The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, November 14, 1936, CITY EDITION, Page SIX, Image 6

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Published EWery Saturday at 2418-20 Grant Street,
Omaha, Nebraska
Phones: WEbster 1617 or 1618
Entered as Second Class Matter March 16, 1927, at the Poatoffiee at
Omaha, Neb., under Act of Congress of March 8, 1879.
Race prejudice must go. The Fatherhood of God and the Brother
hood ef Man must prevail. These are the only principles which will
itand the acid test of good.
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ing date of issue, to insure publication. __
The National Human Barbecue
Iii tin* list 12 months, approximately 10,000 persons have
bem burned to death. One-third of them were children.
Twirlh'.rds of all the victims perished in residence and apart
merit fires.
It ad that over again. If anything can awaken the American
people to the gravity of the fire problem, that brief statement
should. If you have a strong stomach, think of those 10,000
roasted bodies. Ami thin realize that at least eighty per cent of
fires, big and little fires alike, could easily have been prevented.
It is a human frailty to read such a statement as this, re
flect for a moment on the horror of it, and then forget it with
the nientally'made olrservntion that “Well, my home is safe.
Perhaps your home is. But there is better than an even chance
it contains hazards that you don’t know about.
An up-to-date house is not necessarily a safe house, from
the standpoint of fire, many a $50,000 mansion has gone up in
flames. Expensive furniture will burn as easily as cheap furni
ture. And th(> finest interior fabrics and woodwork will burn as
easily as a piece of cotton cloth and a pine hoard.
Whether you live in a four-room bungalow or a fifty-room
country palace, inspect your property regularly or have it in
spected by someone who understands fire hazards and their pre
vention. (let the necessary information from your fire depart
ment or a similar institution. Once hazards are found, do away
with them and make sure they do not reappear.
Help reduce the national human varbecue.
According to Charles W. Kellogg, President of the Edison
Electric Institute, the miles of rural lines being built by the elec
tric light and power companies this year arc almost twice the
number built ill 19115. •
Nearly 100,000 rural customers are expected to take elec
tricity from these new lines. The average cost of the lines, in
cluding meters, transformers, etc., is about $1,250 per mile.
This should take some of the wind out of the soils of those
who claim that the private electric industry isn't interested in
advancing farm electrification. The truth of the matter is that
the industry is as interested as he farmers* themselves, or the
critical politicians, to bring the blessings of electric power to a
burger part of the nation's farmers. But there are difficulties
involved that cannot be worked out in a minute.
For instance, the principal cost factor is charges on invest
ment. This year’s figures show that the combined investment
of utility and customer averages $476 to get power to a farmer
whose average bill for current consumed, in areas not dominated
by irrigation pumping, is about $4 per month. It is obvious that
in many parts of the country economic conditions make it im
possible to rapiiily extend lines under these circumstances.
Yet the power industry is working constantly on the prob
lem. and it is going the limit in building new rural lines. It is
cooperating to the fullest extent with the farmer. And the re
sult is that, we are gradually attaining rural electrification on
a sound basis—on the basis of self-supporting private invest*
ments, not government subsidies, charged to taxpayers.
Over-confidence—The Motorist’s Sin
If a 1925 model car and a recent model were to start out on
*The public is everlastingly indebted to the men who have given
in an accident!
Probably you will answer, ‘‘The old ear, with out moded
brakes, relatively inefficient steering and general inferiority.”
You are wrong. According to the National Safety Council,
114.79 per cent of the cars now in service were built from 1925
to 1928, inclusive, and they are involved in less than 12 per cent
t>f all accidents reported.
Only 15 per cent of the ears in service were built in 1935—
yet. these cars figured in almost 24 per cent of the accidents.
This apparent anomaily has an obvious explanation. Driv
era of the new cars arc over-confident. They over-rate the1 saf
ety factor of better brakes, bodies, steering, lights, etc. Because
a car is in A-l mechanical shape, and is more or less new, they
take chances—until the tragic day of reckoning arrives.
This is not a boost for old cars—many of which should be
"barred from the highw’ays, because of mechanical dangers caus
ed by obsolescense and neglect—but it is a plea for a different
attitude on the part of owners of our modern gasoline chariots.
Tt is a sad commentary on these drivers that better ears mean
a higher accident record.
Regard your car, new or old, as a potential lethal machine.
It can spread death and destruction when mismanaged. Don’t
commit the great driving sin of over-confidence—its end is like
ly to be the cemetery.
“it is strange that there should be an impression abroad
that, railroads are somehow lacking in the ability to work to'
gether for a common end of service and economy,” said J. J. Pel
ley, President of the Association of American Railroads, recently
“Perhaps it is because we live in the midst of a daily miracle of
railroad coordination that we take it for granted and do not no
tice it.
“Consider the fact that any shipper anywhere on this con
tinent may today load a car of freight, whether on a team trek,
at a station, or on his own privatesiding; that more than a hun
dred thousand ears will be loaded each day at marly that many
j different locations, and consigned1 to nearly one hundred thous
and different destinations; that these cars will he marshalled
in long trains and tonight will be hauled over all this eonti'
nent, for delivery to their hundred thousand consignees; that
all this is done without further thought on the part of the ship
per, that the coordination betw on railroads is so nearly per
fet that each of these cars moves under constant supervision and
control from origin to destination, moving freely and inter
changeably in any train, pulled by any engine, or if necessary,
repaired: enroute with standard parts at standard costs.
A moment’s consideration of that free flow of continent
wide comnu rce demonstrats that it is a daily and hourly miracle
f effective coordination, not planned out all at once in any grand
general scheme, but worked out, bit by bit, by practical rail
road men in the carrying out of their daily task.”
The possibility that further railroad coordination may be
desirable should not blind us to the amazing progress the rail
roads have already made. Wonders cannot be accomplished by
some sudden “grand general scheme.” Experience is as nee
evsary as theory. Railroad managements can be trusted to take
every conceivable step to improve service.
To read th<> statements of promoters of political electric
power projects, one might easily believe that the United States
lags far behind other countries in the quality of electric service.
It is therefore interesting to read an opinion from such a disin
terested observer as Dean Erie V. Allen of the University of
Dnegon School of Journalism, lie has been traveling in Europe,
[•specially Germany. In a reent letter appearing in the Oregon
Publisher, he has this to say:
“I am sitting here in not too good a light alternately gaz
ing across the Spree under my window at the Pergamon museum
on the other hank.1 never realized until thid year what an
abundant flood of wonderful electric light every American lives
in. Here wo find the little bulbs that save the current and they
are usually hung too close to the ceiling.
“It is not because the hotel rates are low; the Kaiser’s pal
ace just across the street are the same way...Tt would take
an awful lot of crystal in the chandeliers to make up for low
This is not peculiar to Germany. In most European countries
electric development has either been carried on by the gov
eminent, or by private groups under hamstringing government
control that took all the initiative out of them—that was not
interested in extending use of electricity. In this country, elec
tric development has been almost entirely carried on by private
utilities that had to sell current to exist and grow.
Is it possible that some of our politicians are wrong in their
desire to Europeanize the electric industry of the United States?
Is it. possible that private enterprise, reasonably regulated by
the states, gives better and cheaper service than a group of bu
reaucrats intersted in hanging onto their jobs and advancing
their own political fortunes?
Maybe alter all there is something to the old American theo
ry of government that encouraging private initiative, enterprise
and ambition is superior to the dead hand of officialism when it
come to guaranteeing a people a pleasant life, liberty, conven
iences and happiness. Maybe we had better stick to our time
tested theories instead of going backwards by copying Europ
ean ideas.
In a recent issue of the March of Time newsreel the thirty
year old tight of the scientists to keep milk free from bacteria
is graphically dramatized.
The story goes back to 1892, when a typhoid epidemic in
Springfield, Massachusetts, started open warfare on impure
milk. Today properly handled and distributed, milk is among
the cleanest and safest of all food products.
Such organizations as the Dairymen’s league Cooperative
Association, of Now \ork, have joinenll whole-heartedly in the
campaign for absolitelv pure milk. They haw educated their
members on proper production methods, have worked with auth
orities in drawing up sound sanitary regulations, and have fa
vored movements to effect the greatest cleanliness in handling
the fluid.
This has been of immeasurable value to the nation’s health,
a drive, which would you think most! likely to become involved
the United States pure milk.
New York, Nov. 14 (C)—Dr.
Malaku E. Bayen, cousin of Em
peror H*aile Selassie of Bthopia and
personal envoy of the monarch to
the United States, in a special In
terview Sunday told of receiving
letters from California, Michigan,
Illinois, Pennsylvania, Arkansas,
North Carolina, Virginia. Florida;
Mississippi, New York, Massachu
setts, Connecticut, Ohio and the
Dstrict of Columbia on behalf of
Ethiopia- Contributions have been
received from individuals and or
ganizations. Among organizations
contributing, are the New Africa
International League of Brooklyn,
the Pacific Movement of Phildel
phla. National Association of Col
ored Graduate Nurses, the Ladles
Auxiliary No- 278 of the UNIA,
Oakland, Calif-, The- Gleaners Club
of New York City, the Rising Sun
Club of Phildetphia and the United
Aid for Peoples of African Des
cent of New York- Dr. Bayen said
dances will be given, the proceeds
of which will be given to the cause
of Ethiopia, by the Harlem Youth
Movement and the Lincoln Hospit
al Nurse Class of 1927- Dr. Bayen
jhas addressed twenty-five meet
I ings in behalf of Ethiopia since
hs arrival here a few weeks ago
Contributors may wi'ite him at Box
272, Station G, New York City
Maxie MHler: My daughter 18
wants to marry % man who is un
healthy and we believe syphilitic,
and I'd thank you to write some
thing that will show her the dan
ger of a course- If you will, I’ll be
grateful.—Worried mother.
Worled Mother: No doubt you
are worried and not without rea
son, and I hope that what I write
will be a help to you- If this young
man is “unhealthy” so a? to incite
such suspicion as you mention, it
would be a terrible mistake for
your daughter to be married to him,
and he would do her gross injust
ice to accept such a sacrifice
In this case, your daughter
should know that in addition to the
ruin of her own health and happin
bss, such a course would be a sin
pgainst the child who surely would
that the mother who would choose
nherit this weakness, emphasizing
!-uch a father would be chiefly re
sponsible for the handicap of her
)wn children. Talk to this girl;
jet her to read some medical works
lealing with these diseases. Fan
il ly, if you can, have this young
nan to take a blood test and give
fou facts determined by It- But
leal carfuUy, lest you provoke
;hem to extremes—Maxie Miller.
By Arthur B- Rhinow
'For the Literary Service Bureau)
One of her eyes was covered a
bandage as she sat in a comfort
able chair and told of her operation
and the observations she had made
in the eye and ear hospital. Ap
prehensive for her own condition
.for her age was against her, she
had nevertheless used the healthy
eye to study surroundings and the
impressions made on other patients.
“I’ll tell you, pastor,” she remark
ed, “if any one has no faith in
God, let him go to a hospital like
the one I was in, and he will soon
I could not altogether agree with
“Some will gain in faith,” I an
swered, “and others will lose.” Af
ter a pause she nodded her head
“Maybe you are right,” she said
That is the usual experience.
Some come nearer to God through
sorrow, while others drift farther
away from Him. They that culti
vate the friendship of the Almighty
when life is pleasant, will exper
ience 'a deepening of their faith in
misfortune, while they that ne
glect their inner life when the sun
shines are most likely to surrender
their souls to utter dakness under
How “weak” the strong often
are in sorrow, and how strong the
“weak ” We truly are no stronger
than our faith. How foolish, then,
to neglect the strength we can
most depend upon when our souls
are put to the severest tests- “The
fool saith in his heart there is no
Bv Videtta Ish
My Dear Alta Vesta: I am ex
ceedingly pleased with your last
letters, for they give me opportun
ity to write you concerning the
nost vital matter of human expect
ance—religion. I should say Chris
tianity, for there are many reli
gions but only one Christian religion
[ am glad you are interested in the
campaign and hope you will be
come interested in what may be
said and done there.
You, see, dear you are given tc
the Lord by baptism when you were
just a little child But we who art
Arminians, as I explained some
time ago, believe that when the
child is old enough to understanc
the principles of right and wrong
he should make for himself the
choice between Jesus Christ who is
our Savior and the things of the
world which are not in keeping witl
His will and His program for the
good of mankind- I would not an
ticipnte the evangelist, but I con
strained to say that this accepting
of Christ is a simple, more simple
than people are accustomed t<
thnk it is
Well, Alta Vesta, this letter ha:
run long, and already 1 am due t<
leave here; so I will close. Be sure
to tell me all about the meeting
Lovingly, your father.
We Believe in Democracy
An Ktiifrrirl l>y Iran’.li.i f). Roowvsil
f V '* ALL ttie nations <>| the world today, we ai«* <
u many ways most singularly blessed. Our c
V.'' neighbors are good neighbors. If there are reim, (
nations that wish us not good but ill. they know that v\e are
strong; they know that we can and will defend ourselves
an I defend our neighborhood.
We seek to dominate no other nation. We ask no ter
ritorial expansion. We oppose imperialism. We desire re
duction in world armaments.
We believe in democracy; we believe in freedom; we be
lieve in peace. We offer to every nation of the world the
handclasp of the good neighbor. Let those who wish our
friendship look us in the eye and take our hand.
We shun political commitments which might entangle us
in wars; we avoid connection with the political
activities of the League of Nations; but I am glad to say
that vve have cooperated wholeheartedly in the social and
humanitarian work at Geneva. We are not isolationists
except in so tar as we seek to isolate ourselves from war.
1 have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have
seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen the dead.
I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen children starving.
I have seen the agonies of mothers and wives. 1 have seen war.
I have passed unnumbered hours, I shall pass unnum
bered hours, thinking and planning how war may be kept
from this nation.
In one field, that of economic barriers, the American
policy may be, I hope, of some assistance in discouraging
the economic source of war. The trade agreements which
we are making are not only finding outlets for the products
of American fields and factories, but are also pointing the
way to the elimination of embargoes, quotas and other de
vices which place such pressure on nations that to them the
price of peace seems less terrible than the price of war.
By Mrs. Josephine Schulyei
Man Under the Microscope
Last week three different groups
of scientists met to consider the
present situation of man- Their1
views, being candid, were not very
encouraging. Man, it appears, has
stumbled upon his greatness (if
any) and likely as not, will stumble
out of it 'again.
According to prof. Hawkirls of
the B -itish Ass’n. for the Advance
ment of science, meeting in Black
pool, England, Man is doomed to
extinction because he is overspeci
alized. All aninvals is the past that
have grown to fit one enviroment
too well, have, with the. iryevi*able
change which enviroments undergo,
disappeared- The malaria germ, be
ing simple, has more chance of
continued survival. And among
rrjankind those that will survive
the longest 'are not highly special
ized city folk but the simple tuck
ed away from the trend of the
times in forests and on) islands and
mountain tops
What’s the Matter With Moderns?
Pref. Horton of Harard, speak
ing before the Harvard Dental Al
umni Ass’n, denounced a grdat
po tion of mankind as “stupid, un
touchable,, bloodthirsty, predatory
and savage” and warned that “more
and more of worse and worse off
spring” are being produced. Modern
warfare kilts off the fit and leaves
'the unfit and old for breeding.
Modem piety protects and cherish
er the unfit among children and
loaves the fit to fend for them
selves. Large families concentrate
their* earnings on the weakest
among them. Society in the long
run suffers- “Man,” says Prof.
Horton, “has so tampered with na
tural foods, removing certain es
sential elements frem them, and
using his dietic choice so ignorant
ly as to make himself the victim
of deficiency disease. He has learn
ed to oat so poorly that he has
established as apparently stable hu
man breeds what may be in real
ity just different deficiency types.
No little of the human gem plasm,”
ha says, “is ‘poisonous slime.’ Let
us,” says Hoi*ton, “go to the ig
norant savage, consider his way of
By R. A. Adams
(For the Literary Service Bureau)
Dying “unwept, unhonored and
No marble shaft may mark your
resting place,,
Still will the mem’ry of your kindly
Remain, for these e’en time cannot
; i
Many or few your years, lived
Altho oft cruelly misunderstood,
In spite of calumny, malicious,
Your life shall count advancing
human good
Denied honor, victim of cynic’s
; If doing lowly tasks your life is
i spent,
■ Be well asisured, whate’er the world
may say,
(These deeds shall be your monument
eating, ai*d be wise- Let us cease
pretending that tooth brushes and
tooth paste a~e any more import
ant than shoe bushes and shoe
polish- It is store food that has
given us store teeth.”
But We Could Be Supermen
Dr. E- P- Armstrong, president
of the Ass’n of British Chemical
Manufacturers, at a meeting of
chemists in Pittsburgh, declared
that our new developments in the
science of food could help produce
a race of supermen and women,
could raise the mental levels of
the human race and perhaps eli
minate the idiot. The British chem
ist emphasized the importance of
food on human life and said that
the new science of food might mold
the future history of the human
race- The discovery of vitamins and
'esults of other chemical research
had influenced national policy
“There is strong evidence," said
Dr. Armstrong, “that the findings
of biochemisty will afford conclu
sive evidence that freshness of
food is of paramount importance
to a nation, so that there will be
a national outcry for production of
vegetables contiguous to the great
cities. Chemical reseach,” he went
on, “must concentrate more on the
study of the farm and its products
—food—and less on the develop
ment of industry. A trace of iodine,"
asserted the doctor, “may shift the
balance from idiocy to sanity- We
must find what the chemical ele
ments in food give intellgence,
courage and alertness.Food,” he
ended up, “is the first of all the
weapons of preventive medicine....
. Life is now so complex that we
have forgotten how entirely food
is its foundation and mainstay.
We have only recently lea Tied that
life depends upon the concurrent
balanced interaction of a consider
able number of meaterial agents
in the food, some of them substan
ces derived directly from the soil,
others formed in the plant, all in
dispensable to health.Chemists,
alone, are able to appreciate to the
full the green leaf vegetables, so
as to secure proper porportion of
vitamins disappear with age.
Green vegetables exposed for sale
-.four days after picking are
found to be almost completely de
void of vitamin.”
Court of Wisdom
The group of renown scientists
who attended the Tercentenary
Conference at Harvard decided to
establish a “Court of Wisdom" of
the world’s best minds. They would
try to substitute reason and wis
dom for emotion and bias in hu
man affairs. If this could be done,
dictatorships (built with emotion)
would disappear; minorities (made
by bias) would dissolve, while the
rich (were they wise) would dis
perse. If you think that this would
be good and desirable, why not
begin with yourself. I mean that f
if all of us really tried to be wise,
substitute reason for emotion in
our daily rounds, if we tried to
fight courageously and decently
without resort to underhanded me
thods, tried to keep our bodies
strong and our minds clean, we
could greatly aid in the success of
this court v