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' Play time Is over In Yankeelandl "
Yes, Mr. Weatherman, we want rain' and lots
v of it, but not all at once.
The professional lame, halt and blind street
beggars should go. ,? It's false sympathy that
Lloyd George says it is now a race between
Wilson and Hindenburg, and no one doubts
which will win. y
If Mayor Smith can make Omaha a strikeless
city, employers and employes alike will take off
their hats to him.
Omaha is becoming a real center for Allied
activity. Daily reports from this district will not
encourage the kaiser.
No more fee graft in the city hall! But "Fee
Grabber Bob" Smith is still freezing to the coin
in the district clerk's office.
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. "Walking dead men" are being sent home
from Russia, to advertise to the bolshevik! what
they gained by making peace with the Hun. s
In the matter of questionable hotels, the po
lice can easily separate the sheep from the goats,'
even though the best Intentioned hotel keeper
will frequently be imposed upon.
The hyphenated World-Herald comes forth
with to the defense of War Profiteer Warfield,
whose permit to sell wheat flour as a grocer has
been revoked by the food administration. Nat
urally! ' ':',V .' '.'':
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If those Belgians are entertained as lavishly
wherever they go as they were in Omaha, and we
have no doubt thejr are, we' fear they will all be
incapacitated to go back to service on the fight
- ing front V":;' V";
, The kaiser's greatest efforts of late, all have
reverse English. The drive across Picardy sold
many Liberty bonds last month, and now his
murderous assault on a base hospital comes just
in time to further stimulate giving to the Red
Cross. He may not know it, but his is really
helping a lot in the job of licking himself.
Douglas County's Highways.
' The announced determination of the Douglas
county democratic Board of Commissioners to
proceed with its program for highway improve
ment without regard to "cranks or interested per
sons," might sound like a declaration of inde
pendence, but it is not such. " It is merely an an
nouncement of the chairman of the roads com
mittee that he has made up his mind as to what
he thinks is better to be done, and that he pro
poses to do it. Regardless of all other consider
ations, the first thing the taxpayers want is good
. roads, laid out on 4he basis of a comprehensive
plan that will embrace not only Douglas county,
but will bear also a proper relation to the plan
for the road of the entire state. It is not asked
that favors be granted to any real estate combina
' tion, nor should consideration be given to demo
cratic politicians, la the meantime, the court
house gang continues to play with fire on the
matter of highway improvements, and an explo
sion may yet come as a result '
; MAYOR SMITH'S LABOR PROGRAM.
Omaha's new chief magistrate, Mayor Smith,
has publicly announced the purpose, as one part
of his program, to interpose officially in every
local labor controversy that threatens to result
in a strike. His idea, based on his experience
in his law practice, a j he explains it, is that
there must be a peaceable way to adjust all dif
ferences between employer and employe and that
the peaceable way is less costly and more satis
factory to both sides in the long run than re
sort to the usual weapons of industrial warfare.
The mayor expresses confidence that if he can
only get the contending' parties together "to
talk it over" and see their difficulties from the
viewpoint of both sides, all the turmoil and dis
sension, idleness and losses accompanying our
periodical strikes can be avoided. '
The mayor has carved out for himself a big
task. We doubt whether he realizes the size of
it, but we agree it is worth trying and we hope
he may succeed at it, though we must confess
we are not overconfident. Industrial peace is as
much to be desired as war peace from the clash
of arms, but the clash is seldom a purely local
matter, although often springing from local
causes. If, however, Mayor Smith can keep Oma
ha free from purely local labor troubles dur
ing the next three years, he will do something
for our community that has as yet been achieved
in no other city of this size anywhere that we
Enlist Our Whole Man Power.
No order yet issued in connection with the war,
save the one that set in motion the selective draft,
is more significant than the one that means "work
or fight" for all men of draft age. This, in con
nection with the president's request that the limit
be removed from the number of men who may
be called to the colors, is a sign that America's
whole man-power is to be employed in winning
the war. Mr, Wilson plainly stated in his speech
on April 6 that he meant to employ force without
stint or limit to meet the kaiser in the field.
Everything that has taken place since - then
has but confirmed-this expressed determination.
Any delusion of early cessation of the war
through negotiated peace has been dispelled, and
we have grimly set ourselves to a task that will
require our utmost endeavor. Its carrying out
may interfere with individual plans and private
enterprise, but all these are to be set aside that
the nation may devote itself wholly and without
reserve to its greatest business. Work or play
from now on must be bound up with winning the
war. Production, distribution, consumption,
every activity of our life, takes on the one as
pect. The people are united, public sentiment has
been unified, and all foolish notions have been dis
carded. ' America is bent on victory for the right,
and peace will come when that victory is achieved.
Rose Pastor Stokes An Example.
Conviction of Rose' Pastor Stokes on charges
of disloyalty will arrest far more attention than
ordinarily is given to such cases because of her
prominence. Mrs. Stokes fairly stands as an ex
ample of a by-product of our. social and industrial
life. Born abroad, she passed through the sordid
experience of many of her kind, who were and
still are (shamelessly exploited by unscrupulous
employers, who take advantage of the ignorance
of the immigrant' This embittered her, and she
took up the class struggle with the zeal of one
whose whole nature revolted against the eco
nomic situation forced upon her. Her marriage
to a man of wealth gave her greater opportunity
for propaganda work, but her widening view did
not bring her any better understanding or show
her a more reasonable way to achieve the reform
she sought to bring about Only in the class
struggle could she perceive hope for the work
ers. Her inability to correctly value and prop
erly adjust social relations, economic opportuni
ties and political privileges had led her to such
extravagances of utterance that now she stands
in the shadow of prison, at a time when her
example and precept might have been of utmost
value in aiding others to a fuller understanding
of what freedom means and how to exercise lib
erty. Many who have watched her career with
interest will be disappointed at the turn it has
taken, but if Rose Pastor Stokes ever is to really
aerve the workers of the world she will have to
abandon a large portion of her present creed.
Whenever The Bee exposes or calls to account
t war profiteer or a disloyal pro-German propa
gandist the hyphenated World-Herald insists it is
a "malicious" attack. The kaiser also tries to
make people believe that he started this war by
defending himself against the unprovoked and
malicious attacks of his enemy. . '
Ten thousand men in Omana hit by the "work
or fight" order does not mean we have been
harboring that many loafers, but that we have a
large number of men working at jobs that are
not essential to winning the war and who can be
well employed elsewhere.
Hitchcock is also chairman of the senate's
subcommittee on ordnance, by right of seniority
only, which is another reason why the president
picked Judge Hughes to conduct the aircraft in
Inefficiency in Mail Service
Conditions Revealed by Tests of Merchants Association
New York Evening Post
The report that the Merchants' association
is presenting today to the committee on rules
of the house of representatives imperatively
demands prompt and serious attention. It
deals with what has become a public scandal.
It is the result of a comprehensive investiga
tion into the mail service, made in response
to numerous complaints from members of the
association of delays in the mails. The inves
tigation was in active progress for five
months, and both the methods of the investi
gation and the evidence cited in support of
the . conclusions resulting from it impress
one with their fairness and cogency. The
first conclusion is that the complaints are
justified; that is, there are material delays in
the movement of mail throughout the coun
try. ,This conclusion is based upon an elab
orate series of tests and analyses. A series
of test letters totaling about 5,000 were mailed
at daily intervals for 12 days, January 16 to
29 of the present year, to correspondents in
384 towns. Because of the interruption to
traffic caused by enow and cold and three
heatless Mondays, the results of this series
were discarded and a second series sent out.
These letters numbered about as many as
those first mailed, but were sent to various
correspondents at 82 railroad points, selected
with reference to rail routes and direct con
nections. - Of the 9,000 letters and replies, more than
5,000 were delayed in transit. Of these, more
than 1,000 were from four to six hours late;
another thousand were from 18 to 24 hours
late, and 300 were from 42 to 48 hours late.
For certain cities the delays were much
above the average. Between Los Angeles
and New York more than eight letters in
every 10 failed to arrive on time. Almost six
of every 10 of these were from 12 to 48
hours late. For San Francisco the average
of delayed mail was almost exactly the same,
with nearly half of the delayed letters from
Good News from Bisbee,
It is good hews that comes from Bisbee,
Ariz., that 2 of those who were engaged in
the nefarious business of deporting Ameri
can men,, women and children, and leaving
them to starve in the desert last summer,
have been indicted. Now indicted men are
to be considered innocent until they are con
victed, but if there ever was a strongly estab
lished presumption of guilt it is in these
cases, for it has been clearly established not
only by an independent investigator like
Robert W. Bruere in the columns of the Eve
ning Post, but by the president's commission
on these labor troubles. Then it was shown
that all the pretense about the deported men
being dangerous Industrial Workers of
the World pro-Germans was an utter
fraud; that the real purpose was to
play one labor union against another, to take
advantage of the war excitement to strike
unfairly at the unions. We note with partic
ular interest the indictment of Captain Stout,
the superintendent of the Phelps-Dodge
smelter at Douglas, for it was he who over
awed the Western Union operators and sup
pressed the Associated Press dispatches on
the ground that the United States authorities
would prevent the deportations if they heard
about them in timel Warmly defended by his
employersj he must now face a jury. Alto
gether, if justice is in earnest in Arizona,, we
may see a far-reaching blow struck at the
prevailing belief that capitalistic Industrial
Workers of the World can get off scot free,
no matter how heinous their offenses. -New
York Evening Post
Senator Going to Get Posted
To the Editor of The New York Times:
' One of the first things Senator Hitch
cock wishes to do .upon assuming the
Chairmanship of the 'Foreign Relations
Committee and it is something that he
says he should have done before this is
to subscribe to Current History Maga
zine. The Senator considers this publication
the most necessary adjunct to conducting
the affairs of the committee, and it is our
intention to keep it on file regularly at
the Foreign Relations Committee Room
in the Senate.
Permit me to convey to you the Sen
ator's appreciation for Current History
Magazine and to say for him that he con
siders it a publication distinctly in . a
class by itself.
EARL B. GADDIS.
Secretary to Senator Hitchcock.
Washington, May 18, 1918.
People and Events
One branch of congress passed without
roll call a bill placing Hawaii in the outlying
dry belt. Hawaii is aurrounded by water
that is useless as a chaser.
James M. Thompson, Baltimore's club
man, accused of fracturing the anti-loafing
law, got off with a fine of $25. Mere small
change to Thompson, but as he is booked
for war service the law works out as in
tended. The slush fund of the fusion party in the
New York mayoralty campaign comes in for
a hot roast by the grand jury which recently
concluded an investigation. 1 The fund
reached the astounding figure, of $1,610,862.58,
and its expenditure is denounced as reckless
watte, the enormltv of which "has shocked
the public conscience." But it had a pathetic
side. The fusionists didn't get a look in for
the huge pile. v
An imaginative reoorter out Salt Lake
way hinted in print that the federal marshal
ought a husky woman to act as guard for
an alien woman spy about to be sent to. New
Vrtrlr A free ride and exoenses and DCr diem
.from Uncle Sam'a treasury proved imighty
tempting and brought an avalanche of letters
from applicants to the marshal Nothing
doing. The marshal delicately hinted that a
long distance trip at government expense is
just what he needs to tone up nis neaun.
18 to 48 hours behind time. Extreme cases
were of letters requiring four days and a half
to get to New York from Fort Worth, Tex.,
11 days from Ashville, 12 from Griffin, Ga.,
and 13 days from Newberry, S. C Other
tests resulted similarly. Through the
American Bankers' association were obtained
the envelopes covering the daily mail for 10
days of banks iti 23 banking centers. In every
case delays were the rule, many of them be
How are these delays to be accounted
for? They occur at two points at termi
nal stations and on the roads. "Large quan
tities of mail are habitually left on the plat
forms of principal stations of important mail
routes from New York." In this city, in
deed, "terminal delays to inferior mails have
been, durinjr recent months, continuous and
prolonged, and great accumulations of mail
have resulted. For many weeks not only
were the platforms at Pennsylvania terminal
crowded to the ceiling, but large stacks of
mail, probably numbering several thousand
sacks, were piled in the adjoining area, open
to the sky and without protection. ' By rea
son of the great accumulation, no space was
left for working, and much of the mail was
untouched for many successive days." Sim
ilar conditions have freauently prevailed at
Grand Central terminal. These delays at ter
minal points are due to insufficient postal car
space or insufficient time for loading. The
of railway 'costal cars is to
expedite the movement of the mails by pro-
VlUlng lOl UlCir BUI til Liauail. ovmv
nf the mail intended for a particular station
has not been sorted when that station is
reached, it is carried by. -
It is the contention of the Merchants' as
sociation, that, despite a great increase in the
nnntal husiness. postal facilities have been
greatly reduced. Between July 1, 1916, and
December 31, 1917, postal car service was
withdrawn from or reduced upon 1,612 trains,
which was one-fourth of the total number.
In consequences part of the mails carried
over the lines, mail formerly assorted
in transit, is now held at terminal
points for assorting, with inevitable delays.
This reduction was not due to causes De
vnnd the control of the Postoffice -department.
On the contrary, it "was incident to a fun
damental chansre in postal ' methods', involv
ing a general curtailment of 'the ' rural post
office system,, and , the adpption of a substi
tute 'terminal postal station system claimed
hv the denartment to be eouallv efficient and
materially cheap." - Here is a direct issue of
policy, which oujtht to be foueht out before
competent and impartial tribunal. The report
of the Merchants' association is'' emphatic
upon the point that delay in movement of
trains as a cause of delayed movement of the
mails is greatly exaggerated by the Postoffice
department. "Of the trains not on time," it
remarks, " a material part of the delay was
caused by the conditions under which the
Postoffice department requires the railroads
to handle the mails."
Every newspaper and magazine has pain
ful knowledge of the conditions set iortn
in this report. Publishers are among the
foremost sufferers from the delays of which
the Merchants' association complains. Yet
at the moment when these delays are worse
than usual, congress proposes to compel
newsoaoers and masrazmes to pay consider
erably more for the defective service. Let us
have an authoritative inquiry by all means.
No one can turn the pages of the report with
out sympathizing with the recommendation
with which it closes, that the results of the
inquiry it records be presented to congress
with the request that a joint congressional
committee be appointed, charged with the
duty of making a comprehensive investiga
tion of present postal methods with a view
to such improvement as may oe pracucaDie,
' Night in No Man's Land
There are strange sounds in No Man's
Land; not human sounds, for such carry far
the beat of a hammer on a post, tne snarp
twang of unrolling barbed wire as it catches
and then snrinsrs awav voices even come as
through a megaphone in the eerie silence
but these are long-drawn sighs tnat pene
trate the inner conscience and hushed mur
murs that fall on the ear of the souL
I have felt a touch on the shoulder as
thousrh one would soeak to me when there
has been no one by. It is the grave of 10,000
unbuned dead, but the grinning skulls and
quivering jelly or the few rags that flutter in
the wind are not the comrades tnat we Knew.
I think their spirits hover near, for they can
not go to their abiding place till victory has
They are ever seeking to pierce the veil
of sense so that they may add their strength
to our arms, and these make to us of No
Man's Land "no strange place," and give to
our sentries encouragement until the Land
of No Man vanishes and our posesssion
reaches to the barrier of the enemy barbed
Darkness always holds fears for the hu
man heart, and it is the unknown danger
that makes the bravest quail and not so many
are cowards in the daylight. But who can
tell which holds the more nenHor the sol
dier? He faces the terror that cometh by
night, the destruction that walketh by day,
and the pestilence that wasteth at noonday.
But night is often, kindly it brings the balm
of sleep to our tired bodies; and covers
coarseness and( filth with a sofjening veil.
No Man's Land at nieht is more beautiful
than by day, for we need not know of the
horror we do not see and it shuts us off from
sight of our enemies and lets us feel that the
wall is thick and strone that stands between
our homes and womenkfnd and tilt savagery
and bestiality of the monster , who ravaged
the homes and raped the women of Belgium
- .iiia utauij nviiui ,
The trench lights gleam and the rockets
That flood of magnificent orange yonder
Is a battery blazing miles away.
One Tear Ago Today In the War.
fieventy-alx persons In English coast
town killed In raid by German air
planes. General Pershing urred that eoun-
try ba aroused to eriounesa of war
situation through the Red Cross.
; The Day We Celebrate. ! ?.
r Alvln W. Krech, prominent figure
in the New York banking world, born
at Hannibal,. Mo., 60 years ago.
Lord Beaverbrook, minister of
. propaganda In tha British government
born in Canada is years ago.
Chin Day In History.
1818 General David Mitchell, who
distinguished himielt In the Indian
wars and in the American revolution,
died In Cumberland county, Pennsyl
vania. Born in 1742.
18(1 The .first regiment of New
Hampshire volunteers left Concord for
; th front
1864 Women of Chicago met to or
: f&nize dreaa reform movement and to
discourage use of imported fabrics.
184 Arthur C. Mellette, first state
rovernor of South Dakota, died at
'ittburg, Kan. Born In Henry coun
ty. Indiana. June it, 1843.
-1898 President McKinley issued a
rcond call for volunteers for the war
- ISM King George signed the com
pulsory military service bill applicable
a fall aJUo-Krvd3 maa between II
Just SO Years Ago Today
The Young Men's Democratic club
has registered the names of 140 peo
ple wno nave expressed willingness
to accompany them to St Louts dur
ing the national convention.
Eight young men from the city, un
der the captainship of Mr. Wyman,
will cross bate with a nine nicked
from the officers of the garrison at
i on umana.
The cash box containing from tl to
1 1 on horse car No. 60, red line, was
unscrewed from Its fastenings and
carried tft. The driver left his car
standing on the switch in front of the
barn and was absent only a moment
but when he returned box and cash
Lieutenant F. W. Roe. one of Gen
eral Brooke's aide-de-camps, arrived
In the city, accompanied by his wife.
The Omaha Horse Railway com
pany received an Invoice of summer
care from New York City which will
at onoe be put Into service.
New York World: When the
kaiser hears that the French War
Cross has been awarded to Lieutenant
Meyer of Milwaukee he will almost
despair of the republic.
Washington Post: Director Gen
eral McAdoo's plan to grant half fare
to farm workers is excellent Pay
their way to the farms and make 'em
walk back if they won't work.
Minneapolis Tribune: The Ger
mans are picking out kings for the
Russian provinces they have taken
possession of. it win be lots or run
when the war is over to kick those
kinglets down the back stairs.
Brooklyn Eagle: There s a sug
gestion of hot times to eome In Ger
many's minting of sino coins and call
ins; them nickel. Calorlo forces, not
moth and rust are the Imminent
menaces to Teutonic treasures and
Louisville Courier-Journal: Premier
Clemenceau's paper says the Unlt&d
states will have z, 000,000 men in
France by the end of the year. , In
other words one of each fifty Ameri
cans will be an able-bodied man In
khaki fighting in France. General
LaFayette's service to America Is be
ing repaid gallantly.
New York Herald: . "I would rather
stand against a wall and be shot than
serve the United States." remarks a
person who has been taking advantage
of the protection given him by the
laws of the United States to consort
with anarchy. Why not accommodate
the gentleman? And when tne snoot
ing comes, let It be straight shooting.
"Over There and Here"
la Vienna a auarter o'f the popula
tion get their nourishment at public
kitchens, which piled up a deficit of
$7,800,000 In the city treasury iaai
"Rt tha wav.M remarks the Stars
and Stripes, official organ of the
American forces in France, "by the
way. a couple of those Salvation Army
doughnuts make you think there is a
great deal in the 'food-will-win-the-
Tha stare and Stripes were un
furled to the breeze in the famous
coliseum in Rome one day last month.
It was a memorable occasion, wit
nessed by a crowd of people massed
on the unexcavatea nan 01 xne iioor
and grouped on the remnants 1 the
ancient balconies. There fluttered the
ensign of Liberty amid the ruins of
ancient autocracy, a prophecy of the
coming day when Old Glory will wave
bver the downfall of modern autoc"
A Swiss correspondent of the New
York Poet reports much Indignation
among the junker land owners over
the prospect of exchanging Russian
prisoners for German prisoners In
Russia. They argue that German
prisoners returned would drift into
the Industrial centers, leaving the
farmers without adequate help, which
would spell agricultural disaster. Back
of that is the Impelling motive of
cheap labor, the Russian prisoners re
ceiving only a few pfennings a day
for farm work. German farm labor
costs much more. Hence the profit
. Twice Told Tales
Not a Poet's Work. "
Addressing a political gathering,
Congressman William It Wood of
Indiana said that every man should
stick to his own job. and as an illus
tration he told of a youth who wanted
some sentimental verses to- send to a
young woman on the occasion of her
Not being much of a versifier him
self, the youth went to a poetlo friend,
ana asked him to oblige.
"Why, certainly," generously re
iponded the poet. "What do you want
me to say to nert"
"Oh. anything in a poetical way,"
answered the youth. "You ought to
know what I want Something sweet
and rather tender: but remember that
I don't want to commit myself In any
"Look here, old pal" said the
friend, with a merry smile, "you don't
want a poet to draw up your verse
you want a lawyer." New York MaiL
Safety In Insurance.
Henry J. Allen of Wichita, Kan., in
his story of a tour of the fighting
front tells of a colored trooper who
took out an insurance policy for 81 0,
000, under the rule adopted by the
government It made a sad hole In
his pay, and a comrade protested In
this wise: "Jim, that ain't goin' to
do you no good; when you gits this
$10,000 you won't be here to spend It
The trooper replied: "I know what
I's doin.' Uncle Sam ain't goin to
send no 110,009 nigger out to git
killed." j l
"Jerry on the Job."
Omaha, May 23. To the Editor of
The Bee: Your editorial in today's is
sue alluding to the theory by big cor
poration contributions to the Red
Cross is pertinent and opportune.
Probably some one of the corporations
might answer your question.
"How much of tha dividend money
really goes to the Red Cross in addi
tion to what the individual stock
holder would contribute anyway?"
While the size or extent of a con
tribution is hardly the fair way to
measure the patriotism of a person
or corporation, nevertheless there is
an old adage says, "A straw shows
how the wind blows."
Therefore, according to the maxim
of the straw the packing house em
ploye who gives one day's pay con
tributes more than the individual
packer, though he happened to give
the net profit of the packing house for
one week, which amounts to 8500,000
half a million.
Only God's Law.
Boone, Neb., May 23. To the Edi
tor of The Bee: Please tell me if there
ia any law which compels persons to
buy bonds, stamps or contribute to
the Red Cross, Young Men's Christian
association or other similar organiza
Answer: No written law exists which
compels anyone to buy Liberty bonds
or war savings stamps, to contribute
to the Red Cross, the Young Men's
Christian association or any other war
or charitable purpose, save the federal
and state tax laws. But the higher
law of patriotism and devotion to
humanity requires that everyone shall
give according to his ability, and to
'give until it hurts." Unless this law
prevails, our part in the war is a fail
ure, and with our defeat we will be
brought under the dominion of a con
queror who knows no law but that of
force. The purchaso of a Liberty bond
is in no sense a gift but an investment;
loaning money to yourself on tne best
of security, that of your own and all
the property in the United States. It
Is far better to give freely to the de
fense of your own liberty than to be
menaced by the prospect or seeing
the Hun take it all. And that is what
will happen if America is defeated.
. Constitution and Secession.
York, Neb., May 22. To the Edi
tor of The Bee: Some days ago there
appeared an article in the Letter Box
that has caused some comment and
needs some more, as I am eure it is
not as it should be. The part I wish
to look at was overlooked by the
others, and I think It the most vital
part The article referred to was try
ing to defend Vice President Marshall
for expressing his view on the right
of a state to secede if it wished to.
Then, to give color and strength to it
the writer named a number of lead
ing men who, he claims, held the
same views, but his list needs revis
ing badly. As others spoke of that part
of it, I wish to touch on the view itself.
It matters little to me Who holds
or has held that view, providing they
are not in any position to make or
execute the laws of these United
States. For that view and the oath
of office do not agree, neither can
they because it runs at right angles
across every principle on which our
constitution is founded. If you want
the proof read preamble, then
read Article 1, Section 1; Article 1,
Section 10; Article 4, Section 4, and
most especially all of Article 6. As
for me and my opinion on the sub
ject I would not accept or take the
oath of office from any man 11 1
knew he held that view. And the
less of such stuff put out the better
any time, but more especially now.
Let us see where that would run to
it followed to a conclusion.
Say. for instance, that when the
next call for men or money comes,
Nebraska would say, "We want no
part in this war, and so respond to
no such calls. And if one state has
that right then any or all. If so with
states of the union, then so with coun
ties or cities of a state, or individ
uals. So where would It end. For
this is not an extreme construction
to place on this, but its natural deduc
tion a conclusion reached by proper
process of reasoning from those
what we want is red-bioodea united
Americans, who do not read into that
sacred old document what they wish
to read out of it but read out what
Is in it And take it for the national
map, chart compass and guide board
ior all the nation's activities.
"Why i you want a tins ef itareh
"Baeanat ray wlfa ! a urohlbttlonUt and
the doctor has ordered me to take a stiff
drink." Baltimore American.
Prospective Tenant I Uke the home, but
I don't fancy having that huge building
opposite. It outs out the view.
Agent Oh, bat that's only a munition
factory. It may blow up any time. Boston
The Bub I cava five bob to a gipsy yes
terday, and she described you and said we
should be married next month.
The Girl Billy boy, you needn't have
pent all that, I eould have told you for
nothing. London Ideas.
Hitchcock's Yellow Streak
Tekamah Journal: The pride that
should belong to Nebraska in the fact
that one of her senators Is now chairs
man of the foreign relations commit
tee of the senate turns to humiliation
when the senator's pro-German rec
ord is exposed to view. Senator Hitch
cock missed the opportunity of his life
to be one of Nebraska's truly great men
when be exerted his Influence and
energy In cultivating the German vote
rather than in doing the right thing
when the peace of hia country .was
first threatened by the kaiser's pro
gram of frightfulnesa. All the patriot
ism he can force into his position as
chairman of this most Important com
mittee cannot blot out the record of
his deflclences when his country ,
needed strong, courageous leader
Kenesaw Progress: The editor of
the Progress claims allegiance to the
same party that put Gilbert M. Hitch-"
cock in the United States senate, but
the editor of the Progress is an Amer
ican citizen first and because he is
an American citizen he unfalteringly
aligns himself with the president of
the United States in the battle for
Hitchcock has refused to pursue such'
a course. Therefore, the editor of the
Progress has lost faith in Gilbert And
he has lost it to the extent that he
and mud carrying the Hitchcock ban- -ner.
Just now Senator Hitchcock is
bitterly opposed to the candidacy of
Edgar Howard for a seat in the United
States senate reason enough why
every loyal Nebraska democrat
should support our lieutenant gov
ernor in preference to any candidate
sponsored by Hitchcock. Howard is
true blue. American, and Whether in
the United States senate or elsewhere
The Bee nor any other newspaper will
never have to ask questions concern-'
ing his whole-hearted Americanism
or apologize for his divided alls
glance. PEACE THE KAISER WANTS;
"Peace!" loud roars tbs kaiser,
"Peace!" he still demands,
But does not spell it -right!
A piece of martyred Belgium,
Another piece of France
This Is the peace the kaiser wants,
One Sees it at a glance.
A great big piece ef Russia, '
And of Roumanta, too,
But leaves a piece of Serbia, . . "
With which Friend Karl will do.
And when It oomes to Poland.
A pleoe Is not enough. '
He wants the length and breadth ef
His kind of peace Is tough! . -
And now the peace with Holland, ' ' !
confronts mm so ne s sorei
'Tie not his kind of peace, In faith
He wants such peace no more.
So when that peace Is raptured,
The bloody, murderous Hun
Will take the piece where flows the'
Before poor Holland's done.
Te paoifists, ye bolsheviks. .:
Sinn Felners, too beware! ' ,
Withdraw before It la too late.
Or die in dull despair.
For blessed peace he knows not .- ,
The peace of humankind.
His only peaoe is born of greed ', '
To real peace he is blind!
New Tork Tlmea '
Prices to Suit Every Purse.
Mirrors in Period Frames.
Mirrors to Fit Any
1818 DOUGLAS STREET
It la part of good Judgment to
these times to buy by Standard
and Beputation, You can stake
your last cent that the manu
facturer who has been produc
ing merchandise of character
for many years Is not now listen
ing to the siren song of "Shoddy."
Keep the quality npthat's
the -Ex-Cell (union made)
$16.50 to $30
Correctly Style! Suits for
Up to the stand
ard that you demand-
$10 to $12
Ladies' Silk Suits
and Coats A
very unusual bar
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only, 315 Suit
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One lot of Sam
ple Skirts from 3 Up.
109 ITortA 16th Street,
Watch On Windows.
Face Looked Awful
From Skin Trouble
"My daughter had a breaking out
on her upper lip and chin for four
weeks. It was like water blistera and
would itch and if she scratched they
- would irritate and burn.
They seemed to spread
and her face looked awfuL
"For four weeks we tried
many remedies but they
seemed to make the erup
tion spread more. Then
I got a free sample of Cuti
cura Soap and Ointment, and after
wards bought more, and now she is
all healed, with one cake of Cuticura
Soap and a half a bos of Cuticura Oint
ment." (Signed) Mrs. W. Ferguson,
Upper Sandusky, Ohio, July 9, 1917.
If your skin is already healthy and
clear keep it so by using Cuticura Soap
for toilet purposes assisted by touches
of Cuticura Ointment to soothe and
heal any tendency to irritation, red
ness or roughness of the skin or scalp.
Sle Each Pre by Melt. Address post
card "Cattcm Drat. B. Bostaa." Sold
everywhere. Soap 25c Ointment 25 and Mai
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