Evening public ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, June 22, 1915, Final, Page 8, Image 8

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FOn MAY" WAS 88,01-1.
Every fool wants to give advice, but this
docs not mean that men who give
advice arc necessarily fools.
Hllt-dccp for a Kill
THT3 Governor has driven his knlfo hllt
dccp Into tho nefarious body of bills
through which tho Organization sought to
hamstring ahead of time any popular move
ment devised to put an end to tho machlno's
Tho prlmury object of tho bills was to kcop
the opposition divided, to prevent real fusion
and put technical barriers In tho way of a
popular uprising. Tho Governor, who really
believes In democratic government and Is not
a. hypocrite, was quick to seo how utterly In
defcnslblo yieso measures wore. Ho kicked
them Into tho trash pile, whero they be
longed and whero they aro likely to stay.
Thcro was some talk during tho last cam
paign about Doctor Brumbaugh being a mcro
Instrument of tho Organization. Thcro wero
porno gulllblo peoplo who believed It. It Is a
pity that Pennsylvania has not had more of
this same sort of "controlled" Governors.
Doctor Brumbaugh may make mistakes--ho
has mado some but tho great, big, salient
fact that stands out Is that at last wo havo
a Governor who Is a man, falllblo but cour
ageous, honest and Independent, who docs
what ho thinks ho ought to do and docs not
care two fiddlesticks whether tho leaders or
other peoplo llko It or not.
The Dcttcr Part of Justice
THE commutation of Leo Frank's death
sentence Is ns excellent an example of tho
purposo and tho cxcrclso of cxecutlvo clem
ncy as has been exhibited In tho United
States In recent years. Tho reaction of mob
.sentiment In Georgia against tho retiring
3overnor, who sent Prank to tho peniten
tiary instead of the death house, will doubt
less bo strong; but In whatever adversity It
msiy placo Governor Slaton, ho will havo the
satisfaction of knowing that tho greater part
of his fellow-cltlzens npplaud him and that
ho has clearly demonstrated tho part ex
ecutive clemency Is designed to play.
Such a commutation cannot bo held to ro
fleet on tho work tho law has already done
Once tho Jury mado Its decision, tho courts
could only affirm tho legality of every step
In the trial. It has been the Governor's part,
as It must always be, to supply tho correc
tive for n, stato of doubt that hung over tho
wholo case. Frank has not been adjudged
Innocent by the Governor's net; tho law and
tho courts have" not been set aside. It has
simply been affirmed that a condition may
exist which Judges are not expected to rcc
ognlzp as proof of Innocence, but which ono
man, tho Governor, may hold to constitute
sufficient doubt as to malto a reliance on
future developments the better part of Jus
tlce. Harpies of the Divorce Court
BETWEEN unsavory tales of "gunmen"
furnished by detectlvo agencies to act as
"strike-breakers," and such an attack as
William J. Burns has launched at tho harpies
of tho divorce court, tho private detectlvo is
getting a foul name in the community.
When Mr Burns calls the gatherer of di
vorce cvldenco the most "poisonous human
snake outside a cell," he can hardly be ac
cused of overstatement. From tho doubtful
methods which even tho most conscientious
of detectlyes may bo forged to take in a good
cause, theso professional ferrets of marital
troubles sink to work that is nothing short
of fraud and blackmail. With thorn every
Incentive of private gain Is on the side of
corruption, they are delving In doubtful mat
ters, and, unlike tho police, they have no
conscience of tho State behind them.
When Mr, Burns finds a remedy for these
conditions, he seems almost as unassailable.
"There Is only one way. Pass a law barring
private detectives from the witness stand Jn
divorce cases. That will stop them." There
may be a better solution for the difficulty,
but it has yet to be stated
The Table d'lTote Tree
IN SPITE of the war, selence continue to
knock the props from under one terrestrial
habit after another. The. lataet victim Is the
bumble vegetable. The potato is to root in
the ground no longer. The eheetnut tree must
give up the custom so popular with village
blacksmiths. Both, and the reet of the vege
table kingdom alonr with them, are going to
tower to the cloud If the head of the Plant
Research Bureau la Lnglurne succeeds In
"overcoming the downward motion of mule,
culee " He thinks he can.
Wore etlll, he is buBy blighting the ladl
vlduallem of the plant world. He grows liUfl
slips vegetable, nut eartortal from privet
hedge aa a paetlme. just aa Mr Burbank
product a wrlnkteleM prune to su4 bis whim
But he is in dtad earnest about the apple tree
thai he bae gnwn out of a potato, and he
thinks he has Otsiovured fauw a rose feueh can
tie 4$Tf vi on m peach tree
There is good dtul in this The parent
ti-uiik may sow k. at iccted w hitb btst eulte
fti ji-u-ulw patiivust: in a uolKhbut hood
mm hy boys apples my fee rowu on
aas reinforced by s, touch of cactus.
" ?1 pcUct f8 uiort: efficient, the frtttt
vwit m tug Mwtac ia pleiOna
cost by using a ronnihg squash base As for
the small etibutbanlte farmer what wonders
Open beforo hi ml If ho will only embrace
vegetarianism ho can raise his whole- dinner
on ft slnslo tree. Somo largo and sturdy,
wide-ranging base, like tho banyan; on the
lower branches, a llttlo grapefruit; higher
up, peas and beani of various hinds, corn, a
dash of asparagus, a cluster or two of sweet
potatoes and half a bunch of eggplant; still
further up somo berries In season; and close
to the top, onions and cloves. Alt such a gar
den needs Is a scenic railway concealed In the
b ranches.
"Go Forth, My Son, and Help"
Thou hn heard men scorn thy city, call her
wild .. ,
Of counsel, mad; thou hast seen the fire of
morn . ,
Flash from her eyes In answer to their
scorn I . . .
Como toll on toll, 'tis this that makes her
grand, ...
rcrll on peril I And common states that
stand . .
In caution, twilight cities, dimly wise
Yo know them, for no light Is in their eyesl
Go forth, my eon, and help!
A FLABBY PhMadctphlan tho other day
was bewailing In tho lobby of a resort
hotel tho political conditions existing hero.
"Things nro so rotten," ho said, "that I havo
quit going to the polls."
Great Philadelphia, workshop of the con
tinent, city of a thousand trades, prosperous
nnd beautiful! There is so much of her that
wo must bo proud of that It Is worth wlillo
fighting the things of which wo must bo
But what a contcmptlblo being Is tho man
who shouts her vices from tho housetop and
will do nothing to end them! Tho only ex
cuse for exposing the conditions of which
good citizens complain Is the effort to correct
them. Merely to wallow In tho filth, to bo a
muckrakcr and nothing more, Is to Invito
and deservo tho scorn of decent men.
What matter if toll follow toil, If peril fol
low peril, provided stalwart citizens moet
them one by ono and conquer them. It Is not
tho perils but tho way wo meet them that
determines tho greatness of Philadelphia.
Terrific struggles to savo tho municipality
mako It that much greater, that much moro
prized. Wo appreclato what wo fight for.
"Go forth, my son, and help!" That Is what
tho Greeks did and it is what Phlladclphlans
havo dono before They aro not dismayed by
tho conspiracies now hatching against tho
well-being of the city. They nto beginning to
apprehend tho peril and they nro making
ready for tho battlo.
Assist the Public Official
THE Department of Public Health has an
arduous but an extremely valuable pleco
of work ahead of It this summer. It Intends
to wago a vigorous campaign against tho com
mon drinking cup and tho common towel. En
forcement of tho excellent enactment cover
ing this matter will mean a closo nnd diligent
watch. It will not always bo easy. Drug
stores In out of tho way places may ovado
tho letter as well as tho spirit. Even qulto
prominent and reputable soda fountains, In
stead of using a hot spray, often wash their
glasses by tho slipshod method of slopping
them about In a stoppered sink of water that
Is constantly growing dirtier.
In all theso cases where enforcement Is dif
ficult tho publlo can do a lot to holp. Tho
shopkeeper who Is taken to task by his pa
tron Is going to think twlco about tho mat
ter. Tho manager of a theatre whero "Indi
vidual" cups of paraffin paper nro used
but refilled by tho usher Instead of destroyed,
can be quickly stopped In an evil prnctlco if
tho patron merely takes the trouble to crease
or bend tho cup so that It cannot bo presented
to another. The citizen must not expect tho
public official to do all tho public work.
Germany's High-water Mark
ANY hour may bring news of Lemberg's
Cjl fall. Tho present Is ns certainly tho high
water-mark of Germany's war In the East
aa von Kluck's drlvo on Paris was of tho war
In tho West. With this distinction, that even
if the wonderful IDO-mllo lunge of General
Mackenson ends In no moro than the ex
pulsion of Russia from Gallela, even if tho
Germans dig themselves In at tho frontlor
and leave Warsaw unassalled, they will havo
humbled Russia as Bho haa not yet been hum
bled and they will have freed themselves to
assault the oncoming Italians in Trieste and
tho Trentlno, and to launch another drive
at Calais.
The achievement of General Mackenscn Is
remarkable enough, even admitting Russia's
misfortunes over ammunition. Its conse
quences should bo greater still. Now, If ever,
Germany may win and must win or tho end
is In sight. It will take time for Russia to
recover. While that lasts Austria can essay
the not too difficult task of holding Italy
back In her Alpine campaign. More Impor
tant, however, of course, Germany can try
what Is conceded by many experts to bo Im
possible for the Allies, to break through the
trench-fortresses In France. If both attempts
end In deadlock aa they may then Russia,
recovering from a third crushing blow, will
be Irresistible. Such resources must win If
time only favora.
Jitney Is as Jitney does.
Next Action hero; The Jitney Bandit.
Those oleomargarine crooks were slippery
France expects every fat man to do hla
duty. ,
To jit or not to Jit, that Is the question
before Councils.
aiiHua iiLini l(ULUiippiiau
The "Aiitjs" may ask yje questions but
the voters will Blve the answer.
"Ollyf Jl xBtoskm aywea im damages,"
Vnaeh 4riiw ealled to the colors in Parjs,
Goodness reel Viator Bmman.ual went and
forgot All about daclajrlng war on Turkey. '
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fiklisoB'g portable 3,000,640 candle. power
searcbUaht wouldn't be a bad thing for Penn
sylvania politics. Or for Diogenes either.
Somebody ought to reduce the Allies' gains
to a common denominator. Thla business of
adding up of a mile, plus 483 yards, plus
3 1 of a kilometre Is a little fatlgulig.
Proxy Iowell may hve toM Harvard'
gi&duaUnx clasa that a man reaches his
mental maximum at 23, but he didn't ajric
i Jsyf $ tfrfrryt U to ru& t& iifHyftr ff l&ai
Unconscious Humor From the Writ
ings of the Great, the Little and
the Mediocre Unintentional Fic
tionFamiliar Misquotations.
FROM "schoolboy howlers" to "literary
howlers" Is not so very long a step, after
all. Our enjoyment of them Is duo partly, no
doubt, to a defect In our moral make-up. It
is not unlike our enjoyment of the spectnole
of a. portly man missing a train or tho sight
of a man portly also and carrying an arm
ful of bundles slipping up (or down) on an
ley pavement.
In tho caso even of "schoolboy howlers" we
feel a prideful senso of superior knowledge,
nnd in the caso of "literary howlers" wo ex
perience an accession of Importance on dis
covering tho fallibility of famous writers. In
deed, a good many of us would rather criti
cise than appreclato, and not seldom the less
consequential tho error is tho greater Is Us
Perhaps, however, 03 was onco suggested
In a grnduatlon essay, tho slips (literary and
otherwise) of great men owo their pleasant
ness nnd vnluo principally to their useful
ness In reminding nnd convincing ua that wo
arc all human and llnblo to err tho big, tho
llttlo and tho mediocre.
"When Homer nods," the phrase commonly
applied to "literary howlers," Is derived from
a couplot In Pope's "Essay on Criticism,"
but Is often employed In a connection somo-
what different from that which it had orig
inally. Pope wrote:
Tho oft are stratagems which errors seem,
Nor la It Homer nods, but we that dream.
Rut many a slip Is duo to slipshod writing.
On tho following examples tho render may
mako his own comment.
A Long Wait
No-vol-rcaders who llko to combine tho
classic with tho topical may bo turning back,
now that another great chapter In tho his
tory of Constantinople Is under way, to ono
of Walter Scott's less popular works, "Count
Robert of Paris." And thcro they will find
ono of those curious sllp3 analogous to tho
woman novelist's horse that "won tho Derby
thrco years running" and to tho eclipso of
tho sun In "King Solomon's Mines" followod
by a moonlight night. Scott, usually ac
curate In his descriptions, makes tho Crusad
ers wait beforo crossing a bay on tho Bos
phorus until tho tldo has ebbed. But thcro
Is no tldo In tho Bosphorus.
Somo of tho great panjandrums of French
Htcraturo haVo perpetrated moro nmuslng
"howlers." An exceedingly familiar flguro
of speech gets tho historian Thiers Into
trouble "Throughout tho day," ho writes,
"torrents of rain poured down and 20,000 Aus
trlnns bit tho dust."
Tho weighty and erudlto lawyer, M. Trop
long, proclaims In ono of his sombro tomes
that "In tho midst of many crumbling Insti
tutions that of property stands erect upon
Its foot, seated upon Justice."
Franclsquo Sarcoy, tho great critic, writes,
"On his helmet waves a missing plume," and
agnln, "In tho tones of Mile. Ugaldo ono rec
ognizes her mother's familiar hand."
Gustavo Flaubert takes pains to collato
many of tho slips of contemporary writers,
but ho It Is who wrote of a most accom
plished lover that "with ono hnnd ho caressed
her hair and with the other ho said to
her " Ho describes a duel In which "tho
two adversaries wero placed at an equal dls
tanco from each other."
He also refers to a man who "was 70 years
old and looked twlco his ago"; but doubtless
tho author means Just what ho says. Ono of
tho slips charged against Shakespeare, like
wise. Is no slip at nil. Shakespcaro speaks
of "tho scacoast of Bohemia." At that period
in which tho notion of tho play occurred
Bohemia was a maritime Power and had an
extensive frontago not only upon ono sea, but
upon two seas.
In ono of Scott's novols the sun sets In tho
east. Dickens makes Captain Cuttlo put both
hands In his mouth In giving a "halloo,"
though tho gallant tar had long before lost
ono of his hands. Victor Hugo has Charle
magne talking of tho Sorbonne, which was
founded moro than 400 years after Charle
magne's death.
Mrs. Edith Wharton, strange to say, de
scribes a man as walking on a Btony beach,
"his legs and arms still lashed to his sides."
Chesterton writes of a man whoso "two dark
eyes on each side of his protuberant nose
glistened gloomily llko black buttons." Well
fixed for eyes. Robert Chambers: "Her
throat was full of tears" doubtless from her
oyo teeth.
From recent popular novels and from
stories In the magazines a great number of
amusing blunders may be culled. As
"I screamed In silent rage!"
"A girl tore her eyes from the stage, but
her ears still lingered."
Hissing tho Unhlssable
'"I will never speak to you ngnln as long
as I live, hissed Dolly." Just try to hiss It.
"A roar of silence followed."
"Her feet wero swollen from standing In
wet, salty water,"
"Like Adela, ho had dark brown hair, with
enormous black eyebrows, a mustache and n
short beard,"' x
"Davidson stood wiping his wet neck on
the piazza."
"What therefore was our surprise to find,
Tlsh sitting by the fire in her bathrobe and
slippers, with a cup of-tea In her lap and her
feet in a tub of water."
We are, reminded of those horrible exam
ples cited Jn. tho Rhetorlo textbook llko
"Tho unfortunate woman was killed while
cooking her husband's breakfast in a hor
rible manner."
Errors of quotation are common In speech
and writing. Byron quoted Shakespeare; "An
eagle towering In his pride of place." But
what Shakespeare wrote was, "A falson
towering In her pride of place." Milton
wrote, not "as thick as leaves In Vallom
brosa," but "thick as autumnal leaves that
strew the brooks In Vallombrosa." He wrote,
not "freeh fleldB and pastures new," hut
"fresh woods." Nathaniel Le did not write,
"When 3rk meets Qreek then cornea the
tug of war," hut "When Greeks joined
Greeks, then was the tug of war" a very
different thing. Doubtless, however, the
modification of phrases by popular usage is
not wholly evil it certainly Is inevitable.
The Baying, "Let us eat, drink and be merry,
for tomorrow we die" is of curious origin.
The preacher in Ecclfwtastaa says, "A man
hath no better thing under the earth than
to eat and to drink and to be merry " Ualah:
"it us eat and drink, or tomorrow we shall
die." Luke: "Take thine ajue, eat, drink
I mA b merry"
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John M. Walton, City Controller for Twenty Years Jie Combines
the Useful Distinctions of Being "Practical" and "Efficient."
His Unique Reforms in City Accounting and His Big Savings.
The series of personal eketchci of men
ho will Aaure nramlncntlu in the MavoraltV
campaign does not seek to determine the
fitness of candidates, but only to present tho
personalities ocmna tne names.
This is the
filth article of the scries.
THERE aro two words which, ordinarily,
mean protty much tho samo thing, but
Just now, in their application to political af
fairs In Philadelphia, seem to havo nearly op
posite meanings "practical" and "efficient."
It Is possible to hear
men who aro perfect
ly willing to succocd
Mr. Blankcnburg as
Mayor say with em
phasis: "I do not bo
llcvo In efficiency; I
am a practical man."
Tho explanation of
this nstounding re
mark Is simple;
"practical" has come
to mean what Is dono
for tho good of tho
Organization; ''effi
cient." what Is dono
JOHN M. WAMON , tnQ good Qf teo
city. So far as it Is possiblo to do both,
John M. Walton seems to havo had great
success. Ho Is "practical" enough to have
boon City Controller for tho last 20 years;
and yet his stnnchcst supporter In tho Or
ganization cannot deny that his work ia "ef
ficient." Counting Up tho City's Dollnrs
So It Is of great significance that ho la
considered In the running for tho Mayor
alty and that within tho last fow days his
chances are believed to have Improved. It
would seem that tho five or six "practical"
men, who, en breezy porches at Atlantic
City, aro about to name ns "practical" a
candldato as they dare, aro afraid they may
have to inject o llttlo efficiency into tho can
didate's make-up after all, to stand him In
good Bttad against a strong Independent op
ponent. And they would find more than a
llttlo efficiency in Walton's record if thoy
hit upon tho Idea of adapting him to tho
mayoral harness. That record rests upon
his establishment of a remarkable system of
municipal business procedure which has
attracted the attention of experts in many
cities in this country nnd abroad; upon n
system of inventory which has been the
wonder of visitors who havo made pilgrim
ages here to study It; upon a method of ac
counting and a system of dally balances
(something absolutely unknown before his
time In municipal affairs), so that he can tell
exactly how much money la on hand and
how much has been spent every afternoon
when he closes his desk for the -day. In ad
dition to all this, he has revolutionized the
sinking ftlnd system, so that nearly $1,000,000
a year Is saved the city for use in Improve
ments; and to cap the climax of this "effi
cient" though "Impractical" career, ho is
unrivaled for assiduity to his duties and,
though at times In tho past he has not been
In the best of health, enjoys tho amazing
record of having missed not more than five
working days in 20 years.
He never takes a vacation; and It la In
rather striking contrast to read of Senator
McNlchol and Congressman Vare playing the
delightful game of political chess at the
shore while the veteran Controller Is hard
at work In City nail on the hottest day In
summer, with military fidelity to the ap
pointed task.
He has much of the steady bearing and
disciplined habit of dress and manner that
Is characteristic of a retired army officer:
and that he Is a captain by brevet after
service In the Civil and Indian wars. There
is never any question of finding hlro In; if
he's out a clerk In his department will say
with precision at what time he will return.
And presently in walks the Captain, mill
tary, but rnqdest, and rather Jaunty, for all
his 73 years, -with Panama hat turned up
in front and down In baek, immaculate in
light summer garb of youthful cut, He has
a most quiet and natural courtesy and an
air of taking everything easily. He was
asked to verify the statements n a long list
Of reforms that he bad Inaugurated, and It
was murmured that he was a mayoral possi
bility. Be raised a forbidding hand:
"Ah, Xm not a candidate for Mayor."
"Would you refuse to run If the call for
such a candidacy '
'That la putting It In a very difficult way
jrts?5 "Witt
tm uMsm" bm jrepUed ss8l, The ta
questions of party harmony but you wanted
to know about tho work of tho ofilco?"
Thcro was no doubt that "tho ofilco" was
much nearer his thoughts than any question
that Involved tho Mayoralty. Thero was no
doubt that the administrator o financial do
talls had not moved a finger to bo put in
tho position of taking tho elevator to tho
Mayor's office every working day for tho
next four years, Instead of being able to
walk right In off tho street to his rooms on
the ground floor of City Hall, as of old. Ho
wrts going to work every day over figures
In tho Subtreasury hero as long ago as 1S57,
when ho began a two years' service as a
clerk, while his father was treasurer of tho
United States Mint. So the statement that
Is often heard about him, that ho has mado
tho study of finances a life-work, rcst3 upon
a1 solid foundntlan.
mis tamer, James II. Walton, was a J
stanch Democrat, by tho way, receiving his
appointment from Pennsylvania's one con
tribution to the Whlto House, Buchanan. It
was In President Buchanan's homo county of
Lancaster that Captain Walton was edu
catedIn tho Moravian school at Lltltz. But
tho war swept tho Democratic tradition out
of the family. Tho boy enlisted on tho Union
sldo beforo ho canto of ago and remained In
tho army almost continuously until his retire
ment, for disability received in tho lino of
duty, in 1878. His training In nccounts and
tho apportioning of funds was not neglected
In tho army, for hla most Important service
was In tho quartermaster's department, In
tho Indian wars. Ho took up residence on
Klngsesslng nvonue nnd for four years rested
and regained tho strength that was to bo so
necessary for his second long period of ac
tivity. Wo havo seen that tho pressure of new
Ideals of public service has brought Captain
Walton's name forward this year as a pos
sible compromise candidate. Curiously
enough his entranco Into politics was under
much the same circumstances, in 1881 tho
first Committee of Ono Hundred was formod
and reached tho measuro of its success In
tho election of Mayor King. Many who had
followed tho committee returned to party
lines, but tho committee had not been
without effect, as it taught the bosses
the power of tho peoplo when aroused and
produced a certain amount of respect for
the Independent voters. In those days Wil
liam ISlwood Rowan was boss of West Phila
delphia. Chastened by his defeat for Sheriff,
Rowan considered the advisability of regain
ing his status by putting up unimpeachable
candidates for ofilco.
"Practical" and "Efllciont". in 1882
It was while lie was In this mood that the
late Anthony J. Drexel and others urged that
Captain Walton be nominated for Common
Council from the 27th Ward, with tho in
dorsement of the Committee of One Hundred
and other municipal reform associations.
Rowan consented, and Walton was elected,
In 1S82, by an almost unanimous vote. So,
Just one-third of a century ago, Wnltbn was
evidently considered ablo to fulfil both the
"practical" and "efficient" functions of Phlla.
delphla political life. In April, 1835, he was
appointed by Governor Hastings to the office
of City Controller.
It is an anomaly that. In the last 20 years
when waste pf the taxpayer's money has
been the distinctive feature of the Organiza
tion, eo steadfast a "Watchdog of the Treas
ury" should have been on guard, And that
Philadelphia's bookkeeping should have
gained renown, through all the devastating
wars of the contractors for civic loot, must
give many a visiting expert who goes over
Walton s systems a sensation of grotesque
inconsistency, '
One is Irresistibly led to recall the school
primer legend of Arehlmedee, Wn0 ln 3
passion for mathematical computations MU
drew his clrclea while the city was "utae
ZL r,!fT and nal1 fln hoee only
request, in tho turmoil of battle, was that hla
circles be not dtaturbed. w
The Controller u the author of the "Manual
at AMQimttak? It was uompleted lasTyear
There la harnly a library of Importance S
Old World that ha, not a J Z worfc
owns and owes has boon ono of tho prime
factors, tho Controller bolloves, ln being ablo
tonegotlato 4 per cent, bonds nt par when
other cities In ho last two or thrco years
havo been obliged to Increase tho lntdrcat
rato to 4b and E per cent.
Saving a Million n Year
Tho signing of tho consolidated loan bill
by Governor Brumbaugh a fortnight ago
completes a scries of economics for which
Captain Walton has striven for years. It fills
out a schemo of savings which total nearly
$1,000,000 a yenr. Two years ago ho set about
a reclassification of tho city's sinking fund
nnd tho reserves required to meet tho funded
debt nt maturity. As a result of this study
ho has been ablo to effect an annual saving
or J533.226.87, by reducing tho payments from
tho general fund to tho sinking fund by that
amount. Ho found as a result of tho much
higher returns upon tho sinking fund's In
vestments In city loans ovor thoso of somey
years ago that a large surplus had been
accumulated ln tho sinking fund and was ly
ing idle there. Another largo saving has
been ln tho slowing up of tho salo of loans
and tho consequent reduction of tho very
largo cash balances carried ln tho city treas
ury. Tho act of Assembly of Juno 24, 1913, made
It lawful for appropriations to bo made, con
tracts entered Into and work to be done on
loans without awaiting the issuo of the
loans. This mado it possible to Inaugurate
tha practice of dofcrrlng tho actual salo of
loans until near tho tlmo that tho money
was needed. Walton was thus enabled to
effect an annual saving of $190,000. Tho act
approved this month creates a consolidated
lonn funcTnnd permits tho temporary use of
loan moneys In tho treasury belonging to one
loan for paying warrants drawn against
another loan. This act will effect a further
saving of at least J200.000, making a total
saving of $380,000 by theso changes ln tho
method of administering treasury balances of
loan moneys. Adding this to tho $533,228 87
wo have a total annual saving of $913,220.27.
In somo future years theso changes will ef
fect savings much greater than this sum, as
when an important pleco of public work re
quiring large loans Is contemplated, such as
tho work covered by the $10,000,000 loan of
1901 nnd tho $13,500,000 loan of 1907, tho pro
cedure described can bo followed, while under
tho old method the wholo amount of the loan
would havo to be sold beforo work could be
begun. In tho future, portions of loans need
only bo sold ns money Is required to make
Capitalizing the annual savings effected
under the present Controller at 4 per cont,
thoy represent a sum amounting to about
Yet an Organization Man
Yet Captain Walton is an Organization
man. In tho "hands" of "cards" which Mc
Nlchol and the Vares aro holding, whero the
Atlantla sends cool breezes to enhance tho
sport, the Controller Is understood to bo' one
of the "cards" In McNlchol's "hand," to be
"played" against a Yas'o man, In the Intense
ly difficult game of finding a candidate who
will be acceptable at tho samo time to Mc
Nlchol, to Vare, and to the people of Phlta
There's a path of gold on the ocean's breast
When the lamp of the day swings low,
And It leads the wsy to a land of rest
Where the palm and olive grow.
No strife Is there, nor want, nor care,
Nor taint of a human 111;
And It basks away In a blue-girt day,
With a night that Is deep and still.
There's a velvet stir In the darkening gleam.
And a heave of the drowsy sea,
A5.a,.?: whHe.llpped wave from her coral home
With a whisper of mystery.
And the realm of the deep Is hushed In Bleep,
Save a dreaming Beablrd's cry;
While overhead, with a silent tread.
The sentry worlds move by.
TV, P, Burns, In LMlle',
Elizabeth Brice and Charles King
Walter C. Kelly
Ttwrn,. Fri, Bt. Vlete Allw, "White BUwr"
iviw; n-iLpID Dubois FH-n rstd
Woodside Park T""1!l'J '.