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mall matter.
Washington, D. C Friday. November 7, 1913.
Mr. Henry Lane Wilson, lately minister from the
United States to Mexico, is out in a statement that
it ould be all wrong for this country to take down
the bars which now prevent importation of arms by
the Mexican constitutionalists. Mr. Wilson's diplo
matic bets have so uniformly invited the gjod guesser
to take the other end, that this pronouncement snould
well-nigh remove the last doubt about the propriety
of lifting the embargo.
something other than a bankers; banking system, and
inject into it an element of competition between it
and the banks.
The Administration is thus put in the attitude, if
it persists in obstinately fighting such amendments
as are being made by the Senate committee, of in
sisting on a bill which, compared to the reconstructed
measure, is inadequate.
The question is, will the parallel continue? Will
the Senate go forward and in the end pass a great,
constructive piece of currency legislation which will
be abreast of the progressive thought of the times?
Or will narrow partisanship and pride of opinion
have its way and a bill be enacted which will be a
disappointment to the country and which will be r.o
sooner passed than it will demand overhauling?
Perhaps President Wilson waited till two days
after the election to send his telegram of congratu
lations to John Purroy Mitchel in order to give em
phasis to it. So long as he didn't send it, everybody
wondered why. When, then, he did send it, its sig
nificance was redoubled.
The President was for Mitchel and against Tam
many all the way. He knows Tammany; he knows
how desperately it opposed him for the nomination
last year. He knows there can never be sympathy
or unity between its purposes and his. He is against
a Murphy-controlled Tammany; but the question is
yet to be answered, whether he will fight to destroy
Tammany root and branch or merely to "reform" it.
The one best guess is that he will stand for its
destruction. The Tammany system is utterly hostile
to every idea and model of good government. There
can be no such thing as a "good" Tammany. The in
stitution is wrong, as wro'ng as government of a com
munity by a despotic ruler and a cabal of the grand
dukes of contract graft. Tammany must be ended;
it cannot be mended.
England is ahead of us in honoring its actors,
perhaps for the reason that in the bestowal of titles
she has a convenient means of recognizing the de
serts of those who exemplify the best traditions of the
stage. America can do little more in the way of
rewarding their efforts than confer popular ap
proval upon them. Booth, Mansfield, and others
have been as worthy of distinction as Sir Henry Ir
ving or Sir Johnston Forbes Robertson, but public
applause and a good share of wealth from box-office
receipts have been practically their only recompense.
The honorary educational degree is, however,
open to bestowal upon such as have been conspicu
ously identified with the intellectual life of the
stage. In the case of E. H. Sothern, who has been
singled out for this distinction by George Washing
ton University, it is well merited.
Apart from his studies, Sothern has stood year
after year for the interpretation of the classic in
stage art in accordance with its best traditions, un
moved by the avalanche" of problem plays, musical
comedies, and studies in debauchery which have
seemed to open a shorter road to material success.
He has abundantly proved that "Shakespeare pays
when well done," but it has required both courage
and devotion to make the demonstration effective.
This season the Shakespearean revival is the talk of
the foyers, and the way has been paved for it by
a few resolute actors and actresses, of whom Sothern
is easily among the first.
Close observers of the currency situation in Con
gress cannot fail to perceive the remarkable parallel
between this situation and the one of 1910 when the
Taft Administration attempted to force enactment of
a comprehensive program of railroad legislation.
At that time the commerce court bill, carrying
many amendments to the interstate commerce law,
was framed in White House conferences. It was
sent to Congress. With it went the word that all Re
publicans would be expected to support it.
The bill passed the House, changed in some re
spects, but still the Administration bill. It went to
the Senate.
What happened? The Senate, which in recent
years has been the real progressive body of Congress,
tore it to pieces, reconstructed it. eliminated weak
and vicious provisions, and made out of it a gre3t.
progressive, constructive piece of legislation. Insur
gent leaders, in defiance of the White House, ignor
ing the patronage club, took the lead, and were ably
helped by progressive Democrats.
Note this year's parallel. A currency bill is framed
in secret White House conferences, in secret caucuses
of the Democratic members of the House Banking
and Currency Committee, and in secret caucuses of
the Democratic membership of the House. The Ad
ministration sends word the bill must go through
substantially as written. The House obeys orders.
The bill is then" sent to the Senate and to the
Senate Banking and Currency Committee. The word
has gone out that the bill is a great measure for the
public benefit, a measure to rescue the people from
the "money trust," and that all who oppose it will
wear the brand "reactionary."
The Senate Banking and Currency Committee
takes the bill, which admittedly proposes a regional
system; of bankers' banks, to be owned by the banks,
so far as the regional institutions themselves are
concerned, not controlled by the public, and amends
it so as to make it much more radical and progres
sive. The committee declares for public ownership
instead of bank ownership, for public control of the
regional banks instead of bank control, and is even
sb a tendency to make the proposed system
It is one of the anomalies of Washington's hap
hazard development of public utilities, that, although
there is no possible excuse for congestion of traffic,
we have it at some points in an aggravated form.
There is no such density of population as to justify
it. The ground plan of the town, with i's splendid
wide streets and the system of avenues diagonally
intersecting these ought to be a guarantee against
congestion. Yet the fact remains that there are
some of the most inconvenient, expensive, and- dan
gerous street car conditions in this town that are
to be found anywhere in the country. They would
not be tolerated in other places. They are tolerated
here only because the community is powerless to
help itself.
The executive .committee of the Citizen's Confer
ence has called attention anew to these bad condl
tions. Exactly who or what the Citizens Confer
ence represents we don't know; but if there were a
Tooley street in Washington boasting of three tailor
shops, its sartorial convention would have as much
right to proclaim in behalf of "the people of Wash
ington" as anybody else has. So here's to the Citi
zens' Conference, at least in so far at it's on the right
side of things.
The conference wants the congestion of car
tracks and cars in the region bounded by Fourteenth,
Fifteenth, G, and H streets, to be relieved in some
effective manner. The underlying trouble about re
lieving it, as people familiar with the traction prob
lem will not overlook, is that there are two street
car systems in the town. Broadly, they must parallel
each other in order to get where the centers of busi
ness are. They must get to the Treasury, to the
Union Station, to Georgetown ; not because the pub
lic is better served by having them parallel each other
all around the town, but because their own revenue
necessities are safeguarded in this way. The public,
manifestly, would be better served if some miles of
trf.cks that represent merely competition, were so
disposed that they would represent additional facili
ties. More people would ride, more of them would
be satisfied with the service they got. The aggre
gate of street car revenues would be greater, and
the danger to life and limb would be lessened.
Those things would all be possible if there were
substantial unification of street-car interests. It
would be brought about either by the enforcement
of a universal transfer system, with an incidental
simplification and increased efficiency of the trackage
plans, or by an actual consolidation of the street car
systems. It is an anachronism for a city like this to
have two companies, whose first business is to watch
each other and see that the division of territory and
opportunity is kept as equitable as possible, when
the thing really needed is one company with no
other purpose than to give the people the best pos
sible service.
It is all wrong for the F street and the Pennsyl
vania avenue lines to be competitors of each other;
they ought to be the complements of each other.
That is true in many other places. A study of trHic
conditions at the Union Station loop would prove that
an unconscionable car mileage is run by cars of
both companies, during most hours of the day, sim
ply in order that they may be kept in touch with
that important traffic point, which must be reached,
especially by Capital Traction cars, over a roundabout
and unsatisfactory route.
These arc big and fundamental aspects of the
street car situation in Washington. Universal trans
fers will help, but it will give its full measure of im
provement only if it is supplemented by a generous
rearrangement of tracks and routes, such as is neces
sary to provide the town with one system working
for the town, not with two systems fighting each
other for the town's business.
With Sometime a Little of the Other
The Tammany Cupboard Sz.?!r"illcn
XmUsr Worli.)
"'njTjnjTjxjTjxruTjnjyvyyyynrvv " " " -rmr7mntrfnnrirwmginjtjtj i
("Poem to statues sIdom are of serious Im
portance." The Literary Digest.)
All well enough a verse to a cigar,
A lyric done to Agnes or to Hortensc,
But poems writ to statues "seldom arc
Of serious importance."
No, no, check that appreciative shout;
That pleasantry, believe mc, Is not my
' jest;
But carefully and frankly copied out
, "The Literary Digest."
"Of serious importancet" Maybe not.
But listen, each and ev'ry local statue :
Whatever say the "Digest," I have got
To hurl this poem at you.
To mc, sooth, Us importance is immense;
To me it is a pome of great achiev
ence; To me, to tell the truth, it represents
A very ancient grievance.
"Of serious importancet" Prithee mark
These lines, and fade away into the
Because my oxevance, statue in the
Is well, it's your existence.
'Tis this that 'makes me run around and
My locks out by the bushelful, con
found you!
That cv'ry time I want to get some
where, I have to walk around you! ,
London "Graphic," which gives us a
pain, says that the result in New York
"is a manifestation of the nation's ap
proval of President Wilson's spirited
Mexican policy, which Huerta would
do well to take to heart" The miles
between New York and London, when
recently measured, still were well over
"You must not," spoke the Hon. James
Bryce. at a London dinner, "take too
seriously the lurid pictures of Ameri
can life drawn in some organs of the
European press." You must not.
Free? It Isn't Worth It.
G. S. K.: You may have this sugges
tion free: why not emulate Helen Row
land by having jour photo printed at
the head of the column?
' c- E c-
It were doubtless considerable to count
on, but some day the Treasury authori
ties may cause the columns of their
building to be cleansed all the way up.
Instead of 2 per cent of the way. No
column of ours could be run thus.
Sensitive souls, some voters. John M.
Schell, who faorcd "a core of pro
ficient officials." was defeated for
mayor of New Philadelphia, Ohio.
That's Nice.
(From the "Herald.")
Gift for Marriage
of Miss Wilson
(from the "Poll )
Gift to Miss Wil
son Not Yet Picked.
' Can jou picture the surprise that 'will
bo Inscribed on the countenance of Miss
Jessie Wilson when she receives the
House's gift?
If our caption-pronounccr Isn't work
ing today you might limber It up on
M Lain In. which Is headline for Jlc-Laurln
Haply He's Subsidized.
Sir. Artist Clarence Underwood, for
some reason, always sketches bilk
stockings, or hose, as the case may be,
on ALL of his characters, whatever
their life station. Just thought I'd toll
j on.
Mi. I'ndcrwood, then, Is invited to
meet .Miss Lisa flynn, "Peg o' M)
Heart ' Miss Ryan's Ilrst entrance I",
av a penniless relation, shabbily attired,
but her stockings ate the sllkcst sill..
Do You Believe In Fairies?
ifYom tlir New York .Mail
When Klaw Erlanger prodiue the
neu Mi Lclian-Caryll mimical ionn'l at
the New Amsterdam Mondav the eur
taln will rise at 8:10 ami no one will lie
sea'ed thcie.ifter until the end of the
Ilrst act
When a street car conductor, his mind filled with
thoughts of his best girl or of the man who tried to
gc. off the car backward at the last corner, misses
a passenger in his round o collecting fares, the grief
of the passenger is usually not acute. He is apt to
develop suddenly what is sometimes called a con
venient memory and do a little forgetting himself.
This trait of human nature renders all the more
striking the case of the woman who has just returned
to a trolley company in Middletown, N. Y., 10 cents
which she failed to pay for value received six or
seven years ago.
Who can doubt that the world is growing better
when we read of this luminous example? We do not
know whether the community of Middletown is in
the habit of honoring worth by public recognition,
but if it is so disposed it should not withhold a statue
from a woman whose deed even Joan of Arc, if she
lived in these times, might not have the heroism to
perform. Even the car company might chip in a
little contribution, notwithstanding that it was not
reimbursed for the interest on the dime.
"Do.i t,' says Ted Robinson, clec
Uiidplalnilealerlng, "auk a .column con
ductor how lie manages to (ill up tlio
same amount of space and come out
even cer day." Don t ask thin om at'
any iate Because he doesn't know.
No; Nineteen.
G. 8. K . If an) body ought to buy
W. F. McCoinbs a wedding picsent it
Ih you. Hasn't he furnished )ou ma
terial for about 17 columns so fat ?
I). l-
No one to commiserate or bo sorry
for, e'en though ho be deposed as head
of Tammany, is a man of the all-aiouud
anility of Charles F. Murphy.
Rare is tlti paper that tlocs Hut curral
A book yclept -The Panama ('hki."
Add Futurist,: The express late cut.
The International lioxlng Union has
declared vacant the world's heavy
weight boxing championship
We felt certain you would be
G. S. K.
Some Anecdotes of PCtTST
Uld-lime Actors:; n , ' p .- iTipnM
r.y row. leroy rice. . LIHkx. aJ LI yf 1 m JBl. ''laPEafctf -m r-
Hope Defeircd. tr-L, ... .,,.,.,, , ... ,.....,.!,.. .".i-,.i,.mw..i ----
I HAVE been requested to tell of the
occasion when "Theodora" played
an engagement at one of the Stet
son theaters.
"A well-known society lady was tho
stai, and business was not quite up to
the Stetson standard. On such occasions
this eccentric wa3 not known a the
world"s most engaging conversationalist.
"Mr. Stetson was standing In front of
a huge billboard showing the star in
the pleasant occupation of entering a
cage of three tierce looking lions. On
this scene appealed a rustic who was
much Impies-sed with the posters
" 'Good show V asked the bumpkin.
" 'They sa o. said Stetson
"'He them real, llc lions?"
'Yes,' said the niauagei. with .ionic
" '1-loes Theodoi.i rcullx go in tho
" 'No, hut she ought to
When Booth Was Bad.
h'duln Booth was a gicat a tor That
is unUcisall) conceded. Mi. llooth
however, noer gained anv laurels as
a mlmle. If we are to licliee a story
told of him man) ears ago In the
II was on Hie occasion of a benefit
given to his brother, the lato Junius
Unit us Itootb.
A well-known actor was giving Imita
tions of tlirntncal celebrities, and in
his repel toil e was an impersonation of
Hooth clellv cling tbc solilociii) from
HHnilet "
The- tragedian suggi-Mcd imitating
hiiin-elf, and. hastil) donning the nec
esfai) habiliments, lie went 0n aII(i (e
lheieil the well-known lilies, the audi
ence u itmall) lure i ring It was tho
i Ii.ii.k tci oeloi whom they were look
ing upon
On the following la the newspapers
stated thai the "Hooth Imitation" was
xlle " bad. In fact. thut had Ml.
Hooth himself witnessed j. it would
have- made him fr sail to know what
a bad aeloi ho i rally was.
What Wcsner Wanted.
Klin Uesuei was the greatest malc
impeisouator the stage Ims ee-r known.
Mie was the real mail of real life.
For man) veais Miss 'ener made a
large salai). and in addition to sup
l.oitlng heiself. helped to support an
aged mother and sisteis.
I'oveit) ovcitook her. and In an ffort
to anielloi ite her dlstiessed condition,
I called upon this once famous star to
sic what might le clone.
"About how much. ald I, "do you
" -l would like.' said she. "at least
enough to get a haircut and shae.'"
Hits From Sharp Wits.
!". the several coiiiiiieici.il varieties
or eggs one called "neai 1" has been
added. I'resiiniabl) it ranks in iiualltv
between "lush" and "strletl) fresh."
The man who takes pleasuie in fre
iliient use of the "l-should-worry" Idiocy
hasn't brains enough to worr) about
anything. A loan v journal
1 1, this age of feminism something
should be done to make th. baseball
unlfoim more loclv I 'Ink tights might
Well, what about the minaret gown'.'
If it is not to hiing back the bustlu lifo
may htlll be worth living. Chicago
Copyright 1M3. by The Pres Publlhln Co.
No. 8 A Moment of III Temper That Led to the Conquest of Ireland.
AN English Klnis who, it Is said, could not speak. English lost his
temper one day In December, 1170, and said a number of things
he did not mean. It was a way he had. And usually his fits of
rage did no more lasting harm than do the lashings of a cranky
kennel-man's dog whip. But this timo was the exception an exception that
led to Invasion, to war, and to conquest.
The King was Henry II, perhaps the most bestial man of a bestlar age
He had the temper of a wild beast. Being a King, he had the same unlim
ited chances to vent his ill humor on those beneath him. without being pun
ished, as would Simon Lcgree or a grouchy employer. Henry regarded his
people as money-earners for him and as folk who had no rights that he was
bound to respect. Ho regarded the church, too, as his mere instrument.
The Han Who Braved a King.
In Henry's court was a gallant soldier and deep thinker. Thomas a Becket
by name. He had fought in England's wars, and he had guided England's
finances. Henry, to gain for himself more Influence over the church, made
him Archbishop of Canterbury, thus, according to a Jester of the period,
"turning a hi) man into a priest and a soldier Into a saint.
Ueckct wasted no time In showing himself Independent of kingly whims. He
worked for the church and for the people. He defied Henry's unjust com
mands, and ho took the part or the oppressed. Henry bullied, threatened,
tried trickery and cajolery and violence all In vain. Nothing would shake the
new archbishop's calm strength nor his resolve to stand as the champion of
people and church against royal tyranny.
Becket changed his own manner of living, too, to be in keeping with the
holy orders he had assumed. Formerly he had dressed gorgoeusly, lived In
all the rude splendor of twelfth century nobles, and had feasted on the fat of
the land. From the moment ho was ordained archbishop he became an ascetic,
wearing a haircloth shirt, sleeping on stone, eating only bread and water.
As King Henry was in the midst of the court's Christmas revels of 1170
word was brought him of a new act of defiance on Becket's part. The King,
half drunk, promptly went into one of his roaring, babyish rages.
"Ot all the cowards who eat my bread," h'e howled, glaring around the ban
quet board, "is there no one who will rid me of this pestilent priest?"
Four noblemen of the table sprang to their feet and rushed from the room.
They, courticrllke. as well as drunk, each saw the chance to curry favor with
the King by playing the role of assassin. They went with all haste to Canter
bury Cathedral, and, with swords drawn, rushed to the steps of tho high altar
where the Archbishop was standing. Becket knew their purpose and had even
been warned of their coming. But ho made no move to flee. Facing them, he
t,a!d calmly:
"If all the swords in England wcro brandished ocr my head they could not
terrify inc. I shall ever be lighting God's battle."
Then, as he knelt at the altar to pray, the murderers plunged their blades
into hi.s body.
The whole world was aghast at tho sacrilegious crime. Loudly did Henry
protest that he had not intended his angry words as an order for Becket's
death. He did heavy penance, prayed at fnc slain Archbishop's tomb and In
othei cringing ways sought to atone for his sin and to evade the Pope's
righteous wrath.
The Invasion of Ireland.
Then an idea occarrcd to him whereby he could not only get temporarily
out of reach of the Pope's censures, but give England other things to talk
ubout than Its King's crimes. Ho declared war on Ireland.
Ireland was already In a state of ferment over rival claims to kingship
and over' the interference of the Danes and of the English. Something very
much like anarchy reigned throughout the tortured island.
King Henry, with a powerful arm. landed In 1171 at Waterford, and ad
vanced upon Daiblln. One city after another fell before him. and the native
Irinh rulers were gradually subdued. Roderic O'Connor, King of Cunnaught,
alone of all the chiefs, could not be overpowered "and brought Into submis
sion, but declared himself independent of the rest and held his mountain fast
nesses gallantly against the invader.
Henry, overlooking this single flaw in his series of victories, returned in
triumph to England. The first conquest of Ireland had been accomplished. Eng
land had gained Its first permanent foothold on the Emerald Isle. And pub
lic attention had for the time been drawn away from the horrors of Thomas
a Becket's murder. . , ,ggr . . , .
Good Stories
A Coming Business Man.
A." exclaimed j-oun eddv.
bursting into the bouse."
"Mrs. Johnson said she
would give me "a penny if
J told her what you said about her."
"I never heard of such, a thin"' said
his mother. Indignantly. 'You're a very
good boy not to have told! Heres an
apple, sonny, for being- such a wise lit
tle lad."
"I should think I am. ma. When she
showed me the penny l told her that
what you said was something awful, and
worth sixpence at least! Answers.
Her Age.
THE maiden lady ot uncertain ag
became very indignant when-the
census taker asked her age.
"Did you see the girls next
door." she asked; "the HH1 twins?"
"Certainly," replied the census man.
"And did they tell you their age?"
"Yes." '
"Well," she snapped as she shut th
door in his face. "I'm Just as old as
they are:"
"Oh, very well." said the census man
to himself, and he wrote down In his
book: "Jane Johnson as old as the
Hills." Pittsburgh Chronicle-Telegraph.
What's on the Program in
Washington Today
Meetings, evening:
Masonic Columbia Lodge, No. 3, and
Lebanon, No. 7; Hiram Chapter. No.
10, Royal Arch: Columbia Command- i
cry. No. 2, Knights Templar: Martha
Chapter. No. i. Order ot the Eastern
Odd -Fellows Central Lodge, Jo. 1. Me
tropolis, No. 16, and Phoenix No. 3;
Maganenu Kncarapmenf. No. 4; Mlri
iam. No. 6. Rebekah Lodge.
Knights of Pythias Syracusians Lodxe,
No. 10: Rathbone Temple. No. 8. Pyth
ian Sisters.
Health talks by Dr. Charles E. Barker
under auspices of Y. M. C A. tfteel
plant. 12 m.; navy yard car barn, i-13
p. m.; Imanuel Baptist Church. Six
teenth street and Columbia road. S
p. m and accountancy class, Y. M. C.
A., assembly hall. 9:30 p. m.
Meeting of Hope Council, No. 1. Inde
pendent Order Sons of Jonadab. eve
ning. Benefit card party by Beauregard
Chapter. United Daughters of the
Confederacy, the Cairo, evening.
Concert by United States Soldiers
Home Band. Stanley Hall. 3:30 p. m.
Monthly meeting. Citizens' Northwest
Suburban Association, Masonic Hall.
Tenleytown, 8 p. m.
Monthly meeting. Park View Clt'sens
Association, hall of Whitney Avenue
Christian Church, Park road and
Georgia avenue, 8 p. m.
National "The Argyle Case." S:15 p.'m.
Belasco "Peg o My Heart." S:13 p. m
M-, I.I.. 'mi Xfn. T1,.... . ..
eoiuiuuio. ',o. .Ms 4IUUHUC1, a;w
p. m.
Poll's "StrongbeartT 2:15 and 8:13 p
Keith's Vaudeville. 2:13 and 8:15 p. m.
Cosmos Vaudeville, continuous.
Casino Vaudeville, continuous.
Academy "Lavender and Old Luce.
8:15 p. m.
Gaytty Burlesque. 3:15 and 8:16 p. a.
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