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THE BEE: OMAHA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1917.
The Omaha Bee DAILY flIOBllIKQ-mMlNO-tPHDAT FOUNDED BY EPWAM) BOSEWATER. VICTOR ROSEWATER, EDITOR ' TCT BEK POBUSHINC COMPANY, PB0PRIET08. tutmi at Omaha aoatofflt. m trtrm4-tlm mattat. OF SUBSCRIPTION. a Cum TEJUU Mir n Saxto.. t amu. Du (." . Bnahu Nf "J nala, wttkoM lailia Bunoar . paly mo had imtin i.mt M ' 4 . " I.M M.M Bm. ansuuuaa ru I I 1 k urr X ran monti Parol akatkl, hw oa Oaaa. ta4 OFFICES. R,,iii OmhBI8 N St. Kw TcrtSM FWta aa Uaoaia UttM BaHdlaa, Wafelatlag ISS 1U It, R. W. CORRESPONDENCE. aiMNM mmmnlMOaM nlfttin b Owfet Bm, editorial Dmrtamt JANUARY CIRCULATION 54,320 Daily Sunday 49,878 BnUM to taa Ml MMM tad ama w w I" William,, Clieulatlon Minltw. icai ban Tlw a Ifrf a. !' Do you remember the Maine? Thil it the day. The country ii reaaonably tafe. refuses to secede from the union. Minneapolis Every time a division of sentiment develops in the cabinet, up goes the sign: "Let Woodrow do Our lawmaker! at Lincoln will discover that the "petition in boots" is all the more irresistible if it also wears petticoats. Our grand jury Is a dreadful disappointment. It has been holding daily sessions without far jnishmg us a single "thriller." ! I Observe that the office of coroner with at has been dead now for she week without anyone go- ling into mourning for the deceased I The historic lamb of song and story no longer hikes to school ; The road to market exerts a 14 cent pull with the wool on. Bushiest before pleasure. 1 , ( Democratic arrangements for financing a huge national deficit appals the authors and the party.' Still the members manifest no unseemly haste to restrict the output of "pork." Peace in the base ball world? Impossible for two months. A fierce ruction for ootside consumption plants the spotlight on the right spot until the season opens. f Wall street chuckles merrily over the ng familiarity of farmers with the language of the street." Naturally those who take the phroge acquire knowledge, if nothing more. The boost in newspaper postage rates has fal len by the board, but it went just far enough to disclose to the newspapers the antagonistic arti tude of the democratic administration, Has the Commercial. club executive committee gone on record in favor of fee-grabbing or against it? Who, if any one, believes the rank and file of the dub membership would sanction fee grab bing, past, present or future? The peace propaganda stirred up by the mt crisis brings a new windfall to the telegraph com panies transmitting "form messages to your con gressmen." The telegraph people ought to put in a special wholesale rate for this class of business. : What about all those automobiles parked on our main business streets, obstructing traffic, and, sometimes completely blocking ingress to and egress from business establishments? Such abtuc of street privileges is not tolerated in other pro gressive cities, j - A boost in prices of canned vegetables is scheduled to come with the robins. Killing frosts in the south and farmers asking more money are the main reasons for the canning advance. For the first time the price boosters passed np the war as a commodious escalator. If the oil inspection feet mutt be gauged to the cost of the work, then any schedule based on the number of gallons or barrels inspected will be questionable because the quantity tested at one time may vary to greatly. Revision of all the fee schedules for different kinds of Inspection may be necessary as a result of this supreme court decision. Recall That Unfounded Charge, Mrs. Catt. Nebraska it threatened with wholly unwar ranted and undeserved odium through the charge that the suffrage amendment submitted in this state in 1914 was "counted out" With this charge given circulation by a no less distinguished per sonage than Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt, presi dent of the National Women's Suffrage associa tion, upon the alleged authority of Attorney Gen eral Reed of Nebraska, the damage done, in lead ing people to believe our 1914 election was cor rupted to defeat the will of the people after it was registered, might be incalculable, if not retracted or disproved. The fact is that the campaign for the suffrage amendment was waged in Nebraska in 1914 by an aggressive and alert group of men and women who took full advantage of everything in their favor, and, while naturally disappointed in the outcome, no suffragist actively engaged in that campaign ever challenged the result or disputed the returns or impugned the honesty of the count What then has led Mrs. Catt, now more than two years afterward, to cast suspicion upon the in tegrity of our election? She produces as testi mony a statement attributed to Attorney General Reed, in which he is loosely quoted by a Lincoln newspaper as saying that "gross errors in count ing on amendments were noticed" in some col lateral contests and that some members of the last legislature planned moving for a recount on amendments m which tbey were interested, but decided not to do so for fear the recount would show that other amendments in which they were not interested had carried. Now, if Mrs. Catt were conversant with oor Nebraska constitution and laws, we doubt if she would have seized on this interview (though Mr. Reed it made in it to refer specifically to the suffrage amendment) as furnishing even the flim siest excuse for the charge that the suffrage amendment was "counted out" For in 1914 four constitutional amendments were submitted for popular endorsement in Nebraska, three directly by the legislature and one namely, the suffrage amendment by initiative procedure. Mrs. Catt should know that the votes on an initiated amend ment must be counted as marked "for" or "against," a mere majority being required equal to 35 per cent of the total. She should know also that the three legislature-submitted amendments went on the ballot under the labels of the respec tive 'political parties which had approved them and were entitled to have counted as "yes" every straight party ballot What Attorney General Reed re'ferred to was alleged failure of many election boards to count "for" these three amend. ments aft of the ballots in which a cross-mark had been placed in the party circle at the top; but whether these circle ballots were, or were not, counted correctly as re quired by law would make no difference whatever in the count on the suf frage amendment. Any recount planned in the 1915 legislature Mrs. Catt should know, necessarily had reference to legislature-submitted amendments, which might possibly have suffered by ignoring the straight party tickets. There is no intimation anywhere, however, that the suffrage amendment. or any of the three referendum measures voted on at the same time, lost a single tally by inten tional miscount, or that a recount, barring acci dental mistakes, which usually offset, would give any different footings on the returns. This further consideratioa is also to be taken into account that the legislartn has absolutely nothing to do with either the count, the canvass or a recount for an initiated measure. Votes upon these proposals are canvassed by the regular can vassing board and take effect upon proclamation by the governor within ten days of the completion of the official canvass, which Is at least a month before the new legislature comes into being. With legislatare-tubmitted amendments, on the other hand, the practice has been for the legislature to canvass the vote and to announce it, and in the performance of this duty to exercise an implied power to order a recount The suffrage amend ment therefore, was at no time within the leg islative jurisdiction, every step in the procedure being expressly provided for in the initiative and referendum section of the constitution without the aid or consent of any legislature on earth. We realize that ours 'it a complicated and du plicated mechanism of constitution-changing, but its intrinsic construction completely refutes the "counted-out" charge to which Mrs. Catt has so thoughtlessly given currency. In fairness to the good name of Nebraska she ought to recall this charge at once and omit no effort to set us right. Belgium Paying the Price Mb.li.lHi Trfti Brave little Belgium seems fated to suffer, whatever turn 1s taken by the tide of war events, ror France directly, and nosaihl for h. w;ui world more remotely, she was the shock absorber in the early days of the conflict taking such pun ishment as no other people in modern times has been called on to endure. Since the trying days two and a half years ago the Belgians have had to depend for their very lives on the mercv ami rh.r.K, f and allied belligerents. Through it all they have held steadfastly to their ideals of right justice and honor. Starvation and cruel deportation have hsd their terrors for the stricken little kingdom, but there is no wavering in the Belgian uaiiy to principle. History does not offer more striking example of a people's fortitude. ui mis great sacrifice Cireat Britain and r ranee have been particularly appreciative. They have shown their gratefulness and mrmn.jJi their debt to Belgium with liberal outpourings of material aid, and they are proving their friend ship by fighting to the end that Belgium never may suffer so wrongfully again. In this country there has been much admirina- talk .Ki n.i.l pluck and the stability of Belgian national char acter, but little of this talk has been translated into deeds. American genius has been drawn upon with singularly successful results to distribute the aid cxtenaea mainly by other peoples. So far so good, but not even today does the average Ameri can realize or try to understand how great may have been the service of the buffeted Belgians to this country. , ' . . Whether or not the United States is to become a belligerent as the sequel of recent develop ments, Belgium seems doomed now to endure even greater sacrifices than hitherto. German su tnarine activities as outlined in the recent note lo the neutral powers will be directed against ships carrying food for hungry Belgians the same as against other ships, hence the Tittle mar tyr must go on paying the price which ruthless- ncas exacts. Editor f "Littla Lands la Amarka." In 1890 the region between the Missouri river and the Rocky mountains was stricken by a great drouth. Thousands of settlers, struggling for a foothold in the semi-arid region whicli marks the western half of the Dakotaa, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma were ruined and com pelled to give up their farms. At that time I was an editorial writer on The Omaha Bee and in the course of mv work had made the acquaint ance of Colonel Cody, whose home was at North Iatte, Neb. tdward Rosewater, proprietor ot The Bee, had instructed me to organize a move ment to raise funds, food and provisions lor the stricken sufferers. I suggested that this should be combined with a campaign for irrigation, since settlers Were shooting their horses for lack of feed on the banks of flowing streams that might be diverted and made to insure their crops for all time to come. Mr. Rosewater feared the move ment would be misunderstood and resented. "They will say it is a libel on the state if we intimate that Nebraska needs irrigation," was his fear. However, he finally consented to such a series of articles on condition that I should sign them. So the indignant citizens will hang you instead of. me when they come with the rope," he explained. Notable Chang in Policy. Secretary Lansing's note to the Cubans, to the effect that the United States will recognize no government founded on revolt, indicates rather notable change in policy. President Wil. son has often stated hit purpose to allow Mexi can! to settle their own affairs in their own way why not extend that permission to the Cubans? He declined to recognize Huerta, although giv ing official standing to a Peruvian who gained the presidential chair by revolt and later turned an approving countenance to Carrara a, whose only claim rested on armed opposition to Huerta. If the present disturbance hi Cuba should grow, as It easily may, to involve the island, and the rebels oe nnaiiy victorious, win we then call it revo lution" and face about cm the notice just served concerning recognition? ' For the matter of that. the United States has dealt with many a govern' ment founded on revolt, and will so deal in the future, and we have no right to undertake to de termine the internal affairs of another inde pendent people by sending such notes as the one just dispatched to Havana. Fogging the Issues. Foreign Secretary Zimmerman of the German imperial cabinet makes considerable complaint that news sent to and from Germany is garbled by the British censor, On this plea he supports the action of the German authorities in detain ing Ambassador Gerard and other Americans': alleging that dispatches published in Germany gave the impression that the United States was holding Bernstorff and other Germans, and had confiscated German property. Even in diplo macy two wrongs do not make a right While unreliable or incorrect information may have been published as press news, the German gov ernment surely should have had accurate infor mation for its guidance. Renter's does not trans mit the official communications between nations. Berlin might have relied on the word it bad di rect from Washington, and might also have given to its own newspapers a correct account of what occurred. In this way any aggravation of the unpleasantness might have been avoided. Dr. Zimmerman t note only tervet to fog the The "Buffalo Bill" I Knew Br William E. Smytha Among: the prominent citizens who agreed with me about the wisdom of adopting the policy of irrigation was Colonel Cody. He offered to accompany me on a speaking tour of the western counties an otter which assured big audiences an along the line. I see him now, the handsomest man I ever knew, smiling upon the discouraged settlers and saying: "Boys, I have irrigated all my life and it seems to have agreed with me. I think Nebraska had better irrigate." The move ment was instantly successful. Within twelve months Nebraska had a model irrigation law on its statute' books. Two or three years later 400, 000 acres had been brought under ditch and the work has gone forward ever since. No more crop failures they laugh at the drouth. But the most important results of that Ne braska campaign occurred in a wider field. One bright February afternoon in 1891, after a most enthusiastic meeting at Ogallala, Colonel Cody and 1 with a lew other stood on the bridge which spans the North Platte and discussed the future of the vast arid region which stretched away toward the Pacific, toward Canada, toward Mexico. Kuzht then was born the plan ot a new national movement which should ask the Ameri can people to adopt a great policy of reclamation and settlement and add half a continent to their habitable area. The first formal steo was taken at a state irrigation convention in Lincoln two or three weeks later, I his convention adopted resolution in favor of a national irrigation congress and made me chairman of the committee to bring it to pass. I resigned from The Bee, started the Irrigation Age, and devoted my entire time and energies to spreading the gospel, always with the warm support of my friend, "Buffalo Bill" 1 TODAY 1 Health Hint for the-y. One ot the most Important ways to keep the kidneys In good condition Is to drink from six lo emnt gianses 01 fresh water per day as well as to eat plenty of vegetables and fruit. One Year Ago Today tn the War. Germans took British front line near Ypres. Six prons killed by bombs dropped by Austrian aviators at Schio, Italy. British parliament heard Asquith's announcement of heavy Increase In war taxes. Conference between Secretary Lans ing and Ambaasador von Bernstorff resulted in understanding that -Germany would "recognize" instead of "assume" liability in Lusitania case. In Omaha Thirty Tears Ago. The Omaha Clinical society met in the parlors of the Millard hotel. There were present Doctors O. B. Wood, C. G. Bprague, C. M. Dlnsmoor, W. H. Par sons, ES. T. Allen, G. W. Williams, G. H. Parsell, Emma J. Davtes and A. W. Montague. Thieves broke Into the residence of R. B. McKelvie, carrying away a poeket book and some small change. to a. When a long series of newspaper and maga zine articles had culminated in the publication of my first book, Colonel tody was promptly heard iiumi lu a jcllci vi vtuivii j. it. ,Mup:i o,u. 11 sounds as though it were written on horseback." It was splendid advertising for the book and parts of it were reproduced on in attractive poster and used in book stores throughout the United states. The letter follows: Springfield, Mass, June I, 1906. Harper Brothers, Publishers, New York Gentlemen: In my opinion "The Conquest of Arid America," by William E. Smythe, will prove the greatest benefit to mankind of any book ever published outside of the Bible. No man is more conversant with the great arid west than Mr. Smythe, or has labored harder to give to the world the true facts that the healthiest and rich part of America, in climate, soil, mineral, timber and grazing lands and beanty in scenery, is yet undeveloped. Fifty years hence there will be found in arid America the most prosperous, the health iest and sturdiest race of people on the face of the globe. There are millions of people in eastern America today who know nothing of prosperity or independence. They are white slaves to their employers. The independent man is he who owns from twenty to 160 acres of arid America, with water which he can turn on with his own hands as his crop requires it The man or woman who fails to read "The Conquest of Arid America" will miss the great est blessing ever offered them. W. F. CODY, "Buffalo Bill." Colonel Cody, the soldier, the scout the show man, was a household name to everyone in Europe and America, but tody, the mend of humanity and the dear lover of the west was known to comparatively few. It was in the latter aspect that I knew and loved bira. Probably no one foresaw with clearer vision what western America is destined to be m the course of time. He was impatient to see the vision realized and dedicated all his earnings to a big irrigation ven ture in Wyoming. When the government policy was adopted and Uncle Sam got ready to develop the famous Shoshone project Colonel Cody in stantly turned over all his water rights in order that the government might have a clear field. He jived to see this great project brought to its con summation, though not to behold anything ap proaching its full results in making homes. Suffrage Foolishness -Phfta, No wonder other organizations and Individuals concerned in the extension of the suffrage to women repudiate and deplore the tactics of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage in depriving the president of the last refuge of pri vacy in his own dwelling! The most fiercely militant suffragettes of Britain when the war broke abandoned the practice of baiting public officials, partly because even in their habitual dis regard of conventions they realized their patriotic duty and partly because they saw there was no surer way to lose whatever ground was gained than to defy public opinion by adding to the bur den of the government at so grave a jimcture. Of course, the sentinels at the gates in Washing ton are out for all the publicity tbey can get. If it is cold and windy they capitalize their suner- fluous sufferings. They pose as martyrs to duty and imagine they are imitating Jeanne d'Arc. But even these women who are blind to the indecency of their conduct should be able to perceive that they are doing infinite damage to the cause they profess to have at heart by their adherence to this foolish course, which does not deserve in he dignified by the name of strategy. They1 ought to be put out of the president's way in this heavy laden hour by the. exercise of police power, if there is no innate sense of propriety operative to induce them to retire. The next morning Mrs. McKelvey found on the front porch a massive gold ring of foreign make. The Parnell Social club entertained 120 couples at a ball which was under the management 01 me louowing. Maher, T. J. Fltimorris, Louis Con nolly, W. H. Franklin, J. J. Lloyd, T. J. Conway. 8. E. Collins, J. M. White and E. B'lynn. Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Odell of Wis consin are visiting at the residence of their sister, Mrs. E. F. Seaver. Gustave Kroeger, clerk In Judge Berka's court, was admitted to citizen ship, having just attained his majority. Mr. Kelley, of the firm of Kelley, SUger & Co has gone to New York on a purchasing tour. A pleasant entertainment was given at the Castellar Street Presbyterian church by the Young People's union under the direction of the pastor, Rev. J. M. Wilson. The program was ren dered by the following: Misses Par, Rich, Johnson, Case and Banker. This Day In History. 1726 Abraham Clark, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, born at Ellzabethtown, N. J. Died at Rail way, N. J., September 16, 174. 17114 Laclede established the chief post of the Louisiana Fur company and named It St. Louis. 1797 John Bell, speaker of the na tional house of representatives, secre tary of war, United States senator and candidate for president born near Nashville, Tenn. Died in SeDtember 10. 18. 1820 Susan B. Anthony, famous pioneer of the equal suffrage move ment In America, born at South Adams, Mass. Died at Rochester, N. Y., March 18, 10. 1833 Joseph Pease, first Quaker to be admitted to the British House of Commons, took his seat 1846 Two thousand Mormons, the van. of the general exodus, crossed the Mississippi on the Ice. 1856 United States forces tn Kan sas, by order of the secretary of war, put under requisition of the governor. 1892 Great public demonstration at Lincoln In honor of the inauguration of James E. Boyd as governor ot Nebraska. 1898 United States battleship Maine, which had gone to Havana to protect American residents, destroyed by an explosion; 270 lives lost loot Theater Ore at Acapulco, Mexico; 350 persons burned to death. The Day We Celebrate. William H. Gates was born Febru ary 15, 1858. He has been in the real estate business since 1887. Dr. William Curry, physician and optician, was born February 15, at Zanesville Ind. He is a graduate of Rush Medical college. Robert Sanderson picked Gainsbor ough, England, for his birthplace fifty-four years ago today. He is head of the Sanderson Iron company here tn Omaha and glad he came over. Senator Albert B. Cummins of Iowa, who has been prominent of late as a critic of the president's policy for an International alliance to enforce peace, born at Oarmichaels, Pa, sixty seven years ago today. Captain Charles P. Plunkett, direc tor of gunnery exercises of the United States navy, born In the "District of Columbia, fifty-three years ago today Elihu Root former secretary of state and late United States senator from New York, born at Clinton, N. Y. seventy-two years ago today. Mme. Marcella Sembrtch, famous operatic soprano, born at Lemberg, Austria, fifty-nine years ago today. Roy Ellam, welt known Southern league base ball player, last season with the Nashville team, born at Cora. hoi oc ken, Pa., twenty-eight years ago today. Was 8affrage "Counted Out?" New York, Feb. 10. To the Editor of the Bee: A letter from Mr. Grant G. Martin is quoted as refuting my statement that the attorney general of Nebraska in 1915 had said that the "suffrage amendment was counted out there." Mr. Martin, in his letter, says: "1 was the attorney general at the time the amendment was voted upon. I do not remember that the count on the amendment was ever assailed in my presence." Mr. Martin was. It seems, the retir ing attorney general In 1914. Mr. Wil lis E. Reed was the incoming attorney general, and it is on Mr. Reed's state ments that I based my statement In speaking of errors in the count Mr. Reed says: "They arose in election contests over local offices and did not relate to the count of the vote on amendments. But while men were looking at the vote on contests of candidates there was nothing to prevent those so en gaged from keeping their eyes open and seeing other thinga- I have been told that in some such contests parties took tune to look over the ballots and make an estimate for and against amendments, and that gross errors in the count on amendments were no ticed. "When the legislature convened fol lowing the election in 1914. I took the office of attorney general, and it came to my knowledge that some one planned to introduce a bill in the leg islature calling for a recount but such a bill was not offered, nor passed, be cause the different interests would hurt them. The fellows who did not want the taxation amendment adopted feared it might open the way to count that In. The fellows opposed to wom an suffrage feared suffrage might car ry by a recount and so no recount was asked for." 1 believe that it must be fairly evi dent even to an anti-suffragist that I am correct in quoting the attorney general of Nebraska, In 1914, as hav ing challenged the count on the suf frage amendment in Nebraska. CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT, President National American Woman Suffrage Association. clous, from filling the world with their children. Can we prevent ima air souri of ignorance and vice from emptying into the Mississippi of civi lization? Must the world forever re main the victim of ignorant passion? "Why should men and women have children that they cannot take care of. Children that are burdens and curses? Why? Because they have more passion than conscience, more passion than reason. "You cannot reform these people with tracts and talks. You cannot reform these people with preach and creed. Passion Is, and always has been deaf. "There is but one hope. Ignorance poverty and vice must stop populating the world. This cannot be done by moral suasion. This cannot be done by talk or example. This cannot be done by religion or by law, by priest or by hangman. This cannot be done by force, physical or moral. To ac complish this there Is but one way. Science must make woman the owner, the mistress of herself. Science, the only possible savior of mankind, must put It In the power of woman to decide for herself whether she will or will not become a mother. This is the solu tion of the whole question. This frees woman. The babes that are then born will be welcome. They will be clasped with glad hands to happy breasts. They will fill homes with light and Joy. "I look forward to the time when men and women by reason of their knowledge of consequences or the morality born of intelligence will re fuse to perpetuate disease and pain. will refuse to fill the world with fail ures. When that time comes the pris on walls will fall, the dungeon will be flooded with light and the shadow of the scaffold will cease to curse the earth. Poverty and crime will be childless. The withered hands of want will not be stretched for alms. They will be dust The whole world will be intelligent virtuous and free. DR. J. F. BTEVEN8. People and Events Once more the courts of Missouri show the world that they occasionally forego the happiness of burning incense at the shrine of precedent Three members of the Macon county court as solemn as owls in tall timber voted, 2 to 1 to, to sustain the record making February 14 the legal groundhog day. Other groundhogs may celebrate February 2 as usual. A writer in Law Notes pulls the nation back to the main point by showing how utterly useless cats are as boosters of legal business, horses, cattle, sheep, dogs, even canaries bring grist to the legal mills, but cats are noo producers. In the whole history of American and English jurisprudence the writer says there is not more than a dozen eases where ptassy was the cause or object oa litigation. Timely Jottings and RcmiDders. Maine Memorial day, the nineteenth anniversary of the destruction of the United States battleship Maine tn Havana harbor, will be observed to day by patriotic societies throughout the country. France, following the example of England and Italy, today will put into force new regulations restricting the variety of meals served in restaurants. The several political parties in Michigan hoM their state conventions today for the selection of candidates for the minor state offices to be filled at the spring election. The republicans meet in Detroit and the democrats in Grand Rapids Salesmanship, nursing, bacteriolog ical work, library work, business and museum work are among the oppor ttinlties for young women that will be discussed at the fifth annaai confer. ence for women students that opens today at the University of Wisconsin. The new Pacific highway Interstate bridge, spanning the Columbia river between Portland, Ore., and Vancouv er, Wash., is to be formally opened to public tratnc today. Storyette of the Day. "It's a strange thing, remarked Prof. X to a friend of his, "but was snavea uus morning by a man who really is, I suppose, a little above being a barber. I know positively that he is connected with one of our leading universities, that be has con tributed acientlflo articles to the best magaaines, and yet by George, I'll be banged If he can shave a roan de cently. do you mean to say that a man with those accompltshments it a bar ber?" exclaimed bis f lined. "Oh, do, he isn't a barber. raterned the professor. "Too see, I shaved my- seu uus Thanks for Help. Omaha, Feb. 14. To the Editor of The Bee: The executive committee of the vocation bureau wishes to ex press its appreciation of your assist ance in making the first year a success. xne enclosed annual report will give some idea of the ground that has been covered. We hope that the facts tab ulated there may be interesting to alL MlKTUS FITZ. ROBERTS, Director vocation bureau. SMILING LINES. Mr. Neverwed Does your wife treat yen the aame as ahe did before you were mar- rled? Mr. Peck Not exactly. Before we were married when I displeased her ahe refused to spe&k to me. Boston Globe. ''The man I marry must be a hero; brttw, daring and gallant; he most have enough to support me comfortable; must have a country home, and, above all, be honest." "That's all very good; but this la love not a department store." Lsetalth Butt. Sympathetic Friend How Is your mother this morning;, my little glrlT Little Girl Much better, thank you. She Is able to be upholstered in bed this morn ing. Life. Quotes From Bob IngersoH. Hancock, la.. Feb. 14. To the Edi tor of The Bee: I have delayed con tributing to the Letter Box on the social evil till now and I copy verbat lm irom tne Medical Critic and Guide something better, by that frreat and noble man, Robert G. Ingersoll. 'For thousands of years men 'and women have been trying to reform the world. They have created gods and devils, heavens and hells; they have written sacred books, performed mir acles, Duilt cathedrals and dungeons they hare crowned and uncrowned kings and queens; they have tortured and imprisoned, flayed alive and burned; they have preached and prayed; they have tried promises and tnreats; they have coaxed and per suaded; they have preached and taught, and in countless ways have en deavored to make people honest, tern perate, industrious and virtuous; they nave built hospitals and asylums, uni-. veraitiea and schools, and seem to have done their very best to make mankind better and happier; and yet they have not succeeded. "Why have the reformers failed? I will tell you why. Ignorance, pov-' erty and vice are populating the world, the gutter is the nursery, peo ple unable to support themselves flit tenements, the huts and hovels, with children. They depend on the Lord, on luck and charity. They are not in telligent enough to think about con sequences or to feel responsibility. At the same time they do not want chil dren, because the child is a curse, a curse to them and to Itself. The babe Is not welcome because it is a burden. These unwelcome children fill the jails and prisons, the asylums and hospi tals. And they crowd the scaffold. A few are rescued by chance or charity. but the great majority are failures. They become vicious, ferocious. They live by fraud and violence and be queath the vices to their children. "Against this inundation of vice the forces of reform are helpless and charity Itself becomes an unconscious promoter of crime. Tne real question is, can we pre vent the ignorant, the poor, the vi- x tesem ct fiancee kt we zp& -V) u Tvmfc shc van amaiy rur AtisrnrE at toe Stage Manager Our leading lady cer tainly did make up horribly. Critic What did she do when yon told her? Stage Manager She changed countenance. Baltimore American. "Dad, what was the labor of Sisyphus T" "Sisyphus rolled a stone up a hill, and as fast as he rolled It up it rolled down again. It was a mythological episode; Nothing like that today." ''Oh, I don't know," Interposed ma. "Washing dishes Is just like that." Louis ville Courier-Journal. "If the country Is going dry I'd like to store some supplies for personal use. But I live In a flat and have no place." "I can store some for you, old fellow." "On what terms? "Well, I'll say nothing about the storage and you say nothing about the leakage," Louisville Courier-Journal. ACKNOWLEDGMENT. Witter Bynner, In Poetry Journal. Poor as t am In what men count As fortune, lacking In the goods And gains that make men paramount: When I Inquire of fields and woods For happiness, they tell me true How rich I am In only you. Far as I am from you this day, Impatient of the distance, fain To lessen It and ease the way With lesser loves: I learn through pain The comprehension, old and new. Of being near to only you. Dumb as I was when I would tell My gratitude and voice my love: Tour voice was in me like a bell At mass when congregations prove Their soul In silence. I oould do No better than be dumb to you. Brief as I am In my eaeay Of lite and love; I Importune No more and I have put away Impatience. I have had my boon. My proof, my vision through the blue. Touching eternity In you. BRAMBACH Grand Piano Smallest Grand Greatest Tone Wonderful Action Absolute Durability Pries Down to $465 Convenient Terms A. HOSPE CO., 1513-15 Douglas St. , "THE VICTOR STORE" A7, Persistence is the cardinal virtue in advertising; no matter how good ad vertising may, be in other respects, it must be run frequently and con stantly to be really successful.