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i titled to the use for republication of wM news despatches credited to It or not otherwise credited In this paper ana also the local news published herein.
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Saturday, Jtnie 4, 1921
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The Associated Press la exclusively
THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES
THE PUNISHMENT OF ETHEL NOTT
MANY persons, especially those of her own sex. are in
clined to find fault because the death penalty was not
inflicted upon Mrs. Nott for her part in the murder of her hus
band. Women seem more bitter against her and more harsh
in their judgment than the men. Are the women however do
ing justice to that higher sense of charity which should char
acterize their judgment?
When we analyze the character of Ethel Nott with the
knowledge gained from what is now known of her and her past
conduct, it is manifest that she is a moral bankrupt. The bru
tality exhibited by her in the commission of the crime as re
vealed by the voluntary statement of her accomplice, Elwood
Wade, just before his death, together with what has been
learned of the immoral life which she has lead in the past, add
ed to the vileness displayed in the letters written by her to
Wade while they were both confined in the jail, show that she
is absolutely devoid of moral sense. The only inference to be
drawn from her acts is that she lacks all moral balance the
same as an insane person lacks mental balance. She has lead
her life yielding without moral restraint to her impulses,
which were tendencies of the lowest sort. This life was un
doubtedly in large part the result of her natural moral equip
ment, or perhaps more accurately, lack of equipment.
We do not offer this suggestion for the purpose of arous
ing any sentimental or foolish sympathy for Mrs. Nott. She
was clearly responsible before the law. If she were not con
trolled by any high moral sense she was certainly mentally
sane, and knew that the act which she was committing was a
violation of the law of society and carried with it the severest
penalty. She knew that when she was participating in this
hooicide she was offending against the law of the State and
would be punished if detected.
Our only purpose in making this comment is tn call the
attention of the average woman to ihe fact that she cannot
judge Mrs. Nott by her own standard. This a person is prone
to do. The normal woman is endowed with a hiph sense of
morality and her conduct is guided by her appreciation of her
moral responsibility. She has always with her her silent moni
tor, her conscience. She recoils from the very thought of im
morality and crime. She is fortunate in her moral gifts where
Mrs. Nott was unfortunate in her total want of moral sense. As
an English jurist once said in sentencing an unfortunate crim
inal to death, "Except for the grace of God it might have been
myself." So the average woman must realize that by her nat
ural gifts she stands on a higher plane and that by the grace of
God she has been free from the immoral tendencies that con
trolled the life of Ethel Nott.
Mrs. Nott has been put away for the rest of her natural life.
She will no longer be in a position by her immoral influence
to corrupt others and lead them into sin and crime and cannot
herself commit any further criminal acts. On second thought
hasn't justice been done in the case of Mrs. Noti?
OPPOSITION JUSTIFIED
NOTHING more clearly shows how justified is the opposi
tion to publishing- tlio so-called slacker lists until they
have been carefully investigated and corrected than Ihe state
ment of United States District Attorney Francis G. Caffrey in
New York yesterday that out of four hundred and thirty-three
cases of alleged draft-dodging investigated by his office four
hundred and twenty-seven cases had been dismissed because
the facts did not justify prosecution.
In one hundred and nineteen cases in which Federal Prose
cution was started against alleged slackers on information fur
nished by the War Department, it was found that men accused
of not filing their questionnaires had actually filed them and
prosecution was dropped when it was discovered that the
charges were false.
Such a very small percentage of facts against such a very
large percentage of errors can never justify the indiscriminate
publication of these lists. The fact that Federal prosecutors
can find so little grounds for conviction is sufficient proof that
the War Department lists should be investigated first and pub
lished afterwards.
COMPLICATIONS AHEAD
THE NEW immigration law which restricts the number of
immigrants during the year to three per cent of the pop
ulation of their countrymen in the United States according to
the census 1910 is now in effect. Trouble and complications
over its enforcement are bound to arise. Only twenty per cent
of the whole number eligible for entrance during the year may
come in any one month. According to this ruling it might be
necessary to refuse admittance and deport people reaching Ellis
Island on the last day of a month who would have been passed
without question a day later. According to the new law only seventy-seven
thousand two hundred and six immigrants can enter
this country in 1921. It is quite likely that this limit will be
reached at the end of the fifth month leaving seven months in
which there will be no immigration whatever allowed.
A HEAVY BURDEN
AFTER weeks of discussion and debate the naval supply
bill as passed by the Senate carried but two million and
a half less than the high figure estimate of approximately five
hundred million dollars half a billion. This is around five
dollars apiece for every man, woman and child in the United
States and for naval expenses alone. The best thing in con
nection with the bill was the Borah resolution for a disarma
ment conference which was added as an amendment. It is
much to be hoped that the apparently growing opposition to
this amendment in the House will be overcome and that it will
pass by a decisive majority.
READY TO TRY AGAIN
IT IS reported that Charles, former Emperor of Austria and
King of Hungary, is to make another attempt to regain the
Hungarian throne. According to the report the attempt is to
be made in August.
It was only last March that he did make an attempt which
failed signally. He explains his fiasco on the ground that '-the
time was not ripe."
This is undoubtedly true but what is also true, and which
he apparently does not see, is that the time is not ripening. It
is very much to be doubted if the time will ever be ripe. It
seems to be difficult for the ' has-been" and "would-be" king
to grasp the idea that the king business has gone out of fashion;
that there is no longer a popular demand for that sort of thing.
Having tried the return act once, made a lizzie of it, and got
ten off safely, it would seem that Charles would be much wiser,
safer, and happier if he stayed quietly in fiis Swiss Villa on
the shore of Lake Lucerne.
(By Kudyartl Kipling)
When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-hear In his pride.
He shoots to scare the monster, -who win often turn aside.
Hot the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail,
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
When Nag the basking cobra hears the careless foot of man.
He win sometimes wriggle sideways and avoid it if he can.
But his mate makes no such motion where she camps beside the trail,
Eor the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
When the early Jesuit fathers preached to Hurons and Choctaws,
They prayed to be delivered from the vengeance of the squaws,
'Tvas the women, not the warriors, turned those stark enthusiasts pale.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
Man's timid heart is bursting with the things he must not say,
For the woman that fJod gave him isn't his to give amy;
But when hunter meets with husband, each confirms the other's talc
The female of the species is more deadly than the male.
Man, a bear in most relations worm and savage otherwise,
Man propounds negotiations, Man accepts the compromise,
Very rarely will he squarely push the logic of a fact,
To its ultimate conclusion in unmitigated act.
Kear or foolishness, impels him, ere he lay the wicked low,
To concede some form of trial even to his fiercest foe.
Mirth obscene diverts his anger Doubt and Pity oft perplex
Him in dealing with an issue to the scandal of The Sex!
But the Woman that God gave him, every fibre of her frame,
Proves her launched for one sole issue, armed and engined for the same:
And to serve that single Issue, lest the generations fail.
The female of the species must be deadlier than the male.
THE FERttfi OF I M 1'ItOV KM I-TVTS
(From the Hartford Courant)
The "Worcester Telegram" told an
instructive story yesterday as to an
accident suffered by Arthur Tougas
of New Braintree cn Monday while
he was harrowing a cornfield. Tou
gas was driving a tractor behind
which was hitched an S-foot harrow.
A tooth of this caught a root and
when the root broke two things hap
pened, one being that the harrow
leaped forward and the other that
Tougafell backward from the trac
tor. As Tougas fell his foot struck the
switch, throwing it off and thus
stopping the machine, but for all that
he landed under the harrow and there
he lay for a matter of 20 minutes or
more before the accident was discov
ered by other workmen. Tougas was
not seriously injured. Had the man
been using dumb, driven cattle this
accident would not have happened,
for, as the strain increased, the cat
tle would have slackened' their pull
and would have stopped. Tongas,
after a few ill chosen words, would
have released the harrow-tooth and
would then have gone on his dusty
way across the field.
Man is prone to improve things
while he stays in this vale of tears,
his ideas of improvement being, gen
erally, that of finding an easier way
of doing things and, if possible, of
making also a cheaper way. Ho is
frequently successful but each im
provement ushers a new risk into the
world. The telephone enables the
spoken word to traverse vast distances
but it has filled sanatoriums for the
treatment of nervous disorders and
has succeeded In ranking profanity
with the fine arts. Electricity, when
put to other uses has aided us in hun
dreds of ways but it kills those who
touch the wires which we think
transmit it from one point to another
and now we find that the stolid and
unemotional tractor is capable of de
veloping dangers of its own as Mr.
Tougas of New Braintree has observed.
THE MODERN UBRART
(From the Ohio State Journal)
The blessings of the modern library
are generally taken for granted. To
truly appreciate them we need to
have lived for a while in some town
where there is no library at all and
there are such towns still in existence
-or in some Gopher Prairie, where
the librarian, you remember, believes
that her chief duty is to preserve the
books. So contrary is the ideal of
the up-to-date librarian that patrons
of city libraries have almost forgot
ten that there was a time when they
.were not admitted to shelves and
when books were jealously guarded,
instead of being temptingly offered
to you. As far as the library js con
cerned, at least, most of the cities
and even towns of America have trav
elled a long way from Gopher Prairie
and much credit is due to the enter
prising librarians who have progress
ed so rapidly. In our city, of course,
we have exceptional library advant
ages, and if you journey about among
other cities you will generally find
pleasant libraries and wide-awake li
brarians among their best assets.
Some wise travellers we know of al
ways visit the library first on reach
ing a strange town; and there, if the
librarian is the right sort, they will
be able to learn whatever they want to
know to give them the right start in
seeing or settling in the town. And
the librarian almost always is the
right sort.
One charming little Ifbrary, which
the writer recently visited in the su
burb of an Eastern city, has Its pro
fessional creed pasted .'n the inside
cover of each book. It begins some
thing like this:
"Books in the free rublic library
of belong to the cit zens of
The more they are used intelligently,
the better for the boro igh." That
is the chief purpose of modern lib
rary methods to get tha books read
and their success in this Is also mak
ing "the library a continually stronger
i the Hf e ot t2o cSs.
THE GEYTLE ART
OF FLiATTERT
(From the Mew iwk Times)
Washington dispatches credit the
President with having said, privately
"Well, Colonel Harvey has already
spilled the bearus." But it was some
thing else that the American Ambas
sador spilled in St. Paul's on Mon
day, when the bust of George Wash
ington was unveiled. Seizing his large
spoon, he ladled out taffy promiscu
ously. Speaking of Washington, he
was reminded of Admiral Sims, there
by his side. Even more strongly was
he reminded of President Hardin
who, he declared, "has many of
Washington's attributes."
The Father of his Country was not
noted for a highly developed sense of
humor. But he knew how to get an
gry cn fit occasion, and perhaps it
was that "attribute" which the Amer
ican Ambassador had in mind.
Standing as he was near the tomb of
Wellington, he might have taken to
heart the story of the way in which
that great man dealt with a flatterer.
The latter, having forced his way into
Wellington's room, was expatiating on
the wonderful honor of being in the
presence of the most illustrious soldier
and the most renowned statesman of
all time. But the Iron Duke broke
In: "Don't be a d -d fool!"
A RAHiROAD LABOR POIJCV
Reorganization of the present
method of dealing with questions of
railroad labor policy is proposed
resolutions adopted by the Directors
and Executive Committee of the Man
ufacturers' Association of Connecti
cut and made public at the Associa
tion offices.
The resolutions contain six prin
ciples which the manufacturers be
lieve should govern relations between
the railroads and their employes, and
the policy of the Federal Government
in dealing with disputes arising out
of these relations. This statement of
principles was first drafted by the
Advisory Committee of the National
Industrial Council, representing in
dustrial organizations of 39 States. A
committee of presidents of State
manufacturers' associations will pre
sent these principles for the consid
eration of the Senate Committee on
Interstate Commerce, which is now
investigating the conditions of the
railroads.
The principles approved by the
manufacturers call for a railroad la
bor board representing the public
exclusively, instead of the present
board representing the railroads, the
employes, and the public, and with a
closer relation to the Interstate Com
merce Commission, which fixes rates,
and for direct adjustment of their re
lations by the individual railroads and
their employes, as far as is possible,
with the national body functioning
only as a court of last resort. The
statement of principles is as follows:
The deliberate interruption of
railroad service being socially
destructive, disputes between the
carriers and their employers
should be ultimately determined
by a public tribunal.
The members of such tribunals
should represent the public ex
clusively and possess the highest
personal qualifications.
Such tribunals should be af
filiated with or function as a
part of the rate-making author
ity. Each carrier should be regard
ed as the primary unit of joint
interest and co-operation in the
establishment and maintenance
of employment relations between
the employes and management of
such carrier.
That arbitrary discrimination
In public utility regulation is in
tolerable as between organized
and unorganized employes, or as
between those who desire to bar
gain coUectively and those who
desire to bargain individually.
That while the carriers and
their employes should b afford
ed the widest1 opportunity to. de
termine the terms of the em-
nn, form Ja-da-
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For the Week Commencing June sixth
There are Two Important Clearance Sales
On the Second Floor. The closing out of high class Tailored Suits. A group
of conservative styles, all of the finest material and workmanship.
In the Basement. A Sale of Floor Lamps and Lamp Shades. All remarkable
value's, and very desirable models reduced in a remarkable way. These will be
sold at the pleasure of the customer. Any lamp to be combined with any shade
she mav select.
"Tailored Suits
Tailored Tricotines, models for Women aiid
Misses.
About twenty-five in the group, very desirable for
summer and fall wear, up to the coldest weather.
At $45.00
Suits of Men's Wear Serge and gray Vigoreau,
conservative styles for all ages. Former prices have
been from $37.50 to $45.00.
These are all marked at
$25.00
Fine Homespun Suits, silk lined coats. In tan
and gray mixtmes.
$35.00
A Summer
Gown
for $2.00
Just unpacked, a new
line of figured and
checked voiles, small
(hecks and polka
dots. Pink, blue, lav
ender, green and
black on white. While
organdie vests, col
lars and cuffs. Tie
sashes of the material.
Attractive, and
$2.00 Special.
No returns.
No C. O. D's.
No telephone orders.
Second floor.
Floor Lamps and Silk Shades
Entire stock of floor lamps and shades at clearance
Some of these lamps are the regular tall models for
pianos and hallways, others are shorter, for use beside daven
port or armchair.
All Mahogany Lamps which have been from $47.00 to
$55.00 Now $30.00
Mahogany finished Floor Lamps, were $21.00 to
$33.00 Now $15.00
One Wicker Floor Lamp and shade, the shade lined with
cretonne. Has been $68.45 Now $41.50
Two Wrought Iron Reading Lamps. These are of gen
uine hand wrought iron, exceedingly graceful in outline
from top to pedestal. For ust at bedside, couch or easy
chair.
One that was $99.80
One that was $85.50
Now $41 50
Now$4i.50
As for the Shades
There is a large assortment of silk shades- shirred or
plain, trimmed with fringe or bands of embroidery, circu
lar and paneled, and in various sizes. These shades repre
sent all colors which combine pleasantly with other fur
nishings, tan, old gold, dull blues and dark wine
color. Some of these are decorated with tassels
and with artificial flowers- Others are quite
plain, but all are exceedingly artistic in de
sign and make-up. iNTo description of individual
models is given, because there is but one of a
kind as a rule. But the value is so great in this
sale that we earnestly invite those who are in-
if J f clearance.
L i Shades which were $15.00 to $30.50
& W Now 5512.00
Shades which were $37.10 to $47.00 Now $20.00
fibades which were &63.50 to $89.90 Now $30.50
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sirable or permissible that does
not assure to management the
opportunity to fulfill its primary
obligation to give uninterrupted
and efficient service at reasonable
rates.
THE HAEF-BZLXJON KMTX BUJ.
(From the New Tork Evening Post)
The large vote, 5 4 to 7, by which
the Naval Appropriations Bill passed
the Senate yesterday is due in some
measure to the Borah amendment
calling for an international confer
ence to consider limitation of arma
ments. Even with all allowances
made, however, it is plain that the
tablishment than the House. Both
bodies are apparently determined
and a prolonged contest between the
two sets of conferees is predicted.
The bill as it passed the House car
ried $396,000,000. As it passed the
Senate it carries $494,000,000. In a
difference of $98,000,000 there would
ordinarily be plenty of room for
compromise. But in this instance
there must be no compromise. The
appropriations must be held down to
the figures of the House bill.
The situation thus created is pecu
liarly one in which public opinion
can play an active part. By reso
lutions, letters, telegrams, and per
sonal meetings with the conferees
da feaOiava. that w should not
start a fresh race among the nation:,
for naval supremacy should urge the
House conferees to adhere to the
House bill and the Senate conferees
to drop the fight for the increase of
$98,000,000. The issue is squarely
joined. The country should make
itself heard in no uncertain tones up
on the proposal to spend more than
twice as much upon the navy now as
v.e were spending in 1914.
THE TRUTH W1IL BREAK OUT.
Tonopah, Nov., June 4 The pest
house was entered here and a mat
tress and set of blankets stolen from
a bed just vacated by a maglignant
case of smallpox. Pojice are "await
ing developments."
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