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Subscribers leaving the city should have The Be mailed
to them. Address changed SS often as requested.
Some rain ! Now watch King Corn go it.
The Rum Demon certainly is having a rum
But how did George Creel ever let that report
of Admiral Gleaves get out again without "elab
orating',' on it?
"Extended debate is expected in the senate,"
sayi the news dispatch, and here is one expecta
tion sure to be realized. 1- '
Pity our poor, overworked city commissioner
who draws but $4,500 a year and only takes three
or four months' vacation out of twelve 1
Of course, our rain in Nebraska is providen
tial, but that rain in Flanders just at the height
of the Allied drive is altogether different.
House democrats are willing to let the prohibi
tion amendment resolution lie over till next win
ter. Yes, a lot of things can happen between now
and then.
Rain stopped the game in Flanders with the
core 10 to 0 in favor of the Allies. Rain checks
were issued and will be honored as sootrj as the
mud will let the men move, ;'- Vr X '
Nevertheless and notwithstanding, it is open
to question whether the onslaught by two U-boats
at a time constitutes "an attack in force," even- in
the language of "elaboration." .
The kaiser would, make a good captain for a
tailend team in a. base ball league, for he can ex
tract a lot of inspiration from what to other folks
looks. like a jolly good beating.' "
Norway makes bitter complaint against the
German practice of sinking Norwegian ships, but
keeps right on furnishing cargo for German ships
that slip in and out through Norwegian waters.
Senator Hitchcock is on the list as voting
"no" on submission of the national prohibition
Amendment Well, at any rate, that is better
than his usual ducking and being recorded "not
voting.". ' 11 ' "" " " .". "" ' ''
The kaiser now proclaims; "We shall be vic
torious! The Lord God will be with us 1" Then
the reason that for three years German expecta
tions have not been, met must be that so far the
Lord God has not been with us.
Challengers , for the , government will add a,
further touch of interest to the" proceedings of
the exemption boards. Uncle Sam is in dead
earnest this time and does not propose. to be
hornswoggled if he can prevent it. ,
Drafting our old "Bill" Park from the Illinois
Central to be put in charge of the general war
freight bureau brings, another big man into touch
with a big job. If this process could be carried
a little higher up the country would be gainer.
The emperor's congratulations to Prince Rup
precht recall what John Paul Jones said when he
learned that the captain of the Serapis had been
knighted after losing his ship to the doughty
American. "If he'll come out again," said Jones,
"I'll give him another such a beating they'll make
hr peer of the realm." ,
This long-delayed explanation that Germany
is fighting "a war of defense" fits in rather badly
with 'all those early jubilations about Germany
overrunning the enemy's territory before the in
habitants could rally against the invaders. If
.Germany has been fighting "a war of defense,"
what kind of a war has little Belgium been fight
ing? Yes, and what kind of a war has over,
powered Serbia been fighting?
Percentage Against U-Boat
-Fltinhargh Post-
When the statement was made some time ago
that none of the inventions thus far submitted
gave promise of decisively defeating the U-boat, it
was accepted by many persons as reflecting a
hopeless state of affairs for allied shipping and
conceding ultimate victory to the undersea ter
rors. , This is far from the truth. What the naval
authority: quoted in the statement did say was
that no invention thus far submitted would be able
to eliminate .the submarines. But while no means
have yet been found of driving the U-boa;i from
the seas, certain methods have been formulated
which reduce the effectiveness of their work very
materially and these means are being actively em
ployed and to good purpose. To defeat the aims
of the U-boat warfare it is by no means essential
that a way be found to sweep the pests from the
ocean highways entirely. All that is needed is
to render the' percentage of their successful at
tacks small enough and the undersea campaign is
a failure. This the Allies are doing, little by little,
b7 various means, tome of a defensive, others of
an aggressive nature.
One of the most effective means is now de
clared, by chipping authorities to be the simple
expedient of extreme speed. Vessels Capable of
making twenty knots an hour, they declare, are
virtually immune from U-boat attack and tne can
ger incrtascs in exact proportion as the speed of
the ship diminishes. Tabulations of the sinkings
of merchantmen during the campaign bear this
out It is) obvious, then that if the Allies can
provide sufficient very swift carriers this means
alone will, solve the problem. But when it is re
: membered that various other safeguards, such "as
submarine chasers, chain nets and steel rod pro
tectors applied to hulls, armed carriers and con
voys, constantly increasing patrols and a host of
other means, all axe nibbling away at the per
centage of sinkings, saving a ship here, sinking a
U-boat there,-its is a eertainty that as time'goes
on the percentage of gain must increasingly favor
the Allies.. The U-bbat menace may be safelv said
hajre "shot its bolt"
Boastful William.
Emperor William observes the beginning of
the fourth year of the war by addressing hi- war
riors, both land and sea, and his people in gen
eral in self-confident terms. Lcs could hot have
been looked for, because none expect the kaiser
to admit even the possibility of ultimate defeat,
but some of his phrases. have a spurious ring. "As
our problems multiply, so doe9 our strength in
crease. We are invincible," would be boastful
even in a monarch victorious in battle. Coming
from one who has been checked and thwarted on
all sides, and who is now facing conditions that
threaten defeat, words so ' vainglorious are
strangely out of place.
The kaiser continues to talk of the war being
forced upon Germany. Only as it relates to the
last fifteen months, since the Allies have taken
over the offensive, is this true; but not as to its
inception, His praise for the navy must refer to
the U-boat, for that is the only branch of the
floating establishment showing activity. The end
of this campaign of destruction, which has so
stirred the world against tthe empire, will termi
nate German plans ptit world-dorrjinion, now
weakly supported by imperial praise and the
empty promise of "a strong, free empire."
Freedom can have no place where might alone
is supposed to make right. The kaiser's boasts
are as futile as his hopes were vain. The world
will be free, but only when the Hohenzollern
scheme of empire is forever demolished.
Clearing the Decks.
Without regard to other considerations, the
passage by the senate of a resolution asking that
the federal constitution be amended to prohibit
the liquor traffic;should remove one serious ob
stacle to Hie transaction of public business. 1 From
the beginning of the present session every impor
tant move has been clogged or checked by the
interjection of debate on prohibition. The senate
has finally put the subject back onto the house,
which in turn may refer it to the states, although
the democratic caucus has agreed to consider
nothing but war legislation for the present. If
the house acts on the resolution prohibition will
be shelved and matters of more vital importance
in connection with the war may claim congres
sional attention. Dry forces will quite naturally
feel elated and the wets correspondingly will be
stirred to new efforts by the senate's action. Sub
mission of the amendment with a time limit of
six years for ratification would start the biggest
battle between these forces ever pulled off.
Facing the Fire of the Doctors. '
Thousands of young Americans are undergoing
a most important and to some extent a nerve
racking experience just now. They are being
examined byt the doctors to determine their physi
cal fitness to serve in the army. In a sense it is
a gratification to any man to know that he is ma
terially and organically sound, that his several
members are serviceable, .that his functions are
normally performed and that in all ways he is fit.
When he wins such a verdict in quest of insur
ance he goes about boasting of it to his friends.
Uncle Sam is even more particular than the insur
ance company, for defects that will not affect a
policy render a man useless to the army. There
fore, he who gets his "physical" with the army
surgeon has a state of perfection of which any
one might be proud. But some of the candidates
are going with a secret hope that the surgeon's
eye will detect some defect and will come away
rejected as unsound and contented because of the
fact that the discard grfOo stay at home. Against
these may be set thousands who have-sought en
trance to the army -jn- spite; of some handicap
that puts them out of the quest These latter are
the ones who get the high respect of their fellow
men. Facing the fire of the; doctor is a serious
business just now, for it means much to the youth
who are taking the tests and quite as much to the
country that expects great service from them.
Weakness of the Creel Censorship.
The publication of the full text of Admiral
Gleaves' report on the passage of the flotilla bear
ing American troops to France discloses the
amaiing weakness of the Creel censorship. The
report is a plain, straightforward recital of facts
ml contains nothing full knowledge of which
could materially affect the military situation one
way or the other. Only an exaggerated or
aberant conception of the censor's function could
lead to the suppression of Admiral Gleaves clear,
lucid statement and the substitution therefor of
the flapdoodle literature contained in the "elab
oration", originally sent out. Nothing transmit
ted by the admiral possibly can warrant the asser
tion made in the Creel production that an "attack
In force" was sustained and defeated by the
American ships. That much at least of the ful
mination signed by the name of the secretary of
navy was pure invention by his censor.
Efforts at maintaining an impenetrable and
sanctified mystery around the movements of
American forces should be abandoned. The pro
cess, according to the confession of the authori
ties, has not so far baffled the enemy, but it has'
sorely tried the patience of the people. Loyal
Americans do not want to interfere with anything
that rightfully should be kept secret, but when a
troop movement has been successfully accom
plished they are surely entitled to the whole truth
and without embellishment The call sent out
to the country o wake up would sound a lot
more impressive if someone at Washington were
to wake up first. . . , . . '
"Spoofing" the Weather Man. .
Jupiter Pluvius again has,' indulged his divine
and unquestioned right of laughing at the weather
man's predictions. The "rain god met the proph
ecy of "fair and warmer'? with a generous down
pour of rain and such delightful temperature as
Omaha has not had in weeks. In sportive glee
the wind and rain gods united, to discomfit the
science of man and, upset his prognostications,
and, while the elemental disturbance is probably at
total variance with the. indications, it is of the
sort that is appreciated by all. The thirsty earth,
baked by midsummer sun's fervor, gets another
good long swig at the contents of the clouds and
the moisture goes where it wilt do the most good.
Drooping truck patches revive and the corn fields
lift up their plumes to catch the drops that mean
life and growth, and the harvest is made secure.
W'e may, easily. believe that none is less disap
pointed at his discomfiture iri this case than the
forecaster, whose wisdom is thus made a jest by
the elements, but -whose patriotism will' stand a
lot of joking when it means "the good a timely rain
does the corn belt "'""", '. i ; " "" ' " '
Those Southern Pacific trainmen had better put,
off their strike until after tfie. war Let the rail
road men follow the example of the Kansas coal
miners, who have just called ;off a strike to help
out against a shortage of fuel. - ,
The Beaver Comes Back
: By Frederic J .Haskin
Washington, July 30. One figure that played a
part second to none in the development of Amer
ica, and that had apparently gone the way of the
trapper, the prairie schooner and the buffalo, has
reappeared upon the scene with every indication
that he intends to stay. This survivor of pioneer
days is the American beaver the furry citizen of
woodland rivers that brought the great Hudson
Bay company into existence; supported Canada
and the northwest for centuries; led Kit Carson
and his followers into the southwest; furnished
the primary incentive for the exploration and con
quest of half of this continent.
Ten or .fifteen years ago the beaver was ex
tinct over nine-tenths of its normal range, which
is almost the entire continent of North America.
There were a few scattered colonies of wild
beaver, and a few beaver farms, where the ani
mals were raised for their pelts. Thn the state
legislatures began passing protective laws. The
beaver quickly demonstrated that all it needed
was a chance. Today it is multiplying at a great
rate in many localities scattered from Maine to
New Mexico. Ten years ago ancient beaver cut
tings in the southwestern Rockies were pointed
out wonderingly as evidence that the animals had
once existed there. Now in the same sections any
tourist can go out a few miles from his hotel
and observe a large beaver colony. In fact, a
trained eye can see beaver-cut trees and other
evidence of the animals' presence from the win
dow ot the rullman along the Rio Grande and
other western streams. Beaver are living and
building their picturesque lodges within two miles
of Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico.
In this and other vicinities they have occasionally
done considerable damage by building their dams
so that valuable agricultural lands have been
flooded; and it has been necessary for the state
government to issue permits to the laniowners
to trap them. A ranchman on the Rio Grande
who had thus obtained the right to trap beaver,
and who had read that'beaver tail is a delicacy,
not long ago gave a "beaver dinner." to which
he invited all of his friends. Their civilized pal
ates, however, were not attuned to such primitive
fare. Few of them could eat beaver tail with any
The return of the beaver in the southwestern
Rockies is especially interesting because it was
in this section that the beaver played its last im
portant part in the American story. About a cen
tury ago New Mexico and Colorado were a little
known wilderness, a large part of which belonged
to Mexico. It might have remained both a wilder
ness and a part of Old Mexico for a long time
had it not been for a fashion edict which went out
from London.
Beaver pelts had already been used to some
extent' for the manufacture of hats, but the real
popularity of that form of headgear dates from
the time when a certain London dandy, who was
an arbiter in matters of elegance, made his ap
pearance in society wearing a tall beaver hat.
Little did this beau imagine that he was sending
thousands of brave men half way across a conti
nent and deciding the fate of a domain many times
as large as the British Isles. But in effect he
did all of that The vogue for beaver hats spread
went up.
Now the upper waters of the Platte, the Rio
Grande, the Cimarron, the Canadian and a host
of oter western rivers that rise in the Rockies
were aswarm with beaver. Much of this territory
was owned by Mexico and all of it was infested
by Indians. The Apaches, Comanches, Utes,
Sioux, Navajo and a number of other tribes
roamed all over it. Such considerations as these
did not deter brave men. Outfits starting from
St Louis and Independence penetrated into the
heart of the beaver country. A new class of pio
neers sprang into beingthe mountain men, as
they called themselves. Kit Carson is the most
famous of these, although Jim Bridger, Dick
Wootton, Bent and St. Vrain were no less famous
in their day. It was these men who first found
the trails across the Rockies. They were the
first men to cross the continental divide to Cali
fornia, the first to see the wonders of the Yellow
stone. The official government explorations of
these regions came much later and the trappers
who acted as guides were merely showing the
army officers the streams and mountains that had
been known to the mountain men for years.
About 1834 another fashion edict was issued in
London. Some languid ornament of London so
ciety decided that silk was really much nicer
material for hats than beaver skin. But the
beaver had done its work. It had filled the coun
try with white men, who now turned to the soil
for a hying. It had decided that this great land
should be ruled from Washington and not from
Mexico City. The Mexican war, which brought
the southwest into the United States, followed
as an inevitable consequence of the conquest of
this wilderness by the American trapper.
In after years trapping became sufficiently
profitable so that the beaver was ilmost extinct
in this region, but today they are abundant again.
In the very canyons where Kit Carson set his
traps and reaped his annual harvest of furs the
beaver is again building its dams and lodges. It
is claiming as its own the land whose destiny it
formed. '
Our Fighting Men
Malin Craig.
Captain Malin Craig, member of the general
staff corps of the United States army, is one of
the officers assigned to the duty of organizing the
reserve officers' training camps, one of the most
important steps in the formation of the new na
tional army. Captain Craig is z young officer with
a brilliant record of service. Born in Missouri
forty-two years ago, he was appointed to the
United States military academy from Penn
sylvania in 1894. His career since his graduation
from West Point has been identified almost
wholly with the cavalry arm., He graduated with
nigh honors from the infantry and cavalry school
in 1904 and completed a course at the staff col
lege the following year;
Robert K. Evans.
Brigadier General Robert K. Evans, who was
placed on the retired list of the army a short time
ago, is back in active service and is reported to
be on his way to the Philippines to take charge of
a large detachment of the forces stationed there.
General Evans is a native of Mississippi, was
graduated from West Pont in 1875, and attained
the rank of brigadier general in 1915. He has a
creditable record with the infantry forces in deal
ing with the Indians in the southwest, in the war
with Spain, and during the military occupation of
the Philippines. At the time of his retirement he
was stationed in Hawaii.
People and Events
' The belief that Lord Kitchener is alive fairly
equals the older and still-going belief that the
German crown prince is dead.
A Wenatchee man lost a chance to become an
army officer because his voice was weak. But he
might paraphrase one of the early war jokes and
protest that he wants to shoot the Germans, not
shout them to death.
Benjamin Fowler, a negro of Glen Cove, L. I.,
whose six sons of military age have all enlisted
in the Fifteenth infantry, will not be viewed with
admiration by many lukewarm Americans who are
seeking every means by which they;- may. aid
slacker sons to evade the selective draft. - ' '
In his book, "The Battle of the Wilderness,"
General Morris Schaff gives the ages of the men
in the union army during the civil war. Out of
a total of 2,778,000 enlistments no less than 2,150,
798 were under 22 years;'those under 19 were
1,151,438. and those under 17- totaled 844.891 -The
young man's army is thus seen to be no new thing.
According to all reports, Germany is using large
numbers of men under 17. " "
Proverb tor the Day.
It makes all the difference as to
whose ox is gored.
One Year Ago Today in the War.
French reoccupied village of Fluery,
at Verdun.
Roger Casement hanged for" high
treason at Pentonville pflson.
Italian passenger steamer Letlmbro
sunk in Mediterranean by submarine.
Omaha Thirty Years Ago Today.
The main feature of the entertain
ment at the African Methodist Episco
pal church was the speech of Hon. J.
M. Thurston.
The Palace saloon has changed
hands, Charlie Little retiring and his
partner, Billy Thompson, remaining
nd going into business with Billy
Mrs. Finnerty, sister of James Bren-
nan, contractor, has arrived in Omaha
from the east. It is the first time she
has seen her brother in many years.
W. O. Saunders, John, Booth of the
opera house, and Elliott, the plumber,
hare in contemplation the erection on
Luke Manawa- of a seventy-flve-foot
boat on which to produce "Pinafore."
with an excellent cast, the amphi
theater to be erected on the shore a
short distance away. Mr. Saunders will
be the admiral: Mrs. Cahn, Josephine;
Mr. Brigham. Balph; Mrs. Henry Es
tabrook, Buttercup, and Mr. Eata
brook, Deadeye.
A letter received from Chief Galli
gan, who is in Chicago, stated that he
will probably have his eye operated on
in Chicago, instead of going to Balti
more. ,
The frame structures on the south
west corner of Thirteenth and Jones,
Were removed and the digging for the
foundation of the new brick block for
the Anheuser-Busch Brewing company
W. C. Gregory of the Republican,
George B. Eddy of the Excelsior, Rob
ert Hunter of The Bee, George B.
Mllle and Charlie B. Ott. have left for
a ten-day trip through Colorado.
Tills Day In History.
1492 Columbus sailed from Palos
on his first voyage of discovery.
1631 First council of Englishmen
In Pennsylvania was held.
1777 Continental congress accepted
an offer of the military service of
Count Pulaski of Poland.
1797 Sir Jeffrey Amherst, who
commanded the British forces in
America in the war with France, died.
Born January 29, 1717.
1801 British under Nelson attack
ed a French flotilla at Boulogne, dis
abled ten vessels and sinking five.
1804 First bombardment of Tri
poli by the American squadron under
Commodore Preble.
1817 Archduke Albrecht, who led
the Austrian armies against Italy in
1866, born in Vienna. Died there,
February 18, 1895.
1852 In the first intercollegiate
boat race In America, Harvard de
feated Yale on Lake Winnepesaukee.
1914 Germany declared war on
1916 With the passage of tho Dis
trict of Columbia bill In the United
States senate, appropriations of con
gress passed the $1,500,000,000 mark
and et a new high record.
The Day We Celebrate.
O. W. Dunn, secretary of the C. N.
Diets Lumber company, is celebrating1
his fortieth birthday today. He was
born in Lyons, la
King Haakon VII, the present ruler
of Norway, born In Copenhagen, Den
mark, forty-five years ago today.
Ex-King- Constantlne, who recently
abdicated the Greek throne, born in
Athens forty-nine years ago.
Lester Hood Woolsey, solicitor of
the State department at Washington,
born at Stone Ridge, N. Y., forty years
ago today.
Prnfennnr Paul Shnrot. r,r th. tti
versity of Chicago, born at Davenport,
sixiy years ago toaay.
Lord Aberdeen, former governor
general of Canada and one time lord
lieutenant of Ireland, born seventy
years ago today.
Timely Jottings and Reminders.
Birthday greetings to King Haakon
VII of Norway, 45 years old today.
The Russian war mission to the
United States Is scheduled to begin a
two-day visit In Chicago today.
Boston has prepared an enthusiastic
reception in honor of the Belgian war
commission, which is scheduled to ar
rive In that cltv tnrlav. nn th thlril
anniversary of the German invasion of
ROWinr. Which In thn nlrlait n
American intercollegiate sports,
reaches its sixty-fifth anniversary to
day, the first event of its kind having
oeen stagea Dy Harvard and Yale on
Lake Winnipesaukee on August 3.
Storvette of the Dm.
A colored nRtrlnt
himself for registration out in Missouri
was asKea wnai crancn or the sen-Ice
he Preferred. He nenmeri mil hv
the courtesy, but presently asked:
wnai Drancnes nave you?
"There are the cavalry and the in
fantry," one of the clerks explained.
"What's the difference?" asked the
"In the cavalry you ride a horse,7
and in the infantry you walk."
"I'll take the infantry." said the
black man.
Curious to know what prompted his
decision, one of his inn iiisirnrn a air Art
"It's lak dis," the negro explained.
'If ah has tn retrnr ah H rtn'r want
- I ""l iv
be bothered bv no horse." Kr T.miio
Not understood, wo movs alonf asunder.
Our paths grow wider as the seasons creap.
Along tha years we' marvel and we wonder
..iij mo im me i Ana men we ran asleep
Not understood.
Not understood, we gather false, impressions
And hug them closer as the years go bv.
Till virtue often aeem to as trangresslona.
And thus men rise and fall and live and
die .
Not understood. ,
Not understood how trifles often thange us.
The thoughtless sentence or the fancied
slight, . . v . .
Destroy long years - ot friendship ' snd es
trange us.
And on our souls there Jails free sing
understood. .. . .
How many cheerless. loaely . hearts ore
For lack of sympathy Ah. day by day
Bow many cheerless, lonely hearts are
How many noble spirits pass away
Not understood.
Oh. Ood I Thst men could see a little clearer
Or judge leaa harshly. when they cannot
. ee
Oh. Ood! That men would draw a little
One another, they'd be nearer Thee
And understood.
Author Unknown.
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Council of Defense and Criticism.
Omaha, Aug. 2. To the Editor of
The Bee: Frank A. Agnew, in an
otherwise unobjectionable letter,
speaks rather slightingly of the Coun
cil of Defense for "making a moun
tain out of a mole hill, as they did in
the case of a few Lutherans " This
would require no comment if it stood
alone. But it does not. The habit
of speaking of the Council of Defense
in this way seems to be growing.
Now there is no excuse for an mis
take or ignorance in that mattt-i. The
Council of Defense is made up of in
telligent patriotic men who would be
glad to' be relieved of much of the
work they are called, upon to do. They
did not act hastily or on insufficient
evidences, as anyone can learn by a
little investigation. Before they said
anything about the Lutheran church
they had ample evidence, documentary
and otherwise, that there were more
than "an isolated Lutheran minister
or two" who were saying things not
patriotic, to put It very mildly. One
really patriotic ' Lutheran minister
thought otherwise and was quickly
convinced to the contrary by the coun
cil and is now actively at work coun
teracting and offsetting the work of
some or his fellow ministers. Anyone
avho will go to the council in the same
spirit will be convinced very quickly
of both the wisdom and necessi:y for
its action.
Moreover, its action has had the de
sired result. It has advertised broad
cast the fact that there Is someone on
the job; that nothing short of genu'ne
Americanism goes when the country is
actually at war. Men who have been
thinking and talking loosely have ben
brought up standing and started to
thinking more closely about the mat
ter. Many of them have revised their
opinions and those who have not (and
Ihere are still entirely too many of
them In Nebraska .some of them in
official positions of responsibility)
have at least become a little more
cautious. Men who utter plain Amer
ican ideas are still threatened occa
sionally with a boycott of their busi
ness or worse, and men who ore af
flicted with an overweening admira
tion for the kaiser and say su in pub
lic get approving letters, just as
Baltzly says he did; but Patricia New
come has been laid at rest (I wonder
If the guesses as to his identity were
getting too warm), and others of like
ilk have moderated, at least in public.
More power to the Council of De
fense and more vim and greater bold
ness to its utterances.
I would sugjrest that Mr. Agnew send
copies of the treasonable German pa
pers to the council and to the Post.
office department. The federal gov
ernment will have to deal with them
eventually and it might as welt go to
it dirert The time for wishy-washy
Willy-boy consideration is past. Every
treasonable or semi-treasonable utter
ance should be reported to some fed
eral authority and those who abuse
our hospitality taught a lesson. It
might as well be done now as later
on and Mr. Agnew need not wait for
the Council of Defense. Go to it
direct. H. W. MORROW.
never waited with its ear toi the
ground for three years before speak
ing its opinion on depredations which
can be appraised by a common moral
sense of right and wrong. Collier's
paid Its respects to those who de
stroyed Belgium, sunk the Lusltania
and murdered Edith Cavcll at the
time the atrocities happened. And
also paid its respects to those who
supinely submitted to the atrocities.
Anyone who was as openly pro-German
as the World -Herald six months
ago cannot expect its grandstand
Americanism to be jswallowed Dy In
telligent people now. Those who Jus
tified the German atrocities before our
entrance into the war now do so se
cretly. For two years the Herald
flattered the Germans and the Her
ald's Senator Hitchcock pushed a bill
which, if enacted, would have stopped
all shipping to the allies and won the
war for Germany tn a year. At the
fame time they denounced England
in nearly every issue. Thus it is plain
that the long time they claim it took
to work up American sentiment the
3rprald was effectively encouraging and
creating German sentiment.. For its
activity they were r'-.varded by Hitch
cock's re-election.
The question in not whether Collier's
is American or German, but whether
the Herald is American or partisan. It
is decidedly partisan.
The chief purpose of the World-Her-s
Id is the promulgation of the ur.think
nble project of elevating Hitchcock to
thp presitfency.
The Bee gave timely warning that
Rich a movement was on foot.
We can trust such American organs
as The Bee and Collier's to put the
damper on any such result as the senar
tor presumptuously aspires to. H.
A Sunday school teacher had been telling
her class the story of the Good Samaritan.
When she asked them what the story
meant, a little boy nald:
"Jt means that when I am tn trouble
my, neighbors must help me." Christian
She I know a raw reoruit who can go
through the drill without scratching his
car when a fly tickles It.
He Shucks, I know a new gardener who
Hnn't Yllll tin V. I .. hanna tn J J . I .
. - " -f " "can. w pea , lllBJT
have sprouted. Judge.
Belle He said he was a millionaire's son,
and I find he Is working for $10 a week.
Ida That looks suspicious! A millionaire's
son couldn't get over $5. Philadelphia But-letin.
Calls Down Omaha Hyphenated.
Omaha. Aug. 1. To the Erlitnr nf
The Bee: The World-Herald, in an
editorial of July 21, asks, ''Is Collier's
Weekly for America or is It for Ger
many?" The point on which the Her
ald accuses Collier's of un-Amerlcan-ism
is criticism of Secretaries Baker
and Daniels. The Worlrl.HprnM .
sumes that the kaiser would be
ncKiea by reading the criticism.
Collier's and millions of Americans
Who do not care a ran fnp h nnli4.oi
fortunes Of Messrs. Wilsnn. Ttnlrer tnH
Daniels, are glvihg moral, physical
ana nnanciai simnort tn thA admini
stration's prosecution of the war. That
we reiuse to acquiesce In the politi
cal maneuvering of certain democrats
does not detract fmm nn, Amer
The democrat if arlmlnlatrotlnn V,o
knowledge of the insidious plots of
government against our nation. These
piuis were ju sun cation ror war; yet
they were withheld from thA noio
Time has shown that democratic vac
cination permitted the a
time to prepare for a continued ptrug-
ikie against me wnoie civilized world.
During this time no definite steps were
taken to prepare our country for this
iiifviiauie connict. instead or school
ing our timid and reealdtrn
into a realization of the necessity of
the maintenance of American rights
the democrats renrespntprt thir side
stepping policy as efficient diplomacy
wuiuu mm Kepi us our. or war and
would continue to do so. During this
time those of us wh n a AvfnntAA an Ag
gressive American policy were branded
-o jiiigDiBis ana traitors. The democrats
held up a standard of false idealism,
actually declaring their course was su
perior to one of armed resistance.
They never uttered a word of thanks
or praise for the noble achievements
or our present allies (whose cause was
oure iwo years ago). They now seek
to excuse this delay by explaining
that it took such a long time to create
American sentiment They never tried
to work up sentiment for this war un
til six months ago, and when they did
give the call America responded imme
diately. Collier's Weekly never gave the
kaiser occasion to laugh, as the World
Herald fears, unless the kaiser is
crazy. Collier's has never been "neuT
tral." It has fearlessly denounced
every atrocious act committed by the
minions of the Potsdam anointed. It
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