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ingly lessened. s.
Illinois came out of the five-day shutdown
with its fuel deficit doubled. This is putting re
verse English on conservation.
I Genera! Pershing says the boys in Europe are
sober and hard working, and he ought to. know,
for he is right there in charge. , '
" Lecturers on the income tax explain the law
in all its workings, save one, and that is where
to get the money to meet the bill, i-,. . ,
Interest in the war has been swjtched for the
time from the battlefields to the Capitols, and
our own is showing capacity for keeping up with
the busiest of them.
More self-denial on the use of food is asked
by the government, that greater saving for the
war may result Voluntary contributions are more
effective than those enforced.
The reckless automobile driver has survived
the hard winter and is still a menace to safety
on the public thoroughfares. Some genius ought
to device a means for doing away with this
nuisance. ' t
All flour mills are to be operated under a
federal, license hereafter, bringing control of the
food supply i little nearer V the- goal of com
pleteness that must yet' be reached before con
servation is made perfect,
, Other evidence to the contrary, this has been
the ihortest winter in our national historywe1
have been short of wheat, short of meat, short
of fuel, short of clothing and short of about
everything but hope nd courage.
A Chicago expert gives Nebraska retailers good
advice in urging them to practice war economies,
)ut not by cutting off things that cost little and
do much to help along business. Each store
keeper knows what he can best dispense with,
and they may be trusted to manage so that the
pavings will count most because they hinder
A Real Roll of Honor,
;' Omaha Central High school has unfurled a
service flag. that is a most impressive evidence of
the contribution , Omaha has made to the" world
in answer to its call for men. More than 500 of
the young men who as boys went through the
course of training there provided now represent
Central High "in khaki." These do not by any
means make up the total enrollment of Omaha
youth who have joined the colors and are now
scattered over the world, wherever the American
flag flies, but they form a group that is impres
sive lor a reason that must readily occur to any
who will but think of what is involved. They
are young men of ability and character; most of
thera attended some college or university after
leaving high school, and not a few of them have
been granted degrees by the higher institutions
of learning. All were employed in business or
professional life : and gave up their immediate
prospects when asked to make the sacrifice. In
this they have exemplified the best traditions of
true Americanism, and by so doing have vindi
cated the service; of the state in providing them
with the educational training that is now being
turned to advantage in the way of bringing to the
soldier's duty a mind already disciplined. The
Centra! High school roll of honor is one in which
ill its long list of attendants and the citizens in
.general may take pride, for it shows that founda
tions for good citizenship have well been laid
there. ' . ;.'.,
Famine Getting in Its Work in Europe.
Details are lacking, because of the rigorous
censorship, but enough is known to establish, the
fact that Austria and Russia alike are suffering
for want of food. In Russia the situation is al
most entirely ascribable to the effect of the Bol
sheviki movement Cessation of all the normal
productive work, and the stoppage of distributive
traffic, while workmen and soldiers debated so
cial and political problems, has found the inhabi
tants of northern Russia overtaken by winter
with no provisions. This was foreseen months
ago, but the proletariat proved its condition by
taking no thought of the morrow. In Austria
the shortage is due to the exhaustion of the
kingdom's resources. Hungary yet has food,
but refuses to share it with its less fortunate
neighbors. In both cases the result is the same.
Intense1 suffering is endured by the poor, who
have no stomach for further war. The general
strike in Austria scarcely can be appeased by the
promises that a separate peace with Russia will
bring relief, for the . only element of Russia's
population that seriously is proposing peace is
starving also. The only inference to be drawn
from this is that Austria is verging very close to
physical collapse, and that Germany must face
the coming spring campaign with little or no help
from its chief ally. Famine is doing much to
force peace ; on Europe just at present. '
Coal and Commerce,'
Fuel Dictator Garfield admits that his drastic
step for relieving the fuel situation has only
partly improved the condition, chiefly for the
reason that white coa! has moved readily enough
to ship bunkers and domestic consumers, empty
cars have not been returned to the mines as
rapidly as needed. To remedy this, he proposes
to Dictator McAdoo that an embargo be laid on
all freight save food and fuel until the congestion
is removed. Mr. McAdoo does not see his way
clear to grant this request, although he has estab
lished such an embargo on the great coal roads
from the Alleghenies to the seaboard. '
' The serious interruption to business occa
sioned by the Garfield order would only be ex
tended by an embargo on freight traffic. While
the fuel situation is no longer so critical as it
was a week ago, it will not be brought to normal
until the stress of abnormal winter weather has
passed and railroad operations Have cleared up
tracks and restored traffic to a basis that will
permit the regular passage of trains. When cars
are furnished to the idle mines, sufficient coa! to
meet all needs wijl be forthcoming. Just now
the shut-down in the mines is the most eloquent
comment on the weakness of the system of
.control ; ', .? ' r . ,
The country already has borne an enormous
loss in general production, estimated at a billion
and a half dollars, witfi $225,000,000 in wages
stopped by the enforced idleness. This is a high
price to pay for administrative inefficiency. Our
people have submitted with becoming patience to
the mandates of the authorities, and will put up
with even more in the way of inconvenience and,
privation, but a better way of setting things right
than stopping productive activities should be
Pershing's Message to the Mothers.
, No more grateful or welcome message could
come to the mothers of America than that sent
from France by General Pershing, regarding their
.sons who are serving Old Glory abroad. , "Amer
ican mothers may rest assured that their sons
are a credit to them and their nation," says Gen
eral Pershing, "and they may well look forward
to the proud day When on the battle field these
splendid men will shed a new luster on American
manhood." This praise can no more than con
firm what all mothers and fathers have really
felt concerning their sons. It applies equally to
those of the boys who have not yet gone abroad,
and the common sense of our people teaches that
it must be true.
" General attacks on the morals of the young
men who have taken service in the army, lately
made, by shortsighted supporters of the prohi
bition propaganda, have amounted to a deplorable
scandal. Surely, plenty of reason , to urge re
striction or prohibition of alcoholic liquors' can
be found without indulging in the intemperate
comment that has swecpingly accused our sol
diers of wholesale drunkenness and moral laxity.
These verbal extravagances are unsupported by
any known facts. On the contrary, the evidence
of authority shows directly the opposite to be
true. In the Journal of the American Medical
Association, the leading publication of the pro
fession in America, a study of 460,000 physical
examinations of drafted men is presented. This
shows rejected for reasons traced to alcohol to
be but .77 of 1 per cent , 1
Such testimony ought to silencV: the slanders'
that have been heaped on our soldiers by the
zealots. The boys in the army are representa
tive, of American manhood, and deserve more
even from the most devoted of prohibitionists
than the accusations that they are become victims
of dissolute and unsavory habits.
jf - One hundred members of the Butlers asso
ciation spent an evening in New York debating
how to conserve food in the homes of their
wealthy employers. This is positive proof that
what Sherman said of war is more than justified
by the facts.;'.
Red Cross World Relief Work
Gigantic War Fund Spurs Operations on a Huge Scale
By Frederic J. Haskin.
Washington, Jan. 22. The( work of the
American Red Cross is going forward on
both sides of the Atlantic on an enormous
scale. The last detailed report of the or
ganization on November 1, showed appro
priations totalling $40,000,000. Since that
date the sums approved for expenditure have
risen to a figure estimated at $80,000,000.
Certain items in this total will eventually be
credited again to the war fund; for example,
the money spent for articles for re-sale to
local chapters, and a sum of $4,000,000 which
represents supplies for France, included in
the budget of the French commission, but
the size of the net appropriations is a signifi
cant index of the magnitude of the work be
ing carried on. -
The public has backed up, the Red Cross
in a way that exceeded expectations. The
total membership today is over 22,000,000.
It has become "everybody's Red Cross" to a
greater extent than even the sanguine hoped
for, and everybody is interested in the way
its scores of millions are being spent. The
record of the work done at home and abroad
is such that criticism, which has for the most
part confined itself to such picayune matters
as the misdelivery of a pair of knitted socks,
is pretty effectively silenced. -
Perhaps the most striking feature of the
appropriations is the fact that more than
half of the money is spent in France. This
is due partly to the fact that the needs of the
French civilians in the war zone are par
ticularly great, and partly because of the
continually increasing number of American
troops in that country. "Broadly speaking,"
says the Red Cross, "the first and supreme
object of the American Red Cross is to care
for our own army and navy."
But almost every other country in Eu
rope is a field of operations. Belgium, Rou
mania, Serbia, Italy, Poland,-Great Britain,
Armenia andyria are included in the list
of major appropriations. The amount of
money to be expended in each of these coun
tries is no measure of the conditions there,
but rather represents the effectiveness with
which the American organization can apply
a relief program in view of local conditions.
The work in Poland, for example, has
onljr called for a sum of $200,000 so far, al
though conditions in Poland are perhaps the
worst in the world. In the words of a re
cent report from the field. "The entire
present generation in Poland is facing im
mediate starvation." American money al
lotted to Poland was used in the purchase of
emergency food supplies. The fact that the
territory is held by the Germans makes it
impossible to deal with the problem in the
way that is being applied to the destitute
regions of France,
Expenditures in France so far have been
quite .evenly between civilian and military
relief. The care of the war orphans t and
homeless children of the northern provinces,
and the fight against tuberculosis are the
most striking features of the civilian' work.
Both of these are of vital importance to the
future of France. Even before the war, the
French birth rate and death rate were ap
proximately equal. In 1916, the death rate,
even aside from war casualties, had reached
20 per 1,000, and the birth rate had fallen
to eight per 1,000. There was a net loss in
population of almost 2 per cent in a single
year. This was 4argely due to the enormous
mortality among young children a circum
stance at once the most pathetic and the
most serious economically that the war has
brought to France. The Red Cross is tak
ing charge of great numbers of "repatriated"
children from the occupied northern districts,
gathering together the homeless in the war
zone many of them little tots living in
caves and ruins and establishing relief cen
ters. This is a feature of the work that is
sure' to grow with time, and is certainly de
serving of all the support that American
money can give it.
Civilian relief work has 1,000 other
branches, all of them important. The re
building of ruined villages, for example, has
called for a large sum. The branches of mili
tary relief are better known, including hos
pitals, canteens, ambulance work and ' so
forth. Altogether, $40,000,000 will probably
be needed in France up to April 30 of
this year. By that time the organization
will be operating on a scale which will re
quire large sums for its upkeep, in additidn
to what may be necessary for expansion, but
there is little doubt that any necessary funds
will be forthcoming when the American
people realize the need.
The most important recent development
in the Red Cross program has been the ii
crease of money appropriated for Italian' re
lief. The recent Italian retreat made hun
dreds of thousands of civilians hungry and
homeless. An emergency appropriation of
almost $5,000,000 was made to meet the situ
ation, and the work was rushed to the great
est possible extent. Not only was physical
relief provided, but an indirect result of the
work proved of unexpected importance.
This was the political effect of the presence
of American relief workers, American am
bulances and American food, i The ' entire
Italian nation was honeycombed with Ger
man propaganda. One tale that the Ger
mans spread was to the effect that the
United States would not stand by Italy be
cause we feared to antagonize Austria-Hungary.
American Red Cross work was the
only means available for counteracting this
falsehood, for no American troops could be
sent, and congress was not in session to put
the nation on record. But the Red Cross
workers succeeded in dispelling the misap
prehension. As the man in charge cabled,
Whatever we have done or failed to do, we
have raised the American flag from one end
f Italy to the other."
Prospective Failure4of Irish Convention
It is to be feared that no great hope of
a satisfactory adjustment of the Irish ques
tion was held out by the Irish national con
vention at any time, in spite of the friendly
and conciliatory manner in which so many
elements entered into its deliberations. The
mountain of Ulster resistance to any, form of
Irish national control of Irish soil was
squarely across the path of agreement, (and
evidently it is there still. The Ulster repre
sentatives, at the moment when the work of
the convention trembles in the balance, are
out with this statement: "We cannot and
will not be ruled by a Dublin parliament."
The implication , is that the report of the
grand committee of the convention hinges
upon a form of national organization which
covers Ulster, and that Ulster will not have
it. Although it is too early to say that the
convention has failed, the collision of its
plans with this obstacle is made clear by
the Ulster representatives' declaration, and
it is hard to see how any agreement can be
All this in spite of the sober and con
ciliating efforts of nationalists and even
unionists outside of the Ulster irreconcilable
crowd to reach an honorable and equitable
basis bf settlement The nationalist party
heartily seconded the effort at compromise.
Catholics and Protestants co-operated earn
estly toward a settlement and the Roman
Catholic church read the riot, act as against
the Sinn Fein partisans of eternal rebellion.
The nationalists were willing that 'Ulster
should have exceedingly liberal provincial
guarantees and privileges. But the Carson
crowd will make no compromise with any
thing or anybody. They are bound to act
as if they were on English instead of Irish
soil, and as if therewere not a single Irish
man in Ulster province.
The prospect of a breakdown of the con
vention's attempt will put a serious question
up to Lloyd George. It must not be for
gotten that he has on his side the advantage
of a law on the statute books which estab
lishes home rule for Ireland, with Ulster in
it The operation of this law was suspended
on laccount of the war, and nationalist Ire
land accepted the suspension through loyalty
to the empire and the great cause in which
we were all engaged.. But a highly anomal
ous position was created by the evident un
willingness of the" people of the country, as
evidenced in the repeated election of irrecon
cilable Sinn Feiners to the House of Com
mons, to submit to what was likely to pass
into a permanent nullification of the victory
which Ireland had won with the help of the
people of the whole of Britain. Considering
the fact that this great battle had been fought
and won by constitutional means, and that
the people of the sister kingdoms had put
the seal of their approval on Irish home rule,
the convention idea, which involved some
surrender of the full right gained in the
home rule law, was in itself a notable con
cession, and that it should now be blocked
by an. utter refusal on the part of Ulster to
concede anything is a most discouraging cir
cumstance. If the world, knows anything of
Lloyd George, he will use the power which
the, home rule law places in his hands to
bring the Ulsterites to reason. His course
may involve the dismissal from the cabinet
of Sir Edward Carson, the leader of the great
recalcitrance, and a consequent rupture of
the coalition in so far as it involves the par
ticipation of the extreme unionists, but the
stamp of popular approval which has al
ready been put upon his action in granting
home rule should warrant him in applying
pressure to the obstructionists.
If the convention breaks down as the
result of Ulster's irreconcilable position, the
people of England, Scotland and Wales are
likely to stand by the premier in enforcing
the law of the land. They have accepted,
with all the rest of the allied world, the
principle of the self-determination of peo
ples. So far as Ireland is concerned, that
self-determination means autonomous do
minion under the British flag. There can
be nothing less than that without treason
to the great cause of world freedom.
Nebraska and Flight of Time
' New York World.
Although it was admitted into the union
in 1867, Nebraska is considered in this part
of the country a new state. True, time does
not stagnate there; things move; the wind
blows; the corn grows and the farmer steps
on the "gas" and whirls out on the road to
town. It seems but the other day that Wil
liam Jennings Bryan with flashing eye was
the boy orator of the Platte. Yet Nebraska's
claim to antiquity is more valid than some of
the' places where crumbling ruins in the ante
bellum days were stared at by trippers from
Omaha under the kindly guidance of Mr.
Cook, or where, across blowing sands, the
Pyramids and the Sphinx rear themselves.
The Nebraska husbandman of today
driving his tractor plow at sun-up across
his endless prairies followed the prairie
schooner as the prairie schooner followed
the Indian. A "new" country truly.
Well, the American Museum ojE Natural
History has just exposed to the public the
skeleton of one of Nebraska's earliest set
tlers, the moropus. This pioneer was a rel
ative of the horse, the tapir, the giraffe, the
camel and the rhinoceros, favoring the latter
in size and gracefulness. His lineage is fur
ther complicated by the presenceof prodi
gious claws. He is, in fact, a sort of gigantic
platypus unclassifiable. "
So it 'is, to be hoped that any careless
thinking person who is disposed to dismiss
Nebraska as "new" will pause and consider
the moropus. Tall Troy fell 118J B. G, but
in an age before, so dim that no man can
know its beginning, that strange, amorphous
Nebraskan gave his final grunt, bellow or
whatever farewell a dying moropus made and
sank back dead in his fossil bed while heed
less time began to count off more ages.
I TOIW I
One Year Ago Today In the War.
: Cermans pushed Russians back
Bear Riga. v,
! United States government accepted
Germany's offer to Investigate condi
tion of deported Belgians.
i Bonar Law of British cabinet replying-
to President Wilson, said allies
must enforce peace, as neutrals
failed. , . . "V;
The Day We Celebrate, .
; R. E. SchlndeL physician and aur
ieon, born 1870. .
. Mrs, Edith Wharton, novelist,7 born
In New York City, 61 years ago today.
Dr. Kat Waller Barrett, head of
the division of women and children,
United States Bureau of Immigration,
born in Stafford county, Vs., to years
Beatrice Harraden, author, born at
Hempstead. England, 54 yeara ago to
day. .!-,. . : , , " . -: .
Moses P. Klnkaid. Sixth Nebraska
district born in Monongahela county,
West Virginia, M .yeay ago today.
This Day in HJntory.' - " . .
' 1712 Frederick the Great founder
of Prussian militarism, born in Ber
lin. Pied at Bans Souci, August 17,
17SC. . -
' 173 General Benjamin Lincoln,
who commanded - the southern army
in the revolution, born at Htngham,
ilans. Died there, May , 1819.
: 1895 Lord Randolph Churchill,
celebrated English statesman, died In
London. Born February 13, 1849.
Just SO Years Ago Today
A match between Prince and Me
Curdy will be made for 5,000 and
take place in this city.
Omaha Bricklayers Benevolent Pro-
tective Union No. 1 of Nebraska will
give its seventh annual ball at Expo
R. J. Uanley of St Joseph, Mo., has
accepted a position with Paxton &
Gallagher company and enters upon
bis new duty today. .
Dr. O'taary is delivering a aeries of
very useful and entertaining lectures
on medical service at Exporitlon hail.
A joint meeting of Methodist min
isters of Omaha was held in the par
lors of the Millard hotel. Rev. J. W.
Phelps presiding. .
Captain J. O'Donohoe of the police,
force of this city was married to Miss
Mary L. Smith.
"Why don't you marry her?"
"Opposition in her family."
"Her father?" - . - . -"
"Herself." Boston Traascrir 1
Bootlegging in Dry Belt
Tork News-Times: The under
ground railroad between St Joseph
and Council Bluffs and Omaha is do
ing a good business. No solicitors are
needed; the demand is too great
Nebraska City Press: Omaha is now
having Its first real tussle with boot
leggers. A gang of liquor smugglers
has been discovered and it is quite
possible that it may be broken up and
disbanded. And in the meantime the
reputation of "Saint" Joseph aa a
source of supply for the bootleggers
Is not gaining any considerable
prestige. Nebraska has been remark
ably free from illicit booze, taking
everything into consideration, and it
would be the desert of thirst the peo
ple Intended it to be last May if the
metropolis of the state will just do its
part. t .
Kearney Hub; . Winking at viola
tion of law, closing one eye while
crookedness is being committed, and
v Peppery Points
Minneapolis Journal: In the mat
ter of baby boads, every family may
. New Tork World: Kentucky's
legislature having ratified the prohibi
tion amendment the state will have
to find a new breakfast food.
Brooklyn Eagle: A West Point
cadet has actually been dismissed for
lying. The determination to keep
German pragmatism out of our army
is admirable. It merits . every en
courageiqent Baltimore American: An official
German statement in denying that
American captives are to be treated
brutally ays they will be given the
same treatment as other prisoners.
And that is just what we are afraid
Minneapolis Tribune: We are im
patiently waiting for an order from
iiuuncuuceo m uoiub vuiiiiuivtcui estiva : . , . . , , , ,
condoning offenses for this or that P" orK Generea.1 "MoAdoo bolishl ng
"good fellow, will. very shortly un
dermine the moral foundations of a
community. Further than that, there
j is tragedy in the air when unlicensed
ana unmepecicu . oouia is penimieu
to circulate. The evils are bad enough
where its sale is licensed and liquor
must stand a test of "purity, but with
the ambulance-chasing lawyer who
was one of the expensive by-products
of the old system of railroad opera
tion. St Louis Globe Democrat: Per
fumery in imitation of the odor of
lilacs Is now made cheaply in such
Jvast quantities that one may yet en
Twice Told Tales
Count D'Adhemar at the Newport
horse ehow was , praising American
"One must understand English
or, rather, American to appreciate
your wit" he said. 'Take your wait
ers' wit It's quite lost on the for
eigner. "I heard of a wonderful waiter in
a cheap lunch Joint I believe 'Joint
is the world the other day. A guest
came in and asked for mutton broth,
adding that he was in a hurry.
" 'Baa-baa in the rain! Make him
run!' the waiter roared.
"Another guest asked for a chicken
" 'Foul ball!' roared the waiten
"Then a guest ordereJ hash. '
'Gent here. roared the waiter,
wants to take a chance.'
"A second guest ordered hash.
' 'Another sport!' - the waiter
yelled." Boston Globe. -
One afternoon two acquaintances
chanced to meet and during the gab
fest that followed one of them took
the other to task for the latitude in
boasting that he allowed his wife.
"Say, Jim," said he, "why on earth
do you permit your wife to go a.'ound
telling the other woman that she
made a man out of ou? Ton never
hear my wife say anything like that"
"No," rejoined Jim, with a merry
little chuckle, "but I have heard her
say on more than one occasion that
and bring their patrons to a realizing , In Europe what we have all been en- j she had tried her hardest" Phlladel
ease of their own responsibility, 'joying here. A hard offer to beat, Iphia Telegraph. J
the chemical product (rotgut) trick-1 counter the automobile tearing down
ling Inta a community, there is In-1 street leaving i suggestion of
sanity, ana nnspeaaaoie lorms or. "
tragedy in the brewing. So we say
to all Kearney people, stand by the
authorities, hold up their hands, and
foster a public sentiment that will
make short shift of whisky traffickers.
Brooklyn Eagle: .'.hat a tre
mendous hold a president of a free
republic has over a kaiser in talking
direct to downtrodden peoples! We
offer to the common run of humanity
Arenas In Rejoinder.
. Omaha, Jan. 22. To the Editor of
The Bee: Replying to a letter pub
lished January 21. which gives me
some1 free advertising, "which is not
sought for, please note that my orig
inal letter specifically stated why I
wrote and also that no names were
mentioned. However, the coat evi
dently fitted somebody, for he replied
and made some irrelevant statements
about "things of momentous Impor
tance which were impractical," and
some misleading statements about the
cost of local power which anyone can
check up by investigating for them
selves. AH such advertising state
ments usually need mighty careful in
vestigation, and all the conditions
must be understood In order to esti
mate what the actual costs will be.
I am always able and ready to
prove any statements which I have
made and my office is quite accessi
ble and comfortable.
v A. C. AREND,
Omaha, Jan. 15. To the Editor of
The Bee: . The Young Women's
Christian association wishes to ex
press their sincere thanks for your
hearty co-operation and splendid
service rendered, during their recent
campaign for raising $35,000 war
fund and local budget.
MRS. W. E. RHODES,
. ETTA S. PICKERING,
Thanks From the Scouts.
Omaha, Jan. 21. To ,the Editor of
The Bee: The first year of organized
scouting in Omaha closed with a very
successful record of development and
accomplishment, both as an organiza
tion and to the individual scout A
very large part of the success which
the boys have had in the community
and in national service, are: Liberty
bonds, Red Cross, Ak-Sar-Ben pa
rades, etc, is due to the publicity
which you have given to their activi
ties through your paper. You have
served us in stimulating the interest
and enterprise of these boys in their
various undertakings; you have ac
quainted the people of Omaha with
the value and work accomplished by
the scouts; and by generously giving
a large amount of space almost daily,
you have also helped headquarters
to meet emergencies, announcing
through your columns prospective
campaigns and activities when it
would have been impossible to reach
the boys in any other way.
Scouting has had a substantial
growth through the year and must
now be considered a permanent insti
tution of public service In Omaha.
This Junior Industrial and profes
sional group of young men .will soon
take their places In the business life,
and they will not forget the courtesies
which you have extended to them in
their preparatory education' for use
ful citizenship. The executive board
and council.' the scoutmasters and a
thousand scouts join with me in ex
pressing appreciation' of your co-operation
in the past and in trusting
that our relationship in the future
will be as helpful as it has been in
1917. C. H. ENGLISH
One of the Causes of Unrest.
Omaha, Jan. 17. To the Editor of
The Bee: Someone has written that
"the influence of the war on the reli
gious thought of the world has often
been remarked and it continues to
be tremendous. It has made us dis
contented with all the main institu
tions of society, the church or organ
ized Christianity, because it has re
vealed their deficiencies."
.The man who is accredited with
having brought about the French rev
olution by his writings Is Rousseau,
but there awas also Voltaire and Di
dero. It was an age of severe criti
cism of society such as we are again
in and they called these men athe
ists in those days by way of oppro
brium. They are more polite now
and call them agnostics.
Rousseau was himself originally a
thelst believing in a personal God,
separate from the world, but having
relation with His creatures, and also
that this God was as described by the
Bible and revelations from such, for
that Is the theism of Christkinity. He
was no friend of Voltaire and Didero
broke with him also, for Didero hated
the dogmatism of Christianity and its
hypocrisy. Men were bold enough in
those days tovdeclare the dogmatics
of Christianity a science. Think of
affirming the dogmas of the' Nicene
creed as comparable to the truths of
astronomy or any. of the concrete
sciences gained by experience (or the
understanding, as was the older term
in use) or of abstract mathematics.
When his famous encyclopedia and his
life work was about done, poverty
stricken, Didero had brought to light
much scientific knowledge for the
common people and because .he clergy
was afraid of that great work it was
It did not hinge well with their dog
matics. All he had in his declining
years was his library and this he put
up for sale to help his only daughter,
but there were no bidders in France.
But from out of Russia a voice is
calling and it Is that of Catharine
II, the e.npress of all the Russlas.
She had sent a courier to Didero, of
fering the equivalent of $5,000, and
that he should stay and be the li
brarian at a salary also and to come
and see her. There was another voice
from Russia and I hope this one may
ring as true today from the Bolshe
vikl branch of socialism and be nei
ther voice nor hand of Esau. It is a
curious spectacle, this thing of the
world depending on the brotherhood
of man from the socialists of the!
No matter what was the original
teaching, war has been part of the
game in all ages of Christianity. If
this war brings about a new and bet
ter religion, one more of the brother
hood of man, it will have a glorious
ending. This thing of splitting hairs
over theological questions should end,
for It keeps up unrest - ; ,
Why be continually making apolo
gies concerning the uncertainties, in
consistencies and contradictions of
Christianity? , ' " .
Logically it must be either true or
false and there is no middle ground.
It is yea or nay. God evidently
means that we cannot know Zlm other
than in His works in natur- and that
i- TTrt i.A.-anl TTImself nnrl thnt
Is the first great revelaticn and the
only revelation we know anything
about All other revelations the peo
ple will find to be false cne of these
days- ., , J
One can be just as religious and
more so without the religion of a'
personal God who through somi mor
tal man has revealed Himself. There
should be, nothing to apologize for in
religious matters, since thty should
fit in with our reasoning powers. The
church is evidently up afralnst the'
horns of a dilemma Just ' now. Do
you hear Trotzky saying anything
about Christianity in order to get the
common man away from the murder
ous trenches of war?
GEORGE P. WILKINSON.
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