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    Editorial Page of "The Capital Journal"
SATURDAY. KVKNING,
August 12, l'.UO.
CHARLES H FISHES,
Editor a ad Manager.
PUBLISHED EVERY EVENING EXCEPT SUNDAY, SALEM, OBEGON, BY
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THE AGE OF FADS
The' age of fads has certainly arrived, and the devotees
thereof are legion. Reason seems dethroned and ultra
faddism holds sway in her place. Nor is it confined to any
place, sect, creed, trade, occupation or handicraft, but is
universal. The good roads faddist has filled the local
papers and magazines with his ideas and the air with
his ulululations. Good roads are a necessity of course,
fppl. hear, smell or taste nothing
unless it is at least flavored or colored with his good roads
lL6tS
The educational faddist is in the same boat. He would
take charge of the child as soon as it is able to take notice,
and superintend its wet nursing. He would make the
schools teach any and every old thing except the three
Rs, take cnarge of the child's play and superintend his
bath and tooth brush. Education is a necessity, of course,
and that is the foundation on which the educational fad
dist grafts his ultra ideas.
The courts have gone astray trying to follow the mazy
footsteps of a wandering jade called in their lingo; "pre-
cedents." This nulla filia has led their steps far from the
path worn plain by old fashioned Justice, who is relegated
to the corner of the fireplace, given her snuff box and
left to mumble her complaints in real senile blindness.
The doctrine of "stare decisis is an old and a good one
reasonably used; and it is on this the courts build their
airy fabric of legal fads. ,
The legislatures and other law-making bodies give play
to their fancies and adopt without thought all kinds of
fads as laws Oregon bows low before the fads of our
U'Ren and the United States take off its collective hat
when Gilford Pinchot cackles, realizing that a new laid
fad has arrived in the country's nest. New laws are
necessary sometimes, and it is on this fact the law-faddists
erect their seven gabled structure.
The unco good must have this stopped, and that cen
sored, because from their viewpoint it is tainted with im
morality. They are good people, generally too good; but
they carry their ideas far into the realms of faddism and
would hang drapery on a marble statue and pin coverings
on the naked truth, making that which is moral, imlnoral
from suggestion. They are eternally on the watch lest
-something that might be tortured into having an immoral
aspect should be seen by other people. They want to see
it first so as to decide whether other people can be trusted
to see it without danger to themselves and society. Morals
are good sometimes, and the fact that they are neces
sary to civilization is the foundation on which the im
morally moral rest their claims to the right to superin
tend other folks morals and pleasures.
There is your food faddist who would, because his
stomach is weak, regulate your diet to his digestive cap
abilities. He would feed you as he does his horse, barring,
the hay; and for breakfast would give you a quart of oats
or corn flakes, punch you in the ribs and with a "stand
over Bill," tell you to Fletcherize and not waste the grain.
Then he would top off your ineal with bran mash and
other fodder and with a glass of warm, sterilized water
as a chaser, ask you if it was not a crime after such a
feast to think of eating meat, cabbage and other such
animal provender. Then there is a germ faddist who sees
microbes everywhere except in his own think tank. He
travels around a walking advertisement for formalde
hyde, peroxide of hydrogen and the very latest dope war
ranted to make germs, microbes bacteria and all other
pests except the faddists turn up their tootsies" and quit.
He sterilizes his hands after touching his nose, and his
nose after wiping it with a sterilized hanky. He fumi
gates his Bible before reading a chapter and his hands
after he is through. Then he will handle all the dirty coin
he can get and play cards with a last year's deck and for
get all about his germs until he can make a blamed nuis
ance of himself somewhere in public.
And so it goes through every calling and pursuit.
Everything is carried to the extreme of absurdity and
the faddist is happy and rejoiceful in his insane foolishness.
Yesterday the railroad brotherhoods gave the board
of mediators trying to get some kind of a settlement of
the trainmen's threatened strike, until 10 o'clock this
morning to make a report as to what arrangements they
could offer. At the same time they intimated that the
railroad men would stand pat and would make no con
cessions, in otner words tney would agree to drop tne
whole matter only if the railroads gave them everything
they demanded. It is not probable the railroads will do
this, so that either the trainmen will have to make some
concessions or the strike is on. The - matter should be
settled today, and it is hoped it will be without a strike
If the strike does come it will be the hardest blow union
ism, as such, ever received, for public sentiment now
favoring unions will swing to the other extreme and pub
lic sentiment is the hardest thing to combat that any
thing ever ran up against. The other unions not party to
the strike will suffer along with the trainmen, for it will
bring the principle into disrepute.
Speaking of fads here is the last one. It is proposed to
stop the sending of articles from the stores that they
may be tried on at home, and allowing them to be sent
back if not suitable. This because some faddist has dis
covered that the garments having been exposed to all
kinds of "germs may be dangerous to someone and they
would therefore have a law passed compelling the board
of health to examine the premises where Hhe would-be
purchaser resides, to see if by chance there are any
germs located there that might be dangerous to public
health. They seem to overlook the fact that if the articles
were not sent back that the purchaser would wear them
among his fellow citizens exposing all to any germs he
might have had around his domicile. If the articles came
back in a package they would be dangerous but if they
were brought back on the purchaser's person they would
be germless. Great is faddom.
LADD & BUSH, Bankers
Established 1863
CAPITAL
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SAVINGS DEPARTMENT
The equal suffragists at Denver . are having a real
good time trying to agree on what is the best course for
them to pursue to force both old parties to make suffrage
a national question and have the same submitted to the
states in the shape of a constitutional amendment. I he
majority are republicans and will undoubtedly force the
convention to indorse Hughes. If they do, how many
democratic states will vote in favor of the constitutional
amendment they want passed? If they indorse Wilson
how many solidly republican states wil vote for their
amendment? They cannot deliver the goods in either
case, for women like men are more or less bound to tne
old parties and will vote their sentiments in any case.
The delegates at Denver will, a majority of them, vote as
they agree to at the convention, and a few leaders at
home will do the same thing, that is all.
- Mr. Hughes' chief complaint aganst Presdent Wilson
is that he appoints members of his own party to office, a
common custom of presidents since the foundation of the
government. Carried to their logical conclusion Mr.
Hughes' remarks would indicate that if elected he in
tends to give all the best jobs to the democrats which
should be anything but encouraging outlook for his place
hungry supporters.
Only a short time now until that Coos Bay-Eugene
wedding is to take place. The old folks are willing and
the marriage gives promise of resulting in a large
family of business children. Salem should attend it and
bring home a piece of the bride's cake. If you have not
arranged for a berth get busy or you will not get a
"lower."
Mr. Hughes told a crowd at Bismarck yesterday that
he "is on this trip to explain the 'vision' he has as to the
presidency." Then he added, "the democratic party is
one without principle." That sure is some explanation.
He will have to do better if he expects his vision of the
presidency to materialize.
The allies and the Teutons are both still making eyes
at Rumania, and saying to her: "Come on in the water's
fine." Rumania .however is a shy maiden and wants to
be certain the temperature is right and that the register
is working so she won't get cold if she makes the plunge.
The government would stop the waste of paper be
cause of the shortness of the supply and a constantly
rising market. Then why not discontinue publication of
the Congressional Record the most inexcusible waste of
news print in this country at the present time.
Governor Hughes attempts to get onto and use the
vernacular of the districts he visits, is much like a French
man tackling American slang or an Englishman de
ciphering a joke and hunting for the elusive point.
The. principal occupation of the Philadelphia Athletics
is to keep the other teams out of the cellar. They have
the job pretty solidly corraled and no other team has
much chance to get it away from them.
A dispatch yesterday announced that President Wil
son in his campaign tour "will go as far as San Fran
cisco." Its a dead shot he won't go any further, so -this
means he "will go the limit."
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YOU SHO'.-lC VRF:VOOt'fcOWt
t THE TATTLER
A Portland humorist states that the
animal aeon most frequently at the ball
park is the bat.
But is the bat an animal?
A number of Halem highbrows who
have been annealed to in the matter
differ in opinion.
One affirms that the bat is a bird.
Another contends that it is an insect.
A third holds that it is a demonstra
tion, now more or less obsolete becanse
of changes in the laws Tegulating
liquor.
A fourth admits that it may be an
animal, but if it is it ought to be asham
ed of itself.
Our own opinion is that the bat is a
bat.
It is perilous not to be wondered at
that so many people stick on the question.
Anywny you had better run out to
the park tomorrow and help the I.ojns
win their game.
If it doesn't rain.
LANE COUNTY WOOL
BELLS AT FORTY CENTS
At the rate Mr. Hughes' campaign tour is arousing
enthusiasm it would not be surprising if the voters for
got what office he is a candidate for before the 12th of
November. . '
(Eugene Daily Guard.)
The largest wool pool that has ever
been formed in I.nne county, and ap
proximating 40,000 pounds, was shipped
to Portland over the Oregon Electric
railroad Saturday night, consigned to
the Portland Wool Warehouse company
to be graded and sent to the east, ac
cording to C. J. Hunt, city market mas
ter, who states tliat In return for the
wool a liberal advance, practically
equnl to the market price, was allowed
bv the Portland concern.
Although this is not the first pool
that has ever been operated in this
county, it is snid that it is the first
one that has been formed on such a
large scale and that has been conduct
ed under a systematized plan.
Of the total amount of wool shinned
approximately 24,000 pounds had beeu
assembled in r.ugone, lz.vvv pounds in
Junction City and 6,000 pounds at Cat-
tage Grove, and the total number of
members in the pool was l.li. Owing to
lack of equipment, Mr. Hurd savs, it
was found impossible to grade the wool '
in anv of the three warehouses where
the wool had been stored, and so it will
be necessary to grade the shipment in
Portland, after which each of the mem
bers will be given a designated price for
his graded product.
Heretofore, Mr. Hurd states, a flat
rate has been given by the buyers, but
this plan has proven unfair to the more
careful sheep breeders who have taken
pains to raise the quality of their stock,
for they have been given the same prieej
for their wool as have those submitting i
a poorer quality. It is thought that at
the prevailing prices now being paid by
the wool buyers a large part of the local
product will bring about 40 cents a
pound, which has been made possible
through the adoption of the present sys
tem of having the wool graded and sold
on its merits.
Mr. Hurd has had several meetings in
Portland with eastern spinners in re
gard to disposing of the wool in the lo
cal pool, but they have always refused
even to look at the ungraded material
unless a given amount in each grade
atiM be guaranteed.
"We hope next year, if another pool
is formed," said Mr.. Hurd. "to secure
facilities for grading in the local ware
houses, and this will be done not only on
account of the advautage that wiU be
gained through better prices, but also
for the educational advantages involv-
DOG DAYS
The sun trails on, across the brassy sky, the grass is
brown, the earth is hard and dry, the trees are drooping
in the yellow glare, the birds are swooning in the torrid
air, and melting man cries ont nlna in
vain! "I'd give three bones to see a good
wet rain!" Men stand and gasp, apostro
phize the heat, where moulting elms cast
shade upon the street, relate old tales, and
say they will be durned, if ever yet they
were so scorched and burned. The women
rest in hammock and in chair, and with
their fans attempt to stir the air; in mod
est terms they say there is no sense in heat
that melts the knotholes in a fence. The
little kids don't nlav nnnn tha cfvoof U
hang around and talk of prickly heat. The wilting dogs,
for which these days were named, crawl in their holes,
embarrassed and ashamed. Cheer
think about the coal for which you soon must blow the
nai u-cai neu xuni. run soon tnese aays or torture will be
gone how will you then redeem your duds from pawn
the duds you'll need to keep your system warm, and shield
your whiskers from the bitter storm?
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mi .... . uiuiy.i b nuiMiueut represents nj
. tUO vie- musi me lotni amount ot wool produced.
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