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THE OMAHA DAILY BEE
FOUNDED IV EDWARD RQSEWATEIt. v
VICTOR BOSEWATER, EDITOR.
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llveny to Omaha Boa. Clrcalallon Department,
remit draft, emroae or poeta! order. Only t-emt ittjli
taken In paym.nl of .mall accounts. Pereonal ctoeM.
esc.pt an Omaha and eastern ascaanse. not acceptea.
Amaha The Bee Building.
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t.'ounell Bluffa M North Mala street
Lincoln 62 Little Building.
Chicago (IS People's Om Building.
New fork Room MS. :l rifth avatltta.
St tuoula ICS New Bank of Commerce.
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Address communb-atloni relating to nawa and editorial
mailer to Omaha Bra. Bdltortal Department s 1
55,483 Daily Sunday 50,037.
riairhl Williams, circulation msnsgar of The ""
PMthln company, bain duly aorn. says that tha
avrr.tra oTrciilatfon for tha montk of Moraaabar, Mlt. wa
U.Ut dally, and ,0)T Bunday -bwiOHT
WILLIAMS. Orotllatlon Vanaiar.
Bnbaorlbad In my praaanra and awotn tt bafora ma
'" " PW,ab,crw"AB.JON. Naurr
Subacrlbor. lutriBf tlw llT Umportrfly
haaiM hara Tha Baa majlod to th.m. AJ
drau will ba cfeanf ad u oftaa raquirad.
Just watch the Omaht federal land bank iprout
and growl '
Recent event! oupport the impression that
Son-in-Law McAdoo ie a wis old acout . '
Still, as we nnderitand it, the new' aviation
school Is not intended as t reformatory for high
fliers, v." ' ' '." ''
I i Possibly the New Year water wagon la not
i - worth while, "still it offers needful exercise for
the May-day event. -- v. '; - "," '
j The probletfi presented by those consolidated
t railway franchises puts up to Omaha the same
i old Morganatic question: "Can you unscramble
I The Russian bear has no time for peace talk
'just now. The task of replenishing its stock of
. ammunition for the spring killing forbids wasting
thought on aide issues. i '
Some time must pass before the land banks
make t perceptible impression orf farm loan busi
ness. Federal loans make for red tape, which
must be first unwound. 1 , t , '
Water rates and light rates are bqth to come
down in Omaha 'ogther with the advent of the
new year. Other items of the high cost of living,
however, seem to be going up all together. ,
Na Call for Salllaf School Uadi. .
. Discussion is again waging over the regularly
recurring proposal to sell the remaining Ne
braska state school lands. For this plan the
customary arguments are - advanced that the
leasing system stops improvements and prevents
conversion into tax-paying land holdings and
actually produces less income to the school fund
than would accrue from reinvestment of the pro
ceeds of sale. But we have gone over (bis ques
tion time and again and had reason to believe it
was settled for good on its merits some fifteen
years ago when the legislature passed a law
stopping all further sales, except where options
then existed in unexpired leases, and decreed
that all the remaining school land should be held
in perpetuity as school endowment.
So far aa we .can see, nothing has happened
since that time to impair the soundness of this
decision and if there are abuses tinder the leas
ing system they can certainly be remedied with
out selling the land. To that end, we suggest
that the Objections raised can be readily met by
making the leases for lonfr periods but subject
to reappraisement at intervals not exceeding five
years and adding a stipulation that lessee pay
into the county treasury an amount, in addition
equal to the local taxes he would pay on the
accepted valuation, the same as if he owned it
or eased ft from private parties. , Longer term
leases would encourage improvements as much
as s sale contract and the payment .in lieu of
local taxes would remove an exemption that
seems unfair to the eounty.
The clamor for putting the school lands on
the market need not disturb .the conscientious
law-maker, for it doubtless emanates from folks
who expect to profit by the sale. We have had
scandals growing out of school fund investment
in bonds and securities but nothing like the scan
dals that could easily be otgotten from the sale
of school lands. ' -
' The Drive in Print Paper
"St. Lao la Claba Daiacraf
In his exhaustive disquisition on street rail
way franchises, Corporation Counsel Lambert
speaks of "shuffling cards." What is his favorite
game auction, poker or pinochle? You guess
The best New Year's wish we can offer our
incoming governor is that he will get his eyesj
opened to what the gang of democratic political
highbinders arc handing him before they tie tqoT
many titi cans, to him. ' - ' ! ' .
. Weather reports of the present week simplify
' the winter tourist task of picking s suitable cli
mate. The great variety offered serves to ernphs
siae the fact that the corn belt article alone in
sures the real comforts of home.
."Fifty per cent of the criminals of the world,"
says an uplifter, "can be traced to incompetent
mothers." The other half may be credited to in
competent dads. An even split of wickedness is
a notable concession coming from a purveyor of
the old Adam. . 1 ; v , "
Duty prompts the Missouri Pacific railroad
to challenge, the right of the state railway com
mission to interfere with train schedules. Still,
as s matter of courtesy, a acid 'of cheerful recog
nition will come its way if the commission ap
proves the railroad request. ' ' r ' .
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We art the children of an age and a land of
limitless opportunity, we of Omaha and of the
eighth federal, land Ibank- district World
Herald. .-... ..-,,, ;
Well, it-is good to get ourselves properly, de
fined, located and labeled even at this stage Of
the garnet ' 1 , , :
i At the 2-cent-per-voter limit for campaign ex
pense for United .States senators, the candidate.
i running for that office in Nebraska would have
to hold his outlay down to $6,000. We know s
lot of people whQ,would like to have for s year's
salary the difference between $6,000 and what the
' last successful candidate really spent to be re
elected. " ' '' ' '.
, . Omaha and th Reserve Bank. ' ,
The location of one of the twelve federal land
banks In Omaha should not stop our efforts to se
cure a reserve bank whenever the question of relo
cation is opened up. Prospects for readjustment
of the several existing districts, or 'their subdivi
sion, are not remote. That an extension of the
service of the federal reserve system is necessary
is recognized by the financial authorities of the
country, who look to see some steps to the end
taken before long. Reasons that warranted the1
location of the land loan bank in Omaha' are
equally good arguments "for the establishment
here of reserve bank. The importance of the
city as, a commercial and industrial center, as a
primary market, and distributing point, is being
more snd snore recognized throughout the coun
try.' Our claim should be impressed on and kept
before the federal reserve board, to the end that
Omaha will be read to urge them successfully
when the' change comes. . .
Rights of Neutrals in Peace Negotiations. .
Germany'! suggestion that neutrals will not be
permitted to participate in the peace negotiations
until after the belligerents have agreed on terms
opens a broad question. The right of neutral na
tions to take part, in any settlement of war issues
that may affect them has been too well established
hi time! past to admit of serious questionvnow.
War involve not merely the active belligerents,
but directly or indirectly all their neighbors, and
in the present instance this means all the world.
If the neutrals are to be concerned with whatever
measures are taken to secure the future peace of
the world they must have a stake in determination
of the conditions on which their international re-1
lations are to depend. .
Everv oeace treaty made in Eurooe within the
last two centuries has contained the germ or a
future war and hostilities invariably have been
resumed at the earliest date possible. - Much of
this has been due to the intervention, of neu
trals in the peace negotiations, noncombatants
hastening to seize as much as they could out of
the redistribution, of territoriar or other rights.
This practice is not so likely to prevail in the
approaching conference, at . which the greater
question will be how much of its ambition each
of the great powers of Europe is willing to forego
thatliarmony may prevail, . ?
For the United States the. whole proceeding
is novel. While we are chief among the neutral
nations, we have kept aloof from the family quar
rels of Europe, and it may be the time has not
yet come when we will voluntarily abandon the
"splendid isolation" to which we were dedicated
by George Washington in exchange for a share
in the polities W Europe sure to entangle ns if we
enter. ; ' . ' :"
In no other war .have the neutrals been so
intimately involved as in this, and no lasting peace
can be made without the fall approval of all the
nations of the world-r - 'r
War's Exiremest Cruelty
Germany's peace Drooosals have not termi.
nated the war the reign of frightfulnesa is not yet
at an end; the latest tidings of horror, emanat
ing from London, announce that owing to the
scarcity of metal non-war manufactures must be
curtailed, with the result that no more women's
hair pins are to be made in: England. The news
,will cause unhrerssl sufferintr on both sides of the
' Atlantic, as mnyof the better gradea of hairpins
come from abroad. . , -
If one will sum up the various crises during
any day wherein the hairpin figures as a life
saver, he will readily perceive the weight of this
i baleful edict. In the early morning the good wife
skewers the matutinal coiffure with in inHcHnii.
number of hairpins, which will be put to divers
uses before being returned to the bureau. What
. tales might be told ot recalcitrant huttnitH
shoes, whose daily tyranny grinds the feet of the
poor. What unending: vistas mav be conjured i.r,
of the knots solved, the corks removed, the locks
? licked, the clocks probed all with the same
eminine weapon'. Man may scorn, but he will
use the despised hairpin. He will twang shafta
of wit at its ubiquity and versatility, but finally
borrow one. He will try all other tools 'first,
i but the humble hairpin last and most effectivelv
Surely this prohibition will be resented by all
, the militant- women of England. They should
rise in their war-begotten might and declare it an
imoioos tyranny. Let them rinhtfullv rnrein
that while unbelievable thousands of hairpins
wouia dc required to onua one small bridge,
one alone is sufficient to conquer the equally
strategic ana numerous kuiis oetween button
'V and hole in these Mays of spatterdashes. Sparc
v- to us the insignificant but indispensable hairpin ;
forfend from the scutcheon this impending blot,
persroraas AiuKmj - -.
The year 1916 will close as the most remark
able and profitable in the history of the paper
trade and prospects are it will be exceeded m this
respect-by 1917. - . ,
' In the news print paper industry it may safely
be said the larger percentages of the 1917 output
have, been contracted for. Reports from Canada
state 80 per cent of that country's output has
been placed under contract at prices 50 per cent
to 100 per cent higher than current rates. The
International Paper company, whose output is 60
rr - .a nrinr ia nnrfrratnod to have Vir
tually sold its possible production of'this material
for next year. .. .
Other companies are in the same condition and
spot material in 1917 will be scarce and obtainable
at prices materially above the prevailing contract
price of $3.10 net. ' ''.."
The markets in wrapping and other papers and
paper products are not protected by contract to
the same-extent aa news, but prices have shown
a larger percentage of increase. These products
will be more subject to price fluctuations during
.the coming year. There is an acute shortage of
all lines and the present trend of prices ia upward,
with not even the remotest sign of a recession in
either demand or price. , , -'
Consumers are buying'only to the extent of
their current requirements and there are no signs
of stocking up in any quarters. This is consid
ered a favorable sign for continued high prices.
The Union Bag and Paper company probably
has shown the largest increase in net earnings,
which are now understood to be at the rate of
$500,000 monthly, equivalent' to more than $60 a
share on the outstanding capital stock. Earnings
in tlfe first six months of the current fiscal year
were at the rate of $123,500 monthly, which was
an increase of 500 per cent over the last half of
the 191,5-16 fiscal year. . :
' Earnings of $500,000 monthly are almost 1,950
per cent in extess of the monthly earnings during
the period from August 1, 1915, to January 31,
1916. For the fiscal year ended January 31, 1916,
the company showed a deficit of $84,480.
' The International Paper company is said to be
earning at a rate-of $850,000 to $900,000 monthly.
Predictions are freely made that the net earn
ings, ia January will exceed $1,000,000. For the
full year 1915, net profits were only $1,219,515.
Current reported earnings are, therefore, about
730 per cent higher than fhey were in the com
pany's last fiscal year.
.The American Writing Paper" company's cur
rent earnings are understood , to be between
$350,000 and $400,000 monthly. These earnings
compare with a deficit ot j;6,y55 shown tor ivia
operations. The United Paper Board company,
which has not yet been listed on the New York
Stock exchange), is earning between $160,000 and
$200,000 monthly. Net earnings after charges for
the fiscal year 1915-16 was only sligntiy in excess
of $159,000. i "
Stocks of news print paper on hand with
United States and Canadian mills in November,
according to figures compiled by the News Print
Manufacturers' association, show the heaviest de
cline this year. 1 -j- N
: Tonnage on hand on October 31 was 60,312,
compared with 53,224 on November 30, a decrease
ot more than ,uuu. stocks now are at tne low
est point they have reached this year and show
s decline of 33,000 tons from the high level. ,
The outout of forty-three mills reporting aver
aged 5,221 tons daily, a new high record, exceed
ing the return' of any previous month with -the
exception of May, when forty-four mills reported
daily production of 5,305 tons. Shipments in
November totaled l,ws tons. , . .. .
Thought Nugget for the Day. .
Speech Is the (olden harvest that
followetb, the flowering of thought
One Tear Ago Today in trie War.
Russians captured Important city of
L League to avert future wars by
means or world couri launcnoa i
New York. t ,
Paris reported that French re
mained masters of trenches recently
vim In rhA Vmurea.
Swedish forts fired on Oerman.tor j
pedo boats pursuing a. Steamer UH
.. Solution for.th fpel Problem. v.
Shortage of fuel in the large consuming cen
ters has directed attention again to devices for
securing better combustion of coal and conse
quently greater economy in its use." Much expert
mentation has been had for the purpose of dis
covering means whereby the energy stored in the
fuel may be transmuted into available power at
a less expense, and considerable advance has been
made, although the results are yet available only
for the larger users of fuel These have already
effected great economies in fuel consumption and
will be able to lave in greater degree. How to
make the saving for the little fellow is the more
pressing phase of the problem just now. His
needs are such a are not well adapted to any of
the devices or methods available, and so he is
compelled by circumstances to see the larger
part of the theoretical value of his fuel go out
of the chimney in smoke. The inventor who will
provide an effective smoke-consumer for a low.
pressure heating plant, or. for the small factory,
the laundry or similarly situated establishment,
will be hailed as a benefactor indeed. In the
meantime such methods as are' available should be
applied. v ' -.: -
King Ferdinand of Bulgaria bulks large in
peace conference dispatches. His speed in plung
ing to the front is one of the notable upheavals
of war time. Trimmed and humbled to the dust
by his neighbors four years ago, Ferdinand is
now the champion of the Balkans, while his for
mer haughty neighbors are nowhere. The tran
sition from humble pie to a gorging feast of ter
ritorial loot measures' the importance of jumping
on the right side of the fence. " , . ' .
The hope of salvation for Boston goes glim.
mering.- A wet majority of 23;400 constitutes a
showing of gross sinfulness that strains the r
deeming power ot tne sawdost trail.
Demand on Canadian mills was particularly
heavy during the month, as stocks' in that terri
tory show a decline of 3300 tons, compared with
minor increases shown in both October and Sep
tember, These mills; however, showed, substan
tial increases in production, the daily average
beim 1.827 tons, compared with a low for the
month of 1,613 tons.. The dairy average output
of mills in American territory showed a small
decrease. It is evident that unless economies
practiced by the publishers result in a material
decrease in consumption, the market will face an
even more serious shortage when the spring de
mand sets in, as the mills promise little in the
way of increased, production. . : .
In Omaha Thirty Years Ago Today.
$enstal George M. O'Brien ia lying
dangerously 111 at his residence, 610
South Eighteenth. -He is attended by
Drs. Lelsenrinx and Neville.
A hackman employed by Atwood
Fox, in driving rapidly around the
corner "at Sixteenth and. Farnam,
knocked down a young lad by the
Woful Wanton Waste
We are undoubtedly the most wasteful people
in the 'world. In America frugality, is almost a
lost art. Countless men and women are actually
suffering, both physically and mentally, because
thev do not know how to stop waste in their
.own homes. Waste is a' devastating thing. It
goes on unucr uui ccb, 11 gucs vu nunc wc
sleep it is always going on. There ia as much
difference between honest wear and tear and
waste as there is between an honest man and a
thief. We waste our time, our money, our food.
In a household about 85 per cent of the beat from
the furnace is wasted. , Our children take more
than they can eat and waste the rest, but before
we correct them we should look at our own
plates. The amount of gas wasted id jets un
necessarily keot bnminsr in a sinsrle davall over
the United States would, if we could compute it,
be a staggering indictment of our folly. The
American business man goes on the principle that
it is easier for him to make more money to pay
for the waste in his home than it is to "waste
his time in trying to stop it His wife is uncon
sciously influenced by his example.
What can we do about it? Something, any
way. Wecan talk about it, gesticulate about it,
think about it, and make up our minds right now
to fight, it in every way possible. , ,
name of Freddie Young. The hack
passed over the boy's boay, but as he
was very closely bundled up, ha was
. M. W. Hartlgan, ' the well known
boiler-maker, broke his leg by fall
ing on the lsdewalk. He lay for some
time uacqnsclous, but was finally
picked up and taken, home in the
oatrol wagon. - -
Probably the oldest watch In Omaha
Is one owned by Mrs. George Heyn,
an heirloom which has been in the
family i for 1 200 years. It has been
handetj down from generation to gen
eration and was given to Mrs. Heyn
some time' ago by her mother. It
was made In Vienna by Anton Dor
ches, artist ' ' '
Mrs. Warren Chase gave a small din
ner party in honor of her daughter,
Miss Kate Chase. The guests were
Mr. and Mrs. Keller,' Lieutenant and
Mrs. Kennon, Miss Kounoie, - Miss
Earle, Messrs. Ring-wait. Will and
Frank Hamilton and Will Doane
This DayIn History. ' . '
' 1800 Charles Goodyear, Inventor of
the process of vulcanising rubber,
born at New Haven. Died in New
York City July 1, 1860.
" 1806 Asa Packer, founder f Le
high, born at Groton, Conn. Died in
Philadelphia May 10, 1870.
. 1809 William E. Gladstone, ' fa
mous Englist) statesman, born at
Liverpool. Died at Hawarden May 10,
1837 Steamer Caroline, on Amer
ican side of Niagara river, was fired
and sent over falls by Canadian sol
diers under Colonel McNab.
1848 Constituent assembly sitting
at Rome decreed deposition of pope.
1867 Canton, China, taken by a
force i of British and French. "
1862 General Sherman assaulted
the confederate works at Chickasaw
bayou in order to gain the rear lot
Vicksburg, but waa repulsed.
1884 Forty persons perished by
fir at a Christmas festival at Silver
Lake,. Ore. '
1901 Coronation durbar at Delhi
began with State -entry Into Dalhl. of
-Lord Cnrson', accompanied by the
duke and duchess of Connaugat '. - -
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The Day We Cetebrate. " ( ' ,
Wilber L. Burgess, head of the Bur-geas-Granden
company, dealing In
lighting fixtures, is 47 years old
day. He was born right here In Doug
las county. - -I
R. A. Leuasler, assistant general
manager of the street railway eom
pany, ia 60- years old. He ia a native
of St Louis
Meyer feondon, socialist representa
tive in congress from N,ew York City,
who has been chosen president of -people's
relief . committee for Jewish
war sufferers, born in Russia forty
five years ago today. ,
Horace Chilton, former I United
States senator from Texas, born In
Smith county, Texas, sixty-three years
ago today. , - - - ,
1 Charlotte Walker, prominent as an
emotional actress, born at Galveston,
Tex., thlrtv-eieht years ago today.
wr. William f. rew, president oi
Trinity college. Durham, S. C. born
at Greenviue, a. u, lorry-nine years
- dees Wlllard, world's ' champion
heavyweight pugilist born In Pot
tawatt&mie eounty, TCansas, twenty,
nlna years ago today.
People and Events
The first Mrs. Bob Fitzsimmons. foot-loose
and full of experience, is doing a modified Billy
Sunday revival in Chicago. Local reports say
the former Mrs. Bob lands on Satan's slats every
time and lays mm out in tnree rounds.
A husky Chicago girl of 27, being short of
rhriatmaa coinl donned man's clothes and shov
eled coal the greater part, of a day before her
long hair crept out ot her fur cap. and gave her
away. However, she won $3 and a pair of blis
tered hands. . - , . t
Tradition, if not experience, insinuate that an
awakening follows the trance of the honeymoon.
The nature of the awakening varies. Sometimes
it is a jolt . A bride suing for divorce in Pitts
burgh alleges Hhat her jolt was the discovery
that her husband has a wooden leg. She made
the discovery three weeks after the wedding, and
forthwith shook the deceiver. In so many words
she tells the court nothing less than a whole man
goes with her. '. , . :
jeal Malaga grapes ih large bunches, 400
poajtids of them retailing at 60 cents a pound,
together with 5,000 Killarney roses, were the
principal decorations Of the bower in the St
Louis club,' where the coming-out party of Miss
Katherine A. Parker waa staged.. Besides the
centerpiece of fruit and flower, the' walls oi ball
room and dining room were covered with lattice
work of papier-mache I through which southern
smilax twined. 1 was ' a gorgeous setting for
youth and beauty and elders of St Louis' social
400. ;'. ( v- . - "
Pity the sorrows - of 'the poor rich I Mrs.
Florence Flonnan of New York has oodles of
money coming, but she is young and the years
which release the wherewith in bunches move
slowly. At 25 she gets $100,000, and a like sum
at the age of 40. Meanwhile it it a huge strug
gle making ends meet and support a husband and
baby on an annual allowance of $25,000 a year.
A touching appeal to court to advance a slice of
the first $100,000 is under consideration by a
magistrate whose heart throbs responsive to the
cry of distress. .
Timely Jottings and Reminders.
This Is the fortieth, anniversary of
Paclflo Exoreas on the . Lake Shore
road crashed through the bridge
spanning the creek at Ash tabula,, O.,
carrying with It 180 persons, more
than half of whom' met a frightful
death. i -
The twenty-eighth annual show
the New York Poultry and Pigeon
association, the oldest and1 largest ex
hibitlon of its kind in America, opens
In Madison Square garden today and
will continue until January 1.
Boll weevil preparedness clubs of
Tennessee, Arkansas and 'Mississippi
are to be organised at a conference
of farmers of the three states, to' be
held today at Little Rock.
The Maxim Munitions corporation is
to dispose of its machine gun plant
at New Haven by auction today. Here,
after the corporation will specialise
in the manufacture of cartridges.
A national conference to discuss
the subject of highway engineering
Instruction In the civil engineering
curricula of universities and-colleges
is to be held today at tne Automobile
Club of America in New York City.
Storyette of the Day. .
She had attained some suecess as
an authoress and after her marriage
decided to write a novel Some months
later she complained to her husband:
"Mv new novel goes but slowly, dear:
but mv oublisher assures me It would
go into the thousands If we'd Just get
up some sort of a sensation for In
stance get you to enter divorce pro
: The husband mediated thoughtfully
a few moments.
"Well." he said. "I can't afford that!
but I'm willing to run away!" New
York Times. ' ' .
BITS FROM EVERYWHERE.
Taamsaia tun adopted the 'aayUafet aa-
iaf" plaa. . .
la Honduras three amps of
aa raUad a iw. . -
Japan has bad sixty aapHals, saaay at
wblca ara now aim vUlaSM af asly ataaty
na to aa KngtUaman, Colafwl
Laieaster SUakosa, its tint aavspaper, pab-
liaaea ovsr ninaty yaasavase.
. The Bolivian aoyarnmant new maintains
a motor-bus sarvica) aa a lSS-mila stretch of
road at tns too of the Aadax. I
It Is officially aathnatad that than are
nearly 1,090, 00 square aula on tee main
land of Canada a till anrolofaa, -
1 Vaaasaele la boUtting a 'mooters biirhway
SS! milaa Ions froaa Caracas to Baa Crts to
tal In tha axtrean waiters part af tha ro
ot! alio. - ,
Cleaning Snow From Walks.
Omaha.- December 2Y-To the
Editor of The Bee: . It seems to me
that it would be a good plan for our
city commissioners to strictly enforce
the ordinance requiring residents ot
the city to clean snow from their
walks within twenty-four hours from
the time tha snow quits falling.
If all snow should ba . Dromotlv
cleaned from the walks, even if the
fall is light especially on- sloping
streets, there would not be so much
danger to pedestrians.
There are many blocks where one
or two families clean all snow from
their walks aa soon, as It Is through
falling, while the rest either do not
clean them at all or else do a half
way Job by cleaning a pathway and
leaving most of the snow on the walks.
. A great many of the sloping walks
have been made very dangerous this
week on the South Side by the failure
of property owners to clean off the
Ugbt snow that fell Saturday and Sun
When property owners at the bot
tom' of a sloping street clean off their
walks and people further, up the slope
do not then the ones at the bottom
of the slope have to take all the Ice
that comes from the unclean ed walks
from the melting snow.
The rain Christmas night made
sloping streets where the snow had
not been cleaned from the walks ex
tremely dangerous by only partiy
melting the snow that had been left
on the walks before the rain tell. I
hope the city commissioners will in
sist on every resident of the city
cleaning off their walks promptly aftar
each snow and greatly lessen, the dan
ger to all who have occasion to use
the walks. I cleaned my walks from
snow three times recently before the
snow had ceased falling and then did
not have milnhr in tfnn ntt nrhnn tha
1 how finally quit falling.
V FRANK A. AGNEW.
Wayside Thoughts of a Traveler.
Detroit Mich..- Dec. 27. To the
Editor of The Bee: I happened to
be in Gary, Ihd., one day recently on
a strictly business mission, and most
of the street and club talk related to
the moot features of a proposed prison
which should be the "most modern"
In the state large, costly, ornate and
cause much boasting and great pride.
Ye, gods on high Olympus, "sez I
to meself, sea I," are they expecting
some extraordinary wave of crime for
this city of the ideal school system, or
vnai is u f .
I round out that Gary has a trulv
sensible, practical (mark the word)
and far-looking school system, con-,
tinual use of facilities and opportuni
ties supplied by a generous and widely
(and wisely) used investment Very
naturally the inherent merit of this
civic feature has developed a fame
away from home that has coma back
to Gary. The folks there are might
ily proud of their school system, and
with good season. So they naturally
look with an Investigating and ambi
tious eye to the possibilities of any
new propositions. ' .
H so happened that at two interna
tional conventions 1 had handled pa
pers toucninr tne Gary school sys
tem; the Gary "awakening" (as I call
it in scnool work and life: for old
as well as the merely young would
within a feneration eliminate, at least
to a very large extent the need for
large prisons. ,
- With every person of even very ordi
nary vision I will stand for the "mod
ern" element That's Just what they
used to do with the colts and calves
on the small farms where I worked
a bey; viz., "train them right and they
will go right" Which means patience
wnere tney stumDle, continual repeti
tion of the lesson and eventual victory
for usefulness. .
And, here's the point! Sunday In
Detroit i saw a program lor a public
Christmas tree celebration in a great
open square In the business center.
and 1 went to see It -Wise workers
In charge realized It would require
an extra large tree to make any sort
of showing in the noble space pro
vided. So they secured co-operatton
of the city park department which
dug up, elevated onto a long truck or
two and carried It to the square
"some tree, believe me." Derricks and
heavy block and tackle were required
to handle it- When the tree was
placed, decorated and loaded it v
quite worthy the occasion. Disagree
ably stormy weather could not keen
away "the mob." The outside crowd
a corral of living, laughing, half-cry.
Ing, enthusiastic men and -women-surrounded
an inside group of over
1,000 children, recruited from the va
rious recreation centers. The war
bling, singing youngsters. In the Yule
tide costumes of ancient England,
were equipped even to the "lanterns
of the watch" a most beauteous sight
Then flanking the Juvenile partici
pants were the Catholic Choral society,
the "Billy" Sunday choir, organized
last fall when the whirling evangelist
was In Detroit and other similar or
ganizations. A band in-the center car
ried the theme, and 10,000 spectators
on the ground and In the hundreds
ot hotel windows surrounding Joined
In one vast, swelling anthem that
seemed to blend Into the music even
tha fast-falling snow flakes. It w
inspiring to a degree!
And everybody had the words on
printed slips distributed by a thought
ful committee. Truly, Detroit's pub-
many miles to see. '
And, with Gary's most beneficial
school system carried Into every Sity
nu. Omaha and Detroit and with such
celebrations as illuminants of the wide
spread Christmas "giving,- wm
it not always, everywhere, be better,
wiser and very, very much cheaper i
cultivate and conserve the child rather
than punish and degrade the adult at
suoh a tremendous cost? R.
r AROUND THE CITIES '
n..tr fa Datrait. whar a dronth impends,
hotel man shoo away the earloas by posting
the sisai "Don't as as want we era amna
to dot What are you evins to dor' Em
phasis on the "you." ' f
-Down in old 4tT Joe a dieting aqnad Is
trying to cat ondar Chieaco'a SO-east grub
fast. The limit of high llvtng for St.
Joe's prise feeders is 10 eents s day a
refular bars-sin -counter rate.
A newly planned apartment taDdlag in
Naw York, adjoining tha Grand Central
terminal, will out 18,000.00 for site aad
buildina. Tha ni-oanotafra look for a aWSS
return of TOOO.OOO on the ivaatawnt .
Galveston sdaea it oat warm that hastOs
aircraft coming into tha metropolis of the
suit hurricane belt will get aa artillery re
caption on the London plan. Anti-aircraft
guni hare beea mounted in the city by t
tha federal govsnamant .
St Joaaph la talking on an oil pise line
from Kansas, with a big oQ refinery at the
borne base. Tha Doberty interests, whiek
control some Kansas fields, as wall as natu
ral gas properties, have given St. Joseph! tea
a hint to get together aad say something.
Chicago invested SS6.000 fa an- vp-te-
dste market boose. located in Sooth Chi
eaco, and is diligently .seeking tenants for ,
tha stalls. It has beea idle for almost a
rear. Even now. with the H. C of L.
ia the saddle, tha market aoaat doesn't
make a' movo to rive the rider a fall. -
According to the Chicago Tribune tea
families own a werr large part of the city's
real estate. Five families ara supported by
enormous land holdings aad one family owns
4 per cent of all Chicago's land. The ten
families an nonresidents Snd are steadily
increasing their holdings. Their interest la
the city's w elf ara lies in the revenue de
rived. It lacks tha personal ttoaeh, the
civic spirit which enites a eommaaity for
progress' and betterment Tha Tribune aag
gests that the nonresident land-holding aril,
common to ail oitiea, aaooid ba cheeked by
imposing an .inncntance tax so graenstea
that no family or group of families can ever
accumulate so mack property as to destroy
the fact of our repoblie.
LINES TO LAUGH.
' Mjrlitrmt If, u yon claim, , yavr ear
vu going at a Terr flow rate, hardly nor- .
Inr. In fact, how waa It that this man you
truck was knocked two blocks ahead? '
Motorlatt The only way I can explain,
your honor. Is that the man Is In -the rubber
busineBsK Baltimore Ajnerican,
Ned Do yon meaty to say she Isn't ner
vous even during a eeVeYe thunder shower T
Alys Not unless there ts a young man '
around. SomervlUe Joui-nal. ,
v . ,, , .,
scarce. X can
"Errand bors ara Terr
rarnlah you with an office rtrLM
"These Innovations disturb ma. I can't
get used to 'em."
"Tou won't notice tha difference. This
girl can whistle." Louisville Courier Jour- ,
TpsAR Kiti.lCABlBBUc, v. ,
W mat lAray-vMxr do '
NOUellWECr? ' '
.HE'S fTto6my too BUSY
', - 3"W") -'
. doing: with that -ttction-
"What ara '
ary " ; . .1 ; . - .
fI gotta little spare ttme how," replteel
the umpire. 'Tm Just looking np a few of
them name the Boston highbrow roeteVs
called me." Brooklyn Eagle.
Aunt I suppoeie, Edith, yon said, TMb
Is no sudden V when Mr. Slowboy psvosod,
- Niece No; I fully Intended ts, but I
was so excited I forgot and exclalmeei "At
last!" Boston Traiiacrtpt. , . , . .
"How fart can this ear , i
81xty miles aa hour." . f -
'Thank you. That will relieve me af tha
necessity of trying to ltnd out Its maxlmua
speed for myself." Detroit Free Press.
THE WILLOW, v
0 willow why forever weep.
As one who mourns an endless wreegt
What hidden woe can 11a so deep?
What utter grief ean last so long? j
The spring makes haata with step elate
Tour life and beauty to renew;
She even bids the rosea wait, .
An gives her first sweet oara to ye
The welcome redbreast foldshis wteg.
To pour for syou his freshest strait; . - '
To you the earlier bluebirds sing, V ...
Till all your itgnt stems tiarui
The sunshine drapes your limbs with Hgat
The rain braids diamonds in your hair; ..
The breeae makes love to yon at night,
But still you droop, and still despair
Beneath your boughs at fall of dew, "
By lovers lips Is softly told - -
The tale that, all the ages through.
Baa kept the world from growing old. -
But stllC thooghi .typrtl's buds unfold, ',
Or summer seta the earth aleaf.
Or autumn pranks your robes with gold.
Ton sway and sigh la graceful grief.
Mourn on forever, unconsoled. '
And keep four secret, faithful tree; i
No heart In all the world ean hold
A sweeter grace than constancy. '
You will find a number of real bar
gains in slightly used furniture ' ,
pianos, machinery, typewriters, etc7 "
listed in the For Sale Miscellaneous
columns of The Bee. Reading them -everj
day will save many dollars. i
Persistence is the cardinal vif-;
?...-"' . ' "7 ,'l-.' ,
tue in advertising; -no matter,
how good advertising may be
in other respects, it 'must lie
run frequently and constant
ly to be really successful
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