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GOVT. OWNERSHIP IS SOLUTION OF LABOR - PROBLEM, HE WRITES Herewith is printed the first letter in reply to the question: "How can The Star best promote helpful relations between employer and employe?" This question was propounded by Fred W. Strang, of the Strang & Prosser Advertising Agency. He be- Jjeves The Star and its readers can find .1 solution, and offers $40 in prizes tor the best three letters —S2S tor the first, $10 for the second and tor the third. Edltor Th« Star Kight h-r.< is wherw I put pen to psixr and for once and all give Mr. Strang the only solution to the labor problem In Seattle or anywhere If he has keen watching The S'*r for \ear* and has not come to the ri*ht solu tion. th«-o he Is as every other business man Is—blind to the fact that as lore as one dictates to the other, as employer to employe that long we will have a labor problem, and no longer The solution of the labor prob lem Is govsrnmsnt ownership of ev •rythlng used by mm and his kin. no matter what It >S- Government control without own •rshlp has proven weak and a fall ure at best. I have lived In New Zealand for years, where the gov ernment ovned the rallwa-«. fete graphs and telephooen and many other things, and. altho it is a poor country. It haa progressed w.mder fully Reing American born, ! loved my country and came back to Seattle to try to make it my home. 0* Private ownership will rut its own throat —yet not before it ha* roln*d the nation. It is now on the verg« of catastrophe or rather a general awakening to the fact that Etirop# Is In war and we. by calm reasoning, cannot follow any longer—mi vf get to buslne <1 ami tahllah a irovernment for the peo ple. by (he people and of the peo ple. Is there still any one in doubt of interstate commerce commissions and other commissions created to control what they do not own. b«ing worse than useless? I>»t the government own the rail way* and .here will he no rat* dif ferential*. There will be Instead reasonable hour* and wage* for railroad employe*. E. FEISST PEACE NEARING, WILSON HOLDS BY ROBERT J. BENDER U. P. Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON", Dec 1« Presi dent Wilson believe* the door la closing upon 'he great war *tnu- Itle abroad and that before lon* the time will come for the friendly »er*!ce of ue'itral*. But be :» convinced th*t the im mediate present I* not the oppor tune time for the I'nlted Ptate* to extend any mediation offer. H'nrc he I* awaiting development*, which will follow receipt of all the central power*" peace propoaal* by their enemies. SLAYER DOESN'T WANT CRIME TO SPOIL SISTERS' CHRISTMAS "Don't tell my aiatera in Cali fornia what haa happened. It would apoil their Christma*!" Thia wat the only requeat ADVERTISING MANAGER'S DAILY TALK ! Fine Attractions Will be thn rule at Seattle '* theatre* tomorrow and yon will he able to find Just the Information yon want about any or all cf them !>• reading the ads In today * Star Rft* Theat-n Page 2 i Mia*lon Theatre I'age 'I Mberty Th-atrn CafCe 'I [ Colonial Th'atre ... I'a*e .1 Claa* A Theatre l';ig« :: Strand Theatre I'age Coll*eum Theatre ... I'ak«- H C|emm*r Theatre I'age 8 Moore Theatre Pane 'i I Patitage* Tl'-atre .. Pane I Palace Hip Theatre. Page L' 1 Alhambra Theatre. Page 2 ' Metropolitan Theatre 1-aK" 1 MORE THAN 60,000 COPIE3 DAILV Say, you bachelors, get buay! Get yourself a kiddle (or Chrtatmaa. Call up Main 5900, asH (or the pub lic welfare department, or call al the courthouse Thar* are tola o( poor kiddiae who would IIKa you to play Santa to them—for one day, anyhow! Forecast: Tonight and Sunday rain. NEW BLOOD IS SHOWING THRU ALLIES ACTION U P Staff Correspondent LONDON, Dsc 16—First evidences of new blood inject ed into t"e British jnd French governments thru t*s reorgan ization cf th» ministry was seen in the ultimatum to Greece snd Franre's new Ver dun offensive It ha* not been announced offi cially whether King Couslantlne ha* accepted the silled demands, but every Indication pointed to his submission, which acceptince of the allies terns will undoubtedly re flect credr on tJo\ d-George and Rrlsnd. 'Juct'fv Ing the recent revo lutionary policies of both countries News from all sources continues to pfle np the evtd*m-e nf renewed determination to wage war. Offi cial ststeni'-nts wNlch have recent ly I teen drib and colorless, now re (lect new inspiration and ]oy. In much the same tones as they did in July shin the (lie push rtarted National questions of l.licgest im porta nee which have been hanging fire for w»«>ks snd months are ra|»- idly taking shaiie under the more vigorous leadership of l.loyd George Newapaper* tod.iv all emphasize Oen .Vlvelic'* "push" at Verdun a* a fitting re;,ly to the German |>eace offer*. GERMANY IS READY TO GIVE ALL TERMS BY ROBERT J. BENDER (United Pre** Stjf* Correspondent I WASHINGTON, I>ec IS —-Ger- many *tat»ds ready to give the al lies a full statement of term* In a peace conference Thi* *tate*nen' wa* mad" offl ' r tally today bv German Am haiku- i dor Von ftern*torff. followniK a short conference with Herr<>taryi I.an«lng to/lay Iternstorff said he doe* not know officially what te'm* the*«> are. but that they would be freelv given to entente allies at ny conference to be held. At the same Mme. Germany I* also re*dy to dl*"u«* dlsarme'iient. rroatlon of a league to guarantee peace. and kindred *übjecta that would arise from any peace negoti i atlon*. Saturday of Herbert M Stokei, the man who ahot and killed Alexander Millar after an argu ment, In the Mutual Life build Ing Friday noon. He wa* quietly awaiting develop ment*, follow Ing a night In the cltv jail. Stoke* walked to police head quartern Friday noon, leaving Millar dnad on the floor of hi* office, and handed over hi* automatic plHtol to Chief liei kingham A brother of the victim, .f. A. Russell, Vancouver attorney, or dered the body turned over to prl vate undertaker*, and wlrnd Mr* Millar, who wa* on her way to New Vork. Htoke* said he had not ti*nd hi* pi*ti>l for M >nar*, but go> It out of Ills t-uik Friday. Saturday Millar'* friend* exhibit ed a letter from Stoke- which *how ed that Millar whm not IrArrears In payment* on patent rlghtu signed him by Stokea Thl* contradicted Htok>'*' first Htatemenl that he killed Millar because he uaa behind with such payment* GERMANS REACH SECOND LINE TRENCH HKRU.V, via Hayvllln, Dec Ifi A 'inrman thrust reached the Her ond Hrltlsh line Houthea*t of Zllle bekn, today'* official statement an j nounced. The Seattle Star THE ONLY PAPER IN SEATTLE THAT DARES TO PRINT THE NEWS BV ED L KEENE VOLUME 19. LITTLE LAME PRINCES AND PRINCESSES AT FIRLANDS TO BE MADE HAPPY BY MOVIES Her# ar* two HtU# Ftrlftndt ki aged 6. and tht other is Evtr*tt. «g< A little lame prince once llv Ed captive In a tower Surely you remember tbs atory. For days and months and years he waited for his piti fully twisted limbs to straight en ' ' ■ " ~" ~ The clouds floated overhead The little lame prince lay thers watching them, and then, one day — It's an old nursery tale This is a newspaper story. You demand facts rather than fancy. Very well • • • There AUK littl* lame princes held cat tlve among tho fir trees of Kichmond lligb- Isnds There are little lame princesses, too. Kach day tbejr watch the cloud* rolling t»*er Klrland* tuberculosl* sanitarium Htretrhwl between heavy blanket*. toting Edward I.'ud holm. C. and hi* brother Everett, *, wal< and wait for the day* MASS MEETING OF HOUSEWIVES : VOTES BOYCOTT Seattle women who attended the Homekeeper*' club ma»» meeting at the Preis club Fr|. day afternoon voted their ap proval of the boycott on high priced potatoes, egg* and but ter. But the women will u*e twice a> much milk a* formerly In their cooking. "Feed price* have advanced." said Mr* It'-dlngton, prealdent of the club, "but milk price* remain con *> ant The women appreciate that the milkman doe* not gamble with hi* patron* by manipulation Ho we'll u*e extra c|uantltie* of milk." The hovrott plndgn wa* not to buy potnlo« * r«-• a 111 n k at morn than I rent* a pound. or butter for two week*. or until It drop* to <0 tent*: fre*h egg* at more than 4."i rent* or *torage egg* at morn than 35 < enta MILLION A YEAR FOR E. B. M'LEAN W A SIIINOTON. I *nr Ifi Kdwln Heal* Mclean will have the entire Income fr mi thn great c*tat« Inft by hi* father, John It. Mcl.nati, and la recognized ax thn '<oln head of the Waahlngton I'oat and the ('ln dnnatl Knqulrnr, by an atonement rearhnd out of r'mrt today. Thn Income, according to Wilton .1 I.ambert, Mi I-ean'* attorney, will approximate $1,000,000 or morn yearly. * WEDDING BELLS AT MUTUAL LAUNDRY Wedding bnll* dl*ru|ited the effl cl< ncy of the Mutual laundry tlilH week Flr*t John I'ott* and Kate Man *en took a day off and went to Ev erett. where the knot wa* tied. Then Andrew Ifcitv and Flora IKun nlln followed miill. Only they did the Joining stunt right here In the city. All four Hrn member* of tlie Vdiuudry Worker*' union. SEATTLE, WASH, SATURDAY. DECEMBER 16, 1916 eld rt who M»|r ••• moving picture*. One 11 suwird Linonotm, pd > Their fath-r and mother died it the sanlter., m. FIRLANOS MOVIE CONTRI BUTIONS Previous!' acknowledged t 9* I P J Olm>H 1 Provident I.<oao Society... 100 J. C Hopkins X ' Check .... 1<» I John I. Hat* 6 ! Cheek . 2 Mrs V I. N'lls<in it Harry A Shaw. M. I) u ' National Hani, of Com merrK employes 11 I Henry ColUn* SI II \V ImN e* . . 1 | Haymond R Fra*|rr 3 1 Sot Sttr'ng .... 3 ♦ -♦ that mar hrtng them sturdy I unrs A faiber and a mother, t»o years ago, lay In the Ptrlands wants, suffering. too. from tu berculosi*. father died Then mother died These two orohan kiddle* re mained. without a dollar and without a relative to help Jhcin thru the year* \ume«. *ome time* lioiißht 'hoes or ttou*- ers Hut It I* a dr»>ar outlook even for kid*. There *re 20 other Utile folk* fighting lubercuk>*l* out there Some r»f them have friends and relatives Some have not Hut all live a routine, dull existence And they never, never see r movie ahhw' • • • Somehow, I'm word hg* rr«rhed the ch'ldren'a ward at K'lrland* that Santa Claus Is going to via:! them during Christmas time. Somehow, th'ne kid* are all whispering about a hit of gos sip. predicting that tie Intend* to leave a real moving picture machine, and a guarantee of miles of film to he nhown ev ery week after Chliatma* Young Kdward l.lndholm has been smiling lately. Goodne** know*, he and Kv ereit had enough to cry about. Hut the thought of movie*, wonderful reflections of tho wide, wide world without. Is bringing a flush to his rheeks, mid to the checks of the other kids. • • • The only difficulty with the Hanta Claus pro|*>sit ion Is that he hasn't enough nionev yet with which to buy the movie machine The Star has been telling about a plan, and how big heart ed fellows have given cash, and guaranteed film, to boost the thing along Hut a Rood motion picture machine, to show fllma which have been fully guaranteed, coats more than |30fl. In the story of the little lame prince held captive In a tower, some mysterious enchantment transformed his cloak Into a floating sort of aeroplane, $350,000 FIRE SHAMOKIN. I'a., Dec IB Fan ned by high winds, fire that started late last night swept thru Bhamo kln's hitsln. ss district and caused uu estimated loss of $.150,000. which took him out to set* the world. There I* nothing mvstwlous or magical about showing the world to the little lame folks •t flrUmlii Just bin-hearted human folk k r e f to tel' The Star tbey will help. The fund I* growing* It bounced up alth some Jump to day. when we received a check for $100 from the Provident lx>an Com pany. K 8 Travl*. manager "We hav.' set anlde a certain amount for benevolent purpose*," explained Manager Travl*. "And I believe vraur effort to secure regu lar movie *how* at the tVland* tuberi ular Hamtartum I* one of the tieet Christmas service* that rati be rendered " We need some more money yet lle*ides the movie machine, which • 111 (out I3UO. there are some car l>on* and other odd* and end* that must be had How about it. folks? WAR MACHINES HUM THO COLD HALTS HUMANS BY WM PHILIP SIMMS l*n11e«! I'repi sfaff Correeiinnilmt 1I <*(»» rl* hi c*l by Ihf 1 nllel |*i I— ) WITH THE BRITISH ARMY IN FRANCE. Dec. 16—This i* a machine war. One realize* thi* more a* winter *wamps the earth with mud and wet The purely human element is balked, but the machines keep war grinding on. The Infantry can't march, but auto buaees shunt the men back and forth like magic. The scouts are al most paralyzed, but aeroplanes defy the elementa. The soldier* i ,tn't the mud hole* lietween their We and the coemy, anil stick to trench work and trench mortar* hII dav. So when the communique reads "There 1* nothing to report,' It doesn't mean the front I* silent for the machine fighting never ceases. Just now one of the wettest, chilliest, dreariest snowfalls on record seems bent upon ushering In a correspondingly aoggv winter, lluge flakes of snow, resembling monstrous goose feathers, and com pletely arresting nerlnl operations, at times limit the vision to scarce ly a hundTcd yards. Hut artillery and trench warfare goes on Nothing stops this The worst possible weather can only cause a slowing up Kven when the snow and rain and foR prevent all attempts at ob servation. there are always many charted points against which the artillery hammers The trcnch mortar men have the exact range of the enemy trenches In front The freezing weather and thaws are damaKing to trencher Thus It is the Hritlsh Tommy's Idea to keep the mortars busy, as few projectiles are wasted Kven If there are no casualties of the enemy, his trenches are initial ly damaged, the soft condition of the earth rendering explosions dou bly effective. PAN FRANCISCO, Dec If,.- The waiters' strike ended today. SImI ultaneously the musicians strike is over. \ V> e • e rjNF rcwT *m» Wni - V^L -1' 1 KrUH NI4NIIM IU GIRLS SEE PROFESSOR DROP DEAD CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 16 -—Prof. Hugo Munsterberg, of Harvard noted German psy chologist, dropoed dead today while lecturing to a class of students at Radctlffe college. Prof. Munsterberg was lec turing to a class in psychology when he was ta«en suddenly 111. He fell to the floor and died within a few minutes after be ing helped to a chair, The medical examiner was sum moned. but did not Immediate ly announce the cause of the death. With hi* last breath the pro feasor attempted to quell the disturbance which spread thru hi* clas* of girls a* he fell to the floor. i*resldent Trowel) of Harvard, I* In Sew York alt' ndlng a meeting of the league to enforce |>eace. He was notified by telephone and will leave lor ' r.ston at once The psvi holofclat'* wife wa* no tlfled by De.m Hrlggs of Harvard. Two phr*lrian* rushed to Had cllffe It i< thought Mun*tert>erg's death re»'illed from heart failure Prof Munaterberf wa* l»orn June J. IMS, In lisntlt, Germany, lie graduated from the Danzig ■ > ninaeliim In l k *>'J and Ills studies (Continued on page 8i DO YOU KNOW OF A KIDLET SANTA MAY OVERLOOK? llerh 3rl ..enfold. president of the Dado' aseorlatlon, want* th» name of every kiddle whom Santa f'laua may. by any < hance. overlook this Christmas The father of Wads' day—that'* gchoenfeM you know I* worrying hlmnelf r •• for fear any kiddle may be i, -sed. Tin l DhiU association hus been aupply liiK Itself Willi toy* and candy and other ' goodies " mi that nvfry |>oor kiddle, l«o> or (Ctrl. *111 have a rail from Santa Claua. If you know of a kldlet who might lie overlooked, let Schoen fell! kno* fall htm up or write to htm at the Standard Furniture fu GERMAN MORTALITY RATE STANDS STILL HTOI.IV. I iff. lfi I>r Karl llelfferlch presented the latest mor talitv statistics for tJermany at the las' session of the relchstag According to his figures, for each 1,000 inhabitant ", 16:'. persons died In 1911. 14 6ln 1812; 14 oln 1PIK; lfi 1 tn 1914 I!' 7ln 1915, and 17 0 In the first six months of 1916 (cat ciliated by the yeari. The figures cover only cities with I ">.OOO or morn Inhabitants, and Include all military classes, and especially all lost In the war The conclusion Is that. In the first six months of this year the total number of deaths was only about 0.7 for each 1.000 greater than that for the same period in 1911. Th# Infant mortality rate, for children less than one year of age, «H 20 7in |>tl; 24 6ln !•!2; 2<v In 1913; 22.7 In 1914; 1:: 4 In 1915. and 11.5 In the first six months of 191fi COUNTRYMAN WILL LECTURE SUNDAY Curl ('- Countryman of Chicago, author. traveler and lecturer, will speak nt two meetings here Sun diiy. At the Y. M. A. In the afternoon Ills theme will be "lied llnck." In the evening at. the open forum nt Queen Anno Congrega tloruil church hih topic will j>o Pot* and Kettles'' Countryman Is executive t-ecretnrv of the National League of Young Americans an organlxatlon for the raising of the standards of American clll/■ nshlp. In a political progressive, and Is champion amateur long distance walker of the world. BERLIN ADMITS IT ItKHI.IN. via Hayvllle Wireless, pec 16. —The French have suc ceeded In pushing back German forces from some of their most ml vanced positions In the Verdun dls trlct. It was announced in today's statement The «am > statement reported as ttuecessful a new thrust by the (?er mans against 111 itlsli troops around Yprea. W. A. HOIZHEI M ER, of JttUMU. has been named assistant lulled States district attorney, wltii of lices there. NIGHT EDITION • v m v* m m Every citizen who has no ax to grind ia glad to make the ac quaintance of the Nonpartisan bill. The peanut politi cian (rowm on It. Sign it today. J. C. DOWNEY IS CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSIONER .lanu-M (' Ixiwiir , *ir> ":!tth ave N . aaletman for the Wad ham* Oil Co. «im appointed rlt II aervlre rommlulonrr by .Mayor filll Hutnr •lay. to mircrcd It C Kr*Mne, anil 1,. II Yonn kh wa« reappointed ■UlMTlnltHdrnt of the water depart incut for III* ninth terra. Kr*klne's term expire*. Downey came to Seattle In 1900. He I* 40 year* of age. and «a* (Jill's rain palgn nerretary the flrat time he ran for mayor. For several year* he wa* a member of the firm of DowneyWalkup. haberdasher*. !<I4 First >vi„ and wa» later v|re presl. dent of the Red Shield f'reinierv <'o The place pay* $»»oo a year. Civil *»rv|rw co m ml** loner * act chiefly as judge* in matter* of dis pute among the city'* 3.000 civil service employe* and their depart ment head*. Yolungs receive# t". 000 a year. TRAIN STRIKES 3-YEAR-OLD BOY A little .'! year-old baby bov. who able to tell doctor* hern hi* nainn *a* was rushed to Seattle l»y a Northern Pacific train crew Saturday morning. after he hail been struck while plying alone the track* near Klrkland tut* on the si-.ilp. whirh ut flr*t looked dnnceron . were not consld ered so after p'l'slcl.m* examined him at the Seattle General ho*- pltal. I Effort» to notify the ptrenta failed. l-at'er the N. P. agent at Redmond «»» went to Klrkland t« try and find the parent* and notify them LAURETTE TAYLOR WRITES OF CAREER ' From Seattle to Bro«dwa> This Is the title of the article In the American magazine for Janu ary. out today, written by the most famous acttes* Seattle has pro duced. Liurette Taylor It Is a sketch of her own advance from tlie *tm k company that play ed at the o'd Third ave. theatre In Seattle to ' I'eg o' My Hf»a.rt." (he rol< she created in the play which ran a greater consecutive period in New York than any other play In history. MAY EXTEND UFE OF RAIL PROBERS WASHINGTON. Dec. 16.—Chair man Adamson of the house inter state commerce committee today in troduced a resolution to extend f llfe of the Neulands railroad inves t!nation committee another year— until January 1. 191S, the committee having found it Impossible to make It recommendation to congress for railroad legislation, including the question of government ownership, within the time given. CHRISTMAS BONUSES FOR 10,000 S. P. MEN SAN* FRANCISCO. Dec. 16—Ten thousand employes of the Southern Pacific will receive a Christmas present of 10 per cent of their an nual salaries, according to an nouncement today. The bonus will go only to employes receiving less than $2.50n a year, and will not apply to members of the railroad brotherhoods. CAVE-DWELLER IS TAKEN NEAR BOTHELL i.ouis Smith, 45, a heavily beard ed recluse, who has been living in a cave under a bridge near Hothell for the lust two months has been arrested and placed in the county jail for investigation The recluse, according to Deputy Sheriff Starwlch, who brought the prisoner to Seattle late Krldav had a pile of canceled checks, a Bible and a liunnn finger bono with him when arrested. infer ©w® Lfe Sfbsry It is said that in her novel, "Dawn O'Hara," Edna Ferbcr, the gifted author whose stories have entertained millions in America thru the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines, she told her owri life story. D mWIM Is the story, of a girl reporter. It will appear next week in The Star, beginning Monday. It will run in six installments, concluding Saturday. 1900,000 IS LOSS FROM BAD WIRES LOS ANGELES. Dec. 16 — That the fire destroying the Llewellyn Iron Work* wa* th« re»ult of high-power wire* be coming croaaed, wa* the theory advanced at noon by Ree*« Llewellyn, president of the con cern. Detective* King and Per. land and Deputy District At- torney Claire Woolvine. follow. ing a rigid investigation It ttp|M>ar* certain to them Mat the fire started on tho second floor and burned some time before belnft discovered. There were no explo ■lon*, they say, until the fire had burned 20 minut..;, arid they ascribo these to the fact that a <iuantity of gasoline was kept In the building. Thl* dispelled a theory held bjr police early In the day that the de struction wan the result of a bomb. Following his statement that th« explosion was not cau-od by dyna* mite. Malcolm M~ljiren, exj,ert .a explosives. sought evidence of a chemical bomb as the cause o| the fire. There i* a possibility that th« loss v. 11l be greater than at first thought. Thua far official* hav# not been able to reach vault* la the burned offi.'" 1 building*, and these are said to contain plans and *1.• tclie'- worth f illy half a million, in addition to the i'■< itt',ooo loss to building* and marhln»rv. Whether the plan* escaped destruction is problematlral. I>avld Catalan, convicted of man* slaughter in connection with the I»s Anpeie* Time* dvnamltlng. Ju*t 12 hour* before ihe Uewcllyn ex plosion, declared no associates ot hi* were in any way connected with the explosion, which some ascribed to a demonstration against Caplan'a conviction. He declare* that any such movement would cause him lr reparable Injury. Two alarms were sent In. but fof mn» rea on there was delay In Retting the apparatus to the seen* and for a short time one engiti* worked alone. SOUDAS TOLD GIRL HE CUT HIMSELF IH SWIMMING AT ALKI Mrs Sadie Wilson employed by Soudas as a saleswoman in hl» cigar counter on Wrstluke ave.. testified Saturday the defendant was in ran- spirits on the afternoon of the murder and went swimming at Alki beach with a friend. She said he returned late in the after noon and complained of cutting himself while bathing Mrs Agnes Connera. another character witn. ss, said the accused had been employed by her aa a house bo> for nearly a year at the Karlington Country club, where her husband is employed. During that time.' t. stifled Mrs. Conners. lohn was treated by ua like a son He tended my baby and was \ery considerate. His reputation was above reproach." WOMAN MURDERED .11 NT. \r. Dec 16.- I'olloe are investigating the record of Har ry Againsky. who was arrested Fri day in connection with the murder of Babe" Brown in Douglas last Wednesday. The Brown woman left her hus band recently in California, and v. as followed by him to Alaska. She has been seen witn him several times. Allowing the murder the husband disappeared. It is claimed that Agalnsky was a great friend of Brown's. 7 GUARDSMEN HURT ORAI'KLANH. Tex . Hoc. Ifi — Si'Vfji members of Mattery A. First lowa field artillery, were Injured when a broken rail on the Interna tional (Ireat Northern railroad caused two Pullmans on a pas senger train 1o leave the track neap here early today. A hraketnati also was Injured THE SEATTLE CAR & FOUN dry Co. will begin immediately thn construction of 200 box cars for the t'nlon Pacific railroad.