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OTHER LEGISLATIVE DOINGS
A Drlef Digest of Other Important
legislation Being Considered by
the Nebraska Legislature
Lincoln. By a bare majority, 61 to
I, the lower ltoilun nnnaml
Roll No. 323, tho primary bill cham-
viunea uy Keprosentative Reynolds of
Winona, ine Diu represents tho final
SffOrt to Change the 3xlntlt,p- nrlmnrv
Inw. it provides for tho election of
..ounty committeemen, one man and
ne woman from each precinct, and
f the county convention eloWntna
t tho primary. This is designed to
rcmeuy tne alleged evil duo tn nilf
perpetuating county committees. The
bill also removes tho stato officers,
outside of govornor and those elected
m a nonpartisan ticket from the op
eratlon of the primary law. It urn
rides that those shall be nomlnntmi
by ulato convention. ' The bill yet
aa to stana lire in tho senate.
The lower house has passed the
"coco bill," Senate File No. 2. on thn
third reading, 60 to 33, practically n
two. to one vote. The opposition was
composed of twenty republicans and
thirteen democrats. The roDort of
the house action was Immediately
transmitted to tho Benate. Senator
Peterson moved that tho senate not
concur In hbuse amendments, ex
plaining that none of these were
abjectlonable but that it was neces
sary to send the bill to a conference
committee to re-write into it legis
lation, previously enacted at this ses
sion affecting certain of its provi
sions. Senator Peterson then held a
conference with Lieutenant Governor
Barrows and the latter announced
tho appointment of Senators Peter
son, Cordeal and Bushee, the three
most ardent friends of the bill in
the senato, as the conference com
mittee. Representatives Jenison, Rod
man and Reynolds wero named as
The senate landed a "knock-out"
blow to H. R. 88, the boxing bill,
which allowed limited bouts in ath
letic clubs, Y. M. C. A. and Knights
of Columbus circles. The bill oc
casioned a long debate. Many of tho
senators suggested that if tho stato
was not going to ailow these Inno
cent boxing matches, under properly
organized institutions, the legislature
should kill football which Senator
Slman says kills more men in a year
than boxing over did. Senator Peter
son warned the senate that if it did
not at this time pass some bill which
allowed a sport that had been recog
nized by the army, Y. M. C. A. and
klndered organizations, it would only
tend to some day allow a bill to
creep into the statute books allow
ing real prize fights. Boxing in Ne
braska is dead for two more years.
1 The general maintenance bill for
the exocutive departments, as report
ed by the senate finance commit
tee, carries $1,170,000, approximately
$175,000 more than Included In the
bill as it passed the lower house. At
the request of Governor-McKelvie,
the committee has eliminated a
clauso in the national guard appro
priation making use of the appropri
ation contingent upon federal recog
nition of the guard. This is to per
mit Nebraska to maintain the guard
whether the federal government rec
ognizes it or not. The committee
also recommended an increase in
this fund from 188,500 to $113,500.
The Benate passed, by a vote of 25
to 0, HouBe Roll No. 466, which
provides that applicants before the
board of pharmacy shall have had
two years study in a college of phar
macy, and permitting certificates
from other staten coming up to tho
Nebraska requirement. Later, on mo
tion of Senator Bushee, the senate
voted to reconsider and sent it back
to committee, Bushee claiming that
'it required present pharmacists who
have not had two years' schooling,
but bavo acquired their knowledge
by working In drug stores, to stop
work until complying with the new
law. Senator Peterson said the bill
did not apply to those already certi
fied. Senate Files Nos. 165 and 166, the
Omaha charter bills, were recom
mended for indefinite postponement
by action of the cities and towns
committee of the lower house. These
aro the bills urged by tho Omaha city
commission to give the commission
the power to initiate street Improve
ments and to issue bonds for open
ing or widening streets without a
vote of the people.
The senate has adopted the stand
ing committee report1 to postpone in
definitely House Roll No. 394, appro
priating $250,000 for purchasing a site
: id constructing a building for the
state supreme court and the state li
brary, also House Roll No. 358, pro
viding for tho creation of welfare
boards in cities of the state, similar
to the Omaha welfare board.
The senate passed House Roll No.
296, providing for pest eradication
districts for extermination of grass
hoppers to be established by county
commissioners upon petition of 25
per cent of voters. j
An npparent "Joker" in S. ff 244.
tho bill amending the bank iruaranti
law, as passed by the legislature anij
signea by Governor McKelvie, whicU
has boon construed to relievo state,
banks now in existence from tho pays
ment or assessments to Iho guaranty
fund hereaafter, is to bo taken cars
of by changing tho language and in.
eluding the revised draft in the cod
bill when It goes to conference. This
was agreed upon, by Attornoy Gen,
eral Davis and Sonators Cordeal and
Peterson of tho senato committee
which had chargo of the code bill,
after their attention had been called
to the doubtful meaning of one sec
tion of S. F. 244.
Senato File No. 295, whilo not
much of a bill, succeeded in clogging
tho machinery in the senate for two
considerable poriods and still has a
chanco to do it It provides that both
owners of adjoining farms shall
equally pay for a lino fenco in case
ono of the farmers wants a fence,
was indefinitely postponed, by a vote
of 15 to 13, after a debate involving
almost every senator ou tho floor.
Senator Hoagland, who favored tho
bill, afterward succeeded In getting
the senate to refuse to adopt its own
committee of the whole roport, by a
voto of 15 to 17, and advanco the
bill to third reading, whero it has
ono more chance for its life.
A special effort was made in tho
senato to rush through Sonate Fllo
No. 262, advancing the date of count
ing overseas votos two weeks, en
abling the vote to be counted at tho
next election before tho convening of
tho constitutional convention. The
question was raised if it was not
better at this time to repeal the
soldier voting law entirely, consider
ing tho fact that by tho next elec
tion very few soldlors will be over
seas. After a conference during the
noon hour tho"blll waB amonded to
repeal tho entire soldiers' voting law.
After a prolonged but losing fight
in tho senato, waged by Hoagland ot
Lincoln county, against a water "power
district bill which Is backed by R. B.
Howell of Omaha, the senate recom
mended the bill in question for pas
sage in a modified form. At times
the discussion became somewhat per
sonal. Tho bill before tho senate bears
tho number 240. It la a senate bill
originally Introduced by Peterson ot
Lancaster for the purpose of declaring
that title In the state to water power
sites shall never bo alienated. After
the house killed one of R. B. Howell's
water power district bills, the senate
Judiciary committee reported out S.
F. 240 with a substitute modeled
somewhat after the Howell bill in the
house. Hoagland had the substitute
bill referred to the Irrigation commit
tee of which ho is chairman. His
committee reported tho bill out with
another substitute prepared by Hoag
land. The Hoagland substitute came
before the'Senate In" committee of the
whole. After some discussion in which
Poterson and Cordeal opposed the
Hoagland measure, Peterson offered
another substitute for tho entire bill
similar to the substitute reported out
by the Judiciary committee last week.
The Peterson substitute was adopted
at the close of a discussion and the
bill was recommended to pass. The
main point of difference betweon Hoag
land and the supporters ot tho new
S. F. 240 Is that Hoagland opposed the
appointment- of a board of directors
by the governor for terms of two, four
and six years, and their subsequent
election. He proposes a plan to get
control closer to tho people.
Following an address to the Ne
braska house by Chief Red Fox of
the Blnckhawk Indians, located in
tho stato of Washington, a motion
was unanimously adopted Monday
noon directing Speaker Dalbey to
namo a commltteo of three for the.
purpose of drafting a memorial to
congress, which the legislature will
approve, asking congress to confer
the ballot upon all Indians of legal
age who served under the American
flag in the late war.
S. F. 24, the Slman foreign language
bill, has been signed by Govornor Mc
Kelvie and is now in effect, as it has
tho emergency clause. The governor
Bigned the companion parochial school
bill, H. R, 64, several days ago. Both
are in full force now, but K. R. 64
gives private and parochial school
teachers until September 1, ne.it, to
qualify themselves under its provi
Legislative hlBtory of former ses
sions repeated Itself when tho house
killed a bill to establish a state
board of accountancy. It was S. F.
32, the Robbins bill to make all pub
lic accountants pay a fee to the state
and secure a license. It was In
definitely postponed in commltteo ol
the whole, its suspected purpose be
ing to monopolize that line of busi
The house passod on final reading,
the "blue sky" bill and the bill au
thorizing the governor to investigate
land tenantry conditions.
The senate passed House -Roll No.
562, allowing mutual insurance com
panies to write other Insurance now
confined to stock companies.
The senate by a voto of 19 to 11
passed on third reading, the bill
which provides that water power dlB
tricts may bo formed by voto of tho'
people with right of eminent domain
to construct power plants at tho na
tural water power sites, and trans
port electrical current for sale in
such water power districts. Under
the bill co-operative districts can bo
formed in Omaha, Lincoln and other
cities to develop one particular plant.
Senator Hoagland and other rural
senators opposed the bill on the basis
that it was Omaha and Lincoln legis
6y Mary Graham Donner
. "They say," said Mr. Lobster, nnd
Airs. Lobster asked at onco th ques
tion so many nnlmnls and creatures
"Will you pray explain to me what
you menn wiien you say that they'
Say? Tell mo Who thpv nrn nml whn(
about them and If they're good to eatl
Acu me it they're to be found around
here and If I'll find them tender."
"My denr Mrs. Lobster," grinned
Air. lobster, as ho wiggled his tegs,
"they'd be amused If they heard you
ask If they were' tender. And fhcy'd
bo still more amused If they Jicnrd
you say that you wondered if they
wero to be found around here nnd If
tliey were good to eat."
"Well," said Mrs. Lobster, "nothing
you havo said explains anything to
me. I don't care If they would be
amused and I don't care If they wonld
be still more amused.
"I'd like to know who they are, what
they are, and where they are."
"You've nftkitfl an mnnv nnitlnni
, - ., " V, . U V V ... (
Mrs. Lobster, that it is hard to know
wnere to begin answering them."
"Just begin and I will tell you about
the nllOHtlnnR Ymi nnlr hiu tn
, - w . v.ma M.WV V
.gin with the answers. First of all tell
;mo who they arc."
"They nro people, nnd Instead of
letting us find out If thev' rp 4iiifln nnd
if they're good to eat, thoy eat us be-
lore we nave a chance to find out."
"They eat us I" shrieked Mrs. Lob
ster. "What horrible peonlel"
i "And yet you didn't think it was hor-
jrlble for us to eat them If they were
tender," laughed Mr. Lobster.
"OuitC." Htrrppd Mr. T.nlit.r "If nil
depending on who was going to do tho
"Naturally," said Mrs. Lobster.
"Quite so," agreed Mr. Lobster, still
' "And what are these people like?"
asked Mrs. Lobster.
"They each have two long legs," said
"They Eat Us," Shrieked Mrs.
Mr. Lobster, "and they live on dry
"How queer they must be," said Mrs.
"They're the creatures who travel
In ships, they're the ones who go flsh
'lng and they're the ones who talk fun
ny words all the time," continued Mr.
"And why would they want to eat
us?" usked Mrs. Lobster.
"Because we're good to eat," said
. "Oh, really, that Is why so many of
the cousins nnd relations leave us?"
tasked Mrs. Lobster. She was not very
,old, you see, nnd she had many things
"Yes," said Mr. Lobster, "they go to
'be eaten by the people. But we're a
great luxury In most places, that Is.
we're very expensive and we're consid
ered a great treat, though there ore
some places where we're so plentiful
that we are quite, quite cheap."
"It is better to be expensive," said
Mrs. Lobster. "We wouldn't be so apt
to get caught if we were so oxpenslve.
We might miss being captured because
there wasn't enough money to pay for
"Ah," said Mr. Lobster, "that may
be so, but still if we- were cheap and
there wero plenty of us we might not
get caught because they didn't neod
"I'd rather think of it my own way,"
said Mrs, Lobster. "Also I like to
think of myself as an expensive lux
ury. If I thought I were going to be
expensive I wouldn't mind so much
"And we're red when we go on the
tables ns part of a salad, or all cooked
up lu a piping hot dish," said Mr.
"We're not green after we are cap
tured, killed and cooked? Is that real
ly so?" asked Mrs. Lobster.
"Really so," said Mr. Lobster.
"And what were you going to tell
me these people said, for you began to
tell me nnd I wanted to know who
they were," nsked Mrs. Lobster.
"I was going to say that people sold
they could tell the way the wind was
blowing and whether a storm was com
ing by the way we looked, acted and
"I'll fool them, I will," chuckled Mrs.
She Couldn't Believe It.
Ht "An astrologer once told me
that March wns my lucky month"
.She "How can that be? You were
born In thst month."
' Iff .s&iz&m
IF Christ. to earth had never borne
The message of the Easter
Well might the fields, stripped brown
Torn by the plow's relentless share,
Rasped by the harrow's tearing teeth,
(Yet guarding still the seed beneath)
A sullen, cold resentment feel
At the sharp driving of the steel;
Not knowing when the pain was past
What Easter flowers would bloom at
Well might the body, bent with age,
Or where the deeper passions rage,
Racked with disease, disgrace or sin,
(Yet guarding still the soul within)
In Its blind agony of shame
Blaspheme the great Creator's name;
THE RISEN CHRIST
Easter Always Anniversary of De
liverance of Wonderful
Message of Hope.
THE Joy of the Christlnn eoul
is expressed at Easter In
such a volume of song as
rises upon no other day of
the year. In the wealth of flowers that
adorn altars, in the music of choirs
and the praise of the children in their
exercises arc found the manifestation
of the joy of hearts overflowing with
the happiness of a renewed hope of
life. It Is the anniversary of the de
liverance of the greatest message of
hope the world has ever received,
summed up In the three little words:
"He Is Risen." It Is the Christian
"victory day" Easter.
Most men everywhere at all times
have had some sort of Idea of immor
tality. It seems to be an Inherent
quality In humankind. The doctrine
f the resurrection is not nn entirely
new one. Even the pngnn before us
had a glimpse of the truth and was
moved to recognize It In his own way.
Nature herself proclaims the doctrine
and in every bursting bud of spring
time and the new songs of the birds
wo rend a confirmation of our belief
In n future life. Nature rejoices along
with men In n realization of the glory
of life, for that which wnrt dead is
Brought Light to World.
But while we see In nature the sym
bols of the grent truth of the resur
rection and delight In the pleasing
processes of the breaking forth of
new life In the natural world, the
Christian has something deeper nnd
more firm thnn nnture upon which to
base his belief of immortality. The
materialist may seek to read his fu
ture In the natural world, but the
Christian derives his chief hope from
a different source, a source no Icrs
than the mcssnge from God himself.
When Jesus broke the bonds of death
and became "the first fruits of them
that slept" ne at the same time be
came the hope of nil humanity. Be
fore Illm, the way was dark nnd
shrouded In mystery, but on that first
Easter morning He threw n flood of
light upon the gates of eternity, which
Illumined the wny for all and settled
the question of Immortality forever.
It Is but natural that the anniver
sary of such a day should be celebrat
ed with various manifestations of Joy,
but amid the songs und the flowers
nnd tho pagenntry of our celebrations
the grent motive of the day should
not be lost sight of. Things that min
ister to the esthetic sense should not
be allowed to overshadow tho appeal
to the spirit. If Easter brings no
heartening messnge to a soul wearied
with worldly cares, no new Inspiration
to tnke hold of the things worth while
with n firmer grip, no now feeling of
citizenship in the eternnl, our songs
and flowers and pomp nnd pageantry,
however beautiful, are of momentary
Divine Easter Message.
The message that Easter brings to
the Individual Iiob n very direct bear
ing upon his life, for whnt one be
lieves about the future life may
largely determine his character, and
til f I 711 1 1 I II I fl II I 111 1IAW 1 tkv A w-J,-
even his eternal destiny. , One may
even go further nnd say what n na
tion believes about the hereafter de
termines the character ot Its govern
ment In its practical dealing at home
and abroad, and the character of tho
nattonnl life. Tho man or nation that
Js not restrained by the feeling thnt
there Is another world in which there
will be a higher justice and n con
tinued life of some sort, Is dangerous.
Passing over tho strictly religious
element In tho resurrection of Christ.
momentarily, let us remember that
nistory was made on that first Enster
morning. When tho devoted women
went down to the tomb of the Lord
upon their mission of love, It wns given
to them to hear tho announcement
from nn angel that wns to turn the
tide of history nnd to give impetus to
the movement of uplifting men thnt
Is still gathering force today. Jesus
was a grent teacher anO He gave to
the world its best principles nnd pre
cepts. But there have been other good
teachers of morals and religion, nnd
who knows but thnt His teachings
would not have perished with Him if
He had not risen from tho dead nnd
become the living inspiration for the
millions who wero to come nfter htm.
Herein lies tho distinctive difference
between Christ nnd other teachers
and between Christianity and other
codes of morals and religion. Chris
tian worship Is directed toward n per
son and docs not consist in veneration
of a dead leader and slavish adher
ence to a rule of life or set of regu
lations. Above all Christianity Is not
RABBIT AS EASTER SYMBOL
With the Egg, It Has Alawys Been
Associated as Appropriate to
Enster originally was an orlcntnt
feast In honor of the coming spring,
or the rebirth of the year. Tho rab
bit Is noted for Its prolific offspring,
and that animal wob chosen ns nn Ebb-
ter symbol because It typified the
frultfulnoss of nature. The pgg was
selected as an emblem of Easter cele
bration because It contains the germ
of life nnd Is therefore typical of the
revival of life at the beginning of the
growing season. The lily bulb, like
tho egg, contains tho perm of life and
meanB of growing within Itself, nnd
accordingly Ik appropriate, cnrrylng ns
It does the nddltlonal symbol of purity.
Not seeing there beyond the gloom
The Angel and the Empty Tomb.
Well might the world In that dark
Crushed by a cruel tyrant power,
Through wildest storm and blackest,
(Yet keeping Freedom's spark alight)
Cry out from every bloodstained sod,
"There Is no light, no life, no Godl"
Did we not know that Calvary's way
Led to the Resurrection Day.
Oh, if our vision bounded were
By the three crosses planted there
On the bleak hill of Calvary
If that were the last sight men see
If Christ to earth had never bome
The message of the Easter morn
All that we see or think or seem
Is but the fabric of a dream!
a philosophy, but n life, drawing its
Inspiration from n living Christ, and
linvlng a universal appeal because It
speaks the language of love.
Such n religion can not be "benten.1
It has all the qualities of the Imper
ishable, nnd so long as tho church
maintains steadfast it belief In the
resurrection it can not be conquered
by nil the hostB of evil.
The resurrection of Christ wns the
supremo victory of tho ages, nnd not
oven whs tho overwhelming defeat
of tho Hun hosts buttling on the
western front n grcnter one. For
wo mny sny thnt if Jesus Christ had
not lived and died as Ho did and had
not risen from tho dead and had not
Inspired the men of the great frcn
nations of the world with the love of
humanity, of human brotherhood nnd
Justice, there would be none to wic-
nucc themselves today ngalnst the
most powerfully orcanlzed hvrI em tit
greed and inhumanity the world lin
The hope Inspired by the resurrec
tion of Christ has lifted the nations
gradually but surely out of the wel
ter of selfishness. If there were no
future wo might as well not mnko th
sacrifices, nnd the strongest might go
his wny as In the brute world.
Not since the enrly dnvs of the
church has the doctrine of the resur
rection and the future life been no
strongly vindicated as In the present
tlmo when millions of free men vol
untarily gave up their lives for the
great Christian principles underlying
me estatiusnment of free nation.
Rushing In to do their duty, they
calmly trusted the future to God.
Fatalism could nover make the flght
for liberty and Justice thnt civilian-
tlon In making today. Only the Chris
tianity or tho resurrected Christ In
capable of inspiring the effort.
It was a grent day for the world
when the angelic choir announced tcv
shepherds the birth of the Savior, but
It was a greater dny when this sam'
Savior rose victorious over the grave
and gave to mankind the hope that
hns carried them onward nnd upward
nnd will continue to hear them as thoy
appronch to the perfection of their
Eggs at Easter.
The use of Enster eggs Is common
to all Christendom, and sonmii to hn
a symbolic tradition of the primitive
cnurcn. it is explained in vnrlouK
wayB. The most probable theory In
that because of tho phenomenon of
hatching It was chosen us a symbol
of tho resurrection. At flint the Ens
ter eggs wero taken to tho tomnin nn,i
blessed by the priest, and then distrib
uted to ones friends and family. But
after awhile they came to stand mere
ly for a festival, when they could eat
the eggs that had been denied them
during Lent. It Is Impossible to Bay
when the first mention Is made of
Only One Possible Life Giver.
It Is certain that a strong belief in
tho resurrection was the chief strength
of the early church nnd Its preaching
encouraged tho wirl.v converts tn on.
dure nil things. "A dead Christ might
nuvo neen n teacher und wonder work
er, and remembered und loved uh Bin-h.
But only a Risen and Uvlnir Christ
could bo the Savior, the Life and the
Life Giver to all inea."
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