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THE SUNDAY OREGONIAX, PORTLAND, JANUARY 27, 1918.
WHO SAID THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD WAS HEAVY GOING?
Why, Ifs a Joy Forever; Pull Up Your Chairs, People, and Have a Good Listen;
Several Gentlemen Have the Floor and Here Goes for Wit, Wisdom and Poetry
yk--.r Jik-l thorn are not. Some of them will beat tlmate we save the Choctaw and Chick- high purpose as well as by the trusts Jlfy xT-i- "S V
f't '" f -i"" ki a wh,te man Just as readily as they asaw InAtans, according to'the gentle- and combines: but it is singular to find f7ll. KdFTl LxTV-5 X 0
JF J J ""VlLj Tv "jVf would an Indian. I would not take any mini's lowest estimate, 6.00n,000? men of intelligence repeating-, appar- CkPV m.i ''i'ol ' VSVyvT"' '
AJ (f trVjSV I vHT chances with a great many Indians I Mr. Carter No; the gentleman again ently without knowing the fact, the JiJ) i Vfcji l T
fbf Y fU7s'. have seen In a business deal. is wrong. I said 25 to 50 per cent. stale arguments that have been upon C&f M CvLsi. -
) J I Mil A - S,r" "unnon And 'lth opportunity Mr. Lenroot The gentleman said SO the lips of every trust advocate and ,, e, AtcNv V X P T i
I vlftl 1-" K. Hi- J h given for the utilization of proper capi- per cent a minute ago. trust-hired attorney from the days "AV I V V
S Ja mtmT tWZ?VICmm ,m1, tne "mrt fellow would overreach Several members modified It. when John Sherman Introducad the J"fet 'T . , V'. V V. J V VI. N. u
" . CI I" ne could nis red brother.' I Mr. Lenroot or course. j.uuu,i" first Federal anti-trust statute. These T .-- ' t" f
TIT ClfARLKS PATRICK SWEEXKV,
TTTASIII.i;TOX.-"Hh), bless your
fJ heart." shouted the gentleman
from Joneboro, Ark., Mr. Thad
Caraway, to his rolleaaua In the
House on December 17. "Why bless
your heart."" he repeated, "this book Is
Interesting." referring, of course, to
the stellar American dally, the Con
Mr. Caraway was talking prohibition
He held In his hand a bound volume
'f the Jiecord. by the free use of
which be was showing the House that
nany ff its members were rather In
consistent at times. He said he could
prove almost anything, for or against
a, rropo-'ilin, by sufficient study of
"1 wit-h I had time to read it all," he
rontinned. "I would like to show that
the gentleman from Pennsylvania, Mr.
Vare. is the strongest prohibitionist
In the House, If I had time to read
what he says. He Is the most violently
pposcd to the states being1 left any
Tight M regulate their internal affairs
f anybody who spoke on thast bill
frhlld labor bill), and another gentle
man from Pennsylvania likewise
agreed with him. I commend this book
J. Hampton Moore, the other gentle
man from Pennsylvania referred to,
a-skJ Mr. Caraway to "be fair and
4unte some more.'"
But It was not to the advantage of
Jtr. Caraway's purpose to quote any
jnore. and ho forthwith plunged Into a
)..-.'lonate and fervid appeal for the
House to pave the way for the aboli
tion of the rum traffic "in the name of
the women and children now living
and those yet In the womb of time."
With respect to the Kecord. Mr.
Caraway was right. The Record Is In
teresting. II bas a large circulation.
lut very few eonetant readers. This Is
riot as it should be. AH Americans
should consider the Record and its con
tents as a necessary and vital part of
their general education. For, by and
large. It Is many hooka in one. As a
textbook on current history it bas few
jrs, for there. Is hardly a tory In
the newspapers which does not Inspire
one or another of the gentlemen In
Congress to utter or write a speech.
Feckera after the key to political auc
rr'wi:i find It in the Kecord. or it is
lust to them forever.
The curious are enabled, by reading
the Record, to ascertain the amount of
Intelligence required of one who would
sit In the rouncil. of the American
Oovernmrnt. And, In the same manner,
if they ranimt discover Just how much
tnnic Congreeemen tton't know, they
may get a line on how much some
others do know, and make their ealca
As a compendium of up-to-date
humor many critics hold, as they have
held for years, that the Congrevslona
Kecord Is th" bunt vrr. It has been
tin.tintlngly commended as the finest
tilece of btht reading produced any
But Mr. Caraway, of Arkansas, aald
sufficient in bis speech of December 17.
He said it was Interesting;. And be
Here Is a pagrful of excerpts from
the Record. If they stimulate the In
terest of the reader, let him subscribe
to the publication and spend bis even
ings profitably at home. Some may
find that the Idea cow being followed
In certain quarters of holding "Kecord
Tteadtng Parties." at which the host
entertains his guests by reciting: de
bates and speeches clipped from the
document, is a good one and may take
It up themselves. Here are the ex
cerpts: Clark's Caafessloa.
(In the House. Dec 5.)
Mr. Champ Clark, of Missouri If
the gentleman from Oklahoma will
yield. I will ask the gentleman from
North Carolina a question. Doea he
not think it would be a good thins to
abolish the Christmas holidays?
Mr. Kitchin No; I do not think so.
and I will tell the gentleman from Mis
souri why. M-iny of ua have our homes
away from Washington, and I reckon
that about two-thirds of the member
ship of the House are in my fix. 1
am bound to go home for a week or two
to attend to my business arrange with
my creditors for the next year.
Mr. Clark. Let me make this sug
srextlon Mr. Kitchin Refore the gentleman
makes his suggestion let me say that
if we stay here through the Christmas
Iiolidaya it will not farllirate legis
lation one minute or hasten the ad
journment one minute, because this
House can get through all of Its neces
sary legislation If it makes up It
mind and it will make up Its mind
by the 1st of June. But we cannot
make up the mind of gentlemen at the
other end of the CapltoL e cannot
control them. Take the last session:
this House would have got through
every bit of Its work certainly by June
1. and If we bad known that the Senate
would ro-vperate with us we could
bave got through by May 15. We were
adjourning a week at a time with
a gentlemen's agreement for three
weeks, waiting on the Senate, but we
rould not hurry them. I do not think
by our staying In session or keeping
the Senate in session during the holi
days we will quicken adjournment one
Mr. Clark They may Improve as
time goa on In the Senate.
Mr. Kitchin I shall not agree with
our distinguished Speaker to that ex
tent, hut 1 do agree with him that
In. re is a great deal of room for Im
provement. Mr. Cirk My Idea about this Is that
1 we went to work and got rid of
these bills we rould get away from
bre iu.me time before election- next
Fall, but if we go on at tre same gait
a.1 wtucb, wo have been goics w jljaij
not get away from here until away
along In November.
Mr. Kitchin I presume our Speaker
In uing the term "we" Is representing
.Mr. Clark Oh. no Ood forbid!
Mr. Kitchin The Speaker knows
that no House or Senate In any Con
gress In this country or any legislative
body in any other country ever facili
tated work more or was more prompt
and diligent In legislation than whs the
House during the l.V't session of Con
gress. Mr. Clark That Is true.
Mr. KiKhin Of course, there was
more harmonious, concerted action In
this body during the Isst session thn
In any other Congress. 1 am quite
sure that the Hoime can get through
Its work by taking a good recess at
Mr. Clark I have felt out the tern
per of the House, and that Is all I was
trying- to do.
. Adimuil'i Attributes.
Representative William C Adamson.
who has represented the rourlh Ils
trlrt of Georgia for 21 years, resigned
the other dsy to become Appraiser of
the Port of New York. Representative
Thetus Sims, of Tennessee, read to the
House a resolution adopted by the
Democratic convention In the Fourth
District of Georgia, which nominated a
successor to Adamson. inis is tnc
-Whereas, the President of the Vnlted
States has appointed Hon. William C.
Adamson to a high and lucrative office
In recognition of his pure democracy,
great ability and loyalty to every In
terest of the Government: and.
Whereas, the said Adamson will soon
tender his resignation of the Fourth
bngresslonal District of Georgia; now.
therefore, be It
Resolved. That the said Adamson
has so performed his duties in Congress
as to add luster to his name and glory
to his posterity; that he has been I
polite without being suave: prompt
without being punctilious; that In con
serving his political Interests he has
not failed to respect the Interests or
his constituents; that duty has been
them are not. Some of them will beat
a white man Just as readily as they
would an Indian. I would not take any
chances with a great many Indians I
have seen In a business deal.
Mr. unnon And with opportunity
given for the utilization of proper capi
tal, the smart fellow would overreach
If he could his red brother?
.Mr. Campbell There Is no greater
disparity between Indians than there is
between white men.
Mr. Cannon Ioes the gentleman
measure his words covering Indians
throughout the United States, or even
those In Oklahoma? Docs the gentle
man measure his words when he makes
Mr. Campbell There Is a cunning
wisdom even In the hl.inket Indian. He
knows a great deal more than he will
tell. Hrt measures a man's motives and
protects himself In many ways against
both the Indian and the white man.
Mr. Fitzgerald Some white men tell
more than they know.
.Mr. Campbell Yes.
Mr. Cannon If the gentleman"
statement in correct, now something
has happened In the Indian Territory
or the balance of Oklahoma and
throuehout the country where it Is al
leged, and In some lntances I believe
to he- true, that while the Indian gets
good bargains once In a while he has
been swindled twice In a while, and
that Is being dnns under the super
vision we have today in Oklahoma.
1-aralag Things In Minnesota.
tin the House. December 11.)
Mr. Cox. of Indiana Will the gen
Mr. Steenerson, of Minnesota Tes.
Mr. Cox I will ask the gentleman,
did he approve of Postmaster General
Hitrhrock's recommendation for Gov
ernment ownership of telephones and
Mr. Steenerson No; I do not think
Mr. Cox I know he did not.
Mr. Steenerson He never sent any
e.sago to Congress.
Mr. Cox T say, did the gentleman
approve of Postmaster General Hitch
cock's recommendation for Govern
ment ownership of telegraphs and tel
Mr. Steenerson xo, I never ap
proved it, and President Taft never
approved it, either. That is where the
Postoffice Department Is traveling out
side of its Jurisdiction. It ousrht not to
submit Its recommendation before
they are authoriziM, so wc shall know
The rich Gierolre
his Tolar Star and that hia conduct in
his high office for nearly a quarter of
a century has been such as to make
him an exemplar for all who aspire to
sit In the councils of the Nation:
"Resolved, further. That a copy of
these resolutions be sent by the secre
tary of this convention to our said
The Chair's Brevity.
(In the House. December 10.)
Mr. Borland, of Missouri Mr. Speak
er. I ask unanimous consent to extend
my remarks in the Record by printing
a letter which I wrote to the Central
Ijibor Union on the subject of the pro
The Speaker. Mr. Clark The gentle
man from Missouri asks unanimous
consent to extend his remarks in the
Kecord by printing a letter which he
wrote to somebody about prohibition.
I there objection? (After a pause.)
The Chair hears none.
(In the House. December H.)
Mr. Cannon, Uncle Joe Mr. Chair
man, will the gentleman yield?
Mr. Moon, of Tennessee, chairman
postoffice committee Yes.
Mr. Cannon As I understand It. this
Is a clean appropriation bill? (The
postoffice appropriation measure.)
Mr. Moon Yes.
Mr. Cannon And matters changing
the law will be submitted after consld
eration of your committee for consider
ation of the House upon their merits?
Mr. Moon That Is true.
Mr. Cannon It is not contemplated
to have the appropriation bill and the
House swept off its feet In a hysteria
Mr. Moon That is It exactly.
Mr. Cannon 1 compliment the gen
Meaera4aa m Republican.
Mr. Moon, of Tennessee Now, Mr.
Chairman, we need not discuss that;
that is all right.
Mr. Steenerson. of Minnesota I
presume I have a' right to discuss it.
Mr. Moon But the gentleman does
not want to discuss it after It is
Mr. Steenerson But It has not been
agreed to yet.
Mr. Moon It will be.'
At the People's Bnal
There are 435 members of the House.
On consideration. In committee of the
whole on the $335,000,000 postal appro
priation bill, the following occurred:
Mr. Hull, of Iowa Division. Mr.
Chairman. I want to see the gentle
men rise who would vote to defend this
outrageous method of doing business.
The committee divided; and there
were ayes. 14: noes, 11. ,
So the amendment was agreed to.
Aa Aat arwpolosrleal Colloqay.
(In the House. Dec 12.)
Mr. Cannon, of Illinois Mr. Chair
man, will the gentleman, yield?
Mr. Campbell, of Kansas Ves.
Mr. Cannon It has been claimed, atfid
whether the claim is well founded or
not I don not know, that there are
Indians and Indians, and that the smart
Indians have cheated those who are not
so smart, and that most of them are not
Mr. Campbell There Is a good deal
of humanity about the Indian. He l
very, very much like the white man.
Some of them are smart and come of
The firiner P. M. General
listening in on" a country
whom to hold responsible. Shall we
go before the American people and say
that this Administration favors Gov
ernment ownership of telegraphs and
telephones? Shall all the thousands
of mil.'s of telephone lines that the
farmers themselves own be taken over
by the Government? Why. in my
country you can go to the telephone,
take it off the hook, and listen and
hear half the gossip of the county free
of charge. Just think what would
happen If the Postmaster General "was
to run ail those farmers' telephone
Mr. Madden, of Illinois He might
find out what the people were thinking
about his altitude.
Mr. Steenerson I guess he would.
Arlthsaeflcal Slates' Rights.
(The following in the House on De
cember 12, during discussion of a bill
to permit the sale of coal and asphalt
deposits In the Choctaw and Chicka
saw Nations. Oklahoma):
Mr. Lenroot. of Wisconsin If we sold
SO, 000 acres at a time the Indians would
fare very much) better than If you of
fered the entire tract of land. The gen
tleman from Illinois (Mr. Cannon) very
properly vailed the attention of the
committee to the fact that, while there
had been this failure to keep this sol-
emn agreement upon the part of the
United States with those Indians, nev
ertheless that failure to keep that
agreement bas resulted to the benefit
of the Indians by 400 per cent Increase
in the amount of money they will get
for these sales.
Mr. Carter, of Oklahoma Four hun
dred per cent!
Mr. '.enroot Tes: the gentleman said
fourfold, at least, over what they would
have received if they had then been
Mr. Carter Is fourfold 400 per cent?
Mr. Ienroot Fourfold is 400 per
cent. Where did the gentleman go to
Mr. Carter Not In Wisconsin.
Mr. Lenroot They must have a pe
culiar system of education In the gen-
timate we save the Choctsw and Chick
asaw InAians, according: to'the gentle
msn's lowest estimate, $6,000,000?
Mr. Carter No; the gentleman again
is wrong. I said 25 to 50 per cent.
Mr. Lenroot The gentleman said SO
per cent a minute ago.
Several members modified It.
Mr. Lenroot Of course. $3,000,000
may be a bagatelle to the Choctaws and
Chickasaw, but it would be something
of an amount to most of us.
The Rise and Fall of Man; or, Ten
sjesaee Theology. ,
(In the House, December 15.)
Mr. Garrett, of Tennessee Not' only
was man complete physically at one
time, but he was perfect mentally. He
knew all philosophy and all science.
Mathematical exactness was Instinctive
with him. He knew and could inter
pret bird song. . He knew where the
flower bloom came from, and why. He
understood the passions of the tiger.
He saw all problems with clear and
He was complete spiritually. He dis
cussed with the divine the themes of
the divinity. He communed with the
He was so complete In his structure
that he possessed the power to destroy
his own perfection, and he exercised
this power. He sinned. That Is to Bay,
he violated some law of harmony.
What It was we do not know. "Per
haps we never shall know. But we
know that it was the exercise of a
power by which the Integrity of his
triple structure was destroyed.
Mr. Hamilton, of Michigan May I
ask the gentleman a question?
Mr. Garrett, of Tennessee Surely.
Mr. Hamilton, of Michigan Is the
gentleman proceeding upon the theory
that mankind was created perfect in
the beginning and has been degenerating-
Mr. Garrett, of Tennessee I told tbe
gentleman privately he ought not to
Interrupt a speech like this.
Mr. Hamilton, of Michigan It Is a
very difficult problem the gentleman is
Mr. Garrett, of Tennessee There Is
lots of time to do it, and I am going
to elucidate it.
There was some power, by exercise
of which the integrity of the triple
structure was destroyed. I think that
touched his every phase and charac
teristic It devitalized him physically.
The majestic brow receded: the form
became bent. Warts and vile protu
berances grew upon the skin. The
nerves lost control over the muscles.
and these, uncontrolled, fell to hideous
And It devitalized him mentally. He
lost intellectual excellence. He lost
that power of discerning the truth
clearly amidst every confusion and
What wonders man has wrought!
He has piled stones and timber into
massive mansions as beautiful as the
dream of heaven. He has set the poles
and strung the wires and talks with
his fellows across rivers and seas and
continents; aye, without the wires he
sends his message through the un
seeable air. He lias caught the secret
of steam and made it do his bidding.
He has taken the web spun by the
worm and woven it into a fabric fit
to clothe the angels.
Why do we speak of things as be
ing impossible? Here comes a man
who sava he has plucked the heart
out of another human mystery. It is
no reflection on him that he comes
from comparative obscurity. If what
he claims proves true, he will stand
among the great or all ages ana an
times, and his place in the sun will be
quite secure. He offers to submit his
proposition to a fair and proper test.
He offers to this Government the ben
efit of his genius and his Industry. If
indeed he has plucked the heart of I
another mystery, why not have the
benefit of It? I am entirely at a loss
to understand why this body or any
other body should refuse to give to
him the opportunity to demonstrate, I
under the terms and conditions of this
measure, whether or not he has worked
one of those other things that we once
called "miracles," but which, as I said
a while ago, have become after alj com
monplaces, (.applause, j
Who Was the Bridge Bullderf
(In the Senate, December 11.)
Senator Keed. of Missouri It is
not to be denied that these twin legis
lative schemes are backed by men of
high purpose as well as by the trusts
and combines: but it is singular to find
men of intelligence repeating, appar
ently without knowing the fact, the
stale arguments that have been upon
the lips of every trust advocate and
trust-hired attorney from the days
when John Sherman introducad the
first Federal anti-trust statute. These
protagonists rehash the ancient trust
argument with the glibness and en
thusiasm of original discoverers, as
oblivious to the fact that they are
mildewed by time and covered with the
dust of ages as was Roosevelt of the
circumstance that at the time of his
"original discovery" of the River of
Doubt the stream was already mapped,
surveyed and. according to some au
A Passing Observation.
(In the House. December 12.)
Mr. Campbell of Kansas There
are men in the public service today
whose only service is to prepare arti
cles and newspaper Interviews which
furnish the country with a lot of mis
information, the purpose being to
affect public opinion, to s.ffect the ac
tion of Congress, not with a view to
bettering Indian or other co7M-rons,
but with a view of perpetuating a
lot of men in soft jobs in which they
are rendering no servicer of value to
A Pair of Milieu.
Mr. Little of Kansas I loaned a
man. for example, on a homestead
$150 on a pair of mules. The law did
not'allow him to leave the State with
those mortgaged mules. Some months
later I found he was just back from
Colorado. He came to see me, and I
said to him, "Where have you been?"
He said, "I was over in Colorado." My
mortgage was no good while that team
was in Colorado. He was liable to go
to the penitentiary. He had been over
on the Missouri Pacific, working on
their grades. He was violating the
law, but I did not say a word to him
about that. He had to get some money
The Point of Full Accord.
(In the Senate, December 13.)
Mr. Smith, of Michigan The Senator
from Nevada is usually a fair man and
knows that from the time this war
started I have never criticised the Gov- i
ernment here nor in any other place,
and I do not criticise the Government
now, except where it has utterly failed.
I have supported the President without
hesitation in all that he has asked. I
accord to him the highest motives, the
called the Delicious. It Is a little above
the average size, but not an extreme
This is a Jonathan apple (exhibit
ing). This Is the Grimes Golden (ex
hibiting), that I think will compare
with any of .the Grimes Golden raised
anywhere in the Kast. This Is what
they caikpa Banana apple (exhibiting).
and it has very much the flavor of a
Mr. Moon of Tennessee Mr. Chair
man, if I wanted some one to make
the question real muddy, I would
surely call upon my friend from Wis
consin (Mr. Stafford).
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM
AMERICA CHEER SOLDIERS
Edith E. Lanyon Writes Interestingly of Her Experiences in Caring for
the Unfortunate Men Who Have Fitted Their Lives Against "Hunism."
SQMEWHERK IN ENGLAND. Dec.
28. The scarlet holly berries
seemed more plentiful than usual
this Christmas. Every bush was loaded
down with berries. One of my patients
presented me with some sprays, which
I gratefully took home. They looked
verv cheerful decorating the mantel
piece and pictures.
Up to now no Christmas greetings
from America have reached me, so 1
was glad of the holly. I got a won
derful Christmas card from one of our
big battleships from a grateful pa
tient, of course. It is Ilic pnoiograim
nf a hne-e hnlldog. the ship's mascot.
looking through a life buoy draped
with Union Jacks. On the lifebuoy is
the name of the shin and underneath
the words "I will to win." Then the
card opens and there is a verse:
With bulldog powrr -we'll use our whip,
Defend our sliorns by this noble ship
With steadfast resolution.
Then come the usual good wishes
for Christmas and the New Year. I
also received good wishes from France
and a hasty note from the big soldier
who was rushed off on Christmas eve
to his place in the sun.
My cousin got a very unique greet
ing from France. It was the usual
orgatdie silk-embroidered card, but
the verse was quite remarkable, all
Burleson riding two horses at once
tleman's state If fourfold does not mean
400 per cent.
Mr. Carter, of Oklahoma The lands
are not now worth 4u0 per cent more
than they were then.
Mr. Lenroot Are they -worth any
Mr. Carter I think so.
Mr. Lenroot One hundred per cent
Mr. Carter t would not say that.
but they are worth more. They will
probably bring 50 per cent more, per
haps 25 to 50 per cent more.
Mr. Lenroot So, upon Ihc luwcst cs-
most transcendent ability and the
greatest patriotism, and the Senator
from Nevada, even though he and I
differ in politics, has no higher re
spect for or more confidence In the
President of the United States than I
have, but I say that something is
wrong with the coal administration.
Does not the Senator admit it?
Mr. "Pittman Absolutely, and I think
Mr. Smith, of Michigan That is what
I am driving at.
The Senatorial Huckster.
The following is from the address of
Senator Jones, of Washington, during
discussion of the Shields water-power
"I have brought here to the Senate
samples of some of the products that
are produced in that Immediate neigh
borhood. Some of. the lower lands have
been brought under water, and vir
tually every product of the temperate
zone can be raised there in profusion.
Some of my Southern friends may be
surprised to learn that in that section
we can also raise cotton. I have some
samples of cotton here that have been
produced within the last year on the
Columbia River near Priest Rapids. I
do not know anything about cotton
mvself. but I have talked with some
who are cotton raisers and they pro
nounce these samples to be cotton of a
splendiil character (exhibiting).
Then I have here a small box- or soya
beans (exhibiting). That is a bean
that we have been importing very
largely from China Into this country.
It is most valuable as a fertilizer and
for stock. My recollection is that about
$6,000,000 worth were imported last
year. It is raisea in a lew lunerem
localities in this country, but very few.
It does well in that section, and I have
no doubt If we can get this land re
claimed in some way we will produce
about all the soya beans we need in
Then I have here Bamples of some or
the fruits that we produce in that
smothered as 1t was in worked horse
shoes, old slippers and mistletoe for
luck. It ran:
Merry Christmas from the front.
A thousand wishes I send.
Even if of musketry scented.
Pray bo satisfied and accept.
She was satisfied.
I daresay many similar ornate card
went from the front to America thi
year. They say the most popular ones
with the Tommies are the ones with
the words: "A kiss from France.
Those sell by the thousand. Every sol
dier evidently knows a place where
there is a demand for kisses hot from
A good many lucky men got Christ
mas leave and were able to deliver the
ail 71 J J
neighborhood (exhibiting apples). ;We
can itaid these in all the irrigated sec
tions of our state, as well as the other
states of the West.
Air. Borah I should like to ask the
Senator about the flavor of that fruit.
Mr. Jones, of Washington 1 am sat
isfied the Senator from Idaho is very
desirous of trying it. He raises this
kind of fruit in his state, and I am not
going to let him have this. I am going
to put this In the hands of some one
who does not get this sort of apple at
home. This Is a Delicious apple (ex
hibiting). That is the name of. it. It is
Christmas day was thoroughly en
joyed at the hospital. Those on full
diet had turkey lor dinner and neve
missed the currants and raisins in the
Christmas pudding they didn't have.
They liked the jelly and custard they
The men in the accident ward were
beamingly convinced of winning the
prize for the best decorated ward. They
were garlanded with pink and white
roses and ivy, with outbursts of Bel
gian and British flags and holly. Their
extra specialty was a beautiful white
holly tree which was blooming in
camouflaged fire bucket at one end of
My fingers are thoroughly skinned
at the tips with wiring roses, and
know now exactly what it must feel
like to get mixed up with the wire en
tanglements out at the front. Just as
the nurses were beginning to feel as
if they would have a little leisure time
on Christmas afternoon, an emergency
operation was rushed in and all was
hustle again. I helped to prepare the
patient and the theater.
From all accounts exactly the same
sad thing happens every Christmas.
Sad both for the patient and the nurses.
I earned a Christmas greeting from
the surgeon for being so careless as to
put biniodide of mercury into an en
ameled bowl with a piece of the en
amel chipped off. He was able to Im
prove the occasion by giving a lecture
on the dire results which might have
happened when the mercury ate Into
the iron. I hastily changed the lotion
and all was serene.
I was rather conscious of an enor
mous bulge in my apron pocket caused
by a large orange which the theater
nurse had just presented me with and
which I had not had time to cache any
where. We had ruffled the temper of all the
doctors and surgeons by catching them
in traps of unexpected floral ropes and
garlands all the week.
A dignified man-in-a-hurry does hate
to be chucked under the chin by a long
prickly rope of holly and paper roses
tied across the big entrance hall for
convenience In making. The poor H. S.
was always bursting out of the X-ray
room into some barrage or other. He
bore his mishaps very nobly and as he
is not even a Christian it must have
seemed a lot of silly fuss to him.
He Is, or ought to be, a fire-wor
shipper by nationality.-'
perfect godsend to them, as they were
on a dreary wind-swept plain. He gave
the things to the sergeant's own men
and said how terribly they all missed
him. He said they were glad when the
battery moved from the scene o his
I well remcmher the magnificent
Christmas card he sent me last year
from Fiance, with a huge purple velvet
pansy on it. His mother has been
greatly comforted by a letter of kind
sympathy from Portland. It was a sad
Christmas for her.
We see lots of khaki girls about now,
members of the W. A. A. C. (Woman's
Auxiliary Army Corps) who go by'the
pet name of "W'aacs." One of their big
recruiting centers Is here.
The "Waacs" who go to Franco are
not encouraged to have a lot of fancy
belongings. The government provides
them with a coat frock, a great-coat,
three collars, one pair of shoes, one
pair of gaiters, two pairs of stockings
and a hat each. Also a small sum for
repairs. Special workers get extra
overalls. They each draw an army
mattress (or "a biscuit"), a pillow and
four army blankets. No sheets.
Each girl can have eight articles, as
well as handkerchiefs, washed free
each week. They live either in hostels
or camps with huts. Baths or "ablu
tion huts" are always provided.
Tho- food is good and there is plenty
of it. I hear they have taken a great
fancy to "bully-beef." Doubtless that
is until the novelty wears off as the
soldiers and sailors do not seem to
rave about it.
These girls In khaki who go out to
France are always most efficiently
chaperoned by a woman administrator
in charge of the camp who acts as Mrs.
Grundy and ranks as an officer. The
chief controller of the W. A. A. C.s is
a kind of woman general. The mem
bers of the corps, like thu soldiers, are
These girls take the places of men
at the base In offices, postoffices and
labor battalions. The men are enabled
to go to the fighting lino. I saw some
busy girl window-cleaners a few days
ago, but they were women in blue.
Some wounded soldiers, also in blue,
were standing under their ladders and
insisting that the girls needed helpers.
A man with crutches insisted that he
was coming up the ladder to do tho
work for them and started up, among
squeals of excitement from the delight
ed girls. At last one girl called out,
"if you come up, I shall come down
He was just saying that in that case
he would wait for her down below,
when I got out of hearing. So whether
the man with one leg went up the lad
der and the man with both arms ban
daged up cleaned those windows I
never knew. They all seemed to bo
enjoying their little conversation immensely.
I heard of a bad accident which hap
pened to some of the American en
gineers on the western front. Several
of them were having a few hours' well
earned rest and started a poker game.
The "injured" man just drew four aces
when an interfering German bomb
dropped on top of their dugout and
broke up the game. They all had a
wonderful escape from injury, but the
cards were blown to bits.
He seemed to think ft one of the most
painful incidents of the war. Which
reminds me of the sad yarn one of my
sailor men told me. All the men in the
ward had been telling of awful dangers
they had been in. when this old petty
officer turned to me and said:
"Now. nurse. I'll tell you the very
worst thing that happened to me all the
time I've been at sea."
I prepared for a heart-rending story
and looked duly interested and he proceeded:
We'd been at sea for seven months.
when one afternoon we puts into port
and the captain says: 'Now, boys, we'll
be here just six hours and then be off
again, so make the best of it.'
We draws our deferred pay and wo
all goes on shore and works hard
spending it. At the end of the six
hours we gets back to the boat witn-
ut a halfpenny between us.
Then, nurse, something happens to
the engines and we stays in that
blessed port for three days longer; and
s without a stiver.
Not even the price of a picture show
All we could do to amuse ourselves
was to sit on the edge of the dock and
huck stones in the water!
'That's the very worst thing that's
happened to me all the time I've been
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