Capital city courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1893, April 08, 1893, Image 1

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

    VOL. S NO. IS
1 1 1 11
A fow mouths since u youngmunwho
has never, dvon since that thai1, passed
current as a gambler, drifted from an
official position Into tlio operation of a
gambling house. Ho didn't make a
practice of gambling himself, but
simply rented some (pilot rooms, fur
nished thoin nicely aad permitted
therein a fow business men to play a
quiet ifiuiiu of poker, a privilege for
which thoy wore unite ready to pay. as
tlio proprietor had been inured Im
munity from molestation from tlio au
thorities, who oebaslonally bothered
the other gambling root-tu a little.
Finally all at onco, tho moms were
cloed and tho olmhned eirclo of biisi
ness men broken. Not only was the
circle broken, but tho men who had
comprise 1 It wore broken. Inside of
threo moIitliB ' tho young ' proprietor,
from tho percentages paid him by tho
players, put $:i,400 in the bank, while
his' patrons struggled along trying to
beat eaoh other until all of their money
had gone into the proprietor's coffers
and every ono.of them was heavily in
debt to him. None df those men wore
liable to suspicion as gamblers and
moved in gilt-edged society with their
families. One of them, who was In
business on 'twelfth street, wild out
and loft tho elty toon after tho game
broke up.
It is amusing to note tho grout di
versity of opinion as to what oonsti
tutes gambling. Some eontond that
bo ting on tho result of a game of any
sort is not gambling, or on elections,
and courts have held that betting on
horso-iaeing 1h not gambling. All of
these is excluded by some from sus
picion as gambling: as they latter has
been dunned to lie laying wagers on
games purely of chance. In a game of
chanco it is presumed that the
chances aro even, so that the better
has no such advantage as may accrue
from judgment or skill. Under such a
deilnltion of gambling, there aro cer
tainly a great many election bets thai
cannot reasonably bo considered
gambling. For instance an election
bet with Capt. Paino could not justly
bo termed a wager on a chance, for the
man who bets on election with Capt.
I'alno seems to have no chance to lose.
Losing Is a prerogative upon which the
captain always appears to have the
dead sinch in his election buts.
There aro comparatively few people
who realize tho protlts that accrue to
the keepers of gambling houses. No
legitimate business can pay such mag
nificent dividends on such small capital,
not even when tho sallon is included In
tho category of legitimate llnesof trade.
Fow evon of tho patrons of these re
sorts can place any estimate upon tho
'.amounts they net their proprietor.
To those who have any very accurate
.Idea of ,thu prollt accrueing to "tho
house" In these enterprises, if such
.they may bo termed, It is not strange
that the proprietors ot'Jhoso resorts
willingly band thfcmelv'pg together and
.give liberally of thuir tlmo and money
to elect city olllolkls wild will not en
force aguinst them too relentlessly the
laws designed for tho suppression of
Uiolr bus.tiess. The general public can
hardly estimate with any degree of
accuracy the amount of money spent by
gamblers la endeavoring to control
elections, and evon direct legislation.
It Is related that four years ugo the
late John Sheedy huaded a movement
to have tho state law regulating gamb
ling wijed from the statute-. A pur.-o
of !H."i,(KX) was easily raised among the
gamblers of tho state, and with such a
fund to top It did not take long to Had
a member of tho legislature, then in
session, who would assume the respon
sibility or Introducing the bill. It was
cunningly drawn, being entitled simply
an act to amend an act, specifying the
act to bu amended simply by its number,
so that anyone who did not take the
pains to look ' tho matter up would
never entertain tho least suspicion that
it had any reference whatever to gamb
ling. With tho $l."i,0(MI worth of lubri
cator tho ways were sot a all greased
upon which this moapi.rj who to slid
through tlio legislature, when a cer
tain newspapor man, then well known
in Lincoln, was given a tip by a lawyer
who had accidentally stumbled upon
tho measure and its design. The news
paper man was not averse to making a
few dollars in tho easiest way possible
and. hunting up Mr. Sheedy, demanded
t'J.OOO as tho price of hl silence, hhco
dy protested that funds were running
short, but offered to make It ."it'ii, of
which WOO was to bo cash and tho bal
ance to bo paid when the law was en
acted. Tho newspaper man demanded
the W.OJO, and Sheedy dl lift think his
silence worth The price and declined.
The next day the newspaper man's pa
per bristled with a scathing expose of
the measure and its design, and its
death was in-lantiitieous,
There is often so very little sense or
reason in some of the complaints
against corporations that when a
legitimate euu-o for complaint arises
people do not gi asp tho full force of It
or give it the attention It merits. For
an Instance of one of the trivial euu-es
of complaint the recent effort of the
street railway company to have a
portion of an alley vncat.'d Is In point.
An alley sixteen feet in width runs
through the block In which the stieet
railway compiny's power hou-o and
ear depot are located, un 1 ninty fee of
its length lies between thoe two big
buildings. In order to enable it to put
in some new machinery, including
some much-needed smoke consumers.
tho company wanted the city to vacate ,
a strip six feet wide lying between its
two buildings, reducing tho width f
that portion of the alley to ten feet. I
This proposition was vigorsiisly op
posed by an adjoining property owner,
and the two couuclliueii from that '
ward protested with all vehemence
against this trivial concession to the
company. Hut the ordinance passed
in spite of their protests, so that the i
company can proecid with its im
provements. In this connection it
mil) be remarked that, in spite of all '
criticism to the contrary. Lincoln en
joys a splendid system of street rail
way. Its rolling stock is of the best, I
its cars are always neat and clean, and
its more than tlfty miles of track- in
good repair. The employes are a
courteous and accomodating a one
would meet anywhere. Tho power
I available has heretofore been nine
! what deficient, but the improvements I
I now being made will almost double the '
'capacity of the power plant and enable
I the company t ruu c-ir- oftcner over
' some of the more popular lines. I
Line )ln a- an olucitionul cunter has
already achieved a national reputation
i and with such institution as tho West
jern Normal college, the city's reputa
i tion will never retrograde. The w riter
had occasion this we 'k t visit the
pretty suburb of Hawthorn", where the
college Is located, and within a few
hours was most agreeably surprised
with the activity, progress and enter
prise that Is dally going on at the e d
lege. Through the courtesy of Presi
dent ('roan, I visited the various class
rooms early In the morning and found
each department well tilled with a
most exemplary and intelligent look
lug lot of students. At half-past nine
I attended chapel meeting, and for a
half hour the exercises weie of a most
interesting nature. Not of the ordinary,
monotonous order, but of an attractive
character: so much so that every one
of the 7(10 students llnd It a pleasure,
rather than a duty, to attend each day's
services The exercises are usually
opened with singing accompanied by
orchestra music, followed by reading a
chapter from the scriptures and a
prayer. After this the management and
teachers make suc'i announcements as
are necessary and then some one of the
instructors in different one each morn
ing) gives n little spfoy talk that also
contains good food for thought and en
livens the large audience of students.
Short and impromptu talks, generally
witty. are made mid meetings dismissed.
All hands are In excellent mood and
they enter upon their several branches
r ' i vi! HlPu - fJ v v
Lit lit Glii lis VVifilorn with Sol Smith Hitsscll,
of study with a light heart, full of
vigor and Interest. Tho chapel,
which seats s(M( j)0Oj,i,. iN hjc. n
the apartment, large and airy, and a
most pleasant place for divine worship.
The school is in a most nour
ishing condition, the largo number of
students seem to live happily and
contented, with harmony and good
fellow-hip reigning supremo while
working for the comiii'in interest of all.
Messr- l roan and Kingslc) are a groat
team and have certainly showi their
excellent ability as educational mana
gers during the past year, the initial
one in t.ils city of the Western Normal
College. 1 would like to write more
on this subject today, but the. limited
space at my disposal will not admit
tii f. The fact is, Lineolniten should
Interest themelves moiv in oar home
institutions bv making occasional trip
to them. 'fbere are hundreds of
students at the W.-terii Normal from
point- outside the sta'u and souu- from
nearly every stato and '.'irrlt u in the
union. Why no' ;nk an early
car one of tie-" ,ne Jftomings and
go out. They li jivo ovm'" Morning at
seven o'clock and every h.i." hour
there ift-r. It- a twenty-;vt 'j.iu
utes ride and you'll enjo- t. oi i,i nunovuii'. , thocxiir.'
iHiard and otic c in il";tiri t'n- i.iiiiv
republican ticket was eie'lu-i b -utr
pluralities. Tho prohibition vote tiwic
was cast for tho straight ticket did not
cut near the tiguro that It had b 'en
su-pected that It might. The total
vote of the elty ub nit ."i.l I, but
man, did not vote for mayor. The
prohibition vote on mayor was le-sthan
;i(Ki. ( ) ing to tho absence of and oflort
. u the part of election olllcers to secure
the tabulation of returns, the vote on
the schol board and the school bonds
remains almost as much a matter of
conjecture as before the election. The
Indications are that .Mesrs. I'os-lei',
I'.nist ami Miller have been elected to
membership in the board of education,
but Mr. Hroek is -till t The three
named a-i the most likely to be found to
have been elected are the non-partisan
candidates. The returns from the three
precincts obtainable Indicate thai the
school bonds have carried, and all ar
dent friends of the public schools can
hut hope that tho indications are not
(Sen. Woods, the suce ssful candidate
for councilman of the sKtli, ward Is
probably the youngest, man ever hon
ored with an election to u seal in that
body, lie is ambitious and possesion
the qiinlilloatlons that may secure for
him the gratification of his ambition if
he Is careful in his c luncilmaulc work.
The eyes f his admiring irleuds aro
friends are 11)1.111 him. and If he is not
dominatod by certain baneful Inlluences
that will besot his ollleial career he will
earn and vin greater preferment. In
order to do tills, however, certain in
lluences that are not t to far removed
from him must bo sat down upon oc
casionally when they attempt to assort
themselves. And they probablv will.
Tnero is no doubt that the result of
the ree Mit city election was anything
but an agreeable surprise to some of
the parties Involved, but to the friends
of houe-t government and the enforce
ment of judicious laws for the regula
tion of the lawless elements the result
was no surprise. it was a vindication
of the accuracy of public judgment
and contldencu in the love entertained
by the people for Humility. In a elty
of churches and colleges, such as Lin
coln boasts her-elf to lie, it could not
be reasonably exp.i-ted that a cam
ptign headed by r 'pre-entatne- of
the lowest element could be successful
e eii were its candidate a man against
whom not a breath of suspicion could
be heard on other grounds. It is to
lie hoped that inawir Weir and the
two new members ol the excise board
will lie able to agree ami secure to the
i pie the sort of police government
' which they liae undented a
:t erellce. There U no cortnillU yet
a- i the personnel of the new board.
J W. Brown is eertailll.S elected, but
whether Mr. A. 1). Hu'rr or Mr. A. II.
Ilargreave. is the other will nit be
known until the ollleial eanas of the
vote is made hv the council. Hut
either of the above gentlemen may
be relied Upon to illfoico the laws ill
the police department Impartially and
withtha respect for tlio proprieties
that ha long been conspicuous , .
clllsivoly becau-e of it- ali-i nee.
Ill -pit -of the general suspicion that
the impeachment proceeding- agaln-t
Messrs. Hastings, Humphrey, Allen
and Hill, tin-well known unci hereto
fore popular state ollli ui!. were liki 'v
to terminate In a farce, the legislature
in Joint session last Thursday put a de
cidedly uul.V phase upon the situation
by adopting articles of Impeachment
against all four of them by votes that
were almost unanimous. The articles
charge these ollleial- with misdemean
ors In the administration of utValis in
connection with the asylum and peni
tentiary frauds, concerning which the
testimony secured by the legislative
committees is both plentiful and dam
aging, The progress thus far ii"cessl-
lnt.iu tin. uiikjii.tituljtn nf ill,,
" ' """i"'""" " r i
state olllcers tint 1 1 they can hav'o a trial
before the supremo court. That prom
ises to be the most interesting and im
portant event in the political hlstorv of
the state, and If successful III fastening '
upon tint accused the charges Involve,
will make of the present legislative
session not onl.v the most Important ever
thus far held In Nebraska but ver.v
likely for generatlonsto como. Thous
ands of Nebraskaiis all over the state
will earnestly pray thai these men may
be justly acquitted of the charges pre
ferred, but there are fow who will hope
to siM' them acquitted If they are shown '
to bo guilty. It maybe said in their
favor that they have asked their friends
in the legislature to vote for tho adop
tion of the charges preferred, so that a
full and free Investigation may bo had.
At least it is said that such has been
their desire, and if this be true it cer
tainly Indicates that they have little
fear of tin. result of such Investigation.
The trial of these officials will probably
occur within the next ten days, and by
that time ex-Auditor Thomas II. Hun
ton will bo in position to necessitate his
trial also. If this is the faruioal pro
ceedings that some ieoplo seem to con
sider it, It Is n great dissembler, for up
on its face it presents the moat serious
aspect, yea oven tragic, of uhy farce
over unacted. t lj5
Twenty-eight trunks, containing cos
tumes consigned to Abbey Schoollel fi
fJnui were selxed by Deputy Surveyor
Collins in New York, March' 2.1, and
vrre put in charge of the Hoard of
Appraisers. The trunks were brought
over on tho Jn 'J'ouralne, and were
supposed toln) tho property of a cer
tain Marcel Itahou.
Miss Kmlly Lytton. tho leading lady
of. I. K. Hnimett's "Frit, in Ireland"
company which will bo seen in Now
York next wwlt goes to Kuropo as
soon as the successful star closes his
season and returns only in time to
appear in a new part especially writ
ten for her by Sydney Hosenlleld in
his new piny, "Frit, in tho West."
A M. Palmer Is booked for ICurope
April '22. Steele Mnckcy refers to
his Chicago press agent, F. II. Wako-
lleld. as "the department of publicity
And still they come. -Stein ami Kosch,
I the ( 'hlcago photographer-, conuuonrcd
i suit for if."i(l() against Thomas ,. Sea
! brooke, of tho "Isle of Cliamnagne."
there are no ".lonnlen" in the Celesth.l
Kmplro as all tho women's parts are
played by men. A fixed star The
wealthy actors. Play thliigb Theatri
cal properties.
I Thomas W. lveene, who has been
' resting for a couple of weeks at home
I on Stateu Island after tho hearty wol
I come ho received In Now York during
his two weeks engagement at the
i I'nlon Square Theatre, continues his
tour on Monday. His home on Stateu
Island, by tho way, is an old historic
pile, built long before the (evolution,
, and at one time sheltered Washing
1 ton. It was originally an inn but Mr.
I Keene has made it look like a castle.
I A now Chinese theatre was opened
: in New York hist Saturday. It Is
I situated in Doyers street street near
New York's Chinat iwn. The play
produced Is called "Look (,uok" iSix
Kingsi and will take about three
weeks to lluish, ill nightly installments
of live hours duration. The company
l is known as the llu Vti Hen tragedians
and singer of which aie Lee ijaong
D.ij and twenty Mott stive inerehant
are th" organi.ei-s and Mr. elm Foug
the manager.
Till: YofTll's. CVCI.OI'.KUIA, issued
by C. H. Iteach .V Co. of Chicago. i,
educationally considered, the most im
portant publication of recent year-.
It has been prepared by a corpse of
teachers ami educational writers ex-
pres-lj to meet the need- of the Vouilg,
1 and supplies a want which teachers
and patents have long and dceplv
It is old bv sup-criptiou and Is hav
ing an i noriuous sale. An, one want
ing an ageiie.v which oiler rare advan
tages, should consult the advertise
ment of this work which appears in an
other column.
If juur lat year's ho-e uo.ilc 1
worn out or if you want a new one of
the la'e-t pattern, call at Dean .V Her
ton's. 1 I'iO O stri . t
Arming at the It A M depot I
squared m, account with the go ilal
baggage master, loaih d m,w-lf and
Worpll.V posssessloiis Int i one of the
Knslgu cabs and sought a destination
only peculiar to the tired, having
about the uuinl if ten dollars. I
was In quest of a regular family put
uput - -, being slightly known hi the
world. I located m.vielf at M street
between Thirtieth and F.lcvonth
streets, 1 then saw the city as she
Is O street Is long. P street' Is com
paratively In sameness. My first call
was upon a gentleman connected with
the presu of Nebraska and popularly
known in Lincoln. He told ho had
been In the elty for a few vears and
knew more pie than I 'did. My
abashment was not particularly
aiinmed or stunned at the mild piece of
pie of watchfulness, and decided to
go out among the business men.
With a few uitorincdsocs I will go
with you through Lincoln's business
streets, ami her business men Ah
your time Is short will only push you
through with a gentle glance. I saw
the banker between I'leventh and
and Twelfth streelHo i o, he said ho
was glad to meat any Kustorti or
Southern men and mildly requested
lie 10 leave my weapons of trouble
llh the good cashier. I .11.1 It mm...
use of a punch often Is a necessary
ft,.,.. i.... t ., ....
..... ii.m. mi- a M-rino. tiio tinsmiths
lave tho kind in use and it Is not out
tralghtfrom the shoulder either. I
saw a tinsmith. I imi .i,... i
wanted and continued i. i.
my way through tho city. The busi
ness men ami the Im.ii.. r n...
, " '" uni
Mislncss denomination In I in ..i.. ......
as generous, polite, patronliug and as
1-nn.iiiiiiK as u u were at tho Hub of
tho Universe. Tlieyall believe In using
a little of tho Couiiikh's Ink and it is
the Ink that Is not at a discount and
praised by more couriers than one.
h, yes I saw the postmaster, who I
In-Hove was at one time outside iff Mr.
Harrison's family. He told me that he
had became decided l. dejected, not be
cause Mr. Harrison had dbconilinie.i i,.
do the business of tho ()hl reliable
Samuel's Puele, hut because the people
demanded that lie let a gentleman by
the name of Cleveland play with the
correspondence ,)f t, i'tl,,, stales
and one or two other towns not worthy
'"ioii. vv no uus man Cleveland
is I do not know. 1 left my card in all
the pioininent hostilerys In the elty to
try and catch him but I have failed up
to date to locate him. I wonder If our
worthy postmaster would be letting mo
have a scoop? I got oi to the street,
found redbrick, not In stacks but im
bedded in tho middle of "' feet of space
wide, how lot g I do not recornember.
The railroads have the best service of
any city of Its size. I had ceaslon to
ship a Comm-i to that little suburb of
Chicago on Lake Michigan. I think
they call it Pabl' City, alsiut Kt miles
from the town where the show is at.
They open up May first. Shcc-gag-o.
The kindly gentleman In charge of the
H. v M. 11. U. to'd me they would have
it there la is minutes uv or consid
erably less. So I let it go by a special
refrigerator. Coming from a southern
country I had onl.v I eon in the habit of
changing my linen once a mouth. I
previricated and went and did the guilty
crime of purchasing a pair of hosicrv
Well say the smile I got from the litt'le
boy! Hy the counter who said w ill you
lot mo send this to the dolt, or change
now. I reeiisterated, I find the elty con
siderable broader than it is long.' The
advantages offered for educational ad
vancement is simply startling, and
tho good State of Veln-.i.L-ii , ,,.,.
i ranked in the second rank. I hi .in n
Wednesday evening that a pint
time's tail had i n chopped off.
, oiner cnapier oi lite s romantic -tin
had iH-en read: another revolutioi
tin- great Wheel had been effected; I 11-
other two years had been -wallowed nj
the in-atiate past. Weir are we at'
The wiset and best men souu times
I commit errors, but rectify them a- - on
'as they are recognized. Now, to t'u
Irdies of Lincoln: I have seen a few or
I two of you by the post office and at the
inillllierv stores where thev press ln
','"' "' i s a collectively col . c-
tive el is, , simply pretty ami as neai as
I can a-siiine the propriet ofepi s--ion:
adjust the iuodete properly I
did call on Mrs. Upstart the otlui' av
and got to reasoning with her on t p-
1 les of love, piety, -crtblllg. and ot if
lines of my liusuu's.. she raged i n
Hew into a whirlwind of excitciiu t
she does not belong to the modi I n .
advert i-er-. The place wheie I gi in
fodder Is convenientiv locatt . i u
vicinity of the Lindell. Vit ow M
the amount of legislative eiii'tiii.1' a .is
they only accommodate s, aH
those us are not effected by thoonlut,.o
iit.iut of the cranium. Now.cveryl ily,
i I will see yo all next Week In this n 'e
column from im now position as A
.Man I'p a Tree '