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THK TTKK: OMAITA, WEDNESDAY, SEITEMBEU 22. 1915.
UlE OMAHA DAILY BEE
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VICTOR ROSEWATEI.. CMTOR.
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At Ol ST CIRCVlATICOf.
Ripening Very Fast. ,
hist vt Nehraake, County of Douglas, aa:
light Williams, rlrculatlon manager of Tha Baa
ruMiali.m company, being duly swoin. ssys that tha
vrnii' circulation for tha month of August. Uil.
UWUJIIT WILIJAM". Circulation Manager,
tiiiba rtlied In mr prnr and sworn to befora
me. ttila M nsy ot tVrtemtwr IKlV . , .
ilUBRHT JILNTtH. Notary labile.
Hiibwrrlbers leaving tbo city temporarily
should have Tbo Bee mailed to them. Ad
lre will b changed aa often aa requested.
.3 September tl L 1
Thought for the Day
Saacf aaf hy Mmrgmnt See t
lahali past through lhi$ vxnld but one. Any
,tA tklni. therefore thai 1 can thorn to any
human being, let do it now. Lf. me not dt
ftr tt nor ntqlicl it, lor I $all not pass tM teuy
AJtoucther too many of thae Joy rides end
lr grief and sorrow
it's "Covtfno' Baundera again but this
Mae Ak-8ar-Hen governor.
Huy-U-in-Omaha" haa a double force when
It u aUn "Made-ln-Omaha."
The swelling record of atock yard receipte in
axe tho bunlnesa coming Omaha'a way.
The Kcv. Billy" haa already vindicated the
juUgmont of thoaa who aald Omaha was a good
iwn-for a revival.
iUmcen the linea of Meaaenger Archibald's
raiilnnatlon runa the solemn axhortatlon: "Save
in from my fool friends.'
Tho foot ball season opens at a strenuous
imie. bui there Is no occasion for public con
tent. Honplul accommodations are ample.
H in difficult to analyse the brand of home
I atrlotlant which aeeka faraway fields for peace
l iomotlon and ignores ravages of vocal war St
Brothtr Victor Murdock declares that the
butlmooscrs of the western states are walUng
for eastern leadership. Why eastern leader-
l.lpT Is It as bad as thatt
The district court Is In fall blast, King Ak-gkr-Ben
is drilling his hosts for the fall festival
and "Billy" Is drawing crowded houses. Now Is
. tie Ur.ie to vtop off In Omaha and enjoy life to
Note that revision of South Omaha school
fathers' RHlary schedule la all revision upward.
Ibis Is the reward to the South Omaha school
teachers for manifesting a willingness to meet
iiiemer half wsy.
I'urhapa. to be wholly consistent, Mr. Qryan
should aUo advocate Junking the navy we now
l r.ve and dlxbanding the regular army down to a
few gold-Ure officers needed to serve aa military
i.'drH for White House social functions.
Collier's specially commissioned croaa-oon-t
uent auto tourist threw Omaha women a
ouquet for up-to-date and modish dressing.
The clothes ot Omaha women reflect the up-to-dateness
of Omaha's enterprising merchants and
Years of experience and observation in that
locality convinces a magaslne writer that the
Wall street game Is unbeatable. A waste of Ink.
News of the cutting of a melon will draw more
Unbs In s day than experience could frighten
lr. m ypftX.
Die rlly council! adopted plana of Architect Myers
:r tha r.w dty hall, which cunlwmplata a build'
hit o coat not Vt eireed lt.ooo.
,n Interaatlng nH(lnc at tha Voung Man'a Chris
liiui aa4orlutlon hall cliai uiiaed a new building for
tha aaaoctatton at a home of Its own. Among thoa
who Ulked war Uenerai O. (-U. Howard, Veoreury
Joplln, William Flaming, Dr. tJanlaa, Mr. Straat, O.
It. Hnnferaon and lr. Parcell.
Madam Duftoe U allll confined to har rooma In
the Millard, but her hueband haa takan tier place
en tha wasun, and facta Harney atreat, near four
teenth, with crowds aa largo as hie wife uaually
B. V. Hihn A C u. ftj-a putting up a magnlftcaat
iit-w Miaaeagar elevator in their store.
Captain John O Bourka, now stationed la Texas.
la lira vUltlr.g his old frVends.
Joe Nredham. one of the amateurs of the city,
inade a ramarkabla run in the billiard parlors at
tl, e Mil.'ard. scoring tM points In one honr and fifty
y.i ui.m ( raptaln and llr Oeoraa if. t'rarr
lielxl ii i in fl.liiate their twenty-fifth annlveumry
at thir Cv.y home on Bwaid alrvat.
rtr t hWf rlutler returned from the aaat, having
teen, away aevcral wecka, during which he attended
tha flie ih!rf' couvcnlUm at Long Branch and
vlxtied Boston, New York tad other eastern cltla.
There la murh mnlt In rrealdcnt Wllaon'a "thoit
ballot'' plan. It la one of those, reforms not yet rlpa
like government ownership of railroad". It will come
along In time, hut not nw. The 'ehnrt ballot," no
matter how worthy, la a reform not yet rip. Colum
Whatever Its present stage, the "short bal
lot" I ripening very fast. The comnilBnIon plan
and rlty manager plan of municipal government
ere accompanists of the 'short ballot" campaign.
The most notable progress achieved, however,
for the "short ballot" has been that scored In
the New York state constitutions! convention
v, hlrh has embodied the principle In the consti
tution submitted to the people of the Empire
slate as its most salient Innovation, and lf the
people of New York therefore ratify the pro
posed new constitution, the "short ballot" will
be finally established In the greatest and most
important stale of the union.
UeKardlesij of all that, however, the "short
ballot'' reform Is ripening very fast elsewhere.
l et us remember that a thins Is short or lone,
only by comparison. Here In Nebraska the shift
to biennial elections, crowding the names for
merly on two ballots onto one, so lengthened the
ballot as to force an Immediate reaction. The
last Nebraska legislature passed several meas
ures aiming In the direction of a shorter ballot,
abolishing certain elective offices and showing
n preference for longer terms for others, and
the next legislature Is certain to go still further
Ii: the same direction. Should we have constitu
tional revision either by convention or Initiative
amendments, we may be sure the "short ballot"
principle will govern as opposed to the old idea
of multiplying elective offices with consequent
scattering and weakening of official responsibil
ity. Tested by approaching ripeness, the "short
ballot" reform Is not to be mentioned In the
same breath with government ownership of rail
roads, which has not yet gotten out of bud.
Harmony at the State House.
The latest manifestation of how happily the
brethren are dwelling together at the Nebraska
ntate house Is furnished by the threat of Fire
Commissioner Illdgell to bring suit against fttate
Treasurer Hall not to adjudicate any claim for
the benefit of the state, not to establish the truth
or falsity of the governor's allegations that the
sate treasurer Is farming out state money, but
to punish the state treasurer for being suffi
ciently temerarious to stand on the provisions of
the constitution as regards the paying of money
lrto and out of the state treasury.
Treasurer Hall refused . to casU warrants
drawn In favor of Kldgell, because no specific
appropriation had been made for their payment.
At least to that extent both the treasurer and
fire commissioner agreed. It now transpires that
a colorable appropriation was made, but, through
the careful conduct of business by the democrats
In and out of the legislature, charged with man
aging the state's affairs, the Item was lost track
of, turning up only after the warrant controversy
had reached the incandescent stage, and the
state treasurer relented enough to pay the fire
commissioner his salary. Not so for the commis
sioner, who has employed an attorney with the
avowed purpose of visiting on the treasurer the
penalty for failure to comply with a law neither
ot them knew existed.
In the meantime, nothing la heard of any ef
fort to Investigate the charges publicly made by
the governor that the state treasurer's bond was
made the occasion of dividing 1 1,000 between
certain of the favored, or that state funds are
being farmed to personal and political friends.
The quarrel Is over the only thing the democrats
at Lincoln seem to care for the payroll.
Difficulties Our Dollar Must Overoome.
Dr. K. K. Pratt, chief of the Bureau of Kor-
eif n and Domestic Commerce, tinder the Depart
ment of Commerce, addressing the investment
tankers at Denver, suggests that the loan to be
made to the Allies at present may be an economic
biunder. It Is giving aid to our greatest rivals
In the field of foreign commerce. His apprehen
sion on this point does not seem to be Justified
by the facts. While the financial strength of
the United States Is steadily growing, the sub
stitution of the dollar for the pound sterling as
the world's standard is not yet complete. Dif
ficulties ot several kinds must yet be overcome,
and the most Important of these Is how to take
full advantage of our present eminence as a
creditor nation In the matter of trade.
Great Britain Is the leading nation of the
world, In the matter of foreign Invetttment, hav
ing at the beginning of the war, In round num
bers, f 17.500.000,000 invested abroad; France
then had sis and one-half and Germany two and
one-half billions In foreign Investments, and Hol
land and Belgium were also heavy holders f for-
elgn securities. It Is this that gives London Us
overshadowing commercial Importance. Tor ex
ample the external debt ot Japan Is largely held In
London, and consequently Japan's securities are
worth Just what London says they are worth,
basing this value on the volume of Japanese
trade. Argentina, Chile, Brail! and other coun
tries with which we are seeking trade extension
ate similarly owned In Europe. This coddltlou
must be altered before we can become actual
leaders In the world's trade.
Por many years the annual balance of trade
has been in favor of the United States, yet we.
have been extensive borrowers from Europe,
tor the purposes of development. The exten
sion of our commerce will depend on our ability
to enter the foreign field as Investors or
operatora. The time is favorable, and the pros
pect Is Inviting; the point to be settled Is where
to start, and the mortgage just taken on Eng
Und and France looks like a beginning.
' Respect for the Interstate commerce law has
reached such an altitude In railroad circles that
one company is suing a Jerseyman for the recov
ery of 34 cents bluffed from a passenger con
ductor. Money Is no object in the case, the com
pany having spent hundreds of dollars gathering
evidence to cinch the malefactor. The inspiring
motive Is to vindicate the company from the
charge of rate discrimination. If honest endeavor
ever commands decorative honors, the company
deserves first choice of the crosses.
Southern bankers are accused by a federal
iaorve officer of charging as high as 100 per
rent for loans. Hates ot 1 and 2 per cent a
month are common among banks of the south
and in the northwest. In the light of these offl
clal flgurea the chattel loan shark does not ap
pear as dark as he Is palated.
The Economics of War
John Bate Clark '
Frefeeeor Political Boonomy, Claa1a TaiTeraltr
WAIt mtit that In some par ,,f th' 'ln Poe
gomlnefs and leva are largely bartered aaav
fur suffering, w Ickdnena and hate; and. In general,
that parts of Ood s country are turned into a devil
country. No eprt from a counting houee can man
a balance sheet that will show the amount of am n
' Yet It la etremely well worth while to meaeum.
If we can. the sheer loss of wealth which war entails.
Tha ImpoveilKhment of a country affects a people s
phynlcal and mental well-being, and character itecif
suffera aertnualy whon the atruggle for life becomes
hard and material returns meager. If wa can meas
ure approximately tha diminution of wealth which a
belligerent eountry suffers, we ran form some rude
conception of the more general disaster that hai
occurred and poaalbly deride whether It la too great
to be repaired. Will the Injury Inflicted by tlm
present war on Europe ba about as well repaired I'M
year henca aa wae the Injury caueed by tho
Napoleonic wars of lflh yeare ago In a Ilka pcrl1?
Will the economic loeaes of this war be great enoiK'.i
to follow and curae mankind through the wholt f
the twentieth century and leave a becjuel to Hie
twenty-first? On the hUhly favorable assumption
that tho war will close before WW and that peace
will reign for a hundred years thereafter. there is
much to ba hoped for within the period which lias
begun so disastrously.
Though the earlier generstlons following the end
of the struggle will have much to suffer, there is
a redeeming possibility that tho later onea ma
emerge from the state which the Armageddon
creating. For the dead, hardships and privations arc
nlriwly over, and for the maimed and the halt tliey
will be over In much less thsn a century; hut n
greet reduction of the accumulated wealth of the na
tlona now fighting may conceivably have more last
ing effects. The destruction of literal wealth and of
skill and Intelligence which are equivalent to wealth.
the check on production and the breaking up of thu
organisation that carries It on these are aome of :hu
Influences against which the world must hereaftiv
contend; and It will require a great power of re
covery and more of self-mastery than has recently
been shown to bring It out of the pit Into which It
has lightly leaped.
The countries of Europe are becoming poorer month
by month, and how much wealth they will have when
tha war Is over depends on the length of time it will
last. It Is tha purpose of the economic division of
tha Csrnegle Endowment for International Peace to
cause to bo made aa accurate an estimate as it
will be possible, after the close of the war, to maK
of the reduction caueed In the wealth of the various
countries of the world. A comparison of the amount
of such wealth existing when the war began wit!i
that existing when It shsll have closed will measure
tha poeltlve shrinkage which the struggle will hse
entailed, but It will not measure the whole of the
economic effect. In every belligerent land wealtii
was Increasing, and there Is llttl doubt that this
Increase hss been cut off and that a diminution has
been substituted. The sum of these two smounti,
will measure the direct economlo injury. How much
wealth would France or Oermany probably hae
poaaeased lf no war had taken placet The answor
will furnish a minuend; tha subtrahend will be t.ic
amount that It will actually have when the war is
ever; and only' at that tlm can the latter quantity
be even approximately known.
The absolute amount of wealth a country contains
does not gauge the purely material well-being of
the Inhabitants. That depends on th amount thero
Is per unit of the population. If th capital of the
world should continue unchanged and the population
should grow enormously, it is conceivable that tha
per capita wealth would decline mora than it usually
has don In consequence of destructive wars, lf
ea th other hand th capital should remain th asm
and th population should greatly shrink, thare
mlsht b an Increase of economlo well-being for
those of th people Who should survive. Because
Germany lost two-thirda of its population, mor or
lass, during th thirty year war the survivors, badly
off as they war, were less desperately poor than
they would have been if the whole original population
had still been obliged t extort a living from th re
sources of thetr ravaged and desolated oountry. In
a traglo sense th majority died for their country
perished a some of the starving survivor of a ship
wreck would perish If they wr drowned In order
that the remainder might have food enough to live
on. fosse of life in war would help to sustain th
standard of living against extreme reduction if all
classes of the population were sacrificed propor
tionately and rf none were maimed or enfeebled. Wmm
bread-winners perish and th children and th agtd
survive, when men ar taken and women are loft,
th standard of living is lowered; and it la so In a
tragic way when men ar rendered helpleaa and left
to be maintained by women and children, or even
by the Impoverished stat. Then it is that deatruo.
tlon of Ufa by warfar takes its most terrible
economic toll and does not oounteraot, but exag
gerates th effect of destruction of productive wealtY
Tills effect enters directly and disastrously Into the
problem of the effect of war on th per capita
wealth of the countries.
Military expenditures by governments are mor
nearly measurable than other elements In the total
waste which war entails, and yet even theae ran
now be estimated only In a rude way, . It Is a safe
guess that more than SO,000,000 are spent dally by th
states now at wtr. The affect of this on publlo
finance la more easily calculated than its effect on
the existing wealth and the future' prosperity or th
peoples affected. Not by sny means all the total ex
penditures of the governments are chargeable to the
war That accounts, however, for a vast excess of
outlays above those Incurred In times of peace, and It
la this excess cf which our economic study must
Not all th directly military expense of the gov
ernments does. In Itself, make th countries poorer.
Feeding and clothing soldiers Is giving them a
partial equivalent for the living that. In th abaeno
of war, they would have gotten by their own produc.
tlve effort. The living they get Is rather salvage
than wast, from th point of view of th people
themselves. Th Incomr-s which the men would have
secured for them:'. s minus what th governments
dole out to them measures the loss thst at once fslls
What the world parts with lit consequence of
wsr Is products that would have been created ;f
peace had continued. Of course It la not, to any
extent, money. All the gold coins In the warring
countries would pay their bills for only a very nhoit
time, and they cannot all b used In that way. Much
of th supply must be used to sustain the. value of
paper substitutes. In order that commodate may be
bought and sold at something Ilka normal prions
Borne guld will leave the belligerent lands to pay
for Importations and some or It may go into hiding
but It la wealth In commodity and not in currency
that goes out of existence and produces th effects
that we should ilk to measure, filnce th amount
of the commodity, however, ha In some wsy to be
appraised, w express the measure of It by th
equivalent in money. By how many billion dollars
worth of useful commodity will the fighting countries
be made poorer by the war? Thla la th assentui
problem; and moat of thla Impoverishment conies
from th check on production which th fighting
causae. Direct destruction of useful commodity also
accounts for a psrt, and In th absence of new debts
these two amounts of goods which In some way the
countrie lose would constitute tha whole material
wealth of which war would deprive them.
The greater part of this total la directly loat by
cltlsens in con'equeno of war without appearing at
all in the account books of the governments. If th
states apend publicly 150,000.000 a day, It is safe
to gonalder that cltlsena privately lues much men
than that amount. It would be Strang If they wcie
not losing from tft.uOcOOi) to tiuo.Qoo.oor) per day. over
and above outgoea which can be In the publl'e ex
chequer. Plant lie idle and wagea and interest ar
lost on an enormous stale: but what thla llterulle
means la that the roods In which the Incon, s of the
laborers and th capitalists would hsv chiefly cot,,
sisled are not now produced. Food and clothing for
soldiers, however, are produced, and this fact re
duces th total of useful commodity which Is tost
by the war.
ned for a life of larse usefulness snd thst saying that once a man thst Is tsken into
you hsd a dneir. an atubltlon. t be .b'lp-Vy-i a tylSan, b-icksljio, which .,v" V"
ful to mankind and I have not been uis-, Savior little credit for tenscily. Th WrS
appointed, for vou have taken an active I
Mottn for the Mliih Scko-nl (ilrle.
OMAHA, S. t. Jo.-To Hie Editor of The
Bee: In The of September 1. page
7. column 2, II Timothy, ll-l.'.. haa been
adopted aa a motto by high school girls
1 over the country. The writer consid
ers the sentiment of the verse in question
a very good one and commends the next
vere respectfully to evsnsellsts of a cer
tain type. Thla verse reads as follows:
"But shun profane and vsln nabDllnits;
for they will Increase unto more ungod
liness." u. Ih
n Indoor Hatalng Hesrk.
OMAHA. Kept. Il.-To the Editor of The
!: Tlie swimming season for WIS over
and not one person drowned nt C.irter
lake since competent llfeguerds were em
ployed. This speaks well for our efficient
Karly In June 1 suggested throuaii your
paper that the city hire a lifeguard who
could pass a strict examination and prove
hla efficiency for the Job of lifeguard. I
wae glad to note they followed my sug
gestion and hired William Westlund, a
man well fitted for the position and who
has succeeded In building up a corps of
lifeguards which ar very proficient In
this work snd are a credit to Omaha.
Swimming la one of the most useful of
athletio sports and also the best exer
cise known. The large eastern cities are
Installing natatorlums In all new school
buildings snd I hope Omaha will fol.ow
thin good example and not be the lust
to sec the good derived from teaching
everyone to swim.
The weather wss very unfavorable for
swimmlrlg thla season, but the municipal
beach and the swimming tanks In the
parks have proved to be the moat popular
placea In the city. Thla shows whst the
people went in the parka and now that
we have a good start in th right direc
tion I hop the city commissioners will
keep the ball a-rolllng and give us more
natstorlums next year.
The city Auditorium basement is not In
use. Mr. Commissioners, you have made
the right start, and why not turn this
basement into a valuable asset by bulid
ing a large slsed natatorium, so we may
swim all winter aa well as in summer?
Money spent along this Una would be for
more thsn value received. O. P.
Ttai and the Cora t'rop.
BENNINGTON, Neb., Sept. To the
Editor of The Bee: Since reading th
article of Ted Holyoke, In which he says,
"Most corn safe from frost," I cannot
pass this up without a fw comments.
I don't give a rap If th article waa
written by the son-in-law of Oeorge W.
Holdreg of the Burlington. These rail
road managers take every opportunity
to boost for th bumper corn crop, wh.ch
Is not In existence at tha present time,
Just as they did about the billion-bushel
wheat crop that rainy weather but, lo
and behold! The rain almost ruined that
bumper wheat crop In fact, there will
be very llttl whaat that will make rood
And that will be the case with the
oorn should frost strike It at this time,
for not more than 26 per cent would be
good enough to grade No. 4. Mr. Hol
yoke says lie cannot see why so much
fuss Is being made about the corn from
the frost. And then he suggests the silo
as being the salvation of the frosted
corn, and that every bit would be utilized
without danger ot loss whatever.
Let us discuss . this question or loss,
worry and silos from th farmer's stand
point. In th first place, let ua take Into
consideration th fact that according to
statistics renters predominate In this
state. This being a fact, who will build
silos for this great number of renters?
I think the man who pays from 15 to
17 rent per acr hss Just cause to worry
about frost when his com Is in roasting
ar state. How can this great army ot
renters pay their notes and meet their
obligations should such a misfortune as
frost overtak them? It is one thing for
railroad men to alt In their palatial cars,
going at th rat of forty miles an hour,
and tell the farmer that SO per cent of
his com Is safa. but tt Is another thing
to make him believe it.
Th writer hss a field that was planted
April to, just 140 days at the date thla
article Is written, and only 2S per cent
ot th ears well enough dented so that
they would not be Injured by a killing
frost the other 75 per cent would b soft
and unfit for the market. Thare were
no early frosts during the fall ot lWt,
but rainy growing weather which kept
the stalks and ears sappy, and the re
sult wa soft oorn which spoiled when
put In the orlb.
Last week a railroad managar re
ported from 100 to 110 per cent for the
different divisions, which 1 Impossible.
I have met men from dlfferint part of
the state, and their reports differ very
much some even report that their corn
that wss replanted and growth retarded
toy cold, rainy weather, was only in th.
roastlng-ear stage then. In the nam of
common sense, how ran we have condi
tions averaging li per cent? Nothing but
two or three weeks of warm, dry
weather ran save th com crop, and that
Is not likely under preaent condlttona.
Keep Voir Automobile.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb.. Sept. U-To
Hie Editor cf Th Be: I like The Bee
snd have read It about every day for the
last four years. But I must say my stock
In The Hee has dropped about 96 points
from the stand you seem to tske In this
Sunday stuff. You know as wall aa the
general thinking public knows thst tliltt
nan Is a fake. There is no doubt about
It, and aa a reader of your esteemed
paper I want to protest against the stand
1 will bet a Ford automobile against a
second hand pair of socks that you won't
print thla letter (unprintable part haa
been expurgated), but 1 am telling you
anyway what I think. I have read the
stuff pro and con, and heard the bird
"screech", and know that he la a fake,
and all of his associates. That's all.
C. C. SCO V II,.
A Traveling Man Out of Dee Moines.
Wauls Fnltard roe (ioveraor.
OIBBON, Neb.. Bept. Bl -To th Editor
of The Be: Pleas give nis jaoe for
part of a letter sent by m to Hon. B. M.
Pollard, accompanying a petition signed
in large part by exhibitors at th Stat
fair, representative men Interested In ag
riculture In many parts of the state, ask
ing permission to us hi nam as a
candidate for governor.
"In thus forwarding yoft thla petition
permit me to state that my acquaintance
with you began in tha year UM, on th
occasion whan I attended a farmers' In
stitute in your home town where you
were engaged In teaching In the publk
schools; you took part in the Institute
and I was a guest at th home of your
father, Isaao Pollard, then and still on
of th most delightful farm home In th
stat. Sine that dat I have cultivated
your acquaintance, a on meeting you I
at ono realised that you wr well equip.
Interest In public affairs, you have made
good at every turn of the road, have met
the full measure of a useful cltlsen as
"Vou have served as a member of out
state legislature and In the halls of con
sresa. You are a temperance man In
practice and from principle doubtless be
lieving, as does the writer, while in favor
of prohibition, thst the people of the
stnte. In a non-partisan manner, by the
use of tiie Initiative, should determine the
question of prohibition In the coming cirri
pnign. "iou believe In and have been a strong
advocate of the principles of the repub
"You are the type of man needed on
the farms of Nebraska to encourage and I
develop a more Intelligent and progressive
sericulture; the type of man most needed;
Idea thst a man at one time can be saved
and la on his way to heaven can the
next dsy b plunged In the depths of hell.
What kind of a Ood does the preachers
of this day and ae of the world believe
wc have? Why Is not the correct theory
to believe that everything that hsppens
in tlis world is for the best and for Ood s
pleasure only? This Is my pcrsonsl belief,
consequently I sm not finding any fault
with Mr. Sunday or the clown at the Em
press In any of their Jokes.
Common sense religion Is to give Ood
credit for.esch and every act on this
earth and be sstisfled with the results.
I am leaving my lot In Ood's hands, the
Maker of this universe, a Superhuman
Being Who gives us light and hest
through the sun snd moon, snd no man
has knowledge of how It Is done. I find
no fault with any one, but always give
my .Ma Her. tn i,ord Jesus, credit for
to interpret and execute our laws In the j everything whether It Is to my liking or
imeresis or sgricuiiure, in me imcre,is ot M , rerUlnlv rulo, the woHd Bll
of the producer snd laborer, rather thaiilevM ,he dev nlrn,fi am, , hav,
of corporations and the so-called special
interests." S. C. BASS1STT.
"By The'r 'Vorks."
OMAHA, Bept. 30 To the Kdltor of The
Bee: I saw a man sick unto death, and
bending over him was a young surpeon
making heroic efforts to revive him.
Along comes it pompous individual and
"Here, ycu had better let that man
alone; the Bible says It Is given unto
man once to die, and after that the Judg
ment." The doctor looks up and says: "Well,
I mn an assistant surgeon, sent here by
the Oreat furgeon to revive thla poor
man, and I Intend to do. so If possible,
and please remember the same book says,
'while there Is life there Is hope." If you
don't believe In revivals, please stand
from under while I am doing my duty."
As the knocker passed on the surgeon
ssked. "Who Is that man?" "Why," said
a bystander, "that's the fellow who al
ways Interferes tn a work of this kind.
He spells Ood with a little g snd church
with a big C. We all know him and pay
no attention to what he ssys." You are
right, "Billy" Sunday, go ahead witb
your good work. OBSERVER.
Cominoa Sense Religion.
FLORENCE, Neb., Sept. 21.-To the
Editor of The Bee: As "Billy" Sunday
seems to be all the go these days and as
I have had the pleasure of attending one
of his meetings I thought It would be
worth whllo to get right down to brass
tscks snd expound a few of my re
ligious views to the interested public. At
the outset I wish to say that the evening
I attended Mr. Sunday's meeting I also
went over to the Empress, and, between
the two, I am frank to say that Sunday's
meeting hss the Empress skinned a city
block. Mr. Sundsy said at his meeting that
he haa brought many souls to Christ, but
10 per cent of them are backsliders; and
the clown at the Empress said he
could cut thirty-five acres of alfalfa with
a safety razor. Both of these men are
entirely wrong, especially Mr. Sunday In
In I Urn looking aftr His children regsrd
less of Sunday's "sawdust trail."
C. L. NETHA WAY.
0RIN3 AND GROANS.
"Bibber says he kept his glass upside
down moat of the time st the -banquet
' So he did, with the open end of It In
his face.' Louisville Courier-Journal.
"How's he succeeding as a reformer?"
"Great. Ile a got the whole neighbor
hood feeling miserable about their pleas-
j urrs. letrot fTee frees. ,
Mrs. Oreene Here's a most Interesting
article, F.rra, entitled "The Money Ques
tion In a Nutshell."
Ezra Oreene-I know all 'bout It, Han
nah; the pea ain't there et all when ye
pick the shell up, dam 'em! ruck.
V. , s.- a irns irt I ATE TO IMC
rgvOC p W " - - - -
ME TO A PLACE CF fihWEVOKW
as.i . --. I.. Illlk a? VfJatT
WiiUB ir4jiof r trrw "''i i
Wrt m KB H THE WHM otwm.
"Does your congressman discuss public
"No." replied the polltlcsl boss; "he
comes r:ght out and says exactly what
he believes to be true, without regard to
the effect on his chances. I never saw
a man act so unintelligent." Washington
"I trust," said the prudent friend, "that
you will think before you speak."
"I shall do so," replied the energetic
orator. "My present thoughu on this
subject seem altogether too mild ami
I'm going to keep cogitating till I fcet
something with reftl pep In It. Washing
"HoW do you like your new music
"He Is a very nice, polite young man.
When f made a mistake yesterday, he
said: 'Pray, mademoire le. why do vou
take ao much palna to improv upon
Beethoven?" Philadelphia Ledger.
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