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THE 8EMI.WEEKLY TRIBUNE. NORTH PLATTE, NEBRA8KA.
CHINA'S ARMY HAS MODERN AIRPLANES
CULL EARLY TO GET PROFITS
White House Is Very
WASHINGTON. .Someone litis called
In the White Honso." Whether ho
knows. But It Is a well-known fnct In
used to he a time for relaxation and
gnycty. President Taft and President Roosevelt were always surrounded by
n host of luncheon guests. Secretary Baker has heen at luncheon once with
President Wilson since the war began, nnd Colonel House perhaps twice.
Other guests there have been none.
Dinners nt the White IIouso are nlmost unknown. Only the most formal
diplomatic dinners havo been held there In the past six months. Dinner guests
are few nnd generally Immediate members of the Wilson family.
Time was when the White House grounds were always full of Whlto
IIouso guests. Now occasionally one sees Baby McAdoo playing under tho
trees; but other thnn this child, the grounds are deserted.
Each week the president attends the-theater. Always his box Is filled
with tho samo people Mrs. Wilson, Doctor Grayson nnd perhaps one or two
Perhaps It Is" his vtudlous nature which seeks seclusion, 'but the name,
"Tho Lonely Man In ,tho Whlto 1101180," outwardly Becms littlng.
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Crowds, of "Undesirables" Throng the Capital
PERHAPS you havo heard of tho "glmmeguy." no Is n peculiar animal, but
not at all ujre. Ho Is of tho malo sex and talks In terms of the wbrd
"gimme." It 1b nlways either "glmrao a match," or "glmine n cigarette."
Washington Klnco tho outbreak of tho
wnr has dPteloped a new strain of
this species; It Is tho "gct-mo man."
Tho national capital Is overflow
ing with tho people who nro hero to
get something. Hundreds of young
men havo flooded Into tho city ''and
besieged their congressman and other
"back-homo" olllclnls to get them com
missions 'in either tho army or the
navy. It doesn't appear to tho casual
observer hero as though any Ameri
can Is willing to bo a private. Thero
Is tho youth who doesn't ,wnnt to go to war. He has come to Washington in
herds looking for n governmental position which will exempt him from the
draft. Compensation doesn't matter; what ho wants is to keep out of war.
Then thero is th,o grcnt hordes of men who have como to get fat govern
ment contracts. Any day at ten In tho morning you can And half n hundred
Important-looking men, guarding fat bundles of documents, waiting at the
doors of tho stato, war and navy buildings in hopes of getting In to see some
one that con glvo them a contract. They range from tho man who has come
to offer tho government lumber for cantonments to tho youth who wants to
sell tho army all its belt buckles.
Women haven't heen missing in tho "gct-mo" class, either. There nro
great numbers of young girls and women who havo como to tho capital to
got positions. Thoy nro willing to fill tho plnces of men who can go to war,
but most of them have found tho conditions of work altogether too strenuous
nnd they, nro thinning out rapidly.
Unfortunate. Washingtonians Pine for Amusements
KpAINTING tho town red" or "Making tho rounds," can't bo done in Wash
1 ington. Thero Is nn amusement famlno here. Tho war and tho flood
of business that has como with it to this city liavo caught tho amusement
vender off his guard. Under normal
dancing is nllowed. Roof, gardens nro limited to three, two of which nro
private. Summer theaters thero nro none,.
What docs ono do? Thero is Just ono popular Washington amusement
for summer. Soon after dinner, Just at twilight, tho Washlngtonlan who
wants to keep cool and havo diversion hies himself to tho nearest cabstand.
Hero ho charters an "open-fneo" hack, such as passed out in every other city
wth the advent of tho automobile. Lounging back In tho cushions tho
pleasure seeker orders "River drlvo," and away ho goes for his night of fun.
"Cllckety clack" nnd "cluggoty dug," the horses patter around tho River
drive. Hundreds of vehicles pnsa down tho banks of tho Potomac in an
endless stream. Tho moon peers out from behind a'cloud, and tho lights on
tho opposite bank gllmmor across tho stream. It Is surely 'a beautiful sight,
but It is small amusement for tho mnn who is striving hard to forget the war
for tho evening and' wunta to hnvo his mind running full of "raggedy
Washington offers tho greatest opportunity In tho world ut tho present
Urns for a refined Conoy Island.
His Wild "Joy Ride" Brought to a Sudden End
EVER slnco thoy placed thoso four largo buffaloes on tho Q street bridges
jthero has been a question regarding Just what kind of anlmnls they are.
Somo eay their faces nro too long. Somo sny their amlnblo and rather dull
countenances bespeak tho Siberian
goshawk rather than tho wild and un
tnmnblo bull buffalo thut made Colonel
Cody wealthy. Thero haB been n ru
mor to put it mildly that tlwsa wero
nonunion buffalo. However, it appears
that in reullty they aro saddlo buffalo,
nnd this discovery was mado by ,u
man who Is today ruefully recovering
from tho effects of a terrible rldo
across the dusty plains of tho Q street
brldgo in company with John Barley
corn, whom wo nro about to lose from
our midst. A policeman 'sauntering along toward the bridge one night was
attracted by u man who wis spurring ono of tho buffalos. Tho man was full
nstrldo his mount and golug like tho wind at least ho thougtit bo. Ho was
plying phantom whip llko mad and making nolso enough for n Cheyenno
round-up. Tho policeman said something to the rider, who, In turn, whis
pered something elso In tho buffalo's ear nnd.nwny ho wont again.
Thpn tho hluccoat climbed up tho stern qf tho buffalo, and as ho did eo
(ho man slid off nnd mado for another of tlfo four beasts. The policeman
caught him and began reasoning with liltu, nud ca?ue to tho conclusion that
tho proper mount for tho rider would bo a cot lu an lnebrlato wurd and it
turned out the policeman was right.
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Little in Social Light
President Wilson "Tlie Lonely Man
Is nettmlly lonely or not, none of us
Washington that nowr has the White
House heen less In the social light.
Never heforc have the carriages and
motors driving up to the White House
door heen so few.
In the early morning If the presi
dent goes for a tound of golf It Is al
ways with the same opponents Mrs.
Wilson and Doctor Grayson. In the
afternoon when he goes for his drive
it Is always with Mrs. Wilson, and
no other guests.
Luncheon at the White House
conditions summer time llnds Wash
ington tho American counterpart of
Goldsmith's "Deserted Village." This
summer, despite Its heat, has found
Washington crowded and Jammed
with peoplo who nro "nil dressed up
and no plneo to go."
NIght-tlmo amusements, which af
ford relaxation for tho hard-working
hundreds who havo como to the capl
tul, nro absolutely lacking. Thero Is
but ono enfo In tho entiro city whero
Every Breeder Is Anxious to Rcallzo
on His Flock and Get Back
Some of Investment.
The advice to cull early seems un
necessary this year, when every
breeder is anxious to rcallzo on his
flock nnd got back some of the money
he has been putting into chickens. For
tho homo flock ono wants early cock
erols, but if the trade In cockerels is
for low-priced birds only, It will not
be profitable to keep tho early-hatched
males for the trade.
Keep all pullets save tho deformed.
An early-hatched pullet, with nil tho
disqualifications mentioned In tho
standard, may bo tho most profltablo
bird on the place us nn early layer.
She can be culled before tho eggs nro
needed for hatching, but will pay for.
her feed until then. If ono is grow'
ing purebreds for the first time, get
iono who understands the breed to cull.
An expert will bo nblo to chooso tho
birds best worth keeping. We doubt
if cnponlzlc will pay the furmer1 cer
tainly not caponlzlng tho early bird.
CLOVER SUPERIOR FOR EGGS
Favorite Food for Fowls, and Each
Year Its Use Is Becoming More
General on Farms.
For years clover has been a favor
ite food for fowls, nnd each year its
uso is becoming more general. Thero
Is n large percentage of nitrogen, and
mineral matter in clover. What Is
known as "rowen," tho second crop,
Is best. In n high nutritive ration
clover eqnnls barley, and nlmost equals
It should bo cut when in full blos
som, i. e., it should not bo cut beforo
tho first blossoms begin to turn
Being very rich In protein, .clover
contains potash, BOdu, phosphoric acid
and other ingredients thnt make It ono
of tho best feeds for poultry. In short,
clover contains all the essentials in
well-balanced proportion. In n ton of
clover thero ore ubout 80 pounds of
EGGS ARE TURNED TOGETHER
Devlco Arranged by Minnesota Man
Facilitates Work Greatly Heat
Evenly Distributed. 1
Every so often tho man or woman
who Is hatching chickens in an incu
bator must turn the eggs over so that
tho heat will be proportionately dis
tributed. To do so by hand is n slow'
process nnd Involves quite n great
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Egg Turning Device.
dtal of shaking up tho eggs which is
not good. Now along comes n Minne
sota man nnd hooks up somo cog
wheels, a phuln and a couplo of rollers
to his Incubator, and within u few sec
onds youcnn roll over all tho eggs in
tho incubator Instead of doing It ono
nt n time. Take ono look at t,lio ac
companying drawing nnd you will seo
ut a glnnco Just how tho thing works.
FEED LATE HATCHED CHICKS
Little Ones Should Be Fed Separately
From Older Fowls -Thoroughly
It is n mistake to put tho late
hatched chicks in tho snmo yards with
older ones, to allow them to run on
ground which has been more or less
fouled by tho earlier broods, or to uso
tho coops which earljer broods hnvo
used unless thoso coops have been
thoroughly disinfected. Tho little ones
must also bo fed separate from tho
larger ones or tho latter will get most
of tho feed besides nbuslcg tho smaller
FIT DUCKLINGS FOR MARKET
When Eight or Ten Weeks Old Young
Fowls Should Be Fattened
Keep Only Breeders.
The early hatching ducklings, if they
nro eight or ten weeks old, should bo
fattened now and sent to market, ex
cept thoso which nro to bo kept over
for breeding purposes, and they should
not bo fattened, but should remain on
freo range if possible.
PROTECT FLOCK FROM PESTS
All Kinds of Poultry Lice Multiply
Rapidly In Summer Use Plenty
tof Vermin Killers.
In tho heat of midsummer all kinds
of poultry llco multiply rapidly and
poultry keepers should uso plenty of
llceklllors to protect the lloclc against
thc tormenta of these pests, which
often spoil thiv profit.
uinm lias so far nwakenod that her armies aro being equipped with
taken nt the Nnnyuan barracks, Peking, shows Llcutennnt Pan testing tho
PRICES IN FRANCE
Everything Except Rents of Fine
Apartments Have Gone Up
JUMP 25 TO 200 PER CENT
Meats head the List; but Clothing Is
Not Far Behind Scarcity of La
bor Is Big Factor In Increased
Cost of Living.
Paris. Ono single Item excepted,
everything In France has advanced
from 25 to 200 per cent in the last
three years. The rent of large apart
ments Is the only Item which has dej
creased since tho wnr began, nnd that
Is due to the fact that thousands of
foreigners Americans, chlelly pack
ed off to tho United States In August,
1014, sublenslng their homes for n
song, and thousnndsof French peoplo
who formerly had hnndsome plnces
can no longer afford the upkeep, es
pecially with coal almost impossible to
get nnd with tho servant question a
greater problem than It ever was.
Todny one can find a handsomely
furnished apartment of seven rooms
or more In n line modern building, with
nil Improvements, nt n cheaper rental
than tho place would have cost un
furnished before the Wnr. But ono
would find nlso an elevator of the
automatic brand that does not work,
radiators with no heat, hot water
pipes with no hot water, und n re
striction on tho very amount of gns
nnd electricity consumed per month.
And with positions nt good wages In
munition factories open to every girl
from sixteen years up, It Is almost
Impossible to llntl house servants.
Small Apartments Dearer.
Rentals for apartments of one, two,
three, or even four rooms, on the
other hand, have mounted steadily.
They are In demand by the well-to-do
refugees, Bclglnns nnd those from
the north of France who arrive In
largo, batches dally.
Telephones wero Increased exactly
50 imr cent a year ago. Today a lino
costs' 000 francs yearly instead of 400
with unlimited calls but the sub
scriber must pay for tho instrument
and pny for the wiring nnd other work
done by the electrician who Installs' It.
Bread Is truly the staff of life of tho
French, and bread has not risen In
price. One buys still the long loaf for
llvo sous, or exactly one-fifth of ltfor
one sou. But It Is no longer the won
derful white "pain" for which Franco
was noted ; It Is dark, rather sour and
soggy, and Is a day old beforo being
Bold. It is understood that when the
tuition goes on bread cards this au
tumn and the nmount allotted to ench
will bo smaller, the bread will be
whiter and better and served fresh.
Wine, next to bread, Is essential at
the French table, and here ono finds
n sharp ndvance in cost. Before the
war a bottle of fair vln ordlnnlre.J
either red or white, could be bought
for 00 centimes, or 12 cents. Today
tho some wine will cost nt lenst one
franc, probably 1.25 nnd possibly 1.50, j
nnd n deposit must be left on all bot
tles because there Is a great shortage
with bottle manufacturers working
almost entirely for the nrmy. And
r.ftcr one has paid live sous deposit
on the bottle and returns it he usually
receives only threo sous back, tho
wlno merchant explaining., thero Is a
chnrgo of two sous for rental of tho
The better tho wlno the greater the
Increase In price, especially If It comes
from Champagne or nny other section
In the zone of tho nrmles whero there
aro difficulties to the Industry. Good
dry chnmpagno that cost 12 francs be
foro the war now commands 18 or 20
francs nnd the sweeter varieties aro
only n franc or so cheaper.
Meat Price Doubled.
Meat has doubled In nenrly every
cafjo, nnd In tho exceptions It has
Increased more than 100 per cent.
Pork takes tho lead-, n small chop
often costing us much ns 1 franc
50 - centimes, nenrly HO cents. Sliced
ham and bacon are marked at pro
hibitive prices, but then few French
peoplo tat them. Venl nnd lnmb nro
tho favorite French meats, and they
Havo both doubled In price. A roast of
veal will cost front threo to three nnd
a half francs n kilo two pounds nnd
a quuher. Beef bus soared like nn
ulrptane, .costing four, five, and even
MOUNT TO CLOUD
105 YEARS OLD, WANTS
TO FIGHT THE KAISER
Portland, Ore. Although ho
is one hundred and live years
"young," and fought In the In
dian, nud. Civil wars. "Uncle"
John Dowd Sr. of Wlllamlnn,
ure., lias not had enough of ex
citement and wants to enlist In
the United States urmy and go
to France to light the Germans.
He Is as earnest In his desire to
enlist as any youthful recruit.
Dowd walks twe miles dally and
often makes alK miles on foot.
six francs a kilo, and good quality Is
hard to find, even at that fabulous
sum. Horse meat, which Is rarely
eaten even Inthe poorer districts, has
advanced 20 pgr cent to two francs
and n half a kilo. Tho usual sausages,
pates, and other concoctions made
from meat fragments aro double the
old marks on an average.
Rabbits .always a French staple
have alvnnced 50 per cent, nnd chick
ens, ducks, geese, nnd turkeys nro
double. A three-pound roasting chick
en broiling Is unknown here will
cost 15 to 18 francs.
Eggs, 'strictly fresh, cost 0 to 8
sous apiece, and Ince there Is no
cold storage in Franco the cheap
er grades are likely to bo strong
nnd cost 4 or 5 sous enclu
Fish has advanced In price nnd
achieved a two-doy-a-wcek popular
ity, because on Mondays and Tuesdays
no ment can he served ,ln restaurants,
and all butcher shops are closed.
Cheeses havo advanced sharply due
to the shortage of milk, and the
wonderful "petit Swlssc," which was
3 sous before the war, Is 0 or 8 sous
today. Brie, Camembert nnd other
selected cheeses havo doubled. Milk
Is up to 0, 10 and 11 sous n litre, but
it Is n heavier, creamier milk than
one usually finds In New York
Potatoes are sold by weight, nnd
have doubled and trebled In price,
fetching 12 to 18 sous a kilo at this
time, although when the bulk' of .the
new crop Is In It Will probnbly be re
duced. Beam? In all their varieties
vlo with potatoes as the popular vege
table, and Solssons, green beans,
string beans, white beans nnd lima
beans aro hard to get and have ed
vnnced 30 to 40 per cent. Fresh to
matoes can be purchnsed from huck
sters on the street nt 12 cents a
BUT SHE IS NOT CHINESE
Her clothes aro Chinese there Is no
mtstnko about that and tho pose Is
purely Oriental, but yet this girl sit
ting cross-legged on the tnble Isn't Chi
nese at nil. Sho Is Miss Lelln S. Gor
don of Washington, an! she Is Ameri
can all the way through, so you can't
always bellevo your eyes. Miss Gor
don Is the daughter of Mrs. Georgo
Burnett of Washington, the wife of
Major General Barnett. Tho photo
graph was token ut tho nnnunl cos
tume bnll nt Nnrrngnnsett Pier for
local charities, which accounts for tho
modem airplanes. The photograph,
Hotchklss gun on his mnchlne.
pound, but usunlly cost a franc 20'
cents in shops. Artichokes can bo
bought nt 40 to 50 centimes apiece,
but usually range nround n franc.
Salad, which before tho war was so
cheap, Is now nn expensive article.
Lettuce enough for two or threo per-
sons could bo bought for n couple of,
sous In 1014; todny It will cost 8 or
10 sous. Romnlne Is nlso very high..
Green peas have not ndvanced ns
sharply as the other vegetables, but
the demand Is limited.
Cheap and medium priced clothing
for both men and women hns ad
vanced steadily In price during tho
last three years, with shoes showing
tho most pronounced Increase, due to
tho leather shortage because of tho
army's demands. Ordinary high shoes
for men which cost 22 francs beforo
the wnr arc now marked at 30 ahd 381
Women's shoes, too, have advanced
as sharply. "
Good socks and stockings nro al
most Impossible to 'ilnd In Paris to
day. Couturleres of the Rue de la Palx
of world-wide reputation hnve not
advanced prices much for robes,
dresses nnd tnllored suits. There has
been n certain Increase, but even be
fore the wnr these "creations" wero
listed so' high that the artists who sell
them lack the nerve to boost the price
Due to High Wages.
Silk underwear, night gowns nnd!
boudoir robes hnve ndvanced sharply,
as before the war these articles could'
be bought In Paris much chenper thnn
In New York. Today, owing to the ,
Increased wage's paid to tho girls who
do the hnndwork, and because of the
advanced quotation for raw silk, prices
are up a third.
Women's tailored suits arc also up,
and It is n pretty poor' gnrment that
can be bough't for less than 200 francs
($40) ready made. The Increased price .
for wool Is given as tho reason for this
sharp advance, although the strin
gency In the dye market is another
Men's suits are 150 francs nnd up
for anything worth having, whereas
even a year ago o three-piece outfit
could be purchased for 120 francs.
Men's tnllors are bending nil- their
energies to mnklng uniforms nnd their
cutters havo nlmost forgotten how .
to make civilian clothes. Beforo
the war a good suit of clothes for a
man could be picked up for 85 to 05
Increased cost of gasoline nnd. tires
has caused n 25 per cept advance In
taxlcab rates. But the Increase in
tips Is whero the big advance has
come. No chauffeur is sntlslled with.
10 or 15 per cent of the nmount regis
tered. He won't nccept less than u 50
centime piece, even for n short rldo
which registers say, 1 franc 25 cen
times. Usunlly he expects the change
out of 2 francs 75 centimes for such
n hnul. Horse cnbs cost as much ns
automobiles, and the horses are so
decrepit thnt one only -rides In them
for amusement, not really to get any
where. Tobncco prices hnve been ndvanced
three tlmejs since the wnr by the
Drinks of nil kinds hnve advanced
steadily. Whisky nnd soda costs 2
francs 10 cents nlmost everywhere
that It Is served. '
Food and Lodging, Prices.
Hotel rates have advanced n couple
of times since the wnr, u room and
bath In one of the best hotels cost
ing 20 francs a day and up. In the
next class of hotsls a room and bath
can bo had for 14 to 10 francs. By
tho month one can find quarters for
as little as 00 francs, nnd a decent
I room rentsjit 00 to 100 francs.
Dinner In one of tho best res
taurants will cost, with un ordinary
, good wine, about 20 francs a plate.
' Ilefore the war it wquld havo amount
ed to 14 or 15 francs.
All In nil, however, It Is tho Inherent
thrift and saving of the French peo
ple that Is tiding tliem over this pe
riod of stress. As Franco surprised
Bismarck in 1S71 by raising nlmost In
n day the staggering Indemnity he had
saddled on It In tho expectation of
keeping It In Germany's debt for 50
years, so tho average French person Is
surprising even trained economic ob
servers todny by subsisting on whnt ha
or sho has nntLwhnt he or sho draws,
a sou at n time, from tho hoarding of '
other years. Despite the oriormous de
posits In French banks, proof Is not
lacking that the Fronch strong box Is.
tho same today as It always. hn been
the cracked toapot and the woolen
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