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A new record has been established.
A French woman gave birth to a baby boy while 6,000 feet in the air flying to accouchment. The airplane was bought as a souvenir. The interesting thing is that the nationality of the babe •will be that of its father. At the present writing Rory O'Con nor's insurgents have been captured by the regulars in Ireland. This by no means means peace. There are two factions yet to settle differences. If it can't be settled by reason, arms pro bably will be used. Seven hundred and fifty years of fighting conscious ness is not going to be wiped out in a quarter of a generation. Society is ruled by opinions. Clash ing opinions without the leavening force oi reason, tempered by arbitra tion, give and take, inevitably produce •conflicts of interests. Interests in Ire land seem to be an entirely different thing than what was uppermost in the ■world war. It has bëen said that the government is a government of lawyers. Mayor Oles resigns as a mayor of Youngstown because he can't pleas e even half the people, no matter what he does. He says if he enforces the laws he makes enemies. If he attempts to enforce laws, he can't—the lawyers won't let him. The honest reformer truly has a hard tow to hoe. Going with the crowd is much the easier thing to do, and any Tiow evolution will round up every thing. Knowing this, a lot of worry ■will b e avoided. The "kidnaping" mystery of the Am erican oil man and some' other forty Americans seems to have fizzled out. It is now said that the abduction was seff-inflicted. The sinister background of "interests" takes it out of the class of open buffe. Perhaps it was thought that a se cond Rasuili of Moroco could be stag ed with equally effectice blows from the White House. Should the abduction and the $10, 000 ransom prove to be "scenario stuff" how cheap the chief actors will feel when facing a stern-faced inquis itor and the real reason asked. Reports say that 96 percent of the railway workers have voted to go out, but when the time came to go out, less than 50 percent did. It is dif ficult to see how an industry with a multiplicity of crafts as the rail roaders have, can carry out a suc cessful strike. It is to be hoped that an adjustment will be speedily made of the knotty situation—an ad justment that will consider the third party's interest, the public. . . The Senate and House endorsed a resolution that the Jews go back to Pal estine, where a national home is being established. This is generous on the part of Congress. A lot of business competitors of the Jews would readily give endorsement to the resolution. The Jew has been going back to Palestine for 2,000 years and all the time spread ing over the earth. Palestine is not a business country; it is not an indus trial country and much work will be required before it can be made agri cultural. As long as "business is business" the hopes for the fathers of the method of doing business going out of business is remote. Business is the race trade of the Jew. No race has preserved such a definite consciousness down the cen turies. Racial heritages are not going to be flicked away by building nation al homes for the superannuated and more than peace will be brought by a flock of peace palaces. Statistics are sometimes interesting from sheer coldness. Every forty-two minutes some one in the United States is killed through an automobile acci dent. A move will be made to teach care in driving in public schools as well as to men already experienced drivers. On a straightaway more accidents occur than on curved streets and roads. Accidents will occur in the most un usual places. Two men inhabited a big island off the coast of Connecticut. With scores of miles of good roads to run. on they collided,—one man killed, the other badly injured. "Dick" the big dog belonging to Ja cob Silverman, who was sentenced to be shot, because he belonged to an "alien," is to be reprived. Dog lovers protested and assembled in court. "Tears were in many eyes at the hear ing. A boy stole a piece of bologna and a loaf of bread for his mother and two hungry children. There were no interested people at the hearing and the only teary eyes were the patheti cally sad ones of the mother. We said previously in these columns. Funny laws," Still funny, but not laughable. What excites one person makes no Meanderings By Robert K. W liianu, D. C., Ph. C. impression on another. A lecturer in the Middle West found that he could not keep an evening speaking date un less he went by airplane. On e was se cured and off they flew. The speaker immediately went to sleep and when the car stopped, someone shook him and he inquired: "Ar e we here?" Which reminds us of a man who al ways wanted to tour the world. He left New York and was gone six months. This was in the pre-Volstead days. When he returned h e was asked his impressions. With painful effort, he remarked: "I remember falling off an elephant in India." Concentration is the tendency of the age. Seven automobile and truck man ufacturing concerns have merged with a capital of $80,000,000, known as the Associated Motor Industries with head quarters at Dayton, Ohio. Standardizing production, elimina tion of duplication of effort, same pay for men and women for the same work, keeping up wages to the "saving" stage —these are some of the things pro posed. This may be th e beginning of the standardization of autos and trucks. There are so many makes of cars at ,the present time that the ordinary man is confused as to what car to invest in. A better and less costly car should be a thing of speedy development. Gasoline has gone up in price. It is solemnly asserted that the price is "fix ed by the consumer and expressed by the demand." If this is true a lot of peoples will have to revamp their econ omic ideas. Imagine a customer de liberately running up the price on him self. The question of taxation of the peo ple has been an evil since governments began. Practically every state in Am erica has something different but all aiming at the ultimate consumers' in come. In 1917 there were 6,664 per pie paying taxes on incomes of $10 000. In 1920 these had shrunk to 3 649. Where did the almost 50 pi cent of $100,000 incomes go? T'n thousands of millions of taxless sscui' ties is a partial answer. The simple and straight ONE tax on incomes might be tried. Administered equitably, ear.h inhabitant would pay a proportionate share. Were some method of taxation adop ted that would reach every dollar equally th e mightiest of all engineering problems, that cn the St. Lawrence, would be a consummated dream; the war veterans would receive just com pensation; th e superannuated taken care of and houses for all would be a possibility. People object to unequal burdens. It's the striving to get from under that makes for inequality. Some genius is coming along one of these days with a sound plan on this taxation matter and it will be adopt ed. When indirect taxes are taken off necessities and luxuries, and th e penal ties for painting one's house and beau tifying the lawn, the human family may be said to be moderately free. Lest the people forget the inventor of the automobile, and its revamping transportation, A monument has been erected for Elwood Haynes at Kokomo, Ind., the inventor of the first successful auto mobile, ceremonies taking place July "4th. The car that made the memora ble first trip in 1894 has been loaned to the Smithsonian Institution. The au tomobile ranks in importance with the first street cars electrically run as a ne cessity to civilization. The end is not yet in th e matter of development. More than 10,000.000 are used; yet that's a fraction of what really ought to be in use. Standardization and cheap ness will do a lot. Rathenau, the thinker, is dead; laid low by the assassin. His vision of a new world will probably becom e known to more millions than had he lived twenty years longer and worked among the forces now controlling Germany. His was a scheme for revamping the world. As a lon e man amid conflicting forces and opinions, he stood small chance of having his ideas adopted. Like Confusius, Buddha and the Christ whose spirit Veally flourished after their deaths, so will the ideas of Rathenau continue to bear fruit. "What I propose," said Rathenau, "strikes dogmatic socialism to the heart. Socialism leads from earth to earth; its center is the distribution of goods; its goal is simply the right to loaf." He does not mean socialism, as commonly understood,, which h e calls the "hell of mechanical socialism." His plans for a socialized world was different than expounded by Marx and partly carried out by Lenin and Trot sky. ^RULE OF THE DEAD MUST BE ELIMINATED The lawyers are as good as any of us, but, up-to-date, like their brethren of other professions, they are largely the curators of ancient institutions and temples, including the cemeteries and mausoleums. Grant that the temples deserve to be kept up; there are too many officials on the job. Most law yers, moreover, depend for their liv ing upon the care and defense of prop erty rights and very few of "them have ever opened their, eyes to the vastly greater, and indeed more promising in terests of all mankind—of PERSONS rather than things. The old and dis credited bi-party system works to land altogether too large a proportion of them in the legislatures and in Con gress. They thus practically rule the rest of us with their traditions of the "dead hand." If ever they can change their bias and come to rfespect the people, as Lincoln did; if there should come over the world a revival of the religion of humanity, lawyers would make excellent leaders to help in or ganizing a veritable commonwealth of mankind, but at present let us "go slow" in manufacturing or codifying laws, or in constructing any more gov ernments, until we have entirely gone out of the business of making war, and have thus reduced our presidents and their retainers—the cabinet ministers and others—from their exaggerated heroic size, as carrying swords and holding up the scales of justice to threaten the nations withal, to their really noble office as servants of the people and lovers of all men. —Charles F. Dole. PLAYED FOR A SUCKER To be hoodwinked is not pleasant. Sometimes when the truth is not flat tering we would prefer to remain hood winked. In the psychology of the Am erican, to be a "sucker" is less par donable than to be a thief, yet, after reading Albert Jay Nock's recent bood, "The Myth of a Guilty Nation," (B. J. Huebsch, Pub., N. Y.), one is forced to accept the conclusion that America at best was a "sucker" in the world war. The only objection one might find to th's essentially illuminating book is the title. It seems that "The Truth About a Guilty Nation" (or Nations) wculd be more apt in this exposition than "The Myth," for th«re is noth jing mythicrl in facts and figures, both of whi-h Mr. Nock employs unreserv edly in showing that Germany wrs not responsible for the outbreak of the world war. According to the author, the "dangerous conspiracy, carefully skillfully, insidiously and clandestinely planned in every detail" which was Mr. Lloyd George's indictment against Ger many, was, as a matter of fact, plan ned in the British Cabinet. They who recall the loud cry of un preparedness that arose from France, Russia and England at the outbreak of the war, will find a special significance in the figures showing the amount spent on naval construction by these countries during the five years prior to the war as compared to Germany. As Mr. Nock observes, "If France, Rus sia and England together spent 94 mil lions on army expenditures during this time and nothing came of it but an unprepared and unsuspecting Europe in 1914, it seems clear that the tax payers of those countries were swindled on a large scale." But, we ask, what of the rape of Belgium'—the slogan that drov e thou sands of American boys into the army? Again is the reader shown that his sym pathies, if not misplaced, were misdi rected, for according to the Belgian Minister of Berlin in 1911. he believ ed in the event of war, "Belgian neu trality would be first violated by Great Britain." ' It is obvious that the aim of this book is not primarily to free Germany of the false charge of being wholly re sponsible for the war, but to impress the fact that the economic restoration of the world depends upon a thorough reconsideration of the injustice that has been put upon the German peo ple by the conditions of the armistice and the peace treaty. "They can either tear up the treaty and replace it by an understanding based on justice, or they can stick to the treaty and by so doing protract indefinitely the dismal succession of wars, revolutions, bankruptcies and commercial dislocation that the treaty inaugurated," concludes the author. Mr. Nock employs no bombastic lan guage, nor rhetorical figures to attract his readers, but drives his points home with a cool, clear fearlessness that makes his style unimpeachable. —lone Lister. NO MORE WAR FOREVER St. Louis. — A No.MorJp War de monstration to take place July 29 and 30, has been planned by the St. Louis League of Women Voters, following an international movement to recall the outbreak of the world war by express ing the will of the people to end \#ir forever. You Ought to Be On the Frontier Pioneering—to some people—conveys the possibility of terrible hardships encountered. In olden days, pioneering on what was called the frontier had its hair-raising adventures, but those who stood the test came out alright; and to-day we younger fellows mourn that there are no pioneering days. We envy those who were fortunate enough tp have been able to pioneer. For eight years many of us have been pioneering on the frontier of the co-operative commonwealth. Most of the pioneering has been a huge picnic —but on several occasions, the adventures of adversity have come, and those • who were not well grounded failed to make the grade. But Llano's pioneers are not martyrs by any stretch of imagination. Many of us, truly, have turned down tempting offers to quit the game, only because we enjoy the pioneering life more. For eight years we have been making our own living. Not only that, but we have been building our own homes, our theater, industries, and selling our surplus products to buy more machinery and land. The furnishing of the two latter necessities is what we want YOU to become interested in. How much faster can we grow if YOU will help us supply the growing needs in machinery and land! Our labor returns to us from Mother Nature sufficient food, clothing and shelter, and some-to spare, but not enough to allow us to expand as rapidly as we should. Many hundreds are waiting for us to open the doors to this vast acreage, that they may come to Llano and work out their own salvation on the land. This can be done when we have the ne cessary funds to get machinery, etc. YOU ought to be on the frontier in this fight. Why do so many of us lie down and let Gene Debs and Howett and Tom Mooney and Billings and others fight OUR fight for us? Here on the Llano frontier we have held up the banner (nearly 300 of us) during the times of big wages, when tempting of fers were made to drag us away. NOW we ask that you step behind us and help us push over the big obstacle we have encountered. We want to finish our land payments this year. We will then have 20,000 acres to plan in num bers of small co-operative communities for those hundreds—yes, thousands— who have not the money to start their pilgrimage "back to the land." Be a Llano Dollar-Up Peer The "LLANO DOLLAR-UP" club is for the fellow who has a regular wage coming in, that he may donate a dollar a month or more to the Llano colonists, to help us buy "fencing, cement, lime, machinery, and land. We are not begging. Do not think that we are asking for anything for ourselves. We are just inviting you to do your duty. Is it your duty to sup port the organization which is pioneering the way to the CO-OPERATIVE COMMONWEALTH? If so, get in touch with the "Servant of the Dollar-Up-Peers," and send in your monthly donation regularly. The LLANO DOLLAR-UP CLUB is composed of comrades who pledge themselves to give a dollar or more a month, the money to be used to meet current expenses. These expenses are comparatively small, the most of our food and necessaries we produce for ourselves; but there are some things that we must buy and pay cash for. We are expecting you, comrades, to help us prove to the world that we are right. You may depend on us to do our very utmost—may we depend upon you? LLANO CO-OPERATIVE COLONY Newllano, via Leesville, La.