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' News of Importance to All Automobile Owners Somebody Should Get Busy with a Substitute for Gasoline. There are a good many dry-asduit document* issued by j the department* here, but a recent report from the offices of the Geological Survey should serve to alarm every owner of an automobile and *et thinking what is to take the place of gasoline when that fuel becomes so high that nobody but millionaires can afford to use it. Aocording to the official statement of the survey, the ( production of crude oil from which gasoline is made has passed its peak and is on a descending scale. Nature's supply of oil in the United States, and she long ago stopped it, has been more than forty per cent exhausted. More and more we shall have V> import crude oil with increasing prices with the neoessity of enforced economy in its use. Pennsylvania oil is to-day selling for $6.10 a barrel, tfce highest price in sixty years. Oil in Texas and Oklahoma has recently risen fifty per cent and is still going up. In 1917 the United States produced 66 per cent of all the oil in the world. In that same year it used 63 per cent of the world's supply and exported 13 per cent. Since then the first figure?the production figure?has fallen and the consumption figure has risen, and along with lit has gone the price, until gasoline is now selling for 30 cents a gallon, and going higher every day. For the automobile owner this is a very serious situa tion. The who has been using gasoline for his stationary engine can put in a steam plant and use coal. But for the auto motor an entirely new fuel must be in vented or discovered. In 1920 this country will have about 8,500,000 motor cars. That is six-sevenths of all the motor-driven vehicles ! in the wold. That means that every increase in the price of gasoline affects directly or indirectly every man, woman, and child in %he country, no matter whether the family has or has not an automobile. When gasoline goes up it affects taxicab rates, the cost of hauling supplies, the cost of delivering coal, and a thou ! sand and one other services rendered by the gas engine. Somebody?and that somebody should be the Govern ment?should make it an immediate duty to devise a substi tute for gasoline. Henry Ford is said to be spending thousands of dollars in the effort to produce a new fuel. But this problem is not .an individual problem. It is a national problem and should 'ibe a Government function. The average consumption of gasoline per motor is about 1500 gallons a year. That means a total annual use in this (country for automobiles of 4,250,000,000 gallons. An increase of one cant in price means $42,500,000. That is more than a hundred thousand dollars a day additional ?expense every time gasoline goes up a penny. Isn't that enough to interest the Government? More than that, the Government should be interested for its own sake, for every decrease in the supply of crude toil and a consequent increase in price means either increas ing the cost of feeding the fires under the boilers of every up-to-date warship or going back to the obsolete use of coal. The problem of finding a substitute for gasoline is not half as hard as some we solved during the war. We wanted non-combustible gas for balloons. There was only one gas lighter than air that would not explode and that was helium, made from radium. But we solved the problem of making helium, and when the armistice was declared we were ready to make helium gas in any quantity needed at a nominal price. One man's brains did that. Some man's brains can do as much for the gasoline problem. Alcohol, no longer legal as a beverage, is an ideal fuel, high in power units, markedly free from carbon. It exists in nearly everything we grow, in corn stalks, in potatoes, in much that is now practically useless as refuse. If alcohol is not the best substitute, then whatever is best should be discovered and be made available. And when the investigation is complete and the new fuel has been perfected, the Government should control its manufacture and regulate its price. From The Public To The Editor To the Editor of TUB TIMES: I have Just finished reading Mr. Harry K. Boss' letter on dogs being Allowed to run at large without a muzzle. I wonder what Mr. Boss would think If he had to go around all summer with a strap around his face? I am sure that If there Is such j. law here in the District that It should hr repealed, for there are very f?w does at largo now, and I have always noticed that those without muzzles were of a gentle disposition and it would only be torture to strap them in the hot weather. K. A. IRWIN. No Daylight Saving Law For Him. To the Editor of THE TIMES: In answer to Mr. Applebrum's let ter in regard to daylight saving. If he will take the pains to inquire among the real workers of the city, he will perhaps be surprised. He should ob tain an expression of opinion from hundreds of tired wives who have to get up regularly at from fi;30 to n it. m. In order to get breakfast a^d put up lunches for their husbands who have to be at their Job at 7 and I JO a. m , sometimes lour miles away I fr?m home. Just ask them If they want to got up at 4:30 to 5 in the morning. and seo if they will be tremendously enthusiastic over the Idea. They will tell you what they think about It In language that you will have no difficulty In understand ing. Or. talk with that brlck'ayer who told me that he loft his home ?\t or before daylight In the n-o-n Ing for nearly six weeks last Soplem 'ier and October In order to get to his work on time. As a ma'trr of fact, no law has been enacted t a' has been more of a medd esrmc In terference with personal liberty than] I this misnamed daylight saving law; \ and the statemest that It was defeat ed last August entirely by the far mers' Influence Is as Incorrect as would be the statement that every workman Is enthusiastically In favor of It. E. C. PALMER. What I* District Going to Give to Soldiers, Sailor* and Marines? To the IMitor of THE TIMES: Nearly all the State* in the Union ire granting their men a bonus, the last one being Maryland. Maryland 's going to give her soldlera, sal'ore and marines $10 for every month they terved. Hut what la Washington go ing to glvef A VBTBRAN. I All Dolled Up By T. E. POWERS WIFE lU. BE XT THE cluo IF nou wA?r U. H?t $o To THt cuu? I want You To Take dora OUT FoU A W alk J ?APA W PABT nic* PoU^.1 OH? WW r LtT5 take Pou.-v BAN-WW. ih The PARK / 6 'A ?nnv ?ocsw ? tit. .. *. w^so'' //^"v v?"> ../Wfl,^ ? v. *n J)?AR/C' } nnF' Beatrice Fairfax Writes of the Problems and Pitfalls of Workers Here Especially For Washington Women DEAR MISS FAIRFAX: The letter published In The Times, from the girl who signed "Patty," Interested me very much. While I do not claim to be all that she expects of a man I do not think that I would care to meet a girl who is unable to command respect from men. I do respect womankind as a whole, but I thank the Lord that the majority of the women I have met In Washington are not the typical type of woman. Until I came to Washington I never went with a class of girls who com plained that they were unable to command respect, and If Patty would only open her eyes and look around she would soon discover that there was a reason. If she would devote a little time to self analysis I think that possibly she would discover that the men were not entirely to blame, and If she finds any cause at all for the way men act when with her and will not give them that cause again, I think that she will And she can command respect from any man. "JUST A MAN." Harsh words, brother; harsh words, especially when you don't know the girl- Every woman hap pens to know that there are some men and boys who are such bound ers, who have so little sense, so little judgment, so little insight into character, so little knowledge of psychology that they would of fer an affront to an angel from Heaven, even though she wore her halo conspicuously and came sur rounded by an atmosphere of ce lestial music. DEAR MISS FAIRFAX: A few comments. If you please. These chaps with the conventional "when It comes to finding a nice girl that would make a mnn a gnod wife, they are few and far be tween," may have a real grievance, but one Is tempted to put them In one of three categories: "Orouches, who would not make a good hus band or father anyway; Ash-out-of water persons In a strange ml'leu or civilisation to which their cul tural background Is not adjusted; eccentric enough to make up with only one or two types of girls. Nevertheless, there Is a real rest lessness In America apropos of these a.tiorous questions. The social back ground of the Anglo-Saxon nations needs adjustment, I think; It Is In fantile, Americans have got to thinking that Americanism consists In being very rough-and-ready, In dressing very slouchlly and taste lessly, In disdaining the arta as ef feminate, |n stamping on those very elements which are, In fact, the only hope of an American school of art or letters or civilisation. e ive no civilisation but the clvUsatlon of babM. \ And what makes It worse, we are proud of It; we think that It Is a sign of wealth not to be too Intelligent or too sen sitive. I. too. like the young man of your J columns, was born in the West, but the sun neither rises nor sets there for me: Chicago meant to me the little art societies that have aprung up there, but the spirit of the place, and the spirit of America, I hope to have outgrown them both. Tolerance, you pftach that, let me preach penetration, too; the sympathy to understand other peo ples and adopt the beat that they have to give, disdaining nothing that Is noble and serviceable. That alone can drag us from our mire of provincialism. ? ? ? I thought on coming to Washington that I should And here blended the courtesy of the South land and the spirit of the many dis tinguished foreigners who have come here for their respective gov ernments. But Washington at heart la more provincial than any of the large cities: than Chicago, than Now Vork, Philadelphia, Pitts burgh, name which you will. It stands out defiant in its Anglo Saxon pride. Pardon me, then, if I say that I think that the Washington girls are thick: It is the best equivalent that I can think of for lourdes. They lack the poise, the sense for social harmony, the Insight of the cultured women of the continent. It Is not a personal Issue with me; I am independent of means at present, and not dependent In any respect upon the social approval of a society whose attitude I cannot respect. I do not even crave so city of these people, except by fits, when tired of my real Interests, my schorarly pursuits. And there Is no sense of great loss ? ? ? but now and then, reading little arti cles hero and there, I am spurred to snnd a word of criticism, good or J bad a* It may be, false or true as It may apply. The young man. then, who claim* to be an artist?1 do not dispute the claim, though I should hesitate to designate hla style aa artistic?I speak of his literary style?this young man has In a certain sense this justification, that he la living In the midst of a society too unde veloped to appreciate the truly artistic. artistic. F. V. Why weren't we told we had this completely superior person in our midst?some oversight somewhere on the part of all the national, in ternational, and local "news hounds" in the Capital! If, aa he says, he is independent of and su perior to his surroundings, why complain? If one never eats but ter, why complain that the oleo margarine is bad? DEAR MISS FAIRFAX: The letter appearing on your page recently, written by one who signs himself "A Rambler," la quite interesting; it also helps to restore some of the faith lost in those of hlB sex. I am a young girl nineteen years of age, considered pretty, attract ive. and am well educated. I also dance and play the piano and be lieve I possess the requlments "A Rambler" seems to desire in a girl. I, too, am finding it hard to find one who approaches my Ideal?a man who Is at least passably (rood looking, cultured, well educated, and, above all, one who wuulii ap preclate a real friendship with a girl Instead of making love to her at the second meeting! Men nearly always have a certain man friend, but when it comes to a girl, those who try to appreciate a girl for her real self, and are not merely satis fled with her pretty face (and they What's Doing; Where; When Today. Dinner?Intarchurch World Movement, Hotel Washington, Fifteenth end Pennayl* vanla ivenui northweat. 7 p. m. Concert and Dance?Hookblndera of the Oovernment Printing Office, Pythian Tem pla, 1012 Ninth etreet northweat, * p. m. l.ecturo?Mlaa Ruth I'utnam, I.eaaue of American prnwomtn, club houae, 1723 H atreet northweat, I p. m Meeting - Stanton Turk Cltlaena' Aaao elatlon. Peabody School, Stanton Plata, be tween Fourth and Fifth atraata northeaat, I p. m. Dlxla Ball?Robert F Lea Chapter, United Daughtera of tha Confederacy. Hotel Wlllard. Fourteenth and Pennayl vanla avenue northwaat, A p m Dance?Phi Alpha Chapter of Chi Omaia Fraternity, Teachera' Club, Blaventh and F atraeta northweat, t p. m Raniuet?Architectural Society of lieorga Waahlngton Unlveralty, Monmouth Hotel, 1(19 () atraot northweat. > p. in. Meeting?Sixteenth Street Hlfhlanda Cltlaena' Aaaoclatlon, FUth Preahytert^ Church, Kannady atreet, near Slxtaanth, 1:11 p. m. Meeting?Wllmarth Brown Unit of the American Women* Deague of Powell School, achool houae, Hl&tt Place and Park road northweat, * p. m. Meeting?North Wnahlngton Cltlaena' Ae ?oclatlon, pariah hall, Church of the Ad vent, Second and U atreeta northweat, 7:45 p. m. Dance?Criterion Club, Thomaon School, Twelfth and L atreeta northweat, ft p. m. Tomorrow. Rending?Prof. A. Taaaln, T. M. H. A. building, Kleventh and PennayWanla ave nue northweat, ft:f# p. m Dinner Danc?? Unlveralty Club of Waah Ington, <:*0 P. m. tliialnnaa Meeting?Calvert Club. 17 Du pont Circle northweat, 7.411 p. m Meeting?Florida Society of Waahlngton, Wllaon Normal School. Kleventh and Har vard atreeta northweat, ft p m Opening?Knlghta of Columbua Kvenlng School, 1226 Vermont avenue northweat, 1 p. m. Meeting? Maaaachueetta Society of Weah. | Ington, Thomaon School, Twelfth and L 1 afreet* northweat. 1:1k p. m. a?am to be few and far between, alas!) usually spoil the friendship nd then blame her! I do not approve of running the 'high-brow talk" In the ground, but one ahould certainly sometimes talk of something besides a movie show or an Ice cream soda! I hope my impressions of "A Rambler" were correct, and If they were, I wish to tell him here's one girl who admires hla type. SHIRLET. As the "culled genman" said of John Barrett, she "certainly do recommend herself." But then, one must usually beat one's own drum, or it goes silent down through the ages. Aaothrr County Heard From. DEAR MISS FAIRFAX: So that Is what Is the trouble with Iriah Eddie. Well, if he thinks I think I am better than he Is. per haps he la correct. Such a thought never entered my head, but iany ex cuse Is better than one. 1 hope he does not think I am waiting at home while he Is trying to decide which one he likes better. MARGIE. If this is the girl to whom Ed di referred, can't you easily un derstand why they quarreled? He had one chip on his shoulder. She had another on hers. They bump ed. He's got another girl. She's got another beau?or several, which is it? And both of them are just as unhappy and miserable as they can be. Looks like it was somebody's turn to kiss and make up. But then, of course, things may not be as they seem. Another Aspirant For the Artistic Hand of Rambler. DEAR MISS FAIRFAX: Who Is. and where Is. "A Ram bler." who wrote the rather ?fntls tlc and dreamy letter In toduy s Times? He seems to have some common sense, ?vn the ..ther peo ple and he hlriwlf may think hn Is a bit conceited. It sometime* tokis some pride anJ ambition '. ? main tain constant straying; qualities. TOLI I KINS. Still Another Chance. For Rambler. DEAR MISS FAIRFAX: I am a young lady about the same age aa the artlat who signed hlm aelf "A Rambler." And I believe I almost anawer the description of tha girl whom he wishes to meet. I am not bad-looking, wear good clothea, am Intereated In art, and love the woods and water. Yea, and the star*. And once In a whllo 1 am lonely and would like to meet aome one who Is fond of the outdoora. and tha thlnga of life that ara really worth while* A CAMPER. Fair Treatment for Ex-Soldiers In Government Service By BILL PRICE. All the denials in the world will not wipe out the fact hat in many instances former service men are not getting vhut they are entitled to in Qovernment departments and ?ureaus in Washington. There is no disputing tho fact that some former sol liere, just like other human beings, are too exacting, too trone to complain about their work and surroundings; too lamorous for things that cannot be attained under civil ervice laws and at the same time give fair treatment t? >thers in the service. Tho great mass of the men who served heir country honorably and heroically ask for nothing but' i square deal; they frown upon comrades who think too uuch of their personal woes and too little of the rights of ithers. Kicking indulged in by ex-service men who have gone 10 far as to suggest that worthy and efficient women clerks >e thrown out of jobs that men may have the vacancies loes not meet the approbation of the huge majority. This vriter knows that to be true, from many letters he has eceived. But he does know that often these kicks, while lastily and hazily made, are honest attempts to describe mdesirable conditions it would bo better for Government >fficials to seek to correct. Here is part of a well-written letter, authenticated by lignature, which does describe a situation that is to be ound in numerous instances: I am an ex-soldier and have been employed in one of the Government departments between nine and tan years. When I was drafted into the army I was receiving a salary of f 1,000 per annum. After my discharge, following sixteen months of service, I was reappointed in the same departmapt, bat in another division, as the position I formerly held vw uuh filled by a clerk receiving $1 800 per annum. I have now been at work ten months. I have not been flven or promised a promotion. Congress intended that the onorably discharged service man should have his pre-war posi tion or one just as good. You can readily see how some of the department chiefs are construing the law. Too often these chiefs have pets and favorites they ioost at the expense of persons more efficient. The spirit )f the civil service law is all right, but one trouble is that ifter eligibles get into the service they occasionally run up igainst petty chiefs who have been advanced to their posi ,ions through political poll and who do about as they please o long as the "pull" remains behind them. The chiefs who lave reached their places throngh merit and try to run their livisions on merit and not on favoritism are the Govern nent's best assets. Some day the merit system will prevail ifter civil service appointments have been made, as well is before. What every Cabinet officer and independent bureau lead in Washington should do is to appoint trusted assist mts to ascertain what policies have been pursued by livision heads with reference to returned soldiers, sailors, tnd marines, making it plain that these men are to get fair reatment from start to finish. HEARD AND SEEN THE STOCK PBOBLBX. The following: ??y, In answer to BACKENHEIMER'S stock problem, that the farmer would buy, for bla $100, 94 aheep at SO centa each, 5 cowa at 910 each, and 1 pig at $3: J. FIORAVANTI, H. A. SAUR, the "Swampoodle" expert; W. W. MONET, J. D. BOONE, and "8hrlmp" KINO. Hare's to old Heard and Seen. It never says anything mean. Only Jolly rood worda for all. May It never fall or fall. MAC HORTON. Chevy Chaae. Apropos the oustdm of taking hata eff In elevators, it's a good thine aomebody In prehlatoric times didn't start tha habit of having men to take their ahoaa off when ladiea 'war* around. Chivalrous old guys used to make great flouriahea around woman and then go home and beat 'am with clubs. CLERK. A "Centralite" nominates PEN ROSE RUSSELL as one of the great athletes of Central High. I now understand why gasoline Is going higher. The news columns of The Times report that J. D. ROCKE FELLER, Jr., was fined 12 for not appearing to serve on a New York Jury. W. M. T. HE WOULD GET Hit LETTER. With great un<anlaatiy the folka all find that the letter aAflressed as given by Mr. FISHER woufg go to JOHN UNDERWOOD. ''Andover. Massachuaetta. Those who sent the letter safely to the rlgh't address were Miss CATH ERINE DIETZ, A. O. FODEN. B. H. NOEL Capitol Heights. Md.; EDWIN F. ROWI.ES, former postal clerk; J. BACKENHEIMER, W. H. REID. J. E. HUDDLE8TON. D. R HAMMACK. Miss DOROTHY KEYS, GERTRUDE MORGAN. ALFRED R. DENT. TOM CULHANE. W. P. RYAN. JOHN C. HALEY. W. W. MONEY, DALLAS N. FRATT, A. M. C., H. J. B., C. M.. A M. B. MR. HALEY wants to know where would you send one addressed like this: O. Py, YA O. MR. NOEL asks about this: BgD OOI-F 1I00KS A3D SLICES. Dr. STUART has isolated the short drive germ. ... RALPH BARNARD contemplates moving thst the courts adjourn all balmv afternoons. Many a "rushed" business man leavea his office around noon to keep an engagement with his wife. By calling any of tha golf clubs the mystery will be eolved. With OLLIE VARNELLF, In th r auti?-accej>s0rlcs business and (JF.N'* OOTT on the Jury. DONALD WOOD WARD says a "dub" can now time himself so It is safo to go to the Columbia Link*. | There's an old whiskey sign still on the aide of the house at 1737 Pennaylvanla avenue, but you would be disappointed for its a pastry *hop now. JOHN A. F. Drama in three acts: 1st?Maid one. 2d?Maid won. 3d?Made one. V. H. B. You've been wanting remedies for cold foet and snoring. Give one for talking In your sleep. Passing Mon roe Courts (where 400 telephone op erators live), I heard some sleep talking about 3 o'clock the other morning that made me laugh. Raw. DETIinTIOlV OP LIZARD. A fellow who bays a suit of clothea for $00, pays $1 down and another I dollar when you catch him. F. AND R. IW MATHEMATICS. : If THIS and THAT and the : : half of THIS and THAT plus 7 : : equal 11, what la THIS and : : THAT. J. L. D. I ] According to letters recently re ceived, some drug clerics make fins bartenders. The real girl considers a man's In tellect. manners, behavior and ability; not always his clothes or his automo biles. H. P. E. ?I 1 I fr I What's the difference between a I man going down a hill with his | horse and a man going up the hill i with a little dog? JENKS. | 4 1 I + May I .?peak a irood word for Con ductor M14. of the New Jersey avenue line, for his klndnetm to lame people? BERNARD JOHNSON. If a man can row a boat twice as far down Btream as he can up stream, how far can he row a boat in still water? J. M. H. Talk about your mud-hoi-su3: LESS GODDARD beats 'cm all out to Quarry road these days. MAHONY a close second. BILL DEAVERS. This sign In Geometown: "Eagle Meat Market?" Ever eat any'.' J. A. T. Looking at the girls neither hurts them nor coat* monry In thri?<> days tf high coat of living. JENKIi. Many of the skilled leather and canvas workers in the mail bag repair 'Iv'p of the Poatnfflce l>. partment had their wane* eut by the reclaasi* Irutlnn cumin *sion. Very, enitipetenl M\imoii eluefe, with much responsi bility ?t.|c cut In the ni'ifftiburliuvt of *300 per year. Some reclaaalflia tionl HANK.