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Capital Journal is-il
itorial Page of The
CHARLES H. FTSHEB
Editor ud Publisher
Published Every Evening Except Sunday, Salem, Oregon.
Address All Communication! To
136 S. Commercial St.
D&ilv. hr Carrier. Dr rear. fci.OO Per Month
Daily by Mail, per year $3.00
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to you on time, kindly phone the circulation manager, as this is the only way
we can determine whether or not the carriers are following instructions. Phone
61 before 730 o'clock and a paper will be sent you by special messenger if the
carrier has missed you. '
THE DAILY CAPITAL JOURNAL
Is the only newspaper in Salem whoso circulation is guaranteed by the
Audit Bureatt Of Circulations
We have had many tributes of admiration paid to
our fighting men in recent months. Most of them have
been of military character. Here is one a little out of the
ordinary, that probably deserves as high a place in our
appreciation as those of a more martial nature. It con
cerns the homely theme of teeth. Says the London Daily
"One thing about the American soldiers and sailors
must strike English people when they see these gallant
fighters, and that is the soundness and general whiteness
of their teeth. It is all the more striking m that it is such
a contrast to the teeth of the British people.
"From childhood the Yank is taught to take care of
his teeth. , He has tooth-drill thrice daily and visits his den
tist at fixt intervals, sav every three or four months. If
by any chance a tooth does decay the rot is at once arrest
ed by a filling. The result of all this is that our U. S.
cousins, besides adding to their appearance, gain in health
by having good, clean teeth, and when war came, very
few men were turned down by the military authorities
for having decayed teeth. So daily we see them, their
faces tanned, smilingly exhibiting perfect sets of teeth.
It is a distinctive mark of the American as distinctive
as his uniform or his slang.
"Now take our own case. Daily you see young boys
and girls- with mouths full of decayed teeth. Bad teeth
hinder digestion, and indigestion is the curse of many a
man's life. Mothers should see to it that their children
use their tooth-brushes daily, after every meal if pos
"The U. S. soldiers have set us a splendid example in
this matter. They fairly shame the ordinary Tommy by
the brilliance of their molars, but they will do so no longer
if young English mothers will only wake up to the fact
that bad teeth cause bad health, and that doctors' and
dentists' bills will be saved by the regular use of the tooth
We may take just pride in this praise, because there is
no doubt whatever that we deserve it. We have probably
been born with no better teeth than our British brethren,
but our teeth are better simply because we have taken
intelligent and laborious care of them.
There is still plenty of room for improvement, how
ever. Any medical examiner will tell you there is a shock
ing amount of defective-tooth trouble among selective
service men. Our dental standards are high, but we are
not yet living up to them.
NOT GIVING THEM FOOD.
In all this discussion about feeding the Germans and
Austrians, one fact should be borne in mind. The food
we send our enemies is not going to be given them. They
are going to pay for it. They are going to pay as much
for their flour and pork as we pay, and very likely a
good deal more. I
This assurance, based on official statements from
Washington, should serve to allay the criticism aroused
in many quarters by the first announcement that the Am
erican people were expected to share their food with
their beaten enemies. Nobody in this country is called
upon to give a dollar or a meal to any German or Austrian.
AH we are expected to do is to avoid waste and over-indulgence
ourselves, so that there will be enough foodstuffs
in the American markets to provide the desired surplus
All Europe Is more or less hungry, and therefore, in
common with South America and Australia, we are going
to send Europe what we can spare. The people of Central
Europe will have to buy cargoes in the open market, in
competition with other European nations, and pay for
them with real money.
THE WAR BOND SHILLING.
By Jane Phelps.
BTJTH PLANS A SUBPEISB
In a London street during a war bond campaigrr,the
mayor of Shoreditch was making a strong appeal for
funds. While he was talking a messenger from a factory
brought him a check amounting to about $100,000 in our
money. He held that up as inspiration for further loans.
A poor woman stepped out of the crowd and handed the
mayor a shilling. '
"It is all I have," she is reported to have said, "but
you are welcome to it to feed the guns and help the boys."
It is the old story of tha poor woman giving her
mite. It occurred to a. reader who ran across this story
that it held a lesson of pride and courage, as well as of
unselfish patriotism. Many persons who 'possessed a
good deal more than a shilling might be foolishly ashamed
to present a small contribution when the big one had just
been made. But one's best is always wortn while, and
one's all, no matter how little, is a greater giftthan all-
other s tenth or half.
. The spruce division of the army is being rapidly de
mobilized, and it is announced that all the railroads, built
at various points along the Oregon coast, and all other
equipment will be sold. It is to be hoped that these rail
roads, will not be "junked", since some of them, espec
ially those leading to Yaqaina Bay might be made impor
tant factors in. the development 01 the coast section, ine
prospects for such an outcome, however, are not very
bright, since the railroad systems of the country are all
tied up by government control and thus, unable to take
over such lines should they desire to acquire them. Pos
sibly large timber owners may see their way clear to buy
some of the spruce roads and keep them in operation; but
this is not at All certain.
By Walt Mason
When doves of peace are sodring round, and eagles
quit their yapping, will things cost just as much per
pound as when the hosts were scrapping? The prices rise
without a break, the snowclad summits striking; no effort
does it seem to take to keep the blamed things hiking.
The news is flashed across the sea that some one's goat
is taken; up goes the price of prunes and tea, and succo
tash and bacon. A bunch of kings have soaked their
crowns, we read in late dispatches; up goes the price ot
hand-me-downs, and pointer pups and matches. Some
heartsick rulers vainly try to smile while taking bitters;
up goes the price of whiskers dye, cf applejack and flit
ters. It's easy turning "reasons" loose, most any fake
suffices, the punkest sort of cheap excuse will do for rais
ing prices. When war dogs crawl into their den, con
vinced that war is cheesey, Will bringing prices down
again, think you, be quite so easy? Will Jinks, the grocer,
blithely say, "We've had good news from Sweden, so I
can cut the price today, on all the things you're needin'?"
Will Grimes, the clothier, say, "It's nice to know that Rus
sia's better, so I will reduce the price of that star spang
led sweater?-' Let's hope such things will come to pass,
when doves of peace are soaring, and meanwhile, as we
dig the brass, cut out the useless roaring.
Secretary McAdoo, the strongest man fn the presi
dent's official family, has resigned and will retire, to pri
vate life, giving the lie to the oft-repeated calumny, that
he was building up a great political machine through rail
road employes in order to become a candidate for presi
dent. Worn out by his numerous duties since the begin
ning of the war McAdoo has decided that he is entitled
to some rest and to employ his time in the interests of his
private business affairs. Those who are familiar with
his activities during the war period are willing to accord
him this privilege, feeling that he has earned it.
There is again an opportunity to get a boat back on
the Portland-Salem run. It should by all means be taken
advantage of since it means the recovery of trade along
the river lost by Salem since the boats were withdrawn,
and will have a salutary effect upon freight rates fixed by
the railroads. Salem businessmen ought to be willing to
take a small amount of stock in such a transportation line,
even without hope of ever receiving dividends, and at that
it would prove a good investment
"I am one of those who believe that without peace we,
cannot have progress," said Lloyd-George. About 100,
000,000 people over here agree with him. That belief
wins converts every day even in darkest Central Europe,
where the theory prevailed until recently that there is
no progress without war.
While you are sympathizing with the soldier boys for
all they have gone through reserve a little for the boy who
was unable to go "across" because the coming of peace
left him stranded in a training camp on this side of the
Editor Ingalls must be looking hopefully toward the
goal that comes with, plutocratic retirement ' He is advo
cating the laying out of a golf links at Corvallis.
Pretty soon there won't be any royalty left in the
wojld except in Boston. Ever see the Hub mayor with
his mace bearers?
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown." Still less
easy lies the head that has lost its crown.
That night Mollie and Brian talked
of little else than th., war. She was as
enthusiastic as was he. and exnrpsMciT
i the same desire to be in the thick of
"Just think, Brian, of what is go
ing on over there, and we sit here in
the old hum-drum way, doing the
things we have done all our lives and
doing them in the same way we have
done them. No wonder we are uninter
esting. Wo have gone to sleep. It will
take a great, big jar of somo kind,
like they are getting m Europe. I'd
volunteer to go and dig trenches or
scrub hospitals if were in that muss.'
It must be glorious to fight when you
feel yon are fighting for a principle."
"That's just the way I feel," Brian
answered, looking with admiration at
Mollie's shining eyes, and thinking
how very pretty she was- "The trouble
with your going, Mollio, would be that
all the Tommies would fall in love with
you, and that would spoil them for
fighting; they'd ibe afraid they'd get
hurt and someone else would get you."
"Nonsense! don't be a silly," Mollio
replied, but Brian's compliment had
changed their attitude; and they laugh-
en ana cnauea as usual, the war and
all the glory they might have, if en
gaged in it, forgotten in their deliaht
in each other's society.
Hut when Brian returned home and
as usual read a little before eoine to
bed, he felt, remorseful. He had found
a wire from Kuth awaiting him, in
which she said she had received his
letter, that she had feared he was jll
becauso he had not written sooner, and
sent him her love. "
'If she'd send herself home and then
stay here where she belongs, it would
oe Dctter for us both," he grumbled,
hia guilty feeling because he had
spent the entire evening again with
Mollie making him want to throw the
blame on someone so on Ruth.
Brian had fully intended to caution
Mollie not to telephone him again at
the hrfuse. But Jie had forgotten all
about it. They were having too good
time together. But now it once more
occurred to him. He was annoyed that
he had forgotten to tell her. She might
cause him trouble if she should tele
phone when he was out.
He eat down at Ruth's desk and
wrote Mollie a little note:
. "Don't call me at the houBO again,
dear. Rachel might not understand, and
tell of it, and so 'make' me trouble,"
Then ho went out and mailed it.
Ho had written 'me" then erased
it and substituted "us." Could he
have seen Mollie's pitying smile when
she read it (she had noticed the eras
use immediately), and heard her mur
murod "poor Brian he's afraid of say
ing his soul is his own," he would
have been astonished at her viewpoint
That note confirmed Mollie's idea that
Buth was avdisagreeablo, nagging sort
of a woman, and that she made Brian's
home life almost unbearable.
"There that 'a fixed!" Brian said as
he returned after posting the letter.
"I wouldn't have Mollie hurt ButVs
'eelings for the world."
Ruth returned sooner than she had
expected. Her work had gone splendid
ly, and she was in high good humor
She had notified Mr. Mandel that she
was coming; but would surprise Brian, j dispensable.
eontinued a few weeks for some reason.
I cannot think of a class of people, no
of individuals of my acquaintance, wan
do not need the newspaper. There A
hardly a person in the country ho eaa
read who does not read the aewspane
these days and feel that it is almost ior
Her train got in just about dinner time.
She would reach home as he was about
to sit down, She smiled as she thought
how pleased and surprised he would be.
He had written her again, a long, chat-
A few among the religious classes
have in times past criticised the news
paper quite severely. However, trem.
they are coming more and more t ra
-alize that the newspaper is aa import
ty letter which had taken all worry j . . , . ., , . r, , t.
L v.. - w .m.j .1 'nt help in Biblo studyl How eaa that
put her mind on her work. Beally it had be BeU8i.Veeords the ma.n? vent
been the comfort that letter brought her iwk ne Bjble wnters PIedlite,dD??r
that had spurred her on to finish her , e thousand years ago. Careful Bibla
of any newspaper now without readiiij
of happenings which are in direct ful-
work in record time, working
night instead of resting.
Hhe iumned liffhtlv from the train .
and hurried into a taxi. She had not,ruIulen' ot Uible prophecies,
looked about, as she expected no one Those who feel like criticising tha
to meet her. Had she, she might have modern newspaper should perhaps real
seen Arthur Mandel watching to see if that they are partly to blame foe
Brian met hor, and putting his own the publication of so many feature!
construction upon the fact that he did which they consider objectionable
not. There is probably nothing the average
Of course he had no way of know- editor desires more than to publish tha
ing that Kutn was planning a surprise
He never doubted that, having sent him
word, sho also had wired her husband.
Ho smiled enigmatically as he turned
away. But it was a happy, satisfied
smile that, to one knowing him, told
that he was immensely pleased with
When Buth reached home she could
hardly wait for the elevator, so anx
ious was she to see Brian. He would be
things which will be interesting and up
lifting to the.readers of his paper bat
if his readers demand "blood and
thunder" stories," and all the details
of every crime, and of every demoralis
ing occurrence, the editor must not ba
blamed too much for publishing that
class of reading. If more good people
would express to editors and publishers
their appreciation for the good and sp
litting articles which appear in their
.- jUimig UILIUICS wincu appear in iuo
so pleased and surprised. She opened the papera( the cditor8 would doubtless fat
door very quietly with hor latch key. I
The apartment waa in darkness, jsne
could look through into the dining room,
and there was no light there. Just
thin streak of white under the door
that led to the kitchen, was the only
.sign that there was anyene at home.
' ''BacheH" she called going toward
the door, throwing on the lights as.
she passed the switch, "Where's Mr.
"Not cominr home, missy- Bath. He
tola ne this mawin. Ole Bachel is sho
ly glad to- see yon honey I dat place
am dat lonesome when you is away."
Tomorrow Buth JJMnds Brian's Mes
sage to Molly-'
INFLUENCE OF THE NEWSPAPEB.
To the Editor: ,
May I speak through your columns
in the expression of a few opinions con
cerning the modern newspaper? I fear
that in the past I, as well as others,
have not sufficiently appreciated the
value of the newspaper one of the
most powerful of modern inventions.
As an illustration of the development
of the publishing business, it has been
ostmiated that if Benjamin Franklin
should step up and take chargo of the
Saturday Evening Post as it is now,
bringing his facilities with him, it
would take him nineteen years to print
a single weekly edition.
There would certainly be a lonesome
and dissatisfied lot of people in this
country if all the newspapers were dis-
more room for such articlos and less)
for the othor kind.
But on the other hand, we should not
lay all the blame on the editors and pub
lishers if we waste our time reading
things which are of no value to us. Tha
entire paper was not prepared for our
especial benefit; and we are expected
to bso our own wisdom and judgment
in reading only those things wuislt w
find helpful to us. It is the aim of tha
editors and publishers to print such
variety of matter in every paper tha
every reader will find something whiell
more than repays him for the price of
the paper and the- time spent in read
In this day whon "of the making of
books there is no end," and when there
are more than 24,000 periodicals pub
lished in this country, a knowlcdga of
what to read and how to read it is of
great value. Let us train ourselves ia
the choice of reading instead of try
ing to get the editors to publish only
that of which we approve.
Very truly yours,
, A READER".
MOUNTAIN VIEW DISTBICT
SETS A GOOD STANDARD
Charlie Alexander, chairman of his
district in the war fund drive was in
Silverton Monday and brought down
the money for Mountain View districts
(ruota, and the- amount raised waa
$150. There are about sixteen families
up there in the hills all told and prac
tically all of them are clearing new
farms and just getting started. Thejr
have shown their 100 per eent Ameri
canism and generous hearts by subscri
bing liberally for the physical comfort
and moral welfare of the boys oversoasu
Thousands of Miles
Over Sharp Rocks arid
. ... . .
Not a Scratch or Cut-
they have run thousands of miles and of Republic Tires for the reason that the
Rubber is put through what is called "Prodium Process" Discovered and
used only by the Republic Factory.
Car Owners come to our store every day and say "Look at my Republic Tires,
they have run thousands of miles and aver sharp rock roads, that I felt sure
would cut them to shreds, but not a scratch or a cut."
We want to show you a sample of the rubber used in Republic Tires.To pro
tect the fabric, a tough rubber, that will not cut or chip, must cover it If
your car is not equipped with Republic Tires it should be. Every Republic
carries a 5000 mile guarantee. We make Republic adjustments at our store.
F. G. DELANO
246 State Street
I "Republic Distributors For Marion, Polk and Northeast Part of Linn County