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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 1, 1919

Harry Wymore, one of the best known and most successful restaurant men in Omaha, has returned after a few months’ absence and started in business at 107 South Fifteenth street. He is also looking for a larger and more central location, which he expects to land in the near future.

Wymore opened and operated for a long time the cafeteria in the old Charlie Lewis place, in the Orpheum building. He was very successful there and sold out at a handsome profit. He expects to soon have another large restaurant in the downtown section.

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 1, 1919

Recall Brings Out Some Church Slander

Elmer Thomas’ Insistence On Using Rotten Eggs Opens Family Closet

Personal Attacks Are Met Quickly

Bootleggers Pass Wads for Protection for Many Months, but Forced to Close When They Can No Longer Come Across – Two Officers Now Under Fire.

With the petition for the recall of four city commissioners a pronounced success, Elmer Thomas, $300 secretary of the so-called “Committee of 500,” with the avowed approval of that body and with the apparent approval of at least part of those mentioned in that recall, has indulged in political rotten egg throwing. All decent people resent such tactics, no less than does this newspaper. It becomes necessary ofttimes to meet the “hun” with his own ammunition. For that reason this paper has a few things to say at this time about the character of some of the men who have been active in this “rotten egg” business.

A week ago, Mr. Thomas, with the approval of this so-called “Committee of 500,” undertook to besmirch the character of a newspaper man who has been active in unearthing the rottenness behind some of the present city commissioners, especially J. Dean Ringer, superintendent of police. It is not necessary to revamp the action of that committee. It is sufficient to say that only one newspaper, the Omaha World-Herald, had sufficient depravity to circulate the story agaisnt this man. Without repeating history, it is sufficient to say that the World-Herald has not been free from employes who have caused the editor of that paper to make explanations. Not so many decades ago one of the World-Herald reporters was made a high police official. Within a short time he was convicted, at least in the minds of the public, of accepting money bribes right on the postoffice steps. But that is not of great importance at this time.

One of the men who has recently posed as a leader in this “reform” movement is the Rev. A. A. De Larme, pastor of the First Baptist church of Omaha. Last Sunday evening he appeared in the pulpit of an Omaha church, ostensibly to preach on the subject of daylight saving. The real pith of his address, however, was an appeal to his audience to sign “500” cards and to oppose the present movement for a recall of four city commissioners.

In order to keep the record straight and to know just what sort of men are interested in this “Committee of 500,” a little history about Rev. De Larme is pertinent at this time. He declared the action of two of the present councilmen in double-crossing the Ak-Sar-Ben last fall was what brought about the present recall proposition.

And Rev. De Larme said a lot of other things, too. His interest in the Ringer administration was especially shown in his activity in securing new members enough to actually have 500 on this so-called reform committee.

Rev. De Larme came here some two years or more ago under circumstances not to the liking of all the members of the First Baptist church, it is said. Two preceding ministers of the same church left by invitation, it was stated. After a few months in the city there appeared in Omaha a young lady from an eastern city, with good recommendations. She consulted a lawyer, with whom she lodged a charge of abortion against Rev. De Larme. The matter did not materialize sufficiently at that time to get into the courts.

This young lady had numerous letters signed by Rev. De Larme and many newspaper clippings from eastern papers which were anything but complimentary to this Omaha divine. Some Omaha gentlemen who interested themselves in the case took time to make further investigation.

Several letters were exchanged within the last few months which throw considerable light on the matter. In order to save the young lady in question from further ignominy her name is withheld for the present. In response to a letter sent her a reply was received which makes plain how the young lady’s family feels about the matter. Names omitted, that letter is as follows:

“Dear Sir: In regard to your letter I am sorry to say that Miss M____ is not at home, but is in service on the other side as Red Cross nurse. I am her sister and hold all the clippings and data, also Mr. De Larme’s photo, which he gave my sister while here. I don’t want her name in the papers any more for that man, as his place is behind bars for life. I have told him so more than once. Mr. ____ of Fair Lawn, N. J., can tell you more about the man while in the First Baptist church of Paterson. I should like to see the papers show him up and will send ou data, clippings and his photo.”

Rev. De Larme has found it convenient to not only get into city politics himself, but also to invite his flock into the game. He is one of the chosen of Elmer Thomas to cleanse our fair city and is a firm supporter of Mr. Thomas and his assistants in the city commission.

As stated before, it is not desired to indulge in personalities nor to get into the rotten egg business. But Mr. Thomas has taken it upon himself to start the scrambled rottenness going and to thereby bring the evangelical churches of Omaha into disrepute. It is a crime against these good people which should be rebuked. So long as the good church people of Omaha permit such men as Thomas to front for them, just so long will they be victims of the vicious aspirations of political renegades whose interest in the church movement amounts to exactly the profit they can secure from their propaganda.

The recall will soon be on and the righteous indignation of those who believe in better things for Greater Omaha and its best Christian element will ultimately prevail.

The data, clippings and photos referred to have been received in this city and now repose in a local safe deposit vault.

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, July 25, 1919

The mattress and pillows used in the berths of the sailors and firemen aboard government-operated merchant vessels not only are comfortable, but make fine life preservers. Their filling is a soft resilient tropical fiber known as kapoc, which will sustain 25 times its own weight in salt water for 48 hours.

Sailor Comfort

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, July 25, 1919

     Ruth Law, who is said to be working on plans for an airplane trip across the Atlantic.

Ruth Law

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, July 25, 1919

workshop

Secret shop for the printing of Polish propaganda in Vilna being operated during the bolshevik occupation.

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, July 25, 1919

Part of the American army of occupation on the banks of the Moselle near Treves, Germany.

parade

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The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, July 25, 1919

Banks to Serve Children With Little Savings Bank.

John T. Wayland, Director of Savings for the Tenth Federal Reserve District, has issued the following statement:

1- At the urgent request of the Treasury Department and in order to simplify distribution, the hand grenade savings banks will be distributed by commercials banks and trust companies instead of through County Chairmen and County Superintendents as previously outlined.

2- One grenade is to be loaned by any bank to any child under 18 years old who will sign a thrift agreement similar to the accompanying form.

hand grenade

3- The grenade shown here is to be used as a savings bank for money earned during vacation, and may be brought periodically to the bank that issues it, where it will be opened, the money counted, and Thrift or War Savings Stamps given in return for the contents.

4- The grenade is to become the permanent property of the child only after he has been regularly enrolled as a member of a savings society and has bought at least one War Savings Stamp, face value $5.00 at the bank issuing the grenade. Child must buy One War Savings Stamp if under ten years old, and Two if ten years or older.

5- The bank is to fill out and give the child (if a school child) a certificate of his summer savings in order that he may present same to his teacher and get credit therefor in the War Savings Society now or hereafter organized in his grade.

6- While it is optional with the banker, it is suggested that he request contestant to write a letter or essay on how the grenade bank was won. A few of these letters might furnish the thrift impulse to many other children of the county.

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