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THE SUN, BALTTMOTtE. TUESDAY MOT5XTNG. DECEMBER 19. 1922. d TTJT7 CTTT JL J-A XU yj VJ Published Every WwV-IJ By THE A. S. A BELL. COMPANT. PAUL PATTERSON. President. Enteewd at the Postoffice at Baltimore as teemd-nacs mail matter. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: PITT A.T SUBURBS BV CARRIER. Moraine. Breriing and Sunday. 25 cents a wee. SINOLE COPIES: Morr.injr. 2.?. Evening. 2c. Sunday. Sunday out-of-town. 8c. oc SUBSCRIPTION PRICES BT MAIL: Payable in advance. . Morning, livening. Sunday. mom! $3.00 J3.00 $2.00 1 e;ir... $000 $6.00 M-OO OUT-OF-TOWN OFFICES: ;;isn 14is?..2u$i i Sica-o Tribune Building Circulation of The Sun in Nov., 1022. Average Net PaiJ Tlnily. 1 J)22 ,-11121-, Vnrnlnr 10.27T tm.?.S4 Gain S.803 Sunday. 161.700J3i.S-io Gain 8,944 vmRim fr TUB a !-H MATED PRKSS. t.V US- TOT I)UMrr.iu-u - ... thls rf ill news tnWnT.S, "Vl rPV.blid .herein All riirhts of n-miblir-aticn T.or.'iii ure kku reser-e.l. of sieclal disimtchcs The conimla of this paper are pyoWicil ha cop-jri(jlit. liepl-li,:rt!on icithoui credit to The Suu is pro'iibitcl. U lOUNTAIN CIiOUI) AT DAWN iVl js the subject ehosen this year f.;r lb" p"pms which will be submittal iri the niiijiiul poetry contest of Japan. f is also an excellent commentary upon the- literary ability of the Japanese. What Western nation could furnish a 'Thousand poets or more to write upon ivieti n impersonal theme? But it must I, a bona li'ir proposition and not a mere dwtismg stunt, for the Emperor him-elf selected the title and he is the one who has lo listen as the best poems in the eontef-t '-e read. 't .'OKKHRS OF THE AMERICAN Ueli-f' Administration in Russia hue been charged by a Soviet paper .Mth atteivptst smuggling ;but although four men have apparently been proved ff'.ittty. there seems no reason to suspect nv general practice of that sort. The newspaper in question would be better Advised if it used as a ground for criti-idnj the friendly feelings which bandits in the famine districts are said to exhibit toward the Americans. Suspicion might properly be aroused at the report that a robber band in Samara visited an American kitchen, tasted the soup, talked .'heertullv with the children there assembled, approved the American work and then moved on to the house of the village treasurer whom they robbed. The r-ontnist between the treatme 1 accorded the Americans and that which the Soviet official received could not well be greater, and it might be interpreted as proving that the Americans are linked up with some scheme of anti - Soviet activity. Actually it proves, if anything, the gratitude of even the less admirable Russians for the American relief work. pOM MERCIAN RADIO MESSAGES x-1 and non-commercial broadcasting ire conflicting in Baltimore. The commercial messages to ships at sea. it is na id. occasionally deal with matters of life and death and are always important in a business sense, so that the situation is somewhat as if the telephone exchanges of Baltimore were used at certain hours for the broadcasting of .oneerts o er the wires and thus could not handle either business conversations op emergency calls to the fire and police departments. Such a state of affairs should and can be remedied. MI N XE APOLIS. WITH T H E thermometer at zero, was the city - r T . A a wiier bandits elected on ounciay u victim do-n to his underwear . a i,s, li-s! chillv way. One would think that in the whole range of temperatures, from 34 below at Medline Hat to 74 above at Miami, the criminals of America would not have chosen Minneapolis as the scene of that mbnrrsine outrage. What such dis turbers of the peace plainly need is a i,f nronriety. Minneapolis was the wrong place tor miormai n i ibviously lotluriK. an d it is not surprising mac several lnnaDicama i""b"" of it to be a dangerous lunatic who deserved no help. In Miami, on the other hand, he would have been regarded as nv. unlucky member of a swimming party and would have been given prompt assistance. The Minneapolis bandits should profit by the example of the New York gypsies who threw a comrade out of the window because while wearing his boots he jumped on a fellow gypsy. Ethical standards are needed in all professions. . r A IIAPPV OMESi It was natural that the withdrawal of the last British troops from the territory of the Irish Free State should have been witnessed by Dublin with enthusiasm. For this evacuation individual Irishmen have plotted, worked and died for seven hundred years. Of this evacuation almost all of southern Ireland has dreamed during the tempestuous years since the tragic Easter week of 1916. To this evacuation Irishmen have looked forward as the consumma tion of a glorious ideal. No wonder that they cheered as the Tommies marched to tb" waiting transports. And yet when this long-anticipated moment came it was not for the evacuation but for the English troops themselves that Dublin rose and celebrated 'Women dabbed at their eyes with handkerchiefs," writes the correspondent of the New York Times. "Some dashed forward and impetuously hugged men in the ranks. Once two men broke through and reverently kissed the colors of the Worcesters. ... The armored cars were stormed by men and girls, and from the turret of one car a youth led the singing of the British national anthem, which was followed by a hurricane burst of cheering." And one of the last acts of the Free State troops was to play "Auld Lang Syne" at the dockside as the transports pulled away from the shores of Erin. A queer people, the Irish, one reflects. Yet not so queer as noble and forgiving. What better demonstration of the un derlying affinity of interest and sentiment between Ireland and England which raakef the Free State set- BALTIMORE. TUESDAY. DEC. 19. 1922. tlement a happy one ' than this in Dublin? What better omen for a bright future when both sides thug show anx iety to let the dead past be? No finer demonstration of the Christ mas spirit; no better example to the embittered haters in certain other Eu ropean countries could have been given. Ireland, on whom the whole world has lately loonea witn misgiving and re proach, has shown her true heart. . On the greatest day in her history she also gave a noble illustration of moral leadership. THE SEVE.V-CENT CAIl FARE, The Sun's Letter Column is a pretty good index of what the people are thinking about. The number of letters which have been reaching us recently concerning the seven-cent carfare indicate that the thoughts of a large proportion of our people are upon that subject, and that they are watching with greatest interest the hearing now taking place before the Public Service Commission. If the five-cent carfare could be regained, it goes without saying that everybody except the United Railway officials and, perhaps, the stockholders of that company would be pleased. If there is any possibility of getting a reduced fare without a demoralization of the service, or without unfair treatment of the company, then every effort should be made to attain that end. The protestations of the company that the fare cannot be reduced without injury should be accepted only after the most thorough and searching scrutiny. But, of course, the facts of the situation must be fairly faced by the Public Service Commission. If, as the spokesmen for the railway company contend, the commission does not consider the stock of the company in fixing the amount that it shall be permitted to earn, then it is clear that the arguments based on watered stock are not to the point. If, as the defenders of the company also contend, the wiping out of all profits would make only a difference of a fraction of a cent in the fare, then all thought of reducing the 6even-cent fare is foolish unless other arguments can be brought to bear on the question. That there may be such arguments is quite possible. The earnings of the company in 1022 were larger than in 1921. The estimated earnings for 1923, if the seven-cent fare is continued, are much larger than those of 1922. It may be that accurate analysis might 6how such a prospect of increased earnings, or such possibilities of increased economy and efficiency, as to justify a reduction in the fare. It may be that a reduction in the fare itself would stimulate business and increase profits to an extent that would justify the reduction. The Public Service Commission will not be blameless if it does not go thoroughly into these and all other phases of the question. It is right that the company should be burdened with the task of operating the road as economically and efficiently as possible. What the public wants is a decision from the Public Service Commission which, while fair for the company, will require the lowest rate of fare that is consistent with satisfactory service. THE RUHR FROM ANOTHER A1VGJLE. Elsewhere on this page today we print an article which gives authoritatively a German viewpoint regarding the proposed occupation of the Ruhr industrial district by France. This article may be read in conjunction with a statement which appeared recently in the well-known Frankfurter Zeitung, generally regarded outside of Germany as one of the most reliable and well-informed newspapers in that country. This statement asserted flatly that : "The plan to seize the Ruhr district and separate it from the rest of Germany was not hatched in the French Foreign Office, but in the head office of the French steel trust. Its object is not only to provide the French furnaces with cheap fuel, but also and chiefly to run a customs barrier across the German iron and steel producing district that will cut off its manufacturing establishments there from their raw materials and paralyze their operation." This assertion, as also that of our correspondent to the effect that the French are working to secure political and economic control of all the great European coal fields, is of course open to rejection. It is natural for the Germans to attribute evil motives to France. Nevertheless, the viewpoint has sufficient justification to merit its presentation in this country. The official statistics which are a part of the article we print today cannot be lightly dismissed. They bring out two very important facts. The first is that the Ruhr district provided three-fifths of the coal production of pre-war Germany, which included that of the Saar and Silesian mines now detached from the Reich. The second point is that subtracting the amount of German coal taken by France as reparations the do mestic coal supply of Germany is now only about 120,000,000 tons a yeur (exclusive of lignite), as against the 166,000,000 tons (exclusive of lignite) consumed in Germany in 1913. Germany, obviously, is on very short rations as regards coal at the present time. Any interference with the production and distribution of, coal in the district which provides more than three-fifths of her supply would, therefore, be very likely to have disastrous results. TIIE ISOLATION OF BORAH. For one who is generally so clear and forceful a thinker Senator Borah is badly muddled on the subject of po litical cooperation between this country and Europe. He says, for instance, that if .reparations were ''reduced and adjusted to a point which would enable Germany to pay and live," there would then "be something upon which to begin to work out a plan of salvation." Unfortunately it is now quite clear to most people that until American representatives with plenary powers participate in an international debt conference there will be no satisfactory solution of the reparations tangle. The problem of reparations is intimately connected with that of war debts, and in these we are far and away the larg- " f' est creditor. France has already given assurance that she .will scale down her reparations demand if Great Britain remits an adequate proportion of her war debts. Great Britain has strongly intimated she would be glad to oblige France if we will exercise equal forbearance with her. By indivisible links the chain of reparations leads back to us, and without our assistance there can be no satisfac- j tory adjustment. -To assert, therefore, j that we should be glad to cooperate j when Europe has solved this problem is strangely to intermingle cause and effect. Other reasons given by Senator Borah for present non-participation are equally unconvincing. One of them is that Western Europe has not yet recognized the Government of Russia. A little reflection might tell him that we haven't either. Another of his arguments is that the armies of Europe should be reduced. If he would think on the subject be would realize that England brought. her army back to prewar level quite as quickly as we did our own. He denounces England for reaching an agreement with Turkey over the Mosul oil deposits, but seems to forget that we have publicly announced our intention of not being excluded from that field, without assuming any of the responsi bilities of government. The peoples and governments of Europe are not all such sly and shifty schemers as Senator Borah might like to have us believe. Ketore assuming that our position is one of high moral superiority he should ask himself whether that assumption is justified. 3IARTI3J L.YOTFS. The newspaper is the chief agent of publicity and is itself as a finished product the most public thing in the modem world. It is in the public eye, the public mind, the public ear, nearly every hour of the day, and sometimes late into the night. On the street or in the home it is practically always present. Yet to the majority of the outside public its inner life is something of a mystery, in spite of occasional tours of school children and others through editorial and mechanical departments, and in spite of movie portrayals of supposed newspaper scenes. In a paper like The Sun, representing several generations of human effort, the inner life and relations of its workers are not visibly suggested in results. The agents of publicity are generally the least known of the children of men. For one thing, they are so busy putting the spotlight on everything and everybody else that they have little time to pose themselves. And, for another thing, they are usually so modest that they do not care for personal advertisement. The only praise and appreciation that they crave, as a rule, is that of their fellows, and if they are worth while they come soon to have a lasting place in their esteem and memory. Such a modest but sterling worker was Martin Lyons, one of The Sxjn's old printers, who for thirty-six years was an active member of its composing-room force. Mr. I yons was the kind of man who is true to duty wherever he is found. He was of the type which never fails in loyalty and fidelity in any post to which it is. assigned, the type which finds its highest reward and pleasure in doing its best. He was an old-time printer, which means that he took a craftsman's pride in his work, and that to slight it was one of the gravest sins in his typothetical creed. - The honor of journalism was involved in the slightest detail of his task, and he would give to the "pulling" of a proof the same and perhaps more con scientious care that Wells gave to '.is "Outline of History. ' Whatever was worth doing at all as a serious proposition was to Martin Lyons worth doing well. This love of his craft, this interest in his paper, continued even during his protracted illness, and his earnest soul was always vexed whenever his eyes rested on a typographical slip or other evidence of carelessness. His life and The Sun's life kept company for nearly forty years, and to such faithful and sympathetic cooperation as his in the composing room and other me chanical departments The Sun owes more than it can express. The fraternity between the editorial rooms and the type-setting branch of the newspaper family was specially marked during most of Mr. Lyons' long service, and his departure recalls to the thinning line of his contemporaries the memory of many honest and true men like Mr. Lyons whom his editorial fellow-workers came to know and value in the last-hour turmoil of travail that precedes the birth of each new child of the press. The Sun says farewell with sadness to such old comrades and good soldiers as Martin Lyons, and lays with genuine respect this poor tribute on his grave. He was one of that vast multitude of the unknown who in many respects were far worthier than many whom the world acclaimed great in their generation. SUNBEAMS. Oratory is simply language with the cut-out on. Diplomat : A and a quandary. man in a silk hat When a statesman says he despairs of the world he means that he despairs of getting what he wants. Still, the people who believe in Santa Claus are much more agreeable than the people who believe in postcards. The inventor looked one detail, vented something broadcast. of the radio over-He should have in-of equal merit to Our Glance Takes In Harding. From the Pathfinder. Our glance takes in President Harding. His physique and general appear ance is impressive. , He is the best- dressed President the country has ever had. His delivery also strikes us as being excellent and as commanding attention. He speaks verbatim from manuscript. Now he stands at a desk directly in front of but a little lower than the House Speaker's desk. On the ceiling, directly above his head, is a battery of 10 large horns which are connected with a wireless broadcasting apparatus. WHY GERMANY FEARS RUHR OCCUPATION This Vital District Said To Be The Only Important Coal Field Of Continental Europe Now Free From French Control. By A German Economist. especial Correspondence of The Hun. The entire . coal deposits of Central Europe, with exception of the Ruhr district, are at present under the control of the French-Belgian-Polish Entente. Those of Western Europe are also in the hands of Belgium and France ; those of Eastern Europe in the possession of Russia, which latter, however, are by no means sufficient to supply enough coal for the Russion market alone. It is, thus, evident that aside from the British and the Ruhr mines almost the entire coal output of Europe is in the hands of the French-Belgian Entente. Starting from the western border, Germany's coal districts are the following : Saar Valley, Aix-Ia-Chapelle district, Ruhr district, Thuringia, Lower and Upper Silesia. In 1910 the following quantities of coal were mined in Germany : Saar Valley Aii-la-Chapelle. Ruhr 13.633.881 metric tons 2,719.627 metric tons 59,318. iK9 metric ton 5.637,715 metric tons Tauriruria. Lower .Silesia.. 5,147,892 metric tons Upper BilaMa 34,229,360 metric tons Uther districts ssu.baz metric ions Total 151.0r3.118 metric tans In 1913, the year of the largest out put, the total amounted to 190,109,400 metric tons. During and after the war the coal output in Germany'' decreased considerably. By the Treaty of Ver sailles the Saar Valley was placed under supervision of five non-Germans, without any representation of the inhabitants. Gradually, - Germany's coal out put increased again after the war, so that In January, 1922, about 12,000,000 tons were mined, compared with 16,536,- 115 metric tons in January, 1913. In the latter total 1,514,644 tons mined in the Saar district were included. According to the ultimatum of Spa, Germany delivers to the Allied and Associated Powers 2,000,000 tons of coal per month. This burden is heavier than it appears by the figures, because Ger many is asked to deliver high-grade coal only namely, gas and cooking coal. The 10,000,000 tons remaining in Germany are hardly sufficient to supply the domestic demand, so that between March 5 and April 6 import licenses for 300,000 tons had to be granted by the German Government. Many shipments of English coal have reached Berlin. A few months ago the greater part of the Upper Silesian coal districts had been transferred to Poland, and it is questionable whether any or how much Upper Silesian coal will be available to the German industries. Coal and potash were the only raw products in which Germany was not depending on foreign countries. One can, therefore, well realize the difficulties which present themselves to the German industries when at present even coal has to be imported and must be paid for in foreign currency. All prospects that Germany may pay her reparations and that the economic life of Central Europe will soon be reestablished will, therefore, vanish if the mining of coal in the Ruhr district is in any way disturbed. During January, 1922, 561,000 miners were employed in this district, as compared with 391,000 in 1913, which goes to show that the German Government does everything possible to increase the coal mining to the highest limit. It is, therefore, not saying too much to assert that all efforts of these 60,- Lord Carnarvon's Discovery Of Tomb Of Tutankhamen iCairo Correspondence Lord Carnarvon and Mr. Howard j Carter have revealed to a large company what promises to be the most sen sational Egyptological discovery oi me century. The. find consists of. among other od- Wts. the funeral mranhernalia of the Egyptian King Tutankhamen, one of the -' r . .... ii. ki U famous Heretic Kings oi cne liiguicemu Dynasty, who reverted to Amen worship. Little is known of the later kings, in cluding Tutankhamen, and the discovery should add invaluably to our knowledge of this period and of the great city of Tel-el-Amarna, which was founded in the fifteenth century B. C. by Amen-hotep IV, the first of the heretic kings The remarkable discovery announced today is the reward of patience, perseverance and perspicacity. For nearly 16 years Lord Carnarvon, with the assistance of Mr. Howard Carter, has been carrying out excavations on that part of the site of the anwent Thebes situated on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor. . , . n The search was continued systematically, and at last the dogged perseverance of Mr. Carter, his thoroughness, above all his flair, were rewarded by the discovery, where the royal necropolis of the Theban Empire was situated, directly below the tomb of RamesesVI, of what looked like a cache. Mr. Carter covered up the site and telegraphed to Lord Carnarvon, who at once came out from England. Little, however, did Lord Carnarvon and Mr. Carter suspect the wonderful nature of the contents of the chambers for there are more than one as they stood outside. The sealed outer door was carefully opened ; then a way was cleared down some 16 steps along a passage of about 25 feet. The door to the chambers was found to be sealed as the outer door had been, and, as on the outer door, there were traces of re-closing. With difficulty an entrance was effected, and when at last the excavators managed to squeeze their way in an extraordinary sight met their eyes, one that they could scarcely credit. First they saw three magnificent state couches, all gilt, with exquisite carving and animal beads of typhon, hathor and lion. On these rested beds, beautifully carved, gilt, inlaid with iyory and semi-precious stones, and also innumerable boxes of exquisite workmanship. One of these boxes was inlaid ' with ebony and ivory, with gilt inscriptions; 000,000 people to reestablish their economic life depend solely on the coal output of the Ruhr district. The coal deliveries by Germany to the Entente nations during the last two years have depleted all coal reserves, and a strike by the miners of but one or two weeks' duration would bring all German railroads and factories to a complete standstill. At the railroadB there is usually a coal supply for two days only on hand, a condition which can hardly be realized in the United States, where a miners strike recently continued for several weeks without greatly hampering industry. It is true that Germany has large stores of lignite which can be used for certain industrial plants, but this is entirely inadaptable for transportation. All European economists watch conditions in the Ruhr district very closely for fear that any disturbances there may cripple the entire industrial life of Central Europe. Over a hundred million people in Europe are still in a condition of fear and unrest, so that it is dangerous to risk any disturbance in their economic life. This applies to distribution of foodstuffs, raw materials, manufactured goods, etc. The above discussion will explain why the repeated threats by France to occupy the Ruhr district are viewed with grave apprehension, not only by the Germans, but also by the statesmen of the other European countries. They all realize that nothing but a normal progress of German economic life can save Central Europe from that complete upheaval which was brought about in Russia. All important highways of commerce in Central Europe pass through Germany, from north to south and from east to w-est, so that Germany has often been called "The Times Square" of Europe. The occupation by the French of such a district as the Ruhr would, no doubt, be followed by very severe disturbances in the economic life of Central Europe. All these difficulties which Europe is laboring under, viz, the reparation problem, stabilization of the European exchanges, etc., would remain unsolved for a long time. It is evident that France cannot gain anything by such an occupation as far as the payment of reparations is concerned ; on the contrary, many Frenchmen realize that this expedition would result in grave financial losses. It is thus very hard to understand that such a move is still being advocated in France. The only explanation seems to be that it is not intended as a prosperous financial undertaking, but as a political action. The Saar district and Upper Silesia as well as Aix-la-Chapelle are under the control of the French Entente. With the occupation of the Ruhr, the last Central European coal district would be brought under French supervision. If so, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Czecho-Slovakia, etc., will all be dependent on the good will of France for their coal supply. British and Italian statesmen seem to try to forestall such a move by France, and this certainly not out of sympathy for Germany. They realize that France would control and perhaps not to her own advantage the economic life of Europe more completely than she did in Napoleonic times. of the London Time. another contained emblems of the underworld ; on a third, which contained royal robes, handsomely embroidered, precious stones and golden sandals, were beautifully painted hunting scenes. There was a stool of ebony inlaid with ivory, with the most delicatelv carved duck s feet ; also a child's stool of fine workmanship. Beneath one of the couches was the state throne of King Tutankhamen, probably one of the most beautiful objects of art ever discovered. There was also a heavily gilt chair, with portraits of the King and Queen, the whole incrusted with turquoise, cornelian lapis and other semi-precious stones. Other noteworthy objects were royal sticks, one of ebony with the head of an Asiatic as a handle in gold, another of the handsomest filigree work ; also a stool for a throne with Asiatics carved on it, denoting that the Kin, had placed his foot on the neck of the Asiatic prisoners taken in war. tThere were some quaint bronze-gilt musical ' instruments and a robing dummy for royal wigs and robes. There were also some exquisite alabaster vases with very intricate and unknown design, all of one piece, and some handsome blue Egyptian faience, and enormous quantities of provisions for the dead, comprising trussed duck, haunches of venison, etc., all packed in boxes according to the custom of the time. There were some remarkable wreaths, 6till looking evergreen, and one of the boxes contained rolls of papyri, which are expected to render a mass of information. A further chamber revealed an indescribable state of confusion. Here furniture, gold beds, exquisite boxes and alabaster vases similar to those found in the first chamber were piled high one on top of the other, so closely packed that it has been impossible to get inside yet. What adds interest to this discovery is that there is still yet a third, sealed chamber, which, significantly, the two figures of the King discovered are guarding, and which may possibly turn out to be the actual tomb of King Tutankhamen, with members of the heretic's family. A curiously human touch occurs in connection with the tomb namely, the preparation of birds and other dainties for the deceased King's refreshment om his road to the underworld. 22 Good Morning! S 1 i y.' Bt THE BENTZTOWN BARD. (FOIXSEB McKlKSET.) It m only glad "Good moraim." A she passed along the way; But It spread the morning's glory Orer the lirelong day t Carlotta Perry. p I S3 MARYLAND MUSINGS. ANNE AND BETTY. Anne and Betty, o'er the wv. Came to our house to play. And it seemed like letting tm Morning when the day was drear. And everybody hungered for A little laughter and the din Of childhood chattering and cheer As it used to be of yore. Anne and Betty, o'er the way. Said they hadn't long to stay. But they've neTer gone, it seems, Since that moment from our dreams That they wakened when they came With the picture-book and game. The Animals, the soldiers bright. The eyes of elAn hvaghter-Kzht. Anne and . Betty lire so near We can almost always hear Little echoes of their play Over there across the way But it's happy now and then When they visit for a while. Just to be so close again To their laughter and their ami!. Anne and Betty, o'er the way, Hto so much to tell and say, Oh. so much that lifts and clears The shadows of the aging years Prom hearts that hunger so for thinjjj Of childhood, and the faery wings. The lovely and eluaire lay That in the soul of morning sings! B. B. Sometkfnsr In That Virginia Air Doe It: The Venerable Wm. Woodzelle, of Beech Brook, though in his ninetieth year, was able to drive to Warm Springs Sunday to visit his daughter, Mrs. Lillie Campbell. Bath Enterprise. 'Phone Us A Half Gallon To Try, Old Scout I FOR SALE Good, rich milk, by the pint or quart. Can be reached by phone or mail. From The Small Ads. In The Cen-treville Observer. PilduKer Park. The sun never sets on old Still No. 49. Joey. Listening; In. Every night and every day we're listening in at what they say At our house, Oh, not for keeps, but just like children at their play. Listening in to find out what old Santa Claus Is going to bring, Like listening in the radio when some one starts to speak or elng. Now listening in i8 very bad, we tell the children all the time; But I am listening la myself, and then it isn't snch a crime. Tou know, it needn't be because yon want to really be so bad, But listening in at Christmas talk can make you feel so very glad. And never do they tell quite all, nor do you hear enough to 6poil The pleasure any one would have in all their trouble and their toIL B. B. Ah, Give The Drn? Store A Little Time! A Baltimore man visiting his old home town entered Ford's drug store and asked for a soda and a pair of tennis slippers. The druggist could supply only the soda. "What? No tennis slippers?" cried the amazed man from Baltimore, "this must be a helluva drug store !" Cumberland News. The statelier vessels glide Through storms vith greatest ease. While tni3 frail barque of sonz may ride Like a -bubble upon vast seas. Too do not hare to go so far To find the love you hunger for They seek in Tain some alien star Who look not at their own front door. Not down the long street or the lane, Nor up the winding road to go, For that were a journey made in ain As to some barren Barbadoe. The secret of the bubble mirth Is that the while we're blowing We hare forgotten sordid earth And all that's not worth knowing. B. B. This World Of Onrn. Johhnie Stumpf is working hard these days cleaning up the grounds around the Masonic Temple. The carnival grounds also have been given the "once over." Glenburnie Item In The Maryland Gazette. Ait, The Latest! OVER THE TOP. FIRST CLASS CABARET. Up-to-date Jazz Orchestra. Ladies with Latest Steps. Ad. In The Panama Patrol And Caribbean Advertiser. Attaboy: Just keep on passing the pumpkin pie, please. Easton Star-Democrat. Aunt Harriet. She kept the little store with the how window And the bell on a wire spring ov-er the door. There were four jars of stick candy in the window, And two fat jars of cocoanut in penny slices, kept in water so they wouldn't dry out. There was a dish of gingerbread men and horses between the jars of cocoanut, And in the old shotccase next to the door were boxes of gumdrops and chocolate creams, And on the counter between the showcase of candy and showcase filled with cakes Were shallow tin pans of taffy walnut, cocoan-ttt and peanut, And sometimes yellow jack and va-niUn. On the little counter in the rear there were loaves of bread and pies in pans And near by a huge jar of old-fashioned vinegar pickles. Yesterday I came across an old daguerreotype of Aunt Harriet And I was standing there by the little counter just as plain as anything Trying to choose what I wanted to buy with my penny! - B. B. Pleate be concise. As a rule, 200 words should be enough; beyond that the editor reserves the right to blue pencil. Your name and address must accompany each communication not for publication unless you wish, but as evidence of good faith. Y I I Rather Important To tTse Heads As Well As Hands. To the Enrroa of The Sun Sir: For years I have been saying that workmen do not "use their heads" when working hands and feet. That accident at Charles and Mulberry streets might have been avoided if they had. A few months ago ne of my neighbors built a garage in his yard, and notified the Gas and Electric Company to remove a pole that was in the way. The workmen came and put it in the center of the next yard. That man also built a garage, and again the company was told to move the pole. At last, one of them "ueed his head" and put it at the intersection of the next two yards. The time and wages of at least 10 men could have been saved (not to mention material) by putting it at the Intersection of the yard in the first place. A Woman. Baltimore, Dec. 18. "Five Cents Or Wallc." To the Editob of Tee Sun Sir: Well, here's another one against the 7-cent fare. We all want the 5-cent fare, except the few people who are opposed to it, but I suppose they have stock in the United. It is an outrage the way the crews handle the cars. For three consecutive nights I waited fully 10 minutes at the corner of Eastern avenue and Washington streets, around 6 o'clock in the evening, and a car finally rolls by, but ion't even stop, taps his gong and is gone. The conductor yells off back, "Next car ; we're late now." Fine service the United gives its patrons, and it's the same way on ever other line, because I was a conductor once myself. If the people of Baltimore would do the same as the people in Buffalo, N. Y., did r-5 cents or walk to work 111 bet the United would either give better service or reduce the fare. Ex-Conductor. Baltimore, Dec. 14. , Defends Seven-Cent Fare. To the Editob of The Sun Sir: In reply to the letter signed "Rider," kicking for a 5-cent car fare, I would like to call his attention to his statement that a few hundred persons are the only ones benefited by the public paying a 7-cent car fare. Does he know the United Railways officials voluntarily promised their several thousand employes the same wage scale for 1923 as was paid in 1922, even though the large corporations throughout the country are cutting wages? If he be a working man, does he stop to consider how many hours these same men put in to keep the pot boiling? Will he, as a rider, hold up the United Railways with his offer of a 5-cent fare, as he helped to do in some other city (but failed to state if they changed the fare for him) for a difference of two cents, and be the cause of these same thousands of people getting a reduction in wages? Why advocate a five-cent fare and pay for a transfer, as you do in other cities? Where can "Rider" go and get a continuous ride over three car lines for one fare, as you can get in this city? Show me the city with no competition which gives the same service we get. We sometimes feel our service is bad when we have to wait at rush hours for a car, but we should think of the great number of people all trying at the same time to get home and that some one must wait. Most of the "kicks" come from the people who will hold a car two minutes trying to get on in the jam, not only delaying the car they are on but sometimes a half dozen cars from other lines behind it. The writer has on several occasions gone before Mr. Flowers, general manager of the United Railways, with committees for suggestions of better service on one particular line, and be has always shown a spirit for cooperation for any betterment proposed. Why not try to boost instead of knock all the time? A Daily Patron. Baltimore, Dec. 14. The 910,000 Hevrard. To the Editob of The Sun Sir: After reading over the list of names of those who filed a claim for their share of the $10,000 reward offered for the capture of the Norris bandits I find I was not mentioned. I would like to call your attention to the fact that I was the officer who received the information and directed Sergt. Wade Walter and Officer Benhoff to the exact place where John L. Smith, or "Wiggles" Smith, and Benny Lewis were put under arrest. This was the leading of the whole case. Officer Clarence H. Riddel. Essex Station House, Baltimore County, Maryland, Dec. 16. Class Leslslatlon. To the Editor of The Sun Sir: My understanding of the Constitution of the United States is that all forms of class legislation are unconstitutional. Now, the. so-called Volstead act is one of the most flagrant pieces of class legislation ever enacted. While 100,000,000 of Aryans are bound to obey the law oftentimes suffer aDd die from the consequences of its action, in their inability to obtain whisky and wine 1,000,-C00 Semitics are exempt from the provisions of the Eighteenth Amendment, inasmuch as any Jewish rabbi can obtain 10 gallons of wine for each family per year. ( See Section C, page 29, regulation 60, Bureau of Internal Revenue, regulationsof the manufacture, sale, etc, of intoxicating liquor.) In view of the foregoing facts, -why should this law not be adjudged unconstitutional? To my mind it seems that some one has been asleep at the switch as, instead of howling "I'm 100 per cent, wet," as was done during the recent campaign, it would be well to look this matter up from the standpoint of special privilege and discrimination. I wish it to be distinctly understood that I am not writing in the spirit of "the dog in the manger," as I, by no means, object to Jews getting wine, but insist that there should be no distinction. Furthermore, if the provision of the law, as described above, is constitutional, why is the segregation of the Caucasian and negro races unconstitutional, as decided by the Supreme Court of the United States, said court holding that i said segregation is class legislation. " j Why has a Jewish rabbi more power 1 under the Volstead act than reputable 'physicians, who can only prescribe one f quart of wine for their patients, and then the patient must be sick and paj for tie prescription. a am well aware that any minister can obtain wine for sacramental purposes, but there is a vast difference between moistening your lips at communion and having 10 gallons in your cellar to drink whenever you desire it. CONSISTEKCT. Baltimore, Dec. 14. Mr. Bennett's Recent Address A The City Clnb. To the Editor of The Sun Sir: The City Club ha3 usually been indebted to your paper both for the quality and the quantity of the space which you have devoted to our meet' ings. It is therefore with reluctance that I write to point out that the re port which appeared in your issue of December 13 of Mr. Jesse Lee Bennett's lecture is faulty in both respects. Mr. Bennett spoke about three-quarters of an hour and gave as much material for thought in that time as the ordinary platform speaker would give in twelve addresses. He is dismissed with an inch and a half space, in which two or three of the many points he raised were grossly mutilated and mis represented. The address was one of the most interesting and stimulating that th-City Club has had for several year? past, and those who heard it, with th exception of your reporter, were well satisfied. Congratulating you upon having ;s man so widely read, so sincere and b-courageous as Mr. Bennett among you: regular contributors, R. P. Farley, Civic Secretary. Baltimore, Dec. 16. Fort McHenry. f To the Editor of The Suit Sir.-Did the men who made the staml against the British at Fort McHenry make that valiant fight only to protec: their homes? Their descendants thin'r not. It was in defense of the nation. For this reason, as well as to pre serve the spot where the flag inspire-: "The Star-Spangled Banner," the Ma ry land Society of the Colonial Dames o America wish to advocate Fort M -Henry being conserved as a natio!;;. park by the Federal Government. Mrs. Charles E. Riemais. First Vice-Presidem. Maryland Society of the Colonic Dames of America. Baltimore, Dec. 15. Why Be Hard On Poor Mnrderer- . At Christmas Timef To the Editor of The Sun f, Horrors ! Can it be possible that -i kind-hearted man like Colonel Sweezv has actually suggested that Socolow an . Hart, and perhaps other "perfect gentlemen" of the bandit gang, be sent 01: from ihe quiet, comfortable home whic: they are occupying at your expense ani mine to face the long and dreary win'e -sleeping, it may be, in an abandons: vault, and paying some Johnnie Si'-". for food for om meal? What next? Will some one urge th;,-Harry Wolf be immediately reinstate! and nominated for the next vacancy ..;: our Supreme Bench? Where is oir-old-time sense of justice? Truly have fallen from "the heights that o' fathers trod." M. R. C. Baltimore, Dec. 16- Mr. Lyons Admires The Rentitoun Bard's Poetry, But Challenge His Science And Theology. To the Editor of The Sun Si,-: As far away as the scientists say are t V twinkling stars should it be from anydii-to cross lances with the "Bentztow;-Bard." Yet today will be found in hi3 column "This Star Is Quite Enough." I woo'.i love to have it republished alongside n ii -other philosophic poem, "If Thi3 JJ.-All." The thought thepoem expresses striKe-me so forcibly because I have frequent! written recently attacking the scientifi. 4. theory that this is a star. Because if i is a star, then it must perform be "quit" enough." Ah ! it is easy enough to sing "th;.-star is quite enough," if on it one share-; all the good things that may be fou-ii. But how fare the vast majority of tbofc'-on this star today? Is that an unfa;-test of such philosophy? If this be all. then why should that great number in suffering and distress for one single mo ment tolerate the possession of so man. luxuries and so much wealth by others': If this be all, if I believed science na-true that this was a star then would also be quite enough for me, lu: instead of sinsing the happy song of tu-Bcntztown Bard, I would be the wick -1 est of Bolshevists. , In a day or so the happy Bard vi:; sing of Christmas. Well, if ;'jjB be a!L if this star is quite enough, then it i fitting and proper that Christmas be thf dollars and dimes propositio that it is. But let us not fool ourselves about "1 any longer! Why assume 1. adore an-i praise the babe born in a stable in poverty and discomfort if this be all if thi star is quite enough? W. V. Lyons. Baltimore, Dec. 18. Mayoralty Candidates. To the Editor of the Sun . When we are looking around for a Dem ocratic candidate for Mayor let us not forget the Hon. George Weems William. During an exciting campaign he made multitudes of friends, and would bave swept the city by a large majority haj it not been for the treachery of those influenced by disappointed ambition ana unpatriotic opposition of others. Democratic Woreeb. Baltimore, Dec. 18. The Only Thins To Do. To the Editor of The Stjn Si,-.-I am afraid that the parties who wrote letters published December 15 anen: the United Railways and the gas com pany have spent their stamps, pape: and time in rain. The city is too back ward to operate its own car lines. Tb only big thing it is interested in is high taxes. The United and the gas company har only one object in view, and that i.--greed and gain, and in this respect they go hand in hand, backed by the I-Know-You-Club, who see that they gt what they want. All the select few say or" do is going to do absolutely no good. The only thing that will ever bring justice is for the public to stop riding on the cars and stop using gas until they get a fair deal. This, however, will never happen, because there are too many nuts who think they are getting a bargain, regardless of what said companies charge. So therefore the only thing that is left to do is simply grin and bear it or leave the country. A Daily Reader. . Baltimore, Dec. 13. r

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