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CONGRESS PICKING COTTON OUT OF ITS EARS
When the steaYner Gen. Slneum hnrned in the Hudson- river
in 1904 and caused the loss of 958 lives, scores of members of
T the Lutheran church went to their deaths. " - "
The steamer was carrying a crowd of people to a Lutheran
picnic. The great loss of life was due to lack of life preservers
and lifeboats. ' , -
t Ever since" that disaster the Lutheran church has be'en pleadr
s with congress to do something to protect travelers on ocean,
lake and river vessels. Both houses have been flobded with peti-
tions, which have been -carefully1 filed for reference. ' J
Today congress is wrought up almost ta hysteria over the
Titanic disaster. Protection is promised. Laws requiring life v
preservers and lifeboats are to be speedily enacted. , '
i This isat "it should be-Hrbut y
If congress had not ben deaf to tlje earnest appealsqf the, -Lutherans
for eight years the Titanic tragedy WOULD 'NOT
HAVE HAPPENED. ,- ' , ' -.
' .Fifteen hundred more lives had' to be'sacrifiCed hefore-con-
cress got the cotton out otfits ears.
LET THE GUILTY: PONDER
Remember that case of Harry
Lawrencepwhowas jaile'd at De
vonport, Eng., asa"spy,-haying-been,
caught snooping around in
the IQyal Dqckyard, contrary to
the Official Setrets , Act? The.
papers were full of 'it. Gret
Britain 'was -going -to -make an ex
ample of this spy. She'd put aj
- quietus on the spy .Dusmess, eic.,.
Well,, they've arraigned Harry.
Pjitiyely couldn't smirch 'him
with any spy DUsingss. But ,
' Theyxonvkted'Hiirry of steal
ings an umbrella and"" sentenced
- hjm to lA days hard labor. Ter
jTbJe example, all right. Let, it
jmk inijyour soull
". Mopefj-than 1,000,080 square
, pities "of Africa remain -Unex-j,
In China when ,a subscriber
ripgs iUp the' exfchange,'tfie oper
ators my be expected to ask: -""
"What number doesthe jionor
able. son of the nooniand-stars'
"Tohi, twptBree'.',' "t r
Silence. Then the exchange re
sumes: j . ,
' "Will the honorajbje.person ,,
gracjously.forgive the inadequacy
of the insignificant' service, a;nd
permitr this humb,le slpye of the
wire to inform liim'that'the nev-er-to-bVsufficiently--censured
, ' -OrO
There's an electric light for
every inhabitant of the Mantiafr
tan section of New York city.
TJut the troufeje is they're.' clus-