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THE EEE: OMAHA, FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 1917.
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Vow watch the cre makeri work overtime
and the crowd.
. It begini to look if Colonel Richmond will
displace Brother Charley ai the first citizen of
The spring drive of the spade and the plow
promisea more decisive war result! than military
The pulsing breath of spring no doubt in
fused the joy of good roads among lawmakers.
More power to springl
"Fifty or more towns taken," says a west
front war report Insert the word "sites" after
"town" and the report accords with the situa
Next time Railroad Commissioner Wilson pro
ject! a legislative bill no doubt care will be exer
cised in picking a number less luggestive of the
Water course! ihed their, winter overcoats
with befitting gentleness. Kindly Nature thus ad
vance's toward a proper itate of preparedness for
Cheer apt No danger of a famine in postage
stamps exists. The home patriot may do his
bit of licking a! readily ai the man at the front.
Only more so.
The Russian revolution, like all movements
of its clasi, shows signi of running from one
extreme to the other. Safety liei In choosing a
middle course and aticking to it.
A naval officer report! U-boats lurking off
the coast of New England. By the scales of the
Sacred Codfish, can such things be ind Con
gressman Gardner on deck? Feriih the thought!
The substitution of red flags for the royal col
ors in Petrograd mean! much, ai revolution! go.
Should the "reds" reach the helm of state the
span of Russian progress measure! the distance
from the frying pan to the fire.
' The court of last resort long ago concluded
that its deliverances could not please both lidei
at the aame time. Still, having given the whole
loaf to hia friends, Sam Gomperi might Spire
the country the spectacle of demanding the bak
ery and the works.
Every organised power in Omaha should back
up the movement for fair and just railroad rates
for hay market shipment!. That groii discrimina
tion in this and other Omaha interest! still per
sist! comtitutei an aggravation which should be
Potato baroni delude themselves with the
idea that the tighter the grip the greater the
profit. At a matter of fact, every round of the
tun advancet the new crop and loosens their
grip. The quicker they let go the lesi the
chances of "holding the sack."
Should the supply of heir apparents fall short
this year King Ak is at liberty to conscript one or
more of Europe's idle monarch!. " Beside! lend
ing to the fall festival a dash of nude royalty,
the emolument! of the job no doubt would lighten
the perplexitiel of imperial poverty.
Semi-official word came from Washington
urging women to dress more patriotically dur
ing war. Unfortunately the hint lacks diagram
and pattern and leavet the women in the dark
on patriotic style. Results in this line ire hope
less unlets the government mobilizes the fashion
makers of the country.
For the moment the potato king of Chicago
overshadows the egg kings of the lakeside. Percy
Miller cheerily admits a stock of 1,000,000 bushels
on hand, but repels the luggestion of cornering
the supply. Perish the thought Merely a bit of
Yankee forehandednesi in stocking up for the
War and Literature
The war, as might have been expected, has
given impetus to the production of a vast amount
of military literature, as well at of novelt and
stories based upon the tragedies, heroism, sacri
fices and passion! engendered by luch a struggle.
Nevertheless, there hat been a notable decline
in all publicationi in the belligerent countriei. In
France, for instance, there were 11,460 book pub
lications in 1913 and only 4,274 in 1915. In Eng
land, where 10,665 books were published in 1915.
there was a decline to about 9,000 last year, ana
an even greater decline hat taken place in Ger
many. Probably it It not because the noncombatanti
are less inclined to read, but because energy has
been directed to other channels, that the decline
has taken place. This explanation is supported
by the surprising Increase in the number of books
published in the United Statet lince the war
It might have been expected that the increas
ing price of paper would have retarded develop
ment in the book industry, but the itatiitici ihow
. that the contrary is the case. In 1915 there were
9.734 publicationi, while in 1916 there were 10,445,
and the increase took place in spite of the fact
that in 1915 2,538 booki were imported, while
the output in 1916 included importations number
ing only 1,648.
Theaters and amusements In the belligerent
countries at well ai in the United States have
been patronized just as liberally during the war
i before the smuggle began.
Universal Military Training.
Much of the opposition to universal military
training arises from the confusion of training with
service. Practically all earnest advocatei of
peace and this inctudet nearly everybody in the
United States agree that in case of attack re
sistance must be made. All are willing to defend
the country against invasion, and to protect it!
citizens In their guaranteed rights everywhere.
This willingness impliet readiness, and to be
ready necessarily means to train for the duties
that are to be assumed. It it a certainty that
the young men of the country will make up our
army, whether volunteer or conscript, whenever
it may be called into service. To send them un
prepared to take part in modern war has been
characterized by General Wood at murder. We
have advanced to a point where the blunderi of
1898 will not be repeated. Mobilization campt
are made safe and unitary. In 1916 we learned
tome further lessonl about mobilization through
the experience of a call for the National Guard,
which found the quartermaster'! department of
the army almost as helpless at it was in 1898. We
know that our boyi are willing to fight for the
flag of their country if necessary and we also
know they are unfit for that service because they
lack the technical knowledge, the familiarity with
the tools that a good workmen must have before
he can use them well. If we are ever to defend our
selves against attack, why should we not become
acquainted with the meant we will have to use in
that defense? If we are to depend upon our boyt
to fight the battles the nation may be forced into,
reason requires that we give them the best pos
sible preparation, as well at the most effective
of arma and the most serviceable of equipment.
This it all universal military training meant.
Oood Roadt for Nebraska.
Ai the most consistent ind persistent advo
cate of good roads for Nebraska, The Bee feels
justified in congratulating the people of the state
on the prospects for improvement of the high
ways. The appropriation that will bring the state
the benefit of the government aid is well on its
way and will very likely become law. Whatever
money is expended in the construction of perma
nent roadways in an agricultural state li well
spent. No other permanent investment will bring
such returns as that which lowers the cost of
transportation to the farmer. The appropriation
of the money to defray the cost does not end the
fight for good roads, however. Much remains to
be done in the way of perfecting the system under
which the work will be carried on. At present
the Nebraska system for highway building and
control It archaic and inefficient and must be com
pletely revised before satisfactory results can be
secured. Local supervision may be all right
where only the local interests are concerned,
but with the nation and the state uniting to de
fray the cost of their construction the public high
way! take on something of a different char
acter and Interests beyond those of any particu
lar locality must be considered. When the high
way! of the state are placed under central con
trol, with competent men in charge of the work,
then Nebraska will be fairly set on the way to
permanent good roadt.
Goods Under True, Colon.
American textile manufacturers are moving at
thia time along a course they might well have
taken long ago. It it to establish American-made
goodt ai luch. According to Dry Goods, a tech
nical trade journat, much of conscioul deception
hai hitherto been practiced by lome dealer! in
catering to snobbery through selling American
made goodl is those of foreign maki, Thii prac
tice it il proposed to abandon and for the fu
ture the fabrics of Yankee-land will be told at
uch. No good reason It known why thii should
not be, for the product! of American loonit com
pare very favorably with any in the world and
under the stimulus of the war much of fabrica
tion has been undertaken on this side never be
fore attempted because it could be bought abroad
cheaper. Head! of important manufacturing
firm! are interested in the move, at least to the
extent of endorsing the idea, and it is contended
that with proper understanding on part of the
public the request for goods of foreign makes will
be lessened, while the home-made stuff advances
in favor. Other thingl being equal, the home
product will have no trouble in getting the pref
erence, but the makert must realize that they
have no right to capitalize patriotism to the ex
tent of vending an Inferior article under the name
Meeting the Man Shortage.
Railroads Of the United States, as well at
other induitriet in which unskilled labor it
largely employed, are facing the certainty of a
hortage of men for the outdoor campaign. Thit
shortage ii due to several causes, one of which ii
the new Immigration law, which exclude! illit
erate laborer!, the lort mostly depended upon to
do the track work for the railroads. Several ways
have been suggested for meeting the situation
and the' Railway Age Gazette considers the prob
lem from several angles. That paper offers as
a possible solution.
Another meant of increasing the amount of
labor it to give increated attention to the care
and comfort of the men through the provision
of more sanitary camps and closer supervi
sion of the food furnished. Money
ipent to provide the ordinary comfort! and
conveniences in the campi will yield larger
return! thii year, when the primary problem
it to secure and hold men in the service if the
work is to be completed.
In plain words, the contractor! are advised to
deal with their men ai human beings and try to
make the conditions of employment such as will
induce the workmen to itay on the job until it is
done. Thii wilt open a new era in big construc
tion work and may help to solve the migratory
worker problem, aa well as the man shortage.
Trade in Garden Toolt.
Robim and scissors grinders are abroad in the
land and other harbingers of spring have been
noted, but the most encouraging of all ligm is
the report from hardware men that trade in gar
den tools ii brisk. Men feel the impulse to get
out and stir the toil, quite natural with the com
ing of the vernal equinox, but thii time they are
impelled in more effective way by the resistless
presence of the awe-inspiring prices tagged on
all green stuff good to eat. Therefore, many
backyards hitherto virgin of the hoe will be dis
turbed this season and many tables will welcome
during the coming month! vegetablei fresh and
crisp from the home patch, furnished at the cost
of only a few hours' pleasant employment Some
muscles may ache from stooping, but thit is toon
overcome, and is more than compensated for by
the real delight of raiting a little bit of garden
truck. . The garden tool business is one that may
well be fostered.
Uncle Sam in On Caribbean
5-The Town That Was
By Frederk J. Hatkin
Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, D. W. I., March
12. Painted pale blue and green and pink, bright
and flat in the tropical sunlight, Charlotte Amalie
hangt gracefully upon three hills, tike a gay but
faded and drooping tapestry. Behind it it a
mountain, stripped almost bare by hurricanes. At
its feet lies a round harbor of deep Caribbean
blue, lapping gently at the roots of storm-battered
Everywhere are relict of the town's long and
itoried past. The hilltops are crowned by ruined
forts and towers, some of them three centuries
old, forgotten of history but rich in legend. The
waterfront is littered with the old brass and iron
Cannon that have been used to fortify the island
in times long gone, or salvaged from the war
ships of another age. There is nothing really
new about the place, and indeed its appearance
it said to have scarcely changed in a hundred
years, save that ships no longer throng the har
bor and men the streets at they did in the olden
This has probably been the richest town and
the gayest of iti tize in the world. Dutch plant
ers have made their fortune! here out of the toil
of slaves; here piratet have come to bury their
tpoil, and court their Creole sweethearts ; here
merchanti in the old wind-jammer days have
made million! in a few years, and carried them
away, as everyone has carried wealth away from
Charlotte Amalie. The people of Chrlotte Ama
lie, who have helped to make to many fortunes,
are poor, and even hungry.
The ttory of thit island begins with the ttory
of the new world, for Columbut touched here on
his second voyage. Although Dutch, English and
Spanish all held the island at times, it was Dan
ish almost continuously from the early seven
teenth century, At first, like St. Croix, it was a
sugar island, and always it was the home of pi
rates and smugglers. It is laid that the pirates
never molested the little island, but came there
to be good and get married, and that the plant
ers supplied them with beef and tugar and fruit.
The agricultural career of St, Thomai came to
a sudden and complete end with the abolition
of slavery in 1848; for Charlotte Amalie had been
made a free port and had become a port of call
for the whole Caribbean world. The harbor of
fered work at high wages to all comers; the plant
ers could get no labor; everyone became a mer
chant, a smuggler, or in tome other way got a
hare of the money that came to St. Thomai from
all over the world.
Those were the great days of Charlotte Ama
lie. Often the little round harbor was so filled
with ships that a man could walk across it upon
their decks. Charlotte Amalie not only offered
a safe anchorage and all necessary supplies at
duty-free prices, but the offered royal entertain
ment At the hotels and the government house
there was one ball after another, and they were
undoubtedly among the most cosmopolitan so
cial affairs that ever were held. Feasts were
given, too, that are said to have rivalled Roman
banquets in their splendor and variety, for the
choice wines and foods of all the world came to
The passing of the sailing vessel was the great
est blow to the prestige of St Thomas as a port
of Call. The fatter and surer steanjers had no
such pressing need of a half-way harbor. But
the Hamburg-American and Leyland linel, to
gether with tramps, still tent several hundred
ships a year to Charlotte Amalie, and a large
part of all the goods shipped to the West Indies
passed through the port.
The names of nearly all the great figures that
made the romance of the Spanish Main are asso
ciated with the story of Charlotte Amalie. Drake
and Morgan and Captain Kidd and every other
famous pirate and privateer used the harbor of
St. Thomas, and legends of buried treasure are
as common around here as rumors at a political
convention. On a hill north of the town there
is a high tower supposed to have been built by a
pirate known ai Blackboard, and to the east is
another known as Bluebeard's tower. Both of
these structures have been thoroughly ransacked
for buried doubloons and pieces of eight without
finding any, but nevertheless they look the part
which legend assigns them. In connection with
the Bluebeard castle there is a story which teems
to be a tort of St. Thomas version of the Orien
tal Bluebeard legend, an 4 ought to be of peculiar
interest to students of folk lore.
According to this yarn, Bluebeard was a hand
some pirate, with a remarkable aptitude for win
ning the feminine heart. He finally himself fell
deeply in love with a pretty young Creole girl
named Mercedita, married her and took her to
hit tower to live. After a short honeymoon he
sailed away on a freebooting expedition, leaving
Mercedita to keep tower alone. He also en
trusted her with a certain casket which she was
on no account to open.
Needless to say, Mercedita opened the casket
as soon as Bluebeard was out of the harbor. She
found therein tender missives addressed to her
husband by no less than seven other pretty young
Creoles of her own set and acquaintance, reveal
ing the shocking fact that Bluebeard was on
termi of intimacy with them all.
In thii emergency there was nothing for Mer
cedita to do but go to an Obeah woman. It is
aid that Obeah women are still consulted about
love affairs in St. Thomas. At any rate, this
Obeah woman gave Mercedita a powder which
was to be administered to the other seven women
in order to put an end to their love for Blue
beard. That afternoon Mercedita had a tea
party, Invited her seven rivals and gave them all
the Obeah dope in their tea. Thereupon they all
went home, lay down upon their several beds,
and moit romantically expired.
Mercedita wat tried for witchcraft and murder
and tentenced to be burned on the beach. While
she wat being tied to the ttake and the faggots
piled around her, Bluebeard returned, made a
secret landing and distributed his men in the
crowd. When the penal fire was lit, he chased
the populace home, whipped the police and car
ried Mercedita triumphantly aboard his sloop. It
it said that the subsequently divorced him.
The island is full of tuch legends, most of them
fanciful no doubt, but made vivid and real to the
visitor by the unspoiled quaintness of the place
and the people.
People and Events
Coat sold for $60 a ton in Paris last month.
American consumers, comparatively speaking,
got off easy. .
A Chicago peddler attempted to break the
spud market 'by selling at 60 cents a peck. He
paid $2.75 a bushel wholesale. How did he make
a profit by cutting under? He cut the measure
one-fourth, and the operation cost him $25 in
Several manufacturing firms in St. Louis em
ploying tewing girls and women have introduced
overalls, man-style, for all hands, greatly to the
delight of the workers. The working togs are
modeled after the trouserettet worn by women
workert in the mills of England and France. The
St Louit women are delighted, because of the
freedom of movement afforded and the handy
A pair of cart loaded to the roofs with bottled
beer rolled peacefully through bone dry Kansas,
headed west, until they reached twitch beside
the water tank at Wichita. The town of Vic Mur
dock it esteemed the dryest spot in Kinsas.
Whether the thirsty got a hunch or whiffed the
approaching brew does not appear in account!
hailing from enviout Topeka. It doesn't matter
much. The impression is that while the two
cars of beer hovered on the siding a reception
committee got busy. The subsequent proceedings
may be guested from an official report that the
cars were found empty. It ii supposed the haul
was inspired by feart of a long, hot summer.
I misi nr
Health Hint for the Day.
Milk la best sterilized aa soon as de
livered at your house, by putting It In
an enameled Iron Jug and standing
the jug In a, pan ot boiling water on
the tire. The milk treated in thia way
never bollt and In about twenty min
utes all the germs are destroyed with
out rendering It unpalatable.
One Year Ago Today in the War.
Steamship Esperanza reported tunk
by Russian warship off Roumanian
Russians, after various euccessea on
northern front, made galna at Jacob
atadt Several divisions of French troops
on twenty-three-mile front, between
Arraa and the Bomme, replaced by
British troops and sent to Verdun.
In Omaha Thirty Yean Ago.
Frank Chrysler haa made applica
tion to join the Le Fevre Gun club and
H. C. Kellog, Will 8. Dlmock and D.
T. Btubbs have made aimilar applica
tions to the Omaha Gun club.
William Dun, the good-looking su
perintendent at the old "checkered"
barn on, Harney street paid without a
murmur a bill for $16 Incurred on ac
count of shooting a bunch of young
pigs out at Fremont, mistaking them
About half of the 125,000 atock ot
the Lake Manawa street railway haa
already been subscribed and there la
every prospect of the atock being toon
A contract and 120,000 bond were
filed with the county clerk, by which
a franchise was given by the county
commissioners to the Omaha & South
western Street Railway company, the
incorporators being Henry Ambler,
Samuel J. Howell, Charles R. Wooley,
C. F. Harrison and O. S. Ambler.
Messrs. Nelson and Miller called at
The Bee office to complain that a band
of a-VDSies and eauattera were occupy
ing Marsh's addition, near Twenty-fifth
Captain Ijams. clerk of the district
court, accompanied by Mrs. Ijams, haa
gone to Chicago for a week's visit.
The management of Boyd's opera
house la planning to get ahead of
ticket speculator! by selling ticket!
for the Booth engagement at auction.
This Day tn History.
1778 Continental congress author
1)01 Emperor Paul ot Russia
strangled in hit palace.
1816 Signing of tha treaty ot Vi
enna, restoring to Austria the Italian
province! and concluding a new alli
ance between Great Britain, Austria
1818 Don Carlo Buell, noted civil
war commander, born at Marietta, O.
Died near Rockport, Ky., November
1867 The eenate passed a supple
mentary reconstruction act over Pres
ident Johnson'a veto.
1868 Answer of President Johnson
to articles of impeachment read in
court by hit counsel.
1877 Execution or jonn o. Lree,
Mormon bishop, convicted ot being the
main instigator in the Mountain Mead
1888 Colonel Burnaby crossed the
English channel in a balloon.
1892 Tha great strike on the Ca
nadian Pacific railroad ended, all the
men being reinstated.
1901 Agulnaldo, Filipino Insurgent
chief, was captured by General Fun-
ston in Isabella, Luzon.
1912 Funeral services were held In
Arlington cemetery over the last vic
tims recovered from th wrecked battle
ship Maine in Havana harbor.
JV16 Army reorganization Dill
passed by the house ot representatives.
The Day We Celebrate.
Philip J. Kunz, contractor and
builder, is celebrating his fifty-second
birthday. He came to this country
from Germany in 1885 and is promi
nent in the Builders' exchange.
Dr. Jamei M. Peebles, noted medical
scientist, lecturer and peace advocate,
born at Whltingham, Vt, ninety-live
years ago today.
Lord Mllner, one of the five Brit
ish cabinet officers comprising the war
council, born sixty-three years ago to
day. Rev. Ira Landrlth, prohibition can
didate for vloe president in the last
election, born at Mllford, Tex., fifty
two years ago today.
Valentine Everit Macy, president of
the National Civic federation, born In
New York City forty-six years ago to
day. Bishop Thomas F. Kennedy, rector
of the North American college at
Rome, born at Conshohocken, Pa.,
fifty-nine yeara ago today.
Cardinal Bourne, archbishop of
Westminster, born at Clapham, Eng
land, fifty-six yeara ago today.
Timely Jottings and Reminders.
The thirteenth national conference
on child labor, under the auspices of
the national child labor committee,
opens today at Baltimore.
Vitalizatlon of the rural school prob
lem Is to furnish the theme for the
fifth annual Massachusetts conference
on rural education, whioh meets to
day at the state normal school at
By order of the federal court that
part of the Pere Marquette railroad
systert formerly known as the Port
Huron ft Northwestern railroad is to
be offered at public aale today at Port
Teams representing Tale, Harvard
and Princeton universities engage in
a triangular debate tonight on the sub
ject "Resolved, That after the present
war the United States should so far
depart from its traditional policies as
to participate in the organization of a
league of powers to enforce peace."
Storyette of the Day.
Timothy O'Brien, while passing
down Main street one morning, was
hit on head by a brick which fell
from a building in process of con
struction. He was taken to the hos
pital in an unconscious condition, but
was soon revived sufficiently to send
for a lawyer. Some days later he re
ceived a call from his lawyer, who in
formed him that he had settled the
case, whereupon he peeled oft aeven
crisp new $100 bills.
"How much did you get?" ques
tioned Tim, feebly.
"Twenty-five hundred dollar!," re
plied the lawyer, complacently .
"Twlnty-nve hundred dollars an' you
give me $7007" screamed Tim. "Say,
who got hit by that brick, you or me?"
New York Times.
NEBRASKA EDITORS. .
Editor H O. Chmmbcrs of the Mlnltaro
Free Prooo hu inoullod aa Intertype. Mr.
Chambers to preparing to lot Mo ohoro of
the prosperity that abounds in the Ne
braska vall.y of th. Mile. -
The plant of the Ragan Journal wao prao
tieally destroyed by Are loot weak. Editor
Howell moved tha remnants to a vacant
tore building and, with tho assietanM ot
nelt hboring editor, rot oat hit paper nearly
Wants a Referendum.
Lincoln, Neb.. March 20. To the
Editor of The Bee: Although some
seem to stand aithast at the possibility
of the state of Nebraska spending a
paltry $100,000 on Senator Norrls'
proposed referendum on the issue of
this nation engaging in the European
war, it strikes me It would be a very
good Investment In the event that
we enter the war Nebraska would be
getting off lucky if its share were not
more than $100,000,000, a state per
capita amount that would only make
the national expenditure total around
$5,000,000,000, which would give us
amnle cause to hang our heads In
shame at our country being such a
piker in comparison with the amounts
being put into the game by those now
engaged In it.
I believe If a new undertaking were
before the legislature Involving the
expenditure of $100,000,000 or more
by the state or Neoraska mat u wouia
be submitted for final decision to the
people who must pay the bill. This
is all we despised pacifists have been
demanding. We contend that thia Is
still a democracy and that in a de
mocracy all questions of vital im
port are settled by decision of the ma
jority ot its sovereign citizenship.
Let the people rule. Vox popull, vox
Dei "the voice of the people Is the
voice of God." C. S. ECKERT.
Charters for New Banks.
Lincoln, March 21. To the Editor
of The Bee: It is apparent that the
supreme court, In its reoent decision
requiring the banking board to issue
a charter for a new bank to F. N.
Woolrldge et al at Sidney, based its
holding upon the same grounds that
I did aa trial judge; namely, that the
banking board Is not clothed with
power under the law to refuse a char
ter on the sole ground that the com
munity Is already supplied with suffi
cient banking facilities. Neither the
supreme court nor the trial judge
made any rinding touching the truth
of the contention of the banking board
that the guaranty fund is liable to be
in danger from a surplus of banks.
As trial judge I was much im
pressed by the testimony bearing upon
that question and I think the whole
matter deserves the serious attention
of the legislature.
Most men believe that with unlim
ited credit they' oould get rich. Want
of credit has prevented many a man
from acquiring wealth. What posses
sion do successful men hold in higher
estimation than their credit? I am
of opinion that the present banking
law, giving, as it does, to a man enter
ing the banking business a credit I
which Is not his, is likely to Invite
into that business men lacking the
qualifications and the character needed
for It and to create a surplus of banks
and sort of banking which may finally
end in disaster.
The people are bent on having a
guaranty of bank deposits. On the
other hand, they are probably equally
determined against anything tending
towards a monopoly In the banking
business. What should be done? In
my opinion, the proper way to secure
a guaranty of bank deposits is to re
quire banks going into business to in
sure depositors, the insurance to be of
a character provided by law and ap
proved by the banking board. It will
be said that la what the present law
amounts to. Each bank contributes
something to an Insurance fund for
all and eaoh bank la watohing every
other. This argument Involves a rad
ical error. Under the present law It
is a forced Insurance upon the part
of existing banks In favor of the one
applying for a charter. 'Under a law
such aa I propose banks applying for
charters where the facilities are al
ready sufficient and more banks
would not pay will find it difficult to
procure insurance, and where the ap
plicants for charters are not of a
character likely to make them suc
cessful bankers they, too, will And it
difficult to procure or retain Insurance.
I am constrained to write this let
ter, not so much because I have given
attention to the question and believe
our present banking law contains a
vicious and deadly principle that of
forcing one man to lend his oredlt to
another, or the state, by operation of
law, giving to a man a credit he ha
not earned but because I believe dan
ger to the banking business of the
state may be Impending.
A. J. CORNISH.
Kidnaped Boy Released.
Frank Vlviano, 8 years old, kidnaped from
his home in St. Louis, March 2, wao re
leased by the kidnapers last week on pay
ment of $4,000 by tho father. Tho young
eter was found wandering on the streets,
dazed and almost starved.
56th and QSts.
Remember how to reach the sale:
Take a street car to 43d and Q
Streets. Salesmen will be there to
take you to thit garden land. Or
take the Ralston or Fapillion and in
terurban car and get off at 56th and
Q Streets, the southeast corner of
the garden land.
H. H. HARPER & CO.,
1013-14 City National Bank Bldg.
Phones Douglas 2596, South 2447.
li a tonic containing the elements
that enable your body to build it
self up to perfect normal strength.
The famous Sulpho-Chlorine
Mineral Water ) delivered in
Omaha in five-gallon jugs, at
11.66 50c refunded when jug
25th and O Ste., South Side.
Phone South 879.
DR. JOHN A. NIEMANN
Osteopathic Phyaiclan In Charge.
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who want the
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