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THE BEE'S SERVICE FLAG
II ! .
No complaint of drouth nowaday.
'Nobody loves a fat man and nobody loves
the street car company.
AH must admit the weather man has been
doing mighty well by us.
'- Now, you must hustle if you have not al
ready done your Christmas shopping.
It remains to be seen whether the Wall
street melons will be as plentiful and luscious
this season as last.
Mr. Daniels says it will take two years for
. America to get back to "normal." Depends on
what Josephus calls normal.
"Back to the land" is in full swing in
Ukrania, where the peasants are murdering the
proprietors in order to get the farms.
Mr. Burleson's justly celebrated postal serv
ice knows that it is Christmas time, whether or
not it has heard that the war is over.
Omaha will miss the schoolma'ams this
year, but when they come in 1919 they will find
1 welcome just as warm and hearty as ever.
Colonel House knows what he is there for.
While the president is on the stage, the colonel
is to serve only as scenery.
A Chicago draft evader starved himself to
death on hunger strike, depriving the army of
: a splendid leader for a forlorn hope.
Whenever a socialist snrakpr savs lie fpara.
that a social revolution will follow peace he
really means he fears that one will not so ensue.
The Hun kept up his reputation for brutality
I to the last, visiting on helpless prisoners resent
ment felt at failure in battle. These things
must be settled for some time.
Governor-elect McKelvie has already been
'called on to talk to the conference of state ex
ecutives. He will be heard from right along,
lfter he is established in the governor's chair.
Our ?ity commissioners should not become
t so engrossed in" buying the gas plant and the
street railway as to forget some of the other
matters entrusted to their supervision. Such
as planning for the new city charter.
Abolition of the food gamblers is now pro
' posed by the conference of governors. It is to
be achieved by co-operation among the farmers.
, If it will help the ultimate consumer, Mr. Com
mon Teople will be for it strong.
, Japan will assent to any plan for world peace
that will prevent the Germans from retaining
any sort of hold on the Facific. Following this
to its logical end, Germany will not amount to
much outside Europe for a long time to come.
Henry Ford has hired somebody to compile
for him all tht kaiser-coddling articles and pro-
German editorials that appeared in the Chicago
Tribune. They won't be a marker to what could
be reproduced from Senator Hitchcock's hy-
One of the charges against Berger in his
trial for espionage is that he forbade reference
in his newspaper to the Germans as "Huns" or
"Bodies." He must merely have duplicated the
"order that was promulgated in the office of Sen
ator Hitchcock's hyphenated organ.
. A little tempest in a teapot is blowing up in
the Department of Agriculture over the inabil
ity of the bureau of farm management to get
out definite estimates of farm costs. It may
result in a disclosure of the wide variance be
tween theory and practice in the matter of pro
ducing food in America.
Trail of the Serpent
NO CALL FOR MANN.
Taking time- by the forelock, James R.
Mann has formally announced his candidacy
for speaker of the next house of representa
tives, which will be under republican control.
While it is a laudable ambition for any pub
lic man to aspire to this exalted position, in
recognition of long and meritorious service in
the ranks and as a promotion from the floor
leadership, there is no overpowering call for
Mann. But, on the contrary, his choice would
antagonize certain elements, necessary to the
continued success of the party. From this
standpoint we believe it would be a mistake
to give Mr. Mann the speakership, and it is a
mistake for him to ask it.
So far as The Bee is concerned, we would
prefer a western man for speaker and feel that
the west has a right to claim the place, because
it was the west that swung the majority of
the house back into the republican column.
We are free to say, however, that though from
a western state, Mr. Mann's activities and
tendencies are not in tune with the forward
looking sentiment of the party to which the
victory at the recent election is due. It must
above all be remembered that the west will be
needed again in 1920, to held congress and
help put a republican into the White House,
and that the west can be depended upon for
its support only if the party retains and
strengthens popular confidence in its progress
ive policies and constructive plans.
'' No one would believe the amazing story now
being told before the senate judiciary subcom-
' mittee if we had not been prepared for it by
previous disclosures of German intrigue. What
..we are now getting are details of the elaborate
conspiracy hatched against ths peace of the
world by the German government in 1914. On
Friday it was established that the plans for a
world war were agreed upon before the murder
of the Austrian archduke, and that the devilish
, espoinage system was put into operation on a
great scale before the infamous ultimatum was
sent to Serbia.
The dispatch of 130 German propagandists to
this hemisphere on July 10 fits in with the recent
revelations of a meeting of the German crown
council on July 5. when the ultimatum to Serbia
was agreed upon ana me approximate aate or
.. the beginning of hostilities settled. Of special
:-t interest are the revelations of the propagandists
who landed in this country about the time war
was declared and continued to work until they
v were exposed or silenced by the entrance of
- the United States into the struggle.
It did not seem possible that much could be
added to the story of the labyrinth of intrigue of
which Count von Bernstorff was the hea'd, but
the intelligence department of the army is now
revealing, for the first time, its knowledge of
the activities of plotters and the relations of
' traitors and dupes of the kaiser in this country.
Two things stand out: In the early days of the
war the influence of these schemers was felt
everywhere. The terrorists who carried on their
campaign of incendiarism were actually less of
' a menace than the more subtle propagandists
who sought to poison American public opinion
and obstruct the dissemination of truth concern-
the war. Brooklyn Eagle,
English in Nebraska Schools.
The report of the governor's "Americaniza
tion" cofnmittc comes out squarely for the
abolition of the foreign language school in
Nebraska. It makes provision for the teach
ing of any foreign language as an elective
study in the public schools, but insists that
the standard courses of instruction in English
must be maintained before a foreign language
can be taught. I The purpose of this, naturally,
is to provide the children of foreign-born par
ents with full instruction in the official lan
guage of the country and to go as far as pos
sible towards the establishment of English as
the common language. In no other way can
the result be so readily obtained.
The report provides for the giving of re
ligious instruction in any language and makes
no objection to the foreign-language news
paper. If the main recommendation of the
committee is faithfully carried out and school
children be carefully instructed in English, it
will not be a long time until the problems of
religious teaching and furnishing of news will
solve themselves, for in time the large body of
our population without a' sufficient knowledge
of the common tongue for ordinary uses will
disappear. In the meantime, no obstacle is
laid in the way of any who privately seek to
acquire command of any language other than
Another feature of the report is worthy of
note, although it will not be so easily car
ried out. This has to do with the instruction of
children in elementary grades in the fundamen
tals of our government, its ideals and institu
tions. Whatever ground work is laid there
should be followed up with far more inclusive
instruction than is now given in the common
schools. Thorough instruction in American
history and in civics should be featured in the
curriculum, instead of bing an incidental or
an elective. When the schools are well or
ganized on these lines they will indeed become
the cradles of citizenship.
Planning for a Busy Future.
A day or two ago Judge Gary, speaking of
the prospects in the steel industry, said the
next five years would show such prosperous
growth in America as will astonish even the
most optimistic of today. The National Man
ufacturers association's committee on readjust
ment advises all employers against taking hasty
action with reference to wages or other mat
ters that affect their business. This commit
tee also looks ahead to a season of uncommon
activity along all industrial lines.
For the manufactures the prospectus
rests on the facts that domestic stocks even of
staple articles are practically exhausted and
that it will require months of full time work
to supply the home needs. When the world
demand is set alongside of this, the certainty
of steady employment of all our mills and fac
tories is made plain. The need of every man
who will be released from military service is
At present no sign points to anything that
warrants the assumption that an immediate
and general attempt will be made to lower
wages. Selling prices are sure to remain high
as lqng as stocks are short and this in turn
carries with it high wages. A readjustment
will come in time, but not while the demand for
manufactured articles is so strong, and the pur
chasing power of the public is maintained at
its present level.
With labor steadirf employed at good wages
and an increasing demand for all the output of
farms, mills and mines, no good reason for
the prognosticated social revolution appears.
A busy workman is not likely to turn bolshevik.
Upheavals and disturbances will come, just as
they have always been with us in peace times,
but generally good times are ahead, with pros
perity enough for all.
Navy Home from the War.
The battleship squadron is to be home from
the war in time to celebrate" Christmas, and it
will come with honors well won. Not in the
bruising clash of battle, but in the course of
seventeen months of ceaseless vigilance, wait
ing for a foe who did not emerge save when he
crept out of his stronghold to surrender with
out firing a shot. Admiral Beatty, sailor
fashion, summed it up in his farewell address to
the Y'ankee tars, when he said how disappointed
they all were that the Germans had not risked
a battle at sea. The greatest victory was won,
however, in the establishment of comradeship
between the two navies. "During the last
twelve months you have been with us we have
learned to know each other very well," said
Admiral Beatty, and added, "We have learned
to respect each other." This tells the story of
the real triumph of the war. The great democ
racies of the world have learned to know each
other, and a mutual respect is born of that
knowledge which can only bring good to all.
Right in the Spotlight.
Today is the sixty-fifth birthday
of Sir Charles Fitzpatrick, who was
recently retired from the office of
chief justice of the supreme court
of Canada to become lieutenant-governor
of Quebec. For many years
Sir Charles was one of the best
known members of the legal pro
fession in Canada. ..Counsel in
some of the most noted cases in
the past generation, solicitor gen
eral for five years, minister of jus
tice for another five, and finally
the head of the nation's highest
court, he has received the honors
which his legal standing and abil
ity merit. An Irish-Canadian, born
and brought up in Quebec, he is
equally at home in French and
English. Genial, democratic and
breezy, a man among men, Sir
Charles was long one of the best
known and most popular figures in
the public service at Ottawa.
One Year Ago Today in the War.
Conscription won in Canada by
margin of 44 votes.
Italians frustrated new attempts
by the enemy to cross the Piave.
General Sarrail, allied commander
at Salonki, was recalled.
In Omaha 30 Years Ago Today.
Children of the seventh grade of
the Farnam school have organized
a literary society called the "Little
Pitcher club," which has prepared
an entertainment program which in
cludes these numbers. Roll call by
Mabel Taylor; recitations, "The
Deacon and the Lamb," by Will
Harney, "The Little Shepherd"
(Swedish) by Emil Anderson.
' Fritzy at School" by Artie Welsh
ans, "Guess My Name" by Nannie
Briggs, "Going to the Dentist" by
Bradner Clark. "The Last Hymn"
by Gretchen Crounse, "Lochinvar"
by Isabelle Adler, "A Girl and a Re
volver" by Thania Anspacher, "Bat
tle of Ivory" by Ross Towle, "Day
Dreams of Youth" by Etta Brown.
The debate was on "Resolved, That
Girls Make Better Students Than
Boys," and Hattie Cady played "Old
Black Joe" on the piano.
W. J. Murphy, one of the owners
of a large chair-bed and wire mat
tress factory in Detroit, is here
looking for a place to locate a
Tom Ornsby of the city detective
force has gone for a visit to his old
home in Philadelphia.
The Day We Celebrate.
Henry C. Frick, an eminent lead
er in American industry and finance,
born at Overton, Pa., 69 years ago.
Mrs. Minnie Maddern Fiske, a
leading actress of the American
stage, born in New Orleans, S3 years
Ambrose Swasey, of Cleveland,
famous as a designer and builder
of big telescopes, born at Exeter,
N. H., 72 years ago.
Albert A. Michelson, Chicago uni
versity professor and Nobel prize
winner, born in Germany 66 years
This Day in History.
1683. Philip V, the first king of
Spain of the house of Bourbon,
born at Versailles. Died in Madrid,
July 9, 1746.
1793 The princess royal of
France, only surviving member of
the family of Louis XVI, was ex
changed for the Marquis Latayette.
1851 J. M. W. Turner, famous
English landscape painter, died in
London. Born there, April 23, 1775.
1893 Two U. S. warships rushed
to Rio de Janeiro to prevent inter
ference with American shipping by
the Brazilian rebels.
1900 Memorial services for the
British soldiers who fell in South
Africa held in St. Paul's cathedral.
1914 Russians withdrew to se
lected positions behind the Bzura
1915 Washington sent another
note to Austria, based on admis
sions made in regard to Ancona
Plight oDemocratic Party
The last two months have witnessed the most
extraordinary political upset in the history of
the country. An administration, clothed with
authority never before equaled, led by a man
of fascinating address, at the close of a vic
torious war and almost at the very moment of
victory, turns to the people for their approval.
To emphasize and make more binding the ex
pected mandate for a continuation of full au
thority, the president addresses to voters a mov
ing appeal in h's best and most convincing man
ner, calling on them to return to congress men
of his own political party in order that he may
he unhindered in the pursuit of his politics dur
ing one of the most complicated and difficult
periods in the history of civilization. What is
the response? Instead of granting the mandate
as a matter of course, the intelligent and inde
pendent voters of the United States sharply
deny the appeal. In the present congress the
democrats have a large majority in the senate
and a safe hut small one in the house. In the
next congress the republicans will have a ma
jority of two in the senate and a majority of
about 48 in the house. And it will not be a
mere party majority. It will constitute an inex
orable opposition to the plans and policies of
What is more, the feeling of hostility to the
administration, which was manifested at the
polls in November, has grown in intensity. The
newspapers, at last ungagged and unfetered, are
speaking their minds. We seldom see a paper
of anv consequence that does not contain sharp
criticism of the president and his advisers, and
this statement applies to democratic as well as
republican organs. The people one meets, of
all political affiliations, are of one voice in con
demning such acts as the appeal to voters, the
proposed journey of the president to Europe in
the company of George Creel, and the seizure
of the cables at a time when the freest com
munication is a public necessity. If it is ever
possible to judge political probabilities from the
expressed opinion of many men, an election
held today would give the republicans such a
majority in both houses of congress as they have
not had for many years.
What has brought about this amazing revul
sion of feeling? No better summing up of the
causes could be made than the article written
bv the Washington correspondent of the New
York Evening Post. The writer has been in the
president's counsel, has pleaded for him in sea
son and out, and has been generally accepted
as the spokesman of the administration. The
validity of his criticism is enhanced by the fact
that he is one of the fondest worshippers of the
president, and has often written about him with
intolerable fulsomeness. His reasons for the
diminished popularity of Mr. Wilson and the
enfeebled condition of his party have been well
expressed in the following paragraphs:
"Mr. Wilson, in his absorption in international
questions has got himself out of touch with the
true spirit of America on domestic questions.
The sort of democracy which the president
preached for years is no longer beheld in the
autocratic and bureaucratic character of the ad
visers who now influence his actions, or in the
high wall he has built around himself.
"He has made a mistake in deciding to take
along with him to Europe Mr. George Creel,
who has lost the confidence of the American
press, and thereby of the people.
"The taking over control of the Atlantic
cables by Postmaster General Burleson at the
time of the anouncement of the transfer of
Creel's activities to Europe is denounced by the
president's most loyal friends as a colossal
"The cabinet is superannuated and in a rut and
Mr. McAdoo should not have been permitted
to quit his offices until after Mr. Wilson's return.
"The president has been shutting his doors to
qualified advisers and depending too much on
his own judgment and the counsels of a small
body of provincially minded advisers.
"He hasn't consulted republicans as well as
democrats on foreign affairs.
"He is attempting to manage the government
in a personal and private way which does not
square with his profession of democracy.
"He has failed to take the people into his
confidence with regard to what he means to do
at the peace conference, or with his arrange
ments for the transaction of executive business
during his absence from the country."
It would be impossible to write a more severe
criticism of the statesmanship of the man to
whom all the civilized world looked for leader
ship a few weeks ago. It is equally an indict
ment of the sagacity and good faith of the presi
dent's advisers. With the exception of Mr.
Tumulty, he seems to have no one in his con
fidence who will give him advice that is at once
intelligent and candid. His Burlesons, Creels
and Kitchins have put the democratic party on
the rocks. It will be saved, not by them, but
by men who know and respect its honorable
traditions and the useful part it has played in
the upbuilding of the nation.
Berlinese are dancing in order to forget.
They may be able to, blot out something of the
last four years, but it will be a long time before
a the world ceases to remember.
Timely Jottings and Reminders.
Centennial anniversary of the
death of Mary Brunton, a noted
pioneer among British women nov
elists. The second 20 per cent installment
on bonds of theV fourth United
States Liberty loan bought on sub
scription is due today.
The annual convention of the
Wholesale Sash and Door associa
tion of America opens at Chicago
today and will continue in session
over tomorrow. '
Thirty necklaces made from pearls
collected by the ladies of the British
nobility and aristocracy are to be
sold at public auction in London to
day for the benefit of the Red- Cross.
The necklaces are valued in the ag
gregate at more than $1,000,000.
Storyette of the Day.
The father of a family presented
himself at an emigration office and
asked for tickets.
"How many are you?" inquired
"Three myseif, wife and child."
"Your age and profession?" went
on the clerk.
"I've just turned 30; profession,
carpenter; my wife, a needlewoman."
"Three of you, you said?" inquired
the man. "What about the child
sex and age?"
"Boy; seven months."
The father's eyebrows were raised
so much that they almost formed
Gothic arches on his forehead.
"His profession, I say," repeated
The astonished father paused just
a moment longer, wondering where
red tape would stop. Then, as if
inspired, he said:
"Bachelor!" London Tit Bits.
Cookery and Conjugality.
Baltimore American A woman
speaker before a convention of child
welfare lately came out boldly in an
appeal for the man in the house,
the husband and father, insisting on
his rights, and saylni? even love could
not survive a steady course of bad
cookery. Every masculine hand lwH
the land will hasten to bring a leaf
or laurel for a crown for that
woman. And especially as the real
weaker sex In this land dare not
apeak la iU own betxalt
Wilhelm Right for Once
While our confidence in the integrity of Wil
helm Hohenzollern was never less, we are
bound to admit that in a certain indiscreet
moment he blurted out a truth of special in
terest. During an interview granted in his
Dutch refuge he made a poignant reference to
America, where, he said, he "still has some
We are well aware that there are friends of
the former kaiser still in our midst, and while
his majesty has released his officers from their
oath.of fealty to their erstwhile sovereign, these
friends appear to consider themselves still bound
to the Hohenzollern. They have been very
quiet of late, but as the world progresses to
ward peace they are again showing signs of life.
Among the unsigned conditions of peace we
hope that all loyal Americans will resolve to
keep a watchful eye upon these friends of the
former kaiser. It will not be long after peace
is settled before they will resume their activities
and it will be easier to recognize them. Those
who will require the most attention, however,
are sure to be more subtle than in the past.
Their first efforts are being directed toward
spreading stories of discord among the allies.
The next step will be attempts to rehabilitate
the German name. Wrhen they reach this stage
it should be possible to call names and brand
these traitors-at-heart as they deserve. Brook
People and Events
San Francisco sports talk of investing $5,000,
000 in a brewery in China. Well, since the
poppy is down and out the natives need a chaser
for American cigarettes.
Nevada is anchored in the dry belt. Montana
butts in two weeks hence and Denver is bone
dry. It's a long jump from Illinois and Missouri
to California and dry all the way.
Sardines used to suggest Sardinia, but not
now. Maine puts $10,000,000 worth on the mar
ket each year and some of the labels beat any
thing the print shops of Sardinia ever turned
Louisiana bootleggers tried to carry 80 quarts
of booze in a coffin into Texas. That method of
conveyance has seen its best days in Kansas,
Iowa and Nebraska, and seems equally doomed
in newer fields.
Delvers in ancient history assert that Coblenz,
the American bridgehead on the Rhine, was set
tled originally by a tribe of Celts. Something
in that. The name of the crowning fortress
across the river, Ehrenbreitstein, clearly bells
some wandering Irish king.
The International Milk Distributors' associa
tion, in convention at Chicago, declared its pur
pose to work in complete harmony with the
producers of milk. Ultimate consumers of milk
might as well sit up and prepare for the worst.
Tony Maccki of St. Louis joyfully carried
home an iron box supposed to contain $10,000
in real money, for which he had exchanged
$2,000 cold cash. Flattered by the confidence
of a stranger and trustful to the last, Tony
would not open the box for a week. Mrs. Tony,
a bit suspicious, lifted the lid and found $2
wrapped in rolls of paper.
In the Wake of War
In the recent denting towards
Damascus, one tv-tton of Arabs
marched 70 miles n 24 hours, fight
ing part of the way
The total expend. ture on the war
In four years reach.-.! the stupendous
sum of of $145, 000. oou. 000, orough
ly the equivalent tf the entire com
bined wealth of the United King
dom and France.
When the peace of nyawlck was
made which brought to an end the
war between Holland, France, Spain
and England, the Putoh ambassador
in London celebr.it. d u by a huge
illumination in front of his house
in Piccadilly of 140 barrels 0f pitch.
The marriage of Sir Pouglaa Halg,
the Pritish commander, was the re- j
suit of "love at first sight." He met
.Miss Poris Vivian for the first time
on a Monday in Ascot week and In
stantty fell In love. He became en
gaged to her on the following Sat
urday and wedded her within a fort
night. So far as England was concerned
the end of the greatest wax the
world has ever seen was celebrated
far more quietly than the end of far
less important wars. After Water
loo amazing scenes were witnessed In
London and the provinces. In one
of the suburbs of the metropolis a
wealthy eccentric announced that
he would burn down hia house on
the following night, which he did
amidst scenes of wild enthusiasm.
A political rival not to be outdone,
set fire to his own place, but then
the authorities stepped in and stop
ped this method of celebrating
WHITTLED TO A POINT
New Tork Post Greater love hath
no man than a brewer for a tem
Minneapolis Tribune: If Germany
has to wait to have all those bills
receipted, it won't get ahead much
for some years on an eight-hour day.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat: If the
three kings do visit America, the
chief curiosity will be the same that
Jim voiced to Huck Finn; "Huck,
how much do a king git?"
Washington Post: The Germans
will organize any kind of govern
ment the allies desire, if the allies
will only furnish food and reward
murder with mercy.
Baltimore American: The Ger
man generals are congratulating
their armies on being unbeaten.
They merely stopped fighting when
the others were getting the best of
it, but they weren't beaten.
Kansas City Star: Marshal Foch
has again refused to amend the
terms of the armistice at the request
of the German government Maybe
Germany will get the idea some day
that it was mighty lucky to get even
the terms of the armistice.
Philadelphia Ledger: Secretary
Baker is right in claiming the same
gratitude for those who were kept
on duty at home or did not get be
yond the training camps as for
those who were sent overseas and
got into the fighting. All were equal
ly anxious to serve their country.
New York World: The Columbia
university discovery that all moisture
may be dried from beef and that It
can then be kept indefinitely and
retain its qualities is Interesting but
not wholly new. Grains of wheat
from tombs of Egyptian mummlea
thousands of years old have been
known to germinate and bear wheat.
It is very difficult to find anything
really new under the sun.
SAID IN FUN.
The chauffeur hart been haled Into court
for speeding and running down pedestrl
ana. "Tour Honor," laid the chauffeur, "It
was all my fault. The pedestrian was
not to blame."
And the poor Judge dropped dead. Cin
"Well, son "
"What Is meant by tha theater of wart"
"The theater of war. my son, la where
we are playing most of our tank dram
as." Youngstown Telegram.
"I don't want to find my Job waiting
for ma when I get home," walled the
man with ft prospect of speedy discharge.
"Why not?'' asked his companions.
'Because It was washing the dishes and
putting the kids to bed while my wife
was at her auffraga club meeting." Balti
"I'd Ilka to get that son of mine to
spade up the yard."
"Well, why don't you direct him to do
"I don't know if I have a right to with
out consulting his scout commission
er." St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
Mrs. Enpeck (In husband's office) That
new typist Is a peach.
Enpeck (astonished) Why-e-ar what
makes you think so, my dear?
Mrs. Enpeck She's going to bt
canned. Buffalo Express.
And Then What?
Omaha, Pec. 1 To the Editor
of The Pee: It will be hard for us
to explain to our children why we
permitted such an outrage as' the
recent street car strike. They will
look upon the 200,000 people living
tn Omaha as moral and physical
cowards to allow a handful of strik
ers to so seriously discommode them.
For the last year we ns a people have
tamely submitted to being deprived
of almost every right that we fought
for in the past and that has been
guaranteed to us under the constitu
tion of the United States. We have
been threatened by the mob and
ruled by the mob and the street car
strikers were acute enough to count
on this condition of the public mind.
But what a disgrace!
Mr. Wattles, on the other hand,
experienced when he was food ad
ministrator tha exhilaration of an
autocrat vIiora antinna unre
strained by any regard for the law.
n counted as mucn as the strikers
upon mob rule to carry out his ar
bitrary decisions. We have just
won a war on the proposition that
brute force shall not determine the
fate of nations. H is about time for
us to assert our determination that
brute force Is not going to run the
municipality of Omaha If we must
be ruled by the mob, then let us
raise a mob of 160,000 next time
there is a street car strike and see
who will win out. It is unendurable
to live under the threat of the mob,
and If the city commissioners cannot
do any better In the future than they
did in this emergency, then It is
about time to circulate a petition for
their recall. T. M. CUMMINGS.
Negroes at the Peace Table,
Omaha. Dee. 16. To the Editor
of The Bee: I notice In your paper
a bit of comment from the Burt
County Herald, saying It would be
a great Joke if the negroes of south
ern states would send a delegation
to the peace convention to Insist on
their rights to vote. In . reply no
far-seeing man will for a moment
doubt the value of such representa
tives. Of course, they will not fail
to have Influence If they are there.
They will say that the colored races
the world over have a deep Interest
m tne settlement of a war In which
more than a million black men took
part. If they do go they will show
that they do not understand what
the world was fighting for.. Other
delegations are going. There should
be 10 or 20 carefully selected negroes
from America at the peace confer
ence so as to let peace delegates
know what the negro thinks of the
results of the war. No matter how
things are cut and dried before the
peace conference meets, they can be
changed by sentiment-makers, as
iney nave been changed a thousand
times before. No amount of money
should stand In the way of a negro
delegation going to France. The
many churches, the secret orders
and other national organizations
should Join in sending these men.
They should Join with others from
Africa and the West Indies in an In
ternational negro congress and keep
the cause of the black races before
the world. And this is no Joke.
J. A. BROADNAX,
Pastor African Methodist Episcopal
Church, 623! South 25th St
Blockade In Wartime.
Omaha, Dec. 16. To the Editor
of The Bee: The contention that a
belligerent nation should forego the
constructive naval blockade of the
enemy .unless It is able to supple
ment It with a land blockade as well
will not be subscribed to by Great
Britain. There is not the slightest
doubt that during the period of
"watchful waiting" the importers of
Holland, Denmark and Sweden im
ported a vast amount of food sup
plies (pr the purpose of re-shipping
to Germany, Austria and Turkey un
der the pretext that such supplies
were for the sole use of the people
of their respective countries. It is
legal for a belligerent nation to pre
vent the enemy's armed forces from
receiving food supplies providing it
can be accomplished without de
stroying the lives of neutrals and
noncombatants. When Germany in
stituted government control of food
supplies food automatically became
conditional contraband of war. If
American exporters had not been
permitted to dictate the naval pol
icy of the British admiralty the eco
nomic stringency in Germany re
sulting from the British naval block
ade would have reached its full ef
fectiveness before the end of 1916,
and thousands of British and French
soldiers laying under the sod would
have lived to celebrate the signing
of the armistice.
THOMAS HENRY WATKINS.
Here and There
Bamboo trees do not blossom until
30 years old.
o.rA.h.i havs a considerable
..... n) t-Anrnlllir-lnir lost DSrtS, &
single arm having been known to
grow up into a new siarnsn.
The thimble was originally called
. .k.,.i, k.n hu tha Kn&rllsh. be
lt IIIUIIIU-MI" ' J .J '
cause worn on the thumb, tnen a
thumble, and finally us rr""
name. , . .
a .. tnvantinn la an electric
heater which may be placed In a
bath tub after It has oeen imn.
raise the water to any desired tem
What is declared to be a very sat
isfactory substitute for flour has
been devised by a French chemist
from the refuse of potatoes, turnips,
parsnips and carrots.
One of the most peculiar cities in
the world is Parelra, in Portuguese
East Africa whore every house and
building is constructed of zinc,
which is the only materiai-rapaoie
of withstanding the peculiar climate
of the place.
It is now possible to produce cast
,.nnnr nt hth electrical conduc
tivity that la mHi-hanlcally sound.
The difficulties of copper casting are
due to oxygen, nitrogen, and other
gases, and this is generally over
come by using boron, which has a
high affinity for these gases duv no
affinity for copper.
Xantlppe Tou one called me a turtle
Socrates Didn't say what kind of a
turtle. There ara snappers. Browning's
"Sea here, wife, Mrs. Gad says you paid
I waa a second-hand husband. What do
you mean by such a remark?"
"Now, don't get angry, dear. I meant
you were like the second hand of a watch
so awfully quick about getting around.
They sentenced him.
They took him to a tree.
"Nay." said the Tree, "why thrust this
doubtful honor upon me?
Unfair to Andre, Nathan Hale, at al..
And me the Tree."
They took him to a block.
Ths headsman awung tha axe to deal
"Nay." said tha Steel, recoiling from the
"I have served Marls Antoinette and
Charles tha First."
They straightened him against a ceme
They gave a firing squad the signal
"Nay," grudged the Bulleta, paaslva In
" 'T'would shatter petals from the wreath
we gave Cavell."
They put him In a cell.
They left him hemlock offering Self
Ease. His lips scarce touched the glass, when
lo! It slipped and fell.
"Nay." said the Polaon, "I waa friend
The Happy Warrior.
Washington Post Who Is the
Happy Warrior? Certainly not the
chap who studied and drilled many
months and never got there.
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