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Maybe Peace, After All
i Building in a Big Way
A Level-Headed King
One Strike Method
The real war news from Europe—
It sounds like pence news—ls that Eng
land has refused
H Fra nee’s request for
Immediate assist
ance In forcing Ger
many's armies from
the Rhineland. Eng
land even hints
that France may be j
partly to blame.
France appeals to j
all members of the J
League of Nations j
“in a fight for |
peace.” But, with
England holding
back, other signers I
Arthur Brisbane Qf the Locarno pact
are not inclined, in the language of I
the day, to “stick their necks out.”
The United States is doing and !
spending in a big way. The Public j
Works administration says more than |
$1,000,000,000 worth of projects have |
been completed, with $2,200,000,000 of j
other work still under construction, j
Twelve hundred millions have been
spent for materials, all involving labor;
$639,000,000 for wage payrolls, by
PWA. Organized labor presents a j
building program of $500,000,000 to oc
cupy the idle building trades.
If money holds out, and the infla
tion bonds keep their value, this will
be remembered ns the building age.
A level-headed young man Is the
new English king. After seeing the
new giant Cunarder named for his
mother, walking seven miles up and
down in it, he visited the slums of
Hlasgow, called the worst and “red
dest” In England. Some ultra “left
wing” city councilors refused to be
presented to him. “That’s perfectly all
right,” said the king. “Tell them I’ll
come and have tea with them in
stead.” This he did. Two thousand
ship workers cheered and called him
“Good Old Teddy.”
The king, who visited individual
tenements, knocking at the doors, pat
ting babies on the head, keeps up with
the times. No English king did that
There are different ways of handling
strikes, depending on public officials.
At Akron, Ohio, a strike of milk driv
ers disturbs consuming families and
producing farmers.
Herman E. Werner, public prosecu
tor, says coldly: “Anyone who inter
feres with milk deliveries will face
guns, and the order will be ‘Shoot to
kill.’ ”
Akron has 16,000 men out of work;
too many, at one time, for that sized
place, and the city is tired of it.
How many millions would be killed,
gassed, bombed, ripped to pieces by
shrapnel and machine-gun fire before
Hitler or the nation back of him could
be persuaded that he is not a reincar
nation of Frederick the Great, or
This time a murderous war would
be deliberate. No grand dqke heir to
an imperial throne has been murdered
to supply the spark.
The Department of Commerce can
not explain the Arkansas air crash, on
January 14, that killed 17. It says
some passenger “may have incapaci
tated the pilot or interfered with con
The local sheriff says somebody in
side the plane fired a kind of pistol.
Bullet marks were found.
Let air passengers before embark
ing pass before the electrical device
that reveals instantly a pistol or any
other metal object. No decent pas
senger would object. Guns and knives
might well be “parked” on entering a
Japan is the question mark in the ;
war situation, bnt wise Japan would
not deliberately antagonize all her cus
tomers and friends in western Europe
by striking at Russia, in a war inter
esting to all of them.
It is probable that Japan this time,
ns in the last war, would send “ob- j
servers,” thoughtful and silent, to
watch the white races cutting each
others’ throats.
Mrs. Akeley, who used to help her
husband hunt lions and gorillas before
he died, has been to Africa on her own |
account and reports that in south East
Africa natives cling to their old ways
and methods; nothing will change i
The chief who is sick wants a witch
doctor to come, howl, dance and tell
him that he has been bewitched into
swallowing a small crocodile, which is
biting his insides.
Next summer, Chicago entomologists
will watch 50,000,000 mosquitoes, after
they have been dyed red, green, yellow,
blue and brown, and learn how far
mosquitoes can fly.
The treasury finds that In the firm
eight months of this fiscal year it has
accumulated a deficit of $2,410,000,000.
The country took lf> $2,348,000,000 and
spent $4,758,000,000. In prosperous
limes, the country’s total income is
$90,000,000,000; hut when will those
“times" come back?
tj Kins Features Syndicate. Inc.
WNU Service.
A Sandal Shop In Tokyo.
Prepared by the National Geographic Society,
Washington, D. C.-WNU Service.
NOT many years ago It was held
up against the Japanese that
they never indulged in ath
letics. Today there are in
Tokyo two huge stadiums, one origi
nally seating 65,000 people, but en
larged in 1931 to accommodate 80,000,
the other 30,000, and on the days of
baseball games there are few vacant
With the exception of wrestlers,
there are no professional athletes in
Japan. Teams are made up largely of
undergraduates in the various univer
sities, and it is the intervarsity games
which draw the largest crowds.
Baseball, skillfully and intelligently
played, is as popular in Japan as in
the United States, but it is not the
only popular athletic sport. Bugger
football is played everywhere and
played well. As it is part of the army
training and as something like 100,000
young men go through this training
annually, rugger may well supersede
baseball in popularity. Hockey and
association football are played more
and more and boxing is becoming pop
ular. Wherever there is space in
Tokyo, there is a tennis court. The
Y. M. C. A. pool is always full of swim
mers, as are the great outdoor pools
in summer, and Japanese swimmers
hold some world records. More and
more rowing crews in racing shells are
appearing on the rivers and lakes.
Golf clubs are springing up, and, as
in America, the links are used largely
by business men. At the army ma
neuver field, on the outskirts of the
city, you can see magnificent riding.
So the old accusation of lack of in
terest in athletic sports can no longer
be made.
These modern games have not en
tirely driven out the old, purely Jap
anese sports. Thousands gather, as of
old, to watch the wrestling matches,
where the immensely fat men so well
known in Japanese prints carry on
their strange matches under the an
cient rules. Archery is also popular
among the chosen few, and the great
J matches are almost always sponsored
by some of the imperial princes. It
takes a strong man even to bend some
j of the tough old bows.
Athletics Build Up the Race.
It would be impossible to estimate
what athletics are doing for the Jap
-1 aneso as a race. The Bible says that
no man by taking thought can add
a cubit to his stature, but there is no
doubt that succeeding generations of
Japanese are taller. When you meet
young men in Tokyo, dressed in gym
! nnsiura costume, running through the
j streets; when yod see the finely pro
! portioned bodies of the boys in the
Y. M. C. A. pool; when you go to a
1 university graduation and see the stu-
I dents all together, you no longer think
of the Japanese as a particularly “lit*
| tie people.” With a better-regulated
and better-balanced diet and with phys
ical training from the earliest years,
J through all grades of school, the Jap
anese are growing up physically. They
grew up mentally a long time ago.
It is said that the generation now
| reaching maturity is, on an average,
! an inch taller than the preceding gen
! eration. As a generalization, one
! should doubt this, but #t the same time
one feels sure It is true in the cities
where modern ideas of exercise and
| diet are prevalent.
There is probably no phase of life
Tokyo which more clearly shows the
contrast between the old and the new
than do the theaters. You go to the
Kabukl-za or to the splendid Tokyo
theater and there see ancient dramas
given in the old style of acting; or
you go around the corner to a movie
theater and see the latest Hollywood
production. One seems just as popu
lar as the other and just as crowded.
The Kabukl and Tokyo theaters are
enormous, thoroughly modern, hand
some buildings. The orchestra seats
are like those In an American tbea
ter, except that they are lower. The
boxes have no seats, because people
seem to prefer to sit on the floor. In
the old style. The plays begin—there
are generally three or four given in
succession—from two until four o'clock
in the afternoon and last until ten
o’clock at night.
Huge Theater Stage.
The stage is enormous, the lighting
and scenic effects superb. It is prob
ably true that the Japanese were the
first to have a revolving stage for quick
shifts of scenery. The actors strut in
the ancient style and chant their lines.
In fact, if the lines are emotional, they
are sung by the musicians at the sides
of the stage, since it is not considered
proper to show too great emotion.
But, in spite of all this, the actors —
men, of course, take the women’s parts,
and a Japanese lady explained this as
being necessary “because men are so
much more graceful”—are really great
and make a profound impression on
any foreigner who has the intellgence
to rise above the “queerness” of the
It may be true, as some have said,
that the living actors of the stage
adopted their stilted style from the
puppet shows of old, but the style
cannot hide their power of character
portrayal. You feel, on leaving the
theater, that you have been living in
all the color of past centuries.
And then the movies are just as
crowded as the theaters. There is
a movie industry in Japan, but this
does not detract from the popularity
of the Hollywood productions. Talk
ing pictures were hard to deal with
at first, but now a solemn individual
sits at the side of the picture and
translates, apparently to the satisfac
tion of the audience, as the play
The translator’s endeavors to keep
up are more interesting to the for
eigner than are some of the plays.
The contrast between the two types
of entertainment is merely character
istic, like all the other contrasts.
The Japanese are voracious read
ers of newspapers. Newsboys run or
bicycle throughout the city, dropping
their papers in every shop. At im
portant street corners stand women
with belis, which they ring contin
ually to show that here are news
stands with the latest papers.
Where fifty years ago the newspaper
was unknown, they now are read far
more generally than in the United
States, two of the great dailies hav
ing a larger circulation than any stand
ard-sized papers In the United States.
These great papers are thoroughly
up-to-date. They have regular air
plane services of their own to carry
pictures from Osaka to Tokyo, and
transmission of pictures by wireless
or by wire is as much used as in the
United States. Moreover, the papers
carry on large humanitarian work in
the maintenance of hospitals or wel
fare enterprises.
Lots of Gay Cafes.
Toyko is full of cafes, always crowd
ed, modeled somewhat on the cafes of
Paris. In former days people gave
geisha parties, those rather solemn af
fairs at which geishas danced their
symbolic dances. They were very ex
pensive, and those who corn! not afford
the expense contented themselves with
picnics. Now the cafes are crowded,
their principal patrons being, perhaps,
the “mobos” and the "mogas.”
The Japanese, more than any other
nation, love to abbreviate, and “mobo”
is the abbreviation for modern boy,
and “moga” is the abbreviation for
modern girl. Indeed, these mobos and
mogas, dressed almost always in Eu
ropean clothes and trying to adopt the
freedom of European manners, are
about the most modern aspect of
One might go on almost indefinitely
in pointing out the various contrasts
of this city, where at every point the
contrasts between the old and new,
between the occidental and the ori
ental, is so striking. It should never
be forgotten that both the old and the
new, both the western and the eastern,
are real in Tokyo. Somewhere in the
fusion of the two lies the truth of
Tokyo. When one remembers that the
western ideas have been naturalized
for less than a century, one cun under
stand the inevitable outcropping of or
iental ideas.
Make These Spring
Accessories Colorful
Just as soon as you complete one
of this smart pair you can begin us
ing it, for either is right for now, or
Spring. Both are very easy to do, for
the greater part is just plain crochet,
with a simple shell stitch for con
trast in hat brim, and on the purse.
The rayon and wool mixture so pop
ular now is an attractive yarn to use.
Pattern 1132 comes to you with di
rections for making the set; an illus
tration of it and of all stitches need
ed; material requirements.
Send 15 cents in stamps or coins
(coins preferred) to The Sewing Cir
cle, Needlecraft Dept., 82 Eighth
Ave., New York, N. Y.
Eiffel Tower Modernized
Into Television Structure
Back in 1887-89 Alexander Gus
tave Eiffel built the famous tower
which bears his name for the Inter
national exposition in Paris. It was
then regarded as a mere engineer
ing “stunt.” Sober engineers de
clared it was faultily built and pre
dicted it would be razed.
Today, states a writer in the
Washington Post, important as a
meteorological and wireless station
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ers above Paris. A short time ago
France added to its usefulness by
making It a station for the broad
cast of television programs.
An interlaced ironwork structure,
the Eiffel Tower reaches a height
of 984 feet. The many visitors who
ascend, by stairway and elevator, to
the circular balcony surrounding
the glass pavilion which tops the
tower can see 55 miles on clear
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