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THE BEE'S SERVICE FLAG
HW t m " "
f "Big Jeff" for congress.
Anot)ierT9liUeal . maclt, ane Jo the scrap,
heap. 'rV ":i't Vl'i i -T
Sheriff 'Mite Oark' isiaome-runntfwhether
after bootleggers or after votes. .. ,f v
1 Still, that dark horse "gave certain members
of the water board the scare of their lives.
r A lot of the "boys" had a nice little exercise
gallop, if they didn't win much else in the race.
f August seems to have entered the sign-of
Aquarius, whether the rest "of the summer did or
not. ; ,v . ' ', ' ,-
!' And the real beauty, of it Is that hone of the
losers will, dare to say the ballot .boxes were
stuffed .against him. . . . . L .'..-, .,
: Now we may look for a brief respite from pol
itics until after Ak-Sar-Ben, and then a strenuous
windup of the campaign.
; The Hun has discovered that,, while he may
start things on the western front, he can't halt
them without the consent of the Allies. .
'"Just a little common courtesy" was the re
quest the crew made of the captain, adding, "and
the commonest kind 'of courtesy will do." This
story might be ' emblazoned ' in some railroad
offices alongside the recent note from Secretary
McAdoo. ( ; V.V " :
) This is a bad time for "the Ice men to begm to
rock the "boab 'prhalia is not the" only community
suffering front shortage of ice, but trie' fact that
have eompany'will not reconcile ''the villagers
t any fooling with prices that already are higli
rnough. . ,. , . . - - -
Now that the first poltical flurry is over, our
city commission should establish a rule and give
notice of itsVstrict enprcemc,nt that anyone hold-
ka a catartit tinrinartisan titv fiall lob who ftleS
hr nomination ior political office will' have Ins
iVsigftt'onacccp J .-. j
, Spain threatens to; seize- interned German
slaps to replace Spanish losses incident to U
bjoat activities,' but if will not be surprising if the
Spaniards find the wily Germans have practiced
sabotage on their own ships, as they did on those,
tied up in American ,hafbbrs.v Jusf as the kai
sej'a piratls maWe'war on alf nations, so they
trust none. i
Redrawing the Industrial Map.
A GOOD COUNTY TICKET. .
Despite, the light vote and lack of interest in
the primary, the republicans have managed to
pull out a good county ticket which may be pre
sented to the voters for the November election
with confidence In its strength.
For the main offices present republican in
cumbents are given deserved endorsement by
way of renomination. For sheriff, Mike Clark
headi the" ticket with a complete vindication, and
Harry Pearce for register of deeds, Frank Dewey
for clerk and Lou Adams for surveyor, bring with
them the power and prestige of satisfactory pub
lic service. Shotwell for county attorney and
Shriver for treasurer will also prove to be pulling
horses, and the legislative and county commis
sioners, although the exact Jineup may wait n
the official. canvass, form a phalanx which re
publicans can back up without apologies to offer.
The campaign against the democrats, to be
sure, is not begun, but in the personality of the
leader the weight of superiority is plainly on the
"Big Jeff's" Smashing Victory.
In the first scrimmage of the campaign, score
for "Big Jeff," who has won out over his oppo
nent in the republican primary by a 2 to I ma
jority. . ,. ;
This smashing victory presages well for the
next offensive, which will have as its objective
going over' the top in ' November as against;' the
present democratic incumbent. 'f
t. "Jefferi for Congress" is a good tandard to
rally under and should appeal strongly to every
one enlisted in the "win-the-war? movement.
It should appeal also to everyone who wants
this' congressional district to have in Washington
an. active and energetic representative constantly
on the firing line for America first and unceas
ingly alert to-the interests of Omaha and Ne
braska. . While it will not do to underestimate the
strength of present democratic congressmen up
for re-election, the 'primary tfve 8ucn 1 80
tart that "Big Jeff" need only keep his speed to
make the winning race.
i?. Senator Pittman of -Nevada enlivened pro
ceedings of a sultry "morning hour" in the great
est debating club oOhe' world by introducing a
plan proposed for redistributing industrial plants
ifter the ar, jto stabilize life in America. The
idea flow from C. C. McChord of the Inter
state Commerce commission. It is to follow an
adjustment of freight tariffs that will put each
community, large' or small, on a parity, Without
artificial advantages now existing by reason' of
unequl transportation costs, the building up of
industrial communities in the great open spaces
where only farms exist will come naturally, and
the. congestion along the eastern -seaboard will
beV broken fup. Neither " Senator Pittman - nor
Commissioner McChord has indicated how some
other , factors, such, as natural deposits of raw
ntaterials, or needed supplies of any kind, will
be adjusted, bu' the presentation of the matter
did permit Senators Fletcher, Smoot, Sher
man and Johnson to descant on what the rail
road service is not doing at present, the latter be-
mg tea to renuric inai ii government ownersmp
tan withstand the present management, its future
U not itt doubt". All oi .which forces us to the
conclusion that .ttje senator are enjoying their
racation period- hndsomely'.'Vnd that the "illy
leasoa";has riqt 'bB. adjourned, although poli-
Substantial Help for Italy.
Our government has taken a long delayed but
very necessary step to give Italy aid in the matter
of financing its share of the war. While the
Italian government has been favored along 'with
our other allies in the matter of extension of
loans, the fluctuations in foreign exchange have
been so strongly against the lire that even with
the help of American money Italy has been at
great disadvantage in making purchases. It is.
aid that Italy has been compelled to pay 20
cents for 9 cents' worth of material because of
the rate of exchange against that country. To
correct this the United States government has'
arranged for an oversight of transactions, to the
extent that whatever may be done to stabilize
the rate and give Italy an even break will be
done. The government at Rome is not strong
eriOugh to protect its own financial standing,' and
'certainly deserves the assistance given. This is
the more apparent because the adverse quotations
are largely through Switzerland and Spain, where
German influences have worked to discredit the
Italian issue. Our own government was tardy
enough in coming to the aid of this important
associate, but now that it has taken cognizance
tot git situation, ytt hv tightjb expect that
early correction of the discriminatory exchange
will lake place and that Italy will no longer be
left a victim to the extortion of foreign money
Economic Pressure a War Measure.
Germans already realize something of the
harvest that is ahe,ad, pf them in the increasing
agitation for an economic "war after., ' the war."
They Iquite deliberately prepared for this1 by de
stroying in Belgium, France, Poland and other
countries they penetrated every vestige of indus
trial undertaking, "that Germany should have no
nearby competitors after the war. German peact
terms include an allotment of raw material to be
supplied by the rest of the world in such quanti
ties as the Germans deem requisite. Othef plans
for carrying on the business of, the world under
direction of Berlin were elaborated. These are
now beginning to bear fruit Lloyd George out
lines Brjtish sentiment when he says:
An agreement among the Allies means that
. the economic fate of the world will be in the
hands of the great allied powers federated, to
gether' at present The longer the war lasts,
the sterner must be the economic terms we im- .
pose on the foe. I think the sooner he real
izes that the better. He is fighting to impose
his cfwn economic terms on the Allies. He will
never succeed in doing so. , .
Mr. Wilson's own expressions on the point
are not so pointed, but are susceptible of some
what similar interpretation. While no definite
agreement for such a boycott is likely, it is plain
that under the most favorable conditions the Ger
mans will have Breat trouble in restoring their
trade relations with he world. An outraged civ
ilization will find means to repay such offenders
in ways they will riot misunderstand.
"Bingo" Bing is back in line, and promising
to redeem the mistake he made at Cambrat so
long ago. He is making his name respected in
" . War Risk Bureau Delays , f O; "
Overlapping Contrd, Neglect of Men, and Other Guwcs
Louis Seibold in New York World
An investigation recently completed of
the war risk insurance bureau has served to
disclose some of the -defects of the system
of insuring the lives of the soldiers and sail
ors fighting for the country and providing
foi their dependents during the war.
The report of the committee making the
investigation explains to a very large extent
the causes for complaints made by the de
pendents of the nation's warriors that the
government has been derelict in the perform
ance of its obligations to them.
No concealment is attempted by either
th4, war risk board or the finance and ac
counting division of the quartermaster's
corps that there have been hundreds, perhaps
thousands, of complaints received from rela
tives of men bearing the arms and following
the flag of their country in France, Italy and
As a matter of fact, the two bureaus which
divide the work of allocating to the depend
ents?pf soldiers and sailors allotments of their
pay invite persons who believe themselves en
titled to a part of 'the pay of a relative in the
military service to establish their claims, and
point out the responsibility for the miscar
riage of such gratuities or failure of the gov
ernment to perform its duty in this respect.
Although the report of the investigating
committee does not say so, an impartial in
quiry by a disinterested observer justifies
the statement that much of the criticism of
the tremendous enterprise undertaken by the
government is ,due to the divided authority
of two co-ordinate, though separate, depart
ments of the government the War and
A great deal of the confusion resulting
in hardships to many dependents of soldiers
and sailors is unquestionably due to this
cause. It is the opinion of army and navy
officers generally that the work of the war
risk bureau should be divided that relating
to the allotment of pay be given to the two
fighting arms of the service and the insur
ance of the men themselves to the Treasury
The phenomenal growth of the war risk
bureau was obviously too rapid to permit of
satisfactory adjustment. From a subordinate
bureau, manned by five employes to insure
hulls and cargoes from destruction by enemy
submarines less than four years ago, and ad
ministered at a cost of $44,000 a year, the
expanded department now employs more
than 9,000 clerks, supervises the applications
of 3,023,007 persons engaged in military
service and up to date has mailed 4,724,998
checks covering allotments of monthly pay
to the descendants of soldiers and sailors.
Checks of this character are going out at
the rate of 1,000,000 a month. The total
amount of insurance takei out by 3,000,000
of the nation's fighters amd written by the
government is veryclose to $26,000,000,000.
The average amount of insurance taken out
is in excess of $9,000, the maximam being
$10,000. . '
The amount of Insurance carried by the
government exceeds by $3,000,000,000 that
written by all the legal reserve insurance
companies of the United States combined.
There has been comparatively little difficulty
beyond mistakes due to inexperience and
lack of system natural in the organization
of so great a venture in the insurance feature
of the war risk work. The government col
lects the premiums "at the source;" that is,
it takes it out of the ay envelope of the in
sured soldier and sailor, the monthly pre
mium ranging from 63 cents for a youth of
15 to $3.35 tor a man of 65 per fl.uuo. The
keeping of these accounts is attended by only
such complications as are to be expected from
The work of allotting to dependent rela
tives part of the pay of soldiers, in accord
ance with their wishes, is not so easy, due W
many causes that cannot be anticipated ' or
guarded against """
Every enlisted man, whether he has de
pendents or not, is required to file with the
war .risk insurance bureau a blank upon which
are scheduled facts relating, to Class "A"
relatives (wife, child or former wife divorced,
in respect to whom the allotment of pay is
compulsory), and certain information as to
Class "B? dependents (mother, father, broth
er or sister, in respect to whom the allot
ment is entirely voluntary), which informa
tion must include the amount which the en
listed man had habitually contributed to
their support prior to his entrance into the
service. : -
Of the 3,023,007 statements on file there
are 1,791,028 in which the enlisted men have
declared that they have no dependents and,
therefore,'have allotted no part of their pay.
The experience of the bureau has been that
in many such cases dependents do exist, and
the failure to report them is due either to a
misunderstanding on the part of the soldier
or his willful intention to misrepresent con-i
ditions, so that he may be spared the neces
sity of allotting part of his pay.
In some cases it has developed that, al
though, he has reported no dependents, the
enlisted man has misled the wife or mother
by writing to her that he has allotted part
o! his pay, and that she should receive each
month a check from the government. After
waiting some time and failing to receive a
check, the wife or mother either writes to
the bureau or complains to -her senator or
As soon as the bureau is notified of this
situation a special application blank is for
warded to the wife, upon which she can lay
the basis of her clpim, supported by the testi
mony of witnesses. It is then definitely as
certained whether the Toan is in the service,
and if such is the case an award is made and
the commanding officer of the soldier is no
tified of the facts. The commanding offi-
men withholds a part of the man s pay each
month to reimburse the bureau for the allot
ment which it forwards each month.
. . '
Under the present law nothing can be
done in the case of dependent mothers for
whom the soldiers have not made allotments,
for they come under Class "B," and tt is en
tirely voluntary upon the part of the soldier
to make allotment for the benefit of depend
ents within that classification. In these
cases a notice, is sent to the commanding
officer with the suggestion that he bring the
situation to the attention of the enlisted man,
and urge him to make suitable allotment so
that the bureau may pay the allowance justi
fied by the facts.
In view of the large number of applica
tions allging no dependents the investigating
committee decide4 to have a more definite
warning given to enlisted men, and in the
future a warning notice will be printed in
large type on each application.
The notice will call attention to the fact
that failure to report the existence of a wife
or child, or the making of any false state
ment in such report, will render the offender
liable to two, years' imprisonment, a fine of
$5,000, or both. ' It will also urge the enlisted
men having dependents in Class "B" (mother,
minor sister, minor brother, etc.) to allot
some portion of his pay for their benefit and
to correctly state the amount of the habitual
monthly contribution previously made for
Since November 1, 1917, the day the war
risk insurance act became . effective, up to
June 15, 1918, there have been probably 30,
000 applications filed by enlisted men claim
ing exemption from making allotments to
their wives upon the ground of desertion,
unworthiness or other causes. In many of
these cases ignorance is expresesd of the
wife's whereabouts. When such application
is received steps are taken to ascertain the
wife's address, and she is then called upon
to reply to her husband's charges.
One of the most common causes of delay,
for which the "bureau is not responsible, is
the giving of an incorrect address of the ben
eficiary, either through carelessness of con
fusion on the part of the soldier. In other
cases the allottee has moved without giving
the proper forwarding address. Over 6,000
checks are returned each month by the pos
tal authorities to the bureau because the al
lottees cannot be found at the addresses
The carrying out of rules issued by the
pension bureau in connection with the de
livery of pension checks by the Postoffice de
partment has resulted in troublesome delays
for allottees under the war risk insurance
act. Pension checks cannot be delivered un
less the beneficiary establishes, by the pos
session of an identification number to the sat
isfaction of the carrier or the postmaster,
that he is entiled to receive the check. No
such regulation has been established by the
bureau of war risk insurance, and the en
forcement of the rule by the postal authori
ties has resulted in numerous complaints.
Troublesome cases are gradually being
cleared up and the Postoffice department is
co-operating with the bureau to that end.
, Sabotage in High Places
Not less impressive than the indictments
returned the other day by the federal grand
jury in the army raincoat scandal cases is the
statutory ground upon which the indictments
are drawn. This is a section of the so-called
sabotage act which provides that
"When the United States is at war, who
ever shall wilfully make or cause
to be made in a defective manner, or attempt
to make or cause to be. made in a defective
manner, any war material as herein de
fined" ... ... . '
shall, on conviction, be fined not over $10,000
or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or
Army raincoats are evidently such "war
material," and the further charge is that the
contract manufacturers have caused the coats
to be made in a defective manner to over
reach the government for the sake of profits.
Sabotage is i an ugly word. It has hereto
fore been exclusively applied to the malicious
acts of employes in injury of their employer,
or, since the war began, in injury of the
country's power to prosecute the war regard
less of the consequences to the employer.
It now reaches out to embrace the grafting
And why not? So. far as affects the war
prosecuting powers of the country there is
no difference in kind between the alien or
traitor who at wages uses his place to crip
ple a gun-making machine and the army con
tractor who palms off for his own profit upon
staldiers defective coats or shoes in the guise
of good-quality wear which he had agreed
to deliver. Sabotage! It is a word which
will strike upon the dishonest war-contracting
ear with a new sound of warning and a
new power, perhaps, for deterring. New
People and Events
The voter of Wichita, Katu, nominated
a dead man for office. There are others, but
this one is tagged.
Stealing flags is the latest patriotic caper
in New York. General Dix's order must be
revised: "If any man steals the flag, shoot
him on the spot" '
Cheer upl The country is safe. Waiters
in dining cars are in a class by themselves,
performing a service essential to winning the
war. All other waiters are) nonessentials and
must" work or fight."
Something of a feeler for a price boost
may be visioned in the report of an early
frost nipping the coffee plantations of an
Panto, Brazil. The advance notice might
command a glad hand in the morning coffee
belt if appreciable symptoms of the frost
hopped along with the beans.
1 For some unaccountable reason state fair
managers out west overlook a mighty fine
drawing card. The annual pictorial cards of
offtceseekers constitute a remarkable artistic
exhibit. Collected and staged with becom
ing drapinga and shaded lights, the show
would beat a midway 40 ways. Perhaps the
managers do not need the 'money or dread
a bargain crush.
!)ne Year Ago Totfay Ja tho, War.t.,
Japanese .war", commission, headed
y Viscount IsmV received in Wash
jiirton... . . . '
j German airraid on London resulted
4 11 persona killed and 11 Injured.'
-Brltieh repulsed fierce ' counter at
tacks by tiM German crown prince on
:he.Ypre front . , "
the Day Wo Celebraie.,
Burton W. Christie, physician ; and
lurgeon. bora 1877.;
.George T. MiltleJohn, attorney-at-taw.
!. C. RoMoktr, chief clerk to the
tar service) agent, of. the .yawn, JPacJ
M hnrn 1X75. ... ...
MaJ.-Gea. TncJa H. Lincoln." V,
a. A- born In Iowa, 40 yean ago. .
Brlg.-Gen. Robert L. Howze. U. 8.
iL. born in Rusk county, Texas, 14
k-eara suro. .'-... '
'Brif.-Gen. Edward T. Donnelly, TJ.
B. A. orn in England, i years ao
Maud Powell. - violinist;., bom -at
Peru,. Ill, SO.yeara go., , . . .
Thii i Da ta Rlstorr.
184 Marriage of Lt V. E. Grant
aad Mia Julia Dent or St. ixmu.- -.
1881 Tho' Confederate Provlelon
, al congress tt Richmond 1 closed its
third session. -
lSiz Catletfa Station. Ya- - waa
captured by cod federate cavalry un-,
djr General Btuwt, v . . i t
1J1 -Germany made a. levy of
siv.vpQ.vv on jgniaMia. ;; , '
J ust 80 Years Ago Today
James Donnelly, Bernard' Saches
and'E." C vWlgga were elected dele
gates to the convention or demooratio
clubs at -Lincoln.. - ' . "
The heaviest train ever pulled into
Omaha oyer , the Union Pacific, came
la with 85 cars drawn by one loco
motive., i , ' ?
The following slate waa made, for
Second ward delegates to the county
convention: Thomas Casey, -' Lew
Herman, "Walter - Brandels, - Patrick
Bagley Andrew Frlck, Thomas- LOW
ry and -John zener. - waiter Bran
dels and George' Kef man will solicit
funds for a fiagr pole.. : . - . , v,-: ...
'An "Old Hickory" club was organ
ized by the democrats with the follow
ing o racers;. 8. B. Lenno, president;
James. Fleming, -. vice president;
Thomas Hoctor, treasurer, and R, J
Over There and Here 1
Great Lakes Naval training station
Initiated 32,112 new men during July.
Great Lakes 'sailor boys this week
are staging living flags of all the al
lies, which photographers will pres
ently send on the rounds. Old Glory
heads the list. , . .
Verboten signs are more numerous
all over Germany than "Keep off the
grass ' signs in American parks. Raids
of allied bombers on the Rhine .Cities
are doing great slaughter among the
Verbotens as well as other Hun institutions.
One of the most Interesting of the
card Indexes of the government at
Washington Is that which holds the
names of 20,000 Individuals who sub
scribed for about $100,000,0000 to the
ix German war loans Quietly put over
in this country prior to April 8. 117.
Tho new army kitchen on trucks.
named in honor of former President
Taft and Invented In Connecticut, Is
capable of oooklng 8,000 meals in
three - hours. As the new kitchens
carry their own power and fuel, con
fldenoe Is felt that piping hot meals
will keep in touch with the boys chas
ing the Huns. j .
A thousand men in, training for
army sen-ice at the state deaf insti
tute, Indianapolis, were crowded for
drill ground. Adjoining was a field
of wheat In shock, which had not
been moved to threshers owing to
labor' scarcity. "Save the wheat and
tales the field." said the owner. Ia
24 hours the wheat and the threshers
were hooked up. by the men and field
Right to the Point '.
Washington ! P6st: If Secretary
McAdoo's susestnons as to a tax on
gasoline go through, every, owner of
a filwer will regard the revenue meas
ure as a burning issue.
Brooklyn Eagle: Dutch ships will
bring us sugar and quinine. If the
cud of sweet amd bitter fancy is grow
ing tasteless. Uncle Sam still sees the
dawn or nope in me orient.
New Tork "World: A short stop in
tho allies' advance in Picardy gives
the average reader of war news time
to cateh up with his lessons In pro
nunciation of French proper names.
Baltimore American: The allies
lately captured a box containing 450
iron crosses. Jf they send them over
they can' be distributed
crews who gas
ta this side
imnni the U-boat
broods of chickens.
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Tho sub
marine commander who sank the Lus
ttania has gone to his reward,' and
those who didn't believe . in future
punishment are hurrying back into
the orthodox camp. ... .
. Minneapolis Tribune: Secretary
Baker could lust as wen triueo'd.
much better have told congress some
months ago that ' immediate extension
of the draft ages - is ' imperative."
Plenty of congresmen had the right
"hunch" then, but the secretary asked
for time to think lt over. The secre
tary does not believe in. unseemly
hste in preparing for war
Twice Tlod Tales
; . The General's. Retort.:
Sir Henry "Wilson,, unlike many sol
diers, has & ready tongue, and Is more
than a match for the average politi
cian. Hfs encounter with an eminent,
if not too tactful, statesman at an
early stage of the war Is historic. The
latter thought fit when dining with
our commander-in-chief in France to
observe to the company;' .
?'Is it not curious that so great a.
war should have produced no great
General "Wilson replied:
"Is it not, sir, even more curious
that so great a crisis in Europe should
have produced no European states
man ?'VrLondon Chronicle.
Proving His Words.
"Patience and perseverance will ac
complish all things," was the favorite
saying of an old farmer. He had Just
made this remark in a train one day
on the way to market, when a pom
pous individual in . the next seat
turned to him and said:
"Nonsense,, sir! I can-tell you
many things which neither- patience
nor perseverance can accomplish."
"Perhaps you can," said the farmer,
"but I have never yet come across
one thing." .
"Well, then, I'll tell you one. Will
patience and perseverance ever; en
able you to carry water in a sieve?"
would like to know how."
"Simply by waiting patiently for the
water to creese." Detroit Free Press.
Exploiting Patriotism. '
Omaha, Aug. 20To tho Editor of
The Bee: It makes no difference
how good may be any undertaking,
there are always found those who are
ready to take over the project from
its promoters and conduct it for per
sonal gain. Usually the honest pro
moter is overwhelmed by the argu
ments of the other, feels his own in
significance in the presence of so much
bombast and unconsciously steps from
the front rank to let some brum
magem leader take his place.
And. so we find a similar situation
as a result of our war activities. In
Omaha there is no exception and we
find a few loud-mouthed persons set
ting the standard of our patriotism
and the public seems so overawed by
their accusations and insinuations that
they are allowed to occupy the lime
light as the quintessence of patriotism,
much to the discor.fort of those per
sons who considered themselves pa
triotic citizens until, In the presence
of the personally conducted - kind of
patriots, they discover th ir short
comings. We generally discover. If we watch
closely, that those self-confessed "pa.
triots" are exploiting their so-called
patriotism, sometimes for political ad
vantage or for business profits, and
sometimes to detract the public atten
tion from some other manner of plac
ing patriotism on a cash basis.
Making mountains out of molehills
for advertising purposes is their usual
stock-in-trade, and they work at it
night and day.
If there is a more despicable person
than the profiteer in necessities it is
he who exploits his so-called patri
otism. NORTH SIDE.
Women In Penitentiary.
Seneca, Neb.. Aug. 18. To the Ed
itor of The Bee': Where are the
women in the Nebraska penitentiary
kept, and how are they employed?
Are they permitted to be out of doors?
Where is the hospital for them?
What hour do they arise? Do they
have church services? Under whose
control is this place run?
Answer r-Women prisoners In the
Nebraska penitentiary are kept in the
section set apart for them inside the
prison walls. They are employed at
sewing on garments, mending, wash
ing, knitting and doing other work
that is appropriate for female labor.
All prisoners are entitled to and re
quired to take a certain amount of
outdoor exercise every day; some are
employed in the open air continually,
and all but the most refractory are
given an ample opportunity to get
plenty of fresh air and sunlight The
hospital for sick prisoners Is inside the
prison walls. Usually about 6 o'clock
in the morning; the hour for arising
may vary at the will of the warden or
matron, although it la uniform for all
prisoners. Services are held in the
prison chapel regularly on Sunday,
and frequently during the week; a
regular chaplain and- bands of church
workers look after the regeneration
of the prisoners. The prison is under
control of the state, the governor ap
pointing the warden, who Is in direct
charge and responsible' for its man
agement Religion and the War.
Omaha, Aug. 12. To the Editor of
The Bee: Just a few lines to express
my appreciation of your able editorial
appearing in last Sunday's paper re
garding the church missing its chance.
As waa stated by you, lt seems that
this Is a great day for the church to
redeem its past record of petty quar
rels and miserable dissensions upon
dogmatlo creeds and "thou shalt's"
and "thou shalt not's," which have
caused the church of Jesus Christ to
present a divided front to the world
and give it the appearance of a house
divided against Itself.
The boys on the battlefield do not
care for the finesse of theological hair
splitting, but they want to know the
answer to the fundamental proposi
tions of life. The men who are about
to make the supreme sacrifice want to
know the simple story of salvation,
and they want to know the road that
leads to heaven in straightforward
terms. They do not care whether you
wear your collar backward or ' for
ward, or whether you use cigarets or
smoke cigars, if you have the answer
that satisfies the human soul. Never
In the history of the world have the
small, mean, insignificant unessentlals
of the church been brought to light
and exposed as they have in this war.
We must remember that the only men
that Christ condemned were those that
put the emphasis on the ritual and the
outward show in matters of religion.
Those men that have come into large
contact vith all kinds of men in the'
army and have met and solved all the
great problems that are of real conse.
quence in human life are truly mak
ing one of the greatest contributions
to the Christian church that has ever
been made. It Is to be hoped that
they will be able to bring the church
back from a dogmatic, ritualistic ma
terialism to the simple apostolic
Christianity of tho early days.
For the Advocate, a Methodist pa
per, to decry that large sympathy that
is now existent among the ministry
working with our troops and quibble
over tho use of tobacco and dogmatize
over the things that have no meaning
in the larger things in life is to hark
back to the days of the Pharisees and
hypocrites. It is again to attempt to
place the black gate of religious intol
erance across the path to heaven and
to hurl bleeding humanity back down
the hill of yesterday to barbarism
Again, Mr. Editor, . let me .express
complete satisfaction over the splendid!
vision or your arucie.
WILLIAM H. THOMPSON.
SAID IN FUN.
Mri. Knlcker Do you approre of youR
busband's poker games? ,
Mm. . Bocker--Tei, he Hires mo Thrift
Urapi when bo loiee and War stamp
when he wlna.--New Tork San.
Vicar toTerely) Ah, It's tho old otorfc
unskilled man dodging work ho fcifht get.
Tramp Unskilled, am IT Tou, "ave a gi
at dodgln' work these daya an aee tf i
don't take a bit o' kill. Boston Tran-1
script. . j
'i hear, James, your master Is a perfect
ladyktller, especially -since he got bis newj
"Taint, so. sir. He has run over some),
but none of 'em's dead yet'' San Franclsca
Chronicle. . '
She You don't write me now such nleaj
long love letters every day you don't see
me. Is lt Indifference? I
He No, my darling, it Is patriotism. Thej
government wants us to save paper. BaHl-j
more American, I
"Oh. would some power the giftle gle na
to see ourselves as others see us."
"That would be foolish. Most of us thin
pretty well of ourselves as things are."
Louisville Courier-Journal. .
. The. hyphen Is viper.
It seemed so straight and stark
That Uncle Sammy used It
For a punctuation mark.
But lt soon began to wriggle,
And lt bit our Uncle sore.
So he set his heel upon Its head,
And we hyphenate no morel
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What are the wild winds saying,
As they sweep along the earth?
They mourn and sigh In dreadful sound
And all Is dark and drear.
What are those dark clouds saying. , I
As they tour the mountain high,
With lightning flash and thunder roll,
As they go sweeping by?
And the wild waves come with their answel
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The white caps rise and murmur
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The sun is shining warm and bright-
The birds will elng their merry song,
And all obey the Master's will.
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They all do sweetly obey His will,
"Peace be still, Peace be still."
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