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THE CHATTANOOGA NEWS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20. 191 CHATTANOOGA NEWS PUBLISHED BV THE CHATTANOOGA NEWS CO. . Entered at the Chattanooga Postofflce at geoopd-uasa aiauer. If vou hart any trouble setting Th nhi tlnhnn the Circulation Da partmtnt and have It promptly reme d.ea Stimial Advertising Agents: John M. Branham Co.. Brunswick building. New York; Mailers' building, Cbieago Chemical building. BU Uniis. Kates of Subscription By carrier: One ihL 12c: one month. (So. By mall six months, 12.16; twelve months. $4.00, MEMBER OF ASSOCIATED The Associated Press It exclusively en titled to lis for republication all newt dispatches .credited to' It or not other wise credited In this paper, and also : the Kcai news published herein, au ri Rlits of republication of special die patches herein are also reserved. An exchange thinks there It nothing oft about Mayor Candler If ho does make soft drinks. It Is said to be a fact for apprecia tion that the Russians In this country litre not yet made peace. Indiana whisky men consider fro eminent by injunction just as good as Hoy other kind If It works. Gradually It seems to be coming home to the allies (hat the treat "drive" Is not up to specifications. The writer hss had ocular proof that Jowl Is still obtainable, but tur nip greens seem lo have become ex tinct. A recent decision of the supreme court discloses the fact that there is no federal law against the purchnse of votes. George Creel contends that the names of Americans In casualty lists without addresses Is not news. There are Others. Secretary Houston prefers defeat to dishonor. In case of defeat, the dls . honor would probably be able to take care Of itself. - The shortage 6f workers on the farms and everywhere else has given new Impetus to the enforcement of va grancy laws. XV e hear that ths boya are respond ing readily to the call for volunteer re cruits) to work on the farm and wherever else reeded. At that. Trottky gets off better than Kerensky. The latter has disappeared, but the former seems to be holding the fort at Tetrogrsd. Plenty of time Is being allowed llol land to make up her mind about that shipping, but the. skips are held In leaslf In thn meantime. The number of Japanese killed st that Siberian town has already dimin ished from 180 to six, and the returns are probably not all In. Von Hertllng Is absolutely unable to Understand why anybody should object to so Innocent an Instrument as tho German pchco with Russia. Nashville Is much mono leisurely about her ouster trials than Is Chatta nooga. But perhaps the Capital City hasn't many other diversions. Oov. rieHsanta, of Louisiana, seems also to find sonic Impediment In tho law against bis Intervention to prevent lynching and to punish lynchers. Congress needs steering council. Headline, l'erhops so, but It had been 1 our Impression thnt there was no ,, dearth of pilots nbout the capital. Alabama's agricultural commissioner says lie will nut ask furiners to plant less cotton, but lie plainly Intimates that food crops are of most Importance. An investigation shows that only a small portion of the $13,000,000 flic losses which have been credited to en emy agents were actually due to that cause. Newt that fifty -persons were killed In an air raid over I'oblenx, w ith other material damagee, was probably re ceived in London with Christian resig nation. I A malicious exchange wants all the ( spring poets Included In the next draft. Really, however, not many ol them now seem Inclined to commit overt acts. The lladley Bend powder plant Is to exemplify patriotism In name as well as In nature. It la to be i-nlled. Jack sonville, awhile, and then changed to Hermitage. . Perhaps Von Hertllng includes Sweden among the "hypocrites." since the latter Is a trifle slow to properly appreciate the benevoh nt assimilation of the Baltic. Votes cast for John I'unoy Mltchel last full cost on an averuse f 10 apiece. But the New York World consoles It self with the reflection that It made him an aviator. Archie's wound Is more recent than that of bis distinguished father. But the latter can reflect that the son win probably still be too young to be put Ident when the war is on r. Washington rumors now Indie ate that an Investigation of the 'delay In the aircraft program will i held Only a week or two ago the dis patches announced that shipment of airplanes bad begun ahead of tin e. We shall presently want an Inniliy to ascertain where we are "at," TOO MUCH TALK ABOUT THAT OFFENSIVE. Since Von Hindcnburg accused us Americans of being dis posed to advertise, he has done elf. If the Germans mean business in their announcements of the western drive it Is probably the will have been delivered after It may be remembered by our readers that we have expressed some skepticism' as to the sincerity of these notices. We observe -that the war department at Washington now also is suspicious 0 the statements coming in such Ilindenburg and Ludendorff ars in Belgium, and they are said dents to aecomnanv them in the f is somewhat unlike the German From the point of view of the attack In tht west? They are almost certain to lose "from a half to three-quarters of a million men. Judging by Verdun and other bitterly fought offensives i nit it. ted of success are small. The junker military strategy lines of least resistance. They commission, leading up to that bia, of Rumania, of the Gallipoli the Italians. There is still opportunity tories on the east. An invasion cut the line of supplies across Sabania and Macedonia and render the garrison dependent on sea transport alone. In addition, King Constantino, might be restored to a political and moral effect in the An expedition against India lirht be counted on to rive much uneasiness in England. The m route through Persia and Afghanistan is now comparatively open There is the far east and cept aid and become, in effect, allies of Germany, if a blow against Japan's influence could be delivered. Then there is northern Italy. though it might be, would offer live resistance than in France or the summits of the Doric Alps. plains. If they could take Bassano, the whole Piare line of the Italians, French and English would have to be withdrawn, and such would be most difficult. There is a greater possibility in a stra tegic way' on the Venetian plains than elsewhere. So, with all these possibilities elsewhere, we are still some what doubtful of the sincerity of the announcements made from Berlin. The central powers might fail on any one or all of these minor campaigns outlined above and even then not be seriously In jured strategically. On the other and fail, they would have behind a successful termination of the war. The question would come simply to be at what date the Americans could concentrate such a force as would be able to drive the invaders back of the Rhine. It is much more likely that the enemy will repose his depend ence on the submarine, while undertaking campaigns involving lit tle loss of life. Our job right now is to secure transport. A de cision in tiie war may be forced within a year, not so much by the number of men any country can enlist, but by the number it can maintain on the firing line. WAR ON A STATUE. A movement Is crystallizing In con gress to destroy or remove from our capital rty tho bronr.o statuo of Fred erick tho (J re at, which was presented by the present knlser, one of his lineal descendants, to this country several years ago, and which was accepted and given a place of honor by the colonel, who was then president, and was at the time on much better terms with the kaiser than at present. Senator Thomas, of Colorado, pro- poaes that It be torn down and made Into bullets. This was the fate of a statue to Uoorge 111. In the thno of the revolution, but tho Nashville Tlanner remarks that bullets nre not made of bronse, hence the statue of the great Hohentollern will have to be devoted to making shrapnel or some other uso- f nt purpose. Waging war In this way may look somewhat like a hysterical proceeding, and It Is, but flic, erection of such a monument even In a time of peace waa a matter of questionable taste. There Is little In common between the Ideals of America and those of Fred erick the (ircnt. The removal of this memorial even before the war might have been properly considered. Not as a means of showing potty resentment, but hs Illustrating anew the country's conception and appreciation of democ racy, tho statue should bo removed, Its metal utilized, or It should be sent bnek through tho lines to Ilerlln. Congress will probably provide the necessary authority. It will be easy to manifest patriotism In this way, and there will doubtless be a bandwagon rush. A body which debated allowing the erection of a memorial to an Amer ican president at the capital will surely not hesitate to obliterate this flaunting symbol of tho world's most' despotic autociacy. One almost shudders when thinking of the fact that the demand In France for cereals for food resulted In forbid ding grain being fed to stock. This canned moNt of the catUe to be slaugh tered and a reduction In the number of horses by half. Meatless d)s were suspended for a while, but what shall the future bring? New York's fumbling; does not halt the rallflcation procession, which goes merrily J.nwatd. We suggest, for the benefit of the Kmpue state, the epi gram of a great adtcittscr: "Kvent uaily, hy not now?" It 1 daiiiied that Uctjnsny will soon icnch a limit In selling American piopcrly In that country as a reprisal for a similar course by this country, hhe will run ml of 'iop.rl to sell long l.etore eti h Is the caup in tint count i y. Some one Itas lallcJ attention to the suggestion that the Inte fuel order dors ii"t limit the purihsse of wood to one. half f Hie amount needed. The supply available may be limited, however. a good deal of publicity work him first time in history that an attack such announcement. nuubcr from Hun headquarters nupposed to be at a watering place to have Invited neutral correspon forthcoming campaign. That also military war-lord. central poweis, why'shoulu they by either cdmbatant, the chances heretofore has been to follow the put several Russian armies out of final debacle; they disposed of Ser expedition, and finally repulsed for some comparatively easy vic of Greece would isolate Saloniki, his throne, and this would have Levant. would a spectacular affair, and China. The bolshevik! might ac An offensive there, difficult much less opportunities of effee Belgium. The invaders occupy The ground slopes down to the hand, if they strike in the west triem a population in despair of SOUTHERN PROSPERITY. Not long sines the Nashville Ban ner Indited a plaint that its town was dropping behind Its neighbor in the race for prosperity and progress, that it was manifesting a lack of tang, or words to that effect. But that was before ' the government considerately located a' powder mill nearby, Now every prospect pleases and only man Is vile. The Banner's visions are tak ing on a decidedly more rosy tint. It can see prosperity looming up on ev ery side, all over the south. But ao can others, for that matter. In-one of its exuberant periods the Banner re marked:. "The south has attracted the na tion's attention for Its marvelous re sources In tlnio of war. When peace comes It will be onerwhelmed with the prosperity that comes from the location of great manufacturing en terprises. Our waterpower alone should be a compelling lodettone," While some of us had never become so disconsolate as was our contempo rary, we are, nevertheless, constrained lo agree with the general correctness of Its present outlook. It seems to us that there Is every reason why the south should develop and prosper, and none why It should not. It has every facility that any other section has, and many that none oilier possesses. For two or three seasons men have come out of other sections and urged (ho south to prepare to feed herself. And, while there was certain sug gestion of humor In this advice, the south Is acting upon It. Tho south can readily feed herself ami clothe herself, and likewise manufacture most of what she needs. Can any of the other sections of the country do this? The south needs the other parts of the country end wants their co-operation, but she could probably get along without them much better than they could without her. As Intimated In the above para graph from the Banner, the south's resources are largely undeveloped. She is just getting Into her stride. "Our waterpower should be a com pelling lodestone" sure enough. It is somewhat trying on the public pa tience, however, to wait upon con gress to make suitable provision for Its limitation. The south needs that this great conservation and develop ment campaign be entered upon with out further delay. The balance of the country needs it more. Will the gov ernment Itself, as In the Hadley Bend and Muscle Shoals eiprlsts, bae to provide the cspltnl and Initiate the work ? We still hope that when, congri s recovers from the ennui consequent upon the exhausting consideration if the da) lutlit-sulnns bill It will ad dress itself to tho completion of sin h waterpower legislation as will induce yi" early harnessing of the streams and upon terms equitable aliko to capital and power consumer COL. PAGE'S GREAT PLAN. Col. Henry Page outlined before cit izens of Chattanooga last night at the chamber of commerce his plan for a great medical college here. It should be the outgrowth of the medical offf- cers training camp, which under Col. Page has expanded from Its. small be glnnlngs until now it is the greatest Institution of Its . kind In the world. CoL Page hopes that this will be the location of 'a permanent medical uni versity. He Indicated that a sum es timated at $500,000 would be necessary to establish such an Institution. Chat tanooga would be frrtunate to secure such an Institution. The Ideas of Col. Page were evolved after a long con sulfation wit.. MaJ. Chas. Mayo, whose position at the head of American- sur peons would give the university a start that nothing else could. CoL Page indicated that the medical officers' school would be expanded during the war even more than we had known. The examining board of surgeons would be established here, He made a pica for the erection of a small hotel near the camp at Chlcka- mauga. It Is to be hoped that private capital will soon be Interested In such a venture. There should be a com fortable hotel near the camp so that the. wives and families of officers and instructors may he conveniently lo cated. 1nlfl fa a nrtKiam tita V n IIamaam ... - i-.v..,,.. vk t.ii.uuuu,. is raced witn. The demand for rooms In the city now Is great The Increased number of officers not only In the medical but in all the camp, at Cmck- amauga have made a demand on the city to which it was scarcely equal. Gen. Birmingham. th new Mmn,n. der at Camp Greenlcaf, was also an honored guest of the chamber. Me haa been In Chattanoosra. several times, his first service here being as a surgeon in the regular army in 1898, He sees a vast difference in the health conditions In the camp this year and that. Gen. Birmingham has risen to ...... inn in ins meaicai department of the army and is held in highest re- spect by . all who know his splendid record. Chattanooga la pleased to have such men assigned hire. POOR PROPERTY OWNERS! In the same mall that Informs us of I "aur-char" rt in m. sur-cnarge r 10 per cent, on in- surance policies comes notice that the It were not for tho extraordinary clr tax assessor of Hamilton county Is I cumstanccs of this war. Even as it is roing to insist on a full assessment of personal property. These are hard days for the owner of property. Last year both the county and city tax rates were Increased. . The tax rate for Hamilton county is now up over the high-water mark. No econnm levee was built to hold it within th channel. " I perlpd for real estate. Of all classes of property that waa Inactive tho im- proved real estate has for the past five years been less actlvo than any. I With taxes boosted, how a 10 per een ir , cent. Increase put on insurance pre- mlums, and with repairs also costing more, along with stupendous coal bills for office buildings, flats, etc.; with he rates for electric lights boosted hrouph Bomo sort of a system andl the water company taking also Its Huvanoe, meio are groanings among property owners here and there. The assessor, however, is doing his duty. We wouldn't criticise him. But, If there were nlncty-flve others who were doing likewise, the step would be more generally approved. The trouble, however, Is that In the urban counties of Tennessee property already la as sessed much higher than in rural counties, and there Is no likelihood of I ny relief from this Inequality until there Is a tax commission In Tennes- see. As yet we have no candidate for I governor who really has the grit to advocate real tax reform. As to the Increase In insurance rates, we presume that along with other classes of business there has been an Increase in the cost. The In- suranee people can easily raise the . .. . , . inie urvaui mey uviuug, v - jtary stores. There are large numners derwiiters' association. They work of Australian and New Zealand fnm ln combination. If thev want to nut Hies here. The whole empire has kith on the screws, they can do It. This the second Increase Chattanooga With so many marking up prices, ilia hnhit heemne nirfemic. Yet there I are people who wonder that the work- Ingnian asks more for his labor, which is all ho has to sell. The truth Is there has been a great expansion of our circulating medium, money, and a greater extension of credit This, with the war demand for many goods, has foroed the In crease In prloes. me government may attempt to regulate prices, but. nless it Is done for all arUclea it will be a failure. Kverybody is trying to get more, and everybody Is having to pay more. The net result to lndlid- als Is not a great deal of difference. An exchange declares that In Eng land they have what they call "bully beef." That may be better than no heef. but the name Is too significant to be popular In this country. The statement Is going the rounds that Secretary Baker was concealed In a wine cellar for safety while the air raid over rarls was In progress. At this distance. It seems that one ought to feel safe while thus situated. lViiin has not vouchsafed to Inform us on what pretext the invasion of KinMa. continues. "That beats the Hutch" may be an appropriate exclamation these dis. SPRING HAS COME Now is the season when cheap orange substitute" for Whistle are put on the market. Look for the Whistle label for your health's sake. (.va. THE JARR FAMILY By Roy L. (Copyright. 191i, by the Press Publishing "But why do you say you had no ex cuse to run in to see the children and me until now?" asked Mrs. Jarr. "Sure ly you did not have to wait till your son Sent VOU his nhn, tograph in unl form from some where la France T" Well." said Mrs. Dusenberry, the little old lady from Indiana, "ever sense we've been neighbors till this last winter I could put my shawl over my head and run In to see you or anybody else I liked, with a cup In my hand, and say .'I Just dropped In to borry a cup of sugar till I can run out to the store and get some for myself." "Why, yes. of course." Mrs. Jarr re plied. "One doesn't mind a naurhhnr dolng that. We all have to do those things at times." Yes," the old lady went on. "on tn this winter I had the excuse" of coming V Drry sojnatwna; and the excuse of orODmnar In inn in tw If K-.w r.. " , - f J " v. . UU can't Jost. go dropping In on people for noming. wny, when I Was lonesome in my little dark fiat on the around floor. I've known myself to have almost every cup and saucer I own filled with sugar I'd borrowed, or butter. Then, after waning a oecent length of time, I'd re turn it, Just as I borrowed it. Bless vou f . m . ' w IKra or wnatever it waa: I Jest ntt an excuse to drop in to see folks I liked. "Of course, It's not fashionable to borry "'"" nd 1 suppose only poor people f0 I ask: how, tho heel can be turned on a oir-ocK mey are knitting, or to come "u,.'y a D." "no 10 - " back. But, as I know bow to knit even fln. rered mittens, and as my pore eyes won't let me read them love novels, I hadn't them excuses." "But you could have come tn to borrow a cup of sugar or some butter recently If you needed It," said Mrs. Jarr. "No, dearie, you know I dassent done It," replied the old lady from Indiana. ATTnfimTAT nAr MUiLOHUIX UJT r JJU (London Daily Mail of Feb. IS.) The new session of parliament prom- ,HCB to b0 Bn anxious and thrilling ono. may do ine last session oi mis par- n-mBn.. ,. w.,iri ..ertoiniv v.. if Ina!?y .P""""" are Inclined to v m j n iuu ilia ui viiu )rit:n.Tifa fsaiiiti- nient in weeks. A new electorate has been established under tho reform act, and the new electorate, eight millions in number, will naturally ask that It should be consulted on its choice Of representatives. The, RTeat new factor In politics to- day is tho attempt of Mr. Arthur Hen derson, the recognized leader of the la- Inor party, to esianiisn ms.pany on a, different basis. Mr Henderson is am- bu,,u"' "P."" i Jnc , b01., and to make it not a class but a national party. He even anticipates among" the lanor candidates at tne next elffPt,on P0""" T lwo' v The new labor party hopes to have from 300 t0 m candidates, and it Is aiminjr at nothing less than to secure control of the government macliinery SJ nlTL fwV,? .Co jn Kngland some day Is as certain as anything can be, and those, of us who know the experience of other parts of the empire with labor cabinets contem- plate tho prospect witnout aiarm. But whether a labor cabinet will come yet, and whether in particular Mr. Henderson and his supporters are the men who will b. chosen to represent labor, Is Quite Another shatter. Moving Towards Rations. ' If T devote much space. In this letter each week Just now to tho great food question it Is because I know it Is of the greatest interest to most of my readers. People In every part or tne world where this paper circulates have flonda and rciativea at noma, ana i dorlng what is happening to them, There are 23.000 wives ahd families of Canadian soldiers in Kngland, wives who have come over here to be near, their husbands and, if possible, to help in war work. There were originally no fewer than 35,000, but the author ities contrived to get many of them bock before the real crisis began. These Canadian women, I may say, are pro- hided lor by the Canadian larmy .which is allowing them to draw from the mll- .,,mftrtf .hA .i(,ln here is a rendition of what I said last week. There la Inconvenience anu t rertnin supplies, but ...,.. 110 rPnJ want Meat was more ni.nn.tii nt In London at the week-end, and many V;;.sehoid8 In the VSest M fQr one wore able t0 ODlain the first V rr Y - t 22 MilKoiii Families im the United States 4 CUPS OF WHEAT FLOUR TO THE POUND If each family used 4 cups of flour less per week, the saving would be 22 million pounds or 112,244 barrels motry wetk. The greatest help housekeepers can give to win the war is to make this saving and it can be done by using this recipe in place of white flour bread. Corn Meal Biscuit cap seeldesl milk 1 nswniBMl 2 tabltspsssjt thortealng V cap of the measured floor for board. Poor mfflt o corn meal, add short.nl ng and salt Wheal cold, add mrtvd floor and baking powdar. Roll oat hgbUy on floured board. Cut with biscuit cotter and bake in greased pan fifteen to twenty erinutet. Oar ntw Rd, Whits and Blue bookUt, "Best Wmr Tims Recipes" cuUinir mauvettur retipn for making dtlidout and whoUsom wheat tsving foods, mailed freaddrets ROYAL BAKING POWDER CO, De?L H. 135 William Street, Nw York FOOD WILL WIN THE WAR McCardell Co. The New Torts Evening World.) "Why, to come around to borry sugar this winter, or butter, but especially sugar, would have been like coming and asking to borry a woman's best Sunday silk dress, or her planny, or her husband, or anything she set her greatest store on." "Well, sugar was very scarce, - and butter has been very dear," Mrs. Jarr admitted, "but you could have come in and asked for tea or coffee; they haven't been much dearer." "I was In the habit of borrying sugar or butter," said the old lady from In diana. "So long as I didn't really need it, but bad plenty of my own In my sugar canister, I never felt ashamed to make It an excuse and pretended I had run out of It. But when I hadn't any. when I couldn't get any, wny, I was ashamed to go and ax for It. So I Jest stayed home and used long sweetening in my coffee1. We could always git plen ty of long sweetening." "What do you mean by long sweeten ing?" asked Mrs. Jarr. "Molasses, or as some stylish people calls it, sirup," replied the old lady. "In some parts of Indianny It's called aor ghum, but If people wants to put on airs when the preacher was to dinner they'd say, 'Pass the minister them sirup and those cheese.' Of course, the preacher wasn't ecpected to use the sirup as long sweetening In his coffee. Coffee was very dear when I was a little- gal In Taylor Township, and we used coffee essence, which was made from burnt molasses. Sugar, white sugar, was very dear them days before the Civil war. It used to come in big loafs, like the hats them Mexican bandits wears in the mov ing pictures. And It Was wranned In blue paper, and rich people bought it by the ten-pound loaf, but poor people only JluVu.i1 hK th.9 pounI or. H-Pwwd. which the storekeeper would crack off irom me loaf with a hatchet." "Just the same, during all the recent scarcity of sugar, I noticed the candy stores and, all eandy Is made of sugars- ran tun t,blast," remarked Mrs. Jarr. "Not that anybody- brought me any candy," she added. Icily, for Mr. Jarr had entered at this .point, ''but I believe there was no scarcity whatsoever." Mr. Jarr pretended not to hear, but the shot went home Just the same. tiit .NUVV UPPERMOST, IN LONDON Joint of fresh meat they had had for a rrfonth. The supply of margarine was also better, and there was even a littlo butter. Most people miss fats, such as butter Or margalne, much more than they miss meat. Now that sugar is ra tioned we all manage quite easily with our sugar supplies. We have adapted ourselves to the regulation amount half a pound each a week and we nnd that It Is really sufficient Our coal Supply is also adequate, thanks to rationing. Tht Queue Habit. The queues are the great bane of the life of the poor. They are very largely an unnecessary evil. They do not secure a fair distribution of goods and they mean an excessive waste of time for people who have to stand in them. Some folks get the queue habit They go from queuo to queue-waiting their turn, obtaining a certain supply at each place and ao accumulating much more than they ever ought to have. Others, hard-working: wives wjth families at 'homo and possibly with babies in their arms have In con sequence sometimes to watt for hours to obtain the little they want. Every one Is supposing that queues Will end the moment rationing starts. I hope that it mny be ao, but the experience of Germany does not lead us to be lieve that this will be the case. And, of course, It does not follow that be cause our lood tickets entitle us to certain amounts of food we will al ways be ablo to obtain this allowance. . Lord Rhondda's meat rationing1 scheme haa been generally approved. It is exceedingly ingenious and over comes many obvious difficulties." All meat is to be boned; your coupon en titles you to boneless fresh meat of a certain value or to the equivalent in other similar articles. The price of cuch cut of meat Is fixed. If you like you can can have rump steak, only you will obtain a very much smaller quantity of rump steak than you would of shin of beef. Tho task of rationing is an enormous one. One criticism passed on the government scheme Is that, complex as It Is, It Is not com plex enough. It does not allow snf sufTtclently for the variation of the re quirements between people engaged in hard manual labor and others doing little or no work. This, no doubt, will come. Hoarders' Surrender Week, This Is hoarders' surrender week. People who have hoards of food are being given this final opportunity to hand over the hoards to the public au thorities. Their excessive supplies will be sold, and one-half of what Is real ised will be paid back to them.. "Those found with hoards after this, week will be prosecuted and their heavy punish ment demanded. Already a number of people have been prosecuted and heav- I y fined. The food controller ssks that they should be Imprisoned. The danger at this moment is mat let 1 csbs white ftsssr 4 testatsat Royal Baldag PewsW Lord Pvhondda. should move in this matter beyond public opinion. Hoard ing f6r the purpose of excessive per sonal consumption is-one thing, but prosecution that makes the ordinary store cupboard of the careful house wife a crime Is another. What is hoarding? According to one magistrate) you may be allowed to hold a month's supplies; according to another you ought not to have more than a week'. Lord Rhondda admits that we may have a fortnight's supply.' Nervous people who have three or four pounds of tea or twelve pounds of oatmeal are asking their friends to take some of their stocks off their hands lest they be sent to prison, This, of course, is absurd. TO THE EDITOR i . . . (Commsjnlcatlena la this tfesjartmeiel repress the vsmvs r the writer. A matters of subtle Interest may fee) die cussed orlefly.) . A Greater Chattanooga. Editor The News: 1 It is a mistake for apy person t think that matters of vital Importance to tho steady Improvement of Ameri-i can cities should be delayed until after the present war is concluded. Of course, the wlnnln of the w. r. should have Indisputable first place, butN yet no person would say that takes all our time. Even la the rav aged citiea of France and Belgium, the local authorities are making and executing plans for making thosa cities more beautiful, more healthful and more attractive educationally commercially and religiously than ever before. They realize that after this war Is settled, assuming tlmt tho righteous cause of the allies will win, new and higher standards ihan ever . before will at once be demanded in every phase of both private and pub lic affairs. The cities which will be built up the most attractively, no matter whether they have experienced, any material destruction or not from the war, will be tho cities that will b9 preferred both for residence and busi ness purposes. That is the argument advanced by the local authorities of those cities, and they are wasting no time, but are at work, like hives of bees, rebuilding and imr roving their cities on far more elaborate scales than ever before. Therefore, it behooves American cities to profit by what those Euro pean cities are doing. There is a preparedness for conditions we will face when peace is declared. Just as wo have learned to our great regret that there was -a preparedness for war, which latter preparedness we did not have, and many are now sayins that because of our unnreparednoHH for, this war, its duration is to be much longer and far more disastrous than if we could have entered it, if necessary, much sooner on a well prepared basis. Shall we not, there fore, assiduously make our American cities more nearly Ideal, In every phase that affects our true happlncs3 and welfare? Applying this to Chattanooga, let us, at the earliest opportunity, ex tend our city corporate limits to in clude the immediate suburbs, such of I those suburbs as are now separately incorporated surrendering their char ters so our city can grow as one in corporated municipality under . ono management, one system of public af fairs. Additional territory within the corporate limits will give us more bonding ability in case it is thought wise to utilise it at any time, .and that means has proven lndlspenslble In the making of cities. It would enable us to build a creditable city auditorium, have additional parks of various sires in sections where there are none now and where, before long, it will be too late to have creditable parks because of tho rapid building of homes all around Chattanooga. Of course the people usually look to tho present city authorities at any time to exercise foresight in the progress of a city. They are the paid servants of the city, seriously charged with Its welfare, future, as well as present, as far as the present affects tho fu ture. One means of making Chattanooga the great and unusually attractive city which it ought to be, would be for our wealthy people to -'ve the money for parks,' playgrounds, librar ies, an art Institute, a museum, public school buildings, high grade lecture and concert courses, .series of band concerts In. the parks in the summer time and in the public auditorium in the winter ime, etc., all these to be perpetual memorials bearing the names of the donors as philanthropic pifts to tho city. Ilfe insurance could be carried for such specific pur poses by many Chattanooga men of recognlied large wealth, at compara tively small cost which .ould not be missed as annual premiums. Private wills could provide for such provi sions ao. Is It not far greater credit to do something unselfish for our city in which k kind Providence is per mitting us 'to live prosperously, than to die without doing such things for our fellow men? While we are giv ing lives and money to our j overn ment during this War, why not do everything within our power to make conditions more ideal In the Improve ment of our cities, physically, intel lectually, socially and religiously, ao as to forestall as far as possible any strikes, contentions and wars in the future. Chattanooga affords an un usually conspicuous opportunity to set a great example. P. A. M ANKER.