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MARCH 3. 1919
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ARTHUR BRISBANE. Editor and Owner
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Some Work for the Governors
At the Other End of the Avenue
Governors and mayors of the country are meeting the
President today to discuss and seek a solution for the
problem of unemployment.
At the other end of the Avenue the country's legis
lators are -wiping out with slight consideration the Govern
iaent Employment Service, a proved and efficient means for
Ejnishing the idle with work.
We suggest that after today's interview at the
White House the governors and mayors go to the Capitol
lad seek to rescue from its unworthy fate the one most
ifficient means of accomplishing what they have come to
Washington to do.
- Throwing away your best weapon just as the battle
bfgins isn't good tactics either in war or peace.
Poor South Sea Island Ladies
I Good Conscience and Sluggish liver Spell Their Doom.
Bead and
Civilization is a great thing, hut you must he able to
stand it.- Official word comes from the British South Sea
Ss&ads that civilization is killing off the natives.. The
ocoanut groves win be neglected and worthless, unless
Chinese and Japanese can be brought in to take care of
$hem, and the natives don't want Asiatic labor competing
with them
The trouble, according to a British official, is TOO
XTOH CLOTHING. In old days, when the English Bishop
of New Guinea could say truthfully: "A ball of twine
would clothe my flock of Papuans," the people were
healthy, the population growing.
But somebody told the natives that they could not be
reaHv Christians unless they wore a cotton Mother Hub-
bard for ladies, cotton shirts and trousers for men. Thus
covered up, the population is dying off because fresh air
and sunlight are kept away from b6dies accustomed to
You would think a lady would get enough fresh air
wearing only a cotton Mother Hubbard, but it seems not.
In civilization if you are weak they give you sun baths an4
air baths, nothing on but sunlight and air. The poor South
Sea islanders die unless their life is one long air bath.
In the old happy days of simple clothing the natives
rubbed their bodies with cocoanut oil, which made the rain
slip off and protected them from cold and sudden chills.
Now the cotton Mother Hubbard gets soaked with rain.
The woman doesn't bother to rub her boay with cocoanut
Snl, since nobody sees how shiny she looks. She shivers in
her wet Mother Hubbard, gets pneumonia and dies.
Some of the old men have refused to become Christians
to the extent of wearing clothes.
The intelligent special correspondent of the New York
Evening Post says that aged native gentlemen can be seen
miles out at sea, fishing in all kinds of weather with nothing
on. They live indefinitely. The young Christian fisherman
sifting in the next boat, covers himself up and dies of
It is a mixed-up situation there. Government officials
who want labor to make the cocoanut groves profitable tell
the natives to wear as little as possible. The missionaries
each Sunday tell them that it is a sin, especially for ladies,
not to be covered up completely.
And to make it more surprising and complicated, sta
tistics show that South Sea ladies who wear the least cloth
ing are the most moral
Here in civilization it works the other way, at least,
the Woman's Republican Club of New York says that
ladies wearing the most are more moral. But how can you
The poor South Sea Island ladies and gentlemen, in
the happy, healthy old days danced violent dances, good
for the liver, but some of. them were no better than they
sfiould be, "quite immoral," the missionary said, and bad
Sot the conscience. So the dancing has been stopped. The
N iftdies and gentlemen were told that if they persist in dan
cing through the hot summer nights of the South Sea
Jjlanda, they would do their dancing in a hotter place
later on. Conscience became active, and the actives liver
" The government authorities interested in dividends
from cocoanut groves say that if they would let a poor lady
dance in the old-ashioned way, she would get warm enough
to dry out her damp cotton Mother Hubbard. But they
won't let her dance. She sits down, shivers, by and by
she dies, and there's one cocoanut grove "hand" gone.
Civilization and immorality are not simple things. But
in the long run they are probably Just what the world needs.
Relentlessly they have killed off the least fit, those not
able to stand progress, including morals ana .Alotner Hub-
Just a Suggestion
yoW PO 777 WALK fN
t iH I
Beatrice Fairfax Writes of the Problems and Pitfalls of the War Workers
Especially for Washington Women
AN American correspondent,
writing from London about
the English labor situation,
threatens us with a "sex war." It
is safe to say this gentleman
never wrote what is known as a
"best seller," and that a knowledge
of human nature plays no part in
his journalistic equipment
The bug-a-boo that has terrifled
him into prophesying sex warfare
with its doleful accompaniment of
"no homes" and "no population" is
nothing more serious than groups
of English women dressed suit
ably for the heavy 'work their
cbuntry demanded of them during
the war. If they had worked In
mills and factories or on busses
and street railways in their good
old reliable georgettes and high
heeled slippers, he wouldn't have
said a word but flat-heeled shoes
and trousers! He cries havoc,
and lets loose a threat of a sex
Bobbed hair, he also considers
the final symbol of celibacy. "Why,
if a woman Intends to marry." he
asks, "should she rob herself of
her crowning glory?" Other times,
other fashions the gallants of the
forties were equally perturbed
when the ladies pinned up their
ringlets. Perhaps some kindly
missionary may agree to meet this
pessimistic scribe on his return to
New York and lead him to Green
wich village where he will find
bobbed hair and romance to be
almost interchanageable terms.
Prophesies About the Bicycle.
Twenty years ago, pessimists
were saying the same thing, when
vomen adapted bloomers for the
bicycle. Yet we had no sex
warfare on account of the gentle
and antiquated wheel On the
contrary, with greater opportun
ities for comradeship, and Amer
ica's first introduction to the
great out-of-doors, there was a
tremendous speeding up of ro
mance. Open any of the maga
zines, of twenty jears ago, and
the bicycle story was then, what
the aeroplane yarn is today, in
up-to-the-minute fiction.
If women have been able to
endure the disadvantages, Inci
dental to sex lack of education,
opportunity, unjust laws, etc.
without resorting to sex warfare,
It is not likely that they are go
ing to Start anything of the sort
at present, with the dawn of bet-
- r . :-t to t-pgf"
jrs NoT A F7S.
72? A SHtRT
question that is agitating Euro
pean women, at the present time,
is not a concentrated sex grouch
that will commit them to celibacy
in order to hold war-jobs but
the well-grounded fear that there
will not be enough husbands to
go round.
The future of the "third sex,"
as the women who have adopted
male attire for greater working
convenience, is called, does not
convey vistas of celibacy to
friends of labor. They are bet
ter informed, they know through
the statistics that have already
been published, just what propor
tion of these women are already
You cannot expect to be a success in any line unless yon are
willing to take a chance.
Of course, it is necessary for you to figure out your course as
neatly as possible in advance, and you ought to feel reasonably sure
of winning before you attempt to branch out, but if you wait until
you feel there is no possible chance for you to lose, you never will get
started for success.
You have figured weeks, perhaps months and years, on a plan
that you are sure would be a winner, but in comes the element of
chance and you are afraid.
Don't you realize that this is valuable time wasted?
You may think so long that some other man may hit the same
plan you have and put it over while you are blinking.
Have a good, sound working plan of proposed undertaking and
then start and start prepared to meet obstacles every bach of the
Why, success is a game, man, the greatest game in the world
and play fair.
You want to enjoy the success after you get it, so know your
rules and play the game as each new phase indicates, but get into
the game before it is too late, and you will find the obstacles dis
solve as you vault them.
What's Doing;
Tod jr.
Official showing Pnbllo Health Serrle
.tm. "Fit to Win," at Connoa Club, Madl
ion place and H atreet. I p. in.
Fancy Drew nail Kalllpolla Orotto No
15. M. O. V. P. B. K.. New Wlllard Hotel
Amateur play The "Fascinating Fattf'r
Br own," at Charrydale auditorium. Va..
X m. ,
Concert By U. 8. Soldiers Ham Band
it Stanley Hall. :15 p. m.
Concert U. 8. Marina Band Orchestra,
tt Marine Barracks. 2:J0 p. m.
Meetlnr District of Columbia Optom
trlcal Society. Star Building. p. m.
Ion Kulkerson wilt apeak.
Annual tea and linen shower, Ladles'
Auxiliary of Providence Hospital, hospital
luUdlng, 3 pm.
Meeting- Maine State Association. Park
'lew School Building, S p. m.
Meeting Kenllworth Cltltena' Assocla
Ion, Kenllworth school, t p. m. Address
iy Major lvenv t "A Soldier's View
Ay (S)
married, and the mothers of fam
ilies. And the figure is a large
As to the unmarried women who
have gone out into the world as
conductors, bus drivers, messenger
girls, porters, and the like, there
is absolutely no ground for pre
supposing them vowed to celibacy.
Their chief concern, as has been
Btated, is a lively fear of enforced
Uniform Highly Becoming.
And as for the uniform being de
terrent of romance, which is more
attractive, the "yeowoman" or
"conductorette" in her neat,
serviceable uniform, or her stiy
at home sister, clad in an unre-
Where; When
lecture Miss Allcs Hntehlns Drake,
before Bookiorers' Club, T. W. C. A-, 8
p. m.
Meeting The Vermont Club of Wash
ington. Powell school. I p. m.
Meeting Sodality Union, Carroll HaU,
S p. m.
Xutimv low.
Meeting-Columbia Heights Cttliens As
sociation. St. Stephen's Hall, p. m.
Meeting Washington Chapter No. 21,
Electrical Craftsmen, In hall at Fifth and
O streets northwest, I p. m.
Address Dr. P. P. Claxton, United
States Commissioner of Education, before
Bethel Literary Club, Metropolitan A. M.
B. Church, 8 p. m.
Reception Ladles of O. A. R., 1412
Pennsylvania avenue northwest. 8 p. m.
Banquet To Congressman Edward
Keating, of Colorado, by Joint Retirement
Committee, composed of Representatives
of Federal employes organizations. Nw
" TTi! 7 -o n m
By T. E. Powers
lated assortment of "styles each
of which is on bad terms with the
The strongest passion In women
is the maternal. It has taken na
ture some millions of years to de
velop this overwhelming impulse
which has been instrumental In
leading .the race from the blackest
savagery to such development as
it now boasts. And it is going to
take more than a uniform and the
opportunity of earning a fairer
wage to kill that which is stronger
than life itself.
With new conditions, brought
about by the war, revolutionary
changes are bound to come, women
will be forced from home In great
er numbers to help maintain the
family, but the child will continue,
as from the days of our cave an
cestors, to be the great uplifting
influence in human destiny.
Therefore, when the pessimistic
correspondent says that "the sight
of short-haired women, wearing
trousers, doing men's work with
excessive competence and self-assurance,''
was a shock to him,
and he began to inquire "what
is the future of this third sex"
I for one, do not share his panic.
Women working in big industrial
centers even if they bob their
hair and wear trousers are not
as appalling to me as women
withering away in the sequestered
villages of New England or the
Soutb, where they have no op
portunity for either marriage or
self-development These are the
women who are likely to become
man-haters if there is such a
thing, which I doubt rather than
the women who keep sane be
cause they are busy. And be
cause their minds come in daily
contact with other minds. The
correspondent says that in Lon
don he has talked with "trousered
conductorettes" and that "they
show a lack of sex consciousness
which is appalling."
Why should the conductorette
display "sex consciousness" in
taking your carfare pr insisting
on "step lively, please," any more
than the young man bank clerk,
or waiter should display when
handing out green-backs, or an
omelet. And, I believe, women
would be highly disgusted and
transfer their patronage from
banks and restaurants that em
ployed young men who did dis
play "sex consciousness" during
business hours. Certainly we are
fed up to the teeth with the girl
who, clad in a flimsy georgette
waist, makes everyone in the of
fice realize that she is there for
no professional reason, but on the
more serious business of hunting
a husband. No, we-ve had enough
of . "sex consciousness," we are
charmed and delighted if uni
forms have toned down a little
The Simple Story of the VOTE
LESS Capital of America
The people of the Nation's Capital are the ONLY peo
ple in any civilized country in the entire world who have
no voice in their own government
Forty years ago an internal financial and political ait
nation arose in Washington whereby Congress saw fit to
take over the government of the District of Columbia, make
its laws, levy its taxes, and pay half the expenses of the
District of Columbia. At that time the District of Colum
bia was staggering ubder a load of debt, but had for all of
its life attended to its own local government, elected its
mayors and haH the self-determination and the civic pride
which is a part of every self-governe'd democratic com
munity. There was a reason why the United States should pay
half the expenses of the National Capital, but there was
no reason whythe National Government should take,
away the right to vote.
We in the District of Columbia have lived for forty
years with Congress as the common council. Congress has
made our laws and levied our taxes regardless of our
wishes. Voteless, we became a laboratory for the working
out of whims of members of the National Legislature.
The Treasury of the United Slates received the last
fiscal year from the District of Columbia war taxes, income
taxes and general internal revenue taxes amounting to $12,
791,961. This enormous Federal tax is larger than the
same tax contributed to the National Government by the
following sixteen States:
Also it is larger than the
waii, and the Philippines, all
gates to Congress. It is twice as much as- Arizona pays;
twice as much as Montana pays; twice as much as Arkan
sas pays; is $5,000,000 more
as mudi as Idaho pays; almost fifteen times' as much, as
Nevada pays. , And yet these sixteen States send thirtyjwo
Senators and forty-nine Representatives to Congress to
make laws for the TAXED, but UNREPRESENTED,
450,000 in the District of Colombia.
There is no one, not even a Delegate, in Congress
representing the District of Columbia.
The same machinery which declared war and will ratify
peace must be set in motion to get for Washington even
one more policeman or to erect a new dog pound. Is it not
ridiculous? A national legislature should remain national
and not be diverted to the matters ordinarily attended to
by a town meeting or a common counciL The United States
in spending several million dollars a vear to mai-nf a
Congress should insist that it pay entire attention to the
affairs of the Federal Government and not attempt to
divide these greater matters with the local police, public
school, board of health troubles of an intdBgect city well
able to take care of itself.
The man outside of Washington wi reads fids iroald
dp his country a favor if he would mnnecBatery get in
touch with his Senators and his Congressman and ask for
a VOTING National Capital instead of an va-Ameaoaa
Dr. M. L. TURNER, of Berwya.1
Maryland, has sent a eheez: to me
for the BETTY LEHMANN flag, in
memory of a brave man, Captain
W. B. HUDSON. I am glad to be
able to give the matter this little
publicity. I knew and admired Cap
tain Hudson.
Dr. Turner says;
"I served with Captain Hudsea In
the Field Hospital during GEN.
HARRIES' time. It was largely due
to Hudson's ability as a drillmaster
that the Field Hospital Company
Ambulance was one of four com
panies rated 'excellent by ths War
Department inspector.
A check comes jointly from MRS.
FORD "in memory of Lieut. Gaston
Lewis Dortch. of North Carolina,
who fell at Chateau Thierry." la
commemorating this brave man in
this way they have done the greatest
thing that friends can do for those
who died for their country.
You are always looldn gfor 'old
ones." Here is a very old one, re
ferring to the F street fire the other
day in a piano store: Would the loss
have been as great if the hose knew
how to play on the piano?
Rnoincod fifld $1 for ''Memory
vutr" in memory of my dear
brother, Hagop Mushekian, the only
Armenian from the D. C. to lose bis
life in action. He was a member of
the 312th machine-gun battalion, and
was killed in the Argonne Forest
800 Eye street N. W.
Here Is some free advice to SU
r. and E. Co., and an experienced
railroad man:
If he wants to get a little of that
valued public good will for which he
is striving, he could instruct his men
to take the actions of the crew of
car 714 at 18th street and Columbia
Road at 11 a. m. Sunday. March 2,
as an example of what NOT to do.
A lady and gentleman and a child
of four, just within six feet of the
door, motorman and conductor both
r nJ f Thflt 'WJ IOTO? W
Federal tax from A1aV- Ha
of- which send elected Dele
than Florida pays; six times
SLAKI bc? 8kt fe flnfe
That 46es tmon to km fh
era! pabHc agates a ear 8m
TTf fTfflt thtft-IT tow rmi ffTHrffcl
advice a grrsn to Ma-flr sebtt.
Had C nteamra f alirtte
with Captain BOB DOYLS of Ncv 9
precinct t&e otter -Say. Be etft
sea his left hand to ! va
right; having broks-a sis rijfafc x
serea weeks ago.
WZ0T9 iS
weM aerer know
tost Fred BeefsT
jast where It is.
ready to
uSS ay
mors Ins
MRS. B. W, MOESS tvefcs a bsstSo
of champagne en the Gaostox HsS
last Thursday. Seems a shasaa to
waste it like ttmt.
hat polished up for the parade- tost
Soma of our best people baro-beem
Baltimore visitors lately.
SON the poet wrote a swell verse
leeber about the Dirigible last week.
Wish we could write like that
know whether to take a new lease
on his house or not
J. A. WHITFIELD is getting up a
beefsteak, dinner for the Commercial
ROBBINS are helping him. BILL
PRICE and ye ed. are going.
Ye Ed wishes to thank HOOVER
ZOOK for a fine recipe for making
beer at home.
That was a funny story about the
apartment where "Riley" was the
I astwrd
But I notice that the men involved"
nil "ot" inwr

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