed of
passage in the Sixty-sixth Congress,
and this bill now is awaiting action,
but promised favorable report from
the House District committee.
The District Commissioners recom
mended to the bureau of the budget
an appropriation for the preliminary
survey which the Moore bill seeks to
authorize, but it was not approved,
when the District bill was under con
sideration.
Arrangements now are being made
on the Virginia side of the river to
connect the Leiter road, which is an
excellent macadam road botween the
Chain bridge and Langley. with a re
constructed road west of Langley,
from which a short spur will run to
the Virginia shore of the Potomac at
the Great Falls. Already sufficient
funds to insure the speedy construc
tion of the highway have been gotten
together.
When the road, which is a part of
the old turnpike between Washing
ton and Leesburg, is completed, as i?
expected to be the case during the
present year, there undoubtedly will
be heavy travel between Washington
and the G.reat Falls by way of the
Chain bridge. The approach to the
falls on the Virginia side is much
easier and closer than on the Mary
land side.
* * * *
Chain bridge has had a very inter
esting history. A bridge was built
across the Potomac river at Little
Falls in 1797, which was destroyed
In 1804. Another bridge was erected
shortly thereafter, but this bridge was
also destroyed. Four years later a
brrdge supported by chains was built,
and this in turn was destroyed about
two years later.
On February 22, 1811, Congress au
thorized the directors of the George
town-Potomac Bridge Company to
rebuild the bridge and empowered
that company to call a general meet
ing of the stockholders with a view
to levying an assessment for rebuild
ing the bridge. Up until 1833 these
structures were under the control of
private parties.
Congress appropriated $150,000 on
March 2, 1833, to aid the, citizens of
Georgetown to purchase and make
free the then existing bridge over
Little Falls, and the act of the
Georgetown boards of aldermen and
the common council, approved March j
11, 1833, provided for the purchase of I
the bridge and for declaring the same ,
1'ree.
It should be noted that at that time i
the approaches to the bridge and the j
abutments on both sides of the river !
were in federal territory, as it was j
not until 184G that an act of Congress i
provided for the retrocession to the I
state of Virginia of that portion of !
the District of Columbia formerly
ceded by that state.
* * * *
The act of Congress, approved March
3. 1833, making appropriations for the
civil and diplomatic expenses of the
government for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 1854, appropriated $30,000 to
be expended under thte direction of
the President of the United States for
the construction of a bridgo across
the Potomac river at Little Falls.
An appropriation of $100,000 was
made by act of Congress, approved
Juno 30. 1872, for rebuilding the then
existing bridge and it also provided
that the bridge should be rebuilt as a
substantial iron structure upon plans
to be approved by the chief of engi
neers of the Army and under his su
pervision. The bridge so authorized
was constructed under a contract be
tween the United States and the
Phoenix Bridge Company in 1874, and
is now known as "the Chain bridge."
An appropriation of $1,200 for the
care of the Benning, Anacostia and
Chain bridges was made by Congress
in the sundry civil supply bill for the
fiscal year ending June 30, 18S0, ap
proved March 3, 1871#, as well as
$2,500 for replanking and painting
the Chain bridge, since which time
the District of Columbia has con
tributed to its maintenance. From
1854 to 1880 the Chain bridge was
maintained solely as a federal bridge.
* * * * #
This is one of the important struc
tures started by the federal govern
ment which have served their purpose
for many years, but which are now
out-of-date, unsafe and wholly inade
quate, that for the public interest and
welfare and safety must be replaced
by others of modern design to meet
entirely different conditions than j
those for which the original structure
was designed. The Chain bridge was
never intended, even in its early days
of greater strength than today, to
bear anything like the load it is car
rying today.
The promise of Chairman Focht of
the House District committee that he j
will get earnestly behind the Mqows |
bill for a new bridge to replace the;
Chain bridge looks toward progres- j
sive legislation and an improvement
that will extend its benefits far be- j
I yond the District. j
EDITORIAL DIGEST
Backet Shops and Business.
"Appropriating enough money to en
able the authorities to prosecute bucket
shop proprietors will be more effective
than passing 'blue-sky' laws," in the
opinion of the New York Tribune. At
the same time the Worcester Evening
Post enters the picture to suggest the
question, "But, we ask, how can educa
tion help in this case when there is one
born every minute and two born to get
him?"
The general sentiment of the newspa
pers, as reflected by their editorials, is
that there seems to be plenty of law at
present to curb the bucket-shop clan, j
What is needed, in the opinion ol many
editors, is rigid enforcement, so that
false promises will be held down to the
minimum.
Continuing, the Tribune says: "The
efficiency of blue-sky legislation has
never been proved. The important thing
in the present situation is to put in jail
the men who have cheated credulous
customers and to keep them there so
long that their example will be a lesson
to others who / otherwise might be
tempted to employ the same method."*'
The Post's position is somewhat dif
ferent in adding: "Institutions for the
parting of fools and their money
seem to be quite common in this
country, and any amount of legisla
tion has been passed in an endeavor
to protect weak-minded and inexperi
enced persons from the designs of
those who are ever ready to exploit
the weakness of their neighbors. Such
legislation, it is tragic to relate, has
proven futile."
"The broker who handles the money
of other people because they trust in
him should be absolutely honest and
square," insists the Hock Island
Argus. "He has no right to take
the least advantage of his patrons.
? ? * It may be too much to ex
pect' this in the present stage of hu
man evolution. Certainly there are
too many brokers falling short of
the standard. It is gratifying to find
the president of the New York Stock
Exchange coming out strongly for the
suppression of practices of which
some members of the exchange were
guilty and for which they have been
expelled."
"No one has driven dishonesty out
of the streets of finance," says the
Idaho Statesman. "It is merely that
the methods of dishonesty must un
dergo a change. It Is in very truth
? ? ? that the bucketshop never
will be entirely suppressed, for as
loner as fools and knaves continue to
be born the latter \vill find a way to
victimize the former."
"These are tryiner times frtr the
bucket-shop proprietors." savs the
Butte, Mont., Daily Post, "trying in
more ways than one. They are beset
| by conditions that make profitable
I business almost impossible. ? ? *
Prosecution isn't going to restore the
I money to defrauded clients, but it
may serve to call public attention to
the character of the bucket-shops and
to limit their operations. The old
adage about playing with fire applies
to the bucket-shop patrons. The 'in
vestor' who plays with them long
enough is sure to get burned."
The Salt Lake City Desert News be
lieves that bankers should take the
initiative in protecting the patrons of
bucket shops. "Th/?y have the right
to know," it says, "pretty fully the
character of the business in which
their depositors are engaged. If tbev
value their own reputation they will
accept no accounts of questionable
concerns; certainly they have no
right to afford any facilities to such.
It Is plain that a concern so shady in
character as to be unable to open an
account with any reputable bank in
the community is so effectively black
listed at the outset that nobody with
the least morsel of intelligence could
be cajoled into doing- any business
with it."
After explaining concretely just how
the bucket shop operates, and why its
business is illegitimate, the Chicago
Daily News continues: "All such con
cerns ought to be cleared out and
forever kept out of the financial field.
Their business is pure gambling. Be
cause they make a pretense of buy
ing stocks and grain on very small
margin they encourage the gambling
habit, particularly among younger
persons and others who are ignorant
of the true nature of these gambling
processes."
The Pittsburgh Press says that "the
epidemic of bucket-shop failures is a
reminder that an investor who, when
buying stocks, does not buy 'on mar
gin,' but pays for them outright, en
joys many advantages, financial as
well as moral. One of the moral ad
vantages is that he frees himself from
the reproach of being called a gam
bler. ? ? ? The financial advantages
of outright purchase are numerous, in
cluding absence of the anxiety that
the 'margined' purchaser suffers be
cause of the temporary fluctuations
of the market, which frequently ex
haust his margin and wipe out his
account, entailing serious loss."
Reducing Armies in Europe.
The league of nations, working
quietly and without pomp and cir
cumstance, already has a tentative
plan to do for European armies what
the Washington conference did for
the world's navies, that is. cut them
down to a flxed >^!o of practicable
sizes The plan has been submitted
to the nations concerned and may
form the basis for that European dis
armament which our aloofness-advo
cates. always critical and interfering,
accuse the allies of neglecting.
The league plan sets up a unit of
30.000 men as a basis of allotment
and proposes the following ratio:
France, 6 (or 180,000 men); Poland, 4;
Great Britain. Holland) Czechoslo
vakia, Rumania and Spain, 3 each;
Belgium. Denmark, Norway, Sweden
and Switzerland, 3 each, and Portu
gal. 1. The figures for Italy. Jugo
slavia and Greece are not yet re
ported. Those of Germany, Austria,
Hungary and Bulgaria were fixed by
the peace treaties. Russia is like
newly washed hair?"you simply
can't do anything with it."
The thirty-six units of the above
list represent 1,080.000 men. or about
one-half of the force now held under
arms by the countries in question.
The proposal is therefore a real cut
ting-in-twp of Europe's land armies.
?Chicago Evening Post (independ
ent).
Our idea of a clever woman Is one
who makes a man think he thinks.?
Little Rock (Ark.) Gazette.
Life in the British Empire is Just
one revolution after another.?San
Antonio Light.
Damfe fortune is one dame that
doesn't smile on you because you
are handsome.?Qulncy (111.) Whig
Journal.
"Self-made man"?one who exer
cised sound Judgment in the selection
of hlis wife.?Minneapolis (Minn.)
Daily Star.
If a cat could look at a kins these
days it .couldn't do anything much
but laugh. ? Jacksonville (Fla.)
Times-Union.
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^^fGUARAKTEto
Prompt delivery of mer
chandise is an important part of
National Electrical Supply Company
service.
5
Delay in delivery is apt to mean loss to
the customer in dollars and in confidence.
The National Electrical Supply Com
pany's fleet of automobile trucks assures
you delivery of your order within a few
hours after placing it with us.
Our TRAFFIC Department is in charge
of Mr. EDWARD MACCARTHY, with
a record of over eighteen years' service
with this company as supervisor of store
deliveries.
(To be continued Friday)
Supply Company
1328-30NewYorkAve. Phone Main 6800
Announcing the Opening of Our
New Golf Department
?which will include Golf School and
every detail of professional service
We 've been mafiy weeks putting things in shape
for the announcement. And tomorrow morning we
shall be ready for you?driving cage, and all.
Our stocks will be kept very complete with the
best-known makes of Golfing paraphernalia. Not
only the Clubs, Balls and the other "implements" of
the game;?but the proper toggery that should be
worn?for comfort and good form.
But you'll want to know how to play according
to form before you appear in public?so we have en
gaged a seasoned professional to give private les
sons.
A. B. Thorn, formerly professional attache of
Hydewood and Cranford Golf Clubs?in Jersey?
will be at your service for personal instruction every
day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You should arrange for a definite hour on certain
days that you may have his undivided attention.
Mr. Thorn will also have charge of our repair
shop?so Washington golfists no longer need send
their difficult repair work out of town.
Service?that's the intent?and it'll be fully real
ized, we are confident.
^tahg & (jjompanu
Pennsylvania Avenue
Seventh Street

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