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THE BEE: OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 1919.
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Well, what is the constitution between
Again we wish the president a pleasant
oyage and a safe return.
If you do put on sackcloth and ashes today,
try to live up to the display.
Foch is making it plain to Germany that it
was the Allies and not the Huns who came out
The appropriation to pay the wheat guaranty
went through, which is some encouragement to
Charity begins at home, we are told, but the
world's business just now has preference over
Wall street felt the jar when the administra
tion program fell. It will get even, though,
when the Victory loan is floated.
The "mystery woman" failed to add even
a note of the melodrama to the bootlegging
business. In the "movies they do it."
Contemplation of the city pay roll will re
mind the taxpayers that the war affected other
things beside the price of pork and butter.
. Madly-running "booze" cars are becoming a
more serious menace than ever the Demon Rum
could hope to be. Is there not a way to stop
If the bolsheviki continue to press American
troops in northern Russia till the Yankee boys
get impatient, then we will have another story
A new bath house at "Muny" beach will be
acceptable, and a few more swimming holes in
the parks might not rouse any popular resentment.
Holland wants the headquarters of the
League of Nations, but will have to get rid of
one of its present guests before its bid will be
By the middle of April the railroads will be
running on their own funds, as they were be
fore the government took hold. This 'may aid
in the return of prosperity.
And Jeanette Rankin ceased to be "the lady
from Montana" when the clock struck noon,
but she will always remain the first woman
ever to have held a seat in congress.
The woman who withstood her conscience
for nine years before she made good on the
railroad ticket is of interest only in that she did
not get accustomed to its prickings.
Little , nations present at Paris also object
to the - conditions of the league constitution.
That document will soon have no more respect
than is given the Baltimore platform.
Guatemala lias just emerged from two years
under martial law, a fact that ought to interest
the peace congress, although most of us had J
forgotten that that country was a belligerent.
Gallivan of Boston told the house that con
gressmen who did not vote to free Ireland were
"dealing with p'ynamite." And some who did
will find they were monkeying with another sort
of explosive. And there you are.
Bolsheviki troops who1 invaded Lithuania
have been" licked to,, the point of crying
"enough," but the Lithuanians say nay, and
propose to satisfy themselves that the reds are
vanquished. This is good medicine and will
icmeJy the disease. t
That governors' conference at Washington
bids fair to get the spot-light, now that con
gress is out of the way. What the governor of
New Jersey said to the governor of Ohio will
be recalled as snappier, at least, if not so hos
pitable as the interchange between the Carolina
Some Good Precedents
Disarmament by agreement between nations
is not an untried idea. We have, as ex-Presi;
dent Taft points out. a highly successful exam
ple of it at our own doors. For a hundred years
the United States and Canada have observed
the compact not to place armed vessels on the
Great Lakes. The treaty has been kept without
friction and with general advantage. The lakes
are a fair field for commerce and unquestioned
friendliness prevails. A few decades ago the
British government closed the last of its mili
tary barracks on the Canadian border. The
mutual sentiment of peaceful amity rendered it
useless, a mere relic of outgrown conditions. It
shows how two peoples, living side by side
across a whole continent, can get along smooth
ly by simply agreeing to do it. We had for
some time difference with Canada on
Alaska's coast boundary, but it was finally set
tied in our favor by an arbitration board that
held its meetings in England, and the deciding
votes were British. As a result Canada has no
seaport of its own on the Alaskan coast. But
its 'shipping interests do not suffer in that
region. The disposition on both sides is con
siderate and amicable. Peace is so largely a
state of mind that a league of nations is by no
means as complex as many imagine.
The most dangerous controversy we have
had with the British government since the War
of 1812 was successfully arbitrated. During the
civil ,war confederate cruisers, covertly buiit
and fitted out in. British ports, not only cap
tured many American ships, but virtually de
stroyed, our ocean marine. -The consequential
damages were immensely more injurious than
the loss of individual ships and cargoes. Yet
ihe score was wiped out by arbitration. It
m-'ght have been a powder magazine if a warlike
spirit had been cultivated. Again a state of
raind resulted in. a peaceful solution.
If it takes two to quarrel, and not even one
w?nts war, there will be no quarrel. St. Louis
CONGRESS: A RECORD OF FAILURE.
When the. Sixty-fifth congress expired by
constitutional limitation at noon yesterday, the
entire reconstructive program of the adminis
tration crashed. Not only that, but big supply
bills, including those for the support of the
army and navy after June 30, the sundry civil
bill, and some appropriations of lesser im
portance went down also.
In the face of this situation, the president
obdurately refuses to convene an extraordinary
session of congress. He insists that his para
.mount duty is in Paris, and declines to admit
that lawmakers could go ahead with their work
in his absence. He showed little of this trepida
tion when he went abroad before, although his
absence clearly resulted in the omission by con
gress, controlled by his party and moving under
his own direction, to provide for the country
those things that are necessary for its well
being and orderly management.
Taking the $750,000,000 appropriation to aid
the railroads for his text, the president scolds
the republican members because they did not
accede to hist wishes with the same docility as
did the democrats. His partisan effort to shift
responsibility for the situation onto the minor
ity will hardly serve to exculpate the democrats.
They are at least guilty of contributory
negligence. It was under their manipulations
that the great mass of legislation was permitted
to accumulate in committees and on the calen
dar, to die simply because of the physical im
possibility of passing all the bills looked for in
five legislative days.
If Mr. Wilson finds it imperatively necessary
to leave his Washington office for his Paris
headquarters, such absence should not operate
to suspend the constitution of the United States,
which provides that in event of the inability of
the president to discharge the duties of his of
fice, the same shall devolve on the vice presi
dent. And Mr. Wilson has sworn to uphold
and defend this provision.
Last December it was agreed that the ab
sence from the country of the president pre
sented no insuperable obstacle to the contin
uance of congress in session. The vice presi
dent tremulously declined toassume the duties
laid on him by the constitution, and for two
months the government went on with its ex
ecutive head in Paris. Present exigencies might
justify a repetition of this experiment, but the
world would have a far better impression if the
champion of the constitutional league of na
tions were to show greater devotion to the con
stitution of his own country.
If the presence of the president is essential
to the proper conduct of congress, then the
failure of the democrats to carry out tKe pro
gram of their leader should rest with him. How
ever, it is a condition and not a theory that con
fronts us. Mr. Wilson may put off calling the
extra session at his convenience, but it is the
country that will suffer and the country that will
pay the bills. '
Other Nations and the League.
Ardent advocates of the League of Nations,
particularly those who profess excessive loy
alty to the president and avouch a willingness to
accept in advance any proposal he may make,
would have the world believe that the only
criticism of the draft of the constitution of the
league as presented in Paris is heard in this
country. Such have deliberately overlooked the
attitude of France and Italy, who are to be equal
partners with the United States, Great Britain
and Japan in control. And now Japan is added
to the list of objectors.
France and Italy have serious problems that
are not solved by the league as outlined. With
Germany outside the pale, and declining to come
in, France is confronted by the menace that has
clouded its borders for generations. Nothing
written can restrain the Germans from a sudden
swoop on Paris; only the presence of a sufficient
defense guarantees the safety of the French.
France, therefore, has reserved the right to
offer such amendments as may seem necessary
to secure the country from future invasion on
the east. . -
Italy's problem is not so imminent, but none
the less it is present, and calls fo'r similar treat
ment. 'The Adriatic question is acute, and no
inclination on part of either side to yield on the
point is noted. .Thus another of the proposed
ruling quintet holds aloof.
Japan' has a more formidable objection, thaj
of racial recognition and social discrimination.
Americans are deeply concerned in this, for it
touches on' the policy of Asiatic exclusion. The
apparent 'design of the Japanese to try their
case against the United States at Paris is so
plain as to need no further advertisement.
These facts should be taken into full account
when insisting that the draft of the constitution
be gulped down by the world.- Mr. Wilson ad-
mits it is tentative only and subject to amend
ment, and the prospects of its being greatly
altered in form at least are good. 1
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Arbor Day Memorial to Soldiers.
A suggestion from the Omaha Woman's
club, that trees be planted along the Lincoln
highway as a memorial to the soldier dead, is
worthy in all ways. "Nebraska certainly intends
to commemorate the services and the sacrifices
of its sbns 'who died in camp and field and
trench, and1 many plans are under consideration
all looking to the end that this sentiment find'
expression in permanent form. The planting of
a tree in the name of each soldier who lost his
life while in the rervice of his country will not
interfere with any other project, but wilf stimu
late the thought that is back of the movement.
Attention should be given to the matter by the
civic organizations of the state, for all can
afford to join with the women in this undertak
ing.' The Bee suggests that it be made a con
tinuing custom, to the end thai in me a broad
avenue across the state from east to west, bor
dered by stately trees, well kept and beautiful in
all its aspects, will stand a tribute from the peo
ple of the state to the boys whose names are
now the subjects of fresh sorrow.
Restoration of St. Sophia
Marquise de JFontenay In Washington Post
Lord Bryce has assumed the chairmanship
of a very influential committee just formed in
England for the purpose of bringing about the
restoration of the mosque of St. Sophia, at
Constantinople, to Christendom; of course, to
that denomination of Christendom to which it
formerly belonged in the days of the Byzan
tine empire, namely, the orthodox Greek rite.
The committee comprises several members
of the present government as well as Lord
Salisbury, Lord Selborne, Lord Crewe, Lord
Beauchamp, Lord Halifax, etc., with Sir Sam
uel Hoare, M. P., as treasurer. It proposes to
inaugurate a series of meetings, both in the
United Kingdom and abroad, especiallly in
America, with a view to spreading the move
ment and endowing it with irresistible force.
The accomplishment of its aims will be a
matter of some difficulty, owing to the very
large Mohammedan population subject to Brit
ish and French rule. England commands the
allegiance of about 130.000,000 Moslems, and
France has some 35,000,000. There is no doubt
that all these followers of the prophet would
view with resentment the substitution of the
cross for the crescent on the dome of St.
Sophia and the restoration to Christianity of a
former basilica which has been sacred to
Islam for the last five centuries or thereabout
Yet, if St. Sophia is to be preserved as one
of the most interesting memorials of the
Byzantine art of the sixth century ot the Lnns
tian era it was built by Justinian the Great on
the foundations of an earlier basilica erected
in 404 it ureentlv reauires an amount of re
pair, which cannot be with safety intrusted to
any Moslem engineers or- architects, while as
long as it remains a Mohammedan place of
worship it would be out of the question for
Christian architects to undertake the job. It is
a wonder that it should have lasted through
out of all these 14 centuries, the eight superb
porphyry columns in the four bays at the cor
ners of the nave being thousands of years old
hailing from the Temple of the Sun, at
Baalbek. An object of the greatest care until
the downfall of the Byzantine empire, the in
conceivable neglect of the Turks, who, unlike
their coreligionists elsewhere, are always de
structive instead of constructive, has reduced
the basilica to a shocking condition of rack and
ruin, calling for immediate and extensive re
pair if it is to be preserved from collapse.
The first thing that will have to be under
taken, when once Christian engineers and
architects get this wonderful monument in
hand, will be the radical cleansing thereof.
The accumulation of dirt and filth an accumu
lation of centuries is simply indescribable and
surpasses all belief, the only attempt at clean
sine by the Turks, if cleansing it could De
called, having been an occasional whitewashing
of the glorious and priceless Byzantine mosaics
and the vandalistic dingy colored plastering of
the exquisite marbles of the walls and their
beautiful carvings. y
When the work in question is undertaken
the architects and engineers engaged therein
will have the opportunity for the first time
since Constantinople fell into the hands of the
Turks, nearly half a century before the dis
covery of America by Christopher Columbus
to explore the vaults of the basilica and its
various secret recesses, above and below
ground, where most of the sacred vessels, re
liquaries and treasures of the church were con
cealed by its clergy during the siege of btam
boul. When the Turks seized St. Sophia, they are
said to "have gathered the idea that whatever
gold and jewels there were would be found
in that portion of the edifice devoted to the
immense collection of manuscripts and books.
In order to get these out of the way during
the fruitless search for treasure they were
tumbled pell mell into the vaults, where they
have remained, sealed up and untouched ever
since. The manuscripts alone are said to num
ber nearly 2,000,000.
Many vain endeavors have been made by
German, French, English and Italian students
and .archaeologists during the last 60 years to
obtain permission to explore the crypt and the
vaults of it. bophia. isut not even the sul
tans would dare to outrage the religious ore
judices of the Moslem clergy of the mosque
nor the fanaticism of the unruly softas those
students of Koranic lore, who have always
played a leading role in the massacres of
Christians at Constantinople by granting the
desired permits When once, however, Islam
is 'ousted from St. Sophia and Stamboul has
passed from the possession of the Turks, there
is no knowing what priceless treasures in the
way of jeweled Byzantine art and of docu
mentary contributions to history and to
Christian lore may be brought to light, for
Constantinople was at the time of the Turkish
conquest the greatest repository of ancient and
medieval literature m the world.
People You Ask About
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to Readers' Questions, Your
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Let The Bee Tell You.
Bogus War Heroes
A bill introduced in the House by Represen
tative Gould to punish wearers of bogus mili
tary decorations meets a need that is bound to
grow more manifest as demobilization pro
ceeds. It imposes a fine of SIO.UUO or imprison
ment for twenty years, or both, on any person
convicted of wearing without right to it a
Congressional Medal of Honor, a Distinguished
Conduct Medal, a Distinguished Service Cross
or any necoration awaraea Dy our associates m
These are stiff penalties, but some sort of
effective means mus be found for the protection
of American soldiers against the desecration of
their hard-won war medals by fakers and im
postors. For these they gave their health and
otten endured to become cripples or blind; in
tnany cases the decoration was won never to be
worn. If they are to signify anything to the
men who earned them with their gallantry or
to families to whom the cross or medal recalls
the supreme sacrifice of a son or brother, they
must De guarded from the counterfeiter.
There is no meaner kind of imposture than
that which steals the insignia of bravery. The
way to deal with the threatened cron of hocus
war heroes is to punish them to the limit
xsew i one world.
( Superintendent Beveridge proposes a swim
ming pool for the new High School of Com
merce, saying all the boys should learn to
swim. Why not add a bowling alley, a shooting
gallery and a few other modern conveniences to
soften the asperity of study? .The boy who has
not learned to swim by the time he reaches the
high school age seldom acquires that ac
complishment. ., . '
Carter 'Glass gets "carte blanche" on the
Victory loan, thanks to a democratic congress.
Wait till the taxpayers come to get returns on
this act of liberality, and then listen to the
Germany is to be required to struggle along
for the future- with an army of only 200,000, but
even that many will look big to the neighbors.
The Day We Celebrate.
W. H. Dorrance, undertaker, born 1880.
Thomas W. Blackburn, attorney, born 185S.
George H. Lee of the Lee Manufacturine
company, born 1866.
William H. Maxwell, former suoenntendent
of schools of New York City, born in Ireland,
67 years ago. t
George F. Slosson. veteran orofessional
billiard player, born at De Kalb, N. Y., 65
freddie Welsh, former holder of the light
weight pugilistic championship, born in Wales,
33 years ago.
(A slip of the pencil or the types added 10
uncelebrated birthdays to the record of Charles
R. Sherman of the Sherman & McConnell Drug
company on the 2d instant. Luckily, taking off
10 years is a simple operation, and leaves Mr.
Sherman, at 57, all the better for it.)
In Omaha 30 Years Ago.
Cartwright is leading in the six-day go-as-you-please
foot race out at the Coliseum.
The ministers of the city Y. M. C. A. or
ganization presented protests tc the council
against the advertised public presentation of
the "Passion Play."
At the Elks entertainment, the program in
cluded musical numbers by Mine. Muenterfer
ing, Miss Boulter, Lieutenant Kinzie, Jules
Lumbard and Prof. Butler.
F. A. Ober entertained a Y. M. C. A.
audience with a lecture on Mexico.
George P. Shelton, president of the Phoenix
Insurance company of Brooklyn, is the guest of
Lake Front Tou are quite cor
rect in assuming that William Hale
Thompson, mayor of Chicago, is the
one surviving "cowboy mayor" In the
publicity spotlight. Prospects "are
not encouraging for beating the rec
ord for continuity on the job held
by Omaha's farmer "Mayor Jim."
Thompson is finishing his first four
year term and is hustling for re
election. Born in Boston not quite 60
years ago, and educated in Chicago,
Thompson felt the lure of the plans
in his teens and plunged into the
cattle business for money and the
outdoor life. He made good in both.
A fortune inherited from his father
brought him back to Chicago, where
his experience on the roundup fitted
into the system of Chicago politics.
Bostonian Congressman James A.
Galllnan, representative of the
Twelfth. Massachusetts district, is
Boston born, a graduate of Har
vard, and the Joint product of the
Boston school of politics and the
local press. He is classed as an "elo
quent and energetic representative of
the Irish-American type of New
Englander, a very progressive demo
crat and a sharp critie of southern
democratic domination. Recently
the Boston congressman took up the
cudgels In defense of the National
Guards In the war and on several
occasions exposed what he termed
the Injustice perpetrated by the
"West Point clique" on commission
ed officers from civil life.
I The late Sir Wilfred Laurier, mas
ter spirit of modern Canada, was one
of the rare personages in public life
of whom it is said that never by
spoken word did he hurt the sensi
bilities of a political opponent. The
stinging retort was not for him. No
matter how fierce the attack or how
great the outflow of vituperation,
Laurier, if he chose to reply, employ
ed the keener weapons of scholarly
wit. Typical of his ready wit is one
Incident among the number. Sir
Wilfrid was lean of figure, a regular
"slim," and on this occasion turned
his slimness to account. A portly
opponent arose in parliament and
accused Sir Wilfrid of "fattening on
the toil and sweat of the people."
Laurier stood up in his place and
smilingly said: "I leave the house to
judge which of us two is the more
exposed to that charge."
One of the first of the secondary
personages to state his people's
claims to the peace conference, with
President Wilson as a prior conn
dant, was Sherif Feiseul, third son of
the emir or Mecca and a nneai de
scendant of Mohammed, who Jour
neyed to Paris to see that in the
reconstruction of the Ottoman em
pire the Just claims of the Arabs,
both in Arabia and Palestine are not
fpverlooked. The Arabian revolt
against lurKisn ruie mane jjusHime
the conquest of the Holy Land by
the allies, and their work insures
friendly consideration ror Aran
An extensive and varied career as
colonial viceroy, topped witn experi
ence as war minister, fits Viscount
Milner for the task of "subbing" for
Llovd George at the peace confer
ence during the absence of the pre
mier at parliament; Born in tier
many of an English father and Ger
man mother, educated in Germany,
and Imbued with German Ideas, he
is the most loyal of Britishers and
an imperialist. In the Boer war
days he was governor of Cape Colony
and later with Kitchener reorganiz
ed the government and finances of
SIGNPOSTS OF PROGRESS
(PeggT and Hilly Belgium find them
selves among atrangs sprites, some of
whom are agreeable and some of whom
sre mean. The mean sprites ,ttaclt
ciLvrTKR nr. '
Billy Jjcarns Funland Secrets.
BILLY braced himself to meet
the attack of the nwan
sprites. Joker, Mocker and Wit
doubled up their fists and struck at
him fiercely. But after their first
blows Billy began to laugh. Their
desperate punches had no more
weight than whiffs of smoke. They
didn't hurt a bit.
"Ha, ha, ha!" laughed Billy. "Ha,
ha, ha!" laughed Peggy and all the
In a rage the mean sprites tried a
new form of attack. They crowded
close around Billy and covered his
Tobacco growing has been devel
oped to a large extent in Denmark
during the war.
In 55 factories along the coast of
Maine there are being packed ap
proximately 22,000,000 cans of sar
dines, worth about $10,000,000.
From 60 to 75 per cent of the cars
In Uruguay today are of American
make. It is believed that both
American cars and films tire here to
A distinctive war time develop
ment in English industry has been
the establishment of women police
forces in factories where women are
The total value of the mineral
production in Canada during 1918
was probably not less than $220,
000,000. The total value in 1917
The United States Industries use
practcially 6,000,000 pounds of
bronze powder annually and 35 per
cent of the total consumption was
formerly imported from Germany,
but is now made in America.
The parliament of Alberta. Can
ada, at its recent session enacted a
new law on the subject of work
men's compensation, which nuper-
aedes the act of 19 OS and consider-,
ably enlarges the scope and liberality
of the provisions made for industrial
There are at present more than
SO lead pencil factories in Tokio
alone, and monthly exports reach
fi.uuu.uuu gross. The tfranhite is
found in Japan, but is not of good
quality. Before the war Japan made
only 400,000 gross a year, and Ger
many neia almost all the trade.
During January the oil fields com
pleted 1573 wells with a new produc
tion of 148,167 barrels, according to
the Oil City Derrick's monthly field
report. While there was a loss of
45S in completions, as compared
with the December figures, the fresh
oil obtained shows the handsome in
creased 33,227 barrels. The increase
In new production was furnished by
Oklahoma, North Texas and Louisi
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Sit- tfA V
He went howling up the street, try
ing to catch half his head.
mouth with their hands. Now Billy
quit laughing in a hurry, for he
found that he couldn't breathe. The
misty hands of the sprites were like
heavy smoke they smothered him.
But suddenly Billy blew out with
all his might. Whiff! Off went
Mocker's hand and he Jumped to
catch it and fasten It back on his
arm. Peggy, seeing this, ran up
and blew at Joker, and she blew so
hard she blew a big hole In Joker's
stomach. He Jumped away with a
howl and began to. patch himself up.
Peggy blew at Wit and he went,
bawling up the street trying to
catch half of his head that had
been blown off. It was plain that
Billy and Peggy had hit upon an
other of the weak points of the
mean sprites the first being their
tendency to get - fussed when
Hilly ran at Joker, bldwlng hard
and Jkor took to his legs. In a
moment all the mean sprites were
running away as fast as they could.
The agreeable sprites crowded
joyfully mound Billy and Peggy.
"Hurrah"' they cried. "This gallant
knight and fair lady have beaten
the pests of Funland!"
Now Peggy asked a question she
had been wanting to ask ever since
she had noticed the sad look on the
faces of the agreeable sprites: "If
this is Funland why are you so se
rious?" "Because those Good-Time-Spoilers
have upset our happy, care-free
realm with their mischievous
pranks, turning Funland into
Meanlund," chorused the sprites,
and because they have carried their
harmful joking bo far as to kidnap
King Full and hide him away."
"(inch, oh, oh!" suddenly shrjek
ed Tickle, dancing around on one
foot and holding up the other.
"What's the matter?" cried Billy.
"I stepped on a burning cigar
stuTx It hurts," moaned Tickle.
"Does Are hurt you sprites?" ask
ed Hilly in surprise.
"Heat Just drives us wild," an
"Ah, ha!" exclaimed Billy ex
citedly, forgetting Tickle's burned
foot. "That makes three ways of
punishing the mean sprites they
are afraid of ridicule, afraid of hav
ing holes blown In them, and afraid
"And they are afraid of Sense, the
Funland policeman," added Humor.
"He is a terror when he catches
them doing harm."
"Four ways!" shouted Billy.
"That's enough for a plan to force
them to free King Fun and promise
to be good." Billy's eyes glanced up
and down the street as he thought
hard. They chanced to rest on a
tar heater which workmen had left
there after doing a repair Job.
"We will get them In that tar pot,
then we can make them do any
thing we want them to," he mused.
"There they are now," exclaimed
Peggy. "See, .they are planning a
joke on Mammy Chloe, our
A short distance away the mean
sprites were gathering around an old
negro, mammy who was carrying a
basket of clean laundry balanced on
"It will be their last Joke In some
time," declared Billy, "if my plan
works we will give them a roasting
they will never forget. Come on,
( (In tha next chapter will be tola how
amy Elves tne mean aprltea a big; acare.)
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'The Bee in the Camns.
Camp Humphrey, Va., Feb. 28.
To the Editor of The Bee: Just a
line to congratulate you on your
iiuuii aypi ec-utieu paper, as a rorm
er Omahan, and again will be one
after disehartrerl T
copy of your daily paper every day
uiruugn a irienci or mine and I want
to tell you it is the most welcome
and appreciated paper around the
barracks. Several Nebraska boys are
here with me and every one wants
to read your paper in succession.
We expect to be at home in a few
weeks, and I take this opportunity to
thank you in the name, of all.
FRANK B. VAIRO,
Hqt. Co. .210, Engineers.
Wilson and the League.
Seward, Neb., Feb. 28. To " the
Editor of The Bee: Since the big
talk at the White House luncheon it
i disclosed that Mr. Wilson inform
ed the committee that the league of
nations would not prevent war, and
thats its prerogatives and powers
were in violation of the constitution
and that our soverignty would be
impaired, which means that we
would lose our independence, what
further reasoning do we desire for
turning the proposition to the wall?
A , government with its authority
crippled is siirmlv no Erovernmpnl- T
understand that England permits
me people or India to think that
they have a part in English control.
Do the people of the United States
wish to put themselves in a posi
tion that they cannot act as a na
tion without first having the consent
of three monarchies. England, Jap
an and Italv. Wfi were fichtlno- ,
supposed to be, for the purpose of
esiaonsning rree government and
not to perpetuate monarchy. The
people of the United Ktnt .in
hardly desire the. supreme authority
wnicn controls tnem or suggests for
them to reside in Ri
cideri by Europeans and Asiatics. If
Mr. Wilson desires to live in Europe
no one has any objection. But the
people of the United States will ob
ject to maintaining court tnere tor
him. We would like to have him
have a home in the Murat castle,
and enjoy the court flatterers and
God knows he does, but not at the
expense of the people of the United
States. We do not want the consti
tution destroyed or weakened and
have not any too much respect for
men who attempt it. The trouble
is that Mr. Wilson is obsessed with
the idea that Louis XIV had: "t am
the state." We rather that Wilson
would be humiliated than the
United States lose a part of its
soverignty and independence. I am
rather of the opinion that he should
suffer humiliation for his presum
ing upon this vital question without
consulting congress and the people.
AVe would have an international
court presided over by a notea jurist
who could also reside abroad.
F. L. PUTNEY.
The comes with April
And loves to tmong the
Draw from ana to two and eo on to tha
WTashington Post: One big com
fort is that when the United States
is internationalized the prohibition
amendment will go overboard with
the rest. Hurry up with that league!
St. Louis Globe-Democrat: Col.
George Harvey, who calls them "the
14 commandments," must yield the
palm to Chancellor Day of Syracuse,
who dubs them "the 14 international
Philadelphia Ledger: Let Ameri
cans imagine one-fourth of the
United States devastated and the
robber holding his plunder Just over
the border, and then , they will un
derstand why France seems to be
impatient for an early settlement.
Brooklyn. Eagle: The ex-kaiser
is quoted as saying: "There are still
good patriots in Germany who will
not allow her to become bankrupt.
How those good patriots will have
to'hustle to make money in the next
50 years! The suggestion is worthy
of the wit ot Amerongen.
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