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So then, as we have opportunity,
let us work that which is good to
ward all men, and especially towards
them that are of the household of
the faith. —Gal. 6:10.
THE Bolshevikl of Russia are
nearing the end of their string.
They have played fast and loose
with the country which they have
pretended to govern, and the conse
quence is that the nation is in ruins.
They have pretended to be the
friends of the poor, but they have
brought the poor to starvation. They
have murdered the wealthy and
have plundered ever man and wom
an who showed evidences of having
money or property. The working
man of the United States, with his
piano, his talking machine, his
bathroom, his conveniences and his
comforts, would be line picking for
the Russian Bolsheviki, who mark
for destruction everybody bearing
the earmarks of being above beg
gary. Russia, with allied help, will
come presently into her own. The
half-way course between autocracy
and anarchy is the only safe path,
as Russia must find. The Romanoffs
were <?ne extreme, the Bolsheviki
are another; half way between the
two lies democracy.
There are indications on every side
that the varis boards and commis
sions at Washington are seeing the
handwriting on the wall. Instead of
arbitrary, and in many cases impos
sible -restrictions upon business ac
tivities, they are now preparing to
step down and out. The sooner busi
ness is permitted to pass into the con
trol of men qualified for these im
portant activities the better it will be
for the country.
WITH the handwriting on the
wall quite distinct and easily
interpreted certain Demo
cratic officials at Washington are
endeavoring to extend their little
day of power through a prolonga
tion of their various activities.
These organizations—commissions,
boards and whatnots—propose a con
tinuation of their activities during
the reconstruction period. With the
signing of peace these agencies
automatically would go out of exist
ence, and conferences are now be
ing held to determine what legis
lation is necesary to make the new
plan effective and what activities
should be pooled.
Through this neat little arrange
ment the "worthy Democrats" who
have been assuming autocratic
powers during the period of the
war would continue to circulate on
their swivel chairs and incidentally
browbeat and otherwise hector all
who come under their sway and
who do not happen to sneeze when
they, take snuff. Of course, it will
be contended by these chairmen and
their subordinates that the very
future of the United States depends
upon, their remaining in their soft
berths, but a new order is coming
In the affairs of the nation and the
arbitrary bureaucrats will discover
within a few weeks that the Amer
ican spirit will not brook hutocracy
either in war or peace.
Any attempt to continue their jobs
through the camouflage of new
co-ordination of the War Industries
Board, the War Trade Board, and
the Fuel Administration and the
Food Administration will be
promptly met with determined
resistance in the Senate and House.
These self-constituted supermen
may imagine that the country will
be deceived by their pretense of
supreme usefulness, but their dream
of perennial power Is about over
and they are due for an awakening
that will be as abrupt as the ending
of the war. Many little men fohnd
their way into high places during
period OF WCLT nraoarattous and
hostilities, but their da£ is near the
sunset hour and no turning forward
of the clock of their official exist
ence will suffice to accomplish their
partisan purposes or gratify their
personal ambitions.
We are close upon the hour of
constructive readjustment and that
job demands high capacity and
largo experience So far as those
in office are competent and have
demonstrated qualities of leadership
they should not be disturbed.
On the other hand, those who
are simply holding positions
through the grace of a Democratic
administration and whose promi
nence has been due to their partisan
activities must be given their hats
and shown the door. They are not
necessary, a 1 has been suggested
through their publicity representa
tives, as guides for the country over
the period of transition from war to
peace without dislocation of Indus
try and commerce. Indeed, these
little men who are so anxious to re
tain their grip on official positions
are more likely, through their lack
of experience, to dislocate industry
and commerce, instead of conserv
ing and upbuilding the great busi
ness and labor interests of the
General Pershing and Field Marshal
Haig have exchanged friendly mes
sages of congratulation over the end
ing of the war and these two great
soldiers expressed in eloquent terms
the high esteem in which each holds
the other and also the appreciation of
the splendid armies which they have
led to a great victory.
THE Republican party's publi
city bureau was prompt to re
spond to Mr. Gompers" state
ment that the workingmen .of
America do not mean to relinquish
the wages they are earning nor the
advantages they have won during
the war without a hard fight. Re*
publicans agree with Mr. Gompers
that the American workingman Is
entitled to every penny in wages
that conditions in the business world
will permit.
The "full dinner" pail and high
pay have been slogans of the Re
publican party for so long that the
mind of living man runs not to the
contrary. It has been the constant
effort of the Republican party to
keep America for American-made
goods—to keep out as far as pos
sible the cheap foreign-made goods
of Europe, and so prevent our
workmen from having to come Into
competition with the poorly-paid
men of the continent and Great
The American workman would not
work for the pay Europeans accept,
and he ought not. His living condi
tions are much better than those
abroad and his standards are higher
and should continue to be so. But
if we are to keep business good—
and good business will mean good
wages—there must be some change
in the* policy at Washington which,
if continued, will permit Europe to
sell cheaply-made goods in Amer
ica on the same basis with those
turned out by well-paid Americans,
with results that are not difficult to
Strange things are happening in
Germany. Field Marshal Von Hinden
burg is now proclaimed by the new
Government as belonging "to the Ger
man people and to the German army,"
and who has "conducted his army to
brilliant victories." In the same state
ment it is declared that "he has not
deserted his people at a painful time,"
which is manifestly a covert jab at
the former Kaiser.
ON" is the nuftto the
I . Harrisburg Chapter of the
Red Cross and Us several
auxiliaries have adopted, and very
appropriately, too, for the work of
the Red Cross did not end with the
signing of the armistice terms. The
local chapter and the organizations
associated with it have done splen
didly under the stimulus of the war
emergency. They have met every
quota. They have given both of their
time and their means. They have
labored early and late, and now,
with the war practically at an end,
they must continue their task for
many months; perhaps for a year.
They need the encouragement and
the support of the community now
even more than they did in the midst
of the war. Let us ail do our part by
the women of the Red Cross as a
testimony of our appreciation for
what they have done and are doing.
Now that the war is practically
over, those individuals in this com
munity and elsewhere who took no
part in the war activities or in the
welfare work for the men in the ser
vice need not expect much considera
tion from the boys when they come
back. The hundreds, of men and wo
men who have joined In this great
work are familiar with the slackers
and know who they are. They will
not escape the exposure which their
indifference and selfishness justifies.
TliE silliest fear that hus arisen
to startle Europe in a decade
is that the ex-Kaiser will be
able to get back into power. Wil
helm is as dead as a kippered her
ring. He is as defunct as though he
were dead and buried six months.
He is in a class with Jack Johnson
the day after Willard knocked him
through the ropes.
Napoleon came back, it is true,
but Wilhelm has nothing of the ro
manticism, the picturesqueness nor
the magnetism of the great Corsi
can, and stripped of armies and au
thority the former emperor Is help
less and hopeless. When he crossed
the Dutch border' he passed along
the road toward that gate across thb
portals of which is written "Aban
i don hope all ye who enter here."
I Scorned abroad, hated at home and
hw Ma liautanaaA*. KM u. mm,
more to be. feared than any other
murderous sneakthlef trying to hide
from the consequences of his crimes.
If anybody doubts the part Great
Britain played In the war Vet him
look to the casualty 1i5t—658,665 dead
and 2,032,122 injured.
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By the Ex-Commit iceman
The official count of the votes cast
at the election of November 5 was
begun in the county seats of Penn
sylvania to-day, the time tlxed for
llling of returns by the commis
sioners to take the votes of Penn
sylvanians in military and naval ser
vice at camps und naval stations hav
ing expired. Only one commisioner,
J. Kirk Renner, of Connellsville, is
to come in with returns from a Pa
cific coast camp.
The return judges in congressional
districts are to meet on November
28, but us that day is Thanksgiving,
it'is possible that some of them may
not meet until the following day.
Governor-elect William C. Sproul
will close his vacation to-morrow or
Monday and be back in Philadelphia.
He will devbte December to selecting
his appointees and outlining legis
lation to get more business methods
into the state government.
—The Philadelphia Democratic
organization is getting ready to test
the validity of the assistance clause.
About the time the courts decide
that much-mooted question, the Leg
islature will pass an entirely new
-—Ex-Senator Ernest L. Tustin, of
Philadelphia, is the latest man to be
boomed for the mayorajty nomina
tion. It is believed he will have
the support of the independents.
The Vares are believed to be groom
ing W. Freeland Kendrick.
—One of the reasons assigned for
the failure of the election board in
a precinct of Forward township, Al
legheny county, to hold an election
was that a member of the board had
to attend a funeral.
—The Pittsburgh Gazette-Times
remarks editoriully that influenza is
still in progress in that city and thai
the work of the State Department of
Health is far from finished.
—lt is probable thata bill to sim
plify some of the details of the third
class city assessment law will appear
in the next Legislature as Ihe result
of the whole valuation of Pottsville's
realty being declured invalid, it is
claimed that because a clerk did the
work and not . some one authorized
by ordinance that the whole job was
—Most of the Eastern Pennsylva
nia Congressmen have joined in the
request that the Pennsylvania troops
be brought home byway of Phila
—Congressman-elect John Reber,
of Pottsville, was given a notable
testimonial dinner in his home city
last evening by the Central Repub
lican Club, of which he has been
president for years. The speakers in
cluded Senator-elect R. D. Heaton,
County Chairman W. S. Leib and
Auditor General Charles A. Snyder.
—The project for a constitutional
convention, which has been more or
less in the public eye for' the last
dozen years and which was probably
given new impetus by the remarks
of Governor-elect Sproul soon after
his election, is getting more serious
consideration now than at any time
in the last twenty years. The con
tinual presentation of constitutional
amendments which have been cost
ing the state thousands of dollars
to carry out the required advertise
ments and the general annoyance
to the voters who have to ash what
they mean have brought about pub
lic sentiment in favor of making
the organic law of the state fixed
and understandable' so that there
will be a cessation of the continual
demand for changes.
—Many of the smaller newspapers,
which were violently opposed to
making changes a few years ago,
have come around to the opinion
that since the various measures
which had much to do with the
demand for constitutional changes
have been determined by time and
the war is ended now is the time to
bring the document down to date.
—People active in politics through
out the state are commencing to
send letters here inquiring about
the situation as to hotels. There
was a general expression of relief
among men who are interested in
state politics nnd state governmental
activities when announcement was
made of the building of the new
hotel and it was followed by num
erous thanks to the people of Har
risburg who had taken up the long
felt need. The chances are that
the Penn-Harris will be a center of
state political activity this coming
winter in a way that will recall the
old Lochiel and the later glory of
the Commonwealth to say nothing
of the Bolton in the good old Dem
ocratic days.
—John C. Winston, chairman of
the Philadelphia Committee of Sev
enty, says in the Philadelphia Bulle
tin regarding the Penrose declara
tion for a new charter for •Philadel
phia: "For some time past the sub
ject of municipal legislation has been
under consideration by members of
the Committee of Seventy and kin
dred organizations. A meeting was
held last week to arrange for the
formation of a program to submit
to the Legislature, and this will
probably be followed by a general
meeting of all the committees that
were interested in the municipal bills
submitted to the Legislature two
years ago."
—Senator Vare said: "Governor
elect Sproul has suggested calling a
convention to revise and bring up to
date the State Constitution, in which
I am and have been in hearty ac
cord. An attempt by the Legisla
ture to enuct speciul legislation
looking to radical changes in the
present form of city government
would only lead to duplication and
confusion of effort. If the city is
to have a new charter it ought to
conform to the new State Constitu
—Judge R. !>• Crawford, acting
United States Attorney toy the West
ern district of Pennsylvania at Pitts
burgh, will be recommended to the
President by the Attorney General
for appointment as successof to K.
Lowry Humes, resigned, now a ma
jor in the Judge Advocate General's
Department of the Army. While the
name of Judge Crawford had been
mentioned as one who would prob
ably be considered for the position
when he was named to act tempo
rarily it was understood he would
not be a candidate for appointment
to the full vacancy. However, some
of his friends sent Indorsements in
his behalf and the Attorney Gene/al
is understood to have considered his
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Somewhere alone to-day he sits
In shadows brooding, cloaked and
isolate —
The king whose soul was darkened,
and whose heart
Had only room for savagery and
Somewhere, unpitied by a world that
Onward and upward to its destin
ed goal—
And in his ears the echoing of lost
And deathless desolation in his
Somewhere the object of all free
men's scorn.
The butt of slaves, the outcast of
a dream,
He walks in night; there is no light
of morn
For him, no hope to enter with.its
He has gone down because around
his throat
Fingers of little children clutch
and cling,
And ravished women's flngets;
faces float
Before him, and spears of con
science sting!
His power has vanished like the
dust that blows
Upon the tomb of Caesar, and
The island of the sea that once
seemed rose
Of warlike ardor to Napoleon!
Somewhere, disgraced, bowed down,
a living curse,
He wanders lonely as a leper
This king that matched the devil
and grew worse,
And now lies cringing at the feet
of Right!
—Baltimore Sun.
Justice, Punishment,
[Boche Review]
Fortunately for the world, the
terms of the armistice were dictated
by military commanders. No paci
fist propaganda enters into them. In
effect, they have a completely dis
armed Germany as though she had
unconditionally surrendered.
Ultimate peace must be dictated
in the same spirit and in the same
sound manner —that is. in the spirit
of justice 'and insistent purpose to
effect decisive results.
These results are, first, that the
freedom of the world outside of Ger
many must be made secure forever
from German ambition for power.
And, second, that the military
leaders and the German people (who
are in every way guilty with' their
readers) shall receive stern and just
punishment for the awful agony
which they have inflicted upon the
only so can they be taught that
selfish, uggrossive war, undertaken
for plunder, does not pay, and that
the penalty is ruin.
There Is nothing of repentance in
Germany's attitude thus far, whether
of the German people or of the Ger
man government, nothing to show
that they have the least comprehen
sion of their gross wrongdoing, noth
ing that would lead to any other
treatment of them than as con
demned criminals.
[New York Times]
Mr. Goinpers' hopes for the wel
fare and happiness of wage-earners
after the war will be shared by all
men of good will and enlightened
minds. Mr. Gompers has a right to
speak for American labor. By his
loyal devotion to the great cause of
freedom, to the war policies of the
government, he has earned the right
to speak to the American people. We
hope his brief address to the Pan
American Labor Conference at Lar
edo will have serious attention not
only in the ranks of labor, but
throughout the country. This pas
sage in particular is worthy of note:
"Our movement is not to destroy
but to construct, and all may Just as
11 understand now as at any other
time that the advantages which the
workers of America and the Allied
countries have gained and which we
hope even to extend to the peoples
of the conquered countries are not
going to be taken away from us, and
we will resist the attempt to the
He would be a bad American who
should seek to deprive the workers
of advantaged they have gained. Mr.
Gompers was moved to those re
marks by the recent declaration of
William H. Barr of Buffalo, Presi
dent of the National Founders' As
oclation, that the eight-hour day
would have to b© abolished und that
•vages must come down from their
Books and Magazines
"The Laughing Girl," by Robert
W. Chambers. Her picture is the
sensation of Europe; one finds It
everywhere—everywhere except In
Italy where its importation has been
forbidden. But who is she, this mys
terious, beautiful Laughing Girl?
Michael O'Ryan, Chilean by birth,
Irish by ancestry. New Yorker by
education, goes to Switzerland to
claim an inn he has inherited. He Is
struck by the marked resemblance
of one of the servants to the Laugh
ing Girl. If it is she, what is she do
ing there? And who are the others
of the good looking and uncommon
ly intelligent group of domestics?
Mr. Chambers gives full measure of
entertainment In "The Laughing
Girl." This is an Appleton book.
"Shavings," by Joseph C. Lincoln,
author of "Extricating Obadlah,"
"Mary-'Gusta," etc. In his front
yard there are wind-mills, toy ones
large and small, and whizzing
weather vanes, all painted gay col
ors to catch the eye of the summer
visitor. Behind these i£ the "shop"
and behind this, the bracing, blue
Cape Cod sea. Inside the shqp Is
"Shavings," the windmill maker,
quaint, quiet, thoroughly unbus.ness
like, but genuinely lovable. A good
plot, two pretty romances, and a
bushel of hearty laughs—a splendid
Lincoln novel equal to his best. (Il
lustrated $1.50 net, D. Appleton and
Company, New York.)
"Jimmie the Sixth," by Frances R.
Sterrett, author of "Up the Road
With Sallle," etc. A clever and de
llciously amusing romance of a tem
peramental but patriotic young
man. Young Jimmie Capen, the
sixth of his name, believes thut
every man has in himself the
ability to succeed at something—in
some way. Jimmie's way tore the
traditions of Capenville, of Aunt
[From tne New York Tribune]
That railroad car, somewhere in
France, wherein the a marshal of
France read the fate of a nation
to a Gerntun delegation seeking
peace is likely to pass into history
along with the Appomatox apple
tree. It is an unforgettable picture
in its simplicity and directness.
When General Foch entered the
Versailles conference he was de
scribed as entering alone, without
staff or attendants. The picture in
the railroad car is of a peace with
this democratic straightforwardness.
The terms of the armistice are
the essential part of the negotia
tions. But simple physicul facts
take a more powerful hold upon a
people's imagination. And for the
people of Germany as for the people
of the world, now and in the years
to come, the unforgettable fact will
be that the German delegates,
through the petition of their govern
ment, went to France to beg peace.
They who had been so arrogant
crossed the line blindfolded —a rou
tine military precaution, yet not
without its part in the historic pic
ture. * Since Henry IV, Holy Roman
Emperor, went to Canassa and wait
ed in a courtyard for a papal abso
lution there has been no more utter
and humlliatlpg act of submission
by a great power.
That scene in a railroad car, with
its import and consequences, is the
most wholesome event in the his
tory of the German nation. May
it significance sink in and remain to
warn and humble.
Steps to mobilize negro workers for
agricultural and war munitions work
are being taken by Br. George B.
Haynes, director of negro economies
for the Bepartment of Labor.
A Mexican agricultural company
controlling 1,000,000 acres of land
long the Rio Grande, near the Mata
moros, is planning to Irrigate as
much of the tract as will be occupied
by small farmers.
A flat minimum wage of $13.20 a
week for woman employes under
jurisdiction of the Washington State
Industrial Welfare Commission has
been agreed to by a conference of
employers and employed.
The Ordnance Bepartment of the
War Department has developed an
educational system for children of
war munitions workers Who are em
ployed In localities that were bare
fields a few months ago.
Approximately 18,000 persons In
the United States are blind to-day as
the result of accidental Injury in In
dustrial occupations.
Ginnie and of Mary Louise to rib
bons, but It took him from the Vir
ginia town to Paris, where he found
friends among the sturdy middle
class as well as among the aris
tocracy to whom old Cousin Caro
line introduced him. (Illustrated,
$1.60 net. D. Appleton and Com
pany, New York.)
Architecture, the magazine pub
lished by Charles Scribner's Sons
has been devoting considerable space
in recent numbers to buildings be
ing erected by the government. In
the November number ttjere are
illustrations showing housing for
War workers in Washington built
by the United States Housing Cor
poration; shipworkers' homes at
Groton, Conn., for the United States
Shipping Board; the U. S. A. Gen
eral Hospital, Denver, Col., and
Seton Park Buildings, United States
Government Ofljce, Washington, D.
C., Waddy 8., Wood, architect.
That the American soldier has
been adopted without question by
the French people has been told
in many dispatches. Emanuel
Bourcler, in a little article, "Les
Boys Make Friends in France,"
shows how this is being done, espe
cially through the influence of chil
dren, who have met with invariable
kindness and generous treatment
from our soldiers.
"The Story of General Pershing,"
has just been written by Everett T.
Tonilinson and is promised for early
publication by D. Appleton and Com
pany. Dr. Tomlinson has spent
many months verifying facts which
he had accumulated, and in gath
ering new material from the rela
tives, friends and associates of the
General. The story it is said, will
be a popular and absolutely authen
tic accoynt of_ the life and personal
history of our'record-breaklng lead
er, to be enjoyed by both young
and old.
The music to which the words of
"The Star Spangled Banner," written
by Francis Scott Key, on a vessel in
the Chesapeake Bay, during the War
of 1812, was played on a flute by a
Harrisburg soldier, George J. Heis
ley, and the notes were arranged by
Ferdinand Durang, an actor, both
serving in a Harrisburg company on
the way to Baltimore for service.
George J. Heisley, who was the
father of Mrs. Carolina M. (Heisley)
Ott, wife of Colonel Leander N. Ott,
and grandfather of Colonel Fred
erick M. Ott, was born in Frederick,
Md., November 29, 1789, and died
in Harrisburg, Pa., June 27, 1880.
He was a mathematical Instrument
maker and wus in business at Second
and Walnut streets, the family hav
ing moved here in 1811. He had been
a member of the Maryland militia,
and after coming to Harrisburg Join
ed Cuptain Walker's Company, First
Regiment, First Brigade, Pennsylva
nia Militia, and served in that com
mand in the defense of Baltimore.
While on the march from Harris
burg to Baltimore the words of Key's
"Star Spangled Banner," were set to
music by Ferdinand Durang, who
was an actor by profession. George
Heisley aided in this, having his
flute and tunebook with him, play
ing the air, "Anacreon in Heaven,"
it having been found to be udapted
to the meter. Durang and his broth
er, Charlies, afterward rendered the
air at the Holliday Street Theater
in Baltimore for the first time.
Our Part in Peace
(From the New York Tribune)
There can be no regret or self
blame for the fashion in which
Americans have fought in the war
once the nation accepted its respon
sibilities. There can be regret that
these responsibilities were so long
unrealized. There must also be in
every fair-minded American a hesi
tation to offer cock-sure opinions
to the Allies touching the solution of
the war's problems. Are we enti
tled to rush In with advice and urg
ent demands In a dispute which for
two years and a half, while Britons
and Frenchmen were dying by the
hundred thousand, our governmental
head assured us was no concern of
ours? Did our leuders show such
vision and wisdom in analyzing the
causes of the wur and determining
Its issue as to warrunt our speaking
with confidence in tho settlement of
Its problems?
Is It ours to set ourselves up as
seers and prophets? Or should we
rather be helpful aids to those who
I bore the burden 7.
NOVEMBER 22, 1918.
The little boy thrilled as he pic
tured that road
Which led to Reward, in his dream;
And longed for the time when he'd
certainly scale
Those peaks where the Star-clusters
But now, as he staggers and sweats
in his rut,
Arriving at thirty—why, then —
He rests at that crest which he fan
cied was best,
And wants to go back and be ten.
The little boy dreamed in that far
long ago
Of glory, and power and such;
And knew that when thirty the
Doorway of Deeds
Would open at once to his touch.
And now, when he's lived every
thing that he hoped,
And leads a procession of men.
He'd swap his success for the swim
min' hole —yes,
And all the pleasures of ten.
He'd swap all the little, or much he
has got.
Once more to be one of a gang
Which often played hookey, or sim
ply forgot
The bell when the schoolmaster
Again to be barefoot, and scrappy,
or late ,
For supper, with never enough on
his plate.
The boy In his manhood is tired of
And. wants to be one of the roosters
of ten.
—Leslie Alan Taylor, in New York
President and Conference
We believe the unwritten law of
the republic which forbids the
President to go outside of its ter
ritory while holding office essen
tially wise and desirable. With
present day methods of communica
tion he can remain in absolutely
close touch with a peace confer
ence without bulng in actual pres
ence. We, moreover, feel that it
is time fo- a certain national mod
esty. We oughf not to attempt to
dominate such a gathering, gratify
ing to our pride us it might be to
do just that. We have had 100,000
casualties. Great Britain has had
4,000,000 and France 5,000,000. in
proportion to participating popu
lations, Great Britain has had fifty
boys killed where we have lost one,
and France has suffered at a higher
Because our service# were of very
great value in turning the scale we
ought not to arrogate to ourselves
a dominance of the situation. Meas
ured in results our efforts turned de
feat into victory, -but, on the other
hand, the heavier British and
French casualties represent a sav
ing for upon a corresponding sacri
fice had circumstances compelled us
to make the battle alone —as we
should have eventually had to do
with a victorious Germany.
With our President at the peace
conference the world would na
turally believe we expected to as
sume a leadership in the recon
struction of the map and that, we
think, we have no right to ask for
ourselves or for the chosen head
of our republic.—Boston Exchange.
following letter from a negro
lieutenant of the famous negro regi
ment'of selectives, known as the
"Buffaloes," appears in Association
The deportment of our regiment
in France has been excellent and
we have had few, very few offend
ers. Our morale is still at the peak
and we have every confidence that
we will hold our own ugainst the
Boche when we meet him. We have
received a most wonderful reception
everywhere we have gone, and I
am most proud to relate that very,
very few of the men have violated
our confidence in their attitude to
ward the inhabitants. The Buffaloes
have been "tres polit" and have
made friends. I love the French.
We have entered Lnto their most in
timate affections and we won't vio
late Jhelr trust.
We've got the Boche on the run
and we arc going to lick him good
and plenty before we give him time
to catch his breath. Everywhere
the offensive spirit 1b alive, pulsat
ing waiting for the hour to strike
and strike hard, that the spirit of
the real and true democracy will not
perish. It. would be a crime against
God hixßMlf, against future genera
tions, against all that ' life holds
good and pure and sweet to permit
the Germanic doctrinaire to sup
plant the peaceful policy of this na
tion; I would be happy to have mil
lions of colored soldiers over here.
Earning (Eljaf
"Sixty cents and maybe seventy or
seventy-five cents per pound for tur
key'" repeated a dazed Harris
burg man who had been pricing tur
keys at provision stores. This man
had been buying turkey every No
vember for thirty years and he said
with feeling that the worst would
never come. For it had arrived.
"The price of turkeys is high be
cause we pay it," was the way ho
put it. "I'm going to hitch up my
automobile and go out to Perry or
Lebanon county or the upper end of
Dauphin and buy my own. The
average man does not know how he
can cut down charges and run up
gasoline bills by going into the
country for his provisions. It will
enable the farmer to come into Har
risburg to sfee the "movies" without
bothering to go to market to raise
the wind and perhaps when the
farmer is in town he will be able to
purchase a few auto robes." The
complaint of the city man caused
an older resident to murmur about;
the way people had been letting op
portunities go by. "This city is fur
nishing an amount of garbage that
is very attractive to men raising
hogs. What's the reason the old
time custom of raising chickens and
carrying a turkey along until Christ
mas time is passed up? A quarter
of a century ago everyone in Har
risburg who could kept chickens,
but the raising of fowls was discour
aged by some foxy people and it
became unfashionable to rear them
and complaints about the early
morning rooster were heard. Now
we are paying the bill and paying
some one to take away the garbage.
I believe Harrisburg is going to go
back to the old days when it raised
its own fowls and had turkey on
the three big holidays."
It is a matter of record that
people connected with the State
Department of Agriculture have
been urging residents of this sec
tion to raise fowls. They have been
telling the farmers to raise more
chickens and the town folks to do
the same. The farmers declare that
they can not afford it because the
grain required to feed the fowls In
winter is too high and they have
sold their chickens to an extent
never before known In Dauphin
county. At the same time the peo
ple who have the means of keeping
ten or a dozen chickens have let the
chance go by. And thtey will pay
the bill.
Edwin Charles, secretary of the
Old Boatmen's Association, is very
enthusiastic over the plan to make
the Susquehanna riVer navigable.
"Certainly it can be done," he said.
"I've traveled over every inch of the
river. It is very practicable. I have
a petition with 5,000 signers and I
can get 20,000 right in my own dis
trict." Charles is an old boatman
who rode the canalboats for many
years. Formerly living alongside
the river, he is brimful of taiss
about old canal days. He is now a
resident of Middleburgh, Snyder
county, and holds the combination
ofilce of register and recorder. He
is a prominent member of the ,
Pennsylvania Alpine Club.
• •
Three youngsters of a nearby
suburb raised $5 for the War Work
drive by a novel method. Having
many doting relatives who give them
more toys than they really ought to
have, and having accumulated a lot
in their playroom which they sel
dom used, they resolved to rig up a
store in an alcove under the hall
stairs of their home, using a book
case and a box as a basis of opera
tions. Here they set their spare
toys out in an attractive array and
added to them an assortment of
candy, cakes and other things dear
to the childish heart which they
bought as low as the grocer would
sell and priced as high as they
thought the traffic and the worthy
object in view would bear. Then
they invited In every boy and girl in
the neighborhood who had a cent
to spure and the sale was begun.
The proceeds mounted slowly at first
but after a while the trade became
established and $9.99 was in the
treasury when the store closed its
doors. Somebody threw in a cent.
Five dollars went to the War AVorit
and five to the Red Cross, and the
nursery was cleared of a lot of junk
that had been the worry of the
housekeeper for months.
* • •
One of the certain signs that the
war is about ended as far as Har
risburg is concerned is the fact that
the movement of army truck trains
through this city has ceased and
the children living in towns along
the Carlisle pike and the William
Penn highway to Reading no longer
have the long strings of hqavy cars
to cheer as they go by. No one
seems to have kept any count of the
number of trucks that passed
through Harrisburg, but there were
hundreds of them, as high as sev
enty-five a day not being unusual.
The fields near Twenty-first and
Greenwood were a favorite place for
the trains to camp.
—State Treasurer H. M. Kephart
used to be a member of the House
of Representatives and likes to tell
of his experiences as a "green" legis
—Robert S. Conklin, State For
est: t Commissioner, became con
nected with the state government as
a clerk in legislative hallß.
—W. Harry Baker, secretary of
the State Senate, entered that body
as a page b6y twenty-five years ago,
und knows more men active in po
litical affairs in Pennsylvania by
their first name than any one else.
—Justice E. J. Fox has been again
chosen head of the Easton chant**
of the Red Cross.
—Dr. Joseph Kalbfus, secretary
of the State Game Commission, has
been in every state in the union and
most of the provinces of Canada.
—That many of the Harrisburg
soldiers in France qualified u
g—What Is now the upper end of
Harrisburg was good quail shooting
land fifty years ago. t '
The Value of Words
How forcible are right words, but
what doth your arguing reprove?—*
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