Ada Evening News (Newspaper) - September 5, 1919, Ada, Oklahoma
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VOLUME XVI. NUMBER 150ADA, OKLAHOMA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1919
THREE CENTS THE COPY
IHE HIGH PRICE
no SAYS THE KEX IEM Oh BISI-\KSS CONDITIONS MA DK in*UMC BY THE KOX -KUN Al K\T TODAY.
By th* Associated Pre.'*
WASHINGTON. Sept. 6. Reaction from the high price level established during the war has set in. says the review of business conditions in August, made public today by the federal reserve board.
Not ooh are food stuffs declining in cost to the consumer, but the price of wearing apparel such as textiles and shoes also have been affected the review states. Business conditions at an extremely high level and confidence in a satisfactory solution O’ the wage and price problems. was reported from all sections of the country.
Reports form the federal reserve agents generally indicate that the actual volume of business continues at ait extremely high level for the present season of the year, although transportation difficulties and the wage question have hampered activities in certain lines. The agricultural outlook on the whole is less favorable than a year ago. although the large acreage sown in certain cases will compensate for a decrease yield per acre.
RAWLS’ BROTHER WAS KILLED BY AUTOMOBILE
WILK HAV E LH AIUiK OF MI TK BKITX MSY IN THE «*-ITT*! ED PARTS OF HERMANY.
By lh* A MOC!* ltd Pit*-
COBLENZ. St pY 4. The German territory to bt- controlled by American force-, in conformity with the decret <>: Marshal Pooh, announced yesterday, comprise® an area of abom 2,400 square kilometers This territory is virtually the same as that recommended as capable of being handled by the Americans, with an increase in their forces, by General Pershing some weeks ago. The! total area occupied by the allies is j 37,000 square kilometers. The American units will not be used out-1 side the occupied zone w ithout spec-j ific orders from Washington.
CONGRESSIONAL BODY IS
TO GREET GEX. PERSHING
By N*-**" Spread Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. I. When MM General Pershing lands on Anteri-can soil he will be first greeted by jut a committee from congress. This Fj was decided yesterday by the joint committee of the hous* and senate ft* appointed to arrange a welcome foriJJJ General Pershing. WA'
The joint committee decided to leave all arrangements for the re- Kg cept »*! pending until the sub-coin- J* rni11et can meet General Pershing
Rov Rams returned last evening from the Texas oil fields bringing with him the first particulars of the killing of John Rawls’ brother at Gorman Tuesday afternoon.
It seems that Mr. Rawls and an elderly man were standing near the railroad track talking while a train stood on the crossing blocking the crossing temporarily. As the train pulled out some autos started to cross, pulling in closely behind the moving train. One of these, a heavy car. struck the two men breaking Mr. Rawls’ neck and the other man’s leg. Mr. Rawls was killed instantly.
As was stated in Wednesday’s issu* of the News, John Rawls had returned Sunday from a visit with his brother, the first time he had seen him in twenty-seven years.
vv h**n the Leviathan dock;
Senator Wadsworth. New York. Senator Warren. Wyoming. General Pershing’s father-in-law. Represent tat ive Blond ell. Wyoming; Representative Kahn. California. and former Speaker Clark were chosen to meet General Pershing when he’ lands.
Plans were discussed tor a joint session of the house and senate to greet General Pershing, with appropriate exercises, but no definite program was laid down.
I WLK SAM EXTENDS
MORE CREDIT TO ITALY j
By the AudCiatni Pre**
WASHINGTON. Sept. 5. An additional credit of $17,000,000 to I Italy was announced today by the treasury department, making a total, for that country of $1,618,975,945. and a total for all allies of $9,684.-272.567.
THE FORMER KAISER’S
DAUGHTER HAS \ SON
By A*x»cui*Mj Pre**
BERLIN, Sept. 5. A son was born today to Duchess Victoria Louise, of Brunswick, daughter of former emperor William.
ITALIA V AV OAIEX NOW
ENTITLED TO VOTE
By the AnmjciHtetl Pre**
ROME. Sept The Italian
house of deputies today adopted a bill granting full suffrage to women.
Cause for Rejoicing.
Leonard was walking with his nurse and met a friend of his mother, who proceeded to engage him in conversation In a most effusive and enlivened manner. On [tarting with her. Leonard was silent for a long time, and then said with a gentle sigh of thankfulness: *T am so glad. Surah, that
I’ve got a nice, gloomy mother.”
The professional coiffeur for men la a much older occupation in Japan than that for women. There are records na far balk as tile thirteenth century of mule hairdressers for men; for the samurai especially were very particular as to how the hair was done up, ♦hough as a profession the coiffeur wns of somewhat later growth.
By tie- A i»m «<• is ted Press
MEXICO CITY, Sept. 5. Military authorities in the Tampico district have captured four more bandits whom they accuse of complicity in the murder of John W. Correll, of Ada. Okla., according to a press dispatch reaching this city. A requisition has been forwarded to the state department at Washing-toD, asking that Correll's wife and son come from the United States to Tampico to identify the prisoners.
By th*- Vkk',»ret: Pres*
WASHINGTON. Sept. 5. A meeting of the executive committee of i the democratic national committee! will be held at Chicago Sept. 26 and 27. Chairman Cumming* announced today.
STERLING MOTOR SUPPLY UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
H. S. (Slade i Norman has bought the interest of J. R. Hounshel] in the Sterling Motor Supply Co., Mr. HouiiKheil retiring as manager of the business. Mr. Norman was formerly with the Ada Vulcanizing Co. before entering the army.
Associated with Mr. Norman are J. F. and M. J,. Emry and W. H. (Uncle Billie i ..littles. All these gentlemen have had vears of experience in the tire business and are thoroughly conversant with it* ♦ very detail.
The Sterling people carry a very comprehensive line of Kelly, Hood. Ajax and Republic tires, believing that these are the best obtainable, arid their faith in these tires is based on the service thev have rendered their patrons.
This enterprising company conducts a vulcanizing department, under the management of VV. H. Nettles, formerly of the Ada Vulcanizing Co. Mr. .Nettles has achieved remarkable success in repairing and renewing tires, and it is the belief of this company thai as a vulcanizer he has no superior in the southwest.
When in the market for tires and tubes, or if you need vulcanizing work, >ou could do no better than call on the Sterling Motor Supply Co., on West 12th. adv-ltj
W EAT H ER FT AIIFX A HT.
Generally fair tonight and Satur-| day. Some warmer tonight.
Zeno McCurtain, 4 5, Stonewall, to< Miss Kula Perry, 17, Stonewall.
Don’t forget wner* to get your j
oil and gas leases, assign men ti, re- ; Ie*** * «m« . /.da News office.
WHAT IS PROFITEERING?
IN SI. LOINS IAT
We hear many persons using the word, “profiteering.” But what is profiteering? W ho is profiteering? Is profiteering the cause of high prices? To answer these questions requires not only a knowledge of ' English language, but a thorough acquaintance with business, both big and little, and the necessary expenses of conducting a business.
Profiteering means making a profit, regardless of the size of the profit. Strictly speaking, a man who makes a penny on the sale of a suit of clothes is profiteering just as much as the man who makes a nickle on the sale of a pocket knife. The connotation of the word, however, gives it a restricted meaning. Like many other words in the English language, popular understanding and use have given to “profiteering” a significance that the derivation of the word fails to convey. Generally speaking. we say a person is profiteering if he makes an unusually large profit.
W hether the profit of a merchant should be I per cent, IO per cent or 20 per cent, no one seems to know. W hat would be profiteering in the mind of one person would be legitimate profit in the mind of another. The difference between making a legitimate profit and profiteering is as hard to distinguish as the difference between shadow and dusk. In fact, we are not sure there is such a thing as profiteering, as the term is now understood.
These accusations are made, usually, by demagogs and trouble breeders, most of whom do not know a single principle of business, save that of grafting money from unfortunates. Some of the accusers are honest, believing that the public is being robbed, but they cannot tell where the robbery is going on or who is getting the spoils. They believe all business men are in a combine to keep prices up, when as a matter of face business men are failing every day because they are not getting enough margin to keep going.
In Ada there are merchants selling goods for 15 cents a yard when it will take 20 cents a yard to buy this same material for their shelves again. We bought some ribbon this week, two bolts being required to make out the order. The ribbon of one bolt was sold to us at 15 cents a yard; the other at 20 cents a yard, notwithstanding the fact that the two bolts were identical in texture and width. If this merchant had been a profiteer, he would certainly have put the two bolts in for 20 cents. He has a high conception of honesty and sells strictly on a percentage basis.
There are criminals in business, and these are now making a criminal profit. But this is nothing new; the world has been humbugged and swindled ever since Jacob bought Esau’s birthright for a mess of pottage. If a man does not know more than to let a crooked merchant swindle him, he deserves to be swindled. He can get relief by going to another store.
There are no merchants now making anything like the percentage of profit made by the credit merchants of a few years ago. Those merchants were patronized without a murmur. Why this wild orgy of accusations and libel at this time? is it because we are all more or less guilty and want to make ourselves think the other man is the rascal?
A great howl was made a few days ago when a McAlester merchant admitted that he sold a lady’s suit for $140 that cost him in the first place only $85. In the first place, any merchant dealing in this king of goods must have a big margin between the first cost and the selling price, because the cost of buying and selling an article of this nature is almost beyond the conception of the average man not in that line of business. This merchant at McAlester probably sold two, three and certainly not more than a half dozen of these suits in a season. To buy them he had to make a special trip to New York. His selling cost is high, as he sells so few of the kind. This same merchant could sell gingham on a 15 per cen^ margin and probably make more actual money.
As a matter of tact, it makes little difference whether a woman who is able to pay $140 for a suit gets a bargain. She is able to pay whatever is necessary to get exactly what she wants, even if she has to make a trip to a distant city. She is able to pay a big part of the overhead expenses so the wife of a poor man may buy cheaper. Likely this same merchant who cleared $15 or $20 off the sale to the wealthy lady actually lost money when he sold overalls to the working man or a house dress to the newly married woman just starting her career. He made $15 or $20 off this wealthy lady, but he lost half that much on the suit that remained a few days longer and was sold to a waitress in one of the hotels.
No big hospital in Oklahoma Gity or elsewhere charges the same for taking care of patients. The wealthy man pays for the keeping of the pauper. The woman who can pay $200 for a suit ought to pay the largest part of the overhead.
In the east the business men, the manufacturers and the labor unions say the tarmer is proliteering. Here in the southwest some of them say the farmer is profiteering, but more say the manufacturer in the east and the labor unions are profiteering. Each faction is trying to place the blame on another faction* The actual tact Is, neither is at fault. Each is trying to make an honest living. That is the w hole matter.
The farmer always will try to keep the necessities of life up, for it is he who produces most of them. The man who works in the factory, in the office and in the store will try to keep these prices down. The attempt to line up the industrial workers with the tarmers and exclude the merchant, the manufacturer and the officeholder is illogical and demagogical. The time will never come when the farmer and the industrial w’orker and the manufacturer will not clash, for one faction consumes what another taction creates. As long as I consume what you produce, so long will I think you are profiteering. So long as you consume what I produce, you will think I am getting too large profits.
The actual cause of high prices now is three fold; heavy demands, light supplies and an abundance of money. If every person in the w’orld will strive for twelve months or two years to produce more, the supply will be increased, the demand will be decreased and money will slow up. Then prices will fall. The law of supply and demand is as strong as ever. The attempt to get away from this law* is to evade nature, and calamity is certain to follow’. The laws of nature are fixed and the law of supply and demand is as sire as gravity. Attempts have been made to overcome this law, but in almost every instance those attempts have brought down the house on the heads of those who made them.
All efforts the government is making to lower prices will prove futile and w ill only add to the tax burden. What should be done is to let the thing alone and stop this theory of regulation and strangulation. If we do not, the result will be demoralization of business, the cessation of industries and higher prices than ever.
WILL MAKE TWO ADDRESSES IN WILL UNDERTAKE? T4> BRING THE ITTY, LEAVING TO- ABOUT PEACE BETWEEN NIGHT FOR KANSAS STF7EL WORKERS U. S.
CITY. STF;F’/L CORPORATION.
By the Associated Press By the Associated Press
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 5. President WASHINGTON. Sept. 5.—Presi-XVilson arrived in St. Louis at 4:20 ‘tent Wilson has abreed to undertake
o’cloek this morning on the third to brin? aboul a conciliation helen of his swing around the circuit tA,?n rePr®sentati\es ot the steel in defense of the league of nations UOI^’IS an(* the United .States steel and the entire peace treaty. Corporation in an effort to avert the
Two addresses will be made by threa,en<id strike,
the chief executive here. The prin- The president was asked in a tel-cipal one will be at a mass meeting (iK!ani sent him roda.v by samuel at the Coliseum at 8:30 o’clock to- Compere, president of the American night. The other will be before the Federation of Labor, and a com-chamber of commerce luncheon at n,*ttee the steel men to see
noon. The president leads a parade whether a conference could be ar-at 9:30 this morning and will rest ranged before next Tuesday, when this afternoon. At 11:45 o’clock to- lhe presidents of the twenty-four in-night he will depart for Kansas tensional unions of the steel in-City. dustries will meet here to take such
In a brief talk from the rear plat- action as they deem necessary.
form of his car at Richmond, Ind., ---
yesterday, the president made it RHDFTELD, SECRETARY OE clear that he does not consider the COMMERCE HAS RESIGNED
present trip a political one in any; --
aspect, saying that he did not appeal By th® Associated Press
for the treaty as a democrat but as WASHINGTON, Sept. 5.—William
an American. C. Redfield, secretary of commerce,
In Missouri the president found has tendered his resignation to
President Wilson, effective Nov. 1st, and it has been accepted. This was announced tod^y.
AN ARMY RECRUITING OFFICER HERE FOR FAIR
the situation without a parallel in any other state. In the senate at Washingon the state is represented by Senator Reed, the only democratic senator who has taken a definite stand for the treaty’s rejection, and Senator Spencer, one of the republican senators who have declared themselves generally friendly to it, and who have agreed on a set of
reservations for its acceptance.
In St. Louis Senator Reed recently made an address bitterly assailing
the neat} and within the next few Sergeant Arthur C. Shockey of weeks .ena o? Johnson of California, the army recruiting station at Shaw-member of the foreign nee> okla , will be in Ada during
rommntee, is expected to the week of the fair. It will be a a ^ opposi ion meetings here. good opportunity for any young
o-p I rime r i . nien wl10 ma> desire to find out
dav at » “?SPeakm8 ,0‘ “bom '!>e new army, wha, it of-
da> at a chamber of commerce ferg . lo r ,h soldiers both
luncheon here, President Wilson It v I , soiaie*s’ botb
sflirt that ia . those who have had service and
said tnat this nation could not at- , . . . . .
rain tho fun Yr those who have not had. Find out
lam tne tun measure of national- » * j
ism without fulfilling IU par. in the y V ! IT” “ . ' any
family of nations. Ir,ldf; al,d at lh* sa,“e tlme you
Tho orao,oof *• are learning, earn and serve.
The greatest nationalist, the pres- Th is another chance to eel idem said, is a man who wanted his . 6 anomer cnance to get
nation to become a great nation '° acr°ss now °Pen- '‘"her to
and a great nation, he added, “is who have. °t
that which penetrates to the heart '° "?* meD ii, I“fantry and
its duty among the nations of the A“ bra"ches of 6eI"
worltl o vice (thirteen in ncmber) are open
The luncheon was held at a hotel >0U. toh Ch0°"e 'r°m. and also
roof garden and all of the seven- ? nJa- °boose ant of the follow-teen hundred places were taken. tug Places to soldier: Alaska, Ha-
At the president’s table were wam’ Panaa‘a’ Cb;Da’ Slberla’ Ger‘ Frederick D. Gardner, governor of “T aDd ?'heI plaees m Lur°Pe- «r Missouri, and Henry W. Kiel, mar- I J,01* }ou "'ay stay in the
or of St. Louis. The president and iD'U:d states or go to the Mexi-
Mrs. Wilson were received with Can b°rder Ask lae sergeant about
your bonus, extra travel pay, insurance, or any thing else you may
wish to know. If you have served in ’either the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th,, 6th, or 7th divisions you may enlist for special assignment to that division you soldiered in. The sergeant can tell you where they are
stationed. In fact he will be a bureau of^ information for the dis
charged men while here. Headquarters will he at the post office, and he may be found at the fair ground or on the street. His stopping place will be announced Monday.
cheers, and there was more cheering when the president arose to speak.
The president was introduced by (Continued on Page Five.)
AMERICA’S PROSE POET OR SALVATION ARMY
Lured by the beat of the big bass drum and the rattle of the Salvation GERMANY REITERATES HEK Army tambourine Walt Mason. Am- F»RMEK REPLY TO ALLIES
erica’s prose po*>ry writer was con- __
V tarted in Los .“angeles a few days By the Associated Prest* ago. In his characteristic manner BERLIN, Sept. 5.—The German
he wrote the following poem: reply to the allied with, regard to
4hi the ti lory Trail. the representation of Austria in the
‘ One night while walking down German Reichsrath says that the the street, my mind on pleasure German peace delegation informed bent I sought the pleasures of the allies on May 27th that Germany the world, hut my soul was not had no intention to modify the content — I saw the bright lights of Austro-German boundaries by vio-the theatre; they beckoned me to lence, but could not undertake to come, as did the music and the oppose an Austrian desire for union song in the place where they sold with Germany.
rum. I stepped into a pool hall and ----
found a vacant chair, and thought Notice, Royal Arch Masons,
that I would rest a bit and drive Chapter No. 26, R. A. M.,
away dull care, but my mind still will meet this evening at 8 o’clock persisted in turning memory sod. *°r work in the Mark and Past reminding me of the timt when I Master degrees.—F. C. Sims, Secre-was winning souls for God. I tary. couldn’t find that rest and peace-sat isfact ion would not come- when suddenly I heard the sound of the good old Army drum. Its voice it called me closer, and I found an open air, and once more I could see myself kneeling there in prayer.
For I had been a soldier, and known the Savior’s smile, but now
I w-as a deserter—a sinner weak and vile. But, in spite of all my mean-
AOA MAN BRINKS IN BIK WELL IN TEXAS
Reports from the Texas oil fields
ness, I went to the hall that night, bring the information that Jas. A. My intentions they were proper—I Maseho has struck it rich in his oil meant to do the right. But a desert- operations. He has just brought in er is a coward—always ready with a 3,000 barrel well on his holding some excuse or perhaps a careless and has five other wells with fine person, and wonders, What’s the showing ready to be brought in. use? But the prayers of God’s faith- This will be pleasing news to the ful people won my hard and stony many friends of Mr. Mascho in heart, and at the front that night I Ada. He played the oil game here made andther start. And today*— for quite a while and always play-praise GodJ—I’m fighting! Jesus ed it square. Hence the people of rook me back. and now once more Ada will be pleased to learn that m traveling in the good old Gal- Jim Mascho is on the high road to vary track. prosperity.