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THE BEE: OMAHA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1916.
THE OMAHA DAILY BEE
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draaa will b changed aa oft.a raqalrad. .
Speaking of food blockades, the subsea raid
er! are tome blockaders.
King Corn's preeminence among cereal mon
arch's warrants the higher distinction of emperor,
Washington, no doubt, will appreciate the re
newed evidence of good will supplied by Villa's
firing squads. '
It is already evident that the state and county
pie counters are unequal to the demands of the
Those would-be bankers whose applications
for bank, charters were turned down evidently
neglected to "see" Art Mullen.
The sudden and sweeping trimming of stock
gamblers reminds the spectator that peace car
ries a few horrors in its pockets.
The first and biggest job awaiting the coming
food dictator of Great Britain Is to insure the
freedom of (he fodder on the seas.
Omaha's pull as a convention city grows as its
charms and . hospitality become more widely
Known. King Alt and his handmaid, Publicity,
perform wonders in that line. More power to
their glad hands. ' " '
. If Germany had tipped off that peace message
to the sports of the pits, appreciation of Teutonic
foresight would have made the tickers hum with
joy. At it it the exhaust of gas from the balloon
smothers every thought of compliment.
The shower of bouquets tossed at the city
commissioners in the anti-Water board resolu
tions inturet the authors reserved teatt around
the municipal Christmas tree and tags the prin
cipal prixet.. Less than, that smacks of ingratitude..'
The Russian Duma unanimously shoos the
Teutonic dove outf Petrograd. For a thou
sand years the Romanoffs dreamed of an open
port to the Seven Seat. The hope of realization
through the Dardanelles forbidt a rude awaken
ing at thit time. ' ' ' "
It it pleasing to know that railroad men are
beginning to see ample middle ground for the
settlement of disputes. If both tides put away
their goggles the area of middle ground available
for cultivation with reason would surprise man
agers and workers.
A group of Inventive congressmen propose
a simple and speedy solution of the living cost
problem. Raise the aalariet of congressmen's
secretaries from $1,500 to $2,000 a year, or give
each member a messenger at $75 per month,
Either plan will fatten the congressional larder
and radiate Joy among constituents.
Railroad managers are more profoundly grate
ful for federal regulation than they put into
words. Itt direct value it shown in uniform de
murrage charget which increases revenue any
way it works. Only a central power could bring
about uniformity and a raise of tuch importance.
to transportation companies and the public.
All Friendly to America ,
St Leulo Plata Domoual
We recently commented on the fact that his
friendliness toward and his understanding of
America were assigned among the reasons for
the aooointment ot Altred limmermann as mill'
inter of the German foreign office to succeed Von
Jagow. It is significant that the same reasons
are being urged by Lord Northcliffe'a papers to
prove the fitness of David Lloyd George for the
place of unprecedented prestige and power he
is to hold in the new British government. There
seems to be considerable inconsistency in Lloyd
George's accepting the premiership and also a
place on the war council, after his insistence on
the ability of Asquith to serve in both caoacities.
We may argue from it that the new premier is
not modest overmuch. But then his phenomenal
career justifies his concluding that he it the
natural leader in hit country s crisis.
It is absurd to assume that either Lloyd
Georse or the other three bin men in the new
cabinet have been chosen solely because of their
frindliness to America. This country could pick
several noted Englishmen for whom it has a
greater fondness and who understand America
tar better. But it is flattering to have the friend'
liness of the chief cabinet members for America
emphasized by the British press. The fact that
Admiral Beatty and Earl Curzon are "sons-in-
law of America is not lost, it is alwavt irratifv
ing to know that our neighbors are trying to be
considerate of our feelings.
Nevertheless, these particular manifestations
of friendliness will cause some anxiety. In the
case ot limmermann, tor example, we are more
concerned about the future submarine oolicv than
about the amiable personality of the official who
' is to discuss it with us. We are also prone to
think more about whether Great Britain aims
to persist in its violations of our fights under
international law than about the sympathetic
' understanding of our institutions manifested by
the new cabinet members. The belligerents
snow a aispusiiiun to spcaa poiitciy 10 America,
nut inis ooes not signuy a great alteration in
Holding the Negro in the South.
Shortage of labor in the north and west parts
of the United States has resulted in a very con
siderable "migration of negroes from southern
states in the last year and half. So serious
has this movement become that the southern
plantation owners see their supply of cheap la
bor threatened, and they are now energetically
bestirring themselves to keep the negro in the
south. One of the noteworthy effects of the ex
odus it that it has led Georgians to admit the er
ror of their habit of lynching negroes on the least
provocation. The Atlanta Constitution even sug
gests that for the future the matter of punishing
offenders be left to the courts, so that a negro
may feet sure he will not be hanged for some
act that would ordinarily be punished by a few
days in jail at most.
At the same time we have the spectacle of
Senator Vardaman offering a resolution in the
United States senate, asking that the supreme
court be requested to pronounce on the sufficiency
of the vote' by which the Fourteenth and Fif
tenth amendments to the Constitution of the
United States were adopted. The honorable gen
tleman from Mississippi, who will find the names
of some negroes on the list that stretches between
his and that of Jefferson Davis, doesn't approve
of the civil rights regulations under whicft the
negro is assured of his constitutional liberties.
He is anxious to have the negro remain in Mis
sissippi to till the fields, but not to vote.
An industrial as well as a political emancipa
tion is awaiting the south, and when it comes a
better day will have dawned for Dixie.
Omaha and the Grade Crossings.
One detail of our municipal life to which the
visiting expert on city planning and management
has called attention it the unprotected grade
crossing. This, however, will hardly be credited
to him at an original discovery; others have noted
and deplored the fact for lo, these many years.
From time to time The Bee has raised a protest
against the unprotected grade crossing, and still
it persistent in its efforts to secure relief that is
all too alow in coming. No town in Nebraska
has been so neglected, either by its own authori
ties or by the railroads, as has Omaha. In no
other community in the state will be found such
crossings at those over the Belt Line or the Elk
horn tracks in the north and west parts of the
city. For years these have stood without gates,
flagmen, or similar devices to secure safety, and
the public has and yet uset them at its peril,
with now and then a fatality to denote the neg
ligence of some one. Nor does much of consola
tion flow from the fact that viaducts long ago
ordered to carry roadways over dangerous cross
ings have been delayed by reason of the inter
vention of our city planning board, figuring with
the railroad involved to secure something In lieu
of the bridge the courtt said must be built. No
matter from whence comet the impetus, the city
will be the gainer when the dangerous grade
crossing is eliminated.
. Future Sourc of Oil.
For those who foresee the exhaustion of the
oil fields of the United States a recent bulletin
from the United States Geological survey con
tains some comfort. Investigation made of the
great shate bodies in western Colorado and east
ern Utah has established the existence of a source
of oil supply that it beyond that already1 dis
covered. It may be that future finds will post
pone the utilization of these shale beds, but when
the time does come, they are waiting to be tried
out and put to use. Careful tests made show that
kerosene, gasoline and all other derivatives of
crude petroleum may be distilled from the shale,
and that the residue is of great value as a nitro
genous fertilizer. Results are easily obtainable,
and the only thing that holda back recourse to
thit supply it that oil from flowing wells is pro
duced cheaper at present. At to the supply,
it is estimated that the ahale of Colorado
alone will produce twenty billions of barrels
of oil, or more than five times as. much as has
beeen produced in the United States up to date,
while the deposits in Utah are probably as ex
tensive and just as rich. It wijl be some time
before the United States runs oat of fuel oil or
gasoline, but the price may go up a little higher
when it becomes necessary to distill the supply
from the rock instead of having it gush forth in
Elements qf Cost
Chancellor Avery, talking to the farmersmade
a startling showing that 2.7S cents worth of
wheat is finally sold to the consumer for 25 cents
when properly done up in a package of break
fast food. This looks like an enormous increase
in price, but if the chancellor had traced the
wheat through all the hands it passes on its
way from field to breakfast table, perhaps he
would have shown a reason for the addition of
22.25 cents to the price. The journey begins
with the local elevator, continues through the
central elevator, to the factory, then to the whole
saler or distributor, to the retailer, and finally to
the one who eats the food. This trip includes a
railroad journey to and from the mill or factory,
interrupted several times; It involves handling by
team or truck at different stages of the route;
wages and taxes must be paid and profits taken
by each of the several agents or "middlemen," and
to mese items must oe aaaeo otners, such as in
surance, the cost of promotion and the like, be
fore the total it completed. All the intricate
organization of society, from the government
down, is paid for out of the difference between
what the farmer gets and what the eater pays.
When the extent and complexity of the service
required it given full consideration, the wonder
will be at the efficiency of the organization that
achieves the result at to small a toll.v
A little belated, perhaps, but atill pertinent
bit of advice to Christmas shoppers it to keep in
mind always the established home , merchants,
whose shops are open the year around, to serve
the needt of the community. Omaha has as fine
retail stores in all lines as may be found in the
country, and from these can be procured always
any ot the myriad things of any quality needed
for holiday uses as well as for the year around.
Moreover, the satisfaction of Christmas shopping
will be the better for the savor of having bought
from the dealer who is with you in all the other
enterprises in which the city is concerned.
Imagination in Renting Houses
frank Bell, la Collier, i
The fund for Brownell Hall haa received sev
eral substantial boosts in the last few days, and
bids fair to see the campaign crowned with sue
cess. Such an undertaking might stagger a
community with less of determination than
Omaha, or an organization that did not feet the
impulse to victory, but the committees in charge
of the work know only how to win.
An observing man in a middle western city
consulted a real estate operator. The real estate
man advised him to put his money into a flat
building three stories high containing twelve
four-room flats such as were renting for $30 a
month. The real estate operator offered to pro
vide the prospective investor with plans for just
such a building, from one which he had himself
put up and which he believed was superior in
arrangement to any other building in town be
cause it rented so readily. The thoughtful man
took home a blue print of the floor plans. A
few days later he came back with a modification
of them. He had figured up that each four-room
apartment contained slightly more than 500
square feet; the largest room in each was ap
proximately 10x12 feet. He proposed that the
architect get up a floor plan of one-room apart
ments with kitchenette and bath, and suggested
that if this one room was 12x16 feet it would be
possible to pat two one-room apartments into the
space of one four-room apartment. The real
estate man demurred; the thoughtful man per
sisted. When the building was nearly finished
the thoughtful man had the finishing touches
put in one of his twenty-four apartments ahead
of the rest. He went out and bought a table, a
reading lamp, two chairs, a grass rng, a coffee
pot, a soap dish and a bath towel and arranged
them in the finished apartment.
Finally he inserted an advertisement in the
local paper which began something like this:
"Why live in a furnished room when you
can have one of our individual apartments with
built-in wall bed, kitchenette with gas plate and
ice box and bath for $30 a month."
There followed a sketch of the interior of
one of the apartments finished. Then, this
"You needn't worry about the cost of furni
ture. We should say that at a pinch one of these
apartments could be furnished for. $30. Come in
between the hours of 9 and 5 on Sunday and see
what can be done for that price." i
This advertisement was inserted once. Before
the plaster was dry every apartment in the build
ing was rented at $30 a month, with the result
that the thoughtful man got $60 a month for
every 500 square feet of floor space in his build
ing instead of $30 a month. .
It is only fair to add that the cost of the
building containing twenty-four one-room apart
ments was slightly greater than the cost of a
building containing twelve four-room apartments.
All told, the percentage of return is slightly less
than twice as great as it would have been for
But a percentage slightly less than twice as
great as other people are getting is not to be
sneezed at. Why did the thoughtful man get it?
The point was that he realized that the town
contained an unusual number of young people
earning good salaries and living alone. The de
mand for furnished rooms was so much larger
than the supply that rents were unusually high.
He lived in a fourteen-room house himself, but
he had the imagination to realize that if he were
a voiincr man earning $30 a week he would rather
pay $30 a montbfor a flat with a private bath and
the opportunity of making his own coffee in the
morning than $7 a week for a furnished room
without these luxuries. By building one-room
flats he was' offering a substitute for furnished
rooms. Four-room flats at the same price were
not a substitute for furnished rooms simply be
cause of the greater investment of furniture in
volved. By his object lesson he neatly emphasized
the slight expense of the necessary furniture for
a one-room fiat,
r-waaaooyBaf- pa aung ' la el M
On Producing More
a Boiton Tranacrtpt .
"Produce more" is one of the various answers
of Secretary Houston of the Department of Ag
riculture to the question presented by the high
cost of living. Certainly if a good deal more food
were produced there would be more food for the
people, but whether or not the added supply
would result in lower prices depends on a great
many things besides the gross amount of food
stuffs produced. For the middleman, as well as
for lovers, the longest way around is still the
shortest way home. It would not advantage the
consumer if production were to be increased,
even greatly, if at the same time the farmer's pro
ductions were to be made to climb the same
golden stair of a dozen successive handlings and
a dozen and one profits on the way from the pro
ducer to the consumer.
Besides, it it a great deal easier to say to the
American farmer, "Produce more," than it is to
make him do it. To the considerations recom
mending superior thoroughness in cultivation and
demonstrating the enormously greater production
possible, a farmer has said to us: "It is all very
easy for you to tell me that I should produce
more to the acre than I do and for the good of the
country I really ought to produce more, but I
will tell you what I am up against: I have to do
the most of my own work on the farm, with the
help of a single hired man. That involves ma
chinery to save the labor that I cannot get if I
wanted to get it; this machinery consists of mow
ers, mechanical corn-planters, horse plows, cul
tivators, etc., and every one of these machines in
volves extensive, not intensive, cultivation. We
two have got to spread ourselves pretty thin over
a tot of land to make the farm pay. You say
cultivate intensively. What does that mean? It
means a row of men or women bending their
backs over growing corn, potatoes and vegetables.
It means lots of labor and labor is exactly what
we haven't got in thia country. Around the big
cities you may have it and that is where inten
sive gardening can be and is carried on. But for
us fellows in about nine-tenths of the country
extensive cultivation by a very few men, with ma
chines, is the only thing possible. Give us the
labor and we will do something different"
There is a point in this objection, but our
friend has not vet proved that American farmers
cannot produce a great deal more, even with pres
ent resources as to UDor. i ney are actually be
ing helped to do that by the farm management
bureau of the Department of Agriculture, which
points out to farmers better varieties, better seeds,
better ways of getting crops out of the soil, all
perfectly in harmony with a small force on the
farm and the use of machinery. The model farms
of hieh Droduction. which this bureau always
holds up to the farmer, are those upon which ex
actly the same force is employed that he is obliged
to use on his farm. That excellent institution of
agricultural advice and economy, the county
agent, never advises a course which is out of reach
to the farmer with his existing resources. It is
not a question of labor, but of putting knowledge
in the place of mere muscle. Say there is not a
single additional hill of corn, and that one man's
machine prepares the ground for it, plants it, cul
tivates it, harvests it, but that single hilt of corn
produces twice as many grains as before. That
a increased production without increased labor
and it is a matter ot increased intelligence in man
People and. Events
J. B. Tattersall, who controls more cotton milts
than any other man in England, began his ca
reer as a mill boy in Lancashire at the age of 9
The oldest member of the house of repre
sentatives in the sixty-fifth congress will be Gen
eral Isaac R. Sherwood of the Ninth Ohio dis
trict, who is now in bis eighty-second year.
Rt Rev. John S. Foley, Catholic bishop of
Detroit, will celebrate this month the sixtieth
anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood,
which took place in Kome uecemoer, cj. ituo.
At general manager of the London & South-
western railway, Sir Herbert Walker has directed
the movement of 15,000 troop trains and several
thousand Red Cross trains carrying the wounded
since the beginning ot the war.
Thought Nugget 'or the Day.
For some must follow and some com
mand, For all are made of clay.
One Year Ago Today In the War.
Ford peace party arrived at Chris
tian aand, Norway.
German cruiser Bremen reported
sunk in Baltic by British submarine.
Oreat Britain sent single men of the
new volunteers, from 19 to 22 years
old. to the colors.
Paris reported an Intense bombard
ment against German trenches near
the Oise river and effective fire In 8t
In Omaha Thirty Years Ago.
A delegation of Omaha Knights of
Pythias lodge No. 26 went to Papll
lion to assist the local lodge In Insti
tuting the third degree. The party
fm. w awooro tP,
was composed of Messrs. Krause,
Heints, Otto Wagner, C. Brode, Gross
man, Tibke, Hartwig, Copts, Kroege,
Evarts and Boehm.
The Bee acknowledges with pleas
ure the receipt of a handsome painting
of 8hoshone Falls from J. J. Cum
mings, manager of the Omaha Litho
graphing and Stationery company. The
painting is presented as a premium to
the subscribers of the Omaha Trade
The Board of Education haa adver
tised for plans for a twelve-room
school building to be erected on the
high school grounds, an eigni-room
building at Twentieth and Izard and
a twelve-mom building at Twenty-
eighth and Webster.
Collins & Shantz, crayon arimm,
i - HUonajuon nf Mr.
nave iinuo duiiuub .V :
and Mrs. Fitzgerald. Another that
shows an excellent conception of
light and snaae is a portrait ui imo.
Belden. , .
Mrs. Gilbert entertained about fif
teen of her friends at an old-fashioned
William Broaerica or tne ummn. Ab
bott company was delightfully enter
. i . j i... - t,A v,-B n TP. Rtenhens
milieu wj J" -" - ' TT
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. H,
Shipman, 630 Bouth-Seventeentn.
Mrs. J. "L. Webster gave a reception
In honor of Mrs. H. B. Williams of
New York. The women who assisted
in receiving were; Mrs. N. Shelton,
Mrs. Judge Bunay. sirs. vaitey,
Miss Wakeley, Mrs. J. M. Woolworth,
txrm nittir Mrs. General Dandy
and Mrs. E. S. Dundy, Jr.
This Day to History.
1795 Henry ueuwaiier, tne mm,?!
-a i ... ,.., in tha ITnited States.
born In Switzerland. Died at Easton,
Fa., April zi, iss-f. 5
1846 Sikhs defeated by Britten at
battle of Moodkee.
1863 Archduke Francis Ferdinand,
heir to the Austrian throne, born.
Assassinated at Sarajevo, 1 June 28,
1870 Assembly of German princes
presented the king of Prussia with an
address requesting him to become em
AH omciai roueynui '
given King Kalakaua of the Hawaiian
Islands by congress.
lg87 Duke of Norfolk, special en
voy from Queen Victoria, congratu
lated Pope Leo XIII on his Jubilee.
1889 Convention of delegates from
Kansas, Iowa, North Dakota, South
Dakota and Nebraska met at Omaha
to form a central prohibition organiza-
181 Gulon Line steamship Abys
sinia, Ave days out from New York,
burned at sea; passengers -and crew
rescued by the Spree. .
1904 Japanese captured Ki-kwan-shan
forts at Port Arthur. S
The Day We Celebrate.
L. M. Whitehead, chief clerk of the
general passenger agent of the Bur
lington at Omaha, was born December
18, 1879, at Fairmont Neb. He has
been continuously with the Burling
ton since 189. . ,
Charles L. Shook, president of the
company by his name manufacturing
Jewelry, is today Just 66 years old.
He waa born In Canton, 0.t and has
been active In lodge circles. ;
. Major Harry H. Bandholtz, Thir
teenth United States infantry, who
commanded the Pittsburgh training
camp the last summer, born in Michi
gan fifty-two years ago today.
Dr. Lyman Abbott noted' clergy
man, author and editor, born at Rox
bury. Mass, eighty-one years ago to-
Dr. 8. Parkes Cadman, noted clergy
man and eloquent pulpit orator, born
in England fifty-two years ago today.
Francis Burton Harrison, governor
general of the Philippines, born in
New York City forty-three years ago
today. . .. .
Nathan B. Scott, former United
States senator from West Virginia,
born in Guernsey county, Ohio, seventy-four
years ago today.
Rt. Rev. John. Grimes, Catholic
bishop of Syracuse, born in County
Limerick, Ireland, sixty-tour years
ago today. . , -
Tyrus R: Cobb, outfielder of the De
troit American league base ball team,
born at Royston, Ga., thirty years ago
Mike Glover (Michael J. Cavanagh),
well known welterweight pugilist,
born at Lawrence, Mass., twenty-six
years ago today.
Timely Jottings and Reminders.
Congratulations to President and
Mrs. Wilson on their first wedding
Final decision on the route of the
proposed Jefferson highway, from
Winnipeg to New Orleans, is expected
to be announced at New Orleans to
day. Carranza's action on the protocol
signed at Atlantic City by the Mexican-American
Joint commission will
be submitted to the American commis
sioners by the Mexican members at a
preliminary meeting to be held today
Trial In the cases of Elmer E. Gal
breath, former president and Charles
H. Davis, former chairman of the
board of directors ot the old Second
National bank of Cincinnati, is sched
uled to begin today in the United
States district court at Cincinnati.
Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary Is
to preside at a dinner to be given to
night at the Hotel Astor, New York
City, in honor of Ruth Law, who holds
the record for the longest nonstop
flight In America and the second long
est flight in the world.
Storyctt of the Day.
The teacher was giving the school a
little lecture on good conduct
"Avoid criticising," she said.
"Don't make a practice of finding
fault with other people, or picking
flaws in what they say or do."
Teacher," spoke up a little boy,
"that's the way my father makes his
llvin'l" . ,
"You surprise me, George! What is
your father's occupation T"
"Ha s a proofreader, ma'am." The
teacher coughed. "Well, George,"
she said, "I make an exception in the
case of your father." Youth's Com
8cnnoiiette lo "(ioodfe.iows."
Blair. Neb.. Dec. 15. To the Editor j
of The Bee: Once more the season
is at hand when the Christian world
Ih approaching a day that will be cele
brated. There are no days of celebra
tion or decoration that can compare
with the one now drawing near be
cause of the spirit attached. A spirit
of one who is said to have "made him
self of no reputation, and took unto
himself the form of a servant, made
in the likeness of men and was found
in the fashion of man."
The echo of this great call to ob
serve a holiday season has an agree
able effect on humanity, for it seta
men thinking of others. It brings the
life of the other fellow, who may be
less fortunate, forcibly before us. In
answer to this great call the great
American hart responds and the
awakening is having its effect on the
entire civilized world in a desirable
and pleasing way.
Men may go forth with the best of
intent and purpoHe in a desire to stop
carnal warfare, but words are weak
In comparison to deeds,' and the
"goodfellow" who ."makes himself of
no reputation" in assisting those less
fortunate will outshine the stars with
such action, because It follows in the
wake of the right spirit, representing
more power for good than all the
preachment of the greatest evangelists
of the world.
Then let us encourage this spirit of
good fellowship that the newspapers
are enlarging upon. Beautiful indeed
is IV to remember those less favored
than we are, and may each and every
reader of this paper resolve him or
herself Into a committee of one to do
some little act of kindness, however
small, for as little drops of water
make the great ocean and smallest
particles of sand make the great whole
of the most beautiful world of a ma
terial nature known to humanity,
with action bubbling forth from the
heart that may not stop wars, but it
is believed will act as a powerful fac
tor tn its prevention. The heart
beats of the goodfellow now appearing
on the surface has a mission in the
business and social world of today as
never before. May its vibration and
pulsations radiate with the rising sun
365 times for 1917 clothed in a spirit
of charity "making for itself no repu
tation," and may the pathway of
"goodfellows" be strewn with flowers
on the great wayside of human life,
and the world will get better. Long
live our "goodfellows."
T. J. HILDEBRAND.
What Is a Veteran?
Fremont, Neb., Dec. 1 5. To the
Editor of The Bee: The statement is
made in The Bee that an old veteran
60 years of age had cashed a check,
etc. Something wrong here, sure.
When your correspondent first pre
sented himself for enlistment in .1862
and was turned down and told to wait
a year or two, this man was only 5
years of age, and but 8 years of age
when I was- mustered out in 1866,
at the close of the war. Something
wrong about this. Real old soldiers
are not liable to be engaged in that
kind of thing and should not be
charged up with such business unless
an Old Soldier is guilty. The young
est old soldier in the state is 70 years
old. P. H. WINTERSTEEN.
a hU-p further and admit another truth
which ought to be quite evident to
the most obtuse; namely, that the
farmers are the best Judges, at least
in this matter, of what is to their in
terest. But no matter whether they
are or not, the fart remains that they
think so, and no matter whether other
people who have been hammering
them on "good roads" for ail thee
years and who live mostly In the
sweat of the farmer's face like it or
not, the farmers are now acting and
will continue to act accordingly and
hence these resolutions of yesterday
aprainst the federal road law.
Since you did not publish these
road resolutions of the farmers' con
gressthough I trust you may yet
do so let me give a brief synopsis of
them. They declare against any ap
propriation by the legislature to meet
the provisions of the federal road law;
against the creation of any state high
way commission with other than ad
visory powers; ask the legislature to
memorialize congress asking forthe
repeal of the federal road law, and
urge the farmers of the state generally
to send petitions to the legislature
along these lines.
I think the time has now fully come
when these professional rood roadists.
from New York to San Francisco and
from Omaha to Sidney, should accept
the Inevitable. They should have
sense enough to know and to see that,
so far as Nebraska is concerned, the
farmers who have mostly been listen
ing in silence to their arguments
most of which are false or quite so
phistical have made up their verdict
and that it is against them. And, fur
ther, they will in due time find oat,
even if they do not now know, that
the farmers of Nebraska not only do
not want, but will not have, these hard
surfaced roads that cost anywhere
from $10,000 to $25,000 per mile, and
that the consideration that they may
have to help build the roads of other
states without getting any of the plun
der for themselves will not shake their
In conclusion let me say that when
the state association of farmers' ele
vator companies two weeks ago in a
practically full house declared In fa
vor of good dirt roads and against
these so-called "Improved," or hard
surfaced roads, there was not a dis
senting voice, and that when the farm
ers' congress yesterday made similar
declaration, though stronger and more
comprehensive, there was only one
dissenting voice and that of a man
who was admittedly more of an auto
mobile man than a farmer. And
though I am no prophet and hold no
commission to speak for them, let me
predict that when the Farmers' union
state convention meets here in Omaha
about a month from now an organi
zation of simon-pure farmersthey
will make even stronger declarations
on this road question if that were
possible than have these organiza
tions above referred to.
"Why did yon sdd to that story X tfltd
you about my war bride profits?"
"I added nothtnff."
"That's just It. I told yoo I cleared
$500 and you made it $5,0W." Louisville
Wooster on Good Roads.
Omaha, Neb., Dec. 15. To the Edi
tor of The Bee: Tou comment this
morning on the action of the Nebras
ka Farmers' congress in opposition to
the federal road law. Will you kindly
permit me to comment on the com
ments, prefacing my remarks with the
statement-of the fact that I fathered
those road resolutions both in the
farmers' congress and in the state
meeting of farmers' elevator associa
tions held in this city about two weeks
ago and presumably know what I am
talking about. -
You say the farmer is the one "who
pays the high cost of poor roads"
and I am glad to hear you say it
not because it is true, which it is not
nobody pays for them; as a general
rule our roads are good but because
you therein indirectly admit that the
interests of the farmers are the chief
factors in the case the thing the
farmers have always been insisting
upon. I think you might now well go
"Tou seem to attach great lmportai.ee
to the secret ballot?"
"I do. It's what enables a silent voter
to claim after election that he voted for
the successful candidate. Washington -
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SHALL I Do?
Push we copkw v, .
Doctor Have you tried counting; up to
Insomnia Patient Tea, but at M I re
member that's the amount of your bill,
and at 80 my wife's new town gets my
goat! Philadelphia Bulletin.
Neighbor ' f who had heard a commotion
tn the Casey tenement) What's the matter,
Mrs. Caeey? Are ye bavin' difficulty wld
Mrs. Casey (with scorn) Havin difficulty
wld him. Not much! He'i dead aisy for me.
Bo You Have to Go Down
the Stairs At Night to
Answer Your Telephone?
An extension telephone in your bedroom
does sway with the necessity for those trips
down the dark and chilly stairway when the
telephone rings. Answer and send your calls
from your bedside.
Without a bell
50 cents a month.
With extra bell
75 cents a month.
Persistence is the cardinal vir
tue in advertising; no matter
how good advertising may be
in other respects, it must be
run frequently and constant
ly to be really successful.
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