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THE BEE'S SERVICE FLAG
Thii is real Ak-Sar-Ben weather.
But we'll hear no more of "brown October
ale" till the war is ended.
Be ready when the Liberty loan salesman
calls don't keep him waiting.
You may remember the case of the William
F. Frye. It is yet to be settled.
- When the Berlin Tageblatt admits that the
situation is critical, it must be so.
The way to the Rhine is long and hard, but
it is getting shorter and easier every day.
One country Bulgaria will not have to sue
for peace is the United States. Ditto Turkey.
However, Ferdinand of Bulgaria will get as
much out of the war as any of the kaiser's ac
Your Liberty bond is a guaranty that you
mean it when you cheer the flag or say "Bully
;or Pershing 1"
That ring of steel around Germany is not
only drawing tighter, but it is spitting fire at
Let us hope the Japanese soon get away
from Blagiovestchensk and reach a place that is
asier to pronounce.
The blessed bolshevik still is a good foot
runner, when it comes to fleeing from the rep
resentative of law and order.
From Dunkirk, to Verdun the Hindenburg
line was smashed and shaken to its depths in a
tingle day. No wonder the Huns are dizzy.
Maybe politics had nothing to do with the
downfall of the unlucky Seventh, but its history
is apt to have something to do with politics.
A Turkish official report says: "We are re
tiring as planned, taking each step in order."
-Ye8j--ihd4r-il-some of them are long ones,
too. " ' !
McKelvie; is giving the people something
to think about, and that is the main reason the
democrats are jumping onto him with such
Mr. Hitchbranch apparently thinks the peo
ple regard the Hyphenated's liaison with the
traitorous German-American Alliance as a good
joke, but he may learn better some day.
Prince Charles of Roumania, who went to
jail rather than give up his wife of humble
birth, showed good judgment. A good wife is
better, than a chance at a shaky throne any
A panic was experienced on the Berlin stock
exchange when news came that Bulgaria had
thrown up1 the sponge. "War babies" in Ber
lin respond as quickly as elsewhere to such influences.
The Pennsylvania preacher, who looks after
nine churches in three states, is also a coal
miner and a farmer, has a wife and three small
children to boot, seems to have enough rea
sons to exempt one man. Wonder what he
does to kill time?
Soukhomlinoff, traitor to Russia, has
escaped the sentence of death passed on him
by court-martial, but never executed because
the bolsheviki abolished capital punishment,
and now is a free man in Finland. Later on he
will enjoy whatever of comfort can be had in
Germany, safe from the indignation of the
people he betrayed, but tasting the ignominy
that goes with his treachery. While he was
being aved, because of the "merciful" charac
ter of the lords of misrule, thousands were
butchered because of being classified as "bour
geoise," which means they could read and
write, or had been thrifty. Here is a solemn
lesson in applied socialism for you.
Profiteering in Food
The federal food administration reports that
the wholesale cost of the foods required by
American families was IW per cent higher in
. the second quarter of 1918 than in that of 1917,
4aver prices for vegetables and "reduction of
. profiteering ' balancing tne tiigner cost ot meats
The conclusion will be questioned. Upon the
figures given we make the increase per capita
3.8 per cent. But a more vital commentary is
.the Department of Labor statement that retail
prices grew IS per cent from August. 117, to
August, 1918, while from August, 1913, the in
crease is 7ft ner cent. These are the prices that
hit the family.
Going back to 1913, we find (Labor Bulletin
226, page 277) that retail prices for foods had
. by the end of that year risen IS per cent above
the five-year average of 1901-5. A dollars
worth of food in that far-away time cost $1.15
in "1913 and'- costs $1.59j4 now practically
double, as most housewives would agree.
From contemplation of that distant time one
turns with a siph to the present proVem. Why
is it that, in spite of all the care taken to stop
profiteering, an increase of i'A per cent in
wholesale rates should be announced by one
department on the same day a IS per cent in
crease in retail rates is announced by another?
-New York World. , ,
ANSWER FOR YOURSELF.
Every American must now stand before his
own conscience and answer a momentous ques
tion. The government is asking from its people
the biggest sum of money ever involved in one
loan in all history. It is so great that the
thought staggers those who try to conceive it
Every cent will be used to carry on a work to
which we have pledged our good faith to the
Two million American boys are in France,
engaged in the deadliest of struggles, that their
home land may be secure from kaiserism. Two
million more will be with them in another year.
Men and women not in the army, but sharing
in its dangers, are back of these lads in the war
zone. They are doing their utmost
Can you afford to quibble now, to count the
cost in money, or will you get right behind these
soldiers with every dollar you own? This ques
tion is for you to answer.
The kaiser is much more concerned in the
outcome of the fourth Liberty loan drive than
he is in the election. What will you tell him?
Ak-Sar-Ben and the War.
The Bee believes that Ak-Sar-Ben has more
than justified its unbroken existence of 24
years. It has ceased to be a mere agency and
has become an institution. Whatever its orig
inal purpose may have been it has long been
outgrown, as the city has expanded beyond the
hopes of those who sponsored Ak-Sar-Ben at
its birth, and the state and all the territory sur
rounding Omaha has progressed in ways not
dreamed of back in those discouraging days of
When last spring a suggestion was made
that Ak-Sar-Ben put up the shutters until the
war is over, The Bee protested. Our argument
then and now' is that if ever the institution had
a mission, if it was to serve a good purpose,
now is the time. Just as the governments have
recognized the necessity of entertainment for
the soldiers in the field, so must some form of
divertisement be provided for those that re
main at home. Thus, if the only function of
Ak-Sar-Ben were to entertain, it has good rea
sons for existence. But its real end goes a
great deal deeper than merely to provide for
a rollicking good time at the Den, a weekly
moment of relaxation during the summer, and
a few days of more or less boisterous fun-making
in early fall.
Under all this is the true spirit of reunion
that has so wonderfully supported the organiza
tion throughout its life. It provides not only a
meeting place but a common ground for those
whose diverse interests keep them apart; brings
together men in such a way as to revive old and
establish new connections in both friendship and
business, and affords the fluent in which difficul
ties and perplexities are easily resolved and
Ak-Sar-Ben, therefore, is not a waste of time
and effort, and really is a help in war work, and
its continuance is wholly reasonable and worth
German Treatment of Prisoners.
No count in the indictment civilization has
drawn against the Imperial German govern
ment contains more of severity than the one
dealing with the treatment accorded prisoners
of war. Outrages against civilians, savage and
horrible as they were, may have a foundation
in the military plan of the empire, which was
to terrorize as well as to conquer. This can
not account for the cold, calculating, even
scientific cruelties inflicted on helpless, wound
ed prisoners of war. Authenticated accounts
have been published from time to time of in
cidents that surpass credulity, but these are now
being backed up and duplicated by prisoners re
leased from Germany or who have escaped to
Switzerland or Holland. No imaginable hor
ror can excel the outrages committed by guards
and officers against prise ers under care, but
the most damning pages of the record are those
that tell of the share surgeons, nurses and wom
en have had in the unthinkable 'things done to
the wounded. Starvation may be explained by
shortage of food in the land, but what will be
said to extenuate the willful neglect or criminal
malpractice of the doctors, who deliberately in
creased the physical sufferings of unfortunates
in their care, and who purposely crippled men
while pretending to practice curative surgery
upon them? "Save your last bullet for your
self," is the advice returned prisoners give to
men now in battle line. And Germany must
answer for this, too, to all the future.
Over the Top on Food Supply.
Did the American farmer make good? He
did; in spite of disastrous drouth, which involved
an enormons area in the crop-producing region,
the harvest shows a wonderful supply of food
stuffs. Almost 250,000,000 bushels of wheat
more than 1917 were garnered in 1918.
This surplus alone is quite sufficient to
take care of our Allies' needs, although we are
charged with supplying the hungry in other
European nations. Corn is 100,000,000 bushels
below the five-year average yield, or just about
the loss in Nebraska due to the unfavorable
season. Oats, barley, rye and buckwheat show
healthy increases in totals, while potatoes fall
off slightly. Meat animals also are plentiful,
government estimates being that on September
1 the number of hogs in the country was 65,066,
000, or 108.1 per cent of the number on the
farms on the same date in 1917. On this item
Nebraska can take some pride, being second
only to Iowa, having 4,580,000 hogs, or 110 per
cent of the 'count on September 1, 1917. Our
farmers have made good, and the world will be
well fed because they did.
The rush to get away from the Alaskan gold
fields is almost equal to any of the stampedes
for which the annals of the region are famous.
High cost of living is given as the cause, but
how those deluded miners expect to improve
their condition by coming "outside" will puzzle
the average householder.
Nothing equivocative or evasive may be
noted in the Entente's reply to the Bulgar's pro
posal for an armistice. In effect it amounts to
a call for unconditional surrender, and this is
the basis on which Germany may also have
Admiral von Hintze "explained" the Bul
garian defeat to the Berlinese, and we suppose
he was as happy as when he explained how the
American transports got by the vigilant U-boats.
Right in the Spotlight.
Anne Henrietta Martin, who cele
brates her 43d birthday today, re
cently attracted attention to
herself by announcing her candi
dacy for the United States senator
ial nomination in Nevada. A native
of Nevada, she completed a course
at the State university at Reno and
then went to Leland Stanford, Jr.,
Columbia, and Leipsic universities.
After completing her studies she
became a teacher at the University
of Nevada. Before long she began
to be interested in equal suffrage
and other important civic problems.
Her administrative ability and her
vigor in due time brought her to the
post of president of the Nevada
Equal Suffrage league, and it was
then a matter of course for her to
enlist in active support of many na
tional organizations standing' for
One Year Ago Today in the War.
German airship. raided London
for the fifth time within a week.
Italians captured heights in Isonzo
sector with 1,400 prisoners.
British under Marshal Haig be
gan a great offensive in Flanders.
In Omaha 30 Years Ago.
George Hoagland, William Pres
ton and Charles Harvey, left for a
month's bear and elk hunt in the
mountains of Wyoming.
Will Simeral and Fred Billings
spent yesterday at "Devil's Lake, la.,
m pursuit of the finny tribe.
A new secret order, the V. A. S.
fraternity, has been organized in
this city with J. A. Morgan, rector;
C C. Carr, vice-rector; J. J. Marsh
all, chaplain; L. A. Hammond,
scribe; J. Meyer, treasurer; Douglas
C. Blake, usher, and C. S. Long,
Mr. Louis Danbaum and Miss
Mary Goldman were united in wed
lock at the residence of the bride's
parents on Sherman avenue and
The Day We Celebrate.
Henry B. Liggett, of the Pantor
ium, born 1844.
Max Rosenthal, proprietor Palace
Clothing company, born 1869.
Cyrus Northrop, president emeri
tus of the University of Minnesota,
born at Ridgefield, Conn., 84 years
Meriwether L. Walker, brigadier
general, national army, bom in Vir
ginia 49 years ago.
Winthrop More Daniels, chairman
interstate commerce commission,
born at Dayton, O., 51 years ago.
Thomas VV. Lamont, banker to
whom the New York Evening Post
was recently sold, born at Claverack,
N. Y., 48 years ago.
Rt. Rev. Joseph G. Anderson,
Catholic I'shop of Boston, born in
Boston 53 years, ago
This Day in History.
1812 Edward Shephard Creasy,
author of "Fifteen Decisive Battles
of the World," born in Kent, Eng
land. Died January 27, 1878.
1836 Rear Admiral Montgomery
Sicard, a celebrated ordnance ex
pert of the United States navy,
born in New York city. Died at
Westernville, N. Y., in 1900.
1868 Phineas D. Gurley, who
preached President Lincoln's funer
al sermon, died in Washington, D.
C. Born at Hamilton, N. Y No
vember 12, 1816.
1870 The German army entered
Strasburg on the anniversary of
its surrender to the French in 1861.
1894 Nearly 200 non-commissioned
artillery officers of the Ger
man army were arrested on a
charge of anarchism.
1915 British fleet and French bat
teries pounded German defenses on
1916 Roumanians invaded Bul
garia' between Rustchuk and Silis
Timely Jottings and Reminders.
Fifteen hundred and twenty-second
day of the great war.
The men of ,the far-off Yukon
territory will register for military
service today under the Canadian
The saloons and other liquor es
tablishments of New Mexico will
be permanently closed tonight,
when state-wide prohibition is to
come into effect.
Wartime service will furnish one
of the principal subjects of discus
sion at the annual convention of the
Christian churches of Kansas, which
is to begin its sessions today at
Increased agricultural and live
stock production will be the key
note of the dairy cattle congress
and industrial exposition, which is
to be opened today at Waterloo, la.,
and will be continued through the
The governors of all the states
have been asked by the war labor
policies biard to s?ml rirefnta
tives to Washington today for a
conference on federal and state co
operation in dealing with industrial
Ry proclamation of President
Wilson the use of any foodstuffs
except barley, malt and hops in the
brewing of beer and near-beers in
the United States is to be prohibited
Storyette of the Day.
Father was sitt:nR in the den tak
ing a peaceful smoke, when there
came from the parlor a noise that
sounded like a cross between the
sigh of a pine tree and the wail of a
locomotive. With something akin to
strong language he rose and went
downstairs. In the hall he met his
"Say, Bessie," queried the old
man, "what is the agitation in the
"Charley." was the response of
Bessie. "He is singing "I Wonder
If He Will Miss Me?"
"Yes," answered dad, regretfully,
"I can't see to shoot straight at
night, and I am too rheumatic to
kick." Philadelphia Star,
American Labor in France
"The spirit of American labor in France
transcends anything that can be imagined on
this side of the water. It enables our unskilled
as well as our skilled labor to perform miracles.
C. Frank Reavis, representative in congress
from Nebraska, brings this message from the
battle front. In the seven weeks' tour from
which he has just returned Mr. Reavis con
fined his attention to 'France, where he visited
everv American hospital, every American base
of supplies and every part of the line in which
American troops are engaged. He went over
seas to study conditions, military, industrial
and social. He talked to boys in every branch
of the service. He saw our soldiers on duty in
the humble as well as in the heroic tasks as
signed to them.
"Our industrial achievements have astonished
the allies quite as much as our military attain
ments," said Mr. Reavis. "France is amazed
as it beholds warehouses and hospitals rise as
if by magic, railroads extended, many miles in
a day, and bridges thrown across rivers in
places where difficulties appeared insurmount
able, ihe fact is that, at the beginning of the
war, France had no labor-saving devices in com
mon use, and although progress has been made
in the introduction of machinery, our appliances
that belong to our everyday activities are still
a marvel to them.
"As an illustration of the situation even now,
I think the unloading of ships furnishes a fair
means of comparison between French methods
and American methods, I watched the unload
ing of two big vessels at the docks of a port in
France. From the French ship walked the
blacks from Algiers and the Singalese steve
dores, carrying on their shoulders heavy loads,
to be sure, but after all little compared with
the immense cargoes to be thus handled. Carts
waited for the bundles dumped into them and
when 1,000 pounds had been placed on them,
the vehicles were slowly drawn up the street
leading away from the wharf by five horses
hitched tandem. Near the French ship one of
our freight vessels was discharging its cargo by
means of an electric crane that dropped a three
tonned burden, every time it moved, into a
three-tonned motor truck, which speedily rolled
away with its muffler wide open and an Ameri
can negro driver at the wheel.
"This same difference in methods of work
may be seen in all lines of industry, and right
here I want to say that it looked as if every
man working here in any form of labor had his
duplicate over there. One felt this close broth
erhood of toil for the war, this constant co
operation between the workers behind the
army lines in France and the workers, who are
just as much behind the lines, as they use all
their energies in workshop and factory here at
"One of the noticeable things about the work
ers in France is their complete concentration
on the job that engages attention. Each man
as he, labors with what appears to the allies an
almost superhuman energy attends to his own
special work and pays no attention to what is
going on even in his immediate vicinity. For
instance, many of the men who are laying rail
roads had never taken time to question who
supplied the ties and when I mentioned the
20,000 soldiers working in the woods far away
from the scenes of actual conflict they were sur
prised. They had never heard of the forestry
service and I want to say something about
these heroes who will win none of the glory
and honor that is accorded the soldiers that do
the actual fighting.
"I visited the camps of the forestry service,
which is seldom if ever mentioned in the news
papers. There I found as fine a lot of boys as
can be found anywhere in the army, splendid
specimens in physique, in character and train
ing. These young soldiers from all parts of the
United States are most anxious to go into the
front lines, but they must obey orders and so
they do with a will their part. To them the
army must look for all the timber for its hos
pitals, its cantonments and its hangars. Our
warehouses and our railways must wait for
them, but their service gets no headlines in the
newspapers. They are to be numbered with
the millions of workers here at home on whom
our armies must rely for the support that means
victory. But our soldiers are serene in the
abiding conviction that our industrial supremacy
which so astonishes our allies will enable them
to overcome every obstacle in the way of com
plete triumph over the enemy.
"While the mobilization of industry here at
home has been accomplished on a scale never
before attempted, the thousands of factories and
the miles of moving motor transports are scat
tered over vast areas of our country. But in
France activities are concentrated. Even an
American who goes to France is overcome in
the contemplation of the vastness of our in
dustrial enterprises, the stupendous darings of
our great preparations and present day achieve
ments for supplying every possible need brought
about by the war.
"I saw armies of mechanics and carpenters as
well as armies of infantrymen and artillerymen.
Think what it means to build hospitals with a
capacity of from 10,000 to 16,000 beds. Imagine
miles of warehouses, hangars covering acres and
acres and barracks that will house troops by
the hundreds of thousands. It is well not to
forget for one moment that our workers make
possible our fighters, but no one can reallv feel
the significance of this until one has beheld the
marvels of industry behind the lines.
"Because I saw the miracles performed by
every class of labor now engaped in France I
have predicted that the war will end within a
year, for with such workers as we have sent to
support such soldiers as we have trained the
final miracle, speedy peace after a comolete vic
tory, seems to me probable. When I looked
into the faces of our boys over there I recog
nized a power in them which is different from
that of any other nation in the world. We are
so accustomed to our American types that we
do not take account of the fact that our young
men are different from the young men of other
lands. They have a rilled strength, a splendid
virility, a fresh enthusiasm and a reckless cour
age that make them stand out among the great
armies of the allies. They wear the same
khaki, the same steel helmets, but no one can
mistake them; no one hesitates in classifying
them. Even thousrh the soldier serving under
our flag may be of foreign birth, he has become
an American after sojourning in our republic
and he hears the stamp of the free country. He
has the buoyancy, the confidence, the kindliness,
so much commented on by the allies.
"'Your boys have an incredible rourasre, hut
thev are so gentle said a famous French gen
eral who was talking to me. He pointed down
the road as he added, 'Your democracy produces
wonderful soldiers.' An American private was
carrying a bundle of faggots for a poor old
French woman and whistling as he walked
I'on!". Another foreign commander commented
n the fact that he had seen an American ma
jor general lose precious t'tne by stopping his
au!omob;'e for fcr.r he might run over a peas
ant's child. The fact that, according to our in
terpretation, military rights do not carry tbe
privilege of ignoring other rights astonishes
foreigners, hut they are beginning to understand
what it means to live under a democratic gov
ernment that respects the rights of the indi
vidual. "With both our soldiers and our workers im
bued with the spirit born of the highest ideals,
it is not strange that they are performing mir
acles. They have already rinde our allies re
joice and our enemies tremble."
Round About the State
Campaign stumps are tikingr on
the rainbow radiance of the politi
cal long; bow.
Nebraska continues far In the lead
In Thrift stamp sales, while Iowa
drops from second to fifth place in
Gage county's quota of the fourth
Liberty loan la $1,370,000. What
will the people do about It? "We'll
eat It up!" says Chairman Kllpatrick.
The phiz of John Morehead
blooms all by Its lonesome in some
of the weeklies. Johnny doesn't
care how many see It, providing It is
Kept out ot range ot tne ciocks.
C. L. Beacham, a typo on the Em
erson Enterprise, has become owner
and manager of the Winnebago
Chieftain, formerly owned by Jeff
Beatrice Express cordially agrees
with the food authorities that Ne
braska consumers should not pay
more than Si. 35 or $1.40 per bushel
for potatoes this winter. Sounds
mighty good in these parts. Now
get the dealers In and the deal is
Editorial Joyriding scores a new
high record on the highways around
Norfolk. Editor Huse boasts of
clipping off 63 miles an hour driving
a D.zuo-pound car. Oh, boy, some
speed. Will Norfolk stand for It?
Considering the government's ur
gent calls for strong, virile youth,
patriotic Norfolkers should grip the
maternal swatter and bring young
sters to a safety pace.
The most aggravating of pro-Ger
mans m Nebraska City is not a Ger
man at all. "So far as is known,"
says the Press, "he hasn't a drop of
uerman Diooa in nis noay. But he
has gone out of his way to criticise
the govrnmt whenever the od
portunity presents. One of the most
Ditter call downs he has received
came from a man who was bon in
jermany, Dut it didn't penetrate.
Why not try a nutcracker?
The Albion Weekly News enters
upon Its 40th year with the rare dis
tinction of being under the same
management it started with. Edi
tor Ladd modestly disclaims achiev
ing great things or making a for
tune. Neither of these outweigh a
record of unswerving devotion to the
weii-Deing of the commun tv. In all
the little affairs which make up the
routine or lire the News has been a
faithful helper, cheerful in times of
stress, loyal and encouraging at all
times. Here's hoping Mr. Ladd will
realize his wish "of a full half cen
tury as publisher," and some over
for good measure.
Washington Post: The German
soldiers may skedaddle, but the forts
of Metz must stand and take what's
Brooklyn Eagle: "The one and
only Colonel Roosevelt" will soon
have a rival. Theodore, Jr., is al
ready a lieutenant colonel, and he's
going up rapidly.
Minneapolis Tribune: The Brit
ish in Palestine have nabbed so
many of the Turk's tail feathers that
he is not bothered with that kind of
excess baggage on his hike north.
.Baltimore American: German nf.
flclals in Belgium are being called up
for military services, with their
places taken by women. Now we
shall see if Inhumanity permeates
the male and female Teuton alike.
St Louis Globe-Democrat: Our
enemy in the Meld complains that
Americans "yell so barbarously
when they charge." You bet they
yell! But that's not barbarism;
that's "shouting the battle cry of
freedom" something that needs to
be heard in Europe.
Washington Post: "The German
people huddle together, as people al
ways do before a great disaster,"
says a 'neutral traveler. These same
Germans were lately huddled to
gether like wolves in anticipation
of feasting upon the body of France.
New York World: On the Mul
hausen front says Karl Rosner, "His
majesty was again told by his gen
erals, as by simple musketeers, that
they will never let the enemy pass."
The "simple musketeers" will not, if
holding up their hands and crying
"Kamerad!" can stop the accursed
Over There and Here
Prank Simonds describes Field
Marshal Foch as a little man, about
the size of Napoleon and he has
Grant's fondness for a cigar.
Fourteen states have abolished
teaching the German language in the
schools, and drives in the same di
rection are making progress in 16
A Capronl airplane with a wing
extensibn of 120 feet is being made
somewhere in this country. It will
carry 16 tons of destruction. Oh,
boy, the air line to Berlin Is mapped.
Ralph Benson, 32, left Idaho for
New York 10 years ago. His younger
brother, Jack, Btuck to the family
fireside. Unknown to each other the
brothers Joined the colors. Recently
they met as wounded soldiers in a
French hospital. Minor injuries
were forgotten in the Joyful reunion.
Americans in the big push at St
Mihiel no doubt appreciate the ac
commodations and comforts left by
the Huns. Correspondents report
capturing miles of buildings contain
ing Bleeping quarters for 100,000
men. Stolen pianos adorn officers'
quarters, and much fine loot from
French homes made things quite
comfy. Owing to the unexpected
coming of the new landlords Hun
tenants skipped with their clothes
WHERf THE WSST BEGINS.
((With Apologies to Arthur Chapman.)
Out wher the cannona roar and rattle,
Out where our boya In khaki battle,
That's where the West begins.
Out where the Stars and Stripes grow
Where the home ties bind a wee bit
Where Freedom's skies are becoming
That's where the West begins.
Out where Freedom's wedre has entered,
Out where the hopes of the world are
That's where the West begins.
Out where the Hun's fond hopes are
Whue Christian hands have been united,
Where Liberty's torelii'S have been lighted,
That's where the West begins.
nut where the Prussian throne is shaking.
Our. where a new world's in t ho making,
That's where the West begins.
Out where the Allies' (lags are blended,
Where German "Kultur" Is forever ended,
Ard Ood'a laws cannot be transcended.
That's where the West hesrlns.
X. liTh, Neb. JOHN CTHT1S JENKINS.
Asks Protection for the Lawn.
Omaha, Sept. 27. To the Editor
of The Bee: I see now the Liberty
loan committee is going to build a
tower on the court house lawn.
There won't be anything left of this
beautiful lawn pretty soon the
way they are cutting It up for
all sorts of things. The big and un
sightly food sign was the first th)ng.
Then they constructed all sorts of
little buildings on it. and now comes
this Tower of Liberty.
I understand they are going to dig
holes in the lawn to plant big poles
around which to build the structure
of boxes to form the "tower." This
will be the worst damage yet done
to the lawn, and I want to protest.
Have they secured a building per
mit for this structure? And, if not,
why not? The lawn looks bad
enough now without putting up this
tower besides. I am not pro-German,
but I am pro-American, pro
Omaha and pro-court house lawn.
Our Army Generals.
Ponca, Neb., Sept. 24. To the
Editor of The Bee: Please put in
formation a to how many generals
there are in the United States army
in The Bee's Letter Box.
Answer: We cannot give the num
ber 'of general officers In the army
definitely, aa that Information Is only
to be had at the War department
which Is keeping it secret Roughly,
however, the new army will consist
of at least 100 divisions of 45,000
men each, a major general at the
head of each division. These will
be grouped into 20 army corps, each
commanded by a major general. In
each division will be at least three
brigades, commanded by a brigadier
general. Over all will be one general
commanding in France ana one in
America. Then we have the quar
termaster general, the paymaster
general, the surgeon general, the
general commanding the air service,
and the general In command of the
signal corps, besides a number of
others of this rank on staff duty.
Wooster Impeaches Neville.
Silver Creek. Neb., Sept 26. To
the Editor of The Bee: In your edi
torial of September 25 on "The Ger
man Language Question" you say in
conclusion: "The German language
must be treated In this country
henceforth Just the same as any
other foreign language certainly no
In taking that position you are
on absolutely solid ground; and It is
to be hoped you will resolutely main
tain it until the close of the war,
But to say that the German lan
guage must be treated Just the same
as any other foreign language Is to
say that it shall not be treated at all;
for, until our entry into the war,
the right of a man to speak, preach,
teach or write in any language he
pleased had never been questioned,
and should not have been questioned
since that time. To do so is to do
violence to our much boasted con
stitutional right of free speech. No
good has come of It, or will come
of it, but only harm and harm con
tinually. Notwithstanding our Ger
man fellow citizens have been do
ing their full part In buying bonds,
paying taxes and In freely consent-
ng that their sons should go to war,
we have been continually nagging
them and persecuting them in a
manner no less unlawful than
And who are these persecutors?
Primarily, and mostly, our State
Council of Defense, and the 90 or
more county councils under them.
And the worst feature of this nefari
ous, rotten, utterly un-American
work of these councils In this matter
is that it Is entirely without au
thority of law, and not only that
but in violation of the constitution
and of the most sacred rights of the
American citizen. There is not one
word in the act of the legislature
creating the State Council of De
fense, or In the sediJJon law of the
extra session, giving them any au
thority, or power whatever, as to
tne use or the German language
on the streets, over the telephone,
In the schools, or In the churches.
as i puonciy statea a year ana a
half ago, the State Council of De
fense is an abominable nuisance and
ought to be abated.
"But," Bomeone may say, "have
you forgotten that the governor is a
member of the State Council of De
fense?" I have not, and so much the worse
for him. He is sworn to see that the
laws are duly executed. But he not
only does not do that but as a
member of the State Council of De
fense, Is a party to their violation in
scores of different ways. And for
this he should be Impeached and
put out of office. I am, however, of
the opinion that he is being im
peached at the bar of public opinion
and that his present term of office
will be his last term. .
Wants National Police.
Omaha, Sept. 27. To the Editor
of The Bee: Why don't you advo
cate national police, and do away
with municipal police? Also advo
cate the printing of all school
books under authority of a national
commission and sell all books at or
below cost so that children can keen
S. G. STEVENSON,
823 South Twenty-second St
Wages of City Firemen.
Omaha, Sept. 26. To the Editor
of The Bee: How can a city fire
man drawing the magnificent sum
of 65 per month take care of his
family, pay rent, pay for a telephone
which they are requested to have,
buy coal, clothing and numerous
other incidentals which are abso
lutely necessary, and then after that
buy Liberty bonds, War Savings
stamps, and also contribute to the
various donations which they are re
quested to do? It makes no differ
ence how a man feels fn his heart
toward his country, when he draws
such a salary, he cannot possibly
show his patriotism, by buying Lib
erty bonds, etc.
Is it not enough that these men
are compelled to contend with this
small wage without having their pa
triotism reflected upon? Now when
our country is in such a critical
nrni if la th blftrkest reflectio
possible, upon his character when hl
patriotism is questioned.
From An Early Riser.
Wayne. Neb., Sept 25. To th
Editor of The Bee: It la rather
amusing to see some of the letters
in print in your Letter Box and espe
cially letters written by Frank A.
Agnew. It does seem to some, no
doubt, that they know enough to run
our government hut at the same
time never get anywhere. -1 for one
believe there are men In congress
that know how to help run thleov
ernment and with the help of Wood
row Wilson I believe we can yet
along without criticism from Frank
A. Agnew. If the law sayi get up
at 3 o'clock a. m. and it will help
lick the kaiser, let's all get up.
Being a man that works from 10
to 14 hours per day, I for one am
ready to stay up all night It It will
help the boys over there.
I trust Mr. Agnew will read thle
and get a little pep In him and get
out in the morning and be like the
folks at Wayne, Neb.,
Against the "Paper P10."
Ragan, Neb., Sept 20. To the
Editor of The Bee: In the Issue ot
Septemper 8 you take occasion to
rather frown down the "earnest
and sincere person" who arises to
protest against the use of clgareta by
our boys in khaki. To my mind a
deplorable condition has come upon
us In this matter, that the publlo
press will throw the weight of Its ln
fluence against the best Interests of
our brave men. It may be all right
to place tobacco where the man who
is addicted to the habit may buy tt,
but when a great monopoly Is able
to subsidize the press of the land so
that consciously or not they en
courage men and boys who never
touched the weed to become addicted
to the habit then it Is time every
father and mother, and those who
have the best Interests at heart
should stir themselves.
What If some do complain If they
lack clgarets? On the eiime ground
you would have to provide some
with bnpr flnH whlNlrv narmlt lh,m
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access to women of the streets and
all the defiling and debauching in-
iiuences mat aoouna. wny7 Be
cause some have become addicted
government, realizing the undermin
ing Influences of these things, has
made them taboo in the camps and
amonsr nnr nnlriler.q' that la hv
are being protected, not only from
the following of those habits that
degrade, but the beginning of such
habits Is provided against; the
temptation is kept away as far as it
is possible to keep It away from
those never taken in by such vile
practices. We all recognise the
good that comes from such protec
tion, and that Is why we have an
army that we can all be proud of.
Now as to tobacco, and especially
clgarets, can you cite a case where
cigarets made a man or boy more
manly and dependable, made him
more of a man? Helped him to be
come a better man physically, men
tally or morally? You cannot They
are the source of much physical de
generation and loss of mental power,
besides the crippling of the moral
senses. No man can be as alert and
capable when addicted to the use of
clgarets as he would be if he did not
use them. Medical science Is not
slow to speak out on this matter.
The man whose system is saturated
with nicotine when injured by accl
dent or by an enemy bullet does not
stand the chance to recover as does
the man whose blood is clean and
wholesome. When we encoiirno-a
our men in the use of tobacco we
are really helping the kaiser; we are
fighting for him. We are making It
harder for our surgeons and nurses
as they strive to restore the wounded
to health again; we are really stab
bing our brave men In the back as
thev bo forward in tha lntn -
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And who Is getting the benefit t
The American Tobacco company.
For gain they are willing to de
bauch and cripple our boys, and
every agency that encourages the
folks at home to contribute to to
bacco funds Is in like manner play
ng into the hands of this trust, help
ing the kaiser cripple and maim our
: , o nicii uimnces or com-'
Ing back home whole men less.'
Think of the tobacco nicotine-soaked
wrecks that will come home to the
bosom of family and loved ones, per
haps incapacitated for any worth
while occupation. Why not protect
our boys and at least make it pos
sible for the one who does not crave
the defiling and crippling weed to
keep from it rather than to encour
?&e e forminS of the habit? Think
this through and realize what influ
ence a great paper like The Bee
would have if lined up on the side
of clean and virile manhood.
M. E. PORTER. ,
Kind Old Gentleman Hello, and whoa
tittle boy are youT
Little Boy I won't know till tha dl.
jore. preceding, ar. over.-lndlan.polU
"Well, well!" exclaimed Hoifon. slanda
bp from hi. paper. "They have JXi 51
- - rt v uavo CsLUvn r t
cleverest hotel robber in th countrvl"
indeed! said Haynes. "Which hotel did
ue keep?" Life.
wZLtda,'Jfhter. " otn t0 Profaaaor
wombat, the eminent pianist"
"How's his touch?"
"Pretty strong. Four dollar, a lesson.
-Kansas City Journal.
Sue Sa Vmi r. . . .
u uu v marry mm bafora
he went overseas? "
ioia mm It was time
!"uth ' after he got throurt
fighting the knl.er Trf,.
One John MacCrate is reported down New
York way to have won a two-big party nomina
tion for congress at an expense of only $1,227.
Xo finer bid for an investigation ever hopped
up to congress. MacCrate's secret revealed is
wo.J:h the cost
WAYNE STATE NORMAL
Has Been Recognized for
Students Army Training Unit
Free Tuition, Free Beard and $30.00 a Month.
Any high school graduate is eligible.
Members not now in attendance will be called on or before
The unit will be limited to about 150, thus giving greatest
advantage to the individual.
Barracks will be in one of the school's fine new fireproof
buildings and not in a temporary shack.
This is one of the best equipped schools in the west An un
usual opportunity is offered young men.
Organization on Monday, October 7.
For fu'l particulars and enrollment card white
U. S. CONN, Prmident, Wayne, Nebraska.
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"Suine is Ctood J3iA&It rV
He Will Stand by Your
Coy in the Trenches.
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