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THE BEE: OMAHA, FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 1917.
The Omaha Bee DA1LT (MORNIN'O-EVENING-SUNDAT FOUNDED BY EDWARD ROSEWATEK VICTOR ROSEWATER, EDITOR THE BEE PUBLISHING COMPANY, PROPRIETOR. Entire it Omaha poUofflct as nemt-elm matter. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. Br Curl. Br UilL IHIIt end Similar mk ""?" ?!!! IHU; without Sunday " Cnolaf and tundar i ! ! 2S Cnalol MlMul Suadar " " J Hinda, Btt snlr " " J5J Hall ul tuada Baa. tarae een ta eirreaae... ............ .JIMS and eotlca at cd ant it hum at Inefiilertt Is SaUrer to (Hatha Ilea, Circulation Daparuant. REMITTANCE ait t draft ejpreae t poaial order. Onle l-aert Mam lata ra nvaM of amaU amunta. I'araoeal chaca. eieert OQ Onaha Hid aaitara eicatnte, noi accepted. OFFICES. Omaha TM Baa atalldlns. Chlcaao Paplrt Oae BoUdl South Omaha-UH N St. Haw Tara-11 Sine Aw. r.mnrtl Sluffa-H . Mala la, St. laws- B'k. of Cjamjroe. Lincoln LIUIe Bulldlm. WaHUiitoe-TtS Ilia St, W. W. CORRESPONDENCE ddreei flonaunleallona relating to aaa tad editorial Better a Omaha Baa, Editorial Oapartaaaat ' FEBRUARY CIRCULATION 54,592 Daily Sunday, 50,466 vmaie otieolatlaa for the amine eubeerlbad and aeon 10 br DwW Wllllapaa. ClroulaUo Haoarar. Su to team laaTkat the efty aaanlat kaw Tho Boo awlloa dreee caajafaa aa altaa aa raaaaataa Keep the flag flying! Will the home please rite ind specify "How Dry I Am?" A senatorial vote of 82 to 6 makes the decision almost unanimous. France and England alike agree that "a friend in need is a friend indeed." Two million young men for the army in two yeart. " Tentionl Eyes front!" . The borderland between loyalty and disloyalty ia dangerous stamping ground. .Keep out of it! The first Nebraska postmaster to be selected by the merit test under the new order is overdue. A leader competent to lead would save the Nebraska legislature from an excess of unseemly somersaults. .. It is announced Austria is about to break with the United States. Goodbye, Charley; watch out for your crown. i Valley county's man hunters took no chances. In desperate case post mortemi are more effi cient than trials. - Unlets Uncle Sam leta Willie Hohencollern play, too, Charlie Hapsburg is going to take his marbles and go home. To secure world-peace requires a fight Indus trial peace we can maintain by exercise of pa tience and common sense. The speed of the big push on the west front suggests that Americans must hurry if they would unfurl Old Glory at the finish. Colonel Bryan is misting chance to vindicate his "talk-it-over-for-a-yetr" peace plan by trying it out on the Woodmen Circle family troubles. , This tethering of President Wilson's address through Germany by French and Brtiish aviators is in the nature of forced circulation, is it not? "The flowers tnat bloom in the spring, tra la" have nothing on that ugly Welcome arch which blossoms like a night-blooming cereus budding out all the time.'-"'' ' ' Still, if we are to have an army, it cannot be made up exclusively of colonels, majors and cap tains. There must be a few non-commissioned officers and high privates Speculators in food products might profitably meditate on the thought that prices may be pushed to a point endangering the fabric of the balloon. Continuous boosting makes for home grown ruthlessness. . - The thrilling light of freedom breaks over Siberia. The far-flung gates of Russia's living tomb and the liberation of the political victims partly compensates for the ravages of wsr. The balance of the account is on the way. Anticipations of "big killings" in war supplies in this country are doomed to disappointment Federal law empowers the government to fix a reasonable price whenever a holdup Is attempted. Moreover, price holdups involve the disagreeable risk of penitentiary punishment Potash in the United States Wall StTMt Jauraal War Debate in Congress. Passage of the war resolution waa very ac curately forecasted by The Bee before congress convened, our statement being that if the presi dent would make a definite recommendation he would get what he asked for. Debate in the senate preceding the passage of the resolution was merely pro forma and in many regards perfunctory. Senators who support the president echoed his words, and reiterated state ment! many times made; those who found them selves in the opposition faced merciless tongue lashings on the floor because of their expressions, and have the certainty of being embalmed in his tory as have others who set up their privite judg ment or personal interests against the public's verdict. Only six of the original twelve "willful men" are recorded as still opposing the president. For two years the United States has been mov ing steadily to the point it has now reached. So apparent has this been to close observers at all times, that only those who could trust in the pos sibility of a miracle dared hope for a happy outcome. Facts on which the action of the presi dent and congress is predicated, save the later declaration of Germany in withdrawing its prom ise, were well known to the public for months, and nothing of surprise or novelty is found in their present recital. Our people long have un derstood the gravity of the situation and must now fully realize the extent of the sacrifice to be required. Selfish ease and comfort will have to be laid aside and Americans, dedicated to human liberty, will contribute in whatever ways they can to the great cause they are pledged by their birthright to uphold. The path we have chosen is difficult and dan gerous, but it leads to world freedom. Destiny directs us and the future can hold no more of dread than our fathers faced in launching the re public. Forward earnestly and courageously is the word I Announcement has been made that a large potash plant has been completed in the Death Valley region of California, capable of turning out 1,000 tons of potash salts a month. This may not attract as much attention as would news that St. Quentin had been taken, but to Germany it muat be prophetic of future losses aa serious at defeats in the field. Potash is an essential for chemical fertilizers. It is also used in glass-making, in metallurgical work, soap-making, and for explosives. The pho tographic ana pharmaceutical industries, ana tn tact the whole chemical industry, must have it, but practically none has been produced in the United States. , Germany has almost a natural monopoly on this industry. In 1913 our imports amounted to 13.400.000. The war baa finally cut off imports. so that in 1916 we received a negligible amount The result is seen not alone in the enormous in--rease of price, but in lower yields per acre of those crops like cotton and potatoes that require "hemical fertilizing. In fact of the three prin ipal plant foods necessary to supply to the soil, notash is the most imoortant for notatoes. The United Statea government haa been awake to the fact that in peace or war, we must hsve an ' imple supply of potssh, secured from sources not lependent upon overseas communication. A treat deal of prospecting and investigating has been done. Sources of iudoIv are to be found in the kelp beds of the Pacific coast the mud of the Searlea lake in California, the alunit of the mountain states of the west and from other sources, such as a by-product from aome cements. The difficulty, however, has been to make the industry commercially successful The announcement .just made would give promise that the problem ia being solved for one of the sources, and that In the near future we will be independent of Germany for thia essential of agriculture and industry. Potash, however, is only one. There are many others, like the dye industry, which are proving that Germany has no patent or monopoly on brains trained in chem ical research, under tne stimulus ot necessity, this country it malrintr bit advances in all such tnattera, each at wilt break more than one Ger man monopoly alter tne war. Working Up Silly War Scares. Many absurd rumors and ridiculous stories are gaining full currency in these days of excite ment and mental pertrubation, and none seems too wild or too silly to fail of a hearing and repetition. An example of moment comes from the south, telling of German attempts to incite negroes to revolt. This carries on its face evi dence of Ita unreliability, but it will live long in the minds of the unthinking. The accompanying threat to revive the Ku Klux Klan to subdue the blacks is just as unworthy, but it wilt also be held in mind by those who ought to know better. It is characteristic of Americans, though, that a crisis of any tort it attended with more or less foolish talk and print. This is the froth on the surface of the stream and bears no relation to the deeper undercurrent Working up silly scares will not materially affect the course of the union in meeting the present grave issue. Continuous Service and Labor. Omaha carpenters have adopted a resolution aaking that) stores be closed on Sunday, the ostensible reason being that clerks in some stores are deprived of their weekly day of rest under the present practice. All of the big stores and most of the little ones do close on Sunday, but aome keep open at leaat for a few hours on that day to accommodate patrons. The elements in volved are numerous and some of them .are weighty. Continuous service is one of the factora of modern social life. This is gradually extend ing from those agencies, such as the public utility corporations, the newspapers, hotels, restaurants, livery barns and the like to other lines of business. One of the first affected is the neighborhood groc ery and meat market Convenience as well aa economy has led many families into the habit of buying food aa it is consumed, frequently from meat to meat. The shopkeeper realizes this and preparea for it, while the householder haa the benefit of the storage service of the store. If the stores are all to be closed one day in the week, arrangements will have to be made at home for the preaervation of milk, meat fruits and other perishable foods that are now bought only as they are to be immediately used. Well-to-do folks can easily take care of themselves but for those in moderate circumstances, this is a feature of modern social economy not to be ignored. The one day off in seven for the clerks can and should be arranged, but the seven-day service ought to be maintained wherever its interruption entail a hardahip on the public. Potash in the United States, Several eastern papers are awakening the cry of no potash in the United States. Even the well informed Wall Street journal indulgea in a gloomy moment over the situation. It ia true that in 1914 the United States depended on Ger many for Its supply of potash, and that for a time after the beginning of the war some apprehension wss felt as to effects that might follow the'eutting off of the alkali needed for fertilizer, for the mak ing of powder and for other Industrial processes. Great was the rejoicing when a plant was erected at San Diego to extract potash from kelp, and much has been msde of reported discoveries of deposits of the salt in desert regions. It remained for Nebraska to come to the res cue with a source of supply that Is almost un limited, knowledge of which has not yet pene trated the rarified regions of New York and Philadelphia. In a recent bulletin the Bureau of Mines reported the total potash output of the United States last year as being in round num beri 10,000 tons, of which 4,500 came from Ne braska and only 1,300 from the kelp source of California. In other words, Nebraska provided almost one-half of the country's total and four times as much as came from California. Word from the region where this great induatry has been developed wsrrants the atatement that the Nebraska output will be greatly Increased during the present year and that it will be long before Its full production Is reached. The moral is that whenever the nation needa men or material it may turn to Nebraska, confident its requisition will be filled. 'YouHave50,000,000 Nephews, UncUSam" What We Sing Bn Frederic J. Haikin. Washington, April 2. This is the song that is heard in every cafe, cabaret, movie house and vaudeville theater throughout the entire country. In Seattle, the newsboy whistles it; in New Or leans, the cotton hands hum it; at Palm Beach aociety fox-trota it, and in New York the hurdy gurdies have mercifully substituted it for the "Sextet from Lucia." There are othera, too. "I'll Be There I" is also being sung with great enthu siasm, and last year's patriotic songs, such as "America, I Love You and "We're With You, Mr. Wilson I" are being revived with tremendous fervor. . . The most popular thing in the United States today is the patriotic song, which is a good indica tion of the American frame of mind. For what the public sings the public thinks to a great extent so that the popular song has always been the best barometer of public sentiment. You cannot force a song upon the people which does not contain a sympathetic appeal, and the most successful lyric is the one that gives the public the greatest op portunity for self-expression. Thus, a couple of years ago, everybody was singing, "I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier," because there was a strong popular sentiment against war in this coun try. Today. American parents, even in the west and middle west, have changed their minds about ,the upbringing of their sons, and, instead, are singing, "We don't want a war, that's true, but we'll fight and die for you, Uncle Sam I" So far as war and patriotism go, it is always comparatively easy to determine what the public wants, but with other songs it is largely a matter of guesswork. A song may "take," and it may not, but in either event it is hard to say just what particular feature decided its success or failure. The most popular song ever written, perhaps, was "My Old Kentucky Home" a purely de acriptive lyric with a pleasing melody and a somewhat monotonous chorus. It is estimated by an old music dealer in this country that the combined sale of "My Old Ken tucky Home" and "The Old Folks at Home" (by the same author) has totaled 50,000,000 copies, and the sale is still going on. These songs were written by Stephen Foster, who also wrote about fifty other songs, which on a royalty basis of 5 cents per copy made the Foster family wealthy. Alter the prescribed forty-two years the copyright expired, but one musical authority has figured out that if this had not happened, Mr. Foster and his heirs would have made $2,500,000 on his two most popular masterpieces. There is, as might be expected, a great deal of profit in song writing, but song writing is not as easy as it looks. If you stop to think, you will discover that the number of really big song hits are comparatively few and their careers brief. It usually happens that one success is fol lowed bv a dozen other songs exactly like it; the people tire of them, and one more theme must be pigeon-holed for years to come. Then, the public is so very fickle. One moment a waltz tune is in high favor and the next moment it is a fox trot; one week a Hawaiian song brings storms of applause and the next week it will be forgotten while the people whistle a new Irish tune. Much discussion has been waged among ama teur song writers over which was the most im portant feature of song writing the words or the music. But the publishers will teltyou that more important than either ot these is tne idea lor the song and a good title. The song called "Gee. I Wish I Had a Girll" was created out of chance remark heard by Gus Kahn and Grace LeBoy, who saw its possibilities as the basis of a popular song. It was on the occa sion of a public wedding held by the management of an amusement park in an eastern city. The event had been widely advertised and a large crowd gathered to witness it. At the last moment however, the bridal couple tailed to appear, ana in desoeration the management offered $500, in addition to the housekeeping outfit offered the missing couple, to any couple who would agree to substitute. No one volunteered, but one freckle faced youth near the edge of the platform ex claimed with genuine regret, "Gee, I wish I had a girl." If the growth of the popular song reflects the growth of the public appreciation, we have good reason to congratulate ourselves upon our prog ress during the last fifteen years. Ragtime in this country is only about as old as the apanish American war. At the beginning, while the mel odies were good, the lyrics were extremely crude. If they indicate the public taste of that day, we must all have been a race of melancholy senti mentalists, with no particular appreciation of good fcngiish. riere is a good sample: 1 broke her heart when 1 bade her go; She was a martyr, true to me I know. I met her with another; In vain was her reply That the atranger was her brother; Yet it parted Grace and I." This song was accompanied by a dolorous refrain, and was sung with great gusto by all classes of people. It waa one of the most dra matic compositions of the period. Today, it fails to nave anything but a humorous appeal to the public which sings "I can dance with everybody but my wife." Here's a shining example of municipal econ omy that should not go unheralded: Anticipating the merger with Omaha the little town of Flo rence hat let itt village government hold over until a way can be found for them to let go, thus saving election expenses, It is up to Omaha to take Florence in without unnecessary delay. ' Colonel Roosevelt standa ready to make good his warlike preachmenta of the last year. Action awaits word from Washington, If permission is gives the colonel will organize and lead a division to the fighting front and "do hit bit" to avenge the spoliation of Belgium and France. People and Events Cheboygan, Mich., and Monroe, Wir., voted strong against war. A submarine menace on the ballots. A division of the New York supreme court rules that tips constitute a part of a taxi driver's income and may be included in an award for compensation for loss of life. A judgment which covered the point was affirmed. Some energetic Boston women flout the idea of limiting war activities to "knitting sox for sol diers" and insist on sharing the perils of war. One woman lawyer proposes to raise a troop of Amazonian cavalry for "active service at the front." Spurred by a sympathetic heart and an eye to business, a New York movie man offers Nicholas Romanoff a job as film star at $5,000 a week. With some experience in the line possibly Nick might break into the Mary Pickford or Charely Chaplin class. Moreover he may need the money. Kansas haa issued 131,802 auto tags so far this year, and expects to run the number up to 150, 000 before the finish. Nebraska's total is well over 100,000 and still growing. On the basis of present prospects Nebraska looks good for one car to every eleven people and Kansas one for every twelve. Just to show kids in neighborhood pastures how easily an old youngster can do his turn, Thomas Edwards of Viola, Wis., danced a jig on the floor of a clothing store in honor of his 101st birthday while half the village looked on and cheered. What'l the answer. Tommy: gave it: "Never worry about anything." "Men for war, women for the vacant jobs." That's the slogan of several New York corpor ations. One concern reports increasing its pro- Jiortion of women to men from 16 to 50 per cent n two years. Othera are moving in the same di rection. It is aaid to be a patriotic move, hut in one published instance the women receive less wages than the men. Just before the advent of Montana's political belle in Washington, general courtesy hailed her aa "Congresswoman Rankin." The designation appeared too format. It lacked the intimate touch. Having been tworn into active service, admirers have switched to "Congressmiss Ran kin." The amended title is clearly distinctive, at tractive and auggests possibilities for romance. But suppose events necessitate a change to. "Con grassmrs. Rankin?" Forget it Nevertheless the first title best fills the bill regardless of what happens Proverb for the Day. A bad oath la better broken than kept. One Year Ago Today in the War. German federal council set all clocks ahead one hour, gaining one hour of daylight French ministry of marine reported sinking of German submarine and cap ture of crew. German chancellor declared kaiser ready for peace and blamed allies for continuing the war. In Omaha Thirty Yean Ago. Charles F. Beindorlf obtained a ver dict against Katz A Callahan, con tractors, of 1 160 damages for personal Injuries sustained by tailing through a hole in the street unprotected by the defendants. The firemen'! dog "Keno," who for twelve years has run to every fire in the city, waa run over and killed by No. 3's hose cart. Judge George W. Doane and wife have returned from Cuba, where they have been spending several weeks very pleasantly. Work was commenced on laying the double track for the street car com pany on Park avenue. Judge Stenberg drew a Jury for the trial of the case against members of the Salvation army, charged with dis turbing the peace, consisting of the following members: Martin Dunham, John Caulfleld, N. J. Edholm, C. S. Raymond, E. T. Duke and W. T. Simon. Mr. and Mrs. Moritz Meyer gave a family dinner to their numerous rela tives in this city. Those present being Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. Max Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. H. Rehfeld, Mrs. Fisher and Mr. and Mrs. Jaffa. Miss Mabel Fonda has left for Sioux City, where she will Join Marion Lowell and, under her teaching, will take a course in Delsarte. - This Day tn History. 1776- Continental congress ordered the ports opened to all nations. 1789 Congress counted the votes electing Washington as president and John Adams as vice president 1809 England and Austria entered Into an alliance against France. 1862 First day of the battle of Pittsburg Landing, or Shlloh. 1868 First post of the Grand Army of the Republic mustered in at Decatur, 111. 1892 President Woodruff of the Mormon church laid the capstone for the Tabernacle In Salt Lake City. 1898 Congress adopted a joint resolution recognizing Cuba as a belli gerent power. 1910 North Pole discovered by Robert E. Peary. 1916 Congressional committee re ported the fortifications bill, authoriz ing expenditures of 134,299,060. The Day We Celebrate. Captain Andrew T. Long, command ing the battleship Connecticut born tn North Carolina, fifty-one years ago today. Edward T. Jeffery, who recently resigned the chairmanship ot the board of the Denver and Rio Orande railroad, born in Liverpool, England, seventy-four years ago today. Charles L. Beach, president of Con necticut Agricultural college, born at Whitewater, Wis., fifty-one years ago today. Rt Rev. Nicholas Mats, Cathollo bishop of Denver, born In Alsace-Lorraine, sixty-seven years ago today. Rt Rev. Joseph M. Francis, Epis copal bishop of Indianapolis, born at Eatlesmere, Pa., fifty-five years ago today. William H. Schofleld, Harvard uni versity professor and president of American - Scandinavian foundation, born at Brockvllle, Ont, forty-seven years ago today. Timely Jottings and Reminders. Birthday greetings to Edward T. Jeffery, noted railway executive and financier, who entered upon his seventy-fifth year today. Observance of Good Friday, mark ing the end of the penitential season which precedes the great Christian festival and holiday of Easter. At sunset tonight Jews in all parts of the world will begin the celebration of the Passover, commemorating the deliverance of the children ot Israel from Egyptian bondage. In a proclamation which urges Kansans to adopt a program ot pa triotism, Governor Capper has desig nated today for the observance ot "Loyalty day" throughout Kansas. Colorado farm and commercial organizations are to begin a two-day eonference In Denver today to discuss the food situation and remedies for the high cost of living. Nine hours shall be the limit for a day's work for women employed in factories, offices and stores in Kansas, according to a ruling of the Kansas Welfare commissioners which comes Into effect today. Stozyette of the Day. Sir Robert Ball had delivered a lecture on "Sun Spots and Solar Chem istry," says the Chicago News. A young lady who met htm expressed her regret at having missed the lec ture. "Well," he said, "I don't know as you'd have been particularly inter ested. It waa all about sun spots." "Why," she replied, "It would have Interested me exceedingly. I have been a martyr to freckles all my life." Boston Transcript A BOY'S TRIBUTE. Bditar A. Oueat tn Detroit Free Freae. Prattltat arlrl I've over aaea la Ma; liOvollar than mny quaan la Ha. Olrta with curia to walkins by, Painty, graceful, bold and any, But tha ona that takaa my ayo Is Ma. . Bvary strl mmda into on la Ma, twaatoat slrl to look upon Ia Ma. taan 'am ahort and aaan 'am tall,T But tho flneat ono of all t la Me. Beat ot at) the tlrla on earth, v la Ma: One that all the net Is worth Ia Ma. some have beauty, aome hare trace, aome look nice tn eilk and laoe. But the one that takee flret place la Ma. tweeteat alnter la the land Ia Ma. the that haa the tofeet hand Ia Ma. Tendareat. tentleat nuree la aha, .Full of fun aa ahe can be, Aa the only girl for me Ia Ma. Bet if there' an antel here It'a Me. If Qod haa a sweetheart tear. It's Ma. Take the sirla that artlala draw An' all the atria I ever aaw. . The only on wltaoat a flaw . Ja Ma. Competition in Patriotism. .... XT. Anvil t T tViA Ldll.-OJ, t U., AH" - Editor of The Bee: We read today in your paper mat uroaen pun nc most patriotic town In the United , . a.B..i i.h than i nnA nnnii. DWin, aa iiaviB ....... -1 - - - r-r latlon and sending eight recruits. Callaway nas - aoout ouu iiupuaaaiu and sent twenty-three recruits and hundreds were at the train to see them off. STELLA DRUM. ULLJ1S IturBKi. Callaway, Neb., April J. To the Editor of The Bee: I wish to correct you on what was said about Broken Bow being the most patriotic town in the state, for indeed it isn't. Calla way had from twenty-three to twenty five young men leave last week. For proof of this please write Jim Nay lor of Loup Valley Queen, as the re cruiting station is there. Callaway is a small town of about 1,000 people. Broken Bow Is more than twice aa large and within twenty-five miles of Callaway. Please correct but don't mention my name, but, Just tne same, I'm a very patriotic girl and can't stand any such a story as that when there's one to beat it. Write and tell me where I can send my name to be a Red Cross nurse. L. M. Always for Taxing Land Values. Omaha. April 5. To the Editor of The Bee: In President Wilson's splendid address to congress upon the war he makes a very wise sugges tion with respect to the revenue for it. He hopes congress will provide for the cost by taxation rather than resort to the, old scheme ot issuing bonds. To borrow would be equivalent to lncreaslna our volume of money. To do this would do more than add an interest bearing obligation upon our people. As the volume of money were In effect increased, It would tend to an increase in the price of com modities, which are already high. As it would be an artificial and tempo rary increase, it would not result in the stimulation of enterprise. At the same time, an unwise appli cation ot the taxing principle could effect the same thing, with none of the benefits that might possibly arise from an inflation of the money vol ume. If congress should lay the bur dens of taxation upon commodities, its Immediate effect would be to cut down the production of wealth and by that process the tax would be added to the cost of production. By checking the production of goods it would still further limit the field of employment and that would tend to cut down wages. In turn this would mean a reduction in the ranks ot pos sible consumers, and business as a whole would suffer. Congress can avert this difficult, if It has sufficient statesmanship to do It. It can Increase the tax upon large Incomes and provide for a war tax upon Inheritances. But better than either of these proposals, it can take into consideration the fact that in the United States there are about ninety billions of land values which do not pay one cent In taxation to the gen eral government Let congress tax this source ot revenue, and It would not increase prices of goods; it would encourage enterprise, Increase demand for labor and thereby wages, result ing in general prosperity. L. J. QUINBY. Some Pertinent Remarks. South Side, Omaha, April 4. To the Editor of The Bee: After giving my many approving friends and a few dis approving enemies a rest of a few weeks I am back again and will again say some things that will meet with approval by aome and by disapproval by others. In the first place I will say that if we cannot protect ourselves from our own people who have manipulated the prices of necessaries of life this last winter, we had better hang our heads in shame. If men whom we elect to legisla tures and to congress cannot find some means to meet the situation when men deliberately buy up potatoes by the millions of bushels and hold them while millions of people have to skimp along to get even enough to eat; if they cannot find some way of meeting the situation when eggs are bought up and stored away by the millions of dozens to force prices up; If they can not meet the situation when all neces saries of life are manipulated by rob bers who are the cause of the high prices we have to pay; if they cannot meed: the situation when men buy up potatoes in the fall and let them re main In the ground to freeze and rot; if they cannot meet the situation when men buy up apples in tha tall and let them stay sn the trees to spoil; if they cannot meet the situa tion when meats by the hundreds of millions of pounds are stored away for yeart to as to force prices ud from year to year, then it is time the gen eral puouo were taxing a nand, and If there Is no other way of meeting the situation caused by the highway robbers, to take some good shotguns and go gunning for such people. It an example was made ot some of them with good sized bullets it might help some. If no other means can be found, the government should take charge ot affairs and see if there Is not some way of relief from the robbery. We are preparing to protect ourselves from the ruthless and Inhuman war fare forced upon us by the tyrannical government of Germany. We should at the same time prepare to protect ourselves from the pirates within our midst If we cannot protect ourselves from i pirates in our midst, then Indeed our ' boasted free American institutions are a failure. A way out has always been found In the past, and there is no reason why the present unwarranted and un called for situation cannot be met and the ruthless robbers of the general public dealt with as they deserve. If there is going to be war with Ger many, then the general government should step in and take charge of ail food supplies to see that the manipu lators do not rob us still worse than In the last few months. If all of us who have any chance to use some ground to raise articles of food would take advantage of tha chance, then it would help in meeting the situation caused by the food ma nipulators. It would pay much better than all the sports and weekly outings that could be gotten up. As I said before, the members of an organiza tion of youths would do themselves and their own folks lots more good by raising gardens this year than they will do by wasting time In scouting and hikes and camps. And you in The Daily Bee approved of that posi tion in one of your recent editorials. I stand by my guns on that proposi tion even though some of the ones Interested in the youthful organiza tion took it upon themselves to send me a number of anonymous letters. If they are the kind of people to have the say about affairs, then we are In- (am deed in hard linen. As I said before, if anybody does not like what I write they do not have to read It. These are solemn days in this re public and it will not hurt us to let drop some of the sports and fun until the present situation is at an end. We should all work to produce what we can this year for at best it is go ing to be an expensive year for all ol us. Let sports go to the winds and let us all, old and young, work to bet. ter the present situation. When soma are idle, when there Is so much that can be done, It affects all of us and it is to the interest of all to' eee thai everyone else does their part in meet ing the high cost of living proposition. FRANK A. AGNEW. What Did Nebraska Vote For? Superior, Neb., April 4. To the Edi tor of The Bee: Kindly permit me space to answer C. F., whoever he may be. When I write I sign my name in full. C. F. says he is a Nebraska voter; so am I, and as far as kaiserism and czarism is concerned It was not the senate of our state legis lature but the house with Its dry bone bill that misrepresents the ma jority voters of Nebraska. That over whelming majority C. F. writes about I think I can speak for as many other voters of this state as he can, and it ia my opinion that if it had been a ques tion last fall of voting for such a law as the house tried to put over it would have been overwhelmingly defeated, with a capital O. We voted to put the saloons and the breweries out of business, but not to sign away our personal rights or our home liberties by laying ourselves liable to search of our homes without even a warrant by any appointed breath smeller who might see fit to do so and wanted to come into our home. That in my opinion, be kais erism and czarism and so I say It waa the house and hot the senate which has tried to misrepresent the vote of last fall; and sign my name to it. P. O. LEWIS. SMILING LINES. " " ". anew i j ing m. Illtail in 109 ven In ot Ufa Ilka old Orumley." ua tjvsjmri; ui mo ( B lUTiner aiOtlf than that: I should mttv mi-.v In K morning." 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