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The Omaha Sunday Bee
OMaAa, SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 23, 1917.
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10,000,000 MOIBERJ BYCHRfMflAS
Everybody Has d
Hobby! Tell us
Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Borglmn and
daughter, all enjoy the same hobby.
This makes it exceptionally fine, be
cause they are thusnabled to enjoy
the same hobby at the same time, and
in each other's company. They enjoy
hiking in the woods. Almost every
Sunday when the weather is right,
they take their hike into the Florence
woods,' or alonj some of the other
Missouri river bluffs. A can of sar
dines, a loaf of bread, a little cheese,
and their lunch in provided, and thus
they spend the afternoons with na
ture and with one another in a way
hat contributes to knowledge, to
jeace of mind, and to health.
Sam Potter is an expert at making
Chairman , of
busier than a
th a. sa.usa.ge factory
Every winter he makes what his
friends describe as something less
than a tub full, and then his friends
thrive on it tor a time, for he is liberal
with it, and gives it out freely. J hen
.jam l oner is an cicri ui inditing "',- o - - .- ,
andy, though no candv factory ha too, he is so proud of his ability along
11113 IU1C Ul.ll lie tuuumn.3 iy But
out samples of his candy just to prove
his art. The-"Hobby" editor hasn't
had a sample jet this winter.
:vcr discovered him. He has a method
til his own. He uses a certain per
:entage of honey in lieu of sugar,
and oh, how the ladies do like thut
honey candy! He gtts his candy
making spell in the winter generally.
Louis Bostwick, the photographer.
has a pair of hobbies. One is the
big, rakish automobile in which he
speeds about the city and surrounding
country. He cares for this as though
it were a thoroughbred horse. "I
never let anyone else monkey with
the engine" he says. And no one but
himself ever guides the big machine
in its rapid course.
His other hobby ti taking pictures
of his friend He likes to take a
friend in the machine-and,, with his
The Weekly & Bumble Bee
.OMAHA, SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 23, 1917.
THE WEKKI.Y Dl.MBLE BEE.
A BT1NQER, EDITOR.
Communications on any topic
received, without poatnse
slgnatore, Hon returned.
NO ADS AT ANT PRICE,
Editor the BumbU Bee: My
comment 'on currant evenU l
attracting attention from think
The thrift campalnc intereeta
me freatly. II. will teach ,the
American peoplo something-. I
know whercol 1 epeuk, huvlns
taught my larntly thrift for
year. No waste In my family,
1 ran tell you. 1 have a wife
and live children. I tormerly
had a poeltlon at 10 a month.
We aaved half of that. I
handled the pocket book. I
dldn'.t let my wife do that and
be overcharged by grocere, oto.,
like most women." I handle It
yet aa my wife has come to
rellae that I can spend money
best Bhe and my oldt
daughter are the only ones
earning money now, . (because
of my health.) My wife docs
washing, bot 1 take the clothes
home and collect.
We don't eat meat, except
about one pound a week
Tided between my wire ana me.
My two sons pick up coal In
the railroad yards which la
enough to heat the water for
washing and heat our house
at same time. Oatmeal and
cornmeal provide our principle
food. I get bargatns too. 1
got 60 pounds oatmeal that was
all right 'except It had some
weavtls In It for fl, saving
about 42 right there.
There won't be any of this
Christmas foolishness In ' my
houee. People waate money on
Christmas trees and presents
and turkey ; and so on that
don't do them nor nobody else
any good. I put my foot down
on that and my family obeya
'because t got enough sense to
e boas In my own house.
Am glad to lei that we may
ret national prohibition. I was
tlways In favor of same, having
never touched liquor In my life,
t endorse this movement. Th
Bioat Important thing Is this
thrift cam pal ne and If they
can make the people saving like
In my house it will mean mil
lions of dollars.
- Yours trulv.
VOX POPXXVU. '
1 ; THRIFT,
" Suppoa half the people In
the United -States wonld buy
1ut -one IS cent thrift stamp
I week, that would be- S6i0,
194,00$ ' loaned to the govern
ment In one year, and paying
4 per cent Interest to the
folks that loaned It.
HERE ARE SEVERAL
THINGS THAT WONT
HELP WIN THE WAR
Efficient Patriotism Should Not
Try to Cover Vp Dollar
Waste by renny
Speaking of things tlmt will
help win the war calls tn mind
some thst won't. For Instance:
Observing "meatless" Tuei
day and then eating twice as
much meat on Wednesday.
: 'Observing "wheatless" Wed
nesday and then eating twice
as much wheat on Thursday,
Offering "11.000 for a round
Break off the kaiser."
"Cutting out" German opera.
Striking German fried pota
toes off the menu. ,
Protesting against concerts
by a world-famous vlollst of
Austrian birth who la giving
all his earnings to British,
French and Austrian war
Using two lumps of sugar In
stead of three IK your coffee
and thin consuming a pound
box of candy.
Subscribing II to the Red
Cross and buying a ISO Liberty
bond out of a $5,000 Income.
Knitting a sweater and em
ploying halt a doien able
bodied men servants who might
be doing war. work.
"Bawling somebody out" for
n..t r(in whn th Htap
dl- ' Spangled Banner" la played and
then sneering at the country's
Our admiration for Presl
dent Wilson's clear English re
ceived a little Jolt when we
read the following paragraph
from his letter to Bryan on the
Dumba Incident: "But know
ing at the time all the facts,
I did not give the matter seri
ous thought and may add, in
justice to you, that as you
promptly corrected the misrep
resentation when, within a few
days. It was brought to your
attention. It could not have af
focted the dlplomatlo situation."
Attorney J. A. C. Kennedy Is
learning to wear an overcoat
this winter. For breaking this
rule he has been expelled from
the Shiver and Grin society, of
which he was one of the most
active members, frolicking along
the atreets overcoatless and in
low shoes even when the ther
mometer was "way below sero.
The society still has a goodly
number of members In Omaha.
Within three blocks of The
Bee building these new build
ings are In course of construc
tion: Fourteen-story telephone
building, eight-story Masonic
temple, eight-etory Omaha Ath
letio club, seven-story apart
ment house, moving picture
theater seating 1,500. 10-atory
hotel. Is Omaha growing?
GREAT ECONOMIC ,
IDEA IS EVOLVED
BY BUMBLE BEE
Christmas Gift Suggestion
Worked Out and Given to
the World by Edl-
These certificates calling for
a patr of gloves are good things
to give for Christmas presents.
They're a thrifty idea and wave
the economio waste of chnnglng.
Why not extend , the Idea.
Thus you can give father ft cer
tificate on the barber shop
calling for two hair cuts, four
shaves, a shampoo and a hair
Mother can ba presented with
a cert If lea to calling for a bag
of flour, six cans of corn, two
bottles of catsup and a head of
The young man can present
his little "honey bunch" with a
certificate entitling her to have
her hair washed fourr times and
nails manicured twice.
Don't give the laundress a
box of candy. A certificate on
tha cobbler calling for two pairs
othalf-solca and a pair of rub
ber heels will bo much better.
The boys of - your Sunday
school class will appreciate a
certificate on the candy store
much more than they will those
books of "Beautiful Thoughts
from Great Minds."
Don't give the letter carrier
a box of cigars. Mnybu he
doesn't smoke.- Give him a cer
tificate calling for a box of foot
A straet salesman of dancing
dolls and his assistant or con
federate on a downtown corner
have the art of camouflage on
a commercial basis. The passer
by sees only two tiny dolls danc
ing together on a black cloth,
and a man leaning against the
corner of the building with his
hands in his overcoat pockets.
They don't see the black thread
that runs from his hand through
a hole In his pocket down to the
dolls. The thread is camou
flaged by the black cloth. Folks
find It out after they have paid
Congressman I.oheck takes
his proud place beside Mayor
Dahlman as a champion of pro
hibition. "O tempora! O
mores!" It's a wise" statesman
who climbs on the band wagon
when he sees it going In the
direction of the votes.
Robbers locked an Omaha
grocer In his Ice bog and then
rifled his safe. It's a wonder
they didn't lock him In the.
and then rifle tho Ice
Some people, think the post
master general's name ought to
bo spelled "burlesquu."
IN OCR TOWN.
The stores were all open eve
nings last week.
-Have you a little war saving
certificate in your home?
Too late now to do your
Christmas shopping early.
The annual dinner of the Om
aha Woman's Press club was
held Monday eve. ' A pleasant
time was had by all.
Rome Miller sat on ths
platform at the big Red Cross'
meeting In the Auditorium.
Colonel Welsh says they ought
to call It tho "misinformation
bureau" at tha Vnlon station.
Charlie Fanning ays he ,
never saw such a busy time as
last week at the post office.
W. J.'Bryan, a farmer Omaha
man, was In Washington last
week In the Interest of prohibi
tion. Willie thero, ho met
Deputy t'nlted ' States Mar
shal Quinley delivered a truck
load of confiscated llauor to
Fort- Crook. Quinley Is a man
who can be trusted.
"I know a woman," observes
Jonas Mealy,' "that sends her '
chauffeur four miles ev'ry day
In the llmousln f buy war
bread. Hhe saves a nickel's
worth o' wheat an' burns up a
quarter's worth o' gasoline an'
a dollar's worth o' tires."
"Many a little makes a
mlckle" .la one of the mottoes
printed on the new thlrft stamp
cards. Evidently no Scotchman
did this.- "Mlckle" tn Scotch
means little and "muckle"
means mueh.t "Many a mlckle
makes a muckle" is the Scotch
of it. Or as we say In United,
States, "tivery little bit added
to what you've got makes Just
a little bit more."
Titles are multiplying. Ws
have State Food Administrator
Wattles, Stata , Fuel Admini
strator Kennedy, State War
Savings Stamp Administrator
Burgess, State Food Admin
istration Publicity Director Par
risk. A food dictator has been
appointed for every county by
Three years ago, had you
ever heard of "Liberty loan."
"pollu," "Bolshevlkl." "canton
ment," "camouflage," "U-boat"
and a hundred others? Grow
with tho growing vocabulary.
Hugh Mills, local Chief of
Oncle Sam's secret service de
partment, was out In the stats
last week doing some detecting.
He bad new rubber heels put on
bis shoes before he went.
' "Tom" Flynn says he went
Into a butcher shop and bought
a quarter's worth of bacon
which he carried horns In his
trusty earner . in the tonneau or wher
ever cameras are stored in automo
biles, go out to some picturesque spot
and take pictures of Friend in various
A few days later Friend receives' a
handsome book in which are mounted
the photographs, each with a clever
line of artistic writing or a verse or
something from Longfellow or Whit
tier accompanying it. The books are
always handsome bound and il
luminated by Looie's own hand.
1'Oh, I just think it's perfectly love
ly, the sweetest little book imagin
able," says Friend.
Besides pulling teeth and perform
ing other necessary operations on hu
man molars, Dr. james A. O'Neil
finds plenty leisure moments to spend
in the open air, on long jaunts or in
"I find the outdoor air most invig
orating and healthful, and. it is my
greatest pleasure or hobby, as I
might rightly say to enjoy its sooth
ing effects,",the doctor was heard to
During the warm summer months
he has a habit of rising early in the
mornings and enjoying rambles
through some park or about a nearby
When occasions arise, he delights in
taking a refreshing dip in the water
and boasts that he is an expert swim
mer and diver. Lake Okoboji, in
northern Iowa, is his favorite haunt
for spending his summer vacation, he
says, on account of the quietude of
the resort and the excellent fishing
locations. ( ' . '
During the winter months Dr.
O'Neil liiav be found skating about on
the various ice rinks of the city, of
which, he is fond.
It is true he has other hobbies, but
he devotes his greateft interest in out
door sports. Ask him.
By A. EDWIN LONG.
W. H. Taylor was ambitious to be
a railroader, an engineer, in his boy
hood days. He was graduated later
as a mechanical engineer from Stevens
Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.
J., and that is what switched him from
railway engineering to gas engineer
ing, and eventually brought him to
Omaha as general manager of the
Omaha Gas company.
Engineering ran in the family.
While the boy was toddling around
Ashley, Pa., where he was born, trot
ting to the public schools at Pater
son, N. J., and Straudsburg, Pa., where
the family lived at different times, his
father was busy making a living as
superintendent of motive power of a
So the boy just naturally loved
wheels and steam and coal and the
The Little Town
O, some sing the song of the crowded mart.
And some of the prairie's sweep,
The wild yields to many a flame-tipped theme.
For others the foam-capped deep.
But I sing the song of the little town,
Of laughter and smiles set free,
For the little town
In its garb of brown
Holds ever the heart of me!
The glad little town where the elm-arched streets.
Lead one in the friendliest way
To love-garnished homes where a welcome waits
That's as warm as .a June-kissed day;
Where school children play 'round, the old court square
, In rollicking revelry,
And a 'man has a care
For his neighbor, there.
Aye, that is the place for mel
I've answered the call of the city's lure,
The jostle, the whirr, the lights!
I've threaded the way of a mountain pass,
And stood on the snow-crowned heights.
But stilled is the longing fjr dale and down,
For mountain and creening sea,
Since a little town ;
In a garb of brown
Has sheltered the heart of me!
KATHLEEN O KEEFE.
grinding clank of the big brakes. He
loved these things so much that the
engineers and firemen used to swing
him into the cab when a small boy,
and take him on long trips with them.
Heaven lay right in the lad's grasp as
he sat in the cab of the huge engine,
heard the roar of the wheels, saw the
scenery galloping by, and saw, too,
with wide open eyes, the very throttle
which the engineer pulled to make the
iron monster leap in. her tracks and
quiver in her steel-chested might.
The throttle had been pulled out al
most to the limit one day, and how
the rails were singing beneath" the
steel giant to the heavenly delight of
the boy. when suddenly the engineer
struck the throttle a stunning blow to
shut"Tff all the steam. Without say
ing a worckhe.got down on the step,
reached up, lifted young Taylor clear
of the seat, folded him in his arms
The two rolled over and over,
skinned their faces and hands, and
when they got up, the lad saw' an
other train crossing .their track just
a short way ahead on another road
The engineer had jumped with the
lad to save the lives of both.
When he became a graduate me
chanical engineer young Taylor was
a draughtsman for a year for a big en
gineering company of Philadelphia.
Then he joined the construction corps
of the United Gas. Improvement com
pany in 1903 and has been with that of
its affiliated companies ever since that
time. He was sent from place to
place taking care of all kinds of trou
bles, and straightening out "kinks."
He alighted a while at Omaha even
then in 1907 and 1908, as superinten
dent of the gas plant, but was again
ordered to Pennsylvania and New
York. For a time he was assistant to
the general superintendent in Phila
delphia, and in 1912 the company sent
him to Omaha to manage the Omaha
Gas comrany plant.
Though in Omaha only five years,
he has rapidly become a part of Oma
ha life, and today he not only manages
the gas company's affairs, but he is
a member of the Omaha club, the Uni
versity club, Field club, Rotary club,
Commercial club, Technical club, Ath
letic club, besides a lot of national
clubs and technical scientific societies.
Next In This Series How Omaha .Cot
Jake KosoS '
By EDWARD BLACK.
Home Life of the Leffingwells: .
The finis of another day was being
written in the log book of the Lef- ,
fingwell manse. Night, with its prom
ise of surcease from the irritations of
the day's work, was spreading its
mantle over the family group which
had partaken of the usual evening
table, d'hote. Mrs. Leffingwetl had
had a busy day with Christmas prep
arations, and Willie had just posted
a JOO-per cent Red Cross sign jn the
window. Mary had given the dishes
the usual ablutionary attention and
was -thinking of the day when she
first learned there was no Santa
Outside, the stars were shining and
the moon hung in the sky like a great
disc of yellow. Henry Leffingwell.
the charge d'affaires of the family
rendezvous, was occupying the
throne seat with the air of a dinothe
The other members of the family
did not have to be told that their
party leader had something on his
mind and that he was about to mount
his mental rostrum and deliver one
of his philippics. Willie's face , as
sumed a quizzical turn, as if wonder
ing what new brand his dad had been
smoking, while his mother tip-toed to
her reading lamp, lest she might dis
turb the reverie of her revered hus
band. Lord Leffingwell glanced over
the scene like John Drew "counting
the house." Mrs. Leffingwell was
hoping that the telephone bell would
ring to add a little gayety to the oc
casion. Leffingwell spoke and the
"You might just as well know first
s last what is on my,mind. The Lef
fingwells have aUowed unnecessary
worries to enter their daily routine.
We are going to kiss our finger-tips"
to worry henceforth and evermore.
We are going to be exemplars of the
art of living without worry. Our
New Year's resolution will be TDon't
Worry,' and I intend to hang a don't
worry sign on the front of the house,"
began the ringleader of the Leffing
"Dad, didn't you worry one night
when ma stayed out until 9 o'clock,
when she went to visit Mrs. Brown
whose sister makes speeches for the
suffragettes, and you remarked that
you worried because you thought ma
would become infected with the
votes-for-women germ, and you
feared that she would wear feminalls
and bone-rimmed glasses? interro
gated Willie with boyish enthusiasm.
Leffingwell pere looked at Leffing
well filswith parental austerity and
the youngster assumed an air of prob
ity in token of future respect The
threatened ' revolution by the, bolshe
viki element of the house received no
support Leffitigwell continued to
ease his mind: . .
"Worry causes most of our illness,
cold feet: hot heads nd cold hearts,
and begets pessimism and pallor. It
makes mountains of mole hills and
takes the sunshine out' of our lives.
Worry brings the wrinkles to the face
and robs the eye of its luster. It
takes the joy out of life, shortens our
years and reduces our efficiency. Some
folks worry about, the weather . and
others worry about the gas meter.
Look at me; do. I look as if I wor
ried over the price of prunes or about
pblitics? I wouldn't worry . if I had
corn, false teeth and a wart on my
nose, so long as I had a clean shirt
and my name was in the city direc
tory." "I bet you would worry, dad, If
yon had to tend to the furnace and
wind the alarm clock every night,"
"I want the Leffingwells to be
known in this neighborhood as foes
of worry," continued the speaker of
the house. "Worry is only a habit
after all, an ominous creature of the
luiaguiaiiuu. imciUDCl 1111 ItlingS
might be 'worse." '
Mrs. Leffingwell had been sitting
attentively through the discourse ot
tered by the father of her children.
To accept in silence would be too
much approval to suit her feminine
nature, She believed in having the
last word and she had it
"Henry Leffingwell, do I . under
stand that you are going to organ
ize a Don't Worry club and set your
self up as the last word in the art
of worryless days and nights? I
wish you would take a woman's' place
for. a week and then you would un
derstand what worries meant. It is
easy enough for you ' to side-step
worry. I don't suppose you would
worry if I wore a blanket to. keep
myself warm when I went out in
"No wonder you can snore at night.,
with not a worry to mar your rest.
You lean backwards in your don't
worry theory. Your greatest worrv
is that you have to remove- your
boots when you go to bed.' It seems
a pity that you have to get out of
bed at all. I would like to see this
house after a week's time if V didn't
do the worrying for . more than one
occupant. My advice to you is to
begin with the new year to do a
little worrying now and then around
this house and then you wouldn't be
so anxious to become state organizer
of the Don't Worry club. A little
worry . would, improve your waist line
and would be good for what ails you "
"I should worry, dad. and lose mv
snayt, cAi-iaiincu wiine, pleased that
the evening polemic was nearing a
' Mary brought first aid relief by of
fering to sing. .
"They Go Wild, Simply Wild Over
dutside, the stars were still shin
ing and the same old moon was look
ing down upon the same old world.
What Does This Mean to Us?
Don't forget the Red Cross cam
paign this week. You or I may have
a brother or friend "over there-"
or if not now, we may hav tomorrow
or the next day. Helping the Red
s 'AMP"1- tho5e who have gone
FOR- US WHO ARE HERE
?m ?f.Cir Putt,Has Bad Night:
X H tell you what would be fun.
Send a jazz band against the Hun;
That would be put him on the run,
And would be worse than any gun.
Passed by the Censor.
A man could write with a trench
ant pen after having been in the
trenches for a few months. (There
should be a war tax on jokes of this
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