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THE BEE: OMAHA, SATURDAY. JANUARY 13, 1917.
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alrata will ba ckaafad aa of tan at rwqaeitoil.
ln other wordi, the Allies are ready to quit
when Germany lies down and criei enough.
The open season for hunting peace dovei re
inaiiu unchanged and no limit to the lize of the
Now that both iide at war know what they
want, all that remaini it the itmple talk of getting
If Harry Thaw wanted to commit luicide, he
should hare done it before his famous wife-vindication
The profits and losses on the peace note leak,
however, are not included In the belligerents' de
mands for reparation.
In the interest of accuracy the designation
should be amended to read: "The golden age of
pioneers' sons and daughters."
The inspiration of thii semi-centennial year
of Nebraska'i itatehood should keep the present
legislature on iti good behavior.
Budgetary reforms are brewing in various
state legislatures but prospecti of success appear
as foggy as a like-reform in congress.
Though the suffrage sentinels have not yet
started picketing Nebraska's executive mansion,
our new governor may yet live in hopes for thii
Time consumed in political talk in the state
house it not wholly waited." Occasional out
s i bursts relieve the pressure and improve the health
i ! of members.
Nebraska has furnished a governor for' the
Panama Canal ionc( so why 'not also a governor
for the Danish West Indies? But what hai be
come of our democratic friends' vaunted doctrines
of home rule and consent of the governed?
s The wont farce of the whole proceeding, how
ever, it the formal delivery of diplomatic docu
ment! to, the resident ambassador, their transla
tion into code and retranstation, after transmis
sion, when alt the content! could jutt as well be
proclaimed publicly in the first place.
If the truth were confessed, most of our cap
tains of industry in fact, almost every success
ful man with vision and imagination would have
to plead guilty to having at some time perpetrated
poetry, .although, doubtless, in few instascet
would the product be up to a itandard justifying
perpetration on the public.
It is now explained that the adoption of the
senate peace note resolution was all a pre-ar
ranged play which is nothing new in United
States senate procedure. It is for this reason
that Champ Clark's proposal to abolish the Con
fessional Record would work such complete
revolution and therefore has no possible chance
perpetration on the public.
The dubious hope of controling the next house
of representatives wheti the appetite of the pres
ent "pork bar'l" brigade. A hurry raid on the
treasury for $9,000,000 for new project! involving
an ultimate outlay of $46,000,000, ii included in
the completed rivers and harbors bill. The
measure, which appropriate! $39,000,000, ii par
ticularly generoui with southern creeks and
riven. Added to the public building bill the
combined raid totali $74,000,000.
Growth at the Mines
-New York Timet. -
What Are They Fighting For?
In his public address right here in Omaha, at
the time of onr Nebraska semi-centennial celebra
tion President Wilson declared, in substance,
that we were holding aloof from the European
war and endeavoring to be neutral, not because
of lack of sympathy for a righteous cause, but be
cause we did not know what had brought about
the war nor what they were fighting for.
If anything has now been accomplished by the
interchange of peace notes it has been to elicit
from both sides, at least in general terms, their
ideas of what is at stake, and. while their points
of view are divergent and conflicting, they have,
at any rate, made the issues somewhat clearer.
For the central powers, Germany insists that
they are seeking no territorial aggrandizement,
but are merely fighting for national self-preservation
and opportunity to develop national powers
along the natural lines. Representation is again
made that it was Russian mobilization that forced
the sword into Germany's hand and compelled the
kaiser and his allies to fight for their lives, with
the inference that all they now seek is to be let
For the Allies the cue is succinctly put into
three words restitution, reparation and security.
The Allies reassert that they were drawn into a
war precipitated by German aggression and Inst
for world-power riding rough-shod over all in
ternational obligations and recognizing no laws
of civilized warfare deemed advantageous to vio
late. We are assured that their fight is to pre
serve humanity's right to peaceful existence, the
integrity of small and helpless nations, the sanc
tity of treaties. In their view, whatever the en
emy's present intentions are, the original pur
pose was to create a world despotism with all
other nations subject or subordinate and their
duty will not be discharged except by making
impossible another similar menace to human lib
erty on whatever pretext.
From these conflicting statements the one
thing standing out clearly is that, regardless of
cause or blame, the warring millions of Europe
are fighting to re-establish the 'historic balance
of power each striving, of course, to re-establish
it on a favorable basis. Presumably, the read
justment of this balance in such a way that no
one nation or group of nations can arbitrarily
npset it is the only practical guaranty of lasting
peace and that is what they are really fighting
Food Production Par Capita.
Secretary Houston of the Department of Ag
riculture gives out a statement to the effect that
the food production per capita in the United
States shows a falling off during the period from
1899 to 1915. This will be seized upon to sup
port the arguments for the advance in selling
price of foods. Aside from that, it has signifi
cance, perhaps, as showing only that the 'Ameri
can farmer is not realizing fully his opportunity.
Yet the dependability of the figures on which the
secretary's conclusions rest may be open to ques
tion. No accurate census of the number of meat
animals in the United States ever was taken. Lo
cal assessment returns are relied upon by the
department at Washington, and the uncertainty
of these is such as to cast a shadow on any tabula
tion dependent upon them. The same is true of
reports as to production of graini and other food
(Other sources of information, such as daily
receipts at. the markets, export shipments and
the like, give the impression that quite enough
of foodstuffs for immediate demand is raised in
the United States. Wheat, corn and meat ani
mals, the great sources of supply for the table of
the people, have shown little diminution in recent
years. At any rate, receipts at the primary mar
ket show a continually mounting total. An ira
menie surplussage for export is always present,
and shipments for the last two years have far
exceeded any previous record. The United States
is feeding a much larger proportion of the people
of the world than ever, and this without depriving
If Secretary Houston's purpose is to stimulate
the farmers of the country to greater effort in
advancing production, he will meet approval of the
philosophical, but will encounter the opposition
of some advisers, who urge (he farmer to re
strict his activity that even higher prices may be
obtained by reason of scarcity. The future of
American agriculture in all its branches depends
on the energy and intelligence of the American
It was a great year for the mines. While the
industrial and trade record of our country for
the last twelve months is impressive and extra
ordinary in all its parts, there is nothing in it
of greater interest or more encouraging than the
reports which show a remarkable increase of
mine output. This growth was stimulated by
high prices and unprecedented profits. For ex
ample, the year's dividends paid by mines in five
Rocky mountain states were more than $100,000,
OS0. Great additions to output were accompanied
by the utilization of valuable material which had
formerly been thrown away.
Brief reference to a few of the facts will lmu,
the forward movement. At the pig iron furnaces
nearly 10.000.000 tons more were made, this be
ing an increase of 32 per cent. Copper output
was 2.300.000,000 pounds. Here a gain of 41 per
.cent in quantity is seen, with a rise in value
from $242,000,000 to $520,000,000. It may be Ye
called that the Companies received one fnreion
order for 448,000,000 pounds. Spelter output was
enlarged by 35 per cent, with an addition of $60,
000,000 to the value of the product. The year's
lead was worth 52 per cent more than that of
-The present high rate of production cannot
be fully maintained after the coming of peace,
and prices, some of tbem doubled in the last
two years, must then decline. Probably, how
ever, there will be a fair market for more than
was taken from the mines before the war, and
the utilization of what was then called waste and
treated as such will be contained in the by-product
coke ovens and at the great smelting plants,
where much that was tost in past years is now
aavwd. to satisfy the needs of new industries.
Politic in the Legislature.
An ill-timed attemnt hv the ritnnirau tr f,tl
in a few idle moments in the legislature by making
a little party medicine was headed off by the re-
puDiican minority, wno punea tne tacts Of the
records on the maioritv. The nueatinn f at,
rights in the regulation of railroad rates proved
a Boomerang 'or tne eninusiasts, wno evidently
nave in mind only assertions made during tht
late camoaism bv suoerheated nratora Pr.ai.
dent Wilson is thoroughly committed to the
oolicv of enlarKinsr the Interstate Cn
nuMiuu ana cxtcnaing us powers ana authority
in tne regulation ot rates and similar questions.
He has presented this to congress as one of the
imnerative subiecta for legislation, anil hi. t.
est address reminded the members that they had
not as yet fulfilled his desires on this point. Ne
braska democrats, both in and out of the tegisla
ture. should atudv the nlatforma of the ..
well as the public addresses of Mr. Wilson, and
find out to what their party has been pledged by
its leaders. Knowledge thus acquired might serve
them in good stead when they feel moved to
"start something." Occasional perusal qf a work
on parliamentary procedure might also not
amiss, at least it would do little harm to some
One of the. britrht liehtu of P..,,.i
statesmanship contributes an expressive epigram
to tne political literature of . the times. The occa
sion was the nomination of a candidate for
speaker of the assembly. His faults were- nil
his virtues countless, and. best nf all hia "at a I
wart loyalty in following the furrow from sunrise
to sunet." The significance of the epigram loses
none of its charm because the furrow trailer w
something resembling S. O. S. calls thrill
Kansas at the present moment. State authorities
promise to put through a law to confiscate the orisr
inal package imported for private use and put it
in active operation by February 1. The reason
for the hurry call explains itself.
From casual remarks drooned bv the belli-.
erents it is gathered that Andrew Carnegie's
majestic peace palace will continue 'tenantless
montns to come
Shall We Give Up Meal?
No, replies Miss M. Helen Keith, assistant in
imal nutrition in the University of Illinois.
Writing in the Scientific American Supplement
under the heading "Is Vegetarianism Based on
Sound Science?" she reviews theories and results
on the subject, and concludes that man prospers
best on a mixed animal and vegelanie diet, mis,
of course, may be correct, while it is also true
that many of the human family injure themselves
by excessive meat eating. Miss Keith freely
admits this, while asserting that we may injure
ourselves as effectively, though in a different
way, by not eating any meat at all.
After mintinor Sarah Bernhardt. Senator La
Fnllette. Rodin, the French sculptor, and Wu
Ting Fang, in praise of a purely vegetable diet,
and giving their personal testimony as to Us
effects in their own cases, she goes on: aucn
testimonials as these are good, as far as they go.
There is little doubt that many a person who has
abused his body by overeating, would be much
benefited by inflicting upon himself severe re
strictions as to the amount, the kino ana me
time of his eating. Testimony comes, however,
also from others who have found that for them
selves the attempt to live on the vegetarian diet
has resulted, sooner or later, in a series of ail
ments and an impaired nervous condition.
"The nhvsinloeists and nutritional chemists
have srnrrallv nut it about this wav: Although
proteins, carbohydrates, fats and salts are found
in both classes of food, meat is par excellence
a protein food, and the cereal grains and other
vegetable products are carbohydrate foods. Fats
and oils are abundant in both kingdoms; but, as
matter of fact, those which have been most
used as foods are of animal origin. Proteins,
carbohydrates and fats are all used by the body
for the production of heat and muscular energy;
proteins also serve a specific need as building
material in replacing the wear and tear of the
body. Since all are present in vegetable foods
as well as in animal foods, it is possible for a
person to subsist on food of either type to the
exclusion of the other; but a large use of meat
means a large amount of protein.'and the question
of the liberal use of meat involves the much
discussed question of the desirability of a high
protein or a low-protein diet It is generally
recognized that a large excess of protein is un
desirable, and a diet made up entirely of meat
could only be endured by those living in the arctic
reo-ione and under strenuous exercise. On the
other hand, a vegetable diet generally has so low
a protein content that a large bulk ot it must be
eaten in order to secure a sufficient supply of
When food is scarce, the greatest drain on the
physical 'well-being is due to insufficiency of pro
teins. A certain amount of these must be given
with the food, or the body must break down its
own tissues to get them. A man weighing 156
pounds contains about thirty pounds of protein,
or 20 per cent of his live weight. If he is starving
he loses five parts per thousand of his protein store
daily. To prevent this loss, proteins from animal
sources are more effective than those from plant
"The numbers in standard Drotein tables
show that much larger amounts are required of
the bean protein, the bread protein and the In
dian-corn protein than of the meat protein or
the mi k Drotein. bnch observations as tnese
show plainly the advantage of animal protein over
vegetable proteins in the extreme emergency.
"Some of the vegetable proteins are complete
in themselves, but the presence of the shoddy
necessitates the purchase of a larger order of
corn or wheat, for instance, than would be neces-
sarv of meat or milk. If one is to connne oneself
to a vegetable diet, therefore, it is advisable to
provide a liberal and varied supply ot protein,
unless one wishes to reduce the body protein.
As judged by. these considerations it is much safer
to include meat, milk and eggs in the diet.
"Furthermore, dunnsr the last few years there
has been brought out some positive evidence of
injury resulting from an exclusively vegetable
diet. In one set of experiments such effects were
observed in several species of mammalia, even
when the diet was made up of mixed cereals,
legumes and fresh vegetables. If fresh beef, ox
liver, eggs or milk were added to the vegetable
diet, the health of the animal was protected. In
animals that died as a result of an exclusive diet
of vegetable substances there were signs of path
ological conditions in the central nervous system
and in the alimentary canal, and ot nistoiogical
changes in the organs. The experiments seem
to demonstrate that the mixed diet supplies ele
ments the lack of which in vegetable products
may cause injury to vital tissues.
"The Ecneral conclusion to be drawn from
the scientific evidence is, therefore, that the meat-
free diet is not as safe as the diet containing meat.
while in many respects the food constituents
from animal and vegetable sources are altogether
equivalent and replaceable, and while it is un
doubtedly possible tor some people to uve in
perfect heath and comfort on a well-regulated diet
selected from vegetable sources, with the addition
of milk and eggs, the selection of a suitable
variety from these limited sources requires spe
cial care in the ctioice and probably special at
tention to the manner of preparation. It may be
said emphatically that the narrow restriction of
the diet to cereals leads to serious injury."
People and Events
aaaaaam aaaaj paaaa aa J
Lawyer James R. Ward of Chicago, for twenty
years attorney for Edward Morrison, while on
the witness stand one day last week admitted that
he worked the old man for $1,000,000 worth of
property and that Morrison still owed him $127,
364.94. Morrison is still alive, but that's all.
The high cost of living pops out in unlooked
for places. Women's rest rooms in Chicago
hotels have taken powder puffs and similar fem
inine necessaries off the free list and tacked on
a charge of 10 cent per. Charging a dime for
a dinky dab of powder is properly dubbed an
Mrs. Carrie. Bennett PolUrd, a belle and
reigning beauty of Connecticut half a century
ago, a graduate of Vassar, is dead at New Britain,
aged 70. In the heyday of her glory she was re
puted to be worth a million, but the money faded
with beauty and poverty shadowed the end of her
"Three times and out" is the legend about to
be written in the celebrated case of Dr. B. Clark
Hyde of Kansas City, tried three times on the
charge of poisoning Colonel Thomas H. Swope.
The case was called last week and put over
until the 13th with the understanding that it
will be formally dismissed on "that date.
The worm turns here and there. Sam Yonttgs
wick of New York wants $5,000 from Miss Rose
Walcscha! as, balm for the humiliation of being
shaken after plans had been made for the wed
ding. Breach of promise actions from the mascu
line side are no longer a novelty, indicating a
growing determination to make the other side
pay for the mitten.
Just to show how things go when city author
ities say the word and stick to it, may be men
tioned as a rare footnote in local history that the
new year landed in New York City without tilt
ing the lid a little bit. The crowds were smaller
than usual, says the Times, "very quiet, tranquil
and orderly." Coming in under the tutelage of
the Sunday closing law, it was awkward, but it
Some measly sinner, fearless of the wrath to
come, charges Rev. Billy Sunday with plagiariz
ing the rhetorical gems with which his formal
Christmas message to the Bostonese was deco
rated. In parallel columns Sunday's message,
"What Christmas Means to Mc," and extracts
from "Etidarphia," a book published some thirty
years ago, are ranged side by side, and both look
so much alike in words and phrasing that Rev.
Sunday declined to comment on the rciemblance.
HnUtb Hint for Uio Day.
To prevent rold-feet the circulation
should be stimulated by frequent use
of the brush and soap and water
should be used plentifully
One Year Ajro Today In the War.
French submarine Foucault sank
Austrian scout cruiser in Adriatic.
French onslaughts in Champagne
repulsed by Germans, according to
Austrian army advanced to within
a few miles of the Montenegrin capi
tal. Italians reported artillery activity
along whole front, with aeroplanes
aiding In the operations.
In Omaha Thirty Years Ago.
Truman Buck has been confined to
his home for ten days by a severe cold
which, it was thought, would develop
Mrs. F. F. Kirkendall and Mrs. J.
S. Brady, while out sleigh riding, were
thrown from their sleigh, their horse
becoming frightened. The animal
then ran down Far nam street, part ot
the time on the sidewalk, to the Pax
ton house corner, where the runaway
collided with Mr. J. R. Clarke's
sleigh, throwing Mr. Clarke and his
The Phoenix saloon In Council
Bluffs Is to be closed by the proprie
tor, Mr. Krnstdorf, who will store his
goods until March next, when he In
tends to open in Omaha.
Manager Bandle of the Omaha Base
Ball club has returned from Chicago,
where he went to see about engaging
some new players. The Sweeny prop
erty on the corner of Twenty-fourth
and Cass, which is offered at a rental
of $6,000, is being considered as a lo
cation for the base ball ground.
Officer Dan McBrlde was seriously
stabbed while attempting to arrested
a thug in the United Pacific hotel on
Tenth street. Officer Ormsby suc
ceeded In lodging the assailant in jail.
Misses Hannah Metsen and Gertie
Sawhill were badly injured by the col
lision of the coaster on which they
were riding, with a cab on Twenty
second and Poppleton avenue.
This Day In History.
1770 Liberty pole in New York cut
down by British officers.
1808 Salmon P. Chase, governor of
Ohio, cabinet officer and chief Justine
of the supreme court of the United
Rtates, born at Cornish, N. H. Died in
New York City, May 8, 1872.
1815 Point Petrie, Ga., defended
by a garrison of fewer than 1,000 men,
surrendered to a force of 1,000 Brit
ish. 1822 Rev. Edward D. Fenwick was
consecrated first Catholic bishop of
1840 Long. Island sound steamer
"Lexington," plying between New
York and Stonington, Conn., was
burned, with loss of 140 lives.
1861 The confederates seized Fort
Barrancas, on Pensacola bay, Florida.
1864 Stephen C. Foster, author of
"My Old Kentucky Home," and other
famous ballads, died in New York
City. Born In Pittsburgh. July 4, 1826.
1867 Victor Cousin, celebrated
French philosopher and metaphy
sician, died at Cannes. Born in Paris,
November 28, 1792.
1875 Mr. Gladstone announced his
retirement from the leadership of the
1887 Henry M. Stanley,, the Afri
can explorer, presented with freedom
of the city of London.
1904 Commercial treaty between
the United States and China rati tie
1908 Nearly 200 persons perished
in a theater fire at Boyerstown, i;t.
1909 Prof. A. Lawrence Lowell was
chosen to succeed Dr. Eliot as presi
dent of Harvard university.
The Day We Celebrate.
Ellery H. Westerfleld was born
January U H70, at Monmouth. 111.
He is a praduate of the Wafihinton
university law school ait St Louis.
Duke of Aosta, commander-in-chief
of the first line Italian armies, born
at Genoa, forty-eight years ago today,
Prince Arthur of Connaught, son of
the late governor general of Canada
and first cousin of King George, born
thirty-four years ago today.
William Henry Crocker, San Fran
cltico banker and California ...ember
of the republican national committee,
born at Sacramento, flfty-six years ego
Frederick Perry Fish, Boston patent
lawyer and chairman of the new na
tional industrial conference board,
born at Taunton, Mass., sixty-two
years ago today.
Lord Balfour of Burleigh, who has
long played a distinguished part in
politics, and public affairs In Scotland,
born sixty-eight years ago today.
Rev. Alexander Whyte, noted author
and principal of New college, Edin
burgh, born in Forfarshire, Scotland,
eighty-one years ago today.
Timely Jottings and Reminders.
President Wilson has accepted an
invitation to speak today at the cele
bration of the 100th anniversary of
the founding of St. John's Episcopal
church, in Washington.
Important problems affecting the
industrial welfare of the far west are
to be considered at the annual meet
ing of the Associated Chamber of
Commerce of the Pacific Coast, to bj
held today in San Francisco.
Count Tarnow. the new Austro-Hun-garian
ambassador to the United
States, Is to sail from Amsterdam on
the steamship Noordam today, under
the assurances given by both France
and Great Britain to the United States
that their naval commanders will not
Storyette of the Day.
An ex-mcmber of Parliament who
contested a Highland constituency
tells the following anecdote: "once,
after a long and fatiguing day's can
vass, I tackled a dissenting minister,
who was very keen upon the subject
of getting the bishops out of the
House of Lords, and in pursuance o(
his favorite hobby he asked me:
'Well, air, what are you prepared to
do about the bishops?' I wan irri
tated and fatigued by my day's work
and I testily muttered: 'Oh, hang the
bishops!' The minister bowed and re
plied: 'Well, sir, you go rather beyond
me there. I canna undertake to go
altogether that length with you, but
ye shall hae my vote.' " San Fran
BrtAfteg Saa FrucUc Bay.
San Francisco and the bay eitiM hav
reachtMt no decision on bridfrinr the bar
Thsj proposition h still under advisement,
the debate dividing between bridginr and
tunnel inf. "The real question," tajr the
San Francisco Chronicle, "is whether the
time has yet come for cither a tunnel or
Kffect of the Note in Scotland.
Omaha, Jan. 12. To the Editor of
The Bee: The mail brings me this in-1
formation direct from Scotland. Per
haps it will be of interest to your
"Mr. Wilson's 'peace note' has blown
up a kind of social frost for us Ameri
cans over here. You cannot dream
of the bitterness of the British to
think the American president classes
them with the Germans. It shows
such a sad lack of understanding.
With all our hearts we wish he had
not written his note at this time, as
nothing could have stirred up more
hatred and caused us Americans more
This is an extract from a letter
written by M. L. Herdman, the author
of 'The 8tory of the United States,"
one of the new books just out. X.
Ionium about ready to dawn, and real
I ly that is the last thing some of us
1 democrats are thinking about. Then
i if we eat, drink and make merry, for
on the morrow we die, it is the decree
! of heaven, and if rulers who "leave it
I with God" would remember the Fili
i pino and Hindoo are hearing of such
power in these piping times of en-
lightenment, the world will get better
and nations would war no more.
Mav each one begin sweeping his
! back doorstep, giving honest toil prop
er reeoirnilion. and all will be well.
, T. J- HILDEURAND.
Would (lose Pool Halls Sunday.
Omaha, Jan. 12. To the Editor of
The Bee: Please allow space to say
that we coincide with City Commis
sioner Kugel's advice to the city coun
cil to make It illegal for any pool hatl
keeper to keep liquor in his place oft
business for any purpose after May J,
but we feel that laws should first be
enacted making it unlawful for minors
to frequent public pool halls. More
over, pool hall have no more right to
run open on the Sabbath day than pa
loons, from the fact that pool halls nre
not conducive to virtue, in that they
have a tendency to divert young minds
from the path of all that is good and
pure. Therefore, when these evils will
have been abolished, it will be easy
to keep liquor out qf the pool halls.
C. W. WASHINGTON.
2409 Lake Street
Lay of an Ancient Hen. ,
Omaha, Jan. 12. To the Editor of
The Bee: I noticed by a recent Issue
of your paper that a gentleman by
the name of Fred Anost has a hen
that he claims is tne oldest hen In Ne
braska. I do not know whether I
have the oldest hen in Nebraska, but
I have one that Is over a month older
than the hen of Mr. Anost. It hatched
in the early part of April, 1907, and
Is over a month older than the hen
of Mr. Anost that he claims hatched
on May 28, 1907.
My hen is a mixed one and is partly
Buff Cochin and in its time has raised
a great many Minorcas and Buff Or
pingtons. It is also a good layer of
eggs, as it laid over 100 eggs last year.
I have but one other hen that is over
3 years old, for I dispose of most of
them when they are past 2 years of
age. My 10-year-old hen can stay at
my place as long as it lives, for its
good work entitles it to a peaceful
death from old age.
FRANK A. AGNEW.
.n Opinion on War.
Beatrice, Neb., Jan. 10. To the
Editor of The Bee: A few days ago
a Pottawattamie county farmer asked
the question: "What of the war?" di
recting the same to the editor and
others who might have a ready an
swer. The question was promptly answered
in the same ..sue of The Bee, couched
in the text that "No one can answer,"
yet the ground was not fully covered,
In the humble opinion of the writer,
and any one can venture a guess about
human conditions as they exist today
because it is of vital importance to
humanity in all paths on the great
highway of tife. Those of us who
have passed the meridan of life knew
not what we were enjoying in the
way of peace until a prince and prin
cess were slain in foreign lands near
ly three years ago, when dynamic
forces of other powers of earth felt
the Impulse of insult. It was then
that pent-up rage gae vent to ex
pression from various rulers in the
name of peace, and there Is nothing
in the category ot human language
that can express conditions of today.
Our farmer friend is now fearful
the price of wheat will fall from $2
per bushel if fighting ceases. He
wonders where he 1r to "come in" if
war should stop and prices strike a
downward tendency. Perhaps he, like
others, is unmindful of the fellow
who hasn't a slice of soil to worry
about, but is compelled to buy the
flour produced from high-priced
wheat, and human blood Is flowing in
other lands and the hopper in the
homeland is grinding out the coin for
the fortunate landowners of the grand
est republic on earth.
Personally, the writer knows of a
Pottawattamie county farm where a
Unant has produced enough grain to
pay lis owner a royalty of 9.35 an
acre for the last four years, and he
doesn't "turn a tap" in the produc
tion. He knows a landowner in
this state whose rentals produce an
annual Income of a half million, and
"we should worry."
To answer the question as to the end
of this war Is not within the province
of the writer or of human kind. The
silent forces that brought it about tan
also destroy its damning influence if
we take off "the duty" by cheapening
the commodity of armor plate. The
talk of free sliver and free gold might
be more Interesting. Thoughts of
equality before the law would be help
ful. A recognition of the commonality
of common clay to breathe the ozone
of heaven on the wings of the morn
ing and the twilight shades of even
ing as nature intended would add to
human pleasures in an agreeable way,
with men of our own good old United
States stopping "leaks" instead of
causing them, and so on, ad infini
tum, and there will be no occasion
for war. But this sounds like the mil-
Objects to Cash Difwount System.
Omaha, Jan. 12. -To the Editor of
The Bee: I noticed in last night's
paper the intention of the council to
further grant to the Omaha Electric
Light and Power company the right
to fine the consumer cent per kilo
watt if bills are not paid on the date.
Now, in the last December election
we, as voters, granted the light com
pany a five years' franchise for a 6
cent flat rate.
I contest the council's right to grant
such a privilege to the company. We,
as business men of Omaha, are not
granted any privilege to fine our cus
tomers for not paying bills when due.
neither have any of us the exclusive
right to do business. I do not ask any
reduction of the -eent rate, li paia
before the date, neither will I stand
for any fine. ALBERT C. BIHLER.
"X heard a woman she wan young, too,
and did not loslc hardened begging earneet
ly, pleadingly, for one more chance, and
she rould not find one to give It to her."
"Wan fhe a Unit offender?"
"No : sho was a charity worker at a
church bazar raffle." Baltimore American.
Little Mildred What does "B. A." stand
Mamma Bachelor of arts, my dear.
Little Mildred And what Is bachelor of
Mamma Any barhelor who I trying to
stay In the bachelor claw, darling. In
dianapolis Star. .
Karly In January Hanta Claus got home,
"Well, how did things go this year?"
Inquired 'Mrs. Santa. "You don't seem as
"The work was eauier. Christmas coming
on washday I found many stockings out on
the lino.'' Louisville Courier-Journal.
IS it ALLKfiHT TO MARRIED
lHftAqH A HtmW BROKER?
JACK DORK'U '
VErt - IY9 toobTD HAWE
SOME-BOby BLAME j
"Yes. aunt. John ts so careless of his ap
pearance. Ills buttons are always coming
"But perhaps they aren't eh sewed on
"That'H Just it. John is so careless with
hia sewing." Puck.
The lady of good family waa showing
her ancestral home to her small son. She
pointed with special pride to a bust ot her
"And that, Bobbie," she said, "Is your
Bobbie looked somewhat perplexed.
"Is that all there was of htm?" he
asked. New York Times.
Bill Opportunity is knocking at your
door daily, you know.
.Till Well, I don't pay any attention to
"knockerB," and if I did, like as not he'd
try to unload some new novelty or encyclo
pedia on me. Yonkers Statesman.
"What Is the charge against this man?"
asked the desk sergeant,
"He was out in the middle of a Htreet try
ing to kill a boa-constrictor," replied the
"Well, said the desk sergeant, "there's
bo law againut a man protecting his life,
"No," replied the officer. "But there was
no boa-constrictor there." Cincinnati En
300,000 in actual use.
Established fifty years.
A STANDARD PIANO
The 10,000 Kimballs we have
sold in this vicinity in forty
two years are still in use.
CASH OR TERMS
A HOSPE CO.,
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Medicine Cabinet Filled
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sary to comfort and convenience are
certain household articles until sudden
ly brought face to face with an empty
bottle a neglected cabinet. "You can
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25c Carter's Little Liver Pills for 12"
50c Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin for. .29
$1.00 Lydia Pinkham's Compound, 64 1
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$1.00 Rexall Rheumatic Remedy, 89t
50c Irving's Buchu Wafers for. . .39
25c Laxative Bromo-Quinine for.,14
60c Doan's Kidney Pills for 344
35c Genuine Castoria for 21c
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$1.00 Wine of Cardui for 59t
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