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PLATTSMOUTH SEMI-WEEKLY JOURNAL
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 1017.
Hbe plattsmoutb lournal
PUBLISHED IEMI.WEEKLT AT PLATTSMOUTUt HEIiRAKA.
Eater t Pootofflce at Flattsmouth. Neb., as second-class mall matter.
R. A. BATES, Publisher
rHSCRIPTlOlf PRICBl S1.M
Tlcntv of rain lor the present.
ILxcmpt ions won't go so freely.
Kvery calf is a golden calf these
Slate again winner in the labor
light in Omaha.
Any man can fully understand a
Hi'inan if she is a pood rook.
Thinking thankful thoughts is bet
ter than crying:' over spilled milk.
You'll never succeed as a lawn-;
mower chauffeur unless you have tho
Man can't kick himself, hut the
fact that he feels like it sometime",
is a credit to his conscience.
N'epoleon tried hard to rule all Eu
rope, and made a signal failure, and
he lauded just where the kaiser will
Nebraska prides itself on the fact
thai. iJ baf more progressive farmers
to the square mile than any state in
I lie Union.
If small children are allowed to
roim all over town, there should he
a pound prepared for them, and par
ents made to pay a fee of $2 to set
The short dress must gn. That's
the edict. When old women, fifty
and s-ixty years old don short skirts,
don't you think it's lime they should
go out of style?
II isn't what a woman has to do
or the circumstances she must travel
that worries her. It is what lo wear
when she is going to do something
or going somewhere.
The German masses are all right,
but this country is against the
kaiser, who is an enslaver of the
poor people of his own country. Nr;
one can deny that.
The Omaha bank clearings for
July were by far the greatest in its
history $l.t;0!).r.;'.I,niS, truly a gi
gantic sum. which indicates there is
no slacking in business.
How many more years of war do
you suppose it will take lo convince
the crown prince that he has missed
his ailing when he assumed the
command of the German army in
To; many senators and congress
im.ui are playing politics too freely
for the benefit of the country in
these war times, and their constit
units are keeping tab on them for
the purpose of helping to consign
them to private life when the op
portunity ii offered.
At Mir, writing it appears that
1'refident Wilson has brought tr;
time Norway and Holland and made
both nations promise not to continue,
feeding Germany. As those coun
tries must have food from the United
States, Wilson has no hesitation in
laying down his own terms. Too
long have these nations been feed
ing the enemy.
If the number of German hoys
that have enlisted in Cass county is
taken into consideration, it must be
concluded that there arc more pa
triotic and true German-Americans
in the county than ever thought for
Those who came to this country
without anything, and have become
rich, are the ones who realize, or
ought to realize, the great beneiits
they have derived since coming from
a country where they were but lit
tle better than slaves.
PKR TEAR Hf ADTANCf
"The baby killers are coming!
That is the cry that goes up from
the school grounds, parks or play
grounds in England when a German
aero squad is seen approachiug, and
the children flee to places of pro
tection or fall flat upon the ground
until the attack is over, says the
Aurora Sun. It would seem that no
act of civilized man would ever give
occasion lor such childish exclama
tion as this, or such a scathing ar
raignment from the lips of the inno
cent, but the story of the past sev
eral months furnishes the unim
peachable evidence against the Ger
man war gods. The greater per
cent of all the killed and wounded
in these raids have been helpless;
women and innocent children. Who,
then, is to defend them against the
charge implied in the cries of tho
children of PZurope? "As ye sow, so
shall ye also reap," and Germany
has sown destruction among the
children of the lands opposed to her.
Can she expect other than the chil
dren who remain shall cry out the
charge until it rings like a piercing
note in the ears of those responsible?
In his address in Aurora at the pa
triotic day meeting, Donnell Gilliam,
of Tarboro, North Carolina, express
ed the fervant hope that in the war
ahead of us no inuocent child or
woman should lose their lives at the,
hands of the American army, even
by accident. That hope is being re
peated and echoed all thru the land
it is imbedded in the hearts of one
hundred million Americans ami
stamped upon the manhood of every
soldier who shall take up arms in
the name of the great democracy.
No child nor helpless woman shall
be killed or maimed by design of ar,
American army, and may the prayer
that it shall not occur by accident
be answered. We are waging a war
for humanity, and not for the brutal
extermination of the helpless. Let
the nations who are doing the latter
prepare their answer, which will be,
demanded by man and by God.
AS TO THOSE RELATIVES.
Americans having relatives in
Germany should make superhuman
effort to overthrow the kaiser and
set the people of that military rid
den land free. If America wins thi.
war the people in Germany will sing
her praises for generations to come,
while if such a thing could be that
the kaiser conquer Old Glory, human
slavery and the wooden shoes would
be the sad and bitter lot of the lib
erty loving free American people.
Down with the kaiser! Lyons Mir
ANOTHER GERMAN BLUNDER.
Germany intimates that she will
acecpt peace only as a victorious na
tion, aud that the proposal must
come from the allies. Germany does
not consider Uncle Sam as a factor,
neither in prosecuting the war or
concluding peace. If she knew which
side her bread is buttered she would
realize that Uncle Sam will be much
more liberal than the allies when
the day of reckoning comes. -Keue-saw
Every girl and woman can spare
an hour a day for her country. This
does not mean that you must all
wind bandages and make pajamas.
There are other just as important
things for you to do. And it is most
important of all that you should do
those things which you are best fitted
to do, the things you can do most
rapully and capably.
All should be patriotic.
ROOT ISSUES WARNING NOTE.
Ex-Senator and ex-Secretary of
State Ellhu Root, heed of the Amer
ican commission to Russia, has just
returned from that " great mission,
and whVit he says is worth listening
to, for while we are wholly out of
sympathy with him politically, he,
being a standpat leader, all recognize
him as an able man.
He says Russia will yet work out,
create and make perpetual a great
democratic government, but it will
"take time for her to get in shape
to do her part in this great war, and
time is a very important element in
As a warning to Americans he
"As sure as the sun rises tomorrow,
if this war ends with the triumph
of Germany, our people will be a
subject nation of the German ruling
"Don't argue about the cause of
the war, or whether we should or
should not have entered it. Realize
this: Tim time has come wher,
American liberty and justice", for
which we must fight, are at stake.
"Almost in sound of the guns, wo
came nearer to the truth than we
had been before. We see why the
world is at war. We see that for
centuries we have been building up
civilization. In that cause of civ
ilization and freedom, our American,
republic was born.
"Hut we lind today that a military
autocracy has thrown down the
gauntlet to civilization and liberty.
Germany repudiates the rule of mor
ality of nations.
The principles of good and evil,
liberty and slavery, humanity and
cruelty, have locked horns in a con
flict. The ideals of this republic
must go down before the Germans,
or those loyal to these ideals must
throw their manhood to its support.
We are none too soon in beginning
our preparations for preservation."
The mothers of the nation are
lorn today with thoughts of their
sons who have been called to the
The American Magazine recently
conducted a letter contest on the
topic, "What I Would Sacrifice for
My Country." Following is the let
ter that won the prize:
"What would I sacrifice for my
country? That question is in the
past tense with me. I have already,
sacrificed for my country. What?
Whom? With the exception of two
others who have an equal share in
my affections, I have sacrificed the
dearest thing on earth to me my
"He. went away this morning.
Half laughing, half crying, he start-
cn on a 300-mile journey to the re
cruiting station on the coast, there
to enlist in the navy; to give up his
school life, his home life, even the
thought of marriage should such
a thing strike his youthful fancy
to serve his country for the next
"He is just 13, this boy of mine.
Six feet of brave, clean American
boyhood. We have played together,
danced together, laughed together,
and occasionally cried together all
his nineteen years. He has been my
chum, my playmate and my dear,
"I was very young when I mar
ried and he came to me, and, being
one of those unorthodox women who
believe that fun, sympathy and the
practice of entering into the spirit
of youth will hold one's children
wheu preaching aud long faces fail,
I have held my boy aud made home
the brightest spot to him. and to
day I gave him. Can one do wore
for one's country?"
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The fellow who can rjde down
the street in his car at night with
a 700-candle power headlight with
out making a policeman bat his eye
has a right to the whole road.
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The flag on the court house is
looking considerably worse for Its
wear, and has not been cared fpr as
it should be.
QUIT SNIPING AT ALLIES.
It is unfortunate that upon con
injr back into his home district the
other day Congressman Reavis, at
a meeting held in his home town tq
tender a farewell to the Sixth Ne
braska company of boys it has sen
into duty, should have felt cai ed
upon to continue in the doleful strain
that has marked some of his utter
ances in congress. Saying that it, n?
unfortunate, means that It is un-
fortunate for him.
Equally unfortunate . was it for
htm that the pld civil war veteran,
Tom Majors, was there to hear him,
for that sort of doleful lope doesn't
go just now in Nebraska, and Tom
Majors did not hesitate to say so.
Congressman Reavis professe'd to
be perturbed by a thought that it
the allies should win something
might result in the way of appor
tioning disputed territory in Europe;
that would be unfair to Germany, or
perhaps he thought that this possi
bility of such a thing might militalo
the establishment of peace.
Tom Majors was right when he in
sisted that this is no time to .-juarrel
over items or conditions of settle
ment of the matters in hand, but
rather one for determined efort tc
promote unity at home and among
the allies toward winning the war
It is not for Americans at ibis
time to quibble over possible term-:
of final settlement or awuken dis
sension among the allies vr plott
ing questionable conditions pre
cedent. What the allies must do is
to work together whole-heartedly t(
win the war.
Their triumph will be the triumph
of democracy, and democracy may
be trusted to do what js right in the
adjustment of results. When the war
shall have been won the United
States will be the most potential
force in disposing of the conflicting
claims of European belligerents. It
is not going to see injustice done, by
any nation against any nation. It
will protest, and effectively protest,
any proposal wrong even toward the
central powers. There is no need of
an American congressman worrying
about that. It only discourages that
unified effort that will most quickly
aud effectively accomplish results dc
sired by this country.
Hardly short of ridiculous is the
suggestion of Mr. Reavis that when
this country shall have sent tw
million soldiers to Europe one mil
lion of them will be buried there.
Germany has been at war three
years and has only buried a million
and a half, although it has had arm
ies approximating nine or ten mil
Most of us have been tolerant of
this kintf of stuff while our congress
men have been in Washington. When
they come home they ought to real
ize that their neighbors expect them
to speak with sincerity and judg
ment. They expect their congress
men to get into the ranks aud help
boost, relinquish the grouch that ac
crues from partisanism, and go to
shooting at the enemy and not at the
Congressman Reavis is personally
ruch a likeable fellow that it only
the more pains his admirers to ob
serve him habitually getting off the
reservation. Lincoln Star.
The Twelfth Century Farmer is
right in Its suggestion, to the farm
ers for grain storage. It says: "Bet
ter grain storage on the farm is the
urgency in these times of high-priced
food and feed products. It does not
pay to produce and needlessly in
vite waste. The Independence of the
farmer Is not measured by the grain
he produces so much as by his ability
to hold and handle his crop3 to the
greatest advantage in profit of pro
duction. The present period is one
of conservation of existing resources
as well as the planning for Increased
production. The harvest Is here; the
grain Is ripe. Has the farm its bins,
granaries, cribs and safe storage for
this harvest,, or must It be hurried
off to the market, to the elevator, ir
order that it be provided a safe ant
secure storage to save it from dam
age by the influence of weather and
other attendant means of waste oi
poorly provided farm storage? These
should be present-day matters of con
sideration on every farm to the ex
tent of its crop production. The
period of waste and needless extrava
gance has passed; the old-time crib
bing and granaring of the crops on
the ground with a few forks of hay
for a roof or covering has passed.
Likewise have the old, rat-eaten
granaries and leeky-roofed storage
places that Were considered sutlicient
for the low-priced grains of a few
years ago. Certainly these now de
maud the up-to-date grain storage of
the present high cost of food and
feedstuffs. The farmer is in posi
tion now to say when he wants to
sell his grain produce; if he is not,
it is his own fault and he should
quietly abide by the results of hir,
neglect to provide his storage to hold
his grains as long as he sees proper.
The present-day ventilators fr th'.
grain, make it proof against all dam
age and depreciating influence in
quality. It pays to be provided v. ith
this kind of storage no matter
whether there are fluctuations in
market conditions or a steady level
THE FALSE DAWN.
It was Field Marshal von Hinden
burg. Germany's famous "wooden
idol." who said, early in the war,
that it would be won by the side
with the strongest nerves.
1 There is a large element of truth
in this saying and it is a good one
to bear in mind not only at this time
but throughout the trying days that
must pass before the war is ended.
It is not alone the courage and'de
termination of the troops in the field
that is important. Equally import
ant is the nerve of "the folks back
home." If this should weaken and
give way then all the sacrifices that
have been made in battle would be
come a thing of no account. The
cause for which millions have died
and for which so many millions are
now fighting would be betrayed by
those who were far from the
Germany can never win by force
of arms, the German theory of mil
itary autocracy can never be estab
lished as the dominant political theo
ry of western civilization, if the,
courage of those peoples who stand
for democracy and the supremacy of
law holds firm to the end. Our cause
is a just and righteous cause. It is
the cause of human progress. It
will be as impossible to stay it as to
stop the stars in their courses unless
it should be deserted in weak despair
by the peoples to whom it has
brought freedom and happiness. .
It is possible that even Hindenburg
realized this truth when he uttered
those few sententious words. Wheth
er he did or not, certainly he and
the German government have com
to realize it now. That is why they
arc resorting to intrigue and sophis
try and dissimulation to weaken tha
faith, shake the courage and break
the solidarity of the home folks ir,
the enemy countries while the Ger
man armies fight desperately to hold
the extensive gains they have made
in three years of war. Uy indefinite
and meaningless peace suggestions
they strive to destroy the -.popular
morale in Britain and France, as
they have largely succeeded in do
ing in Russia, and as they hope to
do in the United States before tho
gigintic power of this republic can by
directly applied to win the war. If
this could be accomplished then
Germany would be able to bring
about peace substantially on its owr,
terms. The German autocracy would
have proved its greatness and worth
to Its own people. And it would
have tempted Jf uot compelled every
other people, in self-defense, to emu
late it. The ideals we cherish and
for which we have gone to war rath
er than surrender would go into
eclipse, while a stricken world, after
a brief breathing spell, proceeded to
prepare for new wars. And as a logt
leal incident to that preparation.
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each nation would be driven to model
itself more and more along the mili
taristic and autocratic lines that had
brought. Germany the initial victory.
The desperate hope still persists
in Germany, apparently, lhat its gov
ernmental theory may be true; that
a people trained to give all.-bear all.
be all "for the state," will prove r
tougher and mere enduring people
in war, with stronger nerves, than,
peoples educated in the individual
istic aud democratic philosophy,
which teaches that the state existr.
to serve the people, not the people
to serve the state. Every sign o?
weakness, of irresolution, of division
abroad must strengthen the German
government in this belief, and not
only the government but the German
people as well. Every such sign,
therefore, nerves them to continue
and prolong the war until the ends
for which they are fighting are at
tained. It is for this reason that half
baked peace propagandas in thi
country at this time are harmful and
tend only to defeat their own pur
pose. No one hopes more fervently
for an early and just peace than
does this newspaper. And it feels
that the best way. indeed the only
way, to forward this aspiration, is to
Dush the preparations Wf, war. Wo
must compel Germany 'to realize
America's military strength, and
make it realize, too, the unshaken
nerve and resolute determination o
the American people to use thaf,
strength if need be to the uttermost.
Whatever is said and done here that
may be interpreted in Germany as
indicating indecision and faint-heart-
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The government at Washington
hates the necessity for war as mucli
as can any citizen. The President's
longing for an early and just and
safe peace is as intense as any man's.
He may be depended upon to striku
powerfully and promptly for such
a peace just as soon as Germany
shows it is convinced that, thanks to
American resolution, no other peaco
is attainable. The more unitedly
and the more insistently we as citi
zens uphold the hands of the gov
ernment at Washington' in its war
preparations and war program th
earlier peace will come. Let vis not
permit ourselves to be deceived by
a false dawn, by a mirage of peace,
whose one purpose is to lure us from
the path of safety and honor.
Those desiring: to room or board
teachers during' Institute, will kindly
call the county superintendent's of
fice, phone number 479. The insti
tute will be held at the high school
the week beginning August 27.
LOST OR STRAYED.
From my home, one mile northwest
of Mynard, a yearling heifer, brand
ed "S" on right hip. Anyone know
ing anything as to its whereabouts,
notify Albert Satchell or call Thoue
We are now prepared to make your
monument, markers and lot corners
right at home. Cass County Monu
ment Co., W. T. Wassell, manager.
Hotel Riley block, Plattsmouth, Neb.
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