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Thought for the Day
5cieat by Sapt. A H. Yoatr
Evtn with the mott favorable htrtdity it rt
qairi$ a fortunate combination of iircumttaneet
to make a man; enough of proipertty for en
, c uragtment, and enouh of adversity tor
1 . J
The Idea of "policing the world" would have
some chance for life if we could show a sample
of efficient policing at home.
The head choppers of Borneo hare nothing
on the axemen of Mexico, who are wading
through blood to power and pelf.
All the sentiment the beautiful snow exuded
in slelghtlme daya turns Into a scream of wrath
as autolsta rattle the tire chains.
Red Cross seals lend the artlstlo touch to
Christmas letters and packages, and their use
sends a message of cheer to the suffering. Do
your seal shopping now.
Settling- a Silly Eumor.
Senator John Mattes of Otoe county in a
public statement gives information that should
definitely settle a silly rumor set afloat by a
Lincoln paper. It was alleged that the German
American, alliance In Nebraska proposed enter
ing the political field with a full set of candi
dates, In order that it might wreak Us vengeance
on President Wilson and his adherents. This
statement Is flatly denied by Senator Mattes,
who says: "The State alliance of Nebraska Is
perfectly non-polltlcal and Independent In politics."
The cheap effort of the democrats to gain
support for their party by alleging lack of loy
alty against the German citizenship of Nebraska.
Is contemptible. The Bee has frequently pointed
out that our foreign-born citizens generally are
loyal to this government, and staunch in their
support of American Institutions. Any move
ment, baring for its end the securing of political
advantage through raising prejudice against
citizens of foreign birth or descent should re
ceive the rebuke it deserves. A cause which re
quires such support merits only defeat.
Fixing; Seal Estate Values.
The question of how to fix values of property
of various kinds that It may be equally and
Justly assessed for the purpose of taxation Is al
ways before the people. It has just been pre
sented In the concrete form to the convention of
county commissioners at Grand Island, through
a request from the state board of assessment that
the counties arrange to co-operate with the state
board In the determination of real estate values.
The convention voted down the proposition,
which means that the present rather involved
and generally unsatisfactory method of valuing
lands will be continued.
In principle the Nebraska law is good. In
practice it has produced such discrepancies be
tween the several counties ss to present a most
perplexing problem to the state board, which is
required to equalize the assessment rate. Sev
eral attempts have been made In recent years so
to revise the revenue laws that they would op
erate more exactly In distributing the burdens of
taxation. Each of these efforts has ended In
legislation that has Increased rather than dimin
ished the difficulty of securing the end in view.
It ought not to be Impossible to reach a basis
for fair and equitable valuation, but as long as
the situation Is continued in Us present form,
that long the Inequalities will be apparent. Ne
hard and fast rule can be laid down for valuing
land anywhere, and least of all In Nebraska,
where conditions on which values must rest
rover so wide a range. Intelligent co-operation
between the taxing authorities of the several di
visions of the state, however, should bring about
a better arrangement. The county commission
ers well could have afforded to devise some plan
to this end.
The testimony of a government official on
Philippine affairs goes to show that Uncle Bam
took over an assortment of difficult problems
when Dewey told Grldley,. "You can fire when
you are ready."
Automobile dealers and manufacturers, ever
alive to the main chance, no doubt have already
congratulated the railroads on their boost of
passenger rates. As boosters of the auto' busi
ness the railroads crowd good roads for first
place. , ' , .
Mi) be If the county attorney would speed up
a little It will not be necessary to enlarge the
Jail In order to accommodate the murderers
awaiting trial. Some sign of vigorous prosecu
tion of captured criminals might relieve public
While the administration maintains an out
ward appearance of cheerfulness, the shadow
stretching from Miami to Washington is dis
quieting. Colonel Bryan's failure to lose him
te!f In the ark of peace mars the Yuletlde Joys
of the White House.
No. there wasn't a streak of yellow la shift
ing he democratic convention date beyond the
fearsome ISth. Three democratic presidential
candidates nominated at St. Louis went down In
defeat. One hoodoo may be defied. Two of a
kind smacks of a double cross.
. If old King Canute was again on the Job of
demonstrating the impossible, he would find his
historic command paralleled in striving to hold
back the forces which make Omaha "a market
town." These will continue irresistible as long
as fertile soil rewards Industry and thrift.
After four years of investigation a com
merce committee reports that while electriflca
tion of railroads In Chicago Is practicable,
financial considerations render the change Im
possible. If memory serves this is the first time
Chicago admitted its Inability to do what New
York has done.
A large volume of baseless speculation and
plot inventions vanished In the heated air when
the crippled steamer Minnesota returned to port.
The statement of the federal district attorney of
San Francisco shows the vessel's troubles were
due to "natural mechanical breakdowns." AH
the scare stories sent out from Pacific coast
points are thus shown to have been manufac
tured to order.
.,.. M SMI Hi.
Marvin IIugMtt. general manager of the North
western road, and K C. Morehouse, general freight
agent of the fcloux City Sc Pacific, returned from a
trip over the lines in Nebraaka and report sood crop
and that section of the state developing rapidly, many
new settlers coming In and filing on governmeut land.
The funeral of Mrs. J. E. Devalon waa held at
the borne. Mntleenth and Davenport The pell-
I- re re were AiUo C. YYIleon. W. J. Mount. L. M. An
derson, L. li. Korty, O. W. Sinclair and Gustav An
According to a statement fUed by the authortttea
with Police Judge Sternberg, there are eight Ucenaed
gnn.bling bouses In the city.
That the problem of aerial navigation waa attract
trf the attention of army offlors la disclosed by ti
lurvirw with (Iw.eral O. O. Howard, in Which h
tw iiiiu.itj oo the Idea ot a Chicago iiutn.
Comfort for the Patriots.
Word comes from Washington that the sena
tor has withdrawn his opposition to the confir
mation ot a long list of names ot Nebraska pa
triots placed on the pay roll through the activity
ot the late secretary of state. This action was
to some extent anticipated, because of the pe
culiar position In which the senator finds him
self. He has received scant consideration at the
hands of the great commoner and his followers,
and yet he needs their votes. Consequently,
great Joy will spread among the pay-roll pa
triots because the Issue has been thus happily
determined. The big places have not yet been
settled, but It is quite likely that the senator will
let the tall go with the hide. Now, when the
federal Judgeship Is disposed of, the factions can
face each other at the primaries with knives In
Saying the Pacifio Fleet.
The first act of the American International
Corporation was to purchase seven ships of the
Pacific Mall fleet and thus preserve on the .Pa
cific ocean a portion, at least, ot this transpor
tation line. The Pacifio Mail boats were rap-
Idly being disposed ot and removed from service
on the western ocean, threatening the transpor
tation Industry there with virtual extinction.
The American International Corporation is or
ganised tor the purpose of promoting commerce
between North and South America, and in pur
chasing these steamships it has performed an
act of great usefulness to the Intercourse It in
tends to foster. Its example- la one that encour
ages those who have some faith in big business.
Immigration in War Time.
The Department of Labor reports that immi
gration for the last year fell below any total
recorded for longer than a score of years. This
is not at all a surprising state of affairs. Euro
pean countries, from which a great part of our
Immigration comes, are at present engaged la
feeding to the cannons the men who ordinarily
would come to this country to engage In Indus
try. The most direct effect of this state ot af
fairs will be to Increase the opportunity for em
ployment of those who are here. With more cer
tainty of work and better wages, a reduction in
the mUery attendant upon unemployment will
be noted. Industrial activity In this country at
present is such as must reduce the number of
unemployed to a very low mark. Thus the fall
ing off In immigration will result in a better
distribution of the prosperity attendant upon the
war conditions at home.
Keen regret amounting to sobs find expres
sion In the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, prompted
by the failure of an evangelist to convert the
host ot democrats quartered In the State house
at Jefferson City. The trail was kept open for
three weeks beyond the appointed time, to ac
commodate the State house conversions, but only
one Jobholder professed a hankering for the new
life. No doubt the Intentions of the evangelist
were good, though misdirected. Nothing short
of a political landslide could move Missouri's
Jobholders from a plecounter to a sawdust trail.
Hunger alone Inspires repentance.
It is difficult to understand how any Amer
ican patriot can oppose adequate preparedness
when one warring government defiantly holds
up Ambassador Gerard's trowsers as contraband
of war. Revolutions av suoing from lesser
.-OW SHALL we keep the abeent-mlnded from In
1 advertently swallowing polaon? That precau
tions ayalnet such accidents an thla should be
neceeeary would keem Incredible did we not dally
read about people eating and drinking rrotty m-arly all
the fetal substances In the Pharmacopoeia, under the
lmpremilon that they are consuming something else
Laudanum uned to be the favorite with theee casual
self-polnnnere; now It seem to be tlchlorld of mer
cury, otherwise Called "corrosive sublimate," lately
much uaed externally In tablet form aa an antiseptic.
Hans for stopping this sort of thing usually Involva
some scheme for reminding peraoni whose wits have
one wool-gathering that they are handling poison
some peculiar label or some odd-ehaped bottle. The
writer of an article In Popular Science Monthly and
The World's Advance (New Tork. November), tells of
these and other devices that are at once more In
genious and more startling. We read:
"How to prevent people from taking the deadly
blchlorld-of-mercury tablets by mistake Is a problem
which has confronted the suthorlties of every big
city In the country.
"Po many cases of accidental poisoning by these I
tablets have come to light since the unfortunate death
of a banker In Georgia by thla means that (or a whilo !
it seemed almost like an epidemic. To prevent the
taking of these deadly little pellets by those who do It
"rlth suicidal Intent la scarcely possible, since 'Where
there's a will there's a way." but It Is to protect the
Innocent those who take them believing them to b
for stomach disorders or headaches that so much ei
fort has been made.
"Not long ago, Ilealtn Commissioner Ernest J.
Lederla of New Tork City asked the co-operation of
chemists, doctors and Interested laymen In offering
sugeeutlons for the best means of putting up these
tablets In a form that will Insure against accident;
In other words. In some form whereby they can not
well be taken through mistake tor some other medicine
In tablet form.
"The responses to this request were encouraging,
numerically, but many of the Ideas offered were amu
lng, few of them were practical, and some we.'i
actually ludicrous. Probably two-thirds of these sug
gestions had to do with the form of the bottle In
which the tablets were put up.
"Several score simply suggested 'odd-shaped bot
tles.' and some of these shapes were odd Indeed. One
of these suggestions were for a bottle tapering to a
sharp edge at each aide, the claim being that tne
unusual form would warn any person that the con
tents was dangerous. Another advised using a sort ot
overgrown vial, a bottle slightly tapering from base to
neck, about a foot long and not much larger In clr
cumferenee than the tablets. 'Put the tablets up In
such a bottle, each wrapped In paper, and no ono
would make a mistake,' was the advice with this sug
gestion. Something of this nature was tried In Ger
many last year, but It did not work very well, three
children being fatally poisoned thinking the contents
waa candy. Besides, It Is too long and clumsy o
bottle for physicians to carry In medicine cases."
Another genius has suggested making these tab
lets with holes through them, and then stringing them
like beads. The writer thinks It doubtful If any one
would mistake them In this form, yet some child,
thinking them beads, might get hold of a string and
put them In his or her mouthy One of the queerest la
a nongraspabla bottle much like a nettle. It la covered
with sharp spikes ever Its entire surface, excepting
the bottom even the cork being a horned affa!'.
"One Inventor devised a plan whereby he was able
to demonstrate the safety of his device by taking
some of the tablets without the least harm. This wss
dona by covering them with a thin rubber jacket
In the Illustration the ordinary tablet Is shown at the
left The rubber covering la In two parts as shown.
The tablet Is inserted In one-half of the rubber Jacket
as Indicated, the other half stretched over It
" 'If any one should take one of these rubber
covered tablets by mistake, thinking It a headache
tablet the Inventor urged. "It would not harm him
The rubber Jacket would keep the juices of the stom
ach away from It, and It would be thrown off with
out the least danger, see?' and at the word 'see' he
calmly swallowed a couple of them. When It waa
learned the tablets Inside were the deadly blchlorld
of mercury he was carefully watched, and there was
much consternation. But he wss right; no harm came
of It. The Idea Is that If one wants a .tablet of thl
polaon for any legitimate use, all he need do la to peel
off the rubber Jacket; whereas If he takes It by mis
take It will not harm hint.
"One of tha simplest suggestions, yet not so very
bad after all. consisted of simply making each tablet
with a sharp pin through the center, 'No one wouM
swallow that tablet by accident,' declared the man
who suggested It. and he was doubtless right.
"An Ingenious but somewhat costly scheme, con
sidering the present market prloe of radium, waa to
blow In the bottle the word 'Poison' and make this
word of hollow letters In which was placed a solutlo.i
or composition containing radium.
" It would always glow and the word would
stand out In the dark aa a warning, like a light
house,' declared the Inventor. "When the bottle gets
empty take it back and exchange It for a full bottle,
paying only for the tablets this time. The glow will
"Other suggestions Included a sort of slot-machine
where speciality prepared dttaks of metal were pro
vided and no one could remove a tablet without In
serting one of these dinks. It was designed to be put
up beside the medicine chest.
"Senator Ashurst introduced a bill In congress re.
Quiring that hichlorld-of-mercury and other deadly
tablets be put up In some standard color, a bright
green, for Instance. But even thla would not pm.
vent a person from mistaking them In the dark.
Scorea of people have lost their lives by going to tha
medicine closet at night without a'llght and swallow.
Ing blchlorld-of-mercury by mistake."
People and Events
8coffIng critics of Nebraska's presidential
primary law overlook one strong point in its
favor. It fortifies the maternal assurance that
the presidency is within running reach of young
Lawyer and the Law.
OQALALLA, Neb.. Pec. l-To the
Editor of The Bee: Ogalalla for a num
ber of years was out on the frontier, and
there were no lawyers snd only one term
of court a year, and It was very short.
I remember on one occasion Judge Oaa
lln ranie In on a freUht train and held
a term of court while the train boys were
getting lunch at the restaurant, after
Judfte to Clerk Read the docket
Clerk There Is only one case, your
honor, a divorce case, Jones against
Judge la this woman tha plaintiff?
Judge Any appearance on the other
Clerk No appearance, your honor.
Judge Mrs. Jonea, you ask for a di
vorce? Mrs. Jones I do.
Judge Divorce is granted. Court ad
No lawyers In sight The judge caught
the tall-end of caboose aa the train pulled
Courts and lawyers are a necessity In
a civilized country, but you can have too
much of a good th'ng sometimes. In the
legislature two years ago, of which I was
a member, the lawyers (members of the
house) said It was necessary that we
have another set of courts. In addition to
what we already have. They called It the
appelate court and said that the supreme
court was a year and a half behind with
Its cases, and that the litigant had to
wait almost two years for his case to be
dec dcd. There were some preliminaries
which would carry the matter over to
another session, but they attempted to
lay the foundation for a change In the
law at that sesrlon, but It lost out
Courts, courts snd more courts, and who
will pay the bill? The people, the tax
payer, and taxes rising higher and higher
as the years roll by.
The workman's compensation law was
passed at that session. I voted for the
bill because It would remove one fruit
ful source of litigation, "personal Injury
cases." No one thought the bill was per
fect With over l.MO bills to be disposed
of, the time wns limited, and the wonder
of It Is that the bill did finally pass, aa
every lawyer in the house was ferninst
the bill. We can now see wher the law
Is wrong. The compensation Is too low,
too ridiculous, but It can be amended and
made right A medium can be arrived at
just to both parties. If either side Is
favored, let It be the man who Is Injured,
the worklngman. But don't repeal the
law; don't take a backward step. Now I
don't want to make any kick on the
lawyers. They are honorable men, as a
class. At least, I have found) them so.
But you know" yourself that sometimes
their Interests lie In one direction, while
ours is In another, and we have to look
out for our own Interests sometimes.
EDWIN M. SEARLE.
Herman In Pablle Schools.
OMAHA. Dec. 15. To the Editor of The
Bee: I observe that since the first of
this school year the German language
has been taught In the public schools of
Omaha on an equal plana with our own
national language English. I understand
that German Is taught In all grades
above the fourth. This was foisted on us
so Quietly and so thoroughly thst we
should like to enquire by what means and
authority, wss It done.
I wish to make a vigorous protest
against the teaching of any foreign lan
guage In our public schools at public ex
pense before the ninth end ten grade.
And then the language. If foreign, should
be left to the choice of the pupil, for not
all persons are interested in the German
language. If any foreign language is
taught to children in America below the
ninth and tenth grades It should be done
in the private schoola or churches, but
not with public funds. However, it la
foolhardy for parents of foreign extrac
tion to try to keep their children from
becoming purely and loyally American.
There is nothing we need more In our
achoola than more and better English.
This is an English-speaking nation and
we' need more than we get of it After
children have studied English eight or
nine years It Is then early enough for
them to choose a foreign language, and
let It be their own choice, for German la
not a universal language. The whole
world Is learning English.
The course of study in our publie
schools here Is arranged so that the pupil
must take German or lose the time others
devote to It Then, parents and children
are advised that It Is better to take tho
study than lose the time. Very shrewd,
U It not? Is our Board of Education re
sponsible for such an arrangement of our
course of study? e. L. IRELAND.
The glorious golden tales of Virginia City and Gold
Hill, and the later stamped stuff of Tonapah and
Ooldfield. are easily matched by the mining dope now
coming out of Nevada City. Nev. Gold has been gatn.
ered out of tho gutter trenchea, and pavers and cement
mixers are said to have Quit their Jobs and turned
The late lamented new constitution of New Tork.
drafted at a cost of 1500.000 and turned Into scraps of
paper by the voters, incurred an advertising liability
of ttlOD.tWO. the aggregate cost of publication In J0J
newspapers of the state. Lobbyists are said to 'ie
buying the discounted newspaper bills with expecta
tions of Inducing the legislature to cash them at face
A Standard Oil millionaire haa rented an apart
ment of twenty-five rooma on Fifth avenue, New Tork
City, for Xa.OW a year, while his brother has taken
twenty-four rooms with eight baths at IV 000 a year.
These are new attitudes of high life In Gotham ami
serva to show complaining autolsts the character of
the Joyridea their gasoline money radiates near head
quartera. The Civil Perries commission of Chicago has
started a searching tour of the local paving ring and
private contractors, with the object of discovering th
source of wealth of city employee other than their
s&lariea. Somehow or' other Invisible wealth In
gratiates itself tn quarters of tha city capable ot
reciprocating, snd tha commission promises to search
that crowd from crown to footwear.
A noted graduate ef the college of hard knocks
passed away In the person of "Aba" Oruber of New
Tork, at the early age of M. "Abe" was political
"mixer" of power, a shrewd Iswyer. a survivor f
the politics of "Me, Too" Piatt, and a front pew mem
ber of the famous "amen corner." About tha hottest
atuif that came from hi political battery waa a review
ot the record of Colonel Hoosevelt as governor et New
Boston Transcript: Mr. Burleson's rosy
figures showing Increased postal reve
nues may be all they seem, and then
again, on the other hand, the Post
office department may merely have bor
rowed Secretary McAdoo's system of
Pittsburg Dispatch: It Is quite char
acteristic of the buoyant French that
while war is raging they send sgenta
to America to spend llfiO.OOOAX) for im
plements to be used In the arts of peace,
in the rebuilding of tho region destroyed
by wsr. It's hard to conquer a people of
Indianapolis News: If the senate ora
tors, Messrs. Smith and Lodge, had
added oratorical trimmings to their
oratory, they really would have produced
orations, as they had all the mater'al
therefor the sob stuff, the spread eagle,
the daring ot American Independence, tha
chip on the shoulder, etc. But, doubt
less. It Is lucky for the constant readers
of the Congressional Record that they
New Tork World: Every nation at war
expresses Its willingness to cons'der
peace proposala. Nona haa any to offer
thst give promise of eace In the exist
ing circumstances. The peace terms, so
far ss they are outlined In France, Great
P-rKtan and Germany, are for domest'c
consumption, while to the armies lu tha
field on both aides is committed the bus
iness of forcing the enemy to confess
Chlcagn Herald: The fact Is that Amer
ican business has largely outgrown "war
orders." They came in Very handy for
the time, but we are reaching a position
where demand for gunstuffs la becoming
relatively unimportant How much of
this trade ws shall be able to retain
when our European competitors return
to the waya of peace depends, of course,
en the foresight and energy with which
we pursue our present opportunity.
The first annual banquet of the Demo
cratic Editorial association of Nebraska
will be held at Lincoln January 14.
The Mlnden Courier will boost its sub
scription price to l.i0 a year and its
advertising to 15 centa an inch January L
Henry Allen Bralnerd, who recently
sold the Hebron Champion, la now con
nected with the Western Newspaper
uni n of Lincoln.
Miss Rose Bcrney has purchased the
Erlccson Journal from A. C. Bell. She
announces that she will Install new type
and new machinery.
Lee M. Warner, former publisher of
the Homer Independent, died a few days
ago Id a hospital at 'Paris, Tex. His
homo for the past few years has been at
Antler, Okl. He was a brother of
M. M. Warner of the Lyons Minor.
Beatrice Express: The bandit who
robbed Editor Clark Perkins of the
Aurora Republican of $1". has been cap
tured and has made a confession. His
punishment haa not as yet been decided
on. out as feoia8Ku laws tlo not pro
vide adequate torture for an offen.-e of
this kind, he will probably be let ofi
with a mere penitentiary sentence.
Eight editors of papers published in
Liixon county met at Newcastle last
week and organized the Dixon County
Press association. R. J. Taylor of the
Eonerson Enterprise waa elected presi
dent Henry L. Balser of the Allen News,
vice president, and H. R. Sturtevant ot
the Dixon County Advocate, secretary
treasurer. One of the propositions con
sidered was the creation of a county co
operative leady print service. The
edl'ors were guests at dinner of Editor
and Mrs. Kinnaman ot the Newcastle
smount of preparedness?" demanded Sen
ator Wombat "Ain't you for it?"
"Privately, yes," stated. Congressman
Flubdub. "But I expect to trade my
objections for an arsenal for my district
or a wireless station, at the very least.
"I see a good many women are taking
"Somehow I never thought of women
as being adapted to the study of law."
''Why not? The undcrMnnd the rules of
hridae. snd lw isn't mm h inore com
plica tl. " Loulsill Courier-Journal.
m MR. KAFIbfcLE.
IS it PK0PEK To SMOkEA
PIFE WHILE VISIT) HQ M rTANcrfl
YES, PITT HER OiD MAN WILL
BRtIN TO MCS HIS TOIVKXO
"I wish some Christmas cigars for my
"Yes. nisdnm. What kind?"
"Well. I don t Just knew the name of
the brand, but he pmokes a sort of r
straight front variety." Loulsvllle-Cour-itr-Joumal.
Edgar A. Guest, In Detroit Free Press.
It's guessing time at our house, every
eveninir after ten.
We start guessing what old Santa's going
i leave us on our tree.
Everyone of us holds secrets that the
others try to steal.
And that eyes and Hps are plainly
having trouble to rnncenl
And a little lip that quivered just a bit
wie oiner n gm
Was a md and startling warning that I
mustn't guess it right
"Guess what you will get for Christmas."
Is the cry that starts the fun.
And I answer: "Give the letter with
which the name's begun."
Oh, the eyes that dance around me and
the Joyous faces there
Keep me nightly guessing widly:
Is it something that I can wear?
I Implore them all to teU me In a frantla
sort of way
And Pretend that I am puzzled just to
keep them feeling gay.
Oh, the wise and knowing glanoes thst
across the table fly
And the winks exchanged with mother.
that they think I never spy;
Oh, the whispered confidences that era
poured 'nto her ear
And the laughter gay that follows whon
1 try niv best to hear!
Oh, the shouts of glad derision when I
bet that it's a cane.
And the merry answering chorus: "No,
it's not. Just guess again!"
It's guessing time at our house, and
the fun Is running fast
And I wish somehow this contest of de
light could si ways last
For the love that's in their faces and
tholr laughter ringing clear
Is their dad's most precious present when
the Christmas time Is near.
And as soon as It is over, when the tree
is bare and plain,
I shall start In looking forward to the
time to guess asaln.
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