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Come, Mr, Hitchcock, apeak up.
you're wet or dry.
Tell ui if
Nothing; dry about Nebraska right now, no
matter what it may be after November.
Prize wheat at 2 a bushel I War's favorites
are the producers and the speculators.
Democratic habit defies change. Electing the
party candidate in October is an unvarying duty.
Don't worry the weather man. He knows his
duty to the winter wheat belt and he is doing it,
The usual crop of democratic boomerangs
as usual spend their force on democratic heads.
Between open draw tragedies and Indicted
police chiefs, the life of Chicago's mayor bulks
large with worry. ?
The battle between the tunnel borers and the
bridge builders promises to get right warm,
judging from the start.
It must make the democrats of Nebraska feel
proud to see the triumvirate, Hitchcock, Fan
ning and Mullen, perched on the pedestal iront
which they pushed Mr. Bryan.
' Shades of Phineas Barnuml In the light of
the chain-letter flood deluging the postoffice at
Minneapolis, the showman's standard census of
easy marks deserves revision upward.
Omaha's merchant marine promises to keep
busy, so long as the river stays open, which is
comforting.; Ice is as effective as a subsea boat,
when it comes to checking navigation. , .
. Record- crowds at two performances render
secure Omaha's place on the operatic circuit
The retailers deserve congratulations on the flat
tering support of their musical offerings. ,
The great - turnout of people at republican
rallies throughout Nebraska measure the deep
public interest in the Issues at stake, and clearly
forecast a republican victory in November.
Despite the narrowing circle of his power,
King Constantine needs but look beyond the
borders of 'Greece and be comforted. Rouma
nian predicament vindicates the wisdom of Gre
cian neutrality. . "
Votaries of exact science necessarily' are slow,
but sure when they arrive. The discovery of
greatly enhanced food prices by domestic science
teachers emphasises the studious care and pa
tient toil employed in confirming the suspicions
of housekeepers. '
The silly sham of pretending to keep alive
the defunct populist party In Nebraska is being
shown in the Sixth district, where the few popu
list votes cast at the primary were for Congress
man Kinkaid, whom the democrats are now try
ing to force to give way .that they may attach
the populist party label to a democrat; It's
time that fiction were shelved.
Higher and Higher Prices
-at. Losses Clots Pal
That the standard of living in the United
States is now being reduced, and that it must be
still further reduced if present prices are to con
tinue, will not be denied. And that present prices
are not only to continue, but to go higher, we
will quote expert opinion to prove. The city of
New York, seeking to find a means of checking
famine prices, has appointed what is known as
the food committee. Joseph Hsrtigan. secretary
of that body, is blackly pessimjstic of any near
relief and declares that by the 1st of January
the prices of all foodstuffs will be from 15 to
20 per cent higher than now. He favors federal
restriction of exports and, if necessary, an actual
embargo on foodstuffs, which, he thinks, may
be found to be "the only possible aolution of
the problem." 1
But in the problem of the high cost of liv
ing, the price of foodstuffs is not the only ele
ment Man cannot live by bread alone. One
of the strangest things in the advance in prices
which has accompanied the democratic control
of the government .won on a promise to mark
down prices on everything, is that prices are
now marked up on everything, all along the line.
Meats have advanced 4 cents- and up on the
pound during the last four years, but wearing
apparel, from hats down to shoes has made a
greater relative advance. Rents have increased
in cities, and the price of fuel, coal and wood has
gone up everywhere. Medicines, and sick-room
necessities, have kept pace, with .the procession.
It costs more than it did to keep alive, and it
costs more than it did to die, or at least to be
buried, the prices of everything the undertaker
needs to bury the dead having also ascended. The
net result of it all has been thst the standard
of living in families with a fixed income of
$3,000 or less is being reduced. , ,
The democrats are caught here on the two
horns of a dilemma. Their claim of 1912 that
prices would be reduced through tariffs is utterly
' exploded. Neither are the people being fooled
by talk of everything being due to foreign war.
And the democrats are estopped from attributing
these phenomenal advances to combinations and
monopolies by the fact that they claimed that
all combinations and monopolies were due to
the protective tariff. .
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Engineers and the Adamson Law.
The frank admission of Grand Chief Engi
neer Warren S. Stone in his circular letter to
the members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers, and the boast of the WorldiHerald
that Lovett of the Union Pacific is supporting
Wilson because of the Adamson law, ought to
convince any thinking person of the deception
for workers contained in that law. "We do not
know just yet what the law means," writes the
grand chief to the engineers, showing that at
least the officers of the oldest and most influen
tial of the railroad brotherhoods realizes the
ambiguity and mystification contained in the
Adamson law. How its provisions will be con
strued gives the men pause, snd the hoilowness
of its promise is becoming plain to them. On
the other hand, to have the heads of the great
railroad systems, like the Union Pacific and the
Erie, who went before the president to oppose
the plea of the brotherhoods, now come out in
support of President Wilson, who handed the
gold brick as well as the gold pens to the men,
suggests that the roads see in. the law some
thing the men are beginning to suspect. As a
bit of political bunco, it is hard to beat.
Someone Caught in a Trap.
When the democratic board of strategy in
veigled out 6f the president that letter express
ing ignorance as to where the "false rumors"
originated, they pulled the string to catch some
one in a trap. It is still a question which is
trapped, Wilson or Bryan, for if Wilson did not
know, he ought to have known, that the refer
ence was not to "false rumors," but to this
specific charge made openly by Mr. Bryan against
Senator Hitchcock during the primary campaign
If you will inspect the senator's record
' you will find that while he is supporting the
president in the primary now, when he has
no opposition and does not need him, he has
opposed the president at critical times, when
he was needed; once when he joined Wall
street in an attempt to defeat the Currency
bill and once when he joined the shipping
combine in defeating the president's shipping .
bill. I believe that the only reason Sena'or
Hitchcock is for the president now is because
he desires with the aid of the liquor interests
to ride into office ton the back of the presi
dent. Which one, then, is trapped? President Wil
son, induced to denounce something as false,
which everyone knows to be true? Or Mr, Bryan
in being branded as s disseminator of falsifica
tion? Mr, Bryan may excuse the president on the
score of ignorance, but how can the president ex
cuse Senator Hitchcock?
Again the Vote Needed to Carry Amendment
A friend in the interior of the state writes
Will you kindly advise me if the explana
tion of the prohibitory amendment in your
editorial is right or wrong. I refer to the
paragraph immediately following your quo
tation of the law. One of the parties holds
ethat your interpretation Of the law, con
tained In that particular paragraph, is incor
rect, inssmuch as it states that "the majority
in favor of the amendment must be not less
than 35 per cent of all votes cast,"
The section of the constitution quoted in our
former editorial seems plain enough to permit
anyone to figure It out for himself,
, This part of the constitution, so far as we
know, has never been up to the supreme court for
Interpretation and the different ways of reading
It raise merely a quibble. The reference in the
editorial merely goes to this that the required
"35 per cent" would be 35 per cent of the total
number of ballots carrying the amendment and
marked either for or against the amendment or
for some candidate on the ballot It does not
seem probable any court would regard the total
number of persons voting at the election for ex
ample, If the number of nonpartisan judicial bat
lots voted totalled greater. Here in Omaha quite a
few women will vote the school board ballot, but
it is not likely their voting or not voting will
change the number needed to make the 35 per
: Speaking of Campaign Contributions.
The labored efforts of the democrats to make
folks believe the democratic campaign is being
financed on a popular basis, may be put down
as a mere blind, Never before have the demo
cratic medicine-mixers had so much money at
their disposal, nor been so lavish in its use
though they were also pretty well heeled four
Speaking of four years ago, here are just a
few of the campaign contributors listed in the
official reports, which have been incorporated in
the Congressional Record: V
Charles R. Crane, retired millionaire.. $40,000
Cleveland H. Dodge, munitions maker 35,000
William A. Clark, copper king 5,000
James W, Gerard, son-in-law of Mar
cus Daley 13,000
Jacob H. Schiff (Kuhn-Loeb & Co.),
Wall street banker 12,500
C. A. Spreckles, sugar magnate , 5,000
Jacob Ruppert, millionaire brewer... 10.000
James Spever, Wall street banker.... 10,000
Roger Sullivan (Chicago Gas Co.), 1
.democratic boss 5,000
, And a lot more of the same kind.
, It is a reasonable 'inference that the men who
invested in the original promotion of the Wilson
administration four years ago are still financially
interested in it and honoring requisitions more
generously than before.
Roper's Work a Trifle Coarse.
Daniel C Roper, who is carrying on a dubious
organisation campaign for the democratic na
tional committee, resigned as fourth assistant
postmaster general in order that he might give
his peculiar talents full plsy in his present field.
Roper will long be remembered by postal em
ployes, who found their ratings changed, their
salaries reduced, and their long service over
looked by a man who was eager to achieve tor
himself a record, of "efficiency." The patrons
of the postoffice, whose business was disarranged
by the tactics adopted by Roper, will keep him
in mind for a long time, too. Distributing clerks
who are working ten and twelve hours a day in
the postoffice, under an eight-hour law, will
alwaya have a keen appreciation of Mr, Roper's
peculiar qualifications. .The effort he is now
making to line up voters on their religious
leanings is in his line, but like his postoffice
labors it is a trifle coarse. It shows how des
perate the Wilsonites have become.
Speaking for the allies, Viscount Grey says
talk of peace has no bssis in fact and is a waste
of breath. Similar sentiments prevail at Berlin
and Vienna., Meanwhile the slaughter goes on
and neither side gets far enough sway from the
bases of two years ago to call for new maps.
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Letters of a
My Dear Jack:
: I'm glad you took my letter in the spirit I
wrote it. I don't want you to be a mugwamp, or
a mollycoddle, or a rail bird. I want you to be
for something and against something for some
body for president, and against somebody for
president. I want you to take sides, because both
sides cannot be right, and I want you to vote
right, but to do so you'll have to decide right be
tween whatever appeals and arguments are
launched at you
You say the democratic hecklers are shouting
that Hughes ought not to have attacked Wilson
and that he should be "constructive" and not de
structive. What- would they have Hughes do?
Pass over all the glaring faults of his opponent?
Don't they know that Wilson is ' now in and
asking for re-election as a vote of confidence and
endorsement of what he has done since he has
been president and that, the republicans are out
and must expose the blunders and broken prom
ises and extravagance and incompetence of the
democrats? It's true that for the republicans this
is a novel role, for the reason that this is the
first time in more than a quarter of a cen
tury that the democrats have had a candidate
seeking re-election on his record. Why, the last
time they had a democrat in the White House,
they and their candidate repudiated the record he
had made and waged their campaign as a party of
opposition, But think back a little way, boy, and
if you've learned your political history, and ask
yourself a few questions. Didn't the democrats
attack Lincoln and Grant and Harrison?' Didn't
they attack McKinley and Roosevelt and Taft?
If Hughes is the next president and is renomi
nated won't the democrats attack him and his
record? If they do not then all the rules of the
political game will be completely reversed in the
next four years. Everybody doesn't catch the
significance or insignificance of this matter of the
party record. 1 remember in the 1908 campaign
one of the, most telling cartoons pictured "Taft
running on his record" and "Bryan running away
from his record." You see the tiine-tried rule of
judging the future is still by the past
Wilson says: "See what I have done during
my first term I That's the guaranty of what I'll do
during my second term." So the republicans come
right back with the answer ,"Why, if you had
done what you said you'd do, you wouldn't
be looking for a second term. You asked for
and received votes four years ago on a platform
declaration for a single term presidency to which
you were specifically pledged and you not only
did nothing to make a law limiting the presiden
tial term, but here you are up for a second term
in direct violation of that promise."
Of course, for Wilson it will be urged by his
friends that they didn't mean it in fact, that is
the only excuse they can offer for passing up a
dozen platform pledges but here is where they
collide with another difficulty. When the demo
crats put out their 1912 platform and presented
Wilson to the people on it, they were so afraid
folks would refuse to believe them that they
wrote these words in blsck and white right in the
document: "Our pledges are made to be kept
when in office as well as relied upon during the
campaign." ' i
Yes, I've verified that quotation to be certain
I have it correct, though I'm frank to say I rather
doubt that solemn assurance was intended to
hold 'em to it. But a lot of people accepted it in
good faith. 'The question is,. "Will anyone, after
that, take the democratic word for anything?
Or, to use a favorite expression of a distinguished
democratic orator, "Who will go bond for these
democratic promises this time?" If there is ho
enforceable bond nothing but the same word
of mouth that has proved worse than worthless
why should anyone trust them now?
So, Jack, my boy, don't be disturbed by the
fellows who are trying to shield Wilson from
attack. If his record were not so vulnerable, if
he had not broken so many sacred promises, if
they had confidence in his unassailableness, they
would be courting attack, yes, defying the oppo
sition to point out s single place wherein the
record of the democratic administration is want
ing. . I'm glad you are giving this political situation
your serious thought. If you have any other
questions on which you will want paternal eluci
dation, don't hesitate to write to
Your affectionate FATHER.
Nebraska Political Comment
Bloomington Advocate: The coming of Mr.
Hughes into the state has thrown consterna
tion into the democratic camp where it was
thought the apathy of the republicans would
give them the'state. The remarks of Mr. Hughes
were so to the point on every question that
the republicans have wokej up and wilt now see
that the state gQea for Hughes with a large ma
jority. Why should it not? This is a repub
lican state and the progressive vote will be for
Hughes. It looks like a regular landslide back
to the republican part in the state. ' ,
' Alliance Times: In his frantic efforts to stem
the constantly increasing tide for John L. Ken
nedy, Senator Hitchcock is rushing to the sup
port of Wilson. But this endorsement on the
part of Hitchcock and his supporters is not so
much for Wilson as for the senator's benefit.
Would he, if he were sincere in his support of
Wilson, endorse the president now, in view of
the bitter fight he waged a short time ago?
If the president's attitude on the federal reserve
banks, the shipping bill and other national legisla
tion was wrong then in the mind of Hitchcock,
why does he now support him?
Blue Valley Blade: Will Arthur Mullen be
the next governor of Nebraska? We've heard
democrats say that Mullen controls the party
candidates. We never heard democrats deny this
statement. We've heard that the present demo
cratic candidate for governor "was brought out"
by friends in Omaha, and Arthur Mullen seems
pretty well exercised over Neville's chances. We
wonder if, in the advent of democratic success
that Neville or Mullen would be governor? Cer
tainly Mullen has demonstrated that he can con
trol the present democratic candidates. The
granting of pardons and the granting of bank
charters proves this, but we wonder if he will
still continue to be governor?
Lincoln News: The addresses delivered in
Nebraska by Mr. Hughes were of a higher and
different order than most of us were led to ex
pect According to the information that had been
spread broadcast the candidate wasn't making
good, that his speeches were critical and not con
structive and that they lacked the fighting spirit
that every campaigner must develop in order
to be effective. Whether this was the result
of some practical psychology that the democrats
were able to work on the rest of us or whether
it accurately represented what was happening,
the fact remains that there was nothing left to
be desired in the series of speeches which Ne
braskans were permitted to hear. Mr. Hughes
is able to enthuse even the blase metropolitan
newspaper men who accompany him on his
travels. It may interest Nebraska people to
know that these experts say that while Mr.
Hughes is sincere the president is insincere. Their
judgment is not final, of course, but it is an
interesting sidelight on what men whose busi
ness makes them cynical and critical and also
brings them into intimate relations with the great
of the country think about these two rivals
for the presidency .
Thought Nugget For the Day.
Discontent la the want of self-reliance;
It la Infirmity of wIlL Ralph
Waldo Emerson. ,
One Year Ago Today In the War.
Germans stormed llluxt on the road
' Germans repulsed by French in
eighth drive In five days.
- Franco-Serbians recaptured Veles
and threatened I'skub.
Austrian claimed repulse of Ital
ians In prolonged battle around
In Omaha Thirty Years Ago.
Engine No. 1 has been ordered to
Its new house on Saunders, Immedi
ately north of Cuming. The members
of this company are L. E. Cansldy,
D. P. Beard, J. P. Conway and M. J.
Secretary Joplln of the Young Men's
Christian association has received a
letter from Sam Jones, the Georgia
revivalist, stating that hs will arrive
In this city on the evening of Novem
ber 6, and that he will open a two
weeks' revival at the Exposition
Russell Smith, a Bee printer, who
rooms at 1610 Capitol avenue, was
awakened by a burglar who was ran-
sacking his' room. After a severe
struggle the burglar escaped without
Articles of association were filed by
H. B. St John, George F. Browne, Joe
B. Hadfleld, J. M. Wolfe and W. E.
Hawley for the purpose of platting
and placing on the market Jetter's
addition to South Omaha.
The Ladies' Musical society tendered
a vote of thanks at Its last meeting to
Max Meyer & Bros, for the free use
of their hall during the coming sea
son. A pleasant birthday party was tend
ered to Mrs. John Wuetrlck at her
home on St. Mary's avenue.
Mike Lahy has commenced suit In
the district court to recover 600 from
the city for damages to property by
reason of the change of grade on Jack
This Day In History..
; 1760 Death of King George II, in
whose reign England became the first
country of Europe. Born In Hanover,
October 80, 1683.
, 1796 John P. Kennedy, the Amerl
oan secretary of the navy, who wrote
a chapter In one of Thackeray's
novels, born In Baltimore. Died at
Newport R. I., August 18, 1870.
1800 Thomas Babblngton Mae
auley, famous English historian, es
sayist and poet. Died December 28,
1864 Battle of Balaklava, and
famous charge of the Light Brigade.
1868 Rev. Charles Franklin Rob
ertson was consecrated Becond Episco
pal bishop of Missouri.
1874 Great Britain announced the
annexation of the Fiji Islands.
1876 Ewdwln Booth produced for
the first time, "Richard II." at Daly's
Fifth Avenue theater in New York.
1900 Transvaal formally pro
claimed part of the British empire,
1802 Dr. Woodrow Wilson was in
augurated president of Princeton uni
versity. 1904 General Kuropatkln was ap
pointed commander-ls-chief . of the
The Day We Celobrate. '
John W. Robblns, real estate, In
surance and rentals. Is 64 years old
today. He was born in Kent Ind.,
and Is a graduate of Hanover univer
sity. He has been In the real estate
business In Omaha since 1886 and has
been president of the Omaha Real
Joseph R. Campbell, collector for
The Bee, Is celebrating his sixty-third
birthday. He was born in Pennsyl
vania and was for many years travel
ing solicitor and auditor for The Bee.
George W. Johnston, president of
the Johnston Electric company, Is
just 48 years old. Detroit is his birth
place. Frank M. Byrne, the present gover
nor of South Dakota, born at Volney,
la., fifty-eight years ago today. .
John N. Willys, Toledo automobile
manufacturer, born at Canadaigua, N.
Y., forty-three years ago today.
Right Rev. Thomas J. Garland,
bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal
diocese of Philadelphia, born in Ire
land fifty years ago today.
Joe Wood, pitcher of the Boston
American league base ball team, born
In Kansas City, twenty-seven years
Leslie G. Nunamaker, catcher of
the New York American league base
ball team, born at Lincoln, Neb.,
twenty-seven years ago today.
Oscar Dugey, utility inflelder of the
Philadelphia National league base ball
team, born at Palestine, Tex., twenty
six years ago today.
Timely Jottings and Reminders.
At the Mare Island navy yard, the
keel is to be laid today for the super
dreadnaught California, which Is to be
the first battleship of the navy to be
propelled by electricity.
Bids are to be opened today by the
Navy department at Washington for
the construction of tour battleships
and twenty destroyers.
Charles E. Hughes is scheduled to
speak In Brooklyn tonight before
starting on his final trip westward
into Ohio and Indiana.
A notable International marriage la
to take place In Washington today,
when Miss Margaret Preston Draper,
who Inherited many millions from her
father, the late General William F.
Draper, becomes the bride of Prince
Andre Boncompagn! of Rome, Italy.
Window glass workers are to re
ceive a substantial increase In wages
when the hand window glass factories
throughout the country resume oper
ations today, after the summer shut
The semi-annual meeting of the
board of bishops of the "Methodist
Episcopal church will open In Minne
apolis today and continue through the
remainder of the week. -
Storyette of the Day.
"Halloa. Brown," said Jones.. "I
saw your wife this morning. By Jove,
that new coat of hers must have cost
a pot of money. You're doing spe
cially well at present."
"No, not exactly," replied Brown,
moodily. "Fact is, she got It by acci
dent." "By accident!" exclaimed Jones.
"How was that?"
"Well, old fellow, It was this way:
t got home rather late the other night
The hall was very dark, but I could
Just distinguish a figure standing by
the chair. I slipped up to her, put
my arm around her waist and whis
pered, 'Mary, give your little boy a
. "But but," stammered Jones. "I
thought your'wlfe's name was Kate?"
"It is," murmured Brown; "that's
how she got the coat" Philadelphia
Democrats and Postal Employes.
Omaha, Oct 28. To the Editor of
The Bee: As a sample of the love the
democratic party has for the poor la
boring man is clearly shown In the
management of the Postoffice de
partment; under the present postmas
ter general. Under his rule the old
mail carriers who had grown old and
crippled in the service and had been
given collection routes as a reward for
years of faithful service were com
pelled to take carriers' routes or a re
duction of salary, for the reason that
in the opinion of Mr. Roper boys or
blind men could collect mall. Again
this man-loving democratic Postof
fice department refused to allow the
mall clerks of the Omaha postoffice
to use gas or electricty to make cof
fee to use with their cold lunches.
Under the management of our ex
postmaster of Omaha all departments
of the Omaha office were short-handed
and clerks over-worked and mall
delayed for the reason that the demo
cratic Postoffice department wanted
to show to the people of the country
how cheap they could run the depart
ment and show a surplus by grinding
It out of the men who were doing the
work. A. CITIZEN.
Keep It Before the Voters.
Omaha,. Oct 22. To the Editor of
The Bee: I wish you would make
It clear to your readers, bear down
on it hard and frequently, that In
announcing that if elected he will
stand for the protection of American
lives and property everywhere, Mr.
Hughes is not announcing any new
or revolutionary doctrine. You prob
ably think that Is not necessary, that
everybody understands that It 1s
President Wilson who is taking a new
stand In announcing the monstrous
contrary doctrine. But this Is not
the case. A troubled republican ap
pealed to me yesterday along that very
line. He seemed to be Ignorant of
the fact that any government worthy
of the name has always In the past
protected its citizens to the full ex
tent of Its ability, and he was worried
about Mr. Hughes getting us into
war trying a new experiment.
There are some democrats who try
to make capital in that way, but all
Intelligent democrats know that Wil
son is treading in a new path and
they say It is about time we had a
new path. And when you ask them
why, they almost invariably come to
the statement that men who are ex
ploiting another country must take
what they get when a revolution
starts. "Exploiting" is always the
word. When Mr. Wilson urges men
to go into South America to build up
trade, as he did before our Commer
cial club, they are the great keen
witted business men whose duty It Is
to carry the banner of American trade
to the four corners of the earth. But
if they take Mr. Wilson's advice and
trouble comes in the twinkling of an
eye these keen-witted business men
become "exploiters" and are not there
fore entitled to any protection. Will
someone please tell us why
any business man, American,
English, German, Spanish, French
or Dutch, goes to South Amer
ica or anywhere else? Is It not to
make money? That is the sole object
and that Is why Mr. Wilson urges
them to go. The churches and Bible
societies do the missionary work, busi
ness men never go as missionaries.
It's wonderful, though, what a differ
ence it makes whether Mr. Wilson has
only to talk or Is required to act He
does not hesitate a minute to urge
business men to get business in for
eign countries; words are cheap, but
protection that's something else
again, it requires .some nerve - and
Keep It everlastingly before the vot
ers that It is Just the A, B, C of gov
ernment affairs for a government to
protect its citisens, all in the day's
work, a matter, of course, and has
never yet gotten this country into
trouble or war. It will help, I know,
because no part of the American peo
ple wants war or wants anything that
looks like provocation In the direction
of war. If men vote for Wilson's pol
icy they ought to know that It Is a new
policy and in line with his "too-proud-to-flght"
doctrine. And if they vote
for Hughes, they ought not to dn so
with the mistaken fear hanging over
them that he has a new chip bal
anced on his shoulder, or any chip
at all that hasq't been there Bince we
had a government
H. V. MORROW.
Democrats Presume on Popular
York,- Neb., Oct 28. To the Editor
of The Bee: What has become of the
last paramount Issue of the "high cost
of living?" If high prices were a
crime under republican rule, but
cause for boast under democratic rule,
will they tell us what makes the dif
ference or will they permit us to have
an opinion of our own. If so, we will
say they were playing politics at both
ends of the game.
Why don't their spellbinders tell
what the trend of prices was after
the Underwood law went Into effect
how the exports fell off and imports
Increased; how the balance of trade
was going against us; how the surplus
In the strong box was leaking out; how
the gold was leaving the country to
pay trade balances, and when panic
was in the air, how they flew to that
monstrous, vile Aldrlch-Vreeland law
to help them out of a bad condition;
how the factories were closing down
and men out of work were drifting
to the bread lines in the cities.
. Then they tell us they have made
good on every pledge of their plat
form. Now we know the meaning of
a democratic platform It must be
read backward, for it means Just the
reverse of what it says. Ask them
about the one-term plank, the canal
toll plank, the high-cost-of-llvlng
plank, the no-protectlon plank, the no-free-trade
plank, but Just tariff enough
for revenue only; then look atNthe
great staple products of the north on
a free-trade basis with the south left
as it was, only sugar was cut 26 per
cent, but that has been restored. They
passed their law and now they appoint
a tariff commission to find out what ts
needed on that line. Then they passed
the wage Increase law and now an
other commission to find out what will
be right In that case. Ah, say, peo
ple, put the business of this country
In the hands of men who find out first
and then act. -
One spieler says we are sure of the
labor vote on account of that law
(just as we thought it was passed
for votes) and It ought to bring in
the goods on that small fraction of
those who labor. But It just as sure
ought to lose all the other labor votes.
Then hear that false cry, "Wilson
kept us out of war." Where was the
war that threatened us, and if so the
constitution says that "congress alone
has the power to declare war" or to
conclude peace and he swore to up
hold the constitution. They Just pre
sume on either the credulity or the
Ignorance of the people and it Is very
small politics to say the least Yours
for Hughes, Fairbanks and Protection.
H. F. POPE.
Control of Necessaries.
Omaha, Oct 28. To the Editor of
The Bee: The European governments
have found It necessary to step in and
take control of the price of goods
and apparel for the common people.
The heartless speculators in the war
ring countries' were boosting the
prices of provisions and wearing ap
parel to a point which meant starva
tion to the people. It is the manifest
duty of a government to step in and
protect Its people, which every Euro
pean government has dons.
It is high time that our government
did the same. A congressional In
vestigation should be made into the
cost of living. For instance, we are
just advised that the price of shoes
have taken another jump. We are
reliably advised that every packing
Arm in the country has its store rooms
packed to the root with hides, specu
lating on the necessities of the people.
A government that will not protect
Its people against such robbers Is un
worthy of the name. We are so
pleased and contented with being a
republic that we will stand for being
robbed In a manner that no Euro
pean monarchy would tolerate,
Who will be the first to make this
move for a congressional Investiga
tion that shall cover everything that
enters into the cost of living food,
clothing and f uel ?
GRINS AND GROANS.
Mother Am yon a tiro, my dear, that yeor
hut band really loves yotaT
Young; wife Perfectly aura. He alwaya
kisses me after he has brought up the
coal. Baltimore American.
Alice No men will svsr dare to trifle
with my affections. I have Ave big brothers,
Agnee They'll trifle with yours aooner
than they will with mine. I have five
little brothers, New York Times.
"You don't think that money brings hap
piness?" "Well, no.
"But still you are after money.'
"Yea; you see while I don't think that
money brings happiness, I'm dead sure that -poverty
doesn't Boston Transcript.
tJCAfr MR. KABr&BLE, . A
M A lAWER ANb EM
To BE MARRIED-AM I tolNg
"It ts true thst Miss Rlohley has money,"
said the engaged man's best friend, "but -she
ts very exacting. If you marry her
yon will have to give up smoking and
"Possibly," said the engaged man. "but
If Z don't marry her I shall have to .glva
up eating also." New Tork Times. .
"I say that Southpaw has Portslda skin
ned forty waya."
"You mean he la Infinitely hla superior,
my son," corrected the Boston father. "But
who Is Southpaw T"
"Our pitcher, dad."
"Oh, to be sure. Certainly he has him
skinned forty ways." -Louisville Courier
Four men were playing whist One man
was constantly criticising his partner; find
ing fault with his play. Presently, after
the victim had thrown away a diamond on
a spade lead, the Irascible one blurted outt
"Dash It, man, haven't you got a black
"Yes," said his partner quietly, "and IM!
soon be wearing It at your funeral if you
don't shut up." Boston Transcript
PEACE AND THE PRICE.
We've read our Country's History,
At least a time or two,
We know how came the Flag we Love,
The Red, the White, the Blue.
And as we turn o'er history's page,
We find that we can fight '
And, prouder yet, are we to know,
We always fought for what was right
Because for Bight we stood as one,
We made a reputation,
That when these rights were tampered with.
It meant more than Arbitration.
Now we're not safe on land or sea.
Even where Old Glory floats
American lives were worth more then
Than ust a bunch of notes.
Our prestige now don't count for much! 1
Must we our valor shroud,
See trampled In the dust the Flag
Of which we are so proud?
Are we to smother In out breast
The Spirit our grand-dads gave us?
Was not that Spirit almost all
That made our history famous?
And they, like us, did not want waf,
It took, and left good men
One-armed and crlppel, now almost gone,
Yet we are proud of them.
Then why lay all our Honor down?
Why not stand out for right?
Must what Is left of these gray-haired men
Come back again and ftght?
No, we want peace and honor, too.
Insults we will repel;
We are Just as good today as when
Our grand-dads rang the bell.
So let's go down on history's page
As firm as they were then.
And hope our course will not make more
Of bent aad one-armed men.
We welcome peace, but we're a race
Who's hearts with pride are flowered.
To a man, we would rather be "one-armed"
Than to be known as a "two-armed"
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