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THE BEE: dMAHA, SATURDAY, MAY 5, 1917.
The Om'aha Bee
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to tham. Addrtaa caanfa4 aa oflan aa roquootaa.
General ftunger menaces the strategy of Mars.
Roya! houses which suffer no greater sacrifice
than reduced food rations may count themselves
mighty fortunate at the finish.
A nc' cleanup of $45,000,000 on last year's bus!
ivess suggests that the Union Pacific could afford
a modern passenger station at Omaha and not
miss the price.
A great many innovations in life and living
deemed impossible or revolutionary yesterday are
likely to become realities tomorrow. Necessities
of war shatter precedents.
Indications point to a coalition of the govern
ments of the United States and Canada for con
trol of the grain markets. Coming events cast
their shadows before traffickers in the people's
. There it yet room in the enlistment rolls of
officers' training camps for hesitant military lead
ers. For the sake of stale pride and other things
it is hoped the governor's colonels will beat con
scription to the line of duty.
The homecoming report of Herbert C. Hoover
on Var conditions In Belgium and northern
France is a shocking indictment of German ruth
lessness. There, as in other sections trodden by
the conqueror, devastation and starvation sur
passes in calculated design the scourgingi of At
tila. ' -v
The story of the looting of the Norwegian
steamer Storaas by the subsea pirates lacks the
novelty of-wity. Considering what happened to
thousands of innocents consigned to ocean graves,
the Norwegian captain should postscript his testi
mony with a not of thankfulness for being
spared to tell it. I
Belated accounts of the crowning of Queen
Zeodito leave no doubt of the depth of public en
thusiasm the royal occasion called out. Festivi
ties running through a full week fairly measure
public esteem for a ruler who keeps Abyssinia
out of war. .-.v.
Both branches of congress lined up with prac
tical unanimity for selective draft. Eight sena
tor and ninety-eight representative! only stood
out to the end in opposition to army plans. The
outcome of the struggle upholds national and po
Extraordinary energiei wilt be exerted forth
with In bunting the elusive bootlegger and giving
John Barleycorn the fadeaway hand. Meanwhile
the suppression of holdups and murderous high
waymen stirs no organized public support of po
- Now comes a coal operator bearing to the fed
eral trade commission the message that lack of
railroad cars is responsible for advanced prices.
If the country must find a goat forfait delin
quencies the railroads are the largest and easiest
i sight ,,
Protesting , against booming the i backyard
planting business, the Chinese gardeners of Idaho
bluntly told the official booster: "You talk too
much I" Very rude and ungracious, coming from
non-voters, but let that pass. What must be em
phasized is the improved quality of Celestial nerve
carrying the republican label.
"The Impassable Chasm"
m mm Boston Traaacrlpt.
Russia'! Unquiet Masses.
The new birth of the Russian people into
democracy is attended by the labor pains com
mon to such functions. Unruly popular demon
strations are quite natural accompaniments of so
sweeping a change in the form of government,
and were anticipated in this case by experienced
politicians. It was not to be expected that the
long oppressed masses of Russia would be able
immediately to assume the responsibilities of self
government without disorder. Disturbances re
ported from Petrograd are plainly an outgrowth
of inexperience, aggravated no doubt by the op
ponents of the new democracy.
The old Russian autocracy did not expire with
the abdication of the ciar and the removal of his
advisers. These are left to plot m secret and
carry on intrigues against the new leaders of the
people, and may be expected to embarrass the
provisional government in every possible way.
Furthermore, the German propagandists are well
entrenched in Russia, and there is plenty of basis
for the uneasiness felt as to the immediate course
of the new republic, Milukoff's promises are fair
enough, and no question is made as to his sin
cerity; what the allies must wonder is whether he
will be strong enough to hold his seat and set the
great Russian machine to working systematically.
End of a Really Hard Winter.
A rather depressing spell of rainy weather
marks what all hope will be the passing of a
hard winter. The rain itself is really a sign of
promisei'the earth, dried out by months of drouth,
is drinking deep of the steady downpour and
soaking in moisture that will be returned a little
later in bountiful yields of grain and fruit. So
far as the actual needs of the great agricultural
empire of the middle west is concerned, no more
timely nor beneficial shower ever fell than has
been experienced for the last ten days. It has
not been excessive and has descended so gently
that practically every drop has gone where it
will do the utmost of good for the crops to come.
If the rain had been made to order it could not
have been better designed for the purpose! i
Nebraskans have felt the rigor of the long
winter, yet they will find they have little cause
for complaint if they will but consider the plight
of others, Holland for example. The Dutch are
at peace with the world, but the nation has been
under arms for over two years, compelled to
stand guard over its borders to protect its neu
trality from the aggressive Germans. No country
actually in the war has been more completely
under its influence than Holland in its efforts to
keep out. Nowhere was greater distress and in
convenience felt throughout the long winter than
there. Food and fuel both were all but exhausted,
factories closed, houses left unheated, public build
ings shut up and privation endured by all. Rich and
poor alike felt the pressure, for no amount of money
tuuiu create ioou or iuci inai am not exist ana
the government made no distinction among its
people in distributing the limited supplies avail
able. All alike were destitute and suffered be
cause of the unhappy combination of war and
All around the world the third winter of the
war reached a limit not soon to be forgotten and
our very worst time does not compare with the
experience of the Europeans, involved in the deso
lation of war.
How "Dry" Will Nebraska Be?
Four diys of prohibtion have quietly slipped
into history with so little of apparent difference
in the walk and conversation of the average citi
zen of Nebraska that one wonders what the fuss
originally was all about. To be sure Mara thrust
his personality to the front and has so far over
shadowed Bacchus to completely that the utmost
thout of the bibulous is stilled to whisper before
the war god's Snutteringt, Yet so zealous are
some of the champions of aridity in their assever
ations of pains to be inflicted and penalties to be
exacted from the unwary or desperately-driven
devotees of the cup that wonder may be indulged
if they were not disappointed in the outcome. So
cheerfully, as far as the surface is concerned at
least, have the convivial folks succumbed to the
inevitable that little is in sight for the inquisitors
to look after and unless somebody "starts some
thing" all the elaborate arrangements provided
for the enforcement of the law may never be
called into play. Up to date the state is just as
dry as Jupiter Pluvius will permit and you can't
tell the godly from the godless by smelling their
breath. This all may be changed in a thrice, but
just at present the greatest disappointment seems
to be amqng those who wanted to make capital
out of the lawbreakers.
In the July, 191 5, number of the North American
Review Wayne MacVeagh, who, had he lived un
til Patriots' day, 1917, would have celebrated hit
eighty-fourth . birthday, made his last contribu
tion to the literature of Liberty. It was entitled
' "The . Impassable Chasm" and closed with the
passage quoted in the next paragraph. The ar
ticle was hailed as epochal when it appeared, but
when read in the light of recent events it will be
: recognized as the prophecy of a patriot:
"The simple troth ... is that there ex
ists an impassable chasm between a citizen of
the United States and a subject of the German
emperor and there is no possible political alchemy
whereby the political standards of the one can be
transmuted into the political standards of the
other. No matter where a man is born or how he
it reared, when he comes to manhood he instinc-
' tively prefers to be a citizen or a subject. Our
fathers preferred and we ourselves and our chil
dren all prefer to be free citizens, but we do not
for that reason deny to anybody else the privi-
lege of preferring to be the obedient subject of
a kaiser and a military caste. We only asU them
in all fairness to themselves and to us to make
their choice to be loyal either to the fundamental
principles of our government or those of the gov
ernment of the kaiser and to believe that they
cannot be half loyal to the one and half loyal to
the other. They must be wholly American or
wholly German and if they really prefer the Ger
man system of government they should return
thither and enjoy it, but if they propose to con
tinue to live here then they must be loyal to the
American system, and there' is no possibility for
them of mistaking' what the system is. Thomas
Trfferson declared it to the whole world when
he said the just rights of all governments de
pend upon the consent of the governed and Abra
ham Lincoln at Gettysburg, in a few simple words,
stamped it forever upon the history of mankind
in his immortal aspiration, that government of
the people by the people and for the people should
not perish from the earth. Whoever accepts
without reservation those two principles of gov
ernment- is a loyal American. Whoever pretends
to accept them and is at heart disloyal to them
it unworthy of American citizenship and ought to
be deprived of it, for it is an imoassahlc chasm
which those honestly on one tide can never pass
ewer to-tbe other." . .. '
Universal Service in America
By Frederic J. Haskin
Washington, May 2. In the republic of Bo
livia universal tervice is not only an effective
means of maintaining an army, but it is one of
the strongest educational and civilizing forces in
that country. A large part of the Bolivian popu
lation is Indian and half-breed. These people are
potentially excellent citizens, but in a partially
developed country like Bolivia it is difficult to
educate them. ' Every able-bodied Bolivian male,
however, must enter the army at the age of 18
and serve for two years, during which time he
has the advantages of a night school. The re
sult is that a constant stream of unkempt young
Indians come down from the Bolivian mountains
and return as trained and educated young men.
In the republics of Latin-America, which are
modeled after the United States in fundamentals
and have the same ideals of personal liberty, the
necessity for universal military service has been
recognized for some years. One after another
these American republics have adopted some form
of compulsory service and several of them, espe
cially Bolivia, Chile and the Argentine, have de
veloped extremely efficient systems. Now that
the United States is about to adopt the same prin
ciple, the experience of these other American re
publics ought to be of interest in this country.
It is characteristic of the mutual ignorance which
separates North and South America that, although
everyone has lately learned something about the
Swiss and Australian systems, few North Amer
icans are even aware that other American repub
lics have adopted the principle of universal
Although these republics were patterned after
the United States, when it came to organizing
armies they were compelled to turn to Europe
for their models and their instructions, for the
United States has no adequate army and no good
method of raising one. 1'his is one of the reasons
why many of the Latin-American countries have
been in closer relationship with Europe than with
the United States and wh European countries
gained such a large share of the Latin-American
trade. One of the most' important Chilean revo
lutions, for example, was led by a German officer.
At that time Chile had a poorly organized army
and no arms. A large supply of munitions was
ordered from the United State, but was held
up by our government in San Diego harbor. The
revolutionists, nevertheless, won their battle with
machetes and shotguns. Afterward the German
who led them was given charge of the reorganiza
tion of the Chilean army. Of course, it was mod
eled after the German army and it does the goose
step as well as any of the kaiser's divisions. It
may be pertinently addedathat in Chile there is
one good sized city which is almost wholly Ger
man, and that in the present situation, when other
Latin-American countries are endorsing the stand
taken by the United States against Germany, Chile
Ecuador also has a German-trained army. A
few years ago the congress of Ecuador author
ized the president to negotiate with ic German
government for the services of Germany army
officers to reorganize the forces of Ecuador and
to act as instructors in the Ecuadorean military
schools. Needless to say the officers were
promply sent and they were very cordially re
ceived. , ' ,
Paraguay employed a captain of artillery in
the Chilean army to reorganize that of Paraguay
on a basis of compulsory service. Colombia and
Ecuador have also studied each other's methods
by exchanging cadets from their military schools.
In Paraguay all able-bodied male citizens be
tween the ages of 18 and 45 are soldiers. Each
man serves two years in the regular army and
is then a member of the reserves for nine years,
of the national guard for ten years and of the
territorial guard for six years.
In Peru service is compulsory for all men be
tween the ages of 21 and 50, while in
Colombia the regular forces are drafted by
lot from among all able-bodied males be
tween the ages of 21 and 40. This regular1 army
has a peace strength of about 6,000 men, but
may be increased without special authorization
from congress to 20,000 men. Men of military
age who are now serving in the regular forces
are members of the reserve force from the ages
of 21 to 30 years and of the, national guard from
30 to 40. It was estimated a few years ago that
Colombia had a male population of about 2.300,000
and that it could raise an army of 1,200,000 men.
The Argentine army is known as an especially
well organized, and effective force. The period
of active service in that republic is only one year,
and all men between the ages of 21 and 45 are
potential soldiers. A standing afmy of 22,000 men
is maintained. Men between 30 and 40 are mem
bers of the national guard and those between 30
and 45 are members of the territorial guard. The
Argentine could mobilize a quarter of a million
troops in a very short time.
Brazil has the strongest standing army in South
America, with a peace strength of 32,000 men,
and it could raise an army of 300,000 on short
notice. The period of service is from 21 to 45
Our Fightng Men
War and Freedom of the Press.
Rejection by the house of the clause in the
espionage bill providing for the muzzling of the
newspapers is not to be interpreted as a disap
proval of the president's war program. Mr. Wil
son, in Tiis letter to Arthur Brisbane, especially
excluded himself from the operation of that pro
vision of the law. The bill was fraVned by Attor
ney General Gregory, with the support of certain
members of the cabinet, and so drastic were tome
of its sectiont that it drew a fiercer fire in debate
in the senate than any of the war measure! with
the tingle exception of the resolution declaring
war. Its operation wat foredoomed to defeat, for
it is unthinkable that even in war time the news
papers of the country can be brought entirely
under the subjection of the government, even
were officials disposed to exercise tuch control.
Laws already in existence are broad and specific
enough to deal with any dangerous offense on,
the part of an editor, no matter how daring or in
fluential, while the safety of the republic still
rests on the liberty of its citizens. None of these
are threatened by the newspapers; on the con
trary, the greatest influence for progress exercised
by a single group of our social forces is that pro
ceeding from the press. In th6 present crisis the
only utterances heard that border on disloyalty
are not those of the editors, but emanate from
other sources. Criticism of governmental poli
cies and official action will be indulged in; aid and
comfort to the enemy will hot be provided by the
i The possibilities of wealth in superannuated
cows are not overstated by Senator Kcnyon. In
deed the lure of the market place rivals the money
getting attractions of pasturing decrepit animals
in railroad rights-of-way. Surely that's going
Every nation at war follows the German plan
of food control by 'the government. In this case
imitation is not flattery; merely a means of fol
lowing autocracy to the finish. .
Russian democracy in one respect differs little
from democracy elsewhere. The percentage of
shouting patriots appears as high at Petrograd as
in older republic
John J. Pershing. ,
Major General John J. Pershing, entrusted by
Uncle Sam to keep a watchful eye along the Rio
Grande during the present crisis, is a Missourian
with thirty years of military service to his credit.
Upon graduating from West Point in 1886 he was
commissioned a second lieutenant of cavalry and
soon saw active service in camo. urns aaainst the
Apache and Sioux Indians. In the war with Spain
he served in the Santiago campaign and at its
close he became chief of the bureau of insular af
fairs. Then he was assigned tQ the Philippines,
where his services were of the most distinguished
character. It was Pershing who, with a small
force of men, so decisively subdued the Metro
bandits that no trouble from them has been ex
perienced since. Since 1913 he has been on the
Mexican border, going there from California,
where he was stationed following his brilliant ca
reer in the Philippines.
Clarence R. Edwards.
Brigadier General Clarence R. Edwards, U.
S. A., who is about to take command of the new
northeastern department, with headquarters at
Boston, has for some time been in charge of the
canal zone, Panama. Prior to going to Panama
he was in Hawaii and went there from the Texan
border. In the war with Spain he served as lieu
tenant colonel of volunteers. Subsequently, in
the Philippines, he was under fire 112 times and
recommended four times for conspicuous gal
lantry. General Edwards was born in Cleveland,
O., in 1860 and graduated fcom West Point at the
age of 23. His entire record of military service
has been creditable, but especially so in tk. ad
ministrative capacities shown byhim as creator
and administrator of the bureau of insular af
fairs, which he carried on under Presidents Mc-
Kmley, Roosevelt and Taft. ,
Edward E. Eberle.
Captain Edward E. Eberle. superintendent of
the United StaU3 Naval academy, is a veteran
officer with nineteen years of sea service to his
credit and fifteen years of shore duty. Captain
Eberle is a native of Texas, though officially he
hailed from Arkansas. He graduated from
Annapolis in 1885 and made his first cruise
in the old Mohican to the south Pacific.
From 1894 to 1896 he was an instructor at the
naval academy. After that he was ordered to the
battleship Oregon and made the famous trip
around the Horn with it to take part in the battle
ot Santiago, bubsenuentlv he was ordnance om
cer of the battleship Indiana. His later activi
ties, prior to his assignment to the superintend
ency ol the Annapolis academy in 1915, included
command of the Atlantic torpedo flotilla, a tour
ot duty at the Naval War college and a year or
so as commandant of the Washington navy yard.
Proverb For the Day.
As you raise them io you have
One Year Ago Today In the War.
Germans gained foothold on Hill
304 at Verdun.
Austrian torpedo craft reported
sunk by French submarine in the
Text of German note in reply to
American protest against its methods
of submarine warfare made public.
In Omaha Thirty Years Ago. "
The 4-year-old son of Horace Mayne
is reported lost. He was wearing a
checkered suit and a straw hat.
Edward Powers and Miss Mollfe
Maxwell entered the state of
matrimony and, after the wedding,
were treated to a charivari, at their
residence on Harney street, which
awoke the echoes and the neigh bom.
Willie Pixley. a messenger boy, em
ployed by the Pacific Telegraph com
pany, has been mounted on a bicycle
and now delivers his messages in
double-quick time. This la a new
scheme for Omaha, although it has
been practiced In some ot the eastern
The southern part of the city did
Itself proud by a public congratula
tion of the gentlemen who were
choaen for city offices In that section
during the late election. They were:
John Rush, city treasurer, and Messrs.
Hascall, Lee and Van Camp, alder-men-at-large.
The Ancient Order of
Hibernian band furnished the music.
John Murphy of No. 2 fire company,
has developed Into a most cheerful
fabricator. He brought out the old
tin hat which was brought back
here by John Drexel, of Drexel &
Maul, from Philadelphia and gravely
Informed an unsuspicious group of
bystanders that it had been given him
by Bill Poole In 1849. Owing to the
fact that Murphy is about thirty-five
years old, that hat must have been
given him some time before he waa
Work, with a large force, has been
begun upon the excavation of the
New York Life Insurance company's
building at the northeast corner of
Farnam and Seventeenth streets. The
excavation will be fifteen feet deep in
order to make room for a aub-base-ment.
Tills Day In History.
1776 Benjamin' Franklin returned
to Philadelphia, after an absence of
more than ten years abroad.
1778 Sensation produced In Eng
land by the treaty ot alliance between
e United States and France.
1817 George w. Julian, Indiana
congressman ana vice presidential
nominee pf the free democrat party
In 1852, born at Centerville, Ind. Died
at Irvlngton, Ind., In 1899.
1821 Napoleon Bunaparte died at
Helena.) Born in Corsica, August
15, 1769. i
v 1880 Mehemet All, claiming hered
itary power In Syria, took the field
against the sultan of Turkey.
1840 Democratic national conven
tion nominated Martin Van Buren
1842 Bt. Rev. Harry P. Northrop,
Catholic bishop of Charleston, S. C,
born In Charleston. Died there in
1852 The great powers signed an
agreement concerning Neuchatel,
which revolted from PruBsia In 1848.
18S4 First day of the battle of the
The Day We Celebrate.
Charles W. Sears, lawyer, was born
lay 6, 1872, a,t Onawa, 111. He is a
graduate of the Nebraska State uni
versity and also of the Iowa State uni
versity, coming to Omaha about eev
nteen yeara ago.
H. M. Van Pelt Is 50 years old today.
He is an pperator for the Western Un
ion Telegraph company and waa born
at Perry, Pike county, 111.
F. L. Tubbs chose Port Byron, 111.,
as his birthplace May 5, 1881, but
decided that Omaha was a good place
to sell gasoline engines and now holds
the position of president of the Alamo
Engine and Supply company.
William D. West la Just 66 today.
He waa born in Ohio and now sells
hoes for F. P. Kirkendall company.
Eugenie de Montijo, former empress
of the French, born . in Granada,
Spain, ninety-one years ago today.
Bt. Rev. Maurice F. Burke, Catho
lic bishop of St. Joseph, Mo., born in
Ireland, seventy-two years ago today.
Theodore P. Shonts, president of
the Interborough Rapid Transit com
pany of New York City, born in
Crawford county, Pennsylvania, sixty
one years ago today.
Charles A. (Chief) Bender, former
pitcher of the Philadelphia American
league base ball team, born at Brain
erd, Minn., thirty-four years ago to
day. Timely Jottings and Reminders.
Ex-Empress Eugenie, who once
swayed the destinies of France,
reaches her ninety-nrst birthday an
Rt. Rev. Henry Gabriels, Roman
Catholic bishop of Ogdensbarg, N. Y.,
tnrl.iv rulehrates the silver Jubilee of
a (..'...Inllnn I thai Kta laali. In
the general elections to take place In
Australia today, following one of the
most exciting campaigns In the his
tory of the commonwealth.
America's Sporting Legion, the
first body of its kind in America, is
to parade today through New York's
principal streets and be formally en
rolled in the naval reserve.
Storiette of Hie Day. x
"So you have sent your boy to col
. "You used to say that a college edu
cation didn't teach anything.- Have
you changed your mind?"
"Since he went to college."
"Well, what does a college educa
tion teach that is really practical?"
"It teaches- a boy's father how to
take care of his money." Cleveland
COURTIN' LINDY LANE.
C. L. Edaon, in Colliet'a Weekly. ,
You did It la tha kiaain' Kama,
That'a how It cam. about;
But atlll you klsaad mo Juat tha same.
And you can't rub It out.
And, Llndy. aver alnca that Bllht
I haven't been exactly right.
Why, Llndy, when your llpa touched mine
In that 'ere klaaln' same.
It aeamed like elderberry arlna
And aet me all atlame.
If lova Intoxlcataa . wooer,
I've rot delirium tremana aural
And when I'm follerln' tha plow,
I hear tha crowa declare:
''He doeen't aee ua fellera now.
Ha aeea Mellndy'a hair."
And every deiBy that I paea
la you a-smllin' from tha frasa.
The violet cries: "Her eyea! Her eyes!"
And bowa lta baabful head;'
The clover dtp. and hlshs: "Her llpa;
Her llpa are warm and red."
And aU day Ions the clevis chain
Clanks "Llndy Lane, Melindy Lane."
How to Beat the U-Bout.
Omaha, May 3. To the Editor of
The Bee: Why sit down and howl
pitifully about the U-boats? Why not
do something? The one idea that
seems to obsess us is to build vessels
fast enough to replace the destroyed
shipping! Surely most woeful con
fession of inefficiency, of childish sim
plicity. Why is so little done in real
defense against the "peril?"
Our land warriors fo we are now
the allies have found it expedient
to resort to ancient armor- to pro
tect themselves from the ultra-modern
weapons of this war, but for
some utterly inexplicable reason our
naval experts have not deemed it
wise or expedient or seemly to re
sort likewise to a very ancient marine
device of defense, the only one that
really can be of any use against the
U-boat and that will insure the mini
mum of maritime losses.
Why let one poor, forlorn ship after
another go out alone to possible, nay,
probable doom? For every sailing,
every course is known to the directors
of the U-boat activities.
The flotilla, the armada, the "con
voyed" fleet of old is the one only
real protection for our or any other
sea trade these perilous times.
'Don't let vessels go singly, how
ever well armed; make them wait
until ten or a dozen ttre ready, or
have regular sailing dates when a
powerful convoy, a couple of war
ships and a lot of scouts and speedy
craft can escort them across. With
so many eyes awatch, so many guns
ready, the U-boat that will show its
periscope in the vicinity of such a
fleet is indeed a valorous craft. At
worse one boat might be picked off.
Certainly no such havoc aa is being
wreaked today would be- possible.
The slight delay in sailing is a neg
Storms may scatter such a flotilla.
That's orte of the possibilities that
confront those who go down into the
sea, but we have a long season ahead
of the year's best sailing weather, so
that now's the time to do the ship
ping and to do it intelligently and
not just sit down and lament anent
the "U-boat peril." F. W. F.
courtesy of a reply, I use The Be In
the hope that some pressure mlgnt
be exerted upon our .official family
to see if Omaha officially might not
extend such an invitation to these
men. I- J- QUINBY.
Harrv Moore, former owner of the
DuBols Press, has purchased tne
Stelnauer Star. He took possession
A. G. Williams, editor of the Stock
ville Kaher, who was elected clerk ot
Frontier county, has leased his paper
to 11. U VVilfis. formerly with the
Felix Hales, for twenty years edi
tor of the Tildcn Citizen, died at his
home last week of apoplexy. Mr. Hales
was born In Knirlantl fifty-eight years
ago and eamc to Nebraska in 1SS3.
(Hen Hnuires. editor and owner of
the Plainview Republican for several
veam. has sold it to H F. Wills ot
Grainl Valley; fS. U. Trie,.-new w"
was for several ypvs connected with
the paper and. is rrj.pt a stranger to
patrons of the Reputi)i nn.
The Syracuse Journal and Demo
crat have been consolidated. W. N.
Hunter, senior editor of the Demo
crat, has sold his interest to his part
ner, M. J. Wilkins. who made a deal
with W. K. Koitliley, publisher of the
Journal, to merge the properties. The
new paper Is known as the Journal
Demoriiit. The Hrst Issue appeared
this week, v
Omaha, May 3. To the Editor of
The Bee: It does seem as though the
powers that be cannot bring them
selves'' to any conclusion regarding
this demurrage proposition, as they
are eternally agitating and aggravat
ing the common shipper to that ex
tent that there seems to be no par
ticular sympathy existing on either
side. But waiving all predjudice and
eTivlng the matter a little common
sense reasoning I positively believe
that I voice the sentiment' of SO per
cent of the common shippers of these
roads who have been made to suffer
under this system and unite In brand
ing it a gigantic fraud, conceived
only for purpose of grafting with no
recourse on part of common shipper
to save himself. Usually a question of
this nature has two sides, but I have
been convinced lately that it is a one
sided affair. The writer has been
pleading for Weeks and has lost con
siderable business by his inability to
secure cars to furnish same. To my
personal knowledge I know where
there was nearly 200 cars on side
track for three weeks and moved
scarcely fifty feet in that time. No at
tempt was made to move them or un
load them. Now if this demurrage
system is such a wonderful scheme to
make the small fry unload, why
should not the railroads be com
pelled to take some of their own
medicine. It should work both ways.
If the roads were compelled to pay
demurrage on time actually frittered
away on side-tracks outside of sched
ule time, it would bankrupt them,
and I cannot see any difference in
holding on side-track, making no ef
fort to unload than switching in a
yard to a man's place of business,
and compelling him to jump to their
music. Let us be reasonable. Give
the small man a show.
Official Greetings to Wilson.
Omah. TWov 9. Tfl th F.dlfnP of
The Bee:' In a country like ours, ana
in a crisis like the present, I believe
it to be the duty of every public
body officially to pledge support to
the national administration. For I
believe it essential at this time to
show that our democracy is not a dis
organized, antagonistic mob.
It was this idea that impelled me
to write to Mayor Dahlman some
weeks ago, suggesting that the coun
cil call a public meeting for consid
eration of the war. It was my desire
to send greetings to the president to
show him that the citizens of this city
were with him, and to do it officially.
Mayor Dahlman himself has pro
claimed his support of the president,
but his personal word is not the of
ficial statement of the people of this
city. We have an example in Chi
cago's mayor considering the "cos
mopolitan" vote of his people. Shall
Omaha exhibit the same thing? My
suggestion of that time was not fol
lowed. A meeting was held for the
purpose I suggested, but was called
by a few private citizens, and not
even, that meeting sent a word of
greeting or support to the president.
Now comes the proposed visit of
the representatives of our allies to
the west. Again it is left, so far as I
am aware, to the good citizenship of
the Commercial club or other private
institutions to extend to these nota
ble men an invitation to Omaha. Why
should not this invitation come from
the city's official representatives? Are
there some votes in Omaha that
might be alienated from certain of
these officials when they again as
pire to public office? If so, for one
J am for finding it out.
As my former letter to the mayor
did not elicit from him even the
I Locomotive Auto Oil
: The best o we know s
The L V. Mtholas Oil Company
E Grain Exchange Bldg.
3 Omaha. Neb. r
"What nmkM Jinke po proud of hid n
rcatorw? I never heard uny ,oI them did
"That's exactly Ihe point. So many par
sons" ancestors did do thtngi which cot
thin into trouble with the police." Rich
"Thin paper nayi by harnessing a fly to a
tiny WHBon tin JOngllsh scientist found It
could draw seventy, times its own weight
over smooth surface," said the wife.
"I guess thnt's all rirh" replied th
oaldheadcd husband; J've seen one fly draw
170 Dthera," tit. Louis Post-Diatpatch.
"What's the matter now?"
"We need a few more leaves for our oak
"(Josh diner! I should think an oak tanla
would be able to sprout Us own leaves."
"Is your lawyer devoted to your Inter
"Well, yoa; but he seems a heap mort
Interested in my principal." Judge,
A Box or. CMrtY?
Kie. PUN A AiMfc OF TA& Mtt
VvH&i SUE CHASES NOV), RUM
ivrrs a MM stoke and buV
HER A SOvA- SHBU. BE
Txmsrv aw rrs cheaper)
"I get a mining prospectus In every mall."
"And each on promises to make ma
"Yes, Coppertunlty you might "call It."
Kerrigan Do ye think, Kally, that afthir
th' war th' wur-rkln payple Iv Europe will
git a 8fjure deal?
Kelly They will lv they dlscar-rdl th'
kings, quanea an' knaves! Life.
'No, that salesman could not Interest me
In his car after the unfortunate remark
that he had dropped."
"What was that?"
"He aatd that his car was a winner, and
then he added that It would win In a walk."
New York Times.
Harduppe What Is your opinion of
Borrowell Mighty poor. He actually
came around to my house and stole an
umbrella I had borrowed from him. Life.
Our stock of perfumes is so
comprehensive in variety and
price that we may well say that
we carry everything, as we
carry everything 'in the per
fume line for which there is
any considerable demand, and
we are always on the alert fir
new perfumes, and have them
as soon as any demand is felt.
SHERMAN & McCONNELL
Five Good Drug Stores
Wh'13SWvmmmmm3mmWmmr t Mm llaW J
n Range I
May 7th to 13th
$3.00 Seduction on all Cabinet
Ranges for this week only.
Omaha Gas Company
A FEW TABLETS OP
will redden your blood, in
crease your energy and
tone up your whole sys
tem. If your" druggist
hasn't it, address
THE NUTON COMPANY,
THE OMAHA BEE INFORMATION BUREAU
Washington, D. C.
Unclosed find a two-cent stamp, for which you will please send me,
entirely free, the pamphlet "Care of Food in the Home."
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