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Women Chauffeurs Operate the Big Army Busses
WASHINGTON. 'Running short of men, the civil service commission, under,
war necessity, appointed women chauffeurs to operate the big ermy:
bosses that tarry passengers having business with the government to the'
various departments. Two Washington
girls to receive appointments to the
women's motor corps of the govern-',
ment are Miss Esther Treger, 44 Dean
avenue, and Mrs. Louise Torbert 2114
II street northwest.
"I Blmply couldn't, stand those
knitting-knocking clubs. You know
what I mean ; those women who go to
the theater all dolled tip with their
knitting. All they do Is to 'knock'
their friends."
This Is the explanation from Mrs.
'Torbert 'of why she decided to "turn the wheel" for Uncle Sam Instead of
taking up clerical work or Ited Cross work.
"It was Just born in me," said her sister chauffeurette. "I have driven
the Machine for my mother and father ever since we have had a machine.
In fact, my father can't run it He left it all to me," said Miss Treger. who la
eighteen, the youngest member of the 'women's motor corps.
Both chauffeurettes make 14 trips n day between the quartermaster's
office, Seventeenth and F streets, to the war department annex. Sixth and B
They cover about 30 miles a day, guiding their busses right through the
heart of the business section or what they call the "traffiekest" section.
Mrs. Torbert, who gives $15 out of her monthly earnings as chauffeurette
to the Red Cross, said:
"Oh, I love my work. I shoot on the gas, throw in the clutch and Just
spin through the city. It would be Paradise if the people just .wouldn't walk
la f rent of the bus."
"The hardest part of the work Is the Btopplng every 20 minutes at the
'end of the routes," said Miss Treger, "and no lunch time. Like Dsn, we take a
bite whenever we can get it."
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Blind People Eager to Aid in Winning the War
Or COURSE the old fellow at the Home for the Blind, 3050 R street, north
west, who would not turn his watch forward when the daylight-savings
law went into effect, had scruples against "changing Gods time," but every
one of the 18 Inmates of the Home,
O CIVE tot-
most of them over fifty years old, are
of one accord.
And that Is that the war must be
won at any sacrifice and they are
doing and will continue to do what
they can to help bring the kaiser to
his knees.
Mrs. Louise Wlckert, a Washing
ton womnn who has been totally blind
for the last 20 years and who has
been at the home for the last six years,
Is the premier war worker of the blind
family. To date Mrs. Wlckert has knitted thirteen sweaters, seventeen scarfs
and three pair of wristlets.
Mrs. Ruble Nowlin, also of Washington, has completed ten sweaters,
three scarfn and eleven pairs of wristlets. While the women sit In their work
room, knittiug, making baskets and doing plain sewing, the men industriously
"work at ennlug chairs. All talk about the war.
One of the treasures of a blind man is his watch. Then came the daylight-
savings law and every clock in the nation was set forward an hour. Every
clock but
Those at the Home for the Blind. The dinner bell there rang at exactly
the same time. Six o'clock .was six o'clock. To please them the matron ?ld
not change the big clock on the wall.
Then one day not long ago Mrs. Josephine Jacobs, president of the Aid
Association for the Blind of the District of Columbia and head of the lioine,
made a visit and discovered, to her amazement, that every clock and watch
In the house was "slow." Some of the Inmates explained that "they didn't
see any sense In the fool law." Mrs. Jacobs then made a patriotic little
peech about saving daylight and bow It was helping win the war. With a
will every timepiece was turned forward but one. The old fellow with his
watch didn't believe la "getting mixed up."
The Hoover program of food conservation Is closely followed. Nothing
Is wasted. Victory bread and sugar allowances have come into as much
favor with these blind patriots as with everyone else helping to win the war.
Tha dealer who has achieved blir suc
cess does not waste his time, energy and
money trying to sell unknown accessories.
He knows that cheap accessories are a
speculation, pure and simple, both for he
and his customers. He Is not willing; to
put himself In the class with the makers
of products that are "Just as good." He
banks on a steady, consistent turnover,
Moco Monkey Grip the one established
patch, the one that Is universally accept
ed as standard. This famous tire patch
has been tested by Impartial experts and
pronounced perfect in performance. It
withstands the frictlonal heat generated
under any conditions of service. If your
dealer does not handle, order direct, pre
paid if money accompanies, order, put up
n two size cans only. M sauare inches
$1.00, 10S square Inches 11.75.
Manmfactand only for th
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Daisy Fly Killer
Some Statesmen and Many 6oldirt
Fully Agree With the Gentleman
From Atlanta.
George Washington Jones, late of
Atlanta, wns making his first trip
frontward on a supply wagon with
not much farther to go when, from
the side of the road, a camouflaged
American battery broke forth thunder
ously, sending a few 300-pound tokens
over the line to Fritz. The ground
trembled from the salvo, but not any
more than George as he Jumped from
his high seat to the road.
The American artillery officer in
charge of the battery crossed over to
the road.
. "Scared?" he demanded.
"Well." snld Oeorge, "Ah was slight
ly agitated at fuRt. Ah suttlngly was.
But keep hlght on. Dat'a the only
way to win tils wah flah dem guns."
Of Two Evil.
"Never change lawyers!"
The speaker was Senator Thomas of
"No matter how greedily your law
yer may be bleeding you," he said,
"don't change him. Remember the old
"An old horse stood under a tree
patiently, though he was all covered
with horse flies. A kind-hearted man
went up to brush the flies away, but
the old horse said:
" 'Hold on, sir. Don't disturb those
files. They're nearly full. Drive them
off, and a frenh lot will come, more
hungry than the last.'"
Those Girls.
"That floppy hat Is becoming to you."
"But It hides my face."
"I said It wus becoming."
Don't lose hope!
Trachoma kept this young
lady practically blind for
months. Again and again
the words, "Blind for life!"
rang through her ears. "Blind
for lifel" She lost hope, for
everything tried had failed.
Then came new hope, and
confidence, when she was told
or the
for Trachoma, Granulated
Lids, Ulcers and Chronic Sore
Eyes. .
What a difference is shown in
the two pictures the lower
one taken when she came
here and the upper taken just
before she returned home.
And her case Is but one of hundreds
of similar cases 8'ocetfully treated
by thi institution. Possibly we can
save you from "a life in darkness."
Why not find out today now
just writs
Eye Infirmary
Bids' His I "
Heartless Papa.
"What did pnpa say?" asked the
bright spot of his life, breathlessly, as
her hero came limping out of papa's
studio after an Interview.
"He didn't say much," returned her
bright spot, mournfully, "but I wish I
were as unfeeling ns he Is."
Quite Natural.
Proph "Why do they call this arm
bone the humerus?" Soph "Probably
because It's next to the funny bone."
Earth's total land area Is placed at
33,123,171,200 acres, of which forests
rover 8.0!7.310.S'.!7 acres.
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Conductor Felt He Must Draw the Line Somewhere
WASHINGTON street car conductors, being human, and suffering from the
Jamming of the cars along with the passengers, often are quite grouchy.
Yon caa't blame them. It isn't a bit of fun to be crowded into a street car
so tight you can't move, and when you
have got to fight your way to and fro
to collect fares it makes a pretty
tough job.
Of course, it's your Job, so you
have to make the best of it. There is
one conductor in town who has de
termined to make the best of It evi
dently, for he is about as good hu
mored a man as you can find any place,
in any job. He usually has all the
people on the car- laughing all the
. time. He can't make 'em "move up
front, please" for some mysterious reason Washlngtonians will not move
up In front but lie does keep 'em smiling, and that la something.
From his place of rest at the crank of the door-opening device he sends
forth good cheer both fore and aft '
A. man got on the car the other morning. He was in a hurry, and his"
xnlad waa occupied with the big problems of the day, of this age filled with
some of the biggest problems the world has ever known.
"Tickets, please," said the Jovial conductor.
The man reached down Into his pocket, felt for a ticket, and reached It
forth to the conductor.
"I can't take that," said the conductor. "I just had a man present me
with an ice cream soda check. I might have used that, and I will take a
ram. check to the baseball game, but I won't take a Chinese laundry ticket"
Millionaire Peeling Potatoes in Camp Kitchen
T 'WAS Nelson Morris, multimillionaire packer In Chicago, but it's Private
a nelson Morris, K. p. (kitchen policeman) at Camp Meigs, where the twen-ty-elght-year-old
head of the great Nelson Morris & Co., packers, Is wearing
the . khaki and hardening his muscles
HMR. .
: preparatory to doing his bit along
, with other young Americans.
About the time Morris was direct
ed to come to Washington as a refrig
eration expert in the quartermaster
department where he had volunteered
for service at one dollar a year, his
number was reached in the draft and
he was sent to Camp Grant, Itockford,
After a brief stay at Camp Grant,
however, Morris was ordered to report
to Washington. He was assigned to duty as kitchen policeman, reporting
for duty at 0 a. m. to peel potatoes or prepare other food for the meals of!
the soldiers. During off hours, Morris, cut firewood and engaged In other
useful work about the camp.
A period of guard duty followed for the young soldier-packer, and he has'
gone at his duties with a vim that has made his comrades in arms remark
that "he is just like the rest of us and one would never believe he was a
millionaire." - ' .
' Private Morris' wealth has not proved a burden since his entry Into army
life. He bus fallen into the routine of the camp in good spirits uud bis su
perior officers have made no exceptions nor concessions when retailing the
Jay's duties for the various privates lu camp.
Are the Packers Profiteers?
Plain Facts About the Meat Business
The Federal Trade Commission in its recent report on war
profits, stated that the five large meat packers have been
profiteering and that they bavo a monopoly of the market.
These conclusions, if fair and just, are matters of serious
concern not only to those engaged in the meat packing
business but to every other citizen of our country.
The figures given on profits are misleading and the state
ment that the packers have a monopoly is unsupported by
the facts.
The packers mentioned in the report stand ready to prove
their profits reasonable and necessary.
The meat business is one of the largest American indus
tries. Any citizen who would familiarize himself with its
details must be prepared for large totals.
The report states that the aggregate profits of four largs
packers were1 $140,000,000 for the three war years.
This sum is compared with $19,000,000 as the average
annual profit for the three years before the wsr, making it
appear that the war profit was $121,000,000 greater than
the pre-war profit.
This compares a three-year profit with a one-year profit a
manifestly unfair method of comparison, ft is not only
misleading, but the Federal Trade Commission apparently
has made a mistake in the figures themselves.
Ths aggregate three-year profits of $140,000,000 was
earned on sales of over four and a half billion dollars. It
means about three cents on each dollar of sales or a mere
fraction of cent per pound of product.
Packers' profits are a negligible factor in prices of live
stock and meats. No other large business it conducted
upon such small margins of profit.
Furthermore and this is very important only a small
portion of this profit has been paid in dividends. The
balance has been put back into the businesses. It had to
be, as you realize when you consider the problems the
packers have had to solve and solve quickly during these
war years.
To conduct this business in war times, with higher costs
and the necessity of paying two or three times the former
prices for live stock, has required the use of two or three
times the ordinary amount of working capital The" addi
tional profit makes only a fair return on this, and as has
been stated, the larger portion of the profits earned has
been used to finance huge stocks of goods and to provide
additions and improvements made necessary by the enor
mous demands of our army and navy and the allies.
If you are a business man you will appreciate the signifi
cance of these facts. If you are unacquainted with busi
ness, talk this matter over with some business acquaint
ance with your banker, say and ask him to compare
profits of the packing industry with those of any other
large industry at the present time.
No evidence is offered by the Federal Trade Commission
in support of the statement that the large packers have a
monopoly. The Commission's own report chows the large
number and importance of other packers.
The packers mentioned in the statement stand ready to
prove to any fair-minded person that they are ir keen
competition with each other, and that they have no power
to manipulate prices.
If this were not true they would not dare to make this
positive statement.
Furthermore, government figures show that the five large
packers mentioned in the report account for only about
one-third of the meat business of the country.
They wish it were possible to interest you in the details of
their business. Of how, for instance, they can sell dressed
beef for less than the cost of the live animal, owing to
utilization of by-products, and of the wonderful story of
the methods of distribution throughout this broad land, as
well as in other countries.
The five packers mentioned feel justified in co-operating
with each other to ths extent of together presenting this
public statement
' They have been able to do a big job for your government
in its time of need; they have met all war time demands
promptly and completely and they are willing to trust their
case to the fairmindedne6S of the American people with
the facts before them.
Armour & Company
Cudahy Packing Co.
Morris & Company
Swift & Company
Wilaon & Company

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