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THE BEE: OMAHA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1916. THE OMAHA V DAILY BEE FOUNDED 1Y EDWARD KOSEWATEK. ' VICTOR ROSEWATER, EDITOR. THE BEE PUBLISHING COMPANY. PBOPKIETOR. ttntersS at Omaha poatorrioa aa aecond-claae inattaf. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. 'I Pally and Sunday........ ' Dally wtlhavt Sunday.... i Kventftff and Sunday Kvenlns wttbaat Sunday. Sunday Hae only. By Carrlar per month. the.,... ......lie ..... Sic .tee.... By Mall per year. !. 4.W . 4.M 1.M iuit. a..n,t. ihnM MtH In advanaa. 110.09, Send nolle, or chant 'of addreaa or trrasularltr la de livery la Omaha Bee, Circulation Department. i , REMITTANCE. Remit by draft, etpreaa or poital order. Only l-oent otampa I. taken In payment of amall aeeounta. Poreonal ahoclia, txc.pt on Omaha and eaitern oichante, not accepted. OFFICES. Omaha The Bee Building-. South Omaha ISIS N etreet. Council Bluffa 14 North Main etraot. Lincoln 30 Little Building. Chicago lit People'e Oaa Building. Nrw Torn Room 101. l Fifth aee. (It. Ioulo Mi Nxw Bank of Commerce. Waahlngton 7ao Fourteenth atroot. W. W. CORRESPONDENCE. , Addreaa commnnlcttlona relating t. nmwt and adltartal matter to Omaha Bee. Editorial Department NOVEMBER CIRCULATION. 55,483 Daily Sunday 50,037. might Wllllama. rtrcolatlns manager mt The BM Publlahlng company, being duly awom, aaya that the arerage circulation for the monlk) of November. 110. was Mi3 dally, and o.0S7 Sunday. DWIQHT WILLIAMS. Circulation VanBger. Babacrlbed In my praeenco and sworn to before sea tb.ii 2nd day of Deeember, 1010. , . C. W, CAKtOM, Nourr Publlo. SubecriWa Laving Ik city temporarily hould hav. Tha Baa mailad la Item. A drug will bm chug ad aa of lorn aa raciBirad. Last call for early Chriatmai ihopping! And don't forget the unfortunate! who are un derclothed and shivering for want of fuel ,, The moral wickedness of W1I street is further emphasized by wholesale divorcing of war brides. 'The most difficult task friendship imposes on any man is living up to a congratulatory welcome. No matter how much longer the war lasts, peace talk is in the air and wilt continue until the finish. ' . , . Now that we have once mors our- full com plement of bishops, Omaha wilt again occupy its proper place on the church map.;.. ; i , If Mr. Bryan is grooming himself for 1920 he is doing it without waiting for the aid or consent of President Wilson or any other democrat on earth. j;5 ; i !l ; : The egg king ot Chicago, cell s clear bill of health from the federal probers of the H. C of L, Now let the monarch give a like certificate with tht goods. '' . - Under the circumstances the "safety first" rule will require the soldier boys to make the trip from tropical Texas to sub-Arctic Nebraska by easy stages. Governor Neville's first problem wilt' be to keep himself free from fatal entanglement with the gang of political highbinders who are, trying to j assert their ownership, of. him. : -, , Even though the brotherhoods desert the ship and railroad managers chuck the, winter-suit, it is confidently believed Mr. Adamion will (taint up (or his' stop-watch law, vocally valiant and unafraid. - - ; !' , , .',,'.. One of the munition mills down east dec orsted the stockholders' Christmas trees with a special dividend of 100 per. cent . .This style of decoration supports the assertion that war is a ; good thing in spots. . If practical experience is desirable before the administration seriously undertakes furthering '. international peace, some valuable pointers might ! J be had by promoting a peace conference between it the federalized National Guard and the regular army, In spite of $50,000 worth of spiritual uplift i dispensed in Omaha some twelve 'months ago, j our divorce records for 1916 point suspicionsty I to an increased percentage of misfits. ) Possibly our improved facilities for matrimonial back sliding draws a bit of outside business. f i One of the city planning experts says mil , lions of dollars hsve been wasted in foolish 'im provement" experiments in developing Omaha. but that millions of dollars may be saved by exer cising common sense and longer vision in future improvements. This is only another way of tell ing us that for cities, as welt as Individuals, expe- rience is the best schoolmaster, though the ex- pense bills come even higher. Life Insurance Alarm -New York. Wares- Life insurance officials are'accustomed to view with alarm the physical condition of Americana; it is their trsde. and they are exceeding apt at it But not often do thev oaint so doleful a nortrait of physical decrepitude as is contained in E. E. Kittennouse s diagnosis ot the average citizen, or "per' capita person." This typical American, it seems, is bald at 43 from trying to crowd the experiences of two lifetimes into one; muscularly wcas, inq aim-joimcQ uccauac nc never walks when he can ride; the health of his teeth and Rums is impaired from eating too much soft tood; his digestive organs are showing signs of rebellion and "he is .seriously overstraining his heart arteries, kidneys, nerves and digestion." A aodaenng ana prematurely old young man, sans teem, sans taste, sans everything at the very time of life when be should be in his prime. It is a pathetic picture. But where do the insur ance men find the original? It is to be feared that their typical American, their per capita per son, is sn insurance type only an actuarial and not an actual .man. .-.-' ..-... There are. of courser, men of whom this is a correct diagnosis. They exist in New York snd other large cities snd they are paying the penalty lof a life .of self-indulgence,' life of equal excess in the pursuit of money ancr ot pleasure. Even thev are finding in coif , and motoring a oartial antidote for the processes of decay. But how negligible is their number: by comparison with the tens of millions of workers in industry and lasriculturel the vast armies of toilers who make jup the population of the United States and who more truly aeservc to oe consiaerea average Americans, lhey at least are manifesting no con. spinous signs of physical decadence. 1 here is !a general impression, indeed, that their relatively gooa neaun ana lengtn ot lite is wnat enables the insurance companies to show such marked prosperity, t ' But an insurance company which did not hold the mirror up to physical decay would be untrue to its traditions. Yet it is hardly neces sary to set up a bogy-man of disesse and de crepitude as a "type" of American citizen. Wilson's Plea to the Belligerents. The note from the president of the United States urging the nations of Europe now at war to exchange views in hope that a basis for peace msy be divulged is not entirely a surprise. Many signs of its forthcoming have been noted, most significant being the speech by Senator Stone at St. Louis last week as the immediate preface for the president's actions, and the reasons now given by Secretary Lansing are very similar to the arguments put forward by the chairman of the senate foreign affairs committee maintaining the right of the United States to intervene. More interest will attach to the reception of the note in Europe than to the reasons for its being sent It is couched in terms that make plain the desire of the United States to be of real assistance to all without prejudicing the rights or interests of any. The suggestion does not involve mediation, although it may lead up to a request for such action. The propriety of the president's action may well be discussed without impugning his motives. The German note, inviting peace proposals, has not yet had its answer from either of the gov ernments addressed, although each of the Entente Allies has expressed a purpose of exchanging notes with Germany on the subject. So delicate is the present situation that words uttered with the best of intentions by an outsider may sound presumptuous or obtrusive and be liable to mis construction. Interests of the United States and other neutrals have been so strained that all have been close to war for many months, and all are equally concerned in every proceeding that may lead to peace. That one neutral nation should act alone may not serve to quiet jealousies at this time, more than usual, so near the surface. The novelty of the proceedings, it will be ob served, is in line with Mr. Wilson's well estab lished disregsrd for precedent or form. His notes express the universal desire of the world to day, but make small allowance for the play of opposed interests. This, however, is not vital just now, for conclusions as to the effect of the communication must awatt developments. Increase in City Population. The Census bureau has just snnounced its estimate of increase in the population of cities of the country, basing its calculations on the ratio of increase between 1900 and 1910 and carry ing out the totals on that proportion. This gives Omaha 166,470, which figure is quite 8,000 to 10,000 below that suggested by other rules for estimating as reliable as the one adopted by the census authorities. While not inclined to make extravagant claims of population for the city, The Bee calls attention to the fact 'that the reg istration of voters, the school census, the Water Board's survey, and other sources that are depend able, put the total number of Omaha's residents at a figure much closer to 180,000. Interesting in this connection is the informa tion that the trend of population to the cities is unabated. Nothing surprising nor regrettable can be found m this. The modern city, especially the American type, offers such conditions of life as must be attractive to man under normal Influences. Comforts and conveniences increase every day, and, while the competition for these msy be keen, the industrious and esterpriging sre assured of reward for their efforts, while the less successful are assured of advantages that are only to be found in targe cities.' These touch life on alt ides and need not be enumerated. Disadvantage, also are found, but they are slowly being overcome, as' man is brought more and more to a realization of his obligation to lighten the burden of his fellows. "Back to the land" has failed of its purpose, for the reason that the city affords much more of opportunity for the man of amall capital or no means but his labor capacity than does the country. Farming is carried on aong such tines today as minimize the hardship, but snccess depends on capital beyond the control of the man who: can make his way in the city though beldto work for wages. . Again the Constitution Between Friends. Again are we constrained to ask, "What's the constitution between friends, "anyway?" Here comes the attorney general with a report to the governor calling for an additional appropriation of some $225,000 for special activities of the state's legal department daring the next two years. The money is to be used, ostensibly, to hire help to prosecute liquor cases, to follow up Nebraska's interest in the railroad rate legisla tion, to pursue alleged trusts and monopolies, to prosecute irrigation suits and other minor mat ters. Besides distributing this neat sum in the form of retainers and fees to friendly outside lawyers, the attorney general would keep his present force of five assistants and enlarge it by the addition of two more stenographers. All of which reminds us that the attorney general is supposed to be the special guardian of the sacred document known as the constitu tion of the state which, in turn, has several pro visions relating to the law department itself. The constitution, for example, creates the office of attorney general and attaches to it the muni ficent salary of $2,000 a year but does not specifi cally provide for any office help whatever. On the contrary, it declares, in so many words, not only that "no other executive office shall be created," but also that "there shall be no allow ance for clerk hire in the office of the attorney general." We know that the supreme court long ago got around this inhibition by ssgely decid ing that a "stenographer" is not a "clerk," but still we do not believe it was the intention of the constitution framtrs to make the I attorney general's position merely a funnel through which . fat stipends should be poured into the pockets of favored lawyers, hand-picked for polit ical considerations, to represent the state in litiga tion that should be conducted by regular snd responsible law officers. If the constitutional strait-jacket around the attorney general's office is outgrown, let us change it in the proper way instead of riding it down roughshod, regardless of consequences. A summary of interest charges on farm loans in Nebraska shows a range of SH per cent and commission in the southeast to 10 per cent snd some over in the northwest. The latter figure approaches extortion. ; The highcost of money undoubtedly retards development! and presents a condition which should command legislative action. - Premier Lloyd-George emphasises in spirit the historic remark of fighting Paul Jones: "I have just begun to fight." Britain haa done its bit so far, but the empire must do a vastly greater bit to achieve visible results. J ' Teaching the Young Mind -St Laola Glebe-Dei The cost of educating pupils in the public schools of the United States is high, but nobody doubts that it is worth the price being paid, or the higher prices which will yet be paid, since there can be no doubt that expenditures along this line will increase rather than diminish. The bureau of education in the Department of the Interior, estimating on the basis of a known ex penditure of $800,000,000 in 1914, concludes that the nation's educational expenditure during 1916 Has been not less than $1,000,000,000; If the figure looks large, one need only contrast it with the sums we expend annually for drinks, tobacco and other sources of evanescent joy, to find how small it is by comparison, and to realize how much more it yields in lasting results. Inspection of the bureau of education's bulle tin leads to wonder that the annual cost is not greater. The magnitude of the work being done is disclosed in the figures showing attendance and number of teachers employed. The number of pupils enrolled in public kindergaten and ele mentary schools rose from 16,900,000 in 1910 to 17,935,000 in 1914, a gain of more than 1.000,000 in the four years. In the same period the num ber of students in the public schools increased from 915,000 to 1,219,000, and this latter figure grew to 1,329,000 in 1915. The increase shown in the five years was something in excess of 400,000. Evidently, larger numbers are passing from the grammar school grades into the high school grades than formerly. Another encourag ing condition is to be found in the fact set out in the bulletin that approximately 93 per cent of the high school students are attending high schools teaching four-year courses. The old fashioned high school with or two or three-year course is going out of date. Of the 11,674 public high schools, 8,440 give full four years' training. There are 706,000 teachers. The averaee teacher's salary is $525. The number of male teachers in the elemenatry schools has decreased 20 per cent since 1900, and even in the high schools women teachers are crowding out the men. In 1900 teaching positions in public high schools were divided about evenly between the sexes. At present the women outnumber the men by 8.000. These are figures at which the anti-feminizationists will cry out, and it may be wondered indeed, if boys in high schools are to be trained and inspired for military service, whether the masculine leaven in the teaching forces of such institutions should not be increased rather than diminished. . The Rise of Commoners St. Lauls Globe-Democrat The kings and the nobility may have started the great war, but they. are not conducting it. It is a severe jolt to the European doctrine of blue blood that so many of the big figures arc commoners, men of lowly families who have arisen to their places of eminence by sheer force of personal ability and character. It is not merely in the army that this is true. Napoleon over a century ago upset Bourbon notions in military affairs, when he made marshals of France of men who began life as humble artisans. This great lesson was one of the blessings he left to offset the crime of his bloody career. The two leading statesmen of the Entente Allies are not only commoners, but their early careers made it improbable that any crisis should ever arise that would cause the whole people to turn to them for leadership. , ' David Lloyd-George came from the Welsh yeomanry. Orphaned in childhood, he was edu cated by his mother's brother, a shoemaker, from whom he took the name Lloyd, in gratitude. He began his public career by defending nonconform ism. He was a recognized guerrilla in Parliament His opposition to the Boer war was strong enough to bring his loyalty .into question, and he had to disguise himself to escape angry mobs. He was later, loathed by .people of property because of his sweeping reforms and his odious tax meas ures. He cynically called a new source of taxa tion "another hen roost to rob." Yet be is now premier of Great Britain and virtual dictator, by act of Parliament. . , Ariatide Briand, the French premier, comes from a bourgeois family. He began his Dublic activities as an anarchist. It was as a socialist ne was elected a deputy fourteen years ago. He was the father of the law of separation and ac cepted .the portfolio of public instruction aria" worship in order that he might personally super vise its enforcement, for which he was read out of his party.- For a time he seemed to have no friends, but now he dominates France as Lloyd George does the United Kingdom. Such is pop. ular confidence in him that he moves the military heroes about like chessmen. And in Germany also the commoner is com ing into his own. Alfred Zimmerman in th firet minister of the German foreign office ever ap pointed outside the nobility. Dangers p Electoral System -New York WorM- Berond anv doubt West Virtrinia went rrnnh. lican in the recent election. Mr. Hughes carried the state by over 2700 plurality. Yet five weeks after the election it is established that President Wilson will receive one electoral vote against seven for Mr. Hughes. - This is due solely to the substitution of Colonel N. S. Scott as a re publican elector after the resignation of J. W. Dawson. It was clearly one of those accidents of politics by which the will of the majority of . i . in... ,: , , , r . inc voters in west Virginia is aeiearea and oy which the will of the maioritv in the United States in certain circumstances might have been defeated. . Under the oresent electoral system a situa tion might have arisen where this one democratic elector in West Virginia who slipped through by chance would have decided the presidential elec tion. After weeks of suspense arid confusion, by the shift of a few random votes in a republican state it might prove that a democratic president had been elected; or the ease might be reversed under similar ..conditions elsewhere. In California there was a difference of more than 2,000 votes between the first and last Wilson electors, and similar discrepancies can be found in most of the states. Machinery -so faulty an- so liable to break down in critical circumstances snouia not ne longer continued in use. The coun try has once more had a plain warning that the present electoral system is obsolete and should be changed before the next national election. i BBBBBar leaar jr r Thought Nugget for the Day. For ha who Is honest Is noble. Whatever his fortune or birth. Alice Can-. One Year Ago Today to the War. Turco-German expedition against Efrypt begun. .Sharp artillery combats on British front In the west. aipuse of Commons voted without division to increase British army to 4,000,000 men. Japanese liner Taxaka Maru, with 15.000,000, sunk In Mediterranean by submarine. English financier" issued appeal to public to give money to win war. In Omaha Thirty Years Ago Today. , Mrs. Kitchen entertained at dinner General and Mrs. Crook and Mrs. Reed. A children's german waa given by Mia Flora Webster, Miss Almy be ing In charge. Among those present were Henry Clarke, M. Colpetier, Oeorge Crounse, Will Henry, E. Trox ell, Ross Towle, Ralph Connell, L. Squires, Fred Lake, F. Webster, George Dandy, Asa Sbiverlck and Joe Barker. A photograph of the new Paxton building at Sixteenth and Farnam, taken from the drawings, represents a pair of cable cars rounding the cor- People and Events Maxine Elliott is' back' in New Yorlr rtn a vacation from Belgium relief work, looking her best and wearing a royal decoration conferred by ning swocri oi Belgium. Walter P. Smith, the 19-vear-olrt snn ni a Kansas City millionaire, is doing time as a floor walker in a Hartford, Conn., store for eloping with a Connecticut belle without giving papa the high Sign. However, he rides to and from the job in wife's limousine, so that working out papa's sentence of a year'a work isn't a great hardship. The pioneer suffrage state of Colorado har. bora the "meanest man." Divorced from the woman he promised to "love, honor and sup port" the court holds him to the last pledge by requiring an allowance of $45 a month. On two recent occasions the alimony in pennies, smoth ered with thick molasses, reached its destination. Sweets lor tne sweet, enr .Mt Four Chicago youths out for olunder stole automobiles, stuck up many persons for coin and jewelry and did the' highwayman act with the ardor and recklessness of youth. Since the police gathered the kids into jail sob-squads poured out their lamentations and are still at it. Even shed a few tears. But the wave of sympathy didn't reach the victims of the holdup kids. ner of Fifteenth and Farnam like a pair or blind mice moving around wltn but little knowledge of where they are going or by what means they are impelled. The following children took part In an entertainment given at the high school by Mrs. Tipton's and Miss El der's classes: Misses Flora Adier, Belle Adier, Lizzie Mitchell, Mattie Polaxk, Alice Cady; Masters Allan Fal coner, Jacob Rosenstein and Henry Allen. Miss Blvta Currie. a prominent young lady of Schuyler, has spent the holidays with Miss Bertha Van Camp on Twentieth. Dr. Doherty and the other attaches of Brownell Hall have moved tnto the new structure on South Tenth, where they will be ready to receive pupils on tne tn or next montn. 'mere win be ej, least fifty boarders In attend anoe. Stors A Her have Imported about fifteen cases of hops from Wurtem- berg, Germany. It Is understood that these hops will hereafter be regularly imported Dy tills nrm. This Day in History. 1789 Levi Woodbury, who, as sec retary of the treasury, established the Independent treasury system, born at Francestown, N. H. Died at Ports, mouth, N. H.. September 4. 1851. 1803 Americans took possession of Ixmtaiana. 1807 Congress passed an embargo act prohibiting foreign commerce. 1824 Congress voted to Lafayette szoo.ooo and a tow:l7tlp of land in any part of the United States he might select. 1847 Abd-el-Kader, general of the Algerians, defeated and captured by tne rreaon. ... ' 184S Howell Cobb of Georgia elect ed speaker of the Thirty-first congress on tne sixty-rourtn ballot 1861 Confederate commissary and ordnance stores at Nashville destroyed by Are. 1864 General Sherman, after tak ing possession of Savannah, seized 85,000 bales of cotton as a prize of war. 1880 George Eliot Mary Ann Evans), famous English novelist died. Born November 22, 18111. 1894 Captain Dreyfus of the French army found guilty of betray ing state secrets to a foreign power. The Day We Celebrate. Robert H. Manley, commissioner Commercial club of Omaha, is 39 to day. He was born at Lincoln and as a newspaper man worked on sev eral Chicago papers before taking his present position. He was formerly ad vertising manager for J. L. Brandels ft Bona Robert W. Patrick, attorney-at-law in the Ramge building, was born December 22, 1858, right here in Omaha He Is a graduate of Yale and. Columbia university law school and was assistant United States attor ney under Grover Cleveland's presi dency. Frederick W. Clarke, vice president Nebraska National bank, Is 53 to day. He was born in Mount Pleas ant la., and has been in the bank ing business since 1884. Hon. Charles L. . Saunders Is cele brating his birthday today. He was born in Mount Pleasant la., and was still In the infant class when his father was appointed in 1861 by Abra ham Lincoln to be war governor for the territory of Nebraska Frank B. Kellogg, United States senator-elect from Minnesota, born at Potsdam, N. Y., sixty years ago to day, i Bainbridge Colby, eminent New York lawyer and one of the organiz ers of the progressive party, born in St Iiouls forty-seven years ago today. Edna Goodrich, noted stage beauty and former wife of Nat Goodwin, born at Logansport, Ind., thirty-three years ago today. Opie Head, well-known Chicago au thor and journalist born at Nashville, Tenn., sixty-four years ago today. Timely Jottings and Reminders. Schools and colleges throughout the country will close today for the Christ mas vacation. Congress and the supreme court of the United States will adjourn today for a recess over the Christmas holi days. Mir Robert Borden, Canadian pre mier, will close a coast-to-coast na tional service campaign with a speech tonight In Toronto. The Yale university musical clubs will leave New Haven today for a holiday concert tolir that will take them as far west as Omaha and Kan sas City. Chicago admirers of Frits Pollard, the Urown university foot ball star, are to honor him with a banquet to night Zandonai's opera, "Frencesca da Rimini," is to'be given its first Amer ican production tonight at the Metro politan opera house in New York City, with Mmei Frances Alda in the stellar role. Storyette of the Day. William Gillette, the actor,' was showing George H. Broadhurat, the playwright over his country estate. They arrived at tha sheepfold, and at sight of their master the woolly In mates came bleating to the bars. "See how the little things love me, George!" said the owner, proudly. "Love, thundert" said Broadhurst. "They corns to you because they are hungry and they think you are going to feed them." "George," said Gillette, "when you have reached a certain age that passes for, love." 0 j MBtcr4LCis W Sjjj (TprP aa I Barbarity of Rabbit Courting. Omaha, Dec. 21. To the Editor ol The Bee: The legislature will be asked to pass a bill which will put a stop to rabbit coursing in Nebraska. The January Issue of the National Humane Review will have the follow ing from Dr. W. T. Hornaday, cura tor of the New York Zoological park and founder of the Permanent Wild Life Protection fund: "I am profoundly surprised and shocked that at this date there exists In the state of Nebraska any men who can And 'sport" In the rabbit coursing recently held near Omaha, and described in your Humane Re view for December. "The first instinct of- true sports men Is to give the game at least a semblance of a square deal; and many go even so far as to be merciful to helpless game. "But with all the talk of mental and moral uplift apparently there yet remain In this country a very con siderable number of men who are not onty anxious but willing to kill breed ing female deer, slaughter elk that are half-buried in snow, slaughter mag nificent bull elk for their two ugly, worthless 'tusks." kill doves in their nesting season and slaughter nesting egrets for their plumes. Now on top of that we have the evolution of the great and ennobling pastime of rabbit coursing! ' "I fancy that the next session of tne Nebraska legislature .will make mighty short work of the rabbit coursers. There are plenty of good people in Nebraska who will look upon that disgusting pastime with horror. and who will take steps to suppress it with a stern hand. Let us trust to nenraska and await events with confidence." h. S. M. I u-nl, paid by thtr city, lo tit. i.tir I buyiug and arrange ft.r Huli-smit'ii to j wait on the people. Let tht; ni.Y 'come to sutll a warehouse and ni-t:..- their purchases, taking the good.s wtih ; them, or paying a small ehartfe fci j delivery of articles too heavy to be tt'.'ten home on the street ear. In thi , way all unnecessary middlemen ctu!tl be done away with, also an expensiv c ' Investment in fixtures, shelving, hi;, : srlass fronts and display windows, n - - dut-ing investment to actual goods in stock, and everything being bought and stored in bulk, reducing handling to a minimum. As for me, I would rather have my can of corn or tomatoes handed me over a rough board counter, taken directly out of the case from among hundreds of other cases at a wart house, and get the goods at a living price, minus expensive service and costly display, than to pay two or three prices with those luxuries. Let us have a municipal warehouse established, with a purchasing agent who will furnish goods at cost, from our edibles on the table to the clothes we wear and the coal we burn. J. B .WHITELEY. Reduced Cost of Living. Omaha, Dec. 21 To the Editor of The Rm- Th... a , ,, . ...... u wc BOCIttl ICIIICUIBB being prescribed by different persons u ui Biuiizaiions w reduce ine nigh cost of living, any of which, if carried out on a large enough scale, might have the desired effect but the aver age business man knows and the shrewd tradesman would "bank" his fortune on the impossibility of the dear people holding : together long enough to cause one article of food to become 5 per cent cheaper by the boycott system, much less lowering food prices in general, and should any organised body of buyers cause a small cut In price of an article the commission man is making 30 per cent on. up go their hats In the air on the wonderful victory, when the facts are Mr. Buttsrfat lowers the price of but ter t cents per pound and still holds his poultry and eggs at the same price, or vice vera, his business going merrily on. Increasing each .month. Boms seem to think a co-operative store is tha solution, but by the time you pay your manager, salesmen, bookkeeper and for delivery service, figuring out dividends you are en titled to, I am afraid you wlil have a multiplicity of figures: they will be a great deal like the figures the dif ferent home builders loan companies dispense to us; you would pay in your money, take out your goods, hire a Philadelphia lawyer to explain how you have been allowed a dividend on the earnings of the store and at the same time being presented with a due bill each month to cover a deficiency, while the regular store across the street is still doing a land office busi ness at the same old price. What we need most is a municipal warehouse, with a city purchasing Circumcision of the Tonsils. Omaha, Dec 81. To the Editor of The Bee: This new name for the re moval of a part of the tonsils, as announced in The Bee, is another at tempt to exploit the people, and is in violation of the fundamental physio logical laws for health and right living. The massacre of the tonsils by ex ploiters who work for pecuniary re wards tor themselves has been so thoroughly shown the last four years that a new method to catch the un wary has now been devised by these same exploiters, who have never learned the natural physiological method of obedience to law, correct living and a relatively pure blood stream as the condition of well being. During the first twenty-live years of my experience In my profession I re moved hundreds of tonsils because I had been taught it was the . only thing to do in the case. But study and close thinking in time caused me to repudiate my early teachings in many things. The mania and obsession for operations has pervaded the profes sion as well as the laity because It is in harmony with the almost universal principle of successful business inter ests to take advantage ot the simple minded tor personal gain. There is not the least shadow of truth in the statement that the tonsils are the gate way through which germs enter the body and cause disease. Any physi cian that holds to this Idea is either Ignorant or dishonest. If he does not know the latest scientific physiologi cal truths as to right living and right thinking he is Ignorant. If he does know, and still holds to tonsil re moval, then he Is dishonest. Tonsil removal has been held out to the people as a sure cure for rheu matism and several other diseases. Rheumatism originates in a poisoned blood stream, as is also true In the great majority of all other diseases. When people learn that a debili tated system, caused by Internal pois- ' ons produced by Improper combina tions of foods and the lack of proper exercise to remove accumulation of waste matters is the fundamental fac tor in nearly all diseases, and when they learn to lay aside the supersti tions and falsities of those who would work them for personal gains and get the new scientific and monistic prin ciples of right thinking and right liv ing, then wlil the prevailing systems of medicine, that favor drug and sick habits, be reformed along modern thought lines and physicians become teachers instead of operators and dope givers. L. A. MERRIAM, Ml D. Candies and Ci?ars Xt Our assortment of "Seal ed at the Factory" Con fections is larger and bet ter than ever before. Our Can dips have nil hepn received within the last two or three days, and are therefore absolutely fresh, l-lb. box Maxixe Cherries, Ofi- for oyc l-lb. box Triola Sweets, qa for JfC 1- lb. box Martan Assorted Cf Chocolates...... OUC Ligeett's Dainty Dutch Deligrht H;lb., 30c; Mb., 60c; d f r( 2- pounds P A eaSU Liggett's Elect Chocolates, a very choice high-grade confection, -lb., 40c: l-lb., 80c; & f aa 2- lb. box iPloOU 3- lb. box, $2.40) sjy ff 5-lb. box for ij4aUU JW Gb Liggett's Fruit Cordials, something a little different and finer than is ordinarily found; -lb., 50c; l-lb. box, $1.00; 2-lb. box QQ Woodward Candies, in great var ieties. Chocolates and Bon Bons in K-lb. l-lb., 2-lb., 3-lb, pkgs., per lb., 50c to. . . SI Do your shopping in our beautiful new 19th street store. It will be a pleasure. FINE CIGARS , By the Box f We are in a position to make very low prices on cigars by the box, and furnish brands that will make acceptable Christmas Presents for the most fastidious smokers. Come to our cigar cases and talk it over with our experts. Foil Wrapped Manila Cigars Florentine sise, OP box of 12 OOC (The above makes a nice pack age for a small Xmas gift) Lady Curzon Choice Domestic Invincible size, a mild fan aa smoke, box of 25 Ja&aUU Hand Made 3-50-2, $ f f tin of 26 iplalFU La Providencia, Clear Havana, a very small but choice dn cigar, box of 50. ". PaS Chancellors, Imper- i or iale size, box of 26. . . p 1 aOO Black and White, a cigar sold from ocean to ocean, we handle in club honse, londres, invincible and per fecto shapes, box of An pa 60 for pZaO(l Webster Havana, 15c At- r-A size, box of 50 )OeOU La Preferencia, Victoria, 10c straight size box of i a a 60 for 34.UU CUBANOID After Dinner size, a large, rich smoke, cannot be excelled; box of 25 for $1.50 Pletora Choice Porto Rican, makes a very full, rich dJO CA smoke,, box of 50 POaJU Royal Sovereign, Invincible size, r...f.25 .....$2.25 Flor de Murat, a choice blend of shade, grown Havana and Porto Rican Tobacco. 15c Frontenac size, box of 25 for....... Rol Tan, 10c straight size, box of 25 El Teano, 15c size, box of 60 La Saramita, 10c straight. Admiral tr.1.0.'.?0 $4.00 $2.75 $2.00 $5.50 Cuba-Roma, Breva size, many cigars sold 3 for 25c are not as good, box of 50 a JQ Reio, 10c straight. Common Sense size, box of 60 As a a for $4.00 Robert Burns' Conchas Regalia size, box of 50 $3 50 El Paxo, 15c High (- j-a Life size, box of 60. . . PO.OU Smoking Tobaccos, all the standard brands in handsome l-lb. glass jar humi- QA dors, per package. tUC Sherman & McDonnell Drug Co. CORNER 1STH AND FARNAM, I CORNER 16TH AND DODGE, CORNER 24TH AND FARNAM, CORNER 16TH AND HARNEY, "THE HARVARD." "THE OWL."