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The holiday season is an appropriate time for retelling the story of John Wesley and the close-tisted steward. “Make all you can,” cried Wesley in one of his outdoor “Amen!” exclaimed the thrifty steward. “In the second place," said Wesley, “save all you can." Again an enthusiastic “ Amen!" “ And in the third place," said the exhorter, " I say, give all you can. Give all you can to every worthy cause.” “ There now," wailed the dis. appointed steward, “he's gone and spoilt it all !" This is perhaps the best time of the year to “spoil” one's saving propensities for the sake of helping some good cause or adding joy to the lot of some unfortunate.
The Berkeley (California) high school Greek Club has started a bi-weekly paper in the Greek language. The first issue consists of four pages with an insert-the latter being the menu, in Greek, used at a banquet given by the Club in celebration of the new achievement. This periodical is said to be the only Greek paper published in the United States by a high school. It was printed from type purchased by the Greek Club, on a press owned by the school.
What is a “borse power"? Has it rela. tion to the pulling power of a horse? A contemporary answers the question thus: “If a horse walks two miles per hour and hauls a load which requires 131 pounds pull to haul it, the horse will be developing one horse power. It is also sometimes figured that a horse will pull about 1-10 of his own weight. In actual work, a horse would be working too hard to develop one horse power for ten hours a day. ... It must be remembered that many horses can develop as high as five or six horse power for short periods of time."
The eight-hour day seems to be pretty well established in New York City for the domestic helpers known as “day workers;" they come at 8 A.M. and leave at 5 in the afternoon, with an hour for lunch. This advertisement seems to foreshadow a still shorter day:
JAPANESE, expert cook, butler, useful, five hours' work daily; wages $20; willing, capable, experienced; excellent English; reference. Address Shimi, etc., etc.
The tragedy of Lincoln's assassination was brought to the minds of multitudes by the announcement of the death on December 5 of Colonel William Withers, leader of the orchestra in Ford's Theater in Washington the night the President was shot. Colonel Withers was stabbed by the assassin as the latter was making his escape. Colonel Withers gave the police the details of the tragedy and named Booth as the culprit.
"Collier's " publishes an amusing cartoon showing a brewer, a saloon-keeper, and a bartender weeping as a figure labeled Michigan”
leaves the saloon door to look at the rising sun of “ Prohibition." The caption, parodying Tennyson's familiar lines, reads: “ You bet there'll be some moaning at the bar when I put out to see !" "Collier's " says that“ Michigan' might just as well have been called Nebraska or South Dakota or Montana, for all four States went dry on November 7, but that the most significant thing about the situation is that cities such as Seattle and Denver also on that date said good-by to the saloon.
A woman who had lived through momentous periods of European history, the Dowager Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, died the other day at the advanced age of ninety
She was a granddaughter of George III of England. Born in 1819, she was married at twenty-four, and outlived both her husband and her son, who were successively Grand Dukes of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
The new Pennsylvania Railroad grain elevator at Baltimore, a subscriber writes, will outclass the one at Girard Point, Pennsylvania, mentioned on this page a few weeks ago. The Baltimore elevator can accommodate five vessels five hundred feet in length at one time. Dock spouts, each capable of spouting 40,000 bushels an hour into a ship, are located every sixty feet along the side of the pier. It is not claimed for this elevator that it is “the largest in the world," but merely that it is worthy of note even in a country distinguished for “ big things.”
According to an offical report, twelve hundred Indians from the Canadian reserves have enlisted for active service in the war. Indians at the front, it is said, have proved themselves excellent riflemen and possessed of great powers of endurance. Last year Indians contributed over $7,000 to war funds, and Indian women have been noteworthy contributors of knitted socks, mufflers, and other comforts for the soldiers.
A friend writes to The Outlook expressing his astonishment that another journal should publish an advertisement of a new kind of playing card having a peculiar mark on the back to tell the initiated what is on its face. To him this suggests the gambler's marked cards. The cards, however, it seems, are patented, and the patentee claims that they are perfectly fair, because the players all know that they are marked and try to outdo each other in reading the face from the back. Apropos of this, it may be remarked that a request to see these cards in one of the largest department stores of New York City resulted in the statement that “no playing cards of any kind are sold in this store.” The reason given was that the proprietor, whose name is a household word, has always regarded cards as dangerous playthings.
DECEMBER 27, 1916
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This number of The Outlook is the last in its present form. The issue of next week, to be dated January 3, 1917, will be the first to appear with the new type and in the new size.
PRESIDENT WILSON'S NOTES
This statement is as follows : TO THE NATIONS AT WAR
And yet the concrete objects for which it (the On December 21 President Wilson sent
war) is being waged have never been definitely what are in most respects identic notes to stated. The leaders of the several belligerents the Governments of all the Allies and the
have, as has been said, stated those objects in Central Powers. In these notes the Presi- general terms. But, stated in general terms, dent" is not proposing peace; he is not even they seem the same on both sides. offering mediation.” He sets forth the great The whole political, diplomatic, and military desirability of immediate peace in the interest history preceding the declaration of war and of the nations at war, of the neutral nations, during its course contradicts this statement. 6" lest the situation of neutral nations, now We must reserve final comment upon the exceedingly hard to endure, be rendered alto- President's action until our next issue. gether intolerable,” of the smaller and weaker peoples of the world, and of civilization itself. THE STORY OF THE WAR; Therefore the President suggests that all
A NEW FRENCH VICTORY AT VERDUN the nations al war make an avowal of their The extent of the new advance by General respective views as to the terms upon which Nivelle against the German positions before the war might be concluded. He does not Verdun is perhaps best shown by the official suggest the means to accomplish this, and announcement from Paris on December 18 that only in general terms offers to serve in the the total number of prisoners taken in the opcause or even to take the initiative if de- erations of December 15 amounted to 11,387. sirable.
So far as the ground taken in this attack is The President specifically declares that he concerned, the advance was not large measis “ somewhat embarrassed to offer it (the ured in miles or fractions of a mile, but it was suggestion] because it may now seem to have important because through it the French been prompted by a desire to play a part in gained possession of a hill near Louvemont connection with the recent overtures of the which enables their guns now to bear upon Central Powers." In fact, he had, he says, the peninsula made by the river Meuse, one long had it in mind. Nevertheless, the Presi- of the first sections to be abandoned by the dent would have done well to wait until the French and occupied by the Germans. formal reply of the Allies to Germany had been Thus General Nivelle, on the eve of his sent (it will be ready almost immediately), and relinquishing separate command of the French thereby have avoided creating the impression forces at Verdun in order to assume the that he was trying to forestall their demand, general command of all the French armies in voiced by Lloyd George, that the Central the Franco-Belgian field, makes what has been Powers should state plainly the chief terms called a “ parting gift to his army." which they would accept before a peace conference proposal could be considered. If OTHER WAR NEWS this is the spirit in which the President's notes Berlin continues to report advances of the Gerwere written, they will not further his desire man and Bulgarian forces in Rumania. They to have the United States act as mediator. pushed northward through the eastern part of
Whatever may be said of the motives or Rumania, and last week crossed the Buzeu general attitude of the President, from one River. The place chosen for a firm stand of the statement in the note we radically dissent. Russians has been fixed along the line of the
German submarine, Germany's defense is that, having once been stopped and allowed to go on its way, the Columbian sent out in every direction wireless warnings of the presence of a submarine; this, it is claimed, was a hostile act, and justified the recapture of the vessel and its sinking, after the crew had been put in boats.
Sereth River and that the battered Rumanian forces have been passed along behind the Russian army and are recruiting their strength beyond the Sereth.
Athens reports that the Greek King has agreed to the demands of the Allies ; that most of the Greek army will be nioved so far south as to cease to be a danger to the Allies ; and that the treacherous attacks on British and French marines at Athens on December 1 will be made the subject of conference and probable reparation.
On the other hand-and this is a good illustration of the contradictory news which comes from Greece-it is stated that the King has issued an order to arrest Venizelos as a traitor. Such an order, if it really has been issued, is more an emanation of spite than anything else, as Venizelos is safely guarded by the Allies near the Salonika lines. A sentence in Lloyd George's great speech before the House of Commons on December 19 indicated that the new Prime Minister and his WarCouncil propose to take strenuous and drastic measures to deal with the Greek situation.
A statement from Dr. Zimmermann, the German Secretary for Foreign Affairs, asserts that at different times submarines belonging to the Allies have sunk without warning five German steamers, which he names. It is probable that the Governments of the Allies will reply to this accusation when the circumstances have been examined, and we tainly think they should do so. Meanwhile we have technical German defenses against charges of destroying merchant ships without regard to the rules of war, and in some cases without regard to the German promise to the United States. In one case, where a British ship captain tried to ram a German submarine and was taken prisoner, fear had been felt that he would be executed as was Captain Fryatt. Thereupon the German Government cannily reports that it has no such intentions, for the captain's ship had a gun on board and was therefore a cruiser, and therefore, again, had a right to fire on an enemy. This is a happy conclusion so far as the captain is concerned, but is simply another way of asserting that any ship carrying a gun may be treated as a man-of-war.
The Marina case still hangs fire ; if our Government has replied to German representations, no one knows what it has said ; Great Britain declares that the Marina was in no sense a transport. As to the sinking of the American steamship Columbian by a
THE CHIEF OF STAFF
We have already reported the views of the Chief of Staff, General Hugh L. Scott, upon the lesson of the mobilization of the militia upon the border. In a hearing before a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Military Affairs General Scott reiterated his views of the militia situation, and then proceeded to outline his views of what is necessary for the country in the way of military preparedness.
General Scott not only made an excellent plea for universal training, but also unconsciously provided an excellent argument for the establishment of a real Council of National Defense. The function of a real Council of National Defense differs greatly from the function of that Council created at the last session of Congress. A real Council of National Defense should be composed of representatives of Congress, the executive branch of the Government, the army and the navy, and leaders from civil life. It should be charged with determining the general outline of our National military policy, and presenting to Congress in authoritative form a balanced military policy based upon a carefully-thought-out consideration of sources and our needs.
We said that General Scott unconsciously supplied an excellent argument for the establishment of such a Council of National Defense by his recent remarks before the Senate Committee. At this hearing he attempted to estimate the size of the standing army required by a mathematical calculation of the forces which could be brought against this country, a calculation which ignored many of the considerations that a statesmanlike council would necessarily take into account. His estimate included a combination of the forces of Great Britaiir, Canada, and Japan, an estimate that trespasses not only upon the field of civil statesmanship. but upon common
A real Council of National Defense would have relieved him of the temptation to commit this trespass.
here what seems to us the fundamental principles which should guide our military legislation.
We want a Council of National Defense such as we have already described in our comment upon General Scott's remarks before the Senate Committee.
lle want a standing army large enough to do all our Federal police duty, to fulfill our obligations to protect Porto Rico, Hawaii, and the Philippines, to guard our borders from such immediate disorders as have been threatened in times of peace by Indian wars and now by Mexican anarchy, and to man the permanent defenses of our harbors.
We want a navy large enough to furnish reasonable protection from invasion, and to provide us with a means to fulfill our obligations toward our smaller neighbors and towards the support of international law.
We want universal training, not only as a means of providing our country with the only adequate and economic method of National defense, but also to provide our citizens with the discipline which comes from the recognition of a vital social obligation to the land in which they dwell.
GENERAL WOOD ON
If what General Scott had to say on the military side of universal training was good, what General Wood had to say was doubly
He indorsed all that General Scott wisely said as to the uneconomic, unreliable, inefficient, and extravagant nature of our present volunteer system, and then went on to describe the military and social advantages of the system which he desired to see substituted. General Wood advocated a system which provides for six months of intensive military training for boys when they reach the age of nineteen. This would be followed by thirty days of training at the age of twenty-one. The thirty days' training would be followed by enrollment in a “National Reserve "regiment, entailing liability to service until the age of twenty-nine. Under tliis system those most likely to be called into actual service would be between the ages of twenty-one and twenty-two, a period in which the average man has not yet acquired permanent family obligations. General Wood very wisely opposed payment for this service, saying that payment would destroy that feeling of National obligation which should be one of the chief objects of universal service. He said :
Universal service is the only really democratic system, and I believe it would be thoroughly popular if people could realize that the rich man and the poor man alike would have to share its burdens. I have found enthusiasm for it everywhere when I have made people understand that no one is to be allowed to buy his way out. The labor leader and the district leader in New York alike are responsive to the idea under those conditions.
General Wood continued by saying that he did not believe in a large standing army, as his scheme if worked out would eventually give the Nation a reserve army adequate to make the country secure against invasion. The standing army should be kept only for manning permanent garrisons. General Wood voiced his belief that universal training would serve better than anything now known to give
sense of nationality to our immigrant population. He said: I believe its effect in cutting down crime and improving the morality of the Nation would be startling. Our huge murder rate, now many times greater than that of Europe, would be divided by ten.''
Perhaps it may be worth while to restate
Patience, like some other virtues, in excess may become a fault. We wonder if the patience of the United States in dealing with Carranza has not begun to reach this stage.
For almost four months the people of this country, irrespective of party and oblivious to a remarkable degree of the usual excitement of a political campaign, have waited with praiseworthy patience for the outcome of the conferences between Mexican and American commissioners, meeting first at New London and later at Itlantic City. Twice the Commission adjourned, the first time with apparent likelihood of dissolution, the second time with apparently good prospects of an agreement being reached. On the latter occasion a proposition for Carranza's ratification or disapproval was carried to the First Chief by one of his commissioners. Carranza was asked to give his acceptance or approval not later than December 9. But when his reply did come, ten days after the appointed date, it was neither acceptance nor rejection, but another request " for more time.”
Carranza's request is based on his un
willingness to agree that hereafter the United provision, entirely contrary to the traditional
Meanwhile the Mexican-American Com- PROHIBITION NEWS
With the ordering home of 17,000 more efforts of the Anti-Saloon League and many National Guardsmen comes the announce- prominent citizens of Boston to turn the ment from the War Department that the capital of Massachusetts into the dry column. force on the border will be reduced to 75,000 On the list of those who signed the advermen and kept at that strength until there is tisements of the Massachusetts Anti-Saloon a definite clearing of Mexican skies.
League are to be found such names as Dr. Americans who have no material interest Charles W. Eliot, Bishop William Lawrence, in Mexico, as well as those whose sons and Major Henry Lee Higginson, the Rev. brothers are condemned to patrol the border, Paul Revere Frothingham, Mr. B. Preston may well begin to ask if our patience in wait- Clark, Mr. J. Randolph Coolidge, Jr., Dr. ing for Carranza to accept or reject the rec- Richard C. Cabot, Dean Edmund S. Rousmaommendations of his commissioners has not niere, Professor William Z. Ripley, Mr. Robbegun to be a fault.
ert A. Woods, and the Rev. Dr. Elwood
Worcester. THE LITERACY TEST AGAIN
The election was naturally a serious disapAn immigration bill substantially similar to pointment to those who hoped to make Boston the one which was vetoed by President Wil- dry, for the wet majority was much larger than son a year ago has again been approved by at the election a year ago. It was hoped that both houses of Congress. The literacy test, with the aid of Billy Sunday, who did so which President Wilson objected to in the much to turn Michigan into the dry column, old bill, is contained in the new one. In the dry forces might be victorious. That their time Presidents Taft and Cleveland the drys even hoped to carry the city of also vetoed bills containing similar provisions. Boston is perhaps significant of the change
With some exceptions, this test will exclude in the general attitude toward the prohibition - all aliens over sixteen years of age, physi- question. cally capable of reading, who cannot read the Meanwhile at Washington there is waging English language or some other language or a controversy over the Sheppard Bill, designed dialect, including Hebrew or Yiddish." One to make the District of Columbia dry. An important class of persons excepted from the amendment to the Sheppard Bill designed to necessity of meeting this test is that class of permit a referendum vote in the District of persons seeking admission to the United Columbia as to whether it shall go dry or not States to avoid religious persecution in the is, as we write on December 20, deadlocked country from which they have come. when in the Senate. Another amendment to this that “persecution involves a restriction or amendment, designed to permit women to denial to any class or sect of such alien of the vote on the liquor question if it is decided to means or opportunities of obtaining an edu- allow a referendum, passed the Senate by a cation sufficient to comply with the literacy vote of nearly four to one. The Sheppard test hereinbefore provided.” This clause in Bill has now been before the Senate for nearly quotation is an amendment to the former bill two weeks, to the exclusion of other business. and is an important addition.
It is being backed by the Anti-Saloon League The House voted for this bill by 308 to 87, and the prohibition forces of the country: and the Senate by 64 to 7. The support of It is generally supposed that the prohibithe measure thus seems more than strong tion sentiment is much stronger in the West enough to make it a law over the President's and South than in the East. Much evidence veto. Nevertheless he ought to veto the can be found, however, to prove that the sentiproposal for the literacy test is an un-American ment for prohibition is stronger in the East