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THE BEE: OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 1917.
THE OMAHA DAILY BEE
FOUNDED Br EDWARD ROSEWATER.
, 1 VICTOR BOSEWATER, EDITOR.
"THE BEB PUBUSHLNO COMPANY, PEOPRIETOB.
Batarad at Omaaa pootoffloe M cond-clani matfr.
TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION.
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livery to Omaha Boa, Circulation Dapartmant. .
' . . . REMITTANCE.
Remit ay draft aznraal or postal ardor. Only t-eent itimpa
takan In parm-wt of small aaeonnta. Paranal ehacao.
soapt on Omaha and aaatarn asebanKa, not aoeaplad.
Omaha Tna Bo BnfHTrne.
Sooth Omaha 1111 H atraat.
Council Blafts 14 North Main atraat.
I.lnooln ts UttM Balldlnc
Chleaa'o 111 Paoplc'R Oaa Bnltdtnf.
Now Torn Room got. IK Fifth ayanaa. ,
St. Loala MS Now Bank of Commarco.
Washington TU Poartoonth atraat N. w.
Addraaa eoirtmnleatlon ralatlnc to naws and dllorml
matter ta Omaha Boa, JJdltortal Dopartmoat
55.4S3 Daily Sunday 60,037.
rnrtiht wrmama, etronlatlen maaacer of The Baa
Pabnehmr company, heist duly sworn, oaya that tha
araraia rtroalatfcn for tha month of NoTOmbar, 114, waa
tl.411 dally, and , Sanday.
t) WIGHT WILLIAMS, CtrematlsB Manager.
abaerlbed In my presence and sworn ta baloro ma
thai tad day at Daaambor, UK. t
SubecriWs reevfnc lb chy tmmpanatlr
should kara Tha Bam mailed ta them. Ad
draaa will ba chanfad aa often a required.
They're off at Lincoln (or a brief ipnrt of
glory. , . r
Be careful! A water wagon covered with ice
gives a mighty slippery foothold.
, It' a poor reform movement which (ails to
get a hook on the pnblie treasury.
Peace notes fleck the air here and there, but
are quickly drowned by the ham of cannon fac
tories. . " ;
The trend of events in Mexico suggests to the
first chief the necessity of keeping close tab ot
tailing dates from Vera Cruz;
Another ; rail hearing it on at Washington.
The August experiment in legislative speed un
derscores the need of consideration before action.
, It is Speaker Jackson down at Lincoln. Jack
son has been a name to conjure with among
democrats ever since the days of "Old Hickory."
Whatever doubt obtains regarding industrial
development on' the other side, the greatest con
fidence prevails that 1917 will be a banner cannon
year. . .; " '
, . As the mercury descends pressure on heating
plants increases and swells the danger from fire.
Increased watchfulness in cold weather makes for
safety. ; ,
For ten days, at any rate, Fort Crook will
again look like a military post But how much
more "watchful waiting" for the return of the
regulars who belong there?
M , - , it,Sk--
Federal investigators -of boosted prices, after
. diligent search, conclude that war is the principal
goat The conclusion enlivens the gayety of the
new year' and gives bush league sandbaggers a
clean bill, ..'
1 What' this?. A tariff on wool, rabber, coffee
and other necessaries suggested hi administration
circles?- Precisely. No, not a protective meas
ure; merely a tariff for revenue only. Democrats
need tha money. -
; Missouri is to have a contest of its governor
ship election in which, even on the face of the
returns, the margin of the democrat is too close
for comfort Tha contestant ia Judge Lamme,
and hero's hoping he "lam-basts" his opponent!
' Genius and opportunity occasionlly trot tan
dem. JusJ as the job of public smeller throws
a lifeline toward the state treasury, genius hops
to the front with a steel-clad, noncollapsible
nose. An armored probocis makes for reduced
rates of accident insurance, .v ' -
Modesty is always befitting high places. Pres
Went Wilson journeys to the capitol to confer
with Senator Stone on the peace move and Sena-,
tor Stone .afterwards talks to our democratic
United States senator from Nebraska, and then
the headline over the press report as printed in
the last named senator's paper reads: "Stone
Sees Hitchcock on Peace Resolution." Of
course the president doesn't count enough to be
mentioned in this triangular transaction!
Security Against Futurs Ware
. laalt Cmka - rnl
Whatever may be the course of peace negoti
ations, or the drift of peace tendencies, the ques
tion of safeguards sgamst another such upheaval
will grow in importance. All the world is con
cerned in the great adjustment yet to come. Neu
tral nations have a large atake in it, as every one
of them can see. To put out a conflagration
superficially, and allow the sparks to blow around
without control, would be a folly inviting another
calamity. One unquestionable result of the war
standing out distinctly at this time is that all the
belligerents have been more or less disappointed
Not one has crushed an adversary of like size or
compelled a request for terms. Another fact im
pressed is that building up and maintaining a vast
armament is practically certain in the end to cause
a war that will begin suddenly, drag in other na
tions, and be an affliction to all. Th
States has profited financially by the conflict rag
ing throughout Europe, but this country courts
no such blood-stained gains. If the question could
be submitted to American voters there would be
an overwhelming majority aerainit anv in
of the kind. ' They inflict misery beyond calcula
tion, cast a shadow ever all mankind, and halt the
march of civilization. Thev deranare the r.
of the earth, and benefit no nation in a way to
: uaiimc 4ii uijoi rce sustainca.
The principle that no more such wars shall
occur must necessarily become more and more
important in the responsible movements in hahalf
of peace. Without this security any formula for
peace would be delusive.. If any nation arms,
acknowledging no restraint it doe not choose to
impose upon itself, other nations must arm in the
same way and be similarly tempted to use the
strength, perhaps on some impulse of the instant
The unexpected happens, but it should find no
country vming to act in naste, without regard
to we rignu oi oincrs, or me demands ot a com'
mon humanity. . . f
There will be a real advance along the road
to peace as soon as measures to prevent other
wars OI me tuna iront Dreading loose are esiab
lishtd by common voluntary agreement.
Common Sense Prohibition Enforcement
It goes without saying that any person, or
any group of persons, has the privilege of draft
ing bills on any subject and proposing them to
the legislature but the law-makers, representing
all elements of the people, must be responsible for
whatever measures are finally enacted. It is per
fectly proper for the agencies active in the recent
campaign for the prohibition amendment to sug
gest means and methods of enforcement yet
folks imbued with the zeal of crusaders some
times overshoot the mark and this danger must
be guarded against by those who pass the laws.
' Nebraska voted the saloon out of business,
voted to abolish authority to issue licenses to
sell liquor except for medicinal, scientific and
sacramental purposes in a word, voted to make
the whole state as dry as the dry cities, towns
and villages had been and are. The problem,
therefore, is to prevent bootlegging, masked un
der whatever subterfuge or disguise and, with
the increased incentive, the penalties of the
Slocumb law may have to be. strengthened to this
end and amplified in certain directions. They
should, at any rate, be distinctly defined to apply
to social clubs and convivial societies, otherwise
we will have a plethora of fake clubs for drinking
purposes only. Soliciting orders for liquors by
personal canvass, by distributing handbills, by
advertisement in the newspapers and periodicals,
on bill boards or in street cars, should also be
forbidden if it is the desire to repress artificial
demand for the importation of "packages." The
ordinary machinery of the law, however, should
be able to cope with the situation without load
ing down the treasury with a newly created
retinue of official ferrets, breath-smellers and
Since, then, there are common sense ways of
enforcing prohibition, and freak ways that merely
defeat themselves, our Nebraska law-makers will
find safety in sanity.
" High Tide in Omaha Banks.
Statements of condition at the close of busi
ness on December 27, which means the end of
the year, show the Omaha banks to be in splendid
condition so far as deposits and loans are con
cerned. An increase in total loans of $2,000,000
over the November showing and a decrease of
less than $1,000,000 in deposits indicates that the
high tide of .money is still running this way.
With almost ninety-six millions of dollars on
deposit in thirteen banks, the strong position of
Omaha in the financial world is emphasized,
while the figures give a much better proof of the
importance of the city as a business center. That
the holiday drain on resources made such slight
difference in the totals is a satisfactory sign that
the activities of trade incident to the closing days
of the year were remarkably well balanced. No
better evidence of the solidity of Omaha's growth
could be furnished than these banking figures.
Legislature Starts Important Session. , ' ,
The Nebraska legislature is beginning what
may be made one of the most important sessions
in the state's history. Its members have the op
portunity to distinguish themselves by disinter
ested and patriotic action, and the harmony that
marked the preliminary organization bodes well
for the coming days. Nebraska has little need
for many new laws; indeed, the state might be
served better if some of the laws now on the
book were stricken off. Matters of general pub
lic interest to be dealt with at this session include
road and school laws, changes in the primary
law, proposals for a shorter ballot for a constitu
tional convention and for a new state house. It
may be expected that many bills affecting public
and private interests will be presented, following
cstabliahed precedent and it is also expected that
the members wilt give these careful attention, to
the end that useless or harmful measures do not
block the way for those that are needed and sal
utary. Sinister motives may be looked, for be
hind some of the bills that will be presented,
and it behooves the members to keep a careful
watch for these Action already taken, provid
ing for a special committee to have charge of all
bills dealing with the enforcement of the prohib
itory amendment, meana a great saving of time
and shows the legislators appreciate part of what
is before them. The session should produce
benefit for the state, but this cannot be done
through passing too many laws.
' ' Farmers Meetings This Month. . .
Many announcements are coming in of meet
ings of farmers set far the present month, to be
held in various county teats and at Lincoln, to
consider topics of importance to the state's chief
est industry, that of agriculture. These meetings
are a good sign, for they show the increasing
progress of the farmers of Nebraska. When it
is considered that the entire gold output of the
United States for the year 1915 will barely buy
the wheat yield of Nebraska for 1916, and that
the aggregate value of the farm products for the
state last year exceed the gold output of the
world by many millions, some notion of the ex
tent of the industry may be had.. But the farmer'
is not content to rest on this achievement and is
going after more.. He knows it is possible to
improve the yield of all crops, and the breed of
all live stock; ; that the dairying and poultry
industries have not' been brought to their most
efficient poipt and that he has incentive to ad
vancement ib all directions. At these annual con
sultations the exchange of experience, of new
ideas and plans , gives him the knowledge . he
needs to make his work more effective, and thus
to increase the general good of the state. What
ever else may be said of him, the Nebraska
farmer of oday is among the most energetically
progressive of his class.
We tender fraternal commiseration and con
dolence to Brother Edgar Howard, condemned
for three months to ait like a wooden Indian in
the lieutenant governor's chair at Lincoln, when
we know he would much rather be on the editorial
firing line armed for the fray with ink-pot and
scissors., Knowing Edgar Howard, however, we
feel sure he will survive the ordeal with unim
paired faculties and be eventually restored once
more to a life of usefulness.
Railroad managers need not be reminded of
the holdup aspect of rolling stock used for stor
age purposes at $1 per day per car. They have
been aware of it for years. The strangest feature
of the abuse is the admitted inability of the rail
roads to abolish it
' The Douglas county delegation to the legisla
ture usually "gets in bad" at the outset and
spends the remainder of the session in vain en
deavors to be "squared up." It remains to be
seen whether the .present bunch nukes the rule
or the exception.
After the War Is Over
-National City Bank Bullatin,
The end of the war is not yet in sight, but
when it comes there will be undoubtedly a letting
down of this abnormal foreign demand for our
products, and a lowering of prices and profits;
but although this may tend to check buying for
a time the country is under tremendous momen
tum and the war business is now a small part of
the total. With a drop in prices to somewhere
near normal levels there should be a renewed
impetus to our industries. Although our exports
will fall off and our imports increase these
changes will come gradually. The first effect will
be a shifting of the demand from war goods to
peace goods. There will be an enormous amount
of work to be done in the world, in Europe to
restore a state of industrial order and in other
countries to make up for the time that has been
lost. There will be a great outlet for our agri
cultural implements and for machinery of various
kinds to make up the loss of man power. The
shipbuilding industry will have a long program
ahead of it and its requirements will be an im
portant factor in the steel market. The railways
of Europe will need new equipment, and there
is every reason to expect the steel and equip
ment companies to have plenty of business, al
though the prices and profits of war business are
not to be expected and costs must he lowered to
correspond. The demand for our raw materials,
such as lumber and the metals, and for agricul
tural products, will be good. A reduction of the
number of meat animals has occurred in Europe,
which will require years to replace, and the loss
of horses threatens to interfere seriously with
farm operations. These are some of the pro
longed effects of the war.
Finally, there is work which ought to be done
in this country, and which is delayed by the high
costs now prevailing. In one immense field it is
known there has been failure for ten years to
keep pace with the country's development, and
that is in the improvement of railway facilities,
particularly at the terminals. Now that the ad
vantages of electrical propulsion are fully dem
onstrated there is opened an enormous oppor
tunity for construction work in that field. It is
greatly desired, for the good of the general in
dustrial situation that the particular uncertainties
which attach to railway investments, by reason
of the public attitude toward them and their rela
tions with organized labor, should be cleared up,
so that the great work of development in this
field may go on. It means security to all the
industries, and full employment for the wage
earners in the transition period following the
war, besides improved transportation service and
great economies, Here is sn opportunity for
statesmanship where great practical benefits to
the country are possible. ,
The opportunity to extend American trade
abroad should be much better in the years fol
lowing the war than during the war. The extra
ordinary demands upon us, the scarcity of mate
rials, high prices and general derangement of
trade, have handicapped new efforts in the foreign
field. Moreover, we are able now to enter this
field in a new capacity, that of an investor and
organizer. The United States has become the
richest country in the world. Even before the
war its annual gains available for investment were
as great as those of any three other countries,
and our pre-eminence in that respect is now
greater. Our steel-making capacity is equal to
that of all the rest of the world, and the same is
true of our tool-making and machine-building
capacity. . '
We have, therefore, the equipment for supply
ing the very things which after the war alt the
world will be wanting. There has never been
a time when there was such pressing need for
improved appliances for increasing production as
there will be after the war. It is by this means
that the wastes of the war must be made up. We
can go out to the undeveloped countries and put
into the hands of their people the means of
opening new stores of wealth not only for them
selves but for the common supply. The making
of munitions; however profitable and: however it
may be justified, has its dark side, but there is
no dark Side to the business of supplying the
implements of industry. The more it; prospers
the greater trade there will be for everybody. .
High-Balls of the Ancients
There is undoubtedly a prevalent belief that
the wines mentioned in the Old and New Testa
ment were mild fermentations of the juices of
the grape or currant about like the home-made
wines of our day, being not artificially alcohol
ized nor raised in potency by any manner of dis
tillation. Prof. Paul Hnpt of Johns Hopkins
university says, on the contrary, that many of
the ancient wines were really brandies and pos
sessed an alcoholic potency far beyond the "high
wines" of modern usage. Prof. Haupt read a
paper at Haverford college on the occasion of the
fifty-second annual meeting of the Society of Bib
lical Literature, upon the topic, "Alcohol in the
Bible." , '., ,.
According to ' extracts from 'Prof. Haupt's
paper he said that careful investigation warrants
the conclusion that the wines referred to in the
Bibte were distilled beverages high power bran
dies and "about twenty tunes as strong as the
best to be had today." He said that "if a flame
got within ten or fifteen feet of a glass of it there
was likely to be an explosion." It was necessary
to dilute this high wine, "when a man wanted
to take a drink lie had to use twenty-six portions
of water to one of wine," and even so tamed
down "three glasses would send the most pow
erful drinker into a drunken stupor."
And, only think, there were mighty few dry
counties in those days! Prohibition? They had
never heard the suggestion when "David danced
with all his might" nor at the time when King
Solomon held the famed festivities in honor of
the Queen of Sheba. If Professor Haupt is
right about the ancient wines being powerful
distilled liquors we can easily understand that
"getting lit up" is no modern stunt.
Shots Aimed at Omaha
Aurora Republican: Congratulations to Omaha
upon her success in landing one of the farm loan
banksl It may hot be as desirable in a ma
terial sense as the federal reserve establishment
that went to Kansas City,' but as a recognition
of the metropolis of one -of the greatest agricul
tural states in the union ft is highly acceptable.
Spencer Advocate: The Omaha Epworth
League suggests that after the 1st of next May
"milk parlors" be opened, where men who fre
quented saloons may congregate and drink milk
at 5 cents a glass. Why not serve the milk warm
in bottles with rubber nipples? We can picture
that Omaha bunch falling over one another in
their eagerness to get "a hot one."
Bloomfield Journal: Jim Dahlman, the Omaha
mayor, is the popular kid. We note by the dailies
that old Santa hung a handsome closed car on
the municipal Christmas tree for him this year.
"Jim" has just recently come out as an ardent
advocate of woman suffrage and there is a bare
possibility that Omaha "stiffs" were the power
behind the throne that induced old St Nick to
be so liberal with the mayor. It would be a
delicate but handsome token of appreciation of
his recent change of heart
Shehon dipper:. Those people in many states
of the union who were defrauded by the United
States Live Stock company in trading valuable
property for "wild horses," should have invested
a portion of their savings in a flying-machine be
fore they contracted for the animals, so they
would of had some method of catching them. Ac
cording to the evidence introduced in federal
court at Omaha the only way the victims can
satisfy their own curiosity is to admit that they
were "miked" and that it was simply a "horse
f-aaamaTaszr,-,iamsr-'"-m Sj M
Health Bint for the Day.
Do not make it a practice to let
the baby or little, child crawl on the
floor or rug and put playthings or
other objects (and Incidentally germs)
into his mouth.
One Year Ago Today in the War.
Russians and Austro-Germana be
gan great battle for Czernowitt.
Petrograd reported vigorous attacks
by the Russians in Galicia and Bes
sarabia. President Wilson hurried back- to
Washington to handle crisis over tor
pedoing of steamship Persia.
In Omaha Thirty Years Ago.
Sheriff Coburn celebrated his
twenty-ninth birthday by feeding the
county prisoners on a turkey dinner.
The Cole Creek farm, recently sold
by John D. Creighton, through C. E.
" I anaren
Mayne, to Eraatus A. Benson, has
been platted and christened "Ben
son" after the name of Its owner.
J. H. Stebbins, one of the letter
carriers, fell through an iron grating
on Douglas near Fourteenth, which
resulted in a "pain la the leg."
The old land mark at the corner of
Twelfth and Farnam, occupied by the
United States National bank, will soon
be no more, as the bank people will
bulid there one of the handsomest of
fice buildings yet erected In the city.
Hodgson & Son have been appointed
The charity ball committee met at
the rooms of the Omaha club to com
plete arrangements for the charity
ball to be given in the exposition
building. The board of managers con
sisted of Frank Colpetzer, J. a Col
lins, J. T. Clarke, Joseph 'Oarneau
and N. Shelton.
Mrs. E. T. Ryan of Vail, la., went
through the pity on her way to Lin
coln, where she will spend a few days
with her father, John Matthiesen, one
of our state representatives, .
The party of Omaha musicians who
gave a concert at North Bend took
the town by storm. The quartet com
posed of Mrs. Cotton, Hiss Rath, W.
B. Wllklns and Revel France, were
compelled to appear again, while Mr.
French's performance at the piano
waa an exoelient feature.
This Day In Htatoty.
1777 Washington surprised and de
feated the British at Princeton, N. J.
1798 Lncretia Mott reformer and
woman suffragist born at Nantucket
Island, Mass. Died in Philadelphia,
November 11, 1880.
1803 Douglas Jen-old, who bravely
struggled through hardships to win
his place in literature, born in Lon
don. Died there June 8, 1857.
1820 House of representatives
passed a bill for the admission of
Maine to statehood.
18211 Parliament buildings in
Toronto were destroyed by fire.
1892 Captain Hardie, with a de
tachment of the Third cavalry, dis
persed a band of Mexican outlaws.
. 1895 Public degradation .of Cap
tain Dreyfus in Paris.
1898 Lt Hung Chang was recalled
to power In China. 1
1901 Lord Roberts was received
with royal honors on his return to
London from South Africa. .
1907 French church and state
separation law waa promulgated.
1911 Experimental postal savings
banks were opened In every state and
territory of the union. '
The Day We CeleAn-ate.
Rex H. Morehouse, president of the
R. H. Morehouse company and one of
Omaha's popular business men, was
born January t, 1881, at Missouri Val
ley. He was educated at Culver Mili
tary academy and Andover academy.
E. Seligsohn is 78 years old today.
He Is president of M. Wolistetn St
Co., and has been in Omaha thirty
John H. Phelps, 2209 Spencer, Is
92 years old today. He first voted in
1848, for Zachary Taylor, at Nlles,
Mich. Mr. Phelps came to Omaha in
1884 and had a drug store at the
northeast corner of Twenty-fourth and
; Queen Helena of Italy born in Mon
tenegro forty-four years ago today.
Archduchess Adelheld, only daugh
ter of the new Austrian rulers, born
at Ricbenau, three years ago today.
Edward Lee Brown, the new presi
dent of the Minneapolis A St Louis
railroad, born in Iowa fifty-three years
Franklin Murphy, former governor
of New Jersey, born in Jersey City
seventy-one years ago today.
Herbert Brenon, famous as a di
rector of motion picture spectacles,
born in Dublin, Ireland, thirty-seven
years ago today.
Lee S. Overman, United States
senator from North Carolina, born at
Salisbury, N. C, sixty-three years ago
James A. Tawney, former Minnesota
congressman and now a member of
the International Joint Waterways
commission, born near Gettysburg,
Pa., sixty-two years ago today.
Timely Jottings and Reminders.
The Maine legislature which con
venes today will have two important
matters as relates to the enforcement
of the prohibitory law to deal with,
a resolve providing for- constitutional
amendment to give ' the governor
power to remove sheriffs who fail to
enforce the law and the other a bill
which would compel Judges to give
straight jail sentences in liquor cases.
A proposal for a constitutional con
vention, private bank regulation, eli
mination of useless bureaus and sine
cures, revenue reforms and home rule
for Chicago of public utilities are
among the matters scheduled to be
taken up by the fiftieth general as
sembly of Illinois, which is to begin
Ita sessions today.
Other states in which the legisla
tures will begin their sessions today
include Vermont, North Carolina, New
Hampshire, Massachusetts, Colorado
Storyeite of the Day.
"Have you ever had any experience
in handling high-class ware?" asked
a dealer in bric-a-brac of an appli
cant for work.
"No, sir," was the reply, "but I
think 1 can do it"
"Suppose," said the dealer, you ac
cidentally broke a very valuable por
celain vase, what would you do?"
"I should put lt carefully together,"
replied the man, "and set lt where a
wealthy customer would be sure to
knock it over again."
"Consider yourself engaged," said
the dealer. "Now tell me where you
learned that trick of the trade."
"A few years ago," answered the
other, "I was one of the wealthy cus
Never Mind, Sports!
Omaha, Jan. 3. To the Editor of
The Bee: You remember the very
successful week the auto drivers had
up on West Farnam last fall? They
bagged two women, two men and a
child along a little stretch up there.
Got most of them as they were board
ing or leaving street cars Then Chief
Dunn and certain other officials made
themselves very obnoxious and spoiled
the sport For a while the auto driv
ers stopped a good twenty feet behind
every street car they saw that was
taking on or dropping passengers ana
many of them did not even dare to
creep past a moving car in the mid
dle of the block; but that was a long
time ago quite beyond the memory
of any living autoist, and now they
are playing the same game again.
I saw six of them speed past the
car I was coming down town on last
Tuesday, while the car was stopped
to let off and take on passengers; but
they did not have any luck. The best
they could do was to freighten an old
lady nearly to death by shooting past
witmn a root of her as she was step
ping off the car. I think it was the
next day that one of them actually
got an old man as he was getting out
of the front door of a car, but the
driver bungled the Job and only Jam
med the old man between the door
and the car, breaking a few of his
Friday I saw a driver try for a man
who was crossing Farnam at Nine
teenth street but again the shooting
was very poor. It was a good oppor
tunity, with no street car at hand to
spoil the sport yet the driver missed
the man with his front wheels by a
good four feet Then he took a quick
turn and tried to get the man by skid
ding his hind wheels around on the
icy pavement No luck again! The
machine spun around in a wide half
circle, the rear wheels sliding beauti
fully on the Ice; but the pedestrian
took a mean advantage and side-stepped.
Never mrnd, sports! The pave
ments will be In very fine shape for
this kind of work during the next
few weeks, and even If most of the
younger men and women prove too
spry for you, you ought to be able
to bag a few more old men, old
women and thoughtless youngsters
before Chief Dunn and other offi
cials make themselves obnoxious
Hanscom Park Skaters WeB-Behaved.
Omaha, Jan. 2. To the Editor of
The Bee: Publication in another paper
charging misconduct by the skaters
at Hanscom park is unjust and un
fair. Order has been exceptionally
good this season and Park Commis
sioner Hummel has not been lax in
providing police protection, as there
are always two police on duty at the
pond, sometimes three. Not one In
stance of a lady having been insulted
has been reported to the police or
heard of by them. Officers Saltzgiver
and Sudds will bear me out in this
statement. An argument between a
bunch of small boys ltvmg over on
Leavenworth street was promptly set
tled by the police.
The statement in reference to the
boys from the Sheeley neighborhood
is an injustice, as their conduct has
been good, and only last Sunday these
boys helped the park laborers clean
the snow off the ice, giving the hun
dreds of skaters more time to enjoy
the ice for the day.
A. C. FLOTHOW,
Manager Hanscom Park Pavilion.
Basis of Demand to Sell School Land. .
North Platte, Neb., Jan. 1. To the
Editor of the The Bee: When Ne
braska waa admitted into the union
congress donated to the state In aid
of the common schools sections 16
and S6 in each township, comprising
one-eighteenth of the the land in the
state. The disposition of the land so
donated was left with the state, and
the people in adopting the constitu
tion in 1886 provided for their sale
at not less than 85 per acre In the
constitution of 1875 the people again
provided for the sale, fixing the mini
mum price at f7 per acre, the pro
ceeds to constitute a permanent
school fund to be invested as therein
directed. This constitution also pro
vided for leasing the unsold lands.
In pursuance of these provisions
the legislature passed laws for leasing
such lands for twenty-five years and
to protect the lessee, so that he would
feel safe In Improving the land, these
leases provided for sale to the lessee
at any time during the life of the
Under these provisions nearly one
half these lands have been disposed
of, so practically all of these lands
in the eastern half of the state have
passed to private owners and have
been improved and are helping by
taxes to support the state, county and
schools, and build up the country.
A later legislature, ignoring the
mandate of the constitution, repealed
the sale provision and It is now pro
posed to make the occupiers perma
nent tenants, subject to rack-renting
reappraisements, with never an oppor
tunity of becoming land owners. Any
system of permanent landlordism re-
That's the resolution we have
made, and we're going tp keep
it, too, by giving even better
service than in the past.
OMAHA VAN &
806 So. 16th St
Phone Doug. 4163.
tarda the development of any coun
try where It prevails and a state land
lord would be Just as unsatisfactory
as a private landlord.
To make such a radical Change in
the method of disposing of these lands
after half of them are gone would
work a rank Injustice not only to the
present occupants, but to counties
where they are situated. Take for ex
ample Douglas county, the most popu
lous and wealthiest in the state. All
of the school land In this county has
been sold and the owners are making
permanent Improvements, paying taxes
and helping to build up and develop
the resources of Douglas county.
While in the poorer counties of the
state, where these unsold lands are
found, it Is proposed that one
eighteenth of the land shall be with
drawn from any chance of private
ownership, and be exempt from local
taxation to create a fund the benefits
of which would be distributed accord
ing to school population. Under such
a system Douglas county, though not
contributing one penny, would receive
more benefit than the entire thirty
four counties comprising, the Stxth
congressional district where most of
the unsold lands are located. This is
true in the same degree with any of
the eastern counties where the state
has sold these lands.
It is no wonder the people m the
western half of the state are objecting
to being exploited for the benefit of
the wealthier and more populous
eastern counties and are asking for
a square deal at the hands of the
legislature asking that the legisla
ture comply with the constitutional
mandate by providing for the sale of
these lands. T. C. PATTERSON.
The National Pwace Prayer.
Council Bluffs, la, Jan. 1. To the
Editor of The Bee: So many people
are asking the question, "Why did not
God answer the national peace
prayer?" God deals with a nation the
same as with an individual. We must
get right with God if we want to do
business with him. For proof see 2
"I beseech thee, O Lord, remember
now how I have walked before thee In
truth and with a perfect heart and
have done that which is good in
Verse 6: "The Lord I nave heard
thy prayer, I have seen thy tears,
behold I will add unto thy days fif
The White House prayer reads
something like this: "O Lord, wilt thou
give us peace in Europe by giving us
the victory over Germany. We pray
that thou will help us in this hour of
need. And by Thy help we will do
all that is in our power in manufac
turing munitions of war to help kill
our brother. We love peace, but we
rove filthy lucre better."
We have no proof God ever heard
the voice of a hypocrite or taken any
pleasure in hypocrisy. - Is anyone still
wondering why God did not answer
the national peace prayer?
422 East Broadway, Council Bluffs.
Cordial lreatment Much Appreciated.
Lincoln, Jan. 1. To the Editor of
The Bee: The following resolution was
unanimously adopted by the Nebraska
Manufacturers' association at the an
nual convention on November 21 and
"Resolved that the thanks of this
convention be tendered the press of
Omaha in acknowledgment of their
kind consideration and to the Omaha
Manufacturers' association and the
Omaha Commercial club for their
most royal hospitality."
The manufacturers very much ap
preciate the cordial reception and the
courteous treatment tendered by
Omaha during this splendid meeting.
FRANK L RINGER,
Commissioner Nebraska Manufactur
ers' association. .
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"Moat uberally. I ordarad two botfed asm
and gave him ona of tham.'--WaaaUlston
Hub (Stmt tarttnt for afftoe) By tho
way, waa thero any of Uia boiled aonaata
left over from dl&aar laat nichi?
Wife Yen, dear. Why?
Hob I want to put a little on my mua
tacna to make my bualneaa aasoetatas think
we ean afford int. Boston Transcript.
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TOR HOWS -WHAT DO?
stow or hk lire, -that
me Are books on unctan
MIM6 (HE W THE PUBLIC UB<r!
Dtarapvtabh "Looking P.utT"lmm a
Elderly Woman I shmild think trig,
strong man Ilka 70a would a ashamed to
aak tor money.
D- La. P. I ant, tady, but I abit rot the
nem to take it wtthoat aaktn'. New Tork
"Are yon a phfTairtlnwpajt. atrT asked an
old gentleman of a rosnc nimn. who waa
dfatributtna; a quantltr oX butterscotch to
"Am I a what, said tha rownjr man. "a
philanthropist? No, air; I am a denUstT -Irish
Be lure you're riirbt. Dent
take chances on bavins a pre
scription filled. Inexperience,
inaccuracy, lack of potency in
drusri will render a preaeription
worse than melees perhapa
absolutely Amnzmm. We em
ploy none but expert registered
pharmacists. Our drugs are of
known freshness, strength and
purity. Our nervice has never
We buy our rtgan In lam auantitlca
from the iruuufavrturen or distiitro
ton and mako the lowoat poaflbls
price by bra or pocketful.
SHERMAN S MeCONNELL
Four Good Drag Stores.
Persistence is the cardinal vir
tue in advertising; no matter
how good advertising maybe
in other respects, it must be
run frequently and constant
ly to be really successful.
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