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PLATTSMOUTn S12M1-WEEKLY JOURNAL.
THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 19!.
Cbc plattsmoutb journal
Published 8am HW k I y at Plattamouth. Nabr.
Entered t the Postofflce at PUttsmouth, Nebraska, as second-class mail matter.
R. A. BATES, Publisher
Subscription Prloei $1.50 Per Year In Advanoe
THOUGHT FOR TODAY.
To get peace, if you do want v
J it, make for yourselves nests of
J- pleasant thoughts. Ruskin.
is a winner on the
eggs for the children for
Vish stories are another harbinger
Look out for the grand display cf
Easter hats tomorrow.
Fine spring weather, and the roads
are getting in fine shape.
There will be cutting and slashing
of bills in the legislature this week.
Garden-making is now in order. The
weather is propitious for such work.
Jim Dahlman will again be mayor
of Omaha, running 3,500 votes ahead
of any man on the primary ticket.
Americans who are buying Villa's
paper money, paying $1 to $12 Mexi
can, must aim to spend it right away
It is claimed that every spring each
fly breeds 5.9l)8,25t;,00a descendents
I.'ow will you begin to swat them early
in the game?
If you can't get the cream, try and
be satisfied with the milk of human
PHANTOM HOPES .
Nearly everybody is glad that Jack
Johnson got it in the neck.
Good morning, Mayor Richey. Suc
cess to your administration.
It is hard to convince a chicken
jailer of "the economic value of the
Voters should not forget the city
election next Tuesday. All should be
sufficiently interested to go and vote.
' A gorgeous new spring hat dasztes
all the men, especially those who con
template matrimony, especially if it
lias a pretty face under it.
China wants England to attend to
Japan, but England seems reasonably
busy with bigger business nearer
home. Looks like the Yellow Perils
might take it out on each other.
It's going to take a lot of steam to
get folks to take hold of the city
beautiful scheme and keep hold this
spring. Every porperty owner should
j'imp right into the bandwagon.
Road improvement will be in oido
now that springtime is at hand. Vt
who have been booming good roads
with all our might, ought not to give
up just as the goal is approaching.
: o :
Lilly Sunday received $80,000 for
expressing his opinion of Philadelphia.
After all, maybe the means justify the
enus. ile will soon nave an oppor
tunity of repeating the dose in Omaha.
The buy-at-hor.ie proposition has
Some people, no matter how per
sistentthcy arc in shaking hands, can got to be a mutual affair. Every man
never be popular. And there is no
reason why they should be.
A healthy man is apt to have a
great contempt for the medical pro
fession, but most of the doctors con
tinue to ride in motor cars.
The late spring has put the farm
ers back greatly in their work. Sun-i-hine
will do wonders in helping them
ou Let "Old Sol" be up and doing.
Cheer up! If gentle Annie don't
insist on shining around Jack Frost
too much we probably won't have to
hang crepe on the fruit trees this
It has been definitely se'.tleJ that
Shakespeare did not serve as a butch
er's apprentice in his boyhood days.
But even this has failed t. lower the
price of meats.
From the impatient way in which
those warships in the Dardcnclles are
acting, it is evident that they are not
willing to wait until Thanksgiving be
fore carving Turkey.
Notwithstanding Billy Sunday is
abused a good deal, the figures in
dicate that he will be several lines a
millionaire before he quits. And he
no doubt will bear up bra-.x-ly.
The latest Oklahoma bank robbery
appears to have veen intended as a
special defiance to the recently ad
journed legislature, which had pre
jcribed peculiar pains and penalties
for bank robbing.
- iy -
Pre:, en t soil and weather conditions
indicate that there will be d?ay in
getting in the usual crops on the thou
sands of farms in this section and the
fact ought to be somewhat in favor of
a large sweet corn crop as a profitable
side-line for the farmers in not too
large a tract for every individual.
There is a sure market To,- such a
crop and ready and early money. The
crop is. likewise, in any ordinary year,
a sure one.
should apply in his own case what he
urges upon others. If this is done to
the -longest possible extent the city
will profit by it.
The contribution of foodstuffs sent
1 y this country to the Belgians al
ready amounts to over S20,000,000.
Evidently the profits of war muntlons
are being swallowed up by those made
homeless through the results of the
war material sold. What profits there
arc in war seem to be dearly bought.
The Lincoln State Journal is author
ity for the statement that, of the nine
teen democrats in the state senate, "it
is safe to say not more than four and
pei haps not more than two would vote
for Bryan as against Ilitchock for sen
ator." It does not look reasonable
that democrats would take the State
Journal so far into their confidence as
to tell it anything of the kind.
Railway employes follow a calling
more healthful than almost any other,
according to figures compiled from
the United States census and com
pared with showings from other coun
tries by the bureau of railway news
and statistics. Figures for the Unit
ed States covering 27 industries shows
that for every 1,000 employes engaged,
there is a yearly mortality of about
15, varying from 23.8 in the case of
toopers and 2o".f among flour and grist
mill workers, down to 9.1 among
plumbers, gas and steam fitters. How
long in this scaie of mortality the
railroad man stands is shown by the
fact that steam railway employes re
port only 10.8 deuths per 1,000, com
pared with 15 for all classes. Most
significant in the showing for railway
men is the scarcity of deaths due to
lodily infirmities, for, while deaths
due to accidents arc higher than in
any other occupations reporting, mor
tality due to tuberculosis, pneumonia,
heart disease and diseases of the
nervous system is so far below that
for almost any oi.her calling tha. the
total deaths per 1,000 arc held down
to mors than four less than the aver
age for the 27 occupations.
Alaska is seeking to counteract the
influence of that prohibition story ty
announcing another rich find of gold
Hats oft? to the American flag. It
is saving the lives of defenseless men
and women in the remote corners of
Young Mr. Thaw knows what it is
to be in, and what it is to be out, but
he never knows whether he is to be
in or out.
One of the peculiarities of an inter
national war is that a nation can go
into it voluntarily, but cannot retire
from the game without permission
from the combatants.
The European war hi' 3 greatly
simplified the vacation problem for a
large number of Americans, and in
ciuentally, provided vacations tor a
large number that would prefer to
THE DEATH PENALTY.
A few days ago Governor Dunne of
Illinois sent a message to the legis
lature, recommending that the death
penalty be abolished in Illinois. A
f;Y states have already passed laws
abolishing this severe icnalty, but in
a large majority of the states and in
most countries of the world the death
penalty is indicted. In some states
e'.ectiocution has been substituted for
hanging, but this has been done only
because this method seems less pain
ful. If we were speaking of dress we
should say that it is a matter of taste,
or that the style has changed. Elec
trocution, is said, by its advocates, to
be more modern and more in keeping
with out advanced civilization than
is hanging. The general resultc, how
ever, arc ahout the same. And
murder is as grave a crime today as it
was when Cain's tragedy gave the
world its first shock. We doubt
whether Illinois civilization has reach
ed the point where the death penalty
an be safely abolished. Murder is
lie killing of a human being, with
malice aforethought. It is not an
accident, it is not an act of self de-
ense, it is not an act that can in any
manner or to any extent, be excused
or justified. In common parlance,
murder is a "cold-blooded" killing, and
was thought out and planned before
hand. A man who will lie in wait,
with murder in his heart, and de
liberately kill another, can have no
laims on society further than to be
given a fair trial. And he is a man
who could not be restrained from tak-
;ig another's life, by fear of any
mnishnient less drastic than that of
death. Imprisonment would have no
terrors for such a man. Hanging
might. If the death penalty is to be
abolished, then should the pardoning
power as applied to murderers, be
abolished. The pardoning power is
sometimes abused, as in the recent
case of Governor Blease of South
Carolina, who gave freedom to sev
eral hundred murderers. And the so
called prison reform is sometimes
overworked. A murderer might make
a flawless prison record for half a
lifetime in order to obtain a parole or
a pardon, so that he might get
revenge on those who caused his con
viction. A man who ha:i had murder
in his heart once, is capable of hav
ing it in his heart any number of
times. And reform, like conversion,
doesn't always "take." You can't
tell whether it's veneer or real quarter-sawed,
until the varnish cracks
and it is exposed to the weather. To
us there is no question of sentiment
ii.vclved in the infliction of the death
penalty in a proper case. It is true
that the taking of human life, even
according to law, is a barbarous act.
But murder is also a barbarous act
and deserves punishment to fit the
crime. Life being the most precious
thing to man, it should be given the
best protection that the state can pro
vide. If there were more hangings in
Illinois, there would be fewer murd
erers. There should be more hangings
end fewer pardons.
Republican politicians are hugging
to their breasts the fond delusion that
the voters are wearying of the demo
cratic party, that they are getting
ready for a change, and that they will
vote the republican ticket by a large
majority at the next election. They
are giving no reason since there is
none to give why the people should
turn to the republican party because
ol any particular virtues of its own.
They are content to think that the
country will "go republican" for no
other reason than that it is "agin the
That, apparently, was what New
York state did last fall. It installed a
republican administration at Albany,
And it found, after doing so, that the
republican administration was
grave disappointment. It had no
leadership. It had no ideals. It stood
for nothing. Says the New Republic:
Since the return to power of the re
publicans the one idea of their poli
ticians has been to legislate the demo
crats out of office and to fill the
vacancies with their own associates.
Never in the history of the state has
i he legislature offered a more sicken
ing spectacle of stcrlity, incompetency
and latent if not actual corruption."
And the New Republic likens the
situation in New York to that in the
country as a whole. Its comment is
keen and wise, and calculated, we
think, to disturb the cocksureness -cf
republican leaders who are looking so
hopefully forward to the election of a
republican president and congress in
191G. The New Republic says:
"Republican dissension and in-
epitude at Albany have more than a
merely local significance. They ex
hibit the republican party as a group
cf disconcerted but unrepentant sin
ners, without recognised leadership,
without effective organization, without
an acceptable public policy, and with
no negotiable asset except possible
democratic unpopularity. Their record
bas been almost equally dubious in
other states which they now control,
r.uch ts Wisconsin and Ohio.
"The lack of national leadership
and policy is even more conspicuous
and demoralizing than the lack of
locaMea lership and policy. They have
no candidate for the presidency who
is capable of forcing the fighting and
of capturing popular- imagination
cither by his personality or his pro
gram. A dozen or more states will
put forward favored sons, no one of
which will have the resources and the
prestige to make a national campaign
Under such circumstances they will be
unlikely to nominate a candidate in
whom the mass of republican voters
can take any positive interest. The
probable event of a real revival of
business between now and next spring
will deprive them of their only issue,
and a sterile and treacherous issue
"Should the republicans elect their
presidential nominee after a 'pros
perity' campaign, they could not re
deem their pledges except by the use
of means which American public
opinion would immediately and over
whelmingly repudiate. A republican
administration at Washington would
merely repeat the trival and incoher
ent partisan antics of the republican
administration at Albany. If the
party is again to. become the power
ful agent of government which it has
been in the past, it must do some
thing to recover its self-possession. Its
two factions have been drifting into
reunion because of the political desir
ability of a united opposition to the
democrats, but for all positive poli
tical purposes they are as much
divided as they were in the spring of
The republican leaders estimate too
lightly the intelligence and essential
patriotism of the American voters.
If they figure they will return the re
publican party to power solely because
it Ts the party of the opposition and
wants the offices. The democratic
rarty has ideals, it has prinicples, and
it has been writing them into law. It
made promises to the people and it
has been redeeming those promises.
The republican party broke its prom
ises and split into two parts because
it had no principles on which it could
agree. With its blasted record behind
it, with no principles except of nega
tion and office-hunger, its leaders now
expect it to be returned to power.
To voice that expectation is to pay a
highly doubtful compliment to the
Occasionally a man's profession is
more successful than his practice.
Don't forget that you cAve it to your
self as well as your neighbor to clean
Fiesident Wilson will deliver the
oration at Arlington on Decoration
The obvious moral of that incsli bag
case is that women should pavronizc
The daily bulletins on King Albert
still pronounce him the finest monarcn
The things that keep the warriors
guessing in time of hostilities arc
over-ground and under-sea batteries.
Talking of government by Injunc
tion, an Illinois judge has been -i.-'ic
to enjoin a man from beating his wif
While the belligerents are engage
in the free and unlimited manufacture
of international law, the neutral
might retaliate by devising new rule
for interned vessels.
Children Cry for Fletcher's
iu u so fur over
This fine weather admonishes every-body-to
clean up their premises.
The United States is a great natio
in the pursuit of scientific research
she is no less a great country in he
ability to command peace at a time
when all the world save ourselves i
Illinois legislators are moj.-ing to
ward another increase in salary. At
present the annual compensation is
2,000 a year, with liberal allowances
for postage and stationery, but they
want $2,500. Their present pay is
calculated on the basis of what had
been the average sum drawn out of
the tieasury by members under the
per diem plan, when no session failed
to yield each member a per 'diem of
?1,000 during sessions running from
early January into June. By doubling
the wage it was hoped that business
would be expedited and sessions short
ened, and also that a better class of
men would be called into service. All
cf these expectations have been dis
The Nebraska state senate, with
only four negative votes", has amended
a house bill so as to provide for four
year terms for county officers and
postpone county elections in Nebraska
This is short-ballot reform of a
rational and effective sort, and demo
crats, as well as republicans, radicals
as well as conservatives, can give it
According to this bill Nebraska in
presidential years, will be called on to
elect only federal and state officers. At
the. half-way period between presi
dential years it will be called on to
elect state and county ofiicers. Be-
fween-whiles it will have rest and
ouiet and contentment.
By this method the ballot is short
ened without taking any power from
the people. They will still elect the
same number of officers they do now,
instead of electing only a few and
leaving those few to appoint the rest,
as some propose, uut they will elect
them for four years a term long
enough to get the maximum efficiency
out of an official and protect them
selves with the recall provision which
the bill carries. This means not only
an appreciably shorter ballot next
year, and in every presidential elec
tion thereafter, but it means further
that in presidential years, when na
tional and partisan poiitics are para
mount, the votcr3 will be free to de
vote their attention to important is
sues without local distraction."? which,
properly speaking, have nothing to do
with them. And it means that in the
years wr.cn local oincers arr; io ue
elected there will be no presidential
and national politics to interfere with
the discharge of that duty.
It is to be hoped that the action of
the senate will meet with the concur
rence of the house and of Governor
More-head, so that this genuine short
t allot reform, which will make for
better government m NcbrarVa, may
be promptly secured. Y.'orld-IIcrald.
The Kind You Have Always Bonjjht, and which lias hcen
O years, lias borne tlie pignut lire or
rind lias been made under his pcr-
S S7 . - ' fniifil ciirirrlclnn ti Ha 1 n fn TWV.
VVJ;' S-t6tZ Allow no one to deeeivo.you in this.
All Counterfeits, Imitations ami Just-as-good" are bu6
Experiments that trifle -with and endanger the health of
Inlauld iiiid CIiHdrcn Expcrienco against lisncrixucnt.
What is CASTOR! A
CaKiorin is c harmless snhstitufo for Castor Oil, Pare
Rorie. I)rtps i;d Soothing: Syrups. It is pleasant. It
contains ns.lthc-r Opium, Hlorphiuej nor other Nareotio
nuhstaiiee. Its :igo is its guarantee. Jt destroys "Worm
and allays Pev -richness. For Kioro than thirty years it
lias hcen in constant use for the relief of Constipation,
Flatulency, Wind Colic, all Teething" Troubles ami
Ui.irrlica. Jt regulates the Stomach and Uowels,
assimilates the; Food,gi-inpr healthy and natural bleep.
Tho CiiLldrcii's luiiaeea, Tiio Mother's Friend.
; Bears the Signature of
The Kind Yoa Ifaye Always Bought
In Us2 For Over 30 Years
"Mt: r fntaur -or- r - j v , n r w v o-- k c i t v .
Champ Clark says it is a mistaken The West Virginia legislature ad-
idea that any American boy can be.journed without making any ap-
president. He has tried oaec and W. propriations, and the governor and
J. Bryan three times.
The city of Omaha would do well to
put in its be.it licks in an endeavor to
rid the city cf a gang of confidence
men that ir.fets that city.
The dandelion will ;;oon come to an
noy and vex us. And when it is re
membered that it will likewise again
ui.-appcar, why fret about it?
The gct-i ich-quick promoter who
announces that he had "a bully time iif
he federal prison at Atlanta," may
wisii to show that he is different from
hat famous literary prisoner.
The boy vTho has the proper sur-
ounuings when he starts out in a
isiness career generally has the bat-
e half won at the outset. But the
oy who rises against untoward en
ironment and wins out anyway is to
state officials are working without pay.
The state normal and other schools
are closed for the want of money.
They s.ay there is no money to ap
propriate. A pretty predicament for
a prohibition state!
If a representative ot the Japanese
government can see so much in the
completion of the Panama canal, cer
tainly the American people, to whom
the credit is due for its construction
and building, ought to be proud of the
achievement. The learned Jap says no
other nation except the resourceful
American government could have suc
ceeded in so great an enterprise.
Compiaints of boosting hotel rales
in Si.n Francisco on account of the ex
position are already beinj? made. In
fact, one San Francisco paper is in
vestigating conditions, and says that
t'O per cent of the hotels and apart
ment houses have increased their
hates from 25 to 100 per cent. Still,
attendance greatly in-
will come down
j through competition. Concessionists
jare complaining that business is on
creases the rates
The Falls City News is responsible
or the report that the forty-year fucd
hiit has existed between Church Howe
nd Tom Majors was brought to an
nd in Lincoln a few days since when
ne long-time enemies shook hands I ' ' i
nd became friends. Mr. Howe isjVall Paper. Gering & Co
lowly recovering from a serious ill-
ess with no assurance of weathering
he storm, while .Mr. Majors is far
dvanccd in years. Neither could cross
to the unknown with bitterness rank
ing in his upcast.
FOR SALE Assorted eggs for .'"Ci
ting, $2.00 per 100; also duck eggs.
Inquire of Mrs. Fred Spanglcr or
call 'phone 2104. 3-lG-d&w-tf
oice farms in
ora Dasin :
Irrigated from the newly constructed lateral "A" of the Shoshone
Project near Powell, Wyo., will be opened by the Government for entry
by settlers on some date in April. There are over 4G5 prosperous far
mers now in this locality one of the most advanced communities of the
various Government enterprises.
Out of the 51 farms described "choice" by the Government experts
on January 1, 1015, there yet remain about 15. Lateral "A" lands are
fine and prospective settlers are urged to act quiekly. Watch for the
date these lands are to be opened and be there at Powell ready to file
on that date. Only $52 for perpetual Government right, 20 year's time,
Settled lands alongside are now priced at from $00 to $Ki0 an acre
It is hardly necessary to advertise these lands. They will go fast enough,
but wc feel it our duty to advise you so that y u
may have a fair chance with others who knew
about the opening. Write me.
S. B. HOWARD, Immigration Agent.
M004 Fain am Street, Omaha, Neb.
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