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not wanting in America, where he has Association, with J. C. Nichols of Kan- a concert. During the intermission Mr. been residing for several months. He sas City as First Vice-President.

Damrosch and Madame Alma Gluck in has been officially greeted as Patriarch

intimate, graceful, and witty fashion by prelates of his own, the Russian, and THIRTEEN PIANOS

auctioned off three programmes, autothe American Episcopal Churches in | HIRTEEN grand pianos on the stage graphed by the participating pianists, their respective cathedrals in the me- and fifteen grand pianists to play

which brought, respectively, $500, $750, tropolis. them! How is this for the parapher

and $1,000. The net receipts of the nalia of a concert? It sounds rather benefit were announced to be well over ZONING FOR HOME PROTECTION acrobatic and vaudevillian but it really $10,000. \he dominant subject of discussion at was musical and delightful.

This handsome sum will be welcomed the recent annual meeting of the The occasion was a benefit perform- for material reasons by the disabled American Civic Association was that ance given in Carnegie Hall, New York, pianist to whom it will be presented. form of better community housekeeping not long before Christmas, to raise a

But he will doubtless still more wel. called zoning. Chicago supplied the ex- fund for the distinguished Polish pian- come the appreciation of his art shown amples of tremendous individual and ist and composer, Moszkowski, who is by the great audience which filled every city loss through lack of the sane segre- lying ill and almost penniless in Paris. seat and all the standing room of Cargation of business, manufacturing, and Moszkowski is distinctively a composer

negie Hall and the unique token of residence locations which has resulted in for the professional pianist. His pieces affection and friendship from his fellowlarge areas now called "blighted dis- afford an opportunity for the display of artists-a friendship which knows no tricts." The estimates presented by Chi- brilliant, rapid, and scintillating tech

national limitations. cago's newly created zoning commission nique, although one of his compositions, pointed to a loss of a billion dollars in his “Spanish Dances," has had a great property values through uncontrolled popular vogue among amateurs through

ADVERTISING-THE locations, not taking into account the out the world. added burdens of transportation put It was a happy thought of some musi- NEW PROFESSION upon the city and the people by reason cian-it was, we believe, Ernest Schellof removals from these blighted districts. ing-to combine a unique display of

NDER the above title we print Other major subjects discussed in- piano artisanship and pianistic art with

elsewhere in this issue an intercluded the proposed Roosevelt-Sequoia a manifestation of the friendly spirit of

esting address which Mr. Frank National Park in the high Sierras, the Christmas in aid of a suffering col

Presbrey, one of the best-known Amerisession being under the chairmanship of league. Circumstances aided. War and can experts on advertising, recently deJudge John Barton Payne, now head of post-war conditions have brought to- livered before an association of manuthe American Red Cross, and Secretary gether in New York a group of great facturers. He speaks of advertising as of the Interior in the last Administra- pianists such as probably have never a new profession. tion, with Frederick Law Olmsted mak- before been living at one time in a sin- We doubt if many advertising men ing and illustrating the principal ad- gle world capital. The result was that themselves realize how new a thing address. The session on "Real Reductions the audience had the unique opportu- vertising is as an adjunct of commerce in Cost of Small Homes" was conducted nity of hearing such artists as Bauer, when measured by the time units of, let by John M. Gries, Chief of Herbert Hutcheson, Lhevinne, Schelling, Back- us say, H. G. Wells's “Outline of HisHoover's new division of building and haus, Gabrilowitsch, Grainger, Fried- tory.” Barter or commerce is as old as housing in the Department of Com- man, Casella, Ornstein, Schnitzer, Stow. primeval man.

It has been a part, an merce, and the addresses on the elimina- jowski, Ney, and Lambert play solos essential part, of the development of tion of wastes in land layout and in and perform together in a great en- civilization for thousands of years. But house plans were notable contributions semble. The idea of thirteen pianos all commercial advertising is less than by experts to the stimulation of home going at once seemed to some musi- three hundred years old. building.

cianly spirits rather ludicrous before- According to so good an authority as A spectacular session occurred in con- hand; but those who came to scoffre- the eleventh edition of the Encyclopæ. junction with the Chicago Association of mained to admire. For example, the dia Britannica, the first known newsCommerce, at which, upon a courageous arrangement was almost ideal for Schu- paper advertisement appeared in Lonpresentation by Thomas E. Donnelley, a mann's "Carnival." The various num- don in April, 1647. It sought purchasers thousand Chicago business men pledged bers of the suite were played as solos for a book entitled “The Divine Right themselves to “clean house" in the build- in rotation by the participating artists, of Church Government,” which, the ing situation by complete support of the while the finale, the stirring “Davids- reader was informed, might be had at Landis award in relation to the arbitra- bundler" march, was performed by all the sign of the Golden Fleece in the Old tion, against which the carpenters and hands on all the pianos at once with Change—not an inappropriate name for plumbers, with several other unions, fine orchestral effect. Indeed, the or. some book-shops of the present day were resisting, although eighty-five per chestral character of this performance where undiscriminating purchasers are cent of the union workers, the contrac- was enhanced by the fact that Mr. Wal- fleeced into buying popular “best selltors, and the material men had agreed ter Damrosch conducted it as he would ers” whose only merit is that they bring to abide by the fair and fearless findings have conducted a symphony.

a golden stream into the coffers of the of Chicago's able and picturesque jurist. A word, at least, should be said for publishers. It was said by one spectator at this the artisanship which the concert dis- Beginning with the paid announcemeeting that it amounted to a new dec- closed. To build and tune thirteen con- ments of books, newspaper and periodilaration of independence against the cert grand pianos of five different makes cal advertising rapidly fell into the intolerable evils which have brought so that they shall be each and all abso- hands of quacks and fakers and acbuilding construction in the great city lutely true to pitch and thus to one an- quired a notoriety and disrepute that 10 a virtual standstill.

other is no small achievement. Yet this made honorable and scrupulous men J. Horace McFarland was continued result was happily accomplished.

look upon it with distrust and aversion. President of ihe American Civic The affair was a festivity as well as Advertising came to be regarded as

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synonym for quackery or puffery. And the readers of newspapers and periodi- moral courage of the most exacting then the usual forces of social evolution cals when it is properly edited and cen- kind. Let us look over various sports began to assert themselves. The men sored as a real contribution not only to and apportion to each one the elements whose livelihood depended on advertis- their convenience but to their general of mental and physical qualifications in ing began to realize the true function of information and welfare. No wonder it various degrees of intensity. Boxing? advertising as a handmaid of commerce has been called a New Profession.

Certainly no great brain power is reand set in motion reforms in business

quired, but to attain pre-eminence it methods and the enactment of laws

ATHLETES OF 1921

demands at least that instant reflex belaws which were not imposed on adver

tween stimulus and action which is to tising managers, but were inaugurated

S long as men and women have be found in the perfect animal. Track by them-which, as Mr. Presbrey says,

bodies it is probable that the ath- athletics? A high degree of physical have made the advertising agent and lete will hold a high place in adaptation to the purpose, combined solicitor really a professional man with popular esteem. And there does not with those mental qualifications which an organized code of ethics as strict as seem to be much immediate prospect mark the individual who has the perthat of the lawyer or physician. Bu- that our world will be changed into a sistency and strength of character to reaus of research have been established cosmos of disembodied spirits.

work intelligently towards what to investigate the statements of adver- There is sound reason behind this call "form." Billiards? We find here tisements submitted for publication, and state of affairs, for the body is the tool amazing physical dexterity and one great American periodical, whose of the mind, and it is in the athlete that nicety combined with the surest of advertising pages may be literally called the most dramatic illustration of the co- nerves and the most exact of eyes. a National bulletin of American indus- ordination of these factors is to be Fancy diving? It asks a sense of rhythm trial news, maintains a chemical labora- found. We are not suffering under any and grace and a power of physical contory to test scientifically the claims delusion that the athlete is necessarily trol which an interpretative dancer made for merchandise offered to the a man or woman of high mental powers might envy. The field of athletic acpublic in its advertising pages.

or that athletics should be regarded as tivity is as limitless as the number of The Encyclopædia Britannica, which an end in itself. But athletes and ath- possible contestants. has already been quoted, is itself a wit- letics occupy a high and rightful place If this were an editorial on æsthetics ness to the importance of advertising among the best products of civilization. instead of one on athletics we might in modern civilization. That famous The two articles which The Outlook has take occasion to point out that the compendium is edited and published recently published by Katherine Mayo athlete is necessarily something of a under the auspices of the University of and Elwood Brown

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presented Platonic philosopher. Surely the athlete Cambridge; it is defined by that historic clearly the far-reaching influence which in his own particular field is striving to and highly intellectual institution as “a may be exerted by the development of discover the ideal and to approach it dictionary of arts, sciences, literature, world-wide interest in athletic carnivals. as closely as possible. The ideal for the and general information;" and, while it Every teacher knows the powerful effect athlete is that variety of intangible devotes thirteen pages to the article on which organized play has upon the char- perfection which we call form. That poetry, it gives five of its valuable pages acter development of the individual. those who come measurably close to to a review and interpretation of adver- The daily press is not to be condemned this ideal veritable creators of tising, one of the writers of this long for taking athletics so seriously, but beauty has been most graphically demand comprehensive paper being a only because it too frequently takes onstrated by a very modern inyention, former scholar at Queen's College, Ox- sport in the wrong spirit.

the rapid-motion-picture camera—the ford, and a barrister at law.

The illustrations of leading American camera which, by registering many more Now if one of the greatest universi- athletes of 1921 which we publish else. impressions of a given action than the ties of the world considers advertising where in this issue provide testimony human eye is capable of doing in a to be five-thirteenths as important to to the wealth of opportunity for recrea- given space of time, is able to perform mankind as poetry, surely a periodical tional development to be found in sport. the function of Mr. Wells's “time malike The Outlook is justified in regard- There is an activity suited to every type chine." An athlete who flashes by the ing its advertising pages with both of mind and body. There is the game human eye in a blur is shown by means pride and concern.

in which the individual is fused in a of this camera to have attained in move. For there is no doubt that great re- team, the type of physical endeavor ment a marvelous rythmical progression sponsibility rests upon the shoulders of which demands not only co-ordination beyond the power of the unaided eye to both those who write and those who between the individual mind and the appreciate. publish advertising. The diffusion of individual body, but also the highest The rapid-motion-picture camera is literature and education, the promotion degree of co-operation with the minds perhaps one of the few modern invenof health and physical comfort, the dis- and bodies of others. Such a sport as tions which the ancient Greeks would tribution of farm and manufactured football marks the highest development have enjoyed possessing. It is a satisproducts, the increase of agricultural in this direction. Probably in the posi- faction to have discovered at least one economics and efficiency, the develop- tion of the quarterback on a modern asthetic pleasure which the Greeks did ment of transportation, the spread of foot-ball team is to be found the acme not enjoy! popular understanding of civic organi- of such union. At the other end of the zation--in a word, the orderly progress scale comes such a sport as golf. The of our National life depends in a large

A GREAT royal game of Scotland likewise measure on vise, effective, and honor- quires a superlative degree of mental

UNDERTAKING able advertising. It should be regulated and physical co-ordination, but it is a by law, as is being done more and more solitary pastime in which defeat or vic- HE preparation of an Encyclo by many of the State governments; it tory is decided within the confines of a

pædia of Christianity in twelve should be jealously protected by its single body. The physical demands of

volumes was announced in The sponsors from errors of taste and crimes this game are less severe than football, Outlook last week. This we count a of fraud; and it should be regarded by but it requires a mental stamina and a great undertaking-great in the difficul

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ties to be encountered, great in the re- temperaments in the same age. The school, the post office, the credit system, sults if these difficulties are overcome. spirit of love, service, and sacrifice banks and banking. How are these In both respects we count it a much which Christ imparts entering into the movements to be interpreted; how far greater undertaking than either of its heart makes in each individual a new to be regarded as products of the Chrispredecessors—the Jewish Encyclopædia creature. Christian experience is unique tian spirit? and the Catholic Encyclopædia.

in him. That experience both intensi- I think I have said enough to justify It is the pride of the Roman Catholic fies his individuality and inspires in my characterization of this EncycloChurch that it is the same in all locali- him the spirit of co-operation. Denomi- pædia of Christianity as a great underties and all ages—the same in its doc- national differences are partly intellec- taking, and perhaps to justify my betrine, its ritual, the language of its wor- tual, partly historical, but they are even lief that it promises, if carried to a ship, and its theological teaching. It is more temperamental.' The Christ spirit successful issue, to have great results the pride of the Protestant churches makes of one man the poet Whittier, of in promoting a better mutual underthat they are not the same, that they another Cardinal Gibbons. One is not standing among the different churches, have different creeds and different rit- more Christian—that is, more Christ's and so in all their variety of forms a uals and that their theology changes man-than the other. He who would real and vital unity of the spirit. from age to age. For Protestant Chris- describe Christianity has to describe not

LYMAN ABBOTT. tianity is avowedly a growing concern. merely a tree but a garden. An Ency. It frankly accepts Christ's description: clopædia of Christianity has to explain The kingdom of God is like a seed cast us to one another. This requires schol- NOT SO BAD! in the ground which springs and grows arship, but more than scholarship. It up we know not how, first the blade, requires a poet who is a philosopher and

UCH has been said lately in pubthen the ear, then the full corn in the a philosopher who is a poet.

lishers' circles about quality cirear. He who describes a fossil has a As the oldest creeds take on new

culation and mass circulation. simple task; he who would describe a meaning with new knowledge, so the This sound distinction holds good in growing tree must describe seed, sprout, most prominent doctrines take on dif- literary values as well as in advertising stem, branches, blossoms, and fruit, and ferent meanings in men of different tem- efficiency. show how the same life animates them peraments. The Trinity-what do we What sort of a year was 1921 from all.

mean by the word? There are two that point of view? Has the enormous The Christianity of the twentieth cen- popular definitions: "Three Persons in output of volumes had a gratifying or a tury is not the same as the Christianity God;” “God in three Persons." disappointing proportion of books that of the first century. Out of the upper Which do you believe? If you will lay appeal to the taste and imagination of chamber where Paul preached have this paper down and reflect for a mo- discriminating and cultivated minds as grown the great cathedrals, out of the ment, you will see that they are differ- opposed to those that accept the crass, Lord's Prayer rich rituals of devotion, ent; if you will reflect for a little the crude, and the ephemeral? Has the out of the simple "Believe on the Lord longer, you will see that they are not arter-the-war period made us care little Jesus Christ” elaborate theologies, Paul inconsistent. The mystery of the first for art; has it turned our interest unand Barnabas have become an army of attracts some thinkers; the simplicity duly to practical, concrete, “facty" writmissionaries carrying the glad tidings of the second attracts other thinkers. ing on the one side, and to sensational to every people under the sun, and the An Encyclopædia of Christianity should and "bluggy" books on the other; or do cup of water given · to a disciple has describe them both.

books that have style and atmosphere grown into a network of asylums, hos- Or again: The Christian Church with- and serene charm still find wide acpitals, life-saving stations of every de- out exception recognizes with reverence ceptance? scription.

the Lord's Supper. But how different A dash here and there among titles We hear much, sometimes in praise, the interpretation! The Friend says: that occur offhand, without ransacking sometimes in blame, of the “New The Master sits my guest at my table. of lists and with no effort to cover the Theology." Theology has been new in Every meal is a sacramental meal. whole ground, may throw light on these every age. There are no Calvinists to- Whenever a blessing is asked, there is questions. Probably two or three of the day who accept unchanged the theology some recognition of this truth. The books thus recalled may have been acof John Calvin, and John Calvin was anglo-Catholic and the Lutheran say: tually published before New Year's Day, not a replica of Augustine. When we This is a unique meal. There is no 1921, but such exceptions have at least repeat the old creeds, we charge them other like it. In every celebration of had their largest reading during the with a new meaning. "I believe in God the Eucharist there is a spiritual sacri. year. the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven fice and a new oath of consecration to There has been a veritable revival of and earth,” cannot mean to one know- the Master's service. An Encyclopædia popular demand for those biographies ing the stupendous greatness of the of Christianity should describe both that by anecdote, humor, keen charac. universe what it meant to one who sup- conceptions and whatever other concep- terization, and shrewd comment make posed that the earth was a plain and tions there are that lie in men's minds this class of reading more lastingly enthat the sun and stars were made as midway between these two.

joyable than most fiction. When Amerilamps to light it. An Encyclopædia of Moreover, there are phases of Chris- can readers buy Mr. Strachey's “Queen Christianity will not only have to de- tian life which have created well-defined Victoria" and Mr. Bok's “Americanizascribe these varying forms of belief and parties in the Christian Church, and tion of Mr. Bok" in so many tens of of worship, but to discover and disclose other phases which have led men and thousands as to run best-seller novels in them the common faith which ani- women in large numbers to leave the hard; when we hear people talk animated them all and invested them all Christian Church. And there are cer- matedly about works so different as the with a unity in variety so infinitely tain features of modern civilization "Mirror" books and Mr., Hagedorn's greater than any uniformity whether of which have been developed only where "Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" or Mrs. order, ritual, or creed.

Christian thought has preceded and ap- Aldrich's "Crowding Memories;" when But Christianity not only differs from parently prepared the way for them. we read appreciative reviews of William age to age, it differs in men of different Such are free government, the public James's Letters, or Sir Sidney Colvin's

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HUMAN NATURE BYWAYS

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DOROTHY CANFIELD

AUTHOR OF THE BRIMMING CUP,"

THE BENT TWIG," HILLSBORO PEOPLE," UNDERSTOOD BETSY," ETC.

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"Memories and Notes," or Mr. Cortissoz's Life of Whitelaw Reid, or the Autobiography of "Old Marse” Watterson, or the recent book about Renan and the just published Life of Major Higginson by Bliss Perry—with all this in mind, one may at least proclaim 1921 a royal year as regards popular interest in books about people worth knowing, if only those books are well and agreeably written and at least reasonably free from the dry dust of too conscientious but laborious authorship.

Turning to fiction, the year, if not annus mirabilis, has had its high lights and its art achievement. It was a gain for imaginative as compared with reportorial fiction, we dare to say, that as the year went on the crowd of readers turned from peering curiously into the tawdry windows of Main Street houses to admire the unselfish and sacrificing spirit of the lovable Mark Sabre in Mr. Hutchinson's "If Winter Comes." And we may support the quality claim in the fiction of 1921 by other worthy novels, romances or tales. Uffhand again, and without prejudice, as the lawyers say,

Mr. Tarkington's "Alice Adams" as a close study of the relation of environment to character, Mr. Galsworthy's To Let” as a fine specimen of apparently effortless yet exquisitely wrought workmanship, Hamsun's “Growth of the Soil" as a fascinating picture of man stolidly struggling to build society out of raw nature, Sabbatini's “Scaramouche" as a book that Dumas the elder might have written if he were alive and should use his skill and dash under the new literary conditions, Miss Sinclair's "Mr. Waddington of Wyck" as a perfect bit in its sardonic dissection of a pompous dolt swollen with self-conceit. Let the reader add to these the three or four 1921 novels he or she would like to read the second time next summer just because they keep coming back to mind, and he will agree that last year saw a substantial issue of fiction above par.

We must not carry our query too far into other classes of books. In history Mr. Wells's "Outline" was read in the last months of 1920, all of 1921, and continues to be read this year. Mr. Lansing's “Peace Negotiations" and “Big Four," Mr. Tumulty's "Woodrow Wilson as I Know Him," and Lord Bryce's "Modern Democracy" have aroused discussion. We have had delightful nature essays in John Burroughs's posthumous book "Under the Maples," Mr. E. A. Robinson's "Launcelot," "Three Taverns,” “Avon's Harvest," and his collected poems, Mr. Masefield's "Enslaved," Miss Millay's "Second April," and Sara Teasdale's "Flame and Shadow" recur to mind in

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the publication of a series of short character stories by Dorothy Canfield. They might be classed as semi-fiction—each has its characters, and each has a point which brings the reader's attention up with a sharp turn as do the endings of 0. Henry's tales. The title we have used above seems fairly well to describe these stories.

Mrs. Fisher (we disclose no secret in saying that this is Dorothy Canfield's name) has said about these articles and others that will make up a book:

What gets into print is so tragically dull and lifeless compared with the vibrating, ordered, fascinating life that goes on in your head before you put pen to paper. ... I have faith 'to believe that you will enjoy for once being able to move about in a book without a clutter of explanations and signboards to show you the road the author wishes you to take. I do not wish you to take any road in particular, and rather hope you will try a good many different ones, as I do. I have only tried to loan you a little more to add to the raw material which life has brought to you, out of which you are constructing your own attempt to understand. I am only handing you from my shelves a few more curiosities to set among the oddi

ties you have already collected, and which from time to time you take down, as I do mine, turning them around in your hands, poring over them with a smile, or a somber gaze, or a puzzled look of surprise.

So she makes the reader here do some of the work. There is little dialogue, but the characters stand out almost startlingly. There is humor abundant; there is smiling satire but no cynicism; there are queer twists of human nature.

We wonder how many of our readers read a story called "Hats" by Dorothy Canfield once printed in The Outlook; those who did remember it, those who didn't, missed enjoyment. Well, these sketches remind us of "Hats."

Dorothy Canfield's latest book, "The Brimming Cup," stood second in the list of "best-sellers" in the November "Bookman." Probably "The Bent Twig" is by most readers considered her best novel. We have added two other titles to these above just because "Hillsboro People" and "Understood Betsy" seem to us to have a good deal of the quality of these new stories.

If our readers enjoy "Old Man Warner," "A Great Love," "Uncle Ellis," and the other stories much as the editors have, they will thank us for printing them.

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EDITORIAL CORRESPONDENCE FROM

THE ARMAMENT CONFERENCE

BY ERNEST HAMLIN ABBOTT

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NE of the most familiar figures at and were disposed to the expression of lay this purpose of instituting a policy the

Armament Conference--at international good will, he believed that of national self-denia! and self-restraint least most familiar to the press war between nations thus represented and of promoting international conficorrespondents assembled there has would be impossible. He served well dence. been that of Lord Riddell. His rugged because he believed in the power of his The first fruit of this purpose was the and kindly face, crowned with a soft calling. He placed it higher in the scale treaty agreed to formally at the open hat crushed down comfortably over the of international forces than diplomacy session on December 10. This, which temples, and his rather tall frame, on or treaties. Nothing that ambassadors may be called the Four-Power Treaty or which his clothes hung like the ivy on or plenipotentiaries could do was, in his the Pacific Islands Treaty, was limited an old church, seemed to constitute as judgment, able to secure peace if the in scope, for it applied only to questions essential an element in the Conference press of the world were disposed toward which might arise concerning the region as the Pan-American Building or Conti- suspicion, animosity, and conflict. On of the Pacific Ocean, and it was limited nental Memorial Hall. Delegates might the other hand, all that ambassadors therefore to those important naval go and leave competent substitutes; but and plenipotentiaries might attempt in Powers with responsibilities for islands Lord Riddell was regarded as indispen- provoking conflict would be powerless in that region; but among these Powers cable. Twice a day this veteran British against a press united for the cause of and for all Pacific questions it embodied newspaper man met as many corre- international understanding.

this double idea of national self-restraint spondents from the various lands rep- Obviously this conviction

was the

and international confidence. resented as wished to gather at the very basis on which the Washington Within two hours of the adjournment British Press Headquarters in the New Conference was based. This conviction of that open session of the Conference Navy Building. There he sat at the was expressed by the President in the Lord Riddell had his usual afternoon head of a long table around which four two addresses he made when the Con- meeting with the press correspondents. or five score of newspaper men assem- ference opened. At Arlington, standing After receiving some jocose congratulabled-in the morning chiefly correspon- beside the body of the unknown soldier, tions on

showing himself a "good dents of American afternoon papers and President Harding described his experi- guesser" because he had forecast the nasuch foreign correspondents as had to ence in watching a demonstration of ture of this treaty, he proceeded to put their daily despatches on the wire modern warfare, a "panorama of unut- make some explanations of the text of by noon, in the afternoon the correspon- terable destruction." And he added the treaty which might not occur to the dents who could wait for the fuller these words:

mind of the casual reader. He pointed news of the day. Sometimes he volun

Surely no one in authority, with

out, for example, that the text of the teered whatever information he had. human attributes and a full appraisal treaty as given out did not include the been able to obtain, but always he was of the patriotic loyalty of his coun- names of the plenipotentiaries, and ready to answer questions. Being a trymen, could ask the manhood of

therefore gave the impression that the lawyer as well as a newspaper man, he

kingdom, empire, or republic to make

King, the Emperor, and the Presidents

such sacrifice until all reason had could explain legal problems as they

named were their own plenipotentiaries,

failed, until appeal to justice through arose. His humor was unfailing; for,

understanding had been denied, until

which of course was not true. He made as he put it, he found it desirable "to

every effort of love and consideration

other explanations, and among them one enliven these meetings for the relief of for fellow-men had been exhausted,

which at the time passed unnoticed apone's self to avoid the lunacy commis- until freedom itself and inviolate parently by the correspondents. This sion." It is hard to measure the contri- honor had been brutally threatened. was that among the island dominions bution he made to the forces which kept

included within the scope of this treaty And the next day, addressing the delethe Conference, even at times when dif

were the islands of Japan itself. gates directly, President Harding in the ferences of opinion became acute, up on

At the time this statement did not course of his speech said: the level of good feeling. A few days

strike me as of very great significance, before his departure, necessitated by

We harbor no fears; we have no

partly because it seemed obvious. One

sordid ends to serve; we suspect no business affairs which required his at

of the signatories to this treaty was the

enemy; we contemplate or apprehend tention in England, and perhaps has

no conquest. Content with what we

Emperor of Japan, and certainly his dotened by the accidental death of his

have, we seek nothing which is an

minions are emphatically the islands friend and associate, Sir Arthur Pear

other's. We only wish to do with

where the Japanese people live, just as son, the blind benefactor of the blind, you that finer, nobler thing which no the United Kingdom is itself within the he was the guest of honor at a dinner nation can do alone. We wish to sit dominions of the British King, and, as given by press correspondents of Eu- with you at the table of international any map will show, the islands of Japan

understanding and good will. In good rope, America, and Asia who wished by

are in the Pacific. Certainly this news

conscience we are eager to meet you this means to express their appreciation

was not on the face of it startling.

frankly, and invite and offer of his services, not merely to them, but

When I mentioned this fact in my cor

operation. to the cause of international under

respondence two days later for The standing and friendly relations.

To this end of mutual understanding Outlook of December 21, I did not realThough never concealing, often, in and good will the President summoned ize that across just this point in the fact, frankly expressing, his desire for the nations to self-denial. Not the de.. trail which the Conference was making the things that Britain desired—such, nial of rights or freedom or aspiration some one was about to draw a red for instance, as the abolition of the sub- or necessities, but on the part of each herring. marine_Lord Riddell was manifestly nation for itself the denial of power for That is what happened when the New chiefly concerned with one object, the aggression and injury. Behind the plan York “Times" came out with a frontstrengthening in all the nations here for the limitation of naval armament page "story" from its Washington correpresented of the will to peace. If the and behind the proposal for the discus- respondent declaring that "out of the press of the various nations were intent sion of the complicated and difficult cloud of mystery and secrecy" had on promoting a mutual understanding problems of the Far East and the Pacific emerged the "apparent" fact

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