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' THE WASHINGTON TIMES. WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 24? 19l5.
8fteaahn0ton me P0BUSHED EVERT EVENING (Including Sunday) By The Washington Times Company, THE MUNSBY BUILDING, rnna. av. FRANK A. MUNSEY, President. B. H. TITHERINGTON, Secretary. G. H. POPE, Treasurer. On Tear (Including Sunday). I3.E0. 81 Mentha, Vtt. Three Mentha, Me. EnUrad at tha potofflc at Washington, t). C, aa aeeond claaa mall matter. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 1915. THE SEAMEN'S BILL vThe conferees have agreed on the Bo-called seamen's bill, and with the report signed up and ready for pres entation to both houses, there is no obstacle to its becoming law save the possibility of being pocketed and smothered. There ought to be no danger of this, in view of the long discussion and the character of the compromise that comes from the conference. This legislation has been under consideration so long, and in Buch careful detail, that there will be no excuse for its failure at this Stage. As reported out of the conference the measure is described as very Satisfactory in its treatment of the Mamen, but not all it ought to be in the matter of equipment and manning of vessels to insure the reasonable safety of life in event of .disasters at sea. It does, however, go far enough to lay down principles on which there may be further con struction later. It represents a sub stantial achievement in the right di rection, and one which must not now be sacrificed by reason of failure to get attention and action upon the report. DONATION WEEK WORK District donation week will net about $3,000 for Washington chari ties. Last evening's returns raised the total to $2,500, and a number of boxes are yet to be heard from. This amount does not reach the total of cities where weeks of prep aration preceded a strenuous and united effort, and where all regular contributions to charity fundB were counted in the total. This fund, col-l lected by Washington club women, represents an addition to the con tributors through routine channels. This amount also represents the email giver. There were not more than ten contributions of more than $10, with the exception of those in one box on the first day. Washing ton also contributed this amount af ter it had responded generously to a plea for the Belgians, after individ ual campaigns of the city's chari ties,' and after such efforts as the Y. M. C. A. and Y. W. C. A. mem bership campaigns, now in progress. Previous efforts of this sort not only made contributions hard to get but made workers even more scarce. If the women could have obtained a larger quota of workers, their total Would easily have been increased by several thousands. Perhaps the most notable feature of the latter part of the campaign were the collections among theater goers. At Keith's alone the "total amount collected was only a few dol lars short of the $500 mark. It is the custom of some charity workers to rail against the theatergoer. But this week proved that theatergoers form one of the most generous groups in a community. TWO GOOD MEASURES The conference report on the Dis trict appropriation bill contains two items affecting the Washington schools that will make for the bet ter administration and a wider use fulness of the entire system. Of greater import is the item which places the appointment of Board of Education members in the hands of the District Commission ers, who already have jurisdiction over the physical groperty and equipment, the payment of teachers salaries, and all other financial af fairs of the schools. The present anomalous method of having the Su preme Court name members of the board left that body accountable to no one in particular, and embar rassed it in its work as much as it did the District officials. This dual control has been the cause of end less friction between the school board and various District officials, otably the District Architect's of fice. The second provision, which per mits the attendance at Washington schools of all children whose pa rents nre employed in the District throws open the advantages of Washington schools, without tuition fees, to many families living across the District line in Maryland or in Virginia. The provision which ex cluded these children from Washing ton schools unless tuition was paid put a tax upon suburban develop ment. It excluded from free tuition children of parents .who were as much a part of the District activi ties as many who lived within its borders. In a session wherein the District fes figured in Congressional pro- ceedings principally as a target for, (unwarranted attacks it is a comfort to note intelligent constructive mcas ures like these which show evidence of a genuine understanding of, and interest in, Washington's schools. . HARRISON AND CHICAGO By a majority' which is not less than 70,000 and may be much more, Carter H. Harrison has been defeat ed for renomination for mayor of Chicago by the Democrats, and Rob ert M. Sweitzer named. The out come has far more than a mere local significance for Chicago. Harrison has maintained an alliance for a long time with the Hearst forces in Chicago. That alliance made Dunne governor and then defeated Sullivan for Senator. But Harrison was not prepared to fight the Wilson National Adminis tration, and his refusal to preside over a public meeting organized for the purpose of protesting against the repeal of the canal tolls legisla tion brought on a coolness between his and the Hearst faction, result ing in that faction giving him very mild support for renomination. At the same time the Sullivan forces placed in the field a strong candidate in Sweitzer, who is a brother-in-law of Roger Sullivan, and called in all reserves for the fight to destroy Harrison. The lat ter has been engaged of late in an effort to clean up the town, and the fear that it might, by xlint of the vote of the women, "go dry" in the not distant future, commanded a powerful support from the faction that calls itself liberal. Altogether it was too strong a combination for Harrison. Carter Harrison, the younger, has been five times mayor of Chicago, covering a total of twelve years.' His father occupied the same place for five terms, making in his case a total of only ten years. More than half the time in the last generation a Carter Harrison has been mayor of the city. The younger Harrison developed with the growth of the better sentiment of the town, and made himself, if not a powerful leader, at least a remarkably ac curate exponent of the aggregate sentiment of his community. He seemed to have a genius for under standing how far his people would go with him, how much of reform and of radicalism they wanted. His leadership in the long- fight against street railway interests, in Chicago and at Springfield, made one of the dramatic episodes in American mu nicipal experience. The overwhelming defeat of Har rison seems to be a sign of the times, the Democratic party being a se vere sufferer in those Northern com munities where in 1912 it secured electoral majorities. Torn by fac tions, while the opposition is getting together under the old Republican banner, the Democrats of Illinois would seem to be preparing to en able their State to resume its old place in the Republican column in 1916. A TIME TO "GO SLOW" News dispatches state that one or more Scandinavian powers will pro vide warships as convoys for their merchant vessels destined for bel ligerent ports, in order to protect them from dangers in the two war zones the North Sea and the wa ters surrounding England and Ire land. If this is actually done, Scan dinavia may easily become involved in the conflict, not so much by rea son of mine or submarine as by the necessity of maintaining exact neu trality. A nation that provides an escort of warships for its merchant craft would be guilty of a hostile act if it should refuse to afford such pro tection to its vessels carrying car goes which one belligerent has arbi trarily declared to be contraband to a port of the other belligerent. For instance, usage and recognized inter national law permit neutral trade in foodstuffs with the non-combatant population of a belligerent country, and if commerce were conducted un der the protection of a neutral's armed forces and that -neutral were to refuse to grant such protection to vessels carrying foodstuffs to one belligerent because the other bellig erent declared trade in foodstuffs was not permissible, it would be falling short not only of its obliga tions to civilization, but might be guilty of acting in association with a hostile power. It would be bound morally to afford protection to all legitimate commerce of its nationals, even if in so doing it were chal lenged by one of the belligerents. Therefore it would be well for Scan dinavia to "go slow." Events are transpiring rapidly that are sufficient to give every neu tral nation pause. Developments in the naval warfare between Great Britain and Germany in particular tend to fill one with apprehension lest the extremes resorted to during the Napoleonic wars shall be revis ited upon the world. A new conti nental system is in process of fpr mation. It is in ijts early stages, but these stages are such as to alarm even the most temperate minded. Legitimate warfare has given way to uncivilised practices, and these i have invaded the open seas which be- long to all the world, putting in peril the lives and property of the nationals of nations' at peace. Re cent events have brought the war very close to the people of the United States. A crisis is 'at tha very heart of our foreign relations, resulting from gross disregard by one belligerent or another of the rights of neutrals on the high seas. It was the flagrant abuse of such rights that caused the war of 1812. England and Germany are seeking to take a strangle-hold on one an other and neutral ships that come close to them are in unquestioned danger of destruction. Every belligerent will go to all limits possible, under the checks ex ercised by neutrals; and unless the neutral position is maintained there will be no restraints left and world law will disappear entirely until af ter the war shall have ended, when the victors will proclaim it anew in a fashion to suit themselves. The situation contains 'potential perils that cannot be exaggerated, but be cause of that fact It behooveB all neutral powers to think deliberately, unmoved by passion, and if the time comes to act to put all their strength into that action. NO WAR OF CONQUEST Germany, according to informa tion from an excellent source in Ber lin, wirelessed to London today, does not plan an extensive conquest of Russian territory. In fact it will be satisfied when it shall have taken Warsaw and made itself master of Old Poland. It is explained that the problem of feeding an alien popula tion has already become as large as Germany wishes to make it. In the early period of the war Ger many, and Russia as well, found it advantageous to sweep into alien territory and carry away livestock, grain, and whatever etee would serve to maintain people and industry at home, leaving the people of that ter ritory to shift for themselves. This was the course of Germany in Bel gium and in the early invasion of Poland; it was the proceeding of Russia in its incursion of the Gali cian part of Poland, now an Aus trian possession. But that program does not in the long run strengthen the conquering power. It embit ters the people and makes occupa tion of the territory the more diffi cult and dangerous. The Poles of Galicia, ravaged by Russia, have been driven to the firmer allegiance to Austria, while the Poles of Po land proper have been tied to Rus sia because they have tseen their country ruined by German armies The German concession that there is, to be no great conquest of Rus sian territory is a bit suggestive, however, of a new German attitude There is little room to doubt that if the German plans of the early stage of war had been carried out suc cessfully, and if France and Poland had been successively occupied, Ger many would have demanded im mense indemnities from France plus a large cession of territory from Russia. It was not until a very late day that Germany gave the prom ise to restore Poland. For Germany, the time is past when a war of conquest is to be con sidered, and therefore, today's an nouncement may be taken as indicat ing a new attitude. The economic pressure on Germany is, according to a wide variety of accounts, get ting heavy. Conquest and occupation of alien territory is a difficult and expensive business. Food is getting precious and gold is disappearing from sight in Germany; two signs that the burden of a long war begins to be felt in every home, no matter how far from the 3cene of the fight ing. Germany is under siege, and will feel the effects more and more with every month from now for ward. The astonishing measures that have been adopted to retaliate against England, the frank admis sion that Germany is force'd to these be6ause of the danger of starvation, testify that there is going to be no magnificent effort at Napoleonic con quests. It is going to require all the power and all the resources of Germany, and of" France and Rus sia as well, to carry on the war with out thought of wide conquests. If there is any considerable readjust ment of the map, it will concern Turkey and the wide-flung Colonial possessions that Germany claimed before the war. Neither the eco nomic condition of the warring coun tries nor the underlying political conditions will permit a war of con quest to be carried on from either side. Nor will they permit very ex tensive rearrangements of frontiers within the continent of Europe when the peace conference sits down with the map before it. Indiana Senate Bill ' Hits News Monopoly INDIANAPOLIS. Feb. 24.-By a vote of XI to 10. the Indiana .., .. passed tlio Clarke bill, wlilch would pro- to sell Its news sen Ice to anyone who applies for It Senator Clarke explained briefly to day that the object of the measure was iu pri'veni a monopoly. There was no debate on the bill. It URGES BAN ON U. S. E Congressman Butler Wants Wil son to Forbid Vessels to En ter Area of Danger. "In the name of nod's service, for the safety' of our people and the love cf humanity, let some, one tell tjioso Ameri can trader they must stay away from those fields of death," shouted Con gressman Tom Butler of Pennsylvania tn the House late yesterday, In urging a Presidential proclamation forbidding American ships to enter the "war lone" of European waters, Mr. Butler Raid that American ship pers should be told by the President or Congress that If they enter tho war zone It Is at their own risk, and this country will not redden the 'waters of tho Atlantic with the blood of its sailors because some trading ship Is lost In for bidden territory. Congressman Butler, an advocate of "peace with honor," and a Quaker, de livered an brief but Impassioned speech, referring to former President Taft's warning that this country Is In danger. He was Inclined to heed the warning when a man of Mr. Taft's ability sees danger. Mr. Butler added: "I was greatly pleased. I even ap plauded the declaration which the Pres ident made some time ago cautioning all of his people to neutrality, to mod eration of apeeoh, to temperate lan guage, and good behavldr. In my judgment, the wishes of the President as expressed In that proclamation have been largely compiled with by the American people. I liellevo that he ought now to go further. "I 'wish tho President of the United States could sen it to be his duty to make another proclamation, to warn these ship owners, to warn those who sail ships and carry produce upon tho seas to these belligerent nations, to keep from this death zone. Would Have President Act. "A few minutes ago I waa In con versation with the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Mann). lie and 1 are two men who recall well the effect the destruction of American property and the destruction of American lives has upon the American people, for we sat here In 189S when the American peo ple crowded around this Capitol and forced men like the gentleman and myself who had determined, for our selves, that there should be no war, into a declaration In favor of It. Why cannot he 1'resldent of the United States make antother proclamation in which he might say, if he would per mit a humble individual like mo to suggest It, what our rights are nc- rordlng to the numerous treaties; that we have the right to go beyond this dead line marked out by these bel ligerents. "Jt is true It mav be agreed bv that that we should attend the markets of belligerents and our safety was there by guaranteed while we delivered our products. Why does he not go fur ther and say. if you go, you so upon your own risk. Why does he not say to these market men. If you lose your snip u goes down as your snip and we will not redden the waters of the Atlantic with the blood of American scMiers and sailors In order to make 6 od what you have lost," League to Honor The Bard of Avon Percival Chubb, of St. Louis, Out lines Plans for Shakes pearean Celebration. Plans for the celebration of tho 310th anniversary of the death of .Shakespeare were discussed at tho Public Library last night by a number of Washing tonlans Interested In the matter. It Is planned to have a nation-wide observance of the anniversary. Percival Chubb, of St. Louis, who was appointed some time ago to take, charge of the matter In the Interests of the Drama League of America, made a brief ad dreyi. In which he outlined the. need of a more Intimate study of Shakespeare and a clearer understanding of what his great plays and poems mean. The Idea that was suggested was to form a Shakespearean stock company of professional actors of not to visit the principal cities and at the same time to hold In these cities special entertain ments where the old folk songs would be sung In costume and Shakespearean pageants produced. While no definite plans have been made for Washington. It is understood that a number of people have Interested themselves in the movement. Llhrarian George F. Howcrman, who presided at last night's gathering, will receive sug gestions and explain the plans to those who might be interested. Chorus of 150 Sought For Partiotic Production The first rehearsal of "Columbia Triumphant in Peace," which is de scribed as a patriotic ode. will be held at the Public Library tomorrow night. A chorus of 160 voices Is desired by Prof. H. Hammer, under whose direc tion the production will be given some time In April. Richards Bible Class To Give Entertainment The Rev. J. J. Mulr, pastor of Temple Baptist Church, will deliver the princi pal address at an entertainment to De given In the Sunday-school room of the church tonight by members of the Rich ards Bible Class. The program Includes both vocal and Instrumental music. German Societies to Honor Bartholdt and Vollmer Plans for a reception by the United German Societies in honor of Con gressmen Richard Bartholdt of Missouri and Henry Vollmer of Iowa were formu lated last night at a meeting in Saen gerbund hall, 3M C street northwest. The terms of both the Congressmen expire March 4. It is planned to have the reception soon after that date. G. W. U. Wants Debates With G. U. gndCornell Efforts are being made at George Washington University to arrange de bates with Cornell and Georgetown Universities. The Columbian Debating have been busily engaged ' 7or the last onciciy mm uie t'nlvcrs tv Concress SHIPS IN WAR ZON PROGRAM (For Today and Tomorrow.) Meeting of fraternal, social. nd othtr organization of the Nation's Capital, together with a brief tabulation of the most Important events scheduled for today and tomorrow, and attractions at the arloui playhouse. By reference to this column the reader may find at a glance the time and place of happen ings In Washington today and tomor row. The Sunday laaue of The Tlmea present a program of events for the eniuing week. TUy. Annual dinner. Mich I fan Agricultural Col- lege alumni, New Ebbltt, $ ibltt, 8:30 p. m. Meeting, Washington Theoaophlcal Federa tion, lecture hall. Public Library, J p. m. Meeting. D. A. IU State historical commit tee, study nom, rubllc Library, 10:30 a. m. Masonic Harmony, No. IT, School of In struction: Mount Pleasant, No. 1J. Royal Arch Masona; Washington, Ne. 2, KnlghU Templar; Naomi, No. 3, Brookland. No. ll. Eastern Star. Odd Fellows Eastern, No. 7; Harmony. No. ; Federal City. No. ro: Friendship, No. 12; Columbian, No. 1. Encampment. Knights of Pythias Grand Lodge, annual convention; Mount Vernon, No. 6; Union. No. 2Z; Columbia, No. 18; Friendship Tem ple. No. 9, Pythian Sisters. Woodmen of the World Potomac Camp. No. 9; Maple Camp, No. 11. Socialist Italian branch. Meeting, Roclety of Colonial Wars, blue room, ' Nw Wlllard. 8 p. m. Buffet aupper wilt follow. Concert, United States Soldiers ftome Band Orc.'isstra". Stanley Hall. Soldier' Home. 7:3H p. m. Illustrated talk. "Passion Play," Mrs. Mar garet L. Coope. In hall of St. Paul's Church. Fourteenth and V atreete north went, I p. m. Annual dinner. Order of Washington. Hotel Richmond. 8 p. m. Bridge party and tea. District Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, at reildenoe of Mrs. Robert T. Lincoln, 2 to p. m. Public meeting. In Interest of Berea College and the Southern Highlander, Memorial Hall, Continental Hall. S:30 p. m. Meeting. Washington Auxiliary of the Na tional Indian Association, at home of Mrs. H. M. Fulton, 1500 Thirteenth street north west, 1 to 6 p. in. Meeting. Clan MaaLennan, No. 220. Order of Scottish Clan. iM SUth street northwest. 7:10 p. m. Euchre, whist and dancing to follow. Annual banquet, National Capital Motor cycle Club, Powhatan. 7:M p. m. Meeting, manufacturers' committee of tho Chamber of Commerce, In board room, 12 m. Lecture. "The Chinese Empire," Edward T. Williams, ball room, Cairo. S p. m. Meeting-, membership committee of Board of Trade, board room, 12 m. Amusements. National "The Girl From Utah." 2:15 and ;io u. m Relasco "A Pair of Sixes m. 2:20 and t:20 p. Columbia "Our Navy In 11B," motion ple tures, 2 and 8:15 p. m. Columbia New York Symphony Orchestra. 4:30 p. mt i-ou -xne ma mea, 2:15 and s:l6 p. rn. jj. r. rwmn auaeviue, s:ia ana s:u p. m. unsmos vaudeville (continuous)) casino vauoeMiic (continuous). Oayety Burlesque, 2:1 and :1S p. m. Majestic Burlesque, 11:16 p. m. Crandall' Photoplay. ,11 a. m. to 11 p. m. Strand Photoplays, 10 a, m. to 11 p. m. (Sarden Photoplays. 10 a. m. to 11 pi tn. Arcade Dancing, s p. m to 12 p. m. Tomorrow. Meeting. Study Club of Washing-ton Center of the Drama League, children's room, I'uh. lie Library, S.16 p. m Concert. Rubensteln Club, banquet hall, Ra leigh, 4:51 p m. Meeting, Washington Symphony Orchestra, 8 P m Elementsry Graded Sunday School t'nlon conference, gtudv room. Public Library, 3:30 p. m. Meeting. Capital Poultry and Pigeon Aeo- i lauun, muay room, mouc Library, 7:20 p m Dinner, I'nlverslty Club, large ball room, New Wlllard, 7 p. m Masonic The New Jerusalem. No. 9. Oorge ' Whiting. Temple.Noye. No. 32; Wajih- niKion. r.o .-, 11051 Arrn Masons; William F Hunt, No. 16. Eastern Star Odd Fellows Columbia, No. 10, Coennnt, No. 13. Excelsior. No. 17; Salem, No. 22. Knight of Pythlaa Grand Lodge conven tion. Harmony, No 21 Socialist -Young People' Hodallst league, lecture Illustrated lecture. "Mexico L'nder Spanish Rule, Mien Krn Marv Ferguson. Ppanlsh School of Washington. p. in Reception and entertainment for friend and patrons of Neighborhood House, at Insti tution. 40 N street south est. 2 to 10 p. m. Meeting. Fraternal iJrder of Eagles. In hall, p. m. Meeting. Keane Council. Knlghta of ."olum bu. K of C hall. 8 p m Ladles' night, entertainment, under auspices ,nf ladles' auilllarj'. B P. O. E , Elk' Hall. S p. in. Meeting, Esther Council. No. 20. Daughter of America. In hall. R p m Dinner, complimentary to Congressman Bar tholin, of Mlesourl, ftauacher'. 7 p. in Lenten talk, "Public Charities and tho Fam ly," George S. Wilson, rtauscrier'a. 11 a. m Dance. United Daughter of the Confederacy, 1222 Vermont avenue, t p. m. The Silver Lining Edited By ARTHUR BAER. Bread riots having broken out in Budapest; It is presumed that cake riots will soon break out In Newport. Only hope for those Plutes Is to take the nearest Jitney bus. At the present price of meat, the bluebird who twittered near Mt. Rainier was taking an awful chance. Only difficulty with 'trouserettes Is wifey will have no fun putting her hands in her own pockets. No matter how many submarine are ngaged In the torpedoing Industry, shad will continue to have as many bones as ever. imd tr-LaC "M o b t folks still have trouble in raising th' old price o bread." In his efforts to bunt Into print "Dutch" McDevitt should remember that nobody has ever gone over the Niagara Falls In a hoop skirt. Must bust Jonah's henrt to think of all the royalties he's missing from the underwater companies now playing his stuff. Doc Wiley urges armed neutrality, hut forgets to mention the menu. The civil war veteran who Is cutting his third set of teeth will have a tough time getting h loaf of bread to fit 'em to. Much chortling with anguish and an ger because loaves of bread only weigh twelvo ounces. Public should re member we can't Judge merit by mere weight. Look at the biscuits wlfcy hakes. Dr. Winbigler to Lecture. Dr. Charles 'l Winbigler will lecture under the auspices of the Washington Psycho-Therapeutic Society at tho Cairo ne.t Tuesday evening. His BUbJect will "Special Psychic Phenomena." I A. JaVlii JP Attractions Coming to Capital Theaters This afternoon at 4:30 o'clock tho llnal concert of the New York Symphony Orchestra for the present season will bs given at the Columbia Theater, with Josef Hofmann as the soloist. Special attention Is called to the hour for the concert by Conductor Dam rosch, for the reason that through some misunderstanding another time was set for the opening. It Is an nounced that the doors of the theater win be closed lmmcd atcly on me nc ginning of the first number and that no one will be admitted until that number Is completed, thus doing away with the annoyance that haa hitherto been caused by late comers. This will be the second appearance of Hofmann In this city this season and the program that has been pre pared for him Is of an unusual charac ter. The. orchestral, program also Is of special seiccxion. Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" will give entertainment to local theatergoers next week at the National, as it has previously to those of New York and iLondon. An admirable presentation Is made by Mrs. Patrick Campbell of a London flower girl with an atrocious East End accent. As a sort of modern but unconven tional Pygmalion, Eliza Is trained to acquire the tone and manner of a duchess. The result, aa evidenced on her first appearance In society, when her accent is elegant, her utterance dig nified, but amusingly careful, and the substance of her talk still of the slums. Is excruciatingly funny. In "Pygmalion" Mr. Shaw seems In clined to subordinate everything else to the desire of being; amusing. The satire Is keen, .the situations and the Incidents are original and laugh-provoking, and the dialogue of the char acters Is witty and In a spontaneous way. H would be next to criminal to tell the story of the new farce In which Lew Fields will appear next week at the Belasco, because to tell the story would rob the spectators of some of the Joy of discovering It for themselves when they see the Inimitable comedian In "The High Cost of Loving." It can be said, however, that Fields' role Is that of a Milwaukee mustard king. His wife Is the president of the local Purity League, and discovers that the Purity League has announced Its purpose to Investigate the antecedents of "a certain citizen" whose past is shady. The mustard king has been somewhat of a boy himself, and he isn't going to take any chances, so he Joins the Purity League, whose members are never ques tioned, as they are considered above repronch. Mr. Fields brings the company that supported him during the New York run of "The High Cost of Loving." In cluding James Lackaye, Ernest Lam bert, Wilfred Clarke, George Hasscl, Alice Fischer, Charlotte Ives, and others. One of the most Important dramatic productions of the year, the photoplay "Hypocrites," by Ids Webber, Is to be exhibited for the llrst time In public In Washington at the Columbia Theater next we?k. Thin is the play, that waa given a private exhibition at the Na tional Press Club a week ago and created a sensation. The story of th efllm deals with the search for Truth by a minister. The spirit of Truth holds tip her mirror be fore hll classes of society so that all may eee their fallings. The story of the lllm Is of great poetic valve, anil the production Is one of the mos. beautiful I cluctlon elaborately In every depart that has eer been put. Into film fotm. ment, and the scenery and costumine The film was made by the Bosworth Company, and was produced under the Peisonnl dlreclion of the authoress MOTHERS TO ATTEND Monroe Parent-Teacher Body Arranges Class to Meet First Tonight. Thirty mothers of school children will begin a course in cooking, with special strecs on the preparation of food for growing children, at the James Ormond Wilson Normal School tonight. Many more applicants were received, but the equipment at the school's cook ing room make a limitation to thirty necessary. Tho class which will gather each Wednesday night for twelve weeks was organized by the Homo and School Association of the Monroe School. In Its organization the Mothers' Congress co-operated, and it Is planned to open similar classes In other schools. Miss Jennie P. Wilkinson, a teacher ot domestic science In the public schools, will be the instructor.. Miss Emma 'Jacobs, director ot domestic science, helped outline tho course. The course Is tho Idea of Mrs. J. L. Wtlmeth, president of the Monroe School Association. Mrs. David ,H. Gotwals. Mrs. Emily Mann, Mrs. Iff H. Millard, Mrs. F. A. Williams. Mrs. (;eorge W. Cooper. Mrs. Joseph F. At kinson, and Mrs. E. W. Horton served on the committee which arranged the course. Little Red School Is Called Insanitary City Children Healthier Than Those of Country,' Educators Hear in Report. CINCINNATI, Feb. LM. Condemning the insanitary little red school house, a committee of the National Council of Education reported that city children are healthier than those of the country. The qnairman is Dr. Toman D. Wood, of Columbia University. He said that of 330,000 pupils in New York, TO per cent were defective, and of :34,iK rural pupils In Pennsylvania, 75 per cent were defective. The committee says tho health of city children Improved through medical In spection, good buildings, the teaching of hjglene. and hot lunches. It advocates better schools and hot lunches in rural dlstricU. Dr. Henry Favlll. of Chicago, said cow barns were better ventilated than any country school he ever saw. Order of Washington Gives Banquet Tonight The annual banquet of the Order 01 Washington will bo held at the IIoUol Richmond tonight. Rear Admiral Charles II Stockton, commander of tho order, will be the toastmaster. while the sneakeis will be John W. Small. Whitehead Klutz, tho Rev. John B. Clark, and Daniel S. Gordon. SCHOOL OF D i..A co.a,u,mJB. Ji'y of nn elaborate order, Doro tl.y Vctticin of Haddon Hall." la to bo tho offering of the now Poll Play crs next week. The play Is a very strong production and Is ono of the most .-icx-ptablc of tho dramatized pop ular novels. It will glvo tho patrons of the thea ter an opportunity to see the new Poll Players In a costumo piece for Uie first time. Miss Gilbert will be seen In the lead ing rolo and the production of this play will mark the first appearance with the company of Theresa Dale, the new character actress and second leading-woman. Four stellar features will attain hen1 a B. F. Keith Theater bill when next week there will appear Valeska tiuratt, Mabel Bcrra, Corradlnl's menagerie of marveid, and .Matthews, Bhayno and company. Miss Hurntt, with her' own company, will offer "Black Crene and Diamonds" and "The Moth and the Flame." Miss Berra, of comic opera fame, will offer "Songs That Have Charms." Corradlnl's menagerie Is remarkable for Its trained zebras. The Matthews Shayne farceurs will play "In Dream land." Other attractions of novelty and note will bo Henry Lewis, with "A Vaudeville Cocktail; Jcesc L. Lasky's "Eloping," wltfr Derrick and Hart; Rita Boland and Lou Holts In "A Trlp(o Ex tract of Fun," and Rcdford and Win chester In comic Jugfilpry. Next Hunday the vaudeville concerts at 3 and 8:15 p. m. will feature Joan Bawyer and company and the other acta In the present week's bill. Tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 o'clock. In his travel talk at the New National Theater, Dwlght Elmcndorf will con duct his hearers on a pilgrimage "Around tho Mediterranean." Starting at Madeira, the course will lead to Tangier, then to Algiers, to Phlllppcvllle, Tunis, and Carthage, and so on t,o Port Said and Cairo. A short sojourn In the Holy Land and the tour Is continued to ancient Ephesus, through the Dardanelles, of vital In terest In the present war, and on through the Adriatic, with glimpses of Corfu, Cattaro, Monte Carlo, and tho carnival at Nice. "Northern Europe" will be the sub ject of the next travcltalk. Music lovers and theater-goers gen erally are looking forward with keen interest to the grand opera engagement announced by the Belasco Theater man agement the week of March 8. The San Carlo Grand Opera Company has upon Its roster of principals the names of many notables. Tho first night of the opera week. when "Alda" will be sung. Is a bene fit under the auspices of Pelrce Guild, and more than 1,000 seats have already been sold for the event. Upon this occasion Mme. Ester Adabcrto, soprano; Agostlnl, dramatic tenor: ana Mme. Carolina Zawner. Russian mezzo so prano, will appear. Lew Kelly and the "Behman Show" will make their annual visit at the Gayety Theater next week. With a new book, catchy music, new songs and comedy, thp Behman show Is destined 10 uuiMirHte last wason h success. Lew Kelly, quaintly humorous as ever. continues to make his comedy creation a burlesque classic. Lon Haskall con tributes generously to the success of the entertainment, as do also Ameta Pynes, Jean Irwin, Vincent Mack, Wynn Douglas. James Ten Brooke, and Corlnne Ford. Manager Hlnsrer has equipped the pro I Is the most sumptuous he haa ever I Provided. There are twq acts with four 'scenes and eighteen big song numbers. Tours Relief Stations and Ob tains Time Card at One of the Stops. NEW YORK. Feb. 24,-Col. Theodore Roosevelt got a Job yesterday after non. Jn the course of an Inspection tour of the five depots In Brooklyn where the unemployed are (riven tempo rary work my the mayor's comrr:ttee on unemployed, the colonel asked for a Job, gave first-class references, and got It. He signed a time card, worked half an hour according to the, entries on the time card and was given a basket of groceries for his toll. However, he re fused to take them home with him. Although he joined the army of the unemployed as a volunteer Colonel Roosevelt was exceedingly busy throughout yesterday afternoon. Ac companied by Mrs. J. w. Tumbrldge, chairman of tho' Brooklyn bundle day committee,- and William. Hamlin Chllds, $h,rJna.n for . Broklyn of Mayor Mltchel's committee, he made a flying trip to the relief workshops, Inspecting ail parts of them, approving with char acteristic expressions everything lie saw. and at the end of the trip asserting he had been tre me'ndously Impressed; that the work of the committee In es tablishing such station was "bully," and that he believes It has been most bene ficial. The colonel got his job at the relief station, where 110 men and women roll b,an'if'seB- rcfmir furniture, and mend clothing In the course of his convTrsa L'fi", ?;',h ?apt' John Klngsepn of the Salvation Army, who is In charge of the station with Col. E. J. Parker Colon, 1 Roosevelt asked "how a man went about getting a Job. " ,.'Vchnv? n ,lme card 'hey sign," said Captain Klngsepp, "and in the margin of It Is punched their time. W hen they apply for work we get ref erences, If we cun. and try to determine if they are really In need of help or are profeuslonal beggars." Roosevelt1 gCt a JOb?" ,nqulrcd Colonel "Surely. We'l mains you No. Al. How about references?" ,uJU Suf" LS1" J u!"!' "feronceil III vouch for him If he wants to work," lnterpoeed Mrs. Tumbrldge Captain Klngsepi. rapidly tilled out the blank, writing in the colonel's namo and address, but stopped when he reM.t'?.cd t,Ie llm' marked "occupation." What Is your occupation?" he asked. Oh. just leave that line blank" Colonel Roosevelt said. "What do you want for your work'" inquired Captain Kingsepp, "Groceries clothing, coal, or cash?" "'"' "I'll take Kroccrric8." But he didn't. a WHITE HOUSE CALLERS Speaker Champ Clark. Senator Simmons of North Carolina. Senator Fletcher of Florida. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Peters. H. L. Cooper. Commissioner Daniels, of the Interstate Commerce Commission. ROOSEVELT LANDS JOB FOR HALF HOUR MAIL BAG (From The Times Readers.) Communications to the Mall Uag must n written on one side of tho paper only; mut not exceed 200 word In length, and must be signed with nam and addreaa of the sender. The publi cation of letter In The Time' Mall i!" .B not "lean the Indorsement by Tho Tlmea of the opinions of the writer. The Mall Hag la an open forum, here the citizens of Washington can nrsue most question. Wants Rifle .Ranges Near Every Town. To 'the Editor ot THE TIMES: Why not create an opportunity and the means whereby all citizens may be come marksmen and sharpshooters; mako them acquainted with rifles, used to handling them and Ilrlng at targets 100, 300. K, and 1,000 yards distance? 1 do not propose to do away with school cadets or tho militia or different organ izations now existing, but to provide, throughout tho x United States, near hamlets, villages, and cities, a rifle range, wlth'a small buiming for storing rifles and ammunition. B. S. M. Washington, Feb. 24. Asks Assistance of Officials For erdic Drivers. To the Editor of TUB TIMES: Will not the proper authorities .assist the herdlc drivers on Sixteenth street? These men must work from llvo to eleven hours without a minute's rest, In fact they are not allowed time to get out of their seats. Imagino tho hard ships imposed upon them, sitting in one cramped up position for five hours and not a chance to go to a convenience station! How can this herdlc company be al lowed to Injure tho health of Its . ployes? it is inhuman and a great in justice. . The company Is requiring Its drivers to violate the law every day. A round trip Is nearly four miles, to be run In twenty minutes. Now at twelve miles per hour the twenty mlnutCB is used up, still not a second is allowed for crossing twenty-six cross streets at eight miles per hour, and turning seven corners at six miles per hour, as well h to stop on an average of sixteen times for passengers. No wonder they have so many serious accidents. Is the law being violated, or are those drivers so marvelous that they can do the seemingly Impossible? , ., HDWIN C. GEORGi:. Washington, February 23. The Chamber of Commerce and the Crosser Bill. To the Editor of THE TIMES. The sentiment expressed by, the Cham ber of Commerce at Its last meeting is not the public sentiment of the District. Their chief reason In opposition to the Crosser bill Is that the regulatory power of the Utilities Commission Is not suf ficiently tried out. The members of tho Chamber of Commerce do not ride In the street cars of Washington very much; a large percentage of them have their automobiles, and they do not play the rolo of straphanger. The Cropscr bill Is .1 piece of progressive legislation designed to benefit the whole people of Washington, to clve us better service, better conditions for the tollers, cheaper fures. and universal transfers. Tho eight-hour law for women waa another progressive measore opposed by the Chamber of Commerce, th Board of Trade, Retail Merchants' As sociation, laundry and hotel managers, and nearly all employers of woman labor In tho District. The Chamber of Commerce wants, the Utilities Commission to wlthhhold fur ther action until they are heard on the street railway extension on Fourteenth street, between K and Pennsylvania avenue. The fact is, it the street rail way is extended hetween those points It will interfere with large property in terests. A recent editorial says the Grosser bill would Involve the District In a bonded debt of $50,000,000. In 190S Gen eral Harries told u Congicssional com mittee that all tlio street railways in the District could bo bought outright for $17,750,000. Mr. Grosser found, after an extensive investigation, the physical valuation of both properties to be about J25.000.000, and that was considered n high figure. Congress gave them a free and perpetual franchise, and the Dis trict would not be expected to pay for a franchise that never cost the com panies a cent The Chamber of Com merce is not by any means represent ing 360.000 people living In the District as far as municipal ownership is con cerned. We have a very efficient Utili ties Commission, but every order they Issue is met bv the railroads with re fcistancc. Some of tho greatest munici pal franchise experts In this countrv have franklv admitted that regulation of public utilities lias proved tt failure, and that the onlv solution Is in munici pal ownership, which we hope to see es tablished in the District of Columbia on a sound basis for the benefit of the wholo people. J- J- DORL. Balmy Days Are To Be Continued Weather Man Forecasts That Rain Will Pass and Warm Spell Return. A continuation of the spring weather for several days is promised. The showers are due to cease this afternoon, it is stated, although it will be partly cloudy tonight and tomorrow Theie will be no material change In the temperature, and Indications aro that Friday will be another balmy day. A large flock of wild geese were seen passive over the city today, flyinc northward, which is taken t nntuie students ns a further Indication thai winter is ncarlng its close. Out In the woods the first wild flow ers, responding to the warm showeis and sunshine, nre beginning to push . their way up through the wet leaves, and with a few more days of sunshine will be in full bloom. Dr. W. C. Ruediger Attends Teachers' Convention Dr. William Carl Ruediger. dean of the Teachers' College ot tho George CnoV,lrrl.r, ITnlVPrsltV. Is In ClnCift- natl attending the meeting of the So i.. nr rviiieire Teachers ot lducstion and the Department ot SupermtcndenlH of the National Education Association He Is scheduled to present before the . former organization a paper on Credit Granted by Colleges and Universities to Graduates of Normal Schools. Canada Assembles New Army Near Montreal SEATTLE, Wash., Feb. ;4.-Tho thir teenth oveiseus battalion of Canadian troops, which has been in training at the Willows camp, near Victoria, Brit ish Columbia, left last Monday by spe cial trains over the Canadian Pacific railroad. The 1.?00 men from British Columbia will Join the arm that Can ada is now assembling near Montreal. Canada's fcfeond contingent will, not cross the ocean In transports conoyed by wa ramps liKe tne nrst contingent, but will go a few hundred men at a on regular raseerger ships. ' )