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THE BEE: OMAHA, MONDAY, JUNE -4, 1917. The Omaha Bee DAILY (MORN1N -EVENING SUNDAT FOUNDED BY EDWARD ROSEWATEW VICTOR ROSE WATER, EDITOR '"thb bee publishinu com pant, proprietor.". Entered t Omaha postoffies as tseond-tlass matter. Br UtiL I.M 4.0S zw TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. Br Csrriw. Mir un Banes, niBooU.e ftellr wlttKW Sands, , JJJ Kvwtm tod Sundu M Xnlni wlUKMI BuadU J? SSrfirtw n'cf 'Mriit'or iranJBio in w 0aa. OittilsUaa Ospsrtmn. REMITTANCE Milt n tod. sror-s IMal onto. On BJ"1S ravnnu smsU socousu. Ptncaul (bass. MP 00 asters wehiflfa. not spud. OFFICES. Cousrtl Blnffs-H N. Hals n. f ""X IM .TT CORRESPONDENCE adaras) earanrMtmi nWiu 10 Mt ant ffltotul On&ha Bw. Editorial Pepartaast. MAY CIRCULATION 56,469 Daily Sunday, 51,308 inrw alnml.Une f Ui. BWItaJ lbKrlM4 DU" Wluai cmniHtloo Mmw. " SubMrikm laavtaf eltf ih.M h JHjBj. to this. Addrssa chniJ as alt as isajBsilaa, 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 troubles are, 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 trol. 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 US 1U 1IISUIC II1UUBMICU UIIU 11111111 J KlllVMJT 111 other directions. 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 today. 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 country. 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 posted. 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 on agriculture. 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 trator. ..... 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 that city. 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 supply 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 frontier. 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 Mrs. Fogg." 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 boy. 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 today. 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 today. 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 ago today. 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 York. , 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 Boston. 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 women. ' 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. NEBRASKA EDITORS. 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 at Omaha. 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. The Sacrifice. God of this land of the brave and the true, The signal ot danger arouses me, too. And here on thine altar so sacred 1 lay. My pure noble boys of age on this day. With heart-bleeding words, I bid them adieu. Fairest land of America! I do It for you. MRS. ARETHUSA E. RAY. Lyons, Neb." American Womanhood. "American womanhood" so noble and brave, Last at the cross andflrst at the grave. Self-sacrlticlng, she says, "Son, go and fight For our country, for liberty and for the right." God bless Uncle Sam is proud to take her hand And proclaim her sterling virtues throughout the land. MAHY DESMOND. 3009 Pacific Street Resignation. Can we give to our country a greater gift Than that of an only child? While others are gladly doing their bit, We, too, would do something worth while. Mothers, in calm submission, bravely we stand, Giving our sons to protect our land. God gave these boys to us to rear, To teach them His name to love and revere. To honor Old Glory and always be true To its Stars and Its Stripes the Red, White and Blue. To follow the emblem of liberty's birth Until right shall rule o'er all the earth. Our country's flag stands for the same today 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 full? 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. SUNNY SMILES. 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 Btar. to the fray. For the love of our fathers who fought and bled To save this same flag as the enemy fled. We D. A. B.'s will fervently pray That God will protect it forever al- way; That God in His goodness will speed the day When strife and warfare shall have passed away. When every man in every land Will take his brother by the hand; Then with grateful hearts Old Glory we'll wave O'er the land of the true and the home of the brave. Member D. A. R., Three Trails Chapter. 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 cast. 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. Mlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllliu liliiii 24c Per Gallon 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. 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