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Not one of the beautiful dollies, 't is said,
doors; And the queen called the dolls' house a
"shocking disgrace!” For it never had anything kept in its place.
"THE QUEEN CALLED THE DOLLS' HOUSE A
She was playing, one day, with
her toys on the floor When an odd-looking fairy
appeared at the door. Her wings they were ruffled,
her gown was awry, She'd a scowl on her face, and
a cross, frowning eye. She bowed to the princess,
then said, with a leer, "I 'm the fairy Disorder- an
old friend, my dear; You ’ve called for me often,
and now I am here, And I hope you 're delighted
to see me appear!
“A charming surprise I have
brought you to-dayA boxful of beautiful silks,
bright and gay, With some lovely gold bobbins
on which you can wind, Very smoothly, each color, each
shade, of each kind.
"AN ODD-LOOKING FAIRY APPEARED AT THE DOOR"
“With the greatest of neatness this work
must be done, And if 't is not completed by set of the sun, Without any supper just hasten to bed, And finish the task in the morning, instead.” So saying, the fairy Disorder unlocks With a tiny gold key a' carved ivory box, And, smiling maliciously, then disappears, Leaving Princess Clotilla quite ready for
She looked in the box, and 't was perfectly
true That the colors were lovely, -pink, yellow,
and blue, With green, and vermilion, and lilac, and
white, But oh, what a tangle! the snarl was a sight! The loveliest silks, but of no earthly use Until somebody's fingers could order produce!
The princess began, with the best of her skill, The skeins to untwist and the bobbins to fill; But worse grew the tangle, the harder she
tried, Till at last, in despair, she just gave up and
Then, close at her elbow, a soft voice she
hears, And, looking up eagerly, sees, through her
tears, A dainty wee fairy, in silvery white, With a star at the tip of her wand shining
bright, Who said, "I 'm the good fairy Order, my
dear; You were wishing to see me, and so I am
"TILL AT LAST, IN DESPAIR, SHE GAVE UP
“My ill-tempered cousin 's been meddling, I
see; She always delights to make trouble for me; And she loves to play tricks upon dear little
girlsTo rumple their dresses, and tangle their
curls, To mix up their toys, and their dollies mislay, And throw their books carelessly 'round in
Don't cry any longer-I see what is wrong, And we 'll have all this trouble set right,
before long!” Then a tap of the wand and a touch of the
hand, And the silks all unrolled at the fairy's com
mand, And straightened out nicely, each kind and
each hue, Till purple, and orange, and scarlet, and blue, And the rest of the beautiful colors, behold, All ready to wind on the bobbins of gold! Then Order said, “Call on me often, my dear, And my troublesome cousin will never come
near.” With a smile and a wave of the wand, she was
gone, And Clotilla Rorilla was sitting alone And winding the bobbins both quickly and
well. For the fairy had laid on her fingers a spell. It is said she was ever thereafter so neat That she kept her possessions in order com
"DON'T CRY ANY LONGER-I SEE WHAT IS WRONG"
For the fairy was summoned so often, in
short, That she finally spent all her time at the
court. And the dollies were happy, and so was the
queen, For the fairy Disorder was never more seen.
And we're sorry this story is all that we know Of the Princess Clotilla Rorilla de Bowe.
WHAT MR. HARDING WANTS TO DO The President then, referring to the farmOn December 6, President Harding delivered ers and their troubles, urged that special athis address to the new session of Congress. tention be given to the marketing and disHe did not offer a “program of world restora
tribution of farm products. This, of course, tion,” but indicated that each nation must brought up the subject of freight-rates, and solve its own problems, and expressed belief this again led to consideration of labor and that America could help best by getting its wages. Mr. Harding's message did not own affairs in order. He spoke of legislation suggest definite measures to be taken; it as largely a matter of compromise, and urged was rather a plea for good sense and fair liberality and cooperation between the vari- play. ous branches of the Government.
There is a great deal of difference someThe President spoke strongly about the
times between a President's message to Conbill requiring, as a means to encourage Amer- gress and the finished work of a congressional ican shipping, that our commercial treaties
session. The President can not say, “This with other Governments be terminated. must be done,” or, “That shall not be done." The Wilson administration had not enforced He can only tell what he thinks ought to be the act, and Mr. Harding declared that to
done, in a general way. Mr. Harding's addo so would cause great confusion in trade
dress boils down to this: “Hold hard, everywithout gaining any advantage. He said body! Play fair; work hard; and be steady!" that he was not willing to take such a step, and asked Congress to wait "a very few “THE GREATEST EVENT IN NINETEEN weeks,” until he could propose a different
CENTURIES" and better plan.
That is what Lloyd George said the WashTaking up the tariff, Mr. Harding asked ington Conference might be, and that is for a “flexible tariff”—that is to say, a law what it may fairly be said to have been, now permitting the President himself to decide, that it is over. Even if, in the time between with the help of the Tariff Commission, the writing of this and the time of its reading when a rate was unfair, and to make changes by the great WATCH TOWER family, the in it. The power to fix rates belongs to Con- early promise of the conference should be gress and to it alone, but the President ar- seen to have been false—even if, instead of a gued that Congress could authorize him to move toward world peace, its final effect act as its agent in this particular matter. It should have been harmful, it would still be one was suggested as an emergency plan, to be of the most remarkable things in the history used during the term of the present unsettled of mankind. conditions. It is hardly to be supposed that It is quite impossible to imagine such a such a suggestion will meet with much fate for the negotiations so auspiciously befavor. While the present system may be gun.
After the naval-recess program has slow and clumsy, it is the one we have al- been adopted, after the relations of the powways been used to—and the suggested change ers to China and of China and Japan to each involves placing too much power in the other have been set on the road to friendlihands of the executive.
ness, it is almost inconceivable that anything can be permitted to destroy the good own conference with the Irish delegates results so swiftly achieved.
scored ahead of Mr. Harding's conference. But the last week of December began with When Great Britain made, and the Irish delindications that it would be vital. The idea egates accepted, the offer of a place for Ireof bargaining began to appear, and of course land in the empire as a Free State, a quarrel that is a dangerous spirit for such a confer- centuries old was not settled, to be sure, ence. There were disorders in Japan. The but brought to a point where it seemed alAnti-American Young Men's League sang a most inconceivable that anybody could be song of hate about America. But the very willing to return to the armed hostilities of a name of this organization shows that it ex- few months ago. isted before the Conference, and that the As this number of THE WATCH TOWER Conference was only material of the sort it was written, the acceptance by the delegates desired. The outbreak in Tokio did not rep- of the Dail had not been officially ratified, resent the masses of the Japanese people and Mr. de Valera was opposing ratification any more than we can suppose that the powerful classes are unanimously for or against the policy of the Government. It was a serious bit of news, but there was no reason to doubt either the ability or the readiness of the Japanese government to take care of it; and as for the “Strafe America" song, surely America could afford to laugh at such futile nonsense as that.
The Conference had achieved, as this was written, a most admirable record of accomplishment. The fourpower treaty was made fun of by critics who
ROOM AT NO. 10 DOWNING STREET, RESIDENCE OF THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, could not see why, after turning down the League, we should enter with all his might-even going so far as to upon such an agreement. Indeed it is dif- accuse the delegates of treason. But there ficult to see any great difference in principle was a very strong party in the Dail that between such an association and the League; stood stoutly back of the negotiators, and it but friends of the League had to welcome it looked as though the greater part of the as a step in the direction in which they de- people of southern Ireland were too well sired to see us travel.
pleased at the prospect of peace with honor President Harding had a great advantage to permit the bitter-enders to prevail and over President Wilson in having the repre- reject the Free State offer. sentatives of the powers meet here in Amer- Ulster, the North of Ireland, would have ica, where such matters can be handled in a nothing to do with the Free State idea. It simpler way than is possible in Europe. even accused Great Britain of dishonorable
dealing, and the charge. was made that THE FREE STATE OF IRELAND
Mr. Lloyd George had betrayed England's MR. LLOYD GEORGE spoke about the possi- friends in order to obtain peace with its enebility that the conference at Washington mies. In case of rejection by Ulster, North would prove to be the greatest thing in his- Ireland was to retain its separate parliament tory since the birth of Christ; but as a step and continue in its previous relation to toward clearing away the clouds of hate, his Great Britain.