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Craze Causes More Drinking,
Even Though There Is
Less Drunkenness.
OUR crowd filtered back to the
table and left again to danco.
Reed and I were once more
"A while ago," I reminded, "you said
something about men drinking more.
How do you account for that?"
"This cursed dancing craze," ho said.
'If you dance In New Yolk you're ex
pected to buy, and as you can't stuff
yourself with food all evening, you
drink. You dance and drink and dance
'vand drink, and while there may be less
urunKcnnesa meres moro draining
among girls and men alike."
"Why less drunkenness?"
New-Fashioned New York.
"Partly, I imagine," ho said, "becauso
you dance It off. Kour or flvo years ago
New Tork would have held up hands of
horror at lots of the stuff it swallows
now. Look at the songs. Would you
road one to your dear old grandmother
In a lace cap and mitts? Not on your
life! Yet girls like Joan and Ruth buy
them and alng them In a crowd.
"It's my oploion that a man need
only remember tome lino of a popular
song to hum Indecency to a girl when
ever ho has'tho notion. And the plays
and the books and even the newspapers
everything, ever;, body prints stuff that
wouldn't havo been tolerated a decade
ago. Didn't 1 take Joan to see a play
the other night th.it absolutely made
mc uncomfortable it was so baldly in
decent In spots, and she ncvar winked
an eyelash? Thought it was wonderful.
And when tho least decent of two men
won back a girl with no thought of
marrying her, Joan's .sympathies were
all against the decent lellow who want
ed to hear the wedding hells ring. It
was more romantic, she said, and be
sides the good fellow was a stick. What
do vou think of that?"
"It's in the air," I said. "Theie's a
tawdry glitter about your groat metrop
olis that upsets values, bluis Ideals.
and amputates old-fashioned notions of
right and wrong."
"Anvth'ng old-fashioned gets the
laugh In New York." said Reed "We're
getting more luxurious and more Roman-like
every day. We're frivolously
Indifferent to most responsibilities save
the big one of making money, and we
make money so we can be frivolous at
night. We pay fool prices for our en
joyment and think we have a bang-up
good t'me."
"Yet," I suggested suddenly, "there
Isn't a spot In the world where you can
rind more genuinely good things bunch
ed than In New York. Look at vour
winter symphony concerts, and every
artist of note gives to New York his
The Old Moral Teacher.
"And what does the flotsam and jet
sam of Broadway know about that?"
ho asked. "Wo mislay all Interest In
that side in the bubbles of a cham
pagne glass and the glitter of the
bright lights. And our women are a
beautiful, artificial, daint'ly-clgarette-smoking,
rouge-pot-lovlng, cocktall-slp-plng
crowd, sexless in their repud'ntlon
of the big natural fob nature meted out
to them, oversoxed In their sinuous,
sensual pandering to worse bide of
"But men are bad enough, the Lord
knows," I hinted. "You can't place the
whole burden of responslb'.lity on
"Men were bad enough," admitted
Reed, "without having women popular
ize their vices. It was better to fall
from grace and feel decently ashamed
of it, than brazenly to admit it in the
face of women who merely laugh. A
man goes a rule blower, I think, when
ho knows he's going to shock some
woman for whom he cares. But If
overy woman he knows doesn't caro a
hoot and laughs, he toboggans along
the wrong routes raptdlv.
"You can't tell me that a, girl like
Joan Arbeck Is the best Influence for a
bpx none too given to goodnebs. The
better your women the better your
roen. It's inevitable. A girl Ike Joan
Arbeck is a bigger factor In general
immorality than you and I as gentle
men would caro to admit."
Some Laws That
George Creel tell3 m Pltconal Re
view of laws In different States
where oqual suffrage is not granted
and shows how far short they fall
In matters protecting the wlfa and
the mother.
In New Jersey, as in South Caro
lina, there Is no State law against
the keeping of houses of prostitution.
Saddest thing and most savage of
ail, however. Is the fact that In
New Jersey children born out of
wedlock may not be legitimatized
even though the parents are mnrried
afterward. A bill to lift this curse
from the heads of Innocents was in.
troduoed in tho 1913 legislature, but
failed of passage!
Mr. Lodge and Mr. Weeks, the
Senators from Massachusetts, aro
two others equally firm In the be
lief that woman has no need for the
ballot owing to man's chivalrous
willingness to grant her smallest
wish. Jt took exactly forty years
of begging for tho mothers of
Massachusetts to get a Joint guard
ianship law; and even then It
was secured only through the horrid
compulsion of tragedy. A despair
ing wife, driven mad by the cer
tainty that her worthless husband
meant to scatter the six children In
institutions and apprenticed em
ployment, killed herself and the lit
tle ones Then the legislators took
Massachusetts' boasted laws for
the protection of working women aro
without teeth. Twenty-four Inspec
tors are provided for &0.000 manu
facturing establishments, and al
though 40,000 of the tollers aro wom
en and children, only four women
have been made Inspectors.
The State possesses a drastic eisht
hour day for all men paid from tho
public treasury, and all men fn
jvloyed by contractors doing the
work from tho State, yet a nine
hour day Is the best that tho wage
turning woman has been able to win.
New Fashioned Grandma
Causes Speculation As
To Her Real Happiness
Wouldn't She Like To Give Up Her Smart Clothes and
Tango Teas For Seat
By Fire? -
(CoDyrirht. 1915. Newepapor
I MET Grandma on the. street yes
terday. Grandma was shopping looking
for bead chatelaines and queer ear
rings and odd bracelets. No, not for
her grandchildren; for tho other grand
ma. And Grandma, herself, was dressed In
a bright bluo silk with ruffles to the
waist, and tho bottom ruffle didn't come
an inch above her shoe tojks, and sho
had on high-heeled shoes with yellow
tops and long yellow gloves, and a hat
that looked Just exactly like a mustard
pot mustard spoon and all. And her
waist was made of chiffon and was
open half way down to her belt.
And tho wind howled In from tho sea,
and the clouds scurried before tho blast,
and the men In the street turned up trie
collars of their storm coats and thrust
their hands deep Into their pockets, and
looked like illustrations in tho maga
zines. But Grandma wasn't cold. Oh, no I
She looked cold. Sho looked freezing.
Her nose was bluo and her poor wrink
led neck was purple with tho most as
tonishing high lights or raw red in it.
But she wasn't even chilly.
I had the bad taste to ask her and
rfie said, "Why. nol I'm perfectly com.
foi table." And I could seo that she was
cross at the very Idea.
And all the time that grandma kept
telling mo about tho tango tea she had
just left and tho late supper sho was
engaged for that evening, I kept think
ing over and over a very reprehensible
song that I hcatd once In a London
music hall.
Struggling To Keep Youth.
A woman sang it a big, brawny, rcd
oheekcj English woman, a little past
middle-age. She wore a queer rusty old
frock, an lmposslblo bonnet tied with
outrageous strings, and carried a huge
green umbrella
She sang all about her '"man." and
about muffins, and cups of tea, and
winkles and other English things, but
the refrain always came back some
thing like this:
"There was none of your hlghty-tlghty
Or hlgh-tlddle-de-lghty girls
When my old Doxey took me for a
We've sailed both fair and Btormy
Taking the whole of llfo together;
Fancy me doing tho altogether.
At my time of life."
And all the time that Grandma sim
For Women Readers
Vocational Training and Minimum
being asked separately In
Washington but "which hava
a distinct bearing upon one
another, are: "Do we need a mini
mum wage?" and "Shall wo havo vo
cational training in the schools?"
Some people seem to think that
Washington is such a terribly queer
little, strange little, politically sex
lesH village, that It need nover he
treated as a real city, and that Its
inhabitants, since they aro not per
mitted tho joy of breathing tho
smoke of a Booth Tarklngtonf"Tur
moil" city, are different from the
inhabitants of all other cities.
Whenever there is talk of voca
tional training those people say:
"Why? Washington children don't
have to work in factories and In-
Do Not Protect
Even this has a loophole that per
mits the women to be worked ex
cessive hotfrs, and does not apply
to stenographers, bookkeepers or
women of clerical work. The pen
alty for violating tho elght-hou: law
for fnen is a fine of one thousand
dollars or six months' imprison
ment or botli, while tho nine-hour
law for women may be violated for
one hundred dollars and no imprison
ment" England's Work
Mrs. Mabel Potter Daggett tells In
Pictorial Review just what the En
glish government U doing to improve
conditions in the birth and raising of
A group of medical men went out
.iftcr tho statistics. Thirty per cent
of tho deaths of children under one
year of ago, they reported, were to
be traced to that one cause of ma
ternal exhaustion. Then tho way to
begin with tho babies was to bogin
with the mothers. And tho govern
ment took Immediate steps, as was
announced in the house of parlia
ment, "for the improvement of the
conditions of pregnancy and child
birth and infant rearing throughout
the wholo country."
The thirty shillings bonus insures
that there bhall always be money In
the house at the critical Juncturo to
pay for somo sort of care for mother
and child, to be paid on the birth of
a baby to every family with an In
come of less than ono hundred and
sixty pounds a year. This is but one
feature of the great campaign Inau
gurated for tho conservatioa of tho
child. It is looked upon by the En
glishwomen of the working classes as
a great luxury to bo able to "He up
in bed" for a week, while another
woman cornea into attend to your
Feature Service. Inc.)
pered and giggled and shivered and
clinked and Jingled and rustled, I kopt
thinking over and over again:
"Fancy me doing tho altogether at
mv time of llfe'
Toll me, grjfldma; tell mo true, do
you really enjoy, doing the altogether
at your timo of life? Do you love to
be ono of the hlghty-tlghty girls, and
uo jou tancy yourself so well as a
hlgh-tlddle-de-lghty girl, that you really
i can't give it up?
I wonucr wnyr I keep wondering and
wondering. Is there only ono happy
time in llfo, grandma; only one timo of
Jov in living?
Don't you over long, honestly now,
grandma cross your heart and tell us
don't you over long for a seat by tho
11 ro andj a comfy house gown with
plenty or wadding In It and a book, and
borne quiet muslo und a memory or two
for company.
Don't you wish you wero out of
It for a while tho show and tho glitter
and tho pretense and the hypocrisy?
Don't you ever think how nice it would
bo to let your hair stay gray, and not
get the fidgets overy timo you catch
anyone looking too nartowly at the
yellow rurla under your mustard-pot
of a hat?
Comforts That Are Denied.
Wouldn't you love a nice pair of com
fy shoes and muff? And what would
you give to let out your corset and have
a good-old-fashioned riot on some hot
gingerbread and cheese and a glass of
new milk?
How about a coiklo party. Grandma,
with an old lrlcnd for each kind of
You've pretended so long there hao
been so many years of make-believe,
why, when your last grandchild died,
the one that looked so much like hl3
grandfather that It made vour heai t
leap to seo it you couldn't oven have,
a good cry in company, becauso crying,
they say, makes wrinkles!
I saw you at the theater tho other
night, and you wanted to cry. Grandma;
you know you did, and tho tears won I a
have done vou cood, too.
Nice, comfy, sentimental, boftcnlng
tears, over somebody else's troubles.
But, pshaw, you had to blink and wink j
and choke. Tears aro death to rouge. ,
Do you reallv like it all, Grandma, tho
tecterlntr walk, the empty talk, tho fool-
lsh envies, the crude ambition? Don t
you ever long to be lust a nice, kindly,
sensible, interesting old lady for a
I do wish you'd tell us, honestly.. It
would bo so interesting. Really It
dustrles; theio aro none:" When
ever there is tnlk of a minimum
wage these same say: "Why? Wo
haven't any great Industrial popu
lation sweating out their lives on
$j a week!"
Just because it Isn't going to Lene
ltt hundreds of thousands or bo epec
tucular. most folks don't want good
laws. They don't se tho relation
ship between vocational training
and the minimum wage.
Tho awakened interest In voca
tional training is a direct comple
ment of the minimum wage inter
est. For the moment the cmplover
gives a minimum wage he wants ef
tlciency. 11 "lie pays V or $S a week
he want.i good work.
But he can't get it, unless ho has
skilled workers. In order to be able
ot earn a living wage, the child
should be trained In vocational work.
In other words. If he Isn't trained he
doesn't work. If he doesn't work, ho
doesn't eat, and tho State takes caro
of him In the end.
It looks as If It might bo tho direct
duty of the Stuto to save money by
training tho child for a Job In outh.
What matter If there are just a few
hundreds of overworked and under
paid girls and boys, men and wom
en In Washington? The fact that
there are so few of them, In compari
son with other cities, is no earthly
reason why they must llvo on noth
ing, no guarantee that they can't get
just as hungry, per individual as do
tho factory hands of Massachusetts.
After all, there's a leal Washing
ton, of tradespeople, and commercial
houses and clerks not In tho Govern
ment employ, and there aro so many
of them that the McKlnley Manual
Training School and tho Business
High School are flooded with pupils.
They seo the relationship between
the minimum wage and vocational
training in the gmdo schols. It's time
all of the other folk in Washington
who oppose either law saw it too.
for Better Babies
household and wait on you whllo you
fold your hands and get strong. And
if you shouldn't get strong, the gov
ernment may not want you so much
as oven to wash your dlsshes. Thero
is a pregnancy sickness benefit, by
which you may receive. If your doc
tor certifies to your need for It, a
sum of seven shillings and slxpenco a
wock for a period of twenty-six
weeks, while ou are not supposed
to lift a finger to any household la
bor. That's the way the now ma
ternity Is appreciated. And tho birth
of a baby now In England is Import
ant enough that the government
takes note of it. By tho notification
of births act. tho new arrival must
be reported within thirty-six hours at
tho health department of your bor
ough. About a week later a "lady
health visitor" is sent by the depart
ment to inquire if you're all right
and how you're getting on. Out of
her hand-bag she passes you a
pamphlet of instructions on "How to
Bring Un a Baby," the first para
graph of which says: "Keep your
own health good. The health of your
baby depends on your own." She
tells you that any time you want her
r.dvicc, about tho baby, she'll ho glad
to come, but that really to learn how
you should go to tho School for
Mothers. And she directs you to
the nearest one. From Pictorial Re
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