El Paso Herald from El Paso, Texas on February 28, 1912 · Page 6
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El Paso, Texas
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AN INDEPENDENT DAILY NEWSPAPER DEDICATED TO THE SERVICE OF THE PEOPLE, THAT NO GOOD CAUSE SHALL LACK A CHAMPION, AND THAT EVIL SHALL NOT THRIVE UNOPPOSED. H. D. Slater, Editor-In-Chief and controling owner, has directed The Herald for 14 years; G. A Martin is News Editor. EL PASO HERALD EDITORIAL AND MAGAZINE PAGE Wed., February Twenty-Eighth, 1912. THIRTY-FIRST YEAR OF PUBLICATION superior exclusive features and complete news report by Associated Press leased Wire and 20U Special Correspondents covering1 Arizona, isew Mexico, west Texas, Mexico, Washington, I), C., and New xork. MiDlished by Herald News Co., Inc.; H. D. Slater (owner of 55 percent/ r resident; J. C. Wllmarth (owner or 20 percent) Manager; the remaining percent is owned among 13 stockholders who are as follows: ±i. B. Stevens, J. A- Smith, J. J. Mundy, Waters Davis, H. .A Arue, McGlennon estate, W, JV. Payne, K. C. Canby G. A. Martin, 1? elix Martinez, A. U Sharpe, and John Jt\ Kamsey. O UT OF IT ALL will come a great revival of good feeling and good fellowship. Prevailing sentiment in El Paso and Juarez today, among all classes of both nationalities, is like that of two sworn friends who have got into a tight place together, have faced dire peril together, have stuck together in the face of imminent and common danger, and have come safely out into the sunshine. Such experiences weld friendships, sharpen the sympathies, promote better understanding. Self control was the most potent element in averting a more serious crisis. Next to that, was the knowledge possessed equally by all concerned, that this time the army of the United States was under orders to protect life and property from wanton or careless aggression, and that the army meant business in case circumstances should require quick, positive, and determined action. It all went to promote, and to conserve, that mutual respect which is the first and most important element in true friendship, the essential basis of genuine regard, one for Janother. Today we are better friends than ever, because we know each other better £nd respect each other more. It was a severe test of moral force and good faith, and the twin cities have passed through the trial with honor; the result makes for permanent peace and tranquillity. All praise is due, and is most cheerfully accorded, to the invaders for the iine discipline and complete restraint they exercised. Not one single case of lawlessness, of looting or aggression, of violation of personal or property rights *>f foreigners or noncombatants, was reported, to mar the admirable record of good order. The episode must have impressed upon our Mexican neighbors most deeply the great fact that the United States has not the slightest desire in the world to interfere with Mexico’s domestic affairs or take any part whatever in her political quarrels. El Paso’s desire, and the duty and intention of the United States government, were and are limited to one thing only: the protection of life and property of foreigners. This being safeguarded by the Mexicans themselves through the intelligence and self restraint of both parties to Mexico’s lamentable domestic dispute, the interest of Americans in the outcome of the affair was that of friendly spectators only, and, so far as Americans were concerned, the international boundary was respected as sacredly and as completely as if the two countries had been separated by an ocean 3000 miles wide. The demonstration was most valuable as proving the absolute good faith of the declarations of the United States regarding neutrality. If other bands of rebels and revolutionists in Mexico shall follow the precedent set by Gen. Salazar’s men, and as scrupulously respect the rights of foreigners as did he and the men under his command, there wall never be any occasion for the mediation of the United States or any other power, and Mexico will be left absolutely free to work out her own destiny. and diametrically reversed. The result of the change we have just seen for ourselves. All the dispatches from Washington during the past week or ten days have brought out the exact nature of the policy adopted to guide the government! through this great crisis which has just been successfully passed; the dispatches, quoting war department and cabinet officials, repeatedly used the term “neutral strip,” and the Washington officials were careful to explain exactly the basis of this decision and to justify their determination to enforce a “neutral strip” be>* tween El Paso and Juarez for the protection of American lives and property on this side—exactly as outlined by the El Paso Herald a year ago. In spite of all denials and statements to the contrary, the El Paso Herald has positive and personal knowledge of the fact that the United States forces on this border had orders, first, to give warning, but then, in case it was disregarded, to cross the river, enter Juarez, and take possession for the purpose of temporarily policing, and of protecting the lives of El Pasoans who might be placed under fire should a conflict of arms in Juarez result in shooting toward the American side. The Herald knows this is true, and vouches for the accuracy of the statement. The American forces were thus, in effect, ordered to enforce a “neutral strip,” and the fact that they were not called upon to step one inch ovei the boundary line was due solely to the fact that there was no fighting in Juarez, and that, as both sides to Mexico’s domestic conflict knew positively the nature of the orders under which the American forces were acting, neither party cared to assume the responsibility of any act which would bring about the armed mediation, for police purposes, of the United States. The reasonable policy first outlined by the El Paso Herald a year ago, three w^eks before the great battle of Juarez, and now on this occasion (a year latex) «mbrac!ed and successfully enforced by the United States government, has thus been fully vindicated, to the great gain, security, and welfare of all parties concerned on both sides of the international boundary. Let us hope that this will constitute a permanent and accepted precedent for all time to come; let us hope that the occasion will never arise for its enforcement again; but let us hope that if such occasion should aride, the Washington government will be as wise and as forceful next time as it was this week when the peace of two cities*, and perhaps of two republics, was placed in jeopardy by the im- l minence of battle close to the boundary line. U NCLE WALT’S Denatured Poem I HEAH the down - and- outers’ syron, a wierd and sad refrain; they come to me to pull my lmib, and do not come in vain. Some come with large hang-over jags ¡and eyes that show despair; and while I’ve roubles in my rags, the “outs” will have a share. I do not care what use they ma.ke of kxapecks I dispraise; let t-hem go in for pie or cake or jugs of old stone fence, I iia-te the man who cannot give unless he jaws a few, instructing “outers” how to live the life that’s grand and true. The down-and-outers throng the wavs, and yearn for half a ibone, and some have struck on evil days through no fault of their own; and some who plod the weary track were born and reared in sin; and some are there because tihey lack the things that make men win. And while the worlds through space careen, through all the coming years, the down-and-outers will be seen in this old vale of tetars; they ajv a part of the parade, they figure in the garoe; so give the down-and-outers aid, and then forget the same. THIRTEEN MONTHS OF FOUR WEEKS EACH MAY BE ADOPTED AS THE NEW CALENDAR Calendar Revision Congress In Geneva Will Try to Make a New and Better Time System. BY FREDERIC J. HASKIN w DOWN AND.OUT Copyright, 1912, by George Matthews Adams E VENTS of the last few days have completely and emphatically vindicated the El Paso Herald’s interpretation of the obligations of neutrality, and The Herald’s proposal last year (three weeks before the attack on Juarez by the Maderistas) that a “neutral strip” be proclaimed and enforced for the protection of El Pasoans. A determined policy controled the action of the Washington government this time; had the same determined policy been enforced last May, not only would the outrageous bombardment of El Paso (causing the loss of five lives and the wounding of 18 Americans in El Paso) have been avoided, but Mexico also might have been spared much sacrifice of life. On April 18 last year, three weeks before the battle of Juarez, The Herald printed an editorial entitled “A Five-Mile Neutral Strip.” Discussing the episode at Douglas, Ariz., The Herald said in part: “This illustrates the danger confronting the American border cities, and emphasizes the duty of the United States to take some action to protect the lives of its citizens engaged in peaceful pursuits upon their own premises. There is something wrong when Americans under their own home roofs must be subjected to the deadlv rain of bullets from a foreign country with never a hand of government raised to protect them. To confess failure to protect American citizens in their homes and places of business half a mile or more from the border is hardly creditable to the government at Washington. "A ‘respect for neutrality’ that tolerates the killing and wounding of peaceable Americans, women and children, on the American side of the boundary is coming dangerously near being ridiculous and contemptible. What has become of ‘neutrality’ on the south side of the line? Is no respect for American territory and American citizens to be enforced among our neighbors? What are Americans in Texas and Arizona to do? Move? Abandon their homes and business? ‘‘It is high time the Washington government were serving notice to both sides in this bitter conflict, to do their fighting south of a five-mile neutral strip or take the consequences of American policing. Bullets respect distance, but no other guaranty of neutrality, and the ordinary channels of diplomatic Intercourse are too slow. Let it be a matter of minutes to get a reply and a guaranty—not of days and weeks. To hesitate is not to show friendliness, but ignorance and indecision. A friendly government cannot take offence at a reasonable and humane precaution such as here proposed. Neglect it, and much more serious consequences may ensue/’ That was written three weeks before the battle of Juarez. The American government waited a year, and then adopted exactly the policy outlined by the El Paso Herald on April 18, 1911. It happened that on the very same day that the El Paso Herald published its editorial advocating the enforcing of a “neutral strip” (April 18, 1911) president Taft was telegraphing to governor Sloan of Arizona as follows: “I cannot order the troops to cross the border, but I must ask you to direct the people of Douglas to place themselves where bullets cannot reach them, and thus avoid casualty. Injury to Americans on our side of the border can be avoided by a temporary inconvenience.” Commenting after the battle of Juarez on this extraordinary and indefensible policy, the El Paso Herald said editorially, in part: “Outrageous as against citizens of our country, placing Americans in Mexico In danger of wanton insult, personal injury, or death, their property In danger of destruction; bringing humiliation to loyal citizens on this side of the line—the attitude of the American national administration with reference to the protection of American rights in Mexico and along the border is shameful, disgraceful to the last degree, and deserving of open and unreserved censure. “If the military officers in charge of the border patrol had been left free, as they should have been, to deal with this question of vital and Immediate importance to American life and American rights, when it arose, without foolish and disastrous interference from the Washington government, there would have been no intervention and no need for it, there would have been no violation of the neutrality laws, there would have been no interference with the rights of the Mexicans to kill each other, but neither would there have been this fearful toll of dead and wounded, this terrible degradation of our national prestige in Mexico, all due to the mistaken policy of the Washington government, its flabbiness when the situation demanded "the maximum firmness. “In this discussion on our part, there is not one thought of antagonism directed against Mexico or the Mexicans. The people of El Paso and the people of Juarez will forever keep the peace. But this mistaken policy at Washington gives the lower classes in Mexico an excuse for mistreatment of Americans, destruction of American property, and violation of Americans’ rights in the republic. Intelligent men in Mexico do not misconstrue American blunders or seek to take advantage of them. But it is a grossly mistaken idea that the United States can gain friendship in Mexico or in any other country, especially in any latin-American country, by practicing a weak, flabbv, inconclusive, and vacilating policy. “Firmness in the right is the part of wisdom always, it is the part of peace and friendship and respect always. First, be right—then, be firm. It is a principle that is unassailable. In its relations of late years with Mexico, the United States has not always been right; but it has never been firm. As a result, American diplomacy is the sport of Mexican statesmen; American protesta* tions of friendship, though really sincere, are treated with contemptuous cynicism; American life and property are rendered unsafe through the excesses of ignorant persons who consider themselves quite secure from punishment; and Americaas are placed on the defensive, and forced to play the role of chronio apologists, which Is never graceful or calculated to build up the only friendship that Is worth while—the kind that is based on mutual respect “The people of the loyal border cities, who obey the law, keep the peace, and live on terms of genuine friendship with their neighbors across the line, are not in the least disposed to conceal their disapprobation of a course that is impossible to justify and that is sure to bring evil in its train.” But—following the vigorous protests of the El Paso Herald, which were quoted fully and with approval in congressman W. R. Smith’s powerful and result' getting speech on Mexican border claims in the house of representatives, and which were distributed throughout Washington and over the country, among members of the cabinet, senators, congressmen, newspapers, the governor of Texas and other state officials and public men where the information would do the most good— there came a change over the spirit of the Washington government. The mistaken and dangerous policy of the president and the state department was completely THE END OF DANCING The Herald’s Daily Short Story By Marcel Prevosf. T HE old dancing master shook his head. “Of course, of course, * he said, “they will always want arms and legs to move rhythmically before the audience, and composers will continue writing music for these movements. But you know very well, sir, that the ballerina and the ballet do not hold the position they did in former times. In those dayc the advent of a famous ballerina to' a city like Paris was an event at least as important as a visit of a foreign sovereign. The ballerina war, the suprlme incarnation of feminine grace and her smile was studied and imitated by the lips and eyes of tr.ousands ot other women. Her body showed the perfection of forms and attitudes. She was the embodiment of the most marvelous of all arts, the plastic art par excellence, an art worthy of Prometheus himself. “I am speaking seriously, sir. There is no nobler art than the dance, because its material is the beauty of women. There is no more stirring or touching art. The ballerina, according to my idea, has something of the priestess about her. This Is no paradox, because all religions have their sacred dances. The ballerina showed the audience the example and the law of a lational cult of feminine beauty. ‘It was only right that she should rank above the actress or the singer. She meant more. Her presence intoxicated the audience. All eyes longed to see her, all hearts beat for her only. The young student wrote his first love poems to her. The old diplomat deployed more skill to conquer her than lie would use to disarm the mikado. Financiers became famous if the ballerina fa1 ored them. And remember, sir, that most of these charming girls were chaste. They consented to adorn the i'fe of some important or famous personage, but without sacrificing any of hor charms which were necessary for her art. For this art is the most exaotjng of all. and the daily practice of the pianist is a mere pleasure compared to the long hours of tiresome gymnastic exercise which a ballerina must go through every day in order to keep her body supple. “All these things made the ballerina an exceptional, almost divine, and always adorable, being. Her name was often an Italian one, though sometimes French or German, but it always stood for the most exquisite delight of the eyes, the homage of the crowd and the princes alike to womanly grace and beauty. “This is what dance was in the past. Today—alas, today even •the most determined optimist will understand why he cannot help feeling anxious and discouraged. “I do not say anything to detract from the merits of our present ballerinas. If they are as great as those of the past, the case is even more serious, for there is no doubt that nobody cares much for them. Ask almost any well educated and cultured person if he knows the names of the famous ASHINGTON, D. C., Feb. 28.— The prospective calendar revision of the civilized nations to be held at Geneva, Switzerland, next summer, coupled with the fact that this is a leap year and that the intercalary day will come on next Tnurs- day, makes the movement for the revision of the calendar of unusual 'nter- est at this time. It is generally agreed by thinking men of all nationalities that there is much room for ,imPry^e‘ ment in our system of reckoning time. While the calendar reforms of Julius Caesar and Pipe Gregory have served their times well, it is believed in scientific circles that there is no longer an> excuse for the continuation of the ca endar as it exists today. The one principal difficulty that has been encountered throughout the centuries since Julius Caesar lent the force of Rome to a revision of the system of time reckoning, has been the ract that this wilful old globe of ours refuses to make its journey around ti e sun in an even number of days If Jt could be speeded up just a little Dit so that it could finish its journey in exactly 364 days, the calendar matters would have no problem at all, since that would be exactly 52 weeks. Under those circumstances any given date In the year would always fall on tne same day of the week. This would leave no occasion for adjustment through the addition of leap years. Again, if it could be made to quicken its pace so as to complete its journey around the sun five hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds sooner than it now does, the entire problem of the leap year might be eliminated. Seeking; a Substitute Many methods of reckoning time have been proposed as a substitute for the present system. Of course without exception they recognize the length of the vear as the basic principle. Some ; dar of them would record Christmas day 1 and February 29 as “no day” or dies non in the calendar. These two days would not stand as days of the week at all. This would in no way interfere with the Gregorian system of calculating leap year periods. It would simplv permit all days in the year to fall on the same day of the week. Others go a little farther Into the matter. Since it is found that under our present system the four quarters of the year are not of equal length, it is proposed that the length of the months shall be somewhat changed. At present the first quarter consists of 90 days, the second quarter of 91 days and the third and fourth quarters of 92 days each. It is proposed so to revamp the number of days In each month that they shall each have 30 days, except March, June, September and December. In this proposition for revision New Tear’s day and “Leap day” would occur, New Year’s day as at present, and “Leap day’’ between the end of June and the beginning of July. This proposition for the simplification of the calendar was made in 1907, by Alexander Phillip of London. Would Make Year 13 Months. Still others would go farther than this. They would divide the year into 33 months, each month consisting of exactly four weeks. They would place the new month in midsummer and call it “Sol." in honor of the sun. They would make Christmas a “no day” in the calendar, and would dispose of February 29 in the same way, calling it “Leap day’’ or some similar term. This proposition has been championed for many years by M. B. Cotsworth, of York,» England. Mr. Cotsworth has proposed that the new calendar shall go into effect on January 1, 1916. In that year Christmas will fall on Monday. He suggests that this would always permit Christmas eve to fall on Sunday, and that that day could be used as the world’s universal peace day. He feels that no other year could be more fittingly set aside, since 1916 represents the centennial of a large number of events of great historical interest. He points out that in 1816 the congress of Vienna, which finally only recently the national board of trade, in its annual convention in the city of Washington, lent the weight of its endorsement to the movement. Those who are back of the effort to revise the calendar assert that such revision would remove all difficulty and confusion in remembering dates, make the months conformable with the period of the school month and nearly conformable with the motions of the moon, and would fix all movable dates. The fourth of March and election day would always occur on the same day of the month and week; all of the church festivals would be fixed. It has been proposed that the Catholic church should take the initiative in proclaiming the new calendar, just as it did when Pope Gregory took similar action centuries ago It is also suggested that the movement should be endorsed by the next world’s congress of religions. Would Simplify Matters. While it is apparent that as a proposition standling alone, a calendar different from that now in use would very much simplify the reckoning of time, on the other hand, there are those who urge that to use the proposed systems in which 13 months are provided and thus be forced to calculate the time elapsing between a given date under the existing system and one under the proposed system, would involve practically as much difficulty as is involved in the use of the present calendar. For instance, suppose a child should want to ascertain how much time had passed between the fifth ot July, 1911, and the 17th of Sol, 191S, it will appear that he would be up against as great a ‘difficulty as to count the number of days between the 5th of Ji>ly, 1911, and the 20th of August, 1918. The same difficulties that have prevented the general adoption of the metric system of weights and measures militate against the general adoption of the revision of the calen« AMart*n LETTERS TO THE HERALD (All communications must Dear the signature of the writer, but the name will not be published where such a request is made.) dancers in Europe, or even in Paris, and he will not be able to find two names in his memory. The recent reception given Elonore Duse here made my heart bleed, for she was received as the famous ballerinas used to be in olden times. Alas! Nowadays the actresses are the queens of the stage. Then come the singers, even if they j even sing in the music halls. The ballerinas lag far behind. People have forgotten us.” * * » The old dancing master was silent for several moments. “To what do you ascribe this decadence of the ballet?” I asked. “There are artistic reasons and political reasons,” he replied. “Yes, political reasons. The dance is an art which thrives at the courts, if these 1 settled the political affairs of Europe courts are sufficiently ruled by eti- ! and so prepared the way for interna- quet. There are still many courts in tional friendship and intercourse, was Europe, but they are nearly all be- 1 held. During that year George Steven- coming too democratic, with the sole . son was la>'inK the foundations for his exception of those of Vienna and St construction of the railway locomotive; Petersburg Iron ships were first invented and , ' _ , * . . steam was being applied to navigation; hanks to their strict etiquet, the , the first savings banks in England and urts of \ ienna and St. Petersburg the United States were established; WORTH WORKING FOR. Soldiers’ Home, Cal., Feb. 25, 1912. Editor El Paso Herald: Herewith is an open letter to the chambers of commerce of El Paso and Las Cruces, N. M.: Gentlemen: I note in the National Tribune, a soldiers’ paper, that comrade D. TV. Wood, of Alamogordo, N. M., is now located temporarilv at 1022 Ninth street, Washington, D. C., in the interests of a national home for disabled volunteer soldiers at Alamogordo. It is becoming- universally conceded that a soldiers’ home Is demanded in the Rocky mountains. The Pacific branch is crowded to the limit and also the Leavenworth branch, while all the other branches have plenty of room. The Tennessee home has never been filled because the “boys” will not go down there and stay. The only question now Is whether this branch will be built at Alamogordo, at Las Veyas or some point in Colorado or be built In the 10 mile gap between the Organ and Franklin mountains, where the government has reserved section 24, temporarily, for that purpose. And it rests with the chambers of commerce of Las Cruces and El Paso whether they will sleep on and allow this institution to go from them, as i it will not go to any place where it is 1 not wanted. Constant reader, Bunker Hill, Ind.— Th’ McNamara boys do not smoke cigarettes. Ther wuz a vaudeville show at Melodeon Hall last night an’ th’ business wuz so bad th’ magician used turnips instead o’ eggs. Get a Transfer If you are on the Gloomy Line, , Get a transfer. If you’re inclined to fret and pine, Get a transfer. Get off the track of Doubt and Gloom. Get on the Sunshine Train, there s room. Get a transfer. If you are on tho Worry Train, Get a transfer. You must not stay there and complain. Get a transfer. The Cheerful Cars are passing through. And there is lots of room for you. Get a transfer. If you are on the Grouchy Track, Get a transfer. Just take a happy special back, Get a transfer. Jump on the train and pull the rope That lands you at the station, Hope, Get a transfer. —The Booster. 14 Years Ago To- From The Herald Of fi««» This Date 1898 ««T It was field day yesterday at Fort Bliss. The Fort Bliss Dancing club is arranging for a bal on St. Patrick’s day. Judge Harper Is en route home by way of Galveston from his Austin trip. A car of tourists arrived this morning over the T. & P. and went on west over the S. P. » There will be no practice tomorrow of the McGinty band because of the fiesta across the river. General land agent Frost, of the Santa Fe, and party went north today in president Ripley's car, after a trip to the Mexican capital. Three big ten wheelers hauled the excursion train west last night. Had smaller engines been used b ! x instead of three would hare been necessary. Foreman John Hood, of the El Paso Dairy company, has received word of I have given much of my time in the I the death his father from heart dls- last few years in the interests of this I eavs® on th,e. train east. of Houston, com have kept alive the cult of dancing. To see the real ballet you must go to one of these two cities, preferably Vienna. Then you will understand stereotyped plates were Invented; the foundations of the German empire were laid; the United States of America became an international power as a re- what the ballet used to be. Both of suit of the events of that year. These these courts are truly aristocratic. > and other epoch making happenings of How can you expect our democratic I 1816, according to Mr. Cotsworth, make crowds to understand the complicated 11 fitting that the centennial of that rules of the ancient ballet? What they >ear should be the date when the new want is licentious and indecent shows calendar should go into effect, and dances. You only need to read j Another class of calendar revisers the press notices which modern Im- i locality and, unless my efforts are seconded, and that promptly, I shall certainly be compelled to turn to the north of New Mexico or in Colorado, where such a home is wanted. I intend to return to Las Cruces and El Paso in a few days and then visit my children on the Pecos, and trust that some f^Pre1ssion wlu be &Iven at once on thlg important subject. , Eli Newsom. Commander of Phil Sheridan Post. No. ^ _^ePt- N. M., G. A. R.. and Member of Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce. ❖ t <♦ ♦> ••• ♦** presarlos write to attract the crowd to their shows. They let no opportunity slip by to accentuate how risky their dances are, and in doing so they prove first that they know nothing about art and second that they are bad shepherds for their ballerinas. For all truly artistic dancing is chaste, sir, and deprived of its chastity, the dance loses all its nobility and beauty. Tt is not its purpose to make an exhibition of beautiful women in more or less risky poses. Its object is to add to the beauty of the music the expression of feminine grace. The most perfect instrument of beauty takes her part in the symphony, that is all. “That is why the artists of old dressed the ballerina in a costume so strange that it, so to speak, deprived her of all reality. Tt was reajly no longer a woman who danced before your eyes, it was a kind of supernatural butterfly, or a great reversed flower. Today they endeavor to abolish this time-honored ballet costume. Under the pretext of wanting to be realistic, they make the ballerina wear any kind of costume, even when it is evident that it is incompatible with the gracefulness and freedom of her art, and often so indecent that the police have to interfere. > ‘‘But the day when tne old sarce- dotal costume of the ballerina is relegated to the museums, the end of the art of dancing itself has come.” Thus spoke sadlv the old dancing master. One-Sentence Philosophy QUAKER MEDITATIONS, (Philadelphia Record.) thr,hee3r«OUci?ce.resa°e8n't a‘Ways — - orK'S up'’" “US * d-n It doesn’t take a high (lyer to build castles in the air. It is quite possible to crack a ioke without damaging it. It isn’t always the forward child that comes out ahead. An excuse is merely something- you can’t think of when you want It'' Willie—“Mamma, may I have a of candy?” Willie’s Mamma—“Bu‘t j juSt gave you a piece.” Willie—‘*1 know, but that one slipped down whole wlien r wasn’t looking.” e nfm 1 HUMOR OF THE DAY. V hat makes you think the baby ia going to be a great politician?” asked the young mother, anxiously. tell you,” answered the young father, confidently; “he can say more things that sound well and mean nothing at all than any kid I ever saw.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Did that aviator friend of yours have a successful season?” “Very. He more than made enough to pay ¿ill his hospital expenses.’’- Detroit Fret* Press. Not up to date—The schoolmaster—Now how was it that this great discovery made by Columbus was not fully appreciated until inanj years after his death? The up to date scholar Because he didn't advertise, sir. The Sketch. would go still farther. They would make the ordinary year consist of 364 days, made up of 13 months of four weeks each. They would add a week at the end of every fifth or sixth year, according to the number of common and leap years occurring within the cycle. Tills fifth or sixth year would consist of 371 days. Rev. L. J. Heatwole, of Virginia, proposes this method as a solution of the problem. It Is a modification of the method proposed In 1905 by George M. Searle, In The Catholic World He proposed that the year should consist of 364 days, with an intercalary week in every year dlvisble by five, with the omission of this week in mid­ century years and once every 400 years in addition thereto. This woOld permit the equinox to vary three and one half days instead of one half day as at present. >I»ny Favor the Plan. It seems that the general tendency of thought among those who are urging a revision of the calendar is favorable to a 13 month year, of four weeks each. However, there are some who would practically make a 14month year. Their proposal is to have 12 ordinary months and two half months, one half montli coming in mid summer and the other half month In midwinter. Still another proposition Is that the number of months should remain the same as at present, each month to be 28 days long, and an additional week, not belonging to any of the months, to be added at the close of each quarter, and to be known as “close week.’ To this Idea would be added the elimination from the calendar of Christmas day and New Year’s day as days of the week. They would be set apart as “no days,” Christmas day In every year, and New Year’s day in those years when leap year occurs. In this idea of a. “close week” at the end of each quarter, it is pronosed to give each of these four weeks a special name. One of them would be called, “Julian week,” and another “Gregorian week" In honor of the two great reformers of the calendar. l*nder this system one mie'ht write: “Julian week, 6th, 1916.” Various names have been proposed for the thirteenth month, advocated by those who would make each month consist of 28 days One has suggested the name “Evember,” this month to come between August and September. Another has suggested “Sol.” to come between June and Julv. Still others have suggested "Hum,1” “Tredeclum,’* “.Mid,” “Quaset,” and “New Month.” The movement to revise the calendar has found support among scientific men as well as among many business organizations during the past quarter of a century. A j?r**at many astronomers have endorsed the proposition, and ❖ ❖ * MAN FALI.S FROM TRAIN A AT BIG SPRINGS; KILLED *> Big Spring. Texas, Feb. 28.— *> A. T. Cheguard, a Frenchman •> and a stranger here, fell from a ♦> moving train in the T. * P •> yards today and was killed. * •t* 5» ♦> •> •> *j* .♦* while traveling eastward. Dan Anthony, tinner for Tanner j Bros., while at work this morning on the inside of a large water tank on the Sanford place, became overcome by fumes. It took some time for the effects to wear off. The Y. M. C. A. Literary club held its ranging for a ball on St. Patrick’s day. last night. The debate was: “Resolved, That should the investigation now go- inp on relative to the Maine disaster prove that the Maine was blown up by the Spaniards, the United States should declare war immediately.” The affirmatives won the debate. Engine 47, of the Santa Fe, has been fixed uo for the use of the White Oaks and will be delivered tomorrow. This, the third engine, has been much needed. There were 150 cars of material last night in the G. H. and White Oaks yards, ready for hauling up the hill. Tt will take two more dayg to clean up this accumulation. The new' engines cannot get here before the middle of the month. Vest VocKet Essays FEET Author By George Fitch of "At dood Old SlfTash.” EET are the terminals of 'the human mankind. They are not only painful, but have a sad effect upon the brain. If it had not been for a national attack of cold feet, which swept over this country more than half a century ago, the northern boundaries of the I nited states won Id now extend almost to Hudson’s bav. Feet come in sizes varving from Xo. 1 on a double A fast, to ?so. 19, standard gage. Small feet are generallv preferred. JP system, and muse about as much trouble to their owners, as any other kind o-f transportation terminate. Feet were made by turning up the lower end of the human frame, thus enabling man to stand without a prop after he has discovered the knaok. Ibev consist of a heel, an instep and five toes, most of _ whioh are perpetually ins-urging against the administration. A foot is harder to keep happy and contented with its surrounding's than a. irirl who has iust returned tiom college, full of higher édu­ cation. Moreover, very few toes get along well together. I hey have no esprit de corps so to speak. There is continual friction ¡«’tween them, and this leads to so much i/iitl tooling' <inil so inunv soto npobs, th&t many a tortured proprietor of ten 'bellig- eient toes has looked with .sad envv on a wooden-legged friend. Until some international court of arbitration is formed to settle the claims of rival toes, which insist on oeopuvmg the same place at the same time, man cannot hope for complete peace and happiness 1-e.ot «r« wiT miritn,. wldom aptx-ar- ing in publK. They live in «hoe., boots .■ lhis. is «ne of fie srreat juices <>t indignation among feet. The IÎ îc 11*]! ,V i |U &peii (1 three < hi vs in ¡having his shoulders fitted nerfectlv to a new coat will leave the job of fitting his feet with shot-' to a machine in Lynn, \\ hi eh has never seen <thonn and has no interest m them whatever. I ntil the invention of the bicvcle, the , automobile, the street car, and the eleva- \ though thev are not so useful. In ( hina i, eet were used extensively for walk- j they are so greatly esteemed, that Ohi- nesè women wear their corset* on their feet. There has been much unprofitable dis ussion as to where the largest feet, (Mil be found, but it can be safely said„ that as a rule, they Indong to the most truthful women. (Copyright, 1912 !"• C,o.r*nare Mathew Ada me.) mg. Nt. however, they are more or le su pei ¡ luons. A great many men leave them on their desks «11 dav and on tin* mantel pie,*e most of the evening. * wing to their great distance from the central heating station, it is very difficult to keep feet properly heated in cold weather, t rigid feet are one of the curses

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