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Entered at he Poatofflce In Salem,
i "One of the leading secular publications of this country,
recently reviewing our present intellectual and moral condi
tion, ; breaks forth as follows: ,
j "Morals are stagnant. Conduct which reveals
' ethical character has undergone a remarkable disso
lution. rFrom schildhood to old age there has been a
. thange'in. the attitude, of the American people to-
- Ward what we regarded a few years ago as the fund
amental virtues. Indifference to everything that
does not contribute in some degree to the physical
' and sensual pleasures is too apparent to be denied.
" To raise tho voice against the practices of the day
'invites ridicule and ostracism."
' i '"When, therefore, we see an America, unpro
ductive of ideas and indifferent to ideals, we may
well wonder into what air pocket in our progress we
; have, come."
; 4 Every thoughtful American must admit that the above
:on tains much of truth. The present tendency makes one
wonder whether this great, free Republic is to travel the same
road as bid Greece and Rome; whether it is to furnish another
proof of the truth of the old, familiar bit of verse
' 'But the same' rehearsal of the past.
First freedom, then glory ; and when that fails,
: Wealth, vice, corruptionbarbarism at last."
1 Vifhether such shall be our national end depends not -upon
our statesmen or our laws; not upon any formula or scheme
of political, governmental, industrial dr social reform; not
sven upon our scholastic or scientific attainments ; not upon
mything of a general physical or intellectual character. It
' lepends entirely upon the moral and spiritual status of the
individual citizens of the Republic. If history teaches anything-
it makes it perfectly clear that any people -without
moral fiber are incapable of real courage, of patriotism, of
self-sacrifice, of self-government, or even of long maintaining
"any kind of national existence. ;The sun is already set and
the light of oblivion not far away for that nation whose peo
ple are lost to morality, virtue and honor. The Creator never
intended those whom vice has claimed for its own to bear any
part in the government of His world.
'Not alone the natfonal'failures that history reveals but
the individual human: wrecks that greet us at every turn
- should make us all pause in this mad rush for sensuous en
joyment and ask ourselves to what all this physical indul
gence is leading: and what is the remedy for this saturnalia
of. physical gratification and sin which threatens even the
life of the nation. - :
Before adequate remedies can be found for our national
or individual moral diseases the cause or causes of them must
be 5 clearly? known' and understood. The first step to this
knowledge is the recognition that man has two elements in
his life. First is his natural, physical, animal, primitive,
fleshly nature, to which belong all the animal or fleshly ap
petites; passions, propensities and attractions which ally him
to the earth and the animal kingdom. . In his undisciplined,
undeveloped, animal nature man is but little different from
the animal, except that he is more intelligent. Scond is his
higher, 'his moral, his spiritual, his soul nature, to which
belong hissense of moral responsibility, his feelings 01 com
passion, sympathy, and love, his sense of justice and honor
arid niany other characteristics that, when they dominate his
life, raise him above the animal kingdom, give some evidence
of his divine origin and tend to make us believe that he was
indeed created in the spiritual image of his Creator, even
- though not yet grown to the full stature of spiritual man-
hoooV ' .
There is nothing surer than that yielding to and grati-
i fying this animal nature strengthens it and makes it more
and more dominant in the individual life, and that it will, if
not controlled and subdued,, bring spiritual, moral, mental,
and finally, physical death. . There are no truer words in the
Bible than these: "The wages of sin is death;' not only disso
lution of the physical body, but death to all that is pure, lov
able and holy, to the higher nature and impulses, to the soul.
; The cause of the troubles of the inhabitants of. this old
world is, then, what it always has been- the dominance of
" the undeveloped, physical, animal, carnal, nature in the indi
vidual human life. And the remedy for these troubles all
of them is the subduing of this carnal nature and making it
subservient to the higher, finer elements in the individual na
ture. Anything that tends to do this will help to cure the uni
versal disease and to solve the one great problem. .
Do you say , that knowledge, education, enlightenment
are me great remeuica its, mcsv 01c ihuiojuioouic uio
to the great end. Do you urge that the way to this solution
is to be, found in the training of the children and youth to
pure, elevated, moral habits of thought and life and in help
ing them to 'form 'high; beautiful arid correct ideals and to
strive with might and main to be loyal to them? Yes; not
much upward progress for the race is possible without these
things. If the prize fighter, the gambler or the moral de
generate should be the ideal of the boys, and the selfish,
pleasure-seeking woman of soctety or the be-jeweled. highly
dressed habitue of the half world be the ideal of the girls,
it would be idle tQ expect any great progress or uplift or mor
al improvement in the world until their ideal3 were changed.
And disaster is certainly ahead for the individual young man
or woman, whp has not high ideals and a firm and constant
determination to come as near as possible to realizing these
ideals. . "'. i f.-v ;- o. . ' . ,. - .. -U - '
But the one thing that the world needs is the develop
ment of the spiritual nature in the life of individuals ; this is
- the divinely appointed ruler f man's nature.; He may strug
gle hard and faithfully against liis physical appetites and pas-
sions and never be surely free
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THE OREGON STATKSMAN.
, . . . . Manager
. . Managing Editor
Manager Job Dept.
On god, aa second claaa matter
r ik:. ...ii .. t :i v. u.-
from their control until he has.
within him, active, alive, dominant, that which only can un
failingly say to the turbulent elements within him, "Peace;
be still," and be obeyed. Religion, pure and undef iled the re
ligion of the inner life of the heart this is the present one
need of the world and of every man and woman in it. He
who has made the great Figure of the New Testament his
ideal and has struggled by prayer and resistance to evil to
overcome himself until he has realized this ideal in his own
life has scaled the heights of being and gained a prize beside
which wealth, farm; everything else, is as dross.
It la at last officially announced
that General Koch" is coming ro
the. United States. There Is no
other world citizen who would' be
That Nevada church metamor
phosed from a saloon starts off
with a ready-made spiritual at
mosphere. San Francisco Chron
icle. The. Salem slogan editor is anx
ious to hear from all the crain
men. about their yields, methods
of cult. ration, etc. Grain and
Grain Products Is the Salem slo
gan, subject lor The Statesman of
The American people last year
Bpent $.". 000,000. 000 for nones
sential things for commodities
and amusements and excursions
and what not which were not ne
cessary for t'aem. according to re
cently published figures. The sum
might be doubled, trebled, quad
rupled, and then some, if the
American people were willing to
consider everything as nonessen
tial that 13 not among the necessi
ties of the residents of the South
THE BLESSING OF TOIL.
( Los Angeles Times.)
Th wrong mental attitude to
ward work has constructed the
pronouncement in the Garden of
Eden into a curse. whnn in reality
it is the greatest blessing, next
to the promise of immortality,
that ever descended upon the
human race. "In the sweat of
thy brow shall thou eat bread"
came' with the sentence of death,
but concealed within both cryp
tic messages was the germ of life.
Understood, they are full of su
blime purpose for man's higher
destiny. Idleness is the real
curse, aa was proven at the dawn
Before it was discovered that
work was necessary to keep man
kind out of mischief and promote
the development of the race ir
responsible and care-free exist
ence for the new humanity wa?
tried out. As we are painfully
aware, the results were disas
trous. After exploring their world
of sylvan beauty, somewhat cir
cumscribed in area like their
mentality time must have hung
heavy on their hands. While they
had none of the concomitants of
modern civilisation, all their need?
for living the simple life were
amply supplied. Everything grew
for them on bushes or trees, with
out the slightest expenditure of
thought or labor. Wandering
about a paradise of beauty, sip
ping honey from the flowers,
dreaming their idle dreams, it
would seem that they might have
been content, in view of their
childish Intelligence. But they
were not. It is not in human
nature to be content. Even the
luxury of an Edenic life became
monotonous and lacking incentive
to toil, the dawning intelligence
open to suggestions of evil
The home-wrecker in the shape
of an insidious serpent crept in
the untrained mentality and thr
weak will succumbed and tht
beauty of Eden was lost' Irrevoc
ably. "In the sweat of thy brow ehalt
thou eat bread" was the decision
of a kind and just Judge who
knew that work alone would teej
the infant race from destroying
itself. The incentive to toil must
be furnished, so the gates ot th'
earthly paradise were closed for
ever. Thorns and briars sprana
up, the soil yielded to cultivation
under protest; necessities arose on
every hand taxing man's ingenu
ity and persistence. The urge to
greater and greater skill was in
sistent, inventions multiplied and
the arts grew apace. After the
patrtarchial days were over man'i
civic life began. Then the neces
sity for work augmented In direct
ratio to the increasing needs of
Whether the story of mankind'?
fall and subsequent removal from
a life, of idle ease be taken liter
ally or as an allegorical myth. tb
fact remains that at the very
dawn of creation work was In
augurated as a needful discipline.
The old truism that "an idle
brain is the devil's workshop" is
applicable to every phue of life
since the beginning. It is as true
today as it was ages ago that idle
ness gegets crime and misery. It
Sut rir. c
It, Satardajr Constitution
2 to Oetobw 1 OrrfOB
September 28. WHsesdar SUte tot
4ier'- nid rommiuioa to open bkla
J. or ember 21, 33 23 Merlon con-
is a law of life that we shall
work either mentally or physical
ly. The ideal scope cf activities
comprises work on botb planes
Disregarding this law cf life re
sults in multiplied evils. The dis
eased products of civilization arr
found chiefly among the idlers,
rarely among the real workers.
The criminal hordes are recruit
ed from the parasites who live
without an idal or a purpose
from day to day. The Fordid de
tails of the police courts, the
criminal trials, the social scan
dals would be minimized had the
principals in the case been obliged
to work for their daily bread.
Constructive labor absoibs the en
orgies which, left to run riot, de
velop amazing propensities for
nauseating pollution and disgust
ing crimes. Perverted sentiment
is A disease. A foul imagination
festers in idleness, whether of
luxury or poverty. It is most in
evidence where there is no in
centive or no opportunity to work.
Running riot, it robs the soul or
honor and virtue and incites to
the blackest crimes. An un
healthy and diseased imagination
or an erotic sentimentalism can
not exist hand in baud with noble
and uplifting service.
Ouc of the great men of the
age the head of a largo rorpor
Htion has said that if you wish
to get anything done go to a busy
man. It is a pertinent 'fart. It
is the idlers in life's vineyard who
i;ever have time to do things.
Naturally time wasted, like other
things,- brings loss. Often it is
the lash of necessity that spurs
one on to greater endeavor. It is
a goad which depletes the ranks
of criminals while adding to the
Today, as in past ages, the work
ers of the world are its true de
fenders and protectors. A false
systen has delegated to the mili
tary class alone the honor which
should be given to the honest toil
ers and producers. The construc
tive utilities are the keystone and
framework of our vast commer
cial system. In the busy- office,
in the marts of trade, in work
shop and factory, in schoolroom
and community life tbe busy
workers are the backbone of the
natiop of any nation.
All honest labor is worthy of
respect. Labor with an ideal and
a dream behind it Js ennobling.
The dreamer who uses his thought
force to work out and shape a
splendid plan by which countless
thousands may be benefited, the
brainy men and women who flash
their messages of hope and cheer,
of counsel and warning to multi
tudes along the highways of life
stand shoulder to shoulder with
the world's noble workers. AM
who labor unselfishly for the good
of the whole, who have caugh'
the throbbing heartbeats of
weary and buffetted humanity and
seek to bring it into tune with
the infinite rank with the im
mortals. They have turned the
fancied curse of toil iuto a tri
umph. MUST DISARM TO SAVE WORLD
Gas, the first use of which by
the Germans in the World war
a used such a sensation, has come
to be accepted by all nations as
i regular weapon of offense and
lefense. An American has. in
onted a composition so deadly
hat it will add terror to the next
conflict in which this country'
nay be engaged. Ittigadier Gene
ral Amos A. Fries, formerly In
harge of the I nited States en
gineer's office in Los Angeles but
low chief of tbe chemical War
fare service, declares that a quan
tity equal to three drops wiil usu
lly cause death and that it can
be manufactured at the rate of
thousands of tons per month.
This new agent of death is called
Lewisite. Of course, steps are
already being taken to devise pro
tection against It. but even when
this is achieved there will remain
the fact that the next war be
tween two great powers, or groups
it powers, will be of such a de
vastating and horror-producing
lature that civilization will be
For this reason, if for no othr,
the disarmament conference
mould be welcomed by every na
tion. Yet it already has found oppon
ents, or at least those who pro-
to see that it will end in
failure. Moreover. America's mo
tives are being impugned. Presi
dent Harding definitely and hon
estly stated that he sought the
conference in Washington to bring
about the cessation of the, con
stant menace to the peace of the
world which extravagant anna-
ments afford. In the face of this
a Paris dispatch states that some j
Wench writers see an attempt by j
the United States to line up the j
European powers on its side as
against Japan. Piling absurdity!
upon absurdity, it is also sug-;
rested that this country will go
to the length of canceling the al-!
lied debt to attain this result. It j
eems hard to convince Europe j
that America has only the high-
est and most honorable motives
n calling this conference.
li(X K HAS VAUIEU IIISTORV,
A report on the Dome of the
Rock of Jerusalem is to be pub
.ished and will be of greajt interest
to the Mohammedan world. It
may not be generally known that
this place is the third in sanctity
ot all the sanctuaries of Islam,
and indeed for a short period it
actually formed the Kibla toward
which all Moslems prostrated
themselves in prayer. Among tbe
more Important riTTgious associ
ations of the rock it may be men
tioned that it was there David and
Solomon were called to repent
ance, and on account of a vision
David chose this site for his tem
ple. From this same spot Moham
med ascended to the seventh
heaven after his night journey
from Mecca, and lastly it is to be
the scene of the Great Judgment.
The historical associations are not
les,s striking and such famous
names as Omar, Abdelmalek, Sal
adin and Suleiman arc all con
nected with the rock. Detroit
IK AS YOU PLHASK.
A prominent churchman says
what he likes about France is itc
spirit of tolerance. It pleased him
to much that he recommends it.
in spite of the fact that the church
in this country is an orranized re
monstrance. He says that ho was
a month In Paris without seeing
a single "Don't." There are no
warnings to keep off the grass,
and if a man wanted to lead a
chimpanzee through the national
assembly nobody would stop him.
Everybody smile3 and wishes you
well, but no one yelps: ' Stop
that!" In spite of this toleratac-;.
or perhaps because of it, every
body behaves remarkably well
Everybody is polite and good-natured
and even when a policeman
has to make an arrest he does it
in a courteous and apologetic
manner. Being permitted to do
as they please the French do
nothing to excess and they in
variably indicate good will and
charity to the other fellow. It Is
an essentially human spirit.
MIGHT DO WORSE.
A notorious gOKsip one day
went to Dean W. D. Wilson, burn
ing with indignation. "Oh, doe
tor, have you heard tho disgrace
ful news? The younj; people of
your church are going to have a
dance, they say. How shocking!
What do you think about it?"
To which the saintly scholar
responded sweetly: "Madam, I
had rather have them shake their
legs than their tongues!" Chris
When 7-year-old Harney (Sate.;
wedged his arm In a fire plug the
other day firemen, policemen, wa
ter department men, plumbers,
pavers, laborers, doctors, nurses
and men and women of half a
score of other professions and cal
lings worked with a will to free
him, without hope of reward or
thought of recompense. This was
a fine thing and, happily for the
rare, the natural thing for them
to do. It is unfortunate that all j
the boys and girls whose moral ',
and intellectual arms are wedged i
"In a way that menaces their fu ;
turf cannot be seen and their j
Why Pay Rent?
20 to 30 Acres
Payments from crop like
usual rent. Purchaser
must have sufficient
funds fr dwelling and
necessary equipment for
properly caring for the
fruit. Each tract now has
planted 10 acres logan
berries and 5 acres
strawberries. Will yield
a crop next spring. Such
a proposition has never
before been offered.
It will be a pleasure to
taRe this matter up fur
ther as to details.
Wm. HcGflchrkl, Jr.
Room 400 V. H. 'at. Bank.
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Photo by Undent ooit l'nderwvrt.
Onorio Rnotolo has Just finished this bust of the great tenor, which
will be placed in the Metropolitan Opera House as a gift from the Ital
ian Musical League of New York. The statue Is nine feet high.
peril understood to dearly!'
they could be. a terrible oH
unnecessary suffering would
baved.-- New York Herald.
I BITS FOR BREAKFAST I
Labor day tomorrow.
Two Sundays come together
Nearly every one will celebrate
tomorrow, excepting the poor
That's right tre,-t 'em oul.Ii.
Meaning the bootleggers. Other
wise they will own thy town fair
Did you see the busy tre"t.i ol
Salem yesterday? Weil. m. them
again next Saturday, and the fol
lowing Saturdays, hs the ncbool.i
open and the hop pickers get
loose, and the state fair approach
es or is on. Salem is going to be
a busy old place, on up to Christ
mas, and then ever after.
A Cleveland, Oliio. tnau named
Brothers is the agent for the
Dodgo Brothers auto. When a son
was born he named him Dodge.
Sue? Full name, Dode Brothers.
The onion men down on La
bish Meadows are in a race with
the hop men for the place of plu
tocracy among; the farmers. And
Over in T'roFser,
You never saw bettor
- - v 1 ' iitimiuntiiiih avK'WUJi ItUUllM prices!
In our complete storks you will find Bedroom, Living-room and I)ining-r6om Suites!
all of the -finest makes and at prices so low you will wonder how we cah do it. Iri
fhli rtiiomnc !trn sinter ri
" ' i'liwiuaiiji unu uaiv,
pieces, chairs, floor and table lamps, etc. It wit! pay you
n.v.- ioh. . .'"u
Surprising Values in
Living Room Chairs
We all love comfort and when
you can buy genuine leather
chairs and rockers in the newest
designs at the price cf the best
imitation why not?
See bur window display i
unit ii urs
SEPTEMBER 4. 1921
20-year-old deputy sheriff keeps
her district absolutely clear of In
toxicating liquor, moonshine or
real booze. Other districts could
do the same if so many officials
were not in cahoots with the bootlegger.---
From Lend a Hand, pub
lished by the prisoners of the Ore
"The cleanest state prison I
4 have visited," siid Mr. Swendsen.
of the Minnesota board of control,
referring to the Oregon peniten
tiary, and Mr. Swendsen has visit
ed them all. From Lend. a Hand,
published by the prisoners of the
New Quackenbush Store
Wiil Open Tomorrow
With one of the largest sup
plies of automobile accessories in
Salem, the Quackenbush Auto
Supplies store will open at Its
new location. 20 4 North Commer
cial street on Tuesday, September
Koliy-Springfield tires will be
the heaviest line carried by the
concern, but there will also be a1
full line of accessories of every
Uc plenty of cooling
eaL gently. puKclcly mnd ntWpHcqr
Furniture tban we aro offering at greatly ret
Walnut f oKr-.r,. U-J Oob-
nu juu wiii save money
There is nothing that
to the home than good
U4 : .L.
Others ; I,
Wc also have
and piano players.
Trade in your old furniture as part payment on
nature, gai, oils and . grcaac. in
Space in the new shop will also
be devoted tc repairing, retread
ing and yu canUing.t. The old lo
cation ot jhe .concern i was 219
W .nil, I' , , nil txm m
nmpn I' ill,
lUt ml de4enitable in all
Aot sola i anir norm.
Io not esperilttent
wit a ettrn; tut
Wrile for "Itelirf"
' free. Addresa XaUOMkJ
tute.i MUvaakin, , W w.
You're tolling tocay for your
As a parent' one of
ambltibna I is -to
make opportunities for them
that you did not have' when
you were -young. Yen want to
be able in addition, to give
them a,staiV when they; em
bark Jn' ntjs 'for "themselves
You love thm?rt ; i i j J;ii
Hut what! will all this toll
on your part; Avail you or them
if you're? unintentionally nec-(
lectlng theli ' physical rwcWare.
Accurate stitbttic : ahow.. that
one child In (every "four has 46
feetivo vi.slofi. ami thatimeana
that hundreds ot thousand of
children are growing Into man
hood and womanhood under a
serious handicap, which may fi
nally lesult even more seriously.
Dullness jln school.' work
more often an Indicatioa of
poor vision tjian of an Inherent
sluggish mentality. It may be
that your child la slaving at
study, and smarting undor the
knowledge ofj his backwardness
because his vision does not per
mit a free arid proper use of
his facultlesl lie Is being
blamed perhaps for something
for which "he is not responsible.
Poor vi8ioi In children In
many cases., can not bo detect
sd except by a scientific exam
ination. But if there aro any
indications which are often at
tributed to prior vision, such as
unnatural positions in reading,
lullness In school work, head
iches, etc, the wise course is
:o have the child's eyes axain
Morris Optical Company
OreRon'a Irjrcst Optic
Halem Hank of Commerce lUicIg.
aa ncu aa iiictiiv JUUIViauai
to come in anil look over?
on every piece.
will bring more pleasure
music We have for your
several good used Pianos .
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