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JANUARY 5. 1919 ^
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ARTHUR BRISBANE, Editor ?nd Owner
EDGAR D. SHAW. Publi?her
u second elui matter at the Poatofflce at Washington. P. C.
Kjri Published Every Evening (including Sunday*) hy *
The Washington Times Company, Munsey BldgPennsylvania Ave.
Van ??tle i lf n 1 year (Inc. Sundaye). *7 60; 3 Months. fl.ttf; Month. Wc
Looking Ahead
Yon Cannot See Very Clearly, bat Some Things Are
Plain Enough to Talk About
The new year, to which all the vorld looked forward
and ***** promises so tfaeh, is fairly begun. What will it
ffvt to this earth in permanent betterment?
The President of the United States for the first time in
mr history is traveling, observing, discussing and planning
for * better world for everybody. Tar in the distance are
the warnings of Washington and Jefferson against "foreign
entanglements." The United States is entangled every
where and with everything on the earth's surface. A few
m/mtha %go our statesmen resolved to withdraw from the
Philippines and leave the natives to manage their problems.
Today our soldiers are in Russian Siberia, shooting and
being ahot in the effort to teach the Russians how to!
manage their internal affairs. Just why they are there,
how long they will stay in the country, isn't told as yet
Tfca* is a long-distance "entanglement" surely.,
Our men are in Germany and in Poland. We are plan
ning with Italy and the Jugo-Slavs to help them settle
the question of disputed territory on the east coast of the
We are discussing with England and Trance the
oessation of armaments, the creation of only one great in
ternational fleet flying many flags, Trench, English, Ger
man, American, and acting as a world police to prevent war.
Tailing that, we are threatening, if any nation is to have
"the biggest fleet," that we shall build it and have it We
mean it and can do it, for while ship fighting is a matter
?i mind and courage, in which, by the way, Americans have
excelled, shipbuilding is a matter of money, and we can
have the biggest fleet if we want to.
The money that England alone owes us would build
a fleet twice the size of England's fleet. The amount that
all the allies owe us would reproduce the British navy
four times.
AH that vast debt due from our friends across the
water we talk of forgiving and wiping out in some of our
I generous impulses. Surely we can have the
fleet if we want to, and already Secretary Daniels
to plans and asked for appropriations that will put
eur fleet ahead of England's as England's fleet stands today.
Tha son of autocracy is setting, the Czar dead, the
Kaiser in exile, dosens of little Kings and Princes driven
from their thrones and the Kings remaining mere public
employes kept on the payroll at their people's pleasure.
At a hint they would step down.
Autocracy on the throne is a thing of past history.
But what about other autocracy, that of the mob which
rules in Russia, two hundred thousand Bolsheviks, as
Lenine himself says, ruling with the iron hand of murder
one hundred and thirty millions, nearly all illiterate and
^hopeless? A little while ago they dreamed of happiness
and freedom if they could get rid of their Czar and call
themselves free.
What about the autocracy that keeps its soldiers of
gold or credit locked up in banks?economical soldiers that
bear interest and eat nothing while waiting to be put to
work? What about the autocratic power behind the check
book, whoee subjects never see its face, as the ancient
Japanese never saw the face of the Mikado, but who feel
itaforce and its power of taxation, taking a tyrannical
share from every dollar spent? Military autocracy that has
live hundred foolish uniforms hanging in its wardrobe,
that starts out to conquer the earth in a preposterous
dream of vanity and ends in disgrace, as the Kaiser ends,
is only one kind of autocracy. There are many others. Are
any of them contained as yet invisible within the bright
rising sun "democracy," welcomed by the earth as its
salvation, with the beginning of this new year?
. The greatest war in the world's history is over, and
the greatest menace to the world's peace removed. How
often has that been said on this earth? It was said?when
the Cheeks conquered the Persians.
When Rome defeated Hannibal and when Carthage
was destroyed.
When Charles the Hammer broke the Moslem peril at
the battle near the Pyrenees. When we established our
right to freedom here, after 1776.
When the Union was re-established in the Civil War.
A thousand times, ten thousand times, in the history
of the world it has been said, and said truly, and yet it
has to be said all over again.
The Hungarians said it when they rendered a servioe
to all Europe and stopped the westward march of the Turks.
All Eastern Europe said it when Attila died and his
hordes retired. Japan said it when Russia, defeated, had
*"* rely on clever bargaining in America for the best peace
' 00111(1 How many times must it be said over
- in battles between nations, in battles between classes,
-?i organised government and anarchy, as in Russia,
eoJP^ee?ri,hta financial piracy, as in so many
AJJSf 2or?.thfni a hundred years ago Jefferson and
thing** breathed deep, thinking that all was well with
E j?oouaUy. It had only to stay out of "foreign en
tanglements, and now we are as thoroughly entangled in
foreign affairs as any kitten in a ball of yarn. We are not
mfy nixed in; we are the chief mixer.
_ ?*rtTJr tj*1* J? double the nations say to Uncle
I Y<m "fcould not mind
| staying in a little later- You began spending late* vou
ww t mind spending a little longe?'' ^ * ' y0U
We are to have our problems at home, with Mexico
..?II, j - i x . i? . . i . V <?
Is This to Be the Permanent Set
ting of Autocracy? Will Democracy
Rise to the Zenith and Stay There?
Or Must tfefc Story of the Ages Be
Repeated for Centuries to Come?
Good Government Following Bad
Government, and Then Bad Gov
ernment Following Good Govern
ment, the People Learning Their
Lessons Slowly Through the Years,
Going Forward and Upward, Fall
ing Bade Afler Each Admnce, but Alwmy*
Gaining a Little? - A Thousand Times Men
.lave Bid Farewell to Bad Govern
ment Disappearing and Welcomed
Rising Better Conditions. And a
Thousand Tunes They Have Been
Disappointed. How Many More
Risings and Settings of the Sun Be
fore Men Shall Have Solved Their
First Simple Problem, Self-Govern
ment, and Begun Their Real Work,
the Development of die Earth and
Its Full Possibilities?
Stai Treating 'Em Rough
confiscating American property and asking us what, if any
thing, we mean to do about it. We look toward Peru and
Chile, that may be fighting at any moment, Peru saying,
"Chile must give me back my nitrate lands," as France said
"Germany must give me back my provinces." The sun of
democracy rises, and as it rises its extending rays light
new difficulties and problems in every comer of the earth.
The friends of liberty and real freedom are heard,
but not speaking more eloquently or earnestly than were
the Gracchi when they spoke more than two thousand
years ago. What horrors lie between us and them?all
the false grandeur and horrid misery of Roman rule, the
black ignorance and hideous torture of the Dark Ages.
Every century saw its protest, its hope, its disappointment.
How will the sun set that is rising now? How many times
will future history say, "This is the beginning of real
democracy. This is the era of peace op earth and good
will toward men?"
Looking at the world from day to day, conditions seem
dark on every page of history, past and present. But skip
from century to century?centuries are the short chapters
of history?and you find better conditions, the light brighter
with every chapter. Here cannibalism disappears, later
slavery, later serfdom, still later torture of Witnesses and
burning alive in the name of Christianity. Fifty years
ago you find selfish prosperity vainly denouncing free
education for all children, food for their minds. A little
later in our day you find the same class protesting against
free food for the children in school.
The blindness that protested against the right of the
people to own their own bodies, and then to own their
land, protests now against the people's right to own their
public necessities, that they alone create and supply.
Bvery upward step is contested, but each upward step
is taken when the time comes, at a cost of millions of lives
sometimes, as in the recent war; at a cost of the blood of
martyrs at othir times, at a cost of disappointment and
humiliation always for leaders ahead of their time.
Men dreamed that they would fly, and now they do fly.
They dream of perfect government, of absolute democracy,
each doing his full share, each having enough, none want
ing more. And they will attain that democracy when the
time comes.
That it has not come yet and may not come for,
centuries need discourage no man. For we live only a fsw
years. Men have achieved freedom from absolute despotism,
at least. Their lives can be made bearable if they will!
make the effort. And lives are short. We need not worry.
about the centuries that came before us, or the centuries!
of slow progress that are to come after.
. We may have suffered through those past centuries ,
and may be destined to suffer here on earth in other bodies
through the coming centuries. If so, we shall live to see th? I1
perfected civilization. It will be worth the waiting.
Are not some individual men and women sufficiently:
developed now for real civilisation? Perhaps. Are not
some races sufficiently developed? Probably not. You1
will not find a gallows or a prison in the land after real !
civilization shall have reached it.
It must be remembered, that the human race has net j <
reached the point indicated by the scientist who explores;
space and numbers stars, or by the philanthropist who
devotes his energies and fortune to the unhappy, poor andj
ignorant. To know what the. human race is, how far iti
has gone, take your average.
Pick out the human half way uehind the highest
civilized being and the lowest savage able to count only
four, halfway between Newton and Barnum's "What Is
It?" and you will have the present day civilization.
Your average human, standing midway between the!
lowest type of the lowest savage tribe ancf the highest
human mind, would be about eqi.gl to one of the most
illiterate, rough millions of Russian or Balkan peasants.
Humanity is only as high as its average. Under the
circumstances it is doing pretty well, for it is far nearer to
savagery than civilization.
No man need worry about that if he does his share to
help the onward march.
For onr school* we pay about a
third of oar taxee (at least that vu
the way the proportion stood the last
time I looked Into it). We haw la
the District of Columbia as toe a
plant for educating the boys aad girls
of the National Capital as we ooald
wish. As a plant for taming oat
good and wholesome education for
boys and girls ws are in rary good
Now r e uae that plant Ire boars
a day for fiva days a week for nine
months a year, with a scattering of
oil-days la between.
Onr educational plant, than, is
TEAR than it ia In a *. If It were
a steel plant, yon could express that
Inefficiency in dollars, which is soaw
thlng we all oomprshood. but 1 am
unable to find an adequate expres
sion to describe the loss la POWKR
entailed by the pre seat situation re
garding the shut-down schools.
Oar night schools offset the lens
to some extent, bat the greatest
example of 100 per cent use of a
school building ia found in the WIL
CENTER, operating at fall Mast la
the Wilson Nonaal School, Hist. of
coarse, is a wonderful school build
ing, adapted for the widest ose of
the broader educational idea. Under
the leadership of EDGAR C. SNY
DER, president, this community essi
ter is going ahead doing BIG things
for the National Capital aad for fee
nation at large.
The building is used as a real cen
who work by d*y m .
to LEARN by nitrhL All
*3 th* piece to
Y I a? told by President I
the Bureau of ~
tutioo of thiel
bat eoot It out
' 80 to the oee to which the
Normal School |o pot yoo eoe the
poeeibL'ttee of e 100 per ceat ooe of
the entire echool pleat If yea hoi
throe nUlkm dot lore * year to
on o FACTORY, foe wouldn't
reel return* If yoo ctoeed It op 1
teen hoors of the day tor iio _ .
twenty-four hoe re o day feor two
day* tor a etretch of nine month*,
and then for throe mootho eleeed It
np entirely.
I ? " 4 ??
FRANK R. WILSON, director of
publicity for tb? Liberty loan, used
to be the organist In a country.
church In Iowa.
of Justice Mulqueen, of New York, la
in town In Government work. When
I saw him be was engaged In a fierce
ly contested game of dominoes.
My old and trnaty friend. CJOL E.
LESTER JONE8, 1s back (ran the
; wars.
Now that GEORGE CREEL is
about to leare the Committee on
Public Information. I havi many
; demands that as a fade-away act bo
republish the text of the wonderful
story of that July 4 naval battle
! that never occurred.
Which reminds me of Robert
Southey's famous Base:
"And everybody prmiood the duke.
Who did the groat fight wis."
"And what good earns of it ml lastT*
Quoth little Peter kin.
"You'U have to ask George Creel"
said he.
But 'twas ? famous victory"
"Now that you have virtually dis
posed of the first movine-picture
show." says PRANK HUGHES,
"let me ask if yea can determine
upon the first talking machine ever
heard in Washington. My recollec
tion is that the first one was heard
thirty-five years ago in Curtis Hall,
Gteorgatown. It wu a tin-foil cyttn
der affair and the first record won
that of a barking dag."
I Curtis Hal] waa la tlM Curtis
School, and B. T. JANNEY was
JOE CANNON, of DanrilW, DL.
has been to Nov York lately and
complains of difficulty in ft tint
about on the new subway. Gosh, he
ought to try to get somewhere on
the Dnwya line.
JIMMIE HUSTER, by the way,
sujrgests that the Anaeostia Una be
called the Bannna R. R., inasmuch
aa it ia operated la bunchaa.
his aide nartaar, LEE THURMAN,
some sort of a card, showed It to the
guard. New LEE THURMAN say*
the guard turned pale at tha sigh;
of the BIG BOSS. Bnt they all m
that whan telling this type of a story,
and jnet for a chance I'm going to
assume that ha didn't tarn pale at
alL So there.
Two army officer* wore to the
Ions line at the stamp window. They
ware knocking Washington and
everything In it.
A Washington woman stood behind
them and finally ventured to defend
her native city.
"You were quite willing to ootne
here?in that uniform?a short time
ago," she said.
That stopped the knocking. A
moment later the Washington
woman bought her stamps and the
clerk gave her ten too many?and
had the mistake called to his at
tention. The officers had their eyes
on the Washington woman all the
time. They saw a REAL Washing
Ionian who waa honest all the way
IRV BELT was sitting in the far
end of a car, where he had wanned
his way at the urgent request of the
eonductor. Upon trying to get ant
at his corner the conductor slammed
the door before he could squirm hack
to it.
"If you wouldn't get so far front,"
said that Chesterfieldian nickel
snatcher, "you woudnt get carried
beyond your stop."
About a month ago the C. T. Co.
conductor who at the time bore the
number 121 in his cap told a woman
that it wasnt any of her business
whether she was carried by her cor
ner or not A complaint written to
the company was never answered.
Another diplomat on the Four
teenth street line yelled at a woman
who could walk no faster. "To nm
up Croat in a harry." Tha wo mm
replied that she couldnt go any fast*
?. i and that ahe was suffering trmm
"I hope yoa drop ted" waa Ua
consoling reply.
The good old days la tha Piatoiw
Dapartmeat when peakalves were
ghren the clerfca aa Christmas gifts
aad they were allowed to take half
day* off betweaa Christinas aad New
Tear, the clerks alternating, dotag
the work of the other au while he
waa off enjoying himself?
When Mr*. Langtry, tha "Jamay
Lily." played aa engage meat at
Ford'a Tbeeder, at tha Loafclaaa
market apace?
When CHASE laid the fnandattaa
for hla popularity by serving Ma
theater patron ? with ice cream dar
lag the lntermtssioe of the pattaa
Wonder If tha p?n rnttrtM Hit
?rondo a ltttlo of tkia r If tniiwlalll
for tkl residents of tteo DlatrM of CMaf
Pram. Cit., Pleaae Read.
I see by the papers that tha Board
of Trade and others are indulging
i in that inexpensive sport of iaanra
ing a proposition. This time it la the
indorsement of a parade to ear re
turning heroes.
I Please let me beg the timtliiiisa
who ao cheerfully and iaexpanshraiy
indorse this perfectly fine parade
that the true teat of their aadaraaea
and patriotic worth will eaane whoa
the veterans ask them for WORK.
In other words, pleaae do awre
than cheer. Offer them JOBS.
BrrtTM a nev troy to (iwft ?; mJL
tcolf in chcmp (b(Ma|.*
What's Doing; Where; When
Hike?Wuderlultra walk from Poreat 1
Glen to Kenaington and Garrett Park and |
return. atartinK at S:J0 o elock
Mooting?New Thought Association. '
Raoachac*'. Connecticut avenue and L.;
?treet "noflhwest. 4:10 p m.
I'nlon ttorrloo?The JTaehjrtcry of U'aah- ]
Ington at New *?rk Avenue churvh, 4;S0
p. nt.
lecture?By Miaa Holbrook at Tbon
?ophical Hall. 12U H atreet nortkweet at
t and > p. m
Mtetlw-FrH TbAWfkl ItMltr ' 'if~~
I p. m . at PytkiM Ttnph
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