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Our airplane service seems to he up in the air.
Remember that no battle is won or lost until
It is ended.
Over the top for the Boy Scouts is the next
I announcement of worth to be made.
The hen that started laying eggs at the rate of
two a day shows little regard for profiteers who
hope to corner the market again.
Chicago kaiserites started a celebration and
landed in jail. They will probably be definitely
located from now until after the war is over.
Dr. Karl Muck's service to the kaiser in this
country Js also at an end. He will know well
how to play "The Star Spangled Banner" by the
time he is allowed to conduct another concert.
It now looks as if Hindenburg was mistaken
when he said he would be in Paris on April 1.
He has only five more days in whicli to, make
good, and the going is rather rough on his side
of the line.
"Fee-grabber Bpb" Smith won't have to spend
lime paid by Douglas county taxpayers lobbying
for his own pocketbook at the extra session of the
legislature. He's too busy watching the grand
Save the wheat. We are not only feeding the
French, our allies, but the Dutch, the Swiss,
Danes, Norwegians and Swedes are also looking
to us for food. Whatever sacrifice we make is
rot only to win the war, but to save neutrals as
Mr. Bryan thinks the legislature in extraor
dinary session may give some or all of its time
to considering prohibition, although the consti
tution limits its action to subjects included in the
call. But what is the constitution among democrats?
General March gives two reasons for curtail
ment of casualty list information, most acceptable
of which is the one that it will save the families
of soldiers annoyance roin claim agents. Soldiers'
, dependents deserve all protection the country
can give them. '
The German-American Alliance is now paying
'dearly for following in the footsteps of John
Charles Hexamer and other adoring worshipers
of kultur. The circumstance will recall locally
the visit of Hexamer and the reception life was
accorded by the pmaha Hyphenated.
War of People and Not of Party.
Congressman Lenroot's moderate expostula
tion against the intrusion of the president's per
sonal influence in the special senatorial election
In Wisconsin is such as must be warmly com
mended. Mr. Lenroot has given not only pledge
but proof of his loyalty, in and out of congress,
and is justified in resenting any innuendo from
the White House reflecting on his course. So
far the republicans have given united and hearty
support to all the war measures proposed by the
president, and as a party stand devoted to the
prosecution of the war with utmost vigor. If
the leaden have criticiied the administration at
any time, it has been for seeming want of energy
in movement Mr. Lenroot well sums up the
Jrase in these words: "It is proper to say that if
it had not been for republican support and re
publican leadership, President Wilson could not
have carried through the war program, and we
have the right in return to ask that he treat this
rot as a democratic war, not a war carried on by
the democratic party, but by the American peo
ple." On this all can unite. This is not President
Wilson's war, nor the democratic party's, war,
but the people's war.
RESPONSIBLE CONTROL OF WAR FUND
Some time ago, stimulated by the exposure
of gigantic frauds perpetrated by professional
grafters pretending to collect money for war re
lief associations, The Bee emphasized the need
of some central and responsible control over all
such solicitation and collections. We explained
and discussed the plan adopted in Kenosha,
which is substantially an underwriting by the
community of all the war activity requisitions,
and we also suggested a municipal ordinance re
quiring authentication by some city authority.
We now have a report of a plan to meet the
same problem which has been adopted in Los
Angeles. There the County Council of Defense
has constituted a "War Donation Board," repre
sentative of all the larger civic organizations, in
cluding the Merchants' and Manufacturers' asso
ciation, the Chamber of Commerce, the Clearing
house, Social Service commission, Realty Board,
Jobbers' association, the Ad club, the daily news
papers and the city mayor, whicli, through an
executive committee, is to prepare a question
naire, act upon applications and notify the pub
lic every week through the newspapers as to
each and every war benefit that meets require
ments. The newspapers simply refuse to give
any publicity or encouragement to unauthorized
solicitation of the public. It is estimated, we are
told, that this co-operation has weeded out about
90 per cent of those who endeavored to get space
in the newspapers to promote their pet charities
and iniposters almost wholly headed off. Satis
factory answers to the questions, which all ap
plicants for the board' sanction are obliged to
furnish, amount to a guarantee that the object
is worthy, that all the money collected is to go
to the beneficiary, and that the promoters are
not to hold out for themselves any part of the
receipts or permit them to be eaten up for
IThe Bee urges anew the establishment of some
authoritative control here in Omaha over the
public solicitation of funds for charity and war
activity purposes. The war and relief work has
hardly begun, people are more ready to respond
to patriotic appeals than ever before, and they
are easier victims of imposition than ever. They
are entitled to protection against fraud, misap
propriation, waste and duplication to know that
their well-meant contributions are to be applied
to deserving objects and not sidetracked before
they get there.
"Put Over" for a Pension.
Despite all protest, Commissioner Kugel has
managed to corral enough votes in the council
to "put over" the reinstatement of a former police
officer at top salary who has been Out of the
service for a dozen years and is now nearly CO
years old, in order that he may qualify to draw
down a retirement pension in less than three
years. This is nothing but a smooth raid on the
police pension fund, an outrage upon the other
worthy members of the police force who are thus
jumped, and a rank imposition on the taxpayers.
Coming as it does on the eve of election, it sav
ors of a political deal for which there is no valid
German Drive Slacks Up.
Dispatches warrant belief that a definite
slackening of the German drive has taken place.
This is due to two reasons the stiffening of the
resistance and the fact that Ilindenburg's troops
are physically tired if not actually exhausted.
Whether the moment has arrived for the counter
attack is not indicated, although it is hinted that
a great event is shortly expected. Reports give
little detail of the later hours of the fighting, be
yond the fact that the Germans have made but
slight gains in the last two days, and have only'
held what they did seize at the cost of many men.
Infantry has been exposed to artillery and machine
gun fire as never before, and the toll taken from
among the assaulting columns must be enormous.
Unless, as now seems improbable, Hindenburg
can soon organize for a further thrust, his efforts
have only regained for him terrain he abandoned
months ago, after deliberately destroying every
think destructible. Such a "victory" is so empty
as to mock the hopes even of the mo deluded
followers of the kaiser.
Nebraska's Hospital Unit.
Nebraska has just sent out a base unit hospital,
manned and fitted up to the minute, and ready to
serve the needs of the army another of the mag
nificent contributions of the state to the world
in war time. Its personnel represents the highest
of demonstrated professional ability, and its
equipment is generously provided by the people
who are pledged to its support , No organization
that has gone from this state to any of the wars
of our country will carry more of good wishes
and high hopes of the folks at home, who have
bidden Godspeed and good luck to the departing
In this greatest battle of the greatest world
war the superiority of the Associated Press news
service and the advantage enjoyed by The Bee
in furnishing its readers all the up-to-the-minute
Associated Press cable dispatches, stands out clear
and sharp. For war news prompt, reliable, com
prehensive look to the Associated Press reports
in The Bee.
When the Big Guns Speak
Round of Battery Work in Daylight and Darkness
Philip Gibbs in London Chronicle.
Breakfast was over, and the morning pipe
smoked before the time for inspection. Be
hind each gunpit, the gunners of that par
ticular sub-section were examined, together
with all their accoutrements, their rifles,
bandoliers, the gun and its ammunition, and
all the details, which, small in themselves, are
the sign, in their correctness, of a smart
battery. The night had been quiet save for
a sharp little retaliation strafe so that
everything was in good order, and the morn
ing's routine work, such as the sending in
to the brigade headquarters of the inevitable
returns, could be proceeded with. Nothing
disturbed the serenity of the telephonists'
dugout, save that, every now and then, they
would ring up one or another of the various
lines to see if it were in order; outside the
gunners were busy in their gunpits, or im
proving the cover.
Suddenly, down the wire, there comes
from the officer observing in the trenches,
some thousands of yards to our front, the
order "Battery, Eyes Front!" At the word
gunners spring to their positions ready. For
a moment the battery waits, tense and ex
pectant; then, in response to the rapidly
shouted commands, the gunners get their
guns on the line of fire given, and move,
with a deft celerity, complicated looking
wheels. They report "ready;" a second later
the word "fire!" rings out, and in due suc
cession a round of battery fire has been dis
patched on its deadly errand. Fifteen sec
onds before we were harmless; now possibly
the Boche is the fewer, or a machine gun has
gone west. A few small corrections, switch
ing the guns over a little, regulating the
shells, lengthening or shortening the range
maybe, and again the shells speed on their
way, hissing through the air.
The object accomplished, a final command
is given to keep the guns on that line, or
switch them back to their original line, and
then "stand easy" comes. The empty cases
are removed, and the men busy themselves
once more with their routine work. There
has been no excitement, no undue hurry, no
mistake. Why should there be when in many
a week of this ghastly war the battery has
fired thousands of shells, fired until the guns
were red hot, until the men were automata?
So the morning passes. This is a very
quiet day, and we fire only two or three
times, just a few rounds to remind the Hun
of our existence and keep him on the jump,
as wc are able to do now in these days of
comparative plenty of munitions. He has
become something of a shy fellow also, and
does not press himself upon us quite so much
In the afternoon we fire only a few rang
ing rounds, to give us a little information.
We have prepared a little surprise for the
late evening, and the wires are busy with
messages, and "secret" orders come in from
brigade headquarters. Two days ago we
had cut up his barbed wire entanglements,
so that our infantry could further a scheme
of theirs; down there, in the front line before
us, a party of raiders is gathered, waiting to
slip over the parapet, to crawl like Indians
through the rank growth of No Man's land,
and clean up a strong point of Brother Fritz's
that has been rather troublesome. It is our
job to see the deadly machine guns, with
their cold blooded tapping, are kept under,
and generally to batter the enemy, on cer
tain fixed points, if he should discover our
men before we wish.
The sun sets, and all the iky is tender
beauty rose pink that fades to rfthest pur
ple, softest azure, delicate grays. The tall
trees on the deserted road behind us stand
out like sentinels against the sky's mag
nificence; in 'one of the stray patches of corn
a covey of partridge call; the air gets cooler.
Over the trenches the flares begin to go up,
until, on the horizon, it seems as though a
great street ran, lighted here and there by
mighty lamps; searchlights play upon the
clouds and waver hither and thither; the tap-tap-tapping
of the machine guns never stops
for more than a moment.
On the road there is the sound of wagons
lumbering along; it ceases as the team turns
off on the grass, to come, jingling and jolting
over the rough ground, to the gun positions.
It is the ammunition being brought up, and
in a trice the shells are taken out of the lum
bers and wagon bodies and stored in the gun
pits. There are many holes and entrances to
dugouts, and it is pitch dark, but in a few
minutes the wagons are off, driving across
the open country. It is difficult and nervy
work for the drivers, but they seem to
f possess the power to see in the dark in any
case, it is not healthy for horses and wagons
to stay on a battery position when, at any
moment, the guns may be needed.
For a space, there is nothing to do save
to wait. The guns are ready, so that in a
second a deluge of shells can be hurled on
to the Boche line we know that somewhere
in that wilderness of No Man's land our
countrymen are at close grips with death,
and that, at any moment, we. may receive the
word. It, is tense work waiting in the dark
ness, listening to the faint whisperings from
the gently swaying grain, and watching the
starshells flash into being, hang for a space
like planets in the sky, then fade away, leav
ing the world darker than before their up
rising. At last it comes. An order, and the guns
speak with one voice; great flashes of flame
leap from the muzzles; the shells go hissing
on their way. Batteries on our right and )eft
take up the tale; the air quivers with the
concussion; round after round, without
pause, speeds to the rescue. In the flashes
the gunners are silhouetted, black statues
against flame; the crude architecture of the
gunpit takes on a temporary grace; one gov
erns titanic forces.
The uproar ceases as suddenly as it com
menced. The allotted number of rounds has
been fired, and we await further orders,
which, when they come, tell us that the job
has been done, and our infantry are back in
the trenches. Empty cartridge cases are
packed away, the guns are switched back on
to their normal line for the night, the gun
ners not on duty go to their dugouts and to
The world seems strangely quiet after
the hellish noise of firing, and a little breeze
wanders 1 across the countryside, bringing
with it the scent of newly mown clover. The
day, for me, has finished; for a few hours I
may sleep, and forget that death has been
busy not many hundreds of yards away, that
down the line the thunder of great guns
never ceases, that the tap-tap-tapping still
goes on. In the sky above me Orion and
the Pleiades, and all the galaxy of the starry
firmament gaze down upon a world suddenly
grown very small.
Germanizing the United Statep
Revelations of the Work of the German-American Alliance
Christian Science Monitor.
Doubtless millions of Americans are fol
lowing the testimony which is being elicited
by the United States senate subcommittee
engaged in considering the King resolution,
providing for the withdrawal of the federal
charter granted the National German
American Alliance; and doubtless a large
percentage of these are amazed that the na
tion should have permitted itself for so long
a time to be hoodwinked, duped and be
trayed by an organization so brazenly dis
loyal as this. For while its purposes were
more or less concealed, although its meth
ods were astonishingly open, generally
speaking, it apparently made no attempt
whatever to disguise the fact that it was
striving to Germanize the country. ' Where
it held control in politics, or the balance of
political power, it undertook to manage the
schools in the German interest.
Henry C. Campbell, assistant editor of
the Milwaukee Journal, a newspaper that
has at no time minced words in exposing
and denouncing the disloyalty by which it
has been environed, testified the other day
to facts that have long been commoti prop
erty in scores of middle western communi
ties, large and small. What he said re
specting conditions in Milwaukee might,
with few minor changes, be applied to cities
and towns of neighboring states.
Because the brewers of Milwaukee are
Germans, and are among the most liberal
contributors to the German propaganda, and
because the average beer saloon is a Ger
man agency, the National German-American
Alliance could hardly be expected to do
less than vigorously oppose prohibition. But
its activities were not confined to work in
behalf of the brewers. It was ambitious,
above all things, to make German the spoken
language of the United States. With this ac
complished, the road would be wide open for
the brewer, the brewery and the saloon
keeper; and the alliance made far greater
headway, in one section of the country,
toward the attainment of its purpose than
the great mass of American citizens imagine.
As a result of its activities, Mr. Campbell
testified, such a condition arose in Wiscon
sin that a child going to school was forced
to study the German language unless the
parents presented a written objection. If
the child, through the parents' ignorance of
the plot, began to study German, the writ
ten objection of parents would not then be
sufficient to enable the child to cease the
study of that language. Nothing short of
an appeal to the district school headquarters
would, in such circumstances, suffice to lib
erate the pupil from the imposition.
The superintendent of schools in Wis
consin, Leo Steam, was, according to Mr.
Campbell, actually the head of the German
American Alliance in that state. He had at
once time been national vice president of the
organization. After this it will surprise no
body to learn that many of the school teach
ers under him were filled with Germanism,
and that few were inspired by Americanism.
The German-American Alliance sent out cir
culars during political campaigns, Mr. Camp
bell testified, marking favorably those re
garded as friendly to "Deutschtum," and
marking as unsatisfactory those who might
not be in sympathy with its aims. By con
trolling elections the alliance could, of
course, control the schools and many other
important public institutions.
Let it be repeated that the National German-American
Alliance, which was and is
simply one of the instruments of a pro-German
conspiracy in the United States, did
not think it necessary, apparently, to with
hold from publication its peculiar views con
cerning persons and things in which the peo
ple of the United States might properly be
deeply concerned. For example, President
Hexamer of the alliance, addressing the
Wisconsin branch of the organization in
November, 1915, said, according to Mr,
Campbell: "We have never had so miserable,
weak-kneed and contemptile an administra
tion as the present. We want to spread
German ideals and consider the hyphen as
an honor." Another quotation from Herr
Hexamer ran: "You have been long suffering
under the preachment that you must be as
similated, but we will never descend to an
inferior kultur. We are giving to these peo
ple the benefits of German kultur."
But not (and for this "these people"
should be grateful) as they have been giving
German kultur to the unfortunate peoples
who have been compelled to take it for
example, the Belgians, Serbians and Poles.
It is clear, however, that these would-be
benefactors of the American people had
their plans all laid for so doing at the first
Due Tear Ago Today in the War.
British expedition into the Holy
Land defeated army ot 20,000 Turks
French drove Germans back three
mile to their main position before
' The Day We Celebrate.
: Martin S. Brown, assistant chief
! fclerlc of tha local Burlington freight
i office, born 1885.
Rt Rev. Joseph B. Cheshire,
t Episcopal bishop of North Carolina,
born at Tarboro, N. C, 68 years ago
! Major General Adolphus W. Greely,
i United States army, retired, famous
as an Arctic explorer, born at New-
; buryport, Mass., t years ago.
This ay In History.
1794 Concreas authorized the con
fetruction of six frigates, to form the
nucleus of a new navy.
18 6 Prussia prepared for war
. 1891 M. BaltchefT, the Bulgarian
minister of finance, was assassinated
1800 General Pietrus Joubert com
mander-in-chief of the Boer forces
in the' war with the British, died at
Pretoria. Born at Uniontown, Pa,, in
1912 Secretary of fitate'Knox left
the United States on a visit to the
pentral American republics. '
J ust 80 Years Ago Today
Graders on K street had to quit
work when the cold upell set in and
the work is at a standstill.
A meeting of the City Base Ball
league was held at Penrose & Har
din's and it was decided to have the
base ball season of the league com
mence May 1 and close October 1.
MoBe Martin, proprietor of the Mer
chants' Express of Dubuque, is the
guest of Mr. J. I. iClchoIs of this city.
Ernest Peycke, wife and daughter,
Lulu, have junt arrived from a three
months' visit to Germany and France.
Louis Schroeder has returned from
a trip to Old Mexico as brown as a
berry. He took an interest in sev
eral mines near Chihuahua, which
are looking satisfactory.
The John Dierks Manufacturing
company gave notice to the county
clerk that in consideration of $1 they
had transferred their propertv and
stock to the Omaha Implement Works.
Londoners are raising1 a fund of
100,000 to place a memorial to Irinh
regiments in St. Patrick's chapel in
Wooden shoes are strictly fashion
able in Germany this year. leather
Is not to be had outside of the army
and half the boot and shoe factories
Girl workers In tne danger build
ings at Woolwich arsenal, . London,
are not allowed to wear jewelry. Their
chief personal adornment consists of
bright colored ribbons as shoe laces.
Government efforts to gather up all
the golden Jewelry for war's melting
pot is not very successful in Berlin.
Frantic appeals are least heeded at
the capital and the Lokal-Anzelger
denounced the slackers who "walk
about with fat gold chains and rings."
Industrial Workers of the World
propaganda does not get very far in
London. A group of members caught
in the act of printing anti-war leaflets
were thrown into Jail and refused
A New England mother sent to the
Boston Transcript a paragraph from
the letter of her son in France which
the home folks should take to heart
and heed the advice. "From what
1 have seen lately." writes this soldier
boy. "I want to impress on you all at
home that we need a lot of help over
here, especially in the way of air
planes. Why don't you stop arguing
over home and get some of the actual
product over here and into operation.
Hurry up! That is all. for we need
every bit of pep that there ia to see
this thing through."
Twice Told Tales
The schoolmaster was giving the
hoys a lecture on thrift and pointed
out how squirrels stored up nuts for
the winter. Then he asked for an
other illustration of thrift in animals,
and one boy cried out;
"A dog! In what way does a dog
"Please, sir, when he runs after his
tail he makes both ends meet."
The master laughed, and another
"Well, what does the bear do?"
"He makes one coat last him for a
lifetime." Minneapolis Tribune.
Bacon: "My wife has discovered a
war to conserve food."
Egbert: "To make it last, you
"How is it done?"
"By chewing it longer." Tonkers
Know His Business.
Scene Musical instrument shop.
Master (who itr going out to lunch,
to shop boy) Now, my boy, if a cus
tomer comes and wants to look at a
piano, flute, banjo or mandolin, you
know what to show him?
Hoy Yes, sir.
Master And if a customer should
want to see a lyre "
Boy (Interrupting) I'll send for
you at once. Milwaukee Senti.
Right to the Point
St. Louis Globe-Democrat: Too
many of the admonitions to buy thrift
stamps have that hollow sound that
suggests that the admonitor hasn't
bought any himself. Come across.
Washington Post: The statement
of the Hun officer that bombings of
women and children were in obedi
ence to orders makes a fine postscript
to Bill the Boche's prayers.
New York Herald: Of course we
all admire the way they attend to such
matters "over there," but all the same
it does seem as if this country ought
to be able to make a proper disposi
tion of spies caught here instead of
sending them to France.
Brooklyn Eagle: When Sinn Fein
ers right the police for hours in Bel
fast, the head center of Carsonism,
and the earl of Aberdeen in an Amer
ican Congregational church prophe
sies Irish unity, we own to being a
bit puzzled. Perhaps the past is the
best guide after all.
New York World: Precautionary
measures have been adopted by the
Vatican against a possible air raid on
Rome. Considering that German re
liance on God's aid is matched by
German zeal In smashing God's tem
ples, an ,air raid on St Peter's would
be perfectly logical.
Louisville Courier-Journal: "We
demand," says Dr. Helfferich, for
merly secretary of the German treas
ury, "restoration for all violation of
law and all acts of destruction. We
demand indemnification for all dam
age done." German kultur never was
accredited with a sense of humor.
Plea for Totah Promoters.
Lincoln, Neb., March 24. To the
Editor of The Bee: I have been inter
ested in the interview of Mr. Shum
way, commissioner nf public lands
and buildings, regarding proposed
amendments to the school land leas
Immediate necessity is the excuse
of Mr. Shumway for acting it this
time. Such being the case it would
follow that persons who already have
plants, other things being equal, would
be best situated to give immediate
results. It is impossible speedily to
organize a company which will op
erate exclusively from state lands for
the following reasons: It wilt take
six months to make a careful, scien
tific chemical analysis of the water
of the lakes and nine months to build
a 100-ton plant. It will cost $750,000
to build a plant with a capacity of 100
tons of potash per day, this being the
size of the plant upon which Mr.
Shumway bases his estimate of $60,
000 a month in royalties to the state.
Aside from this expense it would be
necessary to construct pipe lines, in
stall pumps, purchase right-of-way,
build roads and form lirrfs of com
munication between the various pot
ash lakes and the central plant.
It costs approximately $5,000 a
mile to build a pipe line. The farm
ers are charging as much as $1,000
for a right-of-way across a quarter
section of land. The necessary pumps
to pump the water through the pipe
lines would cost approximately $1,000
per mile, so that it would cost from
$8,000 to $8,000 per mile to furnish
the means of conveying the water,
aside from the necessary costs of op
eration. To connect any great num
ber of lakes situated upon the two
school sections in each township
would be prohibitive, as Mr. Shumway
must know. To dogmatically assert
that a 100. ton plant would pay the
state a royalty of $60,000 a month is
to entirely omit cost quanity and qual
ity of production unden different sit
uations. If the state received $60,000
per month royalty it would be nec
essary for the company to produce
$480,000 worth of potash per month,
and aside from interest and costs suVh
a plant would be handicapped with a
tax of $2,000 a day to the state.
Mr. Shumway must know that the
legislature cannot enact a law that
will interfere with leases already in
existence, and as the necessity is im
mediate, certaihly but few leases
would expire in time to help in this
For the benefit of persons who are
not informed I would state that
Gugenheim and Du Pont have no in
terest in the plants constructed at this
time. It is possible that they might
become interested in the plants which
the state house school land specu
lators would promote. If it is desired
to have the potash removed from ac
cessible lakes upon state school lands
Mr. Shumway's genius should be di
rected to some feasable plan whereby
accessible Jakes may be operated by
compahies now in existence. Have
we not had enough litigation growing
nut of the activities of state house of
ficials and their friends who want to
make real producers of potash pay
thpm tribute? It sterns to the writer
that there should be a let-up on sucn
tactics and some real assistance given
to men who are willing to use their
money and brains to develop the
F. M. TYRRELL.
Suite 826 Terminal Building.
Establishment of the Sabbath.
Omaha, March 24. To the Editor
of The Bee: Recently the writer was
informed that some of the statements
regarding the subject-of the Jewish
Sabbath were questioned.
The Hebrew calendar is mathemat
ical, and the statements defining the
calendar are so many and so direct
that the facts are easily determined.
The ancient Egyptain year had its be
ginning on the Autumnal Equinox,
and the Hebrew year was made to be
gin just six months later. These facta
are determined In the scripture, as
anyone may find by relating to the
concordance on the word "year." Read
also the 23d chapter of Leviticus. The
Hebrew year had its beginning on or
about March 21, the one-fourth day
making a slight variation.
The fact is disclosed in Leviticus
23d, that the 1st, 8th and 15th of the
first month, and the 1st, 8th and 15th
of the seventh months were sabbath
days. "And ye shall count unto, you
from the morrow after the sabbath,
from the day that ye brought the
sheaf of the wave offering; seven
sabbaths shall be complete. Even
unto the morrow after the seventh
sabbath shall ye number 50 days."
This 50th day was made a sabbath
Vnd an holy convocation, because it
was the Pentecost, the day on which
God spake the 10 commandments
direct in audible tones to the
children of Israel, three months
after the departure of the children
of Israel from Egypt. This 50th day
was counted from the 1 6th day of the
first month; this 16th day being the
official beginning of the harvest; this
being the day of the resurrection,
which was the day of the "first fruits."
St. Paul uses the phrase "The first
fruits of them that slept." Beginning
on the 16th day and counting seven
complete weeks, 49 days, makes the
49th day a sabbath day. And the
50th day was also a sabbath day. be
cause it was the Pentecost.
Now suppose we begin with the first
Jewish month and number the weekly
sabbaths. The sabbaths of the first
six months vould be: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,
6, 13, 20, 27. 4 5 ( 1'entecost). 12, 19,
26, 3, 10, 17, 24, 1. 8, 15, 22. 29, 6,
13, 20, 27. Hence if we are to com
pute a 30-day month the 27th day of
the sixth month is a regular weekly
sabbath. But you will find that the
23d chapter of Leviticus plainly fixes
the 1st, the 8th and the 15th days
of the seventh month as regular sab
bath days. How then can you get in
a week between the 27th day of the
sixth month and the 1st day of the
seventh month. The only way is to
add three days to the sixth month,
which would place a weekly sabbath
on the first day of the seventh month.
Rut this would give 183 days in the
first half of the Hebrew year. Passing
the weekly sabbath over one day at
the Pentecost gives one extra day ir
the first half of the year. Then if
we are to continue Ithe computation
of the sabbath, beginning on the first
day of the seventh month, in order to
make the proper computation to
again bring the weekly sabbath on
the first day of the first month, we
must add two days to the 12th month.
And by adding three days to the sixth
month and two days to the 12th
month we have a year with just 365
days. But this computation brings
the Hebrew sabbath on every day of
our week in a period of seven years.
The Hebrew calendar was a better
calendar than our. present calendar,
because the sabbath always fell upon
certain days of the months.
When Jesus talked with the woman,
at the Well of Jacob, the disciples re--called
the fact that the harvest was
just four months away. That is, the
harvest began on the 16th day of the
first month, and the thought occurred
to them that the official day was just
four months away. Hence, the sub
ject was lifted because of the impor
tance of that day.
"Say not ye, there are four months
and then cometh the harvest?''
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look nice enough to eat."
"I am Tnor' interested just now in enti
than In pk'tures," declared the Kirl
that a camera you have there, or I;
lunch box?" Louisville Courier-Journal,
"I'll S" distracted if that woman with
the strident voice In the flat overhead
doesn't stop practicing: her vocal exercises."
"Ye.", tho government made a bad mistake,
when it had th chance, of not. ordering
singless days." Baltimore American.
"Much can ba done with a political ma
chine." "Yea." replied Senator PorKhum. "But in
politics as elsewhere the present problem is
not so much machinery as manpower."
"I say, Hrlpirs, dine with me at my house
tpniftht. will you?"
("With pleasure, old chap but - will your
wife expect me?"
"No. that's the beauty of it. We had
quarrel this morning and I want to make
her mad." Boston Transcript.
"Why, don't you think Mr. Neurlch
clever? He thinks he shines at a banquet
"I know he Imagines he Is a wit, but the
only sharp thing that ever came out of his
mouth at the table was a knife." Florida
"Here," said the Bailor, "we learn to tie
all sorts of knots.''
"Any particular knot you wish to see?"
"Show me that Ciordion knot of which I
have heard eo much," responded the visitor.
"The welfare workers of this town want to
know if you will play for the poorhouse."
"To be sure," answered Yorick Hamiu.
"Playing to poor houses Is my regular
game." Louisville Courier-Journal.
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