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THE BEE: OMAHA, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 1918.
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THE BEE'S SERVICE FLAG
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Jupiter Pluviui: You my rain when ready I
"Honest John" Powers lived long enough to
et wheat run away from and corn catch up with
Von Capelle says he. has more U-boats than
ever, and he is also keeping them closer to
home. 1 -- ,:
Dei Moines will probably aubside now, and
realise how lucky that town was toet and hold
Camp Dodge. t ' :
Memories of the New York insurance investi
gation ought to loom up to haunt any guilty
aircraft grafter. .
No objection is made against the Kansas
phyrs as such, if only they did not bring so
much Kansas real estate along. '
The police have made a good start on the loaf
ers and will win public approval if they only keep
it up to a finish. That Is one feature of local
ife that can be dispensed with.
- 'The German mayor whose guests stole his
silver spooni knows a little of how a lot of Bel
gin and French householders feel towards the
Huns who looted everything moveable and de
stroyed what was nailed down. "
Emphasis to The Bee's suggestion for better
inspection against fire is given by the conflagra
tion of Wednesday afternoon. While the loss in
money is comparatively small, it falls heavily on
the losers, most of whom will be unable to re
place property destroyed. Utmost care and con
stant vigilance are needed to make the city safe
against fire loss. !
passing of "Honest John" Powers.
The' passing of "Honest John" Powers will re
vive many reminiscent reviews of one of the most
interesting chapters In Nebraska's political his
tory. Ht reached hit height of prominence in
1850, when nder his leadership the Farmers' Al
liance captured the legislature and almost elected
him governor. He was one of the founders of the
populist party, having much to do with the formu
lation of the Ocala platform, that preceded the
national convention of that party in Omaha in
1852, when it took on its formal status by nam
ing James 8. Weaver as its candidate for presi
dent and adopting a platform which included most
of the Ocala declaration of principles. Mr. Pow
ers had contributed to rthis his famous demand
for sub treasuries,, which were to issue currency
against farmers' elevator or warehouse 'receipts
for grain stored. This was high water mark for
, populism, the national , party being swallowed
alive four years later by the democrats under the
banner of Bryan and free silver. Fusion prac
tically terminated the party, although the "middle
of the roaders" kept it alive, and a pretense that
it still exists is held to in Nebraska, where dem-
oerata insist in also describing themselves on the
official ballot as populists. Many of the reforms ad
vocated by Mr. Powers have been brought about,
chiefly through the agency of the republican party,
and he had the satisfaction of seeing the farmer
come through a sea of troubles and finally land
among the well established and prosperous ele
ments of our country's strength.
MAKE HOME RULE PARAMOUNT.
The new charter convention meets and organ
izes today, charged with the formulation of a
home rule charter to be submitted for adoption
by Omaha voters.
No one will deny that our present charter can
be greatly improved by modification to meet the
ever changing needs of a growing city, but the
main thing, as we have from time to time pointed
out, is to secure municipal home rule and thus to
free ourselves from the biennial tinkering with
our charter at Lincoln by lawmakers who know
nothing of conditions here and care less. The
evils which Omaha has suffered through long
distance charter making, manipulated by special
interests, and will continue to suffer so long as
this system prevails, can be ended only by ex
ercising the home rule privilege , now accorded
by our state constitution. A home rule charter
may not completely eradicate these evils, but it
will at least put the remedy in our own hands
and the fault will then be upon us if we do not
do the remedying.
Home rule first, then, even though it defer
charter revision, should be, and doubtless will be,
the paramount purpose of the charter conven
tion. This purpose can be readily achieved for
Omaha, as it has been for Lincoln, by submit
ting the present charter first practically as it is
and leaving amendments to be proposed sepa
rately. The greatest service the convention can
do for Omaha is to cut the strings that keep us
at the mercy of successive legislatures at Lincoln.
Inquiry Into Aircraft Scandal.
President Wilson's choice of Charles Evans
Hughes to assist Attorney General Gregory in the
investigation of the aircraft scandal is complete
assurance that the matter will be entirely cleaned
up.. The president's request, almost command, to
the senate that it desist and leave the matter in
his hands loses any unpleasant quality it might
have had because of the accompanying proof that
the executive authority will be exerted to discover
who is to blame for the situation. Controversial
disputes between the president and the senate
within the last few months have not only im
paired the usefulness of the committee on mili
tary affairs, but have plaqed it in such position
that its inquiries are open at all times to a sus
picion as to their sincerity. Mr. Wilson has per
sonally assailed the chairman of the committee,
while other members of the body, notably Hitch
cock of Nebraska, are notoriously at variance with
the administration. Under such circumstances
the request from the president that the senate
give over its activities and allow the executive,
who unites both civil and military authority in
his personal power, to deal with the situation is
not only reassuring, but the commission given to
Judge Hughes is a guaranty that the inquiry will
be thorough and without taint of partisanship. Mr.
Wilson has met, the senate's tentative lead with
a counter that must give him a decided advantage
with the people. i
Army Buying in Omaha.
General Goethals has merely exhibited the
acumen accredited to him in establishing Omaha
as one of the principal purchasing points for the
army. As one of the officers of the old army, he
is well aware of the great strategic advantage of
this city, a fact that has been recognized by the
War department ever since tho town was founded.
Any question at to uses of this city as a quar
termaster depot has arisen from the machina
tions of ambitious rivals, who have had assistance
from certain politicians. Omaha should not be
punished, nor the service be deprived of its ad
vantages, because one of Nebraska's United States
senators, who has gotten himself into serious dis
favor by his personal conduct, happens to make his
home here. All of these things are understood by
General Goethals, whose order designating Omaha
as one of the 13 great purchasing and distributing
points for army supplies will end the dispute as
to the desirability of such action.
p , Our Own "Official Communique."
Direct communication of information concern
ing America's part on the battle front by General
Pershing to his countrymen marks another step
in our participation in the war. It will take the
place of the weekly review sent out from the War
department by Secretary Baker and will give daily
news from an official source. It is not expected
that General Pershing will set any new marks
for descriptive writing, nor that he will lift any
laurels from the wreaths that now decorate the
brows of the special correspondents, but he will
give in terse phrase' the communicable facts, and
when the reader has assimilated these he will
be ready to turn to the more elaborate reports
furnished by the news-gatherers. News of battle
will come first from the genera! in command, and
details will be supplied later by those whose busi
ness it is to make the simple facts glow with the
living light of human interest. America is in the
war at last in every sense of the word.
- The atrocities perpetrated by the Bulgarians
and Turks are as bad, if not worse, than those
chargeable to their German partners in crime.
Yet we have no declaration of war against either
Turkey or Bulgaria. What good reason have we
for pretending to be'in-free relation with Turkey
Spring in the Great Valley
An Exquisite Pen Picture of Nature's Resurrection
From the Nation. '
It is spring m the Great Valley, and the
apple trees are drifting their petals down the
steep hill slopes. Only yesterday they were
covered with a sudden heavy April snowfall.
With today's warm sun it has vanished like
a dream forgotten, and the only snow is
the falling apple petals and the drift of the
cottonwoods shaken by a auiet sorine breeze,
except as we look across the valley to the
mountains beyond, whose tops are still white
with yesterday's surprise. The bright red of
the new-plowed fields is in sharp contrast
with the vivid green of the oats, just spring
ing into vigorous growth. Over yonder an
overloaded train of a baker's dozen of heavy
passenger cars, with an ill-assorted freight
car occasionally interspersed- to remind us
that we are at war, slowly draws uo at the
little station and then disappears into the
cut beyond. Down below in the valley the
power plant steadily and spitefully expresses
dissatisfaction with its unceasine task. Over
head the buzzards sweep in husre lazv circles,
and at our feet the hens scratch cheerfully
in the moist earth under the fallen leaves. A
score of beehives shame our idleness as we
turn our steps towards the woods, alonsr
the roadside where the dandelions tempt the
children's fingers, and where the periwinkles
bloom, star-sprinkled in the grass. As we
pass under the trees, a (treat turkey cobbler
forgets his ordinary burblinn auerulousness
long enough to speed us on our way with a
ridiculous gobble and we have left men be
Overhead the oaks and chestnuts are tust
putting forth tender young leaves and the
maple keys hang in dense clusters from the
branches along the path. The dogwood is
spreading its creamy white in great sheets
over the whole stretches of the wood, and
in the sunny clearings the violets are laving
a blue carpet, figured here and there with
delicate grass flowers and yellow marsh mari
golds. From a near-bv field a meadow-lark
pipes a note of cheery melancholy and a
covey of quail, disturbed by our unaccus
tomed footfall, spring with a whirr into
the air, and in a moment have disappeared
no one knows whither,
It is very peaceful in the woods of ,the
Great Valley, and we forget that there is a
world outside where it is not soring, a world
where men dig in mines, and .sweat in foun
dries and1, factories, and cheat and lie and get
gain in offices and counting houses, a world
where women wear showv clothes and naint
their faces, a world where children dart
through crowded streets among swarming
vehicles, and shout to one another in shrill
voices from which all the music has fled, a
world where soldiers fight and kill and die. a
world where shrapnel bursts and falling
shells tear up the tortured earth, a world
where financiers and diplomats and kings olof
and scheme and gamble with human lives for
counters, a world where man is and God is
not. ,Yes, it is very peaceful in the woods,
and we walk softly as we go vet farther into
It is a world for little people in the woods
of the Great Valley. Before our gaze the
fairies have fled, but to younger eyes, un
dimmed by the prose of experience, thev
dwell eternal in the woods. And todav. even
we half-shut our eves and open our hearts,
and we, too, see them as plainly as in the
days long gone. They peep at us from their
shelter under the toadstools: thev dart in and
out in the flickering shadows behind the great
gay trunks of the beeches; we catch a
glimpse of them drinking from the cuo of a
bloodroot leaf with its single drop of crvstal:
they break off the little buds from the oaks
and toss them gently down on our heads,
and sift on us the pollen from the catkins
of the alders; they dance in magic rings
where the sunlight sifts through the branches
to the springing earth below and play hide
and seek among the anemones. It is a verit
able world, of fairies todav. And then there
are the violets to be gathered till chuhbv
hands can hold no more: and there are
acorns, smooth ' and hard and shinv grav
brown, that cannot be left lving on the
ground; and there are grapevine swings
that must be swung in, and dogwood houses
that must be lived in. and flatrock tables that
must be eaten from: and there are great dead
tree trunks, their heart burned out. and in
them dragons hide, always ready to rush out
on unwary passers-by; and in these woods the
blue racers live that can outrun the fastest
horse; and if you are very quiet and steal uo
ever so gently, you may catch sight of a
turtle sunning himself on a rock down in
the swampy spot yonder, or maybe an early
dragonfly or a hippopotamus! The woods
are filled with strange excitements, delight
ful perils, and today we wander on. listening
to the old, strange sounds, catching glimo'
ses of the old forgotten dangers, tasting the
old, unfailing joys of the little people in the
woods, ror today this world is theirs
- And it is very quiet in the woods of ,the
Great Valley. The grass is springing and
the shrubs and trees are bursting into leaf
and flower, and all the creatures together
rejoice in the sunshine of the soring: vet it
is very still. The ants are rushing busily to
and fro on the path, the bees are buzzing
endlessly in the sunshine, the lady birds and
the bright red spiders are forever appearing
where we did not expect them, but it is verv
silent in the woods. The crows caw from the
distant top of a dead tree, the blackbirds
shrill from the willows in a near-bv swamn.
the woodpecker hammers on a dead branch
but now he stops; and it is very quiet in the
woods, for man is not there.
And it is very friendly this soring dav in
the woods of the Great Vallev. The sunshine
bears us company, and the whispering breeze.
Our footfalls on the leaves give back a soft
reply. The grass stretches up its fingers and
the flowers lift their heads for us to see. The
trees drop down their shadows and sift
over us fresh odors, and the insects and the
little beasts that dart about among the fallen
leaves and the birds that sing in the branches
all are friendly, glad. And we. too, for this
short day, can be glad also; for today we
are not men. Today we do not plot and hate
and fight; we do not labor with restless
haste to build that which tomorrow we shall
destroy; , we do not strive or struggle or
achieve or fail, We are not men: onlv God's
creatures in the woods of the Great Vallev.
and we are content.
The da passes and the sun sinks. Linger
ingly we leave all that was so quiet, so peace,
ful, so friendly, leave the fairies tinkling their
joy bellsi and beginning to hang out their
lanterns in the grass. Slowly our feet carry
us out of the shadowy woods to the long,
level road that stretches down the valley.
The myriad voices of the peepers in the
roadside pond fill our ears, and on the in
stant are silent as our footfall resounds on
the plank bridge. The darkness gathers, and
we trudge steadily along the darkling road.
Silent, shrimmering, still, the moon peeps
over the eastern wall of the Great Valley.
Our day is over, but never done.
Germany's Betrayal of Germans
Prussian Infamy Dishonors Race x
Throughout World y
St. Louis Globe-Democrat
It does not "Seem to us that the rage of
Americans of German blood against Ger
many should be stronger and fiercer than
the animosity of any other element of our
population, for theirs should be not only the
anger aroused by the wanton brutalities of
Germany and its breaches of faith, but the
hotter anger that should spring from the be
trayal and degredation of their race. We
think no one can deny that Germany has
done more injury to Germans, wherever they
may be, than she has to her enemies.. She
has overrun Belgium, has tortured and per
secuted its inhabitants, but Belgium will
arise from its ashes loved and honored by
the world. Belgium will be hallowed ground,
its people peculiarly privileged and respected,
and its freedom the special care of nations
with whom a treaty is a bond. To a relative
extent France and all the countries that have
felt the blast of the German fire and have
opposed it heroically will share in the affec
tion and honor of all civilized peoples.
But how will it be with the Germans?
How will they come out of this war? Will
mankind place any laurels upon the brow of
a German anywhere? Will. German blood,
anywhere, ever again lift his glass to "the
fatherland" and feel that the word represents
truth and honor, as he once believed it did?
There will be new glories and a greater pride
in the title of American, or Englishman, or
Frenchman, or Italian, for they have fought
and sacrificed tremendously in defense of the
things humanity holds most dear. What
pride can a German have in the name, a name
that stands dishonored by the German gov
ernment and by the acts of German people
debauched by Prussianism? Can Americans
of German origin realize this racial shame
without a feeling of bitter enmity toward the
men and 'the policies that have caused it?
In the deliberate and long-continued betrayal
of Germany by its leaders, not only the Ger
mans of Germany have been violated. Ger
man blood everywhere has been relatively
dishonored. "I revere," says Otto Kahn,
"the high ideals and fine traditions of that
old Germany, and the time-honored concep
tions of right conduct which my parents and
the teachers of my early youth bade me
treasure thrntiorh life hut all tli mnr hum
ing is my resentment, all the more deeply
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kiuuiiucu my uusuiiiy, against me rrussian
caste who trampled those ideals, traditions
and conceptions in the dust." So, it seems to
us, should be the feelings of every American
of German origin. They have a special reason
for active animosity against the Germany
which is their country's enemy, for they have
been betrayed in the house of their fathers.
People and Events
An electric piano in Chicago cut loose at
night and aroused the family in time to escape
from fire. That is one strong point in favor
of machine music.
Out of war as out of evil some good is
bound to come. Besides the joy of showing
the junkers where they get off, American
genius promises to pull out of the stress of
war a man's collar that will not need starch
and will not wilt or fray at the edges. Hail
the coming deliverance. Let laundrymen sit
up and look pleasant.
The hum of the harvester Is already heard
in the southern tip of the North American
wheat belt. The district of Coahuila, just
over the Rio Grande in Old Mexico, is har
vesting the biggest crop in years. Texas
comes next, a week hence. From the end of
May on the harvesting crews follow the sun
in its northward flight until the last spear
on the staff of life goes down in the Canadian
wheat fields. Blessed be the harvesters and
bumper their abundance.
An event of the first magnitude in the
politico-social life of New York City passed
without causing scarcely a ripple outside of
Fourteenth street. Tammany chiefs opened
the wigwam to women and installed two
members of the emancipated sex on the exec
utive committee. -Critical chroniclers of the
affair report "everyboby's hair was nicely
brushed, cigars and emnhatic lanffiiacre dis
carded, and the conversation ennobled by
the subtle influence of the higher life." In
ordinary times the event would have the na
tion tor an audience. Now the revolution
passed almost unnoticed. Such is the smoth
ering power of war.
One Year Ago Today In the War.
A. F. Kerensky, socialist leader, be
came Russian foreign minister.
Senate passed tha selective con
icriptlon bill as altered In conference
President directed that an expe
ditionary force under Pennine b
lent to Francs as early as possible.
The Day We Celebrate.
John Kresl, secretary and treasurer
of the O. K. Hardware company,
oorn 1887. ;
King Alfonso XIII of Spain, born
, n Madrid, 88 years ago.
J. Randolph Collldfs, architect, of
Boston, bora la Boston St years ago.
York, St years ago.
Schuyler Bxaats Wheeler, electrical
-engineer and inventor, born In Maw
i'ork, 68 years ago.
'Bishop Eugene R. Hendrlx, of the
' Methodist Episcopal church, born at
layette. Mo., tl years ago.
K' Day In History. '
1125 John jay, whose famous
t-eaty.ln 174 averted war between
Ue United States and Great Britain,
fVed t Bedford, N. Y, born to New
York City, December 18. 1748.
175 John C. Breckinridge, form-
r vice president of the United States,
died et f Lexington, Ky., born at
CitoH's Dale, Ky.. January 16. 1881.
1888 Irish Catholic members of
Farllament formally denied the right
f the Holv See to Interfere In Irish
r. 'c ...r
J ust SO Years Ago Today
Valentine's Shorthand Institute.
having outgrown Its former quarters,
nas removea to tne new Paxton
Prof. Rox L. Robinson Is In re
ceipt of a case of California fruit and
distributed Los Angeles oranges among
his newipaper friends.
The South Omaha Gun club has
ordered 28 uniform helmets and will
in future be In style.
Harry Hall, eity agent of the Bur
lington, who quietly slipped away and
got married sometime ago, returned,
accompanied by his wife;
The first meeting of the Phllo
Celtic association was held In St
Patrick's school, Fourteenth and Cas
telar streets. Rev. Dr. McDonald
opened the proceedings with a few
warm words to recommend the study
of Irish language. Dr. McDonald was
elected president. Miss Mamie Rush,
secretary; Mr. Michael Donovan,
treasurer and C. M. ,- O Donovan, in
structor ; .
State Press Comment
Scottsbluff Republican: If you
don't think the republicans are wak
ing up, Just cast your eyes toward
Omaha, and see what a cleaning they
made there Tuesday.,
Norfolk' Press: The returns show
that In the recent thrift stamp drive
Nebraska's per capita la almost three
times that of the next highest state.
What's the matter with Nebraska?
She's all right)
Kearney Hub: Nebraska heroes of
the war are appearing on the French
horlion. The first to note is Lieutenant
Rlckenbacher of Omaha, who brought
down a German plan In a thrilling
battle in the clouds over the contend
ing armies. There'll be others.
Fremont Tribune: Beet raisers In
western Nebraska are going to receive
810 a ton for their beets this season.
This is an advance of 100 per cent
over the price paid when the beet
sugar industry was in Its infancy and
the Increase spells vastly Increased
prosperity for western Nebraska,
which has been prospering wonder
fully during the last six or eight years.
Aurora Republican: Another slap
on the wrist was administered to the
enemies in our rear when a 83,000
fine was assessed against four expo
nents of German kultur who adminis
tered turpentine and other torture to
a Blaine county farmer boy last sum
mer for having dared to denounce
the kaiser and his agents. If the
war lasts long enough we may learn
how to deal with this class of out
laws as they deserve, ,,.,,
Baltimore American: Somehow or
other, the working girl, pretty or
plain, who wears a Liberty loan but
ton assumes new interest these days.
She s worth cultivating, boys.
Brooklyn Eagle: The Browning
machine gun that Secretary Baker
found it necessary to improve has
been holding back our supply. The
old-fashioned Lewis gun has been
holding back the Hun since March 21,
Louisville Courier-Journal: Secre
tary Baker's statement that there are
more than 800,000. American soldiers
in France at the present time should
reassure the timid souls who are ter
ribly afraid that the united States gov.
ernment is not doing anything but
Baltimore American: The Ger
mans are accused of even stealing
the rich loam of France and carting
it on to uermany. -mere is apDar
ently nothing in the way of loot that
Teutonic thoroughness has overlooked,
but the ravishing of the very earth
Itself Is something new in the his
tory of spoliation.
Minneapolis Tribune: "You can't
make a silk purse put of a sow's ear,"
which has its equivalent In the nroDo-
sltion that you can't make a man of
honor out of the Prussian. For ex
ample, their unsportsmanlike trick of
making their airplanes look like
planes used by Americans so that they
may take the American fliers un
awares. That is war, of course, but
It is not honorable, civilized warfare
it is only the German kind which,
when beaten, cries "kamerad" and
Twice Told Tales
On tho Way.
"I hereby pledge that If I don't I
will," said Berliner Busst. Randolph,
N. D., as he signed his name to en
listment papers at the United States
navy recruiting station.
"You are almost too good to be
true." said the lieutenant in charge,
as the chap with the ominous name
affixed his signature, enlisting his
services for four veara. But Ber
liner Busst asserted he meant every
word of the oath.
Two enlistment blanks had to be
torn up before the officer could write
the name correctly rather than the
way it sounded.
It s an obstacle raca of about 7.000
miles, but that's nothing If there is
"anything in a name." Case and
Business and Pleasure.
"Maggie, my sister, is a very fortu
nate girl." , , .
"Dunno! But she went to a party
last night and nlaved blind man's
buff all the evening. The gentlemen
hunt around and find a girl, and when
found they must either kiss her or
give her a dime." .
"XfAfffrt nm tiatm ...If Vi 19 And
a Liberty bond." Chicago Post.
"Muriel ffsrd the cHrla wouldn't
notice her engagement ring."
"Did thev?" - .
."Did thev? .t Fnur nf them recOB'J
Better Pay for Firemen.
Omaha, May 15. To the Editor of
The Bee: Reading the account of the
big fire In The Bee, It occurred ,to
me to ask how many people in our
city are aware of the pitifully small
wages our firemen are paid for their
services? In your account of the fire
I see that seven firemen were injured,
all more or less seriously. These
men risk their lives for the public
good every time that a serious fire
occurs, and their compensation for
such dangerous service is: For the
first six months in service, 165 a
month! Then $5 increase every six
months thereafter, until it reaches
$85 a month, I know of an Instance
where a man who has a wife and
family are trying to live on 160 a
month, and paying 814 a month house
Is this fair? Is it not a shame that
men in such hazardous business are
not better paid by such a corporation
as the city of Omaha?
Mr. Withnell, to his credit be it
said, while serving as fire commis
sioner, endeavored to raise the wages
of these men, but without success.
Cannot something be done at once to
remedy this disgraceful condition of
affairs and give these splendid men
who risk their lives for our sakes a
fair compensation for their valuable
services? T. J. MACKAY.
Wants Pro-Germans Punished.
Omaha, May 15. To the Editor of
The Bee: As this great war proceeds
and we in these United States learn
more of the deceit intrigue, fiendish,
inhuman practices of the German sol
diers, the question naturally and Very
appropriately arises: "Are the pro
Germans here in America subjected to
as harsh and severe treatment as they
deserve?" How much better is a
citizen in this country who approves
of the methods adopted by the Ger
mans in this world war than they who
scheme and plan and carry out the
most heinous and wicked acts ever
known in the history of the world?
If German militarism were able to
accomplish what has been devised and
attempted in conquering this country
these same German sympathizers, who
have prospered In and been protected
here In America, would Join with the
kaiser s soldiers In enacting all such
barbarous and hellish deeds as have
been practiced in Belgium, France,
Serbia and Italy the last four years.
If such Is the case, why should not
measures be adopted here similar to
those there, where enemy sympa
thizers are lined up before a firing
If such measures were put In force
the kaiser would soon be convinced
he had a determined enemy in these
United States, and instead of treating
us with ridicule and claiming we are
a divided nation and afraid to fight, he
would realize that a united country
of 100,000,000 peopple, with unlimited
resources, that had never yet in war
asked for terms of peace, had only
one conclusion in mind when enter
ing this great war that of victory.
A man is no better than the prin
ciples he upholds and defends. Let
any who are Inclined to be lenient
with enemy sympathizers see "Am
bassador Gerard's Four Years in Ger
many," being exhibited in Omaha this
week, and i he does not come away
with a desire to help execute every
pro-German in America, he lacks
the true spirit of patriotism for this
country. S. S. SWITZER.
Y. M. C. A. and Post Exchange Prices.
Peru, Neb., May 13. To the Edi
tor of The Bee: My brother, on the
front line in France, asks this ques
tion which he wants me to answer.
Since I am unable I wish you would
put it in the public opinion column and
ask for an answer. This letter was
censored by J. R. Ferry, first lieu
tenant, A. S. S. C, U. S. R. The let
"As you are interested and have
been for sometime in Young Men's
Christian association .work, I have a
question which I wish you would an
swer at your first opportunity. Why
do these Ys charge us boys a profit
on everything they sell us? It seems
to me that after the people of the
United States were good enough to
donate millions to the Young Men's
Christian associations that they would
sell everything to us at cost. I am
Girls! Make beauty lotion at
home for a few cents. Try Itl
Squeeze the juice of two lemons
into a bottle containing three ounces
of orchard white, shake well, and-
you have a quarter pint of the best
freckle and tan lotion, and complex
ion beautifier, at very, very small
Your grocer has the lemons and
any drug store or toilet counter will
supply three ounces of orchard white
for a few cents. Massage this sweetly
fragrant lotion into the face, neck,
arms and hands each day and see
how freckles and blemishes disappear
and how clear, soft and white the
skin becomes. Yes! It is harmless.
not kicking on inyjown account,! istji
particular, but for fts U. in general.
Did you people do all' y6fl have t
buy these supplies expecting them td
charge us a profit? I gtve$ people
of the United States more erHltthan
that, and I think if the people knew
it, it would be stopped. I would like
to hear your opinion." .
This letter was censored by the
base censor, as well as the one men
tioned above. It seems as if the cen
sors would have noticed the error
of statement were there one, and yet
it does not seem correct that a profit
would be charged. Will not some
one who knows, someone in official
Young Men's Christian association
work, answer? y SUBSCRIBER.
Answer: M. vC. V. Hibbard, asso
ciate general secretary of the war
work division of the Young Men's
Christian association, explains in a
general circular, issued under date of
May 4, 1918, that the $50,000,000 con
tributed to support the war work of
the association was not Intended to be
used in connection with tha post ex
changes, nor to furnish free tobac-
the soldiers. Operation of the post
exchange is made difficult because ot
the inability to always know the exact
cost of the articles disposed of, but
so far as possible the selling price .
is kept in relation to retail prices In
America. Whatever of profit accrues
is devoted to two purposes, first to
the furnishing of such supplies aa
must be provided free in time of
emergency, and second to offset losses
sustained. It is not intended to con
duct the business on a profiteering
basis, nor to furnish free to the sol
dier those things he can buy, and
against which subscribers to the gen.
eral fund might unter serious objection.
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