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TUESDAT MORNING, JUNE 3, 1919
THE WRITTEN WORD.
Not in all the annals of time has the written
word held such power as it holds today. Long
ago th 3 wise man said, "The pen is mightier than
the sword." The truth of this has been again
and ajrain exxemplified as the propagandist has
gotten in his work.
Back of both the sword and the pen is the
mind that furnishes the motive power. And it
is easi 21 for the sword to cut down its opponent
than it is for the pen to overcome the obstacles
that irteligerice and common sense rear as a bul
wark against cunning and ignorance.
The newspaper editors of this country during
the past few years have been inundated with
propaganda, printed on good white paper which
might well have been put to' other uses.- It is
safe to say some of this propaganda was worth
while, wheA one counts over the various activi
ties which were promoted thereby. But much
of it was worthless. And some of it was danger
ous. Just how some of the propaganda that gets
into newspaper offices evr gets by, will continue
to be a marvel to the trained newspaper man to
the end of time. Long winded stories about
everything under the sun, written by people who
do not know how to write and do not know that
they d5 not know how to write. Uninteresting
stories about uninteresting people told in an un
interesting way. Stories with absolutely no news
value, or, other value of any kind, written on
reams of good white paper, and going into the
waste paper baskets as fast as the exchange edi
tors of this country can dump them there.
Fortunately for the reading public, most of
this propaganda never got by. Still more for
tunate it was fo rthe interests it was supposed
to serve. The stories that were sent out by the
so-called bureaus of the various war activities
were enough to queer any enterprise under the
sun. But, fortunateyl, the editors of the news
papers and magazines acted as their own pub
licity bureaus, and so the so-called propaganda
made very good bonfires.
This is not to say, however, that all of this
propadanda was futile. Some of the material
which came into the newspaper of f ices has been
dangerous in the extreme. And in every in
stance, almost, such dangerous propaganda has
been traced to an enemy source.
The thing that saves the day every time is the
swing cf the pedulum the fact that just as long
as people will write other people who read will
Right now, over in Poland, the propagandists
are trying to get in their work. We are hear
ing terrible tales of the suffering of the Jews in
Poland. No doubt some of these stories are true,
just as some of the stories that come over the
newspaper desk anent the sufferings of the whis
key men are true, and enent the sufferings in
Germar y are true but most of these stories are
false, rr.ade up out of the whole cloth for a pur
pose, ar d that purpose is to create sympathy for
the enemy. Wherever we turn we see the trail
of the serpent. But the pen is mightier than the
sword. Slowly as the people throw the vicious
propaga nda into the waste basket, they begin to
study, to question, to understand, and at last to
know, where the enemy lurks.
Everj' advance of civilization must fight its
way past an established method of getting a
The politician is right when he says that the
people Jie the government, but wrong when he
assumes that he is the people.
If a nan is a menace to society, it is usually
because he hasn't been getting a square deal or
because he has & square head.
A GRAIN OF SALT.
"It would be well td take with a grain of salt
much of the news that comes out of Germany,"
says George Patullo, in the Saturday Evening
Post. Her food shortage is only comparative,
ancl a better distribution would go far towards
correcting it. You cannot travel far in this coun
try without sensing a hand on the reins still.
Somewhere there is a power that is keeping the
bulk of the German people in the straight road.
Despite all their surface troubles, you can feel
a strong directing force in the nation.
In the meanwhile what of their form of govern
ment? Any man who predicts in these is on a
par with a weather prophet in Texas, but it would
not surprise me to wake up some morning to
learn that the adherents of the Hohenzollerns had
sprung a coup. Not until the storm has blown
over; not untilpeace is signed and order restored
of course because the Hohenzollerns and their
ilk play it safer than that ; but I am firmly con
vinced that so long as the kaiser is permitted the
immunity he riow enjoys the prospect of a return
to his people constitutes a real menace."
Few men have gotten, closer to the heart of
things in this war game, than has George Patullo.
He has been in England and France and Ger
many, studying the situation close at hand.
Here, far from the center of forces that have
contributed to the world crisis, it is not too far to
feel the truth of what Patullo says, in his able
article. No one who watches events as they shape
themselves, no one who senses the unrest of the
people on every hand, no one who keeps his ears
to the ground, but realizes the truth of what
Patullo has to say.
"There have been many significant happen
ings. In the stream of denunciation that follow
ed her (Germany's) defeat," he says, "who has
yet heard a German leader denounce the kaiser
or attempt to fasten the responsibility on horn ?
They have risen in their places to peel the hide
off Hindenburg and Ludendorf f and all the mili
tary caste; they have charged the former min
istries with every perfidy and blunder of which
mankind is capable, but in all the mass of criti
cism one cannot find an attack on the, German
emperor. Why? Are the orators and the pam
phleteers (of Germany) afraid of a comback that
might be disastrous for ihem ? All of
which makes us believe that if the boches per
ceived a chance to regain their old military pres
tige they would rise to it as one man.
The only solution is education, and it will re
quire a couple of generations to eradicate the
poison from this bred."
But it must be borne in mind that the Ger
mans are not the only ones who need educating,
if we are to hope for a prevention of the disaster
such as the world has just passed through.
We need to educate the people of our own
country to think. As a people we are entirely
too credulous. We are too easily led. We are
too quickly drawn into party strifes and made
the tolls of political machinery.
How many of the people of the United States
are really educated on public questions. How
many men and women know anything about the
principles of liberty ? Too many of us look upon
liberty as something closely akin to license, and
consider it not only our privilege but our duty
to spend the most of our time trying to prove our
inalienable rights to ignorance.
While we go our carefree way, the alens who
come to this country are studying our laws, find
ing out the meaning of government. Go to any
city, and you will find night classes, where the
alien population are acquainting themselves with
the laws of liberty. '
It has come to pass that our city governments,
our state legislatures, our national congress are
largely in control of our foreign population. It j
is true that this country is largely made up of
immigrants from other countires, but because of
this, is no reason for stepping aside and turning
our country over to them.
This is a free country, and that is the reason
the foreign hordes cross the seas to make their
home. No one denies their inalienable right to
become a part of this government, under the law,
but the people of this country have no right to
turn this country over to them, because of a lack
of loyalty, lack of understanding, lack of educa
tion on the part of those whose part it should ze
to protect this country from the very influences
from which it is now suffering and which in time
may become disintegrating.
Education is the only thing that will save the
world from chaos. It is the only thing which will
save this country or any other country from dis
integration. Germany is not yet vanquished, much as the
world would like to believe this true. Her emi
sarries are getting in their work in Mexico, their
agents have succeeded in stirring up strife in all
parts of the world, for scratch any Bolshevist
and you are pretty sure to find a German some
where, it may be in some far off counting house,
counting out his money, but that there is a close
corporation between the Germans and the Bol
sheviki no one will presume to deny.
H LEGIST. ATT VP! OTVnS B
BY JOHN C. TRICE.
Tallahassee, June 2. With the pass
age or the hog cholera serum bill out
of the way, it having: already been
signed by the governor, and the
thingrs Mr. Green, of Bradford, cama
here to do, all behind him so iar as
legislation is concerned, it is under
stood, that he will devote more time
to looking over the field with a view
to becoming a candidate 'for the office
of State superintendent. Mr. Green
has made good as a legislator and as
a teacher, and has many friends
throughout the state who have prom
ised him their support in case he an
nounces for the office.
It has been suggested that the
heavens are weeping over the predic
ament of the Florida legislature, , If
that be true, the tears would perhaps
be more appreciated in other sections.
This country is already soaked.
They do say there is to be another
judicial circuit created, besides the
two which have already been favor
ably passed upon by the house. The
other one still contemplated Is to be
out of Marion, Sumter and Lake, so
it is said.
It is believed that if the house was
let alone it would soon come to some
understanding in regard to road mat
ters, declare a large number of the
members. Outside influence, they de
clare, will not permit this. The same
thing has been charged on the floor
of the house one member naming
the supposed object to be the defeat
of the carrying into effect of the
abolition of the convict lease Sys
tem. Filibustering against unopular
measures toward the close of the ses
sion by a minority is no new thing
in the annals of legislation. But a.
filibustering majority is new.
Delvers into the lore of the ancients
tell us there is nothing new under
the sun. They have proven to us
that the Roman senate was beseiged
by woman suffragists during the time
of Cato the first, tnat Nero's court
was famed for gowns more expensive
than the women now wear, that tho
women of the savage age wore more
abbreviated costumes than' are no
seen on the streets of the most cosmo
politan city, and sop on, but they
have got to dig further to prove that
the house of representatives has not
witnessed something new at this ses
sion. It has seen the speaker mak
a motion from the chair, put it him
self and declare it carried.
It happened when the senate re
turned to the house Mr. "Wilder's bill,
relating to the taking of acknowledge
ments in foreign countries, amend
ment had been added by the senate.
"Whose bill is that?" asked the speak
er when no one moved to make a uio
tion in favor of concurring in the
amendment. "Mr. Wilder's," replied
the clerk, while the members laughed.
"Mr. Wilder moves that the hou-se
adopt this amendment." said that
gentlemen from the chair. Two mem
bers voted "aye" and none "nay," so
he declared, "The amendment i3
"Does it cost a thousand dollars a
year more to live in Jacksonville than
It costs to live- in Tampa." This
question was asked the other day
when Mr. Dawkin's bill was up allow
ing that much increase in the yearly
pay of the state health officer by a
member recalling the fact that pro
vision had just a few days earlier
been made that the said officer should
be required to live in the city where
the headquarters of the State board
of health are located. It was pointed
out to him that the difference of the
cost of living in the two cities was
not so much but that the cost of
living anywhere had ..increased in the
ratio covering this"" increased Balary.
The bill passed.
The words "sine die" are thought
by many members of the present leg
islature to possess music to charm
even those who are not savage beasts.
It will not be Used in the legislative
effectively until some time between
the meeting hour next Friday and
the same hour the next morning. But
when the words are used at that time
they will have the music of "Homo,
Sweet Home," and a cessation from
many worries for many men. It is
feared that with others the troubles
will have just begun. Here's hoping
you are not one of the latter.
If. you should see but little more
of this column from now until the end
of the session, just attribute it to the
fact that other things are pressfig too
hard upon the time of the writer. And
here's hoping that we may have many
more happy returns of the opportunity
to chat together during many recur
ring occasions of the kind in the
years that are to come.
TO GET RAISE
SALARY INCRASE APPLIES TO
CIRCUITS OF OVER FIVE COUN
TIES IF GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL.
BY HERBERT FELKEL.
Tallahassee, June 2. Salaries of
state attorneys in circuits of five
counties with a total population ex
ceeding 73,000 inhabitants, will be in
creased from $2,400 to $3,000 a year
if the governor signs a bill that has
j 5M5TEUR NIGHT
passed both houses, all amendments
having been agreed upon.
The bill was originally drawn by
Senator Butler to affect his county
only, being general in form, but local
in nature. It provided that state at
torneys in counties of over 90,000 pop
ulation should receive $4,000 annually.
Duval is the only county with such a
population, and the state attorney
there is hard worked, two judges be
ing employed in that circuit bj spe
The bill passed the senate without
amendment, but when it reached th
house it was amended into a general
bill. It now affects five circuits, but
does not relieve the situation in Duval.
One amendment changed the popula
tion to 75,000 for the circuit, and
another provided "that it should affect
only circuits containing five counties
and a third reduced the salary named
from four to three thousand dollars.
It was stated that the increase in
the five circuits affected was granted
to take care of the traveling expenses
in the large circuits of five counties.
All these amendments were added
in the house and when the bill reached
the senate today that body refused to
concur, but later in the day senator
Andrews succeeded in securing a re
consideration of the vote by which th9
senate refused to concur and on re
consideration the house amendments
were adopted. This concluded the
matter, for a reconsideration cannot
be reconsidered. The bill goes to tho
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