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THE BEE: OMAHA. MONDAY, FEBRUARY S. 1919.
ACT WISELY OR
FALL LIKE ROME
All Great Fallen Nations Ar
rived at Point Where They,
Seemed to Have All
They Strove for.
President Ernest M. Hopkins of
Dartmouth college, preaching yes
terday morning at the First Uni
tarian church, declared that America
today is at a point in history which,
if unwisely met, "may lead to the
greatest tragedy of nations the
world has ever seen."
"Greece, Rome, Egypt, all the fall
en nations, arrived at this point
ivnere an lor wnich they had strug
gled seemed about to be grasped,
and then, through self-sufficiency
and self-indulgence they fell," said
"We have fought to make the
world safe for democracy. The
task before us now is to make de
mocracy safe for the world. That
shall be accomplished through un
selfish co-operation and a generous
iiiusmeraiion or tne otner teuow
and the other nation. It is not the
spirit which says, 'I'm just as good,
J -' m WUU H HIOi 1VU1C
just as good as I am."
It Can Be Done.
"Don't be misled by the people
who today are crying that the
league of nations can't be formed.
They made the sanfe fry when the
13 original colonies were bound to
gether into a union. Throughout
history it has been the same. And,
strange though it seems, the ob
vious has always been held up as
tne impossible. When a certain fine
action is mapped there is a mental
process within us which says, 'If
this were practicable it would have
bffen done before; therefore, there
must be some obstacle insurmount
able." "But, put to the test, it is found
that these things can be done and
that the world is better after they
"The league of nations is the ob
vious thing. Co-operation is the key
note of all progress. Recently I
visited the little Canadian town ot
Ambleton, 40 miles from a railroad,
where practically everything needed
is raised or made without the out
side world. Life is primitive and,
at timeg, precarious, because these
people are not leagued with the out
side world. "
"Each man in the civilized world
today is a specialist in something
and by his specialization he learns
to. produce the maximum amount in
a given time. By reason of his high
production and through co-opera-tin
with all the other specialists who
make things that he needs he is
enabled to enjoy these things which
the non co-operative people in the
little Canadian town cannot have.
" 'Two are better than one," said
the cynical philosopher who wrote
the book of Ecclesiates, 'for if one
fall the other shall raise him up.'
And here is the philosophy which
must guide us in making democracy
safe for the world. We must be .on
the lookout for what we can do for
others. We have liberty in this
country. That is usually conceived
to be liberty from restrictions. But
we should hold in mind that it is
also a liberty for unselfish actions.
If we move forward with this vision
America and the world will enter
upon an era such as they have only
(dreamed of in the past."
Frank Gaskill Tells Story
of Spy Work During War
Philadelphia. An interesting story
of enemy spy work is told by Frank
H. Gaskill, assistant chief of the
Protective league, which rendered
service during the war.
The organization, Mr. Gaskill re
lates, was responsible for the intern
ment of a man caught spelling out
dangerous messages with a trip
hammer he was operating in a big
industrial plant on the Delaware
river. The messages were first de
tected by a telegraph operator in
Palmyra, N. J. He caught the ham
mer spelling out:
"Troop ship moving tomorrow
The telegrapher notified the gov
ernment authorities, wno caught the
triphammer operator signalling:
"Raid on fishing fleet complete
This was several hQurs before the
news dispatches brought word of
the sinking of a fishing fleet by Ger
man submarines off -.New England.
The triphammer expert was found
to 'be a former telegraph operator.
Mr. Gaskill said the mystery of
where the operator got his news or
to whom he was signalling was
Beekeeping in Forests.
San Francisco, Cal. The pos
sibilities of beekeeping in the na
tional forests in southern California
are being investigated by agricultur
ists of the United States Depart
ment of Agriculture in co-operation
with the Forest Service. Dr. E. F.
Phillips and Mr. George S. Demuth
have gone to southern California
to investigate the subject,, and while
there will assist state authorities
in conducting extension schools . e
commercial beekeepers at San
Diego, Davis, Visalia, and Riverside.
Each one of these schools wilWie
conducted for- six days, and three
sions daily will be held.
"Spend and Spare Not"
Seems to Be U. S. Slogan
Jim Mann's Wonderful Pre
serves and Jellies May Pave
His Way to House
That's me wil
(Mm or Coon)
Washington Bureau of The Bee-
By E. C. SNYDER.
vNE of the best results of "ab-
I I sent treatment that I can re-
call is seen in the passage of
the bill appropriating $100,000,000
tor the needy of Europe. It ha
been the most grudging compliance
with the executive demand since the
war was declared. It will be re
called that the president asked that
the sum be given me, which called
forth many sarcastic references
while the bill was under considera
tion. The republicans of the house
almost unamimously voted to let
the Red Cross distribute it. Then
there were 73 votes against the grant
ana the bill lett tne house with pro
visions to make the distribution by
way ot loans instead of largesses,
When it came to the senate, in or
der to get it through, it was made
Clear that the Allied War Council
was requesting it as a war measure
instead of altruistic bounty to be
conferred by our chief commissioner.
Even then 18 senators were record
ed against it.
The one thing that put the bill
across was a fear that the presi
dent, having called for it and not
granted, would 'seriously suffer in
prestige at the settling table.
One senator summed it up this
way: "We'll let you have it this
time. We do this to save you hu
miliation. Next time you'll have the
humiliation and no money. The
Enfant Terrible, who asked for a
dollar before the company got the
coin that time but he never tried
The centrifugal forces have seized
the treasury. Congressman Sloaii
said recently on the floor of the
house, "Every key in Washington
and Paris opens the United States
treasury, lhere are none fashioned
to lock it."
The war secretary is authorized
to validate $2,750,000,000 in contracts
entered into up to 24 hours after the
armistice was signed, .which lacked
legal formality and enforceability.
One hundred million dollars are
scooped out to Europe.
Loans now totalling nearly $9,000,-
000,000, loaned to the allies, without
a long time bond taken, as was ex
pected and understood by a great
many of the American people. One
set of sentimentalists are saying,
cancel the debt we hold against the
foreign governments. Another says
sell the due bills w have taken,
while grim old Clemenceau suggests
to Wilson that the United States pay
its portion of war expenditures in
curred before we entered the con
Another Lil Bill.
A bill has just passed the house
authorizing the ultimate expenditure
of $26,000,000 for one-story hospitals
throughout the country for the Pub
lic Health service to care for ex
soldiers, sailors, marines, civil ser
vice sick and any other person in the
The secretary of the navy, while
Eurooeans are discussing the sink
ing of the. German fleet, asks for
$900,000,000 to extend our navy.
The house of representatives votes
its members $1,200 additional clerk
hire and the civil employes at Wash
ington are given an increase of
"Spend and Spare Not."
Above each department portal
should be written "Spend and spare
One department, 'agriculture,
asked for $158,000 for rentals for
necessary buildings. The agricul
tural committee of the house found
that there was sufficient empty space
in public buildingse no longer infuse
to house all these activities. The
head of the department concedes it,
but insists on the appropriation be
ing mada anyhow, giving it out
quietly that it will not be used.
Meanwhile the sick ana wounaea
soldiers in Walter Reed hospital in
this citv have to do or pay for their
own washing and not having receiv
ed their own salaries they cannot
In discussing the financial affairs
of the country in the lobbies of both
senate and house the most frequent
quotation heard is that of Mme.
Pompadour, "After us the Deluge."
Jim Mann accepted a beefsteak, did
he? I wonder how many, opponents
of Jim Mann have accepted some
thing better than a beefsteak from
him," chuckled an old neighbor of
Mr. Mann from Chicago. 'Did you
ever see Jim Mann's garden? .Welt,
it's worth seeing and Jim Mann in
his garden is worth going some dis
tance to see. Why, lie knows more
about garden truck than old Doc
Wiley and the secretary of agricul
ture combined and he knows what
he knows from experience in his
garden and on his farm.
Just Outside Chicago.
That garden of Jim Mann,, out in
the suburbs of Chicago, had been
neglected for two or three years
while Mann was down here helping
U handle the war legislation, reve
nue bills, food control bills and the
like; but last spring when the peo
ple down here were wondering if
Mann would ever get out of the hos
pital and back in congress to watch
legislation, there was bustle and
hustle in Jim Mann's garden, for Jim
Mann was at home again to make
that garden blossom and bear fruit
and vegetables again as it did sev
eral years ago. I went over to see
him and he did not appear very
husky. He had lost about 40 pounds
and he looked sort of washed out,
too. But. he had the same old Jim
Mann grit that made him a leader
in congress and he began to wrestle
with plows, hoes, pruning knives
and so forth just like one born to
the soil. The old house and barn
took on a familiar look and Jim
Mann in a hickory shirt, overalls
and cowhide shoes began to take on
tan, healthy color and flesh. Why,
lie's just like Antaeus, whose
strength was renewed every time
his feet touched the earth when he
wrestled with Hercules; and Jim
Mann in his garden always has re
newed his strength and health.
Broken Health Talk.
While the papers were printing
pieces about Jim Mann's broken
health and laying plans for the suc
cession in the house, his old Chicago
neighbors knew that you would be
fooled because Jim Mann was at
work in his garden. He plowed that
garden and planted peas and beans,
radishes and lettuce, set out straw
berry plants, trimmed ud the rasp
berry and currant bushes and gave
personal attention to the fruit trees
He didn't call in any help for it was
a labor of love with him and his
neighbors knew that it was his recre
ation and would make him strong
and healthy again. He gave away
lots .of early garden truck, but in
the late summer and early fall there
was smoke from the chimney of his
little canning house and Jim Mann
had changed his dress to white until
he locked like a chief cook in a big
hotel. He was cooking and canning
fruit and corn and vegetables, mak
ing jams and jellies and preserves
and I wouldn't be surprised if he
didn t use more sugar than the food
administration parceled out to the
rest of us, for he made some mighty
fine preserves of a kind that was not
on the market. I called on him one
day and found him experimenting
with cherry tomato preserves and
a combination of pears and toma
toes and some of the women folks
who dropped in sampled these things
and said they were. the finest pre
serves they had ever tasted.
Getting Stronger and Healthier.
Well, Jim Mann was happy and
getting stronger and healthier every
day as he gathered his sweet corn,
peas, tomatoes, berries and fruit,
worked in his little canning factory
and did 'all the work of preserving
and jelling and canning, for it ap
peared to be no more trouble for
him to handle solder and seal , up
his cans than it was, to prepare the
stuff to go in them. We wondered
if Jim Mann intended to put his
canned vegetables, preserves and
jellies on the market, and the wo
men folks were ready to take the
whole stock off his hands. But Jim
Mann gave them all samples of his
cooking and canning and packed
away a lot more and shipped it down
to Washington as though he ex
pected to live all winter on canned
goods. But since I came down to
Washington and heard the wives of
other leaders in congress talking
about Jim Mann's delicious cherry
tomato preserves, canned tomatoes
and sweet corn, jellies and jams as
though they had found something
brand new in these lines, I began to
suspect that' Mann had been giving
as well as receiving on the old
neighborly plan when we exchanged
spareribs and new sausage, and the
first fruits of the seasan without any
though of an obligation.
How About Competitors.
I wouldn't be surprised if some of
Jim Manns preserves and canned
goods had found their way into the
homes of some of the men who think
they are his competitors for. the
speakership, for I've heard their
wives praising Jim Mann's cooking
and preserving and 1 11 bet a beef
steak that the women are for Jim
Mann whatever their .husbands
think about the election of speaker.
So don't settle this little contest
over the speakership until you find
out how many of Jim Mann's cans
of presences have been distributed
among the wives of members, for
there are more toothsome things
than beefsteaks and when they are
the product of Jim Mann's own in
dustry; experience and skill in rais
ing and handling garden sass, they
count a lot more than any gift "from
the store or the commercial factory.
I'll bet on Jim Mann and his gar
den to win.
100,000 IDLE ON
Strike Leaders Held in Jail;
Trade Unions Pledge Sup
port to 40-Hour . Weekx
Alvin Wick Lands in Jail
for Smashing Furniture
Alvin Wick, who vas held at the
police station in connection with the
murder of Frank Glynn, Topeka,
Kan., in Omaha on Christmas morn
ing, was arrested early Sunday
morning here, charged with mali
cious destruction "of property. Wick
received severe bruises of the face
at the hands of Edward Hermansky,
proprietor of the Millard hotel
pharmacy, when Wick is said to
have begun to smash the show cases
and furniture of , the' store. Both
men became embroiled over an arg
ument and Wick was thrown out of
the store, after which Hermansky
locked the door and went to bed.
Wick's injuries were dressed by
the police sueon, and he was put
in a cell.
Glasgow, Feb. 2. Great crowds
were about the streets all day, but
there has been no disorder, follow
ing up the grave situation created
by the strike yesterday. Soldiers
are guarding all the important parts
of the city and officials arranged
for calling in troops from outlying
districts in case of emergency. High
land regiments are euardinar the
railway stations, bridges, electric
power stations and gasworks.
The strike leaders, Emanuel Ship-
well, William Oallagher and David
Kirkwood, were charged before po
lice magistrates with inciting to
riot and assembling for unlawful
purposes. Gallagher was also
charged with assaulting a police
man, they were remanded until
February 6, bail being refused.
Minor leaders were dealt with
similarly on about the same charges.
Shipwell is an official of the Brit
ish seafarers' union and a member
of the town council. '
Demand Release of Prisoners,
Fresh troops- were brought into
the city today. The council of
Scottish trade unionists protested
against "the brutal behavior of the
authorities" and demanded the re
lease of the prisoners.
A statement issued in behalf of
the employers declared that the ex
tremist party among the workmen
had repudiated the bargain made by
the trade union leaders, and chal
lenged their authority.
It is estimated that 100,000 men
are idle on the Clyde, of whom one
third are strikers.
Bakers have given notice of their
intention to strike unless they get a
40 hour week.
One hundred and eighty-five dele
gates attended a meeting of the trade
union council which adopted a reso
lution by a vote of 92 to 22 asking
the government to embody the 40
hour week in a legislative measure.
Refusal of the government to in
tervene in the strike here and the
non-acceptance by the employers of
the lord mayor s invitation to con
fer with the strikers, brought about
a complete deadlock.. The men's
leaders declare they will not give
way and are devoting their energies
to strengthen their position by ob
taining co-operation of labor in other
parts of Ireland. They say that the
refusal of the employers to discuss
the situation with them has aroused
bitterness and resentment.
Brother Says Lieut.
Spalsbury Was Killed
in Discharge of Duty
Charles B. Spalsbury, brother of
Lieut. Donald C. Spalsbury, whose
death was caused by an automobile
accident on the Dodge road, flatly
denies the charges and imputations
that women were in the party at
the time of the accident.
"My brother was engaged in the
discharge of his duty when he met
his death. He was pursuing some
bootleggers who had been selling
their stuff to men at the fort, when
the accident occurred," the brother
"If they would look at the head
of one of the injured officers they
would find out where the hair comes
"The charge is preposterous and
without foundation," he further con
tinued. Maj. M. J. O'Brien, post adjutant,
corroborated tlie brother's state
Remember "Thrift Day" February 3
No Person Ever Retired on the Money Spent
Merchants, Manufacturers, Bankers, Real Estate Operators, All Credit Thrift for Much of the Business
They Enjoy. Give Yourself a Thrift Credit Mark Today and Learn Its Many Advantages.
Welfare Board Acoommodates
Employes With Advance Pay
The Welfare board issued 1,910
checks in payment of salaries of
city employes in the last 14 months,
says Superintendent Weirich. This
was done as an accommodation to
employes, who are in such circum
stances that they cannot wait for
the semi-monthly payments.
"We also assisted a number of
city employes, who are entering the
service," said Mr. Weirich. "advanc
ing the pay due them and then re?
ceiving it back when it became pay
able from the respective depart
ments." A small fund .takes care of all
this work, as the money advanced is
never outstanding for more than
Petition to the Secretary of War
to Send Soldiers Home With
Six Months' Pay
Sign this petition, get your friends to sign it and
forward it to The Omaha Bee.
To the Hon. Newton D. Baker, '
Secretary of War:
The undersigned respectfully urge you to return to
their homes as soon as possible the soldiers who have ac
complished so brilliantly "every object America had in the
We urge, also, that you obtain the necessary authority
to pay these men their military wages for six months, or
for some sufficient period after their discharge from the
army until they can obtain useful and remunerative em
ployment. We urge this as an act of simple justice by a great na
tion to its heroes.
DRIVE TO SELL
Monday, February 3, Named
as National Thrift Day;
Made Holiday to Encourage
Purchase of Stamps.
"American industries are at the
mercy of the man of small capital,"
said Lloyd H. Matson of the
Conservative Savings, Loan - asso
ciation. This is the fact that Americans
must face Monday, February 3 Na
tional Thrift day.
A holiday in cbmmoration of the
future looking forward 1j accomp
lishments of ourselves, instead of
celebrating deeds of the past that
is the distinction in National Thrift
day, and other holidays.
''The war took $70,000,000,000 of
English, French and other EuroDean
capital from the United States,"
continued Mr. Matson, this can not
be depended on m another een
i When the foreign money was re
called, at tne outoreak ot tne war,
and the stock exchange closed down,
dumping these securities, on the
market the work of the man of
small capital began.
Capitalist have their surplus busy,
Europe cannot supply money for in
dustries and because the govern
ment realizes the importance of the
small savings they are continuing
the war savings stamp and thrift
stamp campaign. ,
Nebraska has saved $33,000,000 in
small savings during the past year.
"One-half of the 7,500 Liberty
loan accounts last year are new,"
said Mr. Matson, "and now a large
per cent of these are appearing at
the other window to open savings
The conservation of wheat, and all
food stuffs, of coal, platinum, steel
and every staple commodity can be
summed up in the word "thrift" and
it is to impress the fact that this is
not a war-time necessity only, that
Monday, February 3, has been called
the National Thrift day.
The necessity of not relaxing into
a state of carelessness and profligacy
in the reconstruction period is more
vital to American industries and
prosperity than ever before.
National Thrift day is a holiday;
not one on which to stop work, but
to get busy in plans for national
and personal increase in thrift. .
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ooviei ruissia vvi
Revert to' Barbarism
Says British Officer
' London. "Russia, that is soviet
Russia, will revert to absolute bar
barism within three years if assis
tance is not offered from the out
side," says a British officer who
recently escaped from Russia. To
the correspondent of the Associated
Press he added:
"Men and women of the better
classes who have lived through the
first year of bolsnevism, are don
ning peasant garb in self-defense
and dropping into the dull, monoton
ous village life. There's nothing else
for them to do. Russia will soon be
as primitive as the Congo if allow
ed to drift along under bolshevik
control. It is hopeless to expect
leadership in Russia which will save
the country from reversion to
medievalism. The bolshevik lead
ers are not strong. Opposition
leaders are so weak that Lenine ana
his associates seem strong by com
parison. They are merely better
organized than any other group.
The mental satisfaction of saving should be enough
interest In Uaelf but Home Builders gives you 6. pay
able twice a year, on all money invested In Us shares.
You may invest from $1.00 to $3,000, payable as you
please. Interest begins at once.
Call or write
American Security Company, Fiscal Agents.
17th and Douglas Sts
G. A. Rohrbough, Pres. C. C. Shimer, Sec'y.
State Florists' Society
to Hold Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the State
Florists' society will be held in
Lincoln during the meeting of Or
ganized Agriculture, February 25 to
28. C. H. Frey of Lincoln is pres
ident of the society and Lewis Hen
derson of Omaha is the secretary.
Way Back in 1883
We Began to Advocate the
BENEFITS OF THRIFT
Among the People of this Community
and Have Kept It Up Ever Since.
Our Success Is Measured by
Assets Exceeding $11,000,000.00
Our Original Plan for Saving Money Promotes Thrift.
During 1918 we Entered 2,500 New Savings Accounts.
Our Shares Are Both Profitable and Safe
We Lend Money on Improved Omaha Real Estate
At Low Interest Rate; No Delay; No Commission.
Ask Us for Full Particulars,
Omaha Loan and Building Association
W..R. Addir, Secretary.
15th and Dodge Streets, Omaha, Neb.
r ' t
wanted on Omaha
easy re-payment terms, at
tractive rate of
Savings and Loan
1614 Harney St.
Thrift as Never Before!
Thousands of men are suddenly being
thrown back into civil life. Consider
the vastness of the readjustment thkt
will be necessary. Look back at the
period of reconstruction after our own
Civil War. -
We may watch closely the large ex
penditure; but the minor details the '
little leaks escape our notice and to
such the THRIFT DAY movement will
prove a boon, opening our eyes, as it
were, to our petty extravagances.
Capitalize your savings through an ac
count with us which offers
100 SAFETY 6 DIVIDENDS ,
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322 So. 18th Street
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
John F. Flack, President t.
R. A. McEachron, Vice President
Geo. C. Flack, Treasurer
E. N. Bovell, Secretary
John T. Brownlee, Asi't Sec'y.
Reserve Fund 285,000.00
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