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THE BEE- OMAHA, FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 1917.
FOUNDED BY EDWARD FOSE WATER
VICTOR ROSEWATER, EDITOR
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SubecruWs Icvtaf Ik. city should her. Toe Bm wQl4
to th.ra. Address changed M eiton M requested.
It is t poor city ordinance that doesn't bring
Don't overlook top-notch democratic tints as
an element in high living cost
"The harp that once through Tara'f hall" af
fords little hope of producing soulful music from
strings of broken promises.
Of course, those pie-counter congressmen are
all hell-bent for civil service, but not in such big
doses as the president is administering.
Banishing the pie counter along with liquid
sociability from the District of Columbia strips
Washington of its charm at a political mecca.
While lid-tilting deserves regular attention,
some of the new born zeal for reform could be
profitably employed reforming the strongarm
gangs and auto thieving squads.
The right of a United States senator "to be
heard" is not seriously denied in any quarter.
The iole objection is to hearing those who talk
against time and avoid the expense of hiring a
People inclined to disparage the fighting power
of Chinamen should glimpse the periodical tong
wars on the Pacific coast. Fourteen victims of
the recent brief outburst proves that celestials
are quite handy with short ma guns.
The closing chapter of Nebraska's semi-centennial
of statehood celebration is scheduled for
Lincoln in June. It it the task of the Lincoln
ites to envelop the windup in as big s blaze of
glory as the itartoS at Omaha last fall, and that's
That prisoner sentenced by a Sioux City
police judge to study Vice President Marshall's
inaugural address during a seven-day jail sojourn
should appeal forthwith. The bill of rights m
the constitution prohibits cruel and unusual pun
ishments. ;'; .
Incidentally, let it be reasserted that our
democratic senator and hi local newspaper or
gan are on principle against King Caucus and
conscientiously opposed to steering committees
enforcing caucus edicts unless the senator is on
As to the possibility of a negro passing highest
in a competitive examination for the postmaster
ship in a southern city, let it be remembered that
the southern bunch is still in control of the demo
cratic party and that the party in control will
control the examining. ,
Oh, no, it is not quite so bad as alt that I
While Omaha has been issuing bonds and more
bonds to raise money for all sorts of improve
ments, it has promptly met its interest payments
and paid off a respectable part of the principal,
and Its credit is as good right now as it ever was.
The South Dakota legislature piled up appro
priations totaling $4,900,000, surpassing the best
previous record by $1,600,000. Unexpected drafts
on the public treasury and increased cost of
maintaining public Institutions necessitated ex
traordinary appropriations, all of which may lend
emphasis to the rising cost of government.
If the new federal land bank is to be con
ducted with a view to financial success, it should
have an advertising and promotion fund the aame
as private concerns loaning money on their own
account The principal capital of the land bank
right now is the immense amount of free pub
licity it has had in the newspapers throughout
the initial stages, but which it cannot count on
Sugar and War
-Wall Stoat Joaraal-
America'a armor has so many vulnerable places
that it would be fulsome flattery to speak of any
one as the "heel of Achilles." But selecting one
at random we might pick up the question of the
cane fields of Cuba.
Half our augar supply comes from Cuba. The
imports in the last calendar year from that island
were 4,883,000,000 pounds. Our domestic con
sumption in the last ten years increased nearly
43 per cent, while the population increased by 21
per cent The countries now at war have dis
covered that sugar is one of the most essential
of foods. Germany learned this to her cost In
the first year ahe ordered the augar beet acreage
cut down in order to give more room for eereals
and potatoes. The experience she gained caused
a reversal of the program next season.
Should we go to war, it is probable that our
domestic demand would be larger per capita.
Then too, molasses is necessary, because alcohol
is needed to treat nitrated cotton for the manu
facture of smokeless powder. The great demand
for it has in this time of grain and potato short
age made a new draft upon molasses from which
alcohol can be distilled. War takes its needed
toll on augar and molasses.
Then, too. our commerce ia involved. Half
of the normal world production of 20,000,000 tons
of sugar is produced in the countries now at war.
The allied and neutral governments have of late
been drawing upon the United States. Before the
war we exported over one and a half billion
pounds. We took $230,000,000 worth of raw sue
' art from Cuba to refine, which made possible this
Financially, the sugar business is of great im.
portance to the United States, and any destruc
tion of cane fields in Cuba would help to cripple
our business. It would seem good policy to pre
vent rather than avenge auca attempts.
A Far-Reaching Order.
The forthcoming executive order, presaged
through Postmaster General Burleson, providing
for the selection of all postmasters, except fourth
class postmasters already under civil service, by
competitive examination, promises a far-reaching
innovation in the public service. The postmast
ers jobs constitute the largest batch of appointive
places still distributed by political favor as a re
ward of party service and while this proposed plan
does not necessarily bring them within the class
ified lists, it extends to these offices the principle
of merit appointment, though, as we take it,, for
the usual definite term and subject to senate
confirmation or rejection. Even so, it is a tre
mendous forward step toward permanent tenure
and possibly toward promotion from one grade of
poatoffice to the grade next higher.
It goes without saying that much will depend
upon the spirit that governs in the administration
of the plan and in having the examinations hon
estly and impartially conducted. The president is
also open to criticism for delaying the inaugura
tion of the merit test for postmastership appoint
ments until the advent of his second term instead
of issuing such an order during his first term,
when he was just as strongly committed to civil
service reform, and before all the republican in
cumbents had been supplanted by deserving dem
ocrats. Strict adherence to the method of selec
tion by examination, however, will in course of
time, equalize the political advantages and dis
advantages accruing from the fact that in the be
ginning the democrats are in possession of the
To the congressman who is merely a patron
age distributor, the order will come as a grievous
shock, but the congressman who wants to devote
himself to big subjects of legislation and the pub
lic generally, will hail it with satisfaction as a
relief from embarrassing postoffice fights and
offering hope of improvement in the service.
Sehoolma'ams and the Public.
A lamentable lack of appreciation, not to
speak of gallantry, was shown by the democrats
at Lincoln while disevssing a bill relating to pen
sions for school teachers. One honorable gen
tleman supported his argument against the meas
ure by "citing the fact that his daughter daily
wades through snow to reach the school she is
teaching and does it without expectation of a pen
sion. Another cited the fact that he had three
red-headed girls who were all experienced school
teachers, and if they were not married before they
had taught twenty-five years he would chloro
Women who give their lives to the training
of other people's children deserve better than this.
A psychological aspect of the teacher's vocation
is that the maternal instinct fits the woman for
better service in dealing with the younger chil
dren. That some impulse beyond immediate re
ward and apart from expectation of a pension
moves them is shown by the daughter of the one
legislator, who braves the rigor of winter that
she may give something to the youngsters of
her district they would not get were all school
teachers to first consult their own comfort The
chief end of a teacher's life is not to get married.
That so many of them do is due to the fact that
they are mentally alert as well as physically
attractive, and that young men are appreciative
of mental as well as bodily charms.
If the teachers are not to have pensions, their
pay should be raised to a point where those who
escape matrimony and some do may save suffi
cient to provide against days when they can no
longer work. Wages paid country sehoolma'ams
ill Nebraska will not permit the accumulation of
Postmortem on a Ghastly Military Blunder.
A British parliamentary commission has just
made its report on the failure Of the Gallipoli
campaign, the majority censuring Lord Kitch
ener by inference and Colonel Winston Churchill,
who was first lord of the admiralty when the ven
ture was undertaken. It is found that the expe
dition to capture the Dardanelles was at the in
stance of Churchill, who blundered in making a
naval affair out of what ahould have been a com
bined land and water assault. Kitchener is
blamed for undertaking to do too much, more
than one man might expect to do well. He did
not avail himself properly of the services of his
staff, and confusion resulted from his inability to
properly attend to everything. Other war lords
and sea lords are involved in the implied censure
of the majority report, which has been revised
with utmost care that feelings be spared as far as
possible. Little enough of consolation will be
found in this after-the-fact examination and effort
to put the best face on a real disaster, the effects
of which are yet felt by the Allies. The project
was sound enough in its conception, and its car
rying out would have been of immense advantage
to the anti-German cause, but it failed, partly
through the inability of a great soldier, appar
ently, to understand what really was involved in
the undertaking, and partly through the impetuos
ity of a man who had just brought off one de
cided coup and sought to achieve another. Its
lesson is for naval and military experts rather
than for the public. v
Among the lesser tragedies of the senate fili
buster the shocking death of the federal judge
retirement bill deserves a passing tear. The bill
which slipped through the house on greased skids
provided for compulsory retirement at the age of
70. Sixteen fine openings for eminent public
servants would have been ' available instantly.
Public wrath over the filibuster hardly equals the
suppressed indignation which rules the judicial
temperament of aspirants.
Reports of plots and plotters in this country
and in Mexico and Cuba serve a good purpose.
The country needs an awakening from its leth
argy and indifference to alien troublemakers.
While the schemes and schemers do not get very
far, greater watchfulnesa becomes an imperative
duty of citizens during the present strained relations.
Austria disclaims, reiterates, asservates and
cogitates through columns of diplomatic hot air
and manages to smother the main point with
professions of good intentions. Considering the
perils of diplomatic aviation, the dual empire
shows uncommon skill in returning safely to the
point it started from.
Wholesale indictments of coal dealers and coal
operators promise to shed judicial light on the
rigged up fuel market of midwinter. In addition
to the educational value of the coming trial the
pinched consumer may derive some satisfaction
from the certainty that the combine must dig
up to the lawyers. -
Taxes and More Taxes
New York Financial World-
Just now when thousands of individuals and
corporations are filing their income tax returns,
in accordance with the federal income tax law,
one must become impressed with the fact that
we have become a heavily taxed nation and have
to face continually climbing taxes. The tendency
of taxes to rise has become evident in the last
fifteen years, and now they are the highest in
the history of our states and nation. And there
is no saying when these advances in taxes and
the creation of new taxes will halt. There is no
county or town in the land in which local taxes
have not become almost oppressive.
Recently the federal income tax has been
doubled and now our legislators are planning all
kinds of new taxes, and it looks as if the saying
that nothing .in this world is sure except death
and taxes will have to be paraphrased to read
that nothing in this world is sure except death
and rising taxes. Of whatever kind new federal
income taxes may be, they will undoubtedly be
come a heavy burden on business and check on
enterprise, for they will hit the successful, the
ambitious and the industrious. Taxes must be
equally distributed so as not to make the payer
feel that he has been singled out as the beast of
burden and that success and honestly acquired
wealth are penalized. That heavy taxes must dis
courage business enterprise goes without saying.
It is true that conditions are forcing the nation
to provide itself with ample resources to meet
every possible emergency, but whatever is done
for the safety of the nation will not only benefit
the present generation, but generations to come.
Why should the present generation assume all
the burdens? Why not make the future carry
a share of them? A big national bond issue, to
run fifty years and to be partly redeemed each
year, would be more just and equitable than any
additional income taxes. Nobody knows what
the future has in store for us. A bond issue of
one or two billions, to be retired by annual re
demptions, would affect business less than new
heavy taxation, which in times of business de
pression, which are sure to come, for every period
of prosperity is followed by one of reaction, is
liable to cripple the country's industries and
create hard times, the effects of which will hit
the masses, whom present tax laws try to favor,
and not the classes.
We have to take upon us heavy burdens under
present clouded political conditions, but upon the
character of these burdens also depends the future
welfare and progress of the nation. Our present
national debt is less than a billion dollars. It
was thrice that much when the civil war closed.
Why should not our country, with its present
great wealth, again carry a national debt of the
size of fifty years ago? We were able gradually
to reduce it after the civil war. It will be easier
to reduce a three-billion dollar debt in the next
fifty years. What ought to be done now is not
to tax incomes too high, as it wiU check progress
Boom in American Toys
-N.w York Thnoa-
Among the many American exports which
have increased tremendously during the last two
years is the American made toy. The total value
of the exports of American toys for the fiscal
year ended June 30, 1916, was $2,030,089, more
than double the total value of the exports for 1911,
which reached a little over one million dollars,
and still higher in proportion to the total exported
in the fiscal year ended June 30, 1914, the year
preceding -the European war, which reached
In the toy trade Germany's loss is America's
gain. In the years before 1914 the German toy
trade had risen to mighty proportions and Ger
man toys went to the uttermost corners of the
globe. An idea of what the war has meant to
German toy makers may be gained by perusal
of the figures for German exports of toys for the
last few years. For the fiscal year ended June
30, 1914, just preceding the outbreak of the war,
the exports of German toys to the United States
reached a total value of $7,718,000, where, for the
fiscal year ended June 30, 1916, they fell to $1,
758,000, or less than one-fourth' the former total.
Among the best customers for American-made
toys during the last few years have been Great
Britain and the more important British colonies.
In the two yeara preceding the war the imports
of American playthings irtto England, Scotland
and Ireland totaled about $120,000. In 1915 they
went up to a little over $300,000, and in 1916, to
over $760,000, or more than six times the aggre
gate imports for each of the two yeara before
the outbreak of the war, '
A similar rise is apparent in the figures cover
ing imports of American playthings into the prin
cipal British colonies. Those for Canada rose
from $327,000 in 1913, and $349,000 in 1914, to
$594,000 in 1916. During the first year of the war
there was no increase in the imports, the total
being $321,000, somewhat lower than during the
preceding two fiscal years.
The imports of American toss into Australia
rose from $40,000 in 1913, and $57,006 in 1914, to
$98,000 in 1916; those into New Zealand from
$9,500 in 1914 to $38,000 in 1916.
An interesting point in connection with the
above is that the figures for certain other British
dependencies show no such rise as is apparent in
the principal colonies, and, in some cases, even
a decline. In British India, for instance, the im-
rorts of American toys totaled a tittle short of
13,000 in 1914, and rose only to $14,500 in 1916.
In the Straits Settlements they dropped from
$2,100 to $1,090.
People and Events
Sir Thomas Lipton began his working life as
errand boy for a merchant in Glasgow.
The Duke of Devonshire, as governor general
of Canada, receives a salary of $50,000 a year.
Ireland's richest man is Lord Pirrie, who owes
his millions to the Belfast shipbuilding industry.
The youthful ambition of Bonar Law, the Brit
ish statesman, was to be a trapper in the wilds
Dr. Christopher Addison, the new minister of
munitions in the British cabinet, is a physician
Wisconsin's oldest active lawyer is Captain
Thomas L, Kennan of Milwaukee, who was 90
years old on Washington's birthday.
Sir Johnstone Forbee-Robertson is believed to
be the only prominent actor of today who began
his career as a leading man.
Father Bernard Vaughan, the famous Jesuit
preacher, recently celebrated the golden jubilee
of his ordination to the priesthood.
In eighteen years Nat Gould, the English nov
elist hat written seventy-five novels, the aggre
gate sales of which exceed 10,000,00b copies.
Dr. James M. Peebles, the famous physician
and psychologist, who is now a resident of Los
Angeles, will celebrate his ninety-fifth birthday
The marquis of Bute, one of the wealthiest
members of the peerage, enlisted early in the
war as a private and it now an officer in the
A remarkable joyride of a car of onions, im
pulsed by a wave of speculation, is mapped by
Commissioner Hartigan of the bureau of weights
and measures at New York. The itinerary began
at Syracuse, then to Boston, over to Philadelphia,
west to Chicago and finally to New York City.
Each leg of the journey lifted the price, but the
speculators paid the freight from start to finish.
The shipment collided with a boycott in Chicago
and struck a slump in New York that produced
a cramp in the owner's checking account. It is
only just to say that throughout a joyride of
some 2,400 miles the robust strength of the onion
Health Bint lor the Day.
In order tkat indoor air may be of
the utmost parity, there must be no
contamination from faulty plumbing,
badly made stoves or furnaces.
Oh Tear Ao Today in the War.
Russian continued advance on
Norwegian bark 9tllua torpedoed
French recaptured village weat of
Meuaa in Verdun battle.
Italian chamber endorsed Premier
SaJandra' conduot of war against Austria.
In Omaha Thirty Tear Ago.
Ex-Senator Blanche K. Bruce, the
colored statesman, lately register of
the treasury, passed through Omaha
and was met at the depot by a dele
gation of colored citizens consisting
of William H. and T. I. Vlndgar, E.
R. Overall and Henry Scrogglns.
At a Sunday school temperance
meeting, held at the Walnut Hill
church, the following little folks gave
recitations: Satile Eppeneter, Nellie
Riley, Perky Stuart Grace Sheely,
Bradley Seward, Albert Moore, Minnfe
Riley, Harvey Moore, Ed Riley and
The horses attached to A Han's fish
wagon became frightened and dashed
down Sixteenth where, at the corner
of Douglas, they ran into a buggy
which was occupied by Isaac D. Clarhe
and his little grandson, Lewis Clarke,
who were badly bruised but not aeri
Buffalo BH1 arrived in Omaha from
New York on his way to North Platte
to visit his home before leaving for
Europe on the steamship Nebraska.
W. G. iHgram, of the Union Pacific
telegraph corns, besides being an ex
pert man at the key, is an inventive
genius, his latest invention being a
tittle device for holding a spool of
thread so that the thread can be rap
Mr. Charles A. Birney has accepted
a position with C. L. Brlckaon, the
Sixteenth street Jeweler.
R. D. Kills entertained the Oxford
league of the First Methodist Episco
pal church at Ms residence, 2018 Cali
This Day m History.
174 Count de Mirabeau, one of
the greatest orators and statesmen
that France ever produced, born near
Nemours. Died in Ports, April 2,
1829 The postmaster general was
made a member of the president's cab
inet. 1839 End of .the three months'
war between Mexico and France.
1847 American army under Win
geld Scott landed at Vera Crux.
1862 Battle between the Merrlmac
and Monitor In Hampton Roads.
1869 Hector Berlioz, celebrated
French composer, died. Born Decem
ber 11, 1803.
1877 Oliver Ames, one of the
builder of the Union Pacific railroad,
died at North Bastou, Mass. Born
at Plymouth, Mass, November 5, 1807.
1888 William I, German emperor
and king of Prussia, died in Berlin.
Born there, March 22, 177.
1901 Count Tolstoi, the Russian
author and reformer, was excommun
icated by the orthodox Greek anarch.
1914 Thirty lives lost in a fere that
destroyed the home of the Wiesosrl
Athletic ciut tti St Louis.
1916 A large force of Mexico
brigand under Villa crossed the bor
der and raided the tows at Gotumhus,
The Day We Geenrte.
Etlra U. Graft, superintendent of
the Omaha schools, was born March
9, 18T2, at Red Oak, K. He graduated
at Lake Forest coMege and Chicago
university, and came to Omaha from
Rocktord, lit., where he had been
principal of the high school.
John Fraud Potter, teacher of mu
sic, was born Maroh 9, 1814. Mr.
Potter studied music in New York and
Chicago and has toured the Untted
State and Canada as a mahdoUn
John Briekson, Jr., a captain of the
city nre department IB Just 47 today.
He was born In Sweden and came to
this country in 1881.
Howard G. Acheson, the chemist to
whom the World owes the invention of
oarboruhdwm, born at Washington,
Pa., sixty-one years ago today.
Eddie Foy, well known as a come
dian in musical extravaganza and
vaudeville, born In New York, sixty
three years ago today.
Walter Clark, celebrated landscape
artist born in Brooklyn, N. Y., siarty
nln years ago today.
Daniel J. Sully, who attained prom
inence some yeara ago by hi attempt
to corner the cotton maiHret born ai
Providence, R. I., fifty-six years ago
Terry MoGovern, former champion
featherweight pugilist, born at Johns
town, Pa., thirty-seven yeara ago to
day. Timely Jottings and Iteauindors.
Today is the fortieth anniversary of
New England's "great gaie" when the
wind in Boston and vicinity attained a
velocity of seventy-two miles an hour.
The first conference of college wom
en's athletic associations 1 to meet at
the University of Wisconsin today and
will continue over tomorrow.
Several hundred members of the
Lake Superior Mining Institute are to
depart tonight from Calumet Mich.,
for Birmingham, Ala., where they are
to held the session of their annual
meeting next week.
Storyette of the Day.
During the recent campaign a Tam
many leader on the East Side, a self
made man and one not entirely com
pleted yet in some respects, was ad
dressing a mass meeting of Italian
born voters on behalf of the demo
"Gintlemen and fellow citizens," he
began. "I deem it an honor to be per
mitted to address you upon the issues
of the day. I have always had a
deep admiration for your native land.
I Vlnerate the mtmory of that great
that noble, Eyetalian who was the
original and first discoverer of this
here land of ours.
"Why, gintlemen, at me mother's
knee I was taught to alng that In
spirln' song, 'Columbus, the Jim of
the Ocean!" "
Whereupon there waa loud applause.
Saturday Evening Post
, ' HERB AND THERE.
Mill schools ia tea United States havs
sa vena daily attendance of 14,ilt,59
Kaiuas leads an tha itatea In the number
of ita eitiaa under tha commission form of
As ice yacht under favorable condition.,
can make far neater ipeed than the isateat
Perplexities of H. C. h.
Omaha, March 8. To the Editor of
The Bee: It will soon be time for us
common people to put into practice
some of the teachings of the wise
acres to reduce the high cost of liv
ing by raising a few vegetables at the
back of the house. I have plenty of
ground and plenty of muscle to work
It, but on account of the high cost of
living my landlord cannot afford to
build a fence around the lot and
neither can I. My neighbors to the
right and to the left, in the rear and
in the front keep chickens to reduce
the high cost of living and every few
nights, by actual count twenty-one
dogs of both sexes, make night hideous
In my back garden. If I buy a spade,
a fork, etc., and garden seeds, spend
hours of work on said garden and my
neighbor's chickens scratch it up or
the dogs dig it up, please tell me how
have I reduced the high cost of living
If I take exception to the chickens
living oft my garden I shall have to
go to law, I presume, to compel him
to keep them shut up and that will
help the lawyer solve the problem, but
not me. Now, please tell me where
I stand: If I shoot the dogs and chick
ens I help the city of Omaha solve
the problem, by me paying a fine for
discharging firearms. You may tell
me there is a law compelling people
to keep their chickens off my garden.
But I have noticed obeying the law
in Omaha is a Joke. INQUISITOR.
Kind Words for the Reporter.
Omaha, March 7. To the Editor
of The Bee: Someone unknown to me
very kindly reported a sermon which
I preached In the Grace Baptist church
lest Sunday night on "What Made
Ruth Beaatlful?" and it was printed
in the Monday morning issue of The
Bee. It was an exceedingly satisfac
tory report, and I wish to express my
appreciation for it If that reporter
reports other things as well as he
did that sermon, he is a good one.
Thanking you for the courtesy shown
me, I remain, E. B. TAFT.
Not Beady to See Congress Abdicate.
Oxford, Neb., March 7. To the Edi
tor of The Bee: So far as I have ob
served The Bee is the only leading
daily In Nebraska willing to accord
justice to Senators Norris, La Follette,
Stone and other stalwart statesmen
who do their own thinking, and who
have the courage to follow the dictates
of a sense of -duty and patriotism.
So eager Is Mr. Wilson to obtain
power, he is willing to involve the
United States in war to further his
own ends; to pose as a great man; to
assist munition factories in accumu
lating immense wealth at the price of
blood, and last but not least to court
favor with Great Britain, at whose
behests he has acted In harmony with
Europe's entente since the devastlng
I am not pro-German, pro-British
or pro- anything else except American.
R does not however, follow that be
cause we are true American citizens
we should be subservient to any man,
though he happens to be president in
an attempt to force this nation into
war for no cause, except that it would
meet the approbation of the entente
who would gladly welcome aid from
the United States to assist them in
"bringing Germany to its knees."
So great is Mr. Wilson's craving to
become a czar that he is unwilling
that little fellows, in his estimation,
such as Senators Norris, La Follette,
Stone and other celebrated statesmen,
think, mueh less act out of harmony
with this great chieftain. "What meat
doth Caesar eat that makes him so
great?" How long will our represen
tative in the upper and lower houses
of coagreae suffer themselves to be
hoodwinked by Wilson.
Lest my article become to lengthy,
suMce It to say that thinking, patriotic
people of thie republic will endorse
the course of these stalwart and cour
ageous senators. A president who
covets more power than the constitu
tion vests m him, that he may pose
ae a great man greater than the no
ble Lineoin, In his own estimation,
and that of his weak and vulnerable
cabinetshould be divested of the
power he has. N. B. GRAHAM.
Mrs. Cast Sidc-Steps.
New York, March 5. To the Edi
tor of The Bee: Having been almoBt
continuously In Washington in con
nection with the federal suffrage
amendment alnce February 1, my at
tention ha only Just been called to
your editorial at February lb. In it
you take me to task for having relied
on the published utterances of a for
mer Nebraska official as authority for
my "statement that the attorney gen
eral of Nebraska had said that the
amendment was counted out there."
I put the above in quotation marks
because your correspondent who first
challenged me on this score so under
stood my alleged "charge" and so
phrased rt The whole fire of the op
position, you may recall, was at that
moment directed toward obscuring the
issue by making it appear, not that
I had made any charge on my own
account but that I had quoted a Ne
braska official wyho had not said what
I attributed to him. To this end a
letter from Mr. Grant Martin was
requisitioned in which he denied ever
having said that he believed that the
amendment was counted out in Ne
braska orrlcM who had not said what
tin, "the attributed statement was In
tended to refer to some other person."
No doubt it was. Not until I had
made this clear, and shown that Mr.
Martin had nothing to do with the
"ase, except to be dragged in by the
ears In the effort to score against my
credibility, was there any effort to in
tensify my quotation from a Nebrska
official into a "charge" of my own.
Having made that shift you present
a Btrong argument to prove that Mr.
Reed's assertion that the amendment
was counted out in Nebraska waa not
well founded. You may be entirely
correct, but so far as I know, Mr.
Reed has never repudiated the belief
with which you take issue. The whole
case lies within the confines of Ne
braska. Whenever Mr. Reed doe re
pudiate his published utterances, I
shall be the first to withdraw my quo
tation from those utterances.
In the meantime I am In no posi
tion to Judge of the relative merits of
your contentions and Mr. Reed's. It is
a good deal to ask of a stranger to
your state that she be familiar with
what you yourself term "complicated
and duplicated mechanism of consti
tution changing." Nor are you, I
think, justified in accusing me of
"thoughtlessly circulating" a counted
out charge because I quoted from the
published utterances of a Nebraska
attorney general. I might quote The
Omaha Bee on some mooted point In
Nebraska and some one might take
Issue with me because he did not con
sider The Bee's statements well based.
But so long as I name my authority
instead of usurping its functions pri
vately, I am, I believe you will admit,
adhering strictly to approved proced
ure under the rules of evidence.
It is very far from my desire to
make any charge against the good
name of Nebraska or any other Amer
can commonwealth. On the rare oc
casions when I have been obliged to
do so there has been nothing "thought
less" about it I have based upon
what seemed to be reputable testimony
and credible evidence. I have named
my authority and abided by the facts.
I am and have ever been reluctant to
Impugn the good faith of govern
ments. And I am and always shall be
glad to find reason for believing in
the good reports of commonwealths
rather than in ill reports.
CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT.
National American Woman Suffrage
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