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November 24. 1921
TUB CITIZEN rag Three A Man for the Ages A Story of the Bull Jen of Democracy By Irving Bacheller Oerrna-at, irrta YNt. 'lit. CHAPTER I-ati on nag aareh Trar ler. wit their iv.o Uillaren, Joeiah and eiser, travel ar .., Irtm Ihelr home la Versennee. Vl , l. the Weal, tit land e Blent Their de in Ilea I the Ceun Irr ( the KanaiiMiB, la lUineia CHAPTKR III.-Amena- the Tea flare" ileal acquaJnlanies are pacoln'e frl.nrte. ecS Kelee and kit itit.lt 4ilar Dim. i years r 'CHAPTER ll.-At NlMt Fulls they Ml a saxty of unmlsrania, among Ultra youth earned Julin McNeil, who alee decldee to o la the Iuimn eeualry. All of the parly eufler frees fever and aiua Sarah a miniaurauoae aava the lira ef a yeulh. Many NMdiM, in lha laat alaaata a( fever, and ha aucompenlee Iba Treylare. They ra a New Balem, Illlnole. ad ara wel-oml ay revag "Aaa" Lin- COIAPTKR I V Sameon darldaa ta la eele at New Salem, and heins building ais house. Uad by Jaca Armairong, rowdies eiiempl la area aa Uta preceed tate. Uncoln Utraehea Armstrong Toun Harry Needle airlkaa McNoll, al Ifea Arroairanc crowd, and MeNeli threat en veneeeace. CHAPTER V.-A fa dart latar Harry, alnna. la attacked by McNoll and hla Kng, and would have awen raufhiy uaad d aol blm drivan off hla seoaiianta wltk a ehoisun John McNeil, lha Trayloia Nlaa-rm Fella acquaintance, la markedly ttenuve to Ana Huiledee. Ldn.oin la In lava with Ann, but baa never had anouf n eeurace la tall hat aa. CltAPTRR VI. Traylor helpe two alavaa. who had run away from Su luia. ta eerape Xliphaiet Blfga. awnar of Uia alavaa. rollowlna them, ailampia ta boat up Tray lor and la a fiahl aaa hla arm wrokea. CHArrrR Vll-WeiUnf for hla arm la heal Hilda meets Bin Kalao, with whom Harry Needlee ha a fallen In lava igta aaka for Mima aaad. but har faiher refuel hia eeaaenl. Blscs re turaa la Hi- Uoule. CHAPTER VIM. -Blm cenfaaaaa ta Harry that aha lovaa Villa, and tha youth la diaronaolata. Lincoln dedilee to aaok a Beat In tha lefielature. lla and Marry voluniaar for lha eilaek Hawk war, aad leave Naw nalem. CHAPTER IX-Wia comaa aark to lha village and ha and Blm alopa. Harry laarna of II oa hla way homo from lha "war." Lincoln a advice and pblloauphy auatala biai la hla grief. CHAPTER X.-Unroln. defeated la bit candidacy (or Ilia legislature, forma a partnerehtp with "Hill" Barry In tha rocerr bualnaaa Bigca aanda a (ana to urn Traylor'a houaa, but tha Naw ealam tnaa ara warnad and tha raidara woreted. CHAPTER XI Lincoln, low poet maalar, decldee to run aiala for tha leeialature. Ana Huilfdia la oponty In lava with John M-Nall. lla laavaa for hia homa In tha Kaat. promlttng ta ra lurn aooa and marry Ann. Lincoln ac oapta hla dfaat manrully. No word com Ina from McNail, Ann ronfaaaaa ta Aba that hla roal nama la McN'amar, and har foara that ha will not rat urn. Unjoin la hla darn lova andavora ta rtaaaura har, thougii ha aharaa hor mlaiivmga Lincoln wlna hla aoat la Uia Irglalatura CHAPTER XII -Ann hrart from M Namar. but hla laliar la cold and aha la convinced ha dnaa ant lova har. Hha tolla Aba of htr dnubi. and ha confaaaaa hit lova and aaka har to marry him. Ann daclaraa aha daa Dot yt lova him, but will try lo. VYnh that promlaa IJncoln aata out for Vandalla and hla lagltlatlva duUaa CHAPTER Xlll-Inarlrod by Elijah Iv)uy. Traylor arranira on hla farm a hldinc plaoa for runaway alavaa, a ata- tlon en tha "Underground Railroad." CHAPTER XIVAjin agree! to marry Aba. but her hearth la wrecked. Three runaway alavaa aeek Traylor'a help In aa- aping They belong to Bla and ha comre Tn purault of (ham. Tliraalened with arreat tor Inciting tha raid on Tray lar. ha Urea One of the fugltlvea la Him In dlaguita. Bba haa (led from har bua band a cruelty. "CHAPTER XV.-Pylng. Ann Rutledie ralla for Aba. and ha blda har farewell at er beilalde. Following her demiaa a aalflrd aadneaa deacanda on him. Ha la no longer "Aba," but "Abraham Lincoln." "CHAPTER XVI -Overcoming hla dee pondency, IJncoln returna to hla work. Abolition aentlment la rryatallilng and ha throws hlmaelf Into tha uovamant. CHAPTER XVH.-Traylor aalla' hla farm and movea to 8iiiigflelil. Lincoln plana to arcure a divorce (or Him In order that aha may marry Marry Neadlea, whom aha haa alutye rrally loved. Mo Nainar returns to New aalem, toe lata. t'HAI'TER XVIII. Traylor and Harry Needles Vl.lt tha "boom" city of Chicago, where lllin, now the mother of a son. la living with har parents. Hha haa har divorce. Harry leavea (or the Seminole war. An unerrunuloue, rich aMculatur, lionel !avla. dealraa to marry III in, but aha repulaea hlra. A rMiiiirknllf vliixil of. pulltlrkl sclfiiif bail Im'xuii Its sessions In the little Westtvu H1mi ut Fiirlnirfleld. Tlia wurlil lin1 iifver sci-n llie llk of It. Abrulmm l.liwoln, U'ilien A. KoiiglHK, K. 1. Iliikfr, (. II. HrownliiK Jbm 11. TIioiiihs. hikI Joaiith Lamlioni a most diiiihuiiI array of tnli'iit as uliittiiiit hlslory tins provwl wer wont to Kiitlifr around tli nroplare In tlie rear of JohIiuh Kiifeds alure, evc iiIiiliil to dlsruss thi! iHsues of Ihf time. Snmsoii and his son Joe raine ertt-n 10 lii-ar the talk. IionuJas looked Ilk a dwarf among those long-geared uieu. lie was slight and snort, neing only almut Ovt fit-l tall, but lis bad a lilir round head covered with Uili'k, straight, dark hair, a bulldog look and a volte Ilka tli under. lhugiaa anil l.liwoln era lu a heated argument over the admission of slavery yt th territories the Orst uignt mat dunison and Joe sat down with tlum. uWe didn't Ilka that little rooster of a man, he bad such a high and mighty wa with him and so rrauuy oppose the prlnrlplee wa bellev In. lla was n nut and out pro-slavery man. He would have every slate free to regu late lla domestic Institutions, la Its own tiv. aulile1 only to th Constitu tion of tha lulled Hlstes. Lincoln Beld that It amounted, to. ssylng-Jibat If one msn rliohe to eiTilave auotner no third pnrty shsll be allowed to oh JecV" la the rminie of the arrmrnt Doug Is alleged that th Whigs war the aristocrats of the country. "That remlnda me of a night when I was speaking at Havana," said Hon est Abe. "A man with a ruffled shirt and a rrTM-lve gold wstrh rhaln got np and charged that the Whigs were arlstovrsta. Doiiglaa In hia broad cloth and fin linen reminds ma of that man. I'm aot going to answer IknigJns a I answered him. Host of the Whlga.I know are my kind of folks. I was poor boy working oa a flathost at eight dollars a month and had only on pair of brrerhes and they were buckskin. If yon know th nature of buckskin, you know thst when It Is wet and dried by th sun it will shrink and my breeches kept shrinking snd deserting th sock area of my legs until severs! Inchfa of Ihi'in were bar above my shoes. Whilst I wss growing longer they were growing shorter and so much tighter that they left a bin streak around my legs whlrb ran he seen to this dsy. If you tall that aristocracy I know of on Whig that Is an srlsto crat." "Iltit look at the New England type of Whig exemplified by the Imperious and nmjesllc Wetmter,'' ssid Houglss. "Webster was snoiher poor led," Lincoln suswered. "Ills father's home was a log rahln la a lonely land until about the time Iinnlel was born, when the family moved to a small frame house. Ilia is the majesty of a great Intellect." There was much talk of this sort until Mr. Lincoln excused himself to walk home with his two friends who had Just returned from the North, be ing eager to learn of Samson's visit. The latter gave him a fuU account of It and aaked him to undertake th col lection of Itrlnistead's note. "I'll get after that fellow right aw sr." snld Lincoln. "I'm glad to get a chance at one of those men who have been skinning the farmers." They sat dowo by th fireside In Samson's house. "Joe has derided that he wants to I a lawyer," said Samson. "Well. Joe, we'll all do what we can to keep you from being a shotgun lawyer," Ah Lincoln began. "I've got a good first lesson for you. I found It In a letter which ltufus Cboste had written to Judg Iiavla. In It he says that we rightly have great respect for the decisions of the majority, but that the law Is something vastly greater and more sue red thsn the verdict of any majority. Th law," be saya, 'comes down to us one mighty and continuous stream of wisdom and ex perience accumulated, auccatrai, widening and deepening and washing Itself clearer as It runs on, the agent of civilization, the builder of a thou asiid cities. To hsve lived through sgca of unceasing triarl with the paa nlonn. Interests and s Its Irs of men. to hsve lived through th drums and tramplliiKS of conquest, through revo lution and reform and all the changing cycles of opinion, to have attended the progress of the race and gathered unto Itself the approbation 'of clvtl Ued humanity Is to hav proved that it currl. s lu It some epark of Immor tal life.' " Tlie face of Lincoln changed as b recited the lines of the learned and distinguished lawyer of Massachu chusetts. "Ills face glowed Ilk a lighted lun leni when he begun to say those elo quent words," Samson writes In bis diary. "He wrote them down so that Joslah could commit them to memory." "That Is a wonderful stateim-nt," Samson remarked. Abe answered: "It suggests to ui that the voice of the peotle In any one generallon may or may not tie In spired, but that the voice of the best men of all ages, expressing their sense of Justice and of right. In the law. Is and must l the vole of Ood. Tlie spirit and body of Ita decrees are as indestructible as the tbroii of Heaven. You can overthrow tliein but until their power Is re-established, as surely it will be, you will live In savagery." "You do not deny th right of revo lution." "No, but I ran sea no excuse for It In America. It haa remained for us to add to the body of the law the Idea that men are created free and equal. Tlie luck of the saving principle In the codes of the world has been the great cause of Injustice snd oppression." Honest Abe rose and walked up and down the room In silence for a mo ment. Then he added:. "t boat phrased It well when ha said: 'Wa should bewsre of awaking th tremendous divinities of change from their long sleep. Let us thiuk of that when we consider what w shall do with th evils that afflict us.'" Th boy Joe had been deeply In terested in tbls talk. "If you'll lend m a book, I'd Ilk to begin studying," he aald. "There'a time enough for that," aald IJncoln. "First, I want you to under stand what tha law is and what tha lawyer should be. You wouldn't want to be a pettifogger. Choata la th right model. II haa a dignity suited to th greaiueaa of bis chosen master. They say that befora a Justice of th peace, tn a room no bigger thaa a shoemaker' shop, hla work I don with the saina dignity and car that b would show In th supreme court of Massachusetts. A newspaper aaya that In a d caa at Beverly he treated th dog aa If h wore a lion and tha crabbed old aqulr with th consideration due a chief Justice." "lla knowa how to handle tha Eng lish language." Samson observed. "11 got that by reading. II la th test read niatuai tha, AmerlcsjL. bA.r Slid" tBe beef Mfde aiudentr Tner'. a lot of work ahead of you, Jo, hefor yon are a lawyer, and when you'r admitted success comes only of the rapacity for work. Brougham wrot the peroration of his speech In de fense of Queen Caroline nineteen time." "I want to he a great orator," th boy exclaimed with engaging frank ness. "Then you must remember that character I th biggest part f It." Honest Ah declared. "Orest thoughts com out of a great character and only out of that. They will com ven If yon hav little learning and Bon of the grace which attract th rya. But yon mnst liav character that Is ever speaking, even when your lipa ar silent. It must show In your Mf and fill the spaces between your words. It will help you to choose and charge them with the lova of great things that carry conviction. "I remember, when I was a boy over In Oentryvllle, a shnggy. plain-dressed man rode np to th door one day. II had a cheerful,' kindly fuce. His char acter began to speak to us before ha opened hla mouth to ask for a drink f water. " 'I don't know who you are, my father aald. 'But I'd like It awful well If you'd light and talk to us.' Ha did and we didn't know till he had gone that he wa the governor of the state. A good character shine like a candle on a dark night. You can't mistake It A firefly can't hold hla light long enough to compete with It, "Webster aald In the Knapp trial: There la no evil that we cannot either face or fly from but tha . con sciousness of duty disregarded.' "A great truth like that mak a won derful music on the lips of a sincere man. An orator must be a lover and discoverer of sucb unwritten lsws." It was nearlng midnight when they heard footsteps on the board walk In front of the house. In a moment Harry Needles entered In cavalry uni form with fine top' boots and silver spurs, erect as a young Indian brave and bronxed by tropic suns. "Hello!" he said aa he took off bia belt and clanking saber. "I hang up my sword. I have had enough of war." He had ridden across country from the boat landing and, arriving so lata, had left hla horse at a livery stable. "I'm lucky to And you and Abe and Joe all up and waiting for me," be said aa he shook their hands. "Uow'a motherT" , "I'm well." Sarah called from the top of the stairway. "I'll be down In a minute." For an hour or more they sat by the fireside while Harry told of his Harry Told of Hia Adventure In the .Great ftwampa. adventures In the great swamp of southern Florida. "I've done my share of the fight ing," he said at length. "I'm going north tomorrow to Und Blm and ber mother." "I shall want you to serve a corn plaint on one Lionel Davis," said Mr. Lincoln. "I have one of my own to serve on him," Harry answered. "But I hope that our case can be settled out of court." "I think that I'll go with you aa far as Tazewell county and draw th pa pers there," snld Lincoln. When the latter had left for bta lodgings and Joe and bis mother had gone to bed, Samaou told Harry the details of bis visit to Chicago. "She may have taken the disease and died with It before now," said the young man. "I'll be on my way to Honey Creek ln the niorulug." CHAPTER XXII. Wherein Abe Lincoln Rsveala Hia Method f Conducting a Lawsuit In th Case ef Henry Brimstead at a I., v. Lionel Davis. They found many of Davis' note lo Tazewell county. Abe Lincoln' complaint represented seven Clients and a sum exceeding twenty thousand dollars. With the papers In hla pocket Harry went on to tha Honey Creek aettle nient. There be found that the plague bsd spent Itself and that Blm had gone to a detention camp outside the city of Chicago. He waa not per mitted to see ber, the regulatlone hav ing become very atrlct. In the city be went ta the. stor. ot Kil rredenberg. The merchant received him wltbeiT 'thtislsmn. Chicago had begun to re cover from the panic. Trad waa lively. , Harry spent the afternoon with ttra. Kelso and Hint's baby boy. He wrote a very, tender letter to Blm that da, lie told her that he had com to Chi cago to live so that he might be near her and ready to help her If she need ed help. "The same old love la tn my heart that made me want you for my wife long ago, that haa filled my let ter and sustained me la many an hour of peril," h wrote, "If you really think thst yon most marry Da via, I ask yon at least to wait for the Aaveiopineut of a lull which Ab Lin coln la bringing In behalf of many cltlxens of Taxewell county. It Is likely thst we shall know more than we do now before that case ends. I saw your beautiful little boy. 11 look so much like you that I long to steal blm and keep him with me." In a few days he received thla brief reply : "bear Harry: Tour letter pleased , and pained me. I have been so tossed about that I don't know quite where I ' stand. For a long time my life has been nothing but a series of emotions. What Honest Abe msy be able to ! prove I know not, but I am aura that he cannot disprove the fact that Mr. Davla has been kind and generous to me. For that I cannot ever cease to be grateful. I should have married blm before now bat for one alngular circumstance. My little boy cannot be made to like him. He will have noth ing to do with Mr. Davla. He will not be bribed or coerced. I aaw In thla a prophecy of trouble. I left home and went down Into the very shadow of death. It may be that we have been aaved for each other by the wisdom of childhood. I must not see you now. Nor shall I see him until I have found my way. Even your call cannot make me forget that I ara u ider a solemn promise. "I'm glad you like the boy. He la a wonderful child. I named film Ne hemlsh for his grandfather. We call hlra Mm and sometimes 'Mr. Nimble' because he Is so lively. I'm homesick to see him and you. I am going to Dixon to teach and earn mor-ey for mother and the baby. Don't tell any one where I am and above all don't come to see me until In good heart I can ask you to come. "God bless you I HIM." In a few weeka the suit came on. Davis' defense, ss given In the an swer, alleged that tlie notea were to be paid out of the proceetta of the sale of lots and that In consequence of the collapse of the boom there bad been no such proceeds. As to the un derstanding upon which the notes were drawn, there was a direct Issue of veracity for which Abe Lincoln was exceedingly well prepared. Hla cross-examination waa as merciless as sunlight "falling round a helpieaa thing." It waa kindly and polite In tone but relentless In Its searching. When It ended, the weight of Duvia' character had been accurately ' estab lished. In his masterly summing up Mr. Lincoln presented every circum stance In favor of the defendant's po sition. With remarkable Insight he anticipated the arguments of his at torney. He presented them fairly and generously to the court and Jury. Ac cording to Sumson the opposing law .vera admitted In a private talk that Lincoln had thought of presumptions In favor of Davis which had not oc curred to them. Therein lay the char acteristic of Mr. Lincoln's method In a lawsuit. "It waa a silfe thing for htm to do, for he never took a case In which Jus tice was not clearly on his side." Ssm son writes. "If he had been deceived ss to the merits of a rase he would drop It. With the sword of Justice In his hsnd he wss Invincible." A Judgment was rendered In favor of the plnlntiffs for the full amount of their claim with costs. The character of Lionel Dnvls had been sufficiently revealed. Kven the credulous Mrs. Kelso turned against him. Mr. Lin coln's skill as a lawyer was recognlred in the north as well aa In the middle counties. From that dny forth no man enjoyed a like popularity In Taxe well county. When Sunison and Harry Needles left the courthouse, there seemed to be no obstmie between the young man and the consummation of his wishes. Unfortunately, as they were going down the steps IHivls, who blamed Samsou for bis troubles, flung an in sult at tha aturdy Vermonter. Sam son, who had then arrived at yeare of flrro discretion, was little disturbed by th anger of a man so discredited. But Hurry, on the sound of the hate ful words, had leaped forward and dealt the speculator a savage blow in the face which for a few aeconds had deprived him of the power of sieech That evening a friend of Davis called at tha City ball with a challenge. The hot-blooded young soldier accepted It against the urgent counsel cf damaon Traylor, Mr. Lincoln having left the city. (To bo Continued) Only Rsaaenable Request It wa atop a lurching, lumbering Fifth avenue bua where New York'a great middle class doe It love-making, II w as making oo progress, thst waa evident. , Other couples were cud dled up to each other's arms un abashed. 11 and aha sat straight and prim. "You dldnt Ilk olive at first r he asked. She agreed. "But you like I hem new." She nodded. "Wall." b pleaded, "certainly you will give m th sua chanc that yon would an OjlvaV 'A. GREAT TRIBUTE TO THE UNKNOWN VITERANS OF MANY WAR MARCH IN BIO ARMItTICC DAY PARADE IN WA8HINQT0N. OLD-TIME UNIFORMS SEEN Blue and tha Gray of the Civil War Mingle With the Khaki of the Werld Conflict Foreign Armies Ar Repre sented. By EDWARD B. CLARK. Washington. In the Washington Armistice day parade, which preceded the ceremonies attending the burial of the remains of the unknown soldier In Arlington amphitheater, there ap peared virtually every former and present soldier and sailor living In or near Washington who was not bed ridden. Veterans of the Indian, the Civil and the Hpanlsh ware turned out In great numbers to Join their brothers of the World war In doing honor to the un known dead who represents the spirit of willing sacrifice of Americana In the high cause. Some of the men who appeared In the parade seemed to have stepped from the pages of history. Tuke old MsJ. Oen. Anson Mills, for 'instance. He la well past fourscore years of age, but he came to do hla part. Once on a time when General Mills was a captain In the active service, the American people read with excited In terest and proper pride one of his ex ploits tn an Indlun war when he was a subaltern of cavalry. In the year of the 8!oux ware, the winter following the time that General Custer wss killed, Captain Mills, with a email command which was almost starved to death, fell In with a great body of well-fed. well-armed Indiana. By a masterly handling of an almost deadly situation Mills managed to hold off -the foe until relief came. Hi men had nothing to eat but a little horse meat, which It waa necessary for them to eat raw. The relief column which came to his aid waa In IJke starving condition, but surmising that Mills' little command waa In trouble, the othera preased on through aero weather, ahoclesa and cold and hungry, till they came to the relief of the gallant captain and hla com rades. Old-Timers Out In Uniform. Every former soldier and aallor tn Washington who bad a uniform put It on on Armistice day. The parade showed a meeting of the far past, the midway past and the present It was hoped that the one living Washington veteran of the Mexican war could ap pear In the parade, but although his spirit was willing his strength was not quite equal to the occasion. Oen. Ho ratio Gibson, who aa a second lieuten ant, waa with Uen. Wlntleld Scott when the City of Mexico surrendered. Is living In this city today. He la more than ninety years of age. but with a youthful and a frequent deter-J initiation which enablea him to carry out hla wishes to mingle with the younger generation of soldiers of bis country. , Veterans of the Civil war of both the northern and the eouthern armies were present In the parade in large tiunibera. Some of the eouthern sol diers wore their old gray uniforms. while the men of the North came In the blue of the daya of their service. The Spanish war veterana who took part In the proceedlnga are middle- aged men. They still swing along, now ever, with no tendency to lose etep or cadence, and bearing themselves with ramrod-ltka stralghtnesa without physical effort Many Natlona Represented. Hundreds of men who saw service In the great war In armies other than those of the United States marched In the parade. There were Kngliah, French, Italian, Belgian, Japanese and represetitativea of some other countries of the world in the marching ranks. In a way, It was a great allied demonstration In mem opy and In honor of a aoldier whose Ideutlty Is unknown to the world. He waa an American aoldier, and he died at the front ami thla was deemed sufficient to deserve the tribute of the nations. ' Men who did not know that they could march did march In thla great parade. Strength aeemed to be re newed In the veterana of the older services. No one In the parade aave thought to anything but the solemnity of tha Immediate occasion. Never before tn the history of the country was there a demonstration Ilka unto thla. It waa aolemn, but It waa uplifting. Tha President of the United State marched with the privatea of the army. There waa no. distinction of rank: All were Americans paying tribute to an American who had riven all that he had to the service of th bom laud, Anglo-Jap Past to 0. One lu great wbll on I willing to mak a prophecy. I'rophets fre quently are proved unworthy of honor, but today there aeema to be no reaaou wby one should be "back ward In coming forward" with lh statement that the Anglo-Japanes treaty of allUuc will be abrogated and never will ae renewal. It chance ar that th charge of mlsretidlng the sign post will he laid at one's hat I do not believe that any long rhsnce la being taken In making the prediction that before long Great llrltsiir and Japan will find a way to cut tlie tie that binds, and to do It without leaving any outward evi dence that either party to the pact harbor resent merit because of H fate. It haa been realized by the student of International relations here ta) Washington for anme time that tha treaty between Orest Rrltaln and Japan Is the cause of much misunder standing and of a good deal of suspi cion In the United States of America. Aa an aftermath of th conference oo the limitation of armaments and Far Kaat problems, It seems to the writer, from the general trend of thlnga. that It Is snfe to predict the treaty of onv Jcrstfinrtlng and arrangement between the British and the Japanese wilt go the way that some other treaties hav gone In the past. Lord Northcliffe Outspoken. It seems hardly necessary to dwell npon the benefits which would accrue In the field of relations between the two great Fngllsh-siieaklng power If the treaty should become nonexistent. It la possible that nothing In the pact even In a remote way, Imperils the fu ture safety of the United States, but there are stndenta of altuntiona ber who believe that entire accord of dip lomatic relatione between Uncle Sam and John Bull cannot come until the treaty Is no longer an Issue.' The sound belief Is thnt the pact Is to go. Lord Northcliffe la a newspaper owner who has a repnrtorlal Instinct. " He haa been saying things In Japan. Chief among the things voiced waa that the Anglo-Japanese alliance "ha outrun lta usefulness." Lord. Northcliffe and Lloyd George are not entirely friendly, aa the world knows, but If the British premier were asked today If his dearest foe proper ly had scented a choice bit of coming newa, he probably would answer "yea," If he answered at all. Naturally enough, nothing much hi being aald In Washington about the possibilities of the abrogation of the written understanding between Great Britain and Japnn. The British office here la much more reticent about mat ters than la any one of the other of fices of the governments here repre sented. Naturally enough, also, th British do not care to talk. In advance at least, upon what Is more or less of a painful subject The alliance, aa an alliance, probably can have no open part in the proceedings of the coming conference, but eventually It will be found that Great Britain and Ja pan, each without a grimace, will allow the treaty of understanding to pass Into the realma of the have-beena. Watson's Chargea Unbelievable. The senate, and the country with It seemingly have been much torn up over the charges made by United Stutes Senator Watson that many American soldiers were executed In France without trial and. as It la Intimated, simply because they were Insubordinate or were uncivil to their officers. If there were any auch high-handed and high-gallows proceedlnga aa thla In France, the newa of It would hav gone from the Voagea to tha North sea beaches In telegraphic time. Amer ica would have known of it. if not through the, malls and by cable be cause of the censorship, the Instant that the first American doughboy set hia foot on these ahores on his return from overseae service. It waa Impossible to hide thlnga) from the men In France, and of course the unwarranted execution of twentjr one men could not have been hidden. If they had been taken out and hanged under cover of durknesa their huddle would have noted their absence at reveille and thlnga would have started. There were thousands upon thous ands of civilian officers doing duty In France. Except In a few Instancea, they had no liking for extraordinary punishments because the human equa tion in the army was Just about what the human equation la elsewhere. A major general commanding on of the great divisions in France told me that during his seven or eight months as commanding officer of 30.000 men there had been Just one execution. The mil n who was hanged waa found guilty by a court of the murder of a French woman tinder most dreadful circumstances. Th'. la one of the 11 hangings which the secretary of war i i nnonse to the chargea lu the sen- I at0 nui reported as having been the nuraher of executions of members of the A. E. F. Does Not 8 earn Believable. Within a year after the close of the war about two million Anierlcnn aol. dlers returned to4 this country. It seems more than astounding that all ' these two millions kept silent about the murder of their comrades. ' Tha shroud was over these alleged hor- rra until close on Armistice day when on the auy-so of three or four belated witnesses 70,000 American officers ar arraigned before the world aa being by Inference guilty of unspeakable crimes. Take It all lu all. In Franc there was good feeling between the men tn the ranks and the officers. Leaving tha officers the regular army out or consideration, the holders of commis sions In the service were men out of the ordinary walks of life. Just aa were the men over whom they exercised their command. There were some cases where th holding of a little brief authority seemed to make some officers willing to become taskmasters, aud willing also In some ways to make Beneral asses of thenuatlvea, but In the I u)t0 the officers and men war bud- dja la th best sene.