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THE BEE: OMAHA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1919.
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Who will be the police goat this time?
THe first duty of a policeman is not to 'hang
one on" a prisoner.
It would have been a wonder if a few "bone
heads" had not been, found in the army.
When the peace council gets through wi
Turkey not much will be left but the bones.
All restrictions are off grain now but th
price; will the government keep faith with
A place on the pay roll with permanent resi
dence in Omaha looks good to ex-"Mayor Jim,"
even if he be listed in the secret service.
A building program of $4,000,000 is a fair
start for the post-war period in Omaha. It will
be multiplied several times before the season
is at an end.
Those who sigh for the good old days, when
"oil rooms" were plenty and busy during legis
lative sessions, are wasting their time. Ne
braska has progressed.
While the state troops did their part nobly,
it yet remains true that the heaviest casmlties
were among those divisions which were formed
from the "regular" army.
The $6,000,000,000 tax levy has been agreed
upon by congress and will soon be ready for
the .president. You can commence to. figure
row what your share will be.
German officers who plan to come to Amcr-
ja to make money and get out of paying taxes
'iad better take a look at the program ahead
of the United States for the next few years.
One threatened strike, that of the textile
, orkers, ha$ been postponed. Workers are
beginning to understand that what the country
, reeds is not more protest but more production.
Congressman Gallivan's war on the regular
iriny may or may not save the National Guard,
but the American people will some day demand
an answer to the question as to why General
Wood was sidetracked.
A report on business for the month of Jan
uary from the office of the register of deeds
shows a very healthy increase over the month
for a year ago. Omaha property is about the
best buy offered nowadays.
The mash that "worked" at the federal court
house will never be introduced as evidence, but
it has taught the revenue officers a lesson long
familiar to their brethren in the regularly or
dained "moonshine" business.
Good weather and smooth roads are an
irresistible invitation to pleasure driving, but
the joy-ride too frequently, ends in death just
because the riders give way to the exhilaration
of the ride. Caution seldom costs a life. '
Paris is learning that everything that wears
an American uniform is not a Yankee soldier.
Shrewd criminals have adopted the khaki as a
disguise, but It has been successfully penetrated,
to the point of exonerating the boys who honor-v
ably wear it.
' The county commissioners are inflating a
very pretentious good road scheme for Doug
las county, which is all very well. But the
taxpayers will want some assurance that it
dors not go the way of other road projects
when 'left to the tender mercies of democratic
i Another "drive" begins in Omaha today,
:,vhich is of great interest, as it has to do with
local ' activities of two deserving institutions,
the "Y. W." and the "Y. M." These have been
much to the front in all the various works that
have taken attention during the war, and now
are seeking support for the work they must do
in Omaha. Help them.
Smokers, Watch Out.
Not all smokers are convinced of the wicked
ness of the use of tobacco. Because they like
to seems to them good enough reason why they
should smoke. But no matter what beliefs thy
hold they are going to be rescued from sin.-
A learned professor of Syracuse university
has started a nation-wide movement to bring
them to redemption, and the logical method,
of course, is an amendment to the constitution
of the United States. The Anti-Saloon league
has just saved the American people from per
dition by securing the prohibition of liquor.
Why should not the Anti-Tobacco league save
it over again by forcing total abstinence from
the noxious weed?
If you are a reformer and disapprove of
most things that people do, you consecrate
yourself to the cause of goodness by calling
yourself a moral worker. If you are a person
of superior virtue who knows no rule of private
conduct except your own rigid code of pro
priety, you are bound by your conscience to
prescribe laws for all other people that 'shall
make them as pure and moral as yourself. If
you reach the dignity of a paid lobbyist, you
are qualified to speak for the organized moral
forces of the country, without revealing who
they are or where the money comes from to
pay your salary. After that, no individual, no
community has any rights you need recognize.
Another amendment to the federal constitu
tion banning a neighbor's pipe and his son's
cigar will mean the final routing of the 'devil.
Then mankind will be forever happy and
blessed until some other hideous form of vice
is discovered that shall excite the horror of
the moral force of the country. It may be ice
cream sodas, it may be chewing gum, it may be
.candy, it may be tea and coffee, and so on until
tnis old world crumbles to dust. The" 18th
amendment is a long step on the road to sal
vation. With the 19th will disappear the curse
of tobacco. New York World,
OUR INTERESTS IN EUROPE.
What business have we in Europe? This
query is asked from the man in the street up
to the United States senators. The answer is
not always fair and square; mostly it is
evasive, sidestepping facts and partaking of
Our concern in Europe at the moment is
direct as well as collateral. We were forced
into the world-war to defend our rights at home
and abroad. The end of that war did not come
with" the collapse of Germany as a belligerent.
Some things have grown out of it that are quite
as menacing in their way as was the autocracy
that has fallen.
Bolshevism is as dangerous as militarism.
Free institutions can not survive in the pres
ence of its threat. This is not 3,000 miles away
from us, but it must be quieted in Europe be
fore it, can be quelled at home.
We are pledged to secure recognition and
national rights for small nations in Europe.
This promise will not be redeemed until an un
derstanding has beeen reached between Poles
and Germans, Czechs and Poles, Jugo-Slavs and
Italians, Greeks, Bulgars, Turks and Armenians,
and all the seething, turbulent racial disputes
have been brought to some sort of composition
and such order set up as will shown signs of de
The "white man's burden" no longer con
sists exclusively of the savage races; it has
grown materially with the progress of the times.
Unless we can assist European nations today,
our part in the war has not been completed.
We can withdraw, and let the little nations
continue their age-old process of cutting one
another's throats, but that will bring us no ad
vantage," immediate or prospective.
,If we are to end war, we must do it by re
moving as far as possible the causes of war.
Disputes of the past must now be settled and
new and better relations established, or peace
is illusory, just as it has been for centuries. To
accomplish this, we must make sacrifices, spend
some money, and show by example as well as
precept that we are in earnest.
Peace on the Pacific.
Decision of the Paris conference on the in
ternational status of the prewar German co
lonial possessions carries with it another matter
of really more vital importance to the United
States. In denying to Japan control of certain
islands in the Pacific, the decision virtually
restores" to China the province of Kiochau,
seized by the kaiser as part of the loot in 1900,
and claimed by Japan because of having ousted
the Germans from it in 1915. '
China lias been extremely restless under the
menace of Japanese penetration, and formally
proposed bringing before the council the fifteen
points on which the mikado's government in
sisted when the Chinese were helplessly in
volved in civil strife. Review of these may re
sult in their modification, and with something
of advantage to the great empire that is slowly
arousing itself from the pacifist sloth of a full
millenium and striving for a place in the active
life of nations.
Whether this will have material effect on the
nebulous doctrine of Asia for the Asiatics need
not be considered for the moment The League
of Nations will very likely provide for such
autonomous action as will protect any in its in
ternal affairs, and may even recognize such con
tinental groups as have existed under the "Con
cert of Europe" and those undefined but potent
relations that have grown up around the Mon
roe doctrine. .
Beyond this, however, is the removal of im
mediate causes for dispute on either side and in
the waters of the Pacific. Japan will come out
of the war with all its rights preserved, but with
no advantage that might lead to ambitious
schemes containing elements of armed conflict.
Death in Battle and in Peace.
Practically complete reports on major cas
ualties, sustained by American forces in Europe
are now given out. The War department an
nounces that 27,762 American soldiers were
killed in action, 11,396 died of wounds, 14,649
are "missing in action," and 2,785 were taken
prisoner, a total of 56,592 major casualties. The
roll is impressive, but loses a .little of its terror
on comparison. Actual number ot deaths in
proportion to the combat troops engaged is
well under 4 per cent. In the three days' battle
at Gettysburg the Union losses in killed,
wounded , and missing were 26,001, or almost
half the total for the battle that lasted without
cessation from June 14 to November 11, and in
which we had many times as many men en
gaged as were present at tire great struggle in
863. The total death loss from all causes' on
trie Federal side" in the Civil war were 349,944,
the total number . of troops in service during
the "war being 2,772,408. In 1900 in the United
States the deaths caused by tuberculosis alone,
a preventable disease, totaled 111,059, while the
death roll of the country for 1909 was 732,538.
During the last four months the single scourge
of "fluj' has claimed 90,000 victims in the United
States. The grim destroyer is certainly present
on the .modern battle field,- but he does not reap
his greatest harvests there.
Scientists and the'Flu" Germ."
One of nature's little jokes on man came in
the form of the "flu." It was not very pleasant,
for the grim results of the visitation quite ef
fectually destroyed any outward sign of htjmor.
The doctors tackled the problem with vigor
and determination, and worked heroically, not
only to combat the scourge, but to discover its
origin. Much was said about the disease being
contagious, infectious, transmissible, etc., and
all sorts of devices were adopted to prevent its
being spread through personal contact. "Cover
up each cough and sneeze" up fo quarantine
and isolation were resorted to, and the people
faithfully followed all advice in hope of mitigat
ing the terror and avoiding the danger. And
now, that the "flu" has subsided quite as mys
teriously as it arose, the doctors admit that
rigid tests have shown the malady is not trans
missible. They are groping now, just as they
did at first, in hope of discovering the secret
nature has withheld from them. The new
knowledge does not lessen the deadly nature
of the "flu," but it does show that most of us
were on the wrong track.
The bolsheviki having abolished God, mar
riage and a lot of other things, row propose to
get rid of drunkenness by executing the
drunkards. Go to it. A. bolshevik is bad
enough, but one with a souse is about as unfit
a thing to have around as can be imagined.
The New Medicine.
Medical Correspondent. London Times.
It does not seem to be generally understood
that during the last four years a new medicine
has arisen in the world and ettectert a funda
mental change in the whole attitude to disease,
As this is a matter of vital importance, no
apology is needed for tracing the steps by which
the new medicine was evolved.
Some years ago disease was supposed gen
eraliy to De a nxed ana certain ining, iikc i
tahle nr a chair. It was SUDOOSed to be a
easilv differentiated as the larger mammals. It
was supposed to be either acute or chronic, in-
fectious or noninfectious, curable or incurable
Doctors who failed to apply names to the mal
adies of their patients were quickly brought to
book, because people held that every malady had
a name, just as every animal naa a name; an
the doctor who did not know a camel when h
saw it so to speak was unskilled in his pro
This was a very satisfying faith, because once
you had the name you could unlock all the
secrets. If the name was "dyspepsia," for ex
ample, you comforted yourself that there was
no need to be alarmed unduly. You might
die. but not for a long time; not. in fact, until
vou had taken bottles and bottles of medicine
"for your stomach's sake." If the name was
"lumbago, again there was goocr nope; you
could visit spas and be happy, more or less. On
it.. t. 1 ' j .u- ,.,. "o, :!,,'.. ,i;.
ItlC UlUCt lldllU, 11 LUC liauib wa3 uiifiiua uia
ease," or "heart disease," things were bad in
deed. These diseases were notoriously in
curable," and bottles of medicine could do litt
to alleviate them.
It was not onlv the public which held th
view; the medical profession held it also. Like
everv view which has gained wide acceptane
there was truth in it; and once upon a time
that truth had been living and active. Great
thinkers. Bright and Addison and others, seek
ing for explanations of disease in post mortem
rooms, had shown that m those who died in
a particular wav particular changes were fcun
after death: and thev had connected these
changes with the symptoms noted in the living
and so built up a science of pathology.
But that science, depending upon the facts of
death to explain the facts ot lite, was bound
to be more or less ot a transitory charactei
The facts of life mav be cast into relief by th
facts of death: thev cannot thus be elucidated,
It was well, perhaps, for the doctor to be able
by means of one or other of a group of tests
to declare that this organ or that organ was
definitely diseased. As a general rule, however.
all he was saying was that for some reason
unexplained the organ had broken down in its
work and become the seat of "fibrous change,"
just as the feet become the seat of "fibrous
chance when corns grow upon tnem. indeed
the differences between corns on toes and corn
on 'heart valves or in kidneys and liver is merely
a difference of location. From their more vital
seats "corns cannot be dislodged.
, The mischief was that this kind of medical
thought led to the vision of trees and not of
forests, the fibrous change was apt to be
come, in that conception the whole disease.
and not, as it certainly is, one of the results
of the disease. Doctors thought in organs, hearfs
and livers and lungs, when they should hav
been thinking in great bodily changes due to
assaults upon the whole organism. It wa
necessary to remove the tight boots which
caused the corns, and not only to deal with
the corns themselves. '
Happily, a new wind was blowing across the
dead bones. The science of bacteriology had
come and it had teen shownhow, after infec
tion with one germ or another? all these "fibrous
changes, which were called disease, could arise
The literature of tuberculosis was enormous be
fore Koch discovered the tubercle bacillus; but
that literature dealt in organs and fibrous
changes. Since Koch these manifestations have
been relegated to a seoond place their proper
place. And the same applies to syphilis. ,As
however, there were large groups of diseases in
which no bacterial explanation of "fibrous
changes" was immediately forthcoming, the old
conceptions prevailed. Heart disease was still
looked upon as a fact of life to be explained by
the facts of death, and so were kidney disease
and liver disease, and other conditions.
And then the war came and, suddenly, life
triumphed over death. For the war revealed
young men with all the symptoms of heart dis
ease, kidney disease and so on. J. he symptoms
and the signs were present, but the "fibrous
change had not appeared.
In other words, the idea that it was the
"fibrous change," and the fibrous change alone
which caused the signs and symptoms could no
longer be held. For here were the signs and
symptoms without any fibrous change. "Sol
dier's heart" "trench nephritis," and the rest
of them, sounded the death knell of life-in-termS'
. of-death explanations. The majority of these
men. with the symptoms ana signs ot advanced
and incurable disease, made good recoveries
or. m other words, regained their usual powers.
So it was necessary to look for a new ex
planation .and to adopt a new conception. Hapr
pily, there was not, in some instances, tar, to
look. Dysentery, trench fever, scarlet fever,
diphtheria, and other diseases were seen to be
followed by heart troubles and other organ
troubles with great regularity it was no new
observation, but now it came with overwhelm
ing force. The conception clarified that these
diseases of organs were due to the invasion of
the body by germs and that long, long before
the "fibrous change" occurred, the body was
engaged in a grim fight for life, with resulting
impairment of function.
The new medicine does not shake its head
over the heart murmurs; it attempts to find
the infection which is causing the trouble and
to eradicate it. , The infection may be in the
teeth or throaf or alimentary tract. The pioneer
researcnes ot Mr ArDutnnot Lane nave already
pointed the way in this direction. But 4 there
are still weary miles to be traversed before the
nation as a whole awakes to the possibilities
presented. The shining truth, that, if we can
prevent or stay infection, we can probably pre
vent all the effects of infection that is to say,
the bulk of disease has not yet been seen by all
When it is seen it will no longer be necessary
to conduct an A-l empire on a C-3 population.
The Day We Celebrate.
Dr. Herbert E. King, dentist, born 1882.
Rt. Rev. George A. Beecher, Episcopal
bishop of Western .Nebraska, born 186a.
A .C. Troup, judge of the district court, born
T. P. Hollister, attorney, born 1874.
James G. McReynolds, associate justice of
the supreme court ot the United states, born
at Elkton, Ky., 57 years ago.
.William J. Harris, United States senator
elect from Georgia, born at Cedartown, Ga., 51
Porter J. McCumber. United .States senator
from North Dakota, born -at 'Crete, 111., 61
Judson Harmon, former governor of Ohio
and attorney general under President Cleve-
land, born in Hamilton county, O., 73 years ago.
Kev. William KFeirce, president of Kenyon
college, born at Chicopee Falls, Mass., 51 years
aS- . . .
In Omaha 30 Years Ago.
The well-known revivalists, Rev. D. W. Pot
ter and Rev. E. F. Miller, began a series of
meetings at the First M. E. church.
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Joslyn and their
niece, Miss Angie coice, left on a months
visit to eastern cities, during which they will
take in the carnival at Montreal and renew old
friendships in Vermont.
Hotel Dellone will be the next addition .to
the first-class hotels of the city. It will be at
the corner of Fourteenth and Capitol avenue.
and will contain 100 rooms.
Friends of Rev. J. W. Harris, former pastor
of the First Baptist church, surprised him with
a fine upholstered chair, presented as a testi
monial, during his recent visit
State Press Comment
Beatrice Express: The prohibition
question having been disposed of,
where, oh where, will William Jen
nings Bryan find a paramount Issue
upon which to stump the country
Grand Island Independent: A
couple of years In the penitentiary
for one of two of our worst food
profiteers wouldn't be bad. It might
get it out of the heads of a few at
least, that there Is, In America, an
ideal still higher than to become a
multimillionaire at the expense of
the hungry men, women and chil
dren of every large Industrial cen
ter. Harvard Courier: "When the rail
roads are under private control we
can kick on the treatment they give
us with some chance, slim It is true
but still a chance, that our kicking
will do same good. Now that they
are under government control It
does no good to kick. All there is
for us to do Is take what we fan
get and dig up enough taxes to make
up the deficiency in the cost of their
Kearney Hub: The Nebraska state
raiway commission is putting up an
energetic fight against the extension
of government control over tele
phone systems. The commission
makes some charges against 1 the
postmaster general that are pretty
stiff but are apparently warranted,
for Instance increasing existing
charges and making changes of rates
without investigation. If there could
be a public referendum on the ques
tion we do not doubt that govern
ment operation and control would
end very abruptly.
RIGHT TO THE POINT.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat: The
telephone companies concealed their
troubles' exceedingly well before Mr.
Burleson took them over.
Minneapolis Tribune: It can well
be understood that It Is not easy
to soive a aoume track transporta
tion problem with a single track
Brooklyn Eagle: Some nennl
think we are threatened with all
the horrors of Russia If our vodka
is cut off. Isn't that assumption an
insult to our reputation for Ingenu
Baltimore American: With the
financial needs of churches on the
increase, even the cost of getting to
heaven has gone up! And as for
going to hell, it takes a lot of money
to get. mere in style.
Washington Post: The. German
national assembly, it Is announced,
is expected to sit onlv two months
And In that time all it has to do is
to select a provisional covprnment
and perfect a constitution Some Job
tnai wun a ume limit handicap end
ot women memDers to Ooot.
New York World: Weimar, wher
the German assembly is to meet, is
a living proof of the fact that the
smaller German states that did not
aspire to "world power or downfall"
once were fortunate. Home of
Goethe, Schiller and Wieland, capital
of art and music, Weimar represent
ed a Germany that still has many ad
mirers ana nas made few enemies.
jfttite qos' (orn&r
(In th! story Peggy and Billy Bel
glum restore many lost thing to their
The Bunny's Revenge.
HOW Peggy and Billy Belgium
got there they didn't know.
All they remembered was that they
were walking along a country road
when a scurrying rabbit drew them
into a gleeful game of hlde-and-go-seek.
Bunny raced from one' brush
pile to another and they chased
merrily after him until with a
farewell flip of his stubby tall, he
dived into a hole beneath an old log,
Then the children looked around
"What made you -a multi-millionaire?"
"Ah. her tactful help
"Nothing like that. I w. .h.h
lous to know If there
she couldn't live beyond." Life.
"A hundred years of neaca we're mini
to have. Huh!"
,'VVho saya so?" said the frail little
womanat the head of the table.
"Yes; who said so?" said the big man
at the other end of the table, in a hit nf
an agate voice. Buffalo News.
"Why not marry." said the henedirt ,
the misogynist, "and have a wife tn mhet ra
your lot for better or for worse?"
And the disgruntled one growled.
"It sounds all right, hut nmA nf th
shareholders blossom Into directnra!"
I heard Anna mutter to herself tht
she was going to fauo the trouble and
make it the subject of thorough reflec
'I guess yon heard her say that whan
she was looking in the glass at an un
becoming hat." Baltimore American.
"lict the plight of these children be
a lesson to you."
them and awoke suddenly to the
fact that they were deep in a path
"We are lost!" declared Pegjry.
"It surely does look that way,"
admitted Billy Belgium after taking
a careful look around, "I had so
much fun chasing that rabbit I for
got all about watching -where we
From the hole under the log came
an odd squeaking. Turning that way
Peggy and Billy saw the rabbit they
had chased pointing them out to a
large family Of big-eyed young rab
bits. "Let the plight of these children
be a lesson to you," the rabbit was
saying. "Had Uiey attended to their
own affairs and not chased nie they
would be safe and souhd outside of
the woods. Now they are lost, and
it serves them right. I'm glad "
This was more than Billy Belgium
Why, you Impudent rabbit!" he
cried, making a Jump for the hole.
The Instant he moved, however, the
whole rabbit family popped out of
1'eRgy laughed at the way the rati
on, had turned he tables on them,
but her anxiety made the laugh very
"What' are we going to do?" she
"Get out of here." answered Billy
bravely. "My compass will tell us
how to go straight."
But when Billy looked for his
compass he couldn't find it. In
stead he found a hole In his pocket
through which It had been lost.
we win nave to try without a
compass," declared Peggy. "It
would be awful to be caught here
by the dark."
"How silly," squeaked the rabMt,
bobbing up suddenly; the dark
doesn't catch anything," and at that
ha ducked quickly out of sight
"Seems to me this should be th
right way," said Billy leading Peggy
toward an open part of the woods,
Fear sped their feet and soon they
"HI yl, get out of my woods!
Hurry along before I bite off your
Looking back Peggy saw the rab
bit bravely chasing after them, and
in his train were hopping all the
"What nerve!" cried Billy Bel
gium, and he halted long enough to
send a stick whirling at the rabbit.
Before it could land Mr. Babbit and
all the little 'rabbits turned tall and
raced home as fast as they could.
Thicker and darker grew the for
est the deeper they went Into It.
Finally thoy came to a dark spot
where they appeared to be walled
in. There was no sign of an opening
in any direction. Even above thorn
the trees grew so thickly that there
was no sign of the sky.
"We can go no farther," said
Billy in despair.
Peggy at that moment felt some
thing beneath her feet. Stooping
down she picked It up.
"Look!" she cried. "ITere's a golt
ball! We must be near the edge of
There came a queer chuckling
Daily Dot Puzzle
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7 -t 63
71 To 62.
Can you find Willie's sister?
Draw from one to two and 10 on
to the end.
laugh from the shadows and a
mold-covered Image half hidden
amid the leaves stirred slightly.
"v elcome to the Land of Lost
Things," rasped a croaky voice,
"Welcome for a long, long stay:"
(Tomorrow will be told what Pegrr
and Billy find In the Land of Lost
He Didn't you oromlse at the altar to
love, honor and obey me?
she Goodness knows what I nromlsed.
1 was listening to hear what you promised.
Enthusiastic I won't marry for several
years. I'm going to work hard and get
aneaa first. ,
Sarcastic Won't she marry you without
"Well, Steward, no more danger of being
lorpeaoea now, is there 7"
'No, sir. No matter how much you
may give me, you know it won't be wast
ed." Life, i
'When that henpecked man's wife told
him to beat it, he never moved a foot from
where he was."
"So he defied her?"
"No; he kept on beating the carpet."
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BALLADE OF THE WEST WIND
Over the vineyards that cover France,
Brown In the cold December days
Eddying, making the dead leaves dance;
Parting the curtains in misty haze
Rocking the boughs in the forest ways:
Bringing a tang of the salty foam;
Steadily, softly, a zephyr plays
And the West Wind blows from Rome.
Over the wastes where the war lord's lance
Splintered and broke in furious trays;
Over the ruins of Prussia's ehance,
Scene of an Empire's hopeless -craze.
The hate-made desert where Freedom's
Shine on the shell-churned calk and loam;
Sensing the breezes, a soldier oravs.
And the West Wind blows from Home.
Aiding a Riviera trance,
Warm In the azure southern bays:
Lashing Atlantic shores. Its glance
Rolling the fog from the soaking clays:
Touching the Rhine, through its chill
Tho saddened burgher, far may It roam;
An army ip minded of whence It strays
And the West Wind blows from Home.
Prince, It Is little that serves to enhance
visions of hearthstones In Key West or
Why does a camp fire quicken and prance
wnen me west wind blows from Home.
Jack Barrows in Stars and Stripes.
MV UJFE3 AiOAY,50 I.3UPPOSE
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Endorses Bee's Editorial.
Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 30. To the
Editor of The Bee: "I read re
cently your able editorial in the Is
sue of the 17th inst. with reference
to the peace conference. I want to
express my high appreciation of it
and only wish that more editors
would take up arms for an open
forum. I notice this encouraging
senterce "Americans will be
prompt to join with the British pub
lic In protest against the policy of
secrecy adopted for the peace conference."
Secret diplomacy has hitherto
worked Incalculable harm and we
ought not now to repeat such an
international, serious mistake. Wish
ing you continued success, I remain,
yours for Christian reforms.
' E. H. FAKKINSUaN. U. V..
v 2805 Park Ave.
American Boys and Foreign txirls.
Scalding. Neb.. Jan. 28. To the
Editor of The Bee: I saw in The
i Bee an article about Belgian and
French girls being so much more
charming and celf-centered than the
American girls. Were not the United
States soldiers' mothers, daughters
of America? If so, why not come
home and marry their own kind and
have a wife whp will work side by
sidg with him, instead or neing jea
by him. A man will mighty soon
grow tired of a woman who slaves
and follows him. Instead ol worn
ing with him. It's the .everlesting
team work that helps.
The French girls may be very
charming, but let the boys think of
their own mothers and sisters in the
United States and how they await
their homecoming. And if ihey
have not any, let theml come back
anyway. The United States is large
enough for all the American boys
to find a wife and If not let them
return to France and marry the
bright-eyed foreigners If they like
them better than their own Ameri
And if an American boy Is In
love with a "Frenchie," let him
bring her here, but, boys, remember,
the country first and then your wife,
Many an American girl encouraged
him to join and If she only knew
that he might forget her, she would
have done so anyhow. So, remem
ber, America first, and other matters
afterward. M. F.
Against Parochial Schools.
Omaha, Jan. 31. To the Editor
of The Bee: To say that I am sur
prised at "Watchful Waiting's" ar
ticle In tonight's paper would be
rather mild. If the writer will take
the trouble to read a few issues of
the National Catholic P.ejrister, " he
will find that Catholics are told that
they must be real active in politics
and go solidly with the party to fur
ther the ends of the great church.
In a great portion of f.his country
today our schools are public in name
only and in some districts aban
doned entirely. General Grant, in
a speech in 1865, said he did not
think that the war would have been
fought in vain If we continued and
protected one school, a public school.
What is the ratio of illiterates in a
country dominated by parochial
schools per thousand compared
with a country with public schools
per thousand? And thousands of peo
ple, as you would say, insane, never
theless earnestly desire the passage of
this lll. Those in favor please let
your legislators know your wants
and that you are back if them, so
we may remove the insidious influ
ences that are undermining the bul
warks of civilization, viz., the public
school. G. B. THOMAS.
For the Public School.
Omaha. Jan. 30. To the Editor
of The Bee. I have read most of
the letters anent the parochial and
public schools in the daily press
lately, showing the state of public
mind plainly; how one group is
against the public school system and
the other for this one great corner
stone of our republic. These cham
pions of the parochial, state-church
system- should point to the fruits of
their system In countries where it
has prevailed for centuries, such as
Mexico, Central America, southern
Europe and like places, wljere it has
had full swing and where education
is so far behind that it is a joke.
This is not saying that parochial
schools in this country are as lnefll
clent as in those countries, where
they have flourished unhampered;
they have to be better here.
Further, it is the intent of these
parochial schools to supplant the
free, nonsectarian public schools, as
witness those sections of our coun
try now where they have the power.
So, naturally, there is eternal, insid
ious, if not outspoken, enmity be-
tween the two systems. They (pa
rochlal schools) are not in line with
the Idea of religious freedom; yet
they really, where they, get the pow
er, want to supplant the American
public schools. The two cannot exis
in the same country indefinitely. I
is well to keep this fact in mind. If
the parochial schools were held only
during the time that the public
school is not in session there would
not be the objection to them there Is
now and the argument of religious
liberty in their favor would hold
Away with sham and camouflage
If you are in favor of the American
public school, the cornerstone of our
nation, get behind the legislation
proposed In the legislature at Lin
coin, which outlaws the enemy of
the public school. The public school
is the great melting pot that is to
make this country an Intelligent,
tree ana enduring democracy.
Control of the Schools. .
Oxford. Neb., Jan. 31. To the
Editor of The Bee: It Is to the
credit of our legislators that "they
are giving attention to the people's
wishes that the foreign language
evil should be blotted out. One of
the most fertile fields for cultivating
the foreign language propaganda
was found during the war to be the
par6chial schools and chnrches that
supported foreign preachers. This
has led to a Btrong advocacy for
making the compulsory school law
apply to all children alike, both on
the grounds of justice and as a dis
couragement of the parochial
I hardly think it absolutely neces
sary to abolish those schools in or
der to banish the, foreign language
or educate the children in true
Americanism, but if those schools are
to be tolerated, they should be under
our county and state superintendents,
with teachers holding certificates
just on par with our public school.
The course of study should be the
same and the superintendents
should have reports of the grades,
as is now required from public
schools. On the other hand, no re
strictions should be placed against
their teaching their religion, except
that the instruction should be given
in the American language. It should
also be made clear that no public
tax shall be used for the support of
these schools. The opponents of
anti-foreign language legislation are
getting busy and our legislators are
to be tried out as to their courage
and firmness. The hoax that such
legislation conflicts with the con
stitution and restricts religious free
dom is absolute foolishness, yet
that is one of the main arguments
given by foreign language preachers
and teachers why they should be
allowed to silence the American lan
guage. "By their fruits shall ye
know them. No man can desire to
supercede the American language in
church or school by a foreign Ian
guage, especially the language of the
Huns, without publishing to the
world that his heart is not right with
the American cause. If you are an
American speak the language, is a
slogan adopted during the war that
is still more appropriate now as a
respect to the memory of the thou
sands of our men who have given
their lives to. prevent the foreign-
lzation of America.
A. C. RANKIN.
men and Daniels Is yelling at con
gress to appropriate $3,000,000,000
to build the largest navy In the
world. What's the idea? Are we
going to have peace or are we gel
to fight? If we are going to light,
who are we going Into next?
We have licked the Hun and have
established peace In Europe and now
I am in favor of calling our boys
home, and then if the ragtag and
bobtail of Germany, Austria and
Russia want to fight among them
selves, let 'em fight and he damned.
"Economist" has a letter in The
Bee urging people to economize on
meat consumption in order that we
may send more rib roasts and sirloin
steaks over to Europe. He says we
can and should eat more liver, kid
neys, melts, brains, pig's snouts and
oxtails, etc., etc., and thus release)
the better cuts for export, but he
failed to mention the horns, hoofs .. ,
and hair. What's the matter with a
nice hoof roast with curled hair fop
garnishment? I have a picture in
my mind of an American citizen eat
ing boiled horns in order that we
may send T-bone steaks across the
water to feed that bunch of bolshev
It was a democrat! theory that
the government should take over the
railroads in order to improve the
transportation situation, so McAdoo
steps out and grabs all the rail
roads In sight, and the transporta- :
tion system was never In such a de
plorable condition as It is today. Ac
cording to McAdoo's own statement,
it is headed for the rocks, so he
dumps the whole job on congress
and gracefully resigns. I am won
dering if there are going to be any
more resignations; there should be.
I felt fine when Bryan quit ." f
Burleson Is the man who Is en-
titled to the keys to the bakery.
What does it matter If there ere
tons and tons of letters to our boys
overseas piled up In New York. Let
ters that contain thousands and thou
sands of dollars that represent the
hard earnings of loving mothers who
wished to send a little comfort to
their dear ones In the trenched.
Those that died on the battlefield
couldn't read the letters anyway, and
those who lived to come back could '
get the news when they got home, so -
why bother about a small matter
like that when we were busy taking .
over the telegraph, telephone and
cable systems as a war measure af
ter the war was over. Some people
never will resign.
And now we read that the doors
of the Fort Leavenworth neniten-'
tlary have been thrown open and
113 "conscientious objectors' have
been given a clean bill of health and
an honorable 'discharge. Hurrah
for the American eagle, she Is some
bird. Then in addition to that, we '
are told that each man got a new
suit of citizen's clothes and $400
back pay." Back nay for what?"
I am wondering what our boys who
went "over the top" and bared their
breasts to the Hun bayonets will
think of Mr. Baker's magnanimous
act In turning this bunch of pro-
German slackers loose t on decent
society while they were fightins' and
aying mat tney might have a decent
country to live In. Is there a premi
um on disloyalty in this country? t
win tne mtrenea uermaiwget "back
pay?" Charity covers a multitude of
sins and the Lord knows that she
has got to spread herself In some
cases, but there is such a thing as
becoming sentimentally crazy.
JOHN CURTIS JENKINS.
Neligh. Neb., Jan. 29. To the Ed
itor of The Bee: I am beginning to
wonder what this country is coming
to. George Creel, the official bill
poster for the administration, is over
n Europe hammering the bass
drum; Wilson and Colonel House
are in Versailles laying the founda
tion for a league of nations to for
ever prevent war; Baker is clamor
ing for a standing army of 600,000
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