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SHOWS HOW CITY CAN HAUL PEOPLE BY AUTO
In the '■ Editor's Mail FOR MUNY SYSTEM EDITOIt THE TIMES: I may be stupid like a socialist, but after several days of deep thought 1 can't see anything Impracticable in the suggestion in last Friday's Times that the automobile owners of the city help the T. R. _ P., who are so pathetically "doing the best they can," according to the May bulletin, to handle tralflc. We know from actual experience last year that the autos can handle the crowds. Perhaps the objection will be raised that the plan couldn't be put in operation legally.'* Theoretically, the people niado all tlie laws we have, and If it Is "provided by law" th; ' working men and women of a city as pros perous as Tacoma nm I work an extra two hours a day going to and from their work, it 1« lime the iieopte brought out tlie legal scrap book and made another attempt at lawmaking. However, even under our present legal limitations here are some suggestions: 1. If the city can own and operate a street car system it can own anil operate a motor transportation system. 2. Let the city employ as drivers in the new- system all auto owners in the city who are willing to carry pa_n*-»'is on thoir reg ular dally trips between home and business. The city would pay these drivers $1 a year, which would make them regular employes of the city. The drivers would fiirni*b their own cars, tires, oil and gas, just as a carpenter has to furnish his own saw and the oil for his oilstone. Z. Every driver employed ln the "Municipal Motor Transpor tation System" would have to have a city license, which would cost him $1 a year. The licence would state the maximum number of MMMin he could carry In the specified car, and approximately the hours and route of his run. So far the plan hasn't any promise of municipal bankruptcy in It. 4. The city would assume the bonding responsibility for all of the cars operating in the system, arranging, if necessary, with some insurance company to protect the entire system by the year. As a mutter of fact, we all know there would be very few accidents and that the "bonding" scheme was more to protect the T. R. & P. than it was to protect passengers. Besides, anyone who would rather take a chance with the T. It. & P. than in one of the city cars would be free to do so. .".. The driver of every passenger auto ln the city not being used in ' municipal" system to be required to pay a rlty license of from $10 a year to $HI a month, as might be necessary to get results. Tliia would furnish the funds to operate the system and protect the passengers. As a matter of f.u-t, I believe 00 per cent of the drivers in the city would be glad to make their cars of service to the people in the emergency that agists, not making stops all day when It would Interfere with business, but picking up ■ load mornint; and evening at the peak of the traffic. Tho others would of course be glad to l»ay a small fee for the privilege of being exclusive. If it would be unfair to have two kinds of licenses, charge all drivers tlie same and "pay" city drivers accordingly. I, I believe the plan suggested would have two results. First, the workers would ride to and from their work. Second, the T. R. S P. management would find funds somewhere to pay their men enough so that they could operate all the cars they have, and if necessary, buy more cars. It isn't human nature, unfortunately, .or the street railway people to worry very much whether the pas sengers stand or sit, when they are collecting fares with one car and i rew v. lien two or three are needed. Passengers on the city cars would pay 5 cents, and the driver ."• ouhl use the money for gas or " Red Cross" as be preferred. There may be flaws in the scheme suggested, but there are a 'ot of us who are not socialists who believe that a socialist city council would have Tacoma passenser.s riding in a sedentary Instead of vertical way Inside of a week. According to the ballots last election, there are not relatively very many socialist Reads in the city, but I believe there are a lot, of socialist feet on the South Tacoma and Point Defiance cars every! day. The people of Tacoma haven't properly thanked The Times for the fight It made recently for municipal operation of the street car •vstem. Of course we were "scarerrowed" out of it by a big ma jority. But at this late day my hat is off to you, Mr. Editor, at about 4:30 every evening. A .STUDENT. HOUSES GALORE EDITOR THE TIMES: I see people appeal to you for houses. Now we have two four room cottages, with large porches, on the beach, and one of the beat beaches on tho Sound, furnished for family of six or eight people. And anyone working ln the Foundation shipyard could live here, as It is only 15 minutes' row to the landing where the launch starts for the shipyard, and a launch runs from Point Defiance to our houses. Anyone wanting to come to see them will find time card of launch Elsie C. at Point Defiance boathouse. And there are eight houses beside my own for rent. JACOB HAGEMILL.ER. DRIVE IN AISNE SECTOR A CONFESSION OFWEAKNESS By J. W. T. Mason 1 ii ito I Press Staff Co.rree.pondent. Yon Hlndenburg's persistent sacrifice of his man-power along the subordinate Aisne front Is Im beet evidence the Germans ha\< given that they consider an ad vance to the channel ports too dif ficult an enterprise to be under taken at this time. The Aisne operations have gfit too far to be considered somy a.' a feint. The death toll that has had lo be paid for the gains la the terri tory, has besn too heavy to justify the theory that yon lllndenbu.v has desired simply to create a diversion. The Aisne drive must be regard ed as a major operation, u.i.i r taken in obedience to the clamor of German people for more vic tories. The real victory, entailing t-9 rapture of Boulogne, Calais khl Dunkirk apparently has been judg ed by the kaiser's advisers as Ij - difficult to attempt. 9o the Ger man general staff seemingly waa ordered to win a showy success that might be dished up in a man ner to quiet, for the moment, ihe threatening murmurs ot tha po > pi* of the central empires. There Is no doubt that the al lied front along the Aisne has ba> a weakly held. Gen Foch waa per fectly sound In his judgment to weakening It. He has had to do this In order to Insure the safety of the channel Attacks Beaten I (United Pre** I—l Wlra.) ROME, May St.— "Two violent attacks on the positions recently captured from til* Austrlans on the Caposll* front vers broken up Monday night," the Italian war office announced today. ports, which is the paramount co * sideratlon. The Germans choose the Aisne for their camouflage victory undoubtedly because It wa.-. the least strongly held part ot tlie front within range of the T-je tonic reserves in western Franc < The success of the German ? along the Aisue must be regardel as the price tlie allies are Mgrlag for the security of the chain. coast. It is also an acknowlegement tiy yon Hindenburg that he can no' disregard the clamorous cries o. the Germans to be fed with more 1,.!.-; of victory, altho sound mli tary policy Is against the sacrifices such futile successes require. The strtegic situation, in fact, seems to be getting out of yon Hlndenburg's reach and Is becom ing political in its purposes. The Germans have succeeded by the present operations in cut ting the railway between Soissons and Rheims. This is an import ant line ot communication, serv ing the southern front of the al lies in France. It has been cut, however, at only one point, Fls ines. The sectors to the east and west are still well within the safety tone. The capture of the environs of Flumes Is far from representing a major success. It may set the Berlin crowds cheer ing, bat the reaction will be all the mora dangerous when Berlin has had time to realise ln sober silence how meaningless has been the new sacrifice of German man hood. DOINGS OF THE DUFFS SQUIRREL FOOD Tells of Dropping By Seaman R. W. Burke, of the U. S. S. " ." (Copyright, 1918.) A I lenat that's sighted by a lookout on a destroyer is almost us good as done for. "If we see 'em, we get 'em," is what we say. v^ff^^^^!jg^|i?j j [tV A 7^_ Friday, Saturday and Sunday MATINEES SATURDAY AND SUNDAY Derwent Hall Came In a New One-Art Play "THE IRON HAND" Uy Hall Came EDDIE CARR & CO. In an Absurd Farce "THE OFFICE BOY" BARRY & LAYTON The All 'Round Boys STEWART & MERCER In Their latest Comedy Aerial Surprise FRANCES DOUGHERTY In Her Characteristic Melodic Dtvemloa THE MISSES BLACK & WHITE lv Their Novelty Diversion Orphenm Travel Weekly | Orpheai_ Concert Orchestra = ■■ - Tba American Musical Comedy Favorite WELLINGTON CROSS In Songs and Stories ot the Movent T_D SHAPIRO AT THE PIANO Price*—Evening* SRc, 80c and TSc. MaUaees _.-,. and .10c. Avoid l>_-ppo4nt_ie_t; Buy gent* Early The Orphean Seneo. ConUnaen Until the Middle of June. Thursday, May 30,1918.—THE TACOMA TIMES—Pagt Two. "Making Both Ends Meet," or "One Good Turn De serxes Another." American, British and French Jestroyers—all are working to gether now, and It is pretty hard for Fritz to show ihla periscope above water. They used to oper- A Lot of Easy Ones Are Missed. "Ash Cans" On the Hun Sea Pirates ate on the surface a lot. Now they don't. The ''ash-cans" have done it. "Ash-cans" are the depth charges that we drop overboard, and we call them ash-cans bo cause they are about the size of a big aslican und look very much like one. I remember one day—it was very foggy—when it seemed as 1 tlio something was "in the air." We were cruising on patrol when' we heard a number of shots close by. We couldn't see where they j ctme from, but could hear the! direction: the fog was so thick we \ could only see a few feet on j either side of us. Suddenly, right out of the fog, I another destroyer shot across our j bow and missed us by about 27 yards. Then we heard more i shots. We had been cruising slowly. I | \ had just gone aft on the deck! j house to stand watch and I had j , hardly taken my position when jwe heard a loud explosion right ] off our stern. It shook us all over and nearly bounced us out of tlie water. Officers and men came running aft; they thot we were torpedocid— or that one of our "ash-cans" bail fallen over and torn our -tern off. Everybody was relieved to find we were intact. By that time we all knew what had happened— one of our destroyers had dropped a depth-charge and we were over the explosion. We turned about immediately and rung up full speed. We had not gone many yards when we came upon a spot where there were many Ibubblcs coming to the sur face —oil and grease which spread over the water for a great dis tance. The oil was so thick It just clung to our sides. We knew then that somebody had got a sub marine. These depth charges are the GREATEST THINGS EVER IN VENTED TO GET SUBMAR INES. You hardly ever get a Ü boat on the surface now. They ore rery fast. You cannot see the periscope very far; it may be Schooner Wreck (United Press J.«ased Wire.} SAN FRANCISCO. May 29. —The schooner Expansion of Ban Francisco Is a total wreck off Suva, Fiji Islands, according to wire less dispatches to the Merchants' Exchange today. Only two of the crew were saved, according to the report. A storm drove her ashore and she was rapidly pounded to pieces. The Expansion was valued at $100,000. Plea For Russia (Polled Press T.ea-e.l Wire.) WASHINGTON, D. C, May 29.—Russia's cry for aid from allied and American sources was voiced today by Mme. Botcbkarova, colonel of the woman's Battalion of Death, to Secretary of State I I mi sing and Secretary of War Baker. Plague Spreads (Palled Press laeased Wire.) MADRID, May 29. —-The* mysterious plague Is spreading thru mil Spain. Then* are 80,000 cases in Madrid alone. The condition of King Millions'), who apparently is stricken with the disease, which resembles influenza, has forced suspension of all royal audi ences, a foot or so out of the water, or I only a couple of Inches, and It is painted light green and gray. A peris»coi>e i 8 very hard to dis tinguish In the sea unless you see them rushing thru the water; then they get up a little wake— but even then you cannot see that very far. Hut if we can get near the s-.pot where a submarine goes 'down, tlie deptli charge* will do tlie business. You just sit on the stern and roll them over: At a touch of a. I button on the bridge, too, they lean be released so they just roll \ off. They are set to explode at a certain depth. Many U-boats are destroyed that are never seen by the de stroyer that gets them. If we get a report of a submarine in a cer tain spot, we proceed there at | full speed and are sometimes able to locate It by the bubbles and the ' streak of oil on the water. We follow that streak ot oil— 'go from one end to another and see which end is moving, and drop a couple of "ash-cans" on that end. We have often followed a streak of oil for miles and miles, only to come to the end of it and see nothing there. Then we knew we had gone to the wrong end. Turning we would then go up to the other end and find tho streak moving, drop a couple of "ash-cans," and up mine the bubbles and oil. Tho U-boat never knew what hit him: we never saw him; but we knew we had got a sub. We never captured a submar ine, but we saw one captured by our sister ship. She dropped a depth bomb on it and the submar ine came to the surface and when they saw the two destroyers they surrendered. It Is very seldom a submarine is captured; they gen eraly open the seacock and let them go. Our slater destroyer brought in the Germans and put them onto our flag boat —about 30 or 40 of them. They were about 19 or 20 years old, big, sturdy blond Ger mans, with blue eyes, blond hair. and very military. The captain of the submarine was a young man who had been ln the United States. The first thing he asked about was the I'nited States. It is a mistake to give the Im pression that tlie submarine crews This is one of a series of thrilling articles by a member of a C. 8. convoy destroyer crew which are appeal ing in The Times. e®mm. __■ d__4—__S^' * NOW PLAYING A Jolly Gale of Joyous Laughter His Majesty, Bunker Bean WITH Jack Pickford AND Louise Huff AS THE STARS This Clever Pair Have Never Been Seen to a Better Advantage. ... BY ALLMAN BT AHERN lare old or Inefficient men—or I that the enemy is worn out. That I Isn't so at nil. You have some thing to contend with when you are up against the submarine.