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THE WASHINGTON TIMES,' FRIDAY: MARCH 2? 1917. a -i ADVERTISEMENT MIMiM MIIIMWMIIIIWW BMII1I1 HMIIIIIII1 HM BMIIHIH BWIIII1 IWMIil HWIilllilllimMliII!il!5Mllllil ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Til , -f& m M I 5S& iilli Editorial from 7fl6 JVcifJ Yovk Wofld of March 2,1917 t 1 Washington Despotically Dry - ." l A' V Prohibiting the liquor traffic in every form in the District of Columbia, a Democratic Congress has exercised despotic powers with much less regard for personal liberty and the principle of home rule than has been shown by the Russian Czar and Duma, even under the stress of war. ; The Petrograd autocrats interdicted only spirits. Their imitators on the Potomac place trie lightest of wines and beers under the ban. .' Washington, of course, is not a self-governing city, and its people, except as they retain citizenship elsewhere, are without the ballot. But Washington is the capital of the United States, to which large numbers of people from -every State repair for business or pleasure, and its fixed population is considerable. To deny to such a community any voice in the settlement, of a question of morals, customs and health is tyranny almost without a parallel in this i country. There was a time when the Democratic Party, eccentric and perverse in some other respects, adhered firmly to the principle that men were able to govern themselves and that they had an inalien-. able right to govern themselves. Our freedom in the past from espionage, persecution and all manner of proscription, sumptuary, religious, social and political, was largely due to democracy's stout insistence upon elementary human rights. Yet the Congress which with large majorities passed this arbitrary act without consulting the people affected by it has a so-calied Democratic majority of fourteen in one branch and of twenty in the other. s