?i U>? Ualu4 lutu raict ctno# WASHINGTON TIMES ^ggffiSS.
' News of Importance to All
Somebody Should Get Busy with a Substitute for
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
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
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
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
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.
All Dolled Up
By T. E. POWERS
BE XT THE
U. H?t $o
To THt cuu?
I want You To
OUT FoU A
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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
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
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
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
? ? ? 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
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. 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
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
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
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
Dance?Criterion Club, Thomaon School,
Twelfth and L atreeta northweat, ft p. m.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
MR. NOEL asks about this:
OOI-F 1I00KS A3D SLICES.
Dr. STUART has isolated the short
drive germ. ...
RALPH BARNARD contemplates
moving thst the courts adjourn all
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
| 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:
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.
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.
: 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
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?
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.
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
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