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Ie End of the Race."
id of the Race,” a current hows Europe’s last baby In ,000. A halo Is shown about *d head. Its bones show s tortured skin. It is sur> y adoring millions of aged of both sexes, the last of i. It Is only • a cartoon. eath that comes In the roar ind the crash of a shell we itten the death of the great years ago France used to be is Europe’s horrible exam :e, the country where, Tica, the baby was king, those who say today that has completed what the atlon began. There are dologlsts who believe that nee the glory of the old lying—dying because she re ive. Patriotism and pride d the mouths of her great is not today’s Europe a ance? n this one thing figures can o prove anything. But the ra of birth and death are There Is no room for °P®> to use u pungent American- | 1 “on the toboggan.” There are I as portentous and Inevitable »t sinking feeling before sea »»• “Bonuses for babies” Is Eu > Here In England we have V raised that S. O. S. France *t and failed. Will Europe? ' above applies to all classes, but I middle class it comes with fate tensity. Uddle Class Most Affected. to, with better conditions, a fall ••th rate among the working I has during the last 30 years latent compensated for a fall R rate, the accentuated fall of “die class birth rate has no fall Mh rate of any kind to compen vA prominent medical man has PCB ,n the Times: “What we “Mslng Is the death of the mid Upon the coffin of that P be inscribed the eplti.pb: “A Wat died because It could pot ^«ot because It would not, but It could not. Are we going to Pe given over to the working And then? ” In the past eleven years the cotton crops of the South sold for $13,236,000,000. T,hey should havebroyght $26,000,000,000! If the cotton growers had banded together eleven years ago as they have now in the American Cotton Association they would have driven out poverty, the privations that have been forced upon them by low prices and the domination of speculators who have profited at their expense. But, thanks to the American Cotton Association, cotton is at last free from economic and speculative slavery that has bound it for years. ^ f Today the South is a unit—farmers, merchants, bankers,—in upholding cotton for the good of all. This bank is for the cotton grower first, last and all the time. Whatever it can ao to boost the pros Iperity of the grower, it will do. And it believes that economic freedom for the whole South is coming through the American Cotton Association. In the issue of The Country Gentleman for Janu ary 17th there is a great jarticle telling about this splendid work of the American Cotton Association in upholding cotton. (You can buy the Country Gentle man from any newsstand for 5 cents; or a whole year 52 issues, for $1.06, by sending your subscription to the publisher in Philadelphia, Penna.) Know all there is to know about the South’s new freedom. It will pay everyone of us this year! Bank of Prescott RRESCOTT, - - -I ARKANSAS CAPITAL AND SURPLUS $150,000.00 yers, clergymen, you must pay for It. or we won’t serve you.” But Europe, alas! Is beginning to do without the clergyman. The state lawyer is beginning to supplant the private practitioner. Only the doctor is left, and he, poor devil, Is being nationalized under national health reg ulations. Here In England the middle class family of four or five has become two or three. Medical men, without exception, are united in their opinion that during the past ten years the birth rate of that class has been going headlong to perdition. Now come the figures of the mar riage age, published a few days ago. Between 1911-14 39 per cent of all bachelors married; in 1917 only 37.6 per cent. In 1886-90 50 per cent mar ried. The proportion of bachelors who marry at over thirty-five has been steadily rising, with a swift upward climb in 1916 and 1917. Only 54.8 per cent of spinsters marrying during 191T were under twenty-five years of a*6- ^ . Among the middle classes the age is rising at an alarming pace. It looks as though within » comparatively short time hers in Inland the mid dle class will, with tfo Increased age of marriage, give to the those stunted specimens of child lire which are so often, though not always, the fruit of late unions. It Is significant that no single per son has come forward to contest the above. It cannot be contested. We are looking on the passing of a Members of parliament are begin nlng to sit up and take note. Babies Fewer in Germany, Even. Even Germany, the nursery of B rope, which produced Its million babies atP the bidding of the war lord as food for his cannons, is faf dep<^ lating. The war has done this. The Germans of Urn cities refuse to have children. “We cannot fcedtJe“’ they say. "We cannot even feed our ^During the war the German profes sors solemnly debated P«ly*ttaiy a8 a remedy. Some of them approved it But Germany Is no Utah him er no Knit take City Today’s Kather lund is strictly monogamous. Keon otnj^ I*, the father of inorullty. The • -J!. i f'k'Xwmtai&t BL.'.LI .. JU-IIJJL...! .U -J - modem German finds It hard enough to keep one wife. He does not want half a dozen. For ten years before the war Eng land, like the rest of Europe, had be gun to yield herself to the pleasure craze. With the war and that frantic desire to forget which became a cult, that craze passed Into frenzy. Today, over 12 months after the war. the music halls and picture palaces are Crowded to the doors. I have made the experiment of listening to the con versation of 17 couples of business girls in the early trams and busses. Of this number no fewer than 11 used the expression: ‘‘Where are you going to night?” but what has all this to do with the birth rate? Everything. Pleasure to the English man, as to the European, has become a narcotic as essential as tobacco or alcohol. Pleasure costs money. Pleas ure excessful means selfishness. Pleas ure means effort and effort absorbs vitality. Pleasure means the breakup of the home. The modern European has to choose between pleasure and children. He chooses pleasure. The Unborn 8uffera. Then comes the cost of living, the European’s nightmare. The war has practivally halved incomes. Wage and salary increase has, done little to balance the lift In the cost of living. The middle class man who before the war just made both ends meet on $1,500 a year Is fighting fate upon the $750 that Income is now worth. Eu rope is suffering from a shortage of bricks and mortar. The war has pul ; verized billions of bricks and mil lions of tons of mortar. The Ger 1 man housebreakers alone have knocked ! the buildings of the best part of a i country into smithereens. People are \ snuggling together in single rooms. | They herd like the beasts that perish. And they do perish. Take London. London today Is the problem of seven millions crouching over a chalk pit.- That seven is soon going to be ten. During the war alone London, the octopus, sucked in another million. Possibly a quarter of a mil lion need houses as I write. The Lon doner Is becoming a sort of city no mad. He shifts from room to room. . He crouches under the slates. He Is j a troglodyte. He burrows Into the IJuildlus has scarcely begun. * ■■ r •' .j’.'-#- i ls£, ‘-iffe V Crowd human beings and you kill them as surely as If they were rabbits. And many of these hunted, harried peo ple are rabbits. Nibbling at adversity. With the brains of rabbits. Seeing to day—but neither yesterday nor to morrow. But that is a picture of Eu rope itself. Will such people have children? Can you expect them to have children? Can you expect them to think of the dignity of the race—traditionless, hope less as they are? Can you be lieve that they will give heirs to pos terity? “D- posterity! What has posterity done for us?” you would hear them say If they could speak. But they are past speech. It Is that which makes them dangerous. Yellow Peril Seen Afar. And all this In the face of yellow millions. Articles are once more streaming the European press about the yellow challenge. A book just written upon the awakening of Asia by one of the most brilliant living Englishmen has focussed the atten tion of thinkers in every country. One can see the multitudinous babies pouring out in a resistless yellow stream of slant-eyed young devils from the overflowing cornucopia of the east. Blight eyed, interesting, In terested young devils! The yellow challenge. The yellow peril. And all tills in the face of young America. Europe seems to look more and more to America. Today it Is an uncon scious groping across the Atlantic, as of a blind man. Tomorrow it is going to be a conscious call. Europe’s S. O. S! | Can America do it? Can America give to Europe the desire to .live? Can the land of exuberant vitality and ex uberant effort give to the mother from whom she drew her own life a trans fusion of youth? Can she?—Shaw Des mond, in New York Sun. Saf« Now. This little bit of conservation was overheard at the Essex Country club In Manchester, Mass.: "How Is your hushnnd getting on with Ills golf?" “Very well, indeed. The children ure allowed to watch him now.”—Ben ton Post. 1 »» —■ ■ —fin* . .. 1 i. r... & ■ I GET READY Keep Tour Liver Active, Tour System Purified and Free From Colds by Taking Calotabs, the Nausealess Calomel Tablets, that are De lightful, Safe and Sure. Physicians and Druggists are advis ing their friends to keep their Systems purified and their organs in perfect working order ns a protection against the return of influenza. They know that a clogged up system and a lazy liver favor colds, influenza and serious complications. To cut short a cold overnight and to prevent serious complications take one Calotab at bedtime with a swallow of water—that 'a all. No salts, no nausea, no griping, no sickening after effects. Next morning your cold has vanished, your liver is active, your system is puri fied and refreshed and yon are feeling fine with a hearty appetite for break fast. Eat what- you please—no danger. Calotabs are sold only in original sealed packages, price thirty-five cents. Every druggist is authorized to refund your money if you are not perfectly delighted with Calotabs.—(Adv.) I