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Supreme Court May Have Last Word on the Treaty
WASHINGTON. —In the heat of the controversy between the president and
senate over the League of Nations policy, the general public seems to
have overlooked the fact that there may be a third party to the controversy
by whom the final and conclusive de
cision may be rendered. This third
party is the Supreme court of the
If the senate fails to ratify, the /vgy' A
treaty becomes void by that action,
and no appeal to the Supreme court Bp,
would be necessary. ~7
If the League of Nations covenant /s£s/ Jw -£=/
shall be ratified by the senate it will wf&r cCH;Rir
be incumbent on congress immediate- \j9/ 1111
ly to make an appropriation to cover ■ >«
the United States’ portion of the ex
penditure deemed necessary to establish and provide for the maintenance of
the league’s secretariat, to be set up in Geneva.
As soon as Congress seeks to do this, the taxpayers’ action will be com
menced on the ground that the United States, by its Constitution, is inhibited
from participation in such a convention, certain obligations assumed by the
United States under the covenant being in direct contravention of provisions
of the Constitution.
If the court should decide that the objections raised were sound, and that
the covenant of the League of Nations actually would, in effect, amend the
Constitution, the treaty could not be carried out until the Constitution had
been amended in the way the Constitution itself provides it shgll be amended,
namely, by the submission of an enactment of a federal amendment.
Several persons are ready to bring this test action, among them being
Hannis Taylor, minister to Spain under McKinley.
The right and duty of the Supreme court is defined in section 2 of article
3 of the Constitution.
When Old Dame Nature Gets Ready to Scatter Seed
IT WAS noticed one morning at Madison, Wis., that the snow which lay on
the ground had acquired a bright yellowish tint. At the same time the
people of Florence, in the same state, were surprised to find that the snow
“looked dusty” and had acquired a
reddish brown color. Similar effects
kSTPANGE,HOW ■were noticed elsewhere as far east
T PIMY IH6 as Vermont and New Hampshire.
SrtOW IS THI This strange phenomenon was ex-
MORNINO J amined by several scientists. They
found that a very fine dust had fallen,
apparently all over the eastern United
< •'*•’- The strangest thing about this fall
of dust was that it occurred in a
™region the greater part of which lay
under snow and had been under snow
for many days. It was evident, therefore, that the dust must have traveled
hundreds, if not thousands, of miles.
The study made by government scientists shoxvs that this assumption
was correct. Samples of the dust have been analyzed, with the result that it
was shown to be composed of minerals found, not in the North where the
dust fell, but in the Southwest. The scientists assert positively that this dust
came all the w T ay from Arizona, New’ Mexico and Kansas, being borne by those
large movements of the air w’hieli cause our variations of weather.
Scientists say that this migratory dust is worthy of careful study, as it
carries germs, spores of plants and important elements of soil.
Washington to Drive 15,000 People Out of Alleys
WASHINGTON, noted the world over for its cleanliness and order, has
more than 15,000 inhabitants living in filthy alleys. Nine-tenths of these
people are colored. These unfortunate alley dwellers must vacate their pres
ent homes a year after the signing of
peace with Germany, when an act of ..
places of residence becomes effective.
accommodations for these people in
an already overcrowded city. Congress J/;
will be asked to help solve the prob
lem by appropriating $6,000,000 to »
erect 3,000 sanitary homes.
About ten years ago the Alley I>n- ■ * ..Lillif ■■
provement association began a fight
for the elimination of inhabited alleys in the District of Columbia. Other
civic bodies joined the movement. As a result of their combined efforts a bill
was passed by unanimous vote of both houses of congress wiping out the
alley evil.
The date set for the evacuation of the alleys originally was July 1, 1918,
but because of the great congestion in this city due to war conditions, con
gress found it necessary to extend the date.
The association is of the opinion that the building of 3.000 small houses,
in view of the high cost of building, the class of tenants concerned and the
limited time before the law becomes operative, cannot be left to private enter
prise. The government must help, just as in other countries, such as England,
Belgium and Scotland, the governments have done under similar circum
Go to Russia, Young Man, to Make a Fortune
IF YOU want to share in the greatest commercial and industrial develop
ment of the immediate future, study the Russian language, and also Russian
geography, resources and trade methods. This is the advice of the bureau of
education to young Americans. Rusi
'S. sia is in chaos now 7 , but it can’t afford
n ffor. V\ t 0 Stay * n c^aos much longer. And
/ 1 W’hether it emerges a socialist state, a
social democracy or a republic, its
l 180,000,000 people must be supplied
\ with the necessities of life; it must be
' _ JA equipped with railroads and factories;
its forests and mines must be utilized.
” 9 And all or most of this must be done
■* by traders and engineers and capital
ists from the West, for Russia has
neither trained men, money nor tools.
Russia is the world’s greatest opportunity, and the fact is apparent to
most of the w’orld. Americans seem least aware of the Russian opportunity,
but the bureau of education and the federal board for vocational education
have been doing what they can to overcome this indifference. Surveys have
been made in 250 American cities with a view to establishing evening and day
classes in the Russian language. Special textbooks have been prepared, in
which Russian banking, trade and shipping terms take the place of the “hat
of the gardener” and the “green umbrella of my aunt’s grandfather.”
For men of every trade and profession, and especially for young men
wh -m adventure compensates for hardship, Russia is the opportunity of the
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44 the English and the Irish and
■ ■ the ’owlin’ Scotties, too,
The Canucks and Austrilee’uns,
and the ’airy French poilu;
The only thing that bothered us don’t
bother us no more,
It’s only w’y in ’ell we didn’t know the
Yanks before.”
“Well, Joe, I asked them guys what the
globe and anchor stood for on their caps
and one guy speal*3 up and says it means
that the marines fight all over the world.”
"It’s a cute little thing, the marines’
insignia. Looks something like a boiled
huckleberry pudding with a couple of fish
hooks run through it, or like a lady hen
hawk trying to hatch out a fractured door
knob. I’m sure you get me. Gladys. Also,
the marines may be identified by their
motto. Just w’here they wear that I’ve
forgotten for the moment, but you’re sure
to find it somewhere about them if you
look close. It is ‘Semper Fidelis.’ No, it
has nothing to do with fiddles. One ‘d,’
Gladys. It is a phrase taken from the
Sioux dialect, I think, meaning literally,
‘Where do we go from here?’ ”
The story of “Bluebeard” and his
seven wives, which many will recall
having read long ago, is still going the
rounds. The fable appears to have
originated in France, but it has turned
up almost everywhere In the wide
Now it appears that the Virgin is
lands have a “Bluebeard” of their own,
whom they claim as the original dyed
in-the-wool villain of child-lore.
Corporal Lester F. Scott of the
Thirty-fifth company, United States
marines, who is stationed at Charlotte-
Amalie in the little island recently
acquired by the United States, writes
as follows of the people and their be
liefs :
“On the west shore of the bay lies
a settlement of French people called
Cha-Chas. These people came orig
inally from the Dutch and French
Leeward islands. They have not
married with the negroes, and they
live to themselves, resenting any out
side interference with their affairs.
“They are a hard drinking race, yet
they are the most industrious people
on the island, and are especially good
canoemen. Their boats are long, nar
row affairs made out of scraps of
wood. They supply the town with fish
and the women make straw hats that
find a ready sale among the negroes.
“They will never rise any higher
than the true beach-comber, because
the race has degenerated, due to in
termarriage in so small a colony. With
their ruddy faces, stiffly starched blue
shirts, tight white trousers and broajl
brimmed hats, they present a curious
and unusual appearance.
“On the crest of two of the three
hills of Charlotte-Amalie nestles the
famous old castles of ‘Bluebeard’ and
‘Blackbeard.’ These are the two places
of interest on the island. The old
buccaneers were alike as two peas in
their habits, but the castles are in
no way similar. Bluebeard’s castle is
the more massive and is separated
from Blackboard’s by a distance of a
half-mile. After the death of the
two pirates, a secret tunnel was found
connecting the two castles.
“It is reported that it was through
this secret tunnel the two exchanged
the women they had captured on
How Germany Looks to Them.
How Germany looks to a marine
who was one of the first to cross the
Rhine is told in a letter from Lieut.
Carrol J. Single of the Sixth regiment
of marines, to his parents who live in
Stockton, Cal. From somewhere in
Germany he wrote the following:
“The people near the border were
just plain squareheads, dumb looking,
stolid, and unusually stupid. But two
days ago we penetrated into the won
derful Rhineland and it is glorious
here. *Ve saw for the first time what
we had not thought to find —pretty
girls and mothers. There is nothing
so restful to tired feet as the sight of
a pretty girl. No, sir!
“The country we are in is more like
America than anything I’ve seen since
Paris. They have fine stone houses
and many beautiful mansions and ho
tels here. This is the country of those
famous German baden, or baths, where
the sick come to drink of that magic
elixir of life that Ponce De Leon
failed to find in Florida.”
Lieut. Single journeyed to Neuenahr
and then visited the “Wlenbergen” or
wine mountains and finally reached
Brohl, which he describes as follows:
“I am now in Brohl, a small town.
The Rhine flows two hundred yards
from my window. In front of us are
mountains and In back are mountains
terraced for grapes and on the river
at the foot of the mountains huddle
the small towns. The river here is
about 600 yards across and flows rest
fully along into the distance. All is
in true German order and big dredg
ers are working to make a harbor.
“Last night I met Captain Stone, one
of the best friends I have known in
the service. He would have naught
but that I should dine with him. We
climbed to a big castle on a hill back
here overlooking the Rhine. I stepped
in the door and started (like the mov
ies have it) from a realistic armored
man on my left only to find a worse
scoundrel on my right. In the great
master’s den were many stuffed foxes
and birds, also deer horns. Captain
Stone had roast chicken, and it was a
real meal, right in the castle of some
former German baron.”
On Duty in Guam.
Something of the life of a marine
on duty in the Island of Guam Is told
in a letter from Corp. Fred G. Taylor,
who is stationed on this American in
sular possession in the South sea.
“When the last transport was here
I had a very interesting excursion out
to it on official business,” Corporal
Taylor writes. “A corporal and I went
aboard to check the baggage of the
‘homeward-bounders,’ and then wait
ed several hours for the captain quar
termaster of the vessel to return from
a social affair on shore to sign the
manifest. He failed to appear, so w«
ate a swell feed aboard and then re
turned by launch across the harbor in
the moonlight, and back by auto
through the coconut groves to town.
“The next morning we again visit
ed the vessel, this time getting our
business done and saying good-by to
our friends on the ship, bound for the
Philippines and the States.
“Last Sunday another fellow and I
took a hike out into the jungles, walk
ing around one of the beaches and
climbing out onto the coral reef that
guards the harbor, at low tide. We
took some pictures and started back
to town, after spying some of the
most beautifully colored fish we had
ever seen.
“We took a road that we thought
led to the main road, but after several
miles found we had discovered a de
serted Spanish highway leading
trough the jungles. In a few minutes
we found ourselves at the leper col
ony at one end of the island.
“There we saw the walls of an old
Spanish prison and looked into the
‘Devil’s Punchbowl,’ which is a con
traption in the ground about 20 feet
across at the top and bottom, but bulg
ing in the center and about 100 to 160
feet deep. Then we returned to town,
took some pictures of native women
collecting ‘tody,’ the juice of the co
conut tree, from which liquor is
made, and returned to camp.”
Lake That Disappears.
In Georgia, near Vladosta, there is
a lake which disappears every three
or four years and then comes back
again, no matter what the weather Is
like. The lake is three miles long
and three-quarters of a mile wide,
with an average depth of 12 feet of
water. There are natural subterra
nean passages beneath it, through
which the water passes off. It takes
two or three weeks to disappear, when
a mammoth basin is left in its place,
which furnishes a beautiful sandy
beach. After a month or so the water
begins to return, and then in a couple
of weeks it is the same magnificent
stretch of water as it was before.
Next Scientific Triumph.
Now that the Atlantic ocean has
been hopped there doesn’t seem to be
much more that can be expected in
the way of scientific triumphs until
someone invents a full-dress shirt
stud that won’t explode just at the
moment when the wearer is trying his
best to appear important.—Thrift

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