The Houston Post. (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 33, No. 282, Ed. 1 Friday, January 11, 1918 Page: 6 of 14
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Houston Texas. Friday January 11 1918.
the fading landmarks.
Once again our democratic president aban-
dons his oldtime political principles and em-
braces the national brand of woman's suf-
frage But a few months ago. his advocacy of
woman's suffrage was qualified. He favored
It through State action Now he favors it
as a matter of national action or plainly.
through compulsory processes if events shall
demonstrate that three fourths of the States
favor an amendment.
So far as The Tost is able to discern
only a few people are considering the na-
tional suffrage and national prohibition ques-
tions except upon grounds of expediency
prejudice or partisanship.
The possible inflicting of either policy
tipon States that do not favor it is very
meagerly considered. All of which goes to
Ehow that there is very little disposition
shown to consider the logical consequences
of trifling with the constitution to put into
effect the policies one may desire.
It is observed however that in some quar-
ters quite a distinction is drawn between
the prohibition and the suffrage amend-
ments. Mississippi's legislature promptly
ratified the prohibition amendment by an
almost unanimous vote but there is much
opposition to the suffrage amendment in
Mississippi's negro population forms 60
per cent of the whole and Mississippi fears
national suffrage control and is therefore
opposed to it. But Mississippi Is sure that
New York. Pennsylvania and New Jersey
ought to be dry whether their citizens de-
sire prohibition or not. So dry Mississippi
votes to put it over on wet New York Penn-
sylvania and New Jersey.
And later on suffrage legislatures in New
York. Pennsylvania and New Jersey are
going to vote to expand the .franchise in
You will have to admit that turn about is
If dry Mississippi Is not willing to let the
liquor question alone in New York she can
not expect suffrage New York to let the suf-
frage question alone in Mississippi.
Considered upon principle alone national
suffrage and national prohibition are of the
same stripe. That is to say they take from
the States willy Billy the right to regulate
suffrage and the liquor traffic.
But there is far more justification of na-
tional suffrage control than national liquor
control. The regulation or prohibition of
the liquor traffic is purely a matter of police
regulation and there is not logically a Fed-
i. eral question in it after the matter of Fed-
iral taxation is eliminated.
' Not so with suffrage. The consequences
j of the extension or suppression of suffrage
j- are national in their scope. The congress-
. . man voted for and elected in the States
! votes upon question affecting the welfare of
" people in all the States. For this reason
j; the people of one State may with much
- ' plausibility claim the right to demand that
t suffrage in other States in so far as it re-
;' latee to the election of president senators'
j and representatives be based upon a law of
1 ! general application
i' There is far more justification therefore
:. i as The Post sees it for Northern and West-
; era States to force national control of suf-
. frage upon the South than there Is for the
i: South to co-operate with the dry Western
i commonwealths to force prohibition upon
wet Northern commonwealths.
-j ! License in the North can not effect domes-
tic conditions in the dry South but suffrage
conditions in the South may materially af-
fect domestic conditions in the North.
Indications are that little opportunity is
going to be given the people to discuss
either amendment. Mississippi ratifies the
prohibition amendment without further dls-
; cussion among the people and there will be
1 suffrage legislatures in all probability to
J return the compliment.
What the radicals are doing to our form
of government in the excitement of war
when basic principles are lost sight of and
only opportunism expediency prejudice and
J eiperimentalism are active remains to be
seen. But if a sober second thought fails
to halt present movements in time we shall
emerge from the war with a new form of
So far as we can see the democratic party
now in power has absolutely discarded the
principles which railed it into being and is
fully embarked upon an uncharted sea of so-
cialism federalism opportunism and a form
of democracy in which the individualism
that was the faith of the fathers is to be
honored no longer.
THAT TEACHERS' REST ROOM.
Every establishment which employs worn-
' en workers should have a room especially
: fitted up for their comfort and rest when
off duty or when indisposed.
The Parent-Teachers' association of Cooley
a school has realized the need of such a rest
room for the teachers and The Post last
c.i . wtreav lulu ill tuv yigKuiauuu Ul iucu tt
!: room "furnished with wicker chairs a couch
. 'pictures rugs and all other bits of furniture
? f that help to make a room cozy.
- I V Cooler school has in this set an examule
' to outer acnouis uui uuij ui uic tuy uui ui
v'L v Krea In the rural school the need for a
Nrest room for teachers and girls Is apparent;
h i'mni the need should be met as the Parent-
Teachers' association of Cooley school haa
met the need there. The expense of furnish
ing such a room may he either great or
small according to the Ideas of those Inter
ested; and the cheaply furnished room will
give as much real comfort as more costly
furniture would allow.
Harris county has pointed the way in
school matters for so long that the teachers
of Texas are accustomed to look this way
for new ideas. The rest room while by no
means a new idea. Is one worthy of notice
and should be adopted in every school.
SHODDY AND PROFITEERING.
In the testimony before the senate com-
mittee it was stated that the use of shoddy
for soldiers' overcoats and uniforms was
necessary for the conservation of wool.
At least that was what the manufacturers
But the manufacturers were mistaken. The
real reason why shoddy was used was to
swell the profits of profiteers.
The use of shoddy did not cause any re
duction in prices. It was merely easy to put
shoddy over notwithstanding Quartermaster
General Sharp was opposed to it.
Now here is the situation so far as the
wool is concerned. The Vnited States is
one of the heaviest wool-producing countries
in the world. It produces far more than
Germany and France combined. Not only
that at no time since the war began have
wool Imports stopped.
But had there been a wool shortage such
as to compel the United States to make
out with its domestic product there was
still no excuse for making the uniforms of
The civilian population could have made
out if necessary and ought to have ramie
out. rather than deny the soldiers with such
clothing as it had and what could have been
obtained from the reserve stocks.
This country could get along pretty well
even if not another woolen garment were
made for two years.
But no such emergency faced this coun
try. Our manufacturers had only .'.uuu.uuu
soldiers to provide for whereas Germany
has been providing for three times that num-
ber with only a fraction of our wool sup
plies to draw upon.
The soldiers must have the best uniforms
that can be madie at all seasons. The men
who fight are entitled to first consideration
absolutely and a country that does not hold
that view isn't worth fighting for.
No requirements of the civilian population
should precede those of the soldiers. Be
hind the lines we can get along with old
clothes or what the manufacturers can sup-
ply after the army Is supplied.
The manufacturers have not acted fairly
with the country. They have charged out-
rageous prices and given inferior goods.
But the government is to blame tor per
mitting them to do so. The power to pre-
vent the robbery either in the matter of
high prices or poor quality was in the hands
of the government and ought to have been
We have not all risen yet in this country
to that exalted plane of patriotism where
men place country above profits. There are
profiteers who will never be cured through
their own efforts. The profiteer wherever
located needs a touch of the Iron hand at
Galveston business interests are reported
to have formulated and riled a protest
against the proposed quarantine and cotton-
free zone regulations which State and Fed-
eral governments recommend as necessary
to the protection of the cotton growers of
the South against the pink boll worm now-
known to be In seven counties of Southeast
Any petition signed by the president of
the Galveston Cotton Exhange and Board of
Trade and the president of the Galveston
Commercial association deserves and will
have the respect of the officials who have
this matter in hand.
There is merit too in some of the con
tentions of the petitioners; and those who
are engaged in the effort to rid the State of
the new pest will not fail to take note of
the facts to which attention is called.
For instance the layman will have to be
convinced of the necessity for the prohibi-
tion of shipments of cotton or cotton seed
through the infected area to shlpslde for
transshipment to Northern or foreign mills.
It would seem that this is carrying precau-
tion much too far. There is little danger of
pink boll worm moths attaching themselves
to cotton or seed in transit through the few
miles of Infected territory on any Texas
railroad. And this is said with all due de
ference to the scientists who have formu-
lated the plans for the fight on the pink
But there is every reason for the quaran
tine against cotton and cotton seed originat
ing in the infected area and for the designa
tion of such area as a zone in which the
staple must not be planted for a reasonable
number of years.
Recently there has come to the notice of
officials another potent reason for this step
This is the hauling of cotton seed away from
the infected area by movers. It will prove
almost Impossible to stop this mode of trans
mission of the pest without a rigid quaran
tine and other counties of the State are al
ready taking just such a step to protect their
own cotton industry. Those who remember
the shotgun quarantines Inaugurated against
the boll weevil should not be difficult to con
vlnce of the necessity for Slate and Federal
control of the present emergency.
And Winked the Other Eye.
(From the Waco Times-Herald.)
When Earl Mayfield talks about the big vote
he got for railroad commissioner one Allison
Mayfield just smile and says aayi Allison to
himself that maybe some of the boys bad him
Which Is Something flee.
(From the Memphis Commercial Appeal.)
The allies said they would stand by Russia but
lacy did aot promise to trot witn irotiky.
Early Morning Observations
iy George M. Bailey.
From North Carolina far across the snowclad
wastes that stretch betwen the frosting templet of
the mid-fifties and those time when a single
integer designated the years of oar life comes a
New Y'fir greeting beginning: "My Dear Little
Boy." How would you like to receive a letter
from the sweet loving patient and unforgetting
woman who almost half a century before taught
you your alphabet and to whom you (till remain
after all the years a "dear little boy"?
Sometimes it seems to us at if Dallas pos-
sessed as serious a penchant for trouble as old
Bleeding Kansas herself.
In view of the fact that the Federal govern-
ment it certain not to take our advice and thus
place an awful responsibility upon ut we are
braien enough to hatard the suggestion that the
government refrain from taking over bodily any
of the primary industries or public utilities that
are not jutt absolutely necessary to the proper
conduct of the war.
The trouble about the suspended sentence law
it tome men get a tutpended sentence who ought
to be tutpended by the neck.
Dr. Harry Garfield sayt the coal famine it
psychological. That's what makes us say what
we do about assigning high brows to these earthy
affairs of life. Nobody caret any more about
the psychology of a coal famine than he doe
about the psychology of a basinful of corned beef
"Trouble is brewing in South America" an
nounces an A. P. correspondent. In North Amer-
ica brewing is trouble and lots of it.
We learn from the Enquirer that the first bath
i tib riachcd Cincinnati in 184 j. We shall not
1-1 .alienee the historical accuracy of this ttate-
:.ni. hut we insist that it was not until five
iinrs later that the family that received it ttop-
kiI usirg it as a coal Inn and began to wash in it.
The tact that 5 p?r cent of the drafted men
were rejected tor physical unfitness is proof
enough that the simple lite is needed in this
And. now. brethren we are approaching the
glorious tomorrow Porkless Saturday. Our
orthodox Jewish friends who are used to thu
sort of thing and know so well how to roast a
ponse l.ee. but ain t roast goose lots better than
r.iUiil stew ?
Billy Sunday i. in full swing in Washington
now. tie is heating the water and the hos-
killing will commence as toon at the water be-
gins to t oil.
One of the Camp Logan boys tight for a tum
ble in a good old Illinois snow. Houtton it sorry
it can not accommodate him. If he would like
to roll in a violet bank or tumble in a pansy
lied however Houston will be glad to accommo-
Somebody has sent $500 to New York city's
"conscience fund." Apparently only the "pikers
01 the public service ever experience the stricken
Galli-Curci refuses to sing in New Y'ork this
season on the ground that she is tired. That is
a good reason. Singing when one is tired is the
hardest sort of work at many fellows have as-
certained when singing "Old Oaken Bucket" at
3 a. m.
The St. Louis pottmaster declares that women
are not a success at mail carriers. Our idea is
that women will always be more successful as
Of course we are not surprised at the New
Year resoluters breaking their good resolutions
this early in the year but we confess to some
humiliation when we find a ellew now and then
apologizing for making the good resolution at all.
In Berlin five bars of American soap sell for
$1.12. Then they must be eating soap there
but by thit time we suppose the Berlinese need
an internal bath.
The hotel convention at Galveston contem
plates taking further steps in the direction of
food conservation. Some of the hotels have con-
served cut portions and increased prices already
until they have driven away half of their patrons.
Russia hears that 2joo German soldiers have
mutinied. But if Russia's hearing it no better
than her seeing or understanding it doesn't
amount to much.
Havana is now without wheat bread but Ha-
vana has sugar to beat the band. And surely
Havana has tweet potatoes corn meal and store
biscuits. To say nothing of cocoanutt grape-
fruit and pineapples. Havana should worry.
Constantinople report that 300000 Turks
have become brigands. Thit is some improve-
ment for the Turki but we fear their example
will be lost on the Huns.
Looking carefully over tht religious centut
taken of the soldiert in Camp Logan and arguing
from cause to effect and vice versa we esti-
mate that the democratic majority in the camp
mutt be in the vicinity of 6544.
The Dallas censor rules that the Morgan
dancers must use more drapery but gee is there
anything that can shock modern sensibilities?
Isnt' thit the rawhide age?
That enemy alien mayor of the Indiana town
hat taken the office and defies anybody to take
him out. He talkt big that way becaute he was
elected mayor of an Indiana town inttead of a
Odr idea it that Texat citizenship win have
reached a higher ttandard when 300.000 poll tax
slackers value the right to vote at inferior to
three dozen cold storage eggt of the Pleistocene
Some of the manufacturers tay the use of
shoddy material in the uniforms was necettary
for the conservation of wool. They are liars. It
was necettary only to gratify their greed and lust
An Austrian experimenter hat succeeded in
producing print paper from native grattes and in
the course of hit experiments found tome new
To take care of the tteam generated by the
radiator of a familiar automobile an auxiliary
cooling system to be mounted in the car't door
hat been invented.
An electrical annunciator operated by push
buttons on chairs throughout a hall is used in
Holland to auction eggt without the utual noise
and confusion of such sales.
Supported by floatt and driven with a pedal
operated propeller a Californian has invented a
board upon which a man can lie and travel con-
siderable distance! while bathing.
A (lata for X-ray photography hat been in-
vented in Europe which abtorbt only from in to
15 per cent of the rayt. permitting muck sharper
pictures to be made than heretofore.
Your Delicate Child
y N. Addlnfften trvoe.
If you have a puny teakly "delicate child
I earnestly commend to your cootideration the
following statement by Dr. W. R. Eancrtoa. who
has made a special study of children's diseases:
"I have found out that there is practically as
such thing as a child being bom 'delicate.'
"Children are not born delicate. They are al-
most invariably made so through mistaken ideas
and mismanagement on the part of parenta.
" A baby may be born heavy or light In weight ;
it may be born premature or normal. .
"But except in the' rarest Instances at for
example where there' itiom"" Constitutional
hereditary disease babies are perfectly healthy
and should continue to gain iri weight and to
grow stronger and more robust from month to
month and from year to year."
What then makes children delicate?
One of the commonest causea perhaps the
commonest cause is underfeeding. For one rea-
son or another the amount of nourishment taken
daily is not sufficient for the body needs. -
"But" you protest "my child hat no appetite.
That is precisely the trouSle. He does not want
to eat. If I force food on him he suffers from
The immediate need is not to force food on
the unwilling child. It It to ascertain why hit
appetite it poor.
Perhaps he is not getting enough exercise.
Perhaps hit living quarters and sleeping quarters
are badly ventilated.
Freth air is a splendid appetiser. There is
none better. And to be obliged to exitt where
there is little fresh air will ruin any appetite
whether in child or adult.
If you keep v0ur child indoors most of the
time if you compel him to tleep in a room with
closed windows you need not wonder that he
has a poor appetite and is in a constant ttate of
ill health. -
Or his weakness of health and lack of appe-
tite may be the result of neglected disease con
ditions in his mouth nose or throat.
The child whose teeth are not kept well cleaned
is a child liable to suffer from tooth decay. As
his teeth decay hit whole tystem will to tome
extent be poisoned by the disease germt he swal
lows wnn tne tooa ne eats.
Appetite and digestion alike will thereby be
affected. He will show all the symptoms Of un-
dernourishment until a dentist hat treated his
teeth and has given hit parents some elementary
instruction in mouth hygiene.
Again the delicate child may be and often is
a victim of enlarged tonsils or of sdenoid
These overgrowtht of tistue in the space back
of the nose interfere with hit breathing. Alto
they cause a ceaselest watte of nervout energy
necessarily more or lest devitalizing.
I heir removal by a simple surgical operation
s likely of itself to effect a seemingly miracu
lous improvement in the child's health.
All of which meant of course that the first
thing the parents of a delicate child ought to do
is to give a competent physician a chance to make
a thorough examination of their child. t
The second thing is to be entirely frank in
answering the doctor's quest iont about the child'l
living babttt and home environment.
And the third thing is to act on the doctor t
advice with regard to tpecific treatment and the
establishing ot better hygienic conditions in gen-
eral. Then and only then the work of transforming
the child from semi-invalidttm to robustness can
be carried on with expectations of real and great
(Copyright 1917 by the Associated Newspapers.)
Opportunity for Great SUteimanihip.
(From the Manufacturers Record.)
A rumor floated around Washington a few
days ago to the effect that the congrettional in-
vestigation showing unpardonable delayt in the
war department would result in the resignation
of Secretary Baker and probably General Crozier
and that there wat a probability that Colonel
Roosevelt would be made secretary of war.
We are afraid that such rumors are of the
kind once described at "the airiest bubble that
ever found lodgment in an empty head." But
what a blesting it would be if Secretary Baiter
who was recently described by an able attorney
who hat known him for years as "the most bril-
liant man of the least ability he had ever met"
would recognize his inability to measure up to
the mighty task which confronts him and open
the way for the return of former Secretary Gar-
lison' or tome other man of real ability even if
it should become necettary for the president to
go outside of the democratic party and call to the
mighty task devolving upon the war department
tome great man even though he might be a
Thit great war it no time for adhering to one
political party in the cabinet. It it the time
when politicians as politicians should be absolute-
ly forgotten and when the highest and tupremett
ability in the nation regardless of politics should
be called to the task.
It takes a great man to measure up to ignoring
hit own party for the sake of the country but
the man who does it proves himself through all
the aget a statesman.
The Facts About It.
(From the Texas Republic.)
The prot want Governor Hobby to call a tpe-
cial tettion of the legislature for the purpose of
pasting statutory prohibition. The antit don't.
How would you like to be Hobby? West News.
The real pros do not want atatutory prohibi-
tion. They know that if a statute were enacted
providing for abolition of saloons it might be
repealed at the very next session of the legisla-
ture. Therefore they shy 'at that form of pro-
hibition. It is only a comparative few led by
Earl Mayfield who are clamoring for statutory
prohibition and the sure enough prohibitionists
are clever enough to tee that there it a bug
under Mayfield's chip. He wants to get the sup-
port of prohibitionittt in his rsce for governor
by advocating a prohibition statute and stand
in with the antis by this trick which would get
the pros nowhere even if they were to win. May-
field hi seeking to "run with the hare and hold
with the hounds" but the foxes are keeping an
eye on him.
Can Ferguson Come Back?
(From the Waco Times-Herald.)
James E. Ferguson insists that he it a candi-
date for governor and he says he wouldn't give
jo cents or words to that effect for the chances
of the other fellows.
We do not see how Mr. Ferguson can reckon
himself a candidate teeing that the constitution
"Judgment in cases of impeachment shall
extend only to removal from office and dis-
qualification from holding any office of
honor trust or profit under thit State."
That it seems to us is an effectual barrier
to Mr. Ferguson's reinstatement even were the
people to minded.
s Puzzle for Scientist!.
From the Consoles Inquirer.)
The Temple Telegram records a rise in the
watert of Leon river jutt after many other
papers have told of there being water In wells
that nave Been dry tor montm. -continued dry
weather lotea some of Its power for evil if the
underground streams are coming to the rescue"
concludes the Telegram. Houston Post.
The same story comes from other portions of
the State where creeks that have been dry for
tome time are commencing to fill up and run
from these underground springs that for some
unknown reason are flowing once more replen-
ishing the country with stock water at least.
Keep Good Roadi Good
Frew the l reay Hfld
Tomorrow the taxpayers wilt pass upon a pro
poaal to Issue laja.ooo worth of bonds for read
work and they probably will vote the bonds as
El Patoant seldom defeat a bead issue.
There it no question of the seed for road I ap-
provement but El Paso hat had such unfortu-
nate experiences with road work In Ike pa
the road enthusiast and the progressive taxpayer
is somewhat discouraged to say the least.
While fully realising the necessity of money
for road improvements voters can aot help feel-
ing that their money has not been spent in tht
past in a manner to encourage them to vote the
issuance of mora bonds for road work. There
have been some unwise expenditures originally
and much inexcusable waste after the roads were
built. It is the waste that rankles most in the
breatt of the taxpayer.
Much of the worn out road in the county might
still be good If commitsioQcrt had not allowed
it to go to pieces through neglect. No wonder
a voter doubts if It Is worth while to vote more
money for roads and road work. He will only
vote it upon the faith he bat that the men now
in power and those who will succeed them will
be more businesslike la their conduct of the
county's affairs will conserve inttead of watt-
ing will keep the roads of the future in repair
at small expense instead of allowing them to go
to pieces and ' be wholly rebuilt at - heavy ex-
pense. It taket considerable faith on the part of the
voter to offset hit resentment at the manner in
which his road funds have been wasted in the
past but most votert are willing to take chancel
on "a new deal" and everybody admits the neces-
sity for money for rebuilding the road between
El Paso and Ysleta : also that stretch of road be-
tween the Hart viaduct and the Santa Fe cross-
ing wett of El Paso. And. if Otero county it
coing to build from Alamogordo to Newman El
Pase should certainly build that ttretch of road
between Fort Blitt and Newman contemplated
in the bond ittue. Therefore a bond issue teemt
essential. Thete things should be done now for
they will have to be done some time and at leatt
in the case of the two nieces of road to be re-
built the longer we wan the more expensive it
But there should be a careful pruning of costs.
It really appears from estimates of cost for
thit work that the amount of money naked it
larger than will be needed but the commissioners
are pledged to apend only what they need. The
voters will thus have to trust to their committion-
ers to see that the best results are obtained for
the money and that none 'of it it wasted. El
Pato county hat watted road money in the patt.
We have spent a great deal of money for roads
and have little left to show for it. But it has
seemed to be the policy of El Pato county in the
past to build a piece of road and then officially
forget it. This it not business. No firm nor
corporation would buy an expensive piece of ma-
chinery and let it go to ruin for lack of atten-
tion. A little attention here and there occasionally
will keep a piece of pavement in good condi-
tion indefinitely but neglect a piece of pavement
and like anything elte it goet to ruin very rap-
idly. Thit 11 what has happened in this county
and it it a shame the amount of money that hat
been wasted in that manner.
Ore:- In Texas. '
(From the New Orleans Daily Item.)
Governor Hobby of Texat it a candidate to
succeed himself. He wts lieutenant governor
when Governor Ferguson was impeached. He
thus succeeded to the governorship under trying
Louisiana has a peculiar interest in Governor
Hobby partly becaute thit enterprising and gifted
Texat is owner and publisher of an excellent
newspaper near the State line the Beaumont En-
terprise. Beaumont and Southeastern Texat were
largely settled by Louisianiant. Governor Hob-
by's paper has been widely read for years in
Hobby has earned his dictinction.
He was known as publisher and editor many
jears before his entry into politics.
He comes of an old and excellent Texas family
but this did him no harm. When he had finished
an apprenticeship as a reporter at Houston and
was invited to take hold of a rundown little
morning newspapers in Beaumont his integrity
and industry constituted his chief capital.
If Governor Hobby it elected to succeed him-
self hit friends will hope no better fortune for
the State than that its governor will handle its
affairs at diligently as conservatively and as suc-
cessfully at he hat handled his own business.
Texat it confronted by great problems of her
own in normal timet. The governor of Texas is
the official head of a territorial empire. The war
has added greatly to itt perplexed problemt. They
call for a type of executive and business talent
not normally demanded of a governor.
In addition to thit Texts has an unutual im-
position in the lost and devastation caused by a
terrible drouth which hat afflicted its western
part during the patt year. So the governorship
of Texas promitet to furnish no bed of rotet for
Hobby if he tucceedt himself.
Partly for this reason and partly because of an
almost universal desire to put the soft pedal on
political contests it it doubtful that there will
be serious opposition to Governor Hobby in the
It would teem that he has disposed of the pro-
hibition ittue locally by agreeing to sign a bill
submitting to the votert a constitutional amend-
ment for prohibition.
Governor Hobby is a pleasant conservative
and able business man. Public life has developed
In him the qualities of a first-clan speaker. Hit
charming wife it a daughter of former Repre-
sentative Cooper of Texas one of the best known
of the SouthV public men.
Legislatures and the People's Will.
(From the New York Times.)
William H. Anderson superintendent of the
Anti-Saloon League of New York is wroth with
Senator Calder who hat had the indiscretion to
propose a popular referendum in this State on
prohibition before the legislature acts on the
Federal amendment. The proposed referendum
is "a scheme of the liquor interests" cries Mr.
Anderson. Everything is a scheme of the liquor
interests that is not consonant with the desires
and plant of our tolerant and patient friends the
No legislature should act upon' the prohibition
amendment without a clear mandate from the
voters. Mr. Anderson it conceivably distrustful
of the results of a popular referendum on the
subject. Well there can at leatt be one in every
legltlative district. Almost all the States will
elect legislatures next year. The legitlatures of
six States blessed with annual sessions will meet
in 1918 and there will be five biennial sesaiont.
Tennessee and Florida have a wise constitu-
tional provision prohibiting a legitlature from
ratifying a Federal constitutional amendment pro-
poted by congress after the election of that legis-
lature. Forty-six States more need that protec-
tion against mis judgment of or falsification of
or guesting at the will of the majority. A change
for all time of the fundamental law is not lightly
to be assented to.
Use That Smile Now.
(From the Lufkin News.)
The first of the month will be here again to-
morrow. It will also be the firtt day of the
year and in addition to the other expenses of
the past month Christmas bills will be to pay.
Meet the collector! with a smile and settle the
bills in full if possible to do so. Start out the
new year with a clean slate if it takes the last
dollar you have. You will feel better for having
done to your credit will be strengthened and
you can walk with a lighter Itep.
By 4u4i MH(mw Uwla. )"-
STRAFE THE KAISER
I do not bite tout en urth so when I wii)f
I do net knew to whom I tught te leave m;
motor -car ;
For when 1 don by snow-white wings and flit to '""
I do not want to leave my car te any ens I
I had four blowouts New Year's Day and two
new tubes to buy-
Twelve dollars and a half for that that's bow
the dollars fly I
Then my magneto would net work. I bought a
new tpark thing
And twenty-two big plunks and twenty cents for
that went bing t
That's why no one I think much of will get that
When I have lopped my new white wings and -
left thft mupdane scene.
Right after that my battery went "Flooeyl" But
For several plunks to make it work and then
threw it stide
And bought me a new battery where batteries
'Twas twenty-tix big plunks and ninety-five big '
cents for thst
And then I thought that grand machine should
go a block or two.
But even then I could not make the dad-binged
The gentleman from the garage in greasy
Who bangt around right near the phone to take
my frequent calls
Came out and crawled beneath the things and
felt about its turn.
And said the fly wheel was sans teeth and much-
ly on the bum ;
And so I took my shining car down to the ser-
And asked the man bow much I would be taxed
in tuch a cate ;
He said 'twould cost me thirty-three simoleons
for that ;
So now my car is in the shop where new fly
wheels are at.
So in much less than thirty days my classy
Which now is rusticating in the place where fly
Has cost me ninety-four plunks and three nickels
And lots of worry through the day and man
hourt of tleep;
And though when it is working It saves me ten
cents a day
For car-fare I do not like' to have it to act
I may be too particular I'll say for the ma
That when I've got it in the shop it saves me
But when I preen my snow-white wings to wing
to realms afar
I don't want any one I love to have my motor-
car: There is no one I hate enough to leave that
When I close down my desk and put my wings
on and tkiddoo.
No one Hold on! Is there no one? Hold on
and let me think!
It there no one I'd like to push across bank-
Is there no one I'd like to swst and leave him
spread out flat?
I'll leave it to the kaiser he deaerves a car
PATSY KILL ARE OUTLAW.
It haf been raining good and plenty and it
wat good and thundery when I woke and there
was a lot of lightning up over Green's barn. I
do not know but I think they were having some
ort of celebration in heaven. Maybe it was
because our school won the race or because
draggy foot is going to get well. Anyway what-
ever it was they were using fireworks and it
looked fine. The rain kept on coming down as
if some one had punched the clouds full of holes.
When I go to heaven I hope they will let me be
the angel who turns on the clouds when the
earth needs rain.
Rowdy and I went outdoors and ran up and
down the gutter in the rain and went up the
street and asked Old Maid Tompkins if she knew
it was raining and she did. She said she would
be ashamed to. be out on the street in her
nighties and I told her so would I if I was she.
and I would. Then Rowdy and I chased our-
selves down the street again to the other corner
and I sat in the gutter and waited for my father
to come from hit night watching. Soon he came
and hit head wat down so he would not have
teen us if I had not spoken and Rowdy had not
barked but I did and Rowdy did and so my
father did. He stopped short with the water
running off his hat and hit nose and he smiled
and said "Aren't you afraid you will crowd the
fish out of house and home if you take up the
whole gutter?" I said "I am not taking it up
I am sitting in it holding it down."
Then I got up and went home with 'him and
breakfast was later than usual for I had to wath
the gutter water off with the bathtub water and
dry mytelf. At aoon as we got on the porch
Rowdy shook himself dry but I could not do
that though I tried it a couple of times. My
father had the pancakes stirred and I flopped
them and we had a good time eating them to-
gether. After thst he lit hit pipe and said
he would tell me when to go to school and he
did and I went but I was all wet when Rowdy
and I get there. The other kids all had rubber
boots and rubber coats and umbrsllas. so they did
not get wet. My teacher ld "My goodness.
Patsy Kildare where did you get so wet?" I-
taid "All over." She said "You mutt not stay
here with your clothing in that condition. Go
home at once." So I said "Come on Rowdy"
and "Good-bye teacher thank you."
We went out in the rain because we were too
wet to. stay in school and we had a very good
time and were good and wet when we got to the
burglar's house. The man who is a hundred
yean old wat sitting on .the porch looking at
the rain come down and he thook hit stick at
me and said "Where have you been?" Rowdy
did not pay any attention to him but I did. I
said "Out in the rain. Where did you think?"
He taid "How many timet have I got to tell you
to stay in out of the rain?" I taid "For cat's
sake you do not have to tell me anything."
Then the burglar came out of the house and
he seemed pleased to see me. He said "I have
got an offer of $5000 for my five acres of pota-
toes in the ground jutt at they are. Shall I take
it?" I taid "Is that a lot of money?" He said.
"It certainly is; more money then I ever saw."
Then I said "Take it you bonehead" and he
said "I will." So we talked it over and he
was happy because he could pay Mr. Rbckruddcr
whst he owed him.
When I went home it was ttill raining and
when Rowdy and I kneeled tdnight'it was rain-
ing just the same at ever I .prayed: "Dear
mother which art in heaven tell God not to go
away anywhere and forget g)at He has the rain
turned on for we have had nearly enough nl
ready. Ask God to make me too wet for school
again some day and atk Him to blett you and
my father. Amen."
(Copyright by Judd Mortimer Lewis.)
Job Not What It's Craeksd Up to Be.
(From the Philadelphia Ledger.)
If the king of Rumania hat abdicated no one
can really blame him for it. He has had a conj
splcuout reminder of the uneasiness that accom
panies wearing a crown .
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