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The Omaha Sunday Bee
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Everybody Has a Hobby!
Can You Tell What's Yours?
Some folks say (hat A.
ui'ts not nave a iioddv. 1 ney are
men;. Mr. Person does have a
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hobby. Just because his hobby is dif
ferent from other folks' hobbies does
not make it any less a hobby, he
avers with vehemence and avidity.
"Wen,-tell us what is Mr. Brecon's
hobby?" asks the Innocent Bystander.
Rheumatism in his knee! That's his
hobby. He thinks it is something of
a nobby hobbv. But there is no use
beating around the bush about it; Mr.
Reeson has a hobby and it is rheuma
tism in his knee, lie pets this hobby
with as much care as Gould Diet
would pet his wild animals in his roo.
Rheumatism in the knee, according to j
Mr. Beeson, gives one something to
think about during leisure moments. !
The hobby of Major Frith of the
Array building is traveling. His busi
ness ...recruiting for the United,
States irtny. The two combine nice
ly. It is possible that Major Frith
might have selected some other hob
by, given his choice. But, being re
cruiting officer for Nebraska and
western Iowa, which means being on
the job in as many different places at
once as is humanly possible, there
was no choice given. ' Uncle Sam j
handed him his hobby and toldJiini to
gO lO K.
Major Frith goes, six days out of
the aeven. He speeds from Des
Moines to Hastings, dashes down to
Lincoln "and then hies away to Al
liance,, where they make soldiers out
The Weekly m Bumble Bee
THE WEEKLY BUMBLE BEE.
A: STINGER, EDITOR.
Commaniestiona en any topic
received, without posts e or
signature. Hons returned.
NO ACS AT ANT PRICE.
Word haa gone forth that it
will be impossible to adopt the
food admtntatratlon'a suggestion
to "keep a hog" la the bsck
yard, because there la a city
ordinance prohibiting the. pres.
enca of "ham trees" within the
city limits. This reminds one of
the man who was sentenced to
be shot at sunrise. Ue said that
would, be impossible because he
didn't (at up until t o'clock.
Half doaen neighbor could
easily- feed a porker on their
garbage. At the present price
of ham and bacon this would be
a very cold mine. Pigs, es
pecially when kept alone, arc
not dirty arrtmals.
What has beco:ne f th . Ity
coal yard that started off with
such a blare or trumpets:
It I that.
was mighty good political capi
tal. If .the quality of the oa!
and the delivery service had
been up to standard it might
hare served not only to pull
hundreds' of poor people through
the winter, but also to pull sev
eral city commissioner- through
the spring election. It'a an old
proverb that "you can't get
something for nothing; and
mightly little) ter sixpence."
Theater ticket ecllciwhad a
busy time mskine ehenge htt
week, but all report the public,
takes the tax In Rood part, (!.
fug that every little bit hi-lp.
Only two' real kicks are reeis
tered. Over at the Strand a
customer told B. I. M. Thomas
he was a grafter, and one good
lady who paid for a couple of
seats at. the Boyd threatened to
hand Miss Baraga over to the
federal authorities tor holding
cut the ie per cent
Work. in th Omaha shipyards
ta going ahead at high spied,
and. our own navy la to be
largely Increased 1n preparation
for. the spring drive. At least
two barges and a skiff will be
added. Oh. that Frank Moores
: could have lived to sec this day.
1 -. .. . . PENNIES.
"Telie care of the pennies and
the dollars .will- -take xara of
themselves."" says' tha 'proverb.
But where la 'a fellow to get the
pennies nowadays T They ven
give yon postage stamps, for
of cowboys, with a little trip to Grain!
T. I i .1.. -:.!- i.. 'ri...-.
jsiiiiiu un uic siur, iiciwccn J imrs
tl.ivs. Thursdays he visits his wife. The
chief dilference between him. and the
cook is that Thursday is the cook's
day olf and it is Major V'rith's day in.
He lias traveling reduced to a sci
ence.' If be ever wishes to leave 1ie
army he can ct a job as routitiK
manager in any railroad oflice. He
has also the largest speaking ac
quaintance with Pullman porters and
conductors of any Omahan.
A bag always stands packed in
Major 1'iith's oflice. When he gets
in front a trip he blows info the of
fice, grabs a handful of letters and
papers sorted out by his
says "hello" to his wife
'phone, exchanges his old bag for the
new and is off again. ..Sometimes, if a
reporter has luck and is there bright
and early Thursday morning, he can
see the major and learn. iqv Omaha
heads the list in recruiting. '' Other
times he has to take Sergeant Han
sen's word for it. '
So devoted has Major Frith become
to his hobby that he has to tide on
the street cars a large part of every
Thursday to keep from being restless.
He hopes that Santa Claus will bung
i,jm a pai kard this vear so he
eat, read and sleep on the move.
R. M. Switzler is an exemplar of
punctuality. Being on time is his
hobby and he has found this a profit
able hobby. When a small boy his
father explained to him the story of
OMAHA, SUNDAY MORNING. DECEMBER 2, 1917.
WOMEN'S CLOTHES ARE
CRITICIZED BY A MAN
FROM SAN FRANCISCO
Omaha Urn Wlw Far lret
maker' Bill Say Charming
Beeolt la Wort la
HALL AND HOLMES HURL
HIDEOUS HEPITHETS IN
A HUGE HYMN OF HATE
State Capitol Trembles With
Regular "Eld" Fight Be.
twee a Dignified
"Don't you dare to take off
those trains without our per
mission." said Hall.
"We'll take m off without
A well-meaning but mis
guided person was here a few
days ago from San Franrlsco
telling us that Omaha women
drested too well
Son" rysotis neer ""an see
any farther than the firt ic
nult. They wouM ndvie us to
refrain from putting coal un
der the boilers bivause they
ue up the coal. They never
would lc."k beyond and eo tho
steam turning the machinery
and doing necessary work.
Woman la the Inspiration of
man. Bhe la put here to be
beautiful and attractive to man
ao that man will be content
with life and so on doing
things. When woman become
careless in drees, man's In
spiration lags and his power
of ccomp!t5hment is rorresond
Of cour. cTtravsESne" t?
not to l' tolerated in v.ar time.
It Is frowned upon fi'ii In
peace time. VU't iMns'ia wo
men ha'e ma Iwai tt'Jilty of
1 ? our darned old perulion if
j we want to," retorted Holmes,
j "Just try it an' sn wbat'll
j happen." yelled H.ill.
j ' Don't you pay Mieh thlnps
to mo. Yi'U re not pik enough
and 1 won't he insulted by the
like! o' you." cried Holmes.
"Mebby 1 ain't hip enough, hut
the slate o' Nebraska Is and
jour dinky little railroad Is
nothln' but a conpla streaks
o' rust anyway."
That sounds like a spat be
tween two Final! boys, doesn't
But It was only a verbal en
counter between a Nebraska
etat railway commissioner and
a man, formerly a district Judge
nnd now attorney for the Rock
Tho pleaant little nffalr t"o
pl.ice vltht'i Th' r--red wal1
of the dlgui'led slate capltol
Omaha women are practical
In their expenditures, hut not
nlgsardly. When they see a
lovely crepe de chine waist that
captivates their hearts we hope
they will Just go and buy it
And when a certain pair of
ahoea la absolutely necessary
to them happiness, let "em buy
them by all means.
We don't want - the dear
creatures to be going about in
ralteo waists and elnCho-per
shoes. That would be lalse
The Omaha women. Mr. San
Fvauci.-.co II ;-re doi.1 more
war work than any other wo
men vc knew of. Ami they do
their vorK well, bcaue they
have that feelinsr. Indispensable
to a woman, that they are well
dressed and good to look upon.
A daughter of Nicholas Ko
manoff. lately emperor of Rus
sia, is said to have escaped
from Siberia and to be on her
way to the United States. She
knows a good country to flee
to. We recommend Mts Ro
manoff to come to Nebraska, the
best state In the beat country
on earth. She might persuade
her father to come over here
pnd take up a fa mi. In a few
yeprs the Romanoff family
initrht be wealthy.
The Kcv. l.oi tt: J. Keily :i
e-riting the story of hhi life and
ff hli prosecution for the 'll
lisea as murders. I'nless he
gets It off the press within
a week he Is likely to find a
decided dearth of buyers. With
his case disposed of. Interest In
htm will disappear Ilk th
That was a great foot ball
gam at Crelghton field yester
day between the soldier teams
from Camps Funston and Dodge.
Our sporting editor predicted all
alone and was willing to bet his
moncv that I'ncla Hani's hoys
world win, a ad he was right.
Frisco person would do j
wen to i:na Boiue tituc. utiu
for his efforts.
A delegation of patrons watted
en th proprietor of a Douglaa
street eaf and asked as a spe
cial favor that he aerv "war
bread- every day. Ho had been
serving whole wheat muffins on
Wednesday. "Wheatless day."
and the patrons found them so
much better than the white
bread th.-it thrty asfced to have
them every day. Th wer U
teaching us some nitstity good
Congressmen Stephens and
Ross L. Hammond, who are
back frotn the European battle
front, disclaim any eredlt for
General Byng'a recent thrust ' at
CarabraL They modestly slat
that this thrust must hav bean
hia own Idea.
Tha Bolshevik! have had an
ther week of It In Petrograd
Fhat cut them another week
nearer their end. All they need
la enough rep ard they will
the early bird apprehending the worm.
He would not go quite so far as to
say that he never has been late in his
life, hut his record along that line is
almost 100 per cent, lie went through
the University of Nebraska without
one tardy mark, and that refers to
attendance at classes. He has car-rietr-this
hobby into his daily life. He
appears at his olhce on time every
morning, is never late at church,
train or any other engagement.
"If 1 have a hobby, it is being on
time. I have found it an interesting
hobby and pays dividends as well. I
remember winning a sled when 1 was
a boy because 1 led the school in
punctuality," he replied.
If you want to touch the vulnerable
spot of Ralph Yeoman, genial mem
bership secretary of the local Young
Glen's Christian association, drop into
his office some afternoon 'and mention
AVhetHyott pause'to consider it. tln'i?
fad is not so surprising, for Yeoman
is a big able-bodied man and declares
he puts in most of his leisure time in
working tip a fiendish appetite. He
has learned to like food well nrenared
and regards himself as something of
Yeoman will, If properly ap
proached; stand for an hour discuss
ing fijod and culinary processes.
His favorite proposition for friendly
debate is whether stewed chicken is
better than fried. If you want to
argue, stand by the quality of the
fried variety, and the fun is on.
IX OIB TOVTX.
l.uclus Fryor will entertain
1,000 soldiers at his grand opera
show in the Auditorium this
Harry Falmer has made a trip
to New York City lu connec
tlon with business ss a master
In chancery. Ha will show the
metropolitan lawyers a thing
or two about being a master
Ward Hurgoss has gone Into
the stamp collecting business.
He's selling stamps for Uncle
Sam, 'thrift stamps.'' He
might get a few pointers per
haps from R. C. Hoyt. clerk
of the federal court, who has
been a stamp collector for years.
Charlie Black, at the Commer
cial club, auctioned off boxes
for tha Podge-Funston foot ball
game. Have Charlie do your
auctioning. He gets results.
Ourdon W. Wattles, our food
dictator. Is back from Wash
ington, where he went to relieve
the sugar slluation.
Thursday aa 'Vcath tla"
nt sonic Omaha Iheat-rs for
,lhose who C3me in duiin the
I'harglnt; tS.50 for the first
year's dues. the "Industrial
Workers of the World'' leaders
prove that they are the cham
pion "workers" of the world.
Three weeks from next Tues
day will be Christmas. Have;
you done your Christmas shop- j
Jamee C Dahlman, our genial
mayor, haa returned from Ex
celsior Springs (MlssourO, where
lie spent a week for hts health.
i Viilted p'titfs Marshal l'lynn
had ehick m for dinner Thanks
jpiiin? tla.. "Chicken 1; pood
eiooi;li for anlMx!," s;:.-- Tom.
Nebraska wheat fields have
been put to bed for the winter
under a blanket of 'now. The
trouble with them last year was
that they slept through the
winter without a blanket and
froae their toes. They won't do
that this winter.
The c rowers and csrklsrs and
quackera which have been hold
ing sway iu the Auditorium for
a week give way to tltu so
pranos and tenors and basso pro
There once was a Russian named
Who thought he was a sure hot
,i But - Lenin and he
And the Bolshevik!
Soon learned they wer only a
ctcs of a 'ce sie
HOW OMAHA I
. Wff' :
By A. EDWIN LONG.
He was cutting the back ciiclc, do
ing the figure "8," and demonstrating
the rollicking Dutch roll, all in one
moment of mad enthusiasm on his
skates, when he struck an air bub
ble in the ice.
The ice boomed like a distant can
non, the thin crust over the bubble
splintered and crashed like window
panes shivered by the cannon, and
young A. 1". Stryker went out of
"Ker-diun," went the suir! tit wa
ter and kc and sk.ites, as the cur
rent of the mighty Mississippi closed
oyer his head.
That was at Galena, 111., and some
There was business right then and
there for the other boys on the river.
And the business was not. that of
running home to tell ma. The busi
ness was to get a pole and fish out
These boys never heard of li.idcn
Powell. They never heard of service
medals of the Boy Scouts, l hey never
made dad buy them a 5 scout hat
and a scout statl; but they fished
Stryker out of the foaming water with
a common cottonwood pole. No one
celebrated their heroism. No one
splashed their . chests with medals.
Yet these nameless river lads saved
a future executive of one of Omaha's
Then they thumped his shoulders
all the way home, and boxed his ears
soundly to keep him from falling
asleep and "rcezing to death in his
Stryker's father was alentist and
wanted A. F. to be one. He would
have him become a dentist or a
But A. F. said "nix." He wanted to
be - a merchant The Galena high
school and a college at Galena gave
him what schooling he has. His heart
pounded with vieimine delight when
he began to. roll salt barrels and sort
prunes in a grocery store at 16. He
was a real merchant now, he thought.
Father Stryker's heart sank about
that time, for he saw his pet ambition
to make a doctor of the lad go sham
bling aimlessly off into no man's land.
The boy thought he was taking a
step forward when he went to Sioux
Falls, S. D., to work in a grocery
store. That was cutting loose from
home ties entirely and depending on
the monthly pay envelope of the gro-
; Who knewd but lie might still be in
j Sioiis F.tlK had he nut known Judge
! Kawcett, later of the supreme bench.
I Fawcett was then in Omaha. He was
! a former Galena bov. and knew the
trykers well. He wrote young Stryk
er that Omaha, and Omaha alone, was
the place for him, and ordered him
to come at once.
It was Thanksgiving day, 1888, that
he arrived. He fell into the grocery
line again, and worked for the D. M.
Steele Wholesale Grocery company
In July. 18'D, be appeared in ibe
stcck yards in South Omaha. He
wore patched uvctalls, whippet! the
hogs dp and down the alley,xjuggled
bales of hay, tarried baskets of corn,
hauled crippled hogs to slaughter,
clerked in the offices and at last was
picked up by the Illinois Central Rail
way Tompany as its live stock agent.
He held this job from 1900 until 1906
and became secretary of the South
Omaha -Live Stock exchange at that
The exchange has had a live one
from that day. Stryker is one of the
real boosters for the Omaha market
and when the merits of this live stuck
market are called into question,
whether in hotel lobby or on the par
liamentary tloor, Stryker is ready to
tight a duel, not with a six-shooter,
but with a bushel of ripe eggs at seven
xt In Tills Series How Omaha Cot
W, L Bi V
When Actiiig Host
It is the hobby of Willard D. Hos
ford to make the implement men who
attend the implement convention in
Omaha, feel at home in the John
Deeie riowvconipttny plant, in which
plant, incidentally, Mr. Hosford oc
cupies a swivel chair.
Hosford invites the implement men
to wander all over the huge show
room or sample floor of the plant,
and stay as long as they like. Then,
besides, this year he engaged a ca
terer to serve luncheons free of
charge to the implement dealers, their
wives and sons and daughters, so they
did not even have1 to go out into the
cold when noon arrived.
Plows, grass mowers, seeders and
coin planters were pushed aside and
a space' was cleared. Here -0 tables
were arranged for these luncheons.
The caterer. brought no less than IS
colored waiters to do the serving.
And there, surrounded by shining
I new implements of agriculture, from
oUO to 400 implement people lunched
and chatted while they toyed with
the great palms that bent over the
t.ibles to give the place an appear
ance of a first class hotel dining
And Hosford was happy as he
mingled with these whole-hearted fel
lows from out in the state, chatted
about the virtue of a certain corn
planter, or pointed out the merits of
a given landside on yonder plow.
Yes, his hobby is to make these peo
ple feel at home, and he makes good
at it. Who would not feel at home
after a roast beef dinner, with coffee,
cream and lots of butter, in these
days of butter famines and all this
topped off with mince pie and cigars
with red bands around them?
Rooster Beats Cats
At Their Own Game
All the commission houses in the
Pratt street vicinity find it necessary
to keep a cat or two to keep down
the mice which are brought up from
the country in the produce shipments.
Down at .the Rappahannock exchange i
they have found a substitute in a big
Plymouth Rock rooster, which the
employes of "the exchange are w illing
to pit against any cat in the city as
Dick, as the rooster is called, has
the freedom of the exchange and
holds a record of 19 mice killed in one
hour. Not only does Dick kill the
mice, but he swallows them head
Dick's mousing abilities were dis
covered accidentally. lie tame up
from the Rappahannock river in a
shipment of chicken? about a year
ago and as he seemed to have weath
ered the trip baMly was t..kc:i Out ot
lhe coop and thrown into a corner to
get we'd or die. A day or two later
one o! the employee was surprised to
set- Dick hopping madly across the
lloor in the wake of a sctidilUng
Just before a pile of old crates and
safety was reached Dick caught up
with Mr. Mouse, gave it several
shakes in order to squeeze out all the
life and then gulped it down. This was
the beginning and every time a mouse
was cornered thereafter Dick was
thrown on the trail.
A year of petting has made Dick
t)Uite tame. When he came up from
tlie country a ear ago he weighed
only three pounds. Now he tips the
beam at nine. Not only does Dick cat
all mice that are pointed out to him,
but he stalks them just like any cat.
He has been known to stand patiently
for half an hour at a spot until a
wary mouse po'..J out its head. Then
there was a snap and one less mouse
in the world. Baltimore News.
AN INNOCENT MISTAKE
A sergeant iras drilling n awkward
'CoiiiPdiy! Attrition, cominv; lift ujp
jcur J. ft ! lo,' I V. :ra4,t .'Ut in
f;c!it vt oui"
Ore of the f.iuail li M in1 lnr t uN;
by mlsta!u. Tills brought his right-tutu
companion's left Iff and his own right Ifg
close together. The officer, acting thts.
"And who ) that blooming galoot over
there holding up both UgiT" Chicago News.
By EDWARD BLACK.
Home Life of the Lettingwells.
The t rttitigvvell Indue ua-i sellln
down t"i- the evening. I'"1' lady i i
the house had disposed of the usual
details following the supper .epail,
and had dropped the dish ih-lh wit!,
a rcinaik that somebody was coininK
when her attention vva attracted t"
htr liege-lord, holding a swagger
tiek in bis hand. Mr.". l eHingweH's
flower oi articulation at lirst rrluerd
to (o-ordiiiale with her ineiil.il
processes. She stared and glared in
statu (jinf until the object ! hn
scrutiny vi-italizcd icicles hanging
from'the ceiling like stalactites in a
cave. He felt as if these pendants ;
his imagery were ominous instrument
hanging over linn as tile swhhI litm,;
over 1 Jannnlt s of old.
Willie negotiated a Hohctiidlni.
retreat to the baseimnt to repair hi
bicyclc, while Mary maintained a
discreet silence in irr study-comet
Mrs. LcfiingweH regained articular
powers v,hieh she exercised in tin
manner: "Henrv I.efTmgwcll. vou pictru! k
be the chart and compass of tin
I ship. Youtcall youiself the taptao
i "f the shifi and yu point to vonrse':
as the great stone face lo wlinh v.
shall turn, tor in-,pifa;io:i and sou'
nourishment. And you stand lit:
with a swagger stick in your hand, a
if you were standing at Armageddon
or addressing an Industrial Work
! ers of the World convention. I sup
pose you intend to demand ihat yoin
wife and children sl.all carry -d
ger sticks. I tell you, Captain Henry
i l.ettingw ell. you are rocking the bo.n
The next thing yuti will he doinw
: will be to march up ami down tin
street with that stitk just to fan
more neighborhood .gossip."
; "Ma, don't hiM up the parade.'
: shouted Willie from llie ha-einent.
: adding this for the bcnelit of his da'C
"Saw I a, here's an old suitcase y
can strap to your back."
Lcflingwell braced himself for tic
occasion. "Yu told me, Madai i
l.effingwell, to stop placing un
hands in my pockets, because itdid
not add dignity to our tamily tret
So I have used this swagger sink I
add erit du corps to our home and
tireside," he began, with a feeling
that he was making a Listing im
pression. "This swagger stick," he
continued, "is merely a symbol cf a
great principle; it stands ti.r what
we arc going to do in this house. I
am going to lead the way to make
our home safe for democracy.
are going to speed up. We are goinu
to have an improved morale in thts
"My recommendation to you, h"
fore you start your new social
and domestic program, would be to
buy a new carving set. We haven t
got a sharp knife iu this house. T in
last time we had fowl for dinner you
had to get Willie's saw troni the
basement. My idea of a domestn
program is to have the inateri.il
necessities and build from the bot
tom up. The trouble with you
Ilcury, is that vou try to build frop
the top down,'5 retorted -Mrs. Lei
"I want you to understand that i
have a visjoif'as to what should he
done in this home and I intend !
see that there are no slackers in ti f
Leffingwell domain.'' added the m'
with the swagger stick.
Mary broke the silence in ti e par.
lor by coughing rather sus.uciou .d .
the full meaning of which was tin
mitted as a cryptic message to lur
"Henry Leffiogwrll, I think it wul'
improve the morale of this home "
you would discontinue snoring in
your sleep. You don't know how ii
annoys me. 1 really believe we vd.
have twin beds in this home il yu
don't stop your snoring. It's getting
worse. The neighbors a:e talking
about it. Mrs. Whatshernanie asked
me who was sawing wood over her
at 2 o'clock a. m. I can tell you how
to improve the morale of this home.
You are not the only one who has a
vision," concluded Mrs. Letting we H,
and Mary coughed again over the top
of her book, as if to say. "That wa
a knockout, mother: give him another
in the same place."
Henry Leffingwcll muttered some
thing about the limitations of feminine
comprehension and then subsided.
Did You Ever
Return to your home at eventide
of a cold day, with your dinner pail
swinging at your side, with an appr j
tal question mark as 'to what will
tite ot tcrocious intensity at-n a men
spread upon the lamily board.' And
as you open the portals ot the lioiii'
nest the face of your wife he .mi. bk''
a welcome arch. Yoii ti.ss t!c ,!m
rer pail in a lorner and olt.u tor
organs respond to flie redolent e
corned beef and cabbage, whereupon
your wife says:
"Guess what we have for snppd!'
High Life. ' "
She I have been reading some in
teresting information about our avia
tors, the eyes of the army. It must
be thrilling to soar thousand, of ief
above the earth. t
He It is a wakeful p-jr-uo, to
Hie What kind o! ..,... ns
He My dear, tin v list air iidr-
Fares to the Fair.
.She fl read that women are to i
employed as street car conductors.'
He "Do you think they woub.
She "I should say not They would
be fair collectors."
He "Probably they would be fa
A conscientious objector i. a i"
son who objects to eatuik meat
Tuesday ami wheat on dne-'l.i
(lhursday should be fhirst-day.
Dr. Oscar Putt Says:
"A lot of loose change will go far
ther than a Jot of loose talk in win
ning the war."
A Riot of Color.
A Chinaman, an Indian and a neuo.
in a triangular tisric encounter. t. ;
Get This One.
Chief Salter says it is all ti!, ,
keep the home tin-, burning, !!
speaking for bini-eli. lie intends 1
continue at the old stand, ctin:i:: i
ing the home tire..
Dr. Oscar Putt Remarks:
"Some folks with leaping mind br
neve tney couia go tntr the to;,."
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