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CAGLE FRESHWATER Editor
Member of the
WASHINGTON STATE PRESS ASSOCIATION.
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DEFINING THE ISSUES AT HOME.
As he was the first statesman to elevate demo
cratic principles of diplomacy into a practicable
policy, forcing every Allied government to accept
revolutionary departures from the purposes that
have generally governed nations at war, so Presi
dent Wilson is the first responsible statesman
among the Allied nations to interpret the deeper
intra-national meaning of the great world conflict
now raging. He set this forward mark in that
recent remarkably clear statement to a delegation
of New York suffragists, a statement in which he
gave clear expression to the realization that this
war means a strengthening and rejuvenation o£>
our democratic purpose in the field of social and
political progress here at home, as well as in the
field of international relations.
"The whole world is now witnessing a struggle
btween two ideals of government," he told the
suffragists, "a struggle which goes deeper and
touches more of the foundations of the organized
life of mei: than any struggle that has ever taken
place before; and no settlement of the questions
that lie on the surface can satisfy a situation
• which requires that the questions which lie under
neath and at the foundation should also be settled,
and settled rjght. lam free to say that I think
the question of woman suffrage is one of those
questions which lie at the foundation. The world
has witnessed a slow political reconstruction, and
men have generally been obliged to be satisfied
with the slowness of the process. In a sense it is
wholesome that it should be slow, because then it
la solid and sure ; but I believe that this war is
going ao to quicken the convictions and the con
aciousness of mankind with regard to political
questions that the speed of reconstruction will be
greatly increased. • • It seems to me that
thla is a time of privilege. All our principles, all
our hearts, all our purposes, are being searched—
Marched not only by our own consciences, but
aearehed by the world—and it is time for the
people of the states of this country to show the
world in what practical sense they have learned
the leasons of democracy—that they are fighting
far democracy because they believe in it and that
there is no application of democracy which they
do not believe in."
So does he unmistakably repudiate that na
tionalism that professes to see democracy fully
aehieved in this country, and his meaning be
comes still clearer when we call to mind his many
efforts, even amid the feverish preparations for
war, to extend the application of democracy to
industry. For unlike that class of patrfots who
appear to urge that we forget democracy at home
for the period of the war, Mr. Wilson realizes
that just because men are to die for the principle
abroad, it is to have a new birth at home and be
extended in its application more rapidly than
A tremendous and a far-reaching, .though
bloodless, revolution is in progress in our own
nation' It will not be consummated in this gen
eration, perhaps not in the next, but it is forging
ahead and will continue. Daily we are realizing
It more plainly.
"WE MUST ALL SHARE ALIKE."
One feature of this steadily changing attitude
of the public mind is that one which is particu
larly emphatic now and will continue to become
more urgent as the war progresses, the determi
nation that no fne should be permitted tp get rich
out of this war.
The belief that many of those who are dealing
with the government in this emergency are get
tlgn "fat" out of their contracts is responsible
for a great measure of the present industrial
unrest, in the shipbuilding industry as well as
the others, for the workers are trying to get what
they think is their share of the reported liberal
profits. The resultant demoralization, more pro
nounced here on the Pacific Coast perhaps than
anywhere else, serves to emphasize the need for a
further readjustment of conditions, a readjust
ment which to us looks inevitable if the industrial
forces of this country are to be coordinated for
the needed war work as they must be, and a read
justment in which the government will of course
play the chief part.
The feeling against exorbitant war profits is not
confined to the workerK in any single industry.
It is not only a topic of very general discussion in
all circles, but it is being talked by the men who
THE WASHINGTON STANDARD, OLYMPIA, WASH.. FKIDAV, NOVEMBER !». IWI7.
make up the army, the hoys who are going to
fight < *ni <>f thi'iu. writing ' Confessions of a
(Vnseript" in a reeeiit issue of the Saturday
l-'vt ning i''>-t refers to it thus in speaking of the
men in the !n w national army, tlie drafted men:
' They are watching the purveyors of war sup
plies. I have heard them talking. It. runs like
'We nui>t all share alike in this thing.
Nobody must make anything out if it. If we who
are taken into the army give up our jobs and our
homes to «lo the lighting, the men who stay at
home mustn't get rich out of our necessities. The
government must find a way to stop that.' That
feeling is growing and hardening. It isn't making
itself heard loudly, but one has only to listen to
the talk of men who have been called to service to
know how widespread it is."
Our government is fast gaining the upper hand
but it has a lot more to do. The ideal will not be
achieved —avarice, as human nature is now con
stituted, is greater even than patriotism, and
there will be those on both sides of the industrial
problem who will heed no other eall except that
of avarice. But a great deal of the profiteering,
the most of it, in fact, can be curbed and will be
curbed. It will have to be, for "we must all share
alike in this thing."
DEMORALIZATION MUST END.
Industrial conditions on the Pacific Coast par
ticularly, tying the government's hands in the war
crisis through halting the production of spruce
for aeroplanes and the construction of sorely
needed ships, cannot longer continue. That is so
self-evident as to be trite. Demoralization must
be ended. The successful prosecution of the war
depends upon it.
So we come to another feature of the revolution
through which the nation is passing and it ift
going to end in the" government, sooner or later —
and let us hope sooner —operating the affected
industries on its own account. It may be the first
time the government has done such a thing, but
it won't be the last. It appears now to be the
only way out. We have tried individual contract
ing between employers and employes in the ship
building industry, for example, we have tried col
lective bargaining and \ve have tried conciliation,
and they have all failed to effect any stable basis.
"We have tried to work the situation out through
private business negotiations during the past
eight months and the only result so far has been
that we have not built the ships.
We cannot go on as we have, and private con
tracting having failed the only alternative is gov
ernment operation, in a greater or a less degree.
That will mean commandeering of the plants and
their facilities as well as of the men, of the re
sources find the contracts as well as the workers
—and the war profits, "fat" wages as well as
"fat" contracts. Once started, there is no telling
where it will end.
WRITE A SOLDIER OR SAILOR.
Write a letter to your boy next Sunday, or if
you have no boy or relative in the American army
or navy, a letter to your neighbor's boy, and
let him know you are thinking of him, that you
believe in him, that you are backing him and you
want him to make good physically and morally.
Tell him to .make use of the Army and Navy Y. M.
C. A. It's the boy that is lonesome and heartsick
for a letter from home that oftimes falls. Let him
know the home tie is strong and he will be proud,
happy and anxious to make good and come clean.
Tell him you are helping the Y. M. C. A. work and
and he will appreciate it. Next week the Y. M. C.
A. hopes to raise thirty-five million dollars for
its work among the soldiers at home and abroad.
It ne£ds your help and your subscription, and the
soldier or sailor needs that letter from home.
Visit Camp Lewis if you have not already done
so. Go over there if only to see what a startling
physical change has been made in that old barren
prairie in the last four months, but go over there
principally, if such things appeal to you as they
do to most red-blooded Americans, to see the thou
sands of sturdy, stajwart, earnest young men who
are preparing there to "do their bit." Talk with
as many of them as you can, learn how they feel,
what they think, how they like it. You will come
back a better American citizen, a better patriot, a
"Most of the pacifist complaint," says The
Public, the single-tax journal, "fails to dis
tinguish between the fate of democracy and the
fate of minority groups that oppose the majority
in its main purpose. Democracies in deadly
earnest are never patient with obstructive minor
ities." And ours is fast losing its patience with
those at home, contractors, employes, agitators,
money-grabbers and all the rest of them, who on
one pretext or another are delaying and obstruct
ing the war necessities.
Russia is out of the war this winter, Italy is fast
being overrun —let these facts sink in until you
realize how big a job we have on our hands. Then
you will come to know that we can't do it by our
usual boasting, by talking, by easy-going, undis
turbed indifference, but that it will take action,
aroused, aggressive, determined action, and a lot
of it. and that it liar to begin here at home.
IF BETTMAN IS ON THE LABEL, YOU'RE SAFE.
Buy Boys' Clothes in
a Men's Clothing Store
Son wants to bo like Father. Ho
wants his clothes to be mannish.
Give him something with the
least feminine touch to it and
he'll scorn it. "Think I want to
look like a girl t" he demands in
dignantly. Buy boys' clothes
here. Our Men's, Young Men's
and Boys' lines are bought all on
• the same basis good-lpoking,
stoutly made, long-wearing as
money will buy.
Everything to Wear for Men and Boys.
9 ' ■*
f WHAT OUR FITHERS READ ABOUT
I IN THIS PAPER FIFTY YEARS AGO
Prom The Washington Standard for
Saturday morning, November O,
1867. Vol. VIII. No. 1.
The November term or district
court at Olympia commences by law
on Monday next. The business at
Vancouver, however, will detain
Judge Hewitt until late this evening.
He cannot, therefore, reach here be
fore Tuesday night.
Communicaeion with Swantown is
now suspended, except by foot-path,
the old bridge having been removed
to make way for the new.
The rainy season appears to have
"set in" In good earnest, but im
provements will go on in spite of the
Election reports say that in Kan
sas female and negro suffrage are
defeated by 8,000 to 10,000.
Minister Dix writes to the state
department that it is the impression
of European statesmen that a gen
eral war in Europe is inevitable.
The Pacific Tribune will soon be
consigned to the tomb of tho Capu
lets. The odious features which it
has exhibited for some time past have
rendered it a stench in the nostrils
of even Radicals. The materials,
under an arrangement made by Sec
retary Smith, are to be used in the
erection of a newspaper to be called
xhe Independent, in connection with
the public printing of the territory.
Guaranteed Price for Hogs.
Joseph P. Cotton, chief of the
meat division of the food adminis
tration, following a conference of
FOR MEN AND BOYS
We contracted for our mackinaws nearly a year ago and as a
result we are selling them far below the present market value.
ALL-WOOL, WELL TAILORED
211 BAST FOURTH BTRBBT.
several days with the big packers of
the country announced this week a
minimum price of $15.50 a hundred
Baked clean and sold clean
Fresh every day
.Blue Ribbon Bread
is the best you can buy
, Try it once—you will always use it
Bolster 4» Barmen
Phones 48 and 49
FOURTH AND COLUMBIA STS. OLYMPIA, WASH.
pounds for hogs at the Chicago
union stock yards, "until further no