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3fiiMatta gatln STimrs INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA. Daily Except Sunday, 25-29 South Meridian Street Telephones—Main 3500, New 28-351 MEMBERS OF AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS. Advertising omcea j js cw York, Boston. Pavne. Burns A Smith. Inc WONDER if the next Legislature will attempt to “validate” the coal commission’s actions! WHAT are you going to do with the $3 a ton Jesse Dschbach says the Goodrich coal commission saved for you? THERE WOULD BE no lack of men at the penal farm if all the law breakers who have violated the terms of their suspended sentences were sent there. NO TAXPAYER appears to have been interested in the high rate of taxation before the election, but perhaps the expenses of Christmas have iroused them as the political orators could not. ANYHOW, we know two ward heelers who will be compelled to make their pocket money some other way, since Judge Pritchard barred them from preying on the unfortunates who get into his court. THOSE TWO POLICEMEN who went to the bushe3 after trying to en force the law against the administration's pet craps shooters no doubt realize now that Mayor Jewett “has taken the police force out of politics.” Symines Sets a Precedent Special Judge Frank Symmes granted a suspension of sentence to Pat Stivens on condition that he keep himself separated from liquor. Stivens was caught with a bottle of liquor in his possession and Symmes revoked the suspension and committed him to prison. This item ought not to be so rare as to attract attention, but it is rare— so rare in fact as almost to be unique. Stivens demanded an appeal from the commitment and it was right fully refused. Having accepted the judgment and availed himself of a rondititm thereof he has no legal right to appeal. v Having broken faith with the court he has no moral right to complain of the court's order. There remains only one thing for Stivens to do, and that is to pay the penalty which he avoided by false representations. Judge Symmes has set a precedent. If the judges who grant suspended sentence so freely were as careful to enforce the conditions under which they are granted as Judge Symmes was in this case there would be little grounds for objection to suspended Bentences. But when, as frequently happens in the court of Judge James A. Col lins, law breakers obtain one suspended sentence after another, without any effort being made to compel them to live up to the terms of the sus pension, the Stivens case stands out as a rare incident, Changing Taste A pathetic incident occurred in Middleboro, Mass., recento at the i sale of the effects of the widow of Tom Thumb, the midget. The whole affair netted less than S3OO, including a four-post bed presented by P. T. | Barnum and a piano especially built for the countess, which latter sold for sll. Tom Thumb and his wife. Countess I.avlnia Magri. outlive 1 their own generation. Once they were in great vogue, their quaint ways and little efforts amusing full houses wherever they appeared. I-ater audiences dwindled until recently it has been impossible for the widow and any at-' tractions with her to fill the house. With the introduction of the motion pictures a revolution of far reach-' ing magnitude took place on the stage. It has been like the coming into a community of a live wire athletic Instructor. Tastes have changed The abnormal on the stage is not popular. The silly antics of some artists have not been along the line of stunted nature, the slapstick plays show athletic ability and the bold riding and other feats really are the result of highly trained bodies and well developed physical nature. A1 this change is for the good. Nature is best when shown in full development, rather than when displaying some freak action and the public is aware of this. It Is the healthy, normal actor or actress that is the favorite, it is now the healthy, full blooded play that the public wants, i It has ceased to be amused by looking on monstrosities. Time for Action The school board at Shelbyville recently passed a restriction for bidding the young ladies to so wear their stockings, in a manner commonly called Susettes, that is, to roll their stockings below their knees and per mit the knees to be bare. WTiether or not the order extended to the school teachers we are not Informed, nor entirely advised who Is to enforce the order or how It Is to be enforced and indeed we do not know whether this order extends through the winter or the summer only. The action of the school board is probably based upon modesty. Whether modesty of the board alone Is not set out. but the question comes why did the school beard alone do this? There is a common council in Shelbyville, which passes ordinances occasionally; it has a board of health and a board of review and indeed our Governor of Indiana has the habit of calling special sessions of the Legislature and if this matter were sufficiently serious, it could be remedied before winter. Whether the wearing of the stockings this way is a matter of economy or fad, or necessity, is not known but possibly the school board has studied this matter more than the average layman and has reasons of its own for making the suggestion. It might be if these reasons are sufficiently strong that a committee should be appointed in each community to make a study of the subject. Perhaps a larger committee in Indianapolis than in Shelbyville should work on this and become thoroughly conversant with the facts in the case. We would volunteer our services on this committee, along with the rest of the male population. Hurrah for Feslerism! Interesting because of the fact that it is not at all likely to cause any of our good government officials to bestir themselves in the interests of the taxpayers is the exposition of the manner in which county business is being transacted by Leo K. Fesler, our good government auditor. The clerk of the board of county commissioners, himself a member the administration and of the grand old party that revels under the u.adershlp of Mr. Fesler, declares that in the little matter of paying out the taxpayers' money Mr. Fesler has evolved a much more simple method than that prescribed by law. Here, at least, Is a man who cannot be accused of representing the ''sinister influences” that have heretofore borne the burden of criticism of Mr. Fesler and who yet has both the courage and the temerity to offer a criticism of the holiest of holy administrations that it has ever been the good fortune of Marion County to endure. As we said before, we do not expect the accusation of illegal methods in distributing the spoils to create more than a mild interest among the spoilers. So complete is the confidence of the administration in the good faith and sljeer ability of Mr. Fesler to do no wrong that we have some times wondered why the other officials in the courthouse were allowed desk room. Certainly It is wholly unnecessary to have a board of county commis sioners when we have Mr. Fesler —Just as certain as It Is that In fact we have none. The managerial form of government has heretofore been applied to some cities and there is a demand for it from others. We suggest that before these seekers after a commission or managerial form of government determine beyond revocation upon that system that they give a little study to Feslerism as it is practiced In Marion County. The greatest outstanding advantages of Feslerism appear to be that with its adoption ail law defined duties and in fact all interest in expendi > tures and records ceases. With Mr. Fesler in the auditor’s office we need neither commissioners nor laws, claims nor approval. In fact, all the taxpayer has to do Is to hump himself to keep up with per cent increases aannaliy in his taxes. AN OPEN LETTER REGARDING TAXES j To Thomas H. Spann Frank D. Stalruiker Henry YV. Bennett Joseph C. Schat Alfred E. Potts Albert M. Itoaenthal J. 11. Hooker John >l. Judnli Kdirur H. Evans E. A. Hendrickson John It. Welch Your belated effort to call a halt on extravagant expenditure of pub lic money in Marion County will meet the general approval of all the tax payers, but it will be rightfully subjected to these criticisms: 1. It is ill-timed because it immediately follows an election in which the voters by a majoiity of more than 16,000 approved of the men and the policies against which you are now protesting. 2. Your suggestion of curtailing public improvements comes at a time when there are curtailments in private enterprises that have thrown thousands of men out of employment and promise to make it much more difficult for men to live than at any time In the last eight years. 3. You assume that the tremendous burden of taxes which you are called upon to pay is the result of uncurbed expenditures for public improvement when, as a matter of fact, the burden Is created by the addition to timely expenditures of thousands that are and have been wasted in graft, extravagance and political favor. * * * The course of the present administration In Increasing your taxes ap proximately 60 per cent In the last year can be defended on the plea of previous adjudication. The issue before you at the last county election was purely whether or not you approved of the wild extravagance of administration of your county affairs to the extent that you wished to re-elect the officials who were responsible for it. Both In your primaries and in the election you voted for a continuation of the administration and the policies against which you are now protesting. It isn’t sportsmanlike to welch over paying the piper when by a plu rality of approximately 16,000 votes you have just renewed your contract with the piper. • • • Before you determine that this is an economic period in which public works should be restricted or abandoned, you should give heed to the fact that all over this country, including Marlon County, there are idle men to whom employment must be given if the nation is to prosper. While It is true that the percentage of Idle labor in Marion County is less than in many other communities, it is also true that the percentage is greater than is desirable and will be increased if public work is abandoned. Much that is said of the greed of contractors and the high costs of building supplies is the result of immature conclusions. Contractors who are compelled to split their profits with grafting offi cials and supply dealers who are compelled to pay big commissions in order to sell their supplies for public building must, of necessity, pass along this graft and these commissions to the taxpayer in the form of high bids. If the graft, illegal and legal, big and little, could be eliminated from public building and sales to the taxing units the costs to the taxpayers would be reduced below the pre-war level immediately. Does not the remedy of costly contracts lie in a return to old-fashioned honesty rather than in abandonment of public building? * • • You are absolutely wrong in your assumption that relief from high taxes is to be obtained by curtailing or abandoning public improvements. There are no public improvements now contemplated In Marion County that are not economically Justified and the completion of which would not be to your financial advantages as members of the community as a whole. You specifically refer to the proposed improvement of the Pendleton pike as though it should he held in abeyance pending price readjustment. You will doubtless agree that passable roads are a public necessity and. on investigation, that the Fendloton pike, as a connecting highway be tween Indianapolis, Anderson. Toledo and Detroit, Is one of, if not the most important highway entering Indianapolis. , You will find on investigation that the maintenance of the Pendletor pike in a barely passable condition has already cost you, as a taxpayer, many times the total cost or permanently improving it You will also find on investigation that unless you Improve it perma nently now you will be compelled to pay out in maintenance costs a sum equal to the coat of permanently improving it, and having so paid the road will then still be unimproved. You specifically ref**r to the proposed bridge across White river in extension of Maple road and you will find on investigation that the lack of a bridge in this vicinity is costing this community more in one month than the interest for a year on the entire investment necessary to build the bridge. You will discover in the course of this investigation that as a result of the incompetency of the officials whom you elected to office, and on whose Incompetency you have placed the approval of a continuation in office, the bridge over White river on the Michigan road has been closed to traffic for nearly two years and will continue closed for another year at least. In the meanwhile, with a detour of approximately four miles necessary to ingress or egress from the city In this direction, the people or Marlon County are paying for unnecessary transportation of themselves and com modities more than enough to build this bridge. These and a hundred other Instances all go to prove that, the cause of the high taxes against, which you complain is not public improvement but public waste. • • Last week there came to public light in Indianapolis (wo instances of the waste of taxpayers’ money which totaled more than SSO,OOO. 1. The fire underwriters disclosed that the city of Indianapolis had purchased $75,000 more fire equipment than was necessary Tor the proper protection of the city. 2. The docketing of a claim made by Leo K. Fesler, auditor, revealed that he had grabbed off more than $5,000 of your money in the guise of a fee for having his clerkß make two copies of the registration books of the county. The $75,000 of city money was paid over as an inducement to certain defeated interest in the county primary to refrain from bringing legal pro ceedings to show that they were robbed of nomination to which they were rightfully entitled. The $5,000 was paid out of the treasury as a perquisite for a man whom you elected to serve you and who Is making a fortune by more attention to ways to get fees than to your business. At the same time this was going on, your pocketbooks were being mulcted of SIO,OOO a year more to pay for Janltorlng at the courthouse than it costs the Board of Trade to supply Janitor service for its entire building. You were also paying a like sum for Janitor service at the city hall. * * * Summed up, gentlemen, you wlil find, whenever you desire to know the facts, that the taxpayers of Marlon County may have their necessary public Improvements, and that you may be relieved of the burden of excessive taxea at the same time. All that la necessary is that you Insist that the vast sums which are now being wasted by the most profligate administration the ' county and city ever had be diverted toward the public Improve ments that are needed and that these public Improvements be built without graft. j BRINGING UP FATHER. t yy— — ' ~ : n nH , _ ] ter ur mac up HE HA-b THAT'b R*HT • -HE Z- L JoULn^AVt 5 TEMPTATION hO HARD-6UT I DlO Htt> BEhT- IT TOOK. •SEV TODAY? I , ioAcS-feA Rotten away IF HE. HAD FIVE POUCEHENTO PUT f | I .. © 110 ev Int-l FcsTuse Sesviee.- Inc. /5 - L I}| I j - - - - —■ ... —. ■ lie. .i,l ■■ ' m i ■ 11 ... ... ... .... ■ - . ■■ll 1 * INDIANA DAILY TIMES, MONDAY, DECEMBER 6,192 U. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS (Any reader can get the answer to any question by writing the Indiana Dally Times Information Bureau, Frederic J. Haskin, Director, Wash ington, D. C. This offer applies strictly to Information. The bureau cannot give advice on legal, medical aud financial matters. It does not attempt to settle domestic troubles, nor to undertake exhaustive research on any subject Write your question plainly and briefly. Give full name and address and enclose 2 cents in stamps for return postage. All re plies are sent direct to the inquirer.) ORDERLY LOCATION OF STARS. Q. Are the stars In the flag designated each for a particular State? H. F. A. On Oct. 2*l, 1912, President Taft sent out an executive order, concerning the specific location of stars In the flag, ana, their definite representations. In accord ance with this order, the stars of the flag were arranged In six rows of eight stars each, symbolizing the various States In order of their, ratification of the Con stitution. ORIGIN OF OIL. Q. Would like to know the origin of *1- M. J. S. A. The general theory of the origin of petroleum Is that it comes from the de composition of the remains of myriads of minute forma of animal life that ex isted ages ago. The oil which IS con tained in these microscopic bodies forms petroleum. GOVERNMENT PAYS WAY HOME. Q. If a boy enlists In the Army in the States, and Is In the Philippines when his term of service ends, does the Gov ernment pay his way home? D. V. H. A. Tbe War Department says that when a man Is stationed abroad at the time his enlistment expires, his passage to the | PUSS IN BOOTS JR. By David Cory. 1 ou remember in the last story we left llttl Puss Junior in the cave of the Wolf Man, and that one of his compan ions had Just sung a song about robbing travelers. But It hadn't frightened Puss in the least. Ob my, no. He was used to so many adventures that he didn't cure about a little thing like that, you know. “Come, my men,'' said the Wolf Man, "let us make ourselves ready," and at once all the men Jumped up and put on their coats and caps and picked up their bows and arrows. "Too may be one of us,” said the Wolf Man to Puss, “so come along," but the young man who had been bound to the tree, as I told you in the last story, was left behind, for he was too weak to go out in the cold. Well, as soon a* they all were outside, the Wolf Man changed himself into a wolf and led the way through the forest, and Puss went along not knowing just what to do, but with a firm determina tion that he would not help In any way to roh a traveler. Well, after they had gone for quite n wn.v they came to a road and the robbers hid themselves, while the wolf waited by tbe roadside. And pretty soon along came a sleigh with four white horses, and when the driver saw the wolf he gave a great hello and stopped the horses, and the men In the alelgh Jumped out with tb“lr how* and arrows and ran towards the wolf, whi disappeared In the wood. And of course this Is Just what the W If Man wanted the travelers to do, so that hi* men, who were hidden It the trees, could spring out and rob them. But la-fore the men from the sleigh had g ne even two or three steps, little Puss Junior Jumped out In front of them and spoke to tbe loader In a low voice, and then, quick ass wink, he and Puss, with the other men. Jumped Into the sleigh and the driver whipped up the horsee and away they went. And when the Wolf Man heard the slelghbells he and his men ran out of the woods and shot their arrows after the sellgh, but no one wns bit, and pretty soon Puss turned to the men In the alelgh and grinned. "Well, thev didn't rob ns. did they?" he said, and the men refilled: “No, thanks to you, little Puss In Boots." Well, after a while the sleigh drew up In front it an Inn and everybody get out and went Inside, and when the Inn keeper saw Pus* Junior ho bowed very low, for this Inkeeper had once been a retainer In the castle of my Lord if Csrahaa, where, you know, Puss Junior's father was aenescal. And while the men were busying them selvea and hanging np their great fur overcoats, the Innkeeper told Puss thev were lords who lived In n great castl nearby and were friends of my Lord of rnrahas. snd while he wss talking a red and green parrot In a cage began to sing: . "Trn la, la; tra la, la, Please show me where the crackers are. For I want some crackers and maybe some rhoege And anew pair of trousers to cover my knees.” And In the next story you shall hear • what happened after that.—Copyright, , 3920. (To Be Continued.) HOROSCOPE "The stars incllns. bnt do not compel" ! TCBBDAY, Dew. 1. Astrologers read tbe morning of this day as rather uncertain In planetary rule. Mars, fiatum and Neptune are In malefic aspect, while Jupiter and the SOn are In friendly sway. The afternoon hours should be fa vorable for all eorts of trading, nnd merchants should make the best of all opportunities. It Is predicted that Christmas shop- j ping will show some falling off In the | costliness of gifts purchased, but that It will be on the whole exceedingly profit able. Organizations of women are to mul- | tlply. Many of these will bo concerned In economic reforms and they are to j have a great Influence on the politics of I the future. Persons whose blrthdate it Is should J avoid worry and beware of entrance to a quarrel. Business affairs should be [ satisfactory. Children bom on this day may be qniek-tempered, but w-arm-hearted. In I business they are likely to be extremely ! lucy. Girls have the augury of happy j marriage.—Copyright, 1920. town of his enlistment or his bona fide residence Is paid by the Government. TO FIND MINERAL VALUE OF BOCK. Q. Where can I find out if a Btone or rock that I have found contains any min eral of value? Z. D. A. The United States Geological Sur vey is prohibited by law from making essays for the use of private parties or associations. If you will send a sample READ OUR ADS WITH CONFIDENCE Bargain Table J:.ir Washington and AJabama Streets—Jut East of CourthouM Ihiwee. lat The Indiana Store Announces Its Great Christmas Community Sale To make Chjristmas a happier occasion for the entire community, we announce this unusual event, offering you hundreds and hundreds of useful and lovely gift articles at very desirable prices. Another Coat Sale This Week We present to our customers this week a rare opportunity in coats in styles that are new and decidedly handsome. The fabrics are the finest, —T\\ and each garment is well tailored and part and full silk lined. The great r - \ £\\ coat opportunity of the season; yours to take advantage of. r<! Soatl 4s $29.50 -/ Alterations Free This Means Another Saving of $2 to $5. \\ )! Children's SERGE DRESSES Reduced / 1 Splendid dresses of navy with full pleated and gathered skirts. Some are em / J broidcred and braid trimmed— (‘ 4 $4.98 $7.48 $9.98 Just in Time for Christmas Buying Kayser’s Fine Underwear Reduced Kayser's Fine Lisle Union Suits Kayser’s $2.48 Union Suits, Special $1.25 and SI.4S Suits at 98*. &t <1 98 Suits at 81 25. s' pL Medium weight fine cotton, sleeveless, $2.48 and $2 98 Suits at 81.48. |/\ \ 8 ” kIe len S sh : re^ jlar and extra slze - Sleeveless, ruff shell or lace knee styles, - / Kayser’s Pink Silk Top Suits, Ankle also some envelope chemise and bodice- / J| Length Style, $3.98 Kind top BUitß - at $ 2 - 69 Kayser’s Fine Lisle Vests . JotXh.-TpyT" Kayser’s Silk Top Suits, $2.48 Kind 65c and 75c Vests at 49e. 85c to $1.25 Vests at 69<. £fgS’ , White or pink, cuff or shell knee; some . . ff - are bodice top. Band top, taped and lace yoke vesta; white or pink; regular and extra sizes, ) Kayser’s $1.98 Union Suits, Special Kayser’s Part Wool and Silk Union mi Light weight, sleeveless suits, in ankle Suits, $5.00 Kind at $2-98 j length. Low neck, no sleeve style, ankle length, ffiT •' *4 Kayser's Tights or Bloomers. In White in regular and extra sizes. or Pink Cotton, HALF PRICE. GIFT TOWELS Fancy Bath Towels, 98c Value to $2.00 Large size, assorted Jacquard patterns with fancy colored borders. $1,25 and $1.48 Bath Sets, 980 Towels and washcloths to match; beautiful color combinations. $1.25 Fancy Towels, 79c Scalloped, assorted embroidered patterns in blue gold aud pink; heavy quality. He Will Appre ia e GLOVES Gloves are ever in good taste as gifts. We are ready to supply your wants in gloves of most any description. Gloves for dress, business, driving or work. Unilned kid gloves 82.45 to 84.45 Lined kid gloves 81*95 to 84.45 Silk glove*.. .....81*25 and 81*59 Yarn glove* 75<* to 82*90 Jersey gloves .39<? to 75* Driving gloves 82.95 to $4.50 Hand Bags for Christmas Gifts A hand bag is certain to please. Its fitness to serve for a gift is emphasized by its wide popu larity. Ours are the latest in style combined with the best quality in material and workmanship. $1.50 so $12.50 Biouses for Gift Purposes If there’s anything a woman likes, it’s a smart silk blouse. You'll find scores of beautiful silk blouses ready for selection in our Blouse Depart ment. There are plenty of Georgettes—and every other favored silk —in the very newest models of the season. $4.95 $6.95 $lO of your stone or rock to the survey, at Washington, D. C. f they will give an opinion based on a test of the specimen. If an assay Is desired, the proper course is to employ a private assayer or chem ist. EMBLEMS OF PARTIES. Q. What are the emblems of the So cialist party and the SoclaUst-Labor party? J. C. W. Gift Blankets $7 Plaid Blankets, a pr. $3.93 Wool finish, large double bed size, in pink, blue, tan and gray plaids. $4.50 Blankets, $2.98 70x80 inches, in gray or tan, heavy fleeced, fancy colored border. $3.50 Blankets, $2.19 64x76 inches, heavy weight, tan or gray, colored border. Plaid Blankets, SS.SB Former price. SS.9S; 74x54 inches: assorted col ored plaids, silk bound, heavy wool finish. * Dainty Christmas Gift Suggestions A PRETTY BOUTONNIERE—A fur coat or scarf or even a serge frock will gain in appearance by one of these gay colored boutonnieres. They are priced at 49<) to •-C-C5 A LARGE VARIETY OF DAINTY BOUDOIR CAPS, in pink, rose, lilac and light blue, trimmed in pretty laces and ribbons; 98c to DAINTY LITTLE SACHET BAGS, with puff and mirror, hand tinted. vCpC DOR IN'S, gold aq plated BEAD NECKLACES, of all de- nn scriptions and colors; 49<) to Trimmed Envelope Chemise These are fashioned of beautiful quality crepe de chine, satin or silk, with ribbon straps or built up shoulders, and trimmed with Georgette and Yalenejennes pattern iace— sl.9B to $8.50 A. The Socialist party employs for an emblem a hand and arm -holding a flam ing torch; the Socialist-Labor party, a hand and arm holding a mallet. A RAINBOW AT NIGHT. Q. Can a rainbow be seen at nlghtt M. L. C. A. If the moon. Is shining brightly while It is raining, a rainbow may be seen at night. GOOD AT ONE THING!