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OF THE wjmmN&mHmfAES AUGUST 13, 1917 WASHINGTON - Cartoon By New Congressman Baer $ . i No Favoritism at Fort Myer EDGAU D. SHAW, Publisher. Entered as second class matter at Published Every Evening- (Including- Sundays) By the Washington Times Company, Munsey Building, Pennsylvania Ave. Subscription Kates: 1 Year (Inc. Sundays). $7.00. 3 Months. H-7S. 1 Month. COc. MONDAY. AUGUST II, MIT. Here Is Real Radicalism The Man Who Made This Cartoon Is Sent To Congress With More Votes Than His Six Opponents Combined Could Muster. The Supreme Court in this picture, made by Mr. Baer, the new Congressman from North Dakota, is, of course, not the Supreme Court of the United States, but the Supreme Court of Mr. Baer's State. It will interest people, judges, and particularly the Congress to which Mr. Baer has just been elected, to see WHAT KIND of a cartoon caused the election of Mr. Baer to Congress. Mr. Baer made this picture as a protest against the Su preme Court of his State. He was elected by a vote bigger than the combined votes of sis men that ran against him with the idea of splitting the vote and beating him. The men who supported him incidentally were the farmers of North Dakota, who have since changed their Supreme Court. This cartoon, Mr. Baer's election, and the formal an nouncement by the farmers of the West that they mean to take two hundred men out of Congress and put in better men will interest every thinking American. After the war, with its spending of billions, 'and its killing of millions, we are going to see a great deal of real radicalism. Wise men especially those that have been ac customed to govern this country by the use of money, con trolling public officials, some judges, and a good many Congressmen TAKE NOTICE. The farmers are in earnest and Government fears the farmers. An Excellent Picture of President Wilson There Is Not Much Happiness In the Face of the Man Drag ged By the Collar But That Doesn't Disturb the President or the People. BUSINESS': luytaicr.. 2ar VssS- FATBI0T3 WILLr-OTHERS MUST II Carter. In tha PhiUd.lphU. Frm. In this little picture you see illustrated some of the best work that President Wilson has done recently. Through his Secretary of War, Mr. Baker, and through Mr. Daniels, Secretary of the Navy whom the extortionate Trusts hate so sincerely the President has saved for the people hundreds of millions, and he will save many hundreds of millions more. The President is going on the assumption that the main object of the war is to beat Germany not to increase the wealth of Trusts and their owners. He is regulating the prices at which goods must be sold to this Government, and sold to the allies, and sold TO AMERICAN BUSINESS MEN. The United States Steel Trust that has earned a hun dred per cent a year, on three hundred millions of watered stock, represents the gentleman dragged by the collar. And forty other kinds of extortionists also represent this gentleman. The worried expression on the face of the profiteer, who is losing his bag of profit, does the people that elected him. They only hope that the regulating of prices may extend all along the line, so that the American people who send food to England may not pay twice as much for it as the English pay when it gets across the ocean, so that the taxpayers of the United States may feel that a dollar paid in taxes means a dollar spent in war not fifty cents for war and fifty cents for extortionists. We print this picture because it is the best likeness of President Wilson's intellectual ACTIVITY that has been re-1 cently published. the rostofflce at Washington. D. C. not disturb the President or j mSSSfSSl ififf W" I' VM '?sKJt vfSSSalsBBBBBBBBBHBBfiAlBBBBBBBBBEaBBBBBBBl Ri tfe vl' IIP saaaaaaHHaaaaallaK ;saaaWlBlaMaaaaabKy JI0ZZl KaaaaaaaaP55?VO o r wovVv - - . Illi 'PCs' sss yy' --sSn afP-. il 'fcJesSi' s s's -sZyy' k&SsMF imrm&tHm : sZ This is one of the cartoons two hundred Congressmen Elizabeth Jordan Writes on "Good Talk" What That Means Depends on Him Who Talks, on Him Who Listens, and on What Is of Interest to Them Both There Was an Artist at a Dinner Once Who Hung Spellbound on a Discourse Concern ing Prices of Canned Goods, But There Was a Special Reason for That And There Are Persons Who Would Rather Listen to Some One Person Than to the Morning Stars Singing Together. By Elizabeth Jordan. "Dear Miss Jordan: "Some of us men readers of the Evening Journal vera wondering the other night Just what 'good talk' Is. We decided to ask you. H. F. B. U OOD talk," H. F. B., I r ii talk that inter- " ests both the person who is talking and the one who is listening. If it interests the speaker and bores the listener (a too fre quent condition!), it is not "good talk." If it interests the listener, but bores the speaker (a much. rarer condition) it is not good talk." "Good talk," to be good talk, must hold both speaker and listen ers. It must, in one way or an other, inform their minds. It must make them think. It must lead to a free expression of thought Having thus put the matter in a nutshell, I hasten to develop the theme. For well I know that if I don't do this, some seven hun dred( and twenty-two of you will write me letters asking why I dd not! So let me expliin at once that the good talker, like any other artist, is afTocted by his audience. To certain individuals, he talks his best. They stimulate hm because he knows they undersold and ap preciate what he is saying. To other individuch he gives his worst. He knows that they do not understand, do not ap preciate The knowledge makes him self-'onscious, halting, and finally inarticulate. Also, of course, a subject on which one man talks well may happen to be a subject in which his hearer has little interest. The speaker might interest him deeply in some other subject. The Authorities Say: Talk About Your Listener's Special Interests. Most of the authorities tell us that the way to interest a human neing is to taiK to r.im atwut his nours he discoursed on philos own special interests, whatever j ophy, while, with shining faces. uiuso interests may uc r irsi ui- cover them, then talk about them. That advice, or something like it, is given to every debutante in society. "Interest men by talkinT about their interests," the experienced mamas say. Th auggestioB eanj sound, but . L that sent Mr. Baer of North Dakota to Congress. The fanners say they are going to withdraw from their jobs and elect substitutes. Ask Baer, he knows. (See Editorial). it cannot always be followed. It frequently happens that the de butantes know nothing about the subject that interests the men to whom they talk. Therefore, they acutely bore these gentlemen in stead of interesting them. Like most advice furnished us in prepared capsules, that advice should be carefully considered be fore being swallowed. Before one talks to others about their special interests, one should be quite sure that one knows something about those interests. Otherwise, a safe rule is to let the other person talk. Put it up to him to interest you! It is a fact that the best talkers sometimes weary their listeners. There is a nervous strain in fol lowing them , and in being ex pected to catch and return their conversational tennis balls. One of the most interestinsr talkers in New York a very brilliant woman is said to receive a large fee for attending the formal dinners of her friends. It is her task to make these dinners "go" to be effervescent and stim ulating, and to draw out her feK low guests at the table. Not long ago I heard a very able man beg his hostess not to put him next to this woman at a din ner. He did not dislike the woman. He was merely thinking of his comfort. "I consider her the most tire some person I know," he said, frankly. "She keeps me on my mental tiptoes all the time; and when I'm at dinner I want to relax." Listeners have changed, you see, since tho days of Socrates. That distinguished citizen, wandering home In the gray dawn after a night away from Xantippe, wouH meet a group of Greek youths. Both they and he might be feeling a natural fatigue; but this is what usually happened. Socrates sat down under a tree The Grerk youths threw them- BV, A. (a .....J ... I .. u(c Kiuuim aruuna mm. And for the next two or thrte hours he discoursed on ohilos- his audience hung on his words! The Practical Topic That Eh tranced Two Distinguished Foreigners. l Socrates was the "good talker" of his day. It would be deeply taicictung to ooscrvo how ii and how strongly, he could hold a group of young Americans in 1917! Once at a dinner, I sat next to a famous French artist who had come to America to paint por traits of some of our society women. He and I talked all through the meal. When the women left the table he followed me into the drawing room and at once presented me to his wife. We three talked together steadily and exclusively until the party broke up. Our hostess regarded us with mingled feelings. She was glad the great artist and his wife were interested, but she did not want them absorbed by one guest when all her guests wished to meet and talk to them. As she and I were close friends, she put thi matter frankly when we were separating. "I spent the end of the even'ng trying to tear you and the Blanks apart," sh said, "but it couldn't be done. They were both hanging on your words as if they were life lines. I couldn't even catch their eyes. In heaven's name, what were vou talking about" "The cost of canned goods," I said, simply. Of course she did not believe me; but I had told her the exact truth. The distinguished French couple intended to spend the winter in New York ana to "keep house." They had been appalled b" what they heard about rents, food prices, and the like. I told them where to live, where and how to do their . marketing, and exactly how much' things cost. We there had some delightful talks late in the winter, but on that first night I had not made a singly remark unconnected with dollars and cents. I mnst hive sounded like a phonographic mar ket list. But oh. the burning in terest in the eyes of those two for eigners! On that occasion, that special subject henpened to be. to them, the most absorbing subject in life. In Bermuda, one night last June, after dining in a house at Somerset, the guests went out into the host's tropical trarden. This 4. garden sloped down to meet the sea. mere was a wonderful moon riding the heavens; there were no sounds but the scraping of palm leaves in the light breeze, and the whisper of the waves. In this dream-like setting, a little group of the gathered together woman honored on guests had around a two contin- ents. She was speaking in hush ed tones; every face illumined by me moonlight, was tense with in terest. Very quietly, so as not to break the spell, the hostess and I drew near. We heard the words of the distinguished woman. She was syaing: "And then I put in a little cream, and let it come to a very slow boil!" But Here Is the Greatest Test of AIL From all this, H. F. B., you can, form your own conclusion as to what constitutes "good talk." The supreme test, of course, is the de gree of interest of those who listen. Incidentally, I may add personality and magnetism enter largely into the matter. Let me illustrate again: Somewhere, H. F. B., there is, no doubt, a certain girl, who is in love with you. Suppose you wrote and told her you would call next Tkursday evening for a friendly chat. What conversation on this earth would she choose that night in place of yours? Would she hear, without you, the best speaker in the country? She would not Neither would she listen to the morning stars if they sang for her at a special concert from which you were excluded. You see, H. F. B., there are many sides to this question of "good talk." TO MY CORRESPONDENTS. My artlelrs are bring-In? ma a very lares mail. Every letter re ceived Is read by me. Every letter In which the writer's nme and ad dress are trlven Is answered sooner or later. There Is sometimes a nec essary delay. The majority of my correspond ents suRKest subjects on which they wish me to write articles. Where the subject sufKested Is of universal Interest, as with the fore Eolnc letter and many others. I dls cuss It In these columns. Where it Is of Interest only to the writer and to me. I am. of course, unable to do so. I hope the many friends who have not signed their names to their re. wests and ho therefore have not had a response to their letters will accept these lines as my explanation and apology. E. J. By DAVID LAWRENCE. No competition under the sun ended probably without the cry of favoritism from some quarter. Expressed or u expressed, the feeling, as a rvle, in a large competition, es pecially one in Which the Government is interested is thaijt "pull" and "politics" moved in unseen ways to prefer cer tain individuals and reject others. Yet if there ever was a competition in which the men responsible for the selections worked more conscientiouslyio pick the men best fitted for the great task in hand, the one just finished at Fort Myer would seem to have been exactly that kind as nearly perfect as human beings can make a test of this sort. , When it is considered that the son of one of the most prominent Senators on the Democratic side of the Chamber, and, again, in another instance, a relative of the President of the United States himself, were not found qualified, the public con rest assured that-merit and not politics was tho determining factor. The deserving were rewarded. But the standard was high, and what seems most unfortunate is that commissions were not given to so many of the candidates who might, with just a littlamore training and a little more time, come up to the mark. In other words, it is to be regretted that provision has not been made for the use of some of the ex cellent material available. "Men who have given up their professions and occupa tions and who came as well recommended as did those whose applications were accepted at Fort Myer ought to be given a longer opportunity than three months to show their worth. There should be one primary test mental capacity. If some of the candidates have minds apt enough, to grasp the .fundamentals of military science they should be retained until their unfitness to lead other is absolutely demonstrated In some cases at Fort Myer demeritsof the most trivial character important enough in principle in times of peace served to disqualify candidates. The point is that the Government has spent time and monev on thesev candidates. Havintr already invested its capital, the Government should determine whether a further outlay would not get a return of some kind on the original expenditure. It is true that the War Department has prop erly offered to make non-commissioned officers of some of the candidates who failed to earn commissions. There ought to be some way in which the. men rejected could be frouped as provisional officers and given a rank and grade, uch a list might prove very valuable some day if the United States finds, as it probably will, that it must have officers in a hurry. This article Introduces to ear readers a new writer. Mable Dodre. This young woman will soon be the iatellectaal friend of allliensy aael they will be clad to know her. She has soaMthing to say. Readers of this newspaper who hare read the numerous anet inter esting extracts from Mary MacLean's book will be Interested in what a younj; female philosopher thinks about it. EDITOR THE TIMES. Strange Mary MacLane Analyzed Mary is an old maid. Mary may go blind like Narcissus. Mary MacLane does not know life. What will Mary say to all this? By Mabel Dodge. I HAVE read Mary MacLane's book. In the last part she says with a last attempt to be sin cere that she has failed in the book to express herself. Now I think that she has succeeded. She has expressed and quite in spite ol hersell ut anaemic ana im poverished American woman's soul. She has revealed for all her bravado her abject timidity and her deep conservatism. She has been afraid in spite of all her show of pride to show her vanity perhaps this constitutes pride. She repeats over and over that she can think, but she has shown that she can only imitate think ers. I can't sea any place in the book which shows thought. That is, her OWN thought. At most she gets away with it by making lists of things that might be deserving of thought. Where would she be without Witman and Carpenter? I see no originality or point but theirs in her shirks. She has no capacity for experi ence because she is incapable of exchanging energy with anyone outside of herself. She is a shut in. Well the malady she -suffers from is NARCISSISM. Narcis sism is the disease of being arrest ed in one's development, by the contemplation of one's self. A Born Old Maid The natural part of her make-up is diminished and thin. She is a born old maid. She knows no more about life than a typewriting machine I think it is horrid of her to talk about herself. There is nothing in her attractive doesn't she know that? This kind of modern rootless thing is all about us. In men as well as women, it suns to me, we find the "creature" has gone to seed. So we have the universal war. In order that they shall be planted. It's their only use. In this war only by getting killed off in great numbers and thrown back into nature and the earth, can the race go on and be enriched. We have to put back into the earth all the blood and iron that we have taken out of it and used up.- Though we have grown to heaven in order to grow any more we have to go back. Sic transit civilization! But what is poin to happen to YOU. Mary MacLane you and all the. other American dolls smirking in front of their mirrors 70,000,000 dolls leaning fro their windows on their "Chines coats?" Yon have a kind of nervous sensibility without tasta, discrimination or culture. But what would you give up ts obtain these, I wonder? Every page of your book reveals a symptom of your malady, but would you give up the precious illness? All culture is the result of renunciation. It is the givinr up of SOMETHING for some thing one wants more. Would yon give up your green sickness Mary MacLane? A Lifeless Book. There is no life in your book. Living js the outcome of being in relation to others of our land. The stuff of life is what we ex change with each other. Exclu sion voluntary or involuntary from the herd is death. You ara dying, Mary MacLane from your solitary pleasure. Be Warned, Mary. Do you know what happened finally to Narcissus? He went blind. Why don't you try to coma back? Why don't you try -to get well? Why don't jou put your self and your pride and your sensibility and all the bundle of poor. mean, anaemic frustration that calls itself a modern woman into the hands of a reliable psy chiatrist and see if he cannot bring you around? Mary Is Like Others. You are no different from other people. No one is very different from any one else. That is why your detachment from the peoile is so silly. But there may be things in you that can be helped very muclj blocked channels may be opened to let ths life energy flow free. ' Neurotic imaginary , barriers may be taken down so that yon can mix happily with your kind. I would try something of this sort if I were you. Then perhaps with your sensi bility and your practice in words you would haVe something to writ about. Wouldn't that be worth getting well for? The above is what w rail ua firm, friendly letter from one. female) genius to another. We suppose that Mary MacLane, who does not lack vocabulary, will answer sweet ly. We shall be glad ta publish her lady-like reply to the tender advice. and explanation that Mabel Dodge furnishes. "PSjBjbfe.