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America is NOW the world leader- Tlie fact lias become absolute nnd even .tartllng In its con_plcuoi_—ess. A thoughtful discus sion of this supremacy that will aiake you glow with pride Is heKlnnlng today on the editorial page. Be sure to read it. Tacoma and Seattle Clubmen Involved In HORRORS! "We'd like to call Ihe attention of some two dozen candidates for city offices to Fred Shoe maker, who is out for controller. Though unknown to the Tacoma public and an absolute "dark horse" in our polities, he has stirred up more political excitement in the few days his hat has been in the ring than all the other candidate* combined. HE CAME FORWARD WITH SOME IDEAS! That is the reason. He told us that we are paying an absurdly high interest rate on our bonds, «uid that we ought to refund them so as to obtain a reduc tion. He asserted thatjthe mujiicipaljtccounl^are Are You For Or Against ! the Low Neck's Uplift? PRO DECOLLETE j "The women with the |)lcked-chicken necks aud shoulders. They're the ones, who are doing all the kick ing against the tie mending deptliM of decollete." This from Grace Cameron, former opera singer, comnie dlenue, and star attraction at Pantages this week. She has a neck and pair of shoulders that—well, they don't look as If she were underfed. And she's not afraid to display their curves from behind the spotlight. "You don't hear any of us th.it have the goods kicking about ihe lowness of low necks, do you?" said she. And there's nothing rough or low-brow about Grace Cameron, either. She s a remarkably well educated, intelligent aud serious minded little woman. Her lively little aft of songs and characteri zations gets a big hand just ae cause of its wholesome fun. Most Beautiful Thing. "One of the most beautiful things in the world to me is a beautiful woman," she said after she had finished her act. "If a woman has the real thing In neck and shoulders, why ..ot show them off* There can be nothing suggestive or Immoral !n their beauty. Unless—" -Then she tore off a little phrase which sounded something like this: "Hone solt gui male pense." "Evil be to him who evil thinks," she explained. Her Remedy. "As a matter of fact, the wom an with a face like a barn doo., but with neck plump and curved In nature's own art, can make herself sweet to look upon if only she has sense enough to don , a dainty decollete gown. "Since my last visit here I have gained several pounds. And whether you believe it or not, George Washington The greatest Ameri can citizen —the fath er of our country. A man truly worthy of the nation's respect »and trust. May we also attain the utmost confidence t of our numerous friends and patrons. H. N. Tinker PUGET SOUND STATE BANK The Tacoma Times n_-^ _ THE ONLY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER IN TACOMA. I - T , ,- _ 25c a 3 Night Month VOL. XIII. NO. 55. TACOMA, WASH!, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22,1916. Edition A Candidate Begins Talking they absolutely demand that I shall appear ln a low cut gown. | "The best remedy for the pick ed chicken kickers who linve nothing else to busy themselves about, is to get down to some good hard work for awhile." ANTI DECOLLETE The men folks are the one- who must bring about the in.lift In low necks, says I-lice .Matron lluck. "The girls always wear what they think the men like; and if the men tell them low cut dresses are not pretty nor attractive, tne girls will build them higher. "I don't see anything so very attractive ln bare neck and shoul ders, do you? "The decollete gown Is the ruination of young girls. 1 Know because I've seen It. 1 can't un derstand how sane mothers and fathers can allow their daughters to go about in dresses which are cut down almost to the waist ln front and back. What Can They Kxpect? "How can they expect that their daughters will not be mis taken by men for common street walkers? "The girl freshmen in the high schools are the ones for whom the decollete appears to have the most attraction. When they come out of grammar school they seem to think they have to put on ballroom gowns. "When they reach the hlglnr classes the low necks begin to disappear. "Recently a 16 year-old girl who had gotten Into trouble came under my supervision. She was the daughter of a Seattle minis ter and she had run away with a man 26 years old. Hubjects for Asylum. " 'Do your mother and father know that you dress like this?' I asked her, pointing to her bare bosom. She seemed to be sur prised. Hers was a highly, re spectable family »nd allowed her to dress accordingly, she said. " 'No wonder this man got you into trouble,' I told her. He thought you were a common Street walker.' " Here's what Dr. Eva St. Clair Osborne says: "If the women take to wearing the low cut gowns that are on display this spring they will be fit sub LOVER PINNED UNDER AUTO WATCHES SWEETHEART DIE A boy lover pinioned helpless under a wrecked automobile, condemned to watch hia sweetheart dying by inches and unable to help her by so much as lifting a hand—could anything be more awful? In the case of Allan Harrington the experience was so hor rifying that the young college graduate, whose constitution had been injured by over-study, became a physical wreck. The terrible scene that had been stamped on his mind worked with the ill-effects of a spinal blow to leave him pain fully morbid and chair-bound. The accident occurred seven years ago, and during thatj not kept in such shape that citizens, by consult ing the books, can ascertain vital facts. Hi pointed to cases where relatives of offic ials are holding good jobs and to the costliness of taking an inventory in certain departments. The Times has not yet satisfied itself as to the soundness of all his statements, but we have ob served a pronounced sensation in the city hall. Controller Meads is one of the busiest men in town light now, trying to prove Shoemaker a liar, and the entire gang of office holders and wouldhes is quite upset. No wonder! When a candidate for office be gins talking IDEAS and FACTS, instead of pol itics, it's enough to make the whole crowd shud der. jects for the insane asylum. "I can say amen to Mrs. Thom as A. Edison's words. The ten dency in women's gowns is to ward the immodest and the ex treme. It Is time for women to take a stand against the pres.nt day Immodesty." I FLASHES! EL PASO—Villa and 9<lo of his followers today besi.g.d Guerrero, in Chihuahua. It is said he has executed 80 prison ers. LONDON—The Rritish public is aroused to a high pitch of en thusiasm tlirougii the announce ment of the destruction of the 25th Zeppelin during the war. NEW YORK — Ambassad.r Morgantliau arrived today for a two months' vacation to familiar ize himself with American affairs and the American point of view concerning the European situa tion. PARlS—Zeppelin alarms caus ed the military governor to or der all city lights lowered last night at 8 p. m. PEKING—Rebels made an at tack yesterday on the governors! mansion at Chang Sha in the province of Hu-Nan. SEATTLE —Chinatown Is clos ed tighter than a rat-trap today and no Chinese are venturing on i the streets without the strictest j protection as a result of tlie im-; portatlon of 24 tong gunmen yes terday from Portland. 1 What's Doing | Today Washington's birthday; all city and county offices, banks and stores closed. • St. Leo's grammar school boys celebrate holiday with operetta; school auditorium; evening. Formal dedication Elks' tem ple, 2 p m.; and formal grand ball, 9 p. m. Tomorrow Lecture, Larry Altmayer of New York Dry Goods Economist, night school advertising class; Stadium high; evening. IDEAS! A TOUCH OF HONOLULU U. S. HAS PLAN FOE CO OPEBATIOIf NORTH YAKIMA, Feb. g|,— Five men representing the fed eral bureau of markets will work out a plan of co-operation be tween fruit growers and shippers of the four northwestern states for marketing crops. time his mother iias been his constant attendant. Now she is thing—broken by her devotion. Such very briefly summarized, is the status of affairs in the Harrington liousthol'd on Sunday evening as the family attor ney and his wife outline them to Phyllis Hraithwaite, the liber ry Teacher. NOW turn to page 2 and read the second installment of the compelling novel, "The Eose Garden Husband." What we have just been narrating is a synopsis of yesterday's opening chap ten. Or if this doesn't satisfy you, the circulation manager still has a few copies of yesterday's paper left SCANDAL! SEATTLE, Fell. 22. _ * huge bin. kin—ling syndicate, operating Die entire lei.Kth of the Pacific roast, and hav ing some of the most promi nent millionaires of Tacoma and Seattle for its victims, mis disclosed today when •vairaiits were Issued for Miss Lillian I .ternon, of 11-iiie. . Mont., and Isabel Cluyherg, of I.on Angeles. Tli.v are charged sprcilically with blackmailing a Tacoma and Seattle lumberman. Actual photographs of leading busi.iess men and club men in compromising positions are In the hands of the sheriff and will be used as evidence agairißt the blackmailing «ang. Hawaiian sunshades, such as Mrs. Frank Henderson Is shown carrying, are In vogue among Palm Heath resorters. GERMANY IS LOSING PATIENCE BERLIN, Feb. 22 —Germany's patience toward America is van ishing. The Germans have not the slightest desire, It appears, to poet pone the operation of the Teutonic decree of warfare Walnst armed merchantmen be cause of I. S. protests. It is popularly felt that Ameri cans tnust suffer the conse quent^* if they embark in armed ships Instead of seeking passage on neutral, unarmed vessels. The patience Germany dis played toward America during the I—eitauia negotiations no lenger exists because popular feeling In America already has ' hindered many of Germany's l ilana, MH.FOHD, Conn.—At leant five persons were killed and more than 50 injured today when a special passenger train ran into the Connecticut river express. A confession made last .iIkM to Deputy Sheriff M. K. Hally by a Seattle woman disclosed the fact that members of the syn dicate have been preying on weal thy Pacific coast business men for several years, reaping hu;?e harvests. Law I it ni Involved. The two girls for whom the warrants were Issued are said to have been working hand In hand with a prominent law firm here. The men victims appear to have been lured to a line resi dence on the Capitol Rill r..1 --ilence district. There .after they were placed In compromising positions, they were photographed. Clever photographic apparatus was built into the ceilings and Willis. When confronted with tlieso ' snap shots, showing them in th. arms of alluring women. . 111:1s | ranging from $io,ono to $1:1,000 were exacted from them. I.lke lllue Itook. The list of victims of the al leged hlacknlallers reads like a Hlue Hook of Seattle and Tici nia society. It includes prominent bankers, owners of skyscrapers and lead ers In exclusive Hub circle.-. Tlii:i list Is held by the officers, who expect lo arrest higher-ups in the syndicate. To Arrest Dinliei-l ps. Warrants against other women of the gang are expected any moment. Arrests of the higher ups will come Inter. The arrests luny include the members of the law firm which is' said to have been working on the scheme ulon^ with tlie women. The details of the blackmail scheme were unearthed by Dep uty Daily's investigation, through a remark which was made by George Healy, a prisoner held for burglary in the county Jail. Focus- Camera on lid. This prisoner made the state ment to the deputy that he was the victim of a "franieup," and that "they were out lo get him." When asked to explain his statement lie told of having equipped a residence of Helmont avenue with photographic appar atus. lie said he had installed a se cret camera in a secret room in the house next to a bedroom. A hole had been made In the wall and the lens of the camera had been focused on the bed. Similar cameras were in stalled in other parts of the house, he declared. Deputy Dally investigated and Is said to have found conditions just as had been described. When the blackmail victim was in a compromising position the photo would be snapped without his knowledge. (.Ins JSIO.IMIO. This discovery is said to have led to the alleged confession of the woman who ran the house. Through her confession it was learned that one victim hud been hounded for two years, after he had been shown a photo of him self, and that at last in despera tion he gave the blackmailers $10,000. Two bankers, It wag learned, were forced to give up $r.,u00 each. After the photos had been shown the victim, according to the confession, the law firm would notify him that a call bail l.« .ii received from another law firm, saying that the victim's wife was about to sue for divorce. Then the millionaire would "come through" with the WEATHER Tacoma: Cloudy and occasional ly threatening tonight, Wednesday fair. Washington: Same. How Gang Worked The confession of a Seattle woman disclosed the fact that when the blackmailers Called in their attempt to entice the millionaires to their magnificent Capitol Hill rendezvous, they adopted a procedure something like this: Two of the women would enter the down* town office of one of their prospective million aire victims. One oi' them would engage him in intimate conversation and, at the psychological moment, would pull a string which would release her gar ments. As they fell fluttering about her feet she would grab the astounded business man about the ne<'k while the other girl would snap the scene with a camera she had brought for the purpose. money. The woman who made the DOn fesslon told Die officer that in December, lit 4, she went to see a business man about some in surance. While there she saw a Mr. F. — who called her Into bis office and asked her If she wanted to take part in a scheme to get _>ne quick money. lie then showed lier some photographs lie said lie bad tak en of prominent men in tlie .Se attle and Batter hotels, declaring Oregon Hot On Trail of Unjust R. R. Rates Oregon Is right on the job, too, ln this fight the northwest is making against the $17..ft pref erential rate charged by the al lied southern railways on round trip tickets from the cast. The Washington public service commission received word today tliut Die Oregon state commission has joined with It. and has filed a complaint in intenention with the Interstate commerce commis •fTalko'the Times r i.ic.Onus. Oil) you see that Klks' building. • » • On this George Washington's day notice these excerpts from the Tacoma directory: Josephine Cherry Albert Hlooiu Christian Hack Casslus Wood Warren 0. Speaks Hansom True Paul R. Haffer coljoab. In a pinch lietwecn that and a suffrage!, We'll take a chance at a decollete. One of our jealous rivals sgain produces the ancient "Adam ;iad 'em as the shortest pome in the language. How about this? Don't crab, Joab! SPRING IH CAME Does your nose sort of reach forward for great sniffs of something in the morniUK air? I)., your woolens seem a trifle heavy? 00.-s |H>ur wife speak caus tically of the Inconveniences of apartments? D<> yon make mental pie turee of a HI bungalow In the ronntry? Dear Klatltes, you've dis covered that you're <»n the rerge of apring. • • • A newspaper ought to give the people topica of conversation. he had made considerable money, out of them. De then induced her to under take the scheme with Dim. after assuring her that it wasn't black* mnll, she said. The blackmail syndicate Is be lieved by officials to Include at least a score of women ln the Northwest. Officials believe they have un earthed one of tlie most gigantlo crime rings in the history of the Xorthwest. sion. Like Washington's complaint. It charges unjust discrimination in favor of southern coast cltlea against cities of the northwest, ln charging this fare, and so rob- Mag the northwest of Its rightful share of the tourist travel from the east. The lw*rlng of the complaints has been set by the Interstate commerce cotulnisston for March 13 ln Seattle. Try these: Preparedness. The Elks' building. The I.lks' parade. The Elks. The war. The I.usltanin case. coljoab. The Tigers. The spring styles. The Rose Garden Husband. • • • And now another of tha N.M./cnli-iluer liiglier-np is wen ting. Twenty-alu* in two weeks. • • • IDtssii; KI/IM FLAM'S AXSWKHH George Shreader: Julius Third rail played the part of the hall tree in "The Boiled Shirt." I'd like to hear from you again, dearie. James Dege: Sidney Dandruff before going in the movies work ed In a fish store, hence his won derful facial expressions.