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?JtWastaifitott ?tmes THE NATIONAL DAILY ,/gfrft R*C V. PsUSt OfJati ARTHUR BRISBANE, Editor and Owner _ EDGAR D. SHAW. Publisher Entered as second class matter at the Postofflce at Washington, E>. v^. Published Every Evning (Including Sunday*) by The Washington Times Company, Munsey Bldg., Pennsylvania Ave. Mail Subscriptions: 1 year (Inc. Sundays). ?7.60; 3 Months. $1.M; 1 MontK. OC>c IfONDAT. JANCAKT J#. 1?1?. Put Soles on Your Children's Shoes. You Can Do It. j It Has Been Made Possible by Business Intelligence. An automobile, like a human being, wears out its shoes. But man, with his own feet and the feet of his children, is at a disadvantage compared to an automobile. When his shoes wear out, he must go to a shoemaker to have new soles put on?and it costs more for labor to put them on than the cost of material. He can put the shoes on his own automobile. Automo biles are an expensive luxury. If a man had to pay fifteen, forty, or seventy-five dollars for a tire, and then pay some body the same amount to put the tire on, the automobile industry would suffer. Some time ago this writer suggested to makers of auto mobile tires that they ought to do for the feet of men what they have done so well for the wheels of automobiles, namely, supply soles that could be applied to the shoes of workers and children without expensive work by a shoe maker. It was pointed out that scarcity of leather, poor wear ing quality of such leather as the poor can afford, and the high cost of half-soling could be met in some way with a more enduring sole than leather and one that could be applied to worn-out soles without the especial skill of a shoemaker. This editorial was sent to the principal makers of automobile tires with a request that they help the father to put soles on his own shoes, and soles on the shoes of the children, as the mother puts new seats on the trousers of her little boy, new toes and heels in stockings. Shoemakers and shoe merchants will be glad to learn that the Goodyear Tire Company has, with scientific en ergy, adopted the editorial suggestion. Other tire makers, let us hope, will compete in the useful work. We have received in response to the editorial a pack age containing a pair of waterproof soles, tough, pliable, handsome, and well made. With the soles come nails made with a corkscrew arrangement to give tight hold, a little tube of cement to fasten the new sole to the old worn-out sole. We are informed that the Goodyear Company will put the goods on sale with shoemakers, shoe stores, and else where. They will be in all sises for fathers, mothers, and for the children. This is good news for fathers and mothers of big fam ilies. There is no doubt that other energetic tire makers will compete and do what the Goodyear people have done. The task of business ability is to make life better by making it cheaper. Men that make shoes for automobiles that the owner can put on in his garage, will make the people grateful by making soles that the father can apply to the shoes of hi3 children, in the home, that the workman can apply to his ?wn shoes. It is one wise way to diminish the high cost of living. It takes nothing from anybody. The store and the shoe maker will earn more than before, for they will get their profit on the sales of "self-applied soles" and save trouble. An editorial of this kind is not as profound as one con cerning the complicated problems of the Balkans or the con troversy between Italy and the Jugo-Slavs. But it is more important to fathers of families and, therefore, more im portant to America than the whole Balkan problem. Washington, D. C., January 18. 1919. Editor, The Times. Dear Sir: On behalf of the employes of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, we, the undersigned, representatives of their respective organizations, extend to your our hearty ap preciation of the splendid service you have rendered in the campaign for free intercompany transfers, which has just been brought to a successful issue. It is certain that the active support and uncompro mising position of The Times was a dominant factor in bringing the question of these transfers to a satisfactory conclusion. You may be assured that your attitude in this matter will not be forgotten. Respectfully, UDWARD WILLIAMS. ( W. R. BUOWN CketrwK, ptale Lieanert ELMER JORDAN. j DANIEL J. OLEARY Plate Prtnltrs, i Firemen and iX WOMBLE. JOHN T. WELL.* UachtntsU j Carpenters JAMES A WILLIAMS. ! ELTON PILLOW. hngineers, Painters. ? NORA JAMES. PRESTON SHANNON federal Labor l?*?. j Minn Fitter* EDWARD M. HAAS. FREDERICK ZULCH. Cngraiers. Plumbers. BENJAMIN OOLDSWORTH X. j C. C. HARWOOD. Transferers. 1 Pressmen. The Drys Have It By T. E. Powers Beatrice Fairfax Writes of the Problems and Pitfalls of the War Workers Especially for Washington Women WHOSE fault is it when courtships drag on their weary length for ten, fifteen, even twenty, years?" a Washington woman wrote me the other day. There'a always something wrong in such a case, the rest of the world maintains. Somebody is to be blamed. And instinctively we blame the man. We blame Ime selfishness, his timidity, his pru dence. But is that the only way to look at it? You know how romantic an at tachment of a month's duration seems to families, friends, neigh bors. You're familiar v.th the en thusiasm almost the ecstasy, with which the circle of privileged on lookers regards a youthful pair who never saw each other until a few weeks ago and who expect to be married in three months. Their interest is so headlong that they seem almost to be a part of the love affair. The brisk movement of the thing, the swiftly approaching climax, is enthralling to the spectators, as it is to the lovers themselves. But haven't you noticed how this interest wanes if marriage, perhaps even any mention of marriage, is deferred for several years. Mast Komunce "Step Livelyp* It's romantic and thrilling to "love at first sight"?to marry in haste." But somehow the romance oozes out of a situation that, seems to have come to a standstill. Onlook ers get tired and bored and the lovers themselves, having lost the sympathy of their community, begin to seem "queer," if not act ually a little ridiculous. If you've ever lived in a village you re sure to have seen at least one conspicuous case of this kind. A faded, middle-aged Martha, who has spent half u lifetime in won dering whether or not she was really engaged to a taciturn Henry, bald-headed now, and more than a little stout who plainly pre fers her to any other woman?and who stops at that. Wednesday and Sunday are "Henry's nights," as they have been for years. Henry comes promptly on those evenings, and he brings his troubles with him, for he knows he can conht on Martha's sympathy So night after sight Martha listens to tales of mother's rheumatism and the way TODAY'S TOPIC STANDSTILL WOOINGS the kitchen stove smokes, as though she had an actual daughter ly share in these homely burdens. But she hasn't. And prftltably she never will have. And they'll both die with lives unfulfilled. But it isn't only in vllages that you'll encounter dreary near-ro mances of this ord^r. Men and women of this type can be found anywhere. It's only a few days ago that a letter came to me from | the highly indignant friend of a young woman who for years had spent her love on the promise | dodging, marriage-fearing, basely self-protective tj'pe of man. She ! writes: A Twel*e.>ear Courtship. "A young friend of mine has been keeping company with a gentleman for twelve or thirteen years, and while he's never made any promises of marriage, I claim if there was a grain of manliness j in him. he'd marry the giri inatetul of casting her aside with no other excuse to offer save that he wants to be free. She's a very fine girl, towering far above that devil in | every respect, but foolish enough ! to let this disappoinment kill ail that is beautiful in her. I keep telling her it is a godsend to be at an end with the cad instead of worrying and crying over the loss of him. But all the advice her family and friends offer seems to give her little comfort." It's a typical situation, this con flict between a sweet-natured, ten der-hearted woman with a big capacity for loving, and a man who prefers the little thing he calls his "freedom" to the deep realities of life. And the man wins and the woman suffers and the world scolds. It's pretty nearly a tragedy when a woman whose urge is to take the great plunge into life itself finds that she must abide by the cool and canny decision of a man who wants liberty to pursue his neat trivial bachelor habits a good deal more than he wants the supreme adventure of life. It's tragic, that is. if a woman takes it in the tragic way, as wo men usually have taken it. As the girl described in this letter has taken it. As the love-starved heroines of those endless village wooings have taken it. And they're so much alike, these What's Doing; Where; When I TOIJAV. Meeting <>r.tral ('itizi-ns' A.spocialion, North Capitol Street Savings Hank, 711 North Capitol ?tr?et. at * P Meeting ? (icor^rtown Citizen*' Assoeia t ion, Potoinae Savings Hank Hall, at Rj |p m ; th-- llcv Jam* a I'. Marshall w.ll j ! BpoHk on "Tim ?'ity of Washington I?eeture I ?r Hubert Harrison* of New | I York, at tho Florida Avenue liaplist [ Church. at H p. rn. 1am ture--I >r. Edith Kabe, Commi*?sion on! Training Camp Activities, at Peek Me-| moruil <!hurrh, Twenty-eighth and M streets northwest, at 8 p. to Illustrated leciur**-?JaineM Pennell. au spices of f Library Ahaoeiatioii, Pub lic Library building, a? K p. m. lecture Hrig ??en S. T Ansell. acting judge adv??<ale general, aH**?>inbly ro???ri. Parish lluu>e (,f lipiphany l'ariah, at .*.10 p in Meeting?Monday Livening Ciub, V M C. A , at & p in., Congressman Nolan will apeak. Me?t ing?Alumni and former students of Indiann Cniversit y. College \V omen's Club, 1M22 I otreet northwest, at 7 p. ?*v Meeting -St. John's Lodge <*hapt??r. O K S., to confer ?1?gre*?*# ?t 7::>0 p. m Concert ? fatbby of V M r A, at 7:l-? p m Community *lng will follow Kr.hlbit Army Personnel Work, r?*o,n &.t0, Stat^, War and Navy Building. f* a m to f, p. m. Publie invited. Meeting French elans of Park Vlrw Community Center, Park View School, a* T:30 p m. Meeting?Credit Section of Merchants'^ and Manufacturers' Association, Harvey's R??taur?nl, Kleventh street and Penn sylvania avenue northwest. at 6:30 p. m. Meting?Home and School Association of Hut-bard School. Hubbard School build ing. at 8 p m Motion pictures?"Heart of Humanity," at National Press Club, at 8;'J0 p. m. TOMORROW. Supper?Y. 11. C. A Fellowship Club, as sembly hall of Y M. C. A., at 7 p. in ; Dr. George H. Ashley will speak. Address?Miss Carolyn Jones, of Non York, on work of Y. W C A. In war. be r.>r" Business Women's Council. Wesley i'lnp'1, ?*"lfth and P streets northwest, at ~ :UO p in. Annual meeting?Sunday SchoM Insti tute and the Woman's Auxiliary. Epiphany Parish Hall, 1317 G street northwest, m t 7.10 p. ni. Mass meeting ? To discuss proposed pay raise for District school teachers, Powcll Juhnsoti School, at 8 p. m. Address Louis llrownlow. District Com mlHsloner, before Commercial Club, on "What's Ahead of the District," at 8 p. m Meeting?Junior Temple Society, Rlghth Street Temple, at J:30 p. m Meeting?General Nelson A. Miles Camp No. 1, United Spanish War Veterans', Eleventh snd K streets northwest, at $ p m. Recital?Washington Readers' Club, Wil son Normal School, Klaventh and Harvard streets northwest, at 8 P m. Address?Lieut Arthur MeKaogh, of "!.ost Battalion" tame, before United Service Club, Dupont Circla, at t p. m. tragedies. "He was always good to me," the woman will say of the mau who accepted her devoted friendship and devotion for half a lifetime afid gave her nothing in return. "I never promised to marry her," the man will say, making his tardy and furtive Ret away from a situation where love, loyalty, every generous emotion, should firmly hold him. And yet?is the tragic dreariness of OQe of these long and futile at tachments wholly a man's fault? I should like to preach to women on the sin of being passive and spiritless. Don't Spend Toar Life Waiting. Too many of us assume, as the writer of this letter assumes, that the whole matter always rests with the man. We've surely outgrown the day when a girl's .vhole duty was to sit and embroider, talking as art lessly bewitching as oossibl-i, j.nd wait for a gallant suitor ?.o knock imperiously at t'ae door. We ivDo'v that a woman oug!:'_ to plan her own life, to make her own decis ions. The idea that a woman may properly wait ten or fifteen years, passively and gently, while a man makes up his mind whether or not he even wishes to become en gaged to her, is certainly anything but a modern one. A woman who does not take the situation into her own capable hands long tie- j fore the end of any such pro- ; tracted period, invites tragedy, though no one could be cruel i enough to say that she deserves it. | A normal woman wants mere than the bi-weekly visits of a cau tious bachelor. She wants li.e, love, motherhood. And if she decides to forfeit the big experi ences because of love for tne ? bachelor-by-conviction, she ought ! to know pretty well what she is | about. That is, it ought to be her decision, not his. I don't see why a man who re gards marriage as a steel trap should be urged to marry. In fact, he's the kind who shouldn't marry. Only a girl who's unfor tunate enough to be preferred by him should take good care not to fall in love with him. I>et her receive him without sentiment or special interest merely as an oc casional visitor. Let her take any attitude except that of waiting long meaningless years for him to "come to the point." Girls of the coming generation will see that in cases of this soit, a man isn't wholly to blame. Tnat the woman is at fault, too. "Twenty-year waits for a nu?n to make up his mind will be pretty much out ei fashion then. , School Teachers' Promotions Should Depend More on Merit And Less on Length of Serriee. The Present Hit Stvail Injustice*. By EARL GODWIN. There are many discrepancies in the scale of pay for public school teachers in Washington, and it is oertain that if the District of Columbia could VOTE?especially the women?those discrepancies would vanish. School teachers' pay is one of the most complicated subjects, as there are many classes and kinds and grades of teachers, and various kinds of pay, all mixed up in an illogical system of advancement?NOT according to merit ?but according to length of service. In other words, no matter how smart a teacher may be, she cannot arrive at her full earning power until she has struggled for per haps fifteen years, during which time she will see scores of youngsters graduate from her school and RECEIVE MORE MONEY THAN SHE does, even if all they do is to take cards from one box and stick them in another. One ot the discrepancies, and a very weak spot, I should say, is that young and inexpert teachers are generally placed in the first grade. Here is where the youngest chil dren are taught. They are at the tenderest, most impres sionable, most important age. I have nothing to say against the wonderful young women who graduate from our won derful normal school and are started off as first-grade teachers. The fault comes later. Some of these first-grade teachers may develop into stars of the first magnitude in their line; they may be th? best first-grade teachers on earth. And yet to get their proper advance in salary they MUST move on to higher grades. A better plan would be to keep them where they are doing such good work and also give them their merited raises in pay. Under the present system of advances in pay for length of service, it is possible for a teacher to get her longevity pay not for actual length of service, but for length of service in one group. She might stay ten yean in one salary group and then be moved on to another and LOSE THE CREDIT OF HER FIRST TEN YEARS. ? There are kindergarten principals who reoeive less money than their assistants. The discrepancy in the length of service pay results in 35 per cent of the third and fourth grade teachers, with four to ten years' experience, getting less money than first and second grade teachers with two to four years' experi ence. Teachers recently promoted to the fifth grade are receiving lower pay than they would have received had they stayed in lower grades where they were last year. There are other inequitable conditions, all of which I am sure will be straightened out, as the teachers' union, which is a growing power in the city, is out to see that the proper scale is effected. The whole subject of teachers' pay is due for a gigantic shake-up, for, with the present salaries, teachers will leave for less important work at higher wages. I have in mind a wonderful teacher of twenty or more years' experience whose salary is $1,200. She is one of the best in the world. Her fifteen-year-old niece has been taking papers out of a box and putting them somewhere else for the War Risk Bureau for more than $1,200 a year. HEARD AND SEEN I - Their house being small and their friends many, MR. and MRS. ROY L. WOLFE, 1110 I street southeast, found the public school a convenient place to celebrate their fifteenth wedding anniversary- This event took place in the Tyler School, Elev enth and G streets southeast, on Sat urday evening, January 11. This is the first time in the history of the country that a public school has been used for an occasion of this kind. Friends and neighbors were made happy with a pleasant, sociable even ing, a wedding fea^t and dancing; the couple were madj happy with gifts of cut glass and congratula tions. All went away feeling that a school house is a pleasant place for these festivities. This very interesting information comes to me from MRS. ALLAN DAVIS, 900 Eleventh street south east, community secretary of the Tyler School. Chamber of Commerce Director# Meeting today at 4:30 to or Kanire, select executive commit tee. treasurer, general counsel aud secretary. "Be on time,".says Col. Rob ert X. Harper, president of the Chamber. ROB MATTHEWS, who is BILLY] SUNDAY'S secretary and also takts Homer Rodebeavers job, is due here today Remember that song GEORQf! ' O'CONNOR used to sing?"Tha Christenm.'" ? ? ? "George Washington. Christopher Columbia. Roosevelt, Douglass, Lee. Joe Gans, Dixon. Jim Jeffries. Ring in Booker T." ? ? ? And so forth? Well, George is going to have just such a time himself, because a great big fine baby boy has arrived at his bouse, and George is stepping high Anyhow, when things are dull at George s house be can always amuse the baby with a verse of song. "Call him Cousin Cams, jr." The Press Club is giving a show tonight to present for the first time the "Heart of Humanity," which ia one of those films with everything in it from a dog fight to a battle LAWRENCE BKATTUS is responsi ble for (showing the film. BOND GFDDES says that since ! turned the light on his erratic fa.' meter the old machine has been working fine. TOM BRADLEY, the atty., wear*, a brown bow tie with white spots it) it Should Civilians Ride In Army Automobiles? Out of my salary of $1,220 wife and ! I have bougtit and finished paying for three small Liberty bonds To do it meant denial, saving and skimp ing. But we were proud to "do our bit." More than once I have seen out Mount Pleasant way automobiles I marked *"U. S. A.. for Official Use Only." Each was numbered A pri I vate soldier was driving and the car ' was full of school children In charge | of t> maid. Not a week ago I saw another official car occupied by two j young girls, parked at Botanical I Gardens. One of the girls vu com plaining to Lb* driver because **Dad did not send them ii? a closed car " Yesterday a beautiful limousine similiarly marked, driven by a man in the unjform of our army and occu ped by a richly clad woman and an Airedale dog; drove up to W St L 'a. The woman got out and turned the dog over to the Boldier-driver to look after while she wa* inside. Query?Do you suppose my littld bonds brought in money enough to buy greas?e for these cart and there by "help mm the war?" 1 . IN DOUBT.