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I Have you early-Christmas shopped jet? If
!'not, last chance.
i What la evidently needed is a few big guns in
place of the small bores at Washington,
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The Luxourg oiscjosures oig ,.a oroaa ana uccp
; "grave for Kultur in the southern republics.' f
A period of "low visibility" seriously inter
feres with the pie counter, getting the-ringe of,
ht Columbus war cruiser. " ' .' .
The danger is that the Seventh may itself fur
ish "the political pirate" a ralid reason iot
Jceeping the regiment out of the federal service.
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An . overdose of advertising seems to have
jqueered Germany's bigr drive on the west front
Even saber rattlers may get too much of a good
thing. , '
; ' Henry Dodge Estabrook.
, The sudden death of Henry Dodge Estabrook
comes as a profound shock to his many friends
and admirers in Omaha, and throughout the
whole west .
Almost a native of Nebraska, raised and edu
cated in our city, always ardent and devoted to
this state, which he regarded as his home through
all the years he was residing in the east, we had
4 right to be proud of his steady advance to
eminence as a national 'figure in his profession
and as an orator of exceptional eloquence and
finished parts. He was broad-minded and
thoroughly free from bigotry, though an intense
political partisan in the better sense of the word.
Had he lived, there would have been higher
things in store for him. v v
Conscription won in Canada and lost out in
.Australia. The United States, however, tilts the
Scales of democracy; to the side of equality of
Service and responsibility.
Striooed of Moslem rule for. the first time in
seven centuries the Christmas celebration at
Jersusalem undoubtedly will surpass the rco!
' lection of the oldest inhabitant.. . , :'
Admiral Von Tirpitz observes that Germany
will not triumplHn the.war unlesi she.capturei
.Calais and Boulogne. Might as well throw up
the sponge, admiral, and take the count. ,
' " It may be suggested incidentally that a few
"live wires" In cqntrpl of army equipment would
. quickly head off civilian complaints. Live wires
burn up red tape and deliver the goods. 1
T Most of the credit for Omaha's fine showing
In the Red Cross members hip drive! however,,
belongs to the' people who responded so will
'Ingly without waiting to be solicited a second
' t"ne ,. '' Z '
One by one the" grub- routes of Germany
through neutral lands suffer a permanent break
- down. Tightening embargo lines at the same
time take up loose notches in the belts of block
ade runners. , t -
The New York World, which is pretty good
democratic authority, insists that the submission
of the dry amendment will split' the democratic
party in the south right down the middle, Ve
' should worry.
Ofiiciat spokesmen of the allies cannot be
charged witn backwardness in telling enemy pow
ers what they must do to be saved,' .Heedlcss
ncssrierel pfplongs the agony.wiihout altering
the-funjjrat"of autocracy by a hair'i breadth. .A
jClubs built on the model of the stotie age
are recommended, former Tresident Taft as
effective", tools for letting the light into junker
heads. Possibly, in' short arnv fighting. How
ever, a storm" of "TJells will prove useful as a
preparation for 'lhrtnajor operation. K
' General AHerTby, ( the captor of Jerusalem,
wins an enduring niche in the hall of fame. The
Holy City is an unfailing fount of world-wide
publicity 'aud its capture by a 'modern crusader
will ring down the ages long after other war
leaders are smothered in the dust of time and
forgotten, ..p...'. " ,v '
r One of tWdisagreeable facts sticking tfp like
a i sore thumb in the congress inquiry, is the
absence of co-ordinated effort in the War de
partment. Had there been business system and
ujtity of effort the blunder of calling the national
army to camps unready and 'lacking in proper
equipment would not have' been possible.
JBimatck'& Three Wars
-MtnneapaUa J annul-
Germans, as veil as others.' have traced tire
present war to Bismarck, whose policies led to
the srrowth of a German national philosophy
that made peace in the long run impossible. Bis-
marcK nimseu saw iuc ircuu uu icuivicu a
great war leading to world domination or down
. fall. . . - .:,; .) ...
At anv rate, there can be no doubt of Bis
marck's large responsibility for three former
wars, viiemion nas uccu tnc4 again w mc
well known life,-of Bismarck by his secretary,
Moritz Busch, who tells low Bismarck, .a short
, lime Deiorq lie uieu, sai uciurc iuc c m iuc
great room' of his house at Varzin, being then
in' his eighty-third year, and threw one fir cone
after another upon the open fine," saying at last
after a long period of meditation: t
' "But for me three great wars woujd not have
. been fought, 80,000 men would not have perished,
fathers, brothers, sisters, widows, would not have
been nlunired Into mournine. I have settled all
that with my creator. But I have gained little
or no joy from all ray work."
It may well be that the aged statesman who
' deliberately broueht about three trreat wars with
the death of 80,000 men and all the misery that
followed in their train, thought that &e had it all
' settled with his creator. But .the. ordinary mart
who loves peace and human brotherhood may
well question whether Bismarck's creator may
not have had in reserve a few words more on the
. subject . ' . ,
In $bis world or any other, most of us would
nrefer to take our chances with the record of a
, Howard or a Wilbertorce rather than with that
of a Bismarck,
-Striking Live Leads.
' TTie senate inquiry into complaints of delay
and . inefficiency inthe preparedness work of
the- War. department is already . striking live
leads. The, shortcomings have been most mani
fest in the ordnance and supply divisions and the
army training program has been noticeably im
peded by' failure to speed up the machinery.
, The story' of the investor of the Lewis ma
chine ,gun and "how he repeatedly but in vain
tried to persuade' th War department to take
advantage of it without exacting any ' royalty
and was driven to present it to foreign govern
ments who at once adopted it, has been more
or Jess. known, butj's' now for the' first time
put into an official record. There will doubtless
be Explanations - forthcoming though it is dif
ficult to sea howr any explanation can be satis
factory. ' x "" . '
If we measure public sentimentcorrectly, this
M no. time to let personalities stand in the way
of getting our mobilization into full force. The
big places must be ma. cd with men big enough
to handle them and nothing should Cuunt but
ability to "deliver the goods." The investiga
tion should go on and go to bedrock and then
should be followed by quftk' remedy of de
ficiencies disclosed. 7 '
'. , How Ratify the Amendment?,
The Lincoln Journal throws several different
kinds of fits because The Bee, in discussing the
submission of the proposedfnational prohibition
amendment; said we would prefer- to have the
question of ratification passed on by direct vote
of tie people instead of by the legislatures in the
different states, particularly in states like Ne
braska where the initiative and referendum' prevails.-
It quotes the language of the amending
clause of the federal constitution "when ratified
by (he legislatures of three-fourth of the several
states" as if that precluded resort to the initiative
and referendum. A cursory reading of the con
stitution of Nebraska, however, will show that
legislative power here rests only provisionally in
the legislature, subject to direct action of the
people themselves, who, when tljey do act, are
their own legislature. . .
. The Bee has not the slightest inkling of what
the attitude of either wets or drys will be, but
the Journal is already cock sure that the
mechanism v Of direct legislation which the wefs
fought against so" hard is to be resoVted to by
them to defeat this one prime object which the
advocates' of, direct legislation had in view.
That paper says further: i ,
; Any attempt to secure the adoption of na
tional prohibition in initiative and referendum
' states 'bV the initiative would apparently - be"
' illegal. The further suggestion that the action
of the legislature on the amendment might be
held up by the referendum is adding an inter
esting complication. It is -not an academic
Aoint. National prohibition might conceivably
be defeated by invoking the initiative or ref
erendum in some of the dozen states now un-
de direct legislation. For example, Iowa has
a dry legislature, but the state .went wet on a
popular vote- last fait on account of the heavy
wet vot of a few river counties. - Missouri is
dry outside of St. Louis, and wet when the
whole vote is counted. Ohio is dry outside the
great centers of population. Cities have been
growing so much in recent years that it is dif-.
ficult to reapportion the legislative districts
fast enough to prevent the rural communities
' fromrholding a .disproportionate number or,
seats. -i ' , ' h '
This is indeed, interesting but the Journal's
exaniples are not well chosen for while Missouri
is equipped with the. initiative and referendum,
Iowa' is', not. But' suppose both were and sup
pose Iowa bad a wet legislature as has Missouri,
should tee wjslrti of its people be blocked and
frustrated if, the sentiment of the majority were
dry? Here in Nebraska the state went over
whelmingly dry at the last election, but there is
no certainty that the next legislature will be dry.
Is not every argument for letting the people have
what they want in favor of submitting this
amendment ' to' them for a direct expression
father than leaving it to a combine of 17 mem
bers of the state senate banded together to "de
liver the goods"? On the, other hand, if by any
chance the majority of the people of Nebraska
are against ratifying the. amendment (of. which
there is no indication) they certainly should not
be put in the wrong .column by legislative mis
representation. :v. 5 -K
S i We repeat that so far as we are con
ceded we would rather see the adoption of re
jection of the amendment settled by direct pop
ular vote in the several states than made the sub
ject of 'barter and trade in 48 different state
"It proper methods of selection and care are
immediately followed out, Nebraska will have
.plenty of, seed corn . for its own needs next
year," so tfee experts of the Nebraska experiment
station tell us. Yes, we know that but the prob
lem is to secure immediate application of the
proper methods of selection and distribution.
If that is not done, Nebraska . will not have
plenty of seed corn for its next year's needs.
Christmas Vings no cheer and precious little
hope to the victims1' of autocracy ' in Teutonic
lands. Beneath the thin veil of misty professions
of success with which royalty deceives the multi
tude stalks the. specter of semi-starvation and
hardships, surpassing and preceding winter of
war. The Berlin Tageblatt admits that much
and draws a gloomy picture of the outlook for
the masses. "A ye sow so shall ye reap." f
Through the energy and vigilance of the fed
eral secret service the ranks of alien plotters
thin out steadily. Rarely does the outstretched
nets' fail in landing the right party. Court trials
and innumerable convictions emphasize the thor
oughness of the service, 'v '
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South Omaha proposes to inaugurate union
church services to economize on heat and light
and other expenses. Not a bad idea where it is
feasible! Nor is. there anv patent1 on the scheme
to prevent other coAimunVies from adopting it.
Uncle Sam's Mail Bag
Washington, Dec 22. One of the best ways
to get an idea of a man's business is to look over
his morning's mail, to scan the letters he writes
and the letters he receives. Washington's daily
waf mail casts an interesting light on the nature
and magnitude of various war activities.
The Washington city postoffiee for months
has had to deal with a constantly rising tide
of what is known as "penalty mail." This term
does not connote, as might appear to the un
initiated, that the sender is subject to fine and
imprisonment. Penalty mail is official mail sent
under government frank, each envelope or pack
age bearing the phrase "Penalty for private use
On atypical day, according to Postmaster" M.
O. Chance, the Washington postoffiee will re
ceive and handle 150,000 pounds of outgoing
penalty mail. Some days run faf above this
mark. The record was probably established when
the Treasury department on a single day mailed
3,000 sacks of Liberty loan publicity matter,
which averaged 100 pounds to the sack. 1 '
The Liberty loan bureau of the treasury is the
heaviest single user of the mails among the gov
ernment offices, when Liberty loan campaigns
are at their height. Besides the Liberty loan
material, the war saving stamp matter is mailed
by the treasury. Recently for a period of 10
Jays this single item totalled 200 sacks a day.
Other offices which call heavily on the serv
ices of the local' postoffiee are the provost mar
shal general's office, the adjutant general's office,
the food administration, and the committee on
public information. Of course, the importance of
a government bureau cannot be estimated, in
terms of the letters it writes, but the test is
a fair one when agencies that work with the pub
lic as a Whole are considered.
It is interesting to note that each of these
bureaus, which are now, more intimately con
nected with the daily life of the American people
than any other government agencies, has only
been established since the declaration of War, and
in some cases much later. The only exception is
the adjutant general's office. Most of the thou
sands of sacks of mail, matter sent out by this
office go to the various training camps, and deal
with military matters from a more or less techni
cal standpoint. The incoming mail addressed to
the adjutant general has increased enormously. L Omaha and Plattsmouth Belt Line
rr.i . r.-i. - i - i--t- .i '. . f. rallwav wers filed with the emintv
ine greater pare oi it aeais wun enlistment in
various special branches of the army. v.
' The provost marshal general's mail is con
cerned with the selective draft. Ten million
questionnaries were just distributed to every
corner of the nation through the mails. Their
aggregate weight was 1,250,000 pounds. This
represents only a fraction of the total mail from
this office, for scores' of millions of form's were
distributed for the first draft, the first and then
the final selective service regulations were sent
to all boards, as well as frequent additions and
emendations to the rules of the draft. The pro
vost marshal general has sent out as many as
1,500 sacks of mail in a single day, and each sack
waa rt h.avv that if rpnliirlrl iurA ? m pn trt
handle iy " ' ' x
The committee on public information pub
lishes the Official Bulletin, a daily account of gov
ernment doings, whigfi has attained a circulation
of 270,000 copies a day. Besides this, the com
mittee prepares and publishes a constantly grow
ing series of pamphlets on the war, large and
small, which are mailed out in bulk by millions.
Five numbers of the so-called Red, White and
Blue series have been published and 10 numbers
of the war information series. The Red, White
and Blue series includes some'numbers which
fill a large volume. They deal in various ways
with the American case and position in the world
war, Thus the committee has issued some of the
speeches of President Wilson, with historical
and diplomatic references explained in foot-notes.
Another number consists entirely of carefully
selected utterances of prominent Germans in
every walk of life, showing how completely the
dream of, world domination had fastened on
the Teutonic empire, and the consequent danger
to the United States. Still another number of
this series is taken up with the reprinting of va
rious authenticated items showing the barbarity
of German war theories and methods. -t
The food administration sends the public' all
manner of pamphlets and papers dealing with
war-time conservation. About 200 sacks of mail"
is a fair day's work for Mr. Hoover's offices. ;
'All this is in' addition to the usual stream of
out-going government mail, which is never a
small item.' Three or-four tons of Congressional
Records are sent out to an expectant public daily,
the exact number of pound? depending on just
how oratorical the two legislative bodies felt the
day before. The open- season? for franking
speeches to constituents will soon begin, and an
other ton or so will be added to the total. The
signature of a' senator or a congressman will
carry a piece of official printed matter iree to any
part of the United States, and there is now a
movement on foot to extend the privilege ' to
France, where a considerable American reading
public will soon be gathered.
Ail the outgoing mail is only one side of the
problem. The prompt delivery of incoming gov
ernment mail is made more difficult by the-fact
that some of the deoartments .have expanded so
greatly that their various bureaus lire scattered J
ail over lilt tujr, aiiu icw unca oic.jjciitu uaiij.
Recently the postoffiee published a guide listing
several hundred bureaus and .committees, most
of them established since the war.
. People and Events
, Congressman Johnson of South Dakota, wftc
voted against war last April, balances the record
by joining the colors as a private. He is 35
yearsld, married and father of two children. .
One VictoV Peterson of San Pedro, Cal., sets
a new standard of big valuations based on foot
rule measurement Two inches of one foot, cut
off by a motor truck, Peterson values at $12,500
an inch. Valuations based on measurement in
sure, greater accuracy and speed in reaching
the wherewith of careless truckers. ,
Mrs. Kate Richards ' O'Hare, the socialist
talker who won a five-year sentence in Nofth
Dakota for obstructing the draft, is the mdther
6f four children, has ah occasional home in St
Louis and a husband working out a socialist com
munity plan in Florida. Observe the distance
between them 1 Two radicals working (together
would boost insurance on prairie fire risks.
A group of New York club men clubbed to
gether last spring and cultivated a war farm.
Recently they pulled off a harvest festival and
"bar.n dance" on lower Broadway in honor of a
crop of corn, carrots and turnips" valued at
$20,000. , No dividend checks were distributed,
but the treasurer reported a good balance which
will go into equipment -and expansion for nrxt
year's cultivation. -That is going some for clubby
. ' Fortunately for the country's safety the
mental equilibrium of New York occasionally
jrebounds from the shocks of war and grapples
with questions that concern, the inner conscious
ness, Ar something like Uhat. "Should golfer
have dull or quick brain?" .That's the momentous
"question up for debate among sports of the green.
At last accounts featured by the New York Post
argument was about evenly divided with , the
waiters working overtime. , i
Mayor L. A. Fritsche and City Attorney Al
bert Pfaender of New Ulm, Minn., have been re
moved from office by .Governor Burnquist for
conduct and utterances tending to hinder the
federal government in the prosecution of the
war. . New-Ulm championed the Teuton cause
six months ago and acted as if it wouldsecede
from the union and move over to the Rhine.
Fritsche and Pfaender led the vocal rebellion.
Suddenly the community woke up to the fact
that Minnesota was bigger thaiKNew Ulm and
staged a veneered profession of loyalty. Fritsche
and Pfaender recanted at the. same time, but not
before the governor got their, measure.
Right in the Spotlight' " ,
General Ferdinand Foch, who has
been appointed to represent France
.on the Supreme War council of the
allies,xhas been ce of the-most bril
liant French commanders during this
war. The great victory of the battle
of the Marne was largely due to his
strategical genius. General Foch be
gan his military career in the war of
187y as subaltern . against the Ger
mans, and distinguished himself as
"a soldier with brains." At 26, he
was comikissloned a captain of artil
lery and later he became a professor
in. the Ecole de Guerre. Early in the
present war, through his success in
forcing the Germans to retreat in the
battle of the Marne. he earned the
title of the greatest strategist in Eu
rope. He is also the man who did
much to prevent the Germans from
One Year Ago Today in the War.
Allies continued to retreat in Wal
Tultcha, on the Danube oposite
Bessarabia, occupied by Bulgarians.
French senate voted unanimously
that France could not make peace
while eftemy occupied French 'terri
tory. In Omaha Thirty Years Ago.
Messrs. Hardin and Kennedy have
signed articles for a live bird shoot
for $50 a side. Hardin to shoot at
25 blrts and Kennedy at 26.
The first cable car was run over
Harney street to Tenth street and
worked to full and complete satisfaction.
Articles of Incorporation of the
railway were filed with the county
clerk. The incorporators are Nathan
Shelton, A. A. Egbert Otis H. Ballan,
Robert B. Windham, and George J.
Prof. G. R. Rathburn will repre
sent Omaha at the conventionof the
Western Penman association, which
assembles at Cedar Rapids, la..
T. J. Miner, clerk of the Windsor,
received a handsome Christmas gift
from his employers, Messrs. Schliyik
and Prince. It consists of a hand
made cigar case beautifully decorated.
J. 1 Mandell and A. F. Holden
of St. Louis are visiting W. J. Holden.
The bill introduced by Senator
Manderson for the erection of a pub
lic building in this city, has been
referred? to the committee on public
buildings and grounds.
S. A. Huntoon, general agent of the
Pacific Express company, was called
to ttt front of his office and found
awaiting him an elegant easy chair,
a present from the employes of that
This Day ia History.
1764 George Crabbe, celebrated
English poet born. Died February
1774 William Ferguson, a soldier,
was shot on Boston,. Common for de
sertion. 1784 The Methodist Episcopal
church in the United Statea organ
ized. 1803 Marriage of Jerome Bona
parte, brother of Napoleoa I., and
Elizabeth Patterson of Baltimore.
1814 Preliminaries of the, peace
treaty ending the war betwen , the
United States and Great Britain
signed at Ghent.
1832 Antwerp, with a garrison of
3,500, surrendered to the French after
a Brave resistance of 26 days.
1878 Johns Hopkins, - founder of
the university that bears his name,
died in Baltimore. Born in Anne
Arundel county, Maryland, May 19,
1914 -British airmen dropped
bombs on German aeroplane sheds in
1915 Henry Ford left his "peace"
party at Christiania, Norway, and
sailed for home.
The Day We Celebrate.
Rev. Adolph Hult former pastor of
the Swedish Lutheran church, was
born at Molina, 111., 48 years ago to-
day. - . .
Queen Alexandrine of Denmark,
born in Mecklenburg, 88 years ago
Manuel Estrada Cabrera, president
of Guatemala, porn 61 years ago ttw
Brigadier General James H. McRae,
United States army, recently assigned
to command the 158th depot brigade,
at Camp Sherman, born in 'Georgia,
64 years ago today. , '
Dr. Bradford Knapp, chief of the.
farm demonstration division of the"
United States Department of Agri
culture, born at Vinton, la., 47 years
Harry E. Brittain, director of in
telligence of the British National
Service Department anl who has
founded a club fop-American officers
in London, born 44 years ago today.
Vlscdunt Morley of Blackburn,
veteran English statesman, born at
Blackburn, 79 years ago today.
Bishop Richard G. Waterhouse of
the Methodist Episcopal church,
south, born near Spring City, Tenn.,
62 years ago today.
Timely Jottings and Reminders. .
, Last day for Christmas shopping.
' The Red Cross-'Mrlve" for 10,000,-
000 new members closes today.
1 Thousands of the boys of the new
army have been granted furloughs to
leave the training camps today to
spend their Christmas at home.
In many churches throughout the
land the Christmas festival will be
ushered in tonight with' special serv
ices at which prayers will be offered
for an early and victorious ending of
the world war. '
Santa Claus Is likely to find fewer
and costlier trees in American homes
when he comes around with his pack
tonight Because of the labor scarci
ty men couldn't be found to cut the
trees this year, and Uncle Sam was
too busy hauling needed freight to
clutter up the tracks with trees.
Storyette of the Day.
Prof. Copeland of Harvard, as the
story goes, reproved his students for
coming late to class.
"This is a class in English com
position," he remarked with sarcasm,
"not an afternoon tea."
At the next meeting one girl was
20 minutes late. Prof Copeland
waited until she had taken her seat
Then he remarked, bitingly!
"How will you have your tea, Miss
"Without . the lemonA please," Miss
Brown answered quite gently. Bos
SIGNPOSTS OF PROGRESS.
Tha name of Tha H&rut, capitol of the
Netherlands, is connected with larger
member of treaties and rariooa interna
tional understandtnre than that of any
other city of the world.
. During August, September and October
this year 485,000 officers and meS arrived in
England from the front on leave. Tha num
ber of leaves granted for -the same period
last year was 85,000.
In tha way of newspaper funds, tha Lon
don Times has made an extraordinary rec
ord. Tha total of. its colleetiona for tha
British Bed Cross society and for the Order
of St. John has Just passed 8,0.00. .
For Secretary of Anything.
Omaha, Dec. 20. To the Editor of
The Bee: A friend of mine said to
me the other day, "We've got-to be
patient, we've got to realize that we
are up against a big thing and have
-to go slow, we must not criticize."
an q of course he is right, up w a cer
tain point But I Want you to stop and
think just what it would mean if it
were announced tomorrow that Theo
dore 'Roosevelt had been appointed
secretary of war, or of. the navy, or
of a newly .created department of
munitions, and had accepted.
Wouldn't there be a stiffening of
spines, a throwing back of heads, a
sauaring of chins everywhere? We'd
know, then, that we are going to fight
a real fight Wouldn't those oys of
ours over there in France serid up a
shout that could be heard on Broad
way, and a tossing of hats and coats
and hoes and guns in the air, till the
Frenchmen would think we had sent
them an army of lunatics? Now, Isn't
this iust what would happen, whether
you. are ene of those who mistakenly
thouaht that every army omcer ana
every ' navy officer was a bloody
minded cutthroat and we didnt
need any guns or any boats or any
uniforms or any training, and that
Roosevelt was an imperialistic Jingo,
always spoiling for a fight, or wheth
er, like myself you considered Roose
velt one of the greatest men this
country has ever produced? Here's
a man who isn't afraid of dirt and
mud and sweat and hard work and
blood and wounds, and Is willing and
anxious to go out and take his share,
personally, 1 and in the person of his
whole family. Wouldn't you feel sure,
wouldn't you know that nothing
would be ' omitted to insure" victory,
nothing done that might bring defeat
to those boys of ours and this, coun
try of ours? -
And, oh! wouldn't Jt hearten those
tired soldiers of France, fighting, dig
ging, suffering, dying, grim as death
itself, there on those tortured hill
sides of their stricken country? Leave
out all thought of criticism of anyone
else, wouldn't they feel as they have
never felf'at last America's in, in in
deadly earnest, in to the last gasp, in
until those hillsides and those valleys
and those orchards have been freed
and those tortured women and chil
dren, together with the women and
children of America and the world
are safe?" . Personally I believe it
Would do more good than all the men
we have gotten across, and I do not
for a minute belittle the tremendous
task of getting them there.
And that little band of Belgians,
and that great English army, wallow
ing waist deep in the mud of Fland
ers! It isn't easy to improve on the
grip of a bulldog, but don't you be
lieve every Jaw would set a little
tighter and the teeth would pinch in
a little deeper and a little faster
toward the windpipe of Germany at
the news? Real fighters are . born,
not cultivated. To win victories, you
must want to win them and you must
not think too much about whether
you may perhaps hurt the other fel
low; and, fellows, this lsa fight, not a
physical culture test nor an educa
We have here a leader and a fight
er, ready made and tested. Whether
you believe, as I do that he will never
fight for anything but right, you must
believe that he will fight and that he
knows how. I, therefore, nominate
Theodore Roosevelt for any job he
will take. ' " H. W. MORROW.
Ethics of Christian Science Practice.
Omaha, Neb., Dec. 22. To the Edi
tor of The Bee: As I have been unable
to find a correction in my edition of
the Bee, of statements made in an As
sociated Press dispatch that appeared
in the issue of December 18, I ask
space for the following:
Albert F. Gilmore, Christian Science
committee on publication for New
York, declares Grace M. Trankla,
who brought suit against Clarence
C. Burger to recover pay for services
as a practitioner, was not a. Christian
Sofentist. Careful investigation by
him discloses that she is not a mem
ber or regular attendant of the local
churches, that she is not a member
of the Mother Church, nor on the net
of authorized practitioners. The
methods indicated in Miss Trankla's
complaint are not in accordance with
the custom and practice of the true
followers of Christian Science.
In regard to remuneration for serv
ices, authorized practitioners of
Christian Science are guided by the
by-law in the manual of the Mother
Church, which says: "A member of
the Mother Church shall not under
pardonable circumstances, sue his
patient for recovery of payment for
said member's practice, on penalty of
discipline and liability to have his
name removed from membership."
. CLAUDE L. DeLONG,
- I Commite on Publication.
" Of Interest to Taxpayers.
Omaha, Dec.- 2?. To the Editor
of The Bee: I wish to say a few
words against the proposed purchase
of the property known as Christie
Heights for a public play ground,
as the city owns a email tract known
as Morton park which is only five
blocks distant from the proposed
Christie Heights site. It seems
to me it would be more fit
ting to purchase more ground
for Morton park which is a
more desirable site than Christie
Heights. Lam satisfied that 90 per
tent of the tax payers of the south
western section of the city are op
posed to the purchase of the Christie
Heights property for the reason that
it is undesirable on account of its
location being bounded , on the east
and north by the packing houses and
stock yards district, and instead of
being' popular es'a play ground for
the pupils of St Mary's school it
would only expose them to more
danger aa they would have to cross Q
street, a busy thoroughfare. They
would have to cross street car tracks
diver which the N Omaha street rail
way company cars travel, the Rai
ston & Papillion interurban line of
cars besides automobile motorcycles,
etc ' , '
- - - C. W., A Taxpayer. -
. Compliments a Bee Editorials
r Omaha, Neb., Dec 22, To the
Editor of The Bee: I want to
compliment yam on your editorial' re
garding the, World-Herald's monu
mental hyphenism. I want to encour
age you to produce more of the same.
Mr.. Hitchcock, or his paper, have
not been with the president on his
most far-reaching and clearest poli
cies; Senator Hitchcock haayvoted no
or has been absent We subscribe to
the high qualities of President Wil
son, from a patriotic motive. We are
nil wifh him. All rieht thinkintr men.
bwa All ,Aisii ttttfl riMlc, in Vifm
Bih Alt v. cui. .. a ftiuv ftv. ...a. a
but this hypocrisy of the senator is
not consistent with his fathering the
anti-munition bill, his paper's justi
fication of the sinking of the Lusi
tania, his stand on the Austrian situ
ation and kindred other statements.
The one motive that seems to actu
ate him is to perpetuate himself in
office with the help of the hyphenates
in Nebraska and other people that
are fooled by his hanging to the
;.'o oHai!K The oeODle CSt
Nebraska ought to relegate him to
the oblivion, whicn win eveniuai.jr
Ms anyway as he will go down in
Nebraska history as a self-seeking
straddler and a demagogue. Go to
it, Bee, is the wish of
FRANK C. WARD
TUNING UP FOR CHRISTMAS
With a whirl and a swirl and a terrible
It blew In at evening from an Arctic snore.
Traffic It blocked, and the treacheroOS
Glitters and twinkles with silvery sleet
..m- i. a .it.. arA SnlilVra a-DlentV.
Uifts for Kiddies and Sweet-and-l wenty ;
Gifts for Grannies ana Aunues unu
Gifts for using and losing and fads! -Gifts
for Nurses and Chauffeurs and Cooks.
Gifts for Bookworms who read ALL their
Gifts for Tinners and Sneerers and Saints.
Tops for spinners, and Pastejs, and Paints.
Musio meshanical, mirrors or lamps,
Turkeys for orphans and newsboys and
Sifts that' are fluffy and gifts that a;
A necklace for Jeanne, a scarfpin for Jim.
Full aets of the classics and gleaming gold
suitablo-r-very for sweet little nieces.
Calendars virtuous, witty or wise,
Flowers and bon bons and puddings and
pies ! . . 1
- . ,
Cynics there be who deride and defy them.
But we, In our dreams, even, buy them and
. I . tk.ml
As aver old Winter", with snowdrift iA
Trinimntpi the whole1 Town Into Santa
ELIZABETH N. HEPBURN.
"Listen to this, wife. This centenarian
says he has eaten an apple' a day since
childhood, and chewed tobacco continuously.
Just think of living to be one hundred yeara
"I might "manage an apple a day, but I
fear I couldn't chew tobacco continuously."
"It takes you a long time to sen mat iaay
a cage for her parrot.1'
"I'm doing the best I can," said tha
"Our stock Is large. Can'tfou suit her?'
"I think I could suit her, but she's trying
to get the parrot to make a selection,"--Kansas
City Journal. j
"Does your boy believe in Santa Claur?''
"I don't know. He's writing hlra a let
"But I notice he leaves it around where
t can see it." Louisville Courier-Journal.
"He's a practical Joker, Isn't he?''
"Not very practical; he tried one of his
jokes on a guy larger than himself."
Higgs Wnat's the sense of an inquest?
Everybody knows he dug his grave with his
Brlggs Somebody told the coroner they
were false. St. Louis Globe-Democrat. V
"I don't see why the tenor excused him
self from singing because he had a cold and
couldn't be heard.''
"Why don't you see It?"
"Didn't the eold give his voice more
hoarse power?" Baltimore American. "
"America is composed of three classes of
men first, those who have succeeded, and,
second, those who haven't."
"Yes? And the third?"
"Oh, they're the fellows who write arti
cles for the magazines telling the second
class how the first class did It." Life.
Proprietor What's the trouble?"
Head Waiter -Big.crowd waiting for table,
Proprietor Tell the ..orchestra to strike up
something lively. Maybe it will msjke the'se
people chew faster. Boston Transcript.
Flatbiish Got a iiui..age on your place?
Bensonhurst Oh, yes; a Marathon mort
gage. "What's a Marathon mortgage, pray?"
"One that's run 2i years." Yonkers
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