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    THE BEE: OMAHA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1916.
THE OMAHA DAILY BEE
FOUNDED BY EDWARD ROSEWATER.
VICTOR ROSEWATER, EDITOR.
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NOVEMBER CIRCULATION.
55,483 Daily Sunday 50,037.
rtwtght Williams, circulation manager of The Bee
Publlehlng company, being duly sworn, enye that the
'average circulation for the month of November, lilt, was
66,413 dally, and 60,037 Sunday.
r bWIOHT WILLIAMS. Circulation Manager1.
Subscribed In my presence and sworn to before me
this Ind day of December, lilt.
C. W. CARLSON, Notary Public.
Subscribers leaving the) city temporarily
should haws Thai Bh mailsrtl le them. Aol
draas will ha changed as oftan roqulrwi.
K dental experts make good their promises,
' juvenile courts and the maternal swatters are
hopelessly scrapped.
, s 'It remains to be seen whether the congres
; tsional plan (or reducing the high cost of living,
I 'consists in burning costly print paper with hot
I
' Times without number the "unloaded" gun
files protests against thoughtless handling. Un
fortunately the safety warning too often is seen
through misery, pam and sorrow.
V King Constantino appears fully convinced that
the entente frying pan is not as dangerous as the
Teutonic fire. One irritates, the other obliterates.
Events sustain his policy of safety 6rst
One a week three men take a week-end trip
to Elgin, 111., go through the forms of buying
butter and fix a price that rules throughout the
country. Still, we resent the charge of being easy.
Foot kings are hard to please. At the be
ginning of the agitation they begged to be let
alone. Consumers took them at their word. Now
the kings plead for mercy and a cushion to break
the fall. ' ' - . " . )-,;....
Lloyd George has no time to talk for publi
cation, but is doing a powerful lot of concrete
plugging. Getting and holding a parliamentary
majority calls for a high grade of political
cemtatt ' ,. ' i
It is undrstood,i of course, that Sunday
tours in municipal limousines are not in the joy-
riding class. The Spiritual duties of city dads
require inspection tours to Insure proper observ
ance of the Sabbath. . , '
Fire losses in the United States and Canada
for the last eleven months tout $209,000,000, ex
ceeding last year's record for the same months, by
$47,000,000, The showing threatens a famine in
the January crop of insurance melons. '
Not the least of the perplexities of the admin
istration is to reconcile "he-kept-us-out-of-warV
with compulsory military service. Voluntary
service is an admitted failure. Recruiting barely
supplies the line losses occasioned by term .ex
pirations. ,Sonte form of compulsion is necessary
if the army and navy reach the numerical
strength established by congress. The age of
militarism haunts the politicians and the sug
gestion of compulsory service intensifies their
fright. t j ' '.' . .'
, Emperor V Charles of Austria-Hungary in
choosing his reigning1 title, doubtless had in
mind one or more of the royal Charleys of Cen
tral Europe whose careers are worth while.
Under present conditions it is unlikely he gave
a thought to the first Charles of England, a
monarch who got the axe! for preaching the "di
vine right of kings." Though unhonored and
unsung as a model ruler, London preserves his
memory m a monument on Trafalgar square,
facing Whitehall street. Neither name nor epi
taph mark the pedestal, and the stranger viewing
the stunted equestrian figures, grotesque in form
and smeared with grime, concludes from the
absence of identifying inscription that Charles
suffered enough humiliation In life.
The Corn Growers
-Waaaasftea Post-
One hears at every hand the repeated state
ment that "we must do something" to reduce the
high cost of living. It is a theme with which con
gressmen wrestle and ordinary citizens contend.
They haven't settled it yet, nor is it certain just
how they are to go about its definite and satisfac
tory adjustment. But they are all fully assured
that "we must do something."
While this argument is in progress there are
in our midst about 1,000 bright-eyed boys and
girls from Ohio taking in the sights, looking up
at the monument, peeking into the Capitol, going
through the library of congress, making a trip to
the tomb of Washington in fact, having a good
time and becoming properly impressed with- the
greatness of their country. '
These are the boy and girl "corn growers."
They have answered to the teachings in agricul
ture given by their state and by the federal gov
ernment That noblest of occupations, the tilling
of the soil, is theirs. To it they have given their
labor, mingled with great enthusiasm and a con
stantly increasing knowledge of how to make two
good ears of corn grow where only a nubbin grew
before. This is their day off, and they are enjoy
ing it to the utmost.
, Perhaps no more opportune time could be
found for telling them and ourselves that they
have been "doing something" to reduce the high
cost that far outweighta all the talk that could
b made in a year on the subject As their num
bers increase they will do still more. They find
the cities attractive, no doubt, and at times may
be afflicted with the desire to exchange their pres
ent lot for one in which they experience much that
ts novel and exciting. But there is really nothing
here which they haven't better at home, for what
is here they and their kind more than any others
have created. It is just possible that thev haw
a sense of this truth, and that they will carry back
vt'Mn Mitral inc. uiatiu cunrtction mat tney can
live without us far better than we without tnera.
OIney for Exclusive Federal Regulation.
The statement1 prepared by Richard OIney
and placed before the Newlands joint committee
on Interstate Commerce, which is investigating
the different questions raised by the wage con
troversy, comes out squarely for exclusive fed
eral regulation. Mr. OIney would accomplish
that purpose by national incorporation, but the
method of exercising the power need not concern
us so much as his conclusion, as follows:
Nor is it to be doubted because ample expe
rience has shown that, in this matter of na
tional transportation by railroads, public policy
and the public welfare are at one with the law
of the country. They imperatively require that
the subject be dealt with in all its phases by a
single authority which can be no other than
the nation itself. The mixed jurisdiction over
the subject now prevailing the states exercis
ing a part, mostly through state charters, and
the United States a part, mostly through the
commerce power is thoroughly archaic, orig
inated before the true scope of the commerce
power was generally understood, and has re
sulted in a serious waste and inefficiency in
railroad operation which is at once a matter of
public notoriety and public scandal.
In view of the settled law of the land as
respects the national commerce power as by
virtue of it the United States practically under
takes to exercise the power for the benefit of
the several states and of all the people and
as transportation by railroad is within that
power and is today in a condition most unsat
isfactory to the private owners of railroads
as well as seriously prejudicial to the national
interests the question is of the remedy for
that condition. ,
Now, this reads very like some of The Bee's
recent arguments upholding the republican plat
form pronouncement which were so violently
combatted at the time by the organs of the oppo
sition party.' But Mr. OIney is one of the recog
nized leaders in democratic councils, which may
account for the fact that these democratic news
papers had not seen anything in his views against
which to make an outcryand also that their solici
tude for preserving the right of the states to
beset the railroads with forty-eight different kinds
of regulations has not survived the campaign.
The Bee repeats that we are heading inevitably
to exclusive federal regulation of railroads and the
only question is whether the country must' wait
for republican reascendancy for it or our demo
cratic friends seize upon it and hand it to us
without delaying that long. f
Lincoln in the High School.
The proposition to teach a year of Lincoln in
the high schools of the country in lieu of a year
of Latin or' Greek is worthy of earnest consid
eration. It is not offered so much because of the'
popularity of Lincoln as a great American, but
that the young folks who are receiving their
training in the public schoolsiof the country may
be made familiar with profound political and
moral truths, expressed In simple, direct language.
Lincoln was not. only a thinker whose mental
processes were clear and whose decisions were
sound and broadly based, but he had a remark
able faculty for giving his thoughts and conclu
sions life in sentences that are unequaled as exam
ples of diction and composition. The Bee has con
sistently ladvocated the teaching of American
history in the public schools, and as heartily
commends .the movement to make "Lincoln" a
textbook. . i
McAdoo's Warning to Congress.
In his annual report to congress Secretary
of the Treasury McAdoo solemnly warns his
democratic brethren that the treasury faces
huge deficit for the year 1918. The fact that the
secretary of the treasury admits what the daily
reports from his department have shown for
months is impressively significant. Mr. McAdoo's
hope for a balance in the treasury at the close of
the 1917 fiscal year on June 30 next rests on the
expectation of enormous returns from income
and other special forms of taxation. These esti
mates are dependent' entirely on the course of the
European war and will cease with the first turn
favorable to termination of hostilities. Announce
ment has joyously been made by democratic or
gans that the early returns from income tax col
lections indicate final receipts nearly double those
of last year. These will be needed, for the hole
in the treasury at present is a little more than
twice. as deep. The first five months of th. cur
rent year show i deficit of $109,804,979, as against
$40,792,798 for the same time in the previous year.
This is to be paid out of the receipts for De
cember and doubling the revenue from income
tax will not meet the bill. In addition to this,
the budget submitted on the opening day of con
gress provides for the greatest total of appropria
tions ever recorded, exceeding' those of the last
session by hundreds of millions. It is plain
the democrats will have something besides the
president's program to occupy their attention
if they meet the requirements of a situation they
have established In the government's finances.
Business of Bargaining.
One of the weaknesses of human nature, per
haps most often in evidence, is being turned in
side out at the daily sessions of thefederal dis
trict court in Omaha. It is the unappeasable
desire to get something for nothing. No swindler
ever succeeded In hooking his victim unless he
presented the uhescapable lure of profit; he must
persuade by one means or another the buyer into
believing he is getting an unexampled bargain
or the deal wilt not go on. So the unwary is
trapped, and suffers in loss of sympathy that
might be his, were it not that above all other
things' it appears he felt sure of biting the biter.
This should not operate to excuse the sophisti
cated rascal- who deliberately plots to take ad
vantage of the trusting person who is eager to put
his talent to work and so accumulate a hundred
fold. Far from it; the windier' must be punished,
both as a warning to his kind, and as a reminder
to the men and women of today that Greeks bear
ing gifts are as dangerous nowadays as when
Priam ruled in Troy. '
One of the big problems in criminology re
volves around the motive for crime. Motive
determines the legal status of the offense. Ab
sence of motive mystifies courts and often
obstructs the ordered routine of justice. A par
tial, if not complete, solution of motive perplexi
ties is promised by the discovery that bad teeth
are potential spurs to crime. Hereafter, should
ordinary methods fail, a mold of the culprit's
teeth settles his fate, expedites court business and
gives dentistry a secure place among exact
sciences. '
Besides contributing mightily to the gayety of
the midwest, the wild horse trial illustrates the
invisible power which envelopes the federal bench
and enables the judge to retain smileless com
posure under trying conditions. .
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Germany's Victory in England
-New York Wortd-
The British cabinet crisis is of greater moral
value to the Oerman government than the cap
ture of Bucharest.
No German can now believe that Germany is
losing the war when a British government is
overturned because Great Britain is not winning
the war. He might be sceptical as to the actual
value of the operations in Roumania as a means
ot relieving military and economic pressure on
the empire, but he cannot be sceptical about a
British cabinet crisis precipitated by discontent
over the conduct of the war.
That there is great disappointment in Great
Britain admits of no doubt; otherwise the Tory
intrique against the Asquith ministry could have
made little progress. But how much of this dis
appointment is grounded in the blunders of the
government and how much in ignorance of the
nature ot the war?
British unrest is commonly described as the
desire for a superman, but there are no supermen
in this conflict and none will be found. The war
has become too great for any individual to visual
ize and master. It has practically oassed bevond
the immediate control of government Whether
Asquith or Bonar Law or Lloyd George or John
Doe is prime minister of Great Britain at this
time is relatively a small matter as affecting the
outcome. Any statesman, whatever his abilities,
is at nest only a cog in the machine which is
driven by the vital power of the nation.
The British will find nobodv who can bnv
them a cheap and easy victory, for the simple rea
son tnat no sucn victory is possible, indeed, it is
probable that no decisive victory can be won by
cither side, whatever price is paid:
In the meantime it cannot be said that the
British people have made sacrifices that warrant
a voluminous expression of political discontent.
Their losses are not one-third of the French
losses, which France has taken without a mur
mur. British taxes are high, confortable ways
of life- have been disarranged, British pride has
not been excessively exalted by British achieve
ments in the field, but no Englishman has any
thing to be ashamed of. There is at least one dis
astrous German blunder for every corresponding
British blunder, and the German general staff
was supposed to be the last word of scientific
warfare.
In all criticism of the Asquith government
there has been no unanimity of opinion as to
what the government ought to have done that it
left undone, or how it could have better mobil
ized the resources of the empire to produce
greater military results on the eastern and west
ern fronts. Nothing is so easy in time of war as
criticism. Armchair strategists are as common
as archair diplomatists, and quite as useless.
unless tne opposition to the Asquith ministry
has a plan of camoais-n that will nroduce results
where the other failed, the British people will
discover that the more they change their govern
ment in this war tjie more it remains the same
thing. , ihe ottener they change it the -more aid
aid comfort they give to their highly resourceful
enemy.
- The question that all of the hell ltrcTtnra must
soon face is whether anybody can win, and
whether the war has not reached a deadlock at
which all further sacrifices are wanton waste of
lite and treasure. That question is really at the
bottom of all political discontent in Europe.
In Nebraska Politics.
Grand Island Independent: The Mullen fac
tion of Nebraska's democracy is i said tn have
wielded the snickersnee on an appointee of the
Bryan faction so deftly that Cecil Matthews fell
off the federal payroll all in a heap.
rairDury jNews: A grapevine dispatch says
that the World-Herald is shortly to come out
strongly for prohibition. It is a little late at this
time for such an innovation, but it can certainly
do no harm if It does no good.
Shelton Clipper: Edgar Howard, lieutenant
governor-elect, has let it be known that he is
allied with the Bryan wing of, the democratic
party. And Boss Mullen or anyone else who at
tempts to dictate to the Columbus editor will
have a big job on his hands.
(Fairbury News: Up in Omaha the voter had
tofjiiark seventy-six places on his ballot, while
the voters out over the state had about forty
places to mark that is, provided they voted a
full ticket in an intelligent manner. This country
needs a ballot reform, and needs lit badly.
Kearney Hub': iThe Omaha Bee does not see
why State Superintendent Thomas should be com
miserated for his decent defeat, and surmises that
it may be a Godsend in relieving him from obliga
tion to fill a $2,000-a-)ear job when his talents
can earn .much more. That is very true. Dr.
Thomas is not the loser. It is the people who
lose..
,Ord Quiz:' That row of telephone poles that
the state authorities are having set in the repre
sentative hall are ostensibly to support the roof
of representative hall. But I cannot help thinking
what a nice boost those poles will be to the idea
of having a new capitol building put up right
away. Those unsightly poles will be a constant
object lesson to the legislators and doubtless they
will be pointed to by many a Lincoln man and
to those representatives who are on friendly
terms with prospective bidders. Maybe the need
for the poles is more to promote building than
to avert danger.
Fremont Tribune: Deputy Collector Matthews
has just fallen a victim to the democratic heads
man s axe. - Matthews had headauarters at Hast
ings and was appointed by Collector Loomis be
cause he was a supporter of the Bryan wing of
democracy. He was formerly editor of a news
paper at Riverton and had a good deal to say
about the Hitchcock wing, none of which could
be reasonably construed as complimentary. Na
tional Committeeman Mullen and Senator Hitch
cock made it known that when Mr. Loomis' ap
pointment came up for confirmation it would be
necessary to drop Matthews and he has been
precipitated into the consomme. It has always
appeared that there was a good deal of blather
about Mr. Matthews and whether he is or is not
in the government service will probably not make
any visible difference to the party. And $25 a
week salary won't mean much to him in these
days of h. c. of 1., but it all goes to show that
there are still some cracks in the Nebraska brand
of democratic harmony. But maybe these can be
cemented when Mr. Bryan and Senator Hitch
cock get to working together for national prohibition.
A Nation of Spenders '
bubaaaawHe Star
The American Society for Thrift is sounding
a warning that should not go unheeded in these
days of war prosperity. The statistics it has gath
ered indicate how reckless we are with our
money, and how little we lay up for a rainy day.
We are pre-eminently a nation of spenders, who
believe in living while we live. '
Statistics -show that ninety-five of every 100
Americans Wbo reach the age of 60 years, are de
pendent upon their daily earnings, or on others,
for support The total, of course, includes wives,
mothers and daughters, who had not tried nor
expected to accumulate a competency. But after
they have been climated the percentage of work
ers who have a nest egg at 60 years; is very small,
-en if that is generally considered too young for
retirement.
That showing might tend to make all of us
think, and prompt us to begin putting aside some
of our surplus as we go along. Then there is an
other side of the picture presented by the Thrifty
society's statistics. It has been demonstrated that
ef the comparatively few who are able to retire
on a competency, not one in thirty is able to re
tain that competency to the close of life.
Maybe the poor luck of those who do save
up is what prompts so many of us to have a good
time as we go along and trust to luck for the fu
ture. But it is a poor system. Almost every one
can save something, and should. '
r ronAV
Thought Nugget For the Day.
And to be wroth with one we love,
Doth work like madness in the brain.
Coleridge.
One Year Ago Today tn the War.
British enlistment said to have
passed 4,000,000 mark.
French battered down German
trenches on Heights of the Meuse.
Austrlans reported to have retreated
from Lemberg, Gallcla, to straighten
line for winter.
British with heavy artillery rein
forcements stopped Bulgarians In all
day battle south of Btrumitza.
In Omaha Thirty Years Ago.
Mrs. A. B. Hunt had a delightful
musical afternoon at her home on
North Seventeenth street Those pres
ent were the Misses Needham, Wit
man, Ulen, Dtllrance, Howe; Messrs.
Finn, Hall, White, Conrad and
Ebersol.
Mr. Jacobson Is a recent acquisition
from New York to Omaha Journalls-
tic and musical circles. He has taken
an editorial position on the Swedish
Post and his line basso was heard In
the Kountze Memorial choir last
Sunday.
Miss Lowe has completed an aesthe
tic looking sachet bag of silver colored
satin, decorated with rushes and lined
and finished with pistachio green.
Mr. and Mrs. Kountze gave a recep
tion In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Kellar.
E. Rosewater has moved from Har
ney street to his new residence on
Douglas above Seventeenth.
Mr. and Mrs. John Howard have
returned from their wedding tour and
are at home at 124 South Twenty
-fourth street 1 '
Mrs. Nye received her lady friends
from 3 to 6 at her room, 624 South
Twentieth street She was assisted by
Mesdames Coffman, Peck, Bradford,
Estabrook, Lander, Knight, Ijams and
McCormick. I
Mr. and Mrs. N. B. . Falconer are
mourning the lost of their Infant son.
This Day In History.
1774 Town committee of Ports
mouth, N. H hearing of the king's
order prohibiting the exportation of
gunpowder to America, seized the gar
rison at Fort William and Mary, and
carried away 100 barrels of powder,
1777 Washington's army went Into
winter quarters at Valley Forge.
1803 Hector Berlioz, celebrated
composer, born near Lyons, France.
Died In Paris, March 8, I860.
1839 Members of the house of rep
resentatives indulged for the first time
In the practice of "pairing off."
1860 State union convention at
Trenton, N. J., resolved in favor of a
compromise between the northern and
southern states.
1868 First day of the battle of
Fredericksburg.
1864 Florence was decreed the
capital of Italy until the acquisition
of Rome.
1886 Last of the French troops de
parted from Rome.
1869 The body of Oeorge-H. Pea
body, who died In London, November
4. was placed on board the British
steamship Monarch, for transporta
tion to the United States.
1892 First street railway mail car
In the world put Into operation In St
Louis.
1894 Benjamin R. Tillman was
elected United States senator from
South Carolina.
The Day We Celebrate. 1
Guy Liggett, president and manager
of the Pantorium. is 41 years old to-,
day. He was born in Conway, la,
studied one year at the Iowa state col
lege and came to Omaha In 1898, as
an employe of the Pantorium, buying
a half Interest ra it during (he same
year and a year later assuming the
management with wonderful success.
Calvin C. Valentine, eourt reporter,
was born December 11, 1854, at
Keosauqua, la. He was the first of
ficial court reporter fn Dakota and ts
now the pioneer court reporter In Nebraska-Leonard
C. Kohn, In charge of the
automobile supplies for the Lee Colt
Andreeson company, is celebrating his
thirty-seventh birthday. He was born
In Savannah, Ga., and used to be one
ot the owners of the Western Auto
Supply company.
Elisabeth, the exiled queen of the
Belgians, born in Bavaria, forty-one
years ago today.
B. Marvin Underwood, assistant at
torney general, who Is directing the
defense in the suits brought to test
the Adamson law, born in Douglas
county, Georgia, thirty-nine years ago
today.
Most Rev. Henry Moeller, Catholic
archbishop of Cincinnati, born fn Cin
cinnati, sixty-seven years ago today.
Adolph Alexander Weinman, sculp
tor, and designer of the new dime Just
put Into circulation, born In Baden,
Germany, forty-six years ago today.
Frank P. Woods, representative in
congress of the Tenth lows, district
born In Walworth county, Wisconsin,
forty-eight years ago today.
John F. Moakley, veteran athletic
coach of Cornell university, born In
Benton, fifty-three years ago today.
Frederick Toney. pitcher of the Cin
cinnati National league base ball team,
born at Atlanta, Ga., twenty-seven
years ago today.
Timely Jottings and Reminders.
Greetings to the state of Indiana,
100 years old today.
Prominent clergy and laity of New
York city are to geather for luncheon
at the Hotel Astor today to hear
Billy" Sunday s plans for his coming
evangelistic campaign In the me
tropolis. The annual observance of Mothers'
and Fathers' week at the University of
Kansas will begin today.
The Engineers' society of western
Pennsylvania, at its annual banquet in
Pittsburgh tonight will have Major
General George W, Goethals, former
aovernor of the canal zone, as the
guest of honor and principal speaker.
Large sections ot Aiaoama, ji Kan
sas, Georgia. Mississippi ana Texas
will be released from the cattle fever
tick Quarantine today by order ot the
secretary of agriculture.
The etrect ot tne European war on
the United States, along economic,
agricultural, military, governmental.
nnanciai ana commercial lines, is ine
big subject to be handled by many of
the leading men ot the nation, who
are to assemble today at Norfolk, Vs.,
for the opening ef the eighth annual
Southern Commercial congress.
Storyette of the Day.
There recently rushed into a police
station a youngster very much out of
breath, who gaspea out to an omcer:
"You're wanted down down In
tn our street an' bring an ambu
lance!"
'What a the trouble 7 demanded
the policeman, "and why bring an am
bulance T"
'Because. the kiddle explained.
when he had recovered his breath,
mother found the lady that pinched
our doormat!" New York Times.
Abraham Lincoln In High Schools.
Omaha, Dec. 8. To the Editor of
The Bee: Of this Important subject
Judge R. M. Wannemaker of the su
preme court of Ohio, says: "Let
American high school teach at least
one year ot Lincoln in place of Cesser,
Cicero or Virgil, which nine high
school pupils out of ten blunder
through and forget within a few
years." What a wonderful contribu
tion is this idea of Judge Wanne
marker to the public schools of this
country.
Abraham Lincoln left a heritage to
his people greater then that of any
other man. His life and public serv
ices are the marvel of the world today;
American freedom and Independence
received their true interpretation from
Lincoln, when he took for his plat
form that noble sentiment called forth
by the signers of the Declaration of
Independence, namely: "All men are
created free and equal, .they are en
dowed by their creator with certain
Inalienable rights," etc. He gave a
new Impetus to American manhood
and freedom, such as kindled the
flres of patriotism anew and made our
country free in fact as well as tn name.
Abraham Lincoln was unlike other
great men: he was born from no for
eign mould, he was pre-eminently
American. He talked as Americans
talk, he acted as Americans act he
thought only of America. His great
Gettsyburg oration had its abiding
place in his soul and ndthlng since
Christ's sermon on the mount has
given to mankind so choice a produc
tion. And next to the words of Our
Savior it stands in the hearts of our
people.
Scholars of todav who are latinr.
Ing to place the lives of other great
men before us, will soon be replaced
by a higher modern classic and It will
not be the translation of Demonthenes
against King Phillip. Cicero against
Cattline, nor the orations of Burke,
Fox, Gladstone or Bright. But it will
be the translation of Lincoln's Gettys
burg speech into the language of every
nation in the world, and not many
years nence tne umnese win be trans
lating It in his mother tongue.
Lincoln Is living with us today just
as distinctly as in the stirring days of
the sixties. It is my hope that every
professor" In our schools and colleges,
shall adopt the suggestion of. Judge
Wannemaker and that our congress
and state legislature's may put it into
the form of inexorable law that one
year oi our mgn school training1 shall
be given to the study of the life and
public services of Abraham Lincoln.
1 C. E. ADAMS.
How the Women Toted.
Omaha, Dec 7. To the Editor of
The Bee: In a letter published re
cently in your paper S. E. Smith states
that 2,248 women voted for the school
board last month and that 3,000
voted two years ago. I am advised
by the election commissioner that the
correct figures for this year are 2,288,
and that no figures for two years ago
have blen. preserved, hut It is his
opinion that fewer women voted in
that election than in that of Novem
ber 7, last. The statement has been
made at the office of the Board of
Education that the total of the school
census Is 30,000 names. This lists In
cludes parents as well as children, so
that there are not 30,000 children in
the public schools of Omaha, thus
further reducing the number of wom
en having the school franchise.
urthermore, there are hundreds of
Inetlllgent conscientious women who
want to vote for the school board, but
cannot because they have no chil
dren, or because their children are
past scbooi age, or because they have
no taxable property. If S. E. Smith
could hear the Indignant protests of
mothers who have voted in the past
but cannot now, she would not talk
of "double suffrage being forced on
an unwilling majority." It is true that
even the very limited number of wom
en having the school franchise do not
fully avail themselves ot it. but thla
neglect generally occurs where womeaj
vui nun, ".l m.
fact that when their right to full auf-..
frage ts recognised they exercise it
quite as generally as do men. It
would take too much space to quote
In full the figures giving the propor
tion of women who voted in the fast
election in the twelve suffrage states,
but they show that women voters cafl
this year a percentage of the tptal
vote which compares very favorably
with their percentage of the adult
population.
S. E. Smith Is quiet correct in say
ing that the women's vote did not elect
the school board. No one can deny,
however, that the "citizen's ticket"
would have been defeated but for the
work of women voters, who were able
to approach the men, whose assists
ance was so necessary, as fellow vot
ers, not as suppliants for favors in a
matter in which they themselves had
no personal rights. It should be re
membered that we had none of tha
aroused public sentiment over a re
cent scandal to help us this year, with,
its consequent newspaper publicity,
and that the men were so preoccupied
with the presidential election and an
Inordinately long ballot that w.ihout
the reminders of the women they
might very well have forgotten tha
schools, which, to most of them, are
a minor issue.
S. E. Srrllth is of course arguing
against general woman suffrage from
the antiquated pleas of "When all the
women want it and "When all the
women use It. These argumen
have nothing to do with the funda
mental question, which Is: Women's
political freedom is right and Just
How soon will all of them be per
mltted to exercise It? MELIORAI
WOOLWORTH FAIRFIELD.
MIRTHFUL REMARKS
The hostess had been coaxing a young
lady to ulnar, but to no purpose. "What;
do you think of a girl who can sing and
won't sing?" she asked a bachelor guest.
"I think," replied he, "that's she's worth)
a dozen girls who can't sing: but will Bins;."
Boston Transcript.
"It's that horrid Mr. Bore again., afnd ?
know she wanta to sell me ticket. ' Didn'c
you tell, her, Jane, that I was not at home?"
'Tea, ma'am, but she torn me to coma
back and ask yon when you would be in."
Baltimore American.
"Why have you locked up your barber
shop?" asked the monkey of the parrot.
"I notice the bald eagle coming.'
"What of It?"
"I sold htm some feathers restorer re
cently."
"Well?"
"I see he's still bald.' LouuMlle Conrler-
Journal.
LOVING MOTHER.
Buffalo News.
Afind when Tse a little chap
JUft about a chair arm high, '
Used t' cltmb In mother's lap
Every evenln' mighty nigh;
Alius called me her "best bean,"
Mother did, an' laughed, an' dad
Used t frown an fluster so
'P'tendln' like he's awful mad!
Used t' like t' stroke her head
Like a youngun alius dees
"Lovln" her" I alius said
"Puppy love," she said it was;
Jlst the same, there's many a tear
Quivered on her lips when she
Heered me whisper In her ear, '
"She's the sweetest girl for me."
Sweetest girl of all, I swan
Mebbe now it's out o' place.
One of my years takln' on
, Showln' slch a childish trace
Clingln to her mem'ry yetr
Longln'.for her love again
Mebbe better jlst forget
Things I said to mother then.
But I can't. There's times that I
Feel I'm a wanderer
Lookin low an looktn' high
Jlst with hopes o' flodio' her;
Want to hear her voice an' the
Plead with her t' not forget
Tell her I'm a boy again.
An' the' same opinion yetl
To m ake a
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