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MAY 18, 1919
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ARTHUR BRISBANE, Kditor and Owner.
EDGAR D. SHAW, Publisher.
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Keep Near the Drum
Use Your Time Well, Because When It's Gone. You
Can't Buy It Back.
It Pays To Keep In Step
Soldiers marching make a discovery. If they are close
to the drum they keep step perfectly to its beating.
When they get far behind they cannot keep step. For
the atmospheric waves that carry sound travel slowly. The J
man at the far end of a long line of soldiers hears the drum
beat only after the man close to the drum has put his foot
Any soldier far behind who relies on the sound will be
out of step with the others.
Life is a procession, Time is the drummer, and the hour
glass is his drum. As you stop for a moment to read this,
time and the procession go on, and you go with it. Every
day men should be reminded of the fact that the only real
property is slipping past us, not used.
MONEY lost can be made good, OPPORTUNITIES lost
may come again; even FRIENDS lost may be replaced. But
TIME lost is gone forever.
Thomas Jefferson, who never lost a moment, whether he
was writing the Declaration of Independence for the United
States or shipping the skeleton of a moose to France, wrote
to his daughter Martha:
"No person will have occasion to complain of the loss
of time who never loses any."
If you keep UP with Time, and stay close behind the
old drummer, you will have no trouble.- You will find the
pace comfortable, conditions easy, no difficulty in keeping
tep with the other leaders.
But those that throw time away and then complain that
ihey haven't got it, that fall behind farther and farther, pity
their lot.
They are mentally out of step, worried and hurried. The
day's end finds them more tired than it does the individual
who has kept at the front and KEPT GOING.
They say "Time is money," and so it is. For money is
the thing that men accumulate by their efforts. And Time
is the currency that represents all real effort and all real
Time and money are alike in this one who squanders
either will suffer for it
Fall behind the times, become sluggish, let the proces
sion pass you, and it is a weary race trying to catch up
Fall behind with payments, let debt overtake you, be
cause you have not kept up with the financial procession,
and a weary, stern chase is ahead of you. x
With loss of credit it is the same as with loss of time.
Neither is necessary; both entail endless, unnecessary
To a young man who said he could not save money be
cause he made only twelve dollars a week a wise adviser re
plied: "If you do not save SOMETHING on twelve dollars a
week you will never save anything as long as you live."
The man with a small salary thinks it isn't sufficiently
important to be worth saving. It isn't what you save, it is
what you DO.
So it is with time. Nine men out of ten waste more
than half of it. Working for another man, they imagine that
they are wasting the other man's time, whereas they are
wasting their own blood of life, throwing away the few
years, falling behind, probably never to catch up.
Father Time beats the drum, and we all march.
We may lag behind and get out of step if we
choose, but MARCH we must, none the less, beginning
with the first breath and ending with the last
It pays to keep near the drum, keep in step, and
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up wiui muicr jluiic.
It is hoped that there is truth In
the Intimation that whatever relief is
granted to the Washington Railway
and Electric Company by the Public
Utilities Commission it will not be
In the form of a two-zone plan of
double fares.
That sort of a thing would do no
good for the development of the Dis
trict of Columbia, and it would be
manifestly unfair to suburban peo
ple or those living in the second
zone, which would really Include
some of the largely populated por
tions of the District
Putting It Up To Business
It should be borne in mind that
the suburban dweller is, in a small
way, a pioneer of development, as
were the first Americans who went
far into the West and helped make
that a part of this glorious country.
In his way the suburbanite puts up
with many inconveniences and dis
comforts that he may enjoy reason
able freedom and health.
A man died a little while ago, and the papers tell you
now that he had so many millions to leave behind him. Only
a little while before he was a clerk in a department store.
He was not very young. Other men near him younger than
he would have laughed had they been told that they would
soon read of the great fortune built by this man. He was
capable, steady, able, not especially brilliant. But he kept up
with time, thought and planned, saved some money, which
represented time gone by. When opportunity came he was
up in front and ready to take it.
Take the case of another man, one of the most useful,
constructive citizens in the country, and one of the most dis
tinctly successful. You would recognize at once a half
dozen of his accomplishments, standing out pre-eminent.
Not long ago, if you had gone into a certain shoe store,
you would have found this man ready to take off your
shoe, try on another, fit you if he could, treat you politely,
and his employer fairly in any case.
Perhaps if you had seen that man then and somebody
had told you that in a little while his money would run into
millions, and his accomplishments into something more im
portant than money, you would have said: "If he can do it
I can, and I will."
'Not far from you, with no better chance than yours,
with no advantage except perhaps that he knows time's
The argument that he should pay
for a long haul is not a good one for
this reason: He is given none of the
advantages of rapid and comfortable
transit the city man has. A city man
can get a car in a few minutes and
reach his destination easily. The sub
urbanite is the last man to be served
by the railways. They reach out for
the money of the short haul pas
senger first and serve the suburban
ite last. He waits on street corners
for many minutes loaded down with
bundles and then gets on a car that
is packed with humanity and which
may not reach its destination for
hours owing to trolley and other
If the suburban dweller is to pay
an additional zone fare, then he
should have a service equally as good
as that of the city man frequent
cars, reasonably quick transit He
should be given through cars, as the
steam railroads do for the long dis
tance traveler.
The idea that the long haul pas
senger should pay for his ride with
extra money would be all right pos
sibly, if he were given the service
that his additional payment demands.
That would, not be done in Wash
ington. Therefore do not penalize
this pioneer in the development of
Washington along beautiful and
healthful lines-
There is a serious note in this
business of the dead cats. My Rood
friend, DICK PROBERT calls it to
mind. He says:
It's distressing to read of so many
dead cats around the streets. Of
course, none of those cats died of
heart failure. Most of them prob
ably were starved, lost, or injured.
If your readers who know of lost,
sick, or hurt kittens would simply
telephone the Animal Rescue League,
Main 9987, there would be no dead
cats around.
i As to "Observer's' allusion t
human looking ventilators on top of
the dormitories near the Union Sta
tion, I have observed this optical il
lusion particularly during twilia&t
when the ventilators look like sol
diers leaning forward about to make
a lunge. D. R. B.
In re the perambulating cat: Is
there any record being kept as to
how many times said cat has died?
I understand that the Animal Rescue
League is trying to get some data in
the hope that they may catch him
before he has run the gamut of all
his nine lives. A persistent cat of
this caliber deserves a better fate
than to reach the last and final fatal
hole. Might I suggest that when j
found again that the finder notify
this society, so some one can be sent
to sit up with him and catch him
when he resurrects, so to speak, and
save him from the last demise?
Such an act would certainly be
placed in a conspicuous position in
the cat-egory of human deeds.
How is the following for a sen
tence containing the twelve
words adopted by the Simplified
Spelling Board:
Altho the pedagog and demagog
talked together thruout the thoro
fare about the spelUng of "tho"
and "thru" they decided to stand
on their heads when they wrote
the prolog to the decalog and
make a thord examination of
the catalog and program.
Park View wants more school
rooms, which means more teachers,
which means more trouble for the
Board of Education.
The Board of Trade and the Feder
ation of Citizens Asociatlons are to
Investigate the trolley increase. Per
haps soon we will know something
about it
value, works regularly, evenly, is the man who is to be the
big success, to be admired and envied, in ten or twenh
The pitiful thing about wasting time is the lack of
reasoning. All must march in Time's procession, anyhow.
The journey cannot be avoided.
It is worth while to make the extra little effort, to pa
attention to the minutes that go by and USE them, and thus
keep a front place in the procession.
Success is not difficult, especially in this country of
opportunities. It really takes persistent, almost scientific,
misuse and neglect of time to make a real failure.
Competition is not keen; it is almost nil.
How many men do you know of whom you can say truly
that each pays as much attention to the passing hour as he
would to a dollar bill lying in the gutter? Any man would
take the trouble to walk back and stoop down for the value
that a dollar represents. In modern success, the man whose
hour is only worth one dollar does not amount to much. If
he worked for fifty years and made a dollar every hour, he
would earn less than half a million dollars, and that isn't a
fortune in modern phraseology, although it is a great deal
of money.
Any man of average ability can make the hours of his
life worth a dollar each, and that is putting it mildly. And
the interesting part of it, for those that like business and
money, is that each hour used makes the future hours more
profitable; the value of time grows with time, if you keep up
near the front
John Colpoys says the first of July
looks the same to him as the first
of June or any other month.
Let's see, now which October was
it that Mr. Ham promised to have
fifty new cars in operation?
A soldier boy on his way from
France to his home in Alabama wired
his brother here from Baltimore at
7 o'clock to meet him at the Union
Station. The brother received the
message at 11:30. Four hours and a
half pretty quick time from Baltimore?
Now that our car companies insist
that all passengers pass in through
the rear door, why not chase the
platdoem lizards inside the car?
The protest against the Borland
street-paving tax can safely be call
ed a post-mortem affair.
Isms. For heroism you get a
cross; for Bolshevism you get &
By the way, I wonder if that Six
teenth street cat succumbed to one of
Ignatz's bricks?
Mother's Day made quite a hole in
father's pay.
The municipally owned and oper
ated electric light plant of Chicopee,
Mass., had such a successful year in
1918 that the charge for electricity
for street lights for the coming year
will be reduced from 4$ cents to A
cents per kilowatt-hour.
The average co6t of water for do
mestic service in Milwaukee. Wis.,
under public ownership, is 25 cents
a month per family, or $3.00 a year.
Under private ownership in Paducah
Ky., W. A. Gardner, one of the com
missioners, pays $30.00 a year.
From the Editor's Mail
But the man worth while does not think of time as meas
ired merely by the money that can be extracted from it.
Money means only what you can eat, wear, a bed to sleep in,
FREEDOM PROM WORRY and the right to use your time
js you please.
Real use of time, real delight in it, its real value, come in
.he case of a REAL man when all material necessity fori
work is ended.
Any hour well spent by an intelligent man can produce
a dollar. The same hour well spent by the same man can
produce ten, twenty, or a hundred useful thoughts.
In an hour you can read many pages containing the
intellectual essence of great men that have lived before you.
One hour devoted intelligently to a good book of history,
astronomy, philosophy or science will actually add years to
your life, for in an hour you can absorb the work to which
other men have devoted years.
Every newspaper once a month ought to write about
time, the value and the waste of it.
Used properly, time will make you rich, and that is the
least important except as wealth means freedom from care,
time to think.
Used always, time will make you contented. The busy
mind is the only satisfied mind. On the day that you were
born you entered the procession, sentenced to it for life.
The tail end is dreary and uncomfortable. The front
end is worth while.
Keep up with the old drummer; keep in step, keep ahead,
der? And if the plaid-clad caddy lad
die addled daddy in his ading, would
the plaid-clad caddy laddie's daddy
make the plaid-clad caddy laddie
sadder? F S. W.
If a plaid-clad caddy laddie's daddy i erase last week's laggard figures and
had a fad for adding, would the plaid-J the out-of-town hombre who runs
clad caddy laddie's daddy be an ad- may read some stale Quotations that
Kive me impression oi a i earful de
linquency. Also, why does your esteemed
sheet, apropos of the Elks' visitation,
drape across the face of its souvenir
section, a United States flag with
FIFTEEN stripes and twenty-one
I notice with satisfaction that the
lunch room on D street, between 9th
and 10th, has removed corn beef hash
from its list of beverages. This helps
some, but not a helluva lot
Well, that flag business is just as
bad as the prominent member of
Congress who spoke of our banner
as having fifty-odd stars.
Doesn't Like Latin Names for
The other afternoon a little lad
with his nurse was walking along the
bridle path on the Speedway near
the Community Gardens and he sud
denly exclaimed, '"Oh, nurse, see the
beautiful aspidium goldianum how
lovely are the Niwdogus Versicolor
and how sweet are the clusters of
Hypericum Kalmiannum." That
little boy was from Boston and knew
a lot How about the kid from poor
old Washington who wants to know
beautiful aspidium goldianum; how
had not been taught Latin in the
cradle. Well, he is just out of luck
down on the Speedway, that's all!
The curse of a nation may be its
national ego, but it has a running
mate in tfce scientist who spends his
entire lite in making a study of the
hair on the off wing of a gnat and
gives his valuable discoveries to the
world in a language which only one
millionth of one per cent can under
stand. PRESS CLUB.
From An Efficiency Expert.
Say! Why the delay in docking the
Victory Ship at the corner loth and
Pennsylvania Ave.? For three days
and three nights after D. C. came
across with its quota, the old craft
lay off Florida. Todav she was in
,-poxt but some pessimist had failed to!
And then there are the treasurers
of these various "movements" who
ALWAYS have to pay the bills out
of their own pockets.
Under the splendid and accurate
system which has been adopted for
the expenditure of moneys by the
Salvation Army, under the new plan,
the amount of money contributed in
each city or community remains in
that immediate locality for the de
velopment and continuance of the
work of the Salvation Army there
The fact that the money is spent
back in the community is not the
point, however. The real thing is
that those who contribute can wit
ness the development of the Sal
ation Army work, and the way in
which their contributions are beinz
used, in their own home communities.

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