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Secretary Baker seems to be about the only
'"stand-patter" left. "
Von Hindenburg says he wilt be in Paris by
April 1, and we all know what day that is.
Omaha policemen can find much better occu
pation than that of calling one another names.
. Von Tirpitz is now accused of starting the
strike! in Germany, and thus has another failure
scored against him.
What the secretary of war appears to need
most just now is a good parachute and a safe
place to alight.
The busy bolshevik has abolished about every
thing but the cold weather, but give him time and
he may get around to that.
Another unfailing sign of approaching election
city councilmen are throwing out scattering ac
cusations of graft and talk of libel suits.
Our official position is now defined as being
that of a "co-belligerent." All right, just so long
as emphasis it placed on the belligerent.
. The German artist who allowed his sense of
humor to find expression on the kaiser's money
will reflect in prison on how sad it is to have an
overlord who can not take a joke.
: Kultur is pursuing ita natural bent by drop
ping bombs on Venetian palaces and Paduan
churches. Nothing so disturbs the superman as
the thought of an undisturbed work of art within
reach of his weapons.
i The captain and pilot of the French munitions
ship, Mont Blanc, which blew up in Halifax har
bor after colliding with the Belgian relief ship,
I mo, are blamed for the disaster by the board that
made the inquiry. The only service of this is that
the responsibility has been fixed.
Corrected accounts of Count Caernin'a speech
give good reasons for the dismay it occasioned
in Berlin. Austria is not prepared to go the
limit of German ambitions in the matter of ter
ritorial acquisitions, a fact that naturally disturbs
the junkers. If the dual monarchy is able to re
tain what it had before the war commenced, it
will be well pleased, but its statesmen have given
tip the notion of grabbing anything from neigh
Truth About the War.
Secretary Baker's apparent frankness in his
statement before the senate committee, which
seemingly so impressed the country when it was
made last week, crumpled sadly under the cross
examination to which he subjected himself. Most
important of all his disclosures was that about
the number of fighting men now in France, his
statement being so worded as to give rise to the
belief that we now have half a million soldiers
over there. This belief, of course, was not war
ranted by the secretary's statement, and under
cross-questioning he admitted that Pershing's
actual force is considerably less than that num
ber. Other statements made by the secretary
were explained away, until he admitted that on
certain important points he lacked knowledge,
and must defer reply until he could post himself.
The spectacle is not one to increase confidence
in his administration of the War department. The
American people do not ask that any military se
crets be disclosed, but they do want to know
that they are being told the truth,and not being
misled when given a statement from a cabinet
officer. The public can forgive blunders, but not
Are Railroad Managers Traitors?
People will be slow to believe that any founda
tion exists for the astonishing allegations made
by the brotherhood chiefs, that the big men of
American railroads are acting treacherously to
wards the government. Such assertions should
be made only when backed by indisputable proof,
therefore it should be required that Messrs. Gar
retson and Lee produce their proof without delay.
If the transportation difficulties had developed
only since the government took operative con
trol of the railroad systems of the United States,
some reason might exist for accusing the man
agers of practicing sabotage. It is known that
for several years the transportation systems of
the country have been driven to top speed to care
for the business set for them, with a continually
growing congestion on the eastern seaboard,
where ocean transport has been steadily de
This condition, burdensome enough at best,
has been aggravated by regulations thrust upon
Ihe railroads, restricting their free operation and
hindering any effort to relieve the jam. Many of
these obstacles have been removed by the gov
ernment operating for itself, but none of the so-
called "reforms" introduced under Ir. Mc
Adoo have gone beyond what the rail
roads had asked permission to do long ago.
Mr. McAdoo took hold in the- very height of the
most severe winter weather experienced in many
years, when to keep any trains moving was a
problem for the most courageous and efficient
of operating directors. That his control did not
act like magic to clear the railroad yards is not
to be wondered at.
The public generally is aware of all the factors
that enter into the problem. It appreciates the
faet that the five big brotherhoods, but lately re
cipients of a considerable increase in wages, are
again applying for further advance in pay. It
knows that the railroad managers have applied
again and again for permission to advance rates
that the income may be brought up to a point
that will meet expenses, and it knows that any
increase in tariff for any purpose must be' at pub
lie expense. Charges of willful disregard of duty
on part of the management will not change any
of these facts.
Foreign Enemies Here More Dangerous
From the Massachusetts Forestry Association.
If it were announced that 500 food-laden ! this country that we now import. We would
ships valued at $1,000,000 each had been sunk
by submarines, the people would be appalled.
Especially would that be true at this time of
food shortage. But. the officials of the
United States Department of Agriculture tell
us that conservatively estimated $500,000,000
is the loss caused yearly to our farm, or
chard and forest crops by imported insects,
yet we continue to import plants on which
these pests come into the country. This loss
of $500,000,000 annually is mostly foodstuffs,
which would keep an army of nearly 4,000,
000 men continually supplied with provisions.
These losses are so stupendous and so vital
at this time that further importation of orna
mental plants should cease at once, as a war
measure, if for no other reason.
According to a recent report of the Fed
eral Horticultural board of the United States
Department of Agriculture, 193 insects and
116 plant diseases which might prove harm
ful to American plants were detected in that
year on imported plant materials by federal
and state inspectors. These inspectors ad
mit mat it is impossible to aetect all ot these
insects and diseases, and this accounts for
weep tne money at nome that now goes
abroad and we would not endanger our na
tive plants by these foreign pests. The Fed
eral Bureau of Entomology has prepared a
list of 3,000 insects alone not to speak of the
large number of plant diseases, which has
not yet been compiled, that would be harm-
i ful to our native plants, but which have not
yet reached here. Many of these are sure
to come if we continue to bring in plants
which are the natural carriers of these pests.
We are already spending more money
yearly, fighting imported insects and plant
diseases, than the value of all the plants im
ported and the loss caused by these im
ported plant enemies is over 100 times the
value of those importations. Other countries
have legislated against imported plants, .but
the United States continues to be a dumping
ground for these pests. Our system is
haphazard, endangers our resources, and is
unjust to the producers of our food.
The Hessian fly, alfalfa weevil, San Jose
scale, codling moth, citrus canker, chestnut
blight, pine blister rust, gypsy moth, brown
tail moth and leopard moth are only a few
the discovery every year of several new pests ! of the well known insects and diseases that
The value of these imported plants seldom
exceeds $3,500,000 in any one year, yet we
are told by certain importers that it would
be a great hardship on the country if this
importation were to be stopped. The facts
show that to continue such importation is a
hardship many times greater, and all out of
proportion to the gain.
Based on the growth and value of our
nursery and floricultural establishments as
recorded by the census of 1910 these estab
lishments are worth today, nearly $90,000,000.
It would seem that these nurseries could
grow this comparatively small amount of
material that Ave import. Our leading hor
ticulturists, agriculturists and nurserymen
agree that we can propagate any plant in
are costing the country millions each year.
There are scores of grubs, blights, wood and
bark bores gnawing away at our resources.
There is only one way to avoid increasing
this tremendous burden and that is the pro
hibition of importation of plant materials.
Senate bill No. 3,344, now before congress
seeks to do this and it should have the sup
port of every producer and consumer of food
stuffs. While it will prohibit the wholesale
importation of plants it does not prevent us
from obtainting new plants for propagating
purposes through the Department of Agriculture.
Reference to the Yearbook of the De
partment of Agriculture 1916, and reports of
the Federal Horticultural board.
Book Production In 1917
Marked Shrinkage In Output at Home and Abroad
Bolshevik and the Greek Church.
The progress of bolsevism in Russia is run
ning true to the course laid out by the French
revolution, and bids fair to come to the same end.
As Kerensky was the Mirabeau, so Lenine and
Trotzky appear to be the Robespierre and Danton
of the drama. They have spread the terror far
and wide throughout the former empire, and
have been ruthless in their dealing with victims.
Now they have made what seems to be the
crowning blunder of their career, in attacking the
church. If the moujik has one predominating
trait, it is his simple devotion to religion. In no
other Christian country has religion played so
great a part in the life of the masses as in "Holy"
Russia. Church and state have been one for cen
turies. The revolution that destroyed the state is
now directed against the church, which it is
likely. to find more firmly entrenched. The mou
jik can understand the benefit he gets from gift
of land and gear in this world, but he will not
respond so readily to a Wove that proposes to
take from him his hope of happiness in another.
This may be decked with the exterior dressing of
promise of greater indulgence here, but it Con
tains nothing substantial for the hereafter. At
tempt to disestablish the church as a state sup
ported institution may succeed, but any effort to
, lead the Russian multitude along a way darkened
by extinction of promises of 'paradise Is fore
doomed to failure.
Problem of Allied Shipping.
From the very beginning of the war its most
important single factor has been that of ocean
transportation, The sudden and violent change
in the character and conditions of international
commerce thrust a strain on the ocean-carriers
that has not been well supported. When the
United States entered the great conflict this situ
ation became even more acute, because available
ships were, insufficient to fill the need for their
services. Part of this stringency has been caused
by the withdrawal of neutral-owned vessels from
trade, leaving the Entente Allies to depend on
their own resources, which are admittedly inade
quate. Recent acts by our government have been
in the direction of remedying this.
Economic pressure on Holland has brought
eight-two ships sailing under the Dutch flag into
the service of the Allies, these to be employed in
safe waters. They will release as many vessels hith
erto engaged in carrying on that trade for service
in the trans-Atlantic work. Other neutral ship
ping may be similarly Impressed, and some re
lief obtained through these measures. One of
the outstanding features Of the situation is that
with the utmost strain on the food supply of
the northern hemisphere there is a large surplus
in the south, yet to be brought into requisition.
Dutch ships will be used in part at least to fetch
grain from Argentina and perhaps sugar from
Java. But Australian and New Zealand wheat is
still out of reach. Here we come to one of the
singular aspects of the problem. Japan has
been a party to the war from the very beginning,
and Japan has a large merchant navy, engaged in
the safe and lucrative trans-Pacific trade.
The wonder Is that more Japanese vessels are
not employed in the important work of bringing
wheat from Australia to the United States, from
whence it can be forwarded to Europe. Surface
indications are that Japan could be of much more
service to its allies than it has yet given.
Fewer books were published last year
than the year before, in both England and
the United States. The 10.445 new books
and new editions printed or imported here in
1916 fell to 10,060. Great Britain's loss was
heavier, being from 9,149 to 8,131. The
larger part of our loss v is due to a shrink
age in impoi .ations, which began with the
war, but even books by American authors
numbered 61 less than in the preceding
twelve-month. As our loss is lighter, our lead
over England in the number of new books is
larger than it has veer been. In only two
years since 1908 have we failed to issue more
new books than England. These years were
1913 and, strangely enough, 1915. With the
nation rallying to Kitchener's cry. Great
Britain nevertheless produced in 1915 within
1,000 books of what she had produced in
1914. Our production, on the contrary, fell
sharply from 12,000 to 9,700. But in 1916 we
recovered a third of the loss, while England's
issues continued to decline, and the same
process went on in the two countries last
year. Book-production in England, indeed,
began to fall off the very first year of the
war, and is now less than two-thirds of what
it was in 1913. Ours is five-sixths of the
In both countries fiction continues to lead
the list, but that is true of us only if new
editions as well as new titles are counted.
Subtract from our 922 new issues of fiction as
given in the annual summary number of the
Publishers' Weekly the 245 that are new edi
tions only, and this supposed monarch of lit
erature yields his throne to sociology and
economics, and further retires behind religion
and theology, and history, having to be con
tent with a place as low as fourth in the
hierarchy of letters. This condition does not
prevail in the traditionally soberer-minded,
less superficial section of the English speak
ing world. In Great Britain the new fiction
outnumbers even the new books on religion,
while history, although it includes books
dealing generally with the war, is third, and
poetry and drama not a very good fourth.
Sociology, which bulks so large with us, in
cluding economics, government, socialism,
and the like, ranks sixth in English publica
tions of 1917, and even with new editions
counted, only fourth, having yielded third
place to history, which climbed up from
sixth place in 1916. It may be argued that
new editions are as good an index of popular
taste as new titles. On this basis there is no
disputing the hold of fiction on first place.
Yet while nearly half of the new issues of
fiction in England were new edtitions only,
the fraction in this country was nearer a
fourth. But unless the size of edition 5 was
taken into consideration, inferences from this
difference would be precarious.
A general survey of books published in
the United States since the war broke out
shows that fiction was closely pressed by
books on sociology and books on religiou in
1914 and again by sociology in 1917. Re
ligious books have not fallen below third
place, and reached second in 1915, while in
1916 poetry and drama rose next to the novel
But it would be easy to misjudge this inter
est ju religious works. The fact is that be
fore the w ar these books held a high place in
our esteem. Only fiction outnumbered
books on religion in 1912, and only fiction
and sociology in 1913. In Great Britain, too,
religious books are among the most numer
ous, being second to fiction in both 1916 and
1917, with sociology well up in both years
and history conspicuous in the latter. In
neither year has poetry and drama held such
a place as it has held with us almost every
year since 1914. In 1916, new titles in this
department actually outnumbered those of
fiction, which retained its lead only by mus
tering more new editions than its unaccus
tomed riva.l Last year it fell below not only
fiction and sociology, but also religion, his
tory, and even science, which has never oc
cupied a high place in either country. It is
interesting to see that in a land that has been
lighting with all its strength for three years,
books for children fell last year only from
559 to 539, and still remained ahead of books
on science and far ahead of military and
The books that have been hardest hit in
the United States by the war have been
"general literature" and books of geography
and travel. The former have been cut in
two: the latter have been reduced to almost
a third of their former number. Biography
and philosophy have held their own fairly
well, while books on agriculture and business
are being produced in larger numbers than
ever. The same remark may be made of
books on philology, provided it be under
stood that this erudite class now includes
word and phrase books for soldiers. If books
having to do with the war be deducted from
those classified as "history," we should have,
it is to be feared, another division in which
there has been a marked loss. Similarly,
the class termed "sociology" owes not a few
of its titles to works on tactics. As a partial
offset to these and other deductions may be
placed the immense amount of pamphlets
that have poured from the presses since
1914, many of them as important as bound
volumes. New York Tost.
Crucial Days for Cryptic
February will put the acid test to those
interpreters of the Scripture who see in the
kaiser the figure of the "beast" in the Book
of Revelation. For in February, according
to the favored interpretation, the war must
come to a close. The vision of the Revelator
has it that "power was given unto him to
continue 40 and two months." The war was
under way about the first of August, 1914.
Forty-two months carries us up to February,
When it comes to securing the kaiser's
number, the interpreters have their work cut
out. But much may be done with figures, if
one uses them freely. The number that has
been assigned the kaiser is, of course, 666.
The verse reads:
"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath un
derstanding count the number of the beast;
for it is the number of a man; and his num
ber is 603 score and six."
To fasten this number to the German
emperor, the cryptogrammists take the word
"kaiser" and find the numbers in the alpha
bet of the letters that form it. For example
"k" is eleven, "a" is one. "i" is nine, and so
on. Place these in line to be added. Now
comes the strong arm work, reminding one
of Ignatius Donnelly's work on his Baconian
cipher. The figure six is added at the end of
each number so that the numbers read 116,
16, 96 and so on. Now when they are all
added, they form 666, the required number
of the kaiser. But the Book of Revelation
was originally written in Greek. How does
the word "kaiser" figure out in the Greek
It is also triumphantly noted that when
the kaiser started the war, he was 55 years
and six months old, that is. he was 66
months old. Can anyone doubt longer? Cer
tainly no Baconian.
But the test of all this is at hand. The
cryptogrammists must stop the war at once
to make good with themselves and with the
more generous of the public who would be
willing to accept even Mr. Donnelly's
Baconian cryptogram if it would stop the
war, with the kaiser and friends on the
toboggan. Minneapolis Journal.
One Year Ago Today In the War.
Senate approved severance of rela
tions with Germany by a vote of 78
Bill Introduced in congress giving
president wide power to commandeer
British admiralty reported total of
45 vessels sunk during first week of
Germany's "lndiscriminite; svjbma
: rine warfare.
The Day We Celebrate.
i Claude F. Howell of Armour &
Company, born 1880.
Kobert J. Gamble, former Unltd
: States senator from South Dakota,
. born in Genesee county, New York,
' S7 years ago.
Major Stanley Washburn, United
States army, veteran war corrs-
gpondeat, bora In Minneapolis, 40
'- years ago.
Kobert B. Mantell. actor, born in
; Scotland, 64 years ago.
This nv In lllxtnrf.
!? 1S12 Charles Dickens, the novelist.
K born at Portsmouth, England. Vied
I rat Gad's Hill, June 9, 187U.
1868 United States marines landed
' ' at Montevideo for the protection of
! foreign residents.
v 1871 Members of Bonaparte fam
l ily declared ineligible for election to
! public office in France,
r 1878 Pope Plus IX, during whosa
! pontificate the temporal kingdom of
i ttie popes was united to Italy, died
I 4 iiomej Uoin Jlay 18 1792, , .
Just 30 Years Ago Today
The police are taking pains to atop
the criminal recklessness with which
so many drivers of vehicles dash down
the streets to the peril of all
pedestrains who happen to be on
Postmaster Gallaghar is much
elated over the action ot the Post-
office department at Washington in
granting six additional letter carriers
Tommy Miler in to be tendered a
grand benefit at the Grand opera
house Saturday, and it promises to
be an exhibition of unusual merit.
The question of reducing the levy
from & five-mill to a two-mill tax
was discussed at some length at the
meeting of the board or "''imuion.
The new litirlln- uih
Omaha is about i.i .ii.jf
trains wU rupmtiijt, a tew days.
Here and There
I.ast year 1,200 publications in the
United Stutes and Canada ceased to
An ordinary aeroplane,' exclusive of
the engine, has over 200 separate
pieces, besides over 4,000 l.ails, 3,000
screws, 1,000 steel stampings and 800
The house in Joppa, Palestine,
where St. Peter stayed with Simon the
Tanner is to be secured by the
Church army as a center for the care
of British troops flghtin In Palestine.
A National Women's Prayer Bat
talion has been orjahlzed to get every
woman with a son or relative it the
army or navy to sign a covenant to
join in a prayer meeting at least once
every two weeks.
The British government Is con
structing mills for the manufacture
of oleomargarine to reduce the cost
of living, while in this country it is
subject to a heavy special tax to de
crease its manufacture.
After every battle abroad salvage
lorries go over the bjttleflelds and
bring back everything they can pick
up. At Calais, 25,000 pairs of Bhoes
are remade every week, after they
have been brought in trim battle
fields. Long years uo a "crank" made
England laugh by going to the patent
otllce with a plan for the conservation
of energy. He said he could store
enough energy In a box to move the
Bank ot England. He couldn't But
today this Idea is a commonplace
which is put into operation every day.
I It Is nothing more nor less than
Hastings Tribune: The fact that
Nebraska loads all other states In the
number of automobiles per capita
shows that this state Is going some.
Beatrice Express: High prices has
created an unusual "back to the
farm" movement this year, especially
among those who have a desire to
farm in the cow and a pig and a
garden patch class.
Norfolk Press: The city purchased
a pest house for smallpox patients at
a cost of 81,300 and now one of the
doctors wants another pest house for
scarlet fever patients. It would be
nice to have a little village devoted
to pest houses with a separate house
for every disease from smallpox down i
to ingrowing toenails.
Bridgeport News-Blade: The News
Bladge family has been eating the
so called "victory bread," or "war
bread," that is being baked under the
new food regulations. The fact is
that it is mighty good stuff. If it
was served under a high sounding
name at a high priced cafe, people
would clamor for it and think they
were getting something good beyond
Harvard Courier: . Moonshining is
one of the latest occupations in Ne
braska. A still was discovered in the
vicinity of Grand Inland recently. Re
ports from Washington say there has
been considerable reviving of the in
dustry in the south and that revenue
agents have their hands full looking
after the business. One of the efforts
of prohibition will be a revival of il
licit stilling but it can be handled
along w-ith the other methods that
St. Louis Globe-Democrat: Agree
with people who like to argue, it
saves a lot of noise.
Minneapolis Journal: The kaiser
has six sons, but we have not heard
of any of them being killed In the
war. They seem to have a divine
right to stay where it is safe.
Baltimore American: American in
genuity has perfected another deadly
weapon for U-boats. Their status un
der the new inventions for their de
struction is changing from the hunters
to the hunted.
Minneapolis Tribune: George Creel
says about half the matter written
about the war should be thrown Into
the wastebnskcts. All right: let's
make a start with Secretary Baker's
weekly word output that is neither
new nor Informative.
Brooklyn lile: The London Daily
Telegraph's t.y about a prospective
loan to IrelaiTU of f 100,000,000 by the
United States in case a home rule
compromise is arranged may not be
wholly without basis. Irish-Americans
here would be pleased by such a
course. And what we owe to them
as an element In our citizenship needs
no argumentative explanation.
Brooklyn Eagle: The president is
offended that his cabinet members
should be called away from important
tusks to answer questions. In Eng
land responsible ministers appear
daily In person In the House of Com
mons and answer a number of ques
tions printed on the program for the
day. It is the most excellent feature
of the ministerial system. Why should
we not know what is going on in this
Between IxmI and District Boards.
Central City, Neb., Feb. 4. To the
Editor of The Bee: A question of
more than ordinary or passing inter
est has arisen in Merrick county rela
I tive to the respective duties of the lo-
cal and district boards. As plainly
stated again and again, the local
board has jurisdiction over all de
: pendency claims and the district
board over those of industrial and
agricultural enterprises, it being itn
i derstood that tile registrant lias the
j privilege ot appealing from the de
I cision of the former. This is a state
ment I have printed and reprinted
I many times in my publication, being
i firm in the belief the respective du-
j ties of each board were plain and that
I there was no marked encroachment
of one upon the other. Especially
' have I been confident of this since
; the adoption of the questionnaire
method, this 16-page pamphlet liein
carefully devised with view to cover
ing every possible detail that might
enter as evidence in .the formulating
of a just and impartial decision. This
is the doctrine I have preached, and
1 have considered it as generally ac
cei.ted in Merrick county, there being
no denial of the same by the mem
bers of the local board and the public
During the past few days there has
developed in this county a marked
feeling that the decisions of the dts-
i trict body have been very inconsistent,
i Writing as one who has been familiar
i with the work of the local board, I
; feel it my duty to advance the rea
' sons that appeal as entirely responsi
i ble for this, for 1 am not of the be
j lief that the same condition prevails
i throughout the state of Nebraska.
I Personally I am convinced that the
! public is not securing the services of
! a Just and impartial hearing on the
part of District board No. 1, located
at Omaha, but that the latter body in
determining the claims for deferred
classification on industrial and agri
cultural grounds sent from Merrick
county is acting in part if not wholly
upon the recommendation of the lo
On the last page of each question
naire is a space for the recommenda
tion of the local board to the district
board. It being the general belief
that the questionnaire was adopted
because it covered every desired de
tail essential for a sound decision,
such a recommendation if necessary
would suggest a comment on the part
of the local body, being familiar with
the conditions of the registrant, as
to whether they believed his case as
correctly stated therein. It has been
generally conceded that the local
board is able to acquire knowledge
regarding the registrant beyond the
grasp of the district body, but like
wise it haR been generally conceded
that the district body is essential for
systematizing the work of the many
local boards, and likewise acting as a
disinterested and impartial body for
determining industrial and agricul
tural claims, as well as acting upon
appeals from the local body. The lo
cal boards are composed ot the clerk
and sheriff of each county, together
with a physician whose duties are
limited to physical qualifications, The
district boards are composed of men
especially selected by the governor,
who are of recognized abilities and
are generally recognized as the main
stays in the acquiring of fairness and
Although the local board has de
nied that I have the right to see what
recommendation they place on the
back of a questionnaire, wherein a
deferred classification is asked of the
district body on industrial or agri
cultural grounds, it is nevertheless
the stated privilege under the pub
lished rules of any individual who
may desire to see any particular ques
tionnaire. There are certain restric
tions, but this Is not one of them.
Inasmuch as they feel they have en
trusted me with what they term in
sidu information, I will not trespass,
but. I do speak with authority when
I say I do know of one instance
wherein they actually recommended
to the district board the class and the
letter in the class. To the public of
Merrick county it is too apparent that
the boys are not getting the bieflt
of the judgment of the district board,
but that the latter body is able to re
turn questionnaires by the hundreds
in very short notice because they are
determining industrial and agricul
tural claims in the main upon the
recommendation of the local board.
I wonder if this condition prevails
throughout Nebraska? I cannot think
it does, because therein the district
board loses its identity as a superior
body, and becomes inferior to the lo
cal board. KOBEKT RICE,
Publisher Centrat City Republican.
"Well, look at that mm acros tkt
Fireet taking off hU hat to the woman
he's parting from!"
Why shouldn't he. If he'a a eentleman?"
"But she's his wife." Baltimore AmerN
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"To me that expression aeema far
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Soclnloa-lut Since you have become rich
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riute Hardly tliat. Some of 'em touch
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.Mrs. Bacon Don't you think Emily alno
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Mr. Uai-nn Yea; but I do hope she dnr.'r
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Hi Then the engagement Is broken ofr?
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Church I understand that boy was born
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Ciutham He was, but his father got to
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suspicion his young wife detests him."
"How do you know he doesn't?"
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