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EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE WiOHNflefsMfflWE S OCTOBER 2Qr19.17 WASHINGTON itlJaIittififottittiies lHt NAIIUNML L.MIUI ARTHUR BRISBANE. Editor and Owner. EDGAR D. SHAW. JTlDIIsner. Enttred n cond elm matter at ft Poatofflc it Wellington. D. C. Published Every Evening (Includlne Sundays) by tha Washington Times Company, Munsey Building, Pennsylvania Ave. Hall Subscription!: I year Inc. Sundays). ST.OQ. 3 Montha. Sl.TS. 1 Month. COc. SATURDAY. OCTOBER S. HIT. There Is Only One Name for a Soldiers' Paper There Are Many Different Kinds of Advice for America's Fighting Men. A letter from our friend Robinson, a newspaper man changed by enlistment into a soldier, says: "We are going to print a newspaper for the boys in camp. Please suggest a name for it and send us some articles to be printed in it." The name for the soldiers' newspaper should be, of course, "THE FIGHTER." Men go into the army to fight, to win the fight, do noth ing else, and then come back. A newspaper called The Fighter, run by fighting news paper men, and read by fighters of all kinds, ought to help in the fighting. Many kinds of advice and all sorts of inspir ing articles could and should be printedin such a newspaper. First in the way of advice might come, "Take care of your teeth." A man fights with bullets, with bayonet, and WITH HIS TEETH. Without sound teeth he will not fight long or well. For good TEETH make good digestion. Good digestion makes good BLOOD. Good blood makes good COURAGE THE TEETH WIN BATTLES. Therefore tell the young man of battle to have bis tooth brush, his dentifrice, and remember that the white weapons in his mouth are as important as the weapon that he carries on his shoulder or at his belt. Print short articles on courage the real kind, of course that will fight if called at 2 o'clock in the morning' with nobody in sight or at 3 o'clock in the afternoon with the band playing and the crowds cheering. ftTak-A the young men remember that life is important, and having a good time is important also, but that, compared with honor and courage in defense of your country, NOTH ING IS IMPORTANT. Explain to the young man the difference between the soldier of today and of the past. The soldier of yesterday, the hired mercenary, went into the army because he did not want to WORK in civil life or because he could not compete. The soldier of today fights to protect peace and to get BACK to peace and to useful occu pation. He needs the strong body while he is fighting. He needs just as much THE STRONG MIND. Keep the mind clear withgood long sleep, earnest dis cussion, good habits, temperance. In modern war where your life might be saved once by a strong arm, good eyesight, quickness in attack, it will be saved a hundred times by QUICKNESS IN THOUGHT. You go out of your trench and over the top to the unknown. A strong quick mind is what helps you there, not merely strong legs. The average young American, Heaven be praised, can think several times as fast as the heavy, half-discouraged German that will be coming toward him. Let the American look and think, as he dashes forward - to what is just as much a battle of brain as a battle of body. Remind the young men who read your paper, "The Fighter," that everyone that goes into war and comes out is a better man if he keeps body and mind healthy. And by everyone that dies the country is made better and safer, and civilization is pushed a little farther along. ;' Billions have died in the past for the right, hundreds and thousands of years ago. Each would be DEAD NOW, anyhow, and none if he could come back would give up the glory of dying as he did die. One hundred years from now all those that run, creep, and crawl over the face of this earth will be dead and gone back into the earth, and those that live a few years longer now will have the advantage of nobody when the hundred years shall have rolled by. Time wipes off life's slate as the school boy's wet sponge wipes out the figure. The exact date of the wiping is not important. The important thing is HOW you go and HOW well you live and fight and show compassion and a sense of honor before you go. And this, of course, in Mr. Robinson's paper "The Fighter," will be made clear in each issue. Letter from Mr. Black of Texas and a Polite Brief Answer EUGENE BLACK 1st DIat. Texas House of Repreientalives V. S. Washington, D. C. August 14, 1917. Mr. Arthur Brisbane, Editor, The Washington Times. Dear Sir: In the issue of The Times yes terday, August 13, appeared a car toon by Tad labeled "Money and Human Life." Underneath it was the following statement in part, "If you kill a human being, however, the danger of detection apparently is not so great, because the interest of the times more police energy was shown trying to catch the shoe thief than trying to catch the man that killed poor Lottie Brandon." Do you really believe that state ment is the truth? Do you be lieve that it is approximately the truth? If not the truth nor ap proximately the truth, do you be lieve that you are justified in print ing it in a reputable newspaper? Do you believe that such publica tion has any tendency to promote the law and order which you pro fess to advocate? I am really anxious to know what an editor of your standing and reputation thinks about it. Very truly yours, EUGENE BLACK. authorities is not aroused. Thirty You shall know, Mr. Black; sorry to delay answering your interesting letter. We do believe the statement under Tad's cartoon. If (Continued at Bottom of Last Column.) THE VOICE OF THE FLAG I have never known defeat. I have never called and was not answered. In every danger I have been protected; in every emergency supported. Today I call again. I call for the loan of your money to equip and maintain those who are marching under me, to assure them that their lives shall not be risked in vain. I ask you to buy Liberty Bonds today. I know you love me. I am certain you will respond promptly and liberally. YOUR FLAG. ri J M rf I M MMflBm MiMMW:SMS Growing Washington rhe Fine Arts Commission Recommends Scientific Plan For Extending the Home Area. Washington Real Estate b Good Real Estate. By EARL GODWIN. More power to the Commission on Fine Arts which has settled informally upon a wideawake and far-seeing policy of settling the Bousing congestion, of the District of Co lumbia. jet us hope that this splendid commission, com posed of the finest experts in the land, will sufficiently im press the authorities with the real importance of actually making a plan for the proper extension of the city's house areas. raised to its highest and broadest degree. "Washington, one of the few cities planned in advance, shows in Jhe lines of the "old city" just what care was given by L'Enfant to the Droieck Also. some"of the developments outside the bounds of the old city show the danger of proceeding'to lay streets and build houses haphazardly. The Fine Arts Commission points out there are splendid home building opportunities in the southeast and southwest.. True, indeed. The old "commons" back of Lincoln Park are filled now with comfortable homes, but there is many a vacant lot and many a sad looking street to be brightened up with a municipal polishing cloth in the southeast The southwest "the island" deservesmore than it ever re-, ceived, and the Fine Arts Commission has done a fine thing for home builders in pointing out the possibilities of that section. But the plans and vision of the Fine Arts Commission will come to naught unless the Commissioners take up the suggestion, and unless real estate men follow the path laid down by the Commissioners, and particularly unless Con- crress adopts the suggestions of the commission and author- 1 1 lzes the proper expenditures. "Washington is just on the verge of a great wave of de velopment The city will have to furnish permanent homes to thousands more people than ever before, and there are miles and miles of vacant spaces on which comfortable houses will be erected. There is nothing of the boom town about the development, of course; ratlier, the natural growth of the most important city in the country. The ad-' vice which has been given in The Times is reiterated here today: , Get a piece of "Washington and hold on to it HEAED AND SEEN $$&$& Mrs. Wilson Woodrow on "Introspection" It's a serious trouble which especially afflicts the young, and its evil sequels are self-pity, self consciousness and self-justification. It's outgrown usually when the young person takes up some business or occupation. Complaint of a girl who has been made morbid. By Mrs. Wilson Woodrow. WHEN, according to the old legend, inquisitive little Pandora lifted the lid of the box which she had been charged not to open and thus turned loose all the stinging, bit ing, buzzing troubles that vex and worry poor humanity, there was in the lot one particularly virulent bug that, like the germs of whoop ing cough and measles, seems es pecially to attack the young. Its name is introspection. When the boy reaches that stage of adolescence where he begins to watch with eager expectancy the downy growth upon his upper lip and when the girl first commences to do up her hair and to entertain vague yearnings for a career, is the time when each usually falls a victim. Nature is making momentous changes in them, and unable to understand just what is going on they jump at all sorts of fantastic conclusions to account for the un familiar emotions and the unrest of which they are conscious. It is at this period that the fe male of the species makes the interesting discovery that she is not at all like other girls, but of a much deeper, more sensitive na ture while her male counterpart indulges in seasons of Byronic gloom as he darkly contemplates his sin-seared past. Both are en tirely misunderstood, especially by the members of their own families. True Picture of a Youth Af flicted With This Interior Malady. This phase of youthful experi ence is being most truthfully and wittily exploited by Samuel Mcr win in his series of stories in the Cosmopolitan Magazine, dealing with the soul-struggles of Henry Calverly, 3d, and his group of sweethearts in the fictitious town of Sunbury. A paragraph from the latest one of these tales is illuminating: "Henry could babble forth his most sacred inner feelings withan ingenuous volubility that would alarm a naturally reticent man, and he could be baffingly secretive. Tonight he was both and neither. He was full of odd little spiritual turnings and twistings vagueas to the clock, intent on justifying himself, submerged in a boundless, bottomless sea of self-pity." And that, by the way, brings out two of the invariable symp toms of introspection self-pity and self-justification. When one starts to analyze one's inner self one can always find such ample ex cuse for whatever one has done, and such lofty purity of motives and aspirations, that one feels cheated by the callous world's lack of appreciation. And, puzzling over this, one naturally becomes morbid, jaundiced, and miserable. Let no one imagine that youth ful introspection conduces to hap piness. And what makes it worse is that, like seasickness and corns, it arouses no sympathy. It ap pears in its most violent form gen erally from the fifteenth to the twentieth year, in a scries of re curring attacks, and usually begins to disappear when one takes up some actual business or occupa tion. One of the most distressing phases of it is that it engenders self-consciousness; and self -consciousness is a deplorable afflic tion, thwarting every natural and spontaneous impulse, and poison ing the capacity for enjoyment at its source. Here, for instance, is a pathetic letter from a young girl which is worth presenting, because there are so many like her: "I have a fair education, and, while not handsome, am not home ly, either," she writes. "I always try to be kind and good-natured and pleasant to everybody, and, al though I am by no means perfect, I try to do what is right. Yet I am not popular with cither girls or boys I like people and I want them to like me, but eomehow they don't. I love to be in a crowd and love a good time. Yet, when I am one of a party it seems be fore long the others forget I am there, and I feel like a wallflower. "I have slrl friends, yet they sel dom Invite me to go anywhere with them, and when they do I hesitate to go for fear I shall spoil their fun and my own. I realize that I am quiet and backward when In a crowd, though I try not to be. I am always afraid to meet people, as I do. not know what to say to them. "I have tried taking elocution lessons, but it hasn't helped me. Can't you tell me how to overcome this, and what Is the reason people do not like me? Life seems so dull and monotonous as It is now. And I sometimes think I will try being bad, as It seems that a good girl nowadays doesn't have any good times." Poor child! She has uncon sciously expressed the whole trouble when she says: "I have girl friends, yet they seldom invite me to go anywhere with them, and when they do I hesitate to go for fear I shall spoil their fun and my own." This very fear has made her the spoil-sport she considers herself. With the will to be happy and a sufficient equipment to accom plish it, she holds always in her thoughts an image of herself, tongue-tied, retiring, bashful. And this keeps her In a perpetual state of stage fright. Look at yourself from another angle, dear girl. Stop trying to "be kind, good-natured and pleas ant to every one." Don't "try" to be anything but yourself. Do the things you naturally like and want to do. and don't suppress any Im pulses. Don't care a straw what anybody thinks about you, so long as you know you are worth while yourself. What Is it that gains us friends and holds them, that makes us popular. In a trord? Not beauty. Not clothes. Not wit or readiness of speech. It Is that intangible quality we cill charm. When You Can Be Good Com pany for Yourself, Others Will Seek Yea. What makes Maud Adams the most popular actress in America? She is not beautiful. She is equally delightful as ragged Cin derella and as "Lady Babby" in her dainty costumes. She is not a Siddons or a Bernhardt. Her place in the public heart is due solely to her charm. But how is this inestimable gift of the gods to be acquired? Like the kingdom of heaven it cometh not by observation, nor is it to be taken by violence. It exists only as the reflected light from those attributes of the soul gentleness, generosity, the love of things lovely and noble. When you can be a delightful companion to your self you will be showered with in vitations. Laugh, because life delights and amuses you, and every one will long to laugh with you. This 13 a world of wonders; pet so vitally interested in something that you forget all about yourself, and then when you talk you will have plenty of listeners. You have created out of your morbid imaginings this shy, sen sitive, stupid creature you call yourself. Don't stop to notice it, much less to fight with it; ignore it. Be both too proud and too vain to consider yourself anything but a very oretty, intelligent at tractive and interesting girl. Don't allow yourself to imagine that any one could presume to snub you. And as for "being bad," as you call it, that is a piece of silliness not worthy of your in telligence. Don't throw away your trumps for the low cards. Play the game to win, and win all along. Franklin P. Morgan, some Umo ago known as East Wasblnrton's Fav orite Son, and th author of the iu.fc h i- No Hack" story, comes up with a constructive Idea, and I pass it on to the traffic police for whatever It la worth: "There is no necessity," said Mr. Morgan, in using the Intersection at Fifteenth street and New York avenue for an automobile thorough, fare during the rush hours; that Is, during those hours when street car passengers are going hither and yon in that big space. Automobiles mixed up In the heavy criss-cross traffic In that place make the traffic problem much moro difficult than it should be. With cars coming In several directions, pedestrians flock ing all over the place, and automo biles impatient to get through makes the place a danger spot and the most utterly confused five-corners la the city. "My observation leads me to sug gest that the police divert all auto mobile traffic from that crossing at certain rush hours. I believe it would halp." Corcoran Thorn elected president of tho District Bankers Association. Fine easiness. Mr. Thora "carries with him the influence of an efflciest personality. Emmons Smith says IT anyone de sires a first hand impression of the growth of this city all he lias to do is to get down to work between 8 and 9 o'clock any week day moraiag. "I never appreciated the mjstle and hurry W Washington ia its. recent sudden growth until I got down early myself," he said to me. I have always looked up to "Em mons Smith as the Washington rep resentative of Santa Clau-r and I will bet you any old Washington, boy knows why. Emmons Smith con ducted the Boston Variety:' Store years ago, and it made an impres sion on my childhood memory, for toys and books and games,'that noth ing will efface. Major Pullman and I were stand ing at a window, in his office talking things over. An automobile, black runabout body, came solemnly up Fourteenth street. "That's my father," said. Major Pullman. "He is the only automo bileNdriver in the city who. believes in keeping all speed regulations down to less than twelve miles an hour. He also favors puttinjr a governor on each car to prevent It -from ever reaching a speed above twelve alias an hoar. From which I infer that there Is something in the theory of heredity after aU. Letter from Mr. Black of Texas (Ccatissed from Fin Colcsss.) Mr "RTorV will tnrn Mi: attention from statesranshin to ra- nortinr. he also will know that this is truth. f Let him ask the National Association of Jewelers how ranch they will spend to catch a thief who breaks into a jew elry store and steals a tray of diamond rings. Then let him ask how much they will spend to catch the murderer of a clerk in that jewelry store. He will find that they will spend unlimited thousands to catch the man that steals the rings, much less to find the men that steals a human life. Ask the banks how much they will spend to catch a suc cessful forger. Ask even the United States how much it will spend on the conviction of a criminal that forges gold certificates as compared with the money spent catching the man that kills an ordinary citizen. If Mr. Black does not know that protection of CASH PROPERTY is the great thought of this day, we congratu late him. It proves that his mind has dwelt on noble thought, above base reality. The Bank of England will spend a million pounds to catch and punish anyone committing fraud on the bank. How much does Mr. Black think it would spend to catch and punish a man guilty of killing a Bank of England messenger if no attacks on the bank's finances were involved. The street railroad in New Jersey killed a child, and the judge gave the father and mother ONE DOLLAR damages on the ground that they really did not lo3e anything. It would have cost them money to raise that child, said the judge, so that the street railroad actually saved money for them when it killed their child. If the father of that child had stolen a stovepipe hat belonging to the vice president of that street car company he would have gone to jail for six months. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see Gcd." St. Matthew v. 8. You have to be very "pure in heart" not to know that money outweighs life in this world. You are in the National Congress, Mr. Black. How long did it take that body to decide that it might conscript the nation's young lives? How much LONGER did it take to decide that it might conscript PART of excess profits?