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llnonltr that tlio CouniKU force, in com
mon with tlio rest of Immunity, limy enjoy
tho fostlvltfes of tlio gladaoiuo Christmas
season, tlio paper this week Is Issued Thunt
day evening instead of Friday night, ns Is
customary. If nny omissions of Into matter
ore noticed by our readers, this uxplfiiwitioii
will nmko clear tlio icuson.
Anil this Ih Christmas day I Even while
tho CouitlKK Is making Its weekly visit tlio
lights on overy holly mid evergreen nre
burning nnd "Peace on earth nml good will
to men" Is tlio spirit that pervades all hearts,
Tho star which, moro than two thousand
years ago, guided tho simple slicpurds of
Judeu to Hothlehem still shines to guldo tho
weary soul to heaven's gates. Tiino has not
illiumcd tho lustru of its light or destroyed
its transcendent kIo'T, iw human faith in
tho glorious promise of which it Is tho beau
tiful Ikii. Anil f.o, with them thoughts
uperiuost in minil, tho Couiuku takes
occasion to extend to Its many readers tho
compliments of tho season ami to wish them,
0110 anil all, many happy returns of tho
Tho proM)sltlon to send ashlplo id of grnln
to Husnla as a donation for tho bouellt of tho
destitute thousands who aro HUiroriiiR from
famine is wholly commendable, not merely
as 11 charitable act but also as an ovidouee of
American gratitude. During tho rebellion
Russia was the only Kuropoan ower heart
ily with the North, and Its friendship proba
bly saved us thousands of lives and million'
of treasure. In one of tho dai kest periods of
the war, when it looked as though England
and Franco and bpain would lend tho south
assistance, Hussla sent a licet of vessels of
war to America. Their Inst Mictions were
sealed, but the czar Mild to tho president:
"Wo desire above nil tilings tho maintain
auco of tlio American Union as one indivisi
ble nation." The coming of this Meet was
taken as a nutlce to England ami other
European nations to keep their hands oir,
and they did. For this kindly act, which
njight have Involved Hiissm in mi expensive
war, wo owe thut country a debt of grati
tude, und we cun pay It oil in no better wuy
than that which is now olTeicd us.
Here is consolation. From the statistics
of the coal business gatheied for the census
bureau, it appears that in 18b'.) the average
price per ton ut the minus was $1.-11 lor hard
autlOU cents for soft coal. The natural
imery Is, who gets tho other $3 thut ure put
on the price of coal when Nobiaska people
couie to buy ill
AVheiianex-presldeut of the Adams ex
press compnuy i-Hcently restored $500,000 to
it, U cause he had bought u piece of cheap
propel ty and then sold it to his company at
mi advance of half a million, some of tlio
wise men who mil tho universe tluougli the
editoriul columns of the daily papers learn
edly told us that t lie- mor.ils ot grout busi
ness men were improving. When you come
to look closely at this p press case H doesn't
oiler much hope to tlio musnes who mo rob
bed by the monopolist!.: coipniutioiis. In
tho Hist pluce the $.'j00,O0L- went bncK to uu
ulreudy rich company el not to tho people.
In the second place the ox-piesidciil lostorod
It not because of any twlngoi of conscience
but becato there was a powerful corpora
tion after htm with money enough to make
life a burden to liiui and to bankrupt him
defending himself. The people cut no figure
in lids case. Thoy were not in it.
And now it is claimed that the fabulous
prices said to have been paid for "Tho Ango
lus" were a fake, to use n bit of slang, all a
part of a grand scheme to bamboozle and
bleed tho public. Tills charge comes from
Verestcliagin, the noted painter. Ho alleges
that tlio miIo to Americans nml tho return to
Frunco were bogus transactions intended to
"boom" Millet's fame and enhance the value
of his other works. Verestcliagin alleges
that Button, tho American schemer in tlio
care, made a similar pioKsitiou to him,
which lie declined. Perhaps the foreigner
with the unpronounceable name is jumping
at conclusions, but, If his statement is cor
rect, what a clover schema "Tlio Angolas"
deal was, to bo sure from an American dol
lar and cent point of vlo-y. Our true born
American la displaying new Hashes of gen
lus overy year in his effort gull tho public
and make money for himself.
Hero Is a curious fact, if Indeed it is a fact.
A florist asserts that tho three colors, blue,
red and yellow never all opear in the sumo
species of flower. There may be two, but
never tho three. For example, there aro
red and yellow roses, but who ever saw a
blue rose! There are blue and yellow pan
sles but no roil. In verbenas wo Hud red
and blue and no yellow. To people Interest
ed In flowers there should bo a curious Inter
est In nothing whether this rule holds goo.l
oV not in nil cases. The florist in imestiou is
go sure of it that hesays it is a law of nature.
Speaking of Col. E. I). Webster, now of
Htratton, as private secretary to William H.
Howard durirg tl o war, he expeileuced and
observed euoujh of the Inside evoutH at the
White houe and the state department to
make a book of absorbing interest, In con
versation with the writer he i elated mi inci
dent about Lincoln thatwasclmracterlstlu of
tho martyr president, and us it has u historic
Interest it is worth repeating at length.
Early in tho rebellion, you remember, the
north came very near being Involved in a
war with Great Uritulu. If John Hull had
tackled us along with the south It might have
flmsludus. At any rate it wus n very tick
lish situation. To refresh tho history of the
younger readei-s a few wonls of explanation
aro perniKslblo here. Tlio confederacy sent
two commissioners named Mason and Slldell
to England to solicit aid. They ran the
i)ioci;aiie at uuariestou one stormy ingut in
me inn oi ioiii anil escapist to Havana.
There they took an English steamer named
the Trent. When some distance out at sea a
union man of war ovei hauled the Trent and
took oir Mason and Hlldell mid carried them
to Boston, where they were locked up. Of
course the north was wild with patriotic ap
plause, but old John Hull was equally wild
with rage. England began to make prepara
tions for war and finally gave Ilrother Jolm
athau just seven days to make up his mind
whether or not ho would deliver up the rebel
commissioners. Tills was about Christinas
time, just thirty years ago.
Secretary Seward reached tho conclusion
thut tlio consistent thing and the best tiling
to do was to give up Mason and Slidell, but
the sentiment of the north was strongly
against It. If he had openly proposed doing
this, there would have been a tremendous op
position. He decide 1 to do It secretly and
on Sui'duy afternoon he culled his sou mid
Webster mid another clerk to his otllco mid
1 legal i to prepare a stitomeiit to go to tho
country. While his assistants brought hooks
and looked up uuthoi Itles the great states-
man wrote. He iioluted outtlte fact tlmt lu
1812 the United States had gone to war
with Great ltrltaiu for searching American
ships. Ho showed very cleat ly that in the
Trent affair Undo Sum had violated the
very principle for which ho had fought fifty
years lief ore.
About the time t'jo paiei' was Mulshed,
late in the afternoon, president Lincoln and
Ills secretary, John Hay, dropped in. Soero
tury Seward asked for permission to road
his document, which was readily grunted,
and Webster was uskod to do the reading.
When lie had done, the president asked him
to read it again slon ly, p using at the end of
each sentence. An tho second reading near
ed its conclusion, Lincoln, with head bowed
as though in deep thought, walked tuwaids
the fireplace, drew a roll of piper from his
Kol;et and iplletly dropped it Into the III o
This was done without ostentation or com
ment. The pi ebiileut named a date for a
cabinet meeting, asked Seward to bring bis
staten.ent nud assured him Ills plan hud been
adopted. That document is now recogui.od
as one of tho ablest state papers ever drawn
Veil I'M afterwanl Hay was connected with
the American legation lu J'uris and Webster
was a consul over lu England. One day
they met In I'arls und the incident related
above was brought up, Hay explained thut
the puiior which Lincoln burned was a state
ment In which ho took grounds radically op
posed to Howard's view. The reading of the
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CI Hew? lcav's petition
When Nature e'uckswlth fond caressing
To cluthu the earth In veruul dressing,
(live us, wn hex, an Kiister lilomdliK
On May the first, when moving trine
Can he discerned uisin ntir faces,
Move us, wo pray, to liettcr places!
When .till) roiiieH, with ramp and lnunmw,
And helium takes tho plnro of plumlicr,
(live us a Fourth Hint Is a hiitmuerl
When .Slimmer gills get tired of run lug,
And take to reading nud to sewing,
lle tliem some men lit keep things guhigl
lu Autumn, when the tiees grow thinner,
And leiies descend on saint and sinner,
(live us a good Tliiiukxgh lug dinner!
And when, lu hoary old December,
We sit before tlio dying emlier,
Give us a Christmas to remember!
" ir n '
letter made a convert of him, however, and
lie abandoned bis own position, not even at
tempting t ) bolster his prido by nrgulu-x the
mutter with his secretary of state. Til.) In
cident s'iows tho wonderfully acute iercu
tlou of Lincoln ami the nobility of Ills char
acter. Webster was selected as the agent of the
government to deliver the rebel commission
ers to a representative of John Hull. On
tho cold, stormy Now Year's day of ltMU ho
went down Dos ton haibor In n littlo tug
boat that was repeatedly threatened with
destruction before her mission was ended.
Ho got tlio prisoners at Fort Warren, and
then steamed down to Cupj Cod, where
a liritlsh man-of-war was stationed.
Ho delivered tho rebels safely, and blurted
for Now York by rail. A telegram notified
secretary Sowurd, und lie startled tlio coun
try the next morning with the news of what
he hud done. This is a bit of secret history
thut is not generally known. If Webster
hud Irs'U so Inclined he coul I have made a
fortune by buying stocks, tor when the dan
ger of war wltli Engl mil was averted secur
ities went up witli a jump. One outsider
did get an inkling of the cjiulug event and
tried to sell his information, but the stock
jobbers did not have enough coutldelico in
him to buy.
The Chicago Herald appeared Saturday
evening with a twenty-eight page Christinas
number, It has uu elegant lithographed
cover in colois, is filled with entertaining
mutter and altogether is "u thing of beauty
and n joy forever" that reflects credit on Its
The depravity of tills world sometimes lias
a comical side to it. For Instance, a promi
nent Nebraska clergyman In speaking of his
experience in charitable work tho other day,
told of having discovered men who made a
business of posing as "sick husband" to half
a iloen dlireieut women. This enabled the
women to beg money, valuibles and dainty
Sol Miller, of the Troy Chief, suys: '"t Is
senseless to Use the word 'Xinas', us Christ
mas was named after Christ, and it is not
likely that Christ signed his name by mak
ing his murk." JVetty sound pjillinophy,
The Journal's "Educational Souvenir"
which aps-ured Thuisduy is a pioduction
that does cieillt to this enterpislug estab
lishment. Its sixteen pages are biiin lull of
Interesting educational mutter, while tho
many beautiful half tone illustiutlous add
to Its uttiuclivcurss and beauty. The
f i Sends of education owe u debt of gintitude
to the publishers of this pretty Christmas
f t-icx i jp -j T-- vt' . -sr- ;.
memento for tlio successful manner hi which
they liiivn brought the educational interests
of Lincoln to the attention of tho world.
The souvenir is really "a thing of beauty
and a Joy forever."
Ileglmiiug with its issue of next week, the
CouiUKIl w11 commence the first of a seiles
of articles descriptive of the World's Co
lumbian Exposition at Chicago. This Is a
matter of world wldo interest ami tlio series
will treat ft with becoming gravity. It will
bo most fully Illustrated, Including pictures
of all Hie piiucipal buildings, scenes, etc.
Watch for it next week.
There are many lino old
toius, b'lt most of them me
or happiness of mankind.
for the benelit
tells mo of a pretty practice hi h's native
country that Is both peculiar and touching.
It is a custom over there to give the birds of
winter n Clfpstmus dinner. Poles are fixed
on burns, sheds and fences, and from these
aio suspended sheaves of grain. If thobiiils
do not eat it all upon Christmas ills allow cd
to remain until thoy have disposed of the en
tire feast. Even the poorest peas tuts are
suld to give up something out of their small
stoies for the feutheusl tribe's Christmas.
IWoro another issue of the CouiHKK
reaches its distant readers, the year 1391 will
have passed tho mile post of Time mid lie
numbered with tho hundreds gone In-fore,
existing only in the archives of memory.
To many of us it has been a year of trials
and tribulations, disappointment and defeat,
sorrow and remorse; to the other and much
la ger class, it has brought Joy and content
ment, wltli happiness unalloyed. Iookiug
back, theio is littlo to lie sony and much to
I hi thankful for; mid so, standing on the
threshold of the new iear, let us bury our
sighs and unlets in the oblivion of the past
mid wltli strong hands and willing hearts
enter up in the journey of life for
5 9 2
A Happy New Year to All.
The now Lincoln f i mne and ait company
make a sieoiulty of frames for Hue ciayou
work, wltli Elite Studio Wl south Eleventh
Tint only place to get the '
ter bank" at the gieat 10
south I'-'lh stieet.
'Time liK.'k regis
cent store, His
New etchings, many Hue plains, just
received. Come early. Cntiictrs Art and
Ijidles hair dressing, Miss Johnston, llt-t
He hud pluyml with Booth mid Ilanett,
Know ShakosH-ai'ii all by heart.
Hud sung lu comic operas,
And could puutoiiilun a part;
An adept on the banjo,
Could do a song and dunce;
Took tickets at the gallery door,
And once went tu advance:
Was leading mini for twenty yeurs,
And it seemed a shame to him
To have to throw a pint up, Just
liecuuso ho couldn't swim.
(ins Heego and Auule Lewis appeared in
' Yon Yoiison" ut the Iwiuslug Sutunluy
ovVnlng before one of the luigest mid most
hi illiuiit audiences yet attached to the then
tie. "Vou Yonsou" Is limiieasuiably super
ior to "Olo Oleson" in which Heego formerly
uppoircd and It alTord sthe bright, comedian
an itillultely butter opportunity for showing
his capabilities. Thus fur the Swedish dia
lect has liccn fitted to but two plays, the two
iiuiiiimI herein. It is a new factor in modern
theatricals, and one that wisely used, will
prove of value. Tho first attempt wus com
paratively speaking, a failure: but in the
new comedy it may Isi said to have achieved
success and opened the way for future
triumphs. There is something inexpressibly
droll in tlie mixture of the Scuiulliiuviuu
wltli tho English tongue. It has a domestic
lluvor and for the present at least, it is some
thing now on the Hugo. "You Yoiison" is
well put together uud is a strong utti action
independent of tin Swedish feature, it is
ln tlcularly rich in scenic pros'i ties and
the diirerent p lets arespleudi lly interpreted
by t lie company which Mr. Lit 1 1. as lu ought
together to support Heego and .MIJs I .-wis.
Sin my it is impossible to praise the latter
too highly. The bright littlo hotly receives
a weekly salary of $'i0l) It is said, and she
earns every dollar of It, She is responsible
fur not a littlo of tho success of "Yon".
Next year Miss Lewis will star in a now
Most ieoile think Hoyt, usiiilly so happy
in tho nom-nelalure of his onuslie-,, nude
a pilpuble blunder lu saddling his Ix-st work
with the ridiculous name "A Texas Steer.'
Admitting that the name gives one a wrong
Impiovsion of the couiisly, ft is by no means
i-eitalu that, from a business H)iut of view
it was K)rly christened. It arouses cur
Lusity and that's exactly what Hoyt in
tended. "A Texas Steer" has lioen likened
to "The Mighty Uollur'' made famous by
the lute Hilly I'lorrnce, mid Crunu's new
play, "Thy Senator," recently seen III this,
city, Perhaps the prlnelul nwmblenoe Hen
lu the fact that It, like the other two, is a
iolltlcal pluyjnlliell there Is something In
the character of "Maverick Hrmider" that
rex-alls the "Hurdwidl Slide" of days Ko!iy.
As a satire on the actualities mid paradoxi
cal H!KBlbllltlcit of American "practical"
politics It Is really n strong effort mid the
character delineations urn In lloyt's best
vein, "Maverick Hrmider," "Hossy,"
"Dixie Stile, the orphan from Indiana,"
"Hrassy dull," "Major Yell" and "The
Minister to Dahomey" are all rcprtfenta
lions, nxiifrgciutisl, but nevertheless cleverly
poitiayed, of tys-s of fill rent American
Ife. "The Minister ot Dahomey" Is tho
most oilglual, mid Will II. limy makes of
this part a brilliant feature of the presenta
tion, Mr. lloyt's genius In tho co.istructlou
of farce comedy bus taken n great upward
IkmiiiiI in "A Texas Steer" nml "A Midnight
Hell" uud the new ilepatturo in these two -productions
catiseo great expectations for
tlio brace of brand now comedies by tho
same author, "A Temperance Town" mid n
"Man Hum In Mlssouil." "A Texas Steer"
hud been seen once belore lu Lincoln, but
when It was presented at the Fiiuke Wednes
day evening every neat wus filled, there was
standing room only, mid but little of that.
It was iuterpieU-il by the original company,
Including Flora Walsh (Mrs. Hoyt) nud
Tim Murphy. Murphy iImn to great
heights in the poitriiyal of "llrandcr." One
derives almost us much enjoyment from his
work as from a Claim or a Holiiud Heed
mid that Is saying all that need be said.
Miss Walsh as "Hussy" Is piquant, bright,
mid altogether delightful. She is one of
the most pleating comediennes on the stage.
The "Captain Faiilelgh llrlght" or Joint
Marshall could be unproved upon considers
ably. All of the other Incidental roles weio
ailiiiliahly taken. Tho American quartette,
tendered some uppiopriutc selections.
A. M. I'AI.MIIH'm "captain hvvikt."
Few American play have won the dis
tinction or! praise that hits been allotted
Mr. A.M. Palmer's production of "Captain
Swift." It has been wen here before and by
a cupublo cast, hut' Its present revival It Is
Mild even outrivals Its pst excellent piesent
ntioiis. Thut Lincoln receives a really rich
and rai e treat In this engagement, few peo
ple ruillze. The fact, however, Is that It
was onlyj by chance tl.at Manager Church
secured the attraction. Iiist week Mr.
Church heard that Mr. Palmer's "Captain
Swift" company was about to start for San
Francisco where tho piece is to lie put on for
a Mm. Tho roiiitmny wus to jump through
without a slop. Ho Immediately wired Mr.
Palmer oHcilug liiui the Christmas date
held by "Jim, tho Westerner" mid offering
lnrgo Inducements, received all iiirlrinutlve
renlv and tho booking wus iiiuile. It was
too lute to send lithographs for window and
wall advertising and Mr Church was
uthiii i7od by wlro us to how lo advertise,
the attraction uud he has done accordingly.
In the cast lira such jH-opIo as Arthur
l'oriest, whose chal ut-tcrlzalioii of Mr.
Wilding, a gentleman from (Jiieeiiland, is
said to be the finest the part has ever bad.
Tho scenes me all laid lu London, a syn
opsis of the piece being lis follows; Act 1
li:idoii (Alts. Ken brook's Diuwing Koom.)
Act 'X Feinshaw (Exterior Seubrook's
Country lloine.) Act !! Fernshuw (Con
servutory ut Seubrook's. Act -1 Ixiudoii,
((iai diner's Chamber.) Two carloads of
lieaiillfill new scenery especially pieparod.
lor the Sun Frum-lsco engagement will lie
unloaded here uud the identical production
as mounted lu Now Yolk will be seen during
the Lincoln engagement, which Is for two
nights uud two matinees, Fiiduy and Sut
unluy of this week. Prices will remain us
usual and tlio reserve sheet Is now open at
the box olllce,
MONDAY AT Till". LANHIXIt,
Another chance is olfered the fun loving
public of of seeing thfs popular character
ization of the New England farmer, "Alvin
Jnsliii" the funniest of all plays, Uncle
Alvlu advertising to give lt0 laughs lu lbO'
minutes. Those who have seen the play siy.
there Is 180 laughs In every act. Tills com
is ly has always Is-eu inouutel in excellent
style, and there Is every reason to believe
thut Uncle Alvfn will endeavor to give his
friends the public -a production lung to bo
remembered. This is Charles . L. Davis'
oilulual company under his iersoiiul direct
ion uud the succe.is with which it is meeting
everywhere, speaks well for its merits. The
engagement is for one night only for which
tho sale of seats Is now open ut the box olllce.
HtCKEYS "TL'O OV WAIl."
The second meeting In Hickey'stug of war
contest was held at the Lansing Wednesday
evening. It was exciting to a marked degree.
The police defeated the Swedm, the Amri
cun team won from the penitentiary guuriN,
the llreiiu-n from tho Germans und the dray
men fiom the Irishmen. The latter protest
against the referee's dcclslonand oHTei tptill
against the draymen for $M), The next und
third meeting will beheld at the l.unlng
Tuesday evening. Tho unusual interest man
ifested in this class of entertainment usmivs
a huge uud enthusiastic audience.
When called bvfoio the curtain at the
Ftinke Tuesday evening, Mr. Hotmade the
same Identical two-mliiute biioecli no deliv
ered hero last year. On three other ocenson
the writer has listened to exactly these words
lu answer to cm tain culls. While it may Ih
true thut lu most instances authors are no
great s'nkers, yet it seems tlmt In thocourso
of a whole j'ear so clever a wilter as tho-iiuthoi-
of "A Texas Steer" might evolve
something new-futile way of a ucut littlo
speech, tlis remai ks Tuesday were very flat
but the opH)itunlty of seeing tiie man who
bus furnished tho pretext for so inticli
luugliUr the pist fow years was affordel the
people; and well, curlouslty is nil t'ms.m U
some Hoplo tu chuivli.
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