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EDITORIAL PAGE k3s OF THE VWSHtN5PSNHVES JULY ,31. 1917 WASHINGTON - -f cfSSSkz EDGAR D. SEAW, rubl!her. BIflji Entered ai tecond class matter at the Postofflce at Washington. D. C Published Eery Evening (Including Sundays) By the Washington Times Company, Munsey Building, Pennsylvania Ave. One Tear (Including Sundays). 00. Three Months. tl.OO. One Month. 3Sc TUESDAY. JULY. Jl. HIT. What Will the Senate Decide On Prohibition? Will It Decide for REAL Temperance, or for the Fanatical Extreme That Means Whiskey 7 How Do They Do It? Badgered, button-holed, irritated and in some cases politically blackmailed and frightened by the prohibition or ganization, the Senate has apparently decided to take action on a Constitutional amendment for- nation-wide prohibition. We repeat, that the power to change the Constitution was not intended to be used when simple police regulations and State legislation would answer for the purpose. However, if the Senate is determined to use this great power in a case of this kind, to be rid of the importunities of prohibitionists, we urge this course upon them Legislate for REAL TEMPERANCE. The temperance that prevails in France, Italy, Germany, in all regions where the inhabitants use light wine or light beer and do not use whiskey. Forbid by Constitutional amendment if you please, although that is not necessary or wise forbid ab solutely making, selling or possessing distilled spirits. En courage the light wine and light beer, draw a sharp line be tween the two as you would between tobacco and morphine. Do not be bullied or worn out in your patience by prohibition urging, however well meant, sincere and ignorant. The Government of the United States fortunately has about made up its' mind to say to all citizens, especially to the tens of thousands of drunkards that lack intelligence: "Matters shall be. arranged so that you will get no more whiskey." At this moment Congress is discussing the drink ques tion. If you believe that the suggestions made in this editorial are sound, cut it out and send it to one of the Sen ators from your State, telling him that this represents your views. This is the drink situation as it exists ALL OVER THE WORLD. There are MDLD stimulants, light wine, and beer, there are alcoholic POISONS, whiskey, gin, brandy, etc. There are mild narcotics, tobacco, the cigars, cigarettes. There are the poisonous and deadly narcotics, opium, morpnine, cocaine. Entire populations use tobacco temperately and with complete self-control. Populations or individuals that use the poisonous narcotics are doomed. That tobacco in antixaly haxxaloBX. not all Agree. Cer tain prohibition extremists would forbid the use of tobacco. One interesting military hero in New York State named O'Ryan even issued an order that no soldier should smoke on the street. The common sense of the whole people, however, makes it clear, that all the force of Government should be used to suppress making, selling, and using poisonous narcotics, while the use of tobacco, comparatively if not absolutely harmless, should be permitted and encouraged. Experience proves that if you forbid the open legal use of tobacco, some harmful drug more easily concealed would be used secretly. Thousands of men, for instance, become drug fiends in prison when smoking is not allowed. What is true of dangerous narcotics, and the tobacco used temperately, used nearly always, is equally and liter ally true of the alcoholic poisons and the light wine and beer that are generally used temperately and harmlessly where whiskey and the other poisons are not drunk. A country should legislate on the subject of alcoholic stimulants precisely as it legislates on the narcotics, for bidding the poisons that form a drug habit, permitting the mild tobacco. Whiskey, gin and brandy, and ALL DISTILLED SPIRITS SHOULD BE FORBIDDEN ABSOLUTELY. They are the poisons that cause alcoholism, delirium tremens, chronic drunkenness and all the ills that follow in the train of drunkenness poverty, crime, insanity. The milder stimulants, light beer, containing not more than four per cent of alcohol; light wines, drunk diluted with water, with a maximum of fourteen per cent alcohol, and a heavy additional tax on all wine containing an alco holic percentage above ten per cent SHOULD BE PER MITTED. A maximum as high as fourteen per cent is suggested because many great vineyards produce a grape that will not yield a wine of less than fourteen Der cent of alnolinl But this should be taxed more heavily than the lighter wines within a reasonable number of years, allowing for .the plant ing 01 uguier grapes or 01 vineyards on lignter soil; the maximum alcoholic strength should be fixed rigidly at ten per cent. Tens of millions of human beings in Italy, and other tens of millions in France, drink light wines temperately every day of their lives, from childhood to old age, and do not know what drunkenness means. Tens of millions in Germany drink light beer all their lives and do not suffer from drink or inefficiency. Nine hun dred and ninety out of a thousand soldiers in the German army drink beer and the government supplies it and their record does not show that they are drunk or inefficient. Where there is drunkenness in Italy it is caused by Italians that return from America, HAVnjQ ACQUIRED THE WHISKEY HABIT HERE. Where drunkenness exists in France it is due to criminal legislation for which the fool Napoleon ILL was responsible jciuutnug resiuems in nonueni x ranee, wnere tney have apes ana no rea wine, 10 manuiacture tneir own vile or Dranay, or applejack in their own houses to th if so many gallons a year. re is no drunkenness m the wine-CTowine- nina. region of France. out the alcohol poisons in America, enforce the (Continued at Bottom of Last Column.) Winifred Black's Article on Women on Juries THEY are going to have women on the juries out in California. Hurrah! They grow big ideas in Cali fornia as well as big trees, don't they? Women on juries? Why, of course! Why not? What man on earth would con sent to be tried by a jury of women? Why should women want to be tried by a jury of men? Pretty women? Oh, well, of course, no elderly man who ever sat cooped up in a jury box ever lived who could resist a pretty wit ness. But that isn't the sort of woman who wants justice, and doern't care whether she gets i. or a pretense at it by being pretty or by being plain. As a matter of fact, it's as ridic ulous to try a case with a woman in it before a man jury as it would be to make a man cook wear pet tiskirts just because he is doing a woman's work. No man on earth really under stands a woman, and no woman on earth can ever really deceive an other woman. Oversympathetic, overemotional, too easily swayed by prejudice? Fudge and fiddlesticks! The Modern Woman Just As Sane and Steady As a Man. That sort of woman went out with the hoop-skirts and beau catchers. She is as out-of-date as the old-fashioned buggy with the red tires and the whip in tre sock et tied with a red ribbon. The modern woman is just as sane and just as well balanced and just as sensible as the modern man. That may not be saying such an awful lot, but, such as it Is, it's perfectly true, every sylla ble of it. The old-fashioned woman who was jealous of every other woman on earth and never could bear to hear any praise of any one but herself, is as extinct as the fur bearing seal, and quite as unpleas ant to remember teeth, flippers, slimy creepings ov.r slimy rocks and all. Don't remember what your grandfathers told you or the things that your -reat-grand-uncle, who was at the same time a great ladies' man and a terrific woman-hater, was always saying. They didn't mean half of it, and what they did mean isn't true any longer. I know dozens and doiens of the prettiest girls in the world, and they are clever and good matured and sensible as well as pretty. And I know dozens and dozens of girls who are not pretty at all, but they are sensible and broad minded and tolerant. You couldn't get one of them, to make fun of another girl because she was jeal ous of her to save your life. Women ari through with that kind of petty sm:l'ness. They haven't time for it any longer. Smelling Bottles Out of Date Prove the Change in Woman. Twenty years ago every woman on earth who had monev enough to keep her own pocketbook had some kind of a smelling bottle somewhere in the ' jnily. Either she bought it herself or some one gave it to her. She was expected to faint every once in a while just as she was expected to be small-minded and jealous, and in tolerant and prejudiced. Hunt for that smelling bottla today. You will have trouble finding it, and nine chances to ten, when you do find it, it will be twenty years old, handed down with the family album and the old what-not in the corner with the shell Great-Uncle Alner brought home front the Sauth Seas, and the picture frame Aunt Abigail made of pine cones dipped in glue and gilded that summer she wasn't very well and tool: her cough to the Piney Woods. Smelling bottles are no longer the mode. No one would knotr what to do with the: if they had them. The modem woman doesn't faint, and she doesnt go into hys terics, and she doesn't shut her self up in the house and "pine away,'' the way father's sister did when the man she was engaged to sent word that it was all mistake and went out and married the rosy- cneeked girl in the candy shop. She cries a little, no doubt, when she is alone, but it doesn't take her very long to .alize Cat she owes Rosy-cheeks rather a big debt of gratitude, after all. And if she isn't courageous and self forgetting, really, she does her best to make peopli think she is, anyhow Hurrah for California! (Copyright, HIT. by Nawapoptr Ftatur Srr lce. Ice. Grc&l Britain rlshu rtMrred.) From Your Point of View, Mr. Reader The Sunday Evening Times is your Sun day paper. You CAN read it all through and you WILL read it all through. The Sunday Evening Times is not pre pared early Saturday evening to get out a mass of reading matter that you haven't time or inclination to-digest on Sunday morn ing. The Sunday Times is written, printed, and published with the latest news. It is the paper that you read in the even ing on Sunday, after you have been to church, driven your automobile, taken your exercise, and enjoyed the sunlight. For you, Mr. Reader, there is in The Sun day Evening Times all the news that you want,, and features for an entire evening's reading. For you, Mrs. Reader, there is the news, writing by the most intelligent women of the country, and the very latest bargains of the stores. The merchants on Sunday morning can see the bargains that each of their competi tors has offered, and on Sunday evening in THE TIMES they can DO A LITTLE BET TER. When you read the advertisements in The Sunday Evening Times, you get the very latest and best bargains. For the children, there are the amusing pic tures, the best of "comics." And very often the father takes his child to the comic page as he used to take him to the circus because father wanted to see the circus himself. The Sunday Evening Times at two cents, is THE Sunday newspaper of Washington. If growth Interests you, WATCH IT GROW, and recall this prediction. The Sun day Evening Times circulation will equal that of ALL the Washington Sunday morn ing newspapers combined. i i - i i -j .i i o..,. on- i i ,- r as PKtsrartT or tup. - x NAuSiVfli, ahest w.w . or the subumr OFSnOWiUG THESE fUHEKT J GloBE- TRoTTER t L RftPTORt oVtRFXoWljW HIS r VISITORS THE SUBlWEr-j J "C V '-Mi ,S001- ' Bits of SCEKERY riCZ , a .aOSTg-, . .ssi. JSL. rS. ftROOrlD THIS stftcoftsrj felF Mttiy - ABn, "W7UT fft. TC? t Mi L :3x- SHH&LJ r SWL THE BEftUTlFUl. 1 J Krtow yoO ftRfc ftlLTttRaiW) v I Bfty -below you tf L. By the. superb view you jJ ? I i griurj1- -n outrrftiHS , p y j , ltk: "laV-A- . ..criJg-aaSfN , 3 3K2 1 JU I I . r-af' KL. " BW jPVWlg-tlilWL JHIL e- 2X I Jj55iNJyl ' totor- I 'We're Making yar, While The MaMtg Love" . By DA'D LAWRENCE. Masculine strength big called to the front, the Gov ment must needs depend of the feminine for aid at home, nmpy of the departments have i'creased their staffs and the majoril of the new employes arc from the gentler sex. Such a thiq could not but have certn effects, best described in the plail tive remark of a Cabineoff icer the other day: "We're makiij war, while they're makng love." That the proximiy of young .women should divert the j tention of young menand old in the departments is not so 1 Drisinir. Time was Wien the spirit of youth beckoned nuBWof us, but there was no war then. It might be apropos to jTflpeat the invitation recesuy extended to the suff ragettes-vi The Times building. Its spacious corridors are trysting plajifs ex traordinary. So irtent are the thousands who pass then! daily on the sober side of their tasks that hardly would thejfaotice the couples as thy strolled its busy halls. But the subect of love is a serious thing, and the maxim that "all's fair ii love and war" Is ages old. Thrones have been lost by too stect an adherence to such a tenet. Mar Antony fell victim tthat alluring philosophy. Charlemagne lost an empire thatway. Younflr women in the Government departments,we are at war I Some of you may not realize it Because we are at war, a great many men have left their comfortable offices and you are doing their work, it is a serious work, and it is necessary for the sake of our military success that it be taken seriously. It is said to be natural for youth to make love. It is also said to be pleasant But certainly the time and the place for it are not in the Government buildings and on these critical days. If you must make love and probably you mmst postpone it until the days work is done. What Will the Senate Decide On Prohibition? ' (Continued from First CoInn.) law strictly and you will eliminate drunkenness in this country. Distinguished Congressmen know this, but they frankly confess that they are terrorized by the threats of the sincere fanatical.prohibition minority and by the lobbying of a well organized business organization called the Anti-Salooa League. The trouble with many legislators and many so-called big men who lend their names to prohibition literature is HYPOCRISY. Of the lawmakers who vote so readily for pure water, not more than ten out of a hundred are total abstainers. This is the statement of a Senator who knows the facts. How can a body of which 90 per cent use and intend'tb continue using stimulants pretend to believe what they do not believe. One of the ablest men in the House, chairman of one of the three most important committees, has intro duced bills for absolute prohibition. Yet this m, in the presence of the Washington correspondent of the Chicago Herald, said to this writer: "I know that you are right. If from the beginning noth ing hut light wine and light beer had been drunkr in the United States, there would not be a prohibition State in the Union, and there would be no need of any. Why don't you try to persuade the Anti-Saloon League to adopt your view? Although I know you are right, I do not dare incur their enmity." Congress passed a law making the city of Washington ' ' dry, ' ' but it does not intend to be dry itself. The law allows individuals to bring into Washington everything that they want to drink. Only .the "little man" will be controlled by the law, and plenty of criminals will be ready to supply him with whiskey secretly sold and unusually bad and poisonous. Well meaning, sincere fanaticism, ignorant of facts and paying no attention to the world's experience, demands abso lute prohibition, which is impossible, and forces secret whiskey upon the public. Congressional hypocrisy, fearing the threats of a well organized lobby, courting cheap popularity, advocates laws which it knows will be violated, laws that Congressmen them selves KNOW THAT THEY WILL NOT OBEY. Where whiskey and the other alcoholic poisons are used there is drunkenness. Where prohibition drives out the milder stimulants, whiskey still persists, and there is drunkenness. Where light wine and light beer are the only drinks manufactured and sold the people are temperate, there is no drink problem, and no thought of prohibition legislation be cause there is no need of it. Class whiskey with opium and forbid both. Class light wine and beer with tobacco and allow the sale, not as representing human perfection if you will, but as representing real sobriety. You cannot make the human race perfect over night, but you can make it sober. You can drive out the vile alcoholic poisons and the dangerous narcotic drugs, and settle the drink question, on basis of common sense and REAL TEM PERANCE. You cannot settle it on the basis of absolute prohibition, or rule a great majority against its will on the say-so of a small minority. The workers of this country, the great mass of the popu lation, would gladly vote to abolish whiskey and gin. They will not be put on pure ice water by a Congress of which ninety per cent does not drink ice water. And as the Congressmen well know, if they vote for absolute prohibition, they vote for a national "WHISKEY DIET." If you agree with this, write a letter to your Congress man and your two Senators and tell them so. u-