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this issue of The Outlook
December 9, 1925
539 539 541
541 541 542 542
Cover : Barges at Low Tide-Lambeth Bridge,
London. Courtesy New York Public Library Contributors' Gallery Those Troublesome Prefixes A Perfectly Good Chance to Waste Time The Investigative Branch Washington Pauses for a Reply That Non-Partisan Miracle To Fight or Not to Fight Betwixt ourselves let us decide it
Cartoons of the Week
By LAWRENCE F. ABBOTT
Can There Be Another Duce ?.
552 Correspondence from the Land of
Fascism by ELBERT F. BALDWIN Will “Ma” Ferguson Be Impeached ? 554
By Robert M. FIELD Liquor and the British Home
By Ernest W. MANDEVILLE Doctor, Lawyer, Tutor—Thief .
Another Letter from Russia The Pneumatic Hegira
559 By C. P. Russell The Book Table :
Edited by EDMUND PEARSON
A Review by Ethel PARTON
Conducted by William L. STODDARD “Merchandising " Securities From Inquiring Readers
570 Tricks and Tracts
574 By Bill ADAMS
Published weekly by The Outlook Company, 120 East 16th Street, New York. Copyright, 1925, by The Outlook Company. By subscription $5.00 a year for the United States and Canada. Single copies 15 cents each. Foreign
subscription to countries in the postal Union, $6.56. HAROLD T. PULSIFER, President and Managing Editor ERNEST HAMLIN ABBOTT, Editor-in-Chief and Secretary NATHAN T. PULSIFER, Vice-President
ARTHUR E. CARPENTER, Advertising Manager
“Letters from the People”
ECONOMIC TRENDS IN THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY WE E last heard from Mr. C. Phillips
W Russell this spring, when he sent us some special correspondence from Europe regarding the Irish famine situation. Now he is back in this country
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR again, living in New York City. Mr. Russell is an experienced newspaper man, having been associated with the New York "Evening Post," the Philadelphia “Ledger,” and the London “Daily News.” He has contributed short stories to a number of American and English publications, many of which have been included in collections of “the best short stories of the year.”
OBERT FIELD, whose article “Will
Ma' Ferguson be Impeached?” appears in this issue, is a native of Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He is also the author of some correspondence to The Outlook at the time when Mrs. Ferguson was campaigning for the Governorship of her State. THE He writer of the letter from Russia, whose name must be kept secret,
Look at the editorial pages of the
of the newspapers. also wrote the letter which we published
Read the “Letters from the People.” Hear in our issue of October 28 under the title
what leading citizens say is the chief problem of of “The Crocodile.” That letter has
New York and Norfolk, Chicago and Covington, brought to us a most interesting communication from Catherine Breshkovsky,
Detroit and Des Moines. Better transportation the Little Grandmother of the Russian
—faster transportation—such is the cry from Revolution, which we shall soon publish.
everywhere. E RNEST W. MANDEVILLE's contribu
When it comes to moving masses——to carrytion is the first of three articles in which he gives his opinions of the liquor
ing whole cities to and from their work—electric situation in England. Mr. Mandeville
vehicles — trains, elevateds, street cars—stand will be remembered as the author of a
preeminent. series of articles on prohibition in the United States which appeared in The
The growth in the number of street car riders Outlook a few months ago.
during recent years proves the truth of this state
ment. 1923 was the banner year for new autoThose Troublesome Prefixes
mobile registrations in this country. Yet, in that I HAVE read with great interest your
same year, the street cars carried more people review of Senator Lodge's book on
than ever before in the history of the country. “The Senate and the League of Nations."
In 1924 they hauled within one per cent of the Evidently your reviewer is laboring under the delusion that Mr. Wilson's incor
record figure of 1923. rect allusion was an “illusion.” Or is he quoting the Senator? In either case this,
WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC & MANUFACTURING COMPANY like the other, would seem to be “a blun
EAST PITTSBURGH, PA. der ... which not only would be impossible to a scholar but, one would think, impossible to an educated man”!
It's a splendid number, though, in spite of the woes of the unfortunate George.
DAVID E. ADAMS. Ware, Massachusetts.
[We are the culprits and must exonerate Senator Lodge. The misprint of "illusion” for "allusion" passed unnoticed
Westinghouse electrified, among others, the New under several pairs of eyes. In spite of
Haven Railroad, the Long Island Railroad, the Pennthis joint responsibility for the error,
sylvania Railroad; and helped electrify the New York
elevated and subway. Westinghouse equipment is found there was no collusion.—THE EDITORS.)
on countless street railway and interurban systems.
December 9, 1925
A Perfectly Good Chance
usually relied upon to recommend the the Shipping Board. Conditions are not to Waste Time
change after it has investigated. The as they should be. But, again, the least THE ingenuity of members of Con
President may, and usually does, make investigation that would bring the needed gress must fall much lower than further investigation after the Commis- legislation would be the best. it has yet fallen before they are
sion has made its recommendations. There is talk of a probe into the antiunable to find a way of wasting the time Prompt action has not often resulted. trust investigations of the Department of of session to the detriment of legisla- Senator Lenroot complains that an in
Senator Lenroot complains that an in- Justice. This looks to be an investigative achievement. Last session the im
vestigation which he was instrumental in tion to no particular end. pediment was investigations. At the starting eighteen months ago is still far The office of the Alien Property Cusapproaching session, besides the continufrom completion.
todian is to be investigated, including ance of investigations, it bids fair to be
The flexible provision is probably in the administrations of A. Mitchell tariff.
need of revision. But if Lenroot's pro- Palmer, Francis P. Garvan, and Thomas Possibly the Tariff Law is in need of posal comes in, the door will be opened L. Miller. This apparently is a matter revision. It has remained untouched
not only for Hull's proposal but for any in which investigation rather than legissince 1922. But President Coolidge and
number of others. And a large part of lation is necessary, but Congress would Administration leaders generally are op
the session will be given to consideration probably do better to have the investigaposed to tampering with the tariff at this of the tariff, without hope of any final tion made by men more expert in that time, taking the view that, if there is to
action, when it should be given to field and whose time is not demanded for be revision, it should be thorough. The equally important matters final disposal attention to legislation.
Those who insist upon a CongresCongress that enacts an adequate Tariff of which is possible. Law has its hands pretty full-has not,
sional investigation of the air situation perhaps, much time for anything else. The Investigative Branch
have not given up hope, though a fairly The Administration has other matters of W
HATEVER else may happen, the thorough inquiry has just been comimportance on which it desires legisla- session of Congress now about to pleted by a special board appointed by
the President. tion at the forthcoming session. With begin will be a session of investigation. out Administration support there is no Whether it will be a session also of con
Finally, Senator Walsh is demanding apparent chance of the enactment of a structive legislation is still a question.
that the oil investigation be reopened.
He believes there are certain facts which Tariff Law. Yet there are two proposals The Administration leaders will try to for revision of the tariff this winter. make it so for the sake of the important ought to be, but are not, in the record of Representative Hull, of Tennessee, legislative measures which the President
the court proceedings at Cheyenne to set has announced that he will offer a reso
aside the Teapot Dome leases. He canis now preparing, but even they are not lution proposing revision of the entire sure that they can wrest enough time
not get them into the court record, but Tariff Law. Mr. Hull, a former chair- from the investigators to put the pro
is determined to place them in the "Conman of the Democratic National Com- gramme through.
gressional Record.” mittee, is one of the best-informed men Some of the investigations already in in Congress on taxation, and is one of the sky are probably necessary. Others
Washington Pauses the senior Democrats on the Ways and
for a Reply are not. Means Committee. It is to be expected Plans are making for a general inqui
: Can the Tax Bill be put through that he will present a well-thought-out sition into the affairs of the United without a partisan fight and withplan for revision, but it will be, almost States Shipping Board and Emergency out nerve-frazzling delay such as ocnecessarily, a Democratic plan, and Fleet Corporation. It is hard to see how curred last time? there would seem to be no sort of chance some investigation of this mess could be The answer depends, in large part, for that sort of plan in a Congress with escaped. The Board has defied the upon another question: Will the Senate clear Republican majorities in both President, and claims that it acted upon dispose of the World Court discussion in houses. authority conferred by Congress. But,
time to act on the Tax Bill when it The other proposal of tariff change even so, the prompt passage of a new
should? comes, however, from a Republican of Shipping Board law might be more effec- It depends, too, upon another question the regular line-Senator Lenroot, of tive than investigation, since legitimate -a double one: Will the regular RepubWisconsin. His main purpose in revis- Congressional investigation has legisla- licans adhere to the policy adopted in ion would be to make the flexible pro- tion as its only end.
caucus last session, when they were anvision more immediately available. Un- The Federal Trade Commission is to gry, of rolling insurgents out of their der that provision, the President may be investigated, too. Here also there is committee berths; and, if they do, what now raise or lower any rate by fifty per need of action. The Commission has will the effect be? cent. But the Tariff Commission is been hardly less a thorn in the flesh than And all of these depend, in con