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THURSDAY, JANUARY 3. I'm.
PLATTSMOUTH SEMI-WEEKLY JOURNAL.
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R. A. BATES, Publisher
vasosupTiov psticsii hjm rn ykak ur adtakcm
Uncle Sam is engineer in charge.
No paper issued tomorrow. He
The Journal wishes all its readers
A Happy New Year.
War necessities ought to make
New Year resolutions easier to keep
in 1918 than ever before.
Cold weather may he a good thing
for the coal dealers, but it is very
comforting to the poor people.
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The Atchison Globe having seen a
picture of Leon Trotzky, now fully
understands the situation in Russia.
A lot of people this Christmas no
doubt spent money on pianos that
'would have bought whole pecks of
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. Another-reason the packers argue
the unnecessity of the meatless day
is the fact that if it is kept tip much
longer the price is likely to drop.
As we approach the new year let
us not forget that. every man in this
country is either an American or a
traitor and that each man selects his
own label.' .
The Stars and Stripes forever.
Turn over that new leaf today.
First order from McAdoo-
Off againski, on againski,
"Let us have peace"but not at the
Stock answer to peace terms while
the present German government con
tinues in power; Isaiah 49t22
There Is no peace, saith the Lord,
unto the wicked.
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. : If we understand Count Czernin
correctly he -wants everybody to go
back to the starting line so that
wtyen' the ganfe begins1 again all will
have a perfectly fair start.
New Year resolutions " will be
. scarcer, this year. whole, lot, of
fellows will be saved the labor and
worry of getting : on the ' water
wagon, as they have so often done.
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Wjhy didn't .we go into coal and
ice business? Here are the coal men
who have clean up all winter with
the aid of a coal shortage and "now
the ice men, 'many of whom are coal
. men, have an amonia shortage, all
ready to spring as soon as winter is
over. " "' ' ' -
Don't be a spender be a saver!
Buy a War Savings Stamp.
Switzerland holds a presidential
election every year, a feat which it
couldn't begin to accomplish if it
had a California in it.
Judging by the number of Christ
mas weddings, the olive drab seems
to be a failure as a means of render
ing the soldier invisible.
Congressmen had better hurry
back to Washington. The railroads
under their new management are
going to haul nothing but necessar
The German Navy is to have a sec-
ion which will deal exclusively with
U-boats an idea probably inspirited
with, our subdivision which has been
doing the same thing.
Another way of drafting farm la
bor which might appeal to the gov
ernment, would be to discourage a
ot of good farmers from quitting
the old place to run for office next
The wise advertiser always finds
way. Anticipating your protest
that you spent all your money before
Christmas, he now orters merchandise
for you to buy with the money you
get for Christmas."
" There is some speculation as to
"what- GeneraLPershing wants of the
bricklayers he has demanded through
the draft. Thanks to the censorship.
it would be easier to guess what
he does not want of them, notably
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among these being to built' a soft
place for the Germans to light on.
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The Knights of Columbus war
fund for this state has reached $176,
191.21 and it is thought enough will
yet be reached to make the amount
.$200,000.- The original sum for the
state to raise was $75,000 and later
raised to $100,000. As usual Ne
braska has gone over the top in this
Heth Smalley, actress gives this
advice: "Flirt. All the time. But
not too boldly. And, do all the flirt
ing with hubby." It may be adder
thut -"tliis " is what most married
women have been doing all the time
The occasional entrance of flat iron
and mops into the flirtation is only
an effort to catcli I he husband's
WHY GIVING IS GENERAL.
Everybody can take off his hat to
Funk, the little town . in Phelps
county, which is the only town thus
far reporting a hundred per cent
membership in the Red Cross for
19 IS. There may be others, but that
there is one is gratifying. Every
man, woman and child in Funk is on
the honor roll. And Funk is a name
of seeming Germanic origin.
Nebraska as a whole is now known
to have gone over the top valiantly
in the Hed Cross campaign, a pub
lished estimate being that 20 per
cent of the people of the state have
joined. Until compared with the
general average the proportion looks
small. But as a matter of fact many
communities need education and
Otherwise all are prepared. In no
part of Nebraska is there complaint
as to conditions of prosperity and
thrift. One who searches out the
remotest hamlets and inland villages
achieve allied unity of purpose. It
was a straight-forward plan, oT a
piece with the strategy that set out
to unite progressives and republi
cans behind Mr. Hughes, a year ago.
Mr. Hitchcock, ranking demo
cratic member of the committee on
foreign relations, had a more realis
tic understanding. Possibly the last
presidential campaign had .shown
him that unity needs a positive and
not a negative starting point. In a
speech which must have made the
printer ofthe' Congressional Hecord
uneasy lest the government lose its
own second-class mailing privileges,
he asserted: "My first view had been
that if we declared war up
on Austria we would in a large
measure be indorsing the extreme
and unreasonable demand of Italy
against Austria which keeps Austria
in the war." This was not an ob
structionist's grumble. It was Mr.
Hitchcock who, when Senator Stone
failed, piloted through the senate the
original declaration of war against
is filled with the spirit of optimism Germany. What Mr. Hitchcock em
that prevails in them. Everywhere pnaslzed, in the present instance, was
is plenty and prosperity, well-filled the fact that political considerations
granaries, money in banks, brisk can kepn nations i nth war.
or force them out of it. He saw in
the President's message something
more than the address of an execu
tive to the legislative body about to
vote ihm funds. He saw in it the
reply to. a challenging liberalism
from all parts of the world. He was
persuaded to a declaration of war
business conditions and line pros
pects for the future.
Only the war, the suffering and
loss of it. darkens the horizon. In
every other respect the people find
comfort in their situation. And when
the call comes for funds for any of
the war activities, it is from well-
f.Hed purses that the contributions bv the President's assurance of Aus-
aro cheerfully and proudly made.
Xobodv has any real excuse for not
helping, except here and there one
is found out of accord with the coun
try and its people, generally because
of misinformation or dullness of
comprehension as to the stake in
the great war.
And everywhere loyal Americans
are working with fierce earnestness
to enlighten the backward and bring
them into sympathy with the spirit
of Americanism, of liberty and hu
manity. Everywhere the recalcitrant
citizen is discovering evidence that
ha must get in line or get run over.
ONE SENATOR .WHO UNDERSTOOD
train integrity. Thus one senator
tn five gave his support to Mr. Wil
son's efforts at attaining allied unity.
In the house the proportion was uot
so great. The New Republic.
For fear Uncle Sam won't think of
t, a good deal of time may be saved
at stations by letting the passengers
off at both ends of 'the car. Another
good point about it is that it will be
a jolly annoyance to the porters. .
The kaiser's Christmas peace terms
are not receiving mucn consiuera-
tion from responsible governments.
So little faith have we in Prussian-
sm that if the kaiser wired us he
had committed suicide we wouldn't
believe him. . .
It perhaps is well that General
Crowder put the question, "Are You
Insane?" up at the first of the draft
questionnaire. By the time a fel
low' sets ovW to the last, he has
iat uuuuto uuuut ittiiievf l.
Catarrh Cannot fee Cured
With LOCAL- APPLICATIONS, rs they
cannot reach the scat ol the disease.
I.'aturrh is e. lucal disease, greatly In
ibmnced by constitutional conditions, and
in order to cure it you must talt an
internal remotfy Hall's Catarrh MedU
tn 13 ta'ten internally and acts thru
thu blood on tho mucous surfaces of the
yateru. Hall's Catarrh "Medicine was
prescribed by one of the best physicians
in this country for years. It in com
posed of some of the be-s? tonics known,
combined with some of the beat blood
purifiers. Tiio perfect combination of
the ingredients in Hall's Catarrh Medic-inn
l. what produces euch wonderful
-' results icat? vrhal conditions, bend for
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UaU's Family Mils tor rohS'JtaUon.
The Berliner Zeitung says the
kaiser hones to assemble "all the
sovereigns and resents of Europe in
a ncace council. Apparently the
kaiser has still to learn that after
this war the people will be the sov
ereign of Europe.
Alienists are frequently called in
to testify on matters that are just
about as properly within the province
of chiropodists. Still, lawyers for
the defense must keep their clients
in a good humor, and one method of
flattery is about as good as another
Wiy are war profiteers caricatured
always an hi;?, fat men? War pr.ofii
teers are schemers, and Shakespeare
sneaking through Caesar, saw
schemer in every slender man. Our
'imagination pictures Uriah llecp as
a bony sort of citizen. A corpulent
Shylock would have been only
Falstaff, who gained everything but
profit from war. The cartoonist's
answer to this sort of argument-probably
would be that he knows some
profiteers personally, and that they
are big fat men. In which case, he
would be asked to name some names,
and then we might get somewhere in
cutting down war profits.
Tliree committees of congress have
begun an investigation oi tne man
ner in which the war is being fought.
Three more might well be started
upon an investigation or wnai ine
war is being lougnt lor. i nougu
coneress is discovering mat it
knows relatively little of military
needs, inside of the war bureaus.
other investigations would convince
t that it knows even less of military
needs, outside of them.
This is the conclusion necessary
after examining the debate in con
gress upon the question of going to
war wiyi Austria, and it bears di
rectly upon the military efficiency
coneress is now seeking. The debate
came snoruv aner Jir. wnson nau
again emphasized the need of re
enforcing allied arms with the re-
squrces of a genuinely unified ob
jective and a policy of political lib
eralism which would give aid and
comfort to democratic groups with
in the central powers. To these
two allied assets the President de
voted the major part of his address
llow great a hope he placed in them
is shown in the arrangements made
for the translation of his message
into a score of languages and its im
mediate transmission to every neu
tral and belligerent.
It will be disappointing if neutrals
and belligerents show as poor an ap
preciation of the objectives of that
message as the senate and the house
have shown. In the senate five mem
bers spoke on' the war resolution
Only one of them, Mr. Hitchcock,
seems to have caught the President's
desire to promote victory by unify
ing war aims. Mr. Lodge, to be sure,
also saw the benefits of political
unity aiong the allies. liut he saw
it as a different and less difficult
problem. Our allies were at war, not
only With Germany and Austria, but
.iIko with liulcaria and lurKcy. we
were .at war with Germany; we were
soon to be at war with Austria; but
we neither were, nor were soon to
be, at war with Bulgaria and Tur
key. Let us, therefore, declare war
nnon Bulgaria and Turkey and
With all the bunting fluttering in
the breeze, all the men in uniform,
all the cheering spectators, all the
tall buildings, such as he had never
seen before, to meet his eye, Prince
Ferdinand of Savoy, arriving in New
York, made one remark which did
especial credit to his powers of ob
servation. "What beautiful women
are your Americans!" he said. This
distinguished representative of the
royal house of Savoy comes from a
land where beauty reigns beauty of
nature, beauty of art and beauty of
humanity; belle signorine every
where, from la bella Xapoli to Ge-
nova la superba, models for another
Itaphael or Titian, black-haired, red-
haired, every dazzling type. Yet the
beauty of the women of New York
at once appealed to him. Ovid some
what cynically observed that no
woman is displeased with her own
appearance, ana it may be measur
ably true that beauty lies in the eye
of the beholder. The testimony of
the prince was so spontaneous, so
genuine, however, that it snouiu
stand without question.
What would he have said, it may
be permitted to inquire, if he had
ccme to Philadelphia? A choice
connaisseur in beauty elegant
formarum spectator," as Terence
puts it would find the very flower
of American womanhood, not on
Fifth avenue, but on Chestnut street.
There are jaundiced critics even of
our girls, who find fault with the at
tractive way they dress, who talk
scornfully of powder and paint, of
ten existent only in their own vain
imaginations, a red and white' by
nature's own sweet and cunning
hand laid on." Not Amaryllis nor
Lalage, nor yet Titania hereslf, could
surpass the charm of Philadelphian
beauty, as awfully arrayed to capti
vate mere man as that Austrian army
which boldly by battery besieged
Belgrade. Frince Ferdinand does
well to praise the American woman
in general, but he can never appre
ciate the full value to the superla
tive unless he come to its proper en
vironment. Philadelphia Ledger.
A NEJV HEEDED. a
It is not on account of any one
specific thing that The Star has urg
ed the retirement of Secretary Bak
er from the War Department. It is
on account of the general tendencies
shown in his administration.
A competent executive at the head
of a big department, expanding with
enormous rapidity and meeting new
problems, undoubtedly would make
mistakes. He would pick the wrong
men 'for certain positions and occa
sionally adopt a wrong policy. But
he would be constantly driving for
resultc. If he found a subordinate
bungling a job, showing indecision,
and causing delays, he would put'
another man in that place. If he
found a certain routine responsible
for delay he would get rid of that
routine. He would be constantly
calling for detailed statements of
progress in all the offices under him
and jacking up those that were de
ficient. Secretary Baker has shown him
self lacking in this executive tem
perament. He has taken for grant
ed that when an order was issued it
would be obeyed. If an officer told
him there would be sufficient cloth
ing at Camp Funston at a certain
time the Secretary assumed that
that matter was settler. His good
nature has made him hesitate to of
fend men he was working with. When
the war called for an effective chief
of staff to co-ordinate the various di
visions of the department the Sec
retary retained one elderly chief of
staff until he was retired under the
age limit and then put in another
elderly chief who is to be retired in
a few days. Fine courtesy, but not
for a nation fighting for its life!
The War Department has given
the country the impression of being
fine in intention, delightful in man
ner, but lacking the driving force
that is required at this time. It has
not been on its toes. It has regard
ed delays as "perfectly endurable."
A new spirit if it is to measure up
to this emergency. A big executive
ought to be at its head, K. C. Star.
PARTISAN FICTION AS A HABIT.
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The esteemed World-Herald has
devoted much valuable space to an
effort to rebuke the specious partisan 1 N proof of its falsehood will abash
diligently nourished. The war de
partment started out to build an
army and navy in which political in
fluence would cut absolutely no fig
ure. Efficiency was the objective,
and as much democracy in the war
service as might be consistent with
discipline. It was early announced
that politics would not be allowed to
dictate the personnel of the fighting
units. Certain tests were provided
and certain policies proclaimed, and
to these there has, been rigid adher
ence despite political pressure and
Nor is anything to be gained by
attempting to refute or confuse a
subtle political rumor of the sort to
which resort has been had by the
political pipe-dreamers. Disproof
will not interfere with its continued
circulation. Those who invented it
knew it was false. They clothed it
in just sufficient semblance of plausi
bility to make it suit their purposes.
position and place. The great masses
of the people of both parties arc
giving their thought and concern al
most exclusively to the wiir and its
obligations and duties. They reganl
with a just contempt the petty schem
ing and bickerings of the office-hunting
small fry. Lincoln Star.
THE GREAT SCHOOL OF LIFE
efiort to convince the public that the
failure of the Seventh regiment,
organized by Governor Neville and
his associates, to get into' the ser
vice has been due to the hidden op
position of Arthur Mullen and Sena
This ingenious falsehood has been
peddled by a small part of the parti
san republican press, and some office
hungry members of the' governor's
party who always receive much en
couragement from republicans the
purpose being to beget, animosities
among democrats and intensify demo
Few democrats have been disturb
ed by the report. It was so palpably
fajse and out of harmony with the
policies of the war department that
it excited little credence, however
The country may submit to a pork
less day, but Congress never.
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them. They will keep on -repeating
it. They have invented the fiction
because they need it in their partisan
work. They will go to the ditch with
it. And the ditch is where it be
longs. So what's the use of tryin
to dignify it with denial or disproof
intelligent citizens are rully "or
to" the game of these sophistic
wire-pullers. They have cried "wolf"
so often that they no longer fot
anybody but themselves. In the en
they win nothing by their ingenioi
falsehoods, except the distrust of t!
public. That they have won throU;
A prominent writer says that lii
is a great school; facts are teacln-r"--and
experiences are lessons. Jf '"
are troubled with stomach disorders,
look for well established facts ai.-l
for experiences of yur former fellow-sufferers.
Mr. John Josefik. :
Lehigh, Iowa, wrote us on December.
12, 1017: "Everybody who s'.
from stomachal or intestinal d.rill.
or lac ui npmc citum. . er Yinc.
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years of deception.
Meantime few democrats are x
ierning themselves with the fro'
subtleties of partisanism or polit
Neither are republicans getting
cited over the personal rivalries
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