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Washington Times Company, Munsey Building, Pennsylvania Ave.
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WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER M, 1WT.
An Editorial by Mrs.Champ Clark
And a Very Good Story That Points a Good Moral.
- The -wife of the Speaker of the House has very kindly
prepared for publication in THE TIMES an editorial on
food conservatidrrthat you will now read.
We hope that newspapers all oyer the country will re
print, with or without reference to THE WASHINGTON
TIMES, this useful, terse statement that covers so much
ground and so completely.
By Mrs. Champ Clark.
It is said that the original Saxon form of our Eng
lish word lady meant loaf-giver, and it would, I think,
be a fit time to give the word its ancient significance.
In these days of strenuous food conservation, the loaf
giver is a person of dignity. However 1 can say that
"the waste not want not' ' slogan is no new thing for me.
I well remember the impression made upon my
childish mind by the lessons in McGuffey's Header, and
none better than the story of "The Three Boys and the
Three Cakes," and it should be reprinted and circu
lated everywhere to teach the children of the present
generation how to get the most enjoyment out of life's
blessings and to learn that the prime secret of happi
ness is to contribute to the happiness of others.
For the benefit of those benighted souls who knew
not McGnffey, I will relate as well as I may from mem
ory the story of ' The Three Boys and the Three Cakes, ' '
which illustrates the meaning of the Hoover move
ment. There was a boy named Harry whose mother
said to Betty, the maid: "Betty, Harry has been a very
good boy and learned his lessons well, I think we should
send him a cake."
"With all my heart," said Betty. So she made him
the cake and stuffed it with raisins and citron and
other good -things and sent it to Harry. He was de
lighted and he ate it all, never giving his schoolmates a
bite, and in consequence was very sick and had to have
the doctor and take a lot of very bitter medicine.
There was another boy in that same school, named
Peter. The boys called him "Stingy Peter." Peter's
mother sent him a cake. He said he would not be like
Harry and make himself sick. He would keep it a long
time. So he ate some of the cake and put the rest in a
box, and every day he would slip upstairs and get a
piece and put the remainder away for a future time.
But after a time, lo and behold! the mice got into his
box and ate most of the cake and rendered what was
left unfit for service, so the boys were all glad and
Cited the finger of scorn at Peter, and his mother sent
no more cakes.
Now, there was a boy in that same school named
Billy, who, when his mother sent him a cake, called all
of the boys onto the playground and divided the cake,
giving each of them a piece and then took a piece him
self, and, perceiving that there was some of his cake
left, told the boys that they would keep the rest for to
morrow, but an old blind man, led by a faithful dog,
entering the lot at that moment, Billy went, without say
ing a word, and handed the remainder of the cake to the
blind man, who divided it with the dog, and said:
"Thank yon, good child."
Now, if I understand the Hoover movement, it
means we are not to be gluttons like Harry, nor hoard
ers like Peter, but to be generous and free handed like
Billy, who shared with his friends, remembering that
the Lord loves a cheerful giver, and he that giveth to
the poor lendeth to the Lord. No matter how rich we
are in the world's goods, we can't take anything out of
it, but when we make other people happy we lay up
treasure in heaven, "where neither moth nor rust doth
corrupt and where thieves do not break through jior
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The Need of a New District
Commissioner
Multiplying Problems Require A5de For Commissioner Brownjow.
Reducing the Cost of Living.
President Wilson is a very busy man and doubtless ias
not selected a District Commissioner, to succeed Major Nqw
man because his mind has been occupied with other pressing
problems. Bu it is earnestly to be hoped that he will make
Ian appointment at an early date, because Commissioner
Louis Brownlow is practically alone m the 30b 01 managing
the business of the oity of "Washington And in these extraor
dinary days that is no easy task. He should have at his
side at once some one who can begin promptly to familiarize
himself with the multiplying problems of the District relat
ing to the cost of food and fuel, street car servicer and other
public utilities.
The Times repeats that it is not interested in the candi
dacy of any individual, but hopes that when Mr. Wilson,
announces his selection he will have chosen it man who tha
people of "Washington will feel has their permanent interest
and welfare really at heart. Conscientious public officials
are the exception rather than the rule these days. So many
of them regard 'their positions as mere .jobs and sinecures.
The pe6ple of "Washington cannot vofej they do not get the
benefit of that zeal which inspires an aspirant for elective
honors in so many of the municipalities of the country. They
ought, therefore, be given by the President a man for Dis
trict Commissioner who will regard the office in the light of
a serious responsibility, as a position to be administered
without regard to party, but with every regard to the better
ment of living conditions in the District of Columbia.
The MunidSl Market." k
.Commissioner Brownlow and Senator King have pu
the weight of their influence behind-, the project for a mu
nicipal market. The meeting in the iWilson Normal School .
developed some interesting views on the experiences of other
cities with enterprises 01 this kind. James 'limit, city con
troller of Baltimore, spoke of the experiments which that
city is making.
At the Department of Agriculture-yesterday Assistant
Secretary Carl Vrooman met a group of "Washington grocers
and dealers in foodstuffs who pledged themselves to sell
their goods at the smallest possible profit during the period
of the war.
Both meetings are in the interest of the public " The
municipal market idea should have the careful study of the
people. The District authorities ought to bring here for the
purpose of discussion persons able to discuss -the pro and
con of the project intelligently. The desire of "Washington"
grocers to co-operate in. selling food at minimnm profits is
not surprising. This is an age of co-operation. All the
more reason why any public project that is to compete with
Erivate enterprise should be decided upon only after it haa
een demonstrated that the mass of the people really will
benefit by the change.
The great Dutch cartoonist shows the adaptability
of his pencil by taking The Times' well-known comic
page character of Krazy Kat and turning it into an
international figure. Herriman's character, no matter
what Ignatz does in the way of violence, bobs up serene
ly every day. The idea of the Stockholm conference will
doubtless be kept alive in one form or another until the
great war comes to an end.
Winifred Black Writes
About a Human Seagull
The Bird Knows a Storm Is Coming, the Man Can
Blow Up One.
By Winifred Black.
WHEN I went down the Po
tomac yesterday I saw
what do you think?
seagull, a great, white seagull,
with spreading wings, flying high
over the shore.
I wonder what he thought of It
and of us, creeping along down
there on the ground, while he
swept, and soared, and flew high In
the clear air.
"Going to storm," said the sea
faring man who stopped me for a
little conrersatlon. "They never
fly so far Inland unless there's a
wind coming. Queer birds, sea
gulls They hate the gift of
prophecy."
The sky was blue and the sun
was shining when the gull flew
orer my head, but this morning
when I awoke the rain was beat
ing on the window pane and the
trees in the garden bowed and
swayed In the wild wind that came
screaming in from sea.
I thought of a name for a man I
know I'm going to call him the
Seagull, for he always knows when
there's a storm coming. Do you
know such a man?
How Does It Happen?
That msn can go Into a well
organized concern and turn the
whole thing upside down within
six months. What does he do?
I can't tell you. I can't even tell
myself, but I know it is true just
the same.
Everything will be serene and
lovely. The stenographers will go
out to lunch together, the partners
will play golf after business hours,
the bookkeeper and the cashier will
exchange stories, and the porter
and the Janitor wilt tell each other
Just exactly how the wife at home
manages the grocer's bills since
the high cost of living has made
life something like trying to square
the hypothenuse.
But six weeks after the Seagull
has arrived the blond stenographer
will be wondering what the bru
nette stenographer is saying to
the Seagull and what the Seagull
U saying to her, and they'll both
be sorry for him to think how his
wife misunderstands him, and sim
ply will not give him a chance to
rest when he gets home at night,
and send him out with a decent
breakfast in the morning.
In eight weeks the bookkeeper
will begin to watch the cashier,
and the cashier will feel that some
one distrusts hhn, and make up his
mind that hell keep an eye out
for that bookkeeper and see what
he a up to.
In ten weeks the porter will tell
the Janitor to keep the corners bet
ter swept ana the Janitor will tell
the porter to mind his own busi
ness. In ten weeks, too, the telephone
girl will haTe something to gossip
about besides the new knitting
stitch, and In three months the
senior partner will begin to think
that a man who plays such a game
of golf as the Junior partner must
have up his sleeve something more
than a Junior partnership, and the
Junior partner will be cautioning
his wife to be careful what she
says to the wife of the senior part
ner, and the children of the two
families will not spend their vaca
tion In the woods together, as has
been their habit for years.
There won't be any open quar
relnothing so tangible as that,
but the whole concern and every
one In It will be wrapped In a cold,
gray fog of doubt, distrust, envy,
suspicion and bitter, small-minded
Jealousy.
The Vital Difference.
The Seagull fairly flaps his
wings; that Is, he would flap them
If he had them He waxes fat and
prosperous and happier than any
clam that ever luxuriated In the
mud anywhere on earth.
He can tell a storm months
ahead, but there's this difference
between him and the real seagull
If there Isn't a storm In sight he
knows exactly how to go to work
and blow one up.
I wouldn't have the Seagull In
my office If he were the cleverest
man on earth. I don't be!lee he's
worth It, do you'
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Mabel Dodge Writes About
Your Faculty of Attention
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dawn's early light, a job for an old gentleman who is about'1
to lose his regular occupation? ' '
The world is more than ever crowded with human beings
who tell you that war will last forever, because it always
HAS lasted. But if you could look ahead a few pages into
history, as far as the end of this century, you would find gas
mask, shrapnel, bayonet, etc., only in the museums, along
with the rack, the thumbscrew, and the preserved sknll3 of
jthe "head hunters" of Borneo.
War is going; Mars must find a new job.
You Win With It
l Is Your Total
By Mabel
It Discovers Truth
Focus It Above
Dodge.
YOU have a faculty that is
the greatest gift of all.
It is the faculty of giv
ing your attention to 'thing.
Your attention is like an invisi
ble searchlight that you can swing
in all directions and focus any
where you please.
When you turn your attention
upon a thing It Is Immediately il
luminated by this searchlight of
yours.
Nothing in the world of nature
or human nature can withhold its
secrets from your searchlight at
tention. That is what revelation Is It is
the secret in something illumined
by your attention.
That is what Invention is.
That is what science is.
That is what all truth is.
The Secret of Success.
By attention to it you can under
stand anything.
By attention you can master
any trade, and surpass anyone
whose attention is less than yours.
By attention you can see the
steps ahead of you by which to
rise to almost any height.
You can win honors by using
this faculty of yours; you cannot
win without using it.
There is an old, old phrase that
still serves us because of the truth
in it: "They say he is paying her
a great deal of attention."
Of course! How else can he win
her? In return for what he pays
In attention he will gain in under
standing and In securing his ob
ject As soon as a person or a thing
is ready for some use in the world,
ready to be used in some way,
you wfil hear people begin to say
about them: He is attracting a
great deal of attention." or "It is
attracting a great deal of atten
tion." If it is attentirj attracted in an
unpleasant way, it is due to the
same cause as attention attracted
by the high usefulness of a person.
It is Me tntrgy in the individual
that counts in both cases, and that
attracts attention, whetreh it is
creative energy, as in the first
case, or destructive energy, as it
usually is in the second.
All vital things attract attention
and par attention. You will find
this to be always true.
What IS Attention?
The more vital a person is the
more attention he gives. The more
he has to give.
Attention is the sum total of the
whole person. It Is eyes, ears and
all the senses; it is the blood and
the desire of the blood; it is the
heart and soul of the human being.
All this, pouring In one direction
in a stream of invisible light, il
lumines the thing upon which it
falls.
Being all the strength of a hu
man being, it is god-like in its
power.
Possessing such a power at this,
what do you do with it?
Upon what have you turned your
attention?
To what have you paid out all
the gifts of your senses, and your
blood, and your spirit? Your com
posite self is streaming out of you
like a searchlight. Upon what is
it falling?
Turn your light upon something
higher than when it falls today.
Turn your light away from ugly
things to something a little above
you, and then follow it.
You have no idea how your life
will change if you will do this. If
you will pay attention to some
thing above you you can raise
yourself from the dust to the stars.
It does not matter what has been
claiming your attention in the
past.
Look away from it and it is
cone. It is only your attention to a
thing thatgives It any existence
for you. Where you an looking to
day, there you are.
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Pershing in France Not So Bad,
(c) L. nire (Park)
The Paris paper Le Eire gives you this picture of beauti
ful France welcoming General Pershing. The Frenchman
writes under his picture, "General Pershing returns La
fayette's visit to America 140 years later."
Americans, study this picture with interest and remem
ber that the other day out West the editor of a German news
paper was put in jail for saying of Pershing, among other
things, that he was a lady's man. It all depends on HOW
you say such things.
Pershing is a man that will gain the affection of that
distinguished female, the French goddess of liberty. He and
his fighting men will help to cross the trenches, help to get
back Alsace and Lorraine. And it's the least we can do,
considering what France did for the United States. She
gave us more than Lafayette, she gave us the ideas of the
French Revolutionists, of the men that worked and told the
truth for sixty years before the Revolution, men to whose
inspiration, we owe freedom from English control

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