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Mr. Wilson loves to ride down precedent,
How that "sting of ingratitude" does rankle!
r : At least one prominent German family has
no gold stars on its service nag. ,
, Now the wireless can be run without poles,
fjhowhtg what progress is being made.
I "Pro-German propaganda is renewed" warns
fWashington. When was it discontinued?
Here'i your hat, Mr. Hohenzollern," says
Iron crosses are offered in Berlin at a penny
apiece, which is still much above the market
quotation on scrap iron.
The United States is big enough and strong
enough to survive a short application of "Tom"
Marshall in the executive chair.
; Congress has taken its final kick at old John
Barleycorn, but the end of the war does not
look so far away now as it did last summer.
f : The Wessed bolsheviki dto not make much
Vxheadway in Berlin, but may have made a deeper
impression that is now apparent. Time will
settle this point.
Yankee Soldiers are finding back of the line
J fmany evidences that the Huns believed they
f fwere going to hold all they seized. The super-
en made a lot of blunders in their calculations.
v Herr Solf still fusses about the possible ef
fect of the presence of alien troops on the banks
lot the Rhine. He will get used to it long be-
Ifore their "watch" is removed.
Distilleries may be selling at 5 cents on the
dollar, but bootleg booze commands a much
higher price. However, that stuff does not de
pend on a distillery, either, for production or
Paris is having a series of jubilations, or
ather one continuous uproar, as one event after
nother emphasizes the victory. Andfit
'lace for a Yankee soldier who does not care
bout being kissed.
The Belt Line tracks come to the surface
gain as the war wave recedes. What the citi
zens want is that the tracks be elevated above
,he surface high enough to make them safe.
his is imperative.
Mr. Wilson, as was all along expected, has
decided to attend the peace council in person.
While this decision may start considerable dis
cussion, serious question as to its propriety will
hardly be raised. No good reason is put for
ward against his going, while many may be
cited for his personal presence in Paris, at least
during the opening days of the council. Wood
row Wilson is chief magistrate and executive
head of the United States; he has been a prin
cipal actor in the great drama of the war. The
people followed him implicitly and confidently
in his war plans, and all the nations gave heed
to his words of wisdom and decision.
For these reasons it is almost imperative
that he attend the solemn conclave that will
formulate the conditions on which the peace
and tranquility of the world are to be secured.
Any tradition with reference to the temporary
absence of the president beyond the territorial
boundaries of the country has become ana
chronistic. Such objection dates back to a time
when the traveler leaving the shores of his home
land cut himself off from communication with
it for the time of his voyage, or longer. Today
it is possible for the president to be in touch
with affairs at home every minute he is away.
It is hardly likely that any public interest or
business will suffer because the executive is not
personally present at his office in Washington.
That the visit of the president of the United
States to France, England, and perhaps Italy,
will be construed as an act of peculiar grace at
this time can scarcely be doubted. It will be
another guaranty to the world of our sincerity
in support of our national ideals.
. Secretary Daniels started the war modestly
rsnough, but he was getting into the regular
democratic class, as his estimate of $3,000,000,
j)00 for naval needs for 1920 shows. And this
lithe same Daniels who could not see the good
(bf a battleship three years ago.
The proposed visit of the president to France
recalls' the advice given by a sober-minded
Z jrloosier to an Omaha friend a few years ago.
jTfiey were talking of "Tom" Marshall, and the
Hoosier adjured his hearer to pray each night
(hat Woodrow Wilson be permitted to live his
term of office through.
'Vic" Borger, congressman-elect from Mil
waukee, and under several indictments for sedi
tion, told an audience of, 10,000 socialists in
Chicago that the "international Flag," whatever
that is, is above Old Glory in his estimation,
feerger will keep on until he secures his martyr
nom and a nice prison cell at the same time.
Congress is now arranging to leave the rev-
:nue bill unfinished until the December session.
In December last year it was faced with the
idmitted necessity of amendment the existing
law to cure its manifold imperfections, but post
poned the job in deference to politics. Now,
irith the election passed and the war at a cloje,
tKt democrats want further time. Yet the lead
ers wonder why the people have no patience
with them.
May Fix Food Prices,
v It is the belief of high government officials
hat with the ending of the war there will be
inch a demand in Europe for foodstuffs and
:ommodities from the United States that it will
be necessary to fix prices in this country for
taore articles of lite. 1 he tood control act, un-
er which the tood administration now oper-e.
tes, is not believed to give authority for this,
nd probably it will be necessary for congress
o enact additional legislation covering the sub-ect.
Exceot in isolated cases the government has
ot fixed orices during the war, but it is feared
here will be a greater necessity for doing this
t the close of the war. when the demand tor
Ifood will be more general and not under the
Jregulatory discipline of the military torces. l he
ioou administration nas u . udugcmcui miu
the food controllers of the allied countries un
der which the United States is to supply neces-
Isar fndd for the civil oooulations this winter
seven if the war should end this fall. And, even
jif. no such agreement existed this country would
feel under a moral obligation to protect turope
from starvation.
v An iacreased demand for food in Europe
upon the' cessation of hostilities would send
vices skyward in the United States, especially
if the repressive authority of the food-administration
- stops with the war. Consequently it
nay be necessary to take steps to protect the
American people, both by controlling exports
.nd by fixing prices. Washington fost
What's the Trouble With the Police Force?
If Police Superintendent Ringer is quoted
correctly, that he cannot "fire" a bad policeman,
then he indicts not the police, but himself and
his associates on the city commission. The law
requiring a hearing for policemen by the com
mission before dismissal was wisely made to
protect the men from possible oppression by an
arbitrary superior, but not to weaken the effi
ciency of the organization.
At present Mr. Ringer has a chief of police
selected by himself. It would be unfair to say
Chief Eberstein was "hand-picked" when he was
given the job because Superintendent Ringer
wanted him. The chief of detectives is also a
personal selection of the superintendent, and
every captain and sergeant has been named by
his direction or consent. All this being true, it
sounds childish to assert that "bad" men on the
force defeat enforcement of the law and cannot
be gotten rid of.
If Mr. Ringer will give more attention to
speeding up his department and less to invent
ing alibis to shift responsibility, he will proba
bly make greater headway. It is not expected
that he accomplish impossibilities.
Is Omaha in the clutches of a band of crim
inals because bootleggers ply their trade and
vice in many forms persists despite the efforts
of the police? We do not believe the head of
the police department should make such admis
sion unless ready to throw up the job. At any
rate, charges against individual members of the
force should come In the proper forum, where
judgment can be rendered, rather than in sweep
ing allegations reflecting upon the integrity of
the whole organization.
' The Democratic Family Ruction.
The savage attack on William Jennings
Bryan by the paper that once "pointed with
pride" to his name printed in its flagstaff as its
editor is suggestive of the internal disruption of
the once triumphant democracy of Nebraska.
We hold no brief for Mr. Bryan, who is amply
able to defend himself we never supported him
for any office we seldom agreed with his views
on public questions. It is interesting to read,
however, in a paper which formerly lauded him
to the skies this belated post mortem:
"Fot twenty years" under that glittering
oriflamme we "led the nation," we Nebraska
democrats did. Led the nation to repudiate
us in four succesive campaigns and the party
to four successive Waterloos.
First he went into the ditch for free silver
at the anointed ratio of 16 to 1.
Next we went over the precipice in oppos
ing the "imperialism" that has brought free
dom and civilization to the Filipinos and to
the United States, a crown of glory as the
most altruistic ofk nations. 7
Finally, we landed in the bottomless pit
with "federal licenses for the trusts" as a new
paramount under which interesting system
50 per cent monopoly was to be legalized.
To use an expressive colloquialism, "just let
that soak in."
Think of a devoted in-season and out-of-season
worshipper of the free coinage fetish
ridiculing it as "the anointed ratio."
Listen to this persistent monitor against
"the menace of imperialism concede that failure
to retain the Philippines would have lost us a
crown of glory.
Watch this self-vaunted enemy of monopoly
smash the idol which it summoned us all to
.worship as the sure promise of relief from op
presions of the odious trusts.
Oh, what an awakening I If all the panaceas
prescribed by democratic platforms these many
years are admittedly false nostrums, what faith
can be placed in the democratic paramounts of
the future?
Germany's "Peaceful Development."
Dr. Solf's persistent appeal for a modifica
tion of terms of the armistice discloses finally
something of its foundation. Underlying his
statement that the "peaceful development" of
Germany is involved, may be discovered some
thing of the extent to which the kaiser and his
crew were concerned in holding on to Alsace
Lorraine and the mines of Belgium and north
ern France. Without the regions west of the
Rhine, the Germans lose control of iron, coal
and potash deposits. These the foreign minis
ter asks to be returned. Bismarck knew in 1871
the value of these deposits, and with utmost de
liberation wrenched them from France. It was
not sentiment then, but carefully planned rob
bery; it will not now be sentiment, but even
handed justice that will prevail. The peaceful
development of Germany will be considered, but
not at the expense of Germany's victims.
Munich celebrates the downfall of the empire
and the overthrow of the monarchy with much
joy, but we may conclude from reports current
while the war was on that the good old Culm
bacher did not foam in the stein as of yore.
Omaha will be content to have the balloon
school continued through the coming years as a
part of the great national army training work.
Right in the Spotlight
Friedrich, Ebert, who became the
nominal head of the German provi
sional government after the fall of
the empire, has been vice president
of the German social democrats, and
president of the main committee of
the Reichstag. He was by trade a
harnessmaker and later editor of a
socialist newspaper. He has been
prominent in the party councils for
many years. He became social
ist member of the Bremen city coun
cil in 1900 and in 1912 he was sent
to the Reichstag from that city. A
year later he was elected leader of
the party to succeed August Bebel.
Durng the greater part of the war
Herr Ebert joined Herr Scheide
mann and other socialists, who sup
ported the war, against the small
and persecited faction headed by
Karl Liebknecht, who opposed it,
with the result that Herr Ebert has
been looked upon by radical social
ists all over the world as a renegade
from socialist ideals and an instru
ment of German autocracy.
In Omaha 30 Years Ago Today.
Captain O'Donahue has sold his
interest in the "Fire Reporter" to
Delos Beard, formerly of Engine
Company No. 1.
A large-sized oil lamp exploded in
horse car No. 49 at the corner of
Ninth and Farnam streets, but no
damage was done as the driver seiz
ed the burning mass in his hands and
threw it on the pavement.
J. DShields, the genial, hog buy
er, has returned from a trip to St.
Hon. John N. Baldwin has re
turned from an extended visit to
L. L. Rappel of the firm of Rappel
& Co. left for Chicago to remain
until next season.
E. M. Brainard of the firm of
Brainard, Richardson & Carpenter
has returned from a visit to Buffalo,
N. Y.
One Year Ago Today in the War.
British opened one of the greatest
offensives of the year on west front.
French chamber of deputies
gave a vote of confidence to the
new premier, M. Clemenceau.
Official announcement of the sink
ing of the United States destroyer
Chauncey by collision with the
transport Rose.
The Day We Celebrate.
Frank L. Haller, president of the
Lininger Implement company, born
Charles C. Troxell. manager of
the Nebraska Moline Supply com
pany, born 18S9.
Sir Wlfred Laurier, former Ca
nadian premier, born at St. Lin,
Quebec, 77 years ago.
Dowager Queen Marghefita,
mother of King Victor Emmanuel of
Italy, born 67 years ago.
Selma Lagerlof, the most famous
of Swedish women writers, born in
the province of Vermland, 60 years
ago. -
Kenesaw M. Landis. federal judge,
born at Millville, O., 52 years ago.
Rt. Rev. Patrick J. Hayes, suc
cessor to Cardinal Farley as arch
bishop of New York, born in New
York City, 51 years ago.
This Day in History.
1815 France ceded to the king
dom of the Netherlands whatever
it still retained of the Austrian
1843 Ferdinand Hassler, first su
perintendent of the United States
coast survey, died in Philadelphia.
Born in Switzerland, October 6, 1770.
1894 Port Arthur was taken by
the Japanese from the Chinese.
1899 The German emperor and
empress and their sons arrived in
Windsor Castle on a visit to Queen
1914 Russians checked the Ger-Warthe-Vistula
1915 Vigorous- bombardment of
Ostend by British warships.
1916 British announced capture
of 6,962 prisoners in one week.
Timely Jottings and Reminders.
The eighth annual convention of
the League of Compulsory Educa
tion Officials meets in St. Louis
today for a three-day session.
.The tenth annual convention of
the American Specialty Manu
facturers' association, which is to
open today in Cleveland, will be
largely devoted to the discussion of
trade problems arising out of the
The question of providing perma
nent relief for victims of the recent
forest fires will be discussed at the
annual meeting of the Northern
Minnesota Development association,
which is to begin its sessions today
at Grand Rapids, Mich.
Important problems confronting
America with the end of the world
war are to be outlined and discussed
at the conference on American re
construction problems, which is to
assemble at Rochester today under
the auspices of the National Munici
pal league. '
Storyette of the Day.
The unconquerable Pat, being one
day in town, found his way into a
barber's shop to get a shave. As it
was near dinner time and the barber
was feeling the gnawings of hunger
he became rather hasty over the job
and was unfortunate in ' inflicting
several cuts of both of Pat's cheeks.
The shave being concluded. Pat
arose and, approaching a table on
which was a glass of water, he took
a mouthful and rocked his head
from side to side.
"Anything the matter?" asked the
barber. '
"Not much," came Pat's reply. "I
was only just trying to findi out
whether my mouth would still hold
water without leaking." Pittsburgh
Some Helpmeet
May Terry, the 10-year-old daugh
ter of a Pike county, Missouri, far-
poller, living ueo-i mo mti7 iwnw
Annuua, naa araggeu unu imnuwcu
117 acres of land for her father, and
has been given the product from one
acre of this land for her' own use.
This acre she will donate to the Red
Cross. .
Marshal Foch
' Floyd Gibbons in Chicago Tribune
Belgium won the war by delaying the German
hordes on her borders. . ...
Great Britain won the war by blocking the
road to the channel ports by the strength of her
France won the war by her heroic sacrifices
at Verdun and in the first battle of the Marne.
-The United States won the war by producing
the needed superiority of fighting strength to
turn the uneven balance in the fourth year of
the conflict.
And after this has been said, it may be stated
with equal decisiveness that the war was won
by one man.
His name is Ferdinand Foch.
The man who outgeneraled and vanquished
the greatest military organization that ever had
been perfected in the history of war was born
in the Pyrenees at the little city of Tarbes,
where his father held a small political position.
Foch was born August 4, 1851.
He was born during a period of great martial
disturbances in Europe. He was born in the
freshest history of the great Napoleonic wars
and at a time when France was to undergo the
further conflicts in which the second empire
tried to approach the warlike triumphs of the
In this atmosphere of battle France produced
the boy who was destined to save civilization
in 1918. At Saint-Etienne, at Rodes, and later
at Metz he received his early education by
which there was inculcated in him habits of
religious strictness. These influences of his in
structors were responsible for some of the
characteristics which later distinguished the
During that fateful year of 1871, Foch enter
ed the Ecole Polytechnique, where from the
start he manifested a particular inclination to
ward the precise studies. He readily applied
himself to logic and geometry, but at the same
time studied with avidity the fresh history of
the previous half century.
Foch as a teacher and theorist formulated
his own theory of war. According to students
who knew him as a teacher, Foch would first
maintain that to estimate only material factors
in war was a mistake. He held that war was
not an exact science, but a terrifying and
passionate drama. He held that between know
ing and doing there was a great abyss, which
could only be traversed if the start was made
from knowledge and not from ignorance.
At the outbreak of the war Foch was in com
mand at Nancy. Located with his forces at
that strategic avenue of entrance between the
Vosges mountains and Luxemburg, he repre
sented the best soldierly material that General
Joffre could station at this vital point.
The French commander's dependence on
Foch was justified in the first battle of the
Marne, when Foch, with his famous belief in
the directness and decisiveness of an attack,
reported to his commander that, with his left
being attacked and his right suffering severe
assault from the enemy, he was attacking with
all he had in the center.
That stroke won the first battle of the Marne.
The enemy's terrific offensive upon which was
based the German hope to conclude the war in
six weeks failed signally. Thus did the allies
receive the necessary breathing spell by which
they were able to withstand successive enemy
onslaughts until America's weight arrived in
the fourth year of the war to turn the tide.
It was in this year on March 29 that Foch
was placed in command of all of the armies of
the allies. This creation of the unified com
mand came eight days after the launching of
the terrific German offensive in Picardy where
the enemy had succeeded in putting one entire
British army to rout. Foch was the answer.
That March 21 offensive of the enemy was a
success in view of territory gained and prison
ers and material captured, but for the allies it
resulted in the greater victory. It brought the
unified control. From that time on all allied
effort, received direction from one head.
On May 27 the Germans struck again, this
time on the Chemin des Dames, and with a
frightful expenditure of their reserves suc
ceeded in advancing their lines thirty miles
from the valley of the Aisne to the valley of
the Marne. Foch threw in the Americans and
stopped the enemy advance on the north bank
of the river in the first days of June.
On July 18 Foch was ready to strike with the
long delayed allied counter' offensive. He
struck in the yillers-Cotteret forest. The blow
was directed It the right flank of the German
salient. To strike that blow Foch needed three
divisions of the hardest fighting soldiers he
could obtain. With the influx of the American
forces, the commander in chief's armies num
bered 11.000,000 bayonets. Of all those veteran
troops Foch selected three divisions to strike
the blow on which the future of the world de
pended. The first division he selected was a
French colonial division from Morocco. The
other two divisions were the First and the
Second United States regular army divisions.
t History will undoubtedly date the turn in the
tide of the entire war from that minute of 4:35
on the morning of July 18 when those two
American divisions and that one French divi
sion went over the top in the Villers-Cotteret
forest to execute the masterly plan of the allied
commander in chief. History will relate how
the German withdrawal started immediately,
and history will not overlook the weeks that
followed in August and September, when Foch
began to take advantage of his successes, strik
ing blow after blow all along the battle line
from Flanders to the Alps until at one time this
master of Hindenburg and Ludendorff was di
recting simultaneously seven battles on as many
different fronts.
This was the type of a man, small, wiry,
nervous, pious, who, on November 10, seated in
the small compartment of a railroad train in the
rear of the French front, received, under a flag
of truce, the emissaries of the foe.
People and Events
A drive for raw material already marks the
devolution, in Germany. Several statues of war
lords have been pulled down.
At last accounts the wets and drys in the
Illinois legislature are about evenly matched
and both sides claiming a sure thing. The con
test involves the federal prohibition amendment
which comes up for action. A narrow margin
of votes insures a hot winter at Springfield.
Some persons wonder how Uncle Sam man
ages to blow in all the war money. ' As a minor
exhibit it is stated that the American troops on
the Verdun front, November 1, sent 8,700 tons
of shells to the enemy in nine hours. Liberality
in that line is your uncle's long suit.
The promise of early resumption of the
manufacture of pleasure automobiles provokes
the "view-with-alarm" feeling among confirmed
pedestrians. An automobile for every eight
persons in Nebraska already, and more to fol
low, suggests to the plodders the greater need
of hugging the sides of the road.
William J. Mulligan, chairman of the Knights
of Columbus war activities committee in New
York, announces there will be no change in the
plan of dispensing free smokes and things to
the men overseas. "Everything free," is the
motto, which will be adhered to until the last
soldier and sailor reaches home.
The Winnebago division of America's first
families pulled off their brand of scalp dance
on the natal day of world liberty, November 11.
Experts in the art terpsichore pronounce the
performance equal in artistic finish to that
staged by Charley Bryan and Edgar Howard
five days before. That's going some.
' Former Governor David I. Walsh, United
States senator-elect from Massachusetts, has
the distinction of being the firs't democrat sent
to the upper house from the Bay state since the
republican party was founded. The new sena
tor served in the recent state constitutional con
vention and won praise as one of the ablest de
baters in that body,
France will not rece'.ve back the
same Alsace-Lorraine which it was
forced to give up, and the changes
of a half century are mostly for the
better. The patriotism of the citi
zenry of the provinces, which has
endured into the second generation,
has been tried in the fire and found
purest metal. There will be profit
rather than loss in the repatriation
of the German colonists which will
reduce the population temporarily.
And the natural resources of the
provinces are immensely greater.
The war now ended was called a
I'raw material" war, and the subsoil
wealth of the restored provinces was
one of its prizes. The weapons
driven into the heart of France were
smeltedand the ores of Alsace-Lor
raine, with the conquered coal of
the Lens district. Only between the
Meuse and the Rhine are coal and
iron found so close together as to be
worked advantageously.
In 1795 France had all these de
posits. In 1815 France lost half
the coal. In 1871 France lost nearly
all its coal and half its iron. In
1914 Germany struck for the other
half of the iron. Germany's eco
nomic power rests upon these facts.
It could not have prolonged the war
without the 21,000,000 tons of ore
mined annually in the province now
returned. The ores of German Lor
raine alone are estimated to be
worth $2,000,000,000. Part of them
were sold to the Wendel syndicate
for $65,000,000 on the ground that
they belonged to French citizens.
Another portion was sold to the von
Raumer syndicate for 50,000,000
marks, the etate reserving the right
of participation to the extent of 51
per cent.
All these were developed by Ger
many for itself, and they now fall
to France without the destruction
which has followed every German
footstep in. retreat. If the results of
the war went no further, this alone
would reduce Germany to a second-
rate nation in an economic sense,
and to impotence in war, New York
Times. !
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St. Louis Globe-Democrat: The
return of Alsace-Lorraine will help
Germans always to remember that
war does not pay.
Kansas City Star: A last chance
for one more of those memorable
message? from Berlin: "After a
brave ilash the .family has arrived
safe in Holland. God is with us."
Baltimore American: The throne
of Finland is still to let, but to date
there have been no applicants since
the kaiser's brother-in-law decided
he didn't like the premises.
Minneapolis Tribune: With Ger
many's unavoidable consent the
allies are winding up "The Watch
on the Rhine," whereby a faithful
old joke may now become obsolete
for paragraph purposes.
Brooklyn Eagle: The $500,000,-
000 stolen from Belgium in forced
contributions should make her a
preferred creditor in the great Ber
lin bankruptcy c.vse. Modern money
can be paid back, though medieval
cathedrals cannot be reconstructed.
Philadelphia Ledger: Doctor
Solf's fear that the allies will let the
German people starve is so un
grounded that it is difficult to be
lieve in its sincerity. He is a good
deal more concerned lest Germany
shall have to suffer the just penal
ties of failure.
New York World: In no place
short of Berlin would the American
troops rather have ended the war
than in Sedan. Nowhere short of
Berlin could the British arms hive
been more fitly laid down than in
Mons, scene in 1914 of a seeming
some would say an actual miracle
wrought in their behalf.
Teacher Which Is the mot delicate of
the senses?
Scholar The touch. When you sit on
a pin you can't see it, you can't hear it,
you can't taste it, but It's there Pear
Mrs. Oramerev I wonder If the serv
ant problem will ever be solved?
Mrs. Parks I'm afraid not. Take a
cook, for Instance it's as hard to keep
a good one as it la to get rid of a poor
one. People's Home Journal,
"How did the shortage of gaiollna af
fect you?"
'Well," replied Mr. Clugglna, "It was
a kind of comfort to know oft-hand ex
actly why the old machine wouldn't run."
Washington Star.
"I'm going to get a divorce. My wife
hasn't spoken to me for six months."
."Better be careful. You'll never get
another wife like that." Boston Transcript.
Mies Gossip Mrs. Fewyeari tells me
she wasn't IS when she! was married.
Mies Telltale No, I should lay she iwas
not. She was 21. Life.
A rookie was reading an article about
the kaiser which compared him with Nero.
"Who was Nero, Bill? he asked of a fel-
low-rookle. "Wasn't he a man that was
always cold?"
"Naur," was the reply, "that was Zero,
another guy altogether." Boston Trans-
An Asset for Omalia.
Baltimore, Md., Nov. 9 To the
Editor of The Bee: I wish to con
gratulate The Bee on the new roto
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only thing lacking to put The Bee
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real asset lor umana.
Jerry Wants Instructions.
Omaha, Nov. 18. To the Editor
of The Bee: In this epoch, the
world celebrating a great military
victory or the majestic triumph of
ideas, as one of the recently em
ployed servants of the people I have
an idea that the electors should de
mand civic victory, too, thereby over
throwing the kaiser's and their sat
ellites who infest Lincoln, Washing
ton and elsewhere. To accomplish
the destruction of their nefarious
work at Lincoln I would suggest a
rmiss meeting at an early date in the
citv hall or elsewhere where dele
gates from the improvement clubs
and other organizations would have
an opportunity to air their griev
ances and give instructions to their
There is no necessity to tell any
sane citizen how essential it is to
discipline some of those lawmakers.
As a servant of the people, if I diso
bey orders I cannot assign any
plausible reason why I should not
be court-martialed similar to the
military men. I believe .that the
hanging of a few political traitors
would be beneficial.
Blue Sky Law.
Omaha, Nov. 19. To the Editor of
The Bee: One of the first duties
upon the assembling of the Incoming
legislature should be to order an in
vestigation of the office of the etate
railway commission. Too many per
mits have been issued authorizing
the sale of stocks in fake 'potash
plants" that never produced a pound
of potash; "rubber tire factories"
that never have or never will pro
duce a tire; "automobile factories"
that never have and never will man
ufacture a car; "oil companies" that
are authorized to sell swamp and
desert land by the square mile and
that never did and never will pro
duce oil; "investment companies"
that promise a return on their in
vestment that could not be made
possible by any honest and legiti
mate plan.
The state has been flooded with
agents who present to their prospec
tive victims finely lithographed "per
mits" from the ."state of Nebraska"
as proof that they are entitled to the
confidence of the public.
In 1913 the legislature passed a
blue sky law that had been care
fully prepared by Senator Cordeal,
assisted by other prominent attor
neys and business men. This law
would seem to be quite effective if
enforced. One provision gives the
railway commission power "to deny
permits where, in the judgment of
the commission when the securities
offered for sale do not promise fair
rgturn," thus leaving :the entire
question of Issuing "perrtits" to the
"judgment" of the commission. Un
der this they should be. and must
be. held responsible for any imposi
tion upon the people.
If, however, the members of the
commission can come through an in
vestigation with clean hands through
any blame of the law, -then let the
legislature immediately pass one
that can and will be enforced, even
if it requires the removal of anyone
whose duty it is to enforce it.
Marks of Royalty.
The late czar of Russia had a
dragon tattooed on his ieft forearm,
and quite a number of other Euro
pean royalties, both past and pres
ent, have been similarly "decorated."
Over There and Here
The German crusier Wiesbaden,
reported sunk by the revolutionaries
for refusing to hoist the red flag,
takes its name from the "badhaus"
resort on the Rhine. Wiesbaden is
to Mayence what Excelsior Springs
is to Kansas City, and about the
same distance apart It comes
within the armistice zone of neu
trality, but the situation need not in
terfere with the task of boiling out
bad livers, of which the supply ap
pears unlimited.
Now and then the war profiteer
gets his due. A milling concern at
Leavenworth, Kan., in a thoughtless
moment Imagined Uncle Sam whs
not looking its way and overreached
the schedule of prices sanctioned by
Herb Hoover's staff. The penalty
foots up $90,121.37. Of this amount
$10,000 was paid into the treasury
of the Red Cross as a guarantee of
future good faith. The balance of
the penalty goes to the food admin
istration treasury.
With keen relish and other feel
ings Dutch papers recall the proph
ecy of some unnamed seer regarding
the fate and flight of William and
Its fulfillment in the arrival of the
jobless kaiser in Holland. "He shall
be the last of his dynasty," said the
seer. "He shall seek a sanctuary on
Dutch soil, with no more followers
than can stand under the shade of
a good-sized tree." The last half is
written into the history of the time.
"Let them stew in their own
Juice," said the blood and Iron Bis
marck in the fall of 1870, when
urged to mitigate the horrors of the
siege of Paris. France is not for
getting as a conqueror what hap
pened when France was conquered
48 years, ago. "Let us not be too
generous," says Stephana Lauzanne,
"for sometimes generosity is under
stood as weakness. It is ridiculous
to speak of, the 'good' German peo
ple the same people who shouted
with glee in the streets of Berlin
when the Lusltania was sunk with
little American children. The Ger
man socialists are noisy now. They
were silent when Belgium was in
vaded, when the Brest-Litovslt
treaty was signed. Let them be si
lent now." '
Seventy thousand of the exiled or
self-exiled Alsatians signed the
"Gold Book" which is to be pre
sented to (President Wilson as a
grateful tribute to American liber
ators. The "Gold Book" consists of
five volumns, beautifully Illuminated
and the binding exquisitely tooled.
The common people walk today
Their kings have slumped and run away
The mastodon with stalking stride
Again has shuffled off his hide;
The untold ages of the past
In newer crucible are cast;
The alligator's tooth and claw
Are working on a new re-saw.
The segregated right! of men
Have staggered under freedom's pen;
The swaying system's boast and pride
Is taking now its long, long slide;
The shouts of free hearts rent the air
In answering Pity's loving prayer;
The rumbling roar of cannon cease
To usher in an age of peace.
Ah, slow the grind but find the grist.
Since love upon this planet kissed;
Since first the boiling heat became
The steam's embodiment of fame;
And painful to the conscious sense
The fate of Love's first recompense;
But ever as the ages meet
From mollcule to toddling feet
The stride has always been one way
To usher in a happy day.
And now as cannon cease to roar.
The echoes cry, "No rich, no poor,
. No kings, no queens, no potentates,
But love's eternal happy state."
So let the echoing of the heart,
In every bosom love Impart
That those who died may catch the
And in new blood return again
To find the earth they left behind
In mother love and tenderness twined.
Picture Sale!
A representative of a well known eastern firm
begs to announce that an entire collection of Mezzo
tint Engravings, Color Etchings, Etchings in Black
and White, Copper Plate Facsimiles and Litho
graphs, which represent the reproductions of the
great masterpieces in the Louvre, Petite Palais,
National Gallery, Tate Gallery, and the Metropolitan
This wonderful collection will be offered for
sale at Dealers' Discounts at Hospe's Galleries, 1513
Douglas St.
1513 Douglas Street
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Quality Saved
by Sacrifice of Quantity
is the story of how Coca-Cola weathered the
war, when the need came to make, a soldier of
sugar and send half of our allotment to France.
We cut down our output to keep up quality at
whatever cost to ourselves.
Preserving quality has been the salvation of
our product and the public's safeguard against imi
tators that have sought to take advantage of our
war-shortage. .
The inimitable quality of Coca-Cola insures
a waiting public when peace 6hall have restored us
to full production.
It your suspicion is aroused by the first taste
of what you are served with, put the question
squarely up to the dealer.