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SEVEN BILLION IS
BUT SMALL CHANGE
Your Wealthy Uncle Samuel
Can Spend This Without
Missing It at All.
RICHEST MAN IN WORLD
. By A. R. GROH.
When our UncW Sam, List week,
reached clown in his pants pocket
pulled out his purse and said, "By
gum, I'lt just start doing my part in
this war by payin 'bout seven billion
dollars," we gasped at the bigness of
But that was less than 4 per cent of
our uncle's total wealth. Our uncle
's the richest man in the world. " The
latest estimate of his wealth puts
him down at S187.7j(.lXKUK)0.
The next richest is Johnnie Bull,
who, if we count his whole empire,
is worth ?130,U00,00U,UIX).
Germany comes next with $80,
000,000.000. Then France with $50,
000,000,000: Russia with $40,000,000,
000; Austria-Hungary with $25,000,-
000,000: Italy with S'U,0OO,UU0.WO.
And so on down to Portugal, w hich
vou can huv for the small sum of
Uncle, Sam made Jtts debt about
ieven times greater when he spent
those seven billions, tie had been
getting things pretty well cleaned up
and owed only ?i,uuo,'SI,:j.iu,
JDon't overlook the dime.)
Will Get it Back.
But. of course, he isn't going to
add all the seven billions to his in
debtedness. Half of it will be. loaned
to the allies and they will pay inter
est on it.
Our national debt, as it stood the
first of this year, figures out to about
$10 for each man, woman and child
in this countrv.
Our national wealth figures out to
$1,877.39 for each man, woman and
child in this country.
The seven billions voted last week
means only $70 from each m., w.
That isn't very much to ask of a
person who. has Sl,t77.ov, is it.' Ls
pecially when interest will be paid
on nearly half of it. And especially
some more when the other half will
be borrowed at a very low rate of
For our Uncle Sam is AA1, prompt
pay and sure credit. He has such a
good reputation, that he can borrow
all the money he wants at the lowest
rates of interest. He can borrow
billions at Z'i to 3 per cent. The
warring countries have been oavuie
5 and 5! and even higher percents
Others Pay Much More. '
Some countries that aren't at war
have to pay very high rates of inter
est because they aren't worth much
and haven't as good a reputation as
our dear uncle. Bolivia 'has borrowed
many a "boliviano," Ecuador many
a "sucre" and Honduras many a
"peso" at 10 per cent.
"Got dum it." says Uncle Sam.
"what's seveiubillion dollars? I could
spend ten times that much and still
liave quite a wad f left. I've been
addin' just about tliat much to my
pile every year lately. Take it back
along in 1900. whv, i was onlv wuth
'bout $88,517,000,000. I'm wuth con
sid'ably niore'n twice that much now.
Shucks! Seven billions ! Why that's
just a little small change. Don't men
tion it, Miss France an' Mr. Bull an'
Mr. Ivanoff. Glad to help you."
Aren't you proud of your rich
Red Cross Benefit ,
Tickets Find Ready Sale
Members of the hustling committee
report progress in the tale of tickets
for the Red Cross benefit ball at the
Fontenelle next Tuesday night.
The committee invaded the South
Side Wednesday morning and quickly
disposed of a large number of tickets.
Similar success ureeted the hustlers'
efforts in other sections of 0maha4
and it is believed the full quota of
tickets will be sold before the day of
Members of the hustling committee
are Mesdames George Brandeis, C. T.
Kountze, Louis Nash, Joseph Barker,
W. T. Burns and W. A. Redick.
The management of the Fcuitenelle
has announced a Red Cross patriotic
dinner, at which only patriotic music
will be played, will be given just be
fore the ball.
Omahas War News
Major Todd of thn Omaha Guard lialtal
ion has received a letter that ho may nut
show to his wife. It tart out with "Dear
est Major" and ends with ''Lovingly yours."
Th major thought at llrst he was getting
a. mash note, but discovered tat tho fair
writer, who Uvea at a small Nebraska town,
was .1uat writing admiration of Todd's flue
. battalion, and was offering to nr-nii a bis
bunch of magazines for the guardsmen to
Army officers stationed In Omaha began
Wednesday to examine young men detttring
to attend the Fort Snelllng training camp,
which begins In less than two weeks.
About fifteen appeared before Captain
McKlnley, having been so directed by army
central department headquarters, after
making application and submitting -Tecom-1
Captain Bower, at Fort Omaha, also has
r ucBigiittiru as an examining onner.
Colonel Root has ooened offices at the Armv
building to furnish Information and blanks
concerning the training camp and the re
serve officers' corps.
Prof. F. M. Fling of the Stale university
lll be chief speaker at another patrioflr
rally, to be held Friday at 3:30 p. m. at
Central High school. Jfc will tell "What
We Are Fighting For." Thero art plans to
make tho meeting th-i biggest patriotic
Demonstration,, ever held at the school on
No weapons have been surrendered o the
federal authorities here in response to the
order making It unlawful for alien enemlea
to havft weapons lti their pontics! nn alter
April Zi. So it Is assumed that such atT-'ti
enemies have no weapons.
Thomas Edgar Oage, L'2 years old. sn
Englishman. applied at "nsturilltatlon
desk" In the court house for citizenship pa
pers. "I want to join the army and fight
for my adopted country," he Paid. Oage is
a cook and has lived in the United States
Colonial Dames Tell How They Will
"Do Their Bit" for the Red Cross
Eliminating meat twice a week,
serving potatoes only every other day,
raising chickens, planting potatoes
and vegetable gardens in all vacant
lots belonging to thcty-and encour
aging others to do the same; saving
all waste paper and rags to sell for
the benefit of the Red Cross society
and doing no formal entertaining, in
short, not only setting an example
for others to follow, but living up to
it themselves is what the Colonial
Dames of Omaha outlined at their
meeting at the Fontenelle to do as
their part in war relief work.
"Recommending that American
made goods be used exclusively in
Omaha homes is another way of
showing our patriotism," said Mrs.
"This is all we are able to decide
until wc hear from the conference
of state president's in Washington
which is being held today," she said.
"The subjects under consideration
there which will undoubtedly atTect
the Omaha branch are co-operation
with all other patriotic organizations
and uniform registration of all other
The women prominent'in the so
ciety ate Mesdames T. L. Kimball,
Duncan Vinsonhaler, Charles T.
Kountze, Charles Armstrong, Drni.it
Barkalow, Fred Davis, Alex Troup,
NINE TEUTON SPIES
i Union Pacific Man Finds Men
Making Notes of Bridges
Vast Throng Cheers -Bulletin
The U-Boat Sunk
A coatless young mail dashed out
of The Bee building and ran to the
bulletin board in front, shouldering
his way roughly through the crowd.
Quickly he tacked up-bulletin an
nouncing Uncle Sam's first blow
against the kaiser by sinking a sub
marine. For an instant there was silence as
the crowd mouthed the thrilling
Then a woman screamed. What she
screamed was unintelligible.
Immediately the crowd followed
suit. A roar comparable only to a
ninth inning home-run burst loose
from hundreds of throats. In another
moment Farnam street was jammed
with folks reading the bulletin's brief
The cheering continued at Intervals.
The Bee was the first newspaper
in Omaha to announce the"- sinking
of the submarine by an American ship.
Drinks Poison After
Quarrel With Husband
Mrs. Mary Scherer, aged 17, bride
of two months, drank poison in , bed
this morning it her home, 708 North
Thirty-third street, and then
screamed loudly for her husband,
who was getting his own breakfast
in the kitchen. Her husband, Ernest
Scherer, called the police at once.
They responded with stomach pumps
and pulinotors, and she is now be
lieved to be out of danger.
Mrs. Scherer quarreled with her
husband Tuesday night before going
to bed. Shevjook a bottle of poison
to bed -with her at the time. She
waited until her husband got out of
bed and was getting breakfast before
she took the dose.
Charles Haffke Visiting
Old Acquaintances Here
Charles Haffke, a former deputy
county attorney, who is now manag
ing a 2,900-acre ranch near Hope,
Ark., is visiting friends in Omaha.
He renewed old acquaintances at the
court house Wednesday morning. Mr.
Haffke said that corn and cotton were
the principal crops raised on the big
Burglars Loot Grocery;
Flour and Eggs Booty
Burglars who clinibed over the
transom of the grocery stent of A. R.
Anderson. Twenty-seventh and Reese
streets, carried off 1.400 pounds of
sugar, ten sacks of flour, fifty-eight
pounds of butter, fifteen pounds of
butterine, fifteen dozen eggs and three
boxes of shoe polish.
Water Board Will
Assist in Vacant
The Metropolitan Water board will
co-operate, in the vacant lot cultiva
tion movement by furnishing water
from hydrants without charge.
The first case of this kind was a
tract of seven lots at Thirty-fourth
and Francis streets, where t'j. W.
Mrgcath furnished the land for cul
tivation. A small hose connection
was placed on a hydrant.
"I notice," said General Manager
Howell, "that the city council of Salt
Lake City appropriated $1,000 for
water to be supplied to city garden
ers. Conditions in that city arc pe
culiar to that location and arc not
comparable with Omaha.
"It would not be economy To in
stall regular service connections for
vacant lot gardening here, hut in
some instances it would be feasible
to make connections with hydrants.
As a matter of fact, getting water to
our vacant lot gardens is no real
problem in Omaha."
Kid Spady, Fleeing Cop,
Stops When Bullet Hits
William (Kid) Spady, colored pugil
ist, will never enter the ring again.
The "Kid" tried to escapt from Pa
trolmen Timra and Cummings Tues
day night and the former shot him.
The bullet entered the negro's leg be
hind the knee and chipped a piece off
the thigh bone.
Charles Reed, J. Olson and Alice
Terrill were arrested with Spady on
the charge of vagrancy. They were
each sentenced to fifteen days in jail.
In Olson's pockets police found a
box of cocaine. He said he did not
know how it came there.
Says Hubby Broke Sticks j
Over Her Spinal Column
Mary J. Jones, suing William E.
Jones, said to be a wealthy farmer
and stock raiser, for divorce in dis
trict court, sets forth in her petition
that he had a habit of breaking cur
tain poles across her back. j
She says he is trying to hide his
wealth and large incomepending the
hearing of the divorce action.' She
alleges that she was compelled to
work in a laundry for $6.50 a week
in order to support herself.
High Cost Burglar Takes
Only the Valuable Stuff
Some time Tuesday night twelve
fifty-pound sacks of flour and twelve
100-pound sacks, of sugar were stolen
from A. Anderson's store, 1031 South
ARE CAUGHT IN CHICAGO
James M. Bradley, connected with
the colonization department of the
I'nion Pacific, has become something
of a detective, although not posing
During the last ten day) Mr. Brad
ley has furnished information to fed
eral officials and this information has
lead to the arrest of nine men who
have been booked as German spies.
Some ten days ago Mr. Bradley
was coining in from his home in
Moisc, Idaho,1-and while on a Union
Pacific train noticed two men mak
ing notes of the country and the
bridges over which the train was
passing. He became suspicious and
wired federal officials in Chicago.
1 hen he continued on to Chicago
and after reaching there pointed the
suspects out to officers who met him
at the depot. The men were placed
under arrest and when their baggage
was searched sketches of numerous
railroad terminals, forts and buildings
in cities were found. There were
also foun," letters addressed to seven
men in seven different parts of the
country. Since then secret service
agents have been put on trail of these
men and, according to information
reaching Union Pacific headquarters,
they have been arrested and in their
possession draw ings, letters and plots
have been found indicating that they
are German spies.
Bradley is in Chicaii and is ex
pected to remain there until all ot
the men are brought in for a hearing
before a United States commissioner.
Wise Memorial Hospital
Nurses Given Diplomas
Eleven nurses graduating from
Wise Memorial hospital were greet
ed Tuesday night at Temple Israel
by a large crowd of admiring friends.
The commencement exercises were
led by Rabbi Frederick Cohn, who
took as the text of his address the
class motto, "Work Make Something
More of Your Life Than a Dash Be
tween Two Dates!" Dr. O. S. Hoff
man, chief of the hospital staff, pre
sented the diplomas and spoke ap
preciatively of the work accomplished
by the girls during their period of
study. Miss Laura Goetz sang, Misses
Helen Sommer and Madey West gave
The graduates were: Pearle M.
Meiklejohn, Emma 'Henrietta Rudatt,
Edna E. Potts, Josephine C. Braun,
Dora M. Larson, Helen Margaret
Williams, Mildred Chapin, Nell Elea
nor Hawk, Adelaide Chambers, Mar
guerite Irene Chambers and Mattie
New Top Price for Corn
Reached on Omaha Market
A new top was reached on cash
corn when on the Omaha market the
price went to $1.60". a bushel. The
bulk of sales, however, were made
S to y cents lower than this figure.
Generally, hcjwever. Hit market was
4'A to 5 cents higher. Receipts were
The cash market on wheat was up
.1 to 7 cents, the sales being made at
$Z.S'Jg2.m2 per bushel, with the of-
termgs at forty-tour carloads.
Oats were tin a cent and sold at
7I72 cents. Receipts were thirty-
group to loin
posed the ph
lade of Niobrara came tn a
the navv and all hut
tysifal examination and were
arse number of vo tint.'erp
la rrnrilteil ,n fin. ..a.,..,..
arrangfin a rnny when Boat.
Harper, went there on a e.
Pereeant M. T. Moore haft arrived from St.
Louts to BNRlet Merijaant Carpenter at the
marine corps' recrultlnV Marlon. 1312 LIouk
lfis street. Servant Carpenter had. been
Hons tn the work.
Bookkeeper or Managing
Accountant Which ?
WHICH is worth more in your Accounting
The man whose idea of the job is "Counting
figures all day long" or the man capable of plan
ning and organizing the work and directing its
execution so as to produce the best results at
the least cost?
It is to the latter the thinking, Managing Ac
countantthat the service of the Comptometer
appeals with greatest force.
The minute such a man sees an operator Prov
ing Postings, Balancing Accounts, Footing Trial
Balance on the Comptometer, he cannot help be
ing impressed: first, by the rapid dispatch of tha
work; and second, by the extreme accuracy of it.
And his interest is intensified when he learns
that the same machine applied to the extensions
of Billing and Inventory! the figuring of Costs,
Estimates, Prorate Percentages, will easily Han
dle the work of two or three mental figure clerks.
It is easy to investigate the merits ' of the Comptometer. You run no risk of
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Offica In u7 principal Ma '
Asks County to Refuse
More Contagious Cases;
C ununisioiier O'Connor says Dr.
Council,' health commissioner, called
him on the telephone, asking, so he
alleges, that "three county commis
sioners convene and refuse to take
anv more contagious cases. "
If is an aftermath of the suit
brought against the county by St.
Joseph's hospital, which sued tor ex
penses incurred by a county patient,
judge Leslie decided the case in favor
of the county, ruling that the county
was not liable for any cases unless
the patient's care was contracted for
by proper authorities.
It is said the case will be appealed.
Small Economies Crusade
"If you see a spike lying along the
track, or if you see a pin lying on the
office floor, pick it up, for by so do
ing you are saving money for the
company," is the tet of an order that
has gone out to all employes of all
railroads operating in anil out of
WOMAN WHEN FOUND
Mrs. R. W. Friese of Council
Bluffs Attacked by Intruder
Condition is Serious.
GIRL COULD &0T SCREAM
Mrs. R. V. Friese, wife of a rail
road man living at 3101 Avenue C,
Council Bluffs, was choked and beaten
into insensibility early yesterday
when she screamed for help as a
burglar crawled through a window
into her bedroom.
The woman is now in i serious
condition. Dr. H. D. Kelley attended
her. The burglar escaped.
Mrs. Kriese was sleeping with her
daughter when she was awakened by
a slight noise made by the intruder.
Her daughter was so frightened that
she was unable to make a cry out, but
Mrs. Kriese screamed when she saw
the man, and as she did so he seired
her and choked her and heat her over
the head with a black-jack.
The High Cost of
falls heavily upon the house
hold where there is no in
telligent direction of the
food supply. Expensive high
proteid foods, such as beef
and pork, impose a heavy
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nutritious as cereals and
fruits. Two Shredded
Wheat Biscuits with milk
supply all the nutriment
needed for a half day's work
at a cost of only four or five
cents. Cut out meat and
eggs, eat Shredded Wheat
Biscuit with green vege
tables and fruits, and see
how much better you feel
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