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EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE IW0t4wfHiflES OCTOBER 29. 1917 WASHINGTON VvTSSW l ctgg& THE NATIONAL DAILY && aS- ARTHUR BRISBANE. Edlfor.and Owner. 35S EDGAR D. SHAW, Publisher. v Entered as eecond elm matter at the Potofnce it Washington. D. C. 6 . Published Every Evening- (Including Sundays) by the 'vashington Times Company, Munsey Building, Pennsylvania Ave. 'Uil Bobscrlptlone: 1 year One. Sunday!). ST.OO. 3 Month. 11.7B. 1 MorXh. 60c a. MONDAY. OCTOBER 3. HIT. Next Time Buy Liberty Bonds With Your Rent Money It Can Be Done, A TIMES Man Tried It. ' o. The problem today is to make each dollar do double &tyif it-wilL ic A member of The TIMES staff who had purchased as pany Liberty bonds as he felt he could afford, and then a Few more, made the experiment successfully. He pays rent to Mr. H. L. Bust and the owner of the :uilding is Mr. Bates Warren. He said to the patriotic Mr. Bust and to the broad minded Mr. Warren: "I'll pay you a year's rent in advance it you take the money in Liberty bonds and we will divide tie coupons." h "Allright," said Mr. Bust. '"All right," said Mr. Capi talist Warren. t , Four thousand five hundred dollars worth of bonds were nought and sent to Mr. Bust, who returned a receipt for one ear's rent in advance. Bent payers and real estate men, bear this in mind when ihe next Liberty bond sale comes around. . Making two blades of grass grow where one grew before u no better than making one dollar buy a Liberty bond and Jy rent also and it can be done. 1 Justice for Women Is Near The Nation Watches the Battle In New York State. Do . New York's Men Consider Their Women Inferior To Those of Other States Creatures To Be Classed With Animals, Idiots, and Children? The nation at war calls upon-the women of the country. They are asked to help in the hospitals, and with the Jted Cross under fire. They do it. They are asked to give their sons to the battlefield, their inost precious possessions, and they do it. They are asked to economize at home, to buy bonds, to kelp in a thousand way and gladly they do it alL i The women in their turn ask of the Government which they serve only JUSTICE. Shall they not have it? One after another, the great States of the West have !iid through their men: "OUB WOMEN ABE NOBLE, UUST AND INTELLIGENT, PIT TO SHABE IN GOV- IBNMENT." ' This fall the State of New York through its men will tell what those men think of the women of New York f-what they think of their wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, x ine mowers ana aaugnters 01 otner men. The State of Illinois has given the vote to women. Chi cago has a larger vote for President than the bigger city i new xorK. r California has given the vote to her women, and to 3hose women is due the fact that Woodrow Wilson is today the President of the United States. Well the President serves the women of all the nation in his powerful appeal to the men of New York State, urging woman sunrage. - In Bussia, women have the vote. In China, under the republic, women vote. St In England the vote is promised to them and well it may be, since fully half of the load of war has been carried on ineir snouiaers. I No man will deny that justice demands the vote for romen, u women are JbUT to vote. How many men in New York will say that their moth Ci and the mothers of other men are NOT fit to vote? A voter should be honest, conscientious, patriotic. Are t women honest, patriotic, and conscientious? The vote should go to those that have a deep interest in the welfare of the nation. Have not the women whose sons are on the battlefield, the deepest interest in the nation's Welfare? Every man owes his life to the suffering Of a woman, and Ms preservation through infancy to the care and the affec tion of that woman. j. How many such men in New York are going to turn against the women to whom they owe everything AGAINST THEIB OWNMOTHEBS. Votes for women will increase the interest of all the fam ily in public matters. Politics will be made more respectable, when the hus tjand and wife, mother and son, vote together. When women vote, the man in office will be compelled to fesk himself, "What do the women need? What do the chil dren need? ' ' Will not that be a good thing for the country? Women are more heavily taxed than men today. For $he heavy taxes are laid on the things that the family must feat and wear. And it is woman's task to make the weekly allowance pay the bills, which are fixed by food trusts that ?tax. Is it fair that women should be thus taxed without rep resentation in government? We do not allow children to vote because we consider them unfit, not sufficiently intelligent. : We do not allow Indians to vote, although we do make 'exceptions, and many thousands of exceptions. The law does not allow IDIOTS OB WOMEN TO VOTE JINTHE STATE OF NEW YOBK i Will the men of the State decide that their women, moth ers, daughters, sisters, and wives should REMAIN classed iwith the idiots? Or will they decide that their women are human beings, (Continued at Bottom of Last Column.) 1 A Five-Billion-Dollar Grip MalfllflBll This Is the Way to Hold the Arm of the International Murderer. "M Mrs. Wilson Woodrow's Article Don't Be Too Ready With Your Confidences Any Policeman Will Tell You That What You Say May Be Used Against You-r-Heart Throbs Should Be Reserved for the Ear That Has a Right to Rest Against One's Breast Never Retract, NeverL Apologize, Never Explain, Except to the'Proper Person. who "doth protest foo much" al ways arouses suspicion. We are harder on ourselves than the law is. for it presumes every man to be innocent until AKE 'em laujch. Make 'em cry. Make 'em That was the rule Tom Taylor, the English dramatist, laid down for the writing of a successful play; and, by the same token, it is an excellent formula to follow in life. Let Folks 'Guess a Bit About You and You'll Avoid Much Trouble. Don't be too ready with your confidences. Let people jruess a bit about you. If I were a Polo uius, called upon to advise a young an or young woman starting out jpon a career, that is the first in junction I would give. It will not only add to the interest you arouse, but will surely keep you out of trouble. As the English policeman warns a person when he makes an arrest, "Remember, anything you say may be used against you." There is more money and more credit to be gained by keeping a still tongue than by extolling your virtues and accomplishments, no matter how genuine they may be. Your listeners never believe half that you tell them about yourself, anyway, unless it is bad; and then they have a shrewd suspicion that it is considerably worse than you have made out. These are truisms which every body knows and recognizes. Yet let trouble or misfortune come, and we hasten to unburden our selves to any one we can get to hear us. Let us suffer accusa tion or blame, and we immedi ately begin to explain and to ex culpate ourselves. Let success or achievements be our portion, and we chortle in our joy to the first chance wayfarer, and strive to im press him with our importance. At least this is so of ninety tight people out of a hundred. You and I are, of course, the shining exceptions. Misery Does Love Company, But Be Cautious About Your Confidante. And the reason for it is the uni versal human craving for sym pathy and understanding. A hap piness unshared loses half its zest. We hate to lose the good opinion and approval of our fellows. Mis ery loves company. This is all perfectly natural and perfectly right. The church, when it established the confessional, realized and provided for a 'great, human demand and satisfied one of the strongest impulses of sin ning and sorrowful mortals. Merely to talk our troubles out 10 a sympathetic listener will fre quently take away half their sting. But not too often. There are enough professional trouble-tellers in the world. And it's wasteful to feed pearls to swine; pearls are precious and exoensive, and swine are not discriminating. Tom, Dick or Harry may listen curiously as you recount your dis putes with your mother-in-law, your hard-luck story about losing your position, or your eagerly given version of that slightly ques tionable episode in which you were concerned. They may even be profuse in expressions of commis eration. But in nine cases out of ten they are either profoundly bored, or they are apt to twist your sobbing recital into a story in which you do not particularly shine. We are all of us inclined in mo ments of stress or resentment to pin our hearts upon our sleeve. That is an excellent place, if one wants to furnish food for the daws; but it is upsetting to the cir culatory system. The best place for a heart is safe inside the ribs, and its throbs should be reserved for the ear which has a right to rest against one's breast or for the -stethoscope. Speech is always silver and silence golden the present ratio of values between the two metals being something lcs than 16 to 1 and we would all do better if we applied this metaphorically in discus.sing our personal affairs. Why, I wonder, when "the world is so full of a number of fhings," when there is so much to talk about, do we persistently hark back to the First Person Singular and its tribulations. "Make 'em laugh. Make 'em cry. Make 'em wait!" You will never do it by talking about yourself. If they laugh then, it will be in their sleeves. If. they cry. it will be crocodile tears. And you may be sure that they will not wait. They have already taken your number. They know just as much as they are interest ed in knowing about you, and they do not care to be -bored by listening to any expurgated and diluted bulletins that you may choose to put forth. Silence Is a Sure Attraction; Makes a Mystery, and Fascination. On the other hand, silence is a lure and a constant attraction. For it suggests mystery, and mys tery is always fascinating. Fcr centuries men have stood before the silent sphinx where it rises above the yellow wastes of the desert, and have vainly tried to puzzle out its meaning. For years, too, men have sacri ficed their youth, their health, their comfort and often their lives in effort after effort to reach the North Pole. But now, since Peary has. come back to tell us just where it is and what it looks like, we hear no more of Polar expeditions. There is no longer any mystery about it. It is just a commonplace patch of ice and snow. The aim of every lawyer in trying a case is to shift the bur den of proof to the other side. When we begin to apologize, to explain, to justify ourselves, we voluntarily assume the task of es tablishing our assertions. One never hears a man boasting of his honesty that one does not begin to wonder what shady trick he is trying to cover up. The "man proven guilty. Whereas, we in our endeavor to clutch and hold the bubble, reputation, are forever seeking to prove ourselves Inno cent. The Most Difficult Thins I to Keep Your Head Under I Censure. The most difficult thing in the world is to keep quiet under cen sure, under doubt, under misrep resentation. Kipling's "If adorns most bedroom walls, but it should be on all: "If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you. But make allowance for their doubting, too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting. Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or, being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good nor talk too wise." Wasn't it Bismarck who said, "Never retract, never apologize, never explain." For it makes lit tle difference what you say. If your skirts are clean, time may safely be trusted to right the wrong, the injustice and the mis understanding. And if you have committed a folly or mistake, drop it in the pit of oblivion. Talking about it only keeps it alive and growing. We wouldn't be human if we didn't do things now and then that require explanation, retraction or apology. We needn't, however, be such fools as to take the world into our confidence about them. So, never retract, never apologize, never explain except to the one person to whom the apology, the retraction, and the exnlanation is due. James Lansburgh, a Useful and Distinguished Citizen His Death .Removes One of the Builders and Pioneers of the Washington of Today. Fighters Should Be Voters A Han Good Enough for Ballets Is More Than Good Eaouga for the Ballot. Reward the District's Soldiers by Giving Wash- s iartea a Vote, HEARD A As The Times said a few days ago, Superintendent Ernest L. Thurston of the public school system has dis tributed copies of General McCain's classic letter on mental slackers to all teachers and to high school stu dents. My own opinion of General McCain's letter U so high l cannot express it well enough to suit me. Edward H. Causey makes a mod est request in his suggestion. Here it is: "I have read your editorials on the FnnrWnth street car line with a great deal of interest, and I know that they will dp much good IF the Utilities Commission acts. "Now that the street has been widened and new rails have been laid, dont you think you could per suade the Capital Traction Company to use round wheels on their cars?" ND SEEN Is it right for automobiles to park: for more than fifteen minutes at a time on Fifteenth street northwest between New York avenue and H street? Orville Ecker, who has an office on that street, says it is sot. At first I thought I would ask the Police Department, but perhaps it would be better to suggest that oa all fifteen-minute streets there be placed metal signs telling people what to expect. Mr. Ecker says that on Fifteenth street, in the block men tioned, some automobiles stand all day long. In the wooded sections of this Dis trict there are many dead trees. Jerry Matthews suggests that with coal scarce and firewood at $16 a cord, some real conservation could be effected by cutting those trees for the benefit of people who will need fuel this winter. Good business. Justice for Women is Near (Continued from First Column.) entitled as men are to life, liberty, the nnrsuit of happiness, and above all to the one weapon THE VOTE that makes real liberty possible? The nation watches with interest New York State, and wonders what its men think of the women of the State. In Washincrton. of coarse. ALL human beings, men and women, are classed by law with idiots, children, and Indiana not voting. But that will not be so, always. Meanwhile, voteless Washington will do what little it may, in ws vowieai way, to help the woman suffrage movement in the natioa and in Congress. The commercial world and all of Washingtoa leafM with regret of the death of James -Lansburgh, head of a great business institution. James Lansburgh and his brother, Gustave Lansburgh, were pioneers "in Washington commerce, -and helped t lay, in the days of Abraham Lincoln, the foundation of the city that exists now. The work begun and carried on through long years by the Lansburgh brothers, the distribution of raerchaadke built on strong' foundation, is the important work of tail period. It cannot be too of ten repeated that the problem of the day is DISTRIBUTION. Production in all its branches is unlimited, 'but wict, economical distribution following wise and economical se lection, is the world's problem. Distribution of the waters of the earth that we call irri gation. Distribution of knowledge that we call edaoatioa. And distribution of the world's .products aad ef life's necessities that we call commerce these are the great taste of the moment. And in their branch of distribution, the Laosbwgh brothers stood out as honorable leaders. By EAEL GODWIN. Here is a letter from a real American. It was written by a Washington boy in answer to a question asked Hra 5 an omcial of one or tae examining boards. Txte young rpaa is typical of thousands in this city who will go to meet the Kaiser's battalions, just as thousands have already gome and are now well on their way to the front-line trenches. His letter is expressive of the thought in the minds of many men today: "I do not dcalr to ill ny claim for exemption, as I htartUr accept the duties or duty that I may be called upon to render lor ray country, and hope that. I will be amonr the flrtt called. "But a a true American I do say: That If the people or the; SI, trlet of Columbia cannot have a vote and voice In the Government, why doe this Government call upon people like then la this timet If the people are not strong- enough to vote, they cannot be atroBar enough to Bght. Do you think that the boys of the District of Co- lumbla can and will light onward, knowing- that It they ever return to their homei It will be the same voteless city they leftT Give us a little reward; something to look forward to when we return A. Vote." In answer. The Times would say that if the Government had passed over the District of Columbia and had not givea its fine young"men the chance to serve the flag; then we would, indeed, have been in the depths of degradation. The fact that Washington has no vote is a sad accident It'doea us a severe injustice, butit has not taken away from us oar Snality as American citizens. Washington men are good gliters and will not sulk in their; tents, and it is a-healthy and helpful sign that these soldiers are thinking of-4he .time when they will Veturn to their homes ready to reassiune. the duties of peace-time citizenship. When our victorious army comes from across the seas to be reviewed ay the Commander-in-CJhief shall it be said that all those splendid soldiers may have a vote in the affairs, of their Government except that fine array of men who happen to live in the shadow of the Capitol domeT ' The men of this city are strong enough to fight and good enough to vote. They are better fitted to fight than themen in most cities, because the splendor of Washington gives a. definite uplift to the lives of its citizens. The better the citi zen the better the fighter; and the better the fighter the better the citizen. , There is no doubt that Washington should vote. This fact will stand out clearer than ever when the boys come marching home, having taken- their part in this most glorious war for liberty. A closing thought: People in this town who believe th,e citizens of , Washington should NOT vote because of the sad experience'oi the "feather-duster legislature" must remem ber that this is a new day and we have a new generation. The new generation is showing its mettle and should have its chance. V iM t !