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THK UK,; OMAHA, MONDAY, DECEMBER f, 1915,
THE OMAHA DAILY DEE
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Thought for the Day
5eaf ee Mr. A. L. PmtrUh
a To b tomtihing to Qod-ii not that pram
To U something God tares for, tnd would
ccmpUtter Ilimtlf, beeauet l U worth car
ing for it not that lift tnougKGtorgt Mo-Donald.
t r- JU.btly Interpreted the caucng Tote U a
hunch to Senator Pomerene that the south con
tinues In the' ad die.
There must be a tort of genttemaa'a a tree
went among all these Santa Clauses not to poach
on each other's preserves.
The Macedonian cry of 1916, combines such
a babel of warring- tongues, that It Is doubtful If
admirers could recognize It.
The star cf greater, industrial, development
pipes the way to Wyoming's oil fields" Greater
Omaha should be up and doing.
After the other state officials argue each
other to a standstill, the supreme court gets ln
the last and the finishing word.
A gain of 15 per cent In the November busi
ness of the local postofflce emphasises the value
of a high-class vocal publicity department
When it comes to putting over advertising
stunts, we guess it's about a toss-up between,
Henry Ford, P. T. Barnum and "Billy" Sunday.
Now that the date is named, critics of the
administration should restrain their pens and
make due allowance for the anxieties of preparedness.
A resurvey of the membership line .drawn
by the Farmers' congress, reveals a gate wide
open for the dental profession as genuine cul
tivators of achers.'
Surely the triple dose of sweetness which
coats the Wilson primary filing ln Nebraska will
shake every plum in sight into patriot box. If
eugar falls, farewell to hope.
Seeing that money is plentiful, Canada
doubled its loan of (50,000,000 and took over
all subscriptions. Though outwardly cool, the
Dominion Is a warm member.
The submarine game, suspended ln northern
aeas, is drawing considerable business to the
bottom of the Mediterranean. Southern waters
are peculiarly suited to winter operations.
Never mind! By tomorrow, every one will
J know which pile of chips rakes In the demo
j cratlc national convention pot on the show-
down of hands held by the competing cities.
i It's all over at Ban Francisco, whose beauti
1 ful exposition Is now but a memory. 80 far as
j present Indications go. It will be several years
before another great world's fair project Is
rmw a i
J County Clerk-elect Needham haa announced that
I he will make Auchmoody hla chief deputy. Mr.
I A'timoody la a prominent Grand Army of the Re
public man, who haa been cashier for the It. T,
Hherlff-elect Coburn will make J. 8. Phillips,
former United States deputy collector of' 'customs,
deputy, and will retain Jailor Joe MUler for the
lira. 8amuel U Bavtdge of Mt Vernon, Ia. spent
the day aa the guest of her brother, Rev. C. W.
- jvl Ige.
Wratbrook and Hacker, the trick bicyclists, have
arrived to fill a slx-nlght encasement at the rink
General Traffic Manager Kimball's car went over
the Union Pacific togethor with General Fretcht
Asrent Shelby. Oeneral Paaaenger Agent Morae and
Cneral Ticket Agent Stebblna. to Monterey. Cel..
where a meeting of the Trana-contmentaJ pool will
A grand benefit for 6L Joaeph's hoapltal la tn
preparation by the muakal etudenta of Profeaaot
Va:Uir. the provrem containing the following naraeet
Frank XSrova, Minnie Brown, Mamie Or en, Floaeie
Cotner. Al Wlrth, Emily Itorn. end they will be aa
!tfcd by Profeaaor A. Jennlnga, XI re. W. W. Rhodea,
Miaa Fannie Arnold. Mlaa Hell Ge winner, Mr. Bandera,
H. D. Kecd. Mum Olbaoo, Mr. Martin Cahn and Mr.
Mevtl R. Fiance.
Another meeting haa been called for next Satur
day to form a lockl bra rub of the IrUh National
I. jiiua, the call being algned by the name of a dolus
i;MiH, headed by Jmc H. BoL
"0mahaA City of Opportunity."
The hailing sign which welromeg the conilng
guaat to Omaha frames an impressive truth.
Briefly and tersely it points out the destination
for enterprise and energy, and backs up the as
surance of reward by past achievements. The
opportunities seized ln the past and developed
far beyond expectations are no more tempting
than the opportunities the future hold. The
men who projected the meat packing industry
thirty years ago had the courage of their fore
sight and achieved mighty results. In like
manner the idea of "the market town" pro
claimed by A. B. 8tickney rooted Into fertile soil
and grew Into an expanding grain market. These
are fundamental Industries and markets spring
ing from the opportunities which farm products
afford. In and about them are many opportuni
ties for converting raw material into manufac
tured products, effecting at the same time vast
economies ln bulk and enlarging the avenues of
The opportunities suggested to newcomers
make a stronger appeal to the men on the
ground. One of the greatest opportunities
which has knocked st Omaha's door for years
past lies In the oil fields of Wyoming. Ener
getic development of that region with a pipe line
along the level Platte valley will solve the prob
lem of cheaper fuel for Omaha and intervening
towns and give the needed economic impulse to
old and new industries.
It Is up to Omaha to give the balling sign
the force of community example by bitching its
chariot to the Wyoming star.
Season for Bed Croii Seals.
Again the Red Cross seals of the American
Anti-Tuberculosis society are before the public,
calling attention to the work this organization
is carrying forward for the amelioration of a
social condition that affects all. Whatever
tolnt of view one takes ln connection with tuber
culosis, or disease of any kind, the great out
standing fact is that It la preventable. In the
case of the "white plague" the facts are
especially deplorable, because they have to do
with the effects of poverty and carelessness;
more the latter, for it is always possible to keep
clean, no matter how poor. The combat against
disease is a conflict with Ignorance, to overcome
which Is no easy task. Immunity means that
age-old habits must be changed, and newer and
better ways of doing things adopted. Those
who have engaged in fighting the battle for
health feel they are winning, but they know
they must have continuing support, or their
efforts will be of no avail. The Red Cross seal
Is Just an evidence that Us user has a personal
Interest In the work that Is being carried on, and
approves of its purpose.' That Is why hundreds
of millions of letters and parcels will be deco
rated with these little reminders during the
present holiday season as they have ln the past.
. Profit for the British Bondholder.
.While the flood; of j .returning American
securities, to be loosened py the war and over
whelm the horns market, did not materialize,
now and then a little trickle Indicates that such
a flow Is aUll possible, although highly Improba
ble. In referring to the conditions that now
prevail on the London market, the Times points
out that It U not altogether patriotism that la
Inducing Britons to part with their American
stocks and bonds to invest ln the British war
loan Issues. Bonds of American railroads that
sold years agp at a discount as low as 70 are now
at par, or over, and have, therefore, yielded a
very handsome profit. The! f sale at thla time, and
the reinvestment of the money in British bonds
insures a double profit, and enables the thrifty
British investor to turn a pretty penny, his only
risk being against his own government. Even
this advantage has not so far proved so tempting
as to bring out large quantities of American
securities for conversion. Yankee stocks and
bonds are gllt-edge4 anywhere Just now,
especially In Europe, and their owners are not
greatly inclined to sacrifice material certainty,
even under patriotic impulse.
Pension for Ministers.
Executive bodies of leading religious de
nominations are whipping' into practical form
plans for old-age pensions for their ministers.
For years past the question has been under con
slderatlon and urgently pressed as a moral ob
ligation. Various methods, tested by results,
depend for success on two sources of revenue
an endowment fund large enough to meet the
expected annual demands or a per capita an
nual contribution from each congregation.
Actuaries estimate that $50,000,000 would be
required to finance the several church pension
system's contemplated. The Methodists have
raised (5,000,000 of the (15.000,000 necessary
to insure permanency ot their adopted system.
A similar method was tried by the New York
Episcopal diocese and abandoned for the more
feasible parish subscription plan. Under this
method each parish is asked to contribute to the
general fund a sum equal to 7 per cent of the
pastor's annual salary. Separate accounts are
kept of parish contributions and the total is
available for the pastor and his family in event
of death or dlAebllity, or when the pastor
reactus 68 years of age. The manner of ful
filling the obligation is not material so long as
rractka! reaul are reached. A worthy cause
challenges energetic co-operation among the
laity. The work carries with it the stimulus of
performing a duty the churches owe to their
A small package of Joykllling news breaks
Into the White House at the moment the glad
hand reaches for congress. Former United
States Senator James Smith lies stricken among
the 'Jersey home folks, with barely enough
vitality of assets to psy 15 cents on the dollar.
A business knockout following a political knock
out deprives the administration of the boss rule
cry formerly so effective ln rallying the re
formed patriots of New Jersey.
Dr. P. L. Hall Is carrying to Washington a
certified copy of the petition putting President
Wilson's name on the Nenraaka primary ballot,
but what use he is to make of it there Is not
clear. Perhaps he wants the president to be
able to recognize the signatures again when he
sees them appended from time to time to appli
cations for appointive Jobs.
The process of boosting prices on account of
war in most directions is crude, pitiful and
mostly gueaswork. The prize for noiseless climb
ing and steadiness of uplift goes to the vendors
of oil. The honor of presentations belongs to
Tooth Brush Controversy
" Literary XMgeat. - """
rp MR BTRIKINO assertions that the tooth brush
A docs more harm than good, that It not only does
not clean the teeth, but Itnclf serves aa a dl
semlnator of Infection, have not been allowed to pass
without denial, though the denUls admit that lht
lruh should receive a more thorough cleansing and
sterilization than It usually haa. In reply to a widely
circulated article contributed by Dr. Bernard Feld
man to oral hygiene, other dentists assure us, that
the brush Is all right, that It la easily sterilised, and
that If properly used It is capable of doing precisely
what we have been taught from childhood that It
waa Intended to do.
A number of these rejoinders to Dr. Feldman ap
pear In the pages of the journal In which hla own
paper waa printed. For Instance, Dr. W. 11. Berth
of Great Falls, Mont, wrltea ln It aa follows: "The
use of the tooth brush, either soft or medl'im, ha
caoused very little harm, if any, either to the teeth
or the gums, and It has done a great deal to reduce
Inflammation of the gums when used to brush them.
In place of using the forefinger to massage them.
The use of the tooth brush haa done more for the
preservation of the teeth and the restoration of a
healthy condition of the guma than anything else
that bus come to our knowledge.
"It Is safe to say that In 60 per cent of the case
of pyorrhea, the tooth brush is very seldom used, if
at all. The proper use of the tooth brush Is essential
to the care of the teeth; there Is no substitute. But
that does not mean we should not use silk floss, for
silk floss la a very good adjunct No dentist would
dlxpute the statement that the mouth In which a
tooth brush has been used la more clean and free
from decay than one In which It had not been used.
How many people will massage thie guma, use silk
floss, strips, etc.? The tooth brush Is handler, and
It can be made aa clean and aaeptlc as the forefinger."
Dr. Benedict Fumlss of New York, writing In the
same paper, expresses his opinion that there Is noth
ing more menacing about the well-made tooth brush
than there ia about one's hair brush or one's sponge
when a reasonable hygienic care la taken of all of
them, and he goea on to aay:
"Besides the fact that the mouth that is cleaned
once, twice, or three times a day cannot possibly
supply bacteria In menacing numbers. It must be re
membered that the tooth-bristles, bathed and
saturated so frequently with tooth-pasta Ingredients
mora or less antlsceptlc, furnish anything but a
happy abldlng-place for germ-pests, no matter how
vital and resistant they may be. So that If wa merely
hang the tooth brush somewhere In the sunshine at
decent Intervals, wa need not get gray worrying about
"If aomethlng more sanitary than the modern
tooth brush can be devised and made adaptable not
alone for the dentist's office, but for horns use, let
us give the fellows who are endeavoring to do It all
the helpfulness we can. But while we're waiting for
them. It won't help them or ourselves to throw out
the best thing wa know about now."
That proper tise of the brush Involves motion In
the direction of the tooth's length and that the usual
crosswise brushing may do Injury, Is h'ld by Dr.
Jules 3. Barrailn of New Orleans, writing In The
Medical and Surgical Journal of that city. Dr.
Sarrasln doea not believe that the brush carries In
fection. "Of course," he writes, "If ten or 100 surgi
cally clean brushes sweep In as many filthy, aeptlo
mouths, and later, after a thorough rinsing In cold
water and drying (which Inhibit bacterial growth),
are used to Inoculate culture tubea, an abundant
growth of pathogenlo germs must surely result Con
clusions drawn from such a procedure are strikingly
unsclontlfio because they take no aooount of the fact
that vastly more Infectious material will have been
removed from the mouth than can possibly be left
In the brush, because they do not duplicate conditions
which obtain when truly germicidal dentifrices are
employed, and because, even aa mouth-Infection Is
reduced by repeated brushlngs, It will continue to
remain ao far tn excesa of that tn the brush as to
render the latter Insignificant
"Dentists who entertain a sentimental or sensa
tional fear of the tooth brush would act more wisely
by advising Its Immersion in an aqueous solution of
lodin, followed by rinsing, after each mouth-cleansing,
than by misleading the laity, decrying the brush
without offering a real substitute for it
"Neither the proper, root-to-blting surface, brush
motion, nor an efficient polisher carried by It dry,
haa ever Injured tooth-etructure. It la the Improper
crosswise motion of bristles which wears tranaverae
cervical grooves and irritates gingival margins, quite
regardless of the dentrlflce employed, unlesa It be
gritty beyond reason. Bristles and water, or soap,
and chalky Impalpable dentrlflcea are unable to re
move completely septic films from and develop tho
protecting polish on exposed surfaces of teeth, whila
a waxed thread or tape la similarly inefficient In
comparison with positive polishing powder applied by
suitable agents In both instanoea. It haa been proved
that five years' dally polishing of natural teeth with
finely pulverised pumlcestone resulted In perfect,
lustrous dental surfaces."
Here, however, we are apparently touching a
feature of tho tooth-brush controversy that really
divides the dental profession. Many dentists advo
cate the usual, or crosswise, brushing that Dr. Sar
rasln condemns. In a symposium printed recently In
Items of Interest, a New York dental Journal, both
methods are advised and both condemned. The
editor's conclusion seems to be that the rotary method
la to be preferred, but not when "limited to a single
skirmish." Repeated use of It not only removes
invading parasites, but produces an Influx of blood,
exciting greater antiseptic activity of the whits
corpusclea It wilt be noted that the question of the
use or nonuse of tho brush did not enter Into this
controversy, all of the participants believing In It aa
a valuable agent of mouth-hygiene.
Twice Told Tales
,Wraknc4 hy 1 ravel.
A new mlnlater In a rural district who wished ta
make the acquaintance of the members of hla con
gregation and hIso to discover whether they were
pleased with hla discourses, met an old farmer whose
face he recognised aa one who had attended the
church the previous Sunday, and. stopping him. said:
"Mr. Bromn, how did you Ilka my sermon last
"Well, parson." replied the t-M man. "you see. 1
didn't have a fair chance to Judge. Right In front of
me waa old Mlsa Smith and the rest of that gang with
their moutha wide open Juat a swailerln' down all the
best of your sermon; 'n' what reached me, parson, was
purty poor stuff, purty poor stuff." Pittsburgh
A street car had Juat started when two women,
rushing from opposite aides of the street to greet
each other, met right tn the middle of the track and
In front of the car. There they stopped and began
to talk. Tho car atopped, too, but the women did not
appear to realise that It was there snd heeded It not
Finally the motorman showod that he had a savins
ecnae of humor. Leaning over the front of the car,
he Inquired ln the gentlest of tones:
"Pardon me, ladies, but shall I get you a couple
of chairs?" Chicago Poat.
Ilar ta Fallow.
Jim had looked In at the country livery stable In
search of a Job. Ha seemed promising and waa set
to work greasing the axlea of a carriage, in a re
markably abort space of time het reported the taak
"Look here," aald his new boas, "d'ye mean to
aay you've greased all four of thera wheele already?"
"Wee!," rejoined th new hand, "Ah've greased the
two front onea."
"And why haven't you greased the two hind ones?"
"Weel," exclaimed Jiia, calmly, "so Uuig aj the
two front ones Kane aU ret the two hlad onea hev
to fuller." PllUburr beonlcle-Telearaoo.
Cnn't 1 ndcrotftiH M I Icon's Attitude.
POUTH OMAHA. Icc. 4 To the Ed
itor of The Bee: I certa'nly want to In
dorse every word written by' an old-time
democrat in yesterday's Bee. Whom Is
our president representing, anyhow the
ammunition manufacturers or the people
of this, the only great big neutral na
tion on earth? Wilson surely knows that
at least eight out of every ten of the
poo pie of the United States want peace,
and so his refusal to Indorse the Ford
peace party la a slap at a majority of
his people, snd the election of pij will
defeat him for this one act. If far no
other. He surely knows the business in
terests of the United States sre suffer
ing (with few exceptions), and a return
to peace would not only relieve the
greatest suffering this world has ever
witnessed, but would also be the great
est boost for business the world has ever
seen. So, for the life of me, I cannot
understand the president's attitude.
J. Q. BLESSING.
Aa Appreciation of Booker Wash
OMAHA, Dec. 8,-To the Editor of The
Bee: I first saw Booker Washington at
Lincoln, where he delivered the com
mencement address to the claaa of 1903 of
tha University of Nebraska. Approxi
mately 6,000 people had packed the Audi
torium, and hia first utterance, "I waa
born a slave," was repeated In whispers
all through tha audience. It struck ma
as a tremendously Impressive thing for
the great cultured clrsses to be doing
homage to a black man who waa born
a slave. It presented to us the spectacle
of a alave who had become a master a
master of a social condition and a leader
of men. He told us the simple story of
how he had gone Into the black belt and
started a farm and trade school on the
red hills of Alabama. I became fired
with the ambition to go down there and
lend what assistance I could to such a
deserving movement tnd so a few years
later, upon the recommendation of Dr.
Sherman of the University of Nebraska.
I waa elect )d to an Instructorshlp In
English and American history.
My close personal contact with Mr.
Washington enabled ma to learn many
of his characteristics and the things he
stood for. First of all. the doctrine of
economy entera into his every act and
thought and deed. Booker Washington
never wasted even words. It was always
the other fellow who did the talking, and
he waa listening and thinking. He talked
of nothing but business and his work,
and all of such talk waa either done from
the platform or ln a conference which
had some specific object In view. As
In moat modern families. It devolved
upt.n the wife to do the "small talk" and
the socialising for the family, which tho
amiable Mrs. Washington could do very
creditably. I remember taking breakfast
with Mr. and Mrs. Washington, together
with a number of other teachers, one
Sunday morning. We were there per
haps an hour and a half, and the moat
he said was the blessing. Yet the man
ner of the man aeomed sufficiently cor
dial as to not make one feel -uncomfortable,
notwithstanding his amaxlng few
ness of words.
Booker was eminently fair with his
teachers and students. Ha naver took
snap judgment on anyone's case, and
equity an Justice was the basis of his
every decision. When In 1904 the 1,600
students compla'ned that tha few hours
on each of the flvo days given them to
work at their trades waa insufficient, he
solved the difficulty by making Satur
day a school day, thereby enabling the
students to give three whole days a
week to their trade and aoademle work, ,
respectively. No student ever left Tus
kegea because of lack of money, and no
student waa ever prevented from coming
there because of such lack. He never
forgot that ha swept his way through
Hampton Institute, and tha boy or girl
who waa willing to work at Tuskegee
could be educated.
It waa a fixed custom of Mr. Washing
ton to give a Sunday evening talk to his
students. This he did moat earnestly.
and tha grandest lessons tn thrift and
economy were enunciated hare, it is
my recollectUn that he undertook to In
culcate ln the minda of students the
valve to the race of tha pioneer, the
necessity of starting at the bottom, and
the fact that continuous effort along a
direct line will surely bring success.
Most Tuskegee graduates are prospering
because of the example aet and the lea
sons taught by their late pr'nclpal His
talks were equally instructive to student
Booker Washington stood for simplicity.
He never liked high-sounding words when
simple English was adequate. He scorned
extravagant dress and .had aa much
aversion to silk hats and canea aa ha
had for the ragged negro man he told
of seeing with a stick of peppermint
candy. Pcmp and ostentation among his
people was a source of much regret and
shame to him.
Thera Is considerable speculation as to
tha probablo successor of Booker Wash
ington as principal of the Tuskegee In
stitute. It Is generally oonoeded, how
ever, that Mr. Emmet Scott private
secretary to Mr. Washington, will be the
next head of Tuskegee. Mr. Scott Is a
practical man. an executive of rare
ability and a young man of a fine In
tellect. WILL N. JOHNSON.
, tiil'in Mnnonolr.
OMAHA. Dec. . To the Editor of The
Bee: In your Issue of December S, J. W.
Finn, secretary of the musicians' anion,
addresses an open letter to any member
of the Ancient Order of t'nlted Workmen
of Nebraska, requesting the reason why
they ran maintain a band ln the manner
In which ha describes.
Replying thereto. I wish to state that
letters of this character we have been
privileged to read before, but up to the
present time never before, to my knowl
edge, haa the Ancient Order of Untied
Workmen lode been criticised In open
letter tn our dally press. Mr. Finn well
knows that this matter was settled so
far aa the tod;e Is concerned, by their
atatlng that it was entirely out of their
province to dictate whether or not we
shall be union or nonunion. If we were
a union band (and Mr. Finn has aa
much as admitted that all would be well
If this were so) maintained by the lodge
In exactly the same manner aa wa are
at present maintained, the lode would
be Juat aa liable to criticism from their
nonunion membera as they are jt present
from their union members. There Is
only one stand that they can take and
that is neutrality. It la a poor rule that
will not work both ways.
Mr. Finn does not state facta when he
says that our protest waa against em
ploying union bands In the city parks.
There was nothing In our publlo demon
stration that would warrant him In form
ing this conclusion. We do protest and
proteat moat forcibly, any action of tha
city communion granting to aay one
claa of musicians the exclusive right to
the nublio concerts. Our members pay i
the same taxes snd the r vots rsrry the
samq weight aa any other taxpayer and
It certainly Is not right thnt the city
expends any proprotlon cf our tax money
without glWng us an equal show with
the other musicians whose views happen
to te dltfcri ut ;r.j.,i nura. It Is unconsti
tutional; It Is un-American; It Is claxs
We do not ask for more than our share,
while his poHt.on Is "Whole hog or none."
In Mr. Finn's letter he dodges the ques
tion at Issue by heaping sarcasm upon
the Ancient Order of United Workmen
lodge of Nebraska, which attick all true
Ancient Order of United Workmen mem
bers should resent
N. S. REEVES,
Manager Ancient Order of United Work
men, No. 17, Military Band.
For a World-Wide Monroe Doctrine.
OQALALLA, Neb., Dee. 4. To the
Editor of The Bee: A few months ago,
a lone highwayman held ud and robbed
seven coach loads of tourists In the Yel
lowstone park, about 100 people, men and
women. Knowing that tourists are dis
armed before they are admitted In tho
park It did not require a tremendous
amount of nerve to turn the trick.
Home c-un.f.ts t.ro like the Une high
wayman. They prey upon and sometimes
they annex the weaker countries by force
of arms. Srhleswlg Holateln, Poland and
Lapland are a few examnleB ln modern
times. This haa been rolnc on all down
tha aaea, since time Immemorial. The
City of Jerusalem has been destroyed so
mnnv times that the nnclent city lies
buried hundreds of feet beneath the
ground. The whole world haa at some
time or another been laid waste by the
ruthless hands of barbarous hosts. I have
in mind one place where the tables were
turned, when the Ephrelamites crossed
over the RIVer Jordan to kill and to
pillage among the Israelites, but Jeptha,
the king, being warned of their intentions
or becoming suspicious made prepara
tions for defense and was ready to receive
them. Out of an army of CO.Ono Ephrela
mites only a handful ever got back home.
In this twentieth century it was sup
posed that such thing could not happen
again, and that the smaller and weaker
countries would be respected In their
lives, their property and their homes, but
think what Is taking place In the most
cultured nations of the old world. Are
we safe? Is any country safe from in
vasion? Our own America that has
always been the home and refuge for the
oppressed of all nations.
Let us make preparations, not for war,
but for defense. Unoreoarodness and
weakness invites attack. Let. us take a
lesson from the lone highwayman. Num
bers don't count unlesa you are preps rod
The principle of might nkes right,
will receive Its death blow In the present
crisis, providing this countnr is prepared
to back up Its principles at the final
ahow down, soon to come. A new Monroo
doctrine, broad enouirh to Include the
Your Uncle Samuel holds the joker and
I believe he can turn the trick.. "From
every mountain side let freedom ring."
EDWIN M. BEARLE.
Prayer and War.
CREIOHTON. Neb., Dec S. To the Ed
itor of The Bee: "Almighty Ood, ln rev
erence and faith we appeal to Thee for
guidance. We teel that we must do what
we can to stop the great war. We believe
that the combined demand of the people
of the whole world for peace may be
heeded by the warring powers. We trust
that thla effort of all the people may
be acceptable to Thee. 'We believe that
Thou hast Inspired us to make this ef
fort We have faith that tha voice of all
the people la the voice of God. Wa believe
that If the people do their part Thou
wilt help this effort to stop the war.
Blesa this purpose, forgive our sins, help
us to do fully our duty here as a prepa
ration for the hereafter. Amen."
This petition, taken from a farm Jour
nal la one of many the writer has heard
along varied lines. As to Its power and
efficacy to produce a desired result,
there Is no rule to measure. At this stage
of the game, from general appearance,
the "combined demand" might produce
results establishing "preparedness" If
there Is enough-gunpowder and "humane
bullete" back of the movement. If the
divine power helps In this effort maybe
it will help the other fellow to passively
submit Interests dear to him. Will he do
it? Nay verily not, because commercial
interests suffer on both land and sea and
that must be protected regardless of suf
fering humsnlty. Shame on such a con
dition of Christian nations pretending to
follow a man who "kicked tha money
changers out of the temple" and went
about In an effort to establish peace on
earth and good will to men. Let us
point the finger of scorn at enlightened
rations that have been guilty of the mur
der of more than 5.000.000 men, women
and children; nations defending honor,
home and country with such appalling
results in Its wake. Unless there Is a
radical chnmre of sentiment in tha near
I future, prayer and the Christian spirit
will only appear as a hURe Joke, with the
I most powerful evangelist and his collec
! tlons of vain lucre In the same basket.
I It is not what some one else can do to
stop the war. Let the reader ask him
self the question, "What can I do to
stop this war?" Hla actions among men
will tell the story.
T. J. HILDEBRAND.
Here, the Secret ta Ont.
NORTH LOUP, Neb., Dec. l.-To tha
Editsr of The Bee: Tha present writer
haa been studying mechanics and gun
equipment long before there was any de
mand for preparedness ln this country.
It Is generally known that the allied
powers ha'e not been able to oppose the
Hermnna on occ..n ... w i
.. "--w-.. in uiicuur imuji-v.-
tlle carrying an explosive not sufficiently
powerrul to do the proper work. The
Qormsn projectile Is a secret and known
to a limited number of persons only. In
working over this matter. I am fully
convinced that I have found, the secret
of the German projectile. As a matter
of fact the public does not realise the
effectiveness of that part of the German
equipment. Preparedness could do the
coast cities very little good, as now pro
posed. Any sort of a boat carrying
those projectiles might approach within
ten miles of a city and have It blown
to kindling before daylight. A dozen
of those shells would lay flat the busi
ness district of New York City. The
guns on the Panama canal would not be
worth that many pop-guns against those
shells. Those Inventions must be carried
as a secret and cannot be protected by
patent right If the English had the
German projectile, they could capture
Constantinople within ten days. The
French could walk through Belgium
within thirty days. A single shell shak
ing down everything on a forty-acre field
Is a marvel. WALTER JOHIBON.
LINES TO A SMILE.
The Wlfe-Oh, doctor. I think Henrr
Is much better thla morning. He took
my hahd Just a minute ago and called
me his own little tootsy wootsy.
Doctor The case Is more serious than
I thought. IfB a very bad sl?n when a
patient becomes delirious. Philadelphia
"What"asked the teacher about to
expatiate on the domestla beauties of
forbearance, "is the crying evil in every
"1 guefs." volunteered a little girl In
the class, "It's the babies, mum." Balti
"Seems to me that the lawyers have
It easy In life."
"The rest of us have to surmount
our own obstacles. But If a lawyer
strikes ono, he applies to some Judge
and haa It set aside." Kansas City
Little Elizabeth and her mother were
ihavinir luncheon together and the
mother, who always tried to Impress
facts upon her young daughter, said:
These little sarmnes, JMisauetn, are
sometimes eaten by the larger fish."
Elisabeth a-nzed at the sardines In won
der and then asked:
"But, mother, how do the large fish
get the cans open?" New York Times.
"Would your wife vote for you as a can
didate for ofrlce?"
"1 don't thinks there's any use of my
bothertna my head about that," replied
Mr. Meekton. "I don't believe Henrietta
would let me run in the first place."
Clinton Scollard, In Judge.
Diana-like the maiden's mien:
Kxpert she was with gun and cartridge;
She wore a hunter's garb of green.
And sought with me the quail and part
ridge. We ranged the tangled woodland side
Tha' creatures of the wild Inhabit;,
To wing a plover was her pride.
Nor old she scorn 10 bag a rabbltt
Mile upon mile of moor and close
We tramped, and ahe she never wilted;
And I admired her pose and nose
That was ao saucily uptllted.
We lunched together on a log,
And talked of game both big and little;
Of love and sentimental fog
I deemed she did not care a tittle!
Ar-d all went well until a day
When I sat solemn and delected;
Then ln her eyes I saw a ray
That I poor fool) had not suspected.
Sudden she laid aside her gun
And caught ud Cupid's bow and arrow
And ahot a shaft 'twas only one
But that it pierced me to the marrow!
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of the Churches
In the Court of The
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