y- ),, atvV '
THE WASHINGTON TBIES, THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1913.
Published Every Evening (Includinq Sundays)
by the "Washington Times Company,
The Munsey Building, Pennsylvania Avenue.
Frank A. Hnnsej-, Pres. B. H. Titbcrington, See.
Fred A. "Walker, Treasurer and General Manager.
ONE TEAR tINC. SUNDAY). . I t HO,
Catered th Peitomc at Washington. D.
U.TJ I S MO.. KM.
CL. as Mcood clan
Washington, D. O, Thursday. Hay 22, 1913.
MAYBE THIS'LL HELP.
It being possible that our Public Utilities Com
mission has failed to do anything since its creation
because nobody has mentioned anything that seemed
to need doing, the suggestion is respectfully made
that the New York commission is investigating tele
phone rates in the metropolis and ordering a lot of
Also that talk is by no means cheap in this town.
And that telephone contracts are of a sort that in
many cases would not be and are not permitted in
civilized communities with real public UTILITY
LOUIS F. POST.
Louis F. Post, editor of The Public, is to be As
sistant Secretary of Commerce.
It is a proper, well-earned and most appropriate
recognition of one of the ablest publicists in this
Few men have done more than Louis F. Post, a
modest, hard-working student and publisher, to bring
the American people to the frame of mind which is
responsible for the upward turn in political, social
and commercial morals. He is eminently fitted lor
the place, and because of its opportunity of real
service, he ought to accept whether he can afford or
NOT NECESSARILY HIDEBOUND.
There are a lot of inexcusable things in the
Underwood tariff bill, no matter how it be viewed.
If it is a tariff for competition, one set of things are
out of harmony with that theory; if a tariff for rev
enue, another lot of details don't jibe; if a tariff for
moderate protection, then there are other absurdities.
In parts, it seems .to be all these things, as well as,
in yet other places, a plain free trade affair.
Yet on the whole the aggregate of these bad fea
tures does not prevent it from being a pretty good
compliance with the Democratic faith.
It is now promised that neither Senate, White
House nor House will be stiffnecked and hidebound
about making obvious improvements and reasonable
changes. No piece of plain foolishness is to be left
'there merely because it happened to get there, and
because, having got there, it must" be kept as a proof
of party "solidarity."
Which is a sensible way to go about the business.
Leave it a Democratic bill, but make it a better one
because it does the real work that entitles it to
The Senate is no longer the Senate of Aldrich
and Hale and Foraker and John Kean and Thomas
Collier Piatt. On both sides of the party line it is a
Senate in large part of new men, elected as a result
of new impulses, representing a new national thought.
It has the country's confidence in a larger measure
than ever in many years past; not because it has
changed from Republican to Democratic, but be
cause it has got nearer to the people. If a reversal
of the political wheel should change it to Republican
control again, this public confidence would not be
Therefore the present is no time for the Senate to
undertake extreme measures merely in order to hasten
the vote on a tariff bill, or any other bill. The main
tenance of the Senate's most valuable and conserv
ing institution that of unlimited debate is more
important in many ways than a tariff policy or a
THE CASE OF MR. SISSON.
NO CLOSURE IN THE SENATE.
bThe reorganized and rehabilitated Senate should
warned' against any effort to commit it to a policy
closure by which its traditional grant of un
limited debate will be trenched upon. .Despite all
that has been said and written about the folly, the
fboresomeness, the uselessness of unlimited discus
sion in the Senate, the fact remains that that
privilege is the one distinguishing guarantee of the
Senate's legislative domination. It is possible be
cause the Senate is a smaller body than the House.
It has made the Senate the real deliberative and the
real constructive body.
Senator Dolliver used to observe that the
Senate's tradition of unlimited discussion was the
greatest guarantee- left to the country of a fair
chance for the public's side of public issues. He did
not overstate it. There have been some rare
occasions when real, destructive filibusters have been
conducted under this rule. But it would be difficult
to enumerate many cases in which the filibuster did
not, in the end, fully justify itself. Who now re
grets that the "force bill" was made impossible by
such tactics? Who doubts that the La Follette
filibuster against the Aldrich currency bill, a few
years ago, was the means of commanding a measure
of public attention and interest to that measure and
to the currency question as a whole, that has been
of very real value in forming opinion ever since?
The House of Representatives wonders why its
prestige has waned and its importance as compared
to the Senate has decreased. The answer may be
found in the attitude of the House itself. It could
not, of course, permit unlimited debate while its
membership is so large. But it could reduce its
membership if it would. Last census-taking was fol
lowed by a new apportionment; and the House
hoisted the number once more, when almost every
individual member would say privately that it would
be better to reduce the number by 100. What will
be the end, if that step is not some day taken? The
House will be more and more unwieldy, the possi
bility of any real freedom -of discussion will grow
beautifully less and the Senate's importance will
proportionately increase as it becomes more and
more the real crucible of legislation.
The House talks to the Record and the constitu
ency at home. The Senate debates. There is a
difference as wide as the poles. Under a rule for
consideration of an appropriation bill that ought to
be considered with detail and care, gentlemen speak
or write for the Record speeches on everything
under the sun. That brings House proceedings into
disrepute with serious people. Bills, nowadays, are
pretty frankly jammed through the House with the
understanding that the Senate will fix 'em up all
right. What's the use of the House working seriously
on them, anyhow? The Senate will finally have its
To be sure it will; and it will, in a general way,
Quite a number of Industrial Wreckers of the
World have been arrested and locked up of late, in
various parts, for incendiary language. They have
been accused of inciting to riot and violence. On
trial, convictions have been obtained and public
sentiment in general appears to have sustained the
notion that it isn't necessary to encourage dynamiting
and house burning.
Perhaps because a man is a Congressman he is
entitled to more consideration. If his extreme utter
ances constitute incitement, not to riot and petty
devilment, but to international war, why, perhaps he
must be forgiven because of the constitutional pre
rogative of a Congressman to be a nuisance if he
But we are loath to agree. On the other hand,
we opine that, just as a Congressman is presumably
a more dignified and important person than an I. w.
W. agitator; and just as the Congressman's conver
"sation may incite larger trouble than the I. W. W.
agitator's so, in proportion, more extraordinary and
impressive means are justified when it appears
necessary to put the snuffer o:i the conversational
That seems to be what the President thought
about Congressman Sisson of Mississippi. Having
tasted the sweets of notoriety through making one
speech that mussed up a delicate international situa
tion. Mr. Sisson nronosed to make another. The
President sent for him and talked to him. We don t
know what he said, or how Mr. Sisson liked it. We
suppose it was frightfully unconstitutional, and that
the President might be impeached for it, if he really
did undertake to suppress freedom of expression in
But all the same, the President was right; and
common sense knows it. Mr. Sisson will not make
a sizzling speech. He is not going to shed our last
drop of blood again, nor to fight till we are bankrupt
a hundred generations. He is just going so we"
are assured to make some mild observations about
constitutional aspects. People therefore may take
their pillows along and prepare for a pleasant snooze.
Tokyo needn't get the red fire ready or light up its
skating rinks for some more defiant mass meetings.
Perhaps the President oughtn't to have done it,
and perhaps he had no right to. But he did it, and
should do it again if occasion arises.
COMMERCE IN WAR MUNITIONS.
THIS & THAT
With Sometimes a Little of the Other
THE BEST POLICY.
Once upon a time a famous
Millionaire teas asked to name us
The life precepts that had made him a
He teas worried and tormented
Till he finally consented
(In a neatly printed statement to the
Said the gentleman in question:
"Any helpful young suggestion
I can make will give me unrestricted
Such success as I'm attaining
I attribute to the training
I received tchen but a very little boy.
"Note, I know you'll think this funny,
But, believe me, making money
Is essentially a simple proposish;
Character and honest dealing
And a kindly fellow-feeling
Will obtain you almost anything you
"Honesty's the only way that
You can get along say that
With the knowledge that I've learned
it to be trues
When your chances seem the wannest,
Grit your molars and be honest;
Z'tat's the absolutely only way to dot"
So one Andrew J. ilcPherson,
A ziost gullible young person.
Thought, on reading how to be a mil
"If attaining that condition
Is so soft a proposition,
rny can i i go out ana clean up
things for fair!"
So remarking, he departed
And immediately started
To abide by that salubrious advice;
The most honest, trusty person
In the country was IlcPherson
fe could simply not be bought at any
And his honesty continued
Many years through thick and thin
Think there's come a time he couldn't
Yet he stuck to honest dealing
And the kindly fellow-feeling.
Just as it was stipulated (n the. bond.
And finally am leading
To the question of succeeding
Did he gather in the million dollar
Did he get what he was after?
(Bus. of loud and lusty laughter)
You can bet your bottom dollar he did
Tn Mlm .. . . .
... .ui, an j. u. pms lt oura Js a
narrow-minded viewpoint. In Salt Lake
City and Montpeller the meeting of the
Republican national committee prob
ably la a great little story.
Mr. Atteaux, subbing for Wood, plant
ea a wee bit of dynamite. And it grew.
and It grew, and it grew.
"There Are Worse Things Than War."
B. C: "The New York Yankees."
CARMEN: "Putting a new ribbon on
Secretary Daniels makes an interesting confession
in behalf of the Navy Department, whose policy in
awarding armor plate contracts has been such as to
force the contractors into combination and agreement
Here we have it again. The Department of
Justice would gladly lock up these gentlemen for
making a wicked combination; yet the Navy Depart
ment promotes and in effect compels the combi
nation ! -
The Navy Secretary thinks the Government ought
to build and own its armor plant. Very possibly.
But it might well try out the plan of real competition
among the private makers. In the past, the de
partment has been wont to get bids from the dif
ferent makers, and then dividing the business about
equally among all the bidders, on condition that
they would all make the plates at the price named in
the lowest bid!
Applying that rule in private business, it is easy
to guess how long there would be the substance of
competition among a group of contractors. The one
who made the low bid would know that, no matter
how low he made it, he could not increase his share
of the business. There would be no inducement to
enlarge or improve facilities in the hope of getting
a larger business and reducing the unit cost.
What in the world so natural, then, as that the
two or three "competing" bidders should get together
nrl tnkft care of their interests bv agreeing on a
price, or on a low bid, rather, at which, they could all
do reasonably well? And what more obvious than
that, under the development of such a system, their
idea of "reasonably well" and the Government's idea
might get a long way apart?
The other side to this armor plate business has
been, in the past, that the makers of plate have
frankly told the Government that they could not be
expected to keep their plants in commission unless
they all got some of the business year by year. That
likewise is reasonable. An armor plate plant is
limited to the business the Government gives it. If
the Government gives it none, it shuts down. In
order to keep the plants in existence, therefore, the
Government felt under the necessity of dividing its
Certainly there are presented here about all the
elements that would justify a Government excursion
into manufacturing. It is essentially a Government
business. Would it not be well at least
to have a Government plant's experience as an in
dication of what a proper cost and a reasonable
profit should be? (
"The Treasury Department." says the
"Star," "now has a sanitary offlcer.ap
pointed by the Secretary." Not that
we don't think he Is.
IDEAL SHEET TO RUN A
(Prom the "Star.")
NEWARK. N. J.. May 2L-Patienta at
the Morris Plains State Hospital for the
Insane are to have a newspaper.
Many of the patients are expert writers,
and will be contributors to the publication.
Then, too, there probably are those
who derive pleasure from the advance
stories on the royal wedding in Ger
many. WE don't know.
The royal couple themselves, how
ever, would be Interested in the state
ment of the "Post." which Is that the
marriage "was celebrated Saturday at
the new palace m Potsdam, Germany."
There Is No Such Hour As 6:30 In the
G. S K.: As one who arises In the
cool of fi:C0 In the morning, permit me
to ask a question: Should I dress sum
merlshly and freeze coming down In
the car. In order to be comfortable later
In the day; or the opposite and be com
fortable In the morning and boiled alive
In the afternoon? Please answer.
As the fighting tenth inning was ex
plained to us, Morgan and the Cleve
land team, when Gandll bunted, went
to second and pieces, respectively.
Possibly It doesn't matter, but the
champion baseball throweress of Na
tional Park Seminary is Miss Alice
PERSONS WE NEVER HAVE MET.
The woman who can play a game of
solitaire without overlooking any
Why railroad companies should start
getting used to the heat: "Not good If
And now the Japan "yellow" papers
are blamed. Speaking of yellow perils
The New York board of aldermen has
failed to appropriate for the safe and
sane Fourth, and Mayor Gaynor de
clares he'll let the scheme go hang
rather than appeal for public subscriptions.
W 1EL 2T 1ST OT? -j By MAURICE KETTEN
. stop wow; 7 r rooftrig1 1 ( 1
pObu Stocks I iWAlwktchit; ) IfSSScKSgSa)
Akd sew owMuR Buttons; TA-TA J tn Wv J
(JAfA ON STRIKE r ' K rrS T"3 5
Not that It has any application.
O. 8. K-
MRS. LANE Is a zealous and lay.
al wife and Intends to avoid
exaggeration, but has a strong
tendency In that direction.
"It's perfectly wonderful." she said
to a patient friend, "to see the way Mr.
Lane counts bills at the bank. I think
they are so lucky to have him! He'll
take a great pile of $5 and 110 and S3)
bills and make his fingers fly Just like
lightning and never make a mistake!"
"Never?" asked the friend, who knew
Mrs. Lane's weakness and could not
forbear the question.
"Well no at least,' stammered Mrs.
Lane, "why, perhaps he might get 5
or 10 cents out of the way. but not any
more, ever." Harper's Magazine.
HERE was one young man,"
said tha chaplain thought
fully, "who seemed to regard
my opening prayer with the
deepest attention. He showed a degree
of nervous Impatience that was almost
painful, and when I concluded I made
the petition a little longer on this ac
countI am positive his overwrought
feelings were relieved by a sigh that
was almost startling. I looked for him
afterward, but he had gone. A young
man with light hair and eyes and an
obtuse nose do you know him?"
"Sure I do." replied the doortender.
"He w-as waltin' for th" copy of your
stun! for one of th" afternoon papers
and had to get over in time for th" noon
edition." Cleveland Plain Dealer.
y OVELY lady drifted into a Con
I gressional conversation the other
I . afternoon, anj Timothy Wood-""-
ruff told of Mrs. Jones and Mrs.
Smith, who lived In a Southern city.
Friends in early youth, according to
the story of Mr. Woodruff, thev met
again a few days ago after a separation
of several years, in the meantime Mrs.
Smith, like her chum. Mrs. Jones, had
married. Naturally their talk eventual
ly drifted In that direction.
'By the wa, Minnie." was the re
mark of Mrs. Jones. "I understand that
you have been getting married, too. I
think I saw something about It In the
"Yes," replied Mrs. Smith. "I have
been married nearly five ears."
Is it reallv so long as that?" re
turned Mrs. Jones. "I hae been mar
ried six jears. I understand jour
husband is quite a bibliomaniac."
"Oh. no, not anv more." was the
prompt rejoinder of Mrs. Smith. "He
used to be. but he is on the water
wagon now "Philadelphia Telegraph.
A Cool Stand.
APROPOS of a railroad wreck due
to a defective bridge. Jerome S.
McWarte, the Duluth tocolu
glst, said the other day:
Tho railroad's cool t,tand about this
bridge reminds me of a wor.e ptsh a
case about a toll bridge In the South.
"The toll bridge was rotten, and a
woman fell through a hoi In' It and
was drowned. Her Indignant towns
people held a mass meeting, and In re
sponse to their resolution of protest the
-Gentlemen. Your resolution about
our br'dge has been duly received u
will be laid before the board at ntr
annual meeting, eleven months hence
in the meanwhile, to prevent. f pos
sible, a recurrence of the small accident
to which said resolution refers, would
It not be better If all your citizens i,sd
the company's other bridge, thr.e mlls
to the north of the town? The water
there is er"ly deep enough to drown
a man of full height.' " ClnclanaU En
jury r iHw.x. srti,j.
icjr SrM " ' ..aiSSg-
BACK TO THE HOTEL. A,.,
J KNOW a little bachelor, with lots and lots of pelf, 1
And all the pennies that he gets he spends upon himself;
But oh, how he CAN moralize! And oh, how he DOES pine
For the "sweet old-fashioned woman," and extol the "clinging vine!
And when, each night, he meets "the boys," where golden beakers
He cries in tones dramatic, "Woman's place is in the HOME!"
I knaiv a lot of lovely maids, oh, quite a score or more;
And each would make a charming wife for this same bachelor.
But the "horrid things" INSIST on trotting downtown every day,
And slaving in an office just to keep the wolf away.
They SHOULD be darning some one's socks or knitting baby-shoes.
Their place is "in the home," of course somebody's home but
I know a girl of scarce sixteen, who rouses me to scorn,
She never stays at home at all, but trudges off each morn
And pounds a little type-machine oh, "just to pass the time"
And help her mother pay the rent. Such folly is sublime!
Some one should really tell her to her pretty little face
That girls were made for "ornaments." The HOME is Woman's
I live, myself, within a big luxurious hotel;
And, when I want my dusting done, I simply ring a bell.
I never do a single thing, but SCRIBBLE all day long.
I know, alas, this "idle" life is very very, wrong.
I should be doing fancy work, or polishing my nails.
But how I'd pay my bills that way Well, there my fancy fails!
What ARE the women coming to to go at such a pace!
The "sweet old-fashioned girl" sat 'round and just massaged her face,
Worked cushion-tops, and curled her hair, and gossiped by the hour;
But lo, the modern woman goes at sixty-five horse-power!
Ah, ivcll, I trust that some of them will reed this little "pome."
And realize, at last, that "Woman's place is in the HOME!"
Then Katy will not come back each day to put away my clothes,
And who will write my quips for mc well, Heaven only knows!
The typist and the laundry-maid, the ivaitrcss and the clerk
Will stay at home, like ladies, then, and do "a woman's work,"
And all the men will gather where the golden beakers foam
And wonder WHO on earth will do the work outside "the HOME?"
An Irish May .
By Eugene Geary.
A LOVE-LIT vale whera th
Down by the hawthorne's blo
'TIs fairy-time when the worlds a
Maying. , ,
Over the grasses soft winds are playmst
And thro' the rose tree'3 blush.
Murmuring, tenderly! hush-ah-hushl
Purple blooms shoot across the heather.
Cowslips dart thro' the hedgerows
Fern"lan'd gleams with an emerald
Thrushes arid black-birds sins together.
Starting at Dreax o aay-
Oh. 'tis the charm of an Irish May!
And now, when memory's rosy glasses
Bring back scenes with a glow that
Radiant glimpses of mountain passes.
Golden furzes and waving grasses.
Gemmed with the mornln's tears
Ah me. the distance of seas and ycarsl
Here's a Book
"European Cities at Work," by Fred
erick a Howe, published by Charles
Scribner's Sons, of New York. .
Many years ago a book was published
slble conditions hundreds of years hnce.
It was called -lOOKing Damnuiu,
-j tAb. K- mnn- wrno
was regarueu ii jv .... -----could
not grasp the constructive genius
of tne aumor. , .
Justification of some of that author's
broader taeas man rtrawu .....-
city administration, and the effect upon
Taking the German city as an exam
nle in most cases, a few English towns
being mentioned. Mr. Howe shows by a
most significant and sequential analysis
unhampered by any formidable array of
statistics Just enough for conviction be
?ng g en. that the policy of home rule
and municipal ownership of railways
nnd street transits will give city and
citizens! Tihe proper social and Industrial
reTheIsoclaI side of city life, the new
art of community living and a construc
tive slon of the city of tomorrow aw
concrete possibilities under the potent
Pen of Mr. Howe. Every taxpayer. ev
ery person who considers himself as a
movlnc force in the Government of this
country, whose vote and Indlvidua Ity ; Is
something more than a mere tool In the
hands of boss P?tlc,ah8h?uvi
himself acquainted with Europaaa
Cities at urv-
Whtt'son the Program In
Th following Masonic organizations
will meet tonight: Lodges The New
Jerusalem, No. 9. F. C.; Goerge C
Whiting. No. 2. E. A.- Temple-Noye..
No E. E. A. Royal Arch Chapter
Washington. No. 2. P. M. and JT E.
M. Eastern Star T illlam F. Hunt
Chapter. No. 16.
The following 1. O. O. F. lodges will
meet tonight: Columbta, No. 10. de
gree; Excelsior. No. 17. and Salem,
No 12. business.
The "f ololw ing National Union councils
will meet tonight: Bancroft and
The following Red Men's tribes U1
meet tonight: Logan and Sioux.
National "La Tosca." S:15 p. m.
Columb'a "The Road to YeateTd7,,
2.15 and S:15 p. m.
Poll's "The Million." 2:15 and 805 p. ra
Belasco Motion pictures of South Pols.
3 and 8:30 p. m.
Chase's Talking pictures, 1 to 11 a m.
2?y v,---3v - --
xml | txt