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HARRISBURG TELEGRAPH FOR THE HOME Founded 1831 Published evenings except Sunday by THE TELEGIIAI'II PRINTING CO. Telegraph Building, Federal Square B. J. STACKPOLE President and Editor-in-Chief OYSTER, Business Manager GUS. M. STEINMETZ, Managing Editor A. R. MICHENER, Circulation Manager Executive Board 'J.* P. McCULLOUGH, BOYD M. OGLESBY, F. R. OYSTER, GUS. M. STEINMETZ. Members of the Associated Press —The Associated Press is exclusively en titled to the use for republication of all news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited in this fiaper and also the local news pub lshed herein. 'All rights of republication of special dispatches herein are also reserved. A Member American pi Newspaper Pub lishers' Assoeia tion, the Audit Bureau of Circu- IrijMhglffl lation and Penn sylvaria Associa- Ifii Si M at d Dailies. fiSSSjfISB (31 Eastern office, j&t Story. Brooks & Sea S flfiS VB Finley, Fi ft h By Avenue Building QoflpSsalfc Western office, '.fa SSJB* e Story, Brooks & ' Gas' Building, " —• Chicago, 111. Entered at the Post Office in Harris burg, Pa., as second class matter. -JJEESK By carrier, ten cents a week; by mail, f3.00 a year In advance. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1919 Moderation is tltc silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues. — FULLER. WANT SAFE BRIDGE THE Rotary Club has voiced the opinion of many Harrisburg peopie in petitioning Council for the erection of a guardrail or curb between the roadway and side walks the full length of the Mul berry street bridge. The fact that two members presented at one meet ing of the club practically the same resolution and thnt the action taken was unanimous, only serves to illus trate the unanimity of public feel ing on the subject. A few years ago Council procured the services of an expert to pass on the need of such a safeguard and the engineer employed reported that it was unnecessary, since which time, and notwithstanding this opinion, ac cidents on the bridge have continued to occur with painful frequency. One of these days the city will be sad dled with a suit for damages as the result of an automobile skidding over on the sidewalk and killing a pedes trian or two. Already one accident of this nature has happened. Apparently, the public believes some safety device should be pro vided, but, of course. Council will have to say what it shall be. LABOR IS ORDERLY THE New York World's observa- j tions on the recent coal strike j are interesting from the stand point of those who mistakenly be- | lieve that labor as a body is likely ■ to be swayed by reds and radicals I and who fear serious attempts to overthrow the Government. Says j the World: In the long list of American industrial disputes, not one great strike can be mentioned in which there was so little disorder. With hundreds of thousands of men Idle, in many eases in want, the victims of injustice, us they be lieved, and most of the time see ing no hope of relief, there has been hardly a disturbance of the peae. anywhere. Whether wisely led in other respects or not, labor resumes work with clean hands. There is nothing more reas suring ill the present situation than the record thus made. l,et all alarmists, therefore, w-lio see in existing unrest only dread ful symptoms of violence and pillage under Russian inspira tion recall the bloodshed and terror of railroad, steel and coal strikes in formeT days, when I,e nine and Trotzky were unknown. ' There can be no doubt that many j nten involved in the steel and coal strikes would have liked nothing bet- ; •er than to have turned those indus- ! trial disputes into revolution, but the rank and (lie of labor is intensely j pro-American and not to be fooled by the alien agitators who would turn the prosperous United States into another Russian shamble. The answer labor has given to the rad icals and "direct actionists" has been • very much to the point. Even in the midst of industrial disturbances it is to the credit even of many foreign born workmen that they kept their heads and tempers cool and avoided trouble. WEST SHORE SCHOOLS EVERY resident of the West Shore should read what Pro fessor Clyde Hoover has to say with regard to the schools of that district in an interview appearing in Wednesday's issue of the Telegraph. Professor Hoover says the people erred when they voted down the proposal to erect a central high school some years ago. It will be recalled that the high school loan in question was defeated by the votes of . only one district going against '-ft. As a result, the West Shore has three or four high schools, each very good in its way, but none within fifty per cent, as desirable as a central school would have been and as a whole costing more in taxes. The West Shore is becoming more and more one big community. The time will come when Camp Hill, Washington Heights, Lemoyne and FRIDAY EVENING, Wormleysburg, a* least, will be one borough or city, with a possibility of West Fairview and Knola under the same governmental roof. These towns have many interests in com mon and if their public affairs are wisely conducted they give promise of growing even more rapidly in the immediate future than in the past. Good schools, as high in grade and efficiency as those of the larger cities, are most important in the develop ment of these thriving suburbs. Pro fessor Hoover's advice is good. We recommend it to the attention of West Shore people, and to the school directors of that section es pecially. LONG AGO AND SO we are to have a com munity Christmas pageant this year, with Yulettde music by trained singers, wise men in the costumes of the ancient East, shep herds feeding real flocks by night and all those other scenes and incidents attending the Natltity. Heigh, ho, it's a far cry, isn't it, this elaborate program, compared with the old-fashioned Christmas entertainments of our boyhood days in the "infant department" of the little frame church where first we learned about Christmas nxtd its gentle Founder? How it takes us back—we who have gray in our hair and memories of Christmas past as well as anticipations of the joyous season just ahead. You'll recall, of course, with what pleasurable excitement you looked ahead toward Christmas Eve and that Sunday school entertainment, and not even the awful thought of having to appear before the whole audience to "speak a piece" could rob the occasion of the joyous thrill thnt came with the promise of Santa Claus on hand to personally pass out gifts to all present. They had a way of trimming Christmas trees in those days that seems to have become a lost art in the past decade or two. Surely, there are no such dazzingly colored balls as used to hang from a thousand branches of the big spruce they set up in the very front center of the Sunday school room of that little church of fond recollections; and there are no such wonderful white doves now as rested in its branches, no such gaudy chains of glistening rainbow colored beads, no such airily dressed fairies, no such amaz ingly large horns-of-plenty, no such unbelievably long strings of pop corn. Some times we wonder where they have all gone, and why the Christmas trees of to-day are so tawdry as compared with those we used to have. Perhaps you may have noticed. And, oh, those Sunday school teachers were a cunning lot. Keside the tree they had built a wonderful chimney of big rod bricks. It looked real enough to have smoked. But they couldn't fool us. No. sir. We knew at once that these bricks really were boxes filled with candy and at the proper moment old Santa himself would appear to present each of us with one. Oh, we were the wise ones, yes, indeed. The entertainment was a mere prelude to this climax, long though the program always was. "Little golden-haired Mary Magee, who lisped, led off by reciting the verses beginning: "Hang up the baby's stocking. Be sure and don't forget, The dear little dimpled darling Never saw Christmas yet," which you will admit voices a pop ular sentiment even though it be not the best of poetry. Then we all sang: "Jolly old Saint Nicholas. Lean your ear this way. Don't you tell a single Soul what I'm going to say," with more volume than harmony, and a shivering little victim was led forward to recite: '"Twas the night before Christmas, When all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, Not even a mouse." Only on one tragic occasion he said it this way: "'Twas the night before Christmas When all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, Not even a louse," and almost got licked on the spot. I After which somebody announced 1 that Santa would appear, and he j did, and you got your candy-filled j brick out of the chimney, and an j orange from the teacher. said j "Merry Christmas" all around and i went home joyously to hang up your j stocking. Can any modern Christmas enter tainment beat that? Nay, for It lacks the miraculous habiliments of memory and the magic of childhood's happiest sea son. It is a* line thing to have a Christmas pageant, but wo wouldn't exchange for it our memories, would we. old fellow? PROTECTING THE LAW DECLINING to permit the brew ers to make beer in the face of the war-time prohibition act. Judge VanValkenburgh set an example the principles of which extend far beyond the case at issue. Judge VanValkenburgh says in these times of discontent and public rest lessness it is exceedingly important [ that the majesty of the law be up held, even to the point of ignoring interests of persons or institutions affected. In this he is right. We have seen all too many laws, enacted in re sponse to public demand, set aside upon mere technicality. This is a dnngerous proceeding. The power of the courts to overturn an act of the Legislature should be used but sparingly, and then only when the law is clearly outside the provisions of the constitution. Judge VanValkcnburgh very prop erly has passed the case along to the Supreme Court, which lias shown an Increasing tendency to favor the In tent of the law rather than to place its constructions merely upon the letter. ""PoCtttcc Ik By tile Ex-Committeeman "The Commission made splendid progress in the short time that it was in session, in fact, it did more than I thought that it would be able to accomplish. It has studied im portant articles and set aside those which are not believed necessary to amend and its preliminary work for exhaustive inquiries is well ad vanced." said Attorney General William X. Schaffer, chairman of the State Constituliomfl Revision Com mission to-day. "Of course, it must he understood that our work now is preparatory. We have to study the constitution and separate what is considered as proper to stand and get the rest into shape for holding of hearings. Hut the work done and the references back to committee after the illuminating discussion show that the members are thor oughly imbued with the spirit of the work." It is not probable that the ques tion of eligibility of the Governor to succeed himself will come up again, but soon after the holidays there will be an interesting discus sion on the <r tion of appropria tions to charitable institutions. George Wharton Pepper, who has. by common consent, taken charge of a proposed amendment, will advo cate it before the committee in charge of Legislative matters. It is pretty well recognized by mem bers of the commission that the re ligious bond is an important element in charitable institutions and the idea is to allow appropriations where denominational matters do not bar anyone from receiving the benefits of work or service. —Another big subject for con sideration- when the Commission meets again will be the Department of Internal Affairs. There is a strong disposition to make the office appointive. It is possible that Sec retary of Internal Affairs James F. Woodward will appear before the committee in charge of this amend ment to present his views nnd to outline what the Department now does and what it plans. —The question of taxation has only been stavted by the committee in charge and it is considering not only coal and other natural re sources but the whole realm of cor poration anil local taxation, co-op erating in the latter with the com mittee "on cities. It will take some weeks before it evolves a general scheme. The members will study some data during recess and then hear State officials. -—While Col. John O. Groome re sumes the activities of the oflice of superintendent of State >Police after two years' leave of absence on war service, it is believed that he will re tire early in the year and take charge of his business in Philadel phia. The name of Captain Lynn G. Adams, in command of the troop at Butler, is being much mentioned as a possible superintendent. From all accounts he is to come here to suc ceed Captain L. F. Pitcher, the pres ent deputy, who resigned to become chief of police of Wilkes-Barre, of fered to him some time ago. If Adams is promoted to the superin tendency it is said that Captain Wil liam E. Mayer, in command of the Greensburg troop, may become dep uty. Both men arc veterans of the State Police service. —-Early steps for the organization of the bureau of rural education will be taken by Dr. Thomas E. Finegan, the state superintendent, of public instruction, who is rapidly regaining his health. I>r. Finegan had charge of this work in New York state for years and is planning a big develop ment of this feature of State work in Pennsylvania. —Here is an expression regarding Governor William C. Sproul at Wash ington from the Scrunton Times, one of the big Democratic newspa pers of the State: "Our own Gover nor Sproul made a speech at the meeting and also gave the represen j tatives of all the states in the coun- I try a chance to see him, size him up j and get a sample of his goods. This would be important if the Governor I should turn out to be more than a favorite son candidate. The reports I in the press of the country indicate | that the Governor made a good speech and a favorable impression." —James J. Garry, well known in Democratic politics in York county, will be chief sheriff's deputy in York's governmental reorganization. —The demand of the civil service reformers that Mayor-elect Moore restore Messrs. Riter. Van Dusen and Bolger, the old civil service com mission that Mayor Smith put out of business, is being watched with in terest as the new mayor has some ideas of his own on the subject. —lt looks as though the disposi tion in regard to delegate candidates in the Republican party is to let things drift for a time. Friends of Governor Sproul want to size up the effect of his speech at Washington. —The headquarters of the Repub lican delegation from Pennsylvania to the Chicago convention will prob ably be in the Congress Hotel, where the delegates held forth in 1916. —Ambition of Ira G. Lutz to be a candidate for the Democratic con gressional nomination in the Berks- Lehigh district is likely to upset some apple-carts. There were hopes that there would be only one candi date. The Philadelphia Press has this to say about places in that city: "Mayor-elect Moore's selections for his cabinet, now nearly completed, savors little of politics, but much of expected service. Fitness for the place has evidently been the con trolling test in each case. It is par ticularly marked in the appointment, of James T. Cortelyou for head of the Department of Public Safety. His career as chief postal inspector in this city for the Federal Govern ment was marked by much achieve ment in the ferreting out anil bring ing to punishment men who at tempted to use the United States mails for swindling purposes." —The Philadelphia Evening Bul letin, in an editorial on the Gerard boom for the Democratic Presidential nomination, says: "The required summary of the candidate's platform 'To make and keep the country safe for democracy,' is a reminder that Judge Gerard hns been for some time holdy at variance with Presi dent Wilson's program of making the world safe for democracy and sad dling the United States with the heaviest part of. the burden, notably in his opposition to a mandate over Armenia or any part of Europe or Asia. It suggests that the voice of Democracy in the United States—• soelled with a big 'D'—which only HARRISBURG TELEGRAPH AIN'T IT A GRAND AND GLORIOUS FEEUN'? By BRIGGS when You wake, up ome awful - And You CAN HARDLY Eat and You Do <3o out md COLD Mobming RcALIiINC You Breakfast For vuoRRyVkJG TRV To vaJORK The .self STartcr HAVJ6 OOLY A iSMALC. AMOUWT ABLT CR££KCL ™ b SotSNT BytJGe -3ICK AT HEART You - AMD .3 END FOR THE CAR AGE A FCW TORMS- "HT IT A GRR-RRAND mam AMD HE Gets JWL < H p Goes nr no oOioijr BUSY WITH sorv.e ETHCR — AND GLOR- R* ROOB AMU MOT VJAVUR PEELIM' ? speaks in whispers in the Senate, out side of Senators Gore and Reed and their few associates, may find ex pression in the coming campaign and insist on an American, instead of a world platform." —Members of the House Ways and Means Committee presented a watch to Representative J. Hampton Moore, who soon retires from Congress to become mayor of Philadelphia in January. Optimism in Czcclio-Slouakia j [From tho Philadelphia Rodger.] j There is so much of heart-rending j horror and misery attendant upon | tho efforts of war - bankrupted : Europe to pull itself together that | when men like Charles R. Crane, our : minister in Prague, report that j Czech o-Slovalua is "politically the healthiest and sanest place" in Europe, this first rift of blue in the stormy skies of the central European world cannot but be a cheering omen. There is every reason, too, why Americans should rejoice in the fact that the Bohemians and their allies, the Slovaks, are getting on an even keel, since a great deal of the ex ports which are of special concern to us and which stood to the credit ' of Austria before the war and which 1 were even labeled "Made in Ger- | many" really came from Bohemia, j That country was the great indus- ! trial center, the real workshop of I Austria-Hungary, since before the I war what is now the Czecho-Slovak j republic produced 90 per cent, of all | the manufactured uroduets of the i dual empire. But it is not only be- j cause of our interest in their special- j ized products that the new state is j of concern to us, but because its con- j stitution is modeled on American j lines and that at present Czecho slovakia is one of the bulwarks of central Europe against Bolshevism. It is only recently that President Masnryk in outlining his plans of so cial reform made an elaborate analy sis of just how and why the Bo hemian plan of moderate industrial reforms was the opposite of Renin ism. For in this connection he warned his own people not to expect j too much of industrial and social re ! forms or any kind of state-supported industrial socialization. For, as he put it. "the worker in the first stages of extreme socialization of industry may be worse off than under the so called capitalistic regime, since so cialization demands sacrifice not only from the capitalists but also from the workmen." Consequently, Masaryk advocates a moderate series of re forms in all those matters that re late to industry and production, and he has been careful to point out that the new state should enc.ourqge that "creative spirit of enterprise, that ingenuous utilizing of giving condi tions, that results in the creation of new wealth. This is not a matter of the socialism of distribution but of the socialism of production." It was in contrasting the proper and friend ly relationship of capital and labor working hand in hand that the President pointed out how Reninism is ruinism and that Renine and his followers "represent only the eco nomic and social primitive ideas of the illitei-ate Russian muj'k." It is common-sense ideas of this kind that is putting Bohemia on its feet more rapidly than any other country in Europe. While the doc trinarics tried to stampede the coun try to radicalism in the troublous days of enrly statehood the super abounding patriotism and the devo tion of the Bohemians have brought about a new state of affairs that is making all classes realize that the concern of one is the concern of all, and of the state, too. The homely common-sense philosophy that un derlies much of what Masaryk stands for is summed up in* his phrase, "I can put up with the ma terialism of the hungry more enshy than With that of the overfed." It is this spirit that is tiding Bohemia over its trials and makes its experi ment in statecraft one after which its neighbors to the north and cast, especially in Russia, might well pat tern. President and (he Treaty [From the Philadelphia Inquirer.] Nearly all of the proposed reser vations merely Interpret the dis puted clauses in the Treaty In the manner in which the Treaty itself intends them to be interpreted. Why, then, should the President assume an obstinate attitude toward them ? • • •—With the preamble elimi nated all embarrassment- would dis appear and silence would give eon sent. The President ought to be content with ratification when the preamble had been cut out. But if he is to insist that nothing wjll do but ratification pure and simple, with no explanations whatever, then will he be the obstacle to the restoration of peace and the establishment of the League of Nations. Let Us Have Daylight Saving By Samuel A. Welldon Vice-President National Daylight Saving Association THERE are practically no op ponents of daylight saving among the residents of munici palities. The opposition that caused Congress to repeal this health-giving measure over the President's veto was largely representative of rural districts. Without in any way at tempting to undervalue the great fundamental contribution of tho farmer to our modern life —for we know that without his efforts the inhabitants of tho cities could not live—tho National Daylight Saving Association feels that there is no reason why the objections of the farmers should prevent the residents of cities from enjoying the additioniil hour of daylight. Since the rural representatives in Congress seized the opportunity when some of the representatives of the cities were absent from their posts to force throughout the repeal bill, there is only one way by which cities can obtain the added hour of day light, and (hat is by local ordinance. Some confusion, it is true, may re sult, but that the confusion so re sulting is not serious, is evidenced by the fact that Detroit and Cleve land operated on the daylight saving plan long before it became a na tional law, and the citizens of those cities and the territories surround ing them found no difficulty in adapting themselves to the schedule. For this reason, the National Day light Saving Association urges the adoption of an ordinance substan tially like the following: . "The people of do ' enact as follows: "The standard time of [insert name of city or town] is that of the [insert meridian] of longitude west from meridian, except that at two o'clock ante-meridian from the last Sunday in April of each year stand ard time throughout [insert city or to\\*n] shall be advanced one hour, and at 2 o'clock ante-meridian of the Inst Sunday in September of each year such standard time shall. Christmas Snow Seems to me in the Long Ago We always had more of it—Christ mas snow! Drifts piled high in the road and lane, Crystals of snow on the window pane, The pines and the firs decked deep and line With the frozen flakes and the creeper vine Coated with it, from root to tip. And the eyes of children all asliine. And a song of joy on the childhood lip! The coasting hill, with its merry crew— And your reindeer sled, how the heart of you Back there with me in the Christ mas snow Beat with that joy of the Long Ago! In the starry night way over the hill You heard the creak of a wagon wheel On the frozen flakes —and the air so still. And the heavens as bright as pol ished steel, And the whole earth bound in the winter thrill! Seems to me it was different then, And I often go in my dreams again Sliding and gliding with lightning speed Down hi.l at Christmas, when Christmas snow I Covered the valleys of Long Ago! Sleigh bells jingled with silvery clang, And the air was sweet with a frosty tang That bit the cheeks and pinched the nose, But tingled the blood with a bounding joy In thnt far-off land of the Christmas snows In the niemoried realm of the Bov! —F. JicK. New Mexican President [From the Philadelphia Record.] It is rather satisfactory news that is brought by a Mexican lawyer who has just arrived in New York, that Ignacio Bonillas, Liberal candidate, is likely to be elected president. Mr. Bonillas was educated In this coun try, and has resided here for somo time as ambassador. He is ac quainted with the American people and Government; he knows our point of view and knows our temper. by the retarding of one hour, be re turned to the mean astronomical time of the [insert meridian] of longitude west from Greenwich, and all courts, public offices, legal and ollicial proceedings shall be regu lated thereby." It will be noted that the proposed ordinance turns the clock ahead one hour on the last Sunday in April instead of the last Sunday in March turning it back the last Sunday in September instead of in October, thereby giving us five months in stead of seven pf daylight saving, which is believed to be sufficient, as the amount of daylight actually saved during March and October is comparatively slight. The Board of Aldermen of New York City has unanimously adopted a daylight saving ordinance. Pitts burgh is soon to adopt a similar law. Hoboken, Newark, Jersey City, Worcester and in fact the majority of the cities and towns in the New England States and throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, antT sis far south as Richmond, have notified the National Daylight-Saving Asso ciation that they will follow the ex ample of New York City. The enactment of town and city ordinances will make the adoption of state laws easy. And with state laws, if seems to advocates of day light saving that Congress, realizing its error, will restore as a Federal act the statute for daylight saving that ib wanted by a large majority of the people. It was the intention of the National Daylight Saving As sociation to confine its efforts this year to the eastern time zone, but the movement has spread as far as Utah. Chicago is preparing to come into line, and contiguous territory will follow suit. Many places on the Pacific Coast want the daylight saving law. It looks now as though most of the country next year re gardless of Congress, will enjoy day light saving—"tho poor man's violet I ray." Paderewski Resigns [From tho Now York Sun] The fact that the great Polish uusician has left the direction of iffairs at Warsaw is no proof that piano playing and the premiership •ire incompatible. Nor does it indi cate necessai 11 y a weakness in the • wly-formed government. In the absence of direct and complete in formation we are justified in assurn ng that Paderewski has simply car ried out a plan to retire as soon as ie could do so without injury to the national cause. The former premier has never been accused of political ambition apart from the desire and purpose to aid Poland. Long before- there was any apparent hope of such a turn in affairs as should make in dependence possible he showed his iuality as a patriot. In hours of darkness and difficulty he gave him self and his possessions to the cause. No mere opportunist would have done that. When the revolution arrived the musician was the tallest figure in sight. Men turned to him naturally, not only because they had confidence in his integrity but also because he had shown other talents beside those of pianist and composer. Public confidence was justified. Under his leadership a new ship of state was launched. That will always be re membered to his credit. But the first crisis being past it scarcely seems needful that the hands which possess a skill so unique should go on signing state pnpers; that the mind so delicately tuned up to universal harmonies should be concentrated longer on political complexities. There are many politicians; there is only one Paderewski. Portable Houses Wanted [From Commerce Reports.] Due to the consideiable advance in rents the mayor of Seville, Spain, considering plans to house the work ing classes. Rents have become so high that many poor people are forced to leave the city, and it is felt the demand for higher wages would cease, or at least be reduced, if lab orers could find houses at a moderate rental. f As there is practically no lumber in Spain for building wooden houses and the expense of constructing them- of brick is prohibitive, it has been suggested to the civil authori ties that portable houses might be imported from the United States. DECEMRER 19, 1919. Treatment For Radicals [From New York Herald.] In a recent speech in this city United States Senator McKellar, of Tennessee, said: "Give the foreigner who comes to our shores five years to become an American citizen. If he hasn't taken out his papers by that time—started on the road to citizen ship and finally reached that goal— send him back to the country from which he came." The senator's plan of campaign against the radicals and anarchists who are plotting against the Amer ican Government and American in stitutions involves the sending of all such people to the Philippine Islands, thei e to be confined and restricted until they become safe for America to entertain. If that time is never reached, at least these undesirables are unable to work the harm they contemplate. But, of course, there is no good reason why they should be inflicted upon the Filipinos. These suggestions indicate how seriously officials in Washington look | upon the spread of radical activity and how important they deem prompt action by Congress. Addi tional legislation is necessary, yet ! that is not all. There must be vig ! orous enforcement of the laws al | ready on the statute books. Educa ! tion is necessary, yet that is a slow I process and will not cure the social I disease already here and in daily evi- I dence. The deportation of Emma j Goldman and Alexander Berkman I will do more to varn the Reds and ! check their insidious activity than j new legislation or efforts at educa- I tion. It is useless to attempt to educate such people as the Gotdmans and the Berkmans. Nothing: will change tiieir nient.al strabismus or their so cial vision. However sincere and sentinicntal may be their cars and their embraces as "comrades," the fact remains that their ideas of the mission of social and political organ izations. their construction of the term "American liberty" is wholly at variance with the teachings of the founders of America and the aims and ambitions of their successors. For years the United States has in vited tho oppressed of all countri s to come to these shores—come to America, the land of opportunity. This blessed privilege has been abused. In the courso of time a monster has been growing up, crouching to devour America. It is time to strike the monster! h ailure of Watchful Waiting [From the Kansas City Star.] The existing situation in Mexico is the direct consequence of the policy of watchful waiting. If the Adminis tration had met the issue vigorously at the start, "If it had intervened to protect American citizens, tho fear of God would have been put in the hearts of the Mexicans and the long agony of murder and brigandage might have been avoided. But the policy of Quixotic idealism of dealing with a backward and un developed people as if it were on the same plane with the United States, Britain or France, has resulted dis astrously. The Mexicans interpreted the American attitude as due to fear. It a direct invitation to them to flout the authority of the United States, and to mistreat American citizens. They believed they could plot against this country and organ ize raids against it with impunity. There is only one language that Carranza and his followers under stand—and it is not the fine language of the President's notes. Interven tion is bound to come. Delay has simply enormously multiplied the difliculties and expense. Ring-Nosed Senators [From the New York Tribune.] 1 The latest from the White House, that the President "has no compro mise or concession of any kind in his mind," expatns why Senator Hhtch cock, when in New York last week, wrote one speech and delivered an other; also why the administration Senators, when asked on Saturday to show the stuff of compromise they hinted they were ready to offer, sud denly became silent and had nothing to say. The President won't let his Senate supporters do as they wish. He has ring-nosed them. They knew he would jerk them painfully back If they dared to travel their own path. Feminine vs. Masculine [From the Review.] If masculine and feminine comedy really differ it may be in their atti tudes toward youth. The imagina tive woman of middle ago, you may say, regrets and worships youth, while the imaginative man of middle age regrets and laughs at it, or laughs at himself for regretting it. letting (Eljat Whether the high price of turkey* is the cuuso of men turning to raf fles as a means of getting the Christmas bird, as many of them un questionably did Just before Thanks giving, is correct or not, 1 the faot re mains that there is more interest la chance as a means of obtaining a gobbler than in years gone by. Polio* prohibitions and danger of raids da not appear to be dampening tha discussion at least and there are ap parently many men who are going to have their fun out of It ss wsM as the opportunity to win a spent men of the great American bird. 11 I is not at all hard to find out when raffles arc being run, If what one hears on the corners Is trne and a good bit is also to be heard about crowds that are going to the p The remarks of people who talk about such things are Interesting; too, for they show a spirit of going to get a chance on the bird as a fair means of beating the high prtoea It is not uncommon for men ts board late cars carrying tuiiceys and every story of how cheaply the fowl was won arouses the latent instinct to take a flyer. Just before Thanks giving Day there were so many rafr> lies run that people were laughing about it and the police got busy. Hut this time there are probably more folks Interested and the high cost of living comes in very nicely as an excuse. • • • When it comes down to conserv ing paper one has only to look at tlL® amount that Is being blown about the city. Take the River Front. Cameron street and Market street for examples and note the amount ol* paper that chases about on the winds, the quantities that Is thrown out and carted away and the heaps and heaps that decorate the wagons that haul away refuse. At the present price of paper boys could make as much Christmas money out of gath ering and baling it as some of us used to do with iron and bones around the early part of December, in years gone by. There are quite a few Harrisburg businessmen who can recall what a find a horseshoe was and how parents sometimes had to hunt around for flatirons and other articles of domestic use of I whose disappearance they were ex tremely innocent, at least, when in terrogated. In rega©l to the discussion of women's suffrage and what is going to happen when women vote Mrs. John O. Miller, president of the Stato Suffrage Association and one of the guiding spirits that put ratifi cation through the Legislature, made some interesting observations yester day. Mrs. Miller is here attending the meetings of the State Constitu tional Revision Commission, of which she is a member. "As I understand the situation," said Mrs. Miller, "we believe that enough states will have ratified the amend ment to give women the . vote in 1920. Some information I have re ceived indicates that the ratification will ho complete in April. How ever, 1 am not sure on that point. It is my understanding that women, when they vote, will have the right in all elections, not exclusively na tional or congressional, as some people think. I believe that in our State it has been taken care of and that women will vote in State and local elections just like the men." A friend who read last night's dis cussion made this remark: "No one, you, Mr. Editor, if it pertains to you, should get the idea that women will make any bother for election offi cers. If anything they will help them out because women will study the requirements and that's more than some men do when they go to register. And furthermore, I think that the average woman will know what the election is about and who are the candidates probably as well as the average man. Probably some heads of families will be interro gated at the supper table the night before about the election and will find that they will be considered to have the information ready. You are right when you say women will have a wholesome influence about the polling places." *• - # "You would be surprised to know what a prominent place letters to Santa Claus play in the Christmas shopping of many men and women," said a down-town department store man the other day. "Hundreds of women bring these letters to the stores and make their purchases in full accord with childish wishes. One woman came to me in great distress the other day. 'l've lost my letter to Santa,' she said, 'and I can't make my purchases until I find it. Won't you please help me hunt it?' and I volunteered, but it was not until she had left the store in distress that I picked up the following missive and I give it to you as a fair example of what these letters are and in the hope it will reach the eyes of the woman for whom it was intended": "Dear Santa: "I am a little girl. I live in the country. I am a good girl. I don't very often cry, so I want a lot of nice things. I would like to have a go cart and a nice big dolly that goes to sleep. A doll bed and a nice big swing to swing my dolly in, and if I ain't asking too much, please give me a nice, big roll rocking chair and a blackboard, pencil and some building blocks. And don't forget dishes. Please don't forget candy. My mamma would like to have a new dress, a pare of gloves and anything thats nice. "My father I guess don't want anything for he don't say much." | WELL KNOWN PEOPLE jolin Cadwnlader, well knows in Philadelphia / affairs, has been elected president of Academy of Natural Sciences. —Mayor-elect J. Hampton Moore says that he Is going to advertise Philadelphia. L. o. Emmerich, librarian of Hazleton and active in securing a library for that city, has been again elected to the post. —Judge William B. Elnn presided at the Art Club's dinner to D. J. Smyth, Philadelphia's new city so licitor. V —James T. Cortelyou, new direc tor of safety in Philadelphia, is get ting congratulations from all over the United States. —Col. Asher Miner, who com manded the 108 th Artillery In France, was speaker at a big ban quet in Wilkes-Barre. —Howard J. Potts, well known here, has succeeded the late J. G. Mohn, as president of the Reading Trust Company. | DO YOU KNOW | l'liat llurrisburg made ma terial for gun sights during tlic war? HISTORIC HARRISBVRG I —The so-called "Buckshot" waf * which was fought on Capitol Hill, I took place in 1838.