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BEE: 03IAHA, MONDAY, StAKCH 25, 1918.
The Omaha Bee DAILY (MORNING) EVENING SUNDAY FOUNDED BY EDWARD ROSEWATER VICTOR ROSEWATER, EDITOR THE BEE PUBLISHING COMPANY. PROPRIETOR. Entered st Omaha postofflcs aa second-class matter. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier. By lltl. oau sad tuodM per wee. l" far . Dally without Bonoey Wo " 4.00 Kreulng ! Btlnda? " lto " 00 Etenlog without ttusdV - to " 00 State, M only So - S00 8end Dotloo of efeuwe of address Of IrreroUrity to dtllmy to Umaae Boo CiraaUUoB Deyarttgent. MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tht Asieetated Press, of which The Bes le e muto, eielusl?elj entitled to tho wo for publication of U uewa dispatches eredned to It or oot othonrlM credited lo thU smper. jnd tin to looel orn published herein. Ail rljhto of puNleetioD of our ipwlel diepatceea r alee tesemd, REMITTANCE tmtt h dnft. torat or postal order. Only 1 ond J-eeM Utoni takes in peyneM of mall acoounis. Panosel check, swept oa Omaha and eastern eschaDfe, got accepted. OFFICES w Om.he-The Bm Building. 'i,i?"-?,ldlB-Council Bluffs U N. Mala St ft Jyrale-New B jt of Conaeiee. LincolB-UtUo BulldlBa, fraehlnitoo Ull Q St CORRESPONDENCE Mrm fummanhirloBi rolatlnf to aowt and odltorlal mattn to Ojiaha Bee, Editorial Pcparunt. FEBRUARY CIRCULATION 62,544 Daily Sunday, 54,619 f r-rnw fimilatlrm for tho month, subscribed and sworn to by Dwlsh W.Miiira. Circulation Manager. Subacnbers having tho city ahoutd havo Tho Baa mailed them. Addreao changed aa often aa requests. The real battle will open at Lincoln tomorrow. Save the wheat; eat the substitutes, or eat less, for we must have wheat to win the war. Pacifists may now see how readily the Teuton war lord is turned from his purpose by honeyed words. Hurling 9-inch shells 75 miles establishes a new record, cither for the artillerists or the fic tion writers. The British bulldog never showed better than he does right now, at death grip with the huge German boar. Rudyard Kipling named the Russian bear Adam ?ad, and B. L. T. says the bear now pre sents Adam Zad spectacle. Will "King Arthur" be able to hold back the censure that threatens the senator? That is the ' real question before the house. Newton D. Baker is now getting some val uable first hand information as to the effects of pacifism and delay in face of danger. Nebraska has 2,568 name on the state pay roll, and when you add the county and city lists -o this, it will show that if we are not well gov erned it is not because we haven't enough bosses. Through the cloud of litigation it fs neverthe 'css clear that the short cut to "votes-for-women" n Nebraska is still a submission of a suffrage tmendment to the state constitution by the Initi ilive route. A speeder was let off by one of our sapient police judges because the arresting officer said "hell" in telling his story. Here Is t tip to auto- i;ts: If you must be arrested, have an impulsive policeman do it. - - Thousands on .thousands of German soldiers v, ent down in death's red ruin, charging in the face of a concentrated fire from modern weapons, and the kaiser, impiously telegraphs his wife that "the Lord has gloriously aided." What message d comfort will he send the homes he has deso lated to serve his insane ambition? Control of Street Traffic. Establishment of the "near side" stop rule 'or street cars in Omaha has occasioned a little :onfusion, and brought out some objection. It jives occasion, too, for the discussion of the gen ial topic of street traffic control, which finally csts on individual behavior. , Until the individ sal, whether pedestrian, autoist, truck driver, or whatever he may be, learns to consider the rights if others as well as his own, and to so regulate lis movement on the streets as to occasion least :onfusion, best results will not be had. Careless ar thoughtless persons are responsible for traffic jams and street accidents. Omaha's street traffic , is steadily growing, and with the increase wilt ; come more rigid regulation of movement. For the present each person using the street may . help a littte by being more careful. As far as the near side stop is concerned, it is nearly the : jniversal rule in America, and has been found o be the more convenient and by far the safer , where heavy traffic is handled. Omahans will Deecune accustomed to it in time, and will learn how to get around without getting in one an other's way. Pedestrians and drivers will come :o a better understanding, each recognizing that rights are not exclusive, and by the exercise Df a" little forebearance will assist in avoiding jams. And, finally, the straphanger may dangle nd sway in the knowledge that he is but one of millions of his fellow countrymen in a similar nx, because no genius has yet devised a street :ar that will hold everybody who wants to ride j;i it during the rush hours. Be patient, and play .' safety first always. PROGRESS OF THE GREAT BATTLE. So far the progress of the great battle now raging in northern France is disclosed by the brief telegrams received, two things are made clear. The German advance has been secured at a cost that is fairly stupefying, while the British army is sustaining the brunt of the attack. Be yond this surmise must take the place of cer tainty. Mention of American troops in the dis patches from Berlin is discounted at Washington, where no information of the engagement of any of Pershing's forces is given. A Reuter correspondent estimates the German losses at 30 to SO per cent of units engaged. This outlines the price German high command is will ing to pay for success, and which must carry with it a heavy penalty in form of broken morale in event of failure to achieve a distinct victory. The map shows that on a front of some 21 miles Hindenburg has pushed his advance over about half the distance he relinquished in his "strategic" retreat before Haig. Hindenburg's ultimate objective is only to be guessed at; strategists differ in opinion, some holding Paris to be the point sought, others the Channel ports. To attain either, he must break through a strongly held line of defense. Com petent observers believe this to -be beyond his power. In the end, these insist, Germany will have lost the decisive battle of the war through sheer inability to carry it to a definite conclusion. Many days may elapse before a decision will be reached. Haig's tactics are those of a skillful and pru dent commander, who has managed his enforced withdrawal with great tact. ' The force he can put into his return blow will fix the value of the whole great operation. Getting the Short End of It. What have Douglas county taxpayers to show, present or prospective, for all the money they have been paying into the state bridge fund? This fund was provided for by act of the legis lature of 1911, to defray half the cost of con structing bridges across any stream wider than 175 feet (the other half to be paid by the county or counties in which the bridge is located), the fund "being replenished through , a percentage levy upon all the taxable property in Nebraska. According to the records, the aggregate amount levied so far for state-aided bridges is $568,387, of which Douglas county's share was $56,053, or almost exactly 10 per cent. In a word, Douglas county taxpayers have been for seven years putting into this fund without draw ing a single dollar out or getting any visible di rect return. . The one and only place where Douglas county people could benefit by this fund is through the construction of a toll-free bridge across the Platte at some point where it forms the boundary between this county and Saunders county. If anything is to be done in this direction within the next year, application must be made before the April meeting of the State Board of Irrigation. Our Automobile club, and automobile owners, generally, upon whom the tax levied by the toll bridges falls, ought to take this subject in hand. At any rate, after paying 10 per cent of the whole state-aid bridge fund, Douglas county ought to have some consideration in the expenditure of the money and not be left to take the short end of it forever. American Leaders of Opinion British Reporter1 s Sketches of National Qelebritus Colonisation of Courland. Announcement from Germany that a colony of 50,000 is to be sent into Courland, to extend the Gcrmanization of that section, might suggest to the casual reader that such a process is some thing in the way of an innovation. The con trary is true. Courland, Esthonia, Livonia and other of the Baltic regions have long been under the influence of German elements. Enterprising merchants, mechanics, farmers and workmen have pushed across the border and established themselves, until a considerable intermixture of German blood has tinctured the original popula tion, carrying with it German ideas and to some extent German ideals. Not so very many years ago it was said of Riga it was a. much a German as a Russian port, facial differences between the Teuton and the Lett, for example, are not so sharp, nor so irreconcilable, as those between the Teuton and the Slav or the Czech. In the latter half of the eighteenth century Catherine II found it expedient, in the pursuit of her benefi cent purpose of developing Russia, to invite immi grants from Germany. One considerable colony was planted in the Black sea region, where today the German language at least persists. Proof of this is found among the Mennonites who have settled in the Dakotas, whose tongue is German. Whether these facts are entitled to any especial weight in the present crisis, they are submitted as proof that the Germanization of Russia,, was long ago commenced, and that it has made con siderable progress in a century and a half. The German mind seems to work only one way, a conclusion warranted by the fact that they are trying- the same sort of propaganda on the soldiers on the west front that disorganized the Russians and Italians. They will find the Amer icans, British and French have quite as much imagination as any, and far more of reason to keep on fighting. They have lived in liberty and know what it is better than any German can tell them. Frank Dilnot in London Chronicle. The highest American type which evolving itself from a mixed condition of race reacted upon by traditions, by climate, by isolation from Europe, and all the vary ing incidental influences, has a composite distinctive nature which will afford wide fields of study for the historian. An Eng lishman is apt to form hasty judgments when he comes into contact with some spe cial strongly marked side of the American character. To get any kind of just estimate it is well to draw conclusions from those who have been selected for positions in leadership. I went down to Oyster Bay to see Mr. Roosevelt, ex-president of the United States, and one of the national figures. I was a stranger to him. I drove out from the sta tion a couple of miles or so to a house of the bungalow type, in a country district quite close to the sea. The house looked rather bare and, like the majority of Ameri can residences, its ground had no hedges giving privacy from the road or from ob servation. I walked up the 100 yards of drive and knocked at the door. It was opened by a rather short, heavily-built man in tweed coat, knickerbockers, grey worsted stockings and heavy boots, apparently hobnailed. I knew from the pictures in the paper that it was Colonel Roosevelt. I told him I was a newspaper correspond ent from Europe. "Come in, he said; "glad to see you. I nope you are not going to ask me anything for publication." I told him I had come only to introduce myself, and to have a talk with him if he would allow me. "Come right in and take off your overcoat," he said. He helped me to remove it. Then with a most cordial manner he took me into his library before a blazing fire, and intro duced me to a friend of his. He put me in a comfortable rocking chair, seated himself in another a couple of yards away, and pro ceeded with a warmness and friendliness and confidence which I should never forget. He talked about national affairs, about the state of things in Europe. He asked me many questions about England, and his comments were a mixture of wisdom, of wit and boisterousness, salted all the time with an Americanism as stimulating, as it was frank. One gets an inadequate idea of Mr. Roosevelt from his published pictures. There is in him a strong mixture of suavity and gentleness. He is filled with the desire to know other people's point of view He has a Rift of phrase which makes his conversation delightful. His complete trust In a compara tive stranger's discretion was in itself a tribute to his own sincerity It might be possible to dislike Mr. Roose velt's politics, it would be well-nigh impos sible to dislike the man . himself. He is one of those rare personalities who would have gladdened the heart of Robert Louis Steven son. His glittering teeth, his beetling brows, his pugnacious jaw, his voice rising almost to a childish treble, as he gave point to a joke or a pungent phrase, were but the expressions of a rich, rare spirit. He swayed himself to and fro in his, rocking chair and talked not only about tlye present-day poli tics and the war, but about the time when he was president, and he did it in a full flood of enjoyment and satisfaction which it is impos sible to reproduce in print. There is a cer tain boyishness about him which is attractive in itself. The hour I spent with him was full of good things. I wondered whether it would be as easy to get access to the per sonality of any ex-prime minister of Britain. I went down to Washington one day and called at the treasury on Mr. McAdoo, America's chancellor of the exchequer, one of the right-hand men of the president and a man spoken of as a possible successor, to Mr. Wilson. His secretary, jn an outer of fice in , the midst of a multitude of corre spondence, callers and telephone conversa tions, was as courteous as if he had known me for vears, He was but a reflection of his chief. Mr. McAdoo sent out word that he had someone with him, but could I wait just a minute? When I went in I found a tall, spare man with lean, acute, sharp-featured face, and bright eyes. He grasped me by the hand and treated me with a confidence which was as refreshing from a high official as it was delightful. In him, one of the po litical opponents of Mr. Roosevelt, I 'found the same directness, vigor and. if I may so express it, simplicity. He is one of the keen est statesmen, as well as one of the cleverest business organizers in the United States. He talked to me like a fellow journalist. In him again I found that absence of reserve, that trust in the man facing him, which is one of the truest indications of a big nature. Withal, he gave me an impression of power and of grip which one seeks in vain in smaller men, in those who so often assume a mantle of reserve or of artfulness to cover deficiencies. ' Mr. Elihu Root, ex-secretary of state, is a great lawyer, moving orator, and by many regarded as the greatest administrative in tellect in the country. I talked with him in his business office down town in New York just, before America entered into the war. Mr. Root is a square-faced, grim-looking man, who might be 50 instead of 70. It is said that nothing could have kept him from being president of the United States but the fact that in his capacity of lawyer "he has pleaded the case of some of the great cor porations here. The capacity and intellectual ruthlessness of the man is apparent at one glance. He talks with the clarity of Mr. Asquith and the incisiveness of the late Mr. Joseph Cham berlain.' He does not effervesce like Mr. Roosevelt. And yet tit was a pleasure to lis ten to his slow words, crystal-clear in thought and purpose. There can be now no harm in repeating one of his expressions as giving an indication of the man. I told him I heard one of his speeches and found in it, republican as he was, no criticism of President Wilson for not enter ing the war, such as characterized the speeches of some other leading men. He told me that he regarded the cause of the allies as so important and so transcendent that any question of personality must be sub merged. (All this was before America de clared war.) He explained that he thought it better to express approval of the presi dent whenever and wherever it was possible to do so, by reason of the president's line of thought and action on the side of the allies' ideal. More good could be done this way than by any criticism. The stern idealism of Mr. Root, coldly expressed, made a deep mark on me. In him, as in other public men, I found an intensive conviction of the right and justice of the al lies' cause, and a sympathetic understanding in connection with England which would surprise those who sometimes doubt Amer ica's knowledge of ourselves. War Secretary Baker I found at his desk in the War department in Washington. A small, genial man, who smokes a big pipe, and who is as modest in demeanor as a clerk. His wide vision and his strong grip of a vast organization has been lately demon strated by his speech to congress. He, too, was kindness itself. "Whenever in difficulty come and see me," he said. I believe he said it with sincerity. There is one man in New York to whom Britain in particular and the allies in gen eral owe a big debt for his efforts on behalf of their cause. Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia university, whose voice and pen have done continuous service for the cause of humanity, is at. the head of a score of activities, and is unwearied in the promotion of those objects which are upper most in the minds and hearts of Britain. He is a man of powerful physique, tall, broad shouldered, with massive head and a gift of flowing phrase. There is something Anglo Saxon in his firm jaw and steady eyes. I heard him speak the other night at a banquet to inaugurate an American Phil Hellenistic society. It was a speech at once gracious- and compelling. There was some quality in it which reminded one of the best in the British House of Commons. He is a man not only deeply versed in European history in general, but also in a knowledge of current affairs and living personalities on the other side. He told, for instance, on the occasion in question, an appreciative little story about Mr. Asquith. There is no more stalwart American than Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler. There is probably no stauncher friend of Britain in America. Americans As They Are Not A fancy sketch of American soldiers now in France has just appeared in all the German papers and therefore has the imperial sanc tion. No doubt the kaiser closely examined the final revision of the article, the object of which is to impress upon the German mind a disparaging estimate of the armed Ameri cans now in France or preparing to join our fcrces there. This artful piece, of fiction is based on alleged interviews with the few American prisoners who have been captured. The German' siftings from this material wit! amuse Americans, though they will not fail to realize its crafty purpose. Our soldiers are represented to be "laborers" under French direction, as lacking in enthusiasm, ignorant of war aims,' and as having been captured "without much resistance," in a state of surprise over the violence of the German attack. We are reported to hate, but respect, the English, to regard the French with a protective pity, and to be ab solutely indifferent toward Germany. "Mili tary operatiOns .do not interest them in the slightest," it is added, their general attitude being that of fatalistic submission to the French. This camouflaged American, made in Potsdam, will be accepted as a verity by the confiding Germans who are always op portunely provided with junker spectacles. It is needless to quarrel with such an esti mate cultivated in the mind of an armed ene my. The awakening will be rude, and not long delayed. Never under any circum stances have our soldiers "submitted easily to capture" or lacked enthusiasm and endur ance in any war in which the government has engaged. The nation has never lost a war. Our soldiers do not. everlastingly click their heels together .nor rattle sabers and bayo nets with an air of frightfulness. But they will be found, on hand in fighting and to have qualities in daring fatiative unknown in the Prussian military machine. It is ad mitted in the German caricature that the American soldiers are physically fit. A dis covery of their superior intelligence and The kaiser has sized up Americans for the benefit of his gullible subjects. The jolt he' has prepared for his dupes will be a stiff one. St. Louis Globe-Democrat. People and Events It cost the speculative bankers of In diana $2,000,000 to get their eyeteeth sharp ened on the con games of the "Yellow Kid" gang. Gold bricks are more expensive than the real article. Thrift in some lines is not all it is cracked up to be. A Brooklyn man unusually thrifty in accumulating wives lost one by an nulment, another by divorce and is now under arrest for marrying a third in defiance of court order. People whose memories hark back say a year or so may recall the extract of hops, malt and other mystic elements which fash ioned a souze. Well, it still does the busi ness in some distant spots, but is woefully deficient in quantity. Officially the output of breweries is cut 30 per cent this year, which promises to put the collar on the elevator. Restricted output yields no in terest locally, of course, but insinuates a reminiscent touch for summer vacationists to wet fishing grounds. I IQDAV 3ne Year Ago Today In the War. President ordered enlisted strength of navy raised to S7.000. German admiralty save out addi tional list of 27 vessels captured by raider Moewe. French continued advance toward St Quentln despite desperate resist ance of Germans. The Day Wo Celebrate. C itzon Borirlum, the sculptor, born in Idaho in 1867. Charles R. Kennedy, Burgeon, born 1882. , , Emanuel L. Philipp, governor of Wisconsin, born in Sauk county, Wis sonsin, 67 years ago. - John Lind, former governor of Min neHota, born in Sweden, (4 years ago. Or. Simon Flexner, director of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Re ' search, born at Louisville, Ky4 65 rears ago. . Yvotte Guilbert, French comedy c-rtlste, born in Paris, it years ago. .'i'lils Day In History. 1753 Richard Varick, who was Benedict Arnold' aide at West Point ba who did not suspect his chief of treachery, born at IUckensack, N. J. Died at Jersey City, July SO, 1831. lilt Ths great powers formed a new alliance against Napoleon. IS 18 "Light Horse Harry" Lee, famous general of the revolution, died at Cumberland Island, Oa. Born in Westmoreland countv. Virginia, Jan uary Zp, X76e ( , v Just 30 Years Ago Today C. T. Taylor has returned home from a trip to Florida. Pat Killen has issued a challenge to meet John L. Sullivan, Charlie Mitchell, Jake Kllrain, Jem Smith, Jack Knlfton, or anyone else that claims to ba a heavyweight, tor $S,000 or 110,000 Stake, and the money is ready. About half of it at 8t. Paul and the other half in Omaha. At a meeting of the law and order party of South Omaha, D. Anderson waa appointed chairman and J. B. Er lort, secretary. The storm of Saturday worked de lay and disaster to ths several rail roads running out of the city. At all of the depot "trains late" was bulle tined and travelers were greatly put out In consequence. A washout on the Missouri Pacific impeded traffic and no trains were run, Whittled to a Poin Minneapolis Journal: If you can't remember whether to say the hen sets or sits, try this: 'The hen seats her self." Washington Post: When daughter gets all of her military toggery on, dad gets some new light respecting a war finance bill. St. Louts Globe-Democrat: Only cowards, idiots and traitors will listen to peace talk from the saber-rattling Potsdam gang, pulled up by their Russian successes. Kansas City Times: Although the clock is not to be turned ahead until the last' of the month there is nothing to prevent anybody getting up an hour earlier now by way of practice. New York World: For a monarch who is not now working at his trade of monarehlng, ex-King Tlno of Greece would seem to be amply paid with his fioo.000 a year. . . Minneapolis Tribune: Secretary Baker's discretion in taking refuge In a wine cellar when the boches bombarded Paris will be commended by everyone, unless Josephus Daniels protests. Still, the cellar may have contained grape Juice. Louisville Courier-Journal: The selsure of American property in Ger many follows as a matter of course the action of America aa to German property in this cduntry. The Ameri can owners a&cted can be counted upon to sympathize wholly with the purposes of the American govern ment. The kaiser cannot make Amer ica sorry she acted. Round About the State York is putting over a vigorous drive for a modern hotel to cost around $200,000. With this done the Sun of York will radiate Joy as never before. 'Fall wheat in Butler county," re ports the Press, "has come through the winter and this much of the try ing month of March remarkably well." Editor Blnker of the Rosalie Rip saw monkeyed with the game laws and had $19.80 ripped off his roll. Pretty tough pinchfor a scribe who Is constable of his precinct and police chief of fair Rosalie. Alliance Times resents with consid erable heat the Insinuation that farm ers are not doing their part in war activities. Box Butte county farmers, according to the Times, are up ana doing their share and better in active work and financial contributions. State papers lend little encourage ment to plana for sending city boys to the country as farm helpers. Grand Island Independent and York News Times profess to know that farmers do not want-them because they can not devote the time to jhow the boys what to do. Briefly reviewing the situation lo cally and at large, the Schuyler Sun is convinced that a firing squad is more efficacious than fried chicken in reaching the roots of disloyalty. "Why." asks the Sun. "should we treat these vipers as offenders against civil law? Let's order out the firing squad I" Twice Told Tales Candor. "I wish to marry your daughter, sir." "But, young man, you have no means of support." "I know I haven't. That's why I wish to marry your daughter." Balti more American. Ahead of the Season. The young housewife was complain ing of the small piece of ice that had been left in response to her order for 50 pounds. That the iceman was convinced that she was young and inexperienced is evidenced by the nature of his reply: "But notice, ma'am, the firm and excellent quality of it. In buying ice your motto should be not how much, but how good.' " Insurance World. Some Speed. One evening a party named Smith rushed into a cigar store in his home toWn. and, in response to a question as to what made him look so wild eyed and exefted, he said he had been held up by footpads. . "I was coming through that deep, dark woods down by Johnson's farm," he continued, "when I saw the dusky forms of two men stealthily crawl ing through the underbrush toward me. One of them had a pistol in his hand and the other " "Gee whls, man!" interrupted one of the cigar atore crowd. "What did you do?" "What did I do?" responded Smith with some emphasis. "Why, I did three miles in Just about four utes.-rrBaltimore American, tees Give the Youngsters a Chance. Omaha, March 22. To the Editor of The Bee: In reply to Rev. C. W. Savidge respecting "old men to be given a fighting chance," I respectful ly submit that its adoption would be the same as It is on the farm. The white-haired pioneer would be doing the work, whilst the youngsters would devour the profits and wear out the automobile. My remarks are not aplicable to the gallant troops serving in European trenches, but to a class similar to those unearthed by General March of Washington. Without wishing to be considered intrusive I would respect fully suggest lady military or naval staff clerks he employed for govern mental and recruiting rendezvous office work. This would conserve your fighting material and afford a golden democratic opportunity to patriots to "win their spurs." ED T. G. JOHNSTON. 1617 Dodge Street. Burden of Taxation. Omaha, March 23. To thi.' Editor of The Bee: Last year The Bee opened up a campaign against assessments made by the county assessor. What the assessor did last year was nothing to what is contemplated this year. Now there is to be used a form of tax schedule that will oblige every householder to enumerate every article of household convenience from the kitchen to the bedroom. Every thing which the average man has placed in his house for the comfort of his family is to be itemized on the schedule and he is to be fined for it, as though he were a common nui sance. Then it will go to the farmer and "soak" him in the same way. It will go to the business man and manufacturer and not only make an "estimate" of his goods, but it will compel him to furnish the assessor a copy of his inventory, taken by him as a basis for credit or insurance and other business purposes. Upon this inventory taxes will be levied and he will not therefore have the chance to have an obliging Board of Equali zation to cut down his own figures. If Hurh a plan is honestly carried out in this city it will be a black eye to our commercial interests as Well as a special wrong against the humblest citizen. In the latter case the poor man will be compelled to pay a tax proportionately greater than will the rich, as well as suffering from fewer chances of gaining a livelihood. Oma ha and Nebraska cannot compete with surrounding cities and states which show a wider vision of what consti tutes justice in taxation. L. J. QUINBY. State Music Teachers' Association. Omaha, March 23. To the Editor of The Bee: A subject which at the present time is being discussed with much interest by the students and music teachers of Omaha is the Ne braska State Music Teachers' asso ciation, which will convene at the Fontenelle hotel April 1, 2, 3. There are In the city of Omaha today several hundred boys, girls and adults en gaged in the study of voice, violin, piano and other Instruments. There are glee and choral clubs, bands, or chestras and music study clubs. The small town as well as the large city offers the music loving public con certs by the most celebrated artists; even the farmer may have the choic est selections rendered on the vlctrola and phonograph. , Music Is no longer regarded as a luxury. It has become a necessary factor of education in the homes of the poor as well as the rich. It is one mental, moral and physical discipline. The child who studies music acquires regularity and endurance, self-control, power of concentration, accuracy and neatness,, alertness and repose. Music offers compensation for the inevitable drudgery and toil which are ever present In the workaday world. It leads to the most agreeable social Intercourse and it provides employ ment for leisure which might other wise be viciously spent. . It is the great mission of the music teacher of today to foster high ideals in the minds of the public, especially the young students. The good the music teacher does rarely stands in relation to his income. His real com pensatlon lies in the fact that he con tributes much to make this world a better and finer place to live in. Where shall the music teacher go to obtain the inspiration which he must possess in order to upbuild the na tional music life? To the State Mnsic Teachers' association, the object or which is to bring together the man and woman of broad musical training and experience and the young teacher and student whose career is yet before him. There must be kindly co-operation, interchange of ideas, the standard of teaching and studying must be ele vated and the enthusiasm and appre ciation of teacher and student alike must become more vital and inspiring through his attendance at the concerts and lectures held under the auspices' of the association. HELEN MACKIN. Wants State to Soil Homes. Lincoln, Neb.. March 21. To th Editor of The Bee: It always seemed most strange to me that a man is compelled to go to a real estate dealer and pay him a commission to get a home. The foundation of society, the state, the nation and our civilization should be the home. If that were true our civilization would be built on rock and forever stand. But instead, commercialism has been so ingrained into our social and political life that profit and not the home is the foun dation of our civilization and that foundation is sand, and when the hungry, homeless hordes begin to beat against its walls great will be the fall thereof. Why could not the city clerk of Omaha have a plat of the city, show ing every house and lot for sale, so a buyer could choose for himself and buy from the owner direct? It is hard enough for a laboring man to pay the exorbitant prices for furniture and furnishings without being com pelled to 'pay a commission for the blessed privilege of buying a home. JESSE S. KINDER. MIRTHFUL REMARKS "So there's a new baby at ytfur house, Elsie." "No, ma'am, 'taint new, a-tall. It's all red and creased, and I b'lievo it's second hand.'' Baltimore American. "Is Mllllonbucka dolns his hit?" "Certainly, he ha 'Eat Leaa Bread' poatera on all hla automobiles. '' Judge. 'Don't ba too rough wif do forgetful man.'1 aald Uncle Eben; "mebbe what he waa busy remembering' waa more important dan what he forgot." Christian Register. "There's a man who will not let ths lit tle troubles of life worry him over md h." "Why do you say that?" "I notice ho wears his hat on tne side of his head." Louisville Courier-Jourr.a I 'There Is one thing I would lllte n ex pert eleftrlclan to explain to me." "What is that?" "Why a decided negative Is always so positive." Baltimore American. Lady (to tramp) You say that you wfre formerly an army aviator. Did they vnake you take long flights? Tramp Madam, 1 was once sent op for 30 days. Judge. "My butler left mo without any warn ing." "There are worse things that that. Mine left mo without any spoons." Houston Vost. FED BY THE BIRDS. Charles C. Junkln. In Judne. I love to read the charming tales About the Golden Fleece; Of Midas, with his golden touch. And eggs from Golden Geese; And how, in our more wondrous days Of enterprise and dash, A man can quickly stow away A barrelful of cash. Two men. somewhere In Michigan, Ths Dally Screech declares. Three years ago were poor as rats, And now they're millionaires! These brothers, both, describe their rise With throbbing, thrilling pen, The one possessed a common goose, The other kept a henl A woman out tn Tuscalloo (The etory's often heard). Built up a fortune on a bee (A bee that was a bird!); And two In merry Maryland Found mountains of good luck. A pigeon did the trick for one, The other had a duck! Elijah dwelt beside the brook. The ancient story reads, And there the ravens brought him food To meet his dally needs; And foolish critics scoff and sneer. And call the tale absurd. Because, forsooth, no man could ret A living; from a bird! Have You $1,100? It will buy eleven of our shares. 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