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of the january 9^ 1919, ?ttlSashftiflfonSiiitt* | rf7fTtl THE NATIONAL DAILY Ri( U. a Pat?nt Of So*. ^ ARTHUR BRISBANE, Editor and Owner \ _ . _ EDGAR D. SHAW. Publisher Eatered aj ?cond elasa matter at the Po?tofflce at Wa?hln?ton. P. C. Published Every Evening (including Sunday*) by The Washington Times Company, Munsey Bldg., Pennsylvania Ave. Mail Bubeggtptlon*: l year (Inc. Sunday*), |7.50: 3 Month*. $1.86: 1 Month. ?6c THURSDAT, JANUARY ?, 1?1?. Six Months' Pay for Every Soldier and Sailor Released From the Army and Navy That la the Very Least That the Nation Should Do, and It Is Little Enough. The great problem and great duty before this country if to assure to the men taken into the army and navy a fair opportunity when they leave the service. The millions of young men were taken away from their work, compelled to give up their positions; two million sent abroad, many killed and wounded, all kept in readiness to 1m sent Does the nation owe those men nothing? Everybody knows that the end of war?the cessation of war contracts, the slowing down or closing up of many factories?makes it difficult to find work. Doesn't the nation owe something to the young men that were taken away from their regular work for the benefit of the country at large? If this country could afford to spend from forty to fifty billion of dollars to protect itself in war, can't it afford to Spend a little money to give the soldiers and sailors decent treatment and freedom from worry in peace? You hear a great deal, and very properly, about the desire of the Government to protect business men. You hear that men who had ammunition contracts are actually going on with their contracts?although the Gov ernment cannot use the stuff. Because the Government feels that it owes something to business men that have changed their plants and adapted themselves to the Government's needs. AND IT DOES owe them something. You read that regular courts have been established in which business men can go, present their claims and show to the Government that because they undertook work now interrupted they are entitled to damages. The damages will be awarded, which is only just if the claim is just, and in some cases they will amount to millions for a single indi vidual. What about the young man taken from his work, put into the army or navy, then thrown out of the service? Is there no court where he can appear? Is there no justice to be dealt out to him? Has HE no claim, simply because he is nothing but a dtisen of the United States, ready to fight for the United States, it is true, but without any factory or bank account connected with his name? This newspaper demands on behalf of millions of young men taken into the army and navy at least the commonest, ordinary justice?NOT GENEROSITY?which would be to allow them six months' full pay after they return to their homes, while they seek to place themselves in other work. What would all the factories and money, all the law makers, from the President down, have amounted to in this war had it not been for the young men READY TO FIGHT, go out into the battlefield and receive the bullets in their bodies? How are you going to estimate the value of a man's willingness to be shot? Can the country do less, at least, than show willingness to enable those men when they are dismissed from service to have enough to live on, while they are settling themselves in some way to make a living? We urge every reader of this newspaper to write to his Congressman, and to the two Senators from his State, AND 8AY SO. Not merely fathers and mothers, brothers, sisters or wives of soldiers and sailors are interested in this matter. The entire country is interested in it. To give six months' pay to the soldier and sailor leav ing the service would do more than free him from worry, prevent sudden glutting of the labor market, and give him an opportunity to look about. Such minimum justice would protect other workers from sudden competition by a lot of men turned out by the Government, in many cases without a dollar in their pockets. We receive today a letter typical of many from tha father of a young soldier. The young man left a job at thirty dollars a week. When he came home the job had been filled. After striving and worrying, he succeeded in placing himself at twelve dollars and a half a week?less than one half he sot before he left his place to serve the nation. Is that thing to be duplicated over and over, thousands of times? And far worse, are thousands of those that come from the service of their country to find themselves unable even to get the twelve dollars and a half a week or less? To protect the soldier and sailor against lack of work for a few months that they may look about them, will pro tect more than them. It will prevent violent disruption of business, by a sudden influx of labor urgently seeking em ployment It will protect men and women in the work that they have now. For many employers, with the best intentions, would naturally dismiss a civilian in order to make room for a soldier or sailor. This is not what the soldiers and sailors want. They do not want to deprive any man or woman of a living. But thev do want justice. They want at least a continuation of ttoir pay for a short time, that they may be able to live while they look for work without harming or depriving of work as/ fellow dtisen. It will be said, "The Government will keep the men in OBfltp for months, letting them out slowly and thus the sudden oversupply of labor will be avoided." Could anything more stupid, more un-American, more unjust and harmful be imagined? * Continued in Lut Column.) I i Camouflage Beatrice Fairfax Writes of the Problems and Pitfalls of the War Workers Especially for Washington Women ARE all men attracted by "vamps?" And what is the remedy? For the state of Infatuation with a vamp, to use the pictur esque slang term, is a malady, as we all know, and doe3 stand in need of cure. It's a big question. Rather big ger, perhaps, than a young girl correspondent of mine suspects. She Is concerned about the wel fare of a youth of her acquaint ance. And she says of him: "He is one of those lads that fall for split skirts, paint, and a vampish face. But down in his heart he love3 a good, little, pretty girl, one of nature's own." To cure this boy of his inclina tion toward the reprehensibly se ductive type of girl, she believes that the deliberate exercise of a wholesome influence on the part of a girl who yearns to be sister, mother, good angel to him, will suffice. She is herself, in fact, disinterestedly preparing to play this very role. But it isn't as simple as that. All the mothers and sisters and good angels in the world can't re lease a boy from the snare of in fatuation just by being anxious and unselfish and eager to help him. There has to be a counter at traction, if the thing is to be done in a hurry. Or time will cure this, as it cures other fevers. Why "Vamps" Fascinate. It's a youthful fever, in most cases, a kind of emotional measles. The period of greatest suscepti bility is, I suppose, from eighteen to twenty-five. But this doesn't mean that every young man has to fall victim, Just as every child isn't obliged to have measles. If he's thoroughly healthy, and isn't too frequently exposed to the dan gerous infection, he can yet through life unscathed And that's my answer to the women who ask me, "Is my son or brother or sweetheart sure to become the prey, sooner or later, of the dangerous type of woman?" The thing isn't inevitable, by any means. And when it does happen, one can usually under stand why. Or onlookers can, even if it isn't always apparent to too watchful mothers. Indeed, it sometimes happens because mothers arc too watchful, or fathers too strict, or sisters too sentimental, or home conditions too dulL In such cases, it's an ex pression of revolt. The vamp tvpe of girl isn't al ways bad. Sometimes she's just a spritelike, mischievous creature with a dashing sort of beauty, an irrepressible desire to "shofk" the miodle-aged, and an equally strong inclination to tease and torment and bewitch all masculine youth. She desires so intensely to accom plish both these ends that she TODAY'S TOPIC VICTIMS OF THE "VAMP" - doesn't trust to her beautydone, but sees to it that her cheeks are redder and her eyes brighter than nature intended them to be and that her dxess is too challenging to Dass unnoticed. But in spite of all this she may be a fundamentally good and warm-hearted girl who will get over being a vamp in the course of time. Contrast To Home Life. Meanwhile she can dazzle and excite an average boy by the startling contrast she presents to everything he's ever known be fore. Perhaps his sisters aren't girls who attract an interesting circle. Perhaps the family friends who drop in of an evening are plain, dull, unstimulatlng. Perhaps the girls whom he himself calls on and takes out occasionally are good machine-made girls without a single fresh, interesting idea to offer him. And perhaps he's had to submit himself to a heavy bur den of family rules and prohibi tions. Isn't such a youth the natural prey of a vamp? It's highly convenient and pleasurable to find all your pro tests and rebellions apparently embodied in some one person, and if she's a person of whom every body disapproves, all the better. You can register your attitude toward things in general merely by seeking her society. Or that's what you do at first. After a while you seek It for its own sake. It isn't that you fall In love with this stimulating, tormenting, fear fully upsetting person. But you want to be near her as much as possible. You want to be teased and agitated and upset. You want to enlarge your knowledge by find ing out all the ways In which this provocative young creature is dif ferent from the good, sensible girls you've known hitherto. You want to get everything possible out of this delirious experience you're undergoing. You want to drain it dry. The "Vamp's" Victim Released. And some day you find that this is just what has happened The vamp doesn't hold you any longer You've learned all she can teach you. The measles are over. And it is just at this point, of course, that the youth who has had his season with the woman who excites, naturally yearns for the woman who soothes. The girl who has a big heart and no vanity and wouldn't hurt his feelings for the world, the girl who believes in him and longs to be useful to him, now has her supreme opportunity. If she chances to be within range, and if she takes the trouble to be gentle and comforting and kind, the lacerated, fever-smitten vic tim of the vamp will probably fall in love with her in a month. He'll feel so safe in falling in love with a girl of this type. What's Doing; Where; When Today. Meeting?Corporation of Presbyterian Home; at the home, ISIS Newton atreet, 1U ..iu a. tn. l'arty?Klfth annual apple elder and gin gerbread party by West Virginia Society; Pythian Temple, 1012 Ninth street nortli we?t, 8 p. m. Dinner?Advertising Club of Washington; Rauscher's. ?:30 p. in. Meeting?Art section of the Twentieth Century Club; residence of Mrs Dayton Ward, 17BS Columbia road northwest, at 3 P. m. Meeting?Waahington Academy o? Sciences and Chemical Society of Wash ington, Jointly; Carnegie Institution Build in*. 8 p. m ? Annual Seaalon?Grand Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star; in tha Houae of the Temple, Third and IS afreets, at 7.3U p. m. Meeting?Civic section of Twentieth I ''entury Club; Sunday school room of All I Souls' Church, 14th and L> streets north west, 11 a. m. Meeting?Wssfcington Humane Society, COjd room of Bhorcham Hotel, 4 p. m. Convention?National Popular Govern ment League; Auditorium of Department of Interior; 2 p. m. and I p. m. Meeting?Catholic Women's War Relief Ssrvlce, !408 k atreet northwest, I p. in. Election of officers. Dance?Ancient Order of Hibernians, Di. vision No. 2, St. Patrick j> llall, 8 p.. in. Drills?National Cfjpiial Volunteer Guard. 427 J. street northwest, 8 p. m. Meeting?California State Association Thomson School, Twelfth an<l l> streets northwest, k p. m. Congressman Nolan will speak SlnglnK class?Carroll Institute. !>ir Tenth street northwest. 8 p. m. Peter W. Dykema will direct singing Meeting?Art section of Twentieth Cen tury Club, 1769 Columbia road northwest, 3 p. m. Meeting?Kit Cnrson Post. No, 2, De partment of the Potomac. U. A. R , 1412 Pennsylvania avenue northwest, 8 p. m. Tomorrow. M?etlng?Men's Bible cla?s of Moun? Pleastnt M. E. Church, study room c church. 7:30 p. m. Meeting?Women's Alliance of All Sou's' Church. Fourteenth and L streets north west, 11 a. m. Meeting?Emery School Alumni Associa tion, Emery School bulldlny. S p. m. Meeting?Bright wood Cltliena' Associa tion. Brightwood School, 8 p. m. Motion pictures?"The Woman With the Hoe." before delegates to Popular Gov ernment league, auditorium. Interior De partment building, 8 p. m Meeting?Credit *ectlou of Merchants and Manufacturers' Aeaoclstion. conference room of association headquarters. Star building. ? p. as. . And he will yearn for safety. Doubtless a great many mar riages come about in just this way. Now it may be that the youth over whose welfare some mother or maternally interested woman is brooding, has the reckless, danger-loving temperament that will demand at least one vamp encounter in his life. And in that case I don't see that there's any thing to be done about it. But the average youth isn't of this type. And it's fairly easy to protect him if you can see that he isn't bored. But can you? The best preventive against boredom is the companionship ef a girl who has not only charm, but brains. The insipid or the stupid girl, however negatively virtuous she may be, will perhaps not exert a trace of influence on tie youth in the plastic stage. B'it a girl who has the qualities of a comrade, and a mind that will keep him on his mettle, may easily be the most important factor in shaping his life. If a boy is good friends with eveb one girl of this fine modern type, he is pretty sure to be im mune to the fascination of the vamp. The woman who is the companion of his mind is the wo man who wields the real power at any stage of a man's life. To a Correspondent. Fear* For Her Friend. DEAR MISS FAIRFAX: I have a very dear friend who la In love with a young man who, I am sure, cannot make her happy. He is handsome, sings beautifully, but has a very email income and no prospects of ever making more. The girl is so sweet and attractive that her friends and family could not help spoiling her. She has never been allowed to do any work 'about the house, but has always been en couraged to make herself beautiful and attractive. After being waited on all her life. It would be unbear able for her to have to do cooking, washing, and scrubbing. She thinks that she loves enough to do all these things for him, but I am sure she will become weary of these tasks in a few months in spite of her love. The young man is very devout and serious Y. M. C. A. worker, and the young girl cares only to be admired and entertained. Now, Misa Fairfax, It is against my principles to be a match breaker, but I would like to save my friend from life long unhappiness. WANTS TO HEI.P. The role that you seem willing to play hat; always been an un grateful one, and not infrequently leads to the estrangement of mother, or legal guardian, it would i seem wiser to let her manage her I friends. As you are not the girl's own love affairs. ? A Few Brief Remarks on a Pet Railway Theory By EARL GODWIN. It seems a species of cruelty to subject men and to eight or ten hours of hard work and then add to thai tw# hours of crowding and pushing and indeoent herding in street cars. Such a condition does not bring men and women down town in cheerful spirit to work, and it does not get them back home in any frame of mind to enjoy the comfort of a fireside and family. Also it seems queer that street railroad companies seem to have disregarded utterly the economic advantages to a town that might aocrue where the traffic congestion problem is settled. The main question, the question of the greatest bsasftt to the PUBLIC, seems to have been lost entirely. . j The underlying policy is one of paying dividenda whether the stock be watered or not; whether the road be EARNING or not; whether the PUBLIC is getting or not Some day a wise generation will take the sti'ssi and run them for the PUBLIC, and the servioe of the roads will be the WHOLE problem. Even today if the man agers of the street railways would regard the PUBLIC 96 per cent and the stockholders 2 per cent the stockholders in the end would be getting more than they are now. SERVICE would mean civic development, more suburbs, more houses, bigger populations and more fares. HEARD AND SEEN "8*ile At 8amV SAM STEINBERG EB says CON NIE SYME dm not need to pat a million dollar* for ash cans. Sam says he's just bought fear handled of the blooming things, and intends to let his friends have them cheap. The California State meets tonight at the School, Twelfth and L streets north west An entertaining mnsical pro gram has been arranged. Conrress man John L Nolan will preside. JOSH CALLAHAN was at sin avenue end O street north the other day, standing wtth perhaps seventy-five others, waiting, at coarse, for a car. Along came one with seven people In it. bat H did not atop. Then came another with a big load. A man with J08H asked the conductor of the loaded car: "What's the namber of that car ahead. I'd like to report him." "I'd like to know myself," said the "He's a Christian I wonder if be can support a family on dmetors. One# I saw on* tab In /tee nickmii and rim? up three. And oT coarse you've all beard ?f the boy wboee name erne Rob Nich ols; and when he grew ?p he a Job as a conductor. Everything's all right HOWARD PISK is now an with rank of grade), and is on duty 8AM McOOWAN. CLARENCE WIL40N says he not resmlate prices at the Betel Si Atmosphere. Only the rich ami unsuspecting visitors to the Capital pay the price anyway. Therefore and notwithstanding. Mr. Hlght erill ean ' tlnoe to charge M per oaat more far bread and batter than ha did at the height of war prioea. Six Months' Pay for Every Soldier and Sailor Released From the Army and Navy^ (Continued Prom First Column.) If you are going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars keeping soldiers looked np in oamp, or keening hem abroad; if you are going to pay them not only their wages, while you keep them locked up idle and useless, baft also pay for their keep, their housing?why not in the name of Heaven set them free, let them go horns to their famlHsa, and try to place themselves? Continue to pay thstm their wages, but save the board and lodging that yon give them when they are locked up idle in camp. This is a very simple outline of a big and most import ant question. . Just treatment for the soldier and sailor interests bo bub more than the man who is well to do and prosperous, especially THE VERY RICH MAN. For what the pros perous man wants is peace in the country, good feeling, cheerfulness, no bitterness among the millions of men that were taken to serve their country. It is of interest to everybody, to the nation itself, from the biggest men in it down to the young man dismissed from the army or navy, to see that justice is dons. Petitions will be presented to Congress urging the pay- , ment of six months' pay to the soldiers. Sign those peti tions which will be put before you. And, in addition, write your own letter to the two Sen ators from your State, and to the Congressman from your district, ancrget your friends to write. Changing it in your own way, word your letter about as follows: To Congressman or Senator: The National Legislature of which you are an honored mem ber, voted to take young men away from their homes, from their work, asking them to sacrifice of their immediate futaxe, and, if necessary, of their lives. That was necessary legislation. The nation approved it and thanks you for it 1 ask you to use your influence now and see to it that these young men returning from war are justly treated. Give them the same consideration that is given to the bigger man who is dealing with the Government financially, while the little man was simply offering his life. I urge you to vote for a bill that will guarantee to every sol dier at least six months' full pay after he leaves the army?little enough and far too little to do for men to whom the coantry owes so much. Yours respectfully, Name. I Addret ? J. ? ?? Write that out and sign your name, if you haven't time to write a better letter. And especially talk to your friends and get them to write to Congressmen. It would be a peculiar thing if the United States that had millions, hundreds and thousands of millions, for every thing, from the biggest profiteer down to the needs of our friends the nations in Europe, had not a dollar for the * soldiers and sailors that won the war for the nation. GIVE THE SOLDIER AND 8AIL0R SIX MONTHS' PAY.