Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, January 11, 1917, Page 4, Image 4
THE BEE: OMAHA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 1917 4 THE OMAHA DAILY BEE FOUNDED BY EDWARD ROSEWATER VICTOR ROSEWATER, EDITOR THE BEE PUBLISHING COMPANY. PROPRIETOR Enured at Omaha pnstoffla. as aillassmaUsT TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION By CarrisT dct month Dally and Sunday . . . Re Daily without Sunday 46e Evvntnv and Sunday 40e......... Evening without Sunday 2R Sunday Bn only 20...- Daily and Sunday B. thr ars in advanee, By Han prr yir . . -J6.00 . . . 4.00 , .. 00 . . . 4.00 . . 2.00 110.00. Sand notiea of chant, of address or Irwaolanty in d. livery to Omaha Bet, Circulation REMITTANCE Remit by draft, mrMS or postal order. Only 2-fent tiw .k - .. .-..n wioimu. Personal cnerKA, eaeept on Omaha and eastern exchange, not accepted. OFFICES Omaha The Bee bolldmlt. South Omaha 2118 N. atreet. Council Bluffa 14 North Main itreet Lineoln S2 Little Bulldiw. Chicago 1 People's Gas Building. New York Room S0, 20 fifth avenue. St Louis 101 New Bank of Commerce. Waahtngtow T2 Fourteenth atreet, N. W. CORRESPONDENCE Addreaa eomraunieationa relating to news and editorial matter to Omaha Bee. Editorial Department. DECEMBER CIRCULATION 53,368 Dnily Sunday 50,005 Dwight Williams, circulation manager of The Bee Publishing company, being duly sworn, says that the average circulation for the month of December, me, was 13, 18 daily and SO. 006 Sunday. DWIGHT WILLIAMS. Circulation Manager. Subscribed in my presence and sworn to before me this 4th day of January, HIT. 0. W. CARLSON. Notary Public Subscribers leavinf th city temporarily should hay Th. Baa mailed to th.ra. Ad drug will b chanted a ofUB as raqu.st.d. The Thaw degenerate ia only another example of the pernicious influence of too much money. Are all those interior Nebraska cities except Hastings asleep at the state capital switch? Now that few county jobs are parceled out among the faithful, the pieless multitude will kindly obey the sign, "Keep off the grass!" "My occupation," said Tom Lawson, "is that of a farmer." Sure. Don't all the stock exchange ; sheep-shearers cultivate lambs for the wool? To a man up a tree it looks as if those demo : cratic leak investigators were afraid they might discover something they do not wand to find. With Edgar Howard on guard at one end of the state house and Jerry Howard at the other, the only chance of putting things over is to . work the middle. i While New York pants with pride over an ; official showing of diminished vice, Chicago blows I off the lid and starts fumigation. The value of I the treatment depends on steady application. ) It is not so much a question whether political service qualifications are considered for places in the Farm Loan bank as whether the jobs are to be : made the base of operations for future work in j politics. '. A place to save public money is pointed out by Edgar Howard in the excessive and multiple premiums exacted for official bonds, all of which ! come out of the taxpayers' pockets. The surety . bond graft game is certainly worked to a fraizle ;ln Nebraska. Among the joyful charms of midwinter, apart ; from fuel bills, is the speed with which hope, ' aided by a fashion magaiine, spots the approach of fluffy spring. Already flocks of pajamas gara : bol in picture print as friskily as the traditional hare in March. , i The presence of a fleet of commerce protec tors on the north Atlantic coast goes to show that the allies slowly adjust themselves to the ; widening reach of war. Making secure the sup 1 ply routes across the Atlantic constitutes the first line of national safety. The only limitation on the number of bills a member of the legislature may sponsor lies in the constitutional requirement that they be in troduced within the first twenty days of the ses sion. There is no danger, however, that this will seriously interfere with the output. One-fourth of Douglas county's revenue ap portioned for roads and bridges is to be spent al most wholly outside of Omaha, which pays nine tenths of the taxes. The rural residents of this county know good thing when they see it and also realize the advantage of holding on to it. Someone objects to one member of the Doug las county delegation serving in the legislature on the ground that he is a resident of another state and, therefore, barred by the constitution. Inasmuch as he is a good democrat and the demo crats control the house, "what's the constitution between friends?" However successfully he may have sat on the fence between "wet" and "dry" in Nebraska, our democratic United States senator has recorded himself "wet on District of Columbia prohibi tion, but his newspaper organ here carefully re trains from printing the roll call lineup, just as if that were going to keep it dark. Working One's Way Washington Poat. A Good Old Scout. William Frederick Cody, better known as "Buffalo Bill," was first of all a typical American. He was emblematic of the great west, of a region of mystery and adventure, and through his ef forts some taste of this was carried into the haunts of the older civilization. That tlie west of "Bill" Cody's boyhood no longer can be found is not occasion for much regret, but men who are not so very old readily recall experiences of the sort that gave the great scout his prestige and helped him along the way to fame. For much of the stuff that has been woven into romance with "Ruffalo Bill' as the hero actually did occur. Peo ple who move through the tales of Ned Buntline and others of the ilk really did live and move and to some degree in the atmosphere therein de picted. Cody was shrewd enough to capitalize the interest thus aroused, and throughout two world's he carried the vanished life of the rowdy west, the cowboys and the scouts, the Indians and the road agents, and vividly pictured to mul titudes scenes that were not lacking in elements of fact. Thai Cody died a comparatively poor man is a tribute to his eminence as a frontiersman. He was unversed in the ways of business and made bad investments. But he had another quality of the men who made the west his heart was big and his nature guileless, and the wealth he won went as easily as it came. He came up from the condition of a poor, unlettered orphan to be com panion to the great ones of earth: kings and emperors welcomed him, and yet to the end he was "Bill" to those whose friendship went back to the days he celebrated in his showman's years. Such of these as yet live will mourn him with a sincerity unknown to the friend of later times, who knew only the famous Colonel Cody and had slight opportunity to become acquainted with "Buffalo Bill." Nebraska had a deep interest in him, for the greater part of his active career was spent in this state, which once honored him by election to the legislature and also gave him his military title. Hundreds of our pioneer citizens will sor row that the good old scout, in the best sense of the term, has reached the end of the trail and gone to his last sleep. Go Slow on Unlimited Bond Issues. Giving power to the municipal authorities to issue bonds within limited amounts yearly for con struction work that must be planned ahead and continue over a long period of time may conduce to economy, but there is no such reason for bonds desired for any particular one-time project on which a popular vote of approval can easily be had. To authorize unlimited bond issues for any purpose subject only to veto by referendum, would be merely to put projects of the second class on the same basis as the continuing projects on which a referendum can now be taken. The fact is Omaha has not been unduly reluc tant to vote bonds for any purpose answering a real demand; on the contrary the general feeling prevails that the participation of non-taxpayers in bond elections increases the chances of carry ing the bonds and safeguards have been imposed against reckless bond issues by requiring an abso lute majority of all ballots cast in a general election or a two-thirds majority in a special election. Omaha's municipal debt has been growing apace and does not need automatic de vices to inflate it further. Fish and the Cost of Living. State Fish Commissioner O'Brien renews a suggestion to the people of Nebraska1 that they fish for the purpose of providing food and not for mere sport. He is following a propaganda set on foot many years ago by "Lou" May, who did more than any other man to get Nebraskans interested in fish as food. It is not necessary to raise carp or similar muck-eating fish, for the noblest of fresh-water finny tribes, the black bass and the channel cat, thrive in Nebraska waters. Perch and crappie' also do well in streams and lakes, while the swift-runnnig streams in the cen tral and western portions of the state are filling up with trout, and provide splendid sport as well as dainty food. The possibilities of the fish pond have never been thoroughly tested by Nebraskans. It lias been proven that an acre in fish pond will pro duce more of real food material than can be had from a similar area through any other means. Moreover, good dieticians allege reasons why fish are deemed worthy of a permanent place on the menu, while eminent physiologists have en dorsed the Friday practice of substituting fish for flesh as conducive to good health, no matter what its religious significance may be. This is another resource of Nebraska undeveloped. The observation is frequently made thai op portunities for young men have become restricted I in recent years as a result of the growth of busi ness. More and more frequently the complaint is heard from young men that they have not the same chances that their forebears had. They ! think it was easy enough for Lincoln to work his way up from woodchopper to president, while nothing like that would be possible today. - isuuuriumijr, now, as nertioiore, is almost ..entirely a matter of personal initiative. As in i Lincoln's day, the young man who sits back and 'waits for the proverbial knocking at the door by ' opportunity is doomed to disappointment. 1 In the annual report of a great university Ihe ! statement is made that in the year which ended May 31, last, 718 students earned $155,000. The j earnings averaged more than enough to pay tui ! tion in the most expensive courses. The majority I were aided in getting employment by a commit , tee, whose records show that since 1898 students have earned at total $1,514,000. I The 718 students who thus worked their way through college were made of the right stuff -They did not. and are not likely to regard oppor- tunity as limited. Without funds they have ob Mained a good education. The same spirit will i carry them over all the difficult hurdles of life, 1 and they are bound to reach the top. Most of ihe big manufacturers, financiers and railroad wen came up from the bottom and from poverty Opportunity is as great now as ever it was for :' the same sort of men and women who were suc cessful in other periods. Our victory, or at worst our demonstration that a German victory is impossible, will knock Ihe linchpin out of Che allied applecart and the strained embrace in which the Tommy, the Poilu and the Cossack areyiow enlaced will relax with a very perceptible lowering of the temperature of the three pairs of shoulders. The French tariffs will gall whilst the French navy grows: and the rugged Russian bear will, from his new vantage grounds of Persia and Poland and Constantinople, overshadow regions which, within my lifetime we would have fought for to our last penny sooner than have left them nnder Russia's influence or that of Japan, much less of the two in alliance. I was ridiculed in my youth for saying that the balance of power was still as live an issue as ever. Well, nobody ridicules me tor uttering that platitude now: vet some of us imagine that we can suddenly take the enormous weight of Ger many out of the scales and replace it by a burn ing feather without bringing down the opposite scale with a crash that may jerk half the weights out of it Our transient rages and spites and quar relings and vendettas have no place in the diplo macy of such balancings. They are useful only as whisky is useful to a soldier who runs short of British pluck and has to eke it out with Dutch courage. Mill less have they any place in the diplomacy which alone can supersede the diplo macy ot military power-balancing, bnpernational law, when it comes, will not be a respecter of nations; nor will it act on Mr. Cecil Chesterton's proposal to establish a class of feeble-minded professional-criminal nations with curtailed rights as an excuse for plundering and disabling Germany. Lieutenant Governor Howard's Inaugural, Our pencil-pushing brother, Edgar Howard, has redeemed our fondest expectations on assum ing office under the constitution. He has lifted the position of lieutenant governor from the abysmal depth of fifth wheel to the wagon to one of real importance. In a notable address he imparts to the senators his conception of the of fice and the duties of the incumbent, evincing a remarkably clear understanding of his responsi bilities and prerogatives. His pledge to be gov erned in the performance of his duties by the constitution may alarm some of his democratic brethren, who have developed so marked an in clination to ignore that venerable document. If the new lieutenant governor succeeds in swing ing them back to the straight and narrow path along which lawmakers may proceed with safety, he will be doing a real service to the state. Sena tors will profit if they take advantage of the ex perience of their presiding officer and let him use his editorial blue pencil now and again on some of their productions. "Laboratory" Work Gone Wild. "Teaching the young idea to shoot" according to modern methods has brought many novelties into the school room, but it has remained for Wisconsin high school to put the top sheaf on the shock of experience in this direction. Girl memoers oi a class in domestic economy are reported to have adopted a 2-month-old baby that they may demonstrate thereon the house hold hints and other advice given them as to the care and sustenance of infants. Old-fashioned indignation will rise at this exhibit of the extremes to which a fad may be carried. It is possible and probable no harm will come to the child and that it will have treatment better than it could have in its mother's care, yet even these concessions will not answer objections to taking over a babe on which to allow school girls to prove out their experiments. Wisconsin has obtain considerable notoriety for many socio logical departures, but this latest looks like carry ing the uplift to the verge of the ridiculous. Bernard Shaw on Peace Terms The New Republic The fact to be faced is that non-German Europe is not Koine to spend the remainder of the duration of this planet sitting on Germany s head. A head with the brains of 60,000,000 of people in it take more sitting on than we shall have time for. What we really ought to consider what is to become of the alliance wnen tne pressure under which it was riveted is removed. That pressure was the fear of Germany ("Fear is the mainspring of war ): and we have already shown that the Gorman terror was a scarecrow. Nobody now supposes that Germany can steam- roll F.urope, or that it was ever worth its while to trv. The dav after the oeace we shall be more afraid of Russia than of Germany; and all Europe will be more afraid of us than of any other single power. France will for the first time have a very keen sense that we cannot altord to quarrel witn it, and that its fleet, which counted for something in our command of the sea, hitherto eclipsed by the military German bugaboo, will shine out be fore the world as a menace to the rest of the world of precisely Ihe same character as the German army was two years ago. Failing the establishment of suoernational taw, the powers will have to fall back on alliances as before; for the days of single combat between the great powers are over. And in the bidding for allies the balance of power will more and more le with the United states, because they now form the only single political unit of the first magni tude that is completely selt-sufhcient. England will want an alliance with America; and Germany will want an alliance between the west and the east. It will be vital to England's interest that Germany should not choose the east; and the only way to prevent it will be to let it into a western alliance. Now the exclusion of France from an Anglo-German-American combination would suit neither France nor the combination; and thus we may get what we should have played for all along: an irresistible magnetic nucleus for western civ ilization consisting of an allied France, Germany, Britain and North America. Such a combination would almost instantly accrete the Netherlands and Scandinavia. As compared to it a combina' tion of Japan, Russia, Italy, France and England is a desperate and unnatural adventure in wanton heterogeneity; and nothing but the sense of an overwhelming danger from Germany keeps it to- getner today. Mr. Cecil uiesterton, in clamoring for the utter destruction of that dancer, is also clamoring for the inevitable break-up of the com bination it has called into being and held together. The more he studies the combinations that are likely to succeed it, the more he wil aooreciate the wisdom of the old political precept, "Treat your friend as one who may some day be your enemy, and your enemy as one who may some day be your friend." For a Commission on "Pork' Philadelphia Ledger. There is a good deal to be said in favor nf the proposal, said to have emanated from the White House, that a national commission dealino- with all phases of the rivers and harbors and inland waterways and irrigation projects shall be an thorized by congress. The only reason for such a commission is to take' the "pork" of sectional ism and ot partisanship out of the scandal that arises from the passing of the average rivers and harbors bill. It is easy to sec that, unless the commission be made ud of men who shall he men truly national, its recommendations will be of no more value than those of the present com mittees ot congress nased on the supposedly im peccable reports of the army engineers. If such a commission be called into being, however, and if it actually does work the miracle of making these improvements represent all that common sense and sound principles of transportation call for. and the local grabs snffer. then the in jured can only blame themselves for bringing the punishment that has been their due these twenty years. Experience shows that nork dies hard. It is intrenched everywhere. And if one is to juHkc by the weak address of General Hixby, retired, belore tne recent Kivers and Harbors consress. or the equally unsatisfactory address of General Black, the present chief ot engineers, or the reso lutions of the congress itself, no one in or oul of the War department or in or out of congress dares resist the local pressure, no matter how much talk there may be about scientific methods. General Ulack, for instance, after saying thai while it could be demonstrated that the returns to the people of the United States at large would be greater by the improvement of New York har bor than by deepening the upper reaches of Cape Fear river, then surrendered bodily to giving these small local streams an appropriation. General Bixby got rid of the "pork cry 'by saying there "has been nothing unworthy in the way of rivers and harbors appropriations in the last six years. To cap the climax, the Rivers and Harbors con gress, alter admirably recommending that "a general plan be devised applicable lo the country as a whole, by which the most impor tant projects from the standpoint of national efficiency, including defense and the needs of commerce, be selected, so as to fit into a har monious and comprehensive system; that a fea ture of such system shall be standardization," then stultified itself by endorsing the "annual riv ers and harbors bills" as at present made up. Naturally, the president, with such confusion and such hopeless Bourbonism before him and also with the evidence that something is surely wrong, turns to a commission to save the day. People and Events Health Hint for the Day,, Eight hours at least out of twenty four iihould be devoted normally to "Ifep. during which the body should bi completely relaxed without strain or cramp upon any muscle. One Vcar Ago Today In the War. Anstrlans captured Montenegrin stronghold on Mount Lovcen. I'arls reported the big German of fensive In Champagne had been re pulsed. Uussians began fresh onslaught on fiermann and Austrlans in Gallcla and Bukowlna. British relief olumn reported bloc ked by superior force twenty miles south of Kut-el-Amara. In Omaha Thirty Years Ago. J. K. Preston of the Chit-ago & Northwestern railway office, has Just received an excellent crayon ink por trait of himself drawn on white corded silk. The work was done In Japan and Is for that reason a curiosity as well as a work of art. Andy Hogan. ex-policeman, seems to have more than his share of hard luck. He had barely recovered from being held up and pounded by two men when he was run Into by a coast er at Sixteenth and Mason, causing Official reports show a total of 7.650 traffic fatalities in New York City during eleven months of the last year. The record beats 1915 by 18 per cent, and spells too much speed in the wrong direction. By the irony of fate Lord Milner, now en gaged with his English colleagues in directing the war against Germany, was himself born in the land of the kaiser, and received there his early education. New Jersey saloonists, fearing a dust storm in that section, are moving on the legislature for a law requiring communities closing saloons to compensate the owners for loss. They seek compensation on the basis of capitalization and esLiuiated profits. his team to become frightened and himself to be thrown out of the wagon and severely injured. Sergeant Matza had the injured man conveyed to the hospittil. Articles of Incorporation of the Rees Printing company were filed, the incorporators being Samuel Rees, J. T. Fairlie, D. C. Shelly, A. V. Ram say and C. E. Reynolds and the capi tal KTi.OOU. Sol Bergman, one of the young men In Max Meyer's store, has gone to Milwaukee to be married to Miss Klora Heller, after which the young couple will reside in Omaha. Before his departure, Mr. Julius Meyer tendered the happy groom-to-be a supper at his rooms at Twelfth and Farnam. Among those present were: Messrs. S. P. Fisher, S. Oberfelder, M. Ober felder, 8. Schleslnger, I. Schiff, A. H. Gladstone, A. Cahn, F. Silberstein, A. Meimhurg, August Schafer, J. Wise, J. Robinson, C. Goldsmith, A. Mandelberg, Max Meyer, S. Rinds koff and Mortiz Meyer. The Y. M. C. A. has enlisted the interest of a number of leading busi ness men of the city In the cause of their new building. To consider this subject a meeting was held in the par lors of the Nebraska National bank, at which the following advisory board was present: Messrs. George Hoag land, H. W. Yates, Herman Kountze and A. J. Poppleton. Dr. George B. Ayres has removed to his old office, 1F,05 Farnam, oppo site the Merchants hotel. This Dny In History. 1757 Alexander Hamilton, one of the greatest of American statesmen, born in the West Indies. Died in New York City, July 12, 1801. 1785 Seat of the United States gov ernment located at New York. 1805 Act of congress creating the territory of Michigan. 1816 Cumberland island, Georgia, taken possession of by Captain Barrie of the British ship "Dragon." 1817 Timothy Dwight, president of Yale college, died at New Haven. Born at Northampton, Mass., May 14, 1752. 1825 Bayard Taylor, celebrated author, born in Chester county, Penn sylvania. Died in Berlin, Germany, December 19, 1878. 1856 Sergeant Uzel Knapp, the last survivor of Washington's life-guard, died in Orange county New York, aged 97 years. 1861 Alabama passed an ordi nance of secession. 1892 United States senate ratified the Brussels treaty to suppress the African slave trade. 1897 A treaty of arbitration be tween the United States and Great Britain was signed at Washington. aine duces, a. A A Flower on the Bier, Omaha, Jan. 10. To the Editor of The Bee: Permit me to say a word nut of respect to the memory of the late Edwin C. Hardy, with whom 1 was associated in newspaper work for a number of years. Those who knew him well recognized his ability as an editorial writer und appreciated his personal worth. He wils a gentleman of the old school, a man widely read, with a faculty for reaching sane conclusions. His editorials for the most part treat ed of national affairs, and at inter vals he would discuss international politics. Most of his work presented a tine finish in the matter of construc tion and bore evidence of a wide range of knowledge. He will be remembered in Omaha an a kindly, courteous gentleman of rare mental attainments, whose liter ary product entitled him to high rank in the editorial profession. J. B. HAYNES. I vils nf Pool Halls. Scotia, Neb., Jan. 10. To the Editor of The Bee: 1 have been a reader and subscriber to your paper for a number of years, but I have never contributed to the Letter Box be cause I thought perhaps others had subjects of more importance to them than anything I could discuss, but when the communication from "A Mother" struck my eye I wished I might meet her and together we might take steps to get the women of Ne braska to say the pool halls must go. I have arways contended that a pool hall is a bigger nuisance than a saloon. I took an active part in the dry campaign, and had it not been for the Influence of the pool halls on boys and young men I doubt very much if we would have had so many drunkards. In talking with different ones 1 find a strong opposition to them and if the women would demand it I doubt not but they could be abol ished altogether. MRS. DEE VINECORE. The Day We Celebrate. William M. Giiler, former police commissioner, was born January 11, 1860, at Whitehall, 111. He is a mem ber of the law firm of Weaver & Gii ler. and has been In Omaha for more than twenty-six years. General John C. Cowin ts a native of Ohio, born January 11, 1846, at War rensville. He is in the front rank of our veteran lawyexs. Samuel Mort, buyer for Nelson Mor ris Packing company, was born in Leigh, Lancashire, England, fifty years ago today. Irving F. Baxter is just 47. Judge Baxter has held several oft! res. includ ing county judge, district judge and I'nited States district attorney. He is a New Yorker and read law at Ttica, N. Y. Thomas K. Coleman, assistant man ager of the Midland Glass & Paint company, is 40 years old today. He was born at Kalis City and started out here in Omaha as a drug clerk. Karl Curzou of Kcdleston. I.ritish statesman, who has just wedded Mrs Alfred Duggan, a former A lalmnia girl, born at Kcdleston. England, fifty-eight years ago today, Itear Admiral Leigh C. Palmer, chief of the bureau of navigation of the Navy department, born in Mis souri, forty-four years ago today. James H. Hustls, former president and now receiver of the Boston and Maine railroad, born in New York City, fifty-three years ago today. Sir Charles W. Macara. for many years the foremost figure in the Brit ish cotton manufacturing industry, born in .Scotland, seventy-two years ago today. Miss Alice Paul, a noted leader in the movement for woman suffrage, born at Moorestown. N. J , fifty-two years ago today. Thomas Dixon, author of the "The Clansman" and other well known novels and plays, born at Shelby, N. C. fifty-three years ago today. Timely Jottings and Kemintlers. Denmark's ratification of the treaty providing for the sale of the Danish West Indies to the I'nited States is to be dispatched on a steamer leaving Copenhagen today. The latest developments in auto mobile engineering are to be disclosed to the Society of Automobile Engi neers at its annual meeting to be held today in New York City. A concerted movement of New York realty owners to seek relief from the present burdensome system of taxa tion is to be launched at the state tax conference which is to begin its ses sions today at Rochester. A conference of the chairmen of the four railway brotherhoods has been called to meet in Chicago today, presumably to discuss conditions caused by delay in the enforcement of the Adamson law and to decide upon a line of action in the event of an ad verse decision by the supreme court Ia Federal Road Law Constitutional? Silver Creek. Neb., Jan. 10. To the Editor of The Ree: The doctrine that the United States government has a right to do whatever it may please to do is a most pernicious one. Mem bers of congress take a solemn oath to support the constitution of the l-nited States, and its mandates are just as much binding up them, and even more so, as upon the private citizen. The government of the United States, as every high school boy is supposed to know, is one of delegat ed powers and so far as the states are concerned congress can lawfully make no law unless authority for so doing can be found in the constitu tion; while a state, on its part, may make any law it sees fit in regard to anything whatever and so does not conflict with some provision of the constitution. The power to build and maintain public roads or highways is surely one of those powers reserved to the states a power held unquestioned and in actual operation ever since the adoption of the constitution more than 125 years ago. And now comes congress and by means of the federal road law un dertakes in an indirect way to take from the people this power over their roads and place it in the hands of the secretary of agriculture at Wash ington. No matter what in their speeches they may have said to the contrary, congressmen .knew, every one of them, that they had no right to do that, and for this, and other simi lar acts whereby the federal govern ment is fast shearing the states of all power and obliterating state lines, the people ought everywhere to arise in indignant protest. Put in common, every-day phrase, this federal road proposition amounts to about this: Congress says to the people of Nebraska, "We know we have no right to have anything to do with building y,our roads; but you have not sense enough to make good roads, and even if you did know enough you are too stingy to put up the money to do it, Now we make you this proposition: If you will con sent to letting the secretary of agri culture say what kind of roads you shall have and boss the job of mak ing them we will pay out of your own pockets half the cost of them, provided you will put up for the other half. If you will not do this, then we will make you pay as much as would have been half the cost of your roads to help build roads in other states, while you get nothing." And thus it is that congress our servants, if you please would punish us rob us of our money for refusing to permit them to rob us of our constitutional rights as to our own local affairs. It is understood, of course, that the money congress would give us for roads comes oul of our pockets by indirect taxation exactly as does that provided by the legislature by direct taxation. it is true that the constitution does give congress the right to establish "post roads," but everybody knows that congress did not set out to do any such thing, and to put forth any such claim only makes the thing look more rotten. For my part, I am disposed to defy congress and would be only too glad to have a chance to chip in to hire a good lawyer to knock out their beau tiful scheme of setting up at Wash ington a big road overseer, while ih people, particularly the farmers, foot the bill. CHARLES WOOSTER. Would Repeal Foreign Language Law. Omaha. Jan. 10. To the Editor of The Bee: t is time to speak out, not in fear and trembling, but as an American. Our state has been invad ed by a foreign influence and by laws of their making that are intended to emasculate Americanism. Nebraska has a law that actually compels school boards to provide for teaching foreign languages in all grades above the third when certain petition therefor is filed with the board. It is not left to the discretion of the board. The languagemiust be taught regardless of other conditions of the school. In Omaha twenty-one schools must teach Germany in all grades above the third. Three schools teach Bo hemian, one teaches French and three teach two foreign languages. A peti tion is reported about ready for Italian and others are incubating, etc., ad nauseum. Such a large number of rooms are required in the schools of Omaha for teaching foreign languages that a, thousand or more pupils under the fourth grade who do not study for eign languages are actually forced out of school half of each day. During the half day these thousand children are permitted to attend school they must stumble over the full day's work. Repeal that language law and res cue these thousand children from their unfortunate predicament and save our Americanism. The German-American alliance fos tered the enactment of that foreign language law. Senator John Mattes of Otoe county, now president pro tern of the Nebraska state senate, was an organizer and supreme head of the Nebraska branch of that alliance. Senator Mockett of Lincoln intro duced the foreign language bill that is now the law. Self-respecting Amer icans of native and foreign birth, do you believe in one country for all, one language for all, loyalty to our flag for all? ERNEST L. IRELAND. 2726 Pinkney Street. CHEERY CHAFF. "Pop, I have been reading ona qufer thing." "What ts It, my non ?" "Here's an article nays that prize flghtera arc never allowed to drink and yet the gladiators were continually Indulging In Roman punches." Baltimore American. "Has the doctor Been here today?" anked the wife. "Yes. he ha." replied the gouty husband. "What did he say?" "Two dollars." Yonkers Statesman. Mi AR MR. KA8IB8LE, VJOUlbNou AWISE ME "id ier MARRIED ON NBN NEARS Wit MARK RUBV Wf START WE NEW VEAR Wife (during thi spatl I wasn't an ions to marry you. I refused you six ttmc. Hub Yen, and thon my luck gave out. Boston Globe. "Talk Is always cheap," said ths Wlsa One. "Except,' returned the Mutt, "when you talk on the long dlstanre telephone." Buffalo Kx press. THE GET-NOWHERES. Strickland Oilman. The tiny Htlnts that ,et nowhere A WoVin Iki illohao- u.rnl.hlnir flnnri Replacing nig or stool or :hair; The endless trijia through swinging doors Thne and a thousand other tasks Of equal Import, day on day! What known she of their irk, who hau'l- In sated leisure, tired or play? The floor so swept at early morn Wilt n1 to sweep again tomorrow; The garments mended noon a torn Will tpar again. No need to borrow From other liven In other spheren The daily complement! of care. 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