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THE BEE: OMAHA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1917.
The Omaha Bee
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Now for a homer over the Liberty Loan fence
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' The score at the box'office still outshines the
diamond )0x score. .
Municipal bread stations projected by the food
administration scents a belated cloat in the
waking. w., .- .-
The heart of the middle west remains true to
; the Sox, but it is up to the Sox to head off the
coming frost. -T ' ' vJ' :
Count Luxburg heads for a detention camp in
. UraziL Holy smoke, how the mighty are rushing
the toboggan! ' ., , i
Bankers' subscriptions to the Liberty Loan
make a creditable showing. Still the total scarcely
: (Jents the striping of their bulging strong boxes.
Persistence in war time 'profits on human
necessaries is the best activities for public relief.
As a means of self-strangulation the holdup policy
js unsurpassed. ' , .,
Despite the safeguards provided by the
Junkers, Berlin's ' political pot seethes with dis
content. ' Keeping the . lid on challenges the
waning power of Potsdam. '
Reading the riot act to negligent parents might
simplify the task of safeguarding' youngsters
romping on the streets. Responsibility in that
quarter should notfeo unrebuked. ,
. : Prime Minister George answers Foreign Mini
ster Kuehlmann in equally defiant tones. As
these leader cannot agree on war -aims .the de
cision properly remains with the artillery, 1 :'
! Pan-Germanism in South America" emulates
the Luxburg motto, while : Pan-Americanism
grows in knowledge and power. The change is
ft notable Instance of good springing from evil. "
New York's drinking cup absorbs 500,000,000
'gallons of water a day, - Local capacity, though
highly esteemed, manages the vast volume
through the cheerful assistance of visitors
chasers. " :-''- " ' '
As a sample of the mental rations regularly
doled out by official . Germany, "war forced Upon
as" easily ranka first ' It has all the nourishing
qualities of the kaiser's professions1 of peace while
speeding up the gunshops. -
The investigation of members of the house
mho "acted suspiciously" in the pro-German prop
aganda still leaves outside of the circle the sena
tors who acted still more suspiciously. This is
altogether', too tender a 'subject for congress to
dig tnlo. in earnest i . ;
Cleveland is threatened ' with "financial em
barrassment through shortage of its municipal
'revenues as compared with the outgo. This may
be no argument either for or against municipal
lighting plants, but plainly no city can spend more
than it takes in without courting trouble any more
than can an individual, v .,
r In times gone by some of the pioneers la
mented the absence of gold and silver prospects
tin Nebraska and hiked for the mountains. The
H'iser ones settled down to the simple life of hard
work, and demonstrated in due time the superior
enduring qualities of soil wealth. The incident of
farm land in Dodge county bringing $250 an acre,
one of, many simitar transactions, emphasizes a
truth visioned by the. pioneers and realised by
their descendants. . ."'
Pershing's Plea for Marksmen
' The rifle has been in the past the pet weapon
claimed nd proved super-efficiency as compared
any outer aoiaicr. i ne iraaitions ot the bat
t1 nf Ntar Drlana hnAA iIawh f
tion to generation, have not been without effect
And the intimations of the war news that trench
warfare had almost made obsolete the value of
individual snapshooting, that French and English
soldiers were depending on bomb throwing and
liaVOrlftll. ISav nnf Kn cenr.nv a ill -. aI.M
hoped for. a quick and aggressive and efficient
yv..nmnja vi Americana in me great struggle.
A cablegram from General Pershing to the
war ccpariraeni snows tnat ft is only misgiving- is
the fear that we may not have so many or so good
' Tit is highly important that Infantry soldiers
wv uhiibui auuia. a uutuugu insiruciion
nd range practice- prescribed by our small arms
firing manual are venr necessary. Our allies now
fully tealize their deficiency in rifle training.",
. This, of course, is all that General Penhfe; c
Sav. He Can nnl lonV harle at nnr ciniis. ai. A
hope we are doing all that can be done in very
nun imic iu ma&c rine enois out ot tne young
clerks and farmers and professional men who flfl
the, ranks,, Most of these never fired a rifle in
their lives, many never saw a military rifle save
as borne in a procession. . We think the reflective
American may supplement the observations of
general Pershing with some thoughts that have a
bearing on the future after peace nas come.
' Boys learn quickly and easily what men learn
t j nuu w,uii,iui.jr. a auvanuigc Oa HIT'
inar at ninnrrr rnimtnr mil n!nnr, n.hM ,k.
rifle was as indispensable as the ax has passed
away. Universal military training is advocated
with good, reason. But the most essential phase
of such training is rifle target practice. . Of that
boys marching around with wooden guns remain
utterly ignorant Let us see to it that in any fu
ture national emergency we have millions and not
thousands of sharpshooters ready to do their bit
What la It They Are Afraid Of?
Our hyphenated contemporary, the World-
Herald, keeps up its gunning after Colonel Roose
velt, this time with evident intention of sending
a few random shots also in the direction of Gen
eral Leonard Wood. . The hyphenated organ
seems apprehensive of the popularity of Colonel
Roosevelt and General Wood with the coming
"Grand Army of 1917" as distinguished examples
of loyalty and patriotism. '
In the case of Colonel Roosevelt no one need
guess the animus, for the colonel has been stirring
things too perilously dose "for comfort to the
intrigues of the kaisentes through which Sena
tor Hitchcock won his re-election in reward for
championing in congress the kaiser's bill, to stop
munitions export to the Allies. General Wood's
offense seems to consist in having been "a staunch
booster for ultra-preparedness," in which even
the senator's paper is forced to say, "nearly every
one js now readyto admit that he was more than
partly correct.'" Everyone else knows that. Gen
eral Wood's persistent emphasizing of the im
perative need of preparedness was not "partly
correct," but wholly correct While his conten
tion has been completely , vindicated, it has never
theless brought down upon him his punishment
a punishment administered for being more far-
sighted and outspoken than his War depart
ment superiors for it is notorious that General
Wood was side-tracked to the south when things
began to look ominous and is now interned as
head drillmaster at Camp Funston instead of uti
lizing his ability and experience in France along
with Pershing and the expeditionary forces.
Perhaps in sharpshooting at Roosevelt and
Wood our hyphenated contemporary believes it is
reflecting the attitude of the War department
strategists who negatived Colonel Roosevelt's
offer to raise a volunteer division and puf a fence
around General Wood as a mark of disfavor. Be
that all as it may, why should the World-Herald
be so solicitous about the heroes of the "Grand
Army of 1917" when it knows no such army would
have come into existence had its pro-German pro
posals prevailed. Why is the senator and his
hyphenated organ so eager to back-cap and re
press Colonel Roosevelt and General Wood? What
is it they are afraid of?
Hail, the Youth in Khaki!
One Incidental Effect of the War.
One of the incidental and unexpected effects of
the war has been the restoration of the American
merchant marine. Qld Glory again flics over
ocean commerce to the extent that 26 per cent of
the exports for July were carried in American
bottoms. A steady increase in shipping under the
American flag has been noted since the war com
menced. This change was unquestionably stim
ulated if not entirely brought about by circum
stances which removed the great fleet of German
commerce carriers from the sea, creating a de
mand that only American vessels could fill. At
present the larger part of our ocean traffic is
carried between North and South American ports,
although the flag once more flies over ships bound
for all parts of the world. The reawakening of
this industry promises much for our future.. Aa
efforts will be made to. hold foreign trade afjer
the war, so will shipping be fostered and not be
permitted to fall out of American control again.
Ship owners have learned one great lesson of pa
triotism and may be expected to apply it, to the
end that America will indeed become the greatest
among maritime as among commercial and in
dustrial nations.. ' il'i W .vV-s''.. ;' J,
Oil Supply and Consumption.
; The supply of mineral oil for industrial and,
household uses has been a subject of concern for
many months and quite a . little uninformed dis
cussion has followed. Oil enough is under ground
to last till the end of the. world, a geologist told a
meeting of independent oil producers at Chicago,
In addition to this the United States Geological
Survey lays the shales of Colora'do and Utah
contain more oil than has been taken out of the
ground since the beginning in America. These
facts ought to giye some comfort to those who
are uneasy about the future on this score. This
oil is to be made available tot use. According to
the New York Journal ot Commerce, sine the
beginning of the war $1,189,601,700 has been put
Into development of oil fields in America and in
nine months of the current year the indicated in
vestment is $650,085,700. At this rate it is certain
the subterranean reservoirs, will not always re
main undisturbed. , ' '
On the other hand, the federal reports show
that since the beginning of the war the consump
tion of oil has steadily gained on the supply.
Marketing Of oil in the United States has risen
from 23,181,022 barrels in January, 1916, to 29,344,
000 in July, .1917. In the same period consumption
has increased from 21,115,549 to 30,794.000 bar
rels and surplus in storage has dropped from 187,
965,265 to 166,607,000 barrels. The average daily
draft on stocks for the first seven months of the
year was 35,000 barrels. It is not likely the cori
sumption" of oil will decrease soon, but it is rea
sonable to expect, with all activity in the field, an
increase in4supply. ' At the rate, indicated by the
government's figures here quoted fourteen years
will be required for consumption to overtake com
bined supply and present surplus.
: While exploration for oil is successfully be
ing extended, other tources of fuel and power are
being developed, and recourse to them will save
the world from even the remote danger of short
age, should the oil supply be exhausted.
' Control of Bread Prices.
Federal Food Administrator Hoover again an
nounces his determination to bring about a. down
ward revision in price of bread throughout the
United States. Failing in co-operation by the
bakers in this intent, he suggests the possibility
of establishing municipal bakeries. Nothing he
has 'yet proposed will have more hearty approval
from the householders of the country, who feel
they have been paying tribute to a combination
that has doled out bread to the consumers at
exorbitant charges. '.With selling price of' wheat
and flour aoing to lower ranges and all question
of domestic shortage removed, bread is still sold
at the highest leveL Some features of the situa
tion are inexplicable on natural grounds., ..Why,
for example, should Omaha, situated in the middle
of the world's greatest wheat field, pay. twice as
much for bread as London, whose bakers use flour
ground from wheat raised in Nebraska? Our
people have been very patient In this matter, re
lying on proper exercise of federal authority to
afford relief, but they now expect to see that au
thority exerted for their benefit r Prices have
been" readjusted in other, ways and bread must
come under the same control '--.V ;
(From tha Saattla Poit-InUUiftocer, Aujuat 27, 1917.)
Who goes there?
What is the uniform he wears?
Khaki U. S. A. f
Whither away? . '
? To American lake, to the forts on the sound,
to Palo Alto or Charlotte, or across the seas to
the uttermost ends of the earth, this Youth in
khaki goes, or may go, as duty calls him, to serve
his country. '
Whence hails he? -
From patriotic, liberty-loving homes Youth
comes, and comes gladly, to follow Old Glory
where, Old .Glory leads, even into the jaws of
i God bless' Youth!
""Keep his soul clean and his heart strong and
bring him back, body unbroken, a soldier tried
and true, ever to fight for" the right in peace as
he will have fought for thv"right in warl y
- Go with him and be with him, please, God, and
watch over thisYouth in khaki, whatever the san
guinary path cut out for him to tread. And bring
him safely home, O God, unmaimed!
' But yonder blinking around the corner, yet
furtively watching Youth who goes there?
It? Why, slacker is it bad name. It, too,
hears the country's call, but heeds it not. It
cringes at sight of Old Glory. It shun,s the khaki.
It trembles at sound of war. Its teeth chatter.
Its blood runs cold. It is seized with a craven
panic as it slinks around the corner. "
So, slacker it is name?
Yes, slacker, given name and surname com
bined, but set down without capitalization. A
twin brother of cowardice of the progeny of
sneak, is slacker a thing without a country,
And that anaemic figure over there, eyes up
lifted, turning back upon Youth in khaki and
now skulking in the shadow who or what may
he or it be?
That? Why. that s conscientious objector. It s
not its brother's keeper. Its scruples won't let
it fight It had rather see autocracy rule the
earth. Its conscience is sick. Its ailment is
chronic. Its very being is hypochondriacal. It
prays pharisaically and scatters seditious pam
phlets when the law isn't looking. It would save
the souls of heathens, but condemns the govern
ment for raising its hands to save the lives of
nations. It spurns even the thought of driving
an ambulance, it worsnips at tne snrine 01 l.w
Follette, pays obeisance to "Gumshoe Bill," sings
in the People's Council for Peace with Herr Loch
ner and Berger, sympathizes with sedition and
treason and feels a deep sense of compassion for
Why are slacker and conscientious objector
allowed at large, keeping company with sedition
and treason? i
Already Uncle Sam is reaching out and grab
bing'slacker by the scruff of the neck, and soon
enough, no doubt, conscientious objector will be
set to peeling potatoes or doing some other job
befitting a sick conscience for the, country's sake.
As for sedition and treason woe! woe I Did
you not hear the Flag day warning?
But Youth brave Youth in khaki how much
better to think and talk of , him than of. besetting-things
about him. . ,
How proudly he marches 1
How firm his step!
How clear his eye!
How good to look upon, this outh m .khaki.
He falters not and is unafraid. ' ,
flt,l C..nrv innirr him. Youth loVCS hlS
country.' What would life be to Yauth without a
countryr What so glorious as uia uioryr see
the emblazoned Banner nppnng in tne- sunugnu
How bright the stars!. .How they shine and scin
tillate! 4 .... ... ',
f Youth brave Youth in khaki will -fight for
Old Glory. ' Aye, unto the last ditch and trench
will he fight and count himself blessed of heaven
-o Fighting for flag and country, he will fight
autocracy anv us rhiucu iut? ui .v
fight that civilization may endure and mankind
be free. He will fight for international justice
and the peace of the world. He will fight to drive
Caesaxism back into the tomb, of hades, there to
perish everlastingly. He will fight as his fore
fathers ' fought as Washington and Lincoln
taught America to fight, to build and save a na-
tI0Hail, brave Youth in khaki 1 Salute. him all!
His name is legion. Whither he goes, theeart of
loyal, patriotic America goes. ,
And "woe be" and forever damned "the man
or group of men that stands in the wayl"
The Commercial dub calls attention to the fact
that, if grape growers -around Omaha' do not re
new their winter-killed vines, we will not have any
grapes, not even sour grapes, next year. -This
would be an indelible blot tqkm "i state" Which las
given the country its great grape juice statesman.
People and Events
Glehwood and Wausau, two Wisconsin com
munities largely populated by people of German
descent, joined in the chorus of condemnation of
Senator La Follette. Both communities denounce
the senator's utterances as "tending to promote
disloyalty, sedition and treason."
Harry Lauder, the noted Scotch comedian, is
booked for a patriotic speech-making tour of this
country under the auspices of the National Se
curity league. Since the loss of his only son in the
British trenches, Mr. Lauder has devoted his en
ergies and talents to the work of forwarding the
alhed causi. '
The eb-ed division of the Northwestern uni
versity, Chicago, edits a beauty column in the col
lege publication, and the work shows keen insight
and clear comprehension of what's what.' In a re
cent number this warning note is sounded:
"Co-eds should be careful to hide all blemishes,
especially freckles on the knees, as everything is
going higher, due to the war."
A handsome memorial to William McKinley,
third martyr president of the United States,
graces the public square of Niles, O., where he was
born. It is a marble building, containing an audi
torium and library, . a statue of McKinley and
effigies of promimenf citizens with whom he was
associated. It combines beauty and utility and
v Playing a joke on official Salt Lakers did not
come up to the merry anticipations of the joker.
A wirt from an incoming train to a taxi company
for a car to meet "Gerard, ambassador," at the sta
tion, brought a guard of dignitaries and many cars
to welcome the former ambassador at Berlin. The
man proved to be a Gerard all right, but not the
expected ambassador. However, the greeters es
corted the joker to the court house, where the
judge merrily touched him for $10 and. . .
Call the Bluff
-Wall Street Journal-
., As a counter to export embargo to neutral
countries, Holland and Sweden promise dire re
sults to flow from such action. Holland intimates
that she can kill off her live stock and furnish Ger
many with meat throughout the winter. Sweden
also informs us that Germany has offered a large
amount of wheat in exchange for iron ore. . '
. The best way to deal wjth a challenge, which
is really a threat is to accept it at once. Suppose
Holland did kill off her live stock and furnish Ger
many with meat through the winter, what .then?
After that was once done, Germany would be. as
hungry as ever, with no hope of replenishment
And as fori Holland herself such a step would be
almost the deathknell of her agriculture. ' In the
present world situation in regard to live stock
Holland could not recover in a generation.
, Dutch statistical reports show that in 4915 and
,1916 Holland sent 1.444,000 tons of foodstuffs to
Germany, A large proportion of this was of the
kinds that Holland -formerly bought from Ger
many. There-is no question of the right of the
people f Holland to sell commodities to Ger
many. But it , is imposing upon good nature to
ask the allies to sell foodstuffs to her with which to
supply Germany. Rather let Holland denude her
self of live stock, to her own ruin, and stop this
steady-stream of foodstuffs; for which Holland is
merely a clearing hou
In the Spotlight.
Brigadier General Horatio Gates
Gibson, U. S. A., retired, who, as presi
dent of the Aztec club, is expected to
preside at the banquet to be given by
that organization in Washington soci
ety in celebration of tha seventieth
anniversary of its founding in the City
of Mexico October 13, 1847, following
the occupation of the Mexican capital
by the American troops, is a famous
Mexican war yeteran and the oldest
living graduate of the United States
Military academy. General Gates is
SO years old. He was born in Balti
more and graduated from West Point
at the age of 20. His military record
includes service throughout the Mexi
can and civil wars. In 1904, by special
act of congress, he was advanced to
the rank of brigadier general, retired,
"for gallant and meritorious services
in battla of Williamsburg, Va,"
One Tear Ago Today In the War.
Four Americans reported on steamer
Welsh Prince, torpedoed by subma
rine. Italians scored further successes on
the Trieste and Trent fronts.
Roumanians made stand on their
own frontiers after being driven out
In Omaha Thirty Years Ago Today.
G. T. Walker of the Omaha, nail
works has Just returned from Cali
fornia in the endeavor to secure a new
location for the present plant
Joseph Garneau and Arthur Brlggs
are engaged in soliciting stock for next
year's base ball team.
The marriage of Frank J. Coats to
Miss Mary Mattes took place at the
ionn i-resoyterian cnurcn last
Wednesday evening. Rev. W. R. Hen'
derson performed the uniting cere
The republican state central conv
mittee will meet In this city at the
Permission was given to Thomas
Connor to put a flat roof on his house
on Twelfth street.
The board of trade will Inaugurate
Its opening sessions for the transac
tion of speculative business. P. E.
Her is chairman of the committee.
Patsey O'Leary of Cincinnati and
Tommy Miller, the local champion, are
to be matched within the near future.
The first meeting of the Omaha
Chautauqua circle will meet this even
ing. George A. Joplin will preside
and there will be select readings by
Mrs. M. Murphy.
This Day In History.
174 Molly Pitcher, heroine of the
battle of Monmouth, born at Carlisle,
Pa. Died there January 22, 1823.
1834 Stock exchange organized. In
1842 John Johns was consecrated
Protestant Episcopal bishop of Vir
ginia. 1845 General Walker Keith Arml
stead, who commanded the -Florida
army in the war against the Seml
noles, died at Uppervllle, Va. Born
in Virginia about 1785.
.1867 Rt Rev. Levi Silliman, Prot
estant Episcopal bishop of North Caro
lina, died in New York City. Born
at Meriden, Conn., September 1 6, 1797.
1872 Prince Napoleon and his wife,
visiting France, were ordered to quit
French territory. :
1892 State troops withdrawn from
Homestead, Pa., after ninety-five days'
service during the steel mill strikes.
1915 Russians pierced Austrian
line In Galicla and drove Hindenburg
back from Dvinsk.
The Day We Celebrate.
Captain Alfred W. Bjornstad, as
sistant adjutant general of the United
States army, born in Minnesota forty
three years ago today,
William J. Hanna, food controller
of Canada, born, in Middlesex county,
Ontario, fifty-flve years ago today.
Major General Thomas W. Barry,
TJ. S. A., commanding Camp Grant,
Rockford, 111., born in New York City
sixty-two years ago today;
Theodore G. Bilbo, the-present gov
ertior of Mississippi, . born in Pearl
River county, Mississippi forty yeara
Rt Rev. Benjamin F. Keiley, Catho
lic bishop of Savannah, born at Peters
burg. Va., seventy years ago today.
William E. Donovan, manager of
the New York American league base
ball club, born at Lawrence, Mass.,
forty-one years ago today.
Timely Jottings and Reminder
Today Is the one hundred and twenty-fifth
anniversary of the laying of
the cornerstone of the White House
Canada expects to call up Its first
class of recruits today under the new
military service act.
The agricultural and kindred prod
ucts of California will be placed on
display in San Francisco today at the
opening of the California Land show.
' Surviving officers of the army of
General Winfleld Scott, which occu
pied the City of Mexico, will have a
reunion and banquet in Washington
tonight in celebration of the seventieth
anniversary of the founding of the
Aztec club in the Mexican capital.
Storiette of the Day.
Oswald Garrison VUlard said In a
New York address:
"The new German war minister de
clares that mankind can never get
along without war and armies. He
reminds me of the Nicols.
"A Nlcois emigrated to the prairies
of the west In his mountainous home
country the railroads are all tunnels
it's like traveling through a flue and
so. when the denizens ot the flat west
ern prairies told the Nicois that they
were going to build a railroad he
laughed at their ignorance.
" 'You can't do if he said.
"Why not?' said the prairie peo
ple. 44 Country's too flat said the Nicois.
'You ain't got no mountains to run
your tunnels through.' " Washington
ALONG TrfE VACATION TRAIL.
A abadowy ahape In tha moonllfht
Our tented auto atanda,
There'a a ripple of light on tha water.
A. lapping ot waves oa tha aand.
A rustle ot leaves In tha forest, . .
The .cry of a whlppoorwlll;
A aireo-sonired ' mosquito
Inteni on taklnf hU fill,;
" . -. , -
A patter' of feet on the pathways
Whereon the. ntght prowlers tread;,
Embers have turned to ashes
Time to be' to our bed., , , ,
; . -f ' 'V J ' . ' ' .-t
Tls a yieldlnr aalnf to tha jrearalna
Planted so long- ago '- 1
tn tha breasts of our fathera before
. Wanting to be on the go.
When tha sun has ripened tha harvest
And blackbirds are thick on tha com,
Tls then wa lrlt of tha office
We guys that are country born.
'Tls then that fish taste the sweetest.
Hurried from hook to tha pan;
Uurphles full dreaaed from tha ashes.
And coffee that's cooked In a can. .
A whiff from yonr pine la tha gloaming.
Lying full-stretched on tha sod, -
The cares of your Job gone glimmering
full fed and thankful to God. ' '.
Chicago Telephoaa Journal.
7 . try a
World-Herald and Roosevelt.
York, Neb., Oct 10. To the Editor
of The Beet ThQ. World-Herald breaks
forth with another attack upon Mr.
Roosevelt, whom it declares unpa
triotic for criticising some of the pres
ent and past methods of the admin
istration. The World-Herald Is at its old trick
of building up a straw man for its
own pleasure and privilege of tearing
down, as The Bee has frequently
pointed out ,How the World-Herald
can attack as unpatriotic a man with
the uncompromising patriotism of
Theodore Roosevelt and expect an in
telligent reading public to regard as
other than silly puffs of partisan poli
tics is beyond the comprehension of
How the World-Herald, with Its hy
phenated activities at home and its
owner's pro-German record in con
gress, can attack a man of such un
flinching Americanism is not reason
able unless it is for the purpose of de
tracting patriotic Americans from its
own record. If Mr. Roosevelt is not
behind this government as well as his
four sons, now in the army, and who
himself would be at the front could
he have his will and the will of the
great majority of Americans, then
there Is none that Is behind it The
best way for the World-Herald (if it
wishes to clear its conscience of its
hyphenated activities) is not to attack
such bone and marrow patriots as the
colonel, but to get In line and follow
a good lead. A. L. LEWIS.
Kansas City, Mo. .
Omaha, Oct 11. To the Editor of
The Bee: Mr. Agnew admits he does
not know what "camouflage" means
and asks to be enlightened. In a way
the meaning of camouflage is a se
cret. ' The word Is of French origin,
which may account for Webster's si
lence on the subject It is especially
hard for the Germans to understand it
and it is particularly intended that
they shall not In order to keep them
from understanding it the French
change the appearance of the land
scape so that when the Germans see
something they really do not see what
they think they see, hence they fre
quently overlook a bet and get a Jolt,
the result of camouflage. It is said
the French have even camouflaged an
army of 10,000 to look like only 1,000,
niufh to the disgust of the Germans.
The author of "Jerry on the Job"
suggests that you can camouflage a
dog, for instance, so he is indiscern
ible, a sort of an invisible painting.
Since that author has lately been
drafted into the service he Is not
available to enlarge on his definition of
In today's dispatches, speaking of
artillery trains, we find the following:
"These trains are strange-looking af
fairs in their fantastic war paint, re
sembling at a distance a mammoth
rattlesnake. Even the engines are In
cluded In the camouflage and may re
semble anything from a brick-house
to a giant hedge hog."
Under the circumstances this Is as
clear a definition as is available to
On the Radical Party.
Omaha, Oct. 11. To the Editor of
The Bee: Thrice blessed is the radi
cal with some saving sense of humor.
As the conference of radicals assem
bled in Chicago The Bee solemnly as
sured its readers that the national
party was nothing in particular and
in general the Odds and ends of every
thing. After the organization has
been accomplished the World-Herald
assures us with equal solemnity that
it is the odds and ends of everything
and nothing in particular.. Yet the
able editors of both papers are rivals
championing rival parties, with the
probability of heavy inroads being
made on both their organizations. Both
editors know the waste of valuable
editorial space in fighting an organiza
tion which they are sure is fore
doomed to failure. . Yet neither of
them is so dull as to waste this edi
torial space on an organization threat
ening no awlous rivalry. We consider
the attitude amusing from this view
point and Just what we should ex
pect when both editors believe a foe
man has entered the lists who Is
worthy of their steel.
As the odds and ends of everything
thus gathered together we have this
explanation: We have found that the
various radical groups nave common
ground in contending for the great
fundamental issues of the day. We
have become convinced that the things
we hold In common are bigger factors
to unite us and for the common good
than are our differences in keeping
us apart. In the sense that all sur
rendered minor differences there was
compromise. In the plan to make
most effective our efforts for the com
mon good by uniting for the big things
we have long held in common there
was no compromise, but newinspira
tion from each group for the mighty
service we now have opportunity to
render. G. C. PORTER.
Sheriffs Employes as Witnesses.
Omaha, Oct 10. To the Editor of
The Bee: In glancing over your pa
per I find a piece with headlines as
follows: "United States in Arms
Against Sheriff's Aids." You follow
this up with a statement that the fed
eral officials were up in arms against
the conduct of the employes of the
Douerlas county Jail, all because the
deputy sheriff, the Jailer, the Jail
er's wife and the matron were used
as witnesses in the federal court. This
piece, as published by your paper, is
very unfair to the county Jail em
ployes and inferentially to the attor
neys for the defendant In the case of
United States against Lee L. Dono
First let me ask, is there any law
In this great land of ours that for
bids and prohibits a man or woman to
testify in the federal court or any
other court? If there is such a law
I wish that you would inform the
writer where same can be found.
Second, do you for one moment be
lieve that the government would not
use these same witnesses if they had
known that they would testify favor
ably to their side of the case?
The officials . of . the government
would not hesitate to testify in this '
ease, and did testify, nor would they
hesitate to testify in any other case.
As one of the attorneys for Lee L.
Donovan, the defendant in the case
in question, I did not hCsltate to use
any information th t came to -me di
rectly or indirectly that would bene
fit . my client and In this particular
case had I failed to have a sub
poena isssued for those whom you
criticise and those who were in the
federal court under a compulsory
process issued by the government and.
whose witness fees were paid by the
government I would be doing my cli
ent an injustice, as any fair-minded
person will agree.
Further, these witnesses whom you
criticise were not willing witnesses, but
were in court because to remain away
would subject them to a severe pen
alty, and if there is any blame to at
tach for this I wish to take the re
sponsibility. It mnttpra nnt where this govern
ment witness was when she made these
statements; I am quitesure tnat n
you or I had heard her statements
and we were called upon as a, witness,
taking oath to tell the truth, the
whole truth and nothing but the truth,
that we would have testified to what
we heard. Therefore I believe your
criticism or the criticism by the United
States officials was and is unjust to
ward these who could not do other
wise than what they did.
In Justice to Sheriff Clark and his
employes I will again state that they
could not help themselves In testifying
as they did and I wish to take all the
responsibility for their appearance in
the federal court as witnesses.
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