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Officials of Peace Conference
Are Servants of People,
Not Masters, President
Tells Crowd.
(Ctatlnaed from Fa. On.)
counsel, and I tried at every step of
the work which fell to me to recall
what I was lure would be your
counsel with regard to the great
matters which were under consider
ation. Appreciates Reception,
"I do not want you to think that I
have not been appreciative of the
extraordinarily generous reception
which was given to me on the other
side in saying that it makes me very
happy to get home again. I do not
mean to say that I was not very
deeply touched by the cries that
came from the great crowds on the
other side. But I want to say to you
in all honesty that I felt them to be
a call of greeting to you rather than
to me.
"I did not feel that the greeting
was personal. I had in my heart
the evercrowding pride of being your
representative and of receiving the
plaudites of men everywhere who
felt that your .hearts beat with
theirs in the cause of liberty. There
vwas no mistaking the tone in the
voices of those great crowds. It was
not a tone of mere greeting, it
was not a tone of mrre generous
welcome; it was the calling of com
rade to comrade, the cries that come
from men who say, 'We have waited
for this day when the friends of
liberty should come across the sea
. and shake hands with us, to see that
a new world was constructed upon
a new basis and foundation of justice
and right.'
"I can't tell you the inspiration
that came from. the sentiments that
come out of those simple voices of
the crowd. And the proudest thing
I have to report is that this great
country of ours is trusted through
out the world. '
Has1 No Report
"I have not come to report the
proceedings or the results of the
proceedings of the peace conference;
that would be premature. I can say
that I have -received very happy im
pressions from this conference; the
imression ' that while there are
many differences of judgment, while
there are some divergences of object,
there is nevertheless a common spirit
and a common realization of the ne
cessity of setting up new standards
of right in the world.
"Because the men who are in con
ference in Paris realize as keenly as
any American can realize that they
, are not the masters of their people;
f that they are the servants of their
people, and that the spirit ot tneir
people has awakened to a new pur
pose and a new conception of their
power to realize that purpose, and
that no man dare go home from that
conference and report anything less
noble than was expected of it.
"The conference seems to you to
go slowly; from day to day in Paris
it seems to go slowly; but I wonder
if you realize the complexity of the
task which it has undertaken. It
seems as if the settlements of this
war affect, and affect directly, ev
ery great, and I sometimes think
every small, nation in the world,
and no one decision can prudently
be made which is not properly
linked in with the great series of
other decisions which must accom
pany it. And it must be reckoned
in with the final result if the real
quality and character of that result
is to be properly judged.
Hear Whole Case.
"What we are doing is to hear
the whole case; hear it from the
mouths of the men most interested;
hear it from those who are officially
commissioned to state it; hear the
rival claims; hear the claims that
affect new nationalities, that affect
new areas of the world, that affect
new commercial and economic con
nections that hare been established
by the great world war through
which we have gone. And I have
been struck by fche moderateness of
those who have represented nation
al tlaims. I can testify that I have
nowhere seen the gleam of passion.
, I have seen earnestness, 1 have
seen tears come to the eyes of men
who plead for downtrodden people
whom they are privileged to speak
for; but they were not the tears of
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anguish, they were the tears of ar
dent hope.
"And I don't see how any man
can fail to have been subdued by
these pleas, subdued to this feeling,
that he was not there to assert an
individual judgment of his own, but
to try to assist tha cause of hu
manity. "And in the midst of it all every
interest seeks out, first of all, when
it reaches Paris, the representatives
of the United States. Why? Be
cause, and I think I am stating the
most wonderful fact in history
because there is no nation in Eu
rope that suspects the motives of
the United States.
"Was there ever so wonderful a
thing seen before? Was there ever
so moving a thing? Was there
ever any fact that so bound the na
tion that had won that esteem for
ever to deserve it? i
Clashed Many Times.
"I would not have you understand
that the great men who represent
the other nations there in confer
ence are disesteemed by those who
know them. Quite the contrary.
But you understand that the na
tions of Europe have again and
again clashed with one another in
competitive interest. It is impossi
ble for men to forget thoses sharp
issues that were drawn between
them in times past. It is impossi
ble for men to believe that all am
bitions have all of a sudden been
foregone. They remember terri
tory that was coveted; they remem
ber rights that it was attempted to
extort; they remember political am
bitions which it was attempted to
realize and while they believe that
men have come into a different
temper, they cannot forget those
things, and so they do not resort
to one another for a dispassionate
view of the matters in controversy.
They resort to that nation which
has won the enivable distinction of
being regarded as the friend of
"Whenever it is desired to send a
small force of soldiers to occupy a
piece of territory where it is thought
nobody else will be welcome, they
ask for American soldiers. And
where other soldiers would be look
ed upon with suspicion, and perhaps
met with resistance, the American
soldiers is welcomed with acclaim.
I have had so many grounds for
pride on the other side of the water
than am very thankful that they are
not grounds for personal pride. I'd
be the most stuck up man in the
world. And it has been an infinite
pleasure to me to see these gallant
soldiers of ours, of w-hom the consti
tution of the United States made me
the proud commander. You may be
proud of the Twenty-sixth division,
but I commanded the Twenty-sixth
division and see what they did under
my direction 1 And everybody prais
es the American soldier with the
feeling that in praising him he is
subtracting from the credit of no one
Searches for Fundamental.
I have been searching for the fun
damental fact that converted Europe
to believed in us. Before this war
Europe did not believe in us as it
does now. It did not believe in us
throughout the first three years of
the war. It seems really to have
believed that we were holding off be
cause we thought we could make
more bv stavine out than by going
in. And all of a sudden, in a short
18 months, the whole verdict is re
versed. There can be but one ex-
nlanation for it. Thev-saw what we
did that (without making a single
claim we put all our men and all our
means at the disposal ot those wno
were fighting for their homes, in
the first instance, but for a cause, the
cause of human rights and justice,
and that we went in not to support
their national claims, but to support
the great cause which they, hold in
"And when they saw that Amer-
ica not only held ideals, but acte4
deals. thev were converted to Amer
ica and became firm partisans of
these ideals.
I met a group of scholars when
I was in Paris some gentlemen
from one of the Greek universities
who had come to see me, and in
whose presence, or rather in the
presence of those traditions of learn
ing. I felt very voung, indeed. I
told them that I had one of the de-
lightful revenges that sometimes
comes to a man. All my life I
had heard men speak with a sort of
condescension of ideals and of
idealists, and particularly those sep
arated, encloistered persons whom
they choose to term academic, who
were in the habit of entertaining
ideals in the free atmosphere when
they clash with nobody in particular
Won By Inspiration.
"And I said I have had this sweet
revenge. Speaking with perfect
frankness in the name of the people
of the United states 1 have uttered
as the oDjects ot tr.s great war
ideals, and nothing but ideals, and
the war has been won by that in
spiration. Men were fighting with
tense muscle and lowered head until
they came to realize those things,
feeling they were fighting for their
lives and their country, and when
these accents of what it was all
about reached them from America
they lifted their heads, they raised
their eyes to heaven, when they saw
men in khaki coming across the sea
in the spirit of crusaders, and they
found that these were strange men,
reckless of danger not only, but
reckless because they seemed to see
something that mada that danger
worth while. Men have testified to
me in Europe that our men were
possessed by something that they
could only can a reigious . xerver.
They were not like any of the other
soldiers. They had a vision, they
had a dream, and they were fighting
in the dream, and fighting in the
dream they turned the whole tide of
battle and it never came back..
"One of our American humorists,
meeting the criticism that American
soldiers were not trained long
enough, said: "It takes only half as
long to train an American soldier
as any other, because you only have
to train him one way, and he did
only go one way, and he never came
back until he could do it when he
pleased." -
And now do yon realize that this
confidence we have established
throughout the world imposes a
burden upon us if you choose to
call it a burden. It is one of those
burdens which any nation ought to
be proud to carry. Any man who
resists the present tides that run in
the world will find himself thrown
upon a shore so high and barren that
it will seem as if he had been sep
arated from his human kind for
ever. , Full of Hope.
"The Europe that I left the other
day was full of something that it
had never felt fill its heart so full be
fore. It was full of hope. The Eu
rope of the second year of the war,
the Europe of the third year of the
war was sinking to a sort of stub
born desperation. They did not see
any great thing to be achieved even
when the war should be won, They
hoped there would be some salvage;
they hoped that they could clear
their territories of invading armies;
they hoped they could set up their
homes and start their industries
afresh. But they thought it would
simply be the resumption of the old
life that Europe had led led in fear,
led in anxiety, led in constant sus
picious watchfulness. They never
dreamed that it would be a Europe
of settled peace and of justified
And now these ideals have
wrought this new magic, that all of
the peoples of Europe are buoyed
up and confident in the spirit of
hope, because they believe that we
are at the eve of a new age in the
world when nations will understand
one another, when nations will sup
port one another in every just cause,
when nations will unite every moral
and every physical strength to see
that the right shall prevail.
"If America were at this junction
to fail the world, what would come
of it? I do not mean any disrespect
to any other great people when I
say that America is the hope of the
world; and if she does not justify
that hope the results are unthinkable.
Men will be thrown back upon the
bitternes of disappointment not only,
but the bitterness of despair. All
nations will set up as hostile camps
again; the men at the peace confer
ence will go home with their heads
upon their breasts, knowing that
they have failed for they were
bidden not to come home from there
until they did something more than
sign a treaty of peace.
Nothing But Paper.
'Suppose we sign the treaty of
peace and that it is the most satis-
factory treaty of peace that the con-
fusing elements of the modern world
will afford and go home and think
about our labors; we will know that
we have left written upon the histor
ic table at Versailles, upon which
Vergennes and Benjamin Franklin
wrote their names, nothing but a
modern scrap of paper; no nations
united to defend it, no great forces
combined to make it good; no assur
ance given to the down-trodden and
fearful people of the. world that they
shall be safe. Any man who thinks
that America will take part in giving
that world any such rebuff and dis
appointment as that does not know
"I invite him to test the senti
ments of the nation. We set this
up to make men free and we did not
confine our conception and purpose
to America, and now we will make
men free. If we did not do that
the fame of America would be gone
and all its powers would' be dissi
pated. It then would have to keep
its power for those narrow, selfish,
provincial purposes which seem so
dear to some minds that have no
sweep beyond the nearest horizon.
I should welcome no sweeter chal
lenge than that. I have fighting
blood in me and it is sometimes a
delight to let it have scope, but if
it is a challenge on this occasion, it
will be an indulgence. Think of the
picture, think of the utter blackness
that would fall on the world. Amer
ica has failed 1 America made a lit
tle essay at generosity and then
withdrew. America said: 'We are
your friends,' but it was only for
today, not for tomorrow. America
said: 'Here is our power to vindi
cate right,' and then the next day
said: 'Let right take care of itself
and we will take care of ourselves.'
America said: 'We set up a light
to lead men along the paths of lib
erty,' but we have lowered it. It
is intended only to light our own
path.. We set up a great ideal of
liberty and then we said: 'Liberty
is a thing that you must win for
yourself; do not call upon -us,' and
think of the world that we would
leave. Do you realize how many
nations are going to be set up in
the presence of old and powerful
nations in Europe and left there, if
left by us, without a disinterested
friend? s
Believes in Poland.
"Do you believe in the Polish
cause as I do? Are you going to
set up Poland, immature, inexperi
enced, as yet unorganized, and leave
it with a circle of armies around it?
Do you believe in the aspiration of
the Czecho-Slovaks and the Jugo
slavs as I do? Do you know
how many powers would be quick
to pounce upon them if there were
not the guarantees of the world be
hind their liberty? ,
"Have you thought of the suffer
ing of Armenia? You poured out
your money to help succor the Ar
menians after they suffered; now
set your strength so that they shall
never suffer attain.
peace canot stand a generation un
less they are guaranteed by the
united forces of the civilized world.
And if we do Aot guarantee them,
cannot you not see the picture?
Your hearts have instructed you
where the burden of this war fell.
It did not fall upon the national
treasuries, it did not fall upon the
instruments of administration; it did
not fall upon the resources of the
nations; it fell upon the victims'
homes everywhere, where women
were toiling in hope that their men
would come back.
"When I think of the homes upon
which dull despair would settle were
this great hope disappointed, I
should wish for my part never to
have had America play any part
whatever in this attempt to emanci
pate the -world. But I talk as if
there were any question. I have no
more doubt of the verdict of Amer
ica in this matter than I have doubt
of the. blood that is in me.
"And so, my fellow citizens, I have
come back to report progress, and
I do not believe that the progress is
going to stop short of the goal. The
nations of the world have set their
heads now to do a great thing, and
they are not going to slacken their
purpose. And when I speak of the
nations of the world I do not speak
of the governments of the world. I
speak of the peoples who constitute
the nations of the world. They are
in the saddle and they are going to
see to it that if their present gov
ernments do not do their will, some
other governments shall. And the
secret is out and the present govern
ments know it.
Harmony in Knowledge.
"There is a great deal bf harmony
to b got out of common knowledge.
There is a great deal of sympathy to
be got out of living in the same at
mosphere and except for the differ
ences of languages, which puzzled
my American ear very sadly. I
could have believed I was at home
in France or in Italy or in England
when I was on,the streets, when I
was in presence of the crowds, when
I was in great halls where men were
gathered together irrespective of
class. I did not feel quite as much
at home there as I do here, but I
felt that now at any rate, after this
storm of war had cleared the air,
men were seeing eye to eye every
where and that these were the kind
of folks who would understand what
the kind of folks at home would un
derstand and that they were think
ing the same things.
"I feel about you as I am re
minded of a story of that excellent
wit and good artist, Oliver Herford,
who one day, sitting at luncheon
at his club, was slapped vigorously
on the back by a man whom he did
not know very well. He said:
"Oliver, old boy, how are you?" He
looked at him rather coldly. He
said, "I don't know your name, I
don't know your face, but your man
ners are very familiar." And I
must say that your manners are
very familiar, and, .let me add, very
"It is a great comfort, for one
thing, to realize that you all under
stand the language I am speaking.
A friend of mine said that to talk
through an interpreter was like
witnessing the compound fracture
of an idea. But the beauty of it is
that, whatever the impediments of
the channel of communication, the
idea is the same; that it gets regis
tered, and it gets registered in re
sponsive hearts and recptive pur
poses. "I have come back for a strenuous
attempt to transact business for a
little while in America, but I have
really come back to say to you, in
all soberness and honesty, that I
have been trying my best to speak
your thoughts.
"When I sample myself, I think
I find I am a typical American, and
if I sample 'deep enough and get
down to what is probably the true
stutt of a man, then l have hope that
it is part of the stuff that is like
the other fellow's at home.
"And, therefore, probing deep in
my heart v and trying to see. the
things that are right without re
gard to the things that may be de
bated as expedient, I feel that I am
interpreting the purpose and the
thought of America; and in loving
America 1 hnd 1 have joined the
great majority of my fellowmen
throughout the world."
As the president concluded,
Mayor Peters called tor three
cheers, which were given, the audi
ence standing.
Immediately after the presidential
party left the hall and drove to the
south station for the tran which
awaited them for Washington.
Judge Fines Soldier Advising him
that his fighting days were at least
temporarily over, Judge Fitzgerald
fined Aleck Lescovlck, a discharged
soldier who had seen four and a
half months of fighting In France,
$2. SO and costs on the charge of
drunkenness and disorderly conduct
All Optical
of this city
will be
all day
February 26
I in order to
permit the
I to attend
of the
Nebraska State
Optical Ass'n
which meets in .
Lincoln, Nebraska.
ttend to Your
Optical Needs
To go forward and find some glib,
word of greeting, to master herself
and hide the rushing consternation
which swept over her seemed im
possible, and yet she did it. lhe
shock was too unexpected, the situa
tion too inexplicable for her to com
prehend it. What she did compre
hend was that she was in the midst
of 100 acquaintances who were
watching her and that a false step
meant a public scandal. She felt
the leaping heat in her cheeks and
her voice sounded strange to her
ears, but she went on, and said cor
dially, "Well, this is a surprise I" Then
she added incoherently, "How are
yu?" .
, Irma Dellabarre was quite self
possessed. "It looks terribly dramatic,
doesn't it?" she said, smiling, "but
it's quite simple. I came in, after
all, and the first person I should
meet was Andrew."
"Of course, my dear!"
She knew it was a lie, and, despite
herself, momentarily she gave a
note of scorn to the exclamation.
But instantly she caught herself.
Husband and wife looked at each
other, each cut to the quick at the
humiliation they had to stand and
take unflinchingly before these sud
den strangers.
"I did not expect you," she said,
to say something, and she looked at
him in order not to look at Irma.
"Are you coming out to Chilton?"
"Perhaps," he said coldly looking
at her steadily. "I thought you
were in a party."
"Yes, we are," she said slowly.
To stay longer was humanly impos
sible. "Well then, I may see you
at Chilton?" She nodded and
went down a ways to where the
head waiter was standing at a table
for two. ,
"Table for five, please," she said
sharply, mistress of herself as she
had been the night of the fete, when
Tody Dawson had blundered in fhe
minuet. She saw some one bowing
to her .in the haze of things, and
bowed with a smile in the general
"Sit down here," said Monte
Bracken's voice. She took the chair
he indicated, with her back to her
husband, and drew off her gloves
slowly, a mist before her eyes. The
waiter stood at her side for his or
ders. She was not aware of his
"Tea and buttered toast for two,"
said Bracken quickly. "Or no
might as well make it for five,
Philip," he added, summoning the
head waiter, who knew him. "Leave
word at the door where we are. Mrs.
Lightbody will join us."
Then he sat down.
"Talk to me," she said. "Keep
talking to me."
Gradually, under thv pleasant
sound of words which she did not
comprehend, she regained her self
control. "Thank you," she said, drawing a
long breath, but her eyes remained
on her plate. "It's strange Kitty
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doesn't come. What time is it?
"Half past five."
Not for an instant had she the
slightest doubt that Irma had lied
to her. She had seen the truth n
Andrew's eyes in that bitter mo
ment of mutual humiliation. How
long had it been going on? All her
anger was directed toward the wom
an. Yes; she had taken her revenge
threefold I s
"She wasn't embarrassed at all,"
she thought bitterly. "Quite de
lighted, of course."
"Tea now?"
"I don't see why they don't come,"
she said nervously. ,
"Kitty never is on time, you
"Yea; but I want them to come,"
she said dully. Andrew must see all
the difference that existed between
his situation and hers.
"They may be waiting outside.
Shall I see?" v
She thought of the anger she had
shown in the first shocked moment
of recognition. That had been a
mistake. It had only played into
Irma's hands. She should have
stayed and shown her indifference,
treated the situation with lightness,
covered up the wound to her van
ity. What a delicious revenge she
had given Irma I
"What a fool I wasl" she said an
grily. "But she shan't have him
To be forced to continue her lit
tle game under the eye of the wife
would be the last thing Irma would
"She shan't have things her own
way," she said determinedly, and
rose. The thing to do was to ac
cept Irma's declaration that the
meeting had been accidental, and
force them, under appearance of cor
diality, to join the party. To her
consternation, when she turned their
table was empty. She was still
standing when Monte Bracken re
turned. "I am sorry they haven't turn
ed up."
"It doesn't matter now," she re
plied abruptly.
He glanced at her brilliant eyes
and feverish cheeks, wondering just
what to offer.
"I'm afraid they won't come at
all," he said slowly.
As a matter of fact, from the first
he had never expected that they
would turn up.
"It doesn't matter," she said im
patiently. "Curious thing," he said, frowning.
"Do you know whom I thought I
saw just now? Rudy himselfl"
"But he's in Chilton," she said,
answering him mechanically.
"He was this morning," he replied
Her imagination was racing. At
one moment, she repeated to her
self what she should have said to
them in the first moment of her sur
prise. The next, it jumped to the
future, constructing the scene of her
reproaches to Irma the way she
should demand an explanation from
Andrew. The next moment, she
switched to the past with feverish
"That model 16 at your new price is the
cheapest truck in the world."
..' '
So said a western dealer at the Chicago show.
Yes, he was a GMC dealer and was talking
to a factory representative. 1
He further said: "It has no equal".
This man is a GMC dealer only because he
wants to be. There are plenty of other trucks
i he could get that sell at lower prices and on
which he could get a much better discount
Therefore, his statement is of value to
truck users.
GMC model 16 is the three-quarter-ton truck
selected and standardized by the Government
It is only one of six models ranging up to five
tons capacity, all of which have been reduced
in price since the war ended.
Investigate before you invest
General Motors Truck Company
Pontiac, Michigan
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Owen Johnson's Sparkling So
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such a hit in the tnoviea.
alarm, seeking some remembered
indications which could clarify the
present unbelievable revelation. An
drew Andrew of all ment She
could believe all things but thatt
"I'm afraid the others have gone
off on their own boat," he repeated.
"What do you want to do?"
She passed her hand hastily over
her forehead, touched her lips to a
glass of cold water, and said.
"If you don't mind, Monte, I think
I'd rather have a bite to eat now and
go right home. I'm sorry to be so
"Do anything you like," ha said
hastily, moved by the suffering in
her eyes. "We can dine here and
go back by the train?"
"By the train?" she said, perplex
ed. "And why not by the boat?"
"I prefer not, Amy, he said kindly-
"Oh, I see what you think," she
said slowly.
They ate their dinner rapidly. He
saw her perturbation and refrained
from addressing her. When the
meal was ended, she said, out of a
clear sky,
"I prefer to return in tha yacht"
He shook his head.
"You are not in a mood to decide,"
he said gently. "I don't want you
to do a thing you'll regret"
"You don't understand the situa
tion," she said, looking at him. "It
has nothing to do with Andrew.
My husband and I have been noth
ing to each other for months."
Are you sure?" he said gravely.
"Quite. Yes; I am upset, morti
fied, hurt, but it's not on his account.
It's it's to be deceived by her."
"Really, I had rather we did not
go back alone," he said, frowning.
"But if I wish it?"
"Very well."
She glanced at him.
"You are not annoyed at me?"
"I couldn't be."
"Please don't be annoyed, Monte
whatever I do."
In the antechamber, an idea came
to him. He stepped in the cafe for
a quick glance. He" had not been
mistaken. At a corner table, hud
dled over his glass, was Rudolph
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
Western Casual Companies
Arrive After Stormy Trip
Newport News, Va., Feb. 24. The
transport Huron arrived from
France today with 2,898 soldiers.
They included the entire 45th coast
artillery corps, 45 officers and 1,691
men, and nine casual companies
composed of men from western
states. The trip from France was
very stormy. Private Cecil B. Hol
landsworth was killed instantly on
deck by being dashed against a cabin
by a wave.
Spartacans Lose Bettrop.
Copenhagen, Feb. 24. The town
of Bettrop, in the Ruhr region,
which was recently taken by Sparta
cau forces, has been recaptured by
government forces, according to
Berlin advices.
136 Time
With Fingers!
Corns Lift Off
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nM hns hi lift T
corn or callus right off. Try It!
For a few cents you '
can get a small bottle of
the magic drug freezone
recently discovered by a ;
Cincinnati man. :
Just ask at any drug
store for a small bottle :
of freezone. Apply a few :
drops upon a tender, i
aching corn or callus and
Instantly all soreness
disappear and shortly '.
you will find the corn :
or callus bo loose that ;
you lift it off with the ;
Just think! Not one j
bit of pain before apply-
ing freezone or after-'
wards. It doesn't even
irritate tha surrounding
Hard corns, soft corns
or coma between the
toes,' also hardened cal
luses on bottom of feet,
shrivel up and fall off
without hurting a particle. It is al
most magical.
Ladies! Keep a tiny bottle on tha '
dresser and never let a corn or cal- :
lus ache twice. Adv.
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