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The Omaha Bee
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; The Reed amendment is a sure enough
The festive hog has nothing on the lowly spa
as an aviator.
After all those encomiums, the spirit of George
Washington should feel duly puffed up!
f At any rate, give- Congressman Sloan credit
p for possessing the courage of his convictions.
; Query-:. Had they known last November
; -what they -were going to get, would they have
voted for it?
So long as the weather man sticks to the (ore
cast of "unsettled weather" his fame as a prophet
i is reasonably safe.
' When it comes to interpreting law, eren the
State Banking board must concede that the su
preme court has the final word. '
! After all, maybe the "sacramental, medicinal
and mechanical" exemptions hold the only possi
bilities for cases of acute distress.
' South Dakota slips into the dry belt unde
. terred by diminished irrigation facilities. The
' brotherly good will of Minnesota avails nothing.
With the federal kibosh on interstate ship
ments into the dry belt, prohibition ceases to be
an mil-round joke. "Wets" and "drys" alike get
the clout, '
' The grand total of the appropriation bills at
Lincoln reminds us that among the sisterhood of
'. states Nebraska now belongs in the multimil
'ionaire class.
Persistent teaks call for drastic plugging. The
legislative plan of cutting out mileage books
. should diminish joy-rides without interfering with
legitimate state business.
' ; Keep your eye oh Omaha real estate I It has
made many people rich. More fortunes are still
V to be made, however, by wise investors than
lave yet been pulled out of the ground.
It was when Park Commissioner Hummel was
10 handsomely re-elected, leading the bunch with
the highest vote of all, that he committed the
: unpardonable sin with the .local democratic
organ. ' ' ,
Assuming the railroads are on the job all the
time, the attractive possibilities of the "wet" belt
for summer vacationists relieves much of the em
phasis hitherto bestowed on wayside scenery.
Destination is the main thing in a thirsty season,
Junkets of state officials to points in other
states are to be rigidly curtailed. But local offi
cials, as well as state officials, have the junket
habit. A chance to travel at someone's else ex
; pense is very seductive and too often irrisistible.
7 The rainfall deficiency recorded by the local
: weather, gauge would be ominous were it reflect
Ing a condition throughout the state, which, ac-
cording to assurances, it does not At the same
' time, a little more snow and a good, wet spring
would be very welcome.
s In her address here Maud Ballington Booth
; declared that the community itself committed a
crime when it kept prisoners in jail without mak-
ing them work. Some day Omaha will have a
; woricnouse ana then the gentry who prefer to
'I live by their wits will give us wide berth.
Sartorial Laziness of Man
PhlU-tfp-l. LwU.r
All "Dry" Statet to Be "Bone-Dry.'
A rnnHition and not a theorv confronts all dry
states through the enactment of the "bone-dry"
ln- hv rnnoress. Uncle Sam's ability to control
the interstate traffic is fairly well established. To
he sure, moonshimn is always possible, but it
i Han-rrouii and unootmlar. and auite unreliable
as a source of supply to those who have been
accustomed to plenty. The new federal law will
not leave it open to question that prohibition
prohibits; the main point is, what effect will it
hv nn the ordinarv drinker? Will he abandon
his "nip," or will he enlist in the fight to lift the
lid hv rental? The Dsvcholomcal phase ot pro
hibition is now involved, and the course of the
man uhn voted to banish the saloon, expecting
In he ahle to satisfv his oersonal desires from
outside sources, becomes of great importance. If
he turns teetotaler, proniDition win nave Dcen
made permanent; if he persists in wanting his
dram, he must help undo the work accomplished
rhrmi-h his vote. In the lnuKe of the card
table, the wets have seen the drys and gone them
nne hetter. thoueh it remains to be seen whether
the play will eventually prove a winner or a
No Extra Session of Congress.
President Wilson is said to be anxious to
avoid calling the Sixty-fifth congress into special
session. He has given over much of his para
mount program of legislation in order that par
ticular attention may be directed to the interna
tional situation. Big appropriation bills and pub
lic safety measures are being rushed through,
while the shipping bill, proposed amendments to
the Interstate Commerce and Adamson laws and
other similar matters will be allowed to go over
to the regular session next winter.
It is only fair to concede that no public in
terest is likely to suffer through this course. Even
the usual extra session of the senate to confirm
appointments is apt to be dispensed with, an in
dication that all cabinet officers are to hold over.
The price probe and other inquiries need not be
interefered with, while the work of providing for
the national defense will progress as fast, or
rather as slowly, without as with a congress on
the president's hands. The new congress, further
more, will not be dominated by the democratic
caucus, and legislation may be expected to re
ceive something more nearly approaching careful
consideration in the next session than has recently
been the practice. Whatever of disappointment
the president may endure in the failure of pet
projects is chargeable to his own partisans, who
have really served their country better than they
thought by delaying the passage of the measures
now to be laid over.
Nebraska Star of the Diamond.
The spotlight turns to Nebraska as naturally
as the needle to the pole. This time it illumines
the home town of Grover Cleveland Alexander,
and St. Paul, Neb., takes precedence over its
namesake located just below St. Anthony's falls.
Aleck" has just completed arrangements with
the Philadelphia National League Base Ball club,
under which he will serve for a term of years at
a salary said to be the highest ever paid a pro
fessional pitcher. In absence of exact figures,
the simple statement, coupled with knowledge of
what other stars have drawn, is enough to make
the natives gasp with awe, even while they swell
with pride.
Alexander is not the first Nebraskan to shine
on the diamond Sam Crawford, freddie
Glade, George Stone, "Sam" Agnew, "Joe" Do
lan.and a host of lesser lighta have glistened in
the luminous galaxy that glows with fervor over
the annals of the great American game, all sprung
from the prairies of Nebraska, and most of them
getting their rudimentary knowledge of the game
In rustic environment Nebraska takes a proper
pride in Grover Cleveland Alexander, as it does
in all its distinguished sons and citizens, and with
no spirit of boastfulness calls attention to the
fact that from oratory to inshoots, in all depart
ments of human activity, it puts out only the
Measures Short of War
-Sprlnsftold (Ma.) Rapublk-n-
Thus far we see in the situation a rather strik
ing parallel with the' quasi-war with France m
1798. In view of the insults which the United
States had repeatedly suffered from the French
Directory, and the depredations on American
commerce committed by French cruisers in the
war between France and Great Britain, President
John Adams severed diplomatic relations with the
French republic. Congress refrained, however,
from declaring war. What it did do was to au
thorize the recruiting of an army for home de
fence, order the capture by American warships of
any French vessels that should commit depreda
tions on American commerce, and authorize the
president to issue letters of marque and reprisal
to privateers. These measures were held to be
"short of war," in the sense at least that they were
short of a declaration of war; and it is certain
that the warfare which for a year existed on the
ocean, in which American warships and privateers
engaged in battle French vessels, has never fig
ured in history as a regular war, as did our later
war of 1812 with Great Britain.
It is not impossible that the president, himself
a historian, has in mind the precedents of the con
flict with France in 1798 in dealing with the pres
ent situation created by Germany on the high
seas. Precedents of that character may not
furnish much guidance, if hostilities of some sort
cannot be avoided, for the world of today in mat
ters of war is practically as different from that of
1798 as if 2,000 years were in the interval. But,
after making allowances for changed conditions
in maritime warfare and the infinitely closer com
mercial intercourse of Europe and America, the
thought persists that in the experience of 1798
with France the president and congress might
now find a precedent for circumscribing a con
flict with Germany within narrow limits. By so
doing, at least the country might avoid entangle
ments with the Anglo-French-Russian-ltalian-laoanese
alliance and its far-reaching "war aims"
that would perhaps arouse bitter controversy
among our own people and threaten our national
unity in dealing with the difficult problems of
peace-making which must sooner or later be
solved by a war-swept world.
The possibility that belligerent friction with
Germany could be narrowly confined is admittedly
based on the obvious reluctance Germany now
shows to declare war on the United States an
attitude remarkably different from that shown in
the last week of July, 1914, when the kaiser inter
preted a Russian mobilization as equivalent to a
downright declaration of war by the czar. There
is encouragement, to say the least, for those who
are now working to restrict as much as possible a
war area into which the United States might be
dragged by Germany's submarine rightfulness.
Congress it not likely to be asked by the president
to vote a formal declaration of war. If he is
forced by Germany's acts to address congress
again, he may simply cite Germany's deeds as
hostile blows against our legitimate commerce,
perhaps against our sovereignty itself, and ask to
be authorized to uphold by force American rights
in those areas where they are struck down. For
such action by congress there would be a perfect
precedent in the experience of 1798, and with it
would run the hope that the conflict might be
minimized as it was 119 years ago.
In effect, such action as1 the United States
would naturally take to protect its seamen and
citizens in their maritime rights would directly
operate to defeat the object of the "war zone
decree of February 1( issued at Berlin, and to
maintain commercial intercourse between Great
Britain and America. But in 1798 our action had
rttrct nf aidinir Great Britain against
France; when Bonaparte seized power in 1799 he
saw the error of antagonizing America and promt-
ly restored friendly relations. It mignt De wiuiin
nf nrnhahilitv that a comparatively
brief experience in submarine terrorism would
now convince the government at Berlin that the
U-boat warfare pushed beyond all considerations
Of law and mercy did not yield returns sufficient
to Justify the break witn America.
Why Not Try It?
Lincoln Star-
Many and many a time the effort hn hern
, made to separate man from his customarv suit of
, solemn, black. The argument that you cannot
j tell a guest in evening dress from a waiter has
, been used again and again, on the assumption
r that the guest, and not the waiter, objects to
mc cuiuusiun in. lucniuy, wnicn may not alwayi
be the case. But man remains a sartorial hnur.
K bon. Even the tailors, who have just brought to
-it uu in.,, ivii.-imuii in mi. city, uia noi ven
i! lure to pronounce for a change, although one in
i' trepid reformer appeared at dinner in purple. We
:it near predictions 01 ivenaer ana Dlue as well, ot
.colored hose, of lace, of satin pumps with gilt
. heels. But will they come true? Years ago,
'!, when "aesthetes" flourished, when Bunthorne
, was a household word, there were vagrom at-
tempts at the picturesque. Some blithe spirits
affected knee breeches, occasionally with disas
.' trous effects. The common spectacle presented
wwhen these were the wear for the bicyclist did
, much to prevent their universal adoption. Men
: cannot carry off any fashion as well as women
can. If men ever had this gift they have lost it
' ny long disuse. Few of them could support the
. dress of a gentleman of the court of Louis XIV
with dignity and grace. It takes an intimate ex
' perience in modern masquerade to qualify for
; such a part. Again,- it would be extremely diffi
cult to persuade a tired business man of these
" days that dress is the most important thing in
life. He grumbles over the trouble of getting
' into the simple garb society now prescribes. He
would object even to the unostentatious elegane
of colonial days the wig, the gold-braided coat
with silk fuffles, the white silk stockings, which
were matters of daily wear; still more to the
'ormal coat of scarlet embroidered with gold a.) I
; the three-cornered gold-laced haf If the reform
, in men's wear is to come, the younger generation
must bear the burden. But it bids fair to be a
long and uphill fight to persuade any age M
brmg its energy to the task. The plain truth
is that man is tartorially lacy
Abolish "Continuing Appropriations."
The legislature has before it a chance to do a
real service by making a specific appropriation
for the support of boards and commissions for
merly permitted to depend on fees. This would
conform with the plain letter of the constitution.
Two years ago, in eagerness to make a showing
for economy, the democrats made no appropria
tion for the food-commissioner, although the cost
of hit office ran high into the thousands of dot
tars. Out of this deliberate neglect grew a bitter
controversy between the governor and the state
treasurer, the latter relying on the fundamental
law of the state. The supreme court finally held
that the original appropriation for the support of
the inspection department was a continuing ap
propriation, setting aside the fees to defray the
expenses, with only the surplus to be covered
into the treasury. The constitution says all fees
must be paid into the treasury and that no
money be drawn unless specifically appropriated.
The democrats now have a chance to restore the
constitution of the state to its operative force,
as well as to head off possible scandal and ex
travagance, by making definite provisions for all
state officers, boards and commissions and re
quiring that at) fee collections for whatever pur
pose or service be paid into the treasury.
Short Skirts, High Shoes, Big Bills.
Skirtmakers pass the buck to the shoemakers,
alleging that a large item in the home expense
account is due to the ambition of the fabricators
of foot gear. Insinuating that the scant skirt is
an. element in true economy, the dressmakers as
sert that an inch of length on the skirt makes a
difference of $10,000,000 in the shoe bills of the
women of America. Man is not inclined to quar
rel with fashion in fact, he very likely gives his
hearty approval to prevailing styles, but he would
rejoice if a better balance were struck, and re
lations between the two articles of apparel ad
justed on a more reasonable basis. We have no
assurance that simultaneous lowering of skirts
and shoe tops will have a similar effect on the
cost of living.' The probabilities are that the
money that now goes to the shoemaker will again
go to the skirtmaker, while the breadwinner will
be kept steadily employed in his endeavor to
produce enough to pay for that wherewith the
female of the species now adorns herself.
Probably because nothing is ever settled until
it is settled right, the measure to inject into the
- - u... tk-t -i.alilv that has its in-
ami-LiKiici - r .
spiration in common sense has appeared again at
this session. .
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11115 nine u is mv jv'-. -
. t .l.i: .l Cnrwnlativ, Nff nf
Knox, the former a resident of Bloomington and
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the latter oi uioomneiu.
adults, while stiffening the penalty for their sale
to minors. . .
' The existing law, seeking to toroia tne saie
of cigarets to all, is held in quite general con
tempt, and is because of that fact a dead letter.
Cigarets are sold by many dealers with as much
freedom and assurance as if there were no law
against it whatever, minors buying them as
readily as adults. Law enforcement is impossible.
It is urged, and experience in this and other
states sustains the theory, that if the law forbade
only the sale to minors and imposed drastic pen
alties for such sales, it would be possible to en
force it.
Two years ago a similar measure, or at least
one having the same general purpose, was intro
duced by a Lancaster county representative. It
was a legislative blunder that it failed to pass.
There is reason to believe that the anti-cigaret
law will remain a dead letter so long as it seeks
to impose radical restrictions upon adults. Would
L. . n ,i-v nthf nlon fnr at 1at
11 nui uo wise i- i. j f ,
a biennium and see if it is not possible to protect
the minors from a habit that is more foolish than
People and Events
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Health Hint for the Day.
A nervous person should try to get
at least eight hours ot sleep every
night. ,
One Year Ago Today In the War.
Post of war trade minister created
in Great Britain.
Germans smashed French front
back two miles in assault north of
Steamer Westburn reached Canary
islands with crews of six veel3 sunk
by German raider.
Portuguese government seized thirty-six
German and Austrian ships in
terned at Lisbon.
In Omaha Thirty Years Ago.
Messrs F. F. Vogel, J. A. Frawley,
Walter Scott and Henry Hill, four
prominent citizens and capitalists of
Htromsburg, Neb., have formed a syn
dicate and purchased for $76,000 a
big tract of land in South Omaha,
which they propose to hold for in
vestment. William Olbbs and William Trimble
shot a mateh at Joe Rowles1 place at
ten live birds for $20 a side. The
ntch wan won bv Glbbs, who killed
five out of the ten.
Judge Berka performed the cere
mony uniting Calvin Thompson and
Margaretha Gardner in marriage.
A speed meeting was held at the
Paxton, the object being to establish
a running and trotting circuit between
several of the Missouri river towns.
Among those present at the meeting
were the following: J. H. MoShme,
Churchill Parker, D. T. Mount, H. G.
Clark and Joseph Garneau.
The funeral of the late Patrick Me
Orath took place from the residence
of Commissioner O'Keefe on South
Thirteenth street. The remains were
burled in St. Mary's cemetery.
Julius Nagle Is planning to erect a
business structure on Thirteenth near
the Barker European hotel, to be
three stories high, the first floor to bo
used for stores and the second and
third for flats.
Miss Alma Hall of Kentucky has
been visiting' her aunt Mrs. John
Shaw of Walnut Hill.
The English dramatist, Granville Barker, told
an Omaha audience that cabarets are a real means
of national expression. The. federal supreme
court recently defined cabarets as a source of
pleasure for diners who have limited powers of
conversation. In the sense that cabarets express
ideas for the expressionless, the double definition
shows how cleverly great minds agree on trifles.
George C Barnes, the newly appointed British
minister of pensions, began his career as a
worker in a jute mill. "Ye canna hold a gude irton
doon." .
General John B. Castleton or Louisville, a
distinguished confederate veteran, now 77, offers
his services to the government in event of hos
tilities. The sixth wife of "Kid" McCoy divorced him
in New York last week.- The Kid's matrimonial
score tops Nat Goodwin's record and makes a
strong bid for the championship in that line of
5Port- ....
In order to be on hand for the recent opening
of the Colorado legislature Representative Frank
W. Murphy snowshoed forty miles across the con
tinental divide to catch a train for the rest of
the run to Denver.
After considerable official rirobing a New
York coal dealer admitted that he mad: a profit
of $5 a' ton during the midwinter coal shortage.
He is an "independent dealer," who looked the
card rate in the eye and went it $1 better.
The latest gentleman burglar working In
Gotham won the title by stopping to give first
aid" to a domestic he had "blackjacked" fqr in
terfering with his professional duties. A medal
and other attentions are ready for him if he
reveals his identity. -
A delegation of Pennsylvania doctors told a
committee of the legislature that the state com
pensation law needs a surgical operation. Ac
cording to the diagnosis the section allowing $25
for two weeks' attendance in minor accident cases
needs bracing up to $50 or thereabouts.
"The high cost of living Doesn't bother me
at all," replied Mrs. Henry Collins to curious
quizzers as she registered the birth of her fif
teenth child at Springfield, 111. Her husband is
a coal miner. They have been married twenty
two years, and all the children are living and
husky. "You see," she said, "we don't need to
go to the movies. We have our vaudeville in the
living room every night."
Against the Candidate With the
Ellsworth. Neb.. Feb. 20. To the
Editor of The Hee I want to ask B.
L. Collins of Scotia Just what he
would have us do. With Oermany de
stroying American life and property,
to say nothing of blocked commerce.
I suppose he would say, "Thank you,
Wllhelm, do it again." No doubt that
would be very Christian like, but it
would take several W. J.'s and far
more B. L.'s to make me see It that
Also a word to A. Moraine of Coun
cil Bluffs: He seems to have most of
the earmarks of a "fair weather
friend." Of all the persons I talk with,
none but out estimable friend, the
demo., so far have said aught against
Mr. Wilson.
I did not vote for him, but you can
count me with him, through thick
and thin, so long as he Is our presi
dent. R. R. WYLAND.
Too Much Law-Making.
Council Bluffs. Ia., Feb. 22. To the
Editor of The Bee: Patriotism and
stand behind the president is about
all you can read In the majority of
newspapers. President Wilson may be
all right and his cause just, but how
can the government expect the com
mon people to be patriotic when all
the patriotism has been legislated out
of them?
Thirty years ago a larger volunteer
army could have been raised than
today, despite the very large increase
In population. Too much law causes
revolution and anarchism instead of
making people law-abiding. G. G.
This Day In History.
1680 Sieur de Bienville, the found
er of New Orleans, born in Montreal.
Died In France in 176S.
1761 Henry Dearborn, secretary of
war under Jefferson and commander
of the United States army at the com
mencement of the war of 1812, born
at North Hampton, N. H. Died at
Roxbury, Mass., June 6, 1829.
1822 City of Boston incorporated,
with John Phillips as first mayor.
1847 American army of 6,000 men
under General Taylor, defeated 20.
000 Mexicans under Santa Ana, In the
battle of Buena Vista.
1862 The confederates evacuated
1863 Captains Speke and Grant
announced the discovery of a source
of the Nile In Lake Victoria Nyanza.
1889 The holy see refused per
mission to the Jesuits in Canada to
confer university degrees.
1896 The ex-queen of Hawaii was
sentenced by the Dole government to
five years Imprisonment for conspir
ing against the republic.
1908 Prince Henry of Prussia ar
rived in New York to attend the
launching of Emperor William's yacht
1910 Chinese troops occupied
Lassa and Dalai Lama fled to India.
The Day Wo Celebrate.
Herbert A. Doud of the United
State internal revenue office was
born February 23, 1869, at Scranton,
Pa. He used to be in the life insur
ance business.
Dr. John H. Vincent, retired bishop
of the Methodist church, famous as
the founder of the Chautauqua move
ment born at Tuscaloosa, Ala., eighty
five years ago today.
Henry B. Wilson, one of the new
rear admirals of the United States
navy, born In New Jersey, fifty-six
years ago today. '
Jonathan Bourne, Jr., former United
States senator from Oregon, born at
New Bedford, Mass., sixty-two years
ago today. ' .
Sir George Cave, secretary of state
for the home department in the Brit
ish ministry, born in London, sixty
one years ago today.
Royal Meeker, United States eom
mlsloner of labor statistics, born In
Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania,
forty-four years ago today.
Carl Morris, well known Oklahoma
heavyweight pugilist, born at Fulton,
Ky., thirty-one year ago today.
Tlmnlv Jottings and Reminders.
Rev. Renwlck H. Martin la to be
officially metalled toaay as presiueui
Anlt nt RAnvar Falls. Pa.
, n a H-flnlta war AArvlpA hv
v plan iui ..
the women of the United States Is 'o
be outlined at a conierence oi mo
executive council of the National
American Woman Suffrage associa
tion, opening today In Washingon.
ti..-,.tA nt the Da-.
The olU salt who took small parties
.. .h. a hA., In , -mlrl hAll hftAt
had been much annoyed by the loud
and fatuous remarxs oi Arry, wno
had come down for the day.
When Just beyond the mile limit the
old wreck began to leak. The boat
man, however, reassured the party
told them that there was no danger
and was connaeru initi my wuuiu
reach the shore before the leak de---lofiAri
Tn allav anv further fears.
he handed around lifebelts.' The
party consisted of five and there were
only four belt
"HI! Where's mine?" asked the
. jnl nUmv n- V, n ,a,l drnnnari
all his cheerful chipping of the old
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nnn'i uaii wnrrv m v inn' nnM
the boatman. "You don't need na
life belt! A feller with an 'ead as
'oiler aa yourn can't sink!" Chicago
The Mlnntapolli Loyalty ltaru. th crat
growth of loclfcltitlc opposition to wmr under
any eireumitanot, bu already enrolled 36,
70 namei of citiient pledged to "stand bv
the president. "
The ichool board of St. Joe le up avainit
the proposition of increasing the school tax
lovy or shortening the school term. An
additional 110,000 is necessary to finish this
year's term and an election has been called
for March 10 to settle the question of an
increased levy.
St. Louis talks of doing great things with
Its new free bridge in the decoration line.
Four hundred benches are to be placed along
the walkways, flanked with potted plants
flowering climbers and shrubbery to match.
which are designed to transform the 16,000,.
000 Investment Into a hanging garden
stretchm over the Mississippi river. The
famous Eads bridge, formerly the pride of
the ettr. doesn't get a button iere out of the
municipal loral aeheme.
Another Place to Clean TTp.
Omaha, Feb. 22. To the Editor of
The Bee: I see there ts being1 consld'
erable talk In the newspapers about
smoking In the cars and spitting,
which is very disgusting to most peo
pie. I want to go a little further.
The barber shops are places, It seems,
for men to swear and use coarse
language. Just think of a nice, clean
man to climb into the chair to have
shave or haircut (very often he
will have to remain in that chair
fifteen or thirty minutes and some
times longer), the barber breathing
his tobacco breath right in one's face
and perhaps three or four men swear
ing and telling vile stories. Must one
quit shaving? BEN SMITH
"Pawnbrokers are the most temperate ot
' How can you prove tt?"
"Bei-ause everybody knows they take the
Fledg? to a man end generally keep it.
laillniore American.
The Suffragist What ts a party without
woman ?
A Mere Man A stag party.
The Suffragist Precisely. And what, sir,
would this nation be without women but
stagnation. Puck.
The irritable employer turned to his type
writer with a sudden snarl.
"Why don't you write it just as I say
it?" he demanded.
"Braue my typewriter hasn't the ca
tarrh," she quietly responded. Boston Tran
script. "Flubdub tells me he has published a
book of addresses."
"I never knew he made speeches."
He doesn't. He gets out the city direct
ory." Judge.
"I don't understand bane ban," com
plained Mrs. Flubdub. "It's a mixed game."
"What's mixed about it?"
"They appear to think Just as much of
the man who steals a base as the man who
earns a run." Louisville Courier-Journal.
"Had any burglars out your way?"
"No," replied Mr. Orowcher. "I have st
my boy's new cornet and his Bhotgun where
no burglar would fall to find them, but ao
far haven't had any luck." Washington
Star. j
Breaking the Smothering Silence.
Moorefleld, Neb., Feb. 21. To the
Editor of The Bee: Nearly twenty-
five years ago the populist party ad
vocated that railroads and other pub'
lie service utilities be owned and oper
ated by the federal government. The
idea was spurned by thousands of our
most conservative business men, lo-
dav the car situation and other condi
tlons have proved beyond a shadow
of doubt that the old populist idea
was correct, and we find the masses
of the people in strong favor of the
The populist party is legally dead
(however, Its spirit liveth). The
issue Is not a party issue, but an
issue of the people, by the people and
for the people. Some time ago, at
my suggestion, a resolution was intro
duced in the Nebraska legislature to
the effect that the congress of the
United States, and especially our own
Nebraska delegation, be asked to take
Immediate steps toward the federal
government taking over the railroads,
to be owned and operated under strict
civil service regulations. So far as
I know the resolutions have not come
to a vote yet. This resolution will
not accomplish the entire object, but
It will, if passed, make the congress
and the railroads sit up and take no
tice that the sentiment of the people
is for government ownership. It will
break the ice. It will break the
smothered silence on the subject. Im
mediate action is needed.
Redd Do you believe In this freedom of
the sea business?"
Oreene Sura. What right have they got
to mHke a man pay for fishing there?
Yon k,rs Statesman.
She was a green girl just landed from the
old country, and it was her first day at her
new place. "When her master and mistress
sat down to dinner, the latter said: "Oh,
Mary, bring the ratsup, please." So Mary
went downstairs and brought them up both
of 'em. Boston Transcript.
Escarolle She said: "I want you to take
me at my fare value; don't judge me by
my father's wealth.
Chiffonade And what did you say?-
Kscarolle Why, I told her that the pres
ent price of dyes, paints and cosmetics wan
so high that I couldn't afford to be asso
ciated with her. Life.
"I am delighted to meet you," said the
father of the college student, shaking hands
warmly with the profeseor. "My son took
algebra from you last year, you know."
"Pardon me," said the professor, "he
was exposed to It, but he did not take it."
Christian Register.
Smith Bo you don't know what ails you?
Haven't you been to see a doctor?
Jones Yea; that's just the trouble I've
been to see six. The Doctor's Leisure Hour.
The bread of the Balkans is made in the
form of chains, and sold according to length.
Within a radius of 100 miles of New York
City lives one-eighth of the total population
of all the United States.
Germany has 40,000 miles of railway, or
about one-sixth of the total railroad mileage
in the United States.
Among the prominent American families
of German origin are those of Astor, Wana
maker, Frick, Rockefeller, Westinghouae,
Guggenheim, Spreckles, Havemeyer and
Scarcely more than a century ago, what
is now the German empire embraced more
than 800 separate governments, including
kingdoms, grand duchies, duchies, principal
ities and free cities.
The prime minister and the chancellor of
the exchequer ara the only British cabinet
ministers entitled to live rent free during
their term of office. They inhabit adjacent
houses In Downing street, close to the
Houses of Parliament.
A German, the illustrious Baron Steuben,
was appointed inspector general of our army
in 1778, In which position, all historians
agree, he introduced that thorough system
of discipline among the American troops
which largely contributed to their ultimate
triumph in the war with England.
New York Sun.
In this loose and lawless age, when oppres
sion holds the stage
And the weak are being crowded to the
'Tls a pleasant thing to find that a Provi
dence most kind
Has at last produced a man that knows
It all;
Not a man who holds aloof, letting others
bring the proof.
But a man who Just admits he knows it all:
And more, much more than this, that while
knowing what's amiss
He guarantees to dissipate our cares
And to cure all public ills with a box of
magic pills.
Compounded by two famous doctrinaires.
So, of course, we'll all rest easy, play check
ers and parches).
While the country's growing taller and more
For we know that naught can harm us, nor
even murh alarm us,
While we cuddle up with one who knows
it all.
Still, by Heavpns and by Hector, that this
chesty chin projector
Is a psychologic problem all admit.
For while showing by each aot that he takes
it for a fact
That the public doesn't know a little bit.
By wholly adumbration that we fall to un
derstand And a tralatltlous lingo that flow to beat
the band;
With n smooth and plastic loglo, guaran
teed upon Its face
To support with equal vigor either side of
anv osse,
Our pedantic, dialectic, pedagogic jabber
wock Keeps his frlenda befogged and guessing
While he strings them by the clock.
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