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We always liked Charlie Hyde of the West Coast Grocery Co.
BUT —we don't like the tone of remarks he is reported to have made Tuesday night to a credit men's meeting. If their spirit is put into effect very generally, we predict a sud den, sharp demand for absolute government control of our food busi ness. Cinch down on the little fellow, he told them. Make close collec tions, quick. Advise grocers to force their customers to pay up every two weeks, or cut 'em off. "Keep close to the shore and play safe," he wound up. Now »t least they have a PIAN for that tideflata rail way fill But let's get the plan IN OPERATION. A. lion is the need. ■ UNIONS WANT CITY TO 'BUST* GRAVEL RING Launching a vigorous fight against the "gravel trust" of Tacoma, representatives of 7,500 labor men visited the city hall Tuesday afternoon and formally requested that the city build immediately and operate a municipal bunker for sand and gravel. Charges were made that the gravel dealers in Ta coma have formed a combination to maintain high prices, and that they are charging 50 per cent more for sand and gravel than is warranted. The delegation, if'iH'i-M'iiHni; the Central Labor Council, ItuiUl in# Trader Council, and Metal Trade* (Vmncil, «a« headed by Sec retary Hoy Harrlaon of the lalwr council and Meredith Parsons oil the trade* council. The organization* a«.k (hat r public bunker l>e erected on the city waterway, at an estimated cost of not more than $5,000, and that tlie city go Into active competition witli the "trust" in the Kale of washed sand and gravel. H .Hi of these commioditieti are now handled by private concerns in 1 :•■ oiiui on imiur.. which are tied up t<> I<>< nl docks and their con tfin-, unloaded by means of electric Jmisis. The coimniltw, which appeared before Commissioner Aikins and laid figures before him cliowlng tlte exorbitance of present inn*, ivm supplied with statistic* from expert« in the (travel and h.imi hu'-iiuss. These figures showed that <h«- average <«>m of delivering gravel or sand to a bunker watt 40 route « yard, ami the cost of liandling it hi the bunker was 10 cents. Member* of the alleged "gravel (rust" of Taeoma are rluirg ing a flat rate of 75 cent's a yttrd, the committee declared, with an extra charge of '-'."v i< ni« for Hanling within a limited radius. "There Is absolutely no doubt Hun there is a gravel trust in Tacoma, r«>nii<>ll< <l largely by one firm," declared Seei-etary Hum i- Mii of the Central 1 jilxh Council. "This one firm dictates the price of washed Mind and gra,vel. Other concerns are forced to aUde by the figures, or be ruined. 'I In- ImilMit-. ami the public in general, are held up in an outrageous Planner. It is roughly estimated that I'm <>niu uses 75,000 yard* of gravel a yeur, so one can ecutily see the amount that could be tavrd if the city should i*»nl>lisli a munkipl bunker. "I'll.- Ihlmii- men and builders have no .si-lfir.li motive in this. They are trying to irusli the gravel monopoly because it is a detri ment to tlie growth of the city. "If the city government will build a. bunker and sell gra\el mill sand at a rate that will permit Just enough profit to pay for the bunker and the upkeep, it will bo a great saving to the |>eople as a whole. "The three trade** councils, representing 82 organizations and ?,500 worker**, lias been preparing for this fight a long time. Now we want the city to act." It was intimated broadly Wednesday that unless the city agree* to the municipal bunkor plan, a referendum election will be called by the three organization*. "It means a saving of thousands of dollars to Tacoma, and the working people need that money," said Harrison. Thin-Glad Revolution Lady Makes Big Hit By Mabel Abbott. The Russian residents of this section are joying in a huge pic ture of an excited and insuffi ciently clothed lady, brandishing a flaming torch, and labeled in letters a foot high, 'REVOLU TION!" The picture was evidently paint ed in a great hurry, and possibly with a broom; but it looks good to S. Tokareff, sailor, who came up the coast on a coast schooner from San Pedro three weeks ago, and will sail this week on a Jap anese steamer for Russia. Can Return to Homo. Because it is to the revolution that Tokareff owes the fact that he can go back and see his father and mother, In the old home at Samara, on the river Volga, in the very center of Russia. And they will be glad to see him, he says, because it has been 12 yearß Bince he left —hurriedly. Tokareff isn't going back to make any separate peace, either. He says there will be "something doing" when he gets home. "That talk about the Russians here going home to make a sep arate peace is all bluff," he de clared today, standing in front of the portrait of the Revolution. "That is not what they want." Grin Hhows Good Nature. His broad, good-humored face broke Into a grin and he shook his head shrewdly. "I don't know yet what I do when I get there. It'll be some' lie A COPY. THE ONLYJNDEraNDENT_WEWSPAP^^£jrACOIIIA. lI^SPJS TAOOMA. WAPHINQfroS. WEDNESDAY, APR1L25,1917! _ VOL. XIV. NO. KiH. thing doing, all right. Yes, may be I go to war—l don't know yet." "He goes back right away when Russia Is free,' 1 explained a coun tryman whose English came easi er. "He can't go back before, because he was In the rebellion In 1905. He was on the battleship Potemkin, in the Black sea, and he and some other men get off the boat at Odessa and go up through Rumania and get away." "Skeep!" explained Tokareff, so that there might be no misun derstanding of his departure. Many Going Back. "You go get some books of Gorky and read. It was like that in Russia. Nobody could stand it." He skipped so far and so fast, it was made clear by the com bined Englißh of both narrators, I hat he got safely away, and has been a seaman ever since. And back In Samara, on the river Volga, the old folks have been waiting, for 12 years, with no hope of ever seeing their boy again, until the revolution. Hundreds of Russians are go ing through Tacoma and Seattle on their way home, says Toka reff. Twenty came in from Pitts burgh last night, 100 more are due from New York, and more are coming. RANK CLKAIUNGH Clearings $ 573,720.28 Balances 244,886.60 Transactions 1,781,669.24 The Tacoma Times Do You Know U. S. History? Havem't you forgotten many of the facts about early Ame r c • can history that were taught yon in Tin-. I? Wouldn't you like to "briiNh up" on the hap peningK that built Hmm I'nited States, m> an better to understand the stirring iniifs Into which the nation now is moving? Tin- Times, believing its readers will wish to review their history, has prepared a tabloid history of the Amer ican nation, complete in a few ehHpters. The first chapter appears UN I * \«-1. KOIK TODAY! SEATTLE TO BEAT US TO IT? (TiiKfil Prrsa I •u.r.i Wire.) BKATTIJ4, April 25.—Ro|> ii-stiii.iii\«s of practically every activity In Seattle to day went on record favoring a general adoption of the day* light saving play during war time. Councilman Will Hanna will in troduce an ordinance Monday, in the city council, providing that the clocks be moved one hour ahead May 1. Today President Suzzallo of the state university, James Duncan of the Labor Council, John W. Bddy, of the Skinner-Eddy Shipbuilding corporation and scores of others came to the iront in favor of the plan, which was first proposed here yesterday. Efforts are to be made to sup-1 port a congressional bill in favor of advancing the clock. fIIALKOTHE Greetings, does your wife bake war bread? Your Big Ben and Ingersoll will run just as accurately if moved ahead an hour as they do now. Who lives without folly is not bo wise as he thinks.— LaHochefoucauld. If you can't do all of these at least do one: Join the new U. S. team com pany. Go to the Red Cross benefit to night. Boost along the daylight saving idea. Plant more spuds. "Tacoma and Beavers Clash in Hig Bowl," said an evening |tuper headline yes terday. Along toward the end it was almost "splash." "Life" is worrying about what to call Miss Rankln. It doesn't like congressman as a title for a lady, nor yet congresswoman. Well, why not "representative?" That's what she is. Do you suppose Logan BUlinKHlry consulted his warm friend, Key. Hattliews, before he sawed bis way out? Young Marshall Field has en ited. Well, we hope be comes field marshal. SLASH GROCERY CREDITS? Yes, Mr. Hyde, but how about the man on wages or small salary that is being made to pay the highway robber prices you and the other food 1 wholesalers charge, perhaps through no fault of your own? ALL TACOMA LINING UP BEHIND TIMES' DAYLIGHT SAVING PLAN The daylight saving plan gripped Tacoma today. Its possibilities for economy for eliminating waste, for making use of every sun-lit moment needed in a time of emer gency, for leisure and recreation—possibilities demonstrated by actual operation in Euro pean countries—have aroused the keen interest of hundreds of individuals and nearly every civic organization. The opportunity which the plan will afford for more hours for home war-food gardening is the feature which is appealing most of all to the average citizen. h '. ___ Our Wise Old Ancestors Knew Enough to Save THEIR Daylight By the Editor Procrastination — putting things off—has raised a lot oi hob with the human raco. We all do it. We always have. So constant has been the tendency to postpone, to de fer, to lay matters over, that language forever is strug gling to find a word that means Immediately, instantly, at once. Did you know, for instance, that the term "by-and-bye' 1 once upon a time meant "in stantly?" Well it did. But people got to saying "by-and bye," then procrastinating, so the meaning of the word came to be "after a while," Instead. It's just the same about go- Ing to bed. Everyone used to go to bed with the sun. They saved all the daylight hours for their work, their hunting and fighting and wooing and Back Plan for Daylight Saving Discussion of the plan to move ahead the hands of all the clocks |tn the city during the summer months, beginning May 1, will be taken up by the members' coun cil of the ('ommercial club, says F. C. Brewer, president of the council. Resolutions probably will tie submitted, urging the city commis sioners to adopt the plan for Ta coma, and also asking Washing ton's senators and representatives to work for tjie nation-wide day light saving bill introduced in con gress by Senator Calder of New York. Should Girls Kiss Heroes? (Cnlted Pr«*s lAWMfI Wire.) PORTLAND, Ore., April 25. — Shall recruits be kissed? That's the question which has split the girls' honor guard cf Oregon. Hood River girls have started the custom by lin ing up on the station plat form and kissing farewell to. each departing hero. Miss Lucille Danforth, state manager of the guard, declared today "our aim Is more dignified than that." The next move of the pro ktsslng faction has not yet been announced. How about it, Twoma glrlH, SIKH l.l> the 1.1 ruiiv be kis*wd promiscuously? I've heard several spirited and interesting; arguments about It. l-iiv settle the question. Write In your Ideas and I'll print (Ik- let tern In Hi. Kdltor's Mall department.—Kditor. household work. THAT IS, TIIKY TSKI) TO, WHEN THEY LIVED NA- Tl'UAl, LIVKS. After awbtta they civilized, as we call it. Then they began postponing going to lied. They did it more and more, the. alzy ones first, until so many were doing it and were doing it so regu larly, that it became almost necessary for everybody to do It, ho that all persons would be on the Job during the same hours. And, of course, going to bed late as they did, they also had to get up later. All of that has come down to us to the present day. We lie abed in the sum mers during the finest hours of the U4, then don't go to bed until 'way after dark. What foolishness! That Is Mm history and philosophy behind the "diiy- WHAT TACOMANS THINK ABOUT IT DX. KHNKKT C. WHKUIKIt, prwMHM OHMMNW club— 1 think it is a wonderful thing. I think that anything that neljiß us.to get up and take advantage of the beautiful early morning sunlight, and then allows uh, after we finish the day's work, to still -have half a day of brightness, is a wonderful thing. We should endorse It thoroughly and we should sco that it is brought about for Taroma. MAVOK FAWCKTT— AII of us waste several hours of morning daylight in the summer time, because we sleep until it is nearly tinie to go to^ork. If W5 set the clocks ahead, we would have an hour of extra daylight in the evening for work or recreation. I believe it is a fine idea. S. A. AMtltKWS—Kvery jeweler in the city would be ready to turn the hands of every clock in the city, including the big clocks, ahead the minute the official word for daylight saving was given. MIIN. T. K. RIPLKY, hm'ihlxt «,f count) war food oiniinis sion—l think It is just a splendid idea, and Tacoraa should adopt it. It would be a great thing if the men in.the factories could have more daylight hours to work in their gardens. J was de lighted when I read of the daylight savings plan in The Times. GBOBGB H. HTONE, MMMMt Ntoiie-lislu-r (>,.—Our pres ent custom of recording the hours of the day is so well estab lished we do not think it advisable to disturb it. lIKV. It. H. McOINXIH—it would be a fine thing for every body concerned. •IAMKH A. HAYH, chairman clly wiir food commission—l am strongly in favor of saving daylight, but believe tfcat it would be accomplished just as well if business men would open earlier and close earlier rather than monkeying with the hands of the clock. JAMKH MrGOItMACK, prudent MeOmHMk Kms.—l am very much iv favor of the plan. I hope it will be adopted. WILLIAM F. OBKUBR, miim i iiii.ii.l.nt of mli.h.ls—At lir-l thought, the daylight saving plan looks to mo like a good thing. 1 think it would l>e a first rate plan for the rity to adopt. SI i:i'lll,\ AITLKUV—The plan appears to me to be a mighty good one. I Bee no reason, however, why this country should be getting all excited. We are in this war, and we must go into it to win. We're going to win, If it takes all the sacri fice and a service we have to offer. But there is no reason for the country to get all wrought up over every new "ism" that springs up. 11. HOY IMlllilsns, -.;,, ui>\ (<iiii.il Labor Council— Personally I never have thought much of the daylight savings plan. I shall probably be able to give organized labor's position on the idea after the meeting of the council Wednesday night, wlicn it undoubtedly will come up for discussion. COL. B. W. « «>i si it, chairman OomnicrdaJ club military Where are they going to get food? How are many of them going to live from one monthly pay day to the next? Ho\? are THEY going to "keep close to the shore and play safe?" liylit Mtviii'^" plan, tin- |iliiii Id move the dorks iiheud. The simple moving up of the clocks, may Beeni lilu> an artificial and foolish opera tion. It is in one way. That is, we all could accomplish Hit; same end instead by merely readjusting our lives no that we would begin work fin hour earlier and quit an hour earlier. The trouble is, there are ho fo many of us that we can't do this simple tiling simul taneously. Instead, to get at the mat ter at all, It has to be liy leg islation, and for a compara tively large section of coun try, a state or a nation, for instance. Itiit ue nil ran turn in iintl help Ma (luil our sljitc or our nation adopt it, just hm Hie advanced Kiiropcnn C itries have. Will you lend your «i<l? NIGHT EDITION WEATHER Tacoma: Showers to night and Thursday. Washington: Same. Ta<uin;i is in a mind today to set all its watches and rlorks ahead an hour May 1. And when Tacoina yets its mind set there is no good reason why it should not be done. The mayor and members of the city council have issued statements approving the plan. The city-county war food commission is strong fur lit. President Wheeler of the Commercial dub has urged full endorsement of it, and the question will come before the trusteees for action. The members' council of the Commercial club is taking il up. The Tacoma Central-Labor council will aci on the plan at its meeting Wednesday night. The Tacoma Automobile club, through its president, has given its approval. Officers of the Rotary club are going down the line for it. Merchants, doctors, lawyers, manufacturers, house wives and lots of others made statements enthusias tically favoring the idea, and commending The Times for suggesting it for Tacoma. Other cities in the state today are following Taco ma's move, and an effort is being made to put the plan into operation everywhere in Washington. In Seattle the Commercial dab has appointed a committee to work for its adoption, and other civic organisations have fallen in line. Spokane the same. In the hope of even extending the idea throughout the nation, members of the Tacoma Commercial club has dispatched a telegram to I T. S. Senator Poindex ter, urging him to work for the national daylight saving bill before congress. affiiiis committee—l never have plven the plan much thought and would lie unaMe to give an opinion on it until I look Into it. MHS. KMMA SMITH lh-\ OK—"Karly to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wife." JOHN U. KAIKKIt, dtl lihrnrl«n—The tlvlo bureau of the Commercial club took up the question of daylight saving Rome time ago at the request of a commercial club in another part of the country. We did not see the immediate necessity of adopting tb< l plan In this part of the country, where we have daylight from 3 o'clock in the morning until 9 at night. We figured that ilii' wan enough daylight for the average man. The opinion of the bureau hns been my own personal opin ion. I believe daylight saving is a pood thing in Rome parts of the country, but that the quention p>M no particular bearing on our situation. It is not a real MOMUty here. GBORGK It. WOODBMDGE, secretary Rotary club—An hour more of daylight at home after working hours means a Whole lot to a man. Personally I think it is a splendid th!ng and should be adopted wherever feasible. IIKNHY RHOMKi lth<Hles lir«>«li<-r«—l do not think very much of the daylight saving plan for the Rummer, when we have all the daylight we need. It might work out in the fall. I be lieve men will got up Just as early to make use of the daylight hours, without setting the clock ahead. WHOLE STATE BEHIND PLAN If congress should fall to act on the nation-wide daylight sav ing plan, a state-wide plan may be affected. The Times haR taken the ques tion up with its sister Seripim pa pers of Washington, the Seattle Star and the Spokane Press, both of which are working for its adoption. The success with which the plan has worked out in France, Kng land, Germany and Holland, where every minute of daylight has been used to get things done, LABOR WILL TALK IT OVER Organized labor of Tacoma la taking a keen Interest In the plan to move the watches and clocks of the flty ahead an hour. The daylight saving plan, which has become a national, as well as a civic question, will be discussed at the meeting of the Central La bor council Wednesday night, and a vote on endorsement of the idea probably will be taken. Is convincing argument for the succew of the plan in this coun try.