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Jn&iana Jlaila (limes INDIANAPOLIS, IND. Daily Except Sunday, 25-29 South Meridian Street. Telephones—Main 3500, 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 postoffice at Indianapolis, Ind., under the act of March 3, 1879. Subscription Kates—3y carrier, Indianapolis, 10c per week; elsewhere, 12e. By mail, 50c a month, $1.25 for three m' uths, $2.50 for six months, or $5.00 a year. THE BLOOMINGTON TELEPHONE, which launched the boom of Gov. Goodrich for president, is now boosting Beveridge as a candidate for national delegate at the republican convention. Nuff sed. THE MUNCIE PRESS says “it is too bad” Gov. Goodrich can not limit the legislature to consideration of those things he mentions in the call of a special session, and we were just about to believe that the repub licans had given up “centralization” as a theory! IN A LABORED EFFORT to discredit McAdoo’s plea for lower taxes Representative Mondell says the congress Is now “spending its efforts toward a reduction of government expenditures.” Now we know what congress has been doing while we thought it was considering the peace treaty. The Market House The proposal of the Jewett administration to expend $200,000 in the remodeling of the city market house i3 so absurd that it is difficult to treat it seriously, yet as a parallel to the late lamented coliseum plan, It Is arousing some Interest among the contract hungry hangers-on of city politics. The very arguments that are being made for the project are sufficient in themselves to destroy it. For example, it is argued that the profits from the operation of the market will repay the city for rebuilding It. This Is a confession that the consumer who buys at the city market Is being mulcted of moojey for the purpose of maintaining what is presumed to be a free market. It is also an admission that the standholders are charged a fee for stands that is producing a great deal more than is nec essary to operate the market under its present conditions Ostensibly the city market is a place where producers can meet con sumers and trade below the current market levels because of the les sened costs of doing business and the absence of any middle profit. In reality the city market is today a place where a few favored mer chants, practically none of whom are producers, sell at the market level and reap exorbitant profits through avoidance of the payment of taxes, rent, light, heat and janitor service. The market is maintained for these favored few' and it is rare indeed that a consumer profits, in the least by its existence. Os course, the market standholders are in favor of remodeling the market. Any movement that promises to better the facilities by which they can sell at top market prices with a low overhead is acceptable to them. Nothing more Is needed to demonstrate the real purpose of the pro posed improvement than consideration of the reply given by advocates of It when the suggestion was made that a $75,000 restaurant was not needed in the market house. The administration’s reply was that It would be a convenience much appreciated by the employes of the market. We have no doubt the employes of the market would appreciate a new restaurant, -almost as much as the particular politician who would be Intrusted with the management of it and freed of obligations such as rents, taxes, light, heat and janitor service. But what we can not understand is why the people who patronize the market should be required to pay for a restaurant for the employes of that market Why Not? Ralph Lemcke, republican boss and county treasurer, collected $170.80 as personal fees from delinquent taxpayers In February. These fees were illegally assessed and in direct defiance of the rulings of the state board cf accounts. Mr. Lemcke is no more entitled to them than if he had taken them from the pockets of the delinquents by force. We suggest that he ought to contribute at least that much to the fund for the relief of little Mary Murphy, the daughter of Sergt. Maurice Murphy, who was shot and killed by a negro desperado whose contempt for the . law was doubtless bred by the utter failure of the republican adminis tration, which Lemcke helped to elect, to apply the law to the negro re publicans. Os course, Mr. Lemcke was not responsible for the death of this little girl’s father. It would be Impossible to single out one of the repnbllcan bosses and say that he alone is responsible for the lawlessness of the negro criminals in this city. But Mr. Lemcke can hardly escape some proddlngs of his conscience when he rejects that he had a large part in the election of the officials who have failed to do their duty, and it is the failure of these republicans that make possible such things as the shooting of Murphy. And insomuch as he is himself showing no more respect for the law In collecting these fees than Hellcat Thomas did in shooting Murphy, per haps he might compensate his conscience In a measure by assisting to care for the little girl who has been deprived of the support of a father. McAdoo’s Principles Those few democrats who are misled by the republican propaganda te the eject that Mr. McAdoo was betrayed In Indiana when petitions for the placing of his name on the democratic primary ballot were not filed, might read Mr. McAdoo’s reiterated views on primary contests as recently wired to H. L. Garner, secretary of the democratic state committee of Georgia. Mr. McAdoo says: f “While I do not criticise any man who seeks the presidency through delegates Instructed in his behalf, my own convictions against this method of attempting to forestall the action of the convention months in advance of its sessions are so strong that I can not engage in personal contests in state primaries.” Georgia is Mr. McAdoo’s native state. His friends there were very insistent on pledging the state delegation to him. In spite of their plead ing he refused to allow his name to be used in the primary. Indiana supporters of Mr. McAdoo were just as anxious to demonstate that Indiana wants hftn as the democratic candidate. They refrained from making a primary fight at the expressed wish of Mr. McAdoo. A man who refuses personal advantage because it does not harmonize with his principles demonstrates his fitness for the leadership of his party and nation. Arresting Bootleggers The arrest of two such well-known “old-timers” in the liquor business, as Louis E. Haag and Pete Brown In one evening brings back to memory the days when the illegitimate booze business was extensive and profitable In Indianapolis and serves to call attention again to the fact that eternal vigilance Is the only insurance of prohibition. Louis E. Haag, whose drug store on Pennsylvania street yielded the largest supply of contraband liquor ever seized by the Indianapolis police many months ago, now pleads Ignorance of the presence of a case of j pihts in his basement, and the public will give the plea al’ the credence it deserves. Generally, it has not been forgotten that owing to the care ! taken by the republican administration not to hurt Louie’s feelings, he has suffered no serious inconvenience on account of his wholesale liquor busi ness conducted in defiance of the law for many weeks. Pete Brown’s arrest was more of a surprise than that of Haag. Pete has been bootlegging ever since the state went dry. He haa been ar rested a few times but has always managed to avoid punishment tn much the same manner as Rufe Page avoids It when public sentiment forces the police to Interfere in the Illegal conduct of his "poolroom.” There have been m*ny rumors to the effect that certain policemen shared in Pete Brov ,quor traffic, to the extent of getting their drinks of him, at least. It ,ald appear that Pete has begun to lose his pull with the police, or that recent shifts in the department have placed his friends where they ! could not protect him. As the supply of liquor has diminished there are illegal sales in Indiana. Gradually bootlegging is becoming few more arrests of some of the more or less prominent es caped real punishment will do much toward ending SHOULD WE PURCHASE NEIGHBORING BRITISH ISLES? Mr. McAdoo has advanced what at first blush appears to be a novel plan for the acquisition by the United States of British islands off our coast In the At lantic. That his plan is not so remark able Is shown in disposition of British officials In Washington to look upon the plan without disfavor. The two-fold, pur pose of the plan Is what commends It to both Great Britain and the United States. The British government is heavily In volved financially because of the war. It Is very deeply Indebted to the United States. By taking over these Islands and crediting England with that much In pay ment of our claims against her. It is con tended that much will be done toward the stabilisation of foreign exchange—a mat ter of some moment to the entire world. The Islands in view, the Bermudas, Ja maica, British Honduras, Barbados, the Bahamas, Nassau and other Islands are ■ perfectly well known in all their ad | vantages to the people of the United States. Their commercial value is un ! questioned. Mr. Lawrence thinks that wo could pay as much as a billion dollars for some of these Islands and get our money back In a short time. For more than a century these Islands have been in the possession of Great Britain but conditions commercially hav<T vastly changed and they ought as a matter of policy to belong to us. A,s Mr. McAdoo says, “we have now be come the leading maritime power in the world, and have the Panama ! canal and a navy and merchant marine which makes these Islands more than ever important to us.” .He does not be lieve that English pride would bo hurt by the suggestion and that she would gladly accept this solution of her Im mediate and pressing financial problem. The only drawbacks to the plan are the possible unwillingness of the peoplo of these Islands to come under the Amer ican flag, and, in the event of the fail ure of the league of nations, the possible hesitation of England to with Islands that are of great importance as coaling stations for her navy in the event of another great war. There does not appear to be any rea son .why the people should not wish to come under our flag unless, as has been suggested by Mr. Lawrence, they are opposed to having prohibition forever upon them. Insvitably and soon Amer ica will be the dominate power of the entire world, snu the pride of the la landers can not be hurt by becoming a part of that power. In the event of the failure of the league of nations through the action of the United States senate, we shall of course go back to the old blood soaked system, and shall have every reason to look forward at no fir distant day to other wars other world wars of a more destructive character than that through which we have just passed. In Botulism An odd little word, botulism, but It freighted with meaning. Practicing the precepts of this little ser mon may save life. Stories printed tell of the death here and there through the consumption of food Infected with an organism, a germ, a bug, bacillus botuttmis. Kipe olives have beeu the chief source of Me But corn, asparagus and string wans, home-canned, have also offended. An-! there is no great r likelihood of the poison being found In olives than In , other foods. It has been found In sau sage snd in cheese. Tao United States bureau of chemistry says that In practically every case of botulism the food was shown to have had an offensive or abnormal odor. It advises that consumers avoid food of any description showing the slightest un natural odor, color, swelling of tWe con tainer, signs of gas, or any evidence of decomposition. All spoiled food may not contain the poison germ, botulinus, but anv of it may. The sf<- rile Is so examine all ton,’* carefully before serving end f. 1! ,<r<! tlio— Gi.it an i.nv way suspicious Safety first a high class rule in this connection. Any f Ign of spoliation In the product is a clear warning that the food Is no longer edible, the chemists say. BRINGING UP FATHER, I WHO |cSo^ H^. Rr . -ft yJ [wait IN THE 1 > noi?* . •*——j A^' I "* V! © I*4o IT INT-C PIATUM NVICI. INC. -I! Jl fH _ljfcj ABIE THE AGENT aYtoWf* M KtVj RVtZMoRE CAFE - / "'^'. 0 ?- r > " - HOW BO THEY DO IT? Bill WE WAHT i j I SHOULD SAY Hot ‘II IMAGINE AH OLD 11 ■ A FEW HooRS X-aTHRI \ ~ 7 °U T( => i ys nv JOINTS ARE STIFF-] DUFFER LIKE HE J BILUS wiFE OOES HOW l)0 INDIANA DAILY TIMES, TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 1920. that event Great Britain may naturally wish to hold on to coaling stations just off our coast. By the same token it becomes amasser of small Importance that we should possess them. V/hllo a war between England and the United States is highly improbable should one occur one of our first acts would be an attempt to seize these islands in sel> defense; and in the event we should win we would no doubt hold them. It Is not probable that England would base a desire to hold them on tho ground of a possible future conflict between tho two countries. However that may be, Mr. McAdoo has thrown another original thought to ■she world and we shall await with some Interest the comments of the London and English press. Therp is always a mat ter of sentiment to be considered In matters of this character. Having pos sessed these islands for a century, it is possible that this sentiment will Inter vene against the plan. But just at this Juncture, seriously embarrassed, bur dened with an enormous debt, her peo ple already taxed to tho utmost, and dissatisfaction asserting Itself In ’ Eng land In dangerous forma, It Is Just as possible that the practical minds of Great Britain would prevail over the sentimental. It would lie a source of much gratifi cation to the American people to pos sess the islands that are near the con tinent. and especially islands that art Commercially of the greatest value and are loved by many Americans as the play grounds of the nation. The suggestion emanating from hn unofficial quarter there Is no necessity for a discussion of the proposition in the English press, but Mr. McAdoo Is a world figure and It is probable that we shall sooon have England's opinion of the suggestion.—Ft. Wayne Journal- Gazette. He’s for Spaan Editor The Times—There should be general rejoicing and gratification among the people of thla congressional district over the announceemnt that Henry, N. Spann will be a candidate for election to congress In the coming campaign. Mr. Spaan has that peculiar element of strength, which lends confidence to his manhood, this together -with hi# fine ability to accomplish things will render his services of great value to the people! and especially to those who believe In trne Americanism, and In the right to life. liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These fundamental principles, that have meant so mimh and been of such ma terial a* M-tati' P in building up this re pu' lie, wlitye freedom • should abound, and Die majority rule. The services of such a man will boos righteous benefit Hnd lasting good not only to us but to all of the people. He knows what is wanted, and knows enough to know how to get what Is wanted. He Is truly and genuinely an American through and through from top to bottom and from center to circumference, j The American Idea or free and lndepend- ! ent government Is as fixed In hi* mind nnd heart ns as she north star Is fl-ed in the heavens, his response to Its pr n eipies nre as true as tho compass to the mariner. Mis every utterance proves the (rath of this statement. Who could be greater than he who loves hi* country a 1 Is always found constant in bis de votion of Its principles? Tho man who lives to govern Is not so good for os, as ho who govern* la order that tho peo ple may live their live# in usefulness and happiness The man who wants to restrain and harass tho pooplo to ITvw under his Idea, on some narrow piano of ethics, Is not s fit man to make laws tinder our constitution to govern a lib eral people In a free government There are too many sentimentalists now. tn public sff.ilrs cunning appeals to a snperfl. il tnor-t! sentiment by men vs •• "■ ' "Gt-g "go Pl of money to us- for their own benefit ind keep them In luxury at the expense of the credulous while advocating (Gate so cialism, populism, government owner ship prohibition and other sentimental nostrums, can not long be trusted for purposes of the general welfare. They care nothing about the liberty and the progress and the prosperity and public welfare of the people. Submitting the conduct of a free and independent gov ernment to such men and their covetous passions Is to submit to a constitutional Infirmity. Like bad money, It may be current for a while, but It will soon be cried down and repudiated. Their arguments are supported by a labored train of sophistry and shock the reason of a plain understanding, and will not be supported by an Intelligent, liberty-loving people, who have Inherited the right of self-government from a great ancestry. In speaking of the government In his reply to Hayne, Daniel Webster said; “It Is the people’s constitution, the people’s government, mndy for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people.” Mr. Spann also realizes, as Webster further said, “The national gov ernment possesses those powers which it can be shown the people have con ferred on R, and no more. All the rest belongs to the state governments, or to the people themselves.” He knows the congressman Is the agent of this supreme power—the people—not some class. The people need a genuine American, patriotic at heart and wise in counsel, to represent them In congress in these turbulent times of unrest and recon struction. Henry N. Spaan is the man for the conflict, he will rise nljove petty Jealousies and bickering politics and ac complish things worth while. He can and will restore this district to Its proper place in the halls of the congress He is an eminent lnwyer, he knows the limitations of the constltulon and the principles of self-government. He knows no fear of an antagonist, simple In style in his statements and arguments, with robust common sense, and the gift of his own genius and Individuality and the force of his eloquence, formidable logic and learning will give ns a man of power and Influence for good; and the things will be done which should be done, and the rights of the people will be looked after and cared for In a broad and com prehensive manner tn an American way. by an American who loves his country nnd respects the rights of the whqj* American people. C. R. CAMERON. Dunn Asks Questions Editor The Times—l nots that. In re i sponse to my suggestion, J. K. Risk make* his platform recommendations ! more specific. As to his declaration for | “common honesty,” he says: "I will say for the benefit of the voters of Indiana : that common honesty does not refer to the Don Roberts, Bam Perrott and Mayor Bunch type of democracy,” But this is negative, and docs not specify what It does refer to. How would It do to make the declaration : “Wo favor common hon esty. not as shown by Don Roberts, Sam Perrott and Mayor Bunch, but as exetn ailfied by James P. Goodrich, I'elavan Smith ai:d Truman 11. Newberry.” Mr. Risk is also more specific as to his i proposal for main highways, constructed ; by the United States army, at Intervals ! of twenty ml'es, running north and south, | east and west. This is unqnesttonably ! the most comprehenslnve plan that has I yet been advanced. It would require only 537,360 miles of highway, which, at nn average cost of s3o.(Wrt a mile, would he an expense of only $16.120.800,0110. As Mr. Kl*k says: “Ihe army eould operate brick plants, cement plants, stone crush- \ lug plant*, concrete mixers, and the American soldier will do hi* full part In the supervision ud direction of this work.” The only flaw in it is that tn- j te reals of twenty miles would not harm- i onize with our survey system of town- 1 ships, ranges and sections. I would sug gest that the intervals be made eighteen miles, to place the highways on township and range lines. Thla would add only i 137,526 miles to the amount to be built, j and would be a great convenience. But while Mr. Bisk Is specific as to these point*, he is still indefinite as to others. He declares f>r a constitutional convention, but Ignore* the fact 'hat the uprome court has u .1- .1 that we can not have one. “It la a condition that confronts us. and not a theory." How Ist a constitutional convention to be ob tained? He urges, "Providing tor the proper Dodee Brothers 4 DOOR SEDAN Every inch of space has been so disposed as to contribute to comfort and convenience. The four doors contribute delightfully to freedom of movement and ease of en trance and exit. This Car is on Display at the Automobile Show The E. W. Steinhart Companies of Indiana Meridian Street at Eleventh :: Indianapolis classification of property In order that an equitable and Just tax law may be written," But what la proper classifica tion? And does he mean what all other advocates of classification openly advo cate. a lower tax on t lntan*tb!e property than on tangible property? AVe are hav ing some experience with a tax law which •tog# nt menu what It soys, according to the courts. The democratic party can not afford to try any camouflage on the peo ple on this subject. He urges “Revision of our court sys tem ” What sort of revision? He urges "qualification of voters,” What sort of qualification ? We have qualification of voters now. He says “Tho legislature should deal only with general laws affecting the whole state.” That Is what the constitution re quires. Does he wish to change the con stitution, or to demand Its enforcement? The point 1 desire to urge on democrats Is that the people want platforms that mean something definite, and not drawn on the “hit It if it is a deer, and miss it if It is a calf'' basts. They are tired of cjlftei tng generalities such as Will Hays is handing out. ’ J. F. DUNN. OUT IN THE ALLEY FOR DUGAN. IT MUST BELONG TO SOMEBODY. NOTHING LIKE A LITTLE STIMULANT. Boy Kills Wolves in Thrilling Fight OLATHE, Has., March 9.—Howard Lines. 15-year-old son of City Clerk G. O. Lines, probably owes his life to t flk fact that he is an expert small rifle shotTj While hunting near here recently voting Lines was attacked by.two hungry wolvea which charged him from front and rear. The boy, owing to his quickness and accurate shooting, was able to account for both his assailants before they were able to fasten their teeth In his body.