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THE BEE: OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, llJlo.
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Room On.hs "It S St. New Tors-Ma Fifth An. Council Bluff 14 N. Mla St. Ht. bwis-Ksw B'k of Commerce. Lincoln Uttlo Building. Ksslilm-t 1311 O 8U CORRESPONDENCE ' Address enmrnmileatl i wUtlna ta aew tnd editorial mnttar to taah Be. Editorial Department. FEBRUARY CIRCULATION 62,544 Dally Sunday, 54,619 A -ate otrralatlon for the , tubscrlbwi and sworn ta bf Dwliht Willlama, ClroBlatloa Manaj . Subscriber laavfaiff tha city should hava Tha Baa mallai) ta thorn. Addre changed aa often aa requested. Our airplane service seems to he up in the air. Remember that no battle is won or lost until It is ended. Over the top for the Boy Scouts is the next I announcement of worth to be made. The hen that started laying eggs at the rate of two a day shows little regard for profiteers who hope to corner the market again. Chicago kaiserites started a celebration and landed in jail. They will probably be definitely located from now until after the war is over. Dr. Karl Muck's service to the kaiser in this country Js also at an end. He will know well how to play "The Star Spangled Banner" by the time he is allowed to conduct another concert. It now looks as if Hindenburg was mistaken when he said he would be in Paris on April 1. He has only five more days in whicli to, make good, and the going is rather rough on his side of the line. "Fee-grabber Bpb" Smith won't have to spend lime paid by Douglas county taxpayers lobbying for his own pocketbook at the extra session of the legislature. He's too busy watching the grand Jury, anyway. Save the wheat. We are not only feeding the French, our allies, but the Dutch, the Swiss, Danes, Norwegians and Swedes are also looking to us for food. Whatever sacrifice we make is rot only to win the war, but to save neutrals as well Mr. Bryan thinks the legislature in extraor dinary session may give some or all of its time to considering prohibition, although the consti tution limits its action to subjects included in the call. But what is the constitution among democrats? General March gives two reasons for curtail ment of casualty list information, most acceptable of which is the one that it will save the families of soldiers annoyance roin claim agents. Soldiers' , dependents deserve all protection the country can give them. ' The German-American Alliance is now paying 'dearly for following in the footsteps of John Charles Hexamer and other adoring worshipers of kultur. The circumstance will recall locally the visit of Hexamer and the reception life was accorded by the pmaha Hyphenated. War of People and Not of Party. Congressman Lenroot's moderate expostula tion against the intrusion of the president's per sonal influence in the special senatorial election In Wisconsin is such as must be warmly com mended. Mr. Lenroot has given not only pledge but proof of his loyalty, in and out of congress, and is justified in resenting any innuendo from the White House reflecting on his course. So far the republicans have given united and hearty support to all the war measures proposed by the president, and as a party stand devoted to the prosecution of the war with utmost vigor. If the leaden have criticiied the administration at any time, it has been for seeming want of energy in movement Mr. Lenroot well sums up the Jrase in these words: "It is proper to say that if it had not been for republican support and re publican leadership, President Wilson could not have carried through the war program, and we have the right in return to ask that he treat this rot as a democratic war, not a war carried on by the democratic party, but by the American peo ple." On this all can unite. This is not President Wilson's war, nor the democratic party's, war, but the people's war. RESPONSIBLE CONTROL OF WAR FUND SOLICITING. Some time ago, stimulated by the exposure of gigantic frauds perpetrated by professional grafters pretending to collect money for war re lief associations, The Bee emphasized the need of some central and responsible control over all such solicitation and collections. We explained and discussed the plan adopted in Kenosha, which is substantially an underwriting by the community of all the war activity requisitions, and we also suggested a municipal ordinance re quiring authentication by some city authority. We now have a report of a plan to meet the same problem which has been adopted in Los Angeles. There the County Council of Defense has constituted a "War Donation Board," repre sentative of all the larger civic organizations, in cluding the Merchants' and Manufacturers' asso ciation, the Chamber of Commerce, the Clearing house, Social Service commission, Realty Board, Jobbers' association, the Ad club, the daily news papers and the city mayor, whicli, through an executive committee, is to prepare a question naire, act upon applications and notify the pub lic every week through the newspapers as to each and every war benefit that meets require ments. The newspapers simply refuse to give any publicity or encouragement to unauthorized solicitation of the public. It is estimated, we are told, that this co-operation has weeded out about 90 per cent of those who endeavored to get space in the newspapers to promote their pet charities and iniposters almost wholly headed off. Satis factory answers to the questions, which all ap plicants for the board' sanction are obliged to furnish, amount to a guarantee that the object is worthy, that all the money collected is to go to the beneficiary, and that the promoters are not to hold out for themselves any part of the receipts or permit them to be eaten up for "expenses." IThe Bee urges anew the establishment of some authoritative control here in Omaha over the public solicitation of funds for charity and war activity purposes. The war and relief work has hardly begun, people are more ready to respond to patriotic appeals than ever before, and they are easier victims of imposition than ever. They are entitled to protection against fraud, misap propriation, waste and duplication to know that their well-meant contributions are to be applied to deserving objects and not sidetracked before they get there. "Put Over" for a Pension. Despite all protest, Commissioner Kugel has managed to corral enough votes in the council to "put over" the reinstatement of a former police officer at top salary who has been Out of the service for a dozen years and is now nearly CO years old, in order that he may qualify to draw down a retirement pension in less than three years. This is nothing but a smooth raid on the police pension fund, an outrage upon the other worthy members of the police force who are thus jumped, and a rank imposition on the taxpayers. Coming as it does on the eve of election, it sav ors of a political deal for which there is no valid excuse. German Drive Slacks Up. Dispatches warrant belief that a definite slackening of the German drive has taken place. This is due to two reasons the stiffening of the resistance and the fact that Ilindenburg's troops are physically tired if not actually exhausted. Whether the moment has arrived for the counter attack is not indicated, although it is hinted that a great event is shortly expected. Reports give little detail of the later hours of the fighting, be yond the fact that the Germans have made but slight gains in the last two days, and have only' held what they did seize at the cost of many men. Infantry has been exposed to artillery and machine gun fire as never before, and the toll taken from among the assaulting columns must be enormous. Unless, as now seems improbable, Hindenburg can soon organize for a further thrust, his efforts have only regained for him terrain he abandoned months ago, after deliberately destroying every think destructible. Such a "victory" is so empty as to mock the hopes even of the mo deluded followers of the kaiser. Nebraska's Hospital Unit. Nebraska has just sent out a base unit hospital, manned and fitted up to the minute, and ready to serve the needs of the army another of the mag nificent contributions of the state to the world in war time. Its personnel represents the highest of demonstrated professional ability, and its equipment is generously provided by the people who are pledged to its support , No organization that has gone from this state to any of the wars of our country will carry more of good wishes and high hopes of the folks at home, who have bidden Godspeed and good luck to the departing medicos. In this greatest battle of the greatest world war the superiority of the Associated Press news service and the advantage enjoyed by The Bee in furnishing its readers all the up-to-the-minute Associated Press cable dispatches, stands out clear and sharp. For war news prompt, reliable, com prehensive look to the Associated Press reports in The Bee. When the Big Guns Speak Round of Battery Work in Daylight and Darkness Philip Gibbs in London Chronicle. Breakfast was over, and the morning pipe smoked before the time for inspection. Be hind each gunpit, the gunners of that par ticular sub-section were examined, together with all their accoutrements, their rifles, bandoliers, the gun and its ammunition, and all the details, which, small in themselves, are the sign, in their correctness, of a smart battery. The night had been quiet save for a sharp little retaliation strafe so that everything was in good order, and the morn ing's routine work, such as the sending in to the brigade headquarters of the inevitable returns, could be proceeded with. Nothing disturbed the serenity of the telephonists' dugout, save that, every now and then, they would ring up one or another of the various lines to see if it were in order; outside the gunners were busy in their gunpits, or im proving the cover. Suddenly, down the wire, there comes from the officer observing in the trenches, some thousands of yards to our front, the order "Battery, Eyes Front!" At the word gunners spring to their positions ready. For a moment the battery waits, tense and ex pectant; then, in response to the rapidly shouted commands, the gunners get their guns on the line of fire given, and move, with a deft celerity, complicated looking wheels. They report "ready;" a second later the word "fire!" rings out, and in due suc cession a round of battery fire has been dis patched on its deadly errand. Fifteen sec onds before we were harmless; now possibly the Boche is the fewer, or a machine gun has gone west. A few small corrections, switch ing the guns over a little, regulating the shells, lengthening or shortening the range maybe, and again the shells speed on their way, hissing through the air. The object accomplished, a final command is given to keep the guns on that line, or switch them back to their original line, and then "stand easy" comes. The empty cases are removed, and the men busy themselves once more with their routine work. There has been no excitement, no undue hurry, no mistake. Why should there be when in many a week of this ghastly war the battery has fired thousands of shells, fired until the guns were red hot, until the men were automata? So the morning passes. This is a very quiet day, and we fire only two or three times, just a few rounds to remind the Hun of our existence and keep him on the jump, as wc are able to do now in these days of comparative plenty of munitions. He has become something of a shy fellow also, and does not press himself upon us quite so much as formerly. In the afternoon we fire only a few rang ing rounds, to give us a little information. We have prepared a little surprise for the late evening, and the wires are busy with messages, and "secret" orders come in from brigade headquarters. Two days ago we had cut up his barbed wire entanglements, so that our infantry could further a scheme of theirs; down there, in the front line before us, a party of raiders is gathered, waiting to slip over the parapet, to crawl like Indians through the rank growth of No Man's land, and clean up a strong point of Brother Fritz's that has been rather troublesome. It is our job to see the deadly machine guns, with their cold blooded tapping, are kept under, and generally to batter the enemy, on cer tain fixed points, if he should discover our men before we wish. The sun sets, and all the iky is tender beauty rose pink that fades to rfthest pur ple, softest azure, delicate grays. The tall trees on the deserted road behind us stand out like sentinels against the sky's mag nificence; in 'one of the stray patches of corn a covey of partridge call; the air gets cooler. Over the trenches the flares begin to go up, until, on the horizon, it seems as though a great street ran, lighted here and there by mighty lamps; searchlights play upon the clouds and waver hither and thither; the tap-tap-tapping of the machine guns never stops for more than a moment. On the road there is the sound of wagons lumbering along; it ceases as the team turns off on the grass, to come, jingling and jolting over the rough ground, to the gun positions. It is the ammunition being brought up, and in a trice the shells are taken out of the lum bers and wagon bodies and stored in the gun pits. There are many holes and entrances to dugouts, and it is pitch dark, but in a few minutes the wagons are off, driving across the open country. It is difficult and nervy work for the drivers, but they seem to f possess the power to see in the dark in any case, it is not healthy for horses and wagons to stay on a battery position when, at any moment, the guns may be needed. For a space, there is nothing to do save to wait. The guns are ready, so that in a second a deluge of shells can be hurled on to the Boche line we know that somewhere in that wilderness of No Man's land our countrymen are at close grips with death, and that, at any moment, we. may receive the word. It, is tense work waiting in the dark ness, listening to the faint whisperings from the gently swaying grain, and watching the starshells flash into being, hang for a space like planets in the sky, then fade away, leav ing the world darker than before their up rising. At last it comes. An order, and the guns speak with one voice; great flashes of flame leap from the muzzles; the shells go hissing on their way. Batteries on our right and )eft take up the tale; the air quivers with the concussion; round after round, without pause, speeds to the rescue. In the flashes the gunners are silhouetted, black statues against flame; the crude architecture of the gunpit takes on a temporary grace; one gov erns titanic forces. The uproar ceases as suddenly as it com menced. The allotted number of rounds has been fired, and we await further orders, which, when they come, tell us that the job has been done, and our infantry are back in the trenches. Empty cartridge cases are packed away, the guns are switched back on to their normal line for the night, the gun ners not on duty go to their dugouts and to slumber. The world seems strangely quiet after the hellish noise of firing, and a little breeze wanders 1 across the countryside, bringing with it the scent of newly mown clover. The day, for me, has finished; for a few hours I may sleep, and forget that death has been busy not many hundreds of yards away, that down the line the thunder of great guns never ceases, that the tap-tap-tapping still goes on. In the sky above me Orion and the Pleiades, and all the galaxy of the starry firmament gaze down upon a world suddenly grown very small. Germanizing the United Statep Revelations of the Work of the German-American Alliance Christian Science Monitor. Doubtless millions of Americans are fol lowing the testimony which is being elicited by the United States senate subcommittee engaged in considering the King resolution, providing for the withdrawal of the federal charter granted the National German American Alliance; and doubtless a large percentage of these are amazed that the na tion should have permitted itself for so long a time to be hoodwinked, duped and be trayed by an organization so brazenly dis loyal as this. For while its purposes were more or less concealed, although its meth ods were astonishingly open, generally speaking, it apparently made no attempt whatever to disguise the fact that it was striving to Germanize the country. ' Where it held control in politics, or the balance of political power, it undertook to manage the schools in the German interest. Henry C. Campbell, assistant editor of the Milwaukee Journal, a newspaper that has at no time minced words in exposing and denouncing the disloyalty by which it has been environed, testified the other day to facts that have long been commoti prop erty in scores of middle western communi ties, large and small. What he said re specting conditions in Milwaukee might, with few minor changes, be applied to cities and towns of neighboring states. Because the brewers of Milwaukee are Germans, and are among the most liberal contributors to the German propaganda, and because the average beer saloon is a Ger man agency, the National German-American Alliance could hardly be expected to do less than vigorously oppose prohibition. But its activities were not confined to work in behalf of the brewers. It was ambitious, above all things, to make German the spoken language of the United States. With this ac complished, the road would be wide open for the brewer, the brewery and the saloon keeper; and the alliance made far greater headway, in one section of the country, toward the attainment of its purpose than the great mass of American citizens imagine. As a result of its activities, Mr. Campbell testified, such a condition arose in Wiscon sin that a child going to school was forced to study the German language unless the parents presented a written objection. If the child, through the parents' ignorance of the plot, began to study German, the writ ten objection of parents would not then be sufficient to enable the child to cease the study of that language. Nothing short of an appeal to the district school headquarters would, in such circumstances, suffice to lib erate the pupil from the imposition. The superintendent of schools in Wis consin, Leo Steam, was, according to Mr. Campbell, actually the head of the German American Alliance in that state. He had at once time been national vice president of the organization. After this it will surprise no body to learn that many of the school teach ers under him were filled with Germanism, and that few were inspired by Americanism. The German-American Alliance sent out cir culars during political campaigns, Mr. Camp bell testified, marking favorably those re garded as friendly to "Deutschtum," and marking as unsatisfactory those who might not be in sympathy with its aims. By con trolling elections the alliance could, of course, control the schools and many other important public institutions. Let it be repeated that the National German-American Alliance, which was and is simply one of the instruments of a pro-German conspiracy in the United States, did not think it necessary, apparently, to with hold from publication its peculiar views con cerning persons and things in which the peo ple of the United States might properly be deeply concerned. For example, President Hexamer of the alliance, addressing the Wisconsin branch of the organization in November, 1915, said, according to Mr, Campbell: "We have never had so miserable, weak-kneed and contemptile an administra tion as the present. We want to spread German ideals and consider the hyphen as an honor." Another quotation from Herr Hexamer ran: "You have been long suffering under the preachment that you must be as similated, but we will never descend to an inferior kultur. We are giving to these peo ple the benefits of German kultur." But not (and for this "these people" should be grateful) as they have been giving German kultur to the unfortunate peoples who have been compelled to take it for example, the Belgians, Serbians and Poles. It is clear, however, that these would-be benefactors of the American people had their plans all laid for so doing at the first opportunity. n Due Tear Ago Today in the War. British expedition into the Holy Land defeated army ot 20,000 Turks jaear G4za. French drove Germans back three mile to their main position before Iaod. ' The Day We Celebrate. : Martin S. Brown, assistant chief ! fclerlc of tha local Burlington freight i office, born 1885. Rt Rev. Joseph B. Cheshire, t Episcopal bishop of North Carolina, born at Tarboro, N. C, 68 years ago , today. ! Major General Adolphus W. Greely, i United States army, retired, famous as an Arctic explorer, born at New- ; buryport, Mass., t years ago. This ay In History. 1794 Concreas authorized the con fetruction of six frigates, to form the nucleus of a new navy. 18 6 Prussia prepared for war With Austria. . 1891 M. BaltchefT, the Bulgarian minister of finance, was assassinated fit Sofia. 1800 General Pietrus Joubert com mander-in-chief of the Boer forces in the' war with the British, died at Pretoria. Born at Uniontown, Pa,, in 1841. 1912 Secretary of fitate'Knox left the United States on a visit to the pentral American republics. ' J ust 80 Years Ago Today Graders on K street had to quit work when the cold upell set in and the work is at a standstill. A meeting of the City Base Ball league was held at Penrose & Har din's and it was decided to have the base ball season of the league com mence May 1 and close October 1. MoBe Martin, proprietor of the Mer chants' Express of Dubuque, is the guest of Mr. J. I. iClchoIs of this city. Ernest Peycke, wife and daughter, Lulu, have junt arrived from a three months' visit to Germany and France. Louis Schroeder has returned from a trip to Old Mexico as brown as a berry. He took an interest in sev eral mines near Chihuahua, which are looking satisfactory. The John Dierks Manufacturing company gave notice to the county clerk that in consideration of $1 they had transferred their propertv and stock to the Omaha Implement Works. "Over There Londoners are raising1 a fund of 100,000 to place a memorial to Irinh regiments in St. Patrick's chapel in Westminster cathedral. Wooden shoes are strictly fashion able in Germany this year. leather Is not to be had outside of the army and half the boot and shoe factories are closed. Girl workers In tne danger build ings at Woolwich arsenal, . London, are not allowed to wear jewelry. Their chief personal adornment consists of bright colored ribbons as shoe laces. Government efforts to gather up all the golden Jewelry for war's melting pot is not very successful in Berlin. Frantic appeals are least heeded at the capital and the Lokal-Anzelger denounced the slackers who "walk about with fat gold chains and rings." Industrial Workers of the World propaganda does not get very far in London. A group of members caught in the act of printing anti-war leaflets were thrown into Jail and refused ball. A New England mother sent to the Boston Transcript a paragraph from the letter of her son in France which the home folks should take to heart and heed the advice. "From what 1 have seen lately." writes this soldier boy. "I want to impress on you all at home that we need a lot of help over here, especially in the way of air planes. Why don't you stop arguing over home and get some of the actual product over here and into operation. Hurry up! That is all. for we need every bit of pep that there ia to see this thing through." Twice Told Tales Thrift. The schoolmaster was giving the hoys a lecture on thrift and pointed out how squirrels stored up nuts for the winter. Then he asked for an other illustration of thrift in animals, and one boy cried out; "A dog!" "A dog! In what way does a dog practice economy?" "Please, sir, when he runs after his tail he makes both ends meet." The master laughed, and another boy said: "A bear." "Well, what does the bear do?" "He makes one coat last him for a lifetime." Minneapolis Tribune. Conservation. Bacon: "My wife has discovered a war to conserve food." Egbert: "To make it last, you mean?" "That's it." "How is it done?" "By chewing it longer." Tonkers Statesman. Know His Business. Scene Musical instrument shop. Master (who itr going out to lunch, to shop boy) Now, my boy, if a cus tomer comes and wants to look at a piano, flute, banjo or mandolin, you know what to show him? Hoy Yes, sir. Master And if a customer should want to see a lyre " Boy (Interrupting) I'll send for you at once. Milwaukee Senti. Right to the Point St. Louis Globe-Democrat: Too many of the admonitions to buy thrift stamps have that hollow sound that suggests that the admonitor hasn't bought any himself. Come across. Washington Post: The statement of the Hun officer that bombings of women and children were in obedi ence to orders makes a fine postscript to Bill the Boche's prayers. New York Herald: Of course we all admire the way they attend to such matters "over there," but all the same it does seem as if this country ought to be able to make a proper disposi tion of spies caught here instead of sending them to France. Brooklyn Eagle: When Sinn Fein ers right the police for hours in Bel fast, the head center of Carsonism, and the earl of Aberdeen in an Amer ican Congregational church prophe sies Irish unity, we own to being a bit puzzled. Perhaps the past is the best guide after all. New York World: Precautionary measures have been adopted by the Vatican against a possible air raid on Rome. Considering that German re liance on God's aid is matched by German zeal In smashing God's tem ples, an ,air raid on St Peter's would be perfectly logical. Louisville Courier-Journal: "We demand," says Dr. Helfferich, for merly secretary of the German treas ury, "restoration for all violation of law and all acts of destruction. We demand indemnification for all dam age done." German kultur never was accredited with a sense of humor. Plea for Totah Promoters. Lincoln, Neb., March 24. To the Editor of The Bee: I have been inter ested in the interview of Mr. Shum way, commissioner nf public lands and buildings, regarding proposed amendments to the school land leas ing laws. Immediate necessity is the excuse of Mr. Shumway for acting it this time. Such being the case it would follow that persons who already have plants, other things being equal, would be best situated to give immediate results. It is impossible speedily to organize a company which will op erate exclusively from state lands for the following reasons: It wilt take six months to make a careful, scien tific chemical analysis of the water of the lakes and nine months to build a 100-ton plant. It will cost $750,000 to build a plant with a capacity of 100 tons of potash per day, this being the size of the plant upon which Mr. Shumway bases his estimate of $60, 000 a month in royalties to the state. Aside from this expense it would be necessary to construct pipe lines, in stall pumps, purchase right-of-way, build roads and form lirrfs of com munication between the various pot ash lakes and the central plant. It costs approximately $5,000 a mile to build a pipe line. The farm ers are charging as much as $1,000 for a right-of-way across a quarter section of land. The necessary pumps to pump the water through the pipe lines would cost approximately $1,000 per mile, so that it would cost from $8,000 to $8,000 per mile to furnish the means of conveying the water, aside from the necessary costs of op eration. To connect any great num ber of lakes situated upon the two school sections in each township would be prohibitive, as Mr. Shumway must know. To dogmatically assert that a 100. ton plant would pay the state a royalty of $60,000 a month is to entirely omit cost quanity and qual ity of production unden different sit uations. If the state received $60,000 per month royalty it would be nec essary for the company to produce $480,000 worth of potash per month, and aside from interest and costs suVh a plant would be handicapped with a tax of $2,000 a day to the state. Mr. Shumway must know that the legislature cannot enact a law that will interfere with leases already in existence, and as the necessity is im mediate, certaihly but few leases would expire in time to help in this emergency. For the benefit of persons who are not informed I would state that Gugenheim and Du Pont have no in terest in the plants constructed at this time. It is possible that they might become interested in the plants which the state house school land specu lators would promote. If it is desired to have the potash removed from ac cessible lakes upon state school lands Mr. Shumway's genius should be di rected to some feasable plan whereby accessible Jakes may be operated by compahies now in existence. Have we not had enough litigation growing nut of the activities of state house of ficials and their friends who want to make real producers of potash pay thpm tribute? It sterns to the writer that there should be a let-up on sucn tactics and some real assistance given to men who are willing to use their money and brains to develop the state's resources. F. M. TYRRELL. Suite 826 Terminal Building. Establishment of the Sabbath. Omaha, March 24. To the Editor of The Bee: Recently the writer was informed that some of the statements regarding the subject-of the Jewish Sabbath were questioned. The Hebrew calendar is mathemat ical, and the statements defining the calendar are so many and so direct that the facts are easily determined. The ancient Egyptain year had its be ginning on the Autumnal Equinox, and the Hebrew year was made to be gin just six months later. These facta are determined In the scripture, as anyone may find by relating to the concordance on the word "year." Read also the 23d chapter of Leviticus. The Hebrew year had its beginning on or about March 21, the one-fourth day making a slight variation. The fact is disclosed in Leviticus 23d, that the 1st, 8th and 15th of the first month, and the 1st, 8th and 15th of the seventh months were sabbath days. "And ye shall count unto, you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete. Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number 50 days." This 50th day was made a sabbath Vnd an holy convocation, because it was the Pentecost, the day on which God spake the 10 commandments direct in audible tones to the children of Israel, three months after the departure of the children of Israel from Egypt. This 50th day was counted from the 1 6th day of the first month; this 16th day being the official beginning of the harvest; this being the day of the resurrection, which was the day of the "first fruits." St. Paul uses the phrase "The first fruits of them that slept." Beginning on the 16th day and counting seven complete weeks, 49 days, makes the 49th day a sabbath day. And the 50th day was also a sabbath day. be cause it was the Pentecost. Now suppose we begin with the first Jewish month and number the weekly sabbaths. The sabbaths of the first six months vould be: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 6, 13, 20, 27. 4 5 ( 1'entecost). 12, 19, 26, 3, 10, 17, 24, 1. 8, 15, 22. 29, 6, 13, 20, 27. Hence if we are to com pute a 30-day month the 27th day of the sixth month is a regular weekly sabbath. But you will find that the 23d chapter of Leviticus plainly fixes the 1st, the 8th and the 15th days of the seventh month as regular sab bath days. How then can you get in a week between the 27th day of the sixth month and the 1st day of the seventh month. The only way is to add three days to the sixth month, which would place a weekly sabbath on the first day of the seventh month. Rut this would give 183 days in the first half of the Hebrew year. Passing the weekly sabbath over one day at the Pentecost gives one extra day ir the first half of the year. Then if we are to continue Ithe computation of the sabbath, beginning on the first day of the seventh month, in order to make the proper computation to again bring the weekly sabbath on the first day of the first month, we must add two days to the 12th month. And by adding three days to the sixth month and two days to the 12th month we have a year with just 365 days. But this computation brings the Hebrew sabbath on every day of our week in a period of seven years. The Hebrew calendar was a better calendar than our. present calendar, because the sabbath always fell upon certain days of the months. When Jesus talked with the woman, at the Well of Jacob, the disciples re--called the fact that the harvest was just four months away. That is, the harvest began on the 16th day of the first month, and the thought occurred to them that the official day was just four months away. 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