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PLATTSMOUTH SEMI-WEEKLY JOURNAL.
Til U US DAY, MAY 20, 1513.
Cbc piattsmcutb journal
Published Saml-Waakly at P I att a mo uth. N b r.
Entered at the Tostoflice at Plattsmouth, Nebraska, as second-class mall matter.
R. A. BATES, Publisher
Subtorlptlon Prlooj SI. SO Par Yaar In Advanoa
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THOUGHT FOR TODAY.
However mean or inconsider-
l ate the act, there is something
in the well doing of it which has v
I- fellowship with the noblest v
forms of maiily virtue. Ilus- v
Io it today tomorrow is a long
A larger crowd than usual was in
Arbitration is easier than lighting,
but less decisive.
Very cold and windy Sunday, yet
they played ball just the same.
How about those band concerts?
It's about time for a beginning.
Knot-king and flattery to meet dif
ferent opinions won't get you any
The man who took 'em off, now
wishes he hadn't. Detler go slow on
Saturday was straw hat day and
it was rather cool for the business.
Yet many were sold.
The farmers are about through with
corn planting and much of the crop
is up an 1 growing nicely.
(k-rmany may want to submit the
I.uistania trouble to arbitration. That
iray prove the proper caper.
Those in search of a soft snap
aren't headed very generally in the
direction of the harvest fields.
It is believed that some people
ihould regard clean-up day as a
favorable time for taking their annual
The business men of the state arc
organizing a prosperity league. That's
Ininess, for everybody favors pros
Whipping China is one of the best
things Japan does, or at least one
of the casict, but suppose some day
Japan should teach China how to
Up at Newman Grove they have
organised a Tri-Counly club that is
doing a gocl woik in cementing the
interests of the community. It takes
in town and country people alike,
bringing them all together in social
and business affairs. There are very
many of these being organized
throughout the state, and it is a good
sign. It is evidence of team work
that must be done to got the best re
sjulls in community development.
A Commercial club is a good thing
for any town if the merchants and
business men in general lend their
united efforts in the direction of do
ing good for the town. It is not a
money-making scheme for anyone,
itnil the sooner those fellows stand
back and knockers get this out of
! Iheir noodles the better it will be for
the town. Good, levcl-hladed busi
ness men are all needed in the or
ganization and they should pull to
gether for all that is good for th
town. Knockers are not needed in. the
organization, and neither arc they in
the town. A citizens who is not for
his town is not the proper kind of
citizen, anyway. So get out of the
rut and jump into the band wagon.
, and play to the tune of 'Tlattsmouth
first, Last and All the time!"
THE MAN AND THE HOUR.
Every community has its hour, and
many of them have the man for the
hour. But how is it with us? The
hour is here the hour for injecting
new life into business, for the creation
of a bigger and a greater community.
Some may cast their eyes around and
ask, "where?" or "how?" Your eye
sight is dim, brother your intellect
is sleeping. The hour is here has
always been here will always be
here. It needs only the man with the
vital spark of life to give it touch and
go, a constructive brain to take the
initative and forge the links that bind
us into a great and mighty chain.
Some men can do this, while other
cannot. We want the man who can.
We have the land, we have the sites,
we have the possibilities, and now we
want the realities. But we must first
have the man of the hour the leader
who will throw his great intellect into
the scale and bear it down with the
weight of energy, of determination
and of power to create big things
from small beginnings. We as a com
munity are not lacking in brains, we
are not devoid of an inherent desire
for improvement, and we are not
without the power or the will to en
force the issue if we but get the start.
Every great municipality had its
humble origin, but it had its man of
the hour, its men of the hour.
Geographical or other conditions may
r revert our aspiring to the dignity of
a great metropolitan city, but it is
easily within the bounds of possibility
for us to double, and treble, and
quadruple our present size, wealth
and importance. We need to expand,
and we want to expand. It requires
but the opportunity, and opportunity
even now waits upon the man.
Who will he be? Who will they be?
Republicans of Nebraska endorse
It is also better, much better, to be
right than to be vice president.
England feels better now that she
has gotten the United States into it.
It is everybody's privilege to be
indignant, but very few are permitted
to "write up" their indignation.
Jane Addams demands the im
mediate cessation of war. Well, Jane,
can you help any of the combatants
U let go?
The English have been talking
about the things they were going to
do in May, and the Germans have
been doing them.
There is a growing feeling in this
man's town that motorists should not
run more than CO miles an hour in
turning street corners.
If the United States should declare
war it would create almost as much
alarm over in Europe as the entrance
of Abyssinia into hostilities.
President Wilson cannot be con
sidered wholly qualified for the pres
ent intense situation without having
had a training as base ball umpire.
The politician is out of a job this
year, but he can look forward to a
year hence when his business will be
gin to boom and office-seekers plenty.
The big grafter is admired to a de
gree, at least, until he gets caught,
but how people hate the little grafter
who qould mako more money work
ing. :n :
It is claimed that the United States
navy is not prepared for war, but any
way the officers have become quite
perfect in the fox trot the past win
ter. , '
Countries may remain neutral, but
Clearly the growing crops could en
dure a fine rain just now.
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In some respects a jingo is ad
mirably, he's not a mollycoddle.
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In every community good straw
berry shortcake is. made, ii you can
only find it. ......
People are not very much interested
in your honest opinion; the great de
mand is for salve.
The corn in Cass county is about all
in the ground, and many acres are up
end growing nicely.
One marked feature of the Russian
armies is the enormous number of
threshings they can take.
"Stand ud for I'lattsmouth!" is a
good motto to adopt, if everybody will
put it into every-day practice.
Russia's second war bond issue is
for $500,000,000. War costs like
Sherman said, and then some.
"Our country In her intercourse
with foreign nations may she always
be right, but our country, right or
Every citizen has a duty to perform
in helping his town; then why not
jump into the band-wagon and per
form that duty?
We are to have a big circus here
some time in July, according to re
ports. That will make up for a
Fourth of July celebration.
When the accumulated wealth of
the world is shot away in war, the
financiers will have to invent new
methods for getting back to solvency.
No wonder there is a lot of in
terest in the "war babies' in Europe,
as it looks as if they would be grown
up and able to bear arms before the
war is over.
A Boston shoe manufacturer says
that sensible shoes for women will be
on the market the very moment there
is any demand for them. We resent
As might have been expected,
Roosevelt denies ah Barnes has said,
and Barnes gives the lie to all Teddy
has said. But there is always two
sides to a question.
. The president has suggested that
this is a good time for Americans to
keep cool heads over the sinking of
the Lusitania. One wonders, how
ever, how you are going to do it with
summer coming on.
In one state, it is alleged, that re
ducing the railroad fare from 3 cents
to 2 reduced the amount of railroad
travel. We rather opine that the
abolition of railroad passes some
years ago reduced travel most mark
edly. We know it did ours.
The question is asked, what has be
come of the people who used to drive
out behind old Dobbin and view the
lovely scenery with so much pleas
ure ? Well, just now, they are feeling
that they must have a new car that
will do better than 35 miles an hour.
Rooscvelt worshippers, which are
very few these days, say such things
would not happen were he president.
That may be, however, wherein the
country is to be congratulated that he
is not president at this time. We want
a cool head in the presidential chair
at this time, and thank God we have
The republicans think they have
their eyes on the man who can be
elected govcrnoin the person of ex
State Treasurer George. He is a good
man. But the democrats have their
eyes on the next governor, if he will
only consent to run, and that person
age is Dr. P. L. Hall, than whom no
better man ever breathed the breath
ARBITRATION THE REMEDY.
Suggestion of aribtration of the
differences between the United States
and Germany over the latter's sub
marine policy and the challenge in the
note of this government to Berlin
must appear as a happy one, as it
provides a way out of the difficulty
without embarrassment for either
side of the controversy.
That is, provided Germany will
agree that it will yield the points at
issue pending arbitration. If Ger
many will agree to submit these
points to arbitration, and to stop its
objectionable acts in submarine war
fare pending the determination of
those issues, there will be no more
torpedoing of merchant vessels with
out warning and no more slaughter of
non-combatants and women and chil
dren. For it does not seem likely that
there would ever be any termination
of such arbitration proceedings.
Whither would Germany and the
United States turn for unbiased
arbiters? It could not pick them
from belligerent nations, either on the
one side or the other. All of the
great powers of the old world are in
volved on one side or the other of
this far-reaching slaughter. Even in
Asia, Japan and India are involved
on the side of the allies.
In Europe we find only Spain, Hol
land, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and
Switzerland in the neutral column,
and they are sufferers from this sub
marine warfare in the same manner,
if not in the same proportion, as are
the United States. The cause of the
United States in the arbitration would
be their cause also, so that any rep
resentatives of those countries could
not serve as unbiased arbitrators.
In fact this submarine policy of
Germany is a menace to every neutral
ountry in the world, and in most of
them expression has been given, since
the Lusitania was destroyed, to a
strong feeling of condemnation.
So that arbitration, if it is pro
posed, may not be speedily arranged
for. If it could ultimately be had, no
neutral country would have any rea
son to anticipate an endorsement of
the submarine slaughter involved in
the sinking of the Lusitania. The
world stands aghast at that sort of
.varfare. Nobody outside of the Gar-
manic alliance can stand for it, and
even those who propose it attempt to
justify it only as a cruel and desper-
ite expedient necessary resorted to in
retaliation for other equally desper
ate and almost as cruel policies adopt
ed by Germany's enemies.
However, it would make little dif
ference as to results whether arbitra
tion would be ultimately possible or
not. An agreement to submit the is
sues to arbitration, with an abandon
ment, pending a decision, of the sub
marine campaign against merchant
vessels, except under condition which
international usages have long
recognized, would serve as effectively
as if arbitration should be actually
fruitful of a decree against this cruel
It would also open a way in which
Germany might relinquish, without
embarrassment or humiliation, a prac
tice so open to universal condemna
tion. Its relinquishment of its sub
marine processes would not then ap
pear to be in recognition of the
The intimation that arbitration
might be suggested seems to have
come first from Berlin. It seems to
have been received in vvasnington
with tentative approval. Perhaps the
happiest way out of the strained
situation, for all concerned, would be
to terminate this submarine slaughter
pending an arbitration which may in
fact never be found possible. Lincoln
The fact that a big red barn is bulit
before a new house is constructed
also helps to explain why young folks
eave the farm.
Loss of life in the Titanic disaster
was slightly greater than in the blow
ing up of the Lusitania. The number
of lost on the Titanic was 1,365; on
the Lusitania, 1,216. The Titanic
went down after a collision with an
iceberg April 14, 1912.
Fine rain, thank you, and farmers
Talk business make business an
your arms will enfold prosperity
So many of those who want to do
something for the poor expect a com
A great many who never harbored
John Barleycorn are busy bidding him
There may still be the open doo
in China, but Japan means to be door
It seems to be the verdict of the
farmers that the chinch bug is no
lady or gentleman.
Submarines have as much revolu
tionized naval wai l are today as
Krickson's Monitor in 1802.
Ancient Portugal was called Lusi
tania. This seems to bring the
Portuguese republic into the muss
The G. A. R. of Nebraska endorses
President Wilson's policy in dealing
with Germany on the Lusitania dis
President Wilson is not for pro
hibition, but stands out for local
option. Let each community control
their own affairs.
The European powers may think
that the rights of the United States
can be ignored, but they dure talk
that to little Montenegro.
If some people would only take
those hideous horns off automobiles it
would he some cure lor nervousness
among the people in town and along
Next year is election year; aljo
lean year, two campaigns will be in
progress. The men will be aftr of
fice and women will be after well it
will be just one damphool thing after
The office-holder, from the highest
to the lowest who plays false with any
of his former true friends, after the
sincere support they have given him,
should be dropped like a red-hot iron.
We have no use for such ingrates.
PASSING OF THE JINGOES.
Where are the jingoes of 1S9S?
When in February of that year the
battleship Maine was blown up in the
harbor of Havana a flame of patriotic
fury swept this country from one end
to the other. President McKinley, an
advocate of peace, was swept off his
feet. From the Atlantic to the Pa
cific, from the Canadian border to the
gulf a hoarse cry for war went up.
War was declared and the unfortun
ate Cubans were freed from the op
pression of the Spaniards. Now,
when twenty American soldiers are
killed in Mexico and 100 or more
civilians are sent to the bottom by a
German submarine, the country is
calm and there is a disposition to sup
port the president to the fullest de
gree. The people realize fully that
nothing is to be gained and every
thing might be lost by headlong ac
tion at this time. The sinking of the
Lusitania and the drowning of its
passengers was an incident of a war
with which we have little or more
concern. Germany gave every evi
dence of its good intent by doing all
it could to keep Americans off that
ship. The jingoes are silent and
Americans .stand as one behind the
men now at the head of the govern
ment. It makes no difference whether
they agree with the ideas and policies
of the president or not, he is the man
in charge and is entitled to the sym
pathy and support of everyone. And
it is gratifying to note that he is re
ceiving it without regard to creed,
party or anything else. With such a
condition of affairs existing the coun
try is bound to emerge un?cahed
from the maze cf diplomatic entangle
ments in which it now finds itself.
Ame: ican's duty is to America,
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jutieal situation created by the ;
stand promptly taken by leading Gcr-
naa-Arv.erievins throughout the coun
try. Ihcre can be no question tliat
: he public statements of men like
Hern. an Eidder and Eudolph lilank-
jiiL'Urg, express tne sentiment and
purpose of our fellow citizens of Ger
manic extraction. lnere is Ul-ad-
i4:ed and ill-balanced comment from
sources which have injured the Ger
man cause witn American public
opinion since the war began. But hap
pily it was exceptional and represent
The real spirit of German-Ameri
can citizenship was given expression
by Mr. Kidder, editor of the New
York Su.ats-Zeitung, and his eloquent
words are commended to the thought
ful consideration of those Americans
whose discretion and sense of justice
me obscured by their indignation over
'"They (German-Americans) have
fought to uphold the flag in the past
ind they will do so again against any
emergency whatsoever. ihey de
serve the fruits of past loyalty until
hey forfeit the right to claim them.
I here has never been but one flag un
ier which the German-American has
fought. There never can be but one
flag under which he will ever fight.
And that flag is the Stars and
That is simple truth. From Von
jteuben to Schurz and Sigel, as well
is in all the solid achievements of
eace, German blood and German
haracter have helped to create and
maintain and defend this republic. No
rue .American wm lorget that,
especially now, when the loyalty of
Americans of German birth or an
cestry is put to a fiery trial and is not
Americans would do well to realize
hat not only German-Americans arc
ut to the test at this time, but every
American of whatever blood or tradi-
lon. It we permit the sympathies
nd antipathies bred or stimulated by
his war to create distrust and dis
sension, injustice and enmity among
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us, we are betraying our own country
and defeating its highest hope, which
is to demonstrate the unity of men.
Wp "shnl! lie veru wpak nnrl blind irntl
disloyal to America if we who. fought
a great war in our own . land for
union permit a war in the old world
to create the spirit of disunion
! Not only the trial of war, but also
I in the tests of peace it is for us to
cherish our Americanism above every
thing else. Chicago Tribune.
We are to suppose that China will
do as well under the Japs as England
under the Normans. The operation is
a similar one, modified by the methods
In striving for safety first, it is
well to remember that the revolver
under the pillow or in the bureau
drawer is more dangerous than burg
lars or highwaymen.
If the suffragists camp in the White
house to waylay the president, and
bring their lunch boxes, it is hoped
that they don't scatter crumbs all
over the parlor carpet.
Armies in Europe need 2,000,000
mules. Could the western states have
known this five years ago they could
have easily been supplied. In times
of peace prepare for mules.
The greatest man in America today
is Woodrow Wilson, the one who so
ably presides and guides the destinies
of this country. While a few hot
heads censure the president, in one
year from today they will hang their
heads for shame, and will ask their
forgiveness to the president for the
manner for doing right to the people
cf this country.
The spacious new auditorium at
Nehwaka will be dedicated next Mon
day with exercises, both afternoon
and evening. The business men and
people of the community in general
are quite proud of their fine building,
and they have cause to be, as no town
of double the population of this en
terprising little burg can boast of
such an up-to-date building.
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