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PLATTSMOUTH SEMI-WEEKLY JOURNAL.
MONDAY. OCTOBER 18, J915.
Che plattemcutb journal
VI IILISI1KII SEMl-WWiKlV AT 1'I.ATTS.IIOl Til, MCIIKASKA.
Entered at I'ostolIU'e at riattsmoutii. Nel., as second-class ma il matter.
R. A. BATES, Publisher
lUSlIlilTll. IMtKi:: Vl'Al VKAK IX A I J A N I'll
THOUGHT FOR TODAY.
l Half the world is on the
J wronjr stent in the pursuit of J
Y happiness. They think it consists J
in having and getting and in be- !
J injr served by others. It con- J
J. sists in pivinp and in saving .
J- others. Henrv Drummond. J
A genuine gossiper is one who
thinks little and talks much.
President Wilson surely believes in
the second term of marriage.
The whole world is a mystery, and
out si.it of that no mysteries exist.
Paving activities in Plattsmouth
ma ke it look good for those who have
I am proud of my town. You are
proud of your town. We are all proud
of our town, or should be.
Pomember that if you do not like
him and he does not like you, there
are two sides to the street.
" The law may presume that you are
innocent until proven guilty, but that
is not the way with the public.
The modern person who uses a jaw
bone of an ass to hurt somebody,
might le called a modern gossip, male
Speaking of mysterious disappear
ances, what has become of the son-in-law?
of Champ Clark, Teddy Roosevelt
and W. J. I'.ryan?
OiF.cially speaking, we are the poor
man's friend. No poor laboring man
who owns an auto shall be given the
worst of it if we can prevent it.
The international peace congress
wants President Wilson to call a meet
ing of neutral nations to devise means
to stop the European war.-That would
le a good move, r.o doubt.
It sounds something like a joke to
see some of the republican papers
talking of ex-Senator Burkett for
president. It is possible they are
simply doing it for a joke.
'. O ;
W. J. Bryan says national prohibi
tion will not be an issue in the 1!)1J
campaign, indicating that he still has
something to say. Arfd he will, you
can bet your bottom dollar on that.
There isn't much difference between
a man and woman, after all. A wom
an will travel a hundred miles to at
tend a week-end p.trty and a man will
get out of bed at three in the morning
to go duck hunting.
Ross Hammond of the Fremont
Tribune is a pretty fine fellow, and a
very good writer, but when he at
tempts to argue a question with
Harvey Newbranch, the able editor of
the World-Herald, he mutt acknow
ledge that he is "not in it" even a lit
A few years ago a good many Cass
County people were going to Texas
and Oklahoma. You don't see many
going now, do you? A few years ago
many of our people were crazy about
California, and went out there to get
rich raising fruit, but you don't see
many filing out there now for that
nurpuse. do you? Remain in Cass
county and let well enough alone.
Preachers and newspapers arc not
always popular. Preachers marry
people and newspapers tell why they
are demanding a divorce.
THE AMUSEMENT QUESTION.
It was possibly a bit maladriot on
the part of Billy Sunday. Just at the
time he was mo;t sternly and sweep
ingly denouncing what other people
look upon as their innocent pleasures
pinochle, high live, whist, dancing,
theaters, moving pictures he went
squirel hunting in the Missouri river
bluffs north of Omaha.
Now the Rev. William Sunday can
see nothing wicked in shooting squir
rels for sport. To his way of think
ing it is a perfectly harmless and
Christian form of entertainment, else
he would not indulge himself in it.
He is very fond of shooting the timid
wild things of the fields and woods,
both feathered and furred, we are
told, and hugs the pleasure of it to his
breast whenever opportunity offers.
He means nothing wrong, thinks noth
ing wrong, whe:i he does so. It is
his idea of fun, just as it is of many
other good and respectable people.
And realizing that all work and no
play makes Jack a dull boy he
plunges himself into it, every now and
then, with the same vigor and vim
that he displays when he is hunting
Satan and frightening sinners into
Rut, by the same token, other peo
ple have other ideas of fun. Some
think that casino or rummy is harm
less and innocent sport. Some
knosv no more pleasurable amusement
than is afforded them when Otis
Skinner or Maud Adams or Forbes
Robertson comes to town. Others
find relaxation and diversion in dan
cing. There are good people, and
clean and decent and pure-minded
people among those devoted to all
these various u.versions, and they in
dulge in the quite as free from
1 bought s of evil as is Mr. Sunday him
t elf when he draws a bead on the
scurrying, bright-eyed Mr. Squirrel
and drops him, plump, to the ground.
Mr. Sunday declares the diversions
of these others to be the very essence
of w ickedness and demands, on pain of
eternal punishment, that they be
abandoned forwith. Rut, as appears
from letters in the "Public Pulse" to
day, over the names of Robert F.
Gilder and K. K. Tsujigaki, some of
these others look on Mr. Sunday's
favorite sport with profound aver
sion. They brand it is wanton kill
ing, lhey want to know what harm
the squirrel or the rabbit or the dove
has done Mr. Sunday, or the people
Mr. Sunday loves, or the God he wor
ships, that he should take delight in
slaying it. Plainly they think Mr.
Sunday is quite as much in danger of
hell fire when he kills one of God's
creatures for the love of killing it as
he would be if, for example, he went
to a vaudeville show or melded three
Here is a nice little how-de-do.
Without question there is room for an
argument. A great many people will
rgiee with Tsujigaki and Gilder; a
great msny will agree with Sunday;
still another large contingent will cry
a pox on both their houses and declare
that either side is making mountains
out of mole hills. But the thought
that will impress a good many is that
Mr. Sunday, being so censorious, of
others, should be especially particular
in his own pleasure. They will say he
denounces sweepingly such amuse
ments as does rot appeal to him, but
indulges freely in that which does,
even though the indulgence pains and
shocks others, and there he is there
fore both unfair and inconsistent.
The controvery, however, is by no
means a new one. Through the
thousands of years of human life upon
this planet it has never been settled
and the odds are entirely against its
being settled while Mr. Sunday re
mains in" Omaha. In the future as
in the past men and women will con
tinue to seek and enjoy such pleas
ure as they like, whether it be dan
cing or eating pie or drinking beer or
reading novels or squirrel shooting or
baseball or poker or the movies.
They will continue to criticse and de
ride each other's notion of what fun
is, the same as they will criticise and
deride each other's notions of other
things. And for the most part the
people holding to the one view will be
just about as good people, with just
alut as good a chance of going to
heaven, as th6se holding to a con
trary view. World-Herald.
Base ball dying? Didn't look much
like it the past week.
Revivals seem to be the order of the
day. So why not quit your meanness
and be good?
Old Hoary-Headed Winter is liable
to be here before we know it. Be
prepared for it.
If the Turks keep up their present
lick long there will not be any
Villa says Mexico needs more educa
tion. That ought to have occurred to
somebody in authority forty or fifty
When the packers took the oath of
allegience to the United States did
they have the Sherman act particular
ly in mind?
To some dispositions there's enough
to be comfortable about even if i
isn't hot weather or cold weather.
October itself, for them, has specks
:o : .
Perhaps the European war has in
spired a greater degree of patriotism
even in neutral countries. In Boston
la;;t Monday the Beaneaters gave the
home team the largest attendance ever
known at a base ball game.
. While in conversation with Hon. R.
B. Windham in our office the other day
wo found him very enthusiastic for a
"Home Coming" celebration next sum
mer. 'Mr. Windham is a pioneer resi
dent of Plattsmouth and realizes the
pleasure it would give those old resi
dents who have moved away to visit
with old friends they have not seen
for many years. He thinks it would
piove one of the grandest events ever
held in Cass county and so does the
It is rumored now that the anti
treat ing law of Nebraska is to be
hauled out from its hiding place for
thirty-five years and an attempt made
to enforce it. Well, if it is a law, why
not enforce it? But, as you go along,
there are numerous other laws that
need enforcing much more than the
anti-treating law, and which would
result in a great deal more benefit to
the general public. There is no use
in trying to try to resucitate a law
that has been dead so long.
Former Governor Aid rich doesn't
appear to be getting very far in his
campaign for the republican nomina
tion for United States senator. Mr.
Aldrich turned bull moose when he
thought the short cut to the pie
counter led that way, and promptly
flopped back when ho discovered his
mistake. Aldrich will discover that
while the republican party will wel
come his vote, they will be more slow
in offering him a reward in the shape
of a United States senatorship. Clay
It would seem that politicians are
not very enthusiastic over the pros
pects next year. Of course the demo
crats are relying upon the popularity
of President Wilson to carry them
through to victory, while the repub
licans will depend a good deal upon
their own exertions, which in many
cases pulls a ticket through to victory.
There is nothing that works so charm
ingly as a thorough organization and
the placing in the field of a good,
strong ticket. It is only about six
months till the primaries, and it be
hooves those who expect to be con
sidered next year to be getting in on
the ground floor, as the saying goes.
WHAT TARIFF IS FOR. .
Those who are looking for excuses
for criticism of the administration are
deriding the suggestion that the sugar
tariff may not be abolished as pro
posed by the free sugar plan begun in
the last session of congress.
They do not give the dominant
party credit for the courage with
which it defied the threatened hostility
of the democratic south in determining
to eventually put sugar on the free
list. In fact they have kept up a run
ning assault upon the action of con
gress in regard to sugar, omitting
mention of the fact that beet sugar
production in the north has gone
ahead of the production of cane sugar
in the south in volume.
The democratic idea all along has
been that such tariff as is levied
should be for revenue purposes. The
difference between the republican and
the democratc ideas of the tariff is
that the protectionists want the
tariff regulated to provide margins of
profit for favored industries, without
regard to the revenue needs of the
government, while the democrats,
satircally called "free traders," want
just enough tariff taxes imposed to
pay the expenses of the government
when economically administered.
Having discovered that there is a
shortage in public revenues, because
the war abroad has' interfered with
American commerce, they now propose
to retain a tax on sugar, not for so
called "protection," but to j.rovide rev
enues for meeting the expenses of
It may be urged that the govern
ment administered, and with some
men is not economically administered,
and with some reason. But every time
a retrenchment of any sort is proposed
the protectionists set up a howl that is
quite painful to hear about how it is
throwing good men out of employment
and crippling government industries.
However, if the government finds it
necessary to retain the sugar tariff
tax in order to provide sufficient rev
enues, these high protectionists are
quite sure to be inconsolable. Lin
Whet) money talks what docs it say
to the miser?
It is never to late to swat a My, nor
too early. But swat 'em before
Secretary Lansing withholds his
views of woman suffrage because he
cannot vote. Is that diplomatic or
This is a free country that an
American can say things right out
loud every day that a diplomat for
whispering may be sent home.
One thing in which we rejoice tha
pumpkin pie crop is said to be fully
up to the usual standard. There is no
pie so good as a pumpkin pie.
Behold how easy it was to "pacific-ate"
Haiti; and it is likely that the
pacification of Mexico wouldn't be the
monster task that has been predicted.
From 1900 to 1915 or 1920 will be
known in history as the period of the
outbreak of the automobile; and we're
curious to know what history will say
Senator J. Ham Lewis of Illinois,
predicts a new Europe as a result of
the war. The old one is being shot
so full of holes that a new one will
probably be necessary.
Owing to the well known war, cod
liver oil is now listed among luxuries,
according to one of our favorite jour
nals, but it isn't, and those who have
taken it will be glad if the price be
Eight Americans are serving as
aviators in the French army and
eleven others are in training. William
Thaw, who is a second lieutenant,
says the Yankees are endeavoring to
form a special American squadrilla.
The eight now serving are Norman
Prince, Elliott Cowden, James Bach,
Frazier Curtis, H. G. Guerin, Burt
Hall, Didier Masson and Thaw.
SPEND MONEY TO
Last Legislature Removed Embarrass
ing Features of the Old Corrupt
LIMIT DEPTH OF THE POGKET
Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 17. The almost
immediate opening of headquarters
for John L. Kennedy in his contest
for United States senator, with Victor
Seymour in charge, headquarters that
will be busy for the next year if Mr
Kennedy gets past the primary, brings
up the fact that the last legislature
let the bars down on the matter of
expenditures of a legitimate nature
Candidates can spend almost any sum
they desire, and need not falsify their
statements as has been charged
against some prominent candidates in
Previous to this new form of the
coriupt practices act a candidate
might spend ..r0 at the primary and
.'ofU at the general election, if he
were running for a state-wide office
II' did not have to count his personal
traveling expenses and hotel bills in
this list, but everything else went. If
he was not left at the post at the pri
mary he could spent not more than
.? 1,300 besides his car fare and hotel
bills, unless he swore in his statement
Neither Mr. Kennedy nor any other
candidate for senator or governor, or
state ofTIcer, will have any such bur
den to bear. No treats are permitted
and no other forms of entertainment,
but the candidate can spend .$1,150
for the primary campaign and as
much more for his subsequent cam
paign if he gets past the primary. He
can spend ? 1,000 more than before,
and show it in his statement.
But the real favor the legislature
performed for all candidates with a
Song pocketbook was in defining what
shall be reported and what may be
forgotten. Under the old law nothing
could be omitted but traveling ex
penses. Under the present law hardly
anything except clerk and worker hire
and space in newspapers need be re
ported in a sworn statement. All else
can be forgotten. This is the law
"Provided, that money expended by
any candidate for his necessary per
sonal traveling expenses incurred for
himself alone, for travel anil subsis
tence, for stationery and postage, for
writing or printing and distributing
letters, circulars and posters, and for
telegraph and telephone service, shall
not be regarded as an expenditure
within the meaning of this section and
shall not be considered any part of the
sum herein fixed as the limit of ex
penses, and need not be shown in the
statement herein required to be filed."
It has always been claimed by can
didates that they could not circularize
their territory under the old law and
not be liable for violation. One man
now holding high office in the state
violated the provisions of the old law
and declared that he was justified,
that the restriction deprived him of
the right of petition.
As the act passed the 1915 house
without debate of any kind it provided
that any candidate for state office
might, under present voting totals,
spend about $2,500 and still be exempt
from the items enumerated in the law
at the present time. That is he might
if his candidacy ran through primary
r.nd to general election, spend 5,000
for help and office rent and newspa
per advertising and such other inci
dentals not excepted. This was too
much for the senate, which cut out
about $1,400 from the total by limit
ing the amount to the votes up to 100,
000, where the house bill had placed
The new law carries the names of
the Douglas county delegation, but it
is n"t their pet. The bill that delega
tion introduced was prepared by Elec
tion Commissioner Harley G. Moor
head and was a copy of the Ohio law.
It permitted the candidate for sena
tor and governor to spend $5,000 each
at primary and general election, but
did not make the exceptions carried
in the Nebraska law. The house com
mittee on elections concocted the pres
ent exceptions form, although that
committee did not otherwise take the
lid off. It proposed to limit the out
side expense to $400. The house it
self raised that amount by $2,100 and
on passage only one member of the
house voted in the negative, Chambers
of Douglas. The senate cut down the
figure by more than half.
L. G. Meisinger, Ed Tschirren and
Ffitz Siemoneit departed yesterday
afternoon for Florence, Neb., where
they visited over Sunday with rela
tives and friends. ........
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