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WASHINGTON TIMES ITOR1AL PAGE OF THE WASHINGTON NOVEMBER 30, 1918 1dSggfe THE NATIONAL DAILY cgS, TjD nrt v g patent office. Jais- ARTHUn BRISBANE. Editor and Owner EDGAK D. SlIAW. Publisher Entered as second class matter at the Postofflce at Washington. T. C Published Every Evening' (Including Sundays) by The Washington Times Company, MunseyBldg.. Pennsylvania Ave. Mail SubscrlpUons: 1 year (Inc. Sundays). $7.50; 3 Months. S1.S5; 1 Month. 65c SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 20. ISIS. We Do What We Want to Do ' Let TJs Try to Want That Which Is Wise. One of our readers some time ago wrote as follows: "You praise a mother's devotion to her children, how she runs into the lire to get them out, and will give them things to eat, starving herself. But isn't it a fact that a mother does that because she wants to do it? Doesn't she do it because she would rather do that than anything else, and, if that is so is there any special reason for praising her? Isn't it a fact that , we all do what we want to do? If it is, what is the use of blaming or praising one more than another? One man gets drunk because he wants to ge drunk, others teach Sunday school because they want to teach Sunday school. What right have we to praise him or blame him, if he cannot control his wants?" There is ENOUGH deceptive TRUTH in our friend's letter to make it WORTH answering. It is true that we all do "WHAT WE WANT TO DO." We MUST want to do the thing in order to do it, for our will CONTROLS us. We can only do that which we will do. It is not. however, a fact that a man cannot HELP wanting one thing: more than another. It is NOT a fact that the man who gets drunk because he WANTS to, is no MORE and no LESS praiseworthy than the man that denies himself for his family of children because he WANTS to. Each wants to do that which he does, and at the MOMENT, perhaps, neither could help acting as he does. But the man who WANTS that which is RIGHT is a very much better man than he who wants that which is WRONG. And it is not a fact that a man is UNABLE to control his wants. It is not a fact that he must act like a MACHINE, obeying blindly inclinations beyond his control. The task that every man should put before himself is to DIRECT his INCLINATIONS in the BEST possible chan nel. Every man and woman, and every child out of baby ' hood, should STRUGGLE to develop within the mind the HIGHEST POSSIBLE MORAL TENDENCIES. EVER? ONE of us can make 'himself better if he 'will STUDY his inclinations and try to ROOT OUT those that lead to eviL It is true that the mother who RISKS HER LIFE for her child, or the soldier who SACRIFICES HIS LIFE for his country or his beliefs, does that which he wants to do. But it is not true that the mother or the man of BRAVE CONVICTIONS is only the equal of the individual con trolled by SELFISH DESJRES. . If motherly love has become UNIVERSAL, it is be cause mothers for hundreds of centuries have KEPT their THOUGHTS upon the welfare of their children, have TRAINED THEIR MINDS to self denial, for the aid of their children, and by PERSISTENTLY turning their will in the direction of this duty have made the mother's SELF SACRIFICE almost a matter of course. There is NO PROBLEM as important as the control of your individual temperament. Even a man of very moderate ability MIGHT ACHTEVE great success if he could control the weak or VICIOUS IMPULSES within him, and through concentration of will power CONCENTRATE such force as he has on ONE SINGLE PURPOSE or set of purposes. Man's intellect, it must be remembered, is the FACULTY that he has MOST recently acquired. Long BEFORE the intellect was developed, and there is still a great deal of development ahead of it, human things were CONTROLLED by their APPETITES, their hatreds and selfishness. Those old and long established DEMONSTRATIONS of the WILL still STRUGGLE for control, and they do control most of us. Drunkards, thieves, the dissolute, self indulgent, and the foolishly vain are those whose minds are NOT STRONG enough to bend their WILL in a GOOD direction, and to overcome settled ANIMAL HABITS. But there is NOT ONE but could FORCE himself to want to do that which he OUGHT to do, if he would keep his mind constantly upon it. This fact has been DEMONSTRATED marvelously by the many religions, especially in their early stages. It is demonstrated to a very interesting extent by the CHRISTIAN SCIENTISTS today. If every one of us from now on would fix his mind with contempt upon his own SHORTCOMINGS, realizing and despising them, and concentrating his thoughts and his will upon those things which he knows to be worth while, the improvement of the world today would be MAR VELOUS, that of the next generation still GREATER and the MILLENNIUM of which we talk and which we shall some day see would hasten its advent greatly. Fortunately we are all working along these lines of self improvement, more or less UNCONSCIOUSLY. Is there any one that has not made, over and over, GOOD RESOLU TIONS by the thousands? The idea that these resolutions have no value because they are BROKEN is absolutely false. No good resolution was ever WASTED if it only lasted a minute. For every such resolution made in good faith indicates an EFFORT of the will to do good. No man's case is ever HOPELESS, as long as he gets up in the morning DETERMINED to conquer the WEAK NESS that bothers him. No man or woman is BEYOND the chance of CORRECTION and final SUCCESS so long as he or she repeatedly and strongly feels the desire to turn the will in another and BETTER direction. If you look back a little way into History, you will see -with amazement how much this CONSTANT STRUGGLING of the will has done for us. Not so long ago, ALL MEN were brutal, and not long before that a MAJORITY of them were cannibalistic savages. In classic days, which we regard with reverence, in Greece and Rome, the MORALITY, or rather the lack of it, was SHOCKING and apparently hopeless. Brutal (Continued in Last Column.) Absent-Minded Adolph By T. E. POWERS , - -- Gr&EAUATEi) V C j h?.) a V-f5 3) Jyfr J mmmmmm VaJUCDCT DC THEY? WHERE is WHAT? Zf $ 5 f . V V ' HA JS- I & TWsT) --rVfotftJ fi .- . E1 t n Beatrice Fairfax Writes of the Problems and Pitfalls of the War Workers Especially for Washington Women SOME time ago I advocated in this column, "justice temper ed with mercy" toward young men In the matter of .spending money. I adrised chafing diah suppers at home, rather than spreads in expensive restaurants. I pleaded for the young man and his bank book, Mb liberty bond, even his thrift stamp If that was his pet form of saving. And now along comes a girl, writing an exceedingly clever let ter who says that policy is all wrong, men must be made to spend, or a girl has no value in their eyes. A girl must cost a great deal to be appreciated. That wben men are entertained, and entertained well at girls' houses, they do not even bother to pay party calls. All of which is a shock to me. who thinks much bet ter of young men and their man ners than does my correspondent. Perhaps some other girls will let me have their views on this sub ject, and I would enjoy hearing from men, too, and how they feel in regard to the girl who lives and the girl who demands. My dis illusioned young friend's letter is as follows: DEAR MISS FAIRFAX: , Tou advocated, not Ions ago, in one of your special articles that it would bo better if girls did not ex pect men to spend so much money on them, and sut-gestedthat young women start the movement of gro ins; out with younc men "Dutch treat," or else that tjiey eive little parties at their homes, so that they could have good times without the boys always spending money to pro vide the fun. Now. Miss Fairfax. I have seen much of the world and tried these methods and found them unsuc cessful. I have siren numerous parties, invitations to which no man of my acquaintance baa ever refused, and I have also gone out with men and paid my part of the expenses. But I find that whllo men accept every attention of that kind, always seem to have a good lima at my parties, and eat heartily of my refresh ments, they never even so much as pay a party call, and as for returning- the entertainment in kind. I have never had one of these take me to a theater or a dance In return for my party Invitations. With men constituted as they are, I have cqme to the conclusion that you cannot be "platonlo" with them. The moment a women begins to show favors to a man. ho stops be ing nice to her and simply accepts calmly and selfishly every dilng she does. I have always wanted to bn a good pal to my men friends (until TODAY'S TOPIC To Spend or Not to Spend, That Is the Question? the right one should come along), but men don't want It that way, and the only way you can change them is to get the mothers to teach them from babyhood. To be specific, I have been very much interested In a young man for about seven years. Until the past year I treated him as a broth er, and he has asked and received many business favors which I have been In a position to bestow and has also enjoyed tremendously nu merous social favors (such as Invi tations to large official and social receptions which It happened I could procure), as well as most generous and cordial hospitality at my own home. I gave him only one present, a framed copy of his faorite paint ing, but have been the staunchest friend to him a man could possibly desire. Tct now he never so much as sends me a simple little birthday or Christmas card. Sometimes he will let six months elapse before coming to see me. and If I were to be taken very 111 or die in the mean while, I don't know how he would feel. Occasionally I have asked him to introduce me to young men friends of his whom I thought would be congenial, but be does not bring them around, not from Jeal ousy, but from indifference. Now. when I do as much aa this for my women friends, they always return the favor. When I take my women friends to the theater, or Invite them to my house to dine, or send them flowers on their birthday, they always acknowledge the courtesies In some way. But lt a woman Invite a man to a party at her home, then she loses him forever. The only wsy a woman can keep Once-Overs Copyright, 1918, International Features Service, Inc. GIVE YOUR NEIGHBOR A HAND. What do you ever do to make life happier for those outside your family or your little circle of friends? Can you think of half a dozen times in all your whole life when your assistance could be measured by more than a kind word? When sickness is prevalent, do you try to ascertain the condition of those you knew to be ill in a way which would help them? Is it not true that you are so selfishly occupied with your own affairs all the time that you know not one thine about the family across the street, next door, or even in the same apartment house, and you are so apparntly cold blooded that your neighbors would go a mile to get help before they would even think to ask you? Nice state of indifferent selfishness. Isn't it. And there is no difference in degree of selfishness between the little "pink piggy" and the gruff old porker, both belong to the same family. Because you "have no money of your very own is no excure for not being thoughtful and kinflly to those around you, and who knows but your actions of public spiritedness may cause the "guy that has the money" to loosen up with it for the benefit of humanity and his country. From The Public To The Editor Wants a Government History. To the Editor of THE TIMES: Aa the Government has taken over the express, transportation and com municating systems for the benefit of the people, would It not be a grand Idea for tho Government to publish a history of the world war. the proceeds of which, less cost, to be used for tho benefit of our maimed and wounded herotsT To Insure the work being standard Ized an allied commission conld be ap pointed to gather data, etc The greatest printing office itf the I world (Government Printing Office) could Handle this Job, regardless of the number of volumes wanted. Orders for the books, accompanied by cash, could be taken by the post masters of every city, town and ham let In tho land. Millions of volumes would be need ed to supply tbe demand. And I believe there would he mil lions and millions of dollars In this en terprise If undertaken, while we as a grateful people would only be par tia'ly returning to our unfortunate boys what they gave us the best that .was in them. H. F. ft a man's friendship Is by luring him to bestow all the attentions on her he can think of and selfishly ac cepting them without any return except what pleasure he gels out of her charm and her company. So please don't advise anything to make the social game easier for the men; It Is too easy for them already. Perhaps social evolution will some day take us to that point, but the men certainly are not ready for It now, although I will admit that some women are ahead of them in that respect and are even now prepared for It I wish a few men would give their views on this sub ject. Tours for the best and highest In all things, but acknowledging that when we cannot get them, we must bow to the Inovltable. ULTRAMODERN WOMA.V. DUagrrra With n. I. DEAR MISS FAIRFAX: I have been reading some of the letters published In our column lately: but that one of B. U's "got my goat." I never had a sister to grow up, my only one died when she was six. but If she were to know an animal Ilka B. I. I am glad she died. I am a soldier and have been one for a couple of years and enjoy tbe company of nice girls thoroughly. I never did care about the kind I could put my arras pwiind afid kiss the moment I met. Tuy don't appeal to me at all I have lots of girl friends, but mt In Washington. I didn't stem to take with them, perhaps bo.aue I don't dance. I Just seem to boll when a rian talks like this B. I. about girl Now I know that people don't care much about hearing a. soldier ex press himself. lie Is supposed to fight, not to talk, but I am sure this B. U never put on a uniform In his life and learned discipline. 1 wouldn't give two cent fur a girl who traeled with or kissed a man good night the first tlm shi eer saw him. Give me a. modest girl every time. JUST A SOI.DIUJ. Agrees With Perplexed." DEAR MISS FAIRFAX I have been an interested reader of your column, although taking no part In the dlscjsslons tilt now "A Perplexed Girl" echoes my vlena exactly on promiscuous kissing. I am twenty-four years of ag. and have always felt like this about kissing since I was old enough to reason. I pray that "Perplexed Qlrl" may always keep her ideals since they seem to be mo rare. Al though I have had to be among questionable people in m time, ai I have been forced to earn my Il Ing Jlnce I was eight ytars old and battle for my education.' too I rar. proudly say tint I hv lived a clean life. As for kiting, I would linx- to care enough for a Birl to become engaged to l.cr before I would wish to kiss her. and. furthermoie, I be lieve a young lady should be en gaged before she allows a man that privilege. HENBY. Street Car Service Still Abominably Weak By BILL PEICE Street car service in this city is still far, far short of what it should be, and in some of the suburban sec lions of the District, notably on lines of tho Washington Bailway and Electric Company, it is really an outrage which the Public Utilities Commission should lose no time in investigating and bettering, no matter what steps it has to take. If there is not radical improvement in a shprt time the citizens' organizations in sections which are faring so badly should request the commission to hear the facts. Kicks and complaints of individuals are"bften the outcome of personal disgruntlement,but whole communities now have just cause to bitterly complain of woeful lack of service Street railway officials must be warned against assum ing that the patience of the public is wholly of elastic and will never cease giving just a little more. There has been the utmost liberality in recognition of the- difficulties under; which the roads are operating or -have been operating. From now on there should be a steady,' radical improve ment in service: Alan power is slowly becoming more plenti ful and if shortage of this has really been at the bottom of past troubles it can not much longer furnish excuses. A variety of reasons are given for the inexcusable suburban service of the Washington Bailway and Electric Company on many lines inexperienced men, tie-ups, etc. For a number of weeks, while the company, was installing a new dynamo to meemthe increasing demands, the power was shut off just at the time of evening when everybody was trying io get to their homes. The new dynamo is supposed to be working and there is sufficient power. On the face of things it looks as if the company needs, among a large number of things, a staff of competent inspectors who will exercise a few grains of intelligence in handling cars during tie-ups, so that the largest number of people may be served in the best manner. Cars are seldom where crowds are waiting- to get on. Bunches of them will run along with few passengers inside and then another will bump along crowded to suffocation. When these tie-ups' occur the policy as to suburbanites seems to be to divert cars scheduled for long runs back over short city runs so as to make certain of picking up nickels from short hauls, .while men and women living long dis tances from the center of the city are compelled to wait many minutes. Be sure and get the nickel from short haul passengers who may walk, and leave the long-distance rider to the last He can't walk home and can not patronize a competing line. Having received an increase of. fare tij meet expendi- . tures, and also having promised that there would be better ment of service with the increase, show the public that both ends of the bargain will be -kept. Nickel-grabbing is not the only function of street car lines. Public service, and decent public service, is another. It is very near time for the Public Utilities Commis sion to have its experts again survey the street car situa tion here and report whether the deficient service and jammed cars are due to scarcity of men for crews, shortago of cars, inferipr intelligence m operation, or just plain unconcern of public needs, coupled with a get-the-fare-anyway spirit, we-need-the-money. ? HEARD AND SEEN MUBjaitJUifUl'UItiLJttUJiV iswom J KING NICKEL HOLDS SWAY! Dedicated to GEORGE E. HAMILTON. anJ WILLIAM F. HAM. Cond-brr. old friend, s!x-for-aqnir-t r." Tru stendbT of bAvhfMd' lose boor. For rtfty yean slwar radr "My besi" and "mr maty," Whero noir u yonr prlil and yonr powftr? Author DAMN THE KAISER. R. r BUTLER, of Port Arthur, Tex., who controls the tank steam ers of the United States for the Shipping Board, and who earns ev ery cent of the dollar a year he re ceives, sr.ys that gasolene won the war for the allies. "SKIPPER" WALTER SCOTT MERIWETHER, veteran ship news writer, whose present job is to keep Chairman Hurley, of the Shipping Board, on the first pace of the news papers, is to spend his vacation in Virginia shooting quail. SAM GASSEXHEIMER. whose rub- ber-neci wosons knocked down a number of street- lamp posts over period of years, fcr which he paid, has noticed a large number of lamp posts on Pennsylvania avenue snd oiner streets mat are down irora collisions with machines. He Is wondering why they are not re placed. JAMES SHARP, the able president of the Commercial Club, announces that the board of governors ha7e ar ranged for a sortc3 of clcb nights, to le given on the Crst and thin! Tuesdays of each month, the 2rt coming NEXT Tuesday. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p. m. Dr. WILLIAM L. ROBIXS Is amons a number of people who are com plaining strong:! about the quality of gas they are gettlnK- "It seems ro me," declared Dr. ROBINS, "that before they begin asking more money for gas they had better improve the quality. It is getting impossible to read'by it- An official of tht Otlli-i ties Commission looked the situation over in my honse and sagely re marked that the 'pressure was all right.' I told him I wanted a decent grade of gas and was not bothering about pressure. Gas company em ployes suggest that mantels should bo put- on the light. That sccnJ another case of having to give the gas a lift-" We Do What Wo Want To Do. (Continued from First Column.) slavery, the father's power of life and death over his chil- . dren, the HABITUAL and legal exposure of infants to wild beasts, punishment for the SLIGHTEST OFFENSES with torture and death, combined with gross sensuality, intem perance and debauchery, were FEATURES of a life which CONSIDERED itself civilized. The fact that we have OUTGROWN such conditions is largely due to the hundreds of millions of individual GOOD RESOLUTIONS. The law may PERMIT infanticide, but the heart and the conscience do not permit it. The laws of every country at one time PERMITTED slavery. But the individual con science here and there, and finally everywhere, ROSE UP against it and that sore spot has left the human race. We are not so very far away from that FAMOUS first of January, when we all make good resolutions, as we take mince pie, in HONOR of the season. DON'T LAUGH at the good resolutions of others, or at your own. And DON'T BE ASHAMED of them, even if you are unable to keep them. The fact that you make the good resolutions proves, atv least, that you are trying to make yourself WANT to do th J RIGHT THING.