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Address rommunlcatlona relating to new and sdt tortal natter to- Omaha Baa, Kdltorlal Department. FEBRUARY I'lKCtXATlOX, 51,700 State of Nebraska, County of TJouglss. ss. I Dwtght Williams, circulation nunaier of Th Bee Publl.lilng company, being duly (worn, aaya that th average circulation for tlia month of February, Wli. waa i1.7K. DWIOHT WILLIAMS. Circulation Manager. 8ubsorlbed in my presence and a worn to befora in, thla M lav of March. 1'MS. v ROBERT HUNTER. Notary Public Subscriber tearing the city temporarily should have The lice mailed to them. Ad drees will be changed aa of tea as requested. rr Xarch 19 Thought for the Day Seecteaf by Burt Rtttor It hat often been taid that all life it a ttagt, but to ma (ire it only a icAool tor tht actor, for tuck wrtitt and learns veil th4 part he it to play in th great her tnfter. Lowell. But Mr. Vice President Marshall, when you pass through Omaha again, stop off. As a prize of war Smyrna would be serv iceable in providing rugs for the Allies' Turkey trot, ' Somehow the Ministerial union seems always to set its vlce-extermlnatlnr crusades to the time of political campaign music. With g clawing bear In front and bayonets at its back, Austria Is, somewhat handicapped for a serene discussion of a real estate deal. a What thla paper object to la the offnalr and defensive alliance that haa long existed .between the World-Herald and R. D. Howell. Lincoln Star. Why object? Tbers's a. reason. Why this fusillade upon former Lieutenant Governor McKelv'le at this time? Is he in the way of some one's long-distance political ambitions?-- ' 8U11 waiting for the other Omaha news papers to join with The Bee In heading off the threatened resurrection of that odious jail' feed ing graft The- Bee offers its kindly and disinterested services for mediation between our esteemed democratic contemporaries, the Omaha World Herald and the Lincoln Star. Our reform sheriff of Douglas county is spending time and money at Lincoln pushing his jail feeding bill. It means thousands of dollars of graft la his pocket if be can shove it through. . Americans In Great Britain who are booked for taxes on their incomes at home and abroad are la position to appreciate the force of the motto over the door: "See America first and stay there." . . Another hole that should be plugged by the legislature is that through which . the health commissioner of Omaha milks the county treas ury for fees for registering vital statistics whl:h is the duty of his office to register anyway. A. Mitchell Palmer of Pennsylvania, ap pointed chief Justice of the court of claims, wbs th democratic csndtdat for United States sen ator last fall. His transfer from the "lame duck" class Is a recognition of tLe heroism of forlorn hopes. And now we are told that electric current for lighting, heating, cooking and power "should be as cheap and as commonly used in our cities as water." Good! Then conversely water should be aa cheap as electricity. - Our water rate in Omaha Is still 23 cents as against an electric Ught rate of 11 cents. Let us hat a downward revision of both "not aeit year, not next month, but now." 7 A meeting of property owners at the Board of Trade discussed plans for a nrw Harney street grade submitted by City Engineer Kosewster. Mr. C'larce waa chairman of the meeting and Mr. Gibson sec rotary. "Manager T. P. Sullivan of the Western league re' turned to Kansas City, leaving the queatlon of sn Omaha team In tt.e hands of a committee composed of C. 15. Goodrich and; John Drexel, and depending on success In negotiating with Ur. Kouotxe for the grounds. 0. R. Callowgy, gmeial manager; A. J. Popptetoa. general attorney, and Judbe Lka are In Chicago to look after Interests of the I'nlon Paclflo In the pool matter, Rr. Dwlght I Moody left tonight for his neat revival engagement. Joe AVai.h. the plucky little shortatup of the ''aioa PaclfW team lt nvawn. has been engaged for the Lmbuque club. , P. A. Ocuiiipeugh i il.i.g. ruualy ill at his resi dence, Kit) Jlarnvy urect. The new pipe uigan for tiie Wdge Preabyterian church Ja expected her by tba llrst of the month, end is to be forn.nlly opened In tao concerts unoer ilroclloa cf tUe cholrmaeter. FVanklla I. 8mt(h. Pride Easily Provoked. "We are proud of our record in the Sixty third congress!" shouted Champ Clark in clos ing his St. Patrick's day address at Phlladel phia. The speaker thug nupports the belief thst it doesn't take much to make a denfocrat proud. The Sixty-third rongrens, In addition to being the most extravagant ever known In the matter of appropriations, was dominated in both branches by King Caucus. Legislation of the grestest Importance wss determined upon be hind closed doors, and on strictly partisan lines, end then was driven through the house or sen ate .under the spur of party expediency. The rules under which Champ Clark pre sldod as speaker of the house were determined for him In the secret councils of his party's or ganisation, and were deliberately designed to prevent anything like freedom of debate or con sideration of measures on the floor. Nothing ever charged against "Uncle Joe" Cannon ap proached the iron rigidity of control exercised by the democratic caucus and enforced by Champ Clark. Twenty-five years ago Clark 'and others of his party rose in revolt against Thomas Brackett Reed, becanso that speaker undertook to make the house of representatives a responBl-' ble and responsive body, but Reed's rule was mild as a-June morning, compared to the dom ination of democracy as embodied in Champ Clark. Pride in their record? The business condi tions of the country, the empty treasury of the United States, th deficit that will bo $133, 000,00 on June 30, are eloquent Illustrations of the results of democratic administration In which Speaker Clark and his party take pride! But Why Bother the LefislatuieT City Attorney Rlne issues an appeal in be half of a measure pending at Lincoln to compel the companies operating electric lighting plants to make public and fU a schedule of th rates charged, which shall be uniform as to any given class. The object of that bill is a good one, and we endorse it. But City Attorney RIne's Interest In the bill relates only to Omaha, and so far as Omaha Is concerned, why bother the legislature when all that is needed Is for the city council to pass an ordinance requiring the electric lighting company to comply with those identical de mands? The council, moreover, could have don this at any time during all the years that Mr. Rlne has been city attorney, and It can do It now, with the same force and effect within the city as the legislature. It can do more, for an ordinance enacted by the council la immediately operative, while a state law is not effective for three months unless an emergency clause Is tacked on to it when enacted. We repeat, why bother th legislature? Extending; Woman's Part in War. , t Napoleon shocked the world by telling th women of Franc their part was to bear children to rear to be soldiers. Sine then much has been written of th woman who sits at home and bears in sllenc th sorrow and grief that comes with th slaughter. But this is to be changed now. An English statesman haa Just told th women of his country that a woman who takes a man's place at work and releases him for service In the army, is performing "a national war service." This is extending wo man's sphere with a vengeance. Women have not been overlooked In tho European war plans. Tbey have long had a part In Industry, In order that business of th coun tries might go on In Urn of peace, while men were trained to be soldiers, but this Is th first time that they, have been flatly told to go to work that men may go to fight. Woman Is no longer to be left at horn to shudder In con templating an Imaginary battlefield, or to tremble In anticipation of th news of soma loved one's death. Her part in war Is mor than ever important. She Is still to be permitted to bear children and rear them to fight and die, but she will also be permitted to take up man's business in industrial and commercial fields, that he may go to th front. Th beauty of a "war for clvllatatloa" Is be coming more and mor radiant with each pass ing day. The Killing- Bug- in the Legislature. Som Douglas county member of th lower house at Lincoln is winning faro in a way that may make him envied by som of his less fa vored colleagues, and that may bring him some thing In th way or undesirable attention, should th horn folks com to know all of it. He Is reported to be trading boxes of randy for kisses with a bevy of pretty feminine employes at the state house. ' The published accounts of th episode, so far as it has yet advanced, merely describe him as being "noted, for his gallantry." This is not sufficiently definite to fully Identify him. Doug las county haa eleven members of the lower house, and all of them are gallant. Some are wed, and some are unwed, but not a man among them would retreat from a pair of luscious Hps when presented in banter. If th rumor persists, and it probably will if the Douglas county member is true to his sex. occasion may yet be had to hold an inquiry that will establish the identity of th man who started this traffic, If only to protect some of lb married men who otherwise may bae trouble in establishing the necessary alibi. The- Importance of having a friend at court is again Illustrated by the rescue from the threshold of th penitentiary of five officials of the International Lumber and Developing com pany of Philadelphia, convicted or swindling stockholders of more than . 000,000. All tlu resources of the courts, including the United Stales supreme court, were exhausted by th lawyers without result. The conviction with stood all legal tests. Yet th appeal of A. Mit chell Palmer, democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, accomplished In a few hours at th Whit House what Philadelphia lawyers failed to do to a year. On th wings of publicity conies th new that William F, Cochran of Baltimore, who in herited a large slice of his grandfather's fortune, does not know what to do with all th money and seeks advice on spending It. If Mr. Coch ran e's environment does not afford th necessary enlightenment, let him come to Omaha, where tb Joy of living animates all souls t good deeds. On Some Matters Academic " - y srxczoxjLSj arrnsvAT bvtx.x:sv Profeaenrlal Infallibility. AT no time has the arademlc career been so Im portant as it la today, at no time has It ever been so well (ympnl.d, and at no time have those who pursued It been offered larger opportunities for tho exercise, of Influence on public opinion. It Is now the custom everywhere In the world to seek th counsel and the opinion of the professorial clas when any matter of public Interest Is under consideration or In dtxpute. This applies, unfortunately, not only to mat ters of which the profeasorlsl clssa have cognisance, but also to matters of which they know little or noth ing. The result has been to nut nf w and strange burden upon professors and to offer a temptation to the assumption of Infallibility that has proved too much for some academic preaons In more lands then one. The performance, both -ocal and Instrumental, of not a few university professors In many countries, Including our own. In connection with the great war In Europo have made it seem desirable to many of us to Insist upon dropping the title of professor and to sub stitute. for it the lea combative mister. It Is the fashion of the moment not to have aT fixed principles f knowledge or of conduct, hut to profess belief In the cspaclty and ability of each Individual to make a world philosophy of Ma own out of uch materials as chance and temperament may provide. This fashion Is quite closely followed Just now by Urge numbers of those In academic llfo, and Indeed It is sometimes exalted aa the one sure and cer tain method of finding an acceptable substitute for truth. There would appear to be need for a new Socrates who, whether aa gadfly or in soma less dis agreeable guise, shall do ever again what some ef Vt had supposed was satisfactorily done onee for alt dur ing the closing decades of the stirring fifth century before Christ. It Is a long time since Bocratea ex tracted from Uorglas the admission that with the Ignorant the Ignorant man is more persuasive tban he who bag knowledge. Men f F-verlaetlns; Heglnnlnara. . One result of ao many differing roan-made or profesaor-made universes Is a frequency and variety of conflict that would tax the mathematician to enumerate and the historian to classify. Th notion that nothing much thla Is permanent and worth while has been either known or accomplished until our own brave selves came upon the scene makes education difficult and, from some points of view, impossible.' If the world 1 to begin over again whenever a new appointment is made to a professorial chair, it Is probably plain that the man la the street will soon dispense with th services and th guidance of the men of everlasting beginnings. In much th same way we are how asked to believe that whenever a callow youth makes a minute addition to bis stock of information the gunvtotal of human knowledge has been Increased as the result of sclentlflo investigation. It la Juat thla mixlng-up of the Individual with th cosmos and of the morning paper with the history of civilisation that is the. weakest point In academlo teaching at the preaent time, particularly in those sub jects which once were history, economics, politics, ethics and public law. Those who remember the strik ing lectures of Ileinrlch von Treltschke. recently dis covered by England and America and bow much dis cussed by both countries, will recall the fact that lie gave but scant attention to the teaching pf the history of Kurope and of Germany, although Ms chair was supposed to deal with those subjects. What von Treltschke really did was to meke lectures on th history of Europe and of Germany the vehicle for f i very effective and emphatic expression of his own per sonal opinions on men and things in th world about him. in some degree, therefore, von Treltschke wss the forerunner ef that now very considerable class of American university professor who devote no small part of their time to expressing to their students their own personal views on the politics, the literature and th society of the day, while In form offering Instruc tion on anything from astronomy to I oology. There Is something to be said for the policy of making academic teaching effective by relating It to present day Interests and problems, but there la nothing to be said for turning academlo teaching Into aa exer cise in contemporary journalism. When every consid erable town has its own Napoleon of finance and every political group Its Hamilton or Its Jefferson, there Is some danger of getting mixed as to standards. Templatlea ( rrescrlbe for All Ills. All these are troubles which have come' upon the professorial dsas as a result of the publlo appeal made to us for an expression or opinion on eurreat topics. If one b a profound student of Plato he la expected without warning to pass an Illuminating critical Judgment upon the latest outgiving of Mr. Qeorg Bernard Shaw. It ' he happens to. be well versed in the economic thought of Germany and Austria, he is called upon for an authoritative ex pression of opinion regarding the strike of coal miners In Colorado. If by any chance he haa ever written a book on any aspect of railway organisation, manage ment, or finance, vhe runs the risk of bolng clapped upon a publlo commission to supervise and in part to control th railway system of a state or nation. Ail these are dungers and embarrassments to which the alert university professor, whose nam la known In the newspaper offices,, is now constantly subjeoted. Avoid ance of them Is possible only for the sagacious and well-balanced scholar who' knows that no single master-key will unlock all human doors of dlfflcuty. The: Inflation at "Sociology." One of the chief tools of the present-day academic conjurer Is the blessed word sociology, particularly in the hands of some one not a trained sociologist. Both August Comte and Herbert Spencer wuld b not a little surprised to see what haa become -of the term that they fondled so tenderly. It Is nowstretched to Include everything that can poasloly relate to the diagnosis of social ills aa well as everything that can possibly relate to social therapeutics. Not even the subtles of physicists has yet worked out a theory of the elactlclty of gases thst Is adequate to explain the potentialities of the word sociology. This world once so innoeent and so impressive, is now under a cloud be cause of Us attempt to establish a world empire. Poetry and alchemy, science and song, religion and mythology, philosophy and magic, are all reduced to mere counters in Its great world game. Naturally theso smaller and ambitious states Lave, became restless and are showing signs of revolt. They wish to be permitted to llv their own lives and not to be made mere vassals of a mighty overlord who possesses ail knowledge, who wields all power and who monopolises all ex planation Just now law Is under attack from a curious mixture of sentiment and . lor that calls iteclt sociological Jurisprudence, and Which I understand to be a sort of legal osteopathy. We can only await with some concern the resetlons in the appropriate labora tories when a sociological physics, a sociological chemistry, and a sociological anatomy appear upon the scene. " Of the American university student It must Ik said that In far too many instanoea ha Is prevented from getting on as well aa he should, because he is over-taught. . In particular, be is over-lectured. The traditions of school and college are still strong in the universities, and the ideal university relations of scholsrly companionship bet wen teacher and taught have difficulty In establishing and la nf-lntatnlng themselves. To ue or rather to. abuse the academlo lecture' by making It a medium for the conveyance of mere Information is to shut one's eyes to th fact that the ait of printing haa been discovered. Th prop r us of the lecture Is the critical interpretation by the older scholar of the information which the youngt-r scholar has gained for himself. Its object Isto Inspire and to guide snd by no means merely to Inform. Indeed, there Is some reason to doubt whether the undue dominance sad promlneno f th didactlo point of view in th modem university. Is altogether aa ad vantage. The happy days at Bologna, - when tb stu dents and their rector managed the university, when professorial punctuality was enforced by fines, and when the familiar professorial practise of dwelling un duly oV. the earlier part of a subject to the neg lect of the later parts was checked by the expedient of dividing a topic Into puncta and requiring the doctor to reach each punctum by a spec-tiled dat. cer tainly had much to commend them. Then it was the students who. made the rules and discipline ' their teachers: now It la the teachers who make the ruies end discipline their students. Extracts from address ef President Butler of Colum gta university, at ConunemoreUn day exercises of Jean Hopkins aaiversity. Th llkwraa. OMAHA, March 18,-To the Editor of 1 he Be: I read the eld veteran's article cn the "Fiends of Andergoavllle" with much Interest, but after conversing with Major Mcintosh on the subject 1 ant of tb opinion that It was "hookworm" after alt that caused so many deaths at Llbby prison. Bell Isle and Andorsonvllle. It could not have been hunger, for the major says that every man confined In IJhby prison received two ounces ef soup, bene every week and a stick of wood a foot long to cook It with; besides each mesa of 400 prisoners had a cookstov all t themselves! History further Informs us that every man confined In th stock ado at Andersonvllle received his rations regularly, which consisted of one pint of excellent cornmeal (ground cobs and all) every twenty-four hours, together with a large slloe of atmosphere, and all the water and sand he could drink. Wood was also issued at the rate of twelve splinters to each mess of five men. But we must remember that timber was very scarce around Andersonvllle, the forest being more than 800 yards distant ' It was not starvation that killed the boys in blue, ao It must have been the "hook worm." Captain Wlrs distributed the ssme rations to the prisoners se he did to his own soldiers, excepting the meat, the vegetables, salt, sugar, coffee, tea and bread. He never beat up a prisoner unlets It was absolutely convenient, and he always held his temper at blood heat. Captain WJrt was a scholar and a Chris tian, and it is reported that he cured many a prisoner of "hookworm" by banr lng htm up by the thumbs during the rainy season, and many soldiers" widows drawing pensions from Uncle Sam would be neither widows nor pensioners but for the strenuous efforts of Captain Wlrs. In Andersonvllle prison the boys In blue were taught the most rigid econ omyto llv in the open air, to keep warm without fir or clothing, to fast contin ually and to be burled without muffled drums, flags or Up sounded at the head of th grave. Only for that dread disease called "hookworm" ell would have been well K. O. M INT08H. AadersowTllle. SOUTH OMAHA, March 18,-To the Ed itor of The Bee: The well-composed let ter of W. O. Templeton in The Bee of yesterday ea the subject. "The Fiends of Andersonvllle," is timely', and t was 'THE my wonder why some eld soldier did not tske up the statement of the man Dr. Btlles before, and I am glad to see that he has been called dewr The superin tendent of th high school of my boy. hood days was one of the prisoners at the rile prison pen of Andersonvllle for rr.ore. than six months, and he occasion ally talked ef his experiences in that place. He was put Into the stockade a hearty, robust man weighing nearly too Pounds and came out of It weighing barely eighty pounds. He told how then became so poor that their bones could be heard to creak and rattle aa they tried to walk around. He told of how they war fed with a kind ef bread made from corn, with the cob and all ground together, so that It was Impossible for men to digest It Peas full ef bugs wer cooked fqr th men and the soup from the peas was covered with the bugs that had been cooked, a(M the prisoners had to eat th vile stuff or starve, as so many of them did. Often the corn and cobs were not well ground, and men ate the grains, and often their excrement contained undi gested grains of corn, and the hungry and starving prisoners picked them out and ate them, and If they made com plaint about the stuff called food aet or brought before them they were shot down for their temerity. Then people wonder wtiy th son of a union soldier should resent the election as president of the United States of the son of a confederate soldier who earn from th state where such villainies were forced upon the boys In blue who were ao unfortunate as to be captured In battle. The father of President Wilson, who was a confederate chaplain with the rank of captain, was never hcartf to de nounce the conditions that war main tained at Andersonvllle either during, or after th close of the war. It is well for old soldiers to call attention to the vile prison pen when some upstart trie to shift the blame for conditions at An dersonvllle prison. F. A. AONEW. Painfal liarsuer SEDGWICK, Colo.. March 17.-To the Editor of The Bee: In looking over your letter box I noticed where a conceited old plug by the name or Wooater had been trying tq give a few pointers to President Wilson in regard to the MexU can situation. Personally I think Wtoes ters case one for the Insanity board to inquire Into, aa his writinsa ahaw him know las than lota of men that are not allowed to run loose. It ia sure that his knocking donjt hurt Wilson, and Just shows Wooster up for what he la The very Idea of him trying to tell Wilson how to run the United States government is enough to give anyone a pain aven a good republican. J. M. HARMEJt. Editorial Viewpoint Indianapolis News: Nine New Jersey women rescued a man who had fallen into a perilous place by constructing a rop of their pettlcoetr. It takea nine tailors to make a man and nine women to save him. Houston Post: One sad feature of the tremendous amount of unemployment in the cities is that there are so many man passing up the hoe handles of the coun try for the poor privilege of getting an occasional grip oo a mug-handle la town. Philadelphia Ledger: A Baltimore will case finally passed upon this weak had been in the courts thirty-two years and had been handled by fourteen lawyer In th end there waa over $3ue,000 for dis tribution. It Is uot stated whether this was aa accident or a miracle, Brooklyn Eagle: . Turkey can sympa thise now with th fellow who got bold of th bear's tail and wasted somebody to come and help hint Jet go. Russia paws pause not and th Romanoff peril is fast roaming la toward Constantinople. Any bar possibility ef escape Is worth considering. New York World: The remark of Mr. Kruttechnttt of the Southern Pacific Railway company that "the Interstate Commerce commission Is on man chok ing another man to death'' will excite lunch gle la the far west where tor a good many years the Southern Pactflo Railway company was tit man who was doing the choking. hi GRI53 AITO GROANS. Mrs. Gray The wlniow in mv hall has Stained glaaa In It Mrs. (Vei Too bad! Can t you find anything that H take the stains out; Topeka Journal. Choi He If I had my wish I'd rather be born rich than good looklnc. Mollis Hut It s just as eaay to wish that you were oorn both Yonker's ftatesman. KABIBSLE -fa, KABARET MAS Ml Oft FRIdKk IN TK6 9 V MCfER I WAS AU3 Th' H6 Commenced a cam AHb how i MoT Pftf TVC SrME UK? ONE C TH REST" "Well, is your bride a good house keeper?" "8h hasn't had much experience slong tho lines. I must admit Bhe thlnki anybody ougflt to be astiafled with at Ice cn-am soda for breakfast" Louis ville Courier-Journal. "How would I like to be over there li the trenches under shrapnel fire? E.icus me!" "I wouldn't mind. - A man has 'to d; sometime." "I know that: but when my time come I want to be burled all in one piece, thani you." Boston Transcript mo&EA icnr wont cms, .Nut 5 as --iftteB.-: VO 1 ft , ' ti .i Two out of three I 3 cigars are lined up in a con noisseur'a vest pocket. 9 No. 1 -a big, black all-Havana is reserved for after dinner. No. 2 and No. 3 are Tom Moores also laden with the' consolations of . Havana tobacco, yet mild enough to' enjoy "one right after the other" in the smoker s evening. J This hint has been taken by thousands and thousands and they always come back for Moore, Tom Moore CIGAR lO Little Tom 5 $ jfs feat gee of kdffv, sgf As gees fir g 'i Ung slants. Best A Russell Cigar Co., 012 g. 16th St., Omaha, Ptstribvtot VORLD MOTOR BIKE FREE ' A picture of the bicycle will be in The Bee every day. Cut them all out and ask s "your friends to save the pic tures in their paper for you, too. See how many pictures you can get and bring them to The Bee office, Saturday, April 10. The bicycle will be given Free to the boy or girl thai sands ns the most picture before) 4 p. ra., baturday, April 10. N Subscribers can help the chil dren in the contest by asking: for picture certificates when they pay their subscription. We give a certificate pood for 100 pictures for every: dollar paid. UK'. 2. i i iV "I) pact vs. ncnoN. In fiction the men wed the maids for their beauty Of face, form or character, mind, soul er nanda. The maids wed th men for love or fr duty. They don't wait to team how his bank account etaeda And though tbey wed blindly In fable and storv, Tet always It turns out to be for the best But realty's shorn of glamour snd glory: 'Tis a flimsy aircasile lik all of the rest. 'Tut strange, but 'tis true, that life Is nut kindly; There are many things that we can't understand: We are destined to go on our w-ay some what blindly. Content with the blessings that come to our hand. Cut when those same blessings have lost all their luster, And seom ta be curses rampant In cls snilse. It takes s'l the course that mankind can muster To hide his dismay from the world's sjever eyes. And hence we have reached a foregone conclusion: That fiction and fact can bever be friends. For fiction wss ever shameful delusion. And fact never works as one really in tends. For always our soap bubble csstlea have vanished. While we atlll struggle to make them seem real: , So, 'tis best once for all, that fiction be bsnlahed Until it can give mankind a square deal. Omaha. PAVID. V