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Jeff Occasionally Shows Flashes of Intellect
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Capital Punishment is a Gross
Violation of the Great Cre
Solitary Confinement and Other Forms of Man-Invented
.Tortures Monstrous Laws Permitting Their Enfoce
ment Have No Right to Exist and Must Eventually Be
Uy ELLA AVIIKKIjKR WILCOX.
Copyright, 1013, by Star Company.
Punishment Is a word which must
eventually become obsolete. It haa no
right to exist.
There Jb no such tiling ns punishment
In the great crcntlvo plan. There Is
Dimply law; and
there Is cause and
effect of a cause
The law of life Is
ing from broken
law. The doer of
i cruel, selfish,
pT fired Is aiivas
, .... . ,,
happiness, he ll
3iiui in the ilini-
nilnd. v.V nl even
uully Jils hU be
comes a boomer
ang and brings
evil- upon him.
The Idea of cap
ital punishment, or solitary confinement
for life, Is man-made and monstrous.
The Idea of flogging, or chaining in
dungeons, belongs to the dark ages.
Gradually the world Is coming Into n
realization that breakers of law and
doers of evil deeds are Invalids, needing
treatment. Sin and crlnio are the. result
of unbalanced minds and wrong develop
ment of brain cells.
Some day the great dream of Dr. Elmer
Gates will come true, and there will bo
extensive scientific Institutions through
out tho land, with great and good men to
tako charge of them and to train and
guide the sin-sick souls, who will be ent
to theso educational resorts instead of
to the death chamber or the life Impris
onment rill. And by every possible
fctluntlftc method of brain building (a I
i-clence Just In Its infancy) the Immor
ality will be atrophied, and the moral, I
useful, constructive qualities of the brain
ivlll lie developed.
And punishment will consist simply in
patient, systematic education. Not the
(duration of o"r present-day colleges,
In.t the education which comes from
I Ight thinking, right use of every bw-n
Women are supposed to be opposed to
tc Idea of punishment, but observation
ilc.es not prove this trait to be absolutely
The women who believe they are capa-t
ble of loving in the fullest sense of that
word ur.o many; the women who really
know wiiat It la to love are few.
Neglected wives who talk to their
fi lends and neighbors about the coldness,
indifference and unklndnesB of. their, hat
bands and who seek for sympathy havo
icvcr crossed the borderland of love,
l'ho woman capable of gossiping with
any one on such a subject Is at the same
time incapable of Inspiring a lasting
lafslon in the heart of any man.
Something lacking In her nature brought
,he result she bemoans so loudly.
A :ovlng woman might lit a moment of
v. Ilil anger, caused by well founded
Jialousy. sav or do violent things; but
v loving woman could never deliberately
plan a revenge upon a man she loved.
It would be Impossible for her heart to
hold such designs. Therefore, the woman
vi ho asks this question has never known
profound and ennobling paslon one
Aorthy of the name of great love.
"How oan a woman punish a husband
who repays loyalty, devotion and affec
tion with neglect and unfaithfulness?"
Tho sooner human beings and nations
modify their idea of punishment and
inciease their methodB of prevention of
wrong doing the better for the world.
The human being who violates a
piinciple must find his own punishment
sooner or later If left to work out his
destiny. Of course, the dangerous crlm
pal must be restricted, but the people
who have been wronged, and who cry
tor vengeance and ask for advlco in
onduetlng suitable punishments for the
fender, are making more serious trouble
(oi themselves unconclously than any
htb another has brought upon them.
it is a painful thing to bo wronged
irrt abused by one we lov It Is a
M.rr t rrlbie thing to wish harm or auf.
f to anyone To te sorry for the
v -sUr-r to rtalizu hw absolutely ho
Is destroying his own future develop
ment and cheating himself of tho best
happiness life can offer, and to ask for
guidance and direction in helping to
change his course, that Is the only atti
tude to take toward one who has wronged
Tho moment we bcgn to plan a re
venge we begin to degenerate.
y"o harm ourselves and commit moral
suicide. Just as sure as the sunset brings
darkness, so surely the husband who
wrongs and neglects a good wife will
meet with his punishment. Ho will suffer.
and the longer the punishment Is de
layed the moro . bitter It will be.
To save him from his own misdeeds
should be a good woman's aim not to
I punish him for his neglect of liprselt.
I It Is much preferable to be the wronged
one than the wrongdoer. The worst
thing which enn happen to a hlisbnnd Is
to lose the lovo and respect of a good
wife. This alone will prove a lash to
his soul as time goes on.
But the wife who wants to plan a re
venge Is not a good wife, for all revenge
belongs to the evil side of things.
Be worthy of love and respect and loy
alty In mind and deed; be sorry for tho
man who does not realize your worth,
but do not descend from your heights of
nnhln womanhood to plot revenge. If
you cannot live In this atmosphere, and
you are all that a wife ana moincr snomu
be, the laws of society are formed to
protect you and your children.
Your fate Is sad do not make It bad.
However skilled and strong are thou, my
However fierce Is thy relentless hate,
Though firm (tny hand and .strong thy
aim and straight
Thy poisoned arrow leaves the bended
To pierce the target of my heart, ah!
I am the master yet of my own fate.
Thou canst not rob me of my best
estate! , , ,
Though fortune, fame and friends, yen,
love, should go.
Not to tho dust shall my truo self he
Nor shall I meet thy worst assaults
When all things In tho balance are well
There Is but one great danger in tho
world , ,
Thou canst not force my heart to wish
That is the only evl that can kill.
Advice to the Lovelorn
ns hEATRicjrc Fairfax.
Tluit Can't llf Forced.
t' T.- I .-. r. v T am 1? nnl mot
UL'ar ..iiBo t mii . . ...... ...
a young man who Is a life saver at one
Ot tno Oeaciies wneiu miriii mj
. . ....... ... a n'n h.poma 11 c
nous, iudi Duuuiici ..u
qunlnted and very good friends. hat I
should like to Know is now am huuik
to gain his love, as I am not satisfied
aione with his friendship.
Unless the man Is attracted to you, you
can't force his love.
Why not be satisfied with his friend
ship, for a time at least? It may drift
into a stronger feeling, and will be all
tho sweeter and truer because of a nat
Too IJreatt n llnrd,
Dear Miss Fairfax: Is there any dan
ger in making the acquaintance -.t a
young man through a matrimonial con
test? I have received a list of the C ir
rcspondence club consisting of men who
wish to marry, but my intentions are
only to marry a farmer, as I l ivo farm
Don't attempt to win a husband that
way. Tho hazard la too great.
Have you no friend you can visit In
the rural communities? A gill who pre
fers farm life is so rare that there thould
be no difficulty In getting a farmer hus-band.
"Large Incomes Necessary for Children of the Rich"
How a Girl Spends $20,000
The Woril In Aliuaed.
Dear Miss Fairfax: Will yon kindly
inform me if flirting Is n0iyn$j
.There la nothing wrong In flirting In
the original Bense of the word, which
means an Innocent coquettlshness.
Tho modern version makes ogling of
eves at strangers, winking and waving
of hands come under the head of flirt
ing, and gives the word a vulgar, in
decent meaning Therefore In answer
to yniir question- "la farting anyway
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jpittaUon, and answtr 'io''
Wars of Future May Be Bloodless,
Use of High Velocity Projec
luodern Small Oalibor, High Speed Bullet Combines Mercy
and Effectiveness by Inflicting Smali WoWund, Which
Heals Rapidly When Vital Organ is Not Penetrated
Victim is Merely Incapacitated and Becomes a Burdon
to the Enemy, Balkan War Proves.
HULICN Vli W1TTK.
According to Mrs, Josephine Dashan
should lenrn how to spend money while
her lap when she becomes of age.
Uy MLIA LAl'FKHTV.
What would you do with $10,000 n yeur
If you had it? What do you think little
Catherine Barker of Chicago does with
that amount of money? And does it
startle you to read of another H-year-old
girl Helen De Wlttn who must have a
few extra thousands' tacked on to that
sum In order to "manage?"
Well, none of this need puzzle you
longer, for a Rane and normal woman
(though she does happen to be one of our
cleverest "younger writers") has figured
the whole situation out In her versatile
mind and told me all about It In a charm
ing little chat.
Josephine Daskam Bacon Is one of
those unusual women who have a per
fectly rounded personality. College
woman, successful and popular author
since her teens this the world knows hor
to be. Homo few know that her proudest
achievement Is that she is the mother of
three adorable children nil of whom,
along with literary career and home and
husband, she manages admirably.
"Mercy!" said Bhe. "I never had an In
come of $30,000, and I hopo np daughter
will never be troubled with the manage
ment of such a sum. Responsibility like
that would keep us awake nights.
"You know life trains us on scale. If
you have $30,000 at 11 years, that Is be
cause you must get acquainted with
money so that you will have a bowing
acquaintance with Its value when your
millions' are poured into you lap In a
stream of stocks atnd bonds when you
are 21 years old. If you are to Inherit a
fortune you must bo trained to adminis
ter it. '
"There Is nothing uncanny or highfly
ing about letting a young 'girl spend
money to support her position In her
"The little daughter of millions has
to have certain things, and everyone sees
that she pays woll enough for them o
Insure a little extra circulation for money.
She has to go to a very exclusive school,
where sho will be protected from fortune
hunters and worse sharks particularly
when her own mother and father aro not
alive to guard her. She has to be guarded
and prepared for life.
Tills means a school where she will
pay a thousand a year nt least Kvery
time she stirs abroad from school sht
must have a chaperon. Did you know
that these high-class chaperons command
$3 an hour? Everyone who serves the
little rich girl must be tipped; the chap
eron haa the tips all ready In an envelope
and that Is more expense for Miss Four,
teen. If she has an auto It will cost her
about KO00 a year more money In cir
culation for the chauffeur will command
at least $120 a month, and he and tho
garage man will make a tidy bit out of
her "repair bill".
"Chaperonage and care cost money
That Is tho way her money goes, not
fn cocktails uBi ib"colates and cigar
Balm, a girl who spends $20,000 a year iBn't extravagant. An heiress, she says,
she Is young so she will know how to handle riches, which will bo poured Into
SOMK OF Till) KXPKNHKS
OF A IUCII CIIIL,
AS HKKX IIV MItH. IIACOX
Automobile $6,000 a year
Exclusive school . . .91,000 a yar
Chaperon 95 an hour
Dretses $30O each
Hair dresier $2.50 a day
Manicure $1.00 a day
ettes, as a few Imaginative souls suppose.
"Hair treatments coft $2.0, a manicure
Is $1. Grooming Is twirt of tho llfo of a
thoroughbred, you know. The little rich
girl has no time for bargain salei every
minute of her day Is accounted for. Thi
dress that costs $300 is not n $10 dress
trimmed up in a few diamonds; It is a
"How can a fluff of chiffon and a dab
of lace bo a $300 dress?" asked the puz
"Mne. That Is what does it. Beauty
of line. Clothes express the constructive
passion In life for the artist in robes and
manteaux. And for tho works of a dress,
maker who is an artist you pay the price
of the Inspiration. Now. why not? Be
cause the rich little girls express beauty
in creations of Callot and Worth and
Redfem tho little shop girl looks very
swoet In the $16 copies she Is trained to
admire, and we have no dowdy "coster
class' In America.
"It takes leisure and money to make
art possible and real, but then we all
have the fun of admiring and Imitating
"Don't you love tho picture postals of
the great masters you can buy for 3
cents? You could not havo those If some
multl-mllllonalrn had not given n fortune
for tho original, Art has to bu encour
aged and nourished, And I thank God
that our rich women aro preaching a gos
pel of beauty In their lovely clothes."
"But how docs being brought up In
cotton wool nnd serving as an exponent
of beauty fit a girl for life?" I asked.
"There were some of these cotton wool
women on the Titanic," said Mrs. Bacon,
"It worked out pretty well, didn't It?
"Some of these cotton wool women
backed the shirtwaist Htrlke. Tho little
girls at one of our exclusive schools run
a holiday house for poor children, and
they are their own social visitors. They
aro trained to administer, nnd they will
serve the nation in tlmv
"A friend recently sold It so cleverly
to me: "My dear Josephine, those people
get only one blto ot their apple, but the
rest Is lost.'
"Remember, 'the poor ye have always
with you." It seems to be part of the
schomo of things, and why not? Wj
arn not nil to slant one way. Wo nil miss
n. lot. hut I htlnk there Is harmony nut
of It all. To Just gypsy along through
life mny give most pleasure, even though
It does do most for humanity."
"Would you not prefer to see ten com
fortable houses rather than nine huts and
"I wonder? I'm afraid that leveling
Is always lovellng down. Oh, I am sure
there Is Incenso out of It nil. nnd Incense
Ho, hall, little Helen nnd little Cath
erine, and all the little sister rich girls!
Spend wisely and well; remember, yon
have a sacred hrrltago you must make
Picking a Mate in Marriage
Ily .IKXXIK LAMHXT.
I have been reading with Interest some
of the contributions in your home maga
zine page commenting on, and enlarging
on social conditions as found In married
and single life.
It Is cfiBy to critlolze people and place
them before the public. In some in
stances the man Is criticized, in others
the woman; hardly ever do we find
where both persons are In the wrong.
Sometimes tho man Is all right and the
woman Is the cause. Sometimes the re.
verse. Why such mlsmatlng? Where
Is the remedy? Why not find out these
Imperfections before marriage? Why
not keep your home life private?
One tiling Is certain, if you are not
adapted for one another after marriage,
i you certainly were not adapted for one
another biforo marriage because na
t tures ar not transformed so suddenly.
Why not find out. if you wish happiness
and contentment. People do not need to
live together to find out characteristics.
A suggestion, or mood, or hint, often
reveals a character that years would not
Kmerson, In one of his essays, gave
four distinct elements In character. The
eye, the voice, tho respiration, the walk,
all are Identical In one personage. It
has not been given man the power to
stand guird, at once, over these four
different simultaneous expressions of his
thought, so watch that, which one speuka
out the truth and you will know the
whole man or woman, "For out of the
abundance of tho heart the mouth
speaketh." Give a person an opportunity
to talk, and you be a good lUtener
and you will soon have the trend of his
or her ambitions.
pot use this Information for your
(JAItHKTT I SKHVIMS.
The experiences ut the surgeons nt the
fluid hospitals In tho Balkan war have
again demonstrated what was shown dur
ing the Spanlsh-Aniorlcnn war. viz.. the
ness and effective
ness of the modern
It Is merciful be
cause It produces
small wounds, which
heal rapidly, even
whan Important or
gans aro penetrated,
and It Is effective
because, when It
iloeo not kill out
right. It renders the
victim of Its stroke
iinHbli. tn rniitlimn
fighting, whllo it leaves him In condition
to unit the field nnd to become
chnrgo upon tho resources of tho enemy,
sinco his mends must, necessarily, nurse
and euro for him.
It costs moro, both In labor and in
money, to care for wounded soldiers than
to bury dend ones. nd so tho modern
rifles, which dart bullets that resemble
short, thick needles, with velocities that
might almost be compared with those of
moteors, tend to nbollsh war by making
it moro costly.
Some very remarkahle stories nro told
by surgeons of the effects of bullets that
fly with a speed of 2,000 or more feet per
second, nnd have a diameter of only a
small fraction of an inch.
Professor Tedllcka of tho Red Cross
Corps nt Belgrade, reports that these
bullets may oven pass through the heart
and the brain without killing the vjctlni.
When other organs nro penetrated by
them tho wounds heal rapidly. Unless
tho speed of tho projectile has been re
duced by a long flight. It wilt pass
through a bono without shattering It
Neveitheless It puts Its victim hors de
combat and makes him a charge upon tho
financial resources of tho i-mmirv rr
Lwhtch ho fights. Yet nil this Is done
without extreme suffering for tho
wounded person. There Is less amputa
ting of legs nnd arms than there yas
when tho big, shattering bullets of our
civil war period were employed, and the
Binall wounds now produced entail rela
tively little pnln
In fart. It would nppenr that the mod
ern bullet Is actually aseptic, or, in
other words. It prevents putrefaction In
tho wounds which it makes. This Is as
cribed to tho htch teniDeraturn Hint It
attains by its swift ruch through the air,
aim tun neat developed by the partial
arrest of Its motion when It strikes. If
r velocity of K.OOii.fePt Ijcr second cou)d
bo Imparted to a bullet Its friction with
t n air would produce, a temperature
i unl to that of red heat. Even ,at the
loci ties now attainable, a lead bullet
would be melted on striking an Immov
ublo steel target.
Not only will one of theso bullets often
puss directly through' tho body of a sol
dier but thcro nre Instances in which the
sumo bullet has passed through from
four to six men, stnndlng one behind
Thus a single discharge may level sev
eral ranks of the enemy, putting the
wounded persons out of commission,
uhlle killing, or fatally Injuring, but a
minimum number of them. Those. In thi
front rank have the best chance of escap
ing with comparatively Insignificant
wounds, because they encounter tho
piojcctlles at their highest speed.
Since It does not appear probable that
war cnn--bo Immediately or altogether
abolished It would seem that tho most
merciful course would be to Increase still
furthilr the velocity of tho projectiles,
making them ns small as possible for
thus tho actual slaughter nnd suffering
would bo diminished, whllo the power to
paralyze the enemy would remain or
even bo Increased.
Tho humanity of war could be pn
inoted by substituting for bullets somo
other form of projectile, which would
merely stun without wounding or killing.
If It were possible to shoot some kind pf
stifling smoke, or vapor, into tho faces
ot tho enemy, which had tho effect ot
rcndeilng them temporarily Incapable ot
action, n glorious victory might be gnlned
without the shedding of n drop of blna.
Who can be suro that something oflhls
kind may not lie done before another cen
tury lum passed? Then a Breat battlo
would become no bloodier than a fight
with snowballs, nnd yet tho result might
he Just as decisive, for one side Is vict
torlous and tho other beaten even In a
snow battle, it Is the moral clement
that controls In elthor case, for the side
Ihat can stand tho most pounding is th
sldo that wins, whether the mfssiles con
sist of halls of lead or balls of snow,
own benefit? Two or three times In my
experiences I have met strangers that
at first sight Impressed mo unfavorably.
The suggestion oamo Intuitively wthout
any act on my part. I did not heed the
suggestion and reasoned with myself
that I was unreasonable In my Judge
ment and allowed further acquaintance.
It took yeurs to develop what was pre
sented to my mind nt first meeting and
I did not hearken to the suggestion In
three Instances Hint I can recall. Our
first thoughts nro usually right It we
are used to listening to tho conscience,
but how often ws form associations that
we are loathe to break up when we
know they will bring trouble In the end.
But it Is human to err.
In choosing our associates we should
learn their object ot association. What
does their company bring me. pleasure
or discomfort? Two people cannot be
companionable unless they are agreeable
for an evening or a week, or month, or
year; If not agreeable for a short dura
tion. Impossible for a longer period ot
time. Are we twice glad at their pres.
To get pleosure out of life we must
be of the same mind. For instance, two
people occupy the same room. One en
Joys the quiet evening for reading and
relaxation of the body. The other one
enjoys confusion and noise, docs not care
for rending and rest. How are they to
become compatible and enjoy each oth
er's society? There is nothing In com
mon for them, havu not the same na
tures, so In choosing companions for life,
take tho tlmr to think, to study what
will be the outcome of such companions
that aro disagreeable before marriage.
Do you consider your rriend, nnd does
he consldor you In sacrificing selfish
thinking only for the present? Whether
your circumstances will pormlt of such
expenditure; Isn't this the way to ba
thoughtful and considerate of one's feel
Ing, nnd not ombarrass one beyond one's
means? Consider well tholr doings and
then determine your course.
Wo ran find people agreeable, If you
take the time to wait and study people
Just as you study to learn other things.
One class of people have certain charac
terlstlcs that are very dlscernable. An
other class of people have other charac
teristics. Which class do you belong
to? Keep within your own sphere. I
have acquaintances that call upon me.
I know before they call Just what w(II
ba uppermost in their minds. It Is the
same subjects every time. You have de
rived no pleasure from such associa
tions, becauso of not tho tamo mind; no
ambition to get above the trivial things
of life; merely rolate what they have to
eat, what they have to wear, where
they have been, and what they are going
to purchase, These things are right In
their place, but to have them a subject
of convorsntlon every time you meet be
comes very monotonous to Intelligent
people. We read that life Is more than
meat and the body Is moro than raiment
If our desires are for the bettering of
conditions these petty things will riot dis
turb so many homes. Wo never gain
anything by losing self-control. you
never can have control over another per
son until flrrt you can control yourself
"He that ruleth his own spirit Is better
than he that taketh a city.'1