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p-ji.i njwyyj i, mi ij-rgcT ; !' Today Any Woman for Any Man. Russia's Old New Law. Spartans InTented It. . Plutarch Wrote About It. Lincoln Read of It. i By ARTHUR BRISBANE. ' News comes from Russia that Menu strange to those that do not know of old laws. Anarchistic revolutionists in charge of government at Saratov have made marriage illegal. The wan who claims his wife as his own is guilty of sabotage and must go to jail. Children are the property of the state, and will be brought up in groups, like the small chickens you have seen in the tin brooders in shop window?. Women having "more than five children" are supposed to have done their duty, and may do as they please. Others, when po litely requested, must add to the population which is multiplying T. R's race suicide theories by a million and going very far, indeed. Babies one month old go to a people's crib, where they are Jaised for the state until seven teen years of age. The mother of twins gets a na tional gift of 200 roubles, worth just now about twenty-five dol lars in real money. The revolu tion can't be accused of extrava gance. Worldngmen must set aside two per cent of their earnings to help raise the nation's babies. The prosperous class must pay in one hundred roubles per month, all must be careful about their health and the revolution feels that it has made great strides toward de mocracy and general happiness. We are getting civilized, for this announcement from Russia will cause more rage and disgust than would news of a million mur ders: BECAUSE men have always been murdering each other, but for the last few centuries they have managed to respect women, or at least PRETEND respect War hurts and diminishes our slowly and painfully accumulated store of morality, as it reduces the store of cash. If war killed only men, it would not matter. But it kills the sense Of right and wrong, sends men galloping back to the methods of their monkey ancestors highly proud of themselves. Right in virtuou? Aurora (111.) they coldly discuss the baby with no father in particular, and Dr. A. Lindsay Wynekoop, chairman of the eugenics department, yes terday put this question to a meeting of the Mothers' Congress and no one was carried out in a faint: "So far as the race is con cerned, is it or is it not more im portant that the man who loses his life in war should have first reproduced himself with marriage or without it? "And as for the woman, she cannot give her life in battle as a man does. Her function is to re place life. And when this hap pens without social sanction per haps adds to her sacrifice." Yes, perhaps it does. Unless Dr Wynekoop went to prison and came out to wear his stripes forever, he could not know what it means to women, FORTU NATELY FOR WOMEN IN GENERAL, to have things "hap pen without social sanction." What did Lincoln think when, as a young man, he read of the days in Greece and Rome when everyday life included the fan tasfcc theories that will last but a few months in half-crazy "free" Russia? L ncoln's few books included PLUTARCH'S LIVES.. He read the chapter comparing the laws of Numa the Roman and Lycur pus the Spartan and probably ex claimed "do tell" when he came across this: We quote as much as this column will hold 1 "Nhou n Roman thought himself to hare a sufficient number of children, In case his neighbor who hail none should come and re quest uN wife of him, he had a lawful power to die her up to him who dcMrrd her, either for a certain time or for good. "The Lacedaemonian husband on the other band, might allow thp 'use of his wife lo an) one that desired to hTr children bj her and jet still keep In hoDe, the orisrinal marriage t.iilicatioa still subsist ing as at first. "Nay, many husbands, as we have said, would InWt men whom they thought IHeIj to procure of them fine and good locklot; chil 7tn Into their house. "What Is the difference, then, be (wren the two custom; ! "Shall we say that Uie Lace dacmoulan system is one of an ex treme and entire unconcern about their wjr, and would cause most peopfr rndless disquiet and annoy ance with pangs and jealousies I The Roman course wears an air of a more delicate acquiescence, draws th Tell of a new contract ofrer the change and concedes the 1 crnrral insopportablencss of mere ommunlrj.' 1 Read Beatrice Fairfax and Madam X on the Strange Waukeshat Case Page 14 WEATHER: Fair today and 1 morrowi -warmer to morrow. TrrapratHrr at 8 a. m. 58, neven d Krn cooler tlmn ayer ajce for May 17 for last thirty years. NUMBER 10,531. FIRS TROOPS ON FLANDERS LINE With the American Armies in France, May 17 American Troops have arrived in an area in Northern France controlled by British. NOTE This is the first announcement permitted that American soldiers are in the line of defence most likely to be involved in the next German drive. BALFOUR TALK By DAVID LAWRENCE. (Cepjrtcbt, IMS, by New Tork 'Evening Port Company ) There is no disposition here to be drawn into any discussion of peace negotiations at tnis time and none of the officials of the Government seemed to see anything new or start ling in the colloquy in the British Parliament wherein Foreign Minis ter Balfour expressed a willingness to listen to any proposals made by representatives of enemy countries. But there was, nevertheless, the greatest satisfaction felt in Mr. Bal four's statements, which indeed re flect the viewpoint of the United States Government. Follows Baltimore Speech. What Mr. Balfour said about the readiness of the entente to consider and examine overtures from any en emy countries Is exactly what resi dent Wilson said In his famous speech at Baltimore on April 6 last, declaring for force without stint- "For myself. I am ready, ready still. ......1.. ... .. mnur r Hiiia a fair nnrf lust and honet peace at any time that it is sincerely purposed--a peace in which the strong and the weak shall fare alike But the answer when I proposed such a peace came from the German commanders in Russia and I cannot mistake the meaning of the answer" The British foreign secretary say the same thins that nothing honor able or adequate 'has come from the central power that would make it worth while entering into peace parle But there n an affirmative value nuertheless in Mr. Balfour'p speech which did not escape notice here In the first place, the British foreign secretary is, not frightened by a cry of pacifism and "premature peace." such as has been raised in this coun try wheneer resident Wilson has at temptea to define the war alms of the United States and comes out in the open with a. frank statement of readi ness to examine any proposals made. Urn' nUtlnetlon. He draws a distinction between studying a peace suggestion and ac cepting it. And however much Presi dent WiUon 'it the British foreign secretar maj express an inclination to receive peace proposals, there has (Continued on Page C. Column 3 ) 150 Calls in One Day Mr. Lcfus, :nanagcr Presto Lunch, 517 0th street, needed girls to help in his lunch room. He put an ad in The Times and the first day had 150 ap plicants and he said "they are still streaming in." Thonc your "Result Getters" in Main 5260. IN LINE WITH THE PRESIDENT AT BALTIMORE ffiteW T NEWS THE STRANGE WAUKESHA CASE Dr. Roberts Puts Full Blame On Miss Ltuk, Who Hysterically Cries, "It's a Lie! It's a Lie! Oh, You Dog!" Articles n the Waukesha emae by tw noted woman writers Beatrice Fairfax ni Madame X. appear on Pace 1 With Picture. WAUKESHA. Wis., May 17. The calm tension under which Grace Lusk has been battling for the past three days of her trial for the mur der of Mrs. Roberts, suddenly broke today. The break came when Dr. Roberta was suddenly called to the stand and began to talk freely. He began by putting the entire blame of the affair on Miss Lusk. Like a maddened tigress she sud denly leaped forward and all but tore away from those attempting to hold her. "It's a lie. It's a lie'" eh shriek ed. "Oh, you dog!" she panted In her mad fury, unleashed after days and weeks of imprisonment She tried to reach Dr. Roberts, but her attorneys and court attaches held her back. The crest of Dr. Roberts' accusa tions camwhen he was asked to tell of the beginning of the affair with Miss Lusk. "I had engaged her to write some advertising material for me," be be gan. "One day she called me up and told me to meet her at the Y. M. C. A. Well, it was a business affair, and I went over there. Well, I met her. For a little while we talked about manu script she had written. 'Doctor, T)o Yeo Lore Sir." "All of a sudden she asked me, 'Doctor, do you love me" "I was astounded. I dldn t know what to say. Then she raid to me. Doctor, why don't you take me down to Chicago and show me a good timer " There came a sound of quick con fusion from the defendant's chair Her chair shoved back and overturned She threw her slim arms frenzledly for (Continucd on rage 21, Column 2.) I IIOME, May IT Italian naval forces torpedo d and sank an enemy torpedo boat and a steamer at Du razzn. on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. Sunday night, it was off! clalK announced toda Italian airplanes bombed and set fire to military works in I.issa and Durazzo on Tuesday I.issa Is on the Island of that name, north of Ourazo. EX-MAYOR FITZGERALD TO RUN FOR SENATE Ills candidacy to succeed Senator Weeks was announced her etbla afternoon by former Mayor John F. Fitzgerald of Boston. WHITE SDLPIlCn SPIUAGf. W. Ta. Tbe Greeabrtw. Kuropeu plan. Weederful curative vaura, Ovtr-Bisht from Wufclaxtoa. -44rt. ITALIANS TORPEDO TWO VESSELS ON ADH atat$on WASHINGTON, FRIDAY EVENING. MAY 1 3 BADLY HURT AS CARS CRASH IN HEAVY FOG AT DEANDOD Thirteen persons were injured, three seriously, and a score of others were badly shaken up when car No. 33 of the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis line early today crashed into a car. of the Washington, Rail way and Electric Company, at Brook's Station, Fifty-third street and Division avenue, Deanwood, D. C The cars were running in a heavy fog. Most of the injured were taken to Casualty and Providence Hospitals. Others were removed to their homes near by. All were on their way to work in Washington. The crash tied up the car line for more than an hour and resulted in more than a thousand employes, many in Gov ernment departments, being late for work. Rushed To Hospital. The injured at Casualty Hospital are Joseph Manley. twenty-four, Capl (Contlnucd on Page 4, Column 3. AS DESERTERS HAD James P Werres, an employe of the Government Printing Office, of 2710 Bladensburg road northeast, dis appeared last Friday while on his way to keep an engagement to take two toldlers and two girls for an evening trip In his "Jitney." Today two men, Robert Newman, twenty years old. and Charles 12. Gamble, twenty-one, of Company A. 601st Engineer Corps, detailed at Glrnburnie. Md , about twenty miles from Washington, are held in the guard house of Camp Lee, near Rich mond. Va., under the charge of being deserters. The police arrested them In Rich mond Saturday In an automobile bear ing the District license number held by Werres The men were In civilian clothe when arrested Under the rear eat of the automoblln were two United States armv uniforms, on which the police say. they found blood stains Detectives Grant and rAmstrong, of the Washington police, aro in ICich mond today Investigating the case. It was said by Inspector Grant here to day that the two soldiers would be brought back to Washington tumor row and charged with the theft of Werres' automobile. With the two men at the time of their arrest were tw) women. The police did not detain the women and they have disappeared. One Is said to lire In a suburb of Washington. DENIES JAPAN WILL TURN. LONDON. May 17. Statements In the Berlin press that "Japan might become Germany'! ally" war brand ed an -monstrous" by Japanese Am bassador Chlnda in an address before the Foreign Press Association. fflOHABD MISSING MAN'S CAR OF President Not Opposed To Aero Inquiry WITH PRESIDENT WILSON EN ROUTE TO NEW YORK, May 17. Presi dent Wilson today authorized Secretary Tumulty to deny emphatically that he is op posed to any investigation of the Government aircraft program. He is, however, op posed to the "covert purpose" of the Chamberlain resolution, which he declared he "knows and understands." The President's direct statement on this point is designed to clear up conflicting interpretations placed by Congress on his formal and informal communications to the Senate on the point RESNATI, FLIER, JURY SECURED TO TRY OR RICHMOND. May 17- After devot ing two and one-half days to the se- I lection of a Jury, the trial of Dr Lemuel J Johnson, charged with the murder of his secret bride got under way this afternoon at 13.15 o'clock Five panels, or 123 veniremen were examined before sixteen men were secured for the Jury Four of these were challenged by the defense as proWded under the Virginia law fol lowing which the Jury was sworn tn. For the first time since the case was called last Wednesday Johnson Is not alone. Seated with him today are his seventeen-) ear-old brother. Dewey Johnson, cf Middlesex. N C. and Mrs G W Smith, the Richmond woman at whoso home he lived while attending medical college here. First Itneu. Miss Mildred Taylor was the flrst witness called. She testified that on December 5 lsst. Allie Knight, for whose death Johnson Is on trial, camt to spend the night with her She Quoted the dead bride as saying, ai the dinner table, on that evening. "I have a capsule to take tonight before I go to bed" The wtincss also said that her guest told her that "Dr. Johnson gave it to me." "At 3 o'clock I retired, and Alice stayed up to take the capsule. It had the appearance of quinine," Miss Taylor said "Ah oon as she had taken It. she turned off. the light and climbed into bed with me In a few minutes she became violently 111. I called a doc tor and notified her parents. She died within half an hour without re gaining consciousness " Mother In Court. Mrs. George V. Knight, mother of the dead bride, who was one of the last to turn against Johnson, is In mourning She will be one of the Commonwealth's material witnesses. She visited Johnson at the jail here following his arrest "He had the nerve to look back and smile at me In the court room today. Mrs. Knight told The Times representative. "I cannot understand why I was In the dark so long as to his deceit. "He said to me one day. "Mrs. Knight, all the girls aro in love with me." "That marked the beginning of my distrust of him. I should have put a stop to his attention to my daugh ter t that time But that I felt after all that It waa Just the out burst of a young man who waa (Continued on race 2, Column 8.) JLIHNSriN Wm x 17. 1918. AMERICAN FAMOUS ITALIAN DIES IN ACCIDENT laiiAllAN KILLED B 1EN PLANE BR BREAKS Him &&&0lKfil CAPT ANTONIO SYLVIA RESNATI Head of the Italian aviation mission to this country and pilot of the giant Capront airplane, who was killed In 100-foot fall when plane collapsed In New York today. F REPORTED LATEST E NEW YORK. May 17 German aviators are training In the use of the "Hying tank." says Edwin L. James in a copyright cable to the New York Times from the American front In France. This newest weapon of the air Is an all-steel plane. Not only Is It ar mored, but Its wings are made of steel. It has a speed of fifty miles an hour, and cjrrles several six-ccntl-meter guns. The Germans are understood to be now making very elaborate tests with It. This new tool of war represents a German effort to outstrip the allies In the use of airplanes fllng low against Infantry. The allies have had marked success with this kind of aerial warfare, especially In the recent Sommo battles, and 'Frit evi dently Is to try to go them one better. Have .e Gun. I also learn that a Berlin engineer has patented a new type of airplane gun mounted on a revolving turret directly over the aviator and In the center, between the wings The tur ret, being mounted on ball bearings. Is capable of revolving 3CO degrees It Is not known whether this is a part of the equipment of the flying tank. Giant airplanes of a new type have been sent to German aviation schools ..tHinw in innp-rftn bomblni? The Germans have been trying since the latter part or iui 10 perjeci very large bombing machines, but so far have met with little success. LYING TANK IS GERMAN SEM dosing Wall Street Prices. HEMPSTEAD. N. Y.. May 17. Capt. Antonio Sylvia Resnatl. the famous Italian aviator, was killed in an air plane fall here today Resnatl was testing an Americas airplane and fell only 100 feet. The J wings collapsed. J Captain Resnatl was thirty-five years old. He gained fame In thla I country by piloting the giant Italian J Capronl trlplane. One of his greatest 1 feats was a flight over the Italian I front, carrying ten passengers In the big machine. Resnatl started his last flight from the army aviation field here. He had I been making almost dally flights, car 1 rylng officials and testing machines. ( The manner in which the wlngi of hi airplane suddenly collapsed caused suspicion among army avia tors. An investigation was started Immediately Captain Resnatl was the pilot of the huge Capronl airplane that re cently made numerous flights over ; Washington He aided greatly In the Third Liberty loan campaign here, during which he soared over the city dally In the monster airplane, pro palled by three motors, from which he and his passengers, who at times numbered ten on one flight, cast out great volumes qf loan literature. While he was here. Captain Resnatl took up a number of officials In the large Capronl plane. ?16,6007000 DISPOSED OF IN PALMER WILL CHICAGO. May 17. The late Mrs. Potter Palmer's will, disposing of her pergonal estate valued at J1.60O.00O. and her dead husband's truit. valued at 115.000.000 was filed for probate here today. The society queen divided Palmer's estate equally between their two sons Of her own estate she left tSSS.OOO to various charities. J 100.000 to the Chicago Art Institute, gifts of $500 to IS00 to servants, annuities to relatives, and 100.000 each to her sons' wives'. WMELM REPORTED ON WESTERN FRONT I.ONDON. May 17. -Kaiser Wilhelm Is reported on the western front, su perslving preparations for the next big German drie according to ad vices received here today bv the Ex press. 1 INAL EDITION PRICE TWO CENTS. O.S. FACE American Troops Now Stand Shoulder to SJiouIder. -With Allies Boffiin Flanders and Picardy. American troops are now standing upon both the Picardy and Flanders battle fronts two theaters of tha bloodiest straggle the world has er-er, known. For several weeks Americans hat been fighting shoulder to shoulder with the French upon the Picardy front, but it was not until today that it was known that part of General Pershing's army had been sent into the northern fighting zone where the British are holding back the Hun. ElectrlQes "aUon. The Inspiring and Important news that Americans are sow with the British on the vital Flanders front came to America with an electric thrill. It means that, when Von Hin denburg finally renews his drive, that the boys from the United States will have a part In the great task of beat" Ing off what may be the most terrifle assaults of the war. So far aa the censor has permitted It to be known. Americans are now located on the western front at the following place-sin French Lorraine, north of Tool, on the heights of the Meuse river Ion the western edge of the Woevrt Plain. At a certain point in the Champagne district (between Rhelma and the Argonne ForesO. where American artillery was reported bv the French war office to have re- enforced the French: in the Chemm des Dames seeto-. north of the A.sne river, south of Mont Didier. and 03 the front In northern F-ance l.oratloa ..l fllven. The exact location of the Ameri cans in northern France was not re vealed, as it has been the policy of the military censors to conceal the positions cf the United States forces until It is actually known that the Germans possess this information Violent artlller combats continue on the battle fronts, but there has been no break in the Infantry dead lock except for minor enterprises which possess no great importance London reported that the artillery activity is increasing at points on the Flanders front. notably between Locon and Hinge and between Met eren and the Nieppe Forest However It is Impossible to say whether or not this intensive firing Is the prelude to another sei.es of infantry thrusts Bombardment Rages. Bombardments of tremendous fury are still raging in the sector of Hailles, southeast of Amiens. The Germans are using up Immense quan tities of big gun ammunition without following up the cannonades with in fantry assaults. s6 that it has become a matter of mere guesswork to tell when Von Hlndcnburg- will strike again. The thunder of battle never dies out completely along the battle line, but for several weeks now It has been confined large v to artillery and airmen Infantrv hes been used for raiding and patrol purposes, but thera ENEMY M HI IN FLANDERS ; -'flp.