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to them. AaVtraaa change aa alts aa rsnaaatsA.
. Shop early every day from now on.
Dr. Garfield'i doe was bitter, but it did save
coal '
Ladies, remember the short-hour shopping
days begin today. Do your shopping early.
If the weather man could only be induced to
be good for a few days, how happy we might alt
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City hall inmates complain that announce
ments for the city race are slow in coming. Do
not worry, brethren; the lists will be well filled
long before the starting flag drops.
Uncle Sam is making a tempting bid for the
services of "hello girls" who are linguists. In
this case it is not the "voice with the smile,"
but the tongue that is trained that will win.
. State Treasurer Hall issues a .timely warning
to communities on the topic of going into debt
unnecessarily during war times. This will alio
apply to individuals. Expenditures on public ac
count must be for necessities until the skies clear
a little. .
John H. Moorhead has knocked quite a chunk
out of the Hitchcock-Mullen slate, by announcing
his determination to run for United States sena
tor. The former governor evidently thinks him
self big enough to decide on his own political
Warning to big consumers that it will be well
for them to pack their own ice is a trifle belated,
but may yet be acted on if ffrose most concerned
get busy. 'We do not want to be confronted with
in ice famine next summer after what we have
endured in the way of a coal shortage thU winter.
Nebraska agricultural college students carried
off all honors in the stock judging contest at the
Denver live stock show. Nothing so remarkable
in this, for it is natural for a Nebraska youth to
know a good animal when he sees one, and after
his intuitive knowledge has been sharpened by a
little technical training, you simply can not beat
Shorter Shopping Hours for Omaha.
Beginning today, the hours for shopping in
Omaha will be shortened by the omission of
one a each end of the day. Stores will open one
hour later and close one hour earlier. The prime
purpose of this is to save fuel, an object to which
all will readily contribute. It may be considered
in another aspect, however. Convention has had
much to do with the fixing of business hours,
dealers deferring to customers' convenience in
the matter, and thus has grown up something
amounting to almost compact between buyers
and sellers that stores must be open for certain
hours. If it were possible to change our habits
in a very, slight degree, it might be possible to
do all the real business within the shorter time
now set for expedient 'purposes, and make the
custom permanent. 5 In industries where the
eight-hour day has been established the results
have been uniformly gratifying. The shorter
work day has commanded the attention and re
ceived the endorsement of economists, and its
advocates have even urged that the eight-hour
day be still further reduced, that more leisure
time maybe enjoyed by the workers. If the rule
works well for industry, it might be applied with
equal good results to commerce. However, the
present is not exactly the'moment for the appli
cation of sweeping reforms. The shorter busi
ness day to be practiced for the time in Omaha
is a voluntary act on part of the business men,
who solicit the co-operation of their patrons, to
the end that fuel may be saved and thus a con
siderable contribution be made to the general
public weal. The experiment will be watched,
and who can foresee to what it may lead?
Just to Keep the Record Straight
The sheep men in the convention at Salt Lake
City on Saturday had a great time denouncing
the editor of The Bee. If the sheep men will
but carefully read the editorial they so fervently
jumped on, they will find that it is helpful rather
than harmful to their interests. It made no ref
erence to the report of President Hagenbarth
to their convention, but did deal with an address
he had made earlier in the week before the cattle
men, who also met' at Salt Lake. President
Hagenbarth in the news dispatches was quoted
as advocating the removal of meatless day re
strictions from beef and mutton, saying the in
crease in herds was putting too great a burden
on the stock growers. It was to this statement
The Bee's editorial was addressed. To the credit
of the cattlemen, be it said, the resolution in
tended to carry out the advice of President
Hagenbarth was allowed to die in the committee
to which it was referred. The Bee did not gar
ble nor distort the remarks of the sheepmen's
president, and it has nothing to take back or cor
rect, save the reference to the price of wool. The
market quotation was given at around 80 cents
per pound for January, 1918; this was wrong, for
the figures then quoted at Boston, where the
price is fixed, were above $1 per pound, going
as high as $1.80 for the best domestic grades at
the time. The Bee has always tried to be help
ful to the sheep raisers of the United States, and
will continue to do so, but it owes a duty to the
public that is above its interest in any industrial
or social group of our people, and to this duty
it is unequivocally devoted.
Germany's Next Move.
Reports from Brest-Litovsk bring word that
the peace conference between the Germans and
the bolsheviki has been abandoned, the Germans
declining to accede to the demand for .withdrawal
of troops from occupied Russian territory. This
was the first condition set up by the bolsheviki
as a condition precedent to peace, and, as such
it is flatly rejected by the kaiser's representa
tives. Its effect would be to give back to Russia
the Baltic provinces now held by the Germans,
who have in turn proposed to occupy them until
a plebiscite might be taken among the inhabi
tants, to determine their future connection. The
outcome of such a vote, supervised by the Ger
man army of occupation, is easy to foresee, (and
the Russian extremists will have none of it The
next move in the settlement with Russia is up to
The proposal to invite the entente allies to
join with Russia in a discussion of war aims de
serves serious attention from all governments
concerned. Russia can offer but little for the
present in the way of material aid, but a con
sultation such as is proposed might be the means
of bringing home to the peasants who are in
power a better understanding of their position.
It would at least give them full and definite in
formation as to the difference between the war
aims of tha allied democracy and the plana of
the desperate German military autocracy. Some
mean must be found to get the truth before the
people of Russia, and the suggested conference
may offer the opportunity.
New Deal on Allied Shipping.
Governments of the United States, Great Brit
ain and France are now to co-operate in the con
trol of trams-Atlantic shipping, as well as in the
other details of actual war work. This is not to
be a pooling arrangement, nor an effort to con
trol or fix freight rates, but will have to do with
the dispatch of ships only. Port controllers on
either side of the Atlantic will look after the
loading and unloading of vessels, and see that
they are delayed as little as possible in harbor.
Chairman Hurley of the shipping board gives as
his opinion the statement that new arrangement
will greatly increase the efficiency of the tonnage
now available. This is, ' of course, contingent
on the solution of the fuel question, which Dr.
Garfield thinks he has achieved. From working
shipyards comes the more comforting statement
that work has so far progressed on forty-nine
cargo vessels, part of the lot commandeered by
the government in October, that they will be
ready for service by March. Eighteen of them
will be in service before the end of January.
This lot will add 327,000 gross tons to the ship
ping under government control, and brings the
transportation fleet that much nearer the point
where it will meet the demands of the situation.
"Ships and more ships" still is the cry, and it is
finally to be answered by the ships.
The German newspaper editor who talks of
'America's inability to put an army into Europe
must have1 been filling up on statistics of the vin
tage of 1913. We have secured enough steamers
formerly owned by the Germans to transport a
considerable force, without regard to other fa
cilities. Something of a shock awaits the awak
ening of those who put their faith in stories that
Uncle Sam has no soldiers abroad.
Those balky British enginemen ought to take
a look at their brothers from the United States
and Canada, who have volunteered by thousands,
and are handling trains under fire along the
French front. And, for the matter of .that, no
where has the life of the engineman been more
strenuous than in America this winter of bliz
zards and cold waves.
Beef Making in the Arid Belt
How Science and Money Turned Chance to Certainty
By Frederic J. Haskin.
Washington, D. C, Jan. 19. On a sample
bit of desert in southern New Mexico the
forest service has demonstrated how the
desert can be made, not to bloom, but into
beef. It has shown how the arid western
ranges upon which we are dependent for
meat can be made to produce, under scien
tific government management, about twice as
much as they are now producing.
The experiment of scientific range man
agement on the Jornada range reserve has
been going on for several years. It will take
many more years to show the full possibili
ties of scientific knowledge applied to cattle
ranching, but what has already been done is
of great promise and importance in these
days of dwindling meat supply.
The forest service selected for its experi
ment one of the most unpromising bits of
desert in the southwest. The Jornada range
reserve is in Dona Ana county, New Mexico,
and takes its name from the fact that it lies
mainly in a great basin which was named by
the, Mexicans the Valley of the Journey of
Death. They gave it this pleasing name after
a Mexican general tried to march his troops
across it and most of them died of thirst. The
average rainfall in this region is but a little
more, than eight inches a year, and is some
times little more than three inches. Summer
temperatures of 106 are not uncommon.
High winds that drink up moisture like
thirsty giants blow almost incessantly.
Small stock owners tried to gain a foot
hold in this region, but one by one they
failed and moved out In years of good rain,
their herds would increase a little, but a bad
year would wipe out all they had gained.
Finally but one man was left, C. T. Turney,
who made a success by utilizing all of the
range ana water tor his one herd, ihis
progressive ranchman agreed to place his
stock and land at the disposal of the forest
service, and to build all the fences and wind
mills they wanted, provided that he should be
reimbursed for these expenditures with free
use of government lands for grazing. That
was in 1912. Today the number of cattle
which the range will carry has been in
creased about 25 per cent, silos have been
built, and the prickly Spanish bayonet,
hitherto considered useless, converted into
excellent ensilage; the disease of blackleg has
been largely eradicated, and the Valley of the
otlrney of Death is considered one of the
est watered cattle ranges in southern New
Mexico. James T. Jardine and L. C. Hurtt,
the government grazing experts who have
charge of the work, say that it has just begun.
The government men found this range
dotted with windmills at intervals of 10 or 15
miles. A low arid mountain range containing
a few springs occupied one side of it. About
the watering places the better forage grasses
had been almost exterminated by overgraz
ing, while everywhere the 'capacity of the
range had been greatly reduced. The wa
tering places were so far apart that weak
ened cows and calves often fell dead after
traveling over the desert to reach them, and
then drinking their fill.
Stock raising, as carried on by most of
the ranchmen in the southwest is a form of
gambling in which the uncertain element is
tiie weather. The task of the experts was to
reduce this game, with the odds against the
player, to a science.
They immediately saw what the un
trained man had overlooked for a hundred
years, that there were two radically different
kinds of range within the experimental area
of 200,000 acres. In the foothills and moun
tains grew a low grass which in the fall bore
rich heads of black grain, known as gramma
grass, while in the Mats a coarse green grass
called tobosa was the chief forage. As long
as the cattle were allowed to roam at will
they sought the gramma in the summer while
it was growing, an? went down to the tobosa
flats in the winter when this grass was dry
and of little value. The experts immediately
fenced off the gramma. They ranged the
stock on the tobosa flats in the summer, and
during the lean months from February until
the summer rains began in July, they had the
dry but nutritious crop of gramma to fall
back upon. This not only greatly reduced
the loss of stock from starvation, but it
greatly improved the gramma range by giv
ing it time to recuperate.
The water supply was the most serious
question. The method of getting water was
to sink wells from 175 to 500 feet deep and
erect windmills over them. This was expen
sive. In fact, it was the expense of sinking
wells more than any other one thing which
had squeezed out the small ranchers. The
experts quickly determined how many wells
they could afford to sink and still produce
cattle on a paying basis. They then supple
mented these wells by building dams across
the arroyos so as to catch freshet water.
They also built one pipe line eight miles long
from some permanent springs in the moun
tains, thus carrying water to a part of the
range which wculd otherwise have been use
less. In this way they built up a watering
system such that the cattle rarely had 4o
travel more than two and one-half miles to
get water.
It was found profitable in especially bad
years to feed some of the cattle a small
amount of cottonseed cake; but this alone did
not fill their needs. They must have some
form of roughage. Accordingly two silos
were built, and some tobosa grass was har
vested and stored during the summer.'. In
the winter the silos were opened and the
grass fed to the cattle, but they refused to
eat it. The experiment was then tried of
cutting the desert plant variously known as
yucca, Spanish bayonet and century plant
which grows abundantly in the southwestern
deserts, and is of no forage value on the
ground. When this had been softened by
being put through an ensilage machine and
stored in the silos the cattle ate it eagerly.
The experts found that the average crop
of calves on this range was but 60 per cent
of the herd per year. By all of the above
methods and by introducing bulls of the best
Hereford blood, this was increased to 81 per
cent in a bad year.
The need for scientific supervision of the
arid cattle range is shown by the difficulty of
estimating the capacity of the range. On any
given range a certain number of acres are
necessary, on an average, to support one
head of stock one year. The cattleman, gor
ing at the matter hit or miss, nearly always
overstocks his range in good years and then
suffers heavy loss in bad ones. The scient
ists found that it was necessary to divide the
range on this one area into eight different
classes, the carrying capacity of each class
being determined by observations extending
over a number of years. It was found that
one head of stock requires from 20 to 100
acres of range for its support in this region.
It is evident that if similar studies were
carried out upon all of the arid range lands,
and the stocking limited according to ca
pacity, losses would be greatly reduced.
Much has been said about the passing of
the open range,. with its romantic but unpro
ductive methods. Few realize how complete
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tne cnange is to oe. i ne cattie rancn oi me
future will be operated in as careful and
scientific a manner as a hothouse.
France Is Not "Bleeding France'
Spirit of the People Indomitable and Unconquerable
Janet. Stewart in Philadelphia North American.
Monsieur Anatole Le Braz finds that in
America today there exists a certain miscon
ception of France; monsieur regrets that so
often when he picks up an American news
paper or an American magazine he should
find in the countless articles devoted to a
wholly laudatory appreciation of his country
the unfortunate words "bleeding France."
Monsieur insists that that unhappy adjec
tive is a misfit and that every conception it
gives of his native land is erroneous and ex
ceptionally misleading.
And monsieur has a peculiar right to
speak for France, and a peculiar right to be
heard in America.
Anatole Le Braz is today the French rep
resentative of tha old Celtic literature, whose
more than twenty volumes of poetry and
prose have only one theme, his own land of
Brittany; several of his books have that last
distinction of French literature, the crowning
of the French academy; he is known
throughout the world as one of the great
writers of the France of the twentieth cen
tury. . j
But he has another right than that to Se
heard in America; he was for several year
the writer selected by the James Hyde
foundation to lecture at Harvard; his lecture
tours have taken him throughout the coun
try; he was the French representative at the
exercises to commemorate the settlement of
Louisiana and he ( was a member of the
French staff at the San Francisco exposition.
He is an officer of the Legion of Honor
and he has seen his three sons and his three
sons-in-law march in that first army of
France which, in August 1914, went out to
meet the foe. One of those sons, the young
est, is dead on the field of honor.
"I cannot tell you," monsieur says, "how
repellent is to me that phrase I meet with
constantly here 'bleeding France." Now, an
individual who is bleeding is generally an ob
ject of commiseration, an unpleasant object
to look upon and one that suggests exhaus
tion and a certain lowering of vigor. Today
France is the exact antithesis of that.
"France is upright; she is alert in every
fiber: she is indomitable. Never has she been
more vigorous. She is the epitome of valor
and tha expression of Unconquerable will;
she is unflinching and she is girt with
strength. '
"She has lost during these last three years
her brightest and her best, but those who are
left, if you - picture them as broken and
'bleeding,' you are displaying an unpardon
able ignorance of France and the spirit of
France today.
"Here is an instance of what I mean., You
know the great artist, Lemordant, he was be
fore the war like the god of the seas, a
specimen of manhood it was a joy to look
upon; well, he was shot blind, absolutely
blind; his work, his joy in life taken in one
moment away from him.
"After he came out from the hospital I
went to see him in his famous studio. I for
got Completely that the man was blind, so
gay he was, so eager, so interested in every
thing, so indomitable and so convinced that
France would conquer, and conquer soon.
When I rose to go I said: 'Oh, now you will
show me those marvels, waving my arms to
ward the walls where gleamed the pictures
that have made him famous.
' "Not a shadow crossed his face. Gayly he
said to me: 'Not I now, someone else will
show you.' I was miserable at my cruel
thoughtlessness, but when 1 tried to tell him
of my grief he smiled and said: 'Oh, it is
only that the eyes of the artist are closed,
there is nothing to grieve about, the beauty
remains and forever will remain.'
"I am the father of three soldiers; the
Cangcst of them fell on the battlefield of
rraine. He had been blinded in one eye
and as soon as he got out of the hospital he
went back to the front again. One night he
crawled out to No Man's Land to bring in
the body of his captain, and as he was doing
it they shot him. As he was dying and they
asked him if he had any message to send, he
said: 'Tell only to my father that I am dy
ing like a Breton.' He was just 18.
"That is the spirit of France; that is why
I tell you that the conception of a bleeding
France is an insult to my country."
One Tear Ago Today In the War.
German raider Vtneta reported
(tunic off coaat of Brazil by British
cruiser Glasgow.
' Americana who died for France
honored at great public meeting In the
Xational theater. Parte.
The Day We CeJebrat.
Theodore Starrett, of the building
Arm of Starrett & . Thompson com
pany, born Ittt. (
Conrad H. Young, real estate man,
bora 1874.
Joseph Krauakopf, Phlladephla
rabbi and Jewish scholar, born 60
years ago today.
Admiral Sir Henry B. Jackson, of
the British admiralty, born 3 years
ago today.
William A. Wirt, originator of the
so-called "Gary system" of education,
born at Markle, lnd., 44 years ago to
day. Frederick Madison Smith, president
of the Reorganized Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, born at
Piano,. 111., 44 years ago today.
This Day In History.
1 S84- National house of represen
tatives voted to. repeal the Iron Clad
Oath bill of the civil war period.
1881 General Charles Devens,
Union commander and atorncy gen
eral under Hayes, for whom tha na
tional army camp at Ayer, Masa, is
nareed, dlftd in Boston. Born at
Chil-lcfctown, Mass, April 4, 1829.
Just SO Years Ago Today
Notwithstanding tha long continued
cold spell, farmers report chickens to
be wintering well, but quail are rap
idly succumbing to the severity of the
A number of lady and gentleman
applicants for the position of school
teachers were examined aa to their
qualifications by County Superintend
ent of Education Bruner.
Mr. Da Shannon of the South Oma
ha Hoof and , Horn, left for Minne
apolis, where he will witness the
Miller-Weir fight
S. Danzinger. traveling agent of tho
Phillip Best Brewing company of
Milwaukee. Is In the city for the pur
pose of establishing an agency for the-
company a goods.
O. M. Carter, who for many years
has; resided at Ashtland, has resumed
bis residence in Omaha. -
Only one license to wed was issued
due to the cold weather, according to
Judge Shields. .
Twice Told Tales
Home Thrust
' Congressman - Elect - Bill Smith
wants me to get him a Job says that
he voted for me.
Wife And how can such a bone
head expect to hold down a job?
Boston Globe.
vThc Line Drawn.
Pat was celebrating and he had im
bibed too freely. He punched another
man in the face and got haled up be
fore the court The Judge told him
he waa charged with striking a man.
"Shure, yer honor, enn't a man have
a bit of fun?" asked Pat
"Yes," said the Judge, "but your
right to have fun ended where this
man's nose began." Boston Tran
script Stumped.
A new maid from the country had
been engaged, and her mistress, who
lived In a fine house, waa showing
Mary Ellen round the various rooms
and instructing her In her duties. At
last they reached the best room,
where the valuable pictures were
. "Now," said the lady to the servant
aa they passed before an extensive
row of masculine portraits, "you
must be very careful when dusting
these. They are all old masters."
Mary's Jam fell and an awestruck
look came over her face.
"Lor mum! she gasped, "who'd
ever 'ave thought that you'd been
married all these times?" London
- Peppery Points
Minneapolis Tribune: Times have
changed since the days when the
traveler received a bonus for pa
tronising a particular passenger train.
Washington Post: A necessary fea
ture of the millennium will be a
padded cell for war lords, where they
can play all day with their decora
tions. New York World: The shortage
of paper in Germany cannot be ex
treme If Berlin is willing to waste it
by dropping copies of that goregous
fake the "Continental Times" in the
American lines in France.
Louisville Courier-Journal: The
dollar is worth only 45 cents nowa
days on account of the advance of
prices, but when a fellow has one dol
lar to clink against another he still
has the old fashioned feeling of inde
pendence. ; ,
Baltimore American: Reports from
the Protestant and Catholic army ,
chaplains In France as to the excel-1
lent condition of the morals of the.
men abroad ought to silence all I
charges to the contrary and reassure)
the American people. Such testimony
is unbiased and beyond dispute. -
New York World: The preposter
ousness of hereditary and autocratic
power was never shown more sharply
than in the political career of Kattl
Schratt who has just died in Vienna. I
The mrtlality of the old emperor
shown her tor mnay years made her,
without mandate from any public
authority, an Important dispenser of ,
.puouc ravors. in tier tne rompaaour
las made modern.
Round About the State
Nothing new under the sun? Look
at Emerson and get wise. Emerson's
breezy boosters have put out a 1918
calendar with 22 views of all but one
of the best Institutions in town, done
In warm brown. Regretfully the
boosters' pictures were omitted.
People inclined to kick about the
weather might obtain relief by drink
ing deeply from the fountain of op
timism bubbling in the office of the
Columbus News. Here's a sample:
"On the whole the people of Nebras
ka should be thankful tor a climate
that is never as severe as that of
other states, and for Just a little bet
ter quality of weather, soli and peo
ple than is possessed by most any
other state in the union." The News
leads as the Pollyanna of the press.
Vlsioning the "good old summer
time" In the dim distance the Nor
folk News dons its worry cap and
pipes trouble ahead: "How is the
early morning: pest who mows his
lawn while the rest of us take our
final snooze going to work it under
the daylight saving law when we all
get up an hour earlier." Watch and
wait You can't lose him!
Butler County Press backs Miss
Bess Houdersheldt of Shelby against
all comers for the lightweight husk
ing championship of the corn belt
Miss Bess recently finished husking
a 40 -acre field, or 1,850 bushels of
corn, owned by her brother, who Is
In training at Camp Funston. The
job averaged 45 bushels a day, which
is lively work for. a girl weighting
nnlr 100 Bounds.
Plan of Poultry Extension.
Omaha, Jan. 18. To the Editor of
The Bee: I wish to correct several
criticisms which are apt to give an er
roneous idea of the alms of the de
partment in the poultry extensions.
It is not the wish of the department
that people take up the poultry busi
ness in the commercial way, but sim
ply to raise enough to supply them
selves, it is not the idea of the de
partment to kill off all males, but only
the surplus. Those kept for breeding
should be isolated as soon as breed
ing season is over. It has been stated
that the men selected by the govern
ment are not practical poultry men.
This is not true, aa every man on the
committee has been engaged in the
business for a number of years in a
practical way. Our work at the
Young Men's Christian association
deals only with practical subjects.
The York Times-News, in an editorial
stated that this was a frenzy flury.
We wish to contradict this and assure
the York Times it would look better
for them to get behind the propaT
ganda and push instead of knocking,
this 'might be made to apply to an
the knockers. S. E. munsu.n.
Allegory of War Tones,
Ogallala, Neb., Jan. .18. To the
Editor of The Bee: It Is amusing to
hear the howl going up, anent the
Garfield order to shut down the mills
for five days, but I notice that Dr,
Garfield stays by his guns, regardless
of the senate resolution. There are
so many would be statesmen, that the
writer is reminded of an incident our
ing the civil war. We were a bunch
of raw recruits, sent down to relieve
the veterans so they could go with
Sherman on his march. At Tulla-
homa on the Nashville and Chatta
nooga Railway, a sargeant and five
men, myself among them went to the
timber with a six-mule team with a
negro driver after wood for cooking.
The sergeant put up a job with the
teamster to have a little fun. Just
outside of town he stopped the team
and said the team would not go with
out a rider on the near lead mule.
The sergeant called for a volunteer to
ride the mule. I was the first kid to
volunteer, but I no more than touched
his back till he bucked me off in the
road. We all got back on the wagon
and went oft with a yell. There are
so many who think they can ride the
near leader, they ought to be given, a
chance. EDWIN M. SEARLE.
Touches the Limit
Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 17. To the Edi
tor of The Bee: To take a perspec
tive view of the trend of present
events, one is led to wonder whether
the world Is progressing to enlight
ment or retrograding to midnight.
Under the surface of things there are
evil forces at work which makes that
which is good seem insignificant and
distant. One of these evil forces Is
pure, unadulterated ignorance. In
spite of our school system, daily pa
pers and all history for a guide to
light 'our pathway, Ignorance is still
king over the human mind.
If those that lead us politically,
morally and spiritually are intellectu
ally blind, then there are going to
be many that will fall into the ditch.
A reverend of Omaha was quoted as
saying that the devil filled a oar full
of booze in Missouri, but God turned
it over in Iowa. Why did he not guide
it to the police station in Omaha? He
could have done so just as easily. If
you can beat that statement for
vicious ignorance, superstition and all
that falsehood and blasphemy can
produce, I would like to see your
production. Then to think that state
ment came from one who is a moral
and spiritual leader.
That statement is Just about the
limit With millions starving in Eu
rope and Asia, cruelty and debauchery
running riot over most of the civilized
world, a reverend tells us that God
considers all that none of his affair
but has his attention called to a car
of booze through Iowa and imme
diately turns it over, permitting all
the men to escape, but wreaks his
vengance on the least guilty of the
occupants and that party a woman.
Can you beat it? I give it up.
Cost of Electricity.
Omaha, Jan. 17. To the Editor of
The Bee: A letter by Mr. A. C.
Arend in The Bee is somewhat
startling to the publlo In view of the
fact that the Electrollne company
makes the statement that electricity
may be bought from any large elec
trical company for 1 cent per kilowatt
hour. Mr. Arend also questions other
statements in the ad, but he does not
designate what the misleading state
ments are. In view of the fact that
he does not designate the other mis.
leading statements we will attempt to
answer the matter as to the cost of
This engineer went to a local com
pany, the makers of electricity to get
the cost In the event we were to es
tablish a plant in Omaha. The agent
of the company slipped a card
from his desk and made a price
of three-fourths of cent to manu
facturers, per kilowatt hour, If the
manufacturer should use 16,000 kilo
watt hours per month. To this price
was added an overhead cost which
would make the total cost of current
to manufacturers a little less than 1
cent per kilowatt hour.
When the statement as to the cost
of current was made in the ad, we
made the statement not on supposi
tion, but on the statement of a power
ful and well equipped electrical com
pany. And the fact Is that any state
ment In the ad may be carefully ia
vestigated and found to be true.
Mr. Arend should inform himself.
There are a lot of things in Omaha of
momentous importance that he has
never heard about For instance, if
Mr. Arend will take the time he will
find that this engineer built a steam
engine and a steam boiler here la
Omaha in 1911 and 1912, and ob
tained patents on both machines. And
that on August 26, 1914, th.s engineer
made application for letters patent oil
the process commonly known as tha
Rittman process, which is of record
in the United States patent office. l
We did not press the application'
for the simple reason that we found
the process to be impractical Ritt
man obtained no patents. .An opinion
was rendered on my application' by,
an able patent attorney early In 1916.
and he said that letters patent should
have been granted on my aoolication.
Power Boats In the Missouri.
Omaha, Jan. 17. To the Editor of
The Bee: Now that the fuel shortage
is stirring the entire country, I am
going to renew a suggestion I made
some years ago with reference to the
establishment of power boats at our
very doors.
There Is an enormous power going
to waste every day in the Missouri at
the very doors of. Omaha. My sug
gestion was that boats with water
wheels could be constructed lor ine
purpose of generating current My
idea is that two large hulls could be
censtructed, so formed side by side at
say, 80 feet apart as to concentrate
the currant of the river between them.
In this space would be placed large
wheels which would, be driven by the
current The superstructure would
be very simple, merely to contain tho
dynamos and machinery essential to
the development of electric cur
rent. '
This boat could be anchored in the
stream, and so arranged that it could
be shifted about where found neces
sary In the current.
I believe this idea is practicable,
and It would be a great addition to
the achievements of Omaha. It wou;d
not cost a very great deal to con-.
struct such a boat, and try out the
experiment. If it were found that
one boat could generate enough cur
rent to Justify the cost of its main
tenance, it would be a very simple
matter to add more boats as the oc
casion seemed to justify. If one boat
paid for itself, more would naturally
I would rejoice to see some of our
men of means risk this much Invest
ment, not only for the good of Omaha,
but as a demonstration of the prac
ticabllty of it for every city in the
land located on a swiftly flowing j,
stream. L. J. QUINBY. T
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Kansas City Journal.
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