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THE BEE: OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1918.
EDWARD A. RUM ELY.
Man Who Bought the New York Mail for the Kaiser
v (A acrim ef article sketching the
WHt f Dr. Edward A. Homely, who
hM been arretted oa a chart of bav
ins bought the New Yerk Evenln- Mall
with money furnUhrd by the German
BoTeremeDt and of hartac w it tor
; By FRANK STOCKBRIDGE.
'(Former Managtnr Editor of tb Erenlnj
; "Germany wants the freedom of the
seas." he declared.
; "What is stopping her?" I asked.
Perfect German logic I If you own a
tun you must kill somebody I )
T When he declared German com
merce was being stifled I asked him
to explain how Germany had risen in
twenty years from maritime insignifi
cance to the position of second mari-
f th mnrM H rtianired
11IIIC fUBW W " --
the subject, saying that I, being an
.American, could not understand those
things. Germany, he said, must ex
pand. Her birth rate was increasing,
her population pressing upon her bor
ders. She needed room in which to
"Why has emigration from Ger-
11 1 . - A
many pracucauy ccasea ior iwcuiy
years if her people are so crowded at
home?" I asked. That was another
thing which, as a American, I could
not be expected to understand. v
"That is the whole trouble," Dr.
Rumely went on. "You Americans
, do not understand Germany. The
English have been filling this country
with their propaganda for years, and
yoa think they are right in whatever
they do. The result is that Americans
are all taking the English side. Now,
Germany is entitled to a fair hearing,
is the not?"
- "England," he explained, "England
controls all the strategic straits and
waterways of the world Gibraltar,
the English channel, the Suez canal,
the Straits of Malacca." He named a
dozes more. "It is not right that one
nation should have the power to pre
vent the commerce of the world from
moving where it pleases."
- "Has England ever stonoed anv
German ships from going where they
pleased" l asked.
t aU . - a
-.no, out sne could, ane has a
great navy; with coaling stations all
over the world. No nation can keep
sucn power without some day exer
I conceded that Germany was en
titled to exactly as fair treatment as
was Belgium or any other country.
"My friends," he said, picking tp
the package of papers, "are sure that
it the people of America really un
derstood German , war aims they
wouia nave more sympatny with Ger
many in this war. -We are not get
ting correctnews from the other
side. The British censors are hold
ing back everything favorable to Ger
many. The Associated Press is pro-
cngusn. jnow, i can get tne exclu
sive right to obtain the, real news
uuiti ucrmsny ur uisinuuuon in IMS
country My friends - think that
would be a very valuable concession.
What do yon think about it?"
"What would you do with this
news after you got it?" I asked.
Sell to United States Paner.
,r"i .would sell it to the American
newspapers," he said. "It ought to
be very valuable, for Jt would be au
thentic and official." ,
As gently and as solemnly as I
could I told the doctor a few rudi
mentary facts about the newspaper
business. I tried to make him see
hat the war was already costing the
newspapers far more than they could
possibly get out of it, and was going
to cost them still more; that instead
of being eager to spend money for
more news, even "German official"
news, they were looking for . places
where they could cut off exnenie.
"That is what I want advice about "
he said. "You have had experience in
ucn tnmgs. mow would you go about
it to influence public opinion in
America in favor of Germany?" v
The cat was out of the had
yon were to come to me with a
(Copyright, lflS, V. B Canada, the K. T. Herald C.
site direction from America. ou can t
make America turn around."
Amused at Vehemence.
The doctor seemed more amused
at my vehemence than angered at my
denunciation of the German ideals.
He came back to the subject of propa
ganda. ... .
"There are certain things in the
German plan and point of view that
ought to be broadly circulated in this
country," he said. "Isn't there some
way to get the newspapers to print
"Not if they see you first, there
isn't" I replied. "As a matter of fact.
I'm not worrying any about the effect
your propaganda would have on the
American people, for I think the sort
of things you are talking would just
make them laugh. But if you mus,t
get something circulated, why not try
the Congressional Record? I
wouldn't ever offer that suggestion if
I thought there was the slightest
chance that any one in America would
take your efforts seriously, but such
as it is vou are welcome to it."
I had to explain to the doctor that
if he could get a German' member of
congress to read into the Congres
sional Record whatever German "ex
planations" he had to offer, it could
then be circulated free of postage.
The idea of making the United States
government spread German' propa
da free of charge appealed to him. He
thanked me for the suggestion and I
said good night .
As I steooed out into the street i
looked at my watch. It was after 2
o'clock in the morning. As l waiKed
eastward toward the Illinois Central
station I heard, somewheri off in the
fastnesses of the "Loop, a chorus ot
male voices singing "Deutschland,
ueber Alles." I began to wonder
whether I had not been perhaps a lit
tle too sure that nobody would take
German propaganda seriously. Here
were these fellows, now, celebrating
the fall of Liege, perhaps, American
born, likely. More than once, though
I haven't a drop of German blood in
my veins and only a high school
smattering of the language, I had
joined German friends at a kommers
or a turntest in singing "ueutscniano
ueber Alles and thought nothing ot
it It was a harmless bit ot sentiment
besides, it went to a tune familiar
from childhood as that of our most
stirring hymns. But was it all senti
ment? I began to wonder.
A man whom I knew as American
born, of American parents, had just
revealed himself to me as a German.
All rlshta reaerred.)
Might there not be millions like him?
It was inconceivable to me yet. I
did not get to sleep easily.
The next day I went to an old and
very wise friend. I told him in detail
of my conversation of the evening be
fore. "Curious, isn't it. that a man like
Rumely should get such an obses
sion," he said. But he didn't think he
could do any harm. He felt, as I did,
that there could be no possible com
promise between the American and
German ideals, and that the American
people must instinctively see that and
remain unmoved, whatever Germany
might attempt in the way of propa
ganda. I had uneasy thoughts whenever I
turned the subject over in my mind.
Finally I wrote some letters to men
whom I knew to be just as genuinely
American as I was, men who could
have no possible sympathy with the
German viewpoint. I suggested that
an organization be formed to combat
German propaganda in wnatever
from it might show its head and a
little of the creature was beginning
to be visible above the camouflage.
My friends some of them hold high
office could not, see 'the need or the
danger. They felt, as I had felt, that
Germany could offer nothing to the
American people that would not be
recognized instantly as haying
"Made in Germany stamped on it.
"Have you got the German spy
hysteria, too?" one friend wrote me.
So little did we reckon the possibili
ties of German propaganda in those
far-off days of 19141
But I was not convinced, and it
was not long before I was to learn a
great deal more about German propa
ganda and its methods.
(In his next article Mr. Stock
bridge will tell how the project of
buying the Evening Mail in the
interest of Germany was de
veloped by Dr. Rumely.)
Grouseman Confirmed as
Engineer at City Hall
City council confirmed Fred F.
Grouseman as engineer of the city
hall, to succeed B. C. Foley, who re
cently was reappointed by Mayor
Smith and then was released.
The mayor explained he appointed
Grouseman on the request of Com
missioner Zimman, who has resumed
jurisdiction of the city hall.
Mr. Foley, who was let out, has
three sons, an adopted nephew and a
son-in-law in military service.
Salvage Corps Hopes
To Handle Discarded
Packing Cases Soon
Expressing the hope that the sal
vage department of the Red Cross,
would, in the near future,- be able to
handle the discarded packng cases of
the Red Cross, reference to which
was made in Monday's edition of
The Bee, F. J. Burkley. director of the
Red Cross salvage department, sub
mits, the followng letter of explana
"Referring to boxes received at the
Red Cross Inspection warehouse, in
justice to that branch .of Red Cross
activities, will you kindly state that
Mrs. Baldrige offered some time ago
to let the Sava"e ?!- !;
these boxes if they could be taken
away promptly aiier business iiuis
and at such times as would not inter
fere with the use of the elevator in
that building and if the alley and
streets were kept clear from litter.
Many of these were paper boxes and
many of the wooden boxes were bad
ly broken and valuable for kindling
"Owing to a lack of trucks and
storage facilities, the salvage depart
ment was not able at that time to
handle the boxes under these condi
tions, but hopes to be able to do so in
the near future."
All Class One Negroes in '
Omaha Called fcr August 1
Nearly all of the Class 1 negro draft
registrants in Omaha will be inducted
into army service and sent to a train
ing camp August 1.
Local board No. 3 will send about
eighty negroes in the call.
Letters of Glass Company
Evidence in Fraud Case
The trial of W. A. Eddy, Charles
L. White and Charles M. Eaton in
federal court on a charge of using the
mails to defraud, continued through
Tuesday. Lew N. St. John, of Kear-
"F)R. Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin is all
-L' that it is claimed to be and I will
always keep it in the house as it is all that I
need for my children, and grown folks as well.
I do not hesitate to recommend Dr. Caldwell's
Syrup Pepsin to my friends."
From a letter to Dr. Caldwell written by
I Mrs. Esther Porter Harrelson, George-1
town, S. C
The Perfect Laxative
Sold by Druggists Everywhere
50 cts. (Efl $1.00
A. mild, pleasant-tasting combination of simple
laxative herbs with pepsin that acts easily and
naturally. Children like it and take it willing
ly. A trial bottle can be obtained by writing to
Dr. W. B. Caldwell, 458 Washington Street,
ney, Neb., the chief witness for the
government, testified to incidents con
nected with his affiliation with the
Omaha Cut Glass Manufacturing Co.,
out of which the charges grow. A
number of letters which . passed
through the mails in this .connection
were submitted in evidence. I
Is Still Going On. Bigger
Bargains Than Ever Before
All short and broken lines of LADIES' LOW
SHOES and WHITE HIGH SHOES at
greatly reduced prices.
White cloth high shoes that were priced from $5.00
to $10.00, this season's tPQ AC QA A C AC
best styles, now OAdAOOAo
Patent leather, black
kid, black calf and white
cloth low shoes, flJQ IC
worth to $7.00, P).4J
About 200 pairs O&ds
and Ends Pumps, the
best bargains of
the sale, for
kid and calf low
Wprth to $6.00
Odds and Ends White
Buck and Nubuck but
ton shoes, val- d1 QC
ues up to $8, forplt)
We have taken almost all our Odds and
Ends of MEN'S LOW SHOES, mostly small
sizes left, and arranged them in two lots at
very attractive prices for Wednesday.
Men's Patent Leather, black and tan calf,
$4.50 to $7.00 values, for....
Men's Patent Leather and Black Calf, some
worth up to $6.00 per pahynow.
Misses' and Children's Low Shoes
reduced 25 from regular prices.
DREXEL SHOE CO.
1419 Farnam St.
Onyx Fiber Sfflc
Extra Special, Fair
Silk, Satin, Jersey.
Worth to $1.95.
proposition to do that," I replied, "I
would stipulate certain ' conditions to
vegm wun. first, you should deposit
a reasonable sum say $1,000,000 to
my creait , in some rood ennntrv
where extradition treaties don't run.
i:ef Honduras. Then yon should
lurnisn tne an armed guard and a
complete set of disguises, to when the
time came, as it assuredly would,
when I had to make my getaway be
tween two da vs. I would hav rea
sonable chance of making it In other
words, what yoo are asking can't be
dope, and the man who tries it on is
going to una nimseit in trouble.'
Events Are Proof.
I am neither a oronhet nnr tfc in.
, Of a OrODhet. but event! hair nrnuil
. that I was right The doctor wanted
v tojrnow why I was so positive. :
"Because the thing yoo want to
mB we vmencan people Deiieve in
is something they cannot believe in
and remain Americans, I said. "You
want tnera to believe that a nation
that tears up treaties and invades a
country with which it has no anarrM
is something to be admired. You want
to make the people of tree America
sympathize with the masters of en-
"There yoa go again," he explained,
'talking of things you do not know
anything about Don't you know that
the German people are the best srov.
erned people in the world? Don't you
know that there is less misery and
poverty in Berlin than there is in Lon
don; that the German poor are hap
pier than the poor of New York?"
"I know you're not going to get
Americans 10 iikc a civilization wnere
the soldier is supreme, where women
have to step into the gutter to let' of
ficers passK where such things as the
Zabern affair can happen," I answered
t'jn. . ?:'
"You have never been in Germany,
or you would not say such things," he
remonstrated. "It is that sort of ig
norance about Germany that makes
American ; sympathize with uer
"It is ignorance of America that
nakes you think you can change
their point of view, I retorted. "You
o not know that the State socialism
which yoa hold to be the best govern
nent hi the world is the exact op
' :te of the individualism on which
rrica has been founded. Your Ger-
-ii government wraps up happiness
. i packages and parcels it out to the
;,uUce; here we guarantee to the
id Vidua! not happiness, but life and
v'iy for the pursuit of happiness,
. , . . are looking in exactly the oppo-
69C Startine Wednesday-The Final Windup of Our
July ClefiF&ic toiwiif Efeit
S FECIAL grpups of Garments all broken lot assortments that we
have marked down for final clearance, regardless of their value or
their cost to us. It's an apparel happening which is indeed rare even at
this store. Many surprises will greet yon in every department
ACTUALLY WORTH TO $45
GEORGETTES, Taffetas, Crepe" de Chine,
A gorgeous array of smart styles,
rich, colors. Models for every type of
wear. A dress offering without an equal .
in Omaha today.
FINAL CLEARANCE ON
HUNDREDS ot Blouses have been assembled
under the two lots listed below, as well as
in many equally attractive sale groups not adver
tised, but waiting to surprise you Wednesday.
.MaM.w J ; "-ira l. i sici II ii i i
THIS final event affords a last opportunity to those who have not yet
taken advantage of the remarkable offerings to turn these great re
ductions to their immediate profit and those "who reaped the benefit of
earlier purchases will desire to participate in these unparalleled savings.
ACTUALLY WORTH TO
UR finest Suits the products of Amer
ica's best tailors. Rich fabrics, su
perbly tailored into suits which are splen
didly adapted for early Fall wear. Navy,
Black, Copen, Grey, Checks, Tan.
FINAL CLEARANCE ON
NO woman In need of an extra Skirt can resist
these BDlendid valnpa w have nreDared for
range of styles.
Great varieties unusual
600 Blouses $
Worth, to $12.50, y
FINEST Georgettes In
all the most favored
colors; rich beaded and
Every Blouse a decisively
Worth to $6.50,
TAILORED as well
as dressy models,
in rich Crepe de Chine
and sheer Georgettes;
White, flesh, black, coral, maize,
Belgium, peach, Nile and beige.
Worth $10 to $15
Actually Worth- J
Up to $6.50, now
Repps and Pique,
white and neat figured
patterns; regular and
extra sizes; rare values.
Silk and Wool Skirts
150 Skirts, worth
Up to $12.50, now
SPLENDID styles In
Navy and other
good colors. Serges,
Silks. Poplins and
Faille. A skirt buying opportunity you
ough to heed.
Tfc aitAI n n G4?,
r II I II H II W II
f Demand . j
Big Foot Mileage Y
That's why thousand va
I wear Slipknots the rub
I ber heeU that have plenty of I
f wearing aiaterial in them
jS and alto insure foot smileage. fji
fl Always demand Slipknots. ti
19 Manufactured by I r.j
PLYMOUTH RUBBER COMPANY IfM
1 Canton, Mas.
Put on at all Shoe Repair Shop s' jf
THIS IS THE
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