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THE BEE: OMAHA, FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 1917.
The Omaha Bee
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City commissioner might acquire much use
ful information by joining the canning classes.
It goes without saying that America's foreign
legion will assist in delivering the message at
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At last those' militant stiffs pull down the
"martyr's crown" fool's cap with the latest
High prices are tumbling, but Mr. Common
People has to far shown no signs ot inability to
watch the spectacle.
Annther reduction of fat is reported in Ger
many. At the rate the fat goes into the fire the
' era of the grease spot is not far off.
The landing "somewhere in France" no doubt
persuaded Junkerdom to. sit up and take notice
even though nourishment is short
A million or more garden patches swelling
with tubers and other summer joys wave tig
nals of coming triumphs to wielderi of the hoe.
No Class Exemption from Draft
The announcement of the personnel of the
local boards to administer the selective draft law
is accompanied by the statement that no class
exemptions will be made. This is a wise provi
sion, doing away as it does with invidious dis
tinctions between occupations. It is admitted that
men will be required to carry on all forms of In
dustrial activity, although tome may be speeded
up above others by reason of war demands. How
ever, it is equally, apparent that men will be
needed for the army and these are to be chosen
in the fairest way possible. Exemption boards
will consider individual cases and will decide all
on merit, to the end that the man will go where
he is most needed. The character of the men
selected for the important work of making these
decisions is such as to insure absolute impartial
ity in the choice, but even then their action is
subject to review and the individual has the right
to appeal. The whole plan is worked out to
make the draft fair and square between those who
are subject to the law, that none may feel he is
discriminated against in any particular. The date
for the drawing soon will be announced and the
machinery will begin to operate on making. the
great army needed. .
"Caught with the Goods."
Eastern coal operators admit their share in
the move to unduly advance prices and by submit
ting to the government demand for a horizontal
reduction confess their guilt Boosts of more
than 100 per cent in selling prices, made at a time
when people were suffering for want of fuel, are
shown by price lists, while correspondence be
tween mine owners and jobbers disclose a de
liberate and shameless purpose to squeeze the
consumer to the utmost. That they have been
overhauled and checked in their piratical plans
is the first fruit of the effort of the federal authori
ties to bring about a better adjustment between
prices asked and the ability of the people to pay.
No reason for a fuel famine ever did exist in
this country, nor is it likely now that another
such experience will be forced by a combination
of operators. In this connection it is enlighten
ing to read a plea from the operators asking that
they be assured immunity from prosecution under
the Sherman taw if they unite to reduce prices.
Caught With the goods, they developed a sudden
respect for (he law whose presence did not greatly
worry them when prices were going up. Others
who deal in public necessities may well observe
the new relations established between the coal
men and the government.
War economy in leather necessitates an edict
against fashionable high shoes in England. Style
makers, like other autocrats, cannot dodge trouble
It is inferred from British press comment
that the American invasion of France wipes of!
the slate the insinuations of "coining dollars out
of Europe'a blood."
Renaming the Streets in newly-annexed sub
urb is all right, but the trouble arises from the
fact that not enough streets are found to im
mortalize all the local statesmen involved,
It may be noted in passing that the wool socks
the women are knitting for the soldiers are ac
tually worth more than $2 per pair, to no one
can question but our boys will be well shod to
A correspondent is inclined to challenge a
statement that corn was nine feet eight inches
high in Sarpy county in June, 1887. He should
remember "there were giants in those days,
and corn was one of them.
Congress appears determined to grant sweep
ing power of control over food and fuel and
other essentials of war. If national precedents
are shattered the responsibility and the worry
rests with greedy profiteers.
I. W. W, agitators are rapidly reaching the
ultimata limit of Uncle Sam's forbearance, and
we fear some of them will find their movements
seriously interfered with, unless they modify ma
terially their present walk and conversation.
As a means of stimulating harvest hands to
go the limit John Bull lifts the lid on the breweries
and authorizes a 50 per cent increase in the out
put As an emergency sample of paternalism this
carries a shade more punch than near-beer or
Thrones tumble and kings go, but King Ak
Sar-Ben goes his happy way, swaying his sub
jects with unfailing cheer. Of worries he has
none and his cornfed legions know not short
rations. Alone among modern monarchs, his lines
are cast in pleasant places.
A semi-official spieler at Washington nervily
urges people to forego annual vacations this sum'
mer and relieve railroads and summer resorts of
the trouble of caring for mere pleasure seekers.
Why waste money and time while patriotism calls
for service? It is risky fittingly to stigmatize
this kind of talk in plain print The task is
passed up to passenger agents and hotel clerks,
whose courage and vocal versatility alone are
equal to it ; '
, The Exemption Problem
'" Minnespoiis Tribima
Registration of all male residents of the United
States between the ages of 21 and 31 was a com
paratively easy matter compared with the evolu
tion of a system whereby those who are needed at
home can be exempted from military service. The
fact that there were no exemptions in the regis
tration process, except in the cases of men already
in the military or naval services, simplified the
nrst stage ot tne proolem ot selective con.
the selective feature, however, is the very
essence of conscription. Unquestionably there
would have been enough volunteers for the army
iiu navy h mere numoers naa neen tne sole ques
tion. The task was to set the right sort of men
men of the right age and physical equipment, and
to obtain them without dislocating the vital indus
tries or agriculture.
The officials of the government have reached
a wise decision in determining that there shall
be no general classes of exemption. Even some
of the industries can apare some of their men.
If there were class exemotiom. if for inaronr all
the men in the steel industry were exempted, a
way would be opened for slackers to avoid serv
ice by attaching themselves to th pay roll of
The federal exemption board will decide the
question whether a man is needed at home or in
the fighting line. The greatest care should be
taken in the establishment of lbcal boards and in
the selection of the personnel. Heads of indus
tries should be placed on their honor when they
it aMcu 10 y wnai men can oe spared, and
what Jtnes cannot be spared. , . ,
Insurance Men to Protect Food Warehouse.
Nebraska insurance men are to be mobilized
in the general movement for the protection of
food warehouse throughout the state. This
move is general throughout the country, induced
by a realization of the situation to which The Bee
called attention many week ago, and which ha
aince been recognized by the underwriter of the
country a a most serious factor in the national
effort at food conservation. Special inspections
are to be made of all food warehouses, with par
ticular regard to the fire risk, under direction of
the agent of the big insurance companies, who
have organized aomething in the nature of a
patrol to look after thi vitally important work.
The annual loss in the United States on grains
and other foods stored in buildings destroyed by
fire it enormou and most of it could be saved by
a little better care. Mills and elevators present a
peculiar kind of risk and utmost vigilance is called
for that they be made entirely aafe. Storehouses
for other food products are not so likely to be
destroyed by fire, but the liability is ever present,
and they, too, must be jealously watched. Any
thing thai tends to lessen the annual fire loss in
this country is a distinct gain for society and if
it saves food at the same time it is'doubly bene
Tha insurance men are moving in the right
direction and with the hearty co-operation of the
owner of all place where turplu stock of food
are stored safety for all will be greatly increased
American Methods and the European War.
When the American destroyer flotilla reached
England the British admiral asked the commander
when hi ships and men would be ready for duty
and wit astonished by the reply, "We are ready
right now.' Our men had prepared ship on the
way over and were in shape to go into action
immediately. Now comes news of the arrival
of the sawmill units, who will intoduce modern
methods in the handling of trees and lumber on
the battle front These, too, made the British
open their eyes, for they were all ready and
equipped down to the last item of lubricating oil,
The thoroughness of the preparation of these
early arrivals must give the Europeans better
notion of Yankee way. They have affected to
look upon ut a being (lipshod and careless be.
cause of our habits of hustle, but will learn by
association that w have not alighted dur job
simply because we have been in a hurry. New
notions of efficiency will grow out of the con
tact between the men of the two worlds, brought
on by the war. '
Eight Hundred Thousand Under Arms.
The current week has been devoted by the
president to a drive with the object of securing
70,000 additional men to fill the quota of the regu
lar army. When thi is completed the United
States will have 800,000 volunteera in it service
in the army and navy; This doe not sound so
big when ranged alongside Europe s mighty mili
tary forces, but it is big in its possibilities. It
mean that Pershing soon will have behind him in
Europe a tremendous force to be added to the
great battle line, making good on America's
promise to the world. Back of these is the million
of men to be selected by the draft for intensive
training during the winter. When these are
assembled in a little white we will have an army
almost equal in numbers to the largest force
America ever saw tinder arm. America is
awakened and determined fully to take its share
in the tremendous duty of re-establishing order In
Trust busters of the government, no doubt,
will condole together over the death of Sidney
W. Winslow, president of the United States Shoe
machinery corporation. The head and brains of
the tightest trust on record furnished a vast
amount of business for the busters and put up
a fight in all courts unequalled in vigor, re
sourcefulness and strategy. The battle is now
taged in the court of last resort, but nature in
tervene and remove the corporation field
A distinct sign of Mexican betterment
glimpsed in the official cleanup of Juarez and the
rout of native gamblers and pulque vendors.
the cleanup justifies the advance reports the town
will not have enough pull to remain on Villa'
visiting list j!
The Plague oj the Trenches
By Frederic J. Haskin
Waarunctnn. Tune 26. It was the third day of
battle. The enemy's guns had ceased firing for
some reason which the air scouts were trying to
discover and several thousand Frenchmen, stand
ing knee-deep in ice water that flooded the
trenches relaxed their holds on their rifles for the
first time in thirtv hours. Occasionally a khaki-
clad form stooped over what appeared to be an
empty place in the trenches and lined anotner
khaki-clad form, inert and water-soaked, onto an
army ambulance that teetered slowly down the
line through the snow ana mua.
An officer in mud-spattered uniform, his face
lined and crav as the surrounding mist, pulled
himself stiffly out of his trench and walked over
to where an army surgeon was woriung wnn a
group of men lying unconscious in the snow. The
officer observed that the surgeon was using not
the usual hypodermic of morphine, but a strong
reviving stimulant of hot whisky.
"Wounded f" he asked, as the surgeon lifted
one man on his arm and thrust a canteen between
Yes, answered tne surgeon, wounaea wtm
"Wounded with tuberculosis" is one of the bit
terest phrases the war has coined. It is bad
enough to die on the battlefield, but at least death
comes quickly under such circumstances. But to
be sent home to die slowly of the white plague,
often in a poor-law institution that has been
the fate of thousands of trench soldiers. France
has discharged nearly 200,000 soldiers on account
of tuberculosis since the beginning of the war, and
the spread of the disease in the British army has
reached such alarming proportions that the civil
ian population has organized to combat the situation.
It has taken some time for France to realize
its plight, but today the French combative spirit
is aroused. An antl-tuDercuiosis campaign is un
der wav. in which it mav be stated with oride that
Americans are contributing the major part both
in monev and service. 1 he officer ot the aoove in
cident was an American, and it did not take him
long to discover that the whole French army was
rapidly being weakened by the dread scourge.
Later, when wounded he was sent back to France,
he got in touch with hi friends from home, to
whom he gave a grim account of conditions.
"Snmrthinff mut be done." he concluded, "and
done quickly, or there will oe no rrencn army.
The Americans in Paris immediately organized
themselves into a committee that being one of
the things for which Americans are famous and
called upon the French government. The French
government was sufficiently alarmed concerning
the spread of the disease, but unfortunately it was
Irrarlv tiinrlicanned with too manv obligations
to offer any adequite remedy for the situation. It
simply had to oe lett to tne civil population.
In a subsequent investigation it became appar
ent that the civil population was largely respon
sible tor the disease anyway ana not tne army.
While trench life certainly aggravates any ten
dency towards tuberculosis, it wa discovered that
in the majority of case the disease was already
there. In other words, the terrible fact was re
vealed that the whole of France was highly tuber
culous. Before the war the death rate from tubercu
losis was nearly three per thousand of population,
in the cities the percentage running much higher.
In Havre, for example, the death rate from all
diseases last year wa over three time that of
New, York City. The death rate from tubercu
losis alone was equal to 40 per cent of the entire
death rate or new xorx my.
Searching for the cause of this large mortality
from tuberculosis, the investigating Americans
soon found it. The United States has suffered
sufficiently from the (course to make most of it
citizen intelligent and aympathetie anti-tubercu
losis campaigners, fcvery American, although he
mav not alwavs oractice it, is a believer in the
value of fresh air. The French, although an ex
tremely enlightened people in the sciences ot
anaesthesia and surgery, are not by any means
an example to the world in sanitary matters. The
fact of the matter is that the French do not get
enough fresh air.
Fresh air, cleanliness and disinfection are the
three greatest essentials in combating tuberculo
sis. Naturally, when a country neglects all of
them more or less and lives in positive terror of
the first, you can expect to find the disease flour
In December of last vear the war victims' fund
was established to take care of French tubercu
lous soldiers. The sum of $116,118 was collected
and a number of sanitarium opened. Soldiers
were collected from poor institutions and those
arriving from the front were given the best of
care. The Americans worked a if inspired. It
was their chance to show the French civilian
population the proper method of treatment while
curing their soldiers, and they made the most of
The work has been slow, owing to lack of
funds, but it is accomplishing its purpose. Many
soldiers have recovered and the French people are
becoming educated to the value of fresh air.
Windows are being sawed in hundreds of peasant
homes which boasted none before the war. The
propaganda of fresh air and sanitation is having
The United Hebrew Charities, in connection
with the Society for the Relief of Jewish Tuber
culous, has created a new ideal in the care of
tubercular victims in its fresh air schools and
sanitary factory. In the latter simple tasks are
provided for tubercular employes, who are thus
able to earn their livings supervised by physicians.
If four hours is alt a person is able to work with
out tiring, a doctor is there to see that he works
no longer than that. There are nurses to take his
temperature; a lunch room, where nourishing food
is served at bare cost, and, when needed, milk is
served two or three times a day to patients. The
products made by these people are thoroughly dis
infected, so that there ia absolutely no danger in
releasing them to trade.
Purifying Influences of War
Maw York Financial Worli)
Terrible and devastating as grim war is, the
one into which our country has entered will un
doubtedly have a beneficial mental and physical
influence on American life. It will do away with
the crass materialism which had taken hold of
our natural life, and which is a development in
any free people who have enjoyed a long era of
peace, rapid business expansion and accumulation
of enormous wealth. The refining influences of a
nation that devotes its energies to money-making
are liable to become demoralized and dulled. In
war, however, with its terror and sacrifices of
lives and treasure, a people always attain a
sterner conception of life and duty and awaken
to ideals long dormant
The actuality of the war has at once created a
democratized spirit of getting together. It has
brought capital and labor, art, science, religion
and politics, men and women of all classes, the
rich and the poor, closer in a common cause
the cause of the country. In face of grim neces
sities and common danger American democracy
has become rejuvenated. It is teaching the masses
that capitalists are not cruel and oppressive and
corporations not soulless. No element has con
tributed more lavishly or worked more unselfishly
or sacrificed so much time, labor and money for
the success of the Liberty loan than that com
munity decried as the center of heartlessness
Wall street It was Wall street from which
started the call for a $100,000,000 Red Cross fund
and for extra dividends by the rich corporations
for the benefit of that fund. Thi noble work
especially will give the lie to the claim that we
are only a nation of dollar chasers and money
It seems as if Providence works through crises
for the mental, moral and physical uplift of the
children of man so as to awaken in them the bet
ter angels of their nature-patriotism, the spirit of
sacrifice and the, noblest .conception of the right
pirit of natural concord j..
I TODAV I
Proverb (or the Day.
Dropping water wears a rock.
One Year Ago Today In the War.
Medina, reported captured by
British patrol attacks and bombard
ment Increased on western front
Dr. Karl Llebknecht, German radl.
cal socialist, sentenced to thirty
months' Imprisonment for attempted
In Omaha Thirty Year Ago Today.
J. O. McClure, who Uvea In Am
bler Place, is minus a. strawberry
roan pony with white hind feet which
was unhitched and driven away from
in front of hia premises.
A squalid band of Indians are en
camped above the fair grands and a
tall, wiry, antldiluvian-looking buck
is working the begging racket
throughout the city.
The residence property owners In
the neighborhood of Thirteenth ana
Jackson are complaining of the horse
and hay market, stating that It blocks
up the street.
The funeral of Joseph Crawford
took place from his late residence, 722
Pierce. He had worked for a number
of years in the shops of the Union Pa
cific and out of respect to his memory
the foundry of the shops was closed.
Owing to the Illness of Janlsh, the
Boyd opera house will not be occu.
Died bv that actress or her company
and the season will close with the
presentation of Harrigan's "Leather
Fred Higglnson, the little son of
Mrs. Belma Higglnson and grandson
of Bt. A. D. Balcombe, 610 North
Twentieth, accidentally broke the
small bone of his rlirht leg.
The old Buckingham theater has
been overhauled and rechriatened the
Olympic. It will be opened as a first
class variety theater by Cole & Parish.
A meeting of the Nebraska fish com
missioners was neia in a. is. a. Ken
nedy's office. Lew May attended the
meeting with all of the majesty be.
comlntr the nresident of the National
American Fishery society, an honor
conferred upon him and Nebraska at
the last meeting oi tne association.
This Day In History.
1776 State constitution adopted
and colonial government ceased in
1778 "Molly Pitcher" commis
sioned a sergeant by Washington for
bravery at battle of Monmouth.
1864 Last engagement fought by
the Prussians and Dane in the war
1878 Reception of foreign ambas
sador in audience for first time by th
emoeror of China In Peking-.
1892 John1 W. Foster of Indiana
was appointed to aucceed James O.
Blaine as secretary of state.
1902 Germany, Austria and Italy
renewed the triple alliance.
1914 Austrlans began, the bom
bardment of Belgrade.
1916 Senate adopted a resolution
empowering the president to draft mi
litiamen Into federal service.
The Day We Celebrate.
General George W. Goeth&ls, chief
engineer In the building or the Pan
ama canal, now head of the Emer
gency Fleet corporation, born in
Brooklyn, N. Y., fifty-nine years ago
Commander David W. Todd, V. B.
N.. director of naval communications,
horn in California forty-three years
Lieutenant Colonel James W. Me-
Andrew, member of the general start
corps of the United States army, born
in Pennsylvania mty-nve years ago
William B. Borah, senior United
States senator from Idaho, born at
Fairfield, 111., fifty-two years ago to
day. George Ellery Hale, noted astrono
mer and organizer and head of the
National Research council, born In
Chicago forty-nine years ago today.
William Schley Howard, represent
ative In congress ot the Fifth Geor
gia district, born at Ktrkwooa, Ga.
forty-two years ago today.
George W. Stevens, president of the
Chesapeake & Ohio railway, born at
Utlca. o., slxty-slx years ago today.
Timely Jottings and Reminders. .
Important problems affecting the to
bacco trade are to be discussed to
day by the Tobacco Association ot the
United States, holding its fifteenth an
nual meeting at Old Point Comfort.
Conditions which have made neo
essary increases In prices of ail hats
are to be discussed at the annual con
vention of the American Association
of Wholesale Hatters, which meets at
Record-breaking shipments of
liquor into "dry" states and localities
are expected today in anticipation of
the coming into effect on July 1 of the
federal law prohibiting this phase ot
tne liquor tratne.
Educators of eminence throughout
the United States have been secured
to address a Joint conference to be
opened at the Massachusetts Insti
tute of Technology today under the
auspices of the American Institute of
Instruction and the Massachusetts
Board of Education.
Storyette of the Day.
Lord Eustace Percy is renowned tor
his quick, sharp wit. In New York
recently he took a taxicab to his hotel
and duly paid and tipped the chauf
feur on his arrival.
But the chauffeur, accustomed to
our American extravagance, seemed
to think this tip too small.
"What's this her for, my lord?"
he said, and he looked at the coin in
his hand with some contempt.
Lord Eustace, as he turned away,
"Drink, I'm inclined to think. Judx-
lng by your nose." Washington Star.
John D. Walla In Buffalo Exoress.
A aualnt little pathway that twlatad and
And uassed from our alrht at tha mill.
Than wandered away whara tha wild flow-
Their gold on tha alopa of tha bill
How allant It lad, with tha aldtra above,
Till aplaahed by tha tun atreamln
It ended Its way en tha threahold of love.
Ot an old-fashioned cotusa wa knew.
Each flower that bloomed 'round the Imttloa
Came down from the sardena above-
Each new opened btoasom save out oa tha
Freah tokens of tendereat love
Each elgh In the treea of tha breese passing
Each oall of a bird for Ita mate,
Batlttad this old-faahlonad cottage wa
And tha old-fashioned folk at the gate.
The gourd at the well, the bucket and
Tha aomething that whispered of home.
The warmth of the welcome they treaaure
' To greet a eon given to roam:
Aye, each little thing, each Joy and care
. That naasea In dlatant review:
Slay wa find the old-fashioned oottage
Aad the old-fashioned sou Dies we knrw.
Soldier Boy Know a Newspaper.
Fort Scott Cal.. June 18. To th
Editor of the Bee: Just a line to let
you know that all of we Nebraska
boy enjoy reading The Bee away out
her on the Pacific. It sounds rather
strange but through your paper we
were Informed of a forest fire raging
400 miles down the coast near Los
Anaelea Troops were called out to
fight the fire and although we read
the San Francisco papers, notning was
mentioned concerning the fire.
Your paper arrives just tnre aays
late and like all Nebraska proaucu.
It can't be beat for real newa
Located at Fort Scott, formerly of
good old Nebraska.
Prayer a National Need.
Omaha. Jun 25. To the Editor
of The Bee: Bom on has raised the
question, Would It not be well to have
another day of national prayer ana
humiliation, like that appointed By
Abraham Lincoln during th civil
President Lincoln, in setting apart
the 30th day of April, 1863, as a
day of fasting and prayer, used the
following words, which it seems
tfmeiy to repeat: ' Whereas, It Is the
duty of nations, as well as of men,
to own their dependence upon the
overruling power of God, to confess
their sins and transgressions In the
humble sorrow, yet with assured hop
that genuine repentance will lead to
mercy and pardon, and to recognize
the sublime truth announced in th
Holy Scriptures, and proved by all his
tory, that those nations only are
blessed whose God is the Lord: and in
asmuch as we know that, by his di
vine law, nations, like individuals, are
subjected to punishment and chastise
ments in tnis worm, may we not justty
fear that the awful calamity of civil
war, which now desolates the land,
may be but a punishment Inflicted
upon us for our presumptuous sins,
to-'the needful end off our national
reformation as a whole people?
"We have been the recipients of th
choicest bounties of heaven. We have
been preserved these many years In
peace and prosperity. We have grown
in numbers, wealth and power as no
other nation has ever grown. But we
have forgotten God. We hav for
gotten the gracious hand which pre
served us In peace and multiplied and
enriched and strengthened, and we
have vainly imagined lntthe deceltful
nesa of our hearts that all these bless
ings were produced by some superior
wisdom and virtue of our own.
"Intoxicated with unbroken success,
we have become too self-sufficient to
feel the necessity of redeeming and
preserving grace, too proud to pray
to the God who made us.
"It behooves us then to humble our
selves before the offended power, to
confess our sins and to pray for clem
ency and forgiveness."
Surely there is great need of more
prayer and fasting in our day and th
conditions President Lincoln described
In his appeal to the nation are al
most Identical with the conditions of
today. Many of ua have often asked
ourselves, "How much farther will th
people of America be permitted to ig
nore God without feeling hia Judg
ment?" . i
God still rules the universe and
wa cannot ignore his law, either as
individuals or as a nation, without
feeling the consequences. I think
there ought to be a week set apart
for fasting ana prayer ior our tana
and a world-wide peace. There Is
great power In united prayer and our
God will not turn a deaf ear.
L. B. H.
Some Corn, Even for Sarpy.
Omaha, June 27. To the Editor ot
The Bee: I find great pleasure in
rendlna! vour column entitled "In
Omaha Thirty Years Ago." In this
morning's paper I notice two items
that hardly syncronize. For instance,
there is a report of the graduating ex.
ercises of the Sacred Heart academy
and the following statement: "Mr. H.
L. PIckard of near Sarpy Mills brought
into The Bee office a stalk of corn
nine feet eight inches in height. Mr.
P. says he has nine acres Just like it."
I know that the present season Is
rather backward, corn on an average
being about eight Inches high. I am
willing to believe to a certain extent
that the old days were best, but I
am hardly ready to believe that thirty
years ago Sarpy county produced corn
that was nine feet eight inches in
height on June 27. This is no reflec
tion on Barpy county farm land, which
Is probably the best in the world.
F. L. HALLE R.
Nebraska's Revenue System.
Omaha, June 27. To the Editor of
The Bee: Brother Quinby never loses
an opportunity to go to the front for
the single tax doctrine. In the ab
sence of such opportunity he makes
one. At a time when Nebraska is on
the top wave of prosperity, he says
the landgrabbers are "forcing poverty
and misery and industrial strife upon
the masses of mankind." After put
ting up a scarecrow like this he says:
"The next attempt along tax reform
lines In this state la going to be a
plain, outspoken, unequivocal declara
tion in an amendment to our constitu
tion that after a certain date all taxes
in this state shall be raised by a tax
upon the value of land irrespective of
I understand the attempt will be
made next year by initiative petition
and later in a constitutional conven
tion. These single taxers demand that
Nebraska shall abandon the rule of
uniform assessment of taxable prop
erty, and put in Its place the method
of classifying the various kinds of
property, each class being assessed at
a rate differing from the others. Th
scheme Includes the progressive side,
which means that in a few years land
only will be taxed, all improvements
The reformers up In Wisconsin in
duced the people of that state to adopt
.. . . I... aa.aaaivt llTtHawf WhlCH
InG progrenos. a oja
in 1915 the per capital revenue re
ceipts were i. --
under tne untiorm sbk"""
they were but 14.11. This has been
reduced since 1915 by 22 per cent
Our state constitution places a rea
sonable limit upon tax assessments.
The single taxers would break down
thi safeguard. I hav gathered a
mast of material upon the practical
workings of th single tax In western
Canada. The mayor of Saskatoon n
in tha ritv council.
shows the criminal folly of th slngl
tax. Let me quote out one parwsvu
"The argument that the single tax
tend to improve
same has broken down, aa the ownera
realize how impossinie it is to "!""
property when there is no demand lor
Every paragraph of the mayor a re
port is a severe arraignment of the
single tax. If Brother Quinby swipes
me again, I'll ask permission to tell
Bee readers something more about the
single tax fare in western Canada.
J. B. HAYNES.
DRIFTWOOD OF WAR.
A twelve-Inch naval ana averages fifty
feet in length.
The floating mine it tha invention of a
The pay of captain In the United States
navy during the war of 181 was 1100 a
A torpedo flred by s modern submarine
travels at a speed averaging between thirty
and forty miles an hour.
Two crossed signs flsgs and a Burning
torch is the official insignia of tha signal
corps of tha United States army.
All chaplains of the united stales army
ara required to hold appropriate religious
services at least once on each Sunday.
A charts of cordite weighing 8o0 pounds
ia required to discharge the 850-pound shell
from the twelve-inch gun of tha British
In time of war retired officers of the army
may ha employed In the discration of the
president for any duty except the command
Tha mammoth fifteen-Inch gun with wmeh
aome warships are equipped is capable of
throwing a shell weighing ont ton a distance
of twenty-four miles.
The signal corps of the army formerly
eondueted tha weather bureau service, which
was inaugurated and to a large extent de
veloped under thia corps.
The chief of etsU of tha United States
army la at the head of the general ataff
corps, composed of officers of the line of the
army, who are selected under, presidential
The first American man-of-war built at
Portsmouth, N. H., waa the frigate Raleigh,
thirty-two guns, which waa launched Hay 81,
1776, having been completed In juet sixty
days from the laying of her keel.
The coast artillery of the United States
army, which ia aeparate in organisation from
tha Held artillery, haa charge of the perma
nently located fortifications and their arma
ment, together with submarine mines and
The claim haa been made that the first
periscope ever used waa made by Thomas
Doughty, engineer of the Monitor of civil
war fame, who constructed a contrivance
with an iron pipe and two mirrors which en
abled him to see what waa going on above
while he remained below in the engine room.
In view of the extent to which the aero
plane has been employed In the present war.
with raiding tripe of several hundred milea
almost an everyday occurrence, it is difficult
to realise that it is only eight years since
the world waa amaied by the feat of Louie
Bleriot in flying across the English channel.
LINES TO A SMILE.
"Willie, agalnit orders, allowed hli chum
to take him to the river on a fishing
trip." "Then what happened?"
"His father took him to tha back shed
on a whaling expedition." Baltimore Amer
ican. Mrg. Flutter Iin't It wonderful, tha In
terest women ara taking In gardening and
farming? - ;
Piogenea They have always been craay
aooui nusoanary. ncK,
First Bachelor Girl It's an outrage! I
was singing just now when this slipper
flew In through the window."
Second Ditto Sing another verse, dear,
and perhaps you'll get the mate to It Bos- ,
"Young Green la talking of going Into
Wall street. What do you auppose will
happen to blm?"
"It's a toss up if he escapes from th
bulls and a tight squeeze If he gets away
from tha bears." Indianapolis Star.
Redd I told him he ought to put mora
spirit Into his golf game.
Green And dtd he?
Redd Sure. He takes four "hookers'
now before ha starts playing. lookers
11 MR. kAftlBBLE
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"Men hav many of th characteristics
of animals," remarked the bore.
"Soma men. for Instance, ara mulish.'
"And some are asinine," retorted th
busy man as he turned to bis desk. Louis
"Did you leave tee at th comer house?"
"'Deed, boss, I don't remember," said U
"Look on the door step and see If thsra
Is a damp spot there "
"Yes, boss, there Is1
"You left it." Louisville Courier-Journal.
Mrs. Flynt E. Btskett I want to Jota
the army. I think I'll enlist as a cook.
F. S. B. Sh-hl Hush, my dear. Theyra
arresting persons for making threats against
the army. Judge.
"I understand your automobile has gotten
you Into trouble."
"It's always getting me Into trouble on
way or another," replied McChugglns. "When
It runs I get arrested for speeding; when
It refuses to run I get arrested tor pro
fanity." Washington Star.
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