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T'TmjS EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE WASHINGTON TIMES WASHINGTON AOGUST 27, 1918 V ir w WttMmhHms THE NATIONAL DAILY RS. U. 8. Patent Offie. ARTHUR BRISBANE. Editor and Owner Entered aa second class muter at the Postofflce at Washington. P. C. Published Every Evening (Including Sundaya) by The Washington Times Company, Munsey BIdg., Pennsylvania Ave. Mall Sobscrtptlons: I year (Inc. Sundaya). 7.M: 3 Month. S1.8S; 1 Month. 65c TUESDAT. AUGUST JT. 111. There Is No Need For Social Unrest If the Dissatisfied Would TRY, and Especially If the Powerful Would SEE, This Country Could Keep Free of Trouble. Eyes have they, bat they see not; v They have ears, bat they hear not. Psalms cxv-S. Men hate and mistrust each other because they do not know each other, understand each other's problems, sympa thize with each other's troubles. The picture on this page, drawn by a sincere young artist, represents the two extremes of national trouble. At the bottom are human beings that may or may not deserve sympathy, and that always blame their troubles mxm those at the top. There is at the top one who but whose eyes are blinded problems and ambitions. This wax which has started trouble new to the world will make many changes. And those that are intelligent know it. Lord Northcliffe, the severest critic, and therefore the most useful patriot m England, is quoted to the effect that Lord Lansdowne demands peace prematurely because he fears that longer war will wipe out the aristocracy and its privileges. Whoever has read the "After the War" program of the British Labor Party, written by intelligent, highly edu cated men, knows that the war has lasted long enough al ready to make aristocracy by inheritance a doubtful pos session anywhere after this war ends. The most conservative newspapers, reporting the riot3 in Japan, describe those riots, not merely as an effort by the people to obtain food, but as a social rebellion against wealth, against the prosperous class. There are serious troubles ahead for many nations. jFot their war debts will cripple them and they will face repudiation or centuries of grinding taxation. This country is fortunate among nations. The war will end finding us in Teality infinitely richer than when it started. We tftmH have spent some billions but they can be re placed out of part of one year We shall have educated millions of young men, sending them abroad, letting them see We shall have a nation new ideals. We shall have, among other material things, a railroad system rebuilt and efficient, controlled by the people; a great fleet owned by the people, making the nation inde pendent of all other nations' shipping. We shall raise the rate of pay for every kind of good work in this country and from history we know that wages once raised never go back to the former level. We shall have established a fair rate of compensation to the farmer for the food he produces. Hitherto neglected by government, exploited by the cunning, a victim of wea ther, speculators, and doubtful crops, the farmer's lot has been least to be envied. This war will make of the farmer a man able to work, knowing that his reward is definite and worth while. It is not possible to exaggerate the blessings that will come out of the war for this country. One should and could be added, namely, A PERMA NENT END OP THE CONDITION SHOWN IN THIS PICTURE, THE SOCIAL UNREST, THE BITTER DIS SATISFACTION AT THE BOTTOM AND THE BLIND NESS, SELFISH OR UNCONSCIOUS, AT THE TOP. There is in the United States ten times as much as would be enough for all the hundred million people in the United States. Every man willing to work could make enough to live, to take care of his children, keep them at school, and still leave plenty for the man whose ambition demands ten or a thousand times his share. The prosperous do not realize it, but Woodrow Wilson has rendered them the greatest possible service in compell ing them, through Congress, to bear their share of the cost of war. It is impossible to estimate the value of the President's action, using his great Influence and the people's support to tax wealth in the war that will protect wealth and its possession. This nation is able to feed every child, keep the child at school and out of the factory and mine. It is rich enough to pay well every man willing to do a fair day's work, and free kirn from anxiety in his old age. And there will be plenty left over to give the millions to those that cannot be nappy without millions, whose game is the game of money, because they have no higher intel lectual interest. The African savage who kills the lion, keeps and eats the lion's heart, thinking that it will make him courageous like the lion. But he lets the other savages have tha rest of thff body at least. There are too many savage chiefs In this country that .keep the whole lion for themselves. This Is unjust to the others, and unsafe for the chief, If they were well advised, they would not look con stantly outward for more, but look downward and see what is going on at their feet, It rests with them whether or not this country shall be (Continued In Last Column.) may or may not mean well,! and ears deafened, by his own s national income. the world and know it. inspired by unselfish effort, mm r mm Btr st.Bl.BBBBBBBBBBBB.gs. ielgsBBBBBBBBBBr sssflgssV wwmmmarj&msMflP wmrnimim mimskk twmt.Tmm?mmjmmm& ntfi wwm i niMUivimvH r"'"irni ssr nimiiii mm uum mati aiini m tnnrtil rh aw w Au-irn, Taf" TyiYvi wti vji -w yfflYXVm'a. lfcvVVYvvJWWwJftl Dissatisfied poverty at the bottom, and blind power at the top, have always made a bad combination in the world. Fortunately this country needs less than any other to fear the vague words "social unrest." Intelligence in Government is urging, and in many cases compelling, the payment of good wages and pun ishing extortion. Beatrice Fairfax Writes of the Problems and Pitfalls of Especially for Washington SOMETIMES, -when I ride In an elevator In a Government or business building in Wash ington and sea a girl dressed in a transparent shirt waist, and be neath it a camisole made of a cou ple of strips of ribbon and a shred of gauze, I wonder how much fur ther these revealing styles can bo pushed. The designer must be in despair, between daring on the one hand and the law on the other, because there is a point beyond which the designer cannot go without hav ing the law step in. The choice of such styles must be left to every girl's individual good taste, and this is not a plea for or against what I am going to call the super-peek-a-boo shirt waist. It seems to me that girls who wear these things ought to have the courage to taka "what goes with them," as a correspond ent of mine puts It, "without hav Ing recourse to the ory-baby act" This Young Km Objects. Sfy correspondent does not wear a ''transparency with neit to noth ing nnder it" because he is a young man who efgns himself "A vlotlra of these styles," And here is the sad story of his experiences) It seems ha was employed in a business concern hers in town with a young lady who pushed her taste for subtraction as far as clothes were concerned to the utmost limits, Colored ribbons illuminat ed her transparencies, and every thing seemed to have been con structed from the scantiest of rem nants, And (he young lady always seemed quite 'pleasantly conscious of what my correspondent calls "her business dishabille" and to expect compliments on her attire. One morning the young man paid her his dally compliment, and the girl replied saucily. He said something else and she "EYES THAT SEE NOT" TODAY'S TOPIC , PLAYING THE GAME FAIRLY replied. Then he threatened to pinch her, and she dared him to do it. lie pinched her on the arm and she dissolved into tear, fol lowed by hysterics. And when these had subsided, sho reported him to tho head of the concern, and the young man was trans, ferred to another city end had his pay reduced (300 a year. She Sar7 Herself a Ilcrolne, Then the young lady swished her short skirts about tha offlco more conspicuously than ever, feeling that sho had been a mag nificent champion of her sex, She saw herself as a heroins, end her attituda was that n testimonial of virtue ought to bo given to her, Dut the ether young men in tha offlco grinned when her back was turned, and saidj 'She Isn't playing fair." And tho women said nothing at allj they only glanced at her with that swift, terriblo look of appraisal that ono woman gives to another when sho sees straight through her game. And tha saintly Jittlo thing foit that sho wasn't appreciated, and now sho is considering going to Franco to help win the war. And everyone hopes that sho will go, as there are no peck-a-boo uni forms. That's all to that story; tho girl felt sho was making a tremendous hit. but she only succeeded in making herself ridiculous. Be cause if she had not wanted the young man to do what he did, why did she tempt him with that sort ef regalia? And, as the other men said, she wasn't playing fair. Now for the reverse of the medal, as our friends and allies, the French, say. In another busi ness concern in New York a huge But for the powerful, that refuse to see, this coun try might look ahead indefinitely to peace, prosperity, and contentment, with other countries anxious. This country could easily supply enough for every body, as much as every man needs, and at the same time continue supplying tho "too much" that so many demand. typewriting place, where, machines are sold by tha thousands, almost precisely iho same scene was en acted. The girl was Insufficiently dress ed, she waa flirtatious, and a young man did exactly what he might have been expected to do, and tha young lady, in a spasm of virtuous indignation, went and told on him. The president of the concern, who received the complaint, looked at her coldly and said: "Mrs. Smith is the proper person to re port that sort of thing to." And he whirled sway and resumed his work. And the modest young lady then went to Mrs, Bmith, who waa n sort of leading lady that had aU the girl operatives In charge. Now, Mrs. Bmith was fifty and a cool-headed business woman who saw right through people when she looked at them over the rims of her tortoise shell spectaelea. Offers Her a Jacket, Sho had the girl repeat tho com plaint, which, curiously enough, was not nearly so dramatic, now that she was telling It to a fellow woman. Mrs. Smith heard her to tho end, regarded her transparent chiffon waist attentively, glanced at tlio colored ribbons beneath, and said: "As a remedy for such an noyances, has it ever occurred to yon to put an more clothes? Near nakedness is not conducive to re spect. Suppose you put on this Jacket of mine till you go home to night, and tomorrow you might come fully dressed." So the little champion of virtne had to go round the rest of the aft ernoon with Mrs. Smith's frump ish old Jacket on, and the other girls had to pull tho grins off their faces every timo they looked at the War Workers Women her, and the next day she came clothed and in her right mind. Now, as I said at the beginning of this talk, I am not making a plea either for or against that Btyle of clothing. Such things must be left to each girl's Individual sense of decorum and taste. Only, if you must go in for "business disha bille," as the young man called It, don't assume tho same air of in jured innocence you would be en titled to if you wero dressed as modestly as n trained nurse, for Instance. Are TTe Dlspoied to Evade Con sequences! As a sex, wo seem disposed to evade the consequences of our no tions, end this is due, no doubt, to accepting for so many years some thing they used to call chivalry, rather than tho Justice to which wo wero entitled. Wo declined to take our medl. cine "because we were ladies" and ought to have everything mado comfortable for us. Men are In. dined to be mere honest, because they had more Justice and less of the pernicious chivalry. If s man wero to walk downtown with a rose in his hair and a chiffon shirt with ribbons attached to his gauzo vest, he'd know in advaneo that ho was going" to provoke laughter, and he'd be prepared to accept tho hilarity that was his due, Dut if a woman garbs herself in this manner and goes to a busi ness office, sho is unwilling to ac cept tho consequences of such a costume, i. 0-, an oblique admira tion lacking in respect. And, as in tho two instances recorded, she may even complain, How much moro simple every thing would be if we could only learn to face facts, and ladies who desire profound respect during business hours could anticipate this by investing in sensible mus lin shirt waists of not too thin a quality. The New Bathing Beach Not Open More Because of a Lack of Cash. Tha Beach Is bat a Detail in the Ultimate Development of the Park, By EAEL A letter from a valued ntsmber of The Times' family of readers asks a question winch undoubtedly is in the minds of thousands of others: ' 'They've established a fine bathing beach, almost ideal I should say, down at the Tidal Basin, but who in th world ever heard of such hours they keep? Every day right in tho middle of the day, they close up for two hour! Yesterday, Sunday, everybody in bathing was chased out promptly at 12 o'clock, and no one was permitted to go back in again until 2. Did you ever hear of another bati mg beach in the world that closed up for two hours in the middle of the day on Sunday? "Aug. 22. BOBEBT B. SMTH." No wonder Mr. Smith protests, but as long as Wash ington activities depend upon Congressional appropriations and as long as these appropriations are made up on the jjrcaenfc lines we win continue to una a misfit here and there. The fine bathing beach in the tidal basin is a detail in a fine program for the development of Potomac Park for tho USE of the entire public Appropriations for the beach eiu name borne me ago, ana now mat tne money is avail able the costshave gone away out of sight Just what hours the public may enjoy the swimming there is a matter of judgment, no doubt; and the officers in charge would much rather have the beach open AT.T. day h?m all day minus two hours. But the money is lacking. Congress tries diligently to make Potomac Park a peo ple 's institution, but luck seems to be against us. It took years to get an appropriation for a ferry to run from lower Seventh street to East Potomac Park, and even then it was only after this column began to make a noise. Public offi cials have plans for complete athletic layouts for the park boat hopses, bath houses, courts, playing fields, and every thing the outdoor man and woman love, but generally some kicker manages to stave off the speedy development of these fine ideals. One good thing the Government CAN do is to favor the scheme for more car lines to run nearer to" the park. That B fine expanse of public land is still a far country to those who have no automobiles. HEARD AND SEEN vm iiwun iicji A gentleman at Bath, Me has been served with a notice that his rent will be eighty dollars a month. Previous to this month he has paid seven dollars a month. For good ness' sake don't kick; about Wash ington, D. C, with that distinguish ed example of profiteering in mind. .Street cars carry signs warning ue public on; running boards In the name of the Public Utilities Commis sion. Which means that you have to squeeze in between seats,' in decently, until there Is no more space on the car except the running boards, after which anyone who pays a fare can stand on the running board to his heart's content This kind of thing is a sample of why people are sore at the street rail ways In Washington. Speaking of Vardaman. R. S. TURK, vice president of the Franklin National Bank, makes the very pertinent observation that the Mississippi Samson has had his locks shorn. . Well, anyhow, Washington has the low record for the price of leg o' lamb, says the Department of Labor statistician. Washington clubs seem to be threatened by this nonessential elim ination campaign, and yet every Washington club is the home of a large number of Government officials and war workers. It strikes me that tho campaign had better proceed cautiously lest it eliminate some es sential nonessential. Nonessentials by the score can be found at a certain race track not far from Washington. E. J. STEELE, who agrees with me about the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad treatment From W., B. and To tha Editor of Tho Tlraea: I want to eongratnate yon neon your article on tho Washington. Baltl nn and Annaoalla Railroad. It waa my misfortune last winter to have to depend upon their aboralnanla aarv ioe far tranaportatlon and I awora then that It I aver survived it I would never pet any nearer to It aft erward than waa neeessary. WH.tna ,Via ..V.rfllt f)&PtS flf tAB winter the men going; from Camp Meado to liaitimoro wero oomou n eattla In those red ear, without heat fin ih i.rn weather) and without any seats, but hard boards. Some times tna ini wuuu guuuu.. i hours In thla Interna oold and ona ... i .wAAmA nn In a AfflKfllt WUUIU Bib imwm. "- -- - " rnffcrinir mora than If rn tha outer '? .. . -t .... v I have neueea ina conaiuoni nun i. Tii..t.it.iinn T.if wTillnronfrratulaft- Ins mysolf that I am at last free from lib iiijnut - ... . THERE IS NO NEED FOR SOCIAL UNRESlO (Continued from First Column.) ,' the country of peace, good feeling, national hapfisMft, and steady progress. S The little people ask nothing unreasonall4Jlly enough a roof that does not leak, sufficient feodtmdom from worry when they are old, clothing, shMBf eAwation, food, and freedom from work for their childrm; The country could give that easily aad still have plenty left for those that tninK GODWIN. of its passengers, also discusses an other feature of daily street car cus tom, interesting to all passengers: There is probably a hundred or two hundred open cars being used here in tha city every day, and they are crowded, packed, and jammed. Still, the very front row of seats next to the motorman, which will hold ten to twelve passengers, we are forbidden to use and we are com pelled to stand on the running board and other places. I don't know the' reason of tills, for in closed cars we are allowed to stand out around the motorman, and I don't see where it would he any worse on open cars. "Kindly aid us in getting use of these front seats. You can figure it out there are one hundred open cars a day, and they make five hundred trips. You can see how many peo ple can be accommodated by using these front seats." JOHN KXRBY savs the bestthinr about this war is that it affords one a chance of a fieht which the police will not stop. w w That Old Swiss Laundry. Old Washington Boy says: "I see some one wants to know about the old chimney on the Hooe Building with a laundry sign. You can inform that person it was the Swiss Laundry, the first steam laun dry in Washington, and was owned by Mr. Eary Godfrey." . "Laundry at 1322 F street indi cates the location of the Swiss Steam Laundry, Ira Godfrey, proprietor, one of the first, if not the first, suc cessful ventures in that line in the city. "NORTHERN LIBERTIES." E. and O. ex. A. Passenger. depending- on such service. I did pity tha poor travelers who do attempt to set on these cars on New York ave nue. I went to Annapolis recently. so I had to travel thla way. and I had a merry time fighting; to g-et Into tha ears. I have seen many systems (If ona might call thla a system) In various parta of thla country. East, West. North and South, but I have never traveled over one that treats Its pa rons with aa much discomfort and discourtesy aa tha W B. and A. They aeem to typify the spirit of "The Publla Be Damned" and to do all In their power to make us reallza It. noplng- that your timely article will do something- to produce a. change In thla service, or rather thla lack of service, and this outraxeoua treatment of passengers, etc Sincerely yours. PIUUP PENDLETOJf HCBT. tney waK stare. A. B. " i .