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CARD FROM DR,
Editor Statesman :
Please allow me space to reply : to Mr. Piper's "Freak"
Marriage BUI, which everybody knows is an attempt at this
hour to defeat what many writers have already said is the
best and purest measure that has ever been presented. It is
easy to find fault with any thing you do not like and don't
want. It is more easy to tear things to pieces than to mend
them. Some people can not see any good in this bill. They
do not want to find it. And yet the good is there to be found
and to be seen. I have many fine editorials and communica
tions on this bill ; among which I may mention, one from the
Survey of New York, April 9, 1921. After addressing a large
intelligent audience of business men, a minister arose and
made about the same objection that Mr. Piper has made. In
answer I turned to the New York editorial and read: "It is
of interest that the act strikes deeper than at requiring such
a mental and physical examination.1 The certificate of the
examining physician shall not only contain a statement as
to the mental qualifications of the applicants for a marriage
license, but shall also show the educational qualifications of
the physician himself. Further provisions are made for an
appeal from the findings of the examining physician to those
of three competent physicians selected by the county court."
This bill does fully provide for the protection of the ap
plicant through the county court, that will provide three oth
er physicians to re-examine the applicants in case of dissatis
faction. It seems that four doctors ought to be sufficient to
satisfy any normal person. Some people seem to think that
doctors are not only "blood thirsty' but a money thirsty
gang. Perhaps a little sketch of this much-abused child
-might fit in here. After making up my mind that I would
go .to the. Legislature with a bill, I went to Portland last Nd--vember
and spent a good deal of time among friends, doctors,
social and hygiene associations, trying to get encouragement
and help. I got no encouragement and no help, and was told
that education must precede legislation. All had advice to
give as to how the bill must be drawn. At last it was framed
up. It contained all the essentials, nothing left out. I had
been to Salem before and counseled with Dr. Smith, Super
intendent of the Institution for the Feeble Minded. He said :
''Doctor, when you are ready to have that bill framed up you
go to Judge , he is your friend, and he will tell
you what to do. So to Salem I went, and saw the Judge. He
gave me a kind, humane greeting and talked with me freely.
He read the bill then threw it on the table, saying; "It's not
worth the paper It's, written on. If you ever get that bill
through, you will have to cut out all that trash and get down
to as few things as possible. Leave out psychology, Wassi
man tests, fees, standards and all such things that are not
essential and if at any time it is desired may be applied by
the county court. All such things are for the lawyers to
fight over and defeat the bill, for there are plenty of them up
there." I said: "Won't you draw the bill for me." He re
plied: . "Oh, no, I am not allowed to. But I can get you a
good lawyer." He reached for his phone and the call an
swered. I went to that attorney and we worked the bill out
together. This same outcry
. zation bill, which lives and grows day by day. If the editor
of the Oregonian does not succeed in strangling this new bom
infant, I prophecy she will soon outstrip her elder brother,
P.'S. It is said that the
ways found in her P. S. I will
Mr. Pipers "Freak fully. His
tions pro and con. will be included in a history of this great
movement of Oregon.
Eugene, Oregon, May 31, 1921.
A most appropriate slogan for the
year 1921. The man with grit and
determination will succeed this year,
even if his income tax is a bit less than
Let the United States National act as
your financial adviser. A connection
with a modern, progressive bank is an
aid to any man or
THE OREGON STATESMAN, SALEM. OREGON
Oregon, as second class matter.
was kept up against my sterili
DR. OWENS ADAIR.
gist of a woman's letter is al
say that in time I will answer
and many other communica
DR. O. A.
: Great trouble wiith people now
adays is that their earnings are
not equal to their yearnings.
Poultry slogan tomorrow. If
you can help the slogan editor,
you must do it today.
What is needed in this world
is an automatic sprinkling system
that will keep another war from
flaming up. Has anybody a little
springling system In his home?-
A delegation of the Japanese
Diet Is spending some time in the
United States. To correct a mis
understanding it might be said
that it does not consist entirely
"It is the historic pride of Tur
key,'' declares Mustapha Kemal
Fasha. "to wage war without
money." Europe might be willing
to pay him well for the secret.
By flying from Washington to
New York in an airplane, Post
master General Hays proves that,
like a good general, he asks his
men to do nothing that he is
afraid to do himself.
"The best thing that has yet
been written about the war," ju
dicially observes Lloyd George of
Captain Wright's "At the Su
preme War Council." And per
haps not the worst part of it is its
revelation that Lloyd George and
Foch won the war in spite of
nearly everybody else.
An automobile carrying Gene
ral Wood dropped into a river In
the Philippines, but the soldier
was rescued without difficulty.
General Wood was never in over
his head but once in his life and
that was at the Chicago conven
tion last summer.
A Washington correspondent
says three months of cabinet ser
vice has put more gray hairs into
Herbert Hoover's head than three
years of feeding Europe. That's
the difference between a straight
out proposition and a complicated
Normalcy has not been alto
gether restored in business and
Industry, but "normalcy" seems
to have been permanently estab
lished in the working vocabulary
of Americans. Talk is again get
When Secretary Mellon asked
for a subscription of $200,000.
000 on account of government
certificates of indebtedness he se
cured 8532,000,000, the largest
oversubscription to any issue of
bills yet offered by the govern
ment. Uncle Sam still stands ace
high with the people of this coun
try. The owners of the prune orch
ards who will have a short crop.
or no crop, this year should not
despair. If they will keep a stiff
upper lip and weather It through,
they will come out all right in the
end. There is money in prunes.
and crops will not fail in most
localities more than once in a
dozen years, on the average. Let
the prune men keep their orch
ards vigorous and keep plenty of
bees for pollination purposes.
When the men of a party be
gin to bore the ladies by talking
of such Incomprehensible things
as home runs, pinch hits, three
baggers, bone-plays, ambling to
first, bunched hits, etc.. the ladles
can retaliate and they usually
do so by talking about gored
skirts, goods cut on the bias.
georgette crepe, duvetyne. poplin
plaits, flounces, camisoles, teddy
bears, Gertrudes, etc., eta , ad in
A measure has been Introduced
which requires the members
congrens to sing "The Star Spa
gled Hanner'' at the opening
every session. For some of them
this will be an trying an exercim
as half an hour with the Indlai
clubs. It Is a safe bet that con
gress will seldom get beyond th
first verse. The Star Spangled
Manner is to be waved and cheered
at. The average man slumps
when he sings about It.
THK ITRSK OF HIGH TAXES.
In one of the most practical
and forceTul editorials It has pub
lished In. many monthb, the Satur
day Evening Post recently dis
cussed the very appropriate sub
ject of taxation. The importance
of relieving the burden of taxa
tion in general and of federal tax
ation In particular was pointed
out in a way that will Impress the
minds of all readers. It is true,
as Editor Irimer says:
"Everything is. being deflated
except taxes. Everybody is econ
omizing except the tax gatherer."
As a rule, the tai gatherer is
one' of the tax spenders and natu
rally his viewpoint Impels him to
see the necessity of higher rather
than lower taxes. The spender
of public money is impressed with
the importance of the service for
which the money is spent. He
magnifies its value to the public
end perhaps sincerely believes
that the service should be extend
ed rather than curtailed. He is
a constant booster of taxes. If
there is to be any check on the
raising of public revenue and iU
expenditure the check must come
through the activity of private
citizens who make their wishes
known in a manner that can not
be misunderstood. s
The editor of the Saturday
Evening Post is hardly correct in
his statement that "Since the be
ginning of the world war, legis
lators in almost every branch of
government have been running
hog-wild, taxing and spending,
spending and taxing." It was not
the legislative branch of the gov
ernment that ran "hog-wild, tax
ing and spending." Records will
show that the president and mem
bers of his cabinet during the
world war asked for enormous
sums of money and for practically
unlimited authority on the repre
sentation that both were neces
sary for the winning of the war.
With some doubt, congress grant
ed practically all requests for
money or power, choosing to give
the administration the benefit of
any doubt rather than take the
chance of handicapping those who
were charged with the manage
ment of military operations.
But, as soon as the armistice
had been signed and it was clear
that the war was over, congress
acted as a restraining Influence
upon the executives. In the first
year after the signing of the ar
mistice, congress rut $1,500,000,-
000 out of the demands of the
executive departments. In the
next year they cut out a billion
dollars. The present congress has
not yet made its record of appro
priations, but there is every Indi
cation that expenditutes author
ized will be far less than the
amounts requested by the admin
istrative branch of the govern
ment. It Is unfair to charge leg
islators with responsibility for
"taxing and spending." Congress
:s always called npon to make up
deficits which the executive de
partments have incurred In excess
of appropriations by congress.
But this is a minor matter. On
the whole, the Post's editorial is
not only sound but timely. It Is
true, as stated, that "high taxes
mean loose methods and extrava
gant management, incompetent
planning and wasteful execution.''
The man who has other people's
money to spend is very likely to
seek means of spending rather
than saving it. A full treasury Is
tlways a temptation, not only to
useful expenditure but useless ex
penditure. An effective means,
therefore, of securing the earli-
sst possible reduction of taxes if
first to compel the executive de
partments to reduce their expen
ditures and then cut the revenue
so that there will be no excess of
funds in the treasury to tempt
federal officials to incur obliga
tions which the public eventually
IIUMOROUM, HI T OT TRUE.
The humorist on the staff of
the New York Evening Post tell
of a young man who went to
university profewsor with a re
quest that he be given trainini
that would fit him to become su
perlntendent of a great railway
system. He also inquired ho
long it would take and how much
It would cost. The professor 1
represented as replying: "Youn
man, such a course would cost
you $20,000 and require 20 year
of your time. Hut. on the othe
band, by spendng $300 of you
money and three months of you
time you may be elected to con
gress. Once there you will feel
yourself competent to direct not
15 year 6
Mature June, 1936
This is oldest colony in
British Empire, and en
joys the best of credit.
Wm. McGILCHRIST, Jr.
Clark, Kendall & Co- Inc.
U. S. Nat'l Bank Bldg.
one but all the great railroad sys
tems of the country."
As a piece of humor, the story
is not bad. The humorist is
worth his salary, however liberal
It may be. But as a portrayal of
the mental attitude of members
of congress, the story Is far, far
from the truth and will be in
jurious if many people give it cre
dence. Stories such as this, which
give the people an erroneous im
pression of their representatives
at Washington, cannot be fruit
ful of good In fact there can
never be good results from dis
semination of untrue impressions.
The fact is that congress has
nearly always approached reluct
antly and hesitatingly every at
tempt to impose government con
trol over private business. There
was agitation for government su
pervision of the railroads for
years before congress finally en
acted the laws which created the
interstate commerce commission.
The legislation was enacted in re-
sponse to puDiic aemana hui
through any assumption of supe
rior ability on the part of mem
bers of congress.
During the Wilson administra
tion there was much legislation
giving the government control
over private business, but this did
not originate with congress. The
original proposals came from the
executive departments, or from
President Wilson, and congress
acCeaea 10 ine ueiiimtu ui t
bureaucrats for control over prl-1
vate enterprise. It is undoubted
ly true that bureaucracy feels it
self competent to direct not one
but practically all the business of
the country. There is scarcely a
bureau in any government de
partment but is asking congress
for more power over the lives and
activities of the citizens of the
republic. Scarcely ever. If ever,
has a bureau suggested that It
be relieved of any of its power
or that its duties be abolished.
It was the president, not con
. . . i, .
gress, tnai waniea me ra.iruau
administration established. It
was Mr. McAdoo, not congress,
that scrambled the railroads. It
was the bureaucrats, not congress,
that increased railroad expenses
out of all proportion to the in
crease in freight handled and out
of all proportions to the increase
in revenue. The fame will be
found to be true in almost every
Instance in which private enter
prise has found itself handicapped
by governmental hindrances. It
is true that congress enacts the
aws which give the bureaucrats
their power, but at the request
of the executive or in response to
Review of legislative history
will show this to be true, and
newspapers that give a contrary
impression through the medium-
ship of their humorous para
graphs are in poor business, to
say the least.
June 3, Frida Annua! antor play by
Jun 7. Tuindajr Irmtie Depart -
mint Willamette 1'nWernity pfrarnta
Iiilm. Taeaar in full rant.
June 7. Tueadajr Auction aale of
blooded Jeraeya at atate fair rrounda.
tune 3. Friday. Annual Indent r-
rital of School of Mtinie of Willamette
aniTeraity at Kirat Methodlat ennrrn.
June 8, 9 and 10. Portland Roae.
June 14. Tueaday Elka annual flat
June 15 to 29 Oregon National guard
encampment at Camp Lewia and Fort
June 16. Thnraday 49th Reunion of
Orecoo Pioneer aaaoriatino.
June IS, Thcraday Oregon Pioneer
aaaoeiation meeting in Portland.
June 17, Friday lliarh arhool gradu
June 17, Friday Annual lows picnic,
Btate fair grmiode
Jane 20, Monday flrhnol elee'.ion.
July 23, Saturday Marion county
Sunday acbool picnic, atate fair grounda.
$12 Cedar Chest $9.75
$25 Kitchen Cabinet $18.50
$26 Fibre Settee . ..$15.00
80c Feltoleum 57c
$2.50 Inlaid Linoleum $1.87
$13.50 Grass Rug $8.75
$6.35 9x12 Matting Rugs $5.45
$82.50 High Grade Wilton Rugs, 9x12 (t $59
WEDNESDAY MORNING. JUNE 1, 1921
I BITS FOR BREAKFAST
Introducing the June bride.
Soldier loan week is going
The leading question, what are
the berry prices to be?
All the old stock of loganberry
juice on hand in the storage places
of the Phez company is going out
fast these days, to the markets
of the east. That company will
need some new loganberries this
year, to satiety the growing taste
"At the eleventh hour." is the
time a canneryman told a berry
grower, a 'ew days ago, that me
price will be made for his crap
this year. Any way, that Is some
Last call cn broccoli seed. Have
you got yours?
This is the month that we get
the June rains; and it is tlr?
month in which they will be need
ed, after a week or two or three
The general crop conditions
throughout the Willamette valley
are showing up fine how. The
country never looked more beau
tiful. P. S. To every one but the
prune men in the localities where
that crop will be very short or a
total goose egg.
We have it in for the fellow
who summoned us by phone the
other morning at 6 o'clock and
then crooned, "Excuse me. but
did I get you up out of bed?"
We'll say he did. Los Angeles
CLAIRE WINDSOR K!
baa an exceptionally powerful
Now at the
To deliver routes in the
central and south eastern
part of the city. Excel
lent opportunity for am
bitious boys to earn some
money and start a sav
ings account of their
Notice to Growers
Strawberries and Gooseberries
We are prepared to handle all your berries for shipment to Portland.
Please bring them crated J x
Is Still On
Big Values in Every Department1
Shopping Baskets at 50c and 75c. See Window
Professor Eln6teln pjdmits that
bis "theory ' jis not to oe xaKen
too seriously. That ha, been our
hunch for a long time.j
An amendment to th s constitu-.
Round Trip Fares
Daily unie 1 to August IS
OREGON ELECTRIC RY.
Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway
Great Northern Railway
Northern pacific Railway
and all other connecting lines. Salem to points named
and return. Many other points in proportion '
St. Paul.. 90.05
Colorado Springs 79.85
Kansas CRy 90.05
St. Joseph............ 90.05
Council Bluffs... 90.05
Choice of routes and stopovers in each direction. Long
limits. Fares one way via California quoted on re
quest. Through tickets sold, sleeping car arrange
ments made and baggage checked. Details will be fur
nished on application.
Phone Main 727
$135 Wilton Rugs, 9x12 $108.00
$12.50 Ivory or White Enamel Steel Bads $8.25
$6.25 Combination Mattress, full size . $2.95
$12 Felt Mattress $6.75 .
$4 Spruce, Ironing Board $2.95.
9x12 Congoleum Rugs $14.25 ..
$2 Mahogany Serving Trays $1.25 ,
$95 Bed Davenport $69.75
tlon which would prohibit polyg-
amy in the United States Is prt-'
posed in a resolution introduced'
by Speaker Gillett. Another aft.,?
endment to compel folks to rei
main married might help some. !
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St. Louis.......... $103.85
Des Moines '. 100.25 "
Duluth .-. 90.05
New Orleans 130.85
Denver ... 79.85
Plus 8 War Tax
j. W. RITCHIE, Agent :
Oregon Electric Railway-