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Washington Standard OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON ■▲OLE FRESHWATER. ~ ."Editor Member of the WASHINGTON STATE PRESS ASSOCIATION. jj<kwrlf|lo« Price, |LM ■ 1 «r. WHAT S WRONG WITH CONGRESS? For the past month, while congress fuddled and fiddled around with legislation sorely needed lor the conduct of the war, particularly while the senate stalled and stalled on the food control bill, we have been endeavoring to put our views 011 the subject into editorial comment and we have taken two or three cracks at it. An article in the Saturday Evening Post by Sam Blythe, editorials and commentatory articles in other newspapers and magazines*and the general news dispatches from Washington stirred lis up still further, fio that when we ran across an editorial in the New York World the other day, we could not resist publishing it. Here it is—it expresses the situation better than anything else We have seen —it is especially worth while reading: "Polities, not legislation, is the trade of con gress. Legislation is merely a by-product of poli tics. This fact is generally ignored in time of peace, but it becomes painfully apparent in time of war. "In the long run, politics in congress will always take precedence over patriotism. < This was true of the Continental congress during the War of the Revolution. It was true of congress daring the War of 1812. It was true during the Mexican War. It was true during the Civil War. It was true during the Spanish-American War. It ia true now, even with the democracy of the world battling for its life against autocracy. "Congress lives in a universe of its own, a uni verse of patronage, of pull, of secret influence, of manipulation, of posing, of pretense and of bun combe. There ia no worse place than Washington to roarh an understanding of the political senti ment of the country. There is no place in which n t-r 11 — percentage of ttien is concerned with the of the country aa a whole. Senators and representatives are not thinking of the coun try. They are of their states and their districts, and in particular of the elements, polit ical and that they have to deal with per tonally in obtaining renominations and re-elec- "In the first flush of enthusiasm that followed the declaration of a state of war, congress forgot its customary occupation. It has now returned to its trade and ift playing politics with the war. This is t*p**i*Hy true of the senate, which has developed the business of polities far beyond any thing that the house is eapable of carrying on. "Some of this polities is pro-German. Some of it is pacifist Some of it is business and specu lation, drunk with the unprecedented profit* of war-trading. Some of it is sectional. Some of it is partisan in the common, ordinary sense. Some of it is the subterranean politics of senators whose presence in Washington can never be plaus ibly explained except by indicting the intelligence of their constituents. But it is all politics, and it is politics that is holding back the country in war so far as the failure to enact the necessary legisla tion goes. "Men who are amazed and depressed by some of the exhibitions that have taken place on the floor of the senate can find consolation by study ing the record of the lawmaking department of the United States government during the Civil War, when conditions were infinitely worse than they are today, when senators and representatives were personally interested in contracts, when they were ruining the discipline and morale of th«? army, when they had both hands in the public treasury and were stuffing their pockets while they needlessly prolonged a war that was drench ing their country in blood. Nothing like that has happened in Washington this time, and nothing like it will happen. Nor will Woodrow Wilson be compelled by polities, or by politics and business in a crooked partnership, to make the compro mises forced upon Abraham Lincoln because of a divided nation. "It is well not to be impatient with congress, however great the provocation. It is wiser to pity its weaknesses and infirmities and hope for the best, remembering that at its worst it is only what the American people have made it by their attitude toward government." THE BHD 07 THE SHIPPING BOARD ROW President Wilson's action in accepting the re*; ignation of General George W. Goethals, general manager of the Emergency Fleet Corporation, and asking for the resignation of William Denman. THE WASHINGTON ST ANDARD, OLYMPIA, WASH.. FRIDAY, JULY 27. 1917 chairman of the }"«•«!• ral shipping hoard. will meet !in approval ol' everyone. tor tin* country at larg • t'lvw tiled some tim♦ * ago ot' tin- childish bicker ing that had been going on for two months, up ~»-Ttin»r. vinjr and disrupting 011. ot" tin* .most essential features of tlie country's war program, tht construction of a great tlc» t of steel and wooden merchant ships. President Wilson, appreciating the high rate of ability »i *' both these men. had endeavored to harmonize their differences and two weeks ajjo directed that <!oetlials have full authority to build and Deinnan and his hoard full authority to operate them after they were built. But Goetli als no sooner announced a comprehensive con struction program and prepared to push it than Deinnan hutteil in and the row was revived. After trying to make peace with Denman for a week. Goethals sent his resignation to the presi dent. Tuesday it was accepted, Denman was tired. Captain James R. White, another member of the board, who had been ill for some time, also resigned, and the president appointed Edward N. Hurley, one of the leading business men of Chica go and former chairman of the trade commission, chairman of the shipping board, Bainbridge Colby of New York to succeed White, and Admiral Washington L. Capps, chief constructor of the navy, one of the best known and most expert marine constructors in the United States, to suc ceed General Goethals. The country may now expect an adjustment of the shipping board program and rapid construc tion of all kinds of merchant ships. For the Puget Sound section it will undoubtedly mean the award of a large number of new contracts for wooden ships and a consequent further impetus to our industrial life, providing we speedily straighten out our labor troubles. GET TOGETHER FOR THE NATION'S GOOD These days of the greatest crisis in the nation's history, when the fullest service of every man, the most efficient support of every industry, are essen tial to the national welfare, are not a time either for employes to make unreasonable demands or for employers to adopt an uncompromising atti tude and refuse to confer with their men. Rathe/ is it a time for mutual conference and understand ing, for a willingness to give and take, to adjust matters on the best basis possible. Yet here in the Northwest, the section to which the govern ment is looking for millions c£ feet of lumber and as many wooden ships as we can build, the street car systems of our two priifcipal cities are tied up and" the lumbering industry is going to "do it and the lumbering industry is virtually par alyzed. Is this the way the state of Washington is going to "do its bit" for the nation during the war? Are we going to forget all our patriotic profes sions the minute some situation arises that pinches our feet a little f Or are we going to recognise that war times necessarily bring industrial ad justments and as men and employers try to work them out as best we can without strife f We have got to take a different attitude, cer tainly, from what we have, for that which wo have taken has produced the present situation. We have got to get rid of the I. W. W. first of all, but to do that effectively we have got to get to gether with the rank and file of our workingmen, talk things over with them, grant them some of the things they are asking for and point out how some others are unreasonable, and all get down and do our part of the nation's task in the war. We can't, on the one hand, call jail employers slave-drivers nor, on the other, all workingmen I. W. W. anarchists. We have got to display a greater measure of fairness and honesty in our dealings with each other, yre have got to realize better than we do the other fellow's position and what he is entitled to, and we have got to adjust our business on that basis. A 810 MAN'S OPPORTUNITY. The industrial situation in this state presents a wonderful opportunity for a big man to perform a great patriotic service. We don't need a special session of the legislature —its bickerings and po litical sashaying probably would make the situa tion worse —but what we do need is a man big enough and broad enough in his appeal to bring the warring factions together, perfect an indus trial peace built upon a solid basis and so co ordinate the resources of this state in industries and men that we can do our share and a little more during the national crisis. The public sentiment of the state would leap to the support of such a man instantly and he would win out, for no industry or no group of working men can hold out against such a compelling force. Here is an ideal opportunity for some one —who will it be ? Cold storage dealers of the Middle West, stuck with thirty million pounds of monopolized poultry which may spoil on their hands, complain of the "rapacity" of the retailers who are waiting pa tiently for lower prices. Heretofore the rapacity of the retailer has manifested itself in other direc tions. Now that he is fixing his ravenous eves upon the cold-storage people, it may he that the day of judgment for hoarders and speculators is at hand. WHAT HAPPENED IN OLYMPIA AND STATE TWENTY-FIVE YEARS A6B Prom The Wmahingtoa Standard for Friday Evening, Juljr M, IMS. VoL XXXII. No. SS. Judge Thomas Burke taw returned from a trip to Weaatchee and says that grading on the Great Northern la progreaslng so well through the town that It will be completed la two weeks. A season of public congratulation will be In order If the time ever comes when Olympla city work can be done without dissatisfaction and recrimination between bosses and those who are working under them. Scarcely has the city engineer diffi culty grown cold when cornea a dis charged hand making serious claims against the superintendent of sewer work, Mr. McClarty. John C. Brockenbrough of Indiana has purchased the Highland Park ad' dltion to Olympia. The street cars earned their first fares Wednesday In carrying people to and from the circus grounds. Robt. Frost's warehouse fronting on the westside of long wharf fell with a crash Wednesday about noon. It was used by him for a powder storehouse, but fortunately the shock did not cause an explosion. Three horses were frightened by the electric cars last Sunday and ran away, to the great danger of their drivers. Professor L. P. Venen of this city has been engaged to take charge 01 the classical studies in the new col lege on Vashon island and the first classes will be formed October 4th. The Puget Sound & Gray's Harbor Railway brought from Mason county to the Sound a log for the World' 3 Fair building that scaled 15,911 feet, lit Is 121 feet long and 53 inches in diameter at the top end. K. of C. Raising War Fond. The local lodge of Knights of Columbus has contributed $l5O to the war fund of the national order, with which work similar to that of the army and navy Y. M. C. A. will be carried on, and is also canvassing the city for donations to swell its contri bution. Joe Reder, John"~S. Lynch, R. M. Puller and Henry Porak con stitute the committee in charge. Earl Crounse and James Carey re ported in Seattle Tuesday for duty with the U. S. marine corps. Misses Marion Troy and Elizabeth Chadwick have been visiting Miss Florenre Newland in C'hehalis this week. The August examinations for teach ers will be held at the high school Thursday and Friday of next week. IK BETTMAN IS ON THE LABEL, YOU'RE SAFE. The home of the Dutchess in Olympia Bettman's Everything to Wear for Men and Boys. Odds and Ends In— Men's Slimmer Suits At Greatly Reduced Prices NI TNTM IN OUR WINDOWS. » N Got tf eld's mil un POO— g— IT. Baked clean and sold clean Fresh every day Blue Ribbon ii the beat yon can buy Try it once—you will always use it Bolster 4* Bam Phones 48 and 49 FOURTH AND COLUMBIA STS. OLYMPIA, WASH. The pleasing colored pottery. Just the kind of a flower holder that you have been looking for. Take one home for the flower season. Priced from 60c to $3.00 Talcott Bros. 1872 JEWELERS AND OPTICIANS 424-426 Main Street Phone 3 Reverence tor those who bave passed beyond 1B proof of the highest ideals of mankind. 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