THE ARIZONA REPUBLICAN, MONDAY MORNING, MARCH 23, 1914
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MONDAY MORNING, MARCH 23, 1914
The law of worthy life is" funda
mentally the law of strife. It is
only through labor and painful ef
fort, by grim energy and resolute
courase, tnat we move on to oetter
Th eodo re Roosevelt.
An Unconsidered Effect
One effect of our commission-manager form of
government that has. perhaps, not been greatly con
sidered is the interest it will arouse in young men
in the public service. If our new government turns
out to be a successful one, many an ambitious
young man in Phoenix will see in it an opening
through which he may pass and from which many
avenues lead to places of profit and distinction.
These positions will compare favorably with the
highest and best to be found in private business.
We believe that within a few years all progressive
towns and cities in this country will adopt the commission-manager
form. Those which adopt it
earliest may he made seed-beds for plants to be
transferred to those cities and towns where this
form i.s installed later.
Not only will expert city managers be in de
mand. The creating of new service departments
and even of new municipal official positions, to
gether with the demand of citizens for efficiency
and proficiency in city afafirs, will cause a demand
for the pick of young men ( for these positions.
Under our charter and state constitution we are
debarred from the privilege of selecting experts.
But in other states where the commission-manager
form is permitted, there are no such bars and
doubtless our own will be removed when we come
to perceive that home-rule does not mean that the
appointive offices shall be held by citizens; when we
come to understand that the people rule and not
Municipalities are asking today what one can
do rather than where he lives. The day when city
employment was dependent upon the political career
or friendships, when pull, instead of fitness counted,
is happily passing.
The true idea of a commission-manager form
of government is one under which we might go, as
the railroad companies do, for the best service,
wherever we can find it. A city manager chosen
for his known capability might not be able to find
in the city to which he has been called the best
men for the places under him. He should not,
therefore, be limited to a choice from among the
residents of that city; but he should be allowed to
call in men whom he knows to be capable and
trained. Citizens are not really interested in their
fellow citizens holding office, but they are deeply
interested in securing the best public service. This
understanding will naturally follow the operation
of the commission-manager form.
Another effect of the successful operation of this
form of government will be the quickened interest
in the public service. Hundreds of young men and
women who will have no idea of entering it, but
who have already selected other vocations, will
make a study of it, with the result that it will he the
better for their espionage. They will vote more in
telligently for candidates for elective offices. We
expect the time will come when the study of the
public service will be a part of our public school
curriculum and that, in consequence, the schools
will turn out intelligent voters to overwhelm the
hoodlums and the heelers at the polls.
The One Thing We Can Do
A late editorial in this paper, "An Ugly Sub
ject." has called out many interesting communica
tions, but in such numbers that we are unable to
give space to them all. As a rule, the writers criti
cise the attitude of The Republican as one of help
lessness before the remorseless double standard o
morality for men and women. They admit its uni
versal prevalence, but one of the writers says: "I
am not willing to believe that because an evil is of
long standing, of necessity it must continue indefi
nitely." Some of the writers are inclined to argue against
the injustice of the double standard, but there is no
room for argument there. There Is no defense of
it. The consensus of opinion among the writers is
that, ns we approach a higher civilization and as
women come more and more" into their share in the
making of our laws, the double standard will dis
appear. But it must not be forgotten that civiliza
tion, so far, has not weakened it in the slightest.
On the contrary, we believe that it has had the ef
fect of making it stand out with greater distinct
ness. The averted gaze, the curling lip, the impas
sable barrier which has been set up, all are more
cruel punishments than savage tribes inflict upon
As to the influence of women on our lawmak
ing, laws have nothing more to do with this matter
than they have with the tornado. As to the lapses
of men and women ,the laws of most civilized coun
tries are now equitable. We no longer sew the
Scarlet Letter upon the dresses of the latter. The
laws are rather more lenient toward the woman than
toward the man.
The whole thing Is the unchanged human attitude
which law cannot change. If anything could change
it, teaching would do so, and for recent centuries
women have been among our foremost teachers.
But we recall that none of them has gone farther
than to protest against the double standard as they
might protest against disease. They have accepted
it as natural and some of them have impotently
defied it. No woman lender lias entered upon the
hopeless task of changing the human attitude, the
attitude alike of men and women toward the woman
It seems to us that the best we can do is to
impress upon girls the blighting, branding effect of
being measured by the hateful standard.
The Simplified Spellers
A new and more radical simplified spelling
movement has been started at Lincoln, Nebraska.
Notwithstanding the favorable position of Lincoln as
the home of Mr. Bryan, to which he flies from the
Chautauqua circuits or the cares of the foreign of
fice, the Lincoln movement is not likely to harvest
any more ice than its predecessors have done. It
has always seemed to us that the simplified spellers
have never comprehended the difficulties of the
task which they have set for themselves.
In the first place, the simplified forms are very
little easier to master than the spelling which we
learned in the lower grades, or have "made a stab"
at learning, and men and women who have accom
plished that much are not willing to throw it aside
and learn something new and of doubtful superiority.
The writers, that is, the authors anil news
paper men upon whom the prevalence of the new
system must depend, are not going to adopt it. In
fact, they could not without a more serious inter
ference with their work Jhan those who are not
writers can comprehend. Though a simplified form
might be adopted in all the schools, in all prob
ability it would never spread far bevond them. A
result might be that we would have two forms of
spelling, one used in correspondence and another in
general literature. Some teachers and pupils of
schools where simplified spelling has been taught
send communications in bad English and simplified
spelling to newspapers and magazines where pro
fane copy-readers correct the English and restore
the old form of spelling.
Changes in the form of English words are oc
curring steadily and naturally. They do not occur
arbitrarily or by convention, but in the change is
a record, preserving the history of the words which
the simplified spellers would ruthlessly efface.
i FAMOUS SHORT POEMS
Printed in connection with the work done in the
English department of the Phoenix Union
High School. Conducted by Prof. I. Colodny.
The year's at the spring.
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearl'd;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven.
All's right with the world!
We've been in many cities
And sailed from many docks,
But never found a bootblack
Who did not daub our socks.
We've been in many cities
And sailed on many ships
Hut never found a waiter
Who would refuse our tips.
Houston Daily Tost.
We've been in many cities
And sailed to many lands,
But never found a youngster
Who liked to wash his hands.
We've been in many countries
All kinds of barbers sought,
But we've never heard one silent
Who was told to "cut it short."
NOT THAT KIND OF AN OFFICER
Gen. Leonard Wood, chief of staff of the United
States army, has had many expressions of admira
tion voiced as to his personal appearance. It re
mained, however, for an humble male servant to
apotheosize his looks.
A young girl who, knowing the general, wor
ships him as her hero always keeps a photograph
of him in uniform on her dressing table. One day,
entering her bedroom suddenly, she chanced upoit
her newly acquired maid, who stood agape, with
gleaming eyes, holding, the photograph in her hand.
Startled into speech the servant asked:
"What's he, miss?"
"He's an officer, Norah." The young mistress
deemed that answer sufficient.
"Gee, miss," was the breathless comment as the
maid put down the picture lingeringly, "but ain't
he the sweet-looking cop!" Neale's Monthly.
"Pat," shouted an officer to his Irish servant,
"here's a shilling to get some cheese, and a shilling
for some biscuits."
Pat started on his errand, and, after a long de
lay, returned, fumbling with the coins in his hand
apparently in great distress.
"Well, Pat, what's wrong?" said the officer.
"Shure, sir, Oi've got the shillings mixed, and
don't know which is for cheese and which is for bis
Conductor of Village Band What's wrong Dun
can? Duncan (cellist) The drum's been playing my
music and I've been playing his.
Conductor I thocht theer was something no
just quite richt. London Punch.
IHi Www p
Jacques Richepin, a son of Jean Richepin, the French "immortal," re
rently tougiit a duel with Pierre Frondalc, the playwright, in Paris, to
avenge an insult to his wife, Mme. Richepin. The wives of the combatants
were not allowed on the field, but remained in the roadway in their auto
mobiles, from where they could hear the clashing of swords. M. Frondale
was injured in the forearm.
BY HOWARD L. RANN
What has become of the old-fashioned, double
decked apple dumpling thai grandma used iu make'.'
As a boy, we remcmocr spraying our stomach with
these dumplings until we looked as if we had swal
lowed a watei melon. They were- a greater delicacy
than a slab of sole pork. The man who tops off a
light breakfast with six of these dumplings, washed
down with a quart of hard cider that would stand
up and uel'y the whole famih , will find lii.s appetite
f:uling away like a thin man in a feather bed. If
you want to test the seating capacity of your stom
ach, lead it up to a plate of tat-iaeed dumplings and
unhook your belt.
If the hired girl oversleeps in the morning, steal
up to her chaste abode and pin an alarm cock to
her off ear. If this fails to land her on the lino
leum in jig time, present her with an ear trumpet.
We have known hired girls with a snore winch
would blow out tlie gas, and in that case an alarm
clock Is about as effective us using the sign lan
guage in a blind asylum. They are now making a
self-tripping alarm clock which runs around the
room like a rat terrier with the Cuban itch and
tears off a ring which sounds like a stewed drum
mer calling for ice water and clean towels. It is
said that before this clock was put on the market it
was tried out on the supreme court, the result be
ing that one venerable justice awoke so hurriedly
that he kicked the cover off the code, dive this
worthy device a trial.
A correspondent who signs himself "Sic Semper
Tyrannis" writes to ask if it is proper to wear felt
shoes with evening dress. ur correspondent is in
the wrong pew. This is no corset models' round
table or fashion dope sheet. We will confide to Sic
Semper, however, that if he lives in Chicago, felt
boots or rubber boots or hip boots will go anywhere
outside of the Blackstone.
THE SIGNS OF SPRING
The signs of spring! The signs of spring! It
used to be a joyous thing to tootle with melifluous
glee about the blossom and the tree. The early
robin looked so neat with chilblains on his little
feet. The buds that braved the sudden gale and
made the annual fruit crop fail, the balmy breeze
that brought along the germs, a wild voracious
throng we hailed with warblings from the heart.
But now we make an earlier start. The signs of
spring are on display where shoppers seek the glad
array of fluffs and feathers, fads and frills. Be
bravo, my lads, and pay the bills. Before the
chickens in the coop begin to cackle ariii to whoop,
before we have quite shoveling snow the sign of
spring are on the go. They trip and toddle near
and far. They joyride in a motor car whose shape
and decorations fine proclaim it latest of its line.
The signs that once dispelled our gloom, of late
like danger signals loom. Poor father views them
with alarm and puts a mortgage on the farm
Mr. and Mrs. Wiley were having a quarrel.
"But you must remember," said the husband,
"that my taste is better than yours, Alice."
"Oh, yes, undoubtedly Arthur," replied the wife,
"when we come to remember that you married me
and I married you." Lippincott's.
"I suppose you will try to avoid giving that
boy of yours any useful Christmas?"
"What's the use of worrying about a matter
that involves such a short time? Anything I give
that boy will be useless inside of a week." Wash
The Good Apyetite
By WALT MASON
If man enjoys his daily vittles, he is a happy
nibs; he need not care if Fortune whittles a stick
to prod his fibs. In times of stress and grim disas
ter, if appetites survive, then men just throw in
steaks the faster, and pies in blocks of five. No
wots or troubles can kerflummix the men who like
to eat, who are equipped with modern stomachs that
simply can't be beat. Should Fate, that grim and
grisly spinner of grief, camp on my trail, if I can
have a good square dinner, her buffets won't avail.
The men who bow before disaster, who tremble and
repeat, to whom woe sticketh like a plaster, are
those who do not eat. Napoleon, to good fighters
partial, once combed his scanty wool, and said,
'-Men can't be brave and martial unless their tanks
are full." Let me but eat a roasted turkey, well
stuffed, in farmhouse style, and, though the out
look's dark and muiky, 1 still shall sing and smile.
I may be victim of abuses, and woes may come in
troops, but let me eat a pair of gooses, and I don't
can- three whoops.
T'ne minister had just finished his great ser
mon; the air still quivered with his burning words,
and tlie people sat erect, disturbed, embarrassed;
yet he lingered for a moment in his place.
"Is there nne here." he asked, "in whose breast
these words strike like a barbed arrow for the
truth that i.s in them?'' And he sat down.
"That was hard on John!" said old James, "but
he deserves it, every word."
"A blow from the shoulder for James!" said
old John. "Time he got one, too, if it isn't too
"I wonder whether either of those two old sin
ners will take his medicine and be the better for
it!" said old William. But the little saint hurried
home, knelt down by her little bed and cried out
in anguish, "My Goci! my God! have mercy on me
and give m for this stone a heart of flesh!"
Laura E. Richards in tlie Century.
THE POLITE CALL DOWN
What is beneath contempt sometimes deserves
a word of amazed amusement. Of such is a cartoon
in the Evening Sun fashionefl after the familiar
picture of Lincoln reading to his son Tad and la
beled "Not Sex Hygiene!"
The few opponents of telling the truth to chil
dren are persistent and hard to down. But none
of them has ever carried his fallacy to this pre
posterous length. Opposition to the teaching of
sex hygiene in schools is not without a basis, and
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The Phoenix National Bank
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Put your dollars to work.
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unquestionably raises a debatable problem. Oppo
sition to parents telling the truth to children in
the home as they become old enough to understand
it, is grotesque and fatuous folly. Its idiocy can
only be compared to the taste which devotes a
picture of Lincoln to such a sorry cause. New
To his family an old Diplodocus
Said: "Cut out all this loud hocus pocus.
You must act like good boys,
And stop all this noise,
Or the Ichthyopagous will crocus."
Judge Remember, witness, you are sworn to
tell the truth anil nothing but the truth.
Witness Judge. I am trying my durndest to do
it. but that pie-faced slob or a lawyer there won't
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