Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, May 16, 1919, Page 16, Image 16

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Founded 1831
Published evenings except Sunday by
Telegraph Building, Federal Square
President and Editor-in-Chief
F. R. OYSTER, Business Manager
GUS. M. STEINMETZ, Managing Editor
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Let me not think it strange,
Or far from pollers above,
That he, whom height nor depth can
Is changeless in his love.
THE organization of a perma
nent committee, representing all
the civic organizations of the
city, is a long step toward getting
under way the plan which Colonel
Martin, State Health Commissioner,
has suggested for making Harris
burg a model city from the stand
point of public health and sanita
The program which this commit
tee has formulated for itself cannot
he carried through in a day. There
must be a campaign of public edu
cation along some lines and of pro
motion along others. Custodians of
public funds are always slow to ac
cept ideas for improvement involv
ing the expenditure of large sums,
no matter how praiseworthy the
objects, and those who have un
dertaken to make the city a better
place in which to live should under
stand that they have their work cut
out for them.
At the same time, the program
as announced to-day is of such vital
importance and so free from the
unnecessary and the impractical
that it ought to be possible to put
it through bodily within a reason
able time. It is most encouraging
to note the readiness with which
the men and women assigned the
unpleasant duty of pioneering for
the contemplated improvements
have accepted the tasks assigned.
'With the passing of the wet season
and the starting of outdoor operations
in every direction, it would seem that
the State and tlje city should lose not
an hour in arranging for the import
ant Capitol Park undertakings. These
involve the widening of Third and
Walnut streets, the of
portions of the park and the construc
tion of a memorial bridge and other
features of the park plan.
A CARSON STAMM, in a remark
ably clear and straightfor
* ward statement published
elsewhere in this issue, sets forth
the reasons why the school board
of Harrisburg finds itself facing an
increase of the mill rate.
Mr. Stamm makes a good case for
the board, which as it stands to-day
consists of men whose integrity can
not be questioned and who are
above the average in business ability.
These men cannot be charged with
mistakes of the past, if there were
/ such. Nor can they be held re
sponsible for the vast increases of
expenses thrust upon them by ad
vanced costs of coal and all manner
of supplies. They are also face to
face with the up-keep of the new
high schools, which, willy nilly,
must be met.
A comparison of the expenses of
running the school district of to-day
with those of the system as it stood
a few years back, shows that very
much special work of vast import
ance to the masses of the people has
been undertaken. The special
ichools, the delinquency Bchools, the
open air schools, the night schools
ind the Americanization schools, not
to mention the continuation schools,
have been developed into successful
enterprises that nobody acquainted
with their Work would think of
abandoning. We are simply face to
face with an expense that must be
met. There is nothing else to it
and no use raising a disturbance
about it.
IN THE storm of protest directed
at Mr. Burleson's management
of the postal service and wire
systems, we must not lose sight of
the shortcomings of the other Fed
eral managers of public utilities,
some of which are quite as ridicu
lous as those charged against the
Postmaster General. Just at pres
ent, commuters in the vicinity of
our big cities are voicing their opin
ion of the Director General of Rail
roads for an order he issued a few
weeks ago. The experience of a
resident of a small town near New
York City, on the main line to Phil
adelphia, illustrates the absurd
working of the new regulatioh.
This man commutes between his
home and New York. The other day
he was in Philadelphia, and wished
to go from there directly to New
York. He bought a ticket to hi 3
home town, intending to use his
commutation ticket from that point
to his destination. When he reached
his home and presented his com- I
muter's coupon he was politely told
by the conductor that a full cash
fare would be required under the
new ruling of the Director General
that commutation could not be ac
cepted from a through passenger
for part of the distance traveled. If,
instead of remaining on his train,
he had stepped off and waited for
the next train, his commutation
ticket would have been accepted.
Here is a case where a premium
is placed on stop-overs. There has
been a regulation in effect for some
time that stop-overs will not be per
mitted on through tickets, but in
this case a man had in his pocket
what amounted to a through ticket,
bought and paid for, which he
could not use unless he stopped
over enroute. Could anything be
more absurd?
THE Germans complain that they
cannot sign the peace treaty
because it would ruin the coun
try to pay the damages demanded.
Do the Germans forget that previous
to the war each German workman
"carried a soldier on his back;" in
other words that the load of the
Kaiser's military machine on the
taxpayers was equivalent to the sup
' port of one soldier for each man
engaged in industry?
Now, under the terms of the peace
treaty, the German people are re
lieved of the necessity of maintain
ing a military establishment and so
the money they so cheerfully used
to spend on their army and navy
they can now pay toward liquidat
ing the debt the army and navy cre
ated, and still have enough left for
general purposes.
lias this been made clear to the
stiff-necked delegates from Berlin,
or must Marshal Foch demonstrate
for them that the Allies are in
THE State Federation of Labor
complains that the textbooks of
the public schools do not meet
the fundamental needs of the labor
ing man, and that is unquestionably
true. But there is nothing to the
assertion that the books are formu
lated by the employers of the State
for the benefit of themselves. In
the first place, the average employer
is as ignorant of the inside of the
modern school book as is the aver
age working man; and, in the second
place, if he had framed these books
for his own purposes, ho would not
have made such a miserably poor
job of it.
The school system of to-day ought
to teach not only subjects of every
day application, but it ought to teach
the child the basic principles of busi
ness. It ought to teach him how
hard a dollar must work for a year
in order to earn five cents. It ought
to teach the boy and girl the funda
mentals of finance and industry, in
order that they may understand fully
and completely when the subject of
wages, production and profit-shar
ing are under discussion.
The young man who understands
the limits and the possibilities of
business will be a better citizen than
he who knows nothing. He will
know what his fair share is, and he
will not be susceptible to the rav
ings of the extremist who professes
to believe that industry is a limit
less reservoir of money from which
labor may draw heavily and give
little. He will know that for every
dollar that comes out of business, at
least a dollar's worth of effort must
go in, and that profits for the owner
are the surest road to prosperity
for himself.
By all means revise the textbooks
in this direction.
THE Railroad Administration ran
behind $192,000,000 in the first
three months of 1919, or at the
rate of $768,000,000 a year, which
would be an average tax of about
$7 per capita upon every man,
woman and child in the country, or
about S3O per family. How do you
like paying your share of the loss?
THE liquor interests of New
York are out with another of
those numerous statements to
the general effect that prohibition
was not enacted as the result of
popular will, but was brought about
by large sums of money spent by the
Anti-Saloon league and other
agencies of the kind.
Let us analyze this a little.
It is true that large sums of
money were spent by the temper
ance societies for the promotion of
prohibition sentiment.
But where did this money origi
It came for the most part as free
will contributions from the purses
of those who were willing to donate
their own money' for what they be
lieved to he the welfare of humanity.
Bub it is also true that the liquor
people spent vajstly larger amounts
in combatting the growing demand
for national prohibition.
And whence came this money?
Why, from those who were inter
ested in maintaining the drink evil
for the sake of their own pocket
Folks who live in glass |->usea —
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By the Rx-Committeman
The high cbuncillors of the liquor
interests in Pennsylvania are work
ing over time in an effort to evolve
some plan whereby they can tie up
the Ramsey bill designating how
much alcohol must be in a drink be
fore it is a drink to the Vickerman
and Fox prohibition enforcement
bills. All three bills are special
orders of business for Monday night
in the House and thp advocates of
prohibition that will prohibit are cer
tain that they have the votes to put
through the measures, especially as
the Governor is known to favor such
machinery as will enable the State
to enforce the law.
The alcoholic content bill has ap
peared in various forms and the
liquor interests have finally decided
to make their drive for the Ramsey
bill. The Governor is on record as
saying such a thing is a matter for
One of the schemes of the "wets"
is to tie various things to the Fox
bill, such as the "search and seizure"
provision which was the object of an
unsuccessful campaign this week.
They are said to have some addi
tional "riders" under discussion, but
the "dry" element says that it is
ready for them.
—Some of the "wets" are indus
triously spreading the story that the
Fox and Vickerman bills will have
no show in the Senate, but the "drys"
says that they are confident of pass
ing the bills and that the Governor
will take a hand for them. There
are a number of measures pend
ing In which influential senators are
more interested than the Governor.
—The Governor will see a number
of men at Philadelphia over the
weekend in regard to revenue meas
ures and a drive is being made to
prevent any tax on manufacturing
capital, which Auditor General Sny
der is said to hold unnecessary if
the legislation asked to improve col
lection methods is adopted.
—The fact that the big Democratic
pow wow here did not result in any
reference to the conduct of the mi
nority in the legislature was much
commented upon. The Democrats
have not been heard of in the Legis
lature this session and have let the
opportunity go by. Just as in 1913,
they have been busy getting in on
—According to what is being
heard about the Capitol an effort to
get the Philadelphia charter revision
amendments into shape for action
is to be made at once and they may
start on their final lap in the next
ten days. The Philadelphia Press
says Senator George Woodward has
fallen out with some of the revi
sionists. Such a contingency has
been prayed for by the Vare people.
—Woman suffragists are com
mencing to make a noise for some
action in the Senate on the woman
suffrage amendment resolution. They
hope for a report from committee
next week.
—The Senate will have a lively
time in the next few days on the
Eyre hill to repeal the nonpartisan
act as it applies to judges. The
Chester senator has it on the cal
endar. If the Governor signs the
bill to repeal the nonpartisan fea
ture for third class cities the Eyre
bill's chances will be much im
—when it comes down to closing up
the headquarters of the State draft
system, it is seasier said than done
and there are now crated and boxed
at the old Board of Trade building,
about a carload of papers and rec
ords for which some place has to he
found. Tons of papers and records
have been sent to "Washington and
when it came to working up the
remainder, it was discovered that
the State will get about a carload
as souvenirs. Just exactly where to
store them no one seems to know.
Storage is a valuable thing in Har
risburg now and yet the records
affect many men who went into the
army or were drafted and murit
be kept.
[ Sunrise From a Balloon
The balloon had now sunk to
within three-fourths of a mile of
the earth's surface, and we first be
came aware of approaching dawn,
not by the appearance of the sky,
but by the awakening life below!
There came to our ears out of the
depths, first the faint, shrill bugle
calls of chanticleers, then the bark
ing of dogs, and finally the soft,
muffled rumble of a wagon on its
early trip to the city. As if not to
disappoint the expectant life below,
there soon appeared a rosy flush on
the eastern sky, and the whole
heavens, both east and west, were
then suffused with pink. The sun
rise was not more brilliant than I
have seen below, but the unobstruct
ed view in every direction and the
strange surroundings gave it an tin
usual beauty. The landscape was
now seen clearly for the first time,
and there spread out. below us a
scene so picturesque that it i,s diffi
cult to describe. We were crossing
headwaters of the Wabash, whose
bed was covered with a broad river
of fog far more beautiful than the
river itself; while into It flowed
smaller streams of mist, and here
and there a lakelet of fog in a
basin between the hills reflected
faintly, from the crests of its snowy
billows, the colors of the rosy dawn.
While we were directly over the
valley of the Wabash, an elecric
car with glaring headlight, rushed
along on its early morning trip, like
some submarine monster at the bot
tom of a wide river of fog.—H. H."
There is no time like spring time
Where ever you may be,
With birds all blithe a trilling
The air with lilt a filling
Their joyous bursts of light-heart
Poured out in melody.
There is no time like spring time
With brooks and streams set free
So musical and gushing
Cool, limpid, swiftly rushing
Onward through the long day
A traveling to the sea.
There is no time like spring time
The vernal time you see
That brings from out the winter's
The wilder plants exquisite bloom
The velvet soft and silken grass
And virgin budding tree.
With some not all is spring time
The spring of youth In fee
When happiness from reservoirs
Of truest bliss itself outpours,
O, Youth, could we Thou Spring
of life and song
But travel yet with thee.
i ——L 1
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Houghton Mifflin Company take 1
pleasure in announcing for publica- I
tion on May 17, the following
books: "Theodore Roosevelt," Sen- j
ator lx>dgc's eloquent tribute deliver
ed before Congress on the death of
Roosevelt; Dr. Richard Cabot's "So
cial Work; Essays on the Meeting
Ground of Doctor and Social Work
er," authoritative information of
interest and value to every social
worker. Dr. Wilfred T. Grenfell's
"Labrador Days," stories of the ad
venturous life of the hardy inhabi
tants of the Labrador coast; Keith
Preston's "Types of Pan," piquant
and witty verses that have recently
appeared in various well known
newspaper columns; Chamberlain's
"Vacation Tramps in New England
Highlands," a guide entertaining as
well as practical for the hiker; Lieut.
Robert H. Reece's "Night Bombing
with the 'Bedouins,' " a reserved and (
accurate account of experiences with
the Bedouin Division of the Royal
Flying Squadron by an American
who has been awarded the English
honor cross for aviators; "The Stu
dent's Book of Inspirations" Trofes
sor Edward Dickinson's happily
chosen collection of inspiring liter
ary extracts, and a reprint of Charles
Dudley Warner's classic, "My Sum
mer in a Garden."
Major lan Hay Beith, who is per
haps the best interpreter of Eng
land to America and vice versa, says
of his new book "The Last Million"
which will be published in a few
days "It has been a most difficult
book to write—the hardest job I
ever tackled. In fact it is a job which
no Englishman has ever tackled suc
cessfully yet." Major Keith's dif- j
Acuity was the interpretation of the j
effect upon our untraveled soldiers j
of the foreign countries and the im- I
pression made by them upon the in- j
habitants. His readers, however, |
will feel that his compunctions were j
unnecessary and that his sincere j
sympathy with things American
make him the ideal person for this j
"Bedouins" was the nickname |
given to the squadron of The Royal j
Flying Corps of which Lieutenant i
Robert H. Reece writes in "Night
Bombing with the Bedouins" !
(Houghton Mifflin Company) be- i
cause the members came from all ■
over the world and because night
bombing involves so many long
flights. The greatest distance the
squadron ever traveled was 400 miles
—to Cologne—the machine used be
ing the famous Handley-Paige.
" 'Types of Pan' (Houghton Mif
flin Company) is off the press' says
a writer in the Chicago Sunday Trib
une, "and here I am still sitting on
the doorstep waiting for the post
man to bring me a copy. I'd hate to
miss him! I think Keith Preston is
the funniest funny man that ever
looked a book straight in the eye
and told it what he about
it." Mr. Preston is a contributor to
the famous "Line o'Type" newspaper
column under the hitherto well
guarded pseudonym of "Pan" as well
as conductor of a column of his own
in the Chicago Daily News.
[E. Davenport in the Saturday
Evening Post.]
I demand an alibi for wheat when
the high cost of living conies up for
indictment. Wheat, ' the source of
the staff of life; the cheapest and
best of all our American foods; the
deciding factor In the war; the
greatest single element in the con
clusion, and to-day the strongest
bar against Bolshevism! Wheat, the
great staple food of man, the civi
lizer of humanity, the greatest sin
gle find of the time, except iron. '
Since the Stone Age and the Lake
Dwellers, man has worked and
fought for wheat as the most prec
ious of all his possessions. He for
gets it from time to time in the
press of other matters, but he al
ways comes back to wheat and to
the land for its production.
That is why there are griown to
day in all the earth no less than
four billion bushels annually, pro
duced upon a greater vaiiety of
soils and under a wider range of
climatic conditions than would be
possible with any other crop.
Four billion bushels of wheat,
with half a million seeds in every
bushel! About two bushels a head
for all the earth, when there should
be six!
A solid tratnload reaching around
the world! Rivers of wheat—for,
in motion, these four billion bushels
would make a stream over twenty
feet wide and a foot deep, flowing
four miles an hour' continuously,
year in and year out, forever and a
day, for the feeding of the nations!
Blessed be the Wheatl
This Will Rebuild Europe
[Willard Price in World Outlook.]
IN Belleau Wood, where every
inch of the ground is sacred to
memory, 1 saw what had been
a beautiful house'in the remains of
which the owner had erected a little
wooden shack, and smoke was cheer
ily issuing from the temporary tin
chimney! In front of the house, be
side the road, a magnificent tree has
been literally torn off by shell fire,
leaving on the stump a mass of
strings arid threads of wood to show
how terrific had been the wrench of
the explosion. The giant tree had
doubtless been the pride of the place
for generations. Now the man of
the house, with the spirit that ex
tracts comfort even from adversity,
was calmly sawing up the old mon
arch into short lengths for firewood!
Moral'e did most to win the war.
Robertson, Canadian chief of staff,
said, "Seventy-five per cent of the
resources winning this war was
Sir Julian Byng, when about to
lead his men, nicknamed the "Byng
Boys," into action, first made all
human preparation—then dropped
on his knees.
Sir Douglas Haig went on record
to the effect that the greatest essen
tial for the winning of the war was
spiritual energy.
And how much more will morale
Making a Nation Fit
[From the Kansas City Times.]
The country got something of a
shock when it learned that a third
of its young men in the prime of life
were not physically fit to enter the
army. The question now is whether
the shock will be all there will be to
it, or whether it will translate lt
iKeif into remedial measures for the
| next generation. -I
That is why the campaign that I
| began during the war and is now
jin progress under the direction of
the United States Children's Bureau
I for the weighing and measuring of
| children under six is of significance.
:Tt is an attempt to give intelligent
I direction to the physical develop
ment of children. Tn Kansas City,
11ho Child Welfare Committee is us
ing the schools as centers for this
work. The children are weighed
and measured under the supervision
of physicians, and cards made out
giving the data so that any physical
defects may be known at home and
means adopted to correct them.
Tf this sort of work can he thor
oughly done and effectively followed
up in the homes, the foundations
will be laid for better health and
better conditions of living. Medical
inspection in schools and physical
training later wi'l supplement this
supervision of the young children
j and will raise the level of etfective
| ness of the whole Nation.
Of course a people that is onlv
| two-thirds efficient physically is liv-
I ing far below its capacities.
Great Proserity Ahead
William A. Law, president of the
First National Bank, of Philadel
phia, makes this optimistic state
"There is abundant reason for be
lieving that the country is in for a
| period of great prosperity. The sign
ing of the peace compact will be of
largq sentimental benefit to the busi
ness interests of all the nations en
gaged in the world war. The sus
tained rise in security prices on the
stock exchange reflects the genuine
optimism of the people and the pre
vailing belief that this country will
benefit greatly from the readjust
ment now in progress."
The Valley of Decision
The world is in the Valley of Deci
; It is standing at the parting of the
y s;
Will it climb the steps of God to
realms elysian,—
Or fall on horror of still darker
days?. . .
All the world is In the Valley of
And out of it there Is but one sure
Eyes unsealed can still forsee the
mighty vision
Of a world i" travail turning unto
All the world Is in the V-illev of
Who shall dare its future destiny
Will it yield Its soul unto the Heav
enly Vision,
Or sink despairing into Its own hell?
be needed in the long, slow, dull,
painful days and years and decades
of reconstruction! It takes courage
for a soldier to stick to his machine
gun and tear down a wall in the
face of enemy fire. It takes .even
greater courage for the woman
whose wall or whose house that it
is to come back to it and rebuild it
stone by stone, and to rebuild life
likewise stone by stone with a bleed-1
ing heart as a foundation. It will i
take morale, courage, spiritual faith I
and fortitude. As an official of the!
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs I
recently put it, "France needs Amer
ica's material and financial help, but
could exist without it. It is how
ever, matter of life and death that
we should have America's moral and
spiritual help—and we need it now."
They need it now—all the folk
who are returning now to the 350,-
000 destroyed homes of France; ail
those who loved and depended upon
the two million French fathers and
sons who now lie beneath the battle
fields. The seven thousand blinded |
soldiers need it. The two hundred
thousand maimed need it. The mil
lion fatherless children need it.
Greater than any other present need
of France, is the need for a ringing
gospel of courage and good cheer.
, Can America, in any way, help to
' meet that need ?
! the Laughter of the Gods
Bays Lloyd George to Clemenceau:
"This is the biggest joke I know.
He thought that He could run this
He thinks He ran it, too, by Joe!
Well, let Him think, we've got the
His vanity was flattered so!
Ha! ha! he! he! heigh! heigh! ho!
j ho!"
Says Lloyd George to Clemenceau.
Says Clemenceau to Tokio:
"My laughter seems to grow and
Until my tears begin to flow;
1 I call this treaty really beau.
The Fourteen Points have come to
He doesn'yt yet suspect It, though—
Ha! ha! ho! he! heigh! heigh! ho!
Says Clemenceau to Tokio.
, Says Tokio to Sonnino;
| "With satisfaction I'm aglow.
My gains stand neatly In a row.
And of them I shall ne'er let go;
We gained Our Points by lying low,
We put one over on Him, Bo'—-
Ha! ha! he! he! heigh! heigh! ho!
Says Tokio to Sonnino.
Says Sonnino to Georglo:
"The time has come for me to crow,
I've got Fiume now in tow.
And doubtless, too, the Trentino,
So I can say Adaggio!
Which means in English, Let's go
Ha! hn! he! he! heigh! heigh! ho!
Says Sonnino to Georgio.
—William Wallace Whitelock.
| Chicago iron molders are now rcr
iceiving $6 a day, an advance of $1.50
j over the old rate.
| Members of the Toronto (Canada)
i police force have been granted an
| eight-hour day with increased pay.
; Fruit pickers in Los Angeles, Cal.,
; have organized the Fruit and Vege
table Workers' Union, and aftiiliated
with the American Federation of
American drug manufacturers at
a recent convention, voted to use the
! profits from German patents to pro
mote scientific research.
Preparations are being made to
establish a diamond cutting industry
at Fort William in Northwest Scot
land. Five years employment will
be guaranteed trained men.
The support of the unemployed is
costing the municipality of Greater
Berlin over $240,000 a day. A cleri
cal force of 2,300. with a weekly
pay roll of $24,000, is required to
keep track of the army of work
less people.
The Allegheny . Industrial Club,
representing 40 big Pittsburgh plants.
Is urging the pushing of public
works, running of plants of manu
facturers and bringing pressure to
bear on legislative bodies to keep
labor emploved to prevent spread of
To the Editor of the Telegraph:
I didn't "win the war;" I just
helped, and recently returned from
France where 1 was for more than
a year. Most of the time in front,
where in seven battles, I had the
chance to observe some "shell
shocked" fighting men. I have been
asked many times if "shell-shock" is
in the nature of a cowardly or yel
lowstreaked soldier. That is just
the way most people worded the
question. I was informed that three
thousand cases were suddenly cured
about noon, November 11, 1918, don't
doubt that. You do not need to be
an oversea man to understand the
possibility of such a statement being
true. But in defense of a lot of
genuinely brave men, who are or
were really shall-shocked. Not shell
shy, but shocked, that term is not
a mishonor in spite of the opinion
of some learned gentlemen, who sit
way back behind the lines and slur
brave men who won't even brag of
their deeds. At one place we lost
an officer and six men. One man
did not have a mark on his body.
Another beside whom I slept for a
time on a French front and know
him for a brave boy, went down and
out with the above six men. He af
terward revived and came out of the
fight. He is now in an insane ward.
The French M. O.'s have a large
truck fitted with two steel cylinders
about five feet in diameter by seven
feet long connected with an air com
pressor. Four shell-shocked patients
who are unconscious are placed on
stretchers in each cylinder. The air
pressure is brought up to the esti
mated pressure of the air immedi
ately adjacent to the expldding shell
then gradually the air pressure is
lowered to one atmosphere and the
result in many cases revives the
"shell-shocked" soldier.
I looked over that truck with a
great deal of interest at (3d. Mount
Menard on the Marne river near
Saaey. I left most of my troubles
in France, sent them into the Ger
man Hnes in the shape of a ninety
pound shell. "Booh Kisses" the
French gunners called them (one
I named Harrishurg), and I don't
■vyrite this to hunt trouble or blow
my own horn, but in defense of some
of the best soldiers the world has
ever ptoduced. Some of them came
home the other day. More are com
ing shortly. I was with these men
on the Vesle and Aisne rivers and
T don't like to hear a "knock" on the
bravery of any American soldier.
When your Tron Division was re
lieved they were replaced by the
best soldiers of the entire FYench
Respectfully yours.
Safiction Not Necessary
[From the Kansas City Times.]
The Germans could save them
selves considerable tinnecessary heat
by getting it into their head's that
the question of whether they shall
sign the Peace Treaty or not isn't a
point at issue. The treaty will be
as binding without the German sig
nature as with it.
In reality, Germany signed the
treaty November 11. 1918, when she
admitted she was defeated and aban
doned the means for further resist
If the pence shall turn out to he
lasting it will be becahse the Allies
make it that, and the Allies will
have that job to do quite as
ly in the event that Germany signs
as in the event that she doesn't
We will have a clearer notion of
the situation if we think of the
work of the Peace Conference as an
agreement among the Allied nations
rather than as an agreement be
tween the Allied nations and Ger
many. Germany was not a party
to t.he negotiations at Paris. She
had no word in the making of the
instrument she is now invited to
accent, and her refusal to accent
it. if it should come to that, would
not change it or Its binding force
on the other signatories in the
slightest degree. The Allied powers
have dee'dod to do certain things
of themselves, and that Germany
sha'l be comnelled to do certain
other things. Thev had no expecta
tion that Germany would do her
nart willingly. nor would her accept
ance and signing of the treaty ho
anv nroof the' meant to do it.
wi'i'ngly or otherwise.
The Allies understand por'ooti- 1
well that what she does she will do
because she must and not because
Count Von Rrockdorff-" tutsan's
name la or Is not. appended to the
■fft. "
Stoning Gtyat
Some of the older people in Har
risburg to-day recalled in talking
about the great parade in Phila
delphia yesterday that in the famous
centennial parade in Philadelphia in
1876 the City Grays, of Harrisburg,
was the only military organization
outside of the "Legion" to march
in the parude. The "Legion" was
made up of a select representative *
of each of the original States. The
City Grays wore tltetr distinctive
uniform, which included the bear
skin shakos and the gray coats which
gave them the name which' clings
to Company D after forty years or
more. That they marched in ac
cordance with the traditions of the
company which led the Guard in
ratings for years and made the or
ganization one in which everyone
took pride goes without saying.
There are not many men left who
took part in that great demonstra
tion in Philadelphia. Among them
are Joseph E. Rhoads, George S.
McGowan, William C. McFarland,
Ezelias Laubenstein, Philip German,
Charles P, Meek, Christian Nauss,
Isaac R. Poftenberger and Theo
philus F. Zimmerman. Many of
these men subsequently rose to com
mands in the National Guard and
are still active in the veteran organ
ization of the Harrisburg militiamen.
♦ •
In speaking of the wonderful way
in which the State paid tribute to
the lighting Keystone Division yes
terday in the city where the Nation
was born, there were a good many
inquiries heard as to what steps
were being taken to welcome homo
the men of the old Governor's Troop
and other units who are soon to
come home and what will be don©
for the drafted men who went out
and won glory in the 79th Division
from Camp Meade. The two infan
try companies had splendid welcome,
but thus far plans for the troop and
the other organizations seem to be
lagging, so much so that some of
the men of companies D. and I
frankly say the city should not stop
short when it comes to welcoming
their comrades in the same spirit
that was manifested when the in
fantrymen of the old eighth return
ed. The example of the great demon
stration of last Fourth of July should
not be forgotten either.
Al. K. Thomas, cashier of the
East End Bank, to'd a funny story
of his school day experiences at the
Rotary Club luncheon the other
noon. "We used to have a boy
in school, the son of a baker. His
| father made the best Scotch cakes
I've ever eaten. To get some of those
Scotch cakes we'd use every ruse
under the sun. In arithmetic and
grammar, the boy was very poor. I
sat just behind him in class. The
teacher would ask him a question.
If we pulled his coattail twice, while
whispering the answer to him. it
meant two cakes. One day we were
particularly hungry, and I pulled
four times 'My Tjordl' the boy ex
claimed aloud. 'You're taking all
the cakes I've got.' And of course
we had to explain to the teacher.
No more cakes'."
• • *
Some funny combinations of signs
have been encountered in the re
strictions which have had to be
placed at the Capitol. At the big
side doors the signs were found to
read one day:
Tnside the corridors the signs have
been reading: ■ <
It so happened that in placing the
standards for the signs they were
placed at the points where corridors
branch off from the rotunda and the
school children and others accus
tomed to go to the Capitol for drinks
of water found their supply source
behind the line. So Superintendent
Shreiner established the limit at the
• * *
Colonel Keefer. speaking in Har
risburg the other day. outlined the
educational program which the Gov
i ernment is providing for wounded
soldiers. Almost any of the practi
cal branches of study and mechani
cal instruction are offered in con
nection with the treatment in the
hospital, each wounded man being
permitted to take up what suits him
, best, providing it fits in with his
physical condition. About fifty per
cent of those at Carlisle have taken
advantage of the opportunity and
will come out of the hospital better
! able to make good wages and a com
fortable living than when they en
-1 tered. The whole course has been
worked out with the idea of making
the soldier more efficient, and many
of the lines of work taken up are
designed to fit the-man who has
lost an arm or a leg. or some other
member, able to fill a position where
his loss will not he a great handicap
to his earning capacity.
Colonel Kerfer said that he is
very glad to have the men under his
care taken out for automobile rides
and Invites people from Harrisburg
who have cars to go to Carlisle,
stop at the entrance to the hospital
grounds, where a Red Cross nur •*©
in charge of this end of the hospl
; tal program is in charge, nnd they
will be accommodated with as many
wounded soldiers as they can accom
modate, providing of course, that
their sudden' application does not
interfere either with physical treat
ment then under way or with the
study periods provided under the in
struction program. Colonel Keefer
- said while permission has been given
1 to some men to go out for dinner,
t ordinarily men under hospital
i care require hospital dtet and for l
1 that reason the Invitation list has
been greatly restricted. The Colonel
- hopes to have the roads in the hos
pital grounds Improved very shortly
s nn d then folks going rp in automo
> biles will be able to go directly to
• the hospital headquarters. Under
• present conditions it is far safer
and more comfortable to stop at
' the gates.
< '
f —Colonel E. S. Greble, command
. Ing one of the Keystone artillery
i regiments is a regular and a Penn
, sylvanian.
—Governor Sproul will speak
the reception of the Pennsylvania
, Historical Society to General MuL".
, —Speaker Spangler, who is etir
; ring up the animals over his Mc-Call's
Ferry bill, has been working on
! legislation of that kind for six years.
l-'. W. Reese, the new head of the
Knights of"Columbua In this State
| is a prominent Pittaburgher.
—That Harrisburg has already
voted considerable money to carry
omt its share of the Capitol park
, improvements?
i —Harrisburg soldiers have march
! Ed in every big national pageant In.
- Philadelphia since 18X2. j