The Davenport New Era (Davenport, Okla.), Vol. 9, No. 12, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 3, 1917 Page: 3 of 6
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Kin Hubbard Essays
MISS FAWN LIPPINCUT ON TH' INDUSTRY 0'
United States Must Prepare for
Regrouping of the World Powers
By RICHMOND PEARSON HOBSON
Former Member of Congress and Naval Expert
HAPBOR PROTtCTLO BY 3TEXL NUTS
COUNT VON BERNSTOBFF'S
enforced delay at Halifax
during the examination made
by the British authorities of
the neutral ship by which the dis-
missed diplomat was Journeying, would
have been far less irksome if the voy-
agers had been permitted to visit
the picturesque city, which occupies
u commanding position on the east
slope of a peninsula jutting into the
deep waters of the Bay of Chebucto
on the southeast coast of the far larger
peninsula of Nova Scotia, says a war
geography bulletin Issued by the Na-
tional Geographic society.
From its foundation in 1740 the
town has been a center of British mili-
tary activity and it was established
at the instance of the New England
colonists who had recognized the ad-
vantages of the wonderful harbor
whence D'Anviile's fleet had made its
futile descent upon the New England
coast in the course of the long war be-
tween France and Great Britain.
Where All Navies Might Float.
The town was the first English-
speaking settlement in the midst of
the French colonies of Acadia and It
speedily took on importance. Within
five years from its founding It became
the seat of British North American
government, ami Britons have long
termed it the "warden of the honor of
the north." Its harbor Is deep and
ample and claimed to be sufficient to
flout all the navies of Europe. Elev-
en forts command its spacious waters,
and up to 190." Halifax was an active
center of British activity. In that
year, however, as a mark of friendly
relations with the United States, all
British regular troops were with-
drawn and the care of Halifax and its
fortifications was committed to the
government of the Dominion of Pan-
ada. With the outbreak of the Eu-
tlon of Halifax, however, came at the
conclusion of peace between the moth-
er country and the revolting American
colonies In 17S3, when thousands of
loyalists, preferring the old flag to the
new, left the states and renewed their
British allegiance In Nova Scotia. By
them was laid the foundation of the
now considerable city of St. John,
while many of them settled in Hali-
fax, where they contributed at once
and In no small measure to the enter-
prise of the community and where
their descendants still retain that de-
votion to the empire which has had so
remarkable a demonstration in these
last troubled years for Britain's far-
flung lines. . . .
Halifax has always been essentially
English. It is, nevertheless, surround-
ed by the settlements which the earli-
er French had established in that part
of the world, beginning ns early as
3(104; and It was not until 1710 that
British sovereignty was definitely set
up. By the treaty of Utrecht (1713-
14) the Acadians were permitted to
remain in the country, continuing
their religion, or to leave with their
personal effects. From 1755 to 170'J.
however, no fewer than 14,000 Acadi-
ans were forcibly dispossessed and
Longfellow's "Evangeline" lias Im-
mortalized their sufferings. . . .
City and Its Surroundings.
The environs of Halifax are delight-
ful. The city is capped by its citadel,
a picturesque Martello tower, and the
arm, a three-mile fiord, is marked by
chain rock, whence a boom used to be
stretched, with a frigate moored in-
side, to repel the enemy. The roads
were all laid out by army engineers
Miss Fawn Llpplncut caused quite
a flutter in th' ranks o' th' Colonial
Rridge club ylsterday by openly declar-
ln', in an impromptu address, that card
clubs wuz notliln' more ner less tliau
clenrin' houses fer knockers.
Begtnn(n' her remarks she said:
"Tiler's one great nnd growin' Industry
In this country employln' hundreds o'
thousands o' people in ever' city, nook
an' hamlet that's not losin' any sleep
! on account o' th' Institution o' regional
banks under federal control, an' that's
th* business o' KNOCKIN*.
"Ther's alius been a little knoekin'
going on here an' there since th' lie-
ginnln' o' time, but it has operated
under th' sobriquet o' backbitin' an'
wuz widely scattered. But somehow
it got In with th' vanguard o' our coun-
try's progress an' advancement an'
most reluctant t' take It up. However,
th' fact remains that t'day knoekin' is
th' principal industry wherever th'
American flag cracks In th' breezes.
"Some folks knock openly while oth-
ers use a long, tortuous roundabout
route. Lots o' knocks are spoken in a
jest, while many a boost '11 carry a
knock fer a rider. Th' one thing above
all others, t' my mind, that has fur-
nished more real practice fer th' anvil
chorus Is th' automobile. What a re-
lief It must lie fer a poor auto owner
t' git away from his neighbors an' spin
along th' quiet country lanes an' be
able t' look straight Int' th' face o*
snillln' cows an' friendly woodpeckers.
"If knockers don't know anything
mean about somebuddy they 11 change
th' subject. Ambitious wives with
uneventful husbands make th' worst
ff'l WW* -JV
As war lias signaled the great changes in the
growth of nations and empires, so has it signaled the
great changes in their expansion, their sway, their de-
cline, their disintegration, their downfall.
What great changes does the greatest war of the
ages signal for America, for Germany, for the British
empire, for France, for Russia, for Japan, for China,
for the other nations, for the world?
The fundamental <iuestion now is, Will the great
war signal the climax in the grouping of nations and
will the world enter upon a period of a universal
balance of power, culminating, perhaps, in a war that would dwarf even
the present war, or will the present war carry the world on into the period
of general federation and place a term upon the life of war.
The cardinal fact for America at this juncture is to realize that the
period of evolution has passed. \\e must contemplate with resignation
the dropping of our time-honored policy of avoiding entangling alliances.
The German note to Mexico is a forecast of the dangers that may confront
America in this period of the grouping of nations.
"Safety first" must be our watchword. We must prepare, then pre-
pare, then prepare. Our general policy in the war with Germany, based
upon fundamentals, is to look always to our own future safety.
•'Th' One Thing Above All Others, t' My Mind, That Has Furnished Most Real
Practice for th' Anvil Chorus Is th' Automobile. What a Relief It Must
Be fer a Poor Auto Owner t' Git Away From His Neighbors an' Spin
Along th' Country Lanes an' Be Able t' Look Straight Int' th' Faces o
Smilin' Cows an' Friendly Woodpeckers."
t'day it is regarded as a matter o'| knockers, unless It's a bookkeeper
Course, jist th' same as th' cotton gin. i with twelve children. Even at a
th' typesettln' machine an' th' straight 1 weddln' knockers are ambushed he-
front corset. It is one o' our estab- hl"
I llshed customs. It seems t' be impos-
sible t' make th' most commonplace
remark without leadln' up t' a knock.
1 As late as- 1!KJ8 th' more charitably In-
clined attributed th' habit o' knoekin'
t' a condition o' th' liver, while still
hind banks o' sweet smellin' blooms,
er tall, stately palms, waitln' fer a
burst o' laughter er th' low mum-
hlln' tones o' th' organ that they may
put over a well aimed knock without
"My friends, even in th' death cham-
Dthers were inclined t' think it wuz her o' th' stricken home tli' knocker
only a natural an' transitory result o' appears an' snoops around with a sol-
di' seemln' unequal distribution o' emn face an' stands with bared head
wealth. However, ther kin be no doubt under a pear tree in th' doorynrd an
that th' high cost o' llvln' has d#ne remarks t' his nearest neighbor, 'He
much t' stimulate knoekin' In those | might have looked that way all Ills Ufa
Co-Operative Stores and Markets
By MRS. WILLIAM B. DERR
Preaident of Housekeeper League, of Philadelphia
... ! "lUCIl l NllIIlUIULe Mi« «vm '«• IIIIRIH ......
with a view to transporting men from j q, sodety tlmt Hl nrst apemiHl „ lu,.(1 tuken a bath.'"
point to point in maximum numbers
and In minimum time, and the result
Is a series of beautiful wooded drives
constructed on the soundest principles
s f- e a im
THE MARRIAGE OF LINNET SPRY AN'
Showing xntrwce. to great harbor
ropean war, however, Halifax was I of road-making and fringed with many
again made military and naval head- ! alleys and bridlepaths which lead Into
Th' culmination o' a frame up by
Dan Cupid that begun in front o' th'
billiard annex ' th' New I'alace hut-tel
wuz solemnized ut th' town house o
Mr. and Mrs. .Toe Spry hist evenin'
when ther daughter, Miss Linnet, wuz
Joined in holy wedlock t' Mr. Win- r
Kale, Eclipse Barber's college, 1 13.
Tli' groom gave away thirty 1 iVI pounds
an' came all th' way from Tell City fer
Tli' bride Is endowed with all th'
accomplishments which a brace o' fond
parents kin shower on a only daughter.
As Miss Linnet Spry she wuz til' life
an' central figure o' her set. A gracious
hostess, a jeller an' jammer o' unusual
merit, excellin' with th' needle, a wiz-
ard at croquet, a dauntless motor-
cyclist, a knockless club woman an'
a artless charmer in any setttn'. With
all th' advantages o' ti meager educa-
tion an' two terms In th' tinware an'
a sft ring on a middle finger.
Th' solemn words that merged th'
happy couple were pronounced by Itev.
\Yan:' r Meadows, an' at th' close o' th*
ceremony tli' young clergyman said,
addressin' the freshly made man and
wife in tones full o' emotion an' scarce-
ly audible: "You are now set tin' forth
on th' Journey o' life. Your trunks
are pftcked an' at th' depot o' a new
beginnln*. Your tickets are stamped
nil' you have th' privilege o' many stop-
overs this side o' your destination.
Eternity. Many tips will be required
o' you as you wlilz thro' tli' peaceful
valleys an' o'er th' mountain preci-
pices o' this mundane sphere. You are
ticketed thro' t' a ripe ole age. Let
us hope that no drowsy train dis-
patcher o' fate will slumber at Ills In-
strument. that th' switchman o' your
careers will he ever at his post that
vour journey may not be Imperiled.
In the middle ages food, drink and clothing could be sold only at
regulated profits, and prices to the community were in accordance with
income. A century and a half ag* actual needs were controlled by the
individual family; weaving was done in the home, and food was at our
doors, while today the speculator holds the necessities of life in cold-storage
warehouses, to gamble with at his will.
With the invention of machinery men have had more time to think,
and they have employed their minds weaving the following trusts: Ice,
milk, bread, fish, banana, meat, etc., produce exchanges,' citrus exchanges,
butter boards, wholesale and retail grocers' associations, onion associations
and chain stores.
We know our trusts are not benevolent organizations, nor are we ask-
ing them to be; but surely we must cast our thoughts in directions that
will compel justice to rise supreme and find ways and means to help our
My first suggestion is the co-operative store, under a system whereby
profits are distributed to the consumer instead of passing into the hands
of the few.
Community buying is a means of saving to the housewife while wo
are endeavoring to educate the public to the co-operative system.
The government could help the people by passing a well-regulated
federal cold-storage bill.
Municipal markets are another necessity and cannot come too soon.
The government could purchase a few coal mines and some ol tho
foodstuffs, and when our food gamblers grow too avaricious, could unload
to the people and reduce the inflated prices.
Th® greatest need today is "ballots for both," so we may enable women
to use direct voice to secure proper laws affecting all commodities that
come jut i the home. Through (lie ballot we can force legislation that will
break down the conspiracy of food gamblers, who practice extortion and
are assisted in their game by banking and loan businesses conducted by
warehouse men, as well as the manipulation of prices when the market is
cornered on any one food product. Let us work first for ballots for
both," and then we can try a hand at voice and place.
Bringing Music to the Children
quarters for British America, and
many German prisoners have been in-
terned upon the well-guarded Islands
of its harbor. Here, too, was the chief
port of embarkation for the numerous
contingents which Canada has con-
tributed to the English armies, and
the scenes of today must call to mind
the earlier and even more active mo-
ments of the town's history.
Prominent In Napoleonic Wars.
During the Napoleonic wars Hall-
fax was the scene of many a demon-
stration of Kngllsh prowess. The pri-
vateers, fitted out by prominent Hall-
gonians, frequently returned with
their prizes, distinguished French
prisoners made use of the enforced
hospitality of the citadel, built by
I'rlnce Edward, son of George IV,
which still caps the highest ground
and Is a landmark far to sea. The
first prizes of the war of 1812 were
brought by their British captors to
Halifax, and It was to this capacious
shelter that the Shannon brought the
captive Chesapeake. It was from Hal-
ifax that the successful naval expedi-
tion against the coast of Maine set
will, and the succession of prize courts
which followed the arrival of the vic-
tory ships, together with the social gay-
etles which marked the government
house at that period, gave to the place
an intensity of life which it has never
Added to Halifax's Population.
Following the capture of Washing-
ton a British brig and a transport ship
arrived at Halifax bearing a large
number of fugitive slaves from Vir-
ginia. whose descendants still popu-
late negro colonies on the outskirts of
the town. Another and larger and
more Important addition to the popula-
the woodland maze.
The harbor is never closed by Ice
nnd the development of the port as
planned by the Dominion government
looks to one of the largest centers of
water transshipment on this side of
the ocean. When completed these im-
provements will find Halifax as the
climax of the grand Canadian trans-
continental railway scheme—the
transshipment point intended to guar-
antee that Canadian goods will be
entirely carried over British soli, the
link In the great British "all red"
transport system of which English
statesmen have long dreamed.
Senntor Bankhead said at a din-
ner in Jasper, Ala.:
"Those politicians know so little
about cotton that they remind me of
"Blanc was running for the state
legislature against a farmer. He
wouldn't let the farmer outdo him
with the farm vote, however. In fact,
be challenged the man'to a milking
" 'We'll go out to any dairy farm
you select,' said Blanc to his farm-
er opponent, 'and if I don't milk
more cows than you in the course
of an hour, I'll withdrew from this
fight. If you, on the contrary, win,
"But the fnrmer, though an expert
milker, got scared and refused Blanc's
"A man said to Blanc afterwards:
" 'How many cows can you milk per
" 'How the deuce do I know till I
try?' he answered.
cow iu my life.'"
By DR. P. P. CLAXTON
United Stile. Commiiiioner ol Education
From th1 Phonograph, Completely Hidden by Shower After Shower o' Wild
Cucumber Blossoms, Came th'Soft Notes o' "Come, Birdie, Come an' Live
With Me," as th' Bride, on th' Arm o' Her Father, Entered From th'
mousetrap department o' a Vincennes | Stick close t'getlier on th' crowded
racket store, th' bride enters upon her platforms along life's great trunk line
duties as a home maker with a wide an' be ever mindful o' th' spreadin'
knowledge o' th' world an' fully armed rails o' Jealousy. Let us hope that th'
t' combat th' complex problems an' re- 1 sandwiches you pluck along this life's
sponslbilltles that too often fall t' th' great steel path will he ever filled with
lot o' th' weaker sex. I th' sweet meat o' love an' happiness.
patient when th*
refuse t' work an'
th' barren wastes
way. An' may th'
In all the cities and large towns of the United States there are hun-
dreds and thousands of boys ami girls who never bear good music. If
they hear music at all, it is of the ragtime or vaudevillo type or tho
mechanical music of the moving-picture theaters. Some of them hear and
join in the Sunday school songs to the accompaniment of a small organ
or piano. Of music that appeals to the best of their emotions, that stirs
the 'ioul and helps to form good taste in music, they hear little or none.
Many of these children live amid the ugliness and squalor of the slums,
where there is little to appeal to and help form the sense of beauty and
grandeur in light and color, form and space. Yet, in these same towns
and cities are scores and hundreds of costly churches, beautiful and attrac-
tive in the vaulting of their ceilings, in the tinting of their walls and the
colors of their windows, and impressive in their spaciousness. In almost
every church there is a great organ with its wide range of tone and its
possibilities or harmonies which stir the soul to its depths and may help
toward forming better tastes and nobler ideals. But these churches remain
closed and the organs silent while the childn n work in the mills or play
in the allevs and their souls starve unconsciously.
Why should not every church in which there is a good organ and
its doors freely to children between
Aside from th' bride's aunt, o' M
gantown, ther wuz no guests from afur
an' only those directly Involved wit-
nessed th' weddin'. From th' phono-
graph, completely hidden by shower
after shower o' wild cueumh
soms, came th' soft notes o
Birdie, Come an' Live With Me
bride, on th' arm o' her father,
from th' kitchen under a arch o'
striped grass radiant in filmy raiment
o' spotless white. Th' groom appeared
from behind a large bowl o' goldfish
deeply Imbedded In a wealth o' llve-
I th' sweet meat
May th' wife he
drlvln' rods o' fatt
want waves from
along life's right o
lihteen for one hour every week,
1 never milked & fer-evers dressed In black diagonal an
husband walk away when th' wife,
nervous nil' Irritable from th' annoy-
•Co.rie, ances o' travel, relieves her weary
as th' , mind by naggin'. In th' great dlnln'
ntered j car o' all earthly things we must accept
th' hitter with th' sweet—th' olive
with th' cherry."
Th' worthy young couple left after
th' ceremony an' '11 proceed by easy
stages t' th' aunt o' th' bride at Lynn,
Indianny. an' other eastern relatives.
r' Inch a man except he wore 1 (Copyright. Ad«ni Newspaper Scrvlc* )
which has a competent organist open
the ages of eight or nine to seventeen or
at such time ns may be most convenient for the largest number of the chil-
dren within its reach, and arrange for its organist to render for the chil-
dren the best music in the best style? Sometimes the organ music might
be varied by orchestra and singing, but it should never partake of the
nature of a lesson for the children. It should never appear to be in any
way didactic, nor should any music low or trashy in its nature be included
in the program. There should be about the occasion no formality that
might tend to keep any children away. It should be easy for newsboys,
messenger boys, shopgirls, boys and girls from the mills, and children at
play on the street to go immediately from their occupations, listen to the
music for all or a portion of the hour, and return directly agaiu to their
occupations or plav
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