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VIERICANS' DUTY _*ver else may be said of the efforts of Germany and to bring about a peace conference, It is perfectly hat one of the motives Is to attempt to fasten upon itain and her allies the responsibility for everything pens as a result of the continuation of the war, if the f-ise to take part In the proposed conference. 3 diplomatic Ranin develops it looks more and more vas Germany's chief motive and that she had never »ope or expectation that her plea for peace "for the • nity," couched in the language of a victor, would . by her enemies as having been made In good faith. .amy's answer to President Wilson's note, In which she a Immediate conference of delegates from all the war lons to he held on neutral territory, waß made after tbe ministers of Great Britain, France and Russia had an d to the world that they would not take part In a peace ence until Germany and her allies had admitted defeat, TTKD THAT THEY BEGAN THE WAR AND PROMISED ITUTION. REPARATION, AND GUARANTEES FOR will tj-ei noted In this connection that Germany's fulsome hswer to President Wilson's note was in no sense is lip. answer st all in f_,ci. t Wilson's sugg-stlon was that the belligerent na statement to the world telling what they are tight ly evades this suggestion and renews her plea for a on a basis which her enemies have already said they in _. asider. So far as 'neririany Is concerned her evasion of President Wilson's suggestion leaves her In precisely the same position .hat she was when she asked the neutrals to hand her original peace proposal to her enemies. Assuming that the neutral world accepts the Brltlsh- French-Ilusslan conception that Germany willed the war to en rce **er autocracy, militarism and kultur upon the rest of the that she prepared for the war tn cold blood and struck I blow at the lime when the disparity between her mlli rength and that of the entente was the greatest; that her tfulness," treachery and disregard of International and le laws have been unprecedented In history; that she has •rately violated her treaties and by so doing put herself c of the pale of civilized nations; that the only secure j will he one based upon her crushing defeat and adequate -11 mi -tit for her crimes; that her plea for peace at this time imply her attempt to Bave herself from the defeat and pun .nent which she knows are Inevitable—if, we say, the neutral rid has accepted this conception of the war. It ls difficult to tgine that any diplomatic move which Germany has made up c neutral sympathy from Great Britain ause they are not willing to patch up when It pleases the latter to suggest It. . the neutral world, Including the United *ermany and her allies started the war, c with Great Britain and her allies that -o say when and how the war shall end, If ...K...0 ...-ugh to enforce that right, course If the neutral world accepts the German concep the war was forced upon her and her allies by greedy blood-thirsty France, unscrupulous Russia and mill- Belgium and Serbia, the enemies of Germany will prob , lie held responsible for the continuation of the war If thsy refuse to quit fighting when Germany asks them to. J-'ioii the standpoint of selfish national interest as well as from the standpoint of world Justice and Interest, we think that It ls tremendously important that the people of the United ids consider ALL of the facts in connection with the war, iroui the inn- the war began, before they attempt to fix the responsibility for the war's continuation. it wjiihl certainly be unjust to consider that Germany has aided Am* a peace conference and that her enemies have ra- A freak of nature in the lost river In Kentucky. It Is known ■<• Hidden river, because no one knows its origin, and it Vanishes a rave leading no one knows where. LIVE HONESTLY! Most of us expect 1917 ls going to he the best year we have er known. Facing the future tn an optimistic frame of mind undoubtedly the right attitude toward life. But people differ ldely as to what they Lave a right to expect. To some life means nothing but getting. The method of acquisition, the way In which they make their great expectations come true, bothers them but little. A simple code of ethics by Prof. Franklin H. Giddlngs of Columbus university, printed In "School and Society," contains "Honest living means putting hack Into the world as much as you take out of it. You don't live honestly if, being Hlilc-btMlit-tl, la good health, and of sound mind, you lei somebody else pay jour way. *-"M>u don't live honeatly If, when you become a business nan, you get some-thing for nothing: from tlie legislature -. Hie city, or from -four customers, or from your wage- Traerm. "Put back In some way, In some service, or improve nt, or benefaction, above all in a fair price and a just «K«\a mm nch an you take out of the resources of the earth, »iii of th* revenues and common possessions of the commu nity, and out of the toll of nwm." my persons rscognized the worth of this preachment—' n, but only those who make It-a working basis for their <■ will discover all of the possible blessings in the new n-naWafs ~ ilia* have anyUatitntlon hi which nurse* re - o9 '- the/ are of dogs and other animal Portraits of the Women of 1917! THE "FLAPPER" '— >«—«»w»^_^»»»w****»**j*nnn_»s_*» THEi"TLAPPI7RV "A YOUNG BIRD UNABLE TO lUSE IN FLIGHT." BY WINONA WILCOX. "Flappor" will doubtless prove the most abused word in the list of 1917 names of feniinie types. We Americans do remarkable stunts with other peoples' languages; wo change the final "o" in kimo no to an "a" and congratulate ourselves on improv- ing the ancient Japanese; we pronounce the first syllable of lingerie as if it were spelled "long" and fed that no Parisian could do better; and we have already misconstrued the English flapper before we have become acquainted with the true type. The "flapper" originated In English society a dozen years ago. She Is Just becoming known in this country, mainly as having given a smart name to certain fashions for girls. In her native land, the flapper ls an honest, talkative, critical and very active girl; 15 or 16 years old. She has no respect what ever for her brother's opinions and she makes fun of his friends or quarrels with them. And she is not the least bit sentimental, outwardly. Probably the flapper does dream of herself as a Sleeping Beauty, and of a Prince Charming who has already started to search the world for her; and perhaps it is because she cannot reconcile her prince with the kind of young man she knows that she ls so unnecessarylly sar castic. Hor Indifference to the opposite sex makes her most Irritating to all young gentlemen. She ls a good sportswoman, she goes In for the game and not for the clothes and often she can beat a male op ponent. She takes honors In school, too. She is more nearly the equal of the male than at any other age, and she is very apt to let him know it. This little trait does not add to her popularity with the boys, but It does give them a good excuse for ridiculing tho flapper. Because she never flatters any man, she Is practically at war with all of the other sex, except her father and her uncles who adore her. Kuril Is the real flapper. Persons who apply the word to the rouged, rolffurcd, fantastically dressed and precociously nenliiiieiital Uttle girls who vulgarize modern ideals of maidenhood are mal treating a very good bit of slang. Its derivation doubles Its significance; in tho English sportsman's vocabulary a flap per Is a young bird unable to rise in flight, especially a young wild duck. Tlie term is almost exactly descriptive of the delight fully Innocent little girl who Is, properly, a flapper. It Is a pity tliat tho genus is so rare in America. When a young girl begins to rouge, she ceases to be a flapper—she has learned how to fly! And Isn't It the misfortune of American girls that they learn this —at least, too early? The Outbursts of Everett True* w cm* THE TAOOMA TIMEg. Society j and I Pergonal Tacoma Circle IB*, Women of Woodcraft, villi install officers Thursday eve ling at Eagles' hall. All friends ate Invited. The White Rose Embroidery club will be entertained Thursday afternoon by Mrs. Carl Craig, 2310 South O street. Mrs. Craig will be assisted by Mrs. Clara Blment. Tlie National Council of Women Voters meets Tuesday at the city hall to hear an explanation of the rray post bond issue by B. W. Coiner. Fern chapter, O. I. S., will In stall officers at Masonic temple Tuesday evening. CYNTHIA GREY'S LETTERS 9 a ,*. Address this department: Cynthia Orey, care The Tiiuos, Tacoma. T ,> If a private reply is de- sired, enclose . stamped en- T «* velo"e' | If you do not want letter . m published, say so and your wishes will be respected. m Miss Grey may be reached T ' by telephone, Main 12, or : J may be seen personally at <8 • The Times office on Wed- <*» c nesdays only, 11 a. m. to 4 ♦ <* p. m. *» <S> <3> ♦ <$><S><»<$ ><3>.s><&<S>'s><*><s>'S>«s><S>*s* Q. —A young man has ask ed me to go to tlie theater with him. As this is my first experience, I wish your ad vice on what to do. Sliould I take off my hat and coat when I am seated? MADGE. A.—Remove your coat as soon as you are seated. Remove your hat when the llghta arc turned down. This is a signal that the tin tnin Is ai»i:it to go up. There Is no object inn to taking off ihe hat earlier, but most MMI retain them for a time. Dear Miss Grey: I wish to say a few words to Ruth. Somehow, I do not believe It Is poverty alone that makes her feel as she says she does toward her husband. My case Is somewhat simi lar. I married a poor man and we have one child. When I married my hus band I thought I loved him, but I soon realized that our tastes were so different we had very little In common. I was reared In a home of cul ture and refinement and when I found that my hus band did not possess those finer sensibilities, that meant so much to me, I became very discontented, and many times it seemed as though I could not endure It. However, I knew that my husband possessed some good EHESQEEEn ENVIRONMENT 111 I-ES OUR LIVES "It is strange, Margie," said Paula, "how quickly we adjust our selves in different ways of living. "It had been less than a year since I had been jerked up by the roots from my beautiful home in the midst of loving friends, and yet here I was settled down into the life of an actress. And the queer part of It all, Margie, was that my other care-free existence seemed but a dream. "No one could have loved her parents more than I did and yet I could hardly realize that I had ever had parents. There is something about the absolute finality of death which makes itself felt in the consciousness of even the tenderest and most sympathetic mind. "I believe, Margie, only those who have lost by death some one who ls very dear to them can understand what I mean. The old say ing, 'While there is life there Is hope,' Is very true; and its anti thesis, when there is no life there ls no hope, ls quite as true. "Your mind refuses to think about It any more. Yes, you have the loneliness, a loneliness that sometimes seems to smother your very lungs so that you cannot breathe—a feeling of the utter futility of living and struggling and fighting for something which is mean ingless in the end. "What I want to convey to you, Margie, ls the fact of quick ad justment which the mind makes. "At this time it almost seemed as though I had never been that care-free, happy girl whose whole Interest was centered on whether she wouid make the 'daisy chain,' and so be proclaimed one of the prettiest girls of the year at Vassar. "Here I was opening my eyes in my little suite In the boarding house in a strange city at about 11 o'clock each morning as though I had been doing It all my life, and, strange to say, my little old brain accepted the changed conditions as a matter of course. "This sounds rather vague, does it not, Margie? What lam en deavoring to bring out is the peculiar way in which nature copes with the irrevocableness of death and the way we poor mortals accept snythlng that comes, Margie, when we have to. "Do you think lam preachy, dear? I don't mean to be. I only wish all those girls who are working away and trying to do their best would only understand that the mind can only stand about so much Joy or grief, pleasure .or pain. These can only be experienced by one's capacity and even before we will own it to ourselves our understand that the decree admits of no repeal. "Until I left my father's house I had always risen before 8 o'clock, taken a cold shower and my athletic exercises, breakfasted simply but rather bountifully and then started In on the affairs of the day. "Now my day never begins before 11 and I usually have my coffee In bed. Usually the moment my eyes popped open I began to think of my dancing lesson, my fencing lesson or my French lesson. I always tried to get In a five-mile walk, and although the play was j exceptionally successful we averaged a rehearsal a week to keep us up to key. "I seldom ate much until after theater at night when Earnest and I usually ate together at some restaurant. If I might be allowed the paradox, I was living rather Irregularly In a most regular way. "My whole experience at this time was bound up in that of Earnest Lawton. It never entered my mind that he was not as com pletely interested in me as I in him. I do think, Margie, that at that time Earnest Lawton was as deeply In love with me as he was capa ble of being in love with anyone. "But I soon learned, alas, that there was hut one being on earth 1 Earnest Lawton really loved and that was himself." (To Be Continued. 1 It's a Cold, Cruel World! qualities—he is a man of good morals, Industrious, and very honorable, and I thought perhaps if I did my best to make our home attractive and did all In my power to exert the right kind of influ ence over him we might yet he more companionable in time. My husband has often chld ed me and said that my In difference was due to pov erty, and while that hurts me, I know It is not so. To be sure, if we had more means so that I would be able to enjoy things that I crave—such as musical enter tainments, etc., these other things would not be so hard to hear. I do have one great conso lation, however, and that is my church. And now, Ruth, I want to say to you that if you will earnestly seek help from the right source you will not fail to receive en couragement. A WIFE. Q. —I have been married eight years. 1 am now 23. My two children are dead; and I have turned my time to writing stories, necause of my early marriage I have never had the opportunity to meet and know young people, to be really one of them. Last fall I made a trip to Florida, where at the homo of a respectable woman, who kept my secret, I posed as a single girl. During the two months I lived there, I was showered with attentions by young people, such as a young girl usually receives. My husband knew why I was making this visit, and he trusted me, knowing my only object was to gain experience for my work. But, upon my return, my relatives made my life miserable. My broth er-ln-laws look upon me as a bad woman, untrue to my husband, because 1 mingled with young men and women, posing as unmarried. I shall never sco these peo ple again, and the experience has only sufficed to make me more satisfied with my hus band and marriage. Because youth really never came to me, I had a secret yearning for It. Hut now I know that It is only froth compared to the real meaning that mar riage has. My husband still thinks I did nothing wrong antl is glad to give me the op portunity to see all sides of life, knowing that I shnll he happier for it. But my rela tives cannot forget. Do you think it was wrong for me to do this? MRS. E. V. A. A.—lt Is not for me to Judge. The Almighty Maker placed within your keeping a soul, and gave you a conscience with which to guard it. So you see, yon are not rospons lble to your relatives, to me, or to 3HRISTMAS MAIL IS STILL UNDELIVERED! Christmas mail piled high In one receiving station In Chicago. the central distributing point of the nation between the east —9 west, is fhown in tlila picture. Other stations In same •aonditloii k Tuesday, Jan. 1. 1917. anyone else for your at Is, bat alone to your Creator. If you i'ununited no .tin against your con science, who can say that you did wrong? The longer I live tlie more I realize that people consider a thing right or wrong according to the broadness of their minds. I will say, however, tliat only a wo man who was very sure of herself could accomplish such an experi ence and not harm herwelf or <>i h ers. If your husband does not condemn you, surely your relatives have not the right to. Q. —I am 21 years old and married to a fine man who loves me and whom I love de votedly. But now a former sweetheart threatens to reveal some things which took place in the past. He wants me to get a divorce and marry him, I think it will nparly drive me crazy if I don't find some way out of this. I know It will just about kill my husband if the man tells him. Please advise me what to do? DISTRACTED WIFE. A.—Your greatest error was In permitting this man to approach you with his suggestions of divorce. Cut off all cominunicatiouN with liiin at once. Tell your husband all there Is to tell. He will not die. He will take the burden from yon and deal with the other man as he deserves. With an enrollment of sev enty-four women and one man, the first suffrage school in the country has opened in Baltimore.