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Childs: “Well, it's one of those small-town CLARK: Yes. I ought to shoot myself, I things; stacks of letters asking for time and sym- suppose. pathy. It's just a stall, a bunk. Just won't Childs: No. Get a job with a collection pay, that's all.”
agency. Specialize in collecting tough bills. CLARK: “Maybe they haven't the money. That's how I got my training. You've got to Maybe their collections are slow. Many things get so you can look a man straight in the eye
and can happen, you know-illness, death in the take his last two dollars, even if you know he's family; there's a thousand different reasons why going to starve to death. Never give the other people can't pay their debts.”
fellow a shade the best of it, and above all, don't Childs: You know I didn't intend to speak of try to be too honest. it, but honestly, Dick, it's a terrible disease CLARK: Why, I always thought that honesty you've got.
was a man's greatest asset. CLARK: Disease?
Childs: It is. A certain degree of honesty, Childs: Yes, your old complaint that you yes. I don't mean to say you should be diswere troubled with at college. You're a rank honest. You mustn't go over the line. You've sentimentalist and you're getting worse every got to keep out of jail, of course. The idea is day. You seem to forget that you're in busi- that you've got to get what you want in this ness, the law business, and it's from the law world. business that you expect to make your money, CLARK: All right. That's fine. But how isn't it?
about a man's conscience? CLARK: That was the original idea, yes?
Childs: Dick, “conscience” is a word that is Childs: Well, you never will if you keep giv- absolutely unknown in business. ing the other fellow a shade the best of it all the CLARK: I don't know—you may be right. time. I remember when you graduated you CHILDs: You've got to be mean, mercenary, were an honor man. You gave promise of being and merciless. Get so that you can say, “No, a great lawyer; but it was a promise, that's all. no, no!" If a man asks you for
nything, say Five years you've been at it, and where have you "No." Keep on saying it to yourself till it begot to? Nowhere. Why? Because you use comes a habit. Can you say “No?” Did you this, (Pointing to his heart.) Instead of this.
ever say “No?” (Pointing to his head.) Now, I know and you CLARK: Yes—Certainly I can say "No." know, that you're a whole lot better lawyer thanı Childs: Let me hear you spell it. I am; but I'm a darned sight more succe
ccessful, CLARK: What? you must admit that.
Childs: "No." CLARK: That's right. You're a great success
CLARK: N-o. and I'm mighty glad of it, Carlton.
Childs: That's right. Keep spelling it. Childs: I'll tell you just how it happened. Spell it every night till you fall asleep. Let me It's because I play the game and you don't. ask you something. Did you ever do a favor You're always dealing in sentiment; handing out for a man and find him grateful? sympathy; or else you're looking around for CLARK: Yes. someone to pity. That's no way to get along Childs: Who? in this world.
CLARK: Oh, I don't know. I can't think that CLARK: Great Scott! A man's got to be
fast now. human.
Childs: Of course you can't. You've got to Childs: Certainly, certainly, you've got to be wake up to the fact that every man is out for human. But is there anything more human himself and that your friends are measured by than for a man to protect himself?
the size of their pocketbooks. Are you ever CLARK: Oh, I don't know. That's what they going to be able to do that? all say. You must be right.
CLARK: Well, if that's the only way, I suppose Childs: Of course I'm right. You've got to it's got to be done that's all. harden yourself against these things. That's Childs: Now you're coming down to earth. why I was so anxious to send you out on this Are you going to make up your mind to go to Hudsonville thing—for the experience. It's only Hudsonville and collect that bill? because I've known you so long and I'm so inter- CLARK: I'll try. ested in your work that I'm talking this way. Childs: Don't say you'll try. Say you'll do
CLARK: I know. I understand all that. You it. Is it settled? don't have to explain that to me.
CLARK: Yes, yes. I'll do the best I can. Childs: Do you know what you really ought man can't do any more than that. (He pauses to do?
in deep thought.)
George M. Cohan as “Richard Clark” (Pointing): “This isn't a tough world. It's a beautiful world, a peach of a world, if you think right and live right, and find out what is the most important thing in life
Childs: What are you thinking about now? money.) Did Leggitt speak to you about a man
CLARK: My railroad fare and hotel money. named Hiram Leeds? I'll need about fifty dollars, I guess. Will you CLARK: Yes, he told me to make some inlet me have it.
quiries. Childs (Very coldly and bluntly): Why should Childs: Get all the information you can, esI let you have fifty dollars?
pecially about the reason he has for trying to CLARK: I understood Mr. Leggitt to say you'd buy that account against J.Hudson and Company. attend to that part.
Leeds is a big man in that part of the counChilds: Again I ask: Why should I let you try. He's got a lot of money, too. Make his have fifty dollars?
acquaintance. Have a talk with him. Find CLARK: Oh, well; of course,
don't want out what the old geezer is up to, understand? to give it to me, all right.
CLARK: I think so. Childs: There you go! You're weakening Childs: Don't say you think so. Say you again. Don't do that. Demand it as your right. know. Be positive. Be positive about everyDon't apologize for what's coming to you. Yell thing. Now, remember, this means a whole lot your head off till you get it!
to you, so, when you go in to collect this bill, CLARK: Give me fisty dollars! :
don't fall for any hard-luck stories. Breeze Childs: That's the idea. Change your point right in full of determination. Keep gritting of view. Learn to be mean. And the meaner your teeth and be dead cold to everything and you get, wish you were meaner. (Hands him
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Will the Next Vice-President of the United States
Be a Woman? Why an Absurdity of 1916 May Be a Reality
By ARTHUR WALLACE DUNN
Author of "How Presidents Are Made"
HEN Senator Warren G. Harding, Presi- ly the two amendments were adopted. Now that dent-elect of the United States, in one of women have come into power-for the ballot
his campaign speeches, suggested chat a is the power in this country-it will not be woman in the Cabinet was one of the probabilities strange if they should demand equal recognition of the future he did not make a wild prediction in politics. A vice-presidential nomination is but one that is very likely to be fulfilled during near equality because it is in direct line to the the next presidential term. But the senator highest office, with only a human life between might have gone further, for woman suffrage the Vice-Presidency and the Presidency. throughout the nation means women in politics with all the rights and privileges of men. In the Mr. Harding May Place a Woman in His pre-convention period of the next presidential
Cabinet campaign, women are going to figure very prom- * T is very natural to expect that a woman will inently and, in my opinion, one or both of the be in the Cabinet. In all probability a new major political parties, and certainly all of the department will be created for the purpose, alminor parties, will name a woman for Vice- though there are women capable of holding presPresident.
ent cabinet positions. In this matter of equality, Do you realize what that means? If the ticket it is absurd to say that women can vote, but are is successful it will mean a woman in the Senate unequal to men in other respects. There was a as its presiding officer; a woman attending the time when the anti-suffragist, driven to the last Senate's secret sessions; a woman casting the de- ditch in argument, would bring forth the supciding vote when the senators are equally divided posed clinching argument that women could not on any important matter, and it is only on the be soldiers, consequently women should not vote; most important matters that the Senate is thus that is, in the last analysis, the voting power had divided.
to be backed up by force, and force meant men Of course, it is a rapid pace that our newly bearing arms. But even that fallacy has been enfranchised voters are setting, but this is the disrupted in the last four years-a most wondertime of swift movement. Four years seems but a ful period. short time between emancipation and the second There was the Woman's "Battalion of Death" office in the land with only one life between the in the World War, not to speak of the various woman and the Presidency, but we must recollect corps and numerous positions they filled with that progress in these days goes by leaps and great satisfaction in connection with the Allied bounds. Furthermore, since the last two amend- Armies. Besides, there are the Girl Scouts. ments to the Constitution, prohibition and wom- Boy scouts are embryo soldiers and girl scouts an suffrage, nothing is impossible under the may become soldiers in the future. While it is political sun. Four years ago a person who would unlikely that a woman will be selected as Secrehave predicted that, in 1920, the United States tary of either the State, Treasury, War, Navy, would be bone-dry and women could vote for Justice, or Commerce departments, there is no President in all the States, would have been valid reason why a competent and equipped called a fantastic dreamer. And yet, how quick- woman should not be at the head of the Post
office Department, the Agricultural Department, or the Labor Department. She May Be Secretary of Public Welfare N all probability, however, a Department of
Welfare will be created for the first woman cabinet-officer. The preamble of the organic law recites that the Constitution was formed for a number of things, among them to "promote the general welfare.” Senator Harding suggested such a department and, no doubt, an energetic woman would find sufficient to do in a department of this kind to keep her as busy as the average cabinet member. Quite a number of existing bureaus could be transferred from other departments to a welfare department where they would be more properly administered.
Women will fill many places in the government from this time forward. With the power of one half of the votes they can assert their claims in a convincing manner. It is true that thousands and thousands of women are now employed by the government, but only a few in managerial and high-salaried positions. That is going to be changed and with a great deal of rapidity. There are a great many places to be filled when the new administration comes into possession of the government, and there are women who feel competent to fill all of them. At least, they cannot be put aside with the statement, “It's no place for a woman.” Because any official place, now that women can vote, is not an unfit place for a woman. The women will have another strong argument for demanding federal positions.
in the preliminary contests in all the States. And as to the Vice-Presidency, the women will be able to name a candidate if they exert their power. It is a simple matter. In the first place, it rarely happens that any canvass is made for the Vice-Presidential nomination. It is generally left for determination after the head of the ticket has been named, and if the nominee for President is from the West, an eastern man is named for second place and vice versa. It is true that men do announce themselves as candidates for Vice-President and seek delegates in the primaries, but I never heard of any one of them being nominated.
But how would it be were a woman, a popular woman with women voters, to announce herself as a candidate for Vice-President and seek the nomination in the primaries? She could have her name placed on the ballots by petition and the women could vote for her. In that way, it would not be at all difficult for a woman to go into the convention with a majority of the delegates instructed for her. In one convention, a majority nominates; in the other, it takes twothirds. But any candidate, man or woman, who goes to a convention with a majority of the delegates, is almost sure to be nominated. In showing how simple it is to get instructions in primaries for Vice-President, I recall instances where—the whole interest centering on first place-unknown men have had their names placed upon the ballot for Vice-President and secured delegations by nominal default. It is because this opportunity is open for women that some woman will embrace it and perhaps successfully.
Ncomplaint can be made if there is a can:
Not Practical for These Offices N
women to be Army or Navy officers. These officers have to undergo a long period of training and it will take some time to send girls through West Point and Annapolis and graduate them as lieutenants and ensigns for the future service. Of course, it is only a question of time when both these military training academies will become coeducational, and women, in time, will have commands in the fighting forces of the country. But that will take years, for officers have to be educated for military duty. At the same time, women can point to the thousands of men holding Army and Navy positions and say that the only way the matter can be equalized is by giving women a large share of the nonmilitary places.
What Women Can Do in 1924 V both of the national conventions of the
major parties in 1924, women will receive votes for the presidential nomination. That is inevitable when women can vote and take part
What Was Foolish in 1916 Will Be
vass by women for the Vice-Presidency. It is the second place in the government. Five Vice-Presidents have been promoted to the higher office after the death of the incumbents. It has always been asserted that as much care should be exercised in choosing a person for second place as for first, because of the contingency that only one life stands in the way of succession. If it is proper for vigorous campaigns to be made for the highest office, why not for the second place?
I know it has been considered absurd for a man to go out and seek a Vice-Presidential nomination, but times have changed. The Nineteenth Amendment has made a mighty change in the politics of the nation. What was absurd in 1916 and 1920, will be the fashion in 1924. Besides, what person who has any hope of future political preferment will say that a woman is making her
self ridiculous? What women do will not be con- out for the Vice-Presidential nomination in either sidered ridiculous and ridicule will not stop them. or both parties, she is going to land it. Of course,
Women were said to be ridiculous when they if there are many women candidates—if a dozen picketed the White House, but they forced the States have favorite daughters, that would comPresident to change his mind and got what they plicate matters somewhat, but it will not alter wanted. They were called unscrupulous because the fact that there has been a general demand they card indexed all the Senators and Repre- for a woman for Vice-President. And in these sentatives, but they forced their bitter opponents times, when women vote in every State, deleto vote for their amendment and won. It is
gates to national conventions will hesitate a long not going to do any good to call women either time before they reject a demand that has been ridiculous or unscrupulous in politics. They clearly voiced by the people, even if expressed in know what it means in the long fight they have primary elections. For that reason we may made for the ballot. And so, no woman will be very well look forward to the prospect of seeing deterred from seeking the Vice-Presidential nomi- a woman's name on the ticket nominated by one nation on any such frivolous grounds.
or both of the major political parties in the next Here is the point: If a popular woman goes Presidential election.
UT had I choice of a weapon strong
To hew life's way through the battle throng-