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THE BEE: OMAHA, MONDAY, APRIL 15, 1918.
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MARCH CIRCULATION 1
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to Ultra. Addreaa changed aa often aa revested.
Keep the bell ringing.
Come through for Liberty! Buy bonds.
Bone dry means bone dry for Nebraska,
Class 1 will control in the selective draft, a
decision wisely reached by congress.
One thing the army "will not need to teach
Grover Cleveland Alexander is coolness under
If the weather man will just come through
with a little more rain, he will regain some of
he confidence he forfeited last winter.
It will be interesting to watch for Mr. Bryan's
testimony at San Francisco, as affording a pos
sible clue to what he meant when he wrote the
If the Omaha women had only thought of it,
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they might have gamea an ine advertising mi
now being . monopolized by their Dei Moines
sisters. ' " ; V
Dried fruit has been brought under federal
food regulation. The' prune long since ceased
to be a joke, and now bids fair to become a
' An actor who is willing to impersonate the
devil, but declines to make up to represent the
kaiser, shows a discrimination as rare as it is
refined. ' . :' ' ' '
Mayor "Jim" says he gained his renomination
and proud place at the head of the list for' n
expenditure of less 'than $200. Times have
' Forty-four cents a pound was paid for live
mutton at Salt Lake recently,, a suggestion of
what a real sheepman can accomplish In the way
getting a price.
I. W. W. plans for changing the name to
"Knights of the Stars and Stripes" have been in
terfered with by the federal courts.' Some of the
members will get the stripes, all right.
j Germany's efforts to starve European neutrals
are not winning one way or the other. America
is; getting food through to the hungry, who are
less than ever inclined to favor the kaiser's
Russian protests to the kaiser against Turk
is? slaughter of Armenians sound as hollow as
other proclamations from the same source. Rus
sia knew what fate awaited the victims when the
soldiers who protected them were withdrawn.
, Increasing Supply of Meats.
Food will continue to be a prime factor in the
prosecution of the war, and America is to be the
main source ofj supply. This being true, it is of
importance to note that we are not only produc
ing an adequate supply, but actually are sending
to Europe in an increasing quantity the meat
that is needed by the army. Meatless days were
observed with more or less rigor by the people,
and the decrease in consumption thus achieved
brought an equal increase in the accumulation of
meats in ' storage. Beef animals also increased
in number during the year 1917, so that at pres
ent no real danger of a beef famine is noted by
close observers. Relief in shipping situation has
raised the total amount of dressed beef going
abroad very largely over the poundage of the
winter months, but even this added drain is be
ing met by. the increased production. Experts
give the opinion that if our food administration
acts with prudence, and the people : respond as
they have, we will not be brought to face a serious
ihortage of meat. This is one of the hopeful con
ditions of the war situation.
BUSINESS MEN AND THE WAR.
Delegates returning from the Chicago con
ference called by the National Chamber of Com
merce bring reports that indicate a better un
derstanding of the problems of the war on part of
the government officials. Discussion at the con
ference took a form of constructive criticism, and,
while matters of judgment and mistakes of policy
were frankly considered, all was done in a spirit
looking to hflpful results. Among the business
men there the uppermost thought was how to be
of service to the government in its critical situa
tion. Confusion and delays that had come about
through differing interpretations of contracts,
variations in specifications, and a host of other
perplexing elements, had full consideration, and
the consultations with high officials have cleared
up much that has stood in the way of full opera
tion of our war industries. Centralization of
authority and control of purchases is considered
by these men as a solution for the chief problem
of the government in its war buying, and, whether
standardized forms of contract are adopted or
whether some leeway be allowed, the new de
parture will be of value to both sides. That in
dustrial America is pledged to win the war is ad
mitted, and with a better understanding between
the administration and the business men the task
will be made that much easier.
What Germany Grabbed in Russia.
Germany's colossal land grab in Russia is
briefly outlined in the statement that an area of
780,000 square kilometers, or about 390,000 square
miles, has been seized. This approximates in size
the combined area of Nebraska, Colorado, Wyo
ming, South Dakota and half of Kansas. It in
cludes a population of 55,000,000 people, equal
to half the population of the United States. The
region is wonderfully fertile, containing a large
part of the famous "black soil" of Russia, the
most'wonderful wheat land in the world; deposits
of coal, including anthracite, undeveloped but of
enormous extent; iron, copper and salt; the great
est bed of manganese ore known in the world,
oil fields, forests and other resources of illimit
able value. Almost all of Russia's industries are
included in the grab. Railroads, seaports and all
means of communication with the world are held
in German possession or under German domina
tion. Factories and workshops of all kinds, every
form of industrial plant or commercial establish
ment, were included in the "peace" pact that grew
out of the abject and incomprehensible surrender
of the bolshevik! to the sternest foe the prole
tariat ever faced. Russia's future no longer de
pends on Russia, but on the outcome of the war
in France. Bluster by Lenine will not alter the
'doom he brought upon the Russias at Brest
Litovsk. The German conqueror's hold on that
unfortunate land only can be broken by the force
that is resisting his effort to fasten the same do
minion on the world.
Industrial Activity Abroad.
News from Europe for many months' has
chiefly consisted of reports of military operations,
of political manuevers, and correlated happenings,
to the almost total exclusion of other information
concerning the doings of our neighbors over
there. It is known in a general way that the nor
mal life of the people of Europe has been sadly
disturbed and in many places put entirely out
of accustomed channels by the war. These facts
make it all the more comforting to discover that
all social industry has not been extinguished, and
that some activity persists in peaceful pursuits.
In the consular reports, made to the Department
of Commerce, may be found much evidence to
support the conclusion that Europe has not en
tirely been turned into a shambles by the kaiser
For example, we are told of the establishment of
a new privately-owned German shipyard at
Holzeburg; it is a small concern, with a capital
of but 500,000 marks, insignificant when compared
to the millions of dollars Americans are putting
into similar enterprises, but of noteworthy pro
portion because it is so. From England comes
news of the sale of the famous Titus Salt woolen
mills, the deal involving $10,000,000, an indica
tion that business still goes on there, while from
Sweden is reported the enlargement of an auto
mobile factory with an increase in capital of
3,000,000 crowns, a proceeding that would attract
some attention even in a time of peace. The im.
portance .of all this is that industry is not entirely
suspended in Europe because of the war, and that
when order is again the rule Americans will find
busy competitors in the field looking for trade.
Governor Gunter of Colorado suggests that
aspiring American prize fighters stage a battle
royal in Berlin with the kaiser's six sons as op
ponents. If the scions of imperial Ilohenzollern
fought with no more of valor in the ring than in
the field, the spectacle would be too tame to at
tract much notice.
German editors are again counting their
chickens before they are hatched, and are figur
ing out the amounts of indemnity to be collected
from France, England and America. Their suc
cess in Russia seems to have turned their heads,
but they wilt wake up in time.
"Booze runners" are finding much grief along
the north end of their route, but the game his
its fascinations, apparently, for the misfortunes
of those captured do not seem to deter others
from taking part
Community War Chests in Action
Money Drives Merged Into One Annual Collection
The people of Athens county, Ohio, have
just filled their war chest. The people of
Utica, N. Y.; of Syracuse, of Rome, of
Auburn, of other towns and small com
munities have also filled theirs. The war
chest idea is spreading through the country,
the raising in one great drive a year's funds
for all war relief. Somewhat to their own
surprise, the people who have set up a war
chest for their community are finding that
the collection of money is not the only not
even the biggest thing that the war chest
"I haven't a doubt that Utica raised
nearly five times as much money for war
work by the war chest method as it would
have raised in anv other way," said Beecher
M. Crouse, one of the "generals" of the cam
paigrj there, "but that isn't the most impor
tant thing. The most important thing is
psychological. There isn't any one in Utica
now who doesn't realize this war."
Utica has a population of about 85,000,
of whom about 23,000 are mill employes.
The town counted its war work quota at
about $700,000, and set itself to raise that
sum in one whirlwind campaign. It raised
$1,078,000 in seven days. That amount is
now pledged for war work by the people of
Utica for the coming year until February,
1919. It constitutes the war fund from which
gifts to the Red Cross, the Young Men's
Christian association, the Knights of Colum
bus, the Young Women's Christian associa
tion, all the agencies for war relief and war
service, are being made. By proclamation
of the mayor, the citizens of Utica may not
be asked for any war relief contributions
during the year; the one exception to this
rule is in solicitation for membership in the
Red Cross, where the actual object asked is
not primarily money.
"The crux of the whole matter," said Mr.
Crouse, "is organization. The city was so
organized that the men directing the drive
would reach right straight down to every
individual citizen in town."
There was one war chest chairman, C. F.
Maynard, and under him four division gen
erals. Each of these had complete charge
of the campaign in his "quarter of the city,
and the community was divided according to
the classification that seemed to promise the
best results. Division A was made up solely
of subscriptions from corporations. Division
B included all the individual and otherwise
unclassified subscriptions from $1,000 up.
Division C comprised the subscriptions of
all employes in the manufacturing plants of
the city. Division D consisted of small con
tributions, all below $1,000, not otherwise
"This plan offered little duplication," con
tin'ied Mr. Crouse, "and it served a good
purpose in its division of subscriptions;
every one knew just where he stood, and
there was no danger of a man's giving less
than $1,000 when he was able to give more.
As a matter of fact, they all gave splendily.
"I was in charge of Division C, and in
this as in the other groups a military line of
organization was followed. I had a colonel
as my direct assistant, and he had two
adjutants under him. The manufacturing
plants were grouped in 20 divisions, each un
der a start captain, and under him each plant
had a plant captain or its own; each depart
mcnt in the plant had a department captain,
and when there were more than 10 employes
in any one department there was a lieutenant
for every 10 men. In this way I had a per
feet chain, reaching directly to every man in
every boiler room.
"There was no minimum set for the gifts;
anybody could give anything. But we tried
to have the contributions not less than $12 a
year 25 cents a week, with two weeks to
"I expected to get about $60,000 from
the men. It was just at the beginning of the
heatless holidays, and it was a bad time, as
it happened, to be asking for money from
mill workers. I thought we had certainly
no right to expect more than $60,000. Well,
we got $278,0001
"Ninety-eight per cent of the employes
came into the war chest fund. In seven
eighths of the plants 100 per cent of the men
contributed. In several mills there were
actually strikes because the men would not
go on working with the two or three of their
fellow laborers who had refused to help.
"Of course it was a whirlwind campaign.
We had 40 or 50 speakers. The town was
postered thoroughly. Every one helped. The
mills closed at stated times, for instance, to
hear my speakers, and I had five wounded
Canadians come down to talk to the men,
and they went to every one of the mills and
told the workers about the war. Of course,
too, every worker, for the fund gave his serv
ices. There was no charge for salaries of
speakers. Our greatest expense was in but
tons for contributcrs to wear; then we had
window cards, posters, advertisements, and
a good deal of printing. The expense of the
whole campaign was about $7,000. There
were about 200 men altogether directing the
drive, speaking, organizing. They used to
meet every day at luncheon and talk things
over. Each one paid for his own lunch.
, "We hadn't been in it many days," he
continued, "before we saw it was a big
thing, in much more than the amount of
money we hoped to raise. The effect on the
people was tremendous. The war was
brought home to the people of Utica no ef
fort was spared to make them understand it,
and they do understand it. In Utica we don't
feel that the war is 4,000 miles away and
hasn't a great deal to do with our personal
lives. It's a close thing to us."
The war chest of Syracuse was filled soon
after the United States entered the war, in
the late spring of last year, and many other
communities followed the example. The
latest is Athens county, Ohio, which set
$300,000 as the minimum to be raised during
March, and which began with a subscription
of $140,000 voted by the miners of Hocking
Some one said of the Athens drive: "Un
der the plan you know what your duty is,
and if necessary some one helps you do it.
The spirit of patriotism is splendid through
out the county." New York Times.
When Sammy Comes Marching Home
The New Americanism Must Recast the" Melting Pot
FREDERICK BOYD STEVENSON IN BROOKLYN EAGLE.
Johnny did come marching home in 1865.
And Sammy will come marching home in
19. The home to which Johnny came
marching 53 years ago was a different home
out of which he marched. Many of the
comrades with whom he marched away did
not march' back with him. But sjtjjl the
physical conditions of the old home in the
north were the same. The changes that had
come were spiritual. In the south that other
Johnny Johnny Reb found, physical
changes as well as spiritual. Sherman, in his
march to the sea, had been so careless with
fire that in many places Johnny Reb found
no old home. He had only the memory.
So in the south, a new home had literally
to be built on the ashes of the old with only
memory as the architect. And also in the
north a new home had to be builtr-but built
figuratively. for on the foundations of the
south and the north was reared a new na
tion. Now, when Sammy comes marching home
again we, too, shall have our task. It will be
a greater task than the reuniting of two sec
tions of a country. It will mean a unifica
tion of all sections of the country. It will be
the first real test of the melting pot If the
melting pot fails us we must confess that the
whole plan of the republic has failed.
America's problems in this war have been
great, but great as they are, and great as they
will be, they have served and will serve to
open our eyes to other problems that we
must solve after the war. Most of us were
dozing so tranquilly .that we were not dis
turbed by the war which in our foolish
fancy we thought was 3,000 miles away.
Our great problem after the civil war was
the unification of the north and south. We
solved that problem because, after all, we were
all Americans, with the one primordial idea
America. We had one country. We spoke
one language and we thought in one lan
guage. , .
Where are we today?
Where shall we be at the close of this war?
If the United States of America is to re
main united; if the, republic is to stand on the
plans drawn up at its formation by the men
who signed the Declaration of Independence,
the same spirit must prevail here after the
war that prevailed 142 years ago. If we hope
to maintain the high ideals on which our
whole political structure was founded we
must have every state loyal to the nation
without a question. There must be no need
of a fight to secure that loyalty as was re
cently found necessary in one state to its
shame. If we hope to continue these ideals
we must have no class of men of alien birth
and of alien sympathies pleading and schem
ing to continue an organization with a for
eign name before the good old patriotic name
"American" an organization which breathes
disloyalty. If we entertain any serious ideas
that these ideals shall remain with, us we
must make up our minds now to immediately
stamp out all vestige of the traitor, of the
German sympathizer, of the scoffer of Ameri
We must be fully awake now and fully
awake after the war, unless we are content
to let the spirit of America die unless we
are content to surrender it into the unholy
keeping of the enemies who are within our
There must , be a cleaning out now and
after the war. America must be fumigated.
The vermin in America must be smoked out
from one end to the other. Then and not
till then may we talk of our New Ameri
canism. t, '
Let us make it a clean America for Sammy
when he comes marching home; and, having
made it clean physically, mentally and mor
ally, let us all put ourselves to those tasks
which will demand our attention, which will
make us worthy of being called "Americans."
This New Americanism means everything
to us. It means the perpetuity of the origi
nal Americanism. It was inevitable that there
should be a revival of the old ideals. We
were slipping away from them. We were
letting the jalien spirit, rather than the
American spirit, dominate us. Our peculiar
system of politics made this possible. The
present war has called for a change; but if
the present war had not been waged, soon or
late the change would have come to America;
soon or late we should have had to fight out
the War of the Melting Pot ,
It is not so much a question of physical
proportionment; it is not so much whether
100,000 foreigners of this race or that race,
or this nation or that nation, are coming to
our shores, as it is a question of how many
of these foreigners are becoming spiritually
assimilated with the American - idea; how
many of these hundreds of thousands of for
eigners make up their minds to be Americans
the moment they land here.
On this single ida rests the future of the
Peovle and Events
Advices from the narrowing wet belt pic
ture the spring beer collar as the tallest
that ever bubbled in a schooner or came out
Michigan goes dry on May 1, a month
later than Indiana. However, tourists east
bound may overcome the Sahara by replen
ishing their haversacks at Chicago.
Nat Goodwin's 'steenth appearance in a
divorce court modifies the belief that the
comedian is a victim of the marriage habit.
He says the main trouble is "temperamental,"
which means much of his string of divorcees
could be persuaded to elucidate.
One Yean Ago Today in the War.
American steamer Mlssourlan tor.
pedoed without warning near Genoa,
United State gunboat Scorpion in
terned at Constantinople by Turks.
Colonel Roosvelt aakad permlsaton
to raise an army division for .service
In Europe. ,
The Day We CeJebrate.
Ialdor Sommer of Sommer Bros.,
trocera. born 1859.
: Colonel Louis 3. Piattl born 1S63.
Joseph B. Robinson, real estate and
insurance man, born in Russia, 1868.
Thomas i W. Kennedy of W. T.
Smith company born 1881.
; General Horace Porter, soldier,
diplomatist - and author, born at
Huntingdon, Pa.. 81 years ago.
Major William Barclay Parsons,
United States army, born . In New
fork City, S9 years ao.
- Prof. Wilbur H. Bender, low state
director of vocational education, -born
in Williams county, Ohio 61 years
This Day to History.
1865 Andrew Johnson took the
oath as president of the United
States, following the death of Abra
ham Lincoln. : -
1868 A memorial and statue of
Lincoln rere unveiled in the capltol
: at Washington. -
1?12 More than 1,500 persons met
death when ths White Star liner Ti
tanic foundered In mid-ocean after
' ifUU8X aa Iceberg, .
Just 80 Years Ago Today
Hundreds of traveling: men flocked
into the city and enjoyed themselves
in various ways under the bracing and
cheerful aspect of the weather.
G. W. Shields, county Judge, is a sk
int for a typewriter for his office.
Fifteen soldiers,, under command of
Lieutenant Paa;e, left for Bellevue to
open the season's rifle practice.
Willis MrBrid and PharU. nr.....
of Mlddletown, N. Y., are visiting: Ira
jh. Aiapes, izus south Thirtieth
Charles Dickens of London, Eng
land, is registered at the Paxton. The
gentleman is a son of the famous dead
author and writer.
The South 'Omaha Land company
commenced the building of 20 cot
tages north of the stockyards and
west of the track. ,
Twenty-flve thousand dollars' worth
of real estate waa sold during the last
Right to the Point
New York Post: Taking Ham is
evidently not the same thing as
bringing home the bacon. i
Minneapolis Tribune: The kaiser
is folowlng Horace Greeley's advics.
He is sending his young men west to
blow up with the country.
Minneapolis Journal: It is pretty
hard to tell sometimes whether a per
son ia suffering from the artistic tem
perament or Just plain meanness.
Minneapolis Journal: God. as
Napoleon observed, was on the side
that had the largest guns. He also
favors ths horns gardener who was
brought up on a farm.
Minneapolis Tribune: Idaho juries
are sending Industrial Workers of the
World agitators to prison for preach
ing sabotage. This is an improvement
over the Minnesota plan of nominat
ing them tor office.
Wall Street Journal: Navy depart
ment is sending to France what are
supposedly the largest and most pow
erful guns yet constructed, but they
are not expected to hit a church or a
hospital, at any distance.
Louisville Courier-Journal: Field
Marshal von Hlndenburg seems to be
a bit groggy in slsing up the resu.lt of
the German drive. In the first part
of his dispatch to Chancellor von
Hertling the field marshal thanks him
for his friendly words "regarding the
victory over the British," while in ths
latter part of the same dispatch he
aays "the army will not relax until,
with God s help, it has won for the
home land the good victory which it
Weda," . .
"Over There and Here1
Although counts are thicker in
Prussia than colonels down south,
only 130 of them or members of their
families have been lost in the war.
The rule of the Junker class Is "Let
Hans do it." $
One hundred thousand Smiths are
marching to war behind the Stars and
Stripes. Undoubtedly more are on the
way. You now Smith? Then why
should not the spirit of Liberty throb
with confidence and Invincibility?
An alien baker in Salt Lake City,
bubbling over with pro-German Joy,
suddenly shot headforemost Into a vat
of dough, assisted by two Americans.
While undergoing partial smothering,
the doughman's elevated heels were
peppered with blrdshot The opera
tion reduced the temperature of his
One of the noiseless war knockers
In the United States attracted the at
tention of Ian Hay. a Briton touring
the country. Reviewing In the Lon
don Times conditions here as he saw
them, he notes this particular speci
men: 'The Antl-Vlvisectionlsts have
violently attacked the American Red
Cross society, and are endeavoring to
hamper that splendid body in its ac
tivities, on the ground that some of
the marvels of surgery which have
been achieved in the military hos
pitals during the war owe their dis.
covery and perfection to experiments
en animals. Sickly sentiment could
no further go. lt; need ha idly be
added that these auxiliary aids re
ceive the enthusiastic support of gen
Dine pro-German organizatla v
Twice Told Tales
A congressman said the other day
at a dinner:
"Our American resourcefulness and
knack of getting things done is going
to shine out in this war. look now
our commanding officers deal with
the French hotels that over-charge
our soldiers! They post sentries at
the door to explain to our men that
the place is 'out of bounds.' That
soon brings tne notei to reason.
"We're a resourceful nation. An
American girl in Paris once halted
her millionaire father before a Jew
eler's shoo in the Rue de la Paix and
pointed to a tiara surmounted by a
" 'Pa. buy me that! she said.
"'Buy you that? her father
chuckled. 'Why, girlie, you've got to
be a duchess to wear that'
"The srirl tossed her head.
"'You buy it' she said. Til And
the duke.'" Washington Star.
Locating the Squawker.
Little Marjorie was running down
the street blowing a toy balloon,
when ahe slipped and fell prostrate In
"Boo, hoo, hoo!" she cried lustily.
"Now my squawker is all dirty!"
"Never mind, dearie." consoled a
kindly old lady who happened to be
passing, "well soon mane msi an
right again!" And with her nice,
tiantl,rritf the de&r old soul
carefully wiped the little girl's mouth-
1st. Louis tiloDO-uemocrai,
7 .VI .
Unloyalty, and the Nonpartisan
Schuyler. Nsb., April 12. To the
Editor of The Bee: In a recent dis
cussion carried on In a county paper
in the western part of th state, be
tween a champion of the Nonpartisan
league and a gentleman who opposed
it, the aforementioned gentleman
complained because he said the
league had been charged with being
Now I have been thinking a good
deal about this movement in the last
few months, and have sought to thor
oughly inform myself as to its exact
relation to the present scheme of
things. I think I have a desire to be
fair. I would not knowingly misstate
another man's position. I hold the
right of citizens to disagree as to mat
ters of government and legislation to
be fundamental in our country. Now
then, conceding this right to those
who may think otherwise on this sub
ject I offer some remarks as a result
of my investigation of the Nonparti
The gentleman quoted above has
furnished me the word, which, to my
mind, exactly defines the position of
the Nonpartisan league. "Unloyal."
It is not unloyal because of the utter
ances of its organizers, necessarily, al
though some of them stand clearly
guilty of "disloyal" utterances since
America entered into this war; but it
becomes guilty of unloyalty by the
very fact, of Its existence as an active
propaganda at this critical time in our
The gentleman quoted above evi
dently intended to use the word "dis
loyal," and had he done so, every sane
man would say immediately that it is
absurd to suppose that any set of
leaders could, by any sort of specious
argument lead the farmers of Ne
braska into disloyalty toward their
own country at this time. But what
those propagandists can do, and are
doing, is to take advantage of the
emotional frame of mind in which we
all find ourselves; when our nerves
are at a high tension; when we are
subjected to regulations and restric
tions that are entirely new to us; and
by so doing center our thoughts on
real or fancied grievances, thus bring
ing about a condition of unloyalty
that so far as its practical effects are
concerned becomes almost as danger
ous as active disloyalty.
what we as a people need more
than anything else in the world at this
time Is the will and the determination
to win this war. And the man or set
of men who contribute in any way to
Jeopardize our chances will never live
long enough to get over being sorry
The loyal man will think of his
country first now. He will be bound
to consider his every act in the light
of its effect on our chances of winning
The "unloyal" man will be tempted
to think that this is a good time to
get what he thinks is coming to him
in the way of profits. He may be
tempted to Ignore the possible effect
of his acts on the larger interests of
the country, in order to get what he
wants for himself.
This appears to be just what the
organizers of the Nonpartisan league
are guilty of, and what the farmers
of Nebraska may become a party to if
they are not careful.
It matters not what declarations of
loyalty the Nonpartisan league puts
forth, nor how much gratuitous ad
vice they give the president so long
as their organizers are going from
farmer to farmer and trying to con
vince them that their liberties are
taken away and that they are living
under an economic autocracy that is
as bad as the German autocracy that
is seeking to be forced upon the world,
they certainly are not leaving their
converts In a very good frame of
mind to make intelligent choice be
tween the two evils.
If you succeed in convincing a
man that he is likely to escape one
form of evil only to be caught by an
other, he is not likely to be over en
thusiastic about getting away from
Nonpartisan league organizers and
lecturers are telling the farmers that
"big biz" is standing between them
and their liberties. That as a class
the farmers have been deprived of
their constitutional rights.
They say that our legislatures as
now constituted are corrupt That
the "big biz" forces control their votes
in the making of laws; that the same
influence controls the enforcement of
laws; it controls the public press
throughout the country; it gives or
ders to the courts, from the lowest
through to the United States supreme
courts, which one leader of the Non
partisan league referred to, it ia re
ported, as consisting of nine old fos
sils. And these men are going about over
the country at a time like this when
our very existence as an Independent
nation is at stake, and are carrying
this sort of propaganda from mouth
to mouth, and then have the supreme
effrontery to resent the suggestion
that their attitude is lacking in the
loyalty that is due the nation under
the direful circumstances.
Now then, most of the leaders of
this league are or have been avowed
socialists. They cannot and do not at
tempt to deny it. It is a fact that the
very escence of socialism is "unloy
alty." Socialism has never found but
one government that it was loyal to,
and that is the present condition in
that unhappy country. That is, how
ever, a logical and inevitable result of
socialism in government. It means
political and economical chaos.
And it is this very demonstration
of practical socialism that has ruined
Russia, and that has freed the Ger
man legions for their terrlffic drive
against the western front at this time.
It is going to cost the lives of many
thousands of Americans to offset the
terrible effects of applied socialism in
Do the Nebraska and American
farmers want that condition to pre
vail here? Germany does. ,And
German money has been and is being
spent in large amounts to cripple us
by whatever way she can in this coun
try. What better way could she ac
complish her purpose in this country
than to aet the producers of this coun
try to make a war upon others of
their countrymen under a mistaken
notion that they were thus preservins
for themselves what they think are
certain constitutional rights?
How do the farmers of the north
west know that the Nonpartisan
league is not now a German propa
ganda? Is it not a fact that most of
the men who are pushing the move
ment in Nebraska are strangers 1
They come with no credentials. Manj
of them we do know are socialists.
Most of them are not and never hav
been farmers. They are simply paid
agitators, and the farmers who are
being led into a movement that will
most surely lead, not only them, but
the whole country, to disaster if its
purposes are realized, are doing the
The gxeat danger to the farmers of
Nebraska then is that they may allow
themselves to be Jockeyed into a po
sition where they will be complicating
the problems we have on hand, and
by so much subtracting from the total
of national efficiency demanded by
the crisis. The danger is real.
Thoughtful farmers need to do some
sober thinking right now. There is
no necessity for remedial measures
that has not existed for years. We
can afford to be patient for a while
longer. What we have got to deter
mine now is whether or not we will
have the privilege of framing our
own laws in the future, or whether
they will be given from Potsdam.
If the Nonpartisan league wants to
give a convincing demonstration ol
loyalty, let them call in their organ
izers and lecturers. Advise them to
find some productive employment.
Give these millions of dollars spent in
this propaganda to the Red Cross and
Young Men's Christian association,
and then, and only then, will they be
entitled to be believed when they make
claims of loyalty. RUSTICUS.
"How is Flubdub getting along with hi
first car? Can he drive down town?"
"He can in one direction, but the traffic
botheri him. He has to run out into the
country before he can venture to turn
around." Louisville Courier.Journal.
''Are you getting well paid for your
"No. That's why I'm not doing my best
work. Seems to me nobody ever la willing
to pay enough to find out just how good
I can be." Detroit Free Press.
"So you own a good many suburban
houses and small farms. , Live on any of
"Then you don't raise anything your
self?" "Oh, yes; every spring I raise rents."
"Who are you for as the next governor?"
"You don't aeem excited over anybody."
"No, son, I know my own temperament
Whoever I'm for I'll be cussing him out
before he has been in office a month."
"THE BOOKKEEPER'S LA
MENT." I debit, and credit, substract and add
Use paper by quires, and reams.
And when I seek my couch at night
I aee ledgers in my dreams.
I work all day and half the night
To the hum of the noisy atreets.
I grind away, like an old machine
Getting out the balanca sheets.
I know It's nice to stroll at night,
Neath the rays of the springtime moon.
But I am chained to my old, old desk.
In a shroud of office gloom.
It's pleasant to breath the balmy air
By the side of the babbling brooks,
But I must work like a galley slave.
For alas, I am keeping books.
I credit and debit and substract and add.
Divide and multiply,
But the pleasures of life that others en
The gods to me deny.
I have been told, we sometimes meet
With angles unawares.
Perhaps one now awaits for me
At the head of the golden stairs.
St. Peter's been on the job so long
He's old, and worn, and thin.
But I know when I knock at the golden
Ha will surely let me in.
And as I walk the pearly streets
With Its many pleasant nooks,
I'll tune my harp and praise the Lord
' I'm no longer keeping books.
Omaha. J. S. HUNTER.
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