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EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE WASHINGTON TIMES WASHINGTON JULY 4, 1918 lliash-uuini THE NATIONAL DAILY ,jf, ARTHUR BRISBANE, Editor and Owair EDOAR D. SHAW. Publisher Catered a second clu natter at the Poitoftle at Washington. D. C. Published Every Evening (lneladlnr SUBdayrt br The Washington Times Company, Munsey Bldg., Pennsylvania Ave, Malt EubaerlpUom: 1 7ar (Inc. Sundays). J7.S0: J Months tl.H; 1 Month, etc THURSDAY. JTJVT , uu. The Greatest 4th of Them All Celebrate This One If You Never Celebrate Again. What does the Fourth of July mean this year? What would the old men of Bevolutionary days think if they could be told up in heaven how the United States is celebrating -from one ocean to another in America, crossing the Atlantic Ocean and celebrating' on the other side? The signers of the Declaration, gathered in Philadelphia in 1776, in the hot weather, risked their lives and knew it They joked as they slapped the flies that bit through the stockings, that went with their old-fashioned knickerbock. ezs. "We must hang together or we shall hang separately," said one of them. How could they have imagined that day, as it would be celebrated all over the world in this year, 1918? Paris to celebrate the Fourth, and Some and London! An English King named George is entering heartily ' into the celebration. That would surprise one of his prede cessors. Even Berlin is not left out. Old Uncle Sam is spending about twenty thousand millions of dollars on fireworks for Prussia, and when his flying machines get well started little late for this fourth but in plenty time for next the Prussian King will see such a display of fireworks, on the ground and in the air, as he little dreamed of when he started this fight. Celebrate this Fourth in sanity, with patriotism, with en thusiasm to the limit. AH of civilization is working together now. Uncle Sam is with his friend Italy mother of Colum bus who discovered us, Garibaldi who inspired us, great scientists and artists that have educated us. Uncle Sam is working with his dear friend France who sent up Lafayette, whose philosophers inspired and taught Franklin and Jefferson. Uncle Sam is working with his friend England. The children came over here and started the fight for liberty, whose blood was in the veins of George Washington, whose greatest rnn, Lord Chatham, was with us even when we were fighting King George. This is the greatest Fourth of July that ever was- more than a million Americans with no selfish purpose are fight ing for liberty in France, nmety-nve snips are to oe oauncnea on one aay, zq carry more men and more fireworks to Prussia. A million men ana men anower muuon win go oyer, You marvel at the huge oak that sprouts from the tiny acorn, Think of this great nation, its power, its love of liberty, its share in the world's war! ' All grew from the little kernel of thought in that room in Philadelphia where, on the Fourth of July, one hundred sad forty-two years ago, representatives or tne little colon ies declared themselves willing to die for the principles that men are created equal and are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Read Jefferson's Great Doci ment Again Today Bead the Declaration of Independence today. Bead it in the light of present events. Let the civilized world take the place held by the colonies in Jefferson's mind as he wrote, and let the Prus sian fiends occupy the place held by King George, English in rule but German in breeding and character. As you read, Bee how applicable the words of the great Here is what Jefferson wrote: "When in the course of human events, It becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of man kind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men arc created equal, that they " are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pur suit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Govern ments are instituted among Men, deriving their Just powers from the consent of the governed, THAT WHEN EVER ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT BECOMES DE STRUCTIVE OF THESE ENDS, IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO ALTER OR TO ABOLISH IT, arid to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Gov ernments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolish ing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing in variably the same Object EVINCES A DESIGN TO RE DUCE THEM UNDER ABSOLUTE DESPOTISM, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Govern ment, and to provide new Guards for their future ' jecurit3r. As John Hancock signed his name to the paper he said, "They can read that without spectacles." As you read and affix your mental endorsement, say, (Continued in Last fdumn.) The Declaration of Independence THE BIG SPLASH 3tfi lLTnVSte?V& cWKJiW 2Y&C3 rc3rc&lv2322lflSBWMtWSfe3YsYft asYTnt 'BYsYsYsYsHrjflBaStfBEd. naBT 1 JMbWsWsWsWsWsIbWsWsbWsWsWsI MBiwMMpisHKv3M7 Hill KMHjeSSrisHSiB .--.-...c--.,---...--...-r-r. - .... . iwriK'HHromagMHK &&t&&i&8zm&?Z& salaH J0CIV!AMiBe2n9HH9ErBIBHBHIHiliHiHliiBiiH lzpJ22rttLjp&&&:2t jW SSj1 BSSSSSSSjasaBS2& -SSSSPaWJT.asariwwSggi-'32gfe3C 1b'&5&Zz&2HrMrL j? YasYasYsTfiBYCiMi B2&MFf &riMWZ?i&ttiJE 'I,lir'"ir r' ' T - ' ' "' "' I 4 Mt Vernon in Private Hands A Few Thoughts on tiw ScAJwt, Jwt BJ;nt for sa Iafepesdeacs DtrEWeriil. By EAEL GODWIN. . Had any one told the immortal patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence 142 years ago today that this enormous giant oi a free country would at this tune be the deciding factor in the ultimate struggle for and against LTBr!KT the "signers" would have agreed that it was entirely possible. There was not a man of small vision chosen by fate, tcf affix his name to the charter of our freedom. , But I doubt that any one of them would have stood for the phophecjr that today the United States would allow the greatest shrine which Liberty can call Tier own io be OWNED BY A PBIVATE COBPOBATION. When George Washington took command of the Conti nental army I presume there was not a man in the buff and blue of the stout-hearted band who could have projected himself far enough into the future to see for himself what a complex system of government has been worked out of the LIBERTY for which these brave youths fought with flint and, steel and powder horn. . "Nor was there a man there who could imagine GHAB& JNG MONEY to see the home of their leader, nor would a man have been called sane had lie predicted: "We will some day be selling tickets for a look at General Washington's-tomb. We will run a steamboat with a jazz band and perhaps a concession for peanuts and lemonade right to the landing place of Hi Vernon; and thai ' concession will be worth money. ' ' Yot, today no one can go to Mt. Vernon without paying a private corporation. Nb steamboat can stop at the whan without a permit from a MONOPOLY in steamboat land ings. No one can go to ML Vernon on SUNDAY unless he first obtain the consent of the corporation which OWNS the GBAVE of the Father of B3s Country. ML Vernon should be owned by the Nation. It should be open on Sunday and every facility should, be .granted the American public to go there and stand st3l in front of the last resting place of the greatest American ' Today the Government makes it easy for the America ,. public to see the baboon at the "Zoo" and to catch fish is Glacier Park and other places. It might be worth a little consideration in Congress to find a way whereby the aatoi amount of inducement would be offered the world to wor ship free of petty charges at the tomb of the man wbost indomitable will and courage and Americanism mado thii country possible. HEABD AND SEEN Boy Seo&ts. WsmmMmmmmMmImp rtwmm . -t rtSfeSl' v U.'HVi"flXirJtf- "ZM-it 'v -.u... nn -TriLrrrWM w W." J1" I JU . , Fr L xr-Jinn . Huston Thompson, Assistant At torney General, exiled mo np to tall me about tne Boy gcoau ana wnai they are dolnc for the people of was.iin fton. For instance, a thousand of them are TODAY helping Major jTiiiroin mt h rviiln in Knlnr no the crowas wmca wawa ma psh. Those thousand trained and brave bora are better than Tt iauu SAND untrained men. t v.. .! fftnT TUrr Seonta hold back a crowd of hundreds of yairp- Inc crn!ncr rtiHnnfl. hot. sveatT neo- ple'who "wanted to see what was gvineon"when an old lady fell faint ing on a not street. t mmamSar a. Washlseton Boy Scout, named Prentiss, I heilere, wno carried, a man on his back f6r nearly a mile, the man haTinj broken his leg. vw Omm(. annrvf VAAP thllt uni form unless they earn it. Somehow the scout idea reaches down into the boy heart and brings right to the front all the innate braTery and the manliness which every boy knows he has, but which somehow or other does&t always come to the top sstfl he has gone through a coarse of sprouts, as they say in the country. Washington ought to lead the world with its Boy Scouts; and it wilL Just now there is a drive on to raise forty thousand dollars to keep open and maintain executive of nr Waihinc-ton BffV EcontS for three years. We have 1.700 Boy Scouts ana ougni io nave ou.vw ot them. Of the 140,000, the sum of (30,000 has been raised. Next xuesoay tne MEN who have the BOYS In mind are Kolnic after that extra ten thou sand. Remember that you're helping make this nstion stronger every time you do anything to increase the num ber of scouts. Potatoes are rising; in price de spite the earnest efforts of the Food Administration to keep them cheap while the drive to eat potatoes is on. The trouble, I believe, lies with the farmer who is holding up the city man. The Government seems to be able to curb the freed of nearly every one except the honest and horny handed son of the sofL Saw W. L. HALL, of the Balti more and Ohio, coming hi on the Pennsylvania Railroad, and when asked "Why," replied he was in no hurry and didn't care whether he arrived on time or not. Etyi HaroV P. Sts&srsl: Some of the army offlcers whoa wb see about town wear spurs soma of our street ear ccadsetori tl wear uniforms. Whr not fnmisl them with spurs? Surely we ccuM not deny them this little means of telf-defense. Then, too, they an' X ornamental, would add dignity K the personal appearance, and coal no doubt be used effectively os es tain patrons, aeeminrrv afflbJ With temporary deafness, sad nk because of their mlsforSns, carnal go prick of the spur might nrgi into a trot rrtmlZt ..j 6""i !Z5 K&J5 when they yroe spiriIJaS"xTa n"" uurao cars. Beferred to fho Police. YTTlv 'n - li . Wlm TVTTnlfJ .o.5?S tothe curb on the westside of Pi, teenth street, just south of Pea sylvania avenue, takine un thf KTMP of fmr. JS ' ZZT? carsT Of course, we know tha trst nc regulations are a Joka and n m5Jhia,5n T"oS at W,fl.JTl.-VTLJ?T J" ttffroles, at least, might bien. w. c GOBDOH. I don't itth -ifV. it. r i that our traffic rules are "a Joki BBO UJHiMfllll'xt " .. V J- lf.fl there's sense in Ms query. WR. 'RlfTJTATJT. T.ATLTD om Thirtmith gtfint- tnfnymLi . bi he had just returned from Eansat Gty, Ho, and that easolene then was 21 cents a gallon. Do y know why "gaa" is 26 cants po gallon in high-priced Washmirtoal E. C TOTTSN. Probably beeaase Kassaa b nearer the source of supply. JOHN KANE has an improve, ment on the "Give 'Em a Lift movement. Every Sunday he finds a load d soldiers or sailors or marines ass" takes them for a real tour. Ties he takes them home to dinner. That's what I call a man's heart Who Bemembers Old man Jerry McCarthy's 4 o'clock (a. m.) thirst -parlor (T)" "H," near Seventh northwest? ? juusney on wo oar mini "What'a vea hcV Old 1W m P-o-r-t-y Nine?" "The 'Old Tus is 5 clnta a g&I an' the Torty-nlne' is 5 cents s ha'f a gill." Walking homa from Alexaadel Island after a tough day with ths ponies. B. P. More ships will be launched today from American shipyards than ever before slid into the Read Jefferson's Great Document Again Today. (Continued from First Column.) The Kaiser shall hear that sentiment expressed by Ameri can guns, enforced by American bayonets, backed up' by American men and women doing everything possible to help in abolishing that gbvernment which by murder and ever; form of frightfulness is seeking to put the whole world 0 (under its absolute despotism." t .Zhhtiamf. ,fcc --M3 lUV.. i latsstfa Wat il water of any country in one day.