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THE BREMEN ENQUIRER. THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 1924. QJljf BSmnru izuqmrrr "A Good Paper in a Good Town" Every Thursday by TOE ENQUIRER PUBLISHING CO. S. M. Gorren, Owner James K. GorrelL Publisher Summer Suits too, that the soldiers themselves will pay quite a share of what they are to receive. It is reasonable to expect a rise in the cost of living, or, to put it conversely, a drop in the value cf the dollar, but this is not likely to be marked. Perhaps two per cent will cover it. Of course we will always have the croakers with us. When we entered the war we were told ruin stared us $200,000,000 McNary-Haugen Bill. Tl ere are others to follow. The President has little help from the ostensible Republican majority in Congress, His is a lonely fight. Tax reduction is menaced by a vote-chasing, elassridden Congress that loves its $7500-a-year jobs with a love that passeth understanding. New York Tost. If our national law-makers would take the trouble to read their home state papers from the rural districts, they would see the unqualified demand for tax reduction and condemnation of the political tactics being employed in Washington in an effort to serve selfish interests preceding an election. Tax reduction should not be made a partisan political issue. Our Cashmere Suits With 2 pairs of pants For $IS.75 ' to the gutter, may now be spending his time trying to reach the distant cities of the country with his instruments. It is a new and thrilling pleasui-e. While last year you could hardly get him to stay at home, this year he may be restless until he gets back and sees what he can tune in for to-night. It is a peculiarly useful interest for boys, since it stimulates their ingenuity and encourages a fellow7 to do things himself instead of watching same one else do things. The fellow who has acquired skill in handling these instruments ought to be one who would show initiative in his occupation when he gets work. A SOURCE OF PRIDE. Bremen people are coming more and more to appreciate how fine a thing has been done for the community by the progressive, forward looking men who make up the board of directors of The Upton State Bank in building the splendid new hocne in which the institution is now housed. Expressions of surprised pleasure from hundreds of visitors on the opening day, many of them coming from men of long experience in the banking business, brought justifiable pride to the officers of the bank. And as the days go on, and we see daily how much has been done to add to the convenience and comfort of the new bank, our appreciation grows and the improvement becomes a source of pride to every public spirited citizen. Hard finished Worsteds in all the latest patterns and styles, for $22.50 and $24.75 Also a wonderful selection of Men's high grade Suits Including the famous Hart Schafncr & Marx and Style Plus Lines, at $25.00 to $35.00 Mo ILowennsHiime and along the battlements below rest six old cannon, which have been rusting their life out for three centuries. There are no thatched cottages on the island, modern shingles, sheet iron and tile being the most common. Of course, there are no chimneys or window sash but every home has shutters and blinds, for when the rain comes the wind blows upon the house and if shutters are not quickly- closed the roof would be blown to pieces or the contents would be ruined with the dust. Just across the channel is the little island . Som seemed primitive, this one is even more so, and yet it served a purpose, and a very good one, too. This quipus was a string of rope, usually about two feet in length, composed of many colored strings twisted together. Tj this main cord were fastened numbers of strings of different colors tied into knots thus forming a fringe. These knots gave to the device its name, for the word quipus signifies a "knot." The colors represented sensible objects. For example .white might stand for silver, and yellow for gold. Occasionally they suggested ideas abstractly white signified peace and red war. The chief use of the quipus was for arithmetical purposes. The knots took the place of ciphers and could be combined to represent numbers to any amount desired. The colors of the strings explained the subjects to which the numbers referred, and in this way the Peruvians devised a complete system of enumeration. Maiden Children's Camp To Care For Health That large numbers of subnormal children may be restored by sunshine, fresh air, proper food, and quiet hours of sleep in the open has been demonstrated in a summer comp maintained at Maiden, Mass., for the prevention of tuberculosis. The camp was established about four years ago, and has cared for groups of children from all theschools, public and parochial. While the camp is yet small and can only care for a limited number of children, there is a movement on foot to have it made a State institution. Governor Cox has recommended to the State legislature that sufficient resources be made available o the department of health to inaugurate a 10-year program designed to reach all the children of the early school age. The cost of caring for and curing tuberculosis in young children is said to be much less than that requred for adult patients. Subscription, $2 a "Tear In Advance. Entered at the post office at Bremen, Indiana, as second class mail matter. "FROM THESE HONORED DEAD." When Abraham Lincoln stood on the battle field of Gettysburg and de-lievered the speech that has now become a classic, he stated once and for all the real purpose of Memorial Day and the abiding lesson that should be taught on that day when we honor the Blue and the Gray. Those few plain words, fraught with the humility and simplicity of a truly great man, made great in tribulation and agony of spirit, have come down to us ami will go down through the ages as the true definition of the only living memorial that can ever be erected to those we love and honor. "It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of their devotion that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain." And they will have died in vain so far as we are concerned if all that we take to the cemetery are the flowers and flags to decorate their graves. Think! When those last few struggling remnants of two once gal lant armies stumble through our streets, bravely trying to pull back bent shoulders and to hold high bowed white heads, will we who respectfully remove our hats as the flag goes by, do so only because of courtesy and out of consideration, for convention, or will we, too, fiercely resolve that these dead and the dead who have died in two succeeding wars have not died in vain? Will we remember that these men met problems their fathers did not know, and recognized their duty, though tradition had not pointed it out? The message of Memorial Day is that "this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom," this year, and next year, and through the years that come, just as cnuch as in the year of 1S63. And Free dom is a growing, living thing. I Do we at this Memorial Day, in 1024, continue to recognize wrongs, even though they are as traditional as were the wrongs the Civil War corrected ? PLANS TO HELP FARMERS. The farmer cannot solve his marketing problems by individual effort, neither fs cooperative marketing a panacea for all the farmer's economic difficulties. His taxation cannot come down with enormous issues of tax-free securities by which great wealth escapes taxation. Some think that the whole economic difficulty of the American farmer could be righted if cooperation could be substituted for other methods of selling. Because of this, these people feel that the federal government should become the sponsor and promoter of individual associations, paying out of federal funds the cost of organizing these associations and practically all the costs of operat-i ing them. Mr. Ter.ny of the Dept. of Agriculture shows that the essentials of successful cooperation include organization along commodity lines, the obtaining of sufficient tonnage definitely secured by legal contracts, the securing of able, honest business administrators and a complete and satisfactory financing plan, and the incorporation into the whole scheme of a few simple fundamental cooperative ideas. TAX REDUCTION IN DANGER. President Coolidge is now fighting" to save the whole program of tax relief and to stop the most formidable raids ever launched against the United States Treasury. He is trying to cut government costs, stop the wa.to of taxpayers.' money, and insure tax reduction. Congress is trying to increase government expenses, waste more national revenue and day by day is strangling tax relief. It is shaping a tax measure that will fall hundreds of millions short of raising revenue enough for current needs. At the same time, it passes bill after bill increasing government costs. It pas-od the Bursum Omnibus Pension Bill adding $415,000,000 to the load in the next ten years. Also the bonus, with its estimated total of $4,000,000,000. A House committer ha- approved a postal pay raise of $70,000,000 ;t t ?ar u the Senate the Farm Bloc, is pushing the in the face. Hundreds of millions would be taken from the pockets of the people. Soon we forget to think in millions. We talked in terms of billions, and withal prosperity contin ued and grew apace. Prices were high, but trade was greatly stimulated The distribution of large sums of money invariably spells more lavish expenditures and as the financial tide wanes the natural increase in population and wealth seems to take care of the situation and to leave the people permanently on a higher plane. America has a long way to go before she begins to march toward the setting sun. COULD WE BUT SEE. With all our boasted advancement in civilization, we are forced to admit that human nature flows blindly along in about the same old channel. A reader brings this paragraph to light: "Whereas in simple matters like shoemaMng we think only a specially trained person will serve our purpose, in politics we presume that every one who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or state. When we are ill we call for a trained physician, whose degree is a guarantee of specific training and technical competence. We do not ask for the handsomest physician or the most eloquent one. Well, then, when the whole state is ill should we not look for the guidance of the wisest and best?" Sounds a little like Lincoln, doesn't it ? Perhaps it dates back to the times of Jefferson or Washington, you sug gest. It does, and then some. The words were written more than 3,000 years ago by the Greek philosopher, Plato. Long before the Man of Gall lee came to earth; long before European adventurers sailed westward in search of a new world; long before the American republic was even dreamed of, this old philosopher sounded a truth that we of this country aye, of this state and of this county have proved time and time again. RELIEF TRAIN FOR VOTES. The passing by the senate of a joint resolution ordering a cut in freight rates to relieve depression in any basic industry, which means the farmer, demonstrates one thing at least that the time for the farmer to strike is when a national election is at hand. The Farm bloc realizes this fact, and it has sufficient astuteness to take advantage of it. Ordinarily after such a resolution, congress would fill the chambers of the national capitol with carbon monoxide until relief was killed by the poison of their blatent speechifying. Now it is safe to predict prompt action, and prompt action is needed. The man who feeds the nation has been the goat long enough, and railroad barons who have fattened on his labor know this. Unfortunately the only time they recognize it is when they become patriotically interested in the vote. Then they fear the fanner may vote their pets into political obliteration, and the result is the promise of a small measure of justice for the tiller of the soil. RADIO AND BOY LIFE. Home life has its ups and downs. Conditions in the time of our fathers favored it. There was less going on then, fewer amusements. People settled down evenings under the living room lamp, while the grown-ups read and the youngsters had a high old time over their gan.es. Of recent years, entertainments and club life have developed. The kids have so many engagements that they need private secretaries to keep track of them. Some of their time is frittered away in futile entertainments. Yet they have very superior opportunities, and leam much from good community organizations. Many of the boys have worried their mothers very badly up to a recent time, by their dislike for the quiet life of their homes. It seemed terribly dull to them to settle down under the evening lamp, when they could go to some thrilling show, or train with the smart guys along the curbstones. But now a new force is working to make home life more popular with these fellows. Many of them have become keenly interested in equipping radio seks, and in the things they hear over the ether waves. The boy who last year was standing on the curbstone and spitting in VANDALISM. All outdoors has adorned itself with floral raiment of gorgeous hue. The woods, fields, lanes, hills, and valleys are ablaze with color and beauty. Everywhere the little wild-flowers rear their innocent heads, the green shrubs line the roadsides and bursting buds reveal beautiful secrets. To many persons the temptation to destroy these pictures is irrestible. They find no ecstacy in merely looking at nature's spring-time verdure. They must loot the meadows and the hillsides. Their cars must go home laden with blossoms that are not meant for vases in the home. Nature provides its own vases for these blooms and the flowers that are plucked from their setting become like orphans, miserable, drooping and homesick. Newspapers and nature lovers throughout the land find it. necessary to remind a thoughtless public of the consequences of this vandalism. Vandalism it is, for many persons are not content with the flower, they must take the stem and the root as well. Eventually of course, this means extermination of the wildflow-er. That 'point has been reached in some instances. FEVER OF INQUISITION. Congressional investigation of executive activities began in an orderly enough fashion some months ago. But the Senate, upon which we have always looked as the steady old wheel horse of the Congressional team, evidently heard the distant drums of the approaching campaign, reared up and snorted and off it went, "Hell bent for election." At eve it rough spot in the road some already terrified passenger was bumped off the political bandwagon, bag and baggage, often as greatly to the surprise of the drivers as to the victim, when President Coolidge stepped to the center of the road and brought the runaway team to its haunches with the stiffest jerk on the reins the Senate has felt for years. American sense of fair play does not long relish unfair methods by characterless witnesses. Public service will hereafter be listed among extra hazardous occupations with special insurance therefor. A policy might be provided that would insure on a sliding scale of indemnity, a small amount for the mere mention of a name before an investigating committee, double indemnity for total loss of character. It is the hope of the public that the. fever of inquisition is subsiding. MORE BURNED THAN CUT. Government figures show that in agencies depleting our forests, the ratio of burning to cutting is nearly two to one. During 1923, there were 51,891 forest fires in United States, burning an aggregate area of 11,500,000 acres with a financial loss in excess of $16,500,000. Some idea of the extent of thv ravaged area may be gathered from the fact that it is eight times the acreage of French forests destroyed or damaged throughout the World War and this, too, in one year. Only 26 states are making definite efforts to protect their forest lands aggregating 16,000,000 acres, from fire. From July 1, 1922, to June SO, 1923, they expended $1,826,430 for this purpose. This is only a little more than a cent an acre and not enough to weigh heavily on any taxpayer. NOTHING TO WORRY OVER, Whatever may be said for or against the action of the senate in overturning President Coolidge on the soldier bonus, no one need feel alarmed at the pessimistic statement that the re-j suit will beget stagnation in business. If any effect will be felt it will be one of business stimulation. The man who is a bear on the United States of America is a poor reader of history and not a very good judge. True, the total sum finally to le paid to the veterans by the public is staggering, but spread over a period of twenty years it will be easily absorbed. And it must bo remembered. 1 of St- Croix where Alexander Ham ilton once lived and where his moth er, RachelLeyine, was buried. These little tropical islands may be United States soil but the intense and humid heat of the summer and the dry and waterless winter will never attract very many emigrants from the fatherland. Still, if you want a land to live in where you need few clothes and little to eat, come to St. Thomas and your every desire will be fulfilled. How Peruvians Devised System of Enumeration Most persons are familiar with representatives of the hieroglyphics of the ancient Egyptians. By means of the engraved marks found on the monuments and other records the old Egyptians could represent object ideas suggested by objects, and even sounds. This signifying of sounds by means of symbols formed nearly a true alphabet. In Mexico the Aztecs had a crude system of picture writing by which sensible objects could be accurately depicted, but beyond that it could not go, for it was incompetent I . . , t, , the crudest invention of this sort was the mysterious science of the quipus, ... . , . . 1 . w hich was taught the Peruvian princes , . . ... by their amautas, or While both systems before mentioned A HOUSEHOLD NECESSITY. The time has passed when radio is looked upon as a plaything. It has passed through the preliminary and experimental stages. It has come to the point where the public expects service and amusement of a high class. If nearby stations do not furnish the kind of program desired, it is only a matter of a few moments to turn them out and tune in the distant ones. Some stations broadcast every half hour, giving the important news and market reports. Radio is fast growing to be a household necessity, and is found in mllions of homes today for service as well as amusement. THE TOWN HALL. Bremen's newT town hall has been officially opened to the people of the community. The clerk has moved into his new office there, the fire department is permanently located, and even the new hoosgow has had a wanning. It is really the official headquarters of the town. When we reflect how long the town got along with the miserable quarters down by the standpipe for so many years, using rooms that were hardly fit for habitation, we must feel that Bremen has taken a big step forward. The hundreds who inspected the new building at the formal opening Friday evening were all pleased with it. It is a credit to the town, a fine improvement, and a convenient, modern home for the town's official family. The new lights Installed last wreek on the top of the water tower make one of the most noticeable of our recent improvements. For many miles the lights are visible to travelers on the country roads, and the circle of light has become a familiar advertising feature of the town. It is a crown of glory in the night, more beautiful now than ever, ard it ought never to be allowed to get into the unkept condition of the lasi few months. To many visitors the light has been a sort of beacon that stands for Bremen. Let's keep it looking like it does now. We can't see why jazz musicians should be paid $14 a day. Kiveteu, who only get $10, make almost as much noise and do something useful besides. What we can't understand is who pays for the ink and paper that goes into the making of a Genu an mark. After centuries of experimentation, the only thing that has attained to complete tranquillity is a clod. So live that you won't have to blush for your grammar when at last your love letters are read in court. So far as the publicity they get is concerned, some eloping girls would make great movie actresses. Virgin Islands' Value Lies In The Harbors The Virgin Islands, says a writer for a press association who is now in the islands, is the group of islands which the United States might have bought under Lincoln for $5,-000,000. President Wilson, and the senate thought it worth $25,000,000 and bought it. It is w.-rth almost nothing for agriculture, there is so; little rain and such long dry spells with the result that almost everything that is planted dies for lack of moisture. St. Thomas and the other islands are valuable to. us on account of the excellent harbors with even bottoms and depth; really a naval and submarine base with a dry dock, great tanks of oil and water and vast stores of coal. The water is collected from a large area on the hillside, leveled and cemented, with huge tanks beneath. The city of St. Thomas also has tanks of water con ducted in pipes to hydrants along the street and accessible to the pub lie. It is a very clean city, has one long winding street and short side streets constructed of stone and brick steps which take you to the top. One called the 90 and 9 street passes the governor's house and is 20 feet wide; some streets are only eight feet wide. There are very few street lights. Last evening as I wondered around the town was as bright as day. Not a street light was burning, but the full tropical moon directly overhead sent forth a radiance that no electric. light could make. It was almost as bright as day so intense was the tropical moon. The stars here are brighter, the north star is not visible and the dipper is upside down. About the only article manufactured on these islands is bay rum. You see whole store rooms lined with it. The shops are very common affairs; more like small country stores. All are owned by Negroes, half-breeds and Danes, who are more like the natives than real Danes. Begging is not common here. The TT;- Cfofoc- Vioo fr,vrIlon if Til A nn . XT A people are 90 per cent Negroes and are not fit to become American if J TrtT-. c TViiair Vnrtw Tiffin u n A Vi HVP ! . , , , less. The governor appointed by . . . , , tt the United, States is the law. He forbade the dance on Sunday eve ning which was to celebrate the entrance of the Empress of Britain into the harbor. The principal object of interest is Blue Beard's tower located on the edge of the town on a hill. It is an interesting place and well worth climbing, for from the top can be seen the city set upon a hill, tha harbor with four destroyers and 12 submarines with the mother ship, which feeds them and sleeps them, they sailing along six on a side. The many keys, islets and channels can also be seen and as the glowing-tropical sun was setting in a blaze of golden splendor it was well worth the long climb. Blue Beard was a pirate bold and bloody but with all "as mild a mannered man as ever scuttled a ship or cut a throat." He loved the women. On one of his little business trips his loving wife in her hours of leisure decided to investigate the archives of her lord and discovered that he also dearly loved some 12 other ladies, so in order to keep her absent lord in remem be ranee she invited them all to a sumptuuous banquet and poisoned every one of them. When her 'spouse returned he was very much grieved but as to how it all ended the legend makers have not yet decided. The tower is four stories high with very thick walls - i ; 1 i i I Gem THneatre WEEKLY PROGRAM THURSDAY, JUNE 5 "THEY'RE OFFJV A great Race Track story featuring Peggy ODay. Comedy Billy Franey in the CAMERY MAN. Also new Novelty reel. Smiles for everybody. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JUNE 6-7 "THE SON OF WALLINGFORD." With an all star cast written and directed by Lillian and George Randolph Chester. A story of human interest and spectacular scenes a whole city used to stage a pageant. A big special production. ALSO COMEDY. SUNDAY, JUNE 8 "A FRONT PAGE STORY." A picture that is different from most photoplays. It presents a newspaper story that is true to life, it takes the spectator behind the scenes and shows the real workings of a newspaper and the feuds that result over politics and editorials. ALSO COMEDY. TUESDAY, JUNE 10 "THE LEATHERSTOCKING." Episode 6. Also Western Feature, "THE RUM RUNNERS' and Comedy, "INSTALLMENT TLAN."