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I The Skull Is Like the ShellofaNut
It la What Is Inside That Really Counts.
You read in the news columns that one great scientist,
dying, gives his brain to another great scientist
You realise that it is only the material brain that is
transferred in ownership, and yon perhaps think what a
wonderful thing it would be if he oould have passed along
tike wisdom that a few boors before was treasured up in
that wrinkled gray matter.
Genius we cannot transfer. Knowledge is transferred
every hour of the day in the printed record of great
Ho matter how wise a man may have been, or how
eminent in his profession, there is more information on one
shelf in the public library than any one man, working all
his life on one subject, oould accumulate by his own efforts.
There is not a single subject you can think of that has
not been written about, and all the information about it
collated in accessible form in books. Reading them, you
can make yourself the heir of all the wisdom in the world
from the days of the papyrus rolls and stone tablets of
Egypt and Assyria down to the last theory of the most
advanced student of the twentieth century.
Brains die, but knowledge lives, and knowledge is so
cheap and so accessible that there is no excuse for ignorance.
The average male brain weighs about three pounds.
The brain of a chimpanzee weighs considerably less than a
pound. The gibbon, classified by zoologists with the high
apes, has no manlike brain at all, since gray matter is almost
The brains of more than a hundred eminent men have
been weighed, examined, and classified. Among these the
men following the profession of exact sciences had the heavi
est brains. The next were men of action in law, government,
and military affairs. Following them were philosophers and
natural scientists.
The heaviest brain of which there is any record was
that of Oliver Cromwell, which weighed five and a quarter
pounds. Lord Byron's brain is said to have weighed eight
grams more than Cromwell's, but there is no authentic rec
ord of its weighing.
Steinits, the great chess player, who died insane, had a
brain notable for its frontal, or forehead, development. His
forehead bulged so prominently as to distort his eyes.
Every great thinker with marked powers of concentra
i tion and retentive memory has been characterized by promi
nence of the front part of the head.
Look at your child, and if the forehead is not prominent
begin early to train him in thinking, in concentration, and
in memory, for these are powers that can in a measure be
attained by training.
Study your child's head carefully and care for it
' The skull when the child is born is almost soft. Some
portions of it, like that at the top and front, called the
fontanelle, have no bony formation at all for some months
after birth.
Do not bind or confine the head of a child in any way.
Do not tie close bonnets on it or bandage it. See that it
does not lie for long periods resting its head on one side to
the exclusion of the other.
You may not be able to make a Voltaire or a Beethoven
or a Newton out of a plain John Smith, but by care you may
help him in his mental growth by preventing outside condi
tions from interfering with inside development.
If your child has a finely shaped head, rejoice. If it is
just an ordinary head, make up your mind to help as much
as you can in making the brains that are inside of it as
valuable and productive as possible.
Votes for Washington
A Washingtonian called at the office of Congressman
Andrew J. Volstead of Minnesota, chairman of the House
Committee on the Judiciary, and father of the national pro
hibition enforcement act, to
make a plea for national rep
resentation for the District of
"I am sixty-five years of
age and have never cast a
ballot," the caller explained.
"I have resided in Washing
ton fifty-four years, and in all
that time have been deprived
of the precious American
right to vote. Therefore, I
am not a citisen of the United
States, but merely an inhabi
tant of the District of Co
The Washingtonian also
stated that he has five sons,
the eldest forty-one and the
youngest twenty-four, who have never voted.
Moved by the appeal of this white haired "inhabitant,"
Mr. Volstoad said he favors some form of national repre
sentation for the District of Columbia.
"Whether there should be a return to the Territorial
form of government at first, or whether the District should
be given the proposed representation in the House, Senate,
and Electoral College, is a question I am not prepared to
mswer at this time. The status of citizenship of the Dis
trict is one of the angles from which the representation
proposition must be considered.'-'
He Got It *? e. powers
Beatrice Fairfax Writes of the Problems and Pitfalls of Workers Here
Especially For Washington Women
While reading your columns the
other nljrht I saw the letter written
by "A Different Type of Otrl." She
seems to think that I have looked
for the young lady of my choice
In dance hall*, movies, theaters or
on the streets. 1 will admit that
I have been to the movies at least
ten times since coming to Washing
ton, but I've never been inside of a
dance hall here. Yes, I do like to
see a good show now and then.
When It comes to shows, Mirs Dif
ferent Type of Qlrl, I wish tbat the
next time you go that you would
take notice as to whether the ma
jority of the patrons are men or
women. I do not think that the
majority of the men would ever go
to a show If the young ladies did
not want to go. When a man asks
the young lady to go to a theater
he knew* that Is where she wants
to go best of all.
As for the young lady with half
the "drug store" on her face. I do
not even-look at them twice. There
have been many times when I have
gone to call on some girl she has
put on a lot of powder and paint,
thinking that It made her look bet
ter, which, however, has turned me
against her.
After I had been In Washington
about one month I did shake my
self, as I could not believe these
things were going on In the Capitol
of the Nation. When It comes to
the churches the girls hero do a
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. llyde part by
being good on Sunday and painting
the town red the rest of the week.
My only explanation for women
being Insulted Is because of their
craze for styles. I admire pretty
things and always will, but the
women of today seem to think that
the less there Is to a dress the
prettier it la. G. H. H.
As a reader of your column I have
been vory much Impressed by the
number of young women and young
men who write to you bewailing the
fact that they can And no "chum"
of the opposite sex. and I cannot
but think that these young people
are deluding themselves Into the
belief that they want churns, while
all the time they have a sneaking
desire to annex a srweetheart.
To any girl who la really lonely
for a chum, I would strongly iirne
her seeking for one among her own
sex. Of course there Is nothing In
the world that can bo more com
pletely soul antlsfylng than com
panionship between a man and a
woman who are congenial and who
love each other, but next to that
there Is nothing so dependable and
comfortable as a really congenial
girl frlond, who Is Interested In the
ramn things that you are. and whom
yoti can meet upon an equal plane
free from the superflclaltiea and
self-consciousness that so often mar
associations between boya and girls.
And surely boya have demonstrated
beyond dispute the value of pal>
Of course we girls are Interested
In tha boya, and perhaps we are al
ways rather looking for tha oaa
who will have for us the attraction
that will make him different from
all the world, but I cahnot under
stand the girls that feel that life la
a hopeless thing unlesR they have
a date with some boy, too often any
boy. For my part, X have always
had girl friends, and while there
have been boys whoae companion
ship I would have enjoyed, they
have frequently been the ones who
have not Invited me out (for 1 am
not one of those whoae atractlnns
cause a rlt), and, anyway, I enjoy
the glrla Just as much. Two or
three of ui get tickets to the thea
ter, and have a little splurge by
going to dinner together before the
show, or perhaps we take a trip
into the country on Sundays and
take a luncheon with us. and maga
zines to read, and, honestly, I have
a better time than I would with any
boy "chum," although 1 do go out
occasionally with one or two young
men. and they are Indispensable at
dancea. Boys and girls are more
fun in a crowd together than when
they are "twoslng," unless It Is the
particular boy, and my "particular"
boy Isn't haunted by my fair face,
and I suppose thero are other girls,
too. who don't make a hit where
they would.
To the girl who want* a "chum"
?tf that la what you really want,
try a girl. MARY ANN.
Another Young Man Smitten
In Spite of Bad Car Service.
I am a reg-ular reader of your In
teresting columns and want to auk
If you will do me the favor of
printing thla letter, in the hope that
a certain young lady might see It.
While waiting for a Brlghtwood
car at Ninth and F street*. Sun
day. April 1ft, about 2 p. m., my
attention was drawn to a real good
looking voung lady. who. I pre
sume, wmh also waiting for a car.
If I remember correctly, she wore
a dark gray checkered suit, black
broad-brimmed hat (the kind you
can see through), black oxforda,
and carried a yellow fur piece. She
threw quite a number of shy
glances at me. and seemed to be
very much interested in me. but
as I am not given to flirting I
didn't encourage It along. Just
then my car came and I left her
From The Public To The Editor
To tha Bdltor of THK TIMES: I
If the daylight fiend* (golf player*,
nhort-hour worker*, and loafers on
their Job*) can put It over by u*lng
the argument "making garden*."
how about the millions who live
within the confine* of New Tork city?
Do garden* grow on paved atreeta?
And In the auburb*, do women dig
garden*? How many, or rather how
few, men make their own gardena?
Are they In tha majority? I know
a woman who paid for ISO worth of
hired help to make her garden and i
realised about $10 worth of vega- I
table* out of It. And a* for the Day- |
light law adding to the health "f '
the people?didn't the Kiu come with I
tha Daylight law. and wa* there an
epidemic In the pant forty years that
wan so fatal a* the Flu?
Suggests Children's Parade.
To th* Kdlior of THE TIMK9
Deer Sir: I suggest having the
children form a parade In all large
rifles to protest against the high cost
of living and especially In our city
t where they charge 8 cents car fare to
Ichildren as well as grown folks. They
might carry banners about why we
have to pay 21i cents a pound for
sugar, and hard to get at that; 11.40
a peck for potatoes, and expect our
children to grow up strong to become
soldiers {or lome future war, when
ever the large capitalist wishes to
bring on one. C. W.
What's Doing; Where; When
Hand Concert?United Platca Roldl?ra'
llnin* n?ml, bandatawl Moldlara' Uom?,
ttiO p. m.
Concert?Unltad Rtataa Marin* Wand,
bandaiand, Wi-it Potomac r?rk, from 6
to ? ?? P <n.
M?rtln* Nrw Jera?y Ptata fWlaty, Wil
son Normiil School, Elrvanth and Harvard
atraata northwaat, I p. ?
??!*??"Tha Upllopar," ("antral
School l)r?matl<! Club. Auditorium. on
ttal Hlfh School, Klavanth and Clifton
atrcat* northwaat. ? p m
I>?nc??Ohio Otrla' Club Wilaon Nojmal
School. Klavanth ?nd Harvard airarta
north"**'. ' P ">
Maatlnt?Mt Plaaaant Clt|t?n?' Aaaocla
I tlon. Johnaon-Powall School, " > f?
I'Ujr?"Thala." Harvard t'nlvrrrtiv Drt
malic Huh savanth and T atraata north
? mi, ? f nt
Mwllp-Onl* Taachara' tnlon. Teach
era Cli*. Klevamh and ?? atraata aorth
[ w?a'. I p m I
Wprtur*?Co?rraMi??B Karl C. Mlrbanar.
Mlrhlmn 8tal? Society, Wltnon Nnrmm
School. Klrvrnlh uniJ Harvard atraata
northwcat, * p. m.
Danca? Krlft Klub, S400 Sixteenth
atract northw^at. * tS p. m.
Krfihnmn "Prom"?lit. John's Collaga.
Rauarhar'a, * p. m.
M?v Festival -Yhomaon Community Can
tor, Twolflh and h atresia northwest, j;jo
p. m.
Ucliirr?Pr. fliirl'* A. Smith, Woman'*
City flub, 12 J?ol?*on place northwest, a
p m
Kmoker?Kappa Alpha. K A house, till
fourteenth street northweat. I.H p m.
Annual Memorial Hsrvlea?Kit Carson
post. No f, l?epartment of the Potomac,
0 A It ft Stephen's Church. I0IT Four
teenth ?tfwt norlhwi>?<. ? p m.
Meetlnir ? Kartlea' Polish Club Mooa*
lla l. Bitrtilh ami O striets northweat. 1
d m
IliHe and Wirt! Hunt?Oihhona Club,
atari at Caldwell llall, Catholic Lnlvsrslty.
1 II ft. ?
"till standing upon the car pJat
I certainly would like to meet
her, as she looked to be Just the
typo of girl 1 would like to have
a* a friend. Therefore, 1 am writ
ing thia letter to you for publica
tion, In the hope that she will see
it. r?-ognize the above description,
and make a reply.
A young man has been coin?
with tne for over a year. He ac
cepts my hospitality and he takes
me wherever I wish to go; yet.
whenevr his college gives a dance
he takes another grll. She is a
vamp and. I believe, invites herself
to go with him. Is it his weakness
that makes him accept?
1 know he cannot be ashamed of
me, as we go other places to
Please advise me as soon as pos
sible. WAITING.
I think you flatter the boy and
do the girl an injustice when you
think she invites herself to go
along. The truth of the matter is
that he prefers to take her to
these dances or she wouldn't be
the one who accompanies him.
Take off your smoked spectacles
and see the situation as it really
is. Perhaps he prefers her danc
ing to yours; perhaps he wants
to have more than one string to
his bow. If you haven't any par
ticular claim on the boy, that is,
if he hasnt' declared himself, there
is little you can do unless you
want to break with him entirely.
Personally I think I .should feel
little inclined to extend hospitality
to a young man who repays it with
such shabby treatment. Whatever
you do, don't blame the other girl
because it's entirely up to the boy
and no one else.
I am so very much pleased today
because I have Just road "A Ram
bUr'a" letter, and that ho wants to
meet me.
I wonder how old "Rambler" Is. I
am sure 1 didn't see his age In your
I would like also to meet "Ram
bler," but must see him In secret
before I speak i? him. What I
mean la: I would like to see Mm
sometime without him knowing of
my presence.
I am very glad to print your
letters to Rambler and his letters
to you, but if I stngod such an
elaborate performance ns you sug
gest for all my readers, I would
nnve to be twenty women instead
of one. If you want any special
service, you must send your name
and address so I can write to you
? <
The Usefulness of a Woman on
the Rent Commission
Mrs. CIjARA SKARS TAYLOR will be a valuable mem
ber of the Root Commission. Tne selection by the President
of a woman was timely. About 60 per cent of those who
rent homes, apartments, and rooms in the District are
women. The home is peculiarly the domain of woman.
Housing problems, therefore, interest them many times
more than mere man, who is generally contented with his
own visions of lordship, a comfortable bed to sleep in and
all he can get to eat. He knows or thinks little ubout the
hundreds of small cares and worries of womankind in her
daily home routine. Whether the arrangements of a house
are good or bad do not disturb him.
The housing problem in Washington is broader than a
matter of seeing that landlords get satisfactory returns
upon their investments or that tenants are protected
against profiteering. There are hundreds of instances
throughout the city of excessive rents for quarters that are
net fit to live in. A woman member of the commission can
appreciate these conditions better than a man and be a
better judge of what is right and proper. A combination
of two men and one woman on the commission is a good one.
This commission has two more years of existense, and
Congress will have to continue it afterward. The struggle
with the high cost of living is becoming more intense, and
rents play an important part. Should the courts overturn
the Ball law Congress will undoubtedly enact another. It
must do so. The people of the District are thankful that
in rents at least they will be shielded from exorbitance and
eviction when paying fair rentals. . ?
In the nominations of Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. HELEN H.
GARDNER for Civil Service Commissioner, the President
showed keen understanding of local conditions. With her
training and official experience in housing and women
problems generally Mrs. Taylor will prove invaluable on
the Rent Commission in co-operating for justice for tenants
and landlords. Especially in the gathering of data not
directly bearing on the money end of the relations between
the two, such as methods for the improvement of conditions
under which Washington women must live and strive for
the betterment of their families, will she be serviceable to
the public.
Mrs. Gardner, too, will find a wide field for suggestions
to Congress on changes in civil service regulations and laws
looking to improvement in the working conditions of women
Government employes. More than 60 per cent of Govern
ment workers are women, and they do too much for the
Government not to be given better attention than they now
receive at the hands of Uncle Sam. Every big industrial
establishment in the country is far in advance of the United
States Government in provision for healthful, wholesome ^
surroundings during work hours.
All FcrA/
I haven't been on a street car for
more than a week. Myself and a
small army walk from the vicinity of
18th and Columbia road. Fat old
boya with canca and pretty young
things with high heels that muat
give pain before reaching Jackson
square, are all doing It
CHATHAM TOWKRS la a worthy
aucceasor to BEN PRINCE aa Collec
tor of Taxes. Moreover, hla promo
tion is cheering to thoae District
clerks who have been years In the
District service and have In the past
seen good positions go to outsiders
having political pull and little quali
Your girl is a goat when some
other fellow has hor and gets "your
front," G. F. S.
I suggest this for a national slo
gan: "RAZE THE H. C. L."
Rlmpl* Simon found ft diamond
\n i * ;?* happy ?? ft lark.
But th?? diamond found by Simon.
Wftl In Griffith'* bftft^hftll park
Hurrah for H. and S. It is like a
jolt of good liquor.
Fredericksburg, Va.
Please suggest in your Interesting [
column, the leaving at the baseball
park of the penny change on !?!)-cent
baseball tickets, to be turned over
to the Salvation Army or aomo other
equally deserving Instltut'on. The
amount to the "fan" Is Infln ttsimal.
but the aggregate would bo of much
help to a anixl cmt?c.
If fares and cost of living go
higher the future weildlng notlca* [
In the S'>rlet\ columns m?v read
'Mr and .Mrs, Vaiulerhilt Willi
leave shortly after the wedding I
for a trip from Dupont Circle to
the . Monument ?nd return"
this old but timely poem:
When the angel made (had, the devil got
It seemed auch a feaat of delight;
To ruin the scheme he Jumped In the
And atuck In the bones out of eight.
When the strawberriea red Brat glistened
In their bed.
The angel looked down and was glad:
But the devil, 'tis aald, (alrly pounded
his head,
He had used all hla bonea In the ahad.
A Georgetown girl Just back from
Boston said the men she had met In
Washington "were not sufficiently
versed in botany to distinguish thi
ovule product of a leguminous plant"
This will cure cigarette smoking.
Get a little nitrate of silver from a
drug store or photographic supply
house. Rub it on the crowns of the
large teeth. Do not swallow any of It.
The nitrate is tasteless, but, oh, how
rotten a cigarette tastes after the
first draw. R. F. CLARK.
Famous characters or southwest
Washington are "Sergeant" LEO, the
cop; RJNGLING Brothers, originators
of orang<- extract; "Shadow" REAP,
and JOHNNY GREEN, the ra? mam.
They are known to all the joaag peo
ple of this section.
I indorse what other H. and 8
writers have said about painting
last summer's straw hats to cat
the H. C. 1*. It will sure .help
How many of the boys of old (H.
Matthew's Institute, now St. John's
College, remember th? long word that
wu originated there fry the old boys?
M. A. T.
What's longer than the "Just a
minute, please," the sweet voiced
operator asks you to wait? B.
Poven years ago the age of a
father was four times that of his
son. Seven years hence the age
of the father will be double that
of the son. What are their pros
cnt afres?
A Jockey sold a horse for 9144
and gained ss much per cent as the
orse cost What did It cost?
Is It rlchi for people to walk fonr
:<brrnst on sidewalks am) force others
into the gutter to pass them?
A short but old story In verse:
Roy, gun,
Joy, fun,
? lun. bust,
Uoy, dust.
O. B. C. K.
Warrenton. Vs May 1"
\ man buys a hst for >1 and ps*s
half St eat h payment. Ml. ii. U'?%>
ntul s<> on. What Is kl? last pay
ment? !?

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