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The Bee's Platform
1. Nw UnioPinger Station.
2. Continued Improvement of th Ne
braska Highway, including th fcaya
mnt of Main Thoroughfare leading
into Omaha with a Brick Surface.
3. A ahort, low-rate Waterway from the
Corn Belt to tho Atlantic Ocean.
4. Homo Rule Charter for Omaha, with
City Manager form of Government.
If We Are to Have Building. -
One thing has been made very certain. Ye
can not have a revival of building on a basis of
Another, thing is that many buildings of va
rious kinds, particularly homes, are needed to
relieve an actual distress.
A third factor is that little progress will be
made in the way of reaching a settlement by
passing the buck.
construction of a building are material prices
and labor prices. If material remains high and
wages are kept at the war peak, then build'ng
will languish, for prospective home owners dan
not afford the present charges.
A big convention of material men, just ad
journed at Omaha, calls on building workers to
accept a reduction in wages; the labor unions
in turn, retort that the material men should take
a further slice off the prices they quote. This
does not help the public, although it may be
preliminary to the settlement. At a recent con
ference of men' who are interested in the indus
try, seeking a solution for the general problem,
one referred to his especial line with the, state
ment that prices now are far below the 'peak,
when another spoke up, "Yes, but look at what
you were getting!" The Matterhorns and Mount
Everests that were thrust up above the genera'
level of war prices should be brought down
without delay, and the general lowering of that
level should proceed evenly to the end that no
unfair contribution is exacted from any.
Money in plenty awaits employment in build
ing. Costs present the only deterrent. Sufficient
information is at hand to warrant a belief that
a return to a reasonable basis is possible if some
cool counsel prevails. It is not expected that
prewar figures be adopted, or that any immod
erate losses be accepted by any. Replacement
cost has been urged in other industries as the
control of selling price; war profits no longer
are possible, and it may happen that all the gain
of the wartimes will not be retained. Certainly
all the benefit of the uplift can not rightfully be
enjoyed by one group; it must be spread out, so
that all may have a share in the increase of
Labor unions have announced conferences for
the purpose of coming to an understanding with
regard to wages; this is a wise plan, and is
recommended to the dealers in building material,
to the end that concessions, if any, be granted
under conditions that will promote the best in
terests of all and not provide for the benefit
of a few.
If we are to have a revival of building in
dustry during the season now at hand, and such
is devoutly hoped for, those who hive the burden
of responsibility for it thrust upon them by
reason of their position should meet the situa
tion promptly, prudently and without selfishness.
A Good Year for the Banks.
Facts are not always disagreeable things, and
t,. norenn wVin insist, mi tellinsr us the truth is
sometimes the bearer of good news. In such
role comes the comptroller of the currency with
his encouraging report on the economic and in
dustrial situation. One person out of every five
in the United States has a deposit account in
the national banks, according to the comptroller's
figures. Add to this total of 20,520,177 persons
those others with deposits in other institutions,
and some idea of the solid foundation tor pros-
The banking power of the country, repre
sented by capital, surplus, deposits and circulat
ing notes amounts to $50,981,900,000. This is
twice enough to pay off the national debt. In-
1 J ! . tL. nrn aF nafinna 1 taf and federal
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: reserve banks, it constitutes the financial strength
f it.. ,:n mA inrroasprl mnr( than $5,000,-
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000,000 last year. Thirty years ago the banking
power of the country was estimated at only one
tenth of the present figure.
The past year was a good one for the banks,
bringing 2,279,877 new depositors and earnings
$41,000,000 greater than in any previous year.
These earnings of $282,083,000 represent 23.09
per cent on their capital and surplus.
With these figures before him, the comp
troller expresses the opinion that we are near
solid bottom and that once conditions in Europe
become more settled and the prices of steel and
coal are adjusted at normal levels, "our country,
resting on a solid foundation, will be prepared
to enter upon a new and, let us hope, long-enduring
era of prosperity and healthy progress."
This conclusion, reached in such careful and sta
tistical way, is one on which the public may rely
and it should serve to send gloom and forebod
ing into exile. , . '
"Public Use for Army Trucks.
Some of the surplus army trucks were given
last year to state highway departments, which
turned them over to counties for road building
purposes. For the work of repairing, grading,
graveling and otherwise improving the roads,
these were found to be extremely acceptable.
" There are more of these trucks, and many trac
tors as well, left in the possession of the War
department. They are not being used, and Con
gressman Reavis is pushing a bill to hand them
oyer to the states.
It is difficult' to' understand why the army
bill as it stands should provide for selling this
equipment to the general public 'The low :e
turn the government receives from such sales,
where the supplies inevitably fall into the hands
of speculators, to the actual disadvantage of the
public, is notorious. Mr. Reavis is right in pro
testing this arrangement, and his plan for keep
ing them in the public service is much less waste
ful and expensive than any sale would be.
Edison Offers Some Solutions.
Thomas Alva Edison observed his 74th birth
day by submitting to an inevitable repcrtorial
inquisition, in the course of which he emitted a
few noteworthy suggestions. Announcing that
he did not intend to resign until he saw the
doctor coming with the oxygen cylinder, and
predicting that Henry Ford's synthetic milk
would yet supplant the cow, the great inventor
indulged in some suggestions for solving at least
the outstanding puzzles.of present .day society.
He would rearrange and put on a business basis
the stupid and bureaucratic form of government
at Washington. Leave the business men to work
out their own salvation without so much intea
In this Mr. Edison has sounded a note that
will echo through many a mind. One of the
greatest contributing causes for the present
muddle Is the readiness of the .federal govern
ment to thrust in where it might better have"
left the settlement to the operation of natural
laws. How long it will take the country to
recover from the paternalism of the last eight
years can not be said, but it is the fondest hope
of all that the start will be made when Harding
Edison has another proposal worth examin
ing. Soap boxes and orators should be pro
vided to combat bolshevism, just as they are
used to foment ihe disease. This The Bee has
pointed out several times. Until argument is
met with argument, persuasion with persuasion,
the radical can not be coped with. Force is not
the remedy, nor can the agitator be ignored.
Only" when the propaganda of order is spread
as effectively and as persistently? will the "red"
element be brought under. And only when the
square deal is finally the rule for all will that
element be kept under. . Edison begins his 75th
year with a sound social policy, at least.
The women are indeed bringing a new spirit
into politics. Here is the League of Women
Voters actually investigating milk price condi
tions in Omaha. This is enough to make the
old-time machine politician snort with scorn and
inquire whether or not the ladies intend to call
milkman will be. What has politics to do with
an elirtion and cast ballots to decide who their
milk prices, will be asked, and wouldn't it be
more practical if the women voters wouia turn
thoir attention to eettinsr some of their number
appointed to office and play the game in the tra
If it were not that the sisters and mothers
and wiyes of our city composed this league, the
cry of socialism or holshevism could be raised,
and such activities would end there. It is pre
sumed that the ladies suspect that milk is too
vnnsiv. Their investiKation will, no doubt,
search out the answer to their why. Is it the
farmer or the distributer who gets the largest
share of ths profits? Is there inefficiency or
unnecessary expense in handling the milk, and
what is the duty of the public m the matter r
To these queries the women's league will ba
able to obtain definite answers. After that, no
one knows what it will do, but the men can be
assured that all efforts to convince this organ
ization that things affecting living conditions
are not fit subjects for public interest and in
vestigation will fall on heedless ears.
Two Little Bands of Gold.
It might have been expected that as women
began to feel their independence they would
shed their Wedding rings as being tokens of sub
jection, but indeed, things have turned out quite
otherwise. Instead, husbands as well as wives
are now wearing them.
Undoubtedly this plain band of gold is a tale
bearer, giving warning that the person wearing
it already has a lesser or a better half at home.
Many complications, and many adventures, too,
have been nipped by a casual glimpse at the ring
finger. It must be said that women as a class
have been rather proud than otherwise of this
emblem, although there are superstitions such
as one might suspect husbands of originating
concerning the bad luck that would follow its
removal. It even has occurred that a wife whose
ring "was removed from her finger by. her chil
dren while she was asleep insisted on being
married all over again in order to right matters.
But it is as a matter of fair play that so many
young women are insisting on the groom pur
chasing a band for himself at the same time he
gets one for his bride. , Jewelry clerks in the east
tell of more than one girl who comes with her
finanm in the store and buys the ring herself
Between giving up the girl and giving in to the
new custom the choice seems easy, and thus is
passing one of the advantages man has had over
woman, that ability to be flirtatious though
Britain Escapes One Peril.
When the people speak, these days, it is to
give a message of confidence to those who fear
the fabric of civilization is weakening. The ver
dict of the citizens of the United States, ren
dered last November, was an answer and a
rebuke to those forces seeking to discard the
established order of the world. Like an echo
now conies the result of the South African
election, where secession from the British
empire was the issue. The party of General
J. B. M. Hertzog, with the slogan of independ
ence and "Afrika for the Afrikander," went
down to defeat and General Smuts, one of the
greatest of the world's statesmen, was upheld
The day may come when self-determination
will make an independent nation of the African
union, but in the present disturbed condition
clearly the people there have judged wisely in
holding to the British empire. With India, Ire
land and Egypt disaffected, defeat for Smuts in
South Africa might have been a fatal blow.
As an example of mixed thinking consider
the man who believes fortune telling should be
abolished by law, but that if people want to
drink it is wrong to forbid them the heaven-sent
' Is Captain Boy-Ed, in marrying an American
girl in -Berlin, out to revenge himself, or did he
learn something about America during the 'war
that we did not suspect? '
Isn't it about time for the united housewives
to issue a proclamation for a wipe-your-fcet-before-you-come-in-the-house
A Line 0' Type or Two
Hw to th Lin, let the quip tall whr thy may
THK POWER OF MUSIC.
Or Throw Away Your Hammer and Get a
, Oh. the Gentleman from Kentucky
Has the next cell to the Baron's;
He too belongs to the musical German depart
So he has another mandolin;
Sing the ripplinjr. trippllng,
Night sits in the Campus Club,
And the Gentleman from Kentucky
Is pUnklng "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny,
And he's getting my goat
O, my sentimental,
The Kentucky gentleman's Virginian melody
Carries me back to Indiana,
To the cottage on the summer sands
Where the night breeze sighs through the singing
screens and the wistful waves moan all
night long on the moonlit shore;
Sing the rippling, rippling.
Tar from Jlississippling sho-ho-hoore! -KIQUAIUUS.
LET us not forget an earlier Dawes, who,,
we read, "was the first to start out into the
night to give the cry of warning, and was well
on his patriotic errand before Revere com
menced his noted ride." Apparently Long
fellow should have begun:
"Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride ol Paul Revere.
I am singing of Paul Revere because
It jingles better than William Dawes.
Well Worth the Trip.
Honolulu, Jan. 21. I have found it! After
crossing 8,000 miles of land and 2,000 miles of
ocean, I have discovered the thing for which 1
was led to Honolulu. It is a sign in one of the
Japanese suburbs. It reads "Plumbing As
Soldiering." Please don't say that you have
had.it. J- u- H-
WHILE Huneker wrote well on many sub
jects, we found his books on music to be most
worth while. His "Mezzotints" was top-notch
in music criticism. The judgments he pronounced
20 years ago need hardly any revising today.
We never saw Huneker but once, when we were
hurriedly introduced in a Kneisel concert crush,
yet we always felt that we knew him well.
TRIBULATIONS OF THE FOURTH ESTATE.
(From the Traynor, la., Record.)
No. this page does not look Just like it did
'when we first put it on the press. We had a
nice lot of local news, an obituary, some paid
want ads and a few other matters of impor
tance all nicely tucked away on this page and
had put the form on the press and had run a
' couple of papers through when we discovered
we forgot to lock the forms on. The first page
rolled off on the floor, up-side down and we
had to pick it up in a pail.
APPARENTLY the only chance for disarm
ament is an agreement by all the nations to
chuck their bludgeons at high noon on a certain
Monday, the performance to be signalled by a
button pressed in London or Paris.
THE THOUSAND AND ONE AFTERNOONS.
And so it befell that on the ever to be remem
bered day when this tale begins, the excellent
Wezeer, chief of the executive staff of the house
of Houssain & Company, Ltd., was prey to a
profound despair. Three years had aged undu.y
this most faithful of servitors, who had watched
- j. , .a n,Annn.,nViai,a nQQEt nt mnrnine into
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the private office of the merchant prince ana
pass out again at evening, never w ioiuh..
of these were skilled and industrious, and Wezeer
had prayed that Houssain would relent, but the
merchant held resolutely to his vow, that each
morning "he should take a new secretary and
each evening send her forth. And now was the
excellent Wezeer at the end of his wits. No
more stenographers were to be had. Employ
ment agencies, business colleges, the advertising
columns of the dally journals, all these sources
- . UVianfla fond hffn nPT-
QI supply wero uimo. a
suaded to lend their damsels for the day, and
even this well or aid was ary. wezeer
deeply when he discharged the latest incumbent,
and when she had departed, weeping and pro
testing, he sat in the deserted office, wondering
whence he should evoke her wretched successor.
The door opened, and a damsel beautiful as
the full moon appeared. 'Where,' said the ap
parition, 'may I find the office manager?
'Heaven be praised, you have found him!
Wezeer made answer, and hope flickered up in
his br&ast. 'Well,' responded the damsel. I
have been flitting through this building all the
afternoon, looking for a job. Dost need an ex
pert stenog?' Wezeer concealed his great Joy.
and inquired of the damsel what experience had
been hers. 'As wide, said she, 'as the business
world; law offices, wholesale, retail, manufac
turing, and the rest of it I can look after
routine correspondence without a peep of dicta
tion. I invented the filing system. I have hand
illumined references as to my ability and in
fallibility. I can ' 'Can you report for duty at
eight-thirty tomorrow morning? That is the im
portant thing.' 'What, pray, is the weekly
insult?' 'It is daily, $10. Your name? 'My
name.' said the damsel, 'is Sadie Perkins." It
is well!' said the excellent Wezeer. And when
the damsel had departed he closed the offices
and went to his home with. the lightest heart
that he had borne in many, many moons.
MILD weather has deceived the hens, which
are doing their spring laying; but we need not
worry about them. What concerns us is the
activity of the lilacs. A zero snap would mean
few lilac blooms.
Sir: Accustomed, as I am, to confining my
perusal of the political opinions of the W. G. N.
to the Colyum, I am anxious to know if you at
tach any significance to the fact that our president-elect
has so often been stuck in the mud
during his holiday in Florida? L. R.
HER publishers having announced that Ellen
Glasgow has "gone into leather," Keith Preston
explains that going into leather is "like receiving
the accolade, taking the veil, or joining the
American Academy of Arts and Letters." And
we suppose that when one goes into ooze leather,
or is padded, one may be said to be fini.
THE WALK OF EVANSTON.
I love the walks of Evanston,
By mansion house or hovel;
Where students ply in schools,
And never know a shovel.
I love to slither in the rain,
Or slop with him who sloshes
Along the walks of Evanston
In rubbers or galoshes. .
Te winsome walks of Evanston,
Where students plyin schools,
. And profs go slumping in thb mire
Or plumping into pools!
, I think of you the moisture starts,
My hose begin to run.
I Viever .look on you dry shod, .
Dear walks of Evanston!
"GEORGE W. HILL Named Chief of Creek
For chief of the Salt Creek nation M. W. N.
N. Hon. W. J. Bryan?
IF the Russians are really planning a spring
offensive, arrangements should be made to lend
them another billion dollars.
' VON HIN says the French are hankering for
the Ruhr region, but that may 'be only a Ruhr
back. Jje Pauvre Petit!
(From the, Valparaiso, Ind., Vidette.)
Mr. and Mrs. Lane Young, residing east of
the city, report the arrival of a son in their
home. The little one was named Junior
"Any news?" we inquired of the Gentleman
at the Adjacent Desk. "Not since Nov. 11,
1918," said he.
B. L. T.
Natural Water Tank.
In Central Africa the gigantic bobab tree,
whose trunk sometimes attains a diameter of
40 feet, often serves as a natural cistern, retain
ing rainwater in large quantities in a cavity
formed at the top of the broad trunk. Taking
the hint thus afforded by nature, the Arabs ar
tificially hollow out the trunks of large boababs
and fill them during the prevalence of rains, as
a provision agains the dry seasons. These cis
terns are in some cases 20 feet in height and 8
or 10 feet in diameter. The water is used both
Cn rffinL-itirr anil fnr irritra t in tr tllplnn natcheS.
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How to Keep
By OR. W. A. EVANS
Cuaation conccrnlnf hyfien, sanitation and prevention ef diatas, aubmittrd
to Dr. Evan by reader of Th B, will b anawered peraonally, aubject to
proper" limitation, where atamped addreaaad envelop i cncloaed. Dr Evan
will not make dlafnoai or preacrib for individual diaeaaea. Addrata Utter
ia care of Tb Be.
Copyright. 1921, by Dr. W. A. Evan
SELF-TREATMENT FOR "T. B."
"I note your letter in How to
Keep Well," F. W. II. writes to J.
A. "I wish to tell you what I did
when I was told by doctors I had
tuberculosis of the lungs. First of
of all a doctor told me to take a
patent medicine bought in a drug
store. I left homo in Iowa and
traveled south to Galveston. I
made it a point to move and ex
ercise and eat as often as I could.
I think the main thing is to eat
and build up. I left Iowa with $50
and returned with $40 and health. I
repaired sewing machines in each
town and made expenses.
"I never slept in a house for
more than one and one-half years.
You can go into Texas and get a
Job on almost any ranch. If you are
able to work a little, herd sheep or
simple, nutritious foods? There
la no known ailment other than a
little rheumatism and a tendency to
constipation. He is of the very thin,
quick, active type. Should he take
up a light diet for no reason other
than 'It is good for him?"'
A man 90 years old should not
diet. lie should ea't oh much as
his appetite calls for. Ills experl
enco teaches him what foods are
wholesome for him. He needs quite
as much sugar and sweets generally
as his digestion will stand. There
is no danger of obesity in a man of
that age, but there is danger of be
coming too thin. Therefore, he
should eat pjenty of bread and po
tatoes. He needs comparatively
Tlu-rc's Viicciiie for It.
J. T. F. writes: "Is there any
specific for whooping cough? If not,
how is it best treated?"
There is a whooping cough vac
cine issued by a few health depart
ments. Used properly it is service
able. Benzyl benzoate is effoctive
in controlling tho spasmodic cough
ing. Have Ears Trontod.
B. writes: "For four or five weeks
I have had a buzzing in my left
ear. It commences as a sort1 of
ticking, then faster for a few sec
onds, then stops, commences again,
and so on. While it has no 111 ef
fects It is rather annoying. Can
anything bt done to stop it?"
cattle, for board and room.
"After leaving Galveston I went
to Pecos City, Tex:; Roswell, N. M.,
and Globe, Ariz. I stayed in places
for a time and if I did not gain in
weight (I weighed every day and
made notes) I moved.
"I am sorry I cannot offer you
anything out here, but If you will
write that you would like an out
door life, like herding sheep, I will
put an ad in the paper here and
see if I cannot get you a place.
Buck up, walk and eat or work, if
In reply, ' we cannot supply your
address to' J. A. nor his address to
you as all addresses .are eliminated
before letters are sent to the com
Your plan is a good one for some
people. I had an uncle who cured
himself by following practically the
same plan. A Chicago doctor cured
himself by rambling from old Mex
ico to Montana. But the plan is
wholly unsuited to the majority of
consumptives. Dr. D. A. Stewart of
Manitoba says the man who suc
cessfully treats consumption is the
man who knows which of his pati
ents can work and how much each
can do and has them do It.
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quent urination? It seems to bother
Let Hint Gnaw Bones.
Mrs. M. S. writes: "My baby,
15 1-2 months old, is large and
healthy, weighs 27 pounds, has 13
teeth, but does not walk, and stands
only with assistance and reluctance.
"1. Should I have a baby specialist
examine him to see if there is some
cause that keeps him from walking?
He moves about the house rapidly
by sitting down and using arms
and legs to help him limp along, but
never has crejt nor wanted to stand.
"2. His diet is nine ounces of milk
at 6 a. m., a dish of oatmeal or
other cereal at 10, with a piece of
toast and a piece of raw apple;
vegetable soup or meat and baked
potato and milk at 2; a dish of
farina, rice or tapioca at 6, with
milk If he wants it. He also gets
orange juice. Is this diet satis
factory? I prepare vegetables for
him every day, but he cannot be
induced to eat them except in soup.
He will not eat eggs.
"3. Will, apples, oranges, and to
mato 1ulce'or other fruit juices' with
It may be
If legislation could only help busi
ness as easily as it can hurt busi
ness, how well business could get
along. Milwaukee Sentinel.
' Inconsiderate Hen.
"Consider the hen," says the New
York Herald. But has the hen con
sidered us? Providence Journal.
SAID TO BE FUNNY.
"Talk is chesp," isnarled the attorney
when the Judge hail criticised his method
of cross-examining. .,, ..
"I fine you 50 for contempt of court,
replied his honor. "What do you think
of the price of talk now?" Boston
Mrs. Morgan And so your boy has been
tnken off to a reformatory, Mrs. Jameson.
What a shame!
Mrs. Jameson Tes. isn't It?. And
him such a gno.l boy, too. Always
brought everything home to bis mother!
She One more question.
He Tes. dear, I am listening.
ghe Will you love me when I'm old?
He Well-er, this is a practical ago,
you know, dear. At any rate, I'll sea
that you get adequate alimony. Boston
"Did you hear what that young woman
"No. What was It?"
"She told the youn? fellow with her
that she 'Just loved to cook.' "
"Ah! An old-fashioned girl. She s
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vegetable soup make up for other
vegetables that he win noi eai;
2. Yes. ' Keep up the vegetable
soup. Give him meat bones to gnaw
He should Not Diet.
B. writes: "What is a suitable
diet for a man past 90 who has lived
an active outdoor life (is still very
active) and has eaten heartily,
though not heavily, of varied diet of
WE offer the following used cars, which are in splendid condition,
at prices that are not approached by any you have ever seen.
The price depreciation on all these cars has been more than taken
but the "goody" still remains.
Buy your used car from a responsible house. Our used car dealings
are on the same basis of policy as our new cars. We have one policy
Chevrolet F-B 1920 Touring - - $800
Because he bought a new Oldsmobile "Four" Some
Oldsmobile Six 1920 Touring - - , , $850
He owned one Oldsmobile and bought another. He was
satisfied with Oldsmobile goodness and policy.
Overland Four 1920 Touring . - - $700
He liked an Oldsmobile six roadster and just had to
have one. .
Buick 1919 Touring, Winter Top - $900
He bought an Oldsmobile Coupe. A great value for
$2345 in Omaha.
Overland Roadster . - $450
He likewise bought one of the new Oldsmobile "fours"
for $1590 in Omaha.
Many others at prices that are really attractive. Come and see them.
v OPEN EVENINGS AND ALL DAY SUNDAY.
2559 Farnam St.
Much to Complain About:
Omaha, Feb. 11. To the Editor
of Tho Bee: I would like to say a
few words in reguard to our milk
and bread trusts. Both need the
big Btick nppllcd to them as never
before. The bakers have promised
us a reduction as soon as the fjour
was used up that they had bought
previous to tho drop in prices, but
wo are led to believe they have
bought the whole crop of 1820. The
dairy companies are according to
good evidence, paying the farmers
-the producers 13 1-4 cents per
quart for milk; they, too, have
promised a. reduction to retail cus
tomers who are paying 16 cents per
o.uart, but their promises are like the
old woman who one day had a
carriage load of visitors drive up to
her door: she ran out to welcome
them called John the hired man to
take their horso to the bnrn, stuff
his manger full of hay and give him
a good feed but she staid long
enough to whisper in John's ear,
"When you bring him out to hitch
up, rub a little meal on his nose."
These promises are a deception pure
and simple, Unlike the horse, we
know and feel. We are being im
posed upon and ought to resent It,
even if we should resort to a Doy
cott, the only weapon that is left
to the ultimate consumer.
The three most necessary articles
In winter are coal, bread and milk,
especially where there are little chil
dren. All three of these are in the
claws of this great octopus, and still
we have a law on our statute books
to grapple with these conditions as
we find them, and no one to enforce,
or no one does, these laws that
were made to protect the peopln
from the jaws of soulless corpora
tions. That seems to abound from
the peanut to what they call big bus
iness, who, as they say, eliminates
ruinous competition. But, how
about the ultimate consumer, who
has to pay a price that is set re
gardless of supply and demand?
When commodities are scarce the
people' are loath to complain of
high prices. On the other hand,
when they see and know that they
are being held up they know the or
ganizations are no better morally
speaking than the common high
way robber. In yesterday's Bee there
was an account of a man testifying
before the senate committee prob
ing the coal trust. He stated he was
put out of business because he
would not comply with their de
mands, and raise the price of coal
to his customers. Think of it. What
is our once glorious country coming
to? Is it any wonder that crime
and dissatisfaction are shaking the
very foundation of our common
country? If the incoming admin
istration does not get busy and
right the wrongs the people have
now and are groaning under, I
fear it will lead to more than grum
bling. "Righteousness exalteth a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people."
Who can throw the first stone?
Life, liberty and the pursuit of hap
piness are buried under an ava
lanche of trusts and combines, and
yet there is some who say "let the
people rule." But do they?
S. C. MALIN,
4527 S. 23d street.
Sizing tip Europe.
Omaha, Feb. 10. To the Editor
of The Bee: The editorial of The
Bee February 9 should open the
eyes of its readers. "International
War Debts" and "Where Russia
Looms Large" are the two articles
that will keep the American people
interested in the future, as Europe is
facing another crisis, the eastern
question concerning the Bagdad rail
way may cause France and England
to clash. Now, will poor France
commit the same blunder that she
aia wti.n aVia siirtnortpd General
an even chance
vour ears will
trouble is not of
alter aoing nam muus.
I am perfectly healthy.
Thi avmntnm mav mean diabetes.
due to nervousness or to
your pituitary ooay.
.atniii ...... -
Wrangel against the soviet
of Used Cars
J. R. O'NEAL, Gen. Mgr.
ment? Millerand. the president ol
France, and Briand, its premier, tut
tho shrewdest politicians of France,
but their statesmanship is lacking
very much. Diplomatic intrigue in
their game and they will play it
until the French people wako up.
The accident suffered by Paul
Deschunel, former president of
France, remains a mystery, but no
doubt that mystery will be solved
some day. Deschanel was opposed
by the clericals and the Millerand
and Briand forces. Deschanel H
one of tho foremost statesmen of
France; his honesty and patriotism
are beyond reproach. Vengeance
and hatred had no place in his
heart; he stood for an European
peace, by demanding a reasonable
indemnity from Germany. France
today faces a peculiar condition; for
the political ambition of Millerand
and Briand may create another
As it is stated in the editorial pago
of The Bee February 9, "Sir Philip
Gibbs. an expert British correspond
ent, before the house navtil affairs
committee, gives logical reason for
paying some attention to Russia, by
meeting unreason with reason."
Recognition of the soviet govern
ment may save us from the yellow
peril, and it is where Mr. Wilson
would have us to become the vic
tims of this peril, through tho
League of Nations. But the lrrocon
eillables, led by Hiram Johnson of
California, saved us from an en
tangling alliance with the diplomatic
Intriguers of the European powers.
Let the American eagle keep its
vigilant eyes upon the eastern ques
tion, as the European political bub
ble may again explode in the future.
May the new administration make
peace with Germany, and open
commercial relation with soviet
Russia. Business demands it as well
as labor. JESSE MARTEL.
3668 Davenport Street.
Governor Cox has plans for re
viving the democratic party. A
preliminary joint debate with
Pnlnnal Tlruan fifi trt VinW it ill tO he
don mieht Rimrjlifv nroceedlngs for
the future. vvasnington star.
Emphasis on the "Must."
There was no other possibility;
r.pmianv must disarm, and Ger
many must pay the reparation due
from ner. rne empnasis on me
"must" is backed by the sentiment
of the world. Savannah News.
. One Benson.
A West Virginia coal miner drew
J 690 for his work in November,
and still coal hasn't come down to
where it used to be! Tacoma Led
ger. iiiiiiiiniiwnimi iiiiiiiI
Trial tells -
"Uteres a Reason
.. 'n ttmmmuua
Phone Tyler 1770.
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