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Jttbiana ilaihj kilties INDIANAPOLIS, IND. Dali/ Except Sunday, 25-29 South Meridian Street. Telephones—Main 3800, New 28-351 MEMBER OF AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS. Advertising Offices—Chicago, New York, Boston, Detroit, G. Logan Payne Cos. Entered as second-class matter at the postofflee at Indianapolis, Ind., under the act of March 3, 1879. Subscription Bates—By carrier, Indianapolis, 10c per week; elsewhere, 12c. By mail, 50c a month, $1.25 for three months, $2.50 for six months, or $5.00 a year. STILL, THE LARGER we build our navy, the fewer typewriters our state department will need. — " "" / EVERY MARRIED IRISHMAN knows that home rule Is a thing that can’t be established by parliaments. HERE’S HOPING that when our genial Dick Slpe gets to the penal farm as a military prisoner he will not be compelled to work in the gov ernor’s son’s company’s coal mine. NO, GENTLE READER, this “first extra” and "second extra’’ talk does not refer to newspaper editions. It is merely a method of refering to the legislative sessions that will never be held., THOSE MEMBERS of the American Legion who called on Gov. Good rich In reference to their memorial were “satisfied” with his attitude, but no pae has yet asserted that they were "contented.” Women Won't Need Leap Year Now Upon the stroke of midnight on New Year’s eve men become fair game for any woman who aspires to wed them. For 1920 is a leap year, and for 366 days there will be an open season on bachelors. Tradition gives to woman the right to propose during leap year, and neither precedent nor maidenly reserve demand that she wait to be asked. The huntress need not be wary and sly in her approach when she is after a man's heart, but can boldly pop the question once she corners the particular man she wants. Most of us are familiar with this tradition. How it originated can not definitely be said. During the reign of Queen Margaret the Scottish parlia ment passed a law making it legal for a woman to propose if the man was backward. This was in the year 1228, which was a leap year, and from comment upon this fact grew the tradition that leap year was Roman’s year when she might cast restraint to the winds and openly lay siege to masculine hearts. A man who turned down a proposal had to pay the woman 100 pounds—about SSOO. The Irish have a prettier way of accounting for it, although it is not worth much from an historical standpoint. There is a legend that SL Patrick, resting from his labors, was strolling along the shores of a lake when St. Bridget approached him with her mind much distressed. She complained that ttie women were lamenting the fact that the men were so backward about takiug wives. St. Patrick told her that he thought of one way out of it—to let the women propose. However, being a wise saint, he figured that if the privilege were not limited all of the men would take to the woods before long. You see, St. Patrick knew that almost every woman craves a home and a husband, and he didn't want the men to be harassed by a multitude of proposals. So he suggested that the privilege be limited to one year in seven. “That wouldn’t do at all,” said Bridget. "I wouldn’t dare to tell the women I had agreed to a proposition like that. In seven years a woman figures she loses a great deal of her beauty and if she were turned down all around and had to wait seven years before she could propose again she’d lose about all the chance she ever had of getting wed.” St. Patrick then agreed to make the privilege effective fourth year, beginning that very year. According to the legend, St. Bridget wasted no time; but proposed to St. Patrick on the spot. Os course he couldn’t marry, but he squared his refusal with a kiss and a silk gown, from which grew the saying that on leap year, “The ladies propose and if not accepted claim a silk gown.” Why do we have leap year, anyhow? Well, the old Romans, who fig ured out the calendar of twelve months, which we "still use, and which is based upon the changes of the sun, weren’t very accurate in mathematics and they made a mistake and, instead of actually being 365 days, as we figure it, a yejtr is about 365% days. Julius Caesar fixed that in the year B. C. 46 by making every fourth year have 366 days, but he slipped up on the deal by 11 minutes and 14 seconds. To make up for that, in 1582 Greg ory XIII decreed that every hundredth year should not be a leap year ex cept every fourth hundredth year. Thus 1800 and 1900 were not leap years, but 2000 will be a leap year and the women eighty years from now will not be deprived of their old privilege just because the year is a hundredth year. Leap year always is a year which may be divided by four without remainder. Now that the world has given woman anew place in affairs, has taught hpr independence from man and equal suffrage, it will be interesting to see bow she goes about the matter of proposing. Will she “pop the ques tion” on bended knee, or tajke advantage of moonlight nights and make the proposal a sequel to her recitation of the old, old story that always will l;e new? Or will she brusquely make it a business proposal through and through; pointing out how a union would benefit both and adding the sug gestion that they hurry to a justice of the peace and get it over with? Or perhaps she will revert to the tactics of the caveman, wield a club - upon the object of her affections and drlg him off to have the nuptial knot tied. Bosh, say those who claim to know. Women won’t propose any more than they ever have done. They will simply piok out a man, twist him ar'ound their little fingers and make him do the proposing whenever they wish. They always have. They always will. As near as I can figure it out, they have no further use for leap years.—W. D. Boyce in the Saturday Blade, Chicago, Hays' Man Fesler, If there lingered any doubt In the minds of the people of Indiana as to how J. W. Fesler was brought forth as a candidate for the republican nomination for governor, it was dispelled when announcement was made that Schuyler Haas had resigned his position with the republican national committee for the purpose of devoting his time to Fesler’s candidacy. Haas has for many years been known as a confidential agent of the coterie of politicians who operate through and with the Indianapolis News, the reoently disclosed personal organ of the late Charles W. Fairbanks. He was placed on the board of works by Mayor Jewett as a representative of these interests and was removed to a-place of safety under the protecting wing of Will H. Hays when some of the political opponents of his master objected to his appearance as attorney for persons interested in the sale to the city and county of certain records which were part of an estate and of questionable value to the community. Haas has been "scouting” around the country for Hays for some time. Now it is desirable for the national chairman to have a direct connection with the race for governor in Indiana and Haas is directed to his home state to act as liaison officer between the national organization and the one candidate the organization is willing to accord a chance for the nomination. The “resignation” of Haas from the employment of the national com mittee is for public consumption only. His assignment to the Fesler cam paign 1b not without precedent. There was the attempt to make Ed Schmidt, lately of telephone fame, the manager of the Bush campaign when the or ganization feared that Bush might prove a stumbling block in the cam paign. Schmidt is said to be on the roll of the national committee’s “cam paign managers,” also. Fesler is now the best aligned of any of the republican candidates. He has the support of the state committee, from whose headquarters his announcement emanated. He is backed by the News, the oflcial organ of the committee. His campaign is to be managed by Haas, the representa tive of the national committee, and he is the man on whom wishes the Goodrich and Watson elements to “compromise.” From a political standpoint, Fesler Is regarded as the most satisfac tory of all the candidates for governor, not only because of his strategic position, but because of his strength in Marion county, where Mayor Jewett is fast slipping as the party boss. But from the viewpoint of the republican who would like to have a hahd in the selection of a candidate for governor, and believes that this is the time for the nomination of someone other than a political office seeker, Fesler is about as different from the ideal candidate as could have beqn found. a *'*’ A Column Conducted Under Di rection of Dr. Rupert Blue of U. S. Public Health Service. ; ’Uncle Sam, M. D., will answer, either In this column or by mall, questions of geneial interest relating only to hygiene, sanitation and the prevention of disease. It will be Impossible for him to answer .questions of a purely personal nature, or ‘to prescribe for individual diseases. Ad dress : INFORMATION EDITOR, U. S. Public Health Service. WASHINGTON, D. C. CARING FOR THE HUMAN MACHINE. Consider the furnace. Theoretically this Is a machine for the economical pro duction of heat. If the proper amount of the proper kind of fuel is properly put into it, if the ashes are properly cleaned out, if the drafts are properly managed, the chances are that it will heat the house properly. If, on the other hand, too i much' or too little fuel is put into it, if I the fuel contains too much inflammable 1 material, if the fire is not kept clean of ! ashes, or if the dampers are badly regu lated, the furnace operates inefficiently or ceases working altogether. Perhaps the most important thing next to putting in the fuel Is to clean out the ashes. If these are allowed to accumulate In the ashpit, the grate bars may be burned out. ! Food is taken Into the human body for the purpose of producing heat. The standard of its value Is the number of heat units it contains. If too little fuel Is taken Into the human body an insuffi j clent number of heat units to operate It are received and it works Inefficiently. If, on the other hand, too great an amount |of food is taken, the body becomes i clogged and works Just as inefficiently as if it had received too small an amount, j The most important thing is to remove 1 promptly all of the waste materials re-, ! mnijiing after the food has given up its heat units N If too great an amount of this debris Is allowed to remain, the fires j of the body are in danger of being put ! out by these poisonous materials. The ■ elimination of these materials is one of the functions of the intestinal apparatus. Perhaps this is even more important than an educated set of brains. Certainly an educated set of brains can not work ef fectively so long as the intestinal appa ratus is badly operated. Man In our present state of civilisation is obliged to pay particular attention to functions which in a state of nature took care of themselves. *A robust man en i gaged In active exercise In the open air | may commit dietary Indiscretions which I would be exceedingly harmful to a seden | tary worker. Exercise as a part of the ! dally life Is, however, absolutely neces ! sary for both. Plain, wholesome food Is ! just as necessary for the brain worker las for him who labors with his hands. | Above all, both must keep the human fur nace well shaken down and without ac | cumulation of ashes and debris In order j that the fires of life may burn brightly and steadily. ANSWERS. q—Would you be suspicious of tuber ! culosls In a 14-year-old child having a persistent cough? She never coughs up anything and her and general j health are good. ! A. —A persistent cough in a 14-year-old ; child should, of course, lead to a very I careful examination of the lungs. There are. however, other common conditions which produce a cough, and In a child of 14 it would be very Important to make sure that there are not nasal catarrh, ob structed nasal breathing and enlarged uvula, or other local causes which give rise to the cough. Tn any event, yo should have the child very carefully ex amined by a physician. BUGS MAY STOP A TRAIN. Despite the contrast of size, a loco motive may be stopped J>v a bug—at least by a host of bugs. The reason Is that when these insects swarm upon the tracks they rails so greasy that a wheel can not be kept turning. Bugs particularly capable In this line 'are the cotton worm, the tent caterpillar, the migratory locust "and the army worm. BRINGING UP FATHER. VOOR mother r OuO ME I e>OOH' THERE HE cOEb HELL OT COURSE. *"*00 ] fOh HE TM p fiL W p D itrc- TO TE.LL VOO HE will IN The TAKENCaRF OOH T CA.RE YOU 1 1 HEb mot . . t- 3HtK\FF NOT BE HOME HE COLO WORLD ALI J O?’ , - Nt>ECT HE L V — ALONE- <- It) WITH HIM* © >•*(> I“TX rATUft St ft VICC. IMC. % /-so ABIE THE AGENT. •\ scrr 'Tvjo tekster Ijir'sw WI3F ] Hnck if "U: I ,' t>OV £ T You fcEIVrS wOUo SVAOtiLb ii B V 'w * 1 Goo\> SGXTS SIfrNMJNb- AK l UNE v foo - A?AE( SVKM) -inokr M ( V/ 1 JH S WOiwYo BEHWE? f Ww MT, 1 I Yo * ' Hi VWSU. HfWE f | 1 CAW'T uv/E X COMES 'mM. fttHEN tW'T KNcC* THE \ HOW DO THEY DO IT? ON A A nml ?°' nB 801 L "; 11 HI,OZ,S " NoPB *.U i CftHT PRESCRIBE MIWBE TOE TmTuOCpYt - l.Quo* -OR ft Wtu MftN - SEU ME \o^EOil PROP'S TiOO-roRS PRE ECRIPB .ON “MSE HE 11 TftWL My MlcftD . ChrtT T* T 0 E COORSE if ' 11.1 ° Nt> INDIANA DAILY TIMES, TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, J 920. Here the Reader Says Mis Say PARK OFFICIALS THANK TIMES. Editor The Times—The board of park commissioners at its last regular meet ing directed that I extend to you its appreciation for the courtesy extended this department In helping make its Christmas festivities such a great suc cess. We are Indeed most grateful to you for the assistance given us and trust that we may at some time be able to return this favor even In a small way. With best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year, we beg to remain very truly yours. BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS;" JAMES H. LOWRY, Superintendent. R. WALTER JARVIS, Director of Recreation. t WOMAN READER ON UNREST. Editor The Times—-The growing unrest in our country is bringing the more serious minded citizen to a condition of mind which is of grave importance. Where will it all end? What will be the outcome? These are questions heard on enrery side. New conditions have arisen lu our na tional life which must be adjuster. New problems are before the people and necessarily demand great leaders. It Is only a few months until a national cam paign will be here and now is the time for the people to ponder over tlie real lsse which political parties must place in the platform. The' votingTopulation must be Informed and educated as they have never before been educated. Suf frage for women will be a potent factor, so the education must begin In the home. The majority of the people would like to be informed on the real position of the different parties on vital points affecting their lives and that of their families, but as long as the press Is I controlled by the wealth of the country only the most discerning reader can be Informed through newspaper reading. We must read the history of the different parties and not only find out whnt they have stood for, but what they have oc complished. The democratic party has been in power for the last seven years, and Its record is fairly clear. It has stood for the rights of the individual rather than the classes, whether they be dominated by the plutocrat or the industrial unit The democratic party realizes that a man may be influenced by environment, ano such being the case, men often become blared in Judgment after election. This being true the time has come when direct legislation Is necessary. If our government is to stand the will of | the people must stand supreme, and nil | states should amend their constitution ] to include the initiative and the referen j dum. It is true the public must be In formed on how to use this power In telligently, and /that they may use wis dom in the use of the ballot there should be government bulletins issued at intervals containing facts concerning vital questions before our legislative bod ies and the attitude of both political j parties on these questions. Having faith in the people, ss the democratic party d-oes, we believe they have the right to be Informed, and the wisdom to decide rightly In all matters Involving self government. This party has already declared for the protection of the Individual citizen against profi teers and wishes to establish state and local trade commissions to assist the federal trade commission in bringing ex tortionists to Justice and Inflicting heavy penalties. The detnocrntlc party ha* al ready protected the people from the greed of Wall street through tb© cur rency law. It believes private monopoly to be intolerable, and so would stimu late commerce through government means. Public sentiment is coming more and more to believe in government own ership' of railroads, and this party stands ready to encourage this move whenever the people are ready for ir. and not only railroads, but every other Industry where it has been shown that competition is impossible. Equal suffrage is here, and with It PROSPERITY lilJl Smiles on the Members |p^M|J| Christmas Savings Club / f ff t $40,000 was divided among 1,800 of them this Christmas. They are happy after Christmas as well as during Christmas. They have saved to meet the expense of Christmas shopping—prepared for it gradually—met it readily—and are still smiling. A “D R 1 11 J I 1 • c'-i 1 • . CSli i II) ti ll A small sum deposited every week m our Christmas Savings Club will keep you smiling after next Might W ell He Christmas. . x - Your Hank ’ ’ 25 cents deposited weekly means Christmas Savings of $12.50* 60 cents deposited weekly means Christmas Savings of $25.00 SI.OO deposited weekly means Christmas Savings of $50.00 ■\ • / Marion County State Bank 139 East Market Street ar© untold possibilities for women. They will demand that the league of nations be Indorsed without limitation, and that military training he discouraged. That prohibition be rigidly enforced, and that the social evil be destroyed. We are looking to the party who has stood the test In the past, to indofs© these things WOMAN READER WHO IS INTER ESTED. Greenfield, Ind. "BUTTERMILK POWDER” NOW. WILLOW SPRINGS. Mo., Jan. C.- -It Is looked upon as out of date In this sec tion to ask waiters In hotels to bring you a glass of buttermilk. The request now Is “bring me a buttermilk powder, waiter." * The Change is due to the fact that creameries hereabouts are installing what are known as buttermilk driers, by aid of which the liquid is reduced to a pow der form. ItHEdDTHESEBqDks b!:c "The Great Hunger," by John Bojer is a simple, direct story which touches modern Jlle and universal nature at many points in depleting a Norwegian boy's struggle for success crowned in the end only by a spiritual victory. He finds that the great hun'ger is not sat isfied by honor, wealth, love or work, but In building temples for tl hu man spirit. “I went and sold com in my enemy's field that God might exist.” In ‘‘The Haunted Bookshop,” by C. D. Morley, Roger Mlffin, the book peddler of his other book “Parnussus On Wheels.” Is retncarnated ( In the setting of a second-hand book Shop in Brook lyn, N. Y. His wide ranging, whimsical. eccentric book talk Is sufficient excuse for his revival, but Mr. Morley adds a mystery and a love story concerned wita a charming young girl, taken in at her father's request to learn the book trade and “get some of the finishing school nousense out of her head.” ‘‘The Wine of Astonishment,” by M. H. Bradley is the romance of a poor law student and a well-to-do college girl, its progress complicated by lack of funds and youthful unwisdom. There is a happy ending Induced by the wjfr, which, whatever Its general tragic re sults. has served the useful purpose In cutting Gordian knots in fiction. “Green Valley.” by Katherine Reynolds, is a chronicle of the neighborliness and friendliness of a smsgi town, with much mention of soda biscuit and old-fash ioned flower • gardens. A slight plot. Rmuslng village gossip, some excellent bits of characterization and a rather WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A PRESCRIPTION. MAGGIE’S HUSBAND IS A BRUTE. EXCUSE ME FOR POINTING. saccharine atmosphere make, on the whole, a pleasant book. League Organized by Male Teachers FITTSBUKG, Jan. .—At last, the School Man's league to prevent the en. croacbment of women In this field. Nearly GOO male teachers formed the organization here. One of the means pro posed as a method of -topping the “femi nization’’ of the school system is a gen eral increase of salaries which shall keep ilie teachers from “tumbling into debt for the necessaries of life.” An official statement said that the 30f men “propose hr- - t*ad--w4th * bold front for such change in the educational policy .of the city schools as will insure well-balanced influence of both men andl women teachers."