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King Corn to the only monarch on earth with
cut a worry department. I
' The bigger the ubacription to Liberty bonds,
the quicker will the job be finished.
Whit doth it profit i food combine to squeeze
the consumer and burn up the money in lawsuit?
The best shells the home guards can send to
the front are those they shell out for Liberty
bonds, - '
At that, King Alfonso needs but look beyond
bis borders to see how relatively small his
If Chadron is wise to its opportunities prompt
action should be had for taking a city census at
the next social sitting of court.
The butter and egg combine lines up with the
enion magnates at Uncle Sam's judicial ' bar.
Truly these are tough. times for minor, as well
as major league monarclis.
. Greece has suffered more from U-boat at
tacks on its merchant marine than any of the
northern maritime neutrals. Ruthlessness knows
no friend, not even Sister Sophia.
Experience so far convinces the buffer states
of Europe that neutrality consists of absorbing
Ml the side knocks and getting n chance to kick
back. Buffer states were fashioned for that end.
It Is a significant coincidence that occasional
spurts of talk about a German republic origi
nate outside of the empire. This Is a notable
tribute to the persuasive reach of the "safety first"
campaign, ' ; . ' -i"" I
Add manifold blessings: A committee of New
tork artists has found that none of the several
hundred songs submitted is worthy of being con
sidered as a national anthem, and so will not pub
lish any of them.
Admiral Fiske gave out information as to his
idea for a battleship destroyer to be formed of a
combination of seaplane and torpedo, and now the
Germans are said to be using it. Just proving
that the enemy has lost none of his proficiency. .
In order to check starvation and raise wages,
the Russian workmen have stopped all production.
This application of the doctrine of direct action
soclslism ought to bring its. own answer very
soon, but Its devotees will never admit their error.
Why should pacifist elders worry and beat
the air? Draft cannot reach them. Recruiting
offices srs easily dodged. Yet they are un
happy because the country will not do as they
do. Unfortunately, all the funny people can
not break into the funny papers.
Socialistic warnings from Fetrograd are less
dictatorial than they were a few days ago, indi
cating that the pressure has subsided some, and
may be below the danger point As long as they
do not let the steam go down entirely little harm
will come from Its blowing off some.
"Lower food prices will steady labor's de
mands," says the Wall Street Journal, and there
it touches ou the crux of the whole situation. Set
the mark where the wageworker can see a closer
relation between what he sells and what he buys
and he will be much better contented with his
lot . , ' :
Revolutionary pains' in Russia differ little from
those experienced elsewhere. Unexpected lib
erty naturally breeds license and turbulence, in
tensified In this instance by the vaster multitude
teleased from restraints. The main hope of de
mocracy lies in exhausting the steam of ex.
tremista snd uniting the forces of moderation.
Drafting the Coal Industry
-New Vara WVM
In its olea for srovernment regulation of the
coat Industry, including price-fixing, the Federal
trade commission testifies to conditions ot con
fusion which have ooerated severetv anlnst eon
sumers and in favor of unscrupulous producers
. and dealers. Although shipments of bituminous
coal last year increased from 443,000.000 to
509,000,000 tons, nearly 15 per cent, they fell short
, of the demand and stocks in storage were de
pleted, l he inequitable distribution of cars. it
lays in delivery, added to the greed of mine.
owners who are "demanding prices from 50 per
cent to several hundred per cent over the cost
of their output'' resulted in great profits to cer
tain operators and hardship to consumers, indus-
rnai and domestic. J he commission also eom
' plains of the "intolerable abuses that marked the
activities of certain elements of the anthracite
trade during recent months," to which it had pre
viously directed a pointed warning. . .
This situation cannot be permitted to continue
if the nation is to prosecute the war with vigor
and efficiency. Coal-mining is a basic industry
which must be conducted in such a way as to
contribute to the use of the nation's full strength.
There must be complete co-operation between the
coal operators and the railroads, and if it cannot
be secured by voluntary action on both sides, the
government. In furtherance of the policy of na
tional defense, must intervene and assume con
To maintain coal prices at reasonable level and
to put a stop to extortionate practices of pro
ducers and distributers should be just as much a
part of the government's function as a war power
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Patriotism and the Young Men.
Millions of young men, the brightest and best
of our country's youth, will be devoted this week
to the service of their country, with a consecra
tion as holy as ever accolade touched on knightly
shoulder or benediction fell on dedicated priest
Thoughtless or designing persons, selfish to
the extreme and with no understanding, have
sought to make it appear that this requisition by
the government of the nation's sons is illegal, im
moral and unworthy. How little they appreciate
what has taken place in millions of homes!
These short-sighted individuals do small jus
tice to the fathers and mothers of America, when
shouting that we are dragged into a "capitalistic"
war, that our sons are offered to Mammon and
Moloch. What do they know of the anxious mo
ments of consultation around family altars, of fer
vent prayers that have gone up from hearts torn
with anguish of sacrifice, but firm in resolve to
make the offering! -
The mothers snd fathers of America know
what this war means, and so do their sons. Pa
triotism has never had a sterner test, nor has it
ever risen to a higher tide than swells in America
Our young men will register for the service
required of them, knowing that they will be asked
by their country to go where they are most
needed. And they will go, for they are the sons
of a nation whose liberties were bought by just
such service, and which only can be maintained
by such patriotic devotion.
In Land of Free Speech.
Among the remarkable spectacles presented
the world during this time of astonishing events
none deserve more of attention than that pre
sented by Hon. Champ Clark, speaker of the
house of representatives. History has no parallel
for the immediate circumstance in which the ut
terance of one of the chief officers of the govern
ment is being used to defeat the great purpose of
the government. When Champ Clark made his
speech against the selective draft bill, it is charity
to think he had no intention of gutting a weapon
into the hands of his country's enemies, but now
we find this speech being circulated from Wash
ington, under frank of congressmen and carried
free through the mails, to spread the seeds of dis
loyalty. Speaker Clark found it in accord with
his own judgment to oppose the plan that has
been adopted, and voiced his personal opposition
accordingly. His words and his example are now
turned to the service of the foes of the nation.
Nothing he can do wilt ever recall its effect, and
while it will not alter the operation of the law,
this fact does not lessen the humiliation loyal
Americans must feel at the sad sight of a man so
honored by his countrymen setting himself where
he can do the atmost of harm. Never in our his
tory has a more impressive illustration of the
abuse of free speech been provided. Mr, Bryan
unwittingly did his country a great service when
he defeated Champ Clark at Baltimore.
The Quaker and the Slacker.
The Society of Friends la founded on the basic
principle of nonresistance, and from the very first
its members have been opposed to war. No
amount of persecution, punishment or derision
has ever moved them to abandon any part of this
principle. Even during the present war they have
suffered considersbly for conscience sake and have
borne something of obloquy and much of incon
venience without complaint because of their stand.
However, the Quakers of America do not propose
to have their meeting house turned Into a sanc
tuary for slackers. The "yearly meetings" find
an unusual number of young men, mostly of draft
age, applying for admission. Many of these are
of Quaker descent who hitherto have bothered
themselves but tittle with the affairs of the sect
and who have utterly neglected the communion.
To these the meetings have returned word that
for the present the doors of the church are closed
to those who might seek through them escape
from an obligation to the country. This action
on part of the Quakers is as wise as it is pa
triotic, and is wholly in accord with a decent re
gard for the church, which will not interfere with
the affairs of the state, but also declines to allow
itself to be abused by duty dodgers.
Price-Fixing s Questionable Cure.
Advocates of price-fixing by the government,
both buyers snd sellers, approaching the same
end from different points of view, overlook one
of the vital factors of their problem. One con
tends for a msximum, the other for a minimum
price, and neither seems to recognize that what
ever point is determined on beyond which the
price can go no higher or no lower is likely to be
come the established selling figures. What one
accepts as the maximum the other will look upon
as the minimum snd the price becomes rigid.
Arbitrary price-fixing is of doubtful utility at
the best Not many years ago the German gov
ernment adopted stringent rules against dealing
in futures,, which had the effect of disturbing
prices, because it destroyed the open markets.
After several years of costly experience the law
was modified In such a way as permitted trading
to the extent that actual conditions might have
their normal effect on prices. At present the
British government guarantees the farmer a price
for his crops that will yield him a reasonable re
turn and at the same time sees to it, that the con
sumer is not subjected to extortion. The range
Is ample to permit normal trading and give room
for reasonable profit This is a war measure,
adopted under pressure of such artificial limita
tion of food supply as never will prevail in this
Finally, supply and demand will fix the price
and the only interference on part of the govern
mnt should be to prevent control of sinister in
fluence as far as possible. What America needs
is some system that wilt do away with hoarding
or hiding of surplus stocks, thus obviating the
creation of an apparent shortage and the conse
quent manipulation of markets. This sort of
supervision will bring far better results than the
fixing of prices at which (commodities may be sold.
General Pershing frowns upon every sugges
tion of taking a flock of war correspondents to
France. A battery of publicity searchlights might
distract from the business on hand and raise un
due expectations at home. Publicity will not be
denied, however. It wilt greet htm at the tanding
place and keep the anxious folks at home fully
The latest report of the sinking of an Amer!
can lumber schooner by a submsrine carries the
additional detail that before it was blown up the
Germans ook off all food and other valuables, not
even sparing the crew's personal possessions
proving that thoroughness has been added to
rightfulness in the campaign.
Controlling the Nation's Food IV
. Prices and Price Fixing
By Frederic J. Has jn
Washington. Tune 1. There is one thins which
every consumer can do right now to keep prices
down, and that is to refrain from buying more
than he usually buys of staple food articles. The
present high prices of staples is due in no small
part to the sudden alarm about s food shortage,
which has sent housekeepers in to the market
to buy far bevond their immediate needs. For
example, in a certain suburb the people have
clubbed together to buy flour by the barrel. A
certain clerk makes it a practice to buy ten pounds
of sugar every day. All over the country these
things are being done. Une ot the results is that
millers have orders for about twice what their
mills can produce. The inevitable effect is to
force prices upward, to encourage speculation.
Food hoarding is not economy. To buy vege
tables that will keep and store them in your cel
lar, to preserve fruits and put them on the pantry
shelf are genuine food economies, because in these
ways you may save foods which are abundant in
the summer, and large, quantities of which will
rot. By such expedients as these you are adding
your mite to the nation's food supply. But by
hoarding flour and sugar you are forcing up the
price ot these articles, and you are not increasing
the supply. t
Price-fixine will not be resorted to at all until
the need for it is certain. The first price fixed, if
any price is fixed, will be a minimum price for
certain staples. This price will be high enough
to assure the farmer of a liberat profit over all
costs of production. If then, a staple becomes so
abundant that its market value is less than the
price which the government had guaranteed to the
producer, the government will make up the dif
ference. This is the working of the minimum
price, as it was explained to the house committee
such a minimum price would tend to insure
the farmer, not only against loss, but against the
possibility of not making a good profit, It was
pointed out to the committee, however, that prices
of farm machinery and tools, fertilizer and other
costs of production might advance so that even
the guaranteed price would not mean a proht. in
asmuch as the protection of the farmer is the
main consideration of all this price-fixing legisla
tion, ana ine rninirauni price is 10 auuw guuu
profit over all costs of production, this is not prob
able. The provision in the bill which allows for
the fixing of a maximum price was drawn, how
ever, with this, contingency largely in mind. It
would make it possible to fix the price of farm
machinery so that the farmer could not lose his
profit in increased costs. .
In the lonar and earnest discussion which pre
ceded the drawing of the price-fixing clauses in
the bill now before congress, the ultimate con
sumer was seldom mentioned. However, it may
be aoolied. the theory of the bill, as understood
by the congressmen, was to fix prices solely with
a view to the farmer's welfare. It is assumed that
there will then be a greatly increased production.
and that this abundance, together with the elimin
ation of speculation, the careful supervision of
shipments and ot storage will automatically take
care of prices.
for example, many farmers tnis year soia tneir
notatoes for a dollar a bushel or less and after
ward saw those same potatoes sold in the market
for three to tour dollars a bushel, it is evident
that carriers and middlemen made an exorbitant
profit at the expense of both producer and con
sumer. Under the food administration as planned,
supposing that a minimum price had been fixed,
the farmer would have gotten perhaps two dol
lars for his potatoes, and with careful government
supervision of shipment and storage, they would
have reached the consumer at just enough more
than that to pay the legitimate costs of distribut
ing them. An arbitrary maximum price upon po
tatoes, it maji be saiely said, will ot one or tne
last expedients resorted to by the food adminis
Needless to say, these price-fixing provisions
of the bill will be fought in congress and may
be stricken out. Even the committee deviated
somewhat from scientific lines in drawing them.
The consensus of expert opinion seems to be that
a fixed price or basic price is the best. A mini
mum price to the producer insures him but does
not prevent speculation. A maximum price is hard
to enforce, because if the farmer does not want
to sell his corn for example, at the maximum
price, or if the market price drops below the maxi
mum price, he may feed his corn to his hogs and
sell them, A fixed price, guaranteed by the gov
ernment, which will assure the producer of a good
profit over all costs of production, is considered
to be the most scientific method of price-fixing.
This sort of a price was urged upon the house
agricultural committee, but the congressmen
would not accept it, apparently because they were
afraid their farmer constituents would resent hav
ing a limit thus arbitrarily set to the amount they
might earn. . ..
It might be added that, according to Dr. A. E.
Taylor, who spent some months in Europe study
ing food administration, the European countries
have not been able to keep the price of food down
to the rate of wages. All over the world the cost
of living has been advancing more rapidly than
the rate of wages. War has brought this fact
home to the European governments, for in order
to keep their industrial classes at work making
munitions they have had to pension them. Ac
cording to Dr. Taylor, the German government
has a civil pension list of between seven and eight
million people, who are paid pensions for the
stated purpose of making up the difference be
tween wages snd the cost of living. Similar civil
pensions, lie says, are paid in the neutral countries
of Holland and Switzerland for the same reason.
War, by making every man necessary to his gov
ernment, has forced the governments to take heed
of what is necessary to every man.
I TODAY !
Shafts Aimed at Omaha
Beatrice Express:- Someone seems to have
lifted the lid off a rather unsanitary spot in Oma
ha's police force. Revolutions have occurred in
the law enforcement departments of numerous
other cities, and it seems to be somewhat con
tagious. From reports of conditions in the depart
ment a real housecleaning would be quite bene
ficial. Fairbury News: If the authorities caff keep
Omaha dry and they seem to be making a good
start at enforcing the law there should be little
trouble about the rest of the state. This is not
a reflection on Omaha as a lawless city, but it
is always harder to enforce prohibition in a city
than in the ordinary hamlet
Crawford Courier: Auto bandits at Omaha
have changed from the theft of autos to the theft
of auto accessories, over fifty of the finest cars
owned in the city being .dismantled of everything
that could be stolen, within a month past, from
the smallest of the accessories up to the tires, etc.
Guess we do not want to own an automobile in
Bloomington Advocate: The Advocate man
has been appointed a delegate to attend a con
servation congress at Omaha to work on a plan
to get the farmers to raise more crops and for
everybody to save more stuff from waste. It
seems as if four days' time and $50 for expenses
was a waste when the farmers are all humping
themselves to raise all they can. Better donate
the money that will be expended in this way to
care for those who will need it later on.
Shelton Clipper: Fourteen truckloads of liquor
valued at $5,000 were seized at Omaha last week
by Sheriff Clark in the wholesale confiscation of
intoxicants at the Anton Larson dairy farm. It
would seem that 1.200 cases of beer and 500 gal
lons of whisky and wine were more than a rea
sonable amount for one man, but if the beverage
was to have been used to put a "kick" in the
milk sold to customers, it was only a limited
Proverb for the Say.
Bought wit Is the best wit.
One Year Ago Today In the War.
Austrians advanced In the Monte
Cengto region, crossing the Italian
After three days' bombardment the
great surprise Russian offensive under
Brusiloff was launched against the
Austrians along a SOO-mlle front in
Gallcla, Bukowina and Volhynla.
In Omaha Thirty Years Ago.
The Third ward republicans met
and elected the following candidates
to be voted for at the primaries:
Julius 8. Cooley, Richard Gamble,
Charles Wehrer, C. J. Mentor, J. O.
Adams and Dr. W. K. Lavender.'
The Commercial hotel on South
Ninth street has changed hands, John
R. Stelllng assuming the management
At the First Methodist church, the
wedding of Benjamin Marti and Miss
Maude Iteece occurred. The grooms
man was W. H. Newhall and the
bridesmaid was Miss Carrie Adams.
An elaborate collation was served by
Manager Balch of the Barker.
Edward Rosewater, editor of The
Bee. has returned, from Chicago,
where he attended a meeting of the
Northwestern Press association, of
which he was elected director.
At the annual meeting of St. John's
Lodge No. 25, Ancient Free and Ac
cepted Masons, the following officers
were elected to serve during the en
suing year: B. Buckingham, worthy
master; G. Andreen, senior warden; T.
K. Sudborough, Junior warden Wil
liam Blevers, treasurer: J. B. Burner,
secretary. The retiring worthy
master, Fred J. Bosthwlck, was pre
sented by the officers and members of
the lodge with a magnificent past
master's gold badge set with dia
monds. Al Fairbrother, of the editorial staff
ot The Bee, has left Omaha to take
six weeks' vacation.
The bootblocks ef the city gave an
entertainment, the proceeds to be de
voted to procuring school books for
the youthful devotees of the brush
and box. George Abel, known as
"Slick," and Ed Wrath, whose sobri
quet Is "Tater" from his once having
slept in a potata patch, are the prime
movers in the affair and will do a
humorous sketch, entitled "Mr. and
Turkey and Shortcake.
Omaha, June 1. To the Editor of
The Bee: In your Letter Box today,
appears an Interesting note from a
farmer's wife at Greenwood, Neb.
This excellent lady has been read
ing much literature In regard to con
servation of food and now thinks it
her duty to write unon the subject.
She expresses the opinion that at this
time wnen extra errort Is being made
to produce more foodstuffs on the
farms, there is too much being wasted
in the homes of rich people in our
cities. Her letter is most entertain
ing. Is it not unlikely that the Informa
tion she has gained through talks with
"a number of girls who have worked
in cities" may be somewhat unreli
able? To quote from her letter "the
finest of meats and fowl, not half of
it eaten, Is thrown Into the garbage
can. A twelve-pound turkey was
ordered for dinner, half of it eaten
and the remainder thrown away.
Strawberry short cake enough to
bring joy to many a starving family,
has gone Into the same garbage can."
.Dear lady of the farm, forgive me
for suggesting that these Illustrations
are unfortunate; you could find better
ones. Koast turkey and strawberry
short cake most toothsome and
-f-delectable of viands: I love you both
and "how happy could I be with either
were tother dear charmer away!" For
the moment, let us confine our
thoughts to turkey. Most of my life
has been spent in city homes, and I
have seen something of so-called
"rich" homes. To my mind, turkey,
well selected and properly prepared,
is the very acme ot excellence.
Dear readers, cannot you recall the
savory odor of Sir Gobbler when he
emerges steaming hot from the oven?
Provocation to' the appetite? Yes,
rather. "Come again, Frank, have
some more turkey!" "Thank you. If
you have it to spare, I guess I will
The Day We Celebrate.
Dr. Robert Gllmore was born Just
sixty-one years ago today in Belfast,
Ireland. He practiced medicine tor
seven years in his native country and
then in Omaha since in 1887.
David Cole, head of the David Cole
Creamery company, is celebrating his
sixtieth birthday today. He was born
in Blair's Cove, County Cork, Ireland,
and came to this country in 1874, be
ginning business in Omaha six years
later as a commission merohant He
served four years as member of the
Board ot Education and is prominent
in all the local business organizations.
Fred W. Rothery. assistant man
ager of the Hotel Rome, Is 88 years
old today. He was born In (Julncy,
111., moving here with his father's
family when 7 years old. He worked
his way up from telegraph messenger
Mrs. Catherine Waugh McCulloch
ot Bvanston. 111., the first woman to
be chosen as a presidential elector by
either of the older parties, born at
Ransomville, N. Y., fifty-live years ago
i Rev. Charles. Stelzle, who has been
a leader In many of the largest social
movements ot recent years, born in
New York City, forty-eight years ago
Robert Fltzsimmons, former cham
pion heavyweight pugilist, born in
Cornwall, fifty-five years ago today.
Lee Magee, outfielder of the New
York American league base ball team,
born in Cincinnati, twenty-eight years
This Day In History.
1776 English fleet arrived in
Charleston harbor to begin campaign
in the south.
1825 Lafayette given an enthusi
astic welcome on his visit to Buffalo.
1864 General John C. Fremont re
signed from the United States army.
1867 Convention met at Albany to
revise the state constitution of New
1878 Anglo-Turkish convention
signed at Constantinople.
1898 Captain Charles V. Grldley,
commander of the Olympia, flgshlp of
Admiral Dewey at the battle of Manila
bay, died at Robe, Japan. Born at
Logansport, Ind., November 24, 1844.
1899 President Loubet of France
attacked by a mob at the races.
Timely Jottings and Reminders.
The Ancient and Honorable Artil
lery Company of Massachusetts,
America's oldest military organisation,
oelebrates its 279th anniversary today
In an effort to increase the produc
tion of food, the Maryland Agricul
tural college today will open special
courses in practical farm work for
Thousands of confederate veterans
will gather in Washington today for
the formal opening of the first na
tional reunion they have ever held
north of the Potomac.
Fargo, N. D., is to be the meeting
place today of the annual convention
of the English Lutheran Synod of the
northwest, comprising Wisconsin,
Minnesota and North Dakota.
Questions concerning the. part wo
men will take in American industries
during the war will be discussed at
the sixth biennial convention of the
National Women's Trade Union
league, opening today at Kansas City.
The Superior ExprMS and the Superior
Journal will diiQontlmie the ftublteition of
thtir dally editions My SI.
G. J. Sutton, who has been In the em
ploye of th Chadron Chronicle, has Btarted
a aewapaper st Glenroek, Wyo.
William Jonei of Denison, la., bought the
Dawson Reporter when it was offered at
auction May 9 by its owner, J. R. Harrah.
The prlea was 1750.
Tht Nebraska Staats Democrat ot Colum
bia has sold ita subscription lint to the
Omaha Tribune Editor J. G. Tarworkar
has accepted a position as linotype operator
M. C Warrlntton. register of the United
States land office at Broken Bow, has sold
the Mason City Transcript to James F.
Peeblees, former employ of the office. W.
R. Kellors of Broken Bow has been operating
the paper under a lease.
The Spalding Enterprise has purchased
the subscription l'st of the Spalding Demov
erst. Editor Brewer of the? Democrat, whe
recently purchased the Genoa Times, Is mov
ing his equipment to that point.
Editor A. B. Wood in Goring Courier:
Will II. Maupin was in town again this
week. He runs true to form all right by
making his vsual attempt to buy the
Courier, hut he Is raising his bid fits hun
dred or a thousand every time, so It proves
that he believes in this vaUey and is Goring.
Somehow, though, I've got a notion that as
long as I am physically and mentally capa
kla of it the Courier will be my Job.
PATRIOTISM OF THE POETS.
God of this land of the brave and the
The signal ot danger arouses me, too.
And here on thine altar so sacred 1
My pure noble boys of age on this
With heart-bleeding words, I bid them
Fairest land of America! I do It for
MRS. ARETHUSA E. RAY.
"American womanhood" so noble
Last at the cross andflrst at the grave.
Self-sacrlticlng, she says, "Son, go and
For our country, for liberty and for
God bless Uncle Sam is proud to take
And proclaim her sterling virtues
throughout the land.
3009 Pacific Street
Can we give to our country a greater
Than that of an only child?
While others are gladly doing their
We, too, would do something worth
Mothers, in calm submission, bravely
Giving our sons to protect our land.
God gave these boys to us to rear,
To teach them His name to love and
To honor Old Glory and always be
To its Stars and Its Stripes the Red,
White and Blue.
To follow the emblem of liberty's
Until right shall rule o'er all the earth.
Our country's flag stands for the same
And so It goes the turkey goes. The As it did when our ancestors marched
next day cold turkey day after,
turkey croquettes and, by golly, the
day after that, comes that rich, soul
satisfying soup de turkey remnant.
Always an apology for using slang,
but I must "be shown" that anybody
throws away half of a turkey.
I shall not allow myself to got
started on the subject of strawberry
short cake. Due regard for conserva
tion ot space in the Letter Box for
bids me that pleasure.
Who was It that said "Perhaps the
Almighty could have made a better
berry than the strawberry, but doubt
less he never did?" Do people ever
throw away good short cake? Perish
the thought! Angels and ministers of
trace defend us! Wow!
FRANK B. THOMAS.
Hold Parents Responsible.
Omaha, June 1. To the Editor of
The Bee: I very often read in The Bee
and other papers of so many petty
deptedations done by boys of the ago
of 13 to 16 years, and also know of
several communities that are pestered
almost beyond endurance by such
boys, that as vat haven't been caught.
Thoy destroy gardens and steal every
thing that they can get away with.
Now I believe that when boys are
caught doing such capers the parents
ought to be punished as well as the
boys, for It Is their fault There are
exceptions, of course, but the average
boy or girl is about as good as his
mother or father is or has been.
The responsibility for youthful sins
lies mostly with older people. Many
parents think they are too busy to de
vote any time to the cars of their
children and allow them to run at
leisure, never taking a thought of
where they are, or what they are
doing, or what kind of company they
are with. If people would see that
their children are at home at night,
by dark at least there wouldn't be so
many outlaws, and much less crime.
One reads of bo many holdups and
burglaries of late by real young men,
and why? Because some mothers
have neglected their duty and allowed
their boys to run at, leisure. Then,
too, there are those that have little
regard for other people's property
and do not care what their children
do, as long as they are not caught at
it. Now Is It any wonder that the re
formatory and penitentiary are so
Parents are, in a measure at least,
responsible for the sins of their chil
dren and If they could only realize
their responsibility they would wake
up to their duty and we would have
better boys and girls. The boys and
girls of today will be the men and
women of tomorrow and what will
they be if allowed to go on at this
pace? A MOTHER.
Every Man on His Job.
Omaha, June 2. To the Editor of
The Bee: Every man's duty la pre
cise. His Job is his duty. Each can
do his part most effectively by re
doubling present endeavors at what
ever his regular occupation may be.
This is particularly true in the pro
duction ot building materials.
There should be no curtailment in
building and road construction. Both
public and private useful construction
should proceed. Production and mar
keting of building materials and pub
lic and private construction work are
fundamental industries of the coun
try. Any tendency to suspend or
postpone building projects is incon
sistent with maintaining our pros
perity. The country is prosperous.
The lumber, brick, cement, lime, sand,
gravel, stone and other building ma
terials industries are basic. Neither
government regulations nor railroad
restrictions should be Imposed un
necessarily to interfere with them. If
any action Is taken which results In
the prostration of so fundamentally
Important Industries, there is real
danger of a surplus of unemployed
labor, a surplus of empty railroad
cars and a crippling of 'business that
will seriously embarrass the govern
ment in financing the war.
If we are railroading, we should
railroad for all we are worth. If we
are farmers, put the same speed In
our farming. If we are mining, mine
as never before. The same with mak
ing shoes and clothes, building houses
and building factories, erecting ware
houses and skyscrapers, constructing
roads and streets.
Keep on building. It. E. S.
Meeker This paper says A man should
, tell his wife dally that he loves her.
Enpeck Huh! I don't thlok a newspaper
ought to encourage lying. Indianapolis
to the fray.
For the love of our fathers who fought
To save this same flag as the enemy
We D. A. B.'s will fervently pray
That God will protect it forever al-
That God in His goodness will speed
When strife and warfare shall have
When every man in every land
Will take his brother by the hand;
Then with grateful hearts Old Glory
O'er the land of the true and the home
of the brave.
Member D. A. R., Three Trails
Wake Up, America!
It is time, brave men of our land.
We sensed the condition of things,
Important we wake to the fact
That apathy to us clings.
It Is time we understand
The peril which direly waits,
Important we apprehend
The evils which lie at our gates;
It is time we rose to the heights
Which ever before us extend,
Important we bare our breasts
Our country and good to defend.
It Is time that our paltry strife
For advantage came to an end,
Important for us to decide
What way our force to expend.
It Is time to measure our strength
With the powers forever in play,
Important to carefully scan
The tendencies of the day.
It is time to eliminate
Those things which make for ill.
Important to hush the siren
Which whispers "Peace, be still."
It is time to list to the roar
Of the surging sea of events,
Important to measure well
Our power to make defense.
It is time to fully weigh
The obstacles in our path, ,
Important to build against
. The hastening day of wrath.
It Is time to realize
That a crisis hurrying comes,
Important to comprehend
The meaning of throbbing drums.
It Is time we gave our thoughts
Unto things which we abhor.
Important to sense from afar
The terrible pulsings of war.
It Is time to read the signs
Which flame in the heavens high,
Important to apprehend
The mighty upheavals nigh.
It Is time to take a stand
'Gainst the mighty tils of the day,
Important we hasten to guard
Our darkening, perilous way.
It Is time that vice and crime '
Should be crushed to deepest hell
Important the spirit in man
In loftier zones should dwell.
It is time the riotous sense
Was cast from our midst away,
Important that better thoughts
Should men and the nations sway.
It.'.lme.that reason ,0x Place
rJi . 're a"1" might of the past,
Whi?nt.kthat Judsent should rule
Where the war god's terrors are
It Is time that the false and wrong
Were cast to the winds star. 6
Important that Truth and Right
Hold the wheel of Humanity's car.
Pasadena, Cal. M. J. BOUTELLE.
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A quality piece of goods
and one we are proud of.
"I cannot entertain the Idea of marry.n
you," eb repllwl coldly, "My heart la with 3,
our brava boys at the front," tfhtf L. V
HB m. goo a mini iur iub uvjb, a re-
piled, drawing nimseii up. ---iney neea an
tho tc they can vet on the Mexican bor
der.' -Philadelphia Ledger.
holas Oil Company
"How did Jonee happen to fall down
"Why, hla wife aald, "Now, Henry, be
careful,' and, aa ha la not the man to be
dictated to by any woman, down he went."
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GRAIN EXCHANGE BLDC. ,
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