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Good morning; did the ice man tell you that
rates are going up?
Nebraska's taxes have doubled in the last 10
yea,rs, but no one will assert the people are get
ting twice as much in the way of service
Mr. Bryan's explanation in Chicago was un
necessary. Everybody is willing to admit that
he delivered his address whether it was heard
Cuba refuses to let Mexico have any more
sugar, thus showing Senor Carranza it costs
something to congratulate the kaiser on having
a birthday. .-' . - ' ' '
. Public opinion may yet have some influence
on settling acrimonious arguments over prices.
The people are trying to be patient, but they will
have the final word to say.
General March wants the pressure taken off
the censorship a little, so the folks at home can
get some more details of what is going on "over
there. This might help a little and should clear
up a lot of misunderstanding.
Having satisfied some of "the initial rush
needs," Uncle Sam now finds time to look after
a few of the fellows who have brought shame to
his service by grafting and profiteering. It pays
to deal squarely, with uncle in regard to his
Statements of our shipping needs are becom
ing confused in masses of figures that call for
expert elucidation. This does little good. What
the public wants to know is that steps are being
taken to supply the shortage in the quickest pos
sible time. 'y : :' ; ' - . ' '-
Maybe the method Uncle Sam has adopted to
overhaul the profiteer is not the right one, but
surely some way will be found to bring these un
patriotic exploiters of the nation's nieds to a
reckoning. If it can not be done, the people
might as well put up the shutters.
Switzerland has no navy, but that did not
spare Helvetia from the U-boat terror. A ship
v rented from Spain to haul the wheat allotted to
( the Swiss from America was sunk by one of the
kaiser's pets, after immunity had been guaranteed
by the all-highest Wilhelm had better look up
the fate of Charles the Bold before he arouses
the mountaineers. v-v v
t ' Task Set for Japan.
The co-belligerents practically have agreed
that it is to be the destiny of'Japan to pre
serve the war stores at Vladivostok and else
where in eastern Siberia. No other conclusion
could have been so easily reached. Urgency of
the situation requires immediate action and the
Japanese are nearest to the scene and better pre
pared than either of the others to act effectually.
Such a step will be seriously resented by the bol
sheviki and perhaps by other of elements pre
tending to represent the Russian people, but the
Entente Allies are not in position to temporize
longer with the irresponsible who have brought
such ruin on their devoted country. Nowhere
outside of the Teutonic allies has any official
recognition been given the dominant faction in
Russia and therefore the intervention proposed
is well Inside our rights as friends of the Rus
sian , people. It will amount to assistance to
them, as well as protection for our own inter
ests. When a stable government Is again rec
ognized in that country we can make , what
ever of explanations will be needed. If, as now
seems probable, the Germans place a ruler on
the throne of the czar the ultimate adjustment
will be deferred to the general peace conference.
These are all questions for the future. Immedi
ate action to secure the supplies now in danger
is of far greater importance than speculation as
to' what may happen when Russia again has a
government. . . '
President Wilson has taken another step in
the right direction, one that has been too long
delayed, and which will finally be of much help
in carrying out the war program. He has di
rected the suppression of sabotage and similar
forms of disorder. While the order he has sent
forth is addressed to the immigration agents of
the northwest,-and is in anticipation of an in
cursion of bolsheviki from across the Pacific, it
will apply equally to any part of the United
States. "Direct action" socialists or anarchists
the terms are interchangeable are a menace
wherever they exist, and when they add their
practices of sabotage, "striking on the job," and
similar methods of carrying on class war to the
pro-German propaganda that has become in
extricably mixed with their procedure, public
safety requires vigorous and even drastic treat
ment Organized labor has no part with these
outlaws; any sympathy that might be felt for the
unfortunate "casual" laborer in his economic mis
fortune, can not be stretched to cover the out
rageous conduct of the men who resort to the
most cowardly and destructive mischief to vent
their grudge against society. The chief objection
to the president's policy will be found in the mild
ness of the punishment he proposes to visit upon
these offenders. Imprisonment or deportation
hold little terror for them. He may yet be forced
to set aside his humane views, and permit a more
rigorous1 procedure with these enemies, not of the
United States alone, but of free government and
democracy wherever it exists.
Future Trade With Germany.
Implied threats of a boycott against Germany
if its government be not reformed constitute a
part of the' war propaganda now before the
nation. Under the most favorable of circum
stances it will be many years before German
products are restored to favor in the countries
now engaged in the war. , This is well under
stood by Germans and is one of their inspirations
to continue the war until victory comes through
combat or negotiations. President Wilson's third
plank in his 14 essentials for peace lays down
free trade as imperative. To achieve this perfect
understanding must exist; perfect understanding
in a political sense is not so difficult to arrive at,
when all parties are equally sincere, but to bring
it about in a social or commercial way is quite
another matter. Unless human nature be greatly
altered by the conflict through which we are
passing, the probability is strong . that deep re
sentment will be harbored against the Germans
for many years to come. But we are not trying
to compel them to change their form of govern
ment We have only told the world we do not
and' can not trust the present imperial govern
ment, and feel that no peace made with it can be
secure.' The rest is for the German people to de
cide; they may continue as they are, and remain
suspected and distrusted, or they may reform
and come into the circle of, nations between
which frank understanding and mutual confidence
exists. But German industry and commerce will
be long in reaching again the place held four
years ago. '
Nadir of the Food Crisis.
Examination of figures just at hand from the
Department of Commerce show that the appre
hension of the administration over the furnish
ing of food to Europe in January was justified.
Records of exports of foodstuffs from this coun
try show the shipments had fallen far below
those of last yean The principal articles show
exports for January as follows:
Corn, bu.......... ...... 1,952,528 7,253,348
; Oatsbu 3,371,089 7,792,632
Wheat, bu 1,913,667 18,906,394".
Flour, bbls... 2,339,663 1,132,654
Beef, canned, lbs....... 4.044.95S 1,799,243
Beef, fresh, lbs 30,852,388 17,412,732
Bacon, lbs 53,850,514 91,812,209
' Hams and shoulders, lbs.. 16,494,030 26,576,086
Pork, pickled, lbs 1,546,825 13,180,688
Lard, lbs 20,706,295 65,091,290
This is the nadir of exports of foodstuffs
from America, the lowest point reported since
the war started. For the seven months ending
with January all these items show a falling off
as compared with the period of a year before,
except oats, flour and fresh beef. While much of
this is due to the shipping situation and the
blockade of our railroads, it is little wonder that
our European allies began to doubt if America
would be able to feed them as promised. The ship
ping situation has greatly improved and the food
administrator hopes by the middle of the present
month to have relieved the acute distress on the
other side. The figures are eloquent reminders,
however, of the great responsibility we have vol
untarily assumed and the heavy pledge we are
under to those on the other side.
A little social call from our Mexican neigh
bors was attended by some casualties that will
materially reduce the vote for Villa in a few pre
cincts in Chihuahua. The episodes will continue
to add to the spice of life along the Rio Grande
until we can find time to apply our moral sua
sion in a way the untutored peon can understand.
'.America's active participation in the war is
primarily a problem of shipping. But this was
known from the start, and if we are behind-hand
in our shipping facilities it must be because of
tardiness or inefficiency somewhere. Speed up I
Church Growth in 1917
Membership Increase Less Than Five-Year Average
Dr. H. K. Carroll in Christian Herald.
The churches of the United States, under
the extraordinary war conditions of 1917,
were prosperous to an unusual degree in
their finances, but less so than usual in addi-
, tions to their memberships. The net increase
of church members was only whicn
is less than in 1916 by 183,392, and less than
the average of the past five years. Fluctua
tions in membership statistics are common,
even in ordinary years, and a year of large
increase may be followed by a year of small
increase, and vice versa. A few denomina
tions may have prospered more than usual
under the prevalent war conditions; but
churches with a large element of foreign
speaking population have had a lean year.
The Hungarian Reformed church reports a
loss of one-fourth of its entire membership,
and the Roman Catholic church, embracing
large bodies of European population, has had
an increase, according to the estimate of the
editor of the "Official Catholic Directory,"
of only about 175,000 population, equivalent
to about 148,750 communicants, as against
390,000 increase in 1916, a falling off of about
241,000. It is the larger bodies, however,
that make the gains as in former years. The
Roman Catholic church, with 14,618,000 com
municants, added 148,750; the Methodist
Episcopal church, with 3,887,000, gained 144,
000, its largest increase in this century ex
cept one. The Disciples of Christ, with
1,237,000, advanced by 59,000; the Northern
Presbyterian church, with 1,581,443, gained
38,416; the Baptists, Northern, Southern and
Colored, with 6,106,604. gained nearly 77,000,
and other denominations .had smaller in
creases. . The Church of Christ, Scientist,
declines to give statistics of members. It
had in 1906, 85,096.
The aggregate of church members for the
167 denominations is 40,515,126.. This huge
total is made up chiefly of the great denom
inational groups, as Baptists (15 bodies),
6,442,393; Catholics (three bodies). 14,663,
342; Lutherans (18 bodies), 2,460,937; Meth
odists (16 bodies), 7,782,018; Presbyterians
(11 bodies), 2,225,879: Disciples of Christ
(two bodies), 1,396,466; Protestant Episcopal
(two bodies), 1,083,366; Reformed (four bod
ies), 514,061; Eastern Orthodox (7 bodies),
490,500; Mennonites (12 bodies), 66,542;
Friends (four bodies), 119,263; Dunkards
(four bodies), 128,363; United Brethren (two
bodies), 367,959; Adventists (six bodies),
117,569; Evangelical Association (two bod
ies), 209,483; Scandinavian Evangelical
(three bodies), 62.900; Latter Day Saints
(two bodies), 420,000.
There are 181,808 ministers, an increase
of 1,244, and 226,609 churches, an increase of
Among the developments of the year is
a union of three or four Norwegian Luther
an bodies and an agreement to merge three
ot the four large general bodies of Luther
ans, the General Synod, the General Council
and the United Synod South. If. the plan
is ratified, the united body will have about
a million communicants.
Plans for the reunion of the Methodist
Episcopal and Southern Methodist Episcopal
churches have made progress. The united
body would have over 6,000,000 communi
cants. The Northern and Southern Presby
terian churches are also considering whether
they cannot consolidate.
The financial resources of the churches,
heavily taxed by contributions to the Red
Cross, the Young Men's Christian associa
tion ,the Young Women's Christian associa
tion, the Knights of Columbus and similar
organizations for the care of soldiers and
sailors of our own and allied countries and
for the relief of war devastated populations,
have not failed to support generously their
own church and benevolent work.' Besides
the many millions going through general and
denominational channels for war purposes,
the leading churches show large increases in
the amounts contributed for missions, home
and foreign and other denominational enter
prises. The Presbyterian church (Northern)
gave four and a quarter millions to its mis
sions, an increase of half a million, and for
all denominational purposes 31 millions, a
net increase of over three millions. The
Methodist Episcopal church gave five and a
half millions to its missions, an increase of a
quarter of a million, besides special contribu
tions of many millions to educational endow
ment and ministerial pension funds. It plans
to raise for its missions 15 millions a year
for the next five years. The Protestant Epis
copal church finished its ministerial pension
fund at the end of February, last, for which
it raised nearly eight and three-quarter mil
lions, three and three-quarter millions be
yond the goal it had set Its total contribu
tions for other denominational purposes
reached the sum of 25 1-2 millions, an in
crease of $1,400,000.
Altogether it has been a great year for the
churches, which show a strong tendency to
increase of co-operation and federation, find
ing, despite differences in creed and church
government, much common ground for har
monious work in caring for the nation's
armed forces and in assisting our govern
ment in furthering the purposes of the war
in every way possible. Weak, struggling
churches in small communities, even when of
different denomination's, agree to bridge
their differences and come together to save
their resources, increase their efficiency and
give better service.
Junkerdom Exults Over Spoils
Present and Future Effects of Russian Catastrophe
New York Evening Post.
The Russian smash-up has its lamentable
aspects both for Russia and the allies, but its
reactions in Germany are tuny as cepioraoie.
It has not only changed the entire outlook
of the war. It has radically altered the at
titude of the German government and the
German people, and has thrown a dark cloud
over the prospects of political reform within
the German empire. Not without connec
tion is the new swooping of the German
army upon divided ana prostrate Russia and
the virutal killing in the Prussian Diet of
the promised equal-franchise bill. What
need to keep the pledge of electoral reform
when the tide of military success is again
running strongly in favor of Germany, and
masses of booty, with glittering visions of
vast acquisitions of territory, are held up al
luringly before greedy eyes? The Junkers
vault again into the saddle. At their great
meeting in Berlin, their joy, their arrogance,
their contempt for the democratic movement
in Germany found unbounded expression.
They feel that they have come back into
their autocratic own. The army and the
Junkerthum are the be-all and the end-all of
Germany. The Reichstag resolution of last
July urging peace without annexations and
indemnities? That was only "a vile resolu
tion," with which "the army was stabbed in
the back." Nor is it- only the exultant
Agrarian league which now scoffs at the idea
of weak-kneed diplomatic negotiations for
peace. In the very Reichstag, Count
Westarp, the conservative leader, boasted
that "the good German sword is again at
The plain fact is that the blood of con
quest is once more up in Germany. The
success in Italy, the break-up of Russia, with
the possibilities of bringing thousands of
square miles of territory, once belonging to
the dreaded Colossus of the north, under
German control and making it subject to
German exploitation, have caused the de
pression and apprehension of last summer
to give way to high hopes of a triumphant
march towards the east beyond the previous
wildest German dreams. As for the danger
of a political upheaval at home, and the
need of placating the social democrats, the
Junkers evidently feci that they can snap
their fingers at such things, provided they
can bring home plunder enough. Conscience
will be put to sleep' by booty., Militarism
will need no other defense and security than
to be able to say to the taxpaying classes
and the workingmen: "You see, now, that
what we always told you is true. The army
is the chief instrument for making Germany
great and rich. War is the most prosperous
of all German industries."
It is best to face the facts without dodg
ing or blenching. It is now obvious that the
swarming of German troops into helpless
Russia means the prolongation of the war.
If peace were to be proposed to the German
government on the basis of the status be
fore the war, that government, in its present
temper, would scornfully reject it We may
as weli admit that the terms of peace laid
down by Lloyd George and President Wil
son have today no chance of acceptance by
Germany. Austria, under severe economic
oressure. and with political and racial discon
tent rampant, might be more complaisant,
but nothing reasonable is now to be expected
of the triumphant Junkers. If they were to
talk again or the rights of weak nations and
"self-determination," it would be only with
a laugh to each other, and with the firm de
termination to make of all such plans the
same lying pretence that was made of the
first negotiations at Brest-Litovsk. With
huge robberies well at hand, they will have
no thought of disgorging any part unless
compelled to do so. ,
So long as 'the German government is
controlled by these. cold-blooded and calcu
lating believers in '"the good German sword,"
there is nothing for the allies and the United
States to do but to gather all their strength
for a test of endurance. They must make
it plain to Germany that, as President Wil
son said, she is living, with all her ideas of
carving up nations, and acquiring property
by the sword, in a world that is dead and
gone. Her treaties, exacted by force, will
not be recognized. Her right to a place
among civilized nations will be denied. Com
mercial and intellectual intercourse with her
will no more be thought of than it would be
with any other set of outlaws. It may be
true that the Junkers have now mounted into
Germania's saddle, but the rest of the world
must buckle down to the work of proving to
them that they are riding towards moral
isolation, into universal distrust and hatred,
and towards a filial destruction for which
the very stars in their courses will fight.
. People andHvents
Reports of marked speeding up in trans
portation down east appear well founded. A
trunk arrived in Hackensack, N. J., which
left St. Louis in 1903.
"The Tulsa Daily World, "Oklahoma's
greatest newspaper," justifies the subtitle by
putting out a boom edition of 228 pages. The
bundle approaches a national record, but is
not so much in a state where plain Indians
buy bales of Liberty bonds and give the
merry hoot to the tax gatherer.
Chicago voters joyfully jumped at the
first chance to express their opinion of
Mayor Thompson and his political machine.
At the aldermanic primaries last Tuesday
Big Bill's favorites were swamped in all but
one ward. The result foreshadows what is
in store for Thompson's senatorial boom.
One of Europe's prophetesses, who is
said to have forecasted the world war, now
predicts the finish on June 15, 1918. This is
more precise than Charley Grasty's summary
of sentiment in Paris: "Many observers
here think there will be a decision in 1918."
Should either guess come true, much will be
forgiven the guessers.
Round about old and new London are
many money-changing institutions known as
"Parr's Bank." The founder, long since de
parted, lived 152 years. One of his descendants,-a
niece, recently passed, away at the
age of 101. The record notes an exception
to the notion that longevity and the "root
of evil" are not on speaking terms.
One Year Ago Today tn the War. ,
,. British advanced on two-mile front
east ot Gommecourt
British admiralty announced 4
British ahlps sunk in February..
German official military critic de
clared retreat on Ancre front was
The Day We Celebrate. f
Alfred L Crelgh, real estate man,
' born 1884.
Augustus F. Kountze of Kountze
Brothers, bankers, born 1870.
Ralph R. Rainey, paying teller of
the United States National bank, born
Brand Whitlock born at Urbane, O.,
- 49 ve&ra aaro today.
Prof. John H. Wtxmore, dean of
Northwestern .University, born SS
Rev. Dr. Arthur C McGllfert pres
ident of Union Theological Seminary,
born 17 years ago.
Rear Admiral David W. Taylor
born $4 years ego today.
This Day in History.
Wit Count Caalmlr Pulaski, a
famous Polish patriot who fought
tor tne American coiomes in ine rev
olution, born in Podalia, Poland. Died
on board United Suites brig, Wasp,
near Savannah, October 11, 1771. i
1871 Edwards Plerrepont attor
ney general in Grant's cabinet born
mi North Haven, Conn. Died in Mew
iZtn Jprk City. JJarco . 18?
Just 80 Years Ago Today
H. M. Funston, representing the
Detwiller & Street fireworks manufac
turing company at Mew York, spent
several days in the city the last week.
After a two weeks' successful en.
gagement Prof. Seymour, the mind
reader, leaves today to fill an engage
ment in Leavenworth.
Hon. J. H. McShane returned to
Omaha after several weeks' absence
in his congressional duties at the na
The Carleton Opera company gave
a concert to a large audience at the
Grand opera house. The program con
slated of 18 numbers and introduced
all the important vocalists of the organization.
A large number of striking engi
neers from different points on the Bur.
lington road are in Omaha' to meet
their brethren on the Union Pacitlc
and other roads entering in Omaha.
The strikers are thoroughly confident
Right to the Point
New York World: Britain begins
food rationing, rather more fortunate
than Germany in having tne rood to
Washington Post: Another reason
why the Hun will try to break through
somewhere else is that it can't be done
on the western front
Springfield Union; Having opened
the door to the Prussian rattlesnake
and invited it into1 the house, the
amazing Lenlne now calls on the bol
shevik rabbit to drive the reptile out
St Louis Globe-Democrat: Indi
ana men take to politics as naturally
as they take to novel writing, rnai
is why the republicans so easily found
their national chairman there. In hoc
Baltimore American: With the
fashion authorities decreeing that
skirts shall be narrower and shorter
In order to conserve materials, life
still promises some Interest for the
slackers on the windy corners.
Chicago Herald: With the price of
the white metal steadily increasing,
our sympathy goes out to the poor
con men who have been putting over
old silver mines on the unsuspecting
investor. . y
Louisville Courier Journal: They
called Czar Nicholas a pro-German,
but in the final analysis the bol
sheviki, and not the Romanoff, opened
the Dvinsk front to the German
Here we have an illustration of the
pretended virtue of demagogues
which reveals the underlying prin-i
iciplea oi all demafosiam.
Round About the State
Columbus and some of Platte coun
ty are at grips on the question of
building a new court house on the
old site, or any other site. A tempo
rary injunction stopped wrecking the
old building and transferred the fight
to the courts for a while.
A law compelling loafers to get
busy in some sort of productive em
ployment Is urged by the Tecumseh
Chieftain as a vital war measure.
Maryland has a law of that class in
operation and it is pronounced a great
success in banishing idlers from the
Editor Buck of the Howard Cour
ier admits a "spell of rheumatism,"
which provokes a grade of temper
dangerous to time-killing callers. "If
you want to pay me some money or
tell me what a good fellow I ain't
it will be all right to caH." Prepared
ness Is another name for safety.
In a ,burst of rare confidence the
Plattsmouth Journal sounds this per
sonal note: "We hope our garments
will never become quite so transpar
ent or quite so shy at both ends as
most ot the feminine apparel we see.
We are somewhat bow-lesged and a
low cut shirt would reveal a chest
marred by hirsute."
"Why dont yon let Dr. Sawbones
operate on you? He is considered
"Tes, I believed in mm nrmiy unui
I saw him trying to carve a turkey
around Christmas time." Louisville
Twice Told Tales -
The young private had been posted
as sentry on B squadron stables. But
when the sergeant of the squad came
round on his visit he was nowhere to
be seen. The sergeant was about to
depart- to make inquiries when there
came a rustling noise from a heap of
straw, and the sentry stood before
him, minus his boots and looking very
"Halloa!" cried the sergeant
"Where were you when I came round
"Marching round," was the sen
try's reply, given in tones of conscious
"Marching round, were you? Why.
you've got your boots oft.".
"Yes, sergeant, I took 'em onT so
that I wouldn't wake the horses!"
Chicago Herald. -
Pride Wins a Fall.
Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson,
strolling along Fifth avenue the other
day, was recognized by an observing
shop girl, out for her lunch.
"Look, Maine," the girl said, as she
nudged her companion, "there goee
Forbes-Robertson, the great actor.
They say he's gone into the movlea"
The girl addressed as Mame masti
cated her chewing gum unmercifully
as she surveyed the dignified face and
figure of the actor.
"Well," she announced critically.
T wish him luck, but he'll never hold
a candle to Charlie Chaplin, that's my
guesa" New York lett the
i Omaha, March 1. To the Editor of
The Bee: The rulers of this country
did not hesitate in conscripting, our
flesh and blood. Why not conscript
our food also? I am willing to be
put on rations.
This whole scheme of voluntary
food conservation Is as iutile as try
ing to raise an army of volunteers to
cross the water to fight in foreign
countries. Conscription is the only
course. This "block vigilance busi
ness is nothing but a grand chance
for idle women to spy and tattle on
their neighbors and Intrigue in pri
vate homes. PATRIOT.
Open Front Poultry Houses.
Omaha, Feb. 28. To Editor of The
Bee: I think it would be well to say
a few words in answer to some of our
poultry critics. Some of them seem
to think we are inhuman in advocat
lng the open front or curtain front
house. Let me call their attention to
the fact that nearly all the most sue.
cessful poultry farms and experiment
stations use them now. If they were
not a success they would soon be dis
carded. The Bee is doing a great
work tnis year with their poultry sup
plement. What has been needed was
for some live daily to take up this
suDiect and bring it before the people.
In connection with this. Jet me call
your attention to the Junior Poultry
club, which C. M. Peters of Pet
era Mill company, is organizing to en
courage the raising of poultry by our
boys and girls. It Is a grand Idea and
should be given the heartiest support.
Let me assure the young folks that
they will enjoy the work, for they
will be producing something for
themselves and helping Uncle Sam at
the same time. If they like pets, they
win and that Biddy 1b about as inter
esting as can be found. I hope to see
a large number of boys and girls en
rolled In both the poultry and garden
clubg this year.
It will teach them the lesson that
far greater pleasure is gained from
being a producer than from non-productive
programs. S, E. MUNSON.
Peter and Paul.
Omaha, Feb. 28. To the Editor of
The Bee: The Bee certainly deserves
praise for its good editorials as a
clean family paper. A certain article
appeared in The Bee recently in
which was mentioned that St. Peter
was the first pope of the Roman
Catholic church. The word, "pope,;
is not mentioned in the Bible.
"Thou art Peter and upon this rock
I will build my church." Christ said
this to Peter at Jerusalem, not at
This was the origin of the Chris
tian church. Paul preceded Peter
to Rome. They both preached the
gospel and established churches on
jtheir Journey to Rome.
Rome no doubt was not to be their
stopping place, as they would have
kept on going had not the Romans
killed them.- The services they con
ducted were Just simple song service,
prayer, preaching and healing no
"red tape," but genuine service.
"I will give unto thee the keys of
the kingdom of Heaven."
Since Jesus did not name Peter's
successors, the Protestants claim that
all ordained ministers who practice
and preach Jhe gospel of Jesus Christ
possess the keys. This keeps the
church more democratic in character.
The Bible says, "God is no respecter
of persons." Some of the greatest
achievements in history have been
wrought through the inspiration of
laymen. Peter was an apostle and
minister of the gospel. Some histor
ians claim there is no absolute proof
that Peter ever went to Rome. I will
not dispute It myself.
WILLIAM E. BROWN.
Why the Sabbath?
Omaha, March 1. To the Editor
of The Bee: A correspondent signing
himself "A Bible Student," appears in
The Bee, discussing the Sabbath day.
This is one of the old issues, but a
little reminder to the people who have
never given the matter any consider
ation will not be out of place. There
are many young people who have not
thought of it.
You are aware that most people
keep the first day of the week, Sun
day, as the Sabbath. But there are
a great number of people who keep
the seventh day,. Saturday, as the
Sabbath. The basis. of the whole con
troversy is the Scriptures.
The Jewish Sabbath always fell up
on exact days of the month. Sunday
and Saturday do not. That comes
from the fact that the Jewish Sab
baths were arranged under a different
computation than that of our own
calendar. There are 365 days in the
year, with five hours, 48 minutes and
48 seconds. The 865th day is where
the difference of the Jewish and mod
ern calendar occurs. The multiple of
seven days, one week, is 364 days.
This leaves a discrepancy of one day
to make the 365. But the Jewish cal
endar provided two Sabbath days
coming together, one a weekly Sab
bath and the other the Pentecostal
Sabbath. The Pentecostal Sabbath
was the day in which the Children of
Israel congregated at the base of
Mount Sinai, by the command of
Moses, when the mountain appeared
as a burning fire, with thunders and
lightning, which frightened those
primitive people. At that time God
spake out from the cloud in an aud
ible voice the Ten Commandments.
Hence, the Pentecostal Sabbath was
the greatest day of the Jewish calen
dar. Pentecost means fiftieth. That
is, beginning with the 16th day of the
first Jewish month (Abib or Nlsan),
count 49 days (seven weeks), and the
day following that 49 th day is the
Pentecostal Sabbath. The first the
eighth and the 15th days ot the month
(Abib) were always Sabbaths; and
the 16th day of the month Abib was
the beginning of a new week. The
49th day also must be a Sabbath day.
This would make the 49th and the
60th days, counting from the 16th
day of Abib, both Sabbaths. This was
where the Jewish calendar got in the
365th day. .The Jewish law does not
make entirely plain where they made
up for the one-fourth day, but the
inference is that it was made up by
the date of the harvest.
The Jewish calendar was a much
better calendar than our own. Our
calendar was deducted by mathemat
ical computation, while the Jewish
calendar was provided by what ws
know as inspiration. Saturday and
Sunday fall upon every week day of
the Jewish calendar within a period
of seven years. It is all plain when
you read the Scriptures. If our own
calendar were made to conform to the
Jewish calendar, that would settle an
issue religiously and make the calen.
dar much better. It could be dona
easily. WALTER JOHNSON
"The young man befora marriage Is light
and gay. 8h'a all tha world to him."
"Why does he look so careworn after
"He has the world on his shoulders
then." Louisville Courier-Journal.
Mr. Justwed This soup seems very thin.
What did you use tor stock?
His Bride Why, you see. Mr. Hoover
advlaes us to use the water food has been
boiled In, so I used the broth from the
boiled eggs. Judge.
Teacher- Tommy, what la an aviary T
Tommy A place where they keep
birds. . t .
Teachei- That is correct. Now, what
Is sn apiary.
Tommy A place where they keep apes.
The Court Did this woman five any
reason for attempting suicide?
The Policeman- -Yes. your honor.
The Court What was her reason T
The Pollceman--She said she wanted t4
die. Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Hobo (at kitchen door) Did you tell d
lady I was practically barefooted In all dis
snw . . ...
Maid Tes. She says she hasn't any old
shoes, but here's a pair of shoestrings, you
poor man. Boston Transcript
Little Tommy Ma. why do they call
them the small hours?
Tommy's Ma (with a fierce look at Tom
my's pa) Because that Is the way the men
who come home In 'em try to look, my
son. Baltimore American.
Bacon t see a throat specialist saya
yawning is a beneficial exercise, as it
brings all tha respiratory muscles of tha
throat and chest Into action.
Egbert I'm glad It's beneficial, for It la
about the only exercise my wlfa takes.
"Hallo! What's your rush?"
"I want to catch tha 5:40 train."
"But you've got 20 minutes."
"I know, but I've got to count on beiw
held up this way by three or four Idiots who
want to know what's my rush." Boston
"Bilktns and his wife are down on a war
basis, aren't they?"
"Well, you can't sink much lower. He s
buying her clothes, and she's buying his."
Now for spring my heart la yearning, ant
. to spring my thoughts are turning.
And I pause In pleasant day dreama of tha
tfcla Hm will hrln.
When these turbulent days are brightened.
and these arduous lasits are ugnieneu.
By the soul refreshing splendor, by the
gladsomeness of spring.
In my fancy rain cbmes splashing, rain re
newing, drenching, dashing.
'Till the sun in faithful radiance bids tha
clouds and shadows pass.
Then appears a lovely vision, for tha buds
with quick decision,
Now unfold to weloome robin hopping,
hopping In the grass.
Still I yield to meditation, while with eager
Springtime blossoms -troop around me,
w ikl.. I... mnA hsrmnnv.
Clamorous birds the woods are filling, mirth
ful notes resounding, inruung,
God's own crusade hope reviving, rendering .
praise in meioay.
Then my heart beats fast and faster, as I
dream of rose and aster.
Of the earth replete, resplendent la Ita pris
tine gorgeousnees, i
Every hue In beauty blending, fleecy clouds
Spring, the time of resurrection, filla the
land with Joyousness. .
Grand Island. MART A. BLACK.
HANDWRITING ON THE WALL.
New York Herald.
So plainly Is It written
That he who runs may read:
We face a common peril.
We share a common need!
In the halls of legislation
Let those who read it run,
Nor stay to fight together.
But together fight the Hun!
"A pest on both your parties"
This Is no time for strife.
While in our midst a vampire
Sucks at the nation's life!
Ashlver at your portals,
We, the common people, wait
Drop politics! Be statesmen 1
Save, your country! Legislate!
On rocks that spell disaster.
Hear you not the sullen boom
Of a rising flood of trouble,
. Setting strongly toward our doom?
Think not any roan or party
All alone may stem this tide.
All together we must breast It
Or go under, side by side.
. Use Soothing Musterole
When those sharp pains go shooting
through your head, when your skull
seems as if it would split, just rub a
little Musterole on your temples end
neck. It draws out the inflammation,
soothes away the pain, usually giving
Musterole is a clean, white ointment,
made with oil of mustard. Better than a
mustard plaster and does not blister.
Many doctors and nurses frankly rec
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lumbago, pains and aches of the back 01
oints, sprains, sore muscles, bruises,
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chest (it often prevents pnoraonia). "
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