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The Omaha Bee
DAILY (MURN'INU) EVENING - SUNDAY
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VICTOR ROSEWATER, EDITOR
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MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Looks as if the war bride business was boom
Our boys are still over there, as Fritz is find
ing out to his sorrow.
V If Omaha does not now get municipal home
rule, we will have only ourselves to blame.
NOW FOR MUNICIPAL HOME RULE.
The completion of the work of the charter
convention just closed take? Omaha one step
nearer municipal home rule. The charter formu
lated for' submission to the voters at the coming
election is, we are assured, with the single ex
ception of permitting the council to meet war
demands for increased salaries iff police and fire
departments, previously fixed by law, is wholly
a compilation of the existing statutes governing
the city, rearranged in more compact and sys
tematic form, with obsolete sections eliminated.
Under such conditions there can be no serious
opposition unless it coites from sources opposed
to the home rule principle altogether.
The action of the convention is strictly in con
formity with the suggestion first made by The
Bee, based on experience of Lincoln, as the only
reasonably sure way of securing acceptance of a
home rule charter, and thus freeing the city from
its subservience and subordination to the law
makers in purely local matters, to which pro
gram the charter framers pledged themselves in
advance and have now carried out their pledges.
When the first charter convention was in ses
sion certain political agencies rushed through
the legislature an emergency clause measure pro
viding for the simultaneous submission of alter
native sections proposed by petition. We do not
believe the law, so far as this is its purpose, is
operative, because it conflicts with the constitu
tion. whose plain reading requires that a home
rule charter be first adapted in its entirety be
fore it can be amended piecemeal. With the
charter once ratified by a popular vote, ample op
portunity will be afforded to make any changes
for which there may be an effeolrvc demand
Let us emphasize again that the first great
President and Willful Twelve
Senators Who Antagonized War Program Are Weeping
Washington Correspondence of Brooklyn Eagle (dem.).
rather than permit the election of democrats
whose attitude on the war is only known by
th,. nr-rhn thev are making in the cam
paigns, whereas the republicans they are try
in to oust have shown by their votes ir
south Carolina democrats did one good job, ac;evement j, to establish self-government
ding Cole Blease to his place in the discard. through municipal home
' If there is anything wrong on the Mexican
border, look for some emissary' of the kaiser be
? hind it. ' .
! MTnele Sam's list of undesirables and non-
! essentials is capable of quite a bit more of ex
i , pansion. .
!' The logic of events has put quite a different
i. face on the program of the secretary of war, and
i' better results may be expected.
! Henry Ford ran all right on the democratic
ticket, but he could not get up much headway as
a republican. He is chiefly notable as a pacifist
t mmm jg'i'f?
Through the Hindenburg line the British
' have driven a thrust which is dangerous to the
. tfn . . . J A I. ... f s
Hun. The Meuse is the next stana on u.c
rule, and then the kind
of self-government we may have thereafter will
be wholly within our own choice and power. In
the interval the members of the charter conven
tion who have given their time and thought to
this important wosk without compensation are
entitled to the thanks of the community.
Work or fight means work or fight. Strikers
have protection only when they are willing to
submit their grievances to competent authority
for reasonable adjustment. i
Now if. the senatorial ambition of Mayor Wil
liam Hale Thompson, of Chicago, is knocked out
in Illinois, another piece of distressing news
will be carried to the kaiser.
- At the earnest solicitation of our democratic
ii president, Henry Ford decided to run for United
- States senator in Michigan, but at the earnest
k solicitation of the republican Toteri of Michigan
u he will run, if at all, on the democratic ticket.
1 Ollie J. James will be missed from the" senate
; of the United States for many reasons, t for
none more than the unstrained quality of his
Americanism. .With all hi devotion to Bryan,
.' nothing flabby was noted in his moral makeup,
'.. and. true to Kentucky traditions, he supported
the president in all his war moves with unre
in served vpower.
Two anti-war congressmen have been barred
: by the British from visiting the war front. As
, both of these gentlemen were refused , re
' nomination by their constituents, their status at
. home had been fixed ao definitely that no com-
' plaint of lack of courtesy will likely be made
.: against our ally In the matter. On the whole,
: the country would be quite as well served if more
j-; of the visiting statesmen were required to stay at
I home. i mmmm
1 " New "Ministers in War Department.
Creation of what amounts to ministers of mu
nitions and aircraft aervice in connection with
tha War department may be taken as indicating
- the acceptance by the president of the fact that
Flare-Up on Mexican Border.
How critical has become the situation along
the Mexican border is shown by the lamentable
affair at Nogales. It is both unwise and im
prudent to longer camouflage conditions down
there. While the present incident, like so many
others of its kind, may be smoothed over by an
interchange of notes of regret and pledges of
good behavior from the Mexican government, the
fact remains that such action will not quiet the
volcano. Mexicans along the border still nurse
hatred and contempt for Americans engendered
during the years of their own guerilla warfare
Kindly treatment has made them the more secure
in their insolence, and has inflated their notions
of the relative strength of the two countries,
While the authorities at Mexico City are polite
enough, and, pursuing a policy of expediency, are
not taking any open step savoring of hostility,
thejr pro-German inclination has been unmistak
able.. In the recent incident of the oil supply
the course since abandoned by Carranza was dis
tinctly unneutral. All these things serve to keep
us reminded of the accumulation of unfinished
business below the Rio Grande, which must be
effectually disposed of before quiet will prevail
on the southern border.
The defeat of Senator James K. Vardaman
for renomination in the primaries neiu iu
Mississippi on luesday last leaves in inc
senate but six of the original 12 senators who
conducted a filibuster in 1917 against the
arming of merchant ships and for their con-
"u.!11f:ll twelve." bv
OUCt WCIC tantvi
President Wilson. Because of the fact that
Vardaman was one of the "willful twelve
and has, since the entrance of the United
States into the war, opposed all war meas
.,r. M rMrat bv Reoresentative Harrison,
a stanch supporter of the president and the
war, is especially pleasing to tne prcsmem
and his followers.
There has been a good deal of talk re
cently in Washington, as elsewhere, concern-
ing the interterence oi rresiueni wnson m
the local congressional campaigns. Most
democratic members of both the senate and
house, especially those whose records on the
McLemore resolution and tne aeciarauon oi
war and other administration war measures,
were in support of the president, contend
that the president has been perfectly justified
in writing letters to the various states giving
his views on the records of the representa
tives and senators from those states.
"The president is being held responsible
Kv.thc twnnle for the winnine of the war,
much mnr sn than their congressmen." de
clared a member of the house the other day.
This beintt the case, the president has a per-
fprt rieht to tell the beoole that their sena
tor or representative, as the case may De, is
not giving the administration the support it
should have in time of war. Of course, some
contend that the people follow the work of
their congressmen and can take the proper
action at the polls. Granting that, it is just
as well that the president let the people
know that the winning of the war can De ac
complished more readily if congress gives
the administration its united support.
While the majority of the republican
members of both the senate and house be
lieve that the president should not interfere
in congressional elections, they are not saying
so for publication. On the other hand, there
are some republican members that approve
the letter-writing campaign which the presi
dent has instituted. Many republicans have
been the beneficiaries as a result of the presi
dent's action, being given the democratic
nomination in a number of instances. For
example, Representative Hicks of the First
New York congressional district, has been
nominated by the democrats.' In this case
the president did not write a letter indorsing
Mr. liicks, Dut nis strong suppon oi. mc
president was sufficient for the democrats to
lay aside their partisanship and indorse his
candidacy for another term.
A number of democrats have had their
road to a re-election made easier, being nom
inated by the republicans as well as the dem
ocrats. Consequently, the only disgruntled
members of the bouse and senate over presi
dential interference are the men whose rec-
insr to oust have shown by their votes in
congress how they stand. ,
To get back to the Vardaman defeat, it is
believed that the president will take a hand
in the senatorial race in Nebraska as soon as
the primaries there are over. The defeat of
Vardaman leaves six senators in the senate
who participated in the filibuster conducted
K h "willful twelve." Of these six men
only one is a candidate for re-election, now
that Vardaman has been removed, the terms
of the other five not expiring with the present
congress. The man whose term does expire
is George W. Morris oi weDrasna.
At the present time senator in orris is en
gaged in the bitterest fight of his political
career. Because of the fact that it is a re
publican primary fight the president nas not
interfered so far in the Norns fight. But
should he succeed in securing the republican
nomination there seems but little doubt that
the president will write a strong letter to
Nebraska in opposition to the re-election of
Norris. Senator Norris has been a pacifist
from the start of the war and is still main
taining that attitude.
While only two of the "willful twelve
senators are up for re-election this fall, the
president has found it necessary to oppose
a third senator who is a candidate for re-At.i-tinn
Senator Hardwick of Georgia,
whose voting record on war measures will
not stand up under scrutiny, has been op
rnpH in a letter bv the president, principally
because Hardwick has opposed the adminis
tration in the debates on the floor ot tne sen
ate. Hardwick has time and again taken up
valuable time of the senate in arguing that
congress was delegating too much power to
the chief executive, even in war times.
Because of the president's activity in cer
tain democratic primaries those so far held
have all shown the same situation of the
anti-war members fighting for their political
lives and often going down to defeat. , The
only member who has been returned where
the president opposed was Representative
Huddleston of Alabama. But Huddleston,
while the returns gave him a good majority,
had to make a hard fight all through the
campaign. Men whose records in support
of the war were entirely clear have been re
turned almost invariably by large majorities.
7 . VlT M
In one instance where the president op
posed the renomination of a democratic mem
ber there are plenty of members of congress
who are of the opinion that a mistake was
made. This is the case of Representative
Slayden of Texas. Mr. Slayden, it is true,
voted for the McLemore resolution, but since
that time has been one of the administration's
strongest supporters in securing the necessary
war legislation. Politicians acquainted with
Mr. Slayi'en's record in the house contend
that had he made a tight in tace or presiaen
. ' . . i t 1- - 1 j i
ords are not Al on the McLemore resolution 1 tioal opposition on his record he could have
An End to "Joy Riding."
The long expected announcement has come
from Washington intended to put an end to the
waste of gasoline by "joy riders." Since our
country went into the war this has been one of
the marvels of the thoughtful, who have regret
fully noted the consumption of millions of gal
lons of valuable fuel in pursuit of pleasure.
While restrictions of stringent force have been
laid on necessities in other lines, some supplies
being commandeered, the joy rider has been al
lowed to go careering unrestrained across the
land, at the expense of oil and gasoline, rubber
and other materials vitally necessary to the war.
Even now the government is moving but softly,
merely asking that automobiles east of the Mis
sissippi be not used on Sunday for pleasure pur
poses. Unless a sufficient response is noted
through voluntary concession by the auto users,
a more definite step will be taken. The hint
ought to be effective west of the Mississippi, al
so, for proportionately quite as much joy riding
is done in this section of the country as in the east.
No effort to restrain the use of cars for business
pr industrial purposes is made only , the giving
nn at nleasure drives on Sunday. This is not
and other war measures, together with a few
members whose records meet the presiden
tial requirements, but are of the opinion that
the president should keep his hands off.
Speculation now among the members of
the Ifouse and senate all centers around the
question as to whether the president will
carry his fight into the general congressional
election, which will take place as soon as the
nrimarie are completed. As long as the
president has deemed it proper to oppose
certain members in the primaries there are
any number of members, mostly republicans,
who hope he will take similar action in the
general election. They see in this a means
of getting the president to support a number
of republicans, present members seeking a
re-election, whose records are all right. They
contend that the president should ao tnis
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the Job il too big for tne aecreiary oi w.r mW . but i o,iowed 8houid
handle alone. First Assistant secretary v-rowca gmount t() , consiQerable contribution to the gen-
is to have control of munitipns, an assignment i j (um o( saying required t0 make sure of
,of enormous proportions unaer existing couui
tiona. To John D. Ryan, who lately was made
head of the aircraft 'production service, is given
control of all the air service, with the title of
' second assistant secretary of. war. This puts the
I two great adjuncts' of military activity on a
; proper footing, divorcing them from the control
- of the army, itself, but leaving them as co-ordi-.
nate agencies in the whole. Administration will
be simplified and usefulness correspondingly in
creased. With Mr. Stettinus abroad to take care
of details of operation in Europe, our War de-
partment is assuming the proportions of a well
. articulated and presumably efficient organization.
Omaha laundrymen are considering consolida
tion and districting of the city in the interest of
man-power conservation. The question that will
interest, the public however, is, "Will cutting out
the costly duplicated delivery bring the prices
down again to where they were before all these
Why should soldiers or sailors thank Keith
Neville for a chance to vote? It was the people
of Nebraska, not the governor, who extended
that privilege to the boys in the service.
The Grain Harvest
"There will be war bread of better quality
than last year's, practically without ration
ing, for all who are fighting Germany," said
Mr. Hoover in London last Saturday, uur
wheat harvest is nearly completed. While
the official report for August 1 showed a
s pht raduction ot estimate, tne crop win
exceed last year's by at least 225,000,000
bushels, owing to an acreage increase of 28
per cent. The early promise of a great yield
m Canada lias not Deen tuinuea, ior reduc
tion has been caused by drouth and untimely
frosts, but the government s estimate is
232,000,000 bushels, or only 2,000,000 less than
the cron one vear aco. .from the two coun
tries 350,000,000 bushels can be sent to our
war partners in Europe.
Their own crops eteed those of 1917.
In France there is a gain of 25 per cent,
and there was a large addition to British
acreage . A great accumulated surplus in
Australia will be available when ships to
carrv it can be spared. In our western fields
wheat has been more fortunate than corn.
Since the August report, which indicated a
reduction of 171,000,000 bushels of that crop
in a month, severe hot weather has caused
additional loss, estimated by a prominent
expert to have been 400,000,000 bushels in
even states. But last vear's crop was a great
one, and much has been carried over. There
will be corn enough to keep up the supply of
Our farmers were urged by the govern
ment to increase their winter wheat acreage
for next year's crop by about 10 per cent,
In Kansas, Missouri "and parts of the north
west thev are now plowing for that crop
which should be larecr than the one now
comine to market. There must still be, as
Mr. Hoover says, "economy in consumption,
so that we may carry over from this har
vest a stock of foodstuffs that will form posi
tive insurance" against possible weather
losses next year. Increase of seeded acre
age will be additional insurance, and farm
ers should be commended for planning the
increase, although the supply of hired labor
is small. New York Times.
made a good showing. As it was. he with
drew the day after the publication of Presi
dent Wilson's letter apposing him.
The members who are talking about the
cloak rooms of the house concerning the
Slayden case believe that Postmaster Burle
son was instrumental in having the president
write the letter which caused Slayden's with
drawal. A9 the storv goes there has been
little friendship between Burleson and Slay
den of recent years, and Mr, Burleson used
the McLemore vote as an excuse to have the
president. oppose the veteran member from
Texas, Slayden now serving his twenty-
second consecutive year as a member ot the
house of representatives.
As we look over our letters and papers
from home it strikes us that there are going
to be a lot of coloneligerous people at large
after the war; not only coloneliferous, but
maioncal. cantainic and lieutenantish.
There seem to be, both at home and
abroad, so many organizations outside the
i 1 '
arm v the reserve auxiliary poucc iuii.es,
the home guards, the junior reserves, to
mention onlv a few having the bestowing
of military titles as one of their most impor
tant functions that it win not surprise us at
all, on our return, to find every male citizen
over the age of 31 boasting a sobriquet that
denotes some form or another ot commis
"Good morning. Colonel. flow do
Maior?" "Ah. there. Cao'n." Thus it will
co. all up and down the main street of our
home town. And how proud and novel an
sinuular and noteworthy and everything the
aevrage one of us will feel to be pointed out
as the onlv real private in the place! Stars
Thoughtless Auto Drivers.
Omaha, Aug. 27. To the Editor of
The Bee: I was thinking tonight as
I stood at the gate at Fort Omaha,
waiting for a street car after 15 hours'
of service, that a lift into town woald
be refreshing, but 30 automobiles
passed, each having an extra seat,
and the boya in khaki were unnoticed.
My mind ran back to the day when I
had three or four cars, and still
farther back to the coaching days,
when 12 horses were considered a
complete team: It was always a
pleasure to take on a load, and my
vehicles never went empty to town.
Well, you know tha rest?
Newspapers and the War.
Omaha, Aug. 27. To the Editor of
The Bee: I noticed in the news col
umns the other day where a district
draft board ordered the employes of
a Wate'rlo (la.) newspaper to either
get into a more essential occupation
I imagine that the order has been
rescinded ere, this, and it more than
likely was instigated by some demo
cratic politician who did not like the
"merciless publicity" which may have
occasionally gotten into the columns
of the paper referred to.
However, if the newspapers of this
country wish to demonstrate to the ,
powers tnat De mat tney oeions m
the essential class, let them neglect
to say a word about the next Liberty
loan drive, the Red Cross drive, etc.
I Imagine such a course would con
vince even the most skeptical that
the newspaper is very much in the
essential class in this day and age.
Let's adjourn politics during the
Emmy Destinn's Nationality.
Clarkson, Neb., Aug.' 27. To the
Editor of The Bee: I see in yqur ed
itorial you are putting among Ger
man artists Miss Emma Destinn.
Would like to inform you .that Miss
Destinn never was a German and
never represented herself as German.
This artist is a Bohemian (Czecho
slovak) by birth, and by her feelings
also. In the present war Miss Des
tinn is working for Bohemian (Czecho
slovak) independence, and so for the
victory of her allies. For her anti
German activity she was deprived of
her title as prima donna of German
I hope that soon editors of our pa
pers shall see some dirrerence oe
tween a German and a Bohemian
B. A. FlLlI'l.
The fact remains, however, that
Emmy Destinn's voice records are
listed among those from which the
commissioner of alien property will
collect the royalty. Ed. Bee.
Against the Ku-K tuckers.
Omaha. Aug. 27. To the Editor of
The Bee: On the first day of March,
1917, I wrote a letter that you pub
lished under the caption of the "Ku-
Klux Klan." I denounced the exhibi
tion which was given in connection
with production called the "Birth of
a Nation'." I saw by the press re
ports that the Grand Army of the Re
public in the national meeting at
Portland, Ore., last week denounced
the exhibition called the "Birth of a
Nation," and asked that its exhibition
be suppressed. I h jpe that tht city
authorities of Omaha will see to it
that the exhibition of that production
called the "Birth of a Nation" is not
allowed in our city this coming fall
and winter. It was kept out of other
cities last winter and there is no
reason why it should be allowed to
exhibit in Omaha again.
In this connection I might add that I
under the laws and practices of the
southern states that grew out of the
Ku-Klux outrages more than 75 per
cent of the legal voters of those states
are not allowed to vote, and this in
cludes hundreds of thousands of white
men as well as colored men. In the
state of Viriginla 100,000 more white
men than colored men are deprived
of the right to vote. Let us have real
democracy In every state in the Uni
ted States, then every citizen will
think and vote as he pleases.
FRANK A. AGNEW.
Hun Birth Rate Waning
Dr. Charles Greene Cumston of the
University of Geneva, SwitiM1"'
views the heavy fall in the German
birth rate since the war began In the
current issue of the New York . Medi
cal Journal. He gets his facta, he
says, from a report on infant we'fe
, ..Im i k th inteiiieence de-
partment of the local government
"The first three' years of the war.
he writes, "reduced by over 2.000.000
the number of infanta who would
h l;?en born had peace prevaiiea.
Si 40 per cent fewer babies were
bu . in 1916 than in 1913. I would
add that the Infantile death rate has
been kept well down, but is 60 per
cent higher than in England.
"The birth rate, which had risen
from 36.1 per 1,000 inhabitants in the
decade 1841-1850 to 39.1 per -.000 in
the period 1871-1880, fell in the suc
ceeding decades to 36.8, 36.1 and 31.9.
The rate for the last year of the dec
ade 1901-1910 was under 30 per 1,000,
and the continuance of the fall
brought the rate as low as 2S.3 in
1912 In 1913 there were 1,839,000
live births in Germany; in 1916 thre
were only 1,103,000 a decrease of 40
per cent as compared with 1913.
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LINES TO A SMILE.
"Do you know our dog howli whenever
my daughter sings."
"If there Is anything In the theory of
the transmigration of souls, you dog must
at one time have been a musical critic."
"I hear that Whittlcr, when he took his
family away on a railroad trip, had a rush
of blood to the head and keeled over."
"No. He keeled over from a rush of money
away from the potketbook." Life.
People and Events
Montana comes to the front with a
bumper wheat crop in the valleys and patri
otism in full bloom in the benchlands.
The Mitchell memorial fund in New
York City has passed the $30,000 mark. Out
side admirers of the fallen aviator are liberal
contributors to the fund.
A New York woman suing for divorce
alleges cruel and inhuman treatment in that
her husband played one record on a phono
graph for five straight hours. He wanted to
let the "air" soak in.
In Cuba the government fixes the price
on shoes and clothes as well as food, and
artir'p carries cost price and selling
price. In this instance Uncle Sam might
garner beneficial wisdom from one of its
Some lively swatting in the right spot, if
not buckshot, is coming the railroad yard
tramps who persist in stoning soldier trains
running into Chicago. Armed guards are on
duty with strict orders to abate the ruf
I One Year Ago Today In the War.
u Italians began the" final assault of
Monte San Gabriele.
i German U-boat sank a Belgian re
' ' lief ship off Norwegian coast
? British newspapers Indorsed Presl
i dent Wilson's reply to the pope's
f" peace note.
1 Tim Da TVn Celebrate.
' James J. Fitegerald, eecretary" of
" the Commercial Savings and Ixan aa-
fcoctatlon, born 1869. m
Alfred G. Elllck. lawyer, born 1S7S
't Wiilard Eddy, attorney-at-law, born
Charles J. Glidden, financier, globe
trotter, pioneer automobile manufac
and now a cantaln in the signal
' corps, stationed at Omaha, born at
Lowell. Mass., 61 years ago.
Most Rev. Sebastian Q. Messner,
'arrhbiahoD of Milwaukee, born In
'. Switzerland 71 years ago. ,. -
This Day In History. '
1725 Charles Townshend, the Brit
tsh statesman whose bill taxing tea
cost England its American colonies,
' hnrn. Diart' Rdntfmber 4. 17(7.
184S David B. HUl. governor of
'; York and United States senator,
I born at Havana. N. Y. Died at his
fcnma naar Albany October 20. 1910,
1845The French leet visited
.... Portsmouth. England, for the first
' lma. '
1914 New Zealand forces occupied
' German Samoa. - '
Just 30 Years Ago Today
The fair ground cars are now run
ning on South Thirteenth street in
stead of on Fifteenth and Farnam, as
heretofore, thus reducing the time be
tween cars on that thoroughfare to
A very brilliant meteor was seen to
traverse the southern section of the
heavens It had & blue center sur
rounded by a disk of red-and had a
tail similar to the rocket
The ras company announces that
the demand on it for new meters and
gas service at this time Is greater than
ever before, and shows an advance In
the city which Is quite gratifying.
Claus Snreckels. the great sugar
klnir. who controls the saccharine
market of the Sandwich Islands,
passed through Omaha in the special
Over There and Here
Uncle Billy Cook. 100 years old.
registered for military service at Van
couver the other day. Uncle Bill is
all right, particularly his bump of
firoat Lakes training school boys
protest against the term "jackie." No
substitute name is offered, but "sailor"
will do until the Great LrfiKes tsuueun
pulls a new one out of Its bean.
Relrlum has bestowed upon Her
bert Hoover Its supreme token of ap
preciation in making mm "Honorary
Cltiien of Belgium and Friend of the
Belgian Nation." Mr. Hoover U the
first to receive the distinction.
If vou are a smoker and anxious to
head oft rising tobacco prices, dress
up and march to the fighting rront.
Resides the government ration of
smokes and chews, cigareta and the
makings may be had at cost, or aoout
half the home retail price, on, eoy;
The North German Lloyd year book
for 1917-18 says the company's ships
seized in foreign writers and taken
over by the allies represent a loss of
freight room of 100,000 tons. Alto
gether 115 German and Austrian
ships have been confiscated, aggre
gating 704.000 tons.
One of the first Bohem'an soldiers
who died of wounds receivi-d on the
Italian front was given an imposing
military funeral at Milan. The coffin
was covered with tho . Italian tri
colors, and was literally buried in
flowers. One wreath was inscribed
"To a Bohemian martyr from bis
companions who await,' . --
Minneapolis Journal: Hindenburg
Is alive, all right, but not greatly en
Joying the privilege.
Washington Tost:: Why should
Germany appoint a retreat specialist
when Kultur Bill and Little Willie are
on the Job?
Baltimore American: The kaiser
i. m t hav iio.000.000 invested in
this country. That ought to make
him a large.. If unwilling, contributor
to the Liberty bond campaign.
T.niiisvnia Courier-Journal: Mar-
mint flo-hr. Ravs secretary
l 1CU tl.W." .. . ..q-.., v . ,
Baker. Then there is notnms uuv.
the sun that is new, says the rnarneu
man who has fought since nis uui
moon. vnrv Wnrid: Immediate er
forts are to be made to improve the
ma Rervice to France. With 1.45U,-
un enMlara there, there eX
lsts Just that number of reasons ior
the reform planned. '
Kansas City Star: Admiral von
Hintze, the German foreign cretf.rJ;
r-nmin nr penresentatlVeS mat
lull vt ....... , . . . r A ra
"the entire truth at certain times does
not serve." Well, that ought to ,ne
fair enough warning of the value oi
anything he will have to say.
Philadelphia Ledger: If any uni
dentified person can walk Into tne
wnhimrion nnstofflce and can ae-
j i vacrlatered mall ad.
in mm mm icmn ,
dressed to an Important Overnme
department, then the met.h(J,lsll -ad-
Wasnington posiomce u
.lcally overhauled aad Unproved,
"Charley, dear," aaid young Mrs. Torklns
in a tone that was kind but firm, "did you
tell me you were up late last night with a
"What mads your friend feel sick? Was
hs a heavy loser?" Washington Item.
IT MUST NOT BE.
Twice Told Tales
Brand Whitlock said in an address
"My war experiences have done me
good. They 1 ave broadened my mind.
I am a writer rather than a politician,
and we writers live too restricted
"You know the story of Carlyle and
his soundproof room'in Chelsea.
"Carlyle had built a soundproof
room for himself on the top of his
house. The room had no wmaows,
but only a skylight for illuminating
purposes. To an elderly visitor from
Craigenputtock the room was shown
proudly by Carlyle, and the visitor
" 'My conscience, this is fine! Here
ye may write and study all the rest o'
yer life, and nobody be a bit the
wiser!' " Washington Post
In the Dark.
A colored minister was about to
lead his congregation In prayer, when
suddenly the floor of the church sank
a foot, causing a commotion among
the parishioners. The preacher was
equal to the occasion and quickly
quieted his flock by solemnly saying:
"Stay Just whar yo' all Is, my peo
ple, de Lawd Is wlf you!"
Immediately a big Mose Peters
Jumped upon a pew and shouted:
"Misto' preacher, if de Lawd was
wif me Just now, den who all's done
took ma fo' bits in dls heah low-down
bunch o blackberries?" Cartoons
1 Magazine, . . .. . .
It must not b
That only thoss who lie
Safe In their rest beneath, the Flanders
Or under soil of Francs
Shall win ths tears
And gloried acclamation of the years,
While all thess others.
Who, when the war la ended, will return
To drag out shattered days.
Are soon forgot!
These offered all for what they thought
And gained wounds, weakness,
A brief season's i fame
From your poor plaudits
It should be your shame
If you ever grow careless of their lot.
Yst I have seen the veterans of old wars
Walt In the curbstone hurry
Of some street.
Dependent for the very bread they eat
On fickle bounty of a thoughtless crowd,
Till I have felt my soul cry out aloud:
"Theso ars your heroes equal with the
Wbo suffered once: these suffer every day.
It was for you thess also strove and bled,
Believing that they gave
To keep you free!"
And now Shall This Thing Be?
Edna Mead In N. Y. Times.
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