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PlliLISHKI SH-MI-WEEKLY AT PL.1TTSMOITD, NEBRASKA.
;-tifrfdt Posioffice at Plattsmouth. Neb., as second-class mail matter.
R. A. BATES, Publisher
icascaiPTiox pniCEi fi.r.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
. Doalh is the ugly fact which
V Nature has to hide, and she
!iidts it !!. Alexander Smith.
Double crop of ice this winter.
T:u bov am! sled still in evidence.
Yar is h 11!" Ami no mistake.
sidewalks are still very slip-
F.xpc l it
ce Mjiii'-m helps
ideas of his own.
When the aveiage fellow arrives at
i:..- top he wants to pull the ladder up
Whither it is harmless gossip or
jrer'-'.i.-- scandal often (Upends upon
the :.:! w who is talking.
-Money talks!" Maybe, but the
ri'-ney involved in this "1'eak" inquiry
Isn't what you would call loquacious.
( a -tirg bread upon the waters is
i i-iti ly a ceraraon lable thing to do
! ui a. cents a loaf it comes rathe;.
La'gMig l y their pictures, at lea,
tin :r. .;kal autho. ities. who warn us
a -adust the prrils of kissing, are in
- h :t v.'.rr!r:i make i; i
Th-.-v do as well if not bettci
men, when it comes to ob-
W'ivi f '.tab!"s also getting into
thf n!t it'iii'.ou- list, it's up to one of
oar ha-'h-g actresses to lose a neck
lace I - carat-; fine.
Tv.n-,':(i!!ar hats now cost sS.l."
says !ie of our o .changes, but thank
heaven, the little old dollar hat store
i.- still an institution.
It is -ai l that Americans are buy
ing m""" ; it -1 than ever, but we don't
know whether it's for eating or for
throwing oer bridegrooms.
The gi 1 who has the bungalow bee
in h-. r bonnet i generally smart
enough to lot him taste her eookin.tr
and .-how her embroidery to hi.-
The only time there is rest for the
lobbyists is, when the legislature ad
journs over Sunday. Rut still they
so? a few m mbcrs at the hotels dur
ing adjournment. Maybe that is the
best plate to see them anyway, if
the hotel has a saloon attachment.
'"-'and i-v the president!" is the
.-l."-aa sounded by the Colorado Her
a'l (German) in a Sunday editorial.
"The man who violates his oath of al
lev ianco- is a traitor," declared the
ed'tyrutl. written by E. . Steinmann
p:.sideiit of the German-American al
liance in Colorado.
Whv do the members of the legisla
ture always want to trump with a
tad that they know will sweep thfi
pi: tier at this season of the game
Tine are 1 x.unn.Onr) of Ccrman.-; in
tho United States, and the great state
Nebraska is the home of many
thousand of thein. They are now, the
most of i rum legalized citizens, an
t! k is no t'me to ponder as to what
they should 'o.
The present legislature certainly
vent wild in the introduction jof bills
And maybe the sifting committee wil
-Ao wild in "cutting and slashing" tin
til they g ,n'' "1T7Hl01' d'v m to aboj
20M, or less.
peh veab in advance!
THE GERMANS IN AMERICA.
American eil'..ens with German
o -od in their vcir.s have had a thorny
path to tread duru-,' the thirty trying
-.renins of Europe.: war. Quite nat
arady and proe 1;.' they have sym
laUiized with the .v.r.se and the arms:
of the Fatherlarcl as against Britain.
;a:ac, Russia nr. I th other powerw
hat ; re its dan.rerous enemies. Their
f-i'.-u- citizens A the United States
have, for the nw..i part, been friendly
i.e cause of tne entente, and the
rri s. of the count, v has been all bjt
i . ."i rmously so. With that loyalty to
utP convictions :v.t . thai stubborn
e..i. :f-e which cha . at : c n cd their race
..cm ans in Amend have stootl stead
fast, in an environment that at times
was little short of hostil to assert
their faith. Even on our neutral soil
the passions engendered by the world's
greatest war have hurne ' fiercelly and
high. On both sides the-ie have been
intemperate and bitter utterances
from which the Germans, being a mi
nority and standing almost alone, have
been the chief sufferers. They have
believed, at times, that the govern
ment of their adopted country was
more insistent on Germany than on
British compliance with international
law and neutral rights. They have
resented our immense shipments cf
arms and ammunition which havo
slain so many thousands of their kins
men across the sea. They have felt
that, because so many avenues of in
formation and communication were
closed, Germany was not getting a
square deal before the bar of public
opinion. In international dispute?
that have arisen some have had the
hardihood, on occasion, to plead the
cause of the land of their birth
against against that of the land of
their adoption. Their doing so has
been resented and brought upon them
outbursts of indiscriminate abuse.
And yet, with it all and through it
ill, there has dwelt in their breasts
the love of America and supreme de
votion to the Stars and Stripes. When
the test comes a test to wring the
hearts of the bravest and the best
they are with the president, not the
aiser. Should the cruel necessity pre
sent itself thev will be found contrib
uting their full quota to regiments
that would face their own kinsmen.
the hungry, wearied, bleeding men
from their childhood's homes.
There has been in Nebraska no in
tense!- champion of the German cause
in Europe than Val J. Peter, editor of
the Omaha- Daily Tribune, a newspa
per printed in the German tongue. Yet
within a few hours after the breaking
of diplomatic relations Val Peter said.
in his paper:
un inursday tne tribune ex
pressed the fear that the German-
American citizens might be called to
endure the most severe trial in their
history, and to empty the bitter cup
to the dregs. All too soon these fears
seem to become an actual realization
The break with the old Fatherland i
at hand, and on account of questions
whose handling by our government
sometimes seemed to us not entirely
just and in keeping with the best in
terests of the future of our country
But we have duties toward our adopt
ed country. Our alelgiance belongs to
America, first, last and all of the time.
These duties we must perform and
will perform above all considerations
regardless of what the future may
have in store for us."
And in the same edition in which
was heralded the news of the presi
dent's action the World-Herald car
ried this story from Lincoln:
"With tears streaming down his
face, Representative Fred Hoffmeistcr
of Imperial, German-born ami relative
of several soldiers now fighting for
the kv.iser; declared in the. house this
morning that all men, all parties, al
lovers of the Stars and Stripes, shotild
stand with the president and the coun
try in the great crisis now coming up
on the nation.
"A resolution prepared by him and
embodying these sentiments was ur.r
animously adopted by the lower legis
lative house here today.
"Dr. Hoffmeister, in his speech,
pledged his three boys to his country's
There is revealed the stuff that is in
our sorely tried "hyphenates," the
German-Americans! It is the stuff of
which heroes are made. It is the stuff
that took up the banner of civilization
in the premeval forests of central Eu
rope a thousand years ago and car
ried it to the four corners of the earth.
And there is revealed, too, what r,
wonderful chemistry is at work in the
"melting pot." In a single generation
it transforms into prophets and sol
diers of our great republic men whose
ancestors for countless generations
were attached to the Fatherland. It
puts our Germans shoulder to shoulder
with our citizens of other races to
fight, if necessary, in the cause of
democracy, against the armies of Im
perial Germany itself.
We are one race anil one people in
America today. The menace that has
risen, so sudden and so large, has es
tablished our national unity and fra
ternity and consecrated us all alike to
the one flag. World-Herald..
LIN'COLN IN NEBRASKA.
We regret to learn from the Oma
ha World-Herald that the Lincoln
Journal "is opposed to instituting the
study of Abraham Lincoln in the
schools oftthe state, fearing that if
our boys are compelled to study Lin
coin the won't like him." The World-
Herald calls this "piffle." It holds
that they are obliged to learn, and
presumably to dislike, arithmetic and
grammar, and who is Lincoln that he
should be exempted from the common
fate? It also rebukes the Journal
the heresy that "the school program
is pretty full now." This the World-
Herald admits, but holds that the
things now taught are "sawdust into
which there has never been breathed
the breath of life." The curricu-
um in Nebraska, we learn from the
World-Herald, is destitute of "any
thing that will light a warm and
glowing tire in the heart."
Therefore the World-Herald holds
that it would be much better to drop
in order to squeeze in the study of
the study of grammar, if necessary,
Abraham Lincoln, "his gentleness
and sympathy, his loving heart and
forbearing nature." Nine out of
ten parents in Nebraska, it says,
would agree with it, and "it is they
who pay the taxes to support the
public schools." Therefore it trusts
that the legislature will pay heed to
the wishes "of the plain people" in
this matter, and we hope so, too.
Down with grammar and up with
studies that will light a warm and
glowing fire in the heart. The idea
somehow seems to complete Nebras
ka in the imagination; not that Ne
braska was incomplete before, 'but
anything that emphasizes her pecu
liar characterises increases the ob
viousness of her perfection.
Of course the study of Abraham
Lincoln might be taken up in an
un-Ncbraska way. Instead of being
taught sentimentally, he might be
taught as he really was; instead of
mush, the real lessons of his great
career might be intelligently and
undiscriminating hero-worship and
analytically presented. But that
would be "sawdust," and we are glad
to see from the way the World-Her
aid presents the argument that there
is no danger of that. Indeed, Ne
braska could be trusted to do the
thing in the right way the way that
will light a warm and glowing fire
in the heart even if the World
Herald had not spoken so feelingly;
had not to drop into the literary style
of the World-Herald itself, swept
the finger of humanity with unerring
touch across the pulsating keyboard
of man's nature.' New York Times
Let us hope that some way will be
found by which the United States can
keep out of a war with Germany. But
Germany must do her part in the way
J of preventing war with this country.
PLATTSMOUTH SEMI-WEEKLY JOURNAL,
"CLUTCH OF CIRCUMSTANCE.
Count von Bernstorff, the very able
German ambassador who has so sud
denly become a private citizen, ven
tured to say only a few words when
informed of the severance of diplo
matic relations. But what he did say
was notable, because it was a com
plete justification of the action taken
by . President Wilson. This, in sub
stance, was Bernstorff's comment:
"I'm so sorry. However, as you
know, I expected it. I never expected
anything else. There was nothing else
left for the United States to do. My
people in Berlin will not be surprised
either. They knew what was coming
when they declared unrestricted sub
Coming from such a source this
declaration is impressive. Few men
have served the German government
more loyally or more wisely than has
this great diplomat, whose conduct at
Washington during trying times has
won for him universal admiration. It
is praise from Caesar when yon Bern-
ctorff says: "There was nothing else
eft for the United States to do." It
is not that the people of the United
States feel the need of a clean bill of
health from any representative of the
German government that makes this
utterance gratifying. It is the frank
recognition of the justice of our stand
from what may yet have to be termed
an enemy quarter.
Yon Bernstorff sees, more plainly
than do many Americans, the issue in
all its naked simplicity. The question
has been asked, over and over again,
why should the United States consider
the attempted! German blockade of
England as a possible or probable
cause of war, when it has not so re
garded the British blockade of Ger
many? Each threatens a great people
with starvation as a war measure.
Each interferes with American com
merce, denies American rights on the
high seas, and is in violation of inter
national law. Whv then discriminate?
Why should we permit the entente to
violate our rights in attempting to
starve Germany, and then threaten
Germany with war if, in the bitter
struggle for self-preservation, it like
wise violates our rights in a retalia
There are a number of distinctions
involved, but the essential difference is
this: The illegal blockade of German
and neutral ports affects the United
States only in a commercial way. The
illegal blockade of English and French
ports is at the cost of American lives
President Wilson, in his earnest desire
to keep the United States out of the
war, has declared that p operty losses
can be atoned for after the war is
over by the ordinary and usual pro
cess of claims for damages. But there
is no such process for atoning for the
loss of life.
The United States has declared th;
entente's blockading 4t Germany i'
legal and intolerable because it is not
effective against all neutrals alike, anij
for the further reason that it is so
conducted as to make British propert
of the high seas. But it is also so
conducted that it is not necessary to
sink American ships, or destroy Amer
ican lives, to maintain it. If we were
seeking a cause for war, it is true that
there would be here a pretext that all
people would be forced to recognize.
But the adverse effects of this block
ade are not so vital. President Wilson
believes, as to coerce us into a war
for which we have no appetite.
Germany, on the other hand, has
only its submarines which it can hope
to use effectively as a blockading
weapon. And to use them elfectively
they must be set running amuck on
the high seas, sinking neutral tddp.
as well as enemy ships and .sending
passengers and crew alike to the bot
tom of the ocean. This, at least, is
the German contention, and the polir
Germany has now declared.
It is not denied that Germany has a
perfect legal right to establish a
blockade of England if it can do so.
But' in pursuance of that plan-Germany
has no right to sink American
vessels without warning and ruthless
ly destroy American lives in the open
waters of the world, which are the
property and the highway of 11 na
tions alike. If Germany could do as
England does stop the blockade run
ner, and take ship and its cargo, crew
and passengers into port, President
Wilson would not regard it as a suf
ficient cause for war. But it is a phy
sical impossibility for submarines to
do this. It is a physical impossibility
Germany declares, for the submarines
always to provide safety for passen
gers and crew. Germany, to win, must
slay American citizens who get in Ger
many's way, even if those Americans
are where they have a perfect right
to be. And Germany has warned us
thisis what it will do.
Therefore President Wilson severed
diplomatic relations with Germany
And thereupon von Bernstorff is fai
and manly enough to say: "There was
nothing else left for the United States
There is, in the whole situation, a
cruel fatality. Germany no more de
sires war with the United States than
does the United States with Germany.
But Germany says it fvels compelled
to do violence not only to our rights
but to our national honor to escape
being starved, crushed and dismem
bered by the entente powers. It
chooses lawless ruthlessness in prefer
ence to unconditional surrender to an
enemy proposing hai:-h terms. An.l
the United States is thereupon pre
seated by the necessity of defending
the lives of its citizens on the world's
highways even at tho cost of war.
Thus it is disclosed how, "in thw
fell clutch of circumstances," nations,
like individuals, may cease to be mas
ters of their own dynasty. The United
States desires only peace with Ger
many and the world. In its very sou.
it revolts at the prospect of bein
obliged to plunge headlong into the
world's most awful war. It has been
humbly proud of its mission to "keep
the lamp of Civilization burning." It
has aspired to the voie of poa.-einaker.
It has preached the ideals that wouh.
make for an enduring peace the
ideals of justice, and liberty, and
democracy. Then to be punched in the
nose, and grabbed by the scuff of the
neck and literally thiown into a war
for which it has no t-iomaeh and
pum-hod and grabbed and thrown by
one who hates to do it! What setting
at once so tragic and farcical have the
ironic gods ever before provided, with
the world for a theater in which to
exhibit human futility and human
President Wilson is hoping, as ev
ery other American is hoping, that the
necessity may yet be avoioed. But
there is none of us but mu.-t reali:e
that at any moment there may happen
tha'o which will cause the pre.-ident
ones more to appear before congres.
with a gr;vTr.cr message than thai of
. st Saturday. There is none but realize-;
the result of his appearance may
bo a declaration of war, under circi.n"
stances that would justify von Bern
stoifF in repeating the sentence:
"Theie was nothing else left ror the
United States to do." World-Hera!!.
A great many historical exploits
are now discredited by the historians,
but Paul Keveie's ride has stood the
acid test of investigators.
Will sell or trade for Cass or Otoe
county land, an up-to-date General
Merchandise stock and building m an
eastern Nebraska town. This is a
clean, money making, old established
business.. Best of reasons for -selling.
Western laud sharks need not inquire.
Address, I'lattsmouth Journal Oilice.
OJliee .supplies Mt the .Journal oil tee
Stop! Look! Listen!
You may need an Auctioneer
17. R. VM
s till in the ring You will find
on the Murray Exchange.
Reverse All Galls!
Route No. 1
ir&i oecuriiv oanK
CEDAR CREEK. NEBR.
Sound, Conservative and Progressive
THE BANK OF THE PEOPLE
THE BANk BY THE PEOPLE
THE BANK FOR THE PEOPLE
We are anxious to assist the farmer in feeding and
handling his live stock for market
are protected by the Depositors' Guaranty Fund of the
State of Nebraska, which has reached nearly 1,
OUO,U(0.()0 It is back of us and protects you!
WM. SCHNEIDER. President
W. K. LOHNES, Vice-President T. J. SHANAHAN, Vice-President
J. F. FOREMAN, Cashier
Dance at Say'.es hall Saturday
V une.-day proved J.he coldest day
of the year in this locality.
Farm Loans, Insurance and Heal
Estate. See J. V. Foreman.
Henry Kisman was an Omaha visi-to:-
Saturday f'-r a few hours.
Mi.-s i J race Di-t'f visited in IMaUs
i:oUtii S-.turday for a few hears.
J. I-'. Foreman wa.s in Omaha on
b iir.e-s Saturday for a short time.
Mis Ida ForrM-tf was vi.-lting in
this vicinity over Sunday with
.Aiiss i: -mice Ann. was among t.e
Cedar 'reek visitors in Platt.-;nouLh
Fhr.er l.ohnes was a visitor in the
c-i'j.nty seat Wednesday to visit for a
On account of the storm there was
in services held ..t the church in this
Ed Wagner and family were in.
I";,;tnioutth shopping f.-r a few
hours i n Saturday.
Miss Mcrna Wolff went to Flatis
n.outii Saturday to vi.-it for a few
h-.urs with friends.
tieorge Thierolf went to Lincoln
Tuesday to attend the thresher's con
vention in that city.
Ed Meisinger was among the many
visitors in the county seat from this
lcc-.ility on Saturday.
.Miss (-'ertude Meisinger was among
tir. so going to P'.tttsmouth Satur
day for a short visit.
John Schurcr and wife were in
i'lattsmouth on Saturday looking
after some chopping.
Miss Verla Schneider was in IMatts
rr.outh for a few hours looking after
si nv shopping' Saturday.
Ira Dates drove in to the county
seat Saturday where he wa.s called to
attend to some business affairs.
Henry Kaughmann and son, John,
were attending to seme trading in
I'lattsinouth on Saturday of last
Earl KK-in spent a few hours in
I'lattsmouth Saturday where lie was
called to look after some business
Henry Thierolf was among the
visitors in the county seat from this
locality Saturday, visiting with his
Or. Hunter of I'lattsmouth was in
Cedar Creek Saturday looking aftei
We have taken up the
M of fi
S W H
in connection with the
in Eight P!ile Grove, Plattsmouth and Rock
Bluffs Precinct, and are in position to offer
our customers cars for 835.00, $940.00
and $1,180.00, f. o. b. Detroit. Have just
unloaded a car ioad of the Maxwells and can
make immediate deliveries of Touring or
Roadster bodies with 30 h. motors and the
new ignition system, which is a great im
provement. Lotus demonstrate ourcars to
THURSDAY, FEHR UARY 8, 11 17.
soiiie stock at the farm of Charles
Irving .Meisinger was a I'latts
mouth visitor on Wednesday where
he was called on several matters of
j A social dance was enjoyed at the
Ed Wagner home on Tuesday night
and ail present report a most en
Louis Frederich spent several days
this week engaged in putting up ice
for his use during the coming sum
Ferdinand J. Henning was among
those driving in to spend Saturday
in the county seat looking after some
i trading with the merchants.
j Jao.b Tritsch and Ed Heil de-
i parted on Wednesday for South Oma-,
ha to look after a few matters on the
live stock market in that place.
j .Monday, being the birthday anni-
I versary of Irvin Meisinger, a num-
i her of his relatives and friends gave
him a surprise party at the home of
! Ha rv Meisinger. All present re
port a most de'ighi'ul time.
For good, fresh Candy, Fruit and
Nuts, sue S. J. Reames.
Any skin itching is a temper tester.
j The more you scratch the worse it
' itches. Ooan's Ointment is for piles,
eczema any skin iteming. .'Uc at all
SINGLE COM II. 1MIODE ISLAND
for hatching, ?5 per 100; sl.-jr per
setting. Have entirely new strain of
breeding birds, having raised stock
from Scott Covalt's best matings of
heavy layers. Telephone Plattsmouth
4021. W. D. Porter, Mynard, Neb.
FOR SALE. IN OMAHA.
One T-i'oom house, all modern, large
.meiit; just rebuilt and almost new
in and out; line location. This belongs
to me, hence no commission. I may
consider Plattsmouth property or
some acreage for part payment. C. 1.
S., 3 14, S. lkh, Omaha. 2-S-lwkd&w
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