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EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE WASHINGTON TIMES JUNE 29, 1917 WASHINGTON IheHMitjjton Ume EDGAR D. SHAW. Publisher. Entered aa second clan matter at the Poatofflea at Washington. D. a Published Every Evening (Including 8undays) Br the Washington Times Company, Munsey Building, Pennsylvania Ave. One Tear (Including Sundaya). tl 50. Six Months, ll.tl. Three Months, Ht FRIDAY. JUNE . MIT Lady Suffragettes We Admire, 0 Respect and Fear You Thus We Live Up to the Suffragette Program and Desire. But Just for the Present, PLEASE Let the President At tend to the War. "Thou art beautiful, 0 my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem (but just at this particular moment), terrible as an army with banners." Solomon, 6,4. Don't be terrible, suffragette sisters. We don't know just what yon did to wise Solomon so long ago. But don't do it now to anybody. This is n otime for suffragette terribleness. Prussian Schrecklichkeit is enough to deal with at one time. Each lady suffragette has been, might be or will be a mother. Lady suffragettes, if you WERE a mother, and were busy with a sick baby, would you like a man to come and play the trombone under the baby's window? Woodrow Wilson is sitting up at night and working in the day with sick triplets named War Problem, Food Prob lem, and Prohibition Foolishness. Ladies, why do you insist on playing your suffragette trombone under HIS window?" You could make that noise somewhere else just as well, and impress the public, satisfactorily. Come over and demonstrate in front of The Times Build ing. Hare, you will be welcome, here you will be seen and admired by a crowd greater than that which sees you at the White House gates. We shall entertain you with editorial conversation, and on hot days we'll send out free ice cream, vanilla and straw 'berry mixed, to match your complexions. You may issue here on our doorstep, proclamations, just as though you were all Presidents of Honduras. And we shall gladly print them, if they contain nothing to annoy the man who is the most important worker in the country. The man who writes .this has written in favor of woman suffrage, and all of its manifestations for years twenty years before any woman was voting in the United States. We sympathize sincerely with the women, who are com pelled to send their sons to war, and have no voice in any making of laws. We despise the man who cannot see the justice of their cause. But we ask the woman suffrage party to remember that no principle or its advocacy is as important now as immediate, uninterrupted WAB ACTION. Would you disturb a surgeon working at the operating table? Don't disturb Dr. Wilson, who is cutting the war germ out of Germany. Let Germany win whichshe won't and yon suffragett" would have for steady diet the famous imperial statement that women should mind their own business and attend to "Kinder, Kirche, Euche" (children, church, and kitchen). We are convinced that the President is today the firm advocate of woman suffrage, that he will do everything that he can to bring it about, in every State of the Union, and also in this District of Columbia where men as well as women are treated like idiots, children, Indians not allowed to vote. Dear lady suffragettes, if you had on hand the task that rests on the weary shoulders of the President of the United States at this moment, you would expect every human being to consider you first, and the country's needs first. Set the good example. Do not let people say that suf fragettes, the THINKING WOMEN of this nation, set their immediate success, ahead of the nation's needs. Do not allow yourselves to be classed with those fanat ics and bigots in the corridor of the Senate, who in the name of Prohibition, and reckless of the national emergency, are trying to force THEIB will upon the country. If you will only wait until peace comes, demonstrating meanwhile over here by The Times Office, we can almost guarantee that the President will welcome you back to the White House gates, better still, INSIDE those gates, and talk over with you the quickest way of making every wife in America the voting partner of her husband, every daugh ter the voting and mental equal of her brother. BE PATIENT. Others in the United States are com pelled to be patient, just now. The news reporters say you'suffragette ladies "decided at breakfast this morning" to be terrible- and use violence. Please think it over again at supper. Look at Prussia. She decided on horribleness at breakfast one morning and breakfast has been scarce ever since How Do They Do It? . WHrrfS THE rAEfVMG or THIS TURNOUT or OU. THE PEoPLt ftT TH STftTION if OrWE fiRE. 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H THE V1 oW.iiS 1 I T XESoVTS , ?ll4DS TrVVT Tty lrvt . W ft srorfy trnr oven ft eiGR STORE IrTSTEftD op 6 swtiiHmn. & A s: 4m?$i bT THt HorK ihIP B.VCK SIKM JWJl vu: ."A'i" "--" r nuve MUD THEIR A1- jHwDI sswr-mtRr Sa HalaJvtr OflaiJaare eHienoti "cr ttUfet """ nicF - THOR snatJG of -rllffrl Cl-ftSS ToORjrfQ. CftRS .-' rissm7s.l TvtRv -nnt tt Harts. s TiWrfi'rXftf& "fflt -DE BuHKS ERESK THRovlffH 1HC MKi ftrto Tity Tt ejtuJH iMTo Ttii picture. How to I Americanize the Capital as a Wise Measure of War Preparedness By THEODORE" W. NOYES, Editor of the Evening Star Washlnrtonlaos hae been urging a constitutional amendment which ahrll give them the atatua of eltUena of a State, for the purpose only of repre sentation in Congresa and the Elee toral College. Thejr now urge only an amendment which, aa an Irreducible minimum of Justice, shall empower Congress In its discretion to give them thia status. War is upon us. World Issues anil vital national questions absorb alten tlon. la this a time to redress the Cap ital's political grievances? Tes. says Waahtngton. To Amerl canlze the political aliens of the Dis trict of Columbia Is to do Justice and to relieve the nation of reproach nnl shame achievements which, like the motion to adjourn, are always In or der. And not only in a general hut In a special sense Is this American. Uing process peculiarly opportune, in that it reflecta the ery thought and spirit of the times and Is an intt;rral part of the legislation which springs naturally from the patriotic 'mpulaj toward true preparedness I do not emphaalze the unique pa trlotic service which Washingtonlanj have rendered, far surpassing In this respect all other Americans, in the creation, maintenance and upbuilding of the National Capital I compare them with other Americans solely on the basis of the degree In which they and others have respectively met the general patriotic obligation that la common to all. Washlngtoniana have paid their proportion of every national tax, dl rect or Indirect, from the birth of the nation. The only national taxes that fall directly and In ascertainable amounta upon Americana are the in ternal revenue taxea. Including the excise and Income taxes. In total con tribution In 1014 to these taxea Wash ington exceeda tWenty-two of the States, though It exceeds In popula tion only alx of them. Its contribu tion Is greater than those of nine of the States combined. The Washlng toniana' per capita contrlbutlona to these national taxea are greater than that of the clttzena of thtrty-slx of the States. Washington's Dlood Sacrifice, Washlngtoniana have risked life and shed their blood In every national war. To preserve the Union the first volunteers came from the Capital, and Waahlngtonlana aupplied a greater percentage of troops in exceaa of their quota than nearly every State In the I Union. In the war with Spain they sent to Cuba a One regiment exceed ing their quota In numbers. The aam response was made when the sum mons to the Mexican border came. At that time the percentage of men of military age enrolled In the organized mllltla. was greater In the District than in any State of the Union. Washington aent more sdldlera to the border than twenty-two of the Statea. I To every demand of Qevotlon and self-sacrifice made upon Americana Waahtngton has rendered. Is render ing, and will always render full, hearty, and unatlnted response. Tfatlonal Bordeae Impoeeo'i nights Denied. In genuine representative govern ment rights and privileges are Insep arably wedded to obllgationa and re- sponslbllltlea. How do the Washing I tonlana, thus burdened with national 1 obligations, fare In respect to Amerl can rlghta and privileges? nefore the Judicial branch of the ' National Government they are. the I United States Supreme Court saya, I lesa than aliens In the right to aue ! and be sued. in relation to representation In the legislative branch and by the ex ecutive branch of the National Gov ernment they are on tha same foot ing as aliens. They are good enough Americans to pay taxes and go to war, but not good enough Americana to be rep resented In the Congress which taxes them and sends them to war. In relation to national taxea their sole function Is to pay. They have nothlifg to say. like other national taxpayers, concerning the amount and kind of taxes they shall pay and how the tax money shall be spent. 'n relation to national war their aole function is to fight In obedience to command. They nave no voice, like other Americans, In tha councils which determine war or peace. They have no representation In the Gov ernment which requires them to fight, to bleed and perhaps to die. In all the expense of the ronti netal and contiguous United States from ocean to ocean, from Canada to Mexico, every Territory has been ex alted into Statehood, and the Dis trict of Columbia Is tha only remain ing American community whoso people are still compulsory occu pants of the (National Hospital for Politically Defective and Delinquent Americana. ?T. Excuse af National Necessity. These gross discriminations against tha Americans of the District of Co lumbia find no excuse In national lmpotency or national necessity. These discrimination are not necea sary to the constitutional control by Congress of the ten miles square. Correction of them, Americanizing tha District, of Columbia, doea not de stroy or diminish that control. Rep resentation by one out of 436 In the House and by one out of nlnety.aeven or two out of ninety-eight In the Senate would obviously fall short of giving the District control of Con gress. So small a tall could never wag so large a dog. To give this national representa tlon to the Waahlngtonlana worka no change In the local government or In the financial relation of nation to capital. Exclusive power Is still In tha handa of Congress representing the nation, and the change merely makes the District politically a part of the nation and gives the 3G0.0OO Americana In the District represen tatlon In that Congress. The present condition convicts the nation of paradoxical Inconsistency, Inequity, un-Amerlcanlsm, unpatriotic unpreparedness. It Involves injustice to the Capital and shame to the nation. saviors Abroadl Cmelflero nt Ilome. In the Impressive and Inspiring words of President Wilson: "We are glad to fight tbua for the ultimate peace or the world and for the liberation of Its peoples, the German people Included. The right Is more precious than peace and we shall light for the things which we have alwaya carried near est our hearts for democracy, for the right of those who submit to au thority to have a voles la their own governments." Washlngtonlans art among "those who submit to authority." Are not all Americans then fighting; tn this war for, the Washlngtonlans right "to have a voice In their own gov. ernmentr Or la thsre an Implied pro viso tn our proclamation which causes us to fight In this war to establish representative government every where In the world except In the csp Hal of tha great representative re public? Surely the Washlngtonlans who go to war In response to their country's call do not shed their blood or lay down their lives to secure represen tative government for everybody else In all the world except themselves. Amendment Timely nad Vital. Consistency and Justice: national pride and aelf-respect; the will to ef face a shameful blot from the na tional eacutcheon: tha aplrlt of true Americanism and righteous hatred of autocracy In any guise; the patriotic Impulse toward full preparedness of the nation as the champion of democ racy and repreacntatlve government everywhere In the world all combine to make Irresistible at this very mo ment our appeal for the adoption of a constitutional amendment giving suffrage to the eltlzena of the Dis trict. Should not the nation. Irrespective of the lust pleas of the Washlng tonlans and purely as a national con cern, abolish the evil and Injury working paradox of non-representative un-American government of the National Capital territory und'er exclusive national control? At a time when all Americans are thrilling In response to the appeal for a purer, higher, stronger Americanism and for a more devoted and aelf-saerl-' ficlng spirit of American nationality will not the nation Insist. In ac cordance with the spirit of tha times and In Its own vital interest, that there shall no longer exist at the very heart of tha body politic this foul abscess of non-Americanism? Surgical relief to the nation from this threat of blood poisoning Is an essential war measure, an urgent pa triotic task Cut It out unflinchingly! Cut It out at once. The Conscience of a City By DAVID LAWRENCE. This la a day for searching of hearts, a day of saerifict and self denial. The nation is embarked in 'an enterprise involving the, future of our civilization whether the -world shall be rnled by the philosophy of brutishness or humane ness. The people of the city of "WASHINGTON have becom so accustomed to think of the United States in terms of cities and towns outside of the District of Columbia, that perhaps, pardonably, they have forgotten that after all, here at the seat of Government is a most important unit of the nation's strength. The response thus far by the city of "WASHINGTON to the campaigns for the Liberty loan and the Bed Cross lias been spontaneously generous. But while the giving of moiey is not to be invidiously dismissed the actual test of patriotism is really whether or not you will offer your life if necessary to the cause of the United States of America. The beckoning finger is pointed direotly to the man of military age. Many will be conscripted, but, as the lottery goes, many will not. But can the city of "WASHINGTON afford not to do its share not to furnish its quota for the regular army! Can the individual who is fully able to enlist justify in the future bis failure to have served, the nation in some way in this w&r, merely because service was distasteful or incommodious? No war is inviting to the individual, but no war is a pluk tea; no war gives anyone assurance'tof immunity. There lire two things in the world which have .stimulated the human race from time immemorial one is to live usefully, and the ; other is to die worthily. These lessons did Christ teach. The supreme achievement of individualism is onas voluntary dedication to a cause that may mean individual .mortality. The fathers of our country were ready to; lay down their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to give us a free nation. Nearly a century later, hundreds of thousands gave their lives to preserve the Bepnblio that; had been bnilded. The call-is equally compelling today. The cry in '61 was: Shall this nation be free within its shores T The cry today is: Shall the freedom obtained after those great sacrifices be destroyed from without or perpetuated? The volunteer has been a great soldier in history because his heart was in the cause in which he was enlisted. If there are not many volunteers this week it is because the true meaning of this war has not been driven home to the people of the United States. Here in "Washington it ought to be thoroughly understood. Here at the seat of Government, where knowledge of the covert plots to undermine our Gov ernment and coerce it even in time of peace was perhaps, better known than elsewhere, the issues of the war ought not to be incomprehensible. This war has begun as a battle against autocracy" in Germany. It must inevitablyproduce an intolerance of autocracy in- this country, for the massea will come in closer contact with the affairs of their Govern ment than they were before. "We will be a world power in fact as well as theory. "We will want our diplomacy alert and effective. "We will want to see thnt brutal system of militarism which has brought on this war absolutely crushed, otherwise we will unconsciously become militaristic our selves, piling up for generations more armaments and more taxation. The fundamentals of this war directly concern the welfare and comfort of the common man, his family, and posterity. The city of "WASHINGTON must not lag behind other in enlistments. It CAN lead the country and should. The right to vote, unfortunately, is denied to the people here, but the obligations of citizenship are nevertheless inescap-, able. AMERICA EXPECTS EVERY MAN TO DO HIS DUTY. No less earnestly must the answer come from the conscience of this city. Thanks to Theodore Noyes Among; the many letters and messages of congratula tion which The Vasbinjrton Times has received for direct ing attention anew to the question of suffrage for the citi zens of WASHINGTON, none gives us more pleasure than an autographed copy of the address delivered recently by Theodore W. Noyes, of the Washington Star,, before tht Washington Board of Trade. We take this opportunity not only to reprint in another column the splendid argu ment which Mr. Noyes has m.-Je for suffrage in the District, but we are glad publicly to congratulate the pioneer in the movement, who has worked many years that the people of his home city shall share fully the rights of citizenship of their fellow-countrymen. Once Overs Dont Be Deadwood Or Drifticood Ceerrtrtt. HIT. lateraanoael r Serrtre. Etlr up enthusiasm In jour own soul about something. Don't be, deadwood. Don't be driftwood. No treat work wai ever accomplished without enthusiasm to ct ft started and enthusiasm to keep It going. You may accomplish a lot by jnit "keeping on keeping on." but It will be all on a dead level. What makes the French people inch wonderful fighters and such heroes and heroines tn the present wart Enthusiasm to carry out the purpose which actuates thera In lis crisis. Enthusiasm makes a very ordinary person a superman or a super woman. Enthusiasm makes heavy hearti lighter, hard work easier. Never was there greater need of enthuslam than daring the present strain and stress to the nation. Carry jocr enthuslssm into some pUfttn ot the work before us, see how many vill -srt tc Join in helping tha cause of liberty EnlhuMasri will sell l'hrty bonds, get money for Red Cross work and. If carried in the right direction, swaept the coantir and help win the war. Mt.