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    TTTK nKE: OMAHA. MONDAY, FElUtUAttY 22, 1915.
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February S3 :
Thought for the Day
5eecfeef by Thommt J. Kmlty
ratitnc and tranquility of mind amtributt
mors to curt our ditUmptr$ than tht whole art
of nutdictnt Alowrt.
It tu a 300 to 1 shot that did the business
St Aha Sciibner haystack.
. A sweet consoling thought. Immune to fog,
gives assurances that tha aun is shining some
A Japanese bull in a China shop would be a
devertlng if not a welcome change in 5rlental
The administration's shipping bill dodged the
mines only to perish in a windstorm. Its fate
lacks the modern touch.
Japan's anxiety for tha welfare of the China
is whetled by knowledge that other Interested
powers are too busy to butt In.
' i .
The stock of gold In the United States at the
present moment is figured at 11,824,000,000.
One yellow streak without a peril. ..
A Carnegie hero medal is within reach of
any one who can translate war bulletins and ac
curately tell where tha warring powers "are at.
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Every note exchanged in the pending neutral
ships controversy emphasises the "conciliatory
tone." Diplomacy executes the most music In
that key. '
German blockaders of the British coast do
cot cast their shadows before. Their shadows
are submerged, and all the more scarifying for
that reason.
One feature of the pursuit of tha Mexican
desperado should not be overlooked. It proved
that pursuing officers could hit a target smaller
than a haystack.
I - - - .
The fewer Irons put In the fire by the Ne
braska railroad commission the nearer It will
come to performing its alloted' taiks and Justi
fying its existence.
Happily for the good relations subsisting
among the people on tha Louisiana purchase
trsct New Orleans pulled off Its Mardl Oraa be
fore San Francisco opened the gates of lis show.
The New York Central's bond issue of $100,
000.000. recently marketed, was largely over
subscribed. The fact that prime securities corn
many an abundanct of takers is the best proof
of restored confidence.
Chicago has a traction reserve fund of large
proportions. Omaha is similarly wen fixed In a
water fund surplus. In both cities officials re
gard Idle money ss economic waste and their
palms itch for a chance to spend It on side gambles.
In other days and more Joyous times the re
tirement of ' Home Run" Baker from the pro
fession he adorned would have earthquaked the
continent. It didn't produce a tremor outside
of the pink section, so great is the world ab
sorbed In other doings.
9UVA4 y.A 4J
Jamea O'Neill and his 'Monte Criato" company sr.
rived for their Omaha eng asement.
Waahlnston's birthday failing oa Sunday (today)
la to be obeyed tomorrow so far aa cloeln of bank!
poatoffUe and public office. 1. concerned.
Mr. Charlea M-U and Mlaa Tony Meis attended ha
Maennerchor maaked ball In at Jni. i...
- iicr
trattiBs: attention to her rharmlns eoatuma. -For
'-"'" mm nay ( T014 Tou.
Oacar DevHea, manacer of tha lllmebaush Tay
lor, hardware store, baa Joined a party of Menls
headed for New Orleena." '"enjs
Aa eahlblt of carving and colored paper work pre-
"-' r pumi oi ine public schools la to be con
tinued another week.
Three carloada f fruit from California, conalsaod
to the local eonimJaatca trade, were found on arrival
19 ue in a parxiany noun condition.
William Prealon. Twenty. fir, m a ti . . ...
, ..... i.v-mn, will
ray a liberal reward for aa Ida setter dog that
10 ini iiame ii Major.
Wnuld-be anenla fur Hark rin'. w. .
- m mw WD,,
fUci;.Lrry ttnu," are invited to apply ,or terrU
iwry to at. j. corn, Miteenln and Capitol aveaue. -
The Railroads aad the Public.
The campaign entered upon by the railroads
v 1th the purpose of educating the public mind
to a point where an Increase In rates will be ac
cepted as a matter of course, is being vigorously
pursued. Magnates of fifteen railroads recently
sgreed together in Chicago that their executive
officers go before the governor first, and then
sfter approaching the people through hlra, ap
pear before the legislature of Illinois to argue
the railroads' side of the rate question. In com
menting on this, the Rallwsy Age Gstette ssys:
By following- thla procedure the railway manaae
merle are anowlns rood aenae. Regulation haa hern
unfair to the rallwajn In the pat becauae the publlr
haa been m lain formed, and. belns mlalnformed, has
been prejudiced. Th public will slva the railways a
square deal If they will slve It a chance. That It has
not Riven them a square deal In the paat has been
largely due to tha fart that the railways have not
made enough efforts to set the facts regarding their
bualneaa before It.
If the railroads had always pursued the
policy which Is now being adopted, and had
treated the public with the frankness that has
finally been forced upon them, there Is no doubt
they would have been met with equal frankness
and fair treatment. In the past the railroads
have pursued a policy exactly the opposite. From
the highest to the lowest, officials have treated
the public, If not as an enemy, at least as one
not safely to be trusted. Railroads, with allied
corporations, have controlled politics from
Washington down to the smallest station along
their lines, always in the interest of the rail
roads, until the revulsion against this interfer
ence hss amounted to actual hostility toward the
companies. People have found it almost impos
sible to dissociate the railroad as a common csr
rler and public servant from the railroad as an
intermeddles In local political affairs, and the
resentment that comes from this condition has
teen exemplified In restrictive legislation,
against which the railroads now complain.
If any blame Is to be attached because of
the situation in which the railroads are placed,
it must go to tha men who adopted the policy
which is now apparently being abandoned.
"Economic: Pressure."
The Impending desperate nature of naval
warfare promised oa the seas surrounding the
United Kingdom readily lends strength to the
current Impression that Great Britain's policy
of "economic pressure" Is already seriously felt
In Germany. There is no available evidence to
sustain the Impression. The action of the Ger
man government in taking over control and dis
tribution of the food supplies of the empire does
not necessarily imply present scarcity. It Is more
In the nature of a precaution against the eventu
alities of war by conserving essential resources
and preventing waste,
A neutral traveler of wide and varied ex
perience, whose credibility is vouched for by the
London Times, prints In that paper the -result
of recent observations In Germany. The writer
discredits reports of distress which have been
published In Dutch and Danish newspapers, and
affirms that in a three weeks' tour of the empire
he found no evidence of food distress or even
visible scarcity of the necessaries of life.
But economic pressure as a factor In war
must be reckoned with. It Is already an indirect
source of distress In all the nations Involved,
and is certain to increase as the struggle pro
ceeds. Germany restricts the pressure at pres.
ent by regulating prices as well as consumption.
In Great Britain the pressure Is felt In the en
hanced cost of necessaries, averaging IS pel
cent Increase In meats, eggs, coal, fish and sugar.
Should Germany make ita naval blockade ef
fective, the British policy of economic pressure
msy prove a boomerang.
For a Publio Defender.
While the house at Lincoln has Indefinitely
postponed a bill providing for the creation of
the office of public defender, the senate has re
commended for passage a similar measure. The
necessity for such an office has long been ap
parent, especially In the larger cities. It is
needed both as a measure of economy and a
measure of Justice. In Douglas county a large
urn would be annually saved that is now ex
pended In fees to attorneys appointed by the
court to look after the Interests of Indigent
clients. This amount would mora than cover
the expense of maintaining the publte defender
and his etaff. Ia serving the ends of justice.
the publio defender would be much better eitu
ated for looking after the true Interests of bis
client than would the casual defender appointed
by the court on the day of arraignment. A pub
lic defender would be of service In providing
legal advice aad assistance for poor people who
otherwise suffer for lack of information as to
their legal rights. Other obvious reasons may
be cited for the need of a publie defender. The
legislature will do well to eertouely consider the
points la favor of this bill before finally acting
on it
0a a Joyous Mission.
The democrats at Washington have set them
selves a task that must give them the maximum
of Joy. They are to spend money at the rate of
$60,000,000 a day for, eleven days. It Is the
public money, and thla will make It all the easier
for them. This stupendous task Is part of tha
price that will be paid for the time wasted In
the ineffectual effort to force through congress
a shipping measure that even members of the
president's own party could not. support.
Ia this connection it will be well to keep in
mind thst the enormous appropriations are to
be made In face of a steadily diminishing In
come. Also, that this Is the second time thts
administration haa been called upon to pass the
general appropriation bills, and that each has
shown a total In excess of the last of the great
appropriations passed by a republican congress.
The economy promised during the campaign has
gone to Join other Issues then brought up and
since forgotten or only repudiated. The demo
cratic donkey doesn't often get Into the clover,
and when It does. It likes to enjoy Itself, hut a
Juyrlde of fSO.,000,000 a day is going' some, even
for a democrat.
Uncle Joe Cannon was not oa hand when the
democratic majority Jammed through (he house
of representatives the amended ship purchase
bill. Danville decreed his return to the next
congress, doubtless that he might see with his
own eyes how mild and childlike a dictator he
was In contrast with deotoraUc methods.-
Washington and Weeras
ears- Debet Lodfe's BHrraPkr Washington.
Many are the myths, and deplorably few the facta,
that have come down to ua In regard to Washington's
boyhood. For the former we are Indebted to the lllue
trlous Weems. and to that personage a few more
words muat be devoted. Weema haa been held up to
the preaent age In varloivs ways, usually. It muat be
ronfeeaed, of an unflattering nature, and "menda-cloua-'
la the adjective most commonly applied to him.
My profeaalnn a clergyman or preacher, by nature an
adventurer. Wreme loved notoriety, numey and a
wandering life. So he wrote books which he correctly
believed would be popular, and sold them not only
through the regular diannela, but by peddling them
hlmaelf aa he traveled about the country, Chance
brought him near Waahlngton In the cloalng days, and
his commercial Inatlnct told him that here was the
subject of alt others for his pen and hie market. He
accordingly produced the biography which had so
much aucreaa. Judged solely ae literature, the hook In
beneath contempt. The latj-le Is turgid, overloaded,
and at times Mlly. The atatements are loose, the mode
of narration confuted and Incoherent, and the moral
ising Is flat and commonplace to the last degree. Tet
there wss s certain sincerity of feeling underneath
all the hombaat and platltudea, and thla saved the
book. The biography did not go. and was not Intended
to go. Into the hands of the polite 'society of the great
eaatern towna. It waa meant for the farmers, the
pioneers and the backwoodamen of the country. To
them Its heavy and tawdry style, its staring morula,
and Its real patriotism all seemed eminently befitting
the national hero, and Ihus Weems created the Wash
In ton of tha popular fancy. The idea grew up with
the country and became so Ingrained with the popular
thought that finally everybody waa affected by It.
and even the moat stately and solemn of the Wash
ington biographers adopted the uaaupported tales of
the Itinerant parson and book peddler.
Weems was not a cold-blooded liar,' a mere forger
of anecdotes. lie was atmply a man destitute of his
torical sense, training, or morala, ready to take tho
elendereat fact and work It up for the purposes of
the market.
Weems, of course, had no difficulty with the publio
life, but In describing the boyhood he ws thrown on
his own reaources, and out of them he evolved the
cherry tree, the refusal to fight or permit fighting
among the boya at school, and the Initials In the
garden. This last story Is to the effect that Augustine
Washington planted seeds In such manner that when
they sprouted they formed oa the earth tho initials
of the boy's name, and the boy being much delighted
thereby, the father explained to him that It was the
work of the Creator, and thus Inculcated a profound
belief In God. This tale )s taken bodily from Dr.
Beattle's biographical sketch of his son, published In
England in 1799, and may be dismissed at once. . As
to the other two more familiar anecdotea there Is not
a scintilla of evidence that they had any foundation,
and with them may be Included the Colt story, told
by Mr. Custls, a simple variation of the cherry tree
theme, which Is Washington's early love of truth.
How Mr. Custls, usually so accurate, came to be to
far Infeoted with the Weems myth as to tell the colt
story after the Weems manner, cannot now be deter
mined. There can be no doubt that Washington, like
most healthy boys, got Into a good deal of mischief,
and It Is not at alt Impossible that he Injured fruit
trees and confessed that he had done so. It may be
accepted as certain that ho rode and mastered many
unbroken thoroughbred colts, and It Is potalble that
one of them buret a alood-veeset In tho proceas and
died, and that the boy promptly told his mother of
the accident. But this Is the utmoat credit which these
two anecdotes can olalm. Even so much as this can
not be said of certain other improving tales of like
nature. That Waahlngton lectured his playmates on
the wickedness of fighting, and In the year 1764 allowed
hlmaelf to be knocked down In the preaenee of his
soldiers, and thereupon begged his assailant's pardon
for having spoken roughly to him, are stories so silly
and so foolishly Impossible that they do not deserve
an Instant's consideration.
There Is nothing intrinsically Impossible In either
the cherry tree or the colt incident, nor would there
bo In a hundred others which might os readily in
vented. The real point la that these stories, as told
by Weems and Mr. Oustle, are on their face hopelessly
and rldiouloualy false.
So much aa this hss been said only because these
wretched fables have gone throughout the world, and
It Is time that they were swept away Into the dust
heaps of history. They represent Mr. and Uh w..k
Ington aa affected and priggish people, given to cheap
moraiuins; ana, wnei is -worse, they htve served to
place Washington himself In a rltinuinn nrh - .
ago which has outgrown the educational foibles t
aevemyuvo jreara ago. waahlngton, to whom the
greatest wrong baa been done, not only never did
anything common nor mean, but from tho beginning to
the end of his life he wss never for an instant ridicu
lous or af fee tad, and he was as utterly removed from
canting and prlgglahneaa aa any human being could
well be. Let us therefore consign the Weems stories
and their offspring to the Umbo of historical rubbish.
Twice Told Tales
7mn Prejediee.
Down in one of the southern states a colored man
was baled Into court on a charge ef stealing chickens,
and In defending hlra his attorney challenged several
of the Jurors oa the ground that they mlghrbe pretu
dload. "Are there any more ef the Jurors you wish to be
challenged?" finally whispered the lawyer, loaning
toward his client
"No. sah," returned tho client, negatively shaking
his- head, "but I t'lnks yo" bad bettah challenge dat
"The judge!" exclaimed the amaaed lawyer.
"What do you mean?"
"It am dls way. boss," explained the client. "I
hgb been up befo' dat Jedse seberal time an' I'se
a (ears dat he may be a lea lie prejudiced acta me."
Itilladelphla Telegraph.
A Cowardly Pewl.
Mrs. Jones bought a chicken at the family butcher
shop and after embellishing It with bread erumba,
celery, cranberry sauce and other glad things, she
proudly set It before the bead of the family.
"What Is tha matter, John?" asked tha young wife,
with aa anxious look ss hubby laboriously carved tho
bird and began to apply It to his appetite. "Isn't tho
chicken all right?"
"Why, yes; I guess he Is all right, dear," was the
hesitating reaponae of father. "But I fear be waa a
very great coward." '
"A great coward!" returned the perplexed wife,
"What do you mean?"
"Don't they aay, Mary," arnllingly rejoined the old
man, "that the braveat are always the tendtraet?"
Philadelphia Telegraph. ,
Mrs. Bright and her little nephew, Kenneth, were
vtaltlng some relatives in the country aad one morning
were croeaing a pasture lot together. When they were
about half-way acroaa Mrs. Bright ssw two oxen, snd
paused doubtfully.
"I really don't know whether It is aafa for ua to
go so near those oxen, Kenneth." she said, stopping.
"Oh. don't be afraid of the oxen, auntie," said Ken
neth, aa ha tightened hla hold on her head enoourag
Ingly. "They won't hurt us. The first time I canto
out bare I was afraid of them. I didn't dare to gu
back of them, and I didn't dare to go In front of them.
But I thought of a fine way at last, auntie; I juat
got down and crawled under them." Harper's Mage-sine.
Meeeeaartly Slew.
A California youngster bad been permuted to visit
a boy friend on tho strict condition that be was to
leave there at S o'clock. He did not arrive borne till T
and bla mother was very angry. Toe youngster In
sisted, however, that he bad obeyed her orders and
had not lingered unneceeaarlly oa the way.
"Do you expect me to beUave." said hla soother,
"that It took you two hours to walk a quarter of a
mile?'' 8he reached for the whip. "Now. air, will
you tell me the truth?" ,
"Ve-ee, mamma, " sobbed the boy. "Charlie Wllsoa
gave nie a mud turtle aad I was afraid to carry It
so I led it home." Boston Traaacrlpt
Cat Meat's Hlatory.
CUT MEAT. ft. r.. Feb. 14.-To the
Bdltor of The Ilee: In your paper of
February 5. I noticed a letter about Cut
Meat. Tour friend. Mr. Bowlea, seems
to take exceptions to the name of our
little town of Cut Meat. We have always
been very proud of the euphonlus deep
meaning name and moat grateful that we
are not afflicted with such a name as
Scabby Creek or lie Dog's Camp, which
ramps lie on either side of our camp.
And there are many other names much
more objectionable than these. Tou know
our names are not like white people's
names and there Is something In them a
meaning. Each name haa s meaning all
Its own. Tour names do not aeem to
mean anything. To ua, there Is a great
meaning In the name of Cut Meat. Years
ago, a large band nf Indians camped on
this creek for a few daya to cut and dry
their meat. Always afterwards they re
ferred to the place as the place where
they cut their meat. Hence tha name.
Cut Meat. It was In the old days when
there was bvffalo meat. It Is an old
historic place and we are all proud of
the name Cut Meat.
"Maale Teaekera' Trait."
OMAHA, Feb. l.-To the Editor of The
Bee: There Is a bill before the Nebraska
senate that Is undoubtedly Intended to
create a "music teachers' trust." Tho
professed Intention Is to establish a
standardisation of the musio teaching
profession. The bill requires all teachers
of muelc to conform to certain standards
and to take an examination before a
state board except where they are grad
uates of a three-year normal college.
Thus all private muelo teachers of pri
vate scholars, ss also all music teachers
of private and church schools would be
under the supervision of a state board.
Pome years sgo a simitar bill was in
troduced into the Iowa legislature. It
soon developed thst the bill -was backed
by a combination of music teachers who
had axes to grind, and the bill was
promptly turned down. A few years prior
to that, the Illinois legislature passed a
bill requiring all teachers of private
scholars and private and church schools
to be under the control and be examined
by state boarda. The people so rose up
against thst Infraction of their constitu
tional rights that at the next election
they overwhelmed the political party that
was responsible for the passing of that
bill. After the election the Chicago Trib
une, In a lengthy editorial, showed that
the party owed Its disastrous defeat to
listening to the combination of teachers
who wanted to control all kinds of edu
cation. Such a bill as the one before the Ne
braska legislature la a dlatinct invasion
of private, constitutional rights. The
state may have' the right to examine
muale teachers tor state and - public
schools,, for these schools are under state
and publio control. The state may de
mand sufficient education for children to
prevent danger to the public from Ignor
ance, it also requires licenses from phy
siclsns and surgeons, becauae health and
life are at stake. It requires licenses for
englneern because life and property are
at stake.- But publio safety does not de
mand . that children have good music
teachers or that they have any at all.
Parents have to pay for tho teaching, so
that the state bss nothing to do with tt.
As there are rood and bad music teach
ers, so there are good and poor laborers,
good and poor mechanics and good snd
poor clerks: but the state, does not require
that any - of these appear before a board
for examination. It Is wholly left to the
employer and the employed. Political
heads will drop Into the basket of public
opinion hers In Nebrsska as they did la
Illinois If this bill U paaaed. - Those be
hind the bill evidently want positions for
favorites who have failed as musical per
formers and ar trying to hide this de
ficiency behind their modernised methods
and books of self-made rules, for which
thty hope to secure profitable sales when
a stste board composed of their number
does the examining, thus forcing those
who are their betters to conform to their
Ideas and standards in so-called mualn.
Lit will literally produce a truat control
or mualo teaching. The bill ahould bs
exposed and squelched st once. 8.
Seat Osaah aad Annexation.
SOUTH OMAHA, Feb. H.-To the Ed
itor of Tha Bee: I see there is a great
bowl being put up by the mayor, city
attorney and a few of the city council
that If we were annxed to Omaha we
would not get aay Improvements tn this
end of the city, especially la the south
end of Sooth Omaha. Now I want to
say that If we never did get anything,
we would get as much ss we are getting
or have got In the last few years.
Ws bavs not got a crosswalk, on one
crossing out of forty, and that is not
making It too high. Of course we do
not need any crosswalks unless they
lead, to a saloon, for some or the offi
cial4 elected from the south end would
never have any use for them anyway.
Now I think that 0 per cent of the
people living south of N street and 7S
per sent of all the people la the entire
city would vote for annexation If it
'were left to a vote.
I have lived In South Omaha twenty
five years, and will say that the city
today Is getting less Improvements than
it over had and spending twice tbs
amount of money, taxes higher, more
sinecure officeholders that do sot kven
earn a dollar a month who are draw
ing large salaries for doing nothing.
We have a park superintendent who
draws tie per month who has not sees)
a park since last August, and I am In
doubt If ho knows that there are any
more parka ta the city eutalde of Syn
dicate aad Highland
A plumbing- Inspector who draws 1100
per month who bss "not turned in SaO
for fees since his appointment.
Aa i ne pec tor of weights sad measures
st ttt who Inspects schooners mostly,
' Wo have officials who draw ,M per
month and attend law school every day
In the year. Bvery other man on the
fire department la a captain. Same con
dition exists oa tho police department.
A street eoratniaeiener and a street fore
man to oversee four laborers sweep the
aUweta la front of tha city hoU. A ao
lioewentaa whose duties are to go to
tho picture shows aad to attend dsnoas.
Two sanitary Inspectors, one whoa of
fice la Tweaty-eixth aad O streets.
So I think If we were annexed we
would at least get service for the money
that Is being- glvea away to pay polit
ical debts, and the taxpayers made to
suffer, and the members of the lesiala
ture should do Just as the Ban ale did
and paas the annexatioa bill with the
emergency clause attached. I. W, W.
Editorial Siftings
Indianapolis News: Inasmuch ss we
tnay have serious occasion to uao our flan
ourselves some time, we dor.'t wont peo
ple to get any mistaken notion as to Just
what It means. Hence our protest.
Loulavllle Courier-Journal: An Italian
profeeaor In an American educational in
stitution says there will be no more
European emigration to America after
the war because labor will be scarce and
high tn Europe. Pause, profeasor, and
connlrler the fact that It takea capital to
make a labor market.
Faltlmoie American: The attorney
general of New Tork la to make an in
quiry Into the rise of the price of wheat
There should be full and plenty tn thts
country and that we should be required
to pay a war tax to apeculatora la some
thing which the public hss a right to look
Buffalo Exprees: Between the bellig
erents who uae their flags and those who
suspect such uae, the neutral nations aro
somewhst in the position of being between
the devil and the deep aea,- with danger
of attack from either, without fault of
their own. In other worda, the uaual fate
of the Innocent byatander In the fight.
Chicago Tribune: This la the nation
which offers aaytum from political In
Juatlce. which offers Its plenty for the
relief of distress. Wherever there In a
disaster the American hand is reached
out to the survivors. This is the only na
tion which ever undercook to feed a
starving nation and to s.'-.iport It "See
America first" In the real sense. See
It flmt and hold it first.
Philadelphia Record: The confidence
of the government officials that they csn
teach bueinese to merchants and manu
facturers and bankers is delicious. The
great merit of a government fleet Is
alleged to be that It would show American
capitalists how to make the shipping
bualness pay; It Is claimed that It pays
from JO to GO per cent but the timid
American capitalist will not go into it
until three public officials show him. A
etate department official comes back
from South America convinced that what
Is needoj Is to educate the bankers. It Is
lovely to think of the bureau chiefs in
Washington who are willing to explaist to
bankers and ship owners snd merchants
how they csn make money.
First Young Thins Don't you Juat dots
on Shakespeare?
recond 1 ltto I adore him. Our club
gave his "School for Hcanclel" laat month
and It waa perfectly lovely. Boaton
"There sre sermons In stonea."
"Poaalblv," replied Mlaa Cayenne, "that
arrnunta .'for the fact that aome of the
aermona Intended to reform big cities re
mind you of a msn throwing rocks."
Washington Star.
"Toung Mrs. Mlllyuns certainly did
prove a devoted nurae to her husband In
hia critical llneas. She must lovs hlra,
after all."
"Love him. rot! She knows she looks
fierce In black." Baltimore American.
Doctor What you need is a period of
complete mental rest.
Patient Hut. doctor. I've been In Waah
lngton for the laet two weeks sitting In
the a-allery of the house listening to the
debates. Life.
Mrs. Bllton Thst Mrs. Jinks la always
very well drpased. while her huaband al
ways looks shabby.
Bllton Well, ahe dreaaes according to
fashion, and he according to hia means
Judge. "Jones la making money fast these
days. How doea he do It?" '
"The time he uaed to put In kicking
about being poor he's now putting in
working to Ret rich." Indianapolla Star.
Jones What's the oh Joy silver mine
stock selllnn for now?
Broker We Just sold the lsst W rolls
of it for wall paper. Philadelphia Bulle
tin .
i ;r
William Cullcn Bryant.
Pale is the February sky.
And brief the mlddav sunny hours;
The wind-swept foreat seems to slrh
For the sweet time of love and flowers.
Yet hss no month a prouder dsy.
Not even when the summer broods
O'er meadows In their freah array.
Or autumn tints the glowing woods.
For this chill season now sgaln
Brings, In its annual round, the morn
When, greatest of the sona of men.
Our glorious Washington was born.
ixi. where, beneath an icy ahteld.
Calmly the mlarhty Hudaon flows!
By snow-clad fell and frozen field.
Broadening, the lordly river goes.
The wildest storm that sweeps thro' spaoe
And renda the oak with sudden force.
Can raise no ripple on his face.
Or slacken his majestic course.
Thus, 'mid the wreck of thrones, shall
Unmarred, undlmmed, our hero's fame,
nd years succeeding years shall give
increase of honors to his name.
B- 1 1 TTi
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Enjoy the Southland's balmy climate during this coming ,
'winter beautiful beaches, groves of palm trees and everything
that makes fog a summer in winter in'fhe aemi-tropics. ' '
TickeU on t&lo daily to April 30th with
return Limit of June lei, 1915
' Only $50.68 for the round trip to Jacksonville, Fit., $87.18
to Havana, Cuba, with corresponding reductions to other points
In the South and Southeast.
Liberal Stopover Privilege
Connecting service via Rock Island Line
Automatic Block Signah
Finett Modern All-Steel Equipment
Absolute Safety j
Superb Dining Car Service
Writs, phone r call at Rock Island Travel Bureau,
U2S Farnara Street, for tickets, reservations, iaforsas-
J. S. MeNALLY, Divtasssi Pseefa AsjecA
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You can have your choice of either
a Boy's or GirFs Wheel
it is a famous
It has a 20-inch Frame
with Coaster Brake. Motor :
Bike Handle Bars, Eagle
Diamond Saddle, Motor Bike
Pedals, Motor Bike Grip,
Luggage Carrier Holder,
Folding Stand, Front and
Rear Wheel Guards, Truss
Frame and Front Fork.
Spring will goon be here
and some little boy or
girl will be riding this
wheel. Are you the
lucky one?
Tou have until March 0th
to try for 1C
This picture of the bicycle
will be la The Bee every day.
Cut tliem all out and ask
your friends to save the) pic
tures in their paper for you,
too. Bee how' many pictures
you can get and bring them
to The Boa office, Saturday,
March 6th.
The bicycle will be given
Free to the boy or girl that
eead us the moat pictures be-
fore 4 p. m., Saturday, March
Subscribers can help the
children in tte contest by
asking for picture certifi
cates when they pay their
subscription. "We give a cer
tificate good for 100 pictures
for every dollar paid.
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