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Ccmmon Herald: formerly The State-Line Herald Published Wednesdays at LEMMON, SOUTH DAKOTA. O. K. Fjetland, Publisher Subscription $1.50 the year £Eterpd October Mi. lWI. at the po*$ oflice ai Lemmon, s. D.. a* a mi1. of the second c.ast. matter Too Late Dav Lloyd George, minister of munitions in the British cabi net, who has been the frankest of ali the English statesmen in admitting Great Britain's defi ciencies in the present war, has directed attention to the fact that all the failures of England in the present war may be de scribed in two words, "too late." Is the United States also to be "too late?" Col. Roosevelt has said that the administration has delayed its preparedness plans fourteen months after warning hsd been given by the European war, and Sec rotary Garrison re plies that Col. osevelt hims-1* when president reduced the size of the regular army. Claude Kitchin, in favor of "reasonable We wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year E. N. Coddon CLOTHER t£W FEIN, Mgr. preparedness." says the admin istration has gone too far in its desense plans. Senator Cham* berlain, chairman of the senate military affairs committee, says the administration has not gone far enough. There are similar dissessions among other mem bers of congress, all of whom in-: sist that they are in favor of adequate national detense. Meanwhile months are passing and nothing is being done The artillery branch of the army is. still inadequate there is not enough powder to fight a war for one month there is a shortage of men in the government arse nals: a shortage of men in the regular army and navy—and still nothing is being done. Con gress should be working day and night to rush through a program upon which all the advocates of preparedness can agree. The leaders of the two parties in the senate and the house should be holding conferences with the secretaries of war and the navy and mapping out a nonpartisan plan which would meet with the approval of the entire country. There is no need for flamboy ant speeches or prolonged dis cussion. Nor is there any time for such. Even the plans of the administration require five ears' time for the naval program and three years tor the a-my pro gram Unless there is an early compromise among the advocates of preparedn^ss, the words "too A Prosperous 1916 is our wish to you We desire t» extend to you, the public, out thanks foa the gener ous support you have given us during the year 1915, and to express the hope that you will remain with us during the coming year. It si not possible for us to express in cold type the gratitude we feel, but we can and will let our actions in future speak even louder and more practically than our words. We extend to you all the compliments of the season. May the new year bring you your heart's best desinis. The Grand Leader late" are apt to be written upon the pages of American history, as they have been written upon those of England. A Pointer for America For ten years, remarked Sena tor James Hamilton Lewis, of Illinois, in a recent speech to the New England Society of Penn sylvania, tnere seemed to be nothing in America which the native-born American could find to praise. Everything apparent ly has been unworthy of support or credit Every form of human enterprise was attacked. Every industry which proved success ful, every individual who rose into prominence, became the tar get of a system of criticism which sought to destroy without reason. In this excoriation of domestic agitatioh and abuse Senator Lewis gave the real reason for the attacks whi' have been made upon Americrn institutions by persons of foreign birth since the European war began. Sen ator Lewis said: The result was that in the last twenty years the native born Americrn and the im ported American have known nothing of America except that it was a place where all other Americans certified there were no men of honor, no things of decency, no in stitution in which any man could have a purpose that was not unworthy. 0000000000000 It is probable that the Illinois senator has found the real rea json for the disrespect for Amer ican institutions by foreigners (since the war began. It is nat ural that if Americans do not re vere their own country and its institutions and uphold the honor of their officials, foreigners will rot do so. Senator Lewis offered as a solution for present condi tuns a return to tie old stand ard of devotion to America. He suggested that a tew be passed changing the right of a citizen to participate in elections to a a. tv. Should the citizen fail to exercise this privilege by not registering snd voting, the law would make the omission a pun. ishable offense. If, after a cer tain length of time, a citizen should fail to vote, the right would be taken from him. It n The suggestion was also made that the law should include the enforcement upon all who en joyed the benefits of naturaliza tion of the duty to comply with the rules of citizenship, and where there were those unwor thy of citizenship the honor and privilege should be drawn by the order of the court. The remedy suggested may be entirely too drastic. It may not even be practicable. Neverthe less, Senator Lewis has gone be reath the surface and has found the real cause of much of the dissension in America today. The evil of hyphenism has been traced directly to the attitude of Americans themselves. The country has been reaping the crop sown by muckrakers. Na tive-born Americans must take the lead in the reform that they are urging upon those of foreign extraction Looks Like Bunk The Aberdeen News, makes use of numerous "syndicated" articles sent out by the publicity committee of the Republican party, under Washington date lines, and purporting to be "real news.'' On Tuesday of this week the "News" printed one of these, which is supposed to be an inter view obtained from one Stanley Washburn of Minneapolis, who is credited with being a war cor respondent for the London Times, on the Russian front. Mr. Washburn says, so the Dispatch states "that the allied Nations of Europe look upon the Wilson administration, from the standpoint of its foreign policy, as a "joke" which is ruining the prestige of America in Great Britain and on the continent." Commenting further, he states "It is the general opinion in Rus sia that this war, which all Eu rope feels is one involving moral questions, the United Slates has retained its neutrality and ig nored the moral aspects, in order to capitalize its industries in the selling of ammunition* to the lelligerents. It has been perfectly clear to every reading person, since slaughter started, that it was the dearest wish of England and her allies to get the United States into this (levanting war on their side. It has been hint ed at times v* it bout mimhet. not only that, their leading states men have so stated publiely and had a Mr. Roosevelt been presi dent, with a Mr, Uhoate as Sec retary of State, we should have been into it long ago. Yes we would have been wending expe ditionary furres to Great Itritain. numbering into the hundreds of thouannds to lie slaughtered just as millions in Europe have been for the past eighteen months. And for what Well a chimeria whleh the correspondent e«lh "prestigf," It is our opinion that ninety per pent of the American people don't eare a whoon what the Ouht erased belligerents of En rol* think of "Ameriean l'rest ige," so limu as thtv let The Palace Hotel Wishing a Happy New Year to all Dinner Menu January /, 19IS Vin Fizz Punch-Cheese Straws 15c Blue Point Oyster Cocktail 15c Julienne Soup au Croutons 10c Celery 10c Young Radishes 10c Green Onions 10c Queen Olives 10c Chow Chow 10c Fried Filet of Superior Trout, Tarter Sauce Saratoga Chips 35 Fresh Sea Crab a la Newburg 40c Roast Native Turkeys, Stuffed with Oyster Dressing and Cranberry Sauce 50c Roast Domestic Duck, Sage Dressing and Baked Apples 40c Roast Prime Ribs of Beef, Yorkshire Pudding 35c Roast Pig with Candied Sweet Potatoes 35c Filet of Beef, garnic aux Champignons 40c Lobster en Mayonaisse 25c Fresh Tomatoes and Lettuce with French Dressing 20c Mashed Potatoes 5c Steamed Potatoes 5c Red Beets aux beurre Noir 5c Fried Parsnips en Butter 5c Apple Fritters, Cream Sauce 15c English Plum Pudding, Hard or Brandy Sauce 15c Apple Pie with American Cheese 10c Lemmon Pie 5 Wot Mince Meat Pie 5c Lemmon Sherbet, White Pound Cake 15c American Cheese Edam Cheese Salted Wafers 10c Coffee 5c Tea 5c Cocoa 10c Milk 5c oughly. If the Wilson administration is to blame for keeping the Unit ed States out of this war, and thus preventiug untold misery to millions of happy American homes, we are mighty glad to learn of that fact from the trusted lieutenants of the Re publican National Committee, and they are welcome to make as much capital as possible out of it foi their coming campaign. The State Should Be NeutraL Under the new primary law, the delegates to the Republican national convention from South Dakota will probably be elected in April, Governor Byrne being right in his conclusion that it would be quite difficult for South Dakota Republicans to elect del egates on June t» the date of the state primary, for the nation al convention which meets June 7. Accordingly, it appears that the delegates will be chosen sooner than was at first expect ed. This fact, however, does not interfere with the contention of the News that South Dakota Republicans should not instruct their delegates for any particu lar candidate. The road to harmony in this state, in the opinion of the News is not by lining up the factions for or against Root or Cummins. Hurt on. Sherman or any other aspirant, but to leave them in a position to throw their strength where it might do the most good, at a critical time in the convention. In that way. the South Dakota delegation might be in a position to n minate the next president. And that position might go a long way in semiring the in thienee of the next administra tion in inducing congress to ap. piopHMe money for the devel opment of the Great Bend pro jeet. on the Missouri river in South Dakota, and otherwise b»neO the state more than be ."!uin« firing to any candida te s kite could Possibly do -News, Aberdeen, U" alone and sootw or Inter. Great Itritain and all the rest of them will understand that t|ulte thor At It Again The Republican press of the state is all "het" up so to speak !over the matter of selecting the de'egates to the next Republi can National Convention to be held in Chicago on June 7th, next. The trouble arises out of the fact that the state primary is not held till June 6th. just one day prior to the holding of the Nat-onal convention, which gives insufficient time to elect the del egates from this state if a con* test for the honors exists. The National Committee, se lected the date of the National Convention in spite of the fact that they were informed as to the date of the South Dakota primary, as well as that of the I state of West Virginia, figuring, no doubt, that neither state wai of enough importance to offset I the advantage of an early date for the Convention. Now the republican wheel hor* ses of the state are up against i the proposition of gettine dele gates down to Chicago, without having it cost the State several thousand dollars extra for a special primary, which could be held under that new primary law about which we heard so much that was good, and notb ing that was bad, until the thing is put into practice. It is a lam* entable fact the Supreme Court could not see its way clear to uphold the Richards Primary I ^w and thus have saved tbe state from the blundering muddling of a lot of saphead pol iticians who have tried to carve a Primary Law out of nothing while trading "pork" with another last winter. one N. H. Miller left f^Hftchell on Sunday evening, being called by the illness of his father. Be fore he arrived at Mitchell hi® father had passed away. The sympathy of his many friends i extended to Mr. Miller in d* hour of hi? bereavement.