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THE TACOMA TIMES
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OFFICK—776-778 OOMMERCK ST.
The Dilemma of the Big Ditch
The up-keep cost of Uncle Sam's big ditch at Panama, experts
agree, will be just about what Uncle Jawn D. draws In dividends
from an officially busted trust —or, say, $20,000,000 a year.
Nobody knows what the Income will be, because nobody yet
knows the amount of the tonnage or tolls.
Taft, as president, fixed a toll of $1.20 a ton, a penny less than
John Bull's toll at Suez. But by law our own coastwise ships were
exempted; and, of course, the American coastwise freight is likely,
certainly at first, to form the bulk of the canal's business.
For diplomatic reasons Wilson wants this exemption canceled
—-says that under our treaties we can't honorably accept a free»rout-
Ing. He'd put the $1.20 toll on every ton of American freight going
through; and that would mean $1.20 more on every ton of competi
tive railroad freight—a fine and dandy thine for the transcontinental
railroads, but rough on the poor American consumer who had hoped
the big ditch would give him all the benefits of the cheaper haul by
After taxing ourselves to build the ditch, If Wilson has his way
we shall proceed to tax ourselves every time we use It, and then
surtax ourselves by an extra railway toll every day in the year, for
During all this nifty taxing experience, while Uncle S un pro
gressively gets the worst of the bargain, Uncle Jawn smirks and
■miles and salts away excessive dollars.
If only he could be persuaded to step forth and say: "Take
my surplus income to pay the canal's up-keep and let all boats go
Then we wouldn't have any big ditch dilemma. Then we
wouldn't have to pay a big surtax to t.he railroads to the Morgans,
Rockefellers and Vanderbilts, who own them.
But It Is our policy to tax the poor. -
No Limit Now
Really the most important fact that has been demonstrated In
years In this country was made patent in Washington last week
when congress finally passed the postoffice appropriation bill. The
important thing was not that It was a big appropriation, nor that
It carried salary Increases for a lot of the boys who handle the mail,
I>ut that the section slipped Into it by the old express company serv
ing committee was Btrlcken out so that the parcel post may go on
growing and serving the people.
This bill called for a showdown in congress.
Did congress serve the people or the express companies. And
congress came up to the scratch and said, "we serve the people."
When the parcel post was first inaugurated It was done as an
experiment. It was hampered and hedged about as much as possible
by congressmen who disliked to hurt their old friends the express
companies. But it made good anyway. It began putting a crimp
in the express companies from the start, and in this congress the
question came right up to an issue, should the parcel post be per
mitted to grow and crowd the express grabbers off the map, or
should congress slip in a Joker to kill off the parcel post?
Congress d«bated it. and the eyes of the people were on them.
Senator Holndexter of this state sounded the alarm, and congress got
busy and eliminated the Joker, and the parcel post will'go on and
Mlbb Marjorle Johnson, pure food inspector, has graded (oral
restaurants and eating houses for cleanliness and general sanitary
equipment. Everything haa been scrutinized from the waiters to
the food and the general atmosphere of the place.
The results of her grading show a generally good condition.
The scores range from 83 to 98, which is getting ptetty close to per
Of course Miss Johnson has not included the various hole-in
the-wall lunch counters where hot "wetnies" and pickles are handed
out after being cooked in the open on the street, but her grading
severs the principal eating houses In town.
That there has been tremendous improvement in the attractive
ness of eating houses in Tacoma since the pure food Inspector be
gan prying into the sanitary conditions is noticeable to all who eat
down town. If the pure food department had never done anything
else, the lmprovemet in restaurants, which necessarily means im
proved digestion for the people, is worth all it costs.
A l.l\» in A monument! Sure, let's liave one.
CIiHVKLANIIHR says he "nils out all movie* Hhowing kissing
Id the filrriH." W«U, a film kiss iin't quite aa satisfactory as the
THK SO girls In New York who resigned from the Helping Mhik
society to stand by pastor who said "damn" have spirit all right.
CHIi'KKNS ran be raised within 75 mil.-, of the Arctic circle,
■ays agricultural .department. Yes, but they'd be roosting six
months in the year unless they had electric lights to work by.
INDIANA bridegroom of three week* killed himself because of
"domestic troubles." Maybe they couldn't agree as to who would
get up and melt the frozen gas pipe.
SOME folks in Portland, Ore., want that < iiy cleaned up b]
BBly Sunday. He ought to be able to do It. He cleaned up Pitts
bung $42,000 worth.
A bride never realizes she Is married until she find* her bus
band helping himself to two-thirds of the steak, says an eastern
woman. No? Well, a man doesn't realize he's married until he
begins paying for her steak.
NKW YORK papers give more apace to a blow-out of a fuse in
•übway at 42d st. and Broadway than they do to a little thing like
an earthquake. Which goes to show that those gay Qothamltes must
see things to appreciate them.
A lively Boston lad of 95, who would wed a widow of 74, has
agreed to wait until he has earned enough to keep them comfort
ably. He is now learning to make automobile tools. It's never to
late to mend, as Chaa. Reade said.
IN unit to recover damages for alleged stolen movie plot, l/>
Angeles Judge has decided that a moving picture scenario has n<
value. Don't know what that plot was, but there are a lot mon
IHSTHU T Nurse I>ona|dena McDonald 1» finding all she can do
In ber municipal Job. She has already eight patients to care for,
and her report in a few days will show how Important the position
of a district nurse is. Tacoma doctors are urged to co-operate in
■ending for her whenever there Is a patient who cannot afford to pay
• fetch price. The services of a nurse are not free. A patient pays
What be can afford. The price varies from 5 to 50 cents, and the
anrae works under the supervision of the attending physician.
IN THE EDITOR'S MAIL
■hart M«*n tr»m 11«« *m«wa, •( (ra.ril lii.rtii ■■* nlthsat
iwmil awllm, will fc» artat«4. Write afcvat aartUßc or urbodr
FM wlak, fc»t 4* iM fc«*. Mile » rrar »oi|t.. Nu r l.tt.r. an
•at ariatad ■««■—» th«r u« «•• ■••» K<mb '•■• akort.
Ml tor Tacoma Times.
Dear Sir: There are a few of u»
oeatmon taxpayers that ar« seeking;
■■formation on a few Uilnga and
Sauvht you would be a good party
«• ffo to for the same.
'Yfte firct Is: Are the men on the
JftjaMM avonu« fIU working tor the
«Hr * tor John B. Baker?
Also how It happen* that the city
paa an* tsans are flUlaa «qbm low
•at* *a |ac east slue of town far •
private party with a clty-pald ln
■pector by the mm of Day to boM
And If this Is th« reiioji why the
city team* are so busy we oannot
■<>t a few loads of gravel In the
street* where It Is needed very
Thanking you In advance for the
information we know you will give
us. w« are, I
mroLS Era. remarks:
when th' young fellers gave their
gals locks o' their hair when they
was courtin', an' after they was
married th' wimmen helped them
selveß, an' a feller that eat his pie
with his knife didn't have f die
OF OOI'HSE NOT
First Critic—l wonder what
the artist was trying to convey In
Second Critic—l am sure, I
First Critic—Let us ask'that
gentleman over there.
Second Critic—Sh-h! No; that's
the artist. He wouldn't know.
If you don't want to be spoiled
with success, get a job in the
"Shall I dissolve another pearl in the chalice for your break
fast?" asked Cliurinlon.
"No." replied Cleopatra. "Pearls are too inexpensive and com
monplace, 1101 lmo .hi egg."
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THE TAOOMA TDOUL
THIB DAjfrjjN PWOBY
Jinks never broke a New Year's resolution—
No, never onre, from season unto season,
And the reason why lie never broke <>ne was—
oli, well, I'm sure that you can gueas the reason.
LOOK OtTT AHEAD!
He wu a fine 100 skater,
'Bout Mb skating he would
And this led him to think that
Could roller skate as well.
He said: "I'm light upon my
He made the watchers roar;
Instead of "light upon his feet,"
He lit upon the floor.
P. S. —"Say, how the whoop do
you stop when you once get go
ing?" "Run into somebody, you
TRY IT AND BKE
Pugilist—Why, Bluffley can't
fight. I don't believe he could
put a baby to sleep.
Newwed —No, ■ neither do I.
There Is no man who can put a
t>aby to sleep.
DIDN'T KNOW SHMI I'
"Now, Tony, if there were nine
teen sheep in a field and seven
jumped over a wall, how many
would be left?
"None, Miss Stowe."
"No, Tony, think again. There
were nineteen sheep and seven
jumped over the wall."
"Well, Miss Stowe, I think I
know what you mean; but, real
ly, Mlbs Stowe, you may know
arithmetic, but you don't sheep."
"I don't want no rubbish, no
fine sentiments, if you please,"
said the .widow, when she was
asked what kind of an epitaph
she desired for her late hus
band's tombstone. "Let It be
short and simple—something like
" 'Win. Johnston, aged seventy
five years. The good die young.' "
A great soul has passed to the
Racially he was a Jew, but more tli
The Hebrew world baa served
humanity greatly and 1b giving us
great men all the tlme-^-gr«»t
scientists, great business men,
great musicians, great artists,
great physicians, great philoso
phers. But its greatest gift to
earth has bene Its prophets. A
prophet is one who sees clearly,
truly, deeply, and not one who
foretells the future. Moses,
Elijah, David, Daniel, Amos,
Isaiah, Samuel—the list Is one
which lifts Israel above all other
The spirit of Hebraic prophecy
has ever been one of protest
against injustice, especlall eco
nomic Injustice. Moses gave us
the bt'Mt land Bystem ever put into
law, and, until Henry George
wrote, no better was ever pro
Joseph Fels belongs to the great sohool of Hebrew prophets.
"The land shall not be sold for- ever, saith the Lord, for the land
Is mine," wrote Moses, and Pels lived to sow the world with this
Mosaic truth. He never forgot that the land is God's, not man's, and
that God means it for us all, and not for some of us. "The earth hath
He given to the children of men" did not mean to Fels some of the
children of men. "The earth belongs In usufruct to the living; and
the dead have no right or power over It," is Jefferson's way of put
ting it, and Joseph Fels delighted In the power his wealth gave him
to preach this redeeming truth.
"I've made a lot of money—and it troubles me! It troubles
me!" Within one minute of the time I set eyes on Joseph Fels ho
spoke these words to me. And his trouble about his wealth .has not
the trouble of conserving It or increasing it. No! He felt, though
he was an employer whose liberality astonished other employers,
that he was still in debt to his work-people.
"Behold, the hire of your laborers, wiio hare reaped down jrour
fields, which Ib of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of
them that have reaped are entered Into the ears of the Lord of
Sabaoth!" These words rang in his ears as a condemnation of the
wage system by which he had grown rich, and which could not lie
bettered, not by "welfare work," which be despised, or gifts to
charity, which he made even while he despised them, but by the
extirpation of monopoly—and of land monopoly first, as the mother
of all monopoly.
A great man. A living spiritual force. How can his place be
filled —in America, In Britain, in Japan, in the nations of the conti
nent of Europe?
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